Monday, January 26, 2015

A Florida Fest on Valentine's Weekend!


Heads up on a new camping fest outside Lakeland, Fla., happening over Valentine's Weekend!

It's Gov Fest, Feb. 12-15, four days, two stages, 35 bands, art installations, a kid's tent, yoga, workshops and campfire jams at Maddox Ranch. Weekend tickets include primitive camping and are $75 advanced, $100 at the gate. Kids 12 and under are free.

This is a fun group of people with an eclectic lineup of good performers in a laid-back environment. You can get the latest details on the festival's Facebook page.

The promoters say:  

"This is a “bring your own cooler to the stage” event, we will NOT be selling alcohol of any kind! Come prepared…. And please NO GLASS!! We will have many food and merchandise venders here set up for your shopping pleasure.There is ATM on site and also an Ice / Firewood Vender set up by the Maddox Ranch.Maddox Ranch is fully equipped with Outdoor showers to wash off whenever, we will have many port-o-johns onsite for use. No electricity is provided, but generators are welcome as long as they are properly maintained and not disruptive."

Here is the lineup:

1. Beeb’s and her Money Makers
2. Dangermuffin
3. Big Something
4. Come Back Alice 
5. Grandpa’s Cough Medicine 
6. Juanjamon Band
7. Copious Jones
8. Savi Fernandez Band
9. Stadelman Bros. (An acoustic Beatles tribute)
10. New Earth Army
11. Bath Salt Zombies
12. Donna Hopkins Band
13. Lucky Costello
14. Yamadeo
15. Displace
16. Freddys Finest
17. Rev D and the New Diggz
18. Post Pluto
19. Ajeva ( Michael Jackson Tribute)
20. Legacy Orchestra Collective
21. Future Vintage
22. Marvelous Funkshun
23. Fungus Garden Reverb
24. Holey Miss Moley
25. Flat Land
26. The Happy Campers
27. The Greenes
28. Sgammato’s Loopy for Love
29. Travis Reynolds Project
30. Currentz
31. Dropin Pickup
32. Not Tuna 
33. Row Jomah
34. The Groove Orient
35. Prison Wine
Artists at Large: Johnny Nichol, Alex Sears, Corey Peterson, Este Loves 

Just a couple more tips -- you can have a fire only if it is in a raised, contained pit or grill. No pets, golf carts, or fireworks. Kids 17 and under need an adult with them.

Other than that, all ya need is love, love, love festivarians!

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Florida Deadhead Has Online Petition to Allow Camping at Chicago Shows



Florida Deadhead Jeremy Davis has started an online petition to Chicago city officials, asking them to allow camping in the parking lots around Soldier Field, where the remaining members of the Grateful Dead and special guests will  play their final three shows July 3-5 in honor of the band's 50th anniversary.

Well HELL YES Jeremy Davis! It's a high bar indeed for folks to swallow both the travel prices, ticket prices, and Chicago hotel prices, and camping would be so ... Deadhead-lot friendly.

Oh we know we will have to endure the insipid media interviews about the 1960s still being alive, blah blah, as reporters wander among the assembled Dead family. But that's the price of hanging on and making history.

Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, and Bill Kreutzmann will be joined by Trey Anastasio (Guitar), Jeff Chimenti (Keyboards) and Bruce Hornsby (Piano), and will perform two sets of music each night.  You can get all the details about the shows at dead50.net, and you can see some killer ticket mail order envelope art here.

Take a minute and sign Jeremy Davis' Soldier Field camping petition, won't you?

Finally, a "Florida man" we can be proud of!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Graham Nash Headlines 30A Songwriter's Festival This Month

The great Graham Nash. Eleanor Stills photo.
The 30A Songwriters Festival  is happening Jan. 16-18 along  coastal highway 30A, in and around the town of Seaside in the Florida Panhandle's gorgeous Walton County.

Graham Nash, Indigo Girls, Leon Russell, Jason Isbell, Shawn Mullins, Sara Watkins (Nickel Creek), Glen Phillips (Toad the Wet Sprocket), Jeffrey Steele, Chely Wright, Bobby Bare, Jr., Steve Poltz, Angaleena Presley, Over the Rhine, Jesse Harris, Mary Gauthier, Hayes Carll, Bob Schneider, Ellis Paul, Allison Moorer, Toby Lightman, Liz Longley, Deana Carter, Heather Maloney, Peter Karp, Sue Foley and David Ryan Harris are among the 150 artists that play this fest.

This is not a camping fest. You buy a ticket ($237) that lets you in, first come-first serve, to 25 different venues (mostly bars and restaurants) spread out in the area, where the artists will be playing. You'll need a car, a designated driver, and a place to stay.

festgrrl has seen some A-mazing performances at this fest over the years. Additional artists confirmed for 2015 include Vicki Peterson and Susan Cowsill (Psycho Sisters), Charlie Mars, Randall Bramlett, Old Salt Union, Gabriel Kelley, Brigitte DeMeyer, Will Kimbrough, Craig Fuller (Pure Prairie League), Rusty Young (Poco), David Olney, Grant Peeples, Pete Sallis, The Smokin' Novas, David Berkeley, Jeff Black, Crystal Bowersox, Callaghan, Grayson Capps, Adron, Robbie Hecht, Ruston Kelly, Phil Madeira, Mark D. Sanders, Jonathan Singleton, Jeremy Stover, Tommy Talton, Reed Waddle, Daphne Willis, Webb Wilder, Nicole Witt, Alan Rhody, Kyle Jacobs, Joe Leathers, Gretchen Peters, Billy Montana, Season Ammons, Marc Beeson, Cory Branan, Eliot Bronson, Diane Durrett, Griffin House, Ryan Hurd, Jemina & Selina, Jaren Johnston, Ruston Kelly, Tony Lane, Brandon Lay, Emily Lynch, Hunter Phelps, Jameson Rodgers, The Shuggah Pies, Sugarcane Jane, Cooper Carter & the Royal Senders, Hannah Thomas, Pierce Pettis, and Willie Sugarcapps.

If you can't make it to 30A, Graham Nash has five other Florida tour dates -- Jan. 12 in Fort Lauderdale, Jan. 13 in Melbourne, Jan. 14 in Lakeland, Jan. 16 in Fort Lauderdale, and Jan. 17 in Jacksonville. 

And don't forget, that is also the weekend of the Sunshine Blues Fest, happening one day in Boca Raton, Fl. and one day in St. Petersburg, Fl. Grammy winners Tedeschi-Trucks Band headline that fest.

Monday, December 29, 2014

Sunshine Music & Blues Fest Coming Right Up

Blues rockers Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks


Let the 2015 fest season begin!

The powerhouse, Grammy-winning  11-piece Tedeschi Trucks Band headlines the Sunshine Music and Blues Festival happening Jan. 17 and 18 in South Florida. This one-day fest happens twice:  Jan. 17 at St. Petersburg's Vinoy Park, and  Jan. 18 in Boca Raton's Mizner Park. This is not a camping fest, so you'll need to make arrangements for a place to stay. The gates open at noon.

Grace Potter

Also on the bill are Grace Potter, Robby Krieger (from The Doors,) The Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Los Lobos,The Both, (new collaboration between Aimee Mann and Ted Leo,) The Rebirth Brass Band, Matt Schofield, and Sean Chambers.


Rebirth Brass Band
Although the website says general admission tickets are available for $49, I did a check and the cheapest seats I found on Ticketmaster were  $117. There are VIP options as well. 


As in past years, vendors will be available with food and drinks for sale (just in case you didn't get enough over the holidays!)




Sunday, December 21, 2014

Have Camping Christmas With Your Festy Friends, Then Rage at the Home Team New Year's Rally.



Zach Deputy will play Saturday night at the Rally
The Home Team New Year's Rally , a camping festival at Maddox Ranch outside Lakeland, will open up a day early next week,  on Christmas Day, for a festy camping gathering of kind friends . More info here.

The fest proper happens Dec. 26-28. Those dates leave you free to catch the various New Year's Eve shows going on throughout the southeast (including Phish in Miami, Widespread Panic in Charlotte, Donna the Buffalo in Tampa, etc.).

Advanced tickets are just $65 for the whole three days ($80 at the gate,) and that includes primitive camping. More details from the promoters are below, after the schedule.

M = Main Stage 
S = Side Stage

FRIDAY:

M 2:45- 3:45 Legacy Orchestra Collective
S 3:45- 4:30 Endless Flow
M 4:30- 5:30 Between Bluffs
S 5:30- 6:30 Fil and Friends
M 6:30- 8:00 The Uncle John's Band
S 8:00- 8:45 Christie Lenee
M 8:45- 10:15 Come Back Alice 
S 10:15 11:00 Grandpa's Cough Medicine
M 11:00- 12:30 The Applebutter Express
S 12:30- 2:00 The Corbitt Brothers Band

SATURDAY:

S 11:00- 12:00 Bath Salt Zombies
M 12:00- 1:00 Shoeless Soul 
S 1:00- 2:00 Rev. D and the New Diggz
M 2:00- 3:00 Serotonic
S 3:00- 4:00 Future Vintage
M 4:00- 5:00 The Juanjamon Band
S 5:00- 6:00 The Funky Nuggets
M 6:00- 7:30 Green Sunshine
S 7:30- 8:15 Holey Miss Moley
M 8:15- 9:45 COPE
S 9:45- 10:30 Displace
M 10:30- 12:30 Zach Deputy
S 12:30- 2:30 S.P.O.R.E.

SUNDAY

S 1:00- 2:00 Jeremy Willis
S 2:00- 3:00 Under the Willow
S 3:00- 4:00 Currentz
S 4:00- 5:00 Ajeva

**Artists at large... Christie Lenee, Clay Watson, Isaac Corbitt, Christian Ryan (http://www.christianryanmusic.com/), Savi Fernandez, John Parkerurban

Here’s what you need to know:


• This is a KID FRIENDLY event, and children 12 and under get in FREE! Kids 17 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian**
• **VERY IMPORTANT** NO DOGS ALLOWED. The wonderful people at Maddox Ranch are kind enough to allow us to host our event on their property, and we respectfully oblige to their few requests. Thank you in advance for understanding
• No electricity is provided, but generators are welcome as long as they are properly maintained and not disruptive
• RV’s and campers are allowed
• Raised or confined fire pits ONLY! Firewood will be available for purchase on site at the event
• Port-o-potties provided, as well as outdoor showers
• NO outside FIREWORKS
• This is a RAIN OR SHINE event, be prepared for the unpredictable FL weather!
• If interested in vending, please send an email to: hometeamvendors@gmail.com
• Events such as these CAN NOT exist without the help of a good volunteer support system. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: hometeamvolunteers@gmail.com


For any other general questions contact Jenelle Muir, Jillian Melucci or Robyn Alleman. Musicians with questions may contact Cody Bean or Kyle Biss..all via Facebook

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival: A Soul-Filling Dance Throwdown


Loved the West African Mande Jam! festgrrl photo

It’s a very old tradition: Humans gathering together, playing music, wearing regalia, and dancing in the forest. Maybe that’s why I always feel so renewed when I come back from Bear Creek Music & Arts Festival. It’s ancestry in our bones.

For the ninth year in a row, Bear Creekers showed up in force Nov. 13-16, in costume, freak flags flying, ready to rage it once those funky bass lines caught hold. Some of the best funk players on the planet threw down on the five stages, a banquet that can only be described as musical gluttony.

Luckily, you can stream many of this year’s Bear Creek shows here, thanks to our dedicated tapers. WE LOVE YOU, TAPERS! I've got links to video of many of the performances below, too.

Dani Jaye of Come Back Alice. festgrrl photo
There are a lot of reasons Bear Creek is so special; the love in the crowd, the smiles and hugs people share all day and all night, and watching musicians having improvisational conversations because Bear Creek has more sit-ins and collaborations than most any festival save New Orleans Jazzfest.

It's exciting and relaxing at the same time. Being in the fairy-land 800-plus acres of Live Oak, Florida's Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park helps, too. You can breathe, you can be, you can come as you are.

'Nuff said. festgrrl photo
Standout performances this year included headliners Umphrey's McGee, who delivered two nights of blazingly fast guitar work, deep pocket groove, killer light shows, and a high energy setlist that did not disappoint. (OK, I wasn't all about the Huey Lewis and the News "Power of Love" cover but whatever; I loved The Police "Driven to Tears" cover, so, as my friend says, "You like what you like,") The addition of the horn section from the hot Boston funk band, Lettuce -- a Bear Creek fave --  was especially welcome. You can watch the shows here Friday set 1, Friday Set 2, and Saturday set.

I have to shout out to Brooklyn-based band Turkuaz, one of the best funk bands working today.Check out video of two of the songs they did  here and here.
David Brandwein of Turkuaz. festrggl photo.
Hellishly flat-out power funk with icy-cool hot girl singers, a killer horn section, great bass. They are a phenomenon on stage.

Zach Deputy. festgrrl photo
Zach Deputy brought his mad looper skills, stellar musicianship and big love to the party.You can see his set here.  Locos Por Juana, infectious Latin groove, were also very impressive. Check out one of their song performances at Bear Creek here  The 8-piece Washington, D.C. reggae-funk band See-I absolutely killed it on the ampitheater stage, watch it here. Special shoutout to SoberGoat, who filmed so many of the shows!

Carly Meyers of Yojimbo. festgrrl photo. 
How many ways can you shake your booty over one weekend? Funk heavy-hitters  Dumpstaphunk, The New Mastersounds, and  Lettuce inspired all-out dance frenzies. You can watch The New Mastersounds Friday set here.

Funk and soul band Orgone, out of California, turned out two great performances. They have gone through a few different lead singers, and the current front woman, Adryon de León, is a powerhouse, Tina Turner-esque performer.Highly recommend this band. Watch their show here.  Shout also to Jacksonville's own Herd of Watts, a boogie shaking band to watch.Watch their show here.

 Arleigh Kincheloe,Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds
festgrrl photo.
I was told to check out Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds and I was not disappointed. Lead singer Arleigh Kincheloe has some sly star power and one hell of a voice. I see this band showing up on festival lineups all over the country so I'm psyched to see them again, probably this summer at Floydfest in Virginia.

African Mande Jam. festgrrl photo.
The Bear Creek West African Mande Jam was not well attended (maybe because it was an inside performance on a gorgeous afternoon), and that was a shame, because it was a fantastic spectacle of world musicians that I will never forget. It included members of Benyoro, Kreative Pandemonium,Toubab Krewe, and special guests Balla Kouyaté and Raja KassisAt one point,  I counted 23 people on the stage.
African Mande Jam. festgrrl photo.

African Mande Jam. festgrrl photo.

Chris Robinson (Black Crowes, Chris Robinson Brotherhood)  partnered up with New York's Soulive for a happy-hour set in the park's beautiful ampitheater. (Nice job covering the Grateful Dead's West L.A. Fadeaway,) You can see the set here.

Green Sunshine. festgrrl photo.
The Alecia Chakour Band brings the angels to Bear Creek. What a voice, what a presence! You may have heard her singing with Warren Haynes, Lettuce, and others.She is amazing.Listen to her set here.

Earphunk out of New Orleans delivered rock-funk fusion on the Forest Stage, pulling out an incredible  Rage Against The Machine "Bullshit on Parade"cover which made the crowd go crazy. You can stream the band's excellent "Sweet Nasty" album here.

The Budos Band. festgrrl photo.

Sit-in stalwarts over the weekend were George Porter Jr,, Grant Green Jr,, Pee Wee Ellis, Jennifer Hartswick, and the original funky drummer,  Bernard Purdie. We so appreciate these masters in our midst. Oh, and let's not forget the 11-year-old guitar phenomenon, Brandon Niederauer, also known as "Taz," the hardest working little man at the fest. Check out his playing on Manic Depression with Soulive here.
Jesus of lettuce, festgrrl photo
It's hard to get to all the music you want to see at Bear Creek, because there's just SO MUCH GOOD MUSIC and that's thanks to our funky curator Paul Levine. THANKS PAUL, for another great one! You are the best!

Paul Levine. festgrrl photo.


Our lovely Spirit of the Suwannee cypress lake. festgrrl photo.

Thanks for all the hugs, all the dances, and all the love, new friends  and old friends. Love y'all, and see ya next time!
Sweet festers and friends. festgrrl photo.
Mr. Bear Creek! festgrrl photo




Friday, December 12, 2014

A Florida Camping Fest for the Holidays



Well now, our festival season just keeps going and going, people! The third annual Home Team New Year's Rally happens outside Lakeland, Fla. Dec. 26-28.

Since this camping festival happens just after Christmas, it leaves you free to catch the various New Year's Eve shows going on throughout the southeast (including Phish in Miami, Widespread Panic in Charlotte, Donna the Buffalo in Tampa, etc.).

Advanced tickets are just $65 for the whole three days ($80 at the gate,) and that includes primitive camping. There are no RVs  or campers allowed at the event, which is held at the lovely Maddox Ranch outside Lakeland. More details from the promoters are below, after the lineup.

The gate opens Friday, December 26th at 10am. 

MUSIC LINEUP

Zach Deputy
The Applebutter Express
CoPe
Come Back Alice
S.P.O.R.E.
Grandpa's Cough Medicine
The Corbitt Brothers Band
Uncle John's Band
Come Back Alice
Displace
Green Sunshine
The Juanjamon Band
Holey Miss Moley
The Funky Nuggets
Future Vintage Band
Rev. D and the New Diggz
Legacy Orchestra Collective
Between Bluffs
Serotonic
Christie Lenee
Shoeless Soul
Endless Flow
Ajeva
Joe Moves
Jeremy Willis
Currentz

Here’s what you need to know:


• This is a KID FRIENDLY event, and children 12 and under get in FREE! Kids 17 and under MUST be accompanied by a parent or guardian**
• **VERY IMPORTANT** NO DOGS ALLOWED. The wonderful people at Maddox Ranch are kind enough to allow us to host our event on their property, and we respectfully oblige to their few requests. Thank you in advance for understanding
• No electricity is provided, but generators are welcome as long as they are properly maintained and not disruptive
• RV’s and campers are allowed
• Raised or confined fire pits ONLY! Firewood will be available for purchase on site at the event
• Port-o-potties provided, as well as outdoor showers
• NO outside FIREWORKS
• This is a RAIN OR SHINE event, be prepared for the unpredictable FL weather!
• If interested in vending, please send an email to: hometeamvendors@gmail.com
• Events such as these CAN NOT exist without the help of a good volunteer support system. If you are interested in volunteering, please send an email to: hometeamvolunteers@gmail.com


For any other general questions contact Jenelle Muir, Jillian Melucci or Robyn Alleman. Musicians with questions may contact Cody Bean or Kyle Biss..all via Facebook