Keller Williams Live @ Ridgefield Playhouse (5/2)

•April 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The legendary Keller Williams returns for a solo performance at the Ridgefield Playhouse in Ridgefield, CT on Thursday May 2nd.  Get tickets and more information at http://www.tickets.ridgefieldplayhouse.org/ordertickets.asp?p=1095

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One-man-band Keller Williams hits the road this winter and spring performing his signature solo sets.  Accompanied on stage only by a slew of instruments and musical gadgets, it always feels good to return to the roots of this mad-scientist of music.

In his seemingly insatiable quest for constant musical evolution, Keller will also make very special select live appearances with any one of his creative collaborations – Keller and The Keels, the critically acclaimed Keller with The Travelin’ McCourys, and his most recent six piece funk outfit More Than A Little.  No matter what the configuration – Keller Williams always delivers.

For Keller Williams’ newest muse, a 6-piece funk band dubbed More Than a Little, Williams is backed by some of the hardest–hitting players from his Virginia stomping ground – including a lovely duo of backup singers.  Performing new, super-funky versions of Williams’ originals and an unexpected collection of cover songs that pays deep homage to the genre’s roots, More Than a Little is fresh, relevant – and yes, SUPER funky. Plans are in the works to soon release a live album of More Than a Little, featuring recordings culled from their run of shows in late 2012. In the meantime, look for More Than a Little making special upcoming appearances in 2013. Currently confirmed dates are listed below.

On the other end of the spectrum – but just as tasty – is his work with Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys.  It’s only after seeing these boys play together live – or listening to the collaboration’s debut recording, Pick (July 3, 2012/SCI Fidelity Records) – that you come to the inescapable realization that this is a meeting that was predestined. Williams, the über-distinctive singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who’s been described as a “one-man band for the new millennium,” is a tireless musical seeker for whom repetition is never an option. And The Travelin’ McCourys – bluegrass royalty nonpareil with a sharp eye toward innovation – have similarly been dubbed “twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers.” Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys is a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts—although the parts are rather massive on their own, to be sure. Williams’ unconventional songwriting takes on even greater weight when backed by The Travelin’ McCourys’ emotive tones. Inspired by Keller’s fearless creativity, The Travelin’ McCourys’ flawless playing gains new depth.

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Bear Creek Festival Adds Artists

•April 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment

BEAR CREEK MUSIC & ART FESTIVAL 2013 ADDS GALACTIC x2, IVAN NEVILLE’S

DUMPSTAPHUNK x2, BONOBO LIVE BAND AND MORE

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TICKETS ON SALE NOW!

 November 14th – 17th at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival has added Galactic x2, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk x2, Bonobo Live Band, The Revivalists,Monophonics, Flow Tribe and Profit to the 2013 lineup along with artists at large Pee Wee Ellis and Ron Haynes. Taking place November 14th – 17th at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, these stellar acts join The Roots, Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe x2, Lettuce x2, The New Mastersounds x2, Antibalas, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Zach Deputy x2, Toubab Krewe x2 and much more. Bear Creek is steeped in the tradition of funk music and the exceptional lineup reflects the eclectic nature of the scene.

Tickets for Bear Creek Music & Art Festival go on sale tomorrow (Wednesday, April 24th) at www.BearCreekMusicFestival.comTo get on the cabin wait list, call Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park at 386.364.1683.

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival 2013 Artist Line Up:

The Roots • Bootsy Collins and the Funk Unity Band • Galactic x2 • Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe x2 • Lettuce x2 • Bonobo Live Band• Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk x2 • The New Mastersounds x2 • Antibalas • Lee Fields & The Expressions • Zach Deputy x2 • Toubab Krewe  x2  • George Porter Jr’s Runnin • Pardners • The Motet x 2 • Jennifer Hartswick Band x2 • Break Science • Mike Dillon Band •Pimps of Joytime x2 • Robert Walter’s 20th Congress x2 • Bernie Worrell Orchestra • Roosevelt Collier Band • Dr. Klaw • The Revivalists • Kung Fu x2 •The Werks •The Malah x2 • Space Capone x2 • Nth Power • Flow Tribe • Dopapod • The Legendary JC’s • Ron Haynes Game Changers x2 • Brownout x2 • Johnny Sketch & the Dirty Notes x2 • Jaime McLean Band • The Monophonics • Ghost Owl • Greenhouse Lounge • Cope •Chris McCarty and the Underground Movement • The Resolvers • Profit • Suenalo •Lucky Costello SOUNDUO

Artists at Large: 

Oteil Burbridge • Karl Denson • George Porter Jr. • Skerik • Mike Dillon • Roosevelt Collier • Jennifer Hartswick •Natalie Cressman • Dave Watts • Joey Porter • Jans Ingber • Clay Watson • Pee Wee Ellis • Ron Haynes

Bear Creek Music & Art Festival Links:

www.BearCreekMusicFestival.com | www.MusicLivesHere.com

www.facebook.com/BearCreekFest | Twitter + Instagram: @BearCreekFest

Media Contact:

Brotherly Love Productions | Destiny Spang | 215.704.9555 | Destiny@BrotherlyLoveProductions.com

2013 Catskill Chill Music Festival Lineup (Sept 6-8)

•April 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

The Catskill Chill Music Festival has announced the lineup for the 4th annual Chill taking place September 6-8 at Camp Minglewood in Hancock, NY.  After last year’s incredible lineup, many believed it would not be possible to top it.  Then, they announced this year’s artists and boy are we thrilled to be covering the festival.

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Normally, this is where we would highlight the must see artists for the festival however it is going to be pretty difficult given the massive list of talent this year.  For starters, The Meter Men featuring Zigaboo Modeliste, Leo Neocentelli, George Porter Jr., and Page McConnell  is absolutely going to be one of the highlights of the festival.  Some new additions this year that you definitely won’t want to miss include Galactic, Papadosio, Tea Leaf Green, The Motet, RAQ, Orchard Lounge, Brother’s Past, Jimkata, Greenhouse Lounge, Turkuaz, The Mantras, Eric Krasno Band, Shmeeans & the Expanded Consciousness, Brock Butler (solo), Ghost Owl, The Z3: Zappa Tribute, Spiritual Rez, Cosmic Dust Bunnies, and Aqueous.  The Chill will welcome back some of last year’s artists including Lotus, Conspirator, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Alan Evans Trio, Particle, Yarn, Headtronics, Consider the Source, Twiddle, Damn Right, DJ Logic, The McLovins, Fikus, ShwizZ and others.

There will be a few changes with the festival this year.  Last year, there were 2 main stages and Club Chill.  This year, the festival will have 5 total stages, the same 3 from last year, except this year they added an outdoor Acoustic Junction stage, and a Campground DJ stage.

The lineup announcement already has many people eagerly awaiting the arrival of September so they can experience this year’s Catskill Chill Festival which is sure to bring memories for many that will last a lifetime.  We’ll be featuring different bands leading up to the festival so stay tuned to our site and Facebook page (www.facebook.com/csmpromo) for in depth features, previews, interviews and more.  Who’s ready to Chill?

Review: Bowlive Night 1 (3.7.13)

•March 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment

By: Greg Horowitz

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Tonight, I finally made it to the Brooklyn Bowl for the first time in my life, and what a show it was.  The opening night of Bowlive, Soulive’s annual residency at the Brooklyn Bowl, is always something special, but this show was a truly memorable experience.

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Kicking off the evening was Kung Fu, the Connecticut based jazz/rock/funk fusion powerhouse of musicians that always bring it, every single show.  Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri (guitar), Rob Somerville (saxophone), Todd Stoops (keys), Chris DeAngelis (bass) and Adrian Tramontano (drums).  The unique pairing of Soulive and Kung Fu together on the stage at the Brooklyn Bowl immediately gave off a festival vibe, which is a real nice treat in the middle of winter.

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After a solid set that included powerful solos throughout, Kung Fu gave way to Soulive for the beginning of the 4th annual Bowlive residency.

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Their first set was great.  Eric Krasno (guitar) killed it on his solos, Alan Evans (drums) led the group on drums, while his brother Neal Evans (organ) tore it up on the keys.  The set concluded with special guest John Popper of Blues Traveler joining the guys on stage for two songs including the Blues Traveler original, “Mulling it Over” and “Come Together” by the Beatles.

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After the intermission, Soulive emerged back on stage, this time with special guests Luther + Cody Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars.  These brothers have some serious talent and their chemistry onstage with Soulive was limitless.  They connected musically on a level I have never seen with a sit-in performer.  Luther later joined Soulive for their instrumental version of “While My Guitar Gently Weeps,” off of their album Rubber Soulive, which I recommend buying immediately if you haven’t already.

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Towards the end of their set, Krasno came up to the microphone and announced to the crowd, “I have some good news, and some bad news.  Bad news, ?uestlove is not going to be able to make it tonight.  Good news, we’re gonna play some more music for ya.”  And the crowd erupted with cheers.  Soulive then welcomed Luther + Cody back on stage again for a few more jams.  They finished the set with a sit-in from Saunders Sermons of the Tedeschi Trucks Band on trombone and vocals.

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The first night of Bowlive IV proved to be better than most could have imagined.  With 7 more scheduled shows at the Brooklyn Bowl, it is in your best interest to get down there and boogie with the best of them and catch Soulive with various special guests every night.

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Some special guests include Sister Sparrow + The Dirty Birds, Robert Randolph, Booker T., The Shady Horns, Nigel Hall, Marco Benevento, DJ Logic, George Porter Jr, Alecia Chakour Band, and many more.  Thanks to Soulive, Kung Fu, John Popper, Luther + Cody Dickinson, and Saunders Sermons for a truly phenomenal show at the Brooklyn Bowl for night one of Bowlive IV.

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CD Review: “Merkaba” – The Alan Evans Trio

•February 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment

By: Greg Horowitz

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Merkaba, the latest release by the Massachusetts based funk band, The Alan Evans Trio, is due out on March 19th of this year.  CSMP was lucky enough to get our hands on a copy for a review prior to the release.  The album kicks off with the opening track “Thor,” which includes a magical guitar solo from guitarist Danny Mayer.  You can already hear the difference and improvements of the group since their last release Drop Hop.

When Drop Hop was released back in 2012, I thought to myself, can these guys possibly make better music together?  Then I listened to Merkaba and within 3 minutes I was in a funk trance.  The group as a whole has really hit their notch together.  They are playing off each other with such raw emotion on this album.  You can really tell how much they have connected as musicians over the last year.  They’ve really tightened up.

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“Gone,” the second track on the album, brings you into a time machine.  You instantly feel like you are listening to the origins of funk music back in the 60’s and 70’s.  It takes some serious talent to bring a listener on a journey like AE3 does with Merkaba.  Another brilliant release from a very talented, good-hearted band, The Alan Evans Trio.

Another aspect that I love about this band, in addition to the soulful melodies Beau produces on his organ, and Al’s impeccable ability to drum up a beat that gets everyone in the room dancing, is Danny Mayer and his guitar.  This guy can do anything with that guitar.  Man is he good.  Danny is one who can shred with the best of ‘em.

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The tour kicks off tonight (February 28th) supporting Fishbone at StageOne in Fairfield, CT.  The Alan Evans Trio features Alan Evans of Soulive on drums/vocals, Danny Mayer on guitar, and Beau Sasser on the organs.  Merkaba is slated for release on March 19th via Royal Family Records who represent Soulive, Lettuce, Break Science and many others.  CSMP would like to thank Danny, Al, and Beau for the music they create, and Amee of Lionchild Media for this opportunity.

Kung Fu Announces Colorado Run in January

•December 19, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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Connecticut’s nu-funk quintet, Kung Fu, is heading West January 21st – 25th for a five-night run taking them to Aspen, Breckenridge, Boulder, Fort Collins and Denver. Punishing the line between dojo-disciplined electro-jazz-fusion and street fighter funk, Kung Fu, will bring the heat with their unique brand of lethal ‘70s-style funk mixed with EDM ideology. Their explosive live performances described as “jaw droppin” and “musically mesmerizing” have earned them coveted slots at Camp Bisco, Gathering of the Vibes, Catskill Chill and Bear Creek this festival season.

 

Monday, January 21

Belly Up Aspen

450 South Galena, Aspen, CO 81611

970-544-9800 | www.bellyupaspen.com

$15 | All ages

 

Tuesday, January22        

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With Tiger Party

320 S. Main St., Breckenridge, CO 80424

970-547-9299www.three20south.com

$8 adv | $10 dos | 21+

 

Wednesday, January 23

Fox Theatre

With Roster McCabe

1135 13th Street, Boulder, CO 80302

303.447.0095 | www.foxtheatre.com

$10 | all ages

 

Thursday, January 24

Aggie Theater

With Robert Walters 20th Congress

204 S. College Ave., Fort Collins, CO 80521

970.482.8300 | www.aggietheatre.com/

$10 adv | $15 dos | All ages

 

Friday, January 25

Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom

With Robert Walters 20th Congress

2637 Welton St, Denver, CO 80205

$10 adv | $12 dos | All ages

 

VIDEOS:

“God Made Me Funky”: http://bit.ly/UcjcWM

“Snaggle” > “Gung Ho”: http://bit.ly/VyWJSC

“S’all Good”: http://bit.ly/T1tauy

 

ONLINE:

www.KungFuMusic.com | www.Facebook.com/KungFuTunes | Twitter: @KungFuTunes

 

BIO: With a tight headlock on the new-funk movement, Kung Fu is quickly submitting critics with their unique sonic chops. Punishing the line between dojo-disciplined electro-jazz-fusion and street fighter funk, Kung Fu’s tao merges early Headhunters and Weather Report mentality with contemporary EDM ideology like yin and yang. Although the essence of the Kung Fu Krewe is rooted among ancient jam dynasties, this fledgling “nu-sion” project intends to dominate audiences while nourishing the chi of all who cross their path. Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar (The Breakfast), Robert Somerville on tenor sax (Deep Banana Blackout), Todd Stoops on keyboards (RAQ), Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar (The Breakfast), and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion (The Breakfast). Currently touring in support of the July, 2011 release of their eponymous debut album, the powerhouse quintet’s live show has been described by critics and fans alike as “lethal funk,” “explosive,” “jaw dropping,” and “musically mesmerizing.” For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet, the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON!

Vote to AURA Music & Arts Festival 2013 Campaign

•November 5, 2012 • Leave a Comment

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AURA MUSIC EVENTS ANNOUNCES VOTE TO AURA MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL 2013 CAMPAIGN

This Election Day, AURA Music & Arts Festival invites fans to shake off the general election stress and get excited for the Vote to AURA Campaign. They’ve hand-picked ten of the hottest up-and-coming acts representing a wide variety of regions and genres. The campaign launches today, November 6th, and continues for three weeks. The winner will be announced on Tuesday, November 27th at 3pm.

In order to vote: visit the new AURA Music & Arts Festival Facebook page and select the band YOU want to see at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park February 15-17, 2013 with Papadosio (x2), Conspirator (x2), Perpetual Groove (x2), The Heavy Pets (x2), Dopapod (x2), RAQ, Kung Fu (x2) and many other great acts. You only get ONE vote…so choose wisely!

1. Arpetrio | Live-tronic/Dance/Jam | Knoxville, TN
www.Arpetrio.com

2. The Broadcast | Soul Infused Rock & Roll | Asheville, NC
www.TheBroadcast.Music.com

3. FiKus | Electro-Funkadelic Hip-Rock | River Vale, NJ
www.FiKusBand.com

4. The Magic Beans | Space Funk/Groove Grass/Ameritronica | Nederland, CO
www.MagicBeansMusic.com

5. The McLovins | Improv Rock | Hartford, CT
www.TheMcLovins.com

6. Sovereign Sect | Glitch-Hop Extravaganza | Fargo, ND
www.facebook.com/Sovereign.Sect

7. Spafford | Jammin’ Funk Rock | Prescott, AZ
www.Spafford.net

8. Spred the Dub | Good Time Reggae | Palm Beach, FL
www.SpredTheDub.com

9. The Wholetones | Folkmetalbluegrass | Naples, FL
www.WholetonesMusic.com

10. Zmick | Progressive Dance Rock | Chicago, IL
www.Zmick.net

 

AURA Music & Arts Festival Links:
www.AURAMusicFestival.com | www.Facebook.com/AURAMusicFestival | @AURAMusicFest (#AURAfest)

Media Contact:
Brotherly Love Productions | Destiny Spang | 215.704.9555 | Destiny@BrotherlyLoveProductions.com