Begining as Bob Dylan-esque folk music featuring only an acoustic guitar and harmonica, Rugged Russian Bear has evolved into a full assult quirky rock band with 3 part harmony. Grounded on a writting style that mimics olde world storytellers, the lyrics of Rugged Russian Bear speak of love, triumph, failure, imagination, supernatural, travel, and just plain life in general
Archie Powell is the son of a violin prodigy who played in the Chicago Symphany Orchestra before landing as a permanent member of Milwaukee’s orchestra. He started playing guitar at 11 and writing “awful” songs at around 15. Immediately following college, he and keyboardist Ryan started the Exports, bassist Adam joined after they recorded their first EP and they rounded out the permanent line-up with drummer RJ. The band’s first recorded effort was a digital freebie called the Loose Change EP that expanded their audience to a national level. It was followed by Skip Work, their debut full length, which drew praise from Boston Phoenix, Powerpopaholic, Radio Free Chicago and My Old Kentucky Blog among others.
The band began touring nationally in support of Skip Work, leaving a trail of empty bottles, broken hearts and hilarious tour videos in their wake. Great Ideas in Action is a group effort but as the songwriter and frontman of the band, it’s inevitable that it be a strong reflection on Powell. “I guess the duality between a pop rock aesthetic and the darker lyrical content kind of speaks to how I carry myself socially. I’m a pretty upbeat individual if you give me a quick once-over, but there are a few poor souls out there who have clearance cards to the super classified bad parts of my brain. They exist, you just gotta dig deeper, I guess.”
The Steam Boars are a fiery three piece band that truly defies being labeled as simply another rock band. Their original music incorporates rock, funk, blues, and jazz in a unique sound that will blow your mind. Their musicianship, harmonies, and arrangements will leave you amazed that three people could produce so much sound. They are headed your way and will make believers out of you!
[From the band's Facebook]
Since 2009 Molehill has had over 150 performances throughout the Midwest and East Coast and along the way has opened for major and indie label acts Bret Michaels, Blind Melon, Royal Bliss, The Elms, and Jesse Malin. In 2010-12 Molehill showcased at the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg, PA and was featured twice in the Red Eye (Chicago Tribune Pop Publication) along with features in numerous local print and online publications. 2011 continued with tours throughout the midwest and east coast and an invitation to perform at CBS Studio Chicago where they received high praise from a celebrity panel including owner of the Metro (Chicago) Joe Shanahan, US99 Morning Show Host Lisa Dent and Chicago R&B stalwart Frayne Lewis.On March 6th, 2012 Molehill’s new album ‘Equinox’ was released. The release was coupled with a sold out show in Chicago. ‘Equinox’ was produced by Manny Sanchez and Molehill.
Imagine you’re back in time enjoying the groove and virtuosity of 70’s art-rock band, then hurled decades forward, colliding with the energy and intensity of today’s indie rock scene. There’s unexpectedly powerful jazzy female vocals intertwined with a strong, satin-smooth male voice. Thumping synth basslines and popping, funky drumbeats drive the skillfully intricate guitar playing and explosions of electric violin string-shredding. Reflecting their influences of past and present (including Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, the Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and the White Stripes), the StereoFidelics avoid performing with loops, computers, and digital effects in favor of the more organic approach of using Moog Taurus pedals, scat vocal solos, and multi-instrumentalism. You see, the fast-fingered guitar player (Chris Padgett) keeps the basslines pounding through a one-octave floor keyboard, the tiny female vocalist (Melissa McGinley) is also the drummer; he sings too, and she plays violin. They perform with a natural passion and synchronicity that not only dispels any association with the herky-jerky one-man-band cliché, but post-performance, leaves their audience sympathetically exhausted and dripping with sweat.
The Doña Ana Music Night Union is a group of multi-instrumental musicians with various leaders and songwriters who accompany one another and can back up other songwriters.
Girls Rock! is a non-profit organization dedicated to building positive self-esteem in girls and encouraging creative expression through music. This music education programs provides girls with an opportunity to participate in an environment that fosters leadership, encourages social change, and cultivates a supportive community of female peers and mentors. Rock.
Steven Dunn started playing music when he took his first piano lesson in kindergarten. After many years, and forgetting most of his piano lessons, Steven has finally made his own impact on the music scene. An avid songwriter, he developed a unique and personal style sliding apart from the indie standard of fashion and song style. Starting as a solo artist in December of 2009, a band started forming midway through 2010, Steven and the Savvy was born. They have been featured in Nashville, Chicago, Indianaoplis, and their hometown of Bloomington, IN. As a group they draw their inspiration from friends and family, and ultimately from all the beautiful life around them. So, come check out their shows and maybe you’ll inspire their next song.
(From their Facebook)
The pursuit of being gentlemanly, if such a thing still exists anymore, is the thing we seek. We are bringing back the lost art of chivalry, with a love for music, and for those who embrace it. So, please come enjoy the music with us, and the journey on which it leads us.
And when you see us, expect a smile, a handshake, and a badass show.
(From their Facebook)