Mickey Hart - Innovators in Music DVD - A fascinating and compelling glimpse into Mickey Hart's magical, musical world.
Alongside his work of nearly 30 years as a drummer with iconic rock band the Grateful Dead, MICKEY HART has flourished as a solo artist,bandleader and author. INNOVATORS IN MUSIC was fortunate to spend the better part of two days at Mickey's home and studio in a remote area of northern California.
Mickey's tour of his instruments
Interview with Zakir Hussein
Interview with Sikiuru Adepoju
Music Extras: Obama Rap, The Ballophone Jam, The Beast Jam
Electric Hot Tuna - Live at 2013 Wanee Music Festival (2 CDs) - Electric Hot Tuna! Professionally recorded live at Wanee Music Festival on April 18, 2013. 2 CDs! TRACKS: 1. I See The Light (7:31) 2. Children Of Zion (4:43) 3. Can't Be Satisfied (7:46) 4. Ode To Billy Dean > True Religion (12:45) 5. Hesitation Blues (6:13) DISC2: 1. A Little Faster (4:46) 2. Bow Legged Woman (9:16) 3. Stage banter 1 (1:22) 4. Vicksburg Stomp (4:53) 5. Rock Me Baby (8:18) 6. Funky #7 (14:36)
Mickey Hart - SUPERORGANISM- In the past two years, Mickey Hart (Grateful Dead/Mickey Hart Band) has sonified the Universe, the Golden Gate Bridge, the America's Cup, and now, he is going even deeper. On his new record SUPERORGANISM, Hart is breaking new ground by combining music with science and the human body. This time we journey into the micro, the hidden worlds of rhythm within us, within our bodies, says Hart. My brain wave signals are reimagined in sound using a cap with electrodes that can read the throbs and signals of the brain. I have also sonified the sounds of stem cells, and heart rhythms for this recording. On SUPERORGANISM, Hart has once again paired up with longtime collaborator and Grateful Dead lyricist, Robert Hunter, as well as, many special guest musicians.
Michael Franti & Spearhead - All People CD - “All People is about the beauty of diversity, being your authentic self in a crazy world and the infinite power of love,” added Franti. “For everyone that's been with us for days or decades, I really appreciate the love that you've given us. The music is for you and you inspire us.”
Franti’s impressive career spans decades, albums and many achievements. The singer, poet and activist has amassed an extensive and rabid fanbase, and draws sell-out crowds by virtue of his electrifying live shows.
Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk - Dirty Word CD - A decade into the formation of Dumpstaphunk, the New Orleans all-star collective Ivan Neville (vocals, B3 and Clav), the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie (formerly with Beyonce s all-female band) on drums and vocals releases their third studio album, Dirty Word.
Dirty Word offers a fresh and varied take on funk, blues, gospel, second-line, R&B and rock n roll. The album features special guest appearances by Art Neville, Trombone Shorty, Rebirth Brass Band, Skerik, Ani DiFranco and Flea (Red Hot Chili Peppers).
Honey Island Swamp Band - Cane Sugar CD - In 2005 guitarists/songwriters Chris Mule and Aaron Wilkinson were left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, marooned in San Francisco, and mulling an uncertain future with fellow refugees, bassist Sam Price drummer Garland Paul. Honey Island Swamp Band is formed and returns home to New Orleans, quickly gaining recognition as a burgeoning local act. Their great songs - heavily influenced by the roots music of Lowell George & Little Feat, The Band, Gram Parsons, and New Orleans own Dr. John - and their burn-the-house-down live shows, mark the band as an upcoming regional powerhouse. In 2013 Eight years of incessant touring have garnered a sizable fan base across the country. Grammy winner producer, John Porter, comes on board to record their first national release, Cane Sugar . It is Honey Island Swamp Band's own special brew Bayou Americana - a blend of Blues, Southern rock boogie, Appalachian music and New Orleans swamp funk that is decidedly all their own.
Roots of Creation - Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church) CD/DVD - 2013 New England Music Award Winners, Roots of Creation, mix roots and dub reggae with guitar-heavy rock and electronica, all wrapped around lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and consciousness laden lyrics.
RoC’s newest release, a DVD/CD set, Live at Bella Terra Festival (. . . And Stoned at Church), captures the band as a five-piece, during a tour, from the east coast to Chicago to Eastern Canada, in August 2011. At Bella Terra in Stephentown, NY, RoC performed directly after the headliner, Mickey Hart. As thousands of fans poured from the main stage over to the late-night tent, ROC delivered a truly unique music experience with thumping reggae bass lines, piercing guitar licks, and an electronic-dub sound only this band could create.
The Royal Noise - Unbreakable CD - Philadelphia’s premier jazz-funk collective has quickly established itself as a high energy, grooving crew. Drawing from vintage and contemporary influences alike, they are forging an ebullient fusion of sinewy funk, gritty jazz, psychedelic rock and live hip-hop elements with a distinctly southern flavor, reminiscent of funk fusion acts like Herbie Hancock, Lost Tribe, Lettuce and Mother Funk Conspiracy.
This is the group's second studio release, produced by Shane Baldwin at Elevated Basement in Savannah, GA. Their latest efforts feature infectious grooves, hypnotic melodies and an evolution in sonic textures, drawing influence from such acts as Frank Zappa and mid-period Herbie Hancock, as this "bunch of rhythm devils" (Brian Robbins, Jambands.com) continues to redefine modern jazz-funk fusion. Also available: The Royal Noise - Keep On Moving CD
Sonny Moorman Group - More Live as Hell CD - Noted music Journalist Randy McNutt may have said it best, "He can flat-out play—and sing... Sounds have been passed from blues giant Freddy King to Lonnie Mack to Sonny Moorman." "I came to play" says Sonny Moorman. "I was raised in the bars my folks owned in and around Hamilton, OH and got to hear world class artists Lonnie Mack, Cal Collins, Dumpy Rice, Troy Seals, Wayne Perry, and a score of others up close and personal and learned one thing – all the hype in the world doesn't mean a thing unless you can back it up!" Back it up he does - one heck of a blues power trio! Also available: Sonny Moorman Group - Live as Hell CD & Sonny Moorman - Live at the Cincy Blues Fest! CD
Frank Zappa - A Token of His Extreme DVD - Recorded on August 27, 1974 at KCET in Hollywood, A TOKEN OF HIS EXTREME features Frank Zappa with five incredibly talented band members for this extravaganza of live music. The line-up exists of Frank Zappa guitar, percussion, vocals; George Duke keyboards, finger cymbals, tambourine, vocals; Napoleon Murphy Brock sax, vocals; Ruth Underwood percussion; Tom Fowler bass; Chester Thompson drums.
The Program, as edited and thoroughly tweezed & produced by FZ for Honker Home Video includes these delights: The Dog Breath Variations/ Uncle Meat, Montana, Earl Of Duke (George Duke), Florentine Pogen, Stink-Foot, Pygmy Twylyte, Room Service, Inca Roads, Oh No, Son Of Orange County, More Trouble Every Day, A Token Of My Extreme.
Aug 8-10 - 28th Jerry Garcia Birthday Bash - Terra Alta, WV
Aug 8-10 - Whippersnap Music Festival - Yorkville, IL
Aug 14-18 - ARISE Music Festival - Loveland, CO
Aug 22-24 - Camp Barefoot - Bartow, WV
Aug 29-Sept 1 - Mantrabash - Ferguson, NC
Aug 29-Sept 1 - Two Rivers Music & Arts Festival - Terra Alta, WV
Sept 5-8 - Interlocken - Arrington, VA
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- Lee Crumpton