Oakland County’s Favorite Summer Festival Celebrating Art, Music, Cuisine and Humanity returns August 29-September 1, 2014.
Now in its 17th year, Ford Arts, Beats & Eats Presented by FirstMerit Bank takes place in Downtown Royal Oak. The festival will offer more than 200 performances on ten stages, a highly ranked Juried Fine Arts Show, local restaurants with some of the finest cuisine in metro Detroit and international, regional and local attractions that will make the city of Royal Oak the premier destination for Labor Day weekend 2014.
RADIO BIRDMAN AUSTRALIA 2014 DATES
Original members Pip Hoyle, Rob Younger, and Deniz Tek
will assemble a new lineup for a limited run of concerts
around Australia in November 2014.
Friday 31st October - NEWCASTLE
Saturday 1st November - SYDNEY
Sunday 2nd November - MELBOURNE
Monday 3rd November - MELBOURNE
Friday 7th November - BRISBANE
Saturday 8th November - ADELAIDE
Sunday 9th November - PERTH
Los Angeles, CA - Climb aboard the Mothership for one of the wildest rides into the outer reaches of experimental music! Landing September 2, Mothership is the debut album from Guru Freakout, the thoroughly avant garde side project created by percussionist, singer, and frontman of the legendary Krautrock band Guru Guru, Mani Neumeier, along with über talented multi-instrumentalist/producer Jürgen Engler of German industrial band Die Krupps. With the help of bassist Scott Telles (ST 37), these two captains of the Far Out ride hypnotic, free-floating stoner rock grooves drenched in alien guitar fuzz on two epically long jams, the 30+ minute “Notre Dame (Mothership)” and the extended vinyl side-long aural hallucination “The Snows Of Mt. Bonnell,” that will have audiences shouting “Take me to your leader!”
Engler tells the story of Guru Freakout’s origin:
Mani is an old friend of mine. Near the end of 2012, he came to visit me in Austin where I had organized a show for him to play. We also planned to do some recording for a follow up project to Cosmic Couriers Other Places, which was released on Cleopatra in the ‘90s. At the same time I was working with bass player Scott Telles of ST 37, and when Scott heard that Mani was in town, he wanted to meet him since he had always been a big fan of Guru Guru. So the three of us got together at his rehearsal studio and started jamming right away. We had a great chemistry, so we decided to record a few tracks with a little digital recorder, and also at Ohm Recording Studio. When we listened to the tracks later, we realized that we had some really good material that should see the light of day, and so those recordings became the Guru Freakout album.
The music is built around Mani’s relentless weaving drums. The guitar - psychedelic, atonal, bluesy and aggressive. At the same time, the bass - thunderous, Lemmy-sounding, with the energy of Peter Hook. All these elements combined to make for a very unique psychedelic experience...It’s Guru Freakout time!
Fans of Guru Guru and experimental, improvised music will not want to miss this very special album. The CD version includes exciting bonus tracks of rehearsal recordings that give an early peak into the makings of one of the most adventurous musical collaborations in recent memory!
1. Notre Dame (Mothership)
2. The Snows Of Mt. Bonnell
BONUS TRACKS (CD ONLY)
3. A Little Bit Spacier
5. Elektrolurch-Mutation (Live At The Salvage Vanguard)
To order the CD on Amazon: http://geni.us/2ISW
To order the digital version on iTunes: http://geni.us/1Ul4
Sonny Vincent - Testors - Vocals and Guitar
Rat Scabies - The Damned - Drums
Glen Matlock - Sex Pistols-Bass
Steve Mackay - Stooges-Sax
Badassed line up, huh? But it didn’t come together by design. No, folks, it sure as heck didn’t. Well… even though I have a ton of stuff to do today, I am obligated to tell the story of this album before the Illuminati get ahold of it and rewrite history to suit their plans. (I understand they dance to my song, “I See”, at their meetings and picnics. Apparently, it’s a horrible sight of angular frenetic dancing with grimaced faces and clenched fists.)
This album was three years in the making and it all started with a phone call from Herman Verbelen. I have some friends in Belgium, notably Herman, Isabelle, and Ronny. Growing up in Brussels, they were Punk Rock/Garage fans and later followed their maniacal interests by booking bands, promoting shows, and supporting every scroungy passion powered band that came around. Everyone has crashed at their place and enjoyed a gigantic American-style breakfast (in Belgium, nice!).FULL STORY HERE
WDET-FM, a public radio station in Detroit, Michigan has debuted a track off the forthcoming Voyag3r album, Doom Fortress. Il Guanto Nero can now be streamed at WDET's soundcloud page (https://soundcloud.com/wdet/exclusive-download-voyag3r-il-guanto-nero) for the next week.
Doom Fortress will be available worldwide via iTunes, Amazon MP3 and most other digital music stores this Tuesday, August 26. Physical formats, vinyl LP, CD and limited edition Cassette, will be available starting at the bands album release concert Saturday, September 6 at Small's in Hamtramck, MI (a suburb of Detroit). For more information or to pre-order Doom Fortress, visit the bands official website at www.voyag3r.com
Doom Fortress preview video: http://youtu.be/nyz-_PJxUIs
Yesterday I saw a post on my friend Jim Harper's Facebook page about a new PBS TV series beginning this Fall nationally. The show is called "A Craftsman's Legacy". Jim has a custom made motorcycle crafted by Eric Gorges and it is incredible....We love Eric's work and now we get to travel with him across the US looking at the best craftspeople!
Each 30-minute episode will follow Eric Gorges on a quest to discover true craftsmen in today’s world. Traveling across America, Eric will be interviewing men and women that understand the importance of craftsmanship. Every episode will explain the history of an old-world craft and the importance in the building of America.
Did a bit of phone chat with the man himself Eric yesterday...We have a lot of art taste in common....Eric told me a bit about meeting some of the craftsmen and women his has profiled on his show. Eric says their skills are fantastic and now we can't wait until October to see the 13 Episodes.... Watch a clip of the new show below!
To quote JIM HARPER: Please mark it down on your calendars, Friends. Saturday mornings beginning October 4th at 11:30am on WTVS Detroit Public Television. Check this page for air dates and times in your area. This is gonna be so great!.
Since Dick Wagner's passing I've been reminiscing a little about the great days THE FROST had during the hey days in Detroit from 1967 through 1971. The Frost was one of the premiere bands at that time and could fill The Grande, Cobo Hall, and Olympia Stadium on their own in those days and we sold over 50,000 copy's of the Rock & Roll Music album in only a few days.
Frost photo courtesy of James Anderson
Unfortunately it became a crutch to us as most of the big bands were traveling a lot more than we were and gaining a larger fan base. Due to that fact, and poor choices with record companies and management, we eventually fell into a void and new we had to make the tough choices a band at it's end has to make.
I will always be proud of what The Frost accomplished. Through that band Bobby Rigg and I have had a long career of playing in this great State of Michigan. Met more stars and future stars including musicians and singers from Detroit and around the world than most people could ever dream possible.
Thanks to all of you from the north to the south for letting us do what we do. Donny Hartman.
World-Renowned Guitar Player Steve Hunter Releases Live CD & DVD 'Tone Poems Live'
“Steve is a wonderful musician with great chops and a big heart.” - Peter Gabriel
Los Angeles, CA - For the first time ever, Blues Rock Guitarist Steve Hunter, renowned for his work with Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed and Alice Cooper, is captured on film playing a career-spanning anthology in an intimate setting with some of the worlds finest players.
Also featuring Tony Levin, Phil Aaberg and Alvino Bennett!
The DVD, titled 'Tone Poems Live', was filmed on August 24th 2013 at a recording studio in LA. Alongside Steve was Tony Levin on Bass (Peter Gabriel, King Crimson) Phil Aaberg on Keyboards (Elvin Bishop, Peter Gabriel) Alvino Bennett on Drums (Dave Mason, Robin Trower).
They rehearsed for two days and filmed on the third day as though it were in front of an audience. Fourteen tunes, each played twice, with no overdubs added later. The material was chosen from most of Steve’s solo albums plus a few covers, including ‘Solsbury Hill’ ‘What’s Going On’ and Stevie Ray Vaughan’s ‘Riviera Paradise’.
“The soulful notes that Steve Hunter plays have the perfect balance of fat warm tone, taste and personality” - Steve Vai
This is the first time Steve Hunter has ever been filmed doing his own material plus material of his own choice. Steve is now legally blind and all though not out of the question, touring has become more of a challenge. The recording session was produced and recorded by Brian Brinkerhoff and Paul Lani.
Tony Levin: “Steve is one of those wonderful musicians who speaks from the heart”
Phil Aaberg: “There’s something about the subtlety, the texture and the tone quality that he gets with an individual note, to me that’s a great guitar player”
Alvino Bennett: “I’m hearing all three Kings; Albert, BB and Freddy”
Jason Becker: “I can't put into words how much your soul comes out of your fingers. Everyone should see and hear this DVD”!
Watch some of the DVD: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TvG1x5og8eg
To purchase Steve Hunter's 'Tone Poems Live' DVD: http://www.stevehunter.com/Store.html
To purchase Steve Hunter's 'Tone Poems Live' CD: http://www.stevehunter.com/Store.html
Steve Hunter’s website: www.stevehunter.com
Rob King photo Dan Sultana
Back in the day....Destroy All Monsters Drummer Rob King's father Richard opened King's Keyboard House in Ann Arbor. Rob started working at the store, cleaning. He started taking piano lessons at age 5 from a private teacher, and by age 12 had discovered the drums. "I liked the way they sounded."
In 1977, Rob joined the band Destroy All Monsters (DAM). Included in the line up was former MC5 bassist Mike Davis, former Stooges guitarist Ron Asheton, and Performer/Artist Niagara Detroit.
They toured England in the late 1970s, played often in New York City, and cut records that were mildly successful. His favorite venue was the Lyceum in England , where DAM boasted an audience of about 4,000 people. He also loved playing at the CBGB in New York, though he prefers the term "new wave" over "punk." DAM played shows with bands such as the Ramones, and other drummers love the way Rob plays...
Rob is working in the Metro Detroit area and he would like to be busy teaching drumming, doing session work and tuning pianos too....He is an absolute genius....by all means we recommend him on all levels! CALL ROB KING 734 478 5568
Here is Rob drumming with Ron Cooke's Dead City Prophets
RETURN OF THE
SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL
GOGOL BORDELLO, CLUTCH,
FISHBONE, HALESTORM, LUCERO,
BALTIMORE (Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014) – A "Shindig" is defined as "a large, lively party celebrating something,” and in this case, that "something" is the DIY Rock & Roll spirit and work ethic of Baltimore at the core of THE SHINDIG MUSIC FESTIVAL, returning Saturday, Sept. 27 to Carroll Park with alt-rock legends JANE’s ADDICTION and punk rock favorites RISE AGAINST anchoring a daylong, two-stage lineup in the city’s Pigtown district that’s as fun and diverse as Charm City’s people and neighborhoods.
Adding to the eclectic festivities on this year’s two main stages will be Gogol Bordello, Clutch, Fishbone, Halestorm, Lucero, J Roddy Walston & The Business, Larry and His Flask, The Mahones, The Bots, Charm City Devils, Bad Seed Rising. Gates open at Noon. Music Begins at 12:30 p.m. Tickets are on sale NOW at $60 until Aug. 16 (early bird); $70 thereafter. VIP tickets also available. To order tickets, go to www.missiontix.com/THESHINDIG. Complete festival information at www.theshindigbaltimore.com.
The all-day festival will feature two identical main stages with NO OVERLAPPING SETS of music. The Vending Village in The Woods offers a variety of Baltimore’s best and familiar food and beverage options with plenty of seating and shade available. The Woods is also home to the Ripley's "Believe it or Not" Side Stage featuring an array of rare talent including sword swallowers, fire breathers, aerial acrobats, burlesque performances and other visually captivating oddities.
"I was born and raised in Baltimore and creating a festival and vibe we've never seen was my goal,” says THE SHINDIG’s curator, longtime Maryland independent concert promoter, Paul Manna at 24-7 Entertainment “As a fan of every artist playing, I just know that thousands of live music lovers will truly appreciate this lineup as much as I do. Seeing Perry Farrell and Jane's Addiction, one of my all-time favorite bands, perform in Pigtown will certainly be the icing on the cake.”
The Shindig's inaugural event last year, featuring Dropkick Murphys, Joan Jett and The Blackhearts, The Gaslight Anthem, Clutch, The Mighty MightyBosstones, Reverend Horton Heat, The Hold Steady, and more, was a resounding success, prompting Pigtown officials to welcome its 2014 return.
"The Shindig showcased our historic neighborhood to the most people ever gathered for an event in Pigtown or Carroll Park - without any incidents or arrests,” says Ben Hyman, Director of Pigtown Main Street. “They are yet another example of our investment in Pigtown, including the opening of nine new businesses and hundreds of thousands of dollars in economic development."
Carroll Park is located 1/2 mile from Camden Yards, M&T Bank Stadium, I-95, and I-395 in the heart of Baltimore’s beloved Pigtown. To eliminate any parking concerns, 24-7 Entertainment has reserved several large, secured parking lots that border the festival grounds conveniently land marked by the monstrous Montgomery Park building.
The Shindig is proud to welcome festival lovers from all over the Mid-Atlantic region to our beloved hometown of Baltimore, MD for another year of great music and memories.
THE SHINDIG ON THE WEB:
Official Website - www.theshindigbaltimore.com
Facebook - www.facebook.com/theshindigbaltimore
Twitter - @TheShindigBmore
Instagram – shindig24_7
Bob Seger Photo Tom Weschler
Bob is releasing a new tune to radio just in time for the Woodward Dream Cruise but you can listen to Detroit Made HERE
In honor of Bob and the Dream Cruise...we'd like to share 10 of our very favorite tunes from the vault......Feel free to leave your favorites in the comment section below! I am certain to hear some protests but that's OK...send them in and we'll post your favorites too!
Hear the first song released from Johnny’s final studio album Step Back, out September 2.
Ben Harper on Johnny Winter, for Rolling Stone:
"The blues means everything to me, and Johnny Winter meant everything to the blues. There is not one note, lick or riff I will ever play that doesn't owe an unpayable debt to Johnny Winter. I play the way I play because I couldn't play like Johnny Winter.
"While simultaneously breaking musical and cultural barriers, he was one of the ordained architects who went on to define the blues not only for generations, but for an entire genre. As an artist, he played and sang with a rare and unparalleled urgency and sincerity that requires musicians of all stature to listen and learn. As a producer, Johnny Winter was the gatekeeper whom Muddy Waters entrusted to further his own sound. That says it all.
"Johnny Winter was the gospel truth, one of the rare and hallowed musical pillars of the blues. Tonight I'm gonna play Johnny Winter real loud in my house, then try to cop a lick or two of his and once again wonder, 'How on Earth did he play that!?
“To me there’s no difference between Mike Scott and The Waterboys; they both mean the same thing. They mean myself and whoever are my current travelling musical companions.” - Mike Scott
London, UK - Much to the excitement of Mike Scott & The Waterboys fans worldwide, 'Strange Boat', the definitive biography written by Ian Abrahams, is now available on Gonzo MultiMedia! 'Strange Boat' charts the twisting and meandering journey of Mike Scott, describing the literary and spiritual references that inform his songwriting and exploring the multitude of locations and cultures in which The Waterboys have assembled and reflected in their recordings.
From his early forays into the music scene in Scotland at the end of the 1970s, to his creation of a ‘Big Music’ that peaked with the hit single ‘The Whole of the Moon’ and onto the Irish adventure which spawned the classic Fisherman’s Blues, his constantly restless creativity has led him through a myriad of changes.
With a revolving cast of troubadours at his side, he’s created some of the most era-defining records of the 1980s, reeled and jigged across the Celtic heartlands, reinvented himself as an electric rocker in New York, and sought-out personal renewal in the spiritual calm of Findhorn’s Scottish highland retreat. Mike Scott’s life has been a tale of continual musical exploration entwined with an ever-evolving spirituality.
Says author Ian Abrahams, “It's been a really lovely task to update this book and revisit the musical and spiritual journey of Mike Scott, and to once again explore the mercurial talent that has set the The Waterboys on their twisting and turning journey. It's such a great story, full of change and development, paths and tributaries; it's one that I've enjoying relating immensely.”
Originally published in 2007, this new edition is revised and updated and contains a ‘bonus’ feature on Mike Scott’s Appointment With Mr Yeats album, originally published in R2 Rock N Reel magazine.
Strange Boat – Mike Scott & The Waterboys
Published 11th August 2014