VICTOR WOOTEN BAND, JIMMY HERRING BAND & CONSPIRATOR HEADLINE STEELJAM NOV. 9-10
BETHLEHEM, PA—Performances by The Victor Wooten Band, Jimmy Herring Band and Conspirator highlight two nights of nonstop jamming as SteelJam returns to Bethlehem Fri.-Sat., Nov. 9-10. Tickets for the second-annual event, which will take place at the ArtsQuest Center at SteelStacks, 101 Founders Way, will go on sale Fri., Aug. 31, 10 a.m., and be available at www.artsquest.org and 610-332-3378.
Headlining SteelJam on Nov. 9 is Conspirator, the project formed in 2004 by the Disco Biscuits’ Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein, along with New York producer DJ Omen. With the addition of virtuoso guitarist Chris Michetti and drummers Darren Shearer (the New Deal) and Mike Greenfield (Lotus), the group has taken its music to another level, delighting audiences throughout the nation. Among its performances have been sets at festivals such as Electric Forest, Camp Bisco and Catskill Chill.
Other artists set to take the stage at SteelJam Friday night include electronic duo BoomBox, which blends blues, rock and psychedelia into its own unique sound; The Stepkids, who serve up a mix of punk, jazz, West African, ’60s folk, funk and more; and Revolution, I love You, the Philadelphia-based duo of Rob Lindgren and Jason Reynolds, who perform a fusion of indie rock and electronic dance beats.
On Nov. 10, the SteelJam audience will experience the unique pairing of The Victor Wooten Band and The Jimmy Herring Band. Wooten, a five-time Grammy Award winner, hit the worldwide scene in 1990 as a founding member of the super-group Bela Fleck and the Flecktones. Continuing to blaze a musical trail with the band, he has also become widely known for his own Grammy nominated solo recordings and tours. In 2011, Rolling Stone voted him one of the Top Ten Bassists of all time.
A North Carolina native, Jimmy Herring is perhaps best known as the lead guitarist for Widespread Panic and as a founding member of Col. Bruce Hampton and The Aquarium Rescue Unit. He has also performed in Jazz is Dead, Frogwings, Grateful Dead member projects Phil & Friends and The Other Ones, as well as founded Project Z, an experimental instrumental trio with friends Jeff Sipe and Ricky Keller. Herring has been featured on more than 20 records; his most recent recording is Subject To Change Without Notice, released Aug. 21.
In addition to the Victor Wooten and Jimmy Herring bands, SteelJam guests will enjoy sets Nov. 10 by Railroad Earth and From Good Homes singer/guitarist Todd Sheaffer and XVSK (Exter Versus Kimock), the jazz-jam fusion duo featuring cellist Trevor Exter and percussionist John Kimock.
SteelJam Tickets & Times
Doors for SteelJam open at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Two-day event passes are $40 in advance and $55 at the door for ArtsQuest Members and $45 in advance and $60 at the door for the public; single-day admission tickets are $20 in advance and $30 day of show for ArtsQuest Members and $25 in advance and $35 day of show for the public.
SteelJam is sponsored by Relix, Adams Outdoor Advertising and The Pottstown Mercury. For more information on the event, please visit www.artsquest.org/steeljam.
STEELJAM 2012 LINEUP
6:30 p.m. Revolution, I Love You
7:40 p.m. The Stepkids
9 p.m. BoomBox
11:30 p.m. Conspirator
Performing at 8:30 and 11 p.m. on the Sands Deck – Turkuaz
7 p.m. Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth & From Good Homes)
8:10 p.m. XVSK
9:30 p.m. Jimmy Herring Band
11 p.m. Victor Wooten Band
Performing at 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. on the Sands Deck – KEF