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Robert Randolph and the Family Band will play at the 14th annual Double Decker Arts Festival, which will be held on the Courthouse Square on Saturday, April 25, 2009.

"We are really excited about this year’s line-up," says Mary-Kathryn Milner, festival coordinator, "We work to provide a line-up that is diverse and has a wide appeal, and I certainly think this year will be no exception to that.”

Robert Randolph and the Family Band’s concerts are known for their lively stage performance. The group’s sound is inspired by successful 1970s funk bands such as Earth, Wind & Fire and Sly & the Family Stone. The band uses a blend of music genres from guitar-driven rock to sanctified soul. Randolph and the Family Band are known to be a fierce live band through their rock and roll energy and their righteous funk sound.

Frontman Robert Randolph was listed as #97 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time list in September 2003. The band members are Marcus Randolph, on drums, Danyel Morgan, bass and vocals, and Jason Crosby, on Hammond organ and piano.  The Family Band has opened for Dave Matthews Band for shows on their 2002-2007 tours. Robert Randolph & the Family Band opened for Eric Clapton and was 1 of 4 featured artists on the Music Builds Tour.

The first Robert Randolph & the Family Band album, Live at the Wetlands, was recorded live in 2002.  Unclassified was their studio debut album released in August 2003.The last album, Colorblind, was released October 2006.The song "Ain’t Nothing Wrong With That" was used in The Game Plan, Grey’s Anatomy, Stomp the Yard, Discovery Channel and many commercials for NBC. The track "Thrill of It" made appearances in Saturday Night Football and NBA Live 07.

Other musical performers that will be joining Randolph and the Family Band at the festival include Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit, George McConnell, Charlie Mars, The Dynamites featuring Charles Walker, Kenny Brown, and many more.

The Oxford Double Decker Arts Festival brings together visitors and residents for a daylong celebration of music, food, and the arts.  The festival gets its name from the town’s authentic double decker bus imported from England in 1994.   Attendees enjoy a rich variety of vendors including potters, glass craftsmen, woodworkers, painters, and various other artists, all selected by a jury put together by the Yokanpatawpha Arts Council.  A "Taste of Oxford" food court will feature a mouth-watering sampling of culinary treats form local restaurateurs. 

Sponsors of the Fourteenth Annual Double Decker Arts Festival include AT&T, Budweiser, Bryon and Kristy Cohron, Coca-Cola, Domino’s Pizza, Downtown Oxford Inn and Suites, Magnolia Rental, Malco, Oxford Insurance Agency, Panola Paper Company, Square Books, and Zerk Wilson Golf Carts.

For more information and a schedule of the day’s events, check out our website

11th Annual Starscape Festival releases line-up

The 11th Annual Starscape Festival to be held June 6 at Fort Armistead Park in Baltimore, Maryland has released its intial line-up.  The line-up features over 40 artists stretched over five stages: The Main Stage with massive production and focusing on live music. The Electronic Dance Music Tent, which is a 10,000 square foot circus tent loaded to the hilt with intelligent lighting, lasers, and video displays.  The Drum n Bass Tent, a waterfront stage with a booming bass heavy sound system.  The Beach Stage, under the shadow of the Key Bridge, which focuses on live music.  And lastly, the VIP Stage, brings added value to your VIP ticket, with a full lineup of internationally known dj talent.

This year’s festival will once again feature a wide variety of international and national talent on multiple stages with crushing sound systems and mind blowing visual and lighting displays, interactive performers, a live graffiti wall, various regional and local vendors, and a beautiful view of the sunrise from the shores of the Chesapeake Bay.

Tickets are currently available at


Confirmed artists below.  Full line-up and schedule to be released soon.

The Disco Biscuits
Pnuma Trio
2020 Soundsystem
Dub War feat. Joe Nice
Juakali, & Dave Q
EOTO feat. Jason & Travis from String Cheese Incident
The Bridge
We Don't Sleep feat. Messinian & Commodore 64
Segway feat. Shawn Caesar

Stanton Warriors
Chase & Status
Donald Glaude
MONSTERS OF JUNGLE feat. (Dieselboy – Evol Intent (Live) – Ewun- The Upbeats – Infiltrata–Messinian -Mayhem – Demo –Spktrm)
Charles Feelgood
Baby Anne
12th Planet
Chavy Boys feat. Scottie B – King Tutt – Shawn Caesar
Computer Club
Noah D
Oh Snap! & Jen Lasher
Proxxy & Lantern
Cannon Boys
Headhunterz Inc.
Jay Selway
Hyx & Houston
DJ Nysus

The Bridge announce residency

Returning from a two-month cross-country tour, The Bridge have announced a six night residency at the Santa Fe Cafe in College Park, Maryland.  They have also released their first festival dates of the year.  Full tourdates are below.



11 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe (Permilla Project will open)
20 Annapolis, MD The Whiskey 1803
21 Harrisburg, PA Appalachian Brew Co.
25 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe (DJ Williams Projekt will open)
26 West Chester, PA The Note
27 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live (w/ moe.)
28 Baltimore, MD Ram's Head Live (w/ moe.)

1 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe
2 Virginia Beach, VA Jewish Mother
3 Richmond, VA Capital Ale House
5 Burgettstown, PA Pepsi Cola Roadhouse
8 College Park, MD Santa Fe Café

10 Charlottesville, VA Is

11 Frostburg, MD Dante’s
15 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe
16 Charlotte, NC Double Door
17 Charleston, SC Charleston Pour House
18 Raleigh, NC The Pour House Music Hall
22 College Park, MD Santa Fe Cafe

23 Clarksburg, WV PJ Kelly’s
24 Morgantown, WV 123 Pleasant Street
25 Garrettsville, OH Blossom Blast / Spring Hookah Festival
28 Tuscaloosa, AL Mellow Mushroom


1   New Orleans, LA Blue Nile (Jazz Fest)

4   New Orleans, LA Maple Leaf (Jazz Fest)
22 Chillocothe, IL Summer Camp Festival
23 Lexington, VA Buffalo Creek Music Festival

9 Asheville, NC Emerald Lounge (Post-Phish)



Download a free MP3 of "Let Me Off This Train" from Blind Man's Hill here

Phish offering Free MP3 downloads of Hampton shows

With the demand  for tickets for their comeback Hampton shows far outnumbering the supply, Phish is going to release next-day MP3 downloads of all three shows for FREE, for a limited time.  Each show will be professionally multitracked and mixed onsite and avaliable within 24 hours.  They will also be selling high-quality CDs and FLACs of the shows as well.  To get your download visit


Backyard Tire Fire from the heart

btf1.jpg“Today was the first day in my life I was able to listen to anything I have ever recorded on vinyl."

With unrestrained excitement in his voice, Ed Anderson singer/guitarist from Backyard Tire Fire, describes what for him was almost a perfect day.  “It (Backyard Tire Fire’s new album The Places We Lived) actually arrived in the mail a few hours ago.  I drank a Budweiser at like noon, dropped the needle on my own record and listened to what we sound like on my turntable.” 

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The Bridge: Singing Like the Early Morning Sun

By: Tim Newby

Photos By: Sam Friedman



“You have to baby pick it,” says producer Chris Bentley.

“I thought I was,” the voice of Kenny Liner, mandolinst for the Bridge, comes over the speakers in the control room.  The frustration is clear in his voice.

 It is an unseasonably hot day in late March, but The Bridge – as they have most of the month – is holed up at the bottom of a non-descript white building located just outside the Baltimore City limits in Cockeysville, Maryland.  The building houses Bunker Recording Studio, the band’s studio of choice and where they have recorded all of their previous albums and are currently working on their new album, Blind Man’s Hill, due out October 21.

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Hill Country blues on ‘roids with the Black Keys in Cali

Black Keys
SOCO Music Experience
San Diego, California
August 23, 2008

To play drums in a guitar/ drum duo you have to have a heavy foot. With no bass to provide that needed thump, a drummer’s right foot has to be able to bring the thunder and fill out the bottom end by itself. Black Keys’ drummer Patrick Carney foot must be made of solid lead as his singularly powerful kick-drum drives the barreling intensity that is a Black Keys show.

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Grayson Capps to bring Rott ‘n’ Roll to East Coast

Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers launch an East Coast tour in September to support their new album, Rott ‘N’ Roll (due Sept. 9 on Hyena Records). It’ll be a busy Fall upon returning home in October where they’ll play dates throughout the South before heading to Europe for three weeks in November.

Produced by Grammy Award-winning producer Trina Shoemaker, Grayson Capps burns harder than ever on his fourth album. Raucous numbers like "Big Black Buzzard," "Sun Don’t Shine On Willy" and "Going Back To The Country" are electric roadhouse diamonds in his repertoire. An earthy, introspective side also comes through on songs like "Arrowhead" and "Guitar." In early reviews, Hear Ya Blog noted, "Grayson Capps is part country singer, part bluesman, part preacher, part vagabond and part poet," while Swampland declared, "Grayson Capps & The Stumpknockers play knock-down-drag-out-whiskey-laced rock and roll as if it were the last call for their souls to be saved."

The title of Grayson’s latest long-player, Rott ‘N’ Roll, originated in New Orleans as a phrase used by fans to describe the raw energy of songs that mix backwoods rock, southern soul and country blues with tales of prostitutes, alcoholics, drifters and paranoia. Having drawn comparisons to the likes of Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt and Drive By Truckers, Rott ‘N’ Roll proves that Grayson’s vision is ultimately as singular as those to who he’s compared.

Download an Mp3 of "Back to the Country"

September 11 / Grimey’s / Nashville, TN (In-Store Performance–6PM)
September 12 / WFPK "Live Lunch" / Louisville, KY (Noon)
September 12 / Ear-X-tacy / Louisville, KY (In-Store Performance–6PM)
September 12 / Gerstle’s Tavern / Louisville, KY
September 14 / The Purple Fiddle / Thomas, WV
September 17 / Idlewild / Henniker, NH
September 18 / Penuche’s / Concord, NH
September 19 / Nectar’s / Burlington, VT
September 20 / Fletch Fest / Warner, NH
September 21 / Idlewild / Henniker, NH (SOLD OUT)
September 24 / The Lizard Lounge / Boston, MA
September 25 / The Hungry Tiger / Manchester, CT
September 26 / Banjo Jim’s / New York, NY
September 27 / World Cafe Live / Philadelphia, PA
October 10 / Pirate’s Cove / Josephine, AL
October 12 / Callaghan’s Irish Social Club / Mobile, AL
October 13 / The Strutting Duck / Auburn, AL
October 16 / Bennie’s Boom Boom Room / Hattiesburg, MS
October 17 / DBA / New Orleans, LA
October 25 / Little Willie’s / Tuscaloosa, AL