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Merryland Music Festival ready to kick-off

MerrylandSet to take place July 8-10 at Merriweather Post Pavilion in Columbia, MD, the Inaugural Merryland Music Festival looks to carry on the long tradition of excellence of the All Good Festival which announced it would be retiring after last year’s edition.

Presented by All Good Presents, Merryland will feature seventeen bands over two days, that will take advantage of Merriweather’s new state of the art turntable stage and have no overlapping sets.

The festivities will get going Friday July 8 with a pair of kick-off concerts, Papadiso with ELM at Baltimore’s Ram Heads Live and the Soul Rebel’s with People’s Blues of Richmond at the 9:30 Club.


Day one at Merriweather will be headlined by two sets from the String Cheese Incident and also feature sets from Lotus, Stephen Marley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Karl Denson, Tauk, Protojoe, and ELM.  Day two will find Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals headling with Grace Potter, Greensky Bluegrass, Shakey Graves, Langhorne Slim, Nahko & the Medicine for the People, Pigeons Playing Ping-Pong, Turkuaz, and the Cris Jacobs Band rounding out the rest of the day.  There will also be a very special late-night show July 9 at the 9:30 Club hosted by Kung Fu and Featuring Karl Denson along with many special guests.

Doors will open each day at noon with the first set of music getting going at 1:00pm and wrapping up at 11:00pm.   Weekend and single day tickets can be purchased here.



Southern Revival in the Rockies

Jazz Aspen Snowmass Labor Day Festival
Aspen, Colorado
August 31 – September 3, 2007

Words and photos by Fred Adams

Labor Day in the Aspen mountains, with some of world’s best bands performing over the course of the four days.  The concept seemed enjoyable enough, yet, until one has personally experienced the beauty of the region surrounding the festival grounds, even the most wondrous of imaginations would still not conceive just how majestic the weekend would become.


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Ben Harper and the Innocent Criminals : Lifeline

An introspective album that was very much inspired by New York City, Washington Square Serenade is the latest work in the lengthy career of the oft-times controversial Steve Earle.  The 12-track set includes a duet with Earle’s wife, Allison Moorer, on the track "Days Aren't Long Enough," and a cover of Tom Waits' "Way Down in the Hole," which doubles as the theme song for the HBO series "The Wire," on which Earle stars.

Throughout the years, Earle has played the role of chameleon, refusing to be pigeon-holed by the confined of any one musical genre while earning Grammy nominations in a wide variety of categories.  Washington Square Serenade finds Earle showcasing a wide array of styles, including blues, country, rock, and even elements of modern hip-hop. 

The album’s first track, “Tennessee Blues,” brings Earle full circle as he sings about leaving the “Guitar Town” (Nashville) he wrote about on his first solo album 20 years ago. He celebrates the diversity of his new home, New York City, with “City Of Immigrants,” featuring traditional Brazilian band Forro In The Dark, and pokes fun at himself, and days of past narcotics abuse, on the oh-so-fun “Oxycontin Blues.”

The album was recorded at New York’s legendary Electric Lady Studios, and is Earle’s first time working with producer John King of The Dust Brothers (Beck, The Rolling Stones, Beastie Boys). Washington Square Serenade will also be available as a deluxe edition with a bonus DVD, including a walking tour of New York's Greenwich Village area with Earle and a behind-the-scenes documentary, and as a Limited Edition 180 gram vinyl record.

Washington Square Serenade is out September 25 on New West Records.

My Morning Jacket featuring the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra

My Morning Jacket will be performing with the Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra at this year's Lollapalooza Festival.

Taking place in Chicago's Grant Park the weekend of August 3-5, Lollapalooza is headlined by Pearl Jam, and its line-up also boasts Ben Harper & The Criminals, Modest Mouse, the Kings of Leon, The Roots, The Black Keys, Son Volt, STS9, the Heartless Bastards, and many more.

For the entire line-up and more festival info visit www.lollapalooza.com.