VOWLS opened up for Florida’s favorite Grateful Grass band the Grass is Dead last week. We had a spectacular evening of jams, dancing and great energy. One of the best things about playing live shows is when the crowd is really feeling the music. There really isn’t anything better than a room full of people sharing songs and having a ball.
We knocked our set out of the park. No set list, no rules, all heart! We opened the set with an improvisational jam followed by some of our heavy hitters like “Shining Gold,” “Foggy,” and “Fleeting Glimpse.” Lunchbox slayed the crowd with his elegantly elevated freestyles on “Float” and “Bliss.” We brought the fire, and if you ask us we all feel like we leveled up. Playing music together just feels so good, and this formation of VOWLS is locking into its groove and is about to take off.
Grass is Dead brought the fun and serenaded us with all the best Dead Tunes. Slick licks, magical jams, fun singalongs, and sweet improv are some of the many reasons to see the Grass is Dead. Especially on that particular Friday night in Gainesville. We were sharing in the groove for sure.
Hello New Year! VOWLS is here and we are ready to reap all the amazing opportunities 2020 has to offer. We started the New Year off right at the Flaming Phoenix Party in Melrose, FL with fireworks, alien beings and jams until the morning hours. We enjoyed the amazing food and we greatly appreciate the hospitality shown to us by Patrick and Amy. Later on in the week we performed at the sweetest local folk fest, Riverine Reunion. Located at the beautiful Oleno State Park just north of High Springs, FL, this was a fest to remember. The organizers of this event took such great care of us. We enjoyed our Saturday afternoon set inside the log cabin right by the river in the scenic Florida woods. At the end of the night after all the bands played everyone at the fest met up at the community campfire and we jammed out to each others songs and had a great time. We look forward to performing at these two events in the future.
The following weekend 02/01/20 we will be performing at the Springs Run 7.2k at First Magnitude Brewery. This event raises money for the Springs Institute and brings awareness to the help that our springs so greatly need.
What are our plans for 2020?
As most of you know we released not one, but TWO mixtapes last November. We also released USB drives with all of our recorded albums, live sets and solo material. You are probably wondering, “That is pretty awesome. What will VOWLS do next?” That is a great question.
We look forward to playing more festivals and awesome gigs and we hope that 2020 will be the year we explore more of Florida’s sweet spots like St. Pete, St. Augustine and Jax Beach. We hope to be back at some of our favorite festivals throughout the year like Orange Blossom Jamboree, Spring Fest, Danksgiving, Riverine Reunion, JamFest, Changeville, Fest, VegFest, Spirit Fest, and Heartwood Fest.
In addition to gigging and playing around our lovely Sunshine State we will begin planning and recording a 10-13 track album featuring some music that has never been recorded.
Our personal plans for the year may vary but we all can agree that the members of VOWLS are excited about what this year has in store for us. Thanks for listening.
Summer 2019 has been quite a productive summer for us. We have several different creative projects in the works that will be coming together with rapidity in the fall.
In the beginning of the summer we started shooting music videos at Caitlyn’s childhood home for a community video series entitled, “Let Us All Be Home.” We invite you to join us on this musical journey to share your songs of home with us. We hope that you can take your own video of yourself/selves playing your songs of home in a lovely homey location, uploading it to your social media platforms, and tagging us. #vowlslikeowls #letusallbehome
We hope this project can be an ongoing engagement that brings our community of creators together.
Over the last few weeks we have started cultivating some of our new songs and started focusing on recording and releasing new music. That’s right, NEW MUSIC. We have not one, but TWO short EPs that we will be releasing this fall. The first is a home studio recording mixed by our drummer and dear friend Tristan Harvey and the second is a studio recorded EP that we recorded with Rob McGreggor at Goldentone Studio.
Our Fall Schedule is staring to fill up fast so stay connected with us and follow our social media presence on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, and of course right here on our website!
This Hallow’s Eve some of us VOWLS had the opportunity to experience Suwannee’s Hulaween and performed on the Lost Stage at the Spirit Lake.
Suwannee’s Hulaween is an immersive art festival held during the Halloween season that brings living art and music together in a cohesive and beautiful way.
Caitlyn and Sweet Irene hit the Lost Stage on Saturday Night and sang sweet songs to rock your soul. With their captivating harmonies and sweet ukulele jams these precious gems created a sweet and sultry experience at the Spirit Lake.
From the vault we have our recordings from Spirit Fest 2017 at Heartwood Soundstage. Heartwood is a live recording venue that offers high quality audio and visual recordings of musicians and performing artists. We had so much fun performing at Spirit Fest and hope that this fest reemerges in 2019.
VOWLS has had our busiest year of gigging yet! Now that summer is coming to a close in Florida we are taking November off to work on new material and unreleased material for your audial pleasure.
This October we went out to the Roots Revival Festival at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park. We enjoyed the beautiful weather, the campfire jams and enjoyed time with our families. After the Leftover Salmon set we played a live set (with the accompaniment of our great friend Ben) on the corner of the campground’s main road.
The set was truly magical.
One World is Enough – Sting
You Can’t Hide What’s Inside
Matter and Blues
Thank You Bruce Lee
(And More! As I type this a month after the fact I am having trouble remembering what else we played.)
Over all Roots was an A+ weekend that we all needed.
Our great friend Arielle D’Ornellas took some amazing photos of us as well. Arielle is a great photographer and an amazing musician, artist and friend.