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.
We are proud to announce the unveiling of our new Ep/Mixtape “FLOAT.” Recorded at Goldentone Studio right here in our hometown of Gainesville. Rob from Goldentone, and our personal friend, was not only accommodating in a musical sense, but also amazingly hospitable. Rob also makes a mean shot of espresso. We appreciate Rob’s focus and attention to detail and we think that you can hear it in the final product of “FLOAT.” We had so much fun recording and mixing with Goldentone and we hope to utilize their services for our next (even bigger!) project for 2020.
On top of releasing a new CD we will also be rolling out a new line of merchandise (tshirts, stickers, usbs, cds, art…)! We are so excited to share our progress and growth with you and we hope to see you on November 2nd!
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!
We are heading back to one of our favorite venues in town, Lightnin Salvage. As part of the Gainesville famous restaurant Satchel’s Pizza, Lightnin Salvage offers a laid back dining experience with eclectic atmosphere as well as a family friendly environment. Our whole family should be there so come on out and stay a while.
We will be performing from 6pm-9pm. In the mean while here is a video of our original song “Thank You Bruce Lee,” from our last show at Satchel’s Pizza.
We had our very best MC LBX lay down some sweet rhymes during “Bliss” and “Slips Away.” Tristan, king of the drums, driving the train, held down our swampy swingy rhythms with outstanding grace, while Sweet Irene laid down the truth with her saxophone and ethereal harmonies. Caitlyn Vinci, leader of the band, queen of the banjolele, carried us home with her soulful powerhouse of a voice, while Amy Cecilia came in with her delicate harmonies and bright, sparkly guitar riffs. Tying the whole symphony of sound together with the thumpiest and most melodic of bass lines we have Russ Tyndall, bassman extraordinaire, binding us together into the magnificent arrangement that we call VOWLS.
Set List: Foggy Slips Away Twilight Bliss That Song Mr. Owl Encore: You Can’t Hide What’s Inside
Thanks again to Heartwood Soundstage and everyone that participated and that volunteered their time. We love you!
At the beginning of this brand new beautiful year we had the lovely opportunity to perform at Oleno State Park for the First Annual Riverine Reunion Festival. This cozy fest had workshops, yoga, campfire jams, and tons of wonderful local bands.
“We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone involved in the Riverine Reunion ’19 festival. We love and appreciate you! We had such a wonderful experience performing. The experience as a whole warmed our hearts and was such a beautiful way to start off the New Year. ”
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.