Tuesday is here and that only means one thing…well, two things: a day closer to the weekend and new music is released today. Two members of our Live Music Friday family have released two EP’s today.
Guitar slinger extraordinaire Brandon Jarod released his new EP, The Age Of Zero, which is his followup to his 2010 EP, The Crush. Six songs comprise this album including Red Hearts in which he performed on the show along with No Solution which is on The Crush. The Age Of Zero is available right now on iTunes and Amazon.
Our good friends and Republic Records recording artist The Last Bison have released their Christmas-themed EP called Sleigh Ride. 5 Holiday classics done folk-chestral style is most definitely sure to be a new holiday tradition on the playlist. You can grab it today on iTunes. The Last Bison will be at The NorVa Saturday, November 30 for The Gathering, their annual holiday concert presented by 96X and in support of The FoodBank of Southeastern VA. Our good buddy Logan Vath and The Vacant will also be joining the festivities. Tickets are still available and I’ll do a little preview of it next week.
The first notes cue up, you sit back and enjoy the journey you’re about to take. The first thing you hear on the opening track of Song For Hope is a beautiful piano from Brett Mayer which gives you a little New York State Of Mind tease then the guitar kicks in. Ladies and Gentleman, welcome to Embracing Light. Maybe it’s in the blood from his Uncle Clarence or the time spent slinging notes on stage with one of the greatest storytellers in music history but Jake Clemons has honed in and holds his own as a great songwriter and frontman on his latest collection of songs.
Five tracks comprise this EP and each one is a unique beauty. From the opening track Song For Hope, which blends in that great piano with a Ryan Adams-ish tone, to the Asbury Park inspired and can’t-get-this-song-out-of-my-head lead single, You Must Be Crazy, to the epic title track that is simply a work of art, this album is something special. The only downside to this is that it’s just an EP, I just want more. Listening to this feels like an old glove or talking to an great friend or even cherishing a great memory. It is something that you want to embrace and not let go.
Embracing Light is set for release December 3, 2013 and is something you must get right away. Thanks Jake for this wonderful collection of music and I can’t wait to see where the rest of the journey goes.
I’m pleased and honored to announce that the LMF blog has been selected to be the home for the worldwide premier of Jennifer Hope‘s video for Over You. Over You is off Jennifer’s fantastic album, Velvet Fire. I reviewed Velvet Fire back in April (click here to read it) and if you haven’t grabbed your copy yet, do it now!
Over You was shot at Independence Studios in Chatsworth, CA and directed by Swan Montgomery. Jennifer describes how the idea of the video came about:
“The vision for the Over You video popped into my mind one day while stuck in the LA traffic. To avoid utter irritation, I tuned out and let my mind wander to creative endeavors. The inspiration came from the thought that I was surrounded by so many people yet they all pretty much were in their own cages/cars not ‘seeing’ anything else around them in being consumed with the frustration that they were trapped in this non-moving traffic situation. And unable to go forward to the next thing in their journey/life – what awaited them at their next destination. To me that was the same idea as being in and then freed from the type of relationship described in my song, Over You.”
I would now like to present to you the world premier of Jennifer Hope’s Over You:
I first introduced you to The Dahus over a year ago when they came on the show to support their newly minted single, Urgency. I first saw them the prior year at their first show ever, opening for The Aragona Project, Bison (The Last Bison), Parade (Brother Speak) and The Vicars at The NorVA. I knew they were super talented then and I dubbed them the new Kings of the Duopoly. Fast forward to the present day, The Dahus are celebrating the release of their debut full-length album. After listening to it, they are still Kings of the Duopoly.
Glitter or Gold kicks things off and takes you on a runaway trip back in time with its vintage, underground sound. A great opening number that will have you humming for days. Richard Parker gives you an up-tempo punch in the gut that you welcome, just like it does when it’s played live. Always a crowd favorite. The highlight on the record for me is Wicked. Wicked was one was first songs The Dahus wrote and actually released a video for it a few years back. The song was great then and even better now. A great instrumental intro that was missing from the first cut and the additional backing vocals by Kelsey McNair really complete this fantastic song.
Each of 9 cuts on the record are great and producer Mark Padgett (Logan Vath, Bear Crossing) blends that talents of Larry Frame and Drew Orton together nicely to produce an great album that you’re not going hear everyday from anyone else. I’ve followed these guys since the beginning and I know how hard they worked to put this together and it shows.
This record if for everyone. Whether you’re into rock, funk, folk, soul, country or classical, this album will better your life.
As the Music Director for The Hampton Roads Show and as author of this fine blog, I go out and check out as many local live shows as I can and it’s not just the musicians I check, I also check the ambiance and entire atmosphere of the show. From the venue, to the crowd, to the food and what beers are on tap, I take it all in. One of the best events I attended last year was the ETC (Embrace The Culture) Festival. A first year event, it embraced all aspects of the culture of Hampton Roads. 3 stages with three totally different styles and vibes was packed with local musicians with a sprinkle of national headliners. Food trucks lined up to provide their fine fare and Hoffman Beverage will be flowing fine locally, craft beers. This weekend is round 2 and it’s bigger and better than ever.
It all starts up tonight with the ETC/VEER Magazine Fringe Festival, which will expand throughout downtown Norfolk with various local business’ and restaurants featuring local musicians. Click here for the full schedule.
Below is the full list of musicians performing Saturday. The main stage kicks off at 2:45p with Logan Vath & The Vacant. Logan was our Live Music Friday featured artist today and he’s always on of our favorites. His new album, Better Man or Ghost, is one of my favorites and it’s a must have in your collection. You can grab your copy here.
It’s been a while but I’m back. Sorry for my longest drought since the blog started but things at work have changed around a bit that makes it a little difficult to get a post out. Well, I’m here now and I have some local tidbits to share with you.
The past couple of weekends was packed with local music making big things around the cities. Last Saturday, Logan Vath and The Vacant opened up for Brooklyn-based X Ambassadors at a packed NorVa. Logan is a favorite here and has been playing a steady stream of shows since the release of his album, Better Man Or Ghost, and it’s great to see playing to a full house at the country’s best venue according to Rolling Stone magazine. Logan will be performing at the 2nd ETC Festival at Town Point Park Saturday afternoon and will be our Live Music Friday featured artist this week. I’ll talk more about ETC later this week.
The family and I went out to Hampton Bay Days last weekend and caught a great set by Pawn Shop Lifters. Bay Days is always a great time and a great way to catch tunes created in your backyard by our talented musicians. Pawn Shop played on the Wine Street Stage or Bounce House City as I like to call it. I also got to chat a bit with Gina Dalmas and Christopher May who say there new album should be out by the end of the year.
Our good buddy, Kishi Bashi, just hit the road for a month long tour. He will return home to Virginia Beach Tuesday, Sept. 17 at the Jewish Mother with DJP and MrT. Kishi recently moved to Athens, GA to work on his followup album to his epic 151a.
Our friends at Muzik Lounge have partnered up with O’Connor Brewing to provide live music at the Norfolk brewery every Saturday from 4p-7p. I can’t think of anything better to pair with a cold Norfolk Canyon than live, local music. Check out the calendar page at Muzik Lounge to see who will be performing.
That’s it for me today. I’ll be back later this week with a preview of the ETC Festival. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC
The work week is finally coming to a close and, for me, it has been a long one. Saying that I was jam packed with work is an understatement but it was good and it was even better today because Longreef was our Live Music Friday featured artist. Four Aussie boys rocking the US roads, they are spending the next three weeks in Hampton Roads with a little stop in NC in between. They are currently touring in support of their EP Dirty Motel with the accompaning DVD Live At The Boulevard. You can check them tomorrow at 5:30p at ECSC and next Saturday they will be opening for Smash Mouth and Barenaked Ladies on the 5th St. Stage at the American Music Festival. If you missed their performance on the show today, as always, I have you covered. Just click the link.
Two fantastic shows are happening at the Jewish Mother Backstage this weekend and both are must sees. First, the uberly great Over The Ocean will be playing their final show for awhile and they will be bringing the equally great Esbern Snare and Cathedrals along for the fun. All this wonderful music for just $10! Get there early because this place will get packed. Show starts up at 8:00p.
While you’re there, you might as well find a nice hiding spot and stay the for the show Saturday night. Our friends DJP and MrT will be taking over and The Aragona Project will be supplying ample amounts of tunes too. Miniboone from New York is also on the bill. Tickets are $7 and it all gets underway at 9p.
That’s all for me today. Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you next week with a preview of the American Music Festival.
It’s one of the my favorite times of the summer, the end of August when the southern half of the oceanfront turns into one giant beach party: ECSC. For 51 years, Virginia Beach has been hosting the premier surfing competition on the East Coast and throughout the years it has become much more than a surfing tournament, it had become the ultimate beach. Along with the world-class surfing, a half-pipe is on the sands for the BMX and skating competitions, an 8K, a volleyball tournament and music. Yes, music and this year is not to miss as they have lined up the best lineup to date.
It all kicks off Thursday with a great mix of funk, rock, blues, local, national and international. You can catch Australian rock band, Longreef on The Hampton Roads Show Friday as they will be our Live Music Friday featured artist. they will be playing Saturday from 5:30p – 6:30p. Check out the this years lineup below. * denotes local bands
Thursday, Aug 22
2:30 – 3:45p – *Zig Zag 4:00-5:15p – *mOcean 7:00 – 8:30p – KaboomBox Battle Of The Bands
The day has finally arrived! FRIDAY!! I hear the chorus of rejoice throughout the 757 and I can see you looking at the clock waiting for it to hit your exit time. Well, while you’re waiting for that hour to hit, I’ll hand you a little musical treat to help you pass the hours by. It’s Live Music Friday and our featured artist this week is Corbin Dallas. A rockin’ alt-country band that formed several years ago, they have been tearing up the local scene with their great southern soul sound. They will be one of the performers at this year’s Localpalooza in October and you can catch them tomorrow night at Winston’s Cafe in Chesapeake. As promised, here’s their entire two song performance.
FM99 played a blast from the past this afternoon. ’Heroine’ from Sea Of Souls was blaring through the airwaves and was quickly started making the social media rounds. The legendary band owned the local rock scene for the ’90′s and early 2000′s and I have been hearing rumors that a one-off reunion show with as many SOS lineups as possible is in the works. Nothing concrete to confirm but if it happens you will hear it here first.
UPDATE: Sea Of Souls with Andrew McNeely (Bass, Vocals), Noel Winslow (Guitar), John O’Neil (Guitar) and Steve Archer (Drums, Vocals) will perform LIVE at The NorVA Friday, Sept. 20.
Speaking of FM99, they are hosting Pillbuster’s CD release show tomorrow night at the Jewish Mother Hilltop. Tickets are just $10 and I’m hearing that it’s close to selling out, so get there early.
That’s it for me. Have a great weekend and I’ll catch up with you next week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC!
It’s Tuesday and that’s the day that is usually reserved for the newly released and today local hard rock band Pillbuster dropped their debut album. The guys spent the better part of the year recording and polishing off their tunes down in Raleigh at Osceola Recording and now the day has arrived for them to be released to the masses. Shelley from FM99 is hosting their CD Release Show this Saturday at The Jewish Mother with special guest Saltine and Synesthia. Tickets are $10 and the doors open st 8pm. You can check them out here and their brand spankin’ new record is available on iTunes and Amazon.
A special shout-out to our friends, Anthony Rosano and The Conqueroos, who took home the top prize at the Blue Ridge Blues and BBQ Festival in Roanoke. They will represent the Blue Ridge Society at next year’s International Blues Competition in Memphis. They competed in this event last year and reached the semi-finals, so they have a real good shot at going all the way.
That’s it for today. I’ll catch up with later this week. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL MUSIC