[Photo Stories] Levitate Brings Flannel Jam To Maine

Photo by Vic Brazen, Wheels N Waves Media

Stop two of Levitate’s Flannel Jam took place at Maine Craft Distilling, in Portland, Maine yesterday.  The festival featured local food and beverages alongside the musical delights of Trampled by Turtles, Ballroom of Thieves, Liz Cooper and the Stampede, Ward Hayden and the Outliers, Six Fox Whiskey, Jason Spooner, Town Meeting, and Buckle and Shake. Levitate which started as a surf and skate shop, also released several new flannels which they produce, cut and sew in Marshfield, MA. The festival is a perfect example of the Levitate Brands ability to scale while keeping things local. Flannel Jam continues at Cisco Brewery on Nantucket today.

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[Photo Stories] Billy Strings Throws A Barn Burner in Phoenix

Photo by Lindsay McHenry @Linmack.photo

Last night Billy Strings brought his music to a packed Crescent Ballroom in downtown Phoenix. The place was at capacity with people flowing out the sides of the venue. I had never seen Billy Strings play before in person so with that first note, I just closed my eyes. I drifted into mindfulness with each note, trying to ignore the proximity of the people next to me. In this place I enjoy what I am hearing. The music puts me right back on some front porch, anywhere really. I am not even sure if there is a house attached to the porch which I am sitting on, but my eyes are closed and I am there with Billy and his strings and they are playing. Just when I thought my blind vision was offering me the best musical experience – I hear a strange sound. I take a peak from underneath my blind fold and it’s the kid. He’s sliding all sorts of weird ways down those strings of his and it sounds like we are in some alternate universe. The porch is gone and there’s a long-haired space invader picking at the guitar. My eyes are open, and I am dancing trying to keep up with the speed of his fingers.

Spafford Takes New Music to Nashville

Photograph by Roger Patteson, Type 2 Photography

Spafford took their ‘Fall Into Place’ tour to Nashville over the weekend for two nights of new originals and exploratory jams. Night one fell on National Taco Day and featured an Electric Taco Stand Palindrome to open the show. This was the first time ever segueing that particular selection of songs back and forth in and out of each other. The band then segued in to a bust-out of Steve Kimmock's Tounge N' Groove (only 3rd time played) out of Bee Jam, another new segue to close the first set.

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