Artist Booking presents:
Marshall & the Moondance, Possum Posse, Groove Think, Brandon Callies Band
213 W 5th St
Austin, TX, 78701
Doors 7:30PM / Show 8:30PM
Marshall & the Moondance
Marshall and The Moon Dance endeavors to rock your face off, cool your mellows, and languish in your love-lorn lagoons. It's no easy task, but Marshall and The Moon Dance are up for anything.
Formed in 2010, M.A.T.M.D. have built a strong following of devoted fans. The band attributes their meteoric rising tendencies to a dedication to both craft and performance.
The Moon Dance continues to soldier unexplored artistic territory while still holding true to their solid roots in blues, funk, jazz, punk, indie, and whatever else interests them at any given moment. No apologies. Lots of love. That's what they do.
The Possum Posse is a sardonic honky-tonk/bluegrass band. They consistently win over audiences by playing memorable originals as well as mashed-up versions of urban cult-classics and girlie-pop favorites.
The band was formed in 2002 as Rascal Red and The Possum Posse to entertain a house party in Clyde, Texas. Though various incarnations of the band have existed, the current 5-person lineup has been playing in Austin since 2009.
The band uses its rural persona as a disarming agent, but tries to defy hokey country stereotypes.
The band's original songs offer a glimpse into the life of an egocentric, clueless, yet somehow literary, ranch hand and his buddies. Topics include growing a mustache for love, dealing with the recently-announced homosexuality of a grandparent, pocket-dialing, and losing a LaBouche CD, and the associated emotions of each.
In addition to originals, Hip Hop songs and girlie-pop cult-classics that have been "stumbled upon" by the band while listening to the radio are covered and mashed up with each other. Bone Thugs in Harmony's "Tha Crossroads" single, left in one of the band member's tape deck by his older cousin, has been discovered by the bass player and taught to the rest of the band. The banjo player's 7-year-old daughter has convinced the band to play a Hannah Montana song for her birthday. Fun ensues.
The band thrives on an energetic crowd who loves to sing along, even if The Posse's style of music differs from that in which they originally heard the lyrics.
24-year-old Frederick Jones - Lead guitarist and lead vocalist, is from St. Louis, MO and has been playing guitar for 9 years and singing for 5. His interest in music first took hold in St. Louis as a member of his school's orchestra as a violinist. His interest in guitar didn't pick up until high school where he taught himself to play. Blues-infused rock bands such as Led Zeppelin, Cream, and of course Hendrix influenced him greatly; however, other funk bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime earned him a very unique, diverse sound. Frederick attended Southwestern University in Georgetown, TX where he met Ryan and began jamming more heavily. During this time, bands such as Pink Floyd and his classical guitar training pushed Frederick into more melodic, psychedelic sounds, which has since become and integral part of his style. In college, his singing capabilities were also cultivated through solfege classes and practice with the guitar. After graduation, Frederick moved to Austin, TX added and helped form Groove Think.
22-year-old, Ryan Staten - Drummer, is currently a college physics student that spends much of his time thinking about music. His musical interests began as a child, with lessons in violin and piano. As he got older, he started preferring to make beats and use objects and rhythms to make music rather than any particular instrument, leading him to percussion. He got into rock, funk, reggae, and genres of that nature, simply increasing his engagement in drums. Although he was in a few concert bands, jazz bands, and drum line involving school throughout the years, for the most part he taught himself how to play. Bands that have contributed to his musical inspiration over the years include Muse, Earth, Wind, & Fire, Pink Floyd, and many others that fall into those categories. He met Fred in college and they began jamming casually for a year and a half. He helped form the band Groove Think and looks to continue his music career long into the future.
21-year-old, Corey Isaacks - Bass, is from Corpus Christi and began playing bass 8 years ago. His musical career was further pursued as a saxophonist at Hutto High School in the Concert and Jazz band. In high school, Corey developed a style of bass that was mainly influenced by 311 and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The lead bassist of the Chili Peppers, Flea, played a particularly large role in Corey's development as a bassist. After high school Corey attended Texas State and became influenced by other bands such as Dream Theater and Rush. Corey played with a few other bands in the Austin, TX area for some time. In the fall of 2010, he met up with Frederick and helped form Groove Think into what it is today.
Brandon Callies Band
Austin based singer/songwriter Brandon Callies will be releasing his latest effort backed by a permanent, seasoned band, and a more focused, cohesive sound on December 10, 2011. The sophomore album entitled, The Gunner, is a collection of songs on which Callies and his cohorts have worked to perfection over more than a year of preparation through performances and recordings.Some may remember Callies from his days as lead vocalist for Dallas heavy metal band Black Tie Vendetta with which he toured across the nation and gained a strong, loyal following not only throughout Texas, but into the Midwest and beyond. In 2009, with Black Tie Vendetta's imminent demise, Brandon Callies decided to pursue a solo, more soulful career path by relocating to the vibrant music scene of Austin, TX and writing an array of acoustic-based, melody laden songs. Initially performing constantly as a solo artist and experimenting with his impressively wide vocal range, Callies decided to expand his sound by surrounding himself with an impressive line-up. Brandon has had the honor of opening up for Chris Knight, Kevin Martin (Candlebox), Ray Wylie Hubbard, Taproot, Vallejo, and many others during his days with previous bands, but it has been the formation of his current band, that has enabled the intensity of The Gunner to be translated into the impressive CD and live show it is today. The band consists of Chris Evans (drums), Chad Rocker (lead guitar) and Omarr Escoffié (bass) who are all Brandon's close friends and in turn, have become his musical family. The group's intense live show has been striking a popular chord with music fans all over the Austin and Dallas areas for the past few months. But plans in the near future see the band gaining exposure beyond American borders, with heavy attention to Brazil, Russia, India, and China