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POSTED MAY 15, 2003   

Full Moon Festival in Foscoe Friday, May 16
New Orleans Funksters Brotherhood of Groove Featured

By Jeff Eason

Organizers of the area’s newest music festival hope that people are in the mood to swing under the stars and gaze up at the silvery moon this weekend. The first ever Full Moon Festival will be held at the Grandfather Mountain Campground on Friday, May 16th. The music starts around 4 p.m. and camping is included with the purchase of a ticket.

The Full Moon Festival is sponsored by Taboot Clothing in Boone.

The festival will feature New Orleans funk band Brotherhood of Groove, Strut, Scary Monsters, Sydian and other musical acts to be named later.

Brotherhood of Groove has quickly established itself as one of the premiere funk and jazz outfits in the Southeast. Combining the energy and originality of acts such as John Scofield, Charlie Hunter Quintet and Medeski, Martin & Wood, Brotherhood of Groove is led by Loyola Music School graduates Brandon Tarricone on guitar and Dan Caro on drums. The rest of the band includes ex-Kool & the Gang trumpet player Michael Ray, saxophonist Mikiel Williams and bassist Jon Stonbely.

Brotherhood of Groove woke up listeners last year with a cosmic blast of an album called Pocket Full of Funk. The album combines 70s style jazz fusion and plenty of horn section-led funk. The core of the band’s sound, however, is the amazing guitar work of Tarricone. His chops can go from distortion-filled Jeff Beck-like spaciness on “Jello” to smooth acoustic picking on “Sunrise Over Madrid.” Compositionally, Tarricone’s original instrumentals range from Zappa-esque rock operas to more conventional funk tunes.

Brotherhood of Funk was recently nominated for Best Emerging R&B/Funk/Soul Band in the annual Offbeat Music Awards and also played for three nights at the prestigious Jazz Fest in New Orleans.

Strut is a new, up-and-coming funk band from Asheville. Scary Monsters—formerly Gravity Project—and Sydian are popular High Country bands.


Tickets for the Full Moon Festival are $12 in advance and $18 at the gate. Kids under 12 are admitted free. Tickets include camping. Advance tickets may be purchased at Taboot Clothing and Grapevine Music, both in downtown Boone.

Grandfather Mountain Campground is located off of Hwy 105 in Foscoe, just across from the entrance to Seven Devils.

For more information, or to order tickets, call (828) 268-0707.

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