••• Part of our LADIES OF COUNTRY, ROCK & BLUES 3-day event! •••
ORIGINAL DETROIT MODERN SOUL BLUES R&B
Detroit’s Laura Rain and the Caesars transform funky soul and R&B into their own unique vision. Inspired by the spirit of classic recordings of a bygone era, Laura Rain creates her own environment of expression with a powerful and soulful voice.
Formed in the Motor City in 2012 with her husband George Friend, the pair set off on a creative journey writing and recording their own music. The two garnered many accolades within the music press and radio with their debut release “Electrified” in 2013. Performing with a stripped down lineup of organ, guitar and drums the band developed it’s signature sound, and cultivated a vintage toned energetic foundation. The second release “Closer” (2014) expanded the sound exposing the bands’ love for Memphis soul, juke-joint blues and tough Detroit funk and r&b.
Starting in 2014, the band began touring heavily within the U.S. and Canada. Starting in Chicago with regular appearances at the House of Blues and Buddy Guy’s Legends, Laura Rain has stunned audiences with her intensity and powerful voice. Performing in over 25 states from California to New York, the band has delighted audiences with their dynamic performances. Featured at the Mississippi Valley Blues Festival, Marquette Area Blues Festival, Edmonton Blues Festival, the Legendary Blues Cruise and many other top tier clubs and festivals, Laura Rain and the Caesars continue to grow making new friends and fans along the way.
In October 2015, the release of the third album “Gold” broadened their audience considerably thanks to substantial Triple A airplay of the single “Work so Hard” (a pounding homage to Motown). “Gold” also propelled Laura Rain onto the national radio charts making the top 50 on Roots Music Report for numerous months, and holding at #1 in the state of Michigan for over a year! 2016 highlights also included a tour of France and winning a prestigious Detroit Music Award for “Outstanding Blues Songwriters.”
With the 2017 release of the fourth album “Walk with Me”, Laura Rain pushes the envelope of her unique soul music. Channeling inspiration from Detroit’s long history of dance music, funk, blues, soul and r&b, Laura Rain gives modern music a raw, yet sophisticated shot of much needed authenticity and heart.
2PM - 5pM
Good Morning Bedlam has become an innovative force in the midwest folk scene with 14 national tours in over 42 states. Their shows are known for their contagious energy, with members careening about the stage, jumping and dancing with a wild playfulness. With tight soaring three part harmonies, and thumping kick-drum, they captivate their audience night after night with no intention of slowing down. Every song is a unique twist on what is generally dubbed as folk music. “We want to surprise our audience from song to song. Rather than creating our music to fit a genre, we allow it to be an outpouring of our own stories and unique sound,” says Isaak, frontman of GMB. Just when you think you have Good Morning Bedlam pegged, they take you in another direction. You will be treated to a haunting waltz, whistling, jazz scatting, and the euphoria of the violin melodies. When it comes to their lyrical storytelling, Isaak says, “We’re desperate to connect to people through the common human experiences that we write about and the exuberance of our live show. People have a lot of choices of how they’ll kick-back, so we intend to deliver a show where they can be free--to share in whatever they need to--joy, grief, anger, gratefulness, or bedlam!”
Early 2016, Good Morning Bedlam signed with Minneapolis record label Last Triumph and released their first full-length album, Prodigal. After showcasing their music at SXSW two years in a row, this four piece released their sophomore album in July of 2018 and continue to tour full-time.
9PM - 11PM
Chris Rattie blends country’s aching ethos with a keen eye for the future. He rises out of the muck and mire to be one of today’s most riveting, astute storytellers. The singer, songwriter and musician wraps his Steve Earle-wrinkled voice around tales of self-realization and wonder on his latest album. Porch (released Sept. 15) is steeped in frothy Americana, burnt around the edges with electric guitar and honest, godforsaken songwriting. “I’ve been out all night long singing these heartbroke songs. Ain’t nobody listening,” he sings on “A Little Shot Glass from Spain.” Later, he pontificates “Country Boy” tropes, fed with a provocative spoken word intro. “Country boy drives a big red truck. Loves rolling coal, it makes him feel real tough. Rebel flag stuck on the back,” he wails over smokey guitar lines and a honky-tonk rumble.
Nestled away in the flowing hills of Pennsylvania, Rattie bore his heart, anchored with plenty of harmonica playing, foot-stomping rhythm and blues, and highfalutin banjo plucking. His musical ambitions mirror the expansive and breathtaking nature which rose and fell around the studio space, licensing him to peel back the layers of bombast for more nuanced, grounded compositions. Whether he is sharing a tender embrace with smoldering opener “My Mountain” or unraveling a tale of jail time on “Prisoner 743,” an affecting earth-rich mid-tempo, he tips his hat to the hearty groundwork of such pioneers as Johnny Cash, Ryan Adams and Keith Whitley, stitching his own vibrant tapestry along the way. Joined with long-time collaborators Forrest Schwartz and Jason “Junior” Tutwiler, who both assisted in producing and engineering the album, Rattie rollicks through the heartland at break-neck speed.
Porch is as much a masterful creative accomplishment as it is a raw recollection of his tireless journey to get there, the culmination of years of blood, sweat and tears. A native to central Pennsylvania, he cut his teeth as drummer for Vince Welnick of The Tubes and The Grateful Dead, drummer and prominent songwriter in The Rustlanders (whose second album was helmed by producer Don Was and recorded in L.A.’s East West Studios), and vocals/drums/guitar in rock band Marah. The experiences wrought invaluable wisdom, bestowing upon him the exact skills he needed to write, record and play the album he was always destined to make. Through nine coarsely-delivered, poignant tracks, Rattie defies convention and situates himself as transcendent. The addition of a new bass player named Jeff Downing would mark the official manifestation of Chris Rattie & The New Rebels.
His second studio effort stands in stark contrast to his 2013 bow, All These Things, a decidedly dark twist of humanity. Already, certain tastemakers have become hypnotized by his electrifying risk-taking. “Together Rattie and his band create rustic rock, with a blend of energy and heart that could only result from a destined partnership,” music critic Jordan Blum once beamed. Kevin Briggs, of Centre Daily Times, described Rattie’s latest record as “an audio portrait of Rattie’s mind, showing the luminescent brightness of personal triumphs while still retaining echoes of the darkness from which the light emerged. This album is like a soundtrack for the process of ascension, and Rattie has carved it out for us to hear.”
Rattie’s Porch signals a crucial moment for not only his career but for Americana music. He’s fearless, bold, engaging, and he is just getting started. He has plenty of road left to pound, and the industry will be waiting with bated breath.
2PM - 5PM
Vibe Supply is a reggae ensemble formed from the recently disbanded popular jam band Kaleidoscope Sky. Alex Haas (Vocals and Rhythm Guitar) teamed up with fellow Kaleidoscope Sky founder and longtime friend Robert Petitt (Vocals, Lead and Rhythm Guitar) to form the reggae band Vibe Supply. Shortly after forming the duo teamed up with drummer Guy French, bassist Ryan Ecklund (The Probables), and saxophonist/keyboardist Robert Browning (Spooky Westcott) to round out the band's lineup. Musically the band does as its name suggests; they supply vibes, and beautiful ones at that. The quintet offers up a blend of tight grooves, chill vibes, beautiful melodies and powerful lyrics, which touch on a variety of topics which include love, unity, and understanding.
2PM - 5PM
Bringing you the best in classic and modern rock from Wellsville, NY!
Jason Johnson - guitar/vocals
Perry Blackman - bass guitar/vocals
Jason Graves - drums/vocals
9PM - 1AM
Covering Rock n’Roll Classics From The 1960s to Today!
Black Bear Prodigy Rock is a rock & roll cover band from Erie Pa. The band was created in late 2010... and have been Rockin' and Rollin' ever since. They cover everything from the Beatles, The Doors, Led Zepplin...and many many more!
The Bears are always having fun at shows and working in the studio... covering and writing awesome music is a passion every member has.
Jason Green - Vocals
Rick Polaski - Guitar/Keyboard
Brad Lucas - Guitar
Mike Bell - Bass
Steve Zaleski - Drums
9PM - 1AM
THE HALLOW SOCIETY, the very first band to ever play on our On Deck Stage, is a rock band whose original rock n' roll songs have a helping of pop melodies and haunting overtures performed In truly high spirits. Whether its balls out Rock or just acoustic and voice, The Hallow Society delivers a mesmerizing stage experience. Rising from the mothballs to try and reignite a scene from a distant past, THS is on a mission to revive the adage “rock band”. Sean Lander, Frank Phillips, Jesse Wolf and Philip Starkweather are out to play, and have a spirited time doing just that.
MACKLEHAT MERFFY, born of ale and heavy breathing, remains stuck in adolescence making as much fun-time musics as possible. Off-kilter antics mixed with creatively reborn cover songs and originally flavored home-grown tunes keeps these long time friends as busy as a one armed paper hanger. That, and frequent back hair removal. Styles borrowed from Traditional Folk, American Country, and Irish influences, as well as some modern-ish Rock and Blues, tend to round out an evening with Macklehat Merffy. But you'll never know what they'll blurt out at you, so always be vigilant. Music For The Peoples! And, Long Live The Kazoo!
9PM - 1AM
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