Live Review: Sleepy Creek HarFest @ Sleepy Creek [Berkeley Springs, WV] — 10/4-10/6/19

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Dangermuffin performs at Sleepy Creek HarFest 2019. (Photos by Chester Simpson; Words by Michael Tucker)

Sleepy Creek HarFest: The Place Where We Belong

Each time I go to Sleepy Creek, it feels like coming home. Although I attend a few bigger festivals each year featuring the bleeps, bloops, and synth-knob twiddling of Jamtronica I love so much, Sleepy Creek owns my heart. It’s like that favorite worn in pair of jeans that fit just right or a pair of super comfy pajama pants perfect for lounging at home. Just as importantly, the truly wonderful people who run, staff, and attend Sleepy Creek Presents events create the perfect environment for family, fun, creativity, connection, enjoyment of musical artistry as diverse as the American landscape, and, perhaps most importantly, Sleepy Creek gives festival attendees a place where they can be themselves.

During my weekend adventure at HarFest 2019 in Berkeley Springs, West Virginia, on Oct. 4-6, I saw a bumper sticker on an RV that sums up my experience; it read: “There is no alternative to being yourself” — and Sleepy Creek is exactly that: a place where we can be ourselves, a place where we belong.

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Ticket Giveaway: Galactic @ 9:30 Club, 2/15/19

Galactic Galactic (Photo by Melissa Stewart)

Galactic will release Already Ready Already on Feb 8 via their own Tchoup-Zilla Records through Thirty Tigers. Soon after, the collective appear for two nights at 9:30 Club, and you can win tickets to go to the first of those nights on Friday, Feb. 15.

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Snapshots: High and Mighty Brass Band @ Pearl Street Warehouse — 9/7/18

HighAndMightyBrassBand_PearlStreetWarehouse High and Mighty Brass Band performs at Pearl Street Warehouse on Sept. 7, 2018. (Photo by Ari Strauss)

Fresh out of the recording studio, High and Mighty Brass Band began a mini-tour with a stop at DC’s Pearl Street Warehouse last Friday. The band, which hails from Brooklyn, recently completed recording and mastering a new eight-track album of mostly original material in collaboration with Monophonics organist and frontman Kelly Finnigan. The album is due for release digitally at the end of October.

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