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Jay Goldberg Events & Entertainment and Jam Productions, Ltd. are proud to announce Summer Camp Music Festival is returning this Memorial Day Weekend to Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL. This will be the 14th Annual Summer Camp Music Festival. Taking place at Three Sisters Park in Chillicothe, IL (just 20 miles north of Peoria), the festival also features a kid’s camp, an extensive representation of non-profit organizations, on-site camping, lots of unique arts & craft artisans, a variety of good food and plenty of ice cold beer.

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Thursday, May 22
 

1:30pm

Mighty Shady
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Gaining momentum in venues across Iowa and the Midwest, Des Moines’ Mighty Shady— Eric McCoy, Chris Freier, Jared Murphy, Joel Schwitchtenberg, and Keenan McBroom—were busy last summer playing national festivals including Wakarusa and 80/35 Music Festival, as well as a handful of regional festivals including Adventure Camp, Dangerfest, Briar Patch, Shwagstock, and Little Big Fest. And while these talented musicians find inspiration in the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime, their alt rock is original, seamlessly packing the dance floor with funky grooves. Mighty Shady has been dubbed "indie groove rock" by the locals here in Des Moines, and manages to tastefully combine reggae, rock, and psychedelic jams together in their live performances. Meaningful lyrics add depth to the dynamic group’s draw and have helped build a loyal fan base, one that is sure to explode in 2014 with the highly anticipated release of their first full length album


Thursday May 22, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
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3:00pm

Rebecca Rego & The Trainmen
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Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen met in Kankakee, Il in the spring of 2012 while working on separate musical projects. Drummer Matt Yeates (who also spends time drumming for indie-folk darlings Ivan & Alyosha and Twin Forks), Upright-bass and mandolin player Eric Fitts, and guitar and banjo player Cory Ponton make up what is now known as The Trainmen. The three are life long friends who have been playing music together since they were teenagers.
Debut record 'Tolono' released February 11, 2014“Tolono” is a train town south of Champaign, IL founded by the Illinois central railroad in the early 19th century. For many years it was mainly home to employees of the railroad and became a featured stop for early rail passengers. Today many of its streets still bear the name of railroad employees. It was purely coincidental that Rebecca Rego and The Trainmen ventured to this small town in July to record their debut record with engineer and producer Matt Talbott (of Hum). In three days they found local musicians to accompany them and recorded everything live to analog tape. The essence of these songs on TOLONO is distinctly Midwest. Rebecca wrote them about the time that she has spent outside of Chicago in smaller towns in Illinois, family stories and the first years of her marriage.


Thursday May 22, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
d) CAMPFIRE

4:30pm

The Ars Nova
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The Ars Nova is a new band that formed in Champaign in the fall of 2011. The band consists of four students at the University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign. Influenced by classic and alternative rock, blues, and various jam bands, this band blends the roots of blues with vibes of modern alternative and funk rock. The band literally was created in a dirty basement but soon developed a style that delivers a driving blues-rock sound. The Ars Nova is an innovative, creative band, willing to challenge any music scene by bringing back something all music fans can appreciate, a passion for blues and rock ‘n roll.


Thursday May 22, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

6:00pm

Chicago Farmer
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Chicago Farmer's title track Backenforth, IL, is the centerpiece of his sixth collection of Guthrie-inspired populist songs, as well as autobiographical. The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow mid-westerner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.


Thursday May 22, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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7:30pm

Twiddle
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Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate soundscape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle’s thrilling infancy will surely exceed all expectation.


Thursday May 22, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

9:00pm

Henhouse Prowlers
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Nine years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.


Thursday May 22, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
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11:30pm

The Ragbirds
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Led by dynamic, energetic front woman and multi-instrumentalist Erin Zindle, The Ragbirds utilize an arsenal of instruments from around the world. The Ragbirds are a fusion of folk rock and pop hooks over danceable world rhythms stirred with a Celtic fiddler's bow.


Thursday May 22, 2014 11:30pm - Friday May 23, 2014 1:00am
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1:30am

Floodwood
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Al Schnier & Vinnie Amico, not only play together in the premier jamband, moe., but they've also spent over 10 years recording & touring with the Americana group Al & The Transamericans. Likewise, Jason Barady spent over 10 years recording & touring with the Bluegrass group Wooden Spoon from Taos, until returning to his hometown in central, NY. Nick Piccininni is a largely self taught violinist, who learned his bluegrass chops the old fashioned way - in festival picking circles & Bluegrass Festivals. He's an award winning banjo player & fiddler in high demand on the bluegrass circuit, who also spent 2 years on the road w/ The Abrams. Bass player, Zachary Fleitz is a Berklee Graduate & Hypnotic Clambake alumnus. Zach joined forces w. Wooden Spoon & has played w. J & Nick for the last few years.


Friday May 23, 2014 1:30am - 3:00am
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Friday, May 23
 

12:00pm

Good Graeff
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Made of twin sisters Brooke and Brit, Good Graeff (pronounced “grayf”) creates powerful folk-charged indie pop that centers on Brooke’s dynamic & original vocals and upbeat acoustic chord progressions, which are finessed into creative and memorable pop songs by Brit’s melodic, classically influenced cello riffs.


Friday May 23, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
d) CAMPFIRE

1:30pm

Old Shoe
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Old Shoe is a five-piece Americana Roots Rock band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band's compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.


Friday May 23, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

3:00pm

Brainchild
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Brainchild is a band that combines the feeling of jazz & soul with the intensity of shredding guitar solos. Their growing list of original songs combined with a diverse selection of covers are a perfect blend of many styles of music.


Friday May 23, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
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4:30pm

Head for the Hills
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Head for the Hills has a simple but continuing dilemma they can’t seem to resolve. Specialists have been hired to no avail and the predicament persists: how does one describe the multifarious music of Head for the Hills? Among the top contenders are catchy turns of phrases like post-bluegrass, progressive string music, modern acoustic noir, and bluegrass bricolage. “On top of modern string music,” (Bluegrass Today), “Cutting edge,” (Drew Emmitt) or “Best in Colorado Bluegrass” (Westword Showcase Readers Poll)—those are up there too. Strip away the artful descriptors and you have a forward thinking group of {mostly} acoustic musicians drawing on eclectic influences, tastes and styles. They didn’t grow up immersed in bluegrass music but came to it later in life, with each other. The result is a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. Head for the Hills—Adam Kinghorn on Guitar and vocals, Joe Lessard on violin and vocals, Matt Loewen on upright bass and vocals and Mike Chappell on acoustic and electric mandolins—has been bringing their music to a multitude of stages in between since 2004. The band has independently issued two studio records and one live, been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released a beer with Odell Brewing Company in May 2013 and charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010). Blue Ruin, an all-new album of original material is available now.


Friday May 23, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
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6:00pm

High and Mighty Brass Band
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The High and Mighty Brass Band (HMBB) is a party already in progress. Their performances are both fiercely entertaining and inspiring. The group’s sincere enthusiasm and dynamic energy connects with every audience member who is willing to get involved. Their sound is a mix of classic New Orleans Funk, R&B and more modern influences of Afro-Beat and Hip Hop.


Friday May 23, 2014 6:00pm - 7:00pm
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7:30pm

Caroline Rose
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Half of Rose's family is from the North and half from the South. These influences can be heard throughout all of her songs. Jer Coons says it's Northern grit mixed with Southern charm. Last year Rose and Coons made a grassroots record called "America Religious" that was written while traveling around the country.


Friday May 23, 2014 7:30pm - 8:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

9:00pm

The London Souls
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The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept secret among New York City concertgoers since the bands formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever sustained reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.


Friday May 23, 2014 9:00pm - 10:00pm
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11:00pm

Cosby Sweater
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Cosby Sweater is a new and vibrant voice in live electronic music. The versatile trio is comprised of David Embry on production and vocals, Nicholas Gerlach on Tenor Saxophone and EWI and Richard “Sleepy” Floyd on drums.


Friday May 23, 2014 11:00pm - Saturday May 24, 2014 12:00am
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12:30am

Dawn of Midi
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Dawn of Midi is a collective made up of Indian contrabassist Aakaash Israni, Pakistani percussionist Qasim Naqvi, and Moroccan pianist Amino Belyamani. Creating a bold face on the notion of idiosyncratic music, Dawn of Midi blends together the sentiments of many musical worlds. In this age of modern improvisation where the distinctions between musical normatives are blurred, DoM’s thematic and timbral approach is reminiscent of many genres bound in one simultaneous moment.


Saturday May 24, 2014 12:30am - 1:30am
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2:00am

The Motet
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Hailing from Colorado, the Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.


Saturday May 24, 2014 2:00am - 4:00am
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Saturday, May 24
 

12:30pm

Bones Jugs
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Bones, Jug, Xylophone, kazoos, steel pan resonator guitar, banjo, double bass, drums, all sorts of noise makers. These are just some of the instruments Bones Jugs N Harmony play around with at their shows. The group began with the dream of throwing an energetic party with acoustic instruments, a high quality, clearly audible musical experience that could be had on street corners, on the beach, in living rooms, or amplified in a club.


Saturday May 24, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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2:00pm

Chicago Farmer New Feat with Old Shoe
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Chicago Farmer's title track Backenforth, IL, is the centerpiece of his sixth collection of Guthrie-inspired populist songs, as well as autobiographical. The son of a small town farming community, Cody Diekhoff logged plenty of highway and stage time under the name Chicago Farmer before settling in the city in 2003. Profoundly inspired by fellow mid-westerner John Prine, he’s a working-class folk musician to his core. His small town roots, tilled with city streets mentality, are turning heads North and South of I-80.


Saturday May 24, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
d) CAMPFIRE

3:30pm

The Black Cadillacs
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The Black Cadillacs are a blues-based indie rock band from Knoxville, TN. With members from each of Tennessee's major cities, the state's famous sounds are well represented. Nashville’s recent brand of rock 'n' roll revival takes center stage, accented by authentic Memphis blues/soul and a hint of Knoxville country distill into a sound rich and southern as it is alive.


Saturday May 24, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

5:00pm

Orgone
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or·gone (ôr’gōn)
noun

1. A universal life force, a cosmic unit of energy, the creative force in nature.
2. Eight souls from Los Angeles who will move your ass and melt your face.

Pronounced with a long second “O,” the Los Angeles band Orgone is dedicated to heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping soul. With a core rhythm section of close friends and self-taught musicians steeped in local DJ culture, Orgone has spent the last decade expanding their roster and evolving a sound rooted in old school respect but pulsing with the force of the new millennium. Orgone has become a staple on the festival circuit while gaining a reputation among fellow artists as one of the baddest go-to backing bands on the planet. Always evolving musically and cosmically, Orgone continues to connect with kindred musical spirits throughout the universe with relentless touring.


Saturday May 24, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
d) CAMPFIRE

6:30pm

Fareed Haque & MathGames
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MathGames! was formed in 2010 as side project for Fareed Haque, Greg Fundis, and Alex Austin. By bringing together a wealth of knowledge in multicultural music and genres the MathGames! sound was formed. The band remained a trio until the spring of 2012 when Jesse Clayton, former keyboard player of "The Macpodz," joined the band. Jesse adds complexity to their sound and adds an unmistakable energy to the band. MathGames! will continue to flourish with music that is progressive, multidimensional and fun.


Saturday May 24, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

8:00pm

Sun Stereo
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Sun Stereo is a six piece band hailing from Urbana, Illinois, consisting of one theatrical flunky and five jazz junkies. After graduating with a Musical Theater Composition degree from University of Illinois, Kelly McMorris (music, lyrics, vocals, keys) has been writing music, performing in a plethora of projects, and all the while canvassing the gutters and bowels of churches, saloons, and opera houses for the perfect concoction of thugs and miscreants to transpire his musical vision. In 2010, he reunited with Jesse Greenlee (drums, cymbals, vocals) and began fleshing out the prenatal bones of the first full-length album, Rogue Satellite. After it’s completion, they tapped the veins of the University of Illinois Jazz program to procure the remaining pieces (Josh Houchin, bass, vocals; Adrian Barnett, bari sax; Euan Edmonds, trombone; Kevin Bourassa, Trumpet; Jon Griffith, bari sax) and bring the album’s nuances and grandiose intricacies to life on the stage.


Saturday May 24, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
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10:00pm

The Werks
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Formed in 2007, The Werks are quickly emerging as a national jam band powerhouse. As a result of their eclectic individual influences, The Werks produce a dance party that can be appreciated by a majority of musical tastes. Fusing the psychedelic shredding guitar and screaming organ of jam and classic rock with funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats, The Werks create their own style of music entitled "Psychedelic Dance Rock".


Saturday May 24, 2014 10:00pm - 11:00pm
d) CAMPFIRE

2:00am

Mike Dillon Band
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From his high-octane performance and unorthodox percussion rig, to the perfectly orchestrated mellifluous cacophony creating that unforgettable "Mike D" sound, there is no question that Mike Dillon is one of the most dynamic, multifaceted, electrifying percussionists in the country.


Sunday May 25, 2014 2:00am - 4:00am
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Sunday, May 25
 

12:30pm

Swear and Shake
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In a city that offers endless new sounds, New York-based band Swear & Shake’s loyal fan base and earnest talent have driven them on tours across the US and into the focal point of fawning critics.

Swear & Shake is Kari Spieler (vocals, lyrics, guitar), Adam McHeffey (vocals, lyrics, guitar, banjo, piano), Shaun Savage (electric bass), and Ben Goldstein (percussion). The band formed in 2010 after Kari helped Adam record a demo one of his original songs, “Johnnie.” From that moment, they knew they were on to something good. Adam recruited longtime friends Shaun and Tom to flesh out the sounds behind Kari’s soulful, smoky voice and Adam’s catchy folk strumming.


Sunday May 25, 2014 12:30pm - 1:30pm
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2:00pm

Turkuaz
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Credible bios are supposed to be objective and not full of superlatives and hyperbole, but it’s hard to avoid gushing when the subject is a funk army of multi-instrumentals and singers that is part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex, who—even on an off night—can blow away a room on the basis of sheer physics alone. That’s one way to describe Turkuaz, but it doesn’t address the music. In this regard, as with any band, influences are everything. One cannot escape them as one seeks to carve out a unique sound for themselves.


Sunday May 25, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
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3:30pm

Van Ghost
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Michael Harrison Berg of Van Ghost was a musician in high school, but as an adult swapped his onstage pursuits for backstage ones. For over 10 years the Chicagoan has been managing bands and promoting concerts like the North Coast Music Fest and Chicago Bluegrass and Blues Fest rather than making music. But when a band he poured time and money into imploded, he sought solace in songwriting and awoke the musician within.


Sunday May 25, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
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5:00pm

Mountain Standard Time
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For Mountain Standard Time, there is one focus: making good, honest music. The organic process of expression—from heart to hands to ears—preserves the integrity of the finished product. While the band spends an exhaustive amount of time crafting and perfecting their material, they don’t pay any mind to the rules and confines of genre. With elements of Bluegrass, Prog Rock, Latin and Americana, attempting to categorize the band can be challenging. MST coined the term “free grass” so that they could stop focusing on labeling their music and stick to what they do best: playing it.


Sunday May 25, 2014 5:00pm - 6:00pm
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6:30pm

Dopapod
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With no regard towards towards stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from Dopapod both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences that they adapt from. Their approach and commitment to complementing a distinct genre bending sound to top-notch musicianship has set them apart from many of their contemporaries and keeps music lovers eagerly returning to shows.


Sunday May 25, 2014 6:30pm - 7:30pm
d) CAMPFIRE

8:00pm

ProbCause
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With a polished sound that spans far outside the boundaries of hip-hop- ProbCause seamlessly jumps from dubstep – to glitch-hop- to R&B than back to a classic boom-bap gritty rap sound.


Sunday May 25, 2014 8:00pm - 9:00pm
d) CAMPFIRE

11:00pm

David Mayfield Parade
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Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – something his father instilled in him in the family band – he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences coming back again and again.

With eclectic, cinematic songs that stir up images of the old West and urban cityscapes, the 12-track album feels like a game changer for a singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer who stepped out of the sideman shadows with his 2011 solo debut “The Parade.” He likens “Good Man Down” to “Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom.” Like “Raiders of the Lost Ark,” his first album was lighthearted and fun with nods to the past. His second is darker, creepier, more bizarre and outrageous.


Sunday May 25, 2014 11:00pm - Monday May 26, 2014 12:00am
d) CAMPFIRE

2:00am

The Wood Brothers
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Chris Wood had a scrap of a song — seemed like a chorus — scribbled in a notebook. He played it for his older brother, Oliver, who’d had a verse lying around he didn’t know what to do with. The two pieces, composed months apart, one in urban Atlanta and the other deep in the Catskills, dovetailed musically and lyrically: the verse about a man regretting chasing unattainable women, the high-lonesome, harmony-driven refrain of “When I die, I wanna be sent back to try, try again.”

“Neon Tombstone” wasn’t the first song that Chris, a founding member of jazz trio Medeski Martin & Wood, and Oliver, formerly Tinsley Ellis’s guitarist, had written — since 2006, they’d released three studio albums of Americana as The Wood Brothers. But it was the first one they’d written like this. “This is how a song is supposed to come together,” Oliver remembers thinking. “There was some chance, some randomness, to it.”

The experience marked a deeper level of collaboration for The Wood Brothers, a newfound fraternal synchronicity that’s captured on their latest album, ‘The Muse.’ Within the first few bars of opener “Wastin’ My Mind,” which could pass for a lost cut from “The Last Waltz,” it’s clear the brothers are operating on a different plane than when we last heard them, on 2011’s ‘Smoke Ring Halo.’ The components are similar: the dialed-in vocal harmonies, Oliver’s gritty acoustic guitar, Chris’s virtuosic upright bass, the warrior poet lyrics. But here there’s a glue — a yellowy carpenter’s glue, one imagines — holding it all together. The cohesion comes from the brothers having spent the last two years on the road with new full-time member Jano Rix, a drummer and ace-in-the-hole multi-instrumentalist, whereas they relied on session musician-friends to fill out previous albums. Jano’s additional harmonies give credence to the old trope that while two family members often harmonize preternaturally, it takes a third, non-related singer for the sound to really shine. And then there’s Jano’s work on his literally patented percussion instrument, the “shuitar,” a shitty acoustic guitar rigged up with tuna cans and other noisemakers, which, in his hands, becomes a veritable drum kit.

Starting with debut ‘Ways Not To Lose,’ which NPR described as a collection of “gracious little songs [that] sound like they were born on a front porch during a beautiful sunset,” The Wood Brothers have made albums like you’re not supposed to anymore — recording mostly live, warts and all. But on ‘The Muse,’ they double down on the production values of a purer time. Whereas ‘Smoke Ring Halo’ was tracked with the musicians playing in separate rooms, here Chris, Oliver and Jano often circled around a tree of microphones, a couple feet apart from one another, and simply played the songs, with even the lead vocals being recorded on the spot. The arrangement is a producer’s nightmare — the different sounds bleed into the various mics, limiting mixing options and ruling out the possibility of fixing mistakes — but the band had two willing accomplices: legendary country musician Buddy Miller, who produced the album, and Nashville studio vet Mike Poole, who engineered.

“I just love how Mike and Buddy really embraced that idea,” Oliver says. Miller, an award-winning producer, guitarist and solo artist, has performed and recorded with icons such as Emmylou Harris, Steve Earle, Lucinda Williams, Robert Plant and Alison Krauss. Oliver continues, “I hear little things that are out of tune or imperfect, and I love it. That’s what I like about old recordings – they just did it, and that’s what happened.”

From early in their childhood in Boulder, CO., Chris and Oliver were steeped in American roots music. Their father, a molecular biologist, would perform classic songs at campfires and family gatherings, while their mother, a poet, instilled a passion for storytelling and turn of phrase. The brothers bonded over bluesmen like Jimmy Reed and Lightnin’ Hopkins, but their paths, musical and otherwise, would diverge. Oliver moved to Atlanta, where he played guitar in cover bands before earning a spot in Tinsley Ellis’s touring act. At Ellis’s behest, Oliver began to sing and then founded King Johnson, a hard-touring group that would release six albums of blues-inflected R&B, funk and country over the next 12 years. Chris, meanwhile, studied jazz bass at the New England Conservatory of Music, moved to New York City and, in the early ‘90s, formed Medeski Martin & Wood, which over the next two decades would become a cornerstone of contemporary jazz and abstract music.


Monday May 26, 2014 2:00am - 4:00am
d) CAMPFIRE