Photos: Fantastic Negrito and Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers at Stern Grove

Fantastic Negrito (photo: Robert Alleyne) The 80th annual Stern Grove Festival is in season and some Bay Area bands headlined it last weekend, July 2, 2017. Nicki Bluhm & the Gramblers along with Oakland's own Grammy-winning Fantastic Negrito played last weekend and much love was shown to both artists. Check out the gallery of both performers by our own Robert Alleyne below.

Mixtape: Northern California’s Best Music Festivals

This episode first appeared on Download: Mixtape: Northern California's Best Music Festivals (Podcast #407) Music festival season unofficially kicked off over Memorial Day weekend, with the latest installment of the BottleRock Napa Valley festival attracting 120,000 attendees for three days of food, wine, and over 80 bands ranging from the Foo Fighters to the Napa Youth Symphony. The number and types of music fests has grown considerably in recent years -- among this year's new offerings are not one, but two new music and comedy weekends coming to the Bay in June -- surely to the dismay of [...]

Outside Lands a homecoming for performers with Bay Area ties

Outside Lands is just one of dozens of summer music festivals that spring up out of nowhere in America’s parks, dustbowls, parking lots and beaches. Nationwide, it’s still at the end of conversations about large festivals like Coachella or Lollapalooza. But for those who’ve made the trek into San Francisco’s Outer Lands the first weekend of August for the last six years, this festival is more than just about the music, wine and food. And for performers who are raised or based in the Bay Area, Outside Lands is a unique opportunity. “It's not just playing another gig for me [...]

Best of 2013: Eric Barleen on Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers

2013 was the year of the Grambler! Nicki Bluhm and The Gramblers embody so much of what this incredible city and area of the country have to offer from a musical standpoint and a general approach to life. Another Planet Entertainment manages the band, so I’ve have had the opportunity to witness the transformation of Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers from the sideline. What started as part of a delicate, harmonizing folk duo alongside husband Tim Bluhm (The Mother Hips), Nicki has propelled herself (and the Gramblers) into the spotlight of a true Americana-induced soul and blues rock band. There [...]

Nicki Bluhm & The Gramblers to play June residency at The Rickshaw Stop

It took singing just one cover song, performed sporadically at a New Year's Eve party among friends and fellow musicians, for Nicki Bluhm to kick start her now burgeoning career. The number impressed Mother Hips frontman Tim Bluhm so much that he not only encouraged her to write more and get in front of crowds, but he also helped record and produce her first album, 2008's Toby's Song. The two married later that year and began performing together throughout California and the West Coast with various line-ups, before Nicki finalized the current band known today as Nicki Bluhm & The [...]

Tim and Nicki Bluhm – “Unforgetaboutable”

Husband-and-wife duo Tim and Nicki Bluhm recently released Duets, an 8-track folk album recorded at their own local studio. Alone, Tim and Nicki have their own musical track records: Tim Bluhm as co-founder of the Mother Hips, and Nicki Bluhm of her own Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers. Together, the duo create twangy folk with lush harmonies, as evidenced in "Unforgetaboutable". Tim and Nicki Bluhm - "Unforgetaboutable" Duets can be purchased from various digital outlets; see the Tim and Nicki Bluhm website for more information.

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