Posted by: Nick | June 1, 2009

Waterfront Independence Festival w/ The Ohio Players, The Greyboy Allstars & Lyrics Born – 7/3-4

Lyrics Born

Lyrics Born- I Like It, I Love It

Ohio Players

The Greyboy Allstars

The Greyboy Allstars- Give the Drummer Some More

Waterfront Independence Festival

July 3

JD Shelburne 6:00pm
Steve Wariner 7:00pm
Joe Nichols 9:15pm

July 4

Lyrics Born 6:00pm
Greyboy Allstars 7:00pm
The Ohio Players 8:45pm

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Joe Nichols

Performing July 3rd at 9:15 p.m.

Real Things, Joe Nichols’ fourth album for Universal Records South, is thirteen songs about loss and victory, depression and transcendence, fleetingness and permanence, grit and grace, love and fighting.  The collection presents the 30-year-old native of Rogers, Arkansas at the top of his vocal game.  Founded in the neo-traditional country styles Nichols reclaimed on Man with a Memory, his 2002 label debut, the music – produced by Universal Records South President Mark Wright and Nichols’ longtime musical collaborator Brent Rowan – restricts itself only to Nichols’ own notions of the real and the right. This is classic country from a singer who loves to tap the style’s capacities for deep seriousness and deep fun. These songs, rooted and free, are something to hear.

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Steve Wariner

Performing July 3rd at 7:00 p.m.

Steven Noel (Steve) Wariner (born December 25, 1954 in Noblesville, Indiana) is an American country music singer, songwriter and guitarist. He has released eighteen studio albums, including six on MCA Records, and three each on RCA RecordsArista Recordsand Capitol Records. He has also charted more than fifty singles on the Billboard country singles charts, including ten Number One hits: “All Roads Lead to You”, “Some Fools Never Learn”, “You Can Dream of Me”, “Life’s Highway”, “Small Town Girl”, “The Weekend”, “Lynda”, “Where Did I Go Wrong”, and “I Got Dreams”, and “What If I Said“, a duet with Anita Cochran from her albumBack to You. Three of his studio albums have been certified gold by the RIAA for shipping 500,000 copies in the United States.

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J.D. Shelburne

Performing July 3rd at 6pm.

Nashville Recording Artist J.D. Shelburne, a ’Hot Country Act’ based out of Taylorsville, KY is gaining media attention hitting clubs and honkytonks all over the southeast area as a top new breakthrough country artist.  Making his way through Indianapolis all the way down to the famed honky-tonks on Broadway in Nashville, Tennessee, this guy is what you call ‘mainstream country’. … Read More

The Ohio Players

Performing July 4th at 8:45 p.m.

There were no radio stations in southern Ohio that played strictly black music in the early and mid -1970’s, so the Ohio Players would cover whatever was on the radio, which was usually an eclectic mix such as Peter, Paul & Mary, Grand Funk Railroad, Tower of Power, and the Jazz Crusaders.  To attract the attention of record store browsers, the band became knows for its racy album jackets, usually featuring an undressed woman in a suggestive pose.  When they switched over to Mercury Records, the risqué cover tradition continued; for example, one album pictured a nude woman covered in honey.  In time, even people who did not purchase the Ohio Players’ albums began to look forward to the band’s next album jacket.

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Greyboy Allstars

Performing July 4th at 7:00 p.m.

When The Greyboy Allstars first formed almost 15 years ago, some of the West Coast’s visionary young musicians came together to realize the unique artistic vision of rare groove luminary DJ Greyboy: an original sound reminiscent of `70s soundtrack music. It not only was beloved at the time, but also proved seminal: Echoes of it can heard in the work of countless bands since, and each member of the group went on to achieve success as solo artists and in other collaborations. What Happened to Television? finds the group reunited with DJ Greyboy, whose role as producer marks his first collaboration with the band since their 1995 breakthrough, West Coast Boogaloo.

The Greyboy Allstars’ success together served as a platform for the group’s members to launch highly successful, substantially diverse—and all different from the Greyboy Allstars sound—solo careers; and the further immersed they became in their individual undertakings, the harder it became to bring everyone together to record and/or tour as The Greyboy Allstars. Hammond organist and keyboardist Robert Walter has recorded and toured with everyone from the Headhunters to downtown NYC avant rocker Bobby Previte. After the Greyboy Allstars scored the film Zero Effect, guitarist/composer/ Elgin Park (aka Michael Andrews) continued to write for the screen, scoring such critically praised films Donnie Darko and Me and You & Everyone We Know, as well as the underground TV hit “Freaks and Geeks.” He has also produced recordings by Metric, Brendan Benson, Inara George and Gary Jules, whose Andrews-produced cover of “Mad World” reached #1 on the U.K. charts. Most recently Andrews produced the soundtrack for Jake Kasdan’s 2007 film, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story. Horn player Karl Denson became leader of one of the top live touring bands, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Bassist Chris Stillwell and drummer Aaron Redfield are one of the most sought after rhythm sections in any genre.

Lyrics Born

Performing July 4th at 6:00pm.

THE LEGEND OF LYRICS BORN written by Jeff Chang One of the most critically acclaimed and best-selling independent hip-hop artists of this era, Lyrics Born is not the type to sit still. While recording his fourth solo album, completing new projects, and making decisions at Quannum Projects, he still averaged over 150 sold-out shows a year. He’s a whirlwind. His breakthrough solo debut, Later That Day, was a huge indie seller and one of the top 5 most critically acclaimed American hip-hop records of 2003 alongside Jay-Z’s The Black Album and Outkast’s Love Below/Speakerboxxx. With the release of Everywhere At Once, rapper/producer Lyrics Born finds himself part of a new vanguard of hip-hop artists like Gnarls Barkley, M.I.A., and Kanye West who are pushing the edge with compelling yet instantly accessible sounds.

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