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Members Of Little Raine Band & Soul Mechanic To Play Crestwood Tavern June 27, 2017 12:34

Fans of the Birmingham jam scene will not want to miss out this Thursday night (6/29), as members of Little Raine Band, Soul Mechanic, JOVA will be performing as a trio at Crestwood Tavern. LRB's Isaiah Smith (bass), Soul Mechanic's Devonte Hutchins (drums) and JOVA's Taylor Goodwin will be performing an extra funky set from 9:00 PM - 12:00 AM. Those in attendance can expect to hear a mix of funk, instrumental hip hop-soul, nu-jazz, as well as a variety of the trio's favorite originals. So Birminghan friends, make plans to kick off the weekend a little early and support your local music scene.

Crestwood Tavern is located at 5500 Crestwood Blvd, Birmingham, AL 35212

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The 3rd Annual 'Jam In The Ham' Returns To Birmingham On June 24th June 15, 2017 12:42

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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 GirlSoul 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!

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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:

 


10 Reasons Why You Shouldn't Miss The Blueberry Jam October 12, 2016 14:58

Photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil: The Southern Rambler

With this weekend's festival at Weeks Bay Plantation fast approaching, we felt that it would be appropriate to lay out just ten of the many reasons why you don't want to miss The Blueberry Jam.  With everything from live music and camping to local vendors, live painting, this festival offers something for just about everyone.  The Blueberry Jam is proud to be a family-friendly occasion, with kids ages 12 and under being admitted for free.  Before we get into to much initial information, sit back and check out these ten reasons why you don't want to miss out on The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation this weekend!

Special thanks to our sponsors who have made this event possible: Gulf Coast Organics, LuLu's, 92Zew, Red Hare Brewing, Bryant Bank, Chris Myers Automotive, Colonial Life, Flowerwood Nursery, Print Sound, and Optera Creative.

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- A Benefit For American Cancer Society & Team River Runner - 

                                                    

The Blueberry Jam is extremely grateful and pleased to partner with two amazing, non-profit organizations for this event: American Cancer Society and Team River Runner. A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to these two life-changing organizations.  The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.  ACS saves lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight.

Team River Runner believes that every wounded and disabled veteran deserves the opportunity to embrace new challenges, invoke leadership, and promote camaraderie. Team River Runner provides an outlet to fulfill these beliefs – inviting wounded and disabled war veterans and their families to participate in adaptive paddling programs. Founded in 2004 at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, TRR now offer weekly paddling sessions in 45 locations across the nation. Team River Runner is more than an adaptive sports program. It’s a program that provides hope and healing to those who have risked so much, yet asked for so little. It’s an opportunity to enjoy nature and realize its social, physical, and emotional benefits, whether it’s tackling whitewater rapids or paddling on peaceful flat-water. It’s an environment that facilitates connection, allowing veterans to reunite with their families and forge relationships with those who have endured similar pain. Our veterans are on the river to recovery.

-Two Days Of Music On A 90-Acre Organic Farm-

Weeks Bay Plantation is a 90-acre organic blueberry farm located on Mary Ann Beach Road in Fairhope, Alabama.  Family and locally owned, the plantation was established to display the bounty and wonderful attributes that Baldwin County has to offer.  With 15 varieties of 100 percent organic, antioxidant-rich berries to choose from, the acres of sweet blue fruit are reason enough to take a drive down.  While the berries aren't currently in season, this is an opportunity to take in the beautiful setting of an all organic farm while enjoying a variety of both nationally-touring and locally established bands.  

- The New Waterfront Stage At Weeks Bay Plantation - 

This brand new waterfront stage was recently built up out of the lake in the natural amphitheatre at Weeks Bay Plantation.  This location will allow for a dramatic increase in space and room to dance along the flatter area of the amphitheatre.  Sustainability has been upheld with the stage by using all refurbished materials for the clamshell-style canopy.  The new stage features a size of 32 feet wide, 24 feet deep, and 19 feet high.  The location will allow for a beautiful view of the lake, as well as the opposing tree line, which will be lined with tents.  Make sure to keep an eye out for the light projections across the trees as the sun goes down.

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The Blueberry Jam will have a wide variety of local food, beverage, and retail vendors on site, including: Weeks Bay Foundation, Southern Soul, Tin Top, Warehouse, Bean & Bistro, Kittrell's Daydream, The Brewer's Alley, The Polish Boutique, Moon Pie Mama, and Hoops For Fitness.  Alcoholic beverages will be available for purchase for patrons ages 21 and older courtesy of B&B Bartending.

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- Family Friendly: Kids 12 & Under Admitted For Free -

The Blueberry Jam is proud to be a family-friendly event.  Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted for free all weekend.  On Saturday, there will be a designated kids area with complimentary face painting and an inflatable bounce house.  Kids can also enjoy a variety of local snacks/refreshments from our various vendors.  Here's a perfect opportunity to bring out the entire family and allow the kids to get an early start on their love for music and arts! 

- The Heavy Pets Present Walrus: A Tribute To The Beatles - 

This year's headlining set will come in the form of special tribute on Saturday night, with The Heavy Pets Present Walrus: A Tribute To The Beatles.  Due to the overwhelming initial response The Heavy Pets have decided to take their extraordinary Beatles tribute on the road for select dates this Spring. Done in their distinct Heavy style, this tribute features blistering jams and unique takes on some of the greatest rock songs ever written.  The powerhouse jams and gorgeous harmonies that The Heavy Pets have become known for find a happy home in this incredible catalog.  

The Heavy Pets are an American rock band that blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing force of nature” by Relix Magazine, the Pets are known for their soulful songcraft and powerhouse live performances. Continuing the momentum of their current EP series, The Heavy Pets recorded and released Rags and Aces in the first half of 2014 amidst their rigorous tour schedule.

- Zach Deputy's One-Of-A-Kind Dance Party - 

Friday night's headlining set will come none other than Zach Deputy, a multi-instrumentalist and songwriter based in Savannah, GA who is best known for his live looping shows. He describes his style as "island-infused drum n' bass gospel ninja soul.  When he plays live, he will loop and layer chord progressions, bass, beat boxing, drum sounds, vocals, and guitar. He performs with four microphones: a vocal synthesizer for choir sounds; one for high-hat, snare, and back-beat; one for main vocals, and one for vocal bass or bass drum.  His looping shows are known for their variety. "There are so many different ways it can happen. I can loop my guitar first, go into drums or loop a vocal riff first or straight into beat boxing and loop it or just go acoustic. It's very free formed. Every show can be extremely different from another. I try to have little consistency when it comes to my show. I never want to get bored with myself."  His fans will seek out live recordings of particular shows because each is so unique.

Deputy spends most of the year touring and at one time averaged 300 shows a year.  His performances are mostly one-man-band looping shows, but also include Zach Deputy Band shows and acoustic storyteller shows. He has played many large festivals such as Jam Cruise, Mountain Jam, High Sierra Music Festival, Gathering of the Vibes, and All Good Music Festival.

- Bands On The Rise: McLovins, CBDB, and Little Raine Band - 

Many will remember the two-night stand from McLovins in November of 2015, which featured an acoustic set, a tribute to The Band, as well as a 90-minute set of danceable original tunes.  McLovins return for another two night stand this year (7:30 Friday / 7:00 PM Saturday), both sets being the second-to-last of the evening.  

Taking a page from their jam band forefathers, McLovins always try to keep their audiences guessing at what’s to come. Their eclectic setlists and individual musical personas define the band’s live shows. Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, McLovins have appeared at Gathering of The Vibes, Mountain Jam, The Peach Festival and the legendary Nateva Music Festival, as well as many acclaimed venues across the country. They have also performed with some of the most influential artists on the scene, including Buddy Guy, Robert Randolph, George Porter, Jr. and Oteil Burbridge.  

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.

Little Raine Band, based in Birmingham, AL, has an ever-evolving sound and fan base reaching all over the Southeast. These four musicians strive to master the art of improv and creating a singular live show. LRB crafts their sound from their unique musical backgrounds and influences. Elements of prog rock, fusion, electronica, soul, and energetic improv can be heard at a Little Raine Band show.

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- Beloved Local Bands - 

In addition to several nationally touring acts, The Blueberry Jam is anchored by three of the Mobile/Fairhope areas most exciting and stablished local acts: Infant Richard & The Delta Stones, Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet, and Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah.  IRDS will kick off the festival on Friday night at 6:00 PM CST, while Lee Yankie (12:00 PM) and PPMC (1:30 PM) will be the first two performers on Saturday afternoon.  

- Local Live Painters - 

Several of the area's most talented artists will be on site this weekend, so keep an eye out for the live painters across the concert grounds.  Watching a painting develop stroke by stroke through the power of live music is nothing short of magical, and we strive to continue building the art scene at The Blueberry Jam each year.  We can't say thank you enough to our art director, Angela Krause Harley, for helping us bring this element to the 2016 Blueberry Jam!


The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation Releases Weekend Schedule October 04, 2016 15:47

Photo by Michelle Carroll Stancil

The second annual Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation is scheduled for next weekend (Friday 10/14 - Saturday 10/15) in Fairhope, Alabama.  This one-of-a-kind, family-frienly music and arts festival is held on a beautiful 90-acre organic blueberry farm, with live music coming from the brand new waterfront amphitheatre stage.  For those looking to camp for the weekend, gates will open at 3:00 PM on Friday, October 14th.  Camping spots will be assigned on a first come, first served basis.  Tickets may be purchased online by clicking here, as well as at the box office at Weeks Bay Plantation.  A percentage of all ticket sales will be donated to American Cancer Society and Team River Runner.

For those wishing to keep an eye on the world of college football, there will be a tent and TV set up on site at Weeks Bay Plantation.  Activities such as face painting and inflatables will be available to children, who will be admitted free of charge (ages 12 and under).  A wide variety of local food vendors will be on site, as well as a centrally located bar for patrons ages 21 and up.  Music is scheduled to end by approximately 11:00 PM CST on both Friday and Saturday night.  We would like to thank our gracious sponsors who make this event possible: Gulf Coast Organic, LuLu's, Bryant Bank, 92 Zew, Colonial LifeOptera Creative, Flowerwood Nursery, American Cancer Society, Team River Runner, Red Hare Brewing Company, Print Sound, and Chris Myers Automotive.  See below for the official music schedule for both Friday and Saturday.

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Official Schedule for The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation:

Friday:
Infant Richard & The Delta Stones - 6:00 PM
McLovins - 7:30 PM
Zach Deputy - 9:30 PM

Saturday:
Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah - 12:00 PM
Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet - 1:30 PM
Little Raine Band - 3:00 PM
CBDB - 5:00 PM
McLovins - 7:00 PM
The Heavy Pets Present Walrus: A Tribute to The Beatles - 9:00 PM


Live & Listen Presents: McLovins with Little Raine Band at Zydeco - Thursday 7/28 July 18, 2016 14:10

Photo by Craig Baird: Live & Listen

Live & Listen is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with our friends at Zydeco in Birmingham for another amazing night of music next week.  Join us on Thursday, July 28th for an evening with Connecticut-based four-piece McLovins along with local favorites Little Raine Band.  This will be the Birmingham debut of McLovins, so mark your calendars and purchase your tickets today, as this is a show you will not want to miss.  Doors are scheduled to open at 8:30 PM on Thursday, July 28th.  Little Raine Band will perform an opening set, with McLovins taking the stage shortly after.  Tickets are available now for $8 and can be purchased by clicking here

Both of these bands are scheduled to play The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation on Friday, October 14th - Saturday, October 15th.  Weeks Bay Plantation is a 90-acre organic blueberry farm located in Fairhope, Alabama.  This will be the second year for the event, which will also feature The Heavy Pets (performing a Beatles tribute), Zach DeputyCBDBPaw Paw's Medicine CabinetInfant Richard & The Delta Stones, and Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah.  Tickets to The Blueberry Jam can be purchased by clicking here.

McLovins is a soulful rock band that complements a youthful and infectious energy with seasoned and diverse musical talent. Inspired by an eclectic mix of influences like The Band, Steely Dan and The Flaming Lips bassist Jason Ott, drummer Jake Huffman, guitarist Justin Berger and keyboardist Atticus Kelly combine their progressive songwriting skills with 70’s inspired extended improvisations and instrumental ingenuity.
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Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, McLovins have appeared at Gathering of the VibesMountain Jam, The Peach Festival, and the legendary Nateva Music Festival. They have also performed with some of the most influential artists on the scene, including Buddy GuyGeorge Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge and Robert Randolph.
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Currently the band is on the road promoting its self-titled new album cut in New York
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As the band continues to evolve, consistency lies in the distinctive Jam-rock production that brings a vibrant sound and a unique energy to many acclaimed venues and festivals across the country.
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Watch McLovins perform "Buildin' It Up" at Telefunken Studios here:
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Little Raine Band is a band truly on the rise, and is quickly becoming known as the hottest act in the Southeast. With an ever-evolving sound and fan base reaching all over the Southeast these young musicians have pledged their lives to master the art of live performance and creating a one of a kind live show. Little Raine Band is a four-piece band from Birmingham, AL that craft their sound from their unique musical backgrounds and an intense passion to follow their dream. Elements of progressive rock, funk, jazz fusion, electronic music, R&B, and energetic improvisations can be heard in a Little Raine Band show along with covers to cater to any crowd.

Watch Little Raine Band perform "New Beginnings" at Exit/In in Nashville here:


Live & Listen's 'Bands You Should Know': Little Raine Band July 08, 2016 14:48

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Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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Live & Listen is pleased to introduce a brand new weekly feature known as Bands You Should Know.  This new concept will highlight a different band each Friday with an interview, general background information, current happenings, as well as videos and audio from each band.  After nearly two years of various interviews and artist spotlights, we feel that installing a consistent weekly feature is the best next step for Live & Listen.

For our second edition of Bands You Should Know, we sat down with Davis Little (guitar/vocals) of Little Raine Band, a band that we've been following closely since the spring of 2015.  This band was fortunately the first band we ever saw at CukoRakko Music & Arts Festival, an event that has become a major part of our annual calendar.  We can't think of a more perfect band to acclimate us with such a special experience.  Little Raine Band will hit you with elements of progressive rock, jazz, blues, and just the right amount of space funk.  The sky is the limit for this young Birmingham-based band, and they've only scratched the surface.



From what I recall, Little Raine Band got started with you and Daniel (Raine) playing music back in junior high school, and then you added in Isaiah (Smith) and Devonte (Hutchins) a few years later. When do you feel that things really started taking off for the band?

Davis:  I guess when I really noticed it taking off was after we released our first album (Liveheart), in a way.  Before that, our shows had been good, and things had really been gelling with Devonte and Isaiah.  That album was really the milestone marker for me.  It felt like, "Ok...this is a unit now."  For me, the album was really our solidifying point.  

That makes sense.  It gives the people who have been coming to your shows the opportunity to listen to your music at home, in the car, wherever.

Davis: Right...yeah it was the first time they could take us home with them.  

I'm sure you started to notice more people showing up and singing along with some of those songs.

Davis: Exactly. It was a progressive start, you know?  When Devonte joined the band, that was a really big moment in our career.  He made us realize, "Ok...it works now."  We started to notice more people coming to the shows, and many of the same people coming back to the next show.  It was beginning to grow in different cities as well.  After that album, we did a little tour in each of the cities that we had developed a market in, and it's all been moving forward from there.  

I'm not surprised to hear that.  He is an absolute beast of a drummer.

Davis: (laughs) Yeah he is.  He's a prodigy, to say the least.

Speaking of the album, you guys recorded Liveheart in April of 2015.  This had obviously been in the works for quite some time.  How much original material were you guys working with at the time, and how did you decide which to include?

Davis: That process was pretty interesting, because we did have a lot of material to work with.  We're going through the same process right now as we work on a new album.  We just take a look at all of the songs that we had and kind of narrow it down to the ones that have been well received and people seem to like. We also want to include some of the songs we haven't played as much, but we know we want people to hear them.  

So, it's a mix of that type of process.  The weeding out process...and which ones are composed better.  Some of them are just kind of ideas that we took to the stage.  Either we'll elaborate on them in the studio and build them into something better, which happened on our first album a bit.  There's a whole number of processes that go into it.  It's really about trying to get new material in people's ears, as well as what they have already heard and hopefully enjoy.  

Listen to Little Raine Band's debut album Liveheart here:

So you mentioned you're starting to work on a new album.  Can you tell me a little more about that?

Davis: Yeah...we have a bunch of stuff that we're working on right now.  We're really just going at it right now.  We are doing a full-length album, and we are in the process of recording it right now.  There are always financial hindrances and that type of thing, so it's a little bit slower moving this time.  We're getting on it though.  We are also recording at our house.  During our shows, we have some segments where we kind of go into different genres or zones, where it can get a little more trancey.  So at home, we're recording some of these more trancey parts of our shows.  We are kind of putting them in a folder, and we don't know what we are going to do with them yet.  So we definitely have plans to release something before long, but it's kind of forming before our eyes.  We don't know exactly what's going to happen yet.  

That's great though.  I'm sure it's nice to have a few different angles to choose from, as far as what you ultimately want to go for in the studio.

Davis: Right.  We want to have a great studio with all of our actual songs, but we also have all of these other elements that we play live.  We want people to understand what our live show is all about when they hear our album.  So we want to incorporate all of the pieces of the album, from beginning to end, or at least that's how we try to do it.  We're creating this live experience, in a way.  

Photo by Thomas Diasio 

Little Raine Band's sound is truly distinct and unique.  I hear elements of psychedelic funk and blues.  Then, I hear some really calming, spacey moments, and plenty of heavy, progressing jamming.  I feel like your guitar playing has a lot to do with it. How would you describe the sound that you guys are going for?

Davis: That's always been an interesting thing for me.  I think about it all the time, but I've never really found an answer for.  Basically, it comes down to the fact that individually, we all listen to such a wide variety of music.  Each of us play different styles of music.  Daniel plays banjo, and sometimes we'll play bluegrass and jazz.  Each one of us is different.  I think mainly, our sound comes from the fact that we are each individual musicians.  We all write songs differently.  When we come together and put it all on the table, it melts into it's own thing.  That's what I enjoy the most about playing with this band.  It's a lot of fun on stage, because we can kind of go on this journey.  We might start off doing a gospel/funk/psychedelic thing, then move things into this deep space trance.  Then we'll take it out with a progressive punch at the end.  It's pretty fun to write a setlist and play a show with this group of guys and that mentality.

Yeah...it kind of turns the set into a little bit of a story, right?

Davis: Exactly.  We find ourselves doing that type of thing.  We'll mashup lyrics in our songs.  If you look at the setlist, there will be a story within it.  You will see it with the song names.  We always joke that no one who is listening is going that deep.  We're not Phish, you know?  No one is going to go quite that deep with our set, but we're going to do it anyway (laughs).  It's a lot of fun.

I'm sure you'll start to notice people picking up on that over time, if they havent already.

Davis: Hopefully so man.  It's there...so they if they catch it, that will be cool.  

I think it's just a matter of who your audience is and how familiar they are with your music.  No one is going to pick up on Phish doing that type of thing unless they see them on a regular basis.  

Davis: Exactly...that's a great point.  It takes a certain type of audio file to really dig in.  It's fun to have that type of mentality.  It almost creates it's own universe that you can get sucked into.  It's one that our band lives in.  We all live in that universe, so it's fun for us.  You'll see some of this on the next album.  There is going to be some stuff that people may or may not notice that we've planted in our first album.  I can't really reveal much more than that, but there are some little nuances.  

Watch Little Raine Band perform "Trying to Fly" at Zydeco in Birmingham, AL here:

In terms of the songwriting process, how does it work for you guys when working on a new idea?  Is everyone bringing different elements to the table and hammering it out from there?  I'm always interested to hear how different bands go about that.

Davis: It's a really interesting thing honestly. We've all gone through different ideas with it.  Ultimately, everyone is expected to bring a solid idea to the table.  Don't bring it to the table if it's not at least halfway done yet.  We still live by that to an extent.  You have to have a good idea to present to the band.  We always do that, no matter what.  But if we're really going to grind something out, we have to have a rule of having a ideas that are at least semi-fluent.  From there, we'll grind it out as much as possible during rehearsal.  

It's always changing though, especially with technology.  Sometimes we'll record some of it on the computer and work with it from there.  You can only rehearse so much.  Technology has been a blessing and a curse.  It's one of those things where we can use it as a really awesome tool for our songwriting.  We've even written songs in the van; using keyboard and computers on the way to a gig and played it that night.  Then we evaluate it from there.  It's a mixed process.  There isn't really an exact form to it.  We just try to get it done, if we can. 

We're in the midst of a time where there seems to be more bands than ever before. What do you feel are some of the biggest challenges and rewards that a young band like Little Raine Band faces out on the road?

Davis: One of the biggest challenges that I can think of is just that there are so many bands out there in our echelon.  By that, I mean bands with a good market that are starting to make some noise.  There are some bands that are more business savvy.  Some might have better connections.  That can be the main issue with getting gigs sometimes.  Everyone has their own sound, so it is relative.  I love the fact that there are so many bands out there, because we can link up when we go to a new city.  You only have so many agents who are trying to represent bands at this level.  If their roster is full, their roster is full...until something happens otherwise.  

It's really just the business side of finding agents and trying to make the connections that everyone is trying to get.  We can't do it all by ourselves, you know?  One day, we would like to just be able to play music, and not have to worry about booking gigs (laughs).  At this point, it's a bit of a distant dream.  We do have some guys that help us, and it's a wonderful team of people.  We're always trying to move forward and trying to get the next leg up.  Everyone wants that same leg.

In terms of the rewards, I can only imagine how satisfying it is when you do land that gig or festival spot that you were working for.  That's essentially why you guys do this, right?

Davis: Absolutely. It's definitely a rewarding experience, but at the same time, it's a fleeting experience.  Every gig happens so quickly, and then it's over.  You're left standing there like, "Damn...I need more!" (laughs).  You get your hour and a half of satisfaction on stage, and it's such a great experience.  It can be an upsetting thing when it's all said and done, but it's also what we live for.  It's all about that gratifying experience.  We're definitely not doing this for the money (laughs).  We're always chasing the gig, more than anything.

Recently busted out a cover of the Grateful Dead masterpiece "Terrapin Station".  You guys nailed all 3 parts of the suite.  That was a bold move.  When did you guys decide to tackle this song, and how much preparation went into it before performing it live?

Davis: Yeah man...we did the entire suite. That was really fun for us.  We have been talking about doing that for years.  I've learned it a few times, and we were going to do it once at our annual "day after christmas" shows in Birmingham.  We were going to make it a really special thing, but it ended up not being the right time.  We've been going to this festival, Acoustic Cafe, for years.  Once the owner invited us to play this year, we were just like "Ok, it's time."  Then the next week we were playing Jam in the Ham in Birmingham, so it seemed like the perfect time.  We knew if we were going to do it, we had to learn every note and do the full suite.  When Dead & Company plays it live, they just stop after that first part "Lady with a Fan."  We just decided this was our time, and we wanted to do the whole thing.  It was a big challenge, but it was really fun.  

That's no easy task man.  Paying honor to one of the greatest bands of all time.

Davis: Right.  The forefathers of a culture that is fueling desires of both musicians and fans alike.  It's something thats much bigger than just a picture in a storybook.

Watch a clip from Little Raine Band's "Terrapin Station" at Zydeco in Birmingham here:

Well before we wrap this up, I know it's obviously a pivotal time for the band. I know you guys are continuing to grind it out and build on what you have already accomplished.  What are you guys focusing on in the 2nd half of 2016 and what do you hope to accomplish? Next Step?

Davis: The next step for us is just to keep on going.  We have some great ideas that we've been working on with some really special shows involving albums and certain concepts.  We are finally getting to the point that we can do them.  Without totally letting the cat out of the bag, we have a certain Birmingham show this year where we plan on doing something we've been wanting to do for a long time.  I'm not even sure if a band has done it yet.  

There's a few things like that happening.  We're just trying to get gigs and pay off our van (laughs).  We need to pick up a few more weddings and college gigs.  Next summer, we really want to get on more festivals.  We're playing some festivals this summer, but not enough to fill up the calendar.  That's definitely our goal for next year, so we're trying to branch out into those markets in the meantime.  That's kind of our thing right now.

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The Blueberry Jam at Weeks Bay Plantation Reveals 2016 Lineup June 27, 2016 08:42

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Weeks Bay Plantation and Live & Listen are pleased to announce the official lineup for The Blueberry Jam, a music and arts festival held on Weeks Bay Plantation in Fairhope, Alabama on Friday, October 14th - Saturday, October 15th.  This year's headlining set will come in the form of special tribute, with The Heavy Pets Present Walrus: A Tribute To The Beatles.  Many will recognize The Heavy Pets from their countless appearances at many of the nation's biggest music festivals, as well as frequent play on SiriusXM JamOn radio.  Also performing this year will be Zach DeputyMcLovins (two nights), CBDB, Little Raine BandPaw Paw's Medicine Cabinet, Infant Richard & The Delta Stonesand Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah.  

This event offers a wide variety of musical talent while crossing into multiple genres, creating the feel of a true two-day music festival.  With the brand new, waterfront stage at Weeks Bay Plantation, the natural amphitheater can be used on an entirely new level.  This year's jam will benefit the the American Cancer Society and Team River Runner.

Check out the new waterfront amphitheater stage at Weeks Bay Plantation!

How can I purchase tickets?

Weekend passes and single-day tickets for Saturday, October 15th will be available through Live & Listen's official ticket page on Friday, July 1st.  Hop on our early bird ticket pricing and save money at the door.  Further details on all ticket options will be available when tickets go on sale on Friday, July 1st.
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Can I Bring My Kids?

Absolutely.  Kids ages 12 and under will be admitted for free.  We are excited to bring this unique family-friendly environment back to the Fairhope area for the second straight year. We will offer several activities to keep the kids entertained on the farm, including face painting, arts and crafts, inflatables, and much more. 

Will Food and Beverage Be Available?

Yes.  We will have a diverse variety of food vendors along the back end of the amphitheater, with seating available under the oak trees with just the right amount of shade for a nice meal.  Weeks Bay Plantation will have multiple remote bars surrounding the amphitheater for attendees ages 21 years and older. 

Will On-Site Camping Be Allowed?

Yes.  Weeks Bay Plantation will be open for camping at 4:00 PM CST on Friday, October 14th for those wanting to spend Friday and/or Saturday night camping on the farm.  Friday night's music will take place in the beautiful 6 Oak Hammock, while all of Saturday will take place at the brand new waterfront amphitheater stage.  Stay tuned for further details on camping.

How can artists get involved?

With many hands and lots of strokes. If you've ever had to opportunity to watch artists work you can understand how exciting it will be to see them paint the corners with the farm as our back drop and the incredible line up of musicians setting the tone. The strokes will be blows. Live artists will be abundant and their booths abounding.  And the interactive art theme won't go unnoticed, crafts for kids, plenty of paint to sling, and many places to make your mark.  If you are interested in being a live painter or vendor, please email Art Director: Jordan Atchison.
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Interested in becoming a volunteer?

The Blueberry Jam is looking for a limited number of volunteers for the weekend.  All volunteers will be issued a free weekend pass w/ free camping included.  Volunteers will be expected to attend a meeting at Weeks Bay Plantation prior to the gates opening on Friday, October 14th to review a detailed schedule for the weekend.  Please send an email to Jordan Kirkland of Live & Listen if interested in applying to volunteer at The Blueberry Jam.

Who Do I Contact For Press Related Inquiries?

Please direct all press related inquiries to Live & Listen.  All press/media credentials will be considered upon submission.  Submit your requests via email: Jordan Kirkland.  All requests will be reviewed and responded to in a timely fashion.

How can I learn more about the lineup?

 Present Walrus: A Tribute To The Beatles

Photo by Jordan August Photography

The Heavy Pets are an American rock band that blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. C alled “a living, breathing force of nature” by Relix Magazine, the Pets are known for their soulful song craft and powerhouse live performances. Continuing the momentum of their current EP series, The Heavy Pets recorded and released Stolen Smile in the second half of 2014 amidst their rigorous tour schedule which recently surpassed 1,000 performances.  Dubbed The Heavy Pets Present Walrus: A Beatles Tribute, the band will perform a set full of Beatles covers while putting their own unique, jammed out spin on the familiar tunes.

The group became an instant SiriusXM radio sensation in 2007 with the release of their double-disc debut album, Whale. First embraced by the jam scene for their raw talent, their crossover sound that is showcased on their self-titled album, also dubbed a “Top 10 Album of 2010” by The Huffington Post, propelled them into the periphery of mainstream music. Returning to their acoustic roots on Swim Out Past the Sun (2011), THP's guitar duo set aside their electric axes for a more organic approach. The Pets followed up those polished efforts by releasing Everywhere Sessions: Volume 1 (2012), recorded live in the studio with accompanying videos. In 2013, The Heavy Pets launched an ongoing series of self-produced EPs with Two Horses and followed up with Rags and Aces in May of 2014, with both receiving heavy airplay on satellite radio.

The Heavy Pets have taken the stage at Bonnaroo, Jam Cruise, High Sierra, Gathering of the Vibes, All Good, Wakarusa, Mountain Jam, Hulaween, Langerado, Bear Creek, Summer Camp, Catskill Chill, AURA and their namesake PetZoo.

Watch The Heavy Pets perform Walrus: A Tribute To The Beatles in Orlando on 12.17.2015 here:

 

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Photo by ShowLove Media

Zach Deputy has made his mark thus far as a touring powerhouse. As a boy, the music of his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage was cooked up in the South Carolina heat. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B / soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound.

To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show– enhanced by looping technology– that is essentially a one man dance party offering up what he calls “Island-infused, Drum ‘n’ Bass, Gospel-Ninja-Soul” to the enthusiastic crowds of dancers who flock to clubs from coast-to-coast. It is these late night dance parties— more than 250 per year– that have made Zach Deputy one of the hottest up-and-coming performers on the camping festival circuit and “jam band” scene. For Zach, most days begin in a hotel room and end a couple of hours after walking off stage.

Watch Zach Deputy's full set from Remerton, GA on 02.26.16 here:

 

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McLovins is a soulful rock band that complements a youthful and infectious energy with seasoned and diverse musical talent. Inspired by an eclectic mix of influences like The Band, Steely Dan and The Flaming Lips bassist Jason Ott, drummer Jake Huffman, guitarist Justin Berger and keyboardist Atticus Kelly combine their progressive songwriting skills with 70’s inspired extended improvisations and instrumental ingenuity.
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Hailing from Hartford, Connecticut, McLovins have appeared at Gathering of the VibesMountain Jam, The Peach Festival, and the legendary Nateva Music Festival. They have also performed with some of the most influential artists on the scene, including Buddy Guy, George Porter Jr., Oteil Burbridge and Robert Randolph.
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Currently the band is on the road promoting its self-titled new album cut in New York
City’s East Village and produced by 2-time Grammy award winner Bill Sherman.
As the band continues to evolve, consistency lies in the distinctive Jam-rock production that brings a vibrant sound and a unique energy to many acclaimed venues and festivals across the country.
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Watch McLovins perform "Building It Up" in New Haven, CT on 03.26.16 here:
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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.

Watch CBDB's music video for "Ground Score" here:

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Little Raine Band is a band truly on the rise, and is quickly becoming known as the hottest act in the Southeast. With an ever-evolving sound and fan base reaching all over the Southeast these young musicians have pledged their lives to master the art of live performance and creating a one of a kind live show. Little Raine Band is a four-piece band from Birmingham, AL that craft their sound from their unique musical backgrounds and an intense passion to follow their dream. Elements of progressive rock, funk, jazz fusion, electronic music, R&B, and energetic improvisations can be heard in a Little Raine Band show along with covers to cater to any crowd.

Watch Little Raine Band perform "New Beginnings" at Exit/In in Nashville here:

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Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet is Gabriel Willis on bass and vocals, Mike Jernigan on guitar and vocals, Ethan Snediger on drums and percussion, and Jeremy Ault on lead guitar. Formed in February 2015, Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet made waves after just a handful of shows along the Gulf Coast. In March, the band was featured on Studio10 which airs on WALA Fox10. Video of the performance was shared across multiple platforms and featured on more than a dozen local television stations across the country.

PPMC has hours of material covering everything from The Fugees to John Mayer to Eminem to the Bee Gees. Be sure to check out the sample set list for details. Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet doesn’t stop at covers. They also have more than an hour of soulful, funky and dancy uptempo originals.  For more laid back evenings, PPMC can tone it down for an easy listening acoustic set. No matter what you’re looking for, 
Paw Paw’s Medicine Cabinet is ready to deliver.

Watch Paw Paw's Medicine Cabinet perform "Subtle Tease" live on Studio 10 here:

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Formed in Mobile during the fall of 2014, Infant Richard and the Delta Stones is a diverse six-piece that explores all textures of music in their live shows. Described as Phish meets 2 Live Crew, every show is memorable and unpredictable. Led by the sensational Symone French on vocals, IRDS recorded their first album, The VD EP, in November of 2014. Winning Best New Local Band and Best Bass Player in the 2015 Nappies solidified their presence in the Mobile music scene.  IRDS has opened for national acts such as; Dumpstaphunk, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists and CBDB.

Watch Infant Richard & The Delta Stones perform "Chattanooga Chocolate Factory" here:

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Photo by Matt Gates Photo

Lee Yankie has been playing as a solo act and with his live band Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah in the Gulf Coast area since 2004. At the moment Lee is working on a new solo record "The Leavin' Sound". The solo album is influenced by Lee's acoustic solo work and creates a down home feel with plenty of Lee's signature slide guitar work. This album has tinges of everything from blues rock to downhome gospel, r&b and what some might call soulful country. "The Leavin' Sound" is set to be released in late summer 2012.

Watch Lee Yankie & The Hellz Yeah performing in Tuscaloosa here:


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.comEach 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. 

Single Day General Admission tickets are $15.  Two Day GA tickets are $25.  Single Day VIP tickets are $35.  Two Day VIP tickets are $50.  The show is for patrons 18 and older. 
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If you’d like more information about the event, email Alex Cape.
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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:


The Road to CukoRakko: A Conversation with Davis Little of Little Raine Band September 29, 2015 09:52

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Our latest segment, "The Road to CukoRakko," consists of a series of interviews leading up to the festival held this weekend at Horse Pens 40 in Steele, AL.  We recently caught up with Davis Little of the Little Raine Band, one of Birmingham's most promising young bands.  
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Little Raine Band is a band on a mission to follow their dreams by creating an amazing concert experience and music with lyrics that have visionary, philosophical, and universal elements that will leave an impact in people's lives. Each member has former jazz band experience and influences from all forms of music including bluegrass, funk, electronic music, jazz fusion, progressive rock, avant garde, indie, folk, R&B, and gospel.
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The band's influences are vast, but the band is naturally developing their own unique sound and also a noticeable following of fans that seems to be growing month by month.  Little Raine Band is set to play CukoRakko at 8:00 PM on Saturday, October 5th.
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Interview by Jordan Kirkland: Live & Listen
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The Little Raine Band is one of  many young, up-and-coming bands to surface out of North Alabama in recent years  When did you guys officially get this thing get rolling? Tell me about the band's early days.
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Davis:  Its hard to say when things officially got rolling, but the band as a name has been around since Daniel Raine and I (Davis Little) began the to play gigs when we were around 14 or 15. We spent a majority of our high school years as trio (with Marc Cameron Kosow on drums and Daniel Raine on Guitar/Bass/Harmonica) playing at small pubs and restaurants in Birmingham. We also most importantly had a 4 year weekly residency at a Mexican restaurant called Pablo’s, where we really learned how to play together, and we started a small fan base comprised mostly of friends and friends of our friends.
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Around senior year a good buddy brought Isaiah Smith over to Daniel’s parents basement, where we would jam, and things instantly clicked. Once we graduated, we tried to cut an album.  Right before we started the album, our drummer left the band to start his landscaping business. Daniel and I knew DeVonte Hutchins from playing with him at high school in the show choir band.  We jammed with him during our free classes in school.  So I called up DeVonte, and he was stoked at the offer and joined immediately. We never released that album, but we did release a debut album in April. 
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There has been an abundance of great, original live music coming from North Alabama in recent years.  CBDB, The Doctors & The Lawyers, Mother Funk, and you guys, just to name a few.  How big of an impact has the the music scene in Birmingham, Tuscaloosa, and beyond had on the band?
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The music scene in Alabama has no doubt had a huge impact on us. Each Alabama city has always had its own music scene, with its up years and down years.  Recently, the music scene in Tuscaloosa, Birmingham, and Auburn has been on a huge rise.  Its to the point where we are now seeing these music scenes in each city merging into one big scene/community. We are good friends with most of the other Birmingham, Auburn, and Tuscaloosa bands.  It's really a special thing, because we are all mutually in the spirit of working together to help create a big scene, as opposed to the inevitable competition in cities like Nashville, Athens, New Orleans, L.A., and so on. We are insanely honored to be part of this Alabama music scene/community.
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It's easy to get caught learning new cover tunes, as the requests seem to always roll in at the college/bar gigs.  How much original material has the band accumulated over the last few years?
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Davis: Surprisingly, we have around 40 original songs.
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Every band has their own unique way of putting together a setlist.  What does the process entail for you guys as you prepare for each show?
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DavisWe take a lot of care in writing our setlists. We have a database of all of our song,s and we have just about all of our recent set lists from the last few years. We kind of judge our sets depending on the set of the last time we played in that venue/city. Mainly though, we get together and write the set list before the show or on the way to the show and try to create a journey with our song choices. However, we really try to listen and be at "the forefront of the moment" as we call it, so more often than not we end up straying from the set list and exploring other musical areas. 
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We're coming up on CukoRakko, one of Alabama's young, growing music festivals.  Horse Pens 40 is without a doubt one of the most amazing locations in the state.  What does it mean to you guys to be back for the second time this year?
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Davis: CukoRakko is a very special festival to us. Not only is it the only festival in Alabama that consciously chooses to showcase mainly Alabama based bands, but its a grassroots handmade festival with genuinely good people running the event and attending. Greg and Jamie are some of the kindest men in the music industry.  It is an honor to be back again this Fall.
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CukoRakko will give you guys an opportunity to play in front of many fans who know your music forward and backward, as well as many who will be seeing you for the first time.  How would you best describe what the crowd at Horse Pens can expect from The Little Raine Band?
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DavisThere is no telling what everyone can expect from us this year. There is a lot of magic on the grounds of Horse Pens 40, so we’ll feel it out when we get there. 
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