first_imgBilly Strings continues to make a name for himself, entreating fans along for the ride with his soulful folk music. Today, Billy Strings has announced that he’ll be bringing that music on the road for a lengthy Winter Tour in early 2017.The 36 date trek features a slew of headlining and festival dates with his three piece band of bluegrass bandits, co-bills with Shook Twins and The Lil’ Smokies, and runs supporting The Infamous Stringdusters and Railroad Earth. Smack in the middle of the tour, Billy will also join the legendary David Grisman’s Bluegrass Experience for a handful of shows.Billy Strings is touring in support of his self-titled EP release from June 2016, and expects to put out a full length album in 2017. Along with Billy Strings, Drew Matulich on mandolin, Billy Failing on banjo and Brad Tucker on bass complete this exciting touring band!Check out the full tour schedule below and head to the Billy Strings website for details.Billy Strings Winter Tour 2017 Dates1/13 Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel *1/14 Athens, GA – Georgia Theatre *1/15 Abingdon, VA – Historic Barter Theatre *1/21 McMinnville, TN – Bluegrass Underground **1/24 Columbus, OH – Park Street Saloon *1/25 Rocky Mount, VA – Harvester PAC *1/26 Cincinnati, OH – On Sale Soon1/27 Evanston, IL – SPACE %%1/28 Indianapolis, IN – Scratched Vinyl2/1 Tulsa, OK – American Theatre Company On Sale Soon2/3 Albuquerque, NM – The Cooperage2/4 Colorado Springs, CO – Gold Room2/8 Billings, MT – Pub Station ***2/9 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/10 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/11 Big Sky, MT – Big Sky Bluegrass2/15 Seattle WA – Tractor Tavern2/16 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar2/17 Portland, OR – Bunk Bar2/18 Enterprise, OR – OK Theatre ^2/22 Boulder, CO – The Fox Theatre ^^2/23 Ft. Collins, CO – Hodi’s Half Note ^^2/24 Steamboat Springs, CO – Winter Wondergrass2/25 Denver, CO – The Bluebird Theater3/4 Davie, FL – David Posnack JCC ^^^3/17 St. Augustine, FL – Anastasia Music Festival ^^^3/18 Asheville, NC – Grey Eagle Tavern ^^^3/22 Omaha, NE – The Waiting Room %3/23 Minneapolis, MN – 1st Avenue %3/24 Milwaukee, WI – Pabst Theater %3/25 Chicago, IL – The Vic Theatre %3/27 Indianapolis, IN – Vouge Theatre %3/29 Memphis, TN – Inglewood Hall %3/30 Nashville, TN – Marathon Music Works %3/31 Raleigh, NC – Duke Energy Center – Fletcher Opera Theater4/1 Martinsville, VA – Rives Theater* supporting The Infamous Stringdusters** supporting Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper*** supporting Dead Horses^ with Shook Twins^^ with Lil’ Smokies^^^ as part of David Grisman Bluegrass Experience% supporting Railroad Earth%% with The Suitcase Junketlast_img read more


first_imgby: Joe Winn“Look, there in the mural, just above the dragonfly! The wings form the Mickey ears!”My Disney trips have always been unique. Since a young age, I was one of the Hidden Mickey hunters. If the term is new to you, that’s alright; you now count as “nearly everyone”. In a clever choice of design, Disney Imagineers added tiny Mickey Mouse ears (the three circles) into various attractions. This was part of the culture since the earliest parks, so if you look closely, every ride has at least one Hidden Mickey to find. Feel free to ask about my favorites. Right now, I’m particularly fond of the Conservation Station mural in Animal Kingdom (I’ve never seen so many in one place!).Disney has never confirmed the existence of these Hidden Mickeys, despite the obvious evidence to the contrary. They don’t have to; I know they exist. In fact, an entire cottage industry of websites and books devoted to cataloging every last one speaks for itself. I was giddy when, on this past visit, while searching for a few myself, I saw a fellow couple hunting down their own. Instant bond formed. We identified a few Mickeys together, then parted ways to resume our independent journeys.Hidden Mickeys add a layer of excitement to the parks. It’s a little thing only a small group of us recognize. Sure, millions of people pass through Spaceship Earth, but how many notice the too-perfectly-arranged coffee stains on the 1800s desk? I’ve seen it dozens of times, yet still make a point to identify it every visit. Disney and I have a special bond; just a few more of her secrets are visible. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more