Author: Meredith Melragon

Road trip to Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival

In case you’re heading down or thinking about making the trip*. For the uninitiated. Bonnaroo, held in Manchester, Tennessee June 11 – 14th, is more than an enormous crowd singing along with Billy Joel. Thursday is a great to day to arrive and familiarize yourself with the layout and operations, catch a comedy show Kurt Braunohler (Comedy Theater, 4 pm), watch the NBA Finals (Cinema Tent) and see the first bona fide rock set of the festival from Strand of Oaks (This Tent, 7 pm).  The band is fresh off sets at Primavera and Governor’s Ball. Friday afternoon, you might...

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NMF Preview: Preview Friday and Saturday

Six picks from this year’s Nelsonville Music Festival FRIDAY Ben Sollee, a cellist, composer and storyteller is mentioned often by musician friends; he has played with both Abigail Washburn and My Morning Jacket. Sollee has released a number of recordings and travelled wide — including by bicycle. Have a listen to his mix of classical, R & B and catchy tunes.  (Friday, 4:00 PM, Main Stage) Mandolin Orange, a pair hailing from North Carolina, just released Such Jubilee, the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut, This Side of Jordon, named by NPR as one of the best folk/Americana records of the year.  Discover the their beautifully intertwined and intimate sound.  (Friday, 2:30 PM, Main Stage and 8:45 PM, NoFi Cabin) Welcome to back to 1967. Ryley Walker would have fit perfectly with the likes of late 60s/70s musicians like Tim Buckley and Nick Drake. With his warm, full folksy chord progressions his tunes seem to hum homage to pastoral scenes of the past. Despite his sweet hippie dispositions, he and his band hold strong leanings towards jazz. With upright bass, drums, keys, and electric guitar, in addition to Ryley and his acoustic guitar, the live band brims with energy and power. He will be joined by Columbus native Ryan Jewell on drums on the porch, for those who caught his March Spacebar set. (Friday, 5:45 PM NoFi Cabin, 9:15 PM Porch Stage) SATURDAY Sarah...

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Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band

Sunday, April 5th 8pm doors, 8:30 pm show $10 (cash at the door) with Mike Shiflet Wild Goose Creative 2491 Summit St, Columbus, OH 43202 “Pure, unadulterated guitar heaven,” Aquarium Drunkard on Chris Forsyth and the Solar Motel Band Intensity Ghost. John Mulvey at Uncut included the record in his top of 2014 and included him in a list of current favorite guitarists. The band, well versed in rock’s best history performs songs influenced by Forsyth’s time with Television’s Richard Lloyd, and explores the possibilities among the players who include former War on Drugs drummer, Steven Urgo. *By way of endorsement,...

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A Month of Sundays (and a Monday)

One day later this month Spring will arrive.  In the meantime there are three great Sunday evening shows to catch in March. Sunday, March 1st, American Aquarium.  7pm, Rhumba Cafe. Their latest, Wolves, was produced by  Brad Cook of Megafaun, currently on the road with Sharon Van Etten. Sunday, March 8th Ryley Walker and Kevin Morby, Double Happiness Ryley Walker will appear at the Nelsonville Music Festival in May (and the Pitchfork Festival in July).  He will release a new record in April on Dead Oceans.  Stereogum premiered “Sweet Satisfaction” Kevin Morby, formerly of Woods, recently released a set of irresistible covers,...

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