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.
I don’t know about you but it’s a wee bit chilly out there. I wonder how many group of musicians have decided to name their band, The Artic Vortex. A couple of things to tell you about as you’re trying to get warm.
Veer Magazine has announced the nominees for their 3rd Annual Local Music Awards. 2013 was a great year for local music especially with all of the great new releases that came out, so it’s no surprise that list for best album is pretty packed. It’s going to be a tough vote for the judges (disclaimer: 50% of the vote comes from online votes and the other 50% come from a panel of judges and I’m one of the judges). Do your rock’n'roll civic duty and vote! Just click this link to vote for your favorites. The Hampton Roads Show is nominated in the Best Broadcast Media Promoting Local Music category and this blog is nom…well, no it’s not nominated in the Best Digital Media Promoting Local Music category but a lot of great sites are including the awesome Muzik Lounge and Sam McDonald of The Daily Press. So vote now!
The expression goes, “Time flies when you’re having fun” and that pretty much sums up 2013. Another year of Live Music Friday is in the books and I feel that this year was the best yet. The music scene in Hampton Roads continues to grow and the crop of talent just keeps getting better.
From our first featured artist of the year, Bear Crossing, to the last, The USAF Heritage Ramblers, 49 musicians and bands of all different genres have graced our stage in 2013. From the funk of The Fuzz Band to the blues of Anthony Rosano to the ‘noise’ (the good kind) of Over The Ocean, this year has been a memorable one.
We were able to share brand new albums from Logan Vath, DJP and MrT, Longfellow Street and Noel DeLisle. The Aragona Project even played a song so new that it didn’t even have a title yet. Jake Clemons had found time between European and South American tours with Bruce Springsteen to stop by to perform a couple of great tunes.
This past year has also seen an influx of requests from national artists to come on the show. I’ve always received a handful from prior years but this year has been a little crazy. At last count, I’ve received requests from over 370 national signed bands to perform on the show. I would love to feature everyone but since there are only 52 Fridays in a year, it’s a bit tough and I always have the local artists as first priority. For a few months during the summer, I created a web-based performance series that I offered to the national artist. It was basically the same format as Live Music Friday but this was only aired on the website. The X-Ambassadors stumbled in the studio early in the morning after a sold-out show at the Jewish Mother and played an awesome acoustic versions of Litost and Unconsolable. Other great artists that appeared on my web series was up and coming country singer from Nashville, Bonner Black and the legend, Gary U.S. Bonds. Sadly, I had to end the series because of the added hour of WAVY News 10 Today on FOX 43. Hopefully I might be able to find time in the new year to resurrect it.
I can continue to go and go about the great year but I have to stop somewhere. Thank you to the great musicians of the 757 for making some memorable and passionate music. 2014 is going to be another great year!
We are just under 10 days away before we all huddle underneath a blinged out pine tree and open gifts and share laughter with loved ones. In the world of music, nothing gives back better than a well-crafted tune that you can have for a lifetime. Writing a song is as simple as putting pen to paper but crafting it into a piece of art takes time and time costs money.
The music making process is a several step project: 1. Writing 2. Recording 3. Mixing 4. Mastering 5. Reproduction. Those are the main ingredients and you can add more to your liking (artwork, vinyl, CD’s, etc) but that also costs some coin.
A couple of local musicians are in various stages of the process and they need your help. I have talked about music campaign sites, Kickstarter and Indiegogo before and the great thing about them is that while you help out a friend, you also get something in return. Ranging from digital downloads, advanced releases, swag and album credits, it’s a great way from to get in the middle of the process.
Zach Gehring of Mae fame is starting up a new musical venture called Demons. Zach plans to record a collection of songs and press them to vinyl. Click here to check out his Indiegogo page. Several incentives you get for your donation include digital downloads, tshirts and an opportunity for you to get your money back if the album makes a profit.
Esbern Snare has been working on their debut album, A Violent Peace, for the last year and while the album has been recorded and mixed, they need your help with the mastering, artwork and replication of the record. A couple of gifts they are giving their backers range from advanced copies, tickets to their release show and an opportunity to play Playstation with the them. Click here to visit to their Kickstarter page.
That is all for me today. A couple of things to be on the lookout for is our Best Of Live Music Friday show that will air Friday, December 27 and my Top Ten Songs of 2013 blog that will be published on New Years Eve.
We are 20 days away from the big day and if you’re like me, you need to get going on the whole shopping thing. You also probably have no idea what you’re getting anybody. That’s why I’m here. I have a couple of great gift ideas that will certainly get you on the favorite sibling list.
As you know by now, this blog is dedicated to spreading the word and supporting the fine musicians of Hampton Roads and there is no better way to support them and fulfill your gift list at the same time then by buying some swag. Pretty much every band and artist have merch for sale at their shows and buying a shirt or CD is the best way to help keep them to continue making and performing music. In this day in age, you don’t even have to leave the comfort of your own home . I have selected a couple of items from the Live Music Friday family that you can purchase from the world wide web.
Logan Vath and his band The Vacant just wrapped up a fantastic opening set for The Last Bison last week at The NorVa and they had a couple of shirts along with his CD, Better Man or Ghost, for sale. If you missed the show or missed out grabbing a shirt, you can grab this sweet tee on his Band Camp page. Click this link here to pick it up.
Who doesn’t love a bundle? Our August 30 Live Music Friday featured artist, Jake Clemons, just released his awesome new EP, Embracing Light. You might have seen him on Jimmy Fallon last week sitting in with The Root singing Song For Hope. Well now you can grab not only his EP but also one of his signature shirts and limited edition lithographs as part of a bundle deal. Click here to grab it and peruse other assortments of goodies.
This is just a small sample of what you can buy for your favorite music lovers. The best way to get something is to attend one of the many local shows that are happening around town. Not only are you supporting local music but you’re helping the local economy.
It’s that time of year when the temperature drops, families get together, the stomachs start to grow a little more and you start hearing Kenny Loggins’ Celebrate Me Home twelve times a day along with your other favorite Christmas tunes. It’s also the time of year to think about those in need. There is a place you need to be at Saturday night for a night of wonderful music and giving back.
The Last Bison has certainly had their best year to date, touring the nation in support of their Republic Records debut, Inheritance. They have just released an EP of Christmas songs titled Sleigh Ride that is available now. They have also been busy crafting new tunes in which they will record later in the new year for their Inheritance follow-up. Rumor has it that they will debuting several new songs at Saturday night’s show, yet another reason why you need to be at this concert.
Also joining the bill is one of our favorite members of the Live Music Friday family, Logan Vath and The Vacant. Logan recently released his debut record, Better Man and Ghost and puts on a fantastic show with his Ringo Starr-esque all-star band that includes Rob Sweitzer of Mae and Andrew Montgomery of Esbern Snare.
96X Presents The Gathering featuring The Last Bison in support of The Food Bank of Southeastern Virginia and The Eastern Shore. Saturday, November 30 8p. Tickets are available at any Ticketmaster outlet and at The NorVa Box Office.
Be sure to watch a special edition of The Hampton Roads Show, Home For The Holidays featuring a live performance from The Last Bison Thanksgiving Night at 7p on WAVY-TV and an encore presentation Friday at 11a on WAVY-TV.