October 18&19 Gauiter Mullet Festival

A Message From The Chairman of the Gautier Mullet & Music Festival
The 18th Annual Gautier Mullet & Music Fest

Free Admission
NEW! Free Park n Ride from Singing River Mall to the Festival (Hwy 90 west parking lot)
Shuttles are sponsored entirely by V. T.
Halter Marine

2008 Festival Dates: Sat Oct 18th 11am – 6pm & Sun Oct 19th 11am – 4pm
Location: Under the Oaks on The Old Place Estate on the bank of the singing River
at Highway 90 in Gautier Mississippi.

We offer great shopping for unique hand crafted items and delicious Gulf coast food. Learn about the Gulf Coast in our “hands on” Heritage & Education area. Kids will have a blast in the FREE Kids area. Enter our famous Mullet toss Contest – you’ve definitely gotta see how far you can throw a mullet! There is a Car & Motorcycle Show on Saturday. Bring your folding chairs and your dancing shoes – there are 2 entertainment stages to keep your toes tapping.
There is fun for ALL ages at the Gautier Mullet & Music Fest!!! There were over 30,000 attendees last year, won’t you come and join the fun in 2008?

The Gautier Mullet & Music Fest has become a Gulf Coast Region festival. We promote our music festival regionally and draw attendees from along the Mississippi Gulf Coast, from Memphis, and from along the I-10 corridor through Northwest Florida, Alabama and Louisiana. Each year our festival has grown tremendously. Over 30,000 folks enjoyed the music while attending last year’s traditional one day festival. This year we have expanded the festival to two days.

The focal point of our 2008 Gautier Mullet & Music Fest is our Major Entertainment Stage featuring many popular live bands ( Before Nine and Castor Troy ) for attendees to enjoy. We also have out community Entertainment Stage which features local bands playing to gain exposure on the coast, as well as, coast school and community entertainment groups. The Heritage & Educational Area will highlight a variety of Historical, Wildlife, ecological and Fisheries Exhibits, as well as Community Goodwill and Health & Safety Exhibits. The Heritage & educational Area will also showcase local craftsmen given live demonstrations of their craft. The Gautier Mullet & Music Fest will host a Car & Motorcycle Show, out famous Mullet Toss contest – yes we throw a fish!, an Arts and Crafts Show, dog exhibitions and a variety of other entertaining activities. This year we will continue our festival’s new tradition of hosting a FREE Kid’s Area sponsored by Northrop Grumman.
This year’s Northrop Grumman FREE Kid’s Area will feature a giant “Pirates of the Caribbean” blow-up multi-activity ride, a giant double slide, a Velcro wall, a blow-up boxing ring, several blow-up jump centers, FREE Train rides around the festival grounds and more!

Anna Simpson
Gautier Mullet & Music Fest Chairman

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint Celebrates it’s 5th Year of Bring the Blues to the Coast with Headliner Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

It’s time to get fed at the Shed this Saturday!

The Shed BBQ & Blues Joint, Ocean Springs, Ms is preparing for the largest turnout yet at the 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival on Saturday, September 20th. To celebrate its fifth year, The Shed has added a second stage for acoustic performances. Other artists appearing at the Festival this year will be Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernest Guitar Roy, Jimbo Mathus Knock Down South, Lisa Mills Walter Waiters, Rochelle Harper, Roster Blues and 3 Karat Diamond winner of the from Shed to Chedigny blues challenge.

The legendary Kenny Wayne Shepherd will headline the Festival. Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four time Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist with four No. 1 blues albums to his credit, including Billboard Magazine’s # 1 Blues Album of 2007, a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and a Blues Music Award. Blues enthusiasts will certainly take great pleasure in the performace of Double Trouble’s Chris “Whipper” Layton appearing with Shepherd.

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint is an award winning BBQ restaurant and music venue. The Shed is known for its “Down Home Southern BBQ” and its eclectic taste for live Blues on Friday and Saturday nights. The Shed won two first place trophies at the world championship of BBQ at Memphis in May 2008 and were voted Best Pork Sandwich in America 2001 by the National BBQ News Magazine. For the non BBQ lovers there will be other types of food available such as Fried fish, hamburgers with all the fixings, etc.

The 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival brought to you by Miller Lite, Harley Davidson of Gulfport, Clear Channel Radio Group. Tickets are $25.00 for the all day event and are on Sale now at the Shed and at the door. There will be on site parking for motorcycles and offsite parking for cars with a bus running continuously to and from The Shed. As always at The Shed children are welcome. Children under 10 are free. Bring your lawn chairs and wear your festival garb. No coolers allowed. Rain or Shine. Gates open at 2 O’clock continuous music until 11.

The 5th Ever ShedHed Blues Festival
September 20th, 2008
The Original Shed BBQ & Blues Joint
Hwy 57 North 1,000 yards
Ocean Springs, Mississippi 39565
228-875-8577 Shed Office
228-324-7311 Marketing

Aura posts new song

The band Aura from Ocean Springs, MS has posted a ‘Life From The Top’ to their myspace. Aura consists of former members from Joshua Sun and Tyler formerly of Subsist. You can catch their first show this Wednesday night at Thunder’s Tavern in Pascagoula, MS. They will be opening for Midnight to Twelve and Egypt Central.

The differences between Aura and Joshua Sun are not that drastic. You have both Chris’s on guitar and Jake is still on bass guitar. Dean, the former singer of Joshua Sun, is now on drums and backup vocals. Tyler is now the new front man of the band. A new face and a new sound, let’s hope this is a winning combination.

I am a fan of both Joshua Sun and Subsist. Tyler wrote the greatest lyrics in the world. When the chorus of your song is, “I scream, you scream, we all screm for ice cream”, you know you have hit on your hands. I look forward to hearing more songs from this band. Hopefully Aura won’t be plagued by the problems that resided in Joshua Sun. I hope they will actually work together and try to be successful instead of sitting in the slow lane and watching everything pass them by.

Check them out here and listen to ‘Life From The Top’.

Aura
Aura

Kenny Wayne Shepherd Heads To His Southern Roots

Headlines 5th ever Shedhed Blues Festival

Renowned blues/rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd is heading back to his southern roots. On September 20, 2008 Kenny Wayne will headline the 5th annual Shedhed Blues Festival in Ocean Springs, Mississippi.

The 5th ever Shedhed Blues Festival will take place at the award winning Shed BBQ and Blues Joint, 7501 Highway 57, Ocean Springs, MS. Tickets will be $25.00 and will go on sale on August 10, 2008 at The Shed.

To celebrate its fifth year, The Shed has added a second stage for acoustic performances.

Other artists appearing at the Festival this year will be Walter Wolfman Washington, Ernest Guitar Roy, Jimbo Mathus Knock Down South, Lisa Mills and many more.

About the festival Shepherd said, “I’m really looking forward to the show, seeing some great blues artists and trying some of that award winning BBQ.”

Prior Festivals have included Big Joe Turner, The North Mississippi Allstars, Bobby Rush, James Blood Ulmer, Coco Robicheaux, The Burnside Family, T Model Ford, Grayson Capps, and Kipori “Babywolf” Woods.

About Kenny Wayne Shepherd: Kenny Wayne Shepherd is a four time Grammy nominated, platinum selling artist with four No. 1 blues albums to his credit, including Billboard Magazine’s # 1 Blues Album of 2007, a string of No. 1 mainstream rock singles, two Billboard Music Awards, two Orville H. Gibson Awards, the Blues Foundation’s Keeping The Blues Alive Award, and a Blues Music Award.

About The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint:

The Shed BBQ and Blues Joint is an award winning BBQ restaurant and music venue. The Shed is known for its “Down Home Southern BBQ” and its eclectic taste for live Blues on Friday and Saturday nights. The Shed won two first place trophies at the world championship of BBQ at Memphis in May 2008 and were voted Best Pork Sandwich in America 2001 by the National BBQ News Magazine.

35 Sites to download free legal music

Are you a music downloading ninja? Do you download a mp3 and hide from the RIAA in your closet wielding your sai’s and throwing stars to fend the bad men away? Well, the guys over at download squad have come up with a list of 35 sites that offer free download of music.

Just an idea, but some of the sites include Stereogum, Garageband, and iLike.

Do you have any other sites that you can add to this list? Come on, share that free stuff as I am a free stuff loving whore.

I also want to mention that no ninja turtles were hurt in the writing of this article.

WES BORLAND On New BLACK LIGHT BURNS: ‘It Floors Everything We’ve Done Up To This Point’

BLACK LIGHT BURNS mainman/ex-LIMP BIZKIT guitarist Wes Borland has issued the following update:

“I know I talk a lot, but we [BLACK LIGHT BURNS] HAVE delivered a debut album and a covers record and a DVD to you since June of 2007, circled the U.S. three times (sorry Europe and Japan, etc. BLB not coming over there is due to how expensive it is, not how much we want to come over. If it was up to us, we’d be on tour everywhere on earth all the time, although, they are switching on the Large Hadron Collider tomorrow and we MAY be swallowed by a black hole. Anyways, not our fault. When there’s a big enough demand for us, we’ll be there with bells on. If any of you reading this are promoters who want to make this happen, send us mail and we’ll discuss.) and are going out commando-style (no tour support) with COMBICHRIST at the top of ’09. So, when I say what I’m about to say, I want you to know that I mean it. We’re mixing our record and it floors everything we’ve done up to this point. We might as well have not even made a record before this. I’m so happy, you have no idea. You ain’t seen nothin yet. Not a thing, (or as they say in ‘A Christmas Story’: Not a finger!).”

BLACK LIGHT BURNS recently released “Cover Your Heart and The Anvil Pants Odyssey”, a combination CD and DVD package on I Am: Wolfpack/YMA Music Group. Packed with reinterpreted songs of bands including DURAN DURAN (“Hungry Like the Wolf”), THE JESUS LIZARD (“The Art of Self Defense”), SISTERS OF MERCY (“Lucretia My Reflection”) and PJ HARVEY (“Rid of Me”), “Cover Your Heart” is a deconstruction and reconstruction of music that the band has loved and appreciated.

Gina Turner posts “Birds of a Feather” video

Gina Turner
Gina Turner
The infamous Gina Turner has posted her video to “Birds of a Feather” on youtube. I have to say that I have been a huge stalker of Gina for several years now. Ever since I first met her at the Julep Room, I have been mystified by her transpiring performances. Her lyrics are deep and captivating, plus her smart ass comments make me feel warm inside like a warm bowl of chicken noodle soup when you are sick on a cold winter’s day.

I actually started an interview with Gina three years ago that I swear one day she and I will finish. I’ll share one question that we had:

GCB: Do you think there is an ambient or atmospheric quality to your music?

Gina Turner: My music is all about atmosphere. I try very hard to alter my listeners’ sense of awareness when I perform. It’s really cool to feel the vibe in the room sync up to the mood of the music.

The infamous Gina Turner will be performing at the Julep Room in Ocean Springs on Friday, September 26. I highly suggest you make it out and catch her is beautiful and intriguing performance. The show should start around 10pm. So go there early, and request that she plays “The Wheels on the Bus”. You won’t be disappointed.

Check out the video to “Birds of a Feather”

Nate’s Bar and Grill – Gulfport, MS

Have you ever wanted to find that special entertainment venue where something is always happening?  Well, I think I have just the place for you.  Nate’s Sports Bar and Grill located off Hwy 49 in Gulfport is just that place.  Sporting the slogan, “There is always something going on at Nate’s!” this bar is not your average sports bar by any means. 

Just for starters, Service Industry Night is 7 nights a week.  What other bar on the Mississippi gulf coast offers this?  You can start this off by purchasing your first drink of the night and the second one is on the house no matter what your choice of liquid courage is.  This also includes $5 pitcher of beer and $5 hot wings all night long off the employee menu.  Cha….Ching baby, where else should someone go to party for service industry night but other that Nate’s Sports Bar and Grill?

Calling all karaoke singers!  Did you know that Nate’s has karaoke on Sunday, Monday, Thursday, and Friday nights?  If you feel like partying and singing like the next American Idol, check out Nate’s and their amazing sound system.  Just maybe you can be the next gulf coast super star or in my case, receive free drinks from the wonderful patrons to keep you away from the microphone. 

Maybe live entertainment with a band is your thing.  Well guess what?  Nate’s has this as well.  Every Saturday night, there is a live band taking the stage at 10pm.  “You may not know the name of the band playing that night, but I will guarantee you that you will have a good time!” says Nate.  Some of the acts they will be featuring in August are: Heist at Hand from Houston, TX with Stereohype on August 2nd, Wes Loper Band on August 9th, Harry Slick (One of my favorites!) on August 16th, Easy Street on August 23rd, and Trick Bag Live on August 30th.  You just can’t go wrong with a line-up quite like this. 

Food is one of the greatest American pleasures we have and Nate has not let his patrons down in this pleasure by any means.  The grill is open all night serving some of the best local bar food around.  You can indulge yourself in such pleasures as a fried foot long hot dog loaded with all the fixins’, hot wings, crab claws, and the highly recommended Philly cheese steak.  The portions are more than enough for the blue collar worker or just to put back that hunger pain from partying the night away.  This high quality and reasonable prices is backed up by amazing customer service.  “Customer service is key in any service industry”; and after my night spent here, I can see that customer service is a number one priority.

If you are looking for a sports bar that is a step above the rest, be sure to check out Nate’s Sports Bar and Grill located at 11444 Hwy 49N in Gulfport, MS.  This bar is packed with quality entertainment, drink and food specials.  You never quite know what to expect when you visit Nate’s.  For more information, visit them on myspace at http://www.myspace.com/1teddybear2 .  (don’t ask me who teddybear2 is).  I highly recommend the philly with a combo platter. 

Marc Ramey

www.gulfcoastbands.com

Stereoside – So Long

Stereoside – So Long

Jessica DePineuil

Out of Ocala, Florida, Stereoside is a four-piece band of radiant musicians with a knack for crafting music that etches itself into the mind. Jeff Shields (lead singer), David Oliver (bassist), Chris York (drummer), and Ben Foster (guitarist/vocalist) contribute their own unique styles to Stereoside, together creating a sound that is both recognizable and individual. After signing with Bieler Bros. Records in March of 2006, Stereoside released their debut album with Jeff Shields, So Long.

Anyone who has witnessed Stereoside’s superior performances in their shows can look forward to the same emotion-rich music on So Long. As “Sinner” is played on radio stations around the country, listeners should expect to hear many more hits from this album in the near future: Yes, So Long is packed with such radio-ready songs.

“Too High” starts the album with fire and force. One can literally feel the driving intention and emotion of each of the band members. In this song, Stereoside’s capabilities of creating musical masterpieces are made obvious, and Jeff’s vocal talent sends the already-amazing instrumentals to soaring heights. “Too High” is a track that necessitates driving with cruise-control and steering with your knees, while strumming away on your air guitar of choice and banging your fists on the dashboard.

The second track is “So Long,” and if listeners didn’t get enough of a head-nodding anthem from “Too High”, they’ll be sure to have no regrets in buying this album by the end of track number two. “So Long” is bursting with the same reproachful emotion that the first track featured, and though it would seem difficult to follow “Too High” with a song just as praise-worthy, Stereoside makes it happen. This is the next song I anticipate hearing on the radio and watching growing numbers of fans sing along to. With the intensity of York’s drum lines and Foster’s guitar, “So Long” possesses that exceptional sound destined for jam-packed concert floors.

“Sinner” demonstrates Shields’ true vocal talent and Stereoside’s ability to exemplify what perfected music should be. It’s no wonder that this track is already a radio hit; every instrument is tightly woven into “Sinner”, and one couldn’t possibly find a single replacing note or chord that would improve this track. These guys know how to write music that’s strung together flawlessly, and “Sinner” is full of remarkable instrumentals without being excessive or overcrowding the song itself.

Track number four is “Tattoo”. Stereoside’s southern-rock influences are confirmed in this track with squealing guitar solos and Shields’ penetrating vocals typical of the subgenre. The focus in this track is sound, as the lyrics aren’t “to die for.” All in all, “Tattoo” is a good quality addition to the album, but it doesn’t quite reach the heights of the first three tracks.

“Wasted” is one of the songs on this album that more sensitively describes heartbreak. Stereoside’s softer instrumentals accentuate the message of this song, and Shields’ melodic vocals efficiently express love-related anguish. Though heartrending, “Wasted” is one of my favorites on So Long. This track is yet another display of Stereoside’s talent in changing things up a bit without losing their distinguishing sound.

The sixth track is titled “Ain’t So Bad,” and is one more song that will beat through listeners’ veins just as “Too High” and “So Long” do. Stereoside has an inherent ability to change rhythm and tone so impeccably and smoothly, and this precision is recognizable in “Ain’t So Bad.”

“Always Remember” is a song of encouragement for those in “battle,” whether as soldiers or as regular people going through difficulties in life. The lyrics are somewhat repetitive, but that repetitiveness and the drums’ imitation of battle marches add to the theme of this track: staying strong when you feel like giving up.

“My Life,” is a catchy, up-beat song marked by positivity, which is felt through every change in tempo and intensity. This track is one to add to the list of favorites for its unique qualities that are difficult to find in mainstream rock’s genre-specific sound.

Another track rich in love and heartbreak is “On and On.” This song is beautiful in every instrumental piece, especially Foster’s guitar. Shields’ voice is incredible in its softer tones as well, and ladies will undoubtedly fall in love with Shields and Stereoside as a whole through this sensitive, love-struck track.

“It’s Not My Day” brings So Long back to its hard rock roots. Shields’ vocal range is again brought forth in his ability to vocally climb to astonishing highs and drift back down to rich, melodious lows. Foster, Oliver, and York work beautifully together in bringing this track to a perfect instrumental harmony that’s hard to come by when each instrument is so distinct and clear. “It’s Not My Day” will surely be another radio hit from this album.

“Little Pill” adds to the album’s theme of love and drug-related heartbreak. While the lyrics could use a little help, they don’t detract from the beauty of this song. This track is definitely the slowest on So Long, and, as can’t be said enough, Shields’ voice is beauty at its greatest. Stereoside transitions well from hard rock anthems to slower, more heartfelt tunes, and their versatility in creating damn-good music is commendable.

The last track on the album is “On Our Way,” which features more of a blues/southern rock feel as a reminiscent tribute to the rock n’ roll heroes of the past. Just as in “Little Pill,” the lyrics aren’t great, but Stereoside still manages to pull off including them, through the band’s clean intensity in the instrumentals and Shields’ vocals.

So Long is an album to put on your must-buy list. Stereoside’s music features a familiar, yet still unique, sound not typical of today’s mainstream rock. Jeff Shields, Ben Foster, David Oliver, and Chris York form a band with true talent, and So Long is a must-hear album filled with songs to sing along to and get to know by heart.

http://www.myspace.com/stereoside

http://www.stereoside.com

Xerus – “…this impossible everything”

Xerus – “…this impossible everything”

Jazz Babbage

From Minneapolis, Minnesota, Xerus is an extremely original band of three: Michael Townsend Letsinger (vocals/guitar/songwriter), Travis Washnieski (drums), and Scott Sachs (bass guitar). “…this impossible everything” on SkinCell Record Group is Xerus’ second album, preceded by “Wrath of Ra” which included number one hit on New Artist Radio, “Easy Pieces.”

Slipping “…this impossible everything” into my CD player, I was surprised at the intro, “Recoil.” The a cappella track starts quietly and calmly, with lyrics touching on the end of the world, politics, and relationships. Soon, the proposed meaning of this track gets jumbled and covered by screeching and deep vocal rambling: disharmony at its greatest. I listened on with a smile on my face, thinking this would be a comical band, purposefully comical, that is.

The rest of the album featured the same whirlwind of disharmony. I will say that most of the tracks start out crisp and fresh in the instrumentals. The guitar, drum, and bass lines fit well together. The music isn’t terrific, but it is somewhat harmonious and almost pleasing to the ears. In just about every song a funky guitar riff sets a mood of amusement and enjoyment until Letsinger’s vocals come in and disturb the flow of the track. “Invisible Excuse,” “Sacra-Official,” and “Full Circle” are three tracks that I was pleased with in their early moments, but disappointed with as soon as the vocals were introduced. Neither the band as a whole nor its vocalist has a clear, defined sound, and this is demonstrated in the rough changes in tempo and Letsinger’s constant variations in tone of voice. The songs lack synchronization and present themselves as a bunch of notes and beats crammed into a track with off-key vocals.

Without regard to the previous tracks, my favorite track on “…this impossible everything” is the last one, “Another Friday.” This upbeat, fast-paced song got my attention, as it is about having an orgy with friends. Letsinger’s crazy vocals fit so much better in comical music, and I enjoyed this song for its absurdity.

M.T. Letsinger’s voice, and Xerus collectively, have potential to be admirable once they discover their sound. In an industry full of mainstream music that tends to blend identities, Xerus does “sound unlike most everything else you have heard.”

http://www.Xeruslives.com http://www.myspace.com/xerus