providing original live music iN ROSWELL, GA for two concert series

Roswell Riverside Sounds Concert Series

Seth Walker - 5.4.19

Seth Walker

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


“Are You Open?” Seth Walker sings on his transfixing new album of the same title. More than just a question, it’s a challenge, an invitation, a dare. “To me, being open means being vulnerable and exposed,” explains Walker, “but that’s where the little nuggets of creative gold come from. I never planned an overall concept for this record, but each of these songs seemed to spin out from asking myself that one simple question.”


Produced by The Wood Brothers' Jano Rix, ‘Are You Open’ marks Seth Walker's tenth studio recording, and the music is undoubtedly his most inventive, exploring new sounds and textures as he examines what it means to truly be open, both as an artist and more broadly as a human in today's increasingly more complicated world. The songwriting here is bold and infectious, featuring melodies and rhythms drawn from Walker’s time spent in Havana and filtered through his split-screen life in New Orleans and Nashville. The result is a melting pot of sounds and perspectives, a soulful brew of roots music from the Americas and beyond. Songs frequently build off of a single chord, shifting in color and tone as they ebb and flow and stack layer upon layer over hypnotic bass lines and percussion grooves. The record features Walker’s guitar playing more heavily than ever before, and the new approach suits him well, showcasing a melodic prowess to match his prodigious lyrical gifts.

‘Are You Open?’ follows 2016’s critically acclaimed ‘Gotta Get Back,’ a stunning collection that found Walker excavating the roots of his love affair with music by reuniting the family that first sparked his fire as a child. That album traced its origins back to Walker’s native North Carolina, where he grew up on a multi-family commune and studied classical violin and cello before ultimately discovering his passion for soul, jazz, blues, and folk. He’d go on to deftly mix all those genres and more in his work as a solo artist, organically building up a celebrated two-decade career that’s earned him praise everywhere from The Washington Post to NPR, who hailed his "hard-driving" songs and "sweet tenor," in addition to landing him dates with The Mavericks, The Wood Brothers, Raul Malo, Paul Thorn and Ruthie Foster, among others.


“…an accomplished guitarist and an even better singer, distilling the soul of Ray Charles, the Southern boy roots charm of Delbert McClinton, and an uptown blues turn of phrase (à la Percy Mayfield) into his own distinct voice.” – The Vinyl District


“If you subscribe to the Big Tent theory of Americana, then Seth Walker –with his blend of blues, gospel, pop, R&B, rock, and a dash country—just might be your poster boy.” - Country Standard Time


Listen here:  https://bit.ly/2VUTQ9o


Stephane Wrembel - 6.1.19

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FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


Stephane Wrembel is presenting his new album The Django Experiment IV. The Django Experiment is a special series of recordings. The concept is a tribute to the great guitar master, Django Reinhardt; mixing compositions and influences from other landscapes of the musical world, aiming to create an inner journey for the listener.


Stephane Wrembel is quite simply one of the finest guitar players in the world.  The breadth and range of his playing and compositions are unmatched. To say that Wrembel— who learned his craft among the Gypsies at campsites in the French countryside— has already had a remarkable career would be an under-statement. This prolific, virtuoso guitarist  has been releasing a steady stream of music since 2006 and has truly made his mark as one of the most original guitar voices in contemporary music. Stephane Wrembel is widely known for “Bistro Fada”, the theme song from the 2011 Woody Allen Oscar winning film and Grammy 


Award winning soundtrack, Midnight In Paris.

Born in Paris and raised in Fontainebleau, the home of Impressionism and Django, Wrembel has been based in the New York City region for the past 20 years and since his studies at Berklee. He has toured around the world, and is very active on the musical scene in many countries including USA, Canada, France, Israel and India. Recently, Stephane has performed as a headliner at the legendary Carnegie Hall and at The Town Hall in New York as well as at the Festival Django Reinhardt in France. Wrembel has also headlined at Lincoln Center, played major Festivals, recorded with mandolin legend David Grisman, toured with master violinist Mark O’Connor and shared stages with al long list of world renowned musicians.


"Perhaps the most creative improviser in Gypsy jazz today, Mr. Wrembel plays the guitar with a rich and colorful lyricism." - NY Times


The New York Observer said, "Stephane Wrembel represents the living face of Gypsy jazz" and Rolling Stone Magazine has called him “a revelation”.



Listen here:  https://bit.ly/2Lwwrah

Moves - 7.6.19

Moves Holy Ghost Tent Revival

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


  Fitting uniquely between the Rock, Pop, and Soul genres, Moves is composed of some of the most accomplished players from Asheville’s diverse musical scene. Like Dr. Dog, Lake Street Dive, and Vulfpeck, these experienced musicians carry on the traditions of layered instrumentation and stout three-part harmonies, proving themselves students of ‘60s and ‘70s rock greats while finding plenty of room for contemporary flair. 


On stage, they provide non-stop entertainment with each member moving seamlessly from one instrument to the next, delivering well-crafted shows with undeniable ensemble-wide chemistry that’s as much a visual treat as a sonic one.

     

Her voice reminds me of some combination of Grace Potter and Florence Welch but [Dulci’s] own sound shines through, her range clear, right on pitch but simultaneously powerful.
-Get It On Vinyl (3/11/19) by Deann Snyder 


Moves i​s a fun-loving record fully stocked with 60s-inspired back-up vocals, blues, soul and a modern twist that has completely reinvented their past life as Holy Ghost Tent Revival. This record is a treat.
-Get It On Vinyl (3/11/19) by Deann Snyder 


“Moves clearly understands how to utilize its members’ strengths to best complement each other, drawing on varied influences to create an album that is diverse in style yet wonderfully cohesive. If you’re into bands like Houndmouth, Lake Street Dive, and Givers, you’ll be an instant fan of Moves. The band’s new tunes are catchy, upbeat, and guaranteed to get you moving.” 

-​Closed Caption (12/12/2018) by Lauren Halliday 


“Despite being influenced by vocal groups of the late 60s and early 70s, Moves never drags the listener on a nostalgia trip. My personal favorite track “Only Darkness” has the heart of The Band and Smokey Robinson but features the slick production of any track on Billboard. “Sleeping” has a slight British invasion flair making it another standout and example of Moves’ versatility.” 

-​50THIRDAND3RD (12/17/2018) by Aaron the Audiophile 


Listen here: https://bit.ly/2JspnZK

Family and Friends - 8.3.19

Family and Friends band

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


Hailing from the musical mecca of Athens, Georgia and built on the idea that the sum is greater than the individual parts, Family And Friends has steadily gained a loyal following with their spirited live performances and “good music, good people” mantra since releasing their 2015 EP XOXO. Their new highly anticipated album Felix Culpa, produced by Chicago-turned-L.A. auteur Brad Wood and due out June 8th, is nothing less than an epic coming-of-age tale with a massive sound that amplifies their former indie-folk roots onto a technicolor, Cinemascope screen. 


Family And Friends’ collaborative concept extends well beyond the members of the band. With a live show that begs audiences to feel as much a part of the experience as the musicians onstage, their fiery performances have been turning casual viewers into full-on believers all over the southeast. The band’s infectious, dynamic anthems become even more intoxicating in a live setting, with epic builds that crash over the roar of two dueling drummers, who perform facing each other and feed off one another’s energy. A Family And Friends show is pure, unadulterated fun with a lightning bolt of enthusiasm and a familiarity that is immediately endearing and undeniably gratifying. 


Family And Friends includes Mike MacDonald (guitar, vocals), Casey Harper (vocals), David “Tuna” Fortuna (bass), Ryan Houchens (drums, vocals), Alejandro Rios (drums), and JP McKenzie (electric guitar). The forthcoming album title, which loosely translates to “blessed mistake”, illustrates the notion that while we may continue to search for some semblance of meaning, the fact that we are here at all deserves to be celebrated, and Family And Friends intends to do just that. 


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

Birdtalker - 9.7.19

Birdtalker

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds

    

Zack and Dani were married in 2012 and soon after their wedding tried writing a couple songs together. They liked it, so they wrote a couple more. Andy, a friend from college and very talented drummer, was into the songs and started beating on stuff while Zack and Dani played them. It sounded good. While these 3 were playing the songs at Shakespeare in the Park one August afternoon, Brian became interested in adding his immense talent to the mix as well and began playing along with mandolin and guitar. It sounded even better. Birdtalker as these 4 members wrote and practiced for about a year when yet another talented friend and Birdtalker's biggest fan, Jesse, expressed interest in lending his bass sounds to the band. It is the combination of each member's specific offerings that gives Birdtalker the life and sound that it now possesses. And it doesn't hurt that they all like each other a heck of a lot, too. 


Zack and Dani write songs as a way to share ideas they care about and sentiments they feel deeply. Playing music has proven to be a powerful avenue for connection and communion, within the band as well as with listeners. Birdtalker's hope is simply that the more music they write and share, the more true and vulnerable interactions may be born from it. 


Listen here: http://smarturl.it/u9yo3e

Front Country- 10.5.19

Front Country

FREE 7-9pm

575 Riverside Road, Roswell, GA 30075

http://roswellgov.com/RiversideSounds


An acoustic band born in the land of tech innovation, Front Country was never going to be accepted as an authentic American roots band out of the gate. Cutting their teeth in progressive bluegrass jams in San Francisco’s Mission District and rehearsing in the East Bay, they learned to play roots music their own way, with the tools they had on hand.


A mandolinist with a degree in composition and classical guitar. A guitarist trained in rock and world music. A bassist equally versed in jazz and bluegrass. A violinist with technique that could seamlessly hop between honky tonk and electropop. A female lead singer with grit and soul that was also a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter. In a wood-paneled country dive bar in the shadow of the San Francisco skyline, Front Country forged a sound hell-bent on merging the musical past with the future.


“In the bluegrass world, musicians tend to define themselves by their tradition and discipline. But Front Country is defined by its no-rules approach.” - NPR Music


“Lead singer and songwriter for progressive bluegrass band Front Country, Melody Walker is an outspoken force.” - Paste


“Other Love Songs is Front Country’s Roots Pop opus, and promises to be the band’s most intensely creative and original project to date. The songs are emotional in nature and examine love with a self-aware twist. “ - Live for Live Music


Listen here:  https://clg.lnk.to/yOTQn

What You Need to Know

The park is on the river, off hwy 9 (Roswell Rd/ Atlanta St.). 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. 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. We’ve been booking the bands for this concert series for 19 years as sponsors. These bands are available for special event booking through leej@leejhoward.com

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Lindsay Lou - 5.12.19

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7-9pm

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

9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075


Over the past two years, Lindsay Lou has toured internationally following the release of "Ionia" in 2015, NPR named Lindsay Lou as one of the 12 best live performances in 2015. Guided by life experiences, Lindsay Lou's sound and songwriting continues to evolve and intertwine her sturdy Bluegrass roots with progressive Americana and Folk that is shares similarities with the likes of Lake Street Dive, Shovels & Rope, and Civil Wars.


Her brand new CD titled “Southland” is a collection of songs examining the range of emotions and complex themes of our changing times; delivered with soulfully fierce intensity and tender intimacy that demands your attention. Backed by drums, bass, electric & acoustic guitars and mandolin, the sound is rich, expansive and Lindsay's vocals & lyrics are captivating and hit deep. Landing on the Top 50 AMA/CDX Americana Radio Chart, Top 10 Roots Music Report Folk Album Chart, and Top 30 Folk DJ Chart.   It’s strong statement and a big step toward the sound of some of the great female voices in Roots/Rock  like, Emmylou Harris, Shawn Colvin, Cary Ann Hearst (Shovels & Rope)  Gillian Welch and Bonnie Raitt.


A Radical Woman: A Conversation With Lindsay Lou - The Blugrass Situation


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https://spoti.fi/2YhhFWu

Freddy and Francine - 6.9.19

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7-9pm

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

9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075


 To the casual observer, Freddy & Francine seem safely cemented as a folk duo. They got the look. The soulful harmonies. The folk circuit bookings — over 150 a year, including the legendary Telluride Bluegrass Festival. They’re even getting married. Cute. Even their act’s name is cute. You could make a movie about it. Someone probably has. 


But Freddy & Francine (their actual names are Lee Ferris and Bianca Caruso) aren’t interested in acting, or genres, or talking or not talking about their relationship. They’ve done all that. They’ve even recently left their longtime home of Los Angeles for Nashville. And they’ve never looked more like themselves.


“...a stripped-down, soulful sound.” - Rolling Stone Country


"...a step forward, more stylistically diverse but still rooted in the Americana realm where they've staked their musical claim." - Billboard "Combining folk, pop and Americana (although they’ll say these genres don’t totally apply), the two imbue their music with a sense of wisdom that only comes from really doing what you love. And it’s paid off..." - Culture Collide


"Freddy & Francine produce an easygoing vibe with catchy melodies and sweet harmonies. [Moonless Night] piques the interest and leaves the listener wanting to hear more of this band." -  AXS

"Across the six songs on their Moonless Night EP, the two trade of turns at the mic, corralling traditional Americana, folk and plenty of pop....the band can rock just as easily as they can create a modern tear-in-my-beer moment. The only disappointment here is that the album is over just as it’s getting started." - Neufutur Magazine


...the duet is enormous and it's not often that the voices are so good they can carry the entire arrangement." - CHILLFLTR


Listen here: https://spoti.fi/2LHvkEG

Joe Alterman - 7.14.19

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7-9pm

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

9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075


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”.  


"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://bit.ly/2PTGEMA


Sam Lewis - 8.11.19

Sam Lewis

7-9pm

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

9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075


Like many before him, Sam Lewis came to Nashville to make music. But unlike the majority, Lewis managed to hop on one of the most successful tours that country music has seen as of late. He’s collaborated with everyone from John Prine and Kacey Musgraves to The Wood Brothers. Chris Stapleton dubbed him “a modern Townes Van Zandt”. And while he’s often labeled with some form of the word ‘soulful’ (some have even compared his voice to molasses), Lewis’ style meets at a juncture of many different genres. There’s something about Sam Lewis that is indescribably different -- and with his newest project, he’s discovered what most musicians spend lifetimes working for -- the place where feel-good music meets vital social commentary.


When Lewis decided to make the move from Knoxville to Nashville in summer 2009, he was still working full-time at Walmart (a gig that lasted nearly a decade). In his off-time, he began playing smaller local venues including the 5 Spot, where he met fellow

singer-songwriter Matt Urmy. After forming a friendship, Urmy offered to help Lewis “We went to his basement, I laid down some songs, we pieced a band together and made a record in a couple days at Eastwood Studios.” That record would become Lewis’s first official release and self-titled debut that featured Nashville greats Kenny Vaughan, Reggie Bradley Smith, Dave Jacques, and Derek Mixon. And with Lewis’ sole intention of moving to be a musician that ‘records it and tours it’ — he did just that — traveling from Nashville to New York via train to play shows, then spending a month in England.


By late 2014, Lewis had turned 30, established himself with the Nashville music scene, and signed with the boutique Georgia label, Brash Records. With the help of Brash and producer Oliver Wood of The Wood Brothers, Lewis released his second full length,

Waiting on You, in April 2015. The sophomore was critically acclaimed and once again featured Kenny Vaughan, in addition to Darrell Scott, Gabe Dixon, the McCrary Sisters, and Willie Nelson’s legendary harmonica player, Mickey Raphael. While No Depression compared Lewis’ soulful style with the likes of Al Green and Van Morrison, Craig Havighurst (Music City Roots) coined Waiting on You as “Americana with a groovy twist”. While the album racked in incredible reviews, Lewis’ booking agency also got bought out in the same time frame — unfortunately leaving him with a solid album, but no tour dates to show for it.


Lewis applied to work at a Post Office in East Nashville but by the time he got a call for a second interview, someone else had called with a more enticing offer: the opening spot for the Traveler release show, Chris Stapleton’s Grammy-winning album. From there, life moved fast. Lewis toured with Stapleton for the remainder of summer 2015, and by January 2016, found himself playing sold-out 2 and 3-night shows at venues like The Tabernacle and the Ryman Auditorium. 


During that time, Lewis was driving to play a show in Richmond when he spotted a bright, rainbow building just off the interstate. “The building had a word on it, but all I could see was -SITY,” he says, “I immediately said ‘loversity’, even though the sign said ‘diversity’.


Listen here:  https://spoti.fi/2GagjGI

Shemekia Copeland - 9.8.19

Shemekia Copeland

7-9pm

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

9135 Willeo Road, Roswell, GA 30075

 

Shemekia Copeland never holds back. Her instantly recognizable voice—capable of being sultry, 

assertive and roaring—delivers every song with unparalleled honesty and passion. Her wide-open vision of contemporary Americana roots and soul music showcases the evolution of a passionate artist with an up-to-the-minute musical and lyrical approach. With her new Alligator Records album, America’s Child, Copeland confidently announces an electrifying new chapter in her constantly evolving story. Produced by Americana Instrumentalist Of The Year winner Will Kimbrough (who also plays guitar on the album) and recorded in Nashville, America’s Child is a courageous and fiery statement of purpose, a major step forward for the singer whose musical consciousness continues to expand as her star continues to rise.


America’s Child is by far Copeland’s most compelling work yet, with music swelling beyond blues and into spirited Americana, with elements of rock, soul, and country. From America’s Child’s anthemic opening track, Ain’t Got Time For Hate, to the closing lullaby, the traditional Go To Sleepy Little Baby, Shemekia sings with passion and insight about the chaos and uncertainty in the world while still finding joy all around her.


With guests including John Prine, Rhiannon Giddens, Mary Gauthier, Emmylou Harris, Steve Cropper, J.D. Wilkes, Al Perkins and members of the Time Jumpers, America’s Child bursts with Copeland’s bravado and embraces with her tenderness.Gauthier and songwriter/executive producer John Hahn wrote two striking songs for the project. Smoked Ham And Peaches is a search for truth and tranquility in America, featuring Giddens on African banjo. Americans

celebrates our collective diversity in all its forms and colors.  American music legend Prine joins Shemekia for a stirring duet on his own Great Rain. Guitar great Cropper adds his scorching playing to the ballad Promised Myself, written by Shemekia’s father, the late bluesman Johnny Clyde Copeland. And her version of I’m Not Like Everybody Else transforms the Kinks song into a blues-fueled declaration of independence.


Shemekia Copeland’s voice is rich, soulful and totally commanding. Authoritative, passionate Stax-styled stirrers, raw Chicago blues and countryish folk rockers.-MOJO


Head-turning and outspoken,

America’s Child is a true hybrid of simmering, real-talking spirit and emphatic, folkie-and soul-style statement-making. She sings slow- burning soul and rollicking country-blues with growling vigor and potent conviction.  -NPR MUSIC


Bold and brassy attitude and soulful blues delivered with gospel fervor. 

-No Depression


Listen here: https://spoti.fi/309l3oc

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 covered pavilion, right next to the water with tables and chairs provided. There is free, onsite parking. Come early (at 6:00) to enjoy the nature center grounds and get settled in for the concert. Show starts at 7pm. Tickets are $16 for grass and $20 for table in advance (see link). Tickets are also available at the door for $18 and $22 depending on availability. (CNC Members save 10% off on ticket prices). 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

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