BIG BANG BLOCK PARTY : Spafford, Lee Fields & The Expressions + more

Composed of Brian Moss (guitar), Jordan Fairless (bass), Andrew “Red” Johnson (keys), and Cameron Laforest (drums), Spafford’s patented “electrofunk therapy” has a little bit of something for everyone, offering tastes of rock, funk, electronic, bluegrass, gospel, and more. The Arizona-based four-piece is characterized by strong vocals, tight harmonies, catchy tunes, and captivating live shows. However, the group is best known for their immense improvisational abilities, which see the band regularly embark on spontaneous and unrehearsed hour-long musical odysseys featuring jams that are patient, meticulous, and sonically rich.



In recent years, Spafford has witnessed a truly meteoric rise in the jam scene. Coming together serendipitously in 2009, the band gained a dedicated fan base in their home state of Arizona and quickly earned a reputation as the Southwest’s go-to jam act. Through word of mouth, buzz about the group spread, and due to unprecedented demand, their headlining tours consistently sold out venues across the country. Most recently, Spafford has been selected to play high-profile events like Bonnaroo, The Peach Music Festival, Summer Camp, Firefly Music Festival, and Suwanee Hulaween.

Lee Fields & The Expressions

“I feel that every human being’s purpose is to do what their inner voice says to do,” says Lee Fields. “And my inner voice, my driving force, wants me to put out music and keeping making better records.”

Apologies to the late, great James Brown, but you’d be hard pressed to find another singer who’s ever worked as hard as Fields, a man who’s been making soul and funk anthems since 1969.

Since that time, Fields has toured the world with musical legends like Kool and the Gang, Sammy Gordon and the Hip-Huggers, O.V Wright, Darrell Banks, and Little Royal. Recorded with French house DJ/producer Martin Solveig. And somehow found a newer, younger audience and become more prolific as the years transpire.

“In a curious case of musical evolution, the older Fields becomes, the closer he gets to perfecting the sound of soul that he grew up with as a young man,” noted NPR music writer Oliver Wang (and that was back in 2009).. Now Fields returns with his most triumphant and honest record yet, Special Night, recorded with The Expressions and released on Brooklyn’s Big Crown Records.

Special Night follows the the critical success of his Truth & Soul recordings My World, Faithful Man and 2014’s Emma Jean — the last one American Songwriter hailing as “more than just a stroll down memory lane … it’s the sound of a man who understands his musical strengths and plays to them with class, authority and soul searching intensity.”

You’ll hear Fields flexing those strengths on Special Night. There’s some JB-style funk on there. And hints of Stax, Chess, Fame and Motown.

But this is not a throwback. Possessing a voice that’s equally raucous and tender, Fields crafts a truly honest, soulful work. “This is a record about what people do in real life,” says the singer. For one example, he cites the yearning “Work to Do,” which entails a “a guy going to counseling, drinking too much, apologizing to the old lady and trying to keep family together, doing the manly thing.”

Adds Fields: “When I record, I make every song like I actually mean it. I mean every word I say. On Special Night I’m talking to my lady — literally, expressing the way I feel. You can tell if a song is real or not. And every moment I’m recording, those moments are real.”

Meanwhile, album standout “Make This World” works both as militaristic funk and a cautionary tale about the health of the planet. “The world was designed to last indefinitely,” says Fields.

“And we’re the only living species on Earth who can alter that process. I’m hoping that song has a chain reaction, helps somebody put into action whatever contribution they can to change what the world is going through.”

Fields and his six-piece band will tour in the fall, where he notes the audiences seem tgrowing and changing. “I’m seeing a younger crowd,” he notes. “And that’s a blessing.”

As for his late success? Fields regrets nothing. “I was already talking to myself in the beginning of my career about the end of my career,” he says. “I was a little naive, so I told myself, ‘Think about the future in every song you make. Make things you can live with. Everything you do has consequences.’ And today, I live like I’ve always lived.”

A credo that continues with Special Night. “All the songs on that record have special meaning,” he says. “I hope people take a good listen to it and find the magic.”

Wick-It The Instigator

Ask anyone who's seen him live and they'll tell you that Wick-it puts on one of the most high-energy, original and entertaining live shows you've ever seen. With successful headlining shows everywhere from California to Alabama, it is clear that the rest of the nation is taking note as well.

What makes Wick-it so special begins in the studio. Starting in 2010 with his groundbreaking Big Boi vs. Black Keys mashup album The Brothers of Chico Dusty, Wick-it's thoughtfully fresh remixes have earned him a reputation amongst listeners as a producer that only puts out the highest quality of tracks. His ability to deliver in a multitude of styles earned him recent support slots for acts like:

Pretty Lights, Ghostland Observatory, Big Boi, Skrillex, Porter Robinson, MiM0SA, Three 6 Mafia, Yelawolf, PANTyRAiD, Girl Talk, SKisM, Borgore, Zoogma, Perpetual Groove, NiT GriT, Zeds Dead and Caspa.

One of the secrets behind his fan base's rabid loyalty is that, although a handful of his tracks have recently been released under labels (and charted on Beatport), the majority of his music is available for free download on his SoundCloud page. With almost 2,000,000 plays and 500,000 downloads, it is clear people simply can't get enough Wick-it. His musical approach is tough to pinpoint given that his roots are in hip-hop, but elements of dubstep, rock and house music have all made their way into his repertoire.

Wick-it's most recent full-length release, Grindhouse Basterds, is a Quentin Tarantino themed hip hop, mashup, dubstep, electronic extravaganza. It features remixes of Apathy, Celph Titled, Bun B, Yelawolf, Aesop Rock, Murs, Slug, Notorious B.I.G., KRS ONE, RZA, Ghostface, and more.

With acts like Bassnectar, Z-Trip & MiMOSA now beginning to catch on (They've been using Wick-its original remixes as part of their current tours), it's only a matter of time before Wick-it is propelled to the top ranks of his craft.

During their brief time in the Atlanta music scene, Hedonistas has made their mark as a local favorite. Their authentic, high-energy style ensures an instantly apparent onstage chemistry, engaging the audience and delivering an aura of sheer electricity. The combination of each member's eye-catching talent yields an indisputably groovy fusion of rock, funk, jazz, latin, blues, and everything in between.

In 2017, Hedonistas landed their first major festival spot at Sweetwater 420 Fest, alongside acts such as Widespread Panic, Trey Anastasio Band, and Ween. Since then, they have toured regionally, sharing bills with other rising southeast bands like Stop Light Observations and Funk You.

With numerous sold-out shows under their belt, Hedonistas gives no sign of curbing their momentum as Atlanta's premier local act. Their debut studio album is slated to be released late 2018

PRISCA is a soulful artist who is unapologetically showing all her colors. Her magical versatility and strength as a vocalist, songwriter and piano player, create musical nuances that steal your breath as you experience her performance. A respected songwriter, PRISCA has been called upon to write for many artists including: Justin Bieber, Christina Aguilera, Jessie McCartney, The Voice, American Idol and many others. She shared the stage with Kelly Clarkson during the Piece by Piece tour, had a #1 hit on iTunes for her song “Kamikaze” on KB’s album ‘100’, and has toured as a singer for Ben Folds during his symphonic orchestra concert series.

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