Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake

Divided Heaven

Simply put, Divided Heaven is Jeff Berman, an East Coast punk rock kid transplanted in Los Angeles with a voice and a guitar. On record and stage, Divided Heaven is a punk band without all the amplification, singing stories rooted in history and politics, travel and experience, love and hope.

The pedigree for an acoustic performer may not often come from years on the road with punk and hardcore bands, but it is this background that sets Divided Heaven apart in the singer-songwriter realm. Berman has spent the last 16 years playing all around the world in bands including The Boils, Protagonist, HeartRacers, The Rites, and The Statiks.

He began Divided Heaven as a musical travel journal while studying in Europe. As time went on, Berman became serious about crafting his voice and songwriting style and began playing solo shows in 2007. Berman's songs continue to draw upon musical influences spanning from the The Clash to Elliott Smith and lyrical influence from the cities he's called home: Lancaster, PA, Washington DC, Berlin, Brooklyn and Los Angeles.

2011 brought the release of Divided Heaven's debut album, A Rival City. The 10 songs on the album play like a road trip with an old friend: as honest views of familiar people and places go passing by. A Rival City yielded standout tracks that garnered regular play on domestic and worldwide college and internet radio as well as music videos for East/West, Five and Dime To Hollywood, KeyStone, and Born-Again Non-Believer which premiered on Alternative Press' website.

In 2012 Berman hit the road relentlessly in support of A Rival City. Dates included two US tours, a European tour, select shows in Canada, the UK, and on the Vans' Warped Tour, plus memorable appearances at The FEST in Florida, the Feed the Scene Festival in Maryland, the Get Better Festival in New Hampshire, the Pfarrfesival in Germany, the This Is My Festival in France, and a headlining show at the esteemed Ramones Museum in Berlin. This year alone, Divided Heaven played in over a dozen countries, two dozen states and shared the stage with such international artists as Anti-Flag, The Flatliners, OK Pilot, Kris Roe (The Ataris), Joey Briggs, Koji, Into It. Over It., Red City Radio, Luther, Blacklist Royals, The Snips, Mark McCabe, Fights & Fires, and Sam Russo.

The new year looks to be landmark year for Divided Heaven. Upcoming releases include two new singles produced by Jamie Woolford (The Stereo) and the legendary Stephen Egerton (Descendents). In addition, Berman will record the follow up album to
A Rival City, and hit the road for more US, European and festival tour dates.
Across the world Divided Heaven is playing shows and building a diverse fan base. Whether it is opening a hardcore matinee, singing without a PA in a sweaty basement, creating intimacy at the Warped Tour or headlining a café, Berman has the dynamic to hit the audience in a place that is familiar with songs that make you think and sing along.

The Upstarters

The Upstarters consists of two young musical entrepreneurs - Kanika & Ryan I. Raines. Kanika currently devotes her time as the executive producer and host of popular TV talk show, The Talk Lounge. The Talk Lounge airs on the Fox This TV Network, Comcast, and online, reaching over 1 million viewers in the MD, DC, VA, GA regions. She has also serves as co-host on “That’s the Reality of It”, a weekly show airing on TV to over 90,000 viewers. Recognizing the new online media trend, Kanika is the co-founder of online TV network, Her Style TV, an online network for women. Her Style TV has successfully launched a very popular Her Style TV Blog and weekly Her Style TV Blog Talk Radio Show.

Kanika has performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York City and has opened for National recording artists Kem, Kindred the Family Soul, and Kevin Michael. She has appeared in concert with artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Fantasia, Mario and Chuck Brown. Kanika is the lead singer of pop/rock band, The UpStarters, and is debuting her solo project, entitled “My Own Sound”, featuring hit single, RUNWAY GIRL.

Ryan Raines has been teaching piano, bass, and guitar to classes of 20 and privately since 2006 and has founded bands that performed on national TV (WBFF FOX 45) and Radio broadcasts (WMBC). Ryan performs alongside legendary artists Angelo "Dr Madd Vibe" Moore of FISHBONE and Paul "H.R." Hudson of BAD BRAINS in Baltimore and Washington DC in a band called the "Dr Madd Vibe Late Bloomer Experience" (see the videos section to check these performances out).

"During my college years I have participated in activities that helped cultivate a balanced, cultured, and productive professional disposition. While being enrolled, I was Vice President of the international club. Studying business, I began using the tactics of academia in the real world -- building a multifaceted music career. My internship at WBAL / WIYY 98 Rock has served as a great conclusion to my college experience."

Ryan and Kanika recorded their debut album completely D.I.Y.

The Upstarters

The Upstarters consists of two young musical entrepreneurs - Kanika & Ryan I. Raines. Kanika currently devotes her time as the executive producer and host of popular TV talk show, The Talk Lounge. The Talk Lounge airs on the Fox This TV Network, Comcast, and online, reaching over 1 million viewers in the MD, DC, VA, GA regions. She has also serves as co-host on “That’s the Reality of It”, a weekly show airing on TV to over 90,000 viewers. Recognizing the new online media trend, Kanika is the co-founder of online TV network, Her Style TV, an online network for women. Her Style TV has successfully launched a very popular Her Style TV Blog and weekly Her Style TV Blog Talk Radio Show.

Kanika has performed at the historic Apollo Theatre in New York City and has opened for National recording artists Kem, Kindred the Family Soul, and Kevin Michael. She has appeared in concert with artists such as Frankie Beverly and Maze, Fantasia, Mario and Chuck Brown. Kanika is the lead singer of pop/rock band, The UpStarters, and is debuting her solo project, entitled “My Own Sound”, featuring hit single, RUNWAY GIRL.

Ryan Raines has been teaching piano, bass, and guitar to classes of 20 and privately since 2006 and has founded bands that performed on national TV (WBFF FOX 45) and Radio broadcasts (WMBC). Ryan performs alongside legendary artists Angelo "Dr Madd Vibe" Moore of FISHBONE and Paul "H.R." Hudson of BAD BRAINS in Baltimore and Washington DC in a band called the "Dr Madd Vibe Late Bloomer Experience" (see the videos section to check these performances out).

"During my college years I have participated in activities that helped cultivate a balanced, cultured, and productive professional disposition. While being enrolled, I was Vice President of the international club. Studying business, I began using the tactics of academia in the real world -- building a multifaceted music career. My internship at WBAL / WIYY 98 Rock has served as a great conclusion to my college experience."

Ryan and Kanika recorded their debut album completely D.I.Y.

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Chris DeMakes of Less Than Jake with Ryany Eldred of Catch 22, Jay Tea of Arrogant Sons of Bitches, Divided Heaven, The Upstarters, The U...

Wednesday, January 8 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM at The Note

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