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Anderson East at the Baltimore Soundstage

Anderson East
Baltimore Soundstage
October 20, 2018
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos

With Anderson East, the Muscle Shoals sound is alive and well.

Opening act, Savannah Conley started the evening with a country punk feel and a voice that rivals Mazzy Star, revving the crowd up and ready for a good time.

Anderson East strolled onto the stage and picked up his guitar, starting with the slow jam “King for a Day,”  a pleasant surprise. Continue reading Anderson East at the Baltimore Soundstage

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee returns to Southern California

The 41st Huck Finn Jubilee
Huck Finn Jubilee
October 5-7, 2018
Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park
Ontario, California
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Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit at the Koko Booth

Jason Isbell and The 400 Unit
September 28th 2018
Koko Booth Amphitheatre
Cary, North Carolina
Writer/Photographer: Brandon Amos

On the day of the Brett Kavanaugh ruling, Jason Isbell rolled into Cary, North Carolina with a very strong message “Just Vote.” At the registration booth a sign that read “Registration Day,” a play on The Drive-by Truckers’s song “Decoration Day”.

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Back to basics with the Avett Brothers in Kentucky

The Avett Brothers
SKyPAC
Bowling Green, Kentucky
September 29, 2018
Words/photos by Josh Mintz

As bands grow in popularity, the venues they perform at grow in size. For better or worse, it’s how the concert industry works – you’re always looking to play a bigger venue until you can’t any longer, which is how cities get skipped on tours and nostalgia acts end up playing state fairs.

It’s special being able seeing a band still capable of playing arenas in a smaller venue. When the Avett Brothers took the stage on September 29 at SKyPac in front of a capacity crowd of 1,800, no one yet realized how special of a night it would turn out to be. Continue reading Back to basics with the Avett Brothers in Kentucky

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

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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