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Diner was formed out of a group of Southern musicians’ desire to “Gumbo up” a wide range of Southern Blues based musical styles. The band members Chuck(Space Wrangler, Royal and Toulouse) Daniel(Cool Beans, Brothers Belk, Rescue Dogs) Grover(Highly Kind) Clifford(Rescue Dogs) Eric(Avery Ellis Exhibit) have joined forces after years of individually learning the straight forward forms of traditional Blues, mixed with the complex, syncopated rhythms of New Orleans. Paying tribute to the ever growing “Jam band” genre, Diner continues to focus on honing these skills as a group, like the pioneers of the genre, Widespread Panic. One of the founding members, Charles “Chuck” Cleckler says, “We liked Widespread (Panic) songs and their taste in covers, and we want to do it in this large ensemble dynamic like they do. Like a symphony, when everyone takes it down to one or two players, then the whole group builds up together to a full tilt crescendo.” An homage to the band’s ethos more than a tribute band, Diner embraces Widespread Panic’s willingness to make anything their own to keep the audience’s energy engaged, is just as much of a part of the performance as any instrument. Combining the diverse influences of each band member, Eric McGinty (Led Zeppelin, Michael Hedges), Danial Belk (Steely Dan, Umphrey’s McGee), Charles Cleckler (Jeff Beck, Paco De Lucia), Clifford Smith (Steve Gadd, David Garibaldi), and Chris Groves (Frank Zappa, Herbie Hancock, and Steve Gadd), Diner focuses on mixing styles into the tradition of “all groove for one” bands like Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead, and all other styles of Southern Rock.
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The story of The Lazybirds is one of migration to these aforementioned mountains and of an impressive musical legacy built up over the last two decades. Playing a distinctive brand of jump blues, swing, country blues, classic country and early jazz, the music of The Lazybirds reflects the musical influences of this creatively-fertile region. The Lazybirds tale began when original members Jay Brown and James T. Browne relocated to the western North Carolina Mountains from Alabama. Brown, who sings, plays harmonica, keyboards and is an acclaimed swing guitarist and fellow multi-instrumentalist Browne moved to the mountains in the mid-1990s and formed The Lazybirds in 1996. Asheville, NC, native, tenor and resonator guitarist and mandolin player Brad Pope has been with the group for a year, and newcomer Asher Hill now plays the bass.
Great Lake Swimmers
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2018 marks the 15thanniversary of Great Lake Swimmers. Over seven albums, multiple EPs, live broadcasts, and reissues, the Toronto-based project led by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker has established itself as a beloved indie folk act in their native Canada and beyond. The CBChas called them “a national treasure”while their music has taken them around the world, sharing a sound that is at once familiar and distinct, using the tools of folk music as the starting point to delve deeper.It’s this contrast and evolution that brings them to their latest release, The Waves, The Wake–a metaphor for the future ahead, and the past trailing behind. Abandoning the acoustic guitar, this new collection of songs sees the group branching out to include newsounds such as harp, lute, pipe organ, woodwinds, congas and marimbas, alongside the more familiar flecks and chimes of the banjo, piano, and 12-string electric guitar. The stunning acoustics of the historic,145 year old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church in London, Ontario lendthe atmospheric touch to the album, underthe guidance of co-producer Chris Stringer (Union Sound). This record is about the songs, first and foremost, and was made with many of Toronto’s most talented players, including arrangementsby Drew Jurecka and electric guitar appearances both atmospheric and spirited by Kevin Kane (Grapes Of Wrath). Long time collaborators Erik Arnesen (banjo,guitar), Bret Higgins (bass), and Josh Van Tassel (percussion) also contribute their considerable musicianship.“The Talking Wind”opens the albumsolely with woodwinds and vocals, setting the tone with its scaled back, minimalist approach. Similarly sparse arrangements on “Falling Apart”pair a meditative, layered piano with an appearance by renowned harpist Mary Lattimore alongside Dekker’s haunting, plaintive vocals. Bridging the album to the group’s past work, the lonely jangle of “Alone But Not Alone” is a study in song-craft; “Side Effects”matches lyrical substance to musical motifs with its expressive vibraphone, tempo variations, and vocal effects.But perhaps the album’s centerpiece is the entirely a cappella “Visions Of A Different World”with its ghostly, longing vocals nakedly bearing its message.Great Lake Swimmers have twice been nominated for Juno Awards, have been shortlisted for the prestigious Polaris Prize, and won a Canadian Indie Award for Favourite Folk/Roots Artist/Group. They have shared the stage as support for such musical luminaries as Robert Plant, Feist, and Calexico, and have appeared as headliners for many of Canada’s major Folk Music festivals. Their relentless touring schedule and countless live shows have helped them develop devoted fan bases across Canada, the US,Europe, the UK and many points beyond. Mojodubbed them “Ambient Zen Americana”and Exclaimhas describedthem asa“cherished blend of folk and orchestral indie pop.”
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Describing music, a non-verbal language, in words is always a difficult task, but the music of Earthbound can best be understood in terms of the diverse influences from which the band draws the inspiration and performance. The experience of witnessing the band perform may at times be a veritable schooling in rock'n'roll, certainly a multi-genre encompassing term. Our repertoire draws from and combines traditions such as Americana, folk, country, bluegrass, jazz, psychedelia to create a sound attuned not only to the collective effects of these diverse genres but each members' unique contribution to creating music as a collective ensemble. This musical philosophy recognizes and celebrates the collaborative nature of playing music, but Earthbound is fortunate enough to consist of band members who share similar ideals, musically, which allows for a unified trajectory in their songs.
Sam Holt Band
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Ex-guitar player and vocalist in band Outformation. Currently band leader of Sam Holt Band.
No upcoming concerts at the moment.