If you have been to Outside Lands the last 3 years, you know that Mike Shine's "Dr Flotsam" stage and performance art portion is a major highlight of the festival. Juxtapoz and the Shine crew are back at it in 2014, and we have some previews of the bands that are going to be playing at the Dr. Flotsam’s Hell Brew Revue Stage all weekend long. Let's listen in.
Beso Negro has an all-star lineup of internationally experienced musicians who have brought drive and passion to Gypsy Rock. The love for tradition has collided with a modern sensibility and has transformed the genre into a vibrant new beast. Darker, faster, more danceable, more blues, more Gypsy, Beso Negro’s indelible fingerprint brings Jazz Manouche to a new generation and to the 21st Century.
Javier Jimenez of Madrid adroitly conjures the ghost of Django with his phenomenal guitar playing. Adam Roach’s vocals are singular, soulful and penetrating. Steve Gardner’s fiddle playing is fluid and dark. Cheyenne’s Bass playing locks with Ethan Turner’s hard swinging drums, driving the rhythm and laying down the foundation. One night with Beso Negro and you will understand what it means to get the “Black Kiss.”
El Radio Fantastique
Inspired by a bizarre family tale of a sinister radio that possessed its listeners, bandleader Giovanni DiMorente approaches his music as if turning the dial, transmitting a vibrant spectrum of musical styles, lost in time, yet timeless. This eight-piece ensemble serves up a dizzying cocktail of beautiful darkness and achingly sublime melodies - called everything from junkyard hymns to cabaret grotesque to gypsy soul to New Orleans second line noir. Their tunes are guaranteed to set your soul flying while your heart breaks and your body shakes.
Marty O’Reilly & the Old Soul Orchestra
O’Reilly began his musical journey as a blues guitar player, exploring the works of Blind Willie Johnson, Mississippi John Hurt, John Lee Hooker, Charlie Patton, and Leadbelly. Through extensive listening and studying of the early delta greats, O’Reilly developed a unique foundation onto which he would incorporate themes from influences in other musical veins such as John Fahey, Nick Drake, John Vandiver and Tom Waits. Whether it be his original pieces, or his renditions of old American classics, O’Reilly tells his story through an old and soulful voice, propelled by a sense of authentic emotional adrenaline.
When performing with his trio, The Old Soul Orchestra, O’Reilly is backed by Jeff Kissell on the Double Bass, and Chris Lynch on the fiddle. Their versatile musicianship and soulful chemistry help to expand O’Reilly’s songs into pieces that drive like a ten pound hammer, or float like a feather, and flow seamlessly in-between. The trio was formed in late 2012, and has rapidly made a name for itself along the West Coast, being featured at many notable venues and festivals, including Outside Lands Festival (2013), Rivertown Revival Festival (2013), Do It Ourselves Festival (2013), Café du Nord (SF), Hotel Café (LA), and Empty Sea Studios (Seattle). The Band released a self-titled live album in 2013, and their debut studio album “Pray for Rain” in Spring of 2014.
San Francisco’s Slim Jenkins is a celebration of great American roots music and its tradition of innovation and energy. Harking back to the heyday of hot jazz and blue, Slim Jenkins evokes a world of seduction and mystery, love and betrayal. Sultry and smooth, or jumping and hot, their music keeps the dance floor energized and alive.
Slim Jenkins never loses sight of the balance between tradition and innovation that defines classic American music. Its repertoire is an evocation of our musical history, while at the same time, an expression of the edge and attitude of music today.
Bruce Gordon, Lloyd Meadows, and Louie Rodriguez offer the best of what Zydeco is famous for: hot, spicy, soulful sounds of the bayou. Bruce and Lloyd’s musical chemistry began in 1991 with the formation of the Zydeco Flames. Their magic sounds come alive again with the TriTipTrio. With Lloyd’s mesmerizing washboard, harmonica, and soulful vocals, Bruce’s funky, bluesy accordion, and Louie’s stick to it and do it drums, TriTipTrio is a fireball of hot dance hall music. Dustbowl Revival
"Americana swing that was so fun I went back to see them again the next day." — ROLLING STONE
The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music - a youthful take on time-worn American traditions. Named "Best Live Band in LA" by The LA Weekly, each Dustbowl performance promises to be a white-knuckle ride through the history of American folk music that rarely stays just on the stage.