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The Sound Mind Collective Presents:
Uplift! Brooklyn: A Concert Benefiting Exalt

Friday, October 20, 2017 at The Bell House
Empowering NYC’s Youth

Hosted by Carolyn Castiglia
Feat. The London Souls, The Nth Power, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party,
& Revel In Dimes


6pm Happy Hour/ 7pm Doors /  8pm Show;  $17 adv/ $20dos
A benefit for Exalt. Elevating expectations for youth.

149 7th Street, Brooklyn, New York, 11215
www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1561756-uplift-brooklyn-concert-brooklyn

BROOKLYN, NY — The Sound Mind Collective Presents: Uplift! Brooklyn: A Concert Benefiting Exalt and Empowering NYC’s Youth. The event is hosted by comedian Carolyn Castiglia and features music with The London Souls, The Nth Power, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party, & Revel In Dimes. It takes place at The Bell House on Friday, October 20th. Doors at 7pm. Please join us for an evening of engagement and musical performance to raise money for Exalt Youth NYC! Come early for a Happy Hour with complimentary beer from Lagunitas from 6pm until doors at 7pm.

exaltyouth.jpgExalt elevates expectations of personal success for youth ages 15-19 who’ve been involved in the criminal justice system. Their mission statement is, “We inspire youth at a critical crossroads to believe in their worth, from the first steps in contemplation through the journey to create lasting behavioral change. Our powerful combination of structured classes for tangible skill development, individualized support to navigate the education and justice systems, placement in paid internships and an alumni network of resources equips youth with the tools and experience to avoid further criminal justice system involvement. At exalt, we empower youth to see a future filled with hope – and we provide the road map to get there.”

static1.squarespace.com.jpgSound Mind Collective is an organization based in Brooklyn, NY founded in the Spring of 2017 by Katherine Powell (manager, The Nth Power), Chris St. Hilaire (musician, The London Souls) and Nikhil P. Yerawadekar (musician, Antibalas). They state, “Our aim is to connect independent musicians and artists with our local communities in order to encourage meaningful positive growth in education, social justice, and creation.”

Sound Mind Collective is also focused on providing resources for independent musicians and creators in areas of basic business management, with the greater intention of strengthening the music community in ways that are more socially conscious and self-sustaining in the face of an increasingly corporate music industry.

“Our goals rely on the development of a community,” says Nikhil, “So whether you are a Brooklyn musician, a music lover, an activist or someone simply looking to get more involved in music culture, we’d love to be in contact with you to see how we could work together and to keep you informed of upcoming events– feel free to drop us a line at thesoundmindcollective@gmail.com.

Further information about Sound Mind Collective at www.thesoundmindcollective.org and about exalt Youth at www.exaltyouth.org.

About the performers:

The London Souls
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.

The Nth Power
Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

The quartet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Nevilles New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Brown’s Body perfectly compliments Singer and Guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Finally rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J Mell Smith who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.

Qaasim and the Juggernaut War Party
Enter the Juggernaut! Founded by frontman Qaasim Middleton (American Idol, Naked Brothers Band, HBO’s Music In Me, Netflix’s “The Get Down, FX “Atlanta”) Juggernaut War Party is quite a collective, consisting of Qaasim, (lead vocals, guitar), his brother Khalil (vocals, MPC), lead guitarists Jonah Hudson, Emmet Sher and Joseph Deadwiley, drummer Andres Valbuena, keyboardists Jack Gruber, Tyjhai Stephens and Francisco Haye, with Ethan Cohn and Paul Johnson on bass.

You may remember Qaasim from his awesome run on American Idol Season 14, when he performed with Chris Brown and Pitbull and was lavished with praise from J-Lo, Harry Connick Jr. & Keith Urban. However, After returning from Idol, The Juggernaut War Party concept was birthed at AFROPUNK BATTLE OF THE BANDS BROOKLYN, on June 22nd, 2015, when Qaasim and his bandmates entered the contest to showcase their skills and original Funk/Rock/HipHop/Soul fusion material. They did extremely well for a brand new group, making it to the very end, eliminated in the Finals. This year, Qaasim & The Juggernaut War Party came back with a vengeance! They entered the AFROPUNK BROOKLYN BATTLE once again, and won the online voting round and the preliminary round, and came back again to win Runner-ups in the finals and, thus, won a spot to perform live on stage in this year’s Afro Punk Festival!! What a feat well-deserved!! They are back with even MORE vengeance to TAKE the TITLE and win the throne of The BOTB’s with hopes of capturing a FEATURED spot, once again, on the AfroPunk Stages..but THiS TIME as WINNERS!! This group will absolutely delight you with music that will touch your heart and soul!!

Revel In Dimes
If the delta blues gave birth to yet another slew of gold records why wasn’t anyone dancing?

After each gig as hired guns in too many New York City bands, this is the question that Eric Simons (guitar) and Washington “Washy” Duke (drums) found themselves asking. Their answer involved meditating over juke rhythms from Junior Kimbrough and R.L. Burnside and covering their tracks with electrified Charlie Patton riffs.

When Kia Warren saw them play for the first time – two guys covering T. Model Ford at full volume on a Sunday at the Surf Lodge in Montauk – their live set stopped her in her tracks. Amid the grooves, there was grittiness to their music that her roots in Gospel and R&B hadn’t yet given her the opportunity to explore. She convinced them on the spot to let her join on vocals for a few tracks, and Revel In Dimes was born.

Multi-instrumentalist Chris “Premo” Waller (bass) joined shortly after picking up an unsolicited “seeking bass player” call. A veteran of New York City’s vast underground music circuit, Waller’s experience playing everything from hardcore punk, to soul, to psychedelic rock enabled him to bring a groove to even the most frenetic jams.

Together, Revel In Dimes is a band that knows where it came from, but refuses to follow the same routes as its contemporaries to get where it’s going. And like the best blues, their music can’t be explained so much as it must be felt.

Carolyn Castiglia
Carolyn Castiglia is a stand-up comedian known for her hilarious riffing and crowd work, wild storytelling, and her incredible ability to freestyle rap. Carolyn has appeared on VH1, MTV2, Comedy Central, NBC, WE TV, Lifetime, FYI, Food Network, and more. She was featured nightly as Nick Mom’s “ultimate sports mom,” and she is a frequent guest commentator on HLN.

She’s also the host and creator of the Live Talk show, Right Now! With Carolyn Castiglia, which ran at the slipper room and Union Hall in New York City, and has aired on Bric TV.

Carolyn regularly performs all over New York, at renowned venues like Joe’s Pub, Symphony Space, Ars Nova, UCB, The Creek and the Cave, The Pit, The Bell House, and Littlefield, in addition to various bars and clubs. Internationally, she has performed at the comedy cafe in Amsterdam and at the Edinburgh Fringe. Fringe review publication Three Eeeks said, “Carolyn Castiglia was the funniest female comedian I’ve seen at The Fringe.”

Hy bender of Hy Reviews says, “Carolyn Castiglia is one of the sharpest, quickest, and funniest comics in NYC. If you haven’t seen Carolyn on stage, you oughta.” Before she died, comedy legend Joan Rivers called Carolyn “hysterical.” So now Carolyn can die happy, too.

Find out more and get tickets at www.thebellhouseny.com/event/1561756-uplift-brooklyn-concert-brooklyn. People can also find the event on Facebook at www.facebook.com/events/669569393240837/.

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THE ASHEVILLE HOLIDAY HANG HITS THE ROAD
SHOWS IN THE SOUTHEAST
FEATURING:
TOWN MOUNTAIN AND AMANDA ANNE PLATT & THE HONEYCUTTERS

The Holiday Hang is an event focused on highlighting talent from the Asheville music community, while raising awareness and donating partial proceeds to Feeding America food banks in each city

ASHEVILLE, NC — Town Mountain and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters, two stellar bands from Asheville, North Carolina, are teaming up for the Asheville Holiday Hang as a run of shows in the Southeast, sponsored by New Belgium Brewing Company. Ashvegas’ Caleb Calhoun calls them, “a match made in heaven.”

“Over the past few years, New Belgium and Town Mountain have forged a relationship that goes well beyond making great music and good beer. The partnership has been one that ties to both organizations philanthropic roots at a time of year where people need it the most, the holidays,” says New Belgium Brewing Employee Owner, Trey Wheeler. New Belgium Brewing Company will be running specials at each of the shows and adding to the financial donation to MANNA FoodBank.

Town Mountain says, “For us the holiday season seems like a great time to celebrate playing music with friends as well as giving back to the community that has supported us through the years.” The Asheville Holiday Hang originated as a holiday benefit in Asheville and is heading into its 6th year with the hometown Asheville show taking place at The Orange Peel for the first time. Both bands and The Orange Peel are teaming up and donating 20% of ticket sales from that show to MANNA FoodBank!

MANNA FoodBank is a private, not-for-profit service organization, that links the food industry with over 200 partner agencies in 16 counties of WNC. MANNA is an acronym and stands for Mountain Area Nutritional Needs Alliance. They are a member of Feeding America, the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization. For 35 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks with the motto, “Together we can solve hunger.”

“MANNA is excited to partner with Town Mountain again for the fifth consecutive year. Their Holiday Hang show has become a ‘Must See’ holiday tradition for dozens of fans in our MANNA community.” Alisa Hixson, Director Corporate Engagement & Signature Events at MANNA FoodBank, says,”Their support has provided for over 6,000 meals in WNC and their desire to keep giving  back to their community epitomizes the mindset of the Asheville community. They’re a powerhouse of musicians harnessing their talent to help their neighbors, the perfect holiday story!”

Last year, Town Mountain paired with The Honeycutters and decided to bring the Holiday Hang on the road to other cities they both frequent and have grown friendships and fans in. The tradition continues this year and are excited to expand the scope of the Holiday Hang with a longer run of shows through the Southeast including Rocky Mount, Virginia, Greer and Charleston, South Carolina, Atlanta, Georgia, and Charlotte and Raleigh, North Carolina.

Not only is the event traveling to additional cities, but with the help of Feeding America (of which MANNA is a part of) the bands are donating partial proceeds from each show to a food bank from that area.

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Town Mountain and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters Family Holiday Photo 2017

Town Mountain and The Honeycutters have long been close friends and each band has a different sound to offer The Holiday Hang. Both have their own spin on what Americana is today. You’ll be sure to hear bluegrass, country, and rock influences coming from each band. As in years past there will be a jam at the end of each night where they join together in the collaborative spirit of the Asheville music scene.

 

On the surface, a joint tour between the bluegrass combo Town Mountain and the alt-country band The Honeycutters might seem like an odd fit. Town Mountain’s dizzying all-acoustic instrumental skills and tight vocal harmonies recall the great early bluegrass groups like The Stanley Brothers or Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Boys, while The Honeycutters’ rougher brand of twangy heartbreak is perfect for the honky-tonk,” says Greenville Journal’s Vincent Harris.

“We just go back a long way in the Asheville music scene; we’re friends in that way. And I think that we’re both bands with roots in more traditional forms of music. We can be put into genres, but at the same time, ‘Americana’ describes what both of us do,” Platt says in an interview with the Greenville Journal. “Obviously, Town Mountain plays bluegrass and The Honeycutters have origins in classic country, but we’re both very song-oriented. Town Mountain has three great songwriters that share the songwriting duties, and in The Honeycutters I’m all about the song.”

Asheville Holiday Hang Tour Dates
12/7 Thu – Harvester Performance Center – Rocky Mount, VA
12/8 Fri – The Spinning Jenny – Greer, SC
12/9 Sat – The Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC
12/14 Thu – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
12/15 Fri – The Orange Peel – Asheville, NC
12/16 Sat – Neighborhood Theater – Charlotte, NC
12/17 Sun – The Lincoln Theater – Raleigh, NC

More information about Town Mountain and Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters
www.TownMountain.net and www.TheHoneycutters.com.

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Jason Eskridge, Dave Yoke, Jared Stone, Matt Slocum, and Kevin Scott

Come Together as ‘The New Stew’ to Re-imagine Donny Hathaway’s Live Recording From 1972

Live at Nashville’s City Winery on Tuesday, September 13, 2016
$15 – $25; Doors 6pm, Showtime 8pm
www.citywinery.com/nashville/newstew091316.html

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The New Stew is a “super group” of a rotating cast of fine musicians from all genres of music. Select shows features Jason Eskridge (Zac Brown Band) on vocals, Dave Yoke (Susan Tedeschi Band, Dr. John, Scrapomatic) on guitar, Jared Stone (Stone’s Stew) on drums, Matt Slocum (Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, The Lee Boys) on piano, and Kevin Scott on bass. This project was formed with one focused goal, to pay respect to those recordings that influenced the players and to re-imagine recordings that they feel should be heard and experienced in a live setting.

Let’s start with 1972. It was a defining year for American soul music. The New Stew is introducing their live version of Donny Hathaway’s 1972 Live recording in it’s entirely a Nashville City Winery this September. Live features traditional soul anthems including Hathway’s original “The Ghetto” ,” Marvin Gaye’s 1971 hit “What’s Going On,” Carole King’s “You’ve Got a Friend, and John Lennon’s “Jealous Guy.” The original album was recorded at two concerts: side one at The Troubadour in Hollywood, and side two at The Bitter End in Greenwich Village, Manhattan.

“I’m a huge fan of Donny Hathaway.” Eskridge says, “His art is one of my primary influences as an artist and vocalist. Being able to deliver this collection of his songs live at the beautiful City Winery is an amazing honor.”

All Music Guide writes, “Donny Hathaway’s 1972 Live album is one of the most glorious of his career, an uncomplicated, energetic set with a heavy focus on audience response as well as the potent jazz chops of his group…  ‘Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything)’ is another epic (14-minute) jam, with plenty of room for solos and some of the most sizzling bass work ever heard on record by Willie Weeks.”

The first musical homage was paid, to much acclaim, in Spring of 2016 when The New Stew made its debut in select cities in the east playing the classic Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall album from start to finish. It is more than a labor of love, it is a way to allow the public to experience something again or in many cases the first time and reconnect with these classic recordings over four decades since they released.

In a recent interview with Examiner, Jared Stone, the group’s founder, talks about the inspiration to perform these recordings, “So why Withers and the Carnegie Hall album? It comes from a personal place for Stone, who was on the road with Derek Trucks several years ago when he received word that his father had passed away. ‘We were going to have a memorial service when the tour was done,’ Stone recalled. ‘Derek came into the room with a set of headphones and a discman and a copy of that CD, a copy of Donny Hathaway’s Live recording and a Sly and the Family Stone record. And it just stuck with me for years and years. To this day, it’s one of my favorite live recordings of all-time.’”

To get a taste of what the audience is in for, listen to Jason Eskridge performing Live from Carnegie Hall with The New Stew in Annapolis live from The Ram’s Head this past May over on SoundCloud: https://soundcloud.com/jared-stone-16…/new-stew-rams-head-sb

The New Stew is continuing to perform the Withers classic at select shows and introducing the Donny Hathaway album into their repertoire this fall, starting with this special evening of entertainment of The City Winery Nashville.

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/thenewstew

Meet The Players in The New Stew:

Jason Eskridge
Living in Nashville Jason Eskridge has worked either as a background vocalist or opening act for countless award winning acts such as Zac Brown Band, Lyle Lovett, Randy Travis, Jonny Lang, Keb Mo’, Nicole C. Mullen, Marc Broussard, Robert Glasper, and Toby Mac. He has also been featured as a guest vocalist on numerous projects. Jason has traveled across the country playing various venues for anyone who has a listening ear. He has also had the opportunity to take his music abroad to South Africa, Amsterdam, India, and England. Jason’s latest release is entitled Live in Nashville. He is currently touring as a background vocalist for Zac Brown Band. Jason’s desire as a musician is to create music that causes the listener to love themselves, love their fellow man, think harder, think deeper, think broader, laugh until they cry, laugh when they want to cry, try something new, remember something old, and ultimately live life to the fullest.

Dave Yoke
Dave Yoke taught himself guitar in his native Anniston, Alabama drawing on the blues enthusiasm of his older siblings. He launched his career as a founding member of the long-standing, regionally popular Second Hand Jive. In the mid-90s, Yoke moved to Atlanta and became an in-demand session player, joining forces with (Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown associate) Dr. Dan Matrazzo. Yoke was then invited to become a full-time member of the oft-GRAMMY-nominated Susan Tedeschi Band and the legendary Dr. John. He is also a permanent member of Scrapomatic, with whom he tours and has recorded three albums. As testament to his blues roots, Dave is regularly invited to sit in with the Allman Brothers Band, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, and Americana artist Kristina Train.

Jared Stone
Jared Stone has done a few things. Played for country music stars, served in the USMC, drove minors across the country for merchandise %, studied music at universities, played a lot of jazz, made records, played on records, owned jazz clubs, built music venues, mended fences, promoted concerts and festivals, directed festivals and some other things that he is sure he can’t remember. He has a bad ankle from running in combat boots too long. He still plays the drums pretty good though and his band is Stone’s Stew.

Matt Slocum
Born in Newton, MA, Matt Slocum began his formal classical training at the age of 8, at the South Shore Conservatory of Music in Boston. At the age of 14 Matt moved to Alabama where he was accepted to the Alabama School of Fine Arts. In the summer of 1991, he attended the Berklee College of Music Performance Summer Program, and was rated among the top 10 musicians in the entire program. Matt is a keyboardist whose skills are predominantly in-demand with southern jazz, funk, fusion & blues musicians. Matt has been a member of the Oteil and the Peacemakers, Col. Bruce Hampton & Aquarium Rescue Unit, Jimmy Herring Band, Jeff Sipe Band, The Lee Boys, Susan Tedeschi band, and the Rich Robinson Band.

Kevin Scott
Born into a musical family in the heart of the Deep South, Kevin Scott takes the traditions of his upbringing and runs with it, forging a path and name for himself in today’s world of modern music. Currently based in Atlanta, Kevin has become the first-call bassist for a variety of performers, spanning many genres, in a city filled with generations of phenomenal players. Whether it be jazz, rock, funk, metal, R&B, hip-hop or any other art form that comes his way, Scott approaches every song with a deep pulse, bright spark, and ever-expanding tone in his playing.

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NPR World Cafe’s ‘Sense of Place: Asheville’
Featuring Jon Stickley Trio & The Honeycutters
Live from The Grey Eagle Airs March 31st

Asheville recordings run throughout the week of March 28th

ASHEVILLE, NC — NPR’s World Cafe, produced by XPN in Philadelphia, brought the show to Asheville’s The Grey Eagle on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 for sold out evening of entertainment with Jon Stickley Trio and The Honeycutters, two Asheville-based bands who have both been making headlines across the country. World Cafe host David Dye was in the house to interview with them during their performances. The airdate to hear both band’s performances is Thursday, March 31st as part of the “Sense of Place: Asheville” series. Find out more at www.WorldCafe.NPR.org. Fans can tune into their local affiliate station at the scheduled World Cafe broadcast time and Asheville area folks can tune in to World Cafe on WNCW weekdays between 4am to 6am and 6pm to 8pm.

The full series of “Sense of Place: Asheville” will run starting the week of March 28th. While in town, World Cafe explored Asheville music and musicians with visits to downtown’s Echo Mountain Recording Studio including local musicians Steep Canyon Rangers, Tyler Ramsey of Band of Horses, The Get Right Band, and River Whyless. They also interviewed with some movers and shakers in the scene including Jessica Tomasin (Studio Manager at Echo Mountain Recording), Michelle Moog (The Bob Moog Foundation), and Alli Marshall (Author and Mountain Xpress’ Arts Editor) among others.

Front Row Focus’ David Simchock was on hand to capture in photographs show at The Grey Eagle with Jon Stickey Trio and The Honeycutters and a live audience. He writes, “Let it be known that I witnessed, if not participated in, history in-the-making in Asheville, particularly within our awe-inspiring music… as the night went on, and as David Dye’s insightful interviews delved deeper and deeper into the inspiration behind the artists, I realized how huge this event was/is for all of the musicians in Asheville, if not everyone in the city. Oh, and the actual performances were pretty bad-ass as well!” Check out the images here → http://bit.ly/AVLWordCafePhotos.

The Asheville Citizen times writes, “Jon Stickley Trio and The Honeycutters are two of Asheville’s strongest bands, and they’re both breaking into the national eye in impressive ways.” The New York Times says of Jon Stickley Trio’s sound offers “a turbocharged original with a ska upbeat and a shredding melody. And when Mr. Stickley and friends turn to bluegrass, they sound both respectful and free.” Nashville’s Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst says of The Honeycutters, “Vocalist Amanda Platt has a voice that’s complex, sweet and aching. Even more potently, she writes songs that folks are citing as up there with the best of the field, such as Mary Gauthier and Lucinda Williams.”

World Cafe Logo wDyeSince launching World Cafe in 1991, David Dye has served as the host of this nationally acclaimed show, now syndicated on more than 200 public radio stations worldwide. World Cafe’s Sense of Place is a quarterly series which brings the whole crew, including host David Dye, to various cities around the world. Previous shows have been recorded in Rio de Janeiro, Iceland, Havana, Stockholm (Sweden), Dublin, Los Angeles, New Orleans, Austin, Pittsburg, Nashville, Memphis, Portland, and more.

For more information, please visit www.WorldCafe.NPR.org,
www.TheGreyEagle.com, www.jonstickley.com, and www.thehoneycutters.com.

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Hard Working Americans, Moonalice, Dead Winter Carpenters Play HUMANITY RISING — A Butte Fire Benefit on Sat, Dec 19, 2015 at Calaveras County Fairgrounds, Angels Camp, CA

HUMANITY RISING Share The Spirit
Family Friendly, 3 stages in 3 buildings, Dinner and Silent Auction
1pm to Midnight

Tickets are $25 in advance through Eventbrite or the Sierra Nevada Adventure Company stores in Murphys, Sonora, and Arnold, as well as Outer Aisle in Murphys & The Pickle Patch in San Andreas
$35 at the door. Kids under 12 free. Ages 13-16 $10
101 Frogtown Rd, Angels Camp, CA 95222

RSVP on Facebook and find out more here→
www.facebook.com/HUMANITYRISINGSHARETHESPIRIT

HOMER, AK– The Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council, a 501C3- non-profit, is partnering with HUMANITY RISING – Share the Spirit, A Butte Fire Benefit on December 19th at the Calaveras County Fairgrounds.

Set to perform, and graciously donating their time, are Hard Working Americans (a recently formed ‘Super group’ consisting of Todd Snider, Dave Schools, Neal Casal, Duane Trucks, Chad Staehly, and Jesse Aycock), Moonalice out of San Fransisco, Dead Winter Carpenters from the Tahoe area, Edge of the West from Santa Cruz, Grateful Bluegrass Boys and Dusty Greenbones Band from Mendicino, and many more! Plus the best MC of our time, Wavy Gravy and a psychedelic light show by Liquid Lights.

It’s a family friendly event with three stages in three buildings, dinner, and silent auction and runs from 1pm through Midnight. HUMANITY RISING is looking for donations and volunteers to help make this event as impactful as possible. Proceeds will be distributed promptly and equitably to the most needy families and individuals promptly in order to help provide some degree of holiday comfort.

“Our first show ever was a benefit show for flood victims in Colorado. We understand how these giant natural disasters put hard-working Americans’ backs up against the wall.” say The Hard Working Americans. “We’re in a position to help so let’s all join together and make a difference. It takes a village.”

The Butte Fire started in early September 2015 in the Sierra Nevada Foothills of California and was one of the among the worst in the State’s history, with over 70,000 acres burned, as well as an estimated 500 plus homes.

“If you are thinking the Butte Fire is over, stop assuming someone else is doing the work that needs to be done.” Long time Tuolumne and Calaveras county resident, promoter, philanthropist, and co-producer of Humanity Rising Jim Stearns says, “There’s some perception or rationalization that there is enormous help coming in. It’s the proverbial ‘somebody else is taking care of it’ problem. If those who are still warm, dry and relatively wealthy that live within 25 miles of the devastation would give 10 percent of their time and/or resources the problem would largely be handled already. Unfortunately many are buying useless crap for Christmas, taking vacations and ignoring the tragedy their neighbors are facing right over the hill.”

The mission of this event will be to provide grants to those that have had their homes and lives destroyed by the Butte Fire. Those that are uninsured, well underinsured and haven’t or haven’t the ability to secure major funding from other agencies such as Red Cross and FEMA will be given the highest priority.

Wendy Cox, a “boots on the ground” type of person, posted a comprehensive and accurate write-up about the situation entitled, Why Is help still needed?.” “Hundreds (if not more than 1,000) of displaced people (more than 500 residences were lost to the fire) are living in inadequate conditions. They are confounded by their situation, and at a loss for what they are going to do. Many do not have potable water, if they have water at all. They are toileting in the sticks that used to be forest. They are sleeping on the bare ground if they are not fortunate to have a tarp. They do not enjoy a hot meal. They are waking up to frost and constant dampness that sleeping outdoors will bring (seniors are especially vulnerable to health problems in this environment.) Basic needs remain unmet.

When a disaster strikes there is an outpour of support which quickly turns to a trickle. Some of the temporary fixes and help have left… Because it has been two months and recovery will take 10-15 years.  Because there are victims still waiting for basic needs to be met.  Because victims are being swallowed by bureaucracy. Because people still feel lost, and confused.  Because it is the right thing to do.

The producers of the Humanity Rising benefit concert are Jim and Alisa Stearns, Linda Sanchez, and Emily West. Jim was owner and operator of Avery Ranch from 1974 until 2011. Alisa was born and raised in Sonora and has partnered with Jim on countless fundraising endeavors. Linda Sanchez, a long time Calaveras activist, was a Butte Fire victim, (lost everything) and Emily is a long time resident of the county as well. Blue Mountain Community Renewal Council is the 501C3 that will be the steward of the event and for providing this administrative service as well as providing insurance, this organization will take 3% of the revenue. BMCRC, located in San Andreas, is listed by the Sierra Health Foundation as one of the five recipients of their community grants as an organization working for the relief of Butte Fire victims.

“We do our best to live up to the mantra: Do all the good you can. By all the means you can. In all the places you can. In all the ways you can. To all the people you can. At all the times you can, for as long as you can.” Jim Stearns says “We have a deep connection to the land and the people that were devastated by the fire. We believe that if people just do what they can to help, in the relief of their neighbors and friends, then we together we can make a huge impact. Maybe it’s a day of work. Maybe it’s five bucks or maybe it’s a hundred. Maybe it’s taking somebody in, loaning somebody your RV or making food.  We all have something we can offer. For us, we happen to be good at bringing people together for a good time as well as a good cause. Like everybody else, we’re just offering to help in the way we know best.”

“We are in the process of contacting individuals and organizations who are working tirelessly on the ground for recommendations and nominations for possible recipients of these funds.” Alisa Stearn says, “We are acutely aware that misuse, misdirection and administrative costs often decimate the effectiveness of these endeavors and remain deeply committed to making sure that this event will be as transparent and efficient as humanly possible.”

More Information and to get involved, please contact Jim Stearns, jim@salmonfestalaska.org or Alisa Mooy alisa@salmonfestalaska.org.

Humanity Rising – A Butte Fire Benefit:
Hard Working Americans
Moonalice
Dead Winter Carpenters
Edge of West
Grateful Bluegrass Boys
Dusty Greenbones Band
Folk Goddess Diane Patterson
Nedra & Julio
Thick Soup
Big Joe Daddy
Felicity Oceansong
Nicole Sass
MC Wavy Gravy
Plus a Psychedelic Light show by Liquid Lights
More tba!

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NSM-JimAvett-Web-750x450-habitatAn Evening of Story & Song with Jim Avett
Saturday, June 6, 2015 at Central United Methodist Church of Asheville

The concert is presented by Central United Methodist Church, in association with the Orange Peel, WNCW, NewSong Music, and the Asheville Area Arts Council

Doors: 6:30pm ET; Showtime: 7pm ET
Seated Show / All Ages; $17 adv / $20 dos

The Sanctuary at Central United Methodist Church
27 Church Street, Asheville, North Carolina 28801
828.253.3316
A portion of the proceeds to benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
www.newsong-music.com | www.jimavett.com | www.centralumc.org | www.ashevillehabitat.org

NewSong is excited to announce the upcoming concert, ‘An Evening of Story & Song with Jim Avett’ on Saturday, June 6th in the beautiful and acoustically rich Sanctuary of downtown Asheville’s Central United Methodist Church (27 Church Street). The concert begins at 7pm and is presented by Central United Methodist Church, in association with the Orange Peel, WNCW, NewSong Music and the Asheville Area Arts Council. Tickets are $17 in advance and $20 the day of show, and are available for purchase online at TheOrangePeel.net. A portion of the proceeds will benefit Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity.

JimAvettThe son of a Methodist minister and a classical pianist, Jim Avett, of Concord, NC, grew up in a home full of love and music, learning the importance of hard work and honest living. He and his wife instilled these same values in their children – including sons and musicians Seth and Scott of the Avett Brothers – and tempered them with a lot of fun and music. His guitar was an ever present instrument, and there was always singing.

As much as he enjoyed writing and performing his music, Avett put his family first and spent 35 years running his welding company, building bridges along much of the east coast in order to provide for them. After retiring from welding, he returned to music and recorded Jim Avett and Family in 2008, a collection of gospel music, with his children, Bonnie, Scott and Seth. In 2010 he returned with Tribes, a collection of original tunes, followed by 2012’s Second Chance, which draws heavily on classic country and early rock and roll influences.

Avett now tours across the country, performing in listening rooms and festivals from the Southeast to Pacific Northwest to New England. His shows are a combination of beloved country tunes, gospel, original ballads and the stories he tells to introduce them.

“Jim Avett is the patriarchal archetype of a Southern man doing right by his family and his own values. His humility is palpable; his love for his roots, exceptional,” writes Encore.

About Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity
Asheville Area Habitat for Humanity has welcomed 269 Buncombe County families to safe, decent and affordable houses since 1983. Habitat homes, which are Green Built North Carolina certified, are sold at no-profit to partner families, who pay back a 0% interest loan. The non-profit also offers a home repair program for low-income homeowners. Learn more about Asheville Area Habitat at ashevillehabitat.org.

About NewSong
newsongpresentslogoNewSong is an independent music organization with the following two-fold mission: To build a supportive community of performers and songwriters across all genres of music and levels of skill. To identify the truly exceptional artists within this community and to work closely with them to develop their careers and introduce their music to a broader, international audience. Over the past ten years, NewSong has achieved its mission by producing the following programs and events: NewSong Recordings, Mountain Stage NewSong Contest & Festival, NewSong Showcase Concerts, and NewSong Academy Workshops. More info at NewSong-music.com.

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Leftover Salmon To Digitally Release 2004 Self-Titled Album on Feb 11th
Bill Payne of Little Feat to Join Leftover Salmon for Several Shows

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Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat. Photo by Dylan Langille

Leftover Salmon is thrilled to announce that on Tuesday, February 11, 2014 their 2004  album, Leftover Salmon, will be available digitally for the first time on all major digital outlets.

“The self-titled work was a collaboration with producer-friend Bill Payne of Little Feat. Mature yet playful, graceful yet dirty, it became apparent that Leftover Salmon was poised for out-and-out domination” writes Scott Caffrey (2005).

When asked how they came to choose Little Feat member Bill Payne as Leftover Salmon’s producer by Mike Greenhaus (2004), Drew Emmit summed up up the beginning of what was to become a long-term friendship and collaboration:

When we had our benefit concerts for Mark Vann when he was ill, [Little Feat’s] Paul Barrere and Bill Payne came out for those shows and played all five nights. We really formed a connection with them then and they were very supportive. Their presence was amazing and playing music with them was amazing after being such big Little Feat fans. So when we were trying to figure out producers for this record we were just trying to think of who would be really good organizationally—who would really bring all of this together. When Vince and I had gone out to the 25th Anniversary of Little Feat concert with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Jackson Browne, and Billy Bob Thornton, Bill Payne was the driving force in keeping it all together. So we had this vision of him: not only do we love his music, but he is really great at bringing different sounds together. He plays a particularly beautiful solo on “Whispering Waters”—-it makes me feel like I am at the ocean.

To celebrate the digital release of the album, Leftover Salmon is offering a free stream and download of the track “Whispering Waters” featuring Bill Payne: http://bit.ly/LOSWhisperingWaters.

Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne. Photo by Dylan Langille.

Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat. Photo by Dylan Langille.

Leftover Salmon 2004 Track Listing:
1. Down In The Hollow
2. Mountain Top
3. Delta Queen
4. Lincoln At Nevada
5. Woody Guthrie
6. Fayetteville Line
7. Everything Is Round
8. Whispering Waters*
9. Last Days Of Autumn
10. Just Keep Walkin’
11. Weary Traveler
* Featuring Bill Payne on Grand Piano

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In true Salmon form, they’ll be performing songs from the album at shows mixed in with other old Leftover favorites, songs from their 2012 release Aquatic Hitchhiker, as well as new tunes release last year through Breckenridge Brewery. Bill Payne meets up with LoS halfway through their Powder Daze Winter Tour at the WinterWonderGrass Festival in Avon, CO this February and then travels on with LoS for shows in Jackson, WY and Victor, ID, then two nights in Big Sky, MT with the tour ending in Missoula. Leftover Salmon will pick back up for their early spring tour starting in late March.

Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic and electric guitar, mandolin); Drew Emmitt (vocals, mandolin, acoustic and electric guitar, mandola, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo, National guitar); Greg Garrison (vocals, acoustic and electric bass, acoustic guitar); Alwyn Robinson (drums, percussion).

Be sure to tune in to LiveSalmon.com for LIVE-streams of all shows (provided there is access to an Internet connection) and downloads of live performances within a few days of the show.

Leftover Salmon on Tour
2/12 Wed – Crested Butte Center for the Arts  – Crested Butte, CO
2/13 Thu – Crested Butte Center for the Arts  – Crested Butte, CO
2/14 Fri – Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO
2/15 Sat – Animas City Theatre – Durango, CO
2/16 Sun – Telluride Conference Center – Telluride, CO
2/21 Fri – WinterWonderGrass Festival – Avon, CO*
3/13 Thu – Pink Garter Theatre – Jackson, WY*
3/14 Fri – Knotty Pine – Victor, ID*
3/15 Sat – Whiskey Jacks – Big Sky, MT*
3/16 Sun – Whiskey Jacks – Big Sky, MT*
3/17 Mon – The Top Hat – Missoula, MT*
3/26 Wed – Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA
3/27 Thu –  Terrapin Crossroads – San Rafael, CA
3/28 Fri – Crystal Bay Club- Crystal Bay, NV
3/29 Sat – Crystal Bay Club- Crystal Bay, NV
3/30 Sun – Belly Up – Solana Beach, CA
3/31 Mon – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA
4/01 Tue – Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. – Chico, CA
4/03 Thu – Papa Charlies – Lutsen, MN
4/04 Fri – First Avenue – Minneapolis, MN
4/05 Sat – Majestic Theatre – Madison, WI
4/18 Fri – Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
4/19 Sat – Aggie Theatre – Ft. Collins, CO
5/30 Fri – Blackstock Music Festival – Blackstock, SC*
6/13-15 Fri-Sun – Snowmass Mammoth Fest – Snowmass, CO
6/19-22 Thu-Sun – Telluride Bluegrass Festival – Telluride, CO*
9/11-14 Thu-Sun – Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival – Danville, IL*

* Featuring special guest Bill Payne of Little Feat

For more information and complete tour dates please visit: www.LeftoverSalmon.com

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