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The 5th Beardfest is officially going down June 16-18 in the beautiful setting of the Paradise Lakes Campground in Hammonton, New Jersey. The annual fest continues to grow with each passing year behind Philadelphia’s psychedelic maestros Out Of The Beardspace, who works tirelessly to curate a unique festival unlike anything else in the area.Getting To Know: Out Of The Beardspace’s Totally Unique Musical FusionThe first phase of this year’s lineup impresses with two sets from Out Of The Beardspace, and headlining acts Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles, Moon Hooch, Start Making Sense, and The Screaming Headless Torsos. Also billed are the West Philly Orchestra, Karmic Juggernaut, Nik Greeley & The Operators, Tweed, and many more exciting up-and-comers. Peep the first phase lineup below:According to the band, the “lineup has been carefully hand selected to include a wide variety of different musical styles, and features everything from world renowned Grammy award winning artists to the girls next door who you’ve never heard of.” Learn more about who’s billed to play here.Out Of The Beardspace Shares New Video Dedicated To FansThe music coming out of Philly continues to impress with projects like these. As the festival’s mission statement so eloquently states: “In a world where entertainment is often too reduced to a passive, spectator/performer relationship, and where social interactions are too often reduced to quick moments of stolen time, and appreciation of nature is too often kicked aside for the pride of progress, Beardfest attempts to be a breath of fresh air.”Find out more about Beardfest 2016 on the festival’s website and but your tickets today.
FreshGrass has just revealed their lineup! The annual festival, thrown by MASS MoCA in North Adams, MA from September 16-18, has just revealed a stacked lineup of folk/bluegrass titans for their 2016 event.Headlining the three-day event is Old Crow Medicine Show, and performances from The Devil Makes Three, Roseanne Cash, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder and Glen Hansard round out the top spots. Also featured on the lineup are The Infamous Stringdusters, Aoife O’Donovan, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Alison Brown, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen and a whole lot more!You can check out the full lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for details!
There’s really nothing like a good mash-up video, bringing together two seemingly-unrelated worlds through the power of audio and video editing. That’s why we couldn’t help ourselves when we came across Wax Audio’s perfect mashing of Metallica and Herbie Hancock.Titled “Master Of Doin’ It,” the video seamlessly blends the hard rock of Metallica’s “Master of Puppets” with Hancock’s “Doin’ It.” Somehow, the smooth classic funk and raucous Metallica power-rock work perfectly together.While this video might be a couple years old, it’s simply brilliant. Watch “Master Of Doin’ It” below, but be warned, you may not be able to listen to the original songs again…
Suwannee Hulaween is set to return to the Spirit of Suwannee Park in Live Oak, FL from October 28-30, bringing a host of incredible artists for the musical experience. If last year’s festival was any indication, Hulaween offers one of the most exciting Halloween parties in the country, with top notch performers packed onto the beautiful campgrounds.This year is no exception, as the festival has unleashed an incredible initial lineup for the event. Not only will there be three nights of The String Cheese Incident, but My Morning Jacket, Disclosure (DJ Set), Logic, Umphrey’s McGee, STS9, and Big Gigantic (ft. The Motet) are all sitting at the top of the bill.The lineup keeps getting better, with Rebelution, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Greensky Bluegrass, Lettuce, Boys Noize, Anderson .Paak & The Free National, Snarky Puppy, RÜFÜS DU SOL, Bob Moses, Slow Magic, The Revivalists, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Future Rock, Manic Focus, The Motet, and more! Considering this is only the festival’s first wave, we cannot wait to see what they have in store.The festival also promises to expand their Spirit Lake artistic community; for a better sense of that, check out these stunning photos from last year’s event. There will also be a pre-party on Thursday, October 27th, but the lineup for that has yet to be revealed.Check out the full lineup on the poster below. Tickets are now on sale, and will be capped to just 20,000 people… so don’t miss out. More information can be found here, and the full lineup can be seen on the poster, and in plain text, below:Suwannee Hulaween 2016 Lineup (Wave 1):The String Cheese Incident (Three nights)My Morning JacketDisclosure (DJ Set)LogicUmphrey’s McGeeSTS9Big Gigantic (feat. The Motet)RebelutionThe Claypool Lennon DeliriumGramatikGreensky BluegrassLettuceBoys NoizeAnderson .Paak & The Free NationalSnarky PuppyRÜFÜS DU SOLBob MosesSlow MagicThe RevivalistsKarl Denson’s Tiny UniverseFuture RockManic FocusThe MotetUnlike PlutoCome Back AliceSavi Fernandez BandEl DubAjevaPost PlutoSavants of Soul
Yesterday, at the Greenwich Town Party, the Tedeschi Trucks Band invited Col. Bruce Hampton up to the stage for a cover of Bobby “Blue” Bland’s “Turn On Your Lovelight”, a song that the Grateful Dead played on a regular basis. The group went on to play “Don’t Drift Away”, “Let Me Get By”, “Idle Wind” and more.Full Audio: McCourys Join Tedeschi Trucks Band For DelFest CelebrationOther artists for the event, which was held in Greenwich, CT included Hall & Oates, John Fogerty, CJ Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Lions on the Moon w/ Bobby Paultauf and more. Check out some video of TTB’s performance from yesterday’s set, courtesy of sgibson818.</p><p><strong>Tedeschi Trucks Band “Idle Wind”:</strong><br /><iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/ANyAqKq3W6c?list=PLAuc0Py5sxALu251DP7ziBZVfvc3rPq3y” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen>
The inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival festival continues to grow its impressive lineup, adding some great artists to their 2016 event! Held at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL from October 13-16, 2016, the festival has added Leftover Salmon, The Wood Brothers, Sam Bush, The HillBenders “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”, Town Mountain, Mike & Ruthy Band, Ralph Roddenbery & Donna Hopkins, Walter Parks & Lee Hunter, SYGYZY, The Applebutter Express, Belle & the Band, and Acoustic Messengers.These artists will be added to a stellar lineup that includes Donna the Buffalo, Peter Rowan Band, Blueground Undergrass, Jim Lauderdale, Verlon Thompson, Col. Bruce Hampton, Jon Stickley Trio, Dread Clampitt, Nikki Talley, Habanero Honeys, The New 76ers, Big Cosmo, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Sloppy Joe, Quartermoon, Grass Is Dead, and Sauce Boss.The festival promises to be a family friendly event, and includes camping, disc golf, campground pickin’ sessions hosted by Sloppy Joe and Quartermoon, workshops and more! In addition, longtime friends of the park Randy Judy and Beth Judy will emcee the new festival.Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf and biking.The Spirit of Suwannee Music Park offers a unique experience like no other, a true playground for all that attend. The Park also offers guest comforts including a general store, full service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms and water stations. Upgraded Camping, including RV hook ups and cabin rentals, is currently on sale and reservations may be made by calling the Park office at (386) 364-1683. Attendees can also reserve golf cart rentals by calling the park.A limited number of Early Bird Tickets are on sale now for $135 for a 4-day Weekend Pass (all taxes, fees and primitive camping included) through July 6th when they rise to the next ticketing tier. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. See all rates and tiers and get tickets here!The full poster and lineup information can be seen below.Suwannee Roots Revival 2016 Lineup AdditionsLeftover Salmon The Wood Brothers Sam BushThe HillBenders “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”Town MountainMike & Ruthy BandRalph Roddenbery & Donna HopkinsWalter Parks & Lee HunterSYGYZYThe Applebutter ExpressBelle & the BandAcoustic MessengersSuwannee Roots Revival 2016 Full LineupLeftover Salmon Sam BushThe Wood BrothersDonna The BuffaloPeter Rowan BandBlueground UndergrassJim LauderdaleVerlon ThompsonThe HillBenders “Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry”Town MountainCol Bruce HamptonMike & Ruthy BandJon Stickley TrioSauce BossDread ClampittNikki TalleyGrass Is DeadRalph Roddenbery & Donna HopkinsGrandpa’s Cough MedicineWalter Parks & Lee HunterSYGYZYThe Applebutter ExpressQuartermoonSloppy JoeThe New 76ersBelle & the BandAcoustic MessengersBig CosmoHabanero HoneysFurther information can be found on the official Suwannee Roots Revival website!
It’s always a dream come true when an artist is able to find some unique corner of the sonic realm and make it their own. That’s what Robert Randolph has accomplished in his years of playing, becoming the pedal steel guitarist today. His performance style is so dynamic and energetic that fans immediately connect and appreciate the work he’s doing.It seems guitar makers Peavey recognized Randolph’s extraordinary talent for playing slide guitar, as they introduced a new PowerSlide guitar called the Robert Randolph Signature PowerSlide. The guitar itself is a hybrid between traditional guitars and pedal steel, reminiscent of a dobro in style.“I’ve been wanting something with more versatility, mobility and comfort—something I could really get into while performing live,” says Randolph in a Guitar World piece about the new instrument. “With four different pickup sounds and more sustain than any other lap steel ever made, the Peavey PowerSlide gives me everything I want.”For more technical details about the new guitar, head to the Guitar World feature. Congrats to Robert Randolph on his new signature series!
The Jon Stickley Trio is currently involved in a Kickstarter to fund their new album and are closing in on their goal with only five days remaining. During the show they announced a special offer: Anyone who pledged 30 dollars or more would receive not only their upcoming album, but the remainder of their catalog, five CDs total, for only 30 dollars. You can help them make more magic for the world to enjoy by following this link.Setlist: The Jon Stickley Trio at Fogartyville Community Media And Arts Center, Sarasota, FL – 11/4/16Set 1: Blackburn Brothers, The High Road, Point to Point, Slow Burn, Rice Dream, Never Stop, Dellas Walk, Echolocation, Darth RadarSet 2: Jerusalem Ridge,Playpeople, Plain Sight, Manzanita, Tico Tico, Slopes, Octopickin’, Blackberry Blossom, Flight Of The Durban If I told you we were going out to hear some classical music, as well as calypso, flamenco, bluegrass, jazz and chamber tunes, you might assume we were going to be very busy running from show to show. Luckily, you can hear all of that and so much more for the price of a single ticket to see The Jon Stickley Trio. Stickley, alongside his partners-in-crime Lyndsay Pruett and Patrick Armitage held the crowd spellbound at the WSLR Listening Room in Sarasota, Florida, as they wove their prodigious talents together with a magic flourish.Stickley’s guitar technique is a hodge-podge of classical fingerings, mixed with flat picking jazz technique and a more straight forward Americana feel. It all results in a jaw dropping display of control and emotion combined. Meanwhile, Pruett shows off a stellar range of styles and skills with lilting leads, plucked strings and no fear when it came time to get down and dirty. Armitage held the pocket rock solid, but added a slew of perfectly timed fills and flourishes that complimented but never overpowered the leads. The resulting blend of sounds and talents produced a harmonious sound that was surprisingly resonant for an almost-acoustic three piece band.Both sets of the capacity crowd show were packed with as much deft plying as humanly possible, with the reserved crowd waiting for each song to fully finish before breaking their silence with uproarious applause. Towards the end of the second set, a few of the more adventurous fans in the audience did, in fact, take to the dance floor to get down, but for the most part the audience sat in rapt silence, lost in the beauty unfolding before their eyes.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand with his camera and managed to capture a pair of truly impressive performances, including a nearly twelve minute tune that saw the Trio show off their many dimensions in a lightning fast progression. Check out the videos below:
Kitchen Dwellers and Gipsy Moon have announced a winter tour together that will see both bands visit a number of cities up and down the west coast. The tour will kick off in Bend, OR at The Domino Room on January 24th and extend until February at The Mint in LA. Each show will feature full sets from both bands and is sure to include collaborations between the groups.Montana-bred bluegrass outfit The Kitchen Dwellers are captivating fans across the country with their high-energy live performances and unique approach to traditional music that fans have dubbed “Galaxy Grass.” The band recently headlined The Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO where they were joined by Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorne. Watch the band cover John Hartford‘s “Up On The Hill Where They Do The Boogie” with Mr. Thorne on fiddle in the video below:With soothing harmonies, soul-stirring poetry, and instrumentals that make the hips sway, Gipsy Moon is constantly reinventing their version of indie-folk to include celtic melodies, latin rhythms, jazzy vocals, bluegrass drive, and a gipsy swing that brings acoustic music into an exciting new dimension. Watch Gipsy Moon’s official music video for single “Gin” here:The full tour schedule can be found below: