FRIDAY, AUGUST 12:
BEG, SCREAM AND SHOUT 11:30pm
Beg, Scream & Shout! boasts a heavy-duty roster of stellar talent and seasoned players coming together for an authentic, gut-busting, sweat-drenching soul experience. This one-of-a-kind, 11-piece-combo features singer Craig Rawding (The Delta Generators and Heavy Metal Horns), drummer Duncan Arsenault (The Curtain Society, The Howl, Sam James and Shana Morrison), keyboardists Paul Buono and Brooks Milgate (Hey Now Morris Fader, Superswank), guitarist Big Jon Short, bassist Dmitry Gorodetsky (Roomful of Blues, Duke Robillard and Lauryn Hill), saxophonist Pete Levesque (Metro West Thump), trombonist Jeff Galindo(Greg Hopkins Big Band and the Galindo/Phaneuf Sextet), trumpeter Bill Fanning (Jeff Coffin, Bela Fleck) and backing vocalists Anne Eggleston (Danny Dark & the Black Souls) and Colette Goodreau.
For the unfamiliar, ROADSAW, delivers its listeners an audio map thru the amplified analog landscape of 70’s FM rock radio. From the shores of British electric blues, through the Southern Rock swamps and into heart of California’s psychedelic desert , ROADSAW’s long strange trip is a virtual history of heavy riffs.
WAYLON SPEED 8:30pm
Waylon Speed is the convergence of four musicians from Burlington, Vermont, bringing their unstoppable no frills country-metal blend of rock to a rapidly growing horde of devoted fans nationwide. The formation of this band could not have come at a better time. Seemingly overnight, they have become a staple in the music community, equipped with a full pallet of all original music. Since their formation in April 2009, Waylon Speed has been touring extensively and picking up new fans like truck tires pick up mud.
ELASTIC WASTE BAND (FEATURING MEMBERS OF MORPHINE) 7:15pm
The pulsing, low rock and blues fusion of the debut album by Members of Morphine and Jeremy Lyons honors the Morphine legacy without being restricted by it. The nine tunes by Dana Colley (baritone sax), Jeremy Lyons (slide guitar and two-string bass) and Jerome Deupree (drums) draw from the Morphine songbook as well as from Lyons’ deep immersion in Delta blues and New Orleans styles.
2010 Nominee for Boston Music Awards’ Best New Artist “Their minimal, gothic, harmony-rich music makes you sort of worried you’re about to get pushed into an abandoned Texas mine-shaft by a psychopath with a shotgun and a dresser full of love letters.” -Luke O’Neil, “Banditas Are Kinda Scary”, Street Boners and TV Carnage “A little Neko Case, a little Lesley Gore, a lot of lo-fi Americana wonderful. Fronted by two ladies who know their way around heartbreaker blues and harmonies, this trio is one of those great Best Coasts we get for suffering though Taylor Swift.” -Jed Gottlieb, Boston Herald
MELLOW BRAVO 4:30pm
“…The charismatic and inspired performance of a lifetime…This band is going places and fast!”
- Ryan Spaulding, Ryan’s Smashing Life Blog
“Mellow Bravo is one of Boston’s best live acts”
- Joe Graham Audio Floss/The Lowell Sun
THE LISA PARADE 3pm
“Fresh, familiar and fun. It weaves from dark to light, from heavy guitars to banjos and clarinets, from solo voices to grand harmonies. The lyrics are brilliant and the melodies catchy…”
SATURDAY, AUGUST 13:
BOW THAYER AND PERFECT TRAINWRECK 11:30pm
“Bow and co., all full-time musicians who have worked with everyone from locals like Miss Tess and Jimmy Ryan to legends like Booker T. Jones, have the chops—and more importantly the heart—to pull off the tiniest, the most grandiose, and everything in between.” – Boston Band Crush
“Bow Thayer and Perfect Trainwreck looks like a sure bet for increased national attention. Perhaps the band will become Vermont’s third nationally acclaimed rock band, following in the steps of Phish and Grace Potter and the Nocturnals.” -Rutland Herald
Gearan has long been a roots-guitar MVP in the Boston area, but he’s also a talented songwriter and singer… Gearan’s work is not precisely folk nor country, but a rootsy acoustic rock. The biggest surprise here is his burnished baritone vocals, a talent heretofore kept well hidden in his blues forays, but notable for its ease of control and resemblance to folk star John Gorka’s rugged emotive power. If there is a poster child band for Americana music it would be The Band, and Gearan’s “Green” evokes the best of that group’s work.”- The Boston Phoenix
ANDREA GILLIS BAND 8:30p
“Gillis has been blessed with the pipes of Etta James and the boozy swagger of Jim Morrison.”-The Boston Globe
“She’s pure dynamite.”-Soundcheck Magazine “Her vocals are simply spectacular.” -The Boston Herald
JEH KALU 7:15pm
“The band had my attention from the get-go, especially with the song “Highway,” which has this irresistible build to it; it’s now one of my favorite driving songs. The buzz at the show was late 70’s sound, and comparisons to Faces and Lynyrd Skynyrd were made; all I know is, when the band locked eyes with the audience and said “Let’s get sexy,” (tearing out the song “Big Bad”) it made me get sexy, too….Rochester likes you, too, Township.” – Rochester City Newspaper, May 2008″Hefty drum beats, devastating guitar explosions, some Who-style vocals and we’re just happy as clams to give them some love” – Light in the Attic
APOLLO RUN 3:15pm
“The group merits far more widespread attention than it’s received thus far” says NPR’s Song of the Day about Brooklyn’s three piece indie group Apollo Run.
John McGrew, Graham Fisk, and Jeff Kerestes bring a musical aptitude and inherent fluency in music theory to every note, making for fantastic pop songs that are both smart and moving. The proof is in the pudding: an Apollo Run live show means a packed venue with a mixed crowd with one common denominator-everyone is frankly addicted to the band’s catchy yet complex songs, and they’re there to get their fix by singing along.
Jeffrey Foucault is an original, beguiling songwriter with a marvelously expressive voice. He brings these talents together, along with fine guitar playing, to create a terrific album… John Updike once wrote of a character who was like an open window through which the rain poured. Foucault’s album captures that poignancy”. – The Telegraph UK
DUB APOCALYPSE 1:45pm
Led by drummer Tommy Benedetti (John Browns Body) and Johnny Trama (Nate Wilson Group) on guitar, Dub Apocalypse is an all-star combination of Boston’s best musicians. Playing an impressive array of original dub reggae instrumentals, with wild improvisation and Benedetti’s dirty break beats, this band never disappoints. Johnny Trama has been a staple in the areas music scenes for years, and his emotional blues driven guitar licks can send you soaring to the stratosphere. You can often find Johnny..well…everywhere, playing with…everyone. He has defined the word ‘ringer’ in the Boston music scene for more than a decade.
JIM GILMOUR 12:30pm
“He sounds like a cross between Peter Mulvey and David Crosby. Having been a bass player for most of his life, his guitar playing is heavily in the groove.” – David R. Miller
CRUNCHY WESTERN BOYS 11:15am
The forefathers of “crunchy western” music Jim McHugh, Morris Manning, Steve McBrian, and Jacob Stern deliver a homegrown, crunchy cookin’ performance with mandolin, bass, fiddle, guitar, dobro, banjo, and vocals. Their unique, smooth sounds are sure to tame the wildest beast or maybe even awaken the spirit within! Performances include original, crunchy, bluegrass, folk, and americana tunes.
SUNDAY, AUGUST 14:
BOOKER T 8:30pm
Renowned leader of the legendary Booker T. & The MG’s, this pillar of soul music backed Stax stars live and appeared on more han 600 Stax/Volt recordings between 1963 and 1968, playing with legends such as Otis Redding (as well as backing him at his legendary performance at the Monterey Pop Festival in 1967), Albert King, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, among many others. In recent years he has collaborated with Bob Dylan, Eric Clapton, Neil Young, Stevie Wonder, CSN&Y, Sheryl Crow and many more.Produced such classic albums as Willie Nelson‘s Stardust andBill Withers‘ Just As I Am, featuring the hit, “Ain’t No Sunshine”.
2010 GRAMMY Winner for Potato Hole (Best Pop Instrumental Album) and Nominee for featured track from that album, “Warped Sister” (Best Rock Instrumental Performance) ∙ Musicians Hall of Fame inductee (2008) ∙ Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award Honoree (2007) ∙ Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee (1992)
ROOTS COLLIDER 7pm
RootsCollider has emerged onto the scene as the definitive analogue “21st Century Quartet of Dry & Heavy Livetronica DubCore” that continues to push the sonic envelope toward enlightenment. The act has quickly become regional favorites for so many and has gained wide recognition by sweeping upstate NY off of it’s feet as one of the fastest growing live original acts from Rochester, NY.
PETER MULVEY AND THE SKINNY MILLIONAIRES 5pm
Over the past 20 years, Mulvey has pursued a restless, eclectic path as a writer and musician – immersing himself in Tin Pan Alley jazz, modern acoustic, poetry, narrative, and Americana stylings. Relentlessly touring as a headliner – his attitude is, “When you love what you do, you can work all the time,” – he has also shared the stage with luminaries such as Emmylou Harris, Richard Thompson, Ani diFranco, Indigo Girls, and Greg Brown, and has attracted an audience that stretches from Anchorage to Amsterdam.
SESSION AMERICANA 3:45pm
“While seated pickers and singers can bring to mind campfire singalongs and hootenannies, banish those comparisons from your mind. These are seasoned veterans of the Boston music scene (and geographic points farther afield): Jim Fitting, Ry Cavanaugh, Dinty Child, Sean Staples, Jon Bistline and Billy Beard. With the exception of drummer Beard, all of them are songwriters (and for all I know he may compose as well, but given that he’s the supple and undulating pulse of the band, he needn’t do anything else to be appointed King of Session Americana). This ensemble elevate the format by dint of their skills as players. Their own songs, as well as those they cover, are at the center of the endeavor, but they also know how to trust the underlying foundation of the song and turn their attentions to one another, listening and playing off whatever transpires. With them all sitting on chairs, the sight creates a stunning series of surprises as their performances are filled with more pizzazz than many of their standing and leaping brethren. The only aspect out of place with Session Americana is their name. It conveys an identity that says “project,” but this is a band through and through. Their camaraderie and interplay are very real, and there’s no shortcut to that: You get together, play for a couple years, and voila: a world-class outfit. I’d give them 100 miles. That is to say, if they’re playing anywhere within 100 miles of your home, you drive there and are grandly rewarded for your effort.” —David Greenberger
ANDY FRIEDMAN 2:30pm
“Friedman’s songs draw on the deepest traditions of American music and evoke an affecting sense of loss and longing.” – New Yorker
“Friedman writes achingly profound lyrics to brooding country-folk numbers that put him almost in the same league as Tom Waits, Lou Reed, or Bob Dylan.” -POPMATTERS
“One of the best Americana acts around today.” – COLUMBIA FREE TIMES
HOLY PLOW 1:15pm
Bow Thayer and Holy Plow combines the talents of three of Vermont’s most unique musical minds. In this acoustic trio, songwriter and rocker Bow Thayer has provided his provocative and dynamic original music for reinterpretation through the lens of guitarist/producer Kristina Stykos and the northeast kingdom’s own fiddler par excellence, Patrick Ross. Together they drive the “Holy Plow” through formerly unfurrowed regions of a story-driven, fabulously musical and magical universe.
JEN CHAPIN 12pm
Jen Chapin’s music is urban folk — story songs that search for community and shared meaning, powered by the funk, soul and improvisation of the city. Critics have hailed her work on her albums Linger (2004) and Ready (2006) as “brilliant.. soulfully poetic” (NPR), “thoughtful.. worth-savoring” (People), “addictive” (Boston Globe), “smart, observant, lyrically deft, politically aware and emotionally intuitive” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). JazzTimes has called her “a first-rate storyteller” while Relix regards her as “one of the freshest voices singing today.” She has been featured on “Late Nite with Conan O’Brien,” honored by the USA Songwriting Competition, appeared on stage with Bruce Springsteen, and opened up for Bruce Hornsby and the Neville Brothers.
ERIC ROYER AND GUITAR MACHINE 11am
Eric Royer has been appearing as Royer’s One Man Band, performing authentic bluegrass and old-time country music at festivals, bars, schools, parties, churches, in subway stations and on the street since 1994. Royer is a regular performer at downtown Boston’s Faneuil Hall Marketplace and was featured last summer at the International One-Man Band Festival held in Lancaster, England. He has shared the bill with everything from punk bands to quiet folk acts, being received well by a very diverse audience. The band’s unique sound is arranged using 5-string banjo (Scruggs and clawhammer), dobro, harmonica, vocals, kazoo, and the one-of-a-kind foot controlled “Guitar Machine” , all played at the same time.
RICK REDINGTON AND THE LUV 10am
A two piece rhythm section consisting of Heather Lynne on Upright and Electric Basses and Blake Gowan on Drums and various Percussion devices create the infectious pulse of what has ripened into Rick Redington’s band, The Luv, whose soon to be released debut album, “The Circus”, will feature recordings with members of The New Riders of The Purple Sage.MTV writer, director and founder of New York Aids Film Festival and President of Girl Behind The Camera, Suzanne Africa Engo, adds, “My favorite Folk-Abilly-Rasta-Jam-Rock band in the world is headed by the one and only RICK REDINGTON, his music touches my soul, and lives in my hair… I am taken to a new place every single time I hear him open his lovely mouth to sing. I adore him and that band of his is world class. LUV!LUV!”