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the barn bannerLevonHelmLevon Helm Studios Presents Donna the Buffalo
Friday, September 4, 2015


“There are many meaningful, inspirational, and important happenings on this musical life journey and I will say that having had the great fortune to meet Levon Helm, and play music along side him was at the very top of my list. Levon was a soulful and beautiful spirit through and through, perhaps the most soulful and inspiring musician I’ve ever heard or watched play. I had the great honor of playing the Midnight Ramble after recording ‘Wood And Stone’ [2011] there and I am very excited to be returning to The Barn with Donna The Buffalo. It is a truly special place. A truly hallowed hall.” —Tara Nevins, Donna the Buffalo

Gates 6pm/ Show 8pm; Seating $35/ Standing Room $25
More info at http://levonhelm.com/midnight_ramble.htm
Levon Helm Studios: 160 Plochmann Lane, Woodstock, NY 12498
845.679.2744

Distinctive, groove-heavy, and danceable,
Donna the Buffalo is a band for the people

Having started in 1989, Donna the Buffalo just passed the marker as their 25th year as a band and have proven to be a true purveyor of American music. What’s the recipe? To be sure, it’s infused with more spices than you’ll find at a Cajun cookout by way of a southern-fried, rockin’ country old-time jamboree. “For the dizzying array of styles and genres with which they work, Donna The Buffalo maintain a surprising level of consistency… over the course of their 25-year career, they retain a sharp focus that has helped them create some truly lasting music…” writes Elmore. “Few groups are this comfortable as performers, and even fewer would take as many risks.”

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Donna the Buffalo. Photo by Bill Davis.

Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It’s been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you’re playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it’s like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.”

“You have to do just what you want to do, and everyone likes different things,” Nevins says. “Both Jeb and I come from this background of old-time fiddle music, which is very natural, very real, very under-produced, and all about coming from the gut—flying by the seat of your pants. So we have that in us, too.”

Donna the Buffalo has also announced The Stampede: A tour to raise awareness to the inappropriate use of corporate money in politics. They’ve joined forces with Ben Cohen, Co-Founder of Ben & Jerry’s, who has started stamping slogans on currency in protest (stampstampede.org). “As a band, we have made a long term commitment to join this burgeoning movement,” says Jeb Puryear. “It is clear to us that we will never get significant government action on issues like healthcare, student debt, wall street banks, the environment, and corporate tax evasion until we outlaw legalized corporate bribery of our politicians.”

They are joining forces with legendary American roots music troubadour Peter Rowan to kick off The Stampede in the Fall of 2015 and are looking to snowball the tour into the election year to raise awareness to the topic. Peter Rowan says, “At last, it comes around again; making music with Donna the Buffalo, one of my favorites.”

All Music Guide says their most recent album, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday (2013 Sugar Hill Records), “highlights everything this consistent band does, and it has a warm, live-sounding production… This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.”

Donna the Buffalo has toured the nation for over twenty five years with an ever-evolving grassroots sound and plans to keep on doing so for many years to come.

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com
facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo

What folks are saying about Donn the Buffalo:

“Multi-instrumentalist Tara Nevins and Jeb Puryear, both ace guitarists, split vocals and writing for this band that’s country, old-timey, rock and roll, and well, just all around great. Best tune? Pick any one.” —Vintage Guitar

“I first encountered DtB at MerleFest in the late 1990s. They were to me an unknown band with a weird name in the dance tent. I got seduced by Tara Nevins’ accordion and swishy beats and next thing I knew I was soaked with sweat and losing myself. They’re the EDM of Americana.“ —Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst

“Initially inspired by Appalachian string music, they’ve since incorporated folk, pop, soul, zydeco, and psychedelic rock. Meanwhile, Jeb Puryear’s reedy tenor and Tara Nevins’ husky comely croon complement each other with their earthy charm, yet as songwriters they each possess their own distinct character.” –Charleston Scene

The beauty of Donna’s presentation and the secret of their success and longevity is the purely organic way they weave genres together without diluting them. Many bands can’t generate this kind of enthusiasm and energy in half as much time and with half as many albums that Donna the Buffalo have over twentysomething years and ten studio albums.” —Cleveland Scene

“They’ve got some real chops in just about every department.” —The Nashville Scene

“Donna the Buffalo is quite simply one of the groovin’est bands in America — a bona-fide American institution.” —New Haven Register

For more information and tour dates, please visit www.donnathebuffalo.com
facebook.com/donnathebuffalo and twitter.com/donnathebuffalo

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Afropop Band, Zansa, Release New Music Video “Mi Wa”

Album Release Celebration at Isis Music Hall in Asheville on Sat 9/7
Zansa CD Release Brings Cultural Music to the Mountains

Afropop band Zansa is releasing their debut album Djansa, with a live performance at Isis Restaurant & Music Hall on Saturday, September 7, 2013. More details about the show are here: http://bit.ly/17hTGGc.  Senegalese griot musician Diali Cissokho and his band Kaira Ba will be opening the show. Robust and rhythmic, melodic and smooth, the music of Zansa presents a dynamic synthesis of centuries’ old West African songs and modern instrumentation. Zansa is a Nouchi slang word meaning “blend,” and the group’s debut album, Djansa, meaning “dance,” delivers a dance party vibe with a folkloric storyline.

ZansaSummerPressPicHiRes2Based in Asheville, NC, Zansa is led by Adama Dembele (lead vocals, djembe, and percussion), a 33rd generation musician from Ivory Coast, whose ancestry is recognized throughout West Africa as the House of the Djembe. Along with Dembele, Zansa is Patrick Fitzsimons on guitar and vocals; Sean Mason on the drumset; Ryan Reardon and bass and vocals; and Matt Williams on violins, guitar, and vocals.

Djansa is being released nationally online (iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby) and in select record stores on September 10, 2013, with performances throughout the Southeast to follow. Pre-order Djansa on iTunes and immediately receive “Mi Wa” single for free.

Stay tuned towww.zansamusic.com for more information.

“Mi Wa” Lyrics and Translation:

Mi Wa: A love song, about love near and far, and love lost and found.

ROUGH TRANSLATION:
Light of my heart, light of my life.
Even if I leave, far away from you.
You still know without you my life doesn’t make sense.
With your love you make me happy, my natural beauty.

You’re my love, you’re my joy.
You spoiled my life with your choice.
You know without you baby my life doesn’t make sense.
Your love just makes me happy, my natural beauty.

LYRICS:

Eh, eh eh eh, mi wa, mi wa gnoh…

Lumière de mon coeur, lumière de ma vie.
Meme si moi je vie, loin de ta presense.
Tu sais bien que sans toi chèrie
Ma vie na plus de sèance, a ton amour,
Vient me rend heureux ma beaute naturelle

Eh, eh eh eh, mi wa, mi wa gnoh…

Oh toi mon amour, oh toi ma joie due
Tu a gache ma vie, par un notre choix
Tu sais bien que sans toi chèri
Ma vie na plus de sans, a ton amour
Viens me rend heuruex ma beaute naturelle

“Eh, eh eh eh…”

Oh l’enfant, “Allez yako”

Zansa
“Mi Wa”
Recorded by Matt Williams at The Eagle Room, Weaverville, NC
Produced by Matt Williams and Ryan Reardon
From the album Djansa
©2013 Zansa Music

Music Video recorded and produced by Dark Energy Pictures.

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Vertigo Jazz Project & One Leg Up

MoDaddys
Saturday, New Year’s Eve 12/31

Complementary Champagne Toast and Balloon Drop at Midnight!

Masquerade and Photo Booth!

$15 / $10 before 10pm (So get there early and save $5)
Open for dinner all night, NYE event starts at 9pm

Music begins at 10pm sharp with One Leg Up.

(828) 258-1550
77 Biltmore Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801
www.modaddysbar.com


Vertigo Jazz Project:

Throw out your expectations of what “jazz music” is or might be. Jazz is a giant tree with thick roots, a twisted trunk and continuously expanding branches. Just pull up the wikipedia page and you’ll find countless sub-genres and off-shoots. Over the past century jazz musicians have always pulled inspiration from many sources, be it Latin, funk, or even pop music.

Asheville, North Carolina’s Vertigo Jazz Project is doing just that. It being the 21st Century, we are bombarded by music from all sides,and thus influenced by it whether we like it or not. VJP decided to embrace that influence and is creating original jazz music for modern audiences. And, yes, taking jazz back to its foundation- the dance floor. This is music to move to. Throw out your inhibitions and come have fun watching some musicians play the %#$! out of their instruments. But, if that’s not your thing that’s okay, you’ll enjoy listening as well.

Speaking of musicians and their instruments, VJP is a power trio (i.e. guitar, bass and drum set). And speaking of influences, guitarist and son of a preacher man Preston Cate learned music in church at an early age, bringing some blue-eyed soul and gymnastic improv skills to the group. Meanwhile, Ryan Reardon on electric bass has been all over the map, from symphony orchestras to studying in West Africa. Rounding out the trio is Sean Mason on drum set, learning vicariously through his father, former member of The Fugs, play in all sorts of musical settings.

VJP is currently in the studio working on their third album, entitled “This is Rock?”, set for release in spring 2012. They tour throughout the southeast and enjoy frequent well-known guest soloists. Here’s a link to a great video of the band live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6zCqohNhaa0.

To quote the great Thelonious Monk- “Where’s jazz going? I don’t know? Maybe it’s going to hell. You can’t make anything go anywhere. It just happens.” www.vertigojazzproject.com


One Leg Up:

Based in Asheville, North Carolina, One Leg Up performs a vibrant mixture of upbeat Gypsy Jazz, Latin, Swing and original jazz compositions and is a favorite of club, concert, and festival stages throughout the southeastern United States. One Leg Up is John Stineman (guitar, vocals), Jim Tanner (Guitar), Zack Page (bass), Mike Guzalak (Clarinet, Sax) and Steve Trismen (violin, vocals). They formed in 2003 as a “String Swing” band in the style of famed French gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt.

Propelled by their excellent self-produced debut recording “Gypsy Blue”, they soon won critical acclaim for their “hot club” prowess and were tapped to back up award-winning Spanish guitarist Pere Soto on some of his 2005 U.S. tour dates. Also in 2005, One Leg Up performed at a concert and book show with Michael Dregni, author of Django: The Life and Music of a Gypsy Legend. Over the years, One Leg Up has broadened its repertoire to include fresh arrangements of Django classics, vocal harmonies, original compositions, and innovative adaptations of classic jazz numbers in the French “hot club” and American “big band” styles. Now more than just a Django band, their latest recording “Pere La Chaise” is a music mix that is danceable and accessible. One Leg Up continues to attract a growing, varied, and enthusiastic fan base with music that always swings.  www.onelegupjazz.com

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Check out this great article in the Weekender that interview Tara Nevins of Donna the Buffalo for their show this Saturday, September 11th at the FM Kirby Center with Railroad Earth:

Buffalo roams to its own Americana beat

This weekend, concertgoers in Northeastern Pa. will get a taste of some truly authentic and original music when the bands Donna the Buffalo and Railroad Earth roll into the F.M. Kirby Center. Both bands have built their reputations on their dedication and love for making and performing music, and if reputations speak for themselves, there’s no doubt Donna the Buffalo’s performance will exceed any and all expectations.

Donna the Buffalo is comprised of Tara Nevins, Jeb Puryear, Vic Stafford, David McCracken and Kyle Spark. Though the band has been distributing its music for about 21 years, Nevins and Puryear are the only original members. Their paths crossed often, way back when, while they were each performing and traveling to festivals in the South, and their friendship was a slow evolution into writing and performing songs together. The roots of all of the band members are spread across the East Coast and the South, and most of them found their way to Donna the Buffalo through the age-old practice of word-of-mouth or just through circulating through the same music scenes.

The band draws it influences from many sources, including traditional Appalachian mountain music and zydeco (a kind of folk music that originated in Louisiana often characterized by the fiddle, accordion and scrub board), but there is no doubt Donna The Buffalo has got a distinctive sound all its own.

“(Our sound) is really danceable,” Nevins said. “It’s not hard rock; it has an upbeat, positive feeling. It’s hard to pigeonhole it.” She went on to offer a description of the band’s music as “Americana original dance music.”

That distinctive sound is one that has certainly struck a chord with many fans. Some diehards have bonded so completely over their mutual adoration for the band that they’ve aptly dubbed themselves The Herd. Nevins noted that the presence of many of these fans at multiple shows has the feeling of an extended family on the road, and no doubt many lifelong friendships have been formed.

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And speaking of that fun nature, Nevins described the experience that one might look forward to at the upcoming Wilkes-Barre performance as just a downright good time.

“They can expect a really friendly, comfortable crowd, and a real community-oriented, positive experience,” she said.

With the exception of one Johnny Cash song, Donna the Buffalo is known for performing its own music, and while some of that music carries with it a sociopolitical message, most of it is just an upbeat commentary on life.

For Nevins, touring is a rewarding experience in many ways. The fact that she is able to live out her passion for music and performing is, of course, one perk to being on the road. But she also enjoys the process of meeting new people and spending time with the members of the band, and the idea of kinship that is so visible with the band’s tight-knit fanbase is also apparent in the band itself.

“(Touring) feels purposeful, and it’s very hard work, but it has great rewards,” said Nevins.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HEREhttp://www.theweekender.com/music/Buffalo_roams_to_its_own_Americana_beat_09-07-2010.html

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By Dan Kunz

Center Daily Times– State College Pennsylvania

Friday September 18, 2009

Perhaps it was the complementary barbecue food. Maybe it was the crowd’s response. Whatever the reason, North Carolina’s Afromotive is back at Zeno’s Pub less than two months after their July gig. Electric bassist Ryan Reardon couldn’t be more pleased with State College’s reception to his group.

“This will be our third time playing here,” Reardon said. “We’re hoping for an even bigger turnout than the previous show, and the last one was great.”

Photo By Monty Chandler: Rhythm band Afromotive returns to State College.

Photo By Monty Chandler: Rhythm band Afromotive returns to State College.

As the name would imply, the band fuses traditional African folk music and rhythms with a jazzy funk twist. The sextet effectively channels Afrobeat legend Fela Kuti at his most vibrant and political, 1970s-era James Brown at his most brooding and militant, and, when trumpeter Sean Smith takes center stage, Miles Davis at his most exploratory.

“People were definitely enjoying us from the get-go when we began playing gigs in Asheville,” said Reardon, originally a native of Buffalo, N.Y. “I had traveled to Africa in 2001 and was exposed to Afrobeat and traditional folk music for the first time. It changed my life. I relocated to North Carolina from New York when I finished school. I just needed a change of scene.”

Among the musicians Reardon met up with was singer and percussionist Adam Dembele, a 33rd-generation djembe player originally from the Ivory Coast, who embodies the elements of old African griot storytellers and is crucial to the Afromotive sound.

“Music is in this man’s blood,” Reardon said of Dembele. “He brought an encyclopedia of musical knowledge to the band, as well as many songs indigenous to Africa that we perform in a modern style.”

So does one need to grasp the intricacies of jazz or the evolution of African music to fully appreciate what Afromotive is trying to achieve, or is this a group you can simply shake your butt to?

“Hopefully, the latter,” Reardon said. “If a band can pull of different complex musical elements — jazz, African poly-rhythms and so forth — and make it look easy, that’s when the audience can respond. I’d like to think Afromotive’s music is challenging enough for the serious music listeners who keep an ear out for all the different components, yet simple enough for the dancers who just want to get down.”

Afromotive will perform at 10 p.m. Sept. 18 at Zeno’s. Call 237-4350 for more information.

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