16 7 / 2014

Singer/Songwriter Adds Tour Dates with Girls Guns And Glory


(BOSTON, MASS.) - She’s been Boston’s singing sweetheart for the past few years as part of Sarah Borges & the Broken Singles. But, now, the singer-songwriter is claiming that title of her own as she readies the release of her new solo record, Radio Sweetheart.

The 10-track album, set for release on June 24 via Booneville, Kentucky-based Lonesome Day Records, is a return to self for the artist. “I wrote songs that felt important to me. Before, I had a lot of co-writes, so a lot of opinions in the mix, and this time I was able to think of just what I wanted. It was scary and freeing at the same time,” says Borges, who Rolling Stone magazine describes as “friendly pop–rock with bits of twang, rockabilly, and ‘50 pop.”

One song in particular, “Radio Sweetheart,” was a track that always held a special place in her musical heart, but never had a home until now. “I wrote that song when I was really young, just out of college. For me, it was this version of my childhood self and very personal - it just didn’t feel right to record with the Broken Singles. But, now, it means a lot to have it on my new record,” says the Taunton, Mass.-born artist.

Radio Sweetheart was the perfect title of her new album as well as it represents her newfound optimism as she embarks on a solo career. “I titled the album Radio Sweetheart out of hopefulness about this record. I decided to call myself the radio sweetheart in hope that it comes true,” she admits.

The album was recorded at Woolly Mammoth Sound, which is owned by Dave Minehan, singer/guitarist of Boston rockers Neighborhoods as well as guitar player for the Replacements. Minehan also engineered the album while Steve Berlin, who played saxophone and keyboards with Los Lobos for 30 years, produced the record, which features a few very special guests - NRBQ’s Terry Adams and Lone Justice’s Ryan Hedgecock.

“I’m a huge fan of NRBQ and we sort of checked a chord from their song, ‘Ridin’ in My Car’ on my song, ‘The Waiting and the Worry.’ So it was an honor to have their piano player Terry Adams play on it. When I’m writing songs I always like to think of how it’ll play live and this is one I really like to perform. It makes people happy. Lyrically, it tells the story of a girl driving in the car, listening to music, and thinking about a boy,” she says.

Another standout track is “Record on Repeat,” which was written with another special guest - Ryan Hedgecock of Lone Justice. “This is the closest to the live show out of the all of the songs. It has lots of energy. I went over to Ryan’s house when I was out in L.A. one night. His band, Lone Justice, was instrumental in mixing punk and country, and I am so enamored of them and him. We drank some tequila and ended up writing this song that’s just a vignette of a rock and roll; fast girl and guy get together in a burst of flames, personified in the record they can’t stop listening to. It was a really fun and natural writing experience,” she says.

Along with her famous friends, her fans helped Radio Sweetheart along as well. “We did a crowd-funding campaign and within one month, I received more than 150 percent of the money I needed. I couldn’t believe it. Donations would come in and there’d be $1,000 from someone I didn’t know, and donations from China. Holy cow!” she says.

Borges will be touring for most the year with many shows featuring label-mates Girls, Guns, and Glory’s Chris Hersch (guitar), Paul Dilley (bass), and Josh Kiggans (drums) as her backing band.

June 14, Bull Run, Shirley, MA
July 3, Natalie’s, Worthington, OH
July 4, The Livery 4th of July Show, Benton Harbor, MI
July 11, Black Potatoe Music Festival, Clinton, NJ
July 18, Hungry Tiger, Manchester, CT

More dates to be announced…

02 7 / 2014

“COLOURS” CURRENTLY #27 ON MEDIABASE AC CHART; ADDED ON SIRIUS XM “THE BLEND” CHANNEL

  

 

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LOS ANGELES, Calif. – June 26, 2014 – Billboard charting singer/songwriter Margo Rey has released an intimate new music video to accompany her latest moving single, “Colours,” her most personal and emotional song yet after major chart success at AC Radio with “Let The Rain,” “Between Us,” “Tempted,” and her Top 5 Holiday classic, “This Holiday Night,” Margo continues to climb the AC Radio charts. The video was directed by AlecZero and produced by StereoZzilla Productions.

“Colours” takes you on a personal journey with moving lyrics written by Margo herself and music by Margo and Barrett Yeretsian. “I am not afraid, I know how to be brave, in the best and worst of days, my colours never fade, impossible they say…”

A simple yet empowering song that describes overcoming any obstacles and gaining confidence in yourself to not care about what or who may bring you down, “Colours” sends a message to encourage listeners to believe in themselves. In the minimal music video, we see Margo playing a grand piano in a studio belting out the meaningful lyrics.

Following her latest CD release, “Habit” and successfully battling breast cancer for a second time in 2013, Margo hasn’t stopped pursuing her music. Margo recently became the National Ambassador for non-profit organization Brides Against Breast Cancer providing her top 20 Billboard charting song, “Let The Rain”, co-written by legendary John Oates as their theme song.

The Indie Music Digest quotes, “Margo Rey’s musical/vocal style is cut from the cloth of Celine Dion, Bonnie Raitt and Shania Twain but I will add she can go toe to toe with any of them vocally.”

12 6 / 2014

 

“I believe the world is hungry to hear songs about love. Enough about bad romance and hate and war. Music should be easy on the ear.”

Entering into the music world with a devastating heartbreak, the incomparable Roxanna penned “Unforgotten,” a sorrowful but soulful song, threaded with hope for tomorrow. “That song was my therapy,” Roxanna notes. “It just poured out of me, and helped me believe all of this happened for a reason.”

With the introduction to Exotica, lead single “Close Your Eyes” takes you on a personal journey with its dramatic storyline and emotional lyrics, Roxanna’s heartfelt message is strongly emphasized by the elegance of her gorgeous vocals.  “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, after every storm there is a rainbow, just an overall hope in the end.”

Roxanna believes, “Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It’s all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty.” Roxanna’s world of experience is translated through her passion for music and songwriting. She was born in Iran in the midst of an ongoing war with Iraq. As a child, she turned to music for balance and tranquility, religiously mimicking the English-language songs of Olivia Newton-John.

After traveling the world and experiencing both heartbreak and love, Roxanna has teamed up with the best in the industry to release Exotica, a collection of stories that are universal and inspiring.

Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric as relatable to whomever will take a listen with the intention to always spread love and healing through her romantic songs and stories.  It was while studying to be a nurse that Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer. When he was released, the man’s father said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.” With that, she realized that music, like medicine is a great healer and it was then hat she realized she needed to pursue signing as a career.

For her full-length album, she contacted well-known producer Mark Portmann credited with working with Julio Iglesias, Barbra Streisand, and Christina Aguilera. It was her rendition of Aguilera’s “Lift Me Up” that convinced Portmann to bring Roxanna under his wing. And what spawned from their collaboration was Exotica, a seamless, mastered mix of adult contemporary, classic pop, and world music.

Listening through the album, you’ll be taken on a journey of love … from the first moment of flirtation to the confidence you find with everlasting love.

Featuring a string of romantic songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” and Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello”. 

11 6 / 2014

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“I am a fun loving, live life to the fullest individual, who always sees the glass as half full and firmly believes in the motto “nothing ventured, nothing gained.”

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – June 11, 2014 – Triple threat talent Carl Thornton debuts the perfect summer dance anthem that will inspire and ignite the clubs with his debut single, “Get Up!” From the opening notes, one can hear a melodic and irresistible drive with an electrifying and pulsating beat that entices you to move with unabashed joy until the song is over.

After traveling the world and performing professionally 

for ten years, Carl has not lost sight of his goals from an early age where he vowed that singing was what he was destined to do. “Get Up!” is the very first song Carl has written where he confidently steps out as an artist.

Blending velvety, rich vocals, the song is both rhythmic and the flawless mix of pop and electronic music taking inspiration from Usher, Calvin Harris, and Avicii.

“GET UP!” is now available at iTunes, Amazon, and CDbaby.com. Four exclusive remixes will be released soon with an accompanying music video shot at Harlem Gay Pride Parade in June 2014 and will be released later this summer.

11 5 / 2014

LONESOME DAY RECORDS READIES A FULL RELEASE SCHEDULE THROUGH 2015

Silver Bullet Bluegrass: A Tribute to Bob Seger Slated for August

(Booneville, KY) - Lonesome Day Records is having its most prolific year yet with new releases ranging from a star-studded tribute record to blue-collar rocker Bob Seger to bluegrass stars Tim Shelton, Richard Bennett, Jeff Clair, and Jeff Parker to rock singer/songwriter Sarah Borges and more.

            Earlier this year, the Booneville, Kentucky-based label released Boston Music Awards winners Girls Guns And Glory’s Good Luck, in February. Good Luck has recently reached Top 15 on the American Airplay Chart and Top 10 on the Roots Music Report, and has received rave reviews from the press. No Depression recently wrote, “If there is any justice, Good Luck will transform the winners of six Boston Music Awards into a national act,” while The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut called Good Luck ”the band’s finest work.”

          Next on deck is bluegrass artist Richard Bennett’s In The Wind Somewhere, which is due May 27. Bennett’s fifth solo release features Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt), IMBA Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey, celebrated fiddler Ron Stewart, and Sean Lane of the Grammy-nominated band Blue Highway on tenor vocals. The record was recorded at the Lonesome Day Studio Booneville, Kentucky, and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Brandon Bell.

            On June 24, newly signed rock singer/songwriter Sarah Borges will see the release of Radio Sweetheart, her first solo record since disbanding Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. “I’m really proud of this record. I wrote songs that felt important to me. It doesn’t feel like a new me, but it feels like the old me is finally back,” says Borges.

            The finishing touches are being put on Silver Bullet Bluegrass: A Tribute to Bob Seger, which is tentatively slated for an August release. The compilation features many artists on Lonesome Day Records’ roster, as well as American Idol Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice, and singers from the bands Blue Highway, Wildfire, Mountain Heart, the SteelDrivers, and the Boxcars.

            “This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a long time, and it is all bluegrass. One of our goals with this record is to make it very easily recognized as bluegrass, and also very palatable to the bluegrass listener. It is not a ‘hot pickin’ record; the focus is on the songs and the singers, and the arrangements stay fairly true to the originals. These are legitimate versions of great songs that will have some of the best singers in bluegrass contributing to them,” Lonesome Day Records owner Randall Deaton recently told Bluegrass Today.

            Another release eyed for a potential fall release is a new record by bluegrass artist Jeff Clair, which will start production soon under the helm of country singer Gary Nichols of the SteelDrivers. “I met Gary at the bluegrass festival Rudyfest in Kentucky and we kept in touch. I was a big fan of the SteelDrivers and thought Gary was an excellent singer and was happy to get him on the Bob Seger tribute. He had expressed an interest in producing more and asked if I had any artists. I mentioned Jeff so Gary looked him up on YouTube, they had a few conversations and hit it off, and now here we are,” says Deaton.

            Meanwhile, Jeff Parker, a bluegrass music stalwart known for his timeless singing and virtuoso mandolin skills and member of Dailey & Vincent, starts production on his next record on April 28. A fall release is planned.

            Additionally, Tim Shelton, who fronted Newfound Road on Rounder Records for years, will also begin production soon - sometime this summer - with Paul Kolderie (Girls Guns And Glory, Phish’s Mike Gordon) at the helm for an early 2015 release.

Silver Bullet Bluegrass track listing (not final):

1.    Tim Shelton, “Against the Wind”

2.     Girls, Guns and Glory’s Ward Hayden, “Betty Lou’s Getting’ Out Tonight”

3.     Blue Highway’s Tim Stafford, “Even Now”

4.     Wildfire’s Robert Hale, “Feel Like a Number”

5.     Darrell Webb, “Long Twin Silver Line”

6.     Mountain Heart’s Josh Shilling, “Mainstreet”

7.     Larry Cordle, “Night Moves”

8.     Bo Bice, “Ramblin’ Gambling Man”

9.     Jeff Clair, “Roll Me Away”

10.   The SteelDrivers’ Gary Nichols, “Turn the Page”

11.   Jeff Parker, “We’ve Got Tonight”

12.   The Boxcars’ Keith Garrett, “You’ll Accomp’ny Me”

11 5 / 2014

BLUEGRASS ARTIST JEFF CLAIR TAKES ON ROCKER BOB SEGER

Touring Continues in Support of His Critically-Acclaimed, They Called Him Jesus

Set to Go Back Into Studio With Gary Nichols For New Album

(Booneville, Kentucky) - As Lonesome Day Records bluegrass artist Jeff Clair continues to crisscross America on tour in support of his latest release, They Called Him Jesus, the Kentucky-bred artist has taken time out of his busy schedule to record a Bob Seger classic for a forthcoming tribute album to the Silver Bullet man.

Clair’s contribution to Silver Bullet Bluegrass, which will be released on Lonesome Day Records later this year, is the track, “Roll Me Away” from Seger’s 1982 album “The Distance.” The album is in its final stages of production and also features contributions from Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart), Tim Shelton, Jeff Parker, Keith Garrett (The Boxcars), and Ward Hayden, the singer of Lonesome Day Records rockers Girls Guns And Glory.

"This is a very tasteful tribute that will showcase Seger’s songs, as well as the great voices that are in bluegrass," says Lonesome Day Records owner Randall Deaton, who founded the label in 2002. As for Clair’s track, the artist says,"I’m excited to be part of Silver Bullet Bluegrass. Bob Seger is such an icon in the music industry and to be asked to do ‘Roll Me Away’ on the tribute is a big honor. Seger has such a unique voice and his music is a departure from the straight ahead bluegrass that I have done in the past but I was glad for the challenge and Randall’s confidence in my ability to expand into other genres. ”

Clair is also getting ready to start work on a new record that will be produced by Muscle Shoals native and former Mercury Records artist Gary Nichols (The Steel Drivers). Brought together by Randall, who has known Clair since he was 13 years old and who met Nichols at Rudyfest about a year ago.  He notes “I was wearing a Sun Records T-shirt and Gary thought that was unusual for a bluegrass festival. He came over and we started talking.” Nichols, backed by The Steel Drivers band, also contributed a song to Silver Bullet Bluegrass.

Of the artist’s musical direction, Randall says, “Jeff’s on a mission to make bluegrass music with lyrical content that is more relevant to society today than what is found in a lot of bluegrass music. Jeff is from Eastern Kentucky and can relate to the lyrical content of traditional bluegrass songs because he grew up in the culture, but he also knows that if you are going to connect with people today you have to sing about topics that they can relate to.”

Bluegrass Today.com has been singing the artist’s praises as well, describing “They Called Him Jesus” as “soulful, old-style bluegrass music.”

"When I set out to make this CD, I wanted to make a CD that included both classic songs and some new material but I wanted to maintain the traditional sound and I think we were able to accomplish that with this album. The title cut is an original that I wrote just prior to recording the album and there are cuts from, Ozzie Thorpe, Tom T. and Dixie Hall, Bob Gilbert, Judy Marshall, Larry Sparks and others," Clair told Bluegrass Today.

Clair’s bluegrass roots run deep. As a child, his father would take him to concerts in Jackson, Kentucky, where he’s from, and introduced him to such greats as Larry Sparks, Dave Evans, Ralph Stanley, and Sam Wilson. “I grew up listening to this style of bluegrass and when I started performing on my own, naturally I played a style that is heavily influenced by these artists,” he told the publication.

When Clair isn’t busy making music or touring, he volunteers his time and talent with the Appalachian Service Project (ASP), an organization which benefits low income families in the Appalachia area, including repairing homes and improving the living conditions of those less fortunate.

"Appalachian Service Project provides a great service to the people in our region and they should be commended for it," explains Clair, who has been volunteering for 15 years. "Providing an educational concert for the volunteers is my way of thanking them for all they have done to help the people of Appalachia. In addition to making lifelong friends and meeting thousands of people we have had the opportunity to present bluegrass and traditional music to an audience that may have not heard this style of music otherwise. Many of the volunteers come from hundreds of miles away and I’m glad we had the opportunity to introduce all of them to bluegrass music and bring in new fans for the music."

Jeff Clair tour dates (more to be announced):

March 29, Clay City, KY, Meadowgreen Park Music Hall

April 3, Hazard, KY, Coal River Grille

April 12, Vest, KY, Beckham Combs Community Center

June 7, Hallie, KY, Line Fork Community Center

June 20, Cedar Bluff, VA, Southwest Virginia Community College

June 21, Beattyville, KY, private party

14 4 / 2014

“I believe the world is hungry to hear songs about love. Enough about bad romance and hate and war. Music should be easy on the ear.”

Entering into the music world with a devastating heartbreak, the incomparable Roxanna penned “Unforgotten,” a sorrowful but soulful song, threaded with hope for tomorrow. “That song was my therapy,” Roxanna notes. “It just poured out of me, and helped me believe all of this happened for a reason.”

With the introduction to Exotica, lead single “Close Your Eyes” takes you on a personal journey with its dramatic storyline and emotional lyrics, Roxanna’s heartfelt message is strongly emphasized by the elegance of her gorgeous vocals.  “There is a light at the end of the tunnel, after every storm there is a rainbow, just an overall hope in the end.”

Roxanna believes, “Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It’s all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty.” Roxanna’s world of experience is translated through her passion for music and songwriting. She was born in Iran in the midst of an ongoing war with Iraq. As a child, she turned to music for balance and tranquility, religiously mimicking the English-language songs of Olivia Newton-John.

After traveling the world and experiencing both heartbreak and love, Roxanna has teamed up with the best in the industry to release Exotica, a collection of stories that are universal and inspiring.

Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric as relatable to whomever will take a listen with the intention to always spread love and healing through her romantic songs and stories.  It was while studying to be a nurse that Roxanna witnessed first hand the healing power of music. Roxanna sang each night to a young man battling cancer. When he was released, the man’s father said to her, “My son is better because of the way you sang to him.” With that, she realized that music, like medicine is a great healer and it was then hat she realized she needed to pursue signing as a career.

For her full-length album, she contacted well-known producer Mark Portmann credited with working with Julio Iglesias, Barbra Streisand, and Christina Aguilera. It was her rendition of Aguilera’s “Lift Me Up” that convinced Portmann to bring Roxanna under his wing. And what spawned from their collaboration was Exotica, a seamless, mastered mix of adult contemporary, classic pop, and world music.

Listening through the album, you’ll be taken on a journey of love … from the first moment of flirtation to the confidence you find with everlasting love.

Featuring a string of romantic songs including new renditions of The Hollies 1972 hit song, “The Air That I Breathe,” and Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello”. 

14 4 / 2014

Preview two tracks from In The Wind Somewhere with these links to streaming music.

Advance hard copies of the album are available upon request.

            It’s one thing for an artist to feel like his latest musical endeavor is his best, but when you’re a music veteran with a mile-long resume, decades of recording and performing experience, critical acclaim, and more recordings than one can count, it’s quite a statement to say, “This is my favorite record I’ve ever done.”

            Such is the case with bluegrass star Richard Bennett of his forthcoming new release, In The Wind Somewhere, which is due May 27 via Kentucky-based Lonesome Day Records. “It just feels good,” says Bennett of his fifth solo release.

            Lonesome Day Records owner Randall Deaton couldn’t agree more. “I think this is Richard’s strongest work of his career,” says Deaton. “And it was recorded in an old fashioned way where all four of the musicians sat in the same room with no headphones and just played music.  Each take had to be just right because there was no going back and fixing.”

            On In The Wind Somewhere, Bennett skillfully mixes his considerable traditional bluegrass chops with songs that expand and transcend the genre in an exciting contemporary fashion. “I want to let the people hear something new,” he says.

           Joining the singer/songwriter/guitarist on In The Wind Somewhere are a group of stellar musicians, including Mark Schatz (Nickel Creek, Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt), IMBA Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey, celebrated fiddler Ron Stewart, and Sean Lane of the Grammy-nominated band Blue Highway on tenor vocals. The record was recorded at the Lonesome Day Studio Booneville, Kentucky, and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Brandon Bell.

  

            The album features a graceful and affecting take on Sting’s “Fields of Gold,” a jazz-inflected solo instrumental version of the Beatles’ “Yesterday,” and a spry and swinging Appalachian mountain-flavored cover of the Marshall Tucker Band song “Fire on the Mountain.” On his version of Tom Paxton’s folk classic “The Last Thing on My Mind,” his long-time pal and acoustic guitar icon, Tony Rice, enriched Bennett’s luminous double flat-picking.

            Elsewhere on the album, Bennett epitomizes the soul of old-school bluegrass on “Stronger Every Day,” harks back to the Celtic folk roots of American country, folk and mountain music on “Georgie,” renews the newgrass revolution of the 1970s on a take of folk music heroine Kate Wolf’s “Across the Great Divide,” and musically summons up the swirling forces of nature on his self-penned opening title track. The album is deliciously capped by a sublime reading of bluegrass pioneer Bill Monroe’s landmark song “Wayfaring Stranger” on which Bennett and Rice engage in breathtaking guitar interplay (as they also do on the hidden track that follows, “Home Sweet Home”).

 

About Richard Bennett: Richard Bennett hails from Johnson City, Tennessee. A strong and versatile guitarist, he performed with his own band, Richard Bennett Band late ’70s thru late ’80s era. He joined as the lead singer and guitar player for J.D. Crowe and New South 1990 thru 1995 and is included on several of the recordings during this time, including their Grammy award winning record, Flashback.  1996 thru 1997 found him with Lou Reid and Carolina. In 1998, Richard branched out with the trio featuring Jimmy Guadreau and Mike Aldridge where he remained for four years.  One of his most prominent jobs was filling in for Tony Rice in The Tony Rice Unit and The Bluegrass Album Band from the mid to late ’90s. Along the way, Richard has released four solo albums and has worked with the most esteemed acts in bluegrass and country/folk music.

About Lonesome Day Records: Randall Deaton as a family-run business started Lonesome Day Records in 2002. The name Lonesome Day Records was chosen from the title of a Bruce Springsteen song from the album The Rising. Randall grew up on a small farm in Kentucky instilled with a strong work ethic and a passion for music that has kept him rockin’ for the past 20 years. Playing in bands throughout high school and college, he earned a degree in business administration and a minor in political science while wielding a guitar and mandolin. Fifteen years ago he turned his attention towards audio engineering and converted an old church into his temple - a recording studio. That studio has since expanded and spawned Lonesome Day Records which has released top-ranking records for the likes of Ralph Stanley II, Larry Cordle, and Fred Eaglesmith among other prolific artists from bluegrass to country.

01 4 / 2014

March 27, 2014 (Los Angeles, CA) Canadian singer-songwriter Roxanna will make her debut performance of her album “Exotica,” at the beautiful Vibiana Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles on April 9 with special guest and Grammy® award winning vocalist Jon Secada.

Following Roxanna’s recently released singles “Close Your Eyes” and her rendition of Lionel Richie’s 1984 smash hit, “Hello,” Roxanna will be showcasing an exclusive stunning performance backed my flamenco musicians at this private event.

Joining forces with Mark Portmann who is known for his work with artists such as Michael Buble, Barbara Streisand and world-renowned jazz trumpeter, Chris Botti who appears on the track single, “Hello.”  Roxanna will make this special CD Release performance the perfect introduction for her upcoming album to be released on April 29.

 As a nurse and as a healer Roxanna is determined to craft every song and lyric to be universally relatable. “Music should bring pleasure, it should be elegant and relaxing. It’s all about friendship, pleasure, romance, love and beauty.”

 Last week, Roxanna’s single, “Close Your Eyes,” reached #37 on the Medabase Chart and her video for “Close Your Eyes,” was featured on the MTVu program and beat out the competition to win for most votes.

 Doors for Roxanna’s private event will open at 7:00pm with a cocktail reception with the performance starting at 8:00pm.

Roxanna links: Website - Facebook - Twitter - YouTube

29 3 / 2014

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(Houston, TX - March 24, 2014) - Houston Mayor Annise Parker’s challenge to cultivate a new cultural plan for Houston has been accepted by the The Art Colony Association, Producer of the Bayou City Art Festivals. This year, the organization will present a new, expanded main stage on the Bayou City Art Festival site; The 2014 unLimited Stage will host stellar acts from Blues to Adult Contemporary to Rock and Roll.  The festival will run from March 28th through March 30th, and mark the biggest ever endeavor to date, with over 400 artists from 19 different art mediums presenting their work.  For tickets go to: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bayou-city-art-festival-memorial-park-2014-tickets-8464855611

The inclusion of a larger music stage with nationally renowned musicians like blues legend Marcia Ball and billboard chart topper Margo Rey will complement the cosmopolitan offerings of the festival, which has grown in the last 43 years to be one of the top ten juried art festivals in the United States.

On Saturday, March 29th,  Margo Rey will treat the festival goers to her own brand of adult contemporary music, including her hit songs “Let the Rain,” written with John Oates,  and “Habit.”  Preceding Margo Rey will be South Texas Bluesman Reno Perez, John Lennon Songwriting Contest Winner Shawn Pander, and violinist Omar Lopez.

Marcia Ball’s special performance on Sunday March 30th comes after a run of concerts from Hawaii to Europe.  The Boston Globe described her music as “an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues.” Preceding Ball is Hell Bent featuring bluesman Johnny Nicholas with 5-time Grammy winner and steel guitar Hall of Famer Cindy Cashdollar.

Closing the festival on Sunday will be The Soul Supporters featuring Barbara Lynn, the left-handed guitar player who’s song “You’ll Lose a Good Thing” was a number 1 US  Billboard R&B chart hit and Top 10 Billboard Hot 100 hit.  Her songs have been recorded by the likes of Aretha Franklin and Freddy Fender, and sampled by Moby.  Barbara Lynn was awarded a Pioneer Award by the Rhythm and Blues Foundation.

SCHEDULE:

FRIDAY 28 MARCH

12:00pm Guillermo Serpas

 1:30pm Cliff DeMarks

 2:45pm Merry Miller

 4:00pm Heartstrings


SATURDAY 29 MARCH

12:00pm Omar Lopez

 1:30pm Shawn Pander

 2:45pm Reno Perez

 4:15pm Margo Rey

SUNDAY 30 MARCH

12:00pm Festival Award Announcements: Artists

ACA STEAM: Microsoft Middle School Art Competition Winners

ACA STEAM: Emerging Artists High School Public Art Exhibition Winners

12:15pm Lauren Silva

 1:30pm Hell Bent featuring Johnny Nicholas and Cindy Cashdollar

 2:45pm Marcia Ball

 4:15pm The Soul Supporters with Barbara Lynn Joining

 5:15pm Barbara Lynn


About Bayou City Art Festival:

Established in 1972, the Art Colony Association (ACA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to producing high quality art festivals and events to provide financial support to local non-profit partners. Over the past 40 years, the Art Colony Association, producer of Bayou City Art Festival Memorial Park in the spring and Bayou City Art Festival Downtown in the fall, has raised more than $35 million for local non-profit programs. The Festivals are funded in part by grants from the City of Houston through Houston Arts Alliance. 
Visit www.bayoucityartfestival.com for more information.