Known for its progressive songwriting and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & Friends started in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. After the release of its first full length album in 2013, the trio, consisting of Jordan Caiola, Shane Woods, and Nate Matulis, began playing venues throughout the city.
After experiencing the high of multiple sold-out hometown shows, Mo Lowda took its act on the road and began consistently touring the country. Its 2016 sophomore release, Act Accordingly, was a short and sweet embodiment of the band's natural progression, refining its already formidable sound.
Following that release, Jeff Lucci stepped in as the new bassist, bringing his unique songwriting and tasteful use of effects pedals into the mix. After playing more than 100 shows nationwide in 2017, Mo Lowda is set for a full United States tour in 2018, in support of its new full-length album, Creatures.
Kirby Sybert's musical adventures have led him around the world, sometimes leading his band Kirby & the VibeTribe, sometimes solo, sometimes backing up friends, playing whatever instrument is at hand or just harmonizing with strangers in an effort to spread his message of positivity. This is reflected in his songs, which are built on hip-shaking grooves, while his lyrics portray a vast set of characters, united in their struggle to be better people in a better world. Due to his intense focus on forging a relationship with his audience, every one of Sybert's performances is a unique experience. It is simply in his nature; if there is a piano in a room, it will be played, and if there is a person in the room, they will be befriended. The only way to truly understand is to experience it for yourself.
The Dales is a five-piece Americana roots-rock band, carried by three part harmonies as well as a deep appreciation for classic songwriting and early country music. The band came together in early 2016 when multi-platinum songwriter Drew Lawrence (Christina Perri - "Jar of Hearts") teamed up with four of his closest friends to begin performing the songs that would become their debut album, Marie. A video of their song "Still the Love" caught the ears of Grammy-nominated producer Jerry Streeter (the Lumineers, Brandi Carlile). The song was written as a dedication to bass player Kyle Vanes' girlfriend, Heather Marie Allman, who passed from breast cancer the year before. This led to Streeter producing the band's debut album, Marie, which was released in August 2017. The Dales have been on road since then, supporting acts like the White Buffalo and Cris Jacobs. They have also headlined sold out shows in Los Angeles as well as other cities the West Coast and in the Midwest. The band has had features on NPR's World Cafe and Acoustic Cafe as well as TV interviews on NBC and ABC.
*Please note - parents/guardians may purchase a GA ticket and accompany their child in the Meet & Greet or Post Show Hangout.
GA TICKET WITH THE BOMB DIGZ AND LUCKI STARR MEET & GREET - This ticket allows early entry to the show along with a pre-show meet and greet with The Bomb Digz and Lucki Starr (Not Ar’mon and Trey).
GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET - Allows early entry for photo opportunity, plus entry into performance. Ticket purchaser’s will also receive: Ar’mon & Trey’s new EP (Long Story Short Phase One), attend a Q&A Segment and receive an autographed poster.
GA TICKET WITH AR'MON AND TREY MEET & GREET + POST SHOW HANGOUT - This ticket receives same items as the $50 ticket plus a Hangout Laminate and a post show hangout with all the acts
Born and raised in Detroit, Michigan, the sibling duo Ar’mon and Trey emerges with a focused, fresh, and fiery take on R&B, imbuing simmering soul with 21st-century style.
Born only a year apart, brothers Armon Warren and Trey Traylor can recall singing together by the ages of 5 and 4, respectively. By their early teens, they had started leading the choir at church in between performing in musicals and plays at school.
Adopting Vine in 2014, the brothers made show-stopping, six-second covers that generated millions of views before transitioning to Instagram in 2015. Engaging a growing fan base, they dropped the “The Same (So Gone Challenge)” on YouTube in 2016, surpassing 500,000 views in less than one month and eventually exceeding 2 million. They caught the attention of Compound Entertainment, which assumed management for the group. A few months later, the “Moment 4 Life (Mashup)” amassed more than 14 million views.
By 2018, YouTube views totaled more than 100 million and they had attracted 1 million Instagram followers. Debut singles “Drown” and “Breakdown” caught fire as Warner Bros. Records signed the duo.
Their 2018 debut EP, Long Story Short Phase One, properly introduces their soaring signature sound.
The Bomb Digz is composed of three 14-year-old boys from New York and New Jersey who seek to emulate artists such as Bruno Mars, Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, and Usher.
“In today’s world, there are no musical boundaries,” says Max ZT of House of Waters, a trio that makes those words come alive as they incorporate elements of West African music, jazz, psychedelic music, indie rock, classical, and world music into their astonishingly unique sound.
The band’s touring lineup consists of Max ZT on hammered dulcimer, Moto Fukushima on six-string bass, and Ignacio Rivas-Bixio on percussion. Five years after its groundbreaking album Revolution, House of Waters now returns with its eponymous follow-up. In addition to the core lineup, the album features virtuosic cellist Dave Eggar, flautist Sam Sadigursky, and vocalist Priyadarshini.
“Our music is a constant melting pot, which is so relevant to now,” says ZT. “It’s like that last D’Angelo record or Kendrick’s [To Pimp a] Butterfly … you know, that wasn’t just rap, or hip-hop, or jazz, or soul, but it had all of that. It’s an amorphous thing. It’s how the future is going to be.”
Many Rooms is the moniker under which Brianna Hunt, an artist based in Houston, Texas, records and performs. The still-evolving project made waves in 2015 with the release of the Hollow Body EP, a collection of mostly acoustic tracks that showed promise and allowed Hunt to embark on a relentless touring schedule. As life on the road intensified, so did Hunt’s struggles with depression. This led to Many Rooms’ debut LP, There Is a Presence Here, a stunningly bare album that finds Hunt reckoning with detachment from herself, her faith, and the people around her.
Going into the studio to make There Is a Presence Here was the first substantial time alone that Hunt had experienced in a while. This sense of isolation and introspection permeates the album. Even the album’s allusions to other art—which range from C.S. Lewis to Nine Inch Nails—reference a state of bleak mental limbo. The resulting mix of cinematic ambience and striking crescendos meld with Hunt’s desperately contemplative words to make an album that is powerful even at its most fragile. There Is a Presence Here is built from harrowing times, but it is not without light. Hunt’s lyrical self-confrontations maintain hope even in their bleakest moments, showing a willingness to ask hard questions and find acceptance in the answers. With intense vulnerability comes profound catharsis, and making There Is a Presence Here became one of many steps toward Hunt beginning to find solace.
Angelo De Augustine writes and records music in Thousand Oaks, California, a suburb north of Los Angeles, where he grew up. His self-released debut album, Spirals of Silence, and three-song EP follow-up, How Past Begins, earned praise from the FADER, Stereogum, Vogue, and My Old Kentucky Blog. Last year, he released Swim Inside the Moon, his second full-length record.
Born of a Polish father and Canadian mother, Matt Holubowski grew up in a bilingual household in Hudson, Canada, and has always lived at the crossroads of the French and English languages. The notion of the isolation of two cultures within a single territory (the province of Quebec) fascinates this globe-trotter. With his second album, Solitudes, the self-taught musician, poet, and composer offers 11 titles that evoke isolation, estrangement, and exile while delving into the forms of solitude we seek and often need.
Holubowski’s unmistakable voice and steadfast personality was revealed to some during his appearance as a finalist on the popular television show La Voix. He has since worked tirelessly, surrounding himself with invaluable musical collaborators such as Stéphane Bergeron (Karkwa) on drums, Marc-André Landry (Chloé Lacasse) on bass, Simon Angell (Patrick Watson) on guitar, and Marianne Houle (Antoine Corriveau) on cello. The resulting Solitudes sold more than 30,000 units since its release on September 23; its tour will take Holubowski to more than 80 cities.
Vera Sola is a poet, vocalist, and multi-instrumentalist.
A drifter performing her own songs alone in and out of dark bars under various pseudonyms, Vera Sola has toured and recorded with a variety of artists, for a long while accompanying singer-songwriter Elvis Perkins on the road. She has collaborated on film scores and provided original music for theater and performance art.
In early 2017, she experienced a total shift in relation to her voice and musicianship, and only then was she compelled to record and release her own songs. In the days following, hiding out in a studio in St. Louis, Missouri, she wrote, arranged, and performed all the parts on her upcoming LP, Shades.
Known for the meticulous alt-pop song craft of his former acclaimed indie outfits, Port O'Brien and WATERS, Van Wlliam offers an auspicious glimpse into a promising future on The Revolution EP, his first solo effort. Always the creative force that fueled his musical endeavors, William's newfound independence allowed room to roam in fresh and exciting ways. These four tracks, a piercing song-cycle about the pain and disillusionment of lost love, have a dark, messy edge as William's consistently dazzling melodies and stirring choruses carry the emotional subject matter to striking affect. An enthralling introduction, Van William's The Revolution EP signals the arrival of a truly gifted, young artist on the rise. His debut LP, Countries, expands upon the EP and is available now.
Donovan Woods’ new album is a study in contrasts, as one would expect from its name: Both Ways. In Both Ways, Woods shows the rare ability to distill complicated situations and emotions into songs that are intriguing and relatable. Perhaps the collection’s most beautiful song is “I Ain’t Ever Loved No One,” a duet with Rose Cousins. As Both Ways progresses, radio-friendly songs like “I Live a Little Lie” and “Easy Street” employ a full-band sound to flesh out the sonic landscape. A number of the songs are guitar-driven, yet they stop short of full-blown rock ‘n’ roll. Both Ways concludes with “Next Year,” one of five songs on the album he co-wrote in Nashville, where he has a publishing deal with Warner/Chappell Music.
Woods has earned nominations for both the Polaris Prize and the Juno Awards. In addition, his single “What Kind of Love Is That?” climbed to No. 1 on the CBC Top 20 Chart, while his catalog has accrued over 45 million streams. Woods is also a notable Nashville writer, with credits by Billy Currington, Charles Kelley, Tim McGraw, and Charlie Worsham. NPR Music stated, "There are very few writers who can make you laugh and break your heart in the same song.” No Depression noted that Woods’ style is “as fresh and captivating as any out there.”
Tove Styrke is a platinum-selling and award-winning artist in her native Sweden. She was quickly picked up by RCA (both US and UK) on her last album, Kiddo, which was released in 2015. Kiddo, which featured singles "Borderline" and "Ego", was widely acclaimed by BBC Radio 1, Q Magazine, Sunday Times, FADER Magazine, Billboard, Entertainment Weekly, and many more. Stryke did a full North American headline tour to support the album with support band LANY. In addition, she performed seven shows at SXSW and made an appearance on on Late Night with Seth Meyers. In fall 2015, she was chosen as support act for Years & Years' UK tour. Stryke also performed "Faded" with Alan Walker on the UK TV special Top of The Pops New Years Eve in December 2016.
Tove Styrke quickly became a US/UK press and blog darling. She has done several photo shoots and been featured in great publications such as Interview Magazine, NYLON, W Magazine, Teen Vogue, TIME, InStyle, Rolling Stone, SPIN, Milk Magazine, and numerous others. Her most recent single, "Say My Name", was released in April 2017. It was co-written and produced by fellow Swede Elof Loelv, who co-produced Rihanna's track "Stay feat. Mikky Ekko" and has also worked with acts such as Zara Larsson and Icona Pop.
A Massachusetts native and graduate of Harvard University and Berklee College of Music, Kyle Nasser has been described by Hrayr Attarian of All About Jazz as possessing “superlative musicianship as a performer, writer, and bandleader.”
Since moving to New York City in 2010, Nasser has played at many of the city's most prestigious venues (Blue Note, Smalls, Iridium, 55 Bar, and Cornelia Street Cafe), released a critically acclaimed solo album (Restive Soul), and toured in the United States and South America. He has shared the stage with jazz luminaries such as Jim Hall, Hank Jones, Joe Lovano, Dave Douglas, Rich Perry, and many others.
In addition to leading his group, Nasser plays with and composes for the international collective Beekman. His newest release, “Persistent Fancy,” features his working sextet: Roman Filiu on alto saxophone, Jeff Miles on guitar, Dov Manski on piano, Nick Jost on bass, and Allan Mednard on drums.
Gina Chavez blends the sounds of the Americas with tension and grace. A multi-ethnic Latin pop songstress, Chavez is a nine-time Austin Music Award winner (including 2015 Musician of the Year and Album of the Year for her sophomore release, Up.Rooted). Her independent album topped the Amazon and Latin iTunes charts after a national feature on NPR’s All Things Considered, and has been hailed by the Boston Globe, USA Today, Texas Monthly, and Austin Chronicle. Her band’s Tiny Desk concert made NPR’s Top 15 of 2015.
Chavez’s passionate collection of bilingual songs takes audiences on a journey through the Americas. Her Spanish-language anthem, “Siete-D” (which took home the grand prize in the 2014 John Lennon Songwriting Contest), tells the story of her experience volunteering in a gang-dominated suburb of San Salvador, El Salvador, where she and her partner founded Niñas Arriba, a college fund for young Latinas. The fund celebrated its first two college graduates in 2016. Chavez and her band have performed in eight countries, touring as cultural ambassadors with the U.S. State Department.
“Most striking is Chavez’s ease as she moves between social and love songs, between North American and Latin genres, and even between languages: When she passes mid-song from English to Spanish and back, it’s the most natural thing in the world.” — Boston Globe
Blanco White started as the solo project of London native Josh Edwards in 2014. After studying guitar in Cádiz, Spain, and later the Andean instrument the charango in Sucre, Bolivia, Edwards’ aim was to begin bringing together elements of Andalusian and Latin American music alongside influences closer to home. In early 2016, Blanco White released The Wind Rose, a self-produced debut EP, through Yucatan Records. A second EP, Colder Heavens, was later recorded with producer Ian Grimble (Bear's Den, Matt Corby, Daughter). Colder Heavens was released on March 31, 2017.