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Keller Williams Announces “Celebrate the Holidays” NYE Run December 29-31 And 10th Annual SPCA Holiday Benefit on December 26

Critically Acclaimed Covers Album Thief Sets Stage For Keller To Break Into Children’s Music with New Album, Kids, Due October 26

Keller Touring Theaters Across The Country This Fall

Keller Williams has announced plans for a set of very special East Coast New Year’s Eve concerts. Starting on December 29 in Virginia and concluding on NYE in North Carolina (details below), each show on the “Celebrate the Holidays” run will feature three sets built around a different theme. Set I will be reggae, dub and funk versions of Keller favorites with Jay Starling on keys, Mark D on drums and Keller on bass.  Set II will feature the bluegrass stylings of Larry Keel on guitar and his wife Jenny on bass with Keller playing his mini twelve-string (wanna-be mandolin) guitar.  And Set III will be old school Keller on acoustic guitar with his trademark looped-out dance grooves. Big screen video visuals will be provided by Scott Sunn.

Before the NYE run kicks-off, Keller bring his three-set extravaganza to his hometown of Fredericksburg, VA for his annual holiday concert to benefit the SPCA.  To celebrate the ten year anniversary of the event, which will take place on December 26 at the Fredericksburg Field House, Keller has invited local marching band Elby Brass to join the show for set break music.  100% of the concert’s profits will go to support The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA.  Less than 3% of The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA’s budget is received from the City of Fredericksburg, forcing the branch to rely almost solely on individual and corporate donations and fundraising events like this. The Fredericksburg Regional SPCA is a “no-kill” shelter whose mission is to tackle the problem of pet overpopulation through education, adoption, rehabilitation and spay/neuter.  www.spcafred.com

Keller’s SPCA benefit show and NYE run will cap a very busy year for one of the hardest working men in music.  May saw the release of his acclaimed all covers album Thief featuring Larry and Jenny Keel.  Praised by Blurt as “impressive…. a great effort that’s bound to bring in a few more fans,” the album features completely retooled versions of songs by everyone from Amy Winehouse to Ryan Adams.  Moving from covers to kiddos, Keller’s latest album finds him breaking into the world of children’s music with the appropriately titled Kids. A sure hit for parents and children alike, Kids is due October 26 via SCI Fidelity, this will be Keller Williams’ sixteenth album.

Keller will tour in support of Kids with select November dates in the Pacific Northwest as the “Super Music Friend” on the Yo Gabba Gabba tour.  Keller will also be playing for older kids with evening shows in the same cities.  Prior to the Kids tour Keller will be touring theaters all over the country, details below.




Sunday, Dec. 26th, 2010

SPCA Benefit

Location: Fredericksburg Field House in Fredericksburg, VA

Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Tickets: $25

Ages: All ages

Website: www.fredfieldhouse.com

Wednesday, Dec. 29th, 2010

Location: The NorVa in Norfolk, VA

Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Tickets: ADV $18/DOS $21

Ages: All ages

Website: www.thenorva.com/

Thursday, Dec. 30th, 2010

Location: The National in Richmond, VA

Time: Doors at 7pm, show at 8pm

Tickets: ADV $18/DOS $21

Ages: All ages

Website: www.thenationalva.com/

Friday, Dec. 31st, 2010

Location: Neighborhood Theatre in Charlotte, NC

Time: Doors at 8pm

Tickets: ADV $35/DOS $45

Ages: All ages

Website: www.neighborhoodtheatre.com, including information on hotel deals and transportation packages


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February 6, 5:31 PMCharlotte Music ExaminerMonty Chandler


Jeb Puryear of Donna the Buffalo performs at the Neighborhood Theatre Feb 5th, 2010

Numerous opportunities for great live music were on tap for Charlotte music lovers Friday night.  The down side is you really had to choose which artists you were going to see from a talented selection available.

To maximize viewing opportunities, this writer chose to see Donna the Buffalo with Split Lip Rayfield opening at the Neighborhood Theatre.  That show started at 8PM.  Then at 11:20PM I snuck out of that show and headed across the street to the Evening Muse to see StephaniesId at 11:30.

Split Lip Rayfield is a three person Americana band out of Witchita, KS.  The group are made up of Eric Maris on Banjo; Wayne Gottstine on Mandolin; and Jeff Eaton on a single string Gas Tank Bass.  That’s right – a Gas Tank Bass made from the gas tank of an old car.  Check out the photos to see for yourself!  The guys sounded great with a definite folk rock progressive beat that had a large audience on their feet.

Photos of the Split Lip Rayfield performance..

The headliner for the night is the legendary Americana group and music festival favorite Donna the Buffalo.  The herd was definitely present and accounted for tonight!  Bluegrass, folk, zydeco, rock and lovely ballads were the rich mixture of diverse music emanating from this very talented group of musicians.  Normally the vocals for the group are split between Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins, but tonight Tara had no voice.  She was barely able to speak.  Whispering with her before the show, she was disappointed in not being able to sing, but realizing there really wasn’t much she could do about it (other than make it worse by trying to sing) she took it in stride and decided that the show must go on.  That meant that Jeb would carry the load.  Something he did masterfully I might add!

Donna the Buffalo members are Jeb Puryear (vocals & guitar); Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, electric fiddle, accordian,& scrubboard); Vic Stafford (drums); David McCracken (keyboards); Jay Sanders (bass).  Check out their sound on their MySpace page!

Photos of the Donna the Buffalo performance..

Then it was on to the Evening Muse to to enjoy the unique pop rock sound that belongs to StephaniesId.  With a set decorated in a little fluffy girlie stuff, the band set out to entertain a large audience with an almost 90 minute set of fan favorites ranging across all three of the bands albums.  StephaniesId is Stephanie Morgan (vocals, guitar); Chuck Lichtenberger (keys, vocals); Tim Haney (drums); Jacob Rodriguez (Saxophone); Justin Ray (Trumpet, French Horn).  An excellent horn section sets this group apart!

Photos of the StephaniesId performance..

Keepin’ it live,

Monty Chandler

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October 7, 8:42 AMCharlotte Music ExaminerMonty Chandler

Mad Tea Party has just released a spooky Halloween EP titled “Zombie Boogie”.

The EP is a collectible 33 rpm 7″ vinyl record with a disturbing letterpress cover created at Hand-cranked Letterpress in Asheville, NC.  It also comes in a CD version!

The four tracks on the EP capture Jason Krekel (guitar, drums) and Ami Worthen (ukulele, guitar) at their most raw and rockin’.  With two original songs and two obscure covers, Zombie Boogie is cetain to get you in the mood for the Halloween season.  Copies of Zombie Boogie will be available at Mad Tea Party shows and through their website starting now! Also available in all the online digital stores.

The Mad Tea Party will be opening for Toubab Krewe October 30th at Charlotte’s Neighborhood Theatre.

side a) Zombie Boogie by Ami Worthen ’09; & Cemetery Stomp  side b) You Spooked Me by Jason Krekel ’09; & What’s The Matter?    guest Henry Westmoreland, Sax.  Engineered by Doug Williams.  Mastered by Seva.

Keepin’ it live,


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