Get ready for an incredible day of live music! Long Beach City College’s, KCTY.org, KLBC.org, and i.e. News are celebrating the music, bands and artists of the LBC and Southern California with SoundWave 2015. It’s our third-annual six-hour spectacular, May 14 from 10:00 AM –4:00 PM.
Our featured artist and bands include:
Jack Roberts Harvey Band, Justine Abigail, Apparition Railway, LBCC Jazz Big Band, HTG, John Fullwood, The Felt Fedoras, Kathryn Dean, Addam Scott, Tramp Iron Railroad and Johnny, Mark and the Ricks. The homegrown sounds of Southern California: SoundWave 2015, live on, KCTY.org, KLBC.org and YouTube, Thursday, May 15, starting at 10 AM.
It’s time to get low-down with the fresh but well-traveled trio, Jack Roberts Harvey Band! The groove, the soul, that attitude we all relate to lives strong here, and is transmitted with pure grade-A authentication. Their music has been described as Blues / Rock, Roots / Rock, Southern / Rock and even Country. With the release of their debut CD, “Devil on a Dirt Road,” JRHB is now ready to share that music with the masses.
Although a Los Angeles, California based band, JRHB’s music is firmly rooted in the sounds of the American south and Midwest, where band members, Tony JACK Grigsby (Bass Guitar,) Jim ROBERTS (Slide Guitar and Vocals,) and Mike HARVEY (Drums and Percussion,) honed their musical chops.
These veteran purveyors of sweet grit add their own soul to the musical influences of the great blues masters. With the haunting sounds of Cigar Box Guitars and fiery southern rock tradition Slide Guitar dominating the landscape, this trio’s solid rhythm section firmly anchors down the musical foundation. Then they add strong original melodies, lyrics that paint a picture, and vocals with heart to the mix.
Encompassing a full range of styles, Jack Roberts Harvey Band can take you from the front porch of Clarksdale, Mississippi to the South Side of Chicago....and all points in between. They are equally at home rocking the house or performing an intimate ballad. Their sense of humor on stage is contagious and they are clearly having a great time doing what they love...bringing toe-tapping musical joy to audiences near and far. The musical roads of the universe have finally brought these “brothers from different mothers” together to make a sound you gotta feel to know its right!
Mike – 816.377.4765 cell
Tony Jack – 845.866.2486 cell
Agent E & Ruby
4954 Briercrest Avenue
Lakewood, CAÂÂÂ 90713
I hear the train a comin’…. Singer, Johnny Cash
For two people who grew up near trains, he in Peach Creek, West Virginia, and she in Henderson, Kentucky; those are provocative words. Meet Apparition Railway’s duet, Agent E and Ruby.
“Trains were key to building this country,” says Ruby, “And they’re an inherently magical form of travel.”
“They represent the hard-working folk who made this country exceptional.” adds Agent E. “Yes, some were flawed, but we are still in their debt, and their intricate stories serve as inspiration for our songs. It adds a compelling quality.”
The pair, who have been compaired to The Civil Wars, met in Los Angeles, California, while lead-singing for separate bands. They clicked immediately. When Discovery Channel offered E a gig composing a TV series, he asked Ruby to team up with him. They found their talents complimented each other’s surprisingly well… so they set about nurturing a quickly successful Film/TV composing partnership.
A decade later, their BBC, Discovery Channel and National Geographic scores are heard around
But they never lost sight of those haunting mountain melodies, with their colorful life stories. “There’s a stark kind of honesty to Appalatian music,” says Agent E.
“We hope to take that and add a fresh view point” explains Ruby; who writes, sings and plays banjo and guitar. “Americana through a Steampunk lens is perfect for that; plus it’s a blast to explore. It’s such a rich sound palette, we can express so much with.”
Rythmical industrial elements the couple use include train chugs, gear clangs and steam releases. They both play a stringed instrument, and their tantalizing duets rise atop haunting chord arrangements. Their music is infectious and their stories have many fascinating moods.
So that’s what powers this train… an Ol Timey fuel mixture that’s one part compelling songwriting, and one part exceptional musicianship.
And it’s coming round the bend.