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The 19th Annual Magnolia Fest on October 15-18, 2015

Magnolia Fest 2015

Features Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams Grateful Gospel, Lake Street Dive, Jeff Austin Band & more

The 19th Annual Magnolia Fest on October 15-18, 2015

at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL


In just one week Magnolia Fest will celebrate it’s 19th year at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. The festival kicks off on October 15th and will run through Sunday, October 18th.


The line up for this year includes Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Avett Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Keller Williams Grateful Gospel, Lake Street Dive, Jeff Austin Band, Roosevelt Collier & The Travelin McCourys, Doyle Bramhall II, Steep Canyon Rangers, Rebirth Brass Band, Donna the Buffalo, Jim Lauderdale, The Motet, New Orleans Suspects, Col Bruce Hampton, Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons, Lost Bayou Ramblers, CeDell Davis, The Lee Boys, The Congress, Band of Heathens, The London Souls, Nikki Talley and more.


The 500+ plus acre campground of Spirit of the Suwannee provides one of the most unique festival experiences a festivarian can have. The beautiful wooded floodplain surrounded by upland pine woods and maturing hardwood forests draped in thick lush Spanish moss bestows one of the finest backdrops imaginable. The mystic of the antebellum era can be felt as one hikes through the 12 miles of trails.


Magnolia Fest will kick off on Thursday, October 15th with the American sacred steel ensemble, Lee Boys. The Florida based band’s unique sound has attracted musical such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Michelle Shocked, Gov’t Mule, Derek Trucks Band w/ Susan Tedeschi, The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue, Umphrey’s McGee, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Toubab Krewe, Victor Wooten, The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin’ McCourys- all of whom have played with the Lee Boys and/or invited them to tour with them. The Amphitheater and Porch stage will host acts throughout the day from Ivey West Band, Band of Heathens, Parker Urban Band, The Congress, The Corbitt Brothers, The Motet (who will also close out the evening on Friday), Appalachian singer song writer Nikki Talley. The evening is set to close with Massachusetts based band, Lake Street Drive known for their split difference between Motown soul, sixties pop zip and British invasion swagger.



The lineup for Friday continues the introduction of some world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco with opening acts Grits and Soul and Bonnie Blue. Friday also sees the addition of two stages, an expansive Meadow Stage and the Music Hall. Performances will include Mojo Gurus, Applebutter Express, Berry Oakley’s Skylab. The Lee Boys, The Corbitt Brothers, Nikki Talley and The Congress will take to the stages once again for those who missed out on the Thursday sets. The lineup continues with Cedell Davis, Habanero Honeys, Lost Bayou Ramblers, Col. Bruce Hampton, Grammy award winning bluegrass favorites the Del MCoury Band, Quartermoon, The London Souls and Doyle Bramhall II whose been on tour with Tedeschi Trucks Band.  The Travelin’ McCourys with the front man for the Lee Boys Roosevelt Collier will play a set before the headline for the evening Tedeschi Trucks Band. The Colorado impro funk band The Motet will wrap up the performances on the stages. Late night campfire pickin’ will continue into the wee hours of the morning by attendees and performers alike.



Saturday’s lineup packed to the gills with goodness will include Steve Pruett’s Back from the Brink, Bryce Alastair Band, This Frontier Needs Heroes, Quartermoon, Berry Oakley’s Skylab, The Corbitt Brothers, Flagship Romance, Whetherman, JacksonVegas, Col. Bruce Hampton, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sloppy Joe, Jerry Joseph and the Jackmormons, Quebe Sisters, Rebirth Brass Band, Grits and Soul, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Jeff Austin Band, Jim Lauderdale, New Orleans Suspects. The multi Grammy award winning Americana folk rock band, The Avett Brothers, will headline the Meadow Stage Saturday evening. Donna the Buffalo the amazing zydeco, folk rock band will close out the evening.



donna buffalo


The low key Sunday schedule gives attendees the opportunity to explore the wonderful Spirit of the Suwanee Park. The shady banks of the historic Suwannee River provide an excellent picturesque paddling experience with canoe rentals or wandering the trails by bike or foot. The lineup for Sunday starts at noon on the Amphitheater stage with Big Cosmo, Grandpa’s Cough Medicine, Jim Lauderdale, Keller William’s Grateful Gospel and will close with a set from Donna the Buffalo.


Tickets are on sale in advance and at the gate. Tickets are $200 until October 14th; and $210 at gate. All weekend tickets are inclusive of all taxes and fees, and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Fans can also upgrade their experience with VIP tickets for $400 which includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks. Single day tickets are available. Student and Military tickets are $180 and $210 at the gate. The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please visit the park’s web site at call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683. For further information and tickets, please visit →

Resonance Music & Arts Festival 2015

Resonance Music & Arts Festival 2015
9/24/15-9/26/15 at Legend Valley (Thornville, OH)
Featuring: Perpetual Groove, Nahk & Medicine for the People, Rising Appalachia, Tauk, The Main Squeeze, Keller Williams and more…


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Keller Williams Trio Vape’s the Vogue Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana

Keller Williams Trio Vapes the Vogue Theater

Keller Williams Trio (Featuring Rob Wasserman & Rodney Holmes)
The Vogue Theater
Indianapolis, Indiana
September 19, 2015

Writer/Photographer – Amber Jennings of Crowe Light Photography

On the night of September 19th, The Vogue Theater in Indianapolis, Indiana was half full when Keller Williams popped out on stage to announce the opening act for the evening, The Accidentals. The Alternative Acoustic Indie Folk band out of Traverse City Michigan consists of multi-instrumentalist, singer-song writers Katie Larson (bass, guitar, vocals), Savannah Buist (fiddle, guitar, vocals) and Michael Dause (percussion, vocals) . They opened their set with, “The Silence.” The quirky teenage band was quick to impress the crowd with incredible musical prowess and showmanship. Their set continued with “Epitaphs,” “The Sound a Watch Makes When Enveloped in Cotton,” “In The Morning,” “Memorial Day.” Keller Williams (guitar, vocals), Rob Wasserman (upright bass) joined the “orch dorks” (orchestra dorks per Katie Larson) for a favorite Keller Williams cover, “Pumped Up Kicks,” by Foster for the People. They continued their set with “The End,” a rendition of the Beatles tune, “Taxman,” into an incredibly executed cover of Rush’s “Tom Sawyer,” that featured Dause on vocals and drums. The set would wrap up with “Parking Lot,” and a mashup of Toss the Feathers (classic fiddle tune), Hysteria (by Muse), and Minor Swing (Django Reinhardt).


The Accidentals


The Accidentals with KW and Rob Wasserman

After a nice warm up for the crowd from The Accidentals, the Keller Williams Trio would take the stage. As any Keller Williams fan knows, KW has a knack of putting together the most amazing ensembles to grace the jamband scene with each of his tours. This year’s tour would not disappoint with the addition of Rob Wasserman (upright bass) and Rodney Holmes (drums).


Keller Williams Trio featuring Rob Wasserman & Rodney Holmes

Grammy award winning upright bass player, Rob Wasserman, co-founded RadDog with Bob Weir from the Grateful Dead is also known for playing with a wide variety of musicians including Bruce Cockburn, Elvis Costello, Ani di Franco, Jerry Garcia, David Grisman, Rickie Lee Jones, Mark Morris, Van Morrison, Aaron Neville, Lou Reed, Pete Seeger, Jules Shear, Studs Terkel, Bob Weir, Brian Wilson, Chris Whitley, Neil Young, Jackson Browne, Laurie Anderson,Stephen Perkins Banyan, Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. Rodney Holmes’ impressible background includes playing with Santana, Jim Weider, Steve Kimock as well as laying down the drum tracks on mega hit single, “Smooth” with Rob Thomas. Holmes current projects consist of “Rodney Holmes’ LITHIUM TREE”, with “Project Percolator”, “Randy Brecker Group.”

The trio would kick off their set with a two minute jam that set the stage for, “Off Time Chorus Line,” from Williams’ new album “Vape.” This heavy bass tune would entrance the crowd with Wasserman’s stick-slip phenomenon before slipping into, “Breathe” the jazzy layers of Holmes on percussion blended a new feel to the favorite Keller Williams Incident tune. “The Drop,” a wispy folk blend of dark bass notes with creamy vocals would slide the crowd down the face of a musical wave into a reggae fused, “Love Ninja.”


Keller Williams


Rob Wasserman


Rodney Holmes

Holmes jazzy percussion carried the Trio into, “Buena,” from Williams’ album “Bass,” the slinky bluesy grove segued to a low-end loop filled “Victory Song.” Williams known for his acoustic dance music got the crowd on it’s feet with another one off his new album titled, “She Rolls” before slowing things down with his hamer-on rhythmic cascade of acoustic blissed, “Stargate.” The wide open drifty, “Above The Thunder,” seamlessly segued into beautiful, “Bird Song.” The Trio did not stop the set for a break but kept the night going with a surprise Phish cover, “Birds of a Feather.” The Virginia Psychedelic Excursion (Va.P.E.) , “Mantra” segued into a Williams classic, “Freeker By the Speaker.” Freeker would wind down into a stellar bass solo by Wasserman as Williams and Holmes exited the stage. The two would take stage again for another off of Vape, “Making it Rain” and “Apparition” off of the album 12. Hot Rod Holmes would dominate the stage solo for a crowd-wowing percussion showcase. Williams would return to the stage as Holmes ducked off the stage for an impressive KW solo. The trio would once again reunite on stage for another Keller Williams Incident island groovy, “Best Feeling” that segued into a slow gritty groove for, “Kiwi and the Apricot.” The trio encored the set with a Joe Walsh cover, “Life’s Been Good.” Williams finger dancing upstrokes ended the night on an incredibly good note.








Two minute jam > Off Time Chorus Line, Breathe > The Drop > Buena > Victory Song > She Rolls > Stargate > Above The Thunder > Bird Song > Birds Of A Feather* > Mantra > Freeker By The Speaker, Rob Wasserman solo, Making It Rain > Apparition > Hot Rod solo, KW solo, Best feeling > Kiwi And The Apricot, E: Life’s Been Good**

*Phish Cover
**Joe Walsh Cover

Future Keller William Tour Dates:

9/24 – 9/25 Keller Williams; Resonance Festival – Pataskala, OH
9/26 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes); The Tralf – Buffalo, NY
10/1 10/3 – Keller Williams; Homegrown Music Festival – Mebane, NC
10/4 Keller Williams and the Keels; Luna Light Festival – Darlington, MD
10/8 Keller Williams; Holston River Brewery – Bristol, TN
10/9 Keller Williams Emancipator Ensemble; Creatures of the Night Music & Arts Festival – Adams, TN
10/10 Keller Williams with More Than a Little; Mustang Music Festival – Corolla, NC –
10/18 Keller Williams Grateful Gospel featuring Stu Allen; Magnolia Music Festival – Live Oak, FL
10/23 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes) with special guests Cabinet; Aggie Theater, Fort Collins, CO
10/24 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes) with special guests Cabinet); Cervantes’ Masterpiece Ballroom – Denver, CO
10/29 Keller Williams; Boulton Center – Bayshore, NY
11/5 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes) with special guests Old Shoe; Redstone Room – Davenport, IA
11/6 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes) with special guests Old Shoe; The Waiting Room Lounge – Omaha, NE
11/7 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes) with special guests Old Shoe; DG’S Tap House – Ames, IA
11/12 An Evening with Keller Williams and EOTO; Warehouse Live – Houston, TX –
11/13 An Evening with Keller Williams and EOTO; Trees – Dallas, TX
11/14 An Evening with Keller Williams and EOTO; Scoot Inn – Austin, TX
11/27 Keller Williams with Travis Book, Chris Pandolfi, Larry Keel, Jason Carter, and Jay Starling, special guest Cabinet, The National – Richmond, VA – “Thanksforgrassgiving”
11/28 Keller Williams with Travis Book, Chris Pandolfi, Larry Keel, Jason Carter, and Jay Starling, special guest Cabinet, 9:30 Club – Washington, D.C. – “Thanksforgrassgiving”
12/3 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes); V-Club – Huntington, WV
12/4 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes); State Theatre – State College, PA
12/5 Keller Williams Trio (featuring Rob Wasserman and Rodney Holmes); Mr. Small’s Theatre – Pittsburgh PA
1/6/16 – 1/11/16 Jam Cruise – Keller Williams with More Than a Little