Presented by: Birmingham Mountain Radio

The Crescent Stage spotlights live music from local talent all weekend under a blanket Fall colors. Grab a spot on The Village Green for a great line up of entertainment, or catch the traveling sound waves as you explore the festival’s diverse offerings.

2018 LINE UP

Saturday, November 3
11:00 am – The Matchcoats
12:00 pm – Anna Grace Beatty
1:00 pm – JQ’s One Man Big Band
2:00 pm – ASFA Jazz Ensemble
3:00 pm – MUAD
4:00 pm –  Soul Desert

Sunday, November 4
11:00 am – The Bouquets
12:00 pm – Green String Project
1:00 pm – Bitter Calm
2:00 pm – DreamCatcher
3:00 pm – OPOV Band

Saturday Night Stars 
The Audiovore

Live Music coordinator 
Jess Marie Walker


PERFORMER BIOS & INFO

Alabama School of Fine Arts Jazz Ensemble
Robert Janssen, Director

Flute – Olivia Knowles
Clarinet – Jasmine Young
Alto Sax – Mya Gibson, Tanner Bowman, Nyla Jones, Andrew Robertson
Tenor Sax – Ivey Thomas, Kah’lin Jordan
Baritone Sax – Sam Gravlee
Trumpet – Jakarius Hill, Charity Seltzer, Isaiah Martinez, Ryan Sawyer, Marek Ledvina
Trombone – Jeremy Duke, Brandan Belser, Parker Hull
French Horn – Alana Knowles, Alexandra Foreman, Sophie Sikorski
Piano – Aidan Miles-Jemison, Gareth Hill, JT Morris, Emma Peng, Max Coryell
Guitar – Justin Ritondo, Owen Dismukes, Wesley Patterson, Charles Spencer
Bass – Zoe Johnson, Wylie Willis
Drum Set & Auxiliary Percussion – Patrick Morris, Cameron Clark, Amber Rocker

Anna Grace Beatty is a singer/songwriter based in her hometown of Birmingham, Alabama. Her debut EP, “Burns You Up,” will be releasing on October 12th, 2018. It is currently available for digital pre-order. “Ain’t No Man,” the first single from the EP, is available on all online music services now.

The Audiovore is a one-stop shop for the best in modern music. Radio DJ, filmmaker, music writer, concert promoter, and photographer, Lee Shook has been an integral part of the Birmingham and Southern music scene for 15+ years, producing unique specialty radio shows, live music videos, and concert experiences throughout the southeast through his work with organizations like Birmingham Mountain Radio, TransMuseq, the Shaking Ray Levi Society, and Southeastern Attractions, to name just a few. As a music writer he has also had work published all over the country and world, including with such esteemed publications as Oxford American, The Wire, Paste Magazine, Birmingham Magazine and Tuscaloosa News. He has also worked as a highly-regarded club DJ opening up for national touring acts like Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra, Michael Franti, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, and Tank & The Bangas, among countless others. With one foot firmly in the future and the other firmly in the past, he has helped raise awareness of the South’s unique musical and cultural history and heritage, and has worked with artists– both large and small, known and unknown– through his countless creative endeavors across multiple media formats.

Bitter Calm is a band featuring members of Velouria, violinist Meg Ford, a box full of videos tapes, and a hand-me-down watch that doesn’t tell time. They play loud slow songs about love and death, and they’ve never had so much fun.

The Bouquets are a group of friends from Birmingham, AL, who play rock and roll music. Their fragrance is mighty and intoxicating. Their presence is vivid and thorny. They sound like the cactus bloom on a February night in the desert. They are beautiful and dangerous, pulsing in the sand.

DreamCatcher

Green String Project is a Birmingham based quartet that blends folk, bluegrass, swing and contemporary music influences into a modern acoustic sound. GSP delivers original compositions with a nod to a simpler past while addressing the present and future of a corporate technologically driven, distributed society.

JQ’s One Man Big Band was developed by Jim Quakenbush as a way to play upon and promote his love of Big Band Swing & Jazz Classics. Accompanied by JQ’s Box Band, Jim uses Voice and Horn to pay homage to such artists as Duke, Count, Ella, Frank and, of course, the incomparable Louis Armstrong.

The Matchcoats – “Oh, we move along/In life you learn so many songs,” so starts the first track of “Coming Up” off Birmingham-based acoustic duo, The Matchcoats’ debut EP, Blanket Tricks. Saturated in brilliantly simple lyrical truisms and painted with delicate strokes of bluesy folk-driven melody and harmony, the musical relationship between husband and wife Gabriel and Sarah Akins overflows into the life of anyone who treats themselves to the duo’s experiences in song. In most cases, the Matchcoats put the listener’s well-being ahead of their own in hopes that what was once specific and personal to the songwriters can be expounded upon and ingrained into the fabric of their audience’s day to day living, a relational approach to storytelling that is becoming rare in a culture driven by self-serving art.
If you’re wondering about the band name, it refers to a garment worn in the 17th and 18th centuries – basically, a blanket fashioned into a coat – that was simple, practical, and effective. Can music cover, protect, and warm the listener in a similar way? The Matchcoats certainly think so.” — Mary Colurso, Al.com The Birmingham Sessions, The Matchcoats 2/10/2014

MUAD – Modular Units of the Analog Domain was born of the love of the sounds that were possible from analog synthesizers.  Friends for decades, James Carr and O.Z. Hall have shared a devotion to music technology going back to the heyday of the analog synthesizer in the 1970s.  Reflecting this interest, James and O.Z. have purchased a number of instruments, many from each other.

James has performed solo original music with synthesizers for decades.  O.Z.’s performance experience has been mostly on drums.  With the “analog” revival of the last decade, the two of them began buying/trading/building analog synthesizer modules.  As a natural extension of this, they began to share creating music with these organic instruments.  Thus was born the synth duo named MUAD.

Their influences include seminal works by Walter (now Wendy) Carlos, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Yes, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream, as well as hits from the synth-pop revolution of the 80s.

Original Point of View Band (OPOV Band) is a band of seasoned musicians that enjoy playing good clean music covering various genres such as Pop, R&B, Blues, Country, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Contemporary Gospel, Neo Soul, Easy Listening, and Dance music. OPOV was formed in 2014 under the name Point of View Band and later established their current name brand as the Original Point of View Band. OPOV Band is a viable Limited Liability Corporation and its general make-up is a 7-piece band, 3 singers, Drums, Bass, Lead Guitar, and Keys. The Band is equipped to cover indoor and outdoor venues providing sound and lights appropriate for most venues. OPOV is well versed and experienced in performing for weddings, wedding receptions, corporate events, parties, restaurants, festivals, and club events.

Soul Desert is a five-piece rock and roll outfit based in Birmingham, specializing in making spaces and bringing the grooves. Group vocals, sci-fi synths, and full bodied jams, ranging from dreamy space ballads to fiery hard rock bangers.

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