Tomorrow night in the Entry: Ryley Walker with special guests @circuitdesyeux and Steve Palmer. Tickets available at first-avenue.com. (at First Avenue & 7th St Entry)
"We're older, we're wiser, we're more mature," MC Gift of Gab (nee Timothy Parker) says of Imani, Vol. 1, Blackalicious' first new album in a decade. Imani, Vol. 1 lives up to the beloved California-bred duo's hard-won reputation as one of hip-hop's most progressive, forward-thinking creative forces. Acclaimed for the sublime combination of Gab's verbal dexterity and lyrical eloquence, and X's bracing beats and distinctive soundscapes, Blackalicious has earned widespread respect, both inside and outside of the hip-hop community.
Sounds like: Jurassic 5, De La Soul, Lyrics Born, The Pharcyde
Though they call western Massachusetts home, Parsonsfield draws their name from the rural Maine town that's home to the Great North Sound Society, the farmhouse-turned-recording-studio of Josh Ritter keyboardist/producer Sam Kassirer. It was there that they cut their outstanding debut, Poor Old Shine, which established them as a roots force to be reckoned with. Their latest album, Blooming Through The Black begins as an acoustic folk number and builds to an electrified tumult.
Sounds like: The Ghost of Paul Revere, Jamestown Revival, The Mulligan Brothers
Thursday: Dusty Heart - Video + Single Release Show
Rich vocal harmonies merge with intimate layers of guitar, fiddle and banjo to define the lush sound of the recently formed duo, Dusty Heart. Barbara Jean and Molly Dean are two songwriters recognized in their own right for their poetic lyrics and distinct vocal styles that when combined as Dusty Heart fuse to create a powerful and haunting sound that takes on a life of its own. Dusty Heart met in the Minneapolis music scene and became fast friends as well as fans and supporters of one another’s work. Bonding over their refusal to be pigeonholed musically or otherwise, their shared wanderlust and love of adventure, a passion for the open road, vast landscapes, and a mutual love for musical harmony, the two decided to join forces crafting a sound that bridges together the diverse musical worlds of roots, indie, and folk.
“Dusty Heart combines great songs with lucid harmony and stunning musical talent.” –Dave Simonett, Trampled By Turtles
Formed in 2010 in Nashville, Tennessee, Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes released their first full-length studio album, Civilized Man, in 2011. Recorded and co-produced with Mark Nevers (Andrew Bird, Yo La Tengo, Silver Jews), Civilized Man went on to be listed in the top 100 albums of 2011 by Amazon, with the pop-rock single "Shoe Fits" debuting at number seven on Amazons top 100 songs of 2011. Daniel Ellsworth & The Great Lakes released their latest EP, Bemidji, in early 2016.
Sounds like: The Apache Relay, Kopecky, Farewell Milwaukee, The Last Bison
Saturday: King Charles
After dropping his epic and acclaimed debut Loveblood back in 2012, UK folk sensation King Charles arrived on the scene as an artist fully-formed. Now with his hotly-anticipated second album, Gamble For A Rose, his potential seems to know no bounds - evolving his sound, aesthetic and artistic spirit, while returning to the roots of what made him fall in love with music in the first place.
Sounds like: Dry The River, Noah And The Whale, Daughter, Bombay Bicycle Club
Sunday: Outlaw Brunch with Trailer Trash
Known for playing traditional country music, Trailer Trash can swing, rock and groove in a wide variety of styles from the American hit parade. Now in its twenty-second year, the band has turned generations of music lovers on to its brand of American roots, country, swing and rockabilly. Their contagious enthusiasm and obvious enjoyment onstage have earned Trailer Trash the reputation of being Minnesota’s premier honky tonk band.
The Turf Club opens for brunch at 10:00am. (All Ages event | No Cover)
Blog by Ellie Moonen
Monday: Daddy Dinero - The Best Out Show
A trill artist from Minneapolis, Minnesota making a presence on the rap scene. He's also known as Yeechie, it's his alter ego name.
Other performers on "The Best Out" include Lexii Alijai (St. Paul) and Tha Rift (Cleveland), plus locals Shaun Sloan, Tomorrow Genius, DJ Northstar, T Woods, and Storm.
Sounds like: Craig Xen, WAVY JONE$, French Montana
Tuesday: The Saint Johns
Jordan Meredith and Louis Johnson of The Saint Johns have the ingredient every special duo needs: chemistry. The sweet Americana sound of their EP, Open Water helped land their first television appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. Recorded with a full band, thier most recent album, Dead of Night, is something more mature, more confident, and more ambitious.
Sounds like: Penny and Sparrow, Oh Honey, The Paper Kites
Over the last few years, the 27-year-old singer and songwriter, Aaron Maine, has released a wealth of material on a number of influential labels, including singles on Terrible (2014’s Prism), Birdtapes (2013’s Townie Blunt Guts) and Seagreen (2014’s Leather), as well as a beautiful yet crushing full-length on Exploding in Sound (2013’s Slow Dance In The Cosmos). And in the process he’s become a magnetic live presence while playing out in New York, gaining the notice of discerning listeners and labels alike. February 2016 marks the much-anticipated release of Pool, his debut full-length album.
Sounds like: Pinegrove, Chairlift, Blood Orange
Thursday: EDEN - SOLD OUT
Today, the 20-year-old vocalist, producer, and multi-instrumentalist seeks to provide the world with an experience that is both uncompromising and authentic. In August of 2015 EDEN released his debut EP: End Credits. The free release, which he wrote and produced entirely in his bedroom, has amassed over 14.5 million cumulative streams to date. As a follow up to the success of End Credits, EDEN made one of his boldest moves yet: releasing his unique cover of Michael Jackson’s ‘Billie Jean’ in November 2015. The cover gained a million cumulative streams in just a week.
Sounds like: Echos, Ryder, ROZES
Friday: Ryley Walker
In March, Ryley Walker's second album Primrose Green, emerged to critical hosannas from the likes of NPR, Village Voice, Uncut, and Mojo – in the process, earning admiration of musicians who had chalked up no shortage of turntable miles in Walker’s life. Word of mouth and critical acclaim ensured sell-out audiences at his British shows, whilst a sprawling tour of the USA around Primrose Green presented a perfect chance to workshop ideas for what would eventually become his third studio album, Golden Sings That Have Been Sung.
Sounds like: Steve Gunn, Matthew E. White, William Tyler
The PR+MJ Experience with DJ Dave Paul from San Francisco playing album cuts, b-sides, un-released tracks, remixes, 12" versions and hits from the two artists as well as songs by such ancillary acts as Sheila E., The Jackson 5, The Time and Janet Jackson. The music is far from the only thing happening at this party, there's theme dancing, a face-off between guests repping The Purple One or The King of Pop, and much, much more. This is the perfect night out to lounge with your friends, make some new friends, get your drink on and dance your @ss off.
"For THIRTEEN years now, Dave Paul (proprietor of hip-hop label Bomb Records) has hosted and DJ'ed at the brilliant "Prince vs. Michael Jackson" parties. As selections of hits, rarities, and remixes from both artists are presented over the course of the evening, audience members square off in funky battle, holding signs bearing the mug of their favored entertainer to judge which one is the true king of pop. This sure ain't the place for cynics, but Darling Nikki's and Dirty Diana's are all welcome to participate." - SF WEEKLY
Sunday: Steve'n'Seagulls - SOLD OUT
Originally just a bunch of local yokels from moderately successful bands, this merry mess of country cousins one day decided, just for laughs, to hillbillify (yes, “hillbillify” is henceforth officially a word) and shoot on video the AC/DC staple “Thunderstruck”. Now on the verge of an international release of their debut album FARM MACHINE, the oafs in Steve ‘n’ Seagulls are as baffled of their rapid ascent to notoriety as ever.
Sounds like: Santa Cruz, Mandowar, Lanzer
Blog by Ellie Moonen