Michael Batdorf, frontman for the iconic Rocky Mountain band One Ton Pig, is doing his 5TH annual SOLO SONGWRITER TOUR.
Billboard Annual World Song Contest Honorable Mention
Larrivee Guitar Sponsored Artist
Easy Chair Recording Artist
A mix of Blues, Folk, and Rock, Michael is a true “chameleon of song”, and has blended these genres to create something uniquely his own for over 25 years.
Few songwriters can say they have had a $1.5 million showroom built for their music. Michael’s Wyoming based band has packed the house every Tuesday night in Jackson Hole’s Historic Silver Dollar Bar for over 10 years and the owners enthusiastically accommodated the demand. Fewer songwriters can say they have dedicated 15 years of their life to serving at-risk youth in a Wilderness Therapeutic Program. Mix this all in with the landscape of Wyoming’s western Mountains and you get a snapshot of Michael’s unique muse.
Michael Batdorf, has appeared at numerous large festivals and has shared the bill with such artists as the Wood Brothers, Chris Robinson, Railroad Earth, Tony Furtado, Old Crow Medicine Show, Travelin’ McCourys, Elephant Revival, Band of Heathens, Los Lobos, John Prine, Leftover Salmon, Young Dubliners, White Denim, etc...
"With an artist of this calibre it’s almost a duty to spread the word from ocean to ocean."-Mike Davies, NetRhythms www.netrhythms.co.uk
Below is a link to Michael’s Solo Work and with his band One Ton Pig.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=05WR28fGktg (w/ One Ton Pig)
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Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.
Brian's band Enter The Haggis and Rose's group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn't until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary's guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.
Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.
Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album "Wide Awake" (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up "March Through Storms" (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you'll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
Weird Wednesday 10/17/18
You've never heard violin like this! The world's premier visionary violinist, Dixon's life mission is to inspire people - and he has done so across North America, including giving three TED talks/performances, over ten years at Burning Man, plus radio, TV, and film appearances. A former technology leader and symphony violinist, Dixon walked away from a distinguished career to follow his dream full-time, and invented a whole new music genre. Dixon now improvises on a 5-string electric violin with a looping system he developed to create an all-live one-man symphony, guided by his remarkable personal story of life transformation.
Prior Event Highlights (by category):
* HONORS: 3 TED talks/performances (TEDxBlackRockCity, TEDxDetroit, TEDxMuskegon), "Best of" TEDx selectee; Juried Showcases at PAE and OAPN; featured on Fox News; broadcast on Public Radio International's Echoes; appearance and on soundtrack for "The Bloom" Transformational Festival documentary, appearance in feature film "Spark: A Burning Man Story"; selected for 2015-2018 Michigan Arts & Humanities Touring Directory; on Pandora/iTunes/Amazon/more
* TRANSFORMATIONAL FESTIVALS: Burning Man (10 years in a row), Electric Forest, Rootwire, Sonic Bloom, Lucidity, ARISE, Art Outside, Luna Light, Resonance, Earthdance, Harvest Festival, Diversity Fest, OpenMind Fest, Return 2 Roots, UNITUS, PEX, Gratifly, PlayThink, Texas Wild Rice Festival
* LARGE EVENTS (over 50k people): Electric Forest, Luminaria, Burning Man, Tulsa Mayfest, Rothbury, Noel Night, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival
* SPIRITUALITY/CONSCIOUSNESS: Alex Grey's Chapel of Sacred Mirrors, The Zen Cruise, Earth Night, Sirius Rising, Sedona Yoga Fest, Wisteria Summer Solstice, Spiral Dance, EqualEyez, Synphoria, AscenDance, Serendipity, Inner Peace Fest, Three Days of Light, YogaFest
* ELECTRONIC DANCE MUSIC (EDM): Sacred Earth, SpaceCamp Psyfari, Karmaclysm, Dubstep Circus, FreakEasy
* JAM/ROOTS events: The Werk Out, Bliss Fest, Hoopla in the Hills, Hookahville, Peace Fest, Hoodilidoo, Skyy's Burning, Tribal Connection, Come Together, SpaceStock, Aestival Festival, Land of NOD, Blast Off!
* YOGA/MOVEMENT: hundreds of yoga, hoop/poi/flow, and dance events
* CLASSICAL: former member of Detroit Symphony Civic Orchestra, and Midland Symphony
* AVANT-GARDE: Luminaria, Penguicon, North American Science Fiction Convention, The DAMNED Exhibition, Cleveland Ingenuity Festival, Theatre Bizarre, Extreme Futurist Festival, Squared Circle Review, Resonate, ConFusion
Tickets: $8.00 ADV $10.00 DOS
On their fifth full-length, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transform pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before—and their sonic palette more daringly expansive—the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power.
“The songs are mostly breakup songs,” says Asebroek. “There was love and now it’s gone—we fucked it up, or some outside circumstance brought it to an end. It’s about dealing with all that but still having hope in your heart, even if you’re feeling a little lost and jaded.”
In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producer/mixer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, case/lang/veirs) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the sublime harmonies the band first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart also finds Fruition more fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities and bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’ve been a band almost ten years now, and we’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.
Recorded in ten days at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Watching It All Fall Apart came to life with the same kinetic urgency found in Fruition’s live sound. “It’s kind of an impossible task, this idea of transmuting the live energy into something you can play on your stereo, but I feel like this record comes close to that,” says Asebroek. At the same time, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”
The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs. Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ, horns, vocals) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals) and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb. Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base.The Weight Band’s musical connections to The Band run deep. Replacing Robbie Robertson as a member of The Band in 1985, Weider toured internationally with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. His tenure included writing for and recording three studio albums with The Band. Weider and Brian Mitchell are also members of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. Five time Grammy-award winner Brian Mitchell is highly regarded in the music industry. Marty Grebb, formerly with The Buckinghams and who has performed with Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others, contributed to both The Band’s Jericho and Jubilation albums. Albert Rogers shared the stage with Helm and Hudson in The Jim Weider Band. Michael Bram joined The Weight Band after seven years touring with Jason Mraz.
Recently the group released their first full-length studio album, World Gone Mad, an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound. The acclaimed album features special guest, Jackie Greene, as well as co-writing contributions from Levon Helm.
Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Ophelia," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Rag Mama Rag" and so many others. Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band's music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.” Come and take a load off.
Hailing from the quiet suburbs of Plano, Texas, progressive rock outfit, Polyphia, are anything but mild-mannered. With a distinctly thought-out and well-orchestrated sound, the quartet pummels out blistering blast beats, and an onslaught of guitar shreds that blends, seamlessly, with melodic grooves and a humble intensity that never wears on the ear. Capitalizing on a "Standard of Excellence", the band wishes to inspire those who listen with their doctrine of uncompromised work ethic and self-motivated success.