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SIMRIT

“Simrit, to me, is the voice of this new day and age.” – Belinda Carlisle

 

Ranky Tanky

Ranky Tanky

SATURDAY & SUNDAY

“The biggest surprise of the evening, Ranky Tanky proved that exotic music can be both unfamiliar enough to be surprising, and yet familiar enough to provoke swinging hips and nodding heads. When it works, it’s the best of both worlds.” – Paste Magazine

“Ranky Tanky, from Charleston, S.C., sings old Gullah songs — some of them sly moral lessons — in arrangements that connect their beat to a New Orleans lilt.” – New York Times

Charleston, SC based quintet, Ranky Tanky, unites celebrated musicians from the South Carolina Lowcountry, most of whom trace their roots directly back to a unique African American culture called Gullah. Musical performances and workshops pay tribute to this distinct community by updating timeless game songs, work songs, and spirituals collected from early field recordings taken along the Carolina Coast.

“Gullah” comes from West African language and means “a people blessed by God.” “Ranky Tanky” translates loosely as “Work It,” or “Get Funky!” In this spirit this Charleston, SC based quintet performs timeless music of Gullah culture born in the southeastern Sea Island region of the United States. From playful game songs to ecstatic shouts, from heartbreaking spirituals to delicate lullabies, the musical roots of Charleston, SC are “rank” and fertile ground from which these contemporary artists are grateful to have grown.

South Carolina natives Quentin Baxter, Kevin Hamilton, Charlton Singleton, and Clay Ross first came together in 1998, fresh out of University, to form a seminal Charleston jazz quartet. Now, united by years apart and a deeper understanding of home, these accomplished artists have come together again, joined by one of the low-country’s most celebrated vocalists Quiana Parler, to revive a “Heartland of American Music” born in their own backyards.

www.rankytanky.com

Leyla McCalla

Leyla McCalla

FRIDAY

“Her voice is disarmingly natural, and her settings are elegantly succinct: often just the barest lattice of plucked strings (cello, guitar, banjo), with an occasional turn toward old-time swing or Haitian rhythms. Her magnificently transparent music holds tidings of family, memory, solitude and the inexorability of time: weighty thoughts handled with the lightest touch imaginable.” – The New York Times

Leyla McCalla is a New York-born Haitian-American living in New Orleans, who sings in French, Haitian Creole and English, and plays cello, tenor banjo and guitar. Deeply influenced by traditional Creole, Cajun and Haitian music, as well as by American jazz and folk, her music is at once earthy, elegant, soulful and witty—it vibrates with three centuries of history, yet also feels strikingly fresh, distinctive and contemporary.

Leyla’s debut album, Vari-Colored Songs: A Tribute to Langston Hughes, was named 2013’s Album of the Year by the London Sunday Times and Songlines magazine, and received additional raves from a number of other publications, including the New York Times, Boston Globe and Offbeat, for its haunting mixture of music and message.

Now, having toured extensively in the U.S., Europe and Israel in support of Vari-Colored Songs, Leyla is focusing on her next album. Titled A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey, the album was released in the spring of 2016 by Jazz Village/Harmonia Mundi. A Day For The Hunter, A Day For The Prey continues to explore the themes of social justice and pan-African consciousness that marked Vari-Colored Songs, and once again features songs sung in English, French and Haitian Creole. The album also includes guest appearances by legendary guitarist Marc Ribot, Rhiannon Giddens of the Carolina Chocolate Drops, Louis Michot of the Lost Bayou Ramblers, and New Orleans singer-songwriter/guitarist Sarah Quintana.

www.leylamccalla.com
www.facebook.com/leylamccallamusic
www.instagram.com/leylacello
@LeylaMcCalla

Peter Yarrow

Peter Yarrow

THURSDAY

“…magic that can only come from rare legends-in-their-own time” – Las Vegas Tribune

Peter Yarrow’s talents as a creative artist, both with the legendary trio Peter, Paul & Mary and as a solo performer are frequently directed at using music to convey a message of humanity and caring. His gift for songwriting has produced some of the most moving songs from Peter, Paul & Mary, including Puff, the Magic Dragon, Day is Done, Light One Candle and The Great Mandala. As a member of the renowned musical trio, Yarrow has earned multiple gold and platinum albums, as well as numerous GRAMMYs.

Over the years, many issues have moved Peter to commit his time and talent: equal rights, peace, the environment, gender equality, homelessness, hospice care, and education. All have utilized his skills as both a performer and an organizer. Peter Yarrow’s life and work – culminating in the founding and leadership of Operation Respect with its Don’t Laugh At Me initiative – is based on his passionate belief that music, with its power to build community and catalyze change, can be a particularly powerful organizing tool.

For this performance Yarrow will be joined by his daughter Bethany Yarrow and cellist Rufus Cappadocia.

www.peteryarrow.net
www.facebook.com/PeterYarrowPPM
@PeterYarrowPPM

www.bethanyandrufus.com

DakhaBrakha

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THURSDAY & FRIDAY

“That mesh of ancient and contemporary is DakhaBrakha’s mission. DakhaBrakha — which means give-take in old Ukrainian — has researched rural folk songs across Ukraine, then reshaped them: first as the house band for a theater company in Kiev, and now on the international circuit.” — The New York Times

“Ukrainian folkdrone Björkpunk quartet Dakhabrakha went into Bonnaroo as unknowns but ended up with one of the most receptive crowds of the weekend. They got cheers for mournful accordion and apocalyptic cello sawing. Animal noises and bird whistles and howls got the audience to return favor, turning the tent into a happy menagerie.” — Rolling Stone

“The group mixes everything from punk-pop to traditional Ukrainian songs in cool yet beguiling textures, often with the close harmonies usually associated with Balkan music. But it’s really the live shows that take DakhaBrakha beyond mere curiosity to utter brilliance.” — NPR

“All that’s left to do is pick up our jaws from the ground, for DakhaBrakha’s diapasons and vocal ranges are second to none. And all I can do is convulse in the ecstatic rhythm of ‘Carpathian rap’.” — WNUR 89.3 FM

Ukrainian “ethno chaos” band DakhaBrakha creates a world of unexpected new music. With an astonishingly powerful and uncompromising vocal range, combined with Indian, Arabic, African, Russian and Australian traditional instrumentation, they create a trans-national sound rooted in Ukrainian culture.

DakhaBrakha was created in 2004 at the Kyiv Center of Contemporary Art “DAKH” by the avant-garde theatre director – Vladyslav Troitskyi. Theatre work has left its mark on the band performances, and a visual element remains a strong part of their appeal.

Having experimenting with Ukrainian folk music, the band has added rhythms of the surrounding world into their music, creating a bright, unique and unforgettable sound. Their goal is to open up the potential of Ukrainian melodies and to bring them to the hearts and consciousness of the younger generation in Ukraine and the rest of the world. Working at the crossroads of Ukrainian folklore and theatre, their music ranges from intimate to riotous, plumbing the depths of contemporary roots and rhythms and inspiring “cultural and artistic liberation”.

In March 2011 DakhaBrakha was discovered by Australian Womadelaide and began their ascent in the international music scene. They have since played more than 300 concerts and performances and have taken part in major international festivals throughout Eastern and Western Europe, Russia, Asia, Australia, and North America. Their January 2014 appearance at globalFEST topped nearly everyone’s list and put them on the radar of venues from major rock fests to performing arts centers.
DakhaBrakha is fond of collaborations, and has worked with with such international musicians as: Port Mone (By), Kimmo Pohjonen Cluster (Fi), Karl Frierson (DePhazz) (Ge), Steve Cooney (IRL), Inna Zhelannaya (Ru), Kievbass (UA), Djam (UA-Iran), and David Ingibaryan (Hu).

Marko Halanevych – vocals, darbuka, tabla, didjeridoo, accordion, trombone
Marko is the only representative of the Ukrainian countryside in the band. He was born in the village of Krushenivka, in the Vinnitskiy region, into a family of village intellectuals. He graduated with a degree in Ukrainian Philology, but went into the theatre, becoming an actor at the Centre of Contemporary Art “DAKH” before he accidentally found himself working with the band. Marko is fond of design – he creates the visual images of DakhaBrakha and also for the “DAKH” theatre where he continues to perform on stage as an actor.

Iryna Kovalenko – vocals, djembe, bass drums, accordion, percussion, bugay, zgaleyka, piano
Ira has played Ukrainian ethnic music since her early childhood and she ultimately graduated with a degree in Folklore. Ira is responsible for the “brass section” of the group, as she is quick to learn different musical instruments. She also performs at the “Dakh” theatre as an actress, and enjoys yoga, yachting, and rowing.

Olena Tsibulska – vocals, bass drums, percussion, garmoshka
Lena is one of the specialists at the Folklore department of the National University of Ukraine. When she has some time off, she works on preparing her Candidate’s dissertation about traditional Ukrainian wedding songs, and pursuing her hobbies of driving, sewing and interior design.
Nina Garenetska – vocals, cello, bass drum

Nina studied folklore at university and is a self-taught cellist. She is the most artistically open-minded member of the band and is always up for collaborating with other musicians. Nina is fond of travelling, photography, fancywork and adornment creation.

www.dakhabrakha.com.ua
www.facebook.com/DakhaBrakha
@DakhaBrakha

Seun Kuti & Egypt 80

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FRIDAY

“extraordinary power scorching rhythms one of today’s most incendiary live acts.” – Afro-Beat Music

“…seeing Seun felt a little bit like bringing Fela back to life.” – nigeriavillagesquare.com

Seun Kuti is the youngest son of legendary Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti. At the age of nine, Seun expressed the wish to sing to his father. A short while later Seun started performing with his father and the band, until his father’s untimely death in 1997. Seun, then only 14 years old, assumed the role as lead singer of Egypt 80.

Ever since, Seun has followed the political and social ethos of his father. Along the way, he began to add his own twist to the music, digging deep into various African traditions to reflect the continent’s struggles and cultures. About three quarters of the current Egypt 80 line-up consists of musicians that not only played with Fela Kuti, but often were arrested and harassed alongside the founder of the Afrobeat movement.

Seun Kuti has toured the world and released several albums.

www.facebook.com/seunkutiofficial

Michael Franti & Spearhead

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& Spearhead

SUNDAY

“Such is Franti’s unyielding belief in the power of music and message, it’s hard not to believe him when, at the album’s tranquil end, he sings ‘love will find a way’…” – Rolling Stone

Michael Franti is a musician, filmmaker and humanitarian who is recognized as a pioneering force in the music industry. Long known for his globally conscious lyrics, powerful performances, and dynamic live shows, Franti has continually been at the forefront of lyrical activism, using his music as a positive force for change.

“I make music because I believe it can change people’s lives and make a difference in the world,” enthuses Franti, “music gives us new energy and a stronger sense of purpose.”  He and his band Spearhead, known for their authentic and uplifting music, have found global success with multi-platinum songs like “Say Hey (I Love You)”, the chart breaking 2010 release of The Sound Of Sunshine. Franti and his band guarantee a show that will be thought provoking as well as energetic.

Franti has a brand new single, “Once A Day” from his upcoming debut album on Fantasy Records. “Once a Day” was inspired by his son’s diagnosis with a rare kidney disease called FSGS (Focal Segmental Glomerulosclerosis) in the hopes that this song would inspire anyone in the world who is going through challenging times. “My belief is that through music, dance and gratitude for this life we can all ‘rise up’,” explains Franti.  “Once A Day” was produced by Supa Dups (Eminem, Damian Marley, Bruno Mars) and features special guest Sonna Rele. This new song has the same feel-good, inspiring vibe as “Say Hey (I Love You),” his 2x platinum hit single.

Giving back has always been at the heart of Franti’s mission, he has dedicated his life to spreading the joy of music and positivity to millions of people. Franti’s humanitarian, social justice, and peace efforts continue to inspire his music and are infused throughout his upcoming album on Fantasy Records due to release in May 2016.

www.michaelfranti.com
www.facebook.com/michaelfranti
@michaelfranti

Joe Craven & The Sometimers

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& The Sometimers

THURSDAY & FRIDAY

“Joe Craven is magical.” – San Francisco Chronicle

Joe Craven & The Sometimers featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, is a tight, crisp string-centric “Free Range Folkasaurus Trio” offering a “no genre left behind” policy of music making and re-creating.

A 30 year veteran in the biz, Joe comes impressively credentialed (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia + many others) and the 3 of them hold poetic license to operate heavy machinery. Their power tool box includes both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, more cowbell and who knows what else. Touring their debut release, “Blender”, this NorCal roots music trio celebrates a new kind of POP music, as in “Pursuit of Possibility” music. Give ’em a listen and you just might do a little dance while you’re at it!

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp, a Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy and fashion insultant. Joe Craven’s love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Howard Levy and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist and violinist for mandolinist David Grisman.

Joe’s unique education programs have inspired; communities in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, a dozen different music camps, thousands of school kids from Glendale, CA to Glasgow, Scotland and college students from Alaska to Alabama. Whether jamming solo, with daughter Hattie, The Joe Craven Trio, Mamajowali, The Sometimers or with musicians in Morocco or Mendocino, playing in Carnegie Hall or busking on Cannery Row – Joe’s at home and loving every minute!

www.joecraven.com
www.facebook.com/JoeCravenandTheSometimers
www.instagram.com/joecravenmusic

Simrit

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THURSDAY-SATURDAY

“For Simrit, singing is not a performance, it is a sacred worship of the Divine. Her voice, her music, and her teaching, reflect this devotion which seems to come from her so effortlessly.” – Snatam Kaur

“Simrit, to me, is the voice of this new day and age.” – Belinda Carlisle

Some performers can bring true commitment to age-old meditations, urging everyone from pop stars to club audiences to fall in love with the words of South Asian sages. Some artists have a presence that engages and soothes, an ear that can hear the resonances that bridge continents and souls.

Vocalist and songwriter Simrit, born in Athens, Greece, adopted and raised in the American South, is one of these artists. Drawing on the harmonic beauty of the Greek Orthodox chants she grew up with, adding the pulse and melodic sensibilities of West African traditions she studied intensely, Simrit and her ensemble tease out distinct facets of devotional poetry and the intimate ardors of the spirit on Songs of Resilience.

Working with an elegant, expressive musical palette–rich cello and electronics, exquisite kora, lilting guitar, deep and grooving bass guitar, and rolling percussion–and with veteran rock and Americana producer Paul Mahern (Willie Nelson, Neil Young, Iggy Pop, Lily & Madeleine, John Mellencamp), Simrit and her band reveal new sides to ancient gems, encouraging listeners to find grounding endurance, hope, and transformation. “Our songs are about the experiences of the heart and soul, about all their experiences of love, pain, and joy,” says Simrit. “These are all things that people on this planet deal with each and every day.”

www.simritkaurmusic.com
www.facebook.com/simritmusic
www.instagram.com/simritkaur
www.twitter.com/simritkaur
www.youtube.com/user/simritkaur

 

Kanekoa

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FRIDAY-SUNDAY

“This unified force of island roots, rock, reggae and blues has been spreading the melodic love across the isles for over a decade, delivering a captivating blend of grooves and energy music lovers can’t resist.” – Maui Weekly

“When the guys are flying high, it’s easy to imagine Kanekoa as a Grateful Dead-inspired jam band with eclectic roots and a sound that embraces flavors of reggae, blues, funk, and island music.” – Ukulele Magazine

Kanekoa describes its music as ukulele powered Hawai’ian reggae folk rock.

Kanekoa has been playing together since 1999, melding elements of Hawaiian, Rock, Folk, Blues, Reggae and improvisation into a truly unique sound. In Hawaiian the word KANEKOA (kah-ney-koh-ah) has its roots in the words kane (man) and koa (a sacred tree indigenous to Hawai’i), and translates into English as “a strong man or warrior.”

Kanekoa includes Kaulana Kanekoa (rhythm ukulele/lead vocals), Vince Esquire (lead ukulele/backing vocals), Travis Rice (cajon/congas, backing vocals) and Don Lopez on bass.

Bill Kreutzman, drummer for the Grateful Dead and the 7 Walkers, called Kanekoa “The Hawaiian Grateful Dead.” Kanekoa was invited to play Bill’s wedding on Kaua’i. Mick Fleetwood (Fleetwood Mac) said of Kanekoa: “The band is amazing, and Vince is amazing,” says Fleetwood, who also plays uke and travels with one when he’s on tour. “I saw him playing electric guitar years ago on Maui, and it was pretty stunning. He’s now uniquely applying all his influences, stepping out of the traditional ukulele approach. He’s great.”

James “Hutch” Hutchinson, bassist for Bonnie Raitt, says of Kanekoa: “Kanekoa takes the ukulele and uke-related music to another place.” “Vince has a much different and funkier pocket than any other uke player I’ve heard or have played with.”

Kanekoa has shared the stage with Jake Shimabukuro, 7 Walkers, Los Lobos, Marshal Tucker Band, Makana, Steve Kimock, Willie Nelson, John Cruz, Eric McFadden, Ekolu, Willie K, Anuhea, Paula Fuga/Mike Love/Sam Ites, Brudda Waltah, Trombone Shorty, Fruition, Ian Neville’s Dumpstafunk, George Porter, DJ Logic, David Nelson, Afromassive, Popppa Grows Funk, Jerry Joseph and the Jack Mormons, among others. Kanekoa has toured and played festivals in Hawai’I, California, Nevada, Oregon, Washington, North Dakota, and Colorado. Kanekoa appeared in the winter 2015 edition of Ukulele Magazine. Kanekoa appeared in the Farelly Brothers feature film “Heartbreak Kid” with Ben Stiller and two of their songs were used in the movie. In 2014 Kanekoa was invited to play the JamBase Live video series. The band’s 2007 CD “Under the Coconut Sky” is distributed worldwide courtesy of Fontana/Universal. Kanekoa is set to release its new album Hawai’iana Americana in late 2015.

Kanekoa as a band translates into one of Hawaii’s premier live music experiences. Because their sound is based on the yet untapped potential of the electrified Hawaiian ukulele, inspired by the range of musical tastes of its players, and shaped by the land and culture of Hawai’i, Kanekoa has discovered a land of limitless musical possibility.

www.kanekoaband.com
www.facebook.com/kanekoamusic