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My Morning Jacket announces tour dates

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 30, 2010

 My Morning Jacket Hit the Road With The

Preservation Hall Jazz Band For Jazzfest,

Southeastern US Dates

It’s been almost a full year, but the wait is finally over.  My Morning Jacket are ready to bring their electrifying live show back on the road.  The guys will make their way around the Southeastern United States this Spring, including a performance at  this year’s Jazzfest in New Orleans.  MMJ are also excited to both try something new with their choice for an opening act, and bring some of the spirit of NOLA along with them.  The band is honored that the historic Preservation Hall Jazz Band will be supporting them on the run.

The connection with the PHJB originated in the Spring of 2009 when MMJ frontman Jim James was invited to sing with them at their home turf, New Orleans’ legendary Preservation Hall.  James recorded two songs with the band: “St. James Infirmary” and “Louisiana Fairytale.”  The tracks will appear on the bands forthcoming album, PRESERVATION: An Album To Benefit Preservation Hall & The Preservation Hall Music Outreach Program, out February 16th.

“When I got the invitation to go to the legendary Preservation Hall – where SO much of the music we now know and love on this earth found its early roots – I did not waste a minute,”  James reminisces.  “Getting to sing while the guys played with such glorious bursts of sound – all live in that holy room with the ghosts and garbage trucks crankin’ along – was an experience I’ll never forget.”

The PHJB’s leader Ben Jaffe shares his memory of playing with James: “I couldn’t have imagined Jim fitting in any better with the guys at Preservation Hall.  Creating music is not a science.  There is no tried and true formula.  There is an unspoken bond amongst musicians.  One that exists in the notes we choose.  Jim’s like our long lost cousin coming home for the first time.” 

MMJ Tour Dates With The Preservation Hall Jazz Band:


04/20:  Birmingham, AL @ Alabama Theater

04/21:  Nashville, TN @ Municipal Auditorium

04/23:  Atlanta, GA @ Chastain Park

04/24:  New Orleans, LA @ Jazzfest

04/27:  St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheater

04/28:  Charleston, SC @ Family Circle

04/30:  Raleigh, NC @ Koka Booth

05/01:  Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavilion

05/02:  Columbus, OH @ LC Outdoor Pavilion

Halfway to Forecastle

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 26, 2010

Halfway to Forecastle was an incredible event filled with constant stimulation for your eyes and ears. Held at the Point, J. K McKnight confirmed his visionary ability to push the area’s music scene,  turning Louisville into the big city dance club for the night.

The venue resembled an amusement park fun house complete with colored lights, mirrors, wall videos,props, and neon lights.

The mostly college age crowd came attired in what could best be described as Mardi Gras fashion.  Although I am not familiar with this type of music L.A. Riots put together a steady stream of sounds with danceable beats. It was very interesting.

Kid Sister followed with a very entertaining  set that pushed the crowd to even a higher level of dance. The show was to continue on until 3:00a.m. Between photographing the event, working my way through the crowds with my eyes and ears pushed to new heights of stimulation, I was zapped of my energy and couldn’t make it past 1:00 a.m.

I pride myself on giving every type of music a chance. Would I do it again? Yes, It  was great fun! Even if I was most of the crowds parent’s age!

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Members of Gov’t Mule and Widespread Panic renew Stockholm Syndrome

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 22, 2010

Stockholm Syndrome is made up of an all-star cast. When Widespread Panic bass player Dave Schools and acclaimed singer/songwriter Jerry Joseph of the Jackmormons decided to collaborate, each initially thought the side project would be a cool, if temporary, change of pace. With one studio album released, a new studio album set for release in early 2010 and multiple tours behind them, Stockholm Syndrome has transcended being just a side project. Stockholm Syndrome is a band.

The band’s unusual choice for a name, Stockholm Syndrome, refers to the psychological phenomenon in which a hostage bonds with his kidnappers. It seemed an apt moniker for the pair’s somewhat convoluted relationship. Now all Schools and Joseph needed was a band.

They put together their “Dream Team” including Eric McFadden (a San Francisco-based guitarist who has worked with Keb Mo’, Les Claypool and George Clinton’s P-Funk All Stars), Danny Louis (an Upstate NY based keyboard virtuoso widely known for his role in Gov’t Mule and Cheap Trick) and drummer Wally Ingram (an L.A.-based drummer who has worked with Jackson Browne, Sheryl Crow, Tracy Chapman and David Lindley). All three musicians were on board and are now back for more live dates, an in-store recording for release and a pending studio album.

Stockholm Syndrome is ready to serve up its potent brew of provocative songs and thrilling, genre-transcending musicianship to worldwide audiences. Schools is already contemplating the future, “We’ll take it as far as it wants to go. I think that everyone is really enjoying playing together…it ceased to be a recording project and became a band.”

There aren’t many bands with the ability to hit the ground running the way Stockholm Syndrome did. And now that they’re launched, they show no sign of slowing down soon.

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Wanee Festival announces 2010 Lineup

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 18, 2010

Live Oak, FL: The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park                                                                                 

Wanee Recap 2009

April 16 and 17

Artists: The Allman Brothers Band and Widespread Panic will perform Friday and Saturday night of the Festival. Other performers include: Gov’t Mule; Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi; Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, & Jay Lane are Scaring the Childern; Stephen Stills; The Black Keys; Dr. John; Hot Tuna Electric; 7 Walkers featuring Bill Kreutzmann & Papa Mali; JJ Grey & Mofro; Johnny Winter; George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic; The Funky Meters; The Wailers; Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings; North Mississippi Allstars; A Family Affair with Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk (performing Sly & The Family Stone); Jaimoe’s Jasssz Band; Chuck Leavell with The Randall Bramblett Band; Particle; Oteil and Kofi Burbridge with The Lee Boys; Col. Bruce Hampton; Devon Allman’s Honeytribe; Scrapomatic; Bobby Lee Rodgers Trio and Bonobos Convergence

Tickets on sale Friday January 22!

Air Supply entertains Horseshoe

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 16, 2010

Air Supply played ther hits from the 70’s , 80’s and songs from their upcoming album. The    band is celebrating it’s 35 year anniversary since meeting while singing in the Australian cast of Jesus Christ Superstar.

The Bears of Blue River

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 14, 2010

photo by Kristen Barker at

Poster art by Zach Stewart

A band formed in Muncie, IN is working their way into the music scene.

The Bears of Blue River who now resides in Chicago, IL will be out touring for most of early 2010 in support of their new Ep “The Killer Bee Scare” which was engineered and produced with friends, Margot and the Nuclear So and So’s. (Sony/Epic)

The Bears of Blue River will be celebrating the Tuesday, January 26th Release and hitting the road Wednesday, January 20th all the way through the end of March. Their travels will take them all through the Midwest, up and down the East Coast, to the warmth of Florida and through the Gulf of Mexico to Texas for SXSW.
Prominent stops along their travels include a Daytrotter Session in early February, a performance on KARE 11 Showcase MN (NBC) with an average viewing audience of 100,000, a cozy show at Arlene’s Grocery in New York’s Lower East Side for representatives from Sony, lead Music stories in the circulated Midwest entertainment rag NUVO, as well as Redeye and Metromix features, greeting the audience of 2,000 locals for the Ghent Bar Tour in Virgina, and a wide ranging, eclectic mix of venues from Bowling Alleys to  Art Galleries.

All the while Minneapolis based, Tinderbox Music will be pushing the EP hard via the College Radio Circuit.

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Jim James and Johnny Quaid Launch Online Record Label

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on January 8, 2010

My Morning Jacket’s Jim James and cousin Johnny Quaid are launching Removador Recordings and Solutions. An online platform to shine a light on some musicians that he admires and would like to share with the world.

The label will help connect the dots between an ever-growing artistic community that James is a part of.

Learn more at