Since their inception in Athens, Georgia, in 1986, Widespread Panic has risen to elite status among American jam bands. Following in the steps of other Southern rock jam bands such as The Allman Brothers, they have influences from the Southern rock, blues-rock, progressive rock, funk and hard rock genres. Widely renowned for their live performances, as of 2013, they hold the record for number of sold-out performances at Red Rocks Amphitheatre at 42.
There may never have been a band that has evolved more dramatically than RatDog. It began as a laid-back blues ensemble in 1995, but now it has become a snarling rock band that has a fabulous jazz trio at its heart. Of course, each of those forms are different facets of Bob Weir’s unruly musical personality.
Even as his first band, the Grateful Dead, was playing 100 shows yearly, Weir needed to find another creative outlet. He began cultivating a solo career starting with albums like “Ace” and “Heaven Help the Fool” and continued through sidebands “Kingfish” and “Bobby and the Midnites.” He then settled into a duo partnership with bassist Rob Wasserman.
As their music evolved, they decided to create a band and RatDog was born. Their music includes the plenty of the Grateful Dead songbook as well as Weir’s solo repertoire. Their live shows present blues standards like “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl” to the psychedelic stylings of Dead classics like “Playing in the Band” and “Throwing Stones,” to Weir written rockers like “Cassidy,” and “Sugar Magnolia.”
Currently the band consists of Bob Weir – guitar, vocals, Jay Lane – drums, Robin Sylvester – bass guitar, Jeff Chimenti –keyboards, Steve Kimock – guitar and Rob Wasserman – upright bass
Did it really happen? Will it ever happen again? All will be revealed as we approach Phases of the Moon, and it will surely eclipse your wildest expectations.
The members of Railroad Earth aren’t losing sleep about what “kind” of music they play – they just play it. When they started out in 2001, they were a bunch of guys interested in playing acoustic instruments together. Since those early days, they’ve gone on to release six critically acclaimed studio albums and one hugely popular live one called, “Elko.” They’ve also amassed a huge and loyal fanbase who turn up to support them in every corner of the country. But Railroad Earth bristle at the notion of being lumped into any one “scene.” As Carbone points out, “We use unique acoustic instrumentation, but we’re definitely not a bluegrass or country band, which sometimes leaves music writers confused as to how to categorize us. We’re essentially playing rock on acoustic instruments.”
Some risks are worth taking. When Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi decided three years ago to dispense with their much-loved individual bands and pool their talents, they had no way of knowing what the public reaction might be to the new hybrid. They found out quickly enough when Revelator, Tedeschi Trucks Band’s 2011 studio debut, excited their sizable, devoted fan bases and the movers and shakers of the music industry alike, landing TTB both a Best Blues Album Grammy and a Blues Music Award for Album of the Year. Their live followup, Everybody’s Talkin’ documented what many were already regarding as one of the most superb concert acts around not even two years into their existence.
Now, with the release of Made Up Mind, there isn’t a shred of doubt that Susan Tedeschi, her husband and creative collaborator, Derek Trucks, and their superb bandmates are on to something—something very big.
Few bands have a reputation for making music as consistently honest, organic and daring as Gov’t Mule. Now the enduring group fronted by visionary singer-guitarist Warren Haynes returns with their first album in four years – their Blue Note Records debut Shout!, a breath-taking, exploratory double-disc was released on September 24, 2013.
“This album puts a spotlight on the songs and the way that we interpret them, which hinges on the unique chemistry we’ve developed as a band,” explains Haynes, who along with Mule co-founder and drummer Matt Abts, multi-instrumentalist Danny Louis and bassist Jorgen Carlsson charted Shout!’s adventurous contours.
Over the course of six albums and a decade of touring, JJ Grey’s grimy blend of front porch soul and down-home storytelling has taken him around the world and back again. Beating the streets on nearly every continent, he and his band Mofro have sewn a continuous thread of laying-it-on-the-line shows that move folks to dance and at times to tears.
Leon Russell is a legendary musician and songwriter from Tulsa, Oklahoma who has been performing his gospel-infused southern boogie piano rock, blues, and country music for over 50 years. His songwriting credits include ‘A Song For You’, ‘Delta Lady’, ‘Hummingbird’, ‘Lady Blue’, ‘Back To The Island’, ‘Tight Rope’, and ‘This Masquerade’. Leon was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame and received the Award for Recording Excellence in March 2011.
Leon led the famous Joe Cocker’s ‘Mad Dogs & Englishmen’ tour and performed with George Harrison and Friends at the Concert For Bangladesh. Leon has toured with Delaney & Bonnie and Friends, Edgar Winter, The New Grass Revival, Willie Nelson, and Sir Elton John.
Looking back over the past 25 years of rootsy, string-based music, the impact of Leftover Salmon is impossible to deny. Formed in Boulder at the end of 1989, the Colorado slamgrass pioneers were one of the first bluegrass bands to add drums and tour rock & roll bars, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jam grass genre.
For nearly three decades, legendary saxophonist Karl Denson has been getting crowds around the world out on the dance floor. Approaching iconic status, Denson has moved bodies and minds dating back to his earliest years with Lenny Kravitz’s band through his ongoing tenure as a founding member of seminal boogaloo revivalists The Greyboy Allstars and his current roll as a member of San Diego dub rockers Slightly Stoopid. Nowhere, however, is this more apparent than with his own band, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe. Touring relentlessly for the past 15 years and leaving a massive audience in his wake, fans know that when KDTU is in town a dance party will ensue. Karl Denson and the Tiny Universe’s album New Ammo will be released on Stoopid Records in early 2014.
In 2011, after more than 20 years of intense gigging and recording, Chris Robinson set off to shape something new, a fresh rock mythology, a breathing kaleidoscopic thing stuffed with chooglin’ soul, bedrock boogie and shuffling wisdom birthed in intimate clubs and amongst the tall trees of the Golden State and eventually taken nationwide as the Chris Robinson Brotherhood evolved. What began as an experiment without expectations turned into a 118-show journey for Robinson (lead vocals, guitar), Neal Casal (guitar, vocals), Adam MacDougall (keys, vocals), George Sluppick (drums) and Mark Dutton (bass, vocals) that surprised these seasoned pros as music of unshakeable solidity and exuberant reach poured out of them, a New Cosmic California sound with tendrils reaching to the original Fillmore West, Topanga Canyon and outwards towards far horizons.
Randolph’s unprecedented prowess on his instrument garnered him a spot on Rolling Stone’s “100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time” list, and also attracted the attention of such giants as Eric Clapton and Carlos Santana, who have collaborated with him on stage and in the studio. Robert Randolph & The Family Band first gained national attention with the release of the album Live at the Wetlands in 2002. The band followed with three studio recordings over the next eight years—Unclassified, Colorblind, and We Walk This Road—which, together with tireless touring and unforgettable performances at such festivals as Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, and the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, won them an expanding and passionate fan base.
Galactic was formed twenty years ago in New Orleans and cut their teeth playing the biggest party in America: Mardi Gras! The group’s robust, edgy, highly improvisational sound is a gumbo of NOLA sounds, from jazz to brass band, funk to electronica, and hip-hop to fusion. What pulls all the diverse elements together into a coherent sound is that one way or another it’s all funk. Galactic is, always was, and always will be a New Orleans funk band.
Vintage Trouble is a sensational, soulful four-man band whose very essence screams out loud of the late 1950′s to 1960′s. Turned on by and tuned into the evolutionary period in music and life when there was a razor thin line between Rhythm & Blues and Rock & Roll, the band reconnects us all to one universal vibration. Their modern day classics transport the mind, spirit and body back to a sweaty, swinging, heart-thumping speakeasy. Their live shows feel like a sweet southern down-home revival mixed with a gritty, downtown edge. Inspirationally, Otis Redding, Chuck Berry and Ike and Tina Turner can all be felt in woven cloth that tailor-suit the band like honey to the bee. When the buzz tells you they’re near, get to them…and be prepared to be moved.
Rich and glorious…Osborne possesses a voice that rises out of the darkness to the light of a soulful, tremulous wail. He is a consummate showman and shaman, bending successive moments to suit his majestic purposes. Osborne seeks an epic quality to much of his music, crafting layer upon layer of hugely scaled soundscapes.…never lazily derivative…every slashing guitar figure, every cry of a lyric, seems to come from an authentic place.
–New Orleans Times-Picayune
At age 33, Jackie Greene has accomplished what many artists strive decades for. He has recorded seven albums of original work, an EP, DVD, and a recently released book of lyrics. Greene has been involved in many high-profile side projects. Included in his endeavors are performing with Levon Helm at Levon’s famous “Ramble” and featured performer at Warren Haynes annual Christmas Jam. Constantly touring, Jackie has a reputation for putting on an energetic live show and has earned the respect of critics and musicians across the country. He tours 100 to 125 dates a year, playing to a devoted and growing fan base, and has been featured at many high profile venues and festivals.
A decade evolved from their debut at 2003′s New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Dumpstaphunk offers fans an unforgettable live experience steeped in the Big Easy tradition of a good time. The quintet features Ivan Neville on vocals, B3 and Clav, the double bass attack and soulful voices of Tony Hall and Nick Daniels III, Ian Neville on guitar, and the monster addition of Nikki Glaspie on drums and vocals.
Dumpstaphunk spreads an unmistakably New Orleans groove with hard-hitting performances that dare listeners not to boogie down.
Soulive has never made any bones about what they do best; it’s right there in their name. Since forming in 1999, the trio of guitarist Eric Krasno, drummer Alan Evans and keyboardist Neal Evans has carried the torch for the soul-jazz organ trio—that venerable, funky institution pioneered by the likes of Jimmy Smith, Brother Jack McDuff and Groove Holmes in the late ’60s. Rest assured, when the Evans brothers first brought Kraz by their Woodstock studio, there was plenty of old vinyl spread out on the floor. In their 13 years together, Soulive has followed the muse in the direction of hip-hop, R&B, blues and rock, collaborating with the likes of Chaka Khan, Dave Matthews, Talib Kweli, John Scofield, Derek Trucks and so many others, even going so far as to record a full album of covers by The Beatles (Rubber Soulive). But, no matter how they push the limits of the organ trio, they always come back to their bread and butter: blistering solos and grooves that don’t quit.
Before launching a solo career as the protégé of Jack Johnson, Donavon Frankenreiter began his professional life as a surfer. Born in Southern California on December 10, 1972, he landed a sponsorship with Billabong as a young teenager and moved to Hawaii when he was 14. There, he rented a home from the parents of Jack Johnson, a fellow surfer with an untapped musical talent. The two became fast friends, learning guitar together and hanging out between trips to the beach. Music was always a hobby for Frankenreiter, who began playing guitar in a local rock band called Sunchild during his late teens, but it wasn’t until 2002 that he grew confident enough to try a solo career.
To create his recent full-length album Start Livin’, Hawaii-based singer/guitarist/songwriter Donavon Frankenreiter holed up in a Southern California studio for seven days with his longtime bassist Matt Grundy – and no one else. The follow-up to 2010′s Glow, Start Livin’ is a nine-track selection of folk-infused songs that sweetly reflect the simplicity of their recording. With its smooth showcasing of Frankenreiter’s rich, honey-thick vocals and masterful guitar work, Start Livin’ bears all the intimacy of an impromptu back-porch performance and the tenderness of a treasured love letter.
Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn’t seem old enough to be a musical legend. But he is. Known as the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. “It’s overwhelming and humbling,” Bush says of his lifetime achievement award from the AMA. “In my brain I’m still 17, but I look in the mirror and I’m 57.”
But honors are not what drive him. “I didn’t get into music to win awards,” he says. “I’m just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play and the older I get the more I love it. And I love new things.” A growing group of mandolin players cite Bush as their musical role model in much the same way he idolized Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns. “If I’ve been cited as an influence, then I’m really flattered because I still have my influences that I look up to,” Bush says. “I’m glad that I’m in there somewhere.” He’s being humble, of course. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles.
“I’m proud to be part of a natural progression in music. And I hope to still be playing 30 years from now.” says Bush, a two time cancer treatment survivor. “When the ability to play is taken away, it’s humbling. It teaches you a lesson: don’t take it for granted.” Here’s to the next 30 years.
Over the past seven years, Monophonics have staked their claim as one of the west coast’s premier bands. Raised amid the rich musical culture of San Francisco, Monophonics has proudly carried on the tradition of music native to their hometown, which flourished during the birth of Funk music and Psychedelic Soul.
Monophonics were formed in 2005 was originally an instrumental ensemble, but in the last 2 years their sound has evolved to encompass incredible vocally driven songs. The foundation of the band is the blistering funky drums of Austin Bohlman and soulful bass playing of Myles O’Mahony, fuzzy echo guitars by Ian McDonald, a powerhouse horn section made up of Ryan Scott, Nadav Nirenberg & Alex Baky and the swirling organ & dynamic vocals of Kelly Finnigan. The result is a psychedelic soul & heavy funk sound, which harks back to the styling of the late 60’s and early 70’s, all while keeping its feet planted firmly in the present.
There is an evergreen quality to Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers that resonates with music lovers across ages and time zones, fans who are touched by the band’s natural, bright-eyed charm and timeless expression of life and love. “We make music that generations of friends and families can share,” Nicki offers with a quiet confidence. “For me, there is a tenderness, a humanness. It’s about getting down to the basic level of bringing joy. We’re a fun, honest group of people who love traveling and seeing the country. I’m with my husband and my best friends, we’re so lucky to be doing this, and we’re so grateful for those coming out to visit with us.”
The formation of The Revivalists was all about chance, but everything since then has been a combination of hard work, awesome music, and friendship. The septet has been playing nonstop since 2007, crafting a genre-hopping sound that rounds out traditional rock instrumentation with horns and pedal steel guitar and mixes the divergent backgrounds of its individual members with the humid, funky undercurrents of the band’s New Orleans home. The result is like English spoken with an exotic accent: familiar, yet difficult to pin down.
True to their name, The Revivalists lean more heavily on the older styles and warmer sounds of the golden age of rock ‘n roll, but the band isn’t afraid to dabble in electronics and sleight-of-studio when it’s right for the song. The group tends not to bother with questions like “does this sound like us?” or “does this fit with our other stuff?”, instead allowing songs to define themselves and take shape organically, each on its own terms.
Singer-songwriter Martin Sexton has earned an uncommonly loyal fan base over the past twenty years as a consummate performer and musician’s musician. Martin’s “unpretentious heartiness helps him focus on every soul singer’s goal: to amplify the sound of the ordinary heart.” (New York Times)
Happily and fiercely independent, Martin built on his first four albums to launch his own label, KTR, in 2002. He has appeared at concerts ranging from pop to the jam scene to classic rock, from the Newport Folk Fest to Bonnaroo to New Orleans Jazz Fest to Carnegie Hall.
The Honeydrops’ music speaks not just to the heart and soul, but also to the body; people have no choice but to dance. Drawing heavily on Southern soul and Bay Area R&B with a twist of New Orleans second-line street music, the Honeydrops defy genres. Their style may not have a name, but one thing is certain: The California Honeydrops don’t just play music. They throw parties.
Asheville, North Carolina may seem like an unlikely home for a band that blends American and West African influences into a strikingly original and very unique sound. Since forming in 2005, the magnetic instrumental quintet has won a diverse and devoted following at performances everywhere from Bonnaroo to the legendary Festival of the Desert in Essakane, Mali, the most remote festival in the world. The band developed their unique sound over the course of numerous extended trips to Mali, Guinea, and Ivory Coast, where they immersed themselves in the local culture and studied and performed with luminaries.
Sister Sparrow & The Dirty Birds is an eight-piece powerhouse that puts a modern spin on classic soul. The band is led by Arleigh Kincheloe (Sister Sparrow), whose astoundingly powerful voice and sly demeanor make for a spellbinding presence onstage. She is backed by the mighty force of The Dirty Birds, a flock of seven men who masterfully lay down thundering grooves and soaring melodies. While each of the Birds are capable of lighting up the stage with jaw-dropping displays of musicianship, it’s clear they’re focused on delivering the band’s infectious music as a single entity. Simply put, the band’s live show is explosive.
The longer one lives the greater the number of scars and scrapes one accumulates. It’s the same with a band, where the years build up layers one could never have expected when they set out in a van back in the day. So it is with San Francisco’s Tea Leaf Green, whose own journey began as a jam-minded party on legs in the late 1990s and now finds them some of the Bay Area’s most thoughtful, dedicated craftsmen. As sharply carved and musically robust as any rock unit today, TLG have harnessed their surefire live prowess and ability to draw an audience into a vision that represents the great skill and open-minded invention that this quintet – Trevor Garrod (keys, vocals), Josh Clark (guitar, vocals), Scott Rager (drums), Reed Mathis (bass, vocals) and Cochrane McMillan (percussion) – is known for. “We love our fans and are very fan-centric,” says Clark. “We don’t sit down and discuss how we’d like to sound. It just happens.”
Guitarist magazine says, “There isn’t a better British blues guitarist playing”. Matt is gaining a home amongst his peers as one of the world’s finest contemporary blues musicians.
Schofield is expanding his borders with his second US tour. The LA Times stated, “In Schofield, the UK has produced the best blues guitarist from any country in decades. Head and shoulders above the herd.” Vintage Guitar say “His feel for the music is incredible. His playing is so interesting that latching onto his records will reward any guitarist.”
The Main Squeeze is a raging funk experience born within the thriving live music scene of Bloomington, Indiana, and currently residing in Chicago, IL. Since coming together in late 2009, the Squeeze have managed to establish a unique sound and identity in a short period of time.
Their unique ability to tackle and funkify such a wide variety of music makes each show a unique experience in its own right. Their live performances, which fuse soulful vocals, intricate jams, tight grooves, and ripping solos have helped them develop a dedicated and rapidly growing fan base in the Midwest and the East Coast earning them slots at music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Summer Camp, Equifunk, Big Pig, and Glowfest.
Proud to be firmly installed in the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters and Weather Report, and merges those ideas with a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. Imagine 70′s funk-fusion meets a modern dance party!
Real life brothers, Alex Morrison (banjo and vocals) and Ben Morrison (guitar and vocals) of The Brothers Comatose grew up in a house that was known for its music parties. “The Morrison house was a gathering place for local musicians – everyone would bring an instrument, call out tunes, call out changes, and play for hours” says bassist Gio Benedetti. “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.” A band was formed that took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude to stages all over San Francisco. With the addition of members Philip Brezina (fiddle) and Ryan Avellone (mandolin) the string quintet present their original string music and the feel of being in house party to audiences across the United States.
Cornmeal has never been a band to shy away from reinvention and after over a decade, 2013 proves to be just that as the band sets out with a newly reformed lineup, a fresh energetic sound and heads back into the studio to finish their long awaited first studio album after almost 6 years. A nationally recognized live music institution, Cornmeal is heavily influenced by American roots and folk music and seamlessly blends lightning fast tempos and impeccable harmonies into an unrivaled live performance that continues to expand upon the five-piece acoustic-electric groups’ vast musical repertoire. While steeped in the tradition of the past, Cornmeal continues to forge a path all their own, pushing the boundaries of bluegrass, Americana and folk for a whole new generation of music lovers. With a growing fan base and ever-evolving sound, Cornmeal challenges the recipe of bluegrass and live performance.
Rumpke Mountain Boys have molded their own style of bluegrass/jamgrass that they call Trashgrass. Using banjo, mandolin, bass, and acoustic guitar RMB plays a wide variety original and cover material. The band’s choice of songs to cover leaves no genre of music untouched. Being a group comprised of four singer/songwriters their list of originals is just as diverse. The passion and drive of their live performance has made Rumpke a favorite at festivals and music venues everywhere they go.
With a performance of ‘Dark Side of the Moonshine’!
These Northern Californian outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals world wide. This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will delight those interested in a foot-stompin good time. Poor Man’s Whiskey has evolved into a ragged, spontaneous beast pulling from equally deep wells of original storytelling, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.
Formed in Chicago back in 1998, The Steepwater Band’s signature sound is a nod to early British blues, combined with a modern, raw and gutsy musical approach. Founding members Massey, Bowers and Winters have a synergy that comes from years of playing together. Then in early 2012, the long-time trio was joined by Saylors, from Indianapolis, IN, who brought an added depth to the TSB LIVE sound. Although the band got their start as devotees of delta blues, they have since been expanding on their influences, absorbing everything from Psychedelia to Americana, from Jazz to 50’s Rock n’ Roll Music.
The reaction is instantaneous. It doesn’t even matter when they’re the opening act no one in the room has heard before — as soon as Moon Hooch starts playing, it’s as if the room becomes a living, surging, pulsing thing. They call it “cave music”: like house music, but more primitive and jagged and raw. But there are no DJs or manufactured beats here — just one drum kit and two saxophones.
Their “cave music” sound developed around an organic approach to playing electronic dance music. The looping, frenetic sax melodies and James’s furious drumming are fierce and trance-like, as Mike and Wenzl rock back and forth, pushing and pulling each other from across the stage. Sometimes Wenzl switches over to a contrabass clarinet, or inserts a long cardboard tube into the bell of his sax to create the deep, throbbing womp of a dubstep bassline. It’s manic, and thrilling, and perhaps a little bit evil.
By organifying electronic music and producing synthetic sounds with acoustic musical machines, Moon Hooch believes anything synthetic can be replaced with organic goodness.
The Harmaleighs is a 3 piece folk band that formed in Nashville, TN. They started when Haley Grant, frontwoman and songwriter, joined with instrumentalists Kaylee Jasperson and Kevin Buchanan. The three started mixing their musical melting pot in January, 2013.
Each member of The Harmaleighs brought their separate ingredients and cooking supplies to the kitchen in May, 2013 where they spent the month baking their record at Dark Horse Studios in Franklin, TN.
Their first EP ‘People Line Up’ was released August 6th, 2013. With this Album, The Harmaleighs have concocted a unique recipe filled with sweet rhythms, dark chocolate lyrics, spicy banjo licks, and finished off with rich velvety harmonies. They are eager for their friends, fans, family, & of course musical foodies to take a bite.
“We all come from different backgrounds and chase different sounds, but when we play together there’s this weird dark chemistry amongst us,” Johnson notes, adding, “I can hear a song that someone else wrote and know exactly what I can bring to it, and the same goes for the others when they hear my songs.”
Baba Yaga, the second full-length album by Athens, GA’s Futurebirds, marks a milestone in the continuous evolution of the eclectic ensemble. The 13-song album finds Futurebirds – Thomas Johnson, Carter King, Dennis Love, Brannen Miles, Daniel Womack, and Payton Bradford (who has since left the lineup to pursue a non-musical career path) – delivering an expansive yet intimate set that takes the band’s trademark mix of earthily accessible songcraft and free-spirited experimentation into inspired new territory.
Ming’s gumbo of tight and punchy horns, deep rhythms, restless melodies, and emotive singing has garnered this band total respect as a live powerhouse.
While attending the University of North Texas’ College of Music, Roger Blevins, jr. casually asked a few dorm mates to jam on some old soul & funk tunes. Missing that sound that he had grown up hearing, the Mississippi-native quickly found himself surrounded by an eight-piece band, replete with percussion and horn section. That first unassuming encounter lit a fire, and once the college crowd got wind of this old-school sound coming from Bruce Hall, it spread to Dallas’ infamous Deep Ellum, Fort Worth’s legendary Caravan of Dreams and down the I-35 corridor to Austin.
Mingo has supported such artists as Robert Randolph, Trombone Shorty, Parliament, Sting, Little Feat and Earth Wind & Fire. Their current lineup is Roger Blevins, Jr – lead vocals and guitar, Roger Blevins Sr. – bass guitar, Chip Vayenas – drums, percussion and vocals, Dane Farnsworth – keyboards and vocals; Mikel Urdy – percussion and vocals, Dan Bechdolt – saxophone, Steve Butts – trumpet and Zol Waterhouse – trombone.
Flatland Harmony Experiment is a non-traditional vocal driven bluegrass string band from Indianapolis. The band first got together summer 2011. Since then the Flatland Harmony Experiment has toured relentlessly across the midwest building enthusiastic audiences at every stop. Flatland Harmony Experiment is Scott Nelson on upright bass, Kris Potts on Mandolin, and Johnny Plott on Banjo.
For Ernie Hendrickson, the hill country is as much a state of mind as a physical locale, as the deep but beautifully casual songs on his new One for the Dreamers eloquently remind us. In the hill country of Ernie’s imagination, the high ground provides an elevated vantage point that enables his listeners to perceive how time can leave important matters unfinished, or tie up loose ends with sometimes heartbreaking finality.
There’s a concordance of topography and emotion at work in his newest record that comes out of Ernie’s life as a touring musician and an intuitive record maker. You might say Midwestern openness meets Nashville experience. Like the great American singers and songwriters who have inspired him—performers such as Neil Young, Jerry Garcia and Willie Nelson—Ernie seeks the light amidst the ever-present perils of darkness.
The Brothers band is Danny Liston – percussion, Dickie Steltenpohl – bass, Steve Pecaro – guitar, David G. Kalz – guitar, Harold Draper – keyboards, Mark Kersten – drums and Steve Bunck – drums
Being huge fans of Phish and also heavily influenced by them as musicians, guitarist Josh Pearson and drummer Dan McGreevy decided to put together a band that could recreate the sound and the experience of Phish live. A Live One was born in Austin TX and played their first gig in December of 2010. Since that time the band has found enthusiastic audiences everywhere they go that share the love of Phish tunes played live. The current edition of the band includes Wesley Haynes on keyboards, Andy Harn on bass and Alan Eckert on drums.
The Dawn is a seasoned roots-rockin, jam band is based out of the Quad Cities, IL. Their live show experience is tightly gripped in spacious jams, roaring guitar and soulful harmonies. They are currently working on their fourth studio album. The Dawn is Sean Ryan- Guitar, Pedal Steel and Vocals , Jordan VanOpdorp- Keyboards and Vocals, Garrin Jost- Bass and Vocals and Josh Womack- Drums and Vocals.
Clare Dunn is a fearless performer, dazzling guitar-slinger and a powerfully emotive singer whose unique blend of country and rock references a wide range of trailblazing influences, while maintaining a sound that is uniquely hers. Born where the Oklahoma panhandle meets the sprawling Colorado countryside, Clare grew up driving silage trucks, combines, and eighteen-wheelers long before she was legally old enough to secure her learners permit. Clapton, Strait, The Stones, and The Eagles created the musical backdrop of her youth as she supported her family-owned farm and ranch in a part of the world where nothing comes without hard work and determination. After a brief stint in Texas, Clare relocated to Nashville in 2007 and quickly carved out her niche within a music scene that often expects too little from its female performers. Able to drive a live show with nothing but a rhythm section, Clare is an accomplished entertainer who has appeared in front of numerous crowds across the country.
The James Jones Trio plays traditional blues with a modern approach and feel. Being a group for a very short time, their debut has been in the making for years. With all members under the age of twenty-six, they play with the maturity of well-seasoned veterans. James, as a frontman, performs with the depth and conviction of someone twice his age. His guitar and vocal work display a maturity and passion that breathes life into the blues. His shows are fiery, and unforgettable to say the least.
Hailing from the Heart of Illinois, Steady Flow is a power funk band on the rise, blending new-age/progressive funk, with a classic 1970′s feel. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old guitar prodigy Tanner Brown, his brother Ky on bass, and longtime friend Jonathan Bobo on the drums, this band instantly caught fire. With the addition of a vintage rotary organ and a three piece horn section, they have become the full funk package. Steady Flow was recently crowned champion of the “Dos Equis Toast of the Coast” competition, topping hundreds of bands throughout the U.S. and winning a headlining slot at North Coast Music Festival. The band’s first EP entitled “The Oneoff Sessions” made its debut in 2013 and quickly set the bar for the FUTURE OF FUNK! Give a listen! STAY FUNKY!
If Kevin Bilchik’s music was your last meal, it would be a smorgasbord of styles and traditions, tied together with an undeniable flavor of the blues. Bilchik’s songs range from upbeat rhythm and blues tunes about love found and awkwardly lost, to introspective folk and country songs about life and family. Throw in a few minor-key tales about growing up, and getting lost, in the 21st century American landscape, and you’re starting to get the picture.
With his precise and soulful rhythm on the acoustic guitar, Kevin guides each song with purpose and energy, with an intent to draw the listener into his lyrics and emotions. Combining his wry modern perspective, with the roots and Americana music that he loves, Bilchik can make you laugh, smile, cry, and tap your toes, all in under four minutes. Catch him live, or listen to one of his three CD releases, and find out for yourself.
Kevin Bilchik was born and raised in St. Louis, MO, and still calls it home with his wife and daughter.
Formed from Champaign Illinois’ finest, equal parts showmanship and musicianship engages listeners from casual to analytical. Building momentum from one show to the next, Abnormous’s super-tight beats and huge harmonies explode into a high energy experience that says let’s git down tonight!
Naked Rock Fight is Dawn Weber – trumpet/vocals, Matt McKeever – saxophone, Nathan Jatcko – keys, Mark Youngbauer – guitar, Donnie Inman – bass and Jerry Mazzuca – drums
At 15, Kasey Burton has already set her own challenges for a career in music. Playing guitar since the age of 10, she has already compiled quite a catalog of original music. After enrolling in two consecutive Rock and Roll Camps in Danville, IL Kasey has begun working with an ever-expanding network of established area artists. It is this network that has come together to help her grow her love for music. In October of 2013, she release a self-titled five-song acoustic EP; keeping it simple. She is currently in the funding phase of her full length album which she hopes to have out this summer.
Kasey finds her inspiration for writing in everyone from Taylor Swift to U2; appreciating most, the talent for writing. Yet, for all of her passion, she is still, an average teenager; enjoying school, enjoying sports and excelling at both. Her view of the horizon ahead is wide and it is that vision that never lets her down when it comes to writing.
Kasey’s expression isn’t left to lyrics alone. Her vocal styling is reminiscent of seasoned artists. She owns her voice and the message it carries.
A David Gans “solo electric” performance is likely to consist of several elements: country-blues-style fingerpicking; loop-based improvisations created live in the moment; sweetly-sung ballads, original or borrowed; Grateful Dead songs reinterpreted to suit his voice and guitar; wry observations of the music-festival subculture and the larger world; soulful and passionate political commentary; favorites from the folk-rock canon of the last 50 years. Mix and match – it’s never the same show twice, but it’s always worth a listen.