Of all the events that I have covered and shows that I have attended, none sparks or enlightens the soul more than ARISE. Creators and producers Tierro Lee and Paul Bassis have worked extremely hard to craft a festival that has something for everyone. This festival just feels good, like the energy in Maui. The music lineup is extremely diverse, the activities are plentiful, and the vibe is second to none.
“The Ballad of Black Bart” inspired by an Oregon outlaw on Blue Lotus latest album Across The Canyon. Blue Lotus singer and songwriter Brandelyn Rose chats with Grateful Web on this release, while in tour in Colorado.
GW: How is Denver treating you?
Brandelyn: It’s good. It’s my first time here. We don’t know anyone out here.
Childhood friends and bandmates of Brothers Gow are increasing their tour dates and broadening their live show reach. Amid the bands busy schedule, Brothers Gow finds time to support their foundation which provides musical instruments to surrounding grade schools in the local San Diego school district. Kyle Merrill and Ethan Wade of Brothers Gow talks with Grateful Web before sound check at their show in Boulder,
For nearly 17 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of rock n' roll and improvisation. YMSB has always played music of their own design, in the process attracting a devout coterie of fans that often resembles a tight knit family on an epic musical journey as Yonder traverses the country with an ever-rigorous tour schedule.
Today, Silver Wrapper and Purple Hat Productions unveils over 25 new additions to the original lineup, adding to the festival's depth and prestige. Suwannee Hulaween challenges festival goers to step outside the norm and explore the new, the fresh, and the worthy that will be on display throughout their attendance.
Over the Riot Fest Denver 2015 weekend I had the opportunity to meet with cult mystery and alien overlords GWAR. A 30 year touring satirical metal band famous for depraved costumes, wild onstage performance art and gallons of fake blood sprayed from severed heads, babies asses and slayed celebrity puppets. In full costume and character for this interview I kept it brief and as loose as possible.
A microburst came through Arrington, VA Wednesday afternoon, leveling all the tents and structures at Oak Ridge Farm. Staff members were thrown through the air by walls of wind gusting over 70 miles an hour. The pummeling of Oak Ridge lasted 10 minutes and delayed Lockn’s opening until today. A big heart-felt thank you and much respect goes out to all the staff that worked overtime to rebuild the festival grounds.
"Mightily impressive and hugely original… the cool end of Americana" - MAVERICK MAGAZINE, UK - Sunday, September 27 is one of the final shows of the A BOX OF EVERYTHING tour by The Slambovian Circus of Dreams (AKA The Grand Slambovians). In 2014 the New York band put together "the greatest Slambovian hits you've never heard" - the release, A BOX OF EVERYTHING, is just that. BOX is the first major label-distributed album in their decade long career (Sony/Red).
Released September 11, 2015 on Alternative Tentacles Records–Jello Biafra’s record label–this is Legendary Shack Shakers’ first release in five years, lands on the band’s 20th anniversary, and is their Alternative Tentacles debut (following releases on Yep Roc, Bloodshot, and Arkam Records). The Southern Surreal also features guest appearances by actor/musician and longtime Shack Shakers fan, Billy Bob Thornton, and Jesus Lizard guitarist Duane Denison.