The Dirty Grass Players: Forward-thinking bluegrass with a rock ‘n’ roll soul

Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music

By: Tim Newby

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Band: The Dirty Grass Players (Official Webpage)

Hometown: Baltimore, MD

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.

Albums: The Dirty Grass Players (2017)

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What They Do Live:

SUWANNEE SUMMER CLUSTERPLUCK ARTIST ADDITIONS!

SUWANNEE SUMMER CLUSTERPLUCK ARTIST ADDITIONS!

Vince Herman and Drew Emmitt (Leftover Salmon),
artist-at-large Rev. Jeff Mosier and Pickled Holler
June 23 & 24, 2017 at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL Continue reading SUWANNEE SUMMER CLUSTERPLUCK ARTIST ADDITIONS!

Lucero Family Block Party 2017

Lucero Family Block Party
Minglewood Hall
Memphis, Tennessee
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.

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Baskery: Blistering banjo punk

Pilgrim Profiles: Your guide to the freshest faces in grass-roots music

By: Tim Newby

Band: Baskery (Official Webpage)

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Members:  Greta Bondesson (guitar, banjo, drums, harmonica, vocals), Stella Bondesson (bass, vocals), Sunniva Bondesson (acoustic/electric guitars, cello, vocals)

Sounds Like: Blistering banjo punk with shimmering vocal harmonies. Continue reading Baskery: Blistering banjo punk

French Quarter Festival 2017

French Quarter Festival 2017
New Orleans, Louisiana
April 6-9, 2017
Photographer/Writer: Bob Adamek

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

Vedder, Timberlake, Avetts headline Pilgrimage Music Festival

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.

13th Annual Wanee Music Festival – Approaching with Lightning Speed!

13th Annual Wanee Music Festival – Approaching with Lightning Speed!
The Spirit Of The Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida
April 20th – 22nd, 2017
April 19th – Happy Hour = Butch Trucks & The Freight Train Band a Special Dedication to Butch Trucks
Writer: Tyler O’Brien Muir

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music park, nestled under the beautiful Floridian Cypress trees on 800 acres of lavish forest welcomes the 13th Annual Wanee Music Festival this coming April 20th – 22nd. Continue reading 13th Annual Wanee Music Festival – Approaching with Lightning Speed!

Supper time! Southern Soul Assembly at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts

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.

Once in a blue moon audiences have the opportunity to see collaboration projects like that of the Southern Soul Assembly. The Sandler Center for the Performing Arts in Virginia Beach, VA, provided such an opportunity on March 15th when the southern quartet, SSA, cascaded on to the stage. Continue reading Supper time! Southern Soul Assembly at the Sandler Center for the Performing Arts