I’ve never been very quiet about the Great Blue Heron Music Festival – I’ve loudly proclaimed it’s my favorite weekend of the year. A weekend of self
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-discovery, a weekend of new music, a weekend of freedom. With this year’s 2011 line-up posted, I thought I’d introduce you to some of the artists that will be bringing in fans from hundreds of miles to gather under the sun in Sherman, New York for culturally rich, musically diverse weekend in the woods.
Slow Mo (featuring Mic Wrecka)
The Philadelphia based, steel guitar pluckin’, rhyme-spinning tag team of Slo-Mo and Mic Wrecka will be lighting up the stage again this year! Somewhere stranded in the void of genre specificity between Robert Randolph, The Roots, Cake, and Big Audio Dynamite, the team of Mike... Read More
Slo-Mo - County
The Town Pants - Come With Me
Donna the Buffalo - Family Picture (live)
The Sim Redmond Band - Life Is Water
David Bromberg Quartet - Last Song for Shelby Jean
The Horse Flies - Baghdad Children
Matt Wertz isn’t from LaVale, Ma
ryland. Trust me, I asked him.
Matt is the kind of guy that always seems willing and eager to talk. He wears the same humility on his sleeve on stage and off stage, much like that guy at your college played guitar in the middle of the frat quad to get laid. It’s benevolent, sure, but girls melt when they hear it.
I picked up the disc at last night’s show in Pittsburgh, where I got a chance to catch up with Matt after the show. Wikipedia claims that Matt is from my tiny little hometown, LaVale, Maryland. So of course I wanted to exchange some banter about the oddity of such a small world. “Nah, man, someone keeps putting that there on Wikipedia, I’m from Missouri.”
I blink stupidly. “That’s like the worst vandalism ever…”
Matt... Read More
Matt Wertz - Someone Like You
I’ve been meaning to write this post for a week now, but it’s been one thing a
fter another. Yesterday would have been perfect, being St. Patrick’s Day, but I was too busy celebrating and watching Dexter. I hope you’ll forgive me.
Last Friday (11 March 2011) I went to Nine Irish Brothers Irish Pub in West Lafayette, Indiana. That’s where Purdue University is located, where I got my BS and where my wife is going to school until May. Nine Irish is absolutely my favourite pub/bar/drinking establishment: the food is excellent traditional Irish fare, the service is great, and on Friday and Saturday there are live bands. For all of these reasons I make a point to stop in any time I’m around Purdue, as I happened to be a week ago.
Sarah (my wife) and I met some friends for dinner... Read More
The Bloddy Tinth -The Wind That Shakes the Barley - Harvest Home
The Bloddy Tinth - Haul Away Joe
It’s dark. The air inside of Moondogs smells vaguely reminiscent of a time when you could smoke in a Pittsburgh bar. This isn’t the type of place where you order a martini. In this dive, bathed in an orange wash of light, beer is standard fare.
And that is the way it should be. This is, after all, a blues bar.
I was prepared for Ana Popovic. I’ve been spinning her
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music for a while now, and have grown greatly fond of such a passionate, powerful woman plucking the blues strings. What I wasn’t prepared for, though, was how tight her backup band would be. I’ve gathered that Ron Jonker was the bassist, but I’m still crawling the internet on a mission to identify the absolutely impressive keyboardist and drummer.
Ana exudes a certain confidence on stage that is unique. There... Read More
Ana Popovic - You Complete Me
I’m sitting at the University Of Pittsburgh Greensburg’s coffee house with a handful of students that are hoping to find the most entertaining thing in Westmoreland County on a Tuesday evening – not an easy task.
John Farley approaches the microphone and says “I’m going to play a little song by the Reverend Gary Davis”. I see a few eyebrows rise amongst a majority who clearly were not familiar with the gospel-blues guitarist that died almost 40 years ago. A few fellow music elitists voice their support, making sure to display their superior, esoteric taste in music.
Before he performs, many of the students appraise him at face value. Farley, an acoustic guitar virtuoso is humble, just like his blues. His horned-rimmed glasses and beret do not make for a daunting presence in the room. But this is only before his... Read More