Portland Oregon's own Shafty takes on Phish!!!
Fresh and hot from the Pacific Northwest, KLOZD SIRKUT is a synthesis of electronic dance music with next level, live musicianship and brilliant songwriting. Acutely aware that the future is now, four well seasoned funk musicians harness the latest advances in music technology, embarking on a mission to rock the modern club scene with old school musical know how and pure groove.
Each member of KLOZD SIRKUT produces diverse sounds from unique, hybrid, electro instrumental setups. They perform on one or more instrument, sing, lay down pre-recorded loops and samples on the spot. It's all layered with some very special effects and a hard groovin', beat driven framework that's pounded firmly into place. The dance floor is at their mercy.
It has long been said that country music belongs in the South, but the Enumclaw, WA based group
Aces Up is challenging that notion. With a unique blend of blue collar country and the raw energy of the famous Seattle rock scene, they deliver hard hitting, boot stomping, feel good country music that consistently sells out the Northwest’s premier venues. In addition to receiving national airplay, Aces Up has shared the stage with country music artists Gretchen Wilson, Jake Owen, The Band Perry, Uncle Kracker, Florida Georgia Line, Jack Ingram, Steve Holy, Emerson Drive and many more.
When you gather a group of exceptional, individual artists and mash them together to create one sound it can often be wild and unruly, but also truly explosive and gratifying. Stemming from all over Southern California, “The Higgs” are an eclectic combination of all things improv rock. The bands first self-titled album artfully combines influences ranging from blues to funk to R&B all culminating in an exciting, heavy rock and roll experience. “The Higgs” are first and foremost a live band that produces an overwhelming energy and a new improvisational experience every time they take the stage, making it easy for any music lover to join in on the festive dance party. Their depth of musical exploration is projected through emotional guitar lines, and provocative rhythms. Lyrically, the band all contributes their personal experiences with life, love, loss, and the constant search for purpose and direction.
Well known nationwide for his high-caliber hip hop, hot new music video and Billboard top 10 single, Tha Native is poised to take Native American Hip Hop to another level - straight to
the top. Tha Native's Musical journey began like many others; Playing bars and clubs around southern california, freqenting large festivals and hip hop events - trying to spread his
message. Tha Native is a volume of musical tastes and experiences - He draws inspiration from a wide variety of musical influences, from country crooners to hip hop legends, and this is
evident in his music. After multiple successful nationwide tours - with both his rock band Dog Faced Gods and his Hip Hop expertise - Tha Native is ready to take the next step and claim
his place at the top of the charts.
Down North masterfully mixes underground rock and party-fueling soul,
regularly lifting up audiences that have been craving new soul sounds
from the city that gave the world Wheedle’s Groove and Jimi Hendrix.
Down North’s upcoming new line-up debut will still feature the bold
and sensual talents of lead vocalist/dancer Anthony “RenaGade”
Briscoe, whose North Carolina-bred approach to making fans swoon has
no equal in the Pacific NW scene. Raised on Michael Jackson and Sam
Cooke, Anthony is as stylish and emotional as Prince in his vocal
expressions. Co-leader Brandon Storms is an extremely versatile
bassist-guitarist who writes much of the music and taps into his love
for everything from Hendrix to James Jamerson in making tunes both
infectious and substantial.
The recent additions of Drum Off! award-winning and crowd-amping
player Conrad Real (drummer for Ayron Jones and The Way and Society’s
Child as well) and the neo-psychedelic trills of Jon Preece make the
band an unusual and extremely welcome addition to the regional music
scene. Depending on whim (and the size of the stage!), Down North
expands to a seven piece, integrating horns and other players to help
deliver their dazzling grooves.
They’ll probably also transcend to higher level of acclaim very soon;
early single “Danger” was played on MTV’s The Real World even before
this killer line-up was settled on. Newer meatier cuts like “So What,”
“Your World,” “Running,” and “Heartbreaker/Revolution” (which features
the Black Rock psyche-outs of guest legendary axeman Jabrille) reveal
the band moving in even edgier, sweatier musical realms.
KYTAMI is a "violinistextremist." If a line exists between classical and electronic, between ancient and new age, synthetic and organic, Kytami has sliced them all using only a violin bow... but what more does she need?
Apparently nothing at all, as Kytami has already been dubbed a 'music revolutionary' by Whats Up Magazine USA, a 'violinextremist' here at home, and has been summoned to bring her violin thunder to audiences as far reaching as Taiwan, Dubai and Berlin.
Through an alchemy of classical, fiddle styles fused with the heavy bass elements of Dubstep and Hip Hop, Kytami has managed to soar above not only the constraints of musical genre and labeling, but has forged a path so bold and unique that it's taken her alongside groups from Swollen Members to acoustic punk rockers Blackie and The Triumphs and today she is regularly dubbed Canada's most diverse and engaging fiddle player.
After co-founding the critically acclaimed global-fusion sound-storm Delhi 2 Dublin in 2006 and subsequently co-songwriting them toward international musical success until 2010, Kytami surged forward with her own solo career, bringing the essence of her music to audiences in its purest possible form. The 2012 release of her eponymous full-length solo album made this a reality by combining the far flung elements of Classical Music, Dubstep, and the world that only Kytami knows.
Gypsy Lumberjacks are a Minneapolis based Americana band with a sound consisting of a mix of World Beat, Flamenco, Caribbean, Gypsy Jazz and Bluegrass. With such a range of influences, there is something for everyone to latch on to in the music. Known for never performing with a set list, Gypsy Lumberjacks prefer to rely on each other’s leads and changes. This isn’t to say that the songs fall into a set pattern. The Lumberjacks rarely play a song the exact same way twice or in the same order. Even after touring relentlessly for nearly five years now, the older songs are still evolving and finding new life any given night they are performed. Not to mention that new songs are consistently being introduced into the repertoire
Will Nicoll and Matt Moss, also known as Steel Toed Slippers, have risen from the roots of redwoods in Humboldt County to bring the world a tall and sturdy serving of classic American rock soiled in soul, funk, blues, and jazz influences. It all started the fall of 2006 when Will and Matt, who didn't know each other yet, were just beginning another school year in their small town of McKinleyville, California. Will, a high school junior, roamed around the halls with his acoustic guitar and harmonica on a daily basis, and Matt, a freshman, woke up every morning at 5 am to play drums in the school's swing band. It was when one of the school's counselors noticed Matt playing drums in the band room one day after class that he knew the two had to meet. He introduced them to each other later that day at lunch and the rest is history (still) in the making.
After deciding on a band name for their new group, Will and Matt and a couple different bass players, took Humboldt County by storm. Playing at nearly every venue in the county, Steel Toed Slippers became a well known and highly respected name among the local music scene in Humboldt. It was clear very early on that these small town boys were onto something much bigger than their youthful selves. In 2007, the band did their first west coast tour with shows from Humboldt all the way to Los Angeles ending with a sold out show at The Whiskey A Go Go. It was at this point that the guys realized that LA was the place to be, and soon decided to re-locate. For the next couple years, Will attended the Musicians Institute, and Matt studied jazz at the Hamilton Music Academy.
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