WYEP Welcomes

Date
February 2, 2016

Givers

Givers will perform at Cattivo, February 2nd, 2016

February 9, 2016

91.3 Presents Dylan LeBlanc

Dylan LeBlanc knows second chances don’t come around often. But, neither do voices like his.

Overwhelmed by the speed his gift would take him, from Applebee’s server to “the new Neil Young” in a matter of months, he walked away from an unlikely major label deal after releasing two critically acclaimed albums. He slipped into a blur of booze and self-doubt. Exhausted and damaged at just 23-years-old, Dylan came home to Muscle Shoals, Alabama to write a new life for himself.

February 16, 2016

Anderson East

Anderson East is an artist from Athens, AL. His album, Delilah, is out now.

February 22, 2016

WYEP presents Kurt Vile & The Violators with special guest Xylouris White

Kurt does his own myth making; a boy/man with an old soul voice in the age of digital everything becoming something else, which is why this focused, brilliantly clear and seemingly candid record is a breath of fresh air. Recorded and mixed in a number of locations, including Los Angeles and Joshua Tree, b’lieve i’m goin down… is a handshake across the country, east to west coast, thru the dustbowl history (“valley of ashes”) of woody honest strait forward talk guthrie, and a cali canyon dead still nite floating in a nearly waterless landscape. The record is all air, weightless, bodyless, but grounded in convincing authenticity, in the best version of singer songwriter upcycling. In Kurt’s words, “I wanted to get back into the habit of writing a sad song on my couch, with nobody waiting on me. I really wanted it to sound like it’s on my couch — not in a lo-fi way, just more unguarded and vulnerable.”

February 28, 2016

Neko Case

Neko Case is performing at Mr. Smalls, February 28th. Doors open at 7pm

February 28, 2016

Anders Osbourne

Between the potency of his richly detailed songwriting, his intensely emotional, soulful vocals and his piercing, expert guitar work, New Orleans' Anders Osborne is a true musical treasure. He is among the most original and visionary musicians writing and performing today. Guitar Player calls him "the poet laureate of Louisiana's fertile roots music scene." New Orleans' Gambit Weekly recently honored Osborne as the Entertainer Of The Year. OffBeat named him the Crescent City's Best Guitarist for the third year in a row, and the Best Songwriter for the second straight year. Osborne also won Song Of The Year for his composition, Louisiana Gold.

March 2, 2016

Jason Isbell

Jason Isbell has announced 2016 winter tour dates in support of his highly acclaimed latest release Something More Than Free (Southeastern Records/Thirty Tigers). Isbell will be backed by his fantastic longtime band The 400 Unit, featuring Derry DeBorja (keys) Chad Gamble (drums), Jimbo Hart (bass), and Sadler Vaden (guitar).

Isbell and company will be bringing the celebrated duo Shovels & Rope out with them in support of the new dates. Isbell has released his second Building The Song video, which features in studio footage of the creative process in action as he and his bandmates created and recorded each song on Something More Than Free. The new video features the building of the album’s title track. The firstBuilding The Song video featured the single “24 Frames” and premiered at NPR Music in June. 

Something More Than Free resonated with critics and fans alike, selling over 94,000 copies to date following its July 17 release, when it debuted at #1 on the Rock, Country, Folk charts. Something More Than Free has received an even wider range of press support than its celebrated predecessor, 2013’s breakthrough,Southeastern.

March 5, 2016

WYEP presents Jukebox the Ghost and The Family Crest

Jukebox the Ghost is a band of musical survivors, a decade-strong trio that has carefully considered how to make a lasting statement while grinding out more than 150 shows a year. With their new self-titled album, Jukebox the Ghost unmistakably makes that statement…in the form of a big, lovable pop record. Jukebox the Ghost may be the tortoise in the race, but they’ve slowly, steadily made their way to the top.

March 16, 2016

Dr. Dog

Pennsylvanian rockers Dr. Dog represent a blast from the past. Their music has often been compared to acts from long ago, including The Beatles and The Beach Boys, to name a couple. The retro sound of Dr. Dog has resulted in several memorable records in their nearly 15 years of existence, yet like any great band, sometimes their recorded material pales in comparison to their live act.

March 23, 2016

Vance Joy

March 23, 2016

Bonnie Raitt

Following the highly-anticipated release of her twentieth album, "Dig In Deep" (Feb 26, Redwing Records), Bonnie Raitt will kick off her 2016 North American Tour, returning to major cities where she's long been recognized as one of contemporary music's great live performers.
 
Bonnie's Dig In Deep Tour will feature her longtime touring band, which backs her on the forthcoming album, including James "Hutch" Hutchinson (bass), Ricky Fataar (drums), and George Marinelli (guitar), along with Mike Finnigan (keyboards), who joined the line-up for the triumphant 2012-2013 Slipstream tour.
 
"So much of the album is focused on what I want to do live," she says. "I write and pick these songs so we can nail them on stage."
 
Since the release of 2012's GRAMMY Award-winning album "Slipstream," Bonnie has performed over 200 shows in the U.S. and abroad, including a sold-out concert at Boston's Fenway Park with James Taylor this past summer. Her powerful chemistry with this band creates a magic that has been described as "exquisite" (Chicago Tribune) and "perfect" (Boston Globe).
 
Opening for Bonnie on the tour will be The California Honeydrops, a five-piece ensemble led by dynamic vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski. Known for its engaging live show and diverse musical influences, the group incorporates Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, New Orleans second-line, gospel, and psychedelic groove into its sound.
 
Continuing a long-standing tradition in conjunction with the Guacamole Fund, Bonnie will donate one dollar from every ticket purchased to grassroots local, regional, and national organizations whose work focuses on safe and sustainable energy, social justice and human rights, environmental protection, and blues/music education.
 

March 23, 2016

Galactic

New Orleans, Lousiana based Galactic is an American jam band who combines jazz, R&B, rock, funk and even rap into their music. Childhood friends Jeff Raines and Robery Mercurio became interested in the local funk scene when they attended college at Tulane and Loyola Univeristies first formed the group in 1994; they were later joined by Chris Lane, Rob Gowen, Richard Vogel, Theryl DeClouet, Ben Ellman, and Corey Glover. Over the years, the group has developed their own distinct sound, pulling from their influences, which include hip-hop, electronic, jazz, rock, world and blues music.

March 25, 2016

Son Little

"To call Son Little, both the artist and the album, brave would be perhaps the most apt compliment you could pay. Like his fearless heroes—Hendrix, Dylan, Prince, Nas—what he is doing takes guts, but in truth, it’s the only way he knows how."

April 8, 2016

WYEP presents Thao & The Get Down Stay Down and SAINTSENECA

"I wanted to try to actually be a real live person, rather than just singing songs about them." — Thao Nguyen.

Growing up in Falls Church, VA, Thao Nguyen first picked up a guitar at the age of 12 and began performing in a pop country duo in high school. She spent most of her 20s touring, supporting one critically acclaimed album after another. She's worked with a laundry list of vaunted artists including Andrew Bird, Mirah, Laura Viers, and producer Tucker Martine. She even toured the US with the nationally syndicated NPR radio program Radiolab. Thao's most recent album, We The Common, was described by The New Yorker as "music that makes you move from your bones out...[it's] keenly intelligent and original" and in November 2014, she performed on the world famous television show "Austin City Limits". She is currently working on a new album which will be released in early 2016.

April 12, 2016

WYEP presents Ra Ra Riot with And The Kids and PWR BTTM

After being a band for a decade, it's easy to get disillusioned with the tedium of adulthood, but Need Your Light, the fourth full-length from RaRa Riot, is the sound of a band being reinvigorated by their own existence. Correspondingly, the album sees the group—which originated in Syracuse but has now dispersed all over the country—getting back totheir house party roots without abandoning the more heady soundscapes they explored with 2013's Beta Love. The result isan album that's celebratory without being saccharine, and that sees the group collectively mining their prior experiences to craft something that looks toward the future with an optimistic gaze.

April 18, 2016

The Dandy Warhols- Distortland Tour

"So I heard about Courtney Taylor's new band called THE DANDY WARHOLS. I heard that they had that youngster/cutie pie, Zia in it who was just about ready to start hustlin' cigarettes for camel. For me at least, this mysterious guitar fellow, Pete (where did he come from, anyway?) I also knew Eric their original drummer from various nights on the town. I heard of these folks b4 I'd "heard" them… Nakedness, fucking, drugs, bike rides, motorcycle rides, cult like, were they associated with that Partridge Family Manson thing that was around then? who knew? I just know they were talked about with the sort of "you had to be there, oh my god! One long jam, Zia took her shirt off! oh my god!" kind of way." - Tres Shannon

April 21, 2016

Lissie with special guest Skrizzly Adams

My Wild West is Lissie’s 3rd studio album and a fitting tribute to her life in California, from her arrival as a fresh-faced singer-songwriter til now, leaving for the Midwest wiser and more self-assured. Bookended by the songs “Hollywood” and “Ojai”, it brings out the two extremes of the past decade – the ups and downs of the former and the “stability, joy and peace” of the latter. My Wild West represents both a new beginning and a return to Lissie’s Midwestern roots.

May 6, 2016

Half Moon Run

May 12, 2016

The Avett Brothers

The Avett Brothers are performing at Stage AE on May 12th, 2016

May 15, 2016

The Jayhawks

The Jayhawks were definitely swimming against the tide when they emerged from a crowded Minneapolis music scene halfway through the 1980s — a memorable decade that saw the likes of the Replacements, Soul Asylum, Husker Du and Prince put Minnesota on the musical map in a big way. Forging a rootsy sound that wasn’t quite rock or country — “Hank Williams on speed” somebody once memorably called it — The Jayhawks quickly turned into one of the most important bands of the post-punk era. Over the course of two decades, several albums, countless memorable live shows and enough personal drama to fill a couple of Behind the Music episodes, this beloved band soared to heights few ever achieve while wining the hearts and minds of numerous critics, fans and peers in the process. Named after “The Hawks” — as in “Levon and the Hawks,” the name of Dylan’s backing band in the 60s before they became known as “The Band” — The Jayhawks and their fellow travelers even helped make the world safe again for artists who weren’t afraid to fuse traditional rock, country and folk influences into something that was both timeless and modern, just like the best American bands always have.

June 3, 2016

Leon Bridges

Leon Bridges will perform at Stage AE, June 3rd, 2016

June 12, 2016

Ray LaMontagne

July 8, 2016

Bill Maher

For more than twenty years, Bill Maher has set the boundaries of where funny, political talk can go on American television.  First on “Politically Incorrect” (Comedy Central, ABC, 1993-2002), and for the last thirteen years on HBO’s “Real Time,” Maher’s combination of unflinching honesty and big laughs have garnered him 34 Emmy nominations.  Maher won his first Emmy in 2014 as executive producer for HBO series, “VICE.” In October of 2008, this same combination was on display in Maher’s uproarious and unprecedented swipe at organized religion, “Religulous,” directed by Larry Charles (“Borat”). The documentary has gone on to become the 8th Highest Grossing Documentary ever.

In addition to his television program – which has featured such regular visitors as Howard Dean, Ben Affleck, Robin Williams, Arianna Huffington, Cory Booker and Michael Moore – Maher has written five bestsellers: “True Story,” “Does Anybody Have a Problem with That?  Politically Incorrect’s Greatest Hits,” “When You Ride Alone, You Ride with Bin Laden,” “New Rules: Polite Musings from a Timid Observer,” and most recently, “The New New Rules: A Funny Look at How Everybody But  Me Has Their Head Up Their Ass.”

Maher started his career as a stand-up comedian in 1979, and still performs at least fifty dates a year in Las Vegas and in sold out theaters all across the country.  Three of his ten stand-up specials for HBO – 2007’s “The Decider,” 2005’s “I’m Swiss,” as well as the hilarious, “Bill Maher … But I’m Not Wrong,” – have been nominated for Emmy awards. 

Maher was born in New York City, raised in River Vale, N.J. and went to Cornell University.  He now resides in Los Angeles.

August 2, 2016

Sarah McLachlan opening for Josh Groban

Be there live to witness the top-selling classical artist of the 2000s with Josh Groban tickets. His first four solo albums reached multi-platinum status, and now this magnificent, Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter is headed to a venue near you on the Josh Groban tour.