Great Blues Coming Up At Alternate Root TV

A night of wonderful blues is coming up on Friday, August 22nd at the Extended Play Sessions at Alternate Root TV.

Sugar Ray & The Bluetones

Sugar Ray and The Bluetones

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Another Interesting Extended Play Session Announced

The dog days of Summer may be upon us but they’re not slowing down at Alternate Root TV Studio!

Rick Dill Poster

Rick Dill Poster

They are welcoming a new friend, New Jersey based singer, songwriter, and storyteller Rick Dill to film an Extended Play Session at Alternate Root TV on Saturday, August 16th at 7PM.

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Alternate Root TV Hosts Chris Smither

Chris Smither will be the guest artist at an Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV on Monday, August 11th at 7pm!

smither

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Fabulous American Roots Music Triple Play

You would think I had enough music last weekend at the Newport Folk Festival that I might need a bit of a break, but you would be mistaken! I’m not sure I could ever hear too much Americana music, so I headed over to T.T. The Bear’s Place for this fabulous triple bill.

Spirit Family Reunion

Spirit Family Reunion

Two of the three acts I saw this night – The Deslondes and Willy Gantrim – were at Newport this year (although I did not see them except when they sat in for other sets) while Spirit Family Reunion, the headliner, was at the Festival the previous two years.

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‘In Spite of the Devil’ Spuyten Duyvil Soared

Spuyten Duyvil is a section of Bronx County, New York; it is also the name of a New York-based American roots band that roared into an Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV recently.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

I was excited to see this band because their music seemed to be right up my favorite alley. I felt the energy that emanates from one of their publicity photos, and their live show supported that feeling.

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Initial Musings On Newport Folk Festival 2014

This year’s Newport Folk Festival has been ‘in the can’ for about 18 hours. I have not yet looked at my photos in depth, but wanted to get something out for those who were there as well as those who weren’t.

Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival

This year had some stellar moments as always, as I have come to expect.

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Fascinating Pandeiro Jazz Show

I did not know what a pandeiro was when I booked this show, but the idea of hearing a Brazilian percussion instrument alongside guitar and piano playing music that combines Brazilian music and jazz fascinated me.

Scott Feiner on the pandeiro

Scott Feiner on the pandeiro

Scott Feiner & Pandeiro Jazz performed at Regattabar last weekend to an enthusiastic audience.

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A Night of Great Heavy Blues

I had not attended an Extended Play Session at Alternate Root TV in what felt like a very long time (in reality it was only a month), and was excited to be seeing Trampled Under Foot on Monday night.

Trampled Under Foot

Trampled Under Foot

Another band with which I was familiar in name only, Kansas City-based TUF (as they are known) has won blues awards going back about twelve years so I am not sure how my radar missed them. Unfortunately, the band announced recently that they are not going to perform together after the end of this year but will each pursue separate careers. Darn!

TUF

TUF

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A Rollicking Great Time With Barenaked Ladies

I expected to enjoy this show by the Barenaked Ladies at the Lowell Summer Music Series on another Saturday night with great weather, but I was not prepared to be blown away!

Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies

I knew their biggest hits so I knew they were funny, but I honestly did not realize how good their musicianship is.

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Alternative Roots Music at Extended Play Session on Thursday, July 24

There is another Extended Play session at Alternate Root TV on Thursday, July 24th. Spuyten Duyvil, an alternative roots band from New York, will be gracing the stage in Norwood.

Spuyten Duyvil

Spuyten Duyvil

The band has this to say:  “Hailing from the Hudson Valley, Spuyten Duyvil’s (pronounced “SPITE-en DIE-vil”) soaring vocals, traditional jug-band energy, slide guitar and Chicago-style blues harp propel the listener on a barn-burning romp through the last 100 years of American Roots music. “They are the hottest new band in folk music … and one of the best”, says legendary WXPN Folk DJ, Gene Shay. According to WFMT-Chicago’s Rich Warren, listening to this joyous band for the first time is like “throwing a cherry bomb into a lake”. It wakes you up.”

The Alternate Root is pleased to host a special night of filming featuring Spuyten Duyvil on Thursday, July 24, 2014. Doors are at 6PM and you can be included (for a $25 donation) by contacting us via e-mail through studioconcertseries@gmail.com.

Located just 25 minutes from downtown Boston and free parking! How can you go wrong with that???

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