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Musical Chameleons Grimace Federation at WCL June 29

One of our favorite post rockers Grimace Federation will be opening for Toubab Krewe, a group of learned musicians that mesh West African traditional music and American rock. While I find Grimace Federation leaning more towards their darker metal influences these days, their former reputation as an afro-beat/acid-jazz outfit still precedes them. However, I think that their upcoming new album that is due out this fall might have people thinking differently. Their recordings online really don’t do them justice anymore, but don’t worry stoned jamband folks - Grimace Federation are musical chameleons so you might get a sampling of those tasty grooves that you are so hungry for. Just get there early to check them out live and find out what they are really all about! World Café Live (Downstairs), 3025 Walnut St., 9pm, $17 floor/$22 mezzanine, All Ages - Q.D. Tran



Suns Release 2 Free EP's

Suns, a fairly new Chicago band consisting of former members of Wax On Radio, Blame Twilight, etc. have released two new EP's for FREE via their website. Go download them now and feel free to donate a few bucks so they can get them pressed. - Brendan Losch


A panty dropper video by Blip Blip Bleep - live at Pianos on 07.03

Check out the first official Blip Blip Bleep music video! Directed by Benjamin Ahr Harrison. It's for "Freak You Out" off the forthcoming full-length album Like Track Stars - due out on June 29th at all major digital stores. Download the MP3 free here: http://bit.ly/freakyouout The band will play with Geographer at Pianos on july 3. - (as posted in The Deli's Open Blog - post your band's entries, videos, and Mp3s here).


Dinosaur Feathers win and premier video at Bklyn Bowl

In an effort to showcase New York City based musicians and filmmakers, Silver Sound brought to the Big Apple its first Music Video Film Festival + Band Battle at Public Assembly on August 12th, 2009. Out of hundreds of entries from five different countries, directors Chris Piazza and the Moonmen, and the band Dinosaur Feathers (pictured) were chosen as the Grand Prize Winners by popular audience vote. For their prize the winners were given creative reign on music videos to be produced by Festival founder, Erica Harsch - these videos will premiered on Tuesday June 29th, 2010 at Brooklyn Bowl. The auxiliary live performances include Lowry, The Casey Shea Band, and Dinosaur Feathers, with a special short opening set by the comedy band Man Cub.


Portland Folk Festival Announces Lineup


The inaugural Portland Folk Festival released its preliminary lineup last week, and if the preliminary nature of this information is any indication, the fully blossomed lineup is going to set your heart to twangin'.

Being held at various outdoor and indoor venues, as well as neighborhood outdoor spaces throughout Portland from August 19 to 22, the Portland Folk Festival will feature some familiar PDX folk firepower alongside national and international acts who hold only the most special places in our collective hearts (Sea of Bees!, ahem). We're not talking indie-folk exclusivity here (as the term might most readily be attributed), but real, honest, gritty, goopy acoustic ruminations from the likes of Celso Machado, Jim Page and Earl White Band. Rounding out the younger set will be Portland's own Loch Lomond, Freak Mountain Ramblers and Future Historians.

A fuller list of the preliminary lineup is available here.

Some additional schematics on this exciting, new Slim Moon-helmed music, art, craft, film, folk adventure:

"Portland Folk Festival will be held over four days, with a different neighborhood focus each day. Music venues, pubs, galleries and interesting spaces throughout Downtown Portland, Alberta Arts District, Mississippi Avenue and Southeast Portland will host events through the day and night all weekend.

The Portland Folk Festival is dedicated to the preservation and celebration of the world's folk and traditional music, and to the vibrant community, forward-thinking quality of life, and spectacular natural beauty of our treasured home of Portland. With one foot firmly rooted in preserving and celebrating the lessons of the past, and one in working toward a sustainable future, we are dedicated to the study, evolution, expression and celebration of the music of the people.

This is a wonderful opportunity for the community of Portland to come together and discover a world of music that's happening in their own backyard.

Tickets for Portland Folk Festival are being sold online for $45. You will receive a badge that will get you into every show and event during the festival. Tickets for individual concerts will be available through each venue's online box office or at the door day of show."

The Festival has also been holding monthly showcases in anticipation of the August kick-off. The next one will be held at the Mississippi Street Fair on Saturday, July 10 noon - 8 p.m. at the Parlour on the Hill stage, and will feature the likes of Stefan Jecusco and the Godless Moravians, mbilly, and more.

- Ryan J. Prado



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