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The Acorn People Perform Today at SheRox Fest
Posted on Saturday August 15, 2015 By Shellina Ryals

SheRox Fest happens today at Avondale Brewery. Benefiting The Wellhouse, a local shelter for human trafficking survivors, SheRox will feature some of the best female fronted bands the Southeast US has to offer. Among the bands performing are site favorites Mandi Rae and Everyday But Friday, and regional acts, such as the headliner, The Acorn People. We sat down with Grace Jermusyk, singer The Acorn People, to talk about the band:

Bhamrocks: How did The Acorn People form and when?

Grace: In October/November of 2012, I signed up for a recording project to put “Oh My” to tape at MTSU where we were all attending school and needed a band to record with! I met Kris who introduced me to Quinten (they’ve known each other forever) and Rocco.

 

BR:Any particular story behind the name, The Acorn People?

GJ: It’s the name of a book I read a long time ago about a camp for physically handicapped children in the 70’s. Basically they use their weaknesses as strengths to climb a mountain and that’s become a recurring metaphor with our music: that we all have our strengths and weak spots, but that when we join forces we can accomplish amazing things.

 

BR: You guys have a very solid rock sound that doesn't waiver too much inside any specific genre, is that intentional?

GJ: Very much so! We’ve always agreed as a band that our name and brand is really just a vehicle to make music, we don’t feel like we need to create b-sides or side projects to have avenues for different sounds that don’t fit into a certain box. The Acorn People are just the four of us, anything that we make together fits under that name. Keeping that mentality has allowed all of our influences to surface at different times.

 

BR: What are your related musical influences?

GJ: Pretty much anything that can be related to rock’n’roll. I take my influences heavily from a soul background, Kris has a background in metal but loves classic rock and Buddy Guy, Quinten is the epitome of 90s grunge mixed with Ginger Baker and Keith Moon, and Rocco is a good balance between funk music and The Sword.

 

BR: How have you recorded your material?

GJ: Our first album was recorded solely by Kris in his old house with Rocco, but our newer material has been through pre-production at MTSU, our current home, Belmont, and with Brandon Cagle in east Tennessee. We recently just picked where we’ll be recording the second full-length album next month.

BR: What show to date has been your most memorable as a band?

GJ: It’s probably a tossup between our battle of the bands at the Hard Rock Cafe Nashville, which was our first success and big show as a band, our first album release at Little Shop of Records, and our music video shoot/house show. All have really shown us that we are meant to be together as a band and how much we can accomplish together.

 

BR: Your current single and video shows a great house show, is that something your band has experienced? What do you love about those kinds of shows?

GJ:The music video is definitely indicative of a successful house show, which is why we picked it as the set! We really wanted to show our appreciation for the house show scene and all it has done for us since the beginning, which is give us and other bands an opportunity to perform without having to impress a booking agent or a particular venue. Local music shouldn’t be a privilege to people who have a lot of money and are of legal drinking age; house shows are open to all who are open to the experience.

 

BR: What are the upcoming events happening for the band?

GJ: Right now we are doing preproduction for our new full length album but will be entering the actual production phase early in August and are planning how we would like to release it. We recently purchased our tour van and have a national tour in the works running through Colorado to Chicago to Philadelphia and so forth! August 15th will be our first show back and it is with SheRox at Avondale Brewery to fight human trafficking!

 

BLUES TRAVELER COMING TO IRON CITY
Posted on Monday August 10, 2015 By Jessica Brasher

BLUES

TRAVELER

 

IRON CITY

513 22ND STREET SOUTH - BIRMINGHAM

SEPTEMBER 16TH – 8:00PM

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00PM

GENERAL ADMISSION

ADVANCE - $25.00 / DAY OF SHOW - $28.00

**PLUS APPLICABLE FEES & SERVICE CHARGES**

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, MAY 8th – 10AM!

GET TICKETS ONLINE AT

WWW.IRONCITYBHAM.COM

ALL DATES, ACTS AND TICKET PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE

Blues Traveler Become Team Players – America’s rock innovators celebrate milestone on collaborative

After selling millions of records and logging thousands of miles on the road, GRAMMY award-winning band Blues Traveler continue to chart new musical directions evident on their upcoming record Blow Up The Moon. A clever collaboration between various artists, Blow Up The Moon sees Blues Traveler keep an open-minded perspective on making music and enlists an eclectic mix of songwriters influenced by the band’s remarkable 25+ year career.

Blues Traveler is bringing their show to Iron City on September 16, 2015. This is a show you will not want to miss. If you haven’t already purchased your tickets do so HERE TODAY! CBDB is scheduled to open.

Blow Up the Moon is the first collaborative album that Blues Traveler has ever made. Prior to these sessions, it was rare for the band to have someone else perform on their songs and even more rare to have anyone outside the band write with them. This process was a unique and successful experience for each of these artists who each found new depths and energy in their writing and performance. Blow Up The Moon is an exciting collaboration featuring a range of artists across the spectrum, representing country, pop, reggae and hip-hop

Blues Traveler plan to spend all of 2015 on the road and are looking at more collaborative projects in the future since, as Wilson said, “There are a lot of different ways to write songs, and so many different ways to work with other people and arrive at the same place. It was reaffirming, but also instructive in teaching us how to say something simpler. When you listen to what came out of it, it’s something to be proud of.”

Loud & Proud Records will release Blow Up The Moon on both CD and vinyl in North America via RED Distribution (a division of Sony Music Entertainment) and in the rest of the world through earMUSIC. Loud & Proud see Blues Traveler as a relevant artist and the collaborations as exciting partnerships proving the band’s versatility.

For more info about the record and the band check them out HERE.

GREGG ALLMAN RETURNS TO IRON CITY
Posted on Monday August 10, 2015 By Jessica Brasher

TWO NIGHTS WITH…

GREGG

ALLMAN

IRON CITY

513 22ND STREET SOUTH - BIRMINGHAM

JANUARY 5TH & 6TH – 8:00PM

DOORS OPEN AT 7:00PM

RESERVED SEATS - $85.00

GENERAL ADMISSION - $42.50

**PLUS APPLICABLE FEES & SERVICE CHARGES**

TICKETS ON SALE FRIDAY, AUGUST 14TH – 11AM!

GET TICKETS ONLINE AT

WWW.IRONCITYBHAM.COM

ALL DATES, ACTS AND TICKET PRICES SUBJECT TO CHANGE.