UtopiaFest Preview: Cornmeal

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I’ve had the opportunity to catch Cornmeal numerous times over the past few years at a host of festivals including Wakarusa, Harvest Festival and more. At the front of the group is fiddle player Allie Krall, who not only slays her strings, but is also one of the nicest people in the bluegrass and jamband community. The rest of the band are no slouches either, each bringing skill to their instruments that culminates into a fun, dancey newgrass sound. I’d expect their set to be quite rambunctious, and a perfect way to open up the main stage of Utopia on Friday evening. Check out their tune “Hillbilly Ride” below.

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UtopiaFest Preview: The Giving Tree Band

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Next weekend, a crew of BOTheads will be headed to Utopia, Texas to take in our first UtopiaFest. It’s been too long since I’ve hit a camping festival, so I’m quite excited for the ensuing weekend. While headliners Blitzen Trapper, Dawes and Keller Williams are very familiar to us, there are several acts on the line-up that’ll be new to our ears once we hit the festival grounds. If you’re attending as well, I’m sure you’re mostly in the same boat. For the next week or so, Bacon and I will be bringing you videos and more from the entire UtopiaFest line up.

In the best way we could figure out the preview duties, we decided to both take a column and start at the bottom. I got the right column, so first up in our previews are The Giving Tree Band out of Yorkville, Illinois. I’ve never giving these indie-folksters much of a listen, but have always heard really good things about the band led by the brother duo of Todd and Eric Fink. Quoting influences such as The Band, Neil Young and Bob Dylan among others gives me high hopes for their early afternoon set on Saturday, October 15th. Any band that employs such a multitude of instrumentation, and is described as having the “spirit of Pete Seeger, with the musical abilities of The Band,” is pretty damn good in my book.

After spending a bit of time with them on YouTube, they definitely have that Felice Brothers/Old Crow Medicine Show/Railroad Earth “newgrass” sound, and that’s more than ok with me. Watch the video for “Red Leaves” below, then after the jump check out a whole bunch more to get you excited for next weekend!

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Show Preview: Imagine Dragons, Las Vegas

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The last weekend of this Summer is coming up, what are you doing to close out the season on a great note? I’m visiting Las Vegas and catching a show on Friday, that just happen to be of my new favorite band.

The band: Imagine Dragons. An alternative rock band from Las Vegas. I’ve been hooked on their music since the beginning of the Summer. My local Vegas friends introduced me to their sounds and that was it, they became a favorite. So you can imagine my excitement when I found out they’ll be playing a show on the same weekend I’m visiting the area.
The venue: Club Madrid at Sunset Station, Las Vegas. This is a KVGS 107.9 FM event.
The time: 8pm.

Expect a review and photos from the show early next week. In the meantime, see the full post for more videos. You can follow me on twitter @BOTcafe to get updates during the show.

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Best Of Houston BestFest

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Just the other day, the fine folks over at Houston Press” Rocks Off Blog began announcing bands for the first ever BestFest. Centered around the Press” annual Best of Houston list, which focuses on the finer things throughout the city, the inaugural music festival will happen on the 24th and 25th of September and feature a host of both local and national talent. Announced so far are the one and only Cake, indie-folksters Deer Tick, local hip-hop kingpin Bun B and the up-and-coming Houston roots-rockers Buxton. The full line-up will be announced in the next coming weeks, and just like the list that this is centered around, the line-up will be mostly Houston-centric with a few more national acts rounding out the main stage.

We”ll be announcing more acts as they happen, so stay tuned to BOT for more coverage. I”m thinking they”ll add some bands that start with an E, F, G or H next. Just a guess based on the first four. Actually, though, I”d be happy if it were just those four. I love you Houston!

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Win Tickets To See Widespread Panic 6/19 @ The Brady Theater

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On Sunday, June 19, Widespread Panic is coming to The Brady Theater in Tulsa, OK.

We’re giving away two pairs of tickets to the show. All you have to do to win is leave a comment on this post, linking this contest page to Facebook. We will be choosing the two winners before the show and you will be notified through FB message. Make sure you allow strangers (me!) to message you. Good luck!

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Wakarusa 2011 pre|Sunday

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Watermelon anyone?

Come Sunday at Wakarusa 2011, you will be tired and ready (really ready) for a shower. I recommend you go for a swim at the Mulberry River at some point before Sunday, but if you don’t, just don’t rush your stinky ass out of Mulberry Mountain. You don’t want to miss out on the awesomeness that will take place there on the last day. That’s right! I hope you took off Monday morning off work, cause this will not be over until late Sunday night. Keep reading for the details.

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Wakarusa 2011 pre|Saturday

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Live Art

Saturday is yet another strong day at Wakarusa 2011. The best thing about Waka is the amount of variety. You get to decide between reggae, electronica, bluegrass, rock, funk – almost any genre you want is here. Put that on top of a beautiful mountain with beautiful people – it’s pretty fantastic. Read on for a detailed Saturday line-up.

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Wakarusa 2011 pre|Friday

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Damn. Friday at Wakarusa 2011 is going to be a long day. Breaks may not happen – there’s just so much good music every hour. This is a day to go into with a bit of a plan, or you may regret missing some real good shows. Start early, go hard. Read on for a detailed schedule.

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Wakarusa 2011 pre|Thursday

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In this country, it seems festival season never truly ends. Thankfully. But summer is always ripe with great festivals, coast to coast. In this neck of the woods Wakarusa usually kicks things off – and this year looks crazy + awesome + delicious. Missing a day isn’t an option.

The headliners are solid, and I’m excited about discovering new artists and others getting some well-deserved recognition. And let’s all assume this year the sun will favor us with temperatures under 100. Read on for a detailed preview of Thursday. Three weeks out!

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Wakarusa 2011 preview | Hugo

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24 days til Wakarusa 2011 starts off summer. While Houstonians staying closer to home can look forward FreePress, I am getting excited about drifting around the fields of Mulberry Mountain. We’ll start up the full day previews soon, but for now, here is a video of Hugo’s version of “99 Problems”.

Hugo is a London-born, Thailand-raised rocker who missed lots of the musical evolution we’ve been through here in the states over the last 30 years. The debut album Old Tyme Religion comes out tomorrow, and the title-track has me hooked -their rock/blues side is delicious. Get an early start on Waka and be there at 4pm on Thursday to here Hugo rock it out.

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