Ray Mazza and The Gutter Bandits: A driven folk rock group from the NYC area, Ray Mazza and the Gutter Bandits has created catchy folk music with lyrical depth. Their edgy sound combined with their energy filled live performance is infectious and leaves the crowd wanting more. It’s a little bit of folk rock and a little bit of alternative mixed in with a lot of awesome!
The Raft: The Raft is a six-piece aggressive groove machine from Westfield, Massachusetts. Formed in the Winter of 2009, The Raft creates original music with roots in R&B, Rock and Roll, Reggae, Funk and West African music. Influences for The Raft range from Led Zeppelin to Jay Z, from Bob Marley to Rage Against the Machine. Get on The Raft.
Bertie Blackman: Bertie Blackman’s first encounter with her artistic self came as a child sashaying across her mother and father’s paint strewn studio floor. The daughter of iconic Australian artist Charles Blackman, not many musicians can boast a foundation of emotional expression like Bertie, “I come from a family of painters, so everything I do is pretty visual. You can see and feel my music”.
Bertie first stepped onto the scene with ‘Headway’ (2004), her folk-inspired debut album powered by acoustic guitar. The album’s single ‘Favourite Jeans’ became Bertie’s radio breakthrough and saw her dubbed “Australia’s underground queen”. On her second album, ‘Black’ (2006) Bertie returned armed with an electric guitar delivering a sexier, gritty rock sound. “There’s always been something about a feisty girl with an axe and a pen…” (Mess + Noise - 2006)
Constantly evolving as an artist, Bertie continued to develop her sound on ‘Secrets and Lies’ (2009) blending electronic influences with her signature vocal style and penchant for brutally honest lyrics in a modern exploration of pop music. “I wanted to do something more electronic and less band-oriented” says Blackman, “It’s dark, but it’s also a pop record”.
‘Secrets and Lies’ is a result of the meeting of great minds including Sydney based UK producer Lee Groves (Goldfrapp, Gwen Stefani) and Francois Tetaz (Gotye, Architecture in Helsinki.)
The album’s first single 'heart' was released in March 2009 and added to high rotation on Triple J and across the board on commercial radio network Nova. Altogether 'heart' was the 4th most added song on Australian radio in its premiere week of release. In April 2009 ‘heart’ was also one of the Australia’s most downloaded iTunes Singles of the Week of all-time.
The album Secrets and Lies was released on May 8, 2009 on Forum 5 Recordings with distribution through MGM and was presented as a Triple J Feature Album. In July ‘Secrets and Lies’ was nominated for a J Award, Triple J’s highest accolade for the best Australian album of the year.
The album’s second offering ‘Thump’ was mixed by Dave Bascombe (Tears for Fears/Royksopp) and mastered by Jon Davis at Metropolis London. The music video for Thump was met with instant rotation on MTV Video Hits, Rage and Channel V who nominated Bertie for [V] Oz Artist of 2009.
Hot off the heels of a 15-date sold out Australian album tour Bertie released her intoxicating third single ‘Byrds of Prey’ and embarked on Parklife 2009, ANS extensive summer festival dates including Falls, Sunset Sounds and Southbound. The video clip for ‘Byrds of Prey’ was featured on the Youtube homepage internationally in November 2009 as part of a showcase of Australian talent and has since received in excess of 100,000 views.
In November Bertie entered a new international chapter in her young career, travelling to the UK for a promo tour sparking radio play on BBC 1, BBC 2 and XFM ahead of the UK release of Secrets and Lies.
Upon her return Bertie was awarded the ultimate in Australian music industry accolades: an AIR Award for BREATHROUGH INDEPENDENT ARTIST OF 2009 and an ARIA Award for BEST INDEPENDENT RELEASE 2009.
The fourth single from Secrets and Lies, sultry electro-dance number ‘Black Cats’ was released in December 2009 and instantly became a summer anthem on Australian radio.
In February 2010 Bertie returns to the UK for a string of showcase dates in London including a headline performance at Club NME. March 2010 sees Bertie returned to Australian soil for national dates as the main support act for La Roux’s Australian tour.
Son Bully: Bully is a four piece band out of Hamilton, NY.
Jenny Wessels- vocals, bass
Zach Collins- vocals, guitar
Brendan O'Connor- vocals, drums
Colin Nevison- hammond, EP, piano and synths
Do it for Danny: Do it for Danny is a two-man band mixing a plethora of covers and originals, consisting of Jason Barron on keyboards/vocals and Justin Taylor on guitar/vocals. The band was formed in 2002 by Jason Barron and Chris Brill. In the decade that followed, the band saw many faces in its different line-ups. Justin Taylor joined the band in ’03, originally to be a replacement bass player, but eventually emerged as rhythm guitar. Chris Brill left the band in '04 to pursue a military career and the American dream, as Jason and Justin kept the thing going. After having been a four- (and even five) piece band, Jason & Justin decided they were a happier and more productive as a duo.
The band has played all over the tri-state area (Philly, NYC, NJ) from venues demanding strictly covers to ones that only want originals, and everything in between! The duo truly knows how to entertain the crowd and keep a party going. Do it for Danny originals always have a comedic edge, which is warmly welcomed by people who normally “don’t like originals.” Their covers include early rock 'n roll, Motown, classic rock, dance, rap, 80’s, 90’s and current top 40.