Considered one of the world’s leading saxophonists for the last two decades, Dave Koz has sold millions of albums and been nominated for many awards. Koz’s most recent high-profile collaborator was the Foo Fighters — he is featured on the latest Foo’s full-length Concrete and Gold — which goes on a long list of high-profile collaborations with U2, Ray Charles, Stevie Wonder, Michael McDonald and Gloria Estefan. Koz has also been an internationally-syndicated radio host for over 20 years beyond hosting The Dave Koz Lounge on SiriusXM for the past three years.
In support of his latest album Dave Koz and Friends 20th Anniversary Christmas — as spotlighted on a 2017 CBS television special that also featured Melissa Etheridge and Lindsey Stirling — Koz is now on tour. I had the pleasure of conducting Q&A with Mr. Koz for PureGrainAudio and was able to throw in a few questions about the smooth jazz legend’s relationship with rock music. For live dates and other information about his recent 20th Anniversary Christmas, click on over to www.davekoz.com.
Check out thisn live clip of Foo Fighters with Alison Mosshart and Dave Koz.
You are featured on the new Foo Fighters’ album. How did you and Dave Grohl first meet?
Dave Koz: I met Dave at a small dinner party about 12 years ago. We got to talking — and a nicer, more warm guy you cannot find. We became unexpected friends, and a long story, I am actually his godfather. Go figure! So I do see him a lot and we keep in touch a lot, given both of our crazy travel schedules.
He texted me in March of this year, saying he thought it was finally time for me to play on a Foos album. I was so excited and SO nervous. But we had a blast in the studio — and it turned out great. He then invited me to play live with the band at a huge festival in Southern California called Cal Jam 17. It was one of the great highlights of my musical life sharing the stage with Dave and that unreal band. It was like driving the most expensive and fastest Maserati on the planet…a thrill that simply cannot be described in words!
Did performing with Dave Grohl and crew inspire you to want to perform with more rock artists?
Koz: I’ve had the honor of playing with a variety of rock artists over the years including folks like Rod Stewart and U2. That’s the beauty of the saxophone. It can fit so nicely into so many disparate genres of music, feeling perfectly at home in R&B, pop, jazz, rock, blues, you name it. I think it’s so versatile because it’s such a melodic and emotionally heartfelt instrument. I am still blown away by the power of the saxophone to communicate a message…and increasingly humbled to play it!
Is there something that you are still hoping to accomplish within your career?
Koz: The list is LONG! (laughs) I still have SO much I want to do, so many artists I dream about making music with, so many albums I look forward to making. But alas, there’s only so much time. One thing at a time…we shall see. But suffice to say, I am nowhere near being done!
When not busy with music, how do you like to spend your free time?
Koz: I have a small little hideaway in northern California that I love disappearing to, reading, seeing friends, relaxing. I love going out to wonderful dinners with family and friends. I love and am fascinated by wine, and learning lots! I am a very dedicated uncle to my four nieces and four godkids, and I love to travel and explore, and watch movies. I am a movie freak!
Finally, Dave, any last words for the kids?
Koz: This time of year it’s especially poignant to look through a child’s eyes to witness the magic of it all. It’s in those eyes that you see the true meaning of the holidays, and of life in general. Their innocence is what keeps me going and gives me hope. So, thank you, kids, for just being YOU!
Check out “Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas” feat Selina Albright here.
The Electric Highway Festival Announces Final Lineup for 2024
The Electric Highway Festival announces the final lineup for the 2024 edition of the festival held in Calgary, AB on April 4, 5, and 6.
The Electric Highway Festival is excited to announce the final lineup for the 2024 edition of the festival, which will be held in Calgary, AB, on April 4, 5, and 6 at Dickens (1000 9 Ave SW). This is the biggest festival lineup yet, with 23 bands playing over three days.
Canadian Juno Award-winning Vancouver band Anciients will headline the whole festival. They will be joined by various Western Canadian bands, including Dead Quiet, Empress, Flashback, Buffalo Bud Buster, and more. Newly added to the bill are returning bands La Chinga, Hombre, and Set & Stoned, along with festival newcomers Prisoner, Passing Pluto, and Mors Sanctorum.
The final festival poster is now available. The festival artwork was created by Saskatchewan tattoo artist Roman Corkery (check him out). Besides being a fantastic tattoo artist, Roman is also a talented multi-media artist. The Festival thought it was time to have a full-on space theme. With Roman’s love of creating space-themed art, he was the perfect artist to tackle the idea, and the result was outstanding.
All festival tickets and passes are now available at presale pricing, including 2-day passes and single-day tickets. 2024 Festival t-shirts are now available for presale as well. Order now to save some money, and be sure to get the size you want. The Electric Highway Festival hosts various genres that range from Desert Rock, Stoner Metal, Doom, Sludge, Trippy Psychedelic, Surf Rock, Acid Rock, Noise Rock, Fuzz Rock, Space Rock, Blues Rock, Heavy Psych, Heavy Blues, Southern Rock, Fuzzy Punk, Sludgy Hardcore bands and variations of any of the previously mentioned styles.
The 2023 edition of the festival featured Californian headliners Sasquatch, one of the event’s past favourites, laying down their brand of fuzzy, kick-ass Desert Rock & Heavy Psych with direct support from Vancouver’s La Chinga who returned for their 4th appearance on the Saturday night. Black Mastiff returned to headline the Friday night with Calgary’s Gone Cosmic and HypnoPilot headlined the Thursday show with support from Citizen Rage. These were just a few of the wicked bands that played at this past year’s The Electric Highway.
The Electric Highway is excited to announce once again that New Level Brewing is not only the top sponsor but is also the preferred beverage provider for The Electric Highway and all the bands on the bill. New Level Brewing is a Calgary-based award-winning Craft brewery. New Level is known for bending the rules of the style guidelines to create bold beers that are just a bit different from what you may have had before. Specializing in unusual ingredients with eye-catching packaging, New Level’s craft beer and sodas are worth checking out. You can find New Level on all social media or their website at https://www.newlevelbrewing.ca/
The Electric Highway would also like to announce that Crooks Hollow Studio is their newest major sponsor. The festival is so excited to have them on board! One of Calgary’s newest state-of-the-art studios with top-of-the-line equipment will take a recording to the next level. Drummers will especially love this studio, with acoustics tailored to create the perfect big drum sound. Crooks Hollow Studio will be providing top-level backline equipment to this year’s festival, as well as technical support.
Last but certainly not least, be sure to check out the Festival’s Expo taking place all three days at Dickens. The Expo features some of Calgary’s most interesting and unusual creators and unique small businesses. There are still limited spaces available in the Expo. Contact the Festival for more information.
The Electric Highway Festival Lineup By Day:
Thursday, April 4:
Solid Brown (Calgary)
Set & Stoned (Calgary)
Owls & Eagles (Calgary)
Black Daggers (Red Deer)
Mors Sanctorum (Calgary)
Friday, April 5:
Buffalo Bud Buster (Calgary)
La Chinga (Vancouver)
The Getmines (Vancouver)
Blacksmith and Brewer (BC Sunshine Coast)
Atomic Yeti (Saskatoon)
Passing Pluto (Calgary)
Saturday, April 6:
Dead Quiet (Vancouver)
Tebby and the Heavy (Edmonton)
Stone Spear (Kelowna)
Conjure Hand (Victoria)
Levitate Music & Arts Festival Returns for its 11th Year!
Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA.
Levitate Music & Arts Festival has announced it will be returning for its 11th year this Fourth of July weekend in Marshfield, MA. The Marshfield Fairgrounds will host the likes of Sublime with original members Bud Gaugh and Eric Wilson, Lake Street Dive, Tash Sultana, Mt. Joy, the Dirty Heads, and many more.
The music festival originally started as a surf shop’s 10-year anniversary party and is now the premier boutique music and arts festival for the region. The festival features national and local acts while including the arts with vendors and installations throughout the grounds. The festival is a family-friendly event, including a kids zone with interactive activities.
On top of bringing together the East Coast community, one percent of each ticket sold will go to the Levitate Foundation, a non-profit whose mission is to cultivate vibrant communities by creating and conserving access to music, art and the outdoors.
With the reunion of Sublime and several powerhouse appearances, this year’s Levitate is sure to be a must-attend event. The festival runs from July 5th through the 7th, 2024. Tickets are on sale now here. See you there!
KRIS BARRAS BAND Unveils Vicious Single “Savages”
KRIS BARRAS BAND releases new single “Savages” and brings all-new, arena-sized grit to 2024 with their new album ‘Halo Effect.’
One of modern hard rock’s most exciting breakouts in recent years, KRIS BARRAS BAND are bringing all-new, arena-sized grit to 2024 with their new album Halo Effect, set for release on April 12, 2024, via Earache Records. KRIS BARRAS BAND shares their latest single, the accessible earworm “Savages,” and its official video.
It’s a song for the everyman about being looked down upon by a higher power, whether it be political, societal, or commercial. It is about taking that disdain, uniting against it and wearing it as a badge of honour.
Frontman Kris Barras elaborates:
“‘Savages’ is definitely one of the more ‘out-there’ tracks on the album for us. We wanted to push the boundaries of what we have done previously, particularly production-wise and this track is a perfect example of that. Blending more electronic elements in with the usual KBB big riffs and sing along chorus, this track has become one of my favourites from the new album.”
Barras directed and edited the video, with his good friend and long-time collaborator Tommy Rowe taking care of the video production. Barra’s explains, “After releasing a couple of solid performance-based videos, we really wanted to mix it up on this one by doing something more cinematic and with a narrative throughout. We were going for a ‘Stranger Things meets Quentin Tarantino’ vibe with the look and storyline… the alternate realm takes influence from the ‘Upside Down’ in Stranger Things. Actress Kiara Leigh absolutely nailed the role. It was an intense few days getting this one done, battling against lots of issues including a blown generator and severe weather conditions!”
KRIS BARRAS BAND is heading on tour starting in April, they will also headline the historic Chepstow Castle on August 15, 2024, with support from Stone Broken, The Hot Damn!, and Dan Byrne.
Tickets are on sale here for the following dates:
Sat 6th Apr – TORQUAY The Foundry
Fri 12th Apr – SOUTHAMPTON Engine Rooms
Sat 13th Apr – WOLVERHAMPTON KK’S Steel Mill
Sun14th Apr – MANCHESTER Academy
Wed 17th Apr – GLASGOW The Garage
Thu 18th Apr – NEWCASTLE Boiler Shop
Fri 19th Apr – NOTTINGHAM Rock City
Sat 20th Apr – LONDON Islington Assembly Hall
Thu 15th Aug – CHEPSTOW UK Chepstow Castle
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