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.
The Music Lineup:
FRIDAY: Mama’s Black Sheep l Drunken Sunday l Angela Perley & The Howlin Moons
SATURDAY: Red Idle Rejects l Hebdo l The Devil Doves l Fever Fever l Teeny Tucker
SUNDAY: Dave Buker & The Historians l Jonalee White Trio l Kick-N-Flava
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Mama’s Black Sheep
FRIDAY – 5:00-6:30pm
Mama’s Black Sheep is the soulful collaboration of singer-songwriters Ashland Miller (guitar/vocals) and Laura Cerulli (drums/vocals). Together, this duo harmoniously blends soothing tones, quilted with diverse flavors palatable for every ear. Each song allows you to travel with time, whether you’re swinging to Country, Rocking to Pop, Grooving to Soul, or swaying to the Blues; there’s always something to move your body and stir your soul!
FRIDAY – 7:00-8:30pm
Based out of Kent, OH and powered by lead guitarist Joel Covender’s alternately soaring and shredding guitar solos, Drunken Sunday’s sound also invokes hard rock riffs and spaced out jams by Covender and rhythm guitarist Ben Brown, funky bass grooves by Brian Raglow, bright and intense keys by Ted Younessi and a driving percussive backbone by drummer Cory Riley. The band’s eclectic funk/rock/soul/rap fusion provides a musical platform for Covender’s intense lyrics, meditations on life and love that often lead the listener to freedom of thought and spirit.
Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
FRIDAY – 9:00-10:30pm
There is something magnetic, vulnerable, dangerous, and electric about Angela Perley that has been causing a lot of buzz around the artist and her band The Howlin’ Moons lately. Perley’s band features longtime friends Billy Zehnal and Chris Connor on bass and lead guitar. Perley has earned comparisons to everyone from Joan Jett to Patsy Cline and her range of delicate reverb-laden crooners to grit- fused rock anthems have made more and more listeners take notice. The band’s live shows rumble with swaggering basslines and guitar riffs and Perley’s soulful delivery and charismatic stage presence create a memorable experience for audiences eager to listen.
Red Idle Rejects
SATURDAY – 11:00am-12:30pm
Cincinnati-based Red Idle Rejects play the alt-country/Americana original tunes of front-man Steve Bowling. With a sound described by one reviewer as “Johnny Cash meets the Doors”, the lyrical focus of the music comes from Bowling’s Appalachian roots. The instrumentation follows that Appalachian thread, as well, in the person of fiddler Justin Bridges. Lead guitarist Steve Sigsbee plays blazing leads one moment and then twangy licks the next. The group is rounded out by acoustic guitarist/vocalist Mark Walriven, drummer Mick Waltrip, and bass guitarist Orvil Fields.
SATURDAY – 1:00-2:30pm
Polarity is key; and diversity is inevitable,
drawing influences from artists like Spoon, Zeppelin, Andrew Bird, The Temptations, the Beatles, his Father, and his Grandfather.
Needless to say he’s all about vocal melodies and appears more often than not as an energetic one-man-band performer, but even more recently he’s been known to appear with a seven-piece group taunting three horns, smooth smooth bass, and electric vocal harmonies with an edge too sharp to mention. His recent EP’s/LP’s (“A Thousand Steeples” – “Double Tambo” – & “Keep ’em Tgthr”) have received a load of attention, including radio airplay, and have produced a number of extremely entertaining youtube video’s.
The Devil Doves
SATURDAY – 3:00-4:30pm
The Devil Doves are riding the success of their self-titled debut record, released on the DIY label Mingo Town Music, and are branching out from their usual garage sale and grocery store gig. Fronted by Junior Kauffman’s rough vocals and insightful lyrics, and backed the uptempo and aggressive styles of Kyle “Headband” Davis on the cajon and Rico “Thunderstorm” Nassau on the bass, the Devil Doves have become a favorite within the Columbus scene. With the addition of Jeff “Pretty Fingers” Straw on the keys and the occasional guest appearance of So Long Stargazer’s Kristin Green on backing vocals, the double D’s continue to build a fan base throughout Ohio and beyond with their energetic live performances and creative songwriting.
SATURDAY – 5:00-7:00pm
Fever Fever writes music that everyone, no matter who they are, can connect to. They strive to bring listeners to a timeless place. They create art that fits the popular and indie scene and, hopefully, will fit five years from now. The band’s live performance captures this with dynamic lights, a vintage and homey atmosphere and compelling stage presence. It’s these same aspects that have propelled them forward in the licensing industry. Each song is written to encapsulate an emotion or relatable scene and audibly describe it to listeners. The experience is cinematic. It’s big, passionate and at times even hints at aspects of ethnic and world music. Overall, Fever Fever is making strides in the music scene.
SATURDAY – 8:00-10:00pm
Although Teeny was born into blues royalty, (daughter of Tommy “Hi-Heel Sneakers” Tucker), one need only to hear Teeny to know that she has cultivated and developed her “gifts” into her very own uniquely compelling world-class package. As a child, this Dayton Ohio native began singing in the church choir. This experience, like so many other soulful success stories, undoubtedly began to chart the course of Teeny’s music career. The paths which would lead to her abilities to interpret with soulful, bluesy, and uniquely stylistic renderings was set.
Teeny has been invited to appear on the same bill with great blues artists such as: B.B. King, KoKo Taylor, Etta James, Buddy Guy, The Holmes Brothers, Calvin Owens, Robert Cray, Keb Mo, Deanna Bogart, Kenny Neal, Bobby Rush, John Mayall, and many others.
Dave Buker and the Historians
SUNDAY – 12:00-1:00pm
Since its conception in 2010, Dave Buker & the Historians has maintained a consistent core, even through several lineup and aesthetic changes. In a live sense, the band consists of Dave Buker (vocals, guitar), Joe Spurlock (drums, percussion, vocals), Paul Valdiviez (piano, organ, vocals), Leanna Stansell (vocals, keyboard, guitar, percussion), and Tim Jennings (bass). However, What Can Bring You Back To Me? marks a broader approach for the band and features the multi-instrumental talents of several members. It also features contributions from violinist Jenna Barvitski and saxophonist Jackson Menkedick.
Jonalee White Trio
SUNDAY – 1:30-3:00pm
Jonalee White’s bubbly personality, big smile, and contagious laugh can put anyone at ease. With the combination of a sultry country voice and mature writing styles, Jonalee boasts an energy and passion for country music that will draw you in and bring you back for more.
With over 150,000+ spins at country radio, Jonalee has had 5 Top 40 singles from her eOne Entertainment distributed sophomore album “Sugar” via Lick Records. Brand new music from Jonalee White and The Late Nite Drivers is available now.
Along with the CMT debute of her music video “Naked As Fools”, she has acquired a significant fan base performing with such artists as Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, and Taylor Swift all over the US. Her band, The Late Nite Drivers, include Columbus based musicians Michael Nugen (electric guitar), Molly Pauken (bass), Kay Harris (mandolin), Pete Cary (acoustic/electric guitar), Nate Hollman (keyboards), and Barry Damron (drums). White has been a finalist on both NBC’s Star Tomorrow and CMT Music City Madness. She also stars in her own Yallwire show, “Long Road to Nashville” and proudly represents and is endorsed by Taylor Guitars, Ernie Ball Music, TouchTunes, and Budweiser.
Born and raised in Erie, Pennsylvania, she eventually made it south to Lexington, Kentucky where she graduated college with a Master’s in school counseling. With new music out now, her fans can expect an upbeat show full of songs that will touch your heart as well as keep you dancing in the aisles!
SUNDAY – 3:30-5:00pm
KICK-N-FLAVA is a seven piece Contemporary Jazz/R&B group. Its members consist of: Mike on Saxophones; Jerry on Keyboards and vocals; Coatie on guitars; J.D. on Bass; Smiley on Drums and vocals; David on Percussions and vocals, and Gil on trombone and vocals.
KICK-N-FLAVA performed at President Barack Obama’s Inauguration Ball at the Crowne Plaza in Dayton to a standing ovation crowd.