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OCTOBER 2019 FESTIVAL

North Mississippi All Stars

Founded in 1996 by brothers Luther (guitar and vocals) and Cody Dickinson (drums, piano, synth bass, programming and vocals), the now venerable band are entering their third decade with perhaps the most vital album of their career - PRAYER FOR PEACE.  Recorded in studios across America during North Mississippi Allstars’ 2016 tour, PRAYER FOR PEACE sees the Dickinsons weaving their bred-to-the-bone musical sensibility with unstoppable energy, rhythmic reinvention, and a potent message of positivity, family, and hope. As ever, songs like R.L. Burnside’s “Long Haired Doney” and the impassioned title track pay homage to the country blues legacy while simultaneously pushing it into contemporary relevance with fatback funk, electronic innovation, slippery soul, and pure unadulterated rock ‘n’ roll.

Yak Attack

Yak Attack is a live electronica power trio from Portland Oregon. Founded in 2013, the band has experienced steady growth over the past few years and has been building buzz by touring frequently throughout the Pacific Northwest, California, and the Mountain West. The group's music is best described as "organic electronica", using skillful playing, live loops, and tightly constructed songs combined with raw improvisation to build high-energy and uplifting dance music from scratch, where every note is played and recorded live. The band draws on influences from a wide spectrum of electronica, such as house, drum and bass, and breakbeat, along with elements of jam, funk, and jazz. The result is a live show that is musically sophisticated but widely accessible, with a diverse and engaged fanbase that travels to out of town shows and continually returns to see what the band will do in its next live show.

Russ Liquid Test

Redefining the possibilities of modern music, The Russ Liquid Test fuses the raw vitality of classic funk and the inventive sound design of electronic production. Songwriter/producer and renowned brass specialist Russell Scott heads up the New Orleans-based band. Guitarist Andrew Block and drummer Deven Trusclair round things out, with each providing a distinct musical background deeply rooted in the New Orleans jazz scene. A kinetic energy infuses each the band giving way to a mixture of funk/jazz/electro. The Russ Liquid Test evokes a kaleidoscope of textures, senses, and moods. At the heart of The Russ Liquid Test is an improv-driven musicality.

Gato Preto

Gato Preto has become one of the most vibrant and extravagant, contemporary African artists. Fusing music and culture from Mozambique to Germany, Ghana to Senegal, this group will have you re-thinking everything you think to know about African music. This afrofuturistic live act "doesn't just put on a show; it makes a scene" NPR Music. The band built their name through stunning high energetic live performances - they combine electronic beats with powerful live percussions and Gata‘s intense strong voice. Their stage outfits, the dancers and visuals turn the concerts of Gato Preto into an impressive liveshow, that will stick in your mind for a long time. The music of Gato Preto is the essence of „Rockin´Favela Funk“ from Rio, "Township Grooves" from South Africa and „Hybrid Tech“ named Kuduro from Angola.

Zach Deputy

In his early 20s, Deputy experienced a major turning point that would take his music in an entirely new direction. “I was playing in a band but I wasn’t inspired—music wasn’t bringing me the joy that it used to, and I felt like I might be done with it altogether,” he says. Along with quitting the band mid-tour, Deputy traded in his electric guitar and amp for a nylon-string acoustic and moved back home to work construction with his dad. “At work all day I’d have this music in my head, and as soon as I got home I’d go straight to the guitar,” he says. Serendipitously landing a solo gig by walking into a bar just after that night’s featured artist had bailed, Deputy soon introduced the world to the sound he’d eventually dub“island-infused, drum ‘n’ bass, gospel-ninja-soul.” By 2008 he’d released his debut album Out of the Water and—thanks to his ingenuity in looping—made his name as an unforgettable one-man-band live act.

Adam Freeland

True to his crate-digging roots, you never know what you’ll hear at a Freeland gig. Immersing oneself into his catalogue of original productions and DJ mixes makes clear Freeland’s musical knowledge runs deeper than passing dance-music genres and trends. “As soon as you attach yourself to a sound and scene, your true creativity lies down to die,” Freeland says. That’s clear from the range of styles and genres captured on Freeland’s pioneering Fabric Live mix (which stemmed from Freeland’s longtime residency at London’s legendary Fabric club) to his Global Underground, to his entry in the legendary Back To Mine series (which showed influences so diverse, it ignited controversy about what constitutes a DJ mix) to appearances on BBC radio shows and his own Internet-dropped sets. It’s all part of Freeland’s ongoing plan to turn the masses on to the most forward, challenging electronic grooves – all while rocking the party.   

Desert Rhythm Project
  
Desert Rhythm Project is a Neo-Roots, Reggae, Funk, Soul Band from California's Mojave Desert. Fronted by desert natives Michael Reyes and Bryanna Evaro, who have created their own unique style comprised of soulful harmonies, effortless melodic guitar techniques, and smooth elemental bass rhythms. Michael Reyes' dynamic presence on lead vocal and guitar is reminiscent of the soulful and energetic James Brown combined with the appreciative ethereal consciousness of Reggae Legend Bob Marley. Bryanna Evaro's timeless velvety folk-roots presence on bass guitar and vocals lends herself as the crowning essential counterpart of this celebrated divine duo. Backed by the energetic and talented drummer Tyler Saraca and David Yuter on keys this high energy Reggae, Funk Band is a force to be reckoned with. 

Steve Poltz
  
Steve Poltz is obsessed with the challenge of knowing and understanding the thoughts of each and every person in his audience. He is a lover of life; fascinated by all things large and small. As a road-tested troubadour armed with whimsy, curiosity and a healthy respect for the absurdities of existence, he is unafraid of saying yes, unafraid of letting his relentless, giddy energy fill a room and he is unafraid of letting his streams-of-consciousness take him where he needs to go.  His songs are guileless snapshots filtered through the windshield of his brain. He opens his mouth and lets it fall out – a SONG – and it’s as shameless and intriguing and profound and wondrous as he is. A mix of high octane performance, singular wit and endlessly entertaining storytelling, Steve is legendary for his improvisational songwriting and timeless, original classics.  

Earth Arrow
  
Earth Arrow is an Afro Indigenous Hip-hop & dance band based in South Central Los Angeles. The band united over a need to revive ancient African and Indigenous rhythms and dance as a release, as therapy. A reflection of the fire that burns in the hearts of all who live in colonized lands across the world , Earth Arrow harnesses the likes of Santana, Jimi Hendrix , The Godfather of Soul , The Roots, and touches on the groups Afro-Latin roots with jams that Celia and The Fania Allstars might approve. Their politically charged lyrics & memorable melodies will keep Earth Arrow on your mind long after the amps have stopped ringing. Ancient and modern, the guitar licks, piano solos, and percussions are calls to the immigrant ancestors of the band as they channel their visions for what Earth could be. 

Ocho Ojos
  
Psychedelic Cumbias with rhythms & grooves that are sure to get you moving & dancing. 
Hailing from Coachella, CA, the band originally began as duo consisting of Danny Torres & Cesar Flores. In 2018, the duo added James Gastelum on bass. As a three-piece, the group excels in their live performances. Creating energetic rhythms that get everyone on the dance floor moving with the trios multi-instrumental playing. Ocho Ojos has performed in countless shows, including major music festivals & alongside legendary national acts. Ocho Ojos unique style includes Latin groove rhythms infused with styles deriving from the Blues & psychedelic undertones, all brought together by the strong driving force of traditional Cumbia music. Puro Bailongo!

The Flusters
  
Palm Desert quartet the Flusters gained some notoriety in 2016 when they were one of the local bands added to the Coachella lineup. Since then — besides remaining one of the sharpest-dressed bands out there — they’ve toured nationally and cultivated a retro/modern sound they call “Dreamsurf,” which is the title of their debut album. The foursome (singer-guitarist Dougie VanSant, guitarist-vocalist Danny White, bassist-vocalist Mario Estrada and drummer Daniel Perry) play an affecting mix of hyper-romantic guitar-pop that at times sounds like Morrissey giving a concert out of the back of a Woody at a beach party. 

Amanda Davis
  
Bio coming soon....