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910 Skipper Road • Tampa FL 33613 • (813) 971-0666 • MAP
corner of Nebraska Avenue and Skipper Road • near USF • north of Fletcher • south of Bearss • east of 275
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Advance tickets FAQs are here.

All shows are rain or shine. The music venue is outdoors, with about half the audience area being covered, so dress appropriately. Sensible footware, please!

Unless otherwise noted, all shows at Skipper's are 21 and up with a valid ID or you must be accompanied by a parent/guardian. Meaning that, yes, persons under 21 can attend if and only if they are accompanied by their parent or legal guardian.

Well-behaved children under 10 are free unless otherwise noted for that specific show; they must be accompanied by their legal parent or guardian unless otherwise noted for that specific show.

Other than service animals, dogs are not permitted in the concert area, in the restaurant or in the Oyster Bar. Plese leave the ferret/parrot/iguana/lemur/etc. at home.

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DECEMBER 2014

WED DEC 17

Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5

THU DEC 18

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

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FRI DEC 19

The Lee Boys (SACRED STEEL) The Lee Boys are one of America's finest African-American sacred steel ensembles. This family group consists of three brothers, Alvin Lee (guitar), Derrick Lee and Keith Lee (vocals) along with their three nephews, Roosevelt Collier (pedal steel guitar), Alvin Cordy Jr. (7-string bass) and Earl Walker (drums). Each member began making music at the ages of 7 and 8 in the House of God church they attended in Perrine, FL. Here they underwent a rigorous course of training in a variety of musical instruments, including lap and pedal steel guitars. Born and raised in Miami, each of The Lee Boys grew up in the church where their father and grandfather, Rev. Robert E. Lee, was the pastor and a steel player himself. "Sacred steel" is a type of music described as an inspired, unique form of Gospel music with a hard-driving, blues-based beat. The musical genre is rooted in Gospel, but infused with rhythm and blues, jazz, rock, funk, hip-hop, country and ideas from other nations. Influenced by the Hawaiian steel guitar fad of the 1930's, brothers Willie and Troman Eason brought the electric lap steel guitar into the worship services of the House of God church in Jacksonville, FL. The Pentecostal congregation embraced the soulful sound, and over time this unique sound became the hallmark of the church. The pedal steel guitar was added to the mix and soon became the central instrument. The Lee Boys are part of the fourth generation of musicians in this faith. This music form was totally unknown to the world outside the church until the mid 1990's, when folklorist Robert Stone attended House of God services and recorded the music, as well as its history, contributing the name "sacred steel." A series of compilations featuring artists such as Aubrey Ghent, Calvin Cooke and the Campbell Brothers, as well as the late Glenn Lee followed on legendary roots label Arhoolie Records, for whom The Lee Boys also record. When The Lee Boys bring their joyous spiritual sound to the stage, audiences instantly recognize that this is not "sitting and listening" music: dancing, shouting out, and having fun are considered essential parts of their tradition. Founder and bandleader Alvin Lee explains "The inspiration and feeling that comes along with our music is the reason that people feel good. It is like the new music on the block and it's just getting ready to explode!" It's mostly original material, with a few standards and hymns the group "blueses up a little." Audiences often dance, shout out, and always have a great time. In 2008-09 alone they performed for more than 250,000 music fans at festivals throughout the United States. In the process, their unique sound has attracted musical artists such as Bob Weir of the Grateful Dead, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Michelle Shocked, Gov't Mule, Derek Trucks Band w/ Susan Tedeschi, The North Mississippi Allstars, Hill Country Revue, Umphrey's McGee, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Oteil & Kofi Burbridge, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Toubab Krewe, Victor Wooten, The Del McCoury Band and The Travelin' McCourys- all of whom have played with the Lee Boys and/or invited them to tour with them. leeboys.com

w/ Parker Urban Band (JAM SOUL FUNK) The Parker Urban Band is a family of musicians who appreciate musicology and groovology. Each member has a different variety of influences that all connect to a common thread. The joy and emotion starts here. The songs written hold a piece of personal history shared to the world. It is in their hopes to touch fans with their words and genre bending soul folk tinged grooves. Collectively the group has shared the stage and/or opened up for the Duhks, Roosevelt Collier, The Wailers, Toots & Maytals, Lefty Williams, Mofro, Damon Fowler Group, Kaliegh Baker, and Peter Karp/Sue Foley. parkerurbanband.com

8PM $10/13

SAT DEC 20

Halcyon (ACOUSTIC ROCK) Halcyon writes and performs well-received original songs that sacked up favorably to any national act, rife with excellent musicianship and enviably close harmonies, delivered via energetic and engaging live performances, documented on seven CD releases. The duo has built a devoted fan base through regular touring across the US particularly the Southeast, playing the Main Stage for many a Pride event including festivals in Atlanta, Chicago, Seattle, Portland, Denver and York, England. Deb Hunseder and Steph Callahan met in 1989 and had their first gig two weeks later. From the first note, they knew their entwined harmonies created something very special and unique. the duo has opened for many acts including John Mayer, india.irie, Joan Osborne, Tabitha's Secret (since morphed into Matchbox 20 and back-in-the-day they opened for Halcyon), Sister Hazel (ditto), Crosby, Stills & Nash, Joan Baez, Wynonna Judd, Melissa Ferrick and the late, great Koko Taylor.

w/ The Cheaters Jason Morton and Brett Wilmer of The Cheaters have finally made the trek to Tennessee with their infectious tunes and high-energy harmonies for their Nashville debut as the lead act. With enviable talent they have held their own opening for renowned bands such as ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Eric Church, Shooter Jennings and many others. From entering a contest and being handpicked by Slash as an opening act, to being the only band picked by Paul McCartney’s manager to represent the U.S. in a Lithuanian Music Festival, these guys have rocked with some legends and are ready to show country music what they are made of. Hailing from coastal Maryland, this dynamic duo brings a rejuvenating edge as well as class tight harmonies to country music. Citing influences like the Black Crowes, The Cheaters have a unique and refreshing style. They can rock out on guitar like Skynyrd with explosive crescendos but, are still able to sing to the hearts of many with their vulnerable ballads like Eric Church. “Our style is a combination of pop, rock and country,” lead guitarist Brett Wilmer said. “We always want to have the same undertones throughout underneath it all; the same feeling and idea. We just want to create great songs that make you feel something. A great song is a great song no matter what format it is in.” While many country stars were introduced to music through church and school choirs, The Cheaters were introduced to music like any teen, through MTV and from listening to bands like Nirvana. “We both started to play in middle school because it was the cool thing to do,” lead guitarist Brett Wilmer said. “Afterall, Girls love guys who play guitar and it was when MTV was huge and Nirvana was really popular. My friends wanted to start a band, and I think I was the only one who actually bought a guitar and learned to play. When I got to high school, I played with some older blues guys in a band, and they always would play at clubs or bars. I would have to use our drummers old ID to get in just to play our gig!” Lead singer and guitarist, Jason Morton, started playing piano at age 4 with his grandmother. He then picked up guitar in his early teens. “I performed the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ on guitar at my 8th grade talent show and got a standing ovation,” Jason said. “That is when I knew I wanted to do this the rest of my life. I actually met Brett through a mutual friend in high school who was talking about music and how awesome his band was. He took me to one of the shows at a fraternity party, and I became a fan. Then, the lead singer left the band, and I had the opportunity to audition. We have been together ever since then touring and playing our music all over the world.” The Cheaters dream of coming to Nashville, writing songs and producing a new EP has finally come true. Their melodic lines and vocals on their eight song EP Waitin’ On Right Now were perfected under the production of Tommy Harden, Reba McEntire’s drummer. “We have never been more proud of anything we have ever created,” Jason said. “This is our 4th record, and it is scary because it is more mainstream than what we are used to. Our original fans have had a great reaction even though some of the elements are more diverse than previous projects. They seem to have embraced the change. “

8PM $12

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SUN DEC 21

Applebutter Express (UKULELE FUNK) Utterly charming ukes and vocals from this boy-girl (now man-wife) led group, now fortified with fiddle and upright bass, very popular with the jamband crowd, featuring stick-in-your-head originals and really clever reinterpretations of covers. reverbnation.com/theapplebutterexpress

w/ Jeremy Willis

5PM $10/13

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TUE DEC 23

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

 

WED DEC 24

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THU DEC 25

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FRI DEC 26

Ari and the Alibis (ROCK) Formed in September of 2013 Ari and the Alibis have quickly made a name for themselves in the thriving Tampa Bay area music scene. Their sound stems from musically going everywhere they love to go. In their fast songs there are elements of Funk, Samba and Jazz. When they want to slow it down they play Blues and Soul with hints of Tango. This results in a journey of atmosphere that ranges from a New Orleans Parade to a Small Southern Juke Joint with many stops along the way. ariandthealibis.com

w/ Dukes of Juke(RYTHMN 'N' BLUES) This long-running rhythm 'n' blues juggernaut has been gracing the Skipper's stage for more than 25 years. The Dukes debuted at the Skipperdome in 1985 with a smokin' set of high energy rhythm 'n' blues. The band remains mostly the same with guitarist Roger Casey injecting a sometimes-blistering sonic sophistication to the music. Frontman Bobby Rose adds some Philly soul with his vocals and moanin' sax. Kyle Campana on driving drums was the original drummer, with a few years off for good behavior. The other half of the rhythm section is held down by Pat Peterson. Dan Hill on keyboards keeps things moving and grooving.dukesofjuke.com

8PM $7/10

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SAT DEC 27

Thomas Wynn and the Believers (ROCK/BLUES) Southern Rock Muscle ~ Soulful Rock n' Blues" A combination of blistering rock and southern soul, sibling-led Thomas Wynn and The Believers is a 6-piece fiery ensemble dubbed by Soundboard as "Southern Rock Muscle ~ Soulful Rock n' Blues." Gibson-sponsored from Orlando, Florida, TW&TB is known for their powerful LIVE performances playing the original music circuit and making "believers" wherever they go. The band personifies a new era that truly crosses generations with just really, really, really good music. If you like Tom Petty, The Band, The Black Crowes, CCR & Pink Floyd, you'll love The Believers! For the sixth consecutive year, Thomas Wynn and The Believers repeatedly reigns as Central Florida's #1 Rock Band. Orlando Weekly's Best of Orlando Readers' Choice again crowned TW&TB as their Rock favorite (plus #1 Folk/Country Band and #2 singer-songwriter accolades for the band's namesake TW.) Wynn's spirit-moving vocals, passionate lyrics, and emotional delivery are uniquely supported by sister Olivia's engaging and captivating voice and presence. Her strong vocal harmonies (the other lead) and wide-eyed response is the perfect companion to her brother's yearning banshee cries. The duo calls their perfect blend "blood harmonies"; the press calls the tandem thunder "their secret weapon." Backed by an explosive tight band, they've crafted a new vein of rock -- gritty, yet pure uplifting Soul Rock, a mixture of the classics, R&B and gospel -- creating a sound that has an identity of its own. Georgia Music Hall Of Famer Alan Walden says, "One of the newest, brightest, tightest, smoothest, most energetic bands to ever come through." Reax Music Magazine states "For once, you have a Florida band that is truly Florida. They look like Florida, they sound like Florida - with a touch of Molly Hatchett, The Band, Neil Young, and The Black Crowes. Not fad hipster, not transplant Florida, but Florida Florida. These guys are on the leading edge of creating a new southern rock scene." Best New Bands writes, "They embody everything authentic and raw." thomaswynnandthebelievers.com

w/ Boxcar Hollow (AMERICANA) Post-modern folk americana newgrass band who take the true essence of the roots of folk and bluegrass, with jamband sensibilities and turns it into this new yet familiar sound called "Boxcar Hollow". Matt Weis and Jack Pieroth have been playing music together for nearly 15 years, and are enjoying their latest journey in the Tampa Bay region, they’ll share the core of the Boxcar Hollow sound with us. facebook.com/boxcarhollow

and Hannah Harber (FOLK/AMERICANA) North Florida native, New Orleans transplant, now Orlando Folk/Americana Singer, Songwriter, guitarist Hannah Harber draws her inspiration from artists such as Patty Griffin, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Townes Van Zandt... as well as anyone who has ever crafted a story and conveyed it with emotion. In early 2013 Hannah Harber released a 7 song EP entitled Be Free which showcased her honey smooth yet subtly smokey voice and her ability to write a song that can transport the listener to a dusty street in an old town, a lonely night time down pour, the breaking free point of a relationship, to how it feels to be haunted by a past you can't break away from. Since the release of Be Free, Hannah has spent time touring the great American south playing in some of her favorite cities...New Orleans, Asheville, Athens, Jacksonville, Tallahassee, Gainesville, Orlando, and Tampa, sharing the stage with nationally touring Americana artists like Della Mae, Ben Taylor, and The David Mayfield Parade. hannahharber.com

8PM $10/13

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SUN DEC 28

Hymn for Her (AMERICANA FUNKY FOLK) Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.” They recorded their last album, Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour. For their new release, Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. They recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week. The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones. Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.” Along with launching the new CD, Hymn for Her also have a hot sauce under the same name as the album. It features bananas, jalapeños and smoked paprika. Catch the two as they burn up the highway and ignite your town this year to promote Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames. Come out and taste the heat, y’all!

w/ Chinese Mary Jane It’s all about shoes and crude longings. Rebekah Pulley, Ronny Elliott, Rob Pastore and Spencer Hinkle just happen to look their best in silk, cotton and rubber bands. It’s to make you happy and it’s to make you miss Sunday School. Chinese Mary Jane. They won’t bite.

and Rebekah & Rob Twosome Rebekah Pulley is a St. Petersburg, FL based singer-songwriter and performer whose sultry, seasoned voice has been described as jaw dropping, with a tendency to break your heart and shake your soul. Her songwriting, live performances, and recordings have wryly evolved, tapping roots-rock, blues, old-school country & western, jazz, and even gospel earning her 6 'Best Of The Bay’ awards from Tampa Bay’s own Creative Loafing. Rebekah was raised in a musical household on wheels (aka: Winnebago) with her nine siblings throughout the most rural areas of Alaska, East Texas, and Washington State. A self taught guitarist, she gained an ear for music by listening to her father play his rockabilly style guitar with country greats such as Charlie Ryan with whom he recorded the original version of Hot Rod Lincoln. Rebekah’s latest release, Tralala, was the top played CD on Tampa’s WMNF 88.5 FM in 2013 and is a must have for even the most discerning Americana, Alt-Country, and Folk music fans.

5PM $7/10

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TUE DEC 30

Donna the Buffalo (AMERICANA CAJUN ROOTS) On the Heels of Their 10th Studio Album- Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday Donna the Buffalo Enter Their 25th Year As a Band “Donna The Buffalo is from central New York state, not Louisiana, but this widely loved quintet has woven that joyful, hip-shaking zydeco pulse into the DNA of its sound, and leaders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have wrapped that core vibe with hopeful, mellow lyrics.” --Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst Look around you. Consider the keepsakes you cherish, the relationships you relish, the enduring cornerstones in your life, and ask yourself how many have held steadfast since 1989. Closing in on the quarter-century mark, Donna the Buffalo has proven itself a consistent purveyor of Americana music. What’s the recipe? To be sure, it’s infused with more spices than you’ll find at a Cajun cookout by way of a southern-fried, country old-time jamboree. Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It's been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you're playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it's like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.” “You have to do just what you want to do, and everyone likes different things,” Nevins says. “Both Jeb and I come from this background of old-time fiddle music, which is very natural, very real, very under-produced, and all about coming from the gut—flying by the seat of your pants. So we have that in us, too.” Donna the Buffalo debuted their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18, 2014 via Sugar Hill Records. All Music Guide says the album, “highlights everything this consistent band does, and it has a warm, live-sounding production… This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.” The group draws its inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. “Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that's the feeling we were shooting for in our music,” Puryear says. “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we've found.” Put another way, it’s love made audible—and in the most transparent way imaginable on Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Puryear sums it up—how else?—from the heart: “We tried to do the record and keep in tact the things people love about us.” Over the years, the band has also built a following that proudly calls itself The Herd, along with a well-deserved reputation for crafting social narratives and slipstream grooves without equal. To merely call this “roots music” does it disservice, for the roots nurtured by Puryear and Nevins run wild, deep and strong—a tribute to how much Donna the Buffalo marries musical trailblazing and tradition. "It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says, “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.” As an expansion of this community and the band's own dedication to live roots music, Donna started, and are still the driving force behind, the twenty-five year old Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY, the bi-annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Silk Hope, NC and the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami, FL. DtB are regulars at MerleFest (NC), Suwannee Springfest & Magnolia Fest (FL), All Good (WV), FloydFest (VA), The Great Blue Heron Festival (NY), Del Fest (MD), Rhythm & Roots Festival (RI), Targhee Bluegrass Fest (WY) as well as a variety of other venues and festivals across the nation. Donna the Buffalo has toured the nation for nearly twenty five years with an ever-evolving grassroots sound and plans to keep on doing so for many years to come. donnathebuffalo.com

w/ Lanzallamas (LATIN) LANZALLAMAS was founded in 2006 by Fabi Patiño, former lead singer/percussionist of Miami's own SUÉNALO. Fabi was born in Mexico City where he studied classical percussion at the National Conservatory of Music. Upon his arrival to the USA in 1993, he became deeply involved with the Miami music movement and quickly established himself as one of the main creative pillars of the scene. LANZALLAMAS is Fabi's finest creation: fun music charged with Afro-Latino rhythms that make everyone get up and dance! The music blends hand crafted electronica, world beat, and deep song, creating a unique show that has won audiences world wide. Lanzallamas has shared the stage with international world music stars such as CULTURA PROFÉTICA, NOVALIMA, SIDESTEPPER, ARTURO SANDOVAL, HOT BUTTERED RUM, BÉLO, LOCOS POR JUANA, DONNA THE BUFFALO, DADOU PASQUET from MAGNUM BAND, SHAMARR ALLEN from the REBIRTH BRASS BAND, and many more. lanzamusica.com

8PM $25/30

WED DEC 31

Donna the Buffalo (AMERICANA CAJUN ROOTS) On the Heels of Their 10th Studio Album- Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday Donna the Buffalo Enter Their 25th Year As a Band “Donna The Buffalo is from central New York state, not Louisiana, but this widely loved quintet has woven that joyful, hip-shaking zydeco pulse into the DNA of its sound, and leaders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have wrapped that core vibe with hopeful, mellow lyrics.” --Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst Look around you. Consider the keepsakes you cherish, the relationships you relish, the enduring cornerstones in your life, and ask yourself how many have held steadfast since 1989. Closing in on the quarter-century mark, Donna the Buffalo has proven itself a consistent purveyor of Americana music. What’s the recipe? To be sure, it’s infused with more spices than you’ll find at a Cajun cookout by way of a southern-fried, country old-time jamboree. Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It's been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you're playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it's like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.” “You have to do just what you want to do, and everyone likes different things,” Nevins says. “Both Jeb and I come from this background of old-time fiddle music, which is very natural, very real, very under-produced, and all about coming from the gut—flying by the seat of your pants. So we have that in us, too.” Donna the Buffalo debuted their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18, 2014 via Sugar Hill Records. All Music Guide says the album, “highlights everything this consistent band does, and it has a warm, live-sounding production… This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.” The group draws its inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. “Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that's the feeling we were shooting for in our music,” Puryear says. “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we've found.” Put another way, it’s love made audible—and in the most transparent way imaginable on Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Puryear sums it up—how else?—from the heart: “We tried to do the record and keep in tact the things people love about us.” Over the years, the band has also built a following that proudly calls itself The Herd, along with a well-deserved reputation for crafting social narratives and slipstream grooves without equal. To merely call this “roots music” does it disservice, for the roots nurtured by Puryear and Nevins run wild, deep and strong—a tribute to how much Donna the Buffalo marries musical trailblazing and tradition. "It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says, “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.” As an expansion of this community and the band's own dedication to live roots music, Donna started, and are still the driving force behind, the twenty-five year old Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY, the bi-annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Silk Hope, NC and the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami, FL. DtB are regulars at MerleFest (NC), Suwannee Springfest & Magnolia Fest (FL), All Good (WV), FloydFest (VA), The Great Blue Heron Festival (NY), Del Fest (MD), Rhythm & Roots Festival (RI), Targhee Bluegrass Fest (WY) as well as a variety of other venues and festivals across the nation. Donna the Buffalo has toured the nation for nearly twenty five years with an ever-evolving grassroots sound and plans to keep on doing so for many years to come. donnathebuffalo.com

w/ Under the Willow (AMERICANA) Helping to revive the love of folk and grass music in the hearts of a new generation. Under The Willow is a string band featuring the lead vocals of Erin Donovan and Hayley Skreens. An original four piece rooted in but not limited to traditional bluegrass instrumentation. Using socially conscious and thought provoking lyrics the band forges imaginatively original arrangements blending the sounds of Folk, Bluegrass, Newgrass, Jam Band, Rock, Reggae, Americana, with a twist of soul.facebook.com./underthewillow

8PM $35/40

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THU JAN 1

Donna the Buffalo (AMERICANA CAJUN ROOTS) On the Heels of Their 10th Studio Album- Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday Donna the Buffalo Enter Their 25th Year As a Band “Donna The Buffalo is from central New York state, not Louisiana, but this widely loved quintet has woven that joyful, hip-shaking zydeco pulse into the DNA of its sound, and leaders Jeb Puryear and Tara Nevins have wrapped that core vibe with hopeful, mellow lyrics.” --Music City Roots, Craig Havighurst Look around you. Consider the keepsakes you cherish, the relationships you relish, the enduring cornerstones in your life, and ask yourself how many have held steadfast since 1989. Closing in on the quarter-century mark, Donna the Buffalo has proven itself a consistent purveyor of Americana music. What’s the recipe? To be sure, it’s infused with more spices than you’ll find at a Cajun cookout by way of a southern-fried, country old-time jamboree. Donna the Buffalo is Jeb Puryear (vocals, electric guitar) and Tara Nevins (vocals, guitar, fiddle, accordion, scrubboard) joined by David McCracken (Hammond organ, Honer Clavinet & piano), Kyle Spark (bass) and Mark Raudabaugh (drums). “It's been really fun with this lineup,” Puryear says. “You get to the point where you're playing on a really high level, things are clicking and it's like turning on the key to a really good car. It just goes.” “You have to do just what you want to do, and everyone likes different things,” Nevins says. “Both Jeb and I come from this background of old-time fiddle music, which is very natural, very real, very under-produced, and all about coming from the gut—flying by the seat of your pants. So we have that in us, too.” Donna the Buffalo debuted their first studio album in five years, Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday, on June 18, 2014 via Sugar Hill Records. All Music Guide says the album, “highlights everything this consistent band does, and it has a warm, live-sounding production… This is what 21st century Americana sounds like, a little bit of this and that from anywhere wrapped up into a poignant, jamming dance reel, a place where the past and history meet easily in the immediate now and everybody feels like dancing.” The group draws its inspiration from a cherished part of the American heritage: the old-time music festivals of the south that drew entire towns and counties together. “Those festivals were so explosive, and the community and the feeling of people being with each other, that's the feeling we were shooting for in our music,” Puryear says. “Donna the Buffalo is an extension of the joy we've found.” Put another way, it’s love made audible—and in the most transparent way imaginable on Tonight, Tomorrow and Yesterday. Puryear sums it up—how else?—from the heart: “We tried to do the record and keep in tact the things people love about us.” Over the years, the band has also built a following that proudly calls itself The Herd, along with a well-deserved reputation for crafting social narratives and slipstream grooves without equal. To merely call this “roots music” does it disservice, for the roots nurtured by Puryear and Nevins run wild, deep and strong—a tribute to how much Donna the Buffalo marries musical trailblazing and tradition. "It’s a great feeling to promote such a feeling of community, like you’re really part of something that’s happening, like a movement or a positive force…” Nevins says, “All those people that come and follow you and you recognize them and you become friends with them — you’re all moving along for the same purpose. It is powerful. It’s very powerful, actually.” As an expansion of this community and the band's own dedication to live roots music, Donna started, and are still the driving force behind, the twenty-five year old Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance in Trumansburg, NY, the bi-annual Shakori Hills GrassRoots Festival in Silk Hope, NC and the Virginia Key GrassRoots Festival in Miami, FL. DtB are regulars at MerleFest (NC), Suwannee Springfest & Magnolia Fest (FL), All Good (WV), FloydFest (VA), The Great Blue Heron Festival (NY), Del Fest (MD), Rhythm & Roots Festival (RI), Targhee Bluegrass Fest (WY) as well as a variety of other venues and festivals across the nation. Donna the Buffalo has toured the nation for nearly twenty five years with an ever-evolving grassroots sound and plans to keep on doing so for many years to come. donnathebuffalo.com

6PM $25/30

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FRI JAN 2

Damon Fowler (BLUES) With his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and lap steel, Brandon, Florida native Damon Fowler started wowing audiences with his guitar exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his musical prowess and maturity as well as his technical expertise. Fowler's guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar with the best of them, but it's his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes. Damon's Blind Pig debut showcases his soulful blend of Southern rock, swamp blues and lightning slide runs. "After three self-released albums, Florida native Damon Fowler makes his Blind Pig debut with this notable project. Fowler oscillates between country, electric blues and Americana. He's a formidable slide guitar player, as heard on the uptempo piece "Lonely Blues." He has also mastered lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar, and his playing throughout the album is deft. Indeed, Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin' tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics. Fowler wrote nine of the 12 tunes on the album, and his original material is solid. Check his slow burner "I Hope It's Gonna Rain," highlighted by another judicious guitar solo." – Billboard damonfowler.com

w/ Robert One-Man Johnson (BLUES) singing and playing guitars, harmonica, high-hat cymbal and 12 string bass foot-piano…simultaneously. Has performed concerts and festivals at more than 200 US colleges and universities 5 appearances on 'A Prairie Home Companion' World stages in Istanbul, Shanghai, Bangkok, and Nagoya! housedogmusic.com

8PM $10/13

SAT JAN 3

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

SUN JAN 4

Drinking Band with a Worship Problem (CHRISTIAN ROCK) Worship Problem is hell-bent on sharing God's radical grace and Jesus' scandalous love! They make some pretty awesome music about that too! We strive to make sense of God's radical love for people, regardless of their background. Keep it simple! We're for people who grew up in their parents judgmental churches, for people that think they have to be worthy of God's love and a relationship with Him so they run bc they don't want to be judged (they are tired of it!). We’re a community that teaches the unconditional love of Jesus, teaches that Jesus wants you NOW not when you are "worthy"... As you embrace His love and acceptance and let go of your own ideas for your life and give your life to Him, He will BLOW you away with blessings! The temptations will be become manageable WITH HIM! Not before Him! That if you are a part of a community of like minded people and love on them the way He did and does, you will be loved and protected by His love and acceptance through Him! facebook.com/worshipproblem

w/ Elizabeth & Alfred

w/ Christie Lenee

and Shevonne

5PM $5

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TUE JAN 6

The Spinney Brothers (BLUEGRASS) Heralded all over North America as champions of traditional bluegrass music, the Spinney Brothers are proud to be touring in support of their new CD, Tried & True. Allan & Rick Spinney, who still call Nova Scotia home, are known for their heartfelt, brother duet vocals. The siblings record for Mountain Fever Records in Willis, Virginia. They are coming off enormous success from their sophomore record for Mountain Fever, which garnished them both a #1 single and #1 CD on the Top 30 Charts. Tried & True picks up from the Spinney’s previous disc, offering a collection of new songs that is guaranteed to stir the emotions of listeners. Allan Spinney's original, She Doesn't Mourn Anymore and Rick's Proud to Be Your Dad, showcase each brother as the seasoned songwriters that they are. In addition to the Spinney’s original material, included is material from veteran writers such as Pete Goble, Bill Castle & Ryan Roberts. Joining the Spinneys are band mates Gary Dalrymple and Terry Poirier. The Spinney Brothers are excited to be touring with their latest musical offering, traditional bluegrass music that has stood the test of time, music that is Tried & Truespinneybrothers.com

w/ Gypsy Wind (AMERICANA GRASS) Gypsy Wind's style carries its listeners across borders and through time. A musical journey from the Kentucky bluegrass of Bill Monroe to the gypsy swing of Django Reinhardt. Working in a medium of acoustic instruments, Gypsy Wind embodies a new take on an old blend of jazz, swing, bluegrass and folk. gypsywindband.com

7PM $10/13

WED JAN 7

Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5

THU JAN 8

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

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FRI JAN 9

Marcia Ball (NEW ORLEANS BARRELHOUSE PIANO) Born in Orange, Texas in 1949 to a family whose female members all played piano, Ball grew up in the small town of Vinton, Louisiana, right across the border from Texas. She began taking piano lessons at age five, playing old Tin Pan Alley tunes from her grandmother’s collection. From her aunt, Marcia heard more modern and popular music. But it wasn’t until she was 13 that Marcia discovered the power of soul music. One day in 1962, she sat amazed while Irma Thomas delivered the most spirited performance the young teenager had ever seen. According to Ball, “She just blew me away; she caught me totally unaware. Once I started my own band, the first stuff I was doing was Irma’s.” In 1966, she attended Louisiana State University, where she played some of her very first gigs with a blues-based rock band called Gum. In 1970, Ball set out for San Francisco. Her car broke down in Austin, and while waiting for repairs she fell in love with the city and decided to stay. It wasn’t long before she was performing in the city’s clubs with a progressive country band called Freda And The Firedogs, while beginning to hone her songwriting skills. It was around this time that she delved deeply into the music of the great New Orleans piano players, especially Professor Longhair. “Once I found out about Professor Longhair,” recalls Ball, “I knew I had found my direction.” When the band broke up in 1974, Marcia launched her solo career, signing to Capitol Records and debuting with the country-rock album Circuit Queen in 1978. Discovering and honing her own sound, she released six critically acclaimed titles on the Rounder label during the 1980s and 1990s. In 1990, Ball—collaborating with Angela Strehli and Lou Ann Barton—recorded the hugely successful Dreams Come True on the Antone’s label. At the end of 1997, Marcia finished work on a similar “three divas of the blues” project for Rounder, this time in the distinguished company of Tracy Nelson and her longtime inspiration, Irma Thomas. The CD Sing It! was released in 1998 and was nominated for a Grammy Award. In 1999, Marcia and her band appeared in the nationally televised Public Television special In Performance At The White House along with B.B. King and Della Reese. Marcia has been featured on leading television and radio programs, including Austin City Limits and NPR’s Fresh Air and Piano Jazz. She performed in Piano Blues, the film directed by Clint Eastwood included in Martin Scorsese’s The Blues series which aired on PBS television nationwide in 2003. Marcia has also appeared The Late Show With David Letterman with The New Orleans Social Club, where she not only reached millions of people, she helped to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina. In 2012, she had a role in the independent film Angels Sing starring Harry Connick, Jr., Lyle Lovett and Willie Nelson. Ball has been the subject of stories in many national publications, including USA Today, Keyboard, DownBeat, Billboard, and in newspapers from coast to coast. She has twice performed on A Prairie Home Companion, appeared on World Cafe and Whad’Ya Know?, Public Radio International’s Studio 360, as well as on XM/Sirius satellite radio. Ball has been featured on the covers of The Austin Chronicle as well as Blues Revue magazine, as well as in countless lead stories in entertainment sections of publications around the country. marciaball.com

w/Lipbone Redding (BLUES/SOUL) Singer, songwriter, guitarist, “voice-stramentalist” and former subway musician, Lipbone Redding travels the world with his guitar, sharing his original music and bringing back stories of the open road. An entertainer with a flair for the weird and comedic, Lipbone weaves his own story with funky rhythms, catchy melodies, brash humor, soulful singing, and inventive guitar playing. A one man orchestra with no electronic efx, his natural human sounds of throat singing, bass and beat-boxing, and his astonishingly realistic lip-tromboning are a must-experience evening of entertainment. This year, Lipbone brings his eclectic and unique sound to a new level, featuring songs from his latest album, ESMERALDA. The record draws upon musical styles of Early American, Blues, Jazz, Latin, Ska, and R&B. In an evening of stories and songs, Lipbone lays a path leading listeners on a journey from the underground caverns of New York City’s subways and making stops in New Orleans, Memphis, South America, India and the Himalayas. A lover of people, styles and cultures, Lipbone digs deeply into his surprising musical roots that have been informed by everything from 20’s Jazz, Calypso and Ska, Latin, Indian Classical, 70’s Soul, even Disco, and of course, years on the road as a perpetual traveler. An engaging and entertaining show for all ages and musical tastes…there is truly ‘something for everyone’ at a Lipbone show! lipbone.com

8PM $20/25

SAT JAN 10

Coo Coo Ca Choo (ROCK & ROLL) It starts with a casual conversation between old friends who all stopped playing music publicly, and professionally, because they could no longer stand either the music, touring, other unprofessional musicians, and the realization that it was no longer fun.“Remember the days before music sucked?" That was the question that raised our eyebrows. “How ‘bout when we first started getting paid for playing music?! We would have played for free. Just so we could meet girls?”“Well, how about if we just put together a really good band that plays the songs that we used to love?” “Let’s be even more specific. Let’s play songs exclusively from the 60’s, that way we could play British Invasion stuff as well as the early Rhythm and Blues songs that made it all possible.” So began the venture that would result in CooCooCaChoo. An effort of close friends for over 40 years, we wanted to reclaim our interest in the music that we enjoyed as teenagers. The problem was how do we find people like us, that have a passion for great music, miss performing, and will devote the necessary time to be in a serious band, who isn’t satisfied with being ordinary, and playing all of the “easy” songs that every other band plays.

http://www.coocoocahooband.com/

w/ TBA

8PM $10/13

SUN JAN 11

The Groove Orient

w/ Green Sunshine

and Ajeva

5PM $7/10

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TUE JAN 13

TC Carr & Bolts of Blue featuring Josh Nelms

7PM $5

WED JAN 14

Island Night w/Impulse (ISLAND/AFRO-BEAT/REGGAE) A 23-year-old tradition continues with the ever-amazing Impulse band playing reggae, zouk and Afrobeat under the stars with Red Stripe beer on special. Hooray Beer! impulseda.com
8PM $5

THU JAN 15

Grateful Dead Night w/Uncle John's Band (JAMBAND/TRIBUTE) Hippies please use side door... UJB has been faithfully bringing the music and spirit of the Grateful Dead to Skipper's every Thursday at Skipper's since 1998. All bottled beer on special in Skipperdome. unclejohnsband.com
8PM $8

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FRI JAN 16

Voices of the Wetlands Allstars (LEGENDARY LOUISIANA ALL STARS) Voices of the Wetlands All-stars - Grammy Nominee Louisiana’s #1 roots music export and Grammy Nominee Tab Benoit has assembled a stellar ensemble of fellow New Orleans musicians (including N.O. Legends, The Meters and Neville Brothers, Cyril Neville, fiddler Waylon Thibodeaux, influential New Orleans drummer Johnny Vidacovich, harmonica/accordion player Jumpin’ Johnny Sansone, and New Orleans Mardi Gras Indian, Big Chief Monk Boudreaux to forge a musical plea for the fragile eco-system that is the increasingly depleted wetlands surrounding their hometown. In the wake of the devastation wrought by Hurricane Katrina, the chorus of the group’s otherwise savory, funk-charged opening song "Bayou Breeze"--"Don't let the water wash us away"--now seems like a haunting, unheeded warning recorded eight months before disaster struck. Armed with songs like, "We Ain't Gonna Lose No More (Without a Fight)," they are taking to task an administration that's ignored the urgent needs of their homeland in favor of misadventure in Iraq. As well as songs like "Louisiana Sunshine" that continue to focus largely on environmental concerns that grow more urgent with every tropical storm that gathers in the Gulf, it's also a show that is rife with New Orleans' cross-cultural musical joie de vivre, as witnessed by Benoit and Osborne's Cajun-seasoned "We Make a Good Gumbo" and the slinky African rhythms of Monk Boudreaux's "Me Donkey Want Water." The band’s music sounds like Louisiana Rock, Funk, Soul, and Cajun classics that have risen from years of music history and the environment that the music comes from. The Voices of the Wetlands Organization formed the first national out-reach program to educate and make the public aware that Louisiana was in danger; the refineries that line the coast of Louisiana were unprotected due to years of neglect by locals and oil companies. We all knew that our culture was already fading but if you can connect a direct relationship to Louisiana and the rest of the US, then maybe our elected politicians would take notice and vote for the issues that were important to the people and the culture of Louisiana. That relationship that makes most people take notice is drawn from the rich OIL and GAS industry that dwells under Louisiana and off its shores. After every hurricane now, you will see gas prices rise and they never come back down to where they once were. “We have brought a lot of attention through these legendary musicians who are at their musical prime. They are pioneers of a sound and style that is indigenous to Louisiana’s wetlands and every performance is filled with passion.” --Rueben Williams of the Thunderbird Management Group/Voice of the Wetlands Organization The Voice of the Wetlands All-stars has appeared at both the Democratic and Republican Conventions and appears annually at the Voice of the Wetlands Festival in Houma, Louisiana. If there is one group that encapsulates the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, it is the Voice of the Wetlands All-Stars, an improbable cooperative with a cause.

The Voices of the Wetlands All-stars is: Tab Benoit – Guitar and Vocals Cyril Neville – Percussion and Vocals Big Chief Monk Boudreaux- Vocals and percussion Johnny Vidacovich – Drums Waylon Thibodeaux – Fiddle and Vocals Johnny Sansone – Harmonica, Accordion, and Vocals Corey Duplechin- Bass

8PM $25/30

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