Sarah Jarosz's music — from her own original material to her exquisite interpretations of songs by others — seems to exist outside any frame of reference, managing to weave time-honored tradition with a bold, adventurous spirit of discovery and independence. Growing up in Wimberley, Texas, Sarah, a singer from an early age,was 9 years old when she received a mandolin for Christmas.
Spurred on by a weekly jam session near her hometown, she worked tirelessly to learn the instrument, picking up clawhammer banjo and guitar along the way. Shortly after turning 11, Sarah traveled to her first bluegrass gathering outside of Texas, the respected Rockygrass Festival in Lyons, Colorado, and over the next several years she earned a reputation as something of a young phenom, traveling the festival circuit and channeling the traditions of her musical elders while aspiring to the creative heights of her heroes as well.
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm
Los Angeles based Singer/Songwriter Cameron Rafati, began his musical journey at the age of twelve when he picked up his uncle's dusty guitar only to stumble through his adolescence playing pizza parlors and talent shows. Playing up until college, he decided to leave music for the corporate world to pay off his college debts. However, with real feelings derived from disappointment and life's trials on the road selling door to door, he began writing songs between meetings and work hours. Soon, living a double life could no longer be done and he quit his job--Never to return.
Building upon hard knox and experience, Cameron has learned to leave nothing in the tank. In symphonies of strings alleviated with gripping percussion, vulnerable quiver, and husky belt, Cameron's voice hammers atop modern layered musicality with Motown muscle and old school vigor.
Doors 8 | Show 9
Being a native of Southern California, musician/songwriter/composer, Brian Jordan delivers his sultry sound to audiences around the world with a unique flair. As leader of, "Brian Jordan Band", Brian has thrilled many audiences with his own brand of rock infused groove music. As well, recent collaborations with DJ Logic and Willie Waldman Project have brought a new level of fluid, danceable, eclectic and fully improvisational performance!
Leading up to now, Brian spent 12 years as guitarist with the band, "Karl Denson's Tiny Universe". He has also performed and recorded with Grammy Award winning artist, Lauryn Hill and appeared numerous times with the house band on the NBC television show, "Last Call with Carson Daly. Other projects that Brian has been associated with include "Blu Sirkut", "Banyan" which features drummer Stephen Perkins of Janes Addiction and the "The Motherlode Band". Brian has also performed in projects with Zigaboo Modeliste of the The Meters, Greg Errico and Cynthia Robinson of Sly and the Family Stone and Bernie Worrell of Parliament/Funkadelic/Talking Heads. Brian has also shared the stage and swapped licks with many luminaries such as James Brown, Dave Mathews, Lenny Kravitz, Bob Weir, "The Allman Brothers Band", Fred Wesley, and Dr. Lonnie Smith. .... As a recording and performing artist Brian exhibits a diverse array of influences while honing in on his own style. His sound recalls elements of classic to modern American musical flavors, World music consciousness, and 100% Soul!
Doors 8 | Show 9
Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside's new record 'Untamed Beast' (Partisan Records, 2/19) is a visceral rock and roll romp. Like a "cross between Ella Fitzgerald and Tom Waits" (Mashable) Sallie has established herself as one of the most powerful female voices in indie rock. Ford and her group - Tyler Tornfelt (upright bass), Ford Tennis (drums), and Jeffrey Munger (lead guitar) - recorded the album's 11 tracks with Adam Landry and Justin Collins (Deer Tick, Middle Brother) at Jackpot! Studios in the band's hometown of Portland, Oregon. The band will preview tracks from the new album with an NYC performance during APAP on January 11 at Rockwood Music Hall, 7pm.
On the new album the band creates a powerful statement on finding freedom through defying conformity. Through clever (often racy) turns of phrase, Sallie twists traditional notions of gender and genre. She says "it's time for a girl to infiltrate the boys world of rock n roll and grab it by the balls. To me rock n roll isn't a genre, it's an energy." From the exuberantly sexy "Do Me Right" to the free-spirited cry of "Party Kids," 'Untamed Beast' has a lust for life.
'Untamed Beast' is the follow up to 2011's 'Dirty Radio' (Partisan Records) which Brooklyn Vegan called "phenomenal and monumental." In 2011 Sallie Ford & The Sound Outside made their national television debut on Letterman, were one of the most talked about new performers at Bonnaroo, the Newport Folk Fest and Bumbershoot, and were championed by Jack White and The Avett Brothers.
Doors 7 pm | Show 8 pm
Unlike the previous three albums by alt-country five-piece band Micky and the Motorcars, the group — this go-around — had plenty of time to prepare for NAIVE. During recording sessions on the past discs, says front man-lead vocalist Micky Braun, "if a good gig came up, we had to leave the studio."
Now established as one of the best-drawing bands on the lucrative Texas Music circuit, Micky and the Motorcars had plenty of time to make NAIVE (Smith Entertainment; July 29, 2008), accumulating a large stockpile of songs before members even entered Austin's Cedar Creek Studios.
"We had a good amount of time off, so we did a lot of rehearsal, working up different arrangements and trying to figure out the right way to play them," says Braun. "That was kind of grueling, but it worked out."
Doors 8 | Show 9
Upon hearing the unique and refreshing sound of Nicki Bluhm, it becomes immediately clear why she is in the midst of a breakout year. Nicki has filled a void in music with her brand of vintage-tinged rocking country soul -- music that's like an enchanting friend you've known for a short while but feels like you've known forever.
In 2011 alone, Nicki has moved with grace and style from the studio to the main stages of the nation's most revered music festivals (Outside Lands, High Sierra, Strawberry, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass), where her strong voice, striking presence and penchant for songcraft have made an undeniable impression and received rousing reception from audiences of all ages.
Nicki's story began at a New Year's Eve party where she sang an Allman Brothers song, catching the attention of musician/producer Tim Bluhm (Mother Hips). With Tim's encouragement, Nicki began to write her own songs and perform in public. The two fell in love and married, followed by the recording of Nicki's debut album, Toby's Song (2008), which was heralded as one of Jambase's top ten albums of the year.
Doors 7 | Show 8
The core of any rock band worth their salt is a deep respect for the fundamentals – a feel that's redolent of the scare-the-parents, back country, wild juke joint origins – and an abiding drive to carve out one's own unique territory. The friction between these impulses is where good things happen, and it's the place San Francisco's The Stone Foxes - Shannon Koehler (drums, harp, vocals), Aaron Mort, (bass, guitar, vocals), Spence Koehler (lead guitar, vocals) & Elliott Peltzman (Rhodes, organ, piano) - have resided since their 2008 debut, young men dedicated to keeping rock engaged and succulently alive.
"The best classic rock bands are all anomalies. They got away with doing things that hadn't been done before even if they started playing basic blues. It's when they started experimenting that they took on their own identities," says Aaron. "We're trying to do the same thing. You have to, and it feels like something that had to happen and happened very naturally."
"You do what the song needs you to do. That's how this band does it," says Shannon. "Hell, that's how The Band did it! You can go back to Muddy Waters and further for examples of this. With us, there's this filter of blues and roots that we've created by soaking up that music, and when we write everything gets put through that filter. It comes out as who we are today, but everything we do goes through that filter, this cultural fuzzbox."
Doors 8 | Show 9
"I've always thought of the BoDeans as a truly American band," says Kurt Neumann, the founder, primary writer and frontman of the veteran Milwaukee-based group. "We were blue-collar kids straight out of the heartland-how could we be anything else? 'Roots rock' was a label I fought when I was younger, but I came to realize that if by 'roots' you meant blues, rock, country and soul all slammed together into one sound, then I'd say yes-that is the sound of American-made music."
Neumann fully embraces that notion on American Made, the BoDeans' eleventh album. Its dozen songs are laced through with strands of indigenous roots elements-Heartland hoedown folk ("American," with guest Jake Owen spinning out the guitar solo), Celtic-rooted mountain music ("Walk Through This World," "Flyaway"), zydeco ("Everything You Wanted"), Southern roadhouse soul ("Don't Bring Me Down"), Chicago blues ("Shake the Fever") and 100-proof roots rock ("All the World"). These tracks are played with heartfelt emotion as well as jaw-dropping skillfulness by the band-Neumann on vocals and guitars, original member Michael Ramos (Patty Griffin, John Mellencamp) on keyboards and accordion, longtime BoDeans bassist Ryan Bowman and new member Warren Hood, a fiddle/violin virtuoso from Austin.
Doors 8 | Show 9
1. A universal life force, a cosmic unit of energy, the creative force in nature.
2. Eight souls from Los Angeles who will move your ass and melt your face.
Pronounced with a long second "O," the Los Angeles band Orgone is dedicated to heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. With a core rhythm section of close friends and self-taught musicians steeped in local DJ culture, Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound rooted in old school respect but pulsing with the force of the new millennium. Orgone has become a staple on the festival circuit while gaining a reputation among fellow artists as one of the baddest go-to backing bands on the planet. Always evolving musically and cosmically, Orgone continues to connect with kindred musical spirits throughout the universe with relentless touring and the upcoming release of their fifth full-length album.
Doors 7 | Show 8
SON VOLT * HONKY TONK *
"Break up the silence
Make it clear
Make it last..." – "Down the Highway"
From his earliest recordings in the 1990s as a founding member of Uncle Tupelo, Jay Farrar has been a keen observer of the American landscape: its beauties and its tragedies, salvations and poisons.
It's a perspective that's been hard-won by steady touring and travel through this nation, and Farrar's almost two-decades as the leader of Son Volt (as well as impressive turns as an acclaimed solo artist and collaborator) have only deepened and sharpened his gift for capturing the sights and sounds of his American journey – a gift which is in evidence once again on Son Volt's sixth studio album: Honky Tonk.
Doors 8 pm | Show 9 pm
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