What's New at FNM 2017?

VALLEY SOUL is an up-and-coming six-piece powerhouse from Monterey with an abundance of talent.

Their entrancing four-part harmonies and intrepid instrumentals are reminiscent of the Grateful Dead and Fleetwood Mac, and also call forth modern likeness to Arcade Fire and Of Monsters And Men. Nestled boldly amidst new age indie rock, old school folk, blues, and classic rock, the sextet reinvents and combines expansive avenues of sound. Four songwriters fuel the group’s extensive library of eclectic material. Featuring Kevin Call Bass Guitar; Kristen Gradwohl Vocals; Tommy Howbert Lead Guitar, Vocals; Adam Ingram Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Vocals; Joe Scardina Rhythm Guitar, Vocals; Richard Tripps Drums, Percussion.
Site 16: Alvarado St/Rabobank Stage; 6:45 – 7:30; 7:45 – 8:30

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Lyrically refreshing and musically diverse, DAN FRECHETTE & LAUREL THOMSEN take to the stage with exuberance!

Meeting via a chance YouTube sighting and fueled by their undeniable musical chemistry, eclectic Roots-Folk songwriters Dan Frechette, guitar/harmonica/vocals, and Laurel Thomsen, violin/vocals, prove that musical magic is not only possible, but “a match made in heaven". With broad influences ranging from Folk, Classical, Old Time and Celtic, to Gospel, Jazz, Vintage Country, Rock N' Roll, Blues, and Bluegrass, Dan and Laurel flow seamlessly through genres, tempos, stories, and moods, embodying each style with virtuosic command and keeping music fans on the edge of their seats. Enjoyment is palpable.
Site 7: City Coucil Chambers 6:30–7:00; 7:15–7:45

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DEREK BODKIN and the HOVERING BREADCAT. Derek Bodkin is a Monterey Bay based Singer Songwriter, bringing his songs alive with the help of the Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble.

On his first solo album, “True Story”, Derek shares his love for musical tradition, collaboration, and storytelling as well as a penchant for memorable melody writing, putting his own unique twists to the traditional American songwriting genre. Joining Derek will be his friends known as "The Hovering Breadcat Folk Ensemble." (featuring Brian Vandemark on bass, Nik Bortolussi on drums and Clarinet, Tommy Knowles on guitar, and Monica Payne on percussion) Through his music, this songsmith will find his way into your head and heart; songs that are at times deeply personal and at other times clever and funny... all the while maintaining homespun optimism with large doses of honesty.
Site 16: Alvarado St/Rabobank Stage; 9:00–9:45; 10:00–10:45

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WILDCARD is a new band drawn from veteran sound-makers from Money Band, Red Beans & Rice and Sons of Twang, focusing on covers and danceable tunes.

The new five-piece group represents a local supergroup of sorts, comprised of the charismatic lead singer and multi-talented keyboard/guitarist/vocalist from Red Beans & Rice (Jon Gorman and John Tindel); the hard grooving, one-two punch of The Money Band’s rhythm section Michael Kobrinsky (drums and vocals) and Michael Chatfield (bass); and the fiery guitar and vocals of Sons of Twang guitarist Scott Dickson, WildCard lays shimmering four-part harmonies atop a bed of solid, highly danceable, finely crafted musicianship. Originals are in the works, but the focus for now involves vivacious covers and lots of movement—think Boz Scaggs, Bruno Mars and Jimi in one cohesive set.
Site 17: Golden State Theatre; 8:30–9:00; 9:15–9:45

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Playing styles range from traditional to contemporary, SINGING WOOD brings high-energy dance music and polyrhythmic trance music from Zimbabwe.

Laura Mallon established Singing Wood in 2002 in order to offer broad access to the Shona style of marimba ensemble playing traditional to contemporary styles. This music offers exceptional melodic and polyrhythmic variety -- from the very simple to the extremely complex -- and its ancient spiritual roots strike common chords in all people who are open to it.
Site 10: MIIS Irvine Auditorium/Pierce St. 9:30–10:00, 10:15–10:45,11:00–11:30

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Celebrate our cultural diversity with JAYSON FANN featuring artists from around the globe!

This event will include drumming performances on one of the worlds largest drums, musicians from across the globe, interactive singing and dance and spoken word. Don't miss this performance pulsing with powerful rhythms, acts of truth and imagination, celebrating the infinite creative spirit within us all. The event will feature an extraordinary group of artists, musicians, and dancers brought together by a common vision to celebrate our culturally diverse community and to affirm our commitment to a future of solidarity with each other.
Site 14: Big Sur Spirit Garden Stage 7:00–11:00

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