Joe Craven & The Sometimers

"Joe Craven & The Sometimers" A “no genre left behind” policy of music making with strings, voice & percussion. Free Range Folk & Jazzy Roots.

JOE CRAVEN

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp, a Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy and fashion insultant. Joe Craven’s love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Howard Levy and Jason Marsalis, to fusion banjoist Alison Brown and groups such as Psychograss and The Horseflies. For 17 years, he was percussionist and violinist for mandolinist David Grisman. Joe’s unique education programs have inspired; communities in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, a dozen different music camps, thousands of school kids from Glendale, CA to Glasgow, Scotland and college students from Alaska to Alabama. Whether jamming with musicians from Morocco or Mendocino, performing solo, with his daughter Hattie, The Joe Craven Trio, Mamajowali, The Sometimers or playing Carnegie Hall to busking on Cannery Row – Joe’s at home and loving every minute!
“Joe Craven is magical.” – San Francisco Chronicle ____________________________

JONATHAN STOYANOFF

Jonathan Stoyanoff is a much in demand bassist who is a fan of, trained in and very proficient at, a wide variety of vernacular music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has helped form and perform in a variety of musical projects. He has played and/or shared bills with jazz, blues and rock/pop greats Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, The Isley Brothers, Maceo Parker and many more. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation's most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the High Sierra Music Festival. He brings a high level of skill of and enthusiasm to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.
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BRUCE MacMILLAN

Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage has resulted in a versatility across many musical genres. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest. With his wife Sally, they have two fine music stores in Chico and Redding, CA, known as The Music Connection where Bruce displays his chops as an educator, repairman and salesman. Bruce’s impressive skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel, bring a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.

"Joe Craven & The Sometimers" featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, is a tight, crisp string-centric “Free Range Folkasaurus Trio” offering a “no genre left behind” policy of music making and re-creating. A 30 year veteran in the biz, Joe comes impressively credentialed (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia + many others) and the 3 of them hold poetic license to operate heavy machinery. Their power tool box includes both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, more cowbell and who knows what else. Touring their debut release, "Blender", this NorCal roots music trio celebrates a new kind of POP music, as in "Pursuit of Possibility" music. Give 'em a listen and you just might do a little dance while you're at it!



About the boys in the band...

Multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven is an award-winning creativity educator, former museum curator, actor, music festival emcee, Director of RiverTunes Music Camp, a Co-Director for the Wintergrass Youth Academy and a fashion insultant. Joe Craven’s love of performing music has put him in many musical genres and alongside many musicians, from Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Howard Levy, to Jason Marsalis and banjoist Alison Brown. For 17 years, he was percussionist / violinist for mandolinist David Grisman. Joe’s unique education programs have inspired; communities in Costa Rica, corporate heads in Contra Costa, CA, a dozen different music camps, thousands of school kids from Stockton to Scotland and college students from Alaska to Alabama. Whether jamming with musicians from Morocco or Mendocino, performing solo, with his daughter Hattie, The Joe Craven Trio, Mamajowali, The Sometimers, or from Carnegie Hall to busking on Cannery Row – Joe’s at home and loving every minute!
“Joe Craven is magical” – San Francisco Chronicle
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Jonathan Stoyanoff is a much in demand bassist who is a fan of, trained in and very proficient at, a wide variety of vernacular music. He attended the Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA on a performance scholarship and, since then, Jonathan has helped form and perform in a variety of musical projects. He has played and/or shared bills with Larry Coryell, B.B. King, Robert Cray, Huey Lewis, Dave Mason, Jackie Greene, Ozomatli, Spearhead, Maceo Parker and many more. Jonathan has also played at some of the nation's most prestigious festivals including the Monterey Jazz Festival, the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, and the High Sierra Music Festival. He brings a high level of skill of and enthusiasm to Joe Craven & The Sometimers. ___________________________________

Bruce MacMillan is a wonderfully intuitive musician dedicated to the holy temple of American Roots Music. His passion for the history and variety of America’s musical heritage has resulted in a versatility across many musical genres. From Blues to Bluegrass, Country to Jazz and Rock & Roll, Bruce plays with wonderful energy and artistry. He has performed upon many stages and at many music festivals, including the Strawberry Music Festival, High Sierra, and California Worldfest. With his wife Sally, they have two fine music stores in Chico and Redding, CA, known as The Music Connection where Bruce displays his chops as an educator, repairman and salesman. Bruce’s impressive skills on vocals plus all manner of guitars, Dobro and lap steel, bring a broad palette of sound to Joe Craven & The Sometimers.

CA WORLDFEST; All 4 days are going to be amazing. Come for the weekend and camp!
#getonthebus http://worldfest.net/get-tickets/

California Honey Festival

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THIS SATURDAY! Joe Craven & The Sometimers headline the entertainment 3:45pm - 5pm at the all day, amazing CA HONEY FESTIVAL. Info; www.californiahoneyfestival.com Come on down; it's going to bee sweet! 🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝🐝

californiahoneyfestival.com The California Honey Festival is a fun-filled event for people of all ages! Join us on Main Street in Downtown Woodland on Saturday, May 6th, 2017

Saturday, May 6th - Joe Craven & The Sometimers perform. This is a great family event in the Sacramento region!
Details; www.californiahoneyfestival.com

Joe Craven & The Sometimers perform a benefit concert for The Ross and Gladys Hanna Community Concert Series in Dixon, CA THIS Sunday @ 4:30pm Great show for a good cause! Please share -~ see you and/or friends there! Info;
https://www.facebook.com/events/237734069973960/

We are going to have a real wing ding THIS FRIDAY in Yerington! Don't miss us, because then we'll miss you! Pls. share and see you soon!

THIS Saturday in Reno. A few spots left. Share with you friends in the Reno/Tahoe/Truckee/Carson area. Rare chance to have a workshop with me - for all beginners (even just starting out!) to intermediate on how to jam with other folks, which makes you happier and them, too! <3 (details on the flyer).

Here's a nice review of our release "Blender" by Music Critic, Radio Broadcaster and Concert Presenter of the Great Northwest, Mr. Mike Meyer. We made # 2 on his top 20 List of 2016 - 2nd only to Yo-Yo Ma & The Silk Road Ensemble's "Sing Me Home". Not bad...thank you Mike!

"Joe Craven and the Sometimers released the aptly titled CD "Blender" at the end of 2016 and any fan of acoustic music should put it on the top of their list. It was my second top pick of 2016 among the countless acoustic releases I sampled because this recording has it all: variety, sizzle, soul, tradition, originality, virtuosity on instruments, great song selection, and even a bit of humor. Joe is well known on the west coast for these qualities, but Jonathan Stoyanoff and Bruce MacMillan were especially good choices to make this power trio shine.

Any one of these 3 musicians could have taken this material to high realms, yet it's the blending of the material that enriches the whole experience. There isn't a moment on the CD that isn't inspired and worth playing often on my show. "Walk A Mile In My Shoes" is a perfect first track for its message and open-ended melody. "Get Rhythm" is a signature song for Joe as no one gives folk music more inventive rhythm than he does. Bruce is a lead singer who embodies the role with a beautiful voice and flexibility with the material. Jonathan takes fluid, inspired leads on bass far beyond where other bassists even attempt in frequency and skill.

World music, jazz, and blues are abundant, but the album never feels out of the flow of roots folk and bluegrass. "Blender" is exhibit A of what makes west coast acoustic music uniquely thriving and growing. This will be a tough act to follow, but I'm already hopeful for another Sometimers' release another time." - Mike Meyer

Band Interests

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Band Members

Joe Craven (mandolin, fiddle, octave mandolin, percussion, vocals)
Bruce MacMillan (guitars, dobro, lap steel, vocals)
Jonathan Stoyanoff (standup and electric basses, vocals)

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Blender Logic Arts
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