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KT Tunstall’s Summer Extravaganza

KT TUNSTALL

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Since scoring a worldwide smash with her debut album ‘Eye To The Telescope’ in 2004, which went on to sell over 5 million copies, KT Tunstall has remained at the forefront of UK singer- songwriter talent. Over the next decade, three further critically acclaimed albums followed; ‘Drastic Fantastic’, ‘Tiger Suit’ and ‘Invisible Empire//Crescent Moon’ in 2007, 2010 and 2013 respectively, keeping the platinum sales rolling and cementing the Scottish singer-songwriter’s reputation as a major recording talent, as well as a mesmerizing live artist.

Head for the Hills

HEAD FOR THE HILLS

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Head For The Hills is a unique band. They did not grow up around bluegrass music, but instead later discovered their liking. The result of this is a sound based in bluegrass that incorporates hip hop, jazz, indie rock, and folk. Their music bridges the divide between past and future acoustic music. The Colorado-born band specializes in newgrass and progressive bluegrass. Don’t miss your chance to hear their unique music on October 29!

Watch them perform their song, Sit & Whittle, here:

Listen to their song, Take Me Back, here:

Arlo McKinley

Arlo McKinley

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Arlo McKinley has been busy building a name for himself as an honest singer songwriter that deserves to be heard ever since his self titled release in 2014 with his backing band “The Lonesome Sound”.

Crossing genres of folk/rock/indie and soul music, the mission of writing truthful and honest songs always remains the same. Billed alongside musicians such as John Moreland, Jason Isbell, Tyler Childers and Justin Townes Earl has helped Arlo McKinley get his name outside of the local Cincinnati scene and have gained him fans across the states and across the pond.SPeori

Travers Brothership

Travers Brothership

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Songwriters. Singers. Multi-instrumentalists. Brothers. At only 25, twins Eric Travers and Kyle Travers have been writing songs and stunning live audiences for well over half their lifetime. Presenting a soulful, bluesy, taste of rock n’ roll spun in psychedelic jam, Travers Brothership; also including singer/bassist/songwriter, Josh Clark, and keyboardist/songwriter/percussionist, Ian McIsaac, create a fierce and balanced team, strengthened by the 12 years they’ve spent together on and off the road.

Easy Riders

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Blues/Rock band – Commanding Guitar Slide playing & Vintage styles from early rock & roll & hall of fame blues to Jerry Garcia. Music for the Soul.

Justin Wells

Justin Wells

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About Justin Wells: With stunning insight and honesty, Wells speaks upon the disillusion of dreams, the realization of new ones, the reality of the pitfalls of the rock and roll fantasy, and does so with cutting clarity and poetic facility.”
– Saving Country Music

“The songs Wells sang, pulled mostly from his debut solo album Dawn in the Distance, were deceptive. They may have been lighter in tone, but they crackled with a massive spirit, one that wore the trials and triumphs of band life like bloodied badges of honor.”
Kentucky.com

“If [Dawn in the Distance] is not an autobiographical journal, Wells is a damn good actor, because you believe every word. There’s so much real passion and projected emotion, you’d be a cold soul to come away from listening to this without being affected.”
– Farce the Music

Adam Lee

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Adam Lee’s first solo release, ‘Sincerely, Me’, turned traditionalism on its head. In support of the album he completed a second European tour and played shows with Dave Alvin, Lucero, and Frank Turner. He also dug deeper into his own roots: from Springsteen and Petty to the indie and punk rock records he grew up on.

Adam previously fronted the scrappy alt-country outfit Adam Lee & the Dead Horse Sound Company. Their time was spent in the remaining American honky tonks, time which eventually paid off: he was nominated for Dale Watson’s Ameripolitan Awards and had his songs land in the Kevin Smith films Red State and Tusk. Following these successes, Adam accepted an offer for a leading role in the Tony Award-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet, under the musical direction of Chuck Mead.

Adam Lee’s life is movement. As a military kid, Adam called many different places home. His music does the same. ‘Sincerely, Me’ reflects all of this. Roots-rock songwriter Justin Wells sums it up: “Somebody’s gonna file this album under Americana, but that’s because Adam Lee isn’t a genre…the record nods at several American musics without knowing the meaning of derivative.”

Adam is currently recording the follow-up to his solo debut with producer Duane Lundy (Ringo Starr, Horse Feathers, Joe Pug).

Joe Stamm’s Country Rock Revival

JOE STAMM BAND

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The Joe Stamm Band (JSB) is a high energy country rock group rooted in the Black Dirt of the American Midwest. Born and raised in the fields and fence rows of central Illinois, Joe and the band play a soul pumping brand of country rock uniquely their own. In 2018, DirtRoadAnthems.com told their readers, “If you are looking for a great new country/rock/Americana band to listen to, [Joe Stamm Band] is the perfect one.” JSB songs are laced with rural American imagery, hard-driving guitar, and songwriting that invites listeners into a deeply personal, authentic life experience.

Joe’s early life revolved primarily around football, earning a scholarship to play quarterback at Northern Illinois University. Injuries, however, cut a once promising career short and sent him searching – searching for a new identity, new hobbies, new pursuits and points of focus. He poured himself into academics, hunting, his childhood faith, partying & burning candles at both ends. Gradually, music and songwriting dominated Joe’s focus and stories began to emerge – not just his but yours, ours. Over time, a community of musicians & fans took notice. A band formed & audiences started filling venues.

Joe has now opened for acts such as Travis Tritt, Blackberry Smoke, Jamey Johnson, Chris Knight, Reckless Kelly, the Kentucky Headhunters, JJ Grey & MOFRO, Easton Corbin, Jerrod Niemann, Parmalee, among others, even sharing the bill with personal heroes Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson at the Tailgates and Tallboys Music Festival. Joe Stamm Band is anchored by long time members Joe Stamm, at guitar & lead vocals, and Jon Byler Dann playing bass guitar and singing backup. Bruce Moser on drums and Dave Glover on guitar fill out the five-piece group. Their focus is singular – play great music for as many people as possible. Joe acknowledges, “We started this thing in the grassroots of central Illinois. And we plan to stay firmly rooted. Roots and growth are dependent on one another. We trust our fans will keep us centered on both.”

JSB released a new EP, titled “Dandelion Woman,” on October 26, 2018. The EP will feature 5 songs, including the unreleased title track, as well as a duet with Nashville based Tasji Bachman, entitled “First Saw You” (released as a single June 1). The band’s previous two releases, both in March of 2018, are “Fetch Me,” a hymnal tribute to Joe’s family heritage, and “Midwest Girl,” an country rock anthem to women of the American Midwest. JSB music is available on all digital music platforms (i.e. iTunes, Spotify, etc.).

Joe Stamm Band is proudly the official house band of 104.9 the Wolf and sponsored by Last Chance Bar & Grill.

AILEEAH COLGAN

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Aileeah Colgan is the daughter of a Baptist-preaching father and a gospel-singing mother. Born in Missouri; raised in Florida; and currently residing in the cornfields of the Midwest – Aileeah’s songwriting tells the stories of love, life, and loss she’s experienced along the way.

Aileeah grew up singing in gospel choirs with her siblings and fell in love with the music of classic country artists like Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn, and Johnny Cash. She combines her love of traditional country with today’s soulful pop songwriters, to create songs that are rooted in country values and twang, with percussive rhythm and soul.

She and her experienced musicians make up a 6-member country performance with exceptional original music, and crowd-favorite covers.

Steady Flow

Steady Flow’s Riverfront Afterparty

Steady Flow

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From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of powerful funk music like you’ve never heard it before. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky “Goonie-Mom” Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a six-piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around.

In Steady Flow’s short existence, the group has taken on music festivals such as North Coast, Summer Camp, Phases of the Moon, and the list goes on. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good.

Steady Flow released their first EP, “The Oneoff Sessions” in 2013, and their debut album, “Loud.” in June 2015. The band released their newest full length album, “Do You Like That?” in April 2017! Do not miss a live show near you. Steady Flow is “The Future Of Funk.”

Prophet Massive

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Prophet Massive is the dj project of Jason Hann of SCI and EOTO.

Blastfome

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Hailing from Bloomington, IL Brad “Blastfome” Nicholas has blasted himself into the Bass Music scene early on quickly becoming the name to see in the central Illinois area. Starting off in the scene with local party group Subsequent Vibes back in 2011, then making his way onto the Springfield, IL DJ crew Killinoize along the likes of Jphelpz and more. Opportunities have allowed him to share the bill with huge acts to the likes of G Jones, Jantsen, Dirt Monkey, Trollphace, Mantis, Bukez Finezt, RUN DMT, P0gman, Liquid Stanger and more. Never missing an opportunity to command the crowd has landed him onto infamous lineups such as the very first Infrasound Music festival back in 2012, all the way to the notorious Summer Camp 2016.

Vertical Axium

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Joe Stamm: Stories
Late Show

JOE STAMM

A live and unplugged recording event.

Joe will be performing an acoustic show of new songs – many you’ll have never heard before – along with telling the stories behind those songs. You’ll have opportunities to interact, possibly even ask questions, throughout the evening. We’re recording the entire night’s performance, then releasing those songs at a later date to CD, Vinyl, and everywhere digital music is found. Furthermore, a video team out of Nashville will be on site, taping the show. We’ll be making several individual music videos from this performance, as well as releasing video of the show in its entirety…maybe even to DVD.

Tickets are NOW AVAILABLE, both VIP and General Admission. Remember, tickets are very limited. And only 30 VIP’s are available. H

With a VIP Ticket, you’ll get the following:
Early entry & first choice of seats
Meet & greet with Joe
Signed event poster
A copy of the CD when it comes out
The VIP Tickets are $40 and General Admission Tickets are $15.
Doors will open at 6pm, the show and recording starts at 7pm.

Here’s a note from Joe on this event:
“It’s a dream come true to be able to pull this off, and we’ve got a great team behind us to make it all happen! I really hope to see you there. I wanted to put together a live music experience that would timeless to me – something I’ll always have and cherish. I hope you’ll share this experience with me and that, perhaps, be just as timeless for you. If you’re unable to swing it, I totally understand – we’ll let you know when the album and videos release so you can still enjoy it at a later time. But if you do want to attend, please hurry – it’s a small, intimate venue, and seats are very limited!”

Eric Gales

ERIC GALES

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Growing up in a religious household, his brothers Eugene and Manuel used to blast out Jimi Hendrix, Cream, Muddy Waters, Blue Cheer, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, King’s X and Stevie Ray Vaughan. Whilst their mother was at church and little Eric was aged just 4 , he was soaking it all up and this is where he had his incredible grounding of blues, hard rock and psychedelia. Naturally right handed, Eric learned his distinctive left handed upside down playing from his older brothers Eugene, his ‘mentor’ and Little Jimmy King, who was later adopted as Albert King’s godson.

His talents caught the eye of Elektra Records, who released his debut album The Eric Gales Band in 1991 when he was only 16 years old. The band was made up of Eric, his older brother Eugene and drummer Huwbert Crawford. Picture of a Thousand Faces followed in 1993, then Manuel Gales (aka Little Jimmy King) joined his two brothers for 1995s Left Hand Band as The Gales Brothers. Over the next few years he worked on varioud projects including performing as Lil E with Hip Hop collectives Prophet Posse and Triple 6 Mafia.

In 2001 he returned and released his first album on MCA records ‘That’s What I Am’ before moving to Mike Varney’s legendary shredder label, Shrapnel Records for ‘Crystal Vision’ (2006) and ‘The Psychedelic Underground’ (2007). Four album on Blues Bureau Internation followed; ‘The Story of My Life’ (2008), ‘Layin’ Down The Blues’ (2009), ‘Relentless’ (2010) and ‘Transformation’ (2010).

In 2009 he spent in jail serving at the Shelby County Correction Center in 2009 for possession of drugs and a weapon. Talking about this he says; “While I was in there all the officers and guards were like, ‘bro you know this isn’t where you’re supposed to be. When you get out of here, go take the world by the horns and ride it all the way out.’ It took a couple of years after but, I’m here.” Whilst he was incarcerated he was able to play shows, for the Mayor, the city and festivals, his own version of Johnny Cash Walk the Line.

The all instrumental ‘Ghost Notes’ (Tone Center Records) came in 2013 along with ‘Pinnick Gales Pridgen’ (Magna Carta). The latter was a collaboration with dUg Pinnick (Kings X) and Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta, Suicidal Tendencies) and the sequal come in 2014 with another fusion of psychedelic blues, hard rock and progressive soul/R&B. He then released ‘Good for Sumthin’ in 2014 (Cleopatra Records)in addition to live album ‘A Night on the Sunset Strip’ (2016).

Sublime With Rome

SUBLIME WITH ROME

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The wait is over! Sublime With Rome returns long at last with new music in 2018 to complement their first two album releases, Sirens, the 2015 effervescent follow up to the band’s 2011 debut release Yours Truly. “Wicked Heart” will be the first single out late July off their yet untitled upcoming album to come out around Spring 2019.

“We had more time, we know each other better now, and we’re even better musicians,” said Rome Ramirez, who was just 20-years-old when he embarked on this journey.

With Sublime bassist and co-founder Eric Wilson anchoring the group, Sublime With Rome are armed with a new album that makes a real statement… their statement. Produced by Rob Cavallo, who has worked with Green Day, My Chemical Romance, Linkiin Park and many more, the latest release is an expression of three musicians who truly get each other and who communicate seamlessly through their instruments.

The luxury of time had a huge impact on their approach to this all-important release, especially since the band went into the studio without any demos or songs ready to go! That might sound terrifying to some musicians, but Sublime With Rome were invigorated by the situation.

“We didn’t have any songs in our pockets,” the frontman said, confessing that while he liked the spontaneity, it also lit a fire under their collective ass. “We showed up to this big studio and we had nothing, so we had to make it grassroots. It felt refreshing to make things on the fly. It really came together with all of us in the room and we loved the result.”

He furthered, “Everything was recorded live and together. It’s a little tighter and edgier than our last two releases. We have a lot of influence from Eric and it definitely shows.”

Wilson concurred, saying, “It was great working with Rob, our chemistry was excellent. We had a great time recording the album in a totally organic way. There was no stress, even though we came up with stuff on the fly.” The album was recorded at famed Sonic Ranch nearby El Paso, Texas and in Los Angeles.

“It is a whole different feeling now,” Ramirez admitted. “Carlos is such a great guy and he is just as lighthearted, which is great on the road, since touring can be so serious and so tough. It has been more fun, really. It is a lot more relaxed, and that helps with everything. It’s like that everywhere. Studio. Stage. Bus. Wherever we are. We’ve moved forward, musically and on stage. He brings a great element.

And while Ramirez pays the utmost respect to the original Sublime entity, since, as he admitted in the past, they were the first band that made him want to make, as opposed to just listen to, music, he knows Sublime With Rome are worthy of fan’s undivided attention. “This summer, I want fans to say, ‘I went to see Sublime With Rome and the new music is sick as fuck.’ We can do that by continuing to make better and better records,” he said.

Ramirez even stated that he isn’t so much interested in the endgame or results as much as he is interested in writing music that is honest. And it’s Wilson who summed up how their new music is such an important record for the band. “I’m able play music for the love of music, just like I did back then. I am so fortunate to still be able to do it,” he said.

TROPIDELIC

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“Every single second is a blessing if you count them all,” sings frontman Matthew Roads. You can hear the sincerity in his voice; the joie de vivre that oozes from everything Tropidelic does is apparent. When they take a stage, their synergy flows member to member—horns blow, knees kicked high and grins are passed from one man to the next. Almost immediately it spreads to the crowd, lifting hands in the air as their feet begin to move and the pulse collectively becomes that of one.

The six-piece band from Cleveland, Ohio may be far from any tropical islands but that doesn’t stop them from dishing out an interesting mix of reggae, hip – hop and high energy funk for audiences across the country. Tropidelic has a deep and widespread appreciation for music that can be heard in each note. Some of the members are hip-hop heads, while others are into metal, funk or reggae. But each of these genres lends something to their collective sound. “We pride ourselves in being original in our musicality and personality as a band,” says Roads, “but also in not taking ourselves so seriously that it ruins the fun.”

For their forthcoming 2017 release, “Heavy is The Head”, Tropidelic carefully vetted what songs made it to the record, and featured songwriting efforts from members James and Darrick. Sound engineer Cary Crichlow, who has worked on the last four releases from the band, returned to get the job done. “Our socio-political views vary as much as our musical tastes and always seep into the music” says Roads. “There’s certainly a lot that needs said, but on this record we tried to be well-rounded and touch on a broad scope of emotions.”

These seasoned road dogs can be found spreading their soulful sound across the country in both intimate venues and music festivals, having shared the stage with and supported such acts as Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, Pepper and The Wailers. Previously, Tropidelic has been featured at Werk Out Festival, Reggae on the River, Night Lights Music Festival, an appearance at Warped Tour, SXSW and supporting Badfish through the East and Midwest. In 2017, the band is focused on headlining tours as well as performing at Electric Forest, Burning Foot Festival, Surrounded By The Sound, Bragg Jam, Shadefest and much more. Stay tuned for more from Cleveland’s home-grown, Tropidelic.

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