4ThuJune 4, 2015
A universally appealing dance band at its core, Turkuaz's tightly arranged songs are built on thick grooves, driven by a powerhouse rhythm section and interlaced with swirling guitar lines and synthy keyboard riffs. Over the top, lyrical jabs and swells that serve as both subject matter and rhythmic reinforcement are delivered by four distinct vocalists, framed by horn lines and punctuated with left hooks and right angles. Whereas there are certainly talented improvisers in this extremely musical band, Turkuaz engages bodies and minds with its densely layered compositions, setting the stage for the soaring exploratory guitar and horn solos with no room for noodling. This is perfect for those who want to dance. As for the "headier" crowd showing up for the "jams"--these die hard music lovers are always more than satiated by Turkuaz. They are transported by an irresistible groove, bowled over by a devastating solo and swept up in the impressionistic, occasionally Dadaesque and often seemingly free associative lyrics that--upon closer consideration--reveal unexpected depths of insight, mystery and wry humor in equal parts.
Since hitting the road in mid-2012, Turkuaz has been touring non-stop, amassing a solid, passionate coast-to-coast fan base that grows with every mile driven and each night on stage. This traveling circus is more than a live juggernaut, however: Turkuaz is remarkably prolific in the studio, as well, and continues to write fresh music, pushing their creative boundaries even as they are promoting a new release. On April 14, 2015, Turkuaz will release the Stereochrome EP (Techne Records), fifty-four weeks after presenting the highly successful independent album Future 86, their third full-length studio album of original music. Recorded at Brooklyn's Galaxy Smith Studios on vintage gear and captured on 1/2 inch tape with analog production techniques, Stereochrome is both a reverent homage to the past and a look over the horizon at the dawning of a new day. The four tracks are all in their own ways tributes to some of Turkuaz's favorite recording artists, from The Beatles to Ray Charles and The Band to James Brown, all of whom have had a profound influence on the Powerfunk sound that Turkuaz fans know today. In some ways, Stereochrome closes a door on this warm den where the greats recline on stuffed leather sofas like the gods and goddesses of a gilded age... and with the closing of that door, Stereochrome opens a portal to the future of the Powerfunk sound... a future that will be defined by the early Fall release of Turkuaz's next full-length record: Digitonium...
5FriJune 5, 20158:00pm $6.00Pundamonium is a slam-style pun contest. One by one, 15 contestants make puns based on prompts. Then they do it again.
Each contestant is immediately judged by five members of the audience, who have been selected before the show to be judges. They rank each punner on a scale of 1 to 10, often with hilariously long decimals and other commentary.
The top four contestants go head to head in a final pun-off.
Want to compete? Just show up! It's first come, first served.
6SatPretty On Fleek Pridefest Affair
$10 advance / $20 door
show detailsJune 6, 2015Pretty On Fleek Pridefest Affair$10 advance / $20 doorSixx Niteline presents a tribute to Cherise Morgan AKA Heavy Duty Cutie, with special guests Roni, Bri, Tank, Tasha and Neko from the movie The Lies We Tell. Hosted by DJSIXX and Legally Blonde. Music by Core DJ Romeo. Call 414-232-7853 or 414-931-1973 for more info. Dress code Pretty On Fleek!
11ThuJune 11, 2015
Known for making instant fans of the uninitiated with one of the most engaging and passionate live shows on the road today, Red Wanting Blue found even bigger audiences after the release of its 2012 "From The Vanishing Point" album, which landed in the Top 10 of Billboard's Heatseekers chart and at #1 for the band's home region.
Appearances on The Late Show with David Letterman, VH1's Big Morning Buzz Live, and NPR's Mountain Stage followed, and while the band continues to reach new and bigger career milestones, Red Wanting Blue is also staying true to its roots. This is evident on the upcoming new album "Little America," the band's most personal and promising recording to date.
"Little America" celebrates a community spirit Red Wanting Blue shares with its audience that goes beyond fans who simply give back the passion that comes off the stage. Red Wanting Blue's hard work is matched by fans who work hard, too. It's not unexpected for members of this growing legion to take days off of work and cross state lines to follow the band, to learn just-written tunes from wobbly YouTube videos, and to sing every word at every concert.
Just prior to recording "Little America," Red Wanting Blue wrapped up over two years of touring that brought to the rest of the nation what the band's long-time followers in the middle of the country already knew about. Packed rooms and sold-out performances throughout the U.S. and Canada proved that Red Wanting Blue wasn't just a regional phenomenon. It also gave band leader Terry some newfound perspective on his art and his profession.
"There are several reasons why this album is called 'Little America,'" he explains.
On a white-knuckle drive from Salt Lake City to Denver through a Wyoming snowstorm in the early winter of 2013, the band's converted mobile home nearly hit a jackknifed tractor-trailer.
"The truck came to a halt just before getting to us," Terry remembers. "There was debris everywhere and we sat in awe for a moment before we maneuvered around the wreckage and slowly made our way down the mountain. We pulled off at the first truck stop we saw -- it happened to be named 'Little America.'"
"Little America" also represents an ideology that stems from Terry's childhood.
"As a child, America was the most enormous thing I knew, and as I got older, it became an epic and unconquerable wilderness that I thought I would spend my whole life discovering. My relationship with America has gotten so much more intimate than I ever could have dreamed. It's 'Little America,' like the nickname you can only give to someone after you've really gotten to know them."
Terry also acknowledges the influence of Simon & Garfunkel's classic song "America" on the album, and his life in general.
"I started playing music to get to see this country through the eyes of a rock n' roll band," he says. "'And we walked off to look for America' is one of my favorite lyrical images ever. 'We walked off to look for America?' But, aren't we already here? I suppose so, if it's just a name of a place. But it's so much more than that."
Terry continues, "I'm trying to experience the America I romanticized from the lyrics of rock n' roll songs. I wanted to know what it felt like to 'pull into Nazareth' like The Band's 'The Weight' described. 'On the road again, like a band of gypsies, we go down the highway,' 'Baby, we were born to run,' and on and on and on."
Terry sums up his connection with these songs and his connection with Red Wanting Blue's fans this way: "These songs are the soundtrack of my life, and it's my calling to give that back with the hope of having our songs be the soundtrack of someone else's."
The new Red Wanting Blue album "Little America" arrives this summer on July 1st, 2014.
Morningsiders is an NYC-based alt-folk group, consisting of Magnus Ferguson (lead vocals/guitar), Reid Jenkins (fiddle/vocals), Cody Gibson (bass/vocals) and David Su (drums/vocals.)
Based in New York City, Magnus and Reid formed the group in 2012 as sophomores at Columbia University. The band's debut live music video, "Empress," quickly went viral around campus, and soon after, Morningsiders opened for Macklemore & Ryan Lewis at Columbia's 2013 spring concert.
In May 2014, the group released their first two singles, "Empress" (studio version) and "Welcome Rain," the first of which was broadcast nationwide in Starbucks' Mother's Day commercial featuring a voice over by Oprah Winfrey.
Their debut project, unfocus, demonstrates an impressionistic Americana sound derived from their acoustic influences. With an emphasis on story-telling, the group combines lush harmonies, folk instrumentation, and unconventional percussion to create an intimate listening space.
12FriJune 12, 2015
How does it work?
Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.
Where do they come from?
In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the members are spread throughout Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Louisiana. For more than a decade, however, they've come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums.
Who are they?
The group's lineup includes:
• Ferd Moyse (strings and horsehair)
• Jimmy Stelling (thumb picks)
• Brian Gorby (traps and sticks)
• David Sickmen (strings and improvised straps)
• Jon Goff (Stand-up strings and fingers)
When asked in March of 2012 to play a show in celebration of the life of a fallen fan in Kinderdijk, The Netherlands, the Hackensaw Boys proudly accepted. On February 15th, 2012 René Verkerk was killed in an accident by the scoop-wheel of his windmill. The weeks following his death, friends and family gathered round and found the Hackensaw Boys were a mutual passion and comfort. René was a huge fan of the band and injected most of his relationships with their music.
On Thursday, May 24th, over 200 friends gathered in Café De Klok, the local pub, for René's celebration of life. The theme of the concert was the Hackensaw Boys' song We Are Many. From this memorial show, comes Hackensaw Boys - For the Love of a Friend, a 16 track CD including Keep It Simple and Can't Catch Me, with a 35 minute bonus DVD.
2012 also saw the release of The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 1 and The Old Sound of Music, Vol. 2, deliver original material that draws upon the songwriting talents of its members. These six-song collections are the result of recording sessions held at the decaying but comfortable Sound of Music studios on Broad Street in Richmond, VA before it moved to its new location. The recordings were mastered by Grammy award winner Charlie Pilzer at Airshow Mastering in Takoma Park, MD. As with the group's previous album, Look Out (Nettwerk Records, 2007), all songs were engineered by Library of Congress archival audio restoration specialist (and all around good guy) Bryan Hoffa.
The Hackensaws have toured with a bevy of diverse acts that were quick to embrace the group's sound and songcraft, including: The Flaming Lips, Cracker, Modest Mouse, Camper Van Beethoven, The Detroit Cobras, Cake, Railroad Earth, Cheap Trick and De La Soul.
In 2003, the Hackensaw Boys were honored to serve as Charlie Louvin's backing band on that Country Music Hall of Fame member's nationwide tour.
Appearances at numerous festivals including Pukelpop in Belgium, Bonnaroo in Tennessee, Bergenfest in Norway, Telluride in Colorado, Belfast Folk Festival in Ireland, Floyd Fest in Virginia, Lowlands in the Netherlands, Pickathon in Oregon, and more...
In the fall of 2000, twelve musicians and a photographer friend left the Blue Moon Diner in Charlottesville, VA in a 1964 GMC motorcoach ("The Dirty Bird") and circled the country on a six-week tour of theaters, bars, street corners and alleys.
13SatJune 13, 2015
His mother played the electric guitar, his grandfather played the banjo, his grandmother was a poet, and his father was a Pentecostal preacher. Greg's youth was spread across a map of the Midwest as they moved between churches (and even denominations), but music was always a staple. Gospel and hymns, classical, hillbilly, early rock and roll, country, and blues coalesced into a simmering stew of sound. Greg studied classical voice and piano as a child and also sang with choirs and in state competitions. At six he took up the pump organ and at twelve he learned the basics of guitar from his mother (who was also an English teacher--so books and poetry were always around the house).
At 18, Greg won a contest to play an opening set for singer Eric Andersen in Iowa City, who then encouraged him to head east. Moving to New York, Greg landed a job at Gerdes Folk City in the Village running hootenannies. Next he tried Portland, Los Angeles and Las Vegas, but after a few years he moved back to Iowa. He recorded a couple of albums on his own (44 & 66 and The Iowa Waltz), then began working on the renowned national radio show A Prairie Home Companion and touring nationally. After Greg teamed up with Bob Feldman in 1983, they rereleased Greg's first two albums under the name Red House Records -- the beginning of the now legendary folk/roots label that has released nearly all of Greg's 27 albums.
In 1985 Greg released In the Dark With You, an acoustic classic. In 1986, he set poems of William Blake's Songs of Innocence and of Experience to music on a critically acclaimed album of the same name. One Big Town (1989) earned Greg his first Indie Award for Adult Contemporary Album of the Year, as well as a rave review in Rolling Stone. Dream Café (1992) was also a huge critical success. The Washington Post called it an "unassuming triumph," and in the opinion of Z Magazine, it rivaled Bob Dylan's Blood on the Tracks.
Following Dream Café, Brown recorded Friend of Mine with Bill Morrissey, which earned him his first Grammy nomination, and he also released a children's album, Bath Tub Blues. 1994's The Poet Game saw significant national radio play (charting on AAA and topping The Gavin Report's Americana chart) and earned not only critical raves, but also the Indie award for singer-songwriter Album of the Year. The Live One (1995) proved to be a fan favorite capturing the humor, warmth, insights, and spirit of his legendary live shows. His 1996 release, Further In, topped them all: critics called it a masterpiece and it received a four-star review in Rolling Stone. Greg's 1997 release -- Slant 6 Mind -- received more of the same and earned Greg his second Grammy nomination. 1999 brought the re-release of One Night, a live concert recording originally released on the Coffeehouse Extempore label.
Two releases followed in 2000: Over and Under (Trailer Records) and the critically acclaimed Covenant, which won the Association for Independent Music's award for Best Contemporary Folk Album of 2000. The year 2002 brought two albums -- Milk of the Moon and Going Driftless: An Artist's Tribute to Greg Brown. The latter, features some of today's best female songwriters including Lucinda Williams, Ani DiFranco, Iris Dement, Gillian Welch, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Greg Brown's three daughters and more. These artists joined forces to record a beautiful tribute album -- each selecting their own favorite song by Brown to cover for a special CD benefiting The Breast Cancer Fund. In September of 2003, Greg released If I Had Known -- Essential Recordings, 1980-1996 (Red House), a retrospective w/DVD highlighting the body of Greg's work through 1996. Honey in the Lions Head, was released shortly thereafter (Trailer Records) and is an album of folk standards from the public domain. Also in 2004, he released In the Hills of California: Live From the Kate Wolf Festival 1997-2003, a collection of live performances recorded at the Kate Wolf Memorial Music Festival featuring guest appearances by Nina Gerber, Shawn Colvin, Garnet Rogers, Dave Moore and others.
In 2006, Greg released The Evening Call, his first new studio album in over four years, which charted high on Americana and folk radio, earned him five stars in Mojo and garnered rave reviews in No Depression, Acoustic Guitar and The Washington Post. Greg's new collection Dream City: Essential Recordings Vol 2, 1997-2006 features some of these new Americana classics along with other fan favorites from his last six studio albums and some previously unreleased material and live tracks.
Greg continues to tour across North America and Europe, playing theaters, festivals and benefit concerts. When not on the road, he lives with wife Iris DeMent in Iowa City and spends time with his children and grandson.
17WedJune 17, 2015
By 1989, he had founded the first incarnation of his new band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local Indian artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version.
"I was honestly happy playing this music in hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe, and going in one year from doing that to opening for Miles Davis was a pretty intense jump," he recalls. "Most shocking for me was to realize how many different people from so many diverse cultures embraced it. I still get letters from fans in Europe, South-America, Australia, and Asia...it's been a really gratifying experience. I've had the opportunity to play in a wide variety of cultural settings with musicians from around the world, and that has been a great experience, too."
Liebert has since become one of the most successful instrumental artists of the past decade, thrilling audiences throughout the world and releasing a catalog of classic recordings, including the remix collection Euphoria (1995), the live album Viva! (1995), the double CD Opium (1996) and the classical-oriented orchestral album Leaning into the Night (1997). He wrapped up his decade with Epic with 2001's Little Wing and went back to Higher Octave Music, releasing a lush album of lullabies called In the Arms of Love in 2002 and an album with Luna Negra XL called The Santa Fe Sessions (2003).
La Semana (2004) was the first all-new band album in five years, followed by Winter Rose (2005), which featured original pieces, classical music and christmas songs. In 2006 Liebert's record label SSRI released One Guitar, his first solo guitar recording, which received Liebert's fourth nomination for a Grammy. His newest releases are Up Close (2008), which is a binaural dummy head surround sound recording, and The Scent of Light (2008) a labor of five years.
18ThuJune 18, 2015
In 2011 Kevn Kinney was honored by the State Of Georgia with House Resolution 387, recognizing the Drivin N Cryin band members for their contributions to the arts and for their ongoing charitable efforts. In 2013 the Executive Producers of F/X Network's hit TV show Archer asked Kinney to produce 12 tracks (5 of which are pre-existing DNC/KK songs and 3 of which were written anew by KK for the series) for season 5 debuting January 13, 2014.
Drivin N Cryin's current release, Best Of Songs, is a vinyl-only compilation of 2012's - 2014's EPs, released May 8, 2015 on Plowboy Records.
Kevn Kinney's current release is Macdougal Blues Revisited Vol.1- a newly recorded version of 5 songs from his landmark, Peter Buck-produced debut solo album.
Three time Grammy nominee, Peter Case's work sets the bar for authenticity, passion and imagination and spans a number of genres, including folk, blues, and rock. Raised in Buffalo, NY, Case came to the Bay area in 1973 and worked as a street musician and played in the seminal power pop group The Nerves, before moving to Los Angeles to form the Plimsouls, landing a deal with Geffen Records.
The Plimsouls achieved success with the hit single, "A Million Miles Away," which landed them a role in the movie Valley Girl, as the band performing during the club scenes. Case's 1986 solo Geffen Record debut revealed deep roots in folk and blues, and earned him his first Grammy nomination for the song "Old Blue Car" as well as the Number 1 spot on the NY Time's 1986 Best CDs list. Six CDs later, Case earned another nomination for Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John, a remarkable collection of songs that features Case's voice and a single guitar. It's clear that Case is a major talent on the Americana troubadour landscape.
Case's 2010 CD, Wig emphasized the rock and blues side of Case's repertoire, while 2007's Let Us Now Praise Sleepy John demonstrates what Case can do with just his voice and a guitar. With or without a backing band, Case delivers his songs with both intense passion and introspective nuance.
19FriJune 19, 2015
In addition to a successful solo career, his uniquely recognizable guitar style can be heard playing with some of Rock and Pop's biggest names, such as the Steve Miller Band, Boz Scaggs, The Allman Brothers Band, Dave Mason, Stevie Nicks and many more.