Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas, Sam Friend & The Freckles, Avidya & The Kleshas

Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas

Life has a way of letting us know what we're supposed to do and when we're supposed to do it. We can distract ourselves, but life is persistent. Jessica Hernandez knows that. She knows that no matter what gets in the way, time won't stop for anyone. Be it struggles or triumphs, Hernandez is ready for whatever, whenever.

This malleability expresses itself in so many facets of Jessica's life. The first-generation American grew up in and around Detroit. There are few regions more impressing as the nitty-gritty of Rock City and it left its mark on the 25-year-old artist. Her voice is instantly recognizable. Its strength and soul are matched by an honest vulnerability. Whether she is singing heartfelt words about someone that has left this world too early, or belting out a danceable tune through a big smile, Hernandez is unforgettable… especially with the ultra-talented Deltas behind her.

Never one to adhere to norms or outside pressures, Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas have learned lesson after lesson along their rise as one of Detroit's favorite bands. They've honed their craft in sell-out shows and tours than span the nation. It's easiest to classify Hernandez by seeing the people that come to every show. All races, all ages, all fans of good music.

Sam Friend & The Freckles

A ghost poet with lyrical wiles, undying melodies, meandering wordplays, and shaggy dreams.
Based in Brooklyn, Miami born Sam Friend is releasing his third solo record, Spirit Mirrir, this year. The album takes on the notion of natural dualities and reflects the singer-songwriter's peripatetic nature.

Performing live, new yet familiar colors coruscate through the prism of his post-folk troupe, Sam Friend & The Freckles. The songs appear like keen jewels in the dust, and enter your consciousness filled with juicy ambiguity, though are fine-tuned enough to remain there and unleash all manners of firepower imagery in your purview.

Avidya & The Kleshas

With her penchant for impassioned expression, vocalist Stephanie Carlin evokes the ghost of Jeff Buckley and the outspokenness of Ani DiFranco while The Kleshas channel the textured funk of Frank Zappa and multifaceted soundscapes of John Frusciante. Spawned from the love and generous support of fans with a successful Kickstarter campaign, AATK’s newest album Tree of Series is a record for refined tastes.

Buddhist texts describe Avidya and four other Kleshas as the fog in our consciousness, the mental states that cloud the mind, i.e why we suffer. Translated from Sanskrit, this incapacity to see reality for what it really is defines “avidya,” which is the root klesha in all of us; it is the source of four other mental states of discomfort.

Avidya And The Kleshas are: Stephanie Carlin, Will Graefe, Russ Flynn, Wes Reid, and Javi Santiago.



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