Amplifier: Sleepy Sun – Balmorhea – Taj Mahal

Sleepy Sun balances power with delicacy. Balmorhea blends all genres into one accessible package. Taj Mahal is a blues legend - enough said.

Balmorhea, Taj Mahal, and Sleepy Sun

Photo: Balmorhea, Taj Mahal, and Sleepy Sun

Sleepy Sun Packs A Punch

Sleepy Sun is a California outfit with well-honed grandiose visions. They are a band that traverses the sonic spectrum, from loud distorted guitars to blissed-out acoustic atmospheres, pulsating rhythms and reverbed vocal melodies, from driving walls of sound to ambient moments of tranquility.

Their two two albums have not garnered quite as much attention as they deserve, but they continue to draw crowds across North America and Europe with their dominating brand of rock.

Sleepy Sun guitarist with hair in face

Photo: kata rokkar (Flickr)

Sleepy Sun is a psychedelic rock band from San Francisco, California.

  • Where: The Bishop (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Friday, August 26 at 11:00pm
  • How Much: $5.00 in advance at $8.00 at the door

Balmorhea Has Something For Everyone

Balmorhea is one of the many bands emerging these days that defies conventional genres by successfully straddling the worlds of classical, pop, experimental, and rock to create a sound all their own. Sometimes ambient, sometimes melodic, always interesting, Balmorhea creates beautiful music with a compliment of guitars, piano, cello, violin, voice, double bass and percussion, as well as brief appearances of other instruments on their recordings. With something for all types of listeners, Balmorhea brings smart music that’s still accessible to many.

Balmorhea, guitarist, bassist and cellist

Photo: IntangibleArts (Flickr)

In addition to the traditional guitar and drums, Balmorhea's instrumentation includes violin, cello, and stand-up bass.

  • Where: The Bishop (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Tuesday, September 6 at 9:00pm
  • How Much: $8.00
  • What Else: Local band Brother John will be the opening band

Taj Mahal Is A Legend – Enough Said

The musician Taj Mahal has become a household name when it comes to American blues. Since 1964, he has released over 30 albums on his own and has appeared on many other compilations, film scores, and collaborations. He has won two Grammys and a host of other Blues awards. As he’s performing in a nice intimate space like the Bluebird, if you’re a Blues lover of any kind, you will be at this show.

Taj Mahal with guitar, black and white

Photo: larry&flo (Flickr)

Taj Mahal, pictured at the Sacramento Blues Festival in 1984.

  • Where: The Bluebird (Bloomington, Indiana)
  • When: Sunday, September 11 at 8:00pm
  • How Much: $30.00

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