2019 Musical Performers

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11:00am      Rebecca Sunshine Band

Rebecca Sunshine Band plays fun, interactive music for kids of all ages that will get everyone singing and dancing! There will be instruments for everyone, so get ready to sing and play along to both traditional favorites and exciting new songs.

 

Rebecca Sunshine Band plays fun, interactive music that will get everyone singing and dancing! Join us for awesome jam for kids of all ages; get ready to sing and play along with old favorites and new-to-you tunes, too! We'll bring instruments for everyone to play.

Members: Rebecca Ballard, vocals, ukulele; Jay Shelton: ukulele, mandolin; Roy Kennedy: guitar, vocals; Kris Irwin: bass; Wade Newbury: percussion, vocals
Rebecca Sunshine Band formed from a group of friends who love getting together for a weekly jam session in Rebecca's living room. The band loves playing music of all kinds, but kids are the most fun audience of all!

 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/RebeccaSunshineBand
Our website: www.rebeccasunshineband.com


12:00pm     The Moonshine

Rachael Renee' and Michael Gerard Levasseur have been playing music together for 13 years and married for 11. After a chance meeting on a fire escape in Portland, Oregon they fell - luckily not off the fire escape - but instead madly in love, and they've been making music together ever since. The core of a postmodern string band with a shifting cast of talented Moonshiners bringing their vibrating strings and vocal chords, they play original rock and roll songs, grassed-out rock covers, rocked-out bluegrass covers, and their indie rock take on old-time classics. Current lineup: Michael Gerard - Guitar, Vocals; Rachael Renee' - Autoharp, Vocals; Rob Keller - Bass.

 

1:00          Grupo C21

Three young men from Central America playing 6- and 12-string guitars and bass.

Videos: 

https://www.facebook.com/880102175668371/videos/2122067831425301/

https://www.facebook.com/880102175668371/videos/451258198995936/


1:45          Joe Leone Ensemble

​The Joe Leone Ensemble has created their own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic sounds that are based around a fresh musical vision. Their music draws upon many genres from traditional Indian Ragas and Middle Eastern scales to hints of Latin, Celtic, European Classical, Jazz, and American Folk. Original compositions take audiences on a musical journey; blending improvisations that are spatial, and beautiful; flowing into movements that are breathtaking in intricacy and speed. The ensemble has been mesmerizing their audiences with unique soundscapes, arrangements and captivating melodies... Consistently praised by audiences as one of the "Must See Live Acts!"


2:45          Crooked Mile

Crooked Mile is a traditional bluegrass band. Its four members reside in north Georgia and have been performing for over 20 years. Our approach to music performance is a combination of respect for the tradition and a willingness to have a great time when sharing it with our audience! 

​Bluegrass is a vocal music, and we emphasize this with solo singing, duets, and trios. Our sets consist of songs along the continuum from hard-driving fast songs to slow ballads, and like the best bluegrass, we offer a sampling of old-time fiddle-and-banjo styles and instrumentals as well. We are all multi-instrumentalists, and frequent changes of instruments and parts in the band are common in our shows.

​The repertoire we play is rooted in the acoustic music created by bluegrass artists from the 1950s through the earliest 1970s.  And, while we choose songs that are well-known, we also offer a healthy sampling of lesser-known but equally great tunes, as well as a few originals by members of the band.


3:45          Oh Jeremiah

​Oh Jeremiah is a singer/songwriter duo out of Athens, GA made up of Jeremiah Stricklin & Erin Raber. Mississippi and Alabama got married and moved to Georgia to make music. Husband and wife team, Jeremiah and Erin Stricklin go by the moniker Oh Jeremiah to help them turn their talent and formal training into timeless stories set to the tune of life. The couple blends their folk and acoustic roots with indie-pop and americana threads that have led to several eye-catching and quirky music videos. Oh Jeremiah travels the country in the footsteps of greats like Paul Simon and Bob Dylan, adding their voices and melodies to the American tradition of musical storytelling. Their sophomore album Joymonger will arrive in 2020.

4:45          The Skillet Lickers

The Skillet Lickers’ name is synonymous with string band music in Georgia. This band from Dacula is familiar to Georgia historians and folk music fans across the world. Their recordings have sold millions and their style remains influential to the development of the country, folk, and bluegrass music. Today’s Skillet Lickers are carrying on a tradition of string band music going back four generations.


5:45          Jonathan Byrd & The Pickup Cowboys

“...a folk singer with the heart of a rock 'n' roll band.” — K. Oliver, Free Times

Jonathan Byrd and The Pickup Cowboys are musical gunslingers, vaudevillian hucksters, and old-fashioned tent revivalists.   Between heartbreaking ballads and heart-lifting sing-alongs, the Cowboys entertain and get audiences involved in the show.

Byrd is a preacher's son, a Gulf War veteran, and an award-winning songwriter from Chapel Hill, NC, known for literary, outsider songs that have become campfire favorites. The Chicago Tribune called Byrd "one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years."

Joined on drums by Austin McCall (Kaira Ba, Violet Bell), and musical renaissance man Johnny Waken on guitar, saw, and mandolin, Byrd shares the often-missed, always poignant tales of the small people that make the world such a big place.

"...one of the top 50 songwriters of the past 50 years." -- Chicago Tribune

 

7:15          Caroline Aiken Band

Atlanta-born and Georgia-raised musician Caroline Aiken began her career in 1968, performing with a rock band “Fathertime” in Long Island, NY. She honed her skills as a songwriter and solo artist during the late 70’s, moving from busking the streets of Seattle to opening for well known acts such as Doc Watson, Bonnie Raitt, David Bromberg, Muddy Waters, Little Feat, Randy Newman, John Prine, Arlo Guthrie, Richie Havens, Derek Trucks and many more.  After years of touring throughout the US, South America and Europe, she moved back to Atlanta in the mid eighties where her bluesy voice, masterful finger picking guitar style, and hypnotizing stage presence anchored the city’s acoustic and folk scene and influenced up and coming artists like the Indigo Girls and Shawn Mullins.

Caroline Aiken has released 9 albums to date, with the first one, 1988’s Line of Vision, featuring Bonnie Raitt on guitars and vocals on two tracks.  Her 7th recording, Are We There Yet, Mama?, released in 2005, garnered a first draft ballot nomination for a Grammy award, and as an artist she received two New South CocaCola Awards Nominations, for Best Vocalist and Best Acoustic Guitarist. She has headlined Kerrville (many times since 1995, in 2010 with The Indigo Girls, headliner: 2015), Falcon Ridge, and High Sierra, Bumbershoot, Music Midtown (Atlanta), the GA Music Hall Of Fame mainstage with the B52’s and Mother’s Finest, and co-headlined The Mendocino with Ruthie Foster, When she’s not touring or recording, Caroline has taught her workshop “Zen and the Art of Performance” Otis Redding Songwriting Camp, Swannanoa Gathering, the annual Folk Alliance Conference as a performer, presenter and educator, and music camps nationally and internationally.

A perpetually touring artist, Caroline continues to perform throughout the US, Europe, and the UK, including numerous charitable events for at risk children, animal shelters, recovery communities, and environmental awareness.  She’s been called an “Underground Legend” (Santa Cruz Goodtimes), and “The Real Deal” (Performing Songwriter Magazine), but perhaps the most accurate quote ever uttered was given by Artichoke Music in Portland, OR; “Spending time with Caroline is as unforgettable as it is inspirational.  She’s truly at the heart of America’s folk/roots movement and has the skills along with life experience we all desire as entertainers.”

 

FIRE CIRCLE SHOWCASE


1:00       Adam Klein

An Atlanta-via-Athens, Georgia-based singer/songwriter and troubadour, Adam Klein’s music touches on Americana, rustic country folk, folk-rock, and West African Mande music. He performs in a variety of settings– either solo/duo, with his band, Adam Klein & The Wild Fires, or occasionally with his American roots-meets-West-African-roots project under his Peace Corps name in Mali, Lassine Kouyate.  

 

Klein’s music has garnered praise from Paste, No Depression, Georgia Music, Sing Out!, Flagpole, Stomp & Stammer, Maverick, and Connect Savannah Magazines, as well as on numerous Americana blogs worldwide (Americana UK, Roots Highway, CtrlAltCountry, etc.). His second and third releases, Wounded Electric Youth and Western Tales & Trails, debuted on the Euro Americana charts at #5 and #4, respectively. Klein has performed throughout the U.S., toured in the UK, Ireland, and The Netherlands, and been a showcasing artist at Folk Alliance. He has shared the stage with a diverse range of acts including Josh Ritter, Kevn Kinney, James McMurtry, Okkervil River, Abigail Washburn & the Sparrow Quartet featuring Bela Fleck, Shawn Mullins, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Ellis, Joe Pug, Steep Canyon Rangers, Eilen Jewell, Shovels & Rope, Jonathan Byrd, Caroline Herring, Jim White, Jill Andrews, Fred Eaglesmith, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Andrew Combs, American Aquarium, Bill Mallonee, Eef Barzelay, Larkin Poe, and more.


2:00       Eliot Bronson

Growing up in Baltimore and playing the local coffeehouse circuit, Eliot Bronson was dubbed a "folk singing wunderkind" by The Baltimore Sun. He later moved to Atlanta, where he formed folk fave duo The Brilliant Inventions. In 2010, Bronson went solo and has released four critically-acclaimed albums to date. His 2014 and 2017 releases were both produced by Nashville’s Grammy Award-winning Americana producer Dave Cobb, who calls Bronson a “brilliant lyricist”. Paste Magazine describes Bronson’s music “a poetic blend of urban coffeehouse and outskirts-of-town saloon.” 

 

Atlanta Music Guide says “Eliot Bronson is the type of songwriter who could squeeze out something meaningful about taking out the trash. He writes heartfelt songs with dark humor and backs them with his resonant voice and swampy instruments.”

 

Eliot has won such esteemed songwriting awards as first place at Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at MerleFest and the Eddie Owen Songwriter Shootout. He’s also been a finalist at Kerrville Folk Festival, Rocky Mountain Folks Fest Songwriting Contest, and the New Song Contest Lincoln Center NYC. His song “Mercy” was also recently featured on Criminal Minds.

 

ARTIST PAGE: www.eliotbronson.com

FACEBOOK: https://www.facebook.com/eliotbronsonmusic/

INSTAGRAM: https://www.eliotbronson.com/instagram

YOUTUBE: https://www.youtube.com/user/eliotbronson


3:00      Nina Ricci

Joan Baez,” and "one of the great voices in folk music today.” John Paul White of the Civil Wars noted similarity to the doll of country music, Dolly Parton. Her characteristic vibrant long tones sustained by a hypnotic vibrato are the features of the voice of a young woman who has studied her craft. 

 

Long bio at:  https://www.ninariccimusic.com/epk

Website: https://www.ninariccimusic.com/

Here is my EPK: https://www.ninariccimusic.com/epk

 

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