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Benefit Concert for Arts in Annapolis feat. Higher Hands, The Audissey, Rachel Joy Pletts and Adam Day.
Higher Hands are poised to reintroduce themselves. From the Kennedy Center in DC to the Bowery Ballroom in NYC, the band has been on their grind, burning up stages throughout the Mid-Atlantic with the likes of Trombone Shorty, The New Mastersounds, and the late Godfather of Go- Go, Chuck Brown. Hailing from Maryland’s capital city, the band has firmly established their reputation throughout the DMV for a tight live set and an ability to improvise with the best.
The Arts Council seeks to promote the many cultural attractions of Anne Arundel County and make them available to the widest possible audience. Their goal is to build a vital coalition of public and private support. In conjunction with the City of Annapolis, the Arts Council of Anne Arundel County has agreed to take over the management of the Capital City Cultural Arts District (Annapolis Arts District), an area in Annapolis in which artists and arts-related businesses and organizations are encouraged to locate and prosper. Visit their website at www.annearundelartscouncil.org.
One of four daughters to classical musician parents, Ruut was born in Finland, and wrote her first song when she learned to play the piano at age 7. Ruut grew up living and traveling in Europe, until moving to the States at age 16. Her various musical influences (including classical, gospel, jazz, Broadway, songwriters such as Carole King, Paul Simon, Elton John, Michael Jackson and Tori Amos) shaped her piano-based story-telling approach to her own artistry. In her early 20’s, Ruut left her hometown of Baltimore for Los Angeles in effort to find her sound. She worked with many writers and producers there, as well as Nashville and New York, releasing a handful of albums both independently and via record labels.
In 2009, she settled back in Baltimore, and after the birth of her second daughter, Ruut returned to the studio to create “Glimpse”, her first full-length album in 3 years. It’s in the songs she wrote for this new release that Ruut has entrusted her listeners with her most honest writing to date. Ruut says of her new album, “Experiencing motherhood has made me realize how quickly life is passing, and that I need to live in every moment. I’m not too worried about the outcome anymore. I just want to write and sing about what has meaning to me – being human, finding and holding onto love, and the journey that brings us face to face with our most authentic selves. If a song doesn’t resonate with me, I won’t sing it. Life is too short to compromise. That’s what these songs are all about – awakening and remembering that life passes in a glimpse. I hope my words and my voice can play a part in that invaluable discovery.”
The 10-song album features full production on most tracks, including the title track and upbeat anthem-like second track, “Make it Good”. Ruut’s signature piano-vocal style still shines in many of the ballads. The album will be available on July 6th.
Swing Out Sister is a British sophisti-pop group best known worldwide for their 1986 song “Breakout”. Other hits include “Surrender”, “Twilight World”, “Waiting Game” and a remake of the Eugene Record soul composition “Am I The Same Girl?”
Although Swing Out Sister’s music is unashamedly commercial pop, their impeccable indie credentials, jazz-tinged arrangements, and knack for clever hooks move them closer to the indie dance territory of St. Etienne or late period Everything but the Girl than to the cookie-cutter dance-pop of Kylie Minogue or Paula Abdul.
Comprised of five singer/songwriters, the members of L.A.’s indie alt-country band Everest boast some impressive pedigrees, having played with groups like Earlimart, Sebadoh the Folk Implosion, Slydell, Mike Stinson, Great Northern, Alaska!, John Vanderslice, and the Watson Twins. Sharing a mutual admiration for each other’s respective track records, the five were drawn together by a common desire to make classic-sounding pop songs in the style of earthy bands like Wilco and Calexico. Russell Pollard, Jason Soda, Joel Graves, Rob Douglas, and Derek Brown first assembled in 2007, and connected quickly. Graves was especially excited about the instant chemistry, remarking in interviews, “I’m getting to play with my favorite singer, my favorite bass player, my favorite guitar player, and my favorite drummer. It’s the band I’ve always wanted to be in.”
In August 2007, they entered New Monkey studio with Foo Fighters producer Mike Terry to capture a set of light, acoustic-based songs on vintage equipment. After only two weeks of recording, one week of mixing, and an afternoon of mastering, their debut album, Ghost Notes, was finished, and they started shopping it around. Neil Young’s Vapor Records label — home of Tegan and Sara and Jonathan Richman — seemed a logical choice, and after signing there, the group made plans to tour in promotion of Ghost Notes, which was scheduled for release in May of 2008. Two years later, they returned with On Approach, an album co-released by Warner Brothers in conjunction with Vapor. The band toured ceaselessly in support of the album, but the Warner Brothers connection didn’t last long. In the beginning of 2011, road-weary from constant gigging, the band was dropped from the label and set about the process of regrouping for their next album. Teaming up with producer Rob Schnapf, well known for his work with Beck, Elliott Smith and many others, the band set about on a very careful and considered recording process for their third album Ownerless, released in 2012.
It’s been 15 years and over two million records sold for Sister Hazel since the catchy love-struck first single “All For You” hit airwaves and built Sister Hazel a reputation for getting people to tap their toes. Sister Hazel’s creative train just keeps rolling. Their album titled “Release” reached the band’s highest ever spot (#37) on the Billboard Album Charts, topping even their platinum disc “Somewhere More Familiar,” and they have kept the momentum going with their most recent album “Heartland Highway”, marking the band’s quickest album-to-album turnaround in their 20 year career. Drawing comparisons to Blues Traveler and Counting Crows, Sister Hazel continues to produce music that you can’t help but bob, and clap, and sing along with.
Legendary rock band The Sweet shot to the top of the charts in the 1970’s with such hits as “Ballroom Blitz”, “Fox On The Run”, “Love Is Like Oxygen”, “Little Willy”, “Hellraiser”, “Blockbuster” and “Action”. They produced their first number one hit in 1973 and quickly made a name for themselves among hit makers in the 70’s. Brian Connolly departed the band in 1979 and the band continued on as a three piece. They released three albums during this time and not seeing the success of the first string of albums, they disbanded in 1981.
In January 2008, Steve Priest assembled his own version of The Sweet in Los Angeles, California. He enlisted fellow Brit Stuart Smith, an old friend and a classically-trained former axeman for the bands Sidewinder and Heaven & Earth, on guitar. L.A. native Richie Onori, Smith’s band-mate in Heaven & Earth, was brought in on drums. The keyboard spot was manned by ex-Crow and World Classic Rockers alumni Stevie Stewart. Front man and vocalist Joe Retta rounded out the lineup. The band spent the next few years playing festivals throughout the U.S. and Canada, including high-profile shows like the Whisky a Go Go in Hollywood, the Pollstar awards show in Los Angeles, Moondance Jam in Walker, Minnesota and Rockin’ the Rivers in Montana.
April 2009 saw the release of a new two-disc, career-spanning greatest hits album called Action: The Sweet Anthology, which was released on Shout Factory Records and received a coveted four-star rating in Rolling Stone Magazine.
The band has been touring with this current lineup since 2008 (with the exception of Stuart Smith, who left the band in 2012). With two gold records and four singles in the top 10 under their belts, Sweet will continue to rock fans of all ages worldwide.
With his rough-hewn voice and laid-back Midwestern charm, Lee DeWyze won over millions of viewers as a contestant and eventual winner of the ninth season of American Idol. An accomplished singer, guitarist, and songwriter who had already built a following on the Chicago club scene by the time he auditioned for Idol, DeWyze displayed his true nature as an artist on his major-label debut the following year, “Live It Up”. The title track captures the easy-going spirit of the album — a breezy blend of rootsy pop, rock, and folk, anchored by DeWyze’s soulful, husky voice and bright-sounding acoustic guitar.
“I love guys like Cat Stevens, Kris Kristofferson, Dave Matthews, and Ray LaMontagne,” DeWyze says. “I’m a sucker for hard-edged vocals over pretty melodies and catchy grooves, so that’s what I wanted to do on my album debut. It shows the flip-side of what I was able to present on Idol because it’s 100 percent me. I’m so proud of it.”
Utterly natural. There’s no more fitting description for both the music of The Dunwells as well as the story of their magical rise from the pubs of Leeds, England to an American record deal and a stunning debut album in just two short years. The group is two brothers, two cousins and totaling five best mates who simply love to sing and play music, and do so together. “We are genuinely best mates,” explains singer, songwriter and guitarist Joseph Dunwell. “We sometimes bicker and fight, but then we hug and make up and go out for a drink.”
When they make music, the results exemplify the equation that the sum of the parts can be even greater than the whole. Striking an organic blend between acoustic and electric roots music laced by luscious vocal harmonies by all five members, their songs and sound feel both bracingly fresh while at the same time as warm and familiar as a dear long-time friend.
Their debut album Blind Sighted Faith (Concord/Playing In Traffic) is a collection of eleven captivating, indelible songs of purpose and resolve that live free of easy categorization. From its mission defining opening track, “I Could Be A King” onward, Blind Sighted Faith finds a sustained level of excellence and joy; and keeps on comin’.
Lyrically evocative and musically assured, Blind Sighted Faith is a stunning first bow that seems to charm everyone on first listen. Now with their debut album under their belts and the unending road in front of them, The Dunwells are primed to take their music as far and wide as they can; one can hear that solidarity and aspiration in the music they create together. “We’re all in it for the same reason,” concludes David Dunwell. “We just love making music.”
The region’s favorite Celtic rockers are back for a rollicking evening of traditional and original tunes, seasonal classics, and general merriment.
Raised on the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, educated by the Jesuits and Wolfe Tones, emboldened by Shane MacGowan and seasoned by Christy Moore, Martin O’Malley has played Irish Music all of his life.
Growing up outside of Washington, D.C., Martin attended Gonzaga High School . In 1979 he and his football coach, Danny Costello formed the Shannon Tide. They started playing weekly at “Matt Kanes”, adding performances at “Ireland’s Own”, “The Four Provinces”, “McGinn’s of Baltimore” and O’Friel’s” of Wilmington, DE.
In 1985, Martin started appearing solo, until 1988 when O’Malley’s March was formed. Since then, O’Malley’s March has grown to the current group of seven members.
O’Malley’s March – thriving on the momentum of Martin’s own brand of internal, Celtic fusion.