Digable Planets
Nov
17
8:30 PM20:30

Digable Planets

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Brooklyn hip-hop trio mixed jazz backbeats, positivity, and enlightened conciseness. 

Digable Planets are an American alternative hip hop trio based in Brooklyn, New York, composed of Ishmael “Butterfly” Butler (from Seattle), Mary Ann “Ladybug Mecca” Vieira (from Silver Spring, Maryland) and Craig “Doodlebug” Irving (from Philadelphia).

Butler and Irving met in Philadelphia in the late 1980s; Vieira and Irving had been a couple while attending Howard University. Originally from Seattle, Butler was interning at Sleeping Bag Records in New York and would visit his grandmother in Philadelphia where Irving was living and rapping with an outfit called the Dread Poets Society (later known as the 7 OD’s). The initial demos recorded under the name Digable Planets featured only Butler. After a brief stint with two other members, Butler began collaborating with Irving and Vieira in 1989.

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1992–1993: Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space)

The group signed to Pendulum Records in 1992 and all three band members moved to New York, where Butler and Irving became roommates. Their debut album Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) was released in 1993 and certified gold by the RIAA. The album’s lead single, “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)” became a crossover hit, peaking at #15 on Billboard magazine’s singles chart, earning gold certification by the RIAA, and winning Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group. The track peaked at #67 in the UK Singles Chart in February 1995.

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1994–1995 Blowout Comb and breakup

The group’s second album Blowout Comb was released in 1994. The album was noted by critics as a stark departure from the previous album, being darker, less hook-oriented and more overtly political in its references to Black Panther and Communist imagery. Writing for Spin in December 1994, Craig Marks declared it “… a beguiling, demanding, damn near revolutionary follow-up.”Blowout Comb features guest appearances from artists Jeru the Damaja, Sulaiman and Guru of Gang Starr.

In the same year the group appeared on the Red Hot Organization’s compilation album, Stolen Moments: Red Hot + Cool. The album, meant to raise awareness and funds in support of the AIDS epidemic in relation to the African American community, was heralded as “Album of the Year” by Time magazine.

The band subsequently disbanded in early 1995 citing “creative differences”.

2005–2015: Reunions

In February 2005 the trio reunited and embarked on a reunion tour, which was followed by the release of a compilation album titled Beyond the Spectrum: The Creamy Spy Chronicles on October 15, 2005 that combined previously released material with remixes and B-sides.

From 2009 to 2011, Butler and Irving toured across the U.S., Canada, and Europe with a live band, the Cosmic Funk Orchestra. Support acts included Camp Lo and Butler’s Shabazz Palaces.

The group performed at Numbers, in Houston, Texas, on May 15, 2010, alongside the hip hop duo Camp Lo. During an interview with the Houston Chronicle near the time of this show, Doodlebug stated that a new single would be released, called “Fresh Out”, and that a new album was planned for digital release in summer of 2010. The group also performed alongside hip-hop group The Pharcyde at the North by Northeast music festival in Toronto, Ontario on June 19, 2011.

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A reunion show scheduled for December 2012 in Seattle, Washington was cancelled days before the performance. When asked in a subsequent interview about the group’s status, Butler stated “I think it’s the end.”

Despite Butler’s previous statement, it was announced in October 2015 that the trio would again reunite for a concert at Seattle’s Neptune Theatre on December 30 alongside Shabazz Palaces.

Butler released Bright Black under the moniker Cherrywine in 2003 before going on to collaborate with multi-instrumentalist Tendai ‘Baba’ Maraire as Shabazz Palaces. In 2009 the duo self-released two EPs, Shabazz Palaces and Of Light before becoming the first Hip-hop act to be signed to Sub Pop Records. Their debut LP Black Up was released in 2011 followed by Lese Majesty in 2014, both to wide critical acclaim. Butler has also been signed to Sub Pop’s A&R division and is helping the label build its repertoire of artists that are ‘imaginative’ and ‘daring’. Butler and Maraire later collaborated with Hussein Kalonji as Chimurenga Renaissance to release riZe vadZimu riZe in March 2014 on Brick Lane Records.

Irving, also known as Cee Knowledge, tours with Cee Knowledge & the Cosmic Funk Orchestra and has released two albums in limited edition on FarmHouse Records.

Vieira (now known as Lady Mecca) released Trip The Light Fantastic in 2005 and has collaborated regularly with other musicians, notably on Legacy/Sony’s Billie Holiday Remixed and Reimagined album (on the song “Spreadin’ Rhythm Around”), Del tha Funkee Homosapien’s Eleventh Hour (on the song “I Got You”), and with hip-hop supergroup eMC on the song “The Show”. Vieira also contributed the voice of Tracey Triceratops on the Dino-5 children’s CD through Ropeadope Records as well as continuing to perform as DJ Lady Mecca.

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Terrapin Flyer
Nov
30
8:30 PM20:30

Terrapin Flyer

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$25 in advance / $30 day of show
21 and Over only

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For the past 18 years Grateful Dead band, Terrapin flyer has been performing with former members the Grateful Dead, Ratdog and Jerry Garcia Band. On Thursday November 30th, at Historic Ashland Armory, the band will feature Scott Guberman and Brian Rashap from Phil Lesh and Friends, Sikiru Adepoju from Mickey Hart Band, Richie Nagan from Parliament Funkadelic, Jeremy Hoening from The Terrapin Allstars, and Kara Cavanaugh, Josh Olken and Doug Hagman from Terrapin Flyer.

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The Motet
Dec
28
8:00 PM20:00

The Motet

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$25 advance / $30 day of show
21 and Over
doors at 8 pm

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Bridging the gap between retro funk & soul, while keeping a focused eye on the future of funk, The Motet blasts off with their latest single, Supernova.  The recent addition of singer Lyle Divinsky, who joined the band in 2016, fans the flames of this already hot band.  His sinfully soulful voice and rich lyrics are powerfully prevalent throughout Supernova and light up the performances of the 7-piece funk powerhouse.

The Motet began in 1998 in Denver, Colorado, where the band’s then-rotating cast of musicians amassed an enthusiastic and loyal throng of hometown fans. The Motet took their infectious dance parties on the road about four years ago, and their national fan base has been growing exponentially ever since. Today their shows sell out from coast to coast at iconic venues Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Fillmore in San Francisco, Tipitina’s in New Orleans, Brooklyn Bowl, Chicago’s Park West, Portland’s Crystal Ballroom, and Variety Playhouse in Atlanta.  A favorite along the festival circuit, The Motet has performed at Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Peach Fest and many others.

The Motet are Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Dave Watts (drums), Joey Porter (keyboards), Garrett Sayers (bass), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), and Drew Sayers (saxophone).

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Railroad Earth
Jan
16
8:00 PM20:00

Railroad Earth

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Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of show
21 and Over
Doors: 8 pm

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There’s a great scene in The Last Waltz – the documentary about The Band’s final concert – where director Martin Scorsese is discussing music with drummer/singer/mandolin player Levon Helm. Helm says, “If it mixes with rhythm, and if it dances, then you’ve got a great combination of all those different kinds of music: country, bluegrass, blues music, show music…”

To which Scorsese, the inquisitive interviewer, asks, “What’s it called, then?”

“Rock & roll!”

Clearly looking for a more specific answer, but realizing that he isn’t going to get one, Marty laughs. “Rock & roll…”

Well, that’s the way it is sometimes: musicians play music, and don’t necessarily worry about where it gets filed. It’s the writers, record labels, managers, etc., who tend to fret about what “kind” of music it is.

And like The Band, the members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. As Railroad Earth violin/vocalist Tim Carbone recalls, “All of us had been playing in various projects for years, and many of us had played together in different projects. But this time, we found ourselves all available at the same time.”

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Songwriter/lead vocalist Todd Sheaffer continues, “When we started, we only loosely had the idea of getting together and playing some music. It started that informally; just getting together and doing some picking and playing. Over a couple of month period, we started working on some original songs, as well as playing some covers that we thought would be fun to play.”            

Shortly thereafter, they took five songs from their budding repertoire into a studio and knocked out a demo in just two days. Their soon-to-be manager sent that demo to a few festivals, and – to the band’s surprise – they were booked at the prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival before they’d even played their first gig. This prompted them to quickly go in and record five more songs; the ten combined tracks of which made up their debut album, “The Black Bear Sessions.”

That was the beginning of Railroad Earth’s journey: since those early days, they’ve gone on to release five more critically acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live one called, “Elko.” They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country, and often take advantage of the band’s liberal taping and photo policy. But Railroad Earth bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” Not out of animosity for any other artists: it’s just that they don’t find the labels very useful. As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us. We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”

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Ultimately, Railroad Earth’s music is driven by the remarkable songs of front-man, Todd Sheaffer, and is delivered with seamless arrangements and superb musicianship courtesy of all six band members. As mandolin/bouzouki player John Skehan points out, “Our M.O. has always been that we can improvise all day long, but we only do it in service to the song. There are a lot of songs that, when we play them live, we adhere to the arrangement from the record. And other songs, in the nature and the spirit of the song, everyone knows we can kind of take flight on them.” Sheaffer continues: “The songs are our focus, our focal point; it all starts right there. Anything else just comments on the songs and gives them color. Some songs are more open than others. They ‘want’ to be approached that way – where we can explore and trade musical ideas and open them up to different territories. But sometimes it is what the song is about.”

So: they can jam with the best of them and they have some bluegrass influences, but they use drums and amplifiers (somewhat taboo in the bluegrass world). What kind of music is it then? Mandolin/vocalist John Skehan offers this semi-descriptive term: “I always describe it as a string band, but an amplified string band with drums.” Tim Carbone takes a swing: “We’re a Country & Eastern band! ” Todd Sheaffer offers “A souped-up string band? I don’t know. I’m not good at this.” Or, as a great drummer/singer/mandolin player with an appreciation for Americana once said: “Rock & roll!”

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The Infamous Stringdusters & The Last Revel
Mar
7
7:30 PM19:30

The Infamous Stringdusters & The Last Revel

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Doors: 7:00 pm

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Unlike rock 'n' roll, bluegrass music's boundaries are often defined in very narrow terms and that has caused some bands to carefully consider their place within the genre. But, in order to survive, everything must evolve... even bluegrass. Enter the Infamous Stringdusters, the very model of a major modern bluegrass band.

“At a certain point in our career, there was hesitation in calling us a bluegrass band,” guitarist Andy Falco admits. “These days, we’re much more comfortable with that label.” Banjo man Chris Pandolfi echoes the point: “We love bluegrass, but we have been influenced by other genres as much, if not more. When it comes to making music, we always try to be a blank slate and give new songs whatever they need to come to life. We just try to make something good, something that is true to who we are.”

On Laws of Gravity, that's exactly what the Infamous Stringdusters — Andy Hall (dobro), Jeremy Garrett (fiddle), and Travis Book (double bass), in addition to Falco and Pandolfi — have done. Their seventh studio set further proves that the band's collective whole is far greater than the sum of its individual parts, as the song selection and pitch-perfect performances weighs the Stringdusters' appeal to traditional fans against their musical quest to attract new listeners. It's a balance that comes naturally to the band.

Here, trad-leaning tunes like “Freedom,” “A Hard Life Makes a Good Song,” “Maxwell,” and “1901: A Canyon Odyssey” pick hard and soar high, letting trade-off solos and layered vocal harmonies work their magic. As it continues on, Gravity reaches its roots deep and wide, but never sacrifices the wings of the band, as exemplified in tracks like “Back Home” and “This Ol' Building” which pull from the blues and R&B strands of the Stringdusters' musical DNA.

“The specific feelings in those songs lend themselves to a soulful sound,” Hall explains. “The longing of 'Back Home,' the passion of 'This Ol' Building.' Slowing things down a bit, but still having a real edge and passion is the essence of that. And probably a bit of maturity on our part brings out a more authentic soulful sound.”

Indeed, the Stringdusters have worked hard to become the band they are or, perhaps, the band they wanted and knew themselves to be — a self-discovery process to which Laws of Gravity bears witness. “Once you start to move out of that, a lot of good things happen,” Pandolfi says. “You know who you are, and how to do your thing with confidence and experience. This colors the songwriting process as much as anything. We work so hard on the music, but it's not hard work. It's really the payoff, and it comes more naturally with time.”

Letting the past inform and the present propel, the Stringdusters' style and substance are uniquely Infamous. Since 2007, the band's ever-evolving artistry and boldly creative collaborations — including Ryan Adams, Joss Stone, Bruce Hornsby, Joan Osborne, and Lee Ann Womack — have pushed them past the edges of traditional acoustic music and carved out a musical niche all their own in the hearts of fans and critics, alike. Over the past couple of years, they released 2015's Undercover, a covers EP, followed by 2016's Ladies & Gentlemen, an album featuring multiple female guest vocalists. Those projects may have seemed like artistic tangents, but they actually proved to be a pretty direct route from there to Gravity.

“Being singers and songwriters, we were really ready to put some of our own songs out with us singing them,” Falco says. “In the same way solo projects can take you away to be able to come back and feel refreshed, the last two records have done that and we were ready to hit the studio with our songs sung by us.”

“We had much more of a vision for how we wanted this album to come together than we did with past projects,” Pandolfi adds. “We got the music, including all our individual parts, to a place where we knew we could go into the studio and just let it happen live. We are a band. We play live together and, more than any one song or achievement, this is what we do. Now we have an album that captures that.”

Part of Gravity's vision involved not road-testing and adapting the songs before taking them into the studio. That's a new step in the Stringdusters' process which starts with filtering through and whittling down a wealth of material to the best of the batch. “We take those 20 or so songs and take them to the next level as a band,” Pandolfi explains. “So much gets accomplished in this writing/arranging stage. It's where songs become Stringduster songs. In the end, we share the songwriting credit because of all the collective work that goes into this (and every other) aspect of being in a band.”

“We may try the song in a number of different feels before landing on something that works for the sound of the band. If a song is good, it usually comes together fairly quickly,” Halls says, adding, “But we’re writing more diverse stuff these days, so some experimentation is always welcome.”

While the new record boasts a single instrumental track, “Sirens,” where the five fellas really cut loose on their respective strings, the vocals across the other dozen tracks tie this music to the bluegrass tradition in an even more profound way. “Singing is a big part of bluegrass music,” Falco says. “It’s an important part of the sound and I think that part of music gets overlooked a lot. The singing should convey the emotion of the song. That's what we aim to do. One could argue that it's more important than the playing.”

Out beyond Laws of Gravity, the Infamous Stringdusters have an even broader vision. “We just want to keep making original music, keep evolving as people and musicians, and continue to help our amazing community of fans grow and enjoy this experience together,” Pandolfi says. “When we hear from people that our music or the community around our music has helped them find joy in life, it makes everything seem very worthwhile.”

Falco adds, “We love playing together and that’s the reason we’ve been doing it for as long as we have. We want to able to do this until we’re old and grey. That’s really it — making music together and continuing to evolve our brand of bluegrass music.”

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Leftover Salmon & Keller Williams
Mar
21
8:30 PM20:30

Leftover Salmon & Keller Williams

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Tickets: $35 in advance / $40 day of show
21 and over only
Doors: 8:30 pm

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Leftover Salmon

For the past quarter-century, Colorado's Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock 'n' roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. During their twenty-five plus years as a band they have headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums, and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world.  The evolution of Leftover Salmon's music is influenced by Leftover Salmon co-founders Drew Emmitt (mandolin/vocals) and Vince Herman's (guitar/singer) keen musical instincts, and follows a musical path that adheres to the deep tradition the duo started when they first formed the group along with deceased banjo player Mark Vann.  The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon's sound, and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band's music.  Fueled by the rhythm section of long time bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and Salmon's newest member, keyboardist Erik Deustch, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance.  The front line trio of Emmitt, Herman and prodigious banjo player Andy Thorn are continually challenged and pushed in new directions as the band collectively searches for new spaces and sounds within their extensive catalog of songs.

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Keller Williams 

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Keller Williams released his first album in 1994, FREEK, and has since given each of his albums a single syllable title: BUZZ, SPUN, BREATHE, LOOP, LAUGH, HOME, DANCE, STAGE, GRASS, DREAM, TWELVE, LIVE, ODD, THIEF, KIDS, BASS, PICK,  FUNK, VAPE, SYNC and RAW, , those who have followed his career will know this.  Each title serves as a concise summation of the concept guiding each project. GRASS, for example, is a bluegrass recording cut with the husband-wife duo The Keels. STAGE is a live album and DREAM is the realization of Keller’s wish to collaborate with some of his musical heroes. THIEF is a set of unexpected cover songs, KIDS offers Keller’s first children’s record, PICK presents Keller’s collaboration with royal bluegrass family The Travelin’ McCoury’s, and RAW is a solo acoustic album. Each album showcases Keller’s comprehensive and diverse musical endeavors and functions to provide another piece of the jigsaw puzzle that is Keller Williams. Keller’s collaborative and solo albums reflect his pursuit to create music that sounds like nothing else. Unbeholden to conventionalism, he seamlessly crosses genre boundaries. The end-product is astounding and novel music that encompasses rock, jazz, funk, and bluegrass, and always keeps the audience on their feet.

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Since he first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, Williams has defined the term independent artist. And his recordings tell only half the story. Keller built his reputation initially on his engaging live performances, no two of which are ever alike. For most of his career he has performed solo. His stage shows are rooted around Keller singing his compositions and choice cover songs, while accompanying himself on acoustic guitar. With the use of today’s technology, Keller creates samples on the fly in front of the audience, a technique called live phrase sampling or looping, with nothing pre-recorded, the end result often leans toward a hybrid of alternative folk and groovy electronica. A genre Keller jokingly calls “acoustic dance music” or ADM.”

That approach, Williams explains, was derived from “hours of playing solo with just a guitar and a microphone, and then wanting to go down different avenues musically. I couldn’t afford humans and didn’t want to step into the cheesy world of automated sequencers where you hit a button and the whole band starts to play, then you’ve got to solo along or sing on top of it. I wanted something more organic yet with a dance groove that I could create myself.”

Williams’ solo live shows—and his ability to improvise to his determinedly quirky tunes despite the absence of an actual band—quickly became the stuff of legend, and his audience grew exponentially when word spread about this exciting, unpredictable performer. Once he began releasing recordings, starting with 1994’s FREEK, Williams was embraced by an even wider community of music fans, particularly the jam band crowd. While his live gigs have largely been solo affairs, Williams has nearly always used his albums as a forum for collaborations with fellow musicians. An alliance with The String Cheese Incident on 1999’s BREATHE marked Williams’ first release on the band’s label SCI Fidelity Records, DREAM, Keller’s 2007 release, found him in the company of such iconic musicians as the Grateful Dead’s Bob Weir, banjo master Béla Fleck, bass great Victor Wooten, American musician/poet Michael Franti and many others.

“That album took, from start to release time,” says Williams, “about three years. The object was to get people that I admire musically to play my stuff, so when I’m old I can crank this album in my pimped-out golf cart and have something that I’m really proud of. I was going for the historical effect for my own personal listening pleasure.

“Each record,” he continues, “is a little snapshot of history. I like to think of it as a period piece for an artist. Each record is a little bit different but all of them have some kind of common thread, which is my musical ability as far as I can take it. I enjoy making records. In some people’s eyes, they’re a dying breed, but I’m very passionate about it. They document where my head is at that time in my career and where I am in my songwriting.” 

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Williams’ story begins in Fredericksburg, Virginia, just south of Washington, D.C. There he was exposed to a wide variety of music at an early age, starting with country and bluegrass and working his way up through hip-hop and go-go, a brand of funk particular to that part of the country. Once he began playing guitar, Williams’ sphere expanded to what he calls “the post-pseudo-skateboarder punk-rock rebellious type of thing, Black Flag and Sex Pistols and Ramones, Dead Kennedys, things like that. That slid into the more melodic college rock, like the Cure and the Cult, the Smiths, R.E.M.’s first five or six records. 

Then came the Grateful Dead, a seminal influence on Williams’ own music. “I studied and learned their music and went to the shows,” he says, adding that the impact of Jerry Garcia on his attitude toward music remains incalculable. Another major influence was Michael Hedges, the late virtuoso acoustic guitarist. “He was really excelling in a whole different world from what I knew,” says Williams.

After relocating to Colorado, further exposure to bluegrass music and progressive acoustic artists such as Béla Fleck and the Flecktones also had a major impression on Williams. As he began to develop his own distinctive compositional and performing style, Williams incorporated all of the lessons he’d learned from the long list of artists who’d found their way into his world, then filtered their music through his own experiences until something wholly unique emerged. The list of artists whose music he has covered either in concert or on his recordings constitutes a mind-blowing spread: songs originally performed by everyone from Pink Floyd and Ozzy Osbourne to Ani DiFranco and old-school rappers the Sugar Hill Gang!

When he first started out, Williams played in regional bands but also performed as a solo artist, “me sitting on a stool playing covers, like a happy hour situation,” he says. “I’d get dinner and maybe tips. There were bands in high school and in college. But it turned out I could get the same money playing solo that I was getting with the band. Around that time I was also doing temporary jobs and I was making the same amount playing music as I was scraping mortar out of the cracks of cinder block walls for eight hours in the summertime at minimum wage. So it seemed like the obvious choice was to play music. I started to work and over the years I incorporated more technology. The looping thing started to happen and tickets were sold and people came to shows, so there wasn’t any reason to fix something that wasn’t broken.”

What Williams calls “the looping thing” is actually a big part of what has made him such a compelling live performer. “Basically, I have these machines that are essentially delay units,” he explains. “What I do is step on a button and sing or play something. Then I step on the same button in time and it repeats what I just played or sang. Once that initial loop is created, I can layer on a bass line or a drum line and then have this layer that I just created in front of an audience that I could sing over and solo over. Nothing is pre-recorded. Everything is created onstage in front of the audience.”

If it sounds complicated, it is: but the basic thrust is that the technology has allowed Williams to go out on tour week after week, year after year, and play music by himself—without limiting his sound to what we most often associate with the solo singer-songwriter: a guy strumming a guitar and singing. With his arsenal of tech toys, Williams can expand his reach onstage by, in essence, jamming with himself.

As years have gone by and Keller has continued to evolve he has created more and more unique projects and collaborations with fellow musicians. In 2007 Keller formed a band of his own, Keller Williams with Moseley, Droll and Sipe which featured Keller on rhythm guitar and vocals, Jeff Sipe on drums, Keith Moseley on bass and Gibb Droll on lead guitar. After touring throughout 2007 - 2008, they subsequently released a double live record with a companion DVD, in true Keller Williams fashion, it’s called Live.

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The summer of 2010 found Keller sharing a bus with two of his biggest heroes, former Grateful Dead drummers Bill Kreutzmann and Mickey Hart, as a member of their powerhouse assemblage the Rhythm Devils. “That was a very surreal experience,” Williams says. “We rehearsed for a few days and then we were on a bus with 12 people, two of them being the original drummers from the Grateful Dead.” On that tour, Williams was put in the enviable position of singing many songs from the Grateful Dead catalog for audiences that loved every minute of it.  Inspired by this experience and his admiration for The Grateful Dead, Keller added two Grateful Dead projects to his repertoire: Grateful Grass and Grateful Gospel.  With an ever revolving cast of Jam, Bluegrass, and Gospel musicians, Grateful Grass and Grateful Gospel have become fan favorites and festival staples. Keller’s Grateful Grass tunes can be heard on two live digital releases, REX and DOS.  Keller’s guests on these recordings include: Jeff Austin (Jeff Austin Band), Keith Moseley (String Cheese Incident), Michael Kang (String Cheese Incident), Reed Mathis (Tea Leaf Green), The Keels and many more.Following the Grateful Dead theme, keller also released KEYS, a digital only release on which Keller is at the piano singing a  collection of Dead tunes.  All three of these releases donate proceeds to the Grateful Dead’s Rex Foundation.  

Williams has also toured as part of a string trio with fellow Virginians, singer/guitarist Larry Keel and his wife, singer/bassist Jenny Keel, dubbed Keller and the Keels.  You can find them hitting key stops on the bluegrass festival circuit playing songs from their two releases GRASS AND THIEF. 

If it seems as if this is a man who never stops, that would be about right. Keller released the amusingly titled THIEF—his all-covers project with the Keels—early in 2010, and KIDS, his sixteenth album, in the fall of that same year. A father of two himself, Williams was, of course, inspired by his own offspring but, he says, some of the songs were written before his children were born. “When Not For Kids Only by Jerry Garcia and David Grisman came out, I knew that there was hope for me with kids music,” he says. “I was really attached to that record.” The songwriting for Kids, Keller says, “was not necessarily singing to the kids. A lot of it was me singing from the perspective of the kids. That was my plan, to get on their wavelength, on their level, and be one of them, so it’s kind of like one of their friends singing to them.”

In 2011, BASS found the multi-instrumentalist only playing bass guitar. BASS was also the first album to be recorded with Keller’s live reggae-funk band Kdubalicious, which in addition to Keller on bass and vocals, features Jay Starling on keyboards and Mark D on drums. On the other end of the spectrum – but just as tasty – is Keller’s 2012 release PICK. This collaboration featuring Keller Williams with The Travelin’ McCourys is a classic case of the whole being greater than the sum of its parts—although the parts are rather massive on their own, to be sure. “Performing with The Travelin’ McCourys is one of my favorite things to do in the world,” Keller explains. “This project has struck a special chord with me [pun intended]. It is very addictive.”

Indeed, Keller always enjoys working with a band. For 2013 he stepped out with a new muse, a 6-piece funk band dubbed More Than a Little. Williams drew from the Richmond, VA R&B/gospel scene including a pair of show stealing female singers. FUNK – a sexy live recording that pays deep homage to the genre’s roots, Keller style – hit the streets in November 2013 and More than a Little made its way around the country becoming a festival staple all their own.  

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Early 2015 found Keller back in the studio working on his 20th release, VAPE.  While mainly a solo endeavor, it does feature a few special guests such as Sampson Grisman, John Kadlecik and a track with the Travelin’ McCourys. In Keller’s own words “Imagine taking these songs and blowing high pressured life through them in a low pressured atmosphere. Out comes highly concentrated music that can be heated up and inhaled through your ears...Vape”. 

In 2016, Keller assembled yet another band, Keller Williams’ KWahtro.  KWahtro, featuring Gibb Droll, Danton Boller and Rodney Holmes,  toured the country throughout the winter and fall of 2016.  The first KWahtro album, SYNC will be released in January of 2017. According to Keller, SYNC began as acoustic dance music but with the help of Droll, Boller and Holmes and special guests Mike Dillon and The Accidentals, the album “morphed into a type of acoustic acid jazz that draws on imagery in both the lyrics and the music.”

As if one album release wasn’t enough for 2017, Keller’s first all solo acoustic album, RAW, will also be released in January of 2017. Keller started working on RAW in 2011 but got sidetracked by a number of other projects that began to take form. It was when Keller’s 2017 winter tour, Shut the Folk Up and Listen with Leo Kottke, started to take form, that he jumped back into it and completed the album. For Keller this album and tour represent his roots; all solo acoustic guitar and vocals, no looping, pedals or bands.  

Two albums at once, why not! Something different. That, we can assume, is how it will always be with Keller Williams. 

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Polyrhythmics and Dirty Revival
Nov
11
8:30 PM20:30

Polyrhythmics and Dirty Revival

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21 and Over
$20 advance / $25 day of
Doors: 8:30

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Rich with bold brass and hypnotic percussion, Polyrhythmics' latest album, Caldera, showcases the instrumental eight-piece's impossibly tight grooves and virtuosic musicianship as they tear through a singular blend of funk, soul, psychedelic rock, R&B, progressive jazz, and Afrobeat. Calling to mind everything from Antibalas and the Dap-Kings to The Meters and Fela Kuti, it's without a doubt their strongest work to date, merging the infectious power of their live show with a sleek and nuanced studio sophistication.

Named for the smoldering crater left after a volcanic eruption, Caldera was written during a band retreat to rural Oregon, where Polyrhythmics embraced truly collaborative songwriting for the first time during a marathon session in the shadow of Mt. Hood (itself an active volcano). The resulting album is a blistering declaration from a band that's progressed beyond the sum of its influences to come fully into its own. From the downtempo, Afrobeat trance of "Stargazer" to the triumphantly anthemic, high-octane pump-up funk of "Marshmallow Man," Caldera is instrumental music at its best: emotional, evocative, mesmerizing. On "Cactus Blossoms," Polyrhythmics craft an eerie, retro gem straight out of a 70's film score, while the trippy effects and wah-wah guitar of "Goldie's Road" suggest a psychedelic journey (or perhaps a bad trip), and the shuffling "Vodka For My Goat" draws on Stax soul while hinting at BB King's merger of the blues and jazz. It's an eclectic collection, tied together by the melding of eight distinct musical voices coming together as a cohesive whole.

The record follows the Seattle band's stellar third album, Octagon, which earned them tour dates around the country along with plenty of critical acclaim. The Stranger dubbed Polyrhythmics a group to watch, hailing their "sophisticated slinkiness and expressive brassiness," while WNCW praised their "modern afro-psycho-beat blend," and the Seattle Times dubbed them "funk maestros." The band was invited to perform live on influential Seattle NPR station KEXP, shared bills with everyone from Snarky Puppy to Booker T, and played massive festival stages including Bumbershoot, High Sierra, and Vancouver International Jazz Fest.

Polyrhythmics are: Ben Bloom: Guitars, Grant Schroff: Drums, Nathan Spicer: Keys. Lalo Bello: Percussion, Karl Olson: Percussion, Jason Gray: Bass, Scott Morning: Trumpet, Elijah Clark: Trombone, Art Brown: Sax and Flute

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Dirty Revival

PORTLAND BORN, DIRTY REVIVAL HAS EVOLVED FROM THE CONFINES OF A BASEMENT, TO SOME OF PDX’S MOST SOUGHT AFTER STAGES. THEIR SOULFUL SOUNDS AND ENERGETIC BEATS DELIVERS AN ATMOSPHERE THAT ENRAPTURES ANY AUDIENCE. 

Led by the soulful vocals of Sarah Clarke, Dirty Revival has made their mark on the Pacific Northwest music scene. The unique ensemble delivers powerful original tracks and superbly arranged classics with a resounding presence, delivering passionate performances from dimly lit dive bars to crowded concert halls and open festival skies. 

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The dynamic, seven-piece soul outfit shines on stage, and defines influences from funk- and soul-infused icons of the past. Dirty Revival has shared the stages with musical heavy-hitters such as Michael Franti, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Slick Rick, Nappy Roots and Gift of Gab, and have several multi-regional tours already under their belt. 

The band has been actively touring in support of their  debut album, the self titled, Dirty Revival, release in September of 2015. 

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The release was marked by a sold out CD release party at one of Portland’s premier venues, Mississippi Studios. Driven by the warm reception of their freshman album, Dirty Revival has the heart and mind behind the music and the unyielding drive to share their soul. 

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People for Puerto Rico - A Benefit Concert
Nov
5
5:00 PM17:00

People for Puerto Rico - A Benefit Concert

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LINEUP (learn more about artists below)

  • Vince Herman (from Leftover Salmon)
  • Alice DiMicele Band
  • LEFT 
  • Rogue Suspects
  • Inger Jorgenson
  • Paul Turnipseed
  • 33 String Drive
  • Frankie Hernandez
  • Bishop Mayfield
  • B Wishes
  • Diane Patterson
  • Phoenix Sigalove
  • Shybo Torres
  • Marc Gostnell

Donations at the Door

SPONSORS

Hilltop Music Shop, United Way of Jackson County, Havurah Shir Hadash.
Lagunitas Brewing Company

"Another Alice & Greg Disaster Relief Production”

All proceeds will go towards helping the most vulnerable in Puerto Rico. We will be sending Domes for use as schools and community centers with a group from Atlanta who are going to help re-build schools. People from Oregon who would like to help and can provide for their own transportation to Puerto Rico would be welcomed to join the effort. We will also be sending money towards disaster relief through the Hispanic Federation. 

When Hurricane Maria reached Puerto Rico she pummeled the island and destroyed
homes, hospitals, schools, and most of the islands power grid. Access to food, potable
water, shelter, and medical attention is difficult or impossible depending on where you
are on the island. Another disaster creating suffering and chaos. Local musicians and
activists Alice DiMicele and Greg Frederick immediately got together to plan something
to help, as they did after disasters in Haiti, Japan, and Nepal. After searching countless
websites and non-profit organizations, they found an opportunity to make a big
difference without just throwing money into the pockets of a big organization with a CEO
who has a six figure salary. DiMicele’s brother-in-law, Randy Ortiz is going to Puerto
Rico next month with a group of business people and volunteers from Atlanta, Georgia
to help rebuild schools and medical facilities and to help distribute much needed aid to
the most vulnerable. Randy has participated in secular missions all over the world with
Caritas, a Catholic non-profit committed to serving the poor and most vulnerable in the
world. Thanks to the generosity of Asha Deliverance at Pacific Domes and Eric Hansen
at True South Solar we are able to buy Domes and solar systems at cost to send with
Randy and his team to put up to make instantly solid shelters, schools, community
centers, and whatever else may be needed. After buying these supplies we will donate
the remaining cash to the Hispanic Federation who is leading the way in bringing relief
aid to Puerto Rico.

Alice called Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon who recently moved to Ashland and
asked him help. His answer, a resounding Yes! Herman will headline the event and will
sit in with Alice DiMicele Band and also local bluegrass band 33 String Drive. Greg
Frederick’s two bands LEFT and the Rogue Suspects are on the bill along with a bevy
of local talent including: Inger Jorgenson and Paul Turnipseed, Phoenix Sigalove, Diane
Patterson, B Wishes and Jack Hopfinger, Frankie Hernandez, Bishop Mayfield, Shybo
Torres, and Marc Gostnell. The event will open with a song and prayer by Rabbi David
Zaslow of Havurah Shir Hadash Synagogue who is also one of our generous sponsors
along with Live At the Armory, United Way of Jackson County, ORD2 Indivisible, Hilltop
Music Shop, Pacific Domes, and True South Solar. If your group or church would like to
be a sponsor for the event or would like to send volunteers to help please contact Alice
DiMicele at ottermusic@mind.net 

Please join us for an evening of great music and solidarity with Puerto Rico at the
“People for Puerto Rico” event on Sunday November 5th from 5-9pm at the Historic
Ashland Armory. The event is all ages and there will be a 21-over area with adult
beverages available. We’re asking for a suggested donation of $20 or as much as you
care to donate at the door and will also be selling raffle tickets with wonderful prizes
including a guitar, music, gift certificates for massage, and much more.

About some of the musicians:

Vince Herman is a guitarist and singer best known for being one of the founding
members of Leftover Salmon and Great American Taxi. His infectious stage presence
and humor engage his audiences and leave them overjoyed and wanting more.
Alice DiMicele is a singer/songwriter and acoustic guitar player that seamlessly works
jazz/blues phrasing and R&B and rock & roll rhythms into a broadened Folk/Roots/
Americana sound she calls "Organic Acoustic Groove.” For more than 30 years, Alice
has been bringing her wide-ranging vocal prowess, humor, and distinctive guitar style to
festival stages, theaters, clubs, and house concerts.

LEFT is a labor of love comprised of 5 of Southern Oregon's most accomplished and
creative players who came together in support of the original music written by Singer
Songwriter Bret Levick. Greg Frederick on Bass, Don Harriss on Keys, Bob Evoniuk on
Slide Guitar and Matt Terreri on Percussion. Levick's music can be heard
on Televisions top hit shows "Lucifer" "Shamless" "Grays Anatomy" "Son's of Anarchy"
and more.

The Rogue Suspects have been Southern Oregon’s premier musical act for 18 years.
Whether appearing with or behind rock and rolls who’s who, or gracing the most
prominent stages in the area, the Suspects have earned the honor of being named The
Rogue Valley’s favorite band over and over again.Shae Celine, Greg Frederick, Dirk
Price, Don Harriss, and David Bolen.

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Rising Appalachia with Gill Landry
Oct
19
8:00 PM20:00

Rising Appalachia with Gill Landry

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21 and Over
Tickets: $27 advance / $32 day of
Doors: 8:30pm

Sponsors:
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Ashland Alternative Health

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Rising Appalachia brings to the stage a collection of sounds, stories, and songs steeped in tradition and a devotion to world culture. Intertwining a deep reverence for folk music and a passion for justice, they have made it their life’s work to sing songs that speak to something ancient yet surging with relevance. Whether playing at Red Rocks or in rail cars, at Italian street fairs or to Bulgarian herbalists, this fiercely independent band has blazed a unique and colorful path across the globe. 11 years into their movement, Rising Appalachia believes that the roots of all these old songs are vital to our ever evolving soundscape.

Led by the collective voice of sisters Leah and Chloe, and joined by their beloved band – percussionist Biko Casini and bassist/guitarist David Brown – Rising Appalachia is a melting pot of folk music simplicity, textured songwriting, and those bloodline harmonies that only siblings can pull off. Listen for a tapestry of song, clawhammer banjo tunes, fiddle, double bass, acoustic guitar, djembe, barra, bodhran, spoken word, and a wealth of musical layering that will leave you called to action and lulled into rhythmic dance simultaneously.  It is both genre bending and familiar at the same time. Proudly born and raised in the concrete jungle of Atlanta, Georgia, sharpening their instincts in the mountains of Appalachia, and fine tuning their soul on the streets of New Orleans they have crafted a 6-album career from the dusts of their passion.

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In 2015  Rising Appalachia founded the Slow Music Movement, to help maintain an independent musical spirit in the face of such a fast-paced world. They are creatively committed to keeping their work accessible at the local street level as well as expanding to larger audiences abroad, and have continued to maintain autonomy by self- managing, recording, producing and creating, and directing their work.

They are greatly honored to do the work that they do.

“Music is the tool with which we wield political prowess. Melody for the Roots of each of us…spreading song and sound around the globe. Music has become our script for vision- not just for aural pleasure, not just for hobby, but now as a means to connect and create in ways that we aren’t taught by mainstream culture. We are building community and tackling social injustice through melody, making the stage reach out with wide arms to gather this great family. It has taken on its own personality, carrying us all along the journey. Heres to poetic observations, social change, lyrical messages, political focus, symphonic coercing, ferocious bantering, bicycles and train tracks, primal will, fresh air, harmony, flow, and beautiful noise. ”- Leah Song.

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“Green Album of the Year” – the Huffington Post

“Rising Appalachia seeks to showcase the beauty of the simple, the subtle, and the sometimes unseen with its soulful folk music”  – anonymous


Gill Landry

Love and hate need each other for either to have meaning and I feel like it’s the same way with people. I’d like to believe love always wins coming down the stretch—it just might not be the way you envisioned it. In my experience love often isn’t what I expected and wouldn’t be half as good if it was. That basically is what I wrote this album about.

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Townes Van Zandt once said “There’s only two kinds of music: the blues and zippety doo-dah.”  I’ve always loved that.  In my opinion, labeling music sucks, but clearly marketing and classifying music without some label is near hopeless, so here we are.  This is not a blues album, though if someone asked me what kind of music I write, I’d like to say blues. Blues singing is an exorcism of the blues itself, and that’s how I relate to what I write. This album for me is an attempt to shine a light on my various traps and sorrows as well as explore their emotional depths. I try to purge hard times in song and can only hope that through sharing these glimpses of hard-to-pin-down emotions, others may feel less alone.  So that’s how I approach songwriting—hopefully not wasting anyone’s time, and contributing meaningfully to the conversation within the songs of man.

Since making my last record, I destroyed all the pillars of my life intentionally and by accident. I found myself wondering what the hell I was doing, and had to slowly start rebuilding. When you go back to the ground level in any field, with your toes in the dirt, you've got to really want to do it. I already came up through the clubs, playing all the small gigs, busking the streets, and also got the delusions of grandeur that come from playing in much bigger places. When you've been through it and you know how much work it is to start from the bottom, you have to ask yourself if it's truly what you want. Here we are, so I guess the answer is yes.

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A little over two short years ago, I was set to be married to a woman I loved very much, had just won my second Grammy with Old Crow Medicine Show, and life was good by all perceivable standards. However, I was deeply unsatisfied artistically and needed to leave the band. After the first year of touring my last album, I swore to myself I wasn’t writing another goddamned broken-hearted love song, but then my lover took flight and I found myself alone, worn out, disillusioned, and heartbroken in a way I hadn’t known before. The future was looking like an exhaustingly long walk through a knee-deep tunnel of shit ending in death, so, it seemed like it wasn’t going to be an overly joyous next record after all. BUT, I wanted to find a light in the darkness. This album is more of ‘a map out of the darkness’ than ‘an invitation to it.’ 

 In writing this album, I wanted to paint a vision of the prison of expectations that eat loving relationships at their core and can turn them into a mechanical farce. The premise through most of this album can be summed up by the title “Scripted Love”. The songs reveal characters trapped in scenes they didn’t create as much as rehearsed. Their roles are played through narratives either engrained or sold to them through: Hollywood, social norms, family, fairy tales, etc. Hung up on “what’s supposed to happen” over what’s happening. They find themselves disappointed with the reality of relationships due to their false idealizations. Love becomes a possession rather than a presence. This isn’t to say I don’t think that there aren’t millions of people living in harmonious, real, and loving relationships. I don’t happen to know an overwhelming amount of them, but I know they exist.

 In December, I spent two weeks on the Washington coast at a friend’s place where I wrote over half of these songs. I was alone with the cold wind and rain pounding in from the North Pacific. Then I ended up back in Nashville living above my friend Nikki Lane’s for a few months where I wrote the rest of them. I moved to a cabin in the country outside Whites Creek, Tennessee to record the album and then took it on the road where I finished vocals and bits in Stockholm, The Isle of Skye, and Blue River, Oregon.

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I wanted to personally tell the story behind this record, but there are some things I can’t write so freely. Here’s all the name-dropping, self-congratulatory bits that I’d feel like an ass saying myself, written by a professional.

Gil Landry’s ‘Love Rides A Dark Horse’ follows his critically acclaimed self-titled 2015 ATO debut, which featured appearances by Laura Marling and Robert Ellis among other musical pals. Rolling Stone raved that the record landed at "the four-way intersection between Dylan-inspired folk-rock, atmospheric Americana, dusty cowboy songs and street busker ballads," while American Songwriter hailed it saying “these songs, and especially Landry’s honest performance, resonate long after the last note fades. They beckon you back to further absorb his heartfelt, occasionally comforting, musings on the trials and tribulations of romance-gone-sour. It’s a subject most of us have experienced, can easily relate to and one that Landry explores with taste and subtle, refined passion.” The album earned Landry dates with Ben Harper, Laura Marling, Brandi Carlile, Justin Townes Earle, Warren Haynes, Bruce Hornsby, The Wood Brothers, and more, in addition to festival appearances in the US, UK, & Europe. 

'Love Rides A Dark Horse' breaks new ground for Landry with contributions from fiddler Ross Holmes (Mumford & Sons, Bruce Hornsby), keyboard player Skylar Wilson (Andrew Combs, Rayland Baxter), and drummer Logan Matheny (Roman Candle, Rosebuds), the songs explore a more seductive, stripped-down sound built upon a hushed sense of intimacy that calls to mind Leonard Cohen and Tom Waits. The album's tattered narratives cast aside romanticism in favor of reality.

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Landry sets the tone from the outset with the alternately joyous and ominous album opener "Denver Girls," singing, "If it's not paradise now / Tell me what you're waiting for / Don't you know there is no evermore?" The song features haunting background vocals from First Aid Kit's Klara Soderberg, who joins Landry again later for a proper duet on the driving "Berlin." Additional female vocals appear throughout the album, some from Karen Elson and others from Odessa, their presence a gentle reminder that, as Landry puts it, "it takes two to disagree."

On the spare "Bird In A Cage," Landry searches for escape from the prisons we build inside our own minds, while the classic country of "The Only Game In Town" offers up biting wit in its take-down of love for love's sake. It's a sentiment he explores from a number of angles, perhaps most poetically on "Scripted Love," which looks at the ways we set ourselves up for failure by aspiring to unrealistic standards.

The scope of Landry's songwriting extends beyond just romance, though. On "The Real Deal Died," he laments the performance nature of style-over-substance art, while "The Woman You Are" finds solace in the company of a partner equally alienated by gentrification and sanitization of contemporary culture.

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Papadosio and Phutureprimitive
Oct
15
8:30 PM20:30

Papadosio and Phutureprimitive

Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of
21 an Over
Doors: 8:30 pm

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Sponsors:
Lagunitas Brewing Co
Ashland Alternative Health

Papadosio

FALLING SOMEWHERE BETWEEN ROCK, JAZZ AND ELECTRONIC MAYHEM WE FIND SPACE ROCK. PAPADOSIO STRIVES TO CREATE MUSIC THAT IS STRANGELY FAMILIAR, AND CALLS ALL WALKS OF HUMANITY TO BASK IN A UNIQUE EXPERIENCE CELEBRATING THE ONE CONSTANT IN AN EVER CHANGING WORLD: MUSIC.

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Phutureprimitive

Phutureprimitive is the moniker of Bay Area producer and songwriter Rain. Early childhood photos reveal Rain sitting at the piano plinking keys, grinning from ear to ear… a true sign of things to come. Continuing his early fascination, Rain was later drawn to electronic music, inspired by its ability to combine the best of organically played instruments and the synthetic pleasures of sounds more exotic to the human ear. After beginning a DJ career in the 90s, Rain began incorporating the music he was making in his home studio into his DJ sets. That was all it took to trigger a full blown love affair with electronic music and the process of its creation… and Phutureprimitive was born.

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Phutureprimitive’s music is best described as dripping wet love drops of nasty mind melting sonic bliss. Lush melodies drift across intricate rhythms, groove heavy beats and warm, fuzzy bass lines. Often exploring a dark and dense palette, there is also a profound sense of tranquility and beauty, engaging the listener into hypnotic movement and often escalating into a full-on kinetic experience. Shimmering with cinematic qualities, his music ultimately speaks to the body, mind and soul.

Despite electronic music’s tendency to suffer a short shelf life, Phutureprimitive has already demonstrated a timeless quality with his debut album “Sub Conscious” on Waveform Records, which remains the top seller on the label since its release in 2004, obtaining a cult status among fans and collectors. With a string of singles released in the interim on various labels, the birth of Native Harmonix (Rain’s own Record Label) brought us the “Luminous” EP in 2010; delving into a lyrical based production, supported by undulating synth work and a palpable haunting texture throughout. His second full-length release “Kinetik” forged new territories of emotional electronic dance music, exploring a heavier, bass-centric sound that adds raw energy to intricately detailed tracks. “Kinetik” remains on the iTunes Top 100 Electronic Music Chart, 3 years after its release.

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With a new collection of songs released in 2 parts titled “Searching for Beauty in the Darkest Places,” he takes ideas from his previous releases and supercharges them with hard-hitting dancefloor appeal, while maintaining the depth and prowess this trusted producer is so well known for. His first national headlining tour in Fall 2013 debuted his collaboration with ritual dancer Caeli La. The tour launched with the release of their first official music video, “Lucid Dream,” a collaboration with multi-media production team Vinton Depiction & Michael Miller, the animation/visual effects creator behind NBC’s “Grimm.” The Dance Out Your Demons Tour featured an interactive game, in which the audience members write down a “demon,” fear, or something they are letting go of on a piece of duct tape, stick it to the bottom of their shoe, and then “dance out their demons.” Due to the success of DOYD, Phutureprimitive announced that they will continue to incorporate the game on future tours.

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Turkuaz with Jellybread and the Sextones
Sep
13
7:30 PM19:30

Turkuaz with Jellybread and the Sextones

Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 day of show
Doors: 7:30 pm / 21 and Over

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Turkuaz

Turkuaz is a 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern take on the classic funk sound has established them as leaders in the funk revolution that’s currently taking place in the genre. Blending elements of Pop, R&B, and Soul with their distinct aggressive funk core, Turkuaz sounds like the musical love child of Sly & the Family Stone and Talking Heads.

With the release of their new album Digitonium, Turkuaz’s sound is more accessible than ever and poised to break out to a more mainstream audience. With a playful feel that evokes the best of 80s dance music, Turkuaz’s tightly arranged songs are built on thick grooves, driven by powerhouse rhythm and horn sections, as well as four distinct vocalists.

The group’s constant coast-to-coast touring since 2012 has earned them a passionate and dedicated national fan base that’s consistently growing. A dance band at their roots, Turkuaz’s live shows are high-energy, floor-shaking, visually appealing events filled with colorful clothing and choreographed dance moves that always leave attendees wanting more.

Turkuaz’s crossover appeal has never been more evident-- from a recent video performance going viral and receiving over 2 million Facebook views, to their music providing the soundtrack to New York Knicks games at Madison Square Garden, to constant rotation on Sirius XM Radio, Turkuaz is, as Relix Magazine says, “on the verge.”

Jelly Bread

Over a few short years of touring, Jelly Bread has risen from Reno/Lake Tahoe area favorites into a nationally- touring, powerhouse quintet that delivers a high-energy, chameleonic playlist all over the United States.  Jelly Bread’s distinct style is identified by a blend of desert twang meeting the urban tones of funk and rock. Exceptional songwriting and storytelling interlaced with four part harmonies, intricate “in-the-pocket” drum and bass grooves, swampy lap steel guitar, dirt under the fingernails guitar licks, tasty talkbox, “take-’em-to-church” organ come together into a sound that is downright appetizing.

Here, There & Everywhere was mixed by renowned engineer/producer Justin Phelps (Cake, Galactic, Fruition, The Mars Volta, The Neville Brothers, and Dead Kennedys among many others).  Jelly Bread has performed direct support for the likes of Robert Cray, Robert Randolph and the Family Band, Moe, Rusted Root, JJ Grey, Dragon Smoke (members of Galactic), The Motet, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Lukas Nelson and the Promise of the Real, Pimps of Joytime, Sister Sparrow and the Dirty Birds, Allen Stone Band, Orgone, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Carolyn Wonderland, and The California Honeydrops. The band has also appeared at premiere festivals including the Xerox Rochester International Jazz Festival, Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, High Sierra, Joshua Tree, Strawberry, and Mammoth Festival of Beers and Bluesapalooza.

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MarchFourth! with Diego's Umbrella
Aug
18
8:00 PM20:00

MarchFourth! with Diego's Umbrella

Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of
21 and Over

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MarchFourth! is an internationally-acclaimed, genre-breaking FORCE in the world of entertainment — a sonic explosion delivered by 20 musicians, dancers and artisans who travel the world, year-round, taking audience members of all ages, from all walks of life, on a joy-inducing, foot-stomping, booty-shaking, soul-stirring journey that defies categorization.

With exceptional musical quality and a visual kaleidoscope of stilt walkers, hoopers and Vaudeville-style dancers, MarchFourth! whips audiences into a celebratory frenzy with an over-the-top spectacle of high-energy compositions, colorful costumes, hilarious stage shenanigans, and irresistible charisma!

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This is not a band that simply “puts on a show.” MarchFourth! delivers a multi-faceted, indelible experience for those who are lucky enough to be in attendance. If you have ever been to one of their performances then you know it is all this and more.

Diego’s Umbrella

There are two kinds of people in this world: those who love Diego’s Umbrella and those who don’t know them yet. Celebrated as San Francisco’s ambassadors of Gypsy Rock, these world-renowned entertainers have created an irresistible mélange that is entirely their own.

A Diego’s Umbrella show is a singular, ecstatic experience. One concert is all it takes to becoming a believer. Night after night they effortlessly blend eastern European sounds, marching drums, beautiful harmonies and catchy hooks with a showmanship that has all the fire and unpredictability of youth, marked by a chiseled refinement of years of experience on the road.

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The group’s uncanny gift for pleasing crowds, from standard clubs to huge festivals such as High Sierra and Outside Lands, has earned them a zealous and ever-expanding following across the United States and Europe. Continuously touring abroad has always fed their aesthetic, and has resulted in incorporating the scales of klezmer, the strings of flamenco, and the energy of punk rock.

Their new material is some of the most exciting to date, tipping a hat to the raucous Croatian dance parties the band played in their early days. With a quest to fulfill and broadcast the true meaning of Gypsy Rock, Diego’s Umbrella continues to tour the world.

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Blackalicious and Eastern Sunz
Jul
30
8:00 PM20:00

Blackalicious and Eastern Sunz

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21 and Over
tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of

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Blackalicious

Blackalicious is an American hip-hop duo from Sacramento, California, made up of rapper Gift of Gab and DJ/producer Chief Xcel. They are noted for Gift of Gab's often tongue-twisting, multisyllabic, complex rhymes and Chief Xcel's deemed "classic" beats. The duo have released four full-length albums (Nia in 1999, Blazing Arrow in 2002, The Craft in 2005, and Imani Vol. 1 in 2015).

Eastern Sunz

Eastern Sunz provide a fresh take on sociopolitical issues, which has recently landed them the John Lennon Songwriting Contest grand prize, the Eco Arts Awards grand prize, first place in The International Songwriting Competition, The Independent Music Award for Album of the Year, and a grand prize finalist nomination for the Unsigned Only Music Competition (pending).

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The Oregon hip hop duo consisting of Courage and TravisT have been recording and performing music together for well over a decade. They have worked with such artists as Grammy award winner Macklemore and ten-time Swedish Grammy award winner Promoe. Their dynamic live show often features a full band and has kept them touring across North America and overseas, as well as helped them make a name for themselves on the festival circuit.

Eastern Sunz offer a powerful alternative to hip-hop's status quo by bringing focus to an array of topics through entertaining music without alienating the casual listener. With a cult fan base fortified by press, radio play, and a grassroots movement, Eastern Sunz have expanded their reach to all corners of the world.

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Orgone with Bamboozle
Jun
15
8:00 PM20:00

Orgone with Bamboozle

Doors: 8 pm
Tickets: $20 advance / $25 day of show

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Orgone

Orgoneis an 8-piece soul machine driven by Dan Hastie and Sergio Rios, once two kids from the San Fernando Valley of Los Angeles united by a hunger for raw soul recordings. Drawing on their love of Funkadelic, Santana, Muscle Shoals, and all things Stax, the duo sought to create the band that, if they were to hear for the first time, would be their instant favorite. 

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The Polish Ambassador
Apr
20
7:30 PM19:30

The Polish Ambassador

Tickets $30 in advance / $35 day of show
Doors : 7:30 pm / 21 AND OVER
Opener to be announced.

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The Polish Ambassador (real name David Sugalski) is raising the bar for what it means to be a professionally touring musician. Sure, the electronic musician lays claim to producing the sweetest beats this side of the Milky Way Galaxy, but the world’s funkiest diplomat is also using his popularity to steer the millennial generation toward a nourishing and sustainable way of relating with art, community and the planet. From birthing the Permaculture Action Movement (a movement where the energy of show/festival goers is catalyzed into community action), to creating a program where nutritious beverage options are available at music venues on a routed TPA tour, the ambassador is using his clout to make real, tangible change, and along the way inspiring hundreds of thousands. 

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With a stack of 17 albums and countless remixes, the jumpsuited one ( that’s right…TPA rocks the freshest jumpsuit) has swirled together a cornucopia of music for your auditory senses…and your booty. Over the last decade, his sound has dipped and swirled through a staggering range of styles, each album exploring uncharted sonic territory. Warm, analogue dreamwave; mind-altering glitch; world-infused groove; bass-fueled breaks; sexified down-tempo; electric lullabies; and psy-fi funk are just a few of the genres that have poured from the Ambassador’s soul into earbuds and ghetto-blasters across the galaxy. 

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In the live setting, expect to be taken on a masterfully crafted and evocative journey mixing old and new into an auditory canvas that will spark nostalgia, titilate your senses, and make you drop that bottom like it was ‘92…3092. All of that music you hear? It’s all created via solar power on TPA’s off-grid community homestead AND it’s available for free or “Name Your Price.” Just one of the ways The Ambassador says “Thank You” to all of the people out there who have supported the project along the way. 

So if TPA’s earth-space escalade is docking at a city or festival near you…dust off your onesie, get ready to boogie and gear up for an epic community action day. Welcome to the future, where we don’t just party. We party with a purpose.

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Apr
6
to Apr 10

Ashland Independent Film Festival (AIFF)

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www.ashlandfilm.org

The Ashland Independent Film Festival is five days of the highest quality independent film in this historic town the Washington Post called "a dream you'll never want to leave."  Every Spring, Southern Oregon is buzzing with the excitement of the AIFF.  Over 7000 film lovers gather at the art-deco Varsity Theatre, the Historic Ashland Armory, and other venues to watch over 90 documentary, feature, and short films in five days.

Filmmakers from around the world engage with the audience after each screening and at festival events such as Opening Night Bash, the AfterLounge, and Awards Celebration, which include local wine, beer, and gourmet food. Special guests have included Ty Burrell, Albert Maysles, Barbara Kopple, Helen Hunt, and Bruce Campbell. The Ashland Independent Film Festival: Celebrating the diversity of human experience through the art of independent film—enriching, educating and inspiring audiences of all ages.

Member Pre-Sale Box Office/Will Call: Dates/Hours
Information Kiosk, Downtown Ashland Plaza
Member Pre-sale Dates:

Online Ordering Begins at 10AM

Producer members: Monday, March 20th - Open 4-6pm

Director members: Tuesday, March 21st - Open 4-6pm

Fan members: Wednesday, March 22nd - Open 4-6pm

Cine members: Thursday, March 23rd - Open 4-6pm

Indie members: Friday, March 24th - Open 4-6pm

Friend members: Saturday, March 25th - Open 4-6pm

General public: Starting Sunday, March 26th - Open 4-6pm

Members will receive an email by Wednesday, March 8th with ticket ordering instructions. Please check your spam filter before contacting AIFF offices.

General Pre-Sale Box Office/Will Call: Dates/Hours
Information Kiosk, Downtown Ashland Plaza
General Pre-sale Dates/Hours:
 

Sunday, March 26Open 4-6pm

Monday, March 27Open 4-6p

Tuesday, March 28Open 4-6pm

Wednesday, March 29Open 4-6pm

Thursday, March 30Open 4-6pm

Friday, March 31Open 4-6pm

Saturday, April 1Open 4-6pm

Sunday, April 2Open 4-6pm

Monday, April 3Open 4-6pm

Tuesday, April 4Open 4-6pm

Wednesday, April 5* Open 4-6pm

 *Expect long lines. Please visit us sooner!

General Pre-Sale Box Office/Will Call: Dates/Hours
Varsity Theatre, 166 E. Main St., Ashland
Festival sale Dates/Hours:

Thursday-Monday, April 6-10: 9am-10pm

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MAJOR LAZER'S WALSHY FIRE
Mar
18
8:00 PM20:00

MAJOR LAZER'S WALSHY FIRE

Novelty Concerts, Intent Creative, and Live at the Armory presesnt:

MAJOR LAZER'S VERY OWN WALSHY FIRE LIVE
ST. PATRICKS WEEKEND SPECIAL EVENT

SPONSOR: LAGUNITAS BREWING CO

Doors open at 8pm
The Historic Ashland Armory

Tickets: early bird $25 (limited supply!) / advance after $30 / $35 day of show

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Saturday March 18th, 2017
The Historic Ashland Armory

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FEATURING:
Breathtaking sound
State of the Art Lighting
Foam Light Sticks
Co2 Blasters

Artist - WALSHY FIRE of MAJOR LAZER
Los Angeles Very Own - RALPH RETRO
Doors open at 8pm
The Historic Ashland Armory

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This Event is 18 & Over. Please bring Valid ID.
For any questions contact text "Walshy" to 541.326.1779 or email intentcreative@gmail.com

NO REFUNDS ** NO EXCEPTIONS

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Rogue Valley Climate Bash
Mar
17
6:30 PM18:30

Rogue Valley Climate Bash

Concerned about climate change? Wondering what is happening at the local, state, and national level? Join us to celebrate the progress we made in 2016 and decide how you can make a difference in 2017! 

The first Rogue Valley Climate Bash is hosted by Geos Institute, Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Rogue Climate, Southern Oregon Climate Action Now, and Southern Oregon chapter of Citizens Climate Lobby, and Oregon District 2 - Indivisible

Yes, the event is about climate change, but we want you to have fun! So we promise there will be no hockey stick graphs or science talks. But there WILL be beer, wine, and food from local restaurants, fun entertainment, a climate bingo game where you can win prizes, and a special message from Senator Merkley. 

Peter Buckley will emcee the evening and we promise you'll leave feeling inspired and energized. 

Please RSVP if you can at www.roguevalleyclimatebash.org so we know how many to plan for! 

Hope to see you there!

 

 

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Lettuce
Mar
14
8:00 PM20:00

Lettuce

Tickets: $30 in advance / $35 day of show
Doors at 8 pm, Show at 9pm

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For more than two decades, Lettuce have brought a new vitality to classic funk, matching their smooth and soulful grooves with a hip-hop-inspired urgency and mastery of beat. Now, on their fourth studio album Crush, drummer Adam Deitch, guitarists Adam Smirnoff and Eric Krasno, bassist Erick “Jesus” Coomes, keyboardist Neal Evans, saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and trumpet players Eric Bloom and Rashawn Ross deepen that sound by channeling the sonic freedom and infectious energy oftheir incendiary live show. The long-running list of musical influences among the band members and the incredible on-stage chemistry combine to create a unique sound that has evidence of hip-hop, jazz and funk.

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Mar
6
7:00 PM19:00

Sick Puppies with Devour the Day


doors @ 7:00 pm /  local opener @8:00 pm to 8:30 pm /  
Devour The Day ,@ 8:45 pm to 9:55 pm / 
Sick Puppies @ 10:15 pm to 11:25 pm.  

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You hear it again and again.

When one door closes, another one opens. However, it‟s true - especially in the case of Sick Puppies. Weathering and persevering through potentially life-changing events, the gold-selling, chart-topping Los Angeles-based and Australian-bred hard rock outfit knew one thing. They were going to make more music as Sick Puppies.

“There was no question” affirms Emma. “We had no doubt that we wanted to continue. Mark and I got together and basically said, „first and foremost, we love music. We love this band and our fans, and we have put so much into it, and we are not done and want to take it further.‟ In order to do that, we needed to find the right member.”

Instead, the “right member” found them. With stints in several bands under his belt, Texas-born singer and guitarist Bryan Scott reached out to Emma via Facebook within days of the announcement. He sent her a video of himself performing, and she swiftly replied.

“Both Mark and I knew he was the guy right away - he was cool and he sounded great.

It was a natural progression. We were totally on to something” said Emma “Something just overwhelmed me,” admits Bryan. “I had a feeling that I needed to reach out. They needed a singer and guitarist and that‟s what I am. I had always loved their music and as soon as I saw the post, I went home and immediately sent Emma a message. We clicked right off the bat. Music is in their blood - it‟s who they are. They live and breathe it every day. I‟m the same way.”

Following a first dinner together at a Los Angeles burger spot, they hit the rehearsal studio together and began jamming. After nailing numerous favorites from the Sick Puppies catalog, they started writing new material over the next several months. 2013‟s Connect saw the band embrace a more experimental side.

“On the last album, a lot of ideas came from many different places, but our core is rock and that is what we love!” Mark says on this new album, we‟re giving fans what they want, that classic Sick Puppies sound.”

“I think fans will enjoy the resurgence of the heaviness,” smiles Emma. “We love that, so we went all the way with it.”

The group teamed up with producer and songwriter Mark Holman [Three Days Grace, Red, Shinedown, Halestorm, The Struts], to start working on their fourth full-length album. Recorded in Nashville and Los Angeles during 2015, the new music reflects the group‟s, incendiary interplay between Emma, Bryan & Mark.

“We were actually supposed to work with Mark Holman before, but it never materialized for whatever reason,” Emma continues. “It was the right moment in time, and he was the perfect producer to bring out the emotion in these songs.”

Locked and loaded with a muscular riff and booming percussion, “Stick To Your Guns” the band‟s first single announces the band‟s return with a literal bang. Bryan‟s vocals careen from hypnotic to heavy as an arena-size refrain takes hold.

“You have to push regardless of what anyone tells you,” he says. “This was a big thing for us. You can pray, hope, or wish for something to happen, but at the end of the day, you have to “stick to your guns”, go out there, and believe. The song is meant to em-
power.”

Then, there‟s the epic “Where Do I Begin,” which spotlights Emma and Bryan‟s impressive harmonies in the chorus. For lyrical inspiration, the musicians actually turned to the diehard collective Sick Puppies World Crew.

“We looked on their Facebook and read everything,” Emma recalls. “We saw that everyone shared a lot in common, and it was quite touching. We grabbed a few descriptive words and came across this theme. A lot of people out there feel like they‟re missing out. They hear things like, „You can do it when you‟re ready.‟ I think, „What‟s ready?‟ If someone‟s going to wait to be ready, they might wait their whole lives. It‟s about struggling with that and making a move.”

With its gnashing chant and pummeling groove “Let Me Live” introduced the album during the first teaser video—which arrived to palpable audience fervor. Meanwhile, “Walls” sees Emma‟s vocals take center stage with gorgeously haunting delivery.

“It describes the painful feelings that come when a friend, family member, or someone you‟re very close to changes, disappoints, disappears, or drifts away,” she sighs. “It‟s just a snapshot of what I was feeling at that point in time.”

That kind of honesty has solidified a bond between the Sick Puppies and their fans since day one. To date, their breakout second full-length Tri-Polar has sold more than 500K albums, yielding 2 million single sales including the gold-certified “You‟re Going Down” as well as rock smashes “Maybe” “Riptide,” and “Odd One.”

“All The Same” the band‟s first hit single from their debut album, “Dressed Up As Life” became the soundtrack for the viral video “Free Hugs” campaign racking up tens of mil-
lions of online views and saw them appear on Oprah, 60 Minutes, CNN, Good Morning America, and The Tonight Show. 2013‟s Connect earned the band its highest Billboard Top 200 debut at #17 and yielded two top 10 singles at rock radio peaking at #2. Along the way, the trio played alongside the world‟s biggest bands from Muse, The Killers, Deftones, Evanescence, Breaking Benjamin, Papa Roach, Incubus to Tool.

Now, their message is more powerful than ever. “When people hear this, I want them to take away a feeling of new life, new passion, and new excitement from this band,” Emma leaves off. “Mark and I love what we do. We were going to forge ahead no matter what. We found the perfect guy, and we‟re excited about this next chapter.”

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Put You On Tour - with Nef the Pharaoh, Rae Rock and Von Vatton
Mar
3
7:00 PM19:00

Put You On Tour - with Nef the Pharaoh, Rae Rock and Von Vatton

In2Win Entertainment and Live at the Armory proudly presents the Put You On Tour starring Nef The Pharaoh and Rae Rock with Von Vatton.

Also Performing:

Peacoat Gang
DANE OSEVEN
And others...

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Doors at 7pm /  Ends at 12am

There will be a limited amount of VIP Meet n Greet tickets available so get them for your city while they are still available!!

Portions of the proceeds go towards the Saves the Notes Foundation assisting with music and performing arts departments of in need schools and independent programs.

Nef the Pharaoh

Following in the footsteps of the Bay Area legends, Nef the Pharoah is making a big name for himself out of his hometown Vallejo. Starting off as an unknown internet freestyler, Nef AKA Tonee Hayes was signed by the NoCal Godather E-40 after “Big Tymin,” Nef’s NOLA Bounce tribute blew up locally and countrywide. Pharoah got a huge look when YG and Ty Dolla $ign remixed the track, taking his fame and credibility to the next level. Since then, 2014’s “Bay Area Freshman of the Year” has collaborated with the likes of Snoop Dogg, D.R.A.M., and Mistah F.A.B. Fans of Vallejo’s next superhero anxiously await the big tymer’s debut studio album. Visit his page.

Rae Rock

Singer/songwriter/Rapper/Entertainer who's shared the stage W/Techn9ne, Berner, SnoopDogg, ChanelWestCoast, E40, Xzibit, WarrenG, beaza, Too short & Twista Visit his page

 

 

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Feb
26
5:30 PM17:30

OSCAR NIGHT GALA (AIFF)


2017 Oscar® Night Gala

89th Annual Academy Awards® Broadcast
A Benefit for Ashland Independent Film Festival

Sunday, February 26, 2017
4:30-9:30 p.m.
Historic Ashland Armory

Tickets

Two Large Screens with Professional Sound
Fabulous Five-Course Dinner by Smithfields
Specialty Cocktails by Indio Spirits

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*Unless you are with a group who purchased a table for eight, seating will be assigned in the order that tickets are purchased. We will do our best to honor seating requests, but it is not guaranteed.

The AIFF rolls out the red carpet to celebrate the Academy Awards®! 
Gather with other film lovers to watch the show live and find out this year's winners. The broadcast will be projected on two large screens, so every seat in the house has a great view and you won't miss a word!

The evening will include a variety of donation opportunities. This is a fundraising event for the AIFF so bring cash, your checkbook or credit card to help support our non-profit.

Become a Member of AIFF and receive early ticketing ordering privileges, ticket discounts, early theatre entry and more.

Donate to the nonprofit AIFF to support our year-round work and help us continue to produce our 5 day festival. 

This event has sold out in the past, so whether you gather friends to reserve your own table of 8, or you purchase an individual ticket for a seat at a table with other film fans, make your plans to celebrate in style on Hollywood’s biggest night of the year!

OSCAR® PREDICTIONS

Predict the most Oscar® winners and win an INDIE Pass to the 16th annual Ashland Independent Film Festival!

WHAT SHOULD I WEAR?

Dress is Gala Attire—something that looks great on our red carpet! Black Tie optional.

QUESTIONS?

If you have questions please contact us at 541.488.3823 or info@ashlandfilm.org.

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Leftover Salmon
Feb
16
8:00 PM20:00

Leftover Salmon

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TICKETS: advance: $25/ day of $30
DOORS: 7:30 pm / 21 and Over / Full Bar, Food

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Sponsor: LAGUNITAS BREWING CO

LEFTOVER SALMON

For the past quarter-century, Colorado’s Leftover Salmon has established itself as one of the great purveyors of Americana music, digging deep into the well that supplies its influences; rock ‘n’ roll, folk, bluegrass, Cajun, soul, zydeco, jazz and blues. During their twenty-five plus years as a band they have headlined shows and festivals from coast to coast, released nine albums, and maintained a vibrant, relevant and influential voice in the music world. The evolution of Leftover Salmon’s music is influenced by Leftover Salmon co-founders Drew Emmitt (mandolin/vocals) and Vince Herman‘s (guitar/singer) keen musical instincts, and follows a musical path that adheres to the deep tradition the duo started when they first formed the group along with deceased banjo player Mark Vann. The addition of new band members over the years has nurtured an unmistakable evolution and freshness in Leftover Salmon’s sound, and has added an edge to the long-lasting power of the band’s music. Fueled by the rhythm section of long time bassist Greg Garrison, drummer Alwyn Robinson, and Salmon’s newest member, keyboardist Erik Deustch, the band is currently enjoying a creative renaissance. The front line trio of Emmitt, Herman and prodigious banjo player Andy Thorn are continually challenged and pushed in new directions as the band collectively searches for new spaces and sounds within their extensive catalog of songs.

It's been a wild and crazy ride for the fellas in World's Finest, since their modest beginning as an acoustic duo in Portland, OR living rooms in 2011. With a songwriting style rooted in Americana, the band banks on their ability to transcend genres of all kinds. String-centric and bluegrass-inspired compositions seamlessly transition into 3-Dimensional Psytrance, Funk, and Dub soundscapes, leaving their audience with a full circle experience of emotion and dance. Their appreciation for punk and ska can be found peppered throughout their shows and albums, made evident by up-tempo, high-energy offerings, reminiscent of such classic acts as NOFX and Operation Ivy. Never happy to settle, Chris, Dan, Sean, Evan, and Mike continue to push through boundaries and challenge themselves, while hoping to inspire their listeners to expect the most out of what a band in the modern age can be capable of conjuring up.

Five years, countless shows, and 4 albums later, the band is still firing on all cylinders. The current lineup features 5 members: Chris Couch (Guitar/Vocals), Dan Hurley (Banjo/Vocals), Sean McLean (Sax/Guitar/Vocals), Evan Malfer (Bass), and Mike Apodaca (Drums). Their paths have all crossed in Portland, by way of Ohio, Illinois, Eastern Oregon, New York and California. As a result of such diverse upbringings, it was inevitable that the band's sound reflected their coast to coast musical influences.

The latest offering from World's Finest is a 6 song EP, entitled “We Got Ourselves a Game Here”. Taking a new approach to their recording process, the band decided to record the album in front of a live audience at Hallowed Halls Studios in Portland. The result was nothing short of capturing lightning in a bottle. The quick paced track list of Ska-grass was wholly enhanced by their fans' infectious enthusiasm and energy.

World's Finest has hit the West Coast Festival scene hard, making appearances at High Sierra, Northwest String Summit, 4 Peaks, What the Festival ?!, and Symbiosis, to name a few. Their unique style has allowed them to connect with fans from all different kinds of musical worlds. In addition, their chameleon-like approach to their live show has allowed them the honor to share the stage with such acts as Steel Pulse, The Motet, The Expendables, Rusted Root, The Skatalites, Fruition, and many others.
 

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Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Terrapin Flyer with Melvin Seals

Tickets: $25 in advance / $30 day of show
Doors: 8 pm
21 and Over

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Terrapin Flyer is a Chicago-based Grateful Dead band whose revolving cast features top performers in the jamband scene. The band often tours with former members of the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band and is one of the premier Grateful Dead inspired acts. Terrapin Flyer has headlined major festivals and prominent venues across the United States.

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Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Jelly Bread
Jan
29
8:00 PM20:00

Karl Denson's Tiny Universe with Jelly Bread

Tickets: $25 advance / $30 day of
21 and OVER / Food and Full Bar

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Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe is back in action with an extensive tour this Winter. The run of shows—being dubbed “Running With The Diesel”—will give fans from the Southeast, Midwest and West Coast the chance to experience what is highly regarded as one of the best live bands on the planet. Karl, who now serves as saxophonist in The Rolling Stones, is fresh off a tour with the legendary rock band that included the highest grossing concert festival of all time, Desert Trip in Indio, CA.

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LATA Lounge: Zach Deputy
Jan
25
8:00 PM20:00

LATA Lounge: Zach Deputy

LATA Lounge Event
Upstairs in Suite 302 at the Armory
8pm
Tickets: $10 advance / $15 day of

Enjoy an up-close concert in our intimate Lounge. Capacity is 49, so get your tickets early while they last.

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On his new release Another Day (Eusonia Records, 2011), Zach Deputy demonstrat
es his extraordinary ability to perform and record in multiple contexts and conveys the sensibilities of a mature singer/songwriter. Another Day offers another look at Zach Deputy and seeks to help him cross over into other audiences.

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Rich with ballads and mid-tempo songs, the music on this recording is best described as soulful rhythm and blues, with flavors of Al Green, Taj Mahal and Stevie Wonder emerging in the swells, changes and modulations of the music, in the voice and even in the lyrical content. The record will appeal to fans of contemporary artists like Jack Johnson and Amos Lee, but the origins of the style and feel remain classic. Another Day is an appropriately titled album, and it is truly an album in the classic sense—a collection of songs that come from the same time and place, inspired by the same muse.

Reflective and introspective, it provides a glimpse at the soul of an artist and the depth of a songwriter. Full of hope and anticipation of the promise of another day, a new day, it is a pivotal point in the career of a touring musician. Whereas it is a departure for Zach Deputy, it is one that he feels confident his fans can relate to, but it isn’t the end in itself. Deputy’s multi-faceted diamond gets one side polished in this offering, and it is a side that will shine brightly for a new audience.

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Sage The Gemini with SOB x RBE and Derek Pope
Jan
20
7:00 PM19:00

Sage The Gemini with SOB x RBE and Derek Pope

Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 day of
16 AND OVER (bring ID) / Doors: 7 pm
with SOB x RBE and Derek Pope

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Dominic Wynn Woods, born June 20, 1992), better known by his stage name Sage the Gemini, is an American rapper, songwriter, and record producer from Fairfield, California. He is a member of California's The HBK Gang known for his single "Gas Pedal" featuring Iamsu!, produced by Sage the Gemini. "Gas Pedal" peaked at number 29 on the Billboard Hot 100, making it Sage's first top 40 hit; it also reached number six on the Hot R&B/Hip-Hop Songs in 2013. Sage's song "Red Nose", which he produced himself, peaked at number 54 on the Hot 100 and at number 12 on the Hot R&B Hip-Hop Songs. Both songs were taken from his debut EP Gas Pedal, which peaked at number 29 on the R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart. He signed to Republic Records in August 2013. His debut studio album Remember Me was released on March 25, 2014. His second studio album Bachelor Party, is planned for release in 2017 on Atlantic Records.

 

 

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ZEPDRIX NYE ROCK BALL 2016-17
Dec
31
9:00 PM21:00

ZEPDRIX NYE ROCK BALL 2016-17

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DATE: 12/31/2016 / DOORS: 9 pm / 21 and Over / 208 Oak Street, Ashland Oregon / TICKETS: $30 advance / $35 day of

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Ring in the New Year rock ball style!

In the history of Rock & Roll, very few are as impactful as these iconic names: Led Zeppelin & Jimi Hendrix.  Back by popular demand, ZEPDRIX (featuring members of LOVEBITE some very special surprise guests) will dig in to the funkiest, deepest, classic Led Zeppelin-  and Jeff Pevar Project will bring the legendary music of Jimi Hendrix as it was meant to be played. 

We are also very excited to announce that our friends The Fret Drifters, Andy Casad & Nick Garrett Powell will be opening the show and joining us for a finale at the end of the night.
Our intention is to bring the highest level of musicianship, combined with a connected experience that can leave you with groove in the heart and a little piece of the joy, freedom & inspiration we feel by honoring these legendary artists. 

Festive Rock & Roll semi-formal attire is strongly recommended, but not mandatory…anything goes on this wild night!

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This Rock excursion, "ZEPDRIX”, Features renowned guitarist, Jeff Pevar (Crosby, Stills & Nash, Ray Charles, Marc Cohn, Rickie Lee Jones, Phil Lesh & Friends, Jazz Is Dead, Bette Midler, Joe Cocker, & many more) joined by Soul, R&B & Rock Vocalist, Inger Nova Jorgensen, Guitarist Paul Turnipseed, Bassist, Jacob Ackerman and a Very Special Surprise Guest Drummer who previously toured with Pink Floyd Guitarist, David Gilmore!
The project was born out of a Halloween concert in 2014 when the Funk-inspired band, LOVEBITE, decided to host a Rock & Roll themed concert/costume party performing the music of Led Zeppelin & Jimi Hendrix. ZEPDRIX recently sold-out the Rogue Theater in Grants Pass and last years show at the Ashland Armory was voted Concert Of The Year!.
The guitar prowess of Jeff Pevar (www.pevar.com) combined with passionate, soaring, female vocals by Inger Nova Jorgensen adds a unique spin on this iconic Zeppelin music combined with a robust rhythm section and inspired Guitar with Paul Turnipseed. Additionally, Pevar delivers the Hendrix material with ferocity and abandon. This unique show offers a fresh interpretation on these legendary rock artists.

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I have to say- it was almost surreal to sit in the audience and be part of the magical journey that you guys created on stage. It was a night we will never forget, and we left with our souls filled up and inspired! I truly admire how you each express yourself through the music. Thanks for sharing your amazing gifts with the world....and with us:) we look forward to many more!
— Sincerely, Natalya and Matt

 

 

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37th Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner
Dec
25
12:00 PM12:00

37th Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner

You’re warmly invited to the 37th Annual Free Community Christmas Dinner (on Christmas Day --- Sunday, December 25th, 2016), at the Historic Ashland Armory (208 Oak @ B Street)!

 Come and enjoy a freshly-prepared Buffet-style Turkey Dinner with ALL of the trimmings and dessert.

 Enjoy Holiday Decor and Live Holiday music.

Since 1980, Ashland Christian Fellowship (ACFweb.org), has hosted this very special event – by joining with merchants & community volunteers to feed a traditional Christmas dinner to as many as 900 people!  

For more press information, please call Kim Lewis, at 541-944-4555, or 541-482-9852, or e-mail him at:  LewisMK@Charter.net 

Volunteers for the dinner (days before and the day of), PLUS Holiday Meals to-go deliveries (in the Ashland/Talent area), can call Marji at Ashland Christian Fellowship (before Friday, December 23rd), at 541-482-8539.

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Le Cirque's Holiday Variety Fundraiser Show
Dec
16
7:30 PM19:30

Le Cirque's Holiday Variety Fundraiser Show

This Holiday Variety Show is a fundraiser for the Empyrean Aerialists to perform their impactful show, the Book of SHE, in Los Angeles for 2700 people at the Van Nuys Performing Arts School. The show is a tribute to Malala, who raises awareness about girls' rights to education.

This family fun event will take you through a wide variety of emotions as our local community members pour their hearts and souls into their art to entertain you.

There will be actors, dancers, aerialists, acrobats, musicians, singers, poets and more!

Performances by...

Empyrean Aerialists from Le Cirque Centre
Levity Aerialists from Le Cirque Centre
FlipSide
Shiviti Dance Company
Ashland Karate Academy
Danceworks
Rouge Valley Pole Fitness
Capoeira Rumizumbi USA
Suriel Hess

Tickets available for $15 (cash only) at Music Coop, Le Cirque Centre or at the door. But keep in mind our shows typically sell out before the doors open so we recommend you buy your tickets before Friday as seating is limited.

Doors open at 7pm
Show begins at 7:30pm

For more info:
541-778-5863
www.socircus.org

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15TH  ANNUAL  ABUNDANCE  SWAP
Dec
11
1:00 PM13:00

15TH ANNUAL ABUNDANCE SWAP

What is THE ABUNDANCE SWAP?  

It is a community gathering to celebrate our abundance and offer an alternative to the Holiday shopping season.

Sunday December 11, 2016

Doors Open Promptly at 1:00 pm, and the event begins at 1:30pm.  We'll end by 3:00 pm

For more info, please visit:  http://abundanceswap.org/

How to Participate...

Step 1

Find 3 quality items in your home, shop or office that someone would enjoy as a gift... fun, useful, interesting or beautiful items in really good shape that you feelyou can spare .

("Quality" doesn't mean "expensive". It means well-made, worthwhile, likely to be valued. The original price doesn't matter).

Step 2

Bring them to the Historic Ashland Armory. Don't just drop your stuff off. We're doing more than that. Bring the present of your presence. Stick around to visit, tell a story or two about what you brought to the person who wants it, and find some things that you'd like to take away to give as gifts to others (a gift to yourself is ok, too). There won't be any bargaining; you just bring what you're ready to give away and take away whatever you'd like.  

Step 3

Then use the gifts you take home to reduce your new gift purchases.  

Three simple steps, that's it. This will be our own Holiday shopping event, a round of giving and receiving that includes no money and no new demands on resources. For some of us it may also be a stretching exercise - a chance to let go of stuff, or let go of worries that we might not get back "our fair share", or more fully let go of commercially-planted ideas that it's not a real gift if it's not shiny & new from the store.   

We'll have tea and simple treats to eat; bring a tasty sweet finger food to share if you’d like.

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