Members: Ben Kolakowski (Guitar), Ryan Rogers (Mandolin), Colin Rappa (Bass), Alex Berman (Banjo), Alex Tocco (Violin)
Sounds Like: Forward-thinking, innovative bluegrass played with an exploratory, rock ‘n’ roll soul.
For Fans Of: Greensky Bluegrass, Infamous Stringdusters, Travelin’ McCourys
Bio: The Dirty Grass Players have their roots in informal picking sessions between Ben Kolakowski, Ryan Rogers, and Colin Rappa and their friends. The trio realized they had a special chemistry and looked to expand their line-up. At the Dear Jerry (Jerry Garcia Tribute) concert at Merriweather Post Pavilion, near their hometown of Baltimore, they met fellow musicians Alex Berman and Alex Tocco. After a jam session between the five young bluegrass pickers they recognized and immediate connection and the Dirty Grass Players were born. The addition of Berman and Tocco solidified the band’s traditional, yet forward-thinking bluegrass sound. Since then the band has started to garner serious attention, including winning the Charm City Bluegrass Festival Battle of the Bands in 2017. Their debut album, The Dirty Grass Players, was released in April 2017.
Lucero Family Block Party
April 22, 2017
Photos by: Josh Mintz
With threats of severe thunderstorms in the forecast, Lucero held strong to their rain or shine plans for their annual Family Block Party held on Saturday, April 22. While the rain did indeed pound Memphis in the morning, by mid-afternoon when the music started, the precipitation had died down to a not-bad-enough-not-to-go-but-just-enough-to-be-annoying level.
The 34th annual French Quarter Fest (FQF) made a magnificent mark last weekend in New Orleans. This is an incredible festival for anyone with an open musical mind. The festival nestles 23 stages throughout the French Quarter including several stages right along the Mississippi River. The music encompasses a wide variety of genres from classical, Mardi Gras Indian music, every shade of jazz in the spectrum and a lot of what you would expect from New Orleans, a large helping of funk, R&B, zydeco, Cajun music and rock and roll. Continue reading French Quarter Festival 2017→
The Pilgrimage Music & Cultural Festival, located in Franklin, TN (outside of Nashville), announced its third line-up today. Held at The Park At Harlinsdale on Saturday, September 23 and Sunday, September 24, the festival will be headlined by Justin Timberlake and Eddie Vedder. Timberlake is a producer of the festival, held in his current hometown.
Also on the bill are Ryan Adams, The Avett Brothers, Gary Clark Jr., Mavis Staples, and many more. Tickets are on sale now and full details can be found on the festival’s website.
Southern Soul Assembly
The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts
Virginia Beach, VA
March 15, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Mark Robbins
In 2014 Southern root greats, Luther Dickinson, JJ Grey, Marc Broussard and Anders Osborne came together to form the side project Southern Soul Assembly. The sound was a colossal joining with Broussard’s “Bayou Soul”, Grey’s Florida blue collar funk, Osborne’s rugged blues from New Orleans and Dickinson’s smooth casual Beale St storytelling.