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Ruthie Foster

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From houses of worship to houses of blues, Ruthie Foster has always been a rafter-rattler. And with a soul-filled voice honed in Texas churches, she can move audiences to tears or ecstasy — sometimes in a single song. Her last two albums, 2009’s “The Truth According to Ruthie Foster” and 2012’s “Let It Burn,” moved the Recording Academy to deliver Best Blues Album Grammy nominations. Her latest, “Promise of a Brand New Day,” releasing August 19 on Blue Corn Music, could make her a contender once more.

“Promise of a Brand New Day” includes seven songs written or co-written by Foster, most of them “songs with messages – because that’s important to what I do,” Foster explains. “Maybe that’s from growing up with people like Mavis [Staples] and a lot of strong women who have come before me, who are great singers but also have a message. They give you something; they say something.”

Classic influences can be felt elsewhere, including “Second Coming,” a civil-rights protest song in the folk-gospel tradition, with handclaps and a strummed acoustic guitar. “When you see me talk about my country life and picking Mustang grapes, and referencing people like Mississippi John Hurt and Jessie Mae Hemphill, that’s a way of grounding myself,” she says. “People connect to that, and that’s when the energy starts building, and then I can get to the big stuff and have some fun and wave my dreadlocks around.”

She’s also toured and recorded with Warren Haynes, traded verses with Susan Tedeschi on “The Weight” during the Allman Brothers’ 2012 Beacon Theater stretch; and sang on an episode of the TV series Revolution. She first delivered a gorgeous “Angel from Montgomery” with Bonnie Raitt at one of Wavy Gravy’s annual SEVA benefits; then repeated it with her on The Road to Austin, a loving all-star tribute to the now-late Stephen Bruton that made its documentary debut in the 2014 South By Southwest Film Festival.

Such accolades and appearances reinforce the fact that Foster’s a blues-world rarity: an original voice who honors her forebearers, yet transcends gentrification. “Ruthie’s voice is such a singular, powerful instrument, and she has such mastery of it,” her producer Ndegeocello notes. “She can turn it on, belt it out and bring you to your knees, all in an instant.”

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David Bromberg

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“The reason man created stringed instruments. David touched them with a lover’s fingers and they moaned that true love right back at him. Wood and wire and flesh spoke.” – Jerry Jeff Walker on David Bromberg He’s played with everyone, he’s toured everywhere, he can lead a raucous big band or hold an audience silent with a solo acoustic blues. Born in Philadelphia in 1945 and raised in Tarrytown, NY, Bromberg began studying guitar-playing when he was 13 and eventually enrolled in Columbia University as a musicology major. The call of the Greenwich Village folk scene in the mid-’60s drew David to the downtown clubs and coffeehouses, where he could watch and learn from the best performers, including primary sources such as his inspiration and teacher, the Reverend Gary Davis. He became a first-call, “hired gun” guitarist for recording sessions, ultimately playing on hundreds of records by artists including Bob Dylan, Link Wray, The Eagles, Ringo Starr, Willie Nelson, and Carly Simon. Bromberg’s range of material, based in the folk and blues idioms, continually expands with each new album to encompass bluegrass, ragtime, country and ethnic music. His recent album “Use Me,” features David collaborating with friends like John Hiatt, Levon Helm, Los Lobos, Tim O’Brien, Vince Gill, Widespread Panic, Dr. John, Keb’ Mo’ and others.

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Eaglemania

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If you love The Eagles, then this is the show to see. With an intimate room, phenomenal sound, all seats close, and a great listening and viewing balcony, it all adds up to a great opportunity to experience your own style of Eaglemania!

With a passion for perfection, Eaglemania brings the ultimate Eagles experience, scrupulously delivering the harmonies and musicianship of one of the greatest bands of all time.

Formed in 1971 by Glen Frey, Don Henley, Bernie Leadon and Randy Meisner, they later added Don Felder, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmitt. With five number one singles, six Grammys, five American Music Awards, and six number one albums, the Eagles were (and continue to be) one of the most successful musical acts ever.

Glimmer Twins Rolling Stones Tribute

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What makes The Glimmer Twins such a special attraction is their ability to capture the raw energy of the most electrifying performances throughout The Rolling Stones career, and present it in such a way that audiences are able to experience the same sensation of what it was like to be at a Stones concert in their heyday.

Because of the uncanny resemblances to Mick Jagger & Keith Richards in their prime coupled with the special attention given to the minutest details both musically and visually, The Glimmer Twins deliver a Classic Rolling Stones Experience to their audience.

Ten Strings & A Goatskin

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A seamless, polished, barrel-drum-tight, rhythmically innovative & wildly entertaining traditional music powerhouse. Multiple nominees for the 2013 Canadian Folk Music awards, ECMA’s & Music PEI Awards, Ten Strings And A Goat Skin are having the time of their lives, immersed in the music they love as a trad/folk/fusion bilingual trio.

Playing Irish, Acadian, French & original creations, infused with modern and world rhythms, they have created a fiery, contagious & unique sound that has them touring throughout Canada, the US & Europe. Industry heavyweights reference their rare musicality as belying the members young ages of 19 & 20 years.

They like to mix things up, combining traditional Celtic and Acadian music with more contemporary sounds, like grunge, punk and rock. They say they’re looking for an audience that’s open to appreciating something a little different.

From Prince Edward Island, Canada, with seemingly ceaseless energy, Jesse Périard and brothers Rowen Gallant and Caleb Gallant, ignite onstage as Ten Strings And A Goat Skin.

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Olate Dogs

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The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent, scooping up the $1,000,000 prize and headlining The Palazzo in Las Vegas.

Led by Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs are a high-energy, fast-paced canine theatrical act filled with amazing dog tricks, human acrobatics and humor.

Embodying the American Dream, Richard grew up in South America in a poor family. He got his start as a young boy of 10 when he rescued his first street dogs and found he had a gift. He combined this gift of training dogs and compassion with incredible hard work. This enabled him to support his entire family by age 12 with his dog troupe. He came to the attention of a circus group and found himself performing in the United States at age 33. That is when the rise of the Olate Dogs began in earnest.

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40 Story Radio - Mike Marlin

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Former child prodigy defeats mid-life crisis to make brilliant, brooding rock record. Here’s a great, growling new rock voice, full of the perviness of Leonard Cohen, the bite of Luke Haines, and the chops of The Psychedelic Furs’ Richard Butler. Mike Marlin also has a biography to startle the horses. Blinded in one eye at 4, he was a teenage prodigy at Oxford before dropping out; he later invented stock market computer technology.

On paper, this 51-year-old’s new career suggest mid-life crisis in excelsis, but on record, he’s deliciously persuasive. Songs about serial killers, sex and death feel like lost late ‘70s classics, the guitars either sharpened up post-punkishly (War To Begin) or given room to brood in dimly-lit bars (Amazing).

Romantic lyrics about blue eyes and a girl in “that dress” somehow sidestep cliché too, because the voice behind them yanks you in. Innocence be damned – it’s time to enjoy experience

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Tusk - Tribute to Fleetwood Mac

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Tusk, The Definitive Fleetwood Mac Tribute invites audiences on a trip back to when great pop songwriting ruled the charts and Fleetwood Mac dominated the airwaves with multiple top ten hits spanning two decades. TUSK masterfully duplicates all the hits of one of rock’s premier super groups.

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Danielle Nicole Band

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A 2014 Blues Music Award winner, there’s not a time in her life that singer/ bassist/ songwriter Danielle Nicole (born Danielle Nicole Schnebelen) doesn’t remember loving to perform. As a child, she would sing for her family at holidays and took tap, jazz and ballet lessons for many years competing in numerous events.

Danielle began singing in coffeehouses and at open mic events at age 14, jamming with her parents whenever she could at clubs that would allow minors. In March of 1999, she started her own band, Fresh Brew, with Kansas City music veterans Steve Gronemeyer, Steve Hicks, Chuck Payne and Terry Roney. They performed for four years and even represented Kansas City in the International Blues Challenge.

It was during this time that Danielle and her brothers Nick and Kris began talking about a family band that would eventually become Trampled Under Foot. Not only did she and Kris have to move to Philadelphia (where Nick was living), but she would have to learn the bass guitar to keep it a family band. It took a few years of lessons and saving money before that could become reality.

After several acclaimed self-released albums, Trampled Under Foot released Badlands on July 9, 2013 on Telarc, a division of Concord Music Group. Toughened by years of nonstop roadwork, Badlands revealed a musical sophistication well beyond the band’s years.

As Trampled Under Foot wound down after 13 years, Danielle formed her own band. She made her Concord Records solo debut with the September, 2015 release of a New Orleans-flavored, blues-soul based album Wolf Den, featuring GRAMMY®-winning producer-guitarist Anders Osborne, Galactic’s co-founding drummer Stanton Moore and her regular keyboardist Mike “Shinetop, Jr.” Sedovic.

David Mayfield Parade

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If you’ve seen David Mayfield perform with The Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons, Jessica Lea Mayfield, or at Bonnaroo, you’ve caught the charisma, the heart, and the comedy, and it’s likely you’ll come back for more. This singer-songwriter, band leader, and Grammy nominated producer David Mayfield grew up playing bass and touring with his family’s bluegrass band. As a teenager he established himself as a hot picker collecting national awards for his dexterity on guitar and mandolin. His knack for colorful performances was evident as a backing player in his sister Jessica Lea Mayfield’s band including their appearance on “The Late Show with David Letterman.” He oozed personality on stage – a trait that makes him a natural frontman. He took his skills and personality when he joined the bluegrass outfit Cadillac Sky, playing sold out shows with British folk revivalists Mumford and Sons. Encouraged by his friend Seth Avett, to record his original material, Mayfield did just that, to much acclaim. Since that time he has toured almost non-stop. Conscious of not just being a musician, but an entertainer – something his father instilled in him in the family band – he certainly makes an impression live. But it’s the strength of his songwriting and musicianship, combined with that charm and personality that keep audiences consistently lining up to join the parade.

Al Stewart

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In many ways, the summertime of Stewart’s 2009 much more resembled his summer of 1969 than it did the summer of 1979, when his multi-million-selling “Year of the Cat” and “Time Passages” were staples of FM radio, and he was touring with saxes, synths, singers, and all the accoutrements pop stardom brings. “I don’t think I ever knew how to be in front of a band,” says Al, a little modestly. “I always felt I was loitering there while they were doing all the work.”

With the release of Uncorked, Al and musical partner Dave Nachmanoff take a trip through Stewart’s musical back pages, both in terms of the musical catalogue (they did have nearly 20 albums’ worth of songs to pick from), and in terms of performance style. After all, Al made his bones in the massively fertile folk scene that was London in the late ’60s.

Recorded live during a springtime East Coast swing, Uncorked is the first live acoustic disc Al’s done since 1992’s Rhymes In Rooms, and both he and Nachmanoff made a conscious decision not to replicate any of the tracks from that disc, even if it meant leaving off such standards as “On the Border” and the two aforementioned Top 40 hits.

“Because I’ve learned all of Al’s songs, we had an opportunity to revisit some of the tunes that hadn’t been featured in more recent years,” says Nachmanoff. “I think at this point, we can actually do three or four full shows and never play the same songs twice. And while Al usually comes in to a gig with a set list in mind, often times, we’ll just throw it out and go with the flow.”

As a consequence, it sounds like the duo isn’t merely playing well (fact is, Al’s guitar work is actually even better now than it was back in the day, thanks to the acoustic touring configuration that brings his musical contributions more to the fore), it sounds like they’re having fun. And if the title tracks from albums like Last Days of the Century and Bedsitter Images don’t immediately conjure images of major-label milestones, that’s just fine with Al. “It’s much more enjoyable for me to hear myself and for the audience to hear the words,” says Stewart. “And the audience seems to agree. The way I look at it, if I can still get everybody on their hind legs at the end of a show cheering, then I’ve won.”

Like Uncorked itself, that’s vintage Al.

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Hackensaw Boys

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With feet firmly planted in the old-time song tradition, hands soiled by the dirt of rock n’ roll and eyes fixed steadily on the future of real country music, the Hackensaw Boys are among the most exciting groups charting new territory in today’s diverse Americana music scene.

Everybody sings a bit of lead, everybody sings a bit of harmony and most members know when to shut up. Instrumentation includes banjo, guitar, mandolin, fiddle, harmonica, upright bass, charismo (a home-made tin can contraption) and the occasional trap kit.

In the beginning they all lived in Charlottesville, VA, but now the members are spread throughout Virginia, Tennessee, North Carolina, and Louisana. For more than a decade, however, they’ve come together to tour the United States, Europe and the U.K. and to record several critically acclaimed albums.

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Savoy Brown

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British Blues/Rock pioneer Kim Simmonds and Savoy Brown celebrate 50 continuous years, 45 albums, and more than 5,000 gigs – from the Royal Albert Hall to Carnegie Hall to the Fillmore East and West and now back at Mauch Chunk Opera House!

But Kim Simmonds is not living in the past; he’s challenging himself and his band to reach new heights and find higher ground.

“Savoy Brown is a very musical band,” Simmonds says. “We’re not comparing ourselves to others. We appeal to an audience who wants to hear what we are up to now, what we are rehearsing, creating as a band. I think my guys and my team is empowering me to do this.” That’s what Kim lives for and invigorates him – playing for audiences who are hungry to listen for new heights in artistry – not just living off 50 years as an architect of the British hard blues scene.

“Whether I like it or not, I think my destiny is to keep doing what I’m doing, play in clubs and theaters where people pay their hard eared money to hear us give them one-hundred and ten percent.” On September 18, the 45th release by Kim Simmonds, The Devil To Pay hit the stores to show what 50 years giving one-hundred and ten percent can do.

“I had a vision, when I started the band back in 1965,” he reflects, “The concept was to be a British version of a Chicago blues band. And the exciting thing now is, that vision is still alive.”

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Who's Next - Salute to the Who

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Who’s Next is the Ultimate Tribute to one of rock’s greatest bands, The Who. Who’s Next has been mesmerizing fans for over twenty years performing nationally to be recognized as the best Who tribute band in the world.

With exact replicas of guitars, drums, amps and clothing, Who’s Next is able to give the audience the full experience of being at a Who concert. Not only does Who’s Next capture the pure power and energy of The Who, each member has an uncanny resemblance to each member of The Who. Who’s Next has performed Who concert after-parties and were joined on stage and performed with the late great John Entwistle.

KICK - INXS Tribute

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KICK is a unique blend of talented musicians who bring the highest level of musicianship to the audience while showing a true passion for the music of INXS- consistently causing the spontaneous eruption of a dekadance-rock party!

Vocalist, guitarist, and singer-songwriter, Cory Massi, has long held a respect and admiration for the late great Michael Hutchence; seeing INXS perform in Philadelphia in 1988 and 1989 served more than a young man’s yearning to scour the beauties in attendance or to drink in the sobering decadence.

KICK- The INXS Experience has beautifully managed to capture the spirit of INXS in both its sound and live performance. The focus has been on faithfully recreating the music in its most powerful sense, an in-the-pocket bottom end from bass player, Don Leslie and drummer, Johnny Dee, a brilliant combination of piano and synth by Mark Goodnough; the signature guitar tones produced by guitarists, Todd King and Jason Taylor; the saxophone by area favorite, Evan Jacobi; and the spot-on lead vocals by Cory Massi, all lend to a powerful high-energy show that is guaranteed to have the entire venue singing and dancing to every song- all night long!

KICK- The INXS Experience will take you back. It will reignite your passion for INXS. It will introduce you to music that is still as fresh today as the day it was written; Original Sin to Elegantly Wasted and everything in between!

Dancing Dream The ABBA Tribute

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DANCING DREAM, the Tribute to ABBA – the greatest pop supergroup from Sweden, electrifies audiences of all ages with the best ABBA hits “Mamma Mia”, “Dancing Queen” “Take a Chance” “Fernando” and many more.

Founded by two European singers Halina Ulatowski and Agnes Jawien in 2009, featured on the Stephen Colbert Show and in large venues across North America, this New York City based ABBA Tribute Band transports audiences back to the happy, groovy 70’s. With beautiful harmonies, elaborate costumes and exciting choreography, every show is to be remembered. The group was a part of many Scandinavian festivals: in California, North Dakota, New York and New Jersey. Because of the recent popularity of “Mamma Mia” the musical and the movie, Dancing Dream was invited to many Summer concerts across the country attracting audiences of all age groups.

This ABBA Tribute Band has a growing number of fans all over the US. Don’t miss this opportunity to slip on your platforms and sing along to your favorite ABBA songs performed by DANCING DREAM.

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Willy Porter & Carmen Nickerson

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Listeners want varied things from music. Often we want to dance, set a mood, hear a story or tap into some rarely-touched sorrow.

Willy Porter’s music manages to do so many of these things, while bringing the audience into his walk through the world.

Some of his songs are soft love poems, others observances from a dusty street corner. Some are songs about life’s obstacles, regrets, or a glimpse of a mother and child riding a bus.

For folks who want to hear remarkable guitar-playing, he does that, too – better than just about anyone you’ve ever heard.

If you have never heard of this guy before, you are in for the musical discovery for a lifetime…” and ”...he can still play guitar perhaps greater than anyone else on the planet.” Listen To This

“An acoustic picker with the Olympian speed of Leo Kottke bolstered by rootsy vocals and twisting, offbeat lyrics that evoked John Hiatt…” Boston Globe

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Incendio

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In both Italian and Spanish, incendio means fire and this is a fitting name for a musical group whose sound is all about energy, exploration, and passion. At the heart of Incendio s sound is the Latin or Spanish guitar, which can conjure up romantic as well as powerful, bold images. Their music is not solely flamenco, classical, Middle Eastern, Celtic, jazz, rock, trance, or pop, but all of them. Showcasing the timeless sound of the Spanish guitar in a variety of settings, Incendio takes the listener on a global musical experience.

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The Bird Dogs - Everly Brothers Experience

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The Bird Dogs bring a genuine and youthful Everly Brothers experience to the stage. The Zmed brothers, Zachary and Dylan, celebrate the genetic intimacy so ever present in the harmonies created by Don and Phil Everly. When the guitar became electric, the Everly Brothers bridged the gap between Country and Rock n Roll with countless hits and classics. The Everly Brothers inspired bands like The Beatles, Simon and Garfunkel, The Kinks, Buddy Holly, and many groups that utilize the blend of two part harmony. Their career spanned three decades and continue to influence artists around the world.

Mighty Manatees Feat Don't Fail Me Now

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Bandleader, singer, songwriter, and guitarist Will Hodgson presents a night of music and dance by the Mighty Manatees, devoted to the music of Little Feat and Bob Marley. Called “Feat Don’t Fail Me Now,” the goal is a beautiful summer night of great music, folks, and dance.

“The Mighty Manatees are a musical collective more than a band,” says Mighty Manatees guitarist Will Hodgson. “We range from an acoustic trio to eight pieces, depending on the gig.”

The group plays many different styles, including folk, rock, country, reggae, blues and jazz. “We always mix it up,” Hodgson says, adding that the variety might have made the band hard to classify. The unifying factor is, he says, “We are always a rhythmic dance band. We like to get people moving.”

With their distinctive musical style, the remarkable voice of Will Hodgson, and their myriad friends, the Manatees perform the music of Little Feat in a way that would have made founder and all-around iconoclast Lowell George proud. When he was a member of the Mothers, even Frank Zappa said he should have his own band. Combining it with the music of Bob Marley with Little Feat felt like a natural and a fitting way to round out what promises to be an excellent evening.

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Bennie & The Jets - Elton John Show

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If your thing is the music of Elton John and his band, then this is the perfect show for you. Greg Ransom plays the Elton John character with aplomb, but most importantly – he has mastered the songs, both vocally and on the piano.

His band is top-shelf too, pulling together all the parts of a master’s music and performing it like you want to hear it.

Benny and the Jets have performed all across the country and also overseas, last summer entertaining our troops in Iraq. This is a classy show, pure fun and great music, sung and played as it should be.

Black Lillies

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Founded by multi instrumentalist and vocalist Cruz Contreras, The Black Lillies have created their own brand of country, roots, rock and blues via Appalachia.

The proof that The Black Lillies are such a potent band is etched into the vinyl of ‘Hard To Please,’ the band’s fourth and latest studio album. It’s an alternately rip-roaring and deeply intimate record, showcasing both frontman Cruz Contreras’ lyrical evolution as a writer and a more sonically sophisticated side of the band. The album stands as the finest yet in The Black Lillies’ outstanding catalog.

When it came time to record, the bar had already been set high with the group’s previous releases, which were hailed as “buzzworthy, genre-mashing roots music” by Rolling Stone Country and praised everywhere from Vanity Fair and The Wall Street Journal to CMT and Entertainment Weekly. The sound reflects their raucous live show, which prompted NPR’s Ann Powers to name them a top pick at SXSW, and has earned them festival slots from Bonnaroo to Stagecoach, as well as the honor of playing The Grand Ole Opry more than any other independent band in history.

It’s nothing short of remarkable how far the band has come in their six years, both in terms of miles and in terms of musical growth. Through the ups and the downs, they’ve established themselves as one of the hardest-working and most dynamic bands touring today. With a re-imagined six-piece live lineup, it won’t be hard to please Black Lillies fans, and with an album as great as ‘Hard to Please,’ they’ll bring a whole lot of new ones into the fold, too.

The Order of Sir Paul McCartney

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This thrilling, note-for-note, 100% LIVE concert experience features the iconic music of the rock legend – from the early years before The Beatles, to the incredible British Invasion, Wings and to McCartney’s solo career – in masterful performance a that leaves audiences on their feet and cheering for more.

Performed with passion and played with utter precision, these profoundly talented musicians (FULL BAND BIOS HERE) recreate the beloved music of Sir Paul – complete with original gear and a deep respect and dedication to the intricacies of each song – and satisfying even the most discerning McCartney fans.

This ULTIMATE McCartney Concert Experience features exciting video, a kick-butt light show and where available – LIVE bagpipers for McCartney’s #1 hit, Mull of Kintyre (brings down the house!) and inspires audiences to relive the memories with the greatest body of rock music ever created!

Altan

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No Irish traditional band in the last dozen years has had a wider impact on audiences and music lovers throughout the world than Altan.

With their exquisitely produced award-winning recordings, ranging dynamically from the most sensitive and touching old Irish songs all the way to hard hitting reels and jigs, and with their heartwarming, dynamic live performances, Altan have moved audiences from Donegal to Tokyo to Seattle, believing that Irish traditional music is a modern music in every sense and its growing influence and popularity have proved them right.

The seeds of the band lie in the music and fun of gatherings and sessions in kitchens and pubs in Donegal where virtuoso music was heard in an atmosphere of respect and intimacy – it is here that the band’s heart lies still whether they are performing on television in Australia or jamming with Ricky Skaggs on the west coast of the United States.

Altan’s commitment to good natured fun was second only to their commitment to excellence in all things musical, and so the band members who were gathered in were top-notch. Altan has always been a virtuoso band. Earliest was bouzouki-player, Ciarán Curran from Co. Fermanagh, a session and festival veteran, nephew of fiddler, Ned Curran, and close friend of fiddler, Ben Lennon, and flute-player, Cathal MacConnell (of the Boys of the Lough). Like all accompanists of the time, Ciarán had invented his own style on the instrument, and his playing lies at the heart of the Altan sound, though like all great accompanists, the very perfection of what he does makes it difficult for the casual listener to notice!

Altan’s international status and success found a very practical recognition when they were signed in 1996 to Virgin Records, the first Irish band of their kind to be signed by a major label. The band gained gold and platinum albums in Ireland and toured larger venues, literally throughout the world, with tours in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Europe as well as regular successful U.S. tours.

In spite of a hectic touring and recording schedule, Altan continue fresh in their vision of bringing the beauty and joy of traditional music to audiences everywhere, and have always promised themselves to continue as long as it’s fun – fortunately, it still is

Wishbone Ash

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Touring and producing outstanding progressive rock for over 40 years, Wishbone Ash remains one of Britain’s most remarkable bands. Always best appreciated live, their twin-guitar sound, honed back in the seventies, is one of their defining and enduring traits.

Wishbone Ash are considered to be one of the major innovators of the harmony twin lead guitar format. Their contributions helped Andy Powell and Ted Turner to be voted “Two of the Ten Most Important Guitarists in Rock History” (Traffic magazine 1989), and to appear in the “Top 20 Guitarists Of All Time” (Rolling Stone). Melody Maker (1972) described Powell and Turner as “the most interesting two guitar team since the days when Beck and Page graced The Yardbirds”.

Les Dudek

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Guitarist Les Dudek has played with some of rock and pop’s biggest names (Stevie Nicks, Steve Miller, Dave Mason, Cher, Boz Scaggs, and the Allman Brothers Band), in addition to issuing critically-acclaimed solo albums on his own.

By the early ‘70s, Dudek was residing in Florida, playing in the obscure group, Power, whose keyboard player was friends with the Allman Brothers’ Dickey Betts. Soon a friendship was struck up between Betts and Dudek, who was present for the Brothers and Sisters recording sessions, laying down guitar lines alongside Betts on Ramblin’ Man and helping co-write songs including the classic, Jessica.

After his detour with the Allman Brothers, Dudek signed on with Boz Scaggs, playing with him for five years and appearing on the 1976 release, Silk Degrees. Dudek became friends with Steve Miller, leading to a co-headlining tour between Scaggs and Miller, which saw Dudek appearing with both artists each night. Miller would subsequently record a few of Dudek’s original compositions, including Sacrifice for his Book of Dreams release, while Dudek also played on Miller’s Fly Like an Eagle album.

Dudek guested on Stevie Nicks’ 1985 release, Rock a Little, and was the guitarist on the album’s ensuing tour. The ‘90s saw Dudek return to his blues roots, as he appeared on Steve Miller’s back-to-basics release, 1993’s Wide River, and issued his fifth solo release overall, 1994’s Deeper Shade of Blues.

2007 brought the bluesy CD, Deeper Shade of Blues while 2013 saw the release of his album, Delta Breeze. Known for first-class musicianship and smokin’ guitar, Dudek has been on the road with his band, performing songs from all his records, plus hits he has recorded with other artists, still blowing the doors off venues all over the world.

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