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Grace Potter Headlines Grand Point North – September 17 & 18, 2016

Grace Potter Headlines Grand Point North
September 17 & 18, 2016
Burlington, VT
Photographer: Greg Gouwens









Flood City Music Festival

Flood City Music Fest 2016
Johnstown, Pennsylvania
Aug 4 – Aug 7, 2016
Photographer/Writer: Bob Adamek

The 8th installment of Johnstown PA’s, Flood City Music Fest, managed by Lucky Dog Productions was a solid success. Placed amongst the mountains of western Pennsylvania, Flood City Music fest has been growing steadily every year, producing a lineup for this year’s event that wowed festival goers. The fest made a move to open on Thursday night, and put up Grace Potter to headline the main stage.

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Grace Potter showed her considerable range from slow and thoughtful acoustic ballads to raging rock and roll, leaning more heavily on the latter. The packed crowd was left buzzing from the set in which Potter mixed her powerful voice with a well-honed front woman’s craft, energetically running around the stage while playing guitar and keyboards.

Friday of the festival had many treats in store including main stage headliners, The Revivalists. As the Revivalists have been doing in towns on their first visit all over the country for the last several years, they asked for a show of hands of those who have never seen them before. This was most of the crowd. Then the band did what they do best, made fans. By the end of the set the crowd was passionately hooked, screaming for an encore.

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Another festival highlight took place earlier on the pavilion stage when Samantha Fish sat in with Tab Benoit for two songs. Fish had crushed her set beforehand, opening many eyes and Tab was doing the same, but when the two blues guitarists played together, the energy was incredible.

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The breakout band The Record Company also played a good set, as did the New York artists London Souls. The Pittsburg punk-meets-Irish band, Bastard Bearded Irishmen, capped the night in the Oil House. Their high energy set was perfect for the late night crowd, showing you should never miss a band that has three guys wearing kilts.

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Saturday saw even more top shelf acts, headlined by the potent New Orleans musician, Anders Osborne. Osborne has played in Johnstown many times and has garnered a huge following there. He mixed songs from his newest release Flower Box, like “Different Drum,” “Fool’s Gold” and the title track, to go with well-worn staples like “Road to Charlie Parker” and “Sarah Anne.”

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Preceding Osborne was fellow Louisiana musician, the blue-eyed soul singer, Marc Broussard. It was another set that turned heads as Broussard wove through his catalog of funk and soul originals, such as “Home” and “Come Around” as well as covers like Al Green’s “Love and Happiness.”

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Earlier in the day Love Canon played their unique take on 80’s pop hits in the style of bluegrass, creating plenty of laughs and loud sing-a-longs. Local favorites Derek Woodz Band, Jimmy Adler Band and the R&B powerhouse Commonheart also raged on the festival grounds. The night was finished off by the amazing light show and music of TAUK.

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Flood City Music Fest is growing quickly. It is well run and is in a beautiful location, well worth the effort to get there. The lineups have gotten stronger every year with “A” list headliners and a solid and worthy undercard. Put this one on your radar for the first weekend in August next year!

Preview of the Flood City Music Fest

Preview of the Flood City Music Fest
Photographer/Writer: Bob Adamek

The Flood City Music Fest begins its 8th year August 4-7 in Johnstown PA. There is a great vibe at this uniquely western Pennsylvania festival. Gorgeous forested mountains meet early 20th century steel work factories and dozens of beautiful old churches, giving a startling urban-meets-nature backdrop, framing a variety of major acts.

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The festival has a Thursday night kickoff, which features Grace Potter. On Friday and Saturday the festival has a four-stage format, with two bands playing at a time. The hard rising New Orleans rock band, The Revivalists headline on Friday, while Daptone Records star, Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires headline on Saturday.

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The Flood City lineup also features a wide variety of styles from blues, bluegrass, Rock-n-roll, jam band and folk in a something-for-everyone offering. A couple of top blues acts roll into the festival this year on Friday when Tab Benoit follows rising star Samantha Fish. Blue-eyed soul singer Marc Broussard plays on Saturday, as does the brilliant songwriter and guitarist Anders Osborne.

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Another band on a rapid rise hits on Friday when The Record Company plays, followed by the NYC power duo The London Souls. The Pittsburg Celtic-meets-punk band Bastard Bearded Irishmen play the late night set on Friday, as does the amazing jam band TAUK on Saturday night.

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Folk singer songwriter Chris Smither plays on Friday and Virginia based Love Canon bring their super fun bluegrass take on 80’s pop music on Saturday. The rest of the schedule is filled by top quality local favorites, regional bands that have worked through western PA and beyond for many years.

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Flood City Music Fest offers on site camping at a very reasonable price with flush bathrooms. There are a good variety of food vendors as well. One of the most enjoyable aspects of the fest is the low-key vibe. Getting up front to see a band isn’t difficult and many bands hang out long after their sets, watching the other acts. If you have never been to this little jewel, you shouldn’t miss it this year, the lineup is killer.

For more information check out http://www.floodcitymusic.com/

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.



Catching up with Bryan Dondero

dondero3Bassist Bryan Dondero was an original member of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals during which time he became known for both his upright and electric bass work. He played with the band from 2002 until a messy-split with the group in 2009, appearing on the band’s first three studio albums. Since his departure from the band Dondero has kept a relatively low musical profile.


Honest Tune had the chance recently to catch up with Dondero to reminisce about some of his favorite memories from his time on the road with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals and to find out what is in store in the future for the bassist.



Honest Tune: When was the first time you played the bass in a live setting?

Bryan Dondero: The first time I played bass live was during my first semester at Penn State. I was eighteen-years-old at the time, and aside from a few talent shows, had never played in front of people. I was actually really new to the bass. A couple of friends of mine were forming a band and they needed a bass player. I had played guitar for a number of years, so I figured I would give it a try. My philosophy Professor loaned me his bass since he wasn’t using it. I think I learned eight or nine songs in two rehearsals with those guys, so needless to say I was really nervous. It turned out that the bar was a biker bar and the crowd was pretty rowdy. The band before us was really good too. I remember them rocking out some heavier tunes, and here we were about to get on stage to play some Dave Matthews and a few originals. I thought for sure they would eat us alive. It turned out great actually. The crowd was really supportive. It definitely helped that our drummer was a monster behind the kit and our singer had a really great voice. We played there a few more times and made a bit of a name for ourselves.


DonderoHT: When you were first starting out on the bass who were the influences you looked towards?

BD: Well, I got to break this down by upright and electric. For upright I would say Charles Mingus, Ray Brown, and Chris Wood. I am really lucky to have gotten to tour and learn some things from Chris. I was a huge Medeski Martin & Wood fan in college, so his upright and electric playing was definitely a big influence.

For electric I would have to say that John Paul Jones, Duck Dunn, and George Porter Jr are the biggies. Sharing the stage with George Porter Jr was a major highlight of my musical career too. I’ve been revisiting some of the old Zeppelin tunes recently. I absolutely love John Paul Jones’ fingerstyle, but recently I’ve been trying to emulate some of his picking style. His tone on “Heartbreaker” where he runs the bass through a Leslie is fucking amazing. It’s got such a heavy dirty sound on top of the chorus that he gets from the Leslie. It would be hard to emulate that tone with just pedals, but I am determined to find a way.


HT: You have become known for your ability to switch seamlessly from the upright to electric bass, which do you prefer?

BD: I really like playing both. I enjoy playing a lot of different styles. I can get down with some “Whiskey before Breakfast” on the upright or be just as happy rocking out some Nirvana. Both of which were recent musical ventures for me. I love playing old R&B/Soul stuff too.


HT: Is there anyone you would like to share the stage with that you have not had the opportunity to yet?dondero4

BD: There are so many great bands out there now. I love the way their bass players play, so I’d almost rather watch them side stage. As far as backing up an artist goes, I’d love to back up M. Ward or Neko Case or maybe sit in for a few with the Alabama Shakes. There are a lot of great local artists here too that I’d love to sit in with as well. It would be a blast to sit in with Madaila or Rough Francis. Those guys are so good!


HT: During your time with Grace Potter and the Nocturnals you were constantly on the road, do you have any favorite memories from that time that really stand out for you?

BD: There are so many it’s hard to single out one.Some of the festivals that we did were really amazing.  Playing acoustic jams with Jay Farrar and Shannon McNally back at our RV at Bonnaroo was areally great time.We also dragged some of the guys from My Morning Jacket back with us to theRV once. Several bottles of bourbon were going around which culminated in us doing anappropriately inebriated version of “Every Rose has its Thorn.” Who knew Poison was such aninfluence on Jim James?


HT: What have you been up to lately? Are you still playing music?

BD: Right now I am in my second year of the Doctor of Physical Therapy program at the University of Vermont. It’s a very different lifestyle from my days with the band, but I am really happy withwhere I am.  I still play music regularly and look forward to being done with school so that I canplay even more of it.  I’d love to get an original band together again someday too.  I’m happy just playing whenever and wherever I can.

Inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival Preview


String Cheese Incident


Widespread Panic


The inaugural 2014 Phases of the Moon Music and Art Festival is scheduled to take place September 11th – 14th in the 3000 beautiful acre Kennekuk County Park located in south central Illinois. The POTM is rolling out a stellar line up for its first ever festival that includes two  nights of the String Cheese Incident; a Lunar Landing Conspiracy (all-star set curated by SCI);  two nights of Widespread Panic;  Grace Potter & the Nocturnals; Railroad Earth; Tedeschi Trucks Band; Gov’t Mule; JJ Grey & MOFRO; Leftover Salmon (with Bill Payne of Little Feat); Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe; Chris Robinson Brotherhood; Robert Randolph & the Family Band; Jackie Greene; Donavon Frankenreiter; Sam Bush Band; Cornmeal; Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers; David Gans (artist in residence) and many others.


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The festival is geared to create a conscious awareness and express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature. Along with four unique outdoor stages there is also the Sanctuary, an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation where tired bodies can receive massages, energy work, sound healing, yoga, qi-gong, meditation and a variety of workshops and presentations.  Art is also a major component of the festival from large interactive sculpture to live art there will be several exhibits to intoxicate your senses. The organic festival will also offer a food court that will feature farm to table offerings and an organic farmers market as well as craft beer.


There are several special treats on the lineup, the Jeff Austin Band will be playing during the festival as well as a special late night VIP set of Jeff Austin & Friends. Cornmeal in the Kitchen also will be playing an additional set late night, the Cornmeal Ramble.


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There will be several interactive activities from costume themed nights (Friday night is space jam & Saturday night power of purple) to coolest campsite contests where contestants will be entered in a chance to win tickets to next years POTM festival. Tickets for the festival are available at the gate and HERE.

Hot August Blues announces line-up for 21st year

HAB logoHot August Blues & Roots Festival has released their intial line-up for this year’s fest to take place at the familar, picturesque confines of Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, MD August 17.   Entering its 21st, Hot August Blues has confirmed a line-up this year that is led by headliners Grace Potter and the Nocturnals. This year will be the largest line-up ever as a third stage has been added.


Other confirmed acts include Galactic, Greensky Bluegrass, Antibalas, JD McPherson, Boombox, and Eddy “the Chief” Clearwater.  Other acts will be announced shortly.


Confirmed Line-up:

Grace Potter and the Nocturnals



JD McPherson

Greensky Bluegrass

61 North


Eddy Clearwater

The Country Devils

Herd of Main Street

Scott Tournet Band


 more acts to be annonuced…


Check out Honest Tune’s coverage of Hot August Blues through out the years.














Free Stuff Friday: Railroad Earth Tickets, Zigaboo’s drumstick, PGroove’s Amberland poster & Grace Potter’s new album…


For some reason, we have been slipping lately in the contest department. Well, consider today the day that we make up for our recent lapse.

Yep, today we have three things that are quite awesome to give to you, our loyal Honest Tune reading friends and family.Because it seems like a catchy phrase, we are officially deeming today “Free Stuff Friday,” but before you go patting us on the back for this unbelievable demonstration of creativity… let us never forget the days of 2011’s Free Festival Fridays, something that will soon repeat itself.


Free Stuff Friday!




What you are playing for…


1) One winner will walk away with two tickets to Railroad Earth’s show at The Fillmore in Charlotte on June 21, 2012*. 


  • It is no wonder that success has been no stranger to the band. With two festivals that they can now call their own (Music on the Mountaintop & Hangtown Halloween), this year, Honest Tune has already seen Railroad Earth on Jam Cruise and at the Superbowl, Hangout Fest and Wakarusa, not to mention several shows. Railroad Earth is one of America’s greatest bands playing today, plain and simple. They sing of our nation’s changing landscape and social ills with a commitment reminiscent of Woody Guthrie, while interpolating instrumental timbres that could have been pulled from Celtic or Cajun culture. And as anyone who has caught them live will attest, their concerts are imbued with the fire-in-the-belly passion of straight-ahead, blue collar rock & roll.   


2) One winner will walk away with an official event poster (designed by bassist, Adam Perry) from the 2012 installment of Perpetual Groove that is signed by the band.


    • Perpetual Groove is riding higher in 2012 than they have in quite some time. With the return of founding keyboardist, a rekindling has taken place that is audible in the music and even visible on the guys’ faces. But the truest test for any diehard Perp (fan of PGroove) is the band’s annual event, Amberland, the intimate four night camping event that takes over Lafayette, GA’s Cherokee Farms every year.  To say that the band passes would be like saying that Chong sort of liked bud. They were all aces, even managing to work in a couple of numbers that were fresh out of the box for many listeners’ ears.


2) One winner will walk away with a drumstick that was used in concert and signed by the legendary drummer from The Meters, Zigaboo Modeliste. 


  • Joseph “Zigaboo” Modeliste is one of, if not the most influential funk drummer of all time. Otherwise referred to as the Godfather of the Groove, his timeless style of play, known as “second line funk,” has been sampled by acts ranging from Digable Planets to the Beastie Boys. Having recorded with legends across all genres, Zig remains as relevant today as he was when The Meters first sprung onto the scene in the late sixties and early seventies when after one listen, Mick Jagger was so impressed with the outfit that he invited them to play on the Rolling Stones 1976-1977 World Tour. 


The drumstick up for grabs is a signature series Vic Firth 5A that was used in a live performance and autographed at a late night Jazz Fest gig.


3) One winner will walk away with a copy (CD) of Grace Potter & the Nocturnals’ forthcoming release, The Lion The Beast The Beat (due 6/12/12) and a signed 8×10 photograph, shot by Honest Tune’s very own David Shehi.


  • It is official… Grace Potter is a star, but that doesn’t mean that she and her Nocturnals are basking in the sun, chilling and waiting for the next royalty check to come in. For a woman like Grace, she couldn’t do that if she tried anyway. This is abundantly clear with her forthcoming LP, The Lion The Beast The Beat. Lyrically, she is as bold as ever and deeply personal. Opting to not tour on any of the material prior to deciding what would be on the finished product,  Grace says that “[the record] is not about selling albums, making people like them that didn’t like them before or bending expectations.” Rather, she says that it was more about “personal fulfillment” and “turning the page for themselves.”  The best part is that it worked… just as we all knew it would. Currently on tour with Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw with intermittent GPN headlining dates in between and Grand Point North fest in September, the sky is the limit for “our little Gracie Potter,” but knowing her, she at the band will reach it and keep on keeping on with a desire for an even higher altitude. As she puts it, that is “what great artists do.” Well, she is certainly one of those. 


How to Enter…


For the Railroad Earth tickets:

  • Click HERE and fill out the entry form.


For the Zigaboo drumstick:

  • Click HERE and fill out the entry form.


For the Grace Potter and the Nocturnals CD & autographed photo: 

  • Log into your Facebook account or your Twitter account
  • Head HERE and click “LIKE” or “RETWEET” the tweet that is below the video. For those that do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts, you may simply comment on the video by heading here.
  • Click HERE and fill out the entry form.


For the PGroove signed Amberland poster:

  • Log into your Facebook account or your Twitter account
  • Head HERE and click “LIKE” or “RETWEET” the tweet that is below the video. For those that do not have Facebook or Twitter accounts, you may simply comment on the video by heading here.
  • Click HERE and fill out the entry form.


Rules & Eligibility


How a winner will be chosen:

1) All of the entered names will be copied from the survey site and pasted into a computer generated random name picker. All of this will be videotaped so that nobody can cry foul. To see examples of us using this tool, click here. If we are lucky, maybe we will bump into Col. Bruce and get him to draw names out of a beer pitcher again.

2) The deadline for entry is Saturday, 6/16/12 at 11:59 PM CST

3) The Railroad Earth ticket winner will be announced the following day.Other winners will be announced within 7 days from the entry deadline.



Eligibility requirements:


1) Only entries that conform to the specifications outlined in “How to Enter” will be considered.

2) No previous or current Honest Tune editor/staff may enter

3) Contributors (senior and otherwise) may enter.

4) Only one entry per person/ per “prize” will be allowed and IP Addresses are logged on the survey site.

5) Applicants must be 18 years of age or older and from within the continental United States.





Fine Print
This contest is solely the responsibility of Honest Tune. It is not affiliated with nor is it endorsed by Zigaboo Modeliste, The Meters, Grace Potter, Hollywood Records, Railroad Earth, Perpetual Groove or any other representative thereof. They are aware of it and think it is rocking though! Odds of winning depend on number of entries. The winner will be contacted via his/her email address and must respond to the contact within 72 hours. All entries must be received from within the United States. Rules & eligibility requirements may be changed with or without notice within the first 72 hours of the contest’s launch. After 72 hours, any changes will be posted via Honest Tune’s Twitter or Facebook account. All entries must be submitted via the above listed criteria and Honest Tune reserves the right to disqualify entries based solely its discretion and upon an entry’s lack of conformity to the standards outlined above. Prize Values are Railroad Earth tickets: 40.00, Zigaboo sticks: 14.50 (plus value for the signature), Grace Potter CD and Photo: 18.95 (plus value for the signature). Any questions regarding this contest should be directed to the the contact option on the Honest Tune Hpme Page.


* Winner is responsible for all travel fees, hotels, parking expenses, etc. The winner will only receive complimentary entry to the Railroad Earth show at The Fillmore in Charlotte, NC on 6/21/12. Name changes will not be allowed after 3PM CST on 6/17/12 (the day after the contest closes).




Grace Potter: Live, Backstage & Unplugged

It is official: our Grace Potter is a star. The trajectory of Grace Potter’s career has been awe inspiring. Through relentless touring, smart decisions and a work ethic that would make a horse blush, she and her band of Nocturnals have gone from a solid festival billing to the red carpets of some of the most prestigious events.

Those who credit looks for the success do so at their own peril because while there is no doubt that Grace and the Nocturnals are a beautiful bunch, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow has always been the music that they create. We were fortunate enough to have the perfect example of this played exclusively for us while on the scene at Beale Street Music Festival.

From the forthcoming album, The Lion The Beast The Beat (due 6/12), “Stars”is a deeply personal number that once again demonstrates that there is much more to Grace Potter than a pretty face. 


So sit back, relax, watch, listen and enjoy as as Honest Tune present Grace Potter: Live, Backstage & Unplugged.


Grace Potter: “Stars”

For more on Grace Potter, log on to www.GracePotter.com





Jam Cruise Artist Testimonials, Part One: Franti, Grace, Cornmeal and Everyone Orchestra (VIDEO)

Sunset.jpgIt is a well known fact that we absolutely love Jam Cruise. Simply put, there really is nothing about the five day adventure that is not lovable. The sun in January, the vast and endless sea as a backdrop and sit-ins that literally only happen on Jam Cruise all make for an annual event that is in a league unto itself.  Of course all of this fails to mention the camaraderie  of the passengers, better known as “jamily.”

Over the years, so many incredible talents have graced the decks and theatres of the various boats that Jam Cruise has called home. So with this upcoming sailing being the monumental tenth one, we thought that a series featuring artists (who have played on the boat) telling Jam Cruise stories and testifying to the event’s greatness would be appropriate.

In this first video of a yet unknown amount of footage yet to come, we sat down with Michael Franti, Grace Potter, Cornmeal’s John-Paul Nowak, and the Everyone Orchestra’s Matt Butler to get their perspectives as we all long for what is sure to be another epic Jamuary.



Jam Cruise Artist Testimonials, Part One:

Grace Potter, Michael Franti, John Paul-Nowak

(Cornmeal) & Matt Butler (Everyone Orchestra)

  A look back at Jam Cruise 9…