Shook Twins with special guests Mama Magnolia
Nov
2
7:00 PM19:00

Shook Twins with special guests Mama Magnolia

$20 / All Ages
Doors at 7 pm

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Everybody in your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back, and you’ll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album, Some Good Lives. Throughout fourteen tracks, the duo—identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]—pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.

“We realized there was a theme,” Katelyn reveals. “Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today and wanting the monarchy to rise up, we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in. So, it’s an album for Some Good Lives that have crossed paths with ours—and to them, we are grateful.”

Laurie agrees, “It’s also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to live.”

However, the pair derived their own strength from these relationships. Over the course of three full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, acclaim would come by way of everyone from USA Today and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who enthusiastically decreed, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” Beyond gigs with the likes of Gregory Alan Isakov and Ani DiFranco, they captivated crowds at High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Northwest String Summit, to name a few.

During 2016, they planted the seeds for what would become Some Good Lives by thinking bigger. The girls intermittently recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Within this old library building, “which feels full of stories, they tapped into palpable energy like never before, locking into a groove inside of the spacious, reverberant live room. Moreover, the full band—Barra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass], and Niko Slice [guitar, mandolin]—expanded the sonic palette.

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“It took us a long time to find the band that we wanted to record these songs with and for the songs to fully mature,” admits Laurie. “Once Barra, Sydney, and Niko joined us, we really started to explore what our music could be. These amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just ‘folk pop’. We started adding other genres to the word like ‘disco, ‘psychedelic, ‘funk,and ‘soul. We really honed in on a new sound.”

They initially teased that evolution with the single “Safe.” Its airy acoustic guitar and delicate harmonies materialize as a heartfelt and hypnotic rumination on love. The track quickly surpassed 1 million Spotify streams and stoked excitement among audiences for the eventual arrival of Some Good Lives.

‘Safe’ was written up at a cabin in the woods,” recalls Katelyn. “I had the line ‘a love that feels safe’ in my mind for a while. That’s the only kind of love truly possible and healthy when you’re touring and away from your person all the time. You feel like you can trust it, and it’s not going to change within either of you—no matter how long and far you are away from each other.”

“I was struggling to find that kind of love at the time, and Katelyn had this other perspective,” adds Laurie. “It’s my breakup song my sister wrote for me,” she laughs.

Elsewhere, opener “What Have We Done” struts forward on funky tambourine and boisterous horns before culminating on the shuddering soulful chant, “My God, what have we done?” Inspired by “feeling the Bern, the track serves as a “wake-up-and-do better social commentary to fire people up. Meanwhile, the dreamy “Figure It Out” sways from vivid verses into a catchy and confessional hook.

“To me, it’s about being lost and trying to figure ‘it’ out over and over again,” continues Katelyn. “We’re always going to be trying to figure things out, and that’s okay.”

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The intimate “Grandpa Piano” draws on 1992 tapes of the girls’ grandpa performing on a grand piano during the final weeks of his life. Such moments thematically thread together the record, following its concept.

Katelyn adds, “You can hear our grandma, uncle, and godfather who have all passed on speaking in those clips too. These are little glimpses of those lives that we are honoring. I knew it was the perfect thing to add and complete the theme.

Meanwhile, the album concludes on “Dog Beach”—a song penned by their godfather Ted as his only original composition in 1989. Preserving the raw spirit, Shook Twins tracked their background vocals over the initial tape 28 years after the initial recording. As Ted passed away recently, the song possessed a special place in their hearts.

“It’s like our village anthem in a way,” says Katelyn. “We made him sing it, and we’d all sing the responses at every campfire we had growing up.”

In the end, Shook Twins do Some Good Lives justice by reaching new heights themselves as musicians, lyricists, artists, and women.

“I hope people will hear this music as part of the soundtrack to their lives,” Laurie leaves off. “I hope it makes them feel joy, relaxation, or makes them want to dance a little. I hope they’re satisfied with the way we captured these songs.”

“I want them to feel the love that emanates from the songs: the love of the sounds we made and the love of the people we are honoring through them,” concludes Katelyn.

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Reckless Kelly
Nov
6
7:00 PM19:00

Reckless Kelly

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November 6, 2019
Doors at 7:00 PM PST
All Ages
Tickets: $25

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Understanding the virtuosity of Reckless Kelly requires the perspective of where the band has been. Cody and Willy Braun grew up in the White Cloud Mountains of Idaho. They moved to Bend, Oregon, and then migrated to that great musical fountainhead, Austin, Texas.

The band’s co-founders and frontmen toured the country as part of their father’s band, Muzzie Braun and the Boys, as children. They performed on The Tonight Show twice. Their father taught his four sons a professional ethic – integrity, persistence, hard work and professionalism – honed over three generations. They overcame hardships, struggled for recognition, and learned the lessons of the trial and error that defined them.

In one sense, it’s remarkable in the way of any musician, athlete, or businessperson who bucks the odds. In another, though, it’s utterly natural that Reckless Kelly, born in the dreams of the two Braun brothers and their heritage but nurtured in the bumpy road of maturity, became the very essence of Americana music in all its far-flung glory.

“We came along in that second wave of the movement,” Cody Braun says. “Son Volt’s album Trace had a major effect on us. People like Joe Ely, Ray Kennedy and Robert Earl Keen were always big supporters. Our goal was to make music that had a country vibe but a solid rock edge.”

In the end, all the recipe required was to just add water. Water facilitates life. It enriches the soul. As Music Row magazine proclaimed, “In my perfect world, this is what country radio would sound like.”

“This” is Reckless Kelly.

The heartland gave the band authenticity. Musical lives honed its skill. Adversity instilled its persistence. Moving to Austin gave it wings to fly.

As kids, the Brauns – Cody, Willy, Micky and Gary – shared a stage with the likes of Johnny Cash, Glen Campbell and Merle Haggard. Micky and Gary Braun now helm their own band, Micky and the Motorcars. In Bend, Cody and Willy added drummer Jay Nazz, who brought with him his own unique experience.

“I had grown up in the Northeast, performing at clubs and weddings with my dad and brother from the age of 13,” Nazz recalls, “so, when I met Willy and Cody, we already had that in common. Both of our dads were musicians with a very similar kind of performing discipline. That helped us bond immediately.”

The band took its name from the legend of Ned Kelly, the Australian highwayman, and the three moved to Austin in the autumn of 1996, where they carved a niche of their own. Early on, Keen, a Texas legend himself, took them under his wing and became their first manager. They listened, watched and interacted with the creative dynamos of the outlaw country scene – Townes Van Zandt, Steve Earle, Billy Joe Shaver, Guy Clark and others – and joined them in a redefinition of what contemporary country music had become. Theirs was gritty, hard-edged, uncompromising and convincing. They turned country music real again.

Willy Braun wrote half the songs of Millican, 1998’s self-released debut, in an abandoned school bus, where he had lived for six months in Bend. The effect of that album was to emblazon Reckless Kelly with a reputation as a band of no-nonsense insurgents that could raise the rafters while still retaining a heart and soul of honesty, soul and conviction.

They evolved, adding David Abetya, a graduate of the Berklee School of Music, on lead guitar in 2000. Kansas-bred bassist Joe Miller — who had grown up on a family farm before becoming a broadcaster at his college radio station and migrating to Austin – signed on 2012.

Reckless Kelly’s string of critically acclaimed albums – Under the Table and Above the Sun (2003), Wicked Twisted Road (2005), Bulletproof (2008), Somewhere in Time (2010), Grammy-nominated Good Luck & True Love (2011) and Grammy-winning Long Night Moon (2013) – set a standard of reliable excellence and commitment to an instinctive vision of Americana. No band exemplifies the broad genre better.

Independent? Oh, yeah. Doggedly so. Nothing demonstrates it more than the band’s path through a succession of prestigious record labels – Sugar Hill and Yep Roc, among them – en route to a label, No Big Deal, of their own.

For two decades, the band has toured coast to coast relentlessly. It has demonstrated its longevity in a world where trendy newcomers are proclaimed the Next Big Thing by spinning a couple pop hits. They disappear from the radar, doomed by the very fad that invented them. Not unlike the pioneers who preceded them on the western frontier where the Brauns were raised, they have forged their survival without compromise, combining hard work with a resolve that success is only satisfying when achieved by their own standards and definition.

The group’s most recent studio album, Sunset Motel, is, like all its predecessors, distinctive in its own way while true to form. Self-produced and recorded in Austin’s renowned Arlyn Studios (where Millican was made two decades ago) and mixed by Jim Scott (Rolling Stones, Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, Sting, Roger Daltrey, Crowded House, et al.), it reflects Reckless Kelly’s attention to craft and continuity.

Twenty years since its founding, Reckless Kelly continues to fight for wider recognition, secure in the knowledge that fans, critics and contemporaries will continue to sing its praises.

The songs hit one emotional peak after another: the infectious “Volcano,” the urgent “One More One Last Time,” the desperate desire that comes full circle in “How Can You Love Him (You Don’t Even Like Him)” and the bittersweet title track. With steady guitar drive and a series of insistent choruses, they all ring with power and conviction that make Sunset Motel a breathtaking listening experience.

“Willy wrote 30 or 40 songs for the new album and we cut about half of them,” Cody says. “We ended up using 13 of them, but there were still some good ones left on the cutting-room floor.”

Cody, Willy and Nazz have been constants since the beginning. Abeyta and Miller add their own wrinkles to a signature sound that remains intact. The populist following grows, but the band has also moved on to play in performing arts centers and listening rooms that provide more focused encounters.

“We’re at the point where we’re not content to be categorized as simply a party band anymore,” Willy says. “We would like folks to really hear these songs, to be able to hear the lyrics and appreciate the musicianship that goes into the arrangements. Yes, we still want our audiences to have a good time, but we also want to show that this is a real band with a cohesive attitude and a muscular backbone, as well. We don’t want to be pigeonholed as simply a Texas-based, beer-drinking, rowdy bunch of party boys. There’s a lot more to it than that.”

“This is a really good place to be,” Cody adds. “We’ve built a solid fan base, which gives us a nice safety net. At the same time, we can take things at a more leisurely pace because we can control our own destiny.”

Great bands know good music. They make it the way they like, confident that what they love, what excites them, will also gain traction with thousands and thousands, perhaps even millions, of passionate fans.

Reckless Kelly is, by the best possible definition, a great band.

Freedom to pursue its own destiny has always been at the center of the band’s ambitions. Their fate is as much in their own hands as is reasonably possible.

“We’ve toured extensively over the course of our career,” Cody says. “We’ve traveled front and back, up and down, across this country. Happily, we’re at a point where we’re not killing ourselves to pay the bills.”

That point liberates them to be true to their background, their heritage and, most importantly, themselves.

“We’ve always been hands-on in terms of our marketing and our delivery,” Willy says. “The labels always gave us the freedom we asked for, but an A&R person doesn’t always know what’s best for the band.”

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The fierce self-reliance and independent spirit keeps Reckless Kelly happy, appreciative and charitable. Their annual festival, The Braun Brothers Reunion, in Challis, Idaho, has been ongoing for 37 years now. They reunite with their brothers, Gary and Micky (and the Motorcars). The Brauns run it without major sponsors or outside promoters.

The band also hosts the yearly Reckless Kelly Celebrity Softball Jam to raise money for Austin-area youth charities, putting $300,000 in those coffers over the past seven years.

“It’s a great way to give back,” Cody says. “It’s great to be able to share our success in such a positive way.”

Collectively, they’ve played over 3,000 shows and traveled over 1,500,000 miles to 49 states.

Reckless Kelly is a great band with an apt name. The outlaw’s spirit pervades the ambiance. They are rugged individualists who dedicate themselves to advancing the state of their art.


They’re good guys, too. Their hearts dwell in the right places, and those are where the music follows.

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LOUD FLOWER'S High Grade Harvest Ball
Nov
9
7:00 PM19:00

LOUD FLOWER'S High Grade Harvest Ball

Doors: 7:00pm
Ages: 21+

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The Summer and Steve show and Phytonyx present: LOUD FLOWER'S High Grade Harvest Ball

Southern Oregon is known for its strong farming community and bountiful harvest. We know that hemp and cannabis is the healing of the nation. It is medicine, sacrament, food, fuel and fiber. Come and celebrate another successful harvest season with some of Southern Oregon's top hemp and cannabis companies for an evening of live music and comedy.

The High Grade Harvest Ball feature's a long time West Coast favorite Jah Sun and The Rising Tide, one of Jamaica's finest live dub bands Dubtonic Kru and introducing Echoes of Light. Also performing is the valley's own Alcyone Massive, Trinidadian transplant King Thayo, Eugene's SPUNJ and Selecta AD The Bambu King.

The event will be hosted by comedian/actor/activist Ngaio Bealum. Taste authentic Jamaican food from the 5 star rated "Stone's Roots and Juice" and enjoy local vendor booths and raffle prizes.

Special thanks to our sponsors who made this event possible...

The Summer & Steve Show

Phytonyx
Immortal Spirits
Lyrics Joint
Top Shelf Wellness Center
Puff's Smoke Shop
RVC (Rogue Valley Cannabis)
Leap Farms
Talent Health Club
Ashland Alternative Health


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Canna Cabana Fest  2019
Oct
12
7:00 PM19:00

Canna Cabana Fest 2019

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Saturday Oct 12

Join LyricsJoints.com as we create a movement around the country with our 1st “CannaCabanaFest 2019” in Ashland, Oregon. We believe in the universal language of music and in independent musicians who express freely.

Leveraging the power of music performed by area independent artists, our aim is to de-stigmatize and celebrate “cannabinoid” use across the US. Our musical festivals not only celebrate area bands, but also aim to feature boutique farms and craft artisans expressing their independent talents and self-expression.  

CannaXpert, LLC began operations in Oregon (July, 2018) and is pursuing a national campaign in 11 states (including Washington DC) that have legalized the adult use of cannabis. 

Come join us as we begin a movement kicking off at the historic Ashland Armory and moving across our great country!

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We have an Excellent Lineup!

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Niki J Crawford

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Niki J Crawford and her band bring the heat with a high energy soul get down. After a short break following her latest tour, Niki is back with a new band, new songs and a new show. Niki is an American Recording Artist/Songwriter from the small country town of Springhill, Louisiana with a powerful, unforgettable and melodic voice. The singer/song writer crafts poignant lyrics and creates music with a Soul-Funk-R&B sound that you can feel. Niki has been singing since she was 6-years-old. From her roots as the lead soloist in her hometown church choir to the recently completed touring, her talent has continued to evolve as one of the strongest voices in music.

Niki and the band members have shared the stage and have played with Carlos Santana, Snoop Dogg, Al Green, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Aaron Neville, Macy Gray, Booker T Jones, The Roots, Tune Yards, Chicano Batman, Galactic, Keb Mo and Orgone just to name a few of the performers who have sought out her talent. She has performed on various late-night TV shows such as Jay Leno, David Letterman, Conan O’Brien, and Saturday Night Live and lit up festival stages across the world like Bonnaroo, Wakarusa, Cal WorldFest, Utah Arts, Montreal Jazz, Summer Camp, Bear Creek, Long Beach Jazz Fest, All Good, High Sierra and Jam Cruise.

A multi-talented artist, Niki J. Crawford not only sings but is also a talented and growing actress. She just finished shooting an upcoming film “Revival” based on the gospel of John set to release Dec. 2018 and "Mr. Sophistication,” in which she plays herself-a popstar alongside Tatum O' Neal, Harry Lennix and Rick Fox. Niki can also be seen in Taylor Hackford’s "Love Ranch,” co-starring alongside Ginnifer Goodwin and Kevin Connolly in the hit comedy, "He’s Just Not That Into You"; “American Dreamz”, as well as roles in “The Tenants,” “Seeing Other People,” "Gridiron Gang,” "Miss March", and “Killer Diller,” which she received a “Two Thumbs Up” for her performance and was told “She is The REAL American Idol” from Ebert & Roper. Niki has also guest-starred on television shows “Ally McBeal,” “Wanted,” and was a “Scarlett” series regular; she has guested on hit productions “Rent” (Shubert Theater), and “Behind Closed Doors” (Tyler Perry Prod./T.D Jakes Prod.); and is also featured singing in the national Subway Campaign.

Niki continues to write and perform leading with her trademark aura of unconditional love and sensuality that fuels a vocal passion with the effortless ease of a veteran performer. Niki has said her goal is to make feel-good music and great films with an energy that inspires and alleviates negativity.

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Avehre

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Brandon “Avehre” Smith is an American Songwriter, Singer, and Producer. From his local church in Chicago to studying as a background singer under Grammy Award Winning performers like Gladys Knight, to producing with Billboard topping artists like Wanya Morris (Boyz II Men), Avehre’s journey has created sound that displays an undeniable and certain extraordinary soulfulness.

Knight adopted Avehre as her ‘Protégé’, backing his first public project a holiday EP titled ‘Star Filled Sky’ in 2014. The project received high praise from multiple major media outlets including Billboard Magazine, GlobalGrind, and RollingOut. In 2015 he went on to participate on Knight’s 2015 album as the songwriter and Vocal Producer for the lead track ‘Just a Little’.

Avehre is a “go-to” industry songwriter. He co-wrote ‘Blown’ (feat. Curren$y) for Lloyd on his fifth studio album ‘TRU - LP’, and placed his song ‘BulletProof’ on the first film released by Riveting Entertainment, ‘Never Heard’ (Prod. by Josh Webber). In addition to songwriting, Avehre is currently producing Samantha Mumba and Wanya Morris upcoming 2019-2020 projects, and preparing for the release of his solo EP.

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Jelly Bread

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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.

Jelly Bread is Dave Berry – guitar/vocals, Cliff Porter – drums/vocals, Alvin Johnson – keys/vocals, Ian Lindsay – bass/vocals, and Kevin Russell – lead guitar

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Fox and Bones

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Portland, Oregon based folk-pop duo Fox and Bones are the product of life on the road. Their music is ripe with vocal harmonies that pull at the heart strings and a rich, often times metaphysical lyrical landscape. They’ve spent the majority of their four year career in transit, relentlessly touring the greater United States, Germany, Austria and Switzerland. This unwavering commitment to the road has spawned dedicated pockets of fans and friends all over the world.

It’s not all gas stations and hotel rooms for the internationally touring sweethearts. In 2018, they released their sophomore album “Better Land” which was met with critical acclaim. Jake Craney from Ground Sounds states “Better Land is exceptional, and impossible not to love” and music blog Come Here Floyd raves “The Oregon based duo are story tellers, adventurers and discoverers of magic in their sophomore LP.” Their new single “Running Free” is scheduled to be released August 2nd, 2019.

The duo’s live shows are an intimate hybrid of storytelling and comedy and as they play improv games and share stories from their adventures that draw in the audience and create a strong sense of community. Kelsey Greco of Vortex Music Magazine beams “(Fox and Bones) have an undeniable chemistry on stage, stealing furtive glances and sometimes locking eyes with an intimacy that showcases how vulnerable they are with one another and their audience."

Perhaps Isaac Biehl of Source Weekly puts it best: "Fox and Bones' music is made for those who are after adventure or who are running down a dream. The sound feels vast—like being in an open field with nothing but your thoughts narrating to the future."

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Oct
10
8:00 PM20:00

The Human Experience with Gone Gone Beyond

21 and Over
Doors: 8 pm
Tickets: $15 advance / $20 day of show

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The Human Experience with Gone Gone Beyond

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David Block, best-known by his producer alias The Human Experience, has just announced a 10-date west coast tour with his live band project, Gone Gone Beyond. The Things Are Changing Tour (named after the group’s recent 2019 album release) will visit select cities in California, Oregon, Washington, and British Columbia. Each night of the tour will feature both a live-band performance from Gone Gone Beyond along with a headlining DJ set from The Human Experience. Additionally, each date will feature direct supporting sets from either Moontricks or Lazy Syrup Orchestra (ft. Duncan Smith of The Funk Hunters) between each of Block’s creative projects.

Moon Tricks

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Nestled deep in the beautiful Kootenay mountains of Western Canada lies the home of Moontricks, a duo whose timeless sound captures the essence of their rugged roots.

Combining their love of folk, blues, and electronic music, Nathan Gurley and Sean Rodman are blazing their own trail, merging musical worlds previously unacquainted and capturing audiences along the way.

Since connecting in their rural hometown through a shared love of music, the pair’s chemistry was instantly apparent. With Gurley at the production helm and Rodman on songwriting and vocals, they’ve birthed an authentically raw and seductive sound infusing grassroots blues, wistful soul, and gritty, boot­stomping bass. Their breakout organic hit “Home” has surpassed 1 million streams and their music is frequently licensed for film and television.

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Once a best-­kept secret in Canada's festival circuit, Moontricks is now taking their sound worldwide. Feeling just as at home on an electronic festival stage one weekend and a folk festival the next, their spirited live performances feature an assemblage of guitar, keys, banjo, and vocals atop stunning original productions. Their touring schedule has seen them play across North America and Australia with stops at major festivals like Lightning In A Bottle, Rainbow Serpent, and Shambhala Music Festival ­ where they’ve become fan favourites, playing every year since their debut in 2013.

From rural beginnings to global festival stages, this humble duo is now taking on the world. Dazzling audiences with their infectious vibe and unmistakable rhythm, Moontricks are clear proof that originality and passion can spark a creative odyssey.

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Rising Appalachia
Oct
7
8:00 AM08:00

Rising Appalachia

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21 and Over
Tickets $30 advance / $35 day of show
VIP preshow: 7pm
doors for show: 8 pm

Special VIP Tickets are available for an intimate, exclusive song and Q and A with the artists before the show.

VIP Tickets are only available AFTER you purchase your GA ticket. Once you purchase your GA ticket, you will automatically be redirected to a thank you web page with a link to VIP tickets.


VIP PACKAGE is $40 per person; and includes:

  • Early entry into the venue (7pm)

  • Access to an intimate preshow acoustic performance (2 songs)

  • Special conversation with Leah & Chloe

  • Collectible tour poster; signed by Rising Appalachia

  • Exclusive VIP merchandise item (distributed to VIP customers at the show)

  • First access merchandise shopping

  • Limited availability (only 100 available - limit 8 ticket limit per order)

Contact INFO@FUTURE-BEAT.COM with any questions concerning the VIP package.

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As world travelers for nearly two decades, Rising Appalachia have merged multiple global music influences with their own southern roots to create the inviting new folk album, Leylines. Remarkably the band has built its legion of listeners independently -- a self-made success story that has led to major festival appearances and sold-out shows at venues across the country.

Founded by sisters Leah and Chloe Smith, the band established an international fan base due to relentless touring, tireless activism, and no small degree of stubborn independence. However, for the first time, they opted to bring in a producer for the new album, teaming up with the legendary Joe Henry on the sessions. These were also their first recording sessions outside of the South. For 10 days, all six band members lived and recorded in a castle-like studio in Marin County, California, overlooking the Pacific Ocean. As a result, a sense of unity and immediacy can be heard throughout their seventh album, Leylines.

“As far as recording goes, we’re open creatively, but we’ve often preferred elements of live recording. I mean, we’re folk musicians at our core,” Leah explains. “The experience of playing music together in one room, looking at each other, is the bedrock of what we do and how we’ve grown up with music. I think Joe very much felt that way as well. He was very clear at the beginning that he was going to encourage us to have as many element of a live recording as possible.”

Although Leah and Chloe Smith consider their voices as their primary instrument, Leah also plays banjo and bodhran on the album, while Chloe plays guitar, fiddle, and banjo. They are joined on Leylines by longtime members David Brown (stand-up bass, baritone guitar) and Biko Casini (world percussion, n’goni), as well as two new members: West African musician Arouna Diarra (n’goni, talking drum) and Irish musician Duncan Wickel (fiddle, cello). The sonic textures of these two cultures are woven into Leylines, enhancing the stunning blend of folk, world, and urban music that has become Rising Appalachia’s calling card.

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“Our songwriting ties into those traditions as well,” Chloe says. “With some of our original songs, it’s a reflection of the times. We’re folk singers and we consider this a folk album, so there’s a lot in there. There’s word of politics, of being women in the music industry, as well as a lot about our lives on the road.”

Indeed, Rising Appalachia has toured British Columbia by sailboat, traversed the U.S. and Europe by train, and engaged in immersive cultural exchange programs in Bulgaria, Ireland, Southern Italy, Central and South America – not to mention the countless miles in a van. Tour highlights include: Hardly Strictly Bluegrass in San Francisco; Music Hall Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York; Boulder Theatre in Boulder, Colorado; and the Showbox in Seattle, Washington. The band consistently sells between 400 and 1500 tickets wherever they play, a testament to their loyal fan base.

Leah and Chloe grew up in urban Atlanta as the city’s hip hop scene began to flourish. They absorbed those rhythms through the music they heard at school, then traveled with their family to fiddle camps all across the Southeast on the weekends. The young girls weren’t all that interested in the old-time playing, but their parents were incredibly devout in their study and practice of Appalachian music.

After high school, Leah decided to postpone college and travel internationally. Feeling homesick while living in Southern Mexico, she looked for a connection to her past and taught herself how to play banjo. “I realized that I wanted something from home that I could share, something that would tell people a bit more of the story of where I came from, other than the news,” she recalls.

A few years later, when Chloe came to visit her abroad, Leah offered some clawhammer banjo lessons. They didn’t necessarily realize it at the time but a musical partnership had been established. Upon their return to the United States, they recorded an album, which they considered an art project, to sell whenever they sang at farmer’s markets. They printed 500 copies, figuring that would last them a lifetime. However, when a local college professor heard them singing at a Christmas party, he booked them as part of a Celtic holiday concert in Atlanta. After two performances, every CD had been sold.

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Surprised and overwhelmed, they mulled over a career as full-time musicians, then realized that performing could be just one component of a greater overall vision – one that includes advocating for social justice, racial justice, environmental justice, and Indigenous rights.

“We’re able to filter in so many of our passions into this project,” Chloe says. “We do a lot of activism work. We do a lot of outreach. Leah is a visual artist and she can funnel her visual eye into the project. I love to write, so that comes in. There’s a big container and canvas for our life’s work here. Music is part of it, but there are a lot of other creative vehicles that are driving Rising Appalachia.”

Special guests on Leylines include folk hero Ani DiFranco, soulful songwriter Trevor Hall, and jazz trumpeter Maurice Turner. The album title alludes to the concept of invisible lines believed to stretch around the world between sacred spaces, bonded by a spiritual and magnetic presence. That deep sense of connection is key to understanding Rising Appalachia as a whole. “Rising Appalachia has come out of this idea that we can take these traditions of southern music – that we’ve been born and raised with – and we can rise out of them, creating all these different bridges between cultures and stories to make them feel alive.” Leah says. “Our music has its foundation in heritage and tradition, but we’re creating a music that also feels reflective of the times right now. That’s always been our work.”

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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Sep
12
7:30 PM19:30

Bone Thugs-N-Harmony

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Doors 7:30 PM
Ashland Armory
All Ages
$30.00

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Bone Thugs-n-Harmony is an American hip hop group from the Glenville section of Cleveland, Ohio. They are best known for their fast-paced rapping style and harmonizing vocals. In 1997, the group was awarded the Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance with their song "Tha Crossroads". Since its conception in the early 1990s the group has been honored with numerous other awards. Bone Thugs are also the only artist to do acts with Eazy-E, 2Pac, Notorious B.I.G., and Big Pun. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are also recognized as one of the most successful hip-hop groups selling 50 million records.

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Lounge Event - Derek Deon LP Release with Space Challenger & Impulse Control
Aug
31
8:30 AM08:30

Lounge Event - Derek Deon LP Release with Space Challenger & Impulse Control

This is a Lounge event, upstairs in the suite 302 at the Historic Ashland Armory

Light Snacks and finger foods provided free of charge
Doors open at 8:30pm
Live music from 9:00pm-12:00am
Celebratory cake-cutting after midnight ~
Limited Capacity: Only 45 tickets available for pre-sale

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Floating in the Backseat While the World Goes By, the debut LP from Derek Deon, launches with an intimate release party at the upstairs lounge at The Ashland Armory - featuring a unique lineup of three original, Ashland-based performing acts:

Derek Deon & the Vaughns

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The headlining set will be performed by Derek Deon & the Vaughns; fresh off of a west coast tour, and showcasing their recent delve into the polished and lush sounds of live-looped instrumentation and electronic samples, plus musical cameos from session musicians featured on the album, which will be performed live in it's entirety, in addition to new original material and tributes to their musical influences.

http://derekdeon.com/thevaughns

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Impulse Control

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The middle set will be performed by the power-pop rock trio, Impulse Control; a band that was once an integral part of Ashland's house-show scene, and has since been on semi-hiatus since frontman and songwriter Timothy Duryea moved to the Bay Area, making a live set from them in Ashland a rare and exciting occasion to observe.

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Space Challenger

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The opening set comes from Ashland-Based Hip-Hop act, Space Challenger: an original project fromKelvin Underwood, who can also be found playing drums for Slow Corpse, and Oh My Golly, a locally-sourced Pixies tribute band.

https://spacechallenger.net/music

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Julian Marley and the Uprising. Also appearing:  Indubious
Aug
24
7:00 PM19:00

Julian Marley and the Uprising. Also appearing: Indubious

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The Indigo Children Project Presents

Julian Marley And the Uprising

Also appearing: INDUBIOUS

SATURDAY, AUGUST 24
Doors 7 PM / All Ages/ Full Bar and food
Historic Ashland Armory 208 Oak Street, Ashland, Oregon
Tickets $35.00 Advance/ $45.00 day of show

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Julian Marley

Julian Marley is a British Jamaican reggae musician. He is the son of reggae artist and performer Bob Marley. Julian is known to be a Grammy award nominated, reggae singer, musician, songwriter, producer and humanitarian. He follows in his father's footsteps and is a devout Rastafarian who uses his music to inspire his life and spirituality.

Julian will be performing with the Uprising Band songs from his latest album release As I Am as well as some Bob Marley classics.


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Indubious

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The story of Indubious is not for the faint of heart. Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, Indubious was forged in the fires of pain and destruction. Evton and Skip, brothers and bandmates born with Cystic Fibrosis and convinced by doctors of their impending death from an early age, have emerged as a powerful force for change and the future of conscious music. Their only choice has always been mind over matter, and time has proven that their unbending positive outlook, combined with an inspiring message of love and hope, has not only helped them overcome personal hardship, but catapulted their music onto the world stage with an unstoppable momentum.

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Currently based in Oregon, Indubious has released four albums over the past few years, including Wake The Lion which was produced by EDM/Dub/Reggae pioneer Gaudi. Their new album From Zero, which dropped on 7-1-17, debuted at #6 on the Billboard Reggae Chart and #8 on iTunes Reggae Chart, features legendary guest artists including Dancehall icon Sizzla, Vaughn Benjamin (formally of Midnite and Akae Beka), and Reggae/R&B singer Zahira Soul. From Zero is a mix of conscious Dancehall and Roots Reggae with top level production. All songs were written, produced, and engineered by Indubious, and released on their own label Righteous Sound Productions.

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“Simply put, Indubious is my favorite band of 2017, and From Zero is my favorite album of 2017 - and it truly deserves to be yours too.” review by Russel A. Trunk via annecarlini.com

“For me, that’s one of the most original, refreshing pieces of reggae music i’ve heard in a long time. I think it’s really special.” David Rodigan on BBC in regards to the song "See Sharp"

Armed with impressive instrumental skill, powerful harmonies, and an electrifying stage presence, Indubious is destined to change the face of music. They have developed a steadily rising reputation as ambassadors of the West Coast Reggae movement. Leaving audiences stunned and amazed whilst shattering any preconceived notions of genre and style, they recruit fans from all walks of life, affectionately called "Indubians."

The band and their legion of fans have adopted the motto “Live Indubiously,” which means living life without doubt or fear, and with faith in the fact that we are all here for a reason. “Our gift is music,” says Indubious, “and our mission is to reconnect the people of the world with rightful living. We wish to speak the truth in an effort to inspire others to do the same, to raise the positive vibrations of our planet, and to help others express the true loving nature within us all.”

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Tana's Big Top Burlesque - Two Nights! 16th & 17th
Aug
16
to Aug 17

Tana's Big Top Burlesque - Two Nights! 16th & 17th

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Two Nights!

21 and Over!

Two nights of incredible international star studded entertainment sure to make your jaw drop!

Cheer on local legends in the making Levity Circus and Ellastico! Witness aerial acrobatics and death defying acts by the capable Acro Britt who was recently immortalized in the Ripley's Believe It or Not wax museum commemorating her feats of acrobatic archery. Striptease headliners include the blonde that puts the pop lock in burlesque, award winning Miss Angelique DeVil and San Diego's traveling showgirl and Miss Tiki Oasis winner Di Lovely. Festivities will be emceed by the curvaceous and loquacious Tana the Tattooed Lady, Las Vegas' own tattooed showgirl. Our cast will be dripping in an array of gorgeous bespoke costuming by the amazing Joe Dunbar Design studio from the Rouge Valley.

This marriage of couture fashion show and international stars of cirque and burlesque all under Tana's Big Top at the Ashland Armory for two dazzling nights of shows is not to be missed!

8pm Showtime / VIP available

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Dirty Revival, Con Brio, Object Heavy
Jul
18
8:00 PM20:00

Dirty Revival, Con Brio, Object Heavy

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What a somk’n line up! Three talented bands that you can’t help but get down to!

21 and Over
Doors at 8 pm
Tickets: $20 in advance / $25 day of show

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About the Bands

Con Brio

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Named for an Italian musical direction meaning with spirit, Con Brio is a San Francisco Bay Area seven-piece that plays energetic soul, psych-rock and R&B that’s as fresh and freethinking as the place they call home. With charismatic singer Ziek McCarter bringing “the dance moves, splits and all, of James Brown” (KQED) and a tight, veteran band that “comes across like a party punk version of Sly and the Family Stone” (Consequence of Sound), Con Brio is known to convert anyone who sees their electric live show.

The band’s sophomore LP, Explorer (out July 6th, 2018 on Transistor), represents an impressive leap for the group PopMatters has called “the best new live band in America.” The album is a travelogue of sorts, written over the course of two years and one presidential election — all while the band was touring the globe (Japan, France, Australia, the Netherlands) and fielding questions about our leaders, our choices, our guns.

While Paradise spoke about inequality and the Black Lives Matter movement, turning a mirror on America in 2016, Explorer looks outward, urging hope in the face of cynicism, but ultimately presenting more questions than answers: What does it mean to represent America abroad during a time of unprecedented volatility at home?

Having proved themselves on an international stage (as well as at U.S. festivals like Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and Austin City Limits), Con Brio also breaks new sonic ground on Explorer, expanding beyond raw energy and retro sounds toward a layered, contemporary production style. It’s a big record, with plenty of joy and more than a few growing pains. It sounds, unsurprisingly, like a band on the verge.

“No one can say what’s going to happen next week, let alone next year,” says McCarter. “But we can keep doing what we do. Head out there with our eyes open. And try to create moments of love, of liberation, everywhere we go.”

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Dirty Revival

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DIRTY REVIVAL, A SEVEN PIECE SOUL/ROCK BAND HAILING FOR PORTLAND, OR, IS QUICKLY GAINING NOTORIETY FOR THEIR INSPIRED SONGWRITING AND IMPRESSIVE LIVE PERFORMANCES AND HAS BEEN ELECTRIFYING STAGES ACROSS THE US SINCE 2013.

Fronted by Portland native, Sarah Clarke, who’s powerful vocals and engaging stage presence immediately command attention, the rest of the band is comprised of six exceptional musicians, Evan “Evvnflo” Simko (Guitar + MC), Terry Drysdale (Drums), Jon Shaw (Bass), Ben Turner (Keys), Chris Hardin (Tenor Sax), Thomas Barber (Trumpet). Many of them friends since high school, each player is as good as the next and all of them exceptional in their own way, Dirty Revival functions like a well oiled machine with every part doing exactly what it’s supposed to.

Dirty Revival’s democratic approach to music shows in their songwriting, their original music effortlessly incorporating several different genres of music. At times showcasing their unique take on the soul and funk sounds of the 60’s and 70’s, then, straddling the line between rock band and pop band. The care the group takes in the arrangement of their original music is reflected in their cover choices, known for their dynamic recreations of classic songs by artists ranging from NIN to Black Sabbath and Rage Against the machine, illustrates why it is difficult to put the Dirty Revival in any one genre of music.

Dirty Revival has shared the stage with many legendary acts including George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Michael Franti, The Motet, Gift Of Gab, Lyrics Born, and members of The Meters, George Porter Jr. and Zigaboo Modeliste. Participating in several notable events and venues, including Waterfront Blues Festival (OR), World Music Festival (CA), Arise Music Festival (CO), Upstream 2018 (WA), The Filmore (SF) and many more wrapped into the the several years of multi regional touring they have under their belt. Dirty Revival has also spent time in studio releasing a full length album (self-titled, Dirty Revival) and a 7” record (So Cold).

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Object Heavy

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Object Heavy is Humboldt County’s premier hard hitting Soul sensation. 2018 sparked a new direction for Object Heavy with the release of their newest EP Transitions (featuring John Popper of Blues Traveler, Fred Wesley of James Brown fame, and more). They played a steady stream of sold out performances throughout the Pacific Northwest, including shows in support of West Coast Funk and Soul stand outs Orgone and Polyrhythmics.

With powerhouse vocalist Richard Love at the helm the band is on fire cruising into 2019.

Object Heavy’s magnetic blend of classic Cadillac Soul, effortlessly contagious dance grooves, and blazing musicianship is a live experience that you don’t want to miss!

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SugarBeats
Jun
14
8:00 PM20:00

SugarBeats

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Details:
$20 advanced $25 door
Doors @ 8 / Show @ 9

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The SugarBeats Live Band takes the cross between funk and bass music to the next level. Huge horn lines and funky leads. Complete with an arsenal of live instruments and stacks of subs, the live band blends elements of trap, funk, & soul to create a unique & high energy experience that will keep you dancing all night.

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◆SLOW CORPSE◆

Slow Corpse was born out of the misty forests and craggy mountains of Southern Oregon in the fall of 2015. The group is the brain child of singer/producer Mitchell Winters, and guitarist Brenton Clarke. Both artists come from completely different musical backgrounds--Winters as the golden boy of Soundcloud, where he releases electronic music as PALMCO, and Clarke as a hard blues and shoegaze informed, one-man-musical-tour-de-force on the guitar. Rather than at odds with one another, their musical identities meld into a surreal blend of clean production and driving, yet dreamy melodies. Upon the release of their first two EP’s, Hound and Moons, Slow Corpse added multi-instrumentalist Cole Zollinger (Bass), hip-hop producer Dash Curtis (Keys), and Kelvin Underwood (drums) to their roster to create a live band which has brought them seemingly effortless success as a touring group. In the fall of 2017 they signed to indie label, Tender Loving Empire, where they join the ranks of indie darlings Andy Shauf, Y La Bamba, and Typhoon. You can find them making regular jaunts through the Northwest or bunkered down in Ashland, Oregon where they curate a magnetic and thriving DIY art/skate/music scene.

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Marley Schwartz is Producer/DJ TF Marz. A young artist who’s music balances the past, present and future in a unique and accessible style. He finds his earliest musical roots in the music he grew up hearing at his parent’s music festivals. Legendary musicians, like Bunny Wailer and George Clinton and P-Funk Allstars, were a part of TF’s life and they’re personal lessons left their mark on his musical ideology. These early influences of Reggae and RnB/Funk music, along with a self discovered love for hip-hop, laid the groundwork for the TF Marz sound.

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Schedule:
Slow Corpse: 9pm-10:00pm
SugarBeats Live Band: 10:00pm-11:30
TFMarz 11:30-12:30

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LOUNGE EVENT: An Evening with Raye Zaragoza
Jun
13
7:30 PM19:30

LOUNGE EVENT: An Evening with Raye Zaragoza

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PLEASE NOTE: this event will be hosted in the The Lounge upstairs at The Historic Ashland Armory, in room 302. This is a small, intimate space, so tickets are limited! 21 and Over

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Join us for an evening with award winning singer-songwriter Raye Zaragoza at The Lounge at The Armory in Ashland, Oregon.

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer-songwriter who carries an acoustic guitar and a message. Her quiet yet powerful song “In the River,” written in response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota, resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.

Raye’s debut album, Fight For You (independent, 2017), displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. About the record, Raye says, “This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose.”

Writing about social issues comes naturally to Raye. "As a woman of color in America, social issues are things you deal with and see every day of your life," she says. "I write about my experience and oftentimes my existence has been laced with injustice."

Raye performs her music all over the United States as well as across Europe, where she spent five weeks touring in summer 2017. Her music has been featured on Billboard and Democracy Now! and on numerous lists of the best modern-day protest songs, including those by Paste Magazine, What Culture, and Overblown. She has also performed live sessions for Paste, Daytrotter, and FNX.


At SXSW 2018, Raye spoke about her loyal fanbase and maintaining an independent career on a panel entitled "Serving the Sacred Bond" hosted by PledgeMusic. This summer, she joined Dispatch and Nahko and Medicine for the People on their Summer Tour, which included dates at Red Rocks and two nights at Central Park Summerstage.

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Tribal Seeds
Apr
27
7:00 PM19:00

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All Ages
7:00 pm Doors - 8:00 pm Show
$25.00 - Adv / $28.00 - Door

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Based in San Diego, rock-reggae band Tribal Seeds come at their music from a different angle, more influenced by bands like Steel Pulse and Aswad than the common touchstone of Sublime. Formed in 2005 by the Jacobo brothers, singer Steven and producer Tony-Ray, the group issued its debut album, Youth Rebellion, that same year. The album was the first of many to be released on the group's own label, including a self-titled album in 2008 plus The Harvest from 2009. The Soundwaves EP followed in 2011, while 2014's Representing cracked the Billboard 200 albums chart. The album featured guest appearances from Don Carlos, Mykal Rose, and Midnite's Vaughn Benjamin.

In March 2017, Tribal Seeds won the San Diego Music Award for Artist of the Year. A new single followed, entitled "Rude Girl" which debuted among iTunes Hot Singles in the Reggae genre. The band is currently recording their fifth full length album, schedule for release in early 2018.

Tribal Seeds have toured throughout the United States, and have also performed in Mexico, Aruba, Tahiti & Peru. They have shared the stage with artists such as Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Jane's Addiction, Skrillex, MGMT, Cee Lo Green, Jason Mraz, Matisyahu, Sublime with Rome, Taking Back Sunday, O.A.R., Pretty Lights, Steel Pulse, The Wailers, Julian Marley, Stephen Marley, Gregory Isaacs, SOJA, Rebelution, Pepper, and many more.

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Powerman5000
Apr
24
7:00 PM19:00

Powerman5000

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Powerman 5000 is an American rock band formed in 1991. The group has released nine albums, gaining its highest level of commercial success with 1999's Tonight the Stars Revolt!, which reached number 29 on the Billboard 200 while spawning the singles "When Worlds Collide" and "Nobody's Real"

Tickets: $20
Doors 7pm
All Ages

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Indubious - Medicine Roots Tour
Apr
20
7:00 PM19:00

Indubious - Medicine Roots Tour

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We are selling a limited number of Early Bird Discount tickets at medicineroots.brownpapertickets.com Only the first 100 guests will receive this price.

Indubious returns to the Historic Ashland Armory on the last date of their Medicine Roots tour with Jon Wayne and the Pain. Landing on the unofficial holiday 4-20 (NO SMOKING IN THE BUILDING) this show is bound to go down in history with support from the Midwest Heavyweights Jon Wayne and the Pain and the rising stars from Colorado, Policulture. This will be a family friendly event with NO SMOKING inside the building. Beer, Wine, Drinks and Food will be available. We aim to cultivate a respectful and loving environment where people of all ages, persuasions, ideals, and backgrounds can join in peace. If you aim to join in this energy, then you are welcome!

Sponsors and vendors interested in being involved please contact info@indubiousmusic.com

All ages
NO SMOKING INSIDE THE BUILDING
Family Friendly
Starts at 7:00
Beer Garden
DJ
Food

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Melvin Seals with JGB
Apr
18
8:00 PM20:00

Melvin Seals with JGB

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Doors at 8 pm / 21 and Over
Tickets available online or in person at the Music Coop in Ashland, or at Immortal Spirits in Medford

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Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up. organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become “Jam Band Music”. From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

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Shook Twins
Mar
30
7:00 PM19:00

Shook Twins

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Limited Seating / All Ages / Bar and Food Available / Bring Valid ID /

Tickets: $20 / Available online (ling below), or at the Music Coop in Ashland, and Immortal Spirits in Medford.

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I love the harmonies of the Shook Twins, the dreamlike songs that seem somehow permeated by the American Folk tradition, without actually being part of it. They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.
— Neil Gaiman, New York Times Best-Selling Author
The Shooks will Shake you. These ladies have been keepin’ it real since the day they were born and that was only seconds apart from one another I think. Do yourself a favor and check ’em out. I do declare, ya won’t be sorry.
— Langhorne Slim
The Shook Twins put on a heck of a show. Keep your eyes on these folks. I’m excited to hear what they do next.
— Tucker Martine
A unique, personal music that lights up the stage with its joy and enthusiasm.
— Mason Jennings

Everybody in your life will write his or her own chapter in your story. Take a step back, and you’ll see the influence of your loved ones, mentors, and friends in your decisions. Shook Twins refer to these folks in the title of their fourth album, Some Good Lives. Throughout fourteen tracks, the duo—identical twin sisters Katelyn Shook [vocals, guitar] and Laurie Shook [banjo, vocals]—pay homage to everyone from a late grandpa and godfather to Bernie Sanders.

“We realized there was a theme,” Katelyn reveals. “Even though our minds are mostly on the women of today and wanting the monarchy to rise up, we have several men in our lives who have been such positive forces. We wanted to thank them and honor the good guys who showed us the beauty in this crazy world we live in. So, it’s an album for Some Good Lives that have crossed paths with ours—and to them, we are grateful.”

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Laurie agrees, “It’s also an acknowledgment of our thankfulness of the good life that we get to live.”
However, the pair derived their own strength from these relationships. Over the course of three full-length releases and a handful of EPs since 2008, acclaim would come by way of everyone from USA Today and Baeble Music to Langhorne Slim, The Lumineers, Mason Jennings, and iconic best-selling author Neil Gaiman who enthusiastically decreed, “They make music that twines through your soul the way vines cover an abandoned shack in the woods.” Beyond gigs with the likes of Ryan Adams and Ani DiFranco, they captivated crowds at High Sierra Music Festival, Lightning In A Bottle, Bumbershoot, Hulaween, Summer Camp Music Festival, and Northwest String Summit, to name a few.
During 2016, they planted the seeds for what would become Some Good Lives by thinking bigger. The girls intermittently recorded at Hallowed Halls in Portland, OR. Within this old library building, “which feels full of stories,” they tapped into palpable energy like never before, locking into a groove inside of the spacious, reverberant live room. Moreover, the full band—Barra Brown [drums], Sydney Nash [bass], and Niko Slice [guitar, mandolin]—expanded the sonic palette.

“It took us a long time to find the band that we wanted to record these songs with and for the songs to fully mature,” admits Laurie. “Once Barra, Sydney, and Niko joined us, we really started to explore what our music could be. These amazing players helped us realize that we could be more than just ‘folk pop’. We started adding other genres to the word like ‘disco,’ ‘psychedelic,’ ‘funk,’ and ‘soul.’ We really honed in on a new sound.”

They initially teased that evolution with the single “Safe.” Its airy acoustic guitar and delicate harmonies materialize as a heartfelt and hypnotic rumination on love. The track quickly surpassed 1 million Spotify streams and stoked excitement among audiences for the eventual arrival of Some Good Lives.

“‘Safe’ was written up at a cabin in the woods,” recalls Katelyn. “I had the line ‘a love that feels safe’ in my mind for a while. That’s the only kind of love truly possible and healthy when you’re touring and away from your person all the time. You feel like you can trust it, and it’s not going to change within either of you—no matter how long and far you are away from each other.”

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“I was struggling to find that kind of love at the time, and Katelyn had this other perspective,” adds Laurie. “It’s my breakup song my sister wrote for me,” she laughs.

Elsewhere, opener “What Have We Done” struts forward on funky tambourine and boisterous horns before culminating on the shuddering soulful chant, “My God, what have we done?” Inspired by “feeling the Bern,” the track serves as a “wake-up-and-do better social commentary to fire people up.” Meanwhile, the dreamy “Figure It Out” sways from vivid verses into a catchy and confessional hook.

“To me, it’s about being lost and trying to figure ‘it’ out over and over again,” continues Katelyn. “We’re always going to be trying to figure things out, and that’s okay.”
The intimate “Grandpa Piano” draws on 1992 tapes of the girls’ grandpa performing on a grand piano during the final weeks of his life. Such moments thematically thread together the record, following its concept.

Katelyn adds, “You can hear our grandma, uncle, and godfather who have all passed on speaking in those clips too. These are little glimpses of those lives that we are honoring. I knew it was the perfect thing to add and complete the theme.”

Meanwhile, the album concludes on “Dog Beach”—a song penned by their godfather Ted as his only original composition in 1989. Preserving the raw spirit, Shook Twins tracked their background vocals over the initial tape 28 years after the initial recording. As Ted passed away recently, the song possessed a special place in their hearts.

“It’s like our village anthem in a way,” says Katelyn. “We made him sing it, and we’d all sing the responses at every campfire we had growing up.”
In the end, Shook Twins do Some Good Lives justice by reaching new heights themselves as musicians, lyricists, artists, and women.

“I hope people will hear this music as part of the soundtrack to their lives,” Laurie leaves off. “I hope it makes them feel joy, relaxation, or makes them want to dance a little. I hope they’re satisfied with the way we captured these songs.”

“I want them to feel the love that emanates from the songs: the love of the sounds we made and the love of the people we are honoring through them,” concludes Katelyn.

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Stephen Marley
Mar
23
8:00 PM20:00

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Sold Out!!

An Evening with Stephen Marley: Acoustic Jams with Special guest Mystic Marley


All Ages

Doors 8:00 pm

Tickets;
$35.00 Advance/ $45.00 day of show
(Children under 10 free when accompanied with an adult)

Tickets are also available at:

Music Coop in Ashland
Immortal Spirits in Medford
Magic Man in Medford
Listen Here Records in Grants Pass

Experience an intimate evening with Stephen “Ragga” Marley - son of Bob & Rita Marley - 8 time grammy winner, songwriter, producer. He has produced several hits including the "Welcome to Jamrock" track with his brother Damian Jr. Gong Marley. In this special performance, he will be performing selections from his newly released album One Take: Acoustic Jams. This will be an intimate night of Stephen performing his original hits as well as some of his fathers.


"You have to experience the acoustic vibe.  Its not very often that we do it, so it's rare.  The vibrations are high when the songs are broken down and the spirits in the room are elevated." ~ Stephen Marley

Stephen's last performance at the Ashland Armory in 2014 was sold out.  

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MEET & GREET

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Join us post-show for an intimate reception with Mr. Marley, for a very special opportunity to meet the man behind the music and the mission

Meet & Greet tickets are $125 per person, with only 50 tickets available.
(Note: Meet & Greet tickets do not include entry to the show. Concert tickets must be secured separately.)


Each Meet & Greet ticket includes:
* One (1) entry to the private reception
* Selected songs from an exclusive, not-yet-for-sale new acoustic EP
* A limited edition Acoustic Tour poster
* A commemorative photo with Mr. Marley

Proceeds directly benefit the mission of Ghetto Youths Foundation (GYF) to provide aid and assistance, support and critical resources to people in need  across the globe.  Each year GYF programs serve hundreds of young people, seniors, families, and communities with transformative outreach initiatives supporting health and education, sports and arts, community-building and fundamental social services.

Join the GYF Family today, and meet Stephen Marley tomorrow!

www.ghettoyouthsfoundation.org

@ghettoyouthsfoundation


You don't want to miss this show!

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Mar
17
11:00 AM11:00

ASHLAND COMMUNITY SEED SWAP (& SCION EXCHANGE)

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https://www.facebook.com/events/398775430669575/

Sunday, March 17

@ the Historic Armory - 208 oak st.

10AM - NOON  
Fun Seed-related Educational Workshops

12 - 2PM        
Seed-Swap and Scion-Exchange     

FREE and open to the whole family

  • You don't have to bring seeds to participate

  • (please label and date the ones you do bring)

  • Experts available to answer questions

  • Regionally-grown seeds available for sale

  • Seed "cleaning" and demos

  • Free Scion of rare fruit trees / Rootstock for sale / On-site Grafting

  • Good organic food

Sponsored by: 

Hardy Seeds, SOSGA, Siskiyou Seeds, Our Family Farms, College of the Melissae


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Friday Night Speakeasy
Mar
15
8:00 PM20:00

Friday Night Speakeasy

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A Speakeasy Casino Night  & Variety Show Spectacular!

Tickets $25 in advance / $30 at the door / 21 and Over / Doors 8 pm
Get tickets Online (link below) OR at the Music Coop in Ashland, OR at Immortal Spirits in Medford

Get your Tickets Online Here!

People had such a good time at our Speakeasy Ball New Year’s event, that they asked us to have another speakeasy soon. So, that’s exactly what we are doing!

So…Guys and Dolls...are you ready to dress to the 9’s and cut the rug to three live bands, featuring everything from the greats of early jazz to gypsy swing.

Also, we’ll have poker, roulette, or blackjack if that’s your thing. Sure, it’s funny money, but it surely is fun, and there’ll be prizes for the ones with the fat stacks at the end—so bring your A game!

Get your Tickets Online Here!

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Mar
10
10:30 PM22:30

BENEFIT FOR MARK DeGROFT

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GO FUND ME PAGE WITH DETAILS
ABOUT MARK’s SITUATION

Wednesday, Sept. 12, Mark DeGroft was rushed to Asante Rogue Regional Medical Center by ambulance with flu-like symptoms from what turned out to be a severe infection. His medical team concluded that he was experiencing Sepsis with DIC. 

A note from Cindy:
This is the hardest thing I have ever had to say. Mark has been in critical care for a week, very sudden onset, he has responded to treatment, though the severity of his body's natural defenses, has left his hands, and feet in jeopardy. I know many of you love Mark, demonstrated by the incredible response of love, support, and prayers, from our circle of musicians, medical community, and friends, and family. He could use all the loving light you can shine his way right now. A few years back, when I needed help, a wise friend told me me courage was being brave in the face of danger, valour is courage in the face of the unknown. Thank you all for the many kindnesses, support, love, and prayers.

Sepsis is a life-threatening condition that arises when the body's response to infection causes injury to its own tissues and organs. Common signs and symptoms include fever, increased heart rate, increased breathing rate, and confusion. Additionally, complications resulting from DIC has put him at risk for loss of tissue on his hands, feet, and face.

After 1 week in the ICU at Rogue, Mark was moved to Ashland Hospital where he would have access to treatment in the hyperbaric chamber for wound care in hope of expediting his recovery.

At this time the length of his recovery is unknown.

Medical hardship is a difficult burden for any family. Losing hours at work can have a detrimental impact on sustaining a household. So many of you have poured your love on the situation with hot meals, relationship, prayers, company for Cuba and well wishes. Some of you  may not know, Mark & Cindy are also the caregivers for Cindy's mom who suffers from dementia and has been living with them.

We are all forever grateful for your love and support during this time. So many of you have asked how you can help? 

Right now Mark, Cindy, & Ellie need your continued prayers and well wishes. 

If you feel called upon to give beyond this and have the means to contribute, I know they will be forever grateful. I also know they would never ask which is why I am writing to you here. 

Mark is my beloved Uncle and I know he is a beloved someone to you! If you know him, you know all the things that are special about him. In the photo above, you may notice his stripy socks, those are socks that I gave him one year. He always wears these socks when he knows he is going to have the happiest of days - like he is in this picture. He is happiest when he is spending time with all of you, laughing, and playing music, and most of all next to Cindy, whose voice carries like the angels who fly among us.

I love this snippet I found, written by a wonderful soul at St. Claire Productions....

St. Clair Productions:
Mark & Cindy DeGroft have been playing music together for 30 plus years. An interesting journey of styles & influences has culminated in a recent recording project of original material. Their music has roots in rock, folk, eblues, classical & Americana and is uniquely their own. Mark is one of the boys to talk Guitar with if you’re shopping Cripple Creek Music in Ashland; Cindy is a volunteer host for Jefferson Public Radio’s Folk Show on Sunday nights. They are two halves of the same tune.

Because of his vulnerability Mark is not allowed to have visitors at this time. Please share well wishes or fond memories below that Cindy and Ellie can share with him. Cards, emails to Cindy, or hilarious and cute YouTube videos are also appreciated. 

We humbly thank you for helping us support Mark, Cindy & Ellie through this time so they can focus on his care and please continue to hope for a full recovery.

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Feb
12
8:00 PM20:00

Dark Star Orchestra

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Tickets: $30 in advance / $35 day of show
21 and over / limited seating (mostly standing room)

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Performing to critical acclaim celebrating over 21 years and over 2800 shows, Dark Star Orchestra continues the Grateful Dead concert experience. Their shows are built off the Dead's extensive catalog and the talent of these seven fine musicians. On any given night, the band will perform a show based on a set list from the Grateful Dead's 30 years of extensive touring or use their catalog to program a unique set list for the show. This allows fans both young and old to share in the experience. By recreating set lists from the past, and by developing their own sets of Dead songs, Dark Star Orchestra offers a continually evolving artistic outlet within this musical canon. Honoring both the band and the fans, DarkStar Orchestra's members seek out the unique style and sound of each era while simultaneously offering their own informed improvisations.

Dark Star Orchestra offers much more than the sound of the Grateful Dead, they truly encapsulate the energy and the experience. It's about a sense of familiarity. It's about a feeling that grabs listeners and takes over. It's about that contagious energy...in short, it's about the complete experience and consistent quality show that the fan receives when attending a Dark Star Orchestra show.

Dark Star Orchestra has performed throughout the entire United States, plus Europe & the Caribbean touching down in seven different countries. DSO continues to grow its fan base by playing at larger venues for two and even three night stands as well as performing at major music festivals including Bonnaroo, Milwaukee's SummerFest, The Peach Music Festival, All Good Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, Mountain Jam, and many more.

In addition to appearing at some of the nation’s top festival, Dark Star Orchestra hosts its own annual music festival and campaign gathering, titled the “Dark Star Jubilee”, currently in its sixth year where DSO headline all three nights and are joined by a mix of established and up and coming national touring acts. Beyond the shores of the United States, DSO has taken its internationally-acclaimed Grateful Dead tribute to the beaches of Jamaica in the dead of winter for the past five years, with their event appropriately titled 'Jam in the Sand'. Featuring an ocean-side stage, DSO sets up camp to perform shows for four nights along the tropical sands of an all-inclusive resort, selling out the event each year for hundreds of lucky attendees.

Fans and critics haven't been the only people caught up in the spirit of a Dark Star show. The band has featured guest performances from six original Grateful Dead members Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Bill Kreutzmann, Donna Jean Godchaux-MacKay, Vince Welnick, Tom Constanten and even toured with longtime Dead soundman, Dan Healy. Other notable guests have included Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman of Phish, Keller Williams, Warren Haynes, Steve Kimock, Peter Rowan, Ramblin Jack Elliot and many more.

"For us it's a chance to recreate some of the magic that was created for us over the years," keyboardist and vocalist Rob Barraco explains. "We offer a sort of a historical perspective at what it might have been like to go to a show in 1985, 1978 or whenever. Even for Deadheads who can say they've been to a hundred shows in the 90s, we offer something they never got to see live."

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Turkuaz and Object Heavy
Feb
5
7:00 PM19:00

Turkuaz and Object Heavy

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21 and Over
Doors: 7 pm
$25 in advance / $30 day of show
Get tickets at Immortal Spirits in Medford (when available), and Music Coop in Ashland (when available), or online below
Mostly standing room with limited seating

Get Tickets Online Here

Turkuaz

They’ve become one of Brooklyn’s freshest exports - nine charismatic men and women brightly outfitted to have their colorful nature match their expressive voice.

Object Heavy

Blazing out of the North Coast of California with a diverse assemblage of hypnotic rhythms to spark up any dance floor, Object Heavy delivers a uniquely heavy sound that fuses Progressive-Soul, Rock and R&B in a strikingly fresh way.

After spending the past two years touring throughout the pacific northwest, Object Heavy’s contagious sultry funk has garnered a momentum and buzz that shows no sign of letting up. In it’s short time Object Heavy has had the honor of sharing the stage with heavy hitters like George Clinton and P Funk, Cheech & Chong, Orgone, Flobots, Polyrhythmics, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Afrolicious, Delhi 2 Dublin, March 4th Marching Band and even backed up legends like Fred Wesley, Chali 2na, Raashan Ahmad, John Popper, DJ Logic and more.

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Katchafire
Feb
2
6:00 PM18:00

Katchafire

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Tickets: $38 in advance / $44 day of
All ages / Tickets available at the Music Coop in Ashland, and Immortal Spirits in Medford

New Zealand roots reggae ambassadors Katchafire have announced a run of club shows around their festival slots on One Love in California and Arizona Roots Festival.

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Katchafire’s “Fyah In The Trenches” tour will celebrate the release of a new video/single scheduled to hit YouTube in January.


“Fyah In The Trenches” will be the 5th video/single from Katchafire’s acclaimed 5th studio album (released June 2018).

Opener Fyah In The Trenches will ease you into the album, introducing you to the bright horns that tie the release together. As soulful vocals weave into the rich, layered instrumentation, you’ll be completely entranced by the band’s irresistible energy.
— Hhhappy Mag LEGACY album review
Right from the get-go, I was impressed by the super tight funky grooves of Fyah In The Trenches, followed by the sweet swagger on the single Love Today.
— 13th Floor Mag LEGACY album review
A chilled start to the album, Fyah In The Trenches is an easy listening piece which has that reggae tempo with clear elements of funk throughout the track. There’s a lot going on but it’s not a mess, the vocals are soft and there are minimal harmonies. The title of the track is grabbing and the hook is a catchy one. Nice!
— World A Reggae.com LEGACY album review
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The Infamous Stringdusters
Jan
22
8:00 PM20:00

The Infamous Stringdusters

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“With a nod to the past and a firm foot down on the gas toward the future, the ‘Dusters... don’t leave bluegrass behind; they’re stretching it from within.”
— New York Times
“The Stringdusters are the Star Wars of Bluegrass and this is their Return of the Jedi. Stop fiddling with your lightsaber and get this album.”
— Ryan Adams
“...these stellar bluegrass players are pushing the music forward.”
— David Dye/World Café

A band should never stop progressing.

Forward motion belies creativity and evolution. A staunch and unwavering commitment to progression is how an unassuming group of five friends can collectively become a GRAMMY® Award-winning force of nature. That’s exactly how it happened for The Infamous Stringdusters. Within thirteen years since their 2005 formation, the band—Travis Book [bass, vocals], Andy Falco [guitar, vocals], Jeremy Garrett [fiddle, vocals], Andy Hall [dobro, vocals], and Chris Pandolfi [banjo, vocals]— have consistently forged ahead, relentlessly exploring the musical possibilities of a “bluegrass ensemble” and breaking down boundaries in the process.

In a genre known for traditionalism, the ‘Dusters have consistently covered new ground, inspired fans, and redefined what a bluegrass band can be. 2018 represented a high watermark for the quintet as they took home a GRAMMY® Award in the category of “Best Bluegrass Album” for their 2017 release Laws of Gravity.

Even with such milestones, the members feel like they’re only getting started.

“I’m most inspired by the evolution of the music,” agrees Book. “The band is reaching new heights with our exploration and jamming. The repertoire is deep, and our crew is so entwined in the music and presentation of the show. It’s all come together in the last year or so.”

Hall adds, “Releasing three recorded projects this year has been artistically exciting. Mostly, the band has taken a huge leap forward in our live show with our improvisation blending from one song into the next. It’s made everything that much more fun.”

The motion includes a prolific output that rivals any act in music. In 2017 alone, they released three projects: Laws of Gravity, Laws of Gravity: Live, and Undercover Vol. 2 through Lumenhouse Recordings. Impressively, the band’s eighth full length record, Laws of Gravity, received a 2018 GRAMMY® Award nomination in the category of “Best Bluegrass Album”, bowed in the Top 10 of the Billboard Heatseekers Chart, and marked their third debut at #1 on the Bluegrass Albums Chart with Undercover Vol. 2 becoming their seventh Top 10 entry. Recognized by some of the top names in the game, they teamed up with Ryan Adams for performances of “Sweet Carolina” on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and at Telluride Bluegrass Festival, and Newport Folk Festival. Phil Lesh also tapped them as his band for Phil and Friends at Lockn alongside members of Phish.

Another tenet of that progression, the second installment of the Undercover series exemplifies the exploration ethos, transforming various recognizable anthems into raw and rootsy gems. “Jessica” by The Allman Brothers Band, rollicks and rolls, “Get Lucky” by Daft Punk maintains its dancefloor energy, and Marvin Gaye’s “What’s Going On,” adopts newfound urgency. The Cure’s “Just Like Heaven” undergoes a bluegrass makeover with galloping banjo and blistering solos.

Along the way, The Stringdusters have won three International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in 2007 for their debut record, Fork in the Road, in addition to snagging a nomination for “Instrumental Group of the Year” by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2010. Meanwhile, Things That Fly’s “Magic No. 9” garnered a 2011 GRAMMY® nod in the category of “Best Country Instrumental.”

The Infamous Stringdusters are grateful for the recognition, but they continue to move forward full speed ahead.

“I just hope that our music gives people a chance to feel free; free from the burdens of everyday life that we all have, free to just be themselves and be happy,” Falco leaves off.

“It's an amazing gift to play this music, to share this journey with these guys,” concludes Book. “I wouldn't trade it for anything, there's no other gig I'd rather have, no other place I’d rather be than in the moment making this music. This band, our organization and crew, we’re a family and I think I speak for everyone when I say I hope we can do this for years to come.”

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