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Jay Farrar

Genre: Alt Country , Singer-songwriter

  1. Thursday, August 07 7:30 PM (All ages)

As a founder of alternative country pioneers Uncle Tupelo, as a solo artist, and as the leader of Son Volt, Jay Farrar’s work often seeks out the ghosts of America’s discordant or forgotten past, converses at length with them, and writes songs that stake a claim to a better future. Most recently, Farrar has added One Fast Move Or I’m Gone: Music From Kerouac’s Big Sur (F-Stop/Atlantic), a collaboration project with Benjamin Gibbard of Death Cab For Cutie, to his long list of critically acclaimed albums.

For many years, Farrar’s songwriting has been inspired and influenced by Kerouac’s compositional style. He called upon this inspiration when writing the songs for One Fast Move Or I’m Gone by pulling passages directly from the Kerouac’s Big Sur and putting them to music with Gibbard. These songs were then used in the documentary about Kerouac of the same name.

Son Volt’s most recent release, American Central Dust (Rounder), marks the apotheosis of both the Son Volt dynamic and the rigorous aesthetic that distinguishes Farrar’s entire body of work, in which classic and contemporary elements are fashioned into arresting new shapes. In the classic sense, the new album exhilaratingly carries on the tradition of the Byrds, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Little Feat circa Sailin’ Shoes, the Rolling Stones of Exile on Main Street and early R.E.M.

“The approach was to get back to more fundamental themes, both lyrically and musically, to make a more focused record,” Farrar explains. “The Search was more about expanding the scope in terms of song structures and instrumentation. This time around, I was going for a kind of simplicity, even in the structure of the songs. I probably learned that from listening to Tom Waits, where simplicity can be a virtue.”

These songs are the modern-day aural equivalent of the photographs of Walker Evans, Robert Frank and William Eggleston: sharply observed yet compassionate images of the telling details of everyday life during hard times. Several of them play out as psychological travelogues, as Farrar captures moods in motion. “I suppose I gather ideas for my songs while on the road,” he says, “but there’s also always the consciousness there that the songs are gonna be played on the road, so it’s intertwined.”

http://www.jayfarrar.net/


JD Hobson

Genre: Americana , Blues , Country Rock

  1. Wednesday, September 17 8:30 PM (21+)

When Outlaw Country and Americana meet the Delta Blues you get a whole new genre. JD Hobson takes his Virginia Appalachian blues roots and combines it with Seattle’s Americana and rock scene, and a sound is created that has gotten people standing up to take notice.

 “Hobson's brand of bluesy Americana is steeped in rich outlaw tradition.” (Seattle Weekly Reverb Magazine)

www.jdhobson.com/

Jenn Grinels w/ Zarni

Genre: Singer-songwriter

  1. Wednesday, August 13 7:30 PM (All ages)

Jenn Grinels is a soulful, bluesy, jazzy, folk rock singer songwriter with jaw dropping vocal chops that set her apart. She is a rare find that will restore your faith in true artistry and talent. To date, she has independently released two full-length albums – Little Words & Broken Heartbreaker. Grinels hit the road as an indie artist in 2009, cutting her teeth on the college circuit and by 2012 Grinels was performing at some of the most respected venues and listening rooms in the country. Playing over 120 dates a year, Jenn has toured coast to coast and shared the stage with 10,000 Maniacs, Christopher Cross, The Bodeans, Marc Broussard, Carbon Leaf, Tony Lucca and many others.  Jenn Grinels has earned a growing reputation for her impressive songwriting ability, incredible stage performance and her signature head turning skill – unmistakable vocals that simply captivate.

www.jenngrinels.com

“…singer/songwriter Jenn Grinels doesn't simply impress critics, she floors them…”

“Went to see 10,000 Maniacs at the always lovely City Winery Napa, but found myself utterly captivated by the opening act, Jenn Grinels. Whether Grinels was quietly purring into the microphone or seriously belting out a tune, the audience was hanging on every note and lapping up every well crafted phrase. Between each song, she opened up to the audience, telling little stories that were almost as entertaining as the songs themselves.” - Kenneth Fish ( SF Examiner, SF Culture & Events Examiner)

"Grinels began to sing and the whole room stopped breathing ... the words fell from her mouth like gems."

- The Southeast Missourian

“Most would be quick to compare Jenn with other singer/songwriters such as; Norah Jones, Ingrid Michaelson, or Jewel but she has an era-less style to her music. You can just as easily see her on stage singing her own modern day music as well as belting out a Judy Garland, Whitney Houston, or Jefferson Airplane cover with ease and perfection. There’s no stopping this woman, Jenn is a true talent with staying power and is already a favorite on college radio across the country.” – Christina Thompson, Female Indie and Alternative Arts Examiner

“You’ll travel back in time when you listen to the third track, “Don’t Wanna Be Happy.” It sounds like it could be released in an era decades before Jenn’s time. The woodwind arrangement and use of horns makes this a refreshing change of scenery from most of today’s popular music.” - Melissa Landrin, Indie Music Reviewer Magazine

“Her voice is just absurd. Two artists kept coming to mind – Martin Sexton and Fiona Apple. Sexton because of her vocal focus & control. Fiona Apple because of her tell-off confessional/conversational lyrics, her penchant for complex rhyme schemes, and her powerful, listen-up-buster delivery.” – CrazyTalk.com (San Francisco, CA)

“Jenn Grinels is the real, talented epitome of today’s best indie music.” – The San Diego Reader

 “Her voice is truly phenomenal” – SD CityBeat

“Jenn Grinels is at the forefront of San Diego’s singing elite. When it comes to chops and the balance of command, control, and freedom that go into exceptional singing, this lady stands alone. Even her softest, most subtle lyrical licks are as gripping as the powerfully belted lines that are emblematic of her art.” – The San Diego Troubadour

Zarni

http://zarnimusic.com/music/

https://www.facebook.com/zarnimusic



Joe Doria/Brad Gibson/Ari Joshua

Genre: Jazz , Organist

Groovy, Funky, Jazzy music, perfect for your night out on the town.

bradgibson.com/

www.joedoriamusic.com/

arijoshua.com/

Jr Cadillac

Genre: Classic Rock

  1. Friday, August 29 8:00 PM (All ages)

44 years of Northwest Rock and Roll! Early 1970's rocking band from the golden era of great Pacific Northwest Rock and Roll. Tonght will include Special Guest Harry Wilson, guitar man extraordinaire from the legendary NW band, Jimmy Hanna and The Dynamics.

http://jrcadillac.com/

Junk Parlor

Genre: Gypsy Jazz , Rock

  1. Thursday, August 21 9:00 PM (21+)

Junk Parlor is gypsy junk rock band born from the mind and musical wanderings of Jason Vanderford. Sounds of rock, underlying gypsy jazz rhythms and a 50’s tinge create a familiar yet twisted up sound that steers you off the beaten path. Vanderford has a throaty howling voice that ranges from a cool low croon to an all out bawl, alluding to tales of fantastical love, late night betrayal and wily satisfaction.

Vanderford leads the band with his beckoning vocals, acoustic banjo and rhythm guitar alongside Jimmy Grant’s Django infused lead electric guitar. Backed by an uncompromising beat from drummer and cajón player Rt Goodrich and the growling electric fretless bass of Tim Bush, Junk Parlor is a dreamscape junkyard of sounds based out of San Francisco, California. Their debut album “Wild Tones” was released October 2013.

www.reverbnation.com/junkparlor

Justin Furstenfeld

Genre: Rock

  1. Thursday, September 18 8:00 PM (All ages)

Lead singer, guitarist, and lyricist of the rock band Blue October

Kobo Town w/ UW Steel Band featuring Shannon Dudley

Genre: Caribbean , Reggae , Ska


Kobo Town is a Canadian Caribbean music group, led by Trinidadian Canadian singer and songwriter Drew Gonsalves. Based in Toronto, Ontario, the band blends calypso music with a diverse mix of Caribbean and other musical influences, including ska, reggae, dub, rapso, zouk and hip hop.

Founded by Trinidadian/Canadian songwriter Drew Gonsalves, Kobo Town is named after the historic neighborhood in Port-of-Spain where calypso was born amid the boastful, humorous and militant chants of roaming stick-fighters. Situated near the fishermen's wharf, the area was a site of constant defiance and conflict, a place where sticks and stones, songs and verses clashed with the bayonets and batons of colonial rule.


Gonsalves grew up in a middle class neighborhood in Diego Martin, a town just outside of Trinidad’s biggest city, Port of Spain. “Diego Martin is a valley in the northern range, which is very green with a little contaminated river running through it, and that was the playground of our youth,” Gonsalves recalls. His mother is originally from Quebec City, Canada and had met Drew’s father in Barbados on a trip when he was visiting family. A few days later, they were engaged and she came to Trinidad where Gonsalves was born. “In Trinidad, we were surrounded by calypso - Kitchener lived up the street from me - but like most kids of my age, I was not interested in it,” Gonsalves recalls. While rock and heavy metal was considered cool by his friends, “I secretly liked calypso, but I was discrete about it.”

When he was 13, Drew’s mother fled what had become an abusive marriage and he and his siblings went with her to Ottawa, Canada. The sudden move to a new (and cold) world where he didn’t fit in led Gonsalves to cultivate a deep nostalgia for the land of his birth. “My curiosity about Trinidad led me to read a lot about the Caribbean and its history, the kind of legacy it bestowed upon us.  When I first returned to Trinidad I was eighteen and I went back to visit my father for the summer.  Going back with older eyes, I was more able to place in context all of the things that I took for granted when I was growing up.”

“On that first trip home my father took me to Lord Kitchener's Calypso Revue tent, held in the Oil Workers Trade Union Hall in Port of Spain,” remembers Gonsalves, “I was blown away by the cleverness and the wit of these calypsonians and also their engaging interplay with the audience. I had never experienced anything like it and, from that point on, calypso was always on my mind.”

Gonsalves started writing his own calypsos and visiting calypso tents every time he visited Trinidad. In 2004, he put together Kobo Town with some fellow Trini expats in Toronto and some musicians from his first band, Outcry, a rock-reggae group with calypso and West Indian folk influences. Early 2007 saw the release of Kobo Town's debut album Independence, which was recorded between Toronto, Ottawa and Port-of-Spain with Trinidadian producer Lyndon Livingstone. Nominated for an Indie award, a Canadian Folk Music Award, and an International Folk Alliance award, the record received very positive reviews from the international music press as well as frequent airplay on the CBC and college stations throughout Canada.

Some traditionalists, however, carped about the new elements Gonsalves included in his music. “I’m not sure I should call it calypso,” he says. “It is calypso inspired and derived, but it’s a conscious departure from the way it developed back home. Calypso is the folk music of urban Trinidad, but it has always drawn on outside influences, from big band and jazz in the 30s and 40s, to funk and disco in the 70s and 80s. It’s hard to pin down pure calypso. For me, the calypsonian is a singing newspaperman commenting on the events of the day, with an attitude halfway between court jester and griot.”

Kobo Town’s music came to the attention of Cumbancha founder and Putumayo researcher Jacob Edgar, and he introduced Gonsalves to Belizean producer Ivan Duran who had earned acclaim for his work on the Andy Palacio & The Garifuna Collective album Wátina. Duran, who runs the label and production company Stonetree, shares with Kobo Town the commitment to revive the folkloric music of the West Indies by taking it in new creative directions. The result of their four-year collaboration is Jumbie in the Jukebox, which was recorded in Belize, Montreal, Toronto and Trinidad.

“Ivan and I wanted this album to be a contemporary expression that said something about Caribbean music, our heritage, and the potential for a new voice that resonates with people today,” Gonsalves declares. “We made a conscious effort, but one that was quite natural in its own way, to make the music different, a bit more intense. This album is a small, heartfelt tribute to the spirits – both remembered and forgotten – who have gone before us, whose songs and sounds have never lost their power to enchant.”

http://www.kobotown.com/





Living Colour

Genre: Rock

  1. Monday, September 29 7:30 PM (All ages)

One of the most exciting rock acts of the '80s, uniting classic rock of the Hendrix variety with punk fervor and the spirit of R&B and jazz.

During the 1980s, rock had become completely segregated and predictable, the opposite of the late '60s/early '70s, when such musically and ethnically varied artists as Jimi Hendrix, Sly & the Family Stone, and Santana ruled the Earth. But bands such as New York's Living Colour helped break down the doors by the end of the '80s, leading to a much more open-minded musical landscape that would eventually pave the way for future bands (Rage Against the Machine, Sevendust, etc.). The group (singer Corey Glover, guitarist Vernon Reid, bassist Muzz Skillings, and drummer Will Calhoun) first formed in the mid-'80s, with Reid being the only member with real prior band experience; he was a member of Ronald Shannon Jackson's experimental jazz outfit, and had recorded with Defunkt, Public Enemy, as well as issuing a solo album with Bill Frisell, 1984's Smash & Scatteration.

It took the fledgling band a few years for their sound to gel, as they honed their act at N.Y.C.'s famed CBGB's. But the group found an unlikely supporter in Mick Jagger, who took the band under his wing, produced a demo for the quartet, and helped them secure a record deal with Epic (just prior, Glover had to take a brief leave of absence from the band, as he landed a role in Oliver Stone's Vietnam War epic movie, Platoon). Living Colour's debut album, Vivid, was issued in the summer of 1988, yet it would take a few months for momentum to build. By the winter, the band's striking video for their anthem "Cult of Personality" was all over MTV, pushing Vivid to the upper reaches of the charts and to platinum certification. Living Colour also took home their first of several Grammy Awards, as "Cult" won Best Hard Rock Performance at the 1989 ceremony, and the band supported the release with a string of dates opening stadiums for the Rolling Stones' first U.S. tour in eight years that autumn.

http://livingcolour.com/

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