Welcome to El Caribefunk---an exotic fusion of Salsa, Funk, and Caribbean music, where undeniable rhythm and poetry express intense color and feeling. This band of Colombians has built a fervent underground following with over 4 years of nearly non-stop touring in the Americas. They've headlined festivals with acts like Bomba Estereo and Herencia de Timbiqui, were featured on NPR Music, played live on Colombian National Radio, and performed on numerous national television programs including TeleAntioquia and RadioUno, but can still be found playing casually in the plaza after a show or jamming with street musicians. Caribefunk's members began playing music as children in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia--first rock and funk, then inevitably the Afro-Latino music of their native Caribbean, where leather and wooden tambores (drums) and full-volume sound systems ring out in the sweltering tropical heat. By celebrating Cartagena's rich African-rooted music--historically cast aside as impoverished, pagan and contemptible--El Caribefunk's independent musical identity challenges expectation and bridges cultural divides. Whether or not you planned to, El Caribefunk's rhythm and positive energy will have you on your feet and dancing from the first note. In 2011 they released their first album, “Funk-Cho y El Caribefunker," and their 2014 release, “El Playaman," has been receiving international acclaim. The summer of 2016 will see their 3rd tour in the U.S. and their debut tour in Europe.
Join internationally renowned pedal builder Matt Reinhardt of MJR Effects in his pedal building workshop! Registrants will learn the basics of electronics manufacture, including soldering, construction, and design. The best part: you'll leave with your very own hand-built boutique effect pedal! Learn from the very best as he guides you through every step of the process, from start to finish. Everything you need is included in the registration fee – arrive with nothing, and leave with the skills, knowledge, and secrets of the pedal building world, plus an electronic piece of art built by you! Space is limited to 20 registrations, so save your spot now!!! (Additional companion/observer tickets are also available -- team up with a friend and split the total cost, or just learn the process without participating in a build) The registration fee is $100, and includes all the pedal parts you'll need for the workshop, plus educational and part sourcing materials, post-workshop support, and guidance from one of the best in the world. A full workshop for less than half the cost of the pedal you'll be building!
Liz Longley confides with you as though you're sitting on the sofa with her in a talk that's intimate and vulnerable. And now, the Berklee College of Music graduate and award-winning songwriter is set to share her confessional songs with listeners on her self-titled album—her first after signing with Sugar Hill Records in December 2014.While Longley's songs and vocals invite complimentary comparisons to Shawn Colvin, Paula Cole and Nanci Griffith—all artists she's supported live—her latest effort spotlights a style all her own. Her voice and tone, touched with the slightest of country inflections, pours out like clean, crystalline water. Longley first felt the magic while growing up outside of Philadelphia. A song she wrote in ninth grade—her first ever—earned a standing ovation when she performed it for the student body: “I was unprepared for that sort of reaction and it was life-changing moment,” she says. “That's when I knew it was what I wanted to do with my life.” The track record she's assembled since shows just how much Longley grew into her dream. She's taken home top prizes at some of the most prestigious songwriting competitions in the country, including the BMI John Lennon Songwriting Scholarship Competition, the International Acoustic Music Awards and the Rocky Mountain Folk Fest Songwriting Competition.Get Tickets!
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HARPETH RISING chose to name themselves after a river because water is both dynamic and
powerful. These words also describe the music created by the three women – Jordana
Greenberg (violin, vocals), Rebecca Reed-Lunn (banjo, vocals) and Maria Di Meglio (cello,
vocals). Unapologetic genre-benders, they fuse Folk, Newgrass, Rock and Classical into a
sound that is organically unique.
Hallmarks of their music include expansive three-part harmonies, consummate musicianship
and a deft, yet soulful lyrical perspective. Harpeth Rising's roots run deep – from their varied
ancestry across Eastern Europe to the musical hotbed of the Mid-South they now call home,
they weave together ancient and modern ideas, creating a sound that is both familiar and
impossible to categorize.
“We don't set out to create something different, we just write in a way that is true to ourselves
while trying to always expand and explore the new influences in our lives.” says Greenberg.
“We're aware of genre divisions, we're just not bound by them.”
Known for their captivating sound and engaging stage presence, Burning Bridget Cleary is currently one of the hottest acts on the Celtic and folk music circuits. Band-leader Rose Baldino drives this band, delivering a dynamic blend of charisma, crackerjack fiddle work, and tightly woven harmonies. She's joined by Amy Beshara, a multi-talented musician, well respected in the New York metro Scottish fiddle scene. The driving rhythm and bass end is supplied by Lou Baldino on guitar and Peter Trezzi on percussion. In December 2013, Burning Bridget Cleary was nominated "Top Traditional Group in a Pub, Festival, or Concert" in the Irish Music Awards sponsored by the Irish Music Association. Says Jack Baker of The Irish American News, "This is trad music at its best; alive, vibrant and lyrical. Don't miss seeing this band."
Wade Preston of "Movin' Out!" the Broadway show and Billy Joel's back-up delivers an impeccable show with your favorite tunes and original compositions. It's not often a man can sit in front of a piano and command full attention but Mr. Preston can drop a stadium full of jaws. Truly spell-binding and a favorite among Harmony Presents audiences, get your tickets now to the early or late show before there aren't any left!
Wade did virtually all the rehearsals and sound checks for Billy Joel‘s historic Last Play at Shea performances, job description “Stunt Billy.”
Wade performed at the PA Inauguration Ball in Washington D.C. for President Obama, Vice President Biden and PA Governor Rendell.
Prior to Movin’ Out, Wade was well known on the west coast as the preeminent boogie pianist, revered for his rollicking performances, stunning technical abilities and spirited versatile singing.
He is now returning to his roots with a new City-Country band called Shotgun Wedding, with members of the Movin’ Out Band and Billy Joel‘s band, leaving the eclectic variety of styles he sings and plays to his frequent solo concerts and master classes.
Known for their tight harmonies, Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish recently released their fourth album Tangled Country featuring songs that are raw and engaging. The Honey Dewdrops are the Virginia-based roots duet of Laura Wortman and Kagey Parrish. With a blend of new Americana and traditional folk, they create inspired songs rooted in the experiences and lives of everyone. It's music made in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, with a sparse Appalachian clarity on every song. On stage, the Honey Dewdrops dynamically blend their instruments and voices by singing and playing into a single microphone. There is a high lonesome quality to the way their voices join that is familiar, yet the mixture is unique. In their own way, the duo fills the room with energy and emotion that linger long after the show. “Their talent is such that it's quite possible that a new band recording in the year 2020 might cite the Honey Dewdrops as a prime influence.” - Bluegrass Unlimited MagazineGet Tickets!
Caleb Hawley is a multifaceted singer and songwriter, currently residing in Harlem of New York City. Citing his two greatest influences as Randy Newman and Prince, he leaves a lot of room for possibility in the genre spectrum.
Raised in Minneapolis by a family of preachers and therapists, Hawley's family fueled his on-stage charisma and perceptive, witty lyrics. “Growing up in an a capella church, we weren't allowed to use instruments. It forced everyone to learn how to sing harmony," Hawley says. “We mostly sang old hymns, which is probably what drew me to gospel and eventually soul music."
Hawley spent his early 20's touring the country with only an acoustic guitar and his dog Fargo. In those years, Hawley racked up hundreds of gigs, along with multiple songwriting awards for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest, Telluride Troubadour Competition, SongCircle Contest and more. Nowadays, a full band heightens the energy of the live show across the country. “I used to love playing solo, in listening rooms," Hawley admits, “but as of late I prefer to get people thinking on their feet, rather than in a chair."
Near the end of Huckleberry Finn¸ Huck announces, “But I reckon I got to light out for the Territory ahead of the rest, because Aunt Sally she's going to adopt me and sivilize me, and I can't stand it. I been there before.” Through Huck's longing for the Territory ahead, Mark Twain transformed the ending of a story into an invitation that has come to define the American imagination. In his words we come to the conclusion of a story as one comes to the top of a mountain—to behold where we've been, and where we've yet to go.
The Show Ponies offer such vistas of the imagination on their newest EP, Run for Your Life (2014). Channeling the momentum of a few momentous years, founding ponies Andi Carder (lead vocals, banjo) and Clayton Chaney (lead vocals, bass) weave story and song with the same charm, pathos, and boldness that brought them from Texas and Arkansas to California where the Show Ponies were founded in 2011. Like so many iconic American voices over the generations, Carder grew up singing in church and performing in musical theater—musical heritage often apparent in performing what she likes to call “folk sassgrass.” Chaney's musical upbringing compliments Carder's sensibilities in drawing on the deep wells of country and folk. The themes of his songwriting echo his penchant for wanderlust: “Being on the road is the most exciting thing for me. I love waking up in a different place every morning.”Get Tickets!
All supplies are provided - just bring your own wine (or beverage of choice)!
Please register by Aug 16th!!