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Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys

‘…one of the finest Cajun bands in history’ – WASHINGTON POST ‘Steve Riley & the Mamou Playboys are kind of like a Cajun Beatles.’ – THE INDEPENDENT WEEKLY ‘Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have created a Cajun music style that is vibrant, fresh and timeless.’ – WASHINGTON TIMES www.mamouplayboys.com/ With their uncompromising respect for tradition and a forward-looking vision, Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys have set the standard for modern Cajun music. Steve Riley and the Mamou Playboys began over 20 years ago with a reputation for excellence. Their stunningly clean and cohesive performance of Cajun French music from the backwaters of Southwest Louisiana propelled them into the world music limelight early on, and by their third release had garnered them a Grammy nomination in the worldwide field of traditional folk music, another in 2004, another in 2009 and most recently they were nominated for a Grammy in the Best American Regional Roots category in 2012.  Never before in Cajun music has a comparable wealth of skills been brought to the same table. South Louisiana’s Cajun culture has been under siege and survived for 300 years. Through it all, Cajun music has been a fountain of joy and a focus of identity. A blend of accordions and fiddles, black and white, sorrow and celebration, back-porch reverie and Saturday night release, this music has inspired Cajuns and anyone else...

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Tom Freund- the LA troubador returns

Featuring Kevin Bents/Keys (Steely Dan, Jewel) and Doug Weiss/Bass and Konrad Meissner/Drums (The Silos, Matt Nathanson) http://tomfreund.com It’s the effortless ease with which he delivers conversational lyrics and mellifluous melodies a natural magic that is the heart of Tom Freund’s music. Though he’s well-schooled and widely-traveled in a variety of genres, Freund is ultimately, a singer-songwriter with his own singularly distinctive and engaging voice. Freund’s latest disc “Two Moons” on Surf Road Records, finds the Los Angeles-based Freund in a contemplative yet confident mood, where swirls of nostalgia blend with sharp-eyed views of life today. With his new album, Freund draws on folk, rock, jazz and other roots sources for an urbane Americana sound. Blending woozy mariachi horns and mermaid-evoking backing vocals in and a blast of electric guitar.  Inspired by a lot of old Squeeze music, Freund also mixed trippy keyboards and old-school synths to flesh out tracks like “Me and Bernice and “Lemme Be Who I Wanna Be.” “California-based troubadour Tom Freund sings of skate-boarding kids, impending doom and Happy Days lunch boxes on his new album, Two Moons.” —NPR WEEKEND EDITION Freund spent the mid-’90s touring with the indie rock cult faves THE SILOS and has been releasing solo albums since 1998. Tom has alternated between recording and touring behind his own discs, playing upright bass, electric bass guitar, and mandolin with the likes of British...

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Jay Collins & The Kings County Band

“In an era where most have learned to play music in a school, Mr. Collins is one of those increasingly rare musicians who learned to play, on the bandstand.” www.jaycollinsband.com Together with his Kings County Band, Jay Collins uses the sounds of Memphis Soul, New Orleans Funk, Delta Blues, and classic Rock and Roll to make an original, funky stew, with some horn sprinkled on the top! Jay’s saxophone, flute, and horn-section arrangements have supported the sounds of Gregg Allman, Allman Brothers Band, Levon Helm (of The Band), Donald Fagen’s Dukes of September (w/ Michael McDonald and Boz Scaggs), James Hunter, Ray LaMontagne, Latin percussionist Bobby Sanabria, and jazz greats, composer Andrew Hill, French pianist Jacky Terrasson, guitarist Ed Cherry, and legendary bassist LeRoy Vinnegar, among others. Jay is heard on two Grammy-winning recordings with Levon Helm (Electric Dirt and Ramble at the Ryman) and a platinum-selling DVD with the Allman Brothers Band (Live at the Beacon Theater). After years of “moon-lighting” as a singer-songwriter, the secret is out – Jay Collins’ ‘granite pipes’, gritty vocal style, and blues-influenced song-writing, are winning admirers in NYC, the Hudson Valley and beyond! “Collins’ soulful croak definitely deserves to be heard” – TimeOutNY “Jay Collins plays a hot saxophone, but he covers a lot more ground than that…” – Blues Revue Magazine “ [Jay’s latest CD] ‘Rivers, Blues, and Other People’ makes...

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Sunday Brunch with Alex P. Suter & The Ministers of Sound

alexispsuter.com Hipbone Records recording artist Alexis P Suter with Ray Grappone, drummer/percussionist and producer/vocalist Vicki Bell, deliver their mix of Gospel, Blues, Traditional, poignant, and time-honored American music, up-close and personal. Blues Music Award nominee Alexis P. Suter is a powerhouse bass/baritone vocalist with the ability to go to “that other place” where singers go when they are lost in the music. It is no wonder the late B.B. King and the late Levon Helm are big fans. Suter and her band have played nearly 100 of Helm’s shows in Woodstock NY and opened for “The King” when he visited her hometown of NYC. The Ministers of Sound feature Ray Grappone (APSB, Buster Poindexter, Levon Helm) on drums and percussion, Vicki Bell (APSB, Open Door, Corey Daye) on vocals and percussion, and Special Guest Dave Keyes on...

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Big Joe Fitz & The Low-Fis

bigjoefitz.com   Fitz is a warm and engaging performer – a singer of uncommon sensitivity whose roots are deep in the Blues but whose music also combines elements of jazz, swing, funk, and soul. Big Joe has shared the stage with Blues notables, The Holmes Brothers, Marcia Ball, Mighty Sam McClain, Eddie Kirkland, Little Sammy Davis, Madeleine Peyroux, Tad Robinson, Bruce Katz and Janiva Magness. His long running radio program THE BLUES BREAK broadcast over legendary independent radio station WDST in Woodstock New York has become a Sunday night institution for those in the know. Big Joe Fitz & the Lo-Fi’s will feature Big Joe Fitz/Vocals/Harmonica/Guitar, Robert Bard/Bass, Mark Dziuba/Guitar and Chris...

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