Cas Haley **All Ages Matinee**

From his early days with his musician parents, surrounded by the sounds of blues, ‘60s-‘70s rock, and Bob Marley, through his immersion in ska/punk/skateboard culture and the classic reggae-pop of bands like UB40 and Sublime, Cas went on to a second-place finish on America's Got Talent and some hard-knock lessons about the music business. Through it all –his years of touring, and now in the fourth year of his fruitful collaboration with Easy Star Records – Cas has never lost sight of music’s core message of communication among people and nations.

Musical branching out has been a part of Cas’s spirit all along. “My musical tastes have always been very wide, I love all kinds,” he says, “but what evolved is the way I feel about it, what it means to me, and the value that we all put on the moment of playing the music versus the outcome.” Lyrically Cas’s songs feel as authentic as ever but with the added depth of maturity and reflection: “I feel like I've definitely gotten to a place where I've accepted who I am.”

Austin Ellis

Soulful, Engaging, Authentic. Austin Ellis captivates listeners with an enchanting voice and intimate acoustic style. Influenced by the smooth delivery of John Legend and laid back strumming of Jack Johnson, Ellis invites audiences to relax and enjoy the music. Known for his warm and charming live performances, he is well on his way to becoming a star.

The rising singer/songwriter has shared the stage with established artists including SOJA, Sonya Kitchell, Jim Boggia, and Naked Blue, and was a finalist in the Mountain Stage Newsong Contest and Mid-Atlantic Song Contest. Ellis performs over 150 shows per year and his self-titled debut EP was released in December 2010. The EP was well received by local radio and press, sold thousands of copies independently, and grabbed the attention of music supervisors in Los Angeles, New York CIty, and beyond. His highly anticipated 2012 release Coming of A.G.E. has launched the young artist to the next level and will be the centerpiece of a national college tour!

Raised on equal doses of R&B and Rock, the Latin-American artist earned a degree in Songwriting and Music Business from the well-respected Recording Industry Program at Middle Tennessee State University. Hailing from North Beach, Maryland, Ellis has performed up and down the East Coast including New York City, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington D.C. and ventured west to perform in Nashville, Los Angeles and even as far as Melbourne, Australia.

Ultimately for Ellis it’s about the pleasure of creating music and connecting with people. “Music saved my life,” he explains. “When I was down and nearly out, a song helped pick me up. If I can do that for someone, then the hard work is worthwhile.”




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