Friday, February 25, 2011

2011 Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival

The lineup for the Chesapeake Bay Blues Festival was just released and, what a lineup. Yea, the national acts are something. But don't arrive late to miss the local talent as featured in the Chesapeake Bay Blues Band and the Daryl Davis Band, And believe me, you do not want to miss Andy Poxon. Arrive early Sunday. Tickets start at $45 per day or $75 combo - with the price rising over time until May 21st at the gate.
Main Stage Saturday
Main Stage Sunday

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Jackie Bristow - Freedom

 New Zealand native, and Austin transplant, Jackie Bristow has just released her third CD, Freedom. This self produced album (along with Mark Punch) was recorded at Cedar Creek Studios in Sydney Australia and Church House Studio in Austin and includes backing music from Punch, JJ Johnosn, Chris Merash, Matt Fell, Jeff Young, and Clayton Doley. Ms. Bristow's beautiful vocals kept me attentive throughout the CD. Want an example; listen to the last track, Aotearoa - a tribute to our native New Zealand. What a voice. And the backing musicians provide a rootsy sound that one would expect out of Austin. Combine the two and this is a CD worth spending some cash.

Ms. Bristow took time from her current tour with master guitarist Tommy Emmanuel to answer a few questions.

1) By naming the CD and the title track "Freedom" - is that a metaphor for personal experience?

Yes it was,, the song came to me after living in Austin for several months.. I was very inspired by all the great music and playing a lot myself and also just having fun.. I had been living in LA for 3 years before that, and when I got to Austin I felt free as a bird. I was also coming out of personal relationship and also a business deal and was standing on my own and feel a real sense of freedom and liberation...

2) One of my favorite tracks is "Broken Girl". And with "Running", "Hightail it Outta Here", "Holy Mess", "Warning Signs" - there's a theme developing - am I correct?

IF there is a theme developing,, I not sure I planned that.. Hightail it outta here is actually an OLD song, I wrote about 10 years ago with an old school friend... Holy Mess is a song written about a family i know from my hometown in NZ.. Running is a song about running from your is bitter sweet.. running but holding onto the small town values and dreams. Warning signs, and Broken Girl are stories of heartache and quite difficult times.

3) How does this CD differ from your previous 2 releases?
This album I really wanted to have a more fun, we recorded the album very quickly.. some of the songs are more rocky.... I think there is a more a folk/rock/alt country vibe in this album.. the other albums were focused at radio and pop.. I wanted to make an album that rocked and was not over we tried to keep it simple. there are still a few ballads as I still love acoustic ballads...but over all it is a more rockn' album than my first two albums.

4) I understand Aotearoa refers to New Zealand. Tell us how this song relates to your home land?

Aotearoa - is the Native word of "The land of the long white cloud" New Zealand. I really wanted to write a song about my homeland.. and I had tried for many years.. finally after spending time back home before returning to LA where i wrote this song.. After returning home I realized how much I have missed my homeland, missed the countryside, the scenery.. and my own people.. I have traveled for many years and it sneaks up on you.... I wrote the song about the area in NZ where I am from... the deep south of NZ... Talked about the hokouni hills and the lake wakatipu.. some personal special places to me.. at the end of the song there is a maori chant.. and he is calling me back home.. say return return, you are always welcome here.. your ancestor lie here and this is always your home!

5) When coming to the States, why did you select Austin?

I lived in LA for 3 years.. I had visited LA a lot before moving to there.. but living there was not the same and visiting.. I had been to Austin about 6 times over the years for SXSW and touring etc and I always had the sweetest time, I always felt inspired.. so I got this crazy idea to move.. .and as it turned out it wasn't so crazy,, I was brave I think as I moved on my own not knowing to many people but I was made to feel welcome and I just loved my time there.. I am moving back this year after jumping through a couple of hoops to get a new visa.. I thought of living in Nashville but I just don't feel connected to that city.. NCY is just to big for me.. I'm not up for that.. Austin there is culture, great music, great food, sweet people.. musical community.. and a lot of soul... I want to live where I can be inspired to make music and day dream and develop as an artist and Austin allows me to do that!

6) Any favorite Austin-based musicians or local music venues?
Oh I love Gary Clark Jr, Noelle Hampton, Ephraim Owens, Charlie Sexton, Shawn Colvin, Patty Griffin, Billy Harvey, and Jimmie Lafave. And there are so many wonderful musicians in this town., to name a few, Dony Wynn, JJ Johnson, George Reiff, Chris Maresh, Chip Dolan, warren hood... . I love going to Tcs on Mondays night, and see Mark Hays and his band.. I love the Gallery.. and the Continental Club.. and momos is a great venue.. , one world theatre.. there are so many places its hard to name them all.

7) Besides the Australian connection, how did you get connected with Tommy Emmanuel and how has the tour been to this point? Any favorite shows?

The reason I landed this awesome tour was Tommy was touring through Austin 2008 with a good friend of mine opening for him.. Rick Price.. Rick had his own gig at the Cactus Cafe and Tommy was sitting in with him.. Rick invited me to sing a song so I sat in with Tommy and Rick,, then Tommy invited me to perform at his show at the one world theatre.. so I sat in on a song.. I was then invited to join Tommy on his tour for 2011.. This tour would have to be one of the most amazing times of my life.. when I moved to the states.. my dream was to play theaters and here I am singing my songs and selling my cds.. its a great feeling!

Remaining tour dates of Tommy Emmanuel and Jackie Bristow:

Jamie McLean Band: Last Chance To Support New Album - "TIme Of My Life"

From the Jamie McLean Band Kickstarter page:

We are excited to record and release 4 new EPs (5-7 song mini-albums) in 2011. But we need your help! Imagine getting new Jamie McLean Band music in the mail every 3 months! Electric. Acoustic. Cover songs with special guests. The long awaited live show! With your help we can record, mix, manufacture and release this music!

We are excited to offer so much great new music as well as tons of exclusive rewards! You'll also get the satisfaction of knowing that you're helping support great talent and that you are a part of this amazing group of releases!

Some of the exclusive rewards include:

- Jamie McLean Band concert in your living room!
- Executive Producer Credit!
- Your name in the album credits!
- Autographed Les Paul guitar
- Guitar lesson with Jamie!
- Handwritten lyric sheets!
- Personal Thank You video from the band!
- JMB albums in bulk (share with friends)

The money raised will go to pay for the following costs that go into recording the music.

Recording studio
Mixing and Mix engineers
Studio musicians

Here's the kicker......If we don't reach our goal by the date set we get NONE OF THE MONEY, your donation will be returned to you in full and the EPs won't get recorded! So........if you like what you've been hearing and want to hear a LOT more of it a LOT more often we hope you'll grab your favorite reward package and encourage other fans/friends and family to do so!

Once the goal is met we will RUN to the recording studio and the first EP will be in the mail in a couple of months.

Thanks for your endless support. You guys really are the reason we are here and playing music and living out our dreams! We can't thank you enough!

Jamie, Brian and Ben

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

SHAMROCKFEST 2011 - tickets incease February 23rd

Get your tickets today for the 11th Annual National ShamrockFest, scheduled for March 12, 2011 at RFK Stadium Festival Grounds in Washington D.C. The festival is showcasing 40 bands on 10 stages; carnival rides, games & activities for the youngsters; and my favorite, "DC Gaels’ Irish Village – with all your favorite Irish bars". Tickets are only $25; but consider the VIP ticket ($75) with private VIP stage, free beer, and more bathrooms!


Saturday, February 19, 2011

Help Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion Win GuideStar's Non-Profit Award

GuideStar is offering a contest to select the non-profit of the year. If you have attended the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion or simply support local music, please vote for them here. The $5,000 cash award will help bring more excellent music to the festival this September.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Bonnaroo 2011 Finally Releases Lineup

Bonnaroo, the ultimate camping festival finally released their lineup for the 2011 festival which will run from June 9-12th in rural Manchester, Tennessee. Tickets aren't cheap ($250 for 4 days of music); but for the experience they provide - well worth the price.

9th Annual Joshua Tree Music Festival

One day we will travel out west for this one; nowhere will you find such a unique lineup. The Joshua Tree Music Festival runs from May 13-15 and is held at The Joshua Tree Lake Campground and tickets are more than reasonable: $100 for all three days.

eux farka toure (saturday 7:30)
(MALI) A legend in the making, the son of a legend (ali farka toure), from Mali to the Mojave.  When Vieux informed his father that he would pursue a career in music, his father told him to take it seriously and to do it with passion. Vieux is obviously more than a good listener......check out this video of "Bullet the Blue Sky" VIDEO
chali 2na & the house of vibe (saturday 11pm)
(LA) With his unmistakable (Jurassic 5, Ozomatli, Galactic), beloved baritone, Chali is one of the most distinctive, charismatic personalities in music today. Says Chali, “I want to free people’s asses and let their minds follow" He and his band, the House of Vibe, promise to set the caboose loose! 
pimps of joytime (saturday 9:15pm)
(Brooklyn) Outta the Brooklyn live music scene & dj culture, and dripping in some n'awlins juju, the Pimps of Joytime possess an undeniable funky swagger. This most audacious and soulful sound is known as "Janxta Funk". Their spirited attitude and gritty grooves make for an unrivaled live experience.
rubblebucket (sunday 6pm)
(Brooklyn) These cats sound like a kaleidoscope looks -- a continually changing pattern of ebullient drum beats, harmonies and horn exclamations, led by the buoyant vocals and saxophone of Kalmia Traver and the hyperkinetic energy of trumpet player Alex Toth. A mad, mad, mad live show.
locos por juana (friday 9:15pm) (COL/ARG/VEN/Miami) This twice grammy nominated pan - american (colombia, argentina, venezuela) "latin urban orchestra" mixes reggae, cumbia, and salsa with hip-hop, rock, and Latin alternative to concoct a wicked tropical dance party.
ursula 1000 (saturday night - sunday morning 12:30am)
(Brooklyn) Psychedelic sonic sorcery. Ursula 1000 (aka Alex Gimeno) melds electro dancehall, bumping latin disco-funk filth and dirty booty breaks into dance floor black magic. With beats banging harder, and bass popping louder than ever before......sweat it out under the stars LATE NIGHT with Ursula 1000.

sean hayes (saturday 6pm)
(San Francisco) Passionate. Moving. Soul Stirring. This brilliant songsmith (voted best of the bay area by the Guardian) oozes "soulfolkness" that will melt your heart and warm you to the marrow.
youssoupha sidibe  (friday 6pm)
(SENEGAL) Youssoupha, a master Kora player from Dakar, Senegal, spreads the message of oneness and peace via intricate melodies on his 21-sting harp. Grammy nominated for his work with Matisyahu, and well known for his collaborations with Michael Franti & Charles Neville.
saritah (saturday 1:30pm) (Australia) South Korean born, Australian bred. Saritah is a mesmerizing singer, songwriter and multi - instrumentalist. Her positive vision shines through in her earthy, radiant, buoyant grooves. Upon witnessing her live show, Saritah will be your new favorite artist.
el ten eleven  (sunday 4:15pm)
(Los Angeles) A west coast duo with intergalactic skills. This Incredible post-rock/electronic act feature double-neck guitar, live/electronic drums, and some serious effects.....think “Kraftwerk in the Sky with Dancemoves”.
musaics (friday night - sat. morning 12:30am)
(Los Angeles) This globalistic dance inducing Afro Latin Space Dub Skalypso Disco Ensemble is the creation of Jeremy Sole (of Afro Funke, Funky Sole, the LIFT, & KCRW fame) and a dream team of musicians including members of The Lions, Orgone, Quantic Soul Orchestra, Antibalas, JFJO, Dengue Fever, Mayer Hawthorne, Build an Ark and more. Their experimental-yet-steady groove hybridizes elements of Afrobeat, Cumbia, Spiritual Jazz and dubbed-out dancefloor beats, creating a mosaic of music. Dig them late night in the desert !
baraka moon (saturday 3pm) (Oakland, PAKISTAN) Transcendent Sufi Trance Grooves with Didge & Drums. "Baraka" is the Sufi word for "blessing". BARAKA MOON, founded on the night of an eclipse of the Full Moon in 2008 is a trio of virtuoso musicians from 3 distinct cultures and parts of the world - The USA, Pakistan and Great Britain. They play original music with roots based in Qawaali Sufi Trance Songs, Indian, Middle Eastern and African Drums and Percussion and the Australian Aboriginal Didgeridoo.  LEAP into the fire of this Magic Music! SEASON your soul, OPEN your heart, DANCE, SING and absorb the PASSION of an emerging UNIVERSAL and ECSTATIC SOUND full of LOVE and RESPECT for ALL peoples of the world! Baraka Moon is: Sukhawat Ali Khan on vocals &  harmonium, Geoffrey Gordon on drums, percussion, keyboards, bass, guitar,  vocals &  programming and Stephen Kent on didjeridu, shakers & guitar.
marv ellis & the platform (friday 11pm)
(Portland) From the great northwest, Marv raps, molds and manipulates words and cadence structures with the best of them, whilst singing all his own hooks. Backed by the uber talents of The Platform, a world fusion hip-hop collective, Marv & friends create a super fresh, eclectic, conscious, & booty shaking experience!
the lions (saturday 4:30pm)                                                       (Los Angeles) Los Angeles' premier all-star reggae band (members of Orgone, Hepcat, Macy Gray, Fitz & the Tantrums, Breakestra).   With four vocalists backed by eight (and sometimes nine) musicians, their live set is truly transcendant; like the best summer party you can barely remember.  The Lions create an organically distilled, urban sound that mines dub reggae in a vintage yet completely fresh way by tastefully blending it with soul and funk. Skanked up. Lean and crunchy. Soulfully funky.
nosolo (friday 7:30pm)
(Johannesburg, London, New York, San Francisco) Formally Z-1 Project from last years JTMF back stage all nighter.  Emerging from a decade of collaboration in experimental music and tasty jams, NOSOLO proudly present their latest musical mash up. Mindfully blending Afro Bass, Electro Psych Rock, Sample Centric DJ Trickery and MC Mastery. Mix one seasoned UK free party DJ & Bassman with South Africa's wickedest and most sought after drummer. Marinade with a maverick Cali psych guitar genius and one politically raw revolutionary turntablist. Drizzle with a dizzying, lyrical flow from NYC and the far reaches of the cosmos, and enjoy NOSOLO!
scott huckabay (sunday 11:45am)                                                      (Mt Shasta) Using a violin bow, an E-bow, percussion stylings and other effects, he creates a mystical musical landscape that is so multi-textured, vast and breathtaking, it is unimaginable that this music could be created by one man and his guitar. True genius. Spiritual. Magical. Mesmerizing.
saQi ensemble (sunday 2:45pm)  
(Portland) SaQi is a classically trained composer, producer and trumpet player. his music is live eclectic electronica that maintains a proper balance between the organic & synthesized. Live shows rock the dance floor with a musical grace and depth that is brilliant, rare and goose bump inducing.
cornflower (noon on saturday)                                                       (Ashland, OR) Southern Oregon’s own vocalist, beatboxer, one-man jam-band Cornflower, fresh off his main stage performances at Earthdance & Mystic Garden Party, is beginning 2011 with a growing fanbase and turning the heads of industry professionals to his magnetic & ecstatic live performances. Cornflower's music is a fusion of organic Live-tronica, Soul, Dub, Tribal-Funk-Hop. His 'vocal scat' brings you into the moment, using 'beatboxing' to set your body in motion to his soaring melodies and atmospheric grooves that are looped live, right before your eyes. Cornflower’s music intends to unite people across festival fields and dance floors around the world to celebrate each moment through all-live, all-vocal, improvised, organic sound wizardry.
quinn deveaux & the blue beat revue   (sunday 1:15pm)

(San Fran) Dance music for when you're feeling wrong and you wanna feel right.  It's New Orleans soul, southern gospel and early blues with the depth of cracked hands combined with the contagious rhythms you've been looking for all night long.
integratron live sound bath experience (saturday 11:15am, sunday 11am)
(Landers, CA) "The notes sound like they're coming from inside your mind.... a psychedelic sonic experience!" says Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes. A healing sound bath resonating from 9 quartz crystal bowls. Prepare for levitation !

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

This Week at MyJoog

There's a strong Americana presence in the nation's capital this week starting tonight with John Mellencamp at DAR Constitution Hall. On Wednesday night, Slightly Stoopid comes to the Nightclub 9:30 and then Thursday we head west to WolfTrap in order to watch Paul Thorn. The following evening we either head back to DAR Constitution Hall to catch The Avett Brothers or head to Alexandria and The Birchmere to watch Tom Principato Band 'CD Release Show' which also includes Bill Kirchen. We finish the week back at Nightclub 9:30 for the second night of The Drive-By Truckers - who also play at the venue Friday night.  Or we stay close to home and watch four entertaining local bands at The State Theatre: The Dreamscapes Project, Melodime, Crooked Crow, and Cobra Collective. And speaking of The State Theatre; the 25th annual Wammies show is scheduled for this Sunday the 20th with the after party at Bangkok Blues.

Friday, February 11, 2011

11th Annual Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival!

The Nothin' Fancy bluegrass band has announced the lineup for their 11th Annual Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival held at Glen Maury Park (10th Street) Buena Vista, VA 24416. Tickets are more than reasonable and children 12 & under are free.

Ticket Prices:
Thursday Advance $25, Gate $30
Friday Advance $25, Gate $30
Saturday Advance $30, Gate $35
3-Day Advance $70, Gate $85

Children 12 & under free with paid adult. Credit cards accepted before show but not accepted at gate.


Thursday 9/22
1:30PM Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
2:15PM Wonder
3:00PM Bluegrass Brothers
3:45PM The Expedition Show
Supper Break 4:30 - 6:00
6:00PM Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
6:45PM Wonder
7:30PM Bluegrass Brothers
8:15PM The Expedition Show
9:00PM Nothin' Fancy

Friday 9/23
12:30PM Blinky Moon Boys
1:15PM Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
2:00PM Bill Yates
2:45PM Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
3:30PM Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Supper Break 4:15 - 5:30
5:30PM Blinky Moon Boys
6:15PM Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike
7:00PM Bill Yates
7:45PM Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
8:30PM Nothin' Fancy
9:15PM Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Saturday 9/24
12:30PM Locust Mountain Boys
1:15PM Wonder
2:00PM Lonesome Will Mullins
2:45PM James King Band
3:30PM Nothin' Fancy
Supper Break 4:15 - 5:30
5:30PM Locust Mountain Boys
6:15PM Lonesome Will Mullins
7:00PM James King Band
7:45PM Nothin' Fancy
8:30PM Gene Watson

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

MyJoogTV Episode 8: Sarah Siskind & Travis Book @ Devils Backbone Brewing Company

This episode of MyJoogTV features Sarah Siskind and Travis Book, bassist for The Infamous Stringdusters, in a discussion of beer, music, and The Festy with Devils Backbone Brewing Company master brewer Jason Oliver. The episode was filmed during The Festy, The Infamous Stringdusters' signature weekend music festival held on the festival grounds at Devils Backbone. Specifically we discussed Siskind's affection for beer as well as her beer blog; The Festy; and the award winning beers crafted by Oliver. The episode concludes with Sarah Siskind and Travis Book, accompanied by guitarist Andy Falco, performing "Wild Fire" on the Southern Stage; and The Infamous Stringdusters on the Main Stage at The Festy. The video is available to download for iTunes and Windows Media Player. To view more videos filmed at The Festy, visit the MyJoogTV Festy Channel. And a special thanks to Nelson County for sponsoring our trip to the region.

Say It Louder - Sarah Siskind
All Come Together Now - EP - Sarah Siskind

Things That Fly - The Infamous Stringdusters