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Get Ready for one of my absolute favorites, Jen and the Juice with popular Charleston band Dangermuffin on Friday, September 17th  at the LAB in Asheville. Show starts around 10pm, just after the Downtown after Five on Lexington Ave with Larry Keel and Natural Bridge!

JE N  A N D T H E  J U I C E wow audiences with a singularly hipster mix of swingy, bluesy, refreshingly original funk and folk. Together in Western North Carolina for more than five years now, their second CD “Meet the Hooligan’s of  Bohemia” in 2007 hit a home run with fans and earned a juicy spot in WNCW 88.7 FM radio’s top 10 best regional albums of 2007. Now the Juice is heading into wider territory with a newly released CD “Fruit”, an even more dynamic cast of characters and a step up to regional and national touring.

“We draw a lot of inspiration from folks like Sublime, Beck, The Beatles, Paul Simon, G-Love, and Taj Mahal”, says Jenny Greer, lead vocalist and songwriter for the Juice. Her songs are exciting audiences connect immediately at both the emotional and fun level, wanting to know her and become part of the groovin’ picture. A multi media wizard who juices websites, music, lyrics, guitars and cover art like Willy Wonka makes candy, Jen’s a powerhouse in the singer songwriter and arts community at large. If ever a person could make things work, rouse a crowd, organize a party, create a concert and art happening with a walloping big collaboration of sound/ fun/ art and anything else, it’s Jen.

While Jenny writes most of the songs, the bands help make the arrangements smart, smooth and funky. Rolling melodies gently cruise through a lyrically painted canvas and stories dot the landscape of their tunes. After five years, their sound and reputation have grown, there are a few new members and a more polished, vibrant sound. While Jen travels the guitar neck, deftly cruising the chords of jazz, swing, rock and folk, Jake Hollifield owns the keyboard in the Juice, adding juke joint/boogie woogie flare and sophistication. Mikie Gray (Firecracker Jazz Band) handles drums while Ben Bjorlie holds the groove together tightly on electric bass, Kether Ables sings beautiful back-up melodies. The sound is melodic, familiar yet new, with a sing-a-long-able feel most acts would long for. Be prepared for dancing, spontaneous singing, shouting, clapping, whimsical familiarity and even a little group introspection as the audience bonds with Jen and the Juice for a warmly refreshing and hip musical ride.

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The Blue Rags
The Grey Eagle
Saturday, June 5, 2010

all ages, 9pm
$10 advance, $12 at the door
828-232-5800
185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC 28801
http://www.thegreyeagle.com
www.myspace.com/httpwwwmyspacecomthebluerags

Come celebrate the start of summer with Asheville’s home town favorites The Blue Rags. After playing hugely successful shows in the fall of 2009 at LAAFF and the Grey Eagle, as well as the 2010 French Broad Festival, they are back June 5th, 2010 at the Grey Eagle performing their own brand of Rag-N-Roll.

Don’t miss your chance to see this widely influential play live in Asheville, it doesn’t happen very often. The show will feature original members Jake Hollifield, Scott Sharpe, Abe Reid, Aaron “Woody” Wood, Mike Rhodes along with good friend Brent Sevier on bass (Bill Reynolds is in Europe touring with Band of Horses). The musical branches of The Blue Rags family tree spread deep and far.

After helping to put the WNC music scene on the map starting in the early 90’s (both before and after their stint on Sub Pop Records) through solo careers, side projects and session work; constant touring with such diverse acts as Bad Livers, Southern Culture on the Skids, Pavement, Government Mule and Leftover Salmon helped spread their reputation across America. They were also widely influential in the Americana scene right as it was coming into conception as a musical banner/umbrella. Popular bands of today, including the Avett Brothers, Old Crowe Medicine Show, and Scrappy Hamilton (now Truth and Salvage Company, touring with the Black Crowes) site The Blue Rags as musical influences.

If you are an old fan, come out to relive some memories with some old skool friends. If you’ve never seen The Blue Rags, but just heard about how great their live shows were, don’t miss your chance!

The Blue Rags @ The Grey Eagle, Asheville, NC

The Blue Rags “Take Me Back” at L.A.A.F.F Sept. 09

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