Modest Mouse are one of the most surprising commercial success stories of the new millennium – while their music is by turns taut and elliptical, and the lyrics sometimes cryptic and introspective, the band broke through the mainstream audience with the platinum-selling Good News for People Who Love Bad News and they became genuine rock stars at a time when their musical peers remained cult figures.
Modest Mouse was formed in 1993 in Issaquah, Washington by singer/guitarist Isaac Brock, drummer Jeremiah Green and bassist Eric Judy. In 1994, Modest Mouse recorded its first EP,Blue Cadet-3, Do You Connect and also recorded what would have been its first album, Sad Sappy Sucker, but constant delays caused the album to be shelved and ultimately released in 2001. In 1996, the group officially released its debut album,This Is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About, on the independent label Up Records. It was followed the next year by The Lonesome Crowded West, which featured Modest Mouse’s core membership of Brock, Judy and Green. That album generated a buzz on the underground music scene for its dark, pessimistic lyrics centering on America’s suburban underbelly, and music that jumps from angular punk to gently, country-ish dirges. Another album, The Fruit that Ate Itself, an experimental one-off for the indie label K Records, also came out in 1997. As Modest Mouse’s following grew, they were courted by major labels and they eventually signed with Epic Records, who released The Moon & Antarctica in 2000. A collection of demos and session outtakes, Everywhere and His Nasty Parlour Tricks, was issued in 2001. Good News for People Who Love Bad News arrived in 2004 and proved to be Modest Mouse’s commercial breakthrough, rising to the top of the album charts, spawning the hit singles “Float On” and “Ocean Breathes Salty” and selling over a million copies as the band began headlining arenas. For 2007’s nautical-themed We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, the group recruited former Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, whose trademark licks infused the first single “Dashboard” and “We’ve Got Everything”. Thanks in part to the continued success of “Float On”, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank debuted at Number One on the Top 200. In 2009, Modest Mouse issued a second collection of outtakes and B-sides, entitled No One’s First, And You’re Next and in 2012, Pitchfork.tv released a 45-minute documentary on The Lonesome Crowded West. The documentary included archival footage taken during live performances and original recording/mix sessions. Eight years after the release of We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank, Modest Mouse has returned with a new album entitledStrangers to Ourselves featuring the lead single “Lampshades on Fire”. Current members of Modest Mouse are Isaac Brock, Jeremiah Green, Tom Peloso, Russell Higbee, Jim Fairchild and Lisa Molinaro.
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
Robert Earl Keen and His Band- Sunday, July 19, 2015
It’s not always easy to sum up a career – let alone a life’s ambition – so succinctly, but those five words from Robert Earl Keen’s calling-card anthem just about do it. You can complete the lyric with the next five words – the ones routinely shouted back at Keen by thousands of fans a night (“…and the party never ends!”) – just to punctuate the point with a flourish, but it’s the part about the journey that gets right to the heart of what makes Keen tick. Some people take up a life of playing music with the goal of someday reaching a destination of fame and fortune; but from the get-go, Keen just wanted to write and sing his own songs, and to keep writing and singing them for as long as possible.
“I always thought that I wanted to play music, and I always knew that you had to get some recognition in order to continue to play music,” Keen says. “But I never thought of it in terms of getting to be a big star. I thought of it in terms of having a really, really good career and writing some good songs, and getting onstage and having a really good time.”
Now three decades on from the release of his debut album – with well over a dozen over records to his name, thousands of shows under his belt and still no end in sight to the road ahead – Keen remains as committed to and inspired by his muse as ever. And as for accruing recognition, well, he’s done alright on that front, too; from his humble beginnings on the Texas folk scene, he’s blazed a peer, critic, and fan-lauded trail that’s earned him living-legend (not to mention pioneer) status in the Americana music world. And though the Houston native has never worn his Texas heart on his sleeve, he’s long been regarded as one of the Lone Star State’s finest and top-drawing true singer-songwriters. He was still a relative unknown in 1989 when his second studio album, West Textures, was released – especially on the triple bill he shared at the time touring with legends Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark – but once fellow Texas icon Joe Ely recorded both “The Road Goes on Forever” and “Whenever Kindness Fails” on his 1993 album, Love and Danger, the secret was out on Keen’s credentials as a songwriter’s songwriter. By end of the decade, Keen was a veritable household name in Texas, headlining a millennial New Year Eve’s celebration in Austin that dew an estimated 200,000 people. A dozen years later, he was inducted into the Texas Heritage Songwriters Hall of Fame along with the late, great Van Zandt and his old college buddy, Lyle Lovett.
Jorma Kaukonen, Thursday August 6, 2015
In a career that has already spanned a half-century, Jorma Kaukonen has been one of the most highly respected interpreters of American roots music, blues, and Americana, and at the forefront of popular rock-and-roll. A member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and a GRAMMY nominee, he is a founding member of two legendary bands, Jefferson Airplane and the still-touring Hot Tuna. Jorma Kaukonen’s repertoire goes far beyond his involvement creating psychedelic rock; he is a music legend and one of the finest singer-songwriters in music.
The son of a State Department official, Jorma Kaukonen, Jr. was born and raised in the Washington D.C. area. He was a devotee of rock-and-roll in the Buddy Holly era but soon developed a love for the blues and bluegrass. Soon he met Jack Casady. Though they could not have known it, they were beginning a musical partnership that has continued for over 50 years. Jorma graduated from high school and headed off for Antioch College in Ohio, where he met Ian Buchanan, who introduced him to the elaborate fingerstyle fretwork of the Rev. Gary Davis. A work-study program in New York introduced the increasingly skilled guitarist to that city’s burgeoning folk-blues-bluegrass scene and many of its players. After a break from college and travel overseas, Jorma moved to California. It was at this time, that he met Paul Kantner and was asked to join a new band. Although Jorma’s true passion was roots music, he decided to join. That band was the Jefferson Airplane. Jorma invited his old musical partner Jack Casady to come out to San Francisco and play electric bass for Jefferson Airplane, and together they created much of Jefferson Airplane’s signature sound. A pioneer of counterculture-era psychedelic rock, the group was the first band from the San Francisco scene to achieve international mainstream success. Their 1967 record Surrealistic Pillow is regarded as one of the key recordings of the “Summer of Love”. Two hits from that album, “Somebody to Love” and “White Rabbit”, are listed in Rolling Stone’s “500 Greatest Songs of All Time”. Jorma and Jack would jam whenever they could and would sometimes perform sets within sets at Airplane concerts. The two would often play clubs following Airplane performances. Making a name for themselves as a duo, they struck a record deal, and Hot Tuna was born. Over the next three and a half decades Hot Tuna would perform thousands of concerts and release more than two-dozen records. The musicians who performed with them were many and widely varied, as were their styles—from acoustic to long and loud electric jams but never straying far from their musical roots. What is remarkable is that they have never coasted. Hot Tuna today sounds better than ever. In addition to his work with Hot Tuna, Jorma has recorded more than a dozen solo albums on major labels beginning with 1974’s Quah and continuing with his recent acoustic releases on Red House Records—2007’s Stars in My Crown and River of Time, produced by Larry Campbell and featuring Levon Helm. Jorma released his latest solo album, Ain’t In No Hurry, in February of 2015 on Red House Records.
But performance and recording are only part of the story. As the leading practitioner and teacher of fingerstyle guitar, Jorma and his wife Vanessa Lillian operate one of the world’s most unique centers for the study of guitar and other instruments – Jorma Kaukonen’s Fur Peace Ranch Guitar Camp in Southeastern Ohio. Since it opened in 1998, thousands of musicians whose skills range from basic to highly accomplished gather for weekends of master instruction offered by Jorma and other instructors who are leaders in their musical fields. Jorma is constantly looking to take his musical horizons further still, always moving forward and he is quick to say that teaching is among the most rewarding aspects of his career. “You just can’t go backward. The arrow of time only goes in one direction.”
The Robby Krieger Band presents an Evening of The Doors Greatest Hits, Thursday August 13
The Robby Krieger Band, led by Rock & Roll Hall of Fame musician and The Doors’ guitarist Robby Krieger, will perform an Evening of The Doors Greatest Hits featuring special guest vocalist Waylon Krieger.
Robert Alan Krieger, born January 8, 1946, in Los Angeles, is a musical performer and The Doors guitarist. He attended UCLA. “The first music I heard that I liked was Peter and the Wolf. I accidentally sat and broke the record (I was about seven). Then I listened to rock ‘n’ roll – I listened to the radio a lot – Fats Domino, Elvis, The Platters,” recalls Krieger.
“I started surfing at 14. There was lots of classical music in my house. My father liked march music. There was a piano at home. I studied trumpet at 10, but nothing came of it. Then I started playing blues on the piano, no lessons though. When I was 17, I started playing guitar. I used my friend’s guitar. I didn’t get my own until I was 18. It was a Mexican flamenco guitar. I took flamenco lessons for a few months. I switched around from folk to flamenco to blues to rock ‘n’ roll.
“Records got me into the blues. Some of the newer rock ‘n’ roll, such as the Paul Butterfield Blues Band. If it hadn’t been for Butterfield going electric, I probably wouldn’t have gone rock ‘n’ roll. I didn’t plan on rock ‘n’ roll. I wanted to learn jazz; I got to know some people doing rock ‘n’ roll with jazz, and I thought I could make money playing music. In rock ‘n’ roll you can realize anything that you can in jazz or anything. There’s no limitation other than the beat. You have more freedom than you do in anything except jazz – which is dying – as far as making any money is concerned.
“In The Doors we have both musicians and poets, and both know of each other’s art, so we can effect a synthesis. In the case of Tim Buckley or Dylan you have one man’s ideas. Most groups today aren’t groups. In a true group all the members create the arrangements among themselves.”
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.