In those rare instances that a band reaches its fourth decade, it’s usually because of super-stardom. It’s easy enough to keep things together when each member has a jet and techs on retainer and the world tour rolls around every few years. But that’s not how Max Creek has done it. In 40+ years Max Creek has been small, big, regionally-huge, medium, and any other size one can think of; they’ve never graced the cover of Rolling Stone, but you’d be hard pressed to find a music fan in the Northeast that hadn’t heard of them. Creek lacks pretense; there is no hip style or genre-title that can define them. From the beginning they’ve mixed anything they liked-rock, country, reggae, soul, calypso-in with their own excellent songs and it’s all just come out sounding like Creek. As such they’ve never been the hot item in the flavor-of-the-year club yet they’ve also never gone out of style. Moreover, Creek exudes confidence but lacks ego; each member is an incredible musician but that’s never been what it was about.
But that is all things Creek is not, and what Creek is is far more important. The band is certainly joyous, and their stage is full of smiles and laughter, both during and between songs. All one has to do is glance into the crowd to see that the feeling is contagious. Creek is also much more engaging than the average five-guys-with-instruments, sculpting lengthy shows on-the-fly from their 200+ song catalog with rockers, ballads, deep jams and crowd sing-alongs all tucked into their perfect places. And Creek is, most definitely, a family. 40-odd years in, the audience is a multi-generational stew; it’s not uncommon to witness old-school Creek Freeks getting down with their teenage kids.
What separates Break Science from the other bands in 2013's burgeoning electronic scene? Try over 30 years combined experience in music, performing with and producing many of today's hottest artists and living legends. Adam Deitch and Borahm Lee have worked with premier artists- everyone from Wyclef Jean and the Fugees, Raekwon and GZA of the Wu Tang Clan, to reggae/dub legend Lee Scratch Perry and Miles Davis collaborator John Scofield.
Raised in the cultural hotbed of New York City, Deitch and Lee fuse the city's rich musical legacy- jazz, funk, soul, with a deep-rooted connection to its hip-hop heritage to create their own take on modern electronic music. Armed with Deitch's thunderous breakbeat style on the drums and Lee's seasoned trip-hop/dub aesthetic on keyboards and laptop, their instrumental styles are perfectly interwoven within their beautiful, banging and extremely danceable tracks. This sound is bound to make a major mark on the modern musical landscape.
If you are reading this then 10Ft Ganja Plant is coming to a stage near you. The elusive group has operated largely beneath a shroud of mystery, making exceedingly rare live appearances.
Drawing influences from the 1970’s golden age of reggae, a deep dedication to vintage sounds creates atmospheric soundscapes, filled with rolling bass, heartbeat drums, lush guitars, and majestic horns. Coming off their 8th release for ROIR, 10Ft Ganja Plant is all about the music. Simple, respectful, good vibes for the kind mind.
Twiddle, a Vermont based quartet, spins tall tales over an intricate soundscape of hi-def shred. Their fresh multi-genre approach conjures up jazz, classical, and bluegrass, but above all, masterfully blends reggae and funk. Obliterating laws of improvisation, their complex arrangements never fail to leave crowds lusting for more. With sage songwriting and unmatched variety, Twiddle’s thrilling infancy will surely exceed all expectation.
Currently Twiddle is climbing the rows on festival billings, inspiring each other, and often dismantling preconceived notions of the jam band culture. Their live experience genuinely segues from bluegrass to electronica, melts jazz-fusion into rockabilly, and enhances reggae with funk. New fans should expect an immensely fun, and highly dynamic show. Tenured fans know to expect the unexpected. Put simply, Twiddle’s hi-def shred is going to melt faces.
Since 1995, Christian Martin has been exploring electronic music from one end of the earth to the other; from full-moon parties in the deserts of California to the thumping, dark corners of the London club scene. Christian followed his love for spleen-rattling bass to San Francisco in 2000, where he met up with the now legendary dirtybird crew. The dirtybird BBQ was the brainchild of the four original members: Christian & his brother Justin Martin, and friends Claude VonStroke and Worthy. They had a personal mission to change the landscape of San Francisco house music by throwing an epic free party in the park, based on their new signature sound.
Ten years later the original dirtybird crew remains fully intact and as close knit as ever - traversing the globe, releasing records, and throwing the best parties in their wake.
Hot Day at the Zoo (HDATZ) the groove-friendly quintet mix folk, blues, ragtime and jazz with progressive bluegrass and Americana-infused rock and roll. HDATZ's powerful acoustic music truly resonates in their energizing live show. The newly configured 5-piece band now includes multi-instrumentalist Nick Heys on piano and accordion contributing to a more full-bodied sound experience. Marked by a growing list of festival and direct support performances alongside artists including Levon Helm, David Grisman, moe., Railroad Earth, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Cowboy Junkies, Trampled By Turtles and the Ryan Montbleau Band, Hot Day at the Zoo proves that their grassroots approach has built a dedicated fan base. Their rock 'n' roll with bluegrass instrumentation resonates with fans of Yonder Mountain String Band, the Avett Brothers, Mumford & Sons and Grateful Dead.
Born in the woods of Connecticut and raised in the wilds of Boston, lespecial has established themselves as innovators and tastemakers on their own unique trajectory. The aggressive death-funk dance trio explodes with energetic live sets, tapping into a primitive past distorted through the lense of contemporary technology. Coming off the release of their second EP,Ceremony, preceded by Playonbrother Sessions (2011), Jonathan Grusauskas (guitar/keys/trumpet), Luke Bemand (bass guitar) and Rory Dolan (drums) ignore convention, instead amalgamating the familiar styles of Afro-Latin rhythmic traditions, Hip Hop, Funk and Metal into a singular sound that dexterously transforms during their live sets and over the course of their studio albums. As Ben Weiss of Relix Magazine puts it, “Amidst the rest of the noise, lespecial is the squeaky wheel that demands attention.”
Fennario is a Grateful Dead tribute band from Massachusetts. We strive to recreate the music and the sounds of the Grateful Dead through our live shows. We explore the intricacies of the Dead's improvisational jam style, and push our playing even further. Fennario is: Mike Young, lead guitar/vocals; Dan Sullivan, rhythm guitar/vocals; Dan Crea, bass guitar; Caroline Killoh, keyboard/vocals & Toby White, drums. Once you have experienced Fennario, you will understand the difference between a cover band and a real tribute to the Grateful Dead.
With over one hundred Northeast shows played in their first two years of touring (ie. The Paradise, The Spot Underground, Stone Church, Tammany Hall,) several New England festival appearances (ie. StrangeCreek, Camp Coldbrook, Heads in Harmony) and three Southern tours under their belt -- The Jauntee has quickly made a name for themselves in the New England Jam Band scene.
Drawing influence from a wide variety of bands, The Jauntee’s improvisational landscape spans multiple genres, including: Funk/Rock/Jazz/Progressive/Bluegrass/Psychedelic and Ambient music. Their willingness to explore genres, abandon all song structure, and dive into ‘the weird’ sets them apart from your average upcoming Jam Band. They aim to push the boundaries of improvisation, embrace the moment and engage the audience -- A focus on set list variety and musical exploration promises every show to be a unique experience, truly making The Jauntee a live act to see again and again.
Cosmic Dust Bunnies began their interstellar journey in 2006. Originally coming together for the purpose of improvisational exploration, they slowly began to develop a sound and style that would soon evolve into the identity they embrace today. During CDB’s musical exploration the band quickly took to song writing and began fine-tuning their live performances. These ever-evolving live performances have lead to sellouts at some of Connecticut, Rhode Island, and New York’s most well respected venues. In addition to their electronic jams, CDB layers influences from Reggae, Dub, Funk, Rock, Pop, and everything in between to form an intimate bond with the audience. CDB’s rhythm section is comprised of Matt Beckett’s funky bass chops and Eric Hyland's precise timing on the acoustic and electric drums. In addition, Matt Dempsey rips smooth and tasteful guitar licks while Chris Sellas blends in keys/synthesizers to complete their truly unique sound. After a short hiatus in 2009 CDB has returned to the stage with incredible new originals and a self-titled EP. Fans from across the galaxy have traveled far and wide to experience the Cosmic Dust Bunnies and have been showing exponential growth in the last 2 years.
Formed in the fall of 2011, WHAT is less about being a standardized "band" and more about the idea of being a collaborative project that is constantly evolving. WHAT prides itself on its abilities to interweave lattices of true improvisational interplay during, between and through shows, making each performance unique and unpredictable. At the same time, WHAT provides a fluid experience for the listener, with well articulated and intricately delivered song structures paired with detailed story telling.
Truly creating, instead of re-creating, WHAT is quickly filling the void between your typical "jam style band" and your true songwriters in New England. In less than a year, they've released two well received E.P's and have had a busy show schedule playing venues in the northeast such as Tammany Hall (Worcester, MA), The Elevens (Northampton, MA), The Middle East (Cambridge, MA) and both Camp Coldbrook Music Festival and Open Road Music & Arts Festival.
Once being described as a "perfect blend of the musicality and interplay of The Grateful Dead, and the driving blues based passion and energy of the Duane Allman era Allman Brothers Band. These guys are veterans at their craft and love what they do.
Fungus Amungus has been a regular in the New England jam/festival scene since 2002. Their funky/gruvin/reggae music is made up of 5 members: Johnny Lingo on keys, Jarrod Valenti on sax, Joe Jannerelli on drums, Michael Sperrduti on bass and Shane Manzi on guitar. Fungus Amungus is a 5-time winner of Best Jam/Funk Band in the Providence Phoenix/Providence Motif and 2011 winner of "Band of the Year".
Known for their long-lasting, very-danceable festival sets over the years, Fungus is looking forward to their first Camp Coldbrook. In previous years, Fungus has performed on the Main Stage at festivals such as Wormtown, Strange-Creek, Camp Creek and in 2007 they performed at Gathering of the Vibes. They have performed with the Violent Femmes, the Spin Doctors, Max Creek and members of Deep Banana Blackout, the Grateful Dead and the Allman Brothers. Be sure to catch their set at Camp Coldbrook 2013!
MOXA is a multi-genre jam band from Boston, MA. It’s a capricious mix of sounds and crosses several genre lines such as jazz, funk, fusion, rock, Latin, and neo-soul. Suave vocals, rolling bass, improv abstract keys, drums and percussion compose the sound that is MOXA. In they released their debut album, Those Who Seek Shall Find, and toured the east coast in September, The Atlantic Top-Down Tour, which had dates ranging from Vermont to Florida. At the moment, MOXA is working on releasing a second album, a live album from the tour, playing venues across New England, and gearing up for the upcoming summer festival season.
In June 2011, Moxa was first created as a 3-piece, starting with Nick Malkasian (Bass), Mark Goveia (Drums), and Jessi Milch (Vocals). This worked for a few months, but something was missing... Searching high and low for a pianist, leads fell through, but they didn’t have to look far as it dawned on them to include their friends, Tyler Adams (keyboards) and Max Weinstein (percussion), members of The Soul Panacea. In March 2012, the chapter of Moxa had begun as a unit of 5.
EMEFE was created in 2009 by Miles Amtzen, drummer with Antibalas and Superhuman Happiness, after he discovered the amazing power of Fela’s music. In the same way that Fela used this music as an escape from and confrontation against the Nigerian authorities, EMEFE uses its music to fight the inner authorities that we put on ourselves, each for our own specific reasons (hence the band’s motto, Music Frees All). With the EMEFE sound, which consists of a four-piece horn section, a drummer, a bassist, two guitarists, two percussionists, and a keyboardist, the band hopes to spread awareness of the healing power of music, dancing, and smiling. Dubbed “one of the Big Apple’s best live acts” (SarasotaDay.com), EMEFE has been called to support Passion Pit, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, Antibalas, Rusted Root and more. Members of EMEFE have played with artists such as Antibalas, The Fela! Musical, J.D. McPherson, Charles Bradley, Asphalt Orchestra, Budos Band, Lenny Pickett, Medeski Martin and Wood, Superhuman Happiness, Grace Weber, and many more.
Matt Carey is a Multi-Instrumentalist/Producer/Dj out of Providence, Rhode Island. As a member of the very popular live EDM band Nights Without Television (Keys, Vox, Samples) Matt Carey is no stranger to the stage. After years of quietly honing his craft out of his bedroom while patiently waiting for the right moment, Matt Carey has emerged with an impressive catalogue of original work. Displaying versatility and variety, the wide spectrum of his music can lead you on a mind- expanding journey leaving you in a deep state of relaxation or consumed by positivity and the undeniable urge to dance. With musical influences like Joe Zawinul, Billie Holiday, Bluetech, Lotus, and Paul Simon, the possibilities of Matt’s original productions are endless and ever evolving. Be on the lookout this season for Matt Carey and Nights Without Television and be sure to head over to www.soundcloud.com/MCmusic for some free tracks and future releases.
The alter ego of Dan Rourke, Drummer for the 2011 Motif Magazine Jam Band of the year Viral Sound. With flawless precision, Sex on Decks blends unique sounds with a wide array of musical styles to serenade your eardrums before blowing them out with some of the funkiest bass heavy tracks ever to hit the decks. Appealing to a diverse audience Dan produces and spins eclectic tracks ranging from Nu-Disco to Booty-Bass House. With Dan’s high-energy performance, and diverse track selection, Sex on Deck’s forges an intimate bond with the audience you must feel to believe.
Strange Machines is Ricardo Barraza and Mike MacDonald on guitars and vocals, Bill Noonan on drums and Kris Hanson on bass. Mike and Ricardo have been playing in bands together since 2006, yet 2010 marks the beginning of their songwriting venture. Blending genres such as reggae, rock, jam and funk, Strange Machines have set high standards for their musical aspirations. Combining soulful melodies and harmonies with intricate instrumentation, they have created a unique sound that radiates with listeners. Catchy hooks & choruses met with high powered improv jamming makes this band a force to be reckoned with.
Strange Machines has an impressive resume for such a new band, playing several sold out shows at popular Boston venues such as The Middle East Downstairs, Brighton Music Hall, Hard Rock Cafe and Davis Square Theatre, as well as packed venues throughout New England. In October of 2012, the band played to a full room at the famous Bitter End in New York City.
With the release of their first studio EP "Space Cadet", Strange Machines plans to take the New England music scene and the country by storm. Strange Machines already have a packed schedule for 2013, playing all over New England with popular reggae acts such as Fear Nuttin Band and The Alchemystics. Their first show of 2013 was opening for national touring reggae- rock sensation BALLYHOO! Their next big show will be at The Sinclair in Cambridge opening for Badish- A Sublime Tribute, the country's second biggest tribute band!
Kloptoscope is an original electronic rock band hailing from Burlington, VT and making waves throughout the Northeast. Including bass, synthesizers, guitars, computers, a saxophone, drums, and samples, Kloptoscope makes use of a vast and expanding, collection of sounds and effects, to create unique interpretations of a wide range of genres. Between their high-energy composed originals, Kloptoscope fans can expect covers with original and unusual twists and for sets to sink deep into the unknown with highly improvised live exploration of sound and energy. The result is a party that can most accurately be described as fun.
The Company Band has quickly become one of the Boston-area's premier jam bands. Based out of Beverly, Massachusetts, The Company Band combines solid musicianship and strongsongwriting to present a live music experience like no other. The Company Band commands the stage with catchy originals and their heartfelt Grateful Dead, Phish and Pink Floyd covers.
Rocky and The Pressers are a seven piece contemporary reggae band based in The Bronx, New York. The Pressers refresh the traditional genre tropes with lush vocal harmonies and flares of American folk, jazz and soul music. Their forthcoming debut album was tracked primarily on a remote island in coastal Maine and features horns from Sharon Jones & The Dapkings and Antibalas, the exquisite strings of the Villalobos Bros., and vocals from Jon Jaffe of The Wondermics.
The Blind Woods are a folk/rock powerhouse founded in the depths of a musty sub-basement just below the streets of Boston, MA. Assembled by local folky favorite, Andrea Belanger, the sextet emerged in early 2011 running full speed toward Manchester, TN for their debut gig at Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. Belanger’s masterfully written laments and spacious, rock-injected melodies pave the way for the incredibly talented and eclectic band to stretch their musical legs behind her delicate and lilting vocals. With the band's two year anniversary just around the corner and the release of their debut EP, Fight the Fall you'll find them taking their folky bag of psychedelic tricks all over the NorthEast. Tune in to their blog at www.theblindwoods.com and myriad of other social media sites to see when they’ll be in your neck of the woods.
Eight Feet Tall is an 8 piece Reggae / Hip Hop / Funk super group featuring several musicians formerly of large touring groups. Conscious raps, soulful female vocals, a powerful three piece horn section & energy through the roof define this Boston based group.
Hailing from Boston MA, Skyfoot is a high energy original rock band that "combines elements of Roots, Funk, Blues, Country and Fusion into their very own irresistible mix." A dynamic band consisting of Berklee College of Music Alumni, Skyfoot blends memorable songs and lyrics with, tight arrangements, and danceable grooves.
Skyfoot continues to evolve with an ever growing list of original tunes,surprise covers, extended jamming and exploring new musical territory. Each show is a unique experience, and not to be missed!
You take the good, you take the bad, you take them both and there you have the Hexeract. Yes the Hexeract. There's a time you got to go and show, you're growin' now you know about the Hexeract; the Hexeract. When the world never seems, to be living up to your dreams, and suddenly you're finding out the Hexeract is all about you... You! It takes a lot to get 'em right, when you're learning the Hexeract.
Jammin' Toast is a collaboration of musical passion spanning across multiple genres including funk, jazz, blues, carnie bluegrass, rock and jam. Backed by the soaring leads and enthusiasm of lead vocalist Tom "Wookfoot" Kinsman, the interweaving harmonies of guitarist Scott Pendleton and Rob Liani combine with a solid rhythm section comprised of crunchy grooves from bassist Joe Liani and liquid fills from drummer Frank Lehman to create jams that bring improvisation to another level.
Strange Changes is an 9-piece band hailing from Allston, Massachusetts. Recently described as a “psycho-jazz orchestra” by Boston Hassle, they are quickly establishing themselves as one of the most exciting young acts on the East Coast. Bearing strong influences from Frank Zappa, Charles Mingus, and Mr. Bungle, the group effortlessly blends genres and balances experimental excursions with danceable, singable grooves.
Pongo's Groove is a digital molasses improvisational soul band hailing from greater Boston. We are a 4 piece with guitar bass keys and drums. We try to take people to levels they have never been to through the means of live music and energy. To truly roll with what ever happens is the style we have mastered.
Having been recently featured in the May 2012 issue of Relix Magazine’s “Bands On The Rise” segment and having played the main stage at the 2nd annual Camp Coldbrook Music Festival, The Soul Panacea is smashing their way into the North East jam scene with fierce grooves and crunchy funk. As an open, flowing exchange of energy between band and audience that truly raises your spirits, The Soul Panacea is literally, “the funk to cure your ailments”. Thriving in a live environment, shows carry extremely high energy. With a dedication to danceability, and top-notch improvisation, the music contains something for everyone.
Color Channel is a hot-blooded band with a shameless addiction to the groove. Their Jekyll and Hyde twist of syrupy disco and buzzsaw dance-punk has been captivating audiences in the Boston area. While their live sound is stylistically uninhibited, they remain dedicated to spawning in their fans the irresistible urge to dance. Color Channel continually challenges itself to pair madness and spontaneity with sonic maturity and restraint. Their first EP, Pyramid of Love, was released in early March this year.
MUN is a quartet of versatile musicians based out of Brooklyn, NYC. Starting out as an all- improv outfit playing the New York underground warehouse circuit and summer festivals across the northeast, MUN has evolved their dancey electronic sound into a psychedelic pallet of jazz, rock, funk, and drum n bass. With their willingness to consistently develop their craft, MUN brings a quality experience to listeners at every show.
Pipeline Riot is a Fusion of Rock, Reggae, Funk, Latin, and Jazz that focuses on playing eclectic thought provoking music. It sounds like funky droning worldliness from a primitive society on the brink of a technical revolution. Since the Riot broke out they have performed tirelessly in the New England area bringing their very unique sound to colleges, bars, venues and festivals.
Launching out of Boston, Mass., The WonderMics are here to break down musical boundaries and promote good times. In the legacy of 90's rap groups like The Pharcyde and The Black Eyed Peas*, The WonderMics make down-to-earth, socially-minded music within a well-executed fusion of rock & roll, soul, funkadelic flair and hip-hop flavor.
Something With Strings has been picking its original blend of bluegrass, country and rock to foot-stomping crowds of all ages and sizes around the northeast for over 5 years. Hailing from Burlington, VT, Something With Strings focuses on good song-writing, meaningful lyrics, tight melodies and harmonies and creative improvisation to bring bluegrass to new audiences with high-energy live shows. They’ve had the pleasure of sharing the stage with such acts as Trampled By Turtles, The Infamous Stringdusters, and Waylon Speed.
BLK.MRKT.BTZ was Jon Bettinger... before the accident. A sonic anomaly caused a once mild mannered studio engineer to lock himself in his laboratory. Growing mad with isolation, he has finally decided to step into this cold, dark world and share his heinous bass experiments with the world. Rocking Worcester with his House, Jungle, and Trap prowess he has maintained residencies at Elec*Tric Tuesdays at Tammany Hall and Cake Wednesdays at Bar FX and has brought his deep, energetic vibes to seemingly every other important venue in town.
With a sound that has been dubbed “Deep Pocket Immersive Groove”, Background Orcs formed with the goal of redefining the jam band sound and forging a new path for what is possible in the live music setting. The four musicians met their freshman year of college and from the moment they got together for a jam session in an empty classroom several years ago, none of them could deny there was something special about this particular outfit. All focused on other projects however, it would take a while before they decided to bring their unique brand of groove-based improvisation to the world stage.
With experienced and academic backgrounds in music, the four members of Background Orcs combine elements of many musical styles from around the globe to create an atmosphere of good vibes and psychedelic-trance for listeners. In 2012, Background Orcs embarked on their first summer run, making waves throughout the Northeast Region. The group made appearances in some of the area’s top venues such as The Spot Underground (Providence), Tammany Hall (Worcester), Lucky Dog Music Hall (Worcester), and The Lizard Lounge (Boston), sharing the stage with top tier acts such as Zappa Plays Zappa, Consider The Source, Timbre Coup, Otis Grove, The Hornitz, and Swift Technique. In 2013, the band will be dropping their first full- length recording and is currently lining up a busy tour schedule with a host of new venues and plans to break into the summer music festival circuit. Be on the lookout for Massachusetts’ newest groove machine as they continue to play out to ever-growing audiences.
The Edd is a group of four musicians based out of Burlington, VT who are quickly making both friends and a name for themselves everywhere they play. Their music is a unique combination of both highly improvised exploration of sound and extremely tight, often complexly structured, original songs. In crafting their music, they demonstrate mastery of unusual sounds, scales and time signatures as they both blend seamlessly between and ignore traditional genres as we know them. The result is nothing short of spectacular weird music that captures and moves audiences of all preferences.
Who is William Thompson? Is he human? Is he a businessman? or is he a confidence man? But no... really. William Thompson Funk Experiment is a Massachusetts based psychedelic-alternative-futurefunk band. Featuring William Thompson playing various roles including: mad scientist, Cactus Jack, the unsuspecting Johnny, Dr Doctor, and some sort of businessman. His foundation is built on the solid grooves of the experiment: Nico Ramey on vocals, Adam Casten on bass, Tim Hetu on drums, Justin Bradley on keys, Nick Sargent on guitar, Mike Rudick on tenor sax, and Elote Villanueva on alto sax.
Who is William Thompson?
Come and find out....
Colony Vegetable is a unique blend of Tasty-Fresh Zappa Infused funk rock fusion with a heavy hand in the blues. Hailing from Boston's North Shore, this funky four piece is a fo' sho' guarantee to get you up, and make you get on down. Featuring the joint guitar pyrotechnics of Michael Strakus and Patrick Nelson, alongside 6 string bass wizard Steve Burke backed by the Rhythmn Beast, Mj Sands holding down the groove cans.
Revibe is an instrumental jam band from Burlington VT that is geared towards exploring the soundscapes of an eclectic mix of genres including electronica, funk, psychedelic rock, and jazz. Original collaborative compositions featuring mind-bending improvisational jams by Revibe never fails to make audiences dance. Band members include David Luongo on guitar/sax, Chad Bigelow on bass, Lewis Gillies on keys/guitar/percussion, and Trevor Best on drums.
The Loatones, a charismatic power trio who still has one foot in the blues. Conceived in 2012 after front man Jason Thomason and bassist Stephen Taranto (brothers in law), ran into drummer Will Kerr at a jam. The trio instantly recognized a chemistry and have been writing and performing around the New England area since. The group has been described as a mix of howlin' wolf, led zeppelin and the white stripes. Almost "possessed" on the stage, the Loatones are said to be "wild men, playing wild heart felt music" their live shows are always different, incorporating everything from blues standards on steroids to fun jams and powerful originals.
Mango Bobsled is an improvisational rock quartet from Boston, Massachusetts. Since their creation in 2012, they have become well known for their unparalleled stage presence, use of comedy, and over-the-top antics during shows. Mango Bobsled is a truly unique blend of the absurd and the vulgar; the real and the make-believe; the silk and the sludge. Their live shows have been known to leave people in an awe-struck daze or in side-splitting laughter and nearly every emotion in between. But for whatever reason, the crowds keep coming back.
People with Instruments is a dynamic and versatile Progressive Jam Rock Band mixing elements of funk and classic progressive rock along with heavy improvisation to create an unforgettable live experience. The EP "Use Your Words" shows the bands ability to come together in studio and form solid compositions prepared to be opened up as live explorations. Raw energy and a wide collection of tastes from a band with no preconceived notions of "a sound", People with Instruments has limitless options as to where they can bring their brand of "Jam".
Born in Portugal, Sergio Santos has spent half his life between the cities of Oporto and his now his current base Boston. It was thanks to his European connection that he became enamored with the underground house and techno scene on the continent and therefore bring his knowledge and ideas to the `Boston side of the Atlantic.
With this edge over the Americans and his passion for the darker side of house, disco and sounds, he set about honing his skills as a DJ and became a pioneer and trendsetter amongst Boston’s "cool crowd". It was around this time 2002-03 that he met a certain DJ and party duo called Soul Clap, and the lads themselves to this day cite Sergio as a major influence over their own move into the underground and one of their favorite DJs.
During this time Sergio also became friends with a like-minded, fledgling techno producer called Tanner Ross, and so they got straight into the studio and started blazing a trail together, which has since led to releases and remixes from the duo on Claude VonStroke’s Mothership label and forward-thinking NYC imprint Airdrop. Then the masterstroke came, as Sergio with Tanner and Soul Clap stepped into the darkness of their music studios as one and formed the Boston supergroup known today as S.E.C.T.
Bamboora is one of the most promising rising talents in Northeast United States. Holding Versatility as his crown jewel, he has been on the forefront when it comes to rocking crowds without being stuck in any genre. His limitless energy and boundary free style unlocks a different realm of musical feast to any and everyone who go out seeking more than average from the DJ. A master at blending different grooves of dance music with the feeling of excitement and pure drive; Bamboora has created a unique style of his own, where you can hear all elements of dance music from Funky to Tribal, Minimal to Electro, and all the way to twisted edge of Techno. Bamboora's exceptional style and sound has allowed him to share the decks with some of world's biggest stars such as; Tiesto, Axwell, Steve Angello, Eric Prydz, Calvin Harris, Roger Sanchez, Chuckie, Fedde Le Grand, Skrillex, Benny Benassi. Currently holding residencies at some of New England's premier venues such as Ocean Club , Prime Nightclub , Club Rise, Guilt Nightclub and Naga (Cambridge) Bamboora is heating things up with the hottest sounds night in night out. Check him out when he is spinning at a venue near by you and BEWARE!
Mike Swells is a Boston based DJ, producer, and promoter. His musical stylings are diverse, covering a wide range of genres, BPM's, and emotions, catered fresh to each zone. When it's all boiled down, you're immersed in groove-laiden underground house and techno.
Mike has DJ'd at clubs across the U.S. and Canada, from his home at RISE Boston, to Avalon L.A., B.E.D. Miami, Pacha NYC, and Sullivan Room NYC. He's been invited to perform at festivals like Camp Bisco, Identity Fest, and Winter Music Conference. He has shared the decks with tastemakers like Josh Wink, Dubfire, Sebastien Leger, Marco Bailey, Robert Babicz, Umek, Armand Van Helden, Infected Mushroom, Markus Schultz, Eric Prydz, Junior Sanchez, and countless others.
Jonathan Belfontaine, otherwise known as Outlet, was destined to make music from the very beginning. At a young age, Jon was given a guitar. Soon afterward, he stumbled upon a broken amp, took it apart and put it back together into working condition. Having an incredible ear for music, he was able to pick out notes, and play along with any song. Over the years, he's played in different rock bands, but his musical interest never stopped at just the guitar, always picking up a bass or a set of drumsticks. While being influenced in different genres of rock, he also became deeply integrated into the electronic scene. Soon he had a keyboard and was experimenting with making music all his own, with psychedelic melodies and hypnotic tones, empowered with heavy instrumentals. After a brief hiatus, his burning passion was reignited when he and his soul mate Elisabeth Marcoux went to Rothbury's music festival in Michigan. Hearing the mind blowing artists perform with such love and high energy, and being immersed in the unified and uplifted crowd, sparked Jon's need to make music again. They immediately went out and bought him a Juno G. The new keyboard, paired with his discovery of Ableton Live, allowed him to explode into creativity again, this time integrating the sounds of hip hop, soul, funk and trance. He has now been producing a dance oriented, groove inspired, glitchy style of music that is energetic, passionate and fun. Of course, infusing his positive vibrations and inspiring light, baked into every morsel of each tantalizing song. The concoction of organic sounds whipped and blended with original bass lines and drum patterns, along with his ability to manipulate the texture and flavor of each synthesized note will leave the listener delighted in savoring every delicious layer baked into every song!
DJ Midas is a true New England treasure. He has been DJing for over 20 years and is still fresher than most! Midas started to get noticed back in 1994, when he was throwing all nighters at Manchester, NH's Empire Theater as well as in any warehouse/vacant office building he could get his hands on. Things got busy quick, and by 1995 Midas was playing over New England. In 1997, Midas helped create Operation: Boom, which was New England's first weekly all night mega party w/ weekly attendance averaging 1500+. Boom featured world class dj's from around the globe. In 1998 Midas opened Fortune 500 Records in Manchester, NH. F500 featured underground vinyl, cd's, clothing, party tickets, dj gear, and more. Midas is also the founder of New England's Fortune 500 Soundforce, which is, still to this day, a collective of forward thinking artists that do it for the right reasons. In 2006 Midas started an online radio show, "Meltdown City," where he co-hosts with fellow Fortune 500 DJ SP1.
Midas has performed at thousands of gigs, never doing the same thing twice. He dips into house, techno, dub step, ambient, ghetto funk, disco, tribal, drum and bass, trap, downtempo, and more.You can catch Midas all over the northeast; keepin it real at clubs, festivals, and raves.
Based out of Boston, Voltran, aka Mike Tran, has been tearing up dance floors for the past 5 years. With a reputation of dropping heavy beats and technical prowess, he has shared the stage with acts like Kill the Noise, Borgore, Nadastrom, Doorly, Rustie, Klever, Designer Drugs, Calvetron, AC Slater, Harvard Bass, Flinch, Alvin Risk, Tommy Sunshine, Stretch Armstrong, Congo Rock, Udachi, B.Rich, Kids as the bar, Clockwork and many more. Most recently Voltran has also had the pleasure of gracing the stage internationally in Bucharest, Romania. His versatility shines through having played and organized events like Fantazia, Identity Festival, Bella Terra, Camp ColdBrook, Disk Jam, Nateva Music Festival, Together Festival, Cake, Future Classics, The Drop, Circus, Silent Disco, Members Only, The House, So Dope, Harvest Festival and Wormtown to name a few. On and off the decks he’s always looking to bring something innovative to the table and push the boundaries tastefully into the unknown. Keep on the look out for Voltran and his new project, "Tens Collective".
If you like music from labels like Dirtybird Records, Pets Recordings, Hot Creations etc. then you need to dive into the world of Bass Glutton. Producer/DJ Nick Smeed wanted to take his music back to where he started before the aggressive styles of his more commonly know identity of L.E.D.FUT took over. Even as L.E.D.FUT Nick always expressed his versatility through his production showing that he could dabble in just about any genre and do it well. If you know Nick one thing that he has always expressed was that he had a real sweet spot when it came to deep, sexy, bassy music with a hiphop/rnb influence. Starting out as a hiphop/Rnb producer this came as no surprise. Bass Glutton is essentially electronic music made for people who love to overindulge in those sensual, soulful, intelligent, in your face bassy beats and grooves. Bass Glutton intends to elaborate on the current styles in this realm of electronic music and also pepper in some of the classic styles we have all come to love over the years. His impecable skill of fusing many styles and adaptability to read and please just about any crowd makes for unforgettable live performances that are something you truly have to experience for yourself.
Zachary Fochi (Don Fochi) started seeing shows around the 9th grade. First, seeing Incubus and then moving on to the jam band scene. Fueled mainly by the Disco Biscuits, Lotus and several DrumNbass artists he became an avid music junky. Seeking out new and exciting sounds he ventured into the underground dubstep and house party scene. In 2008 he moved to Somerville, MA where he became good friends with Lee Brandenburg. Together they began producing and playing their own dubstep/house tracks at private parties and venues around Boston. Together their production soon progressed out of the wobble, and Zachary was introduced to the underground Deep house scene. After countless NY, Boston and Miami parties he became inspired by producers/DJ's such as Maya Jane Coles, MaceoPlex, Audiofly and M.A.N.D.Y. just to name a few. Now his inspired DJ sets have an emotional and deep groove to them always creating a positive energy and vibe. He can be found at venues and parties along the east-coast, mainly Boston.
Born and raised in Massachusetts, Spencer a.k.a. Suspence moved to Boston in 2007 and has since been heavily pursuing a career in music production and Djing. Having been influenced by a wide array of dance music and hip hop growing up, and having had an exciting last couple of years connecting & playing with other musicians such as Charles Feelgood, TJR, Sergio Santos, Tamer Malki, Salvatore Lograsso and Chas Bronz, his main focus has now largely come to rest in Deep House -- producing & spinning anything with "that seductive trademark and body drippin’ grooves." Suspence is also associated with the East Coast House Mob which includes Jaminic, and Chas Bronz.
Outer Stylie is a heavy, psychedelic, explosion of sound located in Amherst, MA. Although steeped in hard rock influences they take the listener to grounds and heights not often achieved by other rock bands. Never to submit to the cliches of rock 'n' roll, they are also influenced by the sensibilities of jazz and classical music, the freak-out mentality of psychedelic jams, and the infinite possibilities of an experimental outlook. They balance on the axis between simplicity and uncontrollable chaos; dance with the flowers of beauty and beasts of disgust. Hearing them live will truly take you to the Outer Stylie…
From a primordial mixture of slick grooves and funky beats came the DJ collective known as Business Casual Disco. The trio shares a love of all things disco with a generous serving of house and deep. Driven by swirling synths and heart palpitating bass lines, each set is served with a unique touch that will get you bobbing your head then stomping your feet.
Each member brings their own taste to the collective sound and rest assured BCD is always business but couldn’t keep things more casual. Think of it as the more tasteful side of music, like Playboy for your ears.
Supersillyus (aka Rob Uslan) is a musician and producer based in Allston, MA. He has been tickling minds with his brand of psychedelic electronic music since 2008. His extensively layered soundscapes feature instrumentation ranging from tribal drums, swirling synths, to the occasional marimba solo.
His most recent album, Tesselations (Base Trip Records), has been downloaded over 9000 times and featured on Ektoplazm, the premier source for psy-trance, techno, and down-tempo music.
He has shared the stage with luminaries like Tipper, Hallucinogen, and Ott and showcased at festivals across the US including The Big Up (Ghent, NY) and Rootwire (OH).
In October 2012 he debuted Supersillyus Life Band, a supergroup featuring Rory Dolan (of lespecial), Michael McCarthy (of Wobblesauce x Moe Pope & Quills), Luke Bemand (of lespecial), Steph Barrak, and Derek VanScoten (DVS).
"All I’m trying to say is a peacock without its feathers ain’t nothing but a turkey. I ain’t no turkey"- Rob Uslan
Born and raised in Medellin, Colombia, Daniel V immersed himself in the dance music scene at the age of 14 starting out by doing house parties and following some of his favorite local DJ’s from Boston, Massachusetts where he moved at the age of 13. Following the path of Boston’s dance scene Daniel V started to mark his spot in the city by spinning at local under 21 events. As a DJ, Daniel V worked his way into the house music world by being recognized local, national and global for his smooth and unique style of performance with the high energy that identifies his style and technique. This along with many guest appearances at local nightclubs in his current city of Boston helped him to gain recognition and eventually move into a bigger scene that has brought him to be part of an absolute experience in different cities worldwide.
Dusty Digital is a dj/producer, remixer from Boston. His melodic rhythms will make you gravitate to the dance floor seeing neon lights and disco balls. With genres ranging from Progressive house, 90's dance and Nu-disco.
Dusty's already making a name for himself internationally remixing some of dance music’s most talented musicians such as: Kris Menace, R3set, Fear of Tigers, Lights and Ladyhawke.
A new school kid with an old school heart; DJ Reverence has had an affinity for house music ever since first hearing Nightcrawlers' "Push The Feeling On" as a kid. Never having been able to afford DJ gear; Reverence put the idea of DJing in the back of his head until the summer of 2010 when he bought his first controller. Without taking a second look back, it was on! His style of music has evolved steadily year after year, and it now exactly where it needs to be. On any given night in any state in New England you can find him mixing up the latest in cutting edge dance music; ranging from jackin' House to Disco bangers, and now the incredible sounds of the Future Bass and Future Garage movements.
The goal is simple: To bring you the latest in dance music while also educating the younger generations on the backbone of where all this wonderful music came from. Old and new collide whenever he gets on the decks, making every single set a unique journey through the land of House Music. Being a part of the Live Free And Dance crew exemplifies this quality as they bring together class A acts, from the old and the new; creating unforgettable moments on the dance floor for everyone in attendance!
Born and raised in Washington D.C., David Rooks aka DiWrecked has held a long symbiotic relationship with electronic music and lifestyle. His first experience with underground dance music came at a warehouse party during a trip to Russia in the mid 1990s. This experience embedded itself into his stream of consciousness, helping to create a desire for a new medium. He brought this desire back to the States, and in 1996 DiWrecked had bought his first pair of 1200s. Determined to become the best, DiWrecked began to refine his personal style behind the decks and created a solid foundation on which to build his career.
After spending his entire life in the Washington D.C. area, DiWrecked found himself looking for a change of pace. In 2003 he moved to Massachusetts to settle down and plan out his career goals. Since his migration to the Northeast, DiWrecked has been striving to become a positive force in the Electronic Music scene. He brought with him a passion for EDM and its culture, looking for any way to support its cause.
Boston based DJ/producer Argyrios Petsas, aka Fuzzy Fotch, has been composing electronic music since 2004. While his sound has continued to blossom over the years, he consistently pulls influence from his roots in Reggae, Dub, Punk and Hip-Hop. As a DJ, he has quickly made a name for himself in the Boston Club scene by combining tropical rhythms with a dynamic range of relevant music. He is the mastermind behind Boston’s SubTropix dance night and is one half of locally acclaimed DJ duo, Snake Soundsystem.
The visionary sounds of Icaro were conceived by the minds and experiences of Jeff Beck and Pat Walsh. By incorporating ancient techniques and traditions to obtain visionary states, they have tapped into the matrix of creation and from it have brought their own icaros to life through connection with the spirit body.
Icaros are magical songs that are taught to shamans by the plant spirit. They have many uses in tribal ceremonies such as to cure, to see and to know. They are expressed in the form of auditory stimuli and are a major system of delivery of spiritual energy. Icaros represent a network of communication between the shaman and the spirits, and the shaman to the participants in the ceremony.
We aim to help this planet transcend to a higher realm of consciousness and we bestow infinitude and blissful ineffitude upon the masses. We are all connected, we are all one, we are all love, pure and infinite.
David Dolan (EXIN) is a Boston based artist, producer, and performer. With a focus on establishing rich environments and heavy bass sounds its hard to place him under any one genre. Over the course of 2010 his repertoire has evolved into an exciting musical collection with a very distinct theme and mood. Playing along side such acts as Eskmo, D.V.S*, and Bart B More, EXIN has found himself playing in venues like The Wonder Bar, Club RISE, The Curva Lounge, and more.
Jacob Kranz is a young and upcoming dj/producer from Boston. His style ranges from super slow disco funk all the way up to 4/4 hard hitting techno and everything in between. Sometimes you might even here a dope jungle tune or some oldschool uk garage music!
Currently living in brighton,ma, Jacob's been experimenting with Ableton and Logic, creating soulful and beautiful yet deep and funky tunes to keep you groovin all night.
For Jaminic, music is a lifestyle - starting his music career in his early teens, spinning records became second nature & a channel for expression. Studying Audio Recording & Technology at the The New England Institute of Art later on in life, he became further immersed in technology, adopting the use of CDJ’s, Midi Controllers, and Moog Synthesizers for music production.
Jaminic's main style is a deep progressive tech house & tropical bass sound, drawing on global island reggae vocals, unique bass lines, and a feel-good atmosphere. Having developed and honed his sound, Jaminic has found himself headlining the top spots in the Boston area such as Goodlife, Naga, Market, Middle East, Middlesex, Phoenix Landing, and RISE. Playing to bigger crowds, Jaminic has graced the decks at notable venus such as Lupo's in Providence, RI and Santos Party House in NYC. The talented DJ & producer has played with some of the most respected names in the game, including Beats Antique, Benga, Big Gigantic, Chas Bronz, Clockwork, EOTO, Felix Cartal, Orchard Lounge, Rusko, Steve Porter, TJR, Two Fresh, XXXY Zeds Dead & the list goes on…
JSB is a key part of True Productions as well as the man behind Boston's premier breakbeat night Breaker's Paradise, and current resident at The Drop and New Haven's Afterlife. JSB's unique style of mixing, scratching, sampling, and heavy bass selections have been opening minds and destroying dance floors for years. In 2008 JSB, Sex Goliath, and affiliates opened up the legendary SPACE LOFT. It is widely accepted that Space was the best loft that boston has ever seen. JSB's popularity as a DJ and a party thrower went up with each event. Since then JSB has spun with top notch names such as Mark Knight, D. Ramirez, The Plump DJ's, Zed's Dead, The Designer Drugs, The Freestylers, Krafty Kuts, and Deekline. His talents have earned him slots at many raves, festivals, silent discos, clubs, loft parties, and at just about every edm night in boston.
Within a short span of time, Micetro has built a home in the everchanging landscape of electronic dance music. Recently gaining noteriety for his skill within the Trap/Bass genres, his versatile and multi dimensional techniques have been described as refreshing.
The former hip-hop producer is slowly becoming a staple of Boston nightlife, performing regularly at local favorites Prime and Rise. He has captured the attention of the cities growing community, however, his presence spans far outside the city he resides in. With several successful independent remix releases already under his belt, the Massachusetts native is gaining recognition from nationally esteemed blogs such as FistInTheAir, The Dankles and ThisSongSlaps.com. He is currently working on several projects, including his highly anticipated debut EP.
Producer, remixer, DJ, and party thrower, Mike Fisher aka Lovecraft knows a thing or two about dance music. As co-founder and resident DJ of “Life”, he helped to establish one of Washington D.C.’s most esteemed parties, now into its third year. A graduate of the famed Berklee College of Music, the Boston native's natural instinct and formal musical background helped launch his career as an engineer for some of the most influential acts in electronic music. As a DJ, his mixing skills and knack for track selection have secured him gigs across the country, alongside some of the major players in today’s underground movement like Jamie Jones, Lee Burridge, Visionquest and Josh Wink to name a few.
My life is drven to 126 beats per minute. House music is a a way of life.
Born at the end of the disco era in the late 70’s NiteKrawla a.k.a. Anthony E was brought up during the birth of house music in the 80’s. Even though he would not be introduced this new style of music until his early teen years in the early to mid 90’s. Once introduced he realized this new and fresh style of music would put a grip on him that would develop into a passion for music. Frustraded by the lack of originality in mainstream music and influenced by this new style of music he began dj-ing as an outlet for self expression in his teen years long befor ever being able to step foot in a night club and experience the scene first hand by the end of his teen years and into his 20’s he found himself throwing “mainstream” music and its remixs out the window and playing underground grooves exclusively. Now into his early 30’s and dj-ing for more than half of his life he still continues to play hard edgy underground grooves that control dance floors.
The pursuit of truth through future music. Sojourner is the solo project of EDM producer Nur Habib Tiven. From his studio in a renovated factory building in the small city of Northampton, Ma, Sojourner's productions are finding there way into the clubs and DJ sets around the world. His live sets are 100% original high-vibe house and electro which is uplifting, elevating, spiritual, cinematic, and always takes listeners and dancers on a journey. Sojourner regularly appears at clubs and events through New England and in two short years has already shared the stage with Lotus, Minnesota, Beats Antique, Keys-n-Krates, Zion I, DJ Knowledge, Liondub, and many others.
Vúdoo Runner (a.k.a. Justin Dembski), founder of Vúdoo Productions, is an emerging DJ out of Albany, NY who brings an original, energetic sound to the stages of electronic music events. Vúdoo Runner's music lies where Psychedelic meets Funky. Using sounds to take your mind on a journey outside the box while keeping your body grooving to the pulses and rhythms on the earth. Working with a diverse array of sounds and pulsating beats, Vúdoo Runner constructs an incredible experience for people who love to dance.
Ali Berger is a producer, DJ, and live act from Princeton, NJ, now living in Boston. His music covers a wide range of funky styles, from his first glitch hop/synthfunk tunes to more recent work with old-school electrofunk, acid, Miami bass, and juke. Using a modest but ever-expanding array of hardware and software, Ali strives for clean bass and tight grooves. His live sets are modeled on Ceephax Acid Crew, DMX Krew, and Addison Groove, featuring stems from Ali's studio productions, live tweaking of a software TB-303 emulation, and realtime pattern programming on a TR-707 drum machine.
Ali has supported artists such as Jimmy Edgar, Eliot Lipp, Vibesquad, Tipper, and Little People. He has self-released two EPs and several singles, had tracks on compilations on the Street Ritual and Vermin Street labels, and released EPs on Street Ritual and Militant Science. He can be spotted playing at many of Boston's electronic music weeklies and monthlies, and DJing with ProfessorPious every Monday night from 9pm to 11pm EST for Lost in Bass, their radio show on Glitch.FM.
Passionate musician; Percussionist / DJ / Producer who is constantly looking for new, exciting musical styles to create and play.
Has performed at several premier Boston Nightclubs including: Rise After Hours Club, Prime Nightclub, Bijou Nightclub, Guilt Nightclub, District Restaurant & Lounge, Splash Burger Bar & Ultra Lounge, Down Ultra Lounge and more, as well as countless Private parties in New England & Beyond.
Throughout his formative years, 'Music Producer' was never a term Steve thought he'd associate with. Self taught and hungry for creation, he sees the ever-changing dance music landscape as his imaginative playground. An evolving student of sound, he welcomes you to weave yourself into his world of auditory exploration.
Streight Angular is a hooky-punk rock'n'roll neon explosion into the future. SA plays genre jumping songs with hints of social commentary that explode in DayGlo color soundscapes. "Streight Angular spin pop affability and rock 'n roll chaos into an inescapable vortex of merriment." - Barry Thompson, Boston Globe. Abstract universal lyrics that absolutely reflect our time; Streight Angular evoke anthems that everyone can sing along with and believe in. Opening for acts like Minus the Bear, PEELANDER-Z, and Anamanaguchi Streight Angular hold their own in any venue. Winner of "Best Garage Rock" Boston Phoenix. Recently nominated "BEST NEW ARTIST" by both the Boston Music Awards and Boston Phoenix as well as Deli Magazine Artist of the Month.