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Town Mountain Performs at Gypsy Sally's on Fri 10/24
~ Nominated for IBMA Award, New Live Album

Door 7pm/ show 9pm; $10 adv/ $15 dos; 21+
3401 K Street NW  Washington , DC 20007
gypsysallys.com | TownMountain.net  
Town Mountain is Honored to be Nominated for “Emerging Artist of the Year”
in this Fall’s International Bluegrass Music Association's Awards


Their New Album, Live At The Isis, Released on August 19th
Recorded at Isis Music Hall in the Band’s Hometown of Asheville, NC

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Town Mountain. Photo By Jason Beverly

ASHEVILLE, NC -- We are thrilled to announce that Town Mountain has been nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2014 Award for “Emerging Artist of The Year.” This nomination follows last year’s honor of receiving IBMA Momentum Awards for “Band of the Year” and lead singer Robert Greer for “Vocalist of the Year.” The members of Town Mountain have thought long and hard about their cultivated roots music groove with strong focus on crafting original material. “Without doubt, this band has fine writing chops,” writes Donald Teplyske in the Lonesome Road Review. 
The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands and they have found themselves along the side of some of the best artists today at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country such as MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival just to mention a few.  
Town Mountain’s hard drivin’ bluegrass sound, tight harmonies, and stellar in-house songwriting have become the band’s trademark. They light up the stage with their honky tonk edge and barroom swagger, featuring a Jimmy Martin-style bounce and confidence that is countered at times by a laid-back John Hartford-esque groove. Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barkeron mandolin and vocals, and Nick DiSebastian on bass.

“It’s a proud moment in Town Mountain’s history, for sure,” said banjoist Jesse Langlais to acclaimed journalist Derek Halsey after last years awards show. “We’re out there doing what we do because we love to play the music… it is really nice to be recognized by the IBMA and we have experienced some good things to come from it already. When you look at it as this big wheel that is spinning, the music industry wheel, it’s great and hopefully we can live up to those momentous expectations and I think we will. We will do what we can to help to carry the legacy of the music on and make the IBMA and all who believe in Town Mountain proud of what we do.”
They released their first official live album, Town Mountain: Live At The Isis, on August 19th, 2014. The concert was recorded in their hometown of Asheville, NC at Isis Music Hall. The album features live versions of previously released studio material including crowd favorites “Lawdog,” “Tarheel Boys” and the fiddle tune “Four Miles.” Amidst the original songs are a couple of lively Town Mountain-tweaked covers such as “The Race Is On” and “Orange Blossom Special.” The audio was mixed by Scott Vestal, acclaimed banjoist with the Sam Bush Band, who also mixed their fourth studio album Leave The Bottle [Pinecastle Records 2012].
The group has focused on the goal of creating a unique sound and brand while still giving a nod and a wink to the traditional side of the bluegrass genre. Juli Thanki of Engine 145 says, “Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record [Leave the Bottle] a treat for any bluegrass fan.”
Town Mountain has been busy writing new songs for their next studio effort which will be out in early 2015.For a sneak peak at what to expect for their future recording, watch the band perform some of their new original songs in this wonderful session filmed by Boulder’s Second Story Garage while the were in the area to perform at this year’s Rockygrass: 



The song above is "Long Time Comin’” written by Jesse Langlais
Watch the other videos from their Second Story Garage session at:

http://secondstorygarage.com/town-mountain-perform-whiskey-tears-music-video/


Town Mountain on Tour 2014
9/04 Thu - 8 x 10 - Baltimore, MD
9/05 Fri - Historic Blairstown Theater -  Blairstown, NJ
9/12-13 Fri-Sat  - Pickin' in the Pines Bluegrass & Acoustic Music Festival - Flagstaff, AZ
9/20 Sat - Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion Bristol, TN
9/26 Fri - Watermelon Park Festival- Berryville, VA
9/27 Sat - Music Box Supper Club - Cleveland, OH
9/28 Sun - Rinky Dinks Roadhouse - Amity, PA
10/03 Fri - IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass - Raleigh, NC
10/04 Sat - 34th Annual Georgia MarbleFest - Marble, CO
10/15 Wed - Station Inn- Nashville, TN
10/16 Thu - The Southgate House Revival - Revival Room - Newport KY
10/17 Fri - Stoney Point Jamboree - Paris, KY
10/18 Sat - Historic Cowee School Concert Series - Franklin NC
10/23 Thu - Ashland Coffee and Tea - Ashland, VA
10/24 Fri - Gypsy Sally's -  Washington DC
11/6-7 Thu-Fri - Riverhawk Music Festival - Brooksville, FL
11/14 Fri - Randy Wood Guitars - Bloomingdale, GA
11/24-12/05  Bluegrass Jamboree Tour in Germany & Czech Republic



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Aug
27
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Camp Barefoot 8 Bartow West Virginia–

The Festival You Shouldn't Have Missed

By Joe Cariola


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Photo By © Richele Cole

Camp Barefoot is one of our favorite festivals of the year, in fact it’s the only festival I've attended two years in a row. Camp Barefoot 8 by far surpassed Camp Barefoot 7 not only because of the stellar line up, but also the phenomenal vibe and amazing people that attend and work this event year after year. Coming from our home in Frederick, Maryland, the route to the festival crosses through two national forests in Virginia and West Virginia that offer breathtaking scenic overlooks which makes the drive pleasant and seemingly quick. Cell phone reception drops off nearly forty-five minutes from the venue so during the festival, you’re truly separated from reality for a weekend of musical bliss.

The check-in process and security check is extremely efficient which allows you to get into the grounds quickly allowing a quick start to the party. The first thing we noticed is that the venue is nestled in a valley surrounded by tree covered mountains and at night, the only lights in the sky come from the stars; where not a speck of light pollution can be seen. Camp Barefoot is held on a truly magical piece of property called Camp Hidden Meadow which I can easily compare to Marvin’s Mountaintop, and in my humble opinion, I think it’s even better.

After scoping out a place to setup camp, we immediately ran into long time friends and people we met at Camp Barefoot 7. As much as this was a music festival, it was also a reunion of friends both old and new. The hugs, smiles, and laughter were endless and I awoke each morning with sore facial muscles to match my legs and feet.

For us, this was the ideal size festival making it easy to locate our friends along the beaten paths between the stages. Many large festivals have multiple stages but only Camp Barefoot manages to keep it small and easy and put amazing bands on every single one. There were two main stages (The Glass Flo Art Stage and The Cary Street Café Stage), a third stage at the top of the hill (The ENO Stage), and lastly, a fourth stage near the main gate (The Hot Spot Stage).

 

On Thursday, we started our day with a healthy dose of Moogatu on the ENO Stage. They pulled a good sized crowd even though festival goers were still arriving and settling in. Later on the main stages, Baltimore’s Pigeons Playing Ping Pong and The Heavy Pets paved the way for two sets of the groovy, funky, transcendental Papadosio experience. Afterwards, I opted for one of my Baltimore favorites, ELM, to close out Thursday evening. These were amazing bands to support the Robots versus Dinosaurs theme of the night, and the festival goers were dressed to the nines in their costumes of choice.

Friday morning greeted us with a steady downpour of rain, but thankfully it was brief. I know folks, myself included, watched the forecast the week leading up to the festival and may have been a bit nervous. The rain really just made for excellent temperatures and only a bit of dampness. The Festival Gods were smiling down upon us; most of the forecasted storms missed us entirely.

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My surprise set of Friday had to be American Babies. I hadn’t heard them prior to Camp Barefoot 8 and now they are definitely on my “not to be missed” list. Towards the end of their set they played an amazing “Scarlet Begonias” that had all the Dead Heads grinnin’ and spinnin’. This, of course, was all just an appetizer before the main course of pure funk. Kung Fu blasted out an amazing set that had the entire main stage area awash in glowing LED hoops, bracelets, and glow sticks, all bouncing to the beat they were laying down. This lead us into the two sets from the Kyle Hollingsworth Band, a Barefoot staple and family member. An hour into the sets, I tore myself away to see Moon Hooch on the ENO Stage. These three gentlemen have a fun, unique sound. From a distance, you may expect a DJ but once you lay eyes on the stage, you’ll see the band consists of two saxophone players and a drummer. They lay down some serious grooves and Mike Wilbur’s voice is simply incredible, they describe their sound as “cave music” and they are absolutely right. Camp Barefoot shows, once again, that you need to venture between all of the stages or you might just miss something ridiculous. After Moon Hooch, we ventured back down the hill to catch headliners Beats Antique. They’re always a crowd favorite and put on an upbeat, bass filled set worthy of full body dancing. The Motet was on point and played a set full of tunes off their new album that left me exhausted and satisfied. I think if I had one wish, it would be to have an extra set of legs and feet so I could keep on dancing. Greenhouse Lounge, who I had also never heard prior to CB8, closed out the festivities of Friday night with their special blend of electronic, heavy synthesized bass and live drum and heavy rock guitar leads. By the time their set was over, I wondered if I would be able to last through Saturday there was just so much good music ahead!

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Saturday continued the tradition of being absolutely ridiculous. Our musical adventures started that afternoon with Moogatu on the The Hot Spot Stage at 2:30pm. It’s difficult to describe the musical magic that occurred during that set. Their set was filled with sit-ins from fellow Barefoot bands such as Nekoro Williams of People’s Blues of Richmond on the drums; Jon Brady of ELM; and Gabriel Marin, John Ferrara, and Jeff Mann of Consider The Source. They played “Stratus” by Bill Cobham and then segued back into “Nothing Too Fancy Part 2” by Umphrey’s McGee. For those paying attention, they would notice that Moogatu played Part 1 during their set on Thursday. This was one of the most powerful moments I witnessed all weekend and I consider myself lucky to have been there.

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Pigeon’s Playing Ping Pong played their second set which limbered us up for the shenanigans to follow. Zach Deputy took the stage shortly after and played a funky, dance party of a set. Since we were in West Virginia, we were able to hear the rare, elusive, crowd favorite “Shark Fin.” This was followed by the classic rock psychedelic sound of The London Souls.

As Lettuce was preparing to take the stage, it was clear that everyone vacated their camps and flooded the main stage area. If you haven’t seen Lettuce before, I highly recommend you do so. The energy they exude with their stage antics is infectious and had everyone in the crowd dancing and raging into the night. Full body dancing, high fives with passers-by, hugs, smiles, and general merriment was in abundance! Nearly three hours of intense, instrumental funk really had me wishing I had those extra set of legs and feet I mentioned earlier! A special mention needs to be made of Party Liberation Front: Akasha & Reinhold. They held down the groove between the set breaks of Papadosio, The Kyle Hollingsworth Band, and Lettuce. The funky electronic sound prevented any of us from getting a break between sets because the dance party just didn’t stop!

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Although the crowd had thinned a bit from the workout given by Lettuce and the PBR set going down on the ENO Stage, Dopapod closed down the main stage with a rousing set. These gents are an improvisational power house. They have sounds that range from EDM (without the laptops), to metal with a groovy, soulful undercurrent. You could hear the exact same set list on two different nights and the show will still be completely unique. Talk about a dance party!!

DELTAnine closed out the festival from 3:45am to 5:00am and it was worth the exhaustion to stick around for it. We were excited to see their new setup. Chris Beck switched between drums and guitar along with Chris Honsberger’s excellent production work.

All in all, this was one of the best festivals I attended this year. The Camp Barefoot Staff loves what they do and it absolutely shows. A special shout out to Giggles and the rest of the hospitality crew for everything that they did. You can seriously feel the love at this festival. They have captured a very special vibe that only continues to grow. I know that I will be in attendance next year, and for many years to come. My battle cry of the weekend was “Long Live Camp Barefoot!!” and I know that all of us here at Cosmic Vibes Live are proud to have been a part of the Camp Barefoot family for the 4th year now and we're just as excited to see what lies ahead for camp Barefoot. This is a special place with special people and I am truly honored to have been chosen to cover this event. I want to thank Scott and the entire Camp Barefoot Crew for throwing such an amazing event!

 

Be sure to check out our Photo Gallery Of Camp Barefoot 8

Photos By Richele Cole

 

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Aug
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FIFTH ANNUAL CATSKILL CHILL MUSIC FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2014 ARTIST LINE-UP FEATURING
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND with special guest Allie Kral, THE NEW DEAL, LETTUCE, ELECTRON
SHPONGLE (Simon Posford DJ SET), KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE, PAPADOSIO, THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS AND 60 MORE ARTISTS!

LIMITED CAPACITY 3-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL AT PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMP
IN HANCOCK, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 5th – 7th, 2014

Free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, communal bonfire,open mic and more! Grab Tickets Now and Join the Chillfam!


Hancock, New York (April 29, 2014) Taking place at the picturesque Camp Minglewood in Hancock, New York September 5th –7th, 2014, Catskill Chill Music Festival unveils the lineup for their fifth anniversary, once again providing an intimate experience that delivers big name acts up close and personal in a secluded summer camp environment.

A the top of this year’s artist line-up is Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Allie Kral, The New Deal, Lettuce, Electron, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Papadosio, The New Mastersounds, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Particle, Break Science, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Marco Benevento, The Breakfast, The Heavy Pets and Orchard Lounge.

Continuing their tradition of offering a unique twist with returning artists, the Chill has announced a number of tribute sets.  In addition to their original sets, Turkuaz will pay homage to Sly & The Family Stone and Twiddle will offer up their electric take on Grateful Dead tunes, while Alan Evans’ Playonbrother tackles a set of legendary Cream.  We will also see the unveiling of Aron Magner & Tom Hamilton: Acoustic Again at Acoustic Junction.

While the performance schedule alone is reason enough to attend this annual event, it is the intimacy and unique grounds that make Catskill Chill one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the season.  With a limited capacity, no campsite is more than a few minute walk to the stages and anyone can make their way up to the front for their favorite sets. Hosted at a secluded performing arts summer camp where childhood dreams merge with the music festival culture, the “Chillfam” as Chill’s loving community have coined themselves, bunk-up in 16-person sleep away camp-style cabins, creating decorated theme camps and hosting late-night jams. Two of the five stages, the intimate Acoustic Junction and the DJ Stage are located in the heart of the campground, filling Camp Minglewood with music of all genres from morning until night. The festival also features free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic.

A limited number of Early Bird tickets are currently available for $145. For tickets & RV rentals, please visit www.CatskillChill.com.


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2014 ARTIST LINE-UP:
Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Allie Kral
The New Deal
Lettuce
Electron
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Papadosio
The New Mastersounds
Dopapod
Kung Fu
Particle
Break Science
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Marco Benevento
Orchard Lounge
Eric Krasno Band
The Breakfast
The Heavy Pets
Twiddle x2 (Original & Dead Set)
Turkuaz x2 (Original and Sly & The Family Stone Set)
Alan Evans' Playonbrother x2 (Original & Cream Set)
The Nth Power
American Babies
Consider the Source x2 (Electric & Acoustic Set)
Aron Magner & Tom Hamilton: Acoustic Again
Brownie (DJ set)
Brock Butler Acoustic
The Main Squeeze
Roots of Creation
Jen Durkin & the Business
Pink Talking Fish
FiKus
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Tauk
Cosby Sweater
The Mantras
The Manhattan Project
The Primate Fiasco
lespecial
Wyllys
Eastbound Jesus
ShwizZ
ShwiKus plays P-Funk
The Alchemystics
Fat Mannequin
The Hornitz
Flux Capacitor
Skytree x2
Subset
Business Casual Disco x2
Driftwood
SOLARiS
Funktional Flow
MUN x2 (Electric & Acoustic Set)
Cocktail Party Phenomenon
Speakerbot x2
The Jauntee
Mister F
The Chronicles
The Fritz
Tall County
Formula 5
 
FESTIVAL LINKS:
www.CatskillChill.com
www.facebook.com/CatskillChill
Twitter + Instagram: @CatskillChill | #Chillfam

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FIFTH ANNUAL CATSKILL CHILL MUSIC FESTIVAL UNVEILS 2014 ARTIST LINE-UP FEATURING
YONDER MOUNTAIN STRING BAND with special guest Allie Kral, THE NEW DEAL, LETTUCE, ELECTRON
SHPONGLE (Simon Posford DJ SET), KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE, PAPADOSIO, THE NEW MASTERSOUNDS AND 60 MORE ARTISTS!

LIMITED CAPACITY 3-DAY MUSIC FESTIVAL AT PERFORMING ARTS SUMMER CAMP
IN HANCOCK, NEW YORK SEPTEMBER 5th – 7th, 2014

Free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, communal bonfire,open mic and more! Grab Tickets Now and Join the Chillfam!


Hancock, New York (April 29, 2014) Taking place at the picturesque Camp Minglewood in Hancock, New York September 5th – 7th, 2014, Catskill Chill Music Festival unveils the lineup for their fifth anniversary, once again providing an intimate experience that delivers big name acts up close and personal in a secluded summer camp environment.

A the top of this year’s artist line-up is Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Allie Kral, The New Deal, Lettuce, Electron, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Papadosio, The New Mastersounds, Dopapod, Kung Fu, Particle, Break Science, Nahko and Medicine for the People, Marco Benevento, The Breakfast, The Heavy Pets and Orchard Lounge.

Continuing their tradition of offering a unique twist with returning artists, the Chill has announced a number of tribute sets.  In addition to their original sets, Turkuaz will pay homage to Sly & The Family Stone and Twiddle will offer up their electric take on Grateful Dead tunes, while Alan Evans’ Playonbrother tackles a set of legendary Cream.  We will also see the unveiling of Aron Magner & Tom Hamilton: Acoustic Again at Acoustic Junction.

While the performance schedule alone is reason enough to attend this annual event, it is the intimacy and unique grounds that make Catskill Chill one of the most highly anticipated festivals of the season.  With a limited capacity, no campsite is more than a few minute walk to the stages and anyone can make their way up to the front for their favorite sets. Hosted at a secluded performing arts summer camp where childhood dreams merge with the music festival culture, the “Chillfam” as Chill’s loving community have coined themselves, bunk-up in 16-person sleep away camp-style cabins, creating decorated theme camps and hosting late-night jams. Two of the five stages, the intimate Acoustic Junction and the DJ Stage are located in the heart of the campground, filling Camp Minglewood with music of all genres from morning until night. The festival also features free parking, free camping, daily yoga, live art, a farmer’s market, craft and food vendors, a communal bonfire nightly and an open mic.

For tickets & RV rentals, please visit www.CatskillChill.com.

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2014 ARTIST LINE-UP:
Yonder Mountain String Band with special guest Allie Kral
The New Deal
Lettuce
Electron
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe
Papadosio
The New Mastersounds
Dopapod
Kung Fu
Particle
Break Science
Nahko and Medicine for the People
Marco Benevento
Orchard Lounge
Eric Krasno Band
The Breakfast
The Heavy Pets
Twiddle x2 (Original & Dead Set)
Turkuaz x2 (Original and Sly & The Family Stone Set)
Alan Evans' Playonbrother x2 (Original & Cream Set)
The Nth Power
American Babies
Consider the Source x2 (Electric & Acoustic Set)
Aron Magner & Tom Hamilton: Acoustic Again
Brownie (DJ set)
Brock Butler Acoustic
The Main Squeeze
Roots of Creation
Jen Durkin & the Business
Pink Talking Fish
FiKus
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong
Tauk
Cosby Sweater
The Mantras
The Manhattan Project
The Primate Fiasco
lespecial
Wyllys
Eastbound Jesus
ShwizZ
ShwiKus plays P-Funk
The Alchemystics
Fat Mannequin
The Hornitz
Flux Capacitor
Skytree x2
Subset
Business Casual Disco x2
Driftwood
SOLARiS
Funktional Flow
MUN x2 (Electric & Acoustic Set)
Cocktail Party Phenomenon
Speakerbot x2
The Jauntee
Mister F
The Chronicles
The Fritz
Tall County
Formula 5
 
FESTIVAL LINKS:
www.CatskillChill.com
www.facebook.com/CatskillChill
Twitter + Instagram: @CatskillChill | #Chillfam

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Aug
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Elikeh is playing a special Labor Day Concert at Iota Club & Cafe on August 30, at 8:30pm.
The D.C.based Elikeh is an Afro-pop band that specializes in the catchy melodies and infectious rhythms of West African popular music. Elikeh uses elements of West African rhythms as a foundation for exploration into American-influenced blues, funk and rock.

New Audio - Elikeh live at Funk Parade DC 
https://soundcloud.com/elikeh/we-go-go-by-elikeh-at-funk-parade-dc95314
Video - Elikeh at Kennedy Center
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=jxo_vtRt7CU
Web
www.elikeh.com

The U-Liners (The U-Liners play a wide variety of music in the roots-rock and Americana genres) 
and Djesben (Djesben is a trio of multi-instrumentalists whose diverse backgrounds guarantee to delight with a variety of styles) are also performing.

Saturday, August 30
Elikeh at 
IOTA Club & Cafe (2832 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, Virginia 22201)
8:30pm
$15
IOTA CLUB & CAFE :: LIVE MUSIC FOREVER



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