T2F Artists

A Live One - Phish Tribute

Austin, Tx
Composed of 4 guys. Moving Matter's Guitarist and Drummer started the project in December 2010. They were graced with the smooth sounds of Wesley Haynes, who is a local Musician that has played with such greats as Lionel Richie and Miles Davis. He also has his own band the J Wesley Haynes trio. Also including Mike Boyd, who actually taught Victor Wooten how to play bass. Josh Pearson - Guitar Wesley Haynes - Keys Mike Boyd - Bass Dan McGreevy - Drums

Gravity Feed

Dallas
Gravity Feed is made up of five lucky guys who just happened to stumble into each other at the right place and time in each others lives. Five guys that have developed a great work ethic, create some great music together and love playing in front of people. They know their way around some instruments fairly well and just plain have a good time doing it. If you havent seem them yet, you better find out where you can check them out live, cuz whatever it is that they do, they do it well.

Forgotten Space - Grateful Dead Tribute

Dallas, TX
Forgotten Space's lead guitarist, Kenny Withrow, is best known as a founding and current member of "Edie Brickell and the New Bohemians". Kenny's style and impeccable taste lend themselves very well to the music of the Grateful Dead. In between touring and recording with Edie, Kenny also produces, records, and plays with Rod Russel Ides, Kenny Withrow and Friends, and several other national and regional acts. Kenny recently served as musical director for the Undermain Theatre's adaptation of Neil Young's "Greendale". Bassist/Vocalist Bob McConville worked the Northeast club circuit with the Electric Pheasants and Christine and the Razors before returning to his birthplace, Deep Ellum, to join Cross-Eyed Boogie, the Dead Beats, Woody Butts, Smokin' Volcanos, and Minglewood, as well as taking over the bass playing slot in Club Dada's weekly event, "The Dead Thing", in 1993. He also joined Kenny as a member of Rod Russell-Ides and Rainmaker. Forgotten Space has the rare luxury of two outstanding bass players. Noted Texas bass man Will Hodges slid over to the keyboards for this project and also handles a good share of the lead and harmony vocals. Will helped found, and played bass for, "Mellowship" and "Whitebread Picnic" prior to the birth of his second child. After a brief sabbatical, he has re-joined both of those bands as the keyboardist. Over the years, Will has shared the Bass duties with Bob in the Dead Thing, Lost Sailor, and Kenny Withrow and Friends, in addition to his many other musical endeavors. Staying true to the instrumentation of the Grateful Dead, the band employs two full time drummers, Jerry Saracini and Bryant "Pablo" Russell. Jerry has performed and/or recorded with the likes of Phil Lesh (Grateful Dead, Phil & Friends), several alumni of Steely Dan (Dean Parks, Chuck Rainey, Denny Dias, Elliott Randall, Bernard Purdie, Jim Keltner, Sherlie Matthews, Clydie King, and Lou Marini) and many other nationally recognized musicians and artists. Outside of Forgotten Space, Jerry also performs regularly with Naked Lunch (A Steely Dan Tribute), Hunter Hendrickson, and The Project. Bryant "Pablo" Russell is a classically trained guitar player, studying with Andre Segovia's protege and Dallas native Robert Guthrie. Although graduating with a bachelor's degree in classical guitar performance in 1993, Pablo devoted the majority of time (while still picking up classical gigs) to playing drums. Since moving to the Dallas/Ft. Worth area in 1997, Pablo has been the starting drummer in original and tribute acts including Mellowship, The Allmost Brothers Band, the "Ticket Time-Wasters" (for the DFW sports-radio station 1310AM "The Ticket"), as well as doing regular substitute work for The Heat, The Masons, and Birdog among others. Rhythm Guitarist/Vocalist Scott Prosser rediscovered his love for playing Grateful Dead music after a 12 year hiatus. After joining Bob with "Cross-Eyed Boogey" in the early 90's, Scott was a founding member of the "Dead Beats". He also spent time with "W.A.L.S.T.I.B" and "The Dead Thing" before moving on to other interests (including the popular acoustic rock/blues band "Crossroads"). While never really out of the Texas Dead scene, his full time return was long overdue. Whether you are a fan of the Grateful Dead or not, you will appreciate and thoroughly enjoy this band.

Eminence Ensemble

Boulder, CO
Eminence Ensemble is a five piece Progressive Electronic Rock group based out of Boulder, Colorado. Since forming in 2008, they have been mesmerizing the Colorado music scene through their eloquent, inventive composition style and captivating, explosive performances. Elegantly fusing elements of Jazz, Rock, Funk, Hip-Hop, Reggae and Electronica, Eminence Eminence Ensemble's technical prowess is surpassed only by its robust blend of composition and improvisation. Eminence Ensemble's groundbreaking sound evolves with every show, sure to keep the audience moving and leave it craving more.

The Hilltop Crawlers

Dallas
Based out of Dallas, TX but injected with CCRs cajun-swamp boogie, The Bands "Americana," The Grateful Deads fluent and spontaneous jams and The Rolling Stones rock n roll sound-scape is THE HILLTOP CRAWLERS. Original music with a few deep cut covers, The Hilltop Crawlers are old school "drinking music." Catchy hooks and elaborate arrangements, no two setlists are the same. Dont let the old school rock n roll title scare you, there is an original country/rock sound in there as well. The Hilltop Crawlers not only bring a rocking crowd but also a professional performance which you would expect from a much higher ticket price. Rock n roll lives in the great state of Texas.

Dimitris Ascent

Austin
Hailing from Austin TX, Dimitris Ascent brings forth a celestial explosion of pure expressive art. A complitive free improvisational form that incorporates elctronic elements of both live and produced spectral sound scapes. Performing many different styles of instrumental music ranging from Jazz, blue grass, rock, funk, electronica, disco, dub step and everything between, they play to the crowed and always please. Over the past 5 years they have been at the top of the Austin jamband music scene. It is music that captures, moves and transcends ones mind, body, and soul. Playing with great names such as Karl Denson, EOTO, Partical, Papa Mali, New Monsoon, Psymbionic, Nadis Warriors, Interstellar Transmissions and many, many more......

The EFfiNAYS

Dallas
Reggae/Rock/Latin/Hip-Hop/Funk/Good Music. Ear pleasing jams that make folks dance and have good times. Supporters of the Dallas Community (and cool people in general). DISCLAIMER: We are not responsible for babies created to our music...(just saying) A groove-oriented explosion of Funk, Latin, and Reggae-fied cultural diversity. (oooooh get ready for our sweetness!)

The I-Drenz

Dallas
Fronted by Jamaican born Andre Prehay, The I-Drenz boast an authentic Jamaican voice to the Dallas Reggae scene. Together, this 7-piece alliance of humble and experienced musicians create a potent blend of Reggae, Rock, and Latin not heard anywhere else. Description HydroSonic Reggae/Rock/Dub Fusion with a pinch of Latin for good measure..

DanceYourFaceOff

Dance Your Face Off is an electronic music blog based in Texas that was founded by DJ Mikey Rodge. DYFO covers a wide range of dance music from all over the world.

David Willingham Project

Founder of Aton in 2003, Willingham is an accomplished musician, composer and producer. Growing up in the Dallas area he began playing the trumpet as a Senior in High school. Currently heading up The David Willingham Project and managing Third EyeLand Productions, Willingham has played with numerous artists and bands; Yerba from 1998 to 2001,Page 43 with Jason Davis from 2001 to 2003, Erykah Badus "Jam Session" featuring Common and Talib Kweli, for the Dallas Can Benefit Concert Bronco Bowl 2001, "Stan Kazz" funk and jazz band, 4th trumpet chair in the Dallas Jazz Orchestra 2002-03, Future Soul Sound Clash 2003-present, Cas Haley, Wood Belly and Played in the horn section live at Granada Theater Dallas with Emily King and Dwele. In the recording studio, Willingham has worked with Spoon Fed Tribes in the release of We Are Part Of The Problem, 2003; additionally, in January, 2008, Willingham and his Third EyeLand Production Company released Atons debut CD, Reunify. The CD, mastered at Tuff Gong studios, includes 10 tracks of reggae/jazz influenced music. June 2009-David recorded a duet with legendary reggae singer, Luciano and is Releasing Mama His latest Ep with an allstar packed Musician roster of reggaes and soul Master Musicians and innovators... an innovator himself, David reunites Benard Wright with Sly Dumbar fron the Album Silent Assassins and Chinna Smith with Hoursemouth wallace of the Abyssinians and Rockers Fame to create his Dream Studio One recording Session. released in November 2010, Mama, the title track of Willinghams First Solo release, Was covered By Cas Haley on the 2010 California Tour with The EasyStar AllStars and was well Received..in 2011 David continues to tour with several musical acts such as Cas Haley at Hangout Fest and Electric Forest and with 3 Bands, Spoonfed Tribe, Ugly Lion and Holding space at Wakarusa. In 2012 David has been Blessed with opportunity to put his creative energy into an allstar group of musicians for the David Willingham Project or DWP. This Project consist of Members of Cas Haleys Woodbelly, Aton, Fatty Lumpkin and Spoonfed Tribe As well as many roving special guest. David is currently working on several Recording projects due to release in late summer, early fall of 2012 . David is constantly Collaborating and Playing with many local musicians and producers to bring the Inna Da Yard vibe of , On the fly, one take, creative experience David Witnessed during his stay in Kingston Jamaica at Chinnas Inna da Yard Studios

Eric McFadden

Los Angeles
Born in New York, raised in New Mexico, moved to San Francisco in 1994. Touring musician, guitarist/singer-songwriter, played or play with TEN, George Clinton & P-Funk, Eric Burdon & The Animals, EMT, Stockholm Syndrome, Faraway Brothers, Alien Lovestock, Liar, IZM. Have also done stuff with Les Claypool, Joe Strummer, Reverend Horton Heat, Jackson Browne, Bernie Worrell, Nels Cline, Keb Mo, Govt Mule, Mike Watt, The Coup etc.

SunSquabi

Boulder, CO
SunSquabi is a 3-piece Electronic Hydro-funk experience, created by guitarist/producer Kevin Donohue, bassist Andrew Clymer and drummer Chris Anderson. They have played all over Colorado and the United States, from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to frequenting festivals such as Sonic Bloom, Wakarusa, Euphoria, Summer Camp and Snowball Music Festival. They are a high-energy group and always deliver great live shows, blending several genres of music into a dance-worthy and progressive set.

Paul Whites Consortium - Rock & Roll Tribute

Dallas
The Consortium, all Dallas scene veterans, is a 4-piece group of stunning virtuosity coming together for the simple joy of making music and entertaining the masses. Covering the past 60 years of music, and with an unparalleled live chemistry, they have the ability to get the people moving and drinks flowing at any venue or event.

KAPOW!

Dallas, TX
Born from the roots of music, KAPOW, has created a union of familiar sounds. From reggae to folk, rock to blues, the musical fusion created is sure to inspire your soul and leave you wanting more. Based in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, KAPOW is leaving its musical footprint in the most orgainc of ways. By playing live shows! Lead singer-songwriter/multi-instrumentalist, Grant Braudrick , has a soulfully smooth voice and guitar stylings that are sure to get you moving. David Willingham provides his musical expertise on the drum kit as well as hand percussion, trupmet, melodica, guitar/ukulele and backing vocals. Kelyn Crapp provides lead guitar stylings that are sure to drop your jaw. Last but not least, Hank Fore is holding the rythym and getting the groove on bass. This blending and union of styles allows for the listener to be taken on a musical journey like none other. KAPOW hopes to share this journey with you soon.

Spoonfed Tribe

Dallas, TX
The story starts, properly, four years ago in the summer of 1899..... A multi-dimensional movement of artists, gathered together and created a controversial mass human experiment, innocently interwoven within unique audio/visual experiences. The movement, later to become known as "Spoonfed Tribe" , coined this experiment, The Mood Manipulation - Behavior Modification Program. Conducting a series of unfair hearing tests on willing participants from street corners, theatres, and festivals all across the country, the movement had successfully completed four independent audio programs by 2005.

57 Sauce

Arlington, TX
Started while Spoonfed Tribe was off of touring - Jerome and Troy took advantage of the time off by Playing Local Clubs and joining other Tribe Alumni. The band plays all kinds of Venues and Genres - From Dinner Duos to Rock n Roll Headliner - 57 Sauce has got what it takes to Cover the Evening

Shawn Nelson

Texas
Texas singer-songwriter Shawn Nelson takes the music he creates beyond its honky-tonk core to offer songs you can dance to that also prompt the listener to think and feel. It’s the natural result of being inspired by as well as meeting and spending time with such Lone Star State songwriting legends as Robert Earl Keen and Guy Clark as well as elements from his life, unique background and musical journey.

The Vince Lujan Project

Denton, TX
The Vince Lujan Project (pronounced - 'LU-hahn'), an original band from North Texas, is putting a new spin on the ever- evolving, all-encompassing Texas sound by infusing blends of Acoustic, Pop, Funk, Latin, and Soul. It's feel-good music with catchy hooks and accessible lyrics. The diverse members each lend a unique style that effortlessly blends into a powerful groove, topped off with dynamic and smooth rock/R & B vocals. Come to a live show and you'll hear nods to (and occasional covers from) the Dave Matthews Band, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, Stevie Wonder, Eric Clapton, and Bill Withers.

Melody Memory

Although MELODY MEMORY is considered a meta-lyrical fusion of Reggae, Hip-Hop and Funky Soul, their music and message is much more than just the obvious. Their broad appeal musically bridges gaps between younger and older generations. After performing almost non-stop for the last 2 years in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area at events such as The Dallas City Arts Festival, The 2009 Deep Ellum Arts Festival, and the Grand Opening of the DART Green Line railway station in Dallas' arts district in Deep Ellum, Melody Memory has transformed itself from a standard 7-piece club act to active members of the community.

The Scott McCurry Band

Dallas, Texas
When trying to sift through the many genres that make up the Music Biosphere, if not careful, one can easily be swallowed by the droves of bands trying to pass off there their harmony-laden, verse-chorus-verse songs, for true "Rock and Roll". Luckily for the skeptics seeking more than just run-of-the-mill power pop, The Scott McCurry Band has arrived. Perhaps it is unfair to use the phrase "Just Arrived", considering the Scott McCurry Band is putting the final touches on their third, full length LP, and have been bringing their raucous, energy-filled live performances to beer-swilling audiences across the country, for the past six years. Scott has already played over 500 venues across the states from underground clubs in Dallas to the celebrity-studded Sundance Film Festival in Utah where Scott had a song in the movie “Walking with Freedom” and performed at Sundance. The track's "All Over The Road" & "Saturday" were also featured in the HBO movie "Appalachian Trail". Not to mention, America’s Best Independent Artists, an organization that promotes promising artists’ CDs, selected Scott as one of the best Artists in 2005.The Scott McCurry Band, isn't so much a band, but a collective of extremely talented, genre-bending musicians, lead by their fearless leader, Scott McCurry. The ‘Koozies’ was Scott’s first band experience and he quickly proved to new audiences that he could not only write smart, quirky lyrics and catchy tunes, but also perform on-stage. The band’s first release, “seeing through bleu ink”, helped jettison Scott firmly into the college rock scene. Scott's second album "Like the Sun", is just that; sunny and upbeat, filled with songs you’re happy to let bounce around in your head all day. Songs like “Oh no” with the addicting guitar and harmonica melody echo sounds of Bob Dylan, while other tracks like “Dr. Doctor” pump out a fusion of method that can rival even today's most progressive artists. In terms of musical evolution, the path this band has embarked would garner approval from musical purists as well as Mr. Darwin himself. All this evident by the presence of legendary, and veteran music producer, Elliot Mazer. After 30 years of having worked with the likes of Neil Young, Pete Townshend, and Janis Joplin, Mazer has decided to put his golden, or more appropriately, platinum touch, to the band's latest studio effort. While according to Mazer, the phrase "Birdies Don't Bark" is an arguable statement, there is absolutely no argument when it comes to the quality of "Birdies Don't Bark" as an album. While at times, one can get lost in trance-inducing melodies, reminiscent of bands such as The Animals, or say the Troggs, at the drop of hat can be transformed into the beautiful alternative instrumentation that makes bands such as Wilco and Sonic Youth so electrifying and important.

Erin & The Project

Featuring the dyadic cyclone that is Erin Ezekiel (vocals/keys), and Paul Ezekiel (drums/percussion), Erin & The Project creates a hypnotic soul-ternative sound, fulfilling a genre all its own, with their sound being described as refreshing, inspiring, and soulful by listeners worldwide. They compile lyrics that peer into positive consciousness, while integrating soulful vocals, melodic piano, and strong rhythms throughout. After great success with the release of their debut, self-titled album, they caught the attention of Grammy award winning engineer/mixer, Oz Fritz, who produced their most recent album release, "Birthday". Over the past two years, this couple has performed around the US at a multitude of clubs, restaurants, cafes, wineries, and private events with great success and consistent growth in exposure as well as their own music and performance development. Erin spent 3 years studying North Indian classical vocals with the great Maestro Ali Akbar Khan. She has also performed with Mickey Thomas of Jefferson Starship, and won best new pop/rock artist for USA4real.coms best pop/rock new artist in 2009 before placing in the top 5 in the January 2010 SingerUniverse competition. Be sure to catch them next time they are in your town!

Sensible

Dallas
With Tyler on the bass bumpin loud and leading the riddim, Chris always hittin right on time, John lettin his soul loose on the mic, and the guitar prodigy Andy "the riot" complementing the sound perfectly, you can not help but move to the groove. Then, all of a sudden, your mind is blown by the inability to comprehend what just happened. The band you once thought was merely your friendly neighborhood Reggae band becomes a Surf rockin son of a gun. Each song we create embodies the human condition. Hedonism, Debauchery, and Larceny are some things that each human being encounters some time in life. While noting these issues in some songs, the vibes are always positive. They play to conquer, and to overcome these issues giving this world hope. Hope for a brighter day, when people can finally truly be themselves and remove themselves from the mask that many of us hide behind. We all have vices and that is life. One thing you can expect from Sensible is that they will throw as much energy into any venue they play no matter how big or small, because that is what they love to do. Lets Rock together!

The Moai Broadcast

Tulsa, OK
The Moai Broadcast formed in the fall of 2008 by drummer/producer Nick Bernson and keyboardist Jordan Holt with the idea of achieving the highest level of expression through its most simplistic forms. Holt’s previous band, Tech Tonic, served as a catalyst to form a band with friend Bernson, who has worked with a wide range of artists through his recording studio, The Cheese Factory. Though working together on projects in the past, the season had only arrived in which Bernson and Holt would realize a shared vision and harvest the full creative energy of what would become The Moai Broadcast. After a brief quest to find others with a similar musical vision, guitarist Cody Brewer brought to the group a unique tapestry of ambient, soulful guitar work which evokes a sense of timelessness, beckoning the listener to speculate if it is something from the year 1969, 2009 or beyond. Bassist Nick Abbott brings a cohesiveness and drive to the band with his precision on the low end, channeling a funky flair coming straight from the Mothership. Final member, Josh Coffman joined the group May of 2009 and brings more than just one dynamic to the band. Coffman’s sax will tingle your insides, caress your soul, and cause unintended movement of your feet. But that’s not all, Coffman’s vocals will wrap you up in a delicate cocoon and metamorph your thoughts into complete tranquility. The sounds of The Moai Broadcast are conceived through the union of organic and synthetic instrumentation and the complete abandonment of any preconceptions of what musical expression is to be.

Paul Renna

Dallas, Texas
Paul Renna is a visionary singer-songwriter with the extraordinary ability to raise hidden emotions in his listeners, surreptitiously forcing feelings of love, longing, happiness, and heartache from the depths of even the most hard-edged among us. With the release of his highly anticipated new album,Brothers and Sisters, available on iTunes, Renna seems to have broken through to a new plane of existence, exploring the deepest recesses of his heart and soul both lyrically and musically.

Graham Wilkinson

Austin
Graham Edward Wilkinson was born in 1980 in the small East Texas town of Denison to a Methodist minister father and a speech pathologist mother. He spent his early years moving from one small town to the next and picked up the guitar at age 16, in an effort to mend his first broken heart. Graham finished high school in Wichita Falls, TX and attended Hendrix College, in pursuit of a fine arts and music degree. He decided to take a needed break before graduation and traveled to the Greek islands of Mykonos and Paros located in the Agean Sea where he worked at a diesel jet-engine power plant, mingled among the locals and played his music in the streets. After gaining the life experiences desired, he completed his degree in 2002. He then set out upon another quest and traveled half way around the world to the Micronesian island of Pohnpel, where he volunteered as an English teacher in the local Jesuit school. While overseas, his older brother and best friend Aaron Robert Wilkinson passed away in New York City. By far, his brother’s death was the most difficult thing his family and he have faced. His brothers influence is easily identified in many of Graham’ songs . You see, Aaron was singing and writing in lower east side coffee shops, on the cusp of the Anti-folk scene. Hanging out with the soon to be recognized Regina Spektor, Kimya Dawson, Adam Green from the Moldy Peaches and the guys from The Strokes.

Groove 8

Groove 8 is a US based jazz/funk collective. The band has recorded four albums with the most recent being CURIOUS POSES.

Jabarvy

Austin, TX
Jabarvy features a lead-singing, songwriting drummer, a multiple-award-winning all-female horn section, two diverse lead guitarists, and a most distinctive bass player. All members write music, sing, improvise solos, play various other instruments, and assume the role of front man/woman on any given night. With a penchant for making each show sui generis, Jabarvy explores a wide array of original pieces composed of light-hearted but thoughtful lyrics sung over elaborate chord progressions. A surprising evolution of pop music, spanning multiple genres and boundaries.

James and the Devil

Denver
James & the Devil spins off Rock n Roll sounds with MountainGrass, funk, hip hop, and rhythmic dance chemistry that always gets the house movin! A sort of New Age broad spectrum Rock n Roll Review that can be summed up as GenreBending RockHop!! James and The Devil tours the Rocky Mountains from north to south with a base in Denver, and is setting up a nationwide tour beginning this summer that will take them throughout the US. They play as much as they can, they get involved with the local scene, and actively promote with a good cause. J & The D plays for every demographic, old and young, and is made up of dreamers, drinkers, thinkers, and smokers, and is seen happiest playing music while uniting people. J and The D released their newest album Altitude Sickness in May of 2011, and will be continuously playing and touring for this album around the country over the next year. Dont miss the CO Rocky Mountain Rebel Rock sensation and that will have you wishing you brought an extra pair of socks!! James and The Devil is... Jim Campbell - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals Dave Ross - Fiddle, Vocals Adam Carpenter - Bass, Vocals Matt Stoner - Drums Buz Crutchfield - Aux. Percussion, Electric Guitar, Vocals

Jordan Franz

Texas
Jordan Franz is an eclectic and soulful act from Texas, bringing to the stage an aggressively percussive and moving approach to the guitar. She has set herself apart from the average singer-songwriter, captivating her audience with alluring vocals and melodious compositions. Originating from Fort Worth, this folk-rock artist has transpired in her musical endeavors since the age of eighteen, performing live for nearly eight years throughout Dallas/Fort Worth and other surrounding areas, entertaining both venues and festivals all the same. With a full band in motion, Jordan Franz intertwines an organic accompaniment of acoustic guitar, drums, and bass, with textures involving Native American flutes, singing bowls, saxophone, and other realms of percussion. She propels beyond genre as her music speaks volumes.

Brother Bagman

Kansas City
Brother Bagman is a Quartet From Kansas City, MO that has been bringing all there influences together and creating a style of there own. With roots in soul music, Blues, Rock, and world music, this Power Trio brings their high energy performances to new levels every show.

Frogs Gone Fishin'

Denver, CO
At a Frogs Gone Fishin' show, fans are treated to heavy-hitting rock with the Frog's signature improvisational twist. In an age of auto-tuned vocals and laptop superstars, it's great to find a band who relies on harmonies, strong melody, and dynamic rhythms to keep their fans coming back. On any given night, the Frogs cut across genres and material from their two albums and never, ever, play the same set-list twice. This diversity in song choice and explosive improvisational energy has earned the band enthusiastic and devoted fans from places as far apart as Denver and New Orleans, Chicago and Austin, New York and San Francisco. In 2009, Frogs Gone Fishin' signed with Colorado-based Mountain Size Records and went into the studio to record Actual Natural, produced and engineered by Brad Smalling. Tracking was completed at Evergroove Studio, a solar-powered studio in the mountains near Evergreen, CO. The album was mastered by Grammy Award-winning producer David Glasser and in 2010, "Actual Natural" was released for the world's listening pleasure. Frogs have been playing festivals and writing new music this summer and are excited to tour during the fall and winter months. Playing over 160 shows every year, the Frogs are coming to a town near you soon. A crowd of FGF fans is as diverse as the set list, where hippies and hipsters, heads and first-timers groove together in one sweaty dance party.

Holding Space

San Marcos
Holding Space is a psychedelic jam-band incorporating numerous genres of music, forged from the desire to create music that is spontaneous and free flowing. The music travels from cosmic spacey jams to high energy epic breakthroughs provoking intense musically healing experiences. Since forming in late November of 2009 Holding Space has evolved from playing their first show on the beach with a PVC stage with painters plastic wrapped around it and wooden pallets to stand on, to being selected for the Wakarusa Music Festival in 2011. People generally have a hard time describing a Holding Space experience due to the boundary pushing genre defying style of the music. Their ability to create intense psychedelic spaces, that are establishing new musical platforms, is being compared to the likes of Pink Floyd's transformation of the music scene in the 70's. The music ranges from hard tribal rhythms to chill airy spaces to bassy trance dance rhythms to completely OFF THE WALL haywire psychedelia. Holding Space is known for filling as much possible space with sound, and each member together strives to overload your senses each show. Holding Space is touring extensively this summer throughout OK, KS, MO, IA,IL,TN,AZ,ID,OR,CA,CO. This summer will be one for the record books for Holding Space as they embark on their first out of state tour. With their powerful and innovative style their sound is sure to capture the nation, and continue to evolve with the conscious intentions that are put into the music on the daily.

Spivey

Dallas, TX
Spivey is comprised of two friends who met up after years of living across Texas from each other and decided to start making original music with influences ranging from all over. Dirt roads, electric exxxctacy, lonely cowboy songs, psychedelic rock, Buck Rogers space folk and big fat beats are a few of the ingredients that make up their sound.

The Neckties

Dallas
Take one part rock and roll, one part blue-eyed soul, a little Southern Harmony with a pinch of Jagger attitude, shock it with some Texas salt and you get The Neckties - four boys from Rockwall, Texas with a gritty sound that makes old men wish for a second chance at youth. Blake Cheek (vocals), Charley Wiles (guitar), Fielder "Mouse" Whittington (drums), and Robert Burroughs (bass) are young, but they have chops and aren’t afraid to show their teeth. The Neckties started out as school friends, but when they found their bass player along the way, things began to click. Soon they were playing at some of Dallas’ most popular venues like Club Dada and Poor David’s Pub where Dallas music legends New Bohemians and The Dixie Chicks began their careers. The Neckties also play sets at huge North Texas events like SXSW 2011, Dallas International Guitar Festival, Grapevine Main Street Festival, and Real Texas Festival Mesquite. Blake Cheek channels a little bit of young Robert Plant in his stage presence. He masterfully pulls off soulful vocals one expects from a more seasoned singer. His original lyrics are the raw love games of young men and his background is filled with an evident classic rock influence, to which he credits his father. Blake is a quintessential frontman and force to be reckoned with. Charley Wiles has a burning natural ability for lead guitar. His experience as a sound engineer for the youth section at his church lends itself to the expertise of their stage presence. He picked up his first guitar at 9 years old. Influenced by artists like Jimmy Page, Mike Campbell, Jack White, and Jimi Hendrix, a combination of hard rock and old south blues makes Charley a delicious earworm, seducing his audience with earthy, sensual riffs. Keeping time in the rhythm section are Fielder "Mouse" Whittington, who pushes the beat right along and never lets listeners forget he’s there with a cymbal crash to punctuate his presence, and Robert Burroughs with his strong, mellow bass to tie their sound together with a solid knot by taking compelling cues from bands like The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket and The Red Hot Chili Peppers as contemporary rock artists.

KatsuK

Fort Worth, Tx
AN OUT OF THIS WORLD-BEAT TRIBAL FUNK ROCK EXPERIENCE!!! A mesmerizing emotive musical experience that can silence a room, turn it upside down, and make it sweat. From Folk to Rock to Reggae to Funk to Country to Psychedelia to Tribal Drums and Flutes to a style like no other, KatsüK is a genre chameleon and truly a unique and deeply impact-full musical anomaly. “Weaving together an impressively thick sonic tapestry, I was really blown away by KatsüK and their massive Middle Eastern sound. Fans of Dead Can Dance and acoustic Led Zeppelin should check it out.” -Harder Beat Magazine- Formed by Daniel KatsüK (Spoonfed Tribe) and based out of Ft. Worth TX, KatsüK formerly known as A-hummin’ Acoustical Acupuncture (AAA) has toured nationally and internationally playing such festivals as High Sierra, Bob Marley, Lollapalooza, Dreamtime Festival and many many more. Either solo with Daniel KatsüK on lead vocals, native flutes, kick drum and acoustic guitar or accompanied by a full band with P.J. Fry on bass, Scott Vernon on Daphne M., Tim Cowdin on drums (members of Sally Majestic), and other wondrous musicians, KatsüK is an unforgettable musical experience that will leave you forever changed and incredibly moved; which led one fan to comment: “…the orgasm we have been waiting for!” DUE OUT MARCH 2008 ~ THE NEW ALBUM, OUT IN THE WIND .. 2001 Dallas Music.com - Singer/Songwriter of the Year 2003 and 2004 FW Weekly Awards - Nominated Best Acoustic Band 2005 FW Weekly Awards – Artist of the Year and Best Acoustic Band Nominated also for – Best Male singer, Guitarist, and Singer/Songwriter Appeared on 3 compilation cds: Kid Antrim Music and Acoustic Chaos 1 and 3. Recorded Music for Cruise an audio book by Brenden Alimo. Music of Daniel KatsüK has appeared ..onball Z and Case Closed along with Full Metal Alchemist (All appearing on Cartoon Network). Also an anime voice actor who appeared on Spiral, Dragonball and Dragonball Z, Yu-Yu Hakusho, Kiddy Grade, Full Metal Alchemist, Grappler Baki, Case Closed, Samurai 7, Lupin the 3rd, Burst Angel, Desert Punk, Trinity Blood, Speed Grapher, and Sakura Wars Thank you for listening.

Greg Reichel

Oklahoma
Somewhere, someone has heard the given lyrics that strike emotional feeling, distraught, forgiven humor and jealousy that are wrapped up in egotistical conversation that Greg Reichel has distinguished into songs or lyrical meaning. That is what you will gather from this walking, talking, judgmental, happy, pleasing, true real Americana songwriter. Greg Reichel who has made his way from Oklahoma taking every back road, byway and GPS given highway to get to where he is at today, he is meant to come upon you strong not only with his songs, but with his capabilities of taking the crowd, sitting them in the palm of his hand and flipping them upside down with the intent that they know his name in the morning. The stage presence from Reichel engages in story telling of his past and previous happenings, sing-along’s, crowd participation encouraging their hands and feet to be used as percussion instruments and the whitty humor that keeps these intrigued listeners coming back for more. With live performances stacking up between the Midwest, it’s time for Reichel to see more action and determination than what he initially set out for. In the past sixteen years of Reichel’s life, he has been graced with more musical attention not only from his Father who has been active in the movement of music, but from local musicians and followed heroes. For the past seven of the sixteen years, he has had opportunity to write amongst, perform with or just open for some talented, heavy traveled and well known artists. All in all, I guess you can say, Greg’s understanding of music is beyond average. Greg Reichel and his current residence are based outside of Dallas, TX, with soul covering many more miles than can be mentioned. Reichel released his debut album in June 2007 with some knowledgeable, meaningful and driven original songs which has gained him radio play in some of the largest markets throughout Texas and Oklahoma. With the help of the recordings produced by the talented locally and nationally known musician Travis Linville at his studio, deep in the back woods outside of Norman, Oklahoma which they call Dirty Bird Studios, and along with the mindful and generously placed instruments, the record came out as a success. Joining Reichel on his debut album, you will find Jeremy Watkins (Stoney Larue and the Arsenals) on Fiddle, Eric Hansen (Mike McClure Band) on Drums and Travis Linville on Slide Guitar, Lead Guitar, Bass Guitar and Mandolin. With the final production on the EP being pronounced as a completed process, the album was mastered by Joe Hardy in Houston, TX. The love, passion, bitterness, truthful, happy, foregoing, understanding of meaning hidden behind each song that Reichel has put a hand to, you will walk away with curiosity of what’s next from this arisen singer/songwriter. Some recent press regarding Greg Reichel and talk about his profound talent. Dallas Observer “Raised in Oklahoma and now a resident of Dallas, Greg Reichel is the best kind of alt-country songwriter, on who enjoys both, the old-school, rural soul of Townes Van Zandt and the snotty genius of Ryan Adams.” –Darryl Smyers , Dallas Observer KHYI 95.3 “The Range” “Greg Reichel is one of my favorite Texas Songwriter’s with great talent, songs, substance and heart.”- Brett Dillon, the Brett Dillon Experience, 95.3 the Range

Topaz

Austin, TX
Topaz McGarrigle recently returned home to Austin TX to form his new band Mudphonic. "…as gritty as the Texas landscape and funky as an Eastside BBQ joint. Mudphonic blends bottleneck blues guitar with fat saxophone riffs, scrappy vocals with distorted harmonica and lays it all on top of rock solid dance grooves." Born and raised in the Texas hill country, Topaz got his start as a young child playing saxophone on the streets of downtown Austin. The Texas blues and soul that he soaked up as a child remain a constant in his playing. His love of music solidified as a high school sophomore in London during the height of the acid-jazz scene. Topaz then moved to Washington D.C. where he attended The Duke Ellington School of the Arts for jazz, where he studied with numorous jazz legends, started his first band and began his recording career with Eric Hilton of Theivery Corporation. Topaz then moved to New York City where his musical identity began to take shape in the muscular twists and turns of his phrasing, cool, soulful feeling and grooving rhythmic energy. His band started evolving organically at weekly gigs in the hip downtown haunts of Manhattan. From the beginning, fans packed the clubs dancing and grooving to the fresh sounds. It was in New York that Topaz signed his first record deal and began touring nationally. Since then he has released two records with international distribution, composed award winning movie soundtracks, performed on BET and toured extensively across the United States. He has performed with the likes of Norah Jones, The Wailers, Widespread Panic and Robert Randolph. He has played all the major festivals such as Bonaroo, New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival and Austin City Limits Festival. Topaz has now returned to his hometown of Austin, residing on the banks of the Colorado river where he is delving into his hill country roots by bringing some blues singing and harmonica playing into the mix of high energy dance grooves. "superlative improvisational chops and one sly groove after another." - Austin Chronicle “....powerful, punchy funk with swampy overtones. Good stuff for dancing. Drinking bourbon. Eating barbecue. And dancing some more." - Telluride Daily Planet

Johnny Beauford & The Jack Kerowax

Dallas
Johnny Beauford & The Jack Kerowax are a formidable collection of known DFW musicians from 4 separate DFW projects. They are: Johnny Beauford-vocals, guitar, & keys (of bravo, max!), Garrett Padget-multi-instrumentals, vocals (of Deadmoon Choir), Chase McMillan-bass (of Goodnight Ned) and Nathan Adamson-percussion (of The Backsliders). Beauford and company are currently in studio working on their debut effort, Kerowax Pt. One, an EP that will, according to the band, showcase “a focused Americana approach accenting beautifully dressed pop songs”, (due out in the Spring of 2013). For a preview of their work please visit: www.soundcloud.com/johnnybeauford “Johnny Beauford may be the most promising young songwriter in the region." –Pete Freedman, DALLAS OBSERVER. Beauford recently finished his first work as a solo artist, Lo Fi. “Lo-Fi finds Beauford trafficking in the kind of earnest Americana that dares you to turn away.” – Preston Jones, FORT WORTH STAR TELEGRAM.

Sol Tribe

San Antonio
Based in San Antonio, Sol Tribe creates a fusion of Reggae and World music blending a heavy drum and bass driven sound with melodic keyboards, conga, and guitar infused with rich vocal textures. The experienced musicians of Sol Tribe draw on spiritual and musical themes from the Caribbean, South America and other continents to give their songs a steady and percussive feel, while the lyrics of lead vocalist Anthony Berdecio lend an urban, street-smart element. In the syncopated rhythms of its first CD, “Rising Sun,” the music of Sol Tribe has a message for the heart and head. Recorded in Trinidad and Tobago, where group founder Ras I Jinga inspired band members to immerse themselves in the regional culture of the people and their music, the 12 tracks speak to how we love and how we live. “Theres a unified quality among human beings,” Berdecio says. “Theres really a small difference in the way we live our lives. We have dreams and hopes, we suffer and celebrate. Its very much the same everywhere around the world. Its a matter of finding those things between us.”

Ducado Vega

The Duo’s History Ducado VeGA a Louisiana native, is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, producer, artist, multi-instrumentalist (plays 13 instruments), engineer, actor, author and motivational speaker. Ducado has been in the music business for over 2 decades, has years of experience in recording and performing and a vast knowledge of the music biz. Ducado started out as a sax player in his first band and moved from there to keys and vocals. After years of performing in bands in his hometown, he opted to go it alone, moved to Michigan and eventually Dallas where he became quickly established. He has many recording projects to his credits including 1 solo album and 4 solo EPs. VeGA has produced a multitude of artists (regionally and nationally) and there is no letting up. He has co-authored a music marketing book called "Xtreme Music Marketing". And just like his books title, Ducado VeGA is Xtreme. His music is hard hitting and funky. The sound was crafted through combing several different musical styles including funk, rock, hip-hop, soul, latin and dance. Ducado constantly pushes the creative limits by diving head first into new innovate projects. Having written and produced music in over 15 genres, Ducado has the reputation of never sleeping. Ducado has an innate ability to combine the old with the new and never lose a step. New Project include a New Ducado VeGA and Zenya V EPs, and Artist Tu Deip. Ducado also has completed a new book which is scheduled for 2012 release. Ducado is owner of C.O.A. Entertainment and C.O.A. Empire Records. Zenya V. was born in Texas and is an all out Rocker. She contributes edgy keyboards, razor edge guitar and haunting vocals to the Ducado VeGA and Zenya V. sound. As a youth she moved frequently around Texas and California and started singing, composing, and songwriting at a very young age. Heavily influenced by her father, (a drummer), she brings a unique fire to the duo. She credits her father as her inspiration to play drums and her grandmother was instrumental in her learning to play piano. Z has been singing since age 4, playing drums since she was 8, piano since age 9, and playing guitar since she was 13. All instruments were self taught. Most of her musical life had been spent as a solo artist prior to joining Ducado. In 2010 Zenya caught a brief glimpse of a Ducados band and soon after became a fulltime member. An instantaneous friendship and creative bond happened. Zenya describes their creative and personal relationship as spiritually artistic and intense. Zenya had her own band Arkyya for a time, and has written a plethora of songs throughout her career. She has a long awaited EP on the horizon and continues to write new material. Z has stated that she wished to enrich the lives of others through music and song. Known for being a woman of few words Zenya is a dynamic and intense performer. Ducado often refers to her as the quiet genius.

The Roomsounds

Dallas
Bio: The Roomsounds are a Dallas, Texas based American rock & roll band. Their rootsy, back-to-basics approach evokes an era of 60s and 70s rock royalty. The band puts their freewheeling, youthful spin on timeless rock paved way by their tuneful forefathers like Tom Petty, The Beatles and The Stones. But its no accident that these twenty-somethings are wise beyond their years. Prior to moving to Dallas, three of four members played together in a New England based band, had recording contracts, and toured the U.S. several times over. Singer/songwriter Ryan Michael says of the move from the Northeast to Dallas, "The idea was to scrap all the bullshit wed been through over the years and start over, somewhere new, with no expectations. We just wanted to hide away and write the best songs we could." The newly formed, unnamed project relocated to Dallas, TX in 2009, where the band lived in a small rundown house in the suburbs. They made the garage their rehearsal space and turned the living room into a recording studio. "Anytime you record in a space thats not acoustically treated, you pick up a lot of "room sound." Thats sort of where the name came from. To us, its important to maintain an organic vibe, for better or worse, to sound like a real live rock -n- roll band," Michael adds. The band spent the next two years living together in rehearsal spaces, writing and demoing material, all the while performing constantly, forging a name for themselves as a must-see live act. Off the strength of their self-recorded demo of "Young & Reckless," the band received local radio airplay, made national music blogs favorites lists, and garnered numerous positive reviews for their live performances. The summer of 2011 was spent recording much of their album live in a cabin-turned-studio just outside of Dallas. The result is a raw and infectious eleven song debut LP that has been well received by fans and critics alike. Since its release the band has been nominated for the Dallas Observer Best Rock category as well as appeared on Lit Monthlys cover for best band of 2012. Their lead single "Couldnt Break My Spirit" has been in rotation on 91.7 KXT and The Edge 102.1.

The Roaming Soldiers

Ft. Worth
Like a car thats broken down on the side of a highway under a blistering desert sun, The Roaming Soldiers make the kind of music that demands some sweat and grit to get going. Guitars screech and groan like a machine that desperately needs oil; rhythms buck and start before jolting forward precariously. Its swampy, soulful Southern rock thats made for beer drinking and bad decisions. On “Shot Gun,” dual guitars rear up like a double-headed dragon, scorching everything around them while cymbals shimmy in the background like a rattlesnake ready to pounce. “Healing Machine” is a lurching, angular groove that has whiffs of Black Crowes “Remedy.” Anyone whos ever been kicked in the teeth by life will find plenty of commiseration in the bitter blues jam “Last Cards.” If howling and licking your wounds isnt your thing, skip to “Strange” for a Zeppelin-esque guitar lashing. Pains no picnic, but The Roaming Soldiers make it hurt so good. "Published by Kate B Ourstage.com titled Ramble on"

Moving Matter

Austin, TX
Since relocating to the musical mecca of Austin from Ft. Collins, CO in 2003, Moving Matter has steadily progressed, continuing to hone its high-energy sound, and frequently garnering praise and comparisons to such acts as Sound Tribe Sector 9, Phish, and Particle. Bassist Chris Holland (deep pocket grooves) and guitarist Josh Pearson (soaring leads) share most of the song-writing duties, while drummer Dan Mcgreevy captains the ship with his rock-steady beats. Bozarth on keys has rounded out the sound with lush synth textures and screaming hammond organ.

Sam Holt Band

Born in Nashville, TN, Holt spent his youth surrounded by southern rock. The first bands Sam remembers liking were The Charlie Daniels Band and Elvis Presley. Once his mom brought home KISS Alive II, he knew music would be a major part of his life. Graduating from Middle Tennessee State University with a degree in recording engineering Sam went to work at Soundcheck in Nashville. In 2000, Holt became the guitar tech for Michael Houser of the wildly popular Athens,GA band Widespread Panic. Houser was impressed with Sams skills and told him should be playing his own music. Sadly, Houser passed away in August of 2002 after a courageous struggle with pancreatic cancer. Sam continued to tech for Widespread Panic, and made frequent onstage appearances playing lead guitar on the Summer 2006 tour. These shows were highly valued by Panics die-hard fan base. Armed with that experience and Mikes encouraging words, Sam started the Atlanta, GA based band Outformation with Lee Schwartz on drums and Grady Upchurch on bass. Outformation toured for five years and recorded three albums: Tennessee Before Daylight (2005), Travelers Rest (2007) and Fastburn (2009). In 2010, the members of Outformation went their separate ways. Holt moved to Colorado and became a part of the vibrant Colorado music scene forming The Sam Holt Band. Michael “Spanky” McCluer on bass, Adam Stern on pedal steel and guitar, and Andy Clapp on drums are adding fresh colors and textures to Holts catalog of material. Sam notes, “Im so lucky to have hooked up with these guys. They are such burning players, and I totally trust them in any situation.” Gaining momentum quickly, the Sam Holt Band has gathered a loyal following playing throughout Colorado. On the horizon in 2013 are an album and national tour. “Weve got a lot of new material. Going in the studio to capture it is something Im really excited about,” adds the down to earth Southerner.

Keegan McInroe

Keegan McInroe is a Texas based singer-songwriter, whose music is best described simply as Americana, as it is the American music tradition that he largely pulls from in his creating. Blending threads from old country, old blues, gospel, and rock & roll, Keegan weaves together an original tapestry of American roots music, earthy and lyric driven. From the Wall & In the City, his sophomore solo effort, was released in May 2010. It earned three nominations in the 2010 Fort Worth Music Awards: Americana/Roots Rock Artist of the Year, Songwriter of the Year, and Album of the Year. In the summer of 2009, The Fort Worth Weekly nominated Keegan's debut solo album, Mozelle, Album of the Year and Keegan Folk/Acoustic Artist of the Year. Mozelle was released in March 2009. In 2003, Keegan McInroe participated in founding rock & roll outfit, Catfish Whiskey (2003-2009), in Fort Worth, TX. Catfish Whiskey played extensively in Texas and Louisiana, as well as a good chunk of the American West. As a solo artist, McInroe has performed in London. McInroe has performed opening duties for Leon Russell, Ray Wylie Hubbard, Ian Moore, Eric McFadden, Otis Taylor, Randall Bramblett, and The Band of Heathens. He currently resides in Levelland, TX.

Uneasy Pilgrim

Dallas
Uneasy Pilgrim is a collective of musicians with differing backgrounds, all of whom play multiple instruments. This diverse gathering brings forth an incredible amount of expressive range, and the members of Uneasy Pilgrim swap instruments live in order to deliver our full range of expression. From 50s-style rock shuffles to full-on Weezer-ish walls of crushing power chords and Foo-esque driving melodies, Uneasy Pilgrim always brings a distinct blend of smooth grooves and walloping rock power to the stage. Additionally, Uneasy Pilgrim just released their debut full-length album "...And The Red Tape". It is available through iTunes or Amazon.

Scott Dean McCurry

Dallas
Scott Dean McCurry is a Dallas singer-songwriter who has been paving his own path on the Texas Music Scene for nearly a decade. Influenced by a vast range of styles; Scott has continually pushed the envelope with his personal spin on contemporary rock n roll. In 2013, Scott decided to transform his “fist-pumping sunshine rock” into a unique version of Texas Country, exchanging funky-rhythms and synthesizers for pedal-steel and fiddle. Although he has embarked on a new genre, two things still remain consistent; “his catchy upbeat melodies that get stuck in your head”, and his “raucous, energy-filled live performances”. In the process, he opted to drop “McCurry”, as to not be confused with a recent American Idol winner with a strikingly similar name. Just recently, Scott put the finishing touches on his new EP, “Re-Shuffle”. Although it is his 5th studio album, it is his first Country release. The tunes are full of carefree energy that will make any youthful spirit want to crack open a cold-beer and start singing along. It was his intent to make each tune on the record uplifting and fun. “Country tends to have the ability to make people either really happy or really sad, I wanted people to hear this music and wish they were out on a Saturday Night. Each song started as a rough idea written on a bar napkin with a couple of buddies, so I wanted that same essence to be captured in the studio…” Although Scott has primarily spent the majority of his career in a different music realm, he constantly found himself playing within the Texas Country Scene. Gigging festivals and clubs with Texas Country legends like Robert Earl Keen and the Old 97s, and current acts like Kevin Fowler and Josh Abbott. Channeling his love for old school country, like The Flying Burrito Brothers and Jerry Jeff Walker, Scott decided to go all in this year, and re-shuffle his music career; hence the album name. “Making this kind of music is something Ive wanted to do for years. Living in Texas my entire life, I have always been exposed to it, and always had such an admiration for classic country and its ability to vividly bring stories to life.”