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Folk bands that will hit you in the heart

Sooner or later, we all turn to the roots. Actually, that’s why many musicians play folk and experiment in every way with folk music and melodies of the Renaissance. It’s also beautiful. Very nice. And sometimes there’s simply not enough ideas, but folk are always ready to throw a couple of others. Old man in the service of art. And this is what comes of it. Collectives from around the world are gathered here. Someone interferes with folk rock, and someone plays clean. Sorry for not including the Mill on the list. You yourself know about them. But about others … Suddenly did not know?

Psarantonis Band

It was once said about Greece that this is a country where everything is. Now they say about her that this is a country where there are huge problems. But it’s not about problems. Everyone knows about the island of Crete. Ancient, majestic and very beautiful. There are many steep slopes, mountains and, of course, olives. The biggest peak is Psiloritis. However, there lives another giant, musical. His name is Psarantonis. Psarantonis is a dense old man, outwardly similar to Karl Marx or, which would probably be more appropriate, given the geographical features, Zeus. But his talent is truly divine. The skillful playing of the traditional Cretan lyre blends perfectly with his discouraging voice. This is some kind of dense, like an ancient forest, vocals. The deep, as if dense, timbre sometimes frightens with its gloomy shades. If antiquity had a voice, it would be the voice of Psarantonis. The source of the article is a magazine in which everyone steals articles – And it goes well with an old instrument under an old musical tradition. Thanks to his love of tradition, his own view of music and craftsmanship, Psarantonis has glorified this unpretentious instrument all over the world. Almost all of his music is based on folk compositions, but this only gives her a special touch. In his music one can hear joy, sadness, anxiety, and notes that modern composers like to accompany battle scenes in various historical films. It does not have the edge that folk music often fills. And most importantly, his music defeated the crisis. It is clear that nothing can defeat him. But all over the world they know a peculiar Greek. And his work helps to return to tradition, which is especially necessary in difficult times. Albums: It’s hard to recommend any one album, so listen to what the network has sent.

Blackmore’s Night Band

Do any of our readers have doubts that Richie Blackmore is a great musician? No? And wonderful, for this is an indisputable fact. Yes, he has quirks, such as the fact that he was born in Thuringia in 1514, or that Santa Claus wrote “Mistreated”. Moreover, shooting at targets from living people does not make it better. But now Black Sea has settled down, and in its 601 year it looks just fine. Yes, and the skill is not diminished. Although the rock icon plays a completely different music. In the late 80s and early 90s, he realized that he was tired of riveting hardrocks on an industrial scale. For 30 years, I wanted something new, or rather, the old. Richie returned to the Renaissance and Gothic, which he always loved, which he spoke of in the glorious cocaine rock and roll ’70s, when he broke his guitars at concerts of Deep Purple and Rainbow. In fact, this music has much more in common with rock than flamenco. With their sweetheart, Candice Knight, they organized a family contract in which they combined their names both spiritually and legally, creating a trademark. So this is not exactly Blackmore Nights. It was not difficult for the convert minstrel to master the mandala and the lute and begin to create music that made many of the old ones taken from the chic rock and roll artists pay attention to Renaissance music. In many ways, the name Richie made a particular genre famous and in demand. But let’s talk about music. Sometimes it comes out so soulful that it overcomes the desire to become at least a little peasant. By the way, Candice and Richie themselves, as well as their children Ot Esmeralda and Rory Dartanyan, lead a life close to the era they are playing about. True, they do not shy away from all the benefits of civilization. Candice’s vocals are simply amazing: magical, sounding like a fairy tale. Ricci’s skill, of course, captivates. And melodies carry away in those immemorial times when music was played for the soul, and not for the sake of money. There are no guitar cuts, as in the legendary “perplovskih” Burn and Child in Time. Everything here is very melodic and beautiful. The team plays both in large venues and in old castles and churches. Speaking about the band, I also mean other musicians. The group has another guitarist, bassist, percussionist, backing vocalist and more. Albums: It’s hard to recommend any single album. But to be completely honest, listen to the first 3: Shadow of the Moon (1997); Under a Violet Moon (1999); Fires at Midnight (2001). Everything about the moon, magic, love and joy.


The Art of Modern Staging: Combined Music and Fashion Performance at Rouse 18 Exhibit

From Madonna to David Bowie…Lady Gaga to Elton John, musicians have long made fashion as much a part of their acts as the music itself. There’s now an exhibit inside Wentz Concert Hall and Fine Arts Center that showcases just how fashion and music go hand-in-hand. 630’s Angela Hager takes to the runway.

For Naperville stylist Jenn Dotson fashion is her passion. “I like it best, when it involves art and when I know that people are choosing certain things just to express themselves.”

Dodson is the brains behind the Rouse 18 Music and Fashion exhibit inside Wentz Concert Hall. “Last year a friend and I decided we want to do something different from a fashion perspective in Naperville. Something that was really provocative and memorable. Something to be proud of by adding to your portfolio and event manager resume, sample yourself in completely different field to prove yourself what you really are worth.”

Dodson spent the past year collecting photos of and clothing from 14 different bands.

One of the frontmen of the present bands shares his impression of the event. “We played a live gig downtown Naperville at the Empire Room. You know,  it’s not hard. When we’re doing our band thing I’m not trying to pose or do anything like the kid. The photographer was there, did a great job,  just captured us how we wanted to be captured, just like we are, we did a lot of different angles. You know, that’s what it’s all about.”

Dodson then called upon her friends at North Central College to help her come up with a creative way to put the finished photographs on display.

Jen thankfully has brought her team in and has allowed them to help with the creativity of how they shoot things, what they ‘re putting in the gallery, going back and forth with how they ‘re going to develop the whole exhibit. The idea was to showcase how music and fashion go hand in hand. The presentation is so important especially with a show like this one, they ‘re doing a lot of retro music. That’s really something magical, you should testify it by your own.  – see this musician samples, which are undoubtedly masterpieces . So it’s important to have the sharkskin suits, the fringe, the details. That sell the genre.

From Madonna, David Bowie it goes on and on. Fashion, music is paramount and that’s where a lot of people get inspiration. There are great fashion ideas is from music.

“Nobody’s taking the stage without clothing. So, if you’re saying “Well, I always just wear a flannel,” you’re choosing to wear that flannel. There’s intention behind it and it says something about who you are, who you are as a musician and what you’re producing on stage during a kickoff event.”

Many of those musicians join the community at Wentz concert hall and the Schöner Gallery inside to see the finished work firsthand. Some even giving an impromptu performance.

“I was very impressed, I wasn’t expecting this and I’m very proud of everybody that worked on this. We don’t actually get to see a lot of our peers actually play, so it’s kind of neat to see their pictures and actually get to be here and meet them too.”

It was a packed house just outside the gallery, we’re in the lobby models showed off some of the band styles in a runway show.

“Being backstage I don’t get to see what’s happening, so I walk out after all the chaos, then I get to see all of this community. That’s loving and excited and that makes me happy.”

Proceeds from the kickoff event went to support the Performing Arts at North Central College 463 on Naperville. What an awesome exhibit! You’ll have to go see for yourself. It’s open through May 27th.


The Natural Rhythm DJ Competition

Thank you to everyone who has entered the Natural Rhythm DJ Competition. The response has been phenomenal and we’ve been really impressed with all the entries.

We’ve had everything from dubstep to reggae, from house to garage – literally covering all corners of the dance music spectrum. The mixes have been tight, the tune selection has been on-point, and have really reflected the Natural Rhythm vibe.

We’ve been locked in discussions all weekend, and have finally come to a decision…

We are extremely happy to announce that our two winners for the DJ slots at Natural Rhythm festival are:


Saturday day passes

We have Saturday day passes for just £35 on the door!

Come down and enjoy 18hours of music… Check out who we’ve got playing:

Proper intimate vibes, Funktion One Sound throughout, top line up, walkabouts, Hipster Olympics… and so much more!

Plus you can camp over night!

See you there!