The Hip Abduction

The Hip Abduction mixes reggae, rock, and African traditions to create their own unique sound. With heavy emphasis placed on African stringed instruments (kora, ngoni), dub-reggae-inspired bass lines, and funky afro-beat percussion, the band's high-energy performances have won them a loyal statewide following. Formed on the gulf coast of Florida in 2010, The Hip Abduction has quickly grown from just a few African instrument playing surfers to a full-blown 7-piece reggae powerhouse. “THA” (as coined by fans) is currently touring the east coast constantly while hyping their new soon-to-be-released 12-song LP, which was produced by Michael Goldwasser (Easy Star Records).


Del McCoury Band - The Streets of Baltimore CD

Del McCoury Band
As much as I love modern jamgrass/newgrass variations, they just don’t bring me back to time spent camping/existing with my grandfather on his stomping grounds in the Smoky Mountains of NC, the way the old timers like Del McCoury can.

Mustang Music Festival - The Little Festival that Could

Imagine a small, intimate festival with a great mix of local/regional and national talent, top-notch hospitality, great food, all in one of the most beautiful and popular destinations on the East Coast. Well, you don’t have to imagine, because the Third Annual Mustang Music Festival in the Outer Banks at Corolla, NC delivered all that for a great price. Held October 11-12 this year, the festival is the brainchild of local restaurateur Michael Dianna and it takes place on the deck and in the parking lot outside his restaurant, Mike Dianna’s Grill Room. Since it’s scheduled after the tourist season ends, there’s no worry about heavy traffic. And while Mike’s restaurant is closed for the season, there are still plenty of local establishments open and lodging is reasonable and plentiful. He also hosts a one-day festival/jam in the spring before the season starts.

By John Phillips
Photos by John Phillips/Festy Shots Photography

Featured Artist: The Mantras

Keith Allen of The Mantras talks about the band’s own festival, MantraBash, the pending departure of keyboardist Justin Powell, and what it takes to achieve success on the jam band circuit.

The Avett Brothers - Magpie and the Dandelion

The Avett Brothers brings America to Americana. Their sound is honest, down-to-earth, and at times heart wrenching or even hilarious. With folksy lyrics that reach right into your life from across the headphone wire, and melodies that sometimes seem as familiar as nursery rhymes, the band finds a way to connect across dividing lines of musical taste. Though somewhat rooted in bluegrass, Seth and Scott Avett and Bob Crawford stretch the boundaries to fold in elements of pop, rock, alt­-country, and indie folk. Listening to The Avett Brothers is like reaching back into your memory to find yourself sitting on a milk crate with a group of friends on their driveway, watching the boys play originals in the garage.


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