Drunken Logic, Lil' Elephant, Laura Paragano

Drunken Logic

With the daring to transform a country ballad into a reggae tune and the scathing wit for social and personal satire, Drunken Logic makes music that “blend[s] more genres and styles than we have room to list, all in the name of creating an eclectic fast-forward sound that’s shaken up after each track” (Vanyaland). Frontman Jake Cassman walked away from an Ivy League education to forge a theatrical folk-rock sound influenced as much by Kurt Vonnegut and Jon Stewart as by artists like Dawes or Frank Turner. Since then, DL has released two critically acclaimed albums, shot several award-winning music videos, and performed at major events and venues like AT&T Park and First Night Boston.

Jake’s artistic journey has taken him around the world and back again, with jobs in every corner of the music industry and performances at everything from celebrity galas to improv comedy shows. He’s also participated in grassroots campaigns for automatic voter registration and universal healthcare, and taught songwriting classes to young people trying to find their voices. Despite his busy schedule, Jake still saves time for pickup basketball, urban and rural hiking, and trying new beers based solely on their names.

Most recently, Drunken Logic donated their song and video “What A Beautiful Morning!” to the 30 Days, 30 Songs project for a Trump-free America, alongside artists like Death Cab for Cutie, R.E.M. and more. And with each step forward, they have been careful to give back to their community by supporting progressive causes and hosting music workshops for young people. This year, Jake has returned to his home state of California to release DL’s third record, The Loudness Wars — an unblinking reflection on the forces roiling our country and the people left in their wake. Consistently funny, always honest, and never boring, Drunken Logic is a powder keg of diverse rock music sparked by the American folk tradition — an inspiring and challenging sound defined by the times in which we live.

Lil' Elephant

Lil' Elephant is an unconventional Oakland ensemble bringing original tunes to stages of all sizes throughout the Bay Area. A labor of love several years in the making, this band of four motley miscreants fuses funk, rock, roll, rap, and classical influences into an exceptional and eclectic musical shmorgasboard. Major influences include Funkadelic, Traffic, In Flames, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. You’ll find your feet tapping and your hips swaying before you know it. You can listen to some tunes at www.lilelephunk.com

Laura Paragano

Laura Paragano has a mouth from New Jersey and a soul from California. Her coastal influences combine to create what might be described as a “heartland-surf sound.” Paragano's debut album, "Strange Curses," was released in September 2018. Her creative, honest lyrics provide a foundation for reverb-heavy guitars that “keep the album on the edge of a memory, wistful yet light enough to be carried away by an ocean breeze” (music-news.com) and soulful melodies soaked in “a kind of twangy sensuality” (tattoo.com).

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