WARMFEST - SUN SEPT 1 - SINGLE DAY TICKETS, Big Head Todd and the Monsters
JJ Grey & Mofro, Red Wanting Blue, Leagues, Chuck Love, Jennie Devoe, Hero Jr., Lily & Madeleine, JJ Flores, Whiskey Bent Valley, JD Wilkes & The Dirt Daubers, Chuck Daniels, Burlesque Bingo Bango, Machines Are People Too, Bailiff, The Kingston Springs, The United States Three, Tv Mike & The Scarecrows, Max Allen Band, The Easthills, DJ Steady B, J. Lettow, Nicolas Rage, Cory Williams, Cari Ray & The Loaners, Brett Wiscons, Know No Stranger, Original Gravity
1550 Broad Ripple Avenue
Indianapolis, IN, 46220
Doors 10:00 AM / Show 11:00 AM (event ends at 10:00 PM)
This event is all ages
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WARMFEST - SUN SEPT 1 - SINGLE DAY TICKETS
Big Head Todd and the Monsters
Founded in Colorado in 1986, Big Head Todd and the Monsters (BHTM) catapulted out of the mountain states and into the national spotlight. With chart-topping singles and engaging live shows, BHTM has sold over three million albums and packed major venues worldwide, including selling out their home state's historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre seven times, most recently in 2012. Most importantly, they've done it the old-fashioned way: with excellent songwriting, scorching guitar and fearless genre melding. The band's last release was 2011's "100 Years Of Robert Johnson." Joined by special guests including B.B. King, Charlie Musselwhite, Hubert Sumlin, David "Honeyboy" Edwards and more, BHTM paid tribute to the blues legend both in the studio and on the road. The band recently recorded a new studio album in Chicago, set for release in 2013, with producer Steve Jordan (Bob Dylan, Cat Stevens) and engineer Niko Bolas (Neil Young, Warren Zevon). On 2012's "Last Summer on Earth Tour," BHTM played some of the nation's biggest arenas alongside Barenaked Ladies and Blues Traveler. In August, the band presented its inaugural Ride Festival in Telluride, CO. The lineup included Ben Harper, Lucinda Williams and The Lumineers, among others. BHTM is gearing up to give their fans exactly what they want in 2013: a headline tour with cross-country stops at intimate theaters, and two full sets every night. The longevity of BHTM's career is a testament to the quality of the music. More than a quarter of a century later, fans are still convinced that the best is yet to come.
JJ Grey & Mofro
Singing with a passion and fervor directly influenced by the classic soul heroes, JJ Grey has written and recorded five albums of original songs steeped in the rhythm & blues, rock, and country soul of his native backwoods home outside Jacksonville, Florida. Grey comes from a long tradition of Southern storytellers and, in that spirit, he fills his songs with details that are at once vivid, personal and universal. After a decade of hard touring, he still spends eight months of the year on the road, bringing his music to a loyal, ever-growing, worldwide fanbase.
In a live performance review in The New York Times, writer Nate Chinen praised JJ's "balance of wildness and cool" describing his music as "Southern swamp rock with undercurrents of Memphis soul. His songs chronicle ambiguous truths and unambiguous urges," delivered by Grey's "winningly uncontrived vocals." Likewise, Billboard has praised Grey's "world-beating blend of Southern rock, blues and Florida swamp soul."
2010 sees the Alligator Records release of Grey's latest labor of love, Georgia Warhorse, named after the resilient Southern lubber grasshopper. "Yellow and black, and tough like an old-school Tonka toy," says JJ. "They seem so at ease with the world. Nothing seems to rile them. They're in no hurry but they have a kind of resilience because they just keep coming back and I've always felt there was a lesson in there for me to learn." Grey could
be described in such words; his own career has grown over the course of a decade of winning over fans night after night.
As with the previous releases, Grey meticulously demoed the entire Georgia Warhorse album himself on the various instruments in his own home studio he now calls the Egg Room. "It's named after the old refrigerator room we used to keep eggs in when my grandparents were in the egg business," says Grey. "Once I'm done with the demos then I start thinking about hitting the real studio." Armed with eleven new original songs
including one co-written with songwriting icons Chuck Prophet and Angelo Petraglia (Kings of Leon), Grey and long-time friend and producer Dan Prothero hit the "real" studio, Jim Devito's Retrophonics in St. Augustine, Florida, to begin tracking Georgia Warhorse. There, Grey would again track the majority of the instruments himself, playing guitars, keys, harmonica and delivering all the vocals with his gritty, straight-from-thesoul
voice. Prothero's approach as producer and Retrophonics' unvarnished, natural sound mirrors Grey's vision of musical tones and his love of the rustic Florida backwoods, where his family has lived for generations.
Joining him for a track on this album is Grey's long-time musical hero and reggae icon Toots Hibbert, who sings with Grey on the The Sweetest Thing. "Toots is the greatest soul singer I've ever heard and one of my biggest influences," says Grey. Georgia Warhorse also provided the opportunity for Grey to work with another friend and hero, fellow Jacksonvillian Derek Trucks. In true neighborly fashion, Trucks stopped by JJ's house to record slide guitar for the song Lullaby. "Derek Trucks is the greatest guitarist I've
ever seen and I'm honored to have Derek and Toots on my record," says Grey.
Debuting in 2001 with the CD Blackwater, following up in 2004 with Lochloosa, Grey steadily built his following one live performance at a time. Both albums (reissued by Alligator in 2007) were released under the name Mofro, a name the young Grey chose to describe his music and sound while still working his day job at a lumberyard. He has since used the word to name his band of ever-changing world-class players. The albums were met with critical acclaim, including "one of the 10 best R&B records of the year
and one of the best of the decade" at Amazon.com for Blackwater and "one of the 10 best releases of the year" in Rolling Stone for Lochloosa.
In 2007, with his first Alligator release, Country Ghetto, Grey reached an even larger audience, doubling both his album sales and his concert attendance. Relix said, "Country Ghetto is a tribute to JJ Grey's rich comprehension of the South's learned musical roots and knack to make age-old ideas sound fresh. Grey and Mofro fuse rock with plenty of soul, groove-heavy blues, and dirty, infectious funk. The deep and introspective
lyrics are a breath of fresh air." 2008's Orange Blossoms built on that energy, with even more fans, radio stations and critics coming on board. A 2009 best-of LP, The Choice Cuts, has kept the momentum going.
Grey, an avid outdoorsman, is a dedicated fisherman and surfer and holds an honorary position on the board of the Snook Foundation, dedicated to the protection of coastal fish and fish habitat. He has written passionately and articulately about his love for the untrammeled environment of his north Florida home.
JJ has brought his music to countless festivals, including Austin City Limits Festival, Byron Bay Blues Festival (Australia), Bonnaroo, Montreal Jazz Festival and Fuji Rock (Japan). Over the course of his 15-plus year career, Grey has shared stages with the likes of the B.B. King, The Allman Brothers Band, The Black Crowes, Los Lobos, Jeff Beck, Ben Harper, Lenny Kravitz, Booker T. Jones, Mavis Staples and many others. In the spring of 2010 Grey was awarded the opportunity of a lifetime as a solo acoustic opener
with soul legends Mavis Staples and Booker T. Jones on the What It Is! tour. JJ reminisces, "Getting to open up for such legends, it's just something I'll never forget."
His songs have also appeared in film and on network and cable television programs including House, Flashpoint, Crash, Friday Night Lights, The Deadliest Catch, and the film The Hoot. In November 2009, JJ wrote his first film score for the critically acclaimed documentary, The Good Soldier, that appeared in theatres and on Bill Moyers Journal on PBS. Recently, Grey played piano, sang and contributed a song (The Wrong Side) to
Buckwheat Zydeco's Grammy-winning Alligator album, Lay Your Burden Down.
With the release of Georgia Warhorse and a relentless world tour to follow, Grey is set for a breakout year. Commenting on his musical future, he says, "Life just makes itself up right in front of me and I just roll with it. All I know is to have the family I have, see the places I've been, meet the people I've met and to get to play music with some of the most talented folks around has got to make me the luckiest man alive."
Red Wanting Blue
Led by singer-songwriter Scott Terry, Red Wanting Blue is proudly based in Columbus, Ohio, but could be America's local band. For years, the group has gone about logging thousands of miles on the road throughout the nation's heartland, making fans the hard way – one at a time.
With the aid of positive word of mouth and an unwavering perseverance, Red Wanting Blue has established a devoted following in and around the Midwest where the band regularly fills clubs reserved for bigger names.
As Red Wanting Blue's touring schedule has grown to non-stop, and with an appearance on David Letterman to boot, the band is now seeing its following growing throughout the rest of the country as well.
Terry's passionate and poetic songs, anchored by his powerful baritone, are the kinds of tunes that could only have been written by a man who has lived this kind of life on the road.
Traveling with Terry are band mates Mark McCullough (Bass Guitar, Vocals), Greg Rahm (Keys, Guitars, Organ, Vocals), Eric Hall Jr. (Guitars, Lap Steel, Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals) and Dean Anshutz (Drums, Percussion, Glockenspiel), who together build the unshakable rock powerhouse that supports Terry's big voice.
Red Wanting Blue's latest studio recording "From The Vanishing Point" is the band's coming-of-age album and is its first to be recorded for a label after several self-released records. The record debuted in the Top 10 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart, another testament to the band's loyal fans.
"From The Vanishing Point," out now from Fanatic Records (EMI/Caroline), sheds some of Red Wanting Blue's small-town sensibilities as it evolves into the world-class rock n' roll outfit that audiences have believed in for years and marks an official move to the national stage for a band that will always remember where it's from.
Some things in life are built by coincidence, some by hard work, others by a sheer set of circumstances – not exactly random, but not contrived, either – that lead us to a place of pure synchronicity. To art, maybe. Nashville's LEAGUES (comprising singer Thad Cockrell, guitarist Tyler Burkum and drummer Jeremy Lutito) might not credit one over the other in terms of which could best explain how they, deep into their careers and different paths, were able to drop it all at this very moment to make music they'd never quite played before but never sounded so right. "It had to happen now," Jeremy says with a seriousness that quickly fades to laughter. "Not a second earlier." Because if explaining how they got here is a long story, explaining what they make certainly isn't: simply, songs rooted in joy. Seriousness, that quickly fades to laughter.
LEAGUES is infectious. The ten tracks that make up their forthcoming January debut, You Belong Here, encourage both dancing and introspection, and show a group of men leaving behind any preconceived notions or expectations but never their innate musicianship or love for the craft of songwriting. "I'm not inspired by artists," says Thad. "As much as I'm inspired by songs." Tears for Fears' "Everybody Wants to Rule the World." "Wanna be Startin' Somethin'" by Michael Jackson. "Songs that stop the room for a quick second," adds Jeremy. One listen to the swirling, rock-pop anthem "Mind Games," the electric thump of "Magic" or the locomotive doo-wop of "Spotlight" and it's clear that LEAGUES' music does the same. Just try and keep your toes from tapping.
Chuck Love's day starts off with fighting parrots – a brawl the house multi-instrumentalist/producer/DJ would normally avoid if he didn't need their squawk on his record (Yes, he truly goes there). Mr. Love then packs a suit case with his girlfriend, and the two get "Pop Love" to drive them to the airport, where they "fight like Fred and Ethyl over the treat bags Mom Love packed" and board the private jet they share with 130 other people. Touchdown. Sound-check. Hotel registration. And then, the best part: the hotel's fuzzy white robes—which Love says is the benchmark of a "dope" spot. Fittingly, Love and his girl take a "disco nap" before rolling up to the club, where the gratuitous head-bobbing begins and doesn't end until Love's guitars are unplugged, the roof was raised, and subwoofers smoldering. Then, before he knows it, he's back in the studio squabbling with the parrots again.
Love, as we're sure you've gathered by now, is not a typical house music maker – in fact, the dance music veteran didn't start off as most do with the bedroom DJ gear and gig here and there at the local dive bars. As heard on his very new, very first longplayer, "Bring Enough To Spill Some" ("it's a bitch to type," Love says), the man plays all his own instruments (and birds, even). When his contemporaries in his house-lovin' home-base of Minneapolis expressed their love of the beat through DJ sets, Love would happily back them on trumpet, guitar, or really anything else he could find – his shows at legendary night spot First Avenue becoming more packed each month. It's not that Love can't DJ or produce – au contraire. Released by the house of Om Records – a label Love has followed for decades – "Bring Enough To Spill Some" is a 2-disc collection that demonstrates his special, stylistic diversity and ability to both mix a ridiculous set and produce tracks to showcase inside it.
Lily & Madeleine
The Weight of the Globe
Written by a pair of teenaged sisters over the course of their summer vacation and recorded with a band in just a few days, The Weight of the Globe is a musical snapshot of Lily and Madeleine Jurkiewicz at a pivotal moment in their lives. Madeleine’s off to college, Lily’s sure to follow soon after, and both sisters find themselves pulled in two directions—between a love for the hometown they’ll be leaving behind and their burgeoning wanderlust.
When the sisters began writing together just over a year ago, nobody expected their first song, “In the Middle,” to rack up a quarter of a million YouTube views. The Internet is obsessed with what’s new and what’s next and so it would have to seem a little incongruous for social networks and content aggregators to embrace gimmick-free, black-and-white footage of an unplugged duo crooning a bittersweet and understated melody.
But there’s something inherently incongruous about the music of Lily & Madeleine, a pair of slight teenagers with singing voices this assured and worldly. The Weight of the Globe sounds like something out of another age, not the work of a pair of sisters born less than two decades ago and raised in Indianapolis, the Midwest of the Midwest. No wonder that, on the strength of their viral video performances, the sisters managed to sell out the first two live shows of their career and quickly recruit the help of Asthmatic Kitty Records to release the EP.
The recording project that became the Weight EP started with producer Paul Mahern (John Mellencamp, The Fray), who had fallen in love with the duo’s earlier YouTube videos, and immediately got in touch to invite the sisters into the studio. The sisters started writing their first original tunes over summer vacation and Paul introduced them to bassist and songwriting partner Kenny Childers (Gentleman Caller) who helped them to refine the material.
But Paul’s main agenda, in producing the record, was to stay out of the way. He was especially keen to invite songwriting sidemen like Kenny and drummer Wade Parish to sit in on these sessions because he knew they’d respect the material. In working up the arrangements, the watchword was discretion: to play softly, to leave plenty of space in the mix, to allow the focus of the music to remain firmly on the Jurkiewicz sisters. Rather than shine a musical spotlight on the duo’s voices, the thinking went, simply allow them to glow. Rather than weigh the songs down with ornamental settings, open them up.
Each song on The Weight of the Globe was written as a discrete, self-contained folk-pop statement, but thanks to the almost real-time circumstances of recording it, the EP holds together like a collection of interconnected short stories. Taken as a whole, the songs chart a journey from love to disillusionment to heartbreak. The songs return to the same places, psychologically and literally: the narrator’s weariness in “Tired” persists into “Things I’ll Later Lose” (“I’ve been hearing things, and I’ve been losing sleep”); the lyrics of “Back to the River” seemingly return to the same mythic river that flows through “In the Middle.”
But that’s just the way it worked out, thanks to Lily & Madeleine’s spare, direct poetic language. There’s nothing calculated about The Weight of the Globe. It’s as sincere as it is precociously sophisticated—and it marks the auspicious debut of a spectacularly talented musical family.
From his Billboard smash hits to his electro house grooves, JJ Flores has been a pioneer producer in the dance music industry throughout the years. With having many top charting releases, including a number one record on Beatport, JJ Flores has been consistent with having records that appeal to the masses. Transcending his talents as a DJ, he has had residencies at Crobar (Chicago), Spybar (Chicago), Dream (Miami Beach), Infusion (San Francisco), Groove Cruise, and Candy Cruise to name a few. He is currently signed to Ultra Records // keep on the lookout for his next round of crowd pleasing hits and energy filled DJ sets.
Whiskey Bent Valley
Now these boy will take you through the hills of ol' kentucky, bearing the stores, traditions and liquor that date back a century. This old-time band delivers with an intensity that would knock the sock right off of their forefathers feet.
Hailing from the back woods of Pee-Wee Valley, Kentucky, The Whiskey Bent Valley Boys pay homage to their southern king— songs from the tobacco fields to the rivers, iron skillets to moonshine stills, upbeat and professional, the band posesses the skill to honor history and preserve the instruments, their style and every authentic, nuance of the day. With their divers fashion sense and stage. From overalls to string ties, straw hats to silk vests, along with a turbo-charged performance, their approach breathes fire into this vintage genre.
Blending their instrumental and vocal talents are; JR on the barnyard fiddle: the bands founder, Mason Dixon, is behind his unique style of claw hammer and three-finger style banjo, guitar, harmonica, standing tall with his doghouse bass is the bands youngest member, Leroy Jones; and on mandolin and once in a blue moon—spoons, Johnny Whippermule.
Incorporatin time-honored treasures from such icons as Roscoe Holcomb, The Stanley Brothers, and fiddle legend Tommy Jarrell, or a roster of original compositions including crowd-pleasers "Whiskey Train and "Shady River" the band puts on a timeless, energiezed show; Playing everything from ballads, breakdowns, sea shanties, and swamp stomps. Audiences from children on their parent's knee to packed saloons past midnight and finding favor with the older generation as well makes for a wide range of appeal.
The boys take cues from parents and grandparents who have tapped into folk country and bluegrass through festivals, radio and endless collections of vinyl recrodings. Band founder Mason Dixon hails from a long line of musicians and will tell you it's not so much in the whiskey as it is the DNA. Each member's family performs and enjoys the indigenous music of the appalachian foothills and pastures of Kentucky.
Appearances on a wide range of radio and tiv programs, state fairs and festivals have brought them an active fan base for this region. Often times the boy bring a delicious yield of their summer crops to gigs in bushel baskets for the taking. Going even more down earth, they are taking their cd packaging "green." Their upcoming new, full-length cd sleeve is industrial hemp paper and recycled cardboard with environmentally-friendly, vegetable-based inks.
No matter whats chillin' in your mason jar, sour mash or sweet tea, come on out for a live show where the Whiskey Bent Valley Boys will be pounding out the swing dancing, foot stompin, hard=driving tunes that are guaranteed to tickle your innards.
Machines Are People Too
Machines Are People Too formed during the sweaty summer months of '09 in Chattanooga, TN when lead singer Brian Sylvester began writing vocals over producer JJ Clark's infectiously catchy dream-pop tracks. The two began performing at monthly dance parties with two keyboards, a laptop, and a microphone. Their first project, a four-song DIY EP was only available on cassette, each copy hand-stamped with custom labels. After a year of destroying Chattanooga basements with their DJ-centric rowdiness, the duo was ready to expand their band and overall sound. Longtime friend, Cain Lassiter, was soon called upon to add some saxophone, but has since settled into his role on keys. The final piece to the puzzle came along with legendary drummer Ivan Garcia, whose ability to keep a strong steady beat could be matched by no machine. In early 2012 they headed to LA to hit the studio with Lars Stalfors (Mars Volta, Matt & Kim, Le Butcherettes) to record and mix the tracks they've been working on for the past several months.
Bailiff's Red Balloon has been a long time coming. It was back in 2008 that the Chicago band released their introductory EP Mm Hmm, a four-track set of slow-burning indie rock with a raw, bluesy edge that, combined with their tight live shows, succeeded in getting plenty of people interested. After such a long gap from EP to full-length any band would have to deliver something extra special to make the wait pay off, and Bailiff don't disappoint on Red Balloon. Having spent most of 2010 working with engineer Beau Sorenson (Sparkle Horse, Death Cab for Cutie) and producer Jon Alvin (Wax on Radio, Dr Manhattan), the band didn't just create an extended version of Mm Hmm; the bluesy burn is still there, but the basic sound has been built upon and fleshed out into something that's even better. Anyone who got on the Bailiff train early on will likely find themselves wanting to champion the band even more after hearing this LP, and anyone who has yet to check them out shouldn't waste any time diving in. - Frank Krolicki
The Kingston Springs
From the depths of the backwoods of Middle Tennessee, along a railroad stop where
the likes of Jessie James came to wind down, comes a band from the dried hot springs
of a classic town. The Kingston Springs are four young men with nothing to win, nothing
to lose, and some damn good music. Their taste influenced by too many and too little to
stick to one solid sound, other than that of their own. If not skatin', fishin', or sippin' Colt 45
(with some OJ for a poor boy mimosa), they're hitting the streets looking for good times.
With their heavy blues, folk, rocky top surf rock they travel all over this country known
far and wide as the United States of America sharing stories, melodies, and some good
times. Having played together for a few years, these boys have tackled festivals ranging
from Lollapalooza, to ACL, to the streets of Austin for South By Southwest.
Their debut release, The Vacation Time EP, in 2010 has garnered attention from multiple
media outlets from coast to coast. For the band's upcoming full-length debut, a self-titled
album due out in the fall of 2012, the guys stay true to their roots and record the whole
thing straight to tape for one more unique, throwback edge. What the future holds for
these boys is unclear, as with anything in this ever-changing world, however, one thing is
for sure: The Kingston Springs genuine sound will speak for itself.
Visit www.thekingstonsprings.com for upcoming tour dates, music, videos, and more.
Max Allen Band
Max Allen Band (MAB) is the brainchild and workhorse of
producer Max Allen. Performing
professionally since the age of 16, Allen got his start by selling
home recordings out of a lunchbox at school, later making waves as an
upcoming blues guitar prodigy. Some thirteen years later, he has grown
into a seasoned performer and composer whose tastes have evolved to
include the very best of funk, rock, blues, pop, jazz, reggae,
classical, EDM and hip-hop. For over a decade, Allen and MAB have kept
audiences all over the country coming back for more of the wide
variety of genres, incredible musicianship, thoughtful lyrics and
contagious melodies that each show brings. Max Allen has six studio
albums and thousands of performances to his credit, and he is still
Armed with a newly solidified lineup that features more talent than
ever before, Max Allen Band is proud to present its 2013 release,
Everyone Thinks You're Weird. The album features many new territories
for the band, from bassist Dace Robie's lush string quartet
arrangements to drummer Shaan France's layered percussion to Max
Allen's most sophisticated and exciting solo work to date. ETYW also
features additional keys and synths from composer/producer Gary Mielke
and vocals by Midwest hip-hop favorite Rusty Redenbacher.
Another exciting new feature of ETYW is the songwriting team that is
Allen and Robie, whose diverse backgrounds and tastes complement each
other wonderfully. The album creates a journey through contrasts:
light to dark, catchy to complex, and old school to fresh and new. Max
Allen keeps listeners guessing with a recording that features
everything from pop to progressive rock to dubstep to calypso and
more, all the while bringing out Max Allen's signature vocal and
guitar sound. ETYW is the culmination of a rich musical past for MAB
and marks the beginning of a bright new era of music making for the
Hailing from Indianapolis, Ben Thomas (Nicolas Rage) is a DJ with a knack for bringing crowds to life and giving his eclectic mix of music to the masses. Having worked with Def Jam Records' Big Sean and Atlantic Records' Wiz Khalifa, Nicolas Rage has swung with the heavyweights and is making himself at home at clubs and colleges throughout the Midwest. A soon to be Butler grad, he is Indianapolis through and through and can be heard at big events regularly throughout the city, including The Indianapolis 500. Well-respected as a DJ and promoter, Nicolas Rage is on a mission to bring his brand of party to the people. Fill up your cups and get in tune to the sounds of one of Indy's rising DJs.
An Indianapolis native and lifelong musician, Cory Williams is an artist with a versatile and captivating sound. Influenced by the likes of Glen Hansard, David Gray, and Dave Matthews, and vocally reminiscent of a grittier Peter Gabriel, Williams’ music transcends many genres including indie-folk, alt-country, and rock while he remains a singer-songwriter at his core. His upcoming release, Lean Against the Moon follows up his successful debut album, The Outcome.
Striving for authenticity, his songs reveal his pain, joy, failures and triumphs through lyrics that make the mind wander and reach his audience on a deeply personal level. Combining his uniquely gritty voice with moody, driving instrumentation, he creates a fresh rock sound with strong underlying folk hues.