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Modern Grass - The Caravan - On Atlantic Airwaves Saturday September 8, 2012

On this Saturday's edition of Atlantic Airwaves, two concerts from our East Coast Sessions -We'll hear from two Halifax based groups with totally different sounds, but who represent their respective genres in unique and refreshing ways - 'The Modern Grass Ensemble' and 'The Caravan'.
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The Modern Grass is a collective of musicians who all have some obsession with days gone by, contrasted with a vision for the future - The instrumentation is bluegrass, the music is newgrass - With influences ranging from jazz to bluegrass, gypsy to blues, classical and folk, this young group of musicians is melding styles and taking acoustic music into the future.
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At its core, 'The Caravan' is a refreshing East Coast hip hop trio whose roots run the gamut of rock, jazz, soul and even Appalachian music - Their preference for 'jamming it live' and for bring in other instrumentalists versus samples creates an energy and chemistry that is infections and catchy - The Caravan's music cleverly fuses rock all the different styles into a combination that is uniquely their own - The group's charm isn't just about its catchy and clever songs or decades of collected musical experience, but the strange comic interplay between members - In concert the band gives full rein to its eccentric personalities, and you can hear this unquantifiable chemistry in their recordings as well - Rowdy, fun and intelligent - They influence each other, always trying to improve their sound, while soaking in what Halifax is doing as a whole - They've never stopped exploring where they can take the music.

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