Last year, Jennifer Hope released her debut LP, Velvet Fire – an instantly hooked album that makes you want to permanently repeat it. Most artists take a little breather before their next venture but not Jennifer. She’s back at it with her new 3 song EP, X-Tremities, and it doesn’t miss a beat where Velvet Fire left off.
It starts off with The Fine Line, a tune penned by Jennifer that gives off a great mystical vibe between the fine line of love and hate. The next two tracks are Jennifer’s take on The Police’s Every Breath You Take. A cool, dark yet moving rendition that could easily be played over and over in your head. The second version is an acoustic version that features the guitar and bass of Pete Strobl.
Another great offering from Jennifer that is a must have. Like Velvet Fire, it is produced by Warren Huart (Aerosmith) and sponsored by my personal hero and greatest influence, Eddie Van Halen. The EP is available on iTunes, Amazon and CDBaby.com. Do yourself a favor and grab a copy now!
The day that you’ve been waiting for is finally here: FRIDAY! Yes, it’s Friday and I can’t think of a better way to kick off the weekend then by heading down to the NorVa and for some good, local blues.
Nothin’ But The Blues features some of the best blues the 757 has to offer. Our good buddy, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos will join MIMSY, Soulshine, Evan Button and last week’s Live Music Friday featured artist, Jessica Doran. Tickets are still available at the NorVa box office for just 12 bones and doors open at 7p with the show kicking off at 8p. To give you a little preview of tonight’s shindig, here are Live Music Friday performances from Anthony and The Jess Doran Band.
This Saturday at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach, The Boss and his Hall Of Fame E Street Band will blow the roof of the joint with a show packed with classics and new cuts from their latest album High Hopes and a unique cover or two that you wouldn’t expect from Bruce. During his Australian tour, they cranked out INXS and AC/DC and last night in Dallas, they opened up with Van Halen’s Jump. Who knows what he has in store for us. One thing that is going to make that show extra special is that our own Jake Clemons will be making his Virginia Beach debut as a member of The E Street Band.
Last year was one heck of a ride for Jake. In addition to the duties with the Asbury Park crew, he finished and released his fantastic EP, Embracing Light, and toured the World with his exceptional band (which features Norfolk native Jake Hull). He was our Live Music Friday featured artist in August and then performed with The Roots on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and performed his single, You Must Be Crazy, on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This year, Jake is juggling double duty with touring with his band and performing with Bruce and this weekend is no exception. After picking up the pieces of the roof with Springsteen Saturday night, he and his band will head to The Naro and perform a special benefit show Sunday night at 7:30 for the Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation.
The Virginia Beach-based foundation was formed to help children and adults with dyslexia from lower middle income families. Specialized care is not cheap and the foundation provide free diagnostic services and tutoring programs that address dyslexia. 100% of the proceeds from the show will go directly to the foundation and you’ll want to get your tickets now because this show will sellout.
I’m back at the LMF offices aka my desk after a very needed and restful week off. Of course, with any time off, I come back to work with the virtual stack of emails and voicemails. Today, I have a couple of items that will make your day a little better.
Brian Grilli and his band of outlaws have been playing their you-know-whats off the past year promoting Brian’s solo album, A Damn Good Day, and it’s a damn good one too. He just released a video for his song, “Letter From An Outlaw“, which is in contention to be featured in an upcoming episode of Sons Of Anarchy. The video was viewed some several thousand times over on YouTube but some dictator of anything not awesome reported it as being offensive and it was taken down. So, Brian has re-posted it and you need to watch it. Check out the video below and make sure you catch Brian at one of his shows. Click here to check out his website.
Our good friend, Jake Clemons is in the middle of a tour supporting his latest EP, Embracing Light. Jake will be splitting his time between his solo tour and touring with The Boss, which will be happening the weekend of April 12-13. Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will be performing at Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach Saturday, April 12 (tickets are still available via LiveNation.com) and, just announced, Jake and his awesome band will be performing the very next night at the Naro in Ghent. This show will be a benefit for the Sinkinson Dyslexia Foundation and will start at 7:30p. You can click this link to get your tickets but get them now as this show will sellout.
That’s all for me today. I’ll check back in later this week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC
It was an absolute pleasure to have the talented Esbern Snare in the studio today as our Live Music Friday featured artist. Created a year ago by brothers Adam and Luke Jones, they enlisted the talents of Joseph Brockman, Eric Dryfka, Josiah Crumrine and Andrew Micheal Montgomery. You might recognize Andrew as the six-string slinger for Logan Vath’s The Vacant. Esbern Snare have been in the studio the past year working on their debut album, A Violent Peace, that is scheduled to be released at the end of this month. You can catch them tonight at the Belmont House of Smoke in Norfolk with The Janks and Levi Kerr.
Speaking of new music, The Last Bison is in the studio working on their second full length release under Republic Records. They are working with the extraordinary Jim Parroco, who worked with them on Quill. The release should happen later this year.
That’s all for me today. Stay dry and I’ll catch up with you next week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC
Last night was the premier of Season 6 of The Voice and an alum of Live Music Friday, Bria Kelly, closed out the show with a thunderous rendition of James Taylor’s Steamroller Blues. Bria had her choice of coach as all four judges (Blake Shelton, Adam Levine, Usher and Shakira) and decided on Usher. Round two airs tonight.
Bria performed on The Hampton Roads Show back in December of 2012 after she was a semifinalist on America’s Got Talent and we knew that we would be hearing more from her. I’m happy to say that our little Live Music Friday family is growing more and more on the national stage. The first big taste was when Kishi Bashi performed on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and then The Last Bison signed a major deal with Republic Records. Jake Clemons performed on both Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He will be performing with Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band at Farm Bureau Live April 12. Who knows who will be the next one!
Check out Bria’s performance on The Hampton Roads Show:
If you have been living under a rock yesterday then you probably missed the news that Bruce Springsteen and The E Street Band will be Racing In The Street (required Bruce song mention) to Farm Bureau Live in Virginia Beach Saturday, April 12. This is not good news. This is great news. For those who have yet to experience a Springsteen show, you are in for a treat but for those who haven’t experienced a full-on E Street Shuffle, you are in for a real treat. The last time Bruce was in the 757 was back in 2005 at the Ted during the his solo Devil & Dust tour but you’ll have to go way back to January 4th and 5th of 1985 since the last time Bruce and The E Street Band were in the then 804. They played two sold-out shows at the Hampton Coliseum. This time around Bruce will be accompanied on the sax by our good friend and Live Music Friday alum, Jake Clemons. This will be a great homecoming for Jake and a great chance for his fellow residents to see what a great talent he is. Tickets go on-sale Friday, February 21st.
One the best new bands to come out of this area has set a release date for their much-anticipated debut. Esbern Snare will release , “A Violent Peace”, March 28 and will have their release show the same night at the Jewish Mother with some guy named Logan Vath. This is going to be a great show and a great album that is sure to get stuck in your head. You can download their latest single, War When You Wake, here.
That’s all for me today. Stay warm and turn on your favorite local tunes.
A cornucopia of musical talent from all genres and all sides of Tidewater/Hampton Roads/Coastal Virginia gathered at the World Famous NorVA Monday night for the 3rd Annual Veer Magazine Local Music Awards. This years festivities went to 11 as they moved to the #1 music venue in the World (as voted on by the readers of Rolling Stone) from the Naro Theater, where it was held the previous two years.
Jeff Maisey and his wonderful staff at Veer always put on a fantastic event and this year proved to be the same. I had the honor once again to serve on the nominating committee and judges panel and this past year was even more difficult than previous years and that’s a good thing. The vast amount of new talent that has emerged in 2013 was spectacular and it was shown Monday night as the Best Emerging Artist winners, The Framers, took home Album Of The Year with Sunlight Fever.
The theme of the night was Back To The 80′s and when The Kill Circuit kicked things off with ‘Love My Way’ by The Psychedelic Furs, you knew you were in for a good time.
Best Beverage of the night went to Starr Hill Brewing, the main sponsor of the event who was pouring a nice variety of their craft libations. I was partial to their Northern Lights IPA.
This event is a must attend event for all lovers of music. It gets better and better each year and I can only imagine how great next year’s awards will be. A big congrats and thank you to Jeff Maisey for putting his heart and soul to this event. Make sure you keep supporting local music and Veer Magazine.
It’s a pretty dreary Tuesday. Rainy and the kind of day that you just want to stay inside and watch the telly. Perhaps you’ll watch your favorite reality shows and speaking of that, I have a couple of items to share with you that are reality related.
NBC’s The Voice held one of it’s opening auditions this past weekend in Philadelphia and several Hampton Roads singers ventured up to the City Of Brotherly Love for the tryouts. Two of them were Zach and Megan Moats of the 2-time Veer Magazine Local Music Award winning group The Dharma Initiative. They passed the initial round and are off to the next preliminary rounds in the coming days. We’ll be keeping our eyes on them. Stay tuned…
Virginia Beach native and American Idol Season 8 semi-finalist Felicia Barton has co-wrote two songs that will appear on Glee’s Lea Michele’s debut solo album, Louder. Felicia co-wrote the tracks Cue The Rain and Don’t Let Go. Louder will be released February 28 on Columbia Records. Felicia recently moved to LA after signing a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell. Her EP, Lost Words, is available on iTunes.
That’s all for me today. I’ll catch up with later this week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC
The Arctic Vortex is on it’s way out and we are starting to get back to our normal climate…whatever normal is. As we start to break out of our hibernation, it’s time to get back to the venues and support your local music. The Sandler Center in Virginia Beach is teaming up with Paul Shugrue and his Out Of The Box show and hosting a weekly music series featuring local bands from all genres. The show’s will be held in the Miller Studio Theater, not the main concert hall. The first show kicks off tomorrow night with The Muckrakes and The Framers.
YourMusicShow.com, the fantastic website that features live performances in a kitchen, will be hitting the airwaves in a new weekly radio show. YourMusicShow’s Justin Wilson and Donald Blake (Uglyography) will host the show on 89.5 FM WHRV every Wednesday at 9:30p. Just like the website, they will be playing the best local and original music from Hampton Roads.
Tonight is the night! Jake Clemons will be the musical guest on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. He will probably be performing his single, You Must Be Crazy, off of his new EP, Embracing Light. I’m super excited for Jake and his very talented band as this is a huge get.
That’s all for me today. Get out there and SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC.