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Have you Herd? Countdown to Midnight with Donna The Buffalo 2010-2011

First Night Raleigh
Friday, December 31st, 2010
set time: 10:30 – Midnight
Main Stage – Site 26
The $9 First Night Raleigh Admission Button grants you access to every venue and every activity.
All Ages
City Plaza – Downtown
Raleigh, NC

The countdown is underway to First Night Raleigh 2011 — marking 20 YEARS as central North Carolina’s best and biggest New Year’s Eve celebration. Festivities will begin at 2:00 on December 31, 2010 with the Children’s Celebration, followed by the People’s Procession down Fayetteville Street, an Early Countdown at 7:00 and Evening Performances of music, dance, comedy, interactive activities and more in two dozen venues throughout downtown Raleigh.

Donna the Buffalo is happy to be ringing in the New Year with the countdown to midnight at First Night Raleigh this year! The day’s events look to be fantastic and others on the lineup include Tropic Culture, Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass, Comedy Worx, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Chuck Davis and the African American Dance Ensemble, Mandolin Orange, Lenny Marcus Trio, Transactors Improv Company, the First Night Light Circus and many more!

Fireworks at Midnight and appearance by Ira David Wood III, actor and Executive Director of Raleigh’s Theatre in the Park, sponsored by goLiveWorkPlay.com

For complete festival details, performer schedules and admission buttons go to firstnightraleigh.com. Ring in 2011 with 40,000 of your closest friends at FIRST NIGHT RALEIGH!



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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.

FOR FAN CLUB TICKETS AND INFO CLICK HERE

**TOUR DATES HERE**

NEW YEAR’S EVE RUN & BENEFIT CONCERT DETAILS

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

www.kellerwilliams.net

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Check out the final report from Jenny Keel on Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s New Year’s Eve event at the Grey Eagle in Asheville:

Just now catchin our breath from the fantastic finale night that marked the close of 2009, and the beginning of what’s going to be the BEST YEAR EVER ! our 8th Annual New Year’s Eve shebang at the Grey Eagle Music Hall in Asheville NC was a stellar success-   a rolicking ragin crowd of ultra enthusiastic folks came out to enjoy the festivities we presented-   MC Fudd McKinney fired everyone up and announced and introduced and shared his unmatched wit all throughout the evening.  and the MUSIC!

PURE MAGIC from start to finish.. DWAYNE BROOKE crooned his original songs and tore up the gypsy jazz guitar (Larry, of course, couldn’t resist joining in on THAT, to pay tribute to Django Reinhardt at a point in Dwayne’s stylish set)..  then

Larry and Jenny and GARY KEEL killed it in an explosive Keel Brothers set-  non-stop energy and passion in that mountain family musical merger.

After that came the NUCLEAR new sound from the coolest riverboat rock folk band we’ve ever encountered (well, really the ONLY band like this that we’ve ever encountered!), BAWN IN THE MASH. Those guys blew every one’s minds, with a huge sound of irresistible instrumentation (including at times xylophones, theramin electronics and the whole gamut of acoustic instruments from big bass to fiddle and mando, to the biggest drum sound ever heard in the grey eagle, probably!).. makes you wanna tear your hair out with excitement!

And as the momentum built into the big turn of the time into 2010, LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE took the stage, bringing together the mass of musicians that had gathered there that night, for everyone to cheers and toast and play a vivacious version of Auld Lang Syne.. 13-piece bluegrass orchestra style..  tears of joy and anticipation for a fresh, fabulous start to the year 2010 launched LKNB into an hour and a half of some spectacular musical moments–   Larry unleashed brand new music, including a lyrical song he wrote, “LOVE”, and the dark-humored soldier’s blues song written by friend (and veteran) Donny Knuckles called “BAGHDAD BLUES”, plus a new instrumental “FISHIN REEL”..

The fun, the frenzy, the friendship among all those like-minded music lovers gathered in that warm place that night, all makes us GLOW with the best memory-    and it will fuel our fires for months to come in this great New Year that we’re already charging into!  Stay closely tuned to www.larrykeel.com, our facebook and twitter networks, and to www.fishinandpickin.com to see ALL THE GOOD STUFF GOIN ON all the time!
HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYBODY!

~Jenny Keel

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Come ring in the New Year with Donna the Buffalo with some very exciting performances!

Photo by John Darwin Kurc

The band’s New Years Eve show will take place at the Loveless Barn, a very cool and beautiful new venue in Nashville, TN. The band played for the venue’s grand opening in January 2009 and is excited to be back celebrating New Year’s!

Complete show details, including special guests, will be announced very soon.

Tickets will be $60 and will include light hors d’oeuvres, champagne, hats, noisemakers, and a late-night brunch after the show.

It gets even better: On Wednesday, 12/30/09, Tara and Jeb will perform a duo show 9 pm at The Family Wash, which is famous for their Sheperd’s pie. They have a very nice menu with both veggie and non-veggie dishes. Reservations are recommended for the 8:30 seating. There’s no cover–it’s a pass-the-hat affair.

Then on Friday, 1/1/10, Jeb and Tara will perform another duo show at 4 pm at Saffire Restaurant (615-599-4995). For hotel reservations, contact the Hampton Inn (615-662-3133; mention the Loveless Barn show for a $105 plus tax rate) or the Microtel Inn (615- 662-0004; $79 plus tax).

www.donnathebuffalo.com

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Performances by Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, Bawn in the Mash (from Kentucky), Dwayne Brooke (From The Woodshedders), and The Keel Brothers (Larry and Gary).


Video Preview by  G Social Media/ AskAsheville.

LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE is undeniably the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating Acoustic Americana ensemble performing today. Period. Lead by award-winning Flatpicking Guitar genius Larry Keel, this group takes Bluegrass instrumentation into totally surprising places and spaces, from the purest traditional forms to the most astonishing experimental sonic journeys a listener can undertake. The mission is always clear: to let technical skill, honest emotion and fearlessness connect their playing and singing to their audience, to entertain and to thoroughly ENJOY the experience! “We hope,” says Keel to reporter TJ Boley, “to achieve a commonness between everyone that listens to our music, and let the magic of the music take over the moment and bring everyone together. We want them to be pulled into the music.”

Keel himself absorbed the best lessons of his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born TALENT with his own incomparable approach to flatpicking the guitar and to his original music. The combination is pretty irresistible, and has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic musicians alive, and some now gone: Tony Rice, Vassar Clements, Sam Bush, Del McCoury, John Hartford, Bill Monroe, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, to name a few. And his fierce, high-spirited energy also appeals to young rockers, jammers and alt country pickers and fans who are equally drawn to Keel’s deep rumbling voice, his earthy and imaginative song-writing, and his down-home-gritty-good-time charm. Keel regularly collaborates with JamBand and Rock giants Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Jorma Kaukonen, David Nelson, Jim Lauderdale, members of String Cheese Incident and Leftover Salmon, amongst others.

Joining the award-winning Flatpickin legend are his MIGHTY band Natural Bridge: Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Jason Flournoy on banjo and vocals, and wife Jenny Keel holding strong on upright bass and vocals. You won’t believe what these musicians achieve with just these simple, acoustic instruments, with nothing but volume enhancement to deliver the musical message. One live encounter with this artist and his band proves undeniably and out loud to the world that they are the best at what they do and they cannot be replicated, thus placing them in a musical class all theirown: LARRY KEEL AND NATURAL BRIDGE will amaze you!

Fishing Reel Video of Larry Keel and Natural Bridge at Watermelon Park Fest ’09
Internet Archives for Larry Keel live recordings

Bawn in the Mash is Experimental Americana for Intergalactic Folk. “Bawn in the Mash bridge the rarely traversed gap between bluegrass and rock ‘n’ roll with the effortlessness of careful students of both.”- The Nashville Scene. They are from Paducah, KY. www.bawninthemash.com

Dwayne Brooke is a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who shines out like a ray of moonshine from the dense tangle we call West Virginia. Somewhere between Jimi Hendrix and Stephen Foster he became enchanted, and thus supremely influenced, by the (awesome) musical stylings of Django Reinhardt. He has rendered forth a host of modestly incredible songs, which sources report, cause listeners to “furiously oscillate their hind-parts and experience satori…” Dwayne is also crown-prince of “The Woodshedders”, the amazing septet that explores the boundaries of traditional acoustic music, and bring forward an array of influences including Swing, Old-Time, Bluegrass, Rhythm & Blues, and especially the Hot Club Jazz of Django Reinhardt. The Woodshedders’ debut CD “Catch That Yardbird” just won the JustPlainFolks Roots Album of the Year Award for 09. http://www.thewoodshedders.com

The Keel Brothers consider that their music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes, drawing on selections from the earliest Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Doc and Merle Watson, Classic Country Gentlemen, fiddle tunes and flatpicking guitar tunes and old ballads that were always a part of the weekly “jam sessions” of the Keels’ large circle of Bluegrass picker-friends. It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument. The “Keel Brothers” project is the long overdue glimpse into the fantastic family energy that launched young Larry into virtuoso playing by the age of 17. Listen to the Keel Brothers here.

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