The Shack Up | The Broadberry & The Camel
The 2016 lineup includes The London Souls, Stop Light Observations, Lord Nelson, Atlas Road Crew, Murphy’s Kids, Dales and the Zdubs, Horsehead, James Justin & Co, NESTA, The Shack Band, Kendall Street Company, The Southern Belles, Red Light Rodeo, Jouwala Collective, and Life on Mars.
“With the implosion of the music industry, the one thing that’s survived is the live music experience. It’s the only bankable commodity that can’t be fully replicated or truly experienced in the era of screen living. On Friday and Saturday, Aug. 5 and 6, you can get up close and personal with a variety of music when the Shack Band is host to “The Shack Up” at the Camel and the Broadberry. The annual, two-day music festival features homegrown talents and regional rockers performing on three indoor and outdoor stages. From the Big Apple classic rocks of London Souls to the Richmond shakedown streets of the Southern Belles, Horsehead and Jouwala Collective, a bevy of modern levee breakers, sex machines and Dixie chickens will kick out their jams for your listening and dancing pleasure. For show times, band schedules and ticket information, visit thecamel.org or thebroadberry.com.” —Style Weekly
Weekend passes and single day passes are available on thebroadberry.com
The Featured Bands include:
The Southern Belles
The band consists of Adrian Ciucci (guitar/vocals), Tommy Booker (keys/vocals), Aaron Zarrow (drums/vocals), and Andrew Carper (bass/vocals). The band formed in 2010 and since then has been growing exponentially. The Southern Belles hold residencies across the state of Virginia in Charlottesville, Herndon, and their hometown of Richmond, and have toured the East Coast from Georgia to Vermont. In 2012 they recorded their debut album “Sharp As A Knife”. They have also played a seemingly countless number of music festivals in the area. This year they are adding Floyd Fest and Some Kind of Jam to that list. The Southern Belles have shared the stage with the likes of Anders Osborne, Moon Taxi, Keller Williams, Toubab Krewe, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, Zach Deputy, and more. Currently The Southern Belles are touring the East Coast and working on new material for their next album.
Arriving in the United States from Casablanca Morocco in 2008 at age 17, Gimbri player, bassist, and Gnawa musician Ismail Bouzidoune was quickly recognized by American musicians as a stunningly unique and powerful performer. His skills and performances on both electric bass and Gimbri have been sought out by musicians from nearly every style of Music, including Mike Hampton from the legendary P-funk, Aston “Family Man” Barrett, founding member of the Wailers, musicians from Kenny Chesney’s and Bruce Springsteen’s touring bands, as well as members of Kentucky Headhunters, Thievery Corporation, AAE, and many more. ”Ismail” his debut Gnawa EP was recorded in Nashville Tennessee, by Grammy winning engineer Neal Cappellino, and produced by Zak Godwin. Ismail’s solo Gnawa performances have been featured at United States Moroccan Embassy sponsored cultural events , California rock festival stages, Nashville honky-tonks, art museums, cultural exhibts, yoga, and meditation seminars. Dedicated to the healing power of music, Ismail contues his work bringing Gimbri amd Gnawa music to open ears, hearts, and minds across this great planet of ours.
Slack Family Band
The SLACK FAMILY began life over ten years ago performing in the streets and back alley’s of Richmond to enthusiastic, mesmerized bar hopping listeners. Eventually a wise and philanthropic bar owner invited them inside to reclaim his roving clientele, bestowed upon them the moniker “SLACK FAMILY” and hence a destiny was fulfilled.
Today this family of “brothers from different mothers” is ever creating energetic, diverse and infectious music featuring three part vocal harmonies and a wide variety of indigenous influences that give more than a nod to the way “it used to was”. This blend of traditional, contemporary and original tunes with mass appeal for all ages renders music their fans affectionately dub “slackgrass”.
The SLACK FAMILY has released three CD’s. Their self titled debut “SLACK FAMILY BLUEGRASS BAND”, “Pickin’ up the Slack” and the newly released “Trains and Rain” recorded at Slipped Disc studios by Grammy award winning engineer Bill McElroy. These recordings capture the high-energy style of music the SLACK FAMILY is renowned for showcasing in their live shows.
After years of performing in a wide variety of venues in and around the Commonwealth, the SLACK FAMILY is equally adept pickin’ at your backyard barbeque or entertaining on your Festival stage. Standing in a row behind a line of microphones, or encircling a solitary mic for a sound reminiscent of the early bluegrass pioneers. Also, like the days of yore, they infuse a healthy portion of country wit and wisdom into their comical banter on stage, spurring the audience to join them in the good time forth-with.