March 17, 2016

St. Patrick’s Day

stpaddysHappy St. Paddy’s Day everyone.  The weather is cooperating with the Irish spirit as it sprinkles the mild spring day with bouts of rain and wind.  We’re feeling festive and getting ready to head up to the hill for some dinner and music.

We’ll be celebrating full force tomorrow night in Plattsburgh at Monopole Bar starting at 10pm.  We’ve got hours of Irish tunes salted with some delicious Black Mountain Symphony flavor.  Our rhythm section was just settling in last year for St. Paddy’s Day but this year they’ve had time to sink their teeth in and the result is some fantastic, high energy Irish jams.  You’re not gonna want to miss this one, but we like to pepper in a few Irish tunes during our regular sets for the Celts that can’t make it to the party.

“May your blessing outnumber the shamrocks that grow and may trouble avoid you wherever you go.”

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March 10, 2016

Rock n Roll Resort

It’s official, we’re playing Rock n Roll Resort on Saturday March 26th at 1pm.  We’re really excited to be on the bill for the this destination festival at Hudson Valley Resort and Spa in Kerhonkson NY with big names like Max Creek, Formula 5, Mister F and Depth Quartet.

Please follow the link to a sweet page that they created for us on their website.  It has a cool write up, pictures, videos and music to check out.  Every click on the link below helps us with support and compensation. Thanks!

Black Mountain Symphony

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March 5, 2016

MOVE Music Festival

It’s almost spring and we’re getting geared up for some amazing shows.  We’ve been recovering from a busy stretch of shows this winter and trying to take advantage of some downtime.

Last weekend we played our first show at the Saratoga Winery.  It was such a wonderful experience.  The place was filled with awesome music lovers drinking fantastic wine.  North and South Dakotas played an awesome set.  We had goat cheese burgers made with local ingredients and hung out by the fire pit outside.   Then on Saturday we rocked Destiny USA mall in Syracuse at World of Beer.  It was great.  We had an amazing crowd as well as a great crew helping everyone out with amazing beers and food.

Rollz and Charlie nodded off while finishing a “Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” puzzle and listening to Herbie Hancock’s Headhunters and Annie took the opportunity to make a silly video.  She’s super stoked to be playing MOVE Music Festival on Saturday April 23rd in the Graney’s Stout tent on Broadway.  We go on at 8pm and needless to say it’s going to be epic.  Bring a bucket because your face WILL melt.  Check out these links to:

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February 14, 2016

Valentine’s Day

Happy Valentine’s Day everyone. In the spirit of the season, we’re passing along some classic BMS to keep you warm on this cold day of love. So snuggle up with the one you love (even if that’s yourself) and feel the warmth we’re sending out.

Here’s Winter Nights

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February 7, 2016

Exciting New Happenings

It’s been an exciting New Year filled with new places, faces and sounds.  This past Friday we had our first show in Utica NY at Gordon’s Tap Room.  The awesome stage and lights really helped us get in the mood and the proprietor is an awesome guy.  We hit it off and it looks like we have a new ally in Central New York so the Utica area will be seeing a lot more of BMS.  Last weekend we had our first show at Grizzly’s on Stratton Mountain with much the same results.

In addition to new venues and friends we have been toying around with an epic new tune.  We’ve been slowly crafting it for the past few months and it’s finally taken form.  There’s still a few small finishing touches and kinks to work out but it’s just about there.  Now we just need to get it recorded.  We’ve been a little reluctant to play it out in fear of diminishing the big release when the finished product is done but the past couple weeks we’ve been taking it out for test runs: a sound check here and a lick or two there.  Last night, for the first time ever, we ended the set playing “Walk To The Edge” for a packed house at Harmony Cafe in Woodstock and it was a huge success.  After we nailed the thunderous ending there was a moment of quiet while people took it in and all we heard was a stunned “Hell Yeah” before the crowd erupted in applause.  It felt great to us and we got rave reviews from the audience.  So no promises, but if you come out to some shows you might just be one of the first to hear our future #1 hit!

While new and exciting things are always fun, we’d never give up old classics like our bi-monthly residency at Harmony Cafe.  We were back last night and it was great seeing Shao Wu, Dae Chen, Jackie and all our loyal fans down in Woodstock. Here’s some pictures in case you missed it.

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February 4, 2016

Fashion Gods

We got some of the pictures back from a shoot we did a few weeks ago with the lovely and talented Gigi Knight.  She has an amazing eye and we can’t wait to work with her again.  These pictures speak for themselves and the impact has been monumental.  New York and Paris are buzzing as designers and stylists are battling to catch up with the suave BMS look.  Once again we’re changing the world through fashion. We do it for the children. Don’t forget to head over to the “LIVE” page for a list of upcoming shows, there’s a lot going on that you’re gonna want to be a part of.

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February 1, 2016

Big Mean Sound Machine

Saturday night we had the pleasure of opening up a show at The Hollow in Albany for Big Mean Sound Machine. It was an amazing experience. Not only is The Hollow a great place to play but BMSM was an awesome band to play with. Boasting a 9 piece ensemble including a horn section, 2 keyboardists, guitar, bass, percussion and drums they brought enough energy and excitement to keep the place moving all night.

The Hollow is rapidly becoming a favorite venue in the Albany scene. They have an awesome stage, great sound and lights and a fantastic staff that bring it all together. The best part, however, are the fans. People turn up in droves when there’s a good show and Saturday was no exception. We saw lots of familiar faces and the dance floor was hopping all night.

Big Mean Sound Machine blew our minds! The drummers put down solid world / latin type beats while the horns, synths and guitar take turns laying down catchy melodies over top. The horn section included trombone and baritone sax that kept the low end bumping throughout. There was a plethora of effects in the keyboard corner that was constantly pumping out cool tunes and funky melodies, keeping everyone’s attention glued to the stage. The guitar is there to make sure everything has a rocking edge, and the mix of all that eclectic instrumentation makes these guys a must see for any music fan.

It’s been a great start to 2016 and we’ve got so much more left to come!

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January 30, 2016

Blizzard of ’16

How about this crazy winter weather? We normally stay in by the fire once the weather gets rough but nothing can keep us away from a show at Grizzly’s on Stratton Mountain.

So we loaded up the van and drove straight into the eye of the tempest for our show on the slopes. We were bombarded the entire way by gentle flurries almost kind of obscuring the road. Luckily a good Samaritan in a 4 wheel drive Lexus SUV decided to put on his flashers and drive the whole length of Route 7 through central Vermont at 23 mph. We followed this gentleman for most of our ride, along with an enormous line of enraged but safe motorists. By the time the onslaught of whimsically floating snow flakes ended there was about an inch or less of accumulation on the roads. That’s the most I’ve seen all year!

Arriving safely at the venue, we quickly unloaded and set up. It was our first time at Grizzly’s at we were impressed by the great room, nice stage and beautiful bar. Our friend Andy greeted us and got us going with sounds before we began to indulge in delicious local craft beers on tap at the bar. We’ve had a bit of a hiatus and we’re super excited to get on stage so when the time came we blasted the room with a huge dose of pent up musical energy. Friends and patrons began to arrive and we had people started dancing.

Although the fearsome winter weather seems to have kept the crowds inside we had a blast dusting off the cobwebs and rocking out with everybody! Come see us tonight at The Hollow on N. Pearl St. in Albany tonight!

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January 28, 2016

New Tunes

We had a killer practice tonight and we’re incredibly stoked about some new songs we’ve been working on! Everybody’s been writing and contributing and we have three brand new jams each with their own unique vibe. We’re a little while away from playing any out but we’re putting together a plan to get in the studio and hopefully by the spring we’ll have a new single hitting the airways!

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January 27, 2016

Have you seen this?

We’re not going to get into politics here, but this week we stumbled across something that needs to be addressed. Apparently in the 80’s, while mayor of Burlington VT, Bernie Sanders recorded a folk album. Yes, it’s absolutely as amazing as it sounds. So whether you love him or hate him you’re gonna want to check this out.

Also, this seems like an appropriate time to share another nugget of internet gold that we found a while back. It’s about Albany and you’re gonna love it.

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