Brendan Bayliss, Jake Cinninger, Joel Cummins, Andy Farag, Kris Myers, Ryan Stasik - South Bend, IN
Melt your face off ROCK.
Nothing Too Fancy Music
After 19-plus years of performing more than 100 concerts annually, releasing nine studio albums and selling more than 4.2 million tracks online, Umphrey’s McGee might be forgiven if they chose to rest on their laurels. But then that wouldn’t be consistent with the work ethic demonstrated by the band, which consistently attempts to raise the bar, setting and achieving new goals since forming on the Notre Dame campus in South Bend, Indiana, in 1997. After releasing their eighth studio album, Similar Skin, the first for their own indie label, Nothing Too Fancy (N2F) Music (distributed by RED), the group continued to push the envelope and test the limits. The London Session, was a dream come true for the members having been recorded at the legendary Studio Two at historic Abbey Road. The stealth recording session yielded 10 tracks in a single day, proving once again, the prolific UM waits for no one.
As a follow up to The London Session, the envelope pushing continues with the November 11th release of ZONKEY. Umphrey’s McGee has been arranging and performing original mashups live for over eight years. It was only a matter of when, not if, some of those innovative concoctions would find their way into a studio. An album of 12 unique mashups, conceived and arranged by the band, ZONKEY is as seamless as it is bizarre, playful as it is razor sharp. Bits and pieces of classic songs are culled from 40-plus years of popular music from 70s Reggae to 80s Pop to 90s Metal and everywhere in between. From Radiohead mashed with Beck, The Weeknd with Fleetwood Mac, Talking Heads with Bob Marley, Metallica with Gorillaz . . . nothing is off limits.
The original Umphrey’s McGee played a mix of originals and cover songs, waiting just eight months to release their debut album, the cheekily titled Greatest Hits Volume III. Their initial “proper” recording, Local Band Does OK, came out in 2002, followed shortly afterward by an appearance at the first-ever Bonnaroo in Tennessee, selling more albums than any other band on the bill. The 2007 double album, Live at the Murat, earned a four-star review in Rolling Stone and a Jammy for Best Live Album.
Despite attempts at categorizing UM, the band has devoted its craft to making their devoted followers feel as if they are part of something larger, through such technology-fueled innovations as fan-curated sets, the immersive high-end audio offering, “Headphones & Snowcones,” where the pristine sound of the live soundboard mix is piped wirelessly through high-end personal monitor systems and headphones, as well as making every live show since 2005 available via their live music portal UMLive.net. UM were also the first group to launch its own single-artist streaming service.
Finding themselves in London for three shows at the Brooklyn Bowl in June 2014, the idea of recording at Abbey Road was first proposed by Umphrey’s producer Manny Sanchez, a notion, as Brendan Bayliss told Rolling Stone that seemed as likely as “being asked to give a sermon at the Vatican.”
“It wasn’t a goal,” he explains, “because it never seemed like a possibility.” But never to be bound by what seems possible, UM secured a coveted day at the world’s most famous recording studio and dove in headfirst.
Twelve hours after first setting foot in Abbey Road Studios, just before midnight, Umphrey’s McGee left the historic room with their own new album, The London Session, what Rolling Stone dubs “a historical primer, an evolution story inside 51 minutes.”
This November 11th, prepare to get ZONKEY’d. An album unlike any previous Umphrey’s McGee effort, this unique take on the mash-up concept is yet another example that there aren’t many places Umphrey’s McGee won’t take you.
Umphrey’s McGee are more than just a rock band – through nearly two decades, they have proven to be on the cutting-edge of both music and technology, super-serving their fans through a community that stretches from the campus of Notre Dame to the hallowed halls of Abbey Road.
Ehren Wright - Boulder, CO
Live Sax. Live Guitar. Funky Ass Bass Music.
Justin Hasting (Guitar & Synth), Matt Harris (Drums & Sequencing), Ryan Nall (Bass & Synth), Brock Bowling (Gutiar & Sequencing)
Zoogma combines the sonic diversity and precision of a DJ with the excitement and immediacy of a five piece rock group. Known for their energetic performances and retina pleasing light show, the band consistently dishes out heavy-weight beat-driven dance parties across the nation. Sets are kinetic, combining live improvisation with carefully crafted beats and melodic textures.
Evolving in Oxford, MS, Zoogma’s sound is an eclectic fusion of Electronica, Rock, Jazz, World, and Hip-Hop. This blend of genres results in a musical experience that appeals to a range of audiences, with a sound that is refreshingly original yet steeped in the dance music tradition.
Zoogma has shared the stage with acts such as Perpetual Groove, Pnuma Trio, Big Gigantic, Eliot Lipp, Keller Williams, The New Mastersounds, Telepath and Ozric Tentacles. With the release of their debut album, Recreational Vehicles, along with a relentless tour schedule, the five members have already added their unique voice to the live electronic-rock scene.
Dalton Kieta - Denver, CO
Raising up energy and spreading light through sound, Lucid Vision takes listeners to a melodic zone of soulful grooves and electronic-laced genre bends. By combining live guitar with the unique world of designed sound, Lucid Vision demonstrates a natural balance of live-electronic music. He loves to embody the party atmosphere, but also strays from norms by placing emphasis on the feeling and message of the music. Lucid Vision captivates audiences from sold out shows at The Bluebird Theatre to prestigious festivals such as Wakarusa. Lucid Vision's music and ideals have led him to astounding heights for a young performer and this limitless experience has just begun. A loving, caring individual, Dalton continuously spreads love and positivity at all of his shows, as well as his day to day life. This great human embodies the I GET DOWN mentality to a T and we'r so proud to represent Dalton, his music & his journey.
Upcoming producer oklio hails from the peaks of Vail, Colorado. With nearly 7 years of music production, oklio has come to find a unique and refreshing sound that sets him apart in the EDM world. His ripe snares and uplifting melodies mix flawlessly to create the feeling of passion in his fans. oklio’s live sets are also not to be overlooked. He strives to create an emotional connection with his audience, all while keeping them on their toes with fresh beats. oklio left his last two SOLD OUT crowds at Belly Up in Aspen, CO wanting more (3/11 with Goldfish, and 6/26 with MGMT). Eager new fans hurry home after every show to feed their desire for more oklio. Countless originals and remixes, as well as new releases continue to prove oklio’s talent and passion for the art of sound. Join oklio as he crashes his sound waves into the ears of people everywhere.
Joe Shur (Lead Guitar)
Greener Grounds is a five piece jamtronica band based out of Denver, CO. They quickly gained momentum and secured a name for themselves in the highly competitive jam band music scene. Inspired by the likes of Lotus, STS9, the Disco Biscuits, Phish, and Umphrey’s Mcgee, they blend many styles including psychedelic funk, rock, trance fusion, and break beats. Their eclectic sound continues to take crowds by surprise ensuring a lively, danceable, and energetic vibe where ever the road takes them. Greener Grounds features Joe Shur on lead guitar, Mathew Buelt on rhythm guitar, Roland Hansen on keys and synth, and AJ Gillman on drums and percussion.
Holding themselves to a high standard, Greener Grounds is comprised of passion, collective consciousness, environmental sustainability and unity, which is all expressed through their music. Constantly evolving in their sound, performance, and presence, they have caught the attention of sponsors, stages, and festivals all around the United States. Their “Practice makes perfect” mentality is visible in their connection to each other and their fans at each show. In the past year they have lit up the stage at Sonic Bloom, ARISE Music Festival, and Resonance Music & Arts Festival. Accompanied by performances with Perpetual Groove, Kyle Hollingsworth Band, Kung Fu, the Main Squeeze, Consider the Source, the Magic Beans, the Mantras, YAMN, and many more!Last year’s release of their first EP, Photosynthesis, has been praised and quoted as “Jamtronica Gold,” setting them up for a bright future in the studio world. Greener Grounds is currently recording their first full length album titled, Momentous. You can head to their Kickstarter campaign to support the album and receive some incredible incentives in return. Please also visit: www.GreenerGroundsMusic.com for a full list of upcoming tour dates, free downloads, tickets, merchandise, and more!
A Live One
A Live One began in December of 2010 by guitarist Josh Pearson and drummer Dan McGreevy of the band Moving Matter. As time turned elastic, the line up evolved to Wesley Haynes on keyboards, Andy Harn on Bass and Alan Eckert on drums. Being huge fans of Phish and heavily influenced by them, the band found it very exciting recreating their music. Soon realizing the difficulty of the music, A Live One rises to the challenge, striving to create a similar experience to the real thing, on a much smaller level.
In Austin, Josh and Dan decided to start a Phish tribute band around 2008, originally featuring friends Dustin & Evan Bozarth on keys and bass respectively. Due to busy schedules, it faded after a few practices and one show at Maxfest in 2010. Months later, Dan pushed the idea again, and brought in Wesley Haynes on keys - a musician they’d met months prior and knew would be a good fit. Two more bass players were auditioned to fill out the group, but the third time was the charm, when Michael Boyd responded to a Craigslist ad.
With the final piece in place, the group began rehearsing December of 2010, and unveiled their sound to an eager audience in March of 2011 with a two-song teaser at Ruta Maya, sandwiched between the bands Moving Matter and Jabarvy. Their first full show came a month later on April 20, 2011 when they played to a packed house at the Umphrey’s McGee aftershow at Stubbs in Austin, TX.
Born Solomon Annan, Soul Stretch is an independent hip hop artist who has released music under a variety of different names. The former Colorado Visionary uses his experiences to create relatable music with deep, soul filled lyrics to help us all through the everyday struggles of life. He began to seriously pursue a career in music in the year of 2013 upon recording a small sample project titled Poetry In Motion. Since then he has been perfecting his craft leading up to the release of his first official mixtape titled Memo To Myself in the early months of 2016. The project was created with the idea of showcasing a variety of styles and sounds which includes the single Denim, as well as his hometown favorite, Mile High City. Moving forward he hopes to create more than just music, but an experience for the listener. He draws inspiration from artists such as J. Cole, Logic, Dizzy Wright, Chris Webby, Childish Gambino as well as many others working in the music industry today. IGetDown and Soul Stretch have come together to in order to share a common interest in radiating positivity from our home bases of Colorado. Spreading good vibes and uniting people worldwide with mostly clean, hip hop lyrics has been his goal from the beginning, and with the cooperation of IGetDown, nothing less is expected.
Join him and #StretchFurther then ever before!
Rover is a four piece progressive-funk band, originally hailing from the Northwest suburbs of Chicago, Illinois. Breaking into the scene in 2015, Rover draws from a variety of genres, styles, and influences. From Blues, Jazz, Folks, Electronic Dance, to Hip-hop, psychedelic rock, and jamtronic, Rove never limits its sound or live performances to just one audience or face. The multi-genre approach of Rover is highly driven by its four dedicated members. Mark Nierman (Guitar, Keyboards, Vocals) Harrison Lowis (Bass, Vocals, on-stage hijinks) Trevor Miller (Drums, Vocals) Jeremiah "JJ" Janzen (Guitar, Vocals). All of whom in their early 20's have been playing music respectively for many years in and around the Chicago area. Taking each of their tastes, styles, experiences, talents, and out of the box ideas, together as Rover, they bring something fresh into the live music scene. Rover is a tour-heavy act that relies on new experiences as a means to inspire and add to their repertoire. Ever show has something different, whether it be covers, jams, jokes, or unfinished teases, you can always expect the unexpected when catching a show. The band recently released a 4 four self-titled EP. The songs can be streamed on many free websites, including soundcloud ( https://soundcloud.com/
Diviine is an aspiring hip-hop artist out of Greeley Colorado. At the age of 16 he discovered his passion for music and started writing lyrics. It wasn't until he was almost 18 years old that he started recording and taking his career as a hip-hop artist seriously. Once he started sharing his music and building a fan base he was given his first show. It was about a year ago opening up for Futuristic with a crowd of about 400 people. Since then the 20 year old has done about a dozen shows in the last year. In November of 2015 he released I'm still here, featuring Demrick and Futuristic. The song has reached over 100k plays, and was featured on Team backpack. In the past few months DiViiNE has performed in front of sold out crowds with Afroman, Hopsin, Futuristic, Lil Wayne, Wiz Khalifa and many more. With his music reaching 1 million plays online, he is looking to continue releasing new music and spread the word.