If you’ve been to an Ani show recently you may be wondering who’s playing the vibes, tabla, and a variety of other crazy percussion instruments…he’s Mike Dillon, and he will accompany the little folksinger and upright bassist Todd Sickafoose for the rest of Ani's tour dates in 2006. Mike has also performed with Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe and Les Claypool, among others. To get a feel for the trio’s sound,...
The lucky folks with tickets to Ani’s west coast tour this September are being treated to the slam poetry of Buddy Wakefield.
Buddy is the two-time Individual World Poetry Slam Champion (2004 and
2005), and has been featured on NPR, the BBC, and HBO’s Def Poetry Jam.
Check out Ani’s tour schedule for more information on the remaining September performances for your chance to experience Buddy Wakefield live.
A few months back, Ani played a show at the Mercy Lounge in Nashville. If you couldn’t strap on your cowboy boots and make it there, you’re in luck, because some exclusive live tracks from that very performance are now available on iTunes for your musical consumption. Accompanied by Todd Sickafoose on bass and Mike Dillon on percussion, Ani performs “Manhole,” “78% H2O,” and the brand-new unreleased tune, “Red Letter...
Toshi Reagon has been featured in an article on Afterellen.com,
a popular website dedicated to promoting the visibility of lesbian and
bisexual women in the media at large. Opening the article describing
the mixed bag of attendees that make up a typical Toshi concert,
columnist Linda Villarosa goes on to speak with Toshi about her music,
her background, and her family. You can read the entire article on Afterellen.com
Ani will be appearing on the Henry Rollins Show on the Independent Film Channel on August 5th along with Stephen Gaghan, the writer and director of the Academy Award-winning film Syriana. The main goal of the Henry Rollins Show is to “take an uncensored approach to talk show programming with a voice that strikes a balance of humor, angst, art and intellect.” Ani will be performing “Millennium Theater” from her...
Ani will be receiving a "Woman of Courage" Award at the annual convention of the National Organization for Women (NOW) in Albany on July 21. The award is given to women who are described as "courageous and bold" and have worked diligently for women's rights. Past recipients include playwright Eve Ensler, Jane Goodall, and Senator Barbara Boxer. Ani is the first musician to receive this award. Check out the NOW...
Hamell on Trial’s new release, Songs for Parents Who Enjoy Drugs, has been mentioned in the June issue of Rolling Stone. Citing Hamell’s penchant for lying to children about the sordid details of his youth, the folks over at Rolling Stone gave Hamell a big thumbs up. And keep in mind, the only reason Hamell wasn’t on the cover was because of the glaring ray of stardom being reflected off...
You wanted Ani back on the road, you got her back on the road. You wanted a new studio album, you’re gonna get a new studio album. Ready or not, here comes Reprieve: 12 new songs and spoken-word selections performed by the Little Folksinger with a bit o’ help from tour buddy Todd S. They started work on the album in New Orleans in early 2005, then Katrina forced them...
Congratulations to Toshi Reagon, who’s latest album, Have You Heard, took home the 2006 Outmusic Award for Outstanding Songwriter this past Sunday. Have You Heard was also nominated for Best New Recording. The Outmusic Awards were handed out in a ceremony June 11 at the Knitting Factory in New York City. Between the awards and a feature segment in the May episode of In The Life (the Gay and Lesbian...
Ani is wrapping up her sold-out April tour this week and those of us not lucky enough to be there in person can catch the show from the comfort of our computer chair. New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage station, WWOZ 90.7 FM, will be airing performances through out the Jazz Fest. Ani, joined by bassist Todd Sickafoose and percussionist Mike Dillon, are scheduled to take to the Blues Stage this...
After touring relentlessly over the past year, Andrew Bird has earned a slot on some of the biggest summer festivals in the US. Bird helps kick off the festivities at Bonnaroo on Friday, June 16. On July 5, Bird joins the eleven-day-long “world’s largest music festival,” Milwaukee Summerfest. Later this summer, Lollapalooza returns as a three day festival in Chicago with Andrew Bird scheduled to take the stage on Sunday,...
On Thursday, March 30, Hamell on Trial (a.k.a. Ed Hamell) shares his scathing wit with Marc Maron
on Air America Radio. For all the fans and parents who enjoy drugs in
the Los Angeles area you can tune in to KTLK 1150am from 10pm to
midnight PST, Hamell’s segment is scheduled to be on around 11:15pm PST.
Everybody outside of LA can stream it live on AirAmericaRadio.com.
The rumors are true, after a short hiatus from touring Ani DiFranco is easing back onto the road with select festival and theater dates. This year, the touring will be a little different, with Ani focusing on smaller, more intimate venues in general. April finds the Little Folksinger at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival on Friday the 28, after shows in Columbia, MO; Nashville, TN; and Atlanta, GA....
In celebration of his new release, Songs For Parents Who Enjoy Drugs, Hamell on Trial takes his biting wit and acoustic guitar thrashing to the Knitting Factory in New York City for several intoxicating performances. Over six nights, February 21, 22, 23 and March 2, 3, and 4, the one-man show, titled Politics, Polemic and Pills, will integrate Hamell’s fatherly wisdom, brilliant sense of humor and comedic storytelling with songs...
We are saddened to pass along the news that our dear friend Bob Feldman, president of Red House Records, passed away after a brief illness on January 11, 2006. Bob was known across North America as a dedicated music promoter, record producer and label president – a man who had the respect and admiration of both musicians and business partners. Bob restarted Red House Records, Greg Brown’s dormant record label,...
Singer, Songwriter, and Television Personality (?) Ani DiFranco will host an upcoming episode of In The Life, The Gay and Lesbian Newsmagazine on Public Television. The January episode, “Principles of Youth", focuses on being young and gay in America, giving voice to an often unheard and overlooked population. A three-time Emmy Award nominee, In the Life has blended journalism, entertainment reports, and commentary for an entertaining and educational look at...
At midnight on January 1, while all those folks in Time Square are jumping up and down to try and keep warm, VH-1 Classic will be airing a sneak preview of a live concert of Cyndi Lauper and Friends on Decades Rock Live. Together, Ani and Cyndi perform Cyndi’s “Sisters of Avalon." As previously reported, the show was recorded on November 11, 2005, when Ani joined Scott Weiland, Pat Monahan...
The 2005 Venus
Hottt List is out and Andrew Bird has ranked third in the Best [Male]
Solo Artist category. Voted on by readers and listed in the Winter 2005
issue, Andrew Bird joins the ranks of Beck, Sufjan Stevens and ties
with Bright Eyes. Other categories included Best Feature-Length Film,
Best DIY Company, Pop Star You Secretly Love But Won’t Tell Your Friends
About, and Best Activists.
The Nominations are in: for the third year in a row Ani DiFranco and graphic artist Brian Grunert have been nominated for the Grammy Award for Best Recording Package. The dynamic duo teamed up again as co-Art Directors for Ani’s latest album Knuckle Down. The results are a truly unique package, a clear slip cover slides over Ani’s laughing visage on the green tri-fold cd case, complete with hand sketched...
Toshi Reagon joins John Hammond, Rory Block and Dave Tronzo in a concert tribute to delta country blues legend Charley Patton on February 1. Patton (1887-1934) was an acknowledged celebrity and seminal influence on musicians throughout the Delta from Howlin’ Wolf to Robert Johnson. “Blues Fallin’ Down Like Rain” - Tribute to Charley Patton will be part of the New York Guitar Festival at the Merkin Concert Hall running January...