Posts Tagged ‘Great American Music Hall’

Red, White, & BluegrassDo you think that you will still need some more Americana in your life after July 4th this year? Well, Shelby Ash PresentsThe Mountain Men, and the Great American Music Hall will have you covered. Join The Mountain Men and their friends for a slew of good tunes on July 5th at 8:00 PM.

THE MOUNTAIN MEN (Yosemite)
This all-star stringband revue features members of The Trespassers, The Cowlicks, the String Slingers; Erik Anderson (dobro, vocals), Fritz Baggot (fiddle, vocals), Jared Jesperson (mando, vocals), David Barrow (guitar, vocals), Dan Newitt (guitar, mando, vocals), Todd Ronan (upright bass), and Andy Roberts (banjo, guitar, vocals).

WINDY HILL (Bay Area)
Not your typical bluegrass band; the boys of Windy Hill did not grow up in the deep rolling hills of Virginia, nor grow up listening to the Bill Monroe or the Stanley Brothers on an old fashioned AM radio. However, you couldn’t tell this from listening to this fabulous band – they show sincere enthusiasm for traditional bluegrass music. The young, fresh players take on a 70+ year old musical genre and pull it off like no other. Whenever they play, they bring it! And look and sound the part – as if they are playing a 1940s dance hall.

EMILY BONN & THE VIVANTS (Bay Area)
Largely inspired by the energy of old-time dance tunes, honky-tonk country, western-swing, bluegrass, and Cajun music, The Vivants play their own brand of American roots music – original foot stompin’ tunes about riots, hollers, and hopping train cars. In former incarnations, Emily honed her songs performing in San Francisco with the Whoreshoes. She is joined by stellar players, Jody Richardson on fiddle and vocal harmonies, James Touzel on upright bass, and Isaac Bonnell on piano accordion.

THE CREAK (SF)
Acoustic music rooted in the bluegrass and folk tradition, with hints of blues and punk elements sneaking in to give them a sound both new and old. The Creak’s energetic performances and visible onstage chemistry inspire dancing, singing, and stomping, leaving audiences feeling elated to have
taken part in such fun.

God Bless Americana!

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Afrobeat kings Antibalas have booked a run of shows in December, starting on December 6 in Vancouver, British Columbia. Then, it’s on to Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Philly, and finally New York. They will be opening for My Morning Jacket in the middle of their three-night New Year’s Eve run at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. Check out all the dates below, along with the first installment of a new video series by Daptone Records called “Live From The House of Soul.”

12/06/12 – Biltmore Cabaret in Vancouver, BC
12/07/12 – The Crocodile in Seattle, WA
12/08/12 – Hawthorne Theatre in Portland, OR
12/10/12 – Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
12/13/12 – Union Transfer in Philadelphia, PA
12/14/12 – Brooklyn Masonic Temple in Brooklyn, NY
12/28/12 – The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY

The Mother Hips have confirmed their Fall tour dates, including California shows in Petaluma, Folsom, Solana Beach, and finishing up with a New Year’s Eve performance at the El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA.

Their current full itinerary is as follows:

10/26/12 – Mystic Theatre in Petaluma, CA
11/02/12 – Mystic Hot Springs in Monroe, UT
11/16/12 – Belly Up Tavern in Solana Beach, CA
11/17/12 – Zoey’s in Ventura, CA
11/24/12 – Powerhouse Pub in Folsom, CA
11/28/12 – The Middle East in Cambridge, MA
11/29/12 – Highline Ballroom in New York, NY
11/30/12 – The Blockley in Philadelphia, PA
12/07/12 – Don Quixote’s in Felton, CA
12/08/12 – SLO Brewing Company in San Luis Obispo, CA
12/14/12 – Tractor Tavern in Seattle, WA
12/15/12 – Doug Fir in Portland, OR
12/21/12 – Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
12/22/12 – Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
12/31/12 – El Rey Theatre in Chico, CA

Inevitably when I meet someone and tell them that I work in the music industry they ask me if I know John Brown’s Body due to my name. No, I don’t know them personally, but I do know of them. It’s been about four years since John Brown’s Body put out their their last album, Amplify. Soon though the band will be releasing a new album. On September 18 the band will be releasing a mostly instrumental Dub EP titled, JBB In Dub. Two days after they release their EP the band kicks off their Fall U.S. tour. The four-week tour will span the Northeast, the West Coast, and Colorado.

JBB In Dub features six dub tunes plus a tune called, “The Grass,” featuring vocals from frontman Elliot Martin. The songs were mixed in Boston, MA by former John Brown’s Body engineer and current 10 Ft. Ganja Plant member Craig “Dub Fader” Welsch (State Radio, The Aggrolites).

John Brown’s Body’s Fall tour dates are as follows:
09/20/12 – One Pelham East in Newport, RI
09/21/12 – The 8×10 in Baltimore, MD
09/22/12 – The Note in West Chester, PA
09/27/12 – Westcott Theater in Syracuse, NY
09/28/12 – The Haunt in Ithaca, NY
09/29/12 – Water Street Music Hall in Rochester, NY
10/16/12 – Belly Up in Solana Beach, CA
10/17/12 – The Roxy in West Hollywood, CA
10/18/12 – Moe’s Alley in Santa Cruz, CA
10/19/12 – Great American Music Hall in San Francisco, CA
10/20/12 – Crystal Bay Casino Crown Room in Crystal Bay, NV
10/22/12 – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. The Big Room in Chico, CA
10/23/12 – Humboldt Brews in Arcata, CA
10/25/12 – Neumos in Seattle, WA
10/26/12 – Wonder Ballroom in Portland, OR
10/27/12 – WOW Hall in Eugene, OR
10/31/12 – Three20South in Breckenridge, CO
11/01/12 – Abbey Theatre in Durango, CO
11/02/12 – Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom in Denver, CO
11/03/12 – Boulder Theater in Boulder, CO

The Trespassers finish up their CD release party for their new release, Road Time: Live In California at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco with “Coyote’s Last Stand” and “Old Rotten Log.” It was a great night of Bluegrass enjoyed by many fans from around the state. Good times!

The Trespassers finish up their set with “Swamp Gas” while at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco for their CD release party for “Road Time: Live In California.” Tarantula dedicates the song to his mom, and every one gets down and boogies! It was a great night.

The Trespassers get the crowd moving with “Golden Vein” at the Great American Music Hall during their CD release party on May 5th for “Road Time: Live In California.”

The Trespassers

The Trespassers
Sarah Cupery Ottley (violin/fiddle, vocals), Benny Lee Friedrich (upright bass, vocals), Andy “Tarantula” Roberts (banjo, guitar, vocals), and “Bronco” Ben Goger (guitar, mandolin, vocals)

So, what are you up to this coming Cinco de Mayo? Well, if you are in San Francisco and want to have some fun I highly recommend going and seeing The Trespassers at the Great American Music Hall in support of their CD release party for Road Time: Live In California! The Trespassers have been described in the following ways:

“Homesteaders, activists, educators, workers, philosophers, travelers; The Trespassers strive to live in harmony with this world. Their songs often times include critiques and solutions pertinent to life in the twenty-first century.”

“The Trespassers sing stories that make you feel at peace but also dare to remind you that we are not always alright in this complex, modern world. Strength, protest, anger, hope and, above all, love are the emotions that resound off canyon and concrete walls as this band drifts across the west.”

“This young band is coming into their prime, after eight years of playing in the underground. Honing their skills in taverns, barns, campfires, at grassroots music festivals and environmental rallies. They are ready to bring their music and message to a wider audience.”

I have been lucky enough to work with The Trespassers a few times in the past and I can easily say that they are a group of the nicest people you could ever meet. They are truely just down to Earth, good people trying to make it by in this world. They are always looking to have a good time and it comes across in their music. They always get the crowd moving with their infectious energy.

The Trespassers have been touring around the West for quite a while now, so you may have already caught their Sierra Foothill Folk music at places like the Strawberry Music Festival, Joshua Tree Music Festival, Fillmore Poster Room, Carter Ranch Music Festival, Café Du Nord, and the San Francisco Bluegrass and Old-Time Music Festival.

To put together Road Time: Live In California, The Trespassers recorded all their live shows from their 2011 Summer and Fall tours. They then had the recordings mixed at Jerseydale – Ain’t No Studios by Peter Bogle. The album features 19 songs recorded live at 6 venues in 2011 and can be purchased now at CD Baby.

Tickets are now available for The Trespassers’ official CD release in San Francisco at The Great American Music Hall. Go to http://tickets.gamh.com/events/196440 to buy tickets. Opening for them will be Windy Hill, Faux Renwah, and Melody Walker. If you know you’re going to the show, or you think you’re going to the show, please buy your tickets in advance! It’ll also be an awesome opportunity to get a great discount on their new album. I have heard from the band, and they are very excited about this show and hope to share the evening with you! Hope to see you there!!

In the meantime, here are some videos of The Trespassers performing at a gig I got them in the KPIG studios years ago: