"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)
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