2019 Artist Lineup
2019 Artist Lineup
Be prepared for major FOMO if you miss this year...
Sometimes inspiration strikes from the immersion of living in a far away place. The view of the ocean. The sound of a rainforest at sunrise. The smell of an open-air market. The embrace of the wild human experience. Sometimes, inspiration stems from a place that everyone can relate to, but maybe no one’s actually been. This is the music of The Hip Abduction, the vibrant St. Petersburg, FL-based collective that formed over a mutual appreciation for West African and early Jamaican reggae/dub music.
SPECIAL PERFORMANCE THURS NIGHT SEPT 5TH!
We’re 5 best friends from AZ. We love the desert, we love our city, its people, and we love each other. We love long drives, early mornings, late nights, dive bars, carne asada Tacos at 3 am, dirty jokes, and asking each other what we think about things. We’re just as likely to get down on Simon & Garfunkel and Bob Dylan as we are Van Halen, and Kendrick Lamar. We love dogs, we love our van, we love playing together, and we love you – it’s true.
Barnaby Bright is an alt-Americana duo with electronic leanings, as if The Lumineers met Imogen Heap during the Civil Wars. Not easily defined, they come from the great tradition of American folk singer-songwriters but with diverse and contemporary influences that reflect their geographical journey from Brooklyn to Nashville to Kansas - with a little bit of London thrown in for good measure. Nathan and Becky Bliss (real names) create harmonies that only family can sing.
Few bands arouse a crowd into a collective shake like Flow Tribe. The six-member band’s onstage chemistry reflects a seamless combination of soul and movement that hits the audience within the first few notes. Virgin listeners and avid fans alike are drawn in by the distinctive sound that feels both familiar and original. From major festival stages around the world to leading a parade down the street, this is a group of professional musicians who’ve found their passion, and are living a dream where everyone’s welcome. Flow Tribe’s high-energy performances turn every show into a celebration.
Previously of the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet, also nominated for a Grammy for, “Best Instrumental Composition” in 2018, Jeremy Kittel has been a composer-arranger-collaborator for such diverse artists as My Morning Jacket, Yo-Yo Ma & the Silk Road Ensemble, and Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn. He blazes through a Bach violin partita as easily as a Scottish reel, bringing the same intense focus and precision to both. For the last few years the Michigan native, now based in Brooklyn, has been diligently building his own repertoire of music for a wholly original new group.
Born and raised in Philly and crash-landed in Charleston, John and Kevin Shields are the minds behind the quirky indie hip-hop group Little Stranger. Performing as a duo, Little Stranger is a fresh hybrid of John’s singer-songwriter magnetism and Kevin’s hard hitting, in-your-face delivery. Stylistically reminiscent of Gorillaz and Twenty One Pilots, Little Stranger inhabits a relatively unexplored niche at this point in time. They’re all about originality, every song is a separate work unto itself with all the strangeness that their name implies.
Sang Matiz has been performing for seven years, fusing energetic World and Afro-Brazilian/Peruvian beats with contemporary rhythms such as Pop, Jazz, and Funk. They've perfected a unique combination of styles that is best described as catchy, syncopated melodies with flamenco-styled fingerpicking which, "sounds like the Gypsy Kings and Jamiroquai had a baby in South America!" Sang Matiz has been awarded grants by The California Arts Council Endowment for the Arts and The San Francisco Arts Commission for Cultural Equity and shared the stage with the legendary Cuban band, Buena Vista Social Club Orchestra for their final “Adios Tour," as well as the eclectic and distinguished LA-based band, Ozomatli.
Speakeasē, started by Adrienne Wickham-Gobert & Daniel Erik, began on a small stage in a Redwood forest up in Mendocino county. Shortly after kindling their musical spirits, Adrienne and Daniel grew the group into a 5-piece neo-soul, funk ensemble. Our sound is reminiscent of new bands like Hiatus Kaiyote, Moonchild and Grace Potter yet throwback vibes of Sam Cooke and Bill Withers. We blend soul, funk, rock, blues, and folk into a curated hot plate of musical vibrations that will be sure to move your soul and leave you dancing.
he year is 2069! We are passengers aboard an intergalactic cruise ship, currently drifting through the galaxy after the unfortunate destruction of Earth. We are searching for a new home. Join space-folk duo Formerly Alien for an immersive musical experience that blends a sci-fi story with anthemic songs of love, loss, and hope for the future. Formerly Alien is a collective dream of Andy Barr (America, Cobra Starship), Amy Merrill (Mia Riddle Band, Lair Music Director 2005!) and you.
Music lovers who are eager to treat their ears to something fresh and unique would do well to check out The Brothers Footman. The group's sound is inspired by a variety of genres including country, Motown, gospel and R&B. Listeners will enjoy their smooth vocals as the brothers (Dikembe, Gerald (G), Micah (Sauce), and Joshua (Bubby) Footman, and adopted brother Zach) harmonize over energetic rifts. "We grew up around music and kind of just picked it up ourselves... One Christmas, we got instruments instead of presents, and since then we have been like, yeah, this is what we do."
Attending a MJ’s Brass Boppers shows is the next best thing to following a brass band down New Orleans’ famed Claiborne Ave. The swinging and singing brass-line is the Bay Area’s only New Orleans-style brass band whose founding members were born and raised in New Orleans itself. This group’s sound has been meticulously formed over years of practicing and experimenting together from concert halls to street corners, fusing classic cultural New Orleans performance with funk, jazz, modern pop, and a second line twist.