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The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
To understand Bella’s Bartok, imagine what you would get if Salvador Dali and Toulouse Lautrec were fronting the Moulin Rouge's house band, and you have the exuberant spectacle that is Bella's Bartok. Described as "about as much fun as you can have with your pants on" (Dan Wolovick, Two Way Monologues), this 6-piece powerhouse melds Bohemian Klezmer Punk with pop sensibilities into an eminently danceable party. The diversity of musicians that make up Bella's Bartok, combined with their boundless energy on stage, not only compels you to dance, but has been known to break a dancefloor, or two (or three, but who's counting?). Often compared to as a modern-pop klezmer, Bella’s Bartok’s sound moves way beyond that label, pushing the envelope towards the more eclectic side of the Eastern European style and forging a new pop sound as heard through the filter of 20th century fantasy and sci fi. Every show is filled with the exuberant joy of wildly energetic dancing. It's contagious. You simply cannot avoid it. When the circus-inspired sound of Bella's Bartok hits your ears, you are no longer in control. Their music makes everyone dance, regardless. From living rooms to concert halls, alleyways to festivals, the band's energy makes getting up and moving irresistible. Without fail, someone from the audience comes up after every single show and says the same thing: "I couldn't help it."
College Street Music Hall - New Haven, CT
JOHN MULANEY is an Emmy Award winning writer and comedian. He most recently released his 3rd hour stand up special a Netflix Original titled “THE COMEBACK KID” which the AV Club called “his best hour of his career.” He began his career in New York’s East Village hosting “The Oh Hello Show” alongside Nick Kroll. In 2008, he began working at “Saturday Night Live” where he appeared as a “Weekend Update” correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader. He currently writes for IFC’s “Documentary Now” and for Netflix’s “Big Mouth” on which he voices the character of Andrew. Mulaney’s first comedy special, “The Top Part,” was released in 2009 and reviewed as "a finely-crafted piece of work" by The Huffington Post. He released his second Comedy Central special and album “New In Town” in 2012, and upon review EW.com hailed Mulaney as “one of the best stand-up comics alive.” Mulaney will be seen next starring in "Oh, Hello on Broadway” alongside Nick Kroll this fall.
The Loft at The Chanticleer - Ithaca, NY
Show Me The Body is a hardcore trio from New York City.
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
G-Nome Project has been regarded as “Israel’s premier Livetronica band” by the likes of Relix Magazine, performing what Live For Live Music deems “impressive and surprising shows.” Formed in September 2012, G-Nome Project continues to build one of the most loyal fan bases in the country, packing venues to capacity in their home city, Jerusalem, and expanding rapidly to the heart of the artistic scene in Israel’s center in greater Tel Aviv. The band is comprised from a super group of four nationally renowned musicians – Zechariah Reich, Chemy Soibelman, Shlomo Langer, and Eyal Salomon – who each bring a distinctive flavor to the dynamic electro-funk palate of this Jerusalem-based quartet. Fans of many backgrounds flock to the band’s shows for the music, good vibes, and hardcore dancing that exemplify the character of the G-Nome community. Building on their success in the Middle East, the band has embarked on four international tours in the USA and will be breaking new ground with two tours for the summer of 2016.
Academy of Music - Northampton, MA
Chris D’Elia is quickly becoming one of the most sought after comedians and actors in the comedy world. D’Elia currently stars as “Danny” on the NBC comedy series Undateable, which centers on a group of friends who are living in Detroit and helping each other figure out their lives. The series’ buzzed-about live episode—which produced separate telecasts for East and West Coast—recently led to a third season pickup of all-live episodes. On stage, D’Elia continues to cement his status as a force in standup comedy, which Variety naming him one of their “Top 10 Comics to Watch”. His latest standup special, Incorrigible, debuted on Netflix in April 2015. Additionally, D’Elia could be seen on the dais of the highly anticipated Roast of Justin Bieber, which premiered in March 2015 on Comedy Central. D’Elia has quickly become a regular at Hollywood comedy clubs, where he performs multiple times a week. Additionally, he recently completed his first multi-city standup comedy tour, Under No Influence, which brought him to over 30 cities across the United States and Canada. In December 2013, he released his first one-hour standup comedy special, White Male. Black Comic., on Comedy Central. Previously, D’Elia starred opposite Whitney Cummings on NBC’s multi-camera comedy series Whitney. He has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Workaholics, TBS’s Glory Daze, Showtime’s Live Nude Comedy, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Comedy Central Presents.
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
with Baked Potatoes & Fear Nuttin' Band
Whether on the festival circuit, performing at jam favorites like Gathering of The Vibes, Wakarusa, Camp Bisco, and Closer to the Sun, or sharing the stage at sold out shows with some of their diverse influences including Slightly Stoopid, The Wailers, Fishbone, and Michael Franti, reggae/rock/dubtronica band Roots of Creation (RoC) offer up a high-energy, infectious experience. Recognized as a Top 20 artist on the Relix/Jamband radio chart, a festival staple, and an internationally touring powerhouse, RoC have been awarded “Favorite Jam Band” by Cider Magazine and “Best Band In New Hampshire” by the New England Music Awards. RoC mix their jam-reggae hybrid sound with homegrown roots, guitar-heavy rock, and lead singer/guitarist Brett Wilson’s introspective and conscious laden lyrics. Named after a Sublime song on the B-Side of the Badfish CD single, Roots of Creation is made up of founding members, guitarist/lead singer Brett Wilson, keyboardist Tal Pearson, and drummer Mike Chadinha. The trio came together at Franklin Pierce College in New Hampshire where they embraced the state motto, "Live Free or Die," in their music and message. Today the original trio is joined by newest members Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish) on trombone, rhythm guitar, keys and harmony vocals, Andrew Riordan on saxophone, synth and harmony vocals, and Nick Minicucci on bass guitar. In 2012, RoC won the Cider Magazine Award for “Favorite Jam Band,” and in 2013, won the New England Music Award for “Best Band In New Hampshire.” In 2014, the band released “Summer in the 603” with The SSP (Super Secret Project), a parody video of NH. The video went viral, hitting major news outlets and surpassing 75K views. The band’s intent is to deliver a true rock show cleverly disguised as a reggae dance bash with psychedelic and energizing lights. Since hitting the top 20 on the Relix/Jamband radio charts, RoC has toured internationally playing over 1,000 shows coast to coast, encouraging audience taping of shows amassing nearly a quarter of a million downloads of their live performances on music archive site, archive.org, and building a loyal and engaged fanbase, one by one. <>Relix Magazine describes their live show as one “that erupts on stage, severing artist-audience barriers while summoning fans to join them in an awakening.” It’s no surprise then that the band has released three live albums and one live DVD, in addition to two studio albums. On April 22nd, 2016, Roots of Creation will release Livin Free, a project that frontman Brett Wilson calls their “biggest ever.” Releasing via the band’s own label, Bombshelter Records, and distributed by ILS/Caroline/Universal Music Group, Livin Free is a nod to the New Hampshire state motto. It marks the band’s third studio release, but it’s so much more than an 18-track LP. In addition to digital and retail CDs of the LP, Livin Free will be available as a 3-disc deluxe collection with both dub/remix and acoustic versions of 14 of the LP’s tracks in digital and CD formats. The CD formats as well as limited edition, hand-numbered (1/500), splatter/colored, double 12” vinyl, will be available via Amazon and select retail stores on May 6th. The iTunes pre-order for both the standard LP and deluxe collection will begin on March 18th and include instant downloads of tracks “Struggle,” “Row Jimmy” (Grateful Dead), and “3x A Lady.” Upcoming Shows 07/21/16 Portland, ME at Ri Ra 07/21/16 Portland, ME at Ri Ra 07/22/16 Utica, NY at The Celtic Harp 07/29/16 Lee, ME at Matrix Music Festival 08/05/16 Middletown, CT at Organic Smiles Recent Press Highlights • Relix / Jambands.com (home page video feature) • Live for Live Music (L4LM) - 1.3k 'likes' and 'shares' on FB - Dead50 Silverback/CSSL playlist feature • Paste Magazine - "8 NH bands you should listen to now" • ThePier.org - "a Touring Powerhouse" • DoNYC - show preview • Cider Mag - Cover Story & Exclusive interview • Rutland Herald - Art's section feature story Livin Free features guest performances by Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band), Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman (Sublime, Long Beach Dub Allstars), the Rubblebucket horn section, Billy Kottage (Reel Big Fish), Bill Carbone (Zach Deputy, Max Creek), Grammy-nominated Pato Banton (Sting, UB40), and Mighty Mystic. Additionally, the album welcomes guest production by Yeti Beats (Rebelution, Slightly Stoopid) on “3x a Lady,” and Ras MG on “Struggle (Ras MG Remix).” Livin Free was produced by Brett Wilson, and co-produced by Pete Peloquin and Roots of Creation. The album was executive produced by Omen8 Production and the “RoC Pledgers,” fans who supported the band’s recent PledgeMusic campaign which surpassed the goal by 36% (and climbing). All songs on the LP were engineered and mixed by Pete “Boardz” Peloquin (Gov’t Mule, OAR), except a handful by Craig “Dubfader” Welsch (G. Love, John Brown’s Body), Yeti Beats, and Roger Lima (Less Than Jake). The album was mastered by Grammy winner and 8-time Grammy-nominated mastering engineer Jay Frigoletto (Alice In Chains, Black Eyed Peas). Prior to the LP’s release, a maxi-single/EP of the album’s first single, “Struggle,” will be released on March 4th. This includes four unique versions of the song, one featuring Melvin Seals and Marshall “Ras MG” Goodman, another featuring only Melvin Seals, one remixed by Ras MG, and finally a solo acoustic version by Brett Wilson. “I never imagined that after listening to legendary artists like Sublime and Long Beach Dub Allstars religiously in my youth, that I would ever be collaborating with Ras MG,” says Brett Wilson. "He is a true musician. He pushed me to the max and inspired me to keep my ears open to new sounds and ideas.” Roots of Creation is now on tour, and this spring will perform select dates on the “Spring Blackout 2016 Tour” with The Expendables, Passafire, and Tunnel Vision. They’ll also perform select dates with Organically Good Trio (ft. Paul W. of Slightly Stoopid), Mighty Mystic, and Spiritual Rez.
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
with Secret Cutter
Ithaca Underground presents
Pig Destroyer (Relapse Records)
Secret Cutter (Bethlehem, PA)
+ locals tbd
The Haunt | Sat Sept 10 | 7PM | $18 ADV / $22 DOS | All Ages
Virginia extreme sound revolutionaries PIG DESTROYER deliver savage grindcore that is both intentionally confrontational and thoroughly pummeling.
Secret Cutter is a 3 piece (guitar, drums., vocals) Sludge/Doom/Grind Band from Bethlehem, PA.
Two regional/local acts tbd.
The Dock - Ithaca, NY
The Stray Birds light the night with sparkling harmonies and wrestle hearts with the quiet power of song. A devoted trio of singers, songwriters, and multi-instrumentalists, the band’s passionate live shows and critically acclaimed recordings—Best Medicine (Yep Roc Records, 2014) and The Stray Birds (self-released, 2012)— have launched them to turntables and festival stages around the globe. Oliver Craven, Maya de Vitry, and Charles Muench are on the road this summer in anticipation of their 3rd full-length record of original music, coming in 2016 from Yep Roc Records.
New to the stage this summer is Eau Claire, Wisconsin musician Shane Leonard on drums and percussion. He joined the band in the studio in December 2015, bringing a dynamic rhythmic undercurrent to The Stray Birds. The band's live shows this summer will bring fans a preview of the sounds coming on this highly anticipated 2016 release! Amidst their expanding sound, the trio is dedicated to preserving the intimacy of their beloved acoustic show, and will once again gather around one mic for their first annual “Solstice Roadshow” on the East Coast in June 2016.
Catch The Stray Birds live on tour this summer, as they move into another collaborative and inspired season!
The Stray Birds have been flying high since the 2012 release of their critically acclaimed self-titled album. Two years, hundreds of gigs, and thousands of highway miles later, the genre-melding acoustic trio made its Yep Roc Records debut with Best Medicine, released on October 21, 2014.
“This is the first time that we have written music within the context of being a consistent, traveling, performing band,” says de Vitry. “These songs have been largely inspired by places we’ve been or experiences we’ve had on the road.” The album’s title track, “Best Medicine,” was inspired by a trip to Schenectady, New York, a town with a lively record store amidst countless abandoned storefronts. This juxtaposition, along with the fascinating life story of the record shop’s proprietor, led de Vitry to pen the lyrics, “You never know the gold you can find out there / ‘Til you put the needle down and do some digging in the air…if the body is a temple, the soul is a bell/ And that’s why music is the best medicine I sell."
The band – multi-instrumentalists and vocalists Maya de Vitry, Oliver Craven, and Charlie Muench – hails from Lancaster, Pennsylvania. All three are classically-trained musicians who’ve been making music of all kinds since childhood (before they reconnected through the local music scene, de Vitry and Muench first met in middle school orchestra); however, they were also all raised with a steady diet of music ranging from pioneers like The Carter Family and Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys to the joyous invention of The Beatles and The Band, to the groundbreaking artistry of Jimi Hendrix.
After college, Craven was playing with Muench in a bluegrass band called River Wheel when he and de Vitry first met. Craven and de Vitry began sharing their original songs with one another, playing local open mics, and busking regularly at Lancaster’s Central Market. In an effort to preserve their songs before an impending parting, the pair recorded the Borderland EP in a friend’s basement studio in 2010. Muench appeared as a guest bassist on a few tracks.
It was only a year before the trio would wrap up other endeavors and reassemble in a recording studio, independently releasing their first full-length album, The Stray Birds, in 2012. “Making that record was a really great process for us to learn how we work together as a band,” explains de Vitry. The album became a critical darling: NPR included it on their 10 Best Folk/Americana Albums of the Year list and several songs from the project were in heavy rotation on taste-making radio stations like WXPN.
The album’s success earned The Stray Birds performance slots at prestigious events like the Philadelphia, Kerrville, and Falcon Ridge Folk Festival and legendary venues like Nashville’s famous bluegrass club, The Station Inn. Their steadily increasing popularity led to an appearance on Mountain Stage, where their spellbinding harmonies captivated audiences nationwide and helped to build a dedicated fanbase in the UK and Ireland as well.
The trio, who roots music site No Depression praised as “a band destined for global success,” received rave reviews at the 2014 Celtic Connections Festival in Scotland and followed that appearance with a number of sold-out dates in England and Ireland; they plan to return to the UK for a string of shows in September of this year.
Where their previous releases (aside from the 2013 EP, Echo Sessions, which consisted of covers of songs penned by Townes Van Zandt, The Louvin Brothers, Jimmie Rodgers, Nanci Griffith, and Susanna Clark) consisted nearly entirely of songs that the band members wrote individually while remaining close to home, for Best Medicine, the band’s primary songwriters, Maya and Oliver, wrote new, original material inspired by their last two and a half years on the road; then The Stray Birds honed the majority of these songs onstage together.
When the group began to work on their new album at Stonebridge Studios in Leesburg, Virginia, The Stray Birds and their co-producer Stuart Martin pursued a method of recording that was unlike any other project the band had ever made before. “It’s more us,” states Craven. Instead of recording in isolation as they did on The Stray Birds, for Best Medicine, the band eschewed booths and headphones, instead recording the majority of their material live off the floor, in the same room, each musician playing and singing around a microphone, capturing the energy and the familial feel of their live shows. There were few overdubs, which were largely used by the Birds to give several songs an extra layer of texture by adding more instrumental tracks (ranging from slide guitar to piano) instead of using session musicians.
“By the time we recorded this album, singing together had become so natural,” explains de Vitry. It had become familial rather than just professional. Our vocal ranges and tones were complementary to begin with, but our inflection and phrasing evolved so effortlessly once we were singing out on the road every night.”
Muench agrees, noting, “I think the three of us have really gelled and inhabited The Stray Birds as a single entity. In the beginning it was ‘Maya and Oliver and Charlie sometimes playing music together.’ Now we are a solid unit.”
In addition to being their strongest, most personal, and most authentic album to date, Best Medicine is an album of firsts for these three musicians: it is the band’s first full-length album where Charlie Muench sings lead on a song, a jaunty, fiddle-laced version of the traditional tune “Pallet,” which has long been a fan favorite at shows. It was also the first song Maya and Oliver sang together back in 2010, making its inclusion on Best Medicine a moment in which the band’s journey from a Lancaster basement to the stages of some of the most well known festivals in the country seems to have come full circle. The album is also the first one to include a song co-written by Maya and Oliver, who normally write separately: the poignant “Feathers and Bone,” a song that the pair finished in the studio late one night after one of their recording sessions.
Craven’s “Stolen Love,” on which he sings lead, is arguably his strongest song to date, where the heartbreaking lyrics -- “a stolen love just don’t grow” -- are belied by sweet, three-part harmony singing, and the band’s infectious take on the traditional song “Who’s Gonna Shoe” is downright irresistible.
Many of the songs on Best Medicine have been refined onstage in the last year; however, there is one new song that has never been performed live before. “Never for Nothing,” is an unforgettable ballad that shines with a glimmer of hope as de Vitry sings, over delicate piano and guitar, “I’m dripping from the rivers I never meant to cross / But I like the things I’m learning more than anything I’ve lost / And, oh, I have lost…but not for nothing.”
Although The Stray Birds choose to focus on folk music’s sounds, harmonies, and tones, rather than its tradition of politically-conscious lyrics, Best Medicine includes two songs that would do Pete Seeger proud: Craven’s “Simple Man,” a heartbreaking song, reminiscent of Woody Guthrie’s Dust Bowl ballads, told from the perspective of a down on his luck farmer who prays he won’t live to see the next sunrise, and de Vitry’s “Black Hills,” a moody song, anchored by clawhammer banjo, about a dark spot in American history – it was inspired by a 2012 National Geographic article titled “In the Shadow of Wounded Knee.”
While the bulk of the original material for Best Medicine was written with The Stray Birds in mind, the two songs that close the album come from an earlier time but find a home in the hands of the close-knit trio. Craven’s aforementioned “Simple Man”, and de Viry’s “Might Rain”—the first song she ever wrote— a song for which Muench lays down the bass and picks up the clawhammer banjo in a lulling, old-time inspired arrangement.
Supporting the release of Best Medicine, The Stray Birds are touring through summer 2016, bringing their stunning harmonies and lyrics to theaters, venues, and festivals across the country and world.
The Music Hall The Music Hall - Portsmouth, NH
The Haunt - Ithaca, NY
with Ruby the Rabbotfoot
Hailing from Athens, GA., of Montreal have carved their own niche -- establishing themselves as a band that thrills fans with compelling live performances, delights critics with their constant innovations, and continually showcases their musical evolution by drawing from a different set of influences for each album. Primary songwriter Kevin Barnes pours emotion -- heartbreak, frustration, elation, whimsy -- into lyrics that shift from adopted personas to invented alter egos to unobstructed views directly into his psyche.