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Sanborn is by far the hardest working jazz sax player today. This six-time Grammy Award winner is justly famed for his standout solo on David Bowie's 1975 hit "Young Americans"--one of many celebrated recording projects that evolved out of Sanborn's live supporting roles. Indeed, his matchless tone has additionally been sought to bolster performances by the esteemed likes of Eric Clapton, The Eagles, the Rolling Stones, Miles Davis, Bruce Springsteen and Stevie Wonder--many of whom have likewise gone on to enlist his inimitable sax presence in the studio.
"Among the great saxophonists of the past four decades," says one Rolling Stone writer, "David Sanborn has earned an identity all his own. He's jazz, he's funk, he's soul, he's pop, he's blues, he's rock. Most remarkably, he excels in each of these genres with a voice that is both forceful and tender, sensuous and subtle."Booking: David Sanborn Sub Booking:
Johnny Winter has been a guitar hero without equal. Signing to Columbia records in 1969 called largest solo artist deal of it’s time, Johnny immediately laid out the blueprint for his fresh take on classic blues a prime combination for the legions of fans just discovering the blues via the likes of Jimmy Page and Eric Clapton. Constantly shifting between simple country blues in the vein of Robert Johnson, to all-out electric slide guitar blues-rock, – Johnny has always been one of the most respected singers and guitar players in rock and the clear link between British blues-rock and American Southern rock (a la the Allman Brothers and Lynyrd Skynyrd.) Throughout the ’70s and ’80s, Johnny was the unofficial torch-bearer for the blues, championing and aiding the careers of his idols like Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
Johnny Winter is enjoying an unparalleled resurgence performing to sold out shows worldwide even after a long life full of honors and accomplishments such as a triumphant appearance at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads Festival with Derek Trucks, Buddy Guy and Clapton that has been immortalized on the Emmy award winning DVD. In a ceremony with Slash presenting in Nashville, Gibson Guitars released the signature Johnny Winter Firebird guitar that has been his beloved trademark for years. A Live through the 70s DVD is a hit along with his Live Bootleg Series CDs that have all entered the Top 10 Billboard Blues charts. Two unique instructional DVDs have been produced by Cherry Lane/Hal Leonard to the gratitude of players around the world. Always one for special appearances he recently performed with the Allman Brothers at the Beacon Theater in Manhattan on the 40th anniversary of their debut.
His recent Grammy nominated “I’m A Bluesman” disc on Virgin/EMI, has only added to his Texas-sized reputation. Joining him on this CD are guitarist Paul Nelson, bassist Scott Spray, 2 members of his current scorching road-tested touring band also consisting of drummer Vito Liuzzi. Performing now with a renewed vigor and fire to say that he is “back” would be an understatement. In fact, he never left. He is just better than ever.Booking: Johnny Winter Sub Booking:
Lucy Kaplansky got her start as a singer/songwriter at a young age, floating around Chicago and then Greenwich Village and brushing elbows with friends like Shawn Colvin, Suzanne Vega, John Gorka and Bill Morrissey. Her voice was made for a good folk tune, just like her lyrics - soft, strong and delicate. Come out and experience it for yourself on StageOne the way it was intended -- on the only intimate stage capable of reminding an audience why she has been hailed as “a truly gifted performer…full of enchanting songs” (The New Yorker).Booking: Lucy Kaplansky Sub Booking:
The Grammy Award-Winning American songwriting legend returns to StageOne with his irreverent and rockin' collection of tunes. Comic and sad, smart-assed and sincere, Wainwright can turn on a single line. It's because of this witty, self-deprecating style — mixed with a current of easily understood sentimentality — that Loudon continues to grow his fan base in a remarkable career.
The smartly hilarious and always thrilling Loudon Wainwright III was tagged as one of the many "New Dylan" talents in the early '70s largely in part for his sincere, candid and witty lyrics. With his unflagging humor and brutally sharp wit, this American songwriting legend is not to be missed.Booking: Loudon Wainwright III Sub Booking:
Nick Lowe is a well-respected British singer-songwriter, musician and producer. A pivotal figure in U.K. pub rock, punk rock, and new wave throughout the 1970s, Lowe was a key member of the bands such as Brinsley Schwarz and Rockpile (with Dave Edmunds). He is perhaps best known for his songs “(What’s So Funny ‘Bout) Peace, Love, And Understanding” and “Cruel to Be Kind”, as well as his production work with Elvis Costello. Along with vocals, Lowe plays guitar, bass guitar, piano, and harmonica. In addition to his band membership, Lowe has recorded a string of well-reviewed solo albums.
n 1992, “(What’s So Funny ‘bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding” was covered by Curtis Stigers on the soundtrack album to The Bodyguard, an album that sold over fifteen million copies. Because Lowe received royalties from these sales, he suddenly found himself a millionaire. Freed from commercial constraints, Lowe has recorded more solo albums in his own very individual style to critical acclaim.
Lowe played Glastonbury 2011, performing a short solo set of Brinsley Schwarz tracks on The Spirit Of 71 stage, where they played back in 1971, before heading to the Acoustic Stage for a full band show. Lowe performed as an opening act for Wilco in their North American tour, September 2011. He performed solo with acoustic guitar.Booking: Nick Lowe Sub Booking:
Inspired by the powers of StageOne and you, the FTC audience, FishHead Stew was a super group that formed for a special one-time only performance. Well, folks had such a great night we're doing it again!
This is a rare opportunity to catch an impromptu collaboration between three ex-Radiators musicians: Dave Malone on lead/rhythm guitar and vocals, Camile Baudoin on lead guitar and Reggie Scanlon on bass. Joining them will be keyboardist Mark Rechler (Neville Brothers, The Meters, Soulive and Rebirth Brass Band) and a special surprise guest on drums. Like the prolific bands that birthed them, FishHead Stew will bring the funk. The pure, raw and unadulterated funk.
Get out and come together for this one, and witness one of the rarest, most exciting fan-favorite shows we've ever had the pleasure of presenting.Booking: Fishhead Stew Sub Booking:
Early Elton is a Tribute to the Elton John, Dee Murray and Nigel Olsson trio tours of 1970 - 1972 featuring Jeff Kazee (Southside Johnny, Bon Jovi) - piano, vocals, Rich Pagano (The Fab Faux, sugarCane cups) - drums and vocals and John Conte (Southside Johnny, Ian Hunter Band) - bass, mandolin, vocals.
They used rare video, bootleg recordings and even Elton's own home demos in shaping their collective vision of Elton's Trio Period to create the ultimate homage to Sir Elton. If you can imagine those lucky enough to have been at A&R Studios on 11/17/70, then you can understand what it will be like to share this night with passionate music lovers.Booking: Early Elton Sub Booking:
After 20 years of making music together as husband-and-wife jazz duo Tuck & Patti, Tuck Andress's guitar and Patti Cathcart's vocals blend smoothly into a honed sound all their own. They perform both their own compositions, such as "High Heel Blues," and standards like "One Hand, One Heart" from West Side Story and Stevie Wonder's "I Wish." Each concert ends with their signature closer, "You Take My Breath Away."Booking: Tuck and Patti Sub Booking:
Pure Prairie League is one of the earliest and most successful country rock bands in history.Pure Prairie League and The Eagles are the two groups most often credited with bringing the country rock genre to a national music audience.
PPL’s roots can be found in Waverly ,Ohio from 1964-1969 where singer/guitarist/songwriter Craig Fuller, drummers Tom McGrail and Jim Caughlan, and pedal steel phenom John David Call all resided. The guys played in various bands together in their teen years, among them The Swiss Navy and The Omars.
The band ultimately located itself in Columbus, Ohio (sixty miles north of Waverly), and had it first success in Cincinnati. The original stage band was Fuller, McGrail, Powell, Phil Stokes on bass, and Robin Suskind on guitar and mandola. His steel guitar greatly improved the country songs and sparked hot guitar duels with Fuller that contributed greatly to the rock/country, signature sound of the band.
PPL’s biggest hits include Fuller’s country rock classic, “Amie”, “Two Lane Highway”, and the musically less-representative pop song, “Let Me Love You Tonight”, composed by Jeff Wilson, Dan Greer and Steve Woodard. Vince Gill, later to become one of Nashville’s biggest solo stars, sang and played guitar with the band in the early 1980s and recorded an updated version of “Amie” for their greatest hits album.
In the late 1990s PPL was back with a lineup of Fuller, Connor, Reilly, Burr, Fats Kaplin (pedal steel guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, accordion, washboard) and Rich Schell (vocals, drums, percussion).Booking: Pure Prairie League Sub Booking:
Be ready for a rock 'n' funk extravaganza as these gentlemen from the Big Easy lay down some of the funkiest tunes this side of the Mississippi. With three trombones on the frontline, their sound is so big that you will want to throw beads. Their rendition of Black Sabbath's War Pigs, complete with a trombone covering Ozzy's vocals, is an epic display of cross genre performance. Bonerama takes New Orleans funk to the extreme by thinking outside of the box while sticking close to the 'Nawlins archetype.
This is one of the funkiest, hardest rocking, most creative bands out there right now that you've GOT to see to believe.Booking: Bonerama Sub Booking:
Poor Mans Whiskey is a guaranteed good time, and so is this band! Poor Mans Whiskey (the band) is an explosive young bluegrass and Jam band from California with a wild sense of humor. They are known to cover and play with favorites, come in costume, and get generally rowdy. If you've ever wanted to see a band dress in whiskey barrels and deliver a high octane rendition of "Dark Side Of The Moonshine," then Poor Mans Whiskey are ready and waiting to oblige. They are inviting, invigorating, and innovative, and rarely has the word "Hootenanny" been this applicable.
Recommended for fans of Yonder Mountain String Band, Twiddle, Hot Buttered Rum, Pink Floyd, The Allman Brothers, parties, entertainment, summertime, budget whiskey, getting outside both of your house and yourself, and anyone who likes to cut loose and get down.
Poor Man's Whiskey is a cornucopia of thumping bluegrass, high flying rock and roll, strutting disco and twangy country grit served up hot with a glass of comedy to cleanse the palate in between courses. Let it also be known that the band loves their covers. Beyond their bluegrass take on Dark Side of the Moon, members of the band have taken on The Allman Brothers and last year, celebrating their 10th anniversary, hosted Peter Rowan of the 1970's Jerry Garcia-fueled, bluegrass supergroup, Old and in the Way, for an entire set of music from the band that they call their deepest roots. That special night was also their first appearance with the String Cheese Incident's jamgrass royalty and fiddle virtuoso Michael Kang.
Catch them live and you'll understand why Poor Man's Whiskey have made it so long in the unforgiving Bay Area scene. They are talented musicians. They are clever. They have something special to offer those looking for something to dance to and something else for those who want to be challenged by the music.
They've played notable venues across the country, sold out the Fillmore and have been a staple at festivals. The Festival circuit in particular loves them, and it's not hard to see why. These California outlaw-bards bring the fest with them wherever they go with their zany stage antics and infectious songs. So why not relax with some Poor Mans Whiskey?Booking: Poor Man's Whiskey Sub Booking:
Nothing screams summer like The Blues, and nobody plays the blues like Jeff Pitchell and Johnny A. Two heads are better than one, and backed by Texas Flood, these two promise to bring a bevy of blues and some no holds barred guitar.
Jeff Pitchell is a Connecticut legend, having been recognized as the best guitarist in the state at the early age of 15. He honed his craft with the influence of players like Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and played passionately for anyone who would listen. His art brought him to the attention of some pretty serious ears, and for this performance he will be joined by Johnny A.
The self taught guitarist Johnny A plays like he’s talking with an old friend. His natural approach has taken him a long way through stints with members of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Santana, Derek And The Dominoes, and J. Geils Band. Walking the line between Jazz and heavy Blues, Johnny A is a talent you can’t quite pin down. Paired with Pitchell he’s sure to bring some surprises.Booking: Jeff Pitchell with special guest guitarist Johnny A. and Texas Flood Sub Booking:
Scratchy guitars rubbing up against deep-skanking bass and drums; The English Beat bring that ska-punk fusion to explosive, danceable life once again on StageOne. Busting out of the late-'70s U.K. post-punk scene, the English Beat led the charge of ska-revival bands dubbed " 2 Tone" and brought '60s pop and soul tunes to a new generation, too, turning the Miracles' "Tears of a Clown" and Andy Williams' "Can't Get Used to Losing You" into ska-fueled U.K. smashes.
As the '70s drew to a close and the world was ready to move to a new groove, the English Beat was one of the first bands to shake up an intoxicating cocktail of ska beats, punk energy, and more hooks than a coat rack. Selling out nearly every show they've ever played here it appears that we can never get our fill of these guys. Welcome back boys.Booking: The English Beat Sub Booking:
Grammy winner and 7 time Grammy nominee Paula Cole has released six solo albums spanning an eighteen year career. She has sold approximately three million albums and has performed with icons in many genres of music from Peter Gabriel to Dolly Parton (and many more.) Cole’s emotionally deep and thrilling performances are a trademark. Poetic and fiercely touching, intelligent writing makes Cole stand apart. Her compositions have been covered by Herbie Hancock, Annie Lennox, Katherine McPhee to name a few. From a small town in Massachusetts Paula Cole was raised in a musical family with whom she and her daughter remain close. Cole is a scholarship alumna from Berklee College of Music with a background in jazz, received her first record deal with a jazz label (which she declined), and has collaborated with many jazz artists. Paula teaches and gives clinics in a spirit of giving back to the circle of music. With a loving allegiance to her fans, she maintains loyal communication online and after her live shows. As the first woman in history to solely produce and receive the best Producer Grammy nomination for her work, “This Fire”, Cole has broken boundaries with a searcher’s spirit. From her top ten hits of the 1990’s to her more recent critically acclaimed albums, Paula Cole continues to write, produce, record and perform heartfelt, meaningful, lasting music that defies categorization.
“An extraordinary songwriter with a gorgeous voice” – Rolling Stone
“Paula is an original voice both in what she is saying and how she is saying it.” – Peter GabrielBooking: Paula Cole Sub Booking:
She's come a long way from playing "Pat" on SNL. Today Julia Sweeny is best known for sparse but hilarious television appearances, her dramatic monologues about topics like atheism and surviving cancer and, now, her career as a traveling musician with friend Jill Sobule ("I Kissed a Girl"). The Jill and Julia Show features acoustic folk guitar and singing from Jill and finely crafted stories and some occasional singing from Julia. The result is a surprising mix of politics, controversy, personal stories and sidesplitting humor.
"Next time you have the opportunity to watch these two in action, do yourself a favor and check it out. It's some kind of miracle." -SpinningPlatters.com, SF Bay areaBooking: Jill Sobule and Julia Sweeney Sub Booking:
VASUDO, a band made up of mostly local Wiltonians has been taking the live music scene by storm. Constantly working hard to manifest an environment that cant be found anywhere else, the Vasudo family thrives on being themselves and will stop at nothing to bring the impossible into reality. The music is an ode of liberation that goes wherever each moment takes it. Each song is given the freedom to develop in whichever direction it wants to, whether it be funk, soul, blues, rock, reggae, grass, jazz, or improvised earth dance music. The other side of the coin is a fresh approach to open improvisation. The group constantly explores new territory of creating music in the moment. Whatever you want to call the spectrum of content that these guys consistently unleash, Vasudo has set a stage without boundaries.Booking: Vasudo Sub Booking:
What do you get when you cross the inconceivable technical prowess of Keller Williams, the smooth island beats of Bob Marley, and the sheer vocal perfection of Stevie Wonder? You get music—elevated. And this heightened musical trip can be experienced at every live performance of Zach Deputy
Maybe no one can describe Zach Deputy as well as he can describe himself: “Island-Infused Drum N’ Bass Gospel Ninja Soul.” With cohorts like Jack Johnson and Slightly Stoopid, and influences including Al Green and Ray Charles, Zach Deputy is a true gumbo of good time soul sounds.
At StageOne you’ll get the unique opportunity to see Zach perform a stripped down and personal acoustic set. It’s a far cry from his usual fare of festivals and dance halls, and a side of Zach Deputy that only comes out for really special occasions.
This particular special occasion is the upcoming release of his new album, Another Day. Working with Grammy- winning producer Scott Jacoby (John Legend, Vanessa Hudgens, and more), Zach Deputy has fused his childhood passion for Rhythm & Blues with his Jam-Reggae-Ninja talents to create what is anticipated to be a masterwork of Blue Eyed Soul.
Having climbed to the top of the festival circuit with his electrifying full band performances and his tight-rope like live looping sets, Zach Deputy can be depended on to deliver in any context, and in support of Another Day, he has chosen to tour unplugged. An intimate performance to highlight an intimate record.Booking: Zach Deputy Sub Booking:
Evans says he considers the opportunity to continue to bring his music to the world his most noteworthy achievement. "I'm fortunate that each year I get to continue to play my music. It's always an honest struggle to do what you do. I never chose an easy path. I've always played the music that's inspired me. I've toured the world since 1991. And now I have young guys in the band, and they're phenomenal."
Evans and band use bluegrass instrumentation to interpret his jazz songbook. "It's an interesting blend of jazz, bluegrass and Americana," Evans says. "What we do is play songs I've written in the idiom of Americana, using the bass and fiddle and banjo in a unique way." Evans expects to start the set with "Soulgrass" and also perform "Sweet Tea," a vocal tune "Easy Way Out," and Irish-influenced "Celtic Junction."Booking: Bill Evans' Soulgrass Sub Booking:
The venerable Delbert McClinton is a legend among Texas roots music afficionados, not only for his amazing longevity, but for his ability to combine country, blues, soul, and rock & roll as if there were no distinctions between any of them in the best time-honored Texas tradition.
If you ask the critics about Delbert's dynamic vocals and harmonica style, you'll hear descriptions ranging from 'honky-tonk,' 'blue-eyed soul,' and 'Texas stomp' to 'country rock' and 'blues.' Delbert's music rebels against traditional categorization, ask him what kind of music he plays and he'll say, "Fun music."
For McClinton fans, this will be a major cause to celebrate. For the uninitiated, this is as fine a place as any to be introduced to some gritty Texas rhythm & blues, hard honky tonk blues, slippery acoustic country, and killer funky white boy Southern soul.
At the end of the day, three-time Grammy winner Delbert McClinton is the quintessential Texas roadhouse rocker, applying his well-traveled rasp to songs from the hard-loving intersections of blues, country and soul.
"Smoking, jumping big-band blues and gospel-rooted '60s soul honed to a razor sharp edge in the Texas juke joints. Jalapeno-hot!" -- Los Angeles Times
"Breathtaking, hardcore roadhouse rhythm & blues." --Rolling StoneBooking: Delbert McClinton Sub Booking:
Aaron will be doing a VIP Meet & Greet experience offering fans a chance to meet him after the show to take a picture with Aaron, receive a signed 8X10, and get other merchandise /memorabilia autographed.
Being in the spotlight was nothing new to Aaron, born with twin sister Angel, in Tampa, Florida he grew up with two other sisters and an older brother. Aaron’s older brother wasn’t just any big brother, his just happens to be, Nick Carter of the award winning Backstreet Boys. By 1997 both Aaron and Nick’s music careers put them both on their way to super stardom. His first full-length album Aaron Carter (December 1997) achieved gold status worldwide including countries Norway, Spain, Denmark, Canada and Germany.
On May 18, 1998, Carter released the EP Let The Music Heal Your Soul, a fund-raising project that featured vocals by Carter, *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys, and The Moffatts amongst others. Now signed to JIVE Records, Aaron Carter was released in the United States on June 16, 1998. His sophomore album, Aaron's Party (Sep 26, 2000), was also released in the United States under the Jive Label, achieved triple-platinum status/certification. All of this before Aaron was officially a teenager.
Aaron has won multiple awards over his 14 year career including TEEN Choice Awards, Kids Choice Awards, and RTL Young Artist of the Year Award. In addition to music he has also established himself as an Actor in Film, Television and on Broadway. On August 17, 2009 the American Broadcasting Company (ABC) announced that Carter would be joining the cast for season 9 of their primetime reality series, Dancing With The Stars. Aaron and his dance partner Karina Smirnoff became an early fan favorite and finished 5th place in the competition. Aaron is currently starring on Broadway in The Fantasticks, entertaining various film and television offers all while in the studio working on new music and his new album.Booking: Aaron Carter Sub Booking:
Dragon Smoke is a band that formed as part of the New Orleans Jazz Fest tradition known as the “Superjam”. The “Superjam” idea is to put together a band of people who don’t normally play together and see what happens. With the vocals of Neville, matched with the Galactic rhythm section, the band quickly realized, “We are on to something” and has played every Jazz Fest since it’s inception in 2003. This inception took place at the famed Dragon’s Den, hence the name of the band.
The music centers around Osborne’s soul , Neville’s funk and R&B, and Galactic’s groove. Besides a few trips to the West Coast, this band has been strickly playing in New Orleans. With everyone in the band being a leader on their own, it is rare to get this band together. And when it does, it shows that these guys are really having FUN! From the interplay between the members, you would think that Dragon Smoke has been playing shows forever.
Dragon Smoke is looking towards the future, with plans to write and record an album and to do more touring outside of New Orleans and the Bay Area. So be on the lookout for the Smoke—IF YOU SEE SMOKE, YOU KNOW YOU WILL SEE FIRE!
Anders Osborne : Vocals/Guitar Ivan Neville: Vocals/Keyboards Stanton Moore: Drums Robert Mercurio: BassBooking: Dragon Smoke Sub Booking:
Love Free or Die is about a man whose two defining passions much of the world cannot reconcile: his love for God and for his partner Mark. It is about church and state, love and marriage, faith and identity — and one man's struggle to dispel the notion that God's love has limits.
Gene Robinson was the first openly gay person to be elected bishop in the high church traditions of Christendom. Bishop Robinson's elevation in the sleepy New Hampshire diocese in 2003 ignited a worldwide firestorm in the Anglican Communion, one that has become so heated that there is still a chance of a schism. One year after being muzzled by the Archbishop of Canterbury, he finds himself speaking from the steps of the Lincoln Memorial at Barack Obama's Inauguration. Gene Robinson confronts those who use religion as an instrument of oppression, and claims a place in the church and society, not just for LGBT people, but for everyone.
The Anglican Communion, a global church body of 80 million, is led by approximately 800 bishops. According to church history, Gene Robinson, the Bishop of New Hampshire, is the only openly gay bishop ever to be consecrated since the time of Christ. The Anglican Communion, like the Catholic Church from which it emerged, believes that its bishops are the direct spiritual descendants of the twelve disciples of Christ. In 2003, the Episcopal Church in America, an arm of the Anglican Communion, made history when it installed Gene Robinson as Bishop. Gene wore a bulletproof vest to his installation and, every day since, the local police have driven by his rural New Hampshire home to provide him and his loved ones protection in the face of a steady stream of death threats.
There is an unofficial church history of bishops, popes, priests and monks living one kind of life for the history book and another off the record. It is an open secret that in the Anglican Communion today Gene Robinson is not the only gay bishop – not by a long shot. What does it signify that the Church can flourish knowing that it is rife with deception, but threatens to shatter when it affirms one man who chooses to be honest about who he is and who he loves?
Love Free or Die follows the Anglican Communion in arguably its most historic chapter since Henry VIII broke from the Roman Catholic Church for the right to divorce in 1538. From Gene’s civil union in New Hampshire, to the once-a-decade global bishops’ gathering in Canterbury, to the current fracture within the Church that’s inching toward total schism, to the biennial gathering of the Episcopal Church in America, watch the inner workings of this global moment of change from Robinson’s perspective.Booking: Love Free Or Die Sub Booking:
JOIN TEAM FTC FOR THE 2013 FAIRFIELD ROAD RACES
Lace up your sneakers and power up those endorphins. It's time for fitness and fun! Running or walking as a member of Team FTC adds a fundraising component that will increase the feel good and physical benefits of your race day. Plus receive free entry registration and added benefits when the minimum $250 is donated or fundraised!
Fairfield Road Races will match the first $5,000 that is raised for Team FTC doubling the value of your contribution!
*For more information on the races visit fairfieldhalf.orgBooking: Fundraising TEAM FTC Sub Booking: Stratton Faxon Fairfield Half Marathon
It seemed like the perfect spin-off project for a major rock group, Jefferson Airplane's lead guitarist and bass player indulging in a genre exercise by playing a set of old folk-blues tunes in a Berkeley coffeehouse. The music seemed as far removed from the Airplane's acid rock roar as it did from commercial prospects, and thus, it allowed these bandmembers to blow off some steam musically without threatening their day jobs.
In retrospect, however, it's easy to hear that something more was going on. Friends since their teens, Jorma Kaukonen and Jack Casady had developed a musical rapport that anchored the Airplane sound but also existed independently of it, and shorn of the rock band arrangements and much of the electricity (Casady still played an electric bass), their interplay was all the more apparent. Kaukonen remained the accomplished fingerpicking stylist he had been before joining the Airplane, while Casady dispensed with the usual timekeeping duties of the bass in favor of extensive contrapuntal soloing, creating a musical conversation that was unique.
These two Rock & Roll Hall of Famers, along with good friend Barry Mitterhoff, bring a spirit of freewheeling fun that'll pervade the first, of many, concerts in Norwalk.Booking: Acoustic Hot Tuna Sub Booking:
JOIN TEAM FTC FOR THE 2013 FAIRFIELD ROAD RACES
Lace up your sneakers and power up those endorphins. It's time for fitness and fun! Running or walking as a member of Team FTC adds a fundraising component that will increase the feel good and physical benefits of your race day. Plus receive free entry registration and added benefits when the minimum $250 is donated or fundraised!
Fairfield Road Races will match the first $5,000 that is raised for Team FTC doubling the value of your contribution!
*For more information on the races visit fairfieldhalf.orgBooking: Fundraising TEAM FTC Sub Booking: Stratton Faxon Fairfield 5K
Everyone agrees, The Zambonis are more entertaining and musical than a cat playing the piano and, they sings songs only about hockey. Few rock bands have been featured in both Sports Illustrated and Billboard. Few have played both punk-rock clubs and Harlem’s Apollo Theatre. Few have appealed to fans young and old. But the quirky 100% hockey-rock Zambonis have somehow prevailed—impressing music snobs, sports freaks and critics simultaneously.
The Spampinato Brothers' gritty pop-rock is nothing to apologize for their bar-band roots help keep the music direct and fat-free, and they deploy their appealingly ragged vocal harmonies on everything from delicate ballads (the bossa nova-kissed "Baby Oh Baby") to pure power pop ("I Say Good Day Goodnight"). The music variously recalls the work of folks like Elvis Costello, Graham Parker, and early Joe Jackson, and a natural-sounding foundation of fierce rock 'n' roll drives the tunes.Booking: The Zambonis and The Spampinato Brothers Sub Booking:
Born in Detroit to Argentine parents, Diego Garcia traces his diverse roots on his debut solo album, 'Laura.' Garcia was inspired by the loss of love and the classic troubadour movement. "Artists like Sandro, Roberto Carlos and Julio Iglesias were early pioneers in a movement of romanticism in music. It only made sense for me to pick up where they left off," he says.
It is the fusion of these Latin influences with the era's "Anglo" visionaries, artists like David Bowie, Leonard Cohen, and Bryan Ferry that makes this project truly special. With lush string arrangements, delicate Spanish guitars, and distinctly Latin flavor, the new album is worlds apart from Garcia's former band Elefant, a post-punk rock band that entered the music scene alongside The Strokes and Interpol. What remains a constant in Garcia's new work is the romantic within and the distinctly modern sound.
My Old Kentucky Blog described 'Laura' as "stunning... the best record you never dreamed you'd hear in 2011. Dark, urgent and cinematic." The new album quickly shot up the charts, breaking into the iTunes Alternative Top 15 albums, alongside new releases from artists like The Strokes and Death Cab For Cutie.Booking: Diego Garcia Sub Booking:
Though only still in high school, the members of the Fairfield Ludlowe High School A cappella program have entertained thousands. Their performances include opening for the acclaimed Rockapella at the Quick Center for the Arts, as well as singing for locally sponsored events like Relay for Life. Singing with a precision rivaling some of the highest level collegiate A cappella groups, Close Harmony has enjoyed critical acclaim from members of Rockapella, the Nor’easters, Vocal Point, and countless fans. Under the direction of Kevin Cotellese and Sara Hoefer, the students of Close Harmony and Vocalchords proudly continue the A cappella tradition, singing dynamic arrangements of classic songs from the 60’s as well as many of the most modern songs released today.Booking: FLHS A'Capella Concert Sub Booking: with Close Harmony and Vocalchords
Straight off a kind of late-‘60s time-travelling tour with Buffalo Springfield along with West Coast (and while preparing for the big tour next spring), Richie Furay will be dropping by StageOne with his band for rare, intimate rock show. Having formed Buffalo Springfield with best friends Neil Young and Stephen Stills (which arguably helped establish their now-infamous music careers), as well as starting Poco with Jim Messina and Rusty Young, Furay is a member of the elite folk rocking heroes of the ‘60s and ‘70s. His unmistakable voice, like on their biggest hit “For What it’s Worth” (which was actually the first song off their first record in ’66), and his stoic, almost spiritual stage presence (maybe because he’s a pastor) will send chills down your spine as you listen to them rock out 40-years worth of Furay’s music. Come out and come together for this show and you’ll never see StageOne the same way again.
About the reunion tour: “Stills' high lonesome voice anchored Rock and Roll Woman, while Young's distinctive cry lit up Burned. But Furay, who stood center stage, reminded everyone he was the linchpin, his plaintive tone painting songs such as Kind Woman, Do I Have to Come Right Out and Say It and Sad Memory with a soulful brush that had women in the largely Baby Boomer crowd doe-eyed.” – USA TodayBooking: Richie Furay Band Sub Booking:
Taking a cue from the expansive, indie folk spell casting of bands like Fleet Foxes, Mumford and Sons, Lost in the Trees, and the Decemberists, Chesapeake, Virginia-based collective the Last Bison blends rootsy, atmospheric Americana with classically infused chamber pop.
With folksy fervor and acoustic eclecticism, The Last Bison charge onto the Americana scene with the release of their excellent, second full-length record, Inheritance. With ensemble precision, funky instrumentation, and a clutch of stirring songs, the seven member-group bridge several genres, e.g., folk, bluegrass, and classical in the rustic vein of Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers.
What separates The Last Bison from their more famous peers is a front man that shares the stage with his father and sister, and uses a 75-year-old chaplain's pump organ and percussive Bolivian goat toenails on stage. The Last Bison is a tight knit community of family and friends that boasts a sound all its own.
Their live shows transport audiences from urban music halls to another, less familiar, era. Rich melodies accent unabashedly spiritual lyrics. Traditional folk instruments resonate with unexpected arrangements –sharing the musical space with lush family harmonies, classical strings, and earthy percussion. Band members appear to have stepped out of an 18th century stagecoach. The look hints at the band's roots in colonial Virginia, while the sound transcends a defining era. With a passionate embrace of multiple genres and sheer musicianship, this is a band on the cusp of much bigger things.Booking: The Last Bison Sub Booking:
Marcia Ball, born on the Texas/Louisiana border, has long been a superb live performer, delivering her swampy blend of zydeco, blues and gritty R&B with all the force of a Saturday night locomotive, and her many fans have been crying for her to return to StageOne, and now, finally, she's back. She's is a living example of how East Texas blues meets southwest Louisiana swamp rock.
Classy and subdued yet bubbling with passion, emotion, and a love of Southern-style music that explodes out of every song, few things in life are as reliable as a Marcia Ball performance. Get ready folks, Marcia Ball is coming back to crank out top-notch blues.
"Rollicking, playful, good time blues and intimate, reflective balladry." - Rolling StoneBooking: Marcia Ball Sub Booking:
Sponsored by the Society of Industrial and Office Realtors (SIOR) Join us for a Special Evening of Music to raise funds for Habitat for Humanities Veteran's Initiative. Doors open at 6:30 for Cocktails, Hors d'oeuvres and a Silent Auction before the show, followed by the rocking sounds of Roomful of Blues.Booking: Roomful of Blues Benefit for Habitat for Humanity Sub Booking:
The Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars - a crash course in south Louisiana's rich musical history. An eclectic mix of soulful blues, New Orleans funk, hoodoo rhythms, Cajun Zydeco, and gritty rock-n-roll, the band features a who's who of Louisiana music.
Imagine singer and percussionist Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers, the Meters) trading verses with 2012 B.B. King Entertainer of the Year award winner Tab Benoit, with Blues Music Song of the Year award winner Johnny Sansone wailing on harmonica...OK, stop imagining: they're coming back to StageOne, along with the legendary Big Chief Monk Boudreaux (Wild Magnolias, Golden Eagles) and international sensation Waylon Thibodeaux on cajun fiddle, both adding color, mystical New Orleans street soul and intense bayou energy to the mix...not to be missed!
With these guys on stage, you get the most authentic N'Awlins blues available today. They don't call them the All Stars for nothing.Booking: Voice of the Wetlands Allstars Sub Booking:
A band with improvisational tendencies and a laid-back California vibe, ALO (Animal Liberation Orchestra) became a hit on the jam band circuit while enjoying a close association with superstar Jack Johnson. Their laid back style and whip smart Jason Mraz like delivery have made them a favorite the world over. Fresh off a tour with Ryan Montbleau and numerous festival stops, ALO are primed to please fans of G. Love, Matt Costa, Donavan Frankenreiter, and many many more. There’s always something about ALO that you can’t quite put your finger on. The summer vibe, the party ethos, the near choreographed ramblings of groups like The Band. Their groove is in the pocket, and the sound is outside the box. So what’s the sort of music these guys make? That’s expansive; jazzy, funk, soul, pop, rock, electronic and acoustic beachy songs are always in there but then add some ska, reggae and blues to the mix too.
It’s music with a mission to make you chill-out, relax, and sing along. Music fans looking for the authentic laid back, groovy vibe of California will be sure to find it at an ALO show.Booking: ALO Sub Booking: (Animal Liberation Orchestra)
Rustic Jonathan Edwards typified the young, folkie troubadours of the early '70s. Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends, such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. Famous for the 1971 folk hit and protest song "Sunshine," "Sunshine, come on back another day … I promise you I'll still be singing."... Jonathan Edwards is still a vital and relevant artist in the Americana scene. He has a new album out, My Love Will Keep, a collection of acoustic songs, mostly falling into the folk-country bluegrass genre. All filled with Edwards' energy, optimism and contagious feel-good vibe.Booking: Jonathan Edwards Sub Booking:
Barrington Levy's outstanding career as a top-class reggae vocalist began more than two and a half decades ago. Called reggae's 'Mellow Canary' by virtue of his strong, pure vocal style, he's renowned as the first original singer of the dancehall era. At age 14 he began performing with a band called Mighty Multitude, and in 1975, recorded his debut track "My Black Girl." The first foreign release, "A Ya We Deh," was soon followed with major hits: "Collie Weed," "Twenty-One Girls Salute" and "Mind Your Mouth."
Levy's initial live appearances created a big sensation - with his astonishing self-confidence in his voice, he soon had audiences in the palm of his hand. In 1983, Levy hit Great Britain with "Under Mi Sensi", a tune that spent 12 weeks topping their charts. The song quickly made its way to the States and became an instant hit. Barrington then grew even larger collaborating with Bounty Killer on the song "Living Dangerously" - the undisputed biggest reggae song of 1996. In 1998 their album was released featuring tracks with Snoop Doggy Dogg, Lady G, Jigsy King, Terror Fabulous, and others. Barrington was again lifted to the top of the charts, and continues to stay at the top of play lists on every radio station in Jamaica, and in dancehalls worldwide.
Barrington continues to record and tour extensively throughout North America, Europe, and Asia, and remains Jamaica's #1 headliner. He's currently working on his latest (soon to be released) album, It's About Time, featuring Jamaican hip-hop sensation CeCile. Barrington Levy is to this day "Broader than Broadway;" and remains a major force on the dancehall scene!
To find out more about the Rockhouse Foundation go to www.rockhousefoundation.org
Gold Tier: $1,000
First two rows front and center and a 1 in 20 chance to win a five-night stay at the Rockhouse Hotel in Negril, Jamaica with round trip airfare for two!
Rockhouse Hotel – Sun, Sand, Spa Value $5,000 Your package of 6 days and 5 nights for two people in a PREMIUM VILLA includes a couples spa treatment during your stay at the famed Rockhouse Hotel, TWO JET BLUE vouchers good for round trip travel anywere Jet Blue flies—including Montego Bay—Negril’s closest international airport, and connections to and from the Rockhouse from Kenny Tours. Courtesy of Rockhouse Hotel, Jet Blue and Kenny Tours
Red Tier: $250
7 pm Meet and Greet Cocktail Hour with Barrington Levy. You will also be entered in to a raffle to win dinner for 10 at Miss Lily's NYC
Miss Lily’s Dinner Party for 10 Value $1,200 Journey to a Jamaican oasis in the middle of downtown Manhattan - Miss Lily's is Caribbean outpost specializing in a modern approach to classic island cooking. Your party will dine on Miss Lily's Prix Fixe menu; a seven plate Jamaican banquet served family style featuring the best dishes on the menu (includes cod fish fritters, coconut corn, jerk chicken, steamed fish and banana pudding). It is also inclusive of unlimited drinks; a selection of cocktails (including red and white sangria), red and white wine, a selection of beers of course including red stripe, prosecco and soft drinks. Courtesy of Miss Lily's
Green Tier: $100
Blue Tier: $50
FTC Members get a 20% discount on $100 Green Tier Tickets and $50 Blue Tier Tickets
Ticket purchases are deductible to the extent permitted by law. Fair value for each ticket is $35Booking: 4th Annual Summer Concert Benefiting The Rockhouse Foundation Feat. Barrington Levy Sub Booking: w/ Fairfield's own Mill River Band
At Fairfield Theater Company Celebrating the talents of Fairfield County students plus special guests for a great cause
Tuesday, June 4th 7-10pm
Student tickets: $20 Adult tickets: $50
Child Advocates of Connecticut recruits, trains and supervises court appointed volunteers who work to ensure that each abused or neglected child has a safe, loving and permanent home.
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THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR Exclusive Local Premiere at FTC!
THE LAST SONG BEFORE THE WAR is a feature-length documentary that captures the power, beauty, and uncertain future of Mali’s annual Festival in the Desert. Told through stunning high definition footage captured at the 2011 festival, the film is a lyrical road trip through Mali, the birthplace of the blues, to the legendary city of Timbuktu where Grammy-award winning musicians play their hearts out in the dunes of the Sahara. Shockingly, the music and the festival were silenced in 2012 when the violent occupation of Northern Mali by extremists destabilized the entire Sahel region. To date, the festival and hundreds of thousands of refugees remain in exile.
Come and see the only local screening of this thought provoking film at FTC. The film will conclude with a roundtable discussion featuring the film’s producers and sound engineer.
Date: Monday, June 3rd Doors: 6:30pm Film: 7:30pm
VIP Ticket $20 – Includes premium seating, pre-show reception with the film’s producers plus complimentary food from the BRYAC and wine from Wines That Rock.
GA Ticket $10Booking: The Last Song Before The War Sub Booking:
Launched by the very nature of his American rock star genetics, Devon is nothing less than the son of his father Gregg. Beyond the last name, however, Devon has been able to secure his own spot with a slick control over the guitar, like a young Santana, and a fierce bluesy approach to rock, like the Rolling Stones. With songs built around killer riffs and soulful vocals, Allman is clearly an artist who gives himself to his music mind, body and soul, his face contorting as his fingers fly across the frets at about 100 miles per hour, channeling everyone from Stevie Ray Vaughan to Hendrix to Duane himself.Booking: Devon Allman Band Sub Booking:
The Machine, America’s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 20 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, Buffalo's Artpark, and Germany’s Rock of Ages.
The New York based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire (complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems), The Machine’s stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.Booking: The Machine Unplugged Sub Booking:
Over the last three decades, singer, songwriter and guitarist Gary Louris has built a deeply compelling body of music whose artistry and integrity has won the loyalty of an international audience and the respect of both critics and his peers. Best known for his seminal work with The Jayhawks, Louris is one of the most acclaimed musicians to come out of Minnesota's teaming rock scene.
Along the way he also found time to lend his writing, performing and production talents to albums by acts as diverse as the Black Crowes, the Dixie Chicks, Counting Crows, Joe Henry, John Hiatt, Lucinda Williams, Roger McGuinn, Maria McKee, Nickel Creek, Carrie Rodriguez, Tift Merritt, the Sadies, and the Wallflowers.
Most recently, following his first-ever solo album (Vagabonds in 2008) and a duo album with his former Jayhawks partner Olson (2009's Ready For The Flood), the two reconvened the classic Jayhawks lineup for a new record and tour. The resulting album, Mockingbird Time, marked a well-received return to the group's trademark blend of dustblown harmonies and pop sensibility, and they relished the opportunity to introduce their timeless catalog to new audiences around the world.
Now embarking on his first solo endeavors since reassembling the band, Gary looks forward to showcasing songs spanning his entire 30-year career at here at Stage One.Booking: Gary Louris Sub Booking:
Band Together founders Jerry Vigorito and Rob Fried team up with Fairfield Theatre Company to host a Funk Jam to benefit:
Hands for Paws (End Animal Suffering in Bridgeport) Operation Hope (Help for the Homeless) Connecticut Burn Care Foundation (Children’s Camp) WPKN (Publicly Funded Radio) Fairfield Theatre Company (Live Music and Cultural Exchange) Band Together CT #32 “Funk Jam” will have you out of your seat and dancing with to classic funk and dance jams.
We have a great line up of all star performers scheduled for this event: Griffin Anthony, Tracy James, Wendy May, Rob Somerville, Al Ferrante, Pat Marafiote, Rob Fried, Jerry Vigorito, Tyger MacNeal
Band Together CT has recently passed the One Million Dollar Milestone of funds raised for local charities and families in need.
“By Continuing To Exhibit Unmatched Compassion, Dedication And Advocacy, You have Undoubtedly Improved The Lives Of Many Citizens Throughout Our State” - State Of Connecticut General Assembly Our website: www.bandtogetherct.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Band-Together-CT/190487880974115?ref=hl
Ticket price includes a festive pre-party at 6:30pm and the concert starting at 7:30pm.Booking: Funk Jam - A Benefit Concert for 5 Local Charities Sub Booking: ft. Band Together
Amlan Ganguly empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results. The Revolutionary Optimists follows him as he attempts to replicate his work in the brick fields outside the city, where children live and work in unimaginable conditions.
Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta's slums have cut their neighborhoods' malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Now, pushing at the limits of optimism, Amlan is attempting to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where spend their days making and carrying bricks using methods unchanged by centuries.
The Revolutionary Optimists proposes a workable solution to intractable problems associated with poverty, including preventable diseases and ineffectual governance. Ganguly's story suggests that education and child empowerment are crucial keys to lifting entire societies out of hopelessness.Booking: Revolutionary Optimists Sub Booking:
Though they live without traditional sight, the Blind Boys of Alabama are one of the only groups today who truly see what it means to perform Gospel music. Their vocal and percussion styles are reminiscent of music that helped form the country, sorrowful but hopeful and full of warmth. With dozens of albums produced, they’ve been inducted into the Gospel Music Hall of Fame, the Alabama Music Hall of Fame and they’ve won the Best Soul/Gospel Album Grammy three times. Of course, they’re also still making some of their best deep American Gospel music. The new album comes out in May and features help from Willie Nelson, Hank Williams Jr., Vince Gill, Leeann Womack and Jamey Johnson -- just in time for their exciting StageOne show.
“By the end of the evening, all were up out of their seats, stamping feet and waving raised hands as senior Blind Boys singer Jimmy Carter made his way through the aisles to close the show on a note of unmitigated uplift.” - LA TimesBooking: Blind Boys of Alabama Sub Booking:
Melissa Ferrick is a music icon with a voice that’s instantly familiar & comfortable. Her impressive career longevity as a predominantly independent artist is virtually unheard of and speaks to her talent and the world she has built for herself. There is her expansive body of work, mapped out over the sixteen albums that comprise her career to date. There is the inspiration she’s taken from the incredible artists she’s shared the stage with, including Morrissey, Bob Dylan, Paul Westerberg, Weezer, amongst others. There are the stories of the crisscrossed world and the things she has both gained and lost in her wake. There is the fervent fan-base that has grown with Ferrick but above all there is the sound, a voice burnished by breakdowns and breakthroughs, refined over the twenty years she has been doing this. And now, there is Still Right Here, the sum of these hard-earned parts set to music, Ferrick’s gorgeous purpose unspooling over the ten incredible tracks that comprise the album.
Melissa Ferrick’s first studio album in 5-years Still Right Here released Sept 13, 2011 (MPress Records) has debuted on Billboard’s Heatseekers Album Charts and boasts guest spots from the likes of Ani DiFranco & Kaki King. The music video for the title track premiered on the launch of Huffington Post Gay’s site and won two RightOutTV music video awards. Melissa is featured in the Dec. 2011 issue of Out Magazine in their Out 100 as an out artist who has made an impact on the community. Her CD release tour garnered multiple sold-out shows and she recently wrapped a Northeast tour with folk icon Ani DiFranco, who also performs background vocals on her most recent release.Booking: Melissa Ferrick Sub Booking: "The Truth Is" CD Release