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HELP WANTED: Dirtfoot Takes to Kickstarter to Fund New Album

Dirtfoot Bio Pic 2013

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

VIEW OF BLADE STUDIOS

 

3/3/12 Dirtfoot Brings Some Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie to STL

Words/Videos/Pictures by Bradley Darby

If you are a regular Concert Confessions reader, you probably already know about the only front porch, whiskey swillin, foot stomping, gypsy, punk, country, grumble, boogie band in the land… Dirtfoot. You may even remember that back in the Summer of 2011, it was Dirtfoot that brought 3 Concert Confessions contributors together for the first time. If you haven’t yet heard the tale of Dirtfoot, well than you my friend are in for a treat.

After postponing a few shows in the last few weeks due to banjo picker J Bratlie recovering from surgery, the boys got back out on the road and stopped in St. Louis to team up with Dumptruck Butterlips for a show at 2720 Cherokee. The show was actually billed Official After Party for the LUPULIN Carnival, a local beer festival held by 4 Hands Brewing (shout out for making delicious beer, especially the Divided Sky Rye IPA) and was an early start at 7pm.  Unfortunately I missed the first two acts, Brian Curran and the Root Diggers and we arrived right before Dirtfoot was to begin.

Dirtfoot kicked it off with their warm up jam they call “Honey” and immediately got the crowd pumped up with “Gonna Get You” which set a tone for the evening. Unfortunately there were some technical issues but they jammed through it for a few minutes while it was fixed and then continued on as vocalist/guitarist Matt Hazelton asked the crowd for some audience participation for “Rest My Head.” After he sang “We dont want your bullshit”, it was the crowds job to respond ‘Oh no! Oh no!’ One of the best things about Dirtfoot is the fact that crowd participation is always encouraged and even requested for some songs.

“Right To Breathe”, which is as Hazelton informed us, “a song about doing whatever the fuck you want”  was the prelude to one of the highlights of the night for me… a new song tentively called “John Zook” that was played for the first time. “Devoted Mama”, a delightful little diddy that showcases the sax stylings of Scotty Gerardy followed, and as usual featured an extended jam in the middle with drummer Lane Bayliss and percussionist Daniel Breithaupt banging away as Nathan Woods shredded the bass.

To end out their set, it was crowd favorite “Pulling Up The Stakes” followed by a newer song “Money and Pride”, both of which featured Surka Noelle of Dumptruck Butterlips on the washboard. Then they were joined by Ziggy of Dumptruck on the accordion for “Devil Dont Care” before closing their set down with “Underwater Turtle”, during which the only member of Dumptruck Butterlips with a penis, Mr. Mustard, guested on backing vocals as he danced around.

Overall it was a fantastic Dirtfoot show, and I have seen a few Dirtfoot shows. I was sad that the boys weren’t headlining, but they certainly made the most of their set which clocked in just under an hour and a half. Make sure to catch Dirtfoot at a show this Spring or Summer as they embark across the country yet again. Get tour dates and more info about Dirtfoot here.

SETLIST (Courtesy James E. – Check out his full recording here)
01 Honey (warm up jam)

02 Gonna Get Ya
03 Jam
04 Rest My Head
05 Cast My Plan
06 Right To Breathe
07 John Zook (new song, tentatively titled)
08 Devoted Mama
09 Watusi
10 Heroin
11 Pulling Up The Stakes 
12 Money And Pride 
13 Devil Don’t Care 
14 Underwater Turtle

June 28-29 Bloom Heavy River Romp in SE Missouri – Feat. YMSB, Del McCoury Band, Split Lip Rayfield, Cornmeal, Dirtfoot and many more!

BLOOM HEAVY RIVER ROMP 2012 Presented by SCHLAFLY BREWING

The good folks at Bloom Heavy have been helping bring good music to the SEMO area for the last few years, and this summer they have stepped their game up a notch with the Bloom Heavy River Romp. Taking place just a short drive South of St. Louis in Grassy, Missouri,  this years lineup is absolutely stacked and features Nederland, Colorados native sons, Yonder Mountain String Band, as well as bluegrass pioneer Del McCoury and his sons the Travelin McCourys as your headliners for the weekend in addition to 20 something more of the best up and coming names in the bluegrass/newgrass scene.

Joining YMSB and Del McCoury and sons will be Arrowhead veterans Cornmeal and Split Lip Rayfield as well as the only gypsy, punk, country, grumble boogie band in the land known as Dirtfoot. The bottom half of the lineup features the additions of The Dirt Daubers, a side project of Legendary Shack Shakers frontman Col. J.D. Wilkes and The Whistle Pigs, a band I had the pleasure of seeing last year at the Harvest Music Festival. Also listed on the bill is a Bluegrass Ball, but at this time there is no indication as to who will be the ringleader of the jam session. Its safe to assume that with Jeff Austin and the McCoury family around, everyone and anyone could be involved.

The good folks at Bloom Heavy are still promising one more band that is yet to be announced, but has stated that this band will be the “icing on the cake” for those on the fence about going to this festival. Based on the lineup, the little bit I know about the camp ground, and the fact that the attendance will be capped at 2500, this gathering has the potential to be legendary.

When: June 28-29, 2012

Where: Arrowhead Campground in Grassy, MO (Appx 2 hours from St. Louis / Less than an hour from Cape Girardeau)

How Much:Early Bird Tickets starting at $50 –Available Now

Very Limited Amount of VIP Tickets Available for $150 (Includes meals and Schlafly Beverages plus upgraded amenities) Available Now

FOR MORE INFO VISIT THE EVENT PAGE ON FACEBOOK

YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND
THE DEL MCCOURY BAND
SPLIT LIP RAYFIELD
CORNMEAL
HOT BUTTERED RUM
DIRTFOOT
THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS
THE BEN MILLER BAND
THE HILLBENDERS
TYRANNOSAURUS CHICKEN
CLETUS GOT SHOT
THE DIRT DAUBERS
CARRIE NATION & THE SPEAKEASY
THE NEW OLD CAVALRY
OAKHURST
THE BIG IDEA
THE WHISTLE PIGS
HONKYSUCKLE
ELEMENTAL SHAKEDOWN
DEEP FRIED SQUIRREL
CLUSTER PLUCK
FLATLAND HARMONY EXPERIMENT

Dirtfoot / Treehouse Castin’ Plans and Shakin’ Cans (6/24/2011)

Words by jenkins

Photos by BeeZnutZ

Video by jenkins/BeeZnutZ (as noted)

Two things happened on June 24th, 2011:  Not only did Dirtfoot and Treehouse perform to a relatively small (but energized!) crowd at 2720 Cherokee, but I also had the pleasure of meeting the other St Louis members of the Concert Confessions family (Bradley Darby and BeeZnutZ). All three of us at one place nearly rendered a tear in the fabric of space/time itself.

Not only was this my first Dirtfoot experience, but this was also my first time at 2720 Cherokee.  2720 is an interesting – and perhaps kind of unusual – place to catch a concert.  Proof that there is truth in advertising, 2720 Cherokee is located at 2720 Cherokee Street.  Located in a part of the city that most believe is a less than desirable place to spend a Friday night (on the “state streets”), more than one person warned me in advance that I should be careful, or that I would be “Mugged, murdered, and raped – in that order” (thanks dad!).  All of these things are, naturally, a gross exaggeration of the truth.  I will certainly concur that Cherokee Street is maybe not the best St Louis has to offer, but it is absolutely not the ghetto death trap that some would have you believe.

Part art gallery, part bar, and part concert venue, 2720 is kind of a quirky building.  I did not check out the art gallery portion of the building (to be honest, I couldn’t even really tell if it was open or not), but the concert room felt a lot like seeing a concert in the big open kind of room that some schools teach art or shop classes in.  The room is mostly a big open floor in front of the stage, with some couches and bar tables lining the perimeter, and a bar at the very back of the room.  One of the things I really liked about this room was that there was very little dividing the band and the stage from the crowd.  There were no major barriers, and the stage was not raised especially high off the floor.  This setup worked really well in terms of the band being able to keep the crowd involved and engaged.  Also, as far as I know, this is the only concert venue in the world with a recreation of the battle of hoth from Star Wars hanging over the bar, made from replica Star Wars vehicles and toys.  The nerd in me thought this was awesome.

The battle of Hoth

A model of the battle of Hoth over the bar at 2720

 

On to the show.  Doors opened at 8 for a show that started at 9.  Unsure of the layout of the room or how many people to expect, my wife and I made it a point to get there fairly early.  We arrived at more or less 8:15, right in the middle of the Dirtfoot sound check, and sat near the bar in the back of the room while they warmed up.

Treehouse took the stage at or around 9PM.  Treehouse is a local St Louis band – according to what they said at the show, this was only their fourth gig playing together.  A blend of rock / classic rock / singer-songwriter, there are  a lot of different artists behind the Treehouse sound.  I could definitely hear influences from all kinds of different bands/songwriters – from Led Zeppelin to Dave Matthews/John Mayer, and maybe even at times a little bit of U2.  Considering that they are still relatively in their infancy as a band, they sounded great.  I don’t really know any of their backgrounds, but the band members all sounded like skilled musicians, they played well with each other, and they seemed to have already established good on-stage chemistry together.  I was surprised to hear that this was only gig number four as I would have guessed that Treehouse had played together for much longer than that.

They played a set of mostly original songs with a few cover songs thrown in for good measure – the covers being Hey Joe and Crossroads.  I was not too into the Hey Joe cover – but that has more to do with me and less to do with the band, I just don’t like that song.  On the other hand, the Crossroads cover smoked, it was definitely a highlight of the set for me.

I unfortunately do not have the full Treehouse setlist, but I did manage to capture several of the songs on video. A few highlights are here, but links to all of the videos can be found at the end the review. Apologies for the sound quality – the crowd around me was chatty as shit for most of the set.

 

Just Like Me:

Midwestern Boy:

 

As I mentioned before, this was my first time seeing Dirtfoot, and I really only knew one song – Cast My Plans – from a groovable feast youtube video shared by mister Darby earlier in the year.  I watched the shit out of that video, but for whatever reason didn’t really get a chance to sit down and check out any other songs.  I had no idea what to expect, but based on what I had heard from my fellow confessors, I figured they would not disappoint.

I’m going to be honest.  If I were a record label or venue manager and someone came to me and said “Hey I know of this great band called Dirtfoot.   They play… well, they play front porch, whiskey swillin, foot stomping, gypsy, punk, country, grumble, boogie.  There’s guitar, bass, sax, banjo, and percussion – oh, and one of the percussion players has big metal trash cans and pots and pans he plays!”, I would probably tell you to get out of my office with that crazy hillbilly shit.

In retrospect, that crazy hillbilly shit was the best $10 I’ve spent in months.

The crowd wasn’t huge this night, but it sure felt to me like we packed a big punch.  Dirtfoot played a solid set of tunes to a group of people that were definitely excited to be there.  Dirtfoot’s set was more or less two hours of grooving and shaking that even the groove-and-shake impaired can get down with.  I am not a dancer.  Ever.  I only danced at my wedding because I had to.  Needless to say, shaking bean cans along to the music with a room full of people is way outside of my comfort zone, but this night with this band and this crowd, it was a blast.  My wife will admit that she was not so psyched up front – she was really only going because I wanted to go.  What she may not admit (but I will gladly admit for her) is that since the show I occasionally catch her humming along to Cast My Plans or No Good Man.

I am not as familiar with their catalogue as I should be, and I truly enjoyed every song they played – between those two things it’s really hard for me to pick out highlights from the night.  Nonetheless, here are just a few of the songs that I really recall as being exceptional:

Rest My Head:

No Good Man (video by BeeZnutZ):

Cast My Plans:

Underwater Turtle (video by BeeZnutZ):

Rest My Head, No Good Man, and Cast My Plans are all great songs, and Underwater Turtle is a couple of solid minutes of concentrated insanity, including metal trashcans and a hand cranked siren. There were a couple of other things that were standouts for me, but unfortunately I don’t have recordings of either at this point. The first is the song “Back of a Stranger” – this stuck with me enough that I went to track the song down on the internet the day after the show. The second is the post-encore percussion jam. After the band finished the encore, various members of the band came back out and rocked a drum/percussion jam, including the full drum kit, metal trashcan and hand crank siren, marimbas, pots and pans, and beating the upright bass strings with a drum stick. I really wish I had enough room left on the memory card to get a video of this, as watching these guys just jam and play and beat stuff for a good long time was really enjoyable.

 

All of these musicians are talented and good at what they do, but when they come together like Voltron to form Dirtfoot, the whole is greater than the sum of all its parts.  Unique sound, talented musicians, and a “fun factor” that’s hard to measure.

On top of it all?  Since this was my first Dirtfoot concert experience, they let me keep the bean can shakers.  You can’t ask for anything more.

 

 

Treehouse (Set Incomplete):
Hey Joe
Midwestern Boy
Bronze Medalist
Just Like Me
Pit Stop

 

Dirtfoot (Set Incomplete):
Gonna Get Ya
Rest My Head
No Good Man (jenkins BeeZnutZ)
Devoted Mama (jenkins 1 jenkins2 BeeZnutZ)
Pullin Up The Stakes
Time To Be Your Friend Now
Cast My Plans
Entertain Me
My Girl
Heroin (jenkins BeeZnutZ)
Back of a Stranger
Fallin’ In Love (BeeZnutZ)
Underwater Turtle (BeeZnutZ)

 

Dirtfoot asking for fans help with Live and In Prison CD/DVD

Written by Bradley Darby

The only front porch, whiskey swillin’, foot stompin’, bean can shakin’, gypsy, punk, country, grumble, boogie band in the land Dirtfoot, who have received previous attention on Concert Confessions and will be supporting Primus for five shows in May, are asking for their fans help to fund their newest creation, Dirtfoot: Live and In Prison recorded live and in front of actual prisoners at the Wade Correctional Center in their home state of Louisiana. The band had to undergo background checks to ensure none had felony backgrounds before being allowed to participate….. its nice to know there are no skeletons in the Dirtfoot closet.

Click Here For Kickstarter Page

The goal is to raise $10,000 in 30 days to finance the production of a live CD and full length DVD featuring a documentary including the performance and short film music video for “Cast My Plans” to be released later this year. Did I mention it stars William Sadler from Shawshank Redemption and Bill and Ted fame as the warden?

For contributing to the project, you are given a special Dirtfoot prize or prize pack, pending on the amount of your donation. You can give as little as $1, but with a $5 donation you will receive a Dirtfoot sticker to show your support. For only $40 you will receive a Dirtfoot Prison T-Shirt and a signed copy of the live CD. Other options include Dirtfoot pirate flags, commemorative golden bean cans, sax-offender Scott Gerardy’s famous gumbo, a private Dirtfoot show, and even the Executive Producer credit on the album if you have $5000 to pony up (also includes Dirtfoot Golden Ticket and all other prizes.)

Meet Dirtfoot

As a big believer in the Dirtfoot movement, II have been following the progress and they have done very well thus far but still need support! At this time they are at just over $3000 with about 20 days to go until their May 4th deadline. If they dont hit their $10K goal, your money won’t be taken. If they exceed the goal, the additional funds will go towards marketing of Live and In Prison as well as expanding their touring range–meaning you may be shakin’ a bean can with the Dirtfoot boys in the near future.

It was also just announced that Dirtfoot will be joining PRIMUS on a five dates this spring, 5/19 – 5/25. You can also catch them at the Summer Camp Music Festival near Chicago May 27-29 or at the Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas June 2-5 where they will be kicking the festival off on the main stage Thursday afternoon and closing it down Sunday night, as well as a stripped down set Friday morning at the Chompdown, a communal breakfast put on by festival-goers featuring live music and good vibes, free of charge.

Here are a few live videos to entice you to donate some money and become believers.Click the link at the top or right here for more informaton on the Kickstarter page.

Folsom Prison Blues

No Good Man

Dirtfoot – A Dose of Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie at 2720 Cherokee

Words and pictures by Brad Darby

Video Courtesy BeezNuts


Only one band can be described as Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie…..and that band is none other than Dirtfoot. The Shreveport, LA group came through town and played with St. Louis’ own Clusterpluck at 2720 Cherokee, an up and coming music spot that is also an art gallery, located in the art and shopping district of the Cherokee neighborhood.

The first band of the night was a new bluegrass outfit from St. Louis known as ClusterPluck. The three piece played for about an hour and I enjoyed the little I was able to see, but was just getting there and getting settled in. Their Facebook page describes them as “Banjo driven, Bass anchored and Mandolin searing, ClusterPluck’s original songs would fall somewhere in the Newgrass genre.” I would definitely like to see these guys again, more info can be found at www.facebook.com/clusterpluck

Dirtfoot consists of six members, and at first glance may look like your typical bluegrass or rockabilliy band with a banjo, upright bass and acoustic guitar up front, but a unique aspect of Dirtfoot is that they bring the crowd into the mix by handing out bean cans to the audience and by asking them for audience participation in a majority of their songs. Oh yeah, and they dont fit the mold of bluegrass or country music, at all….the band features a sax player, drummer and percussionist with everything from bells to pots and pans to washboard. Dirtfoot is inspired by music from all across the board and it shows. They have opened for Primus, Reverend Horton Heat among many others and are a staple at many annual music festivals around the midwest. The best description I have heard about Dirtfoot came from the mouth of drummer Lane Bayliss, “If there were such a thing as heavy metal during the 30s we would have been it.”

“Y’all ready to get rowdy tonight!” were the first words vocalist/guitarist Matt Hazelton uttered at the beginning of “Gonna Get Ya”, and it was clear we were in for a party like only Dirtfoot can provide!

What followed was nearly two hours of a bean can shaking, balls to the walls, double fisting whiskey, cant stop your feet because you are being taken in by the groove throwdown! Just a few songs in newest member of the movement, Nathan Woods, showed off his electric bass skills on a newer song called “Money and Pride.” Straying from the upright bass and going electric is a newer aspect of Dirtfoot, but it adds a whole new element to the group.

 

Scottasaurus Flex the Sax Offender (AKA Scott Gerardy) started “Devoted Mama” off with an eerie sax intro, and then after a few minutes percussionist Daniel Breihaupt and drummer Lane Bayliss had a chance to showcase a bit of their ability to feed off each other in a drum vs percussion battle before the rest of the band came back in to melt your face for the the end of the song. After a newer song, “Let Yourself Ride”, banjo picker J. Bratlie told us about a recent stint Dirtfoot had done at Wade Correctional Institute in Northwestern Louisiana. He was referencing that they had the opportunity to record a live album at the prison in front of about 300 prisoners that they plan to release in April. After this there was a little drum/percussion jam yet again between Bayliss and Breihaupt and then they broke into a sped up cover of Johnny Cashs, “Folsom Prison Blues” that featured a washboard, and then ended the medley with their song, “Heroin.”

The night ended with some crowd favorites, including “Little Bit of Rum”, a personal favorite of mine, featuring Nathan Woods laying down some haunting bass of the upright variety, Scottasaurus Flex playing a mean soprano sax and Hazeltons lyrics about drinking to forget about someone. Then it was the always hyper-sax heavy “The Watusi” followed by “Rhinestone Ring” and the final two songs of the night, “My Girl” and “Falling In Love.” When the show was over you could look at the crowd and see many people gathering their thoughts and picking their jaw up off the floor. From the empty cans of PBR and abandoned glasses containing final sips of whiskey mixing with melting ice everywhere it was clear, the movement that is Dirtfoot had hit 2720.

Check them out and make plans now for the next time these boys come to your town….bean cans will be provided, but quantities are limited. You can catch Dirtfoot at the 2011 Wakarusa Music Festival, Summercamp Festival or other venues near you. You can get tour dates more information on Dirtfoot at their official website where you can also stream tracks from both albums.

SETLIST:
1. Gonna Get Ya
2. Rest My Head
3. Cast My Plans
4. Back Of A Stranger
5. Time To Be Your Friend Now
6. Money & Pride
7. Devoted Mama
8. Break My Bones
9. Let Yourself Ride
10. Folsom Prison Blues -> Heroin
11. Little Bit Of Rum
12. The Watusi
13. Right To Breathe
14. Rhinestone Ring
15. Bathroom Sink
16. My Girl
17. Fallin’ In Love

 

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.

 

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.

GET TICKETS HERE FOR ONLY $160 FOR THREE DAYS OF MUSIC!

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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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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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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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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.

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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!

Wakarusa 2012 Photo Gallery and Recap

Words/Pictures/Video by Bradley Darby

 

Wakarusa was back in full force for the 9th straight year bringing music and nature together in Northwest Arkansas. This was their 4th straight year at Mulberry Mountain and for the 4th straight year the crowd seemed to get even bigger… the camping has been expanded to include three different offsite auxiliary campgrounds due to demand. I made the trek down to the Wakarusa Festival for the 5th straight year and made it my mission to see some new music, even if it meant missing some of my favorites such as Split Lip Rayfield, Mountain Sprout (mostly), Railroad Earth and the March Fourth Marching Band  (I did manage to sneak in all 3 Dirtfoot shows though) The weather was absolutely amazing for the most part, but we experienced a few small storms late Saturday and early Sunday causing some problems with the schedule (and causing me to miss the Infamous Stringdusters!) and stages being shut down for a short time. I took lots of pictures and quite a bit of video to bring back to the real world, and it has taken me over a month to sort through all of it and recollect some parts of the weekend, but here you have it… my 2012 Wakarusa Recap!

Start making your plans now for the 10th installment of Waka next June…. there has to be some big things in store for Waka10

THURSDAY


New Monsoon Revival Tent

   
This was not a set we intended on watching but decided to check out early Thursday afternoon. Due to a family emergency, the regular guitarist of veteran jam rock group New Monsoon, Jeff Miller, was unable to make the show but in the spirit of music festivals, Dan Lebowitz from ALO stepped in to fill the void. No time was wasted getting to our first Grateful Dead cover of the weekend in “Eyes of the World”, definitely a highlight. We also had the first of many Doc Watson tributes of the weekend, in honor of the recently decreased bluegrass legend, in the form of the traditional “Make Me A Pallet On Your Floor.” Their set also featured covers of Tom Waits and Neil Young songs. I was a big fan of New Monsoon and look forward to more opportunities to see them in the future.

 

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Another pleasant surprise, we stopped by the Outpost to kill a few minutes while waiting for The Big Wu to begin. We were quite happy with this decision, as Norman, Oklahoma prog-rock youngsters Bungalouski rocked the smaller of the tent covered stages. Bungalouski got real funky during their rendition of Stevie Wonder’s “Very Superstitious.”

 

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Minnesota jam band The Big Wu played a short but sweet set on the Main Stage.  The iconic band, founded in 1992, has only played a handful of shows since 2006, but are now touring with the original lineup. This was my first Wu experience, and I was instantly a fan. They, like many other acts throughout the weekend, played a song in honor of the recently deceased bluegrass legend Doc Watson, who had passed away days prior to Wakarusa. Want to watch it?

 

ALOMain Stage

  

The first of my Must See acts of the weekend, and one of the highlights of the 2010 Wakarusa, Animal Liberation Orchestra (ALO) had their first Waka Main Stage show and it was much deserved. The California funk rockers were a great way to get your feet going in the late afternoon with favorites such as “Girl I Wanna Lay You Down.” They even featured a cameo by Jackie Greene on the harmonica during “Lady Loop.”

 

Bob Weir – Chris Robinson – Jackie Greene Acoustic TrioMain Stage

  

Thursday nights headliner featured the fantastic guitar trio of Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, Chris Robinson from the Black Crowes and singer/songwriter Jackie Greene. Together the three played a 90 minute set featuring songs from all over the place, including Dead tunes “Uncle Johns Band”, “Loser” (below) and “New Speedway Boogie”. A highlight of the set was their rendition of “Dear Prudence” led by Weir.

 

Perpetual GrooveRevival Tent

   

Perpetual Groove late night shows are always a thing of beauty, and they certainly didn’t disappoint the packed Revival Tent crowd at yet another Wakarusa. This as the first of two sets for P-Groove and even though we were in route to a Dirtfoot show we found our way by the Revival Tent for a few songs including a favorite of mine “Three Weeks.” Their second set conflicted with The Avett Brothers, so I was sadly unable to attend. See you soon P Groove!

 

DirtfootKum & Go Outpost Stage

  

The only gypsy, punk, country, grumble boogie band in the land, took the stage just after midnight for their first of three shows throughout the weekend. As Waka regulars, Dirtfoot always brings a crowd and throws a party… this set was no exception. The Dirtfoot boys had 90 minutes to either keep your night going into the Sunrise sets or send your ass back to your camp to call it a night as they wrapped up just after 2AM. Dirtfoot also featured the hoop skills of a young fan named Mya throughout the weekend, and she quickly became a crowd favorite displaying her craft like a veteran hooper.

 

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FRIDAY


Mountain Sprout – Revival Tent

Arkansas’ natives Mountain Sprout kicked off my Friday with their brand of hillbilly bluegrass. The boys of Mountain Sprout have quite a following around these parts and it’s quite obvious why with their witty lyrics and rockabilly bluegrass. We only stopped by for a few songs but were able to catch “Turkey Buzzard” and “Dry County.”

 

Monophonics – Outpost Stage
  

As we left Mountain Sprout we were on our way to see Snarky Puppy play in the Outpost Tent. Our first schedule change of the weekend led us to the San Francisco based soul funksters, the Monophonics. The six piece consisting of guitar, bass, drum, horns and keyboards channel the best of the 60’s and 70’s era pioneers such as George Clinton, Sly Stone and Shuggie Otis. This set was certainly in my top 5 for the weekend. I expect big things from the Monophonics, who just released their newest album “In Your Brain.”

 

Royal Family Ball feat Soulive & Lettuce – Main Stage

The Royal Family Ball is composed of two different bands that each had an hour set and are both on Royal Family Records. First up was NY based jazz/funk trio Soulive (pictured). Two members of Soulive just so happen to be in Lettuce, the 2nd half of the Royal Family Ball, who have been funking up the circuit since the early 90s. This was a great set, and another unexpected surprise. I will definitely be seeing another Royal Family Ball if given the chance.

 

The Devil Makes Three – Revival Tent

   

I ducked away from the Royal Family Ball for a few moments to check out The Devil Makes Three, a band suggested to me by quite a few folks prior to the festival. I ended up staying for the last half of their set, and missing most of Lettuce. The three piece have elements of rockabilly,  ragtime and Americana folk with a punk and blues background. I wasn’t familiar with any of their songs, but really enjoyed their set. Lots of songs about booze will get you far with a Friday afternoon music festival crowd.

 

Blitzen TrapperRevival Tent

   

Blitzen Trapper has recently become one of my favorite new bands. This was my first opportunity to see them, and it certainly helped solidify their spot on that list. The alt-country rockers had an afternoon 90 minute set that gave way to nearly 20 songs. Highlights included “Black Snake River” and a cover of Jimi Hendrix “Hey Joe.” This is another of the Top 5 shows of the weekend and I have to give props to our founding father Reverend Justito for persistantly reminding me that I was missing something good with this band… it finally stuck.

 

The Avett Brothers Main Stage

  

Another Top 5 set of the weekend, The Avett Brothers, featuring Scott and Seth Avett as well as Joe Kwon and Bob Crawford headlined the Main Stage on Friday night. Their set clocked in at just over 2 hours and featured “I Wonder How The Old Folks Are At Home”, a tribute to Doc Watson as well as many of the Avett’s fan favorites including “Colorshow”, “Shame”, “January Wedding”, “Kick Drum Heart” and “I Killed Sally’s Lover.”

Umphrey’s McGee – Revival Tent 

We had no hope of getting anywhere near the front for the late night Revival Tent dance party featuring Chicago prog-rockers Umphrey’s McGee. We have expressed our love for Umphrey’s on Concert Confessions on multiple occasions. The Revival Tent was packed to the brim and then some while Umphrey’s rocked through their set that clocked in just under two hours. Highlights included a funkified “In The Kitchen”, and a cover of McCartney’s “Live and Let Die” into “Miss Tinkles Overture” to end the set around 2AM.  For some it was off to Girl Talk, while others waited around for Ghostland Observatory.

 

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SATURDAY



Jason Isbell & The 400 UnitBackwoods Stage

   

Former Drive By Trucker guitarist and songwriter Jason Isbell teamed up with his backing band the 400 Unit for what may have been the hottest show of the weekend. It was mid afternoon Saturday and the Backwoods Stage doesn’t offer much in the way of shade that time of day so a medium sized crowd filed in as strong odor of sunscreen filled the air. I had the chance to briefly see Isbell open for Ryan Adams this past January, but this was my first time seeing him with his band. Their set lasted just over and hour and featured songs from Isbell’s solo albums as well as a ridiculously good cover of “Never Gonna Change”, a song Isbell wrote and performed with the Drive By Truckers that appeared on The Dirty South. He brought out the Secret Sisters for the last few songs including “Codeine” and “Alabama Pines.” This one didn’t sneak in the Top 5, but its certainly in the Top 10.

 

Gary Clark JrRevival Tent

   

This was my #1 show that I had to see going into the weekend, and it certainly lived up to the hype. Gary Clark Jr. is an absolutely amazing blues and rock guitarist and the dude is on his way to some major success. You need to see this guy while you have a chance to see him playing smaller clubs, because it won’t last. Clark ripped his way through a 90 minute set under the Revival Tent to a large crowd and this set hit on the blues rock you expected, and some soulful r&b grooves laid out by Gary Clark Jr. “Bright Lights” was definitely a highlight, as most would expect it clocked in around 10 minutes.

 

Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller WilliamsOutpost Stage

   

This was another set that I was not going to miss, and another set that certainly delivered as expected. Saturday brought the all day bluegrass schedule on the Outpost Stage, and with that came the Travelin’ McCourys featuring Keller Williams. Together they just released Pick, a bluegrass album featuring original tunes and cover songs by both the McCoury’s and Keller, and they had 90 minutes to showcase that album and other surprises. Covers included “Hot Stuff” by Donna Summers, “Pepper” by the Butthole Surfers, “Tennessee Stud”, dedicated to Doc Watson, and even Jessie J’s “Price Tag” a song that surprisingly sounds like it was written to be performed by a hippie like Keller. After about an hour Keller said it was time to get this thing going and invited out Drew Emmitt and Billy Nershi for a mini bluegrass ball. We even had a brief cameo by the final bluegrass pioneer to grace the world in Del McCoury during “Bumper Sticker.” This was probably my favorite set of the weekend, and you should probably pick up their new album.

 

There was music on Sunday, as well as a few shows that I wasn’t able to cover for various reasons (camera battery, scheduling conflicts, lack of energy, fear of taking the camera out to late nights, too fucking hot, etc.) These included Umphrey’s McGee and Primus back to back on the Main Stage Saturday night, followed by your choice of late night SOJA, Big Gigantic or SOJA. Other late nights included Papadosio, MiMOSA, Girl Talk, Quixotic, and The Floozies. There was an entire day of reggae on Sunday at the Revival Tent featuring Iration, Slightly Stoopid and Matisyahu and others. Sunday also led to some power issues on the Backwoods Stage which gave way to intimate unplugged sets in front of the stage by Dumptruck Butterlips and Emmitt-Nershi Band.

TOP 5 SHOWS OF WEEKEND

5. The Avett Brothers

4. Blitzen Trapper

3. Monophonics

2. Keller Williams with the McCourys

1. Gary Clark Jr

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wakarusa Preview: 11 Must-See Artists

 

This week marks the 9th installment of the Wakarusa Music Festival in Ozark, Arkansas…. well, the 4th installment in Arkansas, but the 9th Wakarusa overall. This will also mark my fifth straight visit to Waka, and along the way I have learned many valuable things. One of the most important things I have realized is that your schedule very well may not be followed as you planned, and you will certainly find yourself at stages for bands you didn’t plan to catch. This is why I find it necessary to make a list of 10 bands that I will see, no matter what. This time around, I had a problem eliminating one more artist, so we are going to stick with the Top 11.

Here are my 11 Must See Artists at the 2012 Wakarusa Festival… make sure to check back in a few weeks for our full recap!

See Our Previous Post on Wakarusa Here

11. ALO / Thurs 4:30pm – 6:00pm
Animal Liberation Orchestra makes their triumphant return to Mulberry Mountain, where they last visited for Wakarusa 2010. I was able to catch a few minutes of that set, and it was quite enjoyable. I ended up purchasing the DVD of that show and I think its been watched approximately 100 times since then. Their style of mellow California jam music will be a perfect way to kick off the first ‘official’ night on the Mountain! Too bad I will have to miss The Floozies first set of the weekend…. but wait!

 

10.  The Floozies / Sun 12:30am – 2:00am
Lawrence, KS two-piece consisting of brothers Matt Hill, guitar/producer, and drummer Mark Hill. The Floozies do the funky electronic party rock, and they do it quite well. They are on their way up the ladder and their set to finish out the entire festival on Sunday night (technically Monday morning) is going to be a great way to catapult them in that direction.  If you can’t make it to the late night show, they also play Thursday afternoon at 4:30pm

 

9. Umphrey’s McGee / Fri 12:15am – 2:00am
Umphrey’s McGee is one of those bands that no matter how often you’ve seen them, you still can’t afford to miss a show because who knows what they will be breaking out on that particular evening. I made the mistake of missing their legendary Wakarusa 2010 late night that featured their mash-up Nine Inch Nails and The Beatles titled “Come Closer” and I won’t take that chance again. I will, however, be missing part of their Main Stage set on Saturday due to our 8th must-see act….

 

8. The Del McCoury Band / Sat 8:00pm – 9:30pm
You know what is awesome? By the end of the year I will have seen the legendary Del McCoury three times! You know what’s even better? The fact that this set not only falls during the bluegrass extravaganza on Saturday in the Outpost Tent, but it also immediately follows the Travelin’ McCourys, who just so happen to be Del’s sons and Del’s backing band. I expect things to get really wacky during the 12 hour bluegrass block on Saturday, and the legendary Del McCoury will certainly have a thing or two to say about it.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dH1f02hFSqU&feature=related

 

7. Perpetual Groove / Thurs 10:30pm – 12:00am
I knew nothing about Perpetual Groove going into the 2009 Wakarusa, and they are now one of those bands that I will never forget. I stumbled into their late night set that year in the Revival Tent with a friend and the two of us stood there for the next hour without moving or acknowledging anything around us, sucked in by the sweet, sweet sounds coming from this Georgia four piece. Oh yeah, last year some jerk off dove head first through the drum kit and messed up the end of their late night set, so there is always a chance of that happening again. Check out the album ‘Sweet Oblivious Antidote’ if you aren’t familiar with P-Groove

 

6. Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit / Sat 2:40pm – 3:50pm
Former Drive-By Trucker guitarist, songwriter and vocalist Jason Isbell hits Wakarusa with his band for an afternoon set on Saturday at the Backwoods Stage. Isbell has released three solo albums since his departure from the Truckers. He is a very gifted songwriter and surrounds himself with a group of talented musicians featuring including former Son Volt keyboardist Derry deBorja. I had a chance to catch a few songs in January when he toured the country with Ryan Adams and have been looking forward to my next visit with Jason Isbell ever since.

 

 

WAKA MAIN STAGE

 

5. Blitzen Trapper / Fri 8:00pm – 9:30pm
Critically acclaimed experimental alt-country act out of the Pac Northwest, Blitzen Trapper has been around for more than ten years, and their last three albums have all been highly praised. I never gave them a chance until recently, when I was instantly hooked in by 2008’s Furr. We have a few Concert Confessions Minions that are big, big fans of Blitzen Trapper, like our founding father Rev, and hopefully following their Friday night performance at Waka I will be as well. I will have to miss Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, but this is a risk I am willing to take for my first experience with the Portland quintet.

 

4. The Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller Williams / Sat 6:00pm – 7:30pm
Not a lot that needs to be said about this one. The legendary Keller Williams teams up with Ronnie and Robbie McCoury, who just so happened to be sons of the legendary Del McCoury, for 90 minutes of pure pleasure. The Travelin McCourys are actually the backing band for father Del, which you already know if you read our #8 Must-See Waka act, and this set leads in to Del McCoury… so there could be some treats in store for sure. Keller and the McCourys are releasing their debut collaborative effort next month called Pick, so expect tunes from that album as well who knows what else. I am keeping my fingers crossed for their rendition of Jessie J’s “Price Tag.” Keep an eye on fiddle player Jason Carter, that dude can wail. (Click Here For Bonus Video)

 

3. The Avett Brothers / Fri 10:15pm – 12:15am
Is it punkgrass or folk rock or indie bluegrass?? Classify them how you wish, but Seth and Scott Avett will have 2 full hours to get the crowd into a frenzy on Friday night. The sounds that these two brothers produce along with Bob Crawford on the bass and Joe Kwon on the cello are just what the doctor ordered for the pre late night warm up for a Friday night. Whether its machine gun fast songs featuring banjo and electric bass with a kick drum and accordion, or down tempo heart-felt tunes with just guitar and cello, the Avett Brothers know how to do it. These guys will have their own festival one day.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wlpLPdcK8N4

 

2. Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio / Thurs 8:30pm – 10:00pm
Holy guitarist overload Batman! Bob Weir, who you may have heard of from his prior stints with Furthur, RatDog and the relatively unknown The Grateful Dead, teams up with Chris Robinson from The Black Crowes and Jackie Greene who is doing his best to seal his legacy among the top jam guitarists in the game for 90 minutes of balls to the walls acoustic guitar. This set promises to be a great time as Thursdays Main Stage headliner. Can’t think of a more appropriate way to kick off Wakarusa than a guitar trio followed by P-Groove and the option of a Dirtfoot or Split Lip Rayfield late night.

 

1. Gary Clark Jr. / Sat 4:45pm – 6:00pm
Twenty-Eight year old Gary Clark Jr. has been called by some the savior of the blues. That seems like an awfully big statement and weight to place on one mans shoulders, but Clark does his best to carry the load. Straight out of Austin, Texas, he shreds the guitar with blues rock, but there is definitely some soul and R&B influence. He started out on the stage that launched Stevie Ray Vaughn, he has shared the stage with the likes of Eric Clapton and Sheryl Crowe at the 2010 Crossroads Festival, not to mention playing at the White House with B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Jeff Beck, and Buddy Guy at Red, White and Blues. This dude can play a guitar, that is no lie… and I will be spending an hour and 15 minutes with him this Saturday night!

 

WAKARUSA 2012 5/31-6/3 Full Stage Schedule & Final Price Increase!

WAKARUSA 2012

  • May 31 – June 3, 2012
  • Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, AR (About 1 Hr from Fayetteville and Fort Smith)
  • Updated: 1/19/12 with complete lineup
  • Updated: 4/26/12 with link to full stage schedule
  • Updated: 5/9/12 Final Price Increase Information Added

Wakarusa 2012 is only a few weeks away and Full Event Passes are moving quickly!  Get your Full Event Passes today before the final price increase to Gate Price occurs on Saturday, May 19th at 11:59PM!  Save yourself some $$ to buy that extra Boulavard beverage or two…  I suggest the Single Wide IPA

http://www.wakarusa.com/2012/tickets.asp

4/26  UPDATED: As we are just about a month way from Wakarusa, the bittersweet day of SCHEDULE RELEASE has come. Jubilation for some who can now confirm that arriving Friday won’t force you to miss Umphrey’s McGee’s late night or Primus and the Avett Brothers. Yet it brings disappointment for others, who now have to wonder do I REALLY want to miss Perpetual Groove to see Pretty Lights? What about Dirtfoot in the small tent or Split Lip Rayfield on the ever so cool Backwoods Stage? DOH! Lucky for you, the stages are all close enough in proximity that you are able to split sets and catch a little bit of both acts, if that is what you have to do.

Some highlights and challenges for me will include:

Weir, Robinson, & Greene Acoustic Trio Thursday on Main Stage followed by Perpetual Groove in the Revival Tent is a must…. but then you have the choice of Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot or Tea Leaf Green late nights!!

Friday brings Blitzen Trapper, followed by some of Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, then off to The Avett Brothers and finish it off the Umphrey’s McGee‘s late night set in the Revival Tent, one of the only DO NOT MISS sets of the festival.

Saturday will offer a great chance to relax throughout the day with Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and The Lumineers, but that interferes with one of my other DO NOT MISS sets, Gary Clark Jr. Good thing you can get from one stage to any other in less than 15 minutes, even faster if you catch a FestiCab! Saturday also features the 12 hour bluegrass takeover of the Kum & Go Outpost stage with Head for the Hills, Mountain Sprout, Hot Buttered Rum, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Travelin’ McCourys feat. Keller Williams, Del McCoury Band, and the Infamous Stringdusters all playing back to back… and you can certainly expect a few sit-ins that day! Hell, it may even just turn into a bluegrass ball!  If banjo isn’t your thing, Umphrey’s McGee will play their Main Stage set prior to the great Primus taking the mountain by storm.

Sunday Funday usually involves lots of rum, drank by way of pineapple,  and lots of lounging. Luckily the lineup helps with this area and we are given a reggae stacked Main Stage including Ugly Lion, Toubab Krewe, SOJA, Slightly Stoopid, and Matisyahu. Sunday also features second sets from Emmitt-Nershi, Infamous Stringdusters, Dumptruck Butterlips, Mountain Sprout, and a Keller Williams solo set.

Start making your schedules now, and dispute with your friends in the weeks to come. But you’re on the clock in just 34 days when it all kicks off with War Chief on the Backwoods Stage.

GET THE FULL STAGE SCHEDULE HERE

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Only 2 / 3 of the Wakarusa Festival lineup has been released so far, and you should make it a priority to snag your tickets and premium camping passes now because they won’t last!

This year the Waka gods have decided to release the lineup in “3 equally weighted parts.” The first announcement was made last week and featured eletronic producer Pretty Lights, a once in a lifetime chance to see the Bob Weir, Chris Robinson, and Jackie Greene Acoustic Trio, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, Edward Sharpe & the Magnetic Zeros, and ALO as well as many more great acts.

Lineup 2 was just released moments ago and its easy to see that Waka is bringing the heat for their 4th trip to Mulberry Mountain located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas. The additions of Les Claypool and the boys in Primus, Umphreys McGee, Blitzen Trapper, Del McCoury, Tea Leaf Green, Gary Clark Jr, the grumble boogie boys Dirtfoot, and Quixotic have certainly elevated the interest for many people on the fence after seeing the first 1/3 of the lineup.

UPDATED: The final third of the lineup has now been released and the fine folks at Wakarusa aren’t messing around for the 9th installment of the festival. Todays announcement included the additions of The Avett Brothers, hebrew hip hopster Matisyahu, Ghostland Observatory, EOTO, as well as multiple sets from the likes of Slightly Stoopid, Perpetual Groove, Split Lip Rayfield, the Travelin McCourys (including 1 set feat. Keller Williams), and the March Fourth Marching Band, a band that is pretty much a festival in their own right and a MUST SEE.

Get the full lineup and all the details at Wakarusa.com!

GET THE FULL STAGE SCHEDULE HERE

 

 

Primus Announces Spring 2012 North American Tour Dates

Primus Announces Spring 2012 North American Tour Dates

Concert Confessions favorite Primus have just announced details for a spring run across the United States and into Canada. The trek kicks off May 3rd in Columbia, MO and wraps June 23 in Santa Cruz, CA. Some evenings will be an evening with, while others will feature opening sets from Gogol Bordello and Fishbone. Other interesting notes, the May 5th date in New Orleans, LA is being billed as the latest edition of The Oddity Faire while 05/25, 05/26, 06/02 and 06/03 are festival appearances. A complete list of Primus tour dates can be found below.

 

Primus 2012 Spring Tour Dates:

05/03 – The Blue Note/Columbia, MD#

05/05 – The Sugar Mill/New Orleans, LA (Oddity Faire)

05/06 – Beale Street Music Festival/Memphis, TN*

05/19 – The Paramount/Huntington, NY#

05/20 – Landmark Theatre/Syracuse, NY#

05/22 – Stage AE/Pittsburgh, PA$

05/23 – LC Pavilion/Columbus, OH$

05/25 – Summer Camp Music Festival/Chillicothe, IL*

05/26 – Bella Music Festival/Geneva, MN*

05/27 – Eagles Ballroom/Milwaukee, WI#

05/29 – Ryman Auditorium/Nashville, TN#

05/30 – Brady Theater/Tulsa, OK#

06/01 – Gilloiz Theatre/Springfield, MO#

06/02 – Wakarusa Music Festival/Ozark, AR*

06/03 – Free Press Summer Festival/Houston, TX*

06/05 – Kiva Auditorium/Albuquerque, NM#

06/06 – Pepsi Amphitheatre/Flagstaff, AZ#

06/08 – Greek Theatre/Los Angeles, CA%

06/10 – Redding Convention Center/Redding, CA#

06/11 – Britt Pavilion/Jacksonville, OR#

06/12 – Cuthbert Amphitheater/Eugene, OR#

06/14 – Marymoor Park/Redmond, WA#

06/15 – Orpheum Theatre/Vancouver BC#

06/16 – Martin Woldson Theater at the Fox/Spokane, WA#

06/17 – Big Sky Brewing/Missoula, MT#

06/19 – The Rail Event Center/Salt Lake City, UT#

06/20 – Avalon Theatre/Grand Junction, CO#

06/22 – The Joint/Las Vegas, NV%

06/23 – Santa Cruz Civic Auditorium/Santa Cruz, CA%

06/24 – Modesto Center Plaza/Modesto, CA#

 

 

# An Evening With

$ With Gogol Bordello

% With Fishbone

*Festival Apperance

 

PREVIEW: Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Festival – Oct 13-16

Yonder Mountain String Band Get By With A Little Help From Their Friends at the Harvest Music Festival
Words and pictures by Bradley Darby

Jeff Austin - Yonder Mountain String Band

In a world flooded by music festivals priding themselves on having a diverse lineup that will attract fans of all genres, Yonder Mountain String Bands Harvest Music Festival stands apart. Entering its second year with the Yonder Mountain taking over the main billing, the Harvest Festival features some of the best bluegrass and folk acts out there today as well as one of the premiere festival sites in the country, Mulberry Mountain.

 

Taking place October 13-16 in Ozark, Arkansas (about an hour from Fayetteville) this year the incredible lineup is led by Bela Fleck & The Flecktones, Railroad Earth, 7 Walkers feat. Papa Mali and Bill Kreutzmann, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Trampled by Turtles, Todd Snider as well as Harvest regulars Cornmeal, Mountain Sprout, and Split Lip Rayfield. In addition to their friends, your festival hosts the Yonder Mountain String Band will play 3 sets, and if the 2010 fest is any indication you will find them popping up all over guesting with other bands throughout the weekend. Music is scheduled to go until 3A.M. most nights with late night sets featuring Speakeasy, Split Lip Rayfield, and and of course Dirtfoot, who played a set that lasted until 5 A.M. last year and are scheduled for two more late night sets this year.

Dirtfoot - 2010 Harvest Festival

 

The Harvest Festival is a family friendly event as well, with The Roost area offering a Kidz Kamp, Hooping Lessons, Tye Dye lessons, and glass blowing classes as well as Yoga sessions each morning. This year will also mark the First Annual Fiddlin’ and Pickin’ Contest, where contestants will compete in four competitions – Mandolin, Banjo, Flat Picking, and Fiddle – with winners of each receiving cash prizes. On Friday make sure to stop by the Chompdown, a free communal breakfast put on by festi-folks for festi-folks taking place in the RV Reserved campground at 9A.M. featuring a morning set by Dirtfoot…. the Chompdown is always one of the highlights of the weekend. Bring some bacon and eggs, or just bring yourself and meet some new friends while filling your belly. Check out the video below for a better idea of what the Chompdown really is.

Mountain Sprout - 2010 Harvest Festival Chompdown

 

But Mulberry Mountain offers so much more than just great music and people….. you can arrange a float trip on the gorgeous Mulberry River, or take one of the many trail heads off of Highway 23 for a scenic hike in the beautiful rolling hills of Northwestern Arkansas. Don’t forget about the waterfall located near the festival grounds, a popular site for many patrons.

 

Though the event is capped at only 7500 people, making it one of the more intimate festivals out there, tickets can still be purchased online or possibly at a local retailer near you to save some fees. Check www.yonderharvestfestival.com for ticketing info and last minute changes. Don’t forget to check back here at the end of October for a full recap and photo gallery!

 

 

“I’ll Do It Tomorrow” – A Procrastinators Review of Wakarusa 2011

Words & Pictures by Brad Darby

For the fourth consecutive year I made the trek to the Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival to enjoy four days of music and camping in a setting that they call “Where Music Meets Mother Nature.” With acts ranging from My Morning Jacket and Ben Harper to the Budos Band and Dark Star Orchestra to STS9 and Bassnectar, a total of over 100 bands spread out across six stages, with on-site camping, showers, and even a grocery store to pick up last minute forgotten items.

Taking place the first weekend in June, and located just outside of Ozark, Arkansas, Wakarusa is in their third year at Mulberry Mountain. The festival, started in 2004, was previously held in Lawrence, Kansas at Clinton State Park through 2008 but has now moved to a much more fitting location in the beautiful rolling hills of the Ozark National Forest. Showcasing bands from a wide array of genres and now featuring the Interstellar Meltdown, a late night festival inside the festival including electronic acts and DJ sets, Wakarusa is one of the premiere festivals in the country drawing upwards of 20,000 people.

For a complete photo gallery, including something like 100 pictures of Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, click his link.

Thursday – Dirtfoot Main Stage

Wakarusas favorite Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band kicked things off Thursday on the main stage with a bean can shaking good time. This was the second of Dirtfoot’s FIVE sets over the weekend, including the previous night on the Backwoods Stage for the early arrival crowd, along with Mountain Sprout and Dumptruck Butterlips.

 

Wakarusa Press Conference – Thursday

Members of Dirtfoot, Cornmeal, Lotus, as well as Grace Potter and Simon Posford sat down with part of the Wakarusa braintrust for a press conference featuring free Boulevard beer and an air conditioned building. It was difficult to hear, but questions were asked to Grace Potter about how her band has grown quite a lot since starting the festival circuit in 2004, and Dirtfoot talked about their affiliation with the Chompdown, a FREE communal breakfast put on by a group of volunteers in the campground featuring a live set by Dirtfoot started by a man named Rabbit five years ago in Lawrence, Kansas.

 

Thursday – Grace Potter & The Nocturnals – Main Stage

The beautiful Grace Potter took the stage on Thursday afternoon after participating in the first ever Wakarusa Press Conference. With her band The Nocturnals burning it up in the hot Arkansas sun, GP&N played an hour and a half set that was one of the highlights of my weekend. The set included Grace doing an amazing vocal solo of “Nothing But The Water Pt 1” and a rocking version of “Stop the Bus.”

 Thursday – Umphreys McGee – Mainstage

Umphreys McGee played from 10:15pm-12:15am on Thursday night and though only having one set after getting a late night and mainstage set the prior two years, Umphreys made up for the lack of sets with a cover of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond” as well as The Who’s “Baba O’ Riley.” (Video courtesy of RebelINSoo)

 

Friday Morning – Chompdown – RV Reserved Campground

  

The Chompdown takes place on either Friday or Saturday morning at each Wakarusa or Harvest Festival. It was started five years ago in Lawrence by John “Rabbit” Cabarara and is a completely FREE communal breakfast put on by about 30 volunteers and donations from anyone and everyone. Dirtfoot has been fortunate enough to be asked to play the prestigious slot at 9 am for the last 5 years and if you ask any of the 6 members they will tell you it is the highlight of the weekend for them.

 

 

Friday – My Morning Jacket – Main Stage

Friday was a day of recovery, and a day that I didnt get the camera out as it charged most of the day after taking a few hundred pictures of Grace Potter. My Morning Jacket headlined the Main Stage, and were followed by 3 and a half hours of Dark Star Orchestra. Other acts on Friday were bluegrass mainstays Split Lip Rayfield, who also played Thursday night late night, and Cornmeal as well as Ryan Bingham and soul sister Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. (Video credit to Colbruce)

 

Saturday – Dirtfoot Campground Set 

Dirtfoot had announced about a month before the festival that they would be playing a special surprise set at the campsite that created the best Dirtfoot flag for their campsite. There were actually two winners, and each site received a visit from Dirtfoot on Saturday afternoon. Our site was fortunate enough to have one of the creators of the Dirtfoot pirate flag camping with us, so we were treated to a special three song set including “Little Bit of Rum.”

 

Saturday – Mumford and Sons – Main Stage

  

England’s newest craze Mumford and Sons took the main stage on Saturday afternoon for their first ever appearance in Arkansas. Vocalist Marcus Mumford made it completely clear how hot it was, and seemed fascinated by the waterfall just a short hike off the Wakarusa property. They played most of their debut album Sign No More as well as three new tunes. Noticably missing was the upbeat dance worthy “Dust Bowl Dance.” Great to see them, though I was slighty disappointed. They were followed by Ben Harper & Relentless 7 show played a great cover of Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” and prevailed through some sound problems that were persistant with the main stage all weekend.

 

Inside of Revival Tent

Swimming Hole on Mulberry River

 

Saturday – Budos Band – Revival Tent

  

Budos Band threw down some serious funk in the Revival Tent on Saturday night. As a matter of fact, all day Saturday the Revival Tent featured funk acts including March Fourth Marching Band, Papa Grows Funk, and Budos. Other acts on Saturday included Galactic, Thievery Corporation, Wookiefoot and Arkansas’ very own “hillbilly bluegrass machine” Mountain Sprout.

 

Sunday – Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party – Backwoods Stage

Sunday night to close out Wakarusa, the grumble boogie boys took the stage for their fifth and final set of the weekend, a set dubbed the Dirtfoot Late Night Sexy Panty Party by Scott Girardy, the sax player for Dirtfoot. Other bands playing on the toned down Sunday lineup included Ozomatli, Beats Antique, EOTO and Toots and the Maytals.

WakaRooJamCamp: A Summer Music Festival Preview

Words and Photos by Bradley Darby

It is an interesting time in the music world right now. Concert ticket sales are way down, yet prices seem to be up. Massive tours have been forced to cut dates due to slow ticket sales. With the music industry in disarray and the future leaning towards digital music (and quite possibly the return of the vinyl!!) the multi-day music festival made famous by Woodstock has made a strong return.

There is something unique about being able to see multiple bands from different genres while having the ability to indulge in as many tasty beverages as you wish and stumble back to a camp site just a few hundred yards from the action, only to wake up the next morning and do the whole thing over again. Not to mention hanging out with 7,000 – 70,000 of your closest friends; enjoying bonfires, drum circles, costume contests and villages filled with vendors offering a wide array of food from gyros to NY style pizza to dank nachos and portobello wraps. I have heard the 2 Sisters Corn Dogs are the things that legends are made of….. You can buy a hand knitted koozie cup with a string to hang it from your neck, or a grilled cheese for $1 after a 3am late night Perpetual Groove, Umphreys McGee or Dirtfoot set.

Everyone has heard of Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Coachella, and Lollapalooza but I want to introduce you to some other festivals that you may want to consider checking out this summer. Some of these are in their first or second year, while some of these are established but maybe just not as well known or large. There are more festivals popping up each year now, and some such as 10,000 Lakes and Rothbury not returning, leaving space for promoters to start new festivals such as Hangout Music Festival and the Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Festival.

Here’s a quick peek at a few festivals happening this summer, and links to get more information. Please note that all artists are subject to change. Also, I have not attended all of these… but I know a guy that dated a girl who knows a guy that once met a guy who has been to quite a few of them. Gas up the VW minibus and get out your tie-dye, the music festival is back! Click the title of each festival for the official site with more information.

Hangout Music Festival – May 20-22 Gulf Shores Alabama

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys

A truly unique festival experience , the Hangout Festival enters its second year ocean side in Gulf Shores. Offering one of the more diverse lineups over three days, the Hangout Festival will feature artists from Widespread Panic to Paul Simon to the Foo Fighters, it is easy to find something for everyone at Hangout. Late night get your freak on with sets from Bassnectar, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic. Other acts over the weekend include The Black Keys (pictured), Ween, STS9, Motorhead, Cee-Lo Green, Primus, Medeski Martin and Wood, Matisyahu and Old Crow Medicine Show. Since you are on the beach you can relax with some sand in your feet and wind in your hair, and there is no need to bring your tent or shower shoes as they offer condo VIP packages. Tickets start at around $174

 

Summercamp – May 27-29 at Three Sisters Park – Chillicothe, Illinois
This one is heavy on the jam bands, but in a damn good way. Enjoy sets from Widespread Panic, STS9, Bassnectar, The Avett Brothers, Girl Talk, and Yonder Mountain String Band. In addition to their three sets, Umphrey’s McGee will serve as the backing band to Huey Lewis for his set which is being billed as Huey Lewis and the rUMors. New Yorks moe. also has three sets. Do yourself a favor and catch Punch Brothers featuring Chris Thile who will slay dragons with his mandolin. Also don’t forget a hefty dose of Tea Leaf Green, and the 7 Walkers featuring drummer Bill Kreutzmann from the Grateful Dead, Papa Mali on guitar and vocals, and bassist George Porter Jr. Tickets will run you $180 plus fees but do NOT include the late night sets, those must be purchased separately.

 

Wakarusa – June 2-5 at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, Arkansas

Split Lip Rayfield

Split Lip Rayfield at Wakarusa 2010

Born in 2004, Wakarusa originally took place in Lawrence, Kansas until moving to the current location about an hour outside of Fayetteville in the stunning Ozark National Forest in 2009. With 6 stages, 140 bands, 170 sets of music and 24-hours of endless music and activities throughout 4 days including My Morning Jacket, Ben Harper and Relentless 7, Mumford and Sons, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Umphreys McGee, Budos Band, Split Lip Rayfield (pictured), Cornmeal and Galactic. Late night the festival is overtaken by the Interstellar Meltdown, where for no additional cost you get to catch late night sets from STS9 (2 sets), Bassnectar, Ghostland Observatory, Shpongletron, and Thievery Corporation in addition to many other DJs and electronic acts. Dont forget to stop by the Chompdown on Friday morning in the campground and meet up with nearly 1000 of your closest friends for a communal breakfast. Thats right, going on its 5th year at Wakarusa, the Chompdown is a gathering of people coming together to prepare and serve a FREE breakfast. Campers donate everything from bacon and eggs to juice and supplies for mimosa’s and bloody mary’s to cure that hangover from the previous night. You can even get fried oreos and PB&J for the kids and music will be provided by Dirtfoot, who also kick the festival off on Thursday afternoon and close it down on Sunday evening. Mix this all together with one of the more beautiful festival sites around and you have the makings for an epic extended weekend. A full event pass will cost you $169 plus camping, and both camping passes and event passes are selling fast!

Adam Perry of Perpetual Groove

Adam Perry of Perpetual Groove at Wakarusa 2009

 

Mountain Jam – June 2-5 at Hunter Mountain – Hunter, New York
The Seventh Annual Mountain Jam, created by Warren Haynes who will also perform with Gov’t Mule and the Warren Haynes Band, takes place at Hunter Mountain, a world class ski resort in the Catskill Mountains. Other than host Warren Haynes, you can also catch performances from My Morning Jacket, Avett Brothers, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, Bela Fleck, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, as well as Umphreys McGee making dreams come true by performing with John Oates. Attendance will be capped at 15,000 people, with a very limited number of camping packages also available. A full event pass will run you $187.50 and includes camping.

 

Dave Matthews Band Caravan – 4 Stops – Atlantic City, Chicago, New York City, The Gorge
It was announced last year that for the first time in their 20 year history, the Dave Matthews Band would be taking some much deserved time off. It was widely known that there was no chance of Dave Matthews sitting back and not getting together for a Dave & Tim tour, or maybe even a Dave & Friends festival appearance. But DMB decided to go a whole different route and play four weekends, in a festival like setting, and to call it the Dave Matthews Band Caravan. The four city trek will hit Atlantic City, NJ June 24-26 before stopping in Chicago on July 8-10. After that its off to New York City August 26-28 and finally in typical DMB fashion, The Gorge in Washington for Labor Day Sept 2-4. Every stop features different acts, but each will feature the DMB performing a full set each night. In both Atlantic City and Chicago you can catch Ray Lamontagne, O.A.R., The Flaming Lips, and David Gray. Atlantic City also throws in Budos Band, Punch Brothers, and Bassnectar. If you decide to wait for Chicago in July then you will get Drive By Truckers, Ben Folds, and G. Love. Recently reunited jam band Dispatch joins The Roots and Gogol Bordello for the last two stops in New York City and The Gorge, with the west coast getting Australia’s John Butler Trio and NYC getting moe. Three day tickets start at $195 for each stop.

 

Summerfest – June 29 – July 10 – Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Jeff Austin of Yonder Mountain String Band

Jeff Austin & Adam Aijala of Yonder Mountain String Band

The worlds largest music festival attracts between 800K – 1 Million people annually at the Henry Maier Festival Park in Milwaukee. Featuring 700 bands spread out across 11 stages, including the 23,000 seat Marcus Amphitheater, the festival runs for 11 days from noon-midnight. This year you can see Peter Gabriel, Meat Loaf, Hall & Oates, and Heart if you are not into the whole 80s thing, or you can watch legends like George Clinton, Wanda Jackson, and Taj Mahal…. and that is just in the first two days! Maroon 5, Kid Rock and Ben Harper will also appear, along with Florence + the Machine, The Black Keys, O.A.R. and Peter Frampton. The possibilities are endless at Summerfest! American Idols Danny Gokey, teenage dream Katy Perry, and the Yonder Mountain String Band (pictured) or Goo Goo Dolls, Dropkick Murphys, and the Flaming Lips. Do you like country? How about Sugarland, Toby Keith, and Jason Aldean? Finally 311 and Hollywood Undead close it out on Sunday July 10. If you cant find at least one or two artists each day that you would like to watch, then you just don’t like music.

 

LouFest – August 27-28 at Forest Park – St. Louis, Missouri
This will be the 2nd year for St. Louis’ LouFest featuring two days of music on two stages at the Central Fields in Forest Park. Last years lineup featured She & Him and Jeff Tweedy, this years lineup is headlined by The Roots and TV on the Radio. Other performances will include The Hold Steady, Deerhunter, Cat Power, Das Racist, and !!!. Another great aspect of LouFest is that it offers St. Louis’ own local bands a chance to play in front of crowds they typically wouldn’t draw, including Troubadour Dali, Jon Hardy and the Public, and Old Lights. Last years festival was a great success, and this years is shaping up that way already with both levels of Early Bird pricing selling out in a matter of days. The festival also carries a very strong ‘green’ message, offering recycling, composting, free valet bike parking, and a refillable water station for those Nalgene bottles.

 

YMSB Harvest Festival – October 13-16 at Mulberry Mountain – Ozark, Arkansas

Dirtfoot at Harvest Festival

Dirtfoot at Harvest Festival 2010

Sure I said summer festivals, but this one is too good to not mention. One of the highlights of the year, Yonder Mountain String Band overtakes Mulberry Mountain in October, the same site that holds the Wakarusa Festival in June, for a much more intimate vibe when they bring us their Harvest Festival. Featuring four days of bluegrass, newgrass, folk and americana music this is quickly becoming a must attend festival. Last year was the first installment and featured Keller Williams, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, Martin Sexton, Leftover Salmon, Split Lip Rayfield, Dirtfoot and of course two nights of Yonder. It is still early for the specific lineup, but the stars are pointing towards a great weekend when you see the leaked rumored artists on Pollstar and Jambase including Bela Fleck, Todd Snider, Leftover Salmon, Great American Taxi, The Travelin’ McCoury’s, Steep Canyon Rangers, and of course Dirtfoot (pictured) and Yonder Mountain String Band. The OFFICIAL lineup should be coming out in the next few weeks, but this one is limited to only 7,000 tickets sold so don’t hesitate to get your tickets early! Plus the Ozark National Forest is in its prime during the middle of October. Right now tickets are only $99 plus fees.

SaucerfulofSecrets Top 11 Shows of 2010

Photos and words by: Bradley Darby


Anymore it seems though every average Joe has to come up with their Best Of… list for the end of the year. Well, I’m no exception! This list started at 21 shows and I was able to knock it down to 10. I then decided I couldn’t make this list without including Split Lip Rayfield. So 11 it is!

2010 was a great year for me in terms of live shows. It all started off in February where I attended shows 4 consecutive nights including State Radio, Split Lip Rayfield and back to back nights of Yonder Mountain String Band. Three nights later it was Trey Anastasio. Instrumental jam bands like STS9, Galactic, and Perpetual Groove. From The Dead Weather and Flaming Lips to the legendary Furthur, Phish, Chuck Berry, Dave Matthews, Mark Knopfler and The Eagles….it seemed like night after night it was a different show. I decided to exclude the 2010 Wakarusa Music Festival, and the first annual Yonder Mountain String Band Harvest Music Festival, otherwise shows from those two magical weekends would have taken up a majority of the list. I think I’ve seen approximately 45,256 shows this year including somethings I never thought I’d see such as Jamie Lidell and Chiddy Bang, both of which I really enjoyed.

So here it is, my Top 11 Shows of 2010.

Click on the links throughout to link to a YouTube video, some are from the show listed, some are just ridiculously good live videos from other shows. Some also feature links to full reviews for said show. And most of all support these great bands and all (good) live music.

Honorable Mentions: Cornmeal @ 2720 Cherokee, North Mississippi All Stars w. Hill Country Revue @ The Pageant, The Bridge @ Old Rock House & Off Broadway, Stephen Kellogg @ Old Rock House

11. Split Lip Rayfield 2/18 Blueberry Hill & 5/12 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Split Lip Rayfield - Old Rock House 5/12/2010

Split Lip has become one of my favorite bands over the last few years, and their live show is a big reason why. A three piece band from Wichita, Kansas consisting of banjo, mandolin, and “Stitchgiver”, a standup bass made from the gastank of a 78 Grand Marquis, a piece of hickory and strung with one piece of weedwhacker line. They headlined at Blueberry Hill in February and opened for Reverend Horton Heat at the Old Rock House in May. Throw in a few shows at Wakarusa and Yonder Mountains Harvest Festival and I had the chance to be amazed by this band 7 times this year…..and can’t wait to see them again!  Every show is dedicated to fallen former guitar player Kirk Rundstrom who passed away in 2007.

10. Furthur 11/11 – Chaivitz Arena – St. Louis, MO

Furthur 11/11/2010 - Chaivitz Arena

Maybe it was because this was my first Phil Lesh / Bob Weir / Dead experience, or maybe it was because they did a cover of one of my favorite Ryan Adams songs of all time, “Magnolia Mountain”, but something magical was in the air on this November evening on the Saint Louis University campus. There were quite a few open seats and I went to this show ticketless, hoping to score one on the lot. No problem whatsoever thanks to a man also selling hippie crack on the open lot that was Shakedown Street. The show started with “Uncle Johns Band”, ended with “Attics of My Life” and included “Stella Blue”, “Cumberland Blues”, George Harrisons “Any Road”, and “Eyes of the World.”

9. Umphreys McGee “Monster Mashup” 10/30-10/31 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO

Umphreys Halloween STL

Umphreys McGee as Paul Stanley Cup, Dr. Evil Knivel and Mini Me, Larry David Letterman, Yoko Bono

Halloween weekend with Chicagos best and one of my favorite jambands, Umphreys McGee. What more could I ask for? How about mash ups including Rage Against the Machines “Bulls on Parade” with “Mark on The Bus” by Beastie Boys. Guns N Roses “November Rain” mashed up with UM’s own “Cemetery Walk.” A mashup being called “The Way You Make Me Rule The World” (Tears for Fears/Michael Jackson) “Bitter Sweet Symphony” by The Verve mixed with another UM song. And you better believe, Journeys “Don’t Stop Believing” mashed up with “Spirit of Radio” by Rush. Throw in a sold out crowd full of mashed up costumes including Curious George Clinton, Alice in Wonderland in Chains, Lady GaGarth and Lil Waynes World and you have the makings of one of the best shows of the year! As for me, I was Abrahamburglar Lincoln.

8. Jackie Greene 2/6 The Pageant, 3/10 & 10/22 Old Rock House – St. Louis, MO

Jackie Greene - Old Rock House

Jackie first played in St. Louis this year opening for Gov’t Mule in February, then came back to headline an acoustic solo show at Old Rock House. But when the FULL BAND show was announced for October, I went from 6 to 12! Jackie has an amazing voice, and is a great talent. He will be around for years to come and seems to channel Jerry Garcia on his “Grateful EP” featuring covers of “Sugaree”, “New Speedway Boogie” and “Brokedown Palace” available for download here. FREE! Also, heres a video, great quality, of Jackie with Gov’t Mule from the show at The Pageant playing “Don’t Let Me Down”

7. Avett Brothers & Grace Potter & The Nocturnals 9/24 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

Avett Bros - The Pageant

Avett Brothers is a band I had been waiting to see live since I first heard them last year. Grace Potter is my make believe girlfriend. When I first heard the two were paired together for a tour, and The Pageant was on the agenda, nothing short of death would stop me from attending this show. GP&N opened the show and dominated the stage for roughly an hour, not long enough. She performed songs from all of her albums, including “Apologies.” The Avetts came out and played a killer nearly two hour set that featured 20 songs including “I and Love and You”, “Kickdrum Heart”, and a three song encore that started with my favorite song, “Murdered in the City” For a 3 (sometimes 4) piece band to do what they do, is impressive.

6. Trey Anastasio & Classic TAB – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (note: all links are high quality audio/video, do yourself a favor and click them!)

Trey & TAB

Whats better to tide me over until the Phish summer tour than a TAB show at The Pageant? How about a Trey show that featured “Gotta Jibboo”, acoustic versions of “Kill Devil Falls”, “Bathtub Gin”, “Backwards Down the Number Line” and “Wilson.” That was just to close the first set. The second set featured a cover of Zeppelins “Black Dog”, “Liquid Time”, and ended with “First Tube.” Thanks for melting my face Trey!

5. Dirtfoot 5/13 – Ciceros – St. Louis, MO

Dirtfoot at Ciceros

Never heard of Dirtfoot? I’m sorry! You need to! Dirtfoot is the only Front Porch, Whiskey Swillin, Foot Stomping, Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble, Boogie band in the land. They are pretty much the Mulberry Mountain house band for Wakarusa and Harvest Music Festival, typically drawing large dedicated crowds at their infamous late night sets as well as their 9am set at the Chompdown, a free communal breakfast put together by and for the festi-folk. They claim Shrieveport, LA as home and use guitar, banjo, drums, percussion, washboard, upright bass and sax to create their sound. It’s tough to find a band similar to Dirtfoot, and even tougher to find one that can duplicate the energy of a Dirtfoot show! This marked their first trip to St. Louis as part of the Wakarusa Pre-Party Tour with Mountain Sprout. They pulled out a cover of “Folsom Prison Blues” by Johnny Cash, and played a nice mix of their own tunes, most of which involve crowd participation. Favorites of mine include “My Girl”, “Cast My Plans”, and “Little Bit of Rum.”

4. Widespread Panic 5/1  – BOK Center – Tulsa, OK

Widespread at BOK Center, Tulsa

This was my first time seeing JB & the Boys live, and well worth the commute to Tulsa to see great friends and great music. I was going to be seeing them in a month at Wakarusa and wanted to see what I was getting into. There is no surprise as to why Panic has been as successful as they have over the past 20 years when you see these southern rock / jam band giants live. The lightshow is one of the most spectacular things I have ever witnessed (see: The highlight of the night was during the second set during “Chilly Water” when the entire crowd seemed to scoop up every bottle of water in the building to make it rain. Seriously, you couldn’t find a bottle to purchase ANYWHERE. Also played were “Hatfield”, “Surprise Valley”, “Lets Get The Show On The Road” and “Impossible > Makes Sense To Me” to close it out.

3. Roger Waters 10/29 – Scott Trade Center – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

Roger Waters - Scott Trade Center

My favorite band of all time is Pink Floyd. I have never had the opportunity to see anything other than Pink Floyd tribute bands, including Aussie Floyd, Think Floyd, and St. Louis heroes El Monstero. Roger Waters announced his “The Wall 2010’ tour and I was unable to get tickets up until a week before the show. $115 later, I was wishing I had paid $250 for floor seats. The production of this show alone was worth the ticket price, but throw in the fact I got my first actual Floyd experience and this show is damn near impossible to top. I knew it was going to be nothing but “The Wall” but I didn’t care. “Mother”, “Goodbye Blue Sky”, “Young Lust”, “Comfortably Numb” they all sounded amazing and I had goose bumps for a majority of the show. Now I just need to keep my fingers and toes crossed for a Gilmour tour next summer or a Gilmour/Waters/Mason reunion (yeah right!)

2. Phish 8/14-8/15 – Alpine Valley – East Troy, WI

Phish - Alpine Valley

Photo by : K. Soncasie

Last summer was the first time I had gotten a chance to see Phish, as I had taken their break as my chance to really get into them. Stupid, yes. Worth the wait? Also yes. Last summers Chicago stop was a great show, but was lacking something. Whatever that was, they found and brought it along for Summer 2010 tour. The weekend not only ended up being recorded and released on DVD/CD, but also was considered by many to be some of the best shows of the tour. We had lawn for the first night, and some amazing seats for night two but it didn’t matter. Set lists from both nights rival any other Phish sets I have listened to. Night one started with “Tube” and included “Fuck Your Face”, “Lawn Boy”, “Gumbo”, “Down with the Disease”, “Mikes Song”, and “Sneaking Sally” into “Weekapaug Groove”. Night two was bookended by “Tweezer” and “Tweezer Reprise” and also included “Divided Sky”, “Farmhouse”, “David Bowie”, “2001”, “You Enjoy Myself”, “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” and “Character Zero.” Thank you Phish, and no matter what most say, you are back!

1. The Black Keys 6/10 – The Pageant – St. Louis, MO (Full Review)

The Black Keys - The Pageant

I have had a small obsession with The Black Keys for a few years and had been dying to see them for the same period of time. I was granted the chance twice this year, both within a week of each other. They played at Wakarusa in June, and just a few days later trekked through St. Louis to play to a sold out show at The Pageant. We had arrived early to get a premium spot. All the stars had aligned finally and I was going to get my eardrums exploded by the 2 piece monster that is The Black Keys.

The beginning of the set featured favorites like “Girl is On My Mind”, “The Breaks” and “Stack Shot Billy”. They ripped through songs off of the ‘Brothers’ album, my vote for Album of the Year, with highlights including “Next Girl” , “Howling For You”, and my personal favorite, “Ten Cent Pistol”. Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney closed the night out with “Everlasting Light” and “Till I Get My Way” before leaving the capacity crowd on their feet, and scraping their faces off of their shoes.

This show lived up the every expectation and made me forget about seeing them days earlier at Wakarusa. From “Thickfreakness” all the way through “Til I Get My Way” the energy never stopped. Not only did they release my top Album of the Year, but this show was far and away my favorite show of the year, and a show I will remember forever.

The Black Keys - The Pageant

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