Musicians Rock To Restore A Smile

by David Sepulveda | Aug 24, 2016 8:04 am

DAVID SEPULVEDA PHOTOS The sun was still shining brightly and the music a little softer when a series of musical artists began working their magic at Crown Street’s Stella Blues bar, volunteering their time and talent to help restore the smile of 29-year-old Heather Moffitt, whose face was partially paralyzed after the removal of a large brain tumor last year.

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Until Her Body Breaks

by Lucy Gellman | Aug 18, 2016 8:09 am

“Babe I know you’ll be so bad for me / bad for me / bad for me / bad / But you make me so / weak in the / weak in the weak in the knees,” Olive Tiger’s Shannon Kiley sings on the first track of Until My Body Breaks, her vocals coming in steely and sensuous over violin that’s easy to get lost in. “Can’t you see what you / do to me / do to me / every time that I find myself / find myself / find myself / within you?” 

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Ninth Square Jams Out

by Lucy Gellman | Aug 17, 2016 3:00 pm

A haphazard group of friends who met through Musical Intervention had settled well into their last Tuesday Open Mic jam of the summer when they got a welcome surprise: 18-month-old Noah Suggs toddled into the frame.

Suggs was eyeing the guitars at center stage, steadying himself as he made it over an orange-and-black nest of cables to the center of a tent where the band was gathered. On guitar, Adam Christoferson grinned as Noah came closer. Instinctively, he lowered a mic, and then unhooked it, passing it from its stand into Noah’s outstretched, willing hands.

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Wess Meets West Blooms On “Audiotree”

by Brian Slattery | Aug 17, 2016 8:24 am

Guitarist Nick Robinson’s feet are grounded when he starts playing a hopeful riff, gritty and warm, suggesting a vast musical space around him. He gives drummer Andy Porta an affirming nod, and Porta responds, counting in the rest of the band with his hi-hat.

Then “64 Bristol,” the first song on Wess Meets West’s latest release, Audiotree Live, explodes.

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Funky Dawgz Stay Cool By Turning Up The Heat

by Brian Slattery | Aug 16, 2016 12:13 pm

Brian Slattery Photo The trumpets and saxes for Funky Dawgz Brass Band swung into their sound check on the lawn of Mitchell Library before the trombones even arrived. About 15 seconds into it, one of the bone players strolled up, calmly took his horn out of its case, assumed his position in the band, and came in hot, sounding like he’d arrived right when he was supposed to.

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