September 22, 2020

Bring On the Buttermilk

Modern Rock
By Kristi Kates | May 18, 2019

More acts have been added to the lineup for the Buttermilk Jamboree 2019, happening June 14–16 at the Circle Pine Center in Delton, Michigan. In addition to previously announced Michigan singer-songwriter May Erlewine and East L.A. band Las Cafeterias, the roster will include performances from nationally-acclaimed singer-songwriter Beth Nielsen Chapman, indie singer Samantha Crain, Red Tail Ring, the Last Gasp Collective, Seth Bernard with Jordan Hamilton, Billy Davis, and the Appleseed Collective. The event will also include family friendly activities, workshops, camping, and food, beverage, and goods vendors …

In other festival news, the sophomore edition of Camp Greensky is set for June 6–8, with performances from bluegrass legends Del and Dawg (Del McCoury and David Grisman), Stephen Marley (yes, those Marleys), Traverse City favorite and Nashville up-and-comer Billy Strings, Hiss Golden Messenger, and local acts like Lindsay Lou, Joshua Davis, and the Lil Smokies. The fest will take place in the Manistee National Forest near Wellston, Michigan, and will likely include a number of jam sessions between members of the various bands …

The Lumineers is returning with its third album, aptly titled III. The first single, “Gloria,” can be heard now at radio and digital streaming stations. III is a concept record presented in three chapters, telling the tale of a fictitious family and its members over three generations. The album hits outlets on Sept. 13. The band has also announced their III World Tour, which will kick off with dates in the U.S., Europe, and Australia starting with a set at the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, this week …

Thee Oh Sees is reissuing its 2008 album as a soundtrack to a film the band made called Thee Hounds of Foggy Notion/Live Performances Sans Stages and Whatnots with Thee Oh Sees. The album will be out this week (May 24) on Castle Face Records, with the first reissued single from the set, “Golden Phones,” out now, accompanied with its own footage from the band’s movie of the same name as the album. Brian Lee Hughes directed the movie and also co-runs the band’s record label …

Miley Cyrus jammed at Memphis’ Beale Street Music Festival last week, surprising the crowd when she brought out singer-songwriter Marc Cohn for the first-ever duet performance of his 1991 hit tune “Walking in Memphis.” Check it out at …

Two big-name shows are coming up soon at Meijer Gardens in Grand Rapids, namely Rodrigo y Gabriela (with special guest Justin Townes Earle) on June 9, and Buddy Guy on June 10 …

They’re back! The band who brought you the ubiquitous Top 40 hit “Hold My Hand,” Hootie and the Blowfish, has reunited to cruise through the U.S. on a tour this summer, including a stop at Cincinnati’s Riverbend Music Center July 20 …

Traverse City Americana band The North Carolines has just released its new album Songminer’s Pilgrimage

Stone Temple Pilots is touring this fall. Catch the band live, with opening act Rival Sons, Sept. 25 at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom or Sept. 27 at the Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill (north of Detroit) … and that’s the buzz for this week’s Modern Rock.

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