Monday, August 24, 2015

Free Music at St. Augustine's 450th Anniversary!

Mavis Staples plays for free Sept. 4. Stock photo.
What a present for us -  the lovely St. Augustine, Fla. celebrates its 450th anniversary Sept.4-8 with a big fat free street party, and  they will have a bunch of free music shows and fireworks!

On Friday, Sept. 4, Mavis Staples and Aaron Neville headline. On Saturday, Sept. 5 -- Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers, Justin Townes Earle, North Florida homeboy JJ Grey and Mofro, and Emylou Harris and Rodney Crowell will perform.  The festival has five stages in all, with the big acts on a stage at the Bridge of Lions along the riverfront. Nice!

Aaron Neville. Stock photo.
All around the cobblestone downtown area, performers will be playing on the smaller stages. You can catch the likes of Sam Pacetti, Gatorbone, salsa, flamenco, Greek dancers, bagpipes, West African drummers,bluegrass bands, choruses, and more. (Favorite title of the smaller stage bands: Lonesome Bert and the Skinny Lizards.)

JJ Grey. festgrrl photo.
Noirmally, this is the part where I tell you how much tickets cost. Nothing!! The schedule of events is here, and you can get your questions answered here.

Monday, August 17, 2015

Reunion Campout Fest At Suwannee This Weekend

Suwannee River beach! festgrrl photo.

The summer vibe will be thumping this weekend at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, at a new jamtronica and electrofunk fest called Reunion Campout.

The intimate fest under the oaks  features the Stratosphere All-Stars, with members of Lotus, Particle, Kung Fu, STS9, and Gramatik. Also on the bill are Greenhouse Lounge, Zoogma, Gravity A from New Orleans (doing a Talking Heads tribute,) and Colorado's Dynohunter.

Since this is August and it is hot as hell, most of the  music will happen in the park's air-conditioned Music Hall, but there will be a Saturday music party at the park's gorgeous Suwannee River beach. A Silent Disco will run pretty much all night.

Weekend tickets (which include primitive camping Friday and Saturday nights) are $69.59  including fees. Or you can get an online-only  $219 package deal for four, which works out to $54.75 each. including fees.

Check out this Video of Gravity A breaking out the Talking Heads "Girlfriend is Better" at Tipitina's in New Orleans;

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Fall Fest Planning -- Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival

Kick-ass jammer Jeb Puryear of Donna the Buffalo. festgrrl photo

It's hot and lazy at festgrrl's deep-South headquarters this time of year, but oh yes -- we can hear the thump of a bass, the slide of a fiddle bow and stomping feet in our distant memory.

October will be here before you know it, and so will the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival of Music and Dance. This is one of the small, lovely fests organized by roots-rockers Donna the Buffalo around the country. These fests feature some really cool world-beat and Americana acts. For this year's extravaganza, I advise you not to miss two acts: the quirky art-band Rubblebucket or Indian brass-band funkateers  Red Baraat.

Kim Hawks Photography: Cam The Bubble Man &emdash;
(Shakori 2014: Kim Hawks photo)

Shakori Hills happens Oct. 8-11 in Pittsboro, North Carolina, which is about 20 minutes south of Chapel Hill. Four-day early bird tickets are just $104 for adults. Kids 12 and under are free, and there's a special Youth Pass for the 13-15-year-old set for $54. Camping costs extra, and you can peruse the various options here.

festgrrl photo.

Sooo, besides Donna the Buffalo, who is playing, you ask? Read on, dance partners:

Hot Rize featuring Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
JD McPherson
Kinobe & The Wamu Spirit
Red Baraat
The Black Lillies
Preston Frank
Big Mean Sound Machine
Liz Vice
The Old Ceremony
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds
Norah Jane Struthers & The Party Line
Blind Boy Paxton
Old Man Luedecke
Kelley & The Cowboys
Big Fat Gap
Brett Harris
The Midatlantic
Ellis Dyson & The Shambles
The Fairlanes
The Cane Creek Cloggers
Lobo Marino
Mason Via
& many more…

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Missing Bear Creek?Try This One

Covered stage!

The funktastic Bear Creek was my favorite festival in the Southeast, and  I was crushed when it was cancelled for this fall. Where will I get my funk on??

Then someone told me about a "Bear Creek of the North," a festival called the Catskill Chill. Yes, Southern friends, this is our funk and jam fest from another mother. It has a crowd and a vibe about the same size as our dearly departed Bear Creek.

It happens at a former summer camp called Camp Minglewood September 18-20 in Hancock, NY.

Check out this lineup:

moe., Lotus, Zappa Plays Zappa, Lettuce, Electron, The Motet, Dopapod, Kung Fu,Twiddle,Break Science,Turkuaz,Dopakuaz plays Studio 54, The Werks, Particle & Fam, George Porter Jr.&The Runnin' Pardners and more. 

Weekend tickets, which include primitive camping, are $198 advanced (through July 20.)
Chill Fam
Camp Minglewood looks awesome, with a lake and cabins (sold out, sorry, tent camping only) This is the last year Catskill Chill will be at this lovely location, so if you're inclined for a road trip this fall, check it out! 

Monday, July 6, 2015

A New New Orleans Fest This Fall!!

Galactic. Candace Horgan photo.
New Orleans power-funksters Galactic, along with the legendary club Tipitina's, are joining up to put on a new festival just outside New Orleans this fall.

Called "The Landing," the fest will happen about 15 minutes outside the city along Lake Pontchartrain, at a place called South Shore Harbor.

It features a killer lineup with some out-of-town bands who almost NEVER come South (I'm talking to You Cake and Dr. Dog!.

Grace Potter
Here are the announced acts so far, and the promoters promise more to come: Galactic, Grace Potter, Cake, Dr. Dog, Trampled by Turtles, St. Paul and the Broken Bones, the North Mississippi Allstars and Anders Osborne present N.M.O., the Soul Rebels and Rayland Baxter.

Soul Rebels
The ticket prices are great right now -- Advanced early bird tickets are now on sale -- $110 for a 3-day ticket (the first night is a pre-party at Tipitina's, and the two following days are at the outdoor fest,) and $90 for a two-day ticket. VIP options are also available.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Great Outdoors Jam for Your Holiday Weekend!

Maddox Ranch

The Central Florida jam scene is a beautiful thing, with kind folks and a stable of  creative and diverse musicians who like to get together and rage it.

This weekend (July 3-5,) the Great Outdoors Jam, a campout fest, happens at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland with Cope, Big Something, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Fritz, Come Back Alice, Applebutter Express, Savi Fernandez Band, Post Pluto, Jahman Brahman,  Holey Miss Moley, and more. You can see the lineup here.

Tickets (which include primitive camping) are $80 at the gate for the weekend. There's a Thursday pre-party for $20, and you can buy a ticket for that at the gate. Some info: Vendors will be onsite with food and drink. No dogs allowed. RVs and campers are allowed, but there is no onsite electricity so you will need a generator to run your rig.

Monday, June 22, 2015

This Weekend's Getaway: Roosevelt Collier Music Fest On the Suwannee

Happy place - the beach at Spirit of the Suwannee. festgrrl photo.
Lap-steel guitar player Roosevelt Collier, of the hard-charging South Florida sacred steel band The Lee Boys, kicks off the first of a new camping and music series at  Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Fl June 26-27.  

Stages will be going at the Suwannee River beach during the day and at the courtyard outside the Music Hall at night. Swim a little, dance a little, repeat.

Collier, a festival stalwart who has sat in with everyone from the Allman Brothers to The Funky Meters, Dumpstaphunk, and Yonder Mountain String Band, will play both nights with his Trio. A roster of regional bands will fill out the stages the rest of the weekend:  Flat Land, Groove Orient, Squeedlepuss, Post Pluto, Vlad the Inhaler, Dambella, Matthew Connor, Lai-Mal, Charlie Hustle, amd Trictops 1.

This fest is a bargain for a weekend in paradise and a great chance to hang at the park when it is uncrowded.

Weekend tickets, which include primitive camping, are only $30 advanced and $40 at the gate, Single-day tickets, which don't include camping, are $10.

You can snag an air conditioned cabin with a rental golf cart for $256 for the weekend, Sweet!

You can get tickets here