Wednesday, March 31, 2010

April 2010 MyJoog Calendar

Here are the shows we have added to our calendar for April.

Send  Event to Friends The Holmes Brothers - Wolf Trap - The Barns Vienna, VA: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Pat McGee - Rams Head Onstage Annapolis, MD: Thursday, April 01, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Keller Williams - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Friday, April 02, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Bill Kirchen - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Friday, April 02, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Damon Foreman & Blue Funk - Black Ankle Vineyards Mt. Airy, MD: Friday, April 02, 2010
Send  Event to Friends farmDoubt - Bangkok Blues Falls Church, VA: Friday, April 02, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Justin Trawick - IOTA Club Arlington, VA: Friday, April 02, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Hard Swimmin Fish - Bangkok Blues Falls Church, VA: Saturday, April 03, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Dry Branch Fire Squad - Lucketts Community Center Leesburg, VA: Saturday, April 03, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Popa Chubby CD Release Show + Moreland & Arbuckle - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Saturday, April 03, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Rhett Miller - Rams Head Onstage Annapolis, MD: Saturday, April 03, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Black Rebel Motorcycle Club - Nightclub 9:30 Washington, DC: Monday, April 05, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Ruthie Foster & John Hammond - Rams Head Onstage Annapolis, MD: Tuesday, April 06, 2010
Send  Event to Friends The Spring Standards - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Ruthie Foster/John Hammond - Wolf Trap - The Barns Vienna, VA: Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Skyla Burrell - The Cat's Eye Pub Baltimore, MD: Thursday, April 08, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Daryl Davis - Franklin Park Performing & Visual Arts Center Purcellville, VA: Friday, April 09, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Hal Ketchum - Rams Head Onstage Annapolis, MD: Friday, April 09, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Honor by August - IOTA Club Arlington, VA: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Jamie Mclean - Dogfish Head Brewery Rehoboth Beach, DE: Saturday, April 10, 2010
Send  Event to Friends The Bluegrass Brothers - Jameson-Harrison American Legion Post 238 Hughesville, MD: Sunday, April 11, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Nickelback with Breaking Benjamin and Shinedown - Verizon Center Washington, DC: Tuesday, April 13, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Backyard Tire Fire - Black Cat Washington, DC: Thursday, April 15, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Jamie Mclean - The Music Center at Strathmore North Bethesda, MD: Friday, April 16, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Sonny Landreth - Rams Head Onstage Annapolis, MD: Friday, April 16, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Mississippi Heat - Madam's Organ Washington, DC: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Guy Clark - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Saturday, April 17, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Sara Watkins - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Widespread Panic - Warner Theatre Washington, DC: Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Widespread Panic - Warner Theatre Washington, DC: Wednesday, April 21, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Elvis Costello - Warner Theatre Washington, DC: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Railroad Earth - The 8X10 Baltimore, MD: Thursday, April 22, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Cowboy Junkies - The State Theatre Falls Church, VA: Friday, April 23, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Colin Hay - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Friday, April 23, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Colin Hay - The Birchmere Alexandria, VA: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Bobby Parker - Madam's Organ Washington, DC: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Citizen Cope - Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Melodime - Lion & Bull Haymarket, VA: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys - George Mason Center for the Arts Fairfax, VA: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Patent Pending / The Patuxent Partners - Lucketts Community Center Leesburg, VA: Saturday, April 24, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Cadillac Sky - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Monday, April 26, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Ozomatli - Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD: Tuesday, April 27, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Junior Brown w/Belleville Outfit - Rams Head Live Baltimore, MD: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Bobby Long - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Chopteeth - Jammin' Java Vienna, VA: Friday, April 30, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Deb Callahan - Madam's Organ Washington, DC: Friday, April 30, 2010
Send  Event to Friends Yarn - Clementine Cafe Harrisonburg, VA: Friday, April 30, 2010

Monday, March 29, 2010

CD Reviews: Whale Show & Richard Julian

This past week we received an usually high assortment of CDs to review - it must be CD release season. Two we will review here, one was expected; the other a complete surprise. We have been in contact with Uncle Dave Huber ever since seeing him last November. He notified recently that his band Whale Show was releasing their self-titled CD and would send a copy as soon as possible. Viola - just what I expected. As a solo artist, Huber has an early Dylan character that was carried over into Whale Show's sound. However, this isn't just a blues-folk outfit; with Ben Pollak on lead guitar, Steve Meredith on bass guitar, and Cooper Formant on drums joining Huber - this is a versatile band. Yes, there are some Dylan-ish styled songs such as there will be blood, headin' down the ol' highway, and low down blues #6; but even within these songs the band provides a nice orchestration which elevates past the solo folk genre. They can also be humorous in 03 raw house hollar, alt-county in long time gone, harmonious in when the waters rise, and playful in the crawdad song. The latter is one of a couple traditional songs that Whale Show has mastered; the popular little sadie - the other. Many of the other tunes on the CD were written by Huber, although they sound as if they were written years earlier by the masters - proof that he has achieved the old time blues sound at such a young age. Yep,

Prior to receiving Girls Need Attention, we had never even heard of Richard Julian, but after a quick listen - this is one of the "coolest" works we have heard in a while. Yes, this is downright cool - from the lyrics, vocals, funky flavor - its sort of like Paul Thorn meets Bob Schneider. Some of that character must result from residing in New York City, who knows? The CD starts softly with great vocals and acoustic guitar in Window and displays Julian's story telling ability. He progresses to funk in Words - one of my favorite songs. But its the back of the rack which really makes this CD worthwhile. Stained Glass, Sweet Little Sway, Alexander’s Black GT,
Wedding In Cherokee County - these are great songs - with Alexander’s Black GT my overall favorite; can't get this song out of my mind. But these tracks share common ingredients that produce classic material. And yes, references to Randy Newman are legitimate.

Friday, March 26, 2010

Jim Weider's Project Percolator @ Jammin' Java

One of our favorite guitarists finally ventured to our area and we couldn't pass on the opportunity. Unfortunately, others did not share the same enthusiasm to see
Jim Weider's Project Percolator because Jammin' Java was way under capacity, although local guitarist Dave Chappell knew enough to attend. Too bad others didn't venture out, they missed not only a great guitarist, but a great band. Jim Weider is the northeast's version of Bill Kirchen - a master of classic telecaster guitar. Many people know him from his days with The Band from 1985-2000; Weider replaced Robbie Robertson as lead guitarist. He has also collaborated with countless other musicians and has fronted his own band for the past 20+ years - even during his stint with The Band. Jim Weider's Project Percolator has been around since and includes Mitch Stein on rhythm guitar, Steve Lucas on bass, and Rodney Holmes on drums. Holmes is clearly a fan favorite as Weider grants him plenty of drum solo opportunities. And the guy can play - he was mesmerizing.

The band is touring in support of their latest CD, Pulse; and for those who love classic rock\blues - this CD is for you. Now, there are no vocals - just heavy guitar and percussion so be prepared for a jam session. That is what we heard at Jammin' Java. They played several off this CD including Squirrels in Paris, Dreamline, and Motivator. In fact Squirrels in Paris grabs your attention immediately and serves notice that this is a funky rock band. Now I know whey these guys are so popular in the Northeast; they can play.

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Pink Jams! Breast Cancer Benefit with The Dreamscapes Project + The Very Small + Momentary Prophets

We just wanted to remind our readers of the Pink Jams! Breast Cancer Benefit scheduled for March 30th (7:30 pm) at Jammin' Java - Vienna, Virginia. Tickets are only $10 and grant access to three area bands, headlined by The Dreamscapes Project. This will be our first opportunity to hear The Very Small and Momentary Prophets - but the price is worth it just for the headliner.

PINK JAMS! is aptly named combining the promotion of breast cancer awareness and the arts. PINK JAMS! is a project created by Justin and  ChristaChrista Floresca, a lifelong Washington, DC area native, in support of her participation in the Avon Walk for Breast Cancer. On May 1-2, 2010, Christa and thousands of other men and woman will journey a grueling 40 miles in just 2 days through our nation's capital. Because of the outpouring of support for PINK JAMS!, Christa will be continuing to sponsor events in music, fashion, and entertainment after the 2010 Avon Walk for Breast Cancer.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Bluegrass Legacy People's Choice Awards 2010

We've been following the The Bluegrass Legacy's People's Choice Awards 2010 Facebook contest - where you vote for artists in various categories by clicking the standard Like link. Voting ends on tax day - April 15th. I can't remember all my votes, but I know I gave The Infamous Stringdusters a lot of love, as well as Tony Trischka and Dr. Ralph Stanley. They post the current leaders, for instance in the mandolin category, Sierra Hull holds a precarious lead over Adam Steffey of The Dan Tyminski Band. On guitar, Tony Rice is the clear leader as is Jerry Douglas in the dobro category. On fiddle, Jim VanCleve has a short lead and on bass - Barry Bales, best known as the bassist for Alison Krauss and Union Station. And in the banjo category, its a close race among several artists, but Ned Luberecki, who currently plays with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers is leading. We will post the final results in mid-April.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Joshua Tree Music Festival

Although we will not be able to attend, the lineup for this year's Joshua Tree Music Festival looks very interesting.
stanton warriors (saturday)
(UK) Monster dance floor technicians; one of the most popular & distinctive dance DJ, production and remix outfits in the world - Mark Yardley & Dominic B - the Stanton Warriors. Dig em live under the stars in the magical mojave in May ! The Warriors have succeeded in not only bucking musical definition but have picked it up by the collar and kicked it's ass out of the music world. With their eclectic past and drawing on some traditional sounds of underground house, hip hop, electro and funk, they've mixed up the old and the new and come out with something bigger than the sum of its parts, namely the Stanton sound! Not many can claim to have defined a 'sound', but Yardley and Dominic B should definitely be there if there's ever a ruck on the subject. The Stanton Warriors have carefully honed a distinct sound that carves up dance floors through 4 corners of the world sounding fresh and bringing something new to the party. As Dom said at the start of it all when he first saw the reaction to one of their tracks at the Notting Hill Carnival 'Everybody was dancing'. We're a few years down the line but it's still about 'everybody' and 'dancing' - there's just more people at the party! Check out the Good Vibrations Video
mexican institute of sound (live band) (friday)
(MEXICO) “The sound of old Mexican cumbias, boleros and mariachi tunes scrambled with samples, effects and beats, from lounge music to funk to low-budget beat boxes.” - NEW YORK TIMES “Camilo Lara works the electro-dance scene like the James Murphy [LCD Soundsystem] of Latin America. Think Hot Chip visiting the Buena Vista Social Club; think traditional samples with bells and beats; think a sweaty indie-dance party below the bustling streets of one of the world’s most populous cities.” - CMJ Mexican Institute of Sound’s (M.I.S.) third album ‘Soy Sauce’ was released by Nacional Records in USA/Canada, El Volcan Music in Spain, MiCo in Mexico and Cooking Vinyl everywhere else this past Spring 2009. The album traverses Lara’s wild musical imagination with a witty sense of humor for good effect... whether it’s converting the traditional sounds of cumbia to a full-on electronic dance track, paying tribute to hip hop luminaries De La Soul or N.W.A. with Mexican sonidos or singing a love song as if Serge Gainsbourg had spent time in the Mayan jungle.
fort knox five (live band) (saturday)
(DC) - A major force on the international funk and breaks scene. Having released and arsenal of knee knockin floor rockin singles & remixes, Fort Knox Five have the midas touch for producing heavy hitting singles. Their world renowned groundbreaking sound of organic hooks come from their distinct interweaving of live instruments & funky electronic breakbeats, and has resulted in monster re-mixes for Africa Bambaataa, A. Skillz, Kraak & Smaak, Krafty Kuts, Ursula 100, Tito Puente, Louis Armstrong & Bob Marley. The funk truly hits the fan at a live show. Serious sweat inducing palpitations at the dance station.
midnite (saturday)
(ST. CROIX) Time is not counted from daylight but from midnite. Trance induding naked and raw is an apt description for Midnite's musical style, in which they forgo the frills of extensive remixes, overdubbing and other musical refinements. Hailing from the Island of St Croix, Midnite is one of the preeminent roots reggae bands of the millennium. Vanguards of conscious reggae who represent the King's and Queen's music to the fullness of Jah. Midnite's profound and innovative lyrics are sincere and deeply rooted to present the other half of the story. Midnite explodes in live performances with sets that often exceed 3 hours. Their vigorous, weighty sound, driven by the punchy bass lines creates a vibe that penetrates straight to the heart. These epic musical communions have earned Midnite an enormous following throughout the roots community. Dig them live at sunset in the magical Mojave !
gaudi (friday)
(UK) An international favorite on the electro-dance scene, italian born singer, musician & composer comes to Joshua Tree fresh from the studio with solo album #12 (No Prisoners on Six Degrees Records). His previous release (Dub Qawwali) was #2 on iTunes chart (usa) & the #1 selling electronic album on Amazon. Gaudi's live performances are innovative and unconventional: He is more 'oneman band for the 21st century' than DJ and has adopted the decks into hisset as another instrument in his 'kit bag' - alongside his Moog, Theremin, Megaphone, Tape delay, Dub siren, Stylophone, multi-effect boxes, live dubbed vocals, Melodica and a myriad other percussive and sonic gadgets! His is a unique approach that connects w/ audiences, a signature style of 'Dub n Breakz' that is a bass-driven, dance floor filling mix of irresistible grooves, floor shaking bass, and technological wizardry to engage the body and the senses. Fat tunes ranging from serious electronic to roots reggae and beyond.
bonerama (saturday)
(New Orleans) - Kickin' brass and takin' names. Even in a city that doesn’t play by the rules, New Orleans’ Bonerama is something different. They can evoke vintage funk, classic rock and free improvisation in the same set; maybe even the same song. Bonerama has been repeatedly recognized by Rolling Stone, hailed as “the ultimate in brass balls” (2005) and praised for their “…crushing ensemble riffing, human-feedback shrieks and wah-wah growls” (2007). Bonerama carries the brass-band concept to places unknown; what other brass band could snag an honor for “Best Rock Band” (Big Easy Awards 2007)? As cofounder Mark Mullins puts it, “We thought we could expand what a New Orleans brass band could do. Bands like Dirty Dozen started the “anything goes” concept, bringing in the guitars and the drum kit and using the sousaphone like a bass guitar. We thought we could push things a little further.”
delhi 2 dublin (sunday)
(CANADA) Delhi 2 Dublin is a group of five musicians who mashup electronica with world music, keeping it heavy on the Bhangra and Celtic flavours. Fusing tabla, fiddle, dhol, electric sitar, and Punjabi and English vocals with scorching electronic beats, Delhi 2 Dublin takes listeners on a wild ride through global sounds and synchronicities. Their unique style of live electronica is the ultimate transcultural music experience. It is the sound for today’s Globalista. Their foot stomping, high energy live set has won them rabid fans at Bumbershoot, Shambala, High Sierra, Earthdance and Vancouver music festivals. Their diligent touring ethic and their quest to take over the world one dance floor at a time has led to a cult following with their heavy metal Sitar vs. Fiddle dance off duels ! Get to know them via this VIDEO
orgone (friday)
(LA) - orgone (ôr'g_n) n. A universal life force, a cosmic unit of energy, the creative force in nature. “Nasty, distorted, finger-popping, ass waggling old-school funk goes head to head with the gloss of L.A.'s Tower of Power styled horn charts “ All Music. "Orgone recalls acts like Fela Kuti, Trouble Funk, and War, but with a heavy dose of disco, where the deep groove and diva vocals are so authentic, they could be samples." The Onion. “ Big slabs of grizzled R&B, greasy as fatback and thick as a very particular kind of smoke. They recall the majesty of Sly & the Family Stone, and there's a riot goin' on!” eMusic. Modernized Parliament - Meters old school funkatized with gritty chicano style riffs & afro funk !
the mast featuring haale (sunday)
(NY) Haale (as in halle-lujah or jalepeno), is a bronx born woman of Iranian descent whose name means 'halo around the moon.' Her songs are trance-inducing, rhythmically propulsive, and lyrically engaging tapestries that draw on both Persian mystical and American psychedelic musical traditions. Haale has performed at Bonnaroo, SXSW, the Mimi_Festival in France, in David Byrne's_series at Carnegie Hall, and shared the stage with the_legendary Hugh Masakela and Odetta. " A female rocker who balances electric-guitar frenzy_with the intimacy and alluring elusiveness of poetry." Boston globe. "Pregnant with explosive ideas and genre smashing sonics, the music of_Haale Gafori and partner in crime percussionist-producer Matt Kilmer_engages faith, politics and love in refreshing ways that understand_that lovely and terrible things coexist. Haale's inherent poetry leans_back to Patti Smith and Rumi, Jefferson Airplane and T.S. Eliot -_engagers of the world's saints and sinners that reveal the unseen_realm behind all things." Jambase.
staxx brothers (sunday) (Seattle) Hard Ass Soul ! The Staxx Brothers are a high energy American band, hailing from Seattle, Washington, that has spent the last seven years crafting an the incredible sound they've branded Hard Ass Soul. It's quite simply the most danceable and hip shaking brand of rock & roll to hit US streets since Motown left Detroit. Where modern Rock most often has forgotten its Roll, The Staxx Brothers make it back to the juke joint, and take you back to the black church, dragging modern rock by its collar right back to its birthright - with an epic flare that matches any of the classics. “A huge mob on stage, they've imbibed whatever elixir Bootsy, George and Bernie swallowed back in the day, getting up there and proudly playing rump rattlin' cartoons and then backing it up with whomping good musicianship and tunes you gotta be dead to resist “ jambase.
radio devi (saturday)
(SF) House of Hamsa presents ! Progressive World Groove. Ambient Ethno Groove. Radio Devi utilizes a combination of live and textured loops that create a rich and uplifting dance atmosphere. A unique fusion of ancient world instruments over funky grooves and dub basslines with soulfull R n B vocal stylings. Radio Devi was formed out of the critically acclaimed and award winning world music group Hamsa Lila. Radio Devi features Ian "Inkx" Herman on drums and Samples (Hamsa Lila, Hugh Masakela, Paul Simon, Foxgluv, Post Junk Trio, Rain Maker, Shabaz) Vir McCoy (Hamsa Lila, Foxgluv, YOU, Kid Kaleidoscope) on Bass, Guitar, Sintir, Saz, Guimbri and other strings, Evan Fraser (Hamsa Lila, The Funnies) on Ngoni, Sanza, Jaw Harp, Synthesizers, Percussion, Lyra, Ney, Flutes, Lap Steel and others. Deja Solis (Hamsa Lila, Qawaalis) lays her soulfull diva vocals over the top.
locura (saturday)
(SF) LoCuras music is strongly rooted in Flamenco, deepened through their time living in southern Spain and traveling in Morocco. But it is in the way they move in and out of other musical styles, like Reggae, Cuban Son, and Hip-Hop that results in an irresistible desire to move and to be moved. In Spain the expression "Ida y Vuelta" is used to describe certain styles within Flamenco that made a "round-trip" from Spain to Latin America, mixing with music from the African slave and Indigenous populations. With this idea of music traveling and music as creative resistance, LoCura takes the trip back again mixing it up with their own Califas Flamenkito, Reggae, and Cuban Son styles. As the name implies, LoCura taps into the maelstrom of daily experiences to find that point where opposites meet and dance to convey the way different musical traditions can move so fluidly together. Moved by the music that crosses borders and takes root in different lands, LoCura draws from this creative 'rebelde' spirit to cultivate the cures passed on from our ancestors. Dance music that uplifts the spirit and provides food for the soul- a sound track to feeling alive! VIDEO
wally ingram & jerry joseph (saturday)
(Yucca Valley/NY)) Wally and Jerry, along with Dave Schools (Widespread), Eric McFadden, and Danny Louis (Govt. Mule), comprise the super group Stockholm Syndrome (catch them on tour in FEB/MAR). Jerry (renowned for his work with the Jackmormons), writes complex, image laden songs and performs them with an unbridled combination of attitutde, soulfulness and swagger. Wally (drummer and percussionist extraordinaire and high desert resident), has created musical imagery, magic and color with his Kit (serious bag of tricks) for an amazing list of musical superstars and geniuses such as Crowded House, Jackson Browne, Bonnie Raitt, Eric Burdon, Sheryl Crow, Warren Zevon, Keb Mo', James Taylor, Crosby Stills Nash, and David Lindley (toooo long a list !!!). Together the two longtime friends and musical co-conspirators create a magical musical sum much greater than it's parts ! dig em live, loud and proud in the desert !
wunmi - queen of afrobeat fusion (saturday)
(UK/NIGERIA) Wunmi is famed for her Nu Yorican Afro-house workouts with Masters at Work (Kenny Gonzalez & Louie Vega, her Funki Dred stylizings with Soul II Soul, and as an icon of London Underground Club Culture and dancefloors worldwide. The Wunmi stage show is known for its explosive energy, hi-octane dance moves, a super-tight band and an infectious spirit that draws in crowds. She has performed with and alongside African music legends such as Manu Dibango, , Cheikh Lo, Les Nubian, Baaba Maal, Femi Kuti, Tony Allen & Osunlade. Afrobeat, JuJu, Yoruba & Highlife meet global dancefloor sensibilities. Wumni is currently in Ghana recording material for release in may. Dig her live & fresh material in joshua tree!
eric mcfadden trio (sunday)
(SAN FRAN) "McFadden is a master of guitar and mandolin, a 25 year veteran who waltzes the dark, eerie corridors between Jimi Hendrix and Django Reinhardt..." (SF Guardian) "...Part raging rock star, part flamenco gypsy, McFadden is one of the most talented musicians in San Francisco today, bar none. Whenever he steps into the spotlight, McFadden turns up the energy level a few notches, and the unexpected becomes the norm." (Jambase) "...This kindred spirit to Tom Waits and Nick Cave is spittin' some smoky, dark, americana gypsy-blues for the hopeless and undecided...This is one artist with an unflinching command of his muse; highly recommended." "If San Francisco is home to anyone approaching the abilities of a modern Hendrix, it’s Eric McFadden." (Guitar Player)
d numbers (friday)
(Santa Fe, NM) Psychedelic live improvisational dancetronic rock. The magic of D Numbers' live performances is in the real-time reorganization of analog sounds from live instruments into intricate webs of loops, samples and digital bliss. These cats create multilayered compositions rich in texture and depth as the audience watches them bob and sway in sync; stomping on pedals and lunging for knobs and faders, all the while locked in to a solid groove. Exploring a wide range of feels and tonalities that range from melancholy ambience to aggressive rock to ecstatic funk, D Numbers takes their listeners on a sonic joyride. check out this interview & VIDEO
the heavy guilt (friday)
(SAN DIEGO) The Heavy Guilt create raw, fresh and potent American Rock Music. From the demise of Alfred Howard & the K23 Orchestra is born a powerful force of musical mojo. HG is comprised of former K23 members Josh Rice (keys) and Alfred Howard (prolific lyricist extraordinaire & percussion), Erik Canzona (vox), Sean Martin (electric guitar), Jason Littlefield (upright and electric bass) and Jenny Merullo (drums). Their debut album, Lift Us Up From This, is a work that clearly shows these folks are wise old souls who have lived many lives. Get to know the Heavy Guilt by checking out this VIDEO
z-1 project (late sat early sun)
(SAN FRAN) With it's members originating from South Africa, the United Kingdom and California, and with close to a decade of playing music together, the Z-1 PROJECT has finally found the perfect beat. In close collaboration with ZONE AV the Z-1 PROJECT utilizes the OPUS sound system and dub specialist engineers to maximum effect, presenting an audio visual feast on every outing. Ian "Inkx" Herman on drums (Hamsa Lila, Hugh Masakela, Paul Simon, Habib Koite, Vusi Mahlasela, Foxgluv, Post Junk Trio, Rain Maker, Radio Devi, Shabaz) Sage Jared on guitar (Foxgluv,The Real) Dj Treadwell on turntables and DjKin on bass (Foxgluv, Lumpheads,Tranquil Elephantizer, Sugar Lump,Camberwell Butterflies) with special guests: MC Wise Proof and Vir McCoy. Take a late night journey into the realms of freestyle funk, psychedelic rock, hip hop, electro and psychic dub. The Z-1 PROJECT colors way outside the lines and promises to feed your head and fuel your feet with a nonstop body rocking ride..... Hold tight!
evaros (sunday))
(Joshua Tree) The members of this fourth generation family band have musical vibrations deeply imbedded in their DNA. Siblings Gabriella (vox), Shavaughn (vox), Bryanna (bass, vox), and Gene (guitar, keys, sax, vox), along with Sam Willmore on drums, exude a confidence and mastery of musical skills that belies their age. Divine inspiration provided by sister Natalie combined with a stellar work ethic make the EVAROS a musical force on a mission. The result is an uber awareness of groove laden jazz, soul, reggae & funk that is dance inducing, goose bump conjuring sweet soul music. They've put Herbie Hancock & Jimmy Cliff & Billie Holliday & the Funkadelics into the waring blender to concoct their own magical musical potion. Dance. Groove. Love. Evaro!
geri x (sunday)
(ATLANTA) Bulgaria born singer songwriter, Geri X, traveled the better (or worse) part of europe before settling down in St. Petersburg, Florida. Her classical training on piano & guitar is infused into, and makes for her interesting, emotional stylisings. The music is equal parts pleasure and pain - as riveting and haunting as it is emotional and uplifting. Geri X has been the winner of Best Singer Songwriter (Creative Loafing) in 2006 thru 2008. “combination of the timeless & contemporary. Uniquely hip & eclectic American post folk, but sounds like it learned of love and heartbreak somewhere unfathomably older than here.” Creative Loafing. “She carries the intensity of a Mike Tyson punch with the serene beauty of one of the best female vocalists of this era.” LA post. How about the 'Kiss on Both Eyelids' VIDEO
dusu (sunday)
(PORTLAND) Dusu is an authentic African Malian band fronted by Ibrahim Kelly (nephew of the Legendary 'Ali Farka Toure'). Formed in December of 2009 in Portland Oregon, Dusu combines driving intricate polyrhythms with traditional yet original Malian songs. Instrumentation includes many African drums including the Dununba, Sangaban, Kenkeni, and Djembe as well as drum kit. On top of this unique blend of percussion there is violin, guitar, bass, saxophone, and vocals. The music is extremely danceable and hypnotic inspired by the deepest roots of Africa. Dusu strives to bring about joy and unity through the universal medium of music.