Norfolk's Discovery Music Series has announced a new set of shows starting Oct. 18 and stretching into the spring of 2013. Shying away from indie rock, the series has steered toward
Fishbone's show at the Attucks Theatre will be Feb. 23.
The Oct. 18 series launch show is by Orgone, a Los Angeles band I don't know. According to Allmusic.com, they're a funk ensemble that's been tapped to back hip-hop groups Little Brother and the Pharcyde.
Elsewhere on the schedule, we see an Oct. 27 show by singer-songwriter Steve Forbert, known for his hit "Romeo's Tune."
Check out the full series schedule and band mini-bios below.
Discovery Music Series
October 18, 2012 – March 22, 2013
JOHN COWAN BAND
NORFOLK, VA- The City of
Orgone, October 18, 2012
Pronounced with a long second “O,” the Los Angeles band Orgone is dedicated to heavy, raw, adrenaline-fueled funk and sweat-dripping
Orgone is a live funk juggernaut that can do it all, weaving seamlessly between gut- bucket nastiness, afrobeat, disco/house, and classic covers, creating a sweaty, dynamic dance experience.
Steve Forbert, October 27, 2012
Originally from Meridian, Mississippi, Forbert traveled to
Forbert's lengthy discography has helped to establish him as an American icon and his music was pure Americana before that genre was even recognized. Now, 34 years after his first album, Forbert is releasing an exciting new work, Over With You. It includes ten fresh but mature songs that pinpoint a wide range of emotions that color personal relationships and that most listeners have undoubtedly felt and struggled to understand at some point in their lives. "This is an album that has taken a lifetime to make," explains Forbert. "You don't just pull these songs out of thin air — you have to live them."
John Cowan Band, November 3, 2012
John Cowan is considered to be one of the ultimate musical innovators; his ability to move easily between music styles and blend genres into creative new forms has made him one of the most significant voices in
Darrell Scott, November 15, 2012
Darrell Scott, the son of musician Wayne Scott with whom he has collaborated, is a Kentucky born singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. As a child, Scott moved to East Gary, Indiana and by his teens was playing professionally in Southern California. He attended Tufts University, where he studied poetry and literature and has lived in Nashville, Tennessee, since the mid 90’s. He has written several mainstream country hits, and also has established himself as one of Nashville's premier session instrumentalists. Scott has collaborated with many successful artists to include
Martin Sexton, January 11, 2013
Born and raised in
He was named Artist of the Year by the National Academy of Songwriters in 1994 and by 1996, Sexton was sharing stages with
He has become known in the music industry as a folk, blues, and jazz guitar master, using his hands, feet, and incredible vocal range as both melody and percussion. Sexton continues to maintain a demanding tour schedule, and currently records for Atlantic Records.
Wheeler Brothers, January 17, 2013
The Wheeler Brothers, a five-piece act composed of Austin natives, have emerged as one of the most exciting bands to come out of Texas. Brothers Nolan, Tyler and Patrick Wheeler met Danny Matthews at LSU where they spent many afternoons playing guitars in the bar rooms of Baton Rouge and New Orleans. Upon their return to Austin, the group decided to round out their sound with the addition of guitarist A.J. Molyneaux. The band worked well together and managed to create a sound that pushed their name to the forefront of the Austin music scene.
The Wheeler Brothers' debut album, Portraits, was released in June 2011and was met with rave reviews. The album was backed by Texas swing legend Ray Benson and his label Bismeaux Records. This support, as well as the bands strong presence on college radio, helped pave the way for Wheeler Brothers to embark on their first national tour in the summer of 2011. The Wheeler Brothers debuted on the festival scene and began to gain recognition from supporting national acts such as Bob Schneider and Drive by Truckers. The Wheeler Brothers continue to tour and perform for their growing fan base and consistently sold out performances.
Mountain Heart, February 2, 2013
Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, Mountain Heart has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation in 1999. Mountain Heart continues to be one of the most highly awarded ensembles ever created, with members of the band having won or been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA, and multiple IBMA Awards. They have appeared at the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 125 times and have shared the stage with acts ranging from
From large outdoor folk and bluegrass festivals, to sold-out arena shows opening for Southern Rock icons, Lynyrd Skynyrd, to co-headlining concerts with the acoustic guitar legend, Tony Rice, Mountain Heart always manages to win over their audience, leaving them on their feet. Their rare combination of talent and abilities makes Mountain Heart one of the most versatile acts ever assembled. This year Mountain Heart will play some of the most prestigious outdoor multi-genre festivals in the nation as well as theaters and clubs as they tour in support of their seventh album, That Just Happened, which was released in late 2010.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds, a nine-piece ensemble that puts a modern spin on classic soul, is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow) and is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of eight men who artfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. Front-woman Sister Sparrow first began writing songs with her harmonica-playing brother Jackson, but it quickly became clear that a large, powerful band was needed to do justice to the tunes she was producing. The siblings called upon their cousin Bram, a California raised drummer, to help them assemble a band of epic proportions. Bram brought in childhood friends JJ Byars (alto saxophone) and Ryan Snow (trombone), and Ryan called upon baritone saxophonist and close friend Johnny Butler. Trumpeter Phil Rodriguez, guitarist Sasha Brown and bassist Aidan Carroll were eventually added to the group.
By 2009, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds packed New York’s legendary Rockwood Music Hall every weekend, holding down a five-month-long residency that built them a reputation for being one of the funkiest, tightest groups in the city. Within six months of their November 2010 debut release on Modern Vintage Recordings, Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds had opened for
Frontier Ruckus, February 17, 2013
Frontier Ruckus, a roots-based band from East Lansing, MI, are known for incorporating elements of rock, folk, bluegrass, country, blues, and jazz into their lyric-driven songs. The band was formed by singer-songwriter Matthew Milia and banjo player David Winston Jones during high school, and eventually became a three-piece with Eli Eisman on bass. During their college years, Frontier Ruckus expanded the band, adding Ryan "Smalls" Etzcorn on drums, Anna Burch on harmony vocals, and multi-dimensional musician Zachary Nichols on horns, singing saw, and melodica.
The band recorded a six-song self-released EP entitled "I Am the Water You Are Pumping" in 2006. Five of those songs appeared again in 2008 on the band's first full-length album, The Orion Songbook, which was named for Orion Township, a Metro Detroit suburb. Eisman left the band around the time of the album's release and was replaced on bass by Burch. The following year, Frontier Ruckus released The Orion Songbook as a double vinyl on Lower Peninsula Records with "Way Upstate & the Crippled Summer, Pt. 1", another six-song EP, appearing as the fourth side. That same year the band was signed to Ramseur Records, a North Carolina-based label, specializing in folk and roots music.
In 2010, Frontier Ruckus became a four-member band as they prepared for the release of their second full-length album, Deadmalls & Nightfalls, when Burch decided to leave the group.
Fishbone, February 23, 2013
Fishbone is a rock group that formed in 1979 in Los Angeles, CA. Combining equal parts of deep funk, high-energy punk, and frantic ska, Fishbone was one of the most distinctive and eclectic alternative rock bands of the late '80s. After performing in local clubs during the early '80s, the group signed with Columbia Records in the mid-'80s, releasing a self-titled EP in 1985. The following year, Fishbone released their first full-length album, In Your Face, which was quickly, followed by the Christmas EP “
Truth and Soul (1988), Fishbone's second album, captured the band at their most ambitious, as they alternated between heavy metal and funk. The album expanded their fan base but they didn't record a new album for another three years. Before 1991's The Reality of My Surroundings Fishbone added second guitarist John Bigham. The album was a hit, receiving positive reviews, however, the record didn't establish the band as a mainstream success, nor did 1993's Give a Monkey a Brain and He'll Swear He's the Center of the Universe, despite their appearance at the third
In 1996 Fishbone released Chim Chim's Bad Ass Revenge, their first album for Arista, as well as a double-disc compilation Fishbone 101: Nuttasaurusmeg Fossil Fuelin. Despite poor album sales, the group remained a popular concert attraction, issuing the all-star Psychotic Friends Nuttwerx in the spring of 2000. In 2002, an EP featuring a 20-minute jam with
Paul Thorn, March 2, 2013
As the son of a Pentecostal preacher, Paul Thorn started down his music path performing in churches. His first paying gig was at a revival with his father. Paul continued gathering first-hand musical experiences as a child, taking particular notice of the gospel music he heard at close quarters. His hometown of Tulepo, Mississippi was rich in music tradition. However, before Thorn reached his teens, a new passion overtook music...boxing. With the help of his Uncle Merle, a professional fighter, Thorn was taught the art boxing. He eventually won some amateur regional fights, turned professional, and became a fairly decent fighter. The highlight of his career was in 1987 when he fought Roberto Duran in Atlantic City, which was televised nationally in 1988. Over the next 12 years, Thorn's passion for music began to return. He began to perform at various clubs around town and was eventually discovered by the legendary manager Miles Copeland. Thorn recorded his first album, Hammer & Nail, in 1997 for A&M then recorded Ain't Love Strange for Copeland's boutique Ark 21 label three years later.
Thorn landed an opening slot for
The Roys, March 22, 2013
The Roys, a brother/sister duo made up of
THE ROYS have played some of the most notable stages across the world including Dollywood, Country Thunder, Tamworth (Australia), Folk Alliance, CMA Music Festival and dozens of Bluegrass festivals. The duo has also hosted seven episodes of the Bluegrass Mountains television show and have been seen on such popular television series as Fox & Friends, Better TV and Praise the Lord with Jason Crabb. The duo has shared the stage with superstars George Jones,
The duo's follow-up album, New Day Dawning, features the infectious first single "Still Standing," along with the intriguing "Grandpa's Barn". With an ever-evolving sound, The Roys continue to bring new life to traditional sounds.
All twelve concerts are available for $170 as part of the Discovery Music Series Subscription Package, which includes savings off single ticket prices and several subscriber benefits. Benefits include exclusive access to the VEER Magazine Libation Lounge where subscribers will enjoy complimentary wine, beer, soft drinks and snacks during intermission, first choice of seats, a free Discovery Series t-shirt and poster, tote bag and a subscriber discount card for use at local retailers and restaurants .
A six concert Discovery Music Series Package is available for $95 each and includes all the subscriber benefits.
All tickets go on sale Monday, October 1st at 10AM. Previous subscribers' seats will be reserved for two weeks starting October 1stand will then be released to the general public. Single tickets to all shows are $20. Tickets can be purchased by calling
ABOUT THE DISCOVERY MUSIC SERIES:
In the fall of 2006, the City of Norfolk’s Seven Venues presented the inaugural season of the new Discovery Music Series at the historic Attucks Theatre with a lineup of four of the nation’s premiere singer/songwriters. Notable past performers have included