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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Red Idle Rejects
FRIDAY – 4:30-6:00pm
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.
Deuce ‘n a Quarter
FRIDAY – 6:30-8:00pm
Deuce ‘n a Quarter is fronted by the strong voice and wailing harp of Brian Peters. He is backed by one of the tightest rhythm sections in Mid-Ohio with Steve Perakis on bass, Andre Scott on drums. Matched by the electrifying guitar of Jeffrey Allen, and the smooth keys of John Sipher, their rich sound of original music and classic covers is treated like an old friend, as they faithfully add to the musical expressions of their many legendary influences. Teamed with Brian’s
lyrical narrations, the band fosters the acceptance and romanticism of life’s physical and emotional hardships which, after all, is what the blues is all about!
Angela Perley & The Howlin’ Moons
FRIDAY – 8:30-10:00pm
Armed with electric guitars, swooning vocals, and songs that split the difference between rock & roll and dreamy psychedelia, Angela Perley & the Howlin’ Moons pack the biggest punch of their career with Homemade Vision.
Like the band’s debut, Hey Kid — an album whose kickoff track, “Athens,” earned Perley an International Songwriting Award in 2014 — Homemade Vision was recorded in the Howlin’ Moons’ hometown of Columbus, Ohio. Many of the songs were dreamt up somewhere along the highways and backroads that crisscross America, though, coaxed into life by a group of roots-rock road warriors who regularly play more than 100 shows a year. As a result, Homemade Vision is the sort of wide-ranging record that creates its own geography, building an imaginary place where the influences of David Gilmour, Tom Petty, Led Zeppelin, and Nebula all intersect.
It’s also the work of a genuine band. Chris Connor’s guitar playing — a flurry of fuzz, crunch, twang and bang — occupies just as large a role as Perley’s voice, while Billy Zehnal’s bass — coupled with cymbal crashes and snare hits from an arsenal of heavy-hitting drummers — glues the mix together. Inspired by love, heartbreak, and everything in between, Homemade Vision is a battle cry from a band that’s spent years fighting the good fight, carving out their own brand of atmospheric, aggressive Americana along the way.
General Guinness Band
SATURDAY – 11:30am-1:00pm
From a tour of the Soviet Union in 1990 to eighteen shows at Dollywood’s Valley Theater in the heart of Tennessee, the General Guinness Band has performed the music of Ireland for over 35 years. Hundreds of concert programs and festivals, numerous television and radio programs, and even a guest appearance with the Chieftains have allowed the band to share their music far and wide.
The band combines songs collected by vocalist and Kilkenny, Ireland native James O’Shea with energetic fiddle tunes, four part harmonies, and Irish step dancing. The band’s richly told stories-in-song also incorporate humor and provide insight into the charming lore and myth of the Irish.
Traditional through and through. Repertoire heard nowhere else.
SATURDAY – 1:30-3:00pm
Drunken Sunday takes the standard hard rock formula, melts it down with the heat of reggae/funk fusion, infuses it with spiraling jam band grooves and seasons it with sultry soul for a sound that’s uniquely powerful, driving, intense and danceable.
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 Chris Kulow, bright and intense keys by Ted Younessi and a driving percussive backbone by drummer Cory Riley & Aux. Percussionist Jesse Fetty. 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.
White Buffalo Woman
SATURDAY – 3:30-5:00pm
White Buffalo Woman Started in Minerva Ohio in Drummer Joe’s basement below their family-run Funeral Home. White Buffalo Woman is comprised of Evan Rutledge (Vocals), Adam Murphy (Guitar), Alex Leggett (Bass) Devin Bezeredi (Guitar) and Joe Wales (Drums) fuse rock, blues, psychedelic, souland punk into an explosion of new music.
They have played in multiple states and opened for multiple acts including Dex Romweber, Patrick Sweany, The Buffalo Killers, Dan Sartain, Jacuzzi Boys, The Ettes, James Leg and The Stone Foxes.
Their most recent Self titled CD/LP was released by Grimtale in early 2016. They have released a 7” vinyl record “My Days/ This Town” (released on Grimtale Records) in 2012, followed by a self released four song EP in 2013 and a 7″ single “Like You Used To Do/Always on My Mind” released on Grimtale records in 2014. This sublime debut album got them airplay on Little Steven’s “Underground Garage” on SiriusXM and a thumbs-up from J. Geils frontman singer Peter Wolf. Contents veer from organ-laced garage rock to Southern-fried soul to uncannily Stonesy, all great fun.
The Flex Crew
SATURDAY – 5:30-7:30pm
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, The Meditations, 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.
Bastard Bearded Irishmen
SATURDAY – 8:00-10:00pm
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 pub gigs turned into two records with a third on the way, constant touring, sharing the stage with the likes of Street Dogs and Gogol Bordello and a sponsorship from Jameson Irish Whiskey. The group’s lineup is rounded out by Paul Dvorchak on fiddle and Ryan Warmbrodt on rhythm guitar.
These days, the band is having as much fun as ever. The shows 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. Maybe Jimmy will climb into the rafters to do an epic guitar solo. Maybe Danny will jump into the crowd and lose his shirt (sometimes pants). Quite simply, the guys want the crowd to let loose and party. One thing is for sure, the bar better be overstocked.
The latest album, “Rise of the Bastard,” (May 2014) is available now at the bands website, iTunes and other online outlets.
The Irishmen have been 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, 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) and of course, Pittsburgh Irish Festival. Most recently, the band performed on a rock cruise from Miami to Jamaica with national artists Train, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Phillip Phillips, and Andy Grammer, among others, and was quickly a boat highlight.
SUNDAY – 11:30-1:00pm
A father and son duo from Dayton, Ohio. The Storm at sea is raging, so prepare for Troubled Waters!! Troubled Waters is a Blues/Jazz/Funk band assembled in Dayton Ohio. They have been preforming together for approximately a year, gracing many venues with their good vibrations. Despite their short time together they have worked to be a force to be reckoned with. Each of the four members of Troubled Waters also have many achievements individually. Allow me to introduce them. Jack Waters, Born under a harvest moon on Oct 14, 1957, son of an Air Force General and a pianist, began taking music lessons in elementary school at an early age. As time went on he worked hard to become the “Blues Man” he is today. Starting with the Piney Brown and the Swift Wind Band gave Jack the opportunity to grow with seasoned blues men from the start of the Blues movement. Inspirations for Jack were legends such as BB King and David “Honey Brown” Edwards, with whom he has had the honor of playing with. Life changing experiences and years have added a kind of “musical wisdom” to his play style making him a player quite easy on the ears. Wife Tina, and sons Joe and Noah Waters and daughter Krissy Waters, have been a great support through his journey. Joe Waters son of Jack Waters inherited Jacks natural ability for the Musical Arts and began his musical career at a surprisingly young age. At age 6 Joe and fam took a fated trip to dinner to the Cracker Barrel. Like any good six year old, Joe could not resist the urge to run into the gift shop and pick up the first toy that caught his eye. This “toy” turned out to be a harmonica that would change his reality forever. Soon after torturing his parents for a few weeks, he had advanced to a level of play worthy to play a venue call the Trolley Stop in the Oregon District. By age 10 Joe and Jack produced an album titled 10+50. Many years and many performances later they are close to the next that will be titled 20+60. Although Joe calls himself a harmonica player “by trade” he is also well versed in percussion and strings. That would bring us to the, cool, calm and collected, Tony Allen. An accomplished bass player, Tony Allen of Dayton is an Ohio Musician Graduate of Dunbar High School. He has played bass with such talents as, Sun Shadow ,The Over Hill Gang. He is now a master of many musical trades. The number one Jimi Hendrix Guitarist today, Tony Allen has a tribute band in Jimi’s honor. He also has experienced several years of diversity with the band D-Funk. Tony looks forward to many more “bluesy” days with Troubled Waters. When he is not jammin’ with the boys he spends his time as a salesman at a local guitar shop called Guitars Etc. No one can deny this mans passion for the musical arts. JJ yates is the percussive backbone for this band of fine gentlemen. In 2010 this local drummer was savagely attacked following a car breakdown. The random brutal beating left him with multiple fractures and traumatic brain injury. These injuries made it necessary for JJ to spend time in a rehab facility. During his recovery Yates said. “Now after the attack, I realize how important this gift that God gave me is and I need to get back to playing. As soon as I’m allowed to be around loud music, when my brain stabilizes, I’ll be out there, ready to play.” This is one of many struggles that molded JJ’s amazing jazz play styles into what he is today. Having played with Kool and The Gang, JJ is no stranger to the stage, and has persevered the obstacles in his life rising up like a phoenix from the ashes. JJ truly compliments Troubled Waters with his masterful beats. The newest addition to the band is Daniel Cook. He is a 44 year old pastor, with eight children and started playing when he was 2 years old, and has learned several instruments fluently including bass guitar, piano, organ and drums. He has only been playing with them for a short time, but seems like they’ve been playing together “forever”.
Jonalee White & the Late Nite Drivers
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 7 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.