The Felice Brothers Play Summer’s Biggest Festivals – Mountain Jam, Bonnaroo, Clearwater, Newport Folk, All Points West, Philadelphia Folk, Outside Lands

Saturday July 19 2008
SNEAKERS AND SPEAKERS @ CAPITOL CENTER FOR THE ARTS Concord, New Hampshire
Saturday August 2 2008
NEWPORT FOLK FESTIVAL Newport, Rhode Island
Saturday August 9 2008
ALL POINTS WEST MUSIC AND ART FESTIVAL New York
Thursday August 14 & Saturday August 16 2008
PHILADELPHIA FOLK FESTIVAL Schwenksville, Pennsylvania
Friday August 22 2008
OUTSIDE LANDS MUSIC & ARTS FESTIVAL San Francisco, California

NPR
“The Felice Brothers: ‘Young, Broke, and American’ – They are so much the real deal.”

MOJO
“It’s live where the band excel – sinewy, rough-edged and exhilarating, sounding remarkably lived-in for their age.”

RELIX
“Through gigs with everyone from Drive-By Truckers to Bright Eyes, and even an appearance at Levon Helm’s Midnight Ramble, the group has won over fans thanks to its intense, yet strangely intimate live show.”

SPIN
“Hailing from upstate NY near where Bob and the band cut The Basement Tapes, the Felice Brothers aspire to the weird and woozy vibe of the great album, and often approach it.

GQ Mag names the Felice Brothers the #2 Must See band in their 08 SXSW Survival Guide

In the spring of ’07, the Felice Brothers released their first recording “Tonight at the Arizona” on Loose Records in the UK. They WOW-ed ’em across the pond playing festivals and gigs throughout the UK and Europe with the likes of the Waterboys, Blanche and David Grey. After making their way across America this summer for their first tour, they band hooked up with Bright Eyes for a string of rousing dates on the East Coast —culminating in a performance on the venerated stage at Radio City Music Hall. The Felice Brothers also kicked it with Levon Helm for one of his classic Midnight Rambles upstate. Along the way, fans at shows were introduced to “The Adventures of the Felice Brothers Vol 1”, only available at live dates. The band have spent 08 on tour with everyone from Sun Volt, the Drive By Truckers, North Mississippi All Stars, Justin Townes Earle and Man Man.

The sound that emerges from their instruments is seeped with an instinctive authenticity that’s rooted in tradition. While busking and impromptu subway performances filled their bellies, now their recordings and live performances brings the backwoods to the cities and concert Halls of America and Europe. Starting off ’08 on the right foot, the Felice Brothers proudly announce their signing to Team Love Records.

Simone, Ian and James Felice are the three eldest boys from a family of seven, born carpenter’s sons in the wilds of New York’s Catskill Mountains. Less than a year ago, the Brothers adopted a runaway dice-thrower and chancer, a 19 year old called Christmas. They convinced him to quit his job and the motley quartet forsook all else but song and moved their Sunday BBQ sing-alongs from their dad’s upstate house out onto the streets and subways of NYC.

After months of toil, living in a 1987 special education bus, with arrests, and genuine panhandler fun, a free-lance music writer named Gabe Soria (Mojo, Vice) stumbled upon the boys singing and barking their wares at a farmers market in Brooklyn and one thing led to another.

Now the Felice Brothers including blood brothers Christmas and Farley all live, tour, sing, write and gamble together on their little bus. Their distinct brand of songwriting and the lawless sound they’ve forged has earned them comparisons to Woody Guthrie, a young Springsteen to the Scorsese film Gangs of New York. The boys now travel the world performing homegrown and gritty Americana on the city stages as if they were hosting a sing-along on their own front porch surrounded by family and friends or playing the backroom of a dusty tavern.

The Felice Brothers are….
Simone (Vocals, Drums, Guitar)
Ian (Vocals, Guitars, Piano)
James (Vocals, Accordion, Organ, Piano, Strings)
Christmas (Bass)
Farley- (Washboard, Fiddle, Harmonica, Vocals)

http://www.myspace.com/thefelicebrothers

http://team-love.com/home/

Author: James McQuiston

Ph.D. in Political Science, Kent State University.

I have been the editor at NeuFutur / neufutur.com since I was 15. Looking for new staff members all the time; email me if you are interested. Thanks!

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