Equal parts fast-paced and soulful, 5 piece alternative folk band, The Way Down Wanderers, not only draw listeners in with their energy and originality but also captivate fans with their unique and touching story; Banjo player, Ben Montalbano and fiddle/mandolin player, Collin Krause, are half brothers who met each other for the first time 5 years ago.
Weds July 1
3 PM - Beth Bombara
4 PM - Way Down Wanderers
5 PM - Farkus
Thurs July 2
3 PM - Le Percolateur
4 PM - Jasmine Cain
5 PM - Get Off the Couch
Farkus: Drummer Dave Durdov entered a Champaign Illinois college party as a stranger when he happened upon Tony Maguire and Brian Gillham jamming together on acoustic guitars. Intrigued by the unfamiliar songs the duo was performing, Durdov had to inquire who they were 'covering'. His question remained unanswered until the three were able to regroup in their hometown of Chicago years later to form the beginningss of Farkus.
"Bryan Doherty bends the bass into something rarely heard, but entirely worth the price of admission." So says All Music Guide, and they're right: Much like Doherty's brilliant bass playing, his band Hood Smoke blends soul and pop a la Rufus, David Byrne and The Band. Hood Smoke's line-up reads like a "who's who" of Chicago music masters, all of whom have played with everyone from Quincy Jones to Koko Taylor to Steve Coleman and Howard Levy.
The powerful "Freedom" by Chris Avantgarde is set to land on Size Records on June 29th. Having wowed fans during label boss Steve Angello’s Ultra Music Festival set in March, this track has been in demand ever since and its official release will be welcomed by fans and critics alike.
Wakarusa Music Festival took place on June 4th-7th on Mullberry Mountain in the Ozarks of Arkansas. As a first timer at the festival, my expectations were exceeded more then I could have ever anticipated. The festival is held on one of the most beautiful landscapes I have been to. Mountains in every direction, with a breath taking sunrise and sun set every single day. The lineup was one that could please all music tastes alike. From tropical house, to reggae, to folk, to jam bands- there was always an act to please your music needs. You can truly see the appreciation musicians have for the festival by the way they play their sets. Every artist, new and old to me, put on some of the best shows I have ever seen. The festival and musicians truly spread a message through their music while helping the crowd dance around all at once. One of the most amazing things Wakarusa has to offer is the specialty performances that go on throughout the weekend. Live painters are scattered throughout the fest as well as on stage during performances. There was a circle every evening filled with amazing fire spinners. People in costumes were running around the fest the whole weekend making sure everyone was having the best possible time. Take a look at my photos and interviews below to relive the magic that happened at Wakarusa Music Festival.
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Slightly Stoopid is a rock mixed with dub mixed with reggae artist who has been around just as long as I have! Slightly Stoopid is a band that truly knows how to get the crowd grooving to their beats no matter how long their set is. Their newest album "Meanwhile...Back At The Lab" will be released on June 30th, 2015. Listen to my interview below with their drummer Rymo to find out more.
Krooked Drivers is a duo made of Donnie Dalbora and Maddy O'Neal who produce hip-hop fused electronic beats. Wakarusa 2015 was the first time I had the privilige of seeing one of their sets. From the moment they hit the stage to the moment they left they had the crowd dancing and singing along with every beat. With great energy and stage presence Krooked Drivers is one to please. Check out my interview with the duo below.
Suzanne Santo and Ben Jaffe are the duo that make up the folk-american band that is HoneyHoney. When HoneyHoney first takes the stage, there is a magical energy that takes over the crowd connecting them with the duo on stage for the entirety of their set. If you are looking for feel good music topped off with beautiful lyrics, HoneyHoney is right for you. Check out my interview with the duo below.
Live violin infused with electronic beats and topped off with live dancers on stage is just the start of what you can expect when seeing a Govinda set. at Wakarusa 2015, Govinda played a sunrise set which was the perfect ending to a first day. Govinda's sets are made up of hypnotizing gypsy dubtronic beats that are sure to please the body and soul. Check out my interview with Govinda below.
When I found out I would be covering Summer Camp Music Festival for a second year in a row, I was absolutely esctastic. Taking place in Chillicothe, Il on May 22nd through the 24th, this is one festival that will never dissapoint. From Umphrey's Mcgee and Moe playing mulitple sets every year that will literally blow your mind, to amazing local acts like Probcause taking the stage, you are sure to find music that will speak to your soul. The Summer Camp crowd always seems to amaze me more and more each year. Free hugs and high fives in every direction from some colorful people is bound to put the biggest smile on your face the whole weekend.
Summer Camp offered many new and amazing features at the festival this year as well. First off, a giant shaded eno hammock section with lights and paintings to keep you cozy during your afternoon siesta. This year also featured mini-golf and a brand new soul shine tent which played the hawks game Saturday evening for all the die hard fans to keep up with the action! There is constantly non-stop action during the weekend with kick ball games, glass blowing lessons, and even a gong-meditation section to help you center yourself in all the chaos. You can find photos of many of these amazing activites plus photos from some live shows below! Enjoy my interviews with Filibusta, 28 North, and The Nth Power as well.
Filibusta had two performances during the weekend. As part of the Thursday pre-party show he played a late night set from 2-3am and on Friday afternoon from 3pm-4pm with his live band. Troy Probst is the man behind the music, starting Filibusta up around 2007. When accompanied with a live band, you will hear some amazing trumpet and guitar performed on stage with Troy during his sets. Filibusta is one of those artists who will keep the crowd dancing and grooving from start to finish. With amazing funky bass tunes influenced by artists such as Griz and Pretty Lights, Filibusta is a must see when he comes through your town.
28 North is a favorite of ours at the Fearless Radio studios. Made up of Michael Lindner on Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Piano, and Ukulele, Tyler Bond on Drums, Vocals, and Percussion, Mark Glinka on Bass and Vocals, and Jonathan Vallecorsa on Lead Guitar and Vocals. 28 North is a perfect example of the diverse music you can find at Summer Camp Music Festical every year. If you enjoy "new classic american blend with an ethereal rockternative crunch" you are sure to love 28 North.
The Nth Power is one of those live acts that truly speaks to your soul. The Nth Power is made of Nikki Glaspie, Nick Cassarino, Nate Edgar, Weedie Braimah and Courtney J'Mell Smith. It is hard to describe what a live set by The Nth Power is like until you have seen it for yourself. Their soul-funk tunes captivate the audience and for the short time you get to enjoy their set, it is like everyone is in unisio just dancing and smiling to the amazing tunes The Nth Power can only provide.
React Presents is thrilled to welcome ZHU to Mamby on the Beach for his debut Midwest performance. After conquering the internet with his Grammy-nominated breakout single “Faded,” the shadow-dwelling phenomenon prepares to take over the real world with his enigmatic live performances.