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MATT DARRIAU-KATIE DOWN: LYRE BIRD at Cornelia Street Café

LYRE BIRD, is a New York duo exploring unusual instruments of wind, water, earth and metal. Live instruments and loops create intricate, evocative textures and groove. The musicians are Matt Darriau of Klezmatics and Paradox Trio fame, known for his expertise on Bulgarian instruments such as the kaval and gaida as well as many other woodwinds including sax, clarinet, flutes, etc. Katie Down is a theatrical sound designer and composer and has been playing homemade instruments and found objects for many years including glass harmonica, steel cello, lithophone, as well as flute and voice. They premiered their group at the Stone, NYC in April, 2008.

SATURDAY, DECEMBER 26TH, 2009

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CORNELIA STREET CAFÉ | 29 Cornelia Street, NYC, New York | 212-989-9319
http://www.corneliastreetcafe.com

Good Time on Stage Shows Head East Slowing Down No Time Fast

Just looking at them, the five members making up the current line up of 1970's band Head East may look like a bunch of older guys with long hair and guitars. Get them plugged in and playing though, and they give a performance just as impressive and rocking as ever before.

Rain Down On Me: EOTO @ The Mish

I realize more and more every day since the summer of 2008 started, that a sizeable number of people have never been to the Mishawaka Amphitheater, and a good portion of those that have never visited have never even heard about it. Gasp! It is becoming unfathomable to me that people have never heard of what most affectionately call The Mish.

moe. Lights Up July 4th down the Shore

I have wanted to make a pilgrimage to the historic venue called The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ since I first started to learn about good music in the early 90's.

Ernie Hendrickson- Down the Road

photo courtesy of Tsunami Publicity- for the Grateful Web

Ernie Hendrickson has journeyed a long way from his days as a fledgling musician in his native Rockford, IL to the mature singer songwriter you hear today. Cutting his teeth on Chicago's aggressive music scene in The Seed Band and The Make Believe to branching out as a solo artist, Hendrickson has traveled down the road and back again.

With a natural and fluent style, Ernie Hendrickson crafts beautiful gems straight from the heart of Middle America. His latest release, Down The Road, is a genuine blend of down home songwriting and campfire storytelling. While the new album is a departure from previous work, Hendrickson's venture into the realm of acoustic blues, bluegrass, folk, and pop is a seamless transition. Approaching a less is sometimes more mentality his songwriting style shines brightly. Drawing early inspiration from contemporary singer-songwriters such as Bob Dylan, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, along with experimental songwriters in the vein of Tom Waits, Ernie Hendrickson is able to harness their influence for his own usage. In later years, artists such as the Grateful Dead, Bela Fleck and various types of jazz, bluegrass and folk would figure prominently into Hendrickson's styling.

"This project feels like my first 'real' record," Hendrickson says. "The songs on this record were difficult to let go of, because the material is so personal and so special to me, and some of it I've carried with me a long time but it really feels right now." Songs such as "Down the Road" and "Seasons Change" paint vivid pictures with exceptional storytelling. "Lay Your Troubles Down" contains an unforgettable melody over an articulately picked guitar pattern. Crystal clear acoustic guitar arrangements and shimmering pedal steel lines contribute to the down home feel of Hendrickson's latest effort.

Featuring Howard Levy of Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, Brian Wilke mastering the pedal steel, Darren Garvey handling percussion, and Matt Ulery and Chris Clemente sharing bass duties, the album boasts a handful of prominent names in the music biz.

With Down The Road, Ernie Hendrickson has found his place amongst the finest singer-songwriters. He is fully committed to the path of the musician, wherever it may lead, in effort to recreate the passion and vision bestowed on him by the great artists and individuals that have come before.

Its been since 1978 since all Florida teams went down on the same day

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Florida, Florida State and Miami all lost today.  The last time all three Florida teams lost was in 1978.  Florida lost to the Georgia bulldogs at the world's largest cocktail party.  Florida State lost to the Maryland Terps in College Park. And in a dramatic last second field goal, the Tarheels upset Miami in Chapel Hill