The John Hartford Memorial Festival, “The Most Laid-Back Festival in America”, is completely tickled to announce our final line-up along with the kick-off of our John Hartford Band contest and Songwriter’s Challenge. We will begin accepting entries on January 1, 2019. Win cash, booking opportunities, and perform on the Hartford Stage, a.k.a. The House That Bill Monroe Built! Visit the website to read interviews and hear music from past winners, and learn all about “The Most Laid Back Festival in America”.
Revered guitarist/vocalist, JD SIMO, announces “You Need Love” from his upcoming, first solo record, OFF AT 11, due out March 1, 2019. The Chicago-born, Nashville-based recording artist channels classic sounds from Acid rock, traditional blues, folk, soul, to free form jazz, reinvigorating them into a kaleidoscope of sound for a new generation of music lovers. NPR declares, “SIMO sounds as if it comes to us straight from 1968.”
The 9th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriter's Challenge will begin accepting entries Jan 1, and will accept up to 35 entries through midnight, March 31st, 2019. Held at the Bill Monroe Music and Camping Park in beautiful Bean Blossom, IN, May 29th-June 1st, the 9th Annual John Hartford Memorial Festival is genre busting, family friendly event honoring the life and legacy of the late John Hartford, one of America’s most beloved and ground-breaking musicians.
Acclaimed mandolinist and bandleader David Grisman is no stranger to Berkeley’s Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. The storied folk and Americana venue has undoubtedly seen the likes of dozens of incarnations of Dawg music with countless shows. The crowd at the Freight is respectful yet boisterous, out of their seat yet out of the way, absorbed yet moveable.
If you’ve seen Dead and Company even once, you most likely have witnessed the infectious energy and enthusiasm radiating outward from the band’s bassist, Oteil Burbridge. It’s hard not to take notice of, or even have impacted you profoundly. Whether he’s playing beside members of The Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, or JRAD, there’s never a time when Oteil Burbridge isn’t smiling or dancing around in place on stage, compelled by and compelling others to the sublime music he’s making.
The WinterWonderGrass Festival had its first ever foray to the east in mid-December. It was a warm welcome to the beautiful Vermont Green Mountains at the Stratton Ski Resort. There’s a saying in New England, and it especially applies to Vermont this time of year. If you don’t like the weather, wait an hour. This adage proved true over all three days of the WinterWonderGrass Vermont festival. Opening day Friday started out mild, mid-40s a bit grey. Everything looked perfect for a fine festival kick-off.
Colorado’s premiere music, yoga, art, and camping festival announces a return for its 7th Year Celebration, revealing two nights of special headlining performances from international electronic music icon, TIPPER, on a Funktion-One sound system.