Some of Memphis' finest hometown musical talent is joining together for a holiday toy and food drive benefiting MIFA at the New Daisy Theatre on Friday, December 19th. Get a taste of southern soul, old-school rock and roll, psychedelic fusion, and mountain jamming as four local bands: Minivan Blues Band, Parallel Parker, Stout, and Yamagata take the stage together for a special holiday performance. The show will begin at 9 pm and continue all night culminating in a final jam session with several special guests. Cover charge is just $8 for four bands and fans receive $2 off with donation of a new toy or canned goods.

Yamagata is a national touring band supporting two locally produced albums, Eveland (1999) and Connect (2002), to critical acclaim for reaching new directions in rock-fusion. Yamagata has been nominated locally by NARAS and nationally at the Jammys for best new band, and Yamagata has found a niche in the burgeoning jam band scene with on-line support from,,, and magazines Relix and the Pharmer's Almanac. Yamagata is known for using precisely calculated music as a cornerstone for full blown improvisational jamming to create a spectacular live show. Yamagata is Joe Austin on guitar and vocals, Jim Britt on drums, Matthew Kirby on bass, and Jeff Waldon on saxophone and synthesizers.

Stout is keeping the tradition of southern rock alive and kicking straight out of the home of rock and roll, Memphis, Tennessee. Stout's debut album, On The Rocks (2003), has received high marks from An Honest Tune Magazine,, and, as well as helping inaugurate the MemphisJam series at Mud Island in the summer of 2003. Stout is Rory Gardner on bass, Robert Kamm on drums, Matt Oliver on guitar and vocals, Craig Schuster on keys and vocals, and Tony Walsh on percussion.

Minivan Blues Band has been reshaping the scene in local music with a unique blend of bluegrass and folk music laid across the familiar rock and roll beat that defines the Memphis groove. Minivan Blues Band has just released a debut album entitled Lifelong Turbulation (2003). Minivan Blues Band consists of Paul Buchignani on drums; Jonathan Ciaramitaro on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; James Ray on acoustic guitar; Joe Schicke on guitar, mandolin, and vocals; and J.D. Westmoreland on upright bass.

Parallel Parker has been covering rock and roll classics and writing soulful original back porch songs for the past few years in clubs on Beale Street and other regional venues. Parallel Parker is Mark Cianciolo on bass, Matt "Shaggy" Herring on drums, Phillip Stroud on electric guitar and vocals, and Mark Taylor on acoustic guitar and vocals.

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[Published on: 11/26/03]

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