Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival

The Lineup1.0 Revealed!

The Lineup1.0 Revealed!

For the first time in over a year, STS9 will perform a rare set of “Axe The Cables”

The last time this happened was over two legendary nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2014. “Axe The Cables” sets are the stuff of legend, and this one will be no different.

In 2015, fans will be treated to STS9’s largest touring production rig ever, using the latest cutting edge sound and lighting to deliver one of the most visually stunning shows on the road today with undeniable sound to match it.

The band’s last studio EP, WHEN THE DUST SETTLES(the eleventh album in their full discography), keeps with XLR8R Magazine’s exclamation that STS9 is “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around.” It debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and in Billboard’s Top 25.

STS9’s self-owned record label, 1320 RECORDS was founded on the principles of collaboration, cooperation,and community. The goal is clear: bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique innovative and savvy ways possible.  1320 currently boasts over 300,000 unique downloads and over 1,000 releases by over 100 artists including Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, ESKMO, The Glitch Mob plus dozens more.


Pioneers of live, electronic music who continue to push boundaries and redefine the genre.

The Disco Biscuits are an entirely different band today than they were when they first broke out of Philadelphia in the mid­ 90s. That’s not to say that they’ve abandoned their foundation, switched gears or set sail for distant shores. The Disco Biscuits are still very much the pioneers of trancefusion, bridging the gap between electronic music and jambands. They still remain rock pioneers whose soul belongs as much to marathon dance parties as it does to live improvisational journeys. They still employ emerging technologies to help them create music that is 100 percent human although, perhaps, not entirely of this earth.


The preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today

moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today—a quintet of world class musicians, whose creative output equals that of their longevity. In a remarkable career that has touched three decades and produced a discography of 25 albums, the Sugar Hill Records recording artist of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on drums, continue to push the standard for performance art higher and further.

Whether touring around the globe, headlining music festivals, or sharing the stage with such diverse acts as the Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, The Who and Robert Plant, what keeps moe. at the forefront of the music scene is not only the energy and vitality of their music and songwriting, but the showmanship in which it is delivered. Their music is clever, melodic, refined, filled with “ferocious guitar riffs” and “intricate rhythms” (Relix); their performances are entertaining, mesmerizing, and epic.


Bending bluegrass, rock, and countless other influences, Yonder Mountain String Band has pioneered a sound all their own.

For nearly 17 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of Rock n’ Roll and improvisation. The result is music that doesn’t stand still, it’s always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.

With their latest album, “Black Sheep” (scheduled for national release on June 16, 2015), Yonder Mountain String Band begins a new era. The first YMSB release produced by the band itself , “Black Sheep” is, by any measure, a triumph, perhaps the most mesmeric of their career. Even on first listen, it becomes instantaneously apparent that “Black Sheep” is the work of a new Yonder Mountain String Band, one with a strong commitment to re-exhibiting itself, broadening its parameters.


One SMALL step for jam, one GIANT leap for JAM-KIND.

What is Lunar Landing Conspiracy? An elaborate hoax foisted on the world? Or a history-making voyage to the moon by an intrepid group of American heroes? Perhaps the time has come to strap on your space suit and venture out in search of the truth. The 2nd annual voyage will lift off at Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival 2015.

Let this be your warning! Don’t be on the outside, looking up. Make the long, strange trip to Phases of the Moon and you can witness the sights, the sounds, the…stuff…of legends, featuring a full set of way-out tunes, with way-in collaborations from the talented pool of Phases artists.

In the approximated words of JFK, “We choose to go to the moon, not because it’s easy, but because its hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. Therefore, as we set sail on this new sea we ask for your blessing on the greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked…the Lunar Landing Conspiracy! One SMALL step for jam, one GIANT leap for JAM-KIND.


Bay Area-based electronic music trio merging modern technology, live instrumentation, and dance performance.

Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electronica and world roots music, Beats Antique have shown zero sign of slowing their creative momentum since forming as a trio in 2007.

Known for their masterful merge of modern technology and liveinstrumentation, the Bay Area trio combines live dance performance, brassbands, and glitch, string quartets and dubstep to create a world renown liveexperience all their own.

The group now headlines various music festivals across the country includingCoachella, Austin City Limits, Lightening in a Bottle, Hangout, Mountain Jam,Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest as well as various international festivals.

The trio is composed of David Satori (banjo, guitar, saz, viola, and percussion), Sidecar Tommy Cappel (keys, toy piano, drums, and percussion),and Zoë Jakes (belly dancer, composer, and arranger).


One of Australia’s most iconic voices; A multi-instrumentalist, surfer & activist, Xavier’s ability to connect with people is astounding.

Since the very beginning, Xavier Rudd’s ability to connect with people has been his most powerful gift. The more he has toured the world, the more hearts he has touched and the more of the world he has put back into his music. Now, fronting a band aptly named The United Nations, Xavier Rudd has assembled a lineup of musicians from around the world as a one-people musical force. Making their debut in 2015, Xavier Rudd And The United Nations finds the iconic Australian solo artist in full band mode for the first time in a long and successful career, and introduces new album Nanna to Xavier’s diverse and acclaimed discography…

Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier’s 2002 debut album, To Let, introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals. Something distinctly new, yet tied back through time to the spirit of our ancestors. With a sound established, Xavier’s 2004 sophomore album, Solace, was testament to the power of his songwriting abilities. Solace debuted in the top 20 of the ARIA charts and was met as an instant classic; going platinum and earning Xavier two ARIA nominations, with three of its songs – Let Me Be, Shelter and Solace – voted into triple j’s Hottest 100.

Only a year later, Xavier was receiving his third ARIA nomination, this time for third album Food In The Belly. Celebrated for Xavier’s abilities to effortlessly weave genres together – from the reggae sway of The Mother, to the irresistible tribal jam of Manã – Food In The Belly impacted strongly in Australia and Europe, landing Xavier on the Dutch album charts for the first time. Xavier’s gold-selling follow-up, White Moth, continued on this path of international success. Released in 2007 on Epitaph sister label ANTI-, White Moth reached #30 on the US Billboard charts and earned Xavier another ARIA nomination back home.

Nudging ahead of White Moth one spot to peak the ARIA charts at #5, 2008’s Dark Shades Of Blue was Xavier’s biggest musical departure, yet resulted in massive fan and critical acclaim. Gritty, dark and introspective, the album connected deeply with fans, and reintroduced Xavier as formidable lap steel player. 2010’s Koonyum Sun – recorded as trio Xavier Rudd And Izintaba – was a return to lighter shades. Featuring a new sound courtesy of a collaboration with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo – yet abundant in the blues’n’roots charm of his earliest work – Koonyum Sun brought Xavier Rudd full circle.

Debuting at #2 on the ARIA charts, Xavier’s 2012 album Spirit Bird was the triumphant pinnacle of of his entire solo career – capturing the most beautiful aspects of his voice, his songs and his spirit. Led by the wonderfully delicate Follow The Sun, Spirit Bird saw Xavier Rudd yet again tour the world, bringing together old fans and new, regardless of their culture or country of origin. Now, this ability to connect is at the heart of Xavier Rudd And The United Nations – a band with a strong message of all people coming together around the globe to return to spirit, respect the ancient ways and protect the Earth and the very essence of creation.

Mixed by Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios, Nanna is Xavier’s ninth studio album, but his first with Xavier Rudd And The United Nations… finding one of the great solo artists our time fronting a full band with impeccable results. Once again diving into new musical waters, while still holding true to the music in his heart, Xavier Rudd has added another remarkable milestone to his already epic journey; solidifying his place as one of Australia’s greatest artists, activists and spirits.


Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass

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 took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo); Greg Garrison(vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums); Bill Payne (vocals, keyboards).


Tapping into memories and exploring new and emotional songwriting territory

“It was time to get back to basics.” Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors, out October 22th, 2013. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”

Brett Dennen’s music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range–a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on Smoke and Mirrors. “Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was.”

“After several years of consistent recording and touring, some real time off was necessary. I bought a house in the mountains and reconnected with my roots as a songwriter. I walked through the hills, enjoying the solitude, and only wrote when I was inspired.”

Returning from his retreat into the mountains, Dennen looked for a collaborator to elevate the songs he’d brought back and landed on renowned producer Charlie Peacock. “Charlie had recently made a beautiful record for The Civil Wars, so he seemed like an ideal producer. Peacock’s understated production places Dennen’s fervent vocals upfront, while the session players bring their low-key power to the proceedings, adding their own ideas to flesh out the arrangements. Peacock explains.

“I called the album Smoke and Mirrors, because one of the major themes of the album, lyrically, is that things aren’t exactly as they appear to be. If you focus on how you think things should be, then you can’t see them for what they really are.”


Modern-day rulers of old-school funk

We play music that reflects “our way of life,” says bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes,
who is joined in the groove onslaught by his co-ragers: keyboardist Neal Evans,
saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, Eric Bloom on trumpet, guitarists Eric Krasno and
Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and drummer Adam Deitch. We love that NASTY
funk, that undeniable funk, the Funk of the AGES….


Creating their own style of soul pop with influences of British invasion, gritty Motown soul and gospel blues.

Lake Street Dive formed in 2004 as a group of New England Conservatory students itching to play music outside of the confines of their formal training. During their breakout year in 2014, the band (Rachael Price, Michael Calabrese, Bridget Kearney, and Michael “McDuck” Olson) celebrated a decade of creating their own style of soul pop with influences from The Beatles’ British invasion, Motown’s gritty soul, and The Band’s gospel blues. Over the last year they played strings of sold out shows throughout North America, Europe and Australia and made numerous television appearances including Conan, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show with David Letterman. In addition to this summer’s busy festival season, Lake Street Dive is currently recording and preparing their sophomore album for release in 2016.


A perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, allows them to organically shape shift their music into a distinct and undeniable vision

Having collaborated with one another for two decades, Rusted Root, has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape shift their music into their own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root, transcends age, generations, cultures and musical styles. Their music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck as well as recent Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercials.

The powerhouse ensemble’s sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performances have allowed them to tour alongside everyone from Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour and countless others. Rusted Root’s Shanachie debut, The Movement is an energized and poetic collection of originals that capture the Pittsburgh based unit at their best.


Balancing classic and concise songcraft with the ability to stretch, improvise and explore

Long acclaimed for their deft musicianship, potent songwriting, and astonishing on-stage interaction, the members of ALO have played together for more than two decades, with the current permutation now in its 12th year and counting. Though each of the members has spent time flexing their musical muscles with various musical luminaries like Phil Lesh, Steve Kimock, Jack Johnson, Nicki Bluhm and more, the band has now banded back together.


The information age has a new sound. Revolutionary technology meets evolutionary message

Celebrated for their sprawling catalog of original material, unpredictable setlists and entrancing improvisations, Papadosio now headlines a host of events from theaters to festivals both internationally and all across the United States. Complex compositions and arrangements are paired with original lyrics and a visually driven lighting design that reflects and remixes the stories being told, connecting the music and the body to the mind and the soul.


Fusing psychedelic shredding guitar, funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats

The Werks have quickly emerged as a national powerhouse. As a result of their eclectic individual influences, The Werks produce a dance party that can be appreciated by a majority of musical tastes. Known for fusing psychedelic shredding guitar, wailing organ of jam and classic rock with funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats, The Werks create their own style of music. Their unique style of performing is affected and manipulated by the energy of the audience, guaranteeing that each show will be different and memorable.


Short Attention Span Musical Theater mixing Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Irish, Funk, Folk and Rock

Wookiefoot’s live sets are an always inspiring and entertaining barrage of sonic and visual stimulation. The fast paced circus like set has been called “Short Attention Span Musical Theater”. These live performances are a one of a kind experience that mixes Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Irish, Funk, Folk, Rock & more with a large band featuring everything from a vintage Hammond Organ to Bag Pipes! Combine that with a mind-blowing stage show that may include anything (such as a light show, projection, costumes, fire, dancers, aerialists, magic, clowns, puppets, etc)… and you better buckle up! Welcome… and thank you for riding Wookiefoot!”


A modern take on vintage soul-jazz, funk and rock

The New Mastersounds have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds, UK, in 1999. Though they have collaborated over the years with such musical luminaries as Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Zigaboo Modeliste, Art Neville, Quantic, and Lou Donaldson, they are at their best on stage as a tightly-packed quartet – bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ – firing scorching funk grooves off each other and feeding off the energy of the joyful dancers in the front row.


Live conducted improvisation featuring your favorite artists from your favorite bands

The Everyone Orchestra’s conductor, Matt Butler has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through full-length shows that are entirely improvised, since 2001, after touring with the rock band Jambay. In 2012, Butler gathered particularly well-known musicians from bands like Phish, Moe., and others, and recorded Everyone Orchestra’s first studio album, Brooklyn Sessions [2012], which was still largely improvised.

“The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways that they can’t be at a regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler.

The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Furthur, Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, String Cheese Incident, moe., members of Allman Brothers Band. including Oteil Burbridge, Yonder Mountain String Band, The New Mastersounds, Big Gigantic, The Punch Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Railroad Earth, Thievery Corporation, Lettuce, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, The Flecktones, Club d’Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners, jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.

Marching clearly into uncharted territory, The Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of The Everyone Orchestra.


Tribute to Jerry Garcia

Larry Keel is described by reviewers and fans as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flat picking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flat picking the guitar and composing original music that defies classification and has broad, genre-spanning appeal. Masterful song-writing, fierce playing, gritty good-time charm and a deep earthy voice all create the signature style that has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock artists today.


World-class improvisational funk band

Hailing from Colorado, the Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

All bands have their influences, and the Motet is no different. The band has a long-standing tradition of putting on a musical costume each Halloween, playing consistently sold-out shows along the front range of Colorado while performing the music of groups like Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai. The careful study of these bands has had an undeniable effect on the creative direction of the Motet. As bandleader and drummer Dave Watts told the Boulder Weekly, “We realized how effective a great song is on a crowd. Instead of just the energetics we’re used to bringing with improvising, soloing, and extended arrangements, we really decided to focus on tunes, because we understand how powerful a great song is.

“A great song needs a great band to play it, and the Motet proves to be more than adequate in that regard. In addition to Watts, Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar) form a core rhythm section that has been playing together for nearly a decade. This time together has led to their characteristic deep rhythmic pocket, and has created the musical bonds that allow them to take their collective improvisation to heights bordering on precognition. The Motet horns consist of Matt Pitts (sax) and Gabriel Mervine (trumpet). Although deeply rooted in jazz, their time with the Motet has made them into one of the funkiest horn sections on the scene. Front man Jans Ingber rounds out the lineup with his soulful singing, welcoming stage presence, and “Soul Train” dance moves which inspire concert goers to boogie like no one is watching.

These seven musicians form what is undoubtedly the strongest, most cohesive incarnation of the Motet to date. Whether you’ve loved the Motet for years or you’re just tuning in, listen up. You haven’t heard the Motet like this, and you won’t be disappointed.


A world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name:The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Over thirty-five years later, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents.


Larry Keel is undeniably THE MAN on acoustic guitar

Larry Keel is described by reviewers and fans as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flat picking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flat picking the guitar and composing original music that defies classification and has broad, genre-spanning appeal. Masterful song-writing, fierce playing, gritty good-time charm and a deep earthy voice all create the signature style that has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock artists today.


Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling—that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when their wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy. You might accurately call this Brooklyn-bred quintet a ‘post-genre’ band; they’re a group whose sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s wide musical tastes, like mashing up ‘70s funk with a house beat, or memorable hooks infused with three part vocal harmonies. It all goes into the Pimps’ pot, over a soulful roux of rhythm and groove.


Future/Southern/Psychedelic rockers — Taking forms and influences from soul, blues, and gritty southern music and ushering them forward.

Questions bring art to life. Songs can still ponder socio-political issues, the fragility and isolation of the human condition, and what lies ahead for earth. Moreover, music possesses the potential and gravitas to incite change, while reflecting the world’s faults and follies. The Bright Light Social Hour contemplate a “Future South” on their second full-length album, Space Is Still the Place [Frenchkiss Records]. The Austin artists—Curtis Roush [guitar, vocals, synths], Jack O’Brien [bass, vocals, synths], Joseph Mirasole [drums, synths]—offer a different interpretation of the space around them throughout ten thematically connected songs. They tackle a myriad of issues head on during tracks such as “Ghost Dance” and “Ouroboros,” while “Infinite Cities” contemplates loneliness and “Escape Velocity” subtly hints at a orgiastic ending. The album will pose a few questions, but you may leave with an answer or two as well.

The Bright Light Social Hour convened while Curtis and Jack attended graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin. They released their self-titled debut in 2010 and scored six awards at SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards. Throughout nearly three years on the road, they experienced the ins and outs of America, and that voyage ignited a perspective shift. “The new album’s themes and inspirations came from touring, particularly the southern part of the country,” explains Jack. “We couldn’t afford to stay in hotels most nights so we were staying with a lot of people. We got to see how average young Americans lived. We felt a lot of struggle.”

“It was shocking,” adds Curtis. “We realized how few individuals were working jobs they felt self-actualized by to some extent. They’re pedaling for survival. Our generation has grown up in continuous financial crises, a lot of unemployment, a lack of opportunity, widening inequality, and pervasive issues of race, gender, and class. We’re taking a lens to some of these gritty realities and espousing an optimistic, frontier-looking gaze into the future.” Theirs is not just a thematic progression though. Traversing the country and cranking tunes in the van, the collective musical palette expanded, embracing influences as diverse as deep house icon Frankie Knuckles, dance renegades Disclosure, Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, and Detroit Afro-rock revolutionaries Black Merda. Everything siphoned into the vision behind Space Is Still the Place. Building a studio in their Austin home, the boys began their musical journey in early 2013.


Blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements

In the vanguard of the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution “NU-SION”, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making funk fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, & Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with technical fireworks and a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam has been described by critics and fans of Galactic & Umphrey’s McGee alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON! Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar (The Breakfast), Robert Somerville on tenor sax (Deep Banana Blackout), Todd Stoops on keyboards (RAQ), Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar (The Breakfast) and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion (The Breakfast).


Funk has a new spokes band, and that band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school Rap and Soul thrown in for good measure. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 and went through a few incarnations before culminating into the dynamic ensemble it is today. The five-piece Funk Rock outfit fuels their high-energy show with original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves and heavy backbeats.


A 9-piece “Powerfunk” army hailing from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern twist on the classic sound has placed them at the forefront of a new funk evolution.

With the obvious influences—Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James and Zapp and Roger—as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of Talking Heads inspired jittery, world-pop-dance grooves and a passion for The Beatles, Motown and R&B into the mix, resulting in a refreshing update to the funk idiom.


Singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies

Frasco’s shows can be described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.

Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The Key Club in Hollywood, CA.

Since his start, Frasco has embraced a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home;averaging 200+ dates a year over the past seven years, trekking over 200,000 thousand milesspanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes. In 2011, Frasco was named the “New Artist to Watch” at Hatch FestEuropean Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

To date, Andy has shared the stage and jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Luke Nelson, Corey Smith, and more.

In 2013, Frasco graced some of the finest clubs and festivals in the U.S. & Europe including Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival, String Cheese Incident’s Festival at Horning’s Hideout, Hatch Festival, Seattle’s Fremont Fair, and Sundance Film Festival to name a few.

2014, Andy will be releasing his third, full-length studio album, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Charles Goodan (Santana “Supernatural”), who has also produced such artists/albums as Beck “Odelay” and “Midnight Vultures”, the Rolling Stones, Primus, and No Doubt to name a few, as well as composed the scores to Fight Club and Blow. Andy and his band the U.N. will also be performing on premiere festivals such as Wakarusa, Sundance, SXSW, and Electric Forest stateside as well as Paaspop Festival and Kings Night Festival(NL), as well as making a return trip to Macau, China.


A Fusion of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish.

Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands… they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Discovering connections is part of the fun: Pink Floyd’s “On The Run” seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself”. Perfectly placing Phish’s “Sand” into the groove of The Talking Head’s “Slippery People”. Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Psycho Killer > Run Like An Antelope > Run Like Hell or Mike’s Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove. These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish. Come experience the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.


Living in the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with big ol’ twist of N’awlins funk

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.


Pennsylvania exploratory string-rock with a soulful, heart-felt community vibe

Cabinet formed in 2006, bringing together players from various musical and personal backgrounds. Some of the members were barely old enough to drink legally, but their thirst for older music was unquenchable. Whether its rustic “American Beauty”-era Grateful Dead or old-timey bluegrass, Cabinet has digested it all. But that is not to say that Cabinet recreates older styles. No, this is music that might have its roots in the past, but it is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now.


New Orleans horny funk, crossroad country blues, and woodshed honky tonk

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music, they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, & New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows.


An incomparable fusion of bluegrass, southern rock, and old school jam

Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. Poor Man’s Whiskey has been growing exponentially in the past 5 years selling out venues across the country such as the legendary Fillmore in SF.This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will certainly 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 story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.

MW has released 6 studio albums and have a stunning repertoire to choose songs from creating a new show every night. In addition to their upbeat original sets Poor Man’s Whiskey have developed special late night “tribute sets” with their original bluegrass/americana twists which include “Dark Side of the Moonshine” (bluegrass interpretation of the classic Pink Floyd album) , “Graceland” (tribute to the classic Paul Simon album), “Old and In the Way”, “Tribute to Allman Brothers Band”, and “Tribute to Kate Wolf”. Crowds of all ages will sing, dance and have a good time!


An acoustic quintet from Minnesota with a clunky name and a roster of hard-plucking string pickers

Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are just as at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style as they are plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, hollering into a single microphone and laying thick rhythm on driving fiddle melodies, their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.


Seventies American music with The Band and the Dead as obvious touchstones, plus the kind of country/almost-bluegrass of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the New Riders of the Purple Sage

The Giving Tree Band’s new live album, Like A Freight Train, embodies the Illinois group’s imaginative American rock ‘n roll with their finest songwriting and musical versatility on display. With nothing to prove and only something sincere to share, The Giving Tree Band love what they do and approach their craft like a sacred art. This includes tuning all their instruments precisely sharp in order to access hidden yet wonderfully potent tones that trace back to an ancient mythology of healing and miracles. Their musical strings vibrate in alignment with natural cycles of the Earth and Moon, and this frequency of love and message of harmony resonates the heart strings of many thousands of people from all walks of life.


Powerful American rock, conjuring an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints

Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Myer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.


Ruf Records Recording Artist

It hasn’t been that long since a teenaged Samantha Fish first started showing up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, and began soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, then going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”

With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists like Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that would become her own.

By the age of 18, Samantha had settled on a searing lead guitar style that expressed her own voice rather than mimicking clichéd blues licks note-for-note. She quickly broke into a dues-paying period on the Kansas City jam circuit: an apprenticeship at the sharp end that tightened her musical chops, polished her stagecraft and gave her the grit to overcome occasional skepticism about her age, hair tone and gender. “I always hated the idea of the gimmick,” she told Premier Guitar. “People come out just because you are a girl, but then you have so much more to prove once you get them in the door.”


A rockin’ string band from San Francisco, California.

Literal brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison 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 just play for hours” “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.” The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to life on stages all over the country.

The environment the band creates with their music and their live shows is a sing-along, stomp­along, full blown party. And that’s exactly why publications are raving about the band…

Bluegrass Today calls the band’s performances “ full of energy” and 303 Magazine says “ It was love at first sight. This gaggle of undeniably good looking young men blew me away with their high­energy afternoon explosion of strings and enthusiasm”.


“Solo electric” singer-songwriter-looper

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.


Whiskey spillin’, foot stompin’, psychedelic Trashgrass.

The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time.

Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources… being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”


Funky, grimy mix of hip-hop, live drums and Moog synth savagery

Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.

The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.


Future Primitive – Creative Destruction – Words that Relate – Beats that Vibrate

Formed in the Fort Worth area in 1999, Spoonfed Tribe is a musical/visual group known for mesmerizing live shows combining hypnotic walls of percussion, psychedelic sonics and sound-expanding visuals. Since their debut, the Tribe has remained on the road, building a Large and Loyal fan base, inspired by appearances at music fests including Voodoo Music Experience, Highberry, Lollapalooza and Wakarusa, sharing bills with some of the Greatest Performers of our time, and Sitting In with Acts like MikeDillon, Blues Traveler, Wookiefoot, Andy Frasco, Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band and Kris Lager Band. Spoonfed’s Drum Core is a Sight and Sound to Behold!!!!

The band has self-released 8 albums, including 2010’s Live from DFW and 2013’s Weapons of Mass Percussion. The Newest album is called “Enjoy the Ride” and was Released in Late 2013.


Pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism

From Telluride Bluegrass Festival to SxSW and all points beyond – Head for the Hills creates a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.

Head for the Hills has performed and appeared at many premier festivals and radio programs: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, SxSW, NPR-Ideastream, eTown, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass and several more.The band was named “Best of Colorado” for 4 consecutive years via Westword Music Showcase (Denver, CO) and also co-released a craft beer with one of USA Today’s “Top 15 Craft Beer Breweries” – Odell Brewing Co.


Songs about weed smokin’, beer drinking and fightin’

Mountain Sprout has the look of wild all over them in their long beards and smoke and drink while they play attitudes. It is a potent combination and it works. The Quartet plays wild and loose too, sawing fiddles or trashing banjos. They inject their funny songs about weed smoking and beer drinking and fight causing with fervor and a sense of believability.


A dose of Gypsy Punk Country Grumble boogie

Dirtfoot – a Dose of Gypsy Punk Country Grumble boogie. Whether performing on big stages at festivals, or playing intimate setting in pubs and the finer taverns all over the mid west & south, Dirtfoot puts on an uproarious show. The crowds come to take part in the fun and chaos, hollering to all the calls and responses, shaking their beancans, and getting down with the infectious grooves. There is only one Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band in the land… Dirtfoot.

Led by the organic writings of Matt Hazelton with each player adding his own flavor and feeling to the songs and sound of the group, Dirtfoot is a blend of eclectic styles as well as diverse personalities. Featuring instruments ranging from guitar, banjo, bass, drums, percussion and more, this band has a truly engaging sound, a real dose of Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble Boogie! It is like a good gumbo – you have some growling vocals, heavy bass and percussion that makes a good, dark, dirty Louisiana roux, mixed heartily with some meaty rhythms, combined liberally with fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo that are like okra and tomatoes picked from your backyard garden, topped with the hot n’ sexy spice of the lead guitar, and finally a little something magical and indescribable, and you have Dirtfoot – a delicious, spicy, dirty band that will make you stomp your feet, shake your ass and yell like a lunatic on a full moon night.


Progressive, high-energy string band from Stevens Point, WI with roots in old-time, folk and bluegrass

Hailing from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, HHG plays something like progressive high-energy Old-Time folk music. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed it’s own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band. All born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades began playing music and their earliest shows in the spring of 2009. Since then, the band has shared the stage with the Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Charlie Parr, Pert Near Sandstone, Art Stevenson and Highwater, .357 String Band, The Big Wu, and many more. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five piece is as sturdy as any midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.


Groove informed jazz/rock from Chicago

Family Groove Company integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists like Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, with thoughtful, tight songwriting that takes cues from the likes of Steely Dan and the Beatles. The result? An infectious, fresh sound the band calls “groove informed jazz/rock.” With a sound defined by rich analog keyboards, tight crunchy guitar, and a pocket-based rhythm section, FGC brings a fresh sound that bends genres and dares the listener not to dance.


Roots rock n’ roll from Chicago, painting a diverse landscape of American life

Old Shoe is a five-piece Roots Rock n’ Roll band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band’s compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.

The band’s new album Family is not merely another notch in the belt for the Old Shoe, but is more so a poignant culmination of their growth and progress since the last release in 2011. In just a little over two years, Old Shoe solidified their strong lineup with keyboardist/mandolinist/vocalist Joe Day and drummer Greg Fundis, rounded the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp, Wakarusa, and Harvest Fest, opened for Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby and Leftover Salmon, and even produced consecutive installments of their own festival, Shoe Fest.


In between electronica, jazz, jam, and rock exists a merging of organic and digital sounds

The band’s mantra – Lost in Thought, Found in Sound – belies a process immersed in purpose but delivered in compulsion by drummer Jake Barinholtz, guitarist/rhythm laptop Danny Biggins, keyboardist Joe Re, and bassist/lead laptop Cason Trager. Formed in Chicago, the group’s synchronization of breakbeat, dub, jazz, and jamband rock culminates in musical bursts described as “live-glitch-hop aesthetic that runs rampant,” (The Untz) and “a high energy experience perfectly suited to the earliest hours of the morning” (Jambands.com). The repeated live recreation of the band’s songs has equipped them with the ability to record and produce themselves, acting as musicians, recording engineers, producers, and DJ’s. With all the musical ingredients needed for a self-sufficient creative vehicle, it’s a wonder what The Coop will move onto next.


Bluegrass music from Austin TX

As its name suggests, Wood & Wire is a young acoustic band with a love for pure music played well. In 2011, the group exploded onto Austin’s bluegrass and old-time-music scene while quickly gaining a national fan base. A culmination of distinct musical personalities, the band’s influences range from Led Zeppelin to Doc Watson – and everything in between. “We’re from all over the country,” says Bassist Dom Fisher, describing the resulting sound as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms.”


California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it’s called Swing grass or good old Americana. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.


A rock trio dressed in a folk suit, delivering inspired songwriting with guitar, gritty cello, DIY percussion and three-part harmony

For The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. “Our own personal growth and explorations in songwriting and musicianship caused us to end up in this unique spot where we can generally feel free to be who we are at all times,” says guitarist Martin Earley. “I think we have a certain sound at the moment, but that sound is constantly evolving, and I hope it keeps doing that.”

Stylistically, the Thieves embrace a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, exploring the basic constructions of folk and pop music, while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. It mirrors the band’s sharp awareness of its surroundings that equates to a rare form of musical intelligence. The Ballroom Thieves family tree has only just begun to bloom, but its roots give the trio a strong and solid structure from which they continue to build.


Dynamic bluegrass quintet from Springfield, MO perform Tommy by the Who

The dynamic bluegrass quintet from Springfield, MO with their high octane shows, tight harmonies and stunning instrumental prowess, have been winning fans and making waves at every festival they’ve been invited to. “Our music appeals to anyone that can enjoy a fun performance. We share a passion for the music, a passion to perform.” says guitarist Jim Rea. “It’s evident that we have fun on stage.”


Mixing elements of rock/reggae with electronic synths and bass heavy dub

If Lee Scratch Perry and Deadmau5 died, went to heaven, and recorded an album with Bradley Nowell and Jerry Garcia, they’d end up with something like Jon Wayne and The Pain’s 2013 full length release “Surrender”. In addition to the Minneapolis trio’s signature sound of roots infused Reggae Rock, their latest release adds a bold fusion of Jam and EDM into the fold.

The band’s previous album “Follow Through” for the most part only teases with a few subtle, dark electronic elements but stays true to the roots infused Reggae Rock sound that could be described as an ideal poolside soundtrack. Until the release of “Surrender”, their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band’s live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub loops (wait for the drop) then explode into high energy party anthems with intense vocals and powerful acoustic drums.


Spot on tribute to the late great Levon Helm and the Band

Earl & Them pay tribute to Levon Helm! Guitarist Earl Cate & Drummer Terry Cagle also toured with the Band for a couple of years in the early eighties. Earl reveals that there were times on the tour that when Levon was unable to sing, Terry sang his parts and no one knew in the audience knew the better. His voice is similar to his famous uncle’s and many would say better. Terry got into the music business in 1966 when he was only 15 years old. He joined Earl and Ernie Cate when his uncle Levon Helm left the Cate’s Gang for Canada to join Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, and Rick Danko in what was to become the legendary rock group “The Band”. Levon had recommended his nephew for the job as a great young drummer. Earl & Them totally capture the sound and feeling of Levon Helm & The Band !


Rootstronica Revolutionaries

Armed with impressive instrumental skill, powerful tharmonies, and an electrifying stage presence, Indubious is destined to change the face of music. Leaving audiences stunned and amazed, they recruit fans from all walks of life whilst shattering any preconceived notions of genre and style. At the forefront of a musical revolution spreading out from their home of Ashland, Oregon, Indubious and their loyal fans, affectionately called “Indubians”, have reached worldwide with international tours, numerous major festival plays, 3 full length album releases, and a steadily rising reputation as the originators and ambassadors of the Rootstronica genre (a high energy blend of Reggae, Rock and EDM).


A Midwest Psychedelic Front Porch Hoedown

Useful Jenkins is a contemporary acoustic band with a foundation rooted in bluegrass, and readily taps into other genres, such as folk, funk, rock, and hip hop. Their music generates emotion and sends a message to a wide range of listeners, giving them an eclectic group of followers from all walks of life. The band is a 4 piece at its core (bass, lead acoustic, rhythm acoustic, mandolin) and has currently been integrating the violin as a fifth melody layer. 4-part vocal harmonies accompany the wall of stringed instruments, leaving listeners with a strong, clean, and unique sound. Useful Jenkins thrives on energy; they flourish in the moment and have an unmatched resonance with the crowd.


Traditional bluegrass from the great city of Chicago

Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.


Live Energy: Like an army tank pulled by a group of centaurs down the side of a mountain

Afternoon Moon is on the rise and building a reputation of a funky, energetic performance with dedicated musicians. Pure psychedelic soul, based in Chicago, IL. Since 2011, the band has been creating an interesting sound in the Midwest. Live performances have become a must see, with a vintage infusion of sonic improvisation and an honest homegrown feel. Twin brothers Josh (guitar/vox) and Jordan Daniels (keys/vox) duel it out with Justin Crabb(percussion)and Louie Giacobbe (bass) providing the heartbeat. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! Please download the new album, Dance in the Rain, for FREE at our website afternoonmoon.net!


Gipsy Moon is an acoustic love cannon blasting a new generation’s invitation to the dance of life

Gipsy Moon is a five-piece group of artists on an endless journey toward good times and raw expression. With music as their carriage, strings as their weapon and the horizon as their aim, this unconventional band is not one to be missed. Their sound is something like a backwoods hoedown meets the smoking basement of a New York jazz club. Soothing harmonies, raging solos and dirt encrusted bass lines bring an old time style into an exciting new dimension; one that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together and dance until the sun comes up.


High- energy gypsy punk-grass band from the southeast US

Strung Like a Horse is a high energy gypsy punk grass band based in the southeastern US. Your first taste of Strung Like a Horse is like that first sip of moonshine—it will blow your hat off your head and it’s far more intoxicating than you expected. They draw inspiration from folk punk bands like The Violent Femmes but their roots are buried deep in the good ol’ fashioned home-made hillbilly stomp grass. These junkyard dogs bring “honest, playful, headbangingly interactive fun” to any venue their rocket crashes.

The SLAH sound is built by:
Clay Maselle – Slippery lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and kazoo
B.J. Hightower – Upright bass and soaring harmonies
Crispy – Drums, bells, and random hunks of junk he picked up along the way
Spooky Fiddler – Self explanatory


This band performs the music of Talking Heads. This band performs a live concert in the style of ‘Stop Making Sense’ while adding song selections from each phase of Talking Heads history. This band consists of musicians that live in Austin, Texas. This band consists of great friends that share a great reverence for the work of Talking Heads and David Byrne in particular.


Legendary Guitarist Earl Cate leads a group of the best R&B, Soul, & Roots musicians in the country

Legendary Guitarist Earl Cate leads a group of the best R&B, Soul, & Roots musicians in the country. Earl has toured with The Band, CS&N, & Little Feat.
Joining Earl is Legendary Drummer & Vocalist Terry Cagle, Levon Helm’s Nephew. Terry & Earl can both be found playing with The Band in archive footage and Terry can even be found sitting in with The Grateful Dead 12/31/83. Earl & Them is topped off with Soul Vocalist & Blues Guitarist “Baby” Jason Davis, & John Davies on bass(Michael Burks, Son Seals). Eclectic Jam Guitarist Isayah Warford (Charliehorse, Everyone Orchestra, Andy Frasco) & Mountain Of Venus Drummer Mike “Stingray” Garrett will be joining Earl & Them for Phases Of The Moon 2015!


Lawrence, Kansas’ electro-jam four-piece

Bridging the divide between jazz, rock, and funk and the growing dance music movement, Lawrence, Kansas’ electro-jam four-piece, Mouth, is poised to take the live electronic scene by storm. Locked into looping technology, the band’s drums, guitars, and bass are launched into a psychedelic swirl of synthetic and organic sounds that blur the lines between genres, and allow its sound to fill up any room.
Highly trained and technically proficient, the band’s rigorous background allows its members to turn on a dime, improvise more than half its sets, and introduce new elements into the stage show with ease. Sit-ins from Kris Meyers of Umphrey’s McGee and Brandon Draper (Particle, Quixotic) are less cameos and more an integration of a new sonic entity into the adaptable and evolving Mouth sound.


High-energy psychedelic funk that will make your feet smile and your soul dance

Funk, Rock, Electronic ENERGY: These four Pigeons bring it every night. Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has an undeniably unique and versatile live sound that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy. Their evolving arrangement of original compositions, psychedelic improvisational jams, and contagious smiles have ‘The Flock’ growing and coming back for more. With no end in sight, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is here to bring the party with their danceable electro-funk grooves and infectious ability to bring positive energy to any environment.


A powerhouse southern, horn-powered soul band, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound

Austin, TX-based ROXY ROCA is a powerhouse of southern soul, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound influenced as much by soul and funk legends of the late 60s like James Brown, Joe Tex, and Al Green as by early rock ‘n’ roll pioneers like Chubby Checker and Little Richard and early 70s psychedelic funk rockers like War and Sly and the Family Stone. Formed in late 2010, the band quickly developed a reputation for getting a room on its feet and in motion with a sound that has been described as Dynamite Texas Soul — driving, horn-powered southern soul with a certain explosiveness and swagger that is distinctly Texas. The band is currently touring the US in support of their debut album on Stag Records, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy.”


High energy Dance extravanganza

Rowdy Shadehouse is an on-your-face, high-energy funk rock explosion erupting from Denver, CO. From revealing outfits, incredible musicianship, to suggestive stage props, this seven-person fireball never ceases to blow ladies and gentleman away. Rowdy Shadehouse performances embody the mantra of funk and rock legends that have conquered stages and audiences before them “This bare chested, tight wearing, fun loving, party provoking, and sex drive accelerating… band will blow your socks off.


Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just over a year, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following across the country, earning Deli Magazine’s Readers Choice title of “Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist, 2014.” Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut EP, “Path to Follow” and their brand new live EP, “Wellspring” are available wherever music is sold. The band’s first full-length album is due to release in the Fall of 2015.


One Man Reggae Funk Band

El Dub is a One Man, Reggae, Funk , Hip Hop, Soul band! His high energy, and intricate “looping” style mixed with positive uplifting lyrics create that laid back, “no worries”, feel good type of vibe! El Dub is what you call a “looper” or “One man Band”. He plays all instruments live in real time, including beat boxing, guitar, bass, keys and harmonizing vocals and loops them into layers that end up sounding like a full band with just one man.


Next Generation Blues

As a frontman, James Jones 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. The Trio’s rhythm section, consisting of Aaron and Mitchell, bring multiple influences to the table, and create a foundation unlike anything heard before. Aaron’s superb drum work brings a taste to the blues that hasn’t been heard in years, especially by someone of his age. Mitchell’s fine bass work is the mortar of the group.


Rock N’ Rock for the soul from the Natural State

What makes a good band great, what makes them stand out above all the rest, is their commitment to an infallible ideal, the one thing that they strive to do to change people through their music, giving them a deeper experience. For Coyote Union, that ideal is connection. Connection to their fans, to their music and to each other. Coyote Union hopes to inspire, uplift and encourage their listener to overcome the “hard stuff in life” by providing musical therapy and songs that move people by sharing their own life experience, hardship and emotion. People say they might be a little too nice, but they don’t care, they just want to reach as many people as they can with heartfelt words, and a positive spirit.


Rowdy Honk & Roll

Hailing from Fayetteville, Arkansas, Charliehorse is a rowdy original country-rock band whose musical grit has been mined from somewhere between the rocky soil of the Ozarks and the red dirt of Oklahoma.


More About The Artists

STS9Axe the Cables

For the first time in over a year, STS9 will perform a rare set of “Axe The Cables”

Phil Clarkin

The last time this happened was over two legendary nights at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2014. “Axe The Cables” sets are the stuff of legend, and this one will be no different.

In 2015, fans will be treated to STS9’s largest touring production rig ever, using the latest cutting edge sound and lighting to deliver one of the most visually stunning shows on the road today with undeniable sound to match it.

The band’s last studio EP, WHEN THE DUST SETTLES(the eleventh album in their full discography), keeps with XLR8R Magazine’s exclamation that STS9 is “one of the country’s most intriguing, innovative outfits around.” It debuted at #1 on the iTunes Electronic Charts and in Billboard’s Top 25.

STS9’s self-owned record label, 1320 RECORDS was founded on the principles of collaboration, cooperation,and community. The goal is clear: bring the music to the people in the most conscious, unique innovative and savvy ways possible.  1320 currently boasts over 300,000 unique downloads and over 1,000 releases by over 100 artists including Bassnectar, Pretty Lights, Big Gigantic, ESKMO, The Glitch Mob plus dozens more.


The Disco Biscuits

Pioneers of live, electronic music who continue to push boundaries and redefine the genre.

The Disco Biscuits are an entirely different band today than they were when they first broke out of Philadelphia in the mid­ 90s. That’s not to say that they’ve abandoned their foundation, switched gears or set sail for distant shores. The Disco Biscuits are still very much the pioneers of trancefusion, bridging the gap between electronic music and jambands. They still remain rock pioneers whose soul belongs as much to marathon dance parties as it does to live improvisational journeys. They still employ emerging technologies to help them create music that is 100 percent human although, perhaps, not entirely of this earth.


moe.

The preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today

moe. is the preeminent progressive rock band on the music scene today—a quintet of world class musicians, whose creative output equals that of their longevity. In a remarkable career that has touched three decades and produced a discography of 25 albums, the Sugar Hill Records recording artist of Al Schnier and Chuck Garvey on guitars and vocals, Rob Derhak on bass and vocals, Jim Loughlin on percussion and vibes, and Vinnie Amico on drums, continue to push the standard for performance art higher and further.

Whether touring around the globe, headlining music festivals, or sharing the stage with such diverse acts as the Allman Brothers, Dave Matthews Band, The Who and Robert Plant, what keeps moe. at the forefront of the music scene is not only the energy and vitality of their music and songwriting, but the showmanship in which it is delivered. Their music is clever, melodic, refined, filled with “ferocious guitar riffs” and “intricate rhythms” (Relix); their performances are entertaining, mesmerizing, and epic.


Yonder Mountain String Band

Bending bluegrass, rock, and countless other influences, Yonder Mountain String Band has pioneered a sound all their own.

For nearly 17 years, Yonder Mountain String Band has redefined bluegrass music, expanding the traditional acoustic genre beyond its previously established boundaries by steadily pushing the envelope into the realms of Rock n’ Roll and improvisation. The result is music that doesn’t stand still, it’s always progressing and breaking unprecedented ground.

With their latest album, “Black Sheep” (scheduled for national release on June 16, 2015), Yonder Mountain String Band begins a new era. The first YMSB release produced by the band itself , “Black Sheep” is, by any measure, a triumph, perhaps the most mesmeric of their career. Even on first listen, it becomes instantaneously apparent that “Black Sheep” is the work of a new Yonder Mountain String Band, one with a strong commitment to re-exhibiting itself, broadening its parameters.


Lunar Landing Conspiracy

One SMALL step for jam, one GIANT leap for JAM-KIND.

What is Lunar Landing Conspiracy? An elaborate hoax foisted on the world? Or a history-making voyage to the moon by an intrepid group of American heroes? Perhaps the time has come to strap on your space suit and venture out in search of the truth. The 2nd annual voyage will lift off at Phases of the Moon Music + Art Festival 2015.

Let this be your warning! Don’t be on the outside, looking up. Make the long, strange trip to Phases of the Moon and you can witness the sights, the sounds, the…stuff…of legends, featuring a full set of way-out tunes, with way-in collaborations from the talented pool of Phases artists.

In the approximated words of JFK, “We choose to go to the moon, not because it’s easy, but because its hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win. Therefore, as we set sail on this new sea we ask for your blessing on the greatest adventure on which man has ever embarked…the Lunar Landing Conspiracy! One SMALL step for jam, one GIANT leap for JAM-KIND.


Beats Antique

Bay Area-based electronic music trio merging modern technology, live instrumentation, and dance performance.

Growing like wildfire under the canopy of live electronica and world roots music, Beats Antique have shown zero sign of slowing their creative momentum since forming as a trio in 2007.

Known for their masterful merge of modern technology and liveinstrumentation, the Bay Area trio combines live dance performance, brassbands, and glitch, string quartets and dubstep to create a world renown liveexperience all their own.

The group now headlines various music festivals across the country includingCoachella, Austin City Limits, Lightening in a Bottle, Hangout, Mountain Jam,Lollapalooza, and Electric Forest as well as various international festivals.

The trio is composed of David Satori (banjo, guitar, saz, viola, and percussion), Sidecar Tommy Cappel (keys, toy piano, drums, and percussion),and Zoë Jakes (belly dancer, composer, and arranger).


Xavier Rudd & The United Nations

One of Australia’s most iconic voices; A multi-instrumentalist, surfer & activist, Xavier’s ability to connect with people is astounding.

Since the very beginning, Xavier Rudd’s ability to connect with people has been his most powerful gift. The more he has toured the world, the more hearts he has touched and the more of the world he has put back into his music. Now, fronting a band aptly named The United Nations, Xavier Rudd has assembled a lineup of musicians from around the world as a one-people musical force. Making their debut in 2015, Xavier Rudd And The United Nations finds the iconic Australian solo artist in full band mode for the first time in a long and successful career, and introduces new album Nanna to Xavier’s diverse and acclaimed discography…

Enthralling audiences with his ability to wield so many instruments at once, Xavier’s 2002 debut album, To Let, introduced a sound that was a mix of guitars, yidakis (didgeridoos), stomp box and percussion, blues harp and vocals. Something distinctly new, yet tied back through time to the spirit of our ancestors. With a sound established, Xavier’s 2004 sophomore album, Solace, was testament to the power of his songwriting abilities. Solace debuted in the top 20 of the ARIA charts and was met as an instant classic; going platinum and earning Xavier two ARIA nominations, with three of its songs – Let Me Be, Shelter and Solace – voted into triple j’s Hottest 100.

Only a year later, Xavier was receiving his third ARIA nomination, this time for third album Food In The Belly. Celebrated for Xavier’s abilities to effortlessly weave genres together – from the reggae sway of The Mother, to the irresistible tribal jam of Manã – Food In The Belly impacted strongly in Australia and Europe, landing Xavier on the Dutch album charts for the first time. Xavier’s gold-selling follow-up, White Moth, continued on this path of international success. Released in 2007 on Epitaph sister label ANTI-, White Moth reached #30 on the US Billboard charts and earned Xavier another ARIA nomination back home.

Nudging ahead of White Moth one spot to peak the ARIA charts at #5, 2008’s Dark Shades Of Blue was Xavier’s biggest musical departure, yet resulted in massive fan and critical acclaim. Gritty, dark and introspective, the album connected deeply with fans, and reintroduced Xavier as formidable lap steel player. 2010’s Koonyum Sun – recorded as trio Xavier Rudd And Izintaba – was a return to lighter shades. Featuring a new sound courtesy of a collaboration with bassist Tio Moloantoa and percussionist Andile Nqubezelo – yet abundant in the blues’n’roots charm of his earliest work – Koonyum Sun brought Xavier Rudd full circle.

Debuting at #2 on the ARIA charts, Xavier’s 2012 album Spirit Bird was the triumphant pinnacle of of his entire solo career – capturing the most beautiful aspects of his voice, his songs and his spirit. Led by the wonderfully delicate Follow The Sun, Spirit Bird saw Xavier Rudd yet again tour the world, bringing together old fans and new, regardless of their culture or country of origin. Now, this ability to connect is at the heart of Xavier Rudd And The United Nations – a band with a strong message of all people coming together around the globe to return to spirit, respect the ancient ways and protect the Earth and the very essence of creation.

Mixed by Errol Brown at Tuff Gong Studios, Nanna is Xavier’s ninth studio album, but his first with Xavier Rudd And The United Nations… finding one of the great solo artists our time fronting a full band with impeccable results. Once again diving into new musical waters, while still holding true to the music in his heart, Xavier Rudd has added another remarkable milestone to his already epic journey; solidifying his place as one of Australia’s greatest artists, activists and spirits.


Leftover Salmon

Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass

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 took their form of aggressive bluegrass to rock and roll bars at a time when it wasn’t so common, helping Salmon become a pillar of the jam band scene and unwitting architects of the jamgrass genre. Today, Leftover Salmon is: Vince Herman (vocals, acoustic guitar, washboard); Drew Emmitt (vocals, acoustic and electric mandolin, electric guitar, fiddle); Andy Thorn (vocals, acoustic and electric banjo); Greg Garrison(vocals, acoustic and electric bass); Alwyn Robinson (drums); Bill Payne (vocals, keyboards).


Brett Dennen

Tapping into memories and exploring new and emotional songwriting territory

“It was time to get back to basics.” Brett Dennen says of his fifth record, Smoke & Mirrors, out October 22th, 2013. “I wanted to return to the folk and acoustic music I loved when I began writing. I decided to tap into my memories and explore new emotional territory as honestly as I could.”

Brett Dennen’s music career began humbly around the camps of the Sierra Nevada mountain range–a retreat to which he would eventually return for inspiration on Smoke and Mirrors. “Being in the mountains, aside from the inspiration, was so crucial to me, because as a kid I used to spend so much time in the mountains. And just being there helped me regain that self-confidence. I remembered who I was.”

“After several years of consistent recording and touring, some real time off was necessary. I bought a house in the mountains and reconnected with my roots as a songwriter. I walked through the hills, enjoying the solitude, and only wrote when I was inspired.”

Returning from his retreat into the mountains, Dennen looked for a collaborator to elevate the songs he’d brought back and landed on renowned producer Charlie Peacock. “Charlie had recently made a beautiful record for The Civil Wars, so he seemed like an ideal producer. Peacock’s understated production places Dennen’s fervent vocals upfront, while the session players bring their low-key power to the proceedings, adding their own ideas to flesh out the arrangements. Peacock explains.

“I called the album Smoke and Mirrors, because one of the major themes of the album, lyrically, is that things aren’t exactly as they appear to be. If you focus on how you think things should be, then you can’t see them for what they really are.”


Lettuce

Modern-day rulers of old-school funk

We play music that reflects “our way of life,” says bassist Erick “E.D.” Coomes,
who is joined in the groove onslaught by his co-ragers: keyboardist Neal Evans,
saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, Eric Bloom on trumpet, guitarists Eric Krasno and
Adam “Shmeeans” Smirnoff, and drummer Adam Deitch. We love that NASTY
funk, that undeniable funk, the Funk of the AGES….


Lake Street Dive

Creating their own style of soul pop with influences of British invasion, gritty Motown soul and gospel blues.

Lake Street Dive formed in 2004 as a group of New England Conservatory students itching to play music outside of the confines of their formal training. During their breakout year in 2014, the band (Rachael Price, Michael Calabrese, Bridget Kearney, and Michael “McDuck” Olson) celebrated a decade of creating their own style of soul pop with influences from The Beatles’ British invasion, Motown’s gritty soul, and The Band’s gospel blues. Over the last year they played strings of sold out shows throughout North America, Europe and Australia and made numerous television appearances including Conan, The Colbert Report, and The Late Show with David Letterman. In addition to this summer’s busy festival season, Lake Street Dive is currently recording and preparing their sophomore album for release in 2016.


Rusted Root

A perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, allows them to organically shape shift their music into a distinct and undeniable vision

Having collaborated with one another for two decades, Rusted Root, has honed the perfect combination of musical intuition, freedom and virtuosity, which has allowed them to organically shape shift their music into their own distinct and undeniable vision. With eight albums under their belt, over three million records sold worldwide and countless nights on the road, Rusted Root, transcends age, generations, cultures and musical styles. Their music has been featured in films like Ice Age, Twister and Matilda, TV shows like New Girl, Ally McBeal, Charmed and Chuck as well as recent Enterprise Rent-A-Car commercials.

The powerhouse ensemble’s sweat-inducing and hypnotic live performances have allowed them to tour alongside everyone from Santana, Dave Matthews Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Robert Plant and Jimmy Page’s reunion tour and countless others. Rusted Root’s Shanachie debut, The Movement is an energized and poetic collection of originals that capture the Pittsburgh based unit at their best.


ALO

Balancing classic and concise songcraft with the ability to stretch, improvise and explore

Long acclaimed for their deft musicianship, potent songwriting, and astonishing on-stage interaction, the members of ALO have played together for more than two decades, with the current permutation now in its 12th year and counting. Though each of the members has spent time flexing their musical muscles with various musical luminaries like Phil Lesh, Steve Kimock, Jack Johnson, Nicki Bluhm and more, the band has now banded back together.


Papadosio

The information age has a new sound. Revolutionary technology meets evolutionary message

Celebrated for their sprawling catalog of original material, unpredictable setlists and entrancing improvisations, Papadosio now headlines a host of events from theaters to festivals both internationally and all across the United States. Complex compositions and arrangements are paired with original lyrics and a visually driven lighting design that reflects and remixes the stories being told, connecting the music and the body to the mind and the soul.


The Werks

Fusing psychedelic shredding guitar, funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats

Joshua Timmermans

The Werks have quickly emerged as a national powerhouse. As a result of their eclectic individual influences, The Werks produce a dance party that can be appreciated by a majority of musical tastes. Known for fusing psychedelic shredding guitar, wailing organ of jam and classic rock with funk slap bass, synthesizers, and modern dance beats, The Werks create their own style of music. Their unique style of performing is affected and manipulated by the energy of the audience, guaranteeing that each show will be different and memorable.


Wookiefoot

Short Attention Span Musical Theater mixing Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Irish, Funk, Folk and Rock

Wookiefoot’s live sets are an always inspiring and entertaining barrage of sonic and visual stimulation. The fast paced circus like set has been called “Short Attention Span Musical Theater”. These live performances are a one of a kind experience that mixes Reggae, World Beat, Hip Hop, Irish, Funk, Folk, Rock & more with a large band featuring everything from a vintage Hammond Organ to Bag Pipes! Combine that with a mind-blowing stage show that may include anything (such as a light show, projection, costumes, fire, dancers, aerialists, magic, clowns, puppets, etc)… and you better buckle up! Welcome… and thank you for riding Wookiefoot!”


The New Mastersounds

A modern take on vintage soul-jazz, funk and rock

The New Mastersounds have been delighting audiences with their infectious brand of funky soul-jazz since they formed in Leeds, UK, in 1999. Though they have collaborated over the years with such musical luminaries as Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, Corinne Bailey Rae, Zigaboo Modeliste, Art Neville, Quantic, and Lou Donaldson, they are at their best on stage as a tightly-packed quartet – bass, drums, guitar and Hammond organ – firing scorching funk grooves off each other and feeding off the energy of the joyful dancers in the front row.


Everyone Orchestra

Live conducted improvisation featuring your favorite artists from your favorite bands

Michael Weintrob

The Everyone Orchestra’s conductor, Matt Butler has been leading a rotating cast of accredited musicians through full-length shows that are entirely improvised, since 2001, after touring with the rock band Jambay. In 2012, Butler gathered particularly well-known musicians from bands like Phish, Moe., and others, and recorded Everyone Orchestra’s first studio album, Brooklyn Sessions [2012], which was still largely improvised.

“The experience of playing with different musicians, improvising every night, and getting the crowd involved in ways that they can’t be at a regular show has provided an unparalleled live music experience,” said Butler.

The list of Everyone Orchestra participants is an increasingly wide and intercontinental group including members of The Grateful Dead, Phish, Furthur, Ratdog, Trey Anastasio Band, Gov’t Mule, String Cheese Incident, moe., members of Allman Brothers Band. including Oteil Burbridge, Yonder Mountain String Band, The New Mastersounds, Big Gigantic, The Punch Brothers, Dumpstaphunk, Galactic, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Railroad Earth, Thievery Corporation, Lettuce, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, The Flecktones, Club d’Elf, ALO, Tea Leaf Green, Tuvan throat singers, live painters, dancers, chanters, choirs, hula hoopers, firespinners, jugglers, stiltwalkers, storytellers, a presidential candidate and hundreds of others among a growing legion of other performers.

Marching clearly into uncharted territory, The Everyone Orchestra balances the challenges of live group improvisation with triumphant tension and release conduits of music which head deep into the soul. This unique collaborative of performance deeply encourages and requires audience interaction. The edge of your seat enthusiasm for what is next is the fuel behind the continuous musical experiment of The Everyone Orchestra.


Larry Does JerryAllstar Jam

Tribute to Jerry Garcia

Larry Keel is described by reviewers and fans as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flat picking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flat picking the guitar and composing original music that defies classification and has broad, genre-spanning appeal. Masterful song-writing, fierce playing, gritty good-time charm and a deep earthy voice all create the signature style that has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock artists today.


The Motet

World-class improvisational funk band

Brian Spady

Hailing from Colorado, the Motet is a world-class improvisational funk band that has dedicated more than a decade to the healing powers of funky dance music. Although the early years of the band saw a constantly revolving cast of musicians, the most recent incarnation has been touring the country for the last several years developing a new and unique style with roots in funk, afrobeat, disco, electronic music, and soul. This new Motet has quickly gained a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, creating a deep rapport between band and audience.

All bands have their influences, and the Motet is no different. The band has a long-standing tradition of putting on a musical costume each Halloween, playing consistently sold-out shows along the front range of Colorado while performing the music of groups like Earth Wind and Fire, Parliament Funkadelic, Tower of Power, and Jamiroquai. The careful study of these bands has had an undeniable effect on the creative direction of the Motet. As bandleader and drummer Dave Watts told the Boulder Weekly, “We realized how effective a great song is on a crowd. Instead of just the energetics we’re used to bringing with improvising, soloing, and extended arrangements, we really decided to focus on tunes, because we understand how powerful a great song is.

“A great song needs a great band to play it, and the Motet proves to be more than adequate in that regard. In addition to Watts, Joey Porter (keys), Garrett Sayers (bass) and Ryan Jalbert (guitar) form a core rhythm section that has been playing together for nearly a decade. This time together has led to their characteristic deep rhythmic pocket, and has created the musical bonds that allow them to take their collective improvisation to heights bordering on precognition. The Motet horns consist of Matt Pitts (sax) and Gabriel Mervine (trumpet). Although deeply rooted in jazz, their time with the Motet has made them into one of the funkiest horn sections on the scene. Front man Jans Ingber rounds out the lineup with his soulful singing, welcoming stage presence, and “Soul Train” dance moves which inspire concert goers to boogie like no one is watching.

These seven musicians form what is undoubtedly the strongest, most cohesive incarnation of the Motet to date. Whether you’ve loved the Motet for years or you’re just tuning in, listen up. You haven’t heard the Motet like this, and you won’t be disappointed.


Dirty Dozen Brass Band

A world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances

In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue’s name:The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.

Over thirty-five years later, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high-octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents.


Larry Keel Experience

Larry Keel is undeniably THE MAN on acoustic guitar

Larry Keel is described by reviewers and fans as the most powerful, innovative and all-out exhilarating acoustic flat picking guitarist performing today. Keel has absorbed the best lessons from his Bluegrass family upbringing, both sides deeply steeped in the rich mountain music culture and heritage of Southwest Virginia. From there, he has always integrated that solid musical grounding and natural-born talent with his own incomparable approach to flat picking the guitar and composing original music that defies classification and has broad, genre-spanning appeal. Masterful song-writing, fierce playing, gritty good-time charm and a deep earthy voice all create the signature style that has earned Keel the highest respect and billing among the top acoustic and jam rock artists today.


Pimps of Joytime

Anyone familiar with the Pimps of Joytime live experience knows the feeling—that moment when a deep bluesy groove morphs into a full-on EDM dance beat, or the sensation when their wide-eyed audience collectively elevates in sync with the band’s tangible energy. You might accurately call this Brooklyn-bred quintet a ‘post-genre’ band; they’re a group whose sound—even within a single song—mirrors the diversity of our era’s wide musical tastes, like mashing up ‘70s funk with a house beat, or memorable hooks infused with three part vocal harmonies. It all goes into the Pimps’ pot, over a soulful roux of rhythm and groove.


The Bright Light Social Hour

Future/Southern/Psychedelic rockers — Taking forms and influences from soul, blues, and gritty southern music and ushering them forward.

Pooneh Ghana

Questions bring art to life. Songs can still ponder socio-political issues, the fragility and isolation of the human condition, and what lies ahead for earth. Moreover, music possesses the potential and gravitas to incite change, while reflecting the world’s faults and follies. The Bright Light Social Hour contemplate a “Future South” on their second full-length album, Space Is Still the Place [Frenchkiss Records]. The Austin artists—Curtis Roush [guitar, vocals, synths], Jack O’Brien [bass, vocals, synths], Joseph Mirasole [drums, synths]—offer a different interpretation of the space around them throughout ten thematically connected songs. They tackle a myriad of issues head on during tracks such as “Ghost Dance” and “Ouroboros,” while “Infinite Cities” contemplates loneliness and “Escape Velocity” subtly hints at a orgiastic ending. The album will pose a few questions, but you may leave with an answer or two as well.

The Bright Light Social Hour convened while Curtis and Jack attended graduate school at the University of Texas in Austin. They released their self-titled debut in 2010 and scored six awards at SXSW 2011 Austin Music Awards. Throughout nearly three years on the road, they experienced the ins and outs of America, and that voyage ignited a perspective shift. “The new album’s themes and inspirations came from touring, particularly the southern part of the country,” explains Jack. “We couldn’t afford to stay in hotels most nights so we were staying with a lot of people. We got to see how average young Americans lived. We felt a lot of struggle.”

“It was shocking,” adds Curtis. “We realized how few individuals were working jobs they felt self-actualized by to some extent. They’re pedaling for survival. Our generation has grown up in continuous financial crises, a lot of unemployment, a lack of opportunity, widening inequality, and pervasive issues of race, gender, and class. We’re taking a lens to some of these gritty realities and espousing an optimistic, frontier-looking gaze into the future.” Theirs is not just a thematic progression though. Traversing the country and cranking tunes in the van, the collective musical palette expanded, embracing influences as diverse as deep house icon Frankie Knuckles, dance renegades Disclosure, Motown legends like Marvin Gaye, and Detroit Afro-rock revolutionaries Black Merda. Everything siphoned into the vision behind Space Is Still the Place. Building a studio in their Austin home, the boys began their musical journey in early 2013.


Kung Fu

Blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements

In the vanguard of the new-funk movement, KUNG FU is quickly popularizing their unique sonic contribution “NU-SION”, blurring the line between intense electro-fusion, and blistering dance arrangements. Making funk fusion music “cool” again, the band draws on influences such as early Headhunters, Weather Report, & Mahavishnu Orchestra, and merges those ideas with technical fireworks and a contemporary EDM informed sensibility. The ensemble, a seasoned pedigree that reads like a late-night summer festival all-star jam has been described by critics and fans of Galactic & Umphrey’s McGee alike as “lethal funk”, “explosive”, “jaw dropping”, and “musically mesmerizing”. For the uninitiated, the experience is typically shocking yet the focus is simple: ENTER THE DRAGON! Kung Fu features Tim Palmieri on guitar (The Breakfast), Robert Somerville on tenor sax (Deep Banana Blackout), Todd Stoops on keyboards (RAQ), Christopher DeAngelis on bass guitar (The Breakfast) and Adrian Tramontano on drums/percussion (The Breakfast).


Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band

Funk has a new spokes band, and that band is Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band.

Known for their raucous live shows and outrageous stage wear, the Booty Band’s sound is a mix of deep funk, high energy rock, plus a little old school Rap and Soul thrown in for good measure. Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band formed in 2002 and went through a few incarnations before culminating into the dynamic ensemble it is today. The five-piece Funk Rock outfit fuels their high-energy show with original compositions, triumphant horns, laid-back grooves and heavy backbeats.


Turkuaz

A 9-piece “Powerfunk” army hailing from Brooklyn, NY, whose modern twist on the classic sound has placed them at the forefront of a new funk evolution.

With the obvious influences—Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James and Zapp and Roger—as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of Talking Heads inspired jittery, world-pop-dance grooves and a passion for The Beatles, Motown and R&B into the mix, resulting in a refreshing update to the funk idiom.


Andy Frasco & The U.N.

Singer/songwriter/band maestro/entrepreneur/party starter/everyday hustler, and his band of gypsies

Frasco’s shows can be described as infectious, entertaining, and feel good. His performances are recognized as orchestrated chaos, inciting frenzied, undeniable good times, dancing, and perhaps even a good ole fashion freak out.

Touring independently across the U.S. and Europe since he was 18 years old, Frasco first got his taste of the music industry managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old -booking bands like Hello Goodbye, and working with labels such as Drive Thru and Atlantic Records, as well as venues like The Key Club in Hollywood, CA.

Since his start, Frasco has embraced a DIY attitude and work ethic, making the road his home;averaging 200+ dates a year over the past seven years, trekking over 200,000 thousand milesspanning the country dozens of times over, blowing minds and building a loyal following everywhere he goes. In 2011, Frasco was named the “New Artist to Watch” at Hatch FestEuropean Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival.

To date, Andy has shared the stage and jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Fishbone, Luke Nelson, Corey Smith, and more.

In 2013, Frasco graced some of the finest clubs and festivals in the U.S. & Europe including Yonder Mountain String Band’s Harvest Festival, String Cheese Incident’s Festival at Horning’s Hideout, Hatch Festival, Seattle’s Fremont Fair, and Sundance Film Festival to name a few.

2014, Andy will be releasing his third, full-length studio album, produced by Grammy Award winning producer Charles Goodan (Santana “Supernatural”), who has also produced such artists/albums as Beck “Odelay” and “Midnight Vultures”, the Rolling Stones, Primus, and No Doubt to name a few, as well as composed the scores to Fight Club and Blow. Andy and his band the U.N. will also be performing on premiere festivals such as Wakarusa, Sundance, SXSW, and Electric Forest stateside as well as Paaspop Festival and Kings Night Festival(NL), as well as making a return trip to Macau, China.


Pink Talking Fish

A Fusion of Pink Floyd, Talking Heads and Phish.

Pink Talking Fish is a Hybrid Tribute Fusion Act that takes the music from three of the world’s most beloved bands and creates a special treat for fans of the music.

Pink Floyd, The Talking Heads and Phish are all more than just bands… they are Phenomenons. Their creations have artistically inspired people and their mindblowing live performances have brought people together to form a special sense of community around the love for their favorite band.

Discovering connections is part of the fun: Pink Floyd’s “On The Run” seamlessly fitting in the middle of the composition of Phish’s “You Enjoy Myself”. Perfectly placing Phish’s “Sand” into the groove of The Talking Head’s “Slippery People”. Segued collections from all three acts such as Run Like Hell > Psycho Killer > Run Like An Antelope > Run Like Hell or Mike’s Song > Have A Cigar > Once In A Lifetime > Weekapaug Groove. These ideas are the spirit behind Pink Talking Fish. Come experience the ultimate fusion tribute and celebrate the love of this music in unique fashion.


Mingo Fishtrap

Living in the space where melodic pop meets gritty Memphis soul, with big ol’ twist of N’awlins funk

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.


Cabinet

Pennsylvania exploratory string-rock with a soulful, heart-felt community vibe

Cabinet formed in 2006, bringing together players from various musical and personal backgrounds. Some of the members were barely old enough to drink legally, but their thirst for older music was unquenchable. Whether its rustic “American Beauty”-era Grateful Dead or old-timey bluegrass, Cabinet has digested it all. But that is not to say that Cabinet recreates older styles. No, this is music that might have its roots in the past, but it is current and vibrant, with a sense of celebrating the now.


The California Honeydrops

New Orleans horny funk, crossroad country blues, and woodshed honky tonk

The California Honeydrops don’t just play music, they throw parties. Led by dynamic vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Lech Wierzynski, and drawing on diverse musical influences from Bay Area R&B, funk, Southern soul, Delta blues, & New Orleans second-line, the Honeydrops bring vibrant energy and infectious dance-party vibes to their shows.


Poor Man’s Whiskey

An incomparable fusion of bluegrass, southern rock, and old school jam

Jay Blakesberg

Northern California’s outlaw music bards bring a reputation for high-energy live shows and an incomparable fusion of bluegrass/old time, southern rock, and old school jam to stages and festivals worldwide. Poor Man’s Whiskey has been growing exponentially in the past 5 years selling out venues across the country such as the legendary Fillmore in SF.This “High-Octane Hootenanny” will certainly 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 story-telling originals, expertly crafted covers and zany on-stage shenanigans.

MW has released 6 studio albums and have a stunning repertoire to choose songs from creating a new show every night. In addition to their upbeat original sets Poor Man’s Whiskey have developed special late night “tribute sets” with their original bluegrass/americana twists which include “Dark Side of the Moonshine” (bluegrass interpretation of the classic Pink Floyd album) , “Graceland” (tribute to the classic Paul Simon album), “Old and In the Way”, “Tribute to Allman Brothers Band”, and “Tribute to Kate Wolf”. Crowds of all ages will sing, dance and have a good time!


Pert Near Sandstone

An acoustic quintet from Minnesota with a clunky name and a roster of hard-plucking string pickers

Take old time music off the back porch, throw out the hillbilly reputation, and put it in the hands of a group of guys that like to work hard and play even harder. Pert Near Sandstone rejuvenates American stringband music with raw energy; they play tightly-crafted original material that lends itself to the modern audience, as well as being stewards of the old-time and bluegrass traditions. They are just as at home playing fully acoustic in the traditional style as they are plugged in at an indie rock venue. From saloons to theaters, hollering into a single microphone and laying thick rhythm on driving fiddle melodies, their sweat-inducing, foot-stomping live performances keep crowds begging for more all night long.


The Giving Tree Band

Seventies American music with The Band and the Dead as obvious touchstones, plus the kind of country/almost-bluegrass of the Ozark Mountain Daredevils and the New Riders of the Purple Sage

The Giving Tree Band’s new live album, Like A Freight Train, embodies the Illinois group’s imaginative American rock ‘n roll with their finest songwriting and musical versatility on display. With nothing to prove and only something sincere to share, The Giving Tree Band love what they do and approach their craft like a sacred art. This includes tuning all their instruments precisely sharp in order to access hidden yet wonderfully potent tones that trace back to an ancient mythology of healing and miracles. Their musical strings vibrate in alignment with natural cycles of the Earth and Moon, and this frequency of love and message of harmony resonates the heart strings of many thousands of people from all walks of life.


Roadkill Ghost Choir

Powerful American rock, conjuring an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints

Emerging fully-formed from the desolate heart of Central Florida, Roadkill Ghost Choir make unsettling, powerful American rock, Tom Petty by way of Radiohead and Cormac McCarthy. Set against Kiffy Myer’s ghostly steel pedal, singer and main songwriter Andrew Shepard triumphantly conjures an allegorical American landscape of drifters, specters and violent saints. Andrew’s brothers Maxx (drums) and Zach (bass) Shepard round out the rhythm section, and Stephen Garza handles lead guitar.


Samantha Fish

Ruf Records Recording Artist

It hasn’t been that long since a teenaged Samantha Fish first started showing up at her local Kansas City blues club, Knuckleheads Saloon, and began soaking up the sounds of visiting modern blues guitar masters like Mike Zito and Tab Benoit, then going back to ’80s heroes like Stevie Ray Vaughan and following the lineage to the pre-war Delta masters. “I fell in love with it,” she told Premier Guitar of her growing passion for the form, “and started doing my homework by listening to the old guys like Son House and Skip James.”

With those influences as her template, Samantha incorporated the sounds of the classic rock of The Rolling Stones and Tom Petty, alongside contemporary artists like Sheryl Crow and The Black Crowes, in putting together a sound that would become her own.

By the age of 18, Samantha had settled on a searing lead guitar style that expressed her own voice rather than mimicking clichéd blues licks note-for-note. She quickly broke into a dues-paying period on the Kansas City jam circuit: an apprenticeship at the sharp end that tightened her musical chops, polished her stagecraft and gave her the grit to overcome occasional skepticism about her age, hair tone and gender. “I always hated the idea of the gimmick,” she told Premier Guitar. “People come out just because you are a girl, but then you have so much more to prove once you get them in the door.”


The Brothers Comatose

A rockin’ string band from San Francisco, California.

Literal brothers, Alex and Ben Morrison 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 just play for hours” “I learned more in that living room than in any class I ever took.” The brothers took this generous, inclusive and rowdy attitude and brought it to life on stages all over the country.

The environment the band creates with their music and their live shows is a sing-along, stomp­along, full blown party. And that’s exactly why publications are raving about the band…

Bluegrass Today calls the band’s performances “ full of energy” and 303 Magazine says “ It was love at first sight. This gaggle of undeniably good looking young men blew me away with their high­energy afternoon explosion of strings and enthusiasm”.


David Gans

“Solo electric” singer-songwriter-looper

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.


Rumpke Mountain Boys

Whiskey spillin’, foot stompin’, psychedelic Trashgrass.

Suzy Perler

The Rumpke Mountain Boys combine signature vocals, a unique command of string instruments (acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo) and dynamic special effects into a singular musical experience. An emotion filled musical stream of consciousness with no setlist, minimal structure, and intuitive improvisational flow. In this way, they summon the energy of the crowd as their guide in linking just the right music to precise moments in time.

Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the Rumpke Mountain Boys is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources… being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”


Sophistafunk

Funky, grimy mix of hip-hop, live drums and Moog synth savagery

Fans across America are talking about Syracuse-based Sophistafunk, the product of three multi-talented musicians — Adam Gold, Jack Brown, & Emanuel Washington — who combine spoken-word artistry, old-school hip hop, & funky rhythms to create a unique live band experience.

The band met in 2007 and rapidly evolved into a national-touring live act. Known for their HUGE sound (created by only three members), the band has won over crowds with a captivating stage presence and tight musicianship. Rooted by old school funk / hip hop, the trio explores electronic dance grooves while infusing each tune with soul and positively charged lyrics. Sophistafunk is a multi-genre tour de force, jam packed with vintage tones and live instruments.


Spoonfed Tribe

Future Primitive – Creative Destruction – Words that Relate – Beats that Vibrate

Formed in the Fort Worth area in 1999, Spoonfed Tribe is a musical/visual group known for mesmerizing live shows combining hypnotic walls of percussion, psychedelic sonics and sound-expanding visuals. Since their debut, the Tribe has remained on the road, building a Large and Loyal fan base, inspired by appearances at music fests including Voodoo Music Experience, Highberry, Lollapalooza and Wakarusa, sharing bills with some of the Greatest Performers of our time, and Sitting In with Acts like MikeDillon, Blues Traveler, Wookiefoot, Andy Frasco, Yo Mamas Big Fat Booty Band and Kris Lager Band. Spoonfed’s Drum Core is a Sight and Sound to Behold!!!!

The band has self-released 8 albums, including 2010’s Live from DFW and 2013’s Weapons of Mass Percussion. The Newest album is called “Enjoy the Ride” and was Released in Late 2013.


Head for the Hills

Pop-infused newgrass murder ballads and urbane lyricism

From Telluride Bluegrass Festival to SxSW and all points beyond – Head for the Hills creates a sound based in bluegrass that reaches into indie rock, jazz, hip hop, world and folk to stitch together fresh songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music.

Head for the Hills has performed and appeared at many premier festivals and radio programs: Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Wakarusa Music Festival, Summer Camp Music Festival, SxSW, NPR-Ideastream, eTown, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass and several more.The band was named “Best of Colorado” for 4 consecutive years via Westword Music Showcase (Denver, CO) and also co-released a craft beer with one of USA Today’s “Top 15 Craft Beer Breweries” – Odell Brewing Co.


Mountain Sprout

Songs about weed smokin’, beer drinking and fightin’

Mountain Sprout has the look of wild all over them in their long beards and smoke and drink while they play attitudes. It is a potent combination and it works. The Quartet plays wild and loose too, sawing fiddles or trashing banjos. They inject their funny songs about weed smoking and beer drinking and fight causing with fervor and a sense of believability.


Dirtfoot

A dose of Gypsy Punk Country Grumble boogie

Dirtfoot – a Dose of Gypsy Punk Country Grumble boogie. Whether performing on big stages at festivals, or playing intimate setting in pubs and the finer taverns all over the mid west & south, Dirtfoot puts on an uproarious show. The crowds come to take part in the fun and chaos, hollering to all the calls and responses, shaking their beancans, and getting down with the infectious grooves. There is only one Gypsy Punk Country Grumble Boogie band in the land… Dirtfoot.

Led by the organic writings of Matt Hazelton with each player adding his own flavor and feeling to the songs and sound of the group, Dirtfoot is a blend of eclectic styles as well as diverse personalities. Featuring instruments ranging from guitar, banjo, bass, drums, percussion and more, this band has a truly engaging sound, a real dose of Gypsy, Punk, Country, Grumble Boogie! It is like a good gumbo – you have some growling vocals, heavy bass and percussion that makes a good, dark, dirty Louisiana roux, mixed heartily with some meaty rhythms, combined liberally with fresh offerings from the guitar and banjo that are like okra and tomatoes picked from your backyard garden, topped with the hot n’ sexy spice of the lead guitar, and finally a little something magical and indescribable, and you have Dirtfoot – a delicious, spicy, dirty band that will make you stomp your feet, shake your ass and yell like a lunatic on a full moon night.


Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Progressive, high-energy string band from Stevens Point, WI with roots in old-time, folk and bluegrass

Hailing from the river town of Stevens Point, Wisconsin, HHG plays something like progressive high-energy Old-Time folk music. With strong roots in old-time and bluegrass, the band has formed it’s own unique style born from the diverse musical backgrounds and interests of the five friends who make up the band. All born and raised in the great state of Wisconsin, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades began playing music and their earliest shows in the spring of 2009. Since then, the band has shared the stage with the Infamous Stringdusters, Yonder Mountain String Band, Railroad Earth, Charlie Parr, Pert Near Sandstone, Art Stevenson and Highwater, .357 String Band, The Big Wu, and many more. Being mostly inspired by rivers, valleys, good friends, and good drink, this five piece is as sturdy as any midwest riverbed and will make your toes tap from sundown to sunrise.


Family Groove Company

Groove informed jazz/rock from Chicago

Family Groove Company integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists like Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, with thoughtful, tight songwriting that takes cues from the likes of Steely Dan and the Beatles. The result? An infectious, fresh sound the band calls “groove informed jazz/rock.” With a sound defined by rich analog keyboards, tight crunchy guitar, and a pocket-based rhythm section, FGC brings a fresh sound that bends genres and dares the listener not to dance.


Old Shoe

Roots rock n’ roll from Chicago, painting a diverse landscape of American life

Old Shoe is a five-piece Roots Rock n’ Roll band based out of Chicago, Illinois. Made up of talented songwriters from across the country, hailing from as far away as Alaska, the band’s compositions paint a diverse landscape of American life.

The band’s new album Family is not merely another notch in the belt for the Old Shoe, but is more so a poignant culmination of their growth and progress since the last release in 2011. In just a little over two years, Old Shoe solidified their strong lineup with keyboardist/mandolinist/vocalist Joe Day and drummer Greg Fundis, rounded the Midwest festival circuit at high-profile events like Summer Camp, Wakarusa, and Harvest Fest, opened for Grammy-award winning Bruce Hornsby and Leftover Salmon, and even produced consecutive installments of their own festival, Shoe Fest.


The Coop

In between electronica, jazz, jam, and rock exists a merging of organic and digital sounds

The band’s mantra – Lost in Thought, Found in Sound – belies a process immersed in purpose but delivered in compulsion by drummer Jake Barinholtz, guitarist/rhythm laptop Danny Biggins, keyboardist Joe Re, and bassist/lead laptop Cason Trager. Formed in Chicago, the group’s synchronization of breakbeat, dub, jazz, and jamband rock culminates in musical bursts described as “live-glitch-hop aesthetic that runs rampant,” (The Untz) and “a high energy experience perfectly suited to the earliest hours of the morning” (Jambands.com). The repeated live recreation of the band’s songs has equipped them with the ability to record and produce themselves, acting as musicians, recording engineers, producers, and DJ’s. With all the musical ingredients needed for a self-sufficient creative vehicle, it’s a wonder what The Coop will move onto next.


Wood & Wire

Bluegrass music from Austin TX

As its name suggests, Wood & Wire is a young acoustic band with a love for pure music played well. In 2011, the group exploded onto Austin’s bluegrass and old-time-music scene while quickly gaining a national fan base. A culmination of distinct musical personalities, the band’s influences range from Led Zeppelin to Doc Watson – and everything in between. “We’re from all over the country,” says Bassist Dom Fisher, describing the resulting sound as “strongly rooted in traditional bluegrass, with elements of progressive grass such as modern harmony and song forms.”


Dustbowl Revival

California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans

The Dustbowl Revival is a Venice, California-based collective that merges old school bluegrass, gospel, pre-war blues and the hot swing of New Orleans to form a spicy roots cocktail. Known for their roaring live sets, Dustbowl bravely brings together many styles of traditional American music. Some call it string band-brass band mash up. Maybe it’s called Swing grass or good old Americana. Imagine Old Crow Medicine Show teaming up with Louis Armstrong’s Hot Fives and Sevens, or Bob Dylan and The Band jamming with Benny Goodman and his orchestra in 1938. It’s infectious, joyous music – a youthful take on time-worn American traditions.


The Ballroom Thieves

A rock trio dressed in a folk suit, delivering inspired songwriting with guitar, gritty cello, DIY percussion and three-part harmony

For The Ballroom Thieves, the band’s journey has only just begun, but their roots already run quite deep. “Our own personal growth and explorations in songwriting and musicianship caused us to end up in this unique spot where we can generally feel free to be who we are at all times,” says guitarist Martin Earley. “I think we have a certain sound at the moment, but that sound is constantly evolving, and I hope it keeps doing that.”

Stylistically, the Thieves embrace a captivating mélange of acoustic styles, exploring the basic constructions of folk and pop music, while almost wholeheartedly rejecting its restrictions at the same time. It mirrors the band’s sharp awareness of its surroundings that equates to a rare form of musical intelligence. The Ballroom Thieves family tree has only just begun to bloom, but its roots give the trio a strong and solid structure from which they continue to build.


The HillBendersplay “Tommy”

Dynamic bluegrass quintet from Springfield, MO perform Tommy by the Who

The dynamic bluegrass quintet from Springfield, MO with their high octane shows, tight harmonies and stunning instrumental prowess, have been winning fans and making waves at every festival they’ve been invited to. “Our music appeals to anyone that can enjoy a fun performance. We share a passion for the music, a passion to perform.” says guitarist Jim Rea. “It’s evident that we have fun on stage.”


Jon Wayne and the Pain

Mixing elements of rock/reggae with electronic synths and bass heavy dub

If Lee Scratch Perry and Deadmau5 died, went to heaven, and recorded an album with Bradley Nowell and Jerry Garcia, they’d end up with something like Jon Wayne and The Pain’s 2013 full length release “Surrender”. In addition to the Minneapolis trio’s signature sound of roots infused Reggae Rock, their latest release adds a bold fusion of Jam and EDM into the fold.

The band’s previous album “Follow Through” for the most part only teases with a few subtle, dark electronic elements but stays true to the roots infused Reggae Rock sound that could be described as an ideal poolside soundtrack. Until the release of “Surrender”, their sometimes sinister combination of organic drums and guitar with electronic bass and synths could only be heard if fans could catch the band’s live act in clubs and festivals around the U.S. or sift through bootleg uploads on Youtube. Their third full length album is full of electronic instrumentals that build from entrasic dub loops (wait for the drop) then explode into high energy party anthems with intense vocals and powerful acoustic drums.


Levon Helm Tribute

Spot on tribute to the late great Levon Helm and the Band

Earl & Them pay tribute to Levon Helm! Guitarist Earl Cate & Drummer Terry Cagle also toured with the Band for a couple of years in the early eighties. Earl reveals that there were times on the tour that when Levon was unable to sing, Terry sang his parts and no one knew in the audience knew the better. His voice is similar to his famous uncle’s and many would say better. Terry got into the music business in 1966 when he was only 15 years old. He joined Earl and Ernie Cate when his uncle Levon Helm left the Cate’s Gang for Canada to join Robbie Robertson, Garth Hudson, and Rick Danko in what was to become the legendary rock group “The Band”. Levon had recommended his nephew for the job as a great young drummer. Earl & Them totally capture the sound and feeling of Levon Helm & The Band !


Indubious

Rootstronica Revolutionaries

Armed with impressive instrumental skill, powerful tharmonies, and an electrifying stage presence, Indubious is destined to change the face of music. Leaving audiences stunned and amazed, they recruit fans from all walks of life whilst shattering any preconceived notions of genre and style. At the forefront of a musical revolution spreading out from their home of Ashland, Oregon, Indubious and their loyal fans, affectionately called “Indubians”, have reached worldwide with international tours, numerous major festival plays, 3 full length album releases, and a steadily rising reputation as the originators and ambassadors of the Rootstronica genre (a high energy blend of Reggae, Rock and EDM).


Useful Jenkins

A Midwest Psychedelic Front Porch Hoedown

Tim McG Photo

Useful Jenkins is a contemporary acoustic band with a foundation rooted in bluegrass, and readily taps into other genres, such as folk, funk, rock, and hip hop. Their music generates emotion and sends a message to a wide range of listeners, giving them an eclectic group of followers from all walks of life. The band is a 4 piece at its core (bass, lead acoustic, rhythm acoustic, mandolin) and has currently been integrating the violin as a fifth melody layer. 4-part vocal harmonies accompany the wall of stringed instruments, leaving listeners with a strong, clean, and unique sound. Useful Jenkins thrives on energy; they flourish in the moment and have an unmatched resonance with the crowd.


Henhouse Prowlers

Traditional bluegrass from the great city of Chicago

Eleven years in the making, Chicago’s Henhouse Prowlers have built a reputation for hard work and non-stop touring, playing music inspired by the roots of bluegrass while branching out into a sound uniquely their own. From lightning fast picking, to sentimental ballads—playing storied original material, traditional songs, and contemporary covers—The Prowlers’ live show leaves no one wanting.


Afternoon Moon

Live Energy: Like an army tank pulled by a group of centaurs down the side of a mountain

Afternoon Moon is on the rise and building a reputation of a funky, energetic performance with dedicated musicians. Pure psychedelic soul, based in Chicago, IL. Since 2011, the band has been creating an interesting sound in the Midwest. Live performances have become a must see, with a vintage infusion of sonic improvisation and an honest homegrown feel. Twin brothers Josh (guitar/vox) and Jordan Daniels (keys/vox) duel it out with Justin Crabb(percussion)and Louie Giacobbe (bass) providing the heartbeat. It’s an experience you won’t soon forget! Please download the new album, Dance in the Rain, for FREE at our website afternoonmoon.net!


Gipsy Moon

Gipsy Moon is an acoustic love cannon blasting a new generation’s invitation to the dance of life

Gipsy Moon is a five-piece group of artists on an endless journey toward good times and raw expression. With music as their carriage, strings as their weapon and the horizon as their aim, this unconventional band is not one to be missed. Their sound is something like a backwoods hoedown meets the smoking basement of a New York jazz club. Soothing harmonies, raging solos and dirt encrusted bass lines bring an old time style into an exciting new dimension; one that hippies and poets, lovers and dancers, freaks and families alike can all come together and dance until the sun comes up.


Strung Like a Horse

High- energy gypsy punk-grass band from the southeast US

Strung Like a Horse is a high energy gypsy punk grass band based in the southeastern US. Your first taste of Strung Like a Horse is like that first sip of moonshine—it will blow your hat off your head and it’s far more intoxicating than you expected. They draw inspiration from folk punk bands like The Violent Femmes but their roots are buried deep in the good ol’ fashioned home-made hillbilly stomp grass. These junkyard dogs bring “honest, playful, headbangingly interactive fun” to any venue their rocket crashes.

The SLAH sound is built by:
Clay Maselle – Slippery lead vocals, acoustic guitar, mandolin, and kazoo
B.J. Hightower – Upright bass and soaring harmonies
Crispy – Drums, bells, and random hunks of junk he picked up along the way
Spooky Fiddler – Self explanatory


HeartByrneTalking Heads Tribute

Amy Boyd

This band performs the music of Talking Heads. This band performs a live concert in the style of ‘Stop Making Sense’ while adding song selections from each phase of Talking Heads history. This band consists of musicians that live in Austin, Texas. This band consists of great friends that share a great reverence for the work of Talking Heads and David Byrne in particular.


Earl & Them

Legendary Guitarist Earl Cate leads a group of the best R&B, Soul, & Roots musicians in the country

Legendary Guitarist Earl Cate leads a group of the best R&B, Soul, & Roots musicians in the country. Earl has toured with The Band, CS&N, & Little Feat.
Joining Earl is Legendary Drummer & Vocalist Terry Cagle, Levon Helm’s Nephew. Terry & Earl can both be found playing with The Band in archive footage and Terry can even be found sitting in with The Grateful Dead 12/31/83. Earl & Them is topped off with Soul Vocalist & Blues Guitarist “Baby” Jason Davis, & John Davies on bass(Michael Burks, Son Seals). Eclectic Jam Guitarist Isayah Warford (Charliehorse, Everyone Orchestra, Andy Frasco) & Mountain Of Venus Drummer Mike “Stingray” Garrett will be joining Earl & Them for Phases Of The Moon 2015!


Mouth

Lawrence, Kansas’ electro-jam four-piece

Bridging the divide between jazz, rock, and funk and the growing dance music movement, Lawrence, Kansas’ electro-jam four-piece, Mouth, is poised to take the live electronic scene by storm. Locked into looping technology, the band’s drums, guitars, and bass are launched into a psychedelic swirl of synthetic and organic sounds that blur the lines between genres, and allow its sound to fill up any room.
Highly trained and technically proficient, the band’s rigorous background allows its members to turn on a dime, improvise more than half its sets, and introduce new elements into the stage show with ease. Sit-ins from Kris Meyers of Umphrey’s McGee and Brandon Draper (Particle, Quixotic) are less cameos and more an integration of a new sonic entity into the adaptable and evolving Mouth sound.


Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

High-energy psychedelic funk that will make your feet smile and your soul dance

Funk, Rock, Electronic ENERGY: These four Pigeons bring it every night. Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has an undeniably unique and versatile live sound that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy. Their evolving arrangement of original compositions, psychedelic improvisational jams, and contagious smiles have ‘The Flock’ growing and coming back for more. With no end in sight, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is here to bring the party with their danceable electro-funk grooves and infectious ability to bring positive energy to any environment.


Roxy Roca

A powerhouse southern, horn-powered soul band, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound

Otto Magic

Austin, TX-based ROXY ROCA is a powerhouse of southern soul, stirring up your spirit with a gritty and infectious sound influenced as much by soul and funk legends of the late 60s like James Brown, Joe Tex, and Al Green as by early rock ‘n’ roll pioneers like Chubby Checker and Little Richard and early 70s psychedelic funk rockers like War and Sly and the Family Stone. Formed in late 2010, the band quickly developed a reputation for getting a room on its feet and in motion with a sound that has been described as Dynamite Texas Soul — driving, horn-powered southern soul with a certain explosiveness and swagger that is distinctly Texas. The band is currently touring the US in support of their debut album on Stag Records, “Ain’t Nothin’ Fancy.”


Rowdy Shadehouse

High energy Dance extravanganza

Rowdy Shadehouse is an on-your-face, high-energy funk rock explosion erupting from Denver, CO. From revealing outfits, incredible musicianship, to suggestive stage props, this seven-person fireball never ceases to blow ladies and gentleman away. Rowdy Shadehouse performances embody the mantra of funk and rock legends that have conquered stages and audiences before them “This bare chested, tight wearing, fun loving, party provoking, and sex drive accelerating… band will blow your socks off.


The Way Down Wanderers

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act

Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5-piece modern-folk Americana act, The Way Down Wanderers, draw listeners in with energy, originality and soulful generosity. Playing, performing and writing together for just over a year, the Wanderers have built an enthusiastic and fast-growing following across the country, earning Deli Magazine’s Readers Choice title of “Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist, 2014.” Youthful and professionally trained, these young men captivate audiences with soaring instrumentals, foot stomping sing-alongs and a lively stage show and have created a buzz for themselves with their unplugged, off-stage encores and propensity for performing self-titled, “restSTOMPS” – free acoustic sets at rest & truck stops along their tour routes. The band’s debut EP, “Path to Follow” and their brand new live EP, “Wellspring” are available wherever music is sold. The band’s first full-length album is due to release in the Fall of 2015.


El Dub

One Man Reggae Funk Band

El Dub is a One Man, Reggae, Funk , Hip Hop, Soul band! His high energy, and intricate “looping” style mixed with positive uplifting lyrics create that laid back, “no worries”, feel good type of vibe! El Dub is what you call a “looper” or “One man Band”. He plays all instruments live in real time, including beat boxing, guitar, bass, keys and harmonizing vocals and loops them into layers that end up sounding like a full band with just one man.


James Jones Trio

Next Generation Blues

As a frontman, James Jones 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. The Trio’s rhythm section, consisting of Aaron and Mitchell, bring multiple influences to the table, and create a foundation unlike anything heard before. Aaron’s superb drum work brings a taste to the blues that hasn’t been heard in years, especially by someone of his age. Mitchell’s fine bass work is the mortar of the group.


Coyote Union

Rock N’ Rock for the soul from the Natural State

What makes a good band great, what makes them stand out above all the rest, is their commitment to an infallible ideal, the one thing that they strive to do to change people through their music, giving them a deeper experience. For Coyote Union, that ideal is connection. Connection to their fans, to their music and to each other. Coyote Union hopes to inspire, uplift and encourage their listener to overcome the “hard stuff in life” by providing musical therapy and songs that move people by sharing their own life experience, hardship and emotion. People say they might be a little too nice, but they don’t care, they just want to reach as many people as they can with heartfelt words, and a positive spirit.


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