The all-volunteer Mockingbird Foundation has announced a free three-day event livestreaming on Fans.live June 4, 5, & 6. Mockingbird Sessions will bring together a diverse group of artists and educators to commemorate 25 years of funding music education across America.
Thanks to the efforts of dozens of people and multiple studios, Mockingbird Sessions includes an impressive schedule of artists including never-before-seen combinations; a series of Masterclasses showcasing the artistic philosophies of various artists and instruments; video testimonials from past Mockingbird grantees; and more!
Artists (for whom a complete schedule is below) will include:
Ari Joshua * Dan Wilson * Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio * Dopapod
APB ft. Andy Thorn (Leftover Salmon), Paul Murin + Brian F. Adams (Dead Phish Orchestra)
Neighbor * Pete Pidgeon * phoffman (Greensky Bluegrass)
Marco Benevento, Joe Russo, Christian McBride, & Mikaela Davis (a once-in-a-lifetime quartet!)
Ryan Montbleau * Soule Monde * The Jauntee * The Sweet Lillies
Twang is Dead w/ Arthur Lee Land & Friends, ft. Jeremy Garrett, Andy Hall (Infamous Stringdusters), Emma Rose, Lionel Young, Paul Murin (Dead Phish Orchestra)
Yonder Mountain Trio (Adam Aijala, Ben Kaufmann, Nick Piccininni)
Master Classes, led by Dr. Stephanie Jenkins, will include:
Bass: Reed Mathis, Karina Rykman, Chris Wood
Drums: Nikki Glaspie, Russ Lawton, Garrett Morris
Guitar: Nels Cline, Ari Joshua, Scott Metzger
Keys: Rob Barraco, Jonny Grusauskas
Tapers: Todd Ahrens, Eliot Byron, Parker Harrington, Craig Hillwig, Charlie Miller, & Bob Wagner, with Charlie Dirksen
We invite other Phish fans to please help spread the word on social media. We’re using the hashtag #mbird25, of course, and we’ve created two URL shortcuts: mbird.org/mbird25 is this evolving splash page for attendees, and mbird.org/25 goes to a conventional press release for journalists.