Friday, July 18th
Henry C. and the Willards
Saturday, July 19th
Simba and the Exceptional Africans
Sunday, July 20th
Washington Idaho Symphony
Carolyn Wonderland has the goods. A triple threat with her diverse songwriting, soulful vocals, and guitar goddess status – all featured on over twenty CDs, six of which are her releases – she has a pedigree in this business that’s hard to match. A bit of a renegade, she likes to incorporate elements of Blues, Country, Swing, Zydeco, Surf, Gospel, Soul, and some nights, maybe even a Cumbia into the musical mix. Recent years have seen her stretching out musically working some expert whistling and scat singing into her shows. In addition to her trusty guitar, “Patty,” Carolyn has been regularly playing her trumpet, and even occasionally the accordion, mandolin, or keys…she is threatening to take up nose flute if someone doesn’t stop her…
Wonderland’s songs have been featured on NBC’s “Homicide,” Fox’s “Time of Your Life,” & Houston NORML even made a video PSA set to Carolyn’s “Annie’s Scarlet Letter.” She has toured with acts like Buddy Guy and Johnny Winter, sat-in with String Cheese Incident, Robert Earl Keen, and Los Lobos, and even sang the “National Anthem” at Sturgis Bike Week 2003 — her 10th anniversary playing Sturgis — before Robbie Kneivel’s record-breaking jump over one hundred Harleys. Recently, she was a panelist at the University of Texas LBJ Library’s “Instruments of Freedom” Forum with Kinky Friedman, Marcia Ball, Jerry Jeff Walker and others. She’s been lucky enough to jam with mentors and friends like Bob Dylan, Eddy Shaver and Ray Benson. She’s co-written songs with Ruthie Foster, Cindy Cashdollar, Candye Kane and Guy Forsyth.
How lucky can one girl get? Well, with a lot of hard work, just this lucky. In her words, “I still get to play most every night, so the adventure continues. Every musical interlude is a new page, another chance to jump into the Ether.” Originally from Houston, a city where she has won awards in The Houston Press for everything from Best Guitarist, Vocalist, Songwriter, Blues, to Release of the Year and Musician of the Year — virtually sweeping the awards for 5 years from the time she was a teenager. Now residing in Austin, Ms. Wonderland says, “I moved to the land of free guitar lessons!”
Opening – Sam Sliva
Take one listen to “Sam Sliva” and you’ll remember why you fell in love with music to begin with. Now based in Austin, Sliva grew up in the Houston area listening to everything from Bob Marley and Led Zeppelin to George Strait and John Lee Hooker.
“I like to combine all of my influences and make one collective sound,” Sliva says – and he’s done just that with his latest disc, “And the People Say.” Elements of reggae, country, rock, blues, R&B and folk all intertwine to create something indefinable but coherent. Although it may best fit into Adult Contemporary or Americana rock playlists, the music retains a distinct edge and bluesy swagger that marks it as characteristically Sliva.
As adept a guitarist as he is a lyricist and songwriter, Sliva admits that he’s self taught and says “It really shows through in my music. Through everything from Neil Young to Robert Randolph channels, it gives it a uniqueness that people can appreciate.”
With roughly 1000 live shows logged in over the past four years, Sliva thrives on the road. More recently, his touring schedule has seen him branch out from the Texas circuit to the Midwest and beyond while sharing the stage with some of the biggest names in the industry.
On …”And the People Say,” everything comes together for Sliva: Bluesy guitars, folk inspired detail in the storytelling, country grittiness and reggae underpinnings – all held together by Sliva’s soulful vocals and ability to craft not only catchy hooks, but also vivid and memorable lyrics. His eclectic style and ability to meld genres puts him in good company, allowing him to sit easily in playlists next to everyone from Michael Franti to Eli Young Band to John Mayer to Kenny Wayne Shepherd.
Listen to Sam Sliva here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gv_ZRpitNlM
Showcase Winner – Henry C. and the Willards
Henry C. and the Willards: Their musical style has been described as “blues-infused and danceable, with fierce vocals.” Fronted by guitarist and songwriter Henry C. Willard, the band includes six local men and women – all long-time members of the local music scene – with a common passion for blues, rock ‘n’ roll, and Americana. Their setlist includes original tunes by Henry C. and Jeanne McHale, as well as a range of covers, from classic blues and danceable roots rock to folk-influenced tunes by the Decembrists and Dave McGraw. Henry Willard formed Henry C. and the Willards in 2012; he has played with a variety of other bands on the Palouse, including Kelly Riley, Charlie Sutton, and Yellow Dog Flats. Jeanne McHale, well known locally as a solo artist and songwriter, has been a keyboardist with a variety of bands, including the Snake River Six and the Moscow Volunteer Peace Band. Bassist Doug Park has performed with various artists, including Kelley Riley, John Treasure, and Beargrass. Nels Peterson, a local artisanal baker and man of mystery, has also logged time with other players, including Charlie Sutton. Singer, guitarist and Moscow musical entrepreneur Terri Grzebielski has sung and played with Soulstice, Spare Time, Lonesome Divas, the Hot Flashes, Gypsy Dawgs and others. Vocalist and percussionist Donna Holmes Parks has previously worked with several other groups as well, including Lonesome Divas, Gasoline Creek, the Hot Flashes. Henry C. and the Willards play regularly on the Palouse at fundraisers and other venues, including Moscow Renaissance Fair, Farmer’s Market and Kenworthy Theater fundraisers.
DISHWALLA. A platinum selling, award winning band with a career spanning nearly 2 decades and 5 albums.
In 1994 Dishwalla signed to A&M Records and immediately began their successful launch into the music scene with a rendition of It’s Going to Take Some Time that was chosen as a single for The Carpenters tribute album, If I Were a Carpenter, a live performance on the Jon Stewart Show, and MTV coverage.
When A&M released Dishwalla’s debut album, Pet Your Friends, it lit up the airwaves in 1996 with their edgy smash-hit singleCounting Blue Cars. With a gritty attitude and edgy musicianship reminiscent of past musical legends, Dishwalla’s Alt-Rock sound was enough for music fans to crown Counting Blue Cars one of the most requested songs of that year. The track earned them a Billboard Award for “Best Rock Song” for 1996 as well as two ASCAP Awards for “Rock Track of the Year” in both 1996 and 1997, driving Pet Your Friends to sell more than a million copies worldwide.
Standing amongst Rock royalty, the band shared the stage with the likes of No Doubt, Sheryl Crow, Cheap Trick, Blind Melon,Lenny Kravitz, Gin Blossoms, and the Goo Goo Dolls, including a signature performance at the infamous Woodstock in 1998. Later that year, the band released its follow-up album, And You Think You Know What Life’s About, and recorded a fresh version of Policy of Truth for Depeche Mode’s tribute disc, For the Masses. Their edgy, yet melodic, signature sound became part of the soundtracks of a generation being featured in hit movies such as Empire Records, Blast from the Past, The Avengers, and in 1999, Stir of Echoes and American Pie. With heavy touring and new releases, the band charted on Billboard with the release of Opaline (2002), the acclaimed live album, Live… Greetings From The Flow State (2003), and their self-titled Dishwallain 2005. Their songs continue to be included in movies like The Banger Sisters and in TV shows such as Smallville, The OC, andNCIS, Charmed (spotlighted as musical guests) and most recently in 2012, Dishwalla was written into the plot of How I Met Your Mother on CBS.
Over the span of their 2 decade-long career, the band has survived the usual drama of personnel and record label changes. Dishwalla’s music helped define the sound of a generation. Their music is timeless, and Counting Blue Cars‘ recurrent airplay on Triple A and Hot A.C. radio are a testament to this. Touted by fans and industry alike as one of the best live bands to come out of the 90′s, Dishwalla is back, and now they have a story to tell.
Opening – Little Hurricane
Showcase Winner – Simba and the Exceptional Africans
This Moscow-based, African rhythm/folk/reggae group is growing to epic proportions – exceeding that even of Chicago – with a member base of 12! But front man Simba Tirima sees no reason to pare down. “Maybe when we hit 22 or 23,” he said. The original band members have been together – on and off – since 2011. Since their first gig in the University of Idaho’s SUB ballroom for Africa Night, they’ve played churches, Hempfest and the Moscow Farmer’s Market as well as other local venues. Tirima, who fell in love with music as a young child in his home country of Kenya, says rhythm and musical ability are accessible to everyone who has a heartbeat. They will be recording their first album this summer. On the future: “I’m looking forward to this thing blowing up and traveling the world”
Showcase Winner – Saigon Country
This groups manager Luke Zwanziger said the folksy trio found its name by combining a respect for frontman Brian Buck’s Vietnamese heritage and love for their own sweet home in Wallowa County, Ore., most often called only, “The County.” The group refers to its unique sound as “Americana for the urban moonshiner” and gathers inspiration from the love of their rural locale. Less than a year old, Saigon County came together last fall and started playing live shows as recently as February. They mix banjoes, keys, kick drums and guitar for a mild folk sound
Washington Idaho Symphony
“The Washington Idaho Symphony’s mission is to bring live classical music
to all ages in the rural Whitman and Asotin counties of Washington
and the Latah and Nez Perce counties of Idaho, while providing an outstanding opportunity
for the region’s most accomplished musicians to participate in challenging repertoire and performance.”
Opening – Hog Heaven Big Band
The Hog Heaven Big Band has been playing dance music on the Palouse for decades and at the Barn since it opened in 2006. The tunes come from the Great American Songbook. Come to dance or to listen and to watch some expert dancers.