2020 PERFORMERS

SHINY PENNY

Formed in 2009 and hailing from Kokomo, IN - Scott "Stix" Ayers on drums, Brad DiCarlo on guitar,and Dean Schimmelpfennig (from whom the band takes their name) on vocals are the band Shiny Penny.

In their own words...

Hi. We're a band of friends who write and play music together. We started in December of 2009, and we've released some music since then. We've also played some shows since then, and we still do to this day. Traveling to perform is one of our favorite things to do, because it gives us an opportunity to meet and build relationships with you. We're all about relationships, and community too.
The music we make is always changing as we grow. As we grow, the reflection of that growth shows in our writing. We can't control how you receive it when you listen, but when you do, just know that we hope it inspires faith and purpose within you.  http://www.shinypennyofficial.com/

BLACK VOICES OF INSPIRATION

Established at Purdue University in 1975, The Black Voices of Inspiration Choral Ensemble is made up of student and community individuals committed to the performance of music enhanced by the musical traditions and experiences of African/African Americans. The ensemble’s concert literature includes spirituals, jazz, blues, anthems, hymns, traditional and contemporary gospel, African American folk music, formally composed works, and other traditional and contemporary styles within the African Diaspora. The Choir is currently under the direction of James E. Dekle, Jr.

.  https://www.purdue.edu/bcc/Performing_Art_Ensembles/Black_Voices_of_Inspiration.php

WESTBOUND SITUATION

Westbound Situation blends the precision of classical chamber music, the rhythmic drive of bluegrass, and the colorful expression of jazz into a new style of chamber music—chambergrass. The quartet—comprised of Grant Flick on violin, Matt Davis on banjo, Zach Brown on cello, and Jacob Warren on bass—mixes composition and improvisation seamlessly into their entirely memorized arrangements. The group formed out of the 2016 Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS), a program run by multi-instrumentalist Mike Marshall. The program accepts 16 talented string players under the age of 22 from around the world to participate in a week of intense improvisation, composition and performance training. All four were two time participants, an honor that not everyone is able to receive. Some notable AMS alumni include Paul Kowert of the Punch Brothers, Alex Hargreaves of Turtle Island String Quartet, and Xavier Foley, winner of the 2014 Sphinx Competition. Westbound Situation has a strong commitment to music education. The group’s combined experience in classical, bluegrass, jazz, and original/improvised music is something not typically offered in the standard curriculum found at most schools and colleges (at least not all at the same time). These styles, among others, give each student the chance to make their own music, and through this process valuable lessons in creativity, listening, and leadership are achieved. Each member of the group maintains a private studio, and all have been invited to provide workshops and masterclasses at schools and festivals across the country. Westbound Situation’s exciting and diverse concerts feature a set of unique original repertoire colored with recognizable standards from many genres. With bluegrass, classical chamber music, and jazz all coming together in the group’s concept of chambergrass, a Westbound Situation concert is dazzling musical journey not soon forgotten.  www.westboundsituation.com

TUXEDO JUNCTION

For the past 45 years Tuxedo Junction has entertained at numerous musical events with the sounds of the Big Band Era.  The band features the hits of the 30s and 40s big bands of Glenn Miller, Tommy Dorsey, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Louis Prima, Les Brown and a host of others.  Unique Jazz and Latin arrangements showcases the versatility of some of the most talented musicians that make Tuxedo Junction a very special musical experience. If you love to listen and dance to the swingin’ sounds of the big bands, then step on the dance floor or just set back and enjoy the sounds of Tuxedo Junction

MALACHI JAGGERS

Malachi Jaggers is an Americana Rock singer, songwriter, and storyteller on the rise.  Not only does he write and compose his own music but covers many of his musical influences such as the Beatles, Tom Petty, and Neil Young.  He connects with audiences naturally and makes them feel welcome and at home.  Currently, he is working on a new Americana EP in Nashville, TN that will feature some of his new songs.   Malachijaggers.com