Life In A Blender, Jonathan Gregg Trio, The Campfire Flies

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Life In A Blender

"A Short History For over 25 years, Life in a Blender has been the canvas for singer and songwriter Don Rauf's blackly comic landscapes. The group has released eight albums ranging from screaming punk to orchestrated chamber pop, and has brought the high theatrics of its live act to stages from Berlin to Austin to Toronto to Brooklyn and Seattle.

Don Rauf formed the band with high school friend Dave Moody (then bassist, now cellist), and within a couple of years had acquired the drumming services of Ken Meyer. Guitarist Al Houghton and bassist Mark Lerner joined in 1992, and violinist Rebecca Weiner Tompkins signed on in 1993. While the band's core lineup has remained remarkably constant for the past 18 years, the list of former members, guest artists, and collaborators includes Chris Butler (The Waitresses, Tin Huey), Chris Rael (Church of Betty), Jonathan Gregg, John Linnell (They Might Be Giants), Gavin Smith (Les Sans Culottes), Susan Hwang (Debutante Hour), Brian Dewan, and Olivier Conan (Chicha Libre, Las Rubias Del Norte).

Life in a Blender's ""Friend from Quebec"" was featured in Michael Moore's Canadian Bacon, and ""Mobile Wash Unit"" appeared in Sara Lamm's documentary, Dr. Bronner's Magic Soapbox.

The band has released nine albums, the most recent being ""Happy Enough,"" produced by Al Houghton."

Jonathan Gregg Trio

Jonathan Gregg has been active on the NYC for many years, both as a bandleader/guitarist/songwriter and as a sideman. His former band, Jonathan Gregg & the Lonesome Debonaires, released three critically acclaimed CDs in the 90s, and his most recent band, the Linemen, broke the top 50 in the Americana charts in 2017 with their release, Close The Place Down. He has also performed and/or recorded on pedal steel with Jesse Malin, Cliff Westfall, Emily Duff, Mary Battiata, Eric Lindell and many others, and is a member of ambient country maestros and Northern Spy recording artists SUSS, who have racked up more than 7 million streams on Spotify.

The Campfire Flies

"The Campfire Flies are a songwriter’s dream sextet, bringing together some of New Jersey’s most acclaimed indie rock writers and performers: John and Toni Baumgartner and Ed Seifert (Speed The Plough), Deena Shoshkes and Jon Fried (The Cucumbers,) and Matt Davis (The Thousand Pities).

“Our first rehearsal was by candlelight in John and Toni’s living room,” recalls Fried. Longtime friends and admirers of each others’ work, the band formed one stormy night. A ferocious storm felled trees and knocked out the power in Haledon, NJ, the evening the group had set aside to play through each other’s songs for fun. “There was a glowing, warm magic to the mood and the acoustic sounds, and we all couldn’t wait to get together and do it again,” says Davis.

Each songwriter comes to the group with a long rich history and collection of songs. Each had songs that never quite fit into their existing bands, or saw their way into the world in just the right fashion. All of The Campfire Flies are multi-instrumentalists, (John B. - accordion, keys, Ed - guitar,mandolin, harmonica, Toni - winds, percussion, Matt - guitar, bass, Jon - banjo, bass, guitar, Deena - guitar, bass, percussion) and everyone sings. Key to the band’s sound are layered harmonies and four distinct, well-loved songwriting voices, enabling the band to create a broad spectrum of acoustic textures."

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