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2015 Phases of the Moon Festival in Arkansas is Cancelled

As of 12:15PM, it has been announced that Phases of the Moon is officially CANCELLED.  The festival is citing a number of unforeseen obstacles including road closures.  See below for more info. 

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Here are some of our favorite replies on the official Phases of the Moon Facebook page:

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BELOW IS OUR ORIGINAL POST PRIOR TO OFFICIAL WORD COMING OUT FROM THE PEOPLE AT PHASES OF THE MOON. 

All it took was one post.  One post to stop productivity in workplaces across the Midwest for hungry music fans who were looking forward to a weekend filled with their favorite bands at one of the most beautiful festival sites in the country, Mulberry Mountain in Ozark, Arkansas.  As many folks flipped their calendar over to September… the countdown was on!  October 15 was just over six weeks away!

This was set to be the debut of Phases of the Moon at their new site, Mulberry Mountain, which hosts the ever popular Wakarusa Festival each June and the former home to the Harvest Music Festival (R.I.P.) which was cancelled earlier this year, and coincidentally enough replaced by Phases of the Moon.

On Tuesday September 1, 2015 at around 10AM CST… Andy Frasco, the energetic fro’ed front man for the California funk-rock outfit Andy Frasco and the U.N. posted this…

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THE SHIT STORM BEGAN!

Within minutes the Phases of the Moon Facebook page had exploded with people asking them for more information:

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The festival was set to feature a lineup that included more than 60 bands ranging from STS9 and The Disco Biscuits, to Moe. and Warren Haynes.  Also set to perform were grassy favorites Leftover Salmon and the Yonder Mountain String Band, who previously hosted the Harvest Music Festival at the same site prior to it being canned earlier this year.  It is definitely a bummer for fans of the headliners, but the middle and under-card to this lineup is where it was at. Those regionally popular bands who were looking forward to the opportunity to play to bigger crowds than they draw on a normal Thursday night at Tom’s Tavern.  Bands like Concert Confessions favorite Dirtfoot or Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band.  The Hillbenders were going to play The Who’s “Tommy” while Larry Keel was set to lead a Jerry Garcia Tribute.

This isn’t the first festival at Mulberry Mountain ran by Pipeline Productions to run into problems.  Just this past June, less than two weeks before they were set to throw the Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival, word came out that the festival was being cancelled due to a “funding disagreement” with The Madison Companies and Horsepower Entertainment.  That case has since ended up in federal court as a class-action lawsuit brought forth by Pipeline Productions.

If it shapes up to be true, Phases of the Moon may need to seek a new moniker if they intend to return in 2016.  The 2014 Inaugural edition of the festival  ran into many issues at their previous site in Danville, Illinois including many festival patrons who had purchased tickets and camping passes not being let in to the venue due to excessive rain that impacted the site in the days leading up to the festival.  Reports of people waiting in line for as much as 20 hours or more were not uncommon.  Once you were inside the gates however, the stories were different.  Many say it was one of the best festivals they have ever experienced.

 

Hard Working Americans at Old Rock House in St. Louis 8/25/2015

Sometime during the year 2013 folk singer-songwriter Todd Snider was talking with one of his good buddies Dave Schools, who also happens to play bass in a band called Widespread Panic, about his love for jam music and wanting to do something like that one day. Snider says he never expected it to come to fruition, but Schools said he was interested. Snider contacted keyboardist Chad Staehly from Great American Taxi and told him that Dave Schools was on board. By the end of 2013 they had Chris Robinson Brotherhood and former Ryan Adams and the Cardinals guitarist-extraordinaire Neal Casal lined up. Schools grabbed his friend Duane Trucks, who just so happened to be playing drums with Widespread Panic at the time conveniently enough. In no time they had assembled themselves a southern rock jam super group and decided to call themselves the Hard Working Americans. Within a year they released an album and began touring. Their self-titled debut album consists of all cover songs chosen mostly by Snide. Newest member Jesse Aycock now tours with the band as second guitarist and pedal-steel player and is set to appear on the next album.

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It took them awhile to get here, but the Hard Working Americans finally made it to Saint Louis with a stop at the Old Rock House on Tuesday evening as part of what is being dubbed the High Up On It Tour.  For the last week or so leading up to the show there were warnings being sent out on social media that this was going to be a sold out show.  Chicago’s The Steepwater Band opened the show on this particular evening, though there are a variety of openers offered throughout the tour. As we arrived we found a very long line of folks waiting to get in and no parking in the nearby lots. So we did what we know best… went a block up the street to 4 Hands Brewing to let the line die down, park the car, and enjoy a few delicious local beers before watching some of the finest Hard Working Americans out there. I did hear many people talking about The Steepwater Band kicking some serious ass and that made me sad for missing them.

 

As we arrived just after 9PM the door man was informing the woman in front of me that there were only seven more tickets available and the band wasn’t supposed to start for another 30 minutes.  We walked in and found that a majority of the near capacity crowd had made their way outside to enjoy one of the most beautiful patios that Downtown St. Louis has to offer, with a great view of the Gateway Arch and plenty of seating… plus you can still hear kind of even see the bands playing inside.

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Hard Working Americans took the stage around 9:30 and opened the show with a song they were tackling for the first time live, a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around.” The crowd that had stepped outside to smoke between bands scurried their way back inside to pack the dance floor and balcony.  The band received a smattering of applause after they finished the song and immediately went into “Mission Accomplished”, a song that Todd Snider wrote for his 2008 solo album Peace Queer. The set included many of the cover songs recorded for their 2014 self-titled debut album including a great version of “Run a Mile” that allowed Neal Casal to really let loose and shine for the first time of the night. This will be an ongoing theme throughout the evening. This was followed up by “I Don’t Have a Gun”, during which Snider addressed the crowd for the first time by saying “Thank you for giving us a chance to make music. We are hard working Americans just like yourselves. And we came a long way to tell you very, very, little.” They finished out the song after a spacey little jam and a crowd singalong of the course, repeating “I don’t wanna hurt nobody.”

 

One of the Hard Working Americans few original tunes, “Dope is Dope” received a great reaction from the capacity (I assume they sold seven more tickets by now…) crowd. This will also be a constant theme throughout the evening. This song features humorous lyrics about a guy getting in trouble by his mama because she finds his “har-on” but he tries to tell her that its only marijuana… she isn’t buying it though because “Dope is dope and you’re high up on it.” Magically during this song the entire room began to smell like a Peter Tosh concert.

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“Welfare Music”, a song recorded for their debut album that was originally performed by Crystal City’s own The Bottle Rockets, was done very well. Todd Snider is a well-known advocate for all things Bottle Rockets, and always seems to sneak a song or mention in during his St. Louis stops. The band was really firing on all cylinders at this point and the crowd was very in tune with every note and word. Snider introduced the band after “Someday Past the Sunset”, a Chris Robinson Brotherhood song that they just began playing last week. He then again thanked the crowd for letting them play music for us. “Straight to Hell”, another cover song that appears on their album became a crowd singalong during each course and seemed to get louder each time.

 

All I can say now is that shit got crazy. The next like thirty minutes or so turned into a non-stop jam… songs segueing in and out of one another before going to an entirely different song and finishing with teases of what was already played… It started with “Throwing Goats”, went in and out of “Blackland Farmer” like three different times, segued into “Born to be Wild” for a few minutes, had a spacey jam that freaked the fuck out of the random guy in front of me that turned to me and said “NEAL FUCKING CASAL MAN!”, before ending with a Todd Snider fan favorite “Is This Thing Working” wrapped up inside a Will Kimbrough song “Another Train.” It was the jam band that Snider dreamed about starting… and it was working perfectly! Not surprising that this little ditty ended the set.

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As per usual at the Old Rock House, the encore break was short as there really isn’t a backstage or green room easily accessible from the stage. The first song of the encore was another original, “Purple Mountain Jamboree.” Randy Newman’s “Mr. President (Have Pity on the Working Man)” followed and let Jesse Aycock showcase his pedal-steel skill. The night ended with a raucous cover of Hayes Carll’s anthem-like “Stomp and Holler”, leaving the jam packed crowd wanting more.

If you left this show disappointed, then I don’t think you were actually at this show. This was one of the best shows I have watched in some time.

SETLIST
Around and Around
Mission Accomplished
Run a Mile
I Don’t Have a Gun
Dope Is Dope
Mountain Song
Welfare Music
Someday Past the Sunset
Down to the Well
Straight to Hell
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Is This Thing Working>
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REVIEW / PHOTOS: 6/1/2015 Tame Impala at The Pageant – St. Louis

Tame Impala Psyches Out The Pageant 

Words and Photos by Bradley Darby

 

Australian psych-rockers Tame Impala stopped by The Pageant on Monday night and somehow found a way to convey your Uncle Mark’s acid flashbacks from the 60’s and 70’s through a live music experience. When it comes to recorded music, Tame Impala is Kevin Parker.  Parker writes all of the songs and creates the textured and dynamic music himself while playing every instrument and using techniques such as reverb and fuzzing to melt your mind.  However, the Tame Impala live experience is a five piece powerhouse featuring drummer Julien Barbagallo, bassist Cam Avery, and multi instrumentalists Dominic Simper and Jay Watson who provide additional layers to their unique sound by way of additional guitar, bass, and synths, respectively.  Parker himself sticks primarily to the guitar and vocal duty for live performances, relying heavily on down tuning and effects pedals to recreate the sound heard on recordings.

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Opening act Kuroma started things off at 8PM and did a perfectly fine job as an opening act for a band as hyped as Tame Impala. They ripped through their 45 minute support slot full of indie garage rock with ferocity.  Kuroma is fronted by Hank Sullivant, former front man of The Whigs. Sullivant also spent some time as a touring guitarist with MGMT, I kind of wished more of that sound had rubbed off on him, but regardless, it was a very good set.  Kuroma isn’t new to the scene, they have been around on and off since 2008 and they have a few albums available. They are worth checking out for sure.  There was a noticeable difference at this point between the under 21 section and the over 21 section.  The all ages floor and right quarter of the venue were both packed full of kids that had lined up early in hopes of riding the rail or obtaining that sweet spot in the pit. Then there were those disappointed to end up in the raised seating just off to the side of the floor.  However, even after Kuroma’s set ended, there were optimal spots available for those who were old enough to consume alcoholic beverages.  Much of the crowd started to fill in after Kuroma ended their set.  Sucks to be them…

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During the set change from Kuroma to Tame Impala, all signs pointed towards this being an interesting show.  The stagehands and techs in charge of setting up and sound checking the equipment were all dressed in white lab coats.  The set up was quite simple, a large screen behind the band and a handful of lights set up all over the stage.  The stacks of speakers set up at the side of the stage told everyone in the room that it was about to get loud.

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Tame Impala did a great job covering their entire catalog, including a few new tracks from their soon-to-be released album, Currents, out July 19.  The set also featured songs from 2010’sInnerspeaker, but focused heavily on 2012’s critically acclaimed, and commercially successful,Lonerism.  Once Parker led the rest of the boys on stage, the crowd immediately erupted and welcomed the Aussie’s to St. Louis.

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The set began with a little tuning free jam before segueing into the new and almost Daft Punk-ish sounding “Let It Happen”, from the yet to be released Currents.  The screen behind the band was transformed into a giant spinning eyeball.  The screen didn’t get any less weird throughout the next 90 minutes while we were taken on what seemed like a chemically enhanced spiritual journey into Kevin Parker’s mind.

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The rest of the set featured minimal banter and excessive amounts of awesomeness.  The crowd seemed to respond the most to the tracks from Lonerism, including “Elephant”, which many people recognize as the song from a Blackberry commercial.  Remember when Blackberry was a thing briefly?

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Highlights of the set were “Endors Toi”, “Be Above It”, which featured one of the only real opportunities for the band to stray from the course and do a little free jamming, and set closer “Apocalypse Dreams”, which is always a fan favorite.  The encore featured another crowd favorite “Feels Like We Only Go Backwards”  before ending with “Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control”, most likely Tame Impala’s longest song title.

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When the lights came on and the lab coat sporting stage hands returned to start tearing down the spectacle that was, it appeared that most of the crowd was incredibly satisfied with what we had just experienced.  Tame Impala are at the top of their game right now and not to be missed if you are given the opportunity to check them out.  They are quickly shooting up the bills on festival lineups across the globe, and even though this show was shy of being a sellout, I would be shocked to see them playing rooms the size of The Pageant much longer.

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SETLIST (courtesy of Setlist.fm)

  1. Jam/intro
  2. Let It Happen
  3. Endors Toi
  4. It Is Not Meant to Be
  5. Why Won’t They Talk to Me?
  6. Why Won’t You Make Up Your Mind?
  7. Eventually
  8. Elephant
  9. Be Above It (extended jam)
  10. Mind Mischief
  11. Oscilly
  12. Cause I’m a Man
  13. Alter Ego
  14. Apocalypse Dreams
  15. E: Feels Like We Only Go Backwards
  16. E: Nothing That Has Happened So Far Has Been Anything We Could Control

 

 

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Sixth Annual LouFest Music Festival Lineup Released / Sept 12 – 13 / St. Louis, MO

 

For the sixth year in a row, beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis, MO will be turned into a small town of its own when more than 35,000 people descend on the Central Fields for the LouFest Music Festival.  This year the festival is set to take place on Saturday, September 12 and Sunday, September 13.

Previous LouFest lineups have brought the best of both major headlining acts like The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Outkast and The Killers to smaller up and coming acts such as Carolina Chocolate Drops, Dawes, Little Barrie and Cherub.  The lineup always features an eclectic mix of everything from indie rock to R&B to bluegrass.

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In previous years the folks at LouFest have used social media to provide clues about some of the bands on the lineup, but after last year’s lineup was leaked a few days prior to the scheduled release… only a few names have come out from folks endlessly scouring the internet.  What we do know is that Hozier will be gracing the LouFest stage and taking you to his proverbial church.  Also, Albert Hammond Jr. from The Strokes has announced his late Summer / Fall solo tour dates with a stop at LouFest on the agenda.

Check out our previous LouFest coverage right here and a few of our favorite photos from LouFest’s past just below the lineup.

I set my alarm to get up for this drop at 6AM… so excuse any typos that may follow.

Here is the full lineup for the 2015 LouFest Music Festival!

The Avett Brothers • Hozier • Ludacris • Young the Giant • Brandon Flowers • Billy Idol • Nate Ruess • Umphrey’s McGee • Lord Huron • JJ Grey & Mofro • Pokey LaFarge • Blue October • Misterwives • Albert Hammond Jr. • Nico & Vinz • Robert Delong • Milo Greene • Knox Hamilton • Delta Rae • Strand of Oaks • Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas • Colony House • The Suffers • Walking Shapes • All Them Witches • Brave Baby • The Black Cadillacs • The Bros. Landreth • Hembree • Coin • Clockwork • American Wrestlers • KOA • Earl Burrows

A full schedule will be released at a later time.

You can purchase a two day pass for $95 right now at www.loufest.com.

 

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One has to wonder what caused LouFest organizers to take such a huge step back from previous years with this lineup.  The rumors circulating around the interwebz for the past few weeks were pipedreams compared to what was actually booked.  After following what promoters called the most successful LouFest to date in 2014 with a stacked lineup including OutKast, Arctic Monkeys, and Cake and even the 2013 lineup that included Wilco, Jim James, The Killers, Edward Sharpe, The National and Alabama Shakes… this seems like a far reach to exceed expectations or make this event a sell out.  People are revolting over on the LouFest Facebook page and hoping there is an additional headliner they are holding back. Seeing a show Hozier was just in St. Louis earlier this year and played to a room of about 2500 people, its tough to see him as a festival headliner.  

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All Photos By: DarbySTL

Yonder Mountain String Band Spring Tour Begins This Week!

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It has been just about one year since the Yonder Mountain String Band and former front-man/mandolin player Jeff Austin played their final show together.  Austin went on to form the Jeff Austin Band, touring and releasing an album in less than twelve months.  Yonder Mountain String Band have also remained incredibly busy… picking up Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) to shred the fiddle and add a bit of estrogen to the tour bus, as well as master of the mandolin Jacob Jolliff.  The two additions were on board for a majority of the 2014 Yonder shows post-Jeff, and when the band first announced their 2015 Winter tour late last year, it was confirmed that both would return for 2015 (and hopefully beyond!).  I had the pleasure to see what fans are referring to as YMSB 2.0 in Nashville just a few months back, and it is safe to say that Yonder hasn’t lost a bit of steam with the lineup shakeup.

This week marks the first full week of Spring, and with that comes the beginning of yet another Yonder Mountain String Band Spring Tour!  Spring Tour is one of my favorite Yonder Mountain tours, because most of the time this tour features stops in or near St. Louis!  This year they close the Spring shows out in the Show Me State with a Thursday night in Springfield, MO and a Friday night rager at The Pageant.  After that, the Summer of Yonder begins with festival dates and random appearances scheduled all over the nation.

Check out the full list of dates below and be sure to head over to www.yondermountainstringband.com for all of your ticketing info.

Check out some great photos from Winter 2015 tour on Looking Back Over My Shoulder

Check out our previous YMSB content here

***** TOUR DATES *****

3/24 Jackson, WY      Pink Garter Theatre
3/25 Missoula, MT     Wilma Theatre
3/26 Portland, OR      Crystal Ballroom
3/27 Seattle, WA         The Neptune
3/28 Eugene, OR        McDonald Theatre
3/30 Arcata, CA          Van Duzer Theatre
4/1 Park City, UT        Park City Live
4/2 Reno, NV              Whitney Peak
4/3 Oakland, CA         Fox Theater
4/4 Los Angeles, CA   House of Blues
4/8 Manhattan, KS     Wareham Opera House
4/9 Tulsa, OK               Cain’s Ballroom
4/10 Dallas, TX            Granada Theatre
4/11 Austin, TX            Stubb’s BBQ
4/12 Fayetteville, AR  George’s Majestic
4/15 Lincoln, NE          Bourbon Theatre
4/16 Springfield, MO  The Gillioz Theatre
4/17 St. Louis, MO       The Pageant

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FESTIVAL DATES

4/18 Live Oak, FL     Wanee Music Festival

5/14 Columbia, MD      Dear Jerry: Celebrating the Music of Jerry Garcia 

5/22 – 24 Chillicothe, IL      Summer Camp Festival

6/11-13   Eau Claire, WI      Blue Ox Festival

6/18 – 21  Telluride, CO      Telluride Bluegrass Festival

6/24  Kansas City, MO      The Starlight Amphitheatre (Opening for Widespread Panic)

6/25-28  Rothbury, MI      Electric Forest

7/9 – 11  Summit Point, WV      All Good Music Festival

7/16 – 19  North Plains, OR       Northwest String Summit

7/31 – 8/1  Des Moines, IA      Winterland Music Festival

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REVIEW: Dave Rawlings Machine at The Sheldon Concert Hall – St. Louis 6/25/14

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The five piece Americana string quintet put together by folk singer/songwriter David Rawlings is something really special. Rawlings has assembled an all-star cast of musicians that includes his partner in crime for the last 20 years Gillian Welch, former Old Crow Medicine Show member Willie Watson, and Punch Brothers bassist Paul Kowert. He also found this guy they call John Paul Jones that used to play bass in a little band called Led Zeppelin, and he just so happens to be really good with a mandolin and friends with Rawlings.

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Independently, you have five incredibly well respected musicians in their genre that each bring their own unique aspect to the Dave Rawlings Machine. Together, you have a five piece bluegrass/Americana powerhouse that put on what can only be described as one of the best live music experiences of my entire life in front of a jam packed crowd at the Sheldon Concert Hall last Wednesday, June 25.

The show started just after 8:00PM as the band came out and the crowd erupted… half the crowd rose to their feet and began wildly applauding before the first note was played. Without introduction Rawlings picked up his 1935 Epiphone Olympic arch top guitar and began playing the John Hartford tune “Turn Your Radio On.” It has become somewhat of tradition for bands to honor Hartford around St. Louis, and it always gets the crowds attention right from the start! After the song Rawlings greeted the crowd and informed us that this was the first time he had played that one, but it seemed appropriate.

The always incredible and Grammy nominated guitarist Gillian Welch assisted throughout the night adding beautiful harmonies and even taking lead vocal duties on a few songs. Welch was also the comic relief on the mic, telling the crowd that “we broke out our best denim for tonight… it works, you know, with all the wood” referring to the fact that each band member was wearing at least one piece of denim clothing. David chimed in that the room was “very 70’s looking.” As Rawlings prepared his banjo and third guitarist Willie Watson switched to fiddle, Welch introduced the next song by telling us “if theres one thing people say about St. Louis, its that y’all love the banjo.” They went into a rousing rendition of “To Be Young (Is To Be Sad, Is To Be High)” popularized by Ryan Adams, but co-penned by Rawlings. This one really woke the crowd up.

Willie Watson switched to the banjo for the next tune… a trend that would continue through the night as he shared time between the guitar, banjo, and fiddle. Watson led us in the bluegrass traditional “Dry Bones” while attacking the banjo claw hammer style. Rawlings introduced him to the crowd and asked him to “lead us in another one… how about a dirty song.” Watson sang the first of three songs from his newly released solo album, Folk Singer Vol. 1, a fun track called “Keep It Clean.”Dave Rawlings Machine 2

The highlight of the first set was a mashup of Bob Dylan’s “Dear Landlord” and the Grateful Dead’s “Candyman.” Rawlings flawlessly executed the transition about four minutes into “Dear Landlord” without skipping a beat… the transition really allowed John Paul Jones to shine for the first time all night on the mandolin. After playing pretty much all of “Candyman” they finsihed BACK into “Dear Landlord.” The crowd exploded in applause as Welch said “Only his brain would be able to come up with that mashup”

After a 30 minute set break Rawlings told us that he wanted to wait until the beer line was gone to start again, but realized that would never happen. Someone in the crowd took the opportunity to throw out a perfectly timed “If theres two things St. Louis is known for….” as the entire crowd and the band started laughing. The first song of the second set was the beautifully written “Ruby”, a song that appeared on the Dave Rawlings Machine album, A Friend of a Friend. Willie Watson then sang “Stewball”, another track from his new solo album, this one featured lyrics about a race car. Gillian Welch led a gorgeous rendition of her song “Wayside/Back in Time.” Rawlings then told us of his misfortune during the prior show where his banjo strap broke and he quickly replaced it with a shoe string he found in his case… problem was, he didn’t think to change it prior to this show so he informed us that “if the banjo hits the floor, its not part of the show” to which the capacity crowd laughed again.

After a Paul Kowert led number, the band left only Gillian and David on stage. Together they played “Sweet Tooth” before Willie came back out to join on banjo for the traditional “I Hear Them All” into “This Land Is Your Land.” The rest of the band came back out to join them for a song that Rawlings had co-wrote with Conor Oberst of Bright Eyes fame, “Method Acting.” Rawlings actually recorded that song for the A Friend of A Friend album where he mixed it with Neil Young’s “Cortez the Killer”, well that’s the incredible version we received at The Sheldon. The second set ended with another Bob Dylan song, “Queen Jane Approximately.” Another John Paul Jones intro led to yet another smattering of applause and a standing ovation as the band walked off the stage.

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About a minute later they re-claimed their spots on the tiny stage for their take on the Led Zeppelin classic, “Going to California.” Rawlings introduced the entire band one last time prior to another traditional “I’ll Fly Away” with him and Welch sharing vocal duties. The encore closed with “The Weight”, originally by The Band, where verses were handled by Welch, Watson, and Kowert with the rest of the band joining in on the chorus. Again the crowd rose to their feet as the band joined hands and bowed before walking off the stage. A few people started to head for the exits while others remained in the spots, but on their feet going crazy. After about 2 minutes the band came out AGAIN for a second encore! Rawlings again thanked the crowd, and after a quick huddle the next song, “Midnight Special” was led by Willie Watson. The night ended with the five of them gathered around a single mic (above) for an acappella version of “Didn’t Leave Nobody But The Baby” before one last bow and exit as the house lights came on.

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NOTE: This is only a brief clip of “Going to California” played at The Sheldon. Had to sneak this clip of JPJ playing mandolin before i was asked to stop by security. Please note that my recording in no way bothered other concert-goers as the screen was shielded.

PREVIEW LouFest 2014 – Sept 6 & 7 – Feat. Outkast, Arctic Monkeys, Cake, Grouplove and More!

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On September 6 & 7 the LouFest Music Festival will return to the beautiful Forest Park in St. Louis for a fifth straight year. LouFest is growing yet again, with a rumored FOURTH stage now being added after a third being brought into the mix last year. It was estimated that the 2013 version brought in more than 15,000 people each day, more than double the previous year. The last five years have provided concert goers with a very eclectic mix of artists from all genres and stages of their careers. Another great aspect of LouFest is that they be sure to throw a few local talents such as Sleepy Kitty, Troubadour Dali and Tef Poe on the bill as well.

Previous artists to grace the LouFest stage have included The Flaming Lips, Wilco, Girl Talk (above), The Killers, She & Him,  Jim James, TV on the Radio, The National, Trampled by Turtles, Alabama Shakes, Dawes, Built to Spill, Dinosaur Jr. and even a Jeff Tweedy solo set. The Roots were scheduled in 2011 but sadly had to cancel at the last minute. LouFest has certainly grown to become something very special for the city of Saint Louis.

Unfortunately for LouFest, their game to slowly reveal the first nine bands by slowly releasing clues had a slight flaw that led to a leak of those nine bands in just a few hours after announcing the game. So what we already found out last week is that alt-rockers Cake will be one of the top bands on the bill… which excites the hell out of me! The other eight leaked bands are Grouplove, Portugal the Man, Blackberry Smoke, San Fermin, Pretty Little Empire, Moon Taxi, Washed Out and funksters Lettuce, who I am also incredibly excited to see.

The rest of the lineup was just released… check it out below. Be sure to check back soon for a full preview of the entire lineup!

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FULL LINEUP:

Outkast

Arctic Monkeys

Cake

Grouplove

Matt & Kim

The 1975

Portugal. The Man

Future Islands

Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue

Kelis

Washed Out

Cherub

Vintage Trouble

Rac

Blackberry Smoke

Lettuce

Delta Spirit

Moon Taxi

San Fermin

Those Darlins

Empires

Young and Sick

The Districs

Falls

Skaters

Kopecky Family Band

Roadkill Ghost Choir

Glass Animals

Black Pistol Fire

AJR

Holy Child

Alanna Royale

Kins

The Jan Shermans

Old Salt Union

 Marc Scibilia

Dylan McDonald and the Avians

Colin Lake

Pretty Little Empire

Big Brother Thunder and the Masterblasters

 

GO HERE TO BUY TICKETS AND GET DETAILS LouFest Official Website

Check out our 2013 LouFest coverage here

Check out our 2012 LouFest Photo Gallery here

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JIM JAMES (2013)

 

 

TOUR DATES: Yonder Mountain String Band Spring Dates / Lineup Summer Festival Schedule

Yonder Mountain String Band Set To Hit Road for Spring Trek / Announce Festival Plans. 

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As the calendar turned to 2014 and the members of the Yonder Mountain String Band set out for their Winter tour… they forgot to pick up one quarter of the band on their way to the first stop. Actually Jeff Austin decided to sit this one out and instead spend a few months of quality time with his wife and recently born baby girl.  The other three members of the jam-grass powerhouse, Dave Johnston (banjo), Adam Aijala (guitar), and Ben Kaufman (bass) hit the road with a little help from their friends in the Travelin’ McCoury’s, especially Ronnie McCoury on the mandolin, to conquer 17 cities. That trek made way for some memorable Yonder shows, but as the weather begins to slowly heat and the snow finally begins to melt, the mandolin man has returned and will head back out with the boys for their Spring tour. Check out the full list of dates below as well as what they have lined up for the festival season.

Fresh off of their mostly sold out tour supporting The Devil Makes Three… San Francisco’s The Brothers Comatose are set to support Yonder for a majority of the tour. Check them out here, I am really excited to see them, they seem to fit in really well with the Yonder fan base and are known for their on stage antics. Listen to their song “Church Street Blues” here 

CHECK OUT YONDER MOUNTAINS OFFICIAL WEBSITE HERE TO BUY TICKETS AND TO GET UP TO DATE SHOW INFORMATION

 

CHECK OUT OUR PREVIOUS YONDER MOUNTAIN COVERAGE HERE:

INTERVIEW 9/2013 – Jeff Austin & The Here and Now

INTERVIEW 3/2012 – Jeff Austin and Dave Johnston

PHOTOS/REVIEW  – MARCH 30-31 THE PAGEANT – St. Louis, MO

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TOUR DATES(Most Dates with The Brothers Comatose)

MARCH 19 – George’s Majestic Lounge / Fayetteville, AR

MARCH 20 – Bluesville / Tunica, MS

MARCH 21 – Cain’s Ballroom / Tulsa, OK

MARCH 22 – The Pageant / St. Louis, MO

MARCH 23 – Gilloz Theatre / Springfield, MO

MARCH 26 – Varsity THeatre / Baton Rouge, LA

MARCH 27 – House of Blues / New Orleans, LA

MARCH 28 – Stubb’s BBQ / Austin, TX

MARCH 29 – Granada Theater / Dallas, TX

APRIL 1 – Orpheum Theatre / Flagstaff, AZ

APRIL 2 – The Depot / Salt Lake City, UT

APRIL 3 – Montbleu Resort Casino / Stateline, NV

APRIL 4 – Ace of Spades / Sacramento, CA

APRIL 5 – Fox Theater / Oakland, CA

APRIL 8 – Crystal Ballroom / Portland, OR

APRIL 9 – McDonald Theatre / Eugene, OR

APRIL 10 – Showbox At the Market / Seattle, WA

APRIL 11 & 12 – Wilma Theatre / Missoula, MT

FESTIVAL DATES (Please see festival site for specific Yonder set date/time)

MAY 22 – 25 / DELFEST / Cumberland, MD

MAY 23 – 25 / DARK STAR JUBILEE / Thornville, OH

JUNE 12 – 15 / BONNAROO / Manchester, TN

JUNE 19 – 22 / TELLURIDE BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL / Telluride, CO

JULY 17 – 20 / NORTHWEST STRING SUMMIT / North Plains, OR

SEPT 19 – 20 / YMSB KINFOLK CELEBRATION at PLANET BLUEGRASS / Lyons, CO

OCT 16 – 18 / YMSB’s MULBERRY MOUNTAIN HARVEST FESTIVAL / Ozark, AR

Arctic Monkeys Invade The Pageant in St. Louis 2/15/2014

Arctic Monkeys Invade The Pageant in St. Louis 2/15/2014

Words and Pictures by Bradley Darby (Follow @DarbySTL / LIKE DarbySTL)

 

105.7 The Point has done a great job over the past 21 years bringing some of the biggest names in modern rock to town to celebrate Halloween, Christmas, and their Birthday by playing shows across St. Louis. When this one was announced back in the Fall it was no question that this would sell out. The Arctic Monkeys have played at The Pageant before back in 2011 and most recently stopped in St. Louis when they opened for The Black Keys at Chaifetz Arena. Their most recent album, AM, has garnered a lot of attention from both critics and fans alike and the Arctic Monkeys seem to be destined to rise the ranks from the post-punk under card. I have only recently started paying attention to this great UK band, but have very quickly found myself smothered in their entire catalog. This was a show I was very much looking forward to.

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Upon arriving at The Pageant, I proceeded to get my cavity search from the friendly security staff and my ticket scanned before making way to the ID guy. While he was checking mine, there was a young British fellow getting harassed for having what was apparently judged by security to be a fake ID. As he all but begged him to reconsider by telling him that all his friends are in the bar and he swears its real, I pushed forward. The set up for the venue was strange… according to one bartender they expected a 70/30 split favoring 21+ but as the venue filled in it ended up going the other way so they had to change it at the last second. Even with the expanded underage section, it was still noticeably more crowded in the kids section than near the bar.

 

The Arctic Monkeys took the stage just after 9:15 to ominous music that set the tone for the evening. The lights were consistently reds, blues and purples with heavy strobe effect that kicked in the moment drummer Matt Helders hit the bass drum for the first note of “Do You Wanna Know”, the opening track to 2013’s critically acclaimed AM. Right away the capacity crowd was hooked in and hung on every word that frontman Alex Turner sang. The band were all dressed in button up shirts and sport coats with the exception of Helders who was dressed for comfort on the drum kit. Guitarist Jamie Cook was to Turner’s left while bassist Nick O’Malley was on his right. Halfway through “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair” Turner took a moment to address the crowd with a simple “Hello St. Louis!”. After the song he went on to say “Have you missed us St. Louis? You probably missed us. We are going to have a good time tonight!”

 

During “Snap Out of It” I started to notice that Alex Turner had this little hip shimmy thing going on… kind of like Jack Parkman. I hear it drives the women in Cleveland crazy. Turner introduced us to drummer Matt Helders, who’s bass drum is adorned with 0114… the dialing code for their hometown of Sheffield, England. He told us that Helders was going to sing us a song, “Brick by Brick”  from 2011’s Suck It and See. After “Crying Lightning” it was four straight songs from AM including two of my favorites, “Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High” and “Arabella” which featured teases of Black Sabbath’s “War Pigs”… watch that below right now courtesy of YouTube user Ashley K!

Pretty much the only song I heard people scream-requesting was “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”, the bands first single from their 2006 debut Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not… the band complied, but I have a sneaky suspicion that it was on the set list anyways. The set closed with three of the last four songs taken from the 2007 follow up Favourite Worst Nightmare including set closer “505.” The band flicked their sticks and picks into the crowd and took a short break before coming out for a three song encore that started with “Cornerstone” and finished with two more songs from the heavily featured AM, “One for the Road” and “R U Mine?”

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The show clocked in right at 90 minutes and even though a majority of the songs were from the most recent album, they did a great job at mixing in material from throughout their careers. This show is one that I won’t soon forget, the band was incredibly tight and were hitting on all cylinders all night. I regret not getting more interested in the Arctic Monkeys earlier, but I am incredibly happy that I had the opportunity to see them at The Pageant this time around because I won’t be shocked to see them move on to a bigger room next time through.

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SETLIST (click links for YouTube videos. Credit to YouTube user Ashley K)

Do I Wanna Know?

Brianstorm

Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair

Snap Out of It

Brick by Brick

Crying Lightning

Fireside

Knee Socks

Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?

Arabella (War Pigs tease)

Dancing Shoes

Pretty Visitors

I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor

Do Me a Favour

I Wanna Be Yours

Fluorescent Adolescent

505

E: Cornerstone

E: One for the Road

E: R U Mine?

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††† (Crosses) Kicks Off 2014 In St. Louis

††† Crosses Opens 2014 Tour in St. Louis
Words by Bradley Darby (FOLLOW on Twitter/ LIKE on Facebook)

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In 2011 Deftones front man Chino Moreno got together with childhood friend and fellow musician Shaun Lopez, who plays guitar for Far, as well as Chuck Doom to form a new group that Moreno said would “be minimal and soothing…. kinda like the stuff I listen to when I’m not screaming my head off.” From their vision, Crosses was born. Technically its listed like this, †††… but that’s just a pain in the ass to type so we will stick with Crosses. The electro-downtempo rock project features Moreno on vocals, Doom on bass, while Lopez plays guitar, keys, and makes beats and weird noises with a Macbook.

Since their formation Crosses has released 2 EPs as well as many YouTube videos teasing their debut full length album that was originally due out in October… and then November… and now scheduled for release in February via Sumerian Records. To commemorate the occasion, Crosses announced a handful of Midwest tour dates that featured stops in St. Louis, Nashville, Chicago, and Detroit. I had the opportunity to catch the tour opener at Pop’s Nightclub in beautiful Sauget, IL, also known as East St. Louis.

The show started with tour support Dawn Golden, a producer who hails from the magical land of Chicago. I didn’t make it in time to see Dawn Golden, I actually walked in right as Crosses was walking out, but this is the description found on both the Facebook page and Dawn Golden’s official website:
“Dawn Golden and Rosy Cross is meant to bring about a melancholy familiarity, like going back to the house where you grew up and finding it the way you left it, only 10 years later and everything is falling apart.”
Whatever that is supposed to mean… I did overhear a group discussing his set and they mentioned that he played “Ava Adore” by The Smashing Pumpkins. So there’s that.

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Crosses started their set just about 9:15 P.M. Pop’s Nightclub was crowded and people were packed in by the stage, but it definitely wasn’t sold out. In addition to the main trio, Crosses tours as a five piece with the addition of a drummer and another guitar player. The stage was adorned with a backdrop that featured nothing more than three crosses (†††) as the band came on to eerie music and all red lighting. They didn’t waste much time as they went right into things with “The Holy Ghost”, a track from their first EP. Chino’s haunting vocals mixed well with the melodic yet heavy music. As he lurked around the stage, I couldn’t help but think of the White Pony era Deftones, but with a very ominous tone. Occasionally we would get a signature growl from Chino, but mostly just his actual singing voice. Think of what you would hear on Deftones songs like “Pink Maggot” or “Digital Bath.”

After giving the crowd the “What’s Up St. Louis? You all good?” shout out, they launched into “This is a Trick.” Also from the debut EP this song features more of the Chino we know and love. He has been performing to packed venues for 20+ years and his primal scream still holds up with the best of them. Chino loosened up a bit more and worked the stage as the night when on. When Moreno sang out “I’m so excited I can hardly take it” the crowd joined in and Chino let out another squeal. Moreno then announced that this was pretty much the first time Crosses has played outside of California and it was great to be in St. Louis. (Note: Crosses has played some international shows, but very few U.S. dates). A funky bass heavy number called “Telepathy” was next. I really enjoyed this one and it gave us a chance to meet Chuck Doom who slapped his bass around and showed off a bit. This song reminded me a bit of when Glassjaw’s Daryl Palumbo did the Head Automatica side project.

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They then launched into what appears to be the first single from the soon to be released album, “Bitches Brew”, a fantastic and catchy song with a very creepy music video that came out in November, when the album was scheduled to come out.  Moreno asked the crowd “who’s ready to get loose? Its fucking Friday night!” as the band went into “Prurient”, an absolutely beautiful song that almost seemed at times like Moreno was struggling to hold back another signature growl or two. During “Frontiers” the fans down on the rail were greeted with a visit from Chino as he jumped in the photo pit area and up on the railing.

VIDEO CREDIT TO YOUTUBE USER: SbMick

After “1987”, a very trancy song that has lots of guitar and weird sounds in it, courtesy of Shaun Lopez’ Macbook, Moreno introduced “The Epilogue” in his best scary voice. “The Epilogue” was released a few months back to promote the original release date of the album, and is the first Crosses song I was actually familiar with. I really enjoyed it live. Chino then said “I hadn’t’t even noticed there were moterfuckers up top” referring to the balcony. They closed the set out with the guitar heavy “Option”, where Chino again came down to the rail to interact with the fans before a brief exit from the stage. The encore started with “Trophy”, a very mellow song from their second EP that a guy standing next to me referred to as “stoner metal.” Chino thanked the crowd one last time before they finished the incredible set with a song they recorded for a Batman video game called “The Years”, during which Chino spent a good chunk of the song laying out over the crowd screaming into the mic.

For only having a handful of shows under their belt, this band plays together like they’ve been doing it for ten years. This may have been my first show of 2014 but it will certainly leave a lasting impression on me and will most likely be in consideration for one of the years best. My only complaint is that their set was only about an hour long including the encore, but with only a few EPs under their belt there isn’t much more material they could have pulled out. Either way, I paid $10.57 for the ticket and would have happily paid $25. If you get the chance to catch ††† live, I suggest you do. They were recently announced as part of the 2014 Coachella Festival and their debut full length will drop on February 11th. You can pre-order it now right here.

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SETLIST (from Setlist.fm – CLICK LINK FOR VIDEO FROM YOUTUBE USERS)
The Holy Ghost
This is a Trick
Telepathy
Bitches Brew
Bermuda Locket
Prurient
Frontiers
1987
The Epilogue
Option
E: Trophy
E: The Years

 

PREVIEW: YMSB Harvest Music Festival: 13 Bands Not To Miss Next Weekend!

Thirteen Bands Not To Miss at YMSB’s Harvest Festival 2013

Words by Bradley Darby 

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Its that magical time of year… when you turn the calendar over to October just as the leaves begin to turn beautiful shades of brown, orange and yellow. You replace your jorts with overalls and your pogo balls for rakes. Autumn is upon us… as you turn your calendar you may notice October 17-19 highlighted or circled with the word HARVEST scrawled across those dates. If that is you, this post is for you. If you aren’t going to the Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Music Festival, you should reconsider your choices.

Here are 13 bands that you don’t want to miss at the 2013 installment of the Harvest Festival at the breathtaking Mulberry Mountain resort in Ozark, Arkansas. These are in alphabetical order as narrowing it down to only thirteen was hard enough. You may notice a few sets overlap or conflict with each other… That is because you have to be an adult at some point and make your own damn decisions… just like your mother had to make that decision to pack and leave us to “stay with Uncle Ted for awhile while she figures some things out”. You know he’s not really your Uncle right? Sorry, I got off track… back to the festival.

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Andy Frasco and the U.N. (Friday 4:15pm – 5:30pm or Saturday 2:15am – 3:00am Harvest Tent)

Meet Andy Frasco. Based out of Los Angeles, Frasco describes his sound as “Party Blues.” And it has to be true, the man has played over 1000 shows in the last four years. An industry insider that formerly booked pop punk bands for Drive Thru Records and worked as a promoter for VH1’s Save the Music Campaign, the 24 yr old Frasco now plays the keys and writes up beat songs that keep the dance floor active throughout the entire set. His Saturday night late night set is going to be epic… look for me near the soundboard. Check out “Its Been A Struggle”

 

California Honeydrops (Thursday (4:30pm – 5:45pm Backwoods Stage)

The California Honeydrops play R&B/Blues music using your typical guitar, bass and drums accented by a trumpet, saxophone, jug and washboard. They got their start playing together in a subway tunnel in Oakland but sound straight out of New Orleans. The vocal harmonies and clever lyrics stand out as well as the strong keys and offbeat jazzy drums. Check out their song “Up Above My Head”or “Cry Baby Blues”

 

ClusterPluck (Thursday 3:30pm – 4:30pm Roost Stage)

St. Louis’ own homegrown bluegrass group that strives on their five-part harmonies. They play traditional bluegrass instruments, but do so with a lot of various influences in a very nontraditional way.  These guys (and gal) are starting to make a name for themselves around the Midwest… Check out “Storms After Tomorrow”

 

Delhi 2 Dublin (Thursday 4:00pm-5:00pm or Friday 1:00pm – 2:00pm Harvest Tent)

Want a break from all the great bluegrass/folk/Americana music happening everywhere else? Ever heard of a genre called Celtic Punjabi Electronica? No? Thats because Delhi 2 Dublin claim to have created it. I first heard this band at Wakarusa from about 100 yards away and after two songs found it necessary to leave camp and voyage to the stage for a bit. You get fiddles, turntables, percussionists, and a hint of Bollywood with this Vancouver quintet.  Check out “Our House” below

 

Dirtfoot (Thursday 12:30am – 2:00am Backwoods Stage / Friday 2:00pm – 3:15pm Main Stage / Saturday 9am-10am Chompdown)

Dirtfoot hail from Shreveport, LA and describe their sound as Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie. They are also kinda sorta one of the Mulberry Mountain house bands, performing at every Wakarusa and Harvest Festival that has taken place on the Mountain. If you have never seen Dirtfoot, make it a point to do so at this years Harvest Festival. The boys are absolutely on fire right now and are weeks away from releasing their new album that is redefining the Dirtfoot sound. I would highly suggest their Thursday late night set, there ain’t no party like a Dirtfoot late night Backwoods party. Also, be sure to check out the Chompdown, a giant communal breakfast put on by campers for campers. Bring some bacon, bring some bread, or just bring yourself and an appetite! You get to watch Dirtfoot play an intimate campground set and to meet a bunch of new friends in the name of community! Watch Dirtfoot play “Bathroom Sink” or “Pulling Up the Stakes” below

 

Everyone Orchestra (Saturday 12:30am – 1:45am Harvest Tent)

Everyone Orchestra is one of the best idea’s for an improvisational supergroup ever. Everyone Orchestra is Seattle’s Matt Butler who conducts an ensemble of musicians and communicates with them using hand signs, whiteboards and assorted mime suggestions. The lineup varies from night to night. The lineup that has been announced for Harvest consists of: Al Schnier of moe., Jeff Austin of the YMSB, Tim Carbone and Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth, Dango Rose, Bonnie Payne and Bridget Law of Elephant Revival, Mike Dillon and Carley Myers of the Mike Dillon Band, and others. The beautiful thing about Everyone Orchestra is that ANYONE could show up at any time. Its insanity! See ya there! Watch this little clip of Butler conducting

 

Hot Buttered Rum w/ Allie Kral (Thursday 7:15pm – 8:30pm Harvest Tent)

Not only are Hot Buttered Rum a fantastic band by themselves, but the addition of the beautiful and incredibly talented Allie Kral (formerly of Cornmeal) on the fiddle kicks them up to elite status. A five piece bluegrassy jammy type group from California similar to String Cheese Incident or Leftover Salmon, these guys are a do not miss! Check out Hot Buttered Rum performing “Busted in Utah”

 

Hot Club of Cowtown (Saturday 12:00pm – 1:00pm Backwoods Stage)

This set may be unlike any other at Harvest Festival and will be perfect to accompany your afternoon Bloody Mary or other beverage. Straight out of Austin, TX by way of San Diego comes this trio of Western swing revivalists, Hot Club of Cowtown. Quick story: I first heard of this band via some random old man at a QuickTrip gas station. I was pumping gas and listening to Yonder Mountain String Band when this old man called out and asked if I liked bluegrass. After a short conversation, he gave me a copy of a Hot Club of Cowtown live show and I love it. I have been waiting to see this guys (and gal) since then! Check out this video from New Years Eve 2003 and you will see why

 

Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang (Thursday 10:30pm – 12:30am Main Stage)

Every festival needs a resident weirdo, and Claypool fills the quota for Harvest Festival. One of the many projects that Mr. Claypool is responsible for, the Duo de Twang features Bryan Kehoe on guitar and Les plays acoustic bass in typical Les Claypool fashion…awesome! You can expect to hear covers, Primus tunes, Claypool solo tunes… anything really. Check out the Duo de Twang reworking a classic Primus tune below or a Johnny Cash tune here.

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Mike Dillon Band (Saturday 6:30pm – 7:30pm Roost Stage)

If you aren’t familiar with Mike Dillon, you should feel sorry for yourself. Mike Dillon is  a percussionist that is really good at banging on shit. He is also a terrific vibraphonist. He has been a part of many projects that have included many people including Les Claypools Fancy Band, Garage A Trois, Galactic, Ani DiFranco and Marco Benevento. His current project, The Mike Dillon Band, is New Orleans Punk Rock and features Carly Myers on the trombone, Patrick McDevitt on bass, and Adam Gertner on drums. Gerner is a student of Galactic’s Stanton Moore. Watch “Carly Hates the Dubstep” below

 

Tedeschi Trucks Band (Friday 10:00pm – 12:30am Main Stage)

Derrick Trucks is a guitar god, ranked #16 in the world by Rolling Stone, that previously played with the Allman Brothers Band. Susan Tedeschi has the voice of an angel. Together these two share a home and their lives as a married couple, but more importantly for this article, together these two lead the Tedeschi Trucks Band. Their debut album won a Grammy for Best Blues Album and their newest release is a live show that showcases what the band really specializes in. If you like dirty, swampy blues music and good old-fashioned rock and roll, Tedeschi Trucks Band is for you. Watch a ridiculous live video of “Midnight in Harlem”just below or click here to watch a full length HD show from Red Rocks, but more importantly, watch this band at Harvest. This band should be on every ones musical bucket list.

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Tyrannosaurus Chicken (Saturday 11:00pm – 12:00am Roost Stage)

Tyrannosaurus Chicken is without a doubt the best fucking band name on the lineup. T-Chicken, as they are sometimes called, are also a great fucking band. A duo from Arkansas that plays delta blues trance music with a guitar, fiddle and bass will weird you the fuck out. Check out the weirdness that is T-Chicken and their song “Hammer” below

 

Yonder Mountain String Band (Thursday 12:30am – 2:00am / Friday 7:30pm – 9:30pm / Saturday 9:45pm – 12:30am)

Big shocker here right? Top bill on the festival, a band that I have watched more than a dozen times live, and a band that I still refuse to miss. I love the Yonder Mountain String Band, it’s no shocker. The hosts of the festival get three full sets to jamgrass the hell out of that mountain… but the Thursday night late night set is going to be in the Harvest Tent and is the one you should circle on the lineup. Its going to be packed, so plan accordingly. Then also warm up the crowd on Friday night for Tedeschi Trucks Band and tuck you in nicely after Les Claypool makes shit weird on Thursday night. Another bonus: everyone wants to sit in with the Festival hosts, so you could get guest appearances at any time. Check out this video that shows you just who could show up during any given Yonder show.

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REVIEW: Blitzen Trapper at Old Rock House 9.18.2013 – St. Louis, MO

Blitzen Trapper at Old Rock House 9.18.2013 – St. Louis, MO

Words / Pictures / Videos by Bradley Darby (@DarbySTL)

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Quick story for you… I’ve been contributing posts to Concert Confessions for something like four years now. Throughout this entire period, our founding father Reverend Justito had continuously told me that I need to listen to this band called Blitzen Trapper. He told me once… he told me twice… hell, he even told me thrice. And I heard him, but I didn’t listen to him. There is no good reason to explain why I never did give this Blitzen Trapper a fair shake… The Rev and I have an incredibly similar taste in a good chunk of our favorite music. Then came the Wakarusa 2012 lineup announcement sometime around January of 2012, and there they were making their Wakarusa debut. The time was upon us… minutes after combing the lineup, to YouTube I went to type in those two words that had been staring me in the face for the last few years. I started with a few songs from 2008’s Furr… SON OF A BITCH I REALLY LIKE THIS BAND! Guitarist/Singer/Songwriter Eric Earley’s lyrics immediately sounded like something that could have been released by Tom Petty or Ray LaMontagne or maybe even Bob Dylan. The music gave me a strong Wilco vibe, but with more twang and not so much jam. Why had I not taken Papa Concert Confessions advice a hell of a lot earlier?! (Note: See all of our previous Blitzen Trapper coverage right here)

Wakarusa come, and Wakarusa go… and I got the chance to see Blitzen Trapper for the first time. That performance was absolutely great in my eyes, but we will come back to that in a bit. Let’s talk about the Portland, Oregon quintets recent stop in St. Louis at the Old Rock House in support of their soon to be released seventh album called, VII where they worked a smaller yet respectable crowd into a frenzy for about 90 minutes with their blend of Oregonian Alt-Country… Or as Earley called it in a recent interview , “Rocky Mountain Whoop Ass.” The set kicked off with the opening track to Furr, “Sleepytime in the Western World” after informing the crowd that they were “here to play rock music… and sensitive music.” Our first new song of the night titled “Thirsty Man” followed, which was one of seven songs from new album featured in the set. Stand outs tracks were “Heart Attack”, “Feel the Chill”, and “Shine On” which is “just straight gospel” and my pick for the first single. One noticeable trait with the new songs was a more upbeat sound, almost a bit of a funk, but still nothing too far off the path of the typical Blitzen Trapper alt-country/rock/Americana/whatever genre you want to call it. You can grab that new album, VII, on September 30th or just pre-order it here (they are also selling it on tour right now)

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“This one is a country song” said Earley before “Taking It Easy Too Long” from 2011’s American Goldwing.  Each song drew a smattering of applause from the crowd that packed in mostly on the main floor. After each break the band would thank the crowd and mentioned that St. Louis is always one of their loudest cities. Earley addressed the crowd prior to “God and Suicide” and noted that “your all going to look back and think how polite this band was”. At one point the setlist featured a back to back to back knockout trio of fan favorites “Black River Killer”, “Love the Way You Walk Away” and finally the title track to their pivotal 2008 release Furr, which Earley called a “pretty song.” The crowd erupted yet again as they continued to play another of the seven tracks from Furr that would appear tonight, “Lady on the Water.”

The set closed out with two more new songs and finally “Fire & Fast Bullets” before the band graciously thanked the crowd for their raucous applause and support. After leaving the stage, front man Eric Earley returned to the stage and performed a few acoustic songs, both songs that really showcase Earley’s songwriting, “The Man Who Would Speak True” and “Stranger in a Strange Land” which features some of my favorite lyrics from any Blitzen Trapper song. The rest of the band came back out to join him on stage for one final song, “Evening Star” from 2010’s Destroyer of the Void. After the set you could find all five of the guys scattered around the venue chatting with fans, taking photos and signing autographs… which brings me back to the Wakarusa set we briefly touched on earlier. I was talking with guitarist Erik Menteer and drummer Brian Adrian Koch after the set for a minute and mentioned seeing them at Wakarusa for the first time and told them how much I enjoyed the set and had looked forward to a non festival show. Both of them were very impressed to hear that, because apparently that was what they referred to as one of their worst shows and even went on to say something about how the “hippies fucking hated us so much.” I definitely don’t remember getting that vibe from their set, but they were one of my highlights going into and coming out of the festival that year… to each his own I guess, but you may be tough to find someone who was in attendance at the Old Rock House last Wednesday that would be able to say they didn’t enjoy the performance put on by the boys of Blitzen Trapper. Check out tour dates below and go see these guys.

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SETLIST

Sleepytime In the Western World (Furr)
Thirsty Man (VII)
Fletcher (American Goldwing)
Astronaut (American Goldwing)
God and Suicide (Furr)
Ever Loved Once (VII)
Not Your Lover (Furr)
Taking It Easy For Too Long (American Goldwing)
Heart Attack (VII)
Shine On (VII)
Earth (Fever Called Love) (VII)
Neck Tatts, Cadillacs (VII)
Black River Killer (Furr)
Love The Way You Walk Away (American Goldwing)
Furr (Furr)
Lady on the Water (Furr)
Feel the Chill (VII)
Big Black Bird (Black River Killer)
Fire & Fast Bullets (Furr)
E: The Man Who Would Speak True (acoustic) (Destroyer of the Void)
E: Stranger In A Strange Land (acoustic) (American Goldwing)

E: Evening Star (Destroyer of the Void)

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UPCOMING BLITZEN TRAPPER TOUR DATES:

Sep 24 The Bottle Tree Birmingham, AL
Sep 25 40 Watt Club Athens, GA
Sep 26 The Haw River Ballroom Saxapahaw, NC
Sep 27 Black Cat Washington, DC
Sep 28 Arch Street Tavern Hartford, CT
Sep 29 Royale Boston, MA
Sep 30 Union Transfer Philadelphia, PA
Oct 01 Higher Ground Ballroom South Burlington, VT
Oct 03 Music Hall of Williamsburg Brooklyn, NY
Oct 04 Tralf Music Hall Buffalo, NY
Oct 05 Lee’s Palace Toronto, ON
Oct 07 Lincoln Hall Chicago, IL
Oct 08 Turner Hall Milwaukee, WI
Oct 09 First Avenue Minneapolis, MN
Oct 10 The Aquarium Fargo, ND
Oct 12 The Filling Station Bozeman, MT
Oct 13 Top Hat Missoula, MT
Nov 05 The Regency Ballroom San Francisco, CA
Nov 06 Troubadour Los Angeles, CA
Nov 08 Pappy & Harriets Pioneertown Pioneertown, CA
Nov 09 Porter’s Pub La Jolla, CA
Nov 10 Club Congress Tucson, AZ
Nov 12 The Parish Austin, TX
Nov 13 Club Dada Dallas, TX
Nov 15 The Bluebird Theater Denver, CO
Nov 16 The State Room Salt Lake City, UT
Nov 19 The Bartlett Spokane, WA
Nov 20 The Leavenworth Festhalle Leavenworth, WA
Nov 21 The Wild Buffalo Bellingham, WA
Nov 22 The Biltmore Cabaret Vancouver, BC
Nov 23 Neptune Theatre Seattle, WA
Nov 30 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR

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THIS IS WHAT I WAS SEEING BY THE END OF THE SHOW. Special Thanks to 4 Hands Brewing Co. for the buzz

 

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YMSB Harvest Festival 10/17-19 (feat. Tedeschi Trucks Band, Les Claypool, Railroad Earth) Stage Schedule Released

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND’s Harvest Music Festival

When: October 17-19, 2013

Where: Mulberry Mountain, Ozark AR

How Much: 3 Day Pass $145. Day Passes Also Available Here

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We are just weeks away from the 8th Annual Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival taking place at the most beautiful festival site I have ever stepped foot on, Mulberry Mountain. While Mulberry Mountain has now become the home to three total major music festivals, Harvest Festival still stands out as “THE” festival for many folks. Harvest keeps the crowd size limited and far more intimate than the larger Wakarusa Music Festival and the newly formed Thunder on the Mountain country music festivals. Attendance at the Harvest Music Festival usually caps out around 8000. Plus instead of covering up the beautiful main stage with a rented stage, you actually get to watch your headliners play on this stage!

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Another great aspect of the Harvest Festival is that the Yonder Mountain String Band are the official hosts each year, and the lineup stays a little tighter than the eclectic mix at Wakarusa with pretty much all bluegrass, Americana and folk music taking the reigns. There are a few fantastic exceptions such as Beats Antique and the Mike Dillon Band (DO NOT MISS THE MIKE DILLON BAND!) This year also features the return of Les Claypool to Mulberry Mountain… his third trip to the Mountain with his third different project. Previously he has appeared at Wakarusa with Primus and also just as Les Claypool. This time he is bringing along Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, a project that I am incredibly excited to see first hand. Check out the video below for a taste of twangy Claypool.

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Be sure not to miss the Everyone Orchestra, conducted by Matt Butler and featuring Al Schnier of moe., Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band, Tim Carbone and Andy Goessling of Railroad Earth, Dango Rose, Bridget Law and Bonnie Paine of Elephant Revival, Isayah Warford and Mike Dillon and Carly Meyers of Mike Dillon Band.

Other acts rounding out the 2013 lineup include: JJ Grey and MoFro, Kasey Musgraves, Justin Townes Earle, Greensky Bluegrass, Dirtfoot, Steep Canyon Rangers, Gangstagrass, Hot Buttered Rum, Dehli 2 Dublin, Darrel Scott and Tim O’Brien, Hot Club of Cowtown, Ha Ha Tonka, Andy Frasco and the U.N. and many many others!

SEE THE FULL STAGE SCHEDULE AND LINEUP HERE

Be sure to check out some of the other great events taking place at the Harvest Music Festival such as the Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest… where you can take home a basket full of SWAG and a cash prize. At 9AM on Saturday morning, be sure to check out the Chompdown… a communal breakfast ran completely by the festival patrons that has become tradition for all Harvest Music Festivals and Wakarusa Festivals where you can munch on some good eats while watching Dirtfoot and Friends perform a stripped down set in the campground.

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4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Review

4th Annual LouFest Music Festival Comes To A Close – Day 1 Recap

Words and Pictures By Bradley Darby

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The Fourth Annual LouFest Music Festival has come to an end. This year’s installment featured the addition of a third stage and expanded festival grounds in the beautiful and seemingly never ending Forest Park in St. Louis. The stacked lineup mixed some of the hottest up and comers with some grizzled veterans that have many large shows already under their belts. This was my third experience at a LouFest Music Festival… and I could tell it was certainly larger in scale and attendance than previous years. Early reports were that the organizers were expecting as many as 15K people each day. Previous LouFest’s averaged around 8K over the two day span! The first thing I noticed upon arriving was that the parking situation was starting to get out of hand. Luckily we arrived a bit earlier on Saturday than we did on Sunday, so we lucked out and found a spot. More on that later…

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Upon arriving we exchanged our paper tickets for wristbands and we were in the gates within minutes! Security was very friendly and rather quick with their searches, which I certainly appreciated. Right as we entered, Jukebox the Ghost and Kentucky Knife Fight both began playing at opposite ends of the festival. We decided to make a lap and see where everything was… we ended up at the Schlafly Beer booth. From there we could hear Kentucky Knife Fight on the smallest of the stages, the BMI Stage. After indulging in a few beverages we went to set up shop for the first band on our list, J Roddy Walston & the Business.

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Originally from Tennessee, J Roddy Walston & the Business play straight forward rock and roll music. Their live show was incredibly energetic and transferred well from the few songs I had listened to pre festival. Their new album, Essential Tremors, is scheduled to be released on Tuesday, but they were selling advance copies at the festival which I found to be pretty cool.

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After aimlessly wandering around a bit more and meeting up with some friends, we headed back to the Bud Light Mainstage for our second featured show of the afternoon, Trampled by Turtles. Straight outta Minnesota, Trampled by Turtles is a band that I really should enjoy, they are about as in my music wheelhouse as it gets… but for some reason I have now watched them three times and I just can’t seem to get into them. I’m not saying the show wasn’t good, they sounded great and the majority of the crowd seemed to really be digging their modernized bluegrass sound. The rapid fire banjo and fiddle both played at machine gun speed were definitely  standouts… but I can’t pinpoint what it is about TBT that doesn’t allow me to get sucked in. Don’t let that stop you from checking them out. The crowd went absolutely bonkers when they broke out “Wait So Long” from 2010’s Palomino.

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It was now time for us to check out the band who wins my award for Best Band Name of LouFest… Nashville’s soulful funky 8 piece Space Capone. Invading the smallest of the three stages and playing against the very popular Ra Ra Riot, we chose to check this new group out and see what the Chipotle VIP lounge was all about at the same time. What it was about was some FREE tacos and bottled water! We sat in the shade while enjoying the music of Space Capone while catching a few minutes of the Mizzou game and eating free lunch before venturing stage front for a handful of songs. Space Capone is apparently the stage name of the lead singer, who can get down while working the crowd. Behind him you find seven other band members playing drums, horns, tambourines, keys, guitar and bass. Capone had a unique voice, one that took me a few songs to really accept. But by the end of his set I was feeling the soul/R&B/funkiness. They definitely had an Earth, Wind & Fire / George Clinton thing going on. Be sure to check out Space Capone, my pick for hidden gem of Day 1. Watch this video, it has a Michael Jackson vibe to it.

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After the 70’s dance party ended, we kept the funkiness going with Fitz & the Tantrums back on the main stage.  Another band that I had previously watched and found myself less than impressed with, Fitz & the Tantrums call the City of Angels home and play a modern brand of pop-soul music. A few years back they headlined one night of the Taste of St. Louis and I was not a fan. I still tease my girlfriend about making me watch them. Going into this one I was less than thrilled, but in all honestly they sounded a lot better this time around. The two part harmonies provided by Fitz and the strong winded Noelle Scaggs worked really well and everyone in the field was dancing or swaying around to the grooves.

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Next on our lineup card was Jim James, but with a bit of time to kill we decided to spend some time venturing around. LouFest featured a great selection of food vendors from a cast of mostly local establishments including Atomic Cowboy, Local Harvest and Mission Taco Joint. There was a rather small grouping of vendors set up and drinks were incredibly easy to find from any stage. The only downfall was that Schalfy Beer was only available at one stand, the Schlafly Brewtopia, and was on the far side of the grounds from the Forest Park Stage. Euclid Records had a tent set up to sell the artists CDs and vinyl while there was a separate merch booth for your LouFest branded merchandise as well as posters and t-shirts. You could also wait in line to meet certain artists and get your albums signed at the Euclid Tent.

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We wandered over to check out some of The National, a band that no one in our group was excited to see, but we were all at least a little intrigued to see what we were missing. At this point you couldn’t get anywhere near the stages, so we just hung out towards the back of the crowd. The National featured what I would call the best stage design thus far with a large LED screen in the background that had been teasing us all day finally being utilized. I am not at all familiar with The National, and I won’t even pretend to know any of their songs… but I will say they sounded a lot better than I would have imagined. It was now time to go claim our spot for Jim James.

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Best known as the front man of My Morning Jacket, Jim James is on his own for this tour promoting his first full length solo album Regions of Light and Sound of God. Prior to James taking the stage his signature flying V guitar was mounted center stage… right at 7:30 the lights dimmed and out came Jim James in a suit with his long curly hair bouncing around as he prowled around the front of the stage to the opening notes of “State of the Art.” Finally the lonely guitar was played, while still on its stand. The set featured most of James’ newest album and also a peek at Jim James playing the saxophone during one song. This one wins the award for Best Show of LouFest in my opinion. The only downfall was that the set was limited to only an hour, but this was consistent with most of the lineup as only headliners received more than an hour and a few bands early each day received 45 minute sets.

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Day One ended in style as 2010 LouFest headliner, and Belleville born and raised, Jeff Tweedy came back to Forest Park and brought along his buddies that make up Wilco. If you have yet to see Wilco, I truly am sorry. A lot of people give Tweedy a lot of flack, but the man can straight up write songs and watching the live execution is a thing of beauty. The set opened with a pair of songs from 1996’s Being There, “Misunderstood” and “Forget the Flowers.” Other highlights of the set included an Uncle Tupelo song, “Give Back the Key to My Heart”, “I Might”, “Handshake Drugs”, “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart” and “Heavy Metal Drummer.” In typical Wilco fashion, “Casino Queen” was featured near the end of the night before closing down LouFest Day One with “Hoodoo Voodoo.” Wilco proved yet again why they are one of the best live bands out there today. Make it a point to catch them at a more intimate venue next time you are given the chance. (Note: I didn’t get a decent picture of Wilco as we just posted up in the field… so instead of Wilco please enjoy this picture of some random dude that was in the zone rocking out on his keyboard while bands played on the stages in front of him. Rock on brother!)

This was yet another great LouFest and I look forward to the 2014 edition! They have found a truly beautiful place to hold the festival, but to come back to the parking dilemma I briefly discussed earlier, that is something that needs to be addressed. The Muny parking lot was being used and people were making their own spots wherever they damn well pleased. This led to an incredibly tight parking lot that was impossible to navigate with cars going every which direction and fighting over spots. Outside of that lot, there were numerous cars being ticketed all over the park for various reasons including creating their own spots, having 2” of their car over the yellow line, parking in wide open streets that were marked no parking for no apparent reason. If you want to draw 15,000 people a day there needs to be parking to accommodate those people. It took us an hour to find a legal parking spot on Sunday.  There were shuttle signs randomly around the park but I couldn’t find any other info on the shuttle service in the program that was passed out or near the signs stating it was a shuttle zone. I also never once saw a shuttle running.

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ALABAMA SHAKES (Played Sunday)

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FOREST PARK STAGE ILLUMINATED FOR JIM JAMES

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THE KILLERS (Played Sunday)

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INTERVIEW: 15 MINUTES IN TRAFFIC WITH JEFF AUSTIN

15 MINUTES IN TRAFFIC WITH JEFF AUSTIN (of Yonder Mountain String Band) 

Interview by Bradley Darby

@DarbySTL / DarbySTL on Facebook

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 Jeff Austin, who you may know as the mandolin man and one fourth of the jamgrass powerhouse that is the Yonder Mountain String Band, recently took some downtime with Yonder to hit the road with a few close friends. Austin’s current project, Jeff Austin and The Here & Now, consists of banjo picker extraordinaire Danny Barnes, as well as the husband and wife / legendary bluegrass combo of flat picker Larry Keel and Jenny Keel on the bass.

The tour kicked off in Chicago a few nights ago and has recently stopped in Kentucky and Ohio. They also stop in Tulsa, Oklahoma on Thursday before wrapping up at the Mumford and Son’s Gentlemen of the Road Stopover in Guthrie, Oklahoma this weekend.

You can download a FREE 4 SONG EP HERE. Be sure to check out one of the few Jeff Austin and the Here and Now shows or catch Jeff later this fall when the Yonder Mountain String Band resumes their schedule. All the dates are listed below, may I suggest the Harvest Music Festival in Ozark, AR in October. Not only do you get Yonder, but you get to see Tedeschi Trucks Band, Les Claypool’s Duo de Twang, Railroad Earth, JJ Grey and MOFRO, as well as Friends of Concert Confessions, Dirtfoot and many many others. Get the full lineup here.

I recently had a chance to catch up with Jeff Austin to discuss his new adventure while he was sitting in traffic with Danny Barnes en route to their show at the Bluebird in Bloomington, Indiana. We also discuss a lot of things St. Louis (this was originally done as preview piece for STL show on another site) and Jeff’s passion for delicious food.

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Me: Thank you for taking a few minutes to talk to me about The Here and Now. Its a great project that I’m very excited to see on Wednesday.

Jeff Austin: I’m pretty excited too. It’s some of my heroes and they happen to be some of my friends. Every day is just great, I’m really looking forward to it.

 

Me: You’ve been involved in many different solo projects over the years, from the 30dB shows (with Brendan Bayliss from Umphrey’s McGee) to various Bluegrass Balls to the Grateful Grass show (with Keller Williams and Keith Moseley) How did the Here and Now come about?

Jeff Austin: The first time the 4 of us played together it was two years ago out in Oregon. I got asked to do a set of Jerry Garcia music on the anniversary of his death. They said play whatever you want, hire whoever you want, and I kind of went… Shit, this could be a  fun lineup to try and get together. Everyone was able to do it and it was just a blast we had a great time. The musical conversation was really neat, it was very easy to have, the call and the response and all of that it was just beyond cool and to ignore that would be irresponsible. We’ve all been busy, it took a little while to get it together, but earlier this year we played together in Colorado and it was off to the races… we put together a tour and it came together.

 

Me: I am very happy you’ve chosen St. Louis as a stop to bring this project to. You’ve been at the Old Rock House a few times before with the Bluegrass Ball, is that a venue you personally wanted to come back to or did it just happen that way?

Jeff Austin: I really enjoy that venue, I think its perfect for this project. Its not too big, but its not small. Its got that intimate vibe to it. This is a Wednesday night and a new project, so its all about new things. I’m telling you, I like St. Louis… I really, really like St. Louis and I wanted to kind of  make sure this was somewhere we went on our first run. It worked out perfectly and the people at that venue are really nice and accommodating and open to musicians coming in. I was really glad when it worked out.

 

Me: A few of the other shows are just duo shows with you and Danny Barnes. How does planning a set list with just you and Danny differ than a set list with the whole Here and Now band?

Jeff Austin: The Keels had a prior engagement at that Lock’n Festival that they have to fly out to. One of the things with Danny and I just doing that show, and I’m looking at him right now, with just the two of us it will be a lot of open ended stuff and kind of, off the cuff. Seeing how the emotion of the evening kind of writes the set list for us. Some of the songs we probably haven’t even rehearsed like ‘Hey you know this Hartford tune’ or whatever. That will be really cool, it’ll be really kinda in the spur of the moment thing and see how the crowd reacts and how we’re having our conversation with each other.

 

Me: Is the Here and Now going to be a rotating cast of musicians, similar to Sam Bush’s New Grass Revival, or is this the group of four you plan on moving forward with?

Jeff Austin: Well it has the potential there that we could write songs, have a horns section, who knows? It could turn into anything. It kind of really is based on the idea of Here and Now, what’s happening in this moment and what works. Not just because I’m writing material I want to play for people, but you know… I have so much freaking fun with this lineup that I may be hard pressed to pick up traveling with anyone else. Its pretty damn fun.

 

Me: What does the future of the Here and Now look like? Is there going to be an album or is this mostly a live thing?

Jeff Austin: The plan right now is that I have a laundry list of material I want to put on a record I was hoping to have out this fall. There are certain songs being played, that I can’t think of any other lineup playing them than the folks I am traveling with, so as i’m thinking of the studio version of it I absolutely want to see these guys play on it. But it could be a rotation of songs where i want a  horn section or drums or strings or this and that. It will vary a little bit but the core of it will be built around the way that this project is sounding… thats what I hope

 

Me: That sounds awesome.

Jeff Austin: There are songs that I didn’t write in a bluegrass vane but I played them in a bluegrass vane and when I put them out, I want to play them the way that I wrote them. To be able to go into a studio to do those songs that way, its going to be interesting because its not going to be a bluegrass album by any stretch of the imagination. It will just be a record. I guess if you had to categorize it Americana? I don’t know, but i’m looking forward to that process. i’m in the part right now of getting the lineup of songs, editing, and all that kind of stuff and going full steam ahead.

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Me: I’ve read recently that in your freetime one of the things you love doing is running a food blog, “Table for One”, right?

Jeff Austin: It’s not only a food blog its going to be turning into a webisode kind of thing. I’m actually in the editing process right now with that as well. I did filming a number of months ago, and I have four days of a shoot coming up in September. My hope is by mid or late October to drop the first webisode of Table for One. I have some high aspirations for that so that hopefully it could maybe turn into, or launch, a show at some point, but yeah its a huge passion of mine. Just telling the story of people who are passionate about what they do and how that affects me and how it affects people. I find that story intriguing.

 

Me: Back in Spring 2012 we spoke briefly and you told me about the Thai Kitchen Cafe down on Delmar. Is there anywhere in St Louis you are looking forward to checking out when you get back in town or somewhere you went last time you want to give a shout out to?

Jeff Austin: Thai Country Cafe.. I LOVE that place. One of the heartbreaks on the road for me was when they took the duck noodle soup off the menu, and then they put it back on. I was so happy… so happy. I love that place. Uhh… I am not sure. I’d like to make it a point to get back there. The beautiful thing about having not done a tour like this is with these friends is that I get to take them to new food joints that I love and I want to share. This morning in Chicago we went to Hot Dougs Sausage Emporium. I’ll tell you what I like at the Rock House is right down the block that tiny little joint, that one room diner. That place blows my mind. When the Del McCoury Band was just down there doing a couple nights… me and a couple of those guys, we will text each other when we know we’re in a restaurant that someone else likes. I got a couple photos of just them at the counter or the menu on the wall.

 

Me: Well Jeff thats really all I had for you, is there anything else you want to tell us about? What else is going on in the life of Jeff Austin?

Jeff Austin: I’d say check out www.JeffAustin.com, I am going to try to post something everyday from the tour whether its a little video of us playing, song ideas or food updates or whatever but I’m going to start that up tonight here and do little things everyday. Kind of a little road diary type of thing.

 

Me: Thanks for the time Jeff, we’ll see you on Wednesday!

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READ MY MARCH 2012 INTERVIEW WITH JEFF AND DAVE JOHNSTON FROM YONDER MTN STRING BAND HERE

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JEFF AUSTIN and THE HERE & NOW on Tour:

9/04 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

9/05 The Shrine – Tulsa, OK *Jeff Austin & Danny Barnes duo show

9/06-07 Cottonwood Flats – Mumford & Sons Gentlemen of the Road – Guthrie, OK

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10/09 Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheater

10/10 Charlotte, NC – Amos’ Southend

10/11 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre

10/12 Silk Hope, NC

10/13 Chattanooga, TN – Track 29

10/16 Oxford, MS – The Lyric Oxford

10/17-19 Ozark, AR – YMSB Harvest Festival at Mulberry Mountain (3 nights)

10/23 Milwaukee, WI – Turner Hall Ballroom

10/24 Minneapolis, MN – First Avenue & 7th St Entry

10/25-26 Chicago, IL – House of Blues (2 nights)

10/29-30 Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (2 nights)

10/31 Philadelphia, PA – Theatre of Living Arts

11/01 Boston, MA – House of Blues

11/02 Portland, ME – State Theatre

12/27-29 & 12/31 Boulder, CO – Boulder Theater (4 nights)

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LOUFEST 2013 Lineup Unveiled! Feat. The Killers, Wilco, Alabama Shakes, The National, Jim James, MORE! / Sept 7-8 / St. Louis

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LouFest returns for its 4th annual Summer festival taking place in Central Fields of Forest Park in St. Louis, MO. This year they have pushed the date back a few weeks from late August to early September, meaning we may luck out with highs near 95 instead of 106. But it is St. Louis, so there is also a chance of snow and somehow even a hurricane. This year we can also welcome the idea of expanding the festival to take up more of the beautiful (and under-utilized for this event) space in Forest Park, including for the first time a THIRD STAGE!!!

Last year’s festival was a great success despite less than stellar weather (it rained A LOT on Sunday afternoon/evening) and the Flaming Lips still managed to leave everyone happy (and wet/confetti covered) after a stellar two days of music. In addition to The Flaming Lips, last year’s installment featured Girl Talk, Dawes, Son Volt, Dinosaur Jr., Dr. Dog, and Little Barrie who have quickly become one of my favorite new-to-me bands in quite sometime. Aside from last years stellar lineup, previous festivals have featured She & Him, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, Built to Spill and Jeff Tweedy of Wilco doing a solo set.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW OUR 2012 PHOTO GALLERY

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THE 2013 LINEUP WILL FEATURE:

THE KILLERS

WILCO

THE NATIONAL

ALABAMA SHAKES

EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS

JIM JAMES

LOCAL NATIVES

FITZ AND THE TANTRUMS

TORO Y MOI

TWIN SHADOW

TRAMPLED BY TURTLES

WALK THE MOON

RA RA RIOT

COURT YARD HOUNDS

ICONA POP

YOUNGBLOOD HAWKE

ROBERT DeLONG

JUKEBOX THE GHOST

WILD BELLE

THE MOWGLI’S

BRICK + MORTAR

DESERT NOISES

SPACE CAPONE

WILD CUB

J. RODDY WALSTON & THE BUSINESS

ANDREA DAVIDSON

MODOC

THE LONELY BISCUITS

KENTUCKY KNIFE FIGHT

TEF POE

Visit the LouFest Official Website for all details and ticketing information

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HELP WANTED: Dirtfoot Takes to Kickstarter to Fund New Album

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Shreveport, Louisiana gypsy, punk, country, grumble, boogie band Dirtfoot are taking to the fans to help fund their newest album, literally being recorded as this is being typed at Blade Studios in Shreveport and being produced by Brady Blade.

Dirtfoot is currently in an incredibly exciting evolution stage… it actually began when Nathan Woods joined in 2011 and added electric bass to the mix. Then last Summer longtime drummer Lane Bayliss retired and they picked up a rock drummer by the name of Derek Russell. The next step was the addition of an electric guitar for vocalist/formerly only acoustic guitarist Matt Hazelton. Add in the usual suspects in Scotty Gerardy, the Sax Offender, J Bratlie plucking the banjo, and instrumentalist Daniel Breithaupt and now the gypsy punk county is becoming a dirty funk gypsy punk rock alt-country grumble boogie.

Producer Brady Blade has previously worked with Dave Matthews, Emmylou Harris and Daniel Lanois to name a few.  The band has been posting some videos on their Youtube page over the last week featuring in studio updates and even some guests stopping by including 1/2 of Brooks and Dunn, Kix Brooks, and Papa Mali who layed down some nasty electric guitar on “John Zook.” 

The Pledge Prizes are pretty amazing this time out and include many items that will be available ONLY via this Kickstarter campaign. There is certainly something for everyone… as little as $20 will get a digital download of the album 2 weeks prior to the official release date. Physical copies start at $40 donation level. Other levels include special limited edition Kickstarter only silk-screen posters, Dirtfoot hoodies, t-shirts,  and even your own private Dirtfoot show!

Some of the more unique donation levels can earn you a chance to name the new album, a handwritten lyric sheet by Hazelton, dinner with Dirtfoot, drum heads and signed drum sticks used during the recording of the new album by both Breithaupt and Russell, pieces of Daniel’s percussion rig, and a listening party in Shreveport with the band after the album is completed.

The campaign only lasts 30 days, and after the first five days they have raised just under $3000. Still a long way to go, but based on the success of the last campaign and with YOUR help, the grumble boogie will live on! Contribute NOW!

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/dirtfoot/dirtfoots-3rd-studio-album-recorded-at-blade-studi

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The Floozies Winter Tour 2013 and Festival Dates

The Floozies Embark on Tour to Conquer EDM Scene… One Town at a Time

There are two brothers from a little town called Lawrence, Kansas that are well on their way to take over a music venue near you with their take on the ever so popular EDM sound that has garnered so much attention over the last few years. The Floozies, consisting of brothers Matt and Mark Hill, have a fresh approach that gives you more than just the UNTZ and drops that many acts seem to get caught up in. The Floozies bring a hell-a-cious funky dance party to each and every crowd they play in front of, and I challenge you to spend an evening at a Floozies show and NOT get involved in the shenanigans that are sure to ensue on the dance floor.

Not only are they invading a tour near you in the next few weeks, but they are also starting to pop up on festival bills including the 10th Anniversary of Wakarusa as well as Summer Camp. Take the chance to catch these guys now while they are shredding up the small club circuit, the intimate shows may be few and far between in years to come for the Hill brothers of Larrytown.  Check out their website at www.flooziesduo.com to download a bunch of FREE music!

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2/8 – Club NV – Knoxville, TN

2/9 – Atomic Cowboy – St. Louis, MO (Umphreys McGee After Party!)

2/14 – Canopy Club – Urbana, IL

2/15 – Miramar Theatre – Milwaukee, WI

2/16 – Bottom Lounge – Chicago, IL

2/20 – Three20south – Breckenridge, CO

2/21 – Fox Theatre – Boulder, CO

2/22 – Agave – Avon, CO

2/23 – Hodi’s Half Note – Fort Collins, CO

3/10 – Snowball Music Festival – Winter Park, CO

4/13 – Easter Island Music Festival – Claremore, OK

5/24-26 – Summer Camp Music Festival – Chillicothe, IL

5/29-6/3 – Wakarusa Festival – Ozark, AR

 

 

WAKARUSA Lineup #3 – Complete Lineup Unveiled! / May 30-June 2 / Ozark, AR

Wakarusa lineup blast #3 has been released, giving us a final talley of who all will be on Mulberry Mountain this Summer. Get all the details and pick up your tickets now at www.wakarusa.com

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STS9
Black Crowes
Snoop Lion
Gogol Bordello
GROUPLOVE
Galactic
Ozomatili
EOTO
Del the Funky Homosapien
Los Amigos Invisibles
GRiZ
Felix Cartal
Lyrics Born
J Boog
Zion I
The Floozies
Milo Greene
Delta Rae
Moon Taxi
Langhorne Slim
GAUDI
Bluetech
Minnesota
DJ Solo
Lance Herbstrong
Kidnap Kid
D.V.S
Govinda
Mingo Fishtrap
ZZ Ward
Flow Tribe
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Jon Wayne and the Pain
Holy Ghost Tent Revival
The Magic Beans
Dumptruck Butterlips
THe 1 Oz Jug

 

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LAST WEEKS ANNOUNCEMENT:
Dispatch
Amon Tobin
Umphreys McGee
SOJA
Shpongle presents The Masquerade
Calexico
Mutemath
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinasours
Karl Densons Tiny UNiverse
Criolo
Gramatik
Emancipator
AraabMUZIK
Papadosio
Deap Vally
The Coup
The Green
Baauer
The Werks
Red Baraat
Band of Heathens
Andeilien (Heyoka)
RL Grime
Janover and reSUNator
Karsh Kale
Abakus
Anuhea
The Apache Relay
The Brothers Comatose
Earphunk
Nic Cowan
Tornado Rider
David Wax Museum
Spirit Family Reunion
BUffalo Killers
Eitch
Ben Miller Band

 

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JAN 3 ANNOUNCEMENT:
Widespread Panic
Of Monsters and Men
Zeds Dead
Yonder Mountain String Band
Rebelution
Quixotic
Tipper
Son Volt
Bombino
Savoy
Allen Stone
RJD2
Figure
The Polish Ambassador
BoomBox
Bright Light Social Hour
ZOOGMA
The Motet
New Monsoon
Icona Pop
Wallpaper
Wick It the Instigator
The Whigs
Shovels and Rope
RUN DMT
Cherub
HeRobust
Xaver
Lord T and Eloise
Samples
Mountain Sprout
Dirtfoot
Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band
The Last Bison
Mountain Standard Time
Old Shoe

WAKARUSA Lineup Announcement Round 2 (of 3) / May 30 – June 2 / Ozark, AR

For the second consecutive Thursday, the Waka gods have graced us with the good word… of a partial lineup announcement. Last week we were given the 1st of three equally weighted lineups that included hippie legends Widespread Panic, modern day jamgrass pioneers Yonder Mountain String Band and the up and coming in every circle Of Monsters and Men as well as Wakarusa regulars such as Dirtfoot, Quixotic and Mountain Sprout.

Wakarusa Sign

I constantly refreshed my browser, impatiently waiting for the 10AM Facebook post to unveil the 2nd of the 3 lineups. The results… well, you can be the judge (Writers Note: VIP passes are only $659, plus fees)

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Dispatch
Amon Tobin
Umphreys McGee
SOJA
Shpongle presents The Masquerade
Calexico
Mutemath
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinasours
Karl Densons Tiny UNiverse
Criolo
Gramatik
Emancipator
AraabMUZIK
Papadosio
Deap Vally
The Coup
The Green
Baauer
The Werks
Red Baraat
Band of Heathens
Andeilien (Heyoka)
RL Grime
Janover and reSUNator
Karsh Kale
Abakus
Anuhea
The Apache Relay
The Brothers Comatose
Earphunk
Nic Cowan
Tornado Rider
David Wax Museum
Spirit Family Reunion
BUffalo Killers
Eitch
Ben Miller Band

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See last week’s lineup announcement post here

Stay tuned for the 3rd round of the Wakarusa Lineup on Thursday, January 17th!

Buy Your Tickets Today Here!

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LINEUP ANNOUNCEMENT: 10th Annual WAKARUSA / May 30-June 2, 2013 / Ozark, AR

WAKARUSA / May 30-June 2, 2013 / Ozark, AR

For the 10th straight year the Wakarusa Festival will return bringing 4 days of music, camping, and all around shenanigans to Mulberry Mountain. Starting in Lawrence, Kansas way back in 2004 before relocating to the paradise that is Mulberry Mountain Resort in Ozark, Arkansas in 2009, Wakarusa has become one of the premiere festivals out there and they have certainly found their little slice of heaven in the Northwest corner of the state just outside of Fayetteville. Intimate sized campgrounds and lots of shade for campers to score (first-come of course) make for a perfect setting. This year will mark the 10th anniversary and rumors have been flying around for months of who may be there to celebrate.

The 2012 edition featured Primus, Avett Brothers, Girl Talk, Pretty Lights, Bob Weir Acoustic Trio, Umphreys McGee, Keller Williams, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zero’s, and Ghostland Observatory in addition to many other groups. Previous years have featured everyone from Ben Folds, Grace Potter (below, R), Mumford and Sons, and Cake to Umphreys McGee (below, L), String Cheese Incident, Widespread Panic, and The Flaming Lips. Recent years have brought the addition of the Interstellar Meltdown electronic portion of the festival, which is when the freaks flags fly with pride into the early morning hours. Bassnectar, STS9, Disco Biscuits, and Thievery Corporation have all headlined the Meltdown and bassheads and techno hippies alike are bound to be satisfied once again this year.

Check out our coverage of previous Wakarusa Festivals: 2011 or  2012

   

This year the lineup is being released over a period of three consecutive Thursdays. The first third of the lineup was released today and its no surprise to see the big guns being brought out for the 10th anniversary of the best festival in the Midwest.

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Keep in mind this is just 1 of the 3 announcements, all said to be of equal weight. So expect to see a few more headliners in addition to a hundred other bands.

Today’s lineup includes:

Widespread Panic
Of Monsters and Men
Zeds Dead
Yonder Mountain String Band
Rebelution
Quixotic
Tipper
Son Volt
Bombino
Savoy
Allen Stone
RJD2
Figure
The Polish Ambassador
BoomBox
Bright Light Social Hour
ZOOGMA
The Motet
New Monsoon
Icona Pop
Wallpaper
Wick It the Instigator
The Whigs
Shovels and Rope
RUN DMT
Cherub
HeRobust
Xaver
Lord T and Eloise
Samples
Mountain Sprout
Dirtfoot
Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band
The Last Bison
Mountain Standard Time
Old Shoe

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Visit the Wakarusa Official Site here for details!

Yonder Mountain String Band Release Winter/Spring 2013 Tour Dates

It is no secret that Concert Confessions houses a few folks that love them some bluegrass/jamgrass/newgrass music… call it what you will, but like Keller Williams sings “when i hear that banjo crow, when I hear that fiddle play, when I hear that chuck of the mandolin man it just makes my day.” It was a good week for bluegrass fans as one of the modern-day monsters of the genre announced this week that they will be back at it in early 2013. The Yonder Mountain String Band will head back out on the road for 2 short stints. The tour kicks off in Knoxville and wraps up in Phoenix with stops damn near all over the country, including two nights at The Pageant in St. Louis (my stomping ground.) Be sure to check back for a full recap of that one, and check out our previous Yonder Mountain content including an interview with Jeff Austin and Dave Johnston prior to last years STL stop.

Previously Announced Dates:

1/10     Knoxville, TN     Tennessee Theater
1/11     Nashville, TN     Marathon Music Works
1/12     New Orleans, LA     House of Blues
1/17     Orlando, FL     Plaza Theater
1/18     Fort Lauderdale, FL     Culture Room
1/19     St. Petersburg, FL     Jannus Live
1/20     Jacksonville, FL     Freebird Live
1/23     Charlottesville, VA     Jefferson Theater
1/24     Asheville, NC     Orange Peel
1/25     Asheville, NC     Orange Peel
1/26     Atlanta, GA     Tabernacle
1/29     Charleston, SC     Music Farm
1/30     Winston-Salem, NC     Ziggy’s Rock House
1/31     Covington, KY     Madison Theater
2/01     Columbus, OH     LC Pavilion
2/02     Madison, WI     Orpheum Theater

NEW Dates:

2/28     Lawrence, KS     Liberty Hall
3/01     Dallas, TX     Granada Theater
3/02     Austin, TX     Stubb’s BBQ
3/06     Tulsa, OK     Cain’s Ballroom
3/07     Urbana, IL     Canopy Club
3/08     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
3/09     St. Louis, MO     The Pageant
3/13     Albuquerque, NM     Sunshine Theater
3/14     Flagstaff, AZ     Orpheum Theater
3/15     Salt Lake City, UT     The Depot
3/16     Aspen, CO     Belly Up
3/17     Aspen, CO     Belly Up
3/20     Billings, MT     Babcock Theater
3/21     Bozeman, MT     Emerson Cultural Center
3/22     Missoula, MT     Wilma Theater
3/23     Missoula, MT     Wilma Theater
3/24     Phoenix, AZ     McDowell Mountain Music Festival

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Thunder on the Mountain Country Music Festival / June 6-8 / Ozark, Arkansas; Features Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, and more!

2013 will mark the first year for Thunder on the Mountain – a country music festival.  Thunder on the Mountain will take place June 6 – 8 on the magnificent Mulberry Mountain, near Ozark, AR.
In addition to these world class country artists, Thunder on the Mountain will feature camping, amazing food & craft vendors, world-class river floats, fishing, waterfalls, hiking, premiere RV camping and much, much more!  Tickets for Thunder on the Mountain will go on sale at 10 AM (CST) Tuesday, Dec 11 at www.ThunderOnTheMountain.com.
Follow Thunder on the Mountain on Facebook and Twitter to be the first to learn about our lineup, ticket information, and deals you won’t find anywhere else!

 

Thunder on the Mountain 2013 is thrilled to welcome and officially announce the following confirmed artists:
Toby Keith
Luke Bryan
Big & Rich
Montgomery Gentry
Thompson Square
Justin Moore
Gretchen Wilson
Easton Corbin
Colt Ford
Randy Houser
Pat Green
Randy Rogers Band
Jana Kramer
Kevin Fowler
Josh Abbott Band
Casey Donahew Band
Bucky Covington
Greg Bates
Reckless Kelly
LoCash Cowboys
Stoney LaRue
Todd Snider
Roger Creager
The Lost Trailers
JT Hodges
Cody Canada & The Departed
Moonshine Bandits
The LACS
Aaron Watson
The Cadillac Black
Sturgill Simpson
Adam Craig Band
Clayton Anderson
Sunny Ledfurd
Bleu Edmondson
Brandon Jenkins
John D. Hale Band
Matt Stell & The Crashers
The Sarah Hughes Band
Lance Carpenter

ThunderOnTheMountain.com

 

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Infamous Stringdusters Embark on Old Rock House – St. Louis 11/14/12

An Evening with the Infamous Stringdusters – Old Rock House 11/14/2012
Words / Pictures by Bradley Darby

 

Described by some critics as “a future supergroup,” “a phenomenon” “intricately improvisational,” and “flawless”, the Infamous Stringdusters have been tearing up the bluegrass circuit for the last five years, releasing four studio albums as well as a live album while garnering a Grammy nomination along with three International Bluegrass Association awards and playing to packed venues and festival tents. The Stringdusters were just in the home of Chingy during Labor Day weekend for what was scheduled to be the late night portion of Del Yeah! Bluegrass Festival, however the festival was rescheduled due to inclimate weather. The Stringdusters played anyways to a near sold out crowd. That night they announced they would be coming back through town for one of the final shows on their Fall tour in November… that night was November 14th.

 

The first set started at 9PM with “The Place That I Call Home” with vocals by fiddle player Jeremy Garrett. While the band continued to play in the background, stand up bassist Travis Book took the mic to welcome the crowd and ask “Who here has seen the Stringdusters, whos done this before? Who knows what’s up? Then you know you are here to do whatever you want… dance, sing, drink, talk, whatever it is. Its your Wednesday night and we’re just so glad to be here tonight. Two sets of music, we’re gonna be at this awhile, settle in.” Book stayed on the mic as they went directly into the Danny Barnes tune “Get It While You Can.” It was clear at this point that the Dusters had already settled in quite nicely as the third song was a stunning instrumental that was very heavy on the fiddle, thanks to Jeremy Garrett.

A brand new song that debuted in late October, “Road to Boulder,” was led by dobro player Andy Hall. Their version of “In God’s County”, a song you may remember from The Joshua Tree by U2 was next. The Stringdusters are no stranger to that one, it was recorded for 2010’s Things That Fly. Travis got back on the mic to address the crowd again as he showed his appreciation for the Old Rock House and mentioned that this was the final week of the tour. Props were also given for the light guy, Bret Angstep, who was doing an absolutely fantastic job to make the stage look incredible. “How Far I’d Fall For You” was introduced by Book as a “party love song.”

A Del McCoury classic, “Travelin’ Teardrop Blues” segued right into banjo picker Chris Pandolfi leading the group and slaying dragons with his banjo for another instrumental. Following a brief pause to allow the crowd time to gather their thoughts it was time to cater to the hippie demographic with a cover of “Free” by Phish. Andy Hall was back at the mic for a stellar version of “Well, Well” that clocked in at 10 minutes and included what I’m pretty sure was a tease of the theme song from Top Gun by guitarist Andy Falco. The first set closed out just before 10 P.M.

After about a 35 minute break the second set started off in the hands of Travis Book yet again for “It’ll Be Alright” and was followed by another Andy Hall tune, “Rain.” The energy in the room just ten minutes into the the second set was definitely being felt by the band as they expressed how much fun they were having. The next song, “17 Cents” was dedicated to “people who struggle to make ends meet at the end of every month, damn near everybody i know ” said Book. A cover of “Walking on the Moon” by The Police had a nice bluegrass-reggae feel to it. Another tasty diddy of an instrumental went right into “Aint No Way of Knowing” followed by “Don’t Think Twice, It’s Alright” with Andy Falco playing the part of Dylan.  “Deep Elem Blues” featured Travis Book laying down some nasty bass. He then told us about the new deluxe edition of Silver Sky, a re-release of their most recent album with bonus tracks and a live disc that is available only at independent record shops nationwide. You can’t order it on their website, really… I tried. They then played the first track from that album “Don’t Mean Nothin.” An excellent cover of The Grateful Dead’s “He Gone,” which is one of the bonus tracks featured on Silver Sky Deluxe Edition, was dedicated to Peter Dedario who was apparently responsible for the strings on Falco’s guitar. The set ended with what turned out to be a nearly 10 minute jammed out version of “Gettin’ Down The Road.”

After thanking the crowd they informed us they would be doing an encore and that they would normally walk away but theres no where to go. We were informed of The Show Hive, a section of the their website where sound engineer Dave Becker posts pictures and audio of every show. Even full, FREE recordings of most shows! The Dusters take on The Band’s “Up On Cripple Creek” started the encore, quite possibly a tribute to Levon Helm who passed away earlier this year. Their International Bluegrass Award winning song “Fork in the Road” closed the show out and as they thanked the crowd Book informed us that “you guys rocked!”

 

To say that I have grown quite fond of the Infamous Stringdusters over the past few years would be a fact. To say that after seeing them live for the first time last June (then again in August and October, then again three times this year) made me a fanatic would be an understatement. This band is incredibly talented and you need to do yourself a favor if you like bluegrass music the least bit and give them a chance… NOW.

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SET I
The Place That I Call Home
Get It While You Can
Instrumental
Road to Boulder
In Gods Country
How Far I’d Fall For You
Travelin’ Teardrop Blues
Instrumental
Free
Night on the River
Well, Well

SET II
It’ll Be Alright
Rain
17 Cents
Telluride
Something Wind
Walking on the Moon
No Resolution (Instrumental)
Ain’t No Way of Knowing
Don’t Think Twice
Deep Elem Blues
Don’t Mean Nothin’
My Destination
He Gone
Gettin’ Down the Road
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E: Up On Cripple Creek
E: Fork in the Road

Primus in 3D! Live at Peabody Opera House – STL 10/28

Primus in 3D! Live at Peabody Opera House – St. Louis 10/28/12

Words and Pictures by Bradley Darby

If you like your metal funky, your rock progressive, or just flat-out weird experimental jam music… then you were probably at the Peabody Opera House on Sunday night. If you weren’t, than you missed one of the greatest rock bands of the last 20 years as they took the stage for their touring 3D spectacle. Primus, who called it a day twelve years ago after releasing six albums over ten years, got the ‘original’ crew back together in 2010. One year later, we had Green Naugahyde, their first studio album in eleven years. Bassist/vocalist Les Claypool, guitarist Larry “Ler” LaLonde and original drummer Jay Lane were officially back and picked things up right where they left off at the turn of the century. (Note: Lane was the original drummer that was later replaced by Tim Alexander who was the drummer for Primus through most of the 90s.)

The show opened with a bang as the haunting bass lines of “Southbound Pachyderm” kicked things off and the crowd, some sitting and some standing, all with their 3D glasses on gazing at the large screen behind the band, recognized it right away. The screen showed trippy images of elephants stampeding, and random multi colored shapes spinning as purple lights filled the room. Claypool with one leg kicked up on the monitor lurching over the microphone with his usual creepy prowess led the song as guitarist Ler LaLonde shredded his way through the song and melted faces across the room.

Les told the crowd that the set lists for this tour was going to feature songs that they hadn’t played in years, or even some that they had never played. It was clear from the first handful of songs that this was indeed the case as the first four songs all came from different Primus albums.

“Lee Van Cleef”, one of my favorite tracks from Green Naugahyde, featured graphics of cowboys and crazy looking eyeballs (similar to the video for the song) on the 3D visual screen behind the band while Claypool sang lyrics about the old Western film actor of the same name that died in 1989. The oft-neglected bass jam and fan favorite from 1993’s Pork Soda, “Hamburger Train” followed as well as a cover of “Hello Skinny” by The Residents, a song that Primus has covered in the past. The first set ended at just about 9PM with the first in a handful of songs from their 1990 debut studio album Frizzle Fry, “Groundhogs Day.”

As the first set concluded, the crowd was treated to old black and white Popeye cartoons on the video screen as some folks chose to get a breath of fresh air, stretch their legs, or sneak in a cigarette or two outside. The intermission lasted about 30 minutes and Primus were back on stage and ready to kick off the second set around 930PM.

The second set started with another newer song, “Extension Burst” before “Glass Sandwich” transitioned right into “Jilly’s on Smack”, which can extend to as long as ten minutes and often gets really weird… this was certainly no exception. This is a song that I have seen live four times since the reincarnation of Primus and it keeps getting better and better live. We were then treated to three straight songs from Frizzle Fry, “Spaghetti Western” followed by “The Toys Go Winding Down”, and finally “Frizzle Fry.” The set ended with “Mrs. Blaliene” and “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver”, one of Primus’ first singles from 1991’s Sailing the Seas of Cheese.

The crowd chanted “PRIMUS SUCKS” (flattering sure, but thats how Primus fans do it!) as the word PRIMUS flashed on the screen. After a short break, the guys came back out to a smattering of applause. “American Life” kicked off the encore (the same song they closed with last time they came to STL in 2011 at The Pageant) followed by “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”, another hugely popular song that appeared on 1995’s Tales from the Punchbowl.

This was my fourth time seeing Primus since they got back together. This was also my favorite Primus show of the four. The 3D show was good, but not at all what makes me say this. The music cranked out by Jay Lane, Larry LeLonde and Les Claypool is all you needed to enjoy yourself on this Sunday evening. If you were disappointed by this show, I’m sorry you had your expectations too high. I overheard a few folks post show that were let down by the 3D aspect of the show, my advice to them is go see Finding Nemo. To the good folks at the Peabody Opera House, if you find a piece of my mind melted to the floor in the Mezzanine Right, please return it.

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SET I:
Southbound Pachyderm (Tales from the Punchbowl)
Golden Boy (The Brown Album)
Moron TV (Green Naugahyde)
Dirty Drowning Man (Antipop)
Hats Off (The Brown Album)
Lee Van Cleef (Green Naugahyde)
Hamburger Train (Pork Soda)
Del Davis Tree Farm (Tales from the Punchbowl)
Hello Skinny (Residents Cover)
Groundhogs Day (Frizzle Fry)

SET II
Extension Burst (Green Naugahyde)
Glass Sandwich (Tales from the Punchbowl)
Jilly’s on Smack (Green Naugahyde)
Spaghetti Western (Frizzle Fry)
The Toys Go Winding Down (Frizzle Fry)
Frizzle Fry (Frizzle Fry)
Mrs Blaileen (Tales From the Punchbowl)
Jerry Was a Race Car Driver (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
E: American Life (Sailing the Seas of Cheese)
E: Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver (Tales from the Punchbowl)

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PHOTO GALLERY: LouFest 2012 feat. Flaming Lips, Dawes, Girl Talk, Son Volt and More / Aug 25-26 / Forest Park, St. Louis MO

LouFest 2012 Photo Gallery

All Pictures and Video by Bradley Darby (DarbySTL on Facebook/Twitter)

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I present you with my 2012 LouFest photo gallery. This was one of my favorite smaller festivals I have attended and I look forward to what the future LouFest’s will bring now that they seem to be coming into their own in their third year. Enjoy the pictures in this gallery as much as I enjoyed shooting them and go listen to some of these great bands (I highly suggest Little Barrie)

DAWES

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LITTLE BARRIE

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SON VOLT

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GIRL TALK

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THE FLAMING LIPS

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DR. DOG

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CULTS

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SOMEONE STILL LOVES YOU BORIS YELTSIN

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