Berries & JAM
Our Contemporary Folk Story: An Interview with Rising Appalachia’s Leah Song
As Hulaween draws near and the excitement begins to build, I was thrilled to be able to interview the lovely Leah Song, of Rising Appalachia.  I have been continuously impressed by this sister duo’s raw talent, versatility, and heart-warming sound.  I was able to grab a bit of Leah’s time on a Friday afternoon for a phone interview.  After chatting briefly about their most recent tour, we began discussing the roots of the Rising Appalachia movement. Abby: I am also from the Appalachian region in North Carolina, so I was wondering how you came up with the name Rising Appalachia? Leah: Yup everybody...
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Gonzo debrief from Phish, night two, at the Bill Graham Auditorium in San Francisco
  It was early in the evening when I first noticed the icky stick to the floor upon my shoe. I wondered how I was supposed to dance in these conditions and hoped the crowd surrounding me would continue to spill their drinks; I’ll take slide over stick anytime when it comes to dancing on an auditorium floor.  Set 1: Crowd Control, Mike’s Song > I Am Hydrogen > Weekapaug Groove, Wingsuit, Water in the Sky, Plasma, Halfway to the Moon > Poor Heart, Gumbo -> Sanity > Run Like an Antelope Set one came with a few realizations and so did I during that nasty Gumbo>Sanity>Run Like An Antelope. These are my notes. 1. Phans who buy...
Cold Is a State of Mind: Phases of the Moon 2014
A Review of the Inaugural Phases of the Moon Music and Arts Festival Kennekuk County Park – Danville, IL September 11th-14th, 2014 Written by Alex Kratzert “Because in the end, you won’t remember the time you spent working in the office or mowing your lawn. Climb that goddamn mountain.” - Jack Kerouac We got a flat tire 19 miles from Danville. It may have been sooner, really; in fact, I’d say it was probably much sooner. I had some difficulty keeping our 1990 Volvo 240 in a straight line on I-74 W, attributing the effect to the uneven pavement of...
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Festival Preview: Hulaween @ Spirit of the Suwanee
My heart swells as I prepare to head back to north Florida’s beautiful Spirit of the Suwanee Music Park and Campground. For the second year in a row The String Cheese Incident returns to this venue for their legendary Hulaween run.  Nestled in the heart of the Suwanee River Valley, the campgrounds truly are a sight for the dreamer’s eyes.   Spirit of the Suwanee is no stranger to amazing music.  They host multiple music festivals and concerts throughout the year.  Some festivals have been held there for 13+ years.  One great aspect of the festival grounds is that there is no “bad” place...
Alive and Rockn’ – a Review of Lockn’ 2014
Lockn’ Music Festival 2014 Arrington, VA September 4th – 7th Written by Alex Kratzert “The whole thing is remembering, this is who we are. Remember who we are? We are in reality a group of misfits, crazy people, who have voluntarily come together to work this stuff out and do the best we can and try to be as fair as we possibly can with each other, and just struggle through life.” – Jerry Garcia The sky was very grey at dawn and we were very tired. That seems the trend on these trips – leave while the sun is...
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