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The Brotherhood of Bluegrass

The Gibson Brothers at Red Clay Music Foundry on February 27, 2015

The Gibson Brothers have won so many awards it would be ridiculous to name them all here. Suffice to say, if you had to choose to hear only one bluegrass band perform live in your entire life (and what a sad choice that would be -- only one!), then this would be the band. On a night when three-...

Akron Sound Remains Strong With Sarah & Jayson Benn

Shivering Timbers at Music Box Supper Club on February 28, 2015

Patrons of the Music Box venue packed the main floor’s Supper Club to hear Shivering Timbers, another little band from Akron, Ohio, with two polished entertaining sets Saturday night as part of the club’s Lucky Seven Concert Series. Although the husband and wife team of lead singer/upright bass...

Olivia Chaney: A Little Renaissance Thrown In

Olivia Chaney at The Dakota Tavern on February 10, 2015

Anyone who mixes a little Monteverdi with a harmonium and Joni Mitchell is guaranteed to get my attention; when that person is a compelling, adventurous young performer, I’m sold. Olivia Chaney played to a transformed Dakota earlier this month, a rare treat for a North American audience anxious to...

Circle of the Song: A Fine Collaboration

Circle of the Song at Club Passim on February 22, 2015

Featuring Seth Walker, Ed Jurdi, Edward David Anderson. Collaborations like The Circle of the Song, featuring Seth Walker, Edward Davis Anderson, and Ed Jurdi, are becoming increasingly common. And, judging by this show, that is a very good thing. Take several musicians who approach music...

The Brotherhood of Bluegrass

The Gibson Brothers at Red Clay Music Foundry on February 27, 2015

Akron Sound Remains Strong With Sarah & Jayson Benn

Shivering Timbers at Music Box Supper Club on February 28, 2015

Olivia Chaney: A Little Renaissance Thrown In

Olivia Chaney at The Dakota Tavern on February 10, 2015

Circle of the Song: A Fine Collaboration

Circle of the Song at Club Passim on February 22, 2015

They Are Not Done

John & Jacob at 3rd & Lindsley on February 22, 2015

Julie Doiron: 'Sweeter' in Vancouver

Julie Doiron at Biltmore Cabaret on February 22, 2015

Working Man: Colin Hay

Colin Hay at City Winery on February 17, 2015

Shemekia Copeland Rocks the Valentine Blues

Shemekia Copeland at Music Box Supper Club on February 15, 2015

Storm Warnings and Sweet Thangs

Turbo Fruits at 3rd & Lindsley on February 15, 2015