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Interview: Signals Midwest

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

Recorded over two weeks in Cleveland, Signals Midwest unleashed Light On The Lake, the follow-up to their acclaimed sophomore album Latitudes & Longitudes, in the fall of 2013. Since then, they’ve been on the road non-stop, sharing stages with the likes of Kevin Devine and The Front Bottoms, and are in the midst of planning a European tour. We talk to Signals about writing and recording Lake, how their writing has shifted since Longitudes, and tales from the road.

Signals Midwest plays Joy Machine Bike Shop at 11 p.m. View the complete Brite Winter lineup and schedule here.

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“The quality of people we’ve been lucky enough to meet by playing in our little band …



Interview: Yosemight

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Uncategorized. No Comments

Drawing from rock, bluegrass, fusion, and funk, Columbus trio Yosemight take the Cleveland Clothing Company Stage at Loren Naji Gallery at 6 p.m. We talk to the band about their eclectic influences and some of their most memorable shows. View the entire Brite Winter line-up and schedule here.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“My favorite material to play live is anything that makes you move.. We all share an interest in improvisational music,which pretty much originally stemmed from jazz.” — Luke

What’s been one or some of your most memorable gigs?

My most memorable show we’ve had the opportunity to play was Sullivan Hall in New York City. The show wasn’t packed or anything, it was just our first real road trip …



Interview: Church Camp

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Uncategorized. No Comments

Hailing from Columbus, mathy punk trio Church Camp plays Joy Machines Bike Shop at 4:40 p.m. We talk to the band about their songwriting process and their live performance. View the entire Brite Winter schedule and lineup here.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

What’s been one of your most memorable gigs?

The Make Waves Fest in Central Ohio, it’s a little festival just getting off the ground and it’s done by folks who have some connection to the house show circuit, DIY, punk — or whatever you want to call it, alternative communities. The name of the festival works great for what they are doing because for two consecutive days, bands and artists share whatever venue is available at …



Interview: Texas Plant

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

“Roll the dice and shoot to kill” Texas Plant implores you on “Smiles”, a 2013 release that fits between their other tales of gin-soaked barroom nights (and days) and prison blues. A repertoire of dirty folk and dark Americana, Texas Plant is a bluesy amalgamation of punk lore and back road storytelling bluster. We talk to Texas Plant about their influences and plans for a full-length.

Texas Plant plays the Ohio City Stage at 6:30 p.m. — See the entire line-up and schedule here.

“The low rent, the cheap beer, the high culture, and the endless possibilities.” – Matt Leeb on the finer qualities of Cleveland.

There’s a storytelling element rooted in this type of music and that narrative’s a big part of everything you’ve released over the last year, especially songs like “Old News” and “Little Jimmy”. Can you tell us a …



Interview: Carrie Ryan

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

Interplaying bittersweet folk and captivating, sparse piano-pop, Carrie Ryan made her debut at 18 with the coming-of-age tales on her debut, This Road. A creative writer at heart, she took her scribe to task by honing her storytelling into the release of a succession of EPs and singles over the past two years.  Ryan has since spent 2013 opening for national touring acts such as Shakey Graves, Marmalakes and Wild Child.

Carrie Ryan plays the Classic Mini Stage @ Market Ave. Wine Bar at 6 p.m. — View the entire Brite Winter lineup and schedule here.

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“There’s something super exciting, but intimidating, about playing up on a stage where my favorite bands have played.” …



Interview: RGI International

Posted on 13th February, by Nikki in Planning Updates. No Comments

A Cleveland boomerang, Ryan Gerber wasted no time immersing himself in the arts when he returned to his hometown. Gerber is the founder of RGI International, a company that fuses creative design with placemaking, harnessing the psychology of why we do the things we do and using it to transform spaces. RGI is responsible for the beloved — and returning — larger-than-life Angry Birds Cornhole game and this year, RGI designed the glowing Brite Beacons that will light up Ohio City on the night of the festival. We talk to Gerber about RGI’s approach to changing landscapes, the idea of “Behavioral Impact Through Design”, and their work with Brite over the years.

Learn more about RGI International on their official website. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“People change, it’s part of human nature, so when you can stay on top of what makes …



Interview: She Bears

Posted on 13th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

At the crossroads of shimmering power-pop and the melodic punch of indie-punk, Columbus’ She Bears January full-length release We Will Be Fossils — the long-awaited follow-up to 2010’s I Found Myself Asleep – burst with bright narratives. We talk to them about the time in between, writing their new album, and the filming of their new video for “Fossils”.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“You can always feel the momentum within the city; that’s really being created by the wonderful people that live in the Cleve.” – Stephen Pence

You had some time between your debut, I Found Myself Asleep, and the album you just released, We Will Be Fossils. Can you tell us a little about what’s been …



Interview: Jenna Fournier

Posted on 12th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Best recognized as the songstress fronting the shoegaze-steeped Nights, the multi-talented Jenna Fournier recently traveled to Japan to tour in support of the melodic, fuzz-laden Cleveland-based band. Also a fine artist, Fournier’s whimsical work often appears in the band’s various designs and music videos. We talk to Fournier about touring overseas, her art, and what’s in the works for Nights in the future.

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“Thoughts and ideas being filtered through the same soul and out the same hands and mouth — just different mediums.” — Jenna Fournier, on being an artist and musician.

This past year was a big one – you toured Japan and just announced you’ll be returning as a full band. How …



Interview: Let’em Run

Posted on 12th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

Punk-bred pals with a twisted taste for gruff Americana, Let’em Run recently released I Quit! Live, a collection of punchy bluegrass and whiskey-drenched shouts dotted with mandolins, banjos, and fiddle-wielding. We talk to Let’em Run about punk roots, recording Quit, and their classically-trained background.

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“Three chords, songs about girls, social issues, and whiskey.” – John

You have a bit of history with each other. How did you find yourselves coming together as a band?

Our band is the best love story of all time. A long time ago in college, a few of us formed a band called All Rivers Run South, but we never played any shows or anything. Vic, Jamie and Miles [banjo, …



Artist Interview: Miser Magazine

Posted on 12th February, by Nikki in Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

A little more than a year ago, Nicole Hennessy, a poet and journalist, and Lauren Dulay, a self-taught artist, launched Miser Magazine, a now quarterly collective of offbeat, alternative arts and literature they’ve been distributing throughout Northeast Ohio.

“Finding D.A. Levy, that changed my life. I have the same thing in my heart. I know that he would approve of what I’m doing.” – Nicole Hennessy

Miser Magazine will be at BRITE collecting winter hats, scarves, mittens, and other new and gently used items for the homeless. Please consider stopping by their table to make a donation and check out the latest issue.

Story originally published on Cellar Door Cleveland // Banner by Justin Markert // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

My eyes scan the back pages of issue seven, over my options presented by The Horrible Quiz.

“Which band do you like best?” A.) Metallica …



Thaddeus Anna Greene

Posted on 11th February, by Katie Rose Dawson in Artist Bios, Bios. No Comments

CLE Clothing Co. Stage at Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 12:00am

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Thaddeus Anna Greene is a young blues man hailing from Cleveland’s east side. At the age of 14, he spent hours upon hours locked in a room, teaching himself to play the guitar, cutting his teeth on the likes of Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jack White, and The Black Keys. He has cultivated the zeal and ability to create a refreshing, daring and rebellious encyclopedia of music. His psychedelic blues/rock tapestries and fervid voice capture a time when life was melancholy amongst chaos, reminding us what it sounds like to feel.

Greene came along side drummer Anthony Foti and bassist Matthew Augusta in the beginnings of 2011, providing a rhythm section that flaunts a grounded presence of power, melody, and a painfully satisfying groove. The band wrote, recorded, …


The Lake Effect

Posted on 11th February, by Katie Rose Dawson in Artist Bios, Bios. No Comments

CLE Clothing Co. Stage at Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 5:00pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

A unique and smart collection of musical talent and talented musicians. The Lake Effect’s songs are both intricate and witty with their combination of deep, provocative lyrics and music that carries the mood of each song’s own personality. It is hard to forget this band once one gets a whiff of its distinctive qualities. They consists of just three members, each of whom can do no wrong, blending sharp, intriguing vocals with instrumentals that can manipulate one’s mood and lift the soul.


Exo-4

Posted on 11th February, by ThomasFox in Artist Bios, Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: CLE Clothing CO. Stage @ Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 1:00am – Between Gallery Sets in Loren Naji Studio.

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

EXO 4 is a group of artists and musicians exploring elements of Jazz, Ambient Space, Avant-Garde, Free Improvisation and Electronica. Always exploring different ways to interpret modern music and art, EXO 4 is on the cutting edge of technology. The music and visuals take the listener on a personal journey to places they can only dream about, and the feeling of being in another world of space and time is often the mood at an EXO 4 performance. Soundscapes of nature, unstoppable grooves and tribal rhythms, searing guitar solos and floating violins are some of the words used to describe the music. Trippy existential projections, abstract light waves and moving artscapes surround the audience and performers and set …


Runaway Brother

Posted on 11th February, by Katie Rose Dawson in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 9:00 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Basement/bedroom/garage band of fools from Ohio with indie/punk/emo rock temperament.


Interview: We The People

Posted on 10th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

We The People began as a desire for an organ trio that wanted to play soul. In its current iteration, We The People exudes confidence, tightness, and swagger. All necessary elements of a rocking, funky, get-down dance band.

Combining the fun and funk of its heroes with the kind of electricity that can only happen when a band is feeling good and having fun, this four-piece band sounds bigger and better every show.

Aggressively funky. Dance-demanding. Foot-tapping. Electric.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists given as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“Fun, funky, and happy – what better way to connect with your audience than dance with them?” – Joe Wheelock

What’s been one of your most memorable gigs?

Larchmere PorchFest! That neighborhood likes to party! And it’s truly …



Interview: Little Big League

Posted on 10th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Young blood clocking in at a mere two years together, Philadelphia’s Little Big League pedigreed lineup – reeling in members of Post Post, Titus Andronicus, and Strand Of Oaks — has already shared stages with The Early November, Restorations, and Laura Stevenson among others. Steeped in 90s indie nostalgia, throughout Tiny Engines release These Are Good People, Little Big League retains its jangle while playing with elements of fuzzed-out wall-of-sound, Midwestern emo, and shoegaze over Michelle Zauner’s riveting howl. We talk to Zauner about tales from the road and the stories behind their debut album.

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“We’ve met a lot of great people and bands on the road. The generosity you experience from strangers …



Lowly The Tree Ghost

Posted on 10th February, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Chipotle Indoor Stage @ Room Service
Performance Time: 5:30 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“Lowly the Tree Ghost is a band that was brought together through the common idea of nourishing and creating music that embraces vivid imagery for its audience while establishing a sense of community.

The band’s varied musical backgrounds and tastes coalesce, creating a sound that cannot be carefully compartmentalized into one genre. They delicately traipse the folk-rock line and then in the next song, will be found leaning towards a pop or an indie sound.

Their subject matter is as varied as their influences—from the seen to unseen, to animal parades, to darker subjects like death and suicide, Lowly shows its range by never settling. The band is always striving for growth, each member always reaching higher, until they have become one of the …


Humble Home

Posted on 10th February, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Great Lakes Brewing Co. Stage
Performance Time: 6:30 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Weaving soaring, at times haunted vocals through rock-derived folk, Cleveland’s Humble Home has intertwined the darkest corners of Americana with a rollicking energy since 2009. Free-spirited and wild-eyed, the 2012 release of In Our Sleep, the band’s third and most sonically expanded EP, saw their rustic ambiance take new life through a collection of melodic, stomping anthems. Maintaining the experimental lure of their debut EP Prologue to Doubt, and its follow-up, Wicked Men, these young Midwest gentlemen have established themselves as masters of crafting their storytelling with a nod to the cinematic and a versatility that is all at once voyeuristic and captivatingly human.

While the more minimalist acoustics of Prologue to Doubt and Wicked Men allowed an intimate showcase for the echoing lead vocals of Nick …


Little Big League

Posted on 10th February, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 10:00 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH


Hollis Brown

Posted on 10th February, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Ohio City Stage
Performance Time: 9:30 pm

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Hometown: New York, NY

Hollis Brown is one of the best young Rock n’ Roll bands in America. They released their debut “Ride On The Train” last year on Alive Natural Sound and have been on the road ever since growing a solid fanbase in both Europe and the states.

Instrumentally, the songs continue to explore the fringes of many genres ranging from 1970s FM radio Americana balladeering (Dreaming Man II), McCartney-esque pop stylings (Feedback), and straightforward power-pop (Alexander the Great). The melodies remain soaring and elegant, the arrangements beautifully complex and catchy, and the instrumentation ideally and intelligently complimenting the lyrics of each song.


Air Traffic Controller

Posted on 10th February, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. 1 Comment

Stage: Brite Winter Stage
Performance Time: 10:00 pm

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Hometown: Boston, MA

Serving in the US Navy as a real-life air traffic controller, singer/songwriter Dave Munro sent home 4-track demos he had written and recorded during his deployment. With his enlistment up, Munro returned to hometown Boston and discovered an impressive number of fans, prompting the genesis of the aptly-named rock band Air Traffic Controller.
With a refreshing, modern day, indie rock sound that’s a cross between Of Monsters and Men meets They Might be Giants, “ATC” further infuses its compositions with unforgettable pop sensibilities in the vein of Petty, McCartney, and Springsteen. Munro keeps it honest, with autobiographical lyrics and well-crafted storytelling reminiscent of classic singer/songwriters such as Paul Simon and Cat Stevens.
One of Dave’s demos reached LA-based singer/songwriter and record producer Bleu. Munro states; “I was floored to find …


Interview: Herzog

Posted on 7th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Though the album isn’t expected out until later this year, much of the newest material from Herzog’s forthcoming Boys has already made its way into blistering live sets. Recorded over two weeks in upstate New York, Herzog flagged producer Kevin McMahon to collaborate after hearing his work with Titus Andronicus. “Boys will be even more punk still,” says lyricist Tony Vorell. We talked to Vorell and Nick Tolar about writing the new album, their evolution since 2012′s Cartoon Violence, and how their collaborations outside of the band influenced this record.

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“At a certain point, that’s kind of the reason for writing. To have something the guys want to play, …



Interview: Tree No Leaves

Posted on 5th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Tree No Leaves has long been a vehicle of experimentation ever-evolving. With a sharp command for the ambient, Leaves’ twenty-plus releases are steeped in psychadelia, practiced in the art of looping, and dabble in dub and funk. The band’s 2013 release Blind Tigers exploded in a blues-infused thunder, bellowing vocals flanked by bigger hooks, and Leaves has never sounded fuller. We talk to Tree No Leaves about their improvisational background, finding a voice in songwriting over the past five years, and projects they have in the works.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book along with CD samplers of  BRITE artists as a reward to Kickstarter backers. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“When things change and your perspective of the world around you changes, sometimes it makes you feel that you have something to say and for the first …



Artist Interview: Oliver App

Posted on 4th February, by Nikki in Planning Updates. No Comments

Oliver App’s whimsical work began as an aspiring medical illustration student who fell under the spell of printmaking. Drawing from youth, fairy tales, and the dream world, App’s mediums include portraits and painting and often take an interactive role with puppetry and movable 2D. We talk to the Brite feature artist about the transition from medical illustration to current work, the intersection of art and interactivity, and being under the influence of dreams.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and  CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“It’s not just about having someone observe the work, I want them to be a part of it and feel like they took something magical home with them. …



Artist Interview: Randy Crider

Posted on 3rd February, by Nikki in Planning Updates. No Comments

Intergalactic spacemen, sloshed robots, sketchbook babes, and hip-hop dinosaurs — welcome to the magical world of Randy Crider. A cartoonist/illustrator whose work has been used for storyboards, comic books, gaming, magazines, fliers, and more, Crider is also the conspirator of BRITE’s faithful mascot, Fluri the Yeti. Aside from his regular hustle, he’s also a member of the beloved Cleveland artist group Rust Belt Monster Collective and teaches cartooning at BAYarts. We talk to Crider about his cast of characters, teaching, and of course, Fluri.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“I do my best to give Fluri as much heart and energy as I can despite being a …



Interview: Wolf Creek

Posted on 31st January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Emerging four piece Wolf Creek debuted in 2012 with the raw and rough cut A Collection of Seasons, a staggering mix of emotive and shouty melodics. Twenty-Three EP saw the folk-tinged edges of Seasons shed for mathy layers, finding duality in touches of post-rock ambiance and other times in starkness and minimalism.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

What’s been some of your most memorable gigs?

We probably most enjoy playing house venues because it’s so much more personal and everyone is there for the music. We played with a really great lineup at Now That’s Class featuring Saintseneca, The World is a Beautiful Place and I am …



Interview: Shivering Timbers

Posted on 30th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

When Jayson and Sarah Benn began toying with the idea of crafting lullabies for their newborn daughter, they combined their efforts into We All Started In The Same Place, a haunting piece of lo-fi folk produced at the hand of the Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach. In 2012, they experimented with thundering psychadelia and lush, ghostly melody for the release of Sing, Sing. In our interview with upright bassist and vocalist Sarah Benn, she reveals details about Shivering Timbers’ 7″ in the works.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“I always lament not having at least a small choir behind me. It’s just what I hear in …



2014 Art & Music Schedules Annnounced

Posted on 29th January, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates. No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
BRITE WINTER 2014 Music Schedules, Installation Artists and Full Event Details Announced.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 29, 2014) A thick layer of snow and sub zero temperatures across most of the midwest will not deter the organizers of Cleveland’s annual BRITE WINTER festival. In fact, the wintery weather has served as inspiration as planners make arrangements to keep winter revelers safe, warm, and especially entertained in the festival’s fifth year.

Festival organizers at BRITE Cleveland have designed the annual “celebration of winter” to hold more activities, art, and almost twice the music as previous years. “It’s our intention to make February 15th an epic, unadulterated, non-stop joy-ride… it’s BRITE WINTER, we’re gonna have fun.” say’s Thomas Fox, Director of Programming for BRITE WINTER.

The full music line up, installation artists, food, and games are available at britewinter.com
February 15th, 2014 – Outdoor programming …



Interview: Seasick Mama

Posted on 28th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Credit Seasick Mama’s momentous 2013 to serendipity and strut. A recording studio employee moonlighting as a model, when Seasick Mama decided to ditch her daily New York City hustle for music making the results were inherently chic. Her first of two EPs, Dead Like Money, reeled in ‘80s synth-pop under fierce command and even cavernous moments of howling post-punk. Enlisting David Sitek (TV on the Radio), Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) and Peter Wade (MNDR) for her follow-up Tip Top Shape, Seasick Mama played with bright synths, dancehall one-two, and electro-soul in a rush of pop sophistication.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“The songwriting element I don’t …



Interview: Vibe & Direct

Posted on 24th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Vibe & Direct is an emerging 4-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. This spiritual roots quartet emits an embracing Vibe by fusing refreshing vocals with electronica, psychedelia, rock, reggae, jam, and improv. Charged by the spark of their natural chemistry, Vibe’s live performances are recognized for their electric-energy and spontaneous jams. They recently released a five song EP Psychadelevator in July of 2013, which is a musical amalgamation spawned from a spectrum of influences.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“The music scene in Cleveland is really growing at the moment. We have met some unbelievable musicians who have become close friends, and the shows keep …



The Lighthouse and The Whaler

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Brite Winter Stage
Performance Time: 9:00 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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The Lighthouse and the Whaler is a band from Cleveland, Ohio, though its name alludes to the waters off the coast of Massachusetts. Inspired by a theme from Moby Dick, the band’s name alone is enough to make underpaid Literature teachers beam with pride. The Lighthouse and the Whaler recently released its new album, “This is an Adventure, produced by Ryan Hadlock (The Lumineers, Ra Ra Riot), which NPR Music liked so much it named the band the “next artist on the rise. The album debuted at #92 on iTunes alternative music charts in it’s first week. The album gained momentum on radio too reaching #104 on the CMJ music charts. The band has shared stages with the likes of The …


The Ridges

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Great Lakes Brewing Co. Stage
Performance Time: 9:30 pm

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Hometown: Athens, OH

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“The Ridges are an orchestral folk rock band from the Appalachian college town of Athens, Ohio. Rooted in the collaboration of Victor Rasgaitis (guitar, vocals) and Talor Smith (cello, vocals), the duo is supported live by a rotating cast of musicians adding classical and folk rock instrumentation ranging from cellos, violas, violins, upright bass, and horns to banjo, mandolin, accordion, and drums. By augmenting their aggressive, high-energy performances with haunting, all-acoustic instrumentation, The Ridges craft their own unique brand of indie rock compositions. It’s a distinct sound that overflows with the dark romanticism of their ominous namesake – Athens’ abandoned Victorian-style insane asylum where the band recorded their self-titled EP.

Known for bringing an electrifying energy to acoustic music, MidPoint Music Festival called …


Xe La Sol

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Old Angle Tavern
Performance Time: 11:00 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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thieveland songster & artgeek.


OBNOX

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Chipotle Stage
Performance Time: 10:00 pm

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Hometown: Sandusky, OH

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It’s never happened before and it may never happen again—Obnox have recorded in a real studio. After an LP, a 2xLP, and over a half dozen 7”s recorded in a dumpy punk flophouse’s living room on a let’s just say “experienced” half-inch tape deck, Cleveland OH’s biggest brotha Bim Thomas has tracked his new full-length at Columbus, OH’s Musicol Studio. Is “Louder Space” Obnox’s “Tallahassee?” Oh God, no. That glorious rust belt/disgust belt grit and grime that makes the ‘Nox the ‘Nox is ALL there, good people. Call it Soul Noise, call it Splatter Gospel, hell, call it Urban Contemporary, who cares that it’s taken. From the lumpen stomp of “Primetime Sista,” to the boldly experimental anti-funk of “How to Rob ‘The Punk Years’” …


Bars of Gold

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 12:00 am

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Hometown: Detroit, MI

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Hailing from the Detroit suburb of Ferndale, MI, Bars of Gold came together in 2008 when instrumental noise rock outfit Wildcatting found a voice for their music by way of former Bear vs. Shark frontman Marc Paffi. Paffi, along with drummer Brandon Moss (another Bear vs. Shark veteran), guitarists Scott Iulianelli and Ben Audette, and bassist Nick Jones, fused the styles of the two bands, using the vocals to add structure to Wildcatting’s improvisational rock freakouts, resulting in a sound that’s both deep and danceable. In 2010, Bars of Gold made their debut, releasing Of Gold on Friction Records, followed by their 2013 release of Wheels, on Bellyache Records.


The Admirables

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Ohio City Stage
Performance Time: 4:30 pm

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Hometown: Akron, OH

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It’s that new breed of soul.


The Public

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: The Chipotle Stage
Performance Time: 5:00 pm

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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The Public is an up and coming band from Cleveland, Ohio featuring members of Ultra Ultra and Vince Roy. Their style is a little bit Rock n Roll with a splash of Punk Rock and sprinkled with unfiltered Midwest Rage. With plans to record a full length album in the spring, The Public are determined to make their mark in the local Cleveland music scene and get much drunker than you while doing so.


Envoi

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 7:30 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Envoi (en-voy), a modern pop rock quintet hailing from the rock n’ roll capital of the world, proves to be a rising act in the modern music industry. Starting locally, the band has quickly become a hometown favorite with anthems like “Ghost” and “What Happened In Wyoming.” Starting out by playing house shows and smaller club venues to rocking House of Blues stages, their die hard following has drastically increased.


Killing Thing

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Stage: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 5:20 pm

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Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

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About the smash

Heavy Shit I Est. 2013


Heart Attack Man

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Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 8:15 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland,OH

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Heart Attack Man is the strongest and most popular kid in high school.


Ages

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Stage: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 9:00 pm

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Hometown: Cleveland,OH

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Formed in 2011, Ages are a fast hardcore punk/melodic punk foursome currently signed to Mayfly Records.


Cruiser

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Stage: Brite Winter Stage
Performance Time: 4:00 pm

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Cruiser’s humble beginnings can be traced to 2012 in a Philadelphia bedroom as the solo recording project of Andy States. Cruiser’s self-titled 6-song EP quickly gathered attention online, and States rapidly assembled a trio of friends to help bring his songs from the bedroom to the stage.

With a sensibility for summer-inspired pop, coupled with a knack for crafting hooky melodies, Cruiser’s EP became a staple on many playlists of both fan and critic alike.

“Kidnap Me” represents the first song collaboratively written by Cruiser as a cohesive unit. While true to form, “Kidnap Me” is Cruiser evolved; still embracing the summery, feel-good sound of the 2012 material, yet displaying a bit of introspection and newfound contemplative restraint.


Carrie Ryan

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Stage: Classic Mini Stage
Performance Time: 6:00 pm 

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Hometown: North Olmsted, OH

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Carrie Ryan’s talents lie in breaking hearts and getting her own heart broken. Never has this been more evident in her latest EP “This Year.” Exuding with a can-do spirit noted by Cleveland’s Scene Magazine, she spends many nights locked in her bedroom where she writes, records and self-produces all of her work. Her music has broken through her bedroom walls and reached an international audience through Youtube, iTunes, Amazon and Spotify.


Night Sweats

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Chipotle Outdoor Stage @ Campbells Alleyway
Performance Time: 7:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Punk Rock Power Pop … if Husker Du, Misfits, Elvis Costello and Iron Maiden had an orgy and made a band-child, it’d sound like Night Sweats. Intense, high energy live performances. Debut full length “New Sounds” mixed by Bill Stevenson, of Descendents/Black Flag fame.


Dolfish

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Classic Mini Stage at Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 9:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Dolfish is the moniker of 25 year old Cleveland native Max Sollisch. Armed with only a ply-wood sears guitar and a tired sedan, Sollisch criss-crosses the country telling stories, singing songs and gaining fans. After seeing Dolfish perform in his local Des Moines, IA dive, Bob Nastanovich of legendary indie-rock band Pavement decided to take Sollisch on a UK tour in April of 2013 where he began expanding his fan base overseas. Often referred to as the world’s loudest troubadour, Dolfish employs occasional distortion, foot tambourine and crowd participation to deliver a show unlike your local coffeehouse singer-songwriter.


Eddie Doldrum

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Chipotle Indoor Stage @ Room Service
Performance Time: 6:30 pm 

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Hometown: Akron, OH

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The unassuming demeanor of Eddie Doldrum’s four members may not completely prepare you for when this band starts playing. An unpredictable mix of gentle strumming and toothy riffs, AP Magazine has compared the Akron band’s folk abandoned indie rock to acts such as Desaparecidos and Two Gallants. With a heavy lyrical focus and music that falls in step, the sharp contrasts within a single song can at times be unsettling, but by the end of the day, you will never have been so glad to be heartbroken.


Emily & The Complexes

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Chipotle Indoor Stage @ Room Service
Performance Time: 9:30 pm

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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After Emily & the Complexes frontman Tyler Verhagen spent several years hitch-hiking around the U.S. and playing songs on street corners, he settled down in Columbus, OH and recruited friends Jordan Finke, Tom Konitzer, and Brett Gregory to turn his one-man band into a full-fledged rock n’ roll outfit. Drawing on Verhagen’s experiences on the road, the four began playing shows around Ohio and the Midwest earning a reputation for having a high-energy live show and desperatley honest lyrics. The band recorded and released their debut full-length album, Styrofoam Plate Blues, in September of 2012 and have since toured extensively across the country taking their live show to both coasts. They are currently focused on touring and writing new material.


Captain Kidd

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Stage: Main Stage 
Performance Time: 5:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Captain Kidd is a indie pop/alternative dance group from Cleveland, Ohio. The band is a mashup of Ohio State students playing a “mystery machine” of songs with a wide variety of influences. Those ranging from The Strokes, Arctic Monkeys and Two Door Cinema Club.


Herzog

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Ohio City Stage 
Performance Time: 8:30 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Herzog returns with Cartoon Violence, their first full-length since 2009’s, Search, which earned the band positive reviews from the likes of NME, Pitchfork, and NPR’s All Songs Considered. Cartoon Violence finds the band expounding and improving upon the aesthetic and themes that deservedly earned them comparisons to iconic bands in the pantheon of ‘90’s “slacker-rock.”

However, where Search was primarily the work of front man Nick Tolar, Cartoon Violence is the product of a full band and their inclusion and influence has markedly enlivened the band’s musical palette. With the addition of lyricist Tony Vorell, Herzog’s subject matter has grown darker—failed relationships, soldiers returning from war, and the contradictory aspects of human relationships—but these sometimes heady topics are treated with a strong sense of irreverence and cynicism that keeps things spirited.

Instrumentally, the …


Captain Ivory

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CLE Clothing Co. Stage at Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 7:00 pm 

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Hometown: Ypsilanti, MI

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The Motor City is a down and dirty place to be these days. Captain Ivory’s music reflects this sentiment with a raw power that mirrors the crumbled rubble of a Detroit city street. The same streets that laid the groundwork for some of Rock N’ Roll’s most acclaimed artists–Captain Ivory kept their ear to the pavement to blend sounds both new and old. A sound of legends who’ve walked before, with a twist of new that is sure to get your feet tapping and hands clapping…

Captain Ivory is currently touring the midwest and has developed a strong regional following since its inception in 2012. With sell out shows in Detroit, Indianapolis, as well as a growing fanbase in Ohio & Kentucky, the group is …


Tree No Leaves

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Town Hall Stage
Performance Time: 5:00 pm 

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Hometown: Bowling Green, OH

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Seed / Root / Tree
Tree No Leaves is a psych/electro/rock band formed in 2008 in The Heart of It All, Ohio. The band got its start as a loop based duo and is now performing as a quartet. Has over 20 online releases available that range from studio albums, live recordings, cassette tape releases, and improvisational looping.


Freeze-Tag

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 12:00 am

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Freeze-Tag is the musical creation of Cleveland, Ohio native Marcus Alan Ward.

Product of a cultural upbringing, the self taught multi-instrumentalist spent his middle and high school days in and out of screamo and post-hardcore bands, later discovering and being exposed to jazz, soul, hip hop, electronic music, and more obscure sounds in college. Ward began crafting music as Freeze-Tag in May of 2011 upon completion of college, & debuted his project with dance based single “Tidal Wave” in September 2011. Simultaneously giving himself & the world a birthday present, his debut EP WLDFLWR_HNY was released on his birthday in January 2012, garnering early buzz locally, nationally, and internationally. Freeze-Tag solidified his sound and building buzz with the release of ambient/post hip-hop hybrid single “Eskimo” in July 2012, and the following “Eskimo” …


Fingers

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. 1 Comment

Indoor Chipotle Stage @ Room Service
Performance Time: 7:30 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Deep-pocketed, groove-centered, indie rock that is as comfortable cranking out driving rock riffs as it is laying down the instruments and harmonizing in a menoige-a-trois of auditory pleasure.

Fingers was formed in late 2012 after Vocalist Yashi Bellamy and drummer Max Slater left a previous project, and with the addition of Vincent Valentino, began to play anywhere and everywhere possible. Collaborating with a myriad of musicians, and gigging with some of the state’s heaviest hitters, Fingers began to quickly make a name for themselves due to energetic live shows and musical tenacity. Fingers released their first EP, Kenji, in December of 2013, and will be touring come 2014.


Caitlin Mahoney

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Stage: Chipotle Stage @ Room Service
Performance Time: 4:30 pm 

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Hometown: New York City, NY

Caitlin Mahoney is a New York City-based singer-songwriter, who writes of adventure, passion, chaos and love. Originally hailing from Orlando, Fla., Caitlin has been singing and performing since she was 7 years old and writing songs since she was 17. Her music is a mixture of folk, pop and rock music.

In 2011, she released her first single on iTunes, “A Year Ago Yesterday,”
an upbeat, acoustic tune that spins the silver lining of heartbreak. And in April 2013, Caitlin teamed up with producer Jeff Fettig and independently released her debut EP, “West for a While.” Caitlin and her band played the release show to an at-capacity crowd at Rockwood Music Hall in New York’s Lower East Side.

Shortly after moving to New York, Caitlin played at least 5 shows …


Nick Tolford & Company

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Ohio City Stage 
Performance Time: 7:30 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Nick Tolford & Company are a seven-piece rock ‘n’ roll band from Columbus, Ohio. Led by Nick Tolford on vocals and Rhodes, the band also features Julian Dassai (guitar), Bobby Silver (bass), Mike O’Shaughnessy (drums), and three backup singers: Katie Gartin, Leslie Jankowski, and Cecil Moore III. A virtual who’s who of the Columbus rock scene, members of the band have played in The Slide Machine, Church of the Red Museum, El Jesus de Magico, Brainbow, and with national hip hop act Blueprint.

Formed in 2009, Nick Tolford & Company draw influence from the sounds of Stax, Motown, and Columbus’ own Capsoul Records, delivering songs that span the spectrum from sweat-soaked rock ‘n’ roll to blood-and-guts soul crooners. Passionate, energetic and upbeat, Nick Tolford & Company teeter on the edge …


Let’em Run

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Great Lakes Tasting Room Stage 
Performance Time: 4:30 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“We just write pop-punk songs with bluegrass instruments.” claims Let’em Run’s mandolin player and singer, John Payne. “I’m not really sure how it happens… I just take my shirt off and all of a sudden there’s music!” Let’em Run is made up of five friends from Cleveland with members from bands like The Give and Go’s, Bears, and The Fucking Cops. Using the bluegrass sound as a medium (read: excuse) to write any kind of song, the members of Let’em Run ditched their amps and electric instruments for grandpas guitars made of hollow wood and hit the subterranean house party circuit. Their songs are simple, sometimes about girls, and almost always written in a major key. John continues, “Our only mission as a band …


Tinnarose

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Tasting Room Stage
Performance Time: 6:30 pm 

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Hometown: Austin, TX

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Texas Plant

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Ohio City Stage at Market Square Park 
Performance Time: 6:30 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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5 piece Folk band from Cleveland, Ohio
Matthew Leeb – Vocals, Harmonica, Inanimate Objects
Danny McDonnell – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Gavin Dautartas – Washboard, Suitcase Kick-drum, Percussion, Vocals
Peter Boyle- Upright Bass
Sagan Ruby – Banjo, Accordion


Army of Infants

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Stage: Chipotle Stage 
Performance Time: 9:00 pm 

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Hometown: Jamestown, OH

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“If you like rock, blues, doo-wop or, better yet, a combination of all three, then you’re in luck because the Dayton two-piece outfit Army of Infants will be coming out to blow your minds with some hard rock ‘n’ roll. They’ll make you feel like you’re back at a sloppy, seedy club show rocking your faces off the way rock intended.

Jacob Pflanzer pounds away at his drums while Jared Welch shreds on his guitar and delivers distorted vocals. It’s the stuff good ol’ rock shows are made of and the two pack more than enough bluesy punch that you’ll throw caution to the wind and probably knock over, or you know, throw a chair or two in the process.”
-ACRN-The Rock Lobster,Rachel Haas


NOMADS

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 6:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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NOMADS

Formed in May of 2011 when the paths of Josh Martin, Adam Korbesmeyer, and Elijah Bisbee crossed with beautiful timing.

Martin and Korbesmeyer are band mates from “Ghost of a Stranger”
(Buffalo, NY). The musical bond already strong between the two, Bisbee was the new kid to the group. Bisbee had previously played as “bisbee.”
(Los Angeles CA). There was an instant connection with the three guys and it was inevitable that a new music venture would ensue; and NOMADS was born.

NOMADS, based out of Cleveland, Ohio, seeks to bring freshness to the local scene in ways that haven’t been seen before. NOMADS’s sound is one that relaxes, inspires, and motivates listeners. With solid drum parts,
stomach-dropping bass, and layered guitar sounds, NOMADS offers listeners an escape from everyday living.

On December 24, 2012 NOMADS released …


Seasick Mama

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CLE Clothing Co. Stage at Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 11:00 pm 

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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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Seasick Mama… a woman that defines complexity… an exhibitionist with a dash of reservation. Seasick Mama is a singer, songwriter, performer, and model. Her first EP Dead Like Money has allowed her to “break genres and the traditional expectations of a pop artist” (Ladygunn Magazine). The work truly expresses her desire to not be bound by one idea. Each song stands on its own as a snapshot of our past, present, and future.

Seasick Mama’s new EP, Tip Top Shape, produced by David Sitek (TV on the Radio), Sam Farrar (Phantom Planet) and Peter Wade (MNDR) takes on a new sound, a new perspective, and an entirely new voice. A collection of fascinating tales and eclectic bliss delivered with a voice that will make …


Shivering Timbers

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Great Lakes Tasting Room Stage 
Performance Time: 7:30 pm 

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Hometown: Akron, OH

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Shivering Timbers’ story developed when married couple Sarah and Jayson Benn started singing and crafting songs for their infant daughter, then wound up playing them at The Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach’s birthday party. After recording their first album “We All Started In The Same Place” with Auerbach, Shivering Timbers met Brian Olive (Sarah sang back-up vocals on his album “Two of Everything”), who recorded their second album “Sing Sing”.

What’s more difficult to describe is the mood they create, which can, at times, entrance and haunt the audience, while in the next breath, invite them into a whimsical, foot-stomping play land. The couple has a quality not unlike that of Johnny and June at their height — an obvious chemistry that pulls in the entire audience.

Shivering Timbers has been …


Rollergirl

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 11:00 pm 

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Hometown: Athens, OH

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Rollergirl.
Inspired by 1970′s roller skating movies starring Linda Blair.


Shale Satans

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Stage: Chipotle Stage @ Room Service
Performance Time: 8:30 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

 

 


Keeps

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 10:00 pm 

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Hometown: Nashville, TN

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Our days are filled with experiences, interactions, and emotions. We cling to these sensations and they remain memories. These captive recollections – good and bad – are our “keeps”. This five-man, ambient-pop band out of Nashville, TN doesn’t just create music. They bring audiences to experience their own “keeps” – unforgettable moments of pure emotions.


Bella Ruse

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 4:00 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Bella Ruse’s combination of airy folk and crunchy pop transforms rooms into secret gardens and paints pictures of invading bombardiers, salty sea love, and super glued hearts. Surrounded by a laboratory of instruments – typewriter, suitcase organ, glockenspiel, and kazoos – singer Kay Gillette’s antique voice and Joseph Barker’s mournful guitar twist and twirl and dip and dive and carry you deep down the rabbit-hole into their magical musical world.

They’ve been traveling the country in a van powered by vegetable oil for two years, opening for Sarah Mclachlan, Heart, and Kate Nash along the way. Their songs have been heard on MTV and Showtime and their most recent album, KUHZOO, spent eight weeks on the CMJ Radio Top 200. They were the Needle in the Haystack artist on MTVmusic.com and …


Smooth Hound Smith

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Stage 
Performance Time: 8:30 pm 

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Hometown: Nashville, TN

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Smooth Hound Smith is a foot stompin’ American roots and blues duo comprised of “One-Man-Band” Zack Smith (guitars/vocals/foot drums/harmonicas) and Caitlin Doyle (vocals/percussion). Established in 2012, they record and perform a varied and unique style of folky, garage-infused rhythm & blues.

Using primal foot percussion, complex, fuzzed-out, finger-picked guitar patterns, warbled harmonicas, tasty harmonies and A LOT of tambourine, they are able to create something rugged and visceral- a modern interpretation of early blues, soul, and rock ‘n’ roll music that harkens back to the traditions of hazy front porch folk songs as well as raucous back-alley juke joints.

After playing their first casual gig together in East Nashville in the summer of 2012, Caitlin and Zack have hit the ground running. Playing an abundance of shows (nearly 200 …


She Bears

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 7:00 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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What began 6 years ago as a seven-piece college band in Athens, Ohio has matured into a full-forced indie rock foursome. Despite changing a few band members and relocating to Columbus, Ohio, She Bears have maintained a high level of musical creativity with their unique songwriting and infectious energy. The remaining Bears (Pence, Douglas, Franz, and Eiler) infuse elements of guitar, bass, drums, vocals, synth, and glockenspiel to create a modern alternative indie rock sound which they refer to as “Slacker Pop.”

She Bears released a full-length album, I Found Myself Asleep in 2010, and a 3-track EP, We Claimed to be Statues in 2012. Most recently, the Bears have been putting the final touches on their first full-length album as a four-piece, We Will Be Fossils, which is set to …


Seafair

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Ohio City Inc Stage at Market Square Park
Performance Time: 5:30 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Silent Lions

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Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 9:00 pm 

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Hometown: Toledo, OH

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Conceived in Toledo OH with a home base in sister city Detroit, Silent Lions are the sinister two-some of Heavy Soul. Dean Tartaglia simultaneously plays Effected Octave Bass, Sampled Synths, and Manipulated Atmospheric Vocals, all while drummer Matt Klein grooves and thrashes beside him, often providing soulful singalong melodies and harmonies. Silent Lions’ live shows sound as thick and creamy as they do on record. Their music has been tagged as “Heavy Soul”, “Chill Punk”, and “Hall and Oates Stoner Rock.”


Lulu Mae

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Great Lakes Brewing Co. Stage 
Performance Time: 5:30 pm 

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Hometown: Nashville, TN

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This independent Nashville group has stories to tell, and does so with poignant, make-you-think lyrics and compellingly original, get-you-out-of-your-seat rock, as well as sweet and simple folk tunes. Following some good attention to the 2010 debut album “Everything in the Whole Wide World,” 2012′s full-length album, “The Mockingbird and the Dogwood Tree” again conjured time-tested emotions and showcased the band’s musical range. And according to the Nashville Scene, it “might just renew your faith in the possibilities of love.”

The band is currently working on a 2014 album release which will prove to rock even harder and roll even sweeter, as evidenced by the recent single release of “Memphis Woman,” playing now on local radio stations. Recent accomplishments for Lulu Mae include winning Nashville’s massive battle of the bands, …


Bombardier

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Stage: Joy Machines Bike Shop 
Performance Time: 6:45 pm 

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Hometown: Roanoke, VA

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4 individuals with backgrounds as diverse as the state they dwell in, converging in the Blue Ridge Mountains of SW Virginia to create energetic yet atmospheric music.
Andy Schools – Guitar
Kenny Vaughn – Guitar
Josh Iddings – Bass
David Beale – Drums


Istvan Medgyesi

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Brite Winter Stage
Performance Time: 3:30pm 

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Inspired by a wide range of music, you can hear the echoes of an array of American musical traditions intertwined with modal explorations and occasional forays into noise and drone.


Emma Shepard

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Classic Mini Stage 
Performance Time: 10:00 pm 

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Hometown: Kent, OH

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Fever Fever

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Classic Mini Stage @ Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 12:00 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Fever Fever is an alternative rock band that lives in central Ohio.

In February 2012 they released and toured their 5 track EP titled Kingdom which achieved success in commercial advertisement, television, radio, in addition to a rapidly growing fan base and media market. They finished off the 2012-2013 touring season playing over 180 dates. They are currenty preparing to release their next project in early 2014.

In addition to alternative rock, Fever Fever has an acoustic side to their music. In June of 2013 the band released their first acoustic EP via Noisetrade, giving away the songs for free. They remained on Noisetrade’s “Top Downloaded” chart for two weeks.

Possibly one of the most unique things about this band is the energy of their live show. They …


Church Camp

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Joy Machines Bike Shop 
Performance Time: 4:40 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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The full range of thought, experience and feeling, is the land we toil on. We use instruments and words to till and plow. The songs are what we harvest. Sharing them with everyone and making records, is the feast!


The Defibulators

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Stage: Brite Winter Stage 
Performance Time: 7:00 pm 

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Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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Jonathan Harper Kroh

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Classic Mini Stage @ Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 11:00 pm 

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Hometown: Great Falls, Virginia

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Jonathan Harper Kroh is NOT your average artist. Born and raised in the blue hills of Appalachia, he developed a keen sense for things unseen. Things like music and story-telling. Things like the passage of the soul and the sense of spirituality. Kroh left the wild to share his stories within the concrete walls of the city, but hasn’t forgotten his deep rustic roots. He performs for friends and loved ones around Cleveland. Jonathan Harper Kroh is not your average artist and it is obvious as soon as he steps on stage.


Nick D’ & The Believers

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Stage: Brite Winter Stage 
Performance Time: 6:00 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Nick D’ & the Believers emerged onto the Columbus, OH music scene with a single and video called Find A Little Love. Their “woozy, new soul” was quickly recognized by critics from Stereogum and Paste who called the band “brilliant,” “consistently mesmerizing,” and “one of the fiercest live acts.” They are currently working on an EP called “Pyramid,” due out early 2014.

Someone said that “every story is a search for something.” The story of Nick D’ and the Believers is the search for a compromise. A compromise that joins the narrative voyages of artists like Bob Dylan and Leonard Cohen, with the melody and stride of Smokey Robinson and the titans of soul. Bringing these elements together in the modern dialogue of popular music– where sampling is …


Wild Rompit

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CLE Clothing Co. Stage at The Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 9:00 pm 

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Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Philadelphia natives, Wild Rompit, are four friends from the east coast that are telling the stories of their lives as they live them with their latest release Spirit Moves. Hitting the music scene in 2011 with the EP Brotherhood, Wild Rompit established themselves as a dominant force in Philadelphia’s college music scene. Spirit Moves marks the next phase of their musical maturity and hones in on their gritty indie rock mentality, blending the polished aesthetic of mainstream rock with the soul and emotion of blues and folk, all of which contributing to a sound that is Wild Rompit.


Yosemight

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CLE Clothing Co. Stage at The Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 6:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Yosemight mixes all styles of music into one giant bowl to give every listener a taste. They just recorded a new album and have shared the stage with acts like Dopapod, Glass Harp, Marco Benevento to name a few. Each show is filled with enough energy to keep you jiving all night!


Skribe

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Old Angle Tavern 
Performance Time: 9:00 pm 

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Hometown: Annapolis, MD

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In 2009, Skribe broke into the Maryland folk scene with a rusty crowbar & released a soundtrack of 14 growly mantras – Doin’ The Dirt. A raw do-it-yourself guide to garage folk.

Skribe’s non-stop live presence has ignited musical collaborations with the areas most skilled musicians & generated a cultured following. This amazing scene helped crowdfund & launch skribe’s recent 12″ LP. The fine tuned production of ‘Less Is More’ showcases the artists’ growth & raw soulful dynamic. Whatever the fidelity, skribe’s blooming creative career should not be considered a rolling stone…it’s a boulder.


Sidney York

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Town Hall Stage 
Performance Time: 8:00 pm 

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Hometown: Calgary, Alberta, Canada

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Begun as a long-distance musical collaboration between opera singer Brandi Sidoryk and bassoonist Krista Wodelet, Sidney York is one of the sharpest, sweetest, most surprising musical duos around.

Known for their high-energy live shows featuring instruments
seldom seen beyond the orchestra pit, Sidney York is captivating
audiences with an unconventional and irresistible blend of catchy
lyrics, masterful arrangements, and soaring vocal harmonies.

Named Best Untapped Newcomer at the Calgary Folk Fest, Sidney York has also performed at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics, SXSW, Canadian Music Fest, NXNE, and the 2012 Vancouver Jazz Fest. Their 2011 album Apocalyptic Radio Cynic was called “vivacious, fresh, fun and gorgeous… a burst of fresh air” (Tamara Stanners, The Peak 102.7FM) and celebrated for bringing “a sense of humility, a touch of class and most of all, fun” (Andrew Elliot, The …


Rob Kovacs

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Classic Mini Stage @ Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 8:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“Rob Kovacs is a singer-songwriter, composer and pianist from Cleveland, OH. He is the first person in the world to have performed both piano parts of Steve Reich’s Piano Phase simultaneously. He has performed thousands of songs at dueling piano bars from Wisconsin to New York City, where he lived and worked for nearly two years. He was the lead vocalist and songwriter for the band, Return of Simple. He has performed and recorded with several other Cleveland and NYC artists including Herzog, Matt Singer, Expecting Rain, Margot B and Parson James. He is a guest composer and pianist for American Greetings e-cards. He has won awards for his musical scores for the short films, Phemimenon, The Dentist, and Modus Operandi and was voted the …


COIN

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Brite Winter Stage 
Performance Time: 8:00 pm 

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Hometown: Nashville, TN

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This is COIN, and we are a product of the ’90s. We decided that everything was too serious; so, we started a new project. Some call it swirly indie party pop. You can call it what you’d like, but we just want to make music that makes you feel good. Whatever does that, yes. Formed in Nashville, TN.

We are named after a horse.

COIN is Joe Memmel, Zach Dyke, Ryan Winnen, Chase Lawrence.

 


Sim Ross & the Easy Truth

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Old Angle Tavern 
Performance Time: 11:00 pm 

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Brooklyn based singer/songwriter Sim Ross and his band the Easy Truth are an energetic roots rock Americana act. Thoughtful, and at times melancholy lyrics sung gravel throated over hooky, catchy music.feel-good sound of the 2012 material, yet displaying a bit of introspection and newfound contemplative restraint.


The Smug Saints

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Old Angle Tavern 
Performance Time: 7:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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The Smug Saints are a good-time-havin’, dance-inducin’, sing-alongin’ acoustic driven rock & roll band from around Cleveland, OH. They play all around local pubs and music venues in the area. The Smug Saints have a self-titled album, available on itunes, CDbaby.com, Amazon, etc. The record can also be streamed and heard on Spotify.


The Green Gallows

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Old Angle Tavern 
Performance Time: 10:00 pm 

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Hometown: Queens, NY

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The Green Gallows are a blue collar, American made, whiskey loving,foot stomping, crowd pleasing band straight out da’ backland of Queens, NYC. Influences range from Shovels & Rope to The Lone Bellow, to Aretha Franklin, to traditional folk. Blessed with the talents of just a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, harmonica and vocals the #gallows will rise even the smallest of audiences to there feet. If y’all want your soul to come alive do it with the #gallows. Music is our heart and heart is our soul. Come feel the passion.


The Commonwealth

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Cleveland Clothing Co. Stage 
Performance Time: 10:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

Founded in 2009 by Patrick Burke, Andrew Kuhar, and Nicholas Kuhar, The Commonwealth has since written, recorded, and produced three albums out of Nottingham Studio, their creative headquarters in Cleveland, Ohio, where they work and reside with Chewbacca, the largest cat within the city limits.

Their debut EP, 2011’s Souvenir, was hailed as “an intoxicating mix of new-age guitars, clashing cymbals, and soaring vocals” (Cleveland Scene) and an album that “warrants repeat visits – and an eagerness to experience what the next trip will bring” (OhioAuthority). These accolades led promoters around the city to invite them to play at legendary venues such as The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and open for international acts such as The Sam Roberts Band at The Grog Shop.

Intent on capitalizing on the momentum Souvenir …


Window Kits

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage:Bizdom Cleveland Stage at Old Angle Tavern.
Performance Time: 8:00 pm 

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Hometown: Chardon, OH

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Window Kits is the whimsical folk project of Raymond Scott and Zachary Smolko. Songs written alone in apartments, tackling such hot modern day topics as whales, ghosts and mountains, realized through guitar and cello mostly. Music made to help you explore your own greasy guts or whatever else is in there.


Signals Midwest

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Joy Machines Stage 
Performance Time: 11:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Those who really understand punk-rock know it is as intellectual as it is intense, seeking to express a range of emotions in addition to mere aggression. It’s for this very reason that Light on the Lake, the third full-length by Cleveland’s Signals Midwest, represents the art form so effectively.

In many ways, the record is the self-portrait of singer and guitarist Max Stern, painted during a transitional, tumultuous time in his life. From this turmoil, though, Stern created moving and dynamic art. “In the Pauses” captures the pain of an on- and off-again relationship when it never quite coalesces. Steve Gibson’s drums plod during its intro as guitars gnash angrily around them, but the song ends with one of the record’s most beautiful moments—starting with a distant, resonating guitar on which …


Pleasure Leftists

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Chipotle Outdoor Stage @ Campbells Alleyway
Performance Time: 8:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Gloomy post-punk from Cleveland.
Have released to 12″ E.P.s since 2010.


Joshua Robert

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Classic Mini Stage @ Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 5:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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A soulful singer/songwriter out of Cleveland, Ohio.


We The People

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

CLE Clothing Co. Stage at The Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 4:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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We The People began as a desire for an organ trio that wanted to play classic soul. A few years and a few members later, we’ve turned into a funk-rock quartet full of swagger and sweat.

Though we play original music, We The People are influenced by Sly & The Family Stone, The Meters, James Brown, Led Zeppelin, and Jimi Hendrix. That means we like big riffs. We like even bigger grooves. We hope you do, too! So that means every time we’ve hit the stage — opening for bands like Orgone, Black Joe Lewis, and others — we’ll do everything we can to keep you dancing all night and smiling on the way home. Because we’ve got a lot of funk …


Vibe & Direct

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

CLE Clothing Co. Stage at The Loren Naji Studio & Gallery
Performance Time: 8:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland Heights, OH

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Vibe & Direct is an emerging 4-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio. This spiritual roots quartet emits an embracing Vibe by fusing refreshing vocals with electronica, psychedelia, rock, reggae, jam, and improv. Charged by the spark of their natural chemistry, Vibe’s live performances are recognized for their electric-energy and spontaneous jams. They recently released a 5-song EP * Psychadelevator * in July of 2013, which is a musical amalgamation spawned from a spectrum of influences.

“The upbeat rhythms keep you up and motivated. Before you know it the CD is over. Some of the tracks have a distinct island feeling that whisks your mind away to a happy place – like musical therapy – leaving your body feeling relieved while …


Jenna Fournier (of Nights)

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Classic Mini Stage 
Performance Time: 7:00 pm 

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Hometown: Ohio City, OH

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Jenna Fournier is an Ohio City-dwelling singer/songwriter. Her earnest words reflect on love & longing, abuse & addictions, and almost-too-personal confessions through her delicate vocal melodies over shimmery, wet guitar. She began as a solo performer, and now fronts the dreamy, shoe-gazey rock-band Nights, who released their debut album ‘Whisper’ in March of 2013. Nights quickly reached ears around the globe, and the band soon signed with an indie-lable in Japan. Fournier recently toured the country’s major cities as a solo artist, and plans to return with the band next April. Her winter plans include recording an EP of solo material, animating (yes, she draws) another Nights music video, consuming a healthy amount of her neighborhoods’ delicious craft beer, and refusing to let the season’s dreadful grey skies take …


Friendly Faux

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Chipotle Outdoor Stage @ Campbells Alleyway
Performance Time: 6:00 pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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This psychedelic garage rock trio came from the sweaty basements and loaded parties of the Columbus’ DIY punk scene. Dark, guitar riff led, and sometimes bluesy songs showcase catchy vocal melodies and memorably defiant lyrics as well as interesting, unpredictable left turns. They’ve slammed through intense sets around Ohio and the Midwest in 2013 around the release of their debut, self titled record.


Wolf Creek

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Stage: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 4:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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We are a four-piece emo outfit that began as the solo project of Sean Anderson and has become something that is musically and personally powerful. Since the debut of our full band EP Twenty-Three, we have been playing intimate venues and basements alike. We like to trade melodies between instruments and yell sometimes, despite our altogether friendly dispositions.


Sweepyheads

Posted on 23rd January, by Shannon Mcdonough in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Chipotle Stage @ Campbells Sweets Factory Alleyway
Performance Time: 4:00 pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Formed in 2012, Sweepyheads are a Cleveland Rock n’ Roll band with influences from garage rock and punk bands. Playing fast and loud, they’ve performed on stages such as the Grog Shop in Cleveland Heights with bands such as The Orwells and FIDLAR. The group consists of Cleveland natives Andrew Yadon and Patrick Grieve, as well as Chicago native Adam Kennedy.


Interview: Silent Lions

Posted on 23rd January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Toledo boys with a Detroit stronghold, Silent Lions made their blustery entrance with 2012’s The Parliaments, a bass-heavy collection of slink and swagger. After a rigorous year of touring, Dean Tartaglia and Matt Klein return with their follow-up EP, The Compartments, harnessing their affection for distorting the bluesy script of their hometown glory with feedback, fuzz, and bombast. We talk to Tartaglia and Klein about their time on the road and writing The Compartments.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists are available as a Kickstarter reward. Get them both with the Music Lovers Pack and support Brite Winter on Kickstarter here. // Interview by Nikki Delamotte

“We now had six months of touring under our belts and we’re ready to catch that energy of playing together.” — Matt Klein on The Compartments

Following The …



Interview: Emma Shepard

Posted on 22nd January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Emma Shepard began documenting young adulthood in high school, skipping classes to pen piano-pop in the bedroom of her parents’ house. The resulting debut EP Twin Sized Bed laid bare moments of the bittersweet as elegantly as it did the grit. Graduating to Public Displays of Affection, her first full-length, Shepard takes on new complexity as a songwriter and orchestrations flourish where Bed’s simplicity left off. Shepard’s catalog is rife with sentimentality and the subtle quirk of predecessors like Regina Spektor, but, endearingly, never quite lets down its bite (“Take her up on the offer, I dare you” she implores on Twin Sized Bed’s title track). She celebrates Affection’s release Jan. 24 with a show at Akron’s Musica with Zach and Brite Winter alum Shisho.

Select interviews will be printed in the Premium Guide Book and CD samplers of  BRITE artists …



Interview: Freeze-Tag

Posted on 16th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. 1 Comment

The neo-soul evolution of Marcus Alan Ward has always been immersed in experimentation and contrast. His earliest works toyed with croons drowned in pulsing blips and an ambiance that danced the boundaries of menacing and chillwave-induced haziness — the result, no doubt, of an R&B love affair by way of a prog-rock upbringing. By his second EP, Eskimo, Ward’s vocal prowess floated above the electronics, and his newest reveal, “You Do”, finds his coos fully intertwined in shimmers of otherworldly organic instrumentation. Stream Freeze-Tag’s “You Do” below via its recent debut on Pitchfork.

“Live instrumentation is definitely playing a larger role on this album than my previous work. I’ve been having lots of fun recording guitar and using it in different ways.” — Freeze-Tag

You’ve hinted you’re working on a new album. Can you tell us more about material you’re working on now?

The …



Interview: Rollergirl

Posted on 15th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Mixing slinky retro splashed with come-hither samples equally seductive and soulful, Rollergirl brought thumping nouevu-disco, bright electronics, and glitter-on-the-roller rink with the release of their self-titled debut this past Halloween. We talk to one-man commander of dancefloor noir Adam Rich about his approach to Rollergirl, his sampling technique, and being under the influence of nostalgia.

“The sound of old records is something that isn’t easily replicated today. The past has a lot of secrets, and secrets make the present more interesting.” – Adam Rich

You recently released your self-titled album, the follow-up to last year’s Heaven EP. Did you approach making the full-length any differently than Heaven? Vocals definitely added to the sound and Rollergirl felt less glossy but still maintained the disco elements.

The album is a collection of music that I had been working on for about six to eight months, so …



Interview: NOMADS

Posted on 14th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Steeped in cinematics, NOMADS’ 2012 self-titled debut was piqued with instrumentals layered and atmospheric, as jarring in its most subtle, airy moments as it was in its most anthemic. The duo of Adam Korbesmeyer and Elijah Bisbee recently released their new piano-laden single “Horizon”, a teaser of what to expect on their upcoming album When Those Around Us Leave, and we talked to the band about the direction of Leave, their sampling of natural sounds, and how their past has lead them to NOMADS’ current sound.

 ”The overarching theme of Leave is coping with loss. There’s just something about piano that creates a space for that mindset.”

You recently released a new track, “Horizon”, from your upcoming album, When Those Around Us Leave, that’s heavily piano-based like “Home” from your self-titled album. Is that telling of what we’ll hear on Leave?

Absolutely. Adam bought a piano between …



Brite Winter 2014 Line Ups Release

Posted on 10th January, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates. No Comments

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

BRITE WINTER Announces Over 70 Artists to Perform at 5th Annual Midwest Art & Music Showcase February 15, 2014, in Cleveland’s Ohio City Market District.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 10, 2014) For the fifth consecutive year, BRITE WINTER will gather emerging artists and musicians to take part in a free and open outdoor showcase in the middle of February. This unique festival operates under the mindset that the challenges of midwestern winters are an opportunity to create an outdoor festival experience unlike any other.

In 2014, BRITE WINTER will feature over 70 artists on 4 outdoor and 6 indoor stages throughout Cleveland’s Ohio City Market District, with the main festival grounds located in Market Square Park. Music is curated to feature top emerging artists from across North America, ranging in genre from indie alternative to folk, …


Music Spotlight: Seafair

Posted on 15th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Formed in the fall of 2012 after combining forces with members of Unsparing Sea, the up-and-coming Seafair is an orchestral six-piece led by the siren song of Chayla Hope that consists of guitars, keys, and unexpected classical touches of cello and violin. Combining the, at times, warbly sea-shany element of the Decemberists, Seafair dabbles in quirky indie-pop seen on “Textbook Holiday” and then seemlessly explorers the cinematic in the darker, noir tones of “72.8%” and in the seductiveness of “Take Me On”.

While they’re busy recording their first EP, Paintings, the band has focused on developing the dynamics of their multi-instrumental live show.  ”There’s so many different people doing so many different things it’s hard to focus on one individual person,” says drummer Ryan Kelly. “Everyone else has their own style so they can incorporate that into their live show. People can …



Music Q&A: Army of Infants

Posted on 14th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

With a nod to ’90s grunge, Cleveland two-piece Army of Infants is a distorted explosion of garage and blues with surfy tones and a heart of Motown soul. Drummer Jacob Pflanzer and guitarist Jared Welch are currently working on a split tape with the Black Shades to be released in mid-March and have a string of tour dates that includes a performance at this year’s SXSW.

Can you tell us a little about how you got together?

Jacob Pflanzer: We went to high school together and played together off and on through school. It wasn’t until after school when we really kind of started playing shows. The rest just happened.

Not a review goes by without a hat tip to the blues. What’d you grow up listening to and what kind of influences do you draw from when you’re writing?

JP: I …



Music Q&A: Maza Blaska

Posted on 13th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Hailing from Columbus, Maza Blaska’s 2011 debut, Storyteller, was a colorful, jangly excursion of earthy, world-flavored orchestrations. Storyteller was rich in narrative, shrouded in tales of far-off lands and ancient roots that were offset by the rosy pop of their six member multi-instrumental arrangements.

Brite Winter Fest talks to Sam Corlett about how the band got together, performing with their rotating cast of collaborators, and their first time in Cleveland.

Maza Blaska originally formed between you two, Yoni and Sam. How did the rest of the band fall together?

I love remembering how we all came together, there were a lot of great culminating circumstances that led to Maza Blaska forming as a full band.  When Yoni studied abroad in Jerusalem in 2008, he set out
Yoni posted his work on Myspace, where he received a lot of feedback from …



Music Spotlight: Dead Sweaters

Posted on 8th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Creative force behind the Talking Heads and renegade new wave Renaissance man — artist, designer, author, speaker, and filmmaker among the seemingly infinite list — David Byrne said, “As music becomes less of a thing — a cylinder, a cassette, a disc — and more ephemeral, perhaps we will begin to assign an increasing value to live performances again.”

It’s a few weeks into the New Year and Dead Sweaters vocalist and guitarist Will Nolan’s casual mention of his resolution, “to see as much live music as I can, at least once a week,” he says, could easily read like a page of Byrne’s book, How Music Works, which Nolan has just passed between Sweaters drummer Joe Duffy and I as his current required reading.

”It’s kind of like the Bible. Doesn’t it remind you of the Bible?” he laughs — and …



Music Q&A: Ashley Brooke Toussant

Posted on 5th February, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

A Kent native now transplanted to Cleveland, Ashley Brooke Toussant released her debut full-length, Sweetheart, in 2011. With the backdrop of classic pedal steel guitar and delicate piano, Sweetheart was an angelic, luring Midwestern mix of whimsical Americana storytelling with shades of blue-eyed soul. Toussant plans to record her sophomore album March of this year.

We talked to Ashley Brooke Toussant about her plans for her new album, her love for Patty Griffin and Dusty Springfield, and her classic vintage style.

1.) You recently moved to Cleveland from Kent. How has the transition been? 

I was actually living in my hometown of Canton in between there. It’s been a nice transition. I’ve always enjoyed Cleveland when I’ve visited or played so it’s been great being closer to my favorite spots. We live in University Circle. It’s wonderful being walking distance …



Music Spotlight: Thaddeus Anna Greene

Posted on 30th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

There is a certain adrenaline-fueled mysticism that belongs to the blues alone; it lives on in the songs passed down through legends and in the roots of what we call rock and roll. These stories were penned by freewheelers like Jimmy Reed, whose legacy came in unleashing the blues to the mainstream, and were told in songs like his “Bright Lights, Big City” as it changed hands through history from Reed to the Animals, to Eric Clapton, to the smoky, pulsing version resurrected by Gary Clark Jr.

On the night Thaddeus Anna Greene released Directory of Thieves, he stood in front of the American flag backdrop of Bad Racket Recording Studios and, with a brash grin and gleam in his eyes, chanted the modernized Clark Jr. line in Reed’s classic, “You gonna know my …



Music Spotlight: Matt Hectorne & the Family Tree

Posted on 28th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Hanging around the green room below the Beachland Ballroom, Matt Hectorne seems at his most content talking church music and his Mississippi upbringings when the conversation comes to a halt and a smile breaks behind a grizzly beard. “‘I’ll Fly Away,’” he points upstairs in approval to the Womack Family Band’s psychedelic rendition of the spiritual standard taking place on stage that’s echoing through the floor. In 20 minutes he’ll take the stage himself for the last time with Humble Home. In five months he’ll move to Nashville.

For a boy who grew up in a small suburb of Memphis immersed in a church of country and gospel vintage lore, a Southern homecoming marks the past year as a return to the roots. With a contributing cast of musicians he released two EPs, The Family Tree and Your Light My Dark, …



Melissa Olson

Posted on 26th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 5:00pm

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Hometown: Akron, OH

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icatchfoxes is the creative pseudonym of me, Melissa S. Olson: Designer, Illustrator, Photographer and Writer. This photo was taken along the Pacific Coast near San Luis Obispo, California. I selected this photo as your introduction to me for two reasons.
One: my wonderful brother took the photograph, and two: I love to travel. (The first reason is notable because my brother is awesome. The second reason is notable because should you request my help at any distance and wish to hire me, I am eager, willing and able to travel.)

Questions, limericks, greetings, fugues and requests for freelance can be delivered via electronic correspondence to melissa [at] icatchfoxes.com. For your convenience (should you prefer more traditional methods of communication) most carrier pigeons know where to find me.

I grew up …


Perfect Future

Posted on 26th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 5:00pm

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Hometown: Frostburg, MD

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Post punk/indie/emo from the East Coast. Political emo.


Istvan Medgysi

Posted on 26th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Brite Winter Stage
Performance Time: 3:30pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Inspired by a wide range of music, you can hear the echoes of an array of American musical traditions intertwined with modal explorations and occasional forrays into noise and drone.


Dozens

Posted on 26th January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 6:30

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Hometown: Chicago, IL

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Dozens are Chicago natives Kyle Mann, Vincent Theodore and John Norman. Incorporating synthpop, post-rock and EDM elements into an ambient aesthetic, Dozens marries infectious melody with a dreamy melancholy. As a trio of of multi-instrumentalists, producers and DJs, Dozens delivers a deliberate production on tracks that run the gamut from radio ready synth-tinged singalongs to spacious soundscapes.

Featuring a wide spectrum of dynamics and a tonal palette that draws from disparate musical worlds, Dozens’ varied catalogue receives a sculptor’s treatment on record. Rife with lush wall of sound atmospheres and extended instrumental passages showcasing intricate synth, string and brass arrangements, Dozens self-released collection has drawn critical comparison to a range of artists such as MGMT, Kings of Convenience and Hall & Oates.


Army of Infants

Posted on 26th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 9:45pm

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Hometown: Jamestown, OH

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We are a band.Two piece. Jake bangs sticks on things and shouts, Jared breaks strings and mumbles. Download our music, tell your friends, and check our Last.FM and Myspace pages if you dig what you hear! We love to make feedback and other strange noises, but we also like to hear your feedback and strange noises! So if you have something to say about our tunes, shout it out!

 

 


Worship This!

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 8:00pm 

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Hometown: Akron, OH

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“Young women, hillbillies, and fellow Doritos enthusiasts rejoice: Worship This! are here to give you that
lovin’ feeling. It’s not all champagne and horse races…there’s something to be said (and to be heard)
of punk rock that’s endured the trappings of adulthood, the despair of Northeast Ohio winters, and
the abandonment of loved ones…For fans of Horace Pinker, Latterman, Hot Water Music, and partially
digested Mexican food, check out [Worship This!]” –Jason Utes

 


World’s Scariest Police Chases

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 9:00pm 

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Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

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“I cant believe its taken us this long to inform the world, but prepare yourselves for [your] favorite new
band that will scare the shit out of you.” –DANROCK, Lock and Key Collective


Wolf Ram Heart

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 1
Performance Time: 9:00pm 

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Hometown: Columbus, OH

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After the release of their critically acclaimed “Betrayal of Hearts” in 2011, the band debuted in the top 20 on the CMJ Radio 200 and was voted the second most anticipated release in the country for the second week of April by Magnet Magazine. Later that year, Wolf Ram Heart were chosen as an artist of the week on CMJ and the track “Viewgirls” was included on a compilation for Under The Radar. In 2012, they earned best new artist features in both Blurt and Filter magazines. The year also saw them performing at some of the biggest festivals in the industry such as the CMJ Music Marathon, Midpoint Music Festival and NXNE. Currently the duo are working on a follow up release set for the fall of 2013.
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Jeremiah Webb

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 9:00pm 

jeremiahwebb.com | Soundcloud | Facebook

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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“Jeremiah is a Colorado native, but graduated from Chapman University in Orange, CA last spring. He is currently working for a major Advertising Agency and performing in the Chicago area.”

Read more at: jeremiahwebb.com


Unraveler

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Cleveland Hostel
Performance Time: 6:00pm 

Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Pittsburgh, PA

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“Borrowing from both Daniel Johnston and John Darnielle, Unraveler paints broad strokes of discontent
that should resonate among arbiters of quirky bedroom meditations. This music is not for hedonistic
pleasure-seekers looking for an easy way out.” –Pittsburgh magazine


Two Hand Fools

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 9:30pm 

Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“Two Hand Fools are a folk influenced pop punk band from the Cleveland area…They released [an]
album called ‘Who’s Driving’ but they hate it and hate playing songs off of it. Then they released an
EP called ‘Rivers’, and they hated it a lot less. Now they have an album…called ‘House Parts’ and they
actually don’t hate it.” –graveyardnow from last.fm

 


Tom Evanchuck

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Cleveland Hostel
Performance Time: 9:00pm 

tomevanchuck.com | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“Tom Evanchuck and the Old Money are living in multiple eras. Rising from the Midwest, this group
draws upon thei bluesy roots to carve out their own place in the burgeoning scene of folk and
Americana rock. But something sets this foursome apart from the rest—it’s and honesty found in every
one of their songs, a genuine love for the past that influences their present.”

Read the full bio at: reverbnation.com/tomevanchuck


Lucy Stone

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: BRITE Stage
Performance Time: TBD
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lucystone.bandpage.com| Facebook | Twitter

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Though you may be hearing her name for the first time, Lucy Stone has a voice that’s hard to forget. A Philadelphia native, the 20 year-old songstress has already dedicated herself to more projects than a person has fingers. Lucy has opened for national acts such as The Dirty Projectors, Cymbals Eat Guitars, B.o.B and Major Lazer. Most recently the young college student has just finished working with multi-platinum recording artist Rusted Root on their new album entitled “The Movement”.

Transitioning from a multi-band repertoire to her newly formed solo project, Lucy released her first EP, “Would You?” in late April. Showcasing a unique lyrical style, the songs are intricately crafted, and were recorded in West Philadelphia with her band consisting of Brandon Bost, Sean Donaghy, Isaac Louis and Paul Impellizeri. …


Lost Jon & The Ghosts

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: BRITE Stage
Performance Time: 8:00pm

lostjon.bandcamp.com | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Dreamy, folk inspired music from the cold shores of Lake Erie, Lost Jon and the Ghosts are an ever expanding and evolving collection of musicians centered around songwriter Jon Meador and core members Max Stern and David Rivera. Like many groups currently growing in Cleveland, Lost Jon & The Ghosts met through playing music in previous projects together. Jon Meador had been writing songs for a yet to be named solo project for months when he went to and old friend, Max Stern, to try out a couple new things. He played “The question” for him. Max really liked it. A couple of weeks later Dave Rivera and Jon were practicing some originals and covers for an acoustic gig and decided Max would be a great …


Tin Armor

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 10:15pm 

tinarmor.com | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Common ground is important for a band. Tin Armor has learned this lesson well. Since their humble beginnings in 2006 they have played hundreds of shows across the country, produced multiple releases including, a full length album, A Better Place Than I Have Been, available on One Percent Press, a self-titled 7″ vinyl single available on Whoa Oh Records, and a second full length, Life of Abundance, which they self released in the summer of 2011. In this time Tin Armor has learned to write, record and perform in spite of and in light of the differences that each member brings to the process. They have crafted a unique sound that blends melodic, pop-sensible songwriting with literary and often introverted lyrics. Their honest style of rock and roll is approachable without …


Istvan Medgyesi

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Avenue Wine Bar
Performance Time: TBD
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Inspired by a wide range of music, you can hear the echoes of an array of American musical traditions intertwined with modal explorations and occasional forrays into noise and drone.


Regular Shoulders

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 5:00pm 

soundcloud.com/timelessbrides | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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A relatively new band hailing from Cleveland herself, Timeless Brides maintain online mystique with
little to find except a washed-out picture, equally washed tracks and the self-defined genre “Loafeye
Loser Pop”.

 

 


Muscle & Bone

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory
Performance Time: 5:45pm

muscleandbone.bandcamp.com | Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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Muscle & Bone are 4 guys from Asheville playing indie/emo survival in the vein of late 90′s and early 2000′s bands. Muscle & Bone consists of Chris French, formerly of Joie De Vivre, Rob Travis and Ryan Hoots formerly of Fairground Avenue, and Adam Gross. Formed in mid 2011, they have already self released an EP and been featured on the Topshelf Records summer sampler

The Self-titled EP creates a tapestry that’s both refreshing and familiar borrowing from bands like Further Seems Forever, American Football and The Anniversary then blending it into their own style. Most newer twinkly emo bands spent most of their time focused on the riffs, where Muscle & Bone spend an equal amount of time on melody. Their songs “No …


Thaddeus A. Greene

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: BRITE Stage
Performance Time: 6:00pm 

directoryofthieves.com | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“At the age of 14, Thaddeus A. Greene spent hours upon hours locked in a room, teaching himself to
play the guitar, cutting his teeth on the likes of Jimi Hendrix [and] Stevie Ray Vaughan. He has cultivated
the zeal and ability to create a refreshing, daring and rebellious encyclopedia of music. His psychedelic
blues/rock tapestries and fervid voice capture a time when life was melancholy amongst chaos.”

 


En Garde

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines
Performance Time: 5:45pm

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Hometown: Akron, OH

Old friends, new shoes. Ross is a part of the Pittsburgh, PA based A Voice Like Rhetoric, which is currently on hiatus, and Andy is on loan from the Kent, Oh based Annabel. En Garde was formed in November 2011.


Suns

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 1
Performance Time: 9:00pm 

sunschicago.tumblr.com | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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“Suns are back for another round of dragging atmospheric rock into the alley to smack the stars out of
its eyes. Armed with their first full length, ‘When We Were Us,’ the band takes a leaner, meaner and
more melodic approach to its distinct brand of ribcage-shaking density. The darkness, the drunkenness,
the desperation—it’s all still there, but now it digs in with sharper hooks.”

 


Signals Midwest

Posted on 24th January, by ThomasFox in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 6:30pm 

signalsmidwest.tumblr.com | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“In a genre as tried, overdone and limiting as pop punk, it’s especially difficult for a pop punk band to
take a new approach. But, when done right, it can also be especially refreshing and rewarding…Enter
[Cleveland’s] Signals Midwest, whose fantastic new full length Latitudes and Longitudes transcends
conventions and pushes the genre to new boundaries.” –Matt Cohen, punknews.org

 


ShiSho

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Cleveland Hostel
Performance Time: 5:00pm 

sonicbids.com/shisho | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Kent, OH

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“ShiSho is the outsider-art band…from Ohio. They’ve been making quirky indie, pop-punk, folk music for
8 years. If They Might Be Giants and Kimya Dawson had baby daughters whom they powdered regularly
with Joe Jack Talcum—they’d grow up to be ShiSho. Though ShiSho are kids, they are not necessarily a
band FOR kids. ‘College radio & Indie moms love us for some reason,’ says Midge.”


Dowsing

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory
Performance Time: 8:00pm

dowsing.bandcamp.com/releases | Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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We’re an Indie/Emo band from Chicago, Illinois. We’ve been fortunate enough to have released a 7″ EP, ‘All I Could Find Was You’, a split 7″ with emo newcomers Parker (current Joie De Vivre/Warren Franklin), and now our first LP, ‘It’s Still Pretty Terrible,’ all on the delightful Count Your Lucky Stars Records. Stay tuned friends we’ve only just begun.


Reverse the Curse

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory
Performance Time: 7:15 pm

reversethecursemusic.com | Facebook

Hometown: Hiram, OH

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“These days, it’s all too easy for young bands to fall through the cracks and fail to muster any sort
of staying power. Each genre is becoming more and more over-saturated and we can all agree
that ‘whiskey soaked’ and ‘gravely’ voices aren’t anything new. However, every now and then a band is
able to come out of the woodwork and put a fresh perspective on post-hardcore music—never focusing
on an image or a certain bandwagon. Such is the case for Reverse the Curse.”


Saintseneca

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 11:00pm 

saintseneca.com | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Columbus, OH

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“We’re [a] folk band (at least as an idiom) hailing from Columbus, Ohio.

Last, the debut full-length from Saintseneca, is a culmination of their cultivated and
tangled garland of friendship and musical ardor. Prepped by lifelong friendships rooted
in the same small Appalachian town, two successful EPs and four years of anywhere-
and-everywhere-we-can-stomp touring, this record is a long time coming for the
Columbus band.

The band’s first studio release features subtle and purposeful experimentation, building
a fullness of sound previously elusive.  It is at times raucous, tender and anthemic.
Intricacies aside, Last makes sure to highlight Saintseneca’s singular folk sound of
laconic singalongs, speed-strummed mountain dulcimers and tambourine-filled trash
cans.”

 


Sam Brenner

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Ave. Wine Bar
Performance Time: 8:00pm 

sambrenner.com | Facebook

Hometown: Buffalo, NY

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“Born and raised in Buffalo, NY, his parents exposed him to classics such as The Beatles and James
Taylor, while his brothers introduced him to Dave Matthews Band and Radiohead. When he was twelve-
years-old, his parents bought him his first guitar and from that day forward he never put it down.”

 


Seafair

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 7:00pm 

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“Voice + Cello + Violin + Keys + Guitar + Bass + Drums = Seafair”


Cherry Cola Champions

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Music Bios, Uncategorized. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory Stage
Performance Time: 5:00pm

cherrycolachampions.bandcamp.com| Facebook | Tumblr

Hometown: Kent, OH

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We are two friends who play music together.


Bonesetters

Posted on 24th January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 8:30pm

bonesetters.bandcamp.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Indianapolis, IN

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Muncie-bred and Indianapolis-raised, we make music in old duplexes and share them with all kinds of alternative environs. We breathe in quiet sounds, and exhale louder sounds. A good mixture of western swing, surf rock, blues and images meant for dreams. We like you!


Restorations

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 11:00pm 

restorationstheband.com | Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Philadelphia, PA

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Restorations is a band. They want you to know that. Their 7” A/B is good for listening and, well, this:

“Nothing says ‘leave me alone on my criminally short break annoying coworker’ like turning up the
volume on Restoration’s 7” A/B.” –Hellhound Music

 

 


My Mouth Is The Speaker

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 7:15pm

mymouthisthespeaker.bandcamp.com | Facebook 

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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“Life. The Universe and all that jazz…”

 


Meridian

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Cleveland Hostel
Performance Time: 10:00pm

Bandcamp | Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Meridian is the brain-child of brothers Max and Jake Stern. Max says of the album Aging Truths:

“’Aging Truths’ is a collection of songs…initially recorded on an internal laptop microphone perched on a beer-stained table in a cold Cleveland Heights apartment…”

 

 


Maza Blaska

Posted on 24th January, by briteadmin in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 1
Performance Time: 12:00 am

mazablaska.com | Facebook

Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Columbus’ Maza Blaska has had such nice things said of them. For instance:

“A cross-continental friendship, a kaleidoscopic fascination with the musical styles of myriad cultures and a flexible arrangement…have turned Maza Blaska into a thriving band.” –Kevin Joy, The Columbus Dispatch

…and this:

“Despite the heavy subject matter, [Maza Blaska present] bright, accessible indie-pop of the post-‘Garden State’ variety…” –Chris DeVille, Columbus Alive

 

 


Bears of Blue River

Posted on 23rd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 7:30pm

thebearsofblueriver.bandcamp.com | Facebook

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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“Take a step back from the dark-lands, perk up to the love horn of the choo-choo and hop a wagon through the cornfields to a close encounter in Muncie, Indiana with The Bears of Blue River.

Find genuine folk sounds subtly diluted by urban residue. Across the plain, unrequited love songs sung from closets to the vivid attraction of opposites and more, accompanied by all the “not too precious” o…oh-ooh-oh’s and bah-bah-ba’s to keep listeners in the realm of the tender grazing primal prairie animal.

The Bears tango on the border of urban and bucolic so hum along with the beer, beards, long locks; smooth raspy harmonies…Jangle your heart and sing along with these Chicago transplants.”

- Jesse Jesster

They are simple folks but with one request….

SHARE THE …


Beach Stav

Posted on 23rd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory Stage
Performance Time: 4:15pm

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Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Beach Stav was born breech and with two heads. Beach Stav has since doubled in heads yet remain breech. To contact Beach Stav, contact the mother.


Annabel

Posted on 23rd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory Stage
Performance Time: 8:45pm

annabel.bandcamp.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Akron, OH

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Annabel:
Ben Hendricks: Vocals, Guitar
Corey Willis: Guitar, Keys
Andy Hendricks: Drums
Scott Moses: Bass

We started this band some years ago and have had a blast making music together and making friends everywhere.

band e-mail: annabelohio@gmail.com
press contacts: will@beartrappr.com, mike@earshotmedia.com
label contacts: countyourluckystars@gmail.com, will@tinyengines.net


Alert New London

Posted on 23rd January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 1
Performance Time: 6:00pm

alertnewlondon.bandcamp.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Constant evolution. Never being content with the status quo and constantly pushing for higher musical heights – this is what Alert New London does. What started as a basic retro-pop outfit has morphed and changed into a creative juggernaut melding diverse influences into one cohesive onslaught of atmosphere and sound.

Using effected guitars, vocal harmonies, heavy drum beats, and an energetic live show, ANL has set the path towards providing a new voice in Columbus, OH.

This voice is of everybody who doesn’t believe in the hipster gestapo and who wants to move in jubilation at shows instead of stand silently in the back to maintain their cool. We believe that we are creating a community all our own. Join us on our journey.


Hugo

Posted on 23rd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Avenue Wine Bar
Performance Time: 6:00pm

hugorock.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Brooklyn, NY

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Hugo loves pianos really really bad. He was born in piano. Piano in the previous sentence means Chicago. He started to learn the instrument at the age of piano. Ok, in that last sentence piano represents the number five, and not the word piano, and definitely not Chicago.

Piano describes Hugo’s songwriting as having the “lyrical tone of a twenty-something Woody Allen.” Woody Allen is a wry and sarcastic writer and director. I totally forgot to tell you that piano in the sentence before last means the Miami Herald.

Hugo’s piano-driven sound is influenced by Billy Joel, Elton John, Leon Russell, Ben Folds, Elvis Costello, and Michael Jackson. When I say “piano-driven” I mean piano as in the instrument and not as in the Miami Herald newspaper. Hugo has …


Ashley Brooke Toussant

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Market Avenue Wine Bar
Performance Time: 10:00pm

ashleybrooketoussantmusic.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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ABT lived in Chicago from 2007 to 2009. While in the city she recorded with two time Grammy award winning producer, Jim Tullio. They recorded five original songs making up my debut EP All Songs in English which was released in August 2008. The EP brought airplay on several stations around the Midwest.

In the Spring of 2009 ABT moved back to my native Northeastern Ohio. She began to play with a band made up of friends, friends of friends and some through playing shows. They built solid friendships and enjoy playing music together.

In September 2011, ABT released my first full length album, Sweetheart. The album was made in Kent, Ohio with the help of a producer, Charlie Loudin and wonderful area musicians; Eric Baltrinic on …


Misty Gonzales

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios, Uncategorized. No Comments

Venue: BRITE Stage
Performance Time: 7:00pm

www.mistyfreechild.com | Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Los Angeles, CA

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Misty Gonzales is a powered American rock & blues singer and songwriter from Colorado and is traveling the country singing her heart out with new album “Rock & Roll Freedom Show.” Upon moving to her present home in Los Angeles, Misty received a great word of wisdom from an industry executive friend: “There’s only one type of person who doesn’t succeed in the music business – it’s the one who gives up too soon.” Misty has used that advice as a guidepost throughout her career.

“I’ve learned that if you’re passionate about your vision, even with a ton of roadblocks in your way, passion and vision is the vehicle that will drive you.” She says, “There’s been days doubt was barking at my heals, …


Honeybucket

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Cleveland Hostel
Performance Time: 8:00pm

honeybucketmusic.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Honeybucket is a Cleveland-based newgrass trio that showcases upbeat and original pop/rock songs with a bluegrass sound.  Featuring Adam Reifsnyder on acoustic guitar, Brendan O’Malley on mandolin and Abie Klein-Stefanchik on upright bass, the trio blends tight three-part vocal harmonies, original melodies and foot-stomping rhythm.  The band’s influences can be heard in many of their songs, from the soaring harmonies of CSNY, to the fast-paced mandolin finger-picking of the Punch Brothers.  Honeybucket  fans, known lovingly as Bucketheads, are some of the most enthusiastic supporters around and you can feel the love at all of the band’s performances. To learn more about the band and to download their Ohio EP for free, visit the Honeybucket Facebook page at www.facebook.com/honeybucketmusic.


Oldboy

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Cleveland Hostel
Performance Time: 8:00pm

oldboycleveland.bandcamp.com| Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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A 3-5 piece band from Cleveland, this mid-western band understands the blue collar mentality of musicians. Working hard to put together good music, good shows and work hard doing it.

They strive to make every show an event, something you won’t soon forget. The self-released ep “by the light of the moon” combines well-crafted, unique songwriting with wistful, sometimes epic, to downright heavy rock and roll. These songs give you a feeling that is as old as it is new with songs ranging from hopeful to haunting.


Tracy Morgan Freeman

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Joy Machines Bike Shop
Performance Time: 4:15pm

tracymorganfreeman.bandcamp.com| Facebook | Twitter

 

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Tracy Morgan Freeman is a serious Indie Pop Rock Quartet formed after the breakup of a popular Cleveland based band. Tim Czajka, Will Hooper, Steven Crobar and Kevin Timm went on to form Tracy Morgan Freeman in the late fall of 2011. Will Hooper, Tim Czajka, and Steve Crobar have been performing together for a solid four years creating a unique and interesting chemistry that is hard to come by with most bands. Kevin Timm was added to the band shortly after the three reunited in the fall of 2011.

All four musicians are professional and serious independent musicians who love music more than anything in their lives. Will, Steve, Tim, and Kevin all realized their calling at an early age and have never stopped short …


Total Babes

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory Stage
Performance Time: 9:30pm

totalbabes.bandcamp.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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Total Babes are often noted more for their Cloud Nothings connection than their own pop-garage
endeavors, but the scene gurus over at Pitchfork say of their debut Swimming Through Sunlight:

“Despite the shimmering title…Swimming’s a darker album than you might think. Most of the 30
minutes consist of fast, jovial-sounding power chords, yes, but beneath the fuzz is a series of songs that
builds a narrative about deteriorating love.”

 


Dead Sweaters

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. 1 Comment

Venue: Campbell’s Sweets Factory Stage
Performance Time: 6:30pm

deadsweaters.bandcamp.com| Facebook

Hometown: Cleveland, OH

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The Dead Sweaters are the venerable yet, wildly overlooked, Cleveland super-group made up of Jeanna (loves fury hats), Will (the world’s last known living yeti), Antoine (who you know/ought to know from The Secret Soul Club) and Joe (human enthusiast).  This garage-rock band has been putting out their dance-able pop ballads to crowds all over Cleveland since spring 2012. No venue seems to limit this band’s musical range; Now That’s Class to the Beachland Ballroom, The Grog Shop to the Ohio City Masionic Temple. They have played on your best friend’s sofa and in classy restaurants. Now, they perform for you, outside, in the freezing cold. It’s a good thing, enjoy it! Dance a little bit, or a lot – get crazy – and forget that you have …


The Floorwalkers

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: BRITE Stage
Performance Time: 9:00pm

thefloorwalkers.com| Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Columbus, OH

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Growing up together in the same Cleveland, OH suburb, The Floorwalkers played little league baseball together as children. Then in high school, they began playing music together from 2000-04. Part of the band moved to Columbus, OH and released a self titled acoustic EP in ’05.  As a three piece, the band traveled the Midwest in support of their EP. By 2007, the whole band had relocated to Columbus.

While working on a debut full length album, they managed to garner a strong Midwest following. In November 2010 they released their first full length “The Natural Road.”  Since then, they have toured nationally, and remain completely independent. In a time when the music industry is reeling, The Floorwalkers have embraced the changes and built a truly grassroots following.


Teen

Posted on 22nd January, by abilancini in Bios, Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: Loren Naji Gallery 1
Performance Time: 10:30pm

teen1.bandcamp.com | Facebook | Twitter

Hometown: Chicago, IL

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Since 2002, TEEN’s lead singer/songwriter, Teeny Lieberson, has been playing in bands around New York City, eventually becoming the keyboard player for the indie-psych band Here We Go Magic in 2008. During a hiatus from the band in the winter of 2009, Teeny wrote a five-song EP Little Doods, the foundation of TEEN’s full-length, In Limbo. Working with many of the songs written that winter with the desire to expand the sound from four-track/lo-fi to a fully flushed out sound, Teeny recruited her sisters, Lizzie and Katherine, along with long- time friend, Jane Herships and best friend since childhood, Maia Ibar, to become members of TEEN.

TEEN spent the summer of 2011 recording In Limbo in Maia’s family barn in rural Connecticut, engineered by Jen Turner of Here …


Music + Art Spotlight: Melissa Olson

Posted on 21st January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Sitting in a busy coffee shop nestled below Coventry Village in Cleveland Heights, Melissa Olson is tall and bright-eyed with blonde hair that falls past her shoulders. Even three months after returning to Ohio, she is in essence everything the Beach Boys meant when they said they wish they all could be California girls. Because that’s how we perceive the sun-streaked coastlines personified. And we’ve become so accustomed to the American tales of our own coordinates on the map that sometimes we have to leave first to learn how to truly tell them.

Melissa Olson was in the middle of what would be a three year stint in Fresno, California when a friend passed her a copy of Alternative Press Magazine and, pointing at a picture of the beloved Kent four-piece Annabel, asked if she’d ever heard of this band. Her …



Lucy Stone

Posted on 16th January, by ThomasFox in Music Bios, Uncategorized. No Comments

Venue: BRITE Stage
Performance Time: 5:00pm

https://lucystone.bandpage.com/ | Facebook

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Though you may be hearing her name for the first time, Lucy Stone has a voice that’s hard to forget. A Philadelphia native, the 20 year-old songstress has already dedicated herself to more projects than a person has fingers. Lucy has opened for national acts such as The Dirty Projectors, Cymbals Eat Guitars, B.o.B and Major Lazer. Most recently the young college student has just finished working with multi-platinum recording artist Rusted Root on their new album entitled “The Movement”.

Transitioning from a multi-band repertoire to her newly formed solo project, Lucy released her first EP, “Would You?” in late April. Showcasing a unique lyrical style, the songs are intricately crafted, and were recorded in West Philadelphia with her band consisting of Brandon Bost, Sean Donaghy, Isaac …


Bethesda

Posted on 15th January, by ThomasFox in Music Bios. No Comments

Venue: The Loren Naji Gallery 2
Performance Time: 11:15pm

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Hometown: Kent, OH

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Bethesda’s 2012 has been a busy year with performances at Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival 201 2, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & Museum’s Summer in the City Series with Sharon Van Etten, RedGorilla Music Festival at SXSW 2012, MidPoint Music Festival 2012, and more. Meanwhile, Bethesda has been working on their next fan-funded full-length album set to be released in 2013.After releasing their 2011 EP, “Dreamtiger & Other Tails,” Bethesda has been slated for thirty plus shows on the Discovery Network as well as fourteen shows on Showtime, MTV, Oxygen, Bravo!, VH1, and E! Their music can be heard on over 200 independent and college radio stations nationwide, where they have reached “Top 5 Add” status …


Music Spotlight: Meridian

Posted on 14th January, by Nikki in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

Max Stern is sitting in a buddy’s apartment somewhere around Brooklyn, New York and in less than 24 hours he’ll board a plane to Israel. It only seems appropriate for someone who penned an entire album themed around deconstructing the trials and constraints of distance that before he returns to Cleveland to record the follow-up to Signals Midwest’s acclaimed 2011 album, Latitudes and Longitudes, he’ll spend the next three weeks wandering around territory transatlantic.

There was a certain candidness about Signals’ sophomore effort, a frank storytelling that elevated the band to more than just reinventing the pop-punk wheel. And Stern approaches the year following its release with the same sense of devastating clarity, “2012 was a year of some incredible highs and some crushing lows.”

While the four-piece embarked on a nationwide tour and wrote their next album — one that …



48 Bands on 6 Stages

Posted on 10th January, by ThomasFox in Music, Planning Updates. 1 Comment

BRITE WINTER ANNOUNCES 48 BANDS ON 6 STAGES FOR 2013 FESTIVAL IN OHIO CITY

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 10th, 2013) BRITE WINTER has announced that the annual free winter art and music festival will feature 48 bands on 6 stages on February 16th, 2013 in Ohio City’ Market District. The event is a showcase of up and coming Midwestern artists including The Floorwalkers, Teen, Total Babes, Wolf Ram Heart, Bethesda, Ashley Brooke Toussant and many more.

In 2012 the festival grew to feature 40 groups and drew 10,000 attendees for the single day art and music festival, sponsored by GE Lighting, The Cleveland Institute of Art, and the Cleveland Museum of Art. Some of the groups featured achieved further critical acclaim later in the year such as Bad Veins, and Lighthouse and The Whaler.

In 2013 more than 1100 groups submitted bids to …



Brite Winter goes SoLo

Posted on 10th January, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates, Uncategorized. No Comments

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 10th, 2012) BRITE WINTER will return to Ohio City’s Market District on February 16th 2013 with a continued focus on art and music to warm the winter spirit. The festival, now in its 4th year, is a growing showcase of some of Ohio’s best artistic talent along with up and coming artists from across the midwest. In 2012 the festival grew to an unprecedented 10,000 attendees showcasing 15  art installations and 40 acts across 8 stages.  The BRITE WINTERl steering committee plans to continue the vision in 2013 by expansion of the programming South of Lorain Avenue or ‘SoLo’ and supporting the growth of the free festival via more sponsors and partners.

The guiding idea of BRITE WINTER is to explore and play outside in the wintertime therefore the festival has always featured an outdoor stage for bands …



Brite Winter 2012

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Brite Winter 2012 in Ohio City. Photo by Scott Meivogel



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Brite Winter 2012 in Ohio City. Photo by Scott Meivogel



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Brite Winter 2012 in Ohio City. Photo by Scott Meivogel



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Brite Winter 2012 in Ohio City. Photo by M. Sandberg



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Brite Winter 2012 in Ohio City. Photo by Saul Kliorys



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Brite Winter 2012 in Ohio City. Photo by Saul Kliorys



Winter Fun: Go play in the snow

Posted on 26th January, by RachelHoskins in Uncategorized, Winter Fun. No Comments

Go play in the snow. Even if it’s not the mother-nature kind.

An unseasonably warm winter with scattered snow storms at best followed by rain at worst has left many wondering if winter-time sports are passing us by in Northeast Ohio. Not so, say local opportunists.

“I’d of course rather just have a cold, snowy season,” said avid Ohio skier Morgan Mecaskey of Cleveland Heights.

But cold and snowy or not, she’s been hitting the slopes anyway.

“Last Friday it was amazing,” she said of her recent venture to Boston Mills Ski Resort in Peninsula.“It was cold and it snowed. They had a bunch of jumps built up and were in the process of making moguls on the hills.”

But regardless of the weather, “You can still have an enjoyable and worthwhile experience,” on the slopes she said, so long as there is a good …



2012 Release

Posted on 25th January, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates. 1 Comment

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BRITE WINTER: Saturday, February 18, 2012, 5-10pm Ohio City (W26th and Bridge Ave)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BRITE WINTER: Cleveland’s Third Annual Winter, Art, and Music Celebration:
The community-organized BRITE WINTER festival takes place at West 26th    and Bridge Avenue, in Ohio City, on Saturday February 18th from 5-10pm. Entrance is free and open to the public.

CLEVELAND, Ohio (January 25th, 2012) For three years running, BRITE WINTER has gathered members of the Cleveland Arts community to create a glowing outdoor celebration of music, art, fire and light. The festival is free to the public, supported by in kind and cash donations from corporate sponsors, university student groups, and individuals who agree with the simple mission of celebrating winter. In 2012, the volunteer steering committee has chosen a new site in the Ohio City neighborhood, just west …



Winter Fun: Indians Snow Days

Posted on 11th January, by RachelHoskins in Winter Fun. No Comments

It’s the final week to get your snow-on Tribe-style at Progressive Field. The popular Snow Days event will slide to an end January 16.

Get there before it ends to experience unlimited tubing in Downtown Cleveland (need I say that again? Tubing in Downtown Cleveland!) and other wintry activities.

“I had a blast,” said Danielle Haubert of East Lake, who attended Snow Days for the first time last week on a work outing.

“It was just fun. There was ice-skating and tubing and a hockey game going on while we were there. There were a good amount of people and they even had a bar area.”

“I had never been ice-skating before this,” she said. “And I only fell down once!”

The main attraction is a 8-lane tubing hill named “The Batterhorn” that starts from a platform behind the left-field wall and ends …



2012 Music Venues

Posted on 9th January, by ThomasFox in Music, Planning Updates. No Comments

For those of you who are new to Brite Winter, in the past, all of the bands have played outside during the festival. We’re going to have a stage outside again, we’ll get heaters, build fires, we’ll be fine. We’ll be more than fine.  This year we’re doing something new though, including indoor venues through out the neighborhood… sometimes in irregular places.

There will be an outdoor stage behind old angle tavern, near the corner of West 26th and Bridge Ave. You can also expect to see bands at:

Joy Machines Bike Shop
Garage Bar
Bon Bon Bake Shop
Touch Supper Club
The Great Lakes Brewing Company

 

If additional venues are added over the next few weeks, you can see them listed under Brite Winter Venues. Expect to see the music lineups for these 6 venues very soon.

 



Winter Fun: SantaCon 2011

Posted on 14th December, by RachelHoskins in Winter Fun. No Comments

Santa Claus is coming to town a bit early this year and bringing 99+ of his friends in red with him. Saturday, December 17 the event SantaCon will unleash more than 100 merry Ho, Ho, Ho-sters dressed in red on Ohio City for a holiday tour de beer and spirits! This herd of Santas is governed by four straightforward rules:

Be jolly (an obvious one for the over-indulgent, merry-making big guy).
Get more Santas—The more the merrier!
Dress in red—A costume is a must although it doesn’t matter if your red suit is the real deal, or pajamas plastered in cotton balls and marshmallows.
Bad Santas need not apply—Those up for a lump of coal in their stocking can go ahead and stay home.

 

According to Aaron Erb, whose official SantaCon title is “Santa #1,” there are more than 250 cities around the world that …



3 Big Changes in 2012

Posted on 29th November, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates, Uncategorized. 1 Comment

Some things change, some things stay the same.  We’ve been hard at work the last couple months to connect great ideas to make this year very special. If you’ve been watching the pages of this site go up, you already know the details about what we’re changing… there is a lot, but in general there are 3 big changes to Brite Winter Festival, one of them is listed at the top of the page. You can’t miss it.

1.) Moving to Ohio City.

Brite Winter Festival, began as a pop-up city event, which had the goal of gathering people in under used spaces, (like Hart Crane Memorial Park) encouraging them to explore and see new opportunity. As the festival grows and we welcome a larger and broader audience to join us, our focus is still to continue encouraging exploration but we also …



Why is Winter So Tough?

Posted on 28th November, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates. No Comments

I was down at Winterfest this past weekend, doing a little Christmas shopping, and seeing the abundance of people and lights in public square. The whole scene was gorgeous. A couple pints of Christmas Ale on East 4th, a huge stage and people singing and dancing in holiday spirit, food trucks lining either side of Ontario, Jonathan sawyer serving cider out front of noodle cat… best of all, It was Saturday after Thanksgiving and it was clear skies in the mid 50’s. It made me think, “Why is winter so tough?”

Last year we had put on the second Brite WInter Festival at Hart Crane memorial park in the flats, for months ahead of the festival I was expecting snow and dreaming of epic amounts of icy playful chaos. It didn’t snow, it was cold but it just as easily could …



2012 Site Maintenance

Posted on 20th November, by ThomasFox in Planning Updates. No Comments

If you’ve visited BRITEWINTERCLEVELAND.COM over the past few days you should have noticed extreme changes to the content as we’re making updates for the 2012 festival in real time.  It hasn’t been pretty, and even worse, we haven’t disclosed any additional information about what new things Brite Winter will be bringing to battle the coming cold front.

As always, we have no idea what this 2011-2012 winter will have in store for us, but we do know it will be exciting.  We will be finishing up all of the current updates to the site and making our first public announcements about this year’s festival this week. Expect to find out  Where  the festival will be located and  Who has already pledged support as a sponsor or community partner. Additional info will also be available for sponsors, volunteers, musicians and artists, just …



Brite Winter 2011

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Brite Winter 2011 at Hart Crane Memorial Park in Cleveland’s Flats District



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Brite Winter 2011 at Hart Crane Memorial Park in Cleveland’s Flats District


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Brite Winter 2010, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.



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Brite Winter 2010, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.



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Brite Winter 2010, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.



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Brite Winter 2010, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.



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Brite Winter 2010, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.



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Brite Winter 2010, at Hart Crane Memorial Park in the Flats.



Tick, tock, tick, tock…

Posted on 16th January, by briteadmin in Planning Updates. No Comments

Well, it’s 2011, and we’re entering the final stages of Brite Winter planning. Here are the updates.


Music and Sponsors and Partners – oh, my!

Posted on 23rd November, by briteadmin in Planning Updates. No Comments

Hello, Cleveland!
Update on all things Brite…
Music: OThe Very Knees, Living Stereo, Ultimate Donny
Sponsorships: Alchemy Club, Case’s Graduate Student Senate, and Graduate Professional Council
Partners: Thank you to Ohio City Near West Development, our fiscal agent; and Ohio Canal Corridor and the Cleveland Rowing Foundation, our hosts.






Brite Winter Blog

Cleveland's annual outdoor winter art and music festival. Celebrating winter is better than tolerating it. Keep up with our blog for news and updates about the people and places lighting their torches to make this winter fun and full of life.

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