Daily Archives: July 27, 2011

The Joshua Farm & Beat-Play – Growing Together [PHOTOS] [EVENT]

It feels amazing to be back in the long, hot days of summer, and nothing says “summer” more than fresh produce.  Recently, I attended the open house at the Joshua Farm in Harrisburg.  It’s an urban farm that sells organic fruits and vegetables while promoting education and vocational services for at-risk youth.  Marking five years of sustainable agriculture and youth employment the farm welcomed the community with tours, scavenger hunts, amazing food from the farm, live music by Crooked Hill and a mural at the entrance of the farm sponsored by Beat-Play.

Just like the music we represent, Beat-Play is an ambassador of diversity.  As a small company, we are proud to cross-pollinate our independent music interests with other brands that promote things that are fresh, innovative, and good for your soul.  While our collaboration with The Joshua Farm may be recognized as a symbolic gesture for growth for everybody involved, Beat-Play believes in the values that are garnered with positive community organizations.  We are proud to partner with The Joshua Farm because we know that they are working for the greater good.

By: Elizabeth Stene & Dave Botero | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC

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Caleb Hawley – Harlem, NY [NEW MUSIC]

Caleb Hawley is a pop folk artist from New York that brings more than catchy melodies and incredible talent to his music.  Caleb combines soul and passion into his music to surround his voice, humor, and songwriting.  After seeing him play this spring, I was hooked.  That’s because his intricate guitar playing and incredible sense for melody and groove in songs is far above average.  Hawley continues to impress people with his music by receiving honors in the New York Songwriters Circle Contest (2008 and 2009), the John Lennon Songwriting Contest (2009), the Telluride Festival (2010), and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival (2010).  He has written and produced three albums in his career as a songwriter, and he continues to tour the country playing a variety of venues and festivals.

The real inspiration to be a songwriter came after Caleb graduated from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Jazz Composition.  He then decided to fully pursue his passion and moved to New York City.  He has since shared the stage with industry greats such as Mark Cohn, Rusted Root, Dave Matthews Band, Shawn Mullins, and Edwin McCain.  Caleb Hawley can cover a wide range of music because of his talent and influences.  While one song may seem as relaxed as James Taylor, another may capture the soul and passion from a singer like Stevie Wonder.  Add riffs and rhythms that you might find in music like John Mayer or Dave Matthews, and you have Caleb Hawley.  Seeing him perform was definitely one of my favorite shows in the last six months.  He gave his audience energy, joy, and laughter from the first song to the last.

Caleb Hawley may have talents like some other artists mentioned above, but he has his own original style and sound.  He is an outstanding guitarist that is capable of producing riffs rarely heard by his contemporaries.  You can tell he hears the whole song when he writes it because the feel is so dialed in.  From his first album titled “Greatest Hits” to his latest “We All Got Problems,” you will hear the cleverness and the excellence that is Caleb Hawley.  From personally purchasing and listening to his second album “Steps,” I definitely recommend that you check him out.  Listen to Caleb Hawley’s music and see his tour schedule here.

By: Steve Harpine | Nashville Ambassador | @Steve_MWL | Beat-Play & Music Without Labels, LLC

DANk – Richard the third – slip (DANk REMIX) – [MUSIC]

DANk

His infectious, squelchy glitch-hop bass lines and neck-break beats are always incredibly loud and penetrate through your body. Bordering on funky at times, Dank completely inhabits every room or festivals that he plays.  This multi-talented artist has released solo projects – Cooking the Books in 2008 as well as teaming up with Liver, Mix n Blend, and most recently Disco Israel, dubbed Sedge Warbler, whose debut album is Welcome to the Universe.  Listen to one of DANk’s recent remixes for a sample of great Capetonian glitch-hop.

 

 

By: Elizabeth Stene | Beat-Play Ambassador South Africa | @LizMWL | Music Without Labels & Beat-Play, LLC