Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan

Gov’t Mule, The Avett Brothers, and Magpie Salute
August 25, 2018
Clarkston, MI @ DTE Engery Music Theatre
Words/photos by Josh Mintz

Live music fans chase the “moment” – a song, or a guitar lick, or a drum solo that lives on in your memory forever. A lot of times, you don’t see it coming, and that’s what makes it special.

Sometimes, though – it’s the one you DO see coming that blows you away. For me, I had that moment this past Saturday night. Sure, I had to travel to the Detroit suburbs from Memphis just to catch it, but that’s part of the story. Continue reading Gov’t Mule, Avett Brothers, Magpie Salute show their Dark Side in Michigan

2018 Floyd Fest

Floyd Fest
Jul 25 – Jul 29, 2018
Floyd, VA
Writer/Photographer: Bob Adamek

The 18th version of Floyd Fest was held at their bucolic location on the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia. It’s hard to imagine a prettier place. The five-day festival holds around 15,000 fans and has developed a unique vibe. As with many festivals, the fans feel free to let themselves go and become one with their inner hippie more than they usually can during their “normal” life, but Floyd Fest brings out another level of fan. The festival isn’t very easy to get to (although the festival directors bend over backwards to try and accommodate). Most folks must park off-site, which is a lot several miles away, and then take busses fixed with trailers to get their gear in. Once on the festival grounds, there is a ready supply of volunteers driving golf carts waiting to help you get to your campsite of choice, but perfectly flat camping is a difficult find also. So why are so many folks dedicated to returning year after year? It’s the amazing vibe of true hard-core music fans, gathering to share their love of music and each other and this very beautiful place. Continue reading 2018 Floyd Fest

Preview: Hot August Music Festival 2018

Words & Photos: Tim Newby & Stephen Varanko

The Hot August Music Festival returns for on August 18, 2018, to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland with a lineup that runs the full musical gamut roots to blues to funk to reggae to rock ‘n’ roll and is headlined by The Revivalists and Trampled by Turtles.

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Bruce Hornsby & The Noisemakers at Mishawaka

08/04/18
Bruce Hornsby and The Noisemakers
Mishawaka Amphitheater
Bellevue, Colorado
Writer/Photographer: Jake Cudek

Nestled in the north country of Colorado, lies yet another hidden gem of The Centennial State’s musical legacy, The Mishawaka Amphitheater.  Set amongst towering canyon walls and located on the edge of The Poudre River, patrons are greeted from the road by a non-descript store front and privacy fencing, neither of which denotes the unexpected lying inside.  Upon entering the restaurant, visitors are presented with their first inkling of the location’s long ties to music, as autographed, framed promotional pictures of performers past line the floor-to-ceiling wood interior in Fillmore fashion. Passing deeper into the heart of the century-old building, the room opens up into a dance hall, equipped with a small stage and high ceilings, able to accommodate about 150, and utilized in the winter months for performances when the weather is far too cold to host events outdoors.

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Wheels of Soul Tour rolls into Mississippi

Tedeschi Trucks Band
Wheels of Soul Tour
Southaven, Mississippi
July 25, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Josh Mintz

There’s a certain art to putting a multi-band tour together. You need to put a diverse group of artists on the bill, but there has to be a certain cohesion. The Tedeschi Trucks Band succeeded in a major way with the 2018 edition of their Wheels of Soul tour.

They had the young gunslinger with Marcus King.

They had the gritty, grimy, road-worn (in a positive way) Drive-By Truckers.

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The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke at the Filmore

The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke
The Filmore – Silver Springs, Maryland
Photographer/Writer: Brandon Amos

With the release of the new album just 2 weeks away, “The Magpie Salute” took the stage with the presence of a band ready to raise the spirits of the blues men before them. Rich Robinson and Marc Ford are seamless in their volleys back and forth. Vocalist John Hogg’s voice is powerful and comforting at the same time. The set was heavy with new songs. A high point was the rendition of Blind Faiths, “Had to Cry”. Continue reading The Magpie Salute and Blackberry Smoke at the Filmore

Selwyn Birchwood: A Trip Down Highway 61

Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music

By: Tim Newby

Band: Selwyn Birchwood Band (Official Webpage)

Hometown: Tampa, Florida

Members:  Selwyn Birchwood (Guitar, Lap Steel, Vocals), Regi Oliver (Saxophone), Donald “Huff” Wright (Bass), Courtney “Big Love” Girlie (Drums)

Sounds Like:  A trip down highway 61 from the blues clubs in Chicago to the juke joints in Mississippi through the swamps around New Orleans. Continue reading Selwyn Birchwood: A Trip Down Highway 61

Howlin’ Rain: Soulful, Psychedelic, Arena-rock

Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music

By: Tim Newby

Band: Howlin’ Rain (Official Webpage)

Hometown: San Francisco, California

Members:  Ethan Miller  (vocals, guitar),  Jeff Mcelroy (bass), Dan Cervantes (guitar),  Justin Smith (drums)

Sounds Like: Smoking a joint as you speed down the highway with the windows open and the radio blasting your favorite rock station. Continue reading Howlin’ Rain: Soulful, Psychedelic, Arena-rock