David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel

David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel
Sandler Center for the Arts
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins

Dave Grisman can not be pigeon-holed; bluegrass, jazz, folk, composer, producer, session player, leader, the list is endless. Jerry Garcia nicknamed him “Dawg” and what he played was “Dawg Music”. Tommy Emmanuel was given is first guitar at age 4 and by 6 he was playing in the family band, The Emmanuel Quartet. He never learned to read or write music but Chet Atkins designated him a C.G.P. – Certified Guitar Player – one of only 5 musicians to receive that title from Atkins. At home with blues, jazz, folk, Spanish traditional, Emmanuel is at times a one man band playing melody, chords and bass all at once. So, when Grisman and Emmanuel appear together, as they did at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts, they are a category 5 hurricane, F5 tornado, and a tropical cyclone let loose on the stage. Playing heavily but not exclusively from their album “Pickin” the pair performed a 2 hour high energy show that no one wanted to end. Continue reading David Grisman and Tommy Emmanuel

Charm City Bluegrass Festival Announces Lineup 2018

Charm City Bluegrass Festival, has released its lineup for the sixth annual version of the award winning festival (2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Event of the Year and 2015 Best Festival by Baltimore Magazine).  Expanding to two days, the event will feature twenty-one bands spread across three stage.   It will be headlined by The Travelin’ McCourys and the Devil Makes Three, and feature The Steeldrivers, Jeff Austin Band, Larry Keel Experience, Billy Strings, Caleb Stine, Trout Steak Revival and many others.

The family-friendly festivities will also include local food vendors, adult beverages provided by Union Craft Brewery and Jack’s Hard Cider, artists, kid’s games, crafts, spontaneous jam sessions, and more.

Tickets are available now and include a VIP option.  They can be purchased here.

Full lineup:

Friday, April 27 (Doors open at 4 p.m.)

Saturday, April 28, 2018 (10 a.m. to 9:30 p.m.)

Check out past coverage of Charm City Bluegrass Festival from Honest Tune.

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Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation

Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation
The Hamilton, Washington D.C.
November 17, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Bob Adamek

The nearly sold out crowd at Washington D.C.’s The Hamilton Live was treated to the kind of night that made you wish you were in a band, could share such a focused vision, and enjoy the people you worked with as much as the two bands seen on this night. The crowd was loaded for the headliner, The Dustbowl Revival, an 8 piece-touring powerhouse from Los Angeles, California, and they got everything Dustbowl famously delivers and much more.

For starters, the opening act, Sammy Miller and the Congregation, put on a clinic in winning over a crowd that was for the most part, unfamiliar with them. Drummer and bandleader Sammy Miller has created an ambitious project that succeeds by virtue of his band mates buying in all the way. It is part early swing band and part comic production. They are comprised of piano, upright bass, drums, sax, trumpet and trombone, and they have vocals good enough that the band sometimes goes a cappella. Continue reading Dustbowl Revival and Sammy Miller and the Congregation

The Blues Orphans: Rock, polka, punk, bluegrass and just about everything else

By: Tim Newby

Band: The Blues Orphans (Official Webpage)

Hometown: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

Members:  Bob Gabig (guitar/vocals), Andy Gabig (harmonica), Mark Custer (cornet), Ian Gordon (trumpet), Dr. Nelson Harrison (trombone), Dave Yoho (drums), Dave Erny (bass), Hill Jordan (trombone)

Sounds Like:  A drunken parade down main street with all your best friends that is being led by the funniest guy around.

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Buddy Guy and the Damn Right Blues Band Heat Up a Hot Summer Night at the Sandler Center

Buddy Guy and the Damn Right Blues Band Heat Up a Hot Summer Night at the Sandler Center
Virginia Beach, VA
August 22, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins

When 81 years old Buddy Guy walked from stage left to the the microphone center stage of the Sandler Center the audience was already on it’s feet. That’s how it’s been for the past 50 plus years, whether sharing the stage with Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, Jimi Hendrix and others or, like Tuesday night, just him backed by the Damn Right Blues Band.

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Save the Date…High Sierra Music Festival 2018

High Sierra Festival

Loyal fans come year after year to party and relax at High Sierra Festival. The four-day music festival always kicks-off over Independence Day weekend and is a celebration of all things newgrass, jazz, reggae and electronica. AllTheRooms has rounded up the top High Sierra Festival highlights. Continue reading Save the Date…High Sierra Music Festival 2018