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Introducing “The Festy Presents!”

In response to amazing feedback from the first two years of The Festy Experience, the talent, party, vibe, and hospitality of The Festy Experience will be brought to you throughout the year in the Charlottesville area. The Festy Presents will feature artists who have performed at The Festy as well as artists you can anticipate for The Festy 3 (October 5-7, 2012)

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On Saturday, December 3rd, The Festy Presents brings two-year veterans of The Festy, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge to The Southern along with The Founding Fathers (featuring Chris Pandolfi and Andy Falco of The Infamous Stringdusters). The night will feature draft beer from Devils Backbone Brewing Company and ALL advance ticket purchasers will be entered to win a pair of ticket to New Years Eve at The Jefferson Theater with The Infamous Stringdusters or a Festy merchandise package.
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Original, and from the soul, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge joyfully ride the changing tides of traditional bluegrass, country, jam rock, roots reggae, and even the currently emerging indie-alt scene always honoring the pioneers that introduced Bluegrass and Mountain Music into popular culture. Larry Keel is an award-winning Acoustic Americana flatpicking guitarist, well known for his entirely unique song-writing, gravelly voice and lightning fast licks and is “consistently touted as the hottest, most provocative and most entertaining bluegrass (artist) of this decade.” Joining the award-winning Flatpickin legend to make up Natural Bridge are the vastly talented Mark Schimick on mandolin and vocals, Larry’s life-long picker pal (and fishing phenom) Will Lee on soulful, blues-grass style 5-string banjo and penetrating lead vocals, and wife Jenny Keel with her impeccable timing and solid, yet imaginative bass lines as well as tenor vocal harmonies.

Show details at a glance:
The Festy Presents:

Larry Keel & Natural Bridge
The Founding Fathers
Saturday December 3, 2011

Doors at 7:30pm
$12 in advance/$15 day of show
Limited Seating Available
Advance tickets are available for pickup at The Southern, Rapture, and Devils Backbone Brewing Company

Or online at:
www.thesoutherncville.com
www.thefesty.com
www.thefestypresentslarrykeel-larrykeel.eventbrite.com

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Photo by Melissa Colombo

JUST ANNOUNCED: A NEW YEAR’S RUN
WITH SOLO SETS, KELLER & THE KEELS, AND KDUBALICIOUS,
SPECIAL GUESTS THE PIMPS OF JOYTIME,
KELLER PLAYS FOR KIDS MATINEES, AND MORE.

THE DEBUT OF THE TRAVELIN’ MCCOURYS FEATURING KELLER WILLIAMS –
AT MAGNOLIA FEST, VOODOO MUSIC FESTIVAL AND ELSEWHERE THIS FALL

KELLER RELEASES BASS –
HIS 17TH RECORDING, AND HIS FIRST PLAYING ONLY BASS GUITAR –
IN DECEMBER 2011

Since Keller Williams first appeared on the scene in the early ’90s, he has helped define the term independent artist. Looking at the diversity of his fall plans, you can certainly ascertain why. Look for Keller on tour through the end of the year in several of his various incarnations, including his newest collaboration – The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams – debuting this fall at Magnolia Fest, Voodoo Music Festival, and others. Also announced today, a New Year’s run: beginning December 28 at The Lincoln Theatre in Raleigh, North Carolina. Then on December 29 and 30 the show rolls to The National in Richmond, VA and Norfolk’s NorVa respectively, with Keller Williams on stage for one set solo and one set with his project Kdubalicious, plus very special guests The Pimps of Joytime. For New Year’s Eve, Keller & The Keels ring in 2012 at Brooklyn Performing Arts Center in Wilmington North Carolina. All four venues will also host a Keller Plays for Kids matinee performance earlier that day. Visit kellerwilliams.net for information and tickets.

Also in December, Keller Williams releases his 17th recording, Bass, which is also Keller’s first-ever release playing only bass guitar. The lineup – dubbed Kdubalicious for live shows – features Keller on bass, Jay Starling on keyboards, and Mark D on drums. Additional details on the release of this reggae/ dub/ funk delight will be announced soon.

Brought together by equal parts mutual admiration and the desire to change the musical landscape while staying true to their roots, The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams are a perfect – albeit unexpected – fit. The two have a lot in common after all: their high energy, ever-evolving live shows, their individual playing prowess, and their strong and unique song writing skills. It’s a perfect marriage of instrumental virtuosos, memorable songwriting, infectious musical camaraderie, and undeniable energy. And with both acts known to bring epic and spontaneous live collaborations to theaters and festivals across America – The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams will take this collaborative spirit one step further, promising to bring something fresh and unexpected to the live stage.

Long considered one of the most unique and prolific live performers, Keller Williams brings his signature joyful spontaneity and infectious good humor to another of his recent incarnations: Keller Plays For Kids. A standout at Lollapalooza’s much-buzzed about “Kidzapalooza” and a favorite Super Music Friend on Yo Gabba Gabba! Tour, Keller Plays For Kids heads into theatres in a handful of select markets this fall, including Washington DC, Brooklyn, and others. See below for Keller Plays for Kids details. Check out this Keller Plays for Kids feature on HDNet Movies KidScene: http://kellerwilliams.net/kids

The current list of confirmed dates is as follows:
Saturday, September 24 – Sunday, September 25 Life Is Good Festival Boston MA KIDS show
Thursday, October 6 Harro East Ballroom Rochester NY
Friday, October 7 Westcott Theater Syracuse NY
Saturday, October 8 The Egg Albany NY KIDS show
Saturday, October 8 The Egg Albany NY
Saturday, October 15 Utopiafest Utopia TX
Friday, October 21 Magnolia Music Festival Live Oak FL The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Saturday, October 22 9:30 Club Washington D.C. KIDS show
Saturday, October 22 9:30 Club Washington D.C.
Friday, October 28 Madison Theater Covington KY Deloween with Keller Williams, The Del McCoury Band, and The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Saturday, October 29 Jefferson Center Roanoke VA Deloween with Keller Williams, The Del McCoury Band, and The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Sunday, October 30 Voodoo Music Festival New Orleans LA The Travelin’ McCourys Featuring Keller Williams
Thursday, November 3 – Friday, November 4 The Pour House Charleston SC
Saturday, November 5 Georgia Theatre Athens GA
Thursday, November 10 Blind Pig Ann Arbor MI
Friday, November 11 Newport Music Hall Columbus OH
Saturday, November 12 Beachland Ballroom & Tavern Cleveland OH
Friday, November 18 Stone Pony Asbury Park NJ
Saturday, November 19 Brooklyn Bowl Brooklyn NY KIDS show
Wednesday, November 30 – Thursday, September 1 The Abbey Theatre Durango CO
Friday, December 2 El Rey Theatre Albuquerque NM
Saturday, December 3 Orpheum Theater Flagstaff AZ
Sunday, December 4 Hard Rock Cafe Las Vegas NV
Thursday, December 8 Infinity Hall Norfolk CT
Wednesday, December 28 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC KIDS Show
Wednesday, December 28 Lincoln Theatre Raleigh NC with Kdubalicious
Thursday, December 29 The National Richmond VA KIDS show
Thursday, December 29 The National Richmond VA w/ Kdubalicious and The Pimps of Joytime
Friday, December 30 The Norva Norfolk VA KIDS show
Friday, December 30 The Norva Norfolk VA with Kdubalicious and The Pimps of Joytime
Saturday, December 31 Brooklyn Performing Arts Center Wilmington NC with Kdubalicious and Keller & The Keels
Saturday, December 31 Brooklyn Performing Arts Center Wilmington NC KIDS show
Monday, January 9 – Saturday, January 14 Jam Cruise 10 Fort Lauderdale FL Keller & The Keels
Wednesday, March 14 – Saturday, March 17 Jam in the ‘Dam, The Melkweg Amsterdam NL

Look for Keller Williams’ complete list of fall tour dates at www.kellerwilliams.net.

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The Blind Tiger announces the grand opening of its NEW 1819 Spring Garden Street location with a special New Years’ Eve performance headlined by instrumental powerhouse Toubab Krewe who is touring in support of their new album TK2. The event is presented by Greenefields Productions.  Doors for the Friday, December 31st celebration will open at 8pm with the new venue boasting of a higher capacity of 480, free parking, larger bathrooms and 5000 sq feet . The Jonathan Scales Fourchestra opens the show with music at 9pm. Ticket packages are $20 and include one ticket to the show, champagne toast, & complimentary hor d’oeuvres. They are available at www.theblindtiger.com

Click for more on TK2

The Blind Tiger’s grand opening celebration will be headlined by Asheville-based Toubab Krewe. Formed in 2005, Toubab Krewe has tenaciously honed their craft through relentless touring and a fierce dedication to carving out something they can truly call their own. The fruits of this hard work can be heard on their scintillating new long-player, TK2, out now on Nat Geo Music.

Some music cannot be found on a map or within iTunes categories. Some music is so original it seems snatched from the great, invisible substrata that runs below all human activity, a sound aching to be born without a flag or fixed allegiance– free, questing, overflowing with immediate, tangible life. This is the music of Toubab Krewe, the vibrant Asheville, NC-based instrumental powerhouse that creates a sonic Pangaea that lustily swirls together rock, African traditions, jam sensibilities, international folk strains and more. While nearly impossible to put into any box, it takes only a few moments to realize in a very palpable way that one is face-to-face with a true original who recognizes no borders in a march towards a muscular, original, globally switched-on sound.

What Justin Perkins (Kora, Kamelngoni, guitar, percussion), Teal Brown (drums, congas), Drew Heller (guitar, piano, fiddle), David Pransky (bass, guitar), and Luke Quaranta (Djembe, percussion) have wrought on TK2 reflects the many miles and musical journeys that have transpired since their studio debut.


The NYE pairing of Toubab Krewe with Jonathan Scales Fourchestra is sure to be an unforgettable occasion.  Jonathan Scales is a Steel Pan player who brings a whole new sense of vitality to this traditionally Caribbean instrument.  Here you have a classically trained composer turned steel pan maestro, heavily influenced by sounds from banjo virtuoso Bela Fleck to rapper Jay-Z . . . It’s a whole new concoction with a jazz edge classical sensibility, that has been described as “joyously inventive” by the Jazz Times. Check them out in the video below:

Purchase tickets for this New Year’s Eve Celebration online here.

Toubab Krewe NYE 2010-2011
Grand Opening of The Blind Tiger
Jonathan Scale Fourchestra opens

Friday, December 31st

$20, doors 8pm, show 9pm
336-272-9888
1819 Spring Garden St
Greensboro, NC 27403
www.theblindtiger.com


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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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