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Saturday, February 28

Festival 2015: Preview, Aura Music Festival - Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park - Live Oak, FL - March 6th-8th, 2015

I have been to a bunch of music festivals but this edition of the Aura fest has a couple of firsts for me.  It will be the first festival I have ever flown to, and my first time at the legendary Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.  I have never heard anybody say anything other than amazing things about this venue.  From all I have heard it is the perfect spot for a festival, especially as many of us are dealing with a very cold winter.
The lineup is a thing of beauty for me.  I don't recall any lineups that I go from top to bottom saying I love this band to just about all of them! They also scheduled perfectly to avoid conflicts (at least for me).  
From top to bottom many genres are represented and I am looking forward to many for a variety of reasons.  Here are a few bands I am really looking forward to and why.  Note these aren't in any specific order.
  • Moe. - I love listening to them both on Jam On and full sets but the only time I got to see them they had guests on stage almost the entire show.  Don't get me wrong this was unbelievable but I don't feel like I saw a Moe show, just an incredible jam.  This gives me an opportunity to change that.
  • Dopapod - Every time I see them it is a slightly different dimension, and I am very much looking forward to where they take things with their sets. 
  • Tauk - I have watched them grow over the past couple years, and they keep getting better and tighter.  
  • Consider the Source - 3 complete masters of their craft.
  • Kung Fu -  Incredible talented supergroup, they will bring high energy funk jams.
  • Main Squeeze -  More funk plus a Michael Jackson tribute set.  

There is a great selection of food, drink, craft and merchandise vendors as well as full run of activities if you want to take a break from this great lineup or to fill the morning hours.  
Hope to see everyone there!

Full Lineup:
The Disco Biscuits (two sets) 
Moe. (two sets) 
Papadosio (two nights) 
Break Science Live Band (Adam Deitch, Borahm Lee, Ryan Zoidis, Eric Bloom, Adam Smirnoff, Jesus Coomes) 
The Motet 
Kung Fu 
The Heavy Pets 
Consider the Source 
The Main Squeeze (x2 including a very special Tribute to Michael Jackson) 
American Babies 
The Mike Dillon Band 
Pigeons Playing Ping Pong 
The Mantras 
The Fritz 
Ghost Owl 
Cosby Sweater 
Brother Bean 
Ketchy Shuby 
Uproot Hootenanny 
Funkin’ Grateful 
Lather Up! 
Fat Mannequin 
Stinky Pockets 
Artists at large: The Shady Horns

All Photos from 2014 Aura by: Mike Geller
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Photos: ALO takes on Fly Between Falls w/ Friends - As they fill up SF's Fillmore - 2/27/2015 (night 1)

Photos : Carla Kilgore Martin 
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Friday, February 27

RIP: Legendary Blues guitarist Robert Belfour has died.

The Legendary blues guitarist Robert Belfour pasted away in his adoptive hometown of Memphis at the age of 74 in the morning of February 24th. Nicknamed "Wolfman" his acoustic playing style was as unique as it was mesmerizing. His background was in Mississippi Hill Country traditions. Unfortunately he took those unusual licks with him to the grave. Belfour, was influenced by legends John Lee Hooker and Lighten Hopkins. He did not make his first album until he was 59. By that time he was a Beale street regular where he started performing in the early eighties. The Memphis Blues Society our excepting donations for his funeral. Like any real bluesman he only pasted away rich in talent. 
Another one gone.
Words: Kevin Long
Photo: Ellis Jones IV
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Album Review: Dank - Dank - 2015 / Tour Dates

Feb 3rd, 2015

"It's Only Rock 'n' Roll..."
Dank, formerly known as Dank Sinatra, the quintet from the music rich Athens, Georgia have released Dank, their self-titled debut under their new cropped down name. A testament to who they truly are as a real rock and roll band.  The authenticity of the work is clear and it grabs you and keeps your attention. That being said rather then attempt to rewrite a book that was already well written once, Dank is rooted in the great foundation that their Rock 'n' Roll forefathers have laid down before them. While paying homage to the great history of the genre it clearly will satiate the purist of rock and roll; it's hard, rough and has it's defined razor's edge. Sometime's it's all about method, and on this record they clearly interpret the book of rock and that clarity helps set this album apart from the wave of indie-rock that has flooded the ears of many over the past decade. Fore sure, there are no art-house indie pretensions on this album. From start to finish, each track is seventies-style, gut-bucket rock and roll. The production is clean, although the bass could afford to be pumped a bit higher in the mix. The strong drumming makes up for this to a degree but the rhythm section could be a stronger piece of the album since you can tell the band has the chops to pull it off. I never heard the guys’ play under their old moniker as Dank Sinatra but I can tell you that playing this album on the jukebox of a biker bar won’t get a bottle broken over your head. And after all, isn't that the judge of whether an album is a good rock album or not? Now after downloading this goody you can plan to catch them on their Spring Tour that coming in full force at the end of March.


1.Crash The Door
2.Nobody Home
3.Gold Blues
4.Last Night
5.80's Dude

Meet Dank:

Josh Birmingham – Drums, Vocals
Matt Henderson – Keyboards, Organ, Moog, Vocals
Jimmy Bones – Lead/Rhythm Guitar, Vocals
Joe Gaines – Rhythm/Lead Guitar, Vocals
Catch them tonight: 
February 27th – Charleston, SC | The Pourhouse
Words: Greg Heffelfinger and Sammy Martin
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Wednesday, February 25

Festival 2015: Will the VIBES Gather for a 20th time?

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Dates: Marco Benevento - Swift Tour - Winter/Spring 2015


TOUR TOUR TOUR...At long last we get to bring Swift to the rest of the country.
It's gonna be a dance party...we can't wait to see you!!!! 

February 26 - New Orleans, LA - Blue Nile ** 
February 27 - Houston, TX - Warehouse Live ** 
February 28 - Austin, TX - The Parish ** 
March 2 - Norman, OK - The Deli (more info)
March 4 - Phoenix, AZ - Rhythm Room 
March 5 - San Diego, CA - Winston's ^^ 
March 6 - Los Angeles, CA - Bootleg Theatre ^^ 
March 7 - San Francisco, CA - Independent ^^ 
March 8 - Santa Cruz, CA - Moe's Alley 
March 10 - Napa, CA - City Winery ^^ 
March 11 - Arcata, CA - HumBrews 
March 12 - Cottage Grove, OR - Axe & Fiddle * 
March 13 - Portland, OR - Mississippi Studios ^^ 
March 14 - Seattle, WA - Nectar Lounge ^^ 
March 27 - Pittsburgh, PA - Rex Theatre ** 
March 28 - Buffalo, NY - Iron Works 
April 2 - Boston, MA - Great Scott *** 
April 3 - Portland, ME - Empire *** 
April 4 - Burlington, VT - Signal Kitchen ^^^ 
June 4 - Catskill, NY - Mountain Jam 

^^ w/ Superhuman Happiness
* w/ Eric D. Johnson
** w/ Mike Dillon
*** w/ Hank & Cupcakes

^^^ And the Kids
Marco's Website and Ticket Link
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