Monday Morning Blues : 2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival July 18-20, 2008

March 3, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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The general philosophy here at Bag Of Songs is it’s all about supporting the music and the musicians and it’s always great to meet others who share that philosphy. Big thanks go out to Chris Johnson for tipping me off to this amazing event. The 2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival is musical labor of love that is all volunteer run and 100% of the proceeds go to the bands. Check out the incredible lineup of 45 bands happening over the three days. I’ve put together a random sample of just five of the artists for you here but you can explore more below as I’ve linked all of the bands to their respective sites in the schedule listing.

Gravel Road – Jesus On The Ward
Black Smokers – Bring Me Alcohol
Pearlene – I Thought You Knew
Bob Log III – Boob Scotch
Th’ Legendary Shack*Shackers- No Such Thing

Friday July 18
Richard Johnston Elmo Williams & Hezekiah Early Black-Eyed Snakes T-Model Ford Silver Lion’s 20/20 Juke Joint Duo feat. Cedric Burnside and Lightnin’ Malcolm The Moaners Jimmy “Duck” Holmes Jawbone Chris Cotton Gravel Road .357 String Band Smokestack and the Foothill Fury The Bird Dogs CuzN Wildweed

Saturday July 19
Th’ Legendary Shack*Shakers Black Diamond Heavies Dexter Romweber Duo Pat MacDonald Buffalo Killers Hillstomp Pearlene Charlie Parr Honkeyfinger Boogaloosa Prayer Those Poor Bastards Adam Posnak Pure Country Gold Illinois John Fever Blues Boy JAG

Sunday July 20
Bob Log III Scott H. Biram Scissormen Possessed By Paul James Left Lane Cruiser Tarbox Ramblers American Relay Mudlow Patrick Sweany Black Smokers John Schooley The Pack A.D. Cicada Omega The Dead Or Alives Luther The Devil

2nd Annual Deep Blues Festival
Fri – Sun, July 18-20, 2008 – 11:00am – 10:00pm
Washington County Fairgrounds – Lake Elmo, MN
Tickets on sale at

This festival celebrates the alternative and punk blues sound as well as the modern juke joint music of the Deep South with bands from 18 states as well as Italy, Australia, Canada, and the UK.

Due to the expansion and popularity of the festival, the new location is the Washington County Fairgrounds by Lake Elmo, on the East Side of Minneapolis/St Paul, MN. The bigger venue accommodates the additional acts and anticipated larger crowds. Two stages side by side allows for continuous music throughout the three days. Tickets are now on sale and this unique event is once again drawing music lovers from across the country and overseas including France, England, and Australia.

The Deep Blues sound connects the cutting edge and the future of the genre to the deepest roots of its past. Like the music of the great original blues artists, it is raw, immediate, unfiltered, authentic and entirely organic. The Deep Blues Festival represents a generation – or two – of
artists, who are part of a groundswell making its way to the mainstream, where signs of its influence are already visible.

The film festival, which features many music-related films, is free and open to the public at the fairgrounds throughout the weekend. Highlights include Max Shore’s “Hill Country Troubadour” and J.D. Wilke’s “Seven Signs.”

The Deep Blues Festival prides itself in being a “fan friendly” event.

Free parking, affordable ticket prices and concessions, no ticket service fees, and plenty of room for the fans are guaranteed.
A limited quantity of discount advance three day passes are available at the two festival
websites – and for $45.
Daily tickets will be available at the event for $30.
Under 21 are free, but must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.
Gates open at 10:00 a.m, rain or shine.

LIVE : 02.29.08 Scary Monster and It’s A King Thing At The Tritone

March 2, 2008 by · 1 Comment
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Some photos from this past Friday night, Leap Day, February 29th with Scary Monster and It’s A King Thing at Tritone In Philadelphia. Going with an orange theme as the what to wear color of the night, Scary Monster started it off with a rocking set of indie pop songs from their upcoming CD. New Jersey’s It’s a King Thing followed with their blend of guitar power pop, sort of sounding like a cross between Weezer and Nada Surf. Brian from It’s A King Thing was getting shocked by the microphone so he ended up covering it with the drummer’s sock right off his foot as you can see in the photos and singing into it the whole night. Made for some entertaining humor from the stage for sure. A great night of music all around.

MP3: Scary Monster – True Love, Good Morning
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MP3: It’s A King Thing – My Mini Van Just Died
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