June 17, 2009

God Street Wednesday: The Reunion

More A/V goodness from the May 30th God Street Wine reunion shows has surfaced and I’m surprised at how good the band sounded. As we mentioned a few weeks ago,

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Two White Horses Come to America

When Jake Szufnarowski (Tragedy) and Paul Green (School of Rock) – two of the most hard-to-impress men in the music industry – tell you to check out a new band,

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Moments in a Box: A Bonnaroo Reflection

Over the past few hours I’ve been contemplating the best way to do a review of Bonnaroo. It’s almost impossible to convey all of the sights and sounds I took in over the past 4 days. Music echoed in my ears for 10-15 hours each day starting last Thursday evening and continued on through Sunday night. Bonnaroo is the mammoth feast that even the most starving music fan cannot take in completely. There is simply not enough time to do everything you’d like to do. It’s impossible. Yet every year I set myself up to go see a hectic music schedule and try to stick to it.

[Phish on Sunday]

Sometimes, that’s not the best laid plan for the ‘Roo. Everyone’s experience is different. It depends on everything: where you’re camped, who you’re with, what time you came in, the weather forecast and who you’re actually excited to see. Never the less, here is my attempt to summarize my musical feast.

THURSDAY – Car Carrier Blues

After a rain storm in the morning, gas-filling and car-packing I made my annual trip down to Manchester for Bonnaroo 2009. It took me a while to get setup but after meeting up with some friends I finally made my trek down to Centeroo in time for People Under the Stairs. They were a great way to start out the festival right – their hip-hop performance got everyone up, moving, and most importantly celebrating the kick-off of a kick-ass music weekend.

READ ON for more of Jennifer Kirk’s Bonnaroo 2009 review…

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Preview: Telluride Bluegrass Festival

With most eyes of the music world on ‘roo hullabaloo and all of its showy splendor, the Telluride Bluegrass Festival, which takes place this weekend June 18-21, has quietly assembled one of the most electric lineups of the summer. As we can all attest, festival functionality tends to improve with age, so Telluride in its 36th year looks like it should be one of the best yet.


In addition to bluegrass stalwarts like Jerry Douglas (in his 25th fest!), Bela Fleck, Peter Rowan, Tim O’Brien, Sam Bush, Yonder Mountain Strong Band, and Railroad Earth, this year’s festival continues the recent trend of expanding the crossover fan appeal with a handful of huge draws including David Byrne, Conor Oberst & the Mystic Valley Band, Elvis Costello & the Sugarcanes, Emmylou Harris and Jenny Lewis. Finally, to round out a great lineup, there are some newer swashbucklers in the bluegrass scene like the Punch Brothers featuring former child prodigy, Chris Thile – of Nickel Creek fame, Greensky Bluegrass, and one of my personal favorites, Irish music pickers, Gaelic Storm. Not bad for a festival with a maximum capacity of 10,000 fans nestled beneath a waterfall at the foot of the gorgeous Rocky Mountains, eh?

We’ve included a sampler playlist to get you in the spirit. Click here to download or just login to imeem and listen away. Also, see below for the complete TBF schedule.

READ ON for the schedule for the Telluride Bluegrass Festival…

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