The Fritz

The Fritz is a soul-driven dance rock band hailing from Asheville, NC. The group’s aggressive approach to funk, soul, and rock creates a sound that is uniquely their own. Their high-energy, danceable songs provide a platform for each member to shine. With powerful vocals, climactic solos, and tight grooves, The Fritz has built a devoted following and is captivating audiences everywhere.

The Phryg is a four piece progressive funk band with deep pockets and tremendously original music whose talents have brought them all around the country, including playing Shakori Hills in October of 2018 alongside artists like Lettuce, Ryan Montbleau, Consider the Source and Hayley Jane & the Primates.

The Phryg has also directly supported phenomenal performers such as Bob Lanzetti of Snarky Puppy, Organ Freeman, Joe Hertler & the Rainbow Seekers, The Fritz, Electric Love Machine and many more. They have performed at esteemed music venues including Brooklyn Bowl, The Knitting Factory, The 8x10, and Tellus 360. Having drawn attention from publications such as Performer Magazine, The Jamwich, The Journal News and Pittsburgh Music Magazine, The Phryg released their self-titled full length album in July 2016 as a follow up to their debut EP "Midnight Snack”. The Phryg plans to release two EPs in 2019.

"These bad boys from Brooklyn were hard to peg, with elements of rock, prog and jam, spread thick on a toast of funk. It was delicious to my ears." - Sound and Silence Magazine

The literal definition of Escaper is "one who escapes confinement". Named an "On the
Verge" artist by Relix Magazine, this Brooklyn-based space rock band strives for sounds and grooves without limits.

Escaper’s live shows are known for keeping the funky dance parties going strong. You may have caught the band at festivals such as DiscJam (where they were joined on stage by members of Turkuaz), Elements, Bear’s Picnic, as well as headlining Grateful for Spring. They have played venues across the Northeast ranging from BRYAC to Brooklyn Bowl, and shared bills with such acts as Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Electric Beethoven, Cabinet, The Mallett Brothers Band feat Jon Fishman, Aqueous, and more. Prior to joining Escaper, members of the band have performed with various other groups including Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds and The Funk Ark, appearing at festivals such as Bonnaroo, Electric Forest, Camp Bisco, Catskill Chill and more.

The band released their first album, “Skeleton Key” with Ropeadope Records in May 2017 to critical acclaim including being named one of three "Release Day Picks" by JamBase. Live for Live Music said, “Their sound is a reckoning force of funky fusion music...there’s no telling how high this band can climb."

The 2nd album, “Edge Detection” was recorded at The Bunker Studio in Brooklyn, and released in February 2018. Their live sets tend to be open with many in-the-moment improvisational aspects, and this essence was not lost during the studio recordings. Bandleader and guitarist, Will Hanza, expresses, “The term ‘jam’ can be a loaded one, but the idea of having some concrete ideas, while still allowing the music to be open to take advantage of the moment is really important to us.”


“With multifaceted, oftentimes soaring jams, Escaper’s opening set of tunes set a groovy and rocking vibe for the rest of the evening.” - Jambase (regarding opening for The Mallett Brothers, featuring Jon Fishman of Phish, at Brooklyn Bowl on 4/12/18).

"A mind blowing set filled with psychedelic guitar virtuosity, tight grooves, and impressive musicianship." - The Jamwich

“This up-and-coming juggernaut blends together effortlessly with each member adding his own unique flavor. The band’s music alone draws you in, but it’s their connection to it and to each other that truly completes the package. Their passion oozes out of each and every note they play as they seamlessly take turns controlling the stage.” - Music Fest News

Johnny Butler – saxophones
Jay Giacomazzo – bass
Will Hanza – guitar
Phil Kadet – keyboards
Wayan Zoey - drums

The Big Steve Hour Live with Steve Parish

Steve Parish has been a primary member of The Grateful Dead family for 50 years. Steve first joined the band as a roadie in 1969. It wasn’t long before he was Jerry Garcia’s trusted gear handler and began to manage The Jerry Garcia Band. Over the years Parish and Garcia forged an unbreakable bond. Steve was Jerry’s best man at his wedding and was at his bedside when Garcia fell in to a coma in 1986.

Parish was the last friend to see Jerry before his untimely death in 1995.

Steve has continued to maintain his relationships with the rest of The Grateful Dead family. As Weir once said to him “Blood is thicker than water but we have us thicker than blood. “

The Big Steve Hour, which is normally hosted at Bobby’s place, Sweetwater Music Hall in Mill Valley, Ca, is going out on the road.
Come be a part of the conversation with Big Steve Parish while he shares stories of his life on the road with the most iconic band in history.
The incredibly talented Katie Skene will be joining Steve for an unforgettable musical and storytelling experience.




Upcoming Events
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