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All Ages / The Queers are a pop punk band from New Hampshire, formed in 1982. Singer/Guitarist/Songwriter Joe King has been the principal member of the group, with a vast number of musicians cycling in and out of the band over the years. Supposedly, the band name 'Queers' was used simply to poke fun at what he called the "Art Fag" community in NH. That same brand of humor and inanity has become a staple of The Queers music. While some punk rock bands attempt to use their music to impart a social or political message, King has made it clear that The Queers exist simply to play punk rock for the fun of it.
The Queers play a Ramones/The Beach Boys style of pop punk with songs about girls and beer. King has often collaborated with Ben Weasel, from Screeching Weasel. The band begun with a notoriety primarily in their own backyard, but with the release of Love Songs for the Retarded, recorded by legendary punk producer Mass Giorgini, their following grew to international proportions. They have collaborated with Mass Giorgini several times since.
Their latest release was 2010's "Back to the Basement" on Asian Man Records. After many lineup changes, with King being the only constant, the band has found a lineup that has been together for the last five years and have no signs of slowing down.
Dwarves began in Chicago as a teen garage rock outfit called the Suburban Nightmare, a sound that was partially carried over into the first Dwarves release, 1986's Horror Stories. After the first album, Dwarves blazed across the country for seven more years, leaving a trail of blood from their own self-inflicted gashes, a trail of drug stories (according to popular myth, bassist XXXXX disappeared in Detroit on a crack binge during a 1992 tour, never to be heard from again), a trail (or tale) of bizarre stage-show sex acts, and a trail of numerous 15-minute-long live shows.
The Dwarves Are Young and Good LookingDwarves unsurprisingly self-destructed shortly after a failed hoax, whereby the band issued a press release stating that guitarist He Who Cannot Be Named had died. The album Sugarfix also carried a tribute to the guitarist, who was actually very much alive. Sub Pop was not amused and dropped the band, which later re-formed for 1997's Young and Good Looking. Come Clean followed in early 2000. Four years later the band returned with The Dwarves Must Die, including guests Dexter Holland from the Offspring, Nick Oliveri from Queens of the Stone Age, Nash Kato from Urge Overkill, and voice actor Gary Owens. In 2009 the band began to work on a new album, this time recruiting past members of the band like Salt Peter and Vadge Moore to play on the album instead of an all-star celebrity cast and released The Dwarves Are Born Again in 2010.
Ages 21+ / Join us for the honky tonk stylings of Straw Boss from 9 to midnight.
Ages 18+ / Hailing from a little suburb of Cleveland, Ohio, Kate Voegele first picked up a guitar at age 15. Influenced by the rock and roll history of the city and her father’s songwriting, she began to pen her own songs from the minute she learned to play her first three chords. Voegele embraced this newfound passion, recording her first EP during her freshman year of high school, and soon after landed gigs alongside artists like Counting Crows and John Mayer. Those shows quickly led to attention from labels in New York and LA, and Kate spent the majority of her high school years diving headfirst into a career in music.
After high school, Voegele decided to attend Ohio’s Miami University, where she quickly found new inspiration, and simultaneously found herself uploading song after song to her MySpace page. Kate managed to get the attention of the social network's founder, Tom Anderson, and just a few weeks later, she became MySpace Records’ first signed artist. In spring of 2007 Voegele finished recording her first full-length record with Marshall Altman in LA and decided to swap her text books in for a tour bus and a year full of shows throughout the US.
Over the next couple of years Voegele toured the country playing hundreds of shows. While traveling through LA, Kate auditioned on a whim and would eventually land the role of Mia Catalano on the CW show, “One Tree Hill.” What was supposed to be a two-episode run became a four-season recurrence, and Kate found herself performing eleven of her original songs to millions of viewers over the course of the show. Record sales jumped dramatically after Voegele’s first appearance on the show, and she was subsequently upstreamed to Interscope Records in January of 2008. At this point Kate toured internationally with artists like Natasha Bedingfield and Jordin Sparks. She split her time between the road and the television set, and released a second full-length, “A Fine Mess,” in spring of 2009.
After her first two records sold over 500,000 units, Voegele signed with ATO Records in 2011, releasing "Gravity Happens.” She spent the next two years continuing to tour the US and Europe, writing new songs from airplane window seats and ultimately embarking on a new chapter in her life.
In fall of 2013, Voegele moved her home base from LA to Nashville, getting back to her songwriter roots. Being in Music City has given Kate the opportunity to work with writers like Nathan Chapman and Liz Rose, and open up opportunities to work with the country’s best creative talents. With over a dozen new songs in tow, Voegele is planning an EP in for late fall '14, followed by her fourth full-length album slated for next spring.
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Ages 21+ / Cincinnati, Ohio’s Sparrow Bellows plays straight-up Rock n Roll with unforced smart-ass exuberance in the spirit of early Cheap Trick and The Replacements. They are jeans and t-shirt simple with a wild streak of Art Rock complexity and Pop Rock ferocity. With their catchy tunes and tight vocal harmonies, Sparrow Bellows is a dynamic live act with a phenomenal guitarist. Ric Hickey is one of those rare guitarists who can convincingly shift from rhythm to lead and back again without tripping on the transitions, bringing to mind the likes of Jimmy Page and Angus Young. Hickey channels his love of Frank Zappa, Adrian Belew, The Beatles and The Stones into every clever phrase he wrings out of his old beat-up Telecaster Deluxe. The only thing keeping Sammy Wulfeck from wrecking his Rickenbacker with maniacal John Entwistle bass runs is his important role as co-frontman, his dusky vocals taking the lead on a good many of the band’s infectious numbers. And as Sparrow Bellows’ big man in the back, drummer Brian Kitzmiller anchors it all with thundering whimsy, providing a slippery backbeat and the perfect percussive atmosphere for the band’s infinite variety of moods.
Ages 18+ / psychodots are Cincinnati, Ohio's premier power pop trio, consisting of guitarist Rob Fetters, bassist Bob Nyswonger, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Arduser. Born out of Cincinnati's beloved Raisins and the world-travelling Bears, psychodots combine witty, heartfelt songwriting with highly skilled musicianship and electric live performances.
"In a perfect universe, the Psychodots would be millionaires and you'd know all their songs and Justin Bieber would just be some cute kid trying to date your daughter." - Rod Lockwood, Toledo Blade
Ages 18+ / A STAR HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETE sidelined by a serious kidney ailment, Nick Moss picked up the electric bass at the urging of his brother Joe, a budding blues guitarist, simply to pass the time. When he rose from his sickbed to sneak out and hear Little Charlie and the Nightcats, his course was set: The allure of performing was irresistible, and Nick resolved that night to become a musician. Although Moss tells it matter-of-factly, a deep appreciation notwithstanding, it is difficult not to read mythical, even mystical overtones into his story, particularly if you are among those who love music and understand its power to elevate, transform, and even save lives.
Moss is one of us, and he has repaid the debt many times over. Fresh out of school, he learned to love the gritty Chicago blues of the 1970s while playing with real deal bluesmen, first as one of Buddy Scott’s Rib Tips, then with Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins. He mastered the subtleties of golden-age postwar electric blues with the Legendary Blues Band of Willie “Big Eyes” Smith, where he exchanged his bass for the guitar, and later spent three years as guitarist with the great Jimmy Rogers. These apprenticeships served him well when he started his own band, Nick Moss and the Flip Tops, and began writing and recording an acclaimed series of hard-hitting albums for his own Blue Bella label, beginning with 1999’s First Offense and 2001’s Blues Music Award-nominated Got A New Plan.
By the time of 2003’s Count Your Blessings, Moss’s work was attracting the attention in a big way. That recording featured not only the talents of such Chicago-based artists as Willie Smith, Barrelhouse Chuck, and Bob Stroger, but the contributions of national figures like Anson Funderburgh and Sam Myers, Lynwood Slim, and Curtis Salgado. Both Blessings and its successor, Sadie Mae (2005), received BMA consideration and strong reviews. Two exciting live albums (Live at Chan’s and Live at Chan’s: Combo Platter No. 2, the latter featuring Lurrie Bell) followed, bracketing 2007’s remarkable Play It ‘Til Tomorrow, recorded with guests Barrelhouse Chuck and Eddie Taylor Jr. An ambitious double album (one arranged in typical electric style, the other an acoustic session), Play It produced yet another BMA nomination for Album, along with nods for Guitarist and Band, and placed in Blues Revue magazine’s 2010 critics’ poll of the “Decade’s Best Blues: 25 Great Albums That Defined The Past 10 Years.”
Mythical stories often involve as a central element a quest, and Moss’s true-life experience follows suit. Along the way, he played on records by Smith, Big Bill Morganfield, and Monster Mike Welch; produced and/or released albums for other Blue Bella artists including Cash Box Kings, Kilborn Alley Blues Band, Bill Lupkin, Gerry Hundt, and Matthew Stubbs; and produced the all-star Midnight Blues project on Magic Slim & The Teardrops for Blind Pig Records in 2008 — all in addition to the growth in his vision achieved over the arc of seven genuinely authentic blues albums, recognized by a total of 16 BMA nominations. It seemed reasonable for a restless artist, with nothing left to prove to purists, to wonder what other styles he could explore.
If Moss had a new plan in 2001, he began in earnest to carry it out in performances leading up to his 2010 release, Privileged. He may have come early to the blues, but his formative years were scored largely by Led Zeppelin, Free, Jimi Hendrix, ZZ Top, and other blues-influenced rockers, and Moss found that by introducing elements of their music, he could remain true to his roots, even as he expanded his creative options. Making use of a broader sonic palette, trying his hand at timely and topical songwriting, and introducing new rhythms resulted in music of a higher intensity, and an increasingly rewarding relationship with audiences. Victoria Amps’ Mark Baier, writing for Chicagobluesguide.com, proclaimed Moss “a modern cross generational musician.” On 2011’s Here I Am, Moss continued to move forward, adding R&B-based textures, and sometimes an Allman Brothers-esque jam band aesthetic, to his trick bag. The brand new Time Ain’t Free “reaches deeper into soul, funk, and rock ‘n’ roll,” according to Billboard.com, with shades of P-Funk, Little Feat, Faces, and world music, all filtered through Moss’s deep blue lens, sparking exciting new directions. Midway through the second leg of his musical journey, Nick Moss is turning heads and making new fans every time he plays.
Ages 21+ / It’s a black Friday disco ball celebration for a bet fulfilled…A culmination of Elle Crash and Nick Barrows’ wager to mix their respective perspectives of rock and dance…Join Nick Barrows, Elle Crash and Dave Welsh as JetLab on November 28th at the Southgate House Revival as they launch their debut album “JetLab”. The event is being held in the lounge, admission is free, and JetLab will have copies of their CD’s, T-shirts and homemade DIY limited edition resin buttons available for your purchasing pleasure.
Blasting up from the cityscape of Cincinnati, OH is JetLab, an American 3-piece band, fronted by songwriters Elle Crash and Nick Barrows, with drummer Dave Welsh. Grounded in the tradition of groups with multiple singers and writers, JetLab offers a two-sided perspective that merges rock and soul with dance and electronica, wrapping heart-hitting bass in loops of keyboards with acoustic and electric guitar with just a ghostly hint of hip-hop. With the goal of luring the jaded to move their feet once again...they started with an old-school rock sound that's influenced by David Bowie, Pink Floyd and the Stones, and mixed in the influence of Foster the People, The Cars, LCD Sound System, Big Audio Dynamite, Gang of Four and the Talking Heads
The band formed in 2013, based on a bet between Elle and Nick to see if they could mix their respective perspectives of rock and dance into something new.
Drawing from their long-term pedigree of acclaimed performances in Cincinnati and beyond, and their experience of collectively opening up for Heartless Bastards, Mates of State, Happy Chichester, Dressy Bessy, The Bound Stems, Shag and Jenny Lewis and more, Elle Crash (Lovely Crash, The Fairmount Girls) and Nick Barrows (4 Track Allstars, Eagle to Squirrel, Jack Burton Overdrive) convinced drummer Dave Welsh (Jack Burton Overdrive, Frog Man) to join them in the basement lab to experiment with the base sound.
They've emerged and are proud to launch their debut album which was recorded, mixed and mastered by Mike Montgomery (R.Ring/Ampline/Thistle) at Candyland Studios.
Ages 18+ / Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH, Freekbass was an only child who initially wanted to be a magician. He later developed his own obsession for cartoon superheroes and comic books, relating to the underlying themes.
Living in Cincinnati exposed Freekbass to genres of music he may have missed otherwise. While most kids were listening to Nirvana and Green Day, he connected with the bottom-heavy sounds coming out of the boom boxes like Zapp and Midnight Star. While working in a music shop to pay off his first electric bass he had in lay-away, he began to study the classics of Larry Graham, Sly Stone, Stevie Wonder, Parliament and Bootsy with a bass in one hand, and an MPC2000 in the other.
Freekbass has released five full-length CDs, including the current “Concentrate” (available HERE for free download) with guests Bootsy Collins, DJ Spooky, Adam Deitch, and Steve Molitz, and ”Junkyard Waltz” which includes guest appearances by Phish bassist Mike Gordon, guitarist Buckethead, keyboard wizard from P-Funk/Talking Heads Bernie Worrell, and is produced by funk legend Bootsy Collins. Also, national music DVD instruction company, The Rock House Method, recently released two Freekbass instructional DVDs “Learn Funk Bass with Freekbass (Level 1 & Level 2) “, and TrueFire.com just released the instructional DVD/download “50 Freekbass Licks You Must Know” . Last year Freekbass connected with DJ Logic, and Particle keyboardist Steve Molitz to form the funktronica trio, Headtronics. He also tours with the bass and DJ livetronica duo, “FREEKBOT”, with DJ Tobotius from the group Science Faxtion, and winners of the DMC DJ Championships, the Animal Crackers.
Going into 2014 Freek has a lot of things on the table. He is releasing his next album which is being produced by Duane Lundy (My Morning Jacket/Ben Sollee) . Also, He will be a part of this year’s London Bass Guitar Show in the UK giving a master class and performing. Plus extensive touring with both his own group, and as part of the Blues/Rock/Funk trio, ‘The Kelly Richey Band”.
Ages 21+ / Mudpies are Forrest Horn (vocals), Marc Raia (guitar), Mike Reeder (bass), and Paul 'Walter' Sketch (drums). The Pies have been rocking the No. KY/Cinci area for almost 12 years now without a change in band lineup. A sonic collision of The Who, Aerosmith, U2, and Neil Young - the Pies put forth Rockmusic, Blues, and Soul. The Mudpies were most recently nominated for CEA Best Blues Band award, and have played with the likes of Dick Dale, Los Lonely Boys, and Eric Johnson. The Mudpies are quite well known for being extremely attractive.. 5bucks is 5bucks.
The Mudpies are a Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky area rock band that has been slinging mudrock in the tri-state area since the spring of 1999. The Mudpies have enjoyed playing the the 2008 Queen City Blues Festival at Sawyer Point, the 2009 Queen City Winter Blues Festival at the Southgate House, the main stage at the 2003 Pepsi Jammin’ on Main and the 2002 Bacon Electricity Music Festival/Campout, as well as opening dates for the likes of Dick Dale, Eric Johnson, and Los Lonely Boys. For 10 years the band has been hitting local Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky nightspots like the Southgate House, Mansion Hill Tavern, The Comet, The Northside Tavern, Top Cat's, Sudsy Malone's, as well as the legendary Derf's Tavern in scenic Latonia, KY. The Mudpies enjoy playing a combination of mud-twisted cover tunes as well as Mudpies original songs.
Ages 18+ / When The Stray Birds take the stage, the spotlight falls on three voices raised in harmony above the raw resonance of wood and strings. It is a sound drawn from the richness of American folk music traditions, spun with a stirring subtlety and grace. From bustling street corners to silent halls, their performances speak to an uncompromising reverence for songs.
Raised within a few miles of farmland from each other in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, their flight began with friendship. With miles of music already behind them, Maya de Vitry and Oliver Craven first shared a song in January 2010. A snowy Pennsylvania winter welcomed collaboration between the two creative flames— and inspired the collection of seven songs found on their first EP, Borderland.
The meeting of kindred musical spirits is a fortunate encounter. But beyond the luck of blend and the intuition of breath comes the question of a fierce dedication to a collective craft. Two years passed, and three tables had been cleared. Charles Muench, who contributed upright bass to the Borderland EP, climbed on board as the third voice. The trio recorded a full-length album, packed a party of seven instruments into a station wagon, and set out to sing for an endless road of towns.
Their full-length debut, The Stray Birds, was lauded by radio stations and listeners across the country and named to the Top 10 Folk/Americana Releases of 2012 by NPR. Passionate live performances led to appearances on NPR’s Mountain Stage, the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the Kerrville Folk Festival, and the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival.
The band maintains an ambitious touring schedule and revels in the energy of each room. Hailed by No Depression as “a band destined for global success,” The Stray Birds are slated to perform at the 2014 Celtic Connections festival in Scotland, and will follow that appearance with a month-long tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland in addition to continue heavy touring in the US.
The trio will release their 2nd full-length album in Spring 2014. www.thestraybirds.com
Ages 18+ / Born in Houston, Texas, Nashville-based, Georgia-bred singer-songwriter, Lera Lynn’s music may be hard to categorize, but that is likely why she appeals to so many. While the music business likes to wrap everything up in neat little packages, that isn’t always possible. Lera’s music has frequently been filed under “Americana”, “Folk” and “Country.” But those categorizations tell only part of the story. “I just want to stop thinking about music as a marketing campaign,” Lera says. “Ray Charles went from jazz to R&B to country. Paul McCartney will do a ballad next to ‘Helter Skelter,’ and not think twice. The most successful and lasting artists let inspiration steer them, not genre or marketing pitch. I’m just doing what moves me as it comes.”
There’s a haunting voice that can conjure country legends or the best of the singer-songwriters. There’s an understated presence and raw talent. There’s a writer in full command of her craft. “There are definitely aspects of earlier country in there, rockabilly and Western swing, music of the Patsy Cline era,” Lynn says. “I take some things from people like Conway Twitty and some of the other old country greats, and that’s very different from what country is now. Maybe that’s why the ‘country noir’ label is applied to my music so frequently. It probably should be ‘real country,’ or ‘authentic country music.’”
Lynn’s new album, The Avenues, produced by Joshua Grange, is due for national release on Sept. 9, 2014. Impetus for the recording of The Avenues developed during Lynn’s 2012 U.S. tour. During that trek, she supported such notable performers as the Punch Brothers, Joan Osborne, Todd Snider, the Wood Brothers, and k.d. lang, whose group included producer and multi-instrumentalist Joshua Grange. Meeting Josh fueled an immediate creative chemistry that ultimately led to recording all 11 songs on The Avenues at Grange’s Los Angeles studio. The album features a noteworthy group of players, including, guitarist Ben Lewis, bassist Sebastian Steinberg (Fiona Apple, Soul Coughing), keyboardist Jebin Bruni (Fiona Apple, Aimee Mann, Meshell Ndegeocello), and drummer Quinn (Tracy Chapman, eastmountainsouth). Grange also provided his distinctive touch on guitar, pedal steel, and other instruments.
Melodic, atmospheric, and intensely introspective, the material on The Avenues is entirely self-penned and fearlessly personal. Several of the songs, including “Letters,” “Coming Down,” and “Leave It Up to Me,” are reflections on the musician’s difficult relationship with her alcoholic father, who died when she was in her early 20s. “The rest of the songs are about love,” she says. “There’s a lot of love and death happening here. But what else do you write about”?
With The Avenues, Lynn has created a mature album that resolutely defies pigeonholing. There is respect and nostalgia for the past while still pushing towards the future. “Where does my music fit?” says Lynn, “it’s the hardest question to answer. It’s something I’m constantly thinking about, and something people ask. I haven’t found an answer. I think it’s sexy. It’s sophisticated.”
Unlike her solo debut, which was cut piecemeal, work on The Avenues proceeded as a true album project. “This one was much more focused with a more professional approach,” she says. “We did pre-production work, sifted through a lot of songs and pulled the best ones. We tracked everything live in five days. Then we worked on some overdubbing. We mixed it at Sheryl Crow’s studio in Nashville.”
On Lynn’s most recent self produced EP, Lying In the Sun, March of 2014, she played a good deal of the instruments. “It was incredibly liberating and since I recorded so much of it myself, I was able to try out all sorts of drumbeats or guitar solos and experiment with mixing without the pressure of time.” The five tracks are never complacent. There’s an ominous tone, often a grungy guitar lurking in the background. The title track, is her “rebuttal to music as a business,” she says. “I was very inspired by the things I see on a daily basis living near Music Row in Nashville, and how the music with the least sentiment or content seems to be what makes the most money.
It may be a slightly cynical message but it’s one a struggling songwriter visits often in this town.” Another song on the EP, “I’m Your Fool,” works perfectly as a clever take on unrequited love even though it was also inspired by “the frustrations of mixing art and business.” Lera delves into the mysteries of the mind with “I Become You” and a more wary and feisty persona takes over in “Free Is Never Free.” Rounding it all out is a simmering cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire.”
Lynn’s debut album, Have You Met Lera Lynn? was released in 2011. The album is an edgy collection of her songs with a convincing country sound that harkens back to the genre’s glory days and has received rave reviews and numerous awards. Recorded in Athens Ga, with producer C.K. Koch the album includes; “Bobby Baby,” a winner of the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest (an honor she shares with past winners Gillian Welch and Tift Merrit). The song was also voted Best Alternative Country Song in the Independent Music Awards Vox Pop Poll. (She filmed a hair-raising video for the track.) The opening song on the album, Whiskey, is one of Lynn's oldest songs and remains a crowd favorite at her shows. The song is a portrayal of a young girl trying to cope in an environment of addiction and denial. Following the album’s release, she received the “Best Americana Artist” honors at the Athens’ Flagpole Music Awards.
In 2012 Lera Lynn followed up the debut album with a chilling cover of June Carter Cash’s classic “Ring of Fire,” backed with another original tune “Don’t Make Me Wait.” Lera’s 2012 tour of the U.S. and U.K. included stops at prestigious venues and events such as Mountain Stage, Prairie Home Companion, and the Cambridge Folk Festival. She relocated to Nashville in late 2012.
“The new album is the culmination of a life spent in music. Performing has been pretty constant for me my whole life,” she says. If you catch Lera performing live these days, she may be with a band – or playing as a duo with Joshua Grange on pedal steel. Either way, you’ll see a natural in action.
Lera’s videos have been viewed over a million times on Youtube including her latest “Out To Sea,” “La Di Da,” a cover of Bruce Springsteen’s “Fire”, and “Lying In The Sun.”
Watch videos here: https://www.youtube.com/user/leralynn
We may have to wait a while for that definitive label for Lera Lynn’s music. That’s OK. Meanwhile, turn it up….
Ages 18+ / “When you go to a Carnival, you go into a sideshow tent, and on every stage you find a different person with a different story,” says Nora Jane Struthers. “That’s why I’m trying to do with this album – craft vignettes, and in some cases more developed narratives, about imaginary people’s lives.”
Struthers’ album Carnival, issued on the singer-songwriter’s own label on April 16, 2013, is an ambitious and literate follow-up to the Nashville performer’s much-praised 2010 debut.
Produced by Brent Truitt (Dolly Parton, Alison Krauss, Dixie Chicks), who also helmed Struthers’ self-titled bow,Carnival comprises 14 fresh original compositions in her “Classic Americana” vein that richly show off her skills as a sensitive and intelligent tune-weaver and a warm and persuasive vocalist.
Recorded at Truitt’s East Nashville studio, the album marks the recording debut of Struthers’ touring band, the Party Line (which takes its handle from one of the record’s songs, about the early days of rural telephone calls.) Carnival caps three years of intense work by the 29 year old that included recognition of her group as best band at Colorado’s prestigious Telluride Bluegrass Festival, a stint as featured vocalist and songwriter in the Alaska-bred, Nashville-based band Bearfoot, and touring in the U.S., France and Germany.
The Party Line includes gifted instrumentalists Joe Overton (clawhammer banjo and harmony vocals), Drew Lawhorn (drums), Nick DiSebastian (upright bass and guitar), and Jack Devereux (fiddle). The album includes guests such as producer Truitt on mandolin as well as singers Rachael Hester and Nick Woods. Nora Jane Struthers & The Party Line support the album with heavy touring in theaters, clubs and festivals, including the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.
Struthers now re-emerges as a band-leader with a smart, affecting cycle of songs sporting a timeline that stretches from the antebellum 19th-century South to the middle of the last century. Reflecting her background in literature – she taught English before undertaking a full-time career in music in 2008 – the tunes are deftly-told stories that survey the American terrain from a uniquely focused point of view.
“I realized that I was writing a collection of story-songs from a female perspective,” Struthers says. “I was able to arrange them chronologically, as teenagers, then women, then old women. The album has a narrative, from girlhood to death.”
The instrumentation and form of Struthers’ music draws on her traditionalist roots – her father Alan is himself a bluegrass musician – but with the addition of drums, this record takes a bend toward more progressive roots-rock bands like Mumford & Sons and The Avett Brothers.
“I’m really passionate about the stories in the old ballads and story-songs,” says Struthers. “I’m trying to bring that element of traditional music forward into a contemporary sonic space. I want story-songs to live on in a way that will be accessible to more people. That’s my artistic mission. When we hear another person’s story, we gain perspective and are changed; we’re able to see our own lives through new eyes.”
Virginia-born Struthers was educated at NYU’s Steinhart School of Education and taught at a charter school in Brooklyn, while cutting her musical teeth as a folk-rock performer in New York clubs like CBGBs and the Cutting Room. She decided to move into music full-time after attending such convocations as Virginia’s Galax Old Time Fiddlers Convention and North Carolina’s Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention with her father.
She made her recording debut in Dirt Road Sweetheart, a duo with her father, which released the album I Heard the Bluebirds Sing in 2008. Not long thereafter, she piled her belongings into her 1998 Honda Odyssey and relocated from New York to Music City.
She recorded her 2010 solo debut Nora Jane Struthers with such Nashville masters as multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien and fiddler Stuart Duncan. The album was received with ecstatic reviews: Bluegrass Unlimited praised it as “a marvel that combines brilliant songcraft, a sultry yet honey-hued voice, and an inspired sense of personal musical style,” while Dave Higgs ofBluegrass Breakdown called it “one of the most mesmerizing, haunting and hard-hitting projects I’ve ever heard.”
Shortly after taking first place at Telluride in June 2010, Nora Jane teamed up with Bearfoot and released an album, American Story, on Nashville’s Compass Records. The album featured six songs either written or co-written (with Tim O’Brien and Claire Lynch) by Struthers; one of them, “Tell Me a Story,” became a top-rated video on CMT. While Struthers calls her time with the group “definitely a step up for me, and a very positive experience,” she recommitted in late 2012 to touring with her own band.
Her heightened profile as a touring performer with a popular video helped Struthers mount a successful Kickstarter campaign to fund the making of Carnival. She says, “My goal was to raise $20,000 in 30 days, and I raised $22,000. It was all from touring and making new fans and meeting people.”
Nora Jane Struthers stepped forward with a distinctive sound and on-stage style – her personal collection of vintage dresses makes her one of the most visually striking of modern country artists. But the moving, perceptive, and witty songs on Carnival represent a new quantum leap, born of hard work and deep creative reflection.
“Over the past three years, as I’ve been touring and performing, I realized that primarily I’m a storyteller,” she says. “I’ve been working to hone my skills so I can do that better.” After listening to Carnival, no one will deny the keen edge of Struthers’ masterful new work.
Ages 21+ / In a time where audiences are starved for authenticity, there are only a few that can actually deliver the goods to make you feel like you are hearing some thing classic and familiar yet fresh. Daniel Wayne is one of those artists. You are sold on Daniel Wayne's talent and potential as well as his infectious charisma in the first nanoseconds that you hear his powerful and gifted voice. Daniel's music is simple, raw, at times dark, at times inviting, but always with a sense of vulnerability not heard from a contemporary male vocalist for some time. There aren't many artists that possess the talent to mesmerize the listeners to absolute silence and command them to listen to a voice that is both angelic, as well as full of power and range. If you are looking for the next big voice and sound, look no further than Daniel Wayne.
Ages 18+ / $12 Standing Room (General Admission)
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From the still waters of Brown County, Ohio comes a man who walks on the shoulders of giants. Noah Smith is a true American Songwriter. At the age of twelve Noah picked up his friends hand-me-down 1970s telecaster and began to find his path.
Like the endless trails of woods he pondered through as a child, Noah soon fell in love with the sounds of an acoustic guitar. This led to a thirst for adventure and a desire to explore the possibilities of music.
At a young age, he joined a rock and roll band and started putting his words to work. Ever since...Noah's musical career has become a labor of love. With an ambitious attack at writing songs, everyday simple prose and melody immediately found their way into the form of song.
After high school, Noah finished college at the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While tuning his ear as a musician and a creative artist he begain building life experiences. His songwriting began to flourish. Heart Ache, God's Blessing, and the Devils conviction all have found their way into his life and his songs. With several music adventures and releases under his belt both successful and not...he decided to step out on his own and start his solo career. At times when he was compared to Bruce Springsteen Noah found a home on dark lit stages and smoke filled bars, all perfectly graced with the motion of taping cigarettes and boot heels to the beat. Lyrically Noah creates a simple home for his listeners to briefly escape to. Musically his energy and prescence on stage impacts rooms large and small.
From the banks of the Ohio river, to the hills of Tennessee Noah has been reaching his new audience with a stride in his step along a very blessed road.
Touring regionally with several bands along the years, Noah has found himself a home away from home in music city.
In recent months he has been writing monthly out of Nashville, TN. His current record was tracked at the House of Blues (Nashville) vibrating through the same walls as such artist as Alan Jackson, Gary Allan, and Eric Church. His music is a capsule of childhood faith, ambition, a little bit of love, God's good word, and the uphill climb to living an American boys dream. With respect for the days of past and intuition for the great days to come Noah writes in his song Up Hill Both Ways...
"I do my best to give a damn...I still say yes sir yes mam...so lets talk about them glory days...We're the next generation of walking up hill...both ways"
Noah is currently finishing his debut EP.
Ages 18+ / Somewhere in between the sweet sounds of old-time bluegrass and the deep recesses of the blues, you will find the Goodle Boys.
In late 2011, Fred Daniell formed The Goodle Boys around a passion for old-time music. The Boys began developing their own material drawing upon the greats from bluegrass, traditional folk and blues with a contemporary sensibility.
In addition to Daniell on mandolin, The Boys include Matt Graser on banjo and gutar, Greg Longeway on guitar, dobro, banjo, and harmonica, and Michael Bordner on upright bass. They currently play regularly in the Greater Cincinnati region, and often make road trips to play long-weekend mini-tours in various locations in the midwest and around the country.
Johnny Campbell is a third generation fiddler hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. He grew up listening to Bluegrass greats such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Jim & Jesse & the Virginia Boys, and the Stanley Brothers. Johnny’s long-bow fiddling style is modeled after the late and great Kenny Baker, as well as his brother Jimmy Campbell, who played extensively with both Jim & Jesse and Bill Monroe.
To Johnny, Bluegrass is not just a genre of music, but a lifestyle. Sticking strictly to the roots of first generation bluegrass musicians, Johnny brings enthusiasm and charisma to an oft mislabeled musical category. After 35 years as a sideman (starting as a rhythm guitar player at age 6), Johnny is now in front, singing his favorite tunes. In the words of Johnny, "Let's Pick!" You'll see a lot of familiar faces as you browse through our photo gallery.
Mamadrones music is from the heart of Cincinnati. Their music rings with echos of Appalachian Mountain roots and old bluegrass traditionals. With songs chalk full of dynamics and harmonies, they weave a tapestry of colorful songs crafted from their American Folklore influences. Together, only since the summer of 2013, they're already sharing their music with folks all over the country such as Muscle Shoals, Alabama and Knoxville, Tennessee. With a simple, acoustic and homegrown feel, they bring life to each of their instruments and exhibit inspiring musicianship that capture and excite audiences who come to hear.
Ages 21+ / With the positive reception of its self-titled debut from 2009 and its unique sound marriage of Southwestern country, blues and rock, Cincinnati’s Mack West established its own sub-genre: Alt-western. The evocative sound immediately caught the ears of national television producers looking for the right music for their shows’ soundtracks.
Tracks from Mack West’s debut like Water’s Rising and Devil’s Hide surfaced on History Channel’s “American Pickers,” while Discovery Channel’s “Auction Kings” snatched up the ballad Diamond Rose and the instrumental track Vaquero was used in a promo spot for AMC’s “The Man with No Name Trilogy.”
When it came time to write the follow-up, “The Goodnight Trail,” vocalist, guitarist and songwriter Zach Mechlem knew he wanted to build on the successful foundation established while expanding the sound even further. The core of the band (drummer Greg Slone and bassist Will Campbell) returns for Mack West’s second full-length, creating a continuity that keeps the two records from sounding disparate. Mechlem’s songs once again feature Slone’s deceptively intricate and sophisticated drum parts and are held together by Campbell’s beautifully simple but rock-solid bass lines.
Lyrically, the subject matter stays true to themes requisite of the genre: love, loss, desperation and regret, all delivered in Mechlem's trademark, bass vocal styling. But helping to add a fresh perspective to “The Goodnight Trail” was the introduction of new members, guitarist (and album co-producer) Steve Wethington and violinist Annette Christianson, whose instrumentation and melodic offerings provide a buoyant counterbalance.
The latest additions to Mack West help make “The Goodnight Trail” a more accessible batch of songs — including August Night, Sinners and Angels and Soldier On — which add a new, pop-like feel to the proceedings. “The Goodnight Trail” is more than just a new release; it’s a triumphant next step in the evolution of the band.
As much as the first recording put Mack West on the map by integrating seamlessly with national television soundtracks in support, the catchy hooks and newfound, universal appeal evident on “The Goodnight Trail” should help catapult the band to national radio airplay in a new and fitting role as a featured artist.
Ages 21+ / Proceeds benefit Caracole - Join us and an amazing group of performers to help raise money for a wonderful local company right here is Cincinnati. Caracole, Inc. Has helped many people and their families, who are struggling with HIV/AIDS get the housing, counseling, medical treatment, and lots more that they need.
Ages 21+ / Dan Van Vechten is a singer/songwriter living in Cincinnati, originally from upstate New York. Years ago Dan would play guitar for hours a day and sing around a hunting lodge with friends or a campfire on the farm. For a while there were bar gigs and the occasional talent show, but the artist had not yet been found. As time went by music was played less and less on that guitar until eventually it was tucked back into the case while a more responsible life was being built. When Dan found an open mic by accident on the west side of Cincinnati, he pulled his guitar out and went back the next week. Over the next few months' time, some songs came back and many more were found in the Cincinnati Roots/Folk/Americana sounds. For the first time, Dan began to write songs and play them alongside the ones he learned in the local scene. "Simply Dan" now plays as a solo act with a variety of music and a wide assortment of musician friends who love to jump in and make a band. The Simply Dan String Band LP, available for sale November 7, includes top-notch string players who all have notable projects of their own. Every aspect of this album is locally grown, and it celebrates an artist who found himself in Cincinnati, then found himself in Cincinnati. Enjoy!
Ages 18+ / Whitey Morgan is an American Honky Tonk artist from Flint, Michigan.
In Flint, the factories are closed, jobs are scarce and the people are bitter. Whitey sings songs these people can relate to. In much the same way his grandfather and mentor did over 3 decades ago, to a whole generation of southern transplants who came up US-23 to Flint looking for the good life. In the spirit of William Morgan, Waylon, Merle and Paycheck; Whitey’s melodies help people forget their problems for a few hours and serve as the guideline for drinking sorrows away.
Emerging from the Detroit area music scene, Whitey relentlessly tours the country spreading his sound and attitude everywhere he goes. He play's honky tonk tunes in any club in any town without apology—he and his band mates drive their point home just like their families drove the cars they built on the line home from work. With a purpose.
Ripping 200+ shows a year, you can count on Whitey Morgan to deliver and then some. "If I could, I'd play everyday all day. Maybe at some point, I'll be so lucky to have such an option." If you asked his feverishly loyal audience, they'd firm agree with him. "My fans are nothing short of amazing. They come back time and time again and each time they bring more & more people. That's as good as it gets in my book."
Ages 18+ / BURLESQUE-A-PADES, A Christmas Shimmy!
Get ready to deck the halls and jingle your bells with A Christmas Shimmy! Join the world-renowned cast of Burlesque-A-Pades as they present their version of A Christmas Carol this holiday season. Enjoy elements of the timeless Dickens tale flavored with the world class burlesque, illusion, humor and variety that you have come to expect from this NYC based touring revue! This seasonal spectacular stars one of the premiere burlesque entertainers in the world, Angie Pontani, master illusionist and comedian Albert Cadabra, the high energy dance sensation The Maine Attraction, the Tap Dancing Tornado Helen Pontani, the footy sync spectacular of the Snowflake Dancers PLUS special guests! It’s a lifetime of entertainment in two hours!
ANGIE PONTANI / WWW.ANGIEPONTANI.COM // Click here to watch Angie Live!
Burlesque Queen, Angie Pontani, “The Italian Stallionette,” is one of few involved in the ecdysiast arts who shimmys and shakes on stages around the world, as well as carries her art into other fields and genres, including film and television. A child of New York and a key player in establishing NYC's burlesque scene, this bump-n-grind bombshell has spread the gospel of burlesque across the globe for over a decade. The New Yorker calls Angie, “first rate, the perfect centerpiece!” and rightfully so, since her signature acts and productions all set standards of style and class.
This international superstar’s ability to mix glamour of yester-years with contemporary sensibility has earned her burlesque’s most prestigious award: “Queen of Burlesque, Miss Exotic World 2008.” Aside from its substantial part in Angie achieving burlesque’s highest Angie has toured multiple runs in the United States, Canada, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Hong Kong. She has headlined the largest burlesque festivals in the world, including New York, Dallas, Milan, Rome and Helsinki. In 2009 she was named “Best International Touring Artist,” by The Naked City/Alternative Media Group of Australia.
Angie’s repertoire and show curating skills are frequently sought by discriminating clients including Lady GaGa, Campari, Esquire Magazine, Dos Equis, The Fox 5 Superbowl Party, Guggenheim, Donatella Versace and more. She worked exclusively with Hendricks Gin to create her glass bathtub act, which was the featured entertainment at many of their events throughout the U.S. In the midst of her wake, Angie has wowed celebrity fans the likes of Sting, Anthony Kiedas, Hillary Duff, The Strokes, Adrianna Lima, and Hugh Hefner.
As “New York’s Burlesque Queen” (ToscanaTV.com), Angie has appeared multiple times on the Conan O’ Brien Show and Gossip Girl. She was also featured in other New York productions: Queer Eye for the Straight Guy, MTV’s The 50 Cent Project, Good Morning America, and The Today Show. Angie also appeared on The List (Canada), Lady Burlesque (IT), Burlesque Mania (IT), Good Day New Zealand (NZ), and Nightline (NZ). On October 24th, Angie will be featured in the Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett television special for PBS.
Always reaching for new fields and genres, Angie had a featured role in Michael Imerioli’s directorial debut film, The Hungry Ghost, and was also featured in the Italian television series, Lady Burlesque and The Poor Man’s Follies, an Italian film created for MTV. She was also a part of an ad campaign for Peter Werth (UK), X-Rite Photosystem with Brian Smith (USA), and Marlboro (worldwide). Aside from having been photographed by renowned photographer Ellen Von Unwerth for L’uomo Vogue, she has graced the covers and pages of many magazines including Pin Curl, Page Six, Glamour, Spanish GQ, Java’s Bachelor Pad and countless others. Angie even made a cameo in Eric Powell’s comic, The Goon (#36).
ALBERT CADABRA // WWW.ALBERTCADABRA.COM
Albert Cadabra is a professional, award-winning, comedy sideshow magician who delivers powerful, amazing and devilishly wild magic. Albert pushes and twists the boundaries of the art of magic with unique performances including; eating razor blades and a 3’-long balloon, hammering 6” spikes into his face, electrocuting himself with 2,000 volts of electricity and turning his assistant intoa gorilla. He makes people and animals appear and vanish at will and escapes from chains, shackles, locked crates and straight jackets—all with the flair, style, class and great sense of humor you would expect from this seasoned, professional magician. Albert is the headlining performer at RIPLEYS BELIEVE IT OR NOT in Times Square, where he entertains thousands of enthralled fans in the heart of NYC every day
HELEN PONTANI// WWW.HELENPONTANI.COM //Click here to watch Helen live!
Born in Detroit, Michigan, Helen made her way to the Big Apple to fulfill her dreams of studying at the Alvin Ailey School of Dance and performing in modern dance companies. While working in movement, she developed a craving for false eyelashes, towering headdresses and glamour! As fabulous fate would have it, she became an original and honorary family member of burlesque pioneers, The World Famous Pontani Sisters. Since their inception, the trio of temptresses has changed the face of burlesque as we know it. Both with her sisters and on her own, Helen has dazzled audiences from the gritty big top of Coney Island to the glittering lights of Hollywood. Known as “the tapping tornado”, Helen was featured in the two year off-Broadway run of This is Burlesque. She has appeared in over a dozen national and international tours while also making frequent appearances on television programs like Late Night with Conan O’Brien, Gossip Girl, Queer Eye For The Straight Guy as well as having worked on programs with MTV, and VH1. This tap dance sensation has appeared in show stopping performances that have earned critical acclaim from the The New York Times, The New York Post, The Daily News, The Village Voice, and Time Out New York Magazine. One thing is for sure, with her flirtatious tapping, fabulous show girl costumes covered in rhinestones and fabulous feathers, Helen is sure to bedazzle you!
"Helen Pontani satisfies the craving for old-time Hollywood ingenue, with a dash of Betty Boop for good measure. A shuffle-ball-change never looked that sexy in Miss Roberts’ Wednesday afternoon dance class" -Edge NY
MAINE ATTRACTION // WWW.MAINEATTRACTION.COM // watch Maine live!
Maine captivates audiences every time she hits the stage. Coined the “Triple Threat of Burlesque” (singer/actress/dancer) she’s performed domestically and internationally, from MGM Grand*s Studio 54 in Las Vegas, Le Bus Palladium (Paris), Buddha Bar (Beirut, Lebanon) to Dragon-i in Hong Kong. Energetic, sensual, and wildly charismatic, her uninhibited rhythmic style and sense of humor blend an ensemble of samba, belly dance, African, improvisation and contortion, and pole dancing into a movement she’s defined as *Burlesque Fusion.*
Maine, known on stage as “The Maine Attraction”, landed her first professional dance job as a teenager for MTV's Fight For Your Rights Campaign. Since then, she has performed alongside a number of greats including legends James Brown and Lionel Richie, pop sensations Jessica Simpson and Pharrell Williams, and burlesque divas Dita Von Tease and Gentry de Paris. Her tenacious spirit has helped her become one of New York's most celebrated burlesque performers. A muse for numerous visual artists, she has collaborated with conceptual photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier and multimedia extraordinaire, Matthew Barney, the infamous DJ Tiesto and performed for exclusive fashion events hosted by icons Patricia Field and Marc Jacobs. Her ability to transform herself into a myriad of characters gives her the opportunity to play roles that are left of center, and fuse the elements of sex, comedy and drama effortlessly.
Most recently known for playing herself in Focus Features’ highly anticipated “Pariah”, Maine has also played leading roles in indie features: “Miente” (Cannes, Havana Film Festival), comedy-horror sensation “Nefertitty”, and Lower East Side coming-of-age drama, “My Normal”. Her role in “Million In The Mirror”, a PSA for breast cancer research, recently won The Viewers Choice Award on the Lifetime Channel. She was scouted as a featured burlesque performer for an episode on this season of Royal Pains (USA Network). This Fall she can be seen in the PBS Special with Lada Gaga and Tony Bennett as a featured dancer. Maine Anders evokes the type of naughty but cheeky glamour in her burlesque, stage and film performances that garner the well deserved comparison to the extraordinary Josephine Baker. She’s a rising star in musical theater, television and film and will continue to grace any stage where she can let her creativity ride.
Ages 18+ / Patrick Sweany likes the spaces in between.
On a given night (or on a given album) he'll swing through blues, folk, soul, bluegrass, maybe some classic 50s rock, or a punk speedball. He's a musical omnivore, devouring every popular music sound of the last 70 years, and mixing 'em all together seamlessly into his own stew. Yet, the one thing that most people notice about Patrick isn't his ability to copy - it's his authenticity. Like his heroes, artists like Bobby "Blue" Bland, Doug Sahm, Joe Tex, Patrick somehow manages to blend all of these influences into something all his own.
It's no wonder that as a kid he immersed himself in his dad's extensive record collection: 60s folk, vintage country, soul, and, of course, blues. Patrick spent hours teaching himself to fingerpick along to Leadbelly, Lightnin' Hopkins, and other folk-blues giants.
In his late teens, Patrick began playing the clubs and coffeehouses around Kent, OH. He quickly gained a reputation for the intricate country blues style he was developing: part Piedmont picking, part Delta slide - with an equally impressive deep, smooth vocal style.
But Patrick wouldn't stay in the acoustic world for long. His love of 50s era soul and rock fused with the adrenaline-soaked garage punk revival happening throughout the Rust Belt pushed Pat to form a band.
After 4 critically acclaimed CDs (two produced by longtime collaborator Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys), Patrick has expanded his touring radius to 49 states and the UK. He's played premiere festivals all over the U.S., and supported national acts such as The Black Keys, The Gourds, The Wood Brothers, Wayne Hancock, Hot Tuna, and Paul Thorn on tour.
His latest record, Close To The Floor, hit the streets July 16, 2013. It was recorded to 2" tape in Nasheville, TN and features contributions from Joe McMahan (Luella & The Sun, Allsion Moorer, Webb Wilder), Ron Eoff (Cate Brothers, Levon Helm), Jon Radford (Justin Townes Earle, Lilly Hiatt), and Ryan Norris (Lambchop), among others. Close To The Floor is a gritty, hard look at some very difficult recent events in Sweany's life and recalls the halcyon days of Muscle Shoals releases by Dan Penn, Eddie Hinton and Leon Russell.
Ages 21+ / Hillbilly country revivalists Straw Boss are a Southgate House favorite, with Hank Sr. and Dwight Yoakam-influenced Honky Tonk boogies and Western Swing classics. This superstar rockabilly crew is headed up by Edwin Vardiman, and features plenty of other special guests.
Ages 21+ / Live audience response to this four-piece incarnation is spooky-strong - somewhere out in front of the tight percussion, baleful keyboards, guitar wail and carny vocals, this band awakens dancing ghosts who will cut the rug from under your feet.
--Jerry Kelly - XOXO Press
Ages 21+ / It might sound strange, but it takes some serious soul to discover rock music's spirit and an absolute animal to find its superhuman funk. Luckily, the modern listener has Spirit Animal.
The NYC-based band's 2013 single, "The Black Jack White," earned MTV Buzzworthy status when the site called the dance-funk anthem, "an animal all its own." The accompanying video -- flashy and ballsy in black and white -- went into rotation on mtvU ahead of the band's second EP, Kingdom Phylum, which premiered on USA Today. As with 2012's This Is a Test, the band brought together decades of disparate elements to craft party-ready rock. "These boys are the future," proclaimed ARTISTdirect, "it's the kind of fiery and ferocious music that the world rarely gets anymore."
Spirit Animal frontman Steve Cooper is a D.C. area-born talent, uncoiling a multitude of skills that go beyond the realm of melodies, production and body sweat into the worlds of cheffing and web content craftsmanship. Cooper, whom KCRW calls "unbelievable," met Spirit Animal bassist Paul Michel in the nation's Capitol in 2002 where the Libyan-born army brat spent much of his youth. Michel has toured with multiple bands including Georgie James (Saddle Creek Records) and it's his bottom -- he's the best dancer in the band-- that propels Spirit Animal into otherworldly realms of low end theory. Upon that astral plane, guitarist Cal Stamp provides sterling pop sensibility and face-melting solos that recall an era when guitar gods were the real pop stars. Battening down the hatches is drummer Ronen Evron, an Israeli transplant by way of the technically unrivaled Berklee College of Music in Boston. The fearsome foursome adds up to an organism with one mission, and one mission only.
"Rock n' roll embodies the whole of modern music's spirit, but you can't have one without the other," Cooper says. "The roll is the part people sometimes forget, and that's sad since that's the party part."
The list of influences that Spirit Animal rolls with is expansive, as pieces of familiarity peak out behind a smorgasbord of original ideas. Their new school nonchalance is balanced by a fervent bombasticism reminiscent of early 90s era Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the stomp-along breakdowns and sing-along hooks of This Is a Test only grow stronger on Kingdom Phylum. "Best One" is perhaps the band's deepest dive into pop to date, with Cooper's James Brownian screeches bounding atop the band's signature pocket grooves once the intro riffage gives way. Riffs abound throughout the EP, no doubt, with "Radio Brain" switching from head bang to head bob at the drop of a hat before the EP's sleeper, "Come to Christmas," takes the listener home with its lighters-in-the-air-at-Red-Rocks bridge.
Live, the band is at once manic and precise with a non-stop show full of calisthenics, call-and-response and commitment. Their passion for performance is apparent in every move they make, a concept as reminiscent of another time as their mean blues licks. This is why they've been called an "unmissable live act," poised to not only stand the test of time, but to help the masses re-live it.
Ages 21+ / The Wild Mountain Berries-- A rockin duet that has been writing and performing together since they met in 2007. It's a blend of Americana, Blues, Jazz, Country, and folk that is tied together with a beautiful vocal blend. Their debut album was released in 2010 on Greentree Records and is receiving high accaim. They are currently performing in and around Cincinnati, OH and the tri-state area.
All Ages / SCHOOL OF ROCK MASON PERFORMS:
7PM THE ALLMAN BROTHERS-LYNYRD SKYNYRD
School of Rock Mason opened in April 2012 and has been grooming the Cincinnati-area’s next generation of rockers ever since. The school is performance-based, putting on a season of rock shows every four months. In addition, it has performed on Fountain Square, at the MidPoint Musical Festival, and at Summerfest in Milwaukee, among many other non-seasonal show gigs. The school is part of an international network of more than 130 Schools of Rock, and several students from the school have played at Lollapalooza as members of the School of Rock National AllStars.
While the performers in each show generally range in age from 12 to 18, the quality of their music making is surprisingly strong. Mike Breen of CityBeat described his reaction to his first School of Rock performance this way: “I seriously got choked up watching the School of Rock Mason band at MidPoint. Such talented, passionate kids.”
School of Rock will be putting on a double header for the evening. First up at 4 P.M. will be a KISS show – complete with costumes, makeup, and some other surprises. That will be followed by a 7 P.M. show featuring the music of the two pillars of Southern Rock: The Allman Brothers Band and Lynyrd Skynyrd as performed by some of the school’s most advanced students. A ticket grants admission to both shows.
Ages 21+ / Join us for the honky tonk stylings of Straw Boss from 9 to midnight.
Ages 21+ / Funny and sad like a trainwreck full of clowns, Don Paris Schlotman is a New York multi-instrument musician whose solo recordings span a variety of genres and styles.
He was born in a freak accident, the seventh son of a lightning bolt and a mountain lion. He plays music the way some people fall over, and his artificial left eye can see 4 seconds into the future. Don makes art, plays and writes music, wrestles conundrums, falls down sometimes, and is a cat lady in training. The reports of his wizardry are greatly exaggerated, although he has been known to make things disappear at times, including but not limited to himself.
He is also the bass player and co-founder of The Sky Captains of Industry
If you find yourself in need of original art for your posters, book, or album cover, portrait or still photography, a bass line, some banjo pickin, witty-yet-preposterous lyrics, cat wrangling, a good yarn, a willing ear, or perhaps just a BAMF for your entourage, get in touch. You can either whisper his name to a spider three times, or just click the gmail link to the left.
Ages 18+ / Holiday Party Featuring
8PM David Kraai is a multi-instrumentalist and singer-songwriter who has been traveling and performing his melting pot of country, folk and rock music for over a decade. His roots stem from New York’s Hudson Valley, but his music has taken him all over the United States, and at times abroad. http://www.davidkraai.com/
9PM Lonesome Jared and the Heart Attacks - a high energy mix of classic honky tonk country, rockabilly, and swingin boogie blues. http://www.reverbnation.com/lonesomejaredandtheheartattacks
10PM Marc Sloan and Forever Moonlight w/ Shari Lauter, violin & Stan Ginn on percussion. - Marc's a travelin' Cincinnati kid with his 'Ecentriq Eclectix' Blue Flamenco Folk heavy ready mix. http://www.marcsloan.net
11PM Blacklight Braille - a large, amorphous “fringe rock” collective from Cincinnati, Ohio with a wide variety of idioms, including rock, folk, jazz and Arthurian poetry. Thomas H. Owen Knight and Blacklight Braille play a variety of traditional and non-traditional instruments. https://myspace.com/blacklightbraille
Dress up or down and be in the festive mood.
Surprise a la la la yule tide costumes expected and encouraged !!
Ages 21+ / The band LOVECRUSH88 was formed in February of 2014. Formed as a project for a benefit show by front woman Tina Sullivan, she sought out the the talents of dark song writing and noted multi- instrumentalist Nathan Bach, to handle the low end on bass. The soulful yet cutting edge techniques of seasoned guitarist Joel Spivey, and the technical precision of acclaimed drummer Ryan Moore.
The Quartet quickly discovered that chemistry that only comes around once or twice a lifetime and immediately began writing, and just as quickly playing to packed rooms!
All Ages / "Gorgeous, anthemic songs are Korbee’s trademarks. This Los Angeles-based duo craft soaring melodies and earnest lyrics with finesse," said ReverbNation who recently named them as one of their Top 5 Artists. Korbee is an alternative singer/songwriting duo is the vein of Coldplay meets Lady Antebellum.
Their recently released EP Great Escape has received consistent radio play on Madison's Rock Station 105.5 Triple M and the Darren Yates should on CBS Radio St. Louis and more. In 2013, they performed NFL National Anthems for the Philadelphia Eagles and Green Bay Packers. They've signed on for brand/product endorsements (The Mighty Mic - named "Best Accessory" at NAMM 2014 and Love Nail Tree Clothing) and have performed sold out shows.
Korbee came together as a duo in 2012 after writing and performing together and separately for years. Previously, as the trio Korbee Jones, with Daniel Jones of Savage Garden, Korbee penned numerous songs including I’m With You, which is featured on their newest release, Great Escape.
Their newest release, self-produced EP, Great Escape is an amalgam of everywhere they've come from and everywhere they are going. Featuring performances by Tim Pierce (Springsteen, Kelly Clarkson, Santana), Stevie Blacke (P!nk, Rhianna, Madonna), and Marc Slutsky (Splender), these songs speak of the tribulations, fears and hopefulness of forging a new road while delivering an anthemic, cinematic and familiar alternative/pop sound.
Ages 21+ / Shiny Old Soul has taken to the description "cosmic Roots" given their fusion of a bluesey, roots driven foundation and an eclectic, unbound catalogue of original songs. Comparisons range from Van Morrison to the Grateful Dead, the Meters, Pink Floyd and The Decemberists, to broader things like gypsy jazz & vintage rock. Yeah, they're one of those bands, sounding inevitably like themselves but with a bizarre tip of the hat to countless others. But really it's all about the songs. Bank robberies, pregnant pirates, time travelers, voodoo spells, allegory, and plain old sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, that conspire to reveal a world of simple feelings in exotic places. A broken heart by any other name. If that wasn't wierd enough, folks really like to dance to it too. Fans can be seen singing along to many of songwriter, guitarist Gregory Morris' vast collection of songs, elevated by the jazz stylings of drummer Katherine Monnig and low end folk maestro Michael Sadoff. In fact, Gregory, Michael & Katherine have been playing together since 2003, formerly known as the Gregory Morris Group.
The latest SOS album (Cash is King, Jan 2012) features two charming female vocalists, Lee Schmidt, with her sultry deep water timbre, and Laura Hughes with her clear, high Nashville croon. Together they round out the 5 piece ensemble with it's unique blend of harmony, beat and lyric, ranging from the ominous to the ridiculous, thriving on a balance of low gain and high intensity.
Ages 18+ / Underbelly is a wild and unpredictable event featuring the area’s best stand-up comedians as they perform improv, sketches, original characters, poetry, music and dance...Everything except stand-up comedy.
Ages 21+ / RICKY NYE & THE RED HOTS are a four-piece group specializing in New Orleans-style rhythm & blues (a la Professor Longhair, James Booker & Fats Domino), zydeco, straight-ahead blues, funky organ R&B, and traditional rock n' roll and boogie woogie piano. The group consists of Ricky Nye (piano, organ, vocals); Edwin Vardiman (guitar, vocals) who leads his own honky-tonkin' group called "Straw Boss"; the outstanding June Levis (drums), long time drummer with formidable blues artists such as Sweet Alice Hoskins and the late pianist Pigmeat Jarrett; and John Schmidt (bass), formerly with Texans "Johnny Reno & The Sax Maniacs" and Cincinnati's "The Warsaw Falcons". Since its beginning in 1993, the band has performed for major festivals and events including Festival New Orleans (a touring Jazz and Heritage festival); Mardi Gras, Maifest and Oktoberfest events in Covington, KY, and Cincinnati's Jammin' On Main, Riverfest Fireworks and Tall Stacks celebrations. Voted "Best Blues Band" in the Cincinnati Enquirer's 2001 CAMMY Awards, RICKY NYE & THE RED HOTS is a fun and energetic party band in the truest sense of the word. Check 'em out!
Ages 18+ / A City on Fire is a Northern KY band that blends the genres of indie, emo, and garage rock into a musical concoction that inspires those who cross our path.
Our name comes from our collective desire to set this city and the scene ablaze with sounds, energy and a passion.
We have taken that which has inspired and moved us over the course of our lives as musicians into a sound that is uniquely our own and defies conventional categorization.
We are A City on Fire !
The Whiskey Shambles: Hollering tales of murder, betrayal, debauchery, and long, dark Saturday nights of the soul. Stripped raw, bruised, and cracking a bloody, split-lip grin, The Shambles deliver a loud, belligerent style of demonic hill-stomp blues that almost . . . but not quite . . . betrays an air of subtle sophistication lingering just around the edges. "Rough garage rock and dirty basement blues that kicks you right in the gut bucket." Whatever you call it, The Whiskey Shambles sure enough get asses shakin and heads rockin -- and that ain’t no half-steppin! This is the hard part, nephew. Whooooo well well.
One day and many moons ago, Brother James rolled up to Nathan on the street: “Hey, man, I was thinking we should do a heavy garage blues band. And drink. You wanna make with the deep pipes, the guitar, and the face?” Nathan shot back: “Sho ‘nuff.” Several years later they were still drinking, listening to, and talking about music, but hadn't actually played a note together. Finally they sobered up enough to put together some originals. Nathan then woke up his old pal Aaron and said: “You wanna get drunk and pound on stuff?” Aaron explained that he was already drunk, so they handed him some sticks, and thus The Whiskey Shambles were born. While recording their first studio album, they were drawn to Miss LaTanya’s angelic voice, and after just one session the boys begged LaTanya to join the group. Bringing both her sassy stage presence and classical training to the mix, she simultaneously saved them from mutually assured destruction and raised the collective sobriety level of the group, slightly. And thus The Shambles were complete. The Whiskey Shambles are currently working their way through the dive bars and juke joints of the Midwest and Rustbelt, with occasional trips to more exotic locales, like Memphis or Buffalo, New Orleans or Asheville, Atlanta or NYC. They’ve been nominated for a 2014 Cincinnati Entertainment Award in the Blues category, CityBeat magazine’s Best of Cincinnati 2014, and several of their song releases have earned critical acclaim. Set to release their first CD, “Loose Change for a Broken Man,” in April of 2014, they are already working on their second album.
Hot For Alice is a collaborative construction of rock and roll sound waves. Each member of Hot For Alice has uniquely distinct interests and musical influences, yet when they come together they create an explosion of sound energy.
Ages 21+ / "Sometimes the best storyteller comes out of the best listener."
Daniel Bayer aka My Brother the Bear has led an eclectic journey on the quest for that "universal story."
Beginning songwriting at the age of 16, Bayer has journeyed this country and many others, always searching for a unifying thread in the lives of others.
In 2005, after a short music jaunt in his hometown of Cincinnati, Oh, Bayer did the unthinkable to cure his need for songwriting material: he joined the Army!
"I did it because I was at a loss for direction in my life and my music and because of that choice I discovered so much about who we are as people. Our loves, losses, family, hometowns, dreams and wishes all create who we are and write our stories."
Honorably discharged from the Army since 2011, Bayer has loaded a different type of ammunition into his arsenal and crafts songs about all the things that make a person exist.
"I love songs that I write but don't really belong to me. I think the most important thing that I've learned through all my travels is that people are never the same everywhere you go, but their hearts are."
Ages 18+ / The Nashville music scene is a famous home for world-class side musicians, as well as a plethora of legendary songwriters. Now it presents us with a duo that combines the best of both worlds, skilled instrumentalists with an incredible amount of soul and a love of great songs.
10 String Symphony is an arena for mesmerizing acoustic innovation. Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices, encompassing “aggressive, almost discordant, celtic and dare I say punky string-chording experimentations” (The Bluegrass Situation). Vocally, Rachel Baiman and Christian Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.
Sedelmyer (Jerry Douglas Band ) and Baiman met in Nashville, and realized a mutual love for the range and depth of the 5-String fiddle. Their desire to see just how far a two-fiddle, two-vocals instrumentation could take them was the inspiration for the 10 String Symphony project. By the time their first full-length album was released in November 2012, their instrumentation had expanded to include the occasional clawhammer banjo and resonator mandolin, though still maintaining a stripped down, tightly woven and carefully arranged duo sound.
Decidedly contemporary in their musical approach, their debut album showcases Sedelmyer’s virtuosic improvisation and creative harmonic soundscape ideas alongside Baiman’s old-time rhythm and emotional melodic sensibilities. Only two years old as a band, the duo has already gained recognition and attention from some major festivals, landing slots at the ROMP festival in Owensboro, KY, the Strawberry Music Festival in Yosemite, CA, and a headlining slot at the 2014 Auckland Folk Festival in New Zealand.
“When each song ended, the two pressed tight into their microphones, savoring the last strains of the harmony – and even the bartenders seemed to be leaning forward breathlessly, awaiting someone to clap first. Their self titled recording aptly demonstrates the power of a spare, tightly-connected acoustic performance that is given room to evolve – for bluegrass fans, the lightning-fast harmonic runs on dueling fiddle is worth the price of admission alone. But it’s the off the road experiments, especially from Christian’s biting bow-strokes that will make future audiences take note.”
-Z. N. LUPETIN, The Bluegrass Situation
Ages 21+ / Adam Klein Released Sky Blue DeVille April 16
Klein's Fifth Album is Americana Rock and Debuts his New Band The Wild Fires
A far cry from his previous release, the acoustic West African ‘Mande’ roots record Dugu Wolo - Adam Klein gathered together friends and musical associates in 2011 to found his first set touring band...The Wild Fires. The Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter Klein had already released well-received albums featuring assorted all-star line-ups from the talented Athens scene, including Randall Bramblett, John Neff (Drive-By Truckers), David Blackmon, multi-instrumentalist AJ Adams, Lera Lynn, and more, with compliments from The Huffington Post, Paste and many others.
Over a matter of months, between playing shows and Klein’s travels to West Africa, the band built the songs ofSky Blue DeVille. Recorded by accomplished engineer Bronson Tew of the Fat Possum label’s Dial Back Sound (Dexateens, Water Liars), the collection features thick electric guitars and special guest Randall Bramblett’s dense Wurlitzer, Rhodes, and piano. Legendary Hammond B3 maestro Ike Stubblefield (Marvin Gaye, Al Green, B.B. King) also contributes his grand sound to closing track “Highway of Your Love”, and David Blackmon (The Kenney-Blackmon String Band, Widespread Panic, Jerry Reed) sat in to provide touches of fiddle.
The opener and title track, robed in the honey-toned Wurlitzer and shimmering guitars, is a nod to a bygone time by way of a firsthand story of a beleaguered and confused Elvis Presley, prisoner of his own empire, longing for the simplicity of days past. “Drivin’ in the Rain” revisits the King as he sinks deeper into disconnected melancholy, reflected in the tense, unsettling music and the lyrics: “Just a shadow of what used to be/ I got a paranoid mind/ Roller coasters and magazines/ and a hollowed out smile/ While bluebottle flies swarming at my side/ keeping me alive."
Elsewhere, the band locks into a Muscle Shoals groove replete with tasteful horns on “Goodnight Nobody’"- a grey and rainy stroll through Red Hook; enjoys a bright, pop spin and sing-a-long, refusing to be brought low by the hazards of love on “Where Our Love Is”; and sparsely colors and builds yet another of Klein’s compelling, lyrically proficient story-songs, “Jesse’s Mind”- told from the perspective of Jesse James’ mother as she awaits the dreaded news of his death,
“Calls to mind Memphis soul, Elvis Presley, great songwriters like Steve Forbert and Willie Nile, and good old-fashioned American folk. It’s clear that Adam Klein is the real thing and his new record is spot on.” --Michael Verity’s Americana Minute
"Klein’s natural tendency as a songwriter is to lean into the dusty and rustic, playing acoustic country with a folk influence. His 2006 debut Distant Music and 2008 follow-up Western Tales & Trails find a songwriter with an easy grip on storytelling and American traditions…" --Georgia Magazine
“A beautiful effort, natural-born storyteller Klein has crafted a cohesive, elaborate, and expertly layered coming-of-age document.” --Performer Magazine
“His songs… fall squarely in the storytelling tradition of such gifted writers as Townes Van Zandt and David Olney." --Russell Hall, No Depression
All Ages / Plowboy Records’ latest signing, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, released 'Wild Moon,' their third album, September 24th 2013. Produced by Cheetah Chrome, ‘Wild Moon’ finds The Dirt Daubers - previously an old-timey, acoustic group – plugged in and wailing away on raw, blissfully distorted rock-n-roll and blues. The Dirt Daubers were formed by Legendary Shack Shakers front man, artist, director and country punk pioneer JD Wilkes in 2009 with his wife Jessica. Wilkes’ “gothic preacher” persona and frantic blues harmonica whips ‘Wild Moon’ into a frenzy, trading lead vocal duties with his feminine foil.
JD and Jessica are joined by electric guitarist Rod Hamdallah and drummer Preston Corn. Smoky baritone sax grooves are provided by Tom Waits’ sideman Ralph Carney, with piano played by Wilkes himself - delving deeper into the bluesy recesses of American music. Jessica emotes pained lyrics about life, love and loss on tunes like “No More My Love” and “Apples and Oranges,” while JD continues his southern storytelling style on “Angel Crown” and the title track.
Says JD, “The band might have come “down from the mountain” (only to land square in the Mississippi Delta!) but the heart and soul of the Dirt Daubers remain intact.”
Plowboy's first two releases include 'Darker Than Light' by Bobby Bare, who will be inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame later this year, and 'You Don't Know Me: Rediscovering Eddy Arnold' a tribute album to honor one of the most influential country musicians of all time, featuring Frank Black, Alejandro Escovedo, Pokey LaFarge, Lampchop and more.
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Ages 18+ / Chuck Ragan’s bracing new release Till Midnight once again confirms what the iconoclastic singer-songwriter’s fans have known all along: that he’s a deeply compelling songwriter and an effortlessly charismatic performer, as well as a true believer in music’s ability to illuminate and inspire.
Till Midnight‘s ten typically impassioned new Ragan compositions embody the artist’s trademark mix of eloquent lyrical insight and catchy, forceful songcraft. The album’s formidable blend of head and heart is reflected on such new tunes as “Something May Catch Fire,” “Vagabond,” “Non Typical,” “Bedroll Lullaby” and “Wake With You,” on which Ragan applies his distinctively raspy voice and sharp melodic sensibility to vividly expressive tunes that reflect both his early grounding in traditional American music and his deep affinity for rock n’ roll.
“There’s a lot of love songs on this one,” notes Ragan, whose work has always shown a knack for addressing individual concerns as well as societal ones. “I love to write love songs because it’s the most powerful emotion. It’s what grounds us to this Earth and makes us want to fight to make the world a better place.
“I always just try to write from the heart and make the music as genuine as I possibly can,” he continues. “By doing that, I’m usually writing about whatever’s going on in my life. And when you’re living your life by wearing your heart on your sleeve, there’s not a lot to hide behind.”
In a musical life that spans close to three decades, Chuck Ragan has consistently worn his heart on his sleeve, and carved out a musical niche in the process. First with post-hardcore trailblazers Hot Water Music and subsequently on his own, he’s built a large and singularly powerful body of work whose honesty, immediacy and warmth have won the loyalty of a fiercely devoted international fan base that’s supported him through his various musical incarnations.
Till Midnight benefits from sensitive production by multi-instrumentalist and Blind Melon/AWOL Nation member Christopher Thorn, and backup by Ragan’s longstanding combo the Camaraderie—guitarist/pedal steel player Todd Beene, fiddler Jon Gaunt and bassist Joe Ginsberg, plus new drummer David Hidalgo Jr., of Social Distortion and formerly of Suicidal Tendencies, and son of Los Lobos’ David Hidalgo—along with Rami Jaffee of Wallflowers/Foo Fighters fame, Ben Nichols of Lucero, Dave Hause, Jenny O., Chad Price and Jon Snodgrass of Drag the River.
To give Till Midnight an appropriately organic, lived-in feel, Ragan gathered the musicians at his home in Northern California for a week of rehearsal, fishing and preproduction, before road-testing the new material in Europe.
“It was really the first time we all learned and rehearsed the songs as a group and laid everything down together,” Ragan explains. “It made a huge difference for everybody to have time to sit and breathe with these songs and let everything develop naturally. There was a feeling that I set out to capture and the guys there were able to help us capture it.”
Although its birth cycle may have been different, the honesty and urgency that distinguish Till Midnight have been constants in the musical journey that began in Ragan’s early years. After playing in numerous bands in the late ’80s and early ’90s, Ragan teamed with Chris Wollard, Jason Black and George Rebelo, with whom he relocated from Sarasota, FL to Gainesville and formed Hot Water Music. That band quickly emerged as one of the American punk scene’s most distinctive and inventive units, winning a reputation as a riveting live act while releasing such well-received studio albums as Fuel for the Hate Game, Forever and Counting, No Division, A Flight and A Crash, Caution and The New What Next, as well as the live discs Live at the Hardback and Live in Chicago and the compilations Finding the Rhythms, Never Ender and Till the Wheels Fall Off.
Feeling the urge to stretch out creatively, Ragan ventured into a more acoustic approach with the side project Rumbleseat, which released several singles and the album Rumbleseat Is Dead. After Hot Water Music disbanded in 2005, Ragan enthusiastically embraced his new status as solo troubadour, exploring an expanded palette of acoustic and electric textures on the acclaimed albums Feast or Famine, Gold Country and Covering Ground, as well as the stripped-down live set Los Feliz and a series of limited-edition subscription singles released in 2006 and 2007, and later compiled on CD as The Blueprint Sessions.
In 2008, Ragan launched the long-running Revival Tour, a series of collaborative acoustic adventures featuring a diverse assortment of punk, bluegrass and alt-country performers. In addition to Ragan, the Revival Tour, which has visited Britain, Europe, Australia and Scandinavia as well as North America, has featured a broad array of talents, including Anderson Family Bluegrass, Rise Against frontman Tim McIlrath, Craig Finn of the Hold Steady, Cory Branan, Ben Kweller, Laura Jane Grace, Jay Malinowski of Bedouin Soundclash, Tim Barry, Austin Lucas, Matt Pryor of the Get Up Kids, Jesse Malin, Chris Carrabba, Chris McCaughan, Lucero’s Ben Nichols, Dave Hause, Flogging Molly’s Matt Hensley and Nathan Maxwell, Joey Cape, Brian Fallon of the Gaslight Anthem, Audra Mae, Emily Barker, Dan Andriano of the Alkaline Trio, along with Jenny O, Kevin Seconds, Frank Turner, Rocky Votolato, Jon Snodgrass, Chad Price and Jenny Owen Youngs.
In 2012—the same year that Ragan reunited with Hot Water Music to record their album Exister—the veteran road warrior released his first book, The Road Most Traveled, a collection of insights and anecdotes on the touring life that serves as both a personal memoir and a helpful how-to handbook. He is currently working on a second volume.
As his book makes clear, and as Till Midnight confirms, Ragan takes his musical mission seriously, drawing inspiration and emotional sustenance from the songwriters and music he surrounds himself with, his family and friends along with the close and loyal relationship with his audience.
“The way I see it,” Ragan observes, “we’re faced with tons of inspiration every day. Every step of this life has a way of teaching you something, showing you something, opening your ears and your heart to something. I have all these friends out there, and this community that supports me, who believe in what I’m doing and who believe in the power of music and the power of community.
“It’s a blessing and a privilege to stand on stage and play music for people,” he continues. “I meet so many folks out there, and they’re so hospitable and so kind and say such nice things to me about the songs. The support and the energy that I get from them is what makes it possible for me to keep doing this. And when I’m there and in that moment, it’s important to me to give it back to them as strongly as they’re giving it to me.”
Ages 18+ / Hardcore punk four-piece from Detroit Containing ex-members of Tommy Gunn, Laleo, and Four Star Faliure. Influenced by 7 Seconds, AFI, Bad Religion, Champion, Comeback Kid, Rise Against, and Sick of it All.
After meeting in Laleo, Jose and Ben wanted to start a punk band that got back to the roots of their influences. They recruited Nick from Tommy Gunn and Brian from Four Star Faliure to round out the lineup. With the break up of Piece of Mind, Steve was added on rythm guitar. with positve feedback on the demos and shows, Come Out fighting went into Zoinga studios in August to record their cd "Youth ... or whats left of it", releasing it in November 2011. With Steve and Ben leaving to focus on school, Come Out Fighting took a short hiatus.
When the search for a new drummer, that could fill Bens shoes, finally bore fruit in Kyle, Come Out Fighting was set back out to bring their signature brand of Detroit Hardcore Punk back to the masses. Returning to Zoinga Studios to record their second full length "Fair Use" in 2013 Come Out Fighting pumped out 12 new tracks of their signature brand of polished 90s influenced hardcore.
Shortly after Kyle decided to take his military aspirations to the next level and enlisted, leaving a hole that would be filled by Casey from Purple Nightmare. With Casey behind the kit, Come Out Fighting are booking a full 2014 schedule, recording a benefit EP for Hooligans For Heroes and writing for their third full length.
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Ages 21+ / Greg Blachman Band (Pronounced "Black-man")
Formed in 2013 following the release of Greg Blachman’s solo album, “Beyond Horizons”, The Greg Blachman Band has been dubbed as “Progressive Metal Heroes” for wielding a unique brand of progressive grunge rock. The GBB continues to gain regional popularity as they make their way through the mid-west in support of the album , now available on iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, and more.
Influences include classic rock, grunge, and progressive metal artists such as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Foo Fighters, Dream Theater, Fates Warning, Steve Vai, and Joe Satriani.
Greg Blachman has been on the music scene for many years. In addition to his solo project began in 2012, he has been involved in a variety of bands, including "Winds Of Thor" - (Led Zeppelin tribute), "Red Beast" - (thrash metal/blackmetal), and "Static Tension" (Progressive Rock).
Ages 21+ / With their 2013 debut EP Went to the Well, The Misty Mountain String Band sought to showcase the diversity of string band music. Each song focuses on a different facet of the genre, from the bluegrass notes of “Mink Shoals” to the more roots-y “Canaan.” What resulted was not just diversity among the songs, but a vibrant composition of backgrounds and first love. Went to the Well is the return on a violin virtuoso, a jazz guitarist, a choral director, and a former conservatory student coming together to play the music they listened to as children.
Paul Martin (mandolin/banjo), Derek Harris (bass), Brian Vickers (guitar), and Neal Green (fiddle), came together in August of 2012 to play by request at an old-fashioned camp revival that was in its 113th year. What they assumed was going to be just another pick-up gig turned into a springboard that launched a professional band that’s as at home playing with the Louisville Philharmonia Orchestra as they are appearing alongside Americana favorites like Nora Jane Struthers and Town Mountain.
Drawing influence from old-time music, country, Americana, bluegrass, and songs of labor and protest, The Misty Mountain String Band doesn’t stray far from their upbringings in Kentucky and West Virginia. When Derek sings John Prine’s “Paradise,” he likes to tell stories of actually visiting the World’s Largest Shovel near his home in Muhlenberg County on field trips as a child. The Misty Mountain String Band is not composing cheap parodies of the music of a by-gone era, however. As it was noted in a recent write up from LEO Weekly, “The marriage of Prohibition-era old-time music and 21st-century technological upgrades might have peaked.” Through KICKSTARTER, Instagram, Facebook,YouTube, and Twitter, the group has connected with fans of folk music around the world and is introducing them to unique string band music written for today, but informed by tradition.
“[L]isteners can tell that Misty Mountain String Band… are certainly players.” Ear to the Ground Music notes, “but then their vocals are pretty darn good too.” Over the past year, MMSB has nurtured the marriage of tradition and technology that has come to draw crowds of all ages. “[T]hey clearly have their own distinct bluegrass style.”
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