Zach Brock is the greatest jazz fusion violinist since Jean-Luc Ponty, hands down. Zach is a long-time member of the world-jazz-funk-fusion band Snarky Puppy and its only violinist. One of his long-time heroes and influences is Jean-Luc and he really has become the standard bearer for this generation! Dirtz MindzContinue Reading

Suwannee Hulaween always has one of the deepest lineups of any major jam festival. I’ve attended every year since 2015 always enjoy its main headliner The String Cheese Incident who typically perform six sets over the festival duration. Here’s the organizers description – Since its inception in 2013, the Halloween-themedContinue Reading

Snarky Puppy’s EMPIRE CENTRAL is one of the most anticipated, absolutely amazing album to be produced in my lifetime!  I was fortunate to be at the recording sessions (see link) and that was a life-changing experience! Now, just six months later, the ensemble’s latest masterstroke is released. The two discsContinue Reading

The New Mastersounds have long been one of my favorite bands recorded and live. The pandemic put both of those on hold for nearly three years – the last time I saw them was exactly three years ago at Terminal West in Atlanta. NMS from Leeds, England, have been aroundContinue Reading

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