Fri, 08/22/2014 - 10:07 am

Friday, September 5thNew American Farmers will perform at Great American Music Hall in celebration of the release of their upcoming long player, The Farmacology Sessions, which will be available on September 5th for concert attendees and officially released on October 14th.  The band will be performing tracks from their upcoming release and favorites from their debut, Brand New Day. The new album features guest appearances by Chuck Prophet and Nigel “Twist” Phillips from The Alarm. New American Farmers will share the stage with The Ponies, Luce, Melissa Phillips and James DePrato at their record release show.
 
New American Farmers is Paul Knowles and Nicole Storto and the duo has been making genre bending music that spans the spectrum of cosmic country, folk, bluegrass and Americana since they began performing as Mars, Arizona in the late 90s. The Farmacology Sessions, their second record as New American Farmers, is a little bit more folk/rock than previous outings, opening up new vocal and musical territory for the duo to explore. “There are more late 60s, early 70s influences,” Knowles says. “It stretches out more, takes some chances, and we had a blast doing it.”
 
WHO: New American Farmers
WHAT: Live Concert Performance to celebrate the release
of The Farmacology Sessions
WHERE: Great American Music Hall
859 O'Farrell St. San Francisco, CA 94109
WHEN: Friday, September 5th at 8:00 PM PST
TICKETING: http://www.slimspresents.com/events/2014-09-05/luce/

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 4:36 pm

Anna Vogelzang – the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songstress -- is set to release Driftless on her own Paper Anchor Music. This is the follow up to 2012’s celebrated Canary in a Coal Mine. Amarillo, the first track from the new EP, premiered on BlackBook Magazine’s website on October 17th. Of Vogelzang, Blackbook raves, “every now and again, a folk-pop artist emerges with a universally warming sound that takes over the airwaves and attracts everyone from tweens to full blown adults, using smart and often G-rated lyrics over heartening melodies.”

Click Here to Listen To Amarillo on BlackBook

The six tracks that make up Driftless find Vogelzang moving seamlessly between guitar, ukulele and banjo while her honeyed alto sings of the hopefulness born of change, struggle, addiction, family, and heartbreak.  Vogelzang recruited an all-star group of Midwestern musicians to assist her in fully realizing the tracks for this EP.  Drummer Shane Leonard of Field Report, vocalist Amanda Rigell of Count This Penny, Ann Arbor bass player Ben Willis, clarinet and saxophonist Cheston VanHuss of PHOX and Milwaukee cellist Patrick Reinholz all added to the lush textures and ethereal atmosphere of Driftless.

Upon the creation of this collection of songs, Vogelzang muses, “this was a nameless project while we were working on it… something that’s never really happened with my albums before; tying together otherwise unrelated songs into a completed thought was a new & fulfilling experience for me. Driftless is the name of a region in the Midwest, including southwestern Wisconsin, that escaped glaciation in the last glacial period. Conceptually, I loved the idea of outrunning the glacier, and - when the word is taken at face value - the idea of unfaltering, unwavering-ness in one’s life. These songs all have a channel of hope running through them, a steadfast undercurrent of believing in the good.”

The EP kicks off with Amarillo, an upbeat but lyrically dark song that Vogelzang describes as “a friend break-up song” and segues into Mercy – a spirited and driving track about family that was written as part of the Real Women, Real Songs project challenging artists to write one song a week for the calendar year of 2014.

Next up is Vanguard, co-written with Amanda Rigell of Count This Penny. The two songwriting friends also wrote this track for the Real Women, Real Songs project.  Vogelzang explains, “Amanda already had a completely in-tact chorus that she brought to the table, and together we wrote the verses around it. There are some beautiful lyrical choices that came from tossing words back and forth to each other, which feels like the truest and most fulfilling kind of co-write — words I never would have chosen alone, but words that really bloom within the song and create some gorgeous, heartbreaking images.”

Rounding out the EP are Lion, a cathartic song born out of a frustration with life circumstances, Kay  - a slower paced, doo-wop song that finds Vogelzang writing from the perspective of her grandmother, and finishes with the triumphant Why Not. Of the final track, Vogelzang says, “it’s a song about constantly walking in circles, trying to forget the things you can’t hold on to, and feeling lost in your own skin. It’s also about being stuck in those circles, reveling somehow in the negativity. It’s the inner struggle between wanting to pull yourself up out of the din, and just letting yourself sink into it. This was the song that grew the most in the studio. Shane really wove textures into it that allowed it to breathe on its own. As he described it, he wanted the listener to feel like they were diving into a pool at the second verse, and suddenly were underwater.”

Tue, 03/24/2015 - 11:13 am

Fresh off of a successful SXSW, Anna Vogelzang – the multi-instrumentalist, producer and songstress -- will be performing tracks from her latest release, Driftless, on Friday, April 10th at Viracocha.

Of Vogelzang, Blackbook raves, “every now and again, a folk-pop artist emerges with a universally warming sound that takes over the airwaves and attracts everyone from tweens to full blown adults, using smart and often G-rated lyrics over heartening melodies.”

The six tracks that make up Driftless find Vogelzang moving seamlessly between guitar, ukulele and banjo while her honeyed alto sings of the hopefulness born of change, struggle, addiction, family, and heartbreak.  Vogelzang recruited an all-star group of Midwestern musicians to assist her in fully realizing the tracks for this EP.  Drummer Shane Leonard of Field Report, vocalist Amanda Rigell of Count This Penny, Ann Arbor bass player Ben Willis, clarinet and saxophonist Cheston VanHuss of PHOX and Milwaukee cellist Patrick Reinholz all added to the lush textures and ethereal atmosphere of Driftless

The EP kicks off with Amarillo, an upbeat but lyrically dark song that Vogelzang describes as “a friend break-up song” and segues into Mercy – a spirited and driving track about family that was written as part of the Real Women, Real Songs project challenging artists to write one song a week for the calendar year of 2014.

Next up is Vanguard, co-written with Amanda Rigell of Count This Penny. The two songwriting friends also wrote this track for the Real Women, Real Songs project.  Vogelzang explains, “Amanda already had a completely in-tact chorus that she brought to the table, and together we wrote the verses around it. There are some beautiful lyrical choices that came from tossing words back and forth to each other, which feels like the truest and most fulfilling kind of co-write — words I never would have chosen alone, but words that really bloom within the song and create some gorgeous, heartbreaking images.”

Rounding out the EP are Lion, a cathartic song born out of a frustration with life circumstances, Kay  - a slower paced, doo-wop song that finds Vogelzang writing from the perspective of her grandmother, and finishes with the triumphant Why Not. Of the final track,Vogelzang says, “it’s a song about constantly walking in circles, trying to forget the things you can’t hold on to, and feeling lost in your own skin. It’s also about being stuck in those circles, reveling somehow in the negativity. It’s the inner struggle between wanting to pull yourself up out of the din, and just letting yourself sink into it. This was the song that grew the most in the studio. Shane really wove textures into it that allowed it to breathe on its own. As he described it, he wanted the listener to feel like they were diving into a pool at the second verse, and suddenly were underwater.”

Anna Vogelzang is currently on tour making stops in Santa Fe, Sedona, Prescott, St. George, LA, SF, Cottage Grove, OR and Long Beach, WA. 

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Who: Anna Vogelzang

What: Live Performance at Viracocha

When: Friday, April 10th at 8 PM

Tickets: $10-$20 - purchase here: http://viracochasf.com/

Wed, 06/17/2015 - 11:25 am

On her third and most evolved full-length release, In Waves, singer and songstress, Sarah Blacker is fearless.  Pushing herself as far out of her comfort zone as possible and enlisting a “guitarmy” of players, on May 19th, Blacker will release her most personal and ambitious recording to date. This album will be available worldwide through her new distribution agreement with The ILS Group via Caroline Music and The Universal Music Group.

Produced by Sean McLaughlin of 37’ Productions (Queensryche, Matchbox Twenty, Dirty Vegas) and Blacker who exclaims, “[In Waves] is far more fearless than anything I've done before. I decided to do all of the things I've always wanted to, and together, Sean and I made no compromises. We employed our favorite musicians, and set out to create something quite current, and with wider appeal that could really stand up and say, hey, this is me, take it or leave it.”

In Waves is quite a departure from Blacker’s previous releases. “I feel a stronger sense of self, and freedom in songwriting. I am unafraid to come right out and say things I've always wanted to, and to share the new life lessons I've acquired between the last album and this one. I really wanted to show a sense of progress and evolution, so that was our main goal. I think personal evolution shouldn't just be for seasons, I think musicians ought to take risks and leaps and prove to themselves that it's possible to fulfill their dreams as an artist and as a person through songwriting and exploring themselves in all avenues artistically.”

The album kicks off with the driving, “Way Like Water,” “a friend told me to get angry, and I was, so I channeled it for this song. I've been told it could've been a '80s Rush song, or a Led Zeppelin tune. That's pretty cool to me,” says Blacker. Next up is the title track, an emotionally resonate tune about the only constant in life: change. “Exhale” is Blacker at her rootsy-est and describes it as a “love song for a good friend. I feel it is one part Gillian Welch and one part Neko Case.”

Rounding out the album are, “Break Out” a rollicking ode to artists often beholden to the whims of the muse, the aching waltz of “Hotel Halls,” a reflection on the loneliness of life on the road and “Oh My God,” of which “part of the chorus was written in a Music Therapy group I was facilitating. I had a really challenging year due to a near fatal car accident, and various other health issues. Once I made it through them, I felt refreshed, renewed, and able to sleep the night again. Definitely grateful to be alive, and for those who helped,” explains Blacker.

For In WavesSarah Blacker enlisted a “guitarmy” of players. Including four guitarists (of which Blacker was one) and two drummers -- Elliot Jacobson (Ingrid Michaelson) and Mike Levesque (Seven Mary Three, Juliana Hatfield).  Writer Jonah Sacks composed string arrangements for two of the songs. Blacker played mainly all electric guitars -- save for acoustic on three tracks, some ukulele and her first foray into playing piano on one of her own recordings.

Music is embedded in every part of Sarah Blacker’s life. When’s she’s not recording and touring, she is a graduate of Berklee College of Music and a trained board-certified music therapist and has been practicing for close to a decade. Her specialties include adults struggling with depression, bipolar disorder, substance-abuse, dissociative disorders and other psychotic disorders, and works at a renowned Boston-area hospital, as well as with adolescents with Asperger's in a school on the same campus. She practices creative music therapy, founded by Nordoff Robbins, which is based on the concept that everybody has an inner child that can be reached through improvising in structured ways with clinical intention.

This spring and summer, Sarah Blacker will tour nationally in support of In Waves.

Don’t Miss Sarah Blacker Live!

April 24th Plymouth, MA The Spire Center * 

May 2nd Portsmouth, NH The Press Room * 

May 8th Saratoga Springs, NY Caffe Lena

May 15th Somerville, MA Davis Square Theatre * 

May 22nd Burlington, VT The Skinny Pancake * 

May 23rd Brandon, VT Brandon Music * 

May 28th Stewardstown, PA Pleasant Valley Golf Club * 

May 29th Pittsburgh, PA Pittsburgh Winery * 

May 30th Chelsea, MI Chelsea Ale House * 

June 4th Chelsea, MI Sights & Sounds

June 6th Rock Island, IL Daytrotter Taping

June 6th Chicago, IL The Uncommon Ground on Devon *

June 8th Lawrence, KS Henry’s Upstairs *

June 11th Denver, CO The Walnut Room w/ Kiernan McMullen

June 21st San Francisco, CA Hotel Utah *

June 23rd Los Angeles, CA Room 5 Lounge *

June 28th Austin, TX Strange Brew *

July 2nd Atlanta, GA Smith’s Olde Bar *

July 17th Northampton, MA Northampton Summer Music Series ^

Julu 18th Somerville, MA The Burren +

August 5th Biddleford, ME Biddleford’s Music in The Park

August 8th Plymouth, MA Barn Show (full band)

* Denotes Album Release Show

^ Denotes Show With Jamie Kent

+ Denotes Show In the Round with Jamie Kent and Dave Drouin

Sat, 10/22/2016 - 11:45 am

Buzzing Vermont psych-pop quintet Madaila will release their sophomore effort “Traces” on November 4th, 2016.  The band’s sophomore release comes fresh off of their incredibly successful hometown music festival in Burlington -- Madaila on Main -- and recent dates opening for BØRNS, Head & The Heart, Matisyahu and Big Gigantic.  In celebration of the release of “Traces” Madaila will join Twiddle on October 27th at Brooklyn Bowl.

Early praise for the band has been garnered by the likes of Pancakes and Whiskey who cheer, “If you haven’t heard of Madaila yet, that’s about to change in a big way.” Elmore Magazine raves, “Sweeping and orchestral in its unusual, drawn out format, Madaila calls to mind the gentle yearning of Bon Iver, but creates something fleshier, more psychedelic, skirting a line between beckoning you to the sweaty dance floor and begging you to simply tune in and drop out.” Burlington’s weekly newspaper, Seven Days exclaims, [of “Traces”], “you should stop what you're doing right now and listen to it.” PerhapsMusic Box Pete sums it up best, “I'm definitely a passenger on board their musical mothership, and what these guys have going on is truly special, unique, and unlike anything else I've ever heard before.”

Madaila was formed in 2014 by band leader Mark Daly (lead vocals, guitar) and his childhood friend, Eric Maier (vocals, keys) from the ashes of their indie band, Chamberlin. Chamberlin garnered success in their home state of Vermont and with a successful run opening for Grace Potter, who became a friend and champion their music. Madaila’s second show was at an after party for Potter’s Grand Point North festival in 2014. The following September, the band played the fest’s main stage alongside Potter, Shakey Graves and The Flaming Lips.

Madaila is rounded out by fellow Vermonters Jer Coons (bass, vocals) who produced both of the band’s records alongside Daly and Maier, Dan Ryan (drums) and Willoughby Morse (guitars, synths, vocals). Despite their roles in the live band, each member of Madaila is an accomplished drummer.

On the band, their unique (and fun) outfits and their overall vibe, Eric Maier explains, “This approach ties in with our philosophy of what we want Madaila to be about—creating an environment, even for a short time, where people can unearth a weird, fun part of themselves that normally is kept inside. On a larger level, such an event can be an expression of collaborative activity and joy.”

Madaila has spent the fall of 2016 supporting Earphunk and will celebrate the release of “Traces” at Brooklyn Bowl October 27th opening for Twiddle.

Tue, 05/16/2017 - 3:33 pm

Hailing from Richmond, VA and formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny, The Trongone Band is set to release their debut LP, “Keys To The House” on June 30th via Harmonized Records. Drawing from Funk, Blues, Americana and Southern Rock, the quartet is rounded out by keyboardist Ben "Wolfe" White and award-winning bassist Todd Herrington.  The band plans to begin touring this month in support of  the album.

Of the album, Johnny Trongone says. “It was one thing to develop and write the songs over the past year as we played them out on the road, but it was a completely different world to take them into the studio, put them under the microscope and really turn them into songs.”

Primed for the festival circuit, the band has graced the stages of Virginia’s Roosterwalk, Tennessee’s Riverbend Music Festival, Florida’s Slide Into Spring Festival, The Allman Brothers’ Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, and West Virginia’s Deep Mountain Roots Revival.

This family affair recording process helped the band grow "so much on a personal and musical level, and listening back and dissecting these tracks helped us learn so much about each other’s playing.”

Don't Miss The Trongone Band on Tour!

May 21st - Dominion Riverrock - Richmond, VA
May 25th - White Squirrel Festival - Brevard, NC
May 26th & 27th - Rooster Walk - Martinsville, VA
June 3rd - The Howling - Abingdon, VA
June 22nd - Martins Downtown - Roanoke, VA
June 23rd - Broadberry - Richmond, VA
June 30th - Gram Parsons Derry Down - Winter Haven, FL w/ Dead 27’s
July 6th - The Whiskey - Wilmington, NC
July 7th - Congress Street Social Club - Savannah, GA
July 8th - Wise Man Brewing Co - Winston Salem, NC
July 13th - Nottoway Nights - Fairfax, VA
July 15th - dogtown roadhouse - Floyd, VA
July 22nd - Rhythm & Brews By The Bay - Kilmarnock, VA
August 17th - Concerts on the Green - Duck, NC

Tue, 05/30/2017 - 7:12 pm

This is a straight ahead Rock & Roll song. There's a little bit of that sense of angst and that sort of "I don't need" attitude which is always a fun lyrical message to deliver in a song. We've been playing this song for about two years in our set and it's become a favorite of our fans. I think our friends and fans will be really excited to finally have a recording of it."

'Andy Zenczak, who produced the album, also created the vision and directed the music video, which is our first non-performance video. I think it's a fun video that shows us in a different light to our fans. With the help of warrior girls, Hayley Alger, Taylor Harrington, Ava Marinos, Ava Poitras, and Lizzie Sepeda, we shot this whole video on one freezing cold day in Hollister, California at Tag Paintball."

Tue, 06/27/2017 - 11:36 am

Hailing from Richmond, VA and formed by brothers Andrew and Johnny, The Trongone Band is set to release their debut LP, “Keys To The House” on June 30th via Harmonized Records. Drawing from Funk, Blues, Americana and Southern Rock, the quartet is rounded out by keyboardist Ben "Wolfe" White and award-winning bassist Todd Herrington.  The band plans to begin touring this month in support of the album.

Of the album, Johnny Trongone says. “It was one thing to develop and write the songs over the past year as we played them out on the road, but it was a completely different world to take them into the studio, put them under the microscope and really turn them into songs.”

Primed for the festival circuit, the band has graced the stages of Virginia’s Roosterwalk, Tennessee’s Riverbend Music Festival, Florida’s Slide Into Spring Festival, The Allman Brothers’ Peach Festival in Pennsylvania, and West Virginia’s Deep Mountain Roots Revival. 

This family affair recording process helped the band grow "so much on a personal and musical level, and listening back and dissecting these tracks helped us learn so much about each other’s playing.”

Don't Miss The Trongone Band on Tour!

June 30th - Gram Parsons Derry Down - Winter Haven, FL w/ Dead 27’s

July 6th - The Whiskey - Wilmington, NC

July 7th - Congress Street Social Club - Savannah, GA

July 8th - Wise Man Brewing Co - Winston Salem, NC

July 13th - Nottoway Nights - Fairfax, VA

July 15th - dogtown roadhouse - Floyd, VA

July 22nd - Rhythm & Brews By The Bay - Kilmarnock, VA

August 17th - Concerts on the Green - Duck, NC

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 9:03 am

Benyaro -- the indie roots project of seclusive Jackson Hole, WY musician who's worked with such artists as Gary Clarke Jr., Brett Dennen and Shovels & Rope -- announces the release of his third original full-length album, One Step Ahead of Your Past. The LP was co-produced with Danny Kadar (The Avett Brothers, My Morning Jacket, Band of Horses) and recorded at the legendary Echo Mountain Recording in Asheville, NC and Ben Musser’s home studio in Wyoming.

Multi-instrumentalist Musser composed the thirteen punk-Americana tracks that comprise the record and for the first time, his longtime tour mate, upright bassist Leif Routman, joins on the recording. Additional guest musicians include Jacob Rodriguez (Michael Bublé) on tenor and baritone saxophone, and NYC's Brian Geltner (Johnny Society) on drums.  On One Step Ahead of Your Past, Benyaro takes the emotional roller coaster of life's highs and lows and weaves these experiences into songs that speak cutting truths about life.

Don’t Miss Benyaro on Tour This Fall!
Thursday, September 21 - Boise, ID - The Reef
Friday, September 22 - Walla Walla, WA - Sapolil Cellars
Saturday, September 23 - Astoria, OR - Voodoo Room
Sunday, September 24 - Astoria, OR - Pacific Brew Cup
Wednesday, September 27 - Bellingham, WA - Green Frog Tavern
​Thursday, September 28 - Seattle, WA - Conor Byrne
Friday, September 29 – Raymond, WA - Pitchwood
Saturday, September 30 - Portland, OR - White Eagle Saloon
​Sunday, October 1​ - Bend, OR  - Volcanic Theatre Pub
Tuesday, October 3 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Brewing
Wednesday, October 4 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Playhouse
Friday, October 27 - Chattanooga, TN - Clyde’s on Main
Friday, November 3 - Charleston, SC - Home Team BBQ Downtown
Saturday, November 4 - Asheville, NC - ISIS Lounge
Thursday, November 9 - Washington, DC - Vinyl Lounge @ Gypsy Sally's
Friday, November 10 - New York, NY - Bowery Electric​

Tue, 09/05/2017 - 7:08 am
"Hey, Camille" is a song I wrote on my honeymoon. My wife and I were in Laos, one of the most peaceful places on earth, and never has a song come easier. It's about our wedding, one of the greatest days of my life, and our love. I had been listening to a lot of The Coasters and this song aims to walk the fine line between soul/doo-wop and bluegrass, as they did. Jacob Rodriguez lends his tenor sax talents to the tune to make it what it is; a jammin', fun love-song.

Don’t Miss Benyaro on Tour This Fall!

Thursday, September 21 - Boise, ID - The Reef

Friday, September 22 - Walla Walla, WA - Sapolil Cellars

Saturday, September 23 - Astoria, OR - Voodoo Room

Sunday, September 24 - Astoria, OR - Pacific Brew Cup

Wednesday, September 27 - Bellingham, WA - Green Frog Tavern

​Thursday, September 28 - Seattle, WA - Conor Byrne

Friday, September 29 – Raymond, WA - Pitchwood

Saturday, September 30 - Portland, OR - White Eagle Saloon

​Sunday, October 1​ - Bend, OR  - Volcanic Theatre Pub

Tuesday, October 3 - Eugene, OR - Sam Bond’s Brewing

Wednesday, October 4 - Arcata, CA - Arcata Playhouse

Friday, October 27 - Chattanooga, TN - Clyde’s on Main

Friday, November 3 - Charleston, SC - Home Team BBQ Downtown

Saturday, November 4 - Asheville, NC - ISIS Lounge

Thursday, November 9 - Washington, DC - Vinyl Lounge @ Gypsy Sally's

Friday, November 10 - New York, NY - Bowery Electric​

Thu, 10/05/2017 - 7:01 pm

Chris Combs, guitarist, composer and member of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, offers his debut solo album, Combsy. Based out of Tulsa, OK, Combs has written, arranged and produced the album in its entirety.

With influences like Charles Mingus, Madlib, George Harrison, James Blake, J Dilla, Radiohead, Marc Ribot, Combsyis a lush, groove-heavy album that under the careful watch of Combs shows a tremendous amount of emotional depth and maturity as an artist. Combsy may be a debut, but there’s nothing amateur about it. Combs deftly sources jazz, hip-hop, electronic and rock genres in creating a sonic landscape that is all his own.

Combsy layers horns and rhythm instruments in a rich, nuanced fashion that allows space for Combs’ guitar work. At times, the bandleader and architect of this project uses his playing to give direction or cues for change, while at others, he takes the opportunity of the space created to spread out and explore. Although far from careful, Combsy comes to the ear as curated and intentional and with a healthy sense of both the history and future of the genre.

Primarily tracked in October 2016, the core tracks were recorded live as a trio to 2" tape at Fellowship Hall in Little Rock, AR with Aaron Boehler (bass) and Andrew Bones on (drums, vibraphone).

Combs then took those recordings on a swampy journey to New Orleans where horns were added. At Marigny Studio, Combs added Brad Walker (tenor sax, Sturgill Simpson), Dan Oestreicher (bass and bari sax, Trombone Shorty), Carly Meyers (trombone, Roar). With all components in place, Combs finished the project in his home studio.

Combsy will be released on Horton Records in the fall of 2017.

Do Not Miss Combsy On Tour This Fall

Oct 13 - Fassler Hall - Tulsa, OK*

Oct 14 - The Deli - Norman, OK*

Oct 15 - Guthrie Green - Tulsa, OK*

Oct 20 - Mag's - New Orleans*

Oct 21 – Marigny Studios (Live Album Recording) – New Orleans, LA

Oct 23 - Instant Opus at Hi Ho - New Orleans

Oct 27 - Private Party

Oct 28 – Saints – Oklahoma City, OK +

Nov 3 - Zinco - Mexico City, MX^

Nov 4 - Jazzatlan - Cholula, MX^

Nov 11 - Cains Ballroom - Tulsa, OK

Nov 13 - 20 west coast

Nov 16 – The Ship – Kansas City, MO

Nov 25 – Frank & Lola’s – Bartlesville, OK

 

* with Brian Haas Love Amalgam ft AnnIe Ellicott

^ with Todd Clouser

+ with Culture Cinematic

 

Thu, 12/14/2017 - 5:07 pm

Chris Combs, guitarist, composer and member of the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, offers his debut solo album, Combsy. Based out of Tulsa, OK, Combs has written, arranged and produced the album in its entirety.

With influences like Charles Mingus, Madlib, George Harrison, James Blake, J Dilla, Radiohead, Marc Ribot, Combsyis a lush, groove-heavy album that under the careful watch of Combs shows a tremendous amount of emotional depth and maturity as an artist. Combsy may be a debut, but there’s nothing amateur about it. Combs deftly sources jazz, hip-hop, electronic and rock genres in creating a sonic landscape that is all his own.

Combsy layers horns and rhythm instruments in a rich, nuanced fashion that allows space for Combs’ guitar work. At times, the bandleader and architect of this project uses his playing to give direction or cues for change, while at others, he takes the opportunity of the space created to spread out and explore. Although far from careful, Combsy comes to the ear as curated and intentional and with a healthy sense of both the history and future of the genre.

Thu, 02/22/2018 - 6:14 am

We've all been there... that special balance when we are in the zone. Can't miss a shot, or say the wrong thing. In the sauce, but not drowning in it. Perfect amount. That place in space-time where everything is aligned and nothing can go wrong. Shooting pool on an alien spaceship, against aliens, and winning. With a space lounge piano player in the background smiling, Grateful Web is thrilled to premiere “Rare Form” from Brooklyn’s Space/Funk/Dance/Jam collective, Escaper off of their upcoming sophomore release, Edge Detection (Ropeadope Records.)

Listen to “Rare Form” here:

As Escaper's Will Hanza explains, "We were playing our very first show. It was at BRYAC in Black Rock, CT. It had been a fine show, but suddenly there was a swell of people in the room, coming from another show and looking to keep the dance party going. Only... we had run out of songs! Again, first show and this was late in our 2nd set... ! I turn to Jay (bass) and say, 'let's get the dance up, variation on that jam we call "Gold" but more upbeat and shakin'' Whatever that pulled out Jay certainly worked as the dance party was on in that room. We played the groove for a while and the riff just came out of the air. Johnny (sax) and I were right on it. Initially, we called it "BRYAC song", but it turned into "Rare Form" and became a song we almost always play... Bottom line, the vibe of the crowd helped write that song. We didn't just come up with it in the studio, it was straight out of the sauce. Inspired by how the whole room felt. A song born out of that is extra special. It's something we always try to do with our live shows, make sure to not just play at people, but with them."

Escaper

Escaper will be performing at Brooklyn Bowl this Thursday (Feb 22, 7:30pm) opening for Electric Beethoven. Other dates on the Edge Detection tour include:

2/22 • Brooklyn, NY • Brooklyn Bowl**

2/24 • Syracuse, NY • Funk n Waffles

2/25 • Lancaster, PA • Tellus360**

3/02 • Philadelphia, PA • The Grape Room

3/03 • Scranton, PA • Backyard Ale House

 ** supporting Electric Beethoven

Escaper has also announced that they will be in the festival line-ups of Rock n Roll Resort, Elements:Lakewood and DiscJam this summer.

Tue, 05/15/2018 - 6:35 pm

Combsy – the solo project of Chris Combs, guitarist of Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey – will hit the road this May and June in support of their self-titled debut LP (Horton Records) which was released in late 2017.  The band won’t stray too far from their hometown of Tulsa with shows in Nashville, Little Rock, New Orleans, Oklahoma City, Montrose CO, Denver and Santa Fe. The New Orleans shows will feature Dan Oestreicher (sax) from Trombone Shorty & Orleans Ave and drummer Josh Raymer from Reed Mathis & Electric Beethoven and JFJO will be the featured player during the Colorado dates.

And the press raves!

“4 out of 5 Stars” – All About Jazz

“It’s strongly recommended for those who like the Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, but this fuller impression of Combs’ offbeat musical personality is a treat all unto itself.” –      Something Else Reviews

"The album is a multifaceted creation, with lovely soothing melodies punctuated by alien electronic noise and free jazz-like freakout solos, with acoustic and electronic horns serving often as the primary voices and Combs’ guitar providing subtle colorings and textures, all densely layered into nine compelling tracks.” – Tulsa World

Don’t Miss Combsy on Tour This Spring!

5/18 - Fassler Hall - Tulsa, OK

5/19 - Four Quarter - Little Rock, AR

5/21 - SideBar w/ Dan Oestreicher & Simon Lott - New Orleans, LA

5/22 - HiHo Lounge w/ Doombalaya - New Orleans, LA

5/28 - VZD's - Oklahoma City, OK

6/6 - Intrinzik - Montrose, CO

6/7 - Mile High Spirits w/ Paa Kow - Denver, CO

6/9 - Ophelia's w/ Dandu - Denver, CO

6/15 - Taos Mesa Brewing - Taos, NM

6/16 - Rufina's Tap Room - Santa Fe, NM

Wed, 08/01/2018 - 4:34 pm

The Soft White Sixties unveil their latest single ‘The Overpass’ and announce their new bilingual LP, Alta California, due for release August 10th on CHAR+COAL. 

‘The Overpass’ is a heavy dose of 1970s glam-funk, reminiscent of a time when artists like David Bowie, Rod Stewart and Funkadelic were blurring the lines between rock ‘n’ roll and RnB.  Singer Octavio Genera leads a call-to-action chorus of “Let’s get weird / let’s get high”, propelled by a sleazy bass line and rock-solid groove.  The Overpass itself is one of Los Angeles’s most notorious after hours clubs with a location that constantly changes.  It’s the kind of you-gotta-know-somebody-who-knows-somebody speakeasy where eccentrics are assembled here from all across the city…taking all the drugs / drinking all the wine / crossing over every line.  
 
Genera elaborates, “it's a place that feels like time stops and no one ever gets tired.  When you don't want to go home, you find a place where no one else does either.”

Over the course of several sessions that began on Election Night 2016, Alta California was written and recorded at New Monkey Studio, a room formerly owned by Elliott Smith.  Produced by Elijah Thomson (Father John Misty, Delta Spirit, Richard Swift), Alta California finds the Los Angeles band expanding upon their contemporary concoction of rock ‘n’ roll and soul while also exploring some of their most relevant lyrical content to date (in English and Spanish).
 
Genera — a first generation Mexican-American who grew up in a bilingual Spanish/English family – always wondered what it would be like to sing in Spanish, it just didn’t occur to him to try it professionally, and he wasn’t sure there was space for it within the band. “Speaking and singing in a language are two different things,” says Genera. “There was a feeling of joy and passion when I sang these songs in Spanish that I wasn’t expecting. And then hearing the songs back — it was right.”

The sweaty, gyrating energy of their live show has garnered praise from Rolling Stone, Paste Magazine, and LA Weekly over the years and landed them on club and festival bills like Outside Lands, BottleRock, and SXSW, sharing the stage with the likes of The Hives, Rival Sons, The Flaming Lips, and Paul McCartney.  But this time around, it all glimmers with a subtle lysergic sheen, thanks in part to Thomson’s influence.  “Eli was a big proponent of making the studio feel like 2am on a Saturday night at all hours of the day,” multi-instrumentalist Aaron Eisenberg explains.  “Certain songs called for certain states of mind and sobriety generally didn’t factor into the equation.”

The band felt it would be irresponsible to develop lyrical content that ignored the inescapable global climate developing literally while the tape was rolling.  New territory was explored, as observations on the despair of the American Dream ('Reaganomixxx'), immigration ('Brick by Brick'), gentrification ('I Still Love You, San Francisco'), paradigm shifts ('Teen Wolves'), generational and ideological gaps and what happens when one generation begins to the feel the inevitable changing of the guard crept its way onto the record.

Packed with deep, thunderous grooves from the rhythm section of Joey Bustos and Ryan Noble, squealing fuzz guitars and roaring analog synths courtesy of multi-instrumentalists Aaron Eisenberg and Rob Fidel, and the signature soulful rasp of lead vocalist Octavio Genera, Alta California is an honest snapshot of a modern rock band in their prime.
 
The Soft White Sixties will embark upon a west coast tour this fall in celebration of Alta California.

ALTA CALIFORNIA
1. Teen Wolves
2. The Overpass
3. I Still Love You, San Francisco
4. Brick by Brick
5. The Candy Store
6. No 1 Like U BB
7. Number One
8. Reaganomixxx
9. Until The World Stops Spinning

Don’t Miss The Soft White Sixties on Tour

8/4 - Huntington Beach, CA - US Open of Surfing – main stage
8/11 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theater / Album release show
9/14 - Phoenix, AX - Crescent Ballroom
9/15 - Costa Mesa, CA - The Wayfarer
9/16 - San Luis Obispo, CA - SLO Brew
9/18 – Fresno, CA - Fulton 55
9/19 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley
9/20 - Sacramento, CA - TBA
9/21 - Reno, NV - Loving Cup
9/22 - Boise, ID - Neurolux
9/24 - Seattle, WA - Sunset Tavern
9/25 - Bend, OR - Volcanic Theater
9/26 - Portland, OR - Star Theater
9/28 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

Fri, 08/03/2018 - 5:49 pm

Ivan Neville of New Orleans’ first family of funk and Cris Jacobs, the soulful Baltimore-bred bandleader and songwriter, have joined forces to collaborate on their first full length, self-titled, nine song album. Neville Jacobs will release their debut on September 28th via Harmonized Records.

This unlikely duo came together in the most unlikely of ways. One day during the great celebration and intermingling of music and culture known as New Orleans Jazz Fest, Ivan Neville and Cris Jacobs found themselves killing time between gigs, seated next to each other at a poker table.

As Jacobs tells it, “I was killing some time one day during my first ever Jazzfest and I sat down to play some poker in Harrah's casino. Coincidentally, there was an empty seat next to me and in walked Ivan and sat down. We recognized each other from having crossed paths with our bands, Dumpstaphunk and The Bridge, but had never really met. We played poker for a few hours and chatted a bunch and left with a casual ‘let's make some music together sometime’ agreement.”

About a year and a half later, when the stars finally aligned (with the help of mutual friend, Joe Michaels), Jacobs and Neville got together for a few songwriting sessions in Baltimore.

“In our initial writing sessions in Baltimore, we each had a few songs and snippets of songs in our back pocket and we took a bunch of time to just start from scratch with Ivan at a piano and me sitting next to him with a guitar. We pressed record and just kept it rolling while we just tossed around ideas until something stuck. Then we went back and picked the ones that we felt had promise to develop,” Jacobs explains.

“For a song like "River Behind Me", Ivan knew right away that he wanted to take this particular idea and write a song about his mother. So, we both collaborated on the lyrics until we finished it.  For others, I went home and took some of the raw melodies without lyrics that that Ivan was singing while we were just messing around and put some lyrics to them. It was truly an organic and collaborative process. When we finally had some solid tunes together, we added a few that we already each had, and went down to Blade Studios in Shreveport, LA, to make the record.”

To round out their sound, the duo tapped Tony Hall to play bass (who Ivan has played with throughout his career) and Brady Blade for the drums.  Hall and Blade played together as the rhythm section for Emmylou Harris, Dave Matthews, Jewel and several others over the years.  Both musicians are extremely versatile, funky, and soulful - a perfect fit for the music of Neville Jacobs.  During the sessions, Cris and Ivan invited Shreveport based singer and violinist, Theresa Andersson, to add some of her flavor to a few of the songs. And Ivan’s father, Aaron, lends his vocal to “Makeup Of A Fool.”

The undeniable synergy between Ivan and Cris created a fresh and timeless sound for their debut - equal parts soulful, funky, sweet, and dirty. This batch of well-crafted songs feature their two distinct voices and grooves complementing the other perfectly. This first chapter of Neville Jacobs is the beginning of what is sure to be a long lasting and fruitful collaboration between two truly unique talents.

“I’m really looking forward to this music being available to everyone,” Ivan says. “As we had such an amazing time putting this together. Cris and I, along with Brady Blade and Tony Hall put our hearts and souls into this project. And add to that the contributions of the extremely talented Theresa Anderson and guest appearance by my dad, Aaron Neville makes for one special piece of music.”

Tue, 04/02/2019 - 3:56 pm

On May 17th Perpetual Groove will release their first new album since 2009, which is self-titled on Harmonized Records.  In addition to a North American tour in support of the LP, the band is resurrecting its popular Talking in Place message board on their revamped website, PGroove.net. The first single, “Upswing,’ was released today along with an accompanying video, a new venture for the veteran outfit” – Relix.

Upswing is the first single off the self-titled Perpetual Groove album. After keeping fans waiting for nearly a decade, Perpetual Groove is back with a vengeance and a juggernaut of a new album. From the chest-pounding opening notes, there’s a familiar, yet fully-realized sound that fans will find completely new and exciting. The entire album can be summed up in the first verse of Upswing, "No more norms which to rely on", showcasing a band that’s at the top of their game and ready to take their message to the masses.

In the tumultuous decade that followed the release of their last full-length album (including a two year performance hiatus), Perpetual Groove recruited producers Jason Kingsland and Tim Friesen to help redefine and fully realize the sound for their much anticipated new album.

Hunkering down for all of 2018 in recording studios, The Fidelitorium in Kernersville, NC and Studio MG in Roswell, the band decided to forego the usual road test for new material. The Athens-based collective emerged this year with seven songs that represent all that life brings. The inimitable lyrical style of Brock Butler and Adam Perry focuses on loss, redemption, and hope which is balanced with a sonically cerebral and emotional undertow.

Lyricist and guitarist Brock Butler offers, “Each album we’ve made over the years offers a look into the moments of their respective eras. In comparison to our previous albums, this one was created over a longer period of time. In my experience, the difference of how I hear or feel a particular song today, versus when I revisit it sometime later, can be a considerable one. I feel we’ve sonically and lyrically captured this feeling. Our lyrics tell the stories of our lives--the joys and the sorrows, the lives and the deaths, the creations and the losses that have made us Perpetual Groove are reflected in each of these songs.  In each one, the music supports the lyrics and helps to tell the stories we wanted to share with each of you.”

Lyricist and bassist Adam Perry adds, “After the breakup of PGroove, I was delighted that we reunited.  This album is fresh, exciting and truly reflects who we are now and is the platform for our future growth as a band.”

Perpetual Groove caught everyone by surprise in 2015 when they returned to the stage after a two-year hiatus. The band performed eight weekends that year, over multi-night runs, to sold-out shows in some of their favorite cities across the country, thus ringing in a new chapter and inspiring a new album. The four members of PGroove worked tirelessly with producers Kingsland and Friesen to refocus their energy and take the time to meticulously craft music that stays true to their collective vision. This is a band that is fully realized and ready to bring their new sound, storytelling, and live experience to the masses.

Don’t Miss Perpetual Groove On Tour This Year:

April 17                                   Tuscaloosa, AL                       Druid City Music Hall

April 18                                   Knoxville, TN                         The Concourse

April 20                                   Franklin, NC                           Springtopia

April 24                                   Indianapolis, IN                      Hi-Fi

April 25                                   Cincinnati, OH                        Riverfront Live

April 26                                   Ann Arbor, MI                        The Blind Pig

April 27                                   Chicago, IL                             Bottom Lounge

July 12                                    Wilmington, NC                     Greenfield Ampitheatre

August 24                                Richmond, VA                        The National

Sept 20 & 21                           Savannah, GA                         Victory North

September 27                          Virginia Beach, VA                The Norva

October 4                                Charlotte, NC                          Neighborhood Theater

October 5                                Raleigh, NC                            Lincoln Theatre

October 9                                Philadelphia, PA                     The Foundry

October 11                              Washington, DC                     9:30 Club

October 12                              New York, NY                        Gramercy Theatre

October 18                              Boston, MA                            Brighton Music Hall

October 19                              Burlington, VT                       Higher Ground

October 25                              Nashville, TN                         The Basement

October 26                              Huntsville, AL                                    The Mercantile

October 31                              Athens, GA                             Georgia Theatre

November 1&2                       Charleston, SC                        The Pourhouse

November 8 & 9                     Denver, CO                             The Summit

November 22                          Birmingham, AL                     Saturn

November 23                          Atlanta, GA                             Variety Playhouse

MORE DATES TO BE ANNOUNCED SOON!

Tue, 05/28/2019 - 12:45 pm

After selling out all four nights of performances at three independent venues last year, Philly Music Fest—the city's only music festival to feature exclusively local bands—will return for its third year September 25-28, 2019, featuring headliners Man Man, Vacationer, Speedy Ortiz, and Ceramic Animal.
 
The festival kicks off at Milkboy on September 25, then continues at Johnny Brenda’s on September 26 and at World Cafe Live on September 27 and 28, with performances on both stages. Philly Music Fest is a nonprofit organization that donates proceeds to local music education charities. This year’s festival features nearly two dozen Philadelphia artists from a range of genres, including rock, hip hop, jazz, punk, and bluegrass. See the complete lineup below.
 
“Building on last year's success, we're excited to continue to grow the community and reach of Philly Music Fest,” said festival founder and curator Greg Seltzer. “In keeping with our core mission—to assist and promote local musicians and to benefit music education programs—our goal for 2019 is to exceed the $25,000 donated to charities last year.”
 
The festival will again feature a Tech Tour, and this year will debut InSide Hustle, an informational panel about the city’s music scene. On the afternoon of September 27, Tech Tour brings music performances into the offices of local tech firms and features panel discussions on business and technology, women empowerment, and entrepreneurship. The following afternoon, InSide Hustle will explore Philadelphia’s thriving music industry. With the support of WXPN, InSide Hustle will feature speakers from local recording studios, record labels, venues, radio stations, media, and management agencies. The goal is to bring together the disparate parts of Philadelphia’s music scene in order to build community and help emerging bands and budding music professionals. Admission to both Tech Tour and InSide Hustle is free.
 
“We’re hoping the panel discussions raise awareness of Philly’s music industry and help support Philly’s music and startup economies. Of course, the byproduct of Philly Music Fest is four days of incredible music,” Seltzer said.
 
The Philadelphia region has a notorious craft brewing culture, both established and emerging. As with music, Philly Music Fest will feature ONLY local craft breweries. Some of our premiere local craft breweries will take over all 20 taps at World Cafe Live’s three bars. Across all three venues of Philly Music Fest, they will strive to pour only local beer.
 
When not running Philly Music Fest, Greg Seltzer is a partner at Ballard Spahr, where he divides his practice between merger-and-acquisition transactions and work involving emerging companies and venture capital. Seltzer co-founded and leads the firm's widely recognized pro bono accelerator program for student startups, Ballard Academy for Student Entrepreneurs (BASE).
 
About Philly Music Fest:
The Philadelphia Music & Arts Festival is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization – founded, produced, and curated by Greg Seltzer. Its mission is to support Philadelphia's local music and arts ecosystem—comprised of local musicians, independent performance venues, artists, brewers and distillers—and to share music and art with Philadelphia's children by donating the proceeds of Philly Music Fest to local music education programs. In 2017, the festival raised approximately $15,000 for various music education programs, including Settlement Music School, Rock to the Future, Musicopia, Live Connections and Play On Philly. In 2018, the festival donated $25,000.
 

2019 Philly Music Fest Lineup (in alphabetical order):
Ali Awan
Arnetta Johnson
Ceramic Animal
Chestnut Grove
Foxtrot and the Get Down
ILL DOOTS
iLL Fated Natives
Jeremiah Tall
Man Man
RFA
Remember Sports
Restorations
Rosali
Sammus
Secret American
Sixteen Jackies
Speedy Ortiz
Spirit of the Beehive
Sun Ra Arkestra
Tate
Thin Lips
Vacationer
 
2019 Philly Music Fest Craft Breweries and Distilleries will include 
(in alphabetical order):
Conshohocken Brewing Company
Crowded Castle Brewing Company
Flying Fish Brewing Company
Levante
The Revivalist Botanical Gin
Stateside UrbanCraft Vodka
Tonewood Brewing
Victory Brewing Company
Weyerbacher
Work Horse Brewing Company

 
Who: Philadelphia Music Festival
What: Philly’s only festival featuring an all-local bill
Where: MilkBoy, Johnny Brenda’s and World Café Live
When: September 25th-28th, 2019
Tickets: Available at phlmusicfest.com. Tickets are $15 for the Milkboy show and $13 for Johnny Brenda’s. A single-day ticket at World Cafe Live is $25 for Friday and $35 for Saturday. A two-day pass for World Cafe Live shows is available for $50.

Fri, 06/07/2019 - 5:31 pm

On June 22nd, the annual music, art and food festival known as Molestice will return to the 100 block of N. Mole Street in Philadelphia to celebrate the Summer Solstice with live performances from nationally touring and regional acts, local favorite food trucks, local craft beers and all ages activities.  The annual block party begins at Noon and will run until 8:00 PM EST and is free to the public. 
 
For 35 years, the 100 block of Mole Street has hosted their annual block party at this unique Philadelphia location – a block comprised of homes built in the 1830s with views of the towering city skyline, supplying both a contemporary and historical backdrop for this event.  Molestice itself has become a festival beyond the original block party as founders Brian LaPann and Brendan Walsh of Mole Street Artists, have sought to transform it into not only a celebration for the Summer Solstice, but for the city of Philadelphia as well.  Additionally, Walsh has lived on the block for a decade and is the block captain. They are joined by Mole Street Artists’ senior talent buyer, Sean Timmons, the former Artistic Director for the Appel Farm Arts and Music Festival.
 
LaPann, Walsh and Timmons have curated the entire event with local acts and vendors and have a vision that will grow to activate every block of Mole Street to celebrate the Summer Solstice with a community music festival and cultural gathering. “With Molestice, we see a future in Philadelphia that’s vibrant and harmonious. We want to see Molestice become what Jazz Fest is to New Orleans – taking over the city with a celebration of music, culture and camaraderie,” says Brian. “When you check out Mole Street on a map of Philadelphia,” continues Walsh, “this quirky street extends from the deep South all the way to North Philadelphia. We want to grow Molestice from a single block party to a citywide celebration.”
 
This year, performances will include the blue-eyed soul-tinged vocalist, Hannah Krupa, hip-hop, electronic pop, R&B and indie pop duo Camp Candle, powerful blues, funk and rock guitarist/songwriter Brian LaPann, dance-pop-rock-band, Great Time, garage-psych-rocker Ali Awan, who was deemed “the philly rocker you should be listening to right now” by the Philadelphia Inquirer, hip hop/R&B duo &More (Chill Moody and Donn T) and headliners, the dance party, roots rock collective, Bronze Radio Return.
 
Beer and wine will be provided by Fergie’s Pub.

Molestice for the Summer Solstice from Mole Street Artists on Vimeo.

Since 2011, Mole Street Artists has operated as a boutique booking agency for high end clients, providing musical performers for corporate events, hotels and hospitality, weddings and private parties throughout the United States and overseas. Collectively, LaPann, Walsh and Timmons share a passion for music and a motivation to be a positive force as part of the musical eco-system in Philadelphia and beyond. “For us,” Timmons says, “Molestice is an opportunity to create community and shared experience through music for people of all ages and diverse backgrounds.”
 
In 2018, the event saw 2500-3000 attendees and has become a cult favorite with Philadelphians looking to celebrate the longest day of the year with music, food, and a diverse and eclectic audience.
 
Who: Molestice 
What: Annual Summer Solstice Music Festival & Block Party
Where: 100 Block of N. Mole Street at Race Street Philadelphia, PA
When: Saturday, June 22nd from 12:00 – 8:00 PM EST
Ticketing: This event is free and all ages. 
RSVP: http://tiny.cc/zn5s7y

 

Thu, 07/18/2019 - 1:50 pm

Part of the magic of Rhythm & Roots is not only the diversity of musical genres but also the energy and creative inspiration that flows among the musicians.

Performers sub in and out of other bands on stage and lucky roots music fans may even run across a late-night jam in the campground. But the 22nd annual festival, held over Labor Day weekend at Ninigret Park, features more collaborations than most.

Dustbowl Revival and Hot Club of Cowtown are merging to celebrate the music of The Band. A mix of three acts, Peter Rowan and Free Mexican Airforce with Los Texmaniacs, will combine Rowan’s five decades of singing and songwriting with his frequent rocker companions Free Mexican Airforce. Los Texmaniacs will add their authentic Tex-Mex flair.
 
Two other acts, Joe Craven & the Sometimers and Railroad Earth, will apply their own originality and inventiveness to the music of Jerry Garcia and the lyrics of John Denver, respectively.

Producer Chuck Wentworth says he has invested heavily in the lineup this year, and it shows. Headliners are the folk, blues and political protest musicians Son Volt on Friday, Aug. 30, the danceable fusion of styles from The Mavericks the next night, and acoustic rockers Railroad Earth on Sunday, Sept. 1.

The seaside festival features 30 bands on four stages, along with nearly 5,000 square feet of dance floor, international food, artisans and children’s activities on the grassy fields of Ninigret Park. About 1,500 of the festival attendees will either rough it camping or take the luxury route by “glamping” (a mashup of glamorous and camping). The park offers its own entertainment in the form of nature trails, a playground, swimming, tennis and basketball. Bring your kids, and remember your lawn chair, blanket and sunscreen.
Buy tickets at rhythmandroots.com or call 401.783.3926 or 800.901.7173 for more information on music or glamping. Tickets go fast, so save money and plan ahead by purchasing tickets by Aug. 23.
 
Wentworth, whose eclectic taste is reflected in the band choices every Labor Day weekend, says he jumped at the possibility of booking Dustbowl Revival, a popular Americana band, with the string trio Hot Club of Cowtown. The two roots groups will play an homage to The Band’s first two albums, Music from Big Pink and The Band, released 50 years ago. “They hadn’t planned to do it in a festival setting, so I talked them into it.”

He says The Mavericks are popular with the all-ages crowd. “They get people up and dancing and they’re a great fusion of all styles of music.” Booking Joe Craven & the Sometimers was a “no-brainer” for their first-time performance on the East Coast. Railroad Earth, “an original acoustic band that rocks out,” will perform songs that combine the band’s music with unpublished lyrics discovered by John Denver’s estate. The band hopes to convey what they call the warmth and emotional bravery of Denver’s music.

Here’s a look at some of the roots musicians, covering Zydeco, blues, bluegrass, Cajun and more who are making their first appearances at Rhythm & Roots:

  • Chubby Carrier and the Bayou Swamp Band is a Grammy-winning, high-energy Zydeco band from Lafayette, La.
  • Erin Harpe & The Delta Swingers, who won the 2018 Boston Blues Challenge, bring their dynamic rocking-roots-blues to the festival.
  • Providence’s own Jabbawaukee, a quintet formed in 2017, is “beyond honored” to perform its blend of psychedelic/progressive rock and funk at Rhythm & Roots for the first time.
  • Victor Wainwright and the Train, who earned a 2019 Grammy nomination for best contemporary blues album, perform their “boogie-woogie, pedal-to-the-medal blues.”
  • The Travelin’ McCourys, who won the Grammy for best bluegrass album in 2018, are constantly innovating the traditional.
  • The Lustre Kings, with their modern take on early rock, country, blues and R&B, rock out and play 150 gigs a year.
Wed, 10/30/2019 - 7:01 pm

Bucks County native, Jeremiah Tall, released his latest full-length LP, From Bare Bones, and performed its first single, “Graves” on Fox 29’s The Q in celebration of the album’s release. “Graves” premiered on WXPN’s The Key and the band performed at World Café Live as part of the third annual Philly Music Fest this September.  A natural evolution from his one-man-band of 2015’s Where The Lore Began, Tall enlisted his band, The Lore, to provide a robust rhythm section and layers his vocals throughout the eleven songs on From Bare Bones. The result is a foot-stomping, Americana and folk-tinged collection of songs that would be equally at home played around the campfire or on the festival stage in front of thousands of fans.  Reinforced with the will of the wild and strengthened by the stories of mankind’s struggles with desolation, From Bare Bones takes Jeremiah Tall to new heights. The album kicks off with “Cocaine Money” – a literal foot-stomping, finger-snapping, tambourine slapping track that features Tall’s layered vocals that lament being broke, despite the fact that he’s “got a little money for the cocaine man.”  “Lucy,” is a banjo romp that invokes the loneliness of a traveling musician. “Even when I’m not alone if you’re at home I feel so low. I’m traveling,” sings Tall.  Lead single “Graves,” is a darker, full band exploration of the end of times built upon swirly organ textures and punctuated with the found percussion of a metal chain. “The lyrics use the end of times and death as a soapbox to shout, “Ain’t no grave can hold me down!” For me, it’s about the idea of living for today and not letting the thought that you could die stop you from living. A false sense of immortality, that even a grave and dirt can’t hold me down,” explains Tall.

In “All For My Girls Kid Brother,” Tall plays slide guitar on his resonator which captures the song’s darkness and “This is All I Know” begins in the higher register of his mandolin before the driving bass kicks in. “Muddy Rivers Edge” is another banjo-based foot-stomper that features the metal chain percussion and offers up lyrics that embrace Tall’s affinity for storytelling, much like “The Ballad of Big John and Those Smokey Mountains” and “A Song For Rose.”  The album wraps up with the mandolin and organ-based “From Each Of You,” and Tall leaves his audience with this last bit of advice, “you gotta live, live while you can.”

"From Bare Bones, came from a place of stripped-back songwriting with the full intention of keeping the recording process low key with limited over dubbing,” Tall says. “I fell far off the mark while recording the vocals. With each layered harmony, the songs seem to call out with a howl that is now a signature mark on this album."

Jeremiah Tall will be playing select dates in support of From Bare Bones.

Thu, 11/21/2019 - 1:20 pm

On January 17th, singer and songwriter, Kathryn Colina, will release her debut EP titled, Recovery. The EP was produced by Kevin Leach AKA Sonic Pilot (The Lumineers, ABC’s Nashville) and engineered by Nathan Dantzler (Niall Horan, Hey Violet.) Colina’s first single, “Novocaine” premiered on Americana Highways who cheered, “There’s an aura of fresh energy around Kathryn Colina, and this project, Recovery, will deliver it to you on a powerful gust of wind this fall.”  
 
The six songs in the collection were written following a traumatic car accident that left Colina temporarily wheelchair bound, dependent on pain killing medication and struggling with PTSD. The songs were born after a yearlong recovery period and were sparked by a visit to a holistic doctor who correctly identified the source of her increasingly severe, painful leg tremors – a misaligned disk in the middle of her back – and quickly returned the disk back to its proper position.  With her body back on track, Colina returned to her passion, singing and songwriting. 

“Once I immersed myself in music, I noticed that my PTSD began washing away and my brain finally started to heal,” Colina says. “I truly believe that music was my pathway to recovery, and without it I would’ve been stuck in an endless cycle of doubt and fear.” 

Kathryn Colina decided to settle in Nashville after graduating from Vanderbilt University and culled from 200 songs that she had written for Recovery.  The six songs that made the cut were written prior to the accident, but recorded and arranged following a period of healing.  The EP offers an eclectic collection of songs – some are acoustic and Americana leaning and some skew more pop.  All in all, the songs offer a glimpse of a young songwriter who is filled with hope, finding her voice and healing her mind and body through music.

“After a year of misdiagnosis and countless doctor appointments, I began to lose hope that I would ever function normally again in society. I lost all confidence in myself, in my ability to create music, and truly lost sight of who I was as a person. By January 2018, I found a holistic doctor who helped get me off all of my meds and through a lot of physical therapy, I began walking again. Even though I was physically getting better, my mind was still stuck in this mentality of fear. I remember thinking and even wrote down in my journal that I needed to lean into my passion for music to somehow find a way to fit in this world. It wasn’t until I met my producer in July of that year that I began to see a brighter future. Being in the studio, immersing myself in music everyday, I began to find my purpose again. It wasn’t immediate but, little by little, I began to feel my mind wake up again and everything felt a little easier, more manageable. I truly attribute my ability to recover to the unknown way in which music magically enters our brains and heals what’s broken. This album saved me in more ways than I could count and I am so grateful that I am now able to share these songs as a message of hope to anyone out there who may be going through a tough time.”

Mon, 02/24/2020 - 2:20 pm

The Folk Americana Roots Hall of Fame (FARHOF), announces its Winter/Spring 2020 schedule of Hallways -- the Hall’s official podcast -- airing weekly beginning in February. The series includes in depth, personal interviews with Folk, Americana, and Roots artists like Patty Griffin, Ani DiFranco, Tom Rush, Keb' Mo', Milk Carton Kids and The Mammals.

Listen to Hallways here.

The podcast launched on January 3rd and featured FARHOF’s founder, Joe Spaulding, prior to moving to its weekly episode format on February 7th. Several upcoming episodes -- including Ani DiFranco and Aengus Finnan -- were recorded at the Folk Alliance International conference, which took place in New Orleans in January. Additionally Tom Rush, Mark Erelli, Hayley Sebella, Raye Zaragosa, Laura Cortese, David Amram and Diana Jones all recorded live, solo performances during their interviews with the Hallways team.

“Our mission at FARHOF is to preserve and celebrate the history of Folk, Americana and Roots music,” said Joe Spaulding. “Hallways allows the legacy and history of folk, Americana, roots music to be heard from all artists past and future directly in their own words.” 

The Folk Americana Roots Hall Of Fame is housed in the Wang Theatre and is an initiative of the Boch Center in Boston. FARHOF celebrates Folk, Americana and Roots music through displays, memorabilia, artifacts, multimedia, lectures and concerts. As much as any city in the country, Boston has been the musical birthplace for the styles and artists we celebrate, making it a fitting home.

Hallways is a production of Above The Basement - Boston Music and Conversation, hosts Chuck Clough and Ronnie Hirschberg bring the stories and inspiration behind this great American music to life through conversation and live performance. 

"Our team at Above The Basement could not be more proud to host and produce Hallways,” said host Chuck Clough. “As the storytelling and podcast partner of FARHOF, we’re looking forward to bringing this important American music to listeners and highlighting the stories and songcraft that keep its spirit alive today.”

Hallways 2020 Winter/Spring Episode Schedule
JOE SPAULDING 1/3/20
PATTY GRIFFIN 2/7/20
CHUCK MCDERMOTT 2/14/20
AENGUS FINNAN 2/21/20
TOM RUSH* 2/28/20
ANI DIFRANCO 3/6/20
 KEB' MO'  3/13/20
MILK CARTON KIDS 3/20/20
THE MAMMALS 3/27/20
DAVID AMRAM 4/3/20
THE ACCIDENTALS 4/10/20
LAURA CORTESE* 4/17/20
RAYE ZARAGOSA* 4/24/20
MARK ERELLI* 5/1/20
HAYLEY SEBELLA* 5/8/20
ROSE COUSINS 5/15/20
DIANA JONES* 5/22/20
PASSIM 60! 5/29/20
 
 *Includes LIVE solo performance

Wed, 02/26/2020 - 2:58 pm

Bay Area native, singer-songwriter Rachel Garlin will perform at The Lost Church on March 27th to celebrate the release of her latest indie-folk album, Mondegreens. Garlin’s ensemble will include the album’s producer, Julie Wolf, known to audiences internationally as a collaborator and touring side player with Indigo Girls, Carly Simon, and Ani DiFranco among others.

Mondegreens embodies a contemporary take on the Bay Area’s long history as a folk music standard-bearer. The 10-song album (nine originals, plus a not-to-be-missed cover of Don Henley’s anthem “Boys of Summer”) was recorded at Berkeley’s legendary Fantasy Studios, where bands like CCR and Green Day recorded era-defining works. Garlin’s record plays like a love a letter to today’s uncertain times, each song evoking a blend of heartache and hope, social reflection and self-discovery. 
 
At the center of the work are Garlin’s nuanced lyrics—image-rich and literary, subtle and surprising—making each song its own snow-globe story that stirs and settles anew with every listen. Complementing Garlin’s finger-style guitar playing are top-shelf musicians like bassist Todd Sickafoose (Ani DiFranco, Hadestown), harmony vocalist Vicki Randle (Mavis Staples) and guitar and dobro-player James DePrato (Chuck Prophet Band) among others. Deftly weaving together vocal and instrumental elements, producer Wolf illuminates each song’s emotional landscape while also creating the album’s cohesive sound.
 
Releasing Mondegreens at the Lost Church is a nod to San Francisco’s poignant role as an epicenter of artistic traditions in a rapidly changing city. Track 3, “Earthquake Town,” pays tribute to urban spaces that nurture diverse populations in ways many local venues can no longer do (including Fantasy Studios which had to close its doors due to economic factors last fall). As a lifelong Bay Area artist—also a teacher, parent, and songwriting mentor for systems-involved youth—Garlin and her songs give colorful stories and vulnerable voices a place to call home.
 
Having received airplay on KPFA, KALW, and KFOG’s Acoustic Sunrise with Rosalie (for the single “Gwendolyn Said” on her last album), Garlin’s discography also includes an acclaimed  “Live at the Freight and Salvage” album engineered by Gary Mankin. An alum of Berkeley High School (where she played on the Division 1 state championship basketball team), Garlin is prolific and civically engaged—a Bay Area artist engaging with, and giving back to, the communities that raised her.

Rachel Garlin is a Bay Area native and songwriter’s songwriter who writes, “finely etched songs that respect the folk tradition” (SF Bay Guardian) and whose lyrical work has been described as “storytelling at its best” (Curve Magazine.) With a natural stage presence, Garlin is a performing songwriter whose interest in people—their stories, struggles, and truths—is at the heart of her work. “More than just a singer; she’s a storyteller with an infectious radiance about her that can enthrall an audience” (Music Connection Magazine.)
 
Don’t Miss Rachel Garlin Live!
Who: Rachel Garlin 
What: Album Release Concert Celebration
Where: The Lost Church - 65 Capp Street, San Francisco, CA 
When: Friday, March 27th
Doors open at 7:30. Music at 8:15
Tickets: $20 advance | $25 at the door
Purchase Tickets here

Sun, 06/21/2020 - 3:35 pm

Vintage rock and rock and roll / Ameripolitan rockabilly outfit, Mighty Joe Castro & The Gravamen will release their debut LP, Come On Angels! on July 31st.  The album was produced by Brian McTear (Sharon Van Etten, Dr. Dog, War on Drugs, Dead Milkmen) at Miner Street Recordings in the band’s hometown of Philadelphia.

Influenced by 50’s Rock and Roll, Mighty Joe Castro (The Situation, The Lift Up) takes a modern lyrical approach to songwriting while The Gravamen add a healthy dose of post-modern guitar effects, booming percussion and driving bass to the ten original songs that make up the album. Consider them a house that resides at the crossroads where Sun Records and Creation Records meet.
 
The video for Come On Angels! first single, “There Are No Secrets Here,” premiered on WXPN’s The Key.  They cheer, “Philly-based singer-songwriter Mighty Joe Castro would fit right in at the Twin Peaks roadhouse. His retro-rock stylings channel the uneasy underbelly of 1950’s American life; think equal parts film noir and Chris Isaak’s “Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing,” a vibe that perfectly coalesces in his new music video…”  Shot during quarantine using an iPhone and three flashlights on microphone stands, the black and white video features Mighty Joe Castro singing between scenes from public domain footage of 1957’s Dementia / Daughter of Horror and 1962’s Carnival of Souls.  “The video is equally haunting and playful, with Castro taking obvious delight in role-playing while also embracing a role that’s decidedly sinister,” The Key says.

The majority of the songs on Come on Angels! were written by Castro who, after years playing guitar in semi-successful alt rock bands and fed up with the business side of the industry and decided to give up music for good to focus on his visual art career.  That is, until his wife bought him an acoustic guitar in 2010 to play for their newborn daughter and unattached to a band, Castro started writing songs.
 
“I had no experience with singing and playing guitar at the same time, so I began teaching myself old rock-n-roll songs -- Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, Bob Dylan, Dion, The Ramones, etc. -- because the chords are so simple.  I fell back in love with playing music again, and, when I realized I could sing, that opened up a whole new world for me. My taste in music started changing and I got really into songwriters like Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave. I started to believe I could front my own band.”

Growing up, Castro’s parents played the classics – Elvis, Johnny Cash, Buddy Holly, Chuck Berry and old doo-wop records – and one of his earliest memories is of his mother breaking down and crying when she heard the news of Elvis’ death.  These rock Gods were heroes in the Castro home.
 
As a teenager in the 80’s, Castro was fascinated with movies depicting music from the 50’s, La Bamba, Great Balls of Fire, The Buddy Holly Story and The Outsiders cemented his passion for the period and the mythology surrounding the origins of rock and roll.  “I love that whole mid-century aesthetic - the dress style, the sense of design, the beauty of old cars and appliances. I was obsessed with vintage diners and old movies. A lot of that carried over to my visual collage art as well.”
 
“I wanted a band that, if needed, could play a whole show acoustic, without electricity, and still have that raw energy and excitement,” he says.  After a few false starts, Castro was contacted by upright bassist, Hoover and the two quickly booked a rehearsal space. After that first practice, they knew that they had something special.  Hoover enlisted drummer Dallas (his band mate in Philadelphia punk rock stalwarts Thorazine) and later found hotshot lead guitarist Michael Stingle floating around Mount Airy.
 
“Our goal is to play original rock-n-roll, in the style of the pioneers, but update it lyrically and sonically,” says Castro.  What if Buddy Holly had access to a stack of effects pedals and some Bob Dylan or Lou Reed records or books by Kerouac?”

The album opens with “There Are No Secrets Here” and segues into the title track, “Come on Angles!” which has the feel of a Eddie Cochran or Buddy Holly acoustic rocker with the instantly memorable chorus, “come on angels, pour the whiskey, come on angel, sing it with me tonight…” “They reinterpret Ted Hawkin's classic “Cold and Bitter Tears” soul tune into the  guitar style of early Johnny Cash and “Whispering Hell (The Finish Line),” would be at home in any dance hall. “For Every Setting Sun” is a lamenting waltz followed by “June (90 Degrees),” a dark rocker about a love gone wrong and “Why Not Just Give In This Time” claims, “I never wanted you to pack up and move on…why not just give in this time?”  The album winds down with “Better Hold Tight” featuring Ritchie Valens-esque guitar lines and the dark rumble of “Angeline” before closing with country vibes of, “You’ve Got It All (So What Are You Looking For?)”
 
“I think that, by the end of the 1990s, rock had been pushed to every limit possible,” says Castro. “And when you get to the end of a road, sometimes you need to turn around and head back to the start to clear a new path. Take what we’ve learned, everything great that’s come after and go apply it to that original sound. That’s the ethos of the band.  But for me, it was about falling in love with music again.  Back to the roots.”
 
As soon as the world opens up again and live concerts happen, Mighty Joe Castro & The Gravamen will play select dates in support of “Come on Angels!”

Thu, 07/02/2020 - 1:00 pm

Modern age songster, singer, multi-instrumentalist, photographer and videographer, Kirby Sybert makes his solo LP debut with Happy People Make Happy Things, due out on August 7th. Kirby sings, plays guitar, keys and drums in addition to recording and producing a large portion of the album in his Philadelphia bedroom.  It is a return to the simplicity and joy of creating something on one’s own and making it sound fantastic despite a fancy, expensive studio.
 
Happy People Make Happy Things is an introspective sonic journey highlighted by Kirby’s soulful vocals, psychedelic guitar riffs, rubbery bass lines and drums that hit right in the pocket.  Each of the nine original songs on the album are reflections of the only constant in the human experience: change. 
 
The album opens up with the swelling, “Ease Fulfillment,” written and recorded all in one night at home. Kirby sings, “fighting hard to claim my stake, in an industry I’ve grown to hate, people laugh, but it’s all fake. Whoa-oh, what a waste. Shake my hand and stab my back, does anyone get anywhere like that?  On that note, I’m headed out, back home to my family…” 
 
“Winds of Change” would not be out of place on Songs From Big Pink and centers around the continual growth experienced by human beings.  The song was written in Austin, TX when Kirby was on tour playing guitar with Philadelphia favorites, Mo Lowda & The Humble and was conceived in late night jam sessions on the road. It features guest vocals by Mo Lowda’s Jordan Caiola who co-wrote the tune.
 
Of “My Maker,” Kirby says, “this is my rumination on death and living in the moment. It's a constant reminder for me to step back and enjoy what's going on around me.”
 
“This Life,” is a sparse acoustic number that sounds like it could have been written in Laurel Canyon, while “Without You” is a funky, 70s inspired jam. “I also started writing a lot about love in the familial sense. I was trying to get away from the traditional love type song and exploring more ideas of how I love on a daily basis,” explains Kirby. "Without You” is about the idea of how someone shaped you into the person you are today. My dad got sick around the time I had written this and so he was always on my mind. Thinking about who I'd be without him and his love for my family and me.”
 
“Donny” is Kirby’s tribute to Donny Hathaway’s tragic death, how his daughter Layla carries on the Hathaway legacy and was originally written and recorded with former project, Kirby and the Vibe Tribe. On the haunting “Better Than I Was,” Kirby experiments with shifting vocal pitches and playfully enjoys playing a sinister role.  “I’ll Be There For You,” is a clap along, anthemic ode to friendship inspired by a car accident Kirby’s roommate was in and how important it is to show up for one’s friends and to be there for the people you love.
 
The album closes with “My Maker Reprise” and features Philadelphia saxophonist, Wil Schade who happened to be in the area when Kirby was wrapping up the session for the song.  Wil was able to drop by and spontaneously record his part in a half an hour. “It was exactly what that song needed to take it to the next level,” Kirby exclaimed.

Wed, 07/15/2020 - 8:10 pm

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, producer and bandleader, Ross Bellenoit’s latest full-length offering, Where Does The Light Go? is out now.  The eleven Americana tinged songs on the LP were written and produced by Bellenoit and the album is a meditation on love, loss, secrets and the ways our interpersonal relationships affect our understanding of the world around us. It poses the question, what happens when you stay on a path when you feel that the odds are against you?
 
This spring, Bellenoit embarked on a solo, acoustic fourteen-date tour of Germany to celebrate the release of Where Does The Light Go? However, his trip overseas was cut short at the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic and he quickly decided to cancel the remaining dates in March to return to the United States rather than run the risk of being stuck in Europe and unable to fly home.  “There was a harrowing moment when I had to cancel the last three dates of the solo tour, says Bellenoit. “I woke up in Dortmund at 6:00 AM on March 12th to the news that a travel ban was happening and I had to cancel rest of tour and race back to Berlin. I spent four hours on hold with my airline trying to get on an earlier flight. My thinking was anything could happen between now and when the ban starts, so I need to get home ASAP.”

The eleven Americana tinged songs on Where Does The Light Go? were written and produced by Bellenoit and the album is a meditation on love, loss, secrets and the ways our interpersonal relationships affect our understanding of the world around us. It poses the question, what happens when you stay on a path when you feel that the odds are against you?
 
The LP begins with the title track, “Where Does The Light Go” and it serves as the thesis statement for the album. Bellenoit asks, “where does the light go when love runs away?” and begins his album-long exploration of attempting to reconcile relationships – both romantic and platonic – that end abruptly and painfully.  Though dark in subject matter, the song itself is uplifting and driven by a melody that beckons the listener to sing along and nod their head in time and agreement.
 
“For Friends,” the second song on the LP, is a celebratory ode to the community of Bellenoit’s friends. It features deft guitar work and a lead vocal that is lifted up by Sonja Sofya’s harmonies – “we’ve laughed at the worst and cried at the best of us and every day we’re working hard at raising up the rest of us.”  “You Don’t Have It In You” leans into its Americana-style slide guitar riffs and lyrically calls out the subject, “you can paint me in the darkest corner of your mind and you can keep telling stories ‘til you friends are blind, but none of that shit is true and I never should have trusted you…”
 
“Seventy two” is a soft lament on long-distance love, while “Let Me Love Be Free” features Bellenoit’s falsetto and admittance of “all my life I never wanted more than to hear you call my name…” “Secret” has a swelling string section and the promise that, “one day my love won’t be a secret.” “Credence,” “Marigold” and “Forgiveness” all showcase Bellenoit’s distinctive arrangements, memorable melodies, and signature guitar work.
 
The album wraps up with “The Perfect Parade,” written on July 4, 2016 in the wake of the numerous shootings of unarmed black civilians happening that year.  Bellenoit reflects on the two-hundred-year-old American Independence Day and what it means in contemporary times.

Where Does The Light Go? was recorded at Bellenoit’s collective, Turtle Studios where the artist has established himself as a vital component to the vibrant music community in Philadelphia. In addition to singing, playing guitar and producing, Bellenoit enlisted keyboardist Jaron Olevsky (Amos Lee), drummer Chuck Staab (Melody Gardot’s musical director), Upright bassist Charlie Muench (The Stray Birds), Jonathan Colman on electric bass and the aforementioned Sonja Sofya on backing vocals.
 
Ross Bellenoit

Ross Bellenoit became a staple of the Philadelphia music community following his graduation from University of the Arts where he studied jazz guitar and found his way into songwriting. He has toured with Amos Lee (when they supported Bob Dylan and Elvis Costello), made an appearance on A Prairie Home Companion with The Sweetback Sisters, performs regularly with his funk fusion trio, Muscle Tough, and also produces and performs with the children’s music group, Alex and the Kaleidoscope. Bellenoit is an in demand producer via Turtle Studios and has produced albums for The Sweetback Sisters, Ginger Coyle, Aaron Parnell Brown and Sonja Sofya amongst others.
 
“Ross Bellenoit's solo songs are full of tasteful pop melodies and solid guitar playing,” cheers KRCB’s Bill Frater and Songwriter’s Monthly raves, “the softer, laid-back nature of his vocals creates a warm juxtaposition to his crisp string work.
  
Ross Bellenoit’s tour of the Northeast corridor in celebration of the release of Where Does The Light Go? has been postponed.  Bellenoit will resume his tour as soon as humanly possible.

Wed, 09/02/2020 - 6:01 am

Philly Music Fest will hold an all-virtual LIVEstream music festival on September 24 and September 25, with performers actually performing LIVE ON STAGE and featuring nationally acclaimed bands - Japanese Breakfast, Mt. Joy, Langhorne Slim, The Districts and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah. The annual festival—which usually takes place over four nights at three independent Philadelphia music venues, selling out all four nights the last two years—will still exclusively feature local musicians. Proceeds will be donated to Philadelphia-based music education programs and seed another round of Philly Music Fest grants for local musicians struggling due to COVID-19.

Unlike other virtual music festivals that feature performances pre-recorded in living rooms and bedrooms, all of Philly Music Fest’s headlining and direct support sets will be performed live and the performances will be on a stage. Bands will perform at the Ardmore Music Hall, which is outfitted with a cutting-edge, four-camera HD audio and streaming video capability, powered by Nugs.net. In order to allow venue staff to sanitize the stage and replace microphones, stands, and cords, the festival will feature pre-recorded sets from emerging artists and messages from the charities that Philly Music Fest has supported in the past, which will be shown in-between the live sets.

Normally featuring two dozen local bands, the 2020 edition of Philly Music Fest is a shorter lineup, featuring Japanese Breakfast, The Districts, Mt. Joy, Arnetta Johnson and SUNNY, Langhorne Slim, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and emerging artists, Arthur Thomas and the Funkitorium and Zeek Burse. These artists represent the diversity of the Philadelphia music scene, drawing from rock, folk, hip hop, indie, jazz and funk.

“One of the most beautiful things about Philly Music Fest is the community coming together to celebrate our local music scene, while simultaneously raising money for the next generation of musicians in our city—we think of it as a cycle,” said Founder and Producer Greg Seltzer. “A streamed festival is far from perfect, but it will still showcase the live talent of our city’s many musicians while raising money for kids’ music charities and supporting local musicians.”

Philly Music Fest’s livestream will be broadcasted live on WXPN, and the video of the performances will be available at NPR Music Live Sessions. The livestream can also be accessed through the Philly Music Fest website and Ardmore Music Hall’s website. 

“XPN has supported Philly Music Fest since it started,” said Bruce Warren of WXPN. “This year, in particular, the lineup is outstanding. Between air play support on XPN and with the support of our local music website, The Key, our commitment to showcasing incredible local music and working more closely with Greg allows us together to expand on showcasing Philly to a larger audience, and supporting musicians and organizations in our community.” 

As a 501(c)(3) non-profit, Philly Music Fest will donate all festival proceeds, which in 2020, will come from in-stream donations by viewers. Last year, it donated $40,000 to music education programs such as Rock to the Future, Girls Rock Philly, Settlement Music School, Musicopia, Live Connections, and Play on Philly. Earlier in 2020, Philly Music Fest established a Micro-Grant Program and deployed more than 330 micro-grants to artists struggling with the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Over the last few years, musicians have flocked to Philadelphia in search of affordable real estate and studio time, talented session musicians, and a network of small venues. The COVID-19 shutdown has left huge numbers of these musicians struggling to pay rent and buy groceries. While Philly Music Fest typically only donates to music education programs, which are in dire need of funding given the stress on virtual learning, this year, a portion of the proceeds will also be used to seed another round of micro-grants.

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