New Album from Chicago Farmer ‘Midwest Side Stories’

Chicago Farmer - Midwest Side Stories

From Chicago Farmer

Get it early through Kickstarter

Chicago Farmer, the moniker Bloomington, Illinois’ Cody Diekhoff performs and writes under, is set to independently release his 7th album, Midwest Side Stories, on September 30, 2016. Midwest Side Stories is about hope, depression, job loss, meth, skateboards, a divided nation, used cars, the late shift, farms, factories, the destruction of our environment, and still being around to sing about it. The new release contains ten tracks all of which were written by Diekhoff (pronounced dee-cough), with the exception of the John Hartford classic “I’m Still Here.”

Folk hero Todd Snider says, “I love Chicago Farmer’s singing and playing and songs, but it’s the intention behind the whole of his work that moves me to consider him the genuine heir to Arlo Guthrie or Ramblin’ Jack Elliott. He knows the shell game that goes on under folk music… which is sacred to me. Chicago Farmer is my brother; if you like me, you’ll love him.”

Lyrically driven, Chicago Farmer delves into the social and political issues of today’s world, taking it all in and putting it back out through music as a commentary on modern times in the Midwest. With his unfeigned and relatable approach, Chicago Farmer has earned a place in the heart of this generation’s rise of protest songs. He composes music written and sung by and for the working man, the “regular person”, bringing to mind modern day folk tales.

“I arrived here, kicking and screaming the day that I took the stage, I went searching for some kind of meaning, like words looking for a page. Came up empty and full of worry that nothing could cover the pain, then these songs and stories began unfolding like an umbrella in the rain.” This is the opening stanza to the first song “Umbrella”, a song that speaks of the power of music in people’s lives and is dedicated to songwriters everywhere, including many of whom we’ve lost in 2016.

With heartfelt observations of the world around him, Chicago Farmer has been around the folk scene for a while now singing the stories he has written along the way, aiming to capture the essence of the human condition and putting it all on display. He has gotten to know a variety of players over the years and brought together a wonderful cast of musicians to perform on the album. Diekhoff co-produced Midwest Side Stories, with engineer Chris Harden at I.V. Labs Studios in Chicago, Illinois. Harden also played Glockenspiel and harmonized vocals on select tracks. Others on the album include vocalist and guitarist Ernie Hendrickson, drummer Darren Garvey, vocalist Heather Horton, and a handful of other Midwestern mainstays.

Cody has his finger on the pulse of middle America. Coming from a long line of family farmers and factory workers in central Illinois and growing up in a rural farming community has inspired many songs that are autobiographical in nature. Farms & Factories” is a workgrass song featuring fiddle, tempo changes, and the farming side of Chicago Farmer. In 2002 he moved up north to the big city where he came up with the name Chicago Farmer for what was initially intended to be a band, but ended up keeping the name for himself and started writing and recording albums. Eventually he moved back in 2008 to central Illinois where he makes his home in Bloomington. The Midwest is where he was born and raised. It’s where he first started to write poetry and where he would eventually set those words into motion with his guitar.

With Midwest Side Stories Chicago Farmer builds an adventurous narrative that brings issues to the front burner with folk/protest songs. “Two Sides of the Story” is an acoustically portrayed glimpse of the evolving division in the United States. It takes aim at the media, politics, and religion’s role in that division. “There’s two sides to every story, there’s two sides to every town, the side of town that tells the story. The side where the story went down.”

An upbeat electric working class protest song, “Revolving Door,” describes manufacturing job loss in the Midwest with howling vocals, a driving beat, and ripping harmonica. “My home state of Illinois continues to have the highest unemployment rate in the region, and manufacturing jobs continue to disappear.” Cody says, ”Politicians who work the current system to benefit themselves and their constituencies have sold out these industries and workers. While the CEO’s of these companies hand out pink slips to their workforce, they continue to hand themselves bonuses.”

“9pm to 5” examines the plight of the working American and pays tribute to those with unconventional work hours. At other times Chicago Farmer goes tongue-in-cheek with “Skateboard Song” which takes listeners on a ride with this folk story song, questioning our laws and priorities.

Midwest Side Stories is a follow up to 2013’s Backenforth, IL which rose to #33 on the Americana Charts as well as top #10 on several folk charts. Honest Tune wrote of it, “You can smell the dirt in the fields, hear the wind as it blows across the plains, and see the people that Chicago Farmer sings about. Each track captures a moment in time, whether for a person or a particular place. Imagine if a John Steinbeck short story had been written as a song, and this will give you a fairly good idea as to what Chicago Farmer accomplishes on his albums.”

Chicago Farmer is ready to kick down some more doors and put something new in as many ears, hands, living rooms, and car stereos as possible. Midwest Side Stories is available now on pre-order on Kickstarter through September 11th and folks that donate will receive it at their doorstep several weeks before the official release. “We’ve set our goal at $20… because we love you.” Cody says, “My last album has a song called The Twenty Dollar Bill. It’s easily one of my top 3 requested songs, I especially love that it’s requested by people of all ages. It’s a story song inspired my grandparents and I’ve been told has moved a lot of people. We put a lot of heart, soul, sweat, tears, and even some blood into making this album. While the basics are covered, we still have a large hill to climb and any support that you can offer is greatly appreciated”

Midwest Side Stories captures everything that Chicago Farmer is capable of as a performer, songwriter and story teller. He draws you in with the emotion in his voice and holds you captive with the lyrical pictures he paints about the real struggle the common man is up against.

Websites & Links: ChicagoFarmer.com | Facebook | Twitter

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Chucktown Ball 2016 Moved to North Charleston Coliseum

Chucktown Ball 2016 - Moved

From Umphrey’s McGee

“The recent heavy rains experienced in the Charleston area have water-logged the grounds of Riverfront Park. With more rain in the forecast over the course of the next few days, conditions are likely to worsen. Thus, we will be unable to safely and expediently build the festival site as planned. With this in mind, Chucktown Ball is being moved to the North Charleston Coliseum.

We take our fans’ safety very seriously and want to provide you with the best experience possible. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the new venue and all bands will still perform as planned, with the exception of Dangermuffin, who are no longer available to participate. We intend to take the vision of Chucktown Ball and deliver an amazing experience alongside the accommodating staff of the the North Charleston Coliseum, who are thrilled to now be hosting our event. We hope you are ready for some arena rock!”

Websites & Links: Umphreys.com | UMLive.com | UMVideo | Facebook


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Railroad Earth Fall Tour 2016 “One Way Express”

Railroad Earth - Fall  Tour 2016

From RailroadEarth.com

“We have a great fall to look forward to this year. In addition to a return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre with special guests the Chris Robinson Brotherhood and Anders Osborne, hosting at both Hillberry Music Festival and Hangtown Music Festival, we’ve added a couple new shows in the North East to our Fall run! Pre sale tickets are on sale now at www.railroadearth.com.”

Websites & Links: RailroadEarth.com | Facebook | YouTube | LiveRailroadEarth.com


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Bassnectar Halloween 2016 – Grand Rapids Run & Mystery Show

Bassnectar - Halloween 2016

From Bassnectar.net

“No rest for the wickedest: right off the back of our Bass Center weekend we are announcing our Midwest Halloween Run – three shows to take us through the Halloween weekend, kicking off with two nights back at the Deltaplex in Grand Rapids, MI!”

10/28 – Special guests Paper Diamond & Stooki Sound – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex
10/29 – Special guests OPIUO & Teklife – Grand Rapids, MI @ DeltaPlex
10/31 – Halloween Midwest Mystery Show (UPDATE: looking for tickets for our 10/31 show in Peoria?)

Websites & Links: Bassnectar.net | Facebook | Twitter


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Papadosio Fall Tour 2016 “Pattern Integrities”

Papadosio - Pattern Integrities 2016

From Papadosio

“Papadosio have announced the release of their new EP, Pattern Integrities Vol. I due out September 21st, 2016, and phase one of the Pattern Integrities tour, kicking off with three nights headlining the Resonance Music Festival in Thornville, OH and concluding with two shows at Brooklyn’s iconic Brooklyn Bowl.
The Pattern Integrities tour introduces a new concept from Papadosio: The Pattern Integrity, or “P.I”, set. The P.I. set is in tribute to the great mind of Buckminster Fuller, and features live looping, sequencing, sampling, improvisation, and synthesis. The P.I. set is an effort to do something original, not just with the music itself, but the way in which it is performed. Fans can get a sneak peak of the P.I. set in the just released EP teaser video here.

Papadosio will dedicate the first night to the P.I. set in cities with two shows; and the first set in cities with one show. Papadosio presale for non-festival shows starts Thursday, July 28th. Local on-sales begin on Friday, July 29th.”

Papadosio Fall Tour 2016 ‘Pattern Integrities’
Jul 29 – LEAF Official Pre-Party at New Mountain Amphitheater! – Asheville, NC
Aug 6 – ARISE Music Festival – Loveland, CO
Aug 26 – Kosmos Music Festival – St. Charles, IA
Aug 27 – Imagine Music Festival – Hampton, GA
Sept 22, 23, 24 – Resonance Music Festival, Thornville OH
Sept 30 – Bear Creek Bayou Festival, New Orleans LA
Oct 6 – Union Transfer, Philadelphia PA
Oct 7 & 8 – The Sinclair, Cambridge MA
Oct 9 – Higher Ground, Burlington VT
Oct 11 – Mr. Smalls, Millvale PA
Oct 12 – Mainstage, Morgantown WV
Oct 13 – Bell’s Eccentric Café, Kalamazoo MI
Oct 14 & 15 – Concord Music Hall, Chicago IL
Oct 16 – St. Andrews Hall, Detroit MI
Oct 27 – Lincoln Theatre, Raleigh NC
Oct 28 & 29 – 9:30 Club, Washington DC
Nov 11 & 12 – Brooklyn Bowl, Brooklyn NY

Websites & Links: Papadosio.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | Archive.org


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Phish Fall Tour 2016

Phish - Fall Tour 2016

From Phish

“Phish will hit the road in October for a 13-date Fall Tour beginning October 14th in North Charleston, SC and concluding with a four-night Halloween Run at MGM Grand in Las Vegas on October 28th, 29th, 30th, and 31st.

The tour includes two-night stands at North Charleston, SC’s North Charleston Coliseum (October 14th and 15th); Nashville, TN’s Ascend Amphitheater (October 18th and 19th); Alpharetta, GA’s Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park (October 21st and 22nd); and Grand Prairie, TX’s Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie (October 24th and 25th) as well as the band’s first-ever performance in Jacksonville, FL.

A limited number of tickets are available now via Phish Tickets at tickets.phish.com through Sunday August 14th at 11:59pm ET. Tickets go on sale to the general public beginning August 18th. For more info, visit phish.com.

Phish and CID Entertainment are also offering travel packages for the Halloween Run (which include hotel and tickets). Travel Packages go on sale August 17th at Noon PDT.”

Phish Fall Tour 2016 Dates
10/14 North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
10/15 North Charleston Coliseum, North Charleston, SC
10/16 Veterans Memorial Arena, Jacksonville, FL
10/18 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
10/19 Ascend Amphitheater, Nashville, TN
10/21 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
10/22 Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park, Alpharetta, GA
10/24 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
10/25 Verizon Theatre at Grand Prairie, Grand Prairie, TX
10/28 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
10/29 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
10/30 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV
10/31 MGM Grand Garden Arena, Las Vegas, NV

Websites & Links: Phish.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube | LivePhish.com


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Disco Biscuits in Vegas 2016 at The Brooklyn Bowl

Disco Biscuits - Vegas 2016

From The Disco Biscuits

“We are headed to Vegas for three very fun days and nights, leading into Halloween weekend, October 27-29. All 3 nights we’ll be playing at the Brooklyn Bowl Vegas!

On October 27, we’ll open up shop at 7:30pm and will be joined by our brothers from theNEWDEAL! The shows on October 28 and 29 promise to be straight Disco Biscuits’ late night heat with doors opening at 11pm, leaving everyone plenty of time to enjoy all of what Las Vegas has to offer.

Today at 12noon PT, we will open up the BiscoTix fanclub presale – which is locked and loaded with a limited number of discounted 3-day passes as well as single day tickets to each show. The remaining tickets will go on sale through Brooklyn Bowl Vegas ticketing on Friday, August 12 at 10am PT.”

Don’t do anything we wouldn’t do.
-The Disco Biscuits

Websites & Links: DiscoBiscuits.com | Facebook | Twitter | YouTube


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The Werks Live at The Werk Out 2016

From The Werks

“The Werks “Live at the Werk Out 2016”, showcases the band at their relentlessly funky best at their 7th annual namesake festival in Ohio. After a decade spent honing their sound, the bands trademark multi-dimensional jams are fresher than ever, backed by dynamic rock chops and soaring melodies. Enjoy over 2 hours of fan favorites, remixed and mastered for The Werks first official release in over a year.”

Websites & Links: TheWerkOutFestival.com | Facebook | LegendValley.net | TheWerksMusic.com


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Video ~ Pimps of Joytime Drop “Dance Cardia” Ahead of Red Rocks Debut

Pimps Of Joytime

From The Pimps of Joytime

“Today, just two days ahead of their Red Rocks debut, today, Brooklyn’s Pimps of Joytime released their lighthearted new music video for “Dance Cardia.” Directed by Jean Shepherd, the video was shot on location in the band’s hometown of Brooklyn, NY. It reveals frontman Brian J as “The Hustler” versus his childhood foil, “The People’s Champ”, as they converge for a climactic game of Jenga by the train tracks.

“Dance Cardia” is the last single from the Pimps’ most recent LP, Jukestone Paradise (2015, Write Home Records). Brian J co-wrote the funky dance track with Alex Toth of Rubblebucket.

The Pimps premiered the video yesterday through the Denver Post’s music blog, Reverb, as a gift for their Colorado fans before they perform on the legendary Red Rocks stage for the first time as a group this Thursday, July 14.

“Colorado has been real good to us over the past 6 years. There seems to be a genuine appreciation for what we do out here,” said Brian J. “It’s a privilege to be invited to play the amazing Red Rocks Amphitheater and we have our fans to thank for it.”

Pimps of Joytime perform in Telluride, CO tonight, July 13, headlining Telluride Mountain Village’s free summer concert series at Sunset Plaza. The band then travels to Morrison, CO to open the Red Rocks show with Galactic and Boombox tomorrow evening, Thursday, July 14.”

Red Rocks Set Times
Doors 6:30PM
Pimps of Joytime 7:30PM
BoomBox 8:30PM
Galactic 10:00PM
Curfew 11:30pm
Purchase Red Rocks Tickets

PJT Tour Dates:
7/13 Telluride, CO – Sunset Concert Series
7/14 Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheater
7/15 Avon, CO – Agave
7/16 Snowmass Village, CO – Deaf Camp Benefit Summer Festival
7/28 Asbury Park, NJ – Jams on the Sand
7/29-30 Floyd, VA – Floydfest
7/31 Lancaster, PA – Long’s Park Amphitheater
8/6 Bedford, PA – Wills Mountain Festival
8/11 Scranton, PA – Peach Music Festival
9/16 Los Angeles, CA – Teragram Ballroom *
9/18 Felton, CA – Santa Cruz Mountain Sol Festival
10/22 Rohnert Park, CA – Funkendank Oktoberfest ^

* with Greyboy Allstars
^ with Galactic, Big Sam’s Funky Nation and The Dixie Giants

Websites & Links: PimpsOfJoytime.com | Facebook | Twitter


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String Cheese Incident Release ‘Sound Lab: Volume 1’

SCI Sound Lab - Volume 1

From String Cheese Incident

Hey All of You Freaks-

“In May of 2015, the band rented a house in beautiful Sedona, Arizona and spent a week there hanging out and writing songs. We were all feeling especially reconnected to SCI and in a creative space, and sometimes it gets harder and harder to find those moments. So we felt the need to block out a week to get together in some remote part of the country. It proved to be a really productive week – we wrote and worked on over 20 songs!

As this was happening, we were in the process of building a studio in our home state of Colorado. We have been a band for 20 years now, and it was about time to have a real creative hub where we could gather easily to record new songs, write, hang out, etc. If we had a studio, we could track new songs instantaneously and get them out to you a lot quicker. When we released “Song In My Head,” we just felt like a lot of the steam was let out when we had been playing the songs for months, if not years prior to the album release. As a band it is always exciting to play them for you when they are really new, or at least not already staples in the repertoire.

We have been fortunate over the years to be able to live a bit outside the traditional model of releasing music. Whether it was releasing all of our live shows or having our own record label, SCI Fidelity, to release our own music and bands we love, we feel really lucky to have been able to make our own rules. Recently, we’ve been looking for an alternative to the normal and sometimes arduous process of releasing an album.

So, today, we are excited to announce “SCI Sound Lab” which will be our hub for releasing new music. The concept behind the lab was to create a home for our creative experimentation. We are starting by releasing, for free, three studio tracks that we recently worked on with Jerry Harrison. Two of these are first time recordings, Kang’s “Believe” and Billy’s “Down a River,” and one is a song we have been playing for a bit, Keith’s “Sweet Spot.”

In the coming months we are going to be releasing a bunch more music and other treats. We have six more studio tracks we recorded with Jerry that will be coming out very soon. But, the SCI Sound Lab is intended to be a place where we can continue to experiment with a wide array of different recording concepts. One day, we might put up demos of new songs we are working on. The next, we might put up some dance remixes of previously released songs. We will also be going into the archives to find some band selected live material. The exciting part is that this will be a completely open space for creativity. The aim is to create a vehicle for open expression – for us and our friends, guests, and even other musicians recording on their own – so that we can share more and more music with you, as easily as possible.

We know we are not re-inventing the wheel here. We’ve just grown a bit tired of not giving you guys more music, quicker and in a more efficient way. We are sort of making up the rules as we go. Will the music always be free? We are not sure. In a few weeks we are going to be announcing a pre-order that will feature the new music in different configurations than we are putting out today. Are we abandoning ever releasing an album in physical format? No. We are going to be compiling songs and releasing in vinyl and CD formats at some point down the road. The music will also be going up on services like Spotify. For now, we just wanted to get this music out to you so you can check out what we are up to.

These are exciting times in the SCI world. So, here are three songs for your listening pleasure! We had a lot of fun recording them and we are incredibly excited to play them on the road this summer. We are all itchin’ for some Incidents! Most of all, thank you for always supporting us and for being by our side in this long journey – we feel like the luckiest band in the world.”

Much Love,
Billy, Jason, Kang, Keith, Kyle and Travis


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