For more than a decade and a half, the members of Greensky Bluegrass have created their own version of bluegrass music, mixing the acoustic stomp of a string band with the rule-breaking spirit of rock & roll. They redefine that sound once again with their sixth album, Shouted, Written Down & Quoted.
Nahko, an Oregon native born a mix of Puerto Rican, Native American, and Filipino bloodlines considers himself a citizen in service to the planet. Disillusioned by the world around him and inspired by vagabond Americana musicians and storytellers like Conor Oberst and Bob Dylan, Nahko left home as a teenager in search of adventure and self-discovery. Armed with stories, a guitar, and a fierce set of ideals, he set out to bridge the cultural gaps dividing his own psyche. He began producing a public, musical journal of his journey toward personal, spiritual, and social healing, and thus Medicine for the People was born.
North Mississippi Allstars
North Mississippi Allstars are back with PRAYER FOR PEACE and couldn’t we all use one of those right about now? Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming, and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their second decade with what is unquestionably the most vital album of their brilliant career. Released by Sony Legacy, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees North Mississippi Allstars continuing to think globally following 2013’s Earth-shaking WORLD BOOGIE IS COMING.
The New Mastersounds
In the late 1990’s, guitarist and producer Eddie Roberts was running a club night in Leeds called “The Cooker.” When The Cooker moved into a new venue with a second floor in 1999, there was space and the opportunity to put a live band together to complement the DJ sets. Simon Allen and Eddie had played together in 1997 as The Mastersounds, though with a different bassist and no organ. Through friends and the intimate nature of the Leeds music scene, Pete Shand and Bob Birch were added on bass and Hammond respectively, and The New Mastersounds were born. Though it was raw, and more of a boogaloo sound at first, it was powerful from the start.
Poor Man’s Whiskey
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.
Space Porn Funk
The Brothers Comatose
Whether traveling to gigs on horseback or by tour bus, Americana mavens The Brothers Comatose forge their own path with raucous West Coast renderings of traditional bluegrass, country and rock ‘n’ roll music. The five-piece string band is anything but a traditional acoustic outfit with their fierce musicianship and rowdy live shows reminiscent of stadium rock concerts.
Twenty-five years into a celebrated career is an unlikely time to switch things up, but the “divinely inspired” (Rolling Stone) Mother Hips have never been ones to follow convention. For their brilliant and exhilarating tenth album, ‘Chorus,’ the California stalwarts turned their recording process on its head in order to make their most fully realized and essential collection yet.
A virtuoso multi-instrumentalist and award-winning songwriter with a distinctive voice, Molly has turned the heads of even the most seasoned industry professionals. She began performing on stage when she was 11 and recorded her first album, The Old Apple Tree, at age 13. Since then, she’s appeared on A Prairie Home Companion and at Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, was featured on the cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine, won first place in the prestigious Chris Austin Songwriting Competition at Merlefest, and recently won Guitar Player of the Year from the International Bluegrass Music Association. Her lovely voice, impeccable guitar playing, and sensitive songwriting make her a star on the rise.
Scott’s path is simple and clear. Make the best music he can…..Share it with others…..That is all. Scott Pemberton’s sound is much like the vibe of his native Portland: freaky, fun and just the right amount of weird. The best way to categorize his music is the moniker “Timber Rock”. Scott naturally applies his own lens/stamp to the sounds of the Pacific North West, the region he has always called home. The deep jazz, NW rock/grunge, blues roots and the west coast funk.
In spring 2016, an exciting, new, intimate ensemble debuted called KIMOCK, when Steve partnered with John Morgan Kimock(drummer, composer, multi-instrumentalist). The project was inspired by SK’s critically acclaimed solo record Last Danger of Frost, as a a vehicle to present some new music on the road, Moving forward they have continued to orchestrate musical styles across genres and generations. Fans encounter a listening experience that spotlights Steve’s remarkable tone in an intuitive flow of Eastern and Western folk music, heartfelt acoustic guitar, ambient electronic expressions, inventive covers and reinvented classics, and contemporary compositions. Steve’s longtime bass-playing left hand, Bobby Vega, who will brings 30 years’ worth of chemistry and collaboration, deep grooves and rich tones to the mix is on the road with his long-time friend. Added to that is vocalist & multi-instrumentalist Leslie Mendelson, whom the duo has composed new songs with. This inspired new project has been touring throughout the year and went into the studio to record an EP, released in 2017.
Yak Attack is a live electronica power trio from Portland Oregon. The group’s music is best described as “organic electronica”, using skillful playing, live loops, and tightly constructed songs combined with raw improvisation to build high-energy and uplifting dance music from scratch, where every note is played and recorded live. The band draws on influences from a wide spectrum of electronica, such as house, drum and bass, and breakbeat, along with elements of jam, funk, and jazz. The result is a live show that is musically sophisticated but widely accessible, with a diverse and engaged fan base that travels to out of town shows and continually returns to see what the band will do in its next live show.
7-piece, female-fronted, horn-heavy funk from Reno, NV. Over the last few years, Mojo Green has played over 200 shows taking their high energy, hard hitting, crazy dance party to storied venues/festivals across the West Coast. Mojo Green has earned the reputation of being one of the funkiest live shows around.
Joe Craven & the Sometimers
Joe Craven & The Sometimers featuring Bruce MacMillan and Jonathan Stoyanoff, is a tight, crisp string-centric “Free Range Folkasaurus Trio” offering a “no genre left behind” policy of music making and re-creating. In addition to the trio, we now work with drummer Barry Eldridge, in celebration of our upcoming sophomore release “GARCIA SONGBOOK”. A 30 year veteran in the biz, Joe comes impressively credentialed (David Grisman, Jerry Garcia, David Lindley, Alison Brown, Howard Levy, Rob Ickes + many others) and The Sometimers all firmly grip their poetic license to operate heavy machinery. Their power tool box includes both upright and electric bass, various guitars, Dobro, lap steel, mandolin, octave mandolin, fiddle, percussion, drum kit, jawbone, more cowbell – who knows what else. Touring their debut release, “Blender”, this NorCal roots music combo celebrates a new kind of POP music, as in “Pursuit of Possibility” music. Give ’em a listen and you just might do a little dance while you’re at it!
Boise, Idaho based Jupiter Holiday started as a musical friendship between two like-minded individuals who met in the high school band. That friendship has grown into a quintet that is now crafting a soulful and high energy brand of progressive funk rock fusion for fans of all musical genres. Combining melodic harmonies, jammy riffs, and groovy rhythms to create a unique yet ever familiar musical experience, they have become a regional favorite that can be seen everywhere from the Boise downtown scene to rustic mountain saloons, to beautiful outdoor festival settings.
Cascade Crescendo, from Portland, Oregon has been crafting their own brand of bluegrass since 2013. Pulling from their vast range of collective influences, they play original, high-energy bluegrass, jamgrass, and Americana music with captivating lead vocals by Hunter White, blazing fast mandolin licks by Aden Beck, and creative, thumping bass lines by Taylor Skiles. Duluth, MN banjo player, Harrison Olk, joined the band in late 2015, bringing with him solid Scruggs-style banjo and high lonesome harmony vocals.
Tyler Grant & ‘Farmily’
National Flatpicking Champion Tyler Grantis an internationally recognized guitar virtuoso, songwriter, vocalist, producer, and leader of the band Grant Farm®. Tyler has appeared at most major US festivals and performed thousands of concerts and guitar workshops worldwide. He was an original member of the Emmitt-Nershi Band and a sideman for Abigail Washburn, April Verch, and Adrienne Young. He has produced four solo albums and four releases by Grant Farm for his own Grant Central Records. The latest 2016 release, “Earth and Wood,” a triumphant return to Bluegrass, is Tyler’s first Acoustic album since the acclaimed Up The Neck six years before. In 2016 Grant Farm released their most ambitious endeavor, Kiss The Ground, a concept album for the working people, which debuted at #5 on the Relix/JamBand Radio Charts. Look for Tyler to assemble his closest friends for his ‘Farmily’ run through Bend.
¡Chiringa! is a Latin dance party band based in Bend, Oregon that plays “rockified” tropical dance covers mixed with original funk-rock infused Latin music. The band features Puerto Rican-Iranian lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter Shireen Amini, Johnny Riordan on congas and timbales, Tom Freedman on bass and trumpet, and Matthew Williams on drum kit. We invite people of all different ages and backgrounds to experience the joy of Latin music, get down in their own sexy way, and celebrate life together like one big family!
Travis Ehrenstrom Band
The Oregon-based Travis Ehrenstrom Band (TEB) delivers thoughtful songwriting through Americana-folk-jam performances. Centered around singer-songwriter-multi-instrumentalist Travis Ehrenstrom, and backed by Gregg Morris on guitar, Pat Pearsall on bass, Kyle Pickard on drums, and Patrick Ondrozek on keys, TEB weaves seamlessly through a diverse collection of hand-crafted originals and quality covers. Remain A Mystery, TEB’s 2nd album, was co-produced by local sound guru Keith Banning. As a result of their combined perfectionism, the album was selected as a top 10 album of the year by the Bend Bulletin. TEB looks forward to heading back into the studio later this year for their followup.
Blackstrap is a long-standing performing group from Bend, Oregon. What started out as some porch pickin’ back in 2004 turned into a full-fledged band project that resulted in picking and grinning at local and regional festivals, local bend venues and private parties across the state. Members have come and gone, but the roots stay the same in providing some catchy originals mixed in with familiar grassy standards, and creative covers.
Maxwell Friedman Group
Hammond Artist Maxwell Friedman is a rising star in the live music scene. At just 14-years old, the Hammond B3 phenom has shared the stage with Karl Denson, Michael Franti, Tony Monaco, The Werks, ALO, and Tank & the Bangas to name a few. At 12, Maxwell gave a TED Talk about his musical journey to a packed house in his hometown. He is currently working on his demo EP, recorded at the legendary Hyde Street Studios in San Francisco. Maxwell’s command of the stage is well beyond his years, and he hopes to be an inspiration for the next generation of music lovers. Maxwell leans heavily on his incredible rhythm section–Mark Karwan on bass and Connor Streeter on drums–to create a funky, soulful, jazzy sound that he dubs “neo-jazz funk soul fusion.”
Ella Rider is a Bend-based singer, fiddle player, and songwriter, whose dedication to music has inspired people throughout Oregon. While Ella has pursued solo debuts at the Bend Roots Revival, 4 Peaks Music Festival, and Goodlife Brewing, her musical abilities mainly have been featured alongside her family in RiderByMySide. Ella’s musical horizons have been broadened by teaching musicians such as Nicolas Maranda, Jenny Harada, and bluegrass legend Jack Tuttle. With Ella’s debut album in progress, her songwriting skills have gone from a small hobby to performing original songs on a regular basis. At only 13 years of age, Ella Rider is making a name for herself in the music world and we can’t wait to see where that name takes her.
Makaila Cummings has been a natural performer since the age of two. From that early age, Makaila’s magnetic personality shined through whenever & wherever she performed! At the age of nine, Makaila was fortunate to have Bill Powers of “Honey Don’t” hone her musical talents. Makaila has now taken her talent of singing, songwriting, and guitar playing to a higher level. She has performed at the local venues Jackson’s Corner, Silver Moon Brewery, Bend Roots Revival, Bend Brewing Company, 4 Peaks Music Festival, GoodLife Brewing Company, The Commons, NW Crossing Farmer’s Market, and various house parties. As her love for playing music grows and spreads, her hope is that she touches peoples lives in a way that can only be positive and fulfilling.
String Of Fire
String Of Fire is an acoustic band with fiddles, guitars, mandolins and an upright bass playing primarily music with Celtic and bluegrass roots. Hand-picked by Joe Schulte, owner of String Theory Music, this is a group of 6 talented preteens to early teenaged kids who have shown a true passion for music. Each of the members has been playing music for a number of years, many studying more than one instrument. 2018 will be the first year the students perform together as a group. They have a number of shows on the calendar already and will be performing around the Central Oregon area throughout the summer. This is a great group of young talented musicians who are on the path to performing fun, high-energy shows.