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TUNE-YARDS "HATARI" SOLO & LIVE

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Tom Robinson Tom Robinson | 15:02 UK time, Tuesday, 29 June 2010

I was gutted to miss Merrill Garbus (aka tUnE-yArDs) at Glastonbury last week. We heard an outstanding session from her on the Marc Riley show earlier this year, but somehow it's only when you actually see her smashing out "Hatari" with nothing but a ukulele, that you appreciate the true wild originality of her talent.

This video comes from the Secret Garden series produced by New York's Hooves on the Turf blog, where they film artists performing a few songs outside the context of a regular show... In this case in a friend's apartment in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn.

It just goes to show: you don't need expensive equipment or production techniques to make truly gobsmacking music or - come to that - videos. All it takes is a bit of talent, a lot of time and the determination to make it happen.


FREE MUSIC TUESDAY

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 00:00 UK time, Tuesday, 22 June 2010

If you've not already dowloaded this then it's time to fix up and get to it.

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6Music Introducing: Midsummer Mixtape Side A

The mixtape contains some of our favourite tracks from the last 3 months by The Agitator, The Beaus, Bix Medard, Ever Since The Lake Caught Fire, Birdeatsbaby, Bright Spark Destroyer, Fields Of Ypres, DJ Spamboots, Mr Fogg, Vladimar Bozar N'Ze Sheraf Orcestar, Bear Cavalry, One Fathom Down, Kah, Trips And Falls, and Tom Williams And The Boat.

Side B of the mixtape will be available from Monday 28th June. 

TW

TRACKLIST. MONDAY 21/06/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Monday, 21 June 2010

Word up

Here's what's in this Monday's show. Remember you can download all the tracks as part of Tom's Midsummer Mixtape.

THE AGITATOR - Get Ready
http://www.myspace.com/theagitatormusic

THE BEAUS - In The Red Corner
http://www.thebeaus.co.uk

BIX MEDARD - La Ficelle
http://www.myspace.com/bixmedard

EVER SINCE THE LAKE CAUGHT FIRE - The Sea (2010 Master)
http://eversincethelakecaughtfire.com

BIRDEATSBABY - The Trouble
http://www.myspace.com/birdeatsbaby

BRIGHT SPARK DESTROYER - The Dead Sea Scrolls
http://brightsparkdestroyer.bandcamp.com

FIELDS OF YPRES - Panning for Gold
http://www.myspace.com/fieldsofypres

DJ SPAMBOOTS - Chemical Coffee
http://www.soundcloud.com/dj-spamboots

MR FOGG - Moving Parts
http://www.facebook.com/mrfogg

VLADIMIR BOZAR N'ZE SHERAF ORCESTAR - Panzoni Pasta
http://www.myspace.com/vladimirbozar

BEAR CAVALRY - Will Smith Solves The Rubik's Cube
http://www.myspace.com/bearcavalrymusic

ONE FATHOM DOWN - Apple Mousse
http://www.myspace.com/onefathomdown

KAH - Fugitive
http://www.myspace.com/kahsongs

TRIPS AND FALLS - How Do You Do
http://www.myspace.com/thetripsandfalls

TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT - Concentrate
http://www.myspace.com/williamstommusic

GRANDFATHER BIRDS - The Woods
http://www.myspace.com/grandfatherbirds

MAMMAL CLUB - Put Your Fears In Order
http://www.myspace.com/mammalclub

PICASTRO - Pig & Sucker
http://www.myspace.com/picastro

HOPE AND SOCIAL - Stuck Like Glue
http://www.hopeandsocial.com

LASZLO - Mr Sunshine
http://www.myspace.com/laszloproductions

JANGLE - Dwindler
http://www.myspace.com/janglemusic

RUDE MECHANICALS - Like Magnetism
http://rudemechanicals.co.uk

SHARKS TOOK THE REST - Ancestors
http://www.myspace.com/sharkstooktherest

POLARSETS - Leave Argentina
http://polarsets.bandcamp.com

MAYHEW - The Flood or the Fire
http://www.mayhewmusic.com

THE OCTOBER GAME - Boxing Underwater
http://www.myspace.com/theoctobergame

NATALIE ROSS - Shock To The System
http://www.natalieross.co.uk

TERRIBLE STRANGERS - Ostrich
http://www.myspace.com/terriblestrangers

MURSEGO - Subir Arriba Baixar Abaixo
http://www.myspace.com/mursego

SUPER BEST FRIENDS CLUB - Sunshine Super Megatron
http://www.myspace.com/thisissbfc

TRACKLIST. SUNDAY 20/06/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 20 June 2010

Hi Folks
Here's the tracklist for this Sunday's show

SLEEP ROOM - Wipe That Smile Off Your Face
http://www.sleep-room.com

BUNNY COME - Pills Week
http://www.myspace.com/bunnycome

DAVID GIBB - This Young Boy
http://www.myspace.com/davidgibb

DEAD BOY ROBOTICS - All Sixes & Sevens
http://www.myspace.com/deadboyrobotics

Introducing Roulette
RUSSELL AND THE WOLVES - Call The Tribe
http://www.myspace.com/russellandthewolves

KELE GOODWIN - Hymns - 03:14
http://www.myspace.com/kelegoodwin

MAMMAL CLUB - Put Your Fears In Order - 04:38
http://www.myspace.com/mammalclub

OCCASIONALLY DAVID - Old Flames (Burn Forever)
http://www.myspace.com/occasionallydavid

Introducing Inquisition
JANGLE - Lockstep - 03:59
http://www.myspace.com/janglemusic

FAMILY MACHINE - Got It Made
http://www.myspace.com/thefamilymachine

EL GRAN CHUFLE - Terremoto
http://www.myspace.com/elgranchufle

LANDERIM - Skyspray - Sail On Solar Winds
http://www.myspace.com/landerim

Session Track 1
TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT - 90 mph
http://www.myspace.com/WilliamsTomMusic

SUPEREVOLVER - Nymph Pink Angel
http://www.myspace.com/superevolver

COLD IN BERLIN - Destruction
http://www.myspace.com/coldinberlin

CHROME HOOF - Crystalline
http://www.myspace.com/chromehoof

GANG THEATRE - How To Stop An Exploding Man

http://www.myspace.com/gangtheatre

OF ARROWE HILL - You, the Night and Pere- Lachaise
http://www.myspace.com/ofarrowehill

TRADER - Destructive Boy
http://www.myspace.com/traderband

Jen Long BBC Wales Introducing Pick
HYENER - Wasting Candlelight 
http://www.myspace.com/hyener

LENI WARD - Opening Doors
http://www.myspace.com/leniward

CHRISTOPHER RYE - Big Sky! Keep Turning
http://www.christopherrye.com
http://www.myspace.com/artistname

LIES - Coming Home - 03:43
http://www.soundcloud.com/lies

Huw Stephens Tip
Ms DARKS - Making This All About Me
http://www.myspace.com/msdarksmusic

ILLUSTRATORS - Running Out
http://www.myspace.com/illustratorsuk

KING SINGH - Sleepy Bones
http://www.myspace.com/thekingsingh

Session Track 2
TOM WILLIAMS & THE BOAT - Like Dylan In The Movies
http://www.myspace.com/williamstommusic

BUGS IN EMBER - Your Lips
http://www.myspace.com/bugsinember

VIGO THIEVES - Steal Your Heart
http://www.myspace.com/vigothieves

FREE MUSIC TUESDAY

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 12:06 UK time, Tuesday, 15 June 2010

Hey Folks

It's a big 'Free Music Tuesday' this week. How big do you ask? Well we've got a whole EP plus a 2 hour mixtape, that's how big it is.

First up let's talk about the EP. If you've listened to the show recently you are bound to have heard Jangle and his track 'Lockstep'. It's a beautiful slice of slightly wonky electronica with a tropical twang to it. Perhaps 'wonky electronica with a tropical twang' could become a genre in it's own right? Jangle will be our guest on Sunday's show and here is the whole of his Lockstep EP for free.

 

l_4b1c6282d2db46af9f9daf1d40113fd9.jpgJangle - Lockstep EP

 

Now about that 2 hour mixtape. On Monday's show we're playing 2 hours worth of Tom's favourite tracks from the last 3 months of 6Music Introducing: Fresh On The Net. What's more the whole lot will be available as a two part mixtape, Side A and Side B to be more precise. The mixtape includes tracks by Bear Cavalry, One Fathom Down, Mr Fogg, Mammal Club, Picastro, Super Best Friends Club and loads of other brilliant bands. You can't get the mixtape just yet, but it will be available right here from 3am Monday morning.

TRACKLISTING. MONDAY 14/06/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Monday, 14 June 2010

LIES - Coming Home
http://www.soundcloud.com/lies

YUNIOSHI - CTRL
http://www.myspace.com/yunioshi

ESTATE - Let Her Know
http://www.virb.com/estate
http://www.myspace.com/thedotcommunists

FEVER FEVER - Monster
http://www.myspace.com/feverfevertheband

6Music Unsigned
DOYLE AND THE FOURFATHERS - The Governor Of Giving Up
http://www.myspace.com/doyleandthefourfathers

THE LEAF LIBRARY - Activity
http://soundcloud.com/the-leaf-library

THE VENUS STARE - Close To You
http://www.myspace.com/venusstare

SLOWGUN - Stephen http://www.myspace.com/slowgun

Introducing Inquisition
THE GULLIVERS - In Orbit
http://www.myspace.com/thegullivers

THE FAMILY MACHINE - Got It Made
http://www.myspace.com/thefamilymachine

MAMMAL CLUB - Put Your Fears In Order
http://www.myspace.com/mammalclub

Huw Stephens Tip
THE PHANTOM BAND - Folk Song Oblivion
http://www.myspace.com/thephantombandpage

Session Track 1
UTE - Bunker (Live At One Big Weekend)
http://www. myspace.com/utetheband

SCUBA - Symbiosis
http://www.myspace.com/paulhotflush.com/paulhotflush

HREDA - Dead Horses
http://www.myspace.com/hreda

BASKIN'S WISH - If I Had You Now
http://www.myspace.com/baskinswish

Bobby Friction Tip
ROMAY - Sitars From Above
http://www.myspace.com/djromay

MASS - General Grievous
http://www.myspace.com/massmassmass

Thanks For Your Support
TROY FAID - Part Time Philosopher
http://www.myspace.com/troyfaid

YOUTH IN COLOUR - Play Beautiful
http://www.myspace.com/theyouthincolour

Ruth Barnes Tip 1

SYLVIA HALLETT & MIKE ADCOCK- Betty Martin
http://www.myspace.com/sylviahallettmusic

 

Ruth Barnes Tip 2
SUSIE HUG - Shed A Tear
http://www.myspace.com/bowarrowrecords

SOUNDTRACKS FOR A B-MOVIE - This Is Us
http://www.myspace.com/soundtracksforabmovie

JENNIFER LEONHARDT - Dido (REMIX)
http://www.myspace.com/jenniferleonhardt

Session Track 2
UTE - Brother (Live At One Big Weekend)
http://www.myspace.com/utetheband

CLOUD4MATIONS
http://www.soundcloud.com/cloud4mations

KINGB*****D - Losing My Mind Through Bridge Meadow

TRACKLISTING. SUNDAY 13/06/2010

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 03:00 UK time, Sunday, 13 June 2010

DUELLUM - Elliptical Premises/Mcbeth
http://www.myspace.com/duellummusic

ISLAND LINE - Tables Turned
http://www.myspace.com/islandline

IAN M HALE - Desire
http://www.myspace.com/ianmatthewhale

TO KILL A KING - Cold Skin
http://www.tokillaking.co.uk

Introducing Roulette
THE EPSTEIN - Calling Out Your Name
http://theepstein.com

KING SINGH - Sleepy Bones
http://www.myspace.com/thekingsingh

GREASE BOY - Feet Made To Follow
http://www.myspace.com/thegreaseboy

DRAW ME STORIES - Oars
http://www.myspace.com/drawmestories

Introducing Inquisition
MASCOT FIGHT - Terry Is The Chicago Sun
http://mascotfight.com

TRIPS AND FALLS - How Do You Do
http://songbytoadrecords.com
http://www.myspace.com/thetripsandfalls

THE GREAT SHAKES - Anyone Out There
http://www.soundcloud.com/thegreatshakes
http://www.thegreatshakes.co.uk

Session Track 1
MY TIGER MY TIMING - I Am The Sound
http://www.mytigermytiming.com

RUDE MECHANICALS - Like Magnetism
http://rudemechanicals.co.uk

THE MAGI - Sexual Tension
http://www.myspace.com/wearethemagi

WE ONLY SAID - Eighty-Sixed
http://www.myspace.com/weonlysaid

TRUNKS - Quiet Cat
http://www.myspace.com/areyoutrunked

MAGIC POLAR BEARS - World Don't Stop
http://www.magicpolarbears.com

Bethan Elfyn Pick
JAPANDROIDS - To Hell With Good Intentions
http://japandroids.com

FOREIGN OFFICE - Leaving The House
http://www.myspace.com/foreignofficemusic

COLD IN BERLIN - Destruction
http://www.myspace.com/coldinberlin

What Difference A Year Makes
WE ARE ANIMAL - Feeding Off The Energy (Live at R1's One Big Weekend)
http://www.myspace.com/weareanimal

VERONICA FALLS - Stephen
http://www.myspace.com/veronicafallshard

DJ Target Tip
REIGN - Want Too Much
http://www.facebook.com/Reignartist

HONESTLY EXPRESS YOURSELF - Take It All
http://www.myspace.com/h.e.y

OF ARROWE HILL - You, The Night & Pere Lachaise
http://www.myspace.com/ofarrowehill

Session Track 2
MY TIGER MY TIMING - Let Me Go
http://www.mytigermytiming.com

BARE THREADS - Eyes On Me
http://www.barethreads.bandcamp.com

MARMADUKE DANDO - Odessa!
http://www.myspace.com/marmadukedando

FREE MUSIC TUESDAY

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 13:12 UK time, Monday, 7 June 2010

Hey folks

Hope you all missed Tom last week, I know I did. Tom Ravenscroft was ace though wasn't he?

Anyways to celebrate the return of Mr Robinson here's some free tunes from this week's guests.

 

mascotfightgym.jpgFirstly on Sunday we've got Nottingham's Mascot Fight coming in to the studio. I'm from Nottingham, and when I was up there I was pretty sure that this lot lived in Derby. They must have braved that particular local rivalry and upped sticks. Not to worry as they are an ace indie pop band, and this is the track that first got me into them way back in 2006.

Mascot Fight - Thinking In French

If you like that then there are loads more free tunes from the band here

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On Monday we've got The Gullivers, who have hopefully warmed up a bit since that photo was taken! The band are from Bicester/Oxford/Croydon according to Myspace, which must make band practice quite a difficult affair. We fell in love with their single 'In Orbit' when we first played it back in April, and this free track is a lovely slice of glacial, post rock.

The Gullivers - Ambulance

Enjoy

TW

WORKING IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY

Peta Haigh Peta Haigh | 19:00 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

Financial expert Jonathan Davis gives advice to those working in the freelance industry coming up to retirement age, without the security of savings or fame:

 

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Managing Director of PCG, the voice of the freelancer, John Brazier explains what being a freelancer means and offers advice for those looking to start out, listen to the clip here:

 

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THANKS FOR YOUR SUPPORT... AN EPIC JOURNEY

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 10:55 UK time, Friday, 4 June 2010

 

    ukuleles1.jpgHey folks

I was just lining up the latest band in our 'Thanks For Your Support' feature. If you haven't heard it then this is how it works. A band picks another band, that they've shared a bill with, and we play said band. The following week it is the 'picked' band's turn to suggest a band, and lo and behold a chain forms. Does that make sense?

We started the chain back in February and as I was lining up this week's band I started to think back on how we got to this point and thought I'd share the wonderful journey we've been on...

We started with our good Glaswegian friends LITTLE YELLOW UKULELES who kicked off the chain by suggesting we play their mates MAKE SPARKS!

Make Sparks are from Glasgow and Carnoustie so we felt the chain was making good geographical progress and that soon enough we'd have travelled the length and breadth of our fair isles. Make Sparks picked out THE VOID

The Void are from Edinburgh and Glasgow so we were still in Scotland but covering some decent ground. Next up came The Void's pick which was BE A FAMILIAR

So we were back in Glasgow but not to worry as those Be A Familiar boys and girls sent us somewhere completely new with their pick... We were off to Glenrothes for TANGO IN THE ATTIC

So Be A Familiar had picked Tango In The Attic, would Tango In The Attic take us somewhere new and exciting? They certainly would, time to hit Dundee and meet DAVE?

From Dundee Dave? Sent us back to Glasgow to have a listen to the wonderful THREE BLIND WOLVES

And then we stayed in Glasgow for THE JOHN KNOX SEX CLUB

And again for OLYMPIC SWIMMERS

What are they putting in the water up there in Glasgow? CONQUERING ANIMAL SOUND were next up.

And then just as we thought we'd end up playing every single band in Glasgow, which on current form would be no bad thing, we jumped all the way to Leeds to meet FIELDHEAD

We were really travelling now as Fieldhead's pick was  THE PATTERN THEORY who are based in Berlin.

Pattern Theory picked their friend, and former bass player, Danny Laycock who picked his former college lecturers Samay. If anyone asks you what links Scottish Indie Pop with Yorkshire based Indo-Jazz fusion then you now know the answer.

So it's Samy's turn now and where we'll end up is anyone's guess. Has anyone got an equation that would describe how long it should take for us to get right the way back to Little Yellow Ukuleles? 

TW

GUEST BLOG: KINGSLEY FROM THE CHAPMAN FAMILY - MIDDLESBROUGH MUSIC LIVE.

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Tom Teamlaverne Tom Teamlaverne | 11:35 UK time, Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Hey folks

We've got another guest blogger talking about another ace festival this week. Ladies and gentlemen, put your hands together for Kingsley from The Chapman Family.

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Most people's favourite joke about Middlesbrough is "Q : what's the best thing to come out of Middlesbrough? A : the A66". That's a road that links Teesside to the rest of the nation if you're a non-north east road users by the way, just incase you didn't get it. The town and immediate area used to be famous for alot of things - shipbuilding; railways; the safety match; Captain Cook (he invented Australia or something); the steel industry; and Chris Rea and his dad's ice cream parlour - "Rea's Ices".

 

However, as you all know, these are dark days that we live in and unfortunately the darkness descended on Middlesbrough long, long ago. The shipbuilding industry whimpered out over two decades ago; the steel industry is all but finished with the controversial "moth-balling" of the local Corus plant; Captain Cook died a while ago now apparently; our football team is a shadow of its former self languishing in mid table lower league mediocrity; and one of the town's major employers - a high rise call centre bang in the town centre - went down the drain just last week. Times are hard. It's grim oop north.

 

 

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The town (and to a greater extent, the region) to the outsider is gradually getting forgotten about. When my band does gigs in London and people enquire as where we are from due to our kooky accents and bizarre northern ways and obscure traditions (you know, like manners - holding doors open for people, saying please and thank you, that sort of thing - I realise that these are completely alien to a lot of you but hey ho, each to their own, I put it down to good parenting) I usually tell people where I'm from honestly (at first) - Stockton-on-Tees. However, even though this town appears in EVERY SINGLE primary school History textbook as THE BIRTHPLACE OF RAILWAYS (Stockton-Darlington ring any bells with you? George Stephenson maybe? Still no? (Google it!) no one ever seems to know where it is. So then I tell them it's just next to Middlesbrough. Still blank faces. Sometimes people with a passing interest in late 1990s football will know where Middlesbrough is - we were the team that got relegated despite getting to both Cup finals in the same year, losing them both. Bob Mortimer supports us. If there's still no light in their little eyes I tell them that we're about an hour south of Newcastle and an hour north of Leeds. "Oh so you're geordies them?" No we're not geordies, does that make you French? If all that fails I pray that they've heard of Scotland and lie and tell them that we're from "up that way". I then mention that Braveheart was a documentary.

 

Anyway, I digress. However, in secret, without telling any outsiders or non-locals, our little forgotten breakaway republic has been evolving. Anish Kapoor is probably the most famous and bankable living artist in the world and guess what, we've got a fifty metre high public sculpture by him being opened next month in Middlesbrough. Have you got one? No you bloody well haven't.

 

 

 

temenos1.JPGWe've also got a brilliant bit of public art by Claus Oldenburg next to a nice picturesque duck pond, have you? Middlesbrough also has it's very own massive all day music festival - and it's a good one too.

 

Middlesbrough Music Live was created just over ten years ago and has evolved into something of a monster. It's one of those multiple venue style festivals where you have to rush about town a bit to see everything that you want to see - a bit like Camden Crawl but without that funny smell of burning meat on one side of Chalk Farm Road and crusty falafel on the other. The main difference between Middlesbrough Music Live and other festivals of it's type is that entry to MML is completely free of charge. Not many towns with these sort of festivals can probably say that. (In fact the only one I can think of is in my home town - Stockton - as it hosts something called the Festival Fringe at the end of July which is ANOTHER free Teesside music festival, this year headlined by the Human League and Mercury Rev.)

 

We're a lucky little populous. over the years we've been treated at MML to the likes of Florence and the Machine; Foals; Kasabian; Razorlight; The Darkness; Tony Christie; Ladyhawke; The Kaiser Chiefs; The Zutons; Bloc Party; The Cribs; We Are Scientists; Arthur Brown (of "the Crazy World of" fame!) and many, many more. There genuinely is something for everyone if you look hard enough and the great thing about MML is that there's always an emphasis every year on always on finding the freshest talent and trying to second guess what bands will be huge in the not too distant future. So much so that the line up sometimes seems like a BBC Introducing playlist. Combine that with the festival also showcasing the very, very best of the local talent and more standard crowd pleasing fare (The Hoosiers) and you're left with quite a heady mix.

 

This year not only have the "locals" been given much bigger stages to play on than usual but also quite a few have also magnificently infiltrated the other main stages that in previous years have only been reserved for the "real bands." It makes me immensely proud of my beautiful downtrodden region for instance to have bands like Russell and the Wolves  sparring toe to winkle pickered toe with Ou Est Le Swimming Pool and current north eastern pop romance sensations Frankie & The Heartstrings in Middlesbrough Town Hall whilst wonderful Stocktonian folky pop kids Cattle and Cane politely flutter their silken handkerchiefs at Cate Le Bon as Teesside's next big things Young Rebel Set rabble past US MySpace sensations Millionaires on the huge outdoor main stage. We have some utterly brilliant bands in this region, and it's about time we celebrated it.

 

Check out the full line up at www.middlesbroughmusiclive.co.uk  and find your latest new favourite north eastern rough and ready treat on the Homegrown Indoor and Outdoor stages. There's a canny good band headlining the Harry Houdini Stage in the Empire at 820PM by the way, like. Mint.

 

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