George Porter, Jr. is best known as the bassist of The Meters, along with Art Neville, Leo Nocentelli and Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste. The group was formed in the mid ’60s and came to be recognized as one of the progenitors of funk then called R&B. The Meters disbanded in 1977, but reformed in 1989. Today the original group still plays the occasional reunions but the Funky Meters, of which Porter and Neville are still members, most prominently keeps the spirit alive.
Porter’s rhythmic work in the Meters in lockstep with drummer Zigaboo Modeliste was epic. Those pockets, the long notes and fat holes, provided the cushion for Leo Nocentelli or Art Neville to play or sing over and created some of R&B history’s most memorable grooves.
“We work all week, in a smokestack town. ‘Til the freakin’ weekend comes rolling around!” Brandon Ray belts out intermixed with infectious handclaps on the chorus of this new track “American Way,” a song that encapsulates the best elements of country and good ole rock n’ roll.
The West-Texas native knows a thing or two about the American Way. At a young age his parents instilled the notion to follow his passion while emphasizing the importance of hard work. “In the early days I used to barricade myself in my room for hours and emerge with a horrible excuse for a song and annoy my parents with it. They did nothing but encourage me to keep going. In a way, they were my first publishers,” Ray laughs.
His new batch of songs are smothered in the American richness that Brandon has soaked up crisscrossing the heartland. One part country, one part rock n’ roll, but all heart, the new songs sew together his wide variety of influences, like a patchwork quilt. On the track “That Could Be Us,” the romantic idealist approaches love with the same hopefulness he applies to his career. Ray paints a vivid picture of potential love when he sings, “That song on the radio, in your head like a movie. You can see it when you close your eyes, that moment when a boy meets girl. Their world ain’t never gonna be the same.”
It’s been a long road from Big Spring to selling t-shirts & CDs for gas to opening for Taylor Swift. But it won’t be long before that road is sound tracked by Brandon Ray’s explosive choruses blaring on country radio as he rolls on.
Cultivated Mind is a reggae and jazz act from the Hampton Roads area of Virginia based on the original compositions of East Coast native Anthony Brand. CM’s goal is to produce art that is conscious and honest, while simultaneously working to create a community of like-minded musicians. We hope you enjoy the music, and send love and respect to our listeners and supporters. Bless!
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$5 GA Tix | $10 Venue VIP
Genre(s): Roots / Jam / Blues / Americana
Location: Holly Springs, MS
Latest Review from MOJO – 4 STARS
The big bad Burnside blues sound is back – and how! Robert Lee (RL) Burnside really was the most badass of bluesmen. From Mississippi, he lost father, brothers and uncles to murder, and was himself sentenced to the notorious Parchman Farm for killing a man in a craps game. Blues runs in the Burnside clan, and after feeling his way round different blues styles on previous albums, RL’s singing, drumming, guitaring grandson Cedric has honed it right down to a hard-hitting rawness verging on the brutality of gramps’ 1996 masterpiece “A Ass Pocket Of Whiskey”. The tender acoustic “There Is So Much” and the no less lovely electric “Call On Me” quietly stand out in a riff-heavy onslaught worthy of The White Stripes or early Led Zeppelin, all 12 tracks recorded in the Brooklyn home studio of his drummer/slide guitarist collaborator Brian Jay. You won’t hear tougher, nastier, more overdriven grooves this year. — Mat Snow
“You sound just like me, honestly”
— Ozzy Osbourne
The Nation’s biggest Ozzy Osbourne tribute band with the shortest frontman (4’8” tall)! He looks and sounds just like OZZY!
Little Ozzy appeared on A&E and The History Channel with Ozzy Osbourne himself and his son, Jack! Little Ozzy was a part of “Ozzy and Jack’s World Detour” and was told by Ozzy himself, “You really do sound like me honestly.” and “You are very good!”. The show included recommendations by Sharon Osbourne, as he performed for her on an episode of NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”.
Little Ozzy performs accurate Ozzy/Black Sabbath live shows.
Little Ozzy sang the song that Ozzy wrote for his wife, Mama I’m Coming Home, to Sharon Osbourne in front of 14 million people on NBC’s “America’s Got Talent”. The producers were searching specifically for a pint-sized, Ozzy impersonator. Little Ozzy knew from the beginning that he wasn’t there to compete. He was there to put a smile on Sharon’s face, and he did!
90’s Party! Everything 80’s, 90’s and early 2000’s coming to you with DJ Kool and DJ Bee!
John W. Bowman Jr., better known by his stage name DJ Kool, is an American DJ and rapper who produced several popular rap singles in the late 1980s. Raised in Washington, D.C., his influence from years of working the go-go and rap circuits became apparent in his music.
Join us at Boathouse Live for a 90’s party!
Anthony Rosano and the Conqueroos blend old school blues with a modern rock sound. Formed in 2012, the band has been recording and performing all over the southeast and beyond. Formed by guitarist and vocalist Anthony Rosano, the band features Paul Warren on bass, Scott Smith on drums, and Jeremy “J.B.” Bustillos on harmonica and sax. The band has received numerous accolades including “Best Blues” for 3 years (2015/2016/2017), along with “Best Live Performer” (2017) and an “Album of the Year” nomination for “Get ROO’D” (2016) in the VEER Music Awards. The two time “International Blues Challenge” Semi Finalists released a LIVE record “ROO’D Awakening” in the spring of 2016 which along with their previous effort “Get ROO’d”, received international radio airplay as well as spins on Sirius XMBluesville.
In October of 2016 Anthony and The Conqueroos made the trip to New Orleans and NOLA Studios. With producer Mike Zito , Grammy winning engineer David Farrell, and the help of Anders Osbourne and Johnny Sansone, they recorded their newest album which was released in April 2017. The record has quickly gained international radio airplay and debuted at #1 on the ITunes chart and #9 on the Billboard Blues chart. Reviewers of the album have drawn comparisons to Bruce Springsteen and Led Zeppelin as well as being anchored in the traditional blues genre. The band has played Numerous Festival dates and opened for artists as diverse as G.Love, Mike Zito, Tab Benoit, TRAIN, Eric Lindell, and The Gin Blossoms.
If your taste in contemporary blues is filled with funky rhythms and explosive guitar work anchored by old school harp and lively vocals, this is your new favorite band.
Over the course of 25 years and ten albums, the Subdudes have quietly become one of America’s national music treasures.
The New Orleans-formed group is a living encapsulation of American music, a vibrant cauldron of sounds that stirs together meaty grooves and jazzy dynamics, soulful R&B swagger, easy vocal harmonies, cheeky rock ‘n’ roll attitude and folky social consciousness — not to mention some of the sharpest musicianship and ensemble playing you’ll ever hear from any five musicians.
Led by singer/guitarist Tommy Malone and accordionist, John Magnie, The Subdudes draw most of their inspiration from the sounds of their native New Orleans, blending blues, gospel, funk, and R&B with their own harmony vocals; their sound is also notable for the band’s substitution of a tambourine player, Steve Amedée, for a drummer. Tim Cook rounds out the band on bass.
Roots Rock Reggae
Akae Beka is the current manifestation of an evolving consciousness. Following a quarter of a century as the lead singer and co-founder of the legendary St Croix based band MIDNITE, the artist know as Akae Beka is a candidate for the most prolific reggae artist in the universe. Vaughn Benjamin has recorded over 60 albums to date. The St. Croix native releases multiple albums virtually every year, and they’re never half-hearted affairs. Rather, 70-minute conversations dense with revelations and cerebral lyricism are the norm for this messenger of truth. The extended and consistent amount of information Vaughn has released over the years through his music has truly been a beacon of inspiration for many. Akae Beka has a dedicated following around the world for years and it only continues to grow.
Consisting mostly of former MIDNITE band members, the bands sound builds on a strong spiritual foundation of chanting and trance-inducing performances. They have made their music heard across five continents and countless festivals such as Bonnaroo, Outside Lands, Reggae on the River, Sierra Nevada World Music Festival, Summer Jam, Rototom Sunsplash and Reggae Jam.
doors 8pm show 9pm
Wonderland is a 4-piece high-energy band with no boundaries. From rock to dance to alternative, classics to roots to country….music to move your soul and your feet. Comprised of veterans from some of the biggest local bands, Wonderland delivers plenty of familiar tunes. As seasoned multi-instrumentalists, the group also branches out on occasion to blend different songs with different genres to great effect.
Doors 8pm | Show 9pm
Alternative Country, Americana, Roots
You might expect a band that calls itself Yarn to, naturally, tend to spin a yarn or two. “that’s what we do, we tell stories, live and in the studio, truth and fiction” singer/songwriter Blake Christiana insists. “We don’t always opt for consistency. There’s a different vibe onstage from what comes through in our recordings. There’s a difference in every show as well, you never know what you’re going to get.”
It’s with that in mind that Yarn has announced a series of singles that will be digitally released on the 13th of every month beginning in January and continuing throughout the year. Each “single” will include an “A side”, a “B side” and an exclusive alternate version of one of the songs. Naturally, there’s no better name for the project than “Lucky 13.” “These are essentially road stories,” Christiana says. “There’s an overriding theme that links these songs in a very broad sort of way, but again, the stories are not to be taken literally. The intention was to share the feeling of what it’s like to spend time traveling from city to city, with all the unlikely experiences that can be encountered along the way.
“People always ask us to tell them road stories,” singer-guitarist Rod Hohl adds. “While this batch of songs aren’t exactly literal road stories, most deal with some degree of adventure and adversity as inspired by our tours and treks around the country. Yet like any good story, there’s an imaginative element to it as well. That’s why we’ve decided to release alternate versions of some of the tracks, to provide a glance at the oddities that exist just beyond sight…”
The titles of these tracks summarize the stories at a glance. Hohl describes “Sioux City,” “Road Less Traveled” and “Hurricane” as adventure stories as seen from the perspective of the road. “Too Young” re-imagines that road as an analogy, the highway of life. “Weary,” as the title implies, describes the toll taken by that seemingly endless journey. However, there’s also hope on the horizon; “Heaven in You” suggests that there is an oasis out there somewhere. “Promised Land” and “American Dream” offer a reason why one might choose to embark upon that sojourn in the first place.
Yarn has never been content to simply ride a wave and see where it takes them. Their last album, This Is the Year, was celebratory in tone and boldly optimistic. A seamless blend of vibrant, inspired, back porch melodies and narrative, descriptive lyrics, it detailed the challenges one faces when life is jolted off its bearings and, in re-evaluating relationships, tough choices must be made that sometimes skirting the rules. It was recorded in the aftermath of real-life challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of their forward trajectory.
“We were dealing with real-life issues,” Christiana said at the time. “Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things — and people — behind us. That’s what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.”
Yarn’s ability to persevere ought to come as no great surprise, especially for a band that spent two years honing their chops during a Monday night residency at the famed Kenny’s Castaway in New York’s Greenwich Village. In effect, it allowed them to rehearse onstage, mostly in front of audiences that often ranged in size from five to a hundred people on any given night. Five studio albums followed — Yarn (2007), Empty Pockets (2008), Come On In (2010), Almost Home (2012) and Shine the Light On (2013).
The band then took to the road, playing upwards of 170 shows a year and sharing stages with such superstars as Dwight Yoakam, Charlie Daniels, Marty Stuart, Allison Krauss, Leon Russell, Jim Lauderdale and The Lumineers. They performed at any number of prestigious venues — Mountain Stage, Daytrotter, the Orange Peel in Asheville, the Fox Theater in Boulder, the 9:30 Club in D.C, South by Southwest, the Strawberry Festival, Rhythm and Roots, Meadowgrass, Floydfest and more, eventually surpassing 1,000 shows, half a million miles and performances in nearly every state. They’ve driven nonstop, made countless radio station appearances, driven broken-down RVs and watched as their van caught fire. They’ve paid their dues and then some, looking forward even as they were forced to glance behind.
Indeed, the accolades piled up quickly along the way. They have landed on the Grammy ballot 4 times, garnered nods from the Americana Music Association, placed top five on both Radio and Records and the AMA album charts garnered airplay on Sirius FM, iTunes, Pandora, CNN, and CMT, and also accorded the “Download of the Day” from Rolling Stone. Shine the Light On found shared songwriting credits with John Oates (the Oates of Hall & Oates fame), and when audiences expressed their admiration, it brought the band a populist following of diehard devotees, popularly known as “the Yarmy.”
As odd as that might seem, it’s proof positive that the Brooklyn and Raleigh based band — which is currently comprised of Blake Christiana, Rod Hohl, bassist Rick Bugel, and drummer Robert Bonhomme — have made their mark, and in dealing with their emotions, scars, and circumstances, they find themselves in a position to share those experiences with others who have juggled similar sentiments.
Then again, one needn’t take them at their word. When one unravels Yarn, it’s best to add one’s own interpretations.
Horton’s Holiday Hayride starring Reverend Horton Heat and Junior Brown plus special guests The Blasters and Big Sandy!
The Reverend Horton Heat is the name of a Dallas, Texas-based psychobilly trio. The group is led by James C. Heath, AKA Reverend Horton Heat (2). Heath is a singer, songwriter and guitarist. The group originally formed in 1985, playing its first gigs in Dallas’s Deep Ellum neighborhood. Its current members are Jim “Reverend Horton” Heath on guitar and lead vocals, Jimbo Wallace on the upright bass, and Scott Churilla on drums.
Last Fair Deal is a 7-piece band from Virginia Beach, VA recreating the music of The Grateful Dead with dedication to the original songs and sounds the band created at different stages of their span. In a similar manner as Dark Star Orchestra, LFD brings a two-drummer lineup with a specific member filling each role of Bobby, Jerry, Donna, Phil, Billy and Mickey plus the keyboardists. Pigpen vocals are handled by the talented Ms. Sherri Linn. Most shows are performed in a very similar style to a Dead show with a two-set format often including a drums/space jam as well. We generate set lists from almost 200 Dead tunes so each show is unique and each jam is fresh and original.
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Good Shot Judy
THE SWING AND THE SWAGGER…
Good Shot Judy specializes in delivering top-notch Classic Vocal Jazz and recreating the classic nightclub entertainment feel of Las Vegas in its prime. Think Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Count Basie, glitz and glamour. Real entertainment from an era that was not only filled with great singers, performers, and great songs, but whose legacy has become synonymous with what great entertainment really is.
It doesn’t end there though. Possessing a large repertoire of classic swingin’ big band hits, Good Shot Judy is also equally adept at delivering classic ballads, and cocktail music. Performing in configurations as small as a quintet, and as large as the twelve-piece big band gives the group the versatility to meet the needs of virtually any client. From intimate cocktail parties, brunches, and weddings, to festivals, corporate events, and large theater shows, Good Shot Judy can customize the group size and repertoire to perfectly compliment the atmosphere and budget of almost any event.
In addition, every member who performs in any Good Shot Judy configuration is a seasoned professional. From cruise ships, to sports stadiums, we’ve logged thousands of performances between us, at every type of venue you can think of, so you can rest assured that your guests will enjoy being entertained by professional performers.
From the swingin’ sounds of Sinatra, Basie, and contemporaries like Michael Buble, and Harry Connick Jr., to the beautiful ballads of Ella Fitzgerald, Billie Holiday, and back to the high energy Latin Dance big band sound, Good Shot Judy has got you covered! Now…
LET’S SWING IT, BABY…
Puddle Of Mudd is an American post- grunge band from Kansas City, Missouri. The band has sold over 7 million albums and has a string of No.1 mainstream rock singles in the US. Their major label debut ‘Come Clean’ has sold over five million copies.
Ask Puddle of Mudd frontman Wes Scantlin about the writing and recording of the album Volume 4: Songs in the Key of Love & Hate, and he responds with the same spirit of carefree wanderlust that defines his band: “It’s all easy peezy, dude, no big deal at all…”
Hailing form Cincinnati, Ohio is the American rock artist, producer, songwriter, musician, and multi-instrumentalist known as “Mick Blankenship”. Mick recently teamed up with producer John Moyer (Bassist of multi-platinum rock band Disturbed) to record his first full length solo album titled: “Crown of Apathy”.
Using low and heavy guitar riffs, huge vocals, and hard hitting drums, Blankenship ties it all together with lyrics that are completely relevant to his past struggle and todays culture. The album is packed with raw emotion and relatable to all walks of life. The live performances are undeniable and has an energy like no other.
Seven Ten Oil
Hailing from Virginia Beach, VA, Seven Ten Oil is a 4 piece, power packed combination of heavily rock influenced musicians all determined to make a significant mark in the rock n roll industry. Priding ourselves on an incomparable live performance that takes you along on our journey with us, we vow to always give our absolute best and leave it all on the stage. We play with pure heart and soul with a passion unmatched in our opinion which has been the fuel that feeds this ever growing machine allowing us to outlast all others and stand out above the rest.
While singing his own hilariously politically incorrect songs, Unknown Hinson plays guitar in a style incendiary enough to have Satan himself reaching for the antiperspirant. But don’t dismiss him as a novelty act. He’s one hell of a talent and has the music to prove it!
Looking somewhat like Dracula’s nasty little brother who spent some hard years drinking and working as a carnival barker for a second-rate freak show, Unknown Hinson translates that vibe to his style of country and western-tinged psychobilly. The band is now touring nationwide, wowing audiences with outrageous and campy, white-trash persona and freewheeling, sleazy tone.
Hinson’s most recent CD release, “Live and Undead”, melds weepy twang, searing guitar riffs and lyrics that speak of love-gone-bad. Recorded at a sold-out show, an enthusiastic honky tonk crowd sings along with the King on every song. Raucous, theatrical and over-the-top, Unknown Hinson isn’t just for the trailer park set anymore!
Emerging from the rough streets of Memphis, Adolph Thornton Jr., better known by his stage name , Young Dolph , came on the scene with grim club bangers and cold punch lines, turning himself into a local hero via a series of mixtapes before breaking nationwide around 2014. Dolph debuted in 2008 with his Paper Route Campaign mixtape, then releases like The Weed Album and South Memphis Kingpin brought him to 2012 when he dropped the first in a successful series of mixtapes dubbed High Class Street Music. His from-the-bottom grind and mixtap’ing his way out of the mud lead Dolph to bec o me one of the only independent musicians to have multiple Top 20 records from 2014-2016. Young Dolph’s thick Tennessee drawl distinguishes him from most rappers and has gained him collaborations with rap superstars such as 2 Chainz, Juicy J, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross, to name a few. In February 2016, Dolph released his debut studio album, King Of Memphis, which debuted at number 8 on Billboard ‘ s Top R&B / Hip-Hop Album Charts and number 49 on the Billboard 200 chart. The 11-track project has no features, and boasts production from the likes of Mike WiLL Made It, Zaytoven, Drumma Boy, TM88, Cassius Jay, Nard and B and more.
On sale 11/16 at 10am EST
Doors 7pm | Show 8pm
On their new album Shapeshifter II: Outbreak, New York-bred band TAUK offer an unsettling but ultimately exhilarating look at artificial intelligence and its potential to upend our world. With its dynamic sense of tension and cinematic mastery of mood, TAUK’s all-instrumental blend of progressive rock, hip-hop, and jazz proves to be the perfect backdrop for such explorations, giving way to an album that’s both powerfully hypnotic and intensely thought-provoking.
From East Texas, to Carolina, to coastal Virginia Seth Stainback has carved out a niche for himself as a not so typical southern songwriter. With a strong blend of blues, country, folk, old gospel and rock n roll, Stainback has laid the foundation needed to pursue his sound with his group Roosterfoot. In their short time together they have already shared the stage with the likes of Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Hank Williams Jr., ZZ Top, B.B. King, Anders Osborne, Robert Earl Keen, Big Head Todd & the Monsters, Rusted Root, Delta Rae, & Kip Moore to name a few. In 2014 Roosterfoot released “Fire and Steel” produced by Anders Osborne to rave reviews and won numerous awards for the effort. Armed with a tough work ethic, these boys are on a big road with a long haul.
2015 Veer Award for “Best Rock Act”
2015 Veer Award for “Album of the Year”
2014 Veer Award for “Best Rock Act”
2014 Veer Award for “Song of the Year”
2014 Veer Award for “Best Live Performer”