Posted in Asheville, Dreamspider Publicity and Events, Galen Kipar Project, Lexington Ave Arts and Fun Festival, Spork!, Stephaniesid, tagged 23 Skidoo, album release, Arts, Asheville, Bright Life Photography, CD release, dreamspider, festival, Fourchestra, Free, fun, Galen Kipar, GFE, Jeff Santiago, jonathan Scales, Jonathan Scales Fourchestra, LAAFF, lexington Ave, Lissy Whelan, local, Moses Atwood, Mountain Xpress, Music, NC, new cd, north carolina, Paper Tiger, party, pop, santos, Spork, Starfruit, Stephanie Morgan, StephaniesId, street festival, Ten Cent Poetry, The Secret B-Sides, Vertigo Jazz Project, WNC, Zansa on September 1, 2011|
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The 10th annual LAAFF is right around the corner in Downtown Asheville on Labor Day Weekend Sept 3-4th on Lexington Ave.
A handful of Dreamspider bands and friends are performing at the Fest:
- Stephaniesid is doing their CD release at their show on Saturday Sept 3d at 7:30 on the main stage.
- Galen Kipar Project plays on Sunday 2:45-3:30 pm on the main stage
- Jonathan Scales Fourchestra on Sunday 5:45-6:30pm on the Mai Stage
- Spork! on Sunday 1:15-2pm on the Main stage
Also, be sure to check out 23 Skidoo & The Family Band (Sat 11am Main Stage), Santos (Sat. 1pm bobo stage) , Paper Tiger (Sat 3:15 Main Stage), Vertigo Jazz Project (Sat 4:15 Main Stage), The Secret B-Sides (Sun 6pm bobo stage), Lotion (Sun 2:30-3:10 Mountain Xpress Walnut Stage), GFE (Sun 8:15 MX WaLnut Stage), Ten Cent Poetry (Sun 11:45- 12:30 Main Stage), Jeff Santiago y Los Gatos Negros (Sun 1:45- 2:30 main stage), Zansa (Sun 6:30-7:15 Main Stage), Moses Atwood Band (Sun 4:45-5:30 main Stage) and lots of oither great stuff.
For the full schedule and lots more fantastic Asheville bands check out the Mountain Xpress: http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/083111laaff-bandsschedule#.Tl-jfWoglIE
The Xpress also did this wonderful interview with Stephaniesid about their album release:
The new Stephaniesid album, Starfruit — despite its name-association with things tropical and celestial — was conceived in a dark basement. “A universe leapt out of the grayness,” says front woman Stephanie Morgan.
An advance listen of the album reveals lush pop, layered vocals, rich horn parts and a certain velvety darkness (perhaps it’s the snarl of baritone sax or echoes of reverb ). But even through an edge of bitterness (despite dance beats and bells, the track “Starf—ker” is not without teeth), the record is backlit by undeniable sparkle.
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE:http://www.mountainx.com/ae/2011/083111ripe-for-the-picking#.Tl-m_WoglIE
LAAFF is not only a music festival, it is also a arts and fun festival.. So be sure to wander around and stumble into many other fabulously freaky things that will happen both day! Here are some fantactic pics of last years LAAFF by local Photographer Lissy Whelan with Bright Life Photography:
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Posted in Asheville, Spork!, tagged Asheville, avant-garde, Bass, Ben Bjorlie, CD release, Chicago, clarinet, Coltrane, concert, drums, frenetic, Jacob Rodriguez, jazz, jazz community, jazz ensemble, Justin Ray, Mike Holstein, MoDaddy's, MoDaddys Bar, Music, NC, north carolina, saxophone, Steve Alford, The Magnetic Field, The Rocket Club, Tower of Power, trumpet, WNC on May 16, 2011|
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Featuring Justin Ray on trumpet, Steve Alford on clarinets, Jacob Rodriguez on saxophones, Mike Holstein on bass, Ben Bjorlie on drums
Spork! is a 5-piece jazz ensemble from Asheville, NC that combines unique instrumentation, high-energy musicianship and widely varying inﬂuences to create a totally new sound. A sound deeply rooted in the jazz tradition, but coupled with the raw power of rock or the sly grooves of hip hop. Trumpeter Justin Ray, clarinetist Steve Alford, and saxophonist Jacob Rodriguez make up the front line; playing horn lines with Tower of Power-like precision before taking off on solo ﬂights that bring memories of Miles and Coltrane. Bassist Mike Holstein is a wizard, ﬁlling the space with bass lines, but also somehow conjuring guitar riffs and piano chords from his instrument all at the same time. Drummer Ben Bjorlie is the glue, providing exactly what is needed at any given moment, from frenzied solos to deep pocket grooves. These musicians come together to create the Spork! experience.
Spork! was born when Ray and Rodriguez moved to Asheville from New York City. They were quickly accepted into Ashevilleʼs thriving indie rock/original music scene, and Ray soon began to look for the musicians he needed to perform his own compositions. Enter Alford, who had recently arrived in North Carolina from Chicago and itʼs one-of-a-kind avant-garde jazz community; North Carolina native Holstein, a giant among the jazz musicians of the southeast; and Bjorlie, a drummer equally comfortable in jazz, rock, funk, and the host of other inﬂuences that compromise the Spork! sound.
Since its inception, Spork! has been a favorite among musicians of all types. Their ﬁrst gigs at clubs around Asheville were populated almost exclusively by members of the music community. Their audiences have continued to grow, mostly through word of mouth. They hope to reach even more fans through the upcoming release of their self-titled 2 disc live recording on May 26th, 2011. The recording captures performances at two different Asheville clubs (The Rocket Club and The Magnetic Field) with the group at its funky and frenetic best.
Spork! will continue to record and perform after the release of its debut double volume CD recorded live in Asheville. Collaborations with other artists and groups are currently taking shape, including performances with a string quartet and a DJ in the continuing attempt to bring more inﬂuences under the Spork! umbrella.
Find out more about Spork! and see some great videos at http://www.facebook.com/Sporkband.
CD release Party
Thursday, May 26th, 2011
77-B Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
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