Who: Playing On The Planet
What: Cosmic Rockin’ Boogie Grass …
When: 3 pm
Where: Copperhill, Polk County
Venue: Ocoee Whitewater Center, 4400 US 64
Venue URL: www.ocoeeriver/ws/
Band URL: www.playingontheplanet.com
Band e-mail: music@PlayingOnThePlanet.com
Band phone: (706) 455-0694
Playing On The Planet is a globe-wandering group of musical multi-instrumentalists from the Ocoee River region of Ducktown, Tenn. At this mountain crossroads of Appalachia-intrigue, three state lines and varied musical genres intersect. The five bandmates make the most of what they refer to as regional “schizo-graphy,” creating original songs and a dynamic acoustic sound derived from the rich heritage of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Kentucky’s bluegrass pastures, Rainbow Children gatherings, Gypsy alleys in Romania and the “Urban Streetscape Sound” heard in clandestine warehouse districts. The band’s attention-grabbing remake of “Dueling Banjos” is found on network TV shows all over the planet. The musicians use mountain-bred instincts to convince disparate audiences (traditionalists and newcomers) into believing they all arrived at a performance in the same mode of transportation, whether on foot, by bike or in a pickup truck. Hula Hoops & dancing encouraged!
Playing On The Planet has three CDs to date: Playing on the Planet, Ocoee Road and Tennessee Twister and are currently heard on PBS’ Roadtrip Nation, NBC Sports, in popular outdoor adventure DVDs, in the whitewater documentary Call of the River and in the televised coverage of Le Tour de France. A short list of performances includes the U.S. Olympic Road to Sochi Tour, the Chattanooga Riverbend Festival, North Georgia’s Boogie & HemlockFest, the Red Clay Theater, the Purple Fiddle in West Virginia, Atlanta’s Peachblossom Festival, Riverfront Nights in Chattanooga, Georgia Public Broadcasting, Knoxville’s WDVX Blue Plate Special and too-numerous-to-count rural oprys & urban warehouse stages. Have a listen at www.reverbnation.com/PlayingOnThePlanet, www.sonicbids.com/PlayingOnThePlanet, on the band’s website or on their YouTube, Twitter and Facebook pages.
Formerly known as Steel String Session, the band has five musicians and a Hula Hoop Artist. Lisa Jacobi sings, composes and plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and upright bass. (She also paints rocks and whitewater kayaks.) Pete Dasher (vocals, resonator guitar) sometimes lives in a tool shed on 15 acres. Denny Mixon writes songs, does vocals, plays upright bass and guitar, rows stuff and refinishes furniture. Jarrod (JRod) Payne sings. composes, plays banjo and guitar and is a black belt in Taekwondo. Bill Fleming does vocals, plays steel guitar and herds a successful intentional community. And Ame’Lie Rouse is master of the Hula Hoop Arts.