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CBDB with The LaGoons at Zydeco Saturday August 16, 2014
Posted on Tuesday August 12, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

Cy Simonton: Guitar & Vocals, Kris Gottlieb: Guitar & Vocals, Glenn Dillard: Sax/Keys & Vocals, Donald Deloach: Percussion, Paul Oliver: Drums,
David Ray: Bass & Vocals
CBDB. The name invokes curiosity. What does it stand for, and more importantly, what does it really mean? But one viewing, one live show, and the point is clear; this Tuscaloosa Alabama band takes their music seriously, and they came to make a statement. Taking cues from other innovative artists, past and present, CBDB combines pop sensibility with virtuosic musicality and they're taking the jam genre to a new level. Purveyors of Joyfunk: A blend of progressive rock, funk, folk, and jam fusion, resulting in an original and unavoidably danceable sound. Combining heavy improvisation with detailed composition, CBDB's live performances garner high praise from audiophiles and casual observers alike.
Make the opportunity to check out CBDB live this Saturday August 16 at Zydeco. Purchase your tickets here today while they’re still available. Doors open at 9:30. You will be greeted with passion, creativity, and the next wave of inspirational music that speaks to not only yourself, but generations to come!!! Can’t make it out this Friday? Check out their tour dates to be sure and catch them at their next show!


On stage, CBDB parades tight, ambitious compositions that seamlessly gives way to loose, adventurous musical improvisation. It pushes and pulls in different technical and creative directions but for them, it comes down to having fun playing music with their friends. "When you're having a good time, that comes across," says lead singer Cy Simonton. "There's that back and forth between the crowd and the band...when everybody's into it and dancing and completely in the moment...that's Joyfunk. That's what we bring."

"CDBD's sound and song writing blended with a loyal fan base make this group the next great draw for many years to come. As solid as they are now, it is difficult to fathom how much potential this band truly has." - Layne Flournoy, Owner- Zydeco
"CBDB is one of the most exciting bands to come out of the Southeast in years. The buzz about the band is very reminiscent of Widespread Panic in the late 80's. CBDB proves you don't need computers to make great music." -Rick Stowe, Managing Director and Partner - East Coast Entertainment

Phases of The Moon Music & Art Festival
Posted on Monday August 11, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

Need a mini vaca to get away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life? If your idea of some R&R includes 4 days of camping surrounded by beautiful hardwood forests and lakes along with 4 days of live music then Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is absolutely perfect for you.
“We’ve always looked to the moon with a great fascination and wonder. Its phases represent a cycle of renewal and a guiding light through darkness. The moon exerts a powerful pull on both the ocean tides and on our human emotions. As we began to create our festival, we thought, what better way to express the uplifting power of music and its relationship with nature then by naming it Phases of the Moon.”
Phases of the Moon Music & Art Festival is a grass-roots Illinois music festival created by music fans, for music fans. The 4 day camping event will take place September 11-14 at Kennekuk County Park in Danville, IL.
With a stellar lineup that includes Widespread Panic, The String Cheese Incident, Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, JJ Grey & Mofro, Leftover Salmon with Bill Payne of Little Feat, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Robert Randolph & The Family Band, Galactic, Anders Osborne, Dumpstaphunk and many more, you will not want to miss what is going to be an amazing weekend you won’t ever forget. For more artists and details click here.
The venue will offer many attractions that include outdoor activities, food and crafts, and a Crescent Moon Kids Area where parents can hang out with their children for some fun and creative kid’s activities. For more info about the venue click here.
If healing and rejuvenation is what you are looking for be sure and stop by The Sanctuary; an oasis for relaxation and rejuvenation. “The Sanctuary is dedicated to bringing one back to center by providing space for massage and energy work, sound healing, aerial acts, yoga, qi gong, and more. For more info visit the Sanctuary info page.
Phases of the Moon will also be teaming up with Conscious Alliance to host an ‘Art That Feeds’ Food Drive. Find out how you can join in and help out and receive a FREE commemorative Phases of the Moon Festival poster. For more info click here.
All Festival Tickets include FREE CAMPING! To purchase tickets and check out the available upgrades like Forest Camping, Early Admission, RV Parking, and more click here.
For updates and recent posts about POTM visit the news section.
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Yonder Mountain String Band Coming To Iron City
Posted on Wednesday August 06, 2014 By Jessica Brasher

Yonder Mountain String Band with special guests The Larry Keel Experience
at Iron City Friday, October 24, 2014 at 8PM
Doors open 7:00 PM
Tickets for this event are $22.50 Adv / $25 DOS and go on sale August 8th at 11 A.M.
General Admission and All Ages.
Yonder Mountain String Band has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they've come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they've taken the customary old-timey instrumentation to new heights, transcending any single genre.
YMSB is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), and select special guest artists who will appear with the band throughout 2014. Two standout musicians regularly performing live with YMSB are Jake Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) and Allie Kral (fiddle, vocals). Jolliff is an award-winning mandolin player (First Place, National Mandolin Championship 2012, Walnut Valley Festival), and was a founding member of the disbanded Americana outfit, Joy Kills Sorrow. Kral is well-known as the former fiddle player for Cornmeal (2003 - 2013), and she's worked alongside various notable artists including moe., Railroad Earth, Warren Haynes, and others.

Rolling Stone said that YMSB "liberates bluegrass' hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism," while Paste Magazine wrote, "The Yonder Mountain boys have found a formula that works: take rootsy bluegrass influences, add in some rock 'n' roll, and seek out an adventurous audience.

YMSB has evolved into something of a phenomenon on the concert and festival circuit. The band has sold out Colorado's famed Red Rocks several times, and played sold-out shows with Grateful Dead and Furthur bassist Phil Lesh at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in August 2012. They also host three singular music festivals every year -- Northwest String Summit (now in its 13th year and hosted by YMSB every year), Harvest Music Festival (where they will host for the fifth time in October 2014), and Strings & Sol (Yonder hosts for the third year-in-a-row in Mexico in December 2014) -- and have consecutively sold out runs of shows at the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival year after year. Every other year, YMSB also hosts Kinfolk Festival @ Planet Bluegrass. In all, Yonder Mountain logs over 100 live dates per year. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like Summer Camp, and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festival.
YMSB is currently working on a new full-length studio recording; fans can expect a new album to be released in early 2015.
For more information on Yonder Mountain String Band, please visit

High Five Fest III
Posted on Tuesday August 05, 2014 By Tre Brannum

Ready for RAD?! Well, there will be plenty of that and High Fives to go around at The Bottletree, August 9th for the 3rd installment of High Five Fest. This annual gathering of beer, BBQ, music, and friends has grown tremendously from it's humble beginnings.

The fest has begun to establish itself as THE event in which great bands of yesteryear rise from their graves, dust off their instruments, and give it one last go for the fans. And sometimes, that spark will linger, and breathe a new life into an almost long lost musical project. Such is the case this year's act, Arclight. Arclight, which features members from Haste and Nail (one of High Five Fest II's reunion bands), hit the stage for the first time in 4 years and have decided to to see where the time away will take them by writing new material.

But Arclight is just one of many co-headliners at this year's High Five Fest. I say co-headliners, because the line up reads as a Who's Who of touring, Birmingham based artists. From the Sci-Fi Surf stylings of Man, or Astro Man?, dirty rock from BeIttheMeans, and the 80's vibe from Wray, there is something for everyone Get your sampling of the acts, from the videos below.

BEITTHEMEANS - Doomsday: The System Fails from jason hamric on Vimeo.

It's not just the music that makes this fest special. It's the community. Local brewery, Good People Brewing, will take over the taps. Award winning BBQ from the Barbecutioners will fill your belly. And the raddest people in this salty 'Ham will fill The Bottletree. I'm sure there will be plenty of high fives to go around. But don't worry if they come from a stranger, as they won't be a stranger for long. $15. Doors open at 2pm. Bands at 3pm. Family friendly before 7pm.

RAPGOVENT Vol. 2- Death of the MC
Posted on Monday August 04, 2014 By Drizzy Dro

Are lyrics relevant anymore in hip hop? Growing up, I can recall listening to MC's like Nas, Eminem, Biggie, 2 Pac, Geto Boys, Jay Z, Ice Cube, Snoop, Redman, Wu Tang, etc and being intrigued by not just the hot tracks and catchy hooks, but the substance in the verses. Each artist was using their intellect and wit to try to give the consumer music that could be appreciated. I can remember being on the bus on the way to middle school, listening to Redman's Dare is a Darkside album picking each verse apart. There was so much depth to his lyrics and it made me want to understand his thought process. That was when hip hop was alive and thriving in the mainstream, yet still had that underground edginess to it. Artists were selling records and doing sold out shows and didn't have to "dumb it down" to appease the masses. Nas released an album entitled "Hip Hop Is Dead" to reiterate to all of us, that things have changed drastically from the glory days of our culture. The question is.....if hip hops dead....who killed it? 

Was it corporate America? Clear Channel radio stations? Labels now are signing acts with more swag than skill to make a quick profit. Lyrics, which used to be the driving force in most artists campaign simply are not viewed as the most important part of the package. A prime example of this is Trindad James being dropped from Def Jam just this week. This even after having the hottest commercial record just a little over a year ago, with his smash hit "All Gold Everythang".  French Montana was recently quoted saying that "all the lyrical rappers in the game are broke." This mentality is the general consensus among up and coming rappers. If you're lyrical, you wont sell records. In my opinion, this is one of the biggest problems in the game today. And statements like that make no sense whatsoever (Eminem"s MMLP2 sold over 2 million albums to date). Kendrick Lamar's debut Good Kid Madd City also went platinum last year, in an era where its almost frowned upon to be an MC with lyrical depth. 

Believe it or not, there are quite a few MC's coming out of Alabama who understand lyricism, rhyme schemes, story telling, and are doing their part to keep the integrity of the MC alive in today's marketplace. Yelawolf is one. The Green Seed, G Side, Shank D, the list goes on and on. Murc Heist of Murc Camp fame is another example. His music displays real gripping street narratives, while still showcasing lyrical skills in his bars and rhyme structures. I have had the chance to collaborate with a lot of different artists in my city, and there are more who are representing lyricism than others might think. We all aspire to sell records and do numbers, but that doesn't mean we have to forget what being an MC is all about. This is why there are more independent companies building their brands than there are rappers looking for deals. One of the sacrifices most make when they sign the big deal is losing creative control. With the power of the internet, we are able to build our brands and still maintain our integrity. Tech 9 is one of the most successful MCs in the business, and him and his Strange Music label are known for their lyrical abilities. They didn't have to dilute they lines to get money. 

In closing i would like to say......hip hop is a culture. It will never die. But in this day and age, MCs are becoming extinct, because people are being brainwashed into thinking " in order to get on the radio i have to make a club song with a hot beat, but not say to much. Or a song the female audience can relate to, and if i am too lyrical they wont listen"  Women as well as men listen to what we are actually saying in our music. MCs have longevity, rappers usually end up one hit wonders and eventually, when the trend and sound change, they eventually fade. Its like comparing my favorite group of all time Outkast to Dem Franchise Boys. Only one of those groups can be considered legends in the game. Feel free to comment and give your opinions. Feedback is encouraged. 

Shouts out to my whole #RAPGOVENT family and

-Drizzy "Press Play" Dro

For a random freestyle at any given time call the press play hotline @205-617-9166 for free U.K mixtape


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