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Thursday night in Charlotte, NC at the Double Door Inn

The audience at a Larry Keel performance is not simply being entertained, instead, they are having their hearts and brains happily steamed in a boiling cauldron of blazing instrumentation and BRAND NEW original sounds. Driven jamming is linked in flawless cohesion to brilliant and multiple variations. This band is anything but ordinary! A band of kindred spirits who share a common musical vision.

MORE INFO: http://www.charlottecultureguide.com/event.php?id=7806

Friday night 3/19 at the New Earth Music Hall in Athens!

A two-time national flatpick champion, Keel is known for his guitar style and a low, soulful voice. Also performing: Crawford-band Efren, which released its debut, “Thunder and Moan,” late last year. The evening will be the public’s first chance to taste Iron Tankard Old Stock Ale, the first of four beers in Terrapin’s “Georgia Theatre Sessions,” a limited series of ales brewed to raise funds for the reconstruction of the Theatre.

Terrapin Beer Co. will release the first of its “Georgia Theatre Sessions” brews at a benefit concert for the theater March 19.

At 7 p.m., Terrapin’s Iron Tankard will be tapped at New Earth Music Hall. The old stock ale is named after the iron swimming pool that was housed in the Georgia Theatre when it first opened as a YMCA. BorderHop Trio and Larry Keel and Natural Bridge will play at at 9.

Iron Tankard is the first of four beers in the “Georgia Theatre Sessions” series. Each beer takes on a name from a different era in the building’s life.

READ MORE: http://www.onlineathens.com/stories/031810/mar_592140577.shtml http://onlineathens.com/stories/031110/mar_582889242.shtml

Saturday3/20  at the Pour House in Charleston, SC

Springing Ahead

The Pour House presents a two-day season-change session

by Brian Sewell

On Saturday, Larry Keel will play two sets on the main stage. A bluegrass guitar virtuoso with a fierce flatpicking style, Keel is guaranteed to entertain. With Natural Bridge, his amply capable band of pickers, Keel’s music bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and contemporary Appalachia.

The Atlanta-based duo of Jeff and Johnny Mosier work Americana stylings and folk music traditions into tasteful tunes. They’ll welcome acclaimed fiddler and mandolinist David Blackmon as well. All three are members of the ensemble Blueground Undergrass.  ~Charleston City Paper

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.charlestoncitypaper.com/charleston/springing-ahead/Content?oid=1844877

If you are in the south and wanting to hear some kickass flatpickin, a strong and steady bass, with some fiery mandolin and banjo; get your bum in gear and head out to one of these shows!

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Raising awareness for the cause — and the arts, and the music
PhilanthroPEAK wraps filming with a six-hour multimedia extravaganza
by Dane Smith in Vol. 16 / Iss. 34 on 03/17/2010
Mountain Xpress
Last year, Chris Gaspar had an inspired idea: to spotlight the diverse and thriving philanthropic movement in Asheville through the eyes of local artists, musicians, business people and activists. The result: PhilanthroPEAK, a documentary highlighting the efforts of local outreach programs and the people who drive them. The hope, Gaspar says, is not only to raise awareness for the various causes, but also to introduce Asheville to a national audience.

Now, with the shooting phase (which has been underway for about a year) drawing to a close, Concepts4Charity is hosting a six-hour fundraiser — PhilanthroPEAK Live — at the Diana Wortham Theatre, featuring live music (Aaron Price with Kellin Watson, Woody Wood, Jar-e, Underhill Rose, The Secret B-Sides and Jenny Greer of Jen and the Juice), comedians Scotch Tomedy, visual artists, theatrical performances, interactive displays from the Bob Moog Foundation and a ceramics demonstration by local author and artist Shay Amber. Local nonprofits will also be on hand with information about their organizations. Basically, says Gaspar, this is the “capstone event,” complete with film crews on hand to capture the entire evening.

Now, with the shooting phase (which has been underway for about a year) drawing to a close, Concepts4Charity is hosting a six-hour fundraiser — PhilanthroPEAK Live — at the Diana Wortham Theatre, featuring live music (Aaron Price with Kellin Watson, Woody Wood, Jar-e, Underhill Rose, The Secret B-Sides and Jenny Greer of Jen and the Juice), comedians Scotch Tomedy, visual artists, theatrical performances, interactive displays from the Bob Moog Foundation and a ceramics demonstration by local author and artist Shay Amber. Local nonprofits will also be on hand with information about their organizations. Basically, says Gaspar, this is the “capstone event,” complete with film crews on hand to capture the entire evening.

The film itself features many of those artists, performing and speaking about causes they support. PhilanthroPEAK Live headliner Kellin Watson says she’s grateful for the opportunity to raise awareness for such a wide range of causes, two of which are especially close to her heart.

“I’ve always been a big supporter of breast cancer awareness,” Watson says. “I’ve lost a friend, and then both my grandmothers had breast cancer, so that was something that was always important to me. And also, the music in public schools programs are something that I’m always behind, because there was such a cut in funding in the last eight years. And that’s what Concepts4Charity seems to be about, putting it back into schools.”

Read the full article here: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2010/031710raising_awareness_for_the_cause

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Art Spark

Posted by daver in City Living on March 12, 2010 | no responses

My mention of the Haymaker Farmer’s Market interest in an art mural on the columns beneath the Haymaker Bridge earlier in the week sparked a fair amount of interest from folks.  People seemed to feel that the Market was on to something good and they were letting me know that we (aka the City) needs to do more to promote public art projects like this since art runs deep in Kent’s DNA — both formally with the art education programs and professional galleries like the KSU Gallery and the McKay Bricker Gallery, and at the other end of the spectrum with a glom of  indie artists randomly found around town doing their own thing in unexpected places (like streetcorners or at the Professor’s Pub).

I tend to agree that the City needs to do whatever it can to advance the arts — both the formal and informal forms of creative expression.  I don’t make that statement to be politically correct or for some philanthropic agenda, rather if we’re serious about selling the Kent experience as an eclectic mix of characters, places and sensory stimuli then art has to be part of the community conversation and stake it’s claim at the alter of eccentric Kent.  The adjectives and descriptors of art — quirky, surprising, confusing, thought provoking, and even shocking — also happen to pop up when talking about many aspects of Kent so in that regard art resonates and even amplifies the Kent ethos (or milieu for the high brow artists among us.)

Our efforts to market the Kent lifestyle is not unique to us — it’s the core of a lot of city development efforts.  Those bold Texans in Austin have taken it so far as to proudly adopt the tag line “Keep Austin Wierd” in a national campaign to be the world headquarters of everything odd.  You can’t help but admire the lengths they’ve gone to realize their aspiration — the video of the 6′4″ cowboy walking down the street in his raw hide boots and matching thong did me in but clearly they have no fear in embracing their unique sense of style.

Another ambitious city that has embraced the off-beat is Asheville North Carolina.  They’ve carved themselves a unique place in the mountains of North Carolina that is equal parts hippie and hill-billy – and it works really well.  Great art, great street scene, great restaurants and a surprising mix of people of all kinds of dispositions.

It turns out that Asheville is one of the sources of inspiration for the Kent art mural project that has been adopted by the Haymaker Farmer’s Market.  They’ve got their own infrastructure art thing going on.

Here’s a few good links to learn more about the Asheville project

Asheville Story Archives

Kent still has a long way to go to catch Asheville but it’s nice to know that we’re in good company.

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Music Video Asheville last night, Wednesday March 10th, was a great success! All of the FoAMcore want to thank each and every musician, filmmaker, costume designer, and everyone else that may have been involved in creating any of the videos that were submitted to MVA this year!

To check out videos from most participants, please visit Dreamspider’s YouTube Channel and see the MVA 2010 playlist. (*not all videos could be found on YouTube, therefore some that were played at MVA are not on the playlist. If you know of a video from MVA that is now on YouTube to add to the playlist, please add a comment below with the link to the video)

The official list of award recipients is posted below.

Audience Choice award

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Best Music Video

Secret Agent 23 Skiddoo~ “Family Tree”

Director ~ Daniel Judson, Digital Media Foundry

 

 

Audience Choice Runner Up

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Best Animated Video

Ice Horse ~ “Planet Icehorse ep. 1”

Director ~ Jamie Vitt

Ice Horse YouTube Channel

 

 

Best Live Performance Video:

stephanie’s id ~ “Drinking at a Party”

Director ~ Pat Haney, Caley Lyles

 

Best Experimental Video:

Pleasure Device ~ “Pleasure Device”

Director ~ GalaxC Girl, Wonderous Temple

 

 

 

 

Best Music Documentary:

Toubab Krewe, “Bob Moog Foundation”

Director ~ Villasonica, Studio South, Elijapa Media, Echo Mountain

Moog Foundation: moogfoundation.org

Toubab Krewe: toubabkrewe.com

Villasonica and Studio South: villasonica.com


Check out this other documentary by the same filmmakers for Pop Asheville:

 


 

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To check out who the award winners were and for a link to a YouTube playlist of avaiable interviews, click here.

Music Video Asheville is Wednesday March 10th at the Cinebarre! The show starts at 6pm. Plan to arrive early to get your seats and be there when the videos begins! There are  35 videos to check out with with a brief intermission to network. Cinebarre will also be selling food, sodas, beer and of course popcorn!  If you have not purchased a ticket yet, Cinebarre will be the only outlet that will have any the day of the event. Seating is limited.  Find out what musicians and filmmakers submitted here.

Here is a letter we just received from filmmaker Margaret Lauzon with Villasonica about Music Video Asheville and the Moog Documentary that they submitted…

Music Video Asheville, now in its third year, is a local music video screening held annually at Cinebarre behind the Biltmore Square Mall in Asheville, NC. The event showcases area musicians by screening a wide variety of music video submissions. MVA 2010 takes place at Cinebarre on Wednesday, March 10 at 6 PM.

Villasonica, along with other regional creative professionals including Jenny Greer (of Jen & the Juice and Sound Mind Media), Echo Mountain, The Asheville Area Arts Council, Cinebarre and POPA, among others, created this event several years ago in response to area artists’ interest in music as it relates to film. This collective operates under the name FoAM, Future of Asheville Music.

This FoAM event is special because it calls together many styles of music and many tiers of video experience all aimed at bringing the music and film community together for one night.

Villasonica and Studio South Co-produced a short movie with The Bob Moog Foundation and Flying Pig Studios. It features musicians, Toubab Krewe, and will be screened among the local music videos, as will pieces from POP Asheville 2009 Produced by Ellen Pfirrmann of Studio South and Eljapa Media with Stephanie Morgan, representing the Creative Commerce Commission.

We may also be seeing a submission from Hatch 2009 produced by Dave Bragg of Flying Pig Studios, The Daytrotter Blog and Villasonica featuring the Echo Mountain API Studio. HD camera work and production by Shane Peters, Jessica Tomasin and Ryan Grant.

Music Video Asheville is a great opportunity to network with other filmmakers and have fun, and there aren’t many grassroots opportunities to do that while people are traveling for festivals, tours and commercial work.

This is how we kick off Spring! If you are available this week, please come to Cinebarre and celebrate, that is if a damn blizzard doesn’t enter Stage Left 🙂

This event sells out so arrive early or purchase tickets in advance to reserve your spot.

Thanks!
Villasonica

http://www.villasonica.com/

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by Tad Dickens

Roanoke Times

www.roanoke.com

For Asheville, N.C.,-based singer/songwriter Galen Kipar, crafting original music can be complicated.

“The process of writing a song can be like making breakfast for 15,” Kipar wrote in a recent e-mail. “It’s like Tetris, it’s like tug of war between left brain and right brain, it’s like building a house on your own. You poke, jab, shift, rotate, retrograde, sequence, invert, slur, augment, smooth over, compromise, come to terms with … until you can’t anymore. Then, you take a break and do it again.”

When Kipar and his musical cohorts get together to play live, though, it doesn’t sound so problematic. That’s not to say Kipar’s music is easy-listening. It’s nuanced, with attention to detail, but not too complicated.

In Asheville, fans call his act a “small-scale symphony.” It’s probably more like chamber folk/pop, sometimes reminiscent of Adrian Belew’s quieter moods. He’s joined by guitarist Jon Morrow, who eloquently covers both bass and guitar parts with an eight-stringed instrument. Drummer Jeremy Young grooves tastefully.

Bonus: When Kipar hits these parts next week, Roanoke Valley multi-instrumentalist Camellia Delk grabs her violin and joins the band. She also records with the band.

Listen for cuts from a new CD, scheduled for release in June. The album, recorded at Asheville’s Echo Mountain Studios, features lyrics that focus on the outdoors — fitting for Kipar, a fly fisherman and “trout ninja.”

He feels winter’s approach while hoping for a “warm front,” in the classically tinged “October Snow.” Over a bluegrass shuffle and steel guitar, he heads for some “Fishing Time” in the bouncy “Rushing Over My Bones.” Delk’s sometimes haunting violin flavors “The Shore Rushed By.”

— Tad Dickens

READ THE FULL POST HERE: http://www.roanoke.com/entertainment/insideout/music/wb/238898

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it’s been an amazing couple of weeks for the Keel Krew-   we’ve become quite skilled at navigating the NOAA weather site… it’s the only chance we have of making it to our scheduled shows these days!  5 cancellations due to weather , in the past 3 months..  including, regretfully, the recent show at Mt. State Brewery in Thomas WV..  that elevation and those roads in and out of there are just a bit beyond our travel abilities, when it has snowed there steady for 4 days in row before the show..
but!  after that, we raged into Morgantown WV and got all wild and wonderful with the happy Mountaineers that night..  the good folks from Half Time String Band always warm things up with excellent pickin and singing, and LKNB got spiritual, spacey and psychedelic with one of the most improvisational shows we’ve ever played..  unforgettable night-

then, weather once again propelled us into a flurry of flight to get us on the road ahead of schedule last weekend, in order to make it to Colombus OH for a big night of mayhem and magic at Vic’s Midnight Cafe, sponsored by the Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk..  5 bands in one night!  it was a 2-ring circus of splendid production–  back and forth between 2 stages, with fantastic sounds and mergings of minds with LKNB, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Cowboy Hillbilly Hippy Folk, Tin Hearts and One Under…!  Supreme fun and seamless flow of music for , like, 8 hours! Paul Painter is the man!

from there, we zipped through the steady snow and slush over to Pittsburgh, PA where things got scary and hairy weather wise—   thank goodness for 4 Low on the transmission..  it helps, when nothing’s been plowed!  but we made it to the wonderful Rex Theater in a super cool section of Pittsburgh..  there, we met up with our great bluegrass buddies, Greensky Bluegrass band, and the evening was launched with 2 huge sets from both bands-  great sounds abounded-   we all collaborated on a mini super set of bluegrass and reggae favorites-  we love the way those guys do “Stop that Train” by Peter Tosh..

onward through the winter fog and sleet down to Cincinnati on Saturday, where we met up with good buddies Rumpke Mountain Boys again, for a fuller night of music from those excellent folks-   they rocked a superb set of music-  talk about the ultimate fun zone!  the Play by Play is a great place to hear music-  the crew there treats everyone right..  we couldn’t help but rocket into some super satisfying pickin –  we’re on a Miles Davis kick right now, so everything has an extra improv-spontaneous-combustion, plus mountain magic feel at the moment..  AND THEN!!!!  as an added, incredible surprise, the great Jeremy Saunders (first horn in the Marine Corps Band, and member of Acoustic Syndicate!!) joined us for our set!  he sends things into an orbit that’s rarely heard, and fosters a musical exploration that we all are eager to take part in!!  then, we added all the Rumpke Mt. Boys for an extended jam that sent everything into ultra orbit..  no one wanted the night to end…..      it was pretty late when it did!

until the next episode————

LKNB. Photo by Bright Life Photography

LKNB. Photo by Bright Life Photography

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