By D. Lanier Shook June 22, 2013
There are 47 musical acts coming to Bele Chere and over the next two weeks I’m going to tell you about everyone of them. You can hear them all beginning on July 26. For all of the details about the music, food, and other fun click here to visit the Festival website or if you don’t plan on going click here for Eleven Reasons why you should.
Doc Aquatic is an Asheville based psychadelic rock group that’s easy to listen to. Their recent releases and concert have been hailed by local press as including a full range of rock sound. To read what the local press has to say click here to visit their Reverbnation site or click here to visit their Facebook page.
Dan Deacon is a composer and musician from Baltimore with a list of credits, appearances, and compositions longer than both my arms. He’s comfortable both in the concert hall —Carnegie Hall, Toronto’s Royal Conservatory of Music — and the festival scene —four times at SXSW, Lollapalooza, Moogfest, and over 50 others. He’s also comfortable at concerts, where he has chosen to play from the middle of the crowd instead of a stage. He’s been on shows from Jimmy Kimmel to All Things Considered. To hear him click here to visit his website.
The first thing I’m going to say is that you have to visit Goodnight, Texas’ website because of its amazing late 19th century feel. The group is named after a town exactly halfway between their two hometowns. The band’s sound is positively mountain music. Their music combines banjos and guitars with harmonicas, drums, and bass to illuminate vocals that paint a story. To hear what I’m talking about click here to visit their website.
Former Champions are from Richmond, Virginia and are releasing their second album. Their style has been described as sensuous funk meeting dance grooves. I’d say it’s more like a light-as-a-feather beat behind a thought provoking vocal. They call it “street music” and you can hear it by clicking here to visit their website or clicking here to visit their Reverbnation site.
Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe
Karl Denson has an impressive jazz legacy, playing with such well known names as Lenny Kravitz and Fred Wesley. Karl has released several jazz albums on his own and has led Tiny Universe to success on several tours, the festival circuit, and in impressive record sales. Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe blends instruments and vocals well, as proved by the press acclaim they’ve earned. You can check out the sound and the acclaim by clicking here to visit their very impressive homepage.
The Mountain Goats
The Mountain Goats are my kinda band. Their first songs were recorded on a boom box and released on a cassette — like I said my kinda band. Of course, they’ve come a long way since then. They’ve performed on The Colbert Report and Carnegie Hall. Their music is incredibly upbeat with vocals that draw you in. You can click here to visit their home page or click here to visit their NPR Music page.
Mountain Heart is going to be a treat to have back in Asheville. Not only is their music pure folk/bluegrass gold but the group is incredibly acclaimed. They’ve released 7 albums, have won numerous albums, and have appeared at the Grand Old Opry 125 times. To hear their sound click here to visit their homepage or click here to visit their Reverbnation page.
Jonathan Scales Fourchestra
Jonathan Scales takes steel drums places that I’ve never heard before. Combining the sound with bass and drums he integrates them into the orchestra, yielding a smooth, jazz-like sound. To see what I’m talking about click here to visit their homepage or click here to visit their Reverbnation page.
If you like country music then Joy Styles is the voice you need to hear. When you do hear her you won’t be surprised that this is a very talented, very trained artist. You’ll want to click here to visit her Facebook page or click here to visit her Reverbnation page.
Kishi Bashi’s sound is light, ethereal, and magical. I’m not the only one who thinks so, since Microsoft and Sony have licensed his music for commercials. He is a very talented violinist who you should hear. Click here to visit his home page, click here to visit his Bandcamp page, or click here to visit his NPR Music page.
Moon Taxi is a rock band from Nashville with great sound and great lyrics. (Every rock has a roll and its gone, every stone has a rhythm of its own…) This group has been busy on the tour and concert circuit, letting thousands of Americans hear their high energy, feel good sound. Next month it’s Asheville’s turn so click here to visit their home page or click here to visit their Reverbnation site.
Matrimony is a Charlotte based band with an energy born of family ties. Jimmy and Ashlee Brown are a husband-wife duo that were actually writing songs before they married. Their partnership has led to haunting lyrics and melodies you can hear by clicking here to visit their Reverbnation site. You can also click here to visit their home page or click here to read their blog.
High energy is how Mountain Feist describes itself. They are pure, high energy bluegrass pickin’. Their music, their lyrics, (if you wanna see a changed man here’s what you gotta do, pack up your things, head out the door, and take the cats with you…)and their energy will keep you entertained either at Bele Chere or while just listening online. So click here to visit their website and see what you have to look forward to next month.
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