Suwannee Hulaween is one of the best and largest festivals that I’ve attended every year since 2015 and it’s always ‘jam’-packed, led by its main headliner The String Cheese Incident who typically perform six sets over the festival duration. Here’s how the the organizers describe it – Since its inceptionContinue Reading

Lotus is one of my all time favorite bands, and consistently put out terrific albums. They’re in the group of bands that are great to listen to and also live.  Last year, the departure of long-time lead guitarist, Mike Rempel, gave fans pause for concern. However, the quick pick upContinue Reading is super stoked to be able to attend the inaugural Sacred Rose Festival this weekend, August 26-28th, just outside of Chicago. It’s a unique setting for a festival, on the grounds of a large soccer stadium, but outside on a field with three stages plus one stage inside forContinue Reading

In the 1960s, we had the “British Invasion” of rock bands into the United States. Now we have the influx of “British Funk” often capturing the sounds of the 60s and 70s in a compelling way for today’s scene.  The groups include The New Mastersounds, Haggis Horns, Filthy Six, TheContinue Reading


Lettuce is a very special band. They blaze new trails in funk yet never forget their roots and pay homage to all their funk forefathers. Unify is their latest album, the third in the trilogy following Elevate and Resonate and it may be their best yet.  Each song is anContinue Reading

Spring in Atlanta is a huge festival season with 420 Fest, Candler Park Festival, Atlanta Jazz Festival, Afropunk Festival and small neighborhood festivals on different weekends.  All pre-dated the pandemic and have mostly been on hiatus until this year.  The second annual Lost Art Music Festival is coming up JuneContinue Reading

After a two-year hiatus, it’s great to have the Candler Park Music Festival (CPMF) back in its traditional early-June slot.  The lineup for this year’s festival is eclectic with something for everyone ands strong from top to bottom.  This festival originated as smallish, neighborhood event and has evolved into anContinue Reading

Stoked to be heading back to the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) for the third edition of the Suwannee Rising Festival which debuted in 2019. Rising has established itself as a premier mid-sized event kicking off the season in early spring in what many have described as the mostContinue Reading

Forget about Seattle grunge — the new deal is Seattle funk and soul. Three of my favorite ‘new’ bands are from the Emerald City, Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio, Polyrhythmics and The Dip! The Dip just released their third full length album Sticking With It and it’s a winner. I firstContinue Reading

I  just had a magical experience attending six recording sessions of Empire Central, Snarky Puppy’s next album likely due out in late 2022. For those unaware, Snarky Puppy is a 4-time Grammy-winning instrumental ‘band’ playing jazz, funk, world, fusion or any genre music that was formed at the University ofContinue Reading