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It was splendor on the mountain on September 8, when local musician Bob Weir offered a set of his own and appeared for onstage musical cameos with Grace Potter as well as headliner Herbie Hancock at the fourth annual Sound Summit, atop Mt. Tamalpais in Marin County, California. The eight-hour affair at the 4,000-capacity Mountain Theatre included an unusually diverse set of acts, from an acoustic duo to contemporary R&B, alt-country, Grateful Dead music, rock, and open-ended jazz.

Commemorating fifty years of music and innovation, the Godfather of Electronic Music JEAN-MICHEL JARRE (JMJ) releases his 41-track best-of PLANET JARRE today (September 14) via SONY.

Get it HERE.

It’s been a year of quality releases from veteran Austin-based artist and area favorite Bob Schneider: the April release of single “Making It Up” (which pop artist and longtime Schneider fan Jason Mraz also released on his latest album, Know.) prefaced June’s Blood & Bones - a thirteen-song collection of stories mapped out by some of Schneider’s latest life improvements, including his marriage and the birth of his daughter.

If you’ve ever thought bluegrass is a thing of the past, it’s possible you’re about to have a change of heart. Described as “the next generation of bluegrass,” jam-infused bluegrass band, South Hill Banks, is set to release their debut single, "Movin' On My Mind" on September 21st followed by their first album as a five-piece band on October 26th; recent Floyd Fest "On The Rise" winners, they have shared the stage with renown artists including Billy Strings, Zach Deputy and Larry King, charming audiences with their unstoppable energy.

This year’s Shout & Shine: A Celebration of Diversity in Bluegrass will honor the connection and cross-pollination between blues, bluegrass, and their offshoots and will take place on Monday, Sept. 24, at 6 p.m. at the North Carolina Museum of History Daniels Auditorium, at the very beginning of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh. Presented by BGS and PineCone, Shout & Shine is the first event of its kind at the weeklong bluegrass business conference and festival.

John Prine won “Artist of the Year” at last night’s Americana Music Honors & Awards. This is Prine’s third time receiving the prestigious award following previous wins in 2017 and 2005.  

Blue Élan Records is proud to announce the signing of southern rock band, THE VEGABONDS.  Their new album, V, symbolizing their fifth release, is set for release in January 2019. The band will celebrate their new album at the Blue Élan AmericanaFest showcase in Nashville on September 14th at The Filming Station.  
 

This review is going to read more like a sci-fi story. Do not adjust your grammatical eyes or correct the run-on sentences.  You are entering my Shoe Fest Vision. For only 72 hours, gates opened at 10 am on Friday and closed down at 10 am on Monday Labor Day.  Once crossed into Shoe Fest 2018 at Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see (affectionately known as Camp Shaw) in Manteno IL, you were greeted with unexpected twists and left with a good moral learned.  A fest like this is filled with instant karma.

Austinites and travelers around the world came to Carson Creek Ranch on September 7th through September 9th, to see some of the best jambands from around the world. Although the Waterloo Festival saw some rain this weekend, it didn’t stop anyone from dancing to their favorite musicians in the mud! Concertgoers were all different ages, from families, young adults, middle-aged people, and older generations combined. The diverse combination of festival-goers was refreshing and felt like a community affair.

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The soulful powerhouse ensemble known throughout the Northeast as West End Blend has shared fall 2018 tour details. "This tour stands to be one of our most exciting tours to date," shares Sam Horan, the band's drummer. "We’re visiting some brand new cities and we look forward to expanding that WEB family!"