Old Shoe will release its 3rd studio album, Family, with a hometown performance at Martyrs’ in Chicago, IL. The five-piece band will celebrate its all-original 13-track release, which showcases the band’s diverse influences ranging from bluegrass to prog-rock to jazz, with it all settling into a familiar comfort zone akin to one’s favorite “old shoe.” The album reaches new heights from previous releases with a star-studded guest roster featuring musicians from the Henhouse Prowlers, The Low Down Brass Band, and Chicago’s production of “The Jungle Book”This record is not merely an
There is a geek inside me that prefers Times New Roman, 12 point font. If I could do anything professionally, I would be writing all day, every day. I wish to write well and to write often. This got me thinking about why I love writing for Grateful Web. By trade, I am a server, a lowly waitress. I once waited the table of a local musician and although I was probably too busy to engage in conversation, he is a really talented bass player. I couldn’t help it. I lollygagged about and eventually it came out.
The Travelin' McCourys will bring the Bluegrass Ball to Shoe Fest 2013 over the weekend of September 6-8th. Shoe Fest is a three day outdoor music and camping event featuring live music performances which will take place at Camp Shaw-waw-nas-see in Manteno, IL.This year's installment of the midwest festival will feature bluegrass legends, The Travelin' McCourys, and witness the return of the Ben Miller Band, Ed Anderson, Jaik Willis and more.
February is too cold for the outdoor music festivals of summer to thrive, so Old Shoe, the host band of Shoe Fest, is going to bring the experience indoors on Saturday February 2nd. The spirit of the festival community will come to life during the first annual Snow Shoe, featuring Old Shoe, Zmick and Sneaky Gene, at The Majestic Theater in Kankakee, IL.Snow Shoe will be a new experience for Kankakee, with live artists and local vendors taking part in the festivities.
The time of year has come where that childhood anxiety of change and new adventures both excites and frights us to the bone. Mother Nature tells us that it’s time to progress. After Labor Day we all start to feel it. This is the time when some of us head back to school, and this is the time when some of us start packing away our wonderful toys of summer. We say goodbye to our wonderful wilderness festival dance companions. The end of summer draws near. Festavarians, especially us in the Midwest, know that our times together are going in a new direction.