Cleveland Winter, Bring It On.


Category: Music


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.

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

“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.

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

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



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.

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

“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.

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

“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, …



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.

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

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