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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Devil Doves – Fo Mo Deep – Bastard Bearded Irishman
Locking Up Otis – Dulahan – Year of the Buffalo – Al Son Del Iya – Flex Crew
Blue Leaf Band – The Usual Suspects & The Repeat Offenders – Kick n Flava
FRIDAY – 4:30-6:00pm
The Devil Doves have released their 2nd album Also Playing and are actively touring throughout Ohio; surprising and delighting audiences at taverns and festivals with their energetic live performances and creative songwriting. The new batch of songs picks up where their well acclaimed self-titled debut record leaves off, focusing on the gruff, reflective lyrics of Junior Kauffman and the groove laid down by Kyle “Headband” Davis on the cajon and Rev. Rico “Thunderstorm” Nassau on the bass. The addition of Jeff Straw’s keyboard on Also Playing completes the sound; filling the spaces in-between the beats with catchy organ riffs and improvised piano prowess. The 11-song sophomore effort highlights a tight sound with angelic harmonies over a rough and tumble skeleton.
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Fo Mo Deep
FRIDAY – 6:30-8:00pm
Best known for their sizzling live performances, the fo/mo/deep groove is rooted in the experimental school of the 70s…a time when jazz, soul and funk were one and the same. Seeking to defy the ordinary, this diverse collective of seasoned pros keeps things stirred up with unpredictable energy that moves.
The music harkens back to the days when super groups hypnotized the world with bass driven ensembles and a full-bodied sound that reigned supreme. fo/mo/deep plays music like it’s meant to be…hot, incalculable and emotionally satisfying.
fo/mo/deep released their most eclectic work yet, “The Groovy Goodness” on June, 2014. Brent Black of Critical Jazz wrote “A release as deep and rich as the cover art, I’m hooked….”
Both “A Beautiful Bang” (June 2012) their 2nd CD release AND their first CD, “Eclecticism,” (August 2010) was received with rave reviews. Rob Young of The Urban Flux declared, “Their unique groove uncoils with a twist of eclectic jazz/funk rhythms that’s not heard often enough these days.”
Formed back 2007 by Bassist/Bandleader, Ron “FatKat” Holmes, Jr., they are now known for their intelligently energetic and unpredictable shows, created a formidable reputation for this jazz-funk-world infused band.
Amazingly, their music masterfully transfers the insatiable energy of the band’s live performances to the recording studio. The songs engrave the canvas of the record with sizzling bursts of improvisation, while also capturing the emotional essence of more delicate instrumental conversations. Tastefully varied but cohesively melded, the music lives in the moment.
fo/mo/deep members include:
Ron Holmes, Basses
Andre Scott, Drums
Robert Mason, Piano / Organ / Keyboards
Dr. Keith Newton, Saxes/Flute
Joe Loyer, Saxes
Kevin Jones, Josh Boyd, Keyboards
Wib Schneider, Guitar
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Bastard Bearded Irishmen
FRIDAY – 8:30-10:30pm
Pittsburgh-based Bastard Bearded Irishmen is one of the most entertaining and energetic live shows today. Their sound is an original, ferocious blend of traditional and contemporary Celtic music, mixed with punk, gypsy and high-energy rock n’ roll.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen, or BBI, was originally intended to be a one-night-only tribute for a dear, departed friend. Jimmy Bastard and Ben Jaber shared a passion for Irish music and enlisted Dan Stocker on drums and Danny Rectenwald on mandolin to form the nucleus of the band.
What began as a tribute in local pubs, turned into three records, constant touring, and sharing the stage with everyone from The Rumjacks to Gogol Bordello. They have one of the best St. Patrick’s Day shows in the country. They’re hard-partying and always in good spirit. The group’s lineup is rounded out by Paul Dvorchak on fiddle, Ryan Warmbrodt on rhythm guitar, and Sean-Paul Williams on bass.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen concerts are a non-stop barrage of party anthems, dancing tunes and maybe even the occasional whiskey-fueled ballad. The experience is always organic, and sometimes, unpredictable. Jimmy climbs the rafters and Danny jumps into the crowd. Maybe you get to do a solo. Who knows? Quite simply, the guys want you to have as much fun as they’re having.
The band’s third album, “Drinkin’ to the Dead,” will be released wide May 2018. It’s a tribute to fallen friends and family, one of the reasons Bastard Bearded Irishmen formed in the first place; a respectful remembrance of those who have passed with an acceptance to go on and live your best life. Standout tracks include “Green Side of the Hill”, “Drunken Drinkin’”, the cover of “Dirty Old Town” by Ewan MacColl and the epic ending and album-titled “Drinkin’ to the Dead.”
“Drinkin’ to the Dead” is full of surprises and new stretches for the band. The album further demonstrates that Bastard Bearded Irishmen is not just a St. Patrick’s Day band.
One other special note: this is first album where mandolinist and background vocalist Danny Rectenwald steps out to lead vocals on four tracks. Jimmy Bastard still leads vocals and is the principal songwriter on the remaining songs.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen is sponsored by Jameson Irish Whiskey and Iron City Beer.
BBI was voted “Best Rock Band in Pittsburgh” four years in a row (’12,’13,’14, ‘15) by the readers of the ‘Pittsburgh City Paper’, and “Best Bar Band” (2014 & 2015) by ‘Pittsburgh Magazine’. The band continues to make a name for itself, both regionally and nationally. They’ve opened for Dropkick Murphy’s and Stiff Little Fingers on the “Shamrock N Roll” tour in Pittsburgh, played with Gogol Bordello, Street Dogs, Chuck Ragan, The Rumjacks, Gaelic Storm, The Mahones, Reel Big Fish, Guttermouth, Rusted Root, The Clarks, as well as rocking regional festivals, “MusikFest” (Bethlehem, PA), “Roar on the Shore” (Erie, PA), “MountainFest” (Morgantown, WV), “Flood City Music Festival”(Johnstown, PA), “OC Bike Fest” (Ocean City, MD), Dublin Irish Fest (Dublin, OH), Celtic Classic (Bethlehem, PA), Indy Irish Festival (Indianapolis, IN), Pittsburgh Irish Festival, and three rock cruises, Sail Across the Sun (‘16, ‘17, ‘18) with national artists Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, among others, and was quickly a boat highlight.
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Locking Up Otis
SATURDAY – 11:30am-1:00pm
Locking Up Otis is a threepiece ensemble playing music from the ‘60s to the ‘80s.
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.
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SATURDAY – 1:30-3:00pm
Dulahan’s music is a Celtic hybrid that pays homage to the traditional but incorporates all the varied musical influences of the four members into its unique sound. The result is a unique blend of creative songwriting and musical energy that draws on both contemporary and the traditional Celtic but also unmistakenly contains subtle hints of a Roots/Americana feel as well.
The interplay of the multiple layers of acoustic instrumentation, combined with the powerful 3- and 4-part vocal harmonies within the bands’ original compositions generates a sound that connects with fans of the traditional and the contemporary and draws new fans wherever their music is heard. The band was formed in 2001 and features the following musicians; Kyle Aughe – Vocals, Guitar, Bouzouki, Banjo & Harmonica; Leo Butler – Vocals, Irish Whistles, Flutes & Highland Pipes; Mark Sandlin – Vocals, Mandolin, Bouzouki, Banjo & Guitar; Greg Beasley – Vocals, Fiddle & Guitar.
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Year of the Buffalo
SATURDAY – 3:30-5:00pm
Year Of The Buffalo is a small town folk band from central Ohio. The band is made up of vocalist and guitarist Jacob Trego, vocalist Jalee Clendenin, guitarist Daniel Sievers, and drummer Jake Rinehart. The band formed in summer of 2012, and released their first album ‘Darling Laney’ through their Band Camp profile on October 2, 2012. The album was for a daughter of a friend of the band. You can also now pick up a physical copy of the album by stopping by their website. They have played a multitude of shows around the Columbus area, and are eager to play more. They also are looking for tips on how to raise a heard of buffalo. Year Of The Buffalo is a newer band they have the ambition of some bands that we have seen around for years. They have drive and passion for their craft. They have been able to make waves in the rich music scene of Ohio, and want to create waves in other scenes too!
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Al Son Del Iya
SATURDAY – 5:30-7:00pm
Al Son Del Iya is a local salsa band from Columbus, OH founded in 2007 by Peruvian percussionist Waltinho Casanova, a hard hitting conguero and die-hard salsa fan. With culturally diverse musicians, Al Son Del Iya plays year round in local businesses, private events, and festivals. You may recognize the band from their recent performance at the 2017 Dayton Hispanic Heritage Festival.
The band’s name, Al Son Del Iya, goes back to the root of Salsa. Al Son Del Iya translates to the beat of the Iya, an African drum brought to the Americas by the Yoruba people of Southwestern Nigeria primarily used for entertainment and religious rituals. Salsa is a direct descendant of those rhythms, born in Cuba then enriched by Latino immigrants in New York during the 60-70’s. Today, Salsa unites us all with it’s upbeat and contagious groove.
Al Son Del Iya aims to provide an authentic Latin American “Salsa Gorda” or “Fat Salsa” music experience, just like the sounds you would hear around any coastal town from Peru to Panama, along with Cumbia and Merengue.
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SATURDAY – 7:30-9:30pm
The Flex Crew has redefined Reggae music. The seven members of The Flex Crew hail from a variety of musical backgrounds, resulting in a versatile and high energy band with a genius array of musical styles. No where else will you hear a comparable mix of Funk, Rhythm and Blues, Soul, Hip Hop and Reggae’s Lover’s Rock, Roots and Dancehall styles.
Originating in Columbus, Ohio, this multi-talented band has been blessing the ears of audiences across the country with its unique style for almost two decades. Accomplished singers, musicians, producers and songwriters in their own right- the Flex Crew has also shared the stage with Reggae superstars such as: Buju Banton, Maxi Priest, Michael Rose, Luciano, Steel Pulse, Third World, Bounty Killa, Wayne Wonder, Sugar Minot, Burning Spear, The Meditations, Brigadier Jerry, Sister Nancy, Coca Tea, Pato Banton, Justin Hinds, and Tonto Metro & Devonte.
The Flex Crew has an extensive bibliography of original music. Its latest C.D. “Forward” consists of such hits as: Lovely Day, OOO Mami, Push and Come Over, What’s Wrong Wit You, Forward- Backward Never, Coming Home, Good Look At You, Vibe Like a Rasta, Legacy and Informer.
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Blue Leaf Band
SUNDAY – 11:30-1:00pm
The Blue Leaf’s from Tipp City, Ohio are a mashup of classic rock vibes and original Americana attitude. The band emerged from the ashes of a seven-piece oldies cover band to forge a group of dynamic performers creating original songs. Their decidedly unique style has presented opportunity as well as challenge. “It’s tough, especially for a band from the Midwest. Most people already know what they like,” says singer/keyboardist Coleman Clark, noting that The Blue Leaf’s don’t sound like many popular artists today. “But what people probably don’t know is that we’ve taken elements from the current musical climate and the past and really forged our own sound and feel.”
The band is poised to release their sophomore album The Shades of The Blue Leaf’s, on which they show growth and the evolution of their sound compared to their first release I Just Met Her. With fresh songs, they continue to find their style and create unique tunes to please festival audiences. “Every live show performance is exhilarating, thanks to the enthusiastic crowd,” says Clark. “With each show I’m reminded that the practice is worth it.” The band also cites the artistic comradery as a strength. “Having people to share a spotlight with is my favorite thing about being in the band. That moment when we’re going into an instrumental solo and I look over at my bandmates to give a smile. I can see we’re all having fun and proud of each other in that moment, that’s a high nothing else can match,” explains guitarist Adam Clark. “I don’t think I’d do this if I were alone.” Drummer Bill Heck adds, “The feeling I get when I’m onstage with my bandmates. It’s the greatest thing ever!”
With three of four members in college and no professional support, the band must find their own path toward success. Striking a balance between the music, reaching out to bigger markets in Ohio, and time management, the band is optimistic. “We’re always working on new songs and getting festival gigs in the greater Dayton area,” says bassist Chase Heck. “We’ve decided not to do another full-length album in 2018, but we’ve talked about an EP,” adds Clark. “With college’s arrival we’ve had new life experiences and listened to new music, so we’ll try to keep growing as songwriters and performers.”
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The Usual Suspects & The Repeat Offenders
SUNDAY – 1:30-3:00pm
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!
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Kick n Flava
SUNDAY – 3:30-5:30pm
Versatility is one of the defining traits of local group Kick-n-Flava. Jerry Hawes (keyboards, vocals), Mike Allamby (saxophone), Big Gil Blues (trombone, vocals), Claude Coatie (lead guitar), Valeria Larke (vocals), J.D. Williams (bass), Brian Smiley (drums, vocals) and David Matthews (percussion, vocals) can deliver soulful ballads, danceable R&B, smooth jazz, high-octane funk and contemporary pop. That broad approach and decades of musical experience keep Kick-n-Flava in demand.
When you come to the show, prepare to be entertained to the fullest. We’re a high-energy, performing-type group that gets the people up and dancing. The music is powerful yet tasteful and that makes it a pleasure to listen to. We all have a common goal in the band and that is to play old school-style music. But no matter what song we’re performing, we always put the Kick-n-Flava spin to it and that gives our music its own personal touch.
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