by Amy Harris
Another music fest on the banks of the Ohio River, Forecastle, celebrated a killer weekend
I started out the second day of the Forecastle festival in Louisville by getting caught in the rain and being picked up like a hitchhiker by the Everest band van on the way to setup for their set on the main Mast Stage of the festival. The band agreed to let me hang for “A Day in the Life” photo series as they prepped to play the 10th Anniversary of Forecastle. They were laid back as the rain moved in and gear was unplugged and wrapped in saran wrap.Click here to check out the "A Day in the Life" photo series featuring Everest.Everest has been on the road promoting their third album Ownerless. On Ownerless, you can hear a refined sound in which the band speaks about powerful issues as they took their time to record and find their true voice, writing from the heart and soul. The band consists of members Russell Pollard (vocals/guitar/drums), Joel Graves (guitar/keys/vocals), Jason Soda (guitar/keys/vocals), Eli Thomson (bass/vocals) and new addition Kyle Crane (drums).Everest are rising stars in the alternative music scene and have toured with My Morning Jacket and they will be heading back on the road with Neil Young this fall.It turned out to not be such a typical “day in the life” as the show was held back because of lightning in the area but the band unloaded and prepared to play even as heavy rain descended on the festival. The festival opened an hour late due to rain delays but they did make time for all the planned acts to perform (albeit with shorter set lists).Everest played loud and rocked the crowd as it gathered to hear this band singing my favorite track on the new album as the opening song “Rapture.” Founding member Pollard’s raspy vocals were captivating and I instantly became a fan of this band as they sang older tunes and new record songs like “Into the Grey.” The Watson Twins joined the band for a few songs on backing vocals to round out their set. Overall it was a great day to play music in Louisville as fans gathered to celebrate 10 years of the fest, which self-defines itself as being all about "music, art and activism." The Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the main stage by storm and had fans dancing in the grass; special guests onstage including Jim James and Andrew Bird playing classic tunes with the legendary jazz musicians from New Orleans. James' band (and hometown heroes) My Morning Jacket played over two hours to close out the night while Girl Talk played on the second stage and had a festival rave in full action on the banks of the Ohio river.Click here to check out even more photos from Forecastle.
by Jac Kern
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Pride Week is underway, so don your hottest rainbow garb, stay cool and get ready to celebrate the local LGBTQ community. It's been a good year to be gay and there are plenty of events this weekend to cap it all off. You can find a full guide in our Pride Issue, but weekend highlights include Friday's Skyy Vodka Pub Crawl — 4 Shuttle Loops, 16 Stops, & 17 Bars for $10, Saturday's Cincinnati Pride Parade and Festival — 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Downtown, and NKY Pride Sunday.What better weekend for the opening of an exhibit called Fly Your Own Freak Flag? Northside's Thunder-Sky, Inc. will display 60 flags created by funky artists from across the city, country and world, beginning with a reception from 6-10 p.m. Friday. The exhibit runs through Aug. 11 and some flags will be featured in Wednesday's Northside Fourth of July Parade.The Madeira Criterium Bike Race invites cyclists of all skill levels to compete Friday beginning at 4:30 p.m. Bikers will zip around the one-mile course on Laurel and Miami avenues, as onlookers enjoy a street festival with plenty of food, drinks and live music. Cash prizes go to the winners of each race heat. And speaking of heat, if you're going as a competitor or an onlooker, be sure to stay hydrated on this scorcher.The Contemporary Arts Center hosts an interactive film screening and dance party Saturday at 9 p.m. Set to the music from Girl Talk's All Day album, Girl Walk / / All Day is a long-form music video follows three dancers in New York City. After you watch the pros turn the urban landscape into their own stage, bust out your own moves at a DJ dance party. Arrive early for a pre-screening dance class at 8 p.m., where choreographer Heather Britt will teach the routines seen in Girl Walk. Doors open at 7:30. Free for members, all others pay CAC admission.First Sundays May-October mean Tri-State Antique Market in Lawrenceburg, Ind. Ring in July with some bargain hunting and vintage shopping at Indiana's largest antiques market, open 7 a.m.-3 p.m. Sunday. Each month is different, but shoppers can expect fine art, jewelry, pottery, home goods, furniture and more retro knick-knacks than an episode of American Pickers.
Gregg Gillis makes bold new sounds out of existing music
0 Comments · Wednesday, January 5, 2011
Neither hot producer nor veteran session musician, Gregg Gillis — recording as Girl Talk — is a brilliant sonic collagist with a gift for combining shards of existing and incredibly disparate work by renowned artists and turning them into supreme mash-ups.
For Pittsburgh mash-up artist Girl Talk, music is pop art ... or maybe just 'a lawsuit waiting to happen'
0 Comments · Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Just hours before his new album is released to the Internet, Gregg Gillis is at home in the gritty Pittsburgh suburb of Wilkinsburg: a two-room apartment crammed with the detritus of his life on the road as internationally acclaimed mash-up artist Girl Talk.