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Preview: Hot August Music Festival 2018

Words & Photos: Tim Newby & Stephen Varanko

The Hot August Music Festival returns for on August 18, 2018, to Oregon Ridge Park in Cockeysville, Maryland with a lineup that runs the full musical gamut roots to blues to funk to reggae to rock ‘n’ roll and is headlined by The Revivalists and Trampled by Turtles.

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2015 DelFest Preview

Delfest 2012 Honest Tune-3-2Entering its eighth year, DelFest has firmly established itself as one of the premiere bluegrass Festivals in the Country. Returning to the Allegheny Fairgrounds in Cumberland, MD, with a line-up this year topped by Old Crow Medicine Show, Trampled by Turtles, Railroad Earth, Leftover Salmon, Jason Isbell, and Greensky Bluegrass, it is again one of the best festival schedules around.  Throw in namesake Del McCoury’s five sets over the weekend (which inlcudes a set with David  Grisman and a Family Jam on Sunday) and you would be hard pressed to find a better four days of music over Memorial Day Weekend this year.

Delfest 14 2As usual DelFest features three stages and will host late-night shows every night.  The three stages are in close proximity and allow easy travel back and forth allowing for maximum music viewing over the weekend.  The four late nights this year will feature Railroad Earth and Larry Keel Thursday, Greensky Bluegrass and Steep Canyon Rangers on Friday, Leftover Salmon and Dead Winter Carpenters on Saturday, and a Sunday night blow-out with The Travelin’ McCourys and Jeff Austin.

 

With a line-up that covers all ends of the bluegrass spectrum – from classic bands like the Seldom Scene, Hot Rize and Del McCoury, to established jam-grass stars Leftover Salmon, Railroad Earth, and Greensky Bluegrass, to bands slightly outside the bluegrass world Trampled by Turtles, Jason Isbell, Otiel Burbridghe & Roosevelt Coolier – DelFest has something for everyone and something new for everyone to discover.  It is a can’t miss event on your festival calendar.  tickets are still available now at: DelFest.com


 

Check out past coverage of DelFest from Honest Tune:

DelFest 2014

DelFest 2013

DelFest 2012

DelFest 2011

 

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My Morning Jacket: Free MP3, summer tour with Band of Horses, Trombone Shorty & others

 

FREE MP3: “Wonderful (The Way I Feel)”

Live from MSG featuring Ben Bridwell (Band Of Horses)

:::Click the image to download:::

Shortly after completing their back to back tours in Japan and Australia, My Morning Jacket are taking their celebrated, exhilarating live show back on the road this August with the announcement of their North American tour, with Band Of Horses in support.

Since their sold out Madison Square show to end off 2011, they’ve played a triumphant performance at the Independent Spirit Awards in February and shared the stage with Preservation Hall Jazz Band commemorating their 50th Anniversary at Carnegie Hall. Jim James also completed a tour with New Multitudes (Jay Farrar, Will Johnson and Anders Parker) in promotion of their album honoring Woody Guthrie. Additionally, the band has been busy curating the Forecastle Festival for the festival’s 10th Anniversary, where they will conjointly be headlining the event along with Wilco and Bassnectar.

The band are showing no signs of slowing down in the months surrounding their tour. My Morning Jacket will be contributing to John Fogerty’s new album, Wrote a Song for Everyone, which will be released this fall. In the month of June, they will complete a European tour making stops in Spain, The Netherlands, Denmark, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Belgium and the United Kingdom. The band will also be headlining this year’s Beale Street Music Festival in Memphis, Tennessee and Newport, Rhode Island’s Newport Folk Festival, as well as performing at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival next month.

Commencing their tour in Denver, Colorado at Red Rocks on August 3rd and 4th, My Morning Jacket will be recording both performances and offering them as complimentary downloads to all ticket holders for those shows. Both My Morning Jacket and Band Of Horses are enthusiastic of hitting the road for the month long tour. “YES! We’re touring with the incredible My Morning Jacket!” says lead singer Ben Bridwell. “So psyched to hit the road with our buddies and (hopefully) warm you all up for the greatest band going.”

 

My Morning Jacket North American Tour Dates

 

% = $1 from each ticket will be donated to the local charity listed

* = with Band Of Horses

^ = with Trombone Shorty

+ = with Trampled By Turtles

# = with Shabazz Palaces

 

5/04: Memphis, TN @ Beale Street Music Festival

5/05: New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival

07/13: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

07/14: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival (performance)

07/15: Louisville, KY @ Forecastle Festival

07/28: Newport, RI @ Newport Folk Festival

8/03: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Flobots.org)

8/04: Denver, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre^*% (Platteforum)

8/06: Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre*% (Operation Breakthrough)

8/07: Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater*% (Community Corps)

8/08: St. Louis, MO @ Peabody Opera House*% (Safe Connections)

8/10: Minneapolis, MN @ Somerset Amphitheater+*% (Free Arts and The Current Public Radio)

8/12: Columbus, OH @ LC Pavilion*% (Franklinton Gardens and Wexner Center For the Arts)

8/14: Detroit, MI @ Meadow Brook*% (Do Foundation)

8/15: Toronto, ON @ Echo Beach at Molson Canadian Amphitheatre*

8/17: Philadelphia, PA @ Mann Center for the Performing Arts*% (Urban Blazers)

8/18: Washington, DC @ Merriweather Post Pavilion*% (826DC)

8/19: Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Park#% (Sy’s Fund)

8/21: Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE*% (Gateway To The Arts)

8/22: Chicago, IL @ Pritzker Pavilion*% (Advanced Art Education Program at Gallery 37)

8/24: Atlanta, GA @ Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre*% (West Atlanta Watershed Alliance)

8/25: Charlotte, NC @ Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater*% (Neuse Riverkeeper Foundation)

8/26: Raleigh, NC @ Raleigh Amphitheater*% (Charlotte Tree Fund)

 

FOR MORE INFO: www.MyMorningJacket.com

 

 

Dead Man Winter : Bright Lights

“I’m hollow and holy, just like a man.”

Oooof.  When I heard that lyric from “A Long, Cold Night In Minneapolis,” the third track off of Dead Man Winter’s recent release, Bright Lights, it felt like a shot to the solar plexus.  The track, which would become my favorite song of 2011, is somber and contemplative, routinely lending itself to the question of what makes me both hollow and holy.  Such introspection makes this tune both delightful and, from time to time, somewhat unsettling.

Dead Man Winter is the side project of Dave Simonett, guitarist and front man for Minnesota bluegrassers Trampled By Turtles.  Prior to delving in the acoustic world with Trampled By Turtles, Simonett was a practitioner of the music electric, and Dead Man Winter is a diversion, or return, to his more amplified days.  While tunes like “Where In The World Have You Been?,” and the aforementioned “A Long Cold Night In Minneapolis” are acoustic gems, Simonett plugs in to reveal his more rollicking side on tracks like the disc opener, “Nicotine,”  “House of Glory,” and the outstanding “Industrial Daybreak.”

Fans of Trampled By Turtles will also be stoked to hear Dead Man Winter’s electrified take on the Trampled By Turtles favorite, “New Orleans.”

Like so many of my other favorite musicians – The Avett Brothers, Chatham County Line – that ply their trade acoustically, the occasional dabbling in the world of amplifiers is a welcome respite from the norm.  While I certainly don’t want Simonett to veer completely away from his work with Trampled By Turtles, regular installments from Dead Man Winter are now much anticipated.

Bright Lights is out now on Banjodad/Thirty Tigers.

Reminiscing at 10KLF

10,000 Lakes Festival

Detroit Lakes, Minnesota

July 18-21, 2007

 

Minnesota is known for many things, with lakes among the most popular.  Celebrating summer with good music has always been the way I like to remember my home state best, so heading back for 10,000 Lakes Festival is always a treat.  

This year marked the fifth 10KLF, with ticket sales at an all-time high.  I attended inaugural festival, so it was fun to come back four years later to see how the event had matured.  It was evident that plenty of progress has been made in developing and fine-tuning the grounds, an integral part of what makes the event special.  Surrounded by mature oak trees, green grass, and water, the temperature generally stays cool, making 10KLF an ideal summer fest respite for bands and fans alike.

This year the weather was warmer, but certainly not hot enough to slow the attendees down.  The festival grounds buzzed with seemingly non-stop activity that flowed through the huge festival field and the five campgrounds surrounding it and into the vending area, which was packed with a plethora of great food and craft vendors.

The four main stages were a good length apart, but not far enough that you get exhausted just thinking about moving to the next show.  But if a fest guest were too tired to walk back to their campground, a golf cart cabbie was readily available to give their dogs a rest.

The line-ups at 10KLF consistently provide something for everyone to enjoy.  I managed to take in 18 bands this year without seeing one mediocre performance; not a single show was even close to lackluster.  

I pulled in at dusk on Wednesday to the bluegrass-meets-rock sounds of Blueground Undergrass.  The first evening was mellow but very uplifting, and as the venue began to fill, it rippled with anticipation.

During the afternoons, the shows were played with plenty of verve under the blue and sunny skies.  Galactic, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Outformation, Everyone Orchestra, Keller Williams, Little Feat, and Toubab Krewe all brought an infectious enthusiasm to the midday settings. Crowds gathered early in front of all stages, and sheer ecstasy and rowdy applause could be found at every turn.  Even by day four, when you would expect partiers to show signs of fest weariness, the crowd’s energy remained surprisingly high.

 

 

 

The schedule for every evening was thoughtfully planned.  If someone truly wanted to see all of the evening bands, it was possible – providing, of course, you had the stamina to get you through it.  There was very little overlap of headliners, so you never really had to choose one over another.  Over nine hours of top notch performances were flowing every night

On Thursday evening Zappa Plays Zappa contributed two and a half hours of Frank’s tunes, played to perfection.  This delightful din, fronted by Frank's son Dweezil was followed by a very rambunctious two and a half hour set from Umphrey’s McGee. The Disco Biscuits finished out the night and provided a sort of pulsating electronic lullaby to those who went back to their camps to rest off the well danced day. 

moe. supplied just the right amount of Friday night spunk to prepare adoring String Cheese Incident fans for an emotional three and a half hour set. The usual celebratory weirdness you expect at a SCI show was present in full-force, and it was interesting to witness, knowing that the end of an era for both band and fans was unfolding right in front of me.

There was a sentimental vibe emanating from the audience, and the band was clearly enjoying the warm, err, fuzzies.  Anyone who wasn’t feeling too sentimental to continue rocking out went on to enjoy a riveting high energy performance by The Tragically Hip, but if pure stings strummed heavily in a foot stomping, front porch manner was more your style, the choice to see MN’s own Trampled by Turtles was also available.  TBT was extraordinary and it was pure pleasure to witness their exuberant fans enjoying the heck out of the show.  

 

Saturday night was definitely set up to be a grand finale.  Gov’t Mule started the evening off with every bit of force they are capable of.  The wind picked up and blew a refreshing breeze over the rhythmically warmed.  Just when I thought the show couldn’t get any better, Derek Trucks emerged on stage to add his slide on "32-20 Blues."  The band was in a rockin’ good mood and did not hold back as they prepared the crowd to embrace Bob Weir and Ratdog.  

Ratdog kicked off their set with "Help On The Way > Slipknot," and never looked back.  An absolutley unforgettable guest appearance by Warren Haynes on "Big Railroad Blues" closed out the first set, working the audience into a massive dancing frenzy in the process.  The second set saw Weir's playful side surface.  No Minnesota performance by any Grateful Dead member would be complete without a Bob Dylan tune, and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall" quickly turned into an enormous feel good sing along.  Ratdog has been on the road with Keller Williams for several weeks, and the one-man band joined his tourmates to close out the second set on "Bird Song," "Cassidy," and "One More Saturday Night." 

A 30 min fireworks display was launched after Ratdog’s last note and revved the audience into gear for a phenomenal midnight set from The Derek Trucks Band. The music sounded fantastic under the starry sky, and the band was in great form, smiles beaming from the stage for the entire show.  

The raw and raunchy funk of Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk was also available during the same midnight time slot to assure that all dancers with even an once of energy left could set their souls afire in front of any active stage.  And if one last set was what a lingering guest needed, a great late night/early Sunday morning set came from The Lee Boys.  Nothing is quite as satisfying as a dose of sacred steel in the wee morning hours to close out a phenomenal weekend.  

I left 10KLF feeling tired, yet rejuvenated all the same.  The mind set of the staff who run the show definitely contributed to the culture of the event, and I didn’t meet a single employee who was not glad to be there or enjoying their job.  If there really is such a thing as “Midwestern nice” the people who put on 10KLF fit the definition.  No details were overlooked at this party, and my, what a party it was!

 

All photos by Candise Kola