JJ Grey

JJ Grey
Event on 2017-12-08 20:00:00

From the days of playing greasy local juke joints to headlining major festivals, JJ Grey remains an unfettered, blissful performer, singing with a blue-collared spirit over the bone-deep grooves of his compositions. His presence before an audience is something startling and immediate, at times a funk rave-up, other times a sort of mass-absolution for the mortal weaknesses that make him and his audience human. When you see JJ Grey and his band Mofro liveand you truly, absolutely mustthe man is fearless.Onstage, Grey delivers his songs with compassion and a relentless honesty, but perhaps not until Ol Glory has a studio record captured the fierceness and intimacy that defines a Grey live performance. I wanted that crucial lived-in feel, Grey says of Ol Glory, and here he hits his mark. On the new album, Grey and his current Mofro lineup offer grace and groove in equal measure, with an easygoing quality to the production that makes those beautiful muscular drum-breaks sound as though the band has set up in your living room.Despite a redoubtable stage presence, Grey does get performance anxietyspecifically, when he's suspended 50 feet above the soil of his pecan grove, clearing moss from the upper trees.The tops of the trees are even worse, he laughs, say closer to 70, maybe even 80 feet. I'm not phobic about heights, but I don't think anyone's crazy about getting up in a bucket and swinging all around. I wanted to fertilize this year but didn't get a chance. This February I will, about two tonsto feed the trees.When he isn't touring, Grey exerts his prodigious energies on the family land, a former chicken-farm that was run by his maternal grandmother and grandfather. The farm boasts a recording studio, a warehouse that doubles as Grey's gym, an open-air barn, and of course those 50-odd pecan trees that occasionally require Grey to go airborne with his sprayer.For devoted listeners, there is something fitting, even affirmative in Grey's commitment to the land of his north Florida home. The farms and eddying swamps of his youth are as much a part of Grey's music as the Louisiana swamp-blues tradition, or the singer's collection of old Stax records.As a boy, Grey was drawn to country-rockers, including Jerry Reed, and to Otis Redding and the other luminaries of Memphis soul; Run-D.M.C., meanwhile, played on repeat in the parking lot of his high school (note the hip-hop inflections on A Night to Remember). Merging these traditions, and working with a blue-collar ethic that brooked no bullshit, Grey began touring as Mofro in the late '90s, with backbeats that crossed Steve Cropper with George Clinton and a lyrical directness that made his debut LP Blackwater (2001) a calling-card among roots-rock aficionados. Soon, he was expanding his tours beyond America and the U.K., playing ever-larger clubs and eventually massive festivals, as his fan base grew from a modest group of loyal initiates into something resembling a national coalition.Grey takes no shortcuts on the homestead, and he certainly takes no shortcuts in his music. While he has metaphorically speaking drawn blood making all his albums, his latest effort, Ol Glory, found him spending more time than ever working over the new material. A hip-shooting, off-the-cuff performer (often his first vocal takes end up pleasing him best), Grey was able to stretch his legs a bit while constructing the lyrics and vocal lines to Ol Glory.I would visit it much more often in my mind, visit it more often on the guitar in my house, Grey says. I like an album to have a balance, like a novel or like a film. A triumph, a dark brooding moment, or a moment of peacethat's the only thing I consistently try to achieve with a record.Grey has been living this balance throughout his career, and Ol Glory is a beautifully paced little film. On The Island, Grey sounds like Coleridge on a happy day: All beneath the canopy / of ageless oaks whose secrets keep / Forever in her beauty / This island is my home. A Night to Remember finds the singer in first-rate swagger: I flipped up my collar ah man / I went ahead and put on my best James Dean / and you'd a thought I was Clark Gable squinting through that smoke. And Turn Loose has Grey in fast-rhyme mode in keeping with the song's title: You work a stride / curbside thumbing a ride / on Lane Avenue / While your kids be on their knees / praying Jesus please. From the profane to the sacred, the sly to the sublime, Grey feels out his range as a songwriter with ever-greater assurance.The mood and drive of Ol Glory are testament to this achievement. The album ranks with Greys very best work; among other things, the secret spirituality of his music is perhaps more accessible here than ever before. On Everything Is a Song, he sings of the joy with no opposite, a sacred state that Grey describes to me:It can happen to anybody: you sit still and you feel things tingling around you, everything's alive around you, and in that a smile comes on your face involuntarily, and in that I felt no opposite. It has no part of the play of good and bad or of comedy or tragedy. I know its just a play on words but it feels like more than just being happy because you got what you wanted this is a joy. A joy that doesnt get involved one way or the next; it just is.Grey's most treasured albums include Otis Redding's In Person at the Whisky a Go Go and Jerry Reed's greatest hits, and the singer once told me that he grew up wanting to be Jerry Reed but with less of a country, more of a soul thing. With Ol Glory, Grey does his idols proud. It's a country record where the stories are all part of one great mystery; it's a blues record with one foot in the church; it's a Memphis soul record that takes place in the country.In short, Ol Glory is that most singular thing, a record by JJ Greythe north Florida sage and soulbent swamp rocker.

at Key West Theater
512 Eaton Street
Key West, United States

The Center For The Arts Presents Indigo Girls Amythyst Kiah opening

The Center For The Arts Presents Indigo Girls Amythyst Kiah opening
Event on 2017-09-10 00:00:00

All tickets for this intimate show are SOLD OUT!

Along with Simon & Garfunkel and The Everly Brothers, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers rank at the very top of all-time great duos. The sublime music-making-machine-skewering “Making Promises” is one of their finest rockers.– The Boston Herald

Their 14th studio album finds the Indigo Girls operating as powerfully as at any time in their career, on a set of uncommonly strong songs performed with the kind of typically understated Nashville polish that affords their signature harmonies the full spotlight.
– The Independent (UK)

Twenty years after they began releasing records as the Indigo Girls, Amy Ray and Emily Saliers have politely declined the opportunity to slow down with age. With a legacy of releases and countless U.S. and international tours behind them, the Indigo Girls have forged their own way in the music business. Selling over 14 million records, they are still going strong. Amy & Emily are the only duo with top 40 titles on the Billboard 200 in the ’80s, ’90s, ’00s and ’10s.
After signing to Epic Records in 1988, the Indigo Girls released their critically acclaimed eponymous album to thunderous praise; it remained on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart for 35 weeks, earned double platinum status, received a Grammy nomination for “Best New Artist” and won “Best Contemporary Folk Recording.” They were overnight folk icons who continued to live up to the high standards they’d set for themselves: they’ve since released 14 albums (3 platinum and 3 gold), received six Grammy nominations and have won one. Indigo Girls have toured with innumerable star acts including Neil Young, Emmylou Harris, Joan Baez, R.E.M., Sarah MacLachlan, Natalie Merchant, Jewel and Mary Chapin Carpenter.

The duo has balanced their long, successful musical career by supporting numerous social causes – the Indigo Girls don’t just talk the talk; they walk the walk.  Having established an intensely dedicated fan base, the duo continues to remain relevant and attract new fans. With their latest release, Beauty Queen Sister, released on IG Recordings distributed by Vanguard Records, Emily Saliers and Amy Ray have secured their spot as one of the most legendary musical acts of this generation.

In 2015 Indigo Girls released their 16th studio album, One Lost Day, produced by Jordan Brooke Hamlin and mixed by Brian Joseph.Amythyst Kiah

A professed Southern Gothic songster based in Johnson City, TN, Amythyst Kiah’s commanding stage presence is only matched by her raw and powerful vocals—a deeply moving, hypnotic sound that stirs echoes of a distant and restless past. A graduate of East Tennessee State University, she studied old time music and music performance, and it proved to be a pivotal moment in her life as she transformed from a long-time closet musician into a well-rounded, captivating performer.

Accoutered interchangeably with banjo, acoustic guitar, or a full band (Her Chest of Glass), Amythyst’s toolbox is augmented by her scholarship of African-American roots music. Her eclectic influences span decades, drawing heavily on old time music (Mississippi Sheiks, Son House, Jimmie Rodgers, Olla Belle Reed, Carter Family), inspired by strong R&B and country music vocalists from the ’50s-’70s (Big Mama Thornton, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson, Dolly Parton, Patsy Cline, Loretta Lynn) and influenced by contemporary artists with powerful vocal integrity (Adele, Florence and the Machine, Megan Jean and the KFB, Janelle Monae).

Recent tours in Scotland and the U.K. have seen Amythyst performing for audiences at the Americana Music Association UK Showcase, the Southern Fried Festival, Cambridge Folk Festival, the Edinburgh Jazz Festival, and SummerTyne Americana Festival. She is a crowd favorite at Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in the U.S., has performed at the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, and the Smithsonian Folk Life Festival.

Provocative and coolly fierce, Amythyst Kiah’s ability to cross the boundaries of blues and old-time through reinterpretation is groundbreaking and simply unforgettable.

www.amythystkiah.com

 

at Center for the Arts
314 W Main Street
Grass Valley, United States

Women Influence Forum

Women Influence Forum
Event on 2017-09-20 09:00:00
Inspired by the timeless image of Gabrielle Chanel, Women Influence Forum is the place to be on September 20, 2017! A unique opportunity to listen to the deeply personal stories of influence of high rank women from 20 countries, to hear about their ups and downs, their struggle and victories! All in the mythic atmosphere of the legendary RITZ, the place of power of so many historic figures. The exclusive Gala diner will allow you to personally meet the outstanding women in the relax atmosphere of the splendid RITZ hotel. Who knows may be one of them will change your future! Join WIF-2017 in Paris!

Please, refer here for the detailed information:
http://www.forumdavos.com/regional/25
http://www.womeninfluence.club/

at Ritz Vendome Hotel
15, place Vendome
Paris, France

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia September Innovation Breakfast

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia September Innovation Breakfast
Event on 2017-09-14 08:00:00
The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia invites you to our next Innovation Breakfast Series event to delve into the topic of High Skill, High Demand, High Wage – “Skills-Based” Education Comes of Age. Today’s skills-based and technical education is cutting-edge, rigorous, and simply excellent at preparing youth and adults for high skill, high paying jobs. There are thousands of open jobs in dozens of career clusters, like IT, cybersecurity, trades, hospitality, life sciences, public safety, tourism, and healthcare. The need is great and opportunity abounds! How has Northern Virginia caught the wave and grown the skills-based and craftsmanship ranks of our workforce, and what role can philanthropy play in encouraging and mentoring the “skill maestros” of tomorrow? This event will be moderated by Linda Odorisio, Former VP of US Communications for CGI, and will include a panel consisting of Beth Downey, Coordinator of Career and Technical Education for Fairfax County Public Schools; Miguel Gòmez-Ibáñez, President of The North Bennet Street School in Boston, MA; Basim Mansour, President of Michael & Son, Inc.; and Dr. R. Scott Ralls, President of Northern Virginia Community College. Registration is and includes a continental breakfast.

at Gannett Building
7950 Jones Branch Dr.
West McLean, United States

97.7’s Dance Party with Midnight Star

97.7’s Dance Party with Midnight Star
Event on 2017-09-09 19:00:00
The New 97.7 Presents Midnight Star LIVE IN CONCERT September 9TH –This one is for the grown folk who know how to party!  IT’S MIDNIGHT STAR LIVE AT MIXX 360 NIGHTLIFE with The New 97.7! Join us as we party with Midnight Star and 97.7's own DJ's T. Clark and Jay Brown and dance the night away! It's 97.7s Dance Party Concert Series featuring Midnight Star at Mixx 360!  Remember, there's no parking on the dance floor!   Let's have a good time with Midnight Star, Jay Brown, and T. Clark!  Doors open at 7pm and Mixx 360 closes at 2am!  Tickets go up at the door so buy your tickets now!  No VIP tickets will be available at the door. Midnight Star's passion and love of music and their strong desire to keep their fans satisfied has shown up in Platinum and Gold as they’ve poured out songs ranked in the top 10 plus No.1 hits. It began in 1983 with dance-floor smashes like “Freak-a-Zoid”, “No Parking on the Dance Floor”, “Wet My Whistle”, and “Slow Jam”, that to date no one can get enough of. The Planetary Invasion LP of 1985 took them to No. 1 with “Operator” and the sizzling “Curious”. In 1986 MIDNIGHT STAR struck gold with the chart buster “Midas Touch” and the title cut from the Headlines LP.  The year of 1988 rowed them to the top once again with the No. 1 “Don’t Rock the Boat” (which featured rapper Ecstasy of Whodini) and the top 10 “Snake in the Grass” from their self-titled CD. MIDNIGHT STAR broke into the 90’s with the smash “Do It (One More Time)” from their Work It Out CD which also featured the sultry ballad “Red Roses”. After extensive international touring, some of the members decided to pursue other various projects. “Deep down inside, everyone had the intentions of getting back together again,” says vocalist/guitarist Melvin “McArthur” Gentry. So you see, MIDNIGHT STAR is ready to dance and party with Boston on the stage at Mixx 360!   FAQs   Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event? You must be 21+ to enter Mixx 360.   Can I buy Meet and Greet tickets only? In order to get into the venue, you must purchase a VIP or General Admission ticket.  Your meet and greet ticket is specifically for the meet and greet portion of the night, and you will not be allowed access to the venue without a VIP or General Admission ticket to the event. What are the parking options at Mixx 360? Bonus! There is FREE parking at the venue.  We strongly encourage you to use Uber or Lyft though if you plan to consume alcohol!   How can I contact the organizer with any questions? Contact eperry@entercom.com or ezidel@entercom.com   What's the refund policy? Sorry, there are no refunds.  Is it ok if the name on my ticket or registration doesn't match the person who attends? Yes! As long as the person at the door has a digital or printed ticket in hand, they won't encounter any problems! 

at MIXX 360 NIGHTLIFE
665 Broadway
Malden, United States

Paint Creek Center for the Arts presents 52nd Annual Art & Apples Festival

Paint Creek Center for the Arts presents 52nd Annual Art & Apples Festival
Event on 2017-09-08 09:00:00
Mark your calendars for the 2017 annual Art & Apples Festival produced by Paint Creek Center for the Arts (PCCA) and presented by Genisys Credit Union from September 8-10 in Downtown Rochester. This three-day family friendly event will host more than 85,000 festivalgoers and art enthusiasts in the 30-acre Rochester Municipal Park. The festival, PCCA’s largest fundraising event of the year, will feature nearly 300 new and returning artists from across the nation showcasing their work at this juried fine art fair. There is fun for the whole family, including live entertainment and music, fresh apple treats and a weekend full of creativity and activities in the Meijer Kids Art Zone. Recognized throughout the years as one of the largest and high ranking juried fine art fairs, Art & Apples Festival proudly celebrates its 52nd year as well as the City of Rochester 200th anniversary. As such, children are invited to help decorate a “Happy Birthday, Rochester!” monster mural.   For more information please call 248-651-4110 or email general@pccart.org. 

at Royal Park Hotel
Rochester
Rochester, United States

Steel Pulse

Steel Pulse
Event on 2017-09-03 21:00:00
with DJ Aspect
Steel Pulse was formed in 1975 in Birmingham, England, specifically the inner city area of Handsworth. The founding members were schoolmates David Hinds (the primary songwriter as well as the lead singer and guitarist), Basil Gabbidon (guitar), and Ronnie "Stepper" McQueen (bass). All of them came from working class West Indian immigrant families, and none had much musical experience. They took some time to improve their technical proficiency, often on Roots inspired material by the Wailers, Burning Spear and several other prominent Jamaican artists. McQueen suggested the group name, after a racehorse, and they soon fleshed out the lineup with drummer Steve "Grizzly" Nisbett, keyboardist/vocalist Selwyn "Bumbo" Brown, percussionist/vocalist Alphonso "Fonso" Martin, and vocalist Michael Riley.Steel Pulse initially had difficulty finding live gigs, as club owners were reluctant to give them a platform for their "subversive" Rastafarian politics. Luckily, the punk movement was opening up new avenues for music all over Britain, and also finding a spiritual kinship with protest reggae. Thus, the group wound up as an opening act for punk and new wave bands like the Clash, the Stranglers, Generation X, the Police, and XTC, and built a broad-based audience in the process. In keeping with the spirit of the times, Steel Pulse developed a theatrical stage show that leavened their social commentary with satirical humor; many of the members dressed in costumes that mocked traditional British archetypes (Riley was a vicar, McQueen a bowler-wearing aristocrat, Martin a coach footman, etc.). The band issued two singles — "Kibudu, Mansetta and Abuku" and "Nyah Love" — on small independent labels, when they then came to the attention of Island Records after opening for Burning Spear.Steel Pulse's first single for Island was the classic "Ku Klux Klan," which happened to lend itself well to the band's highly visual, costume-heavy concerts. It appeared on their 1978 debut album, Handsworth Revolution, which was soon hailed as a classic of British reggae by many fans and critics, thanks to songs like the title track, "Macka Splaff," "Prodigal Son," and "Soldiers." Riley departed before the follow-up, 1979's Tribute to the Martyrs, which featured other key early singles in "Sound System" and "Babylon Makes the Rules," and solidified the band's reputation for uncompromising political ferocity. That reputation went out the window on 1980's Caught You, a more pop-oriented set devoted to dance tracks and lovers rock. By that point, Steel Pulse was keen on trying to crack the American market, and went on tour over Island's objections. Caught You was issued in the States as Reggae Fever, but failed to break the group, and they soon parted ways with Island.Steel Pulse moved on to Elektra/Asylum, which released an LP version of their headlining set at the 1981 Reggae Sunsplash Festival. Their studio debut was 1982's True Democracy, a generally acclaimed set that balanced bright, accessible production with a return to social consciousness. It became their first charting LP in America, making both the pop and R&B listings. The slicker follow-up, Earth Crisis, was released in 1984 and featured producer Jimmy "Senyah" Haynes subbing on guitar and bass for founding members Gabbidon and McQueen, both of whom left the group by the end of the recording sessions. They were replaced by guitarist Carlton Bryan and bassist Alvin Ewen for 1986's Babylon the Bandit, another Haynes-produced effort that ranked as the group's most polished, synth-centered record to date. It featured the powerful "Not King James Version" and won a Grammy for Best Reggae Album.In 1988, Steel Pulse released State of Emergency, their most explicitly crossover-oriented album yet. They also contributed the track "Can't Stand It" to the soundtrack of Spike Lee's classic Do the Right Thing. In 1991, they released another heavily commercial album, the Grammy-nominated Victims, which featured the single "Taxi Driver." Backing up the song's views, Steel Pulse filed a class-action lawsuit against the New York City Taxi and Limousine Commission, charging that drivers discriminated against blacks and particularly Rastafarians. Founding member Fonso Martin left that year, reducing Steel Pulse to a core trio of Hinds, Nisbett, and Brown. Their backing band still featured Ewen and was elsewhere anchored by guitarist Clifford "Moonie" Pusey, keyboardist Sidney Mills, trumpeter Kevin Batchelor, Saxophonist Jerry Johnson and Trombonist Clark Gayton.The 1992 live album Rastafari Centennial marked the beginning of a return to the group's musical roots, and earned another Grammy nomination. The following year, they performed at Bill Clinton's inaugural celebration, the first reggae band to appear at such an event. 1994's studio album Vex completed Steel Pulse's re-embrace of classic roots reggae, though it also nodded to contemporary dancehall with several guest toasters and a digital-flavored production. 1997's Rage and Fury continued in a similar vein, and was nominated for a Grammy. In 1999, the group released another collection of live performances, Living Legacy.Fast forward a long seven years since their previous album, Rage and Fury, Steel Pulse would return yet again, this time with African Holocaust, and yet again have their ranks dwindled. Core members David Hinds (vocals, rhythm guitar) and Selwyn Brown (keyboards, backing vocals) are the only ones to remain from the band's original line-up, but they more than hold their own and they're joined by a deep roster of supporting musicians, a list too long to list. As always, the music is what's most important, and on that count, this Steel Pulse lineup indeed makes the mark. Granted, it did take them seven years to get the album out, but still it won a Grammy Awards Nomination for Best Reggae Album of the year. There's really not too much else to say about African Holocaust. Longtime fans will know what to expect. Newcomers should know a few things: above all, Steel Pulse are known for performing well-written, Afrocentric songs that are rebellious without being negative or inflammatory, and though the band membership has changed over the years, the type of songs hasn't, nor has the steady move away from dancehall that was apparent on the band's previous album. the message and music remain true to the band's principles and vision.Steel Pulse is one of Britain's greatest reggae bands, in terms of creative and commercial success. Steel Pulse started out playing authentic roots reggae with touches of jazz and Latin music, and earned a substantial audience worldwide. Their 1978 debut, Handsworth Revolution, is still regarded by many critics as a landmark and a high point of British reggae. By the late '80s, Steel Pulse had won a Grammy and were working full-fledged crossover territory. They subsequently returned to a tough-minded, rootsy sound and have added touches of dancehall and hip-hop along the way.

at Catalyst Club
1011 Pacific Avenue
Santa Cruz, United States

Ted Nugent ı The Cotillion July 7

Ted Nugent ı The Cotillion July 7
Event on 2017-07-07 20:00:00
TED NUGENT
FRI, JULY 7, 2017
DOORS: 7:00 PM
ADVANCE – DAY OF SHOW
ON SALE FRI 4/14 10:00 AM CDT
THIS EVENT IS ALL AGES
All seating is general admission. Table reservations are available at The Cotillion or by calling 316-722-4201. Nancy's A-Maize-N Sandwiches will be here serving her Famous #8 and more! Text ROCK to 49798 for updates and chances at FREE tickets! The Check Room is open during events to check your coats, hats and purses.
Ted Nugent has carved a permanent place in rock & roll history as the ultimate guitar-shredding showman, selling more than 40 million albums, performing over 6,500 high-octane live shows, and continuing to set attendance records at venues around the globe.
Nugent was named Detroit’s Greatest Guitar Player of All Time by readers of MLive, and his no-holds-barred career spans five decades of multi-platinum hits. From the ground breaking Amboy Dukes' hit "Journey to the Center of the Mind," to classics like "Stranglehold" (ranked in the Top 100 Classic Rock Songs and #1 Guitar Lick), "Cat Scratch Fever," (32nd Best Hard Rock Song of All Time) Damn Yankees chartbuster "High Enough," and cult classic "Fred Bear,” (the most requested song for radio airplay in Michigan & Wisconsin), Ted and his inimitable sound have been featured on VH1’s Behind the Music, A & E’s Biography and more.
For millions of passionate music lovers everywhere, Ted delivers the Ultimate Life Soundtrack. A Ted Nugent show is not just a performance—it’s a firebreathing celebration!

at The Cotillion
11120 West Kellogg
Wichita, United States