MadLife Stage & Studios Presents the
Alzheimer's Music Fest feat. Drivin' N' Cryin'
Glenn Phillips, Gurufish, Zangaro, Anne Marie Perry
8722 Main st.
Woodstock, GA, 30188
Doors 5:00 PM / Show 6:00 PM
This event is all ages
Watch & Listen
Drivin' N' Cryin'
Celebrating their 33rd Anniversary together, Atlanta-based folk rock act, Drivin N Cryin, have spent most of 2018 on tour. In October 1985 Drivin N Cryin played their first show at Atlanta’s famed 688 Club. The band quickly gained attention for their blistering live shows, and amassed a rabid fanbase in the fertile soil of the late-1980s Southeast music scene. Now, 33 years later and after releasing four full length albums on Island Records and one on Geffen Records,
founding members Kevn Kinney and Tim Nielsen find themselves enjoying a milestone anniversary for the band, having survived the pressures of fame, a shifting musical landscape,
multiple lineup changes, and miles of backroads and highways to arrive here.
With a gold record, 10 full-length albums, and a handful of EPs to their credit, the band still refuses to rest. In 2012, a documentary about the band entitled Scarred but Smarter: Life n Times of Drivin' N’ Cryin' was produced. In 2015, a collection of 10 choice cuts from the band’s 4-EP “Songs” series, entitled Best of Songs, was released on Nashville’s Plowboy Records. Additionally, the band was inducted into the Georgia Music Hall of Fame the same year. The
following year, Drivin N Cryin released a vinyl-only album, entitled Archives Vol One, with a collection of basement recordings from the years 1988 to 1990.
With Dave V. Johnson as their drummer, and the band's newest member Laur Joamets (originally Sturgill Simpson) now being added to the lineup, Drivin N Cryin is continuing to tour the U.S. to great acclaim.
Island Records re-released their much celebrated “Mystery Road” album through Universal Music Group (2017) & Darius Rucker cut “Straight to Hell” on his new album, “When Was the Last Time”, released October 2017 with guest vocal appearances by Luke Bryan,
Charles Kelley, and Jason Aldean. “Mystery Road” was recently named one of The 50 Best Southern Rock Albums of All Time by Paste Magazine.
A quote from the band’s lead singer, Kevn Kinney, gives a little insight into what Drivin N Cryin is all about: “We are a band that's like your record collection.” Drawing influence from a
wide array of musical elements, Drivin N Cryin has developed a unique sound over the years. Their name derives from the eclectic nature of this sound: a little drivin' rock n roll and a little
country twang. Comfortable with their past and confident in their future, the band has an arsenal of songs, a full tank of gas, and no plans of stopping any time soon.
For over 40 years, Glenn Phillips has made his living as a guitarist and composer, with 12 critically acclaimed albums out under his own name. Two of his releases received 4-star reviews in Rolling Stone, including Echoes, a double CD compilation with a 40-page booklet written by Phillips.
Of his work, Stereo Review writes, "To say that Glenn Phillips plays guitar is like saying Michael Jordan takes shots at the basket." Rolling Stone writes, "If rock & roll guitarists were kamikaze pilots, Glenn Phillips would be in heaven right now," and The Atlanta Journal-Constitution describes his latest release, Angel Sparks, as "armchair travel to place you didn't even know existed."
Born in 1950, his musical career began in 1967, as a founding member and songwriter of the legendary Hampton Grease Band. The group released a double LP on Columbia and played with countless classic bands of the era, including Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, Fleetwood Mac and The Allman Brothers. Frank Zappa was a fan of the band, and one of their many historic shows was at the Fillmore East with Zappa's Mothers of Invention. Phillips jammed with Zappa that
evening, as did John Lennon and Yoko Ono. In 1996, Sony re-released the Hampton Grease Band, which included an extensive history of the group written by Phillips. It received a 9 out of 10, "near perfect" rating in Spin Magazine, and interest in the band continues to this day. The Dec. 2008 Oxford American magazine contains a feature article on the group as well as its music on a CD included in the issue, and they had this to say: "The Grease Band's guitar player, Glenn Phillips, was better and more interesting as a guitarist than Frank Zappa . . ."
In 1973 Phillips began his solo career. Lowell George, the leader of Little Feat, called him "the most amazing guitarist I've ever seen," and Phillips frequently sat in with the band. In 1975, he released his first album, Lost at Sea. Recorded at home and self-released, it predated, as well as influenced, the entire do-it- yourself movement that overtook rock music several years later. It was championed by influential British DJ John Peel, who played it regularly on the BBC, and London's leading music magazine, NME, held a reader's poll, where it came in 2nd. That was followed by a call from famed entrepreneur Richard Branson, who was then head of Virgin Records. They signed Phillips and brought him overseas to tour extensively, including a concert at London's famed Rainbow Theater.
In the years since, Phillips has toured and recorded regularly with his own group, as well as with the Supreme Court, his side project with Jeff Calder of the Swimming Pool Q's. He's also collaborated with artists as diverse as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, and Pete Buck of REM. Phillips' 1988 recording with Henry Kaiser received San Francisco's coveted Bammy award and NPR has played his music regularly on All Things Considered for the past 20 years.
The one constant throughout his career has been that his music has remained as unique as it is acclaimed. From Relix, "Phillips is a guitarist with flair and imagination and seemingly limitless technical ability. He comes up with a sound that defies categorization. His music is melodic, it's tough, it's uplifting, it's inventive and highly recommended," and from Guitar Player, "A supremely musical player, Phillips has something few musicians attain: a voice of his own."
Sexy, funky-as-hell, pop music" is what critics are saying about
Gurufish (Ear Magazine). Electrifying audiences everywhere
with their own provocative blend of pop, funk and soul, and
their over-the-top performance spectacle, Gurufish excels at
weaving irresistible melodies around hypnotic, funky grooves
to give birth to songs that are hooky, sexy and sophisticated.
This multi-dimensional ensemble's kaleidoscopic blend of genres
is what makes them appealing to a wide variety of audiences.
Songs that sound at once fresh and familiar are served with
generous injections of funk and soul and sprinkled with
psychedelic twists, glam rock and soulful jazz. Gurufish is glitter
soul. Founded by singer/songwriter/producer Jimmy St. James
and accompanied by co-writers Matty Haze on guitar and
DeWitt Ellis on bass,with Steve Dixon on drums, Gurufish is
currently playing dates in support of their most recent critically
acclaimed release, "Mohair Supreme", while recording and
preparing for a new release in the spring of 2013. They have
shared the bill with such prestigious acts as: The Brand New
Heavies, Nikka Costa, P.M. Dawn,The Spin Doctors, Derek Trucks,
The Flaming Lips, Galactic,Cypress Hill, Ghostland Observatory,
The White Stripes, LMFAO, The Isley Brothers, Dag, Foreigner,
and the P-Funk Allstars.
Atlanta artist Vince Zangaro cannot help but mix his music and love of it with personal missions. Zangaro is passionate about the part music can play as a leveler and healer and how it helps communicate complex social issues and situations to those willing to listen.
“It truly amazes me what the gift of song can give to others if you just give listeners your honesty and heart.” says Zangaro, of his evolving music path. “I take care of my father. He has Alzheimer’s. And as his disease has progressed, so have I. I’ve made inroads into being a better writer, musician and man. I’m finally becoming proud of the music that I create because it affects people in profound ways. It can actually affect change for the better.”
Zangaro admittedly didn’t start out playing music to touch hearts and influence thoughts. “I started taking piano and keyboard lessons in 5th grade from renowned musician Peggy Still. Theory was not my strong suit, and she saw almost instantaneously that writing was my gift.” Zangaro laughs as he continues.“ But for me, at seventeen, it was just a way to be popular with girls and do all the other things musicians can get away with just because they’re musicians!” Zangaro’s high school band, This and That, were local scene favorites in the mid 90s and routinely co-headlined clubs like The Roxy, The Masquerade and Cotton Club. After the band broke up, Zangaro picked up an acoustic guitar and taught himself to play.
“I wanted to always be able to move forward, even if the people I was playing with lacked the motivation to progress.” he says.
Zangaro moved from being a rocker to the corporate rock world as a regional manager for the mega brand Hot Topic.
“My dad was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s when he was 63. Three years ago, at 68, it became apparent he could no longer care for himself. Vince Zangaro has been caring for him ever since. Two years ago Amy, Vince’s fiancée, moved in and joined the cause. It’s been a huge adjustment, but it’s also allowed me to flex my creativity with other Atlanta writers and develop a mission to bring awareness to Alzheimer’s, addiction and other issues that have touched me through my life.”
Jason Salzman and Blue Blanket Studios have been instrumental in Zangaro’s musical development as has the incomparable Lefty Williams from The Lefty Williams Band. “Matthew Trautwein from Bill Gentry and Anne-Marie Perry from Green Bracelet have also been an incredible inspiration and help.”
Zangaro’s music has been likened to Red Hot Chili Peppers and Dave Matthews Band. But his most stunning comparison is to Smashing Pumpkins front man, Billy Corgan. Zangaro’s voice carries the same is arresting, moody quality and brims with the emotion his original songs are laced with.
Zangaro is planning a concert event to help those dealing with caring for relatives affected with Alzheimer’s at home. “It’s a devastating illness. Our Alzheimer’s Music Fest will be a way for people to come hear some great music and support a meaningful cause.”
“My dad’s disease has affected me a great deal over the past three years.” admits Zangaro. “ I am happy to say that through this experience a lot of nonsense and selfishness has washed away, and sometimes I feel I have learned more from my father through his disease than his health. It is a constant struggle, but on most days he brings me and Amy more happiness than many will see in their lifetime. On April 1st, he will turn 71 years old, and I am very proud of the man he was and is. Hopefully my music will be way to raise awareness of how many of us are going through this. We’re all very committed to giving our loved ones a happy lifestyle for many years to come.
Anne Marie Perry
Currently playing Atlanta area and the Southeast with her 4 pc Rock band...Anne-Marie is also pursuing Placements in Film/T.V./Ads and writing/co-writing with other artists.
Anne-Marie started writing songs at a very young age and picked up the guitar to help write music melodies for her lyrics. By the mid- 1980s she was playing in a 3 pc new wave/progressive band called 'Cheerful Tearful' out of Houston, Tx...and opened for the legendary band Kings X before moving to Atlanta,Ga.
During the 1990s, she fronted the band 'Gild The Lily'...and become very popular as a regional, Southeast, touring band...Recorded their first cd at the famous Tree Sound Studios in Atlanta, opened for many great bands including Violent Femmes at The Fox Theater, Georgia Satellites for New Years Eve, Played the main stages at 2 events during the Summer Olympics in Atlanta,Ga...and enjoyed a bit of Radio air play on 99X.
After a brief time with the band 'Jane Ivy' and recording with John Anthony of Wet Willie and the legendary Paul Hornsby in Macon,Ga , she formed the band 'Green Bracelet' and had local success for 8 years...including playing SXSW in Austen, Tx, Cherry Blossom Festival in Macon, Ga.
Anne-Marie is still rockin...touring under her own name. Look for her at a Festival or Theater near you!
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Over 20 bands unite for Alzheimers/ Dementia!
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