The Second Round Of AmericanaFest Performers Adds More Incredible Artists

The second round of  lineup announcements was made a couple of days ago. More amazing artists are added, including some friends and personal favorites! I already wish this festival lasted for six weeks instead of six days so I could see everyone I want to see!

Some of those friends/favorites are: Aaron Lee Tasjan, Amy Helm, Amythyst Kiah, Ben Hunter & Joe Seamons, Greyhounds, Guy Davis, Kirby Brown, The Suffers, and Ruby Boots (to name a few).

This is an amazing festival/conference. Even if you only purchase a wristband, it is still a terrific experience. The full conference registration, in my opinion, is money well spent because you can attend panel discussions and receive invitations to special events.

The text of the press release follows.

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Celebrate the Summer Solstice At Make Music Boston Day!

Spend some time tomorrow going to free music events around Boston at Make Music Boston! This is a fabulous celebration of the City’s diverse music scene.

I was privileged to photograph the event the past two years and am sad to miss it this year (because I do not live in the area at this point). I made a number of friends from some of the performances I saw in addition to hearing their wonderful music.

One of my personal favorites was the Bucket Drumming – you can participate or stand back and enjoy. I highly recommend that event.

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Lowell Summer Music Series’ 29th Season Begins!

Yes, friends, the Lowell Summer Music Series starts its stellar 29th season tomorrow, Thursday, June 13th! This weekend promises three incredible shows – I’ve seen all the artists (except Sunday night’s opener) perform multiple times and attendees are in for a treat each night as well as the rest of the summer.

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Free Outdoor Jazz Festival In South Beach!

What a fabulous day of music this was – world-class artists and all free under partly sunny skies! This was the Second Annual South Beach Jazz Festival and the music was fantastic!

Even the rooster loved it – especially the Dixieland banjo!

(Note: Apologies to the wonderful artists – I put this aside and came back to it four months later so half is a real review and the rest is only photos.)

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Amy Helm Rocked Kai’s Music Garden!

Amy Helm is one of my very favorite musicians, so I was thrilled when she announced a show at Kai’s Music Garden which is only a half hour drive for me. I was probably the first person to buy a ticket!

Amy Helm

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First Show At An Amazing New Venue!

There is a venue near me, Kai’s Music Garden, that opened on March 9th; I was lucky enough to be at the first show which featured TR3 (Tim Reynolds, Dave Matthews’ guitarist).

Tim Reynolds

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Come To Florida Jam!

An exciting show is coming up in ten days at the Sunset Cove Amphitheater in Boca Raton, Florida (all my New England readers should come down for it) and it’s called the Florida Jam. I would love to see you all there!

Come join me at this show!

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Nearing The End Of The Newport Folk Festival Lineup Announcements?

The past month of lineup announcements by the Newport Folk Festival has been nothing short of fabulous! Of course this is what I have come to expect but that does not lessen the impact of the addition of some favorite artists as well as ones I have never seen but want to see! It seems like we are nearing the end of the lineup announcements, but I believe there are still a few more to come. Stay tuned!

Newport Folk Festival Logo

Newport Folk Festival Trademarked Logo

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So Much Talent On This Stage

I did not know what to expect from Victor Wooten and Sinbad‘s Fun ‘N Funk Xplosion Tour’s stop at the Amaturo Theatre at the Broward Center for the Arts, but at the least I knew I would experience an evening of great music. Victor is one of my favorite musicians to see live and I have seen him in many iterations, both with his own band and with Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. This show was something completely original.

Victor Wooten

First of all, who knew that Sinbad is an accomplished musician? I certainly did not… I am familiar with him as a comedian, but he played percussion, saxophone and trombone, as well as sang!


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The Oh Hellos Delivered A High-Intensity Show – As Always!

Ever since the first time I saw The Oh Hellos at Newport Folk Festival, I try to see them whenever they are in town (wherever my current town may be), so I was delighted when they announced a show at the Culture Room in Fort Lauderdale!

The Oh Hellos

I was even more delighted when a band to whom they introduced me several years ago in Boston, Family and Friends, was announced as the opener!

Family and Friends

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