Reminder: Crazy Jane at Live on The Levee, 8/24/12!

As I first informed you back in May, local band Crazy Jane will reunite tomorrow, August 24th, at Charleston’s Live on the Levee concert series.

Until this week, the Muruch post was pretty much the only online presence Crazy Jane had since Muruch’s 2000-04 archives (which had several Crazy Jane posts) were accidentally deleted and the band broke up before the social networking age. But now that the concert is upon us, news about the band is starting to emerge elsewhere…

My Charleston Gazette colleague, Bill Lynch, wrote this article on the band, who gathered at Taylor Books for an interview.

And the best news of all is that Crazy Jane now has a Bandcamp page where you can listen to and purchase ALL of their previous releases as well as two new songs!

Live on the Levee with opening act Mother Nang (another reunited ’90s relic) begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday, August 24th at Haddad Riverfront Park. Headliners Crazy Jane will take the stage at 8:00 p.m. The outdoor concert is free and open to the public.

Live on The Levee Official Site

Crazy Jane Bandcamp page

Local Music: 10 Year Old Dulcimer Virtuoso to Play Vandalia

Will Manahan is ten years old and hails from the small town of Elkview, West Virginia. He is also a champion dulcimer player, as the video below clearly shows. You can read more about this impressively talented boy at The Charleston Daily Mail. A past award winner at Charleston’s annual Vandalia Gathering, Will is scheduled to perform and compete at the event this weekend. He’ll play his own concert Sunday at 1:30 p.m. before participating in the lap dulcimer contest that begins at 2 p.m. the same day. Will is currently recording his debut album.

Crazy Jane to Reunite at Live on the Levee!

Only my fellow West Virginians who were teenagers in the 1990s will truly understand the heart-fluttering excitement I felt when I read the following band name on the 2012 Live on the Levee lineup:

Crazy Jane.

Yes, the Crazy Jane. Break out your flannel shirts people, it’s time to party like it’s…1994.

Live on the Levee‘s Stage Manager, Adam Harris, verifies that original Crazy Jane singer Karan Allen, guitarist Andy Park and drummer Mark Davis will indeed reunite on stage for the August 24th concert at Charleston’s Haddad Riverfront Park. The concert, like every Live on the Levee show, will be free and open to the public.

I won’t bore you with the details of all my Crazy Jane-related memories, but the two most memorable were going to one of their outdoor concerts with my bestfriend in high school (during which we discussed our mutual love for My So-Called Life) and seeing what was one of the band’s last live performances at Taylor Books in February, 2000 (on a date with the boy I would eventually marry).

You can check out the rest of this summer’s Live on the Levee concert series lineup – which also includes The Sweetback Sisters, Shemekia Copeland and local singer Sasha Collette – at the link below.

Live on the Levee Official Site

A personal P.S.: I have Crazy Jane’s 1993 album Choice Oranges and their 2000 self-titled album, but I’m still looking for their 1996 album, Pilot.

Jeff Ellis: CD Giveaway & New Tour Dates

Contest Closed

West Virginian singer-songwriter Jeff Ellis has returned home from his second US Army tour of duty in Iraq. I’m happy to have the opportunity to give away 1 copy of his magnificent CD The Forgetting Place (click the album title to read my rave review). Jeff will also be performing live at several local venues. Tour dates and giveaway details are below…

The Prize:

1 copy of Jeff Ellis’ new CD The Forgetting Place

The Rules:

Comment to this entry with your email address and the name of your favorite local artist (or just your favorite artist if you don’t like anyone in your locality). All new comments are moderated to avoid spam (which is why you must include the required text in your comment), so it may take a day for your comment to appear if you haven’t commented on Muruch before.

Note: This contest is open to everyone, but all contestants must enter with a valid email address and the name of an artist in order to qualify. The winner of the contest will also be required to provide me with their full name, phone number and postal address for shipping purposes.

The Deadline:

The contest will end on Friday, August 27th. The winner will be chosen at random and contacted via email.

Go now go! And tell others.

Jeff Ellis Tour Dates:

Aug 6 – Harley Davidson Store – Huntington, WV
Aug 13 – Live On The Levee – Charleston, WV
Aug 14 – V Club – Huntington, WV
Aug 26 – Pullman Sq. Summer Series – Huntington, WV
Sept 4 – Chief Logan State Park Amphitheater – Logan, WV
Sept 15 – Borders Bookstore (850 Grand Central Mall) – Vienna, WV
Sept 16 – Jackie O’s – Athens, OH
Sept 17 – Borders Bookstore (120 Huntington Mall) – Barboursville, WV
Sept 18 – Fairplain Yacht Club – Ripley, WV
Sept 19 – Borders Bookstore (9459 Colerian Ave) – Cincinnati, OH
Sept 20 – Borders Bookstore (4530 Eastgate Blvd) – Cincinnati, OH
Sept 21 – Borders Bookstore (2700 Miamisburg Centerville Rd) – Dayton, OH
Sept 23 – Borders Bookstore (6670 Sawmill Rd) – Columbus, OH
Sept 24 – The Boulevard Tavern – Charleston, WV
Sept 25 – 123 Pleasant – Morgantown, WV
Oct 2 – Huntington Music & Arts Fest – Huntington, WV
Oct 14 – The Purple Fiddle – Thomas, WV
Oct 15 – Jabberwock – Elkins, WV
Oct 16 – Court Street Grill – Pomeroy, OH
Oct 29 – Empty Glass – Charleston, WV
Oct 30 – Shamrocks – Huntington, WV

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Jeff Ellis

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