Sum Fest Featuring: Spiritual Rez & Thomas Wynn and the Believers
Down By Five, Frankie Goodrich, The White Page
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 5:30 PM / Show 6:00 PM
Thomas Wynn and the Believers
Thomas Wynn & The Believers touted as "Southern Rock Muscle - Soulful Rock n' Blues" by The Orlando Sentinel and repeatedly reviewed as UNBELIEVABLE live!! Whether in an intimate setting or on a massive festival stage, they infectiously impact every listener.
TW&TB has shared the stage with national acts such as Gov't Mule, Leon Russell, Jim Weider, Kevn Kenny, Colt Ford, Drive-By Truckers, Donna The Buffalo, Dumpstaphunk, Blackberry Smoke, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Leftover Salmon, JJ Grey & Mofro, Medeski, Martin & Wood, Honey Island Swamp Band, Cross Canadian Ragweed, The Lee Boys, Charlie Daniels, Over The Rhine, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe . . .
The sibling-led quintet from Orlando personifies a new era that crosses generations with love, heartbreak, and love again with just really, really, really good music . . . pieces of Dylan, The Band, Petty, and Young, and a bit of Jennings, Redding, and CCR seep through The Believers' makeup. TW&TB has found a way of crafting a new vein of music -- gritty, yet pure uplifting Soul Rock -- a mixture of the classics, R&B and gospel, creating a sound that has an identity of its own ~ rugged, yet tender mixture of rock and country, sprinkled with southern soul ~ tunes brutally honest & heartfelt, the themes go beyond years of drugs, heartbreaks and hypocrisy to deliver a message of hope.
In the 1970s, their father, Tom Wynn, was the original drummer of Cowboy, one of Capricorn Studio's (Allman Brothers) legendary bands. His influence, as well as their faith, partly expressed through leading worship ministries at church, undoubtedly shaped their songwriting and musical interests. Their deeply rooted upbringing certainly laid the foundation for what the Wynns bring to The Believers' sound.
Wynn's passionate lyrics and emotional delivery, coupled with his songbird sister Olivia's soulful, yet haunting harmonies, backed by a tight, fiery band has built the reputation for don't-miss powerful, explosive LIVE performances, while developing an incredible fan-base loyalty wherever and whenever they play. Led by their powerful vocal harmonies and undeniable musicianship, TW&TB full band has been touring nationally, as well as the brother & sister Duo, an unplugged version of their heartfelt take on modern R&B-fused soul-- and this year, the band's itinerary expands to the Pacific Coast and in between. . .
Their debut album The Reason (2009) is a well-crafted studio sampling of Wynn's many tunes, but the band's choice to self-produce their sophomore album "Brothers & Sisters," released January 2012, was recorded live in-studio, a truer representation of the emotion and intensity experienced in their live performances.
Gratefully sponsored by Gibson, D'Addario Stings, and Drilley's Shoes . . .
Voted Best Rock ( & Country) Band three years running -- 2009, 2010, 2011 -- Central Florida's Orlando Weekly Readers' Choice Awards. Best Live Act Omni 2011.
The Spiritual Rez reggae funk dance experience is an unabashed display of musical virtuosity. When paired with a deep, sub-sonic groove and powerful heart felt vocalization; crowds are left dancing and screaming for more.
Over the past 8 years, these six men have relentlessly toured the country to share their music and appreciation of the arts. Rooted in rock, reggae, and funk; their diversity exemplifies their love and desire to put on a live experience that will not only cut to your core, but also ignite the inner flame that exists in us all.
A constant festival favorite, The Rez can shake a stage like a psychedelic dance earthquake. Evoking their personal power animals, they fearlessly forge into the musically unknown, creating a masterpiece every performance. It's this power, this creative desire, that has fans traveling across the nation to experience this raw and intoxicating display of musical bliss.
"Start with a dose of old-school, Marley-Toots-Tosh reggae and infuse it with everything from Sun Ra Arkestra freak jazz to Steve Vai guitar pyrotechnics. Inventive intersections like these define Spiritual Rez"
- Michael Witthaus, Hippo Press
Their latest album, The Nexus (2010), is a perfect example how the band has developed a sound all of their own. After two independent releases with strong foundations in the positive ideals of reggae; The Nexus was created by combining elements from a multitude of influences gained from years on the road. The result is an album that showcases how they have grown into a primed party machine; ready to churn out hard-driven guitar solo's, inspiring vocals and powerful, funkified dance grooves.
While creating a style of their own, The Rez has been lucky enough to share the stage with many of the originators of the reggae music culture. Artists such as Gregory Issacs, Toots and The Maytals, Steel Pulse, and Barrington Levy have given their time and knowledge to share the one love that we all hold. Showing their diversity as artists, The Rez has also rocked with George Clinton and The Parliament Funkadelic, Golgol Bordello and Jah Wobble.
2011 will hold great things as "The Nexus" spreads its wings.
Down By Five
Down By Five is a four piece Reggae Rock band from Raleigh, NC.
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