August First Bakery's 5th Anniversary Block Party!
Brett Hughes & The Honky Tonk Crowd
12:00pm – 5:00pm
Gold Town is a Bluegrass & Old Time string band from Southern Vermont. Since 2008, the group has steadily played and written music that stays true to their love of simple melody and the deep tradition the genre offers. Gold Town features Will Mosheim on Banjo, fiddle, and vocals, Andrew Stearns on guitar, banjo, and lead vocals, Shay Gestal on fiddle and vocals and bassist Joshua Loun. “By any name, Gold Town’s sophomore release is a stunner,” wrote Dan Bolles, music editor at Seven Days, of the group’s 2011 debut LP. A new record of original music is forthcoming this spring. In the meantime, Gold Town continue to bring folks a footstomping program that has become Vermont’s own Mountain Thrash for the Weary Heart.
Brett Hughes & The Honky Tonk Crowd
Brett Hughes has been kicking around the Burlington, VT music scene longer than he probably should— but while he’s been at it, he’s played with a pile-up of bands, from Chrome Cowboys, Monoprix, Belle Pines, Cider House Boys, viperHouse, Whateverly Brothers, Mike Gordon And Ramble Dove, Whiskey Likkers, Wrecking Ball, The Decentz, Fortune Tellers, All Fall Down, and many more that he can’t remember the names of. He’s been hosting Honky Tonk Tuesday at the Radio Bean for over 8-1/2 years, and he loves being the harmony singer with sweet-singing women in little duos—Me&You (with Marie Claire), with Kat Wright, Toni Catlin, Lesley Grant, and Lila Webb, He’s reconnected with Shannon McNally, touring around the Northeast and around Tennessee and Mississippi, this Spring, as well as jumping in on a couple of dates opening for 2013 Grammy Winner Rodney Crowell. He recently produced Joe Adler‘s soon-to-be-released full-length album of songs, and co-produced Steven Leibman‘s 2012 masterwork, I Know They’re There. He recorded the second Surprise Me Mr. Davis album, which features The Barr Brothers and Nathan Moore, and won a regional Emmy Award for composition for his soundtrack to Windy Acres in 2005. He spent this April in Nashville, and he’ll likely never spend another April in VT. He’s gotta make a record. Soon.
Two years in the making, Remember is the full-length debut from New England's Indie/West-African Psychadelic darlings, Barika. A mesmerizing blend of highly danceable polyrhythmic grooves mixed with ethereal dub-scape, Barika (pronounced body-kah) is the brain-child of Kamel N'goni player and Percussionist Craig Myers. The Kamel N'goni, a traditional West African harp from the Wassoulou region of Mali is the driving force on the album, peppered by deep horn, keyboard and bass grooves with uncompromising, sharp hitting drums. From Burlington, Vermont, the seven-piece ensemble features Caleb Bronze (Drums), JP Candelier (Bass), Andric Severence (Keyboards), Craig Myers (Kamel N'goni, Percussion) and a powerhouse of horns with Dave Purcell (Trumpet), Gordon Clark (Trombone) and Deva Racusin (Tenor Sax).
Performer Magazine called Barika "wholly rhythmic, captivating audiences with the beautiful, hypnotic way in which they interweave melody and groove to create something that is not only danceable, but incredibly interesting to listen to. Barika creates a soundscape of funk soaked in psychedelic, West African resonance. The outfit stands out because they are multidimensional."
Band leader Craig Myers has studied traditional West African music for the past 13 years, traveling through Mali, the Ivory Coast, Senegal, and Guinea and has toured extensively over the past several years with both Rubblebucket and Mike Gordon. Special guest Scott Murawski (Max Creek) with join the band on guitar for several songs.