Wednesday, May 15, 2013

The Luna Park Going 'Acoustique'

Right at the heart of one of Vienna's oldest amusement parks ('Boehmischer Prater', established in 1883), 29 and 30 June 2013 will see 6 folk and blues acts take the stage at Tivoli in what Wickerl Hapta, spokesperson of promoter 'Kulturverband Boehmischer Prater', tagged '1. Acoustique Festival'. Says Wickerl Hapta, 'It was high time to finally have current developments in music - a re-discovery of singer-songwriter and acoustic blues styles - reflected in Tivoli's programming. Given that we can do open air events, we will be able to put on a well-deserved showcase of the acoustic music scene of Vienna and beyond.'

Which takes us right to the festival bill of '1. Acoustique Festival': Saturday, 29 June 2013 will have Vienna's 'Die Blues Buam' (translates to 'The Blues Boys') churn out their swamp blues-flavoured blend of Afro-American and Viennese tradition, adding to a unique luna park experience.

Talking of the 'beyond': singer-songwriter Stefan van de Sande from The Netherlands will be next to hit the stage, in for another stint of accomplishing his mission of what Scottish newspaper 'Aberdeen Monday' recently called 'sharing his songs with people'.

Headlining a truly inspiring Saturday's bill will see us go even further beyond, experiencing the soulful vocals and guitar playing of one of the godfathers of Austrian blues, Rudi Biber from Vienna and Ft. Myers, USA, with his congenial musical mate Tonci 'Mr Nylon' Marincic from Split, Croatia, fretting away on his acoustic axe at breathtaking speed.

A - hopefully - sunny - Sunday summer afternoon, and time for two strong women - Martina Baumann & Claudia Fenzl, musicians and actresses from Vienna - to take us closer to the meaning of power and how to give works by Bob Dylan, Steve Earle, Townes Van Zandt, Kate Wolf and Tom Russell an entirely new face.

Next to hit the stage are 'sparse and powerful' (says Mike Lidskin of Twirl Radio in Sacramento, California) acoustic blues duo Runway 27, Left from Vienna sporting their deep connection with roots music and original material from their first album 'Weekend Warriors' (2011), having already gathered radio airplay in the UK, the USA, Spain, The Netherlands, Australia, Germany, Austria and Macedonia.

Back to the bedrock of Austrian blues and folks: Johann 'Zappa' Cermak (having been the frontman of the legendary 'Bluespumpm' for 36 years) and Judith (having been the voice of the 'Wild Irish Lasses' for 22 years) will be headlining the second day of '1. Acoustique Festival' with their eclectic mix of blues, Irish folk and country, providing the final highlight of two days of acoustic music delight.

1. Acoustique Festival - festival bill:

Saturday, 29 June 2013

Rudi Biber (AT, USA) & Tonci Marincic (HR)

Stefan van de Sande (NL)

Die Blues Buam (AT)

Sunday, 30 June 2013

Zappa & Judith (AT)

Runway 27, Left (AT)

Martina Baumann & Claudia Fenzl (AT)

To get your ticket and festival passes for '1. Acoustique Festival', call 0043-650-7178204 or go to Advance ticket sales: Fridays through Sundays.

New Orlean's Rapper Crix Green Is "Keepin It Ben Franklin" With New Mixtape Release

New Orleans - Like a leaf on a barren branch, Crix Green emerges and has defiantly thrown his crown in the hip hop ring of champion spitters. Virgin Island born, but dirty south bred in New Orleans, this contender plans to not only knock out the competition, but stomp all over them. His newly released mixtape, "Keepin It Ben Franklin," hosted by DJ Scream, from his Clear Vision Entertainment label, has already put naysayers on alert, because like the title of his single release, "I'm On It," Crix Green is all over it, under it and through it.

His bravado didn't come cheap though. A real hustla who has been in the streets since early childhood, Green had to actually lay low before he could get behind a mike. "Waiting on a statute of limitations to run its course is real talk when you rapping real game and not fake believe like the 'boss rosses' in the game," he will tell you.

"Keepin It Ben Franklin" is 12 tracks that roll deep through the dirty dirty and emerge unscathed, much like his own personal trials and tribulations in life. "My mixtape is uncensored pages out of my life. I love hip hop but hate what it has turned into. Anyone can drop a release about 'da life and get a hit now, whether its their story or the story of someone next to them. My lyrics were born from not only my blood but the blood of my brothers. I represent for the underworld that's still unda because though I have survived, it is not about my sole success. It's about sprouting more green and blazing a path for others."

"Keepin It Ben Franklin" puts the listener on immediate blast with the "Intro" track that bangs beats like bullets firing past the haters. Green keeps it 'G'd' up with "Get It" but softens his blows with "Playa Ways" rappin over a R&B rhythm with a smooth flowing chorus laced by a honey flavored female vocalist. The artists takes it a step further when he mixes up his swag on the jazz tinged, saxophone trimmed "Real Talk." The current single however, "I'm On It" makes is plain though, Crix's last name is "Green" for a reason.

The sheer personification of his unyielding confidence, relentless determination and focused vision will propel Crix Green to the head of the rap game. From his perspective, when you have survived bullets, the Feds and snitches, everything else is a pretty easy.

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