Fri, Jul 19
Sun, Jul 21
Great South Bay Music Festival - SPECIAL WEEKEND PACKAGE
Electric Hot Tuna, The Doobie Brothers, Dark Star Orchestra, Jerry Douglas Band, Soulive, Billy Squier, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steve Forbert, JAMES MADDOCK, Amy Helm Band, Antigone Rising, Kerry Kearney Band, Miles 2 Dayton, Jacks Waterfall, Patent Pending, The Point, Funkin A, Wig-Jam, Funknasty, Heartless Devils, Rickity, Lo Fi 3, Heavy Duty Super Ego, Katie Pearlman, Cassandra House, Juicy Bruce, Stephen Kellogg, Streetlight Circus, Robert Bruey, Ancient Tongue, Butchers Blind, Memphis Crawl, Musaic, Mara Levine, Red White & Blues Band, Victoria Faiella, Vanilla Ghost House, Chris P. Cauley, Michael Jazz Trio, Jem Warren, Mark Newman Band, Alan Semerdjian, John Sparling, Jamie Bendel, Rebecca Perl, Jeff Ting, Sabretache, Bx2, Pandafan, Youth Be Told, Fully Charged
Patchogue, NY, 11772
Doors 4:30 PM
Great South Bay Music Festival
The Doobie Brothers
There's no separating the unparalleled legacy of the Doobie Brothers from their latest release World Gone Crazy – not that anyone would want to. Nevertheless, the new album may be most remarkable for the extent to which it stands completely on its own. Yes, World Gone Crazy is another chapter in one of the great American music stories, but it's neither comeback nor nostalgia. An exhibition of aggressive and emotional performances, evocative storytelling, unapologetic attitude and world class musicianship, the collection is its own justification.
In a sense, World Gone Crazy is an analogy for the Doobie Brothers as a whole. With founding members Tom Johnston and Pat Simmons, and 30 year-plus veterans John McFee and Michael Hossack, the Doobies have perfectly honored the band's legacy with an offering that grows in unexpected new directions.
The songs on World Gone Crazy all feature Johnston and Simmons as writers and lead vocalists. Adding dimension to the project, in some cases there were co-writers involved, as well as some notable contributions or "guest appearances" by other vocalists.
Like the nation that spawned the many musical styles they've adopted, the Doobie Brothers' deepest traditions are change, growth, striving and an abiding faith in the future. And so World Gone Crazy pays tribute to the Doobie Brothers legacy the most appropriate way possible … by moving resolutely forward.
Dark Star Orchestra
Performing to critical acclaim worldwide for nearly 15 years and over 2000 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these 7 fine musicians. On any given night the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, Dark Star Orchestra's members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations. Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It's about a sense of familiarity. It's about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It's about thta contagious energy... in short, it's about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show. Dark Star Orchestra has performed throughout the United States and Europe. They continue to grow their fan base by playing at larger venues for two and even three night stands as well as performing at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, All Good Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, Summer Camp, Wakarusa and 10,000 Lakes. In addition, Dark Star Orchestra hosts its own annual gathering, Dark Star Jubilee, where they headline three nights and are joined by a mix of established and up and coming national touring acts. Fans and critics haven't been the only people caught up in the spirit of a Dark Star show. The band has featured guest performances from five original Grateful Dead members Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Vince Welnick, Tom Constanten and even toured with longtime Dead soundman, Dan Healy. Other notable guests have included Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, Ramblin' Jack Elliot and many more. "For us it's a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years," rhythm guitarist and vocalist Rob Eaton explains. "We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they've been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live." "…I can close my eyes
Soulive has never made any bones about what they do best; it's right there in their name. Since forming in 1999, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans has carried the torch for the soul-jazz organ trio—that venerable, funky institution pioneered by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes in the late '60s. Rest assured, when the Evans brothers first brought Kraz by their Woodstock studio, there was plenty of old vinyl spread out on the floor.
In their 13 years together, Soulive has followed the muse in the direction of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock, collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli, John Scofield, Derek Trucks, Maceo Parker, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Randolph, Joshua Redman, Kenny Garrett, Fred Wesley, The Roots, Ivan Neville and so many others, even going so far as to record a full album of covers by The Beatles (Rubber Soulive). But, no matter how they push the limits of the organ trio, they always come back to their bread and butter: blistering solos and grooves that don't quit.
1959–1961:introduced to classical piano lessons—and the fine art of bribery—by his grandfather
1963: buys Danelectro guitar and Supro amp from neighbor (his first)—cost $90
1966: turned on to John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton when a friend brings the lp home after a trip to UK…begins playing for keeps
1967: witnesses Clapton and Cream's string of appearances at Boston's Psychedelic Supermarket, also Butterfield in Harvard Square
1968: after high school, lands gig as house band at Psychedelic Supermarket, playing with such diverse acts as the Grateful Dead, Steve Miller, and the Moody Blues
1969: moves to NYC to collaborate on the musical poetry endeavor "Magic Terry & The Universe"…records for Atlantic and Columbia…signs to Premier Talent Agency…MTU implodes after initial show at Boston Tea party exposes philosophical differences between band leaders…plays with Hendrix as the latter forms Band of Gypsies, chauffeurs Steve Paul as the latter brings Johnny Winter to the masses…and has a torrid affair with Jim Morrison's common-law wife
1971: Berkeley School of Music (brief diversion), Boston
1972: returns to NYC…forms Kicks with Jerry Nolan, who later joins the NY Dolls
1973: joins power-pop band "The Sidewinders" in Boston…quits a year later to pursue his developing vision for songs that would merge the pop elements of his youth with the hard-edged reality of his street experiences
1976–1977: teams up with KISS manager Bill Aucoin, who signs his band Piper to A & M Records…cuts two lp's: "the most articulate, emotionally intense rocker the 70's has produced to date."
1979–1980: after assuming an unabashed solo stance, signs with Capitol Records…releases "Tale of the Tape"…"You Should Be High Love" spends six weeks as the nation's most requested rock track…tours with Alice Cooper
1981: releases "Don't Say No"…102 weeks later, lp is still in the US top ten, spawning three hit singles and launching Squier's career in earnest…tours with Foreigner, Journey, and Pat Benetar before headlining his first string of shows at year's end
1982–1983: "Emotions In Motion" released in conjunction with major States tour with Queen…lp is top 5…Squier tours for nine months thereafter…brings Def Leppard to US, helping them break "Pyromania": "The reaction to Squier was a set-long, deep-throated roar of the kind usually only heard at Springsteen shows."
1984: produces "Signs of Life" with Jim Steinman…lp is top ten…tour follows
1985: spends two months in Asia…first helicopter ascent of Mount Everest…begins work on "Enough is Enough" with Peter Collins
1986: "Enough…" is completed after nearly a year's work…Freddie Mercury contributes to two songs in London…following a surprising lack of support from Capitol, decides not to tour
1989: long-delayed release of "Hear and Now"… tour of US markets
1991: "Creatures of Habit" lp and tour
1993: "Tell the Truth" is final lp for Capitol, prompting a less than harmonious breakup…turns his back on the music business
1994–1995: climbing and exploring in the Karakoram and Nepalese Dolpo
1996: "Reach For The Sky" anthology released on PolyGram
1997: King Biscuit releases "Billy Squier Live in Concert"
1998: releases "Happy Blue," a solo acoustic record which he records live without overdubs…tours book and record stores, as well as several large venues…"Big Beat" (from "Tale of the Tape") is most sampled song in hip-hop history
2001: the "8101" tour visits 42 cities between May 10–July 15
2004: awarded a Grammy for JayZ's 99 Problems…dubbed the King of Hip-Hop by an over-zealous press corp
2006: first tour of duty with Ringo's All-Starr Band…it doesn't get much better than this
2007: performs at the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame to raise money for educational programs…participates in (soon to be released) anthology devoted to the life and music of Delta bluesman Eugene Powell
2008: the All-Starrs are back!
2008: recorded his first new collection of songs since 1998 following the Ringo tour.
2009: first major solo outing since 1991
Carolina Chocolate Drops
With their 2010 Nonesuch debut, Genuine Negro Jig—which garnered a Best Traditional Folk Album Grammy last year—the Carolina Chocolate Drops proved that the old-time, fiddle and banjo-based music they'd so scrupulously researched and passionately performed could be a living, breathing, ever-evolving sound. Starting with material culled from the Piedmont region of the Carolinas, they sought to freshly interpret this work, not merely recreate it, highlighting the central role African-Americans played in shaping our nation's popular music from its beginnings more than a century ago.
The virtuosic trio's approach was provocative and revelatory. Their concerts, the New York Times declared, were "an end-to-end display of excellence…They dip into styles of Southern black music from the 1920s and '30s—string-band music, jug-band music, fife and drum, early jazz—and beam their curiosity outward. They make short work of their instructive mission and spend their energy on things that require it: flatfoot dancing, jug playing, shouting."
On Leaving Eden, the Carolina Chocolate Drops (CCD) illustrate their own adaptability to growth and change as the original lineup expands from three to five players for this recording and their new repertoire incorporates more blues, jazz, and folk balladry alongside brilliantly rendered string-band tunes. The group's founding members Rhiannon Giddens and Dom Flemons, both singers and multi-instrumentalists, were used to working together (CCD had evolved out of their previous group, Sankofa Strings) but they needed back-up for their second full-length Nonesuch disc. Help came in the form of three new players: beat-boxer Adam Matta, introduced to the band by their friends in NYC's Luminescent Orchestrii (with whom they'd released a live EP on Nonesuch in 2011) and Brooklyn-based guitarist, banjo player, and singer Hubby Jenkins and New Orleans-based cellist Leyla McCalla, both of whom the band had befriended via the Music Maker Relief Foundation, which helps to support elder roots artists and encourage young talent.
The Infamous Stringdusters
The Infamous Stringdusters are doing something right: earning critical acclaim, awards, and nominations aplenty; hosting their own successful music festival; forging their own record label, High Country Recordings; and quickly growing and enthusiastic fan base across the country. They sound like no one else, combining virtuosic chops on five traditional bluegrass instruments, with an ethos of pushing the genre forward. The Stringdusters' live show takes improvised string band music to new places, combining musicianship and songwriting with experimental performance and contagious energy flowing between the band and crowd. And with "Silver Sky", the first studio album on High Country Recordings, the band showcases their progressive nature and proficiency in the recording studio.
As a young man from Meridian, Mississippi, Steve Forbert traveled to New York City and played guitar for spare change in Grand Central Station. He vaulted to international prominence with a folk-rock hit, "Romeo's Tune," during a time when rootsy rock was fading out and the Ramones, Talking Heads and other New Wave and punk acts were moving in to the public consciousness. "Those styles didn't really synch with my musical approach," reflects Forbert. Still, critics raved about Forbert's poetic lyrics and engaging melodies, and the crowds at CBGB's club in New York accepted him alongside those acts. "I've never been interested in changing what I do to fit emerging trends," Forbert observes. "Looking back on it, I was helping to keep a particular American songwriting tradition alive at a time when it wasn't in the spotlight."
After his first two records came a plethora of well-crafted, unforgettable songs on such albums as Little Stevie Orbit, Streets of This Town, The American in Me, Mission of the Crossroad Palms and Evergreen Boy. His tribute to Jimmie Rodgers, Any Old Time, was nominated for a Grammy Award in 2004.
Forbert's lengthy discography has established him as an American icon. His music was pure Americana before that genre was recognized. The road and the changing landscape are an integral part of the hard-working Forbert's life and songwriting. He was a truck driver before releasing his first album and says there's "romance" involved when he gets in the car after each show and drives to the next gig in another city.
Fourteen albums on, Forbert's stamp on American music is akin to the legendary footprints of Warren Zevon, Gene Clark, Gram Parsons and other top American songwriters, and he has often been compared to the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Petty, and Bruce Springsteen. The former group did not get their due during their lifetimes, and that shouldn't happen to Forbert. He deserves to be among the latter group.
Now, 34 years after his first album, Steve Forbert is releasing an exciting new one, Over With You. Its ten fresh but mature songs pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships — emotions that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. "This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make," explains Forbert. "You don't just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them."
"Timeless, lovely" (NPR) East Village Songwriter Releases 'Another Life,' 7/23
James Maddock affirms his status as a fixture in downtown Manhattan's folk and Americana scene with 'Another Life,' his new album outJuly 23rd on Jullian Records. As NPR says of the British transplant, "his timeless songwriting style, which seems to draw from great songwriters of every era, conveys quiet confidence and lovely intimacy."
Nodding to '70s rock with shimmering acoustic guitars, an understated rhythm section and flourishes of fiddle, mandolin, piano and dobro, 'Another Life' bridges the mainstream appeal of songwriters like Jesse Harris and Norah Jones and the quirkier sensibility of Loudon Wainwright. With funding entirely from fan contributions through PledgeMusic, Maddock worked with producer Matt Pierson, multi-instrumentalist Larry Campbell (who's played with Bob Dylan and Levon Helm) and bassist Tony Scherr (who plays with Norah Jones).
The 13 songs on 'Another Life' paint a portrait of a man reaching the midpoint of his life, a natural progression from themes in Maddock's earlier releases. He's looking back on roads not taken, and isn't always sure he chose the right one. On the title track, Maddock wants an extra 50 years to try "acting, white-water rafting," "some illegal substances," even having a kid or three. "I've Been There Too," built around an indelible guitar riff, shows Maddock's knack for instrumental hooks as well as lyrical ones. "Don't Go Lonely," in a well-timed moment of levity, hints at reggae with dub bass, bubbling organ and the chorus's entreaty to "go get high, go get found, go crazy on this town / don't go lonely."
After fronting the Columbia Records band Wood, whose debut 'Songs From Stamford Hill' was featured prominently on TV shows such as "Dawson's Creek," Maddock moved from England to New York City in 2003. His 2009 album 'Sunrise On Avenue C' won a New York Music Award for Best Americana Album, while follow-up 'Wake Up And Dream' ranked among the top albums of 2011 in WFUV's (NYC) Listener Poll. He's performed with Bruce Springsteen, Willie Nile, Aaron Comess (Spin Doctors) and David Immergluck (Counting Crows), sang on an album with Susan McKeown, and is a resident artist at Rockwood Music Hall. According to radio legend Vin Scelsa, Maddock's "heartbreakingly beautiful and exquisitely crafted" music "touches the soul."
A seasoned live performer, Maddock will play songs from 'Another Life' at shows in New York City and across the Northeast this summer, as well as at festivals in the U.S. and Europe.
Antigone Rising, the all female rock band known for relentless grass roots touring, is currently working on their latest studio CD, 23 Red (August 2, 2011).
Recording songs the band wrote together since Nini Camps joined the fold in 2009, 23 Red promises to showcase the signature 3-part vocal harmonies Antigone Rising fans are familiar with. "We were methodic in how we chose the songs for this upcoming studio effort," Kristen Henderson, founding member and bass player for the band, commented. "This CD isn't about indulging ourselves, for lack of a better expression. These songs all come from the heart, but if the hook didn't knock us off our feet, it didn't make the final cut."
"We focussed on melody. We focussed on arrangements. We wanted this group of songs to stick in peoples brains, and we're saving the experimental moments for the live show," Lead singer, Nini Camps, added.
Guaranteed to make the final track listing are songs previously released on the band's 2010 Live From NYC EP - Borrowed Time and Everywhere is Home. "The first time I heard Everywhere is Home, I knew Nini had to either join the band or become my permanent silent writing partner." Kristen joked via phone from her home on Long Island.
"Kristen and I have known each other for a long time", Camps added, "but it's within the past few years that our paths have really come together. We are leading fairly similar lives, as brand new moms who make a living making music. It's been a great fit not just creatively, but logistically as well. Now, when we sit down to write a song, we pretend we're writing love songs when they're really about the babies." Nini laughs.
Borrowed Time, a hands down fan favorite of the "new" Antigone, as many fans refer to the band now, was inspired by Nini's and Kristen's journey into parenthood. "When we wrote that song," Kristen stated, "I said to Nini let's imagine we had one more night to give the babies the best advice we ever could. We both went right into that place and the song was written."
What fans can also look forward to with this CD is a much more collaborative effort between all the members of the band. "When it came time for song selection, I wanted to be sure we included a few 3-and-a-half-minute, knock-you-over-the-head, no-brainers," Dena Tauriello, longtime drummer for the band, quipped. "I was so relieved to know Kristen, Cathy and Nini were in that mindset as well. There were a few songs on our list that I knew I'd fall on a sword for, and luckily everyone agreed!" Dena added, with a sigh of relief.
"I'm excited about this group of songs, and especially glad I was able to participate in the writing process more than I have on albums past," Cathy Henderson, lead guitarist and founding member, stated. One Foot Out the Door, an upbeat, foot stomping alt-country song she co-wrote with Camps will be featured on 23 Red. "We're just excited to get back out on the road and showcase these songs for the fans. This is a much happier band than it was a few years back," Cathy added. "I know these songs reflect that."
The band is recording 23 Red in New York City with producer Gary Philips. It is set to be released on August 2, 2011. -- Erica Dunlop
Antigone Rising was catapulted into the spotlight in 2005 with their Hear Music/Lava Records debut release - "From the Ground Up." A major line-up shift in 2008 led to a brief hiatus, but after a few months on the sidelines, drummer Dena Tauriello & The Henderson sisters made the decision to keep moving forward with new member Nini Camps on lead vocals.
Nini Camps is a vocal force that holds her own in the musical landscape of Antigone Rising. Her voice blends perfectly with the signature style vocal harmonies the band has become known for, while also adding her own unique sound. A first generation Cuban American, Camps originally hails from Miami, Florida. With the addition of Camps as lead singer, Antigone Rising continues to turn heads and gain popularity with their poignant lyrics, catchy melodies and soaring three-part harmonies.
Known for their driving and vivacious live show, Antigone Rising has toured with The Rolling Stones, Aerosmith, The Allman Brothers Band, The Dave Matthews Band, Rob Thomas, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Lucinda Williams and The Bangles amongst others. Since their inception the band has released 4 independent albums. In 2004, they were signed to Lava Records, leading to a partnership with Starbucks. With the release of their album, "From The Ground Up," Antigone Rising became the first band in Starbucks' "Hear Music Debut" series.
In 2006, Antigone Rising appeared in a national print (Cosmo, Elle, Vanity Fair) and television campaign for designer clothing company 7 Jeans. They have enjoyed sponsorships with Mustang and Motorola. VH1 aired a half-hour special featuring the band and both VH-1 & CMT also embraced them by playing the video of their single, "Don't Look Back" on heavy rotation. The band has also appeared on The Today Show, The Tonight Show, Emeril Live, A&E's Breakfast with the Arts & several VH-1 programs including "I Love the 70s" & "I Love the 80s" episodes.
From the basements of Long Island to amphitheaters across the nation, Patent Pending has been attacking the world with their anthemic brand of pop-tinged punk rock.
From the acoustic soliloquy "Spin Me Around," to the acclamation that is the title track, the band's fourth album, 2011's "Second Family," delivers an unforgettable set of sing-alongs.
Patent Pending has also been enjoying the success of music videos for "One Less Heart To Break" and "Dance TIl We Die," gaining rotation on MTV2 and being featured on MTV's The Real World. After years on the road, the Long Island, NY five-piece continues to deliver an over the top and unforgettable live show. Having opened for Gym Class Heroes, Cobra Starship, and Bowling For Soup nationally, as well being veterans of the Vans Warped Tour and performing live on ABC's 2012 Billboard Music Awards, Patent Pending is showing no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
In a recent interview Joe was quoted saying "This band isn't just something that we do, it's the only thing that we do." This attitude matched with the undying support of the "Second Family community" the band has built from the ground up is the force that drives this band to places they never dreamed they could get to. "Welcome to our Second Family."
Rickity is a home grown, classic rock "super group" doing great originals. The members have played,
toured the world and recorded with Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, The Funky Knights, Seven Turns &The Lizards.
In Rickity, they have found their ultimate vehicle of expression. The seasoned rockers have added
highly respected R&B vocalist Perrita Kitson and the combination is thrilling.
The band has been playing theaters along the east coast and getting great response.
Their self-titled first cd is nearing completion and will be released on Hyperspace Records this fall.
Lo Fi 3
Lo Fi 3 is an eclectic rock, pop and blues trio from Port Jefferson. Dave Arntsen (Bass and Vocals), Greg Hicks (Guitars and Vocals) and John Rago (Drums and Vocals) formed the band in 2005.
Since that time, the band has cultivated fans at venues throughout the New York City Metropolitan area and beyond with their own brand of original music, ie, “the feel of real”. Their debut album, “Introducing…the lo fi 3″ (2010), demonstrates their groove-rooted, organic sound, though the full lo fi experience can best be enjoyed live.
Heavy Duty Super Ego
Everything that's going to happen is going to happen. Cats will catch mice. Trees will grow tall. Songs will float in over the lake and haunt the ones who hear them til they're sung into microphones and squeezed through wires.
While previous EPs emphasized the bands garage-rock live feel, the debut album Moon Lake leaves behind the grimy garage for a dusty, moonlit cabin on the water. After a year of songwriting on the lake, Heavy Duty Super Ego was joined by producer Eamonn Vaughan who disassembled his recording studio, The Lion's Den, and re-assembled it inside the cabin to capture an authentic recording of an authentic experience. Moon Lake offers up natural melodies with heart-felt harmonies singing out strangled sentiments and stoned poems over dream-sequence-drippy guitar tones and shuffle-strut polyrhythms.
My name is Stephen Kellogg.
I'm thirty-six years old. I say that I'm from Northampton, MA because that's where I got my start, though
now I live in Southern Connecticut. I've spent the better part of the last ten years on the road or in the studio, but I
have four daughters and a beautiful wife too. I asked if I could write my own biography, partially because it saves
money, and I figured if someone wanted to learn about me, I'd just as soon tell them myself.
My music has been described as Americana, Country-Rock, Folk, Singer/Songwriter, and, somehow, pop. I
have always thought of it as American-rock n' roll. It's a product of my father's record collection, from Jim Croce
and Cat Stevens to Eagles and The Band. Somewhere along the way, I fell in love with showmanship and acts that
put on great concerts. Sometimes that meant Van Halen, other times it meant the Grateful Dead, and most recently
it's probably more to do with John Prine. For what it's worth, Tom Petty is my favorite artist. Although it's been
pointed out to me by one quite popular publication that I'm "no Bruce Springsteen", I've decided to continue
making music anyway (I'm laughing as I write this in case that's not clear).
The thing is…I fell into this job. I like people. I like sharing a world-view. I don't mind singing and playing
guitar, but I never expected that I'd do it for a living. Like a lot of folks, I think I just figured I wasn't good enough
or that maybe it wasn't possible. The fact remained though that I needed a way to provide for my family,
presumably just like those of you reading this biography (or for the younger generations, the same way your parents
have). Ultimately writing songs and playing them for people has become that living. There are many occupations
for which I have immense admiration - doctors, soldiers and teachers topping the list. But there isn't another job I
think I'd necessarily be suited for, so this is what I do.
In November of 2012, my band of the last ten years decided to take a hiatus. We performed our final show
at Webster Hall in New York City for three hours and said goodbye for now. 2012 also took with it my mother-inlaw
and my grandmother. Most of this happened in late Spring, when my house was under renovation; the
foundation was still there, but the house was literally ripped apart. Some metaphor, huh? 2012 was a year of change
if nothing else. The musical result of this tumultuous period is Blunderstone Rookery. The title comes from the
boyhood home of my favorite character in my favorite book, "David Copperfield".
I produced Blunderstone Rookery in conjunction with my long-time musical collaborator, Kit Karlson.
Mike Mogis (Bright Eyes, Monsters of Folk) mixed the album. We chose to make the record in Bridgeport,
Connecticut because, after making the last few in Los Angeles and New York, I really wanted to work on home turf.
The music was played by a number of friends of mine, some of them play in bands you may have heard of (Travis
McNabb and Annie Clements from Sugarland, Sean Watkins from Nickel Creek, Jerry DePizzo from OAR), and
many of them, including me, you may not have heard of. I loved working on Blunderstone Rookery more than any
album I've ever made and it's my ninth studio effort. It was a fresh process. One that began with the exciting notion,
"what if I say exactly what I want to say" and ended with me handing my father a vinyl copy to add to his record
That, after all, is why I do this.
Using words and intention in the hopes of a positive legacy for my family.
There was a time when rock and roll was about fist-pumping riffs, sizzling musicianship and super-charged vocals. But Streetlight Circus proves that thundering rhythms and memorable hooks don't have to be a thing of the past. Under this New York City band's Big Top is a selection of songs and a stageshow that will transport you back to those sweaty, sleazy nights of rock and roll past while throttling you with an edgy, modern twist that has kept fans coming back for more.
Established by singer, bassist and songwriter David Shaw in 2006 to support his acclaimed solo release Walkin' On A Wire, the members soon became a unified rock and roll front prompting the changing of the group's moniker to Streetlight Circus after Shaw wrote a song by the same name. Touting an array of all the right influences, the quartet consists of guitarist George Giannoulis and drummer Erik Fehrenbach, two long time friends and musical counterparts of Shaw as well as guitarist Fabio Bargna, the newest member to join the fun.
Together, these four veteran musicians have committed themselves to giving audiences the best possible show night after night and seeing as how the band's audiences have grown, it is clear that they are doing it right. Streetlight Circus has shared bills with countless national acts in the New York area, has toured the country from all points south to the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles and has been invited to perform at festivals such as the enormous Rocklahoma as well as New York's JamFest. In addition, the band's music has been featured on MTV original programming, radio stations from Texas all the way to Denmark and compilation albums that have found their way to stores throughout the United States and Europe.
With a new album hitting the streets in the late 2011, Streetlight Circus is ready to bring the hard rockin' carnival to cities and venues big and small. Wherever there are people starving for real, no frills, down and dirty rock and roll, Streetlight Circus will be there to satisfy their appetites. Catch the Streetlight Circus and watch them make rock and roll filthy again!
"Butchers Blind formed in 2009 when they independently released their first single, "One More Time." In 2011 they released their first full length record "Play For the Films" on Paradiddle Records. With the addition of Joe Sanders on lead guitar, they have expanded their live sound drastically. The band looks to the future as they work on the songs for their second album."
Musaic is a 5 piece NYC Based soul rock band. Think John Legend meets the Black Crowes. Or maybe just do yourself a favor and listen. Musaic has been entertaining audiences on the east since October of 2009.
It began as a typical New York City five degrees of separation. Five people who probably never would have independently met each other, found themselves in same tour van month after month. The likes of these talented musicians goes through the mountains of Northwest Virginia, the beaches of Miami, West Palm Beach, the music school of Queens College, and back down through the Bruckner Expressway in the Bronx. Kogan, the group's bassist, spearheaded the movement in 2006. After attending college at the University of Miami, he toured back up to Boston with his band the Skinny. After playing with various bands in Boston including the well known Hey Mama, Rachel Goodrich, and David Wax Mueseum, Kogan moved to NYC to form Musaic. At a Hey Mama show in NYC, Kogan saw vocalist Jermaine Hardy performing with Sonia's Party and the Everyone's Invited Band and said right then and there, you gotta come sing with this band. He said "word". So Kogan and Hardy continued their journey. Hardy said to Kogan, "aight, now we need a band". Kogan slyly smiled and said "I got just the guys." Enter Danny Wolf(drums), Gavi Grodsky(Guitar), Dov Manski(keys).
Kogan knew Danny Wolf from the University of Miami. Both were in the same Studio Music and Jazz program. Once in NYC Danny Wolf and Kogan recconected via a band called Bang Bang Blue. Kogan was looking for Drummers and Danny was looking to play, so there it is. Gavi met Ben at a Summer camp in New Hampshire from childhood. Word on the street was that Gavi was in the scene here and after various jam sessions Gavi was playing guitar in Musaic. Dov Manski, an NEC grad, played keyboards in Sonias Party in which Jermaine was also a member. After the original keyboard player left, Dov was the natural successor.
In October 2009 the group played their first gig at the popular NYC venue the Bitter End. After only six months the group has just released their first self titled EP and has been touring the regional east coast.
Chapter 4 NEW!!!!
Musaic has been playing for 2.5 years now and it's about time we released a new album. We've been working on our new album for about a year now and it's due out in Summer of 2012. We also just got a new singer, Rodrick Covington of Broadway's the Lion King. Kogan met Covington on a charity gig 2 years ago. They played together and had some pretty obvious chemistry but the timing wasn't right. Musaic wasn't looking for a singer and Covington lived in LA. About a year passed and then Musaic was in the market for a new singer. Kogan tried a bunch of singers but it just wasn't clicking so he contacted Rodrick and just asked him what he was up to. As it turned out Rodrick was in a transition and was thinking about moving back to NYC. It was still 4 months away but the band waited and soon enough Rodrick was in the group. Stay tuned for the CD release.
Jem Warren poetically expresses how he perceives his world. Combining melodies reminiscent of Tracy Chapman with a smooth groove not unlike Everything But The Girl, Jem has a tranquil musical sensibility similar to artists like Jose Gonzalez and Sun Kil Moon. Other major influences in Jem's music were bands like The Police and Nirvana.
Jem Warren returned to the music scene in the mid-2000's. Jem is a regular at The Bitter End and Caffe Vivaldi and has performed many other venues such as The Livingroom and Sidewalk Café. Jem continues to engage and affect audiences with his profound lyrical fragility, genuine storytelling and his
melodic, haunting and hypnotic style. Jem Warren is carving out his niche in contemporary music.
New York-based indie singer/songwriter and poet ALAN SEMERDJIAN has quieted down considerably since his days fronting the sonic alt-pop outfit Surreal. Although the noise, driving grooves, and swirling guitars are missing, Alan's current work still has the same attention to craft and poetic sensibility as well as the deep melodic longing that earned him the respect of critics, fans across North America and beyond, CMJ attention and radio airplay, and television and film credits.
Alan has had music placed in PBS, LIFETIME and WB network programs, a PS3 video game, and the film "Whatever We Do" starring Robert Downey Jr., Tim Roth, and others. The unreleased short film is written by actor Kevin Connolly, produced by Tobey Maguire for FOX SEARCHLAB, and is currently only available online.
2005's independently-released When There Was Something Wrong With You - which features the production work of Michael Bloom (Rilo Kiley, The Elected, Julian Casablancas), Philip A. Jimenez (Wheatus, Easy Anthems, Beat Radio), and Brian Blackburn ("Peggy Lee Sings Lieber and Stoller") – created quite a buzz in NYC. Alan was a featured performer on WFUV's City Folk Sunday Breakfast in 2006 and participated in its Under the Radar Series that same year. His recent shows at clubs like The Living Room, The Knitting Factory, and The Highline Ballroom have been packed, and the response across the country has been growing as well. Alan has toured every summer in support of his lastest releases, performing in such rooms as The Hotel Café in LA and Casa Del Popolo in Montreal.
Alan's more recent release, 2009's The Big Beauty, is co-produced and mixed by Mike Bloom and features Matthew Iselin on keys and piano, Dave Diamond on drums, and Chris Kuffner on bass. Basic tracks were recorded with Matthew Cullen (My Morning Jacket, Rachel Yamagata) at The Clubhouse Studios in Rhinebeck, NY and special guests include Franz Nicolay (The Hold Steady) and international duduk player Jivan Gasparian Jr. While The Big Beauty may be his most commercially-accessible work to date, it retains the gutsy inventiveness and integrity that make Alan Semerdjian one of New York City's most unique and interesting voices.
When he's not touring, performing, recording, or writing, Alan teaches English in a public high school. He lives in New York City's East Village.
Rebecca Perl is a singer/songwriter from the exotic tropical paradise we call Long Island, New York. Her music falls within the acoustic/light rock genre, with a blues twang. Rebecca brings a brand new feel and an original vibe to the female acoustic music scene.Rebecca grew up in a very musical environment where music had become such a deep rooted part of who she was and is today. Rebecca began playing the guitar, singing and songwriting at age 13. She put her first band together in 2010, where her simple acoustic songs transformed into rock music. Shortly after, Rebecca began exploring new ways to evolve her acoustic songs with the integration of sax and bass guitar.. It turned out that the blues ambience was exactly what she was looking for. It finally began to make sense. As a trio, she has conquered performing all over the New York City and Long Island area and bringing the music complexity from the past into the popular music of today. She has played in venues such as Irving Plaza, Highline Ballroom, Hiro Ballroom, The Bitter End, Ollie's Point, Le Poisson Rouge, Dominion, Wicked Willy's, Arlene's Grocery, and many many more. She was recently honored to sing the national anthem for her hometown team, the NY Islanders.