Mix 106.5 presents the Mix Acoustic Christmas
Andy Grammer, Tristan Prettyman, Mike Ruoco
124 Market Place
Baltimore, Maryland, 21202
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM
This event is all ages
Born in Waitsfield, Vermont, Grace Potter grew up in a family that encouraged her artistic pursuits in areas from music to theater, the latter of which she was studying at St. Lawrence University when drummer Matt Burr heard her singing at an open-mike night in 2002 and asked if she would form a band with him. She declined, but when her high-school friend and bass player Courtright Beard enrolled in their college, she reconsidered the invitation, and the three of them began to write and perform jazz-influenced songs, Potter also taking duties on the Hammond B-3. Soon, guitarist Scott Tournet joined, and the bandmembers, calling themselves Grace Potter & the Nocturnals -- thanks to their late-night practice habits -- began to think seriously about making music their careers. When Burr graduated in 2003, they decided to move back to Vermont to some land that Potter's parents owned and dedicate themselves more fully to their craft, replacing Beard (who chose to stay at school) with Bryan Dondero in the process.
In 2004 they self-released their debut, Original Soul, receiving positive response and comparisons to artists like Norah Jones and early Bonnie Raitt. This in turn garnered major-label offers, but the band preferred to build its fan base by constant touring and festival appearances. Word of their electric performance spread, and shortly after their second album, Nothing But the Water -- also self-released -- came out in 2005, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals signed to Hollywood Records, with their third full-length, This Is Somewhere, hitting shelves nationwide in August 2007. In 2010, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals was released; Hollywood pulled out all the stops in order to break the band internationally. Over ther next year and a half, they toured incessantly, releasing a four-song Christmas EP a six-song iTunes session, a live album in the UK, and a digital download-only set recorded live at the Fillmore. Potter's duet with Kenny Chesney, "You and Tequila," was nominated for Single of the Year -- Vocal Collaboration at the American Country Awards, and the pair performed it at the CMA awards. In June of 2012, a new studio album, The Lion the Beast the Beat, by Grace Potter & The Nocturnals was released. Marisa Brown, Rovi
It's that familiar warmth that washes over you in the first 20 seconds of your favorite song. That little reminder in your ears letting you know today is going to be a good day. Once the hook of Andy Grammer's "Keep Your Head Up" hits, you're already halfway there. It's that kind of infectious groove that sets the tone for his groundbreaking debut EP, and the kind of talent that turns a regular tune into an honest feeling that stays with you all day.
There's something wonderfully original about Andy Grammer. Beautifully blending classic and modern styles into a catchy cocktail of genuine pop, Andy's music is one part John Legend, one part Maroon 5 with a splash of Lauryn Hill. He carries a moving spark to his sound that's unique in every sense of the word, while wielding a confidence that is reminiscent of rock n' roll's glory days. His songs are a throwback to the greats that have come before, and a path that paves the way for what's to come next.
Establishing himself as a Road Dog, Andy hasn't stopped stacking up the gigs. He's played over 100 colleges to date across the country, from Duke to UCLA, and opened for some of the industry's brightest stars, including Plain White T's and Josh Kelley. The demand continues to grow from his thousands of loyal followers coast to coast.
Hard work comes naturally to the New York native. After moving to Los Angeles at 20, he put in time tirelessly sculpting his signature sound and building a fan base on the legendary 3rd Street Promenade. A few short years later, Andy was hailed as one of the top-selling artists to come out of the scene, and now packs out LA's most historic music venues, like the Roxy, and House of Blues on a regular basis. That kind of journey is a testament to relentless perseverance, working hand in hand with natural talent.
This life experience shines through in Andy's songs. "I want listeners to walk away feeling like just heard something real," he says. While some of the songs that make up his EP bounce along like a sunny afternoon, Andy doesn't want his listeners to forget about the deeper side of life that gives way to the night. "In any song I write, the first thing I ask myself is if I'm being honest," he says. "Not every track is designed to make you feel better, but every track is honest."
The hardest working artist in the City of Angels has shown that his songs have stood the test of time, and his fans are proof that the world is ready for something sincere. "It's the difference between walking into a party at a swanky club and walking into a backyard barbeque," he says about the experience of listening to his songs. "It just feels good to be real."
She'd surf everyday if she could, but with music taking up most of her time, that's impossible. "I used to compete in high school but not anymore, surfing is my first love, I still try to get in the water at least once or twice a week" says the San Diego singer-songwriter.
"I didn't even think about playing music as a living, but one of my songs was used in a surfing documentary…and the response was totally unexpected! People started calling, asking where they could buy CD's and where I was playing. At that time I didn't even have a CD, I had never even played a show!".
A couple years later, Tristan is finally growing into her sound, building quite a nice following Nationally and winning people over one at a time, "every CD order I send out, I try to write a little note to say thank you, if it wasn't for all the support across the world, I wouldn't be doing any of this". With a voice as smooth as the sea at sunset, and music made simple...Tristan is definitely gonna have some eyes keeping a close watch on her...both in and out of the water!.
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