The Freeway Jubilee @ Freeway’s Fall Fandango

Freeway’s Fall Fandango , Pisgah Forest, NC

When: Saturday, Oct 26, 4:30 – 10pm
Enjoy 3 long sets of music!
Tickets: $30
Location:Pilot Cove Amphitheatre, Brevard, NC319 Gateway Junction Drive Pisgah Forest NC 28768
Sponsored by Pilot Cove and Ecusta Brewing:
LINEUP AND SCHEDULE(starting with headliner):
From Brevard, NC...
JEFF SIPE'S 'ELECTRIC BUDDHA' (Jeff Sipe, Melissa Reeves, Howie Johnson, Derrick Gardner, Mike Barnes)
8:15-9:30pm, followed by a super jam until 10pm
A local legend who needs no introduction, Jeff Sipe is known as one of the greats among drummers and musicians worldwide.
While studying at Berklee, Jeff met and played in a band with Steve Vai and Baron Brown called “Winter”. This experience turned Jeff on to a wide world of music and rhythm which gave him valuable tools that he still carries with him today.
After his stay in Boston, Jeff moved to Atlanta in 1983. There he began gigging and teaching at the Atlanta Institute for Music and at a popular hang out for Atlanta drummers, Atlanta Drums and Percussion. Jeff spent time sitting in with local musicians and was introduced to Bruce Hampton through Dan Wall, a keyboardist that he had been playing with…..and that’s the rest of the story. It seemed too fitting that their first meeting took place at a wedding because not only was there a marriage there was a wedding of vast musical intention. Jeff then asked Oteil Burbridge and Jimmy Herring to sit in on this free willed musical band wagon and the Aquarium Rescue Unit was born.
In 1996, Jeff met up with Swedish-born bass extraordinaire Jonas Hellborg and the Memphis guitar monster Shawn Lane. This Trio did many Europoean tours as well as American tours. Jonas released 4 recordings of this band including “Temporal Analogues of Paradise”, a classic.
Jeff’s interest in bluegrass music led him to 3 years with “Leftover Salmon” where he gigged almost non stop! The recording “Nashville Sessions” was a high lite of that period having an opportunity to work with Randy and Earl Srcruggs, Bela Fleck, Waylon Jennings, Lucinda Williams, Taj Mahal, & Jerry Douglas among others.
Jeff took on his own creation known as the Zambiland Orchestra. This experimental big band featured Ricky Keller conducting members of Phish, Widespread Panic, Michael Ray and the Cosmic Crew, the Derek Trucks Band, the Fiji Mariners, MOE, Little Feat, Sam Bush, John Cowan, Warren Haynes, Stanton Moore, the Atlanta All-Stars, Little John, Sonny Emory Randy Honea, and many others.
The Zambiland Orchestra performed as a charity event for six years in a row every December just before Christmas at the Variety Playhouse as a benefit for Hospice and the food bank.
By the 4th year into it there where 83 players on stage being conducted by the great spirit Ricky Keller and Jeff. One invited guest was Matt Butler who was so inspired by this spirited event that he began his own version called the” Everyone Orchestra”.
Even more recently Jeff teamed up with long time friend and guitar maniac Jimmy Herring on a project known as Z, that’s Project Z to most. Together with fellow Atlantian producer/musician Ricky Keller and mega organ/keyboardist Oliver Wells, Project Z recorded a self titled debut album filled with juicy fusionisk tunes that gathered praise from all realms. Since then a second Project Z has been released as well as Jeff’s solo release “Timeless” featuring Paul Hanson, Derek Jones, Jason Crosby, Kofi Burbridge, Count ‘M Butu and Derek Trucks.
One of Jeff's current projects 'Electric Buddha' which he's presenting at this showcase is a gathering of old friends....to be continued—–
From Asheville, NC....
Dedicated song crafting has always been the cornerstone of The Freeway Jubilee. A collective of multiple song-writers formed in Asheville in 2015, the group has maintained a heavy tour schedule since their inception and forged a true brotherhood on the road. Always striving to evoke joyful emotions in their listeners, the band continues to use their lyrics and powerful vocal harmonies as a window into the human experience and the life of a traveling band on the current American landscape. Their refreshing and explosive blend of psychedelic southern rock, gospel roots, mountain music, funk and soul translates into a genre-dissolving sound that feels strangely familiar yet remains entirely unique to itself.
Formerly dubbed 'The Freeway Revival', the group has been turning heads all over the east coast with their energetic sound, continually growing a dedicated grassroots fan base. They have shared the stage with artists like Dumpstaphunk, Lukas Nelson, Melvin Seals, Everyone Orchestra, Big Something, Zach Deputy, Keller Williams, Toubab Krewe, The Larry Keel Experience, Dangermuffin and many other great national and regional artists. After the successful release of their 2016 self-titled EP, The Freeway Revival burst onto the scene in the fall of 2017 with their heavy hitting debut album "Revolution Road", which appeared as #20 on Jambands.com National Radio Charts. Joining the roster of the Homegrown Music Network in 2018, Freeway continues to show relentless work ethic and a prolific sense of creativity. With the addition of Hunter Parker on saxophone (formerly of Psylo Joe), and Freddie Barry on guitar in the stead of former guitarist Tim Husk, the band has stepped into a bigger and bolder sound in 2019, evolving into what is now The Freeway Jubilee. With excitement, positivity and creativity fueling the fire and with a new album on the horizon, Freeway seems poised to bring The Jubilee to a wider audience.
Performing live, The Freeway balances organized, well-crafted tunes with a jam ethos that lends a raw and explorative power to the music. The blend of tasteful guitar harmonies, vibrant vocal harmonies, sultry saxophone riffs, and a unique assortment of organ/piano melodies creates a soundscape that is both musically intricate and soulfully energetic. Rest that on the groove of a unique and driving rhythm section, and you are sure to feel the magnetic force of this band! Each member plays a vital role in making the live experience unforgettable, and the journey is ongoing and exponential as the group allows the livelihood of what they do to shape their sound and experience - thus forming their mantra 'Live the Freeway'.
From Saluda, NC...
Creating music isn’t a means to an end, it is an end with a meaning for Aaron Burdett. Writing and creating songs is rooted somewhere deep in his psyche; it’s something that can’t be denied and must be shared. His lyrics are soul-touching, intelligent, witty, and poetic all at once, while his music style is a seamless blend of Americana, country, blues, bluegrass, and folk-rock that cohesively creates a story.
Aaron is listed as one of the top 10 most important musicians of western North Carolina by WNC Magazine, alongside such greats as Doc Watson, Steep Canyon Rangers, and The Avett Brothers. He has also received critical acclaim as a songwriter, winning Our State Magazine’s Carolina Songs competition in 2012 with “Going Home to Carolina.” Aaron’s song “Magpie” won third place bluegrass song in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in 2013. Over the years Aaron has been a finalist in numerous other songwriting competitions, including The Mountain Stage Songwriting Contest, The NC Songwriter’s Cooperative Songwriting Contest, and the Hank Williams Songwriting Contest.
Aaron’s writing is as prolific and genuine as the man. He grew up the oldest of three boys in the fairly isolated small town in Saluda, NC, where the Blue Ridge meets the Smoky Mountains. When Aaron was about 10 years old he was introduced to the music of Cat Stevens, the first of many musical influences that include the Grateful Dead, Led Zeppelin, Doc Watson, Tony Rice, Norman Blake, and David Grier.
During his teen years, Aaron found his tenor voice in a choral setting and, performed in musical theater. In 1992 he went to the renowned Governor’s School of North Carolina for choral music. In his 20s, he played extensively in Boone, NC and owned a music store that sold instruments and offered lessons.
No stranger to hard work, Aaron’s sense of adventure took him across the country working on various types of farms and ranches. While many mainstream country singers pay lip-service to the blue-collar working world, Aaron’s songs come from his life experiences.
After seeing a lot of his friends and musical colleagues struggle to be full-time musicians, sometimes at the cost of their marriages and family lives, Aaron moved back to his hometown and decided to go another route. He started a construction business, built a home for himself and his wife, and started a family, all while continuing to write songs and playing music, recording an album every year or two. In 2013, Aaron decided to pursue music in earnest, so fast forward to 2019, and his distinctive clear voice has carried his dream into a successful career. Aaron’s songs effortlessly transition from solo performance to full band, with equal emotional impact on audiences.
Aaron has 7 albums, Refuge (2017 on Organic Records), Tinderbox (2015 on Organic records), Fruits of My Labor (2014 on Organic Records), Breathing Underwater (2012), Stand Up Eight (2010), Resolve (2008) , and The Weight of Words (2005).
https://www.facebook.com/AaronBurdettMusic/ http://www.aaronburdett.com—–
Pilot Cove directly borders Pisgah National Forest, so concert goers are encouraged to explore the beauty of the forest in peak Fall color! Click link below for an activities guide for the nearby Davidson River area.
Ecusta Brewing Company is close and a great spot for pre show beers, the shuttle to the Pilot Cove Amphitheater will also run from Ecusta. Our neighbors at The HUB and Pisgah Tavern also have a full selection of beers to enjoy, their bar closes at 6pm.
Doors for the show open at 3:30 pm.
Parking & Shuttle
There is limited parking available at Pilot Cove, and it will fill up early. At 5pm parking will be closed off at Pilot Cove, and a shuttle will run from Ecusta Brewing Company. Please park at Ecusta Brewing Company, or at Wal-Mart and walk to Ecusta Brewing Company. Aside from walking to the Amphitheater (1/3 mile from the HUB), the shuttle will be the only way in to the show. The shuttle will run from 4:00 pm until 10:30 pm. You must have tickets to get on the shuttle.
Tickets can be purchased at this link. Tickets will be checked at entrance to Pilot Cove, or when you get on the shuttle at Ecusta Brewing. When your ticket is checked you will be given a wristband.
Food & Water
There will be a food truck serving tacos and burritos at the show! Attendees are encouraged to bring their own refillable water bottle. Also reusable Pilot Cove bike water bottles will be for sale for $3. NO COOLERS WILL BE PERMITTED! Attendees may bring outside food and snacks, provided they are not in a cooler.
Beer, wine and non-alcoholic drinks will be sold by Ecusta Brewing Company. NO OUTSIDE DRINKS, ALCOHOL, OR COOLERS ARE NOT PERMITTED.
Overnight Stays
NO CAMPING IS PERMITTED AT PILOT COVE! Cabins for this peak Fall color weekend are nearly sold out at Pilot Cove! If you’d like to stay with us on property, we recommend booking your cabin ASAP.
Otherwise, accommodations can be found nearby at Hampton Inn, Holiday Inn Express, Davidson River Camprgound, or in Pisgah National Forest.
Camping chairs, folding chairs, and seat cushions are permitted.
For any other questions please call 1-866-PLT-COVE or email us at info@pilotcove.com.