Mihali Makes Good on His Long Awaited Solo Record – Breathe and Let Go

I have had this blog almost a decade. In that time, it’s grown as I have grown. My taste in music has always been eclectic and varied, but what I was reviewing was pretty safely within modern folk and very ska and reggae focused for a long time. My husband had tried unsuccessfully to pull me into the jam scene for years and I guess I just wasn’t ready to let go of all my preconceived notions yet because I resisted. Then one day while driving his car, Twiddle came on. Something in the song I heard resonated within me, and it wasn’t surface. It was deep. It reached into me and found a place that was parched and hurting and doused it in understanding. It had been a long time since a song hit me that hard, and I got curious. I started to dissolve their whole catalog and career up to that point. It led me to other artists I devoured just as hard. It led me to shows and festivals. Twiddle was my gateway to this scene – a place I have found love, acceptance, friends, and so much to write about.

Beyond Twiddle, I have been a fan of Mihali on his own for a while. I have seen him cover Round Here from the Counting Crows, one of my very favorite songs, in such a manner than I found myself screaming along in tears. A few years ago while interviewing Aqueous in the hospitality tent at a festival I was covering for this blog, Mihali strolled in and had a seat with us. He was delightfully kind, which was appreciated when I fully expected him to act in line with his success. (something I have encountered all too often since starting this blog) It was a wonderful surprise that I take great pleasure in telling people who decide to talk trash.

I guess that’s part of the reason I have been so damn excited for this solo record from Mihali to drop. I have been craving more of that vibe that pulled me in so hard. The record, Breathe and Let Go, is everything I had hoped it would be. It has the uplifting soul and deep feel of someone who has so much to say, but words don’t say enough so he artfully crafted music to narrate that train of thought. While you find words sung by a voice so uniquely Mihali, you also find and entire album’s worth of musical explorations to carry you where you need to go.

The album kicks off with the title track and its bright acoustic entrance, flavored a short time in with some steady beat and words that I think I really needed lately. “Breathe and let go, relax and go slow, let your life unfold…” Mihali is narrating a string of thoughts that I think will resonate with a lot of people in these tumultuous times when we are not sure if our path is the one we should be on, and that maybe we think about that too much. Or at least that was my take. The song Stubborn Smile was one that was released a short time ago, giving us all a taste of what was headed our way. It quickly became a favorite of mine. It’s that light reggae feel with fun sing a long vocals that we can relate to hard these days. I have always loved the thoughtful and reflective way that Mihali constructs vocals. It’s one of the reasons I loved Twiddle so much. Mihali sings songs I can so deeply feel, not just hear.

The track Enemies is stellar on its own, but it’s even more delicious with the talents of Matisyahu laced throughout. It has this deep, get-low kind of groove that infects you with a feeling that shakes your hips good and slow. I am digging hard on Mihali’s vocals on this one. His voice is very uniquely his, but I like what he does with some of his higher edges on this. Carved Lines is another good one that plays with acoustic guitar and self reflection. I like that stripped down sound so much. As much as I like Mihali as part of a powerful and talented four piece band, I really dig his work in a singer/songwriter role as well. It suits him just as well. I also really love Over Land and Sea. It reminds me of so much of the 60’s folk flavor I have been covering myself with my entire life, care of my parents and their deep love of that scene. It’s a stripped down song about love, simple and soulfully delicious. This song and it’s feel is everything I love so much about music.

My favorite song on this record didn’t surprise me, because it’s the first solo song I knew of Mihali releasing a million years ago – Fading State. I have been loving this song for a while! The track features guest vocal from Nahko and Trevor Hall, creating a triple threat of vocal groove and vibe that kicks you good and hard in the soul. My background and deep love for all things ska, reggae, and rocksteady lit up the first time I heard this track. I love so much about the feel of this song. Its not like the other songs of deep personal reflection, and instead seems a call to action – and man, do we need that. “It’s time to wake up”. That’s an understatement, gentlemen. We should be playing this song loudly right now, sharing it with everyone we know, and inspiring that awakening. I see this as an anthem for the balance of this year while we navigate this storm together.

All in all, the album is thick and warm with feeling. It illustrates the broad stroke of Mihali’s pen, and I love that it really shows his soul wide open in its words and feel. You don’t need to dig Twiddle to appreciate what he has done here. This record was well worth the wait, and I look forward to playing it on repeat this weekend. There is so much to love. Much like life. You can find it streaming everywhere right now, and I encourage you to get on that immediately.

You can catch Mihali out on tour in support of this record with friends like Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Luke Mitrani, and Rich Ortiz. He puts on a really great show, and I plan to head out for the Bowery Ballroom show on March 31st myself. I hope to see you out there!

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JamFam Music and Arts Festival Announces Inaugural 2020 Lineup – Official Press Release

***FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE***

STANHOPE, NJ – JamFam Music & Arts Festival is thrilled to announce their list of Artists for their inaugural line-up taking place at Waterloo Village in Stanhope, NJ on July 24-26, 2020. Early Bird General Admission and VIP Packages are available for sale now. The festival is announcing the following acts, with more artists to be announced soon:

The scheduled headliners are New Riders of the Purple Sage & Melvin Seals and JGB. With an additional 20+ well known artists that include: Jazz is Phish, lespecial, Out of the Beardspace, Flux Capacitor, Creamery Station, The New Motif, Cousin Earth, Jabbawaukee, Muscle Tough, Dogs in a Pile, Higher Education, Waiting on Mongo, This Old Engine, Cosmic Jerry Band, Uncle Ebenezer, Jeb Jones, Soular Bone, Comfortably Floyd and more artists to be announced soon.

The New Riders of the Purple Sage will be performing their 50th Anniversary show at the JamFam Music & Arts Festival and dedicating the anniversary show to Buddy Cage. Buddy Cage a long-time bandmate who played the pedal steel guitar of the New Riders, who passed away last week.

JamFam Music & Arts Festival is a two-day/ two-night RV and/or car-camping event, igniting the concert and adjacent fields into a Jam Band oasis of continuous music taking place on two stages. The festival is nestled in the Appalachian Mountains of Northwestern New Jersey in the historic town of Stanhope.

Waterloo Village and the concert field have hosted numerous iconic recording artists and musicians mostly during the 1980s and ‘90s. The magic and mystique of Waterloo will be revitalized this year with the JamFam Music and Arts Festival. The bands that have played this historic venue in the past include Phish, The H.O.R.D.E. Tour, Lollapalooza, Bob Dylan, Muddy Waters, The Gregg Allman Band, America, Arlo Guthrie and The 25th Anniversary of Woodstock… just to name a few. The region’s best food and drinks will be available as well as numerous regional and local artists and artisans creating an enjoyable and interactive festival experience.

A limited number of 2-Day Early Bird Passes and VIP Packages are available now. 2-Day Festival & Camping Packages are available for $129 and 2-Day VIP & Camping Passes are $249. Single day passes will be made available when the full daily schedules are announced. Tickets are available at the JamFam website at www.JamFamMusicFestival.com/tickets.

“Our goal was to ignite the hallowed grounds of Waterloo and create a new beginning for this iconic venue while keeping the area spotless,” explained founder and producer, Michael Kestin.  “The JamFam Music & Arts Festival will feature a ‘Leave No Footprint’ commitment to eco-conscious partying and music with an aim to protect the beautiful and lush landscape and environment. All camping guests will be given eco-friendly recycling and garbage bags to take with them upon exit. Littering of cups, cans and cigarette butts is prohibited.”

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MOUNTAIN JAM MUSIC FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES 2020 WEEKEND LINEUP – Official Press Release

TREY ANASTASIO BAND, GOV’T MULE, AND BRANDI CARLILE SET TO HEADLINE THE THREE-DAY FESTIVAL MAY 29-31

Festival Returns To Bethel Woods Center For The Arts At The Historic Site Of The 1969 Woodstock Festival 
 

Single-Day and Three-Day Passes Go On Sale Monday, February 10 at 10am via MountainJam.com

(Bethel Woods, NY – February 6, 2019)— Mountain Jam, one of the Northeast’s largest rock n’ roll music festivals, now in its 16th continuous year, has announced its lineup for the three-day music extravaganza May 29-31, 2020. The Festival will feature over 30 bands across three days including headliners Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, and Brandi Carlile plus performances from Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit, The Head and the Heart, Grace Potter, Greensky Bluegrass, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Margo Price, Yola, Hiss Golden Messenger and many more across three stages (full lineup by day below). Additionally, the Festival will feature a special tribute performance in honor of Levon Helm’s 80th birthday featuring The Midnight Ramble Band and very special guests.

For the first time, both single day tickets and weekend passes for Mountain Jam 2020 will go on sale at the same time on Monday, February 10 starting at 10am. Ticket prices start at just $44.50 for single day lawn tickets.  For a limited time, three-day early bird lawn tickets will be available for $99.00. This year, general car parking will be included in the ticket prices. For more information on tickets, reserved and lawn seating, camping packages, and more, please visit www.mountainjam.com.

Mountain Jam will return to Bethel Woods Center For The Arts for the second year running. This year’s festival will again feature Gov’t Mule front man and GRAMMY Award-winning vocalist, songwriter, producer and revered guitarist Warren Haynes as co-presenter of Mountain Jam alongside Radio Woodstock and Live Nation, organizers of Peach Music Festival. 


“Mountain Jam 2020 is a unique and highly curated festival, separate and apart from other music festivals,” says Gary Chetkof, founder of Mountain Jam. “We are thrilled to welcome Trey for the first time in our 16-year history, as well as to welcome back some old friends and to spotlight many of the great women making music today. The Levon Helm 80th birthday tribute will bring joy and tears and some very special guests. In addition, we continue to evolve the festival with lawn ticket prices that are lower than we have ever offered, as well as reserved seating options for the day or the entire weekend, and a VIP program that is second to none.  On-site camping will be for RVs only this year, as we will utilize nearby campgrounds to offer our fans the best camping experience possible. And returning to Bethel Woods, a world class venue with the rich history of Woodstock, provides Mountain Jam with a special backdrop and amazing vibes.”

“I’m glad to be returning to Mountain Jam again after last year’s maiden voyage at Bethel Woods,” says co-presenter and performer Warren Haynes. “It’s a beautiful and historic site and a great place to host such a diverse three nights of music.”


“There is no better way to kick-off the 2020 summer season at Bethel Woods than welcoming back Mountain Jam for its 2nd year at our historic concert venue and Museum.  We are excited for the cultural opportunity this represents for our guests and community,”  said Eric Frances, Chief Executive Officer of Bethel Woods Center for the Arts.


Three full days of music will kick off on Friday, May 29th and will feature star performances from more than 30 artists across 3 stages. Fans can stay for the weekend with on-site RV camping packages as well as multiple off-site campgrounds that offer tent camping, or car-side tent camping, or Glamping options. Shuttles will run daily to the festival grounds. Travel packages (which bundle a ticket with a hotel) are available, as well as hotel accommodations with special discount pricing for Mountain Jam ticket holders. For more information please visit www.mountainjam.com.

This year’s Mountain Jam Festival will again feature a yoga program each morning.  There will be on-site attractions including an expanded Hemp Village and Craft Beer Tap House, and the addition of a New York State Distillery Garden, featuring the best locally produced products. The Hemp Village will include vendors, activities, and panel discussions over the weekend, covering a range of topics currently being tackled in the cannabis  industry, as well as a look into the future as legislation and legalization continues to evolve. The Museum at Bethel Woods will be opened exclusively for festival attendees free of charge.  A wide variety of food (from gourmet and organic fare to comfort food), arts & crafts vendors, and artist encounters will be available.


Stay connected with up-to-the-date information on Mountain Jam 2020 on Facebook by liking @MountainJamFest, and by following @MountainJam on Twitter and Instagram.

Mountain Jam 2020 Lineup By Day (to date)

Friday, May 29:

Trey Anastasio Band

Jason Isbell And The 400 Unit

Greensky Bluegrass

Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Kung Fu

Midnight North

Eggy

Royal Khaoz

Ciarra Fragale

Saturday, May 30:

Gov’t Mule (playing 2 sets)

The Head And The Heart

American Son: Levon Helm’s 80th Birthday Celebration ft. The Midnight Ramble Band and Very Special Guests

Margo Price

Hiss Golden Messenger

Big Something

Driftwood

Stephen Lewis and the Big Band of Fun

Diana DeMuth

Hayley Jane and Friends feat. Reed Mathis, Michelangelo Caruba (Turkuaz) and Rob Compa (Dopapod)

Caleb Hawley

Jamie Drake

Sunday, May 31:

Brandi Carlile

Grace Potter

Michael Franti & Spearhead

Yola

Ghost of Paul Revere

David Wax Museum

Sammy Rae and the Friends

Scruffy Pearls

Wild Rivers

Raye Zaragoza

Kevin Daniel

The Rock Academy

About Mountain Jam

The Mountain Jam Festival is produced by Mountain Jam Productions, LLC, a collaboration between Chet-5 Festivals, Live Nation, Woodstock, NY’s legendary independent radio station, Radio Woodstock 100.1 (WDST), and Warren Haynes.  Mountain Jam is a three-day, multi-stage event, featuring approximately 30 bands on 3 stages at Bethel Woods Center for the Performing Arts, one of the Northeast’s premier, natural amphitheaters and the site of the historic 1969 Woodstock Festival. Over the years, Mountain Jam has hosted some of the top names in live music, including Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, The Black Keys, Robert Plant, Beck, The Allman Brothers Band, Phil Lesh & Bob Weir, Jack Johnson, The Lumineers, Widespread Panic, Portugal. The Man, My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Gov’t Mule, Levon Helm, The Avett Brothers, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Steve Miller Band, alt-J, Ray LaMontagne, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Roots, James Murphy (of LCD Soundsystem), Mavis Staples, and many others.

About Chet-5 Festivals

Chet-5 Festivals is the Founder of the Mountain Jam Music Festival. Chet-5 produces numerous concerts and festivals in and around upstate New York and co-founded the Taste of Country Festival at Hunter Mountain. Gary Chetkof is the company‘s president and principal owner, and has been for over 27 years the principal owner and operator of Radio Woodstock, the legendary independent radio station broadcasting from Woodstock N.Y. and streaming globally via the iHeart media player.

About Warren Haynes

Visionay GRAMMY Award-winning artist Warren Haynes is a cornerstone of the American music landscape, lauded as one of the most formidable guitarists and vocalists of the modern era and a prolific songwriter and producer. He effortlessly cross-pollinates genres and unfurls solos that broil with passion in his distinctive, signature style. Throughout his prolific career as part of three of the greatest live groups in rock history – Allman Brothers Band, Gov’t Mule and the Dead – and an acclaimed solo artist, he has become one of music’s most treasured storytellers and his artistry has led to thousands of memorable performances and millions of album and track sales. Haynes is a beacon of creativity and musical excellence that inspires fans as well as fellow musicians, evidenced by the diverse array of artists that he has performed and recorded with. As the front man of Gov’t Mule, Haynes along with his bandmates drummer Matt Abts, keyboardist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson, create consistently honest, organic and daring music, leading them to be recognized as one of the most timeless, revered and active bands in the world whose spot amongst rock titans remains unshakable. The enduring, globally revered group, has showcased its virtuosity, intelligence and breadth over the course of 16 studio and live albums. Their flexible interplay in the studio and on stage makes them a true living, breathing ensemble. Gov’t Mule has become a human encyclopedia of great American music while adding to that canon with their signature sound. For more on Warren Haynes and Gov’t Mule, please visit www.WarrenHaynes.net and  www.mule.net.

About Live Nation Entertainment  
Live Nation Entertainment (NYSE: LYV) is the world’s leading live entertainment company comprised of global market leaders: Ticketmaster, Live Nation Concerts, and Live Nation Sponsorship. For additional information, visit www.livenationentertainment.com.

About Bethel Woods Center for the Arts

Located on the National Register Historic Site of the 1969 Woodstock festival just 90 miles northwest of New York City in the Catskills’ Sullivan County, Bethel Woods Center for the Arts is a 501c3 nonprofit cultural center focusing on history, creativity, and community. Home to an award-winning museum devoted to the story of the 1960’s and a 15,000-seat entertainment venue, Bethel Woods is a must-visit tourist and cultural destination, attracting local, national, and international visitors. For more information please visit www.BethelWoodsCenter.org.

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Live Nation 

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