Brian Hoyt is a Chicago singer/songwriter who blends folk, soul, blues, and country to create an intimate one-of-a-kind sound. His live shows are a perfect mix of classic pop covers and soulful originals.
Covering the pioneers of the bar-room sound, Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, Red Rebel County plays everyone’s favorite party tunes, along with a handful of traditional Irish bar-room tunes and original music that is guaranteed to have the crowd singing and dancing along with the band. BUT PARTYGOERS BEWARE – this show isn’t for the faint of heart! Red Rebel County doesn’t put on just any old, ordinary show like most other cover bands. When Red Rebel County rolls through a town the venue is quickly transformed into a huge party with the band playing host as your friendly “MC.” So get ready for loads of drinking, toasting, singing and dancing along with the band!
Jared Manker (Mank) and Sara Siders (Sass) team up for an acoustic funk/blues duo sure to steal hearts and blow minds.
Barefoot, sleeveless and sweaty, Whiskey Shivers frontman and fiddle master Bobby Fitzgerald never stops smiling on stage. “All right! Let’s kick this thing in the face!” he barks, as the band tears into their stringed instruments at breakneck speed.
It’s almost impossible to watch him perform more than a song or two without cracking a smile yourself. His exuberance is contagious, and it bleeds through into the music. Whether they’re playing at a backyard house party in Texas, a punk-rock dive bar or a sprawling country music festival, crowds take notice. People put down their phones, pick up their drinks and start dancing.
“Whiskey Shivers isn’t just the five of us on stage, it’s everybody in the room,” Fitzgerald says. “We try to bring everybody into the moment and get them to realize there’s no wall between us and the crowd. We’re all in this together, and we’re all here to have a good time. We’ll do our best to facilitate it, but it takes all of us to make it happen. When you start to feel that, you can’t help but feel a little attachment and become invested in the show. You realize, ‘Oh, I’m here to have good time too!’”
“Austin’s Whiskey Shivers are bluegrass-fueled Americana for a generation that grew up listening to punk rock. This group of 20somethings plays banjos, fiddles and washboards at breakneck speeds while singing high, lonesome harmonies about love and video games.” – Washington Post
“If Aretha Franklin & Chaka Khan had a baby, she’d be me.” An Eclectic mix of Rock n Soul, Krystal Metcalfe and her band are a group of high energy, talented musicians with a lot of love to give! Krystal is recognized by The Chicago Tribune’s Redeye as an artist to watch. Creating magical experiences for her audience, Krystal loves incorporating her influences, and theatre background to create a sense of escapism for her audience. Changing the world one stage at a time. Get up and enjoy the show!
“COREY DENNISON IS THE QUINTESSENTIAL BLUESMAN.”
Long-awaited by loyal fans, The Corey Dennison Blues Band debuted in Chicago in early 2013, storming the stages of Buddy Guy’s Legends, Rosa’s, and Leroy’s Hot Stuff. In late 2013, Corey’s always entertaining stage presence prompted the release of “live in chicago” a thrilling document of a typical night in a Windy City blues club. The album leaves little doubt that the Blues has found its premier young lion, Corey Dennison.
Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee, Corey spent a majority of his childhood moving about Tennessee and Georgia. As a young boy, he heard the powerful, soulful sounds of the Blues on late night radio programs and recalls being captivated by the music. He received his first guitar at the age of 6 and began to imitate the music of artists such as Gatemouth Brown, Albert Collins and Albert King. Corey immediately felt a strong connection to Soul music. “I just loved the way Soul music made me feel from my head to my toes. I remember humming along to songs from Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield & Sam Cooke.” This marked a lasting impression on his musical style and is clearly visible today in his soulful vocals and fiery guitar solos.
The nation’s most renowned Dave Matthews tribute band
Touring the U.S. for close to twenty years
“This is not just another Dave Matthews cover band. This is THE tribute band.
If you enjoy Dave Matthews, this is the band for you…as close as you can get to the real thing.”
Canyon Collected is an original Colorado grass band whiskey bent on blurring genre lines and creating new music rooted in an all american cross country experience. Each member features their unique style in their playing & song-writing influenced by a multitude of genres, artists, places and time. They write love songs, drinking tunes, pop hits, murder ballads, they like to take time and improv a jam, take chances and push their limits. They play a heavy dose of original music, the occasional obscure cover song, and tunes any crowd will enjoy.
In an age where music is free, fans are digital, and bands are measured in buzz, Phillip Fox Band has taken a classic approach to their music and their career. Great songs, crafted arrangements, 3 part harmonies, and 175 rowdy shows a year hasn’t made them media darlings but it has been winning them fans one concert at a time.
“For us it’s about the music first” explains front man, Phillip Fox. “Our favorite songs and artists are timeless. It’s great music that transcends scenes, fads, and production trends. We’re not really paying attention to what’s popular at the moment or what will get played on the radio and we hope that comes as a breath of fresh air in our music.”
The band’s trademark Southern Rock-inspired sound dubbed “Country-Fried Rock’n’Roll” was most recently realized in their 2014 release, Heartland, which earned a “New and Noteworthy” distinction from iTunes. This full length album came two years after their Motor City Blood EP and raised $18,000 on Kickstarter from their rapidly growing fanbase known as Beard Backers.
PFB shows no signs of letting up on their touring schedule as 2015 will see them branching into new geographies in the South and Southwest. As bassist Jonathan Kampfe put it,”There are a lot of music fans out there that are starving for more authentic, organic music. We hear from them all the time and we’re excited to bring the live show to their city.”
With decades worth of headlining Roots and Celtic festivals to selling out nights at rock venues The Town Pants’ own brand of Celtic roots rock rebel spans five albums so far, backed up with a legendary live show that’s garnered them fans internationally from New York to Norway. While The Pacific Northwest may not be the first place you would expect to hear rollicking Celtic roots music, The Town Pants are determined to change that. The Vancouver,Canada based band combines aspects of Irish traditional, folk rock and roots Americana, fusing their signature dual lead vocals to create their own unique brand of high energy “West Coast Celtic.” that remains in the heart and head long after the music stops. There are lots of Celtic folk rock bands out there, but rarely does a band has this combination of passion, energy, animation and spirit that makes for some of the most imaginative songwriting you’ll find in the genre.
Unity… Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.
NYC’S GENTLEMAN BRAWLERS EXPLORE AFROBEAT’S FRINGES & BOUNDARIES
BROOKLYN & QUEENS, NY: Gentleman Brawlers, a Brooklyn 5-Piece, are psychedelic Afro-soul revivalists known for their spooky, stylized tunes drenched in analog tape echo and spring reverb. Drawing influences from throwback electronica and acid rock into their funk-based compositions, the ‘Brawlers deliver a live show with plenty of heat, crackling energy, and butt-shaking whomp. While working on the tracks for their first full-length LP (due September 2016), the ‘Brawlers have honed their live show on college campuses and the festival circuit. Notable performances took place at Daryl’s House, Princeton University’s storied Terrace F. Club, Bethlehem’s Musikfest, WNYC’s The Greene Space, and Brooklyn’s Knitting Factory. Adventurous art-pop experimenters by trade, the band recently expanded their lineup and narrowed their focus to create a live music project dedicated to just one of the sonic ventures hinted at on previous recordings—the Lagos-by-way-of-Brooklyn Afrobeat sound of their single My Theory—and began performing in NYC jazz & world music clubs as the Gentleman Brawlers Afrobeat Project.
The band has drawn acclaim in the New York and London music press. They were brought to the attention of the Internet when Veteran BBC music writer Tom Robinson tipped them as a band showing great promise, calling the ‘Brawlers “a virtuoso live band, grooving together like a beautifully engineered machine.” Formed in 2011, the group consists of Becca Fox (vocals/keys), Jim Thomson (vocals/guitar), “Chatty Matty” Walsh (vocals/guitar), Ben Charnley (drums) and Trevor Brown (bass). Their first single “I Ain’t No Brian Wilson (I Was Made For These Times)” appeared on Occupy This Album, a musical tribute to the Occupy movement. The following year the band dropped an EP, We Were Made For These Times, on the band’s own Brooklyn Fields imprint. Since then, the band has been a stylish presence on the tour and festival circuit and will release their first full length LP in September 2016.