Now Hear This
What started out as a coffee table conversation among friends who wanted to provide younger audiences with both the opportunities to attend classical music events in casual attire and social moments to enjoy with friends and performers culminated in the formation of ClefWorks in 2006. The premiere season was held in Montgomery in the summer of 2007, with the underlying concept of “demystifying” classical music by engaging all ages with an art form that many, surprisingly, already had a connection to – often through music lessons as a child or simply from hearing melodies in movies, commercials and Saturday cartoons.
As our beautiful River Region continues to grow, its blossoming New South culture evolves in interesting and surprising ways. As evidence of this welcome trend, Riverfront Park is hosting its Fourth of July Picnic in the Park. Sponsored by Wind Creek Hospitality and Capitol Hyundai, the event offers more than just a prime opportunity for fun in the sun. It also offers a chance to see a unique local talent celebrating the release of their self-titled debut album. Federal Expression is nine gifted friends with a shared love of a proud strain of Southern jam rock that extends from Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Allman Brothers to more modern favorites like Widespread Panic, Blues Traveler and Dave Matthews Band.
If you ask Chris Gilbert what his inspiration was for Toadlick Music Festival, he will tell you quite simply, “I just wanted to have a party.” With the help of family and friends, last year Gilbert was able to put together much more than a party – he managed to assemble a three day festival that, despite inclement weather, was attended by over 31,000 people. This year’s event, featuring big names in music from country, rock and southern rock, is shaping up to be even bigger and better.
Montgomery, meet Measure for Measure. No need for reciprocal introductions. The four members of perhaps Montgomery’s only pop punk band— Paul Boley, Steve Bell, Derek Vance and Timmy Lawless—are somewhere between partly and mostly Montgomery natives.
To see Souled Out play live is to witness a joyful testimony to the power of the groove. With their lineup of male and female vocalists, keyboards, guitar, bass, saxophone and drums, Souled Out combines more than 50 years worth of soul, rhythm and blues, jazz and pop into an infectious mix that inspires multi-generational audiences to dance and sing along.
In a city where it seems like every other musician playing the bars covers the same 20 songs by the same 10 classic rock artists, Goat Hill String Band is a welcome anomaly.