MO Lottery Presents
Ana Popovic: 9th Street Summerfest!
The Hipnecks, Chump Change
17 N 9th St
Columbia, MO, 65201-4845
Doors 6:00PM / Show 7:00PM
This event is all ages
Widely regarded as one of worlds very best female guitar-players - Ana Popovic is set to release her new album, ?UNCONDITIONAL, August 16 on EclectoGroove Records. Recorded at the famous Piety Street recording studios in New Orleans, it is Ana's sixth studio release.
Unconditional is produced by Ana Popovic and Grammy Award winning John Porter. "I recorded in Eclectic cities like Memphis and Los Angeles but always wanted to go to New Orleans the capture something of their rich musical history" says Popovic, who was born in Belgrade, Serbia . "I loved being in New Orleans for a period of 3 months. I love everything about that city. It's vibe, spirit and optimism and not to forget hospitality and kindness of the people. I think it influenced the album in more ways than just musically. "
Popovic was recently honored to appear as a special guest at BB-King's German shows. Her previous studio release, 'Still Making History' made it's way to no.3 at the US Billboard chart, for a total of 19 weeks. On 2011's Unconditional, Ana truly is a guitargodess illustrating a daring slide on a powerful guitar record that presents a soulful fusion of contemporary and classic blues. The album features New Orleans very best musicians like Sonny Landreth, the amazing Jon Cleary and David Torkanowski on hammond B3 and piano, Calvin Turner on bass and Doug Belote on drums. "I was fortunate to have the fabulous Sonny Landreth - my slide idol since my Belgrade years- to play on the album, a dream come true'' says Popovic. Also incredible harp player Jason Ricci makes a guest appearance.
Of the album's twelve songs, eight are originals by Popovic from which two co-written by writing partner Mark van Meurs. Also on the album, songs from the rich blues history done by some of Ana's favorites, like Koko Taylore, Buddy Guy, Otis Span, Nina Simone and Sugar Pie DeSanto. "The title Unconditional, Ana explains, "describes what I feel on stage. That place is simply unconditional. It is magical. It's just me and my guitar, notes, sounds and drum grooves. I let the band lift me up, and I feed off of their energy. I hate to think when playing. I only feel. Unconditional is how I stand towards my music -it's mine, it's sacred, and it's with no boundaries. Absolute, definite. I tend to put everything I have into it and don't let anything or anyone get in between, except the people that truly inspire me."
"...absolutely twangy, good old-fashioned American rock & roll - a sound that makes sense when you consider their name, a combination of "hippy" and "redneck." Their enthusiasm for their craft is obvious and infectious. Remember the name, because this band is going places," Jambase.com
The sound has been called a "jambalaya" by press and "country fried jam" by fans alike. Take it from the name, The Hipnecks, which combines the words "Hippie" and "Redneck" as affectionately as it unites trucker hats and flip-flops. Within that sentiment lays their genre-bending approach to making music. Music that is, in every way, firmly rooted beneath their feet in the fertile floodplains of the American Midwest. Rock & roll with hues of bluegrass. It is twangy. It is Ozarkian. It is most certainly Missourian - and there is nothing to the contrary about it.
No sooner than their first performance in 2004, the Hipnecks broke ground on their debut album, Just Another Fine Day, and released it feverously in April of 2005. After selling over 300 copies the night of the release show, the band scoured the Midwest for several years completing small tours that brought them as far out as Colorado's Front Range and won a national competition for best unsigned band along the way. In April of 2008, The Hipnecks released their sophomore album, American Night, on Home Tone Records which introduced heavy harmonies, mandolin, piano, and organ into their sonic landscape. Wes Wingate (vocals/piano/organ) was recruited to support the additional instrumentation on the album, and the band toured as a six piece thru 2010.
Over the following year, The Hipnecks bid farewell to several founding members; co-frontman Scott Anderson, bassist Ryan Renne, and drummer Zach Stubbs. Midwest powerhouse drummer Danny Carroll immediately volunteered to take the helm on drums, and Pat Kay's brother, Bryan Kay, joined the group on bass and vocals. Amidst these lineup changes, the band managed to release four singles; Mighty Mississippi (2010), Sni-A-Bar Stomp (2010), Trainstops & Alleyways (2011), and the gypsy ballad, Svata (2012), which features Molly Healey from Big Smith on fiddle. Molly joined the ranks of the band on fiddle, cello, and vocals around the same time as the song's release.
"... a beautifully harmonized band. There's enough intelligent songwriting here to merit attending any Hipnecks live performance," -Comomusic.com
"The band members are small-town Midwestern guys with serious musical training, and their genre-bending tunes pay as little attention to pigeon holes as they do." –Vox Magazine.
Big Babe and the Chump Change Blues have been electrifying audiences in the Midwest for the past 20 years with their intense style of grooving rhythm and blues. They have shared the stage with such artist as Robert Cray, KoKo Taylor, Albert Collins, Albert King, Big Twist and the Mellow Fellows, John Lee Hooker, Johnny Copeland, Son Seals, The Legendary Blues Band, Mary Wells, Martha Reeves, Luther "Guitar Jr" Johnson, Little Ed and Blues Imperials, The Itals, Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Johnny Winter, Sugar Blue, Junior Walker, War, Gil Scott Herron, Rare Earth, Iron Butterfly, Ozark Mountain Daredevil, The Fabulous Thunderbird, Charles Brown, Roomful of Blues, Clarence Carter and The Neville Bros. Current band members have a combine playing time of over 130 years! This band must be heard to be believed - they are a real treat for blues lovers.
Join us out outside for a FREE 9TH STREET SUMMERFEST! For those of you new to these incredible shows: We close down the block of 9th Street between Broadway and Walnut. Entry gate is at the north end on the corner of 9th and Walnut. Beverages will be served both outside and inside! This event is rain or shine and general admission, which means all standing room is first come first serve. No chairs or pets please.
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