In 2011, Old Crow found themselves embarking on the historic Railroad Revival Tour with Mumford and Sons, and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros. This tour had the bands riding a vintage train from California to New Orleans, playing shows along the way. The magic of this musical excursion across America’s vast landscape is captured in the Emmet Malloy directed documentary, Big Easy Express. In late 2013, Old Crow Medicine Show received the great honor of being inducted as the newest members of the historic Grand Ole Opry. Other highlights from the year included winning the Grammy Award for “Best Long Form Music Video” for the film Big Easy Express, and having their classic single, “Wagon Wheel”, receive the RIAA’s Platinum certification for selling over 1,000,000 copies. www.crowmedicine.com
Boston at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Sunday, May 24, 2015
Back by popular demand, Tom Scholz’ band BOSTON will embark on another highly anticipated tour, following a successful run last year that brought the band back to Japan after thirty-five years. The first show kicks off on April 30 in Tuscaloosa, AL at the Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, with the band performing over four dozen shows in North America, running through August 30 in Kansas City, MO.
Always a huge crowd pleaser with their high-energy stage show, out-of-this-world sound, and remarkable musicianship and singing, BOSTON prides itself on performing a totally live show without the use of prerecorded music or technical enhancements, delivering the extraordinary sound that is faithful to their studio recordings.
BOSTON became an iconic classic rock fixture when they joined the music scene with their self-titled album in 1976. With over 17 million copies sold, Boston generated hits such as “More Than a Feeling,” “Peace of Mind,” and “Smokin’,” rock staples that are still in heavy rotation today. Their second album, Don’t Look Back was another chart-topper that confirmed their place in rock history, followed by Third Stage, which hit #1 on the charts, with the top single of 1986, “Amanda.” With over 31 million albums sold to date, BOSTON has stood the test of time, as evidenced by live audiences that span generations.
Fans can expect to hear all the classic songs they have grown to love, and will be treated to some new additions to their set list based on recent requests. Guests will be treated to wild Hammond organ work, soaring harmony guitars, and exceptional vocal arrangements, as well as BOSTON’s unique visual stage presentation and plenty of extra-terrestrial sounds heard nowhere else on Earth. For ticket information, click here.
Derek and Julianne Hough’s MOVE LIVE ON TOUR, St. Augustine Amphitheatre, Saturday, June 27, 2015
On the heels of their sold out 2014 tour, superstar siblings Julianne and Derek Hough will team up once again, dancing their way across stages all over the country in their new MOVE LIVE ON TOUR 2015.
The Houghs are promising MOVE LIVE ON TOUR 2015 will be bigger and better than ever. “We had such a fun and high energy show last year. it was amazing to see such a great reaction from our fans the first time, and we can’t wait til they see what we have up our sleeves now! Our goal then, and our goal now is to have it feel like a rock concert for dance, and I think we have and certainly will accomplish that again,” said Julianne Hough.
“Our fans haven’t stopped asking when we would go back out on the road so we are excited to be able to tell them that because of their support and demand, we are headed out again to bring them a new and exciting show. We can’t wait to see everyone on the road,” added Derek Hough.
The show will feature a brand new stage production to showcase the fresh, exciting and high impact choreography spanning across a multitude of different dance styles that all audience members are sure to love! The Houghs will be joined by the Move Company Dancers in a fast paced show, featuring live vocal performances from both Julianne and Derek with incredible costumes and staging to complement.
MOVE LIVE ON TOUR 2015 will be Choreographed, Produced and Co-created by Julianne Hough and Derek Hough. Joined again behind the scenes by their 2014 all-star creative team, the show will also be Co-Created and Directed, with Supervising Choreography by Napoleon and Tabitha Dumo. For ticket information, click here.
Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional with Augustana – June 7th @ 6:30pm
Two of alternative rock’s defining music artists, Third Eye Blind and Dashboard Confessional, are coming together for a massive summer tour in 2015. Their tour will stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on Sunday, June 7, 2015.
Kicking off on May 29 in Cleveland, Ohio at the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica, the Live Nation promoted tour will visit cities throughout North America, including dates lined up in New York City, Philadelphia, St. Augustine, Toronto, Chicago, Houston, Dallas and more.
“I love the unbridled enthusiasm of a Summer tour,” says Stephen Jenkins. “All that crowd energy and the heat frees us up. That’s why Summer is so exciting. We haven’t been out for a year so we’re most excited to see you all.”
“After a break that has refueled and fired us up, Dashboard Confessional is more ready than ever to connect with our treasured fan base,” says Chris Carrabba. “We’ve missed you, friends, and can’t wait to spend our summer with you!”
Barenaked Ladies 2015 LAST SUMMER ON EARTH TOUR with special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay Saturday July 11th @ 6:30
BARENAKED LADIES will be heading back out on the road this summer for their 2015 Last Summer on Earth Tour. Joined by special guests Violent Femmes and Colin Hay of Men At Work, the Ladies are once again recreating their winning formula with performances in 30+ amphitheaters across the country including a Saturday, July 11 stop at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Ed Robertson states, “It’s the Last Summer On Earth… Again! It’s not a doomsday prediction; it’s a call to action. We sincerely hope this won’t be the Last Summer on Earth, but just in case, we’re going to ROCK like it is!!”
BARENAKED LADIES featuring (guitarist/vocalist Ed Robertson, bassist/vocalist Jim Creeggan, keyboardist/vocalist Kevin Hearn and drummer/vocalist Tyler Stewart) have sold over 14 million albums worldwide and have won eight Juno awards and earned multiple Grammy nominations. Known for such hits as “One Week,” “Pinch Me, “Brian Wilson,” “If I Had $1,000,000” and many more, the band also penned the theme song for the hit CBS series, “The Big Bang Theory.” Their latest album, Grinning Streak, debuted at #10 on the Billboard Top 200. The album’s breakout success showcased the single “Odds Are,” which shot to No. 2 on the iTunes Rock Songs Chart. The Barenaked Ladies live shows have become legendary with their hilarious on-stage banter and impromptu raps.
Slightly Stoopid, Dirty Heads – July 23rd @ 5:30
Slightly Stoopid is Kyle McDonald, Miles Doughty, Ryan “Rymo” Moran, Oguer “OG” Ocon, Daniel “Dela” Delacruz, Paul Wolstencroft, Andy Geib with special guest Karl Denson. Known for their fusion of folk, rock, reggae and blues with hip-hop, punk, funk and D.I.Y. work ethic, Slightly Stoopid has currently sold over 900,000 records on their own Stoopid Records label. Their most recent studio album Top of the World debuted at #13 on the Billboard Top 200 Album chart. This followed the Slightly Stoopid & Friends LIVE AT ROBERTO’s TRI STUDIOS album recorded live from Grateful Dead member Bob Weir’s Tri Studios complex featuring special guests Karl Denson, Ivan Neville, Ian Neville, Don Carlos, Tommy Chong and Bob Weir himself.
Huntington Beach’s Dirty Heads mix hip-hop, reggae, and rock along with that laid-back, South Cali attitude. The group formed in 2003 when punk rocker Dustin Bushnell asked his friend, rapper Jared Watson to collaborate on a project that would focus on positive vibes and infectious grooves. Their debut album featured one of the decade’s biggest rock singles, “Lay Me Down” which spent eleven weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Alternative Chart.
Launched in Duxbury, Massachusetts, Stick Figure showcases the talents of multi-instrumentalist and producer Scott Woodruff. Stick Figure’s music has a unique style that creatively blends upbeat roots reggae with the reverberating echoes of dub. Often referred to as the “one man band,” Scott single-handedly created 4 full length albums from 2006-2012 (a fifth album, “Reprise Sessions,” was recorded with a full band and released in 2010), and has sold over 50,000 albums worldwide. Each of Stick Figure’s songs are created by recording instruments individually, layering tracks on top of one another in unison.
Rob Thomas with special guests Plain White T’s – July 25th @ 7:30
Rob Thomas is one of the most distinctive artists of this or any other era – a gifted vocalist, spellbinding performer, and accomplished songwriter known worldwide as lead singer and primary composer with Matchbox Twenty as well as for his multi-platinum certified solo work and chart-topping collaborations with other artists. Among his countless hits are solo classics like “Lonely No More”, “This Is How A Heart Breaks”, and “Streetcorner Symphony”, Matchbox Twenty favorites including “Push”, “3AM”, “If You’re Gone” and “Bent” and of course “Smooth”, his 3x RIAA platinum certified worldwide hit collaboration with Santana. Thomas earned three GRAMMY Awards for his role as co-writer and vocalist on “Smooth”, which topped Billboard’s “Hot 100” for an astounding 12 consecutive weeks and spent 58 total weeks on the chart, the #1 song in Billboard’s “Top Hot 100 Rock Songs” chart history and #2 “Hot 100” song of all time. Thomas’ first solo album …Something To Be made history as the first album by a male artist from a rock or pop group to debut at #1 on The Billboard 200 since the chart was launched. Thomas’ second solo album, 2009’s Cradlesong makes another milestone, generating two #1 singles in “Her Diamonds” and “Someday”. He again made Billboard chart history as the only male artist with multiple #1 hits at Adult Top 40. Thomas is currently in the studio putting finishing touches on his long awaited third solo album, the first in more than six years.
My Morning Jacket with Mini Mansions – August 1st @ 7:00
On May 5th, 2015 My Morning Jacket are set to return with their seventh full-length album, The Waterfall via ATO Records/Capitol Records. This release will mark the band’s first on Capitol Records. Recorded in Stinson Beach CA, The Waterfall is the follow-up to the GRAMMY®-nominated Circuital, which was ranked among 2011’s best albums by publications such as Rolling Stone, Paste, MOJO, and Uncut.
Today, the Louisville quintet reveal the new album’s cover art, full track list, and the lead single, “Big Decisions”, as well as launch a pre-order for the new album via its official website,iTunes and Amazon. Fans who preorder The Waterfall will receive an instant download of “Big Decisions,” which is available for streaming today via VEVO, Spotify, and all other digital services.
My Morning Jacket also announce an extensive United States tour in support of the new album, which will see them headline Governors Ball and Bonnaroo before embarking on a nationwide headlining tour in mid-May, followed by dates in Europe. Fan club pre-sale will be going live on March 9 and the tickets will be available for general sale on March 13. (See full list of tour dates below).
My Morning Jacket arrived at Northern California’s Stinson Beach in late 2013 thinking only about making an album. The band was not prepared to be seduced. But within a couple of days, Jim James, Tom Blankenship, Patrick Hallahan, Carl Broemel and Bo Koster were in love with Panoramic House, a studio perched on a hillside overlooking the Pacific Ocean. The natural beauty of the surrounding landscape, located only about a half hour north of the Golden Gate Bridge, combined with the almost mystical serenity flooded them with a charged sense of possibilities.
Counting Crows “Somewhere Under Wonderland” Tour with special guest Citizen Cope & Hollis Brown – August 2nd @ 6:00
Counting Crows are one of those bands you follow for the long haul. Known for creating unique and innovative concerts and consistently ranked as one of the top live bands performing today, Counting Crows continue their world tour throughout 2015 with a stopover at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre on August 2. For those that first heard them opening for Bob Dylan long ago, or subbing for Van Morrison one memorable night at the rock and Roll Hall of Fame, much of the soundtrack of our times comes from the Crows, from their vivid musical landscapes as well as the feverish brilliance of singer and songwriter Adam Duritz. Hailing from the San Francisco Bay area, Counting Crows consists of vocalist Adam Duritz, guitarists David Bryson, David Immergluck, and Dan Vickrey; bassist Millard Powers; keyboardist Charlie Gillingham; and drummer Jim Bogios. Their success dates back to their 1993 debut release August and Everything After and the hit single “Mr. Jones.” The band hit #1 with the song “Accidentally In Love,” which was featured on the Shrek 2 soundtrack, as well as nominations in 2005 for a Grammy Award, a Golden Globe Award, and an Academy Award for the track. In 2012, the band recorded a collection of cover songs entitled Underwater Sunshine (Or What We Did on Our Summer Vacation) and the live album, Echoes of the Outlaw Roadshow, the following year. Now, on Somewhere Under Wonderland, their seventh studio album, the band push into new terrain with a revamped songwriting approach that’s adventurous and visionary but still rooted in raw emotion. Propelled by the same earthy passion that’s instilled their songs since 1993’s multiplatinum August and Everything After, Counting Crows build each of Somewhere Under Wonderland’s nine sprawling songs around rich sonic tapestries and a storytelling-esque lyricism that yields some of their most grandiose yet intimate songs so far.
Rick Springfield with Loverboy and The Romantics – August 30th @ 6:00
For all of his accomplishments as an actor, best-selling author, and documentary subject, Rick Springfield’s first love has always been music. With 25 million records sold, 17 top-40 hits, including “Don’t Talk to Strangers”, “An Affair of the Heart”, “I’ve Done Everything for You”, “Love Somebody” and “Human Touch”, as well as a 1981 GRAMMY for Best Male Rock Vocal for his No. 1 hit single “Jessie’s Girl,” Springfield shows no signs of slowing down. Springfield has toured for over 30 years, hand-delivering the hits to millions of fans worldwide via his dynamic live shows. His concerts are legendary with their rock heavy, high energy full band sets.
With their trademark red leather pants, bandannas, big rock sound and high-energy live shows, Loverboy has sold more than 10 million albums, earning four multi-platinum plaques. Loverboy are also currently enjoying a cultural renaissance, with major companies such as Taco Bell and Radio Shack using the band’s image and music to promote their products to the ‘80s generation which grew up on the group and others who are just being introduced to their anthems. These days, Loverboy’s not just “Working for the Weekend” but “Lovin’ Every Minute of It,” too, performing for those fans who “Get Lucky” enough to catch one of their shows.
The Romantics burst out of Detroit with a power pop fervor, equally influenced by punk, new wave, garage rock and the British Invasion. Led by lead singer Wally Palmar, the group’s self-titled 1980 debut album produced the massive hit, “What I Like About You”. Their 1983 album, In Heat, was certified gold in both the U.S. (selling more than 500,000 copies) and Canada, yielding the Top Three Billboard single, “Talking in Your Sleep.”
Little Big Town – October 17th @ 7:30
The country vocal quartet Little Big Town features Karen Fairchild, Phillip Sweet, Jimi Westbrook and Kimberly Schlapman. The quartet began with Kimberly and Karen, two Georgia natives who began singing together in college. Arkansas-born and Alabama-raised Jimi Westbrook, a friend of Fairchild’s husband, joined them to make a trio, and the group was completed by the addition of Arkansan Phil Sweet in 1998. From the outset, Little Big Town devoted their sound to harmony and multiple lead vocals, a combination that made the band a hard sell at first. They finally landed a deal at Mercury Records, but it fell through due to disagreements about musical direction. In the wake of the success of the Dixie Chicks, however, Little Big Town were taken up by the Dixie Chicks’ label, Monument Records in 2000 and Monument issued the band’s debut single, “Don’t Waste My Time,” in the winter of 2002. The song was on its way up the charts when its accompanying album, Little Big Town, arrived in May. Although the debut produced several minor hits, Little Big Town didn’t become a superstar act until 2005, when The Road to Hereyielded four Top 20 singles (including the ballad “Bring It On Home”) and earned the group its first platinum record. A Place to Land followed in 2007 and netted three singles. In August of 2010, Little Big Town’s fourth studio album, The Reason Why, was released by Capitol. The band returned in 2012 with the single “Pontoon,” which wound up topping Billboard’s country charts. The band’s fifth full-length album, Tornado, followed in September 2012 and it became their highest placed album on the Billboard 200 up to that point, reaching number two.
An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band – October 27th @ 8:00
A multiple Grammy award winner as the lead vocalist and songwriter for Dire Straits, Knopfler has released seven solo albums as well as recording Neck And Neck with one of his guitar heroes, Chet Atkins and collaborated with Emmylou Harris on All The Roadrunning. He has created soundtracks for Local Hero and The Princess Bride and is currently working on a new film, Altamira. In addition to producing his own records Knopfler has also produced albums for Bob Dylan and Randy Newman amongst others. He was made an OBE in 1999 and was given the prestigious “Lifetime Achievement Award” at the Ivor Novellos in 2012.
Tracker, the new record from Mark Knopfler, will be released March 17 on Verve Records. Tracker marks the eighth solo recording from Knopfler, who Rolling Stone praises as one of the ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time.’ Fans who pre-order the record digitally will instantly receive the single “Beryl” with the order. Knopfler will celebrate the release of Tracker with a 36-city North American Tour that kicks off in Vancouver on September 10 and continues through the end of October. Fans that purchase tickets to An Evening with Mark Knopfler and Band online will receive a physical copy of Tracker for each pair of tickets purchased.
“Part of the fun is thinking what you might have a go at, for a new tour. For me, that’s part of the joy of it, getting that little crew together again, and setting sail once again. It’s a real adventure,” says Knopfler. Knopfler has always viewed touring as the final part of the process running from songwriting through recording and ending up on the road performing old and new songs. He now writes more music whilst actually on the road.
Recorded at his own British Grove Studios in West London, Tracker includes 11 new songs inspired by a wide range of subjects including Beryl Bainbridge and Basil Bunting. The album was produced by Knopfler and his long-time friend and collaborator Guy Fletcher who also plays keyboard on the record. Tracker will be available on CD, double vinyl, deluxe CD with four bonus tracks, and a box set that will include the album on both CD and vinyl with a bonus CD featuring six extra tracks, a DVD with an exclusive short film directed by Henrik Hansen and an interview with Knopfler where he talks about the new record. Sleeve notes have been specially written by acclaimed U.S. author Richard Ford and also contain a numbered art print and six photographic prints.
Ponte Vedre Music Hall, Ponte Vedra FL
Jenny Lewis with Olivia Jean – May 9th @ 8:00
In July of 2014, Jenny Lewis returned with her new album, The Voyager. The Los Angeles artist’s first solo LP since 2008’s Acid Tongue, The Voyager is Lewis’s most deeply personal, and her most musically robust. Featuring production work from Ryan Adams, Beck, as well as Lewis and her longtime collaborator Johnathan Rice, The Voyager finds Lewis at her sharp-witted best, singing about her recent life with honesty and incisiveness. And then there’s her voice, which was already a force to be reckoned with, but sounds even richer, more nuanced, more powerful. Lewis says The Voyager was the hardest album she has ever made, documenting her struggle to cope following the death of her estranged father in 2010 and the subsequent break-up of her band, Rilo Kiley. In the three years she worked on it, there were moments she thought she’d never finish. But, more than ever before, she knew she had to. The story is best told in Lewis’s own words:
“Making The Voyager got me through one of the most difficult periods of my life. After Rilo Kiley broke up and a few really intense personal things happened, I completely melted down. It nearly destroyed me. I had such severe insomnia that, at one point, I didn’t sleep for 5 straight nights. Many of the songs on The Voyager came out of the need to occupy my mind in the moments when I just couldn’t shut down.
Over the course of a couple years, I recorded dozens of demos, often trying multiple versions of the same song. I knew I had to finish it. And every single one of my friends helped me get there. This record took an entire village of musicians, including Ryan Adams, Beck, Johnathan Rice, Farmer Dave Scher, Blake Mills, Benmont Tench, Jason Boesel, Nathaniel Walcott, Alex Greenwald, Lou Barlow, First Aid Kit, the Watson Twins, Z. Berg, and Becky Stark, among others.
While I was in it, I couldn’t see my way out. But eventually, I started feeling better and the insomnia passed. I can sleep again, but I’m certainly a different person now. This record was the hardest one I’ve ever made. I truly thought I was never going to finish it, but I did. The Voyager tells that story: the longest night of my life and the journey to finally getting some rest.”
Bathtub Love Killings is the debut solo LP from Olivia Jean, the multi-instrumentalist who cut her teeth in the Third Man stable backing folks as varied as Karen Elson, Wanda Jackson and Jack White in addition to fronting the much-loved Black Belles. Jean has accrued a lifetime of experience in a few short years, from highlight performances on The Colbert Report, Conan, Late Show With David Letterman and the Grand Old Opry stage to having one of her songs used as the theme for the television series Elvira’s Movie Macabre. Produced by Jack White, Bathtub Love Killings showcases Jean as a songwriting force to be reckoned with. Playing damn-near every instrument she could get her hands on, the result is a well-rounded, catchy record that’s chockfull of ear worm moments.
Lisa Loeb with Flagship Romance – May 10th @ 8:00
Lisa Loeb’s highly anticipated return to the pop/rock world after immersing herself in other projects may be called No Fairy Tale, but it’s actually another charmed chapter of her storybook-like career which began in the mid-90’s. She emerged from the New York coffeehouse and club circuits with her trademark GRAMMY-nominated hit “Stay (I Missed You)” and is the only artist (still) to ever have a number one Billboard pop single while not signed to a recording contract. On No Fairy Tale, the multi-talented singer/songwriter was inspired to work with co-producer Chad Gilbert, a guitarist and founding member of rockers New Found Glory. Stirring up a glorious pop/punk rock sound over the course of 12 tracks, No Fairy Tale is both coolly contemporary yet rough around the edges.
Mat Kearney: Just Kids Tour with Judah & The Lion – May 11th @ 8:00
A quintessential late-bloomer to music, Mat Kearney didn’t write his first song until midway through college. Raised by hippie parents in Oregon, Kearney was charmed early on by music, smitten with albums like Michael Jackson’s Thriller and Paul Simon’s Graceland. But it wasn’t until the summer between his junior and senior year at California State University Chico that his musical life began. Splitting for Nashville, Kearney slept on a friend’s couch for what seemed like an eternity, before cutting the learn-as-you-go debut album Bullet in 2004. Kearney’s breakthrough album Nothing Left to Lose came two years later. The album’s title track throttled up the charts, VH1 kept “Nothing Left to Lose” in rotation for 45 consecutive weeks and sent Kearney out as the headliner of the channel’s first You Oughta Know tour. “Nothing Left to Lose,” “Undeniable” and “Breathe In Breathe Out” all cracked the Top 40. Nothing Left to Lose sent Kearney on a marathon tour during which he opened for the likes of John Mayer, Sheryl Crow, and The Fray, in between his own headline stints. Kearney’s next release, 2009’s City of Black & White definitely reflects that, as it’s marked by the pride and happiness that comes with spending five years trying to make it, and then finally getting there. City of Black & White hit #13 on the Billboard Top 200. In 2011, Kearney followed up with the critically-acclaimed album, Young Love, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard digital chart, #4 on the Billboard Top 200 and spawned several favorites including “Ships in the Night”, “Young, Dumb and in Love”, “Hey Mama” and “She Got the Honey”. In addition, Young Love was the first album to oust Adele’s 21 from its resident iTunes #1 spot in 2011.
John Mayall with Michael Jordan – May 13th @ 8:00
John Mayall was born 29th of November 1933 in Macclesfield, an English town near the industrial hub of Manchester. The eldest of three from humble working class origins, and in the shadow of WWII, this skinny English lad grew up listening to his guitarist father’s extensive jazz record collection and felt drawn to the blues. Strongly influenced by such greats as Leadbelly, Albert Ammons, Pinetop Smith, and Eddie Lang, from the age of 13 he taught himself to play and develop his own style with the aid of a neighbor’s piano, borrowed guitars, and secondhand harmonicas.
From an art college training, to three years with the British Army in Korea, to a successful career in graphic design, Mayall’s blues singing and playing took a back seat until he reached the age of 30. From 1956 until 1962, he was performing publicly on a part-time basis fronting The Powerhouse Four and, later on, The Blues Syndicate. It was then that Alexis Korner’s Blues Incorporated pioneered what was to become known as The British Blues Boom of the Late 60’s. Alexis was quick to encourage and help Mayall make his move to London where he soon secured enough club work to be able to turn professional under the name John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. After a couple of years and a constant turnover of musicians, he met his soulmate in Eric Clapton, who had quit the Yardbirds in favor of playing the blues. This historic union culminated in the first hit album for the Bluesbreakers and resulted in worldwide legendary status.
After Clapton and Jack Bruce left the band to form Cream, a succession of great musicians defined their artistic roots under Mayall’s leadership, and he became as well known for discovering new talent as for his hard-hitting interpretations of the fierce Chicago-style blues he’d grown up listening to. In 1969, with his popularity blossoming in the USA, Mayall released the a drummer-less acoustic live album entitled The Turning Point, from which his song “Room To Move” was destined to become a rock classic. He received a gold record for this album. Throughout the 70’s, Mayall became further revered for his many jazz/rock/blues innovations featuring such notable performers as Blue Mitchell, Red Holloway, Larry Taylor, and Harvey Mandel.
These days it’s hard to do something new with an acoustic guitar, but that’s what Michael Jordan is all about. Combining alternate tunings with tapping techniques and percussion on the body of the guitar, while placing the instrument flat wise across his lap, Michael creates sounds that defy the formal approach of playing the acoustic. His use of haunting harmonics and his unique voice coupled with reflective heady lyrics build a wall of sound like no other. Often his performance leads to questions from the audience such as – “Is that just a normal six string acoustic guitar? Is there something special on his fingers? Where’s the loop station?” During a performance, Michael will quite often switch between lap style and formal positioning of the guitar, providing a dynamic wide-ranging experience for viewers. These songs span from blissfully beautiful to maniacal rants to catchy hooks; and whether lap style or formal positioned, all are cerebral and contagious.
Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour – May 14th @ 8:00
Ed Kowalczyk – the legendary songwriter and former lead-singer of the multi-platinum rock band, Live, announces his Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour. Stripped back, intimate and disarming – Ed Kowalczyk will appear onstage with a new unplugged production of some of rock’s most profound anthems and the voice that has attracted legions of fans for more than two decades. The Ponte Vedra Concert Hall welcomes Ed Kowalczyk on Thursday, May 14, 2015. Tickets go on sale this Friday, November 14 at 10 a.m. Kowalczyk has built one of rock’s most impressive resumes. His band, Live, became one of the most successful and enduring alternative bands of the last twenty years, with more than 20 million albums sold worldwide. Among this catalogue are some of alternative rock’s most iconic hits, including “Lightning Crashes”, “I Alone”, “Selling the Drama”, “The Dolphin’s Cry”, “Overcome” and “Heaven” – many of which have been responsible for shaping the musical landscape for alternative rock around the globe. In 2010, Kowalczyk released his first solo album Alive, which spawned the hit single “Grace”, which was followed in 2013 by The Flood and The Mercy, which featured the hit song, “Seven”. For his newest creative offering, the Throwing Copper Unplugged – 20th Anniversary Tour – Kowalczyk will perform a breathtaking acoustic set that celebrates the 20th anniversary of this seminal Live album, along with a few surprises. “I’m so excited to celebrate the 20th anniversary of Throwing Copper in this new unplugged production”, Ed says. “Fans can expect to see and hear me like never before!”
Florida Chamber Music Project Presents
“Shostakovich & Mendelssohn” – May 17th 3:00pm
Featuring Dmitri Shostakovich – String Quartet No. 8 and Felix Mendelssohn – String Quartet Opus 44 No. 1
Todd Rundgren (2nd Show) – May 24th @ 7:30
Few artists have been as fearless and groundbreaking, nor possess such an expansive and exceptional body of art, as Todd Rundgren. Born and raised in Philadelphia, Rundgren began playing guitar as a teenager, going on to front The Nazz, the quintessential 60s psychedelic pop group. In 1969, he left the band to pursue a solo career, recording his debut albumRunt, but it was 1972’s seminalSomething/Anything? (on which he played all the instruments, sang all the vocal parts and acted as his own producer) that catapulted Rundgren into the limelight, prompting the media to dub him “Rock’s New Wunderkind”. This was followed by such landmark albums as A Wizard, A True Star, Toddand The Hermit Of Mink Hollow. In 1974, Rundgren formed Utopia, who were on the cutting edge of progressive rock in the 70s, and developed into a very tidy power pop outfit in the 80s. As a songwriter, video pioneer, producer, recording artist, computer software developer, conceptualist and interactive artist, Rundgren made a lasting impact on both the form and content of popular music. Among his myriad of hits are “Hello, It’s Me”, “I Saw the Light”, “Can We Still Be Friends”, “We Gotta Get You A Woman”, “Open My Eyes” and “Bang the Drum”. Rundgren is also internationally acknowledged as the Godfather of the marriage of music and multimedia
The Psychedelic Furs – May 31st @ 8:00
If you were to dissect the alternative rock dominating today’s music, you’ll find that much of it pays homage to The Psychedelic Furs. Led by vocalist and songwriter Richard Butler, and his bass-wielding brother Tim, the Furs won over fans and critics alike by combining poetic lyrics, innovative rhythms and melodies driven by an aggressive, punk desperation. Through it all, the band scored major hits with “Love My Way”, “Pretty In Pink”, “Heaven”, “The Ghost In You”, “Heartbreak Beat” and “Until She Comes” in all releasing seven studio albums and spawning several compilations, a box set, and a live concert DVD.
Born out of the late ‘70s, early ‘80s post-punk U.K. rock scene, the Furs’ debut, a self-titled album from 1980 quickly established the band at radio in Europe and was a Top 20 hit in the U.K. The Furs found success in the U.S. with their next release, 1981’s Talk, Talk, Talk, which saw the band making its debut on the U.S. album charts. The album spun off two charting singles, “Dumb Waiters” and the original version of “Pretty in Pink”. The latter song served as an inspiration for the 1986 John Hughes film of the same name, and was re-recorded for the film’s platinum-selling soundtrack. With the advent of MTV in the early 80s, the band took off into the stratosphere and became one of the premier bands on the U.S. College and Modern Rock radio scoring a multitude of #1 singles.
In the early 1990s, the band went on an extended hiatus, with the Butler brothers going onto create the band “Love Spit Love”. After spending most of the decade apart, the Butlers reignited The Psychedelic Furs in 2000, and released a live album Beautiful Chaos: Greatest Hits Live, which also featured a new studio recording, “Alive (For Once in My Lifetime).” Since then, lead singer Richard Butler has released an eponymous solo album and has hinted at the possibility of a new Psychedelic Furs album. Currently, the band continues to tour around the world. The Psychedelic Furs touring lineup remains Richard Butler (vocals), Tim Butler (bass), Rich Good (guitar), Mars Williams (saxophone), Amanda Kramer (keyboards), and Paul Garisto (drums).
David Crosby – June 13th @ 8:00
Legendary singer-songwriter David Crosby has announced a series of intimate solo acoustic tour dates for June and July, where he will perform with only his voice and guitar. The shows will feature repertoire spanning Crosby’s entire career, including new songs from his critically-acclaimed 2014 solo album Croz, and his 1971 solo debut If I Could Only Remember My Name, as well as selections from The Byrds, Crosby, Stills & Nash, and Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.
“This is about the songs. The tale telling,” said Crosby. “Taking you on a voyage to my world for a moment”.
Crosby is a two-time Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, inducted with The Byrds and Crosby, Stills & Nash; he is also in the Songwriters Hall of Fame. In addition to his solo work, Crosby still tours and records with CSN, CSN&Y, and as a duo with Nash. He has written books— Stand and Be Counted: Making Music, Making History/The Dramatic Story of the Artists and Causes That Changed America, and the autobiographical volumes Long Time Gone and Since Then: How I Survived Everything And Lived To Tell About It.
An Evening with Ottmar Liebert & Luna Negra – June 26th @ 8:00
Ottmar Liebert’s incredible global success on a musical level often seems like a simple outgrowth of his cultural background and powerful wanderlust in his formative years. Born in Cologne, Germany to a Chinese-German father and Hungarian mother, Liebert began playing guitar at 11, and traveled extensively through Europe and Asia intent on fully absorbing each musical tradition he encountered. After pursuing his rock ‘n roll dreams, first in his native Germany and then in Boston, he abandoned the frustrations of the East Coast and settled in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
By 1989, Liebert founded the first incarnation of his new band Luna Negra. Nouveau Flamenco began life as a self-produced local release called Marita: Shadows and Storms, copies of which local artist Frank Howell distributed in his art galleries. When the record found its way to radio stations and began generating a buzz among programmers and an unprecedented response among listeners, Higher Octave Music picked it up and released a fully remastered version. The album went on to sell double-platinum in the United States and is recognized as one of the best-selling guitar albums of all time.
“I was honestly happy playing this music in hotels and restaurants in Santa Fe, and going in one year from doing that to opening for Miles Davis was a pretty intense jump,” Liebert recalls. “Most shocking for me was to realize how many different people from so many diverse cultures embraced it. I still get letters from fans in Europe, South America, Australia, and Asia… it’s been a really gratifying experience. I’ve had the opportunity to play in a wide variety of cultural settings with musicians from around the world, and that has been a great experience.”
An Evening with Delbert McClinton and His Band – September 28th @ 8:00
Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music aficionados and an international star in the realms of blues and traditional country music, cross-pollinating the genres into his own unique sound. Born in Lubbock, Texas on November 4, 1940, McClinton grew up in Fort Worth. Discovering the blues in his teenage years, he quickly became an accomplished harmonica player and found plenty of work on the local club scene, where musicians often made their living by playing completely different styles of music on different nights of the week. While McClinton’s career began in the late ‘50s, it was nearly two decades before McClinton evolved into a bona fide solo artist. Since 1980, when his sixth solo albumThe Jealous Kind sparked the top 10 hit “Givin’ It Up for Your Love,” McClinton has remained one of the most respected figures in American Roots music. In 1992, the man who gave John Lennon his first harmonica lesson (when McClinton toured England in the early ‘60s as part of Bruce Channel’s band) won his first GRAMMY Award for the duet “Good Man, Good Woman” with Bonnie Raitt. That was followed by a second win in 2003 for Nothing Personal in the Best Contemporary Blues Album Category. In 2006, McClinton won a third GRAMMY for his Cost of Living album. McClinton’s songs have also been recorded by a who’s who of country music royalty including Vince Gill, Wynonna Judd, Garth Brooks, Emmylou Harris, Martina McBride and more.
Over the decades, McClinton’s blend of soaring blue-eyed soul singing sprinkled with red Texas dust, the emotional wealth of his songwriting and his command of virtuoso supporting ensembles has built McClinton a wildly avid fan base in the United States and Europe. “I’ve got a good deal in life,” McClinton says. “I’ve got a lot of good people for fans who support me, although I’ve won over each of them one-by-one on the road.”
Suzanne Vega – October 16th @ 8:00
Widely regarded as one of the most brilliant songwriters of her generation, Suzanne Vega emerged as a leading figure of the folk-music revival of the early 1980s when, accompanying herself on acoustic guitar, she sang what has been labeled contemporary folk or neo-folk songs of her own creation in Greenwich Village clubs. Since the release of her self-titled, critically acclaimed 1985 debut album, she has given sold-out concerts in many of the world’s best-known halls. In performances devoid of outward drama that nevertheless convey deep emotion, Vega sings in a distinctive, clear vibrato-less voice that has been described as “a cool, dry sandpaper- brushed near-whisper” and as “plaintive but disarmingly powerful.”
Suzanne Vega was born in Santa Monica, CA, but grew up in Spanish Harlem and the Upper West Side of New York City. At age 11, she picked up a guitar and as a teenager she started to write songs. In 1979, when Vega attended a concert by Lou Reed, she began to find her true artistic voice and distinctive vision for contemporary folk. In 1985, Vega’s self-titled debut album was released and 1,000,000 records later, it was clear that Vega’s voice was resonating around the world. “Marlene on the Wall” was a surprise hit in the U.K and Rolling Stone eventually included the record in their “100 Greatest Recordings of the 1980’s.” 1987’s follow up, Solitude Standing, elevated her to star status. The album hit #2 in the UK and #11 in the States, was nominated for three GRAMMYs including Record of the Year and went platinum. Solitude Standing spawned the hits “Luka” (a song that has entered the cultural vernacular and certainly the only hit song ever written from the perspective of an abused boy) and “Tom’s Diner” which is about a non-descript restaurant near Columbia University uptown. Vega’s follow-up album, 1990’s Days Of Open Hand, won a GRAMMY for Best Album Package. Continuing to battle preconceptions, she released 1992’s99.9F. The album’s sound instigated descriptions such as “industrial folk” and “technofolk.” In 1996, Vega returned with the similarly audacious Nine Objects Of Desire and in 2001, she returned to her acoustic roots and released the critics’ favorite, Songs In Red And Gray. In 2007, Suzanne releasedBeauty & Crime on Blue Note Records, a deeply personal reflection of her native New York City in the wake of the loss of her brother Tim and the tragedy of 9/11. Beauty & Crime won a Grammy for Best Engineered Album, Non-Classical. Ms. Vega continues to tour constantly, having just played dates with artists as diverse as Moby and Bob Dylan.
Tab Benoit – October 22nd @ 8:00
Tab Benoit is a three-time GRAMMY-nominated musician and five-time “Contemporary Male” Blues Music Award Winner. Benoit began releasing music in 1993 with the release of Nice and Warm. In 2006, he received a GRAMMY nomination for Best Traditional Blues Album for Brother to the Blues, a collaboration with Louisiana’s LeRoux. LeRoux joined Benoit on Power of the Pontchartrain in 2007 and the live Night Train to Nashville in 2008. In 2007, Benoit won the dual awards of B.B. King Entertainer of the Year and Best Contemporary Male Performer at the Blues Music Awards in Memphis.
Known for his signature “Bayou Blues” sound, Tab Benoit is Louisiana’s #1 roots export. More than just an acclaimed bluesman, he is an indefatigable conservation advocate. Benoit is a driving force behind Voice of the Wetlands, an organization working to save Louisiana’s wetlands. In 2010, he received the Governor’s Award for Conservationist of the Year from the Louisiana Wildlife Federation. Benoit also starred in the iMax motion picture Hurricane on the Bayou, a documentary of Hurricane Katrina’s effects and a call to restore the wetlands. Benoit was inducted into The Louisiana Music Hall of Fame in 2010 at the LMHOF Louisiana Music Homecoming in Erwinville, Louisiana.
In April, 2011 Benoit released Medicine, featuring Anders Osborne, Michael Doucet of Beausoleil, and Ivan Neville. Medicine showcases a lean, energetic young band, and vibe-wise it’s hipper and groovier than anything Benoit has ever done before. The recording also spotlights the work of keyboardist Ivan Neville, drummer Brady Blade and bassist Corey Duplechin.