Cincy Groove Music Festival

Ray's Music Exchange

Ray's Music Exchange has become a Cincinnati Jazz/funk/groove institution whose legend, roster of past musicians, and influence spreads from coast to coast. After the success of last year's inaugural Ray's Reunion Show, the first live show from the band in 5 years, yielded both excited fans and reinvigorated band members as well as a forthcoming DVD of the show, they have decided to make the reunion an annual event. This reunion will feature songs from the Ray's Music Exchange catalog as well as musical tributes and covers of their musical heroes like Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, The Beatles, The Meters, Stevie Wonder and more. The band this year will feature members from past Ray's Music Exchange albums/lineups as well as some new faces and special guests. Complete with visuals from Big Bang Productions this show is not to be missed.

The Cincy Brass

"N'awlins Soul Meets Cincinnati Funk" - That is the best way to describe The Cincy Brass. This 9-piece brass band has the essence of Bourbon St, funk, hip-hop, and jazz all wrapped into an epic explosion of sound and passion. Whether it be an original off of their upcoming debut album, a mind-blowing twist on a cover of a pop hit (Beyonce, James Brown, Def Leppard, Lady Gaga, George Michaels, etc), or an old time N'awlins street music hit, The Cincy Brass delivers a performance that can't be duplicated. The band has exploded onto the scene in the past two years, performing at some of Cincinnati's hippest music venues and biggest festivals. You also may have seen the brass at Reds games and opening for acts like 311, Sublime, Foreigner, Blessid Union of Souls, and Journey. Make sure you don't miss The Cincy Brass. Oh yea...don't forget to bring some beads!


"Sometimes, simplicity is complicated. This formula is one of the best I've ever sampled. Ten dudes + ten cohesively-played instruments + Cincy-sass + choice covers + rabid fun = an entire set devoted to getting your dance groove ON" - Monty shoutOUT Sixth Ed. 2011

"People were screaming (literally) with joy, and dancing maniacs made the party all the more fun and sweaty" - Metromix Cincinnati

Elementree Livity Project

“Combining the best of multiple genres into a cohesive, catchy and memorable sound is not a simple thing to do. Yet, this Cincinnati-based, multi-talented quintet does just that. Fuse “old school” Rock-n-Roll with Jam & Roots and masterfully layer it over a solid Reggae base and you have the distinct sound of Elementree Livity Project. Whether in a room at the back of a coffee house or an auditorium for thousands, ELP brings people together. When the band clicks on all cylinders, it’s noticeable.” – Michael Clare, mikecimages.

Elementree Livity Project has created a recipe for success based on one goal. That goal is simple; to bring the message of Livity to the masses by spreading positive vibes; a message of peace, harmony, & acceptance for all people. It is a message of love & understanding for all. Since taking the stage by storm in 2013, ELP has carved out a space all their own with their whirlwind grooves, electric leads, and thundering bass lines. Already, they have shared the stage with artists like Shaggy, The Original Wailers, MAGIC!, Nahko & Medicine for The People, Fortunate Youth, Keller Williams, Papadosio and The Revivalists to name just a few. After every storm, the sun will shine and the future of ELP is looking bright!

With the release of their first official EP, “You’re Not Ready,” the band is poised to emerge as a mainstay on the festival circuit. The 5-piece reggae rock dance machine has already performed at major events such as Rootwire Transformational Arts Festival, Resonance Music and Arts Festival, and they also host their very own event, Ohmstead Music Festival. And you can catch ELP at major venues throughout the midwest including: Madison Theater, Bogart’s, The Grog Shop, The V Club, Woodlands Tavern & many, many more.

The members of Elementree Livity Project are: David “Elementree” Danforth (guitar, vocals), Brandon “Bean” Bastin (lead guitar, vocals), Stephen Buttree (sax, flute, keys and vocals), Michael Walker (bass) and Cisco Hughes (drums).

If you are having a bad day go listen to an Elementree Livity Project tune, or better yet go catch a show! You are bound to have a smile on your face and you won’t be able to stop moving to the music.” – Jason Evans, ConcertExposures.com

SOUSE is a seven piece jazz-funk band based in Cincinnati, Ohio. Formed in the Spring of 2004, out of the ashes of the late progressive fusion act Final Exit, SOUSE quickly became one of the premier jazz-funk bands in the midwest. Blending infectious melodies with layered rhythms and open improvisational passages, SOUSE continues to forge a unique sound and push the envelope with exposive live performances. The acclaimed 2008 release of their first CD, PUSH, and the non-stop schedule of dynamic live shows garnered the band three nominations for “Best R&B/Funk Band” at the Cincinnati Entertainment Awards. Over the years SOUSE has compiled an extensive library of original compositions while taking time to pay homage to their influences, Miles Davis, Herbie Hancock, Freddie Hubbard, John Coltrane and many other jazz and fusion greats. SOUSE is preparing for a return to the studio while continuing to promote their first CD. SOUSE is best experienced live and continues to perform regularly at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest.

Songwriter Soul with a Funky kick is how Carole Walker self describes her crafted sound. Her songwriting goes far beyond convention. She weaves her lyrics into a tapestry of spoken word, poems, and heartfelt songs all wrapped in her warm powerful voice. Mike Breen "CityBeat" magazine (Cincinnati, Oh) says “Carole Walker has been equally lauded for her soulful, lilting vocal ability, which get its calling card with Be Yourself (she can somehow occasionally sound like Joni Mitchell, Nina Simone, Ani DiFranco and Erykah Badu in the span of one line)."

Carole is now working on her upcoming EP "Bloom”. “Bloom” a collection of songs inspired by personal growth, loss, acceptance and love. In July of 2010 Carole lost her brother/bass player Chris Walker who was also her musical partner and co-founder of the bands “Heavy Weather” and “The Walker Project”
“Music can’t heal everything but It can help you find your way back from the darkest of places” says Carole “these songs were my way of putting back the pieces of myself after what seemed like to me was back to back tragedies. The songs were more personal than I ever expected and still more songs are coming.

Carole is now about making her name on the road as a solo artist and with her band that has been a collection of bad asses from the Cincinnati music scene w ith Chris Verbanic taking the drum seat, Mike Cobb, Mike Walle and Nick Blasky all taking turns on bass.

Carole developed her guitar skills and continued to write songs. Her solo work led to the creation of “The Walker Project” (the Project) -- the second collaboration with her brother. Carole describes “The Walker Project” as ‘an acoustic soul duet.’ The Project released two self –produced CDs (Trilogy, U can be Yourself). In 2003, Carole was nominated and received the Cincinnati Music award (Cammy) for best Hip-hop vocal. Carole has shared the stage with Michelle Malone, Tracy Walker, Allison Pippitone, and the late Katie Reider. Carole’s time with Heavy Weather” with her brother/bass player Chris Walker and fronted the band with her powerful vocals. The band played an amalgamation of genres including funk, rock, soul, reggae, and pop. They opened for a number of national acts including Fishbone, Kid Rock, Merrell Saunders, MMW (Medeski, Martin and Wood), Freekbass, and Sister 7. In 1994, they were selected as the official band for the American Indian Movement Walk for Freedom national tour which began in Florida and ended with a concert on the Washington Monument in Washington DC. Heavy Weather toured extensively for 10 years receiving numerous accolades and produced three CD’s (The Difference, As My World, Live) until 2002 when they took a much deserved hiatus.

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