providing original music for two concert series in Roswell

Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series

Leah Calvert - 5.5.18

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


Leah Calvert is many things, among them a singer-songwriter and in- demand Atlanta-area fiddler and vocalist. Over the years, she has shared the stage with award-winning artists including Amy Ray (Indigo Girls), Kristian Bush (Sugarland) and renowned songwriter Radney Foster. In addition to her work as a solo artist, she is a member of Atlanta acts The Dappled Grays and John Driskell Hopkins Band (Grammy winner and founding/current member of Zac Brown Band).


Calvert’s work with The Dappled Grays has spanned over a decade, during which time the group has found an audience in the United States and beyond. In 2012, they penned music for and appeared in Clint Eastwood’s film Trouble with the Curve, and their album Doin’ My Job received critical acclaim and heavy rotation worldwide, charting on both Sirius and XM.

With her new record Satellite, Calvert moves into uncharted territory, articulating a sound that is wholly her own. Though the compositions and vocal stylings offer a humble nod to her acoustic bluegrass roots, the record is musically a departure from this sound. With co-producers Marlon Patton and Rick Lollar (of Atlanta rock outfit Weisshund) providing a refined rock backdrop, Calvert deftly maneuvers through forms and styles ranging from traditional ballads to blues.


With Satellite, Calvert launches the listener directly into space; the record soars, it orbits, transmitting complex information in a palatable form. Several themes emerge: the fear and alienation that exists within our current political climate, emotional detachment from reality, and keeping safe the things which are most precious to a person -- which for Calvert include her young daughter. “Having a child,” she says, “augments the weight of the world on your heart.” In the liner notes, she includes several lines from environmental activist Wendell Berry's "How to Be a Poet," lines which ultimately became the inspiration for the record. In the poem, Berry urges readers to “Live / a three-dimensioned life; / stay away from screens. / Stay away from anything / that obscures the place it is in.” Many of the songs on Satellite read like poems, demonstrating both a clarity of thought and an urgency which demands that the listener be present in this three-dimensioned life.


"The sonic complexity [of Satellite} is belied by the fluidity of the overall composition, a masterful job of joinery that, seen (or rather heard), from up close, reveals the care and talent of its creators.” -Roots Highway


"Most of Calvert’s songs are more disconsolate and mysterious, but more importantly, they are so unbelievably human. She’s not just shaking mountains with [Satellite]. Calvert is building her own right from her past’s ashes." -Sarah Groth, Surving The Golden Age


Listen here: 

https://bit.ly/2qLJ5FB

Wild Rivers - 6.2.18

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


Later, past the rapids, we paused to consider

if chance or destiny had brought us here;

whether it was more than pleasure and a shiver

we’d found by plunging into the wild river.

- Gregory Orr, “The River”

Devan Glover and Khalid Yassein are not strangers to plunging into new waters and committing to their love of music.  They were born in the nearby communities of Toronto and Bowmanville,  although their paths did not cross until they attended Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. Both Devan and Khalid were raised around music, and independently developed a deep passion for it.

Good fortune brought Glover and Yassein together in 2012 when they met at Queen’s University in Kingston.  Studying psychology and biology respectively, their musical aspirations were humble at best. Introduced by mutual friends, the two decided to collaborate and perform together.  They discovered a special musical chemistry – and at once realized an exceptional musical harmony as well. Between the unspoken understanding, and the unique blend of their complementary vocals, the two were a duo – Devan & Khalid.

Three years later, Devan & Khalid progress from a coffee house duo to a principal musical act in the quiet cultural gem of Kingston.  They have played shows all over Ontario and Quebec, with renowned Canadian acts such as The Wooden Sky, Cowboy Junkies, Craig Cardiff, and Alvvays. Their EP single “No Ribbons” has garnered national radio airplay, and they were voted to the Top 10 New Artists in the country in CBC’s 2015 Searchlight contest.

Now based in Toronto, Devan & Khalid are taking the next step in their career path. Their sound has expanded as they delve deeper through folk and indie rock, ranging from songs with catchy hooks to the soft ballads. To enrich their harmonies, the two have added good friends and collaborators to the live lineup. Oakville natives Ben Labenski on drums, and Andrew Oliver as a bassist/multi-instrumentalist add a rich dimension to the live act.  These two talented musicians have added a depth of sound and meaning to the band. As a group they take the next step in their journey and plunge into the unknown. Brought together music and a dream, the four become one entity, “Wild Rivers”.

On April 16 2016, the band released their self-titled debut album, 'Wild Rivers', which you can buy here. The 9-track album was recorded at Catherine North Studios in Hamilton, Ontario, and produced by Dan Hosh. Since the release, Wild Rivers have completed two Eastern Canada tours, and are now breaking geographical boundaries and venturing into the USA this fall. With over 1 million streams on Spotify, this album is sure to continue to take them many places this year. There is lots in store for this promising young band. 


Listen here: 

http://smarturl.it/wildrivers-doright

Joe Alterman Quartet - 7.7.18

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Joe Alterman studied music at New York University, where he received both his Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Jazz Piano Performance. In addition to performances with Houston Person, Les McCann and his own trio, among others, Alterman has performed at many world renowned venues including the Kennedy Center, Lincoln Center, Birdland and New York’s Blue Note, where Alterman has opened, many times, for Ramsey Lewis. Only 29 years old, Alterman has released four critically-acclaimed albums, his most recent being 2017’s “Comin’ Home To You”. He was profiled three times by iconic journalist Nat Hentoff and was the subject of Hentoff’s very last piece on music in March 2016. Dick Cavett has referred to Alterman as “one fine, first class entertainer” and Ramsey Lewis has called Alterman “an inspiration to me” and his piano playing “something to behold”. 
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"Joe Alterman combines outstanding musical technique with infectious enthusiasm for his work. I've seen him fill a room with joy as his skill at the keyboard combines seamlessly with his delightful and appealing onstage personality. Young Alterman is one fine, first-class entertainer.” - Dick Cavett

 "All the musicians who are now considered jazz legends played there [Birdland]: Charlie Parker, Dizzy Gillespie, Thelonious Monk, Miles Davis, Lester Young, Count Basie, Oscar Peterson and Duke Ellington, among others. Alterman would have been able to hold his own jamming with any of them." — Nat Hentoff

"Joe Alterman, although much younger than I, is an inspiration to me! His piano playing, his will to explore and his ability to swing is something to behold. God bless him!"— Ramsey Lewis

"Joe is, for me, absolutely one of the most musically enjoyable, swingingest Jazz pianists who can be heard playing today. Everything about his genuine love and affinity for the spirit and essence of straight-ahead Jazz and blues shines through his piano. Joe plays, arranges and improvises with a wholly honest and compelling depth of feeling, a gift of melodic substance, the ability to communicate with an economy of superfluous notes and an abundance of warm, honest to goodness soul. Joe always swings his tail off, honors the heritage of the Jazz language and the voices of his astutely-chosen influences, as well as conveying the spontaneity of the moment. He conveys his musical ideas with a rare kind of directness and clarity and has so much fun in what he’s doing, never failing to bring the listener along for the ride. Joe's music sings with tremendous, unpretentious joy in every brilliant note - he is not to be missed!" - Benny Green  

“Pianist Joe Alterman pulls off one of the rarer feats in modern jazz: he swings — hard.” – Downbeat Magazine


Listen here: https://soundcloud.com/joealterman/sets/joe-alterman-music

Dangermuffin - 8.4.18

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


Heritage—it’s more than a place on the map. In their sixth and most purposeful album to date, Dangermuffin’s Heritage takes listeners on an eight-song exploration to the roots of human knowledge, before spirituality became “organized.”

Where are we really from? Through “Ancient Family” to “One Last Swim,” we meet the seeker of truth, looking for wisdom from our prediluvian ancestors. Water and the ocean serve as repeated metaphors in a storyline of healing through spiritual awareness.

Recorded, in part, at the Unitarian Church in Charleston, a National Historic Landmark where congregations have sought truth with open hearts and minds since its founding in 1772, the album’s inception and creation echo its motives and message. Heritage is about getting to the shared roots of humanity, and following that all the way out to the branches where the forbidden fruit—the muffin, sweet and simple—begs to be plucked and consumed. But don’t take a bite without an open heart.


Easy, breezy melodies and soul-shaking grooves radiate from this genre-bending roots trio. Dangermuffin brings thoughtful tunes that are both heartfelt and truthful. Their haunting harmonies and go-with-the-flow vibe invite listeners to kick back, relax, and be consumed by the ethereal rhythmic backbone and inspiring messages Dangermuffin has to offer. Lyrically, they evoke themes of self-discovery, ancient knowledge, and true awareness, all within a unique and casual approach.


Dangermuffin has released 4 full length albums and 1 EP (Emancee). The band’s 2012 release, Olly Oxen Free, was voted HGMN Album of the Year. The latest album, Songs for the Universe, was released in 2014.


Five years and running of air play on Sirius/XM radio (JamOn and Outlaw Country stations)

Direct support highlights include The Avett Brothers, Hot Tuna, Grace Potter, moe., Leftover Salmon, and Keller Williams.

Most recent release, Songs for the Universe, topped at number 2 on the Relix jam band charts. 2012 release, Olly Oxen Free, broke records as the longest running number one album (16 weeks) on the Homegrown Music Networks Radio Charts.


Listen here: 

https://soundcloud.com/dangermuffin

The Roosevelts - 9.1.18

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


Alt-rock band, The Roosevelts, formed in Austin, TX, independently releasing their EP "Cold Sheets" in 2013, produced by Dwight Baker (The Wind and The Wave, Bob Schneider, MISSIO). After constant touring and writing their debut album, they moved to Nashville, TN in 2015. They released their debut album "The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn" in 2016 and packed their schedule with a run of at-capacity tour dates with acts like Johnnyswim, Robert Earl Keen, Green River Ordinance and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals, a featured spot at the BMI Songwriters Festival in Key West, and spots at tastemaker festivals South by Southwest (SXSW) and Austin City Limits Festival. They kicked off 2017 with a 50 date headlining tour all over the United States. 


The fall of 2017 brought about some changes as previous lead singer, James Mason, left to pursue other passions. Lead guitarist, Jason Kloess, brought on the band's good friend, Mitchell Kilpatrick, as the new lead singer and the two have been writing and recording new material for 2018. This addition prompted the band to write in a more contemporary pop/alternative direction. Their first single “Do You Want Me?” is scheduled for release on May 11, 2018.


Their show provides a rousing, dance-worthy compilation of songs, but also features poignant tunes that scale the depth of their personality and communicate their story with remarkable power. Having a charismatic ability to connect with fans and a genre-spanning set of songs, concert-goers can't help but smile and dance – making The Roosevelts a band that music fans of any genre can't afford to miss.


Listen here: https://open.spotify.com/artist/02KrJCs9bjV7YRZNsaaGxW

Dustbowl Revival - 10.6.18

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.

Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage. Call it the new old-timey dance hall sound made fresh by some of the best soloists in the business. After placing several songs on ABC and Fox and having tunes featured in independent films like "Made In China" (winner of SXSW) winning Americana song of the year from the Independent Music Awards (Tom Waits judging), playing festivals like Outside Lands and Live Oak and opening for bands like Rebirth Brass Band, Lake Street Dive, Preservation Hall Jazz Band and Trombone Shorty, the band began barnstorming more extensively across the USA. 

"We’ve had big brassy funky vintage soul-meets-country-blues bands before, but none has had more chair-by-chair excellence in musicianship, showmanship and vocal power than The Dustbowl Revival out of Los Angeles. They kicked off with a bit of Beale Street rumba blues then slid into a sharp and funky film noir vibe built on the acoustic bass of James Klopfleisch. He and the other instrumentalists showed incredible polish and schooling. But the band’s signature vibe radiates from lead vocalists Liz Beebe and Zach Lupetin. He is stylish and charismatic, with great rhythm. She’s a vocal powerhouse with shaky-shaky seductiveness. Her brassy, bluesy lead on “Feels Good” was one magnificent moment of many. The band wrapped with “Lampshade On,” in which our cooperative crowd made in-chair lampshade donning gestures along with the lyrics."

-MUSIC CITY ROOTS


Listen here: 

http://www.dustbowlrevival.com/music/

What You Need to Know

Lots of free paved parking in front of Riverside Park. There is also a big, free gravel lot between the park and the church next door. The park is on the river, off hwy 9 (Roswell Rd/ Atlanta St.). Come a little early for best parking. Be sure to bring chairs or a blanket. There are trees providing shady areas to sit, nice restrooms and 2 playgrounds for the kids. Bring a picnic, or purchase food and beer from Meating Street BBQ or Gate City Brewery. We’ve been booking the bands for this concert series for 18 years as sponsors. These bands are available for special event booking through leej@leejhoward.com

Chattahoochee nature center : sundays on the river

River Whyless - 6.10.18

7-9pm

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2tQARPl

River Whyless, the Asheville, NC quartet, is named in spirit of the band’s ongoing love affair with the natural world. Since forming the band in 2009, musicians Ryan O'Keefe, Halli Anderson, Alex McWalters and Daniel Shearin have toured extensively, playing hundreds of shows from coast to coast and into Canada.


“Hailing from the mountains of NC, River Whyless puts a hauntingly sweet spin on traditional foundations. ” -Michael, Bandcamp Staff Pics


“Think Paul Simon; think imaginative arrangements with accents of music from around the world,” writes NPR’s Bob Boilen in his review of their latest album We All The Light. “Four ego-less musicians blend their talents on violin, guitars, drums, harmonium, cello, banjo, toy piano and (most importantly) vocal harmonies … combining exceptional songwriting talent and unexpected sounds for something truly singular.” 


“It's rare to find artists who can evoke as much emotion as River Whyless," writes Paste, naming the band’s self-titled EP one of the best of 2015.


The band’s music has been described as folk-rock, nature-pop, and baroque-folk, but in the end the members of River Whyless hope only to lend craft to their passions.


Listen here: 

https://spoti.fi/2He06OT

Adron - 7.8.18

7-9pm

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2tQARPl

Adron is rapidly being recognized as one of the most uniquely gifted songwriters and vocalists of this generation. Named Best Songwriter of 2012 by the Atlanta-based arts and culture magazine Creative Loafing, she has managed to unite audiences from wildly far-flung backgrounds, age groups and subcultural scenes with her universally communicative and infectious music. In a style nearly impossible to describe using the terms of conventional genres, she playfully blends Brazilian samba, bossa nova and Tropicália with Classical harmony, the sincerity and thoughtfulness of singer-songwriters like Joni Mitchell and Harry Nilsson, and the full-bodied rhythms of 1970’s pop and r&b.

“By combining elements of surreal, personal narratives and her quasi-Brazilian-style strum, Adron’s songs [are] at once baroque and hypnotic,” writes music critic Chad Radford at Creative Loafing.

Adron’s music is infused with an international texture and a remarkably vintage, yet completely original and personal sound. While able to craft polished and mature songs, she also possesses a bold and often bizarre sense of humor that she manages to sneak into her lyrics. Adron also adds a unique array of embellishments such as birdcalls and other vocalizations, and sings eloquently in three languages. Musically, she seems almost oblivious to her upbringing as a suburban Chicago native and longtime Atlanta resident, instead floating in a musical ether of exotic influences. Though the music pleases effortlessly, it is Adron’s rare ability to meld genre, geography and musical epochs that reveal the true breadth of her talent. 


Listen here: 

https://www.adronmusic.com/#listen-section

Ben Sollee & Kentucky Native - 9.9.18

7-9pm

Tickets: https://bit.ly/2tQARPl

Ten years ago Kentucky native Ben Sollee came to prominence singing Sam Cooke while playing the cello……

In the decade following Sollee has recorded roughly an album a year (and nearly that many EPs), in a daunting variety of settings. He has played with trance bluesman Otis Taylor, with banjo virtuosos Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck (in the Sparrow Quartet, with Casey Driessen), and collaborated with Jim James of My Morning Jacket, with DJs, acoustic musicians, visual artists, software specialists and environmentalists. He has composed ballets and music for films and for stage. He has helped raise his son and support his family with an ambitious tour schedule. He has cycled 5,000 miles by bike, towing his cello “Kay” behind him as part of the “Ditch The Van” tours.

He has relentlessly made and studied and thought about art and the environment. And life, and how to make the world around him better.

Sollee describes his newest release, Ben Sollee and Kentucky Native (the name describing both the ensemble and the album) as a bluegrass record, fully aware that his is not the traditional view. “Bluegrass music is immigrant music,” he says, offering his expansive definition across the kitchen table. “It's the music of Irish and Scottish musicians bringing their fiddle tunes; it is gospel music; it is African music; it is gypsy jazz; it is rock 'n' roll. It is all these things. What makes it unique and of Kentucky is that it was distilled by the people who lived here in Kentucky, and turned into something else.

Turned into songs that ache and sing and soar……”


Listen here: http://smarturl.it/SolleeKentuckyNative

What You Need to Know

This is a beautiful and intimate venue with a grassy area and 2 seating options. Bring a blanket or chairs. Or, sit in the mostly covered pavilion, right next to the water with tables and chairs provided. There is free, onsite parking. Come early (after 6:00) to enjoy the nature center grounds. Show starts at 7pm. Tickets are available in advance (see link) or at the door depending on availability. Tickets are $12 for grass and $16 for table in advance. Tickets are also available at the door for $14 and $18. You can bring a picnic and alcohol is for sale on site. No outside alcoholic beverages allowed. These bands are available for special event booking through leej@leejhoward.com