This is your chance to check out some of music’s rising stars! Performances are included in festival admission. We have tables and chairs set up in front of the stage, but you are more than welcome to bring lawn chairs and blankets. Please be courteous and pick a spot that won’t obscure the view of others.
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Will Freed Band
September 11, 2021 – 6:00-7:30pm
Hello I’m Will Freed and I’m just going to address you in my own way.
I’m a Singer/Songwriter that was raised in WV playing Bluegrass Music in the church and at Festivals. I was raised by a guitar player named Dave Liles and my mother Terry. Dave played guitar for David Allen Coe, Johnny Paycheck and The American Eagle Band. I started playing at a young age (around 10) and never stopped. I never dreamed of being anything other then a musician. Working hard to be a good guitar player shaped who I am today.
I moved from WV to Kansas City MO and start playing out right away. I would play where ever I could because I had a fire in my belly that could only be put out by gigging. Playing in KCMO I learned a lot. After about 3 years I felt I learned all I could and moved to Lima Ohio where I had connections and would be able to play more as a solo act.
I shaped a show from request and songs I had passion for. People seemed to like my show and I started playing 5 to 6 times a week within a year. Taking time to talk to the crowd and learn what they want to hear became a priority and I gained some popularity.
This whole time I was writing songs and wanting to play them but I did not have the confidence to only play original songs for a long time. I met John Heaphy a local biz owner and singer who loved my music and asked me if id like to make a album and of course I did. We recorded a album of my 1st songs called Sinners & Saints and it turned out really great. We got John Popper of Blues Traveler to guest star on the album and that brought us some attention as well as the songs being really great. I toured all around after we released the album promoting it. I played out about 6 nights a week all over the tri-state area. Even playing a house gig for 7 years every Wednesday night at Cranberry Resort at Indian Lake Ohio.
After moving to Columbus Ohio in 2010 my career really took off. I started getting request to play at all kinds of venues and events. I signed a contract with a agent and started playing the Festival circuit.
After recording 2 more albums Alive At The Room and SouLow I’ve been playing more original songs in my show as long as its called for.
I’m honored to have so many great musicians enjoy my music over the years ! I met John Popper of Blues Traveler in 2006 and we hit it off and I asked him to play on my 1st album Sinners & Saints and he said yes. John and I became friends and I go to him for advice when I need some and he is always there to help. John has recently written a Bio book called Suck & Blow – And Other Story’s I’m Not Suppose To Tell, and I’m horned to be mentioned in this book ! Iv worked hard to become the harmonica player I am today. I started when I was 17 and did not take it seriously. But when I turned 21 I decided to take it very seriously because I want to be different. Now I’m hired on a regular basis as a session Harp player and I’m proud. To be mentioned in the worlds greatest harmonica players book is amazing to me and I’m so humbled!
I also got 2 of the greatest guitarist in the world on my new album “The Truth” Monte Montgomery & Elliot Randell !
Monte & I met in Dayton Ohio at Canal St Tavern when I was hired to open a show for him. He is a huge influence on my guitar playing and we have become friends. Monte brought me to TX to play his run of birthday shows in 2013 and I loved it.
Elliot Randell is one of Americas greatest guitarist! He wrote the legendary guitar line in Reelin’ In The Years by Steely Dan as well as played with the SNL band in the 70’s!
I am now about to release a new album called The Truth and I am very very exceed about this project!
This album is a perfect representation of my sound and what I do live.
I pride myself on connecting with the crowd and making everyone feel like they are part of the show. Being a entertainer is my passion and I give 100% ever time I play. Playing live I tend to play covers that I feel like everyone will enjoy while working in the originals that will get a response.
I have state of the art PA equipment as well as great instruments. Sounding great live is very important to me and I take it very seriously. Playing live is my life and what I plan to do for the rest of my life. I want to do whatever I can do to play as much as I can for as many people as I can.
My love for music is what drives me and pushes me to be a better person and musician. I want to make people happy with my music and help people in need. Charity is a big part of my calendar and I love doing it. In 2014 I play 25 benefits and charity events and loved every min of it. If I can help people with my music I will.
So if you are interested in me or my music and you are reading this, please know that music is all of me. Its the air I breath. It has brought me through the hardiest parts of my life and without it I would be lost.
If you hire me for your event you will get someone who cares about music and making your event special.
There are plenty of links to music and videos to watch here on RVN so enjoy and I will say what I say to people all the time!
LOVE SOMEONE TODAY !
September 11, 2021 – 8:00-10:00pm
Laredo was originally formed in 1988 as a country band but we also play a variety of southern rock and all types of Music including gospel . This band has opened for many top country artist such as George Jones (twice) , Trace Adkins and many others.
Jeff Wynn: Born and raised near Cable Ohio and still resides there. Lead Vocal and plays a Taylor Acoustic Rhythm guitar 40 years experience. Married for 35 years with 3 children and 5 grandchildren.
David Hyder: Originally from Rogersville Tenn and resides in Marysville Ohio. Plays Lead guitar , banjo and sings lead and back up vocals. 60 years experience. Likes hot sauce, jack daniels and his grand dog Luna. Enjoys motorcycles and all types of music.
Mark Sullivan: Originally from Huntington WV and resides in Marysville , Ohio. Bass player/studio sound and recording engineer. 53 years experience. Likes Southern ,gospel ,pop and country music. Married 44 years. Sings lead and back up vocals.
Vince Shoenborn (Shane-born): “Arranger” from Columbus, Ohio. Piano/Keys . 50 plus years of experience. Attended Berkeley College of Music in Boston Mass. Has played all over the mid-west and Florida Studio recording artist and has a home studio.
Joe Morris: Bellefontaine , Ohio . U.S Air Force Veteran. Drummer with over 50 years experience. Owns and operates Joemon studio in Bellefontaine , Ohio. Plays DW Drums.
Rusty Bidgood: Urbana , Ohio. U.S Marine Veteran. Lead guitar and Dobro over 50 plus years experience. Studio musician. Lead and Back up vocals.
The Usual Suspects
September 18, 2021 – 6:00-7:30pm
The Usual Suspects and The Repeat Offenders Band has been playing music steadily in central Ohio since 2009. We are a high-energy group bringing back the excitement of the 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and beyond with an 9-piece band creating a new music experience at every show. An exceptional 4-piece horn section consisting of 2 saxes, 1 trumpet and 1 trombone anchor the band’s fat full sound. We cater to almost every age and music style. Dance to the blues, southern rock, Motown and jazz, featuring artists like The Blues Brothers, Bruno Mars, Eric Clapton, Commodors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Etta James, Tower of Power and Chicago. We get people to dance, so get those shoes on and come out to see a show!
Locking Up Otis
September 18, 2021 – 8:00-10:00pm
Gary Jackson- Lead Guitarist hails from Toledo Oh and has been playing guitar since he was 12. He played with the Qui Band in Toledo as well as opened shows for Alice Cooper, Mitch Ryder & the Detroit Wheels, The Joe Perry Project, The Turtles, Dr Hook & the Medicine Show, and Jonny Lang. Gary has also played with some of Daytons greats, Atlantic Crossing, Illuzion, B-Sharp, Late Night Exchange, the Difference, Night Reign, the Johnsons, and Soul Express.
Jeff Lofino – Drummer did his first gig at age 12 and has been playing continuously ever since. He has opened shows for Foghat, Jackyl, Iron Butterfly, David Allen Coe and Johnny Paycheck. He has also played with some of Daytons finest bands such as Diver, Frequency, Broken Wing, 2nd Wind, DLM as well as Soul Express. Jeff’s musical love is deeply in the 80’s and 90’s heavy metal era but his versatility and smooth style impresses in all genres.
Dan was born in Dayton Ohio and attended Meadowdale High School and Wright State University receiving a bachelor of Music Degree as a tuba major in 1981. He began playing Bass Guitar when he was 13 years old. Early influences on bass were rocker’s John Entwistle,Chris Squire ,Geddy Lee, and John Paul Jones, as well as Jazz Player’s Stanley Clarke and Jaco Pastorius. During Dan’s college years he played in a full 17 piece big band Eric Zadan’s “Dynasty”which along with Eric’s impeccable piano playing included many incredible horn players from the Cincinnati Conservatory of Music. Other classic rock bands over the years included Atlantic Crossing, Illuzion, and The Johnsons all groups that included Gary Jackson on guitar and vocals. He also has played in praise groups and choir at church. Dan has opened for The Edgar Winter Group, The Joe Perry Project and the British all female metal band Girl School.
The Luv Locz Experiment
September 25, 2021 – 6:00-7:30pm
The Luv Locz Experiment is a hip-hop infused reggae soul band based out of Dayton, Ohio.
The band was founded by Romair ‘Jay-Vez’ Hicks and Anthony ‘SaxTone’ Arrington in 2016.
Since it’s creation, the founders added an additional six members to create a unique sound that brings the perfect energy for any occasion.
The band members are:
Romair ‘Jay-Vez’ Hicks – Lead Vocalist/Lyricist/Guitar
Anthony ‘Saxtone’ Arrington – Drums/Saxaphone
Chris ‘Taggart’ Kennedy – Percussion
Phil ‘Feel Good’ Hutchinson – Trumpet
Chris ‘Jah Chris’ Shepeard – Bass/Vocals
Ciam ‘Da Wizah’ Carr – Lead Guitar/Vocals
Bryant ‘B-Ham’ Hamilton – Keys/Vocals
Eboni ‘Dominique’ Woodfork – Vocals
From original music to their own twist on your favorite tunes, you will be taken away from your seat and transported to the islands to dance your troubles away. Come witness the Soul in Reggae Soul live.
Big Gil’s Blues & His Funky All-Stars
September 25, 2021 – 8:00-10:00pm
Big Gil and his Funky All-Stars bring high energy to their mix of the blues, contemporary jazz, R&B and old school funk, with a touch of Motown. Leading on trombone, Big Gil creates a soul stirring event for his band’s audiences. Mentored by the late, great bluesman Piney Brown, Big Gil was an original member of the funk group Slave.
Big Gil loves to perform and believes “if you want to hear music you can turn your radio on, but no matter how good you sound, you must entertain the crowd.” So every time he performs, he does just that. Each song becomes a chapter of music because he performs from the heart. He reaches out and grabs a piece of his audience and they always want more.