Upcoming shows – February 2015

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Hey y’all! We’ve got some shows we are looking forward to next week!
Thursday, February 19, we’ll be at the Windup Space in Baltimore, MD with our friends “F” and the Expanding Man — more info HERE!

Friday , February 20, we’ll be in Coram, NY at O’brien’s Pub, with Blueblack and more — details HERE.

And Saturday, we finish up at Division Street Guitars in Peekskill, NY, with Blueblack again — more info HERE.

We’ve got some shows lined up in North Carolina in May — keep posted for more details!

A unique shape?

Sam Smith just lost his case for copyright infringement because he stole the tune from Tom Petty’s “Won’t Back Down.” But the controversy’s not over, because copyright infringement wasn’t the controversy in the first place. The real controversy is: Why is “Stay With Me” up for a Grammy at all?

Smith can sing, I guess, but the song shape is boring, and the production is mawkish. Jimmy Page, no stranger to lawsuits of this type, and recently sued by the band Spirit for supposedly ripping off the opening of “Stairway to Heaven,” defends himself in these cases by basically saying “My composition has a unique shape.”

Does this idea — a unique shape — even make sense to your average contemporary listener? Probably not, and that’s too bad….

Here’s a short YouTube video I found overlaying both songs for just the first few bars. Enough to show the similarities and the differences. What do you think?

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Joy on Fire w/Nomadic at The One Stop – FREE

ASHEVILLE, NC: The One Stop, Asheville’s premiere live music venue, is thrilled to present Joy on Fire (on tour) with local jam favorites Nomadic on Friday, June 27 for a free show.

Baltimore natives JOY ON FIRE (JoF) are returning to The One Stop playing their original mind-expanding brand of jam, this time tearing it up with local band Nomadic. Leading with saxophone, JoF creates a sound best described as “punk-jam/fuzz-rock” (sometimes called “punk-jazz”).

Now based in Greensboro, NC, JoF travels the East Coast winning converts with its adventurous self-titled debut CD, which features three big songs (akin to some of the more groundbreaking albums of the 60s and 70s like Yes’s Relayer): “The Complete Book of Bonsai,” “The Marriage of Hell and Heaven” and “If 3 Was 8” (the title a tribute to Jimi Hendrix’s “If 6 Was 9”).

Anna Meadors shreds on saxophones, while drummer Mike “Pickle” Carney, and bassist John Paul Carillo lay down a funky beat. Think Morphine/Fishbone/Coltrane/Zeppelin.

The four members, (Kevin Rohweder – drums, Nate Rohweder – guitar, Eli Scott – bass, Greg Andersen – keyboards) of Nomadic owe their growing popularity to their highly captivating and energetic live performances as well as their epic and diverse song structures that range from electronica to anthemic rock.

Nomadic’s wide range of influences create an intriguingly new blend of progressive rock, electronica, and funk. These styles all lend to Nomadic’s addictive and undeniably fun grooves, blistering peaks and melodic ballads that are unique and immense. Nomadic brings an energy packed live sound that is gripping from start to finish. It is an experience not easily forgotten.

This is a free show – no cover charge!

The One Stop: June 27, 2014, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m.
For more information visit us online at:
Nomadic
Joy on Fire
Like us on Facebook.com/nomadicrage
Facebook.com/joyonfire

Joy on Fire featured in Mountain Express

Thanks to Mountain Express for promoting our gig at the One Stop in Asheville, NC on April 8th!

Mountain Express – Joy on Fire at The One Stop

Artist: Joy on Fire
Venue: The One Stop
Date: Tuesday, April 8, 8:00 p.m.
Door: $2

It’s intriguing the way that jazz fusion is bubbling under in Asheville, a town noted musically more for jam bands and beardo alt-Americana. But there’s clearly enough interest to draw Greensboro’s Joy on Fire to town. This trio has an unconventional lineup: electric bass guitar, drums, and … saxophone. But these young jazzers seem as influenced by heavy rock as jazz. When they describe their sound as “Zeppelin meets Coltrane,” you’d best believe it.