'Winter Jam In The Ham' Boasts Exciting Lineup For December 22nd December 4, 2017 01:49
Photo by Craig Baird: Home Team Photography
One of Birmingham's most exciting annual traditions, Jam In The Ham, is scheduled to return even earlier than expected this holiday season. The one-day music festival, which began in the summer of 2015, has become a staple in the Birmingham jam/electronic music scene over the past three years. Live & Listen is thrilled to announce that our friends at Big Friendly Productions will introduce the inaugural Winter Jam In The Ham on Friday, December 22nd at Zydeco.
Jam in the Ham is an annual music and arts festival in Birmingham, AL celebrating local music and art. For the first time the festival is adding a winter concert featuring local and regional favorites CBDB, Winston Ramble, Modern Measure, Space Phunk Express, Moglee, Chark, and Party Matrix. Zydeco will host two stages with a ski/mountain theme. Production will be provided by Big Friendly Productions. The local production company will be providing sound, lighting, and LED video for the event. The show will be presented by Live & Listen, Zydeco, Jam in the Ham, and Big Friendly Productions.
General Admission tickets are $15 in advance and $20 day of show. Doors at 8pm. 18 and up. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by clicking here. Stay tuned in to all of the latest updates by joining the official Facebook event page. See below for a taste of what you can expect from this year's lineup!
Watch CBDB perform "Ground Score" with Kyle Hollingsworth of The String Cheese Incident here:
Watch Winston Ramble perform "Miss You" at WorkPlay here:
Watch Modern Measure's official music video for "Riddle" here:
Watch the official Winter Jam In The Ham promo video here:
The 3rd Annual 'Jam In The Ham' Returns To Birmingham On June 24th June 15, 2017 12:42
Fans of the southern jam scene are in for a real treat next weekend, as the 3rd Annual 'Jam In The Ham' returns to Birmingham's ZYDECO on Saturday, June 24th. While the ever evolving Birmingham music scene has attracted many major national acts this summer, Jam In The Ham prides itself on featuring a lineup stacked with premier regional talent. Local favorites Little Raine Band and Winston Ramble sit atop of the lineup, which also features dynamic performances from Dirty Girl, Soul Mechanic, Space Phunk Express, and LilBigJack.
Live & Listen is a proud supporter of Jam In The Ham, and as a part of this year's promotion, we are giving away a few pairs of tickets to the event. In order to enter the contest, you must 'like' Jam In The Ham on Facebook (click here), share this post on our Facebook page (click here), and tag a friend on in the comments on our Facebook page. Make sure your Facebook settings are set to public, so we can see your share on our end. We will announce the winners at 3:00 PM on Friday, June 23rd.
In addition to the ticket giveaway, our friends at Avondale Guitar & Music are giving away a Les Paul electric guitar autographed by all artists playing at Jam in the Ham 2017 to one lucky pre sale ticket buyer (click here to purchase). The more tickets you buy, the better your chances to win. A winner will be announced Saturday, June 24th on the Jam in the Ham Facebook event page. The giveaway is presented by Avondale Guitar and Music. Their grand opening is Monday, June 19th. Check out their great inventory of guitars, amps, pedals, and make sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram!
Beck Hall of Avondale Guitar & Music
Jam in the Ham is a one-day celebration of local entertainment taking place annually at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on Saturday June 24th. For more info on the event and to purchase tickets, click here. See below to view the event schedule and learn more about this year's lineup!
Watch Little Raine Band perfom "Terrapin Station" at last year's Jam In The Ham here:
Watch Winston Ramble perform "Miss You" at WorkPlay with special guests Davis Little & Daniel Raine here:
Listen to Soul Mechanic's recent single "Space Kitty" here:
Watch Dirty Girl perform "Worlds Closing In" (Tiny Desk Submission) here:
Listen to Space Phunk Express jam on "Shakedown Street" here:
Jammin' In The Ham with Kyle Holly & Charlie Thornton of Modern Measure June 2, 2016 23:23
Photo by Taylor Wallace: iWally Photography
Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
As we prepare for the upcoming weekend at Jam In The Ham at Zydeco in Birmingham, we are sitting down with several of this year's performers to learn a little more about this year's lineup. Next up is Kyle Holly and Charlie Thornton of Modern Measure, a wildly talented electronic duo you don't want to miss out on. Modern Measure is scheduled to perform on Friday night at 1:00 AM.
Modern Measure is a hybrid electronic project like none other. Infusing live organic instrumentation with artfully crafted music production is what sets them apart. Modern Measure was formed in the musical hotbed of Atlanta, GA in 2013. Coming off of sold out performances at Terminal West in ATL, to touring nationally all across the United States, Modern Measure stays true to art and music. Kyle Holly (Live Drums/Music Production) and Charlie Thornton (Bass Guitar, Music Production) keep the party up at all times. Taking inspiration from around the world, along with Electronica, Hip Hop, Rap, Funk, and Rock influences, it all blends meticulously.
In just a short time, Modern Measure has shared the stage with friends and renowned artists such as STS9, Big Gigantic, The Disco Biscuits, ZOOGMA, Manic Focus, The Floozies, The New Deal, and Turbo Suit. With the help of their label, 1320Records, they continue to push the bar releasing original material, alongside remixes from very respected artists that continually inspire the band.
Modern Measure has performed at music festivals across the country such as Camp Bisco, Suwannee Hulaween, North Coast Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, Summer Set Music Festival, Counterpoint Music Festival, and Euphoria Music Festival just to name a few. Get familiar, get comfortable, and lock yourselves in. Modern Measure is a name you will continue to see in music for years to come.
Much has happened since the formation of Modern Measure in Atlanta in 2013. Your sound continues to evolve, with a tremendous amount of music coming from just two guys. How do you guys go about creating original music in such a unique way?
Kyle: We really are inspired by everything. We take influences from different points in our lives and translate it into what we're producing. Charlie will start a track, or I will start a track, and we'll just go with it. As time has progressed, we have collected a lot of instruments and samples that's helping the production grow tremendously.
Charlie: We tend to start tracks individually in Ableton and bounce ideas back and forth. After working in the studio on the last record, the approach to our production is changing and growing. We are trying to start doing more in studio production and conceptualize the next album.
Let's talk about the first full-length Modern Measure album, Epicenter, due out this Friday (June 3rd). How long has this collection of songs been in the works, and how has the recording process differed from your past experiences in the studio?
Kyle: We started producing the tracks really in depth fall of 2015. We got Montage and Riddle about 80% done in November, and started to test them out in the sets at our live shows. We were on tour with STS9 at that point in time, so those crowds really dug the melodic elements of those particular tracks. We decided in January of this year to go Muscle Shoals to record at the old Muscle Shoals Sound Studios, now known as Cypress Moon Productions. It was a 3 day long affair and we spent the night inside Studio A doing as much work as we could. We hadn't really done anything like that until that point. It was a total lock in. It was a lot of fun.
Charlie: Everything before now has been produced from home or from one our practice spaces that we have had. These are the first tracks we had help recording and producing the acoustic drums. Behind The Light had drums but we produced them ourselves. We also added bass guitar this time around. We plan to keep expanding these live elements. We will be adding saxophone to some of the newest stuff as I have brought that to the stage for almost a year now.
Watch Modern Measure's official music video for "Riddle" here:
As the Modern Measure's demand continues to grow, the schedule will only get busier. Have your touring plans been any different thus far in 2016? How do you go about finding that balance between life on the road and life at home?
Kyle: The balance for me is just music. If we're on the road, we're playing music live. If we're at home, we're working on music. I enjoy being home because it allows me to be able to work on new things. I also enjoy being on the road playing shows and us connecting with people. That's really what it's all about.
Charlie: We are playing some of the same festivals but many different ones than last summer. Sometimes the balance can be tough. Most of my production is done from home or in our studio, so I'm making moves to get my mobile set up optimized so I can produce more on the road. This way we will be able to work on and put out more new material.
We're coming up on this weekend's Jam In The Ham in Birmingham. This two-day festival showcases a great deal of young talent from across Alabama and beyond. While Atlanta is home, you certainly have deep roots in Alabama. What do you feel this lineup says about the current music scene in this region?
Kyle: Alabama is very much home for us as well. Birmingham is one of our favorite cities to play to be completely honest. There's an energy there right now, and we've felt it the last three or four times we've played. I think the lineup is great, and showcases multiple genres that kind of quenches everyone's thirst musically. I'm excited to catch Daily Bread again. He's a great producer.
Charlie: Birmingham is still like a home to me as I went to school there and have many friends in the area. Many of the artists on this lineup I have personally seen become producers over the last few years. Many on the line up are bands that I have seen for years, even before I was a part of Modern Measure. There is definitely a solid music scene in Alabama that will continue to grow.
While many fans of Modern Measure will be on hand this weekend, many may be seeing you perform for the first time. How would you best describe what those an attendance can expect from you guys on Friday night?
Kyle: There will definitely be some new songs, and get ready for a healthy dose of saxophone. Our dude Seth Hanna will be in the house on lights too. He adds so much to the show.
Charlie: We are going to bring numerous elements to the stage. I will be bringing sax, bass, and keys and Kyle will be playing drums. We will be playing many genres of electronic music like future bass, jamtronica, and drum n bass. We plan on keeping the energy levels as high as possible. Don't forget to bring your dancing shoes!
In addition to the upstairs and downstairs stages, Jam In The Ham will also provide a special collaboration stage this weekend. Will you guys have a chance to take part in any collaboration with other artists performing?
Kyle: If there's time, we love collaborating with other artists. One of our favorite guitarists, David Wright, lives in Birmingham so you may see him with us this weekend.
Charlie: I would be surprised if we didn't take the time to hit the collab stage for a couple jams with friends.
Before we wrap things up, is there anything coming up in the second half of 2016 that has you guys particularly excited?
Kyle: We have some announcements that haven't been made yet that we're really excited about. We also have some stuff in the works this fall with some amazing artists that we really look up to and respect. There will also be more new music coming this fall.
Charlie: Without saying too much, I am looking forward to hitting some water slides again this summer. We definitely have a bunch of songs on reserve that I am excited to be releasing the second half of this year too.
Jammin' In The Ham with Max Millwood of Winston Ramble June 1, 2016 08:42
Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
As we prepare for the upcoming weekend at Jam In The Ham at Zydeco in Birmingham, we are sitting down with several of this year's performers to learn a little more about this year's lineup. Next up is Max Millwood of Winston Ramble, one of the hottest young bands in Alabama. Winston Ramble is scheduled to perform on Saturday night at 12:00 AM.
Based in Birmingham, Alabama, Winston Ramble is a homegrown, acoustic, folk-rock band. With members originally hailing from the free state of Winston County, AL, the band aims to interject the raw expression of rock-n-roll into the feel-good vibes of acoustic music.
The sound of an an old southern soul hits you right out of the gate. Drew "Ben" Benefield's vocals are soulful and still gritty. Combine that with some mandolin twang, big country bends, and church-like harmonies and you're listening to a mix between a classic rock band and a gospel bluegrass quartet. Yet, the acoustically driven tunes carry a funky, sometimes psychedelic, but ultimately, and undeniable rock n' roll vibe.
Let's get started with the early days of Winston Ramble. You guys have been going strong for four years now. How did this band get started, and how has it continued to evolve since then?
Max: We all grew up together so that's the most important aspect, but Winston Ramble started out as an acoustic duo of Ben (Drew Benefiled) on guitar, Justin (Oliver) on mandolin, and Justin's brother Cody sitting in on cajón. About that time, the band I was in had stopped playing together. I randomly got a call from Ben asking if Coty (West) and I could sit in for one show. When we got together to practice, Jud (Mize) happened to be there, and he sat in too.
It started by accident really. I thought it was gonna be one show...we'd have fun and be done. Now looking back, it's sort of crazy how it turned out. We've been extremely blessed as a band, with help from a lot of other musicians in Birmingham and really cool venues giving us a chance. They definitely gave us our start.
In the last few years, we've gone from strictly playing bars every other weekend to a full schedule including festivals. Jam in the Ham is a perfect example. Again, we've been blessed with good management and a lot of help from others. I think it's a real exciting time for us.
Watch Winston Ramble perform "Dreams" here:
While the band is generally an acoustic, folk rock band, your music is also described as carrying "a funky, sometimes psychedelic, but ultimately an undeniable rock n' roll vibe." Is the band's diverse sound something that comes natural, or do you make a conscious effort to mix things up?
Max: Our sound really comes from the different influences that we all have. Anywhere from Skynyrd, Tom Petty, and the Grateful Dead, to gospel and bluegrass. When we write a song or learn a cover, we try not to map every little thing out. We really just wait to get together and see what we all can come up with. That's the way to have the most fun, I think most of our sound comes from the fact that we try not to expect anything specific
As the Winston Ramble's demand continues to grow, the schedule will only get busier. What has the band's approach been towards touring in 2016? Do you guys have a certain amount of shows you'd like to hit for the year?
Max: We play a lot of shows, but we all like that. We don't have specific number to shoot for. In the last few months, we've had more options on bigger gigs, which is where you want to be. Festivals and shows with bands we know is where we have the most fun, and it helps get your name out there when your not playing the same bar every week. So its a win win. Again, we've been blessed with a great manager, Alex Cape. He's great at what he does and Winston Ramble wouldn't be where we are without him.
Photo by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
We're coming up on this weekend's Jam In The Ham in Birmingham. This two-day festival showcases a great deal of young talent from across Alabama and beyond. How does an event such as this impact the current Alabama music scene?
Max: Birmingham is great place for music and aspiring musicians. There many venues that will give you a chance to get started. That being said, some of the best bands, not just in Alabama, but from anywhere are playing this weekend...so I know its gonna be a blast. There's a ton of talent that will be there and we're looking forward to it. It's great for Birmingham cause your never see all these bands in one spot. I can't wait.
Many of the bands most loyal fans will be in attendance this weekend. How would you best describe what Winston Ramble has planned for the big weekend ahead?
Max: We are very excited to be playing in one of the venues that gave us our start with all these other great musicians. We definitely have a surprise in store, so I hope all the Ramble fans make it out to see something new.
Watch Winston Ramble perform "As Long As I Can See The Light" here:
Max: We love to collaborate...mixing styles and coming up with something unexpected is what we're about. I'm sure we will be right in the mix.
Before we wrap things up, is there anything coming up in the second half of 2016 that has the band particularly excited?
Max: Really just having the opportunity to play festivals is enough to be excited about. We just finished with the Acoustic Cafe Festival, which was one of the best experiences I've ever had as a musician. But we're looking forward to and hoping for new things to keep happening this year.
Jammin' In The Ham with Kris Gottlieb of CBDB May 31, 2016 09:23
As we prepare for the upcoming weekend at Jam In The Ham at Zydeco in Birmingham, we are sitting down with several of this year's performers to learn a little more about this year's lineup. It only seems appropriate to kick things off with Kris Gottlieb of CBDB, one of the hottest young bands in Alabama. CBDB is scheduled to perform on Saturday night at 12:30 AM.
CBDB is a progressive rock/jam band formed in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, whose stock is rising fast. Fresh off the release of their third album, entitled The FAME EP, they are seeing a pattern of snowballing momentum with large, energetic crowds hungry for their unique brand of progressive jam-rock, dubbed "Joyfunk". CBDB blends soulful vocals and virtuosic instrumentation with smart, tasteful songwriting resulting in a sound that can be enjoyed by the casual listener and audiophile alike. On stage, they parade tight, ambitious compositions that seamlessly gives way to loose, adventurous improvisation and have quickly become a must-see act.
So CBDB got started about five years ago in Tuscaloosa. Tell me a little bit about the bands early days, how you got started, and how the band has progressed to where it is today.
Kris: Well, Cy and I met in Tuscaloosa at a place called The Bear Trap and jammed a bit. I was in a band with Glenn (Dillard) at the time, so he came in as well. He was actually just playing sax at the time. David (Ray) and Paul (Oliver) came around a little later, maybe early 2012 and late 2013. That kind of finalized the lineup.
I’m guessing you guys were playing the bar scene and fraternity houses pretty heavily early on, and things started taking off from there?
Kris: Yeah, really just trying to stay busy playing, cutting our teeth, and honing the craft in much of 2011 and 2012, you know? And really, you never stop learning, so we are still doing that today. In a place like Tuscaloosa, you can play 4 or 5 nights a week in different places. You can do different things each time and really stay busy. We ultimately got to a point that we realized that this was something we should really pursue, because it’s something unique that we truly enjoy.
People seem to be responding positively. It seems like you guys have been everywhere lately, and your demand continues to increase.
Kris: Yeah man...we're just grateful that people are enjoying our music, and we are glad that we can play it on the road at so many great venues.
Watch CBDB's official video for "Ground Score" here:
On the topic of writing and recording music, you guys put out your first album Phone Keys Wallet in 2012, and followed up with a second album (Joyfunk is Dead) and The Fame EP in 2015. Tell me a little bit about how those recording experience differed.
Kris: I think we were learning at a more rudimentary level of playing with each other and writing when we did Phone Keys Wallet. I don’t really go back and listen to too many of our recordings after I have heard them once. It can be tough to listen to at points. You cringe and ask yourself “Why did I do that?” So I think with The Fame EP and Joyfunk is Dead, we used the things that we learned in recording Phone Keys Wallet. We were such a fresh band when we did that album. We went into the studio within a month of Paul (Oliver), our drummer, joining the band. That record has a lighter feel, and it's maybe a little beachy in a way. That might be something we need to play with again in the future.
In terms of the experiences, I mean…walking into FAME was like walking into a church. You feel like you're breathing wrong at first, then things eventually start to come together and happen. That’s just an amazing place. It’s both humbling and empowering in the same way. I don’t think there is a word that describes that feeling. If there is, I don’t know it.
Let’s talk a little bit about the 2016 touring schedule. I’ve been particularly impressed watching how well your tours have been put together. You guys recently signed on with the Progressive Global Agency in Nashville. How has the schedule come together this year?
Kris: Well, we first talked to Owen (Gray), our agent, in October of last year. After talking a few times, we decided it would be a good fit. We were obviously drawn to the fact that PGA is Widespread Panic’s agency. We are all big fans of them. Then there are also bands like The Werks and Zoogma, and Backup Planet had recently signed with Owen as well. He’s really been looking out for both of us this year. We’ve been on quite a few shows with those guys.
We’re really excited about doing this Claypool Lennon Delirium Afterparty in New York. David is as big of Claypool fan as I know. It’s kind of ironic, because a week before we landed that gig, I was talking with a friend of mine in Tuscaloosa about Sean Lennon. We listened to a few of his albums and really appreciated how similar and different his sound is to his dad’s (John Lennon). So it’s really kind of neat full circle thing.
Tonight is another example. It’s actually my 27th birthday today. I was born in Atlanta, and we’re here in Atlanta playing Terminal West tonight. Paul and I saw Rush in Atlanta last year on my birthday. We’re actually going to cover the Rush song “Sprit of the Radio” tonight. That's just another example of things coming full circle. We’re really excited about it. So, no birthday drinks tonight until I can successfully pull off Rush (laughs).
Going a little further on the touring, you guys are on for several festivals this summer, including Jam In The Ham in Birmingham next weekend. I know you guys are excited about that one.
Kris: We’re really excited about Jam In The Ham. That’s like a homecoming for us. We’re really grateful to be a part of it for the second year in a row. Zydeco is such a historic room. Paul and Glenn saw Snarky Puppy at Zydeco a few years back, right before they blew up. We actually saw those guys in Memphis last Wednesday. That kind of puts things into perspective. I’m really happy to be a part of a great thing there, with a lot of other great bands. You’ve got Permagroove, Little Raine Band, Modern Measure…just so many bands. Ryan Keef is gonna be doing some acoustic stuff that I’m really excited to hear. That one is gonna be a lot of fun.
It’s great to see so many great, young Alabama bands playing together. There really seems to be a great thing going on within the Alabama music scene right now. You’ve got to love events like this that showcase the collective group of bands.
Kris: Yeah absolutely. We’re just happy to be a part of it. Zydeco is so much fun. And you’re right… Just look at CukoRakko last weekend. That was awesome. McLovins, Permagroove, Funk You…there was so much great music. The fact that a lot of it is coming out of Alabama is just incredible. I can’t wait to see Little Raine Band again. I haven’t seen those guys play in months. We’re actually going to be in Macon, GA with them next week, and that’s going to be a lot of fun. Anytime you get to hear Davis play…it’s a treat. He’s the man.
Watch CBDB's official video for "Somewhere to Fall" here:
Absolutely. So before we wrap this up, are there any other big plans or major highlights that you guys are looking forward to in the second half of 2016?
Kris: Yeah…we actually just announced this morning that we’re going to be playing the official Umphrey’s McGee afterparty in Charlotte, NC later this summer. We have some great friends out that way, and we are excited for that to be the next move for Charlotte. That was a great feeling this morning. I had an alarm set, as we were supposed to announce that show at 10:00 AM. It was fun to announce the Umphrey’s afterparty on my birthday after a long night. It’s a great move for us, and I’m really looking forward to it.
The Werks are opening for Umphrey’s that night, so we’ll see who all makes it over to our show. Hopefully a few of those guys will make it, and we’ll see if we could maybe get Joel (Cummins) to come play some keys with us. Maybe I could get my face melted by Jake (Cinninger)…that would be humbling and awesome (laughs).
Jam In The Ham To Feature CBDB, Modern Measure, Little Raine Band, Winston Ramble, + Many More May 20, 2016 12:42
Live & Listen is excited to announce that we are teaming up with Jam In The Ham Music & Arts Festival as a sponsor of the 2016 festival at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th. We will be providing interviews and preview coverage leading up to the festival, as well as coverage throughout the weekend. This second year festival promises to provide an amazing variety of many of the most promising young bands from across the Southeast.
Keep an eye out for the Live & Listen Collaboration Corner Stage, which will be located on the outdoor porch and feature exclusive collaborations from various Jam In The Ham performers throughout the weekend. Brand new, limited edition Live & Listen apparel will also be available at the festival. For further details and information on tickets, click here.
Official announcement from Jam In The Ham:
Jam in the Ham Music and Arts Festival will be held at Zydeco on Friday, June 3rd and Saturday, June 4th. The two-day festival features Birmingham and Alabama based musicians and artists. The event features 21 bands on 3 stages over two days with single day tickets starting at $15. The event will feature 9 local art vendors. Featured artists include CBDB, Little Raine Band, C1ub AM (featuring members of Festival Expressions), Winston Ramble, The Bama Gamblers, Modern Measure, Opposite Box, Permagroove, The Dagobah System, and many more.
For a full lineup and schedule please visit www.jaminthehamfest.com. Each set will be recorded and a digital compilation album included for advance ticket holders only. VIP tickets are available for $35 and include Sweetwater draft beer, access to every set by every artist recorded at the festival, and a festival koozie.
We are proud to announce that Montgomery based apparel company ‘Live and Listen’ will be sponsoring the ‘Collaboration Corner’ stage featuring unique collaborations by Jam in the Ham artists throughout the day Saturday. Jam in the Ham will take place at Zydeco on Friday, June 3rd at 5pm and Saturday, June 4th at 3pm.
Watch CBDB's official music video for "Ground Score" here:
Watch Modern Measure's official music video for "Riddle" here:
Watch Little Raine Band perform "New Beginnings" at Mercy Lounge in Nashville here:
Watch Winston Ramble perform "Dreams" here:
Watch Opposite Box cover Edgar Winter Group's "Frankenstein" here: