Eufórquestra is the host band at Camp Euforia. They have been helping to organize and play the event since it's inception in 2004. Eufórquestra is an act at Camp that needs almost no introduction. Each year they play both Friday and Saturday night and consistently feature a range of special guests that helps to highlight the true depth of music that the band can create. Through this Eufórquestra has been instrumental in shaping the tradition and community that is Camp Euforia.
For the 13th year in a row Camp Euforia is proud to present...
Eufórquestra (pronounced yoo-FOHR-keh-struh, think euphoria+orchestra) is energy and rhythm personified. An ever-evolving sound that has been influenced by music from all over the world with an emphasis on funk, pocket and groove. For over a decade the band has been igniting dance floors across the country, blending the roots of funk, soul, afrobeat, reggae and dub to create a sound that “explodes, dances and melts in your ear with sheer bliss” (Chris M. Slawecki; AllAboutJazz.com).
Eufórquestra’s fifth full-length record, FIRE, was produced by Kyle Hollingsworth (of The String Cheese Incident) and captures the passion and musical maturing of these road warriors. Over the course of 14 tracks, the band takes you on an hour-long adventure that will touch your heart and mind, and keep your fingers and toes tapping. A handful of special guests, including Elliot Martin (John Brown’s Body), Gabriel Mervine and Kim Dawson (The Motet) and Mr. Hollingsworth himself, put their own touches on the band’s already cohesive sound that is “tight and engineered to a fine, funky precision.” (Jeremy Frazier; Chicago Jam Scene) The result is a record that is distinctly modern, maintaining one foot in the future and firmly planting in the musical roots traditions of the past.
With almost 1,000 shows under their belt, Eufórquestra shows no sign of stopping. A perpetually heavy tour schedule keeps the band and fans happy, as performing live in front of an audience has always been the band’s top priority. As noted in a live show review by Grateful Web, “...the boys seem to play like the apocalypse will happen at any second and they want to die doing what they do best...”
Grammy Award winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush doesn't seem old enough to be a musical legend. And he's not. But he is.
Alternately known as the King of Telluride and the King of Newgrass, Bush has been honored by the Americana Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association.
"It's overwhelming and humbling," Bush says of his lifetime achievement award from the AMA. "It goes along with the title cut of my new album, Circles Around Me, which basically says, how in the hell did we get this far? In my brain I'm still 17, but I look in the mirror and I'm 57."
But honors are not what drive him. "I didn't get into music to win awards," he says. "I'm just now starting to get somewhere. I love to play and the older I get the more I love it. And I love new things."
Among those new things are the growing group of mandolin players that identify Bush as their musical role model in much the same way he idolized Bill Monroe and Jethro Burns.
"If I've been cited as an influence, then I'm really flattered because I still have my influences that I look up to," Bush says. "I'm glad that I'm in there somewhere."
He's being humble, of course. Bush has helped to expand the horizons of bluegrass music, fusing it with jazz, rock, blues, funk and other styles. He's the co-founder of the genre-bending New Grass Revival and an in-demand musician who has played with everyone from Emmylou Harris and Bela Fleck to Charlie Haden, Lyle Lovett and Garth Brooks.
And though Bush is best known for jaw-dropping skills on the mandolin, he is also a three time national junior fiddle champion and Grammy award winning vocalist.
"In the acoustic world, I've been pretty lucky to play with almost every one of my heroes. I've gotten to play with Bill Monroe, Doc Watson, Earl Scruggs, I've been to the mountain," says Bush with a smile.
Started ten years ago by seasoned drummer Dave Watts as a rotating cast of musical friends, today progressive funk band The Motet has refined their sound and vision into a dynamic and expressive force. The Motet features an astonishingly talented cast of musicians who enjoy a palpable rapport when put together – Dave Watts (drums), Garrett Sayers (bass), Joey Porter (keyboards), Ryan Jalbert (guitar), Lyle Divinsky (vocals), Gabriel Mervine (trumpet), and Drew Sayers (saxophone).
The Motet’s live shows have garnered them a reputation for throwing infectious dance parties everywhere they go, and keeping audiences in a dancing frenzy by layering precise and vibrant live instrumentation and electronic rhythms into a style uniquely their own.
And audiences are growing exponentially - with sellout shows from coast to coast including Red Rock’s Amphitheatre, Brooklyn Bowl, Chicago’s Park West and many more, plus huge 2015 festival plays such as Electric Forest, Summer Camp, All Good Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, Camp Bisco, Jazz Aspen Snowmass, and Arise Music Festival, among others.
The Motet - because the world needs more funk.
The Travelin' McCoury's
The Travelin' McCoury's
The Travelin’ McCourys do not stand still. They are on the road—and online—entertaining audiences with live shows that include some of the best musicians and singers from all genres. It’s always different, always exciting, and always great music.
No other band today has the same credentials for playing traditional and progressive music. As the sons of bluegrass legend Del McCoury, Ronnie McCoury on mandolin and Rob McCoury on banjo continue their father’s work—a lifelong dedication to the power of bluegrass music to bring joy into people’s lives. And with fiddler Jason Carter and bassist Alan Bartram, the ensemble is loved and respected by the bluegrass faithful. But the band is now combining their sound with others to make something fresh and rejuvenating.
They recently played with the Allman Brothers at Wanee Fest and then brought the house down at Warren Haynes’ Annual Christmas Jam, an invitation only Southern Rock homecoming. Their jam with the Lee Boys was hailed by many as the highlight of the evening, and once word of the live video hit the streets, sent new fans online to watch a supercharged combination of sacred steel, R&B, and bluegrass. They’ve also performed with Warren Haynes, Phish, and have a tour scheduled with the aforementioned Lee Boys. Ronnie McCoury described it as “peanut butter and jelly.” It was just right.
They can push forward so far because their roots are so deep. The band has a confidence that only comes with having paid their dues with twenty years on the bluegrass road. Other groups and new fans hear this immediately—the tight rhythm, the soulful material, and the confidence in taking bluegrass from the safety of the shore into uncharted waters.
Ronnie says, “We like to go in and play traditional bluegrass music the way we do it with Dad, but we also like to be able to step into situations where we can really stretch out. If we need to plug in, we’ll plug in. We’re open to anything.”
It’s that attitude, backed up by talent, that marks great musicians, traditional or progressive. The Travelin’ McCourys are twenty-first century musical pilgrims and adventurers. They’re onto something new, just like Bill Monroe was in the 1940s, but now we can see and hear that adventure live or online. Go see them, or—if you hold still long enough—they’ll come to you.
Fareed Haque is a modern guitar virtuoso. Steeped in classical and jazz traditions, his unique command of the guitar and different musical styles inspire his musical ventures with tradition and fearless innovation.
Born in 1963 to a Pakistani father and Chilean mother, Fareed’s extensive travels, with especially long stays in Spain, France, Iron, Pakistan, and Chile exposed Haque to different musics from a very early age. This natural eclecticism has become the hallmark of Haque’s music, but it was repeated visits to Von Freeman’s Chicago jam sessions that gave Haque the grounding in the Chicago blues and jazz tradition. The 1981 recipient of North Texas State University’s Jazz Guitar Scholarship, Haque spent a year studying with renowned jazz guitarist and pedagogue Jack Peterson. Fareed’s growing interest in the classical guitar led him to transfer to Northwestern University, where he completed his studies in classical guitar under David Buch, John Holmquist and Anne Waller.
Soon after his transfer to NU, Haque came to the attention of multi-instrumentalist Howard Levy and joined his latin-fusion group Chevere. Thru Levy Haque was introduced to Paquito D”Rivera and began a long and fruitful relationship with the Cuban NEA Jazz Master. Numerous world tours and recordings including Manhattan Burn, Celebration, Havana Cafe, Tico Tico, Live at the MCG were to follow. Especially notable is the classic and award winning Reunion featuring Haque along with Arturo Sandoval, Danilo Perez, Giovanni Hidalgo, Mark Walker, and Davd Fink.
Thru D’Rivera, Haque was brought to the attention of Sting, who had just begun his record label Pangaea. Sting invited Haque to join the label and he released 2 critically acclaimed recordings Voices Rising and Manresa. Haque toured briefly with Sting, including notable appearances at The Montreux Jazz Festival as well as NBC’s Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn, but his own career demands led Haque in other directions.
Haque has been featured on WTTW’s ArtBeat and Chicago Tonight, Ben Sidran’s New visions, Michelob Presents Sunday Night with David Sanborn on NBC, his own Lonesome Pines special for PBS, and on BET cable jazz channel. Fareed has twice been selected as Talent Deserving Wider Recognition in Downbeat Magazine. In 1988 Haque also joined the faculty at Northern Illinois University as professor of jazz and classical Guitar. He continues to teach at NIU to this day.
After a short stint at Warner bros. recording Majestad ( the still-unreleased and featuring John Patitucci, Michael Landau, Russel Ferrante, Grazinha, Lenny Castro and Carlos Vega!) Bruce Lundvall signed Haque to the legendary Bluenote records. While at Bluenote Haque recorded three albums as a leader: Sacred Addiction, Opaque and Deja Vu and toured and recorded extensively with other artists including tours and 3 CDs with Javon Jackson: A Look within, For One Who Knows and Good People. In addition sideman credits include tours and recordings with Joe Henderson, Herbie Mann, Bob James, Richie Cole, Joey Calderazzo, Kahil El Zabar and his Ethnic Heritage Ensemble and many Bluenote recordings for producer/arranger Bob Belden and featuring a host of Jazz Legends including Cassandra Wilson, Dianne Reeves, Joe Lovano, Paul Motian and many many others. Numerous classical recitals as well as appearances with the Vermeer Quartet and many symphonies across the US and abroad added to an incredible diversity of performances during this period.
Thru Belden Haque recieved the great honor of being asked to join forces with the legendary Joe Zawinul as part of his Zawinul Syndicate. The group proved to be one of Joe’s best and most eclectic. Included were percussionist and vocalist Arto Tuncboyacian, drummer Paco Sery, bassist Mathew Garrison along with Haque on Guistar and Electric Guitar. A year of extensive touring brought Haque closer to his Jazz/Rock roots.
In 2001 Haque’s interest in jam bands and the jam scene led him to co-found the jam super-group Garaj Mahal featuring Kai Eckhardt, Eric Levy and Alan Hertz. This began 10 years of extensive touring across the US, performing in excess of 200 shows per year! Haque also joined George brooks’ group Summit, featuring Zakir Hussain and Steve Smith. Haque was voted ‘Most Valuable Player’ at the 2002 High Sierra Music Festival. Haque and Garaj Mahal released 3 Live CDs as well as 5 studio CDs: Mondo Garaj, Blueberry Cave, w00t, More Mr. Nice Guy and Discovery, which featured Haque’s debut of the Moog Guitar.
In 2004, Fareed premiered his Lahara Double Concerto for Sitar/Guitar and Tabla with The Chicago Sinfonietta at Symphony Center in Chicago, under the baton of maestro Paul Freeman, featuring tabla virtuoso Ustad Zakir Hussain, to whom the work is dedicated.
In 2006, Fareed was commissioned to compose a classical guitar concerto for the Fulcrum Point Ensemble. His ‘Gamelan Concerto’ was premiered in May of ’06 at The Harris theatre in Millenium Park.
IN 2007, Garaj Mahal won an Independent Music Award.
Voted ‘Best World Guitarist’ by Guitar Player Magazine in 2009, His acclaimed 2009 release Flat Planet was twice #1 on the World Jazz Radio charts.
After 10 years of over 200 dates a year with Garaj Mahal, Haque’s interest in electronic music and the Moog Guitar spurred him to leave Garaj Mahal and form his latest group Fareed Haque’s MathGames featuring bassist Alex Austin, drummer Greg Fundis, keyboardist Jesse Clayton and other guests.
Recent notable performances include Haque performing and assistant directing the first Jazz Festival en la Patagonia; Frutillar, Chile under his old mentor and friend Paquito D’Rivera, and appearances with his own groups at JavaJazz, The Chicago Jazz Jestival, The Twents Guitar Festival, The Indy Jazz Fest, Coleman Hawkins Jazz Fest, Jazz in June, The Lafayette and South Bend Jazz Festivals, Sophia Jazz Fest, Bulgaria and many others around the world.
In one of the greatest honors – and challenges – in a lifetime dedicated to music, Haque recently performed BOTH the Aranjuez and Villa-lobos guitar concertos (in one concert!) with The Chicago Philharmonic, under the baton of Lucia Matos at Pick-Staiger Concert Hall.
Haque continues to tour and record extensively along with documenting his unique and often unorthodox teaching methods in a series of interactive video courses through TrueFire.
That 1 Guy
That 1 Guy
With an extensive and amazing track record of unique and imaginative performances featuringhis curious instrument and copious amounts of originality, Mike Silverman aka That1Guy has set himself apart as a true one-of-a-kind talent that rivals any other artist currently in the entertainment industry. Averaging 150-200 shows a year all over North America and Canada, he has been a consistent favorite at such festivals as: Wakarusa, Electric Forest, Big Day out, All Good, Bella, High Sierra, Summer Meltdown, Montreal Jazz Festival, and many more. He was also the ʻTap Water Awardʼ winner at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival for best musical act. His legendary collaboration and multiple tours with Buckethead as The Frankenstein Brothers has further cemented his virtuoso story as a creative visionary as well.
His innovation continues to soar with the announcement of another tour kicking off in January 2015. Along with his pioneering main instrument, The Magic Pipe, a monstrosity of metal, strings, and electronics, facilitates the dynamic live creation of music and magic in ways only That1Guy can conjure, expect to see magic as well now integrated into the already clever performance. With this addition of incorporating magic seamlessly into his live shows, he has legitimately achieved an all inclusive audio/visual performance unlike anything experienced before. “So much of my music has miraculous qualities to it because itʼs hard to tell whatʼs going on. There are lots of slights of hand and sonic misdirection. It feels like I was meant to do magic”.
Silvermanʼs backstory is very similar to many musicians that have come before him. He grew up a self proclaimed music geek, soaked in the influence of his jazz musician father, and enrolled in San Francisco Conservatory of Music before joining the local jazz scene himself as a sought-after percussive bassist. This is where the similarities end, though, and where That1Guy truly began. “In my case, being a bass player, I just felt very restricted by the instrument itself,” he says. “Iʼve always wanted to sound different and have my own sound. I was headed that way on the bass, but for me to fully realize what I was hearing in my head sonically I was going to have to do it my way”. His influential and innovative double bass style eventually evolved into what we see today as That1Guy and ʻThe Magic Pipeʼ.
As his story continues to develop, Billboard has famously noted, “In the case of Mike Silvermanʼs slamming, futuristic funk act… the normal rules of biology just donʼt apply.”
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops
Aaron Kamm & the One Drops
Reggae. Dub. Blues. Rock. Groove. Jam. Soul. Roots. A staple of the St. Louis music scene, Aaron Kamm and the One Drops play an intoxicating concoction of Roots Reggae and Mississippi River Blues. Improv-laced Jams, dubbed out grooves and Effervescent Vocals make this band must see. With the release of their third studio album "The Bomb and the Beast" in 2012, this independent trio is beginning to forge there way across the country.
The One Man Entertainment System, otherwise known as Heatbox, has been emerging in the Minneapolis music scene (“the 612”) for the better part of a decade. From rocking crowds in his humble beginnings with the Root City Band to selling out shows across the country, Heatbox’s unparalleled crossover between Motown, A cappalla, R&B, Hip Hop, Soul and Funk has gained National attention from both fans and the media alike.
Creating beats and building songs from the ground up, Heatbox uses a Boss LoopStation RC-50 and a DigiTech Vocal 300 to create his songs. Recording each part as he goes, Heatbox’s music is live and in the moment. Using no tracks, samples, or pre-recorded music, each song and performance is distinctly unique.
Heatbox’s discography includes two full-length studio albums, Entertainment (2006) and System (2009). Included on System is a video game, Ninja Strike, designed and programmed entirely by Heatbox. Following the System release in 2009, he co-produced two original music videos, "Pizza Funk" and "Jack & Coke” alongside acclaimed Boston video producer Spookie Daly.
Promoting his latest Album, Heatbox is currently touring the US and Canada. In recent months, he toured with fellow solo act That 1 Guy and supported artists such as Buckethead, Medeski Martin & Wood, Bassnectar, Umphrey's McGee and Chali 2na. Additionally, he played notable music festivals including South by Southwest, 10,000 Lakes, Bella Music Fest, Summer Camp, Harvest Fest, Big Wu Family Reunion and Camp Euforia.
Showing no signs of slowing down, Heatbox plans on spreading his music and positive message to the rest of the world. Ultimately, his passion is to entertain people, and that’s exactly what he does. He truly is a one-man entertainment system!
Chris Gelbuda" is a singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist from Ottawa, Illinois. He is currently based in Nashville, TN and is a staff writer for Big Yellow Dog Music.
Gelbuda co-wrote and produced “3 A.M.” with Meghan Trainor. He also produced her hit single, “Like I'm Gonna Lose You”, featuring John Legend, which was certified Platinum in the U.S. and has reached #8 on the Billboard Hot 100 as of December 3, 2015.
Both songs appear on Meghan Trainor’s multi-platinum debut album, "Title.” Other notable cuts include “Can't Blame a Girl for Trying” recorded by rising Disney star, Sabrina Carpenter (Co-written with Meghan Trainor and Al Anderson (NRBQ), and “Wingman,” recorded by country artist, Billy Currington. Gelbuda has scored song placements in various major network television shows including ABC’s Pretty Little Liars and TNT’s Dallas.
Gelbuda is also an experienced multi-instrumentalist. Trained in classical piano from age 6 at The Suzuki School of Music, Gelbuda is also skilled in playing many additional instruments, including; guitar, Hammond B3, Wurlitzer 200a, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, drums, percussion, and bass. He has performed with various bands and musicians, including: Euforquestra, Japanese Cartoon, The Matthew Santos Band,Van Ghost, Everyone Orchestra, James Otto, and Secondhand Smoke: A Tribute to Sublime.
Detroit. Memphis. Philly. These are the cities that are usually affiliated with soul music. But soul comes with all kinds of accents, Midwestern ones included. And in Des Moines, Dustin Smith and his band, The Maytags, are making a brand of soul that’s all their own.
After studying and playing jazz in New York for several years, “soul is something I have come to just love,” Smith says. Before soul, though, came a folky, singer-songwriter album, penned in his New York apartment between nights spent hauling his drums around the city, going from gig to gig. But for all the charms and variety the city had to offer, it was his hometown of Des Moines where Smith began to nurture a love for soul music. The musician returned there after the death of his father (about which he penned a second folky EP in 2009) before taking a hard left turn and forming a 9-piece outfit called The Sunday Silos. Their 2012 album, Northerner was where Smith began exploring new styles, including soul.
Now, with a stripped-down ensemble, Smith’s current project The Maytags have penned a new EP,Nova, with an ear for “that Motown Stax early stuff,” a natural songwriting style and a respect for the propelling power of a horn section. In the Spring of 2014 Nova was birthed in Nashville’s The Bomb Shelter Studio, where Alabama Shakes, Jay Reatard, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Benjamin Booker, Natural Child, and more have recorded. The EP was recorded to all to analog tape, giving it the sonic warmth of classic soul recordings.
“Soul musicians, they can talk about Sunday dinner in the middle of summer or a heartbreaking love song and either way it is a very natural style of music. There’s no way you can lie with it,” Smith says. The Maytag’s style of soul is unhurried and understated, trading bombastic vocal antics and outsize personas for a relaxed delivery surely informed by Smith’s time writing folky songs on his guitar. The arrangements are spacious, giving top billing to the vocals and buttressed with well-placed harmonies, tight drums and meaty bass and, of course, those boisterous horns.
This easy-going style leaves room for an audience to help set the tone of each live performance. The musicians take cues from each other, finding sweet spots during shows and running with them, making each show its own dynamic experience. With this new EP under their belts and a slew of fall tour dates to show it off, The Maytags are poised to make audiences reconsider soul’s relationship to the Midwest.
Progressive and fresh, EGi pushes the boundaries of genre specifics to create a soundscape reflecting the freedom that gives purpose to the acronym’s definition: Ethereal Groove, Incorporated. With a sound that has been described as, “what it would feel like to live in The Never Ending Story”, the band’s versatility and appreciation for many genres of music can be heard in their fusion of rock, funk, instrumental post-rock and hard, progressive rock. Starting from tightly arranged structures, EGi builds improvisational passages and high energy jams that seek to lift the band and audience to a higher plane.
Hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, EGi’s fanbase has grown to encompass the Midwest region as a whole, and they have begun making regular forays into Colorado, while beginning to open up parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic. With dual guitars, bass, drums and percussion, the quintet’s “brothers in arms” dynamic works seamlessly on and off the stage.
Kris Lager Band
Kris Lager Band
If you still haven’t experienced The Kris Lager Band they are an amazing group of musicians that are on the cusp of breaking through to the mainstream. Considered by many to be one of the most exciting bands on The American Music Scene today they capture a spirit and an energy that is as unique as their sound. Some even call them ‘The FEEL GOOD BAND OF THE CENTURY’. The Kris Lager Band embodies a ‘Celebrate Life’ mantra that resonates through their passionate live performances and have been rapidly infecting and uplifting the spirits of people across the nation.
This constantly touring outfit just signed a new management deal that is sure to raise
them above obscurity and out of the underground. With new management onboard they
enlisted the help of 7 time Grammy Award winning Producer, Steve Thompson to record with Kris Lager Band in the months to come. The future is looking bright for these young troubadours as they quickly gain fans and believers with every heart felt and electrifying show they play.
Over the past decade they have managed to do the almost impossible: develop a grassroots following across the country without any national television or media exposure. It’s a hard thing to do for a band that lives and spends a lot of time touring in ‘Fly Over Country’, but just as this band sets out to lift people’s spirIts through music they also intend to change the perspective and define what it means to be a band out of The Midwest and particularly Nebraska.
A sense of purpose on top of excellent musicianship, heartfelt delivery, and great original songs. Kris Lager Band is a very special group that you’ll be saying. “I knew them when….”
DICKIE is a contrast in design. To pair a mid-forties gray-mopped “hang-it-up-already” pop songwriter and a striking mid-twenties classically trained violinist is simply a formula for deserved obscurity. But in practice, the balance proves a brilliant alliance.
Veteran tunesmith Dick Prall has taken his wares and shared them with violinist Kristina Priceman to create a collection of dark, gorgeous, and oft-times moony sing-alongs. The self-titled record comes in like a bellowing newborn, but settles into a pace of dynamic ebb and flow as it ages and ends with a Roy Orbison-styled recount of hopeful love that never bleeds into the saccharine.
Dick has a long history of fashioning accessible, viral tunes and inserting them with lilting melodies. It started with his 1998 release Somewhere About Here, prompting No Depression to dub his debut “a track-by-track monster.” His follow-up record, Dressing Up the Failure, under the moniker ‘Starch Martins,’ brought performances with Jon Brion, Mike Doughty, and Justin Townes Earle. Fizzlebuzzie gained further national and international attention with features in such media outlets as NME.com and Performing Songwriter, who claimed the record “a box of chocolates for your ears.” The beautifully alarming and infectious Weightlesswith its single “The Cornflakes Song,” featuring Glen Phillips of Toad the Wet Sprocket, garnered radio spins across the country. It also landed a spot on Paste Magazine’s CD compilation for their 2007 year-end issue. Popmatters.com weighed in on the album adding “(he) crafts fault-free melodies that make the listener very eager to find out what’s around the corner.” On the self-produced Inc. EP, Prall fused lush vocals with straightforward guitars to assemble a quintet of oddly pop-fueled gems. His final “pre-DICKIE” venture was his studio collaboration with Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), producing three whip-smart singles that were golden online giveaways.
Around the time a twenty-five-year old Prall began teaching himself guitar, a five-year-old Priceman started her classical training on violin. Winning competitions and soloing with orchestras brought her to Peck School of the Arts in Milwaukee, WI where as a freshman she snuck off to begin a secret touring life as a rock musician. Nine years on the road has taken her around the world sharing stages and performing with the likes of Jackson Browne, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, and Robert Randolph and the Family Band. What pulls her into the DICKIE pairing is that she’s not simply providing texture – she’s an integral lead instrument who fills the landscape with meticulously clever parts and ensures that every note resonates the author’s intent.
This solid effort is a matching of Prall’s personal experience with Priceman’s ability to emphasize the storylines with surgical beauty. He lived them, and she punctuates those truths. Her string arrangements – even her voice – wrap around his biographical narrative as endearing support to the misfortune he so attractively delivers.
The contrasts are certainly apparent on the surface of the DICKIE partnership, but underneath are where the strengths dwell and their first offering is a resounding testament to this compelling union.
Mr. Baber's Neighbors
Mr. Baber's Neighbors
Mr. Baber’s Neighbors: The Solar String Band has been bringing the sounds of both traditional American folk music along with their own brand of original music to Iowa and the Midwest for more than a decade, and have gained a loyal fan base known affectionately as 'The Baberhood'. Influences range from the high lonesome sounds of bluegrass' founding fathers, to traditional country, to contemporary folk and, at times, even from some of today's most popular artists. These influences meld with the generation gap closing songsmithery of MBN:TSSB and they love nothing more than sharing their passion for timeless music with audiences all over the Midwest. The current lineup offers Dobro, Banjo, Guitar, and Bass Fiddle, along with harmonic singing reminiscent of classic ‘Brother Duets’ of days gone by.
MBN:TSSB has had the privilege and honor to play at Wakarusa Music and Camping Festival, Camp Euforia, Schwagstock, the Iowa State Fair, various college campuses, Des Moines’ Temple of Performing Arts, Simon Estes Amphitheater, the historic Hoyt Sherman Place Theater, Iowa City Mill Restaurant, and the 80/35 Music Festival while sharing the stage with The Grascals, Crooked Still, Railroad Earth, Drew Emmitt, Cornmeal, Hot Buttered Rum String Band, Vince Herman, Bob Black, Split Lip Rayfield, Emmitt-Nershi Band, The Breakfast, Great American Taxi, Tony Furtado, Special Consensus, Ekoostic Hookah, Blue Turtle Seduction, Chuck Prophet and David Zollo to name a few. This year will be no different with shows at the Iowa State Fair, 80/35, SummerCamp, and Indianola Bluegrass Tuesday along with various other offerings throughout the Heartland.
God willin and the creek don’t rise, MBN:TSSB hopes you will come join them for a beautiful day in the Baberhood!
Flash In A Pan
Flash In A Pan
In the spring of 2012, Blake Daly and Max Perkhounkov started busking the streets of downtown Iowa City for Friday night thrills, uncovering Iowa City’s love of bluegrass and folk in the nightlife scene. When summer came, Blake and Max got the chance to open up for a national touring act with two days’ notice, thus naming themselves Flash in a Pan with no expectation of a long-term project. After the interest sparked, friendships were made, and a love for strumming together ripened, the expected end point evaporated—but the name stuck.
Flash in a Pan blends folk, indie rock, and bluegrass elements to inspire original compositions and covers, with the aim to ramble across the Midwest to rumble dance floors and street corners. The current lineup features Blake Daly (Guitar, Vocals), Max Perkhounkov (Fiddle), Jacob Zumwalt (Washboard, Vocals), Max Lipnick (Mandolin, Vocals), Loxley Eckles V (Bass), and Alex Flesher (Banjo, Vocals).
Camp Euforia is proud to feature Meteor Cat in our 13th year. The band consists of some of the finest talent Iowa City has to offer. The "Earth Family" consists of Ben Soltau, Justin LeDuc, Craig Heidgerken, Bill Peterson, Brett Messenger, Leann Dahn, Robert Espe, Jeff Miguel, Amanda Miller, Bethann Gavin, Nassor Cooper, Derek Thorn, Marcus Perkins, Ben Pierce, Peter Hart, Saul Lubaroff, Edward McKinley, Brian Cooper, Creighton Gaynor, Wil Gustofson, Seth May, Chris Richardson. The band is big and so is the funk they will bring to Camp this summer.
The Candymakers are a Rock N' Soul band with the traditions of old-school R&B and,funk. This young band offers a sound that is contemporary, yet keeps the essence of music past. Though the band is known for its soulful male vocalist, it is anchored by the collaborative genius of its blues driven guitarist and funky rhythm section. Often joined by a rotating cast of horn players and vocalists, the band can be seen with up to 12 members on stage.
After forming in 2010, they were awarded 1st place in the 2011 Iowa Blues Challenge. After reaching the semi-finals in both The International Blues Challenge and The Kings of Beale Street Competition, they returned home to release their debut album in February of 2012. Their second studio effort "Ridiculicious" was released in September of 2014.
The Grosso Family Band
The Grosso Family Band
Talking about Camp Euforia with out having a cup of java in the morning listing to The Grosso's is like talking about a peanut butter and jelly sandwich with out the jelly. The family's music is woven into the fabric of the culture at Camp Euforia and we are pleased to announce that they will be joining us for another year. The band is americana, folk, bluegrass, and family. Adam Grosso (son), a former member of Eufórquestra introduced his family to Camp years ago and they have been playing ever since.
For over 9 years, the Western Illinois based roots rock/jam band "The Dawn" has been spreading their love of cutting edge improvisational rock throughout the Midwest. From their humble beginnings in the shadow of the Mississippi River, they have crafted out their place as one of the premier up and coming jam bands.
The Dawn's live show experience has proven contagious and is tightly gripped in spacious jams, roaring guitar and soulful harmonies. These four accomplished musicians push the envelope at every performance and audiences are rewarded with an experience that can only be described as "The Dawn Effect." Coupled with an equally adventurous light show, The Dawn concerts keep their dedicated and growing fanbase coming back for more.
Staples of the Quad Cities’ jam scene for years, The Dawn’s 2014 release Waiting On The Storm was received with excellent reviews and helped catapult the band to major festival experiences including the inaugural Phases of the Moon.
This momentum has carried into 2015 with more major festival appearances including Camp Euforia and their debut at Summer Camp Music Festival. Summer 2015 also saw the Dawn play host to their inaugural “Dawn and On” Music Festival, drawing over 1000 fans. Combined with high profile club gigs, the Dawn is turning many heads in the jam scene. Establishing a strong presence in several major Midwest markets, The Dawn’s momentum continues to roll forward.
The Dawns latest studio release, At First Light, was released on both CD and Vinyl this past October.
Specializing in (but not limited to) the Grateful Dead’s music from 1969 through the late 1970s, Winterland has lit a wildfire of excitement in its growing audiences of fans who flock, in droves, to every single one of their shows … and for good reason: Winterland pulls you back in time to a place where the Dead’s rhythm and blues, folk, and country roots were still deeply embedded in their music even as they explored the wild and experimental frontiers of psychedelic rock. More importantly, though, Winterland channels the music of the Grateful Dead with an uncanny authenticity, a sublime fidelity to the Dead’s musicianship, sound and emotional connection with the audience – that almost indefinable something that, according to audience feedback, Dead fans are currently hard pressed to find elsewhere.
Though Winterland’s seasoned musicians – Stacy Webster, James Robinson, Nick Vasquez, Byron Stevens and Jon Wilson – play music ranging from jazz, bluegrass, Primus, Zappa, soul, funk and rock n roll, they all have one thing in common: an appreciation for – or, in the case of some – a passion for the music of the Grateful Dead. And all of them are thrilled by the unprecedented success that their relatively young band has gained in the Midwestern region.
Cedar County Cobras
Cedar County Cobras
Cedar County Cobras have been described as contagious, acoustic rockabilly, dancing bluegrass, or brand new old-time country with the gritty sound of soulful blues. It is almost impossible to box the sound of The Cobras into one musical genre. Just know that you should be prepared to bring your dancing shoes and party with this musical troupe made up by two blind brothers from the electric rock band Porch Builder and a woman mandolin player rooted in bluegrass and rock n’ roll. These folks come together from two musical families blending the sound of gravel road rock n’ roll with a mandolin and fiddle to bring you Iowa’s newest acoustic string band!
Crystal City, fronted by Dave Helmer and Sam Drella, is a Heartland rock band with blue-collar roots. Heavily influenced by Paul Westerberg, Tom Petty, John Prine and Townes Van Zandt, Helmer’s songs are approachable and relatable, touching on themes of love and loss, being good to each other, and celebrating life.
In 2009, Crystal City formed as a duo, recording their self-titled acoustic EP just three months after meeting. In the years to follow, the duo grew into a full band. In 2014, their full-length album Change was released. The album was met with positive reviews from around the country due to its blend of rock and acoustic songs.
Following the successful reception of Change, the band spent the year playing shows around the country, sharing the stage with national acts such as The Whigs, The Good Life, HoneyHoney and The Ike Reilly Assassination.
Taking on dual personalities, Crystal City regularly plays around the Midwest as a Rock ’n’ Roll outfit as well as a fingerstyle duo, rich with harmonies and melodic whistling, comparable to the likes of Andrew Bird. Crystal City’s classic songwriting can warm a weary heart and get bedraggled feet stomping.
Their sophomore full-length album is slated for release in 2016.
Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers
Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers
Frank F. Sidney's Western Bandit Volunteers is a high octane bluegrass/outlaw country band from Galesburg, Illinois. It's a big name, but it's a big band - sporting 7 members.
The genre is all but unique mixing areas of bluegrass, country, americana and rock. It's a high octane blend with songs of whiskey, outlaws, scrapyards and bathsalts (you read that correctly) mixed in with a few well crafted slow songs to make the ladies hug their guys a little tighter. There are not comparable sets to a FRANK set. From a couple traditional fiddle tunes in the first set to a bluegrass'd cover of Ice Ice Baby and Lil' Johns "Get Low" by the 2nd set; The hook hits the crowd, and the beer and whiskey flow free the rest of the night.
The band has played with David Allan Coe, Shooter Jennings, Henhouse Prowlers, Mountain Sprout and many others. We've played River Roots Live, Shoe Fest, Redstone Room, Six Strings and many other venues and festivals throughout the Midwest.
Frank has been around for 3 years and have hit the road just about every weekend. Whether playing a small town bar in the middle of nowhere, or opening for somebody, they're always "working".
In February 2015 FRANK launched their debut album "Based On True Events", and much to their surprise, the album has been receiving attention from fans and strangers alike. Country Music People UK gave the album 4.5 out of 5 stars and said "It is this diversity which makes Based On True Events such an interesting experience; the switching around of lead vocal responsibility the indisputable ability of the players and the underlying current of sheer exuberance all contribute to a hugely enjoyable listen."
Frank will again hit the road with shows this year, bringing their own unashamed style to the far reaches of the Midwestern Universe.
Have Your Cake
Have Your Cake
Tuxedos or pajamas? Muppets or Ninja Turtles? Vibraslap or Nerf Wars? The answer is yes.
So it’s not surprising the band’s favorite holiday is Halloween. It’s also their anniversary. Pulling musicians from 3 original bands on a lark, the supergroup project launched in 2012 at the “Rager of Death” — an infamous Quad Cities Halloween party.
After accidentally booking three more shows, the members laced up their dancing shoes, bowed their heads and vowed solemnly, “We dedicate this project to the pursuit of ridiculous fun.”
Now touring regionally, Have Your Cake is known for album-accurate sound, spiffy hats, and an overwhelming energy surplus. Some fans have reported their phones being recharged by simply taking video at live shows.
“I’ve really only known Cake through the few songs I’ve heard on the radio. I guess I liked them enough to come see you guys. I was blown away… I’ve been swimming in a pool of Cake musically, all because of you.” — Tim M., Illinois
“They sound more like Cake than Cake does live.” — Ian Z., Illinois
“Those kids drank all our beer. Good show though.”— Mr. Finkelstein, Iowa
Have Your Cake features Gordon Pickering (bass. yelling), Lars Rehnberg (lead guitar, vocals), Leif Rehnberg (drums, vocals), Karah Rehnberg (trumpet, percussion, vocals), and Adam Vilmont (lead vocals, acoustic guitar, vibraslap).
If you too aspire to swim in a pool of cake, while dancing, and carrying on… Don’t miss Have Your Cake!
Battle of the Bands winners from the Parlor City Pub in Cedar Rapids, Live Broadcast is an indie art rock trio composed of Dillon Rairdin, Riley Thurm, and Luke Long. Described as having "dreamy jazz-rock" sounds, Live Broadcast focuses on writing accessible melodies, purposeful lyrics, and lush chord structures, all within the context of energetic rock music.
Winners of the Des Moines Battle of the Band competition that was held at Wooly's, Some Friends are a "suburban reggae" band that aim to bring people together. Some Friends was started on a hot summer day with two friends sitting on a couch in a stanky apartment. "Why aren't we playing music that makes us happy, that makes everyone happy?". This thought led these two friends on a quest - a Journey to write and perform the music they have been waiting years to play. The music they were MEANT to play. Come out and hang out with Some Friends!