That Noble Fury: That Noble Fury is the brainchild of songwriters, singers, and multi-instrumentalists Anthony Blaha and Tom Fellows who met on their first day as students at Johns Hopkins University over their mutual interest in rock and pop music. Now as a full-fledged five-piece, That Noble Fury has been taking New England by storm, including being featured on AOL Listening Party, winning Deli Magazine's Artist of the Month, inclusion into Pandora's coveted Music Genome Project, and a sold-out headlining gig at the famous Middle East club in Cambridge.
Sunshine Riot: When Sunshine Riot named their long awaited full length debut album A Fresh Bottle & A Brand New Day, the eclectic four piece rock powerhouse was making a playful, tongue in cheek reference to their rep as a high energy, hard partying live band in their home base of Boston and beyond. But the group, founded by lifelong friends and musical compadres Jonny Orton (rhythm guitar, lead vocals) and Jeff Sullivan (bass, backing vocals) in 2007, is no doubt also referring metaphorically to the freshness of their unique, freewheeling mix of country, rock, blues and punk that’s helped them break through the genre-specific muck most indie bands prefer to stay safe in.
Old Soul: Old Soul is a rock ‘n roll band out of New York City made up of three songwriters - Lincoln, Jackson and Satchel. The rhythm section is Tbone on drums and Freddy on steel drum, giving the roots rock songwriting a fresh sound. Formed on Bleecker Street in 2008 where this group of friends got into jams that could last 6 hours long, they developed an explosive live show and a distinct sound that is both new and familiar. Old Soul had their first headlining CMJ showcase in 2009, followed by SXSW in 2010 and a successful Northeast tour. In 2011, drummer Tbone was hired back to Public Enemy and Lincoln, Jackson and Satchel started arranging their debut record set to be released in the fall of 2012. While Tbone splits his time between Public Enemy and Old Soul this summer, the band will be performing select dates in the Northeast.
Satchel Jones: Satchel has been performing on stages for ages and writing songs for nearly as long.
Currently he performs a solo acoustic act and is the leader of the band Satchel Jones and The Flavor Makers. The rhythm section consists of drummer "T-Bone" Motta (Public Enemy) and electric bassist Caitlin Gray (Teletextile, Rails to Russia, Big Apple Circus). The diversity of acts Satchel has opened for reflect the unique blend of his music: VVBrown, Kimya Dawson, Daniel Johnston, The Chiodos Brothers, and the Detroit garage rock legends The Muggs, to name a few. Satchel's music appeals to audiences of many cultural stripes and musical appetites.
Satchel has completed several successful tours, built fan bases, and made connections in places like Japan, Europe, and the United Kingdom. He has played at La Fleche D'Or (Paris), the 12 Bar Club (London), Cave Be (Tokyo) and Club Water (Osaka). He has also played major cities in the Northeast and Midwest (USA).
A natural and seasoned performer, Satchel's quirky onstage banter is only one way he forges a bond with the audience. He is a passionate singer with a darkly rich and resonant voice, which has been compared to Leonard Cohen, Beck, Lou Reed, and Jim Morrison. His eclectic musical blend reflects his love for America's folk music heritage and songs that embody loving, learning and living off the land, which he feels illustrate the complexities of a simpler time. It's no surprise that Satchel loves to travel and meeting people both on and off the stage.
The Nick West Quartet: “I like New York because you're kind of forced to smell everybody else's funk. So it keeps you biologically attached to the world around you”
– Jeffrey Wright
And that is the philosophy of this four piece jazz-funk band: everyone is connected by the funk. Standing on the shoulders of giants – such as Cannonball Adderley, Miles Davis, Jimmy Smith, and The Meters – this quartet keeps the music “real” by studying and practicing traditional, groove oriented standards while their improvisation adds a fresh and intimate sound.
Billy Shears: Billy Shears is at breaking point
a storm struck and now i'm a little damp and baffled