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Thursday, May 2, 2013

Southern Roots on the road

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Our Southern Roots are heard - Music Maker artists travel to Jazzfest  
Ironing Board Sam at Jazzfest
Ironing Board Sam at Jazzfest in 2012
Southern Roots music on the road
This week, North Carolina gospel duo The Branchettes travel to New Orleans for Jazzfest, performing along with other Music Maker artists Drink Small, the Pura Fé Trio and Little Freddie King. This marks another stop in a very busy spring for Music Maker artists. We strive to ensure artists have an income, and performance opportunities like Jazzfest are not just another gig - they expose thousands of new fans to our artists, and add an impressive venue to their resume, which can lead to future opportunities.

Without our supporters, a gig like Jazzfest might not be possible for our artists. Travel expenses may eat up a large portion of any gig fee that might be paid to an artist, and so many of our musicians just cannot afford to take that kind of money out of their pay, no matter how great the opportunity. Music Maker helps advocate for them and defray these costs either through the talent buyers, grants, or other avenues, while organizing the booking and ensuring the artists have everything they need. Without this essential part of our Musical Development program, these artists might never be heard at Jazzfest or Byron Bay.   

If you're at Jazzfest this year, click here to learn when our artists are playing! And please consider making a donation to help us keep our artists spreading Southern Roots music all over the world. 

Ironing Board Sam
Pura Fe Daniel Guerra
Drink Small
Ironing Board Sam has a new backup band...

... 100 elementary schoolers playing glockenspiels, ukeleles, and more! Yesterday was the concert performance that Sam and the students have been prepping for during the past few months. Check out photos  here!
Diggin': "Follow Your Heart's Desire"
Tim reflects on the recording session that brought about this haunting and powerful track from Pura Fé, who's playing at Jazzfest this weekend. Listen to the track and read Tim's musings here!
Keep up with Music Maker's gigs
Do you need to boogie woogie? Perhaps all night long? See who's playing in your area! You never know when a Music Maker artist will be rolling through your town. Check out the Tour Calendar.

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