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Americanafest Announced 2012 Dates Following Most Successful Event Ever

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on November 17, 2011
The Americana Music Association has chosen September 12-15, 2012 for their annual Festival & Conference, which will take place once again in Nashville, Tennessee.  The announcement comes on the heels of the not for profit music association’s most successful and critically acclaimed event ever.  The Americana Honors & Awards show is, according to theWall Street Journal, “a night in which singers who can sing, players who can play, and writers who can write came together to acknowledge their debt to great, unfettered American music and renew their pledge to take it forward with honesty and integrity.”
Musical segments of the Americana Honors & Awards show will appear on PBS nationwide during a special presentation: ” ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” beginning November 19 in the Austin City Limits timeslot.
Fueled by musical legends, the next generation of stars and music industry heavyweights, the 2011 Americana Music Association Festival and Conference, presented by Nissan, saw over 10,000 fans, over 300 performing artists and more than 1,000 music industry professionals, all of whom participated in the unparalleled four day celebration of  American Roots inspired music.
The most significant increase in attendance took place at the conference portion of this year’s event, where industry professionals and artists gathered for a series of educational workshops and seminars.  Peaking at over 1,130 attendees, a 25% gain over last year, registration for the conference has now increased by a staggering 35% since 2009. The 2011 Festival & Conference also stimulated a boost in new AMA memberships, with a 13% increase in members in the last 12 months. Membership now stands at 1356.
The Americana daytime conference, located primarily at the Nashville Downtown Sheraton Hotel, featured 47 unique events divided into educational panels, workshops and
musical presentations.  The conference expanded it’s outreach into the Nashville community partnering with the Country Music Hall and Fame Museum, Musician’s Corner, the Tinney Contemporary Gallery, the Southern Festival of Books, the Hard Rock Cafe and the Second Fiddle.
Highlights of this year’s event included the Keynote Address from Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow, an Americana curated-lineup with Nanci Griffith headlined at Musicians Corner in Centennial Park, a gallery exhibit and performance by Steve Forbert, and a stacked panel discussion titled “Land of 1000 Dances: The Groundbreaking Sounds of Muscle Shoals,” featuring pioneering producers, songwriters and musicians who contributed to the acclaimed recordings birthed there.
By evening, the Festival portion of the annual event showcased nearly 100 of Americana’s
best acts, including a diverse mix of both legends and the next generation of stars.  Attendance increased proportionately with thousands of fans and conference attendees packing houses at all five participating venues through the purchase of festival wristbands or limited general admission purchases.
The association’s capstone event, the Americana Music Honors & Awards show sold out the Ryman Auditorium for the first time in its ten-year history.  The program was broadcast live on Nashville Public Television (WNPT-Channel 8), and for the first time in the event’s history, will be broadcast nationwide by PBS.  “ACL Presents: Americana Music Festival” is set to air on Saturday November 19th (check your local listings).

“This year’s event reflects the growing national and international popularity of the Americana genre,” says Americana Executive Director Jed Hilly.  “That artists like Gregg Allman, Robert Plant and Lucinda Williams along with industry leaders like Neil Portnow, Rich Bengloff and Michael Huppe have flown to Nashville to be a part of our community is a huge honor.”  Hilly added, “What’s really exciting is the attendance of the genre’s next generation at both the festival and conference portions of our event – from the Avett Brothers to Jessica Lea Mayfield and the Civil Wars, and the hundreds of
other new artists and younger fans eager to understand the new music landscape and
experience great live music.  The Americana future is bright.”

Following the enormous success of Americanfest 2011, the association will conduct its annual Board of Directors elections and will focus on increasing its already broad appeal nationally and internationally in 2012.
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Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on November 17, 2011



Wanee Festival 2010


The 2012 Wanee Music Festival, held April 19th to 21st at Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, FL, is putting  Early Bird Tickets on sale Monday, December 5th at 10AM.  3 Day Tickets are just $165 (plus applicable fees) and are available through and  They are only on sale through Sunday, December 11th and the supply is limited so get them before they are all gone!


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Wanee Festival 2010

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DR. DOG TO RELEASE NEW ALBUM Be The Void Out February 7th 2012

Posted in Entertainment by sceneandheardblog on November 17, 2011

Beloved Philadelphia band Dr. Dog are poised to release a staggering burst of vital rock ‘n’ roll with their new record Be The Void. The album hits stores this February 7th via Anti-Records and is the raucous follow up to the group’s critically lauded Shame, Shame. 

While the band’s previous records boasted meticulously crafted symphonic pop, this time around the band turns up the guitars and delivers a truly great cathartic rock ‘n’ roll album played with near reckless abandon and passion.

With the addition of new drummer Eric Slick and electronics-percussionist-guitarist Dmitri Manos, the band entered the studio (Meth Beach) with a renewed sense of enthusiasm and confidence, tracking the songs liveto perfectly capture the rough and tumble energy of their renowned live show.

“We would just get in the pocket and go with it because it sounded great,” bassist-vocalist Toby Leaman explains. “There wasn’t this endless deliberating. We just went with our gut feelings on things.”

“It was reminiscent of when we were starting out and were these fearless weirdoes in a basement, so confident and reckless and bold,” guitarist-vocalist Scott McMicken adds. “It was really liberating.”

The songs on Be The Void flawlessly combine Dr. Dog’s adventuresome and expansive arrangements with a far leaner and meaner primal sound. The beats are harder, the guitars louder and edged with a warm distortion. “Guitars stopped being problematic and started becoming very exciting to us,” McMicken explains.

From the rollicking re-imagined blues of the disc’s title track to the searing guitars of “Vampire,” the frenetic punk urgency of “Over Here Over There” and the beautifully fuzzed out rock of “Warrior Man,” Dr. Dog’s Be The Void is a truly great rock ‘n’ roll record and the unmistakable sound of a band whose moment has arrived.

Be The Void Track Listing:
That Old Black Hole
These Days
How Long Must I Wait
Get Away
Do The Trick
Heavy Light
Big Girl
Over Here, Over There
Warrior Man
Turning The Century

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