2018 Performers

  Andrew Peterson

in his own words...

Hey, folks. If you're just discovering me or any of my work, it can be a little confusing because there are several facets to it. Here's the rundown:

I write songs. I also record them to these cool things called CDs and put on concerts around the country. (And beyond! To my great delight, I get to play in Europe every year or so.)   I write books. I've just completed a four-book fantasy series for young readers called The Wingfeather Saga. I also drew some of the pictures (but not the awesome ones).  I'm the founder of the Rabbit Room, a community of songwriters, authors, and artists interested in storytelling, faith, and fellowship. We have a yearly conference called Hutchmoot, which is as strange and wonderful as it sounds.  * I've been married for twenty-one years to Jamie, and we have three sweet children: Aedan (17), Asher (15), and Skye (13). We live in a magical place we call the Warren, just south of Nashville.  The common thread in all this is my love for Christ and his Kingdom, my belief in the power of story and art, and my need for family and community. If I had to boil it all down, I'd say this: I want to use my gifts to tell the truth, and to tell it as beautifully as I can.

That ought to get you started.

Andrew's music can best be described as folk rock, roots and country gospel. He is a founding member of the Square Peg Alliance, a group of Christian songwriters. He has toured with Cademon's Call, Bebo Norman, Fernando Ortega, Michael Card, Nichole Nordeman, Jill Phillips and many others.  Andrew has collaborated with folks like Alison Krauss, Ron Block, Gabe Scott and many others through the years.

Andrew's latest record, The Burning Edge of Dawn, is receiving great reviews and features some of his best writing to date.  www.andrew-peterson.com

    Christie Lenée                                                                           2017 International Finger Style Guitar Champion

Christie Lenée’s unique guitar work is often compared to visionaries like Michael Hedges, Joni Mitchell and Dave Matthews, delivering profound instrumental compositions with heartfelt, consciously uplifting songs. Christie’s pieces have been showcased at the NAMM Show in Anaheim and Nashville, live on National Television and Radio, on stage with artists such as Tim Reynolds (guitarist for Dave Matthews Band), Andy McKee, Tommy Emmanuel, Amy Ray from the Indigo Girls and Stanley Jordan to name a few. Her most recent album “STAY” was one of three finalists for “Best CD of 2016” (Indie Acoustic Project Awards), in addition to the song “Love Who You Are” nominated for a 2016 Posi Award in the category “Songs for Personal Transformation.”

Christie’s most recent album “STAY” is a collection of hopeful, inspiring songs featuring special guest Tim Reynolds (Guitarist from Dave Matthews Band) on the title track “Stay,” “Sun Shines Through” and “Journey of My Own”. The album also contains 3 instrumental pieces produced by the legendary and Multi-Grammy Award Winning Producer Will Ackerman (founder of Windham Hill Records). These glorious instrumental pieces vary, from “Soaring Over Glacier Bay” with 27 cellos and a symphonic essence, to “Sunset Rebirth” with a bamboo flute, and the simplicity of “Sweet Little Piece” on the 12 string Veillette Gryphon Guitar.

The title track “Stay” shines a bright light on suicide awareness and prevention. Christie’s message is that every person is special and has something unique to contribute to this world. In her own words: “I intend to translate to the listener that it’s okay to go through rough times. In those moments when you feel like running… whether from a job, a relationship, or running from life itself… Take a breath. Stay, and know that there is another way. You’re the only one who can be you.”   christielenee.com

  Derek Brown

From his 7 million views on Youtube to his interviews on international television and NPR’s Weekend Edition, Billboard-charting saxophonist/innovator Derek Brown and his solo “BEATBoX SAX” project has been exploding across the world music scene.

As described by jazz journalist/historian Scott Yanow, "Brown performs unaccompanied solos that occasionally make one recall Bobby McFerrin in his early prime and the great saxophonist Eddie Harris . . . utilizing slap-tonguing, circular breathing, a wide interest in musical styles and dazzling coordination to create rather unique music."

Previously the director of jazz studies at Abilene Christian University for six years, Derek now lives and performs in Chicago, playing in various bands and projects around the area and throughout the world. His recent “BEATBoX SAX” music videos and tutorials on YouTube have been very popular among saxophonists and music lovers alike, leading to endorsements with Legere, JodyJazz, P.Mauriat, BG, and AKG. Derek has performed solo concerts throughout China, Russia, Japan, Germany, France, Poland, UK, Norway, Finland, Malaysia, Latvia, Serbia, Israel, Ukraine, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Brazil, Dubai, as well as throughout the U.S.

Derek received his BM in Music Performance (Classical and Jazz) from Hope College in 2006 and his MM in Jazz Studies at the University of Cincinnati, College-Conservatory of Music in 2008.

Crossing genres from jazz to classical to funk, saxophone innovator Derek Brown’s unique playing style must be seen to be believed!  derekbrownsax.com

Buffalo Wabs & the Price Hill Hustle

It’s hard to stay still around these boys. They’ve got that toe-tapping, knee-slapping, boot-stomping kind of sound. They get you moving and shaking. Buffalo Wabs & The Price Hill Hustle—part rowdy honkytonk, part old-time pioneers—equates to a sound that sticks with your soul and leaves you singing barefoot into the star sky. 

They pull from all sorts of genres—from Lead Belly to John Prine, from Woody Guthrie to Willy Tea Taylor —to create something unique and deep-rooted. These guys lean into the rhythms of the Ohio River Valley—where they’ve walked upon—and look to the songs in the muddy water and the tradition it carries.

To get “hustled” is to get the full-body musical experience—that head-boppin’, hip-swaying, soul-singing with the stranger next to you. It’s the kind of music that encapsulates you into a community of sound, one that becomes familiar once you hear it, like maybe, you’ve been listening to them forever.

  • 2016 CEA (Cincinnati Entertainment Award) win for Best Folk/American Band (in addition to a nomination for Best Live Act)
  • Shared stages with the likes of Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band, Steep Canyon Rangers, Town Mountain, Spirit Family Reunion, Special Consensus, Dom Flemons of The Carolina Chocolate Drops and many others.  
  • Festivals include:  Buckle Up, Whispering Beard Folk Festival, Duck Creek Log Jam, Ohiolina, John Hartford Festival,  Paddlefest, Taste of Cincinnati and more.    pricehillhustle.com

 Ryanhood

NAMED "BEST GROUP/DUO" in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA’s), acoustic-duo Ryanhood got their first break more than a decade ago as street-performers at Boston’s Quincy Market. It was there that Ryan Green and Cameron Hood were spotted by a college booking agent and thrust into the college touring scene, where Campus Activities Magazine would soon name them “one of the most requested acts by college buyers all across the country.”

The two first met in high school, where they were separated not just by a grade (Hood being a year older) but by a respectful rivalry between their two rock bands. Hood and Green would face off annually in the Battle Of The Bands, and although Hood’s band would ultimately win two out of the three competitions, Green managed to impress him and the rest of the school with his abilities on the guitar, which would ultimately earn him a scholarship to Boston’s prestigious Berklee College of Music.

Cameron enrolled as an art student at the University of Arizona, and they started what they would call “a long-distance musical relationship”, mailing each other minidiscs of new song ideas and getting together during academic breaks to rehearse and perform. Within weeks of graduating college, Cameron took a leap of faith and moved to Boston to join Ryan. Determined to make a living as musicians, Ryanhood became full-time street performers at Boston’s historic Quincy Market where they developed a rapport with audiences that has become a hallmark of their shows.

They soon took this high-energy, highly-interactive street-performers approach to the college market, where they quickly became one of the most popular bands on the circuit, playing upwards of 130 college dates a year. Cameron Hood’s rich and folky lead vocals, Ryan Green’s explosive guitar and mandolin riffs, and their airtight vocal harmonies prompted the Arizona Daily Star to call them, “a match made in radio heaven.”

They would go on to tour with Jason Mraz, record an album with grammy-winning producer Ross Hogarth, share stages with Matt Nathanson, Train, American Authors, and Lifehouse, and even get tweeted about by Ellen DeGeneres. Ryanhood has collectively performed more than 800 shows in 45 U.S. states, where their cross-generational sound has been equally at home in colleges, coffee-houses, concert halls, churches, and living rooms.

And now, twelve years after their street start, Ryanhood’s star is still on the rise as they were named “Best Group/Duo” in the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMAs). Their sixth and newest album, Yearbook, released on March 3, 2017, and has been described as "“nestled in a great pocket, feeling all at once focused on storytelling and intimacy while not being afraid to wield a big musical stick” by For Folk’s Sake.  They currently reside in their hometown of Tucson, AZ, where they have won more than a dozen Tucson Music Awards including “Best Folk Band” and “Best Rock Band”.   ryanhood.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

  The Michael Kelsey Band

Michael Kelsey brings a free-flowing improvisational style to the guitar that involves every inch of his instrument. From his funky, percussive playing style that conjures an image of a one-man version of STOMP to lush instrumentals reminiscent of Michael Hedges/Phil Keaggy, his performance blends multiple musical genres and vocals along with some techno fun to create a sound all his own. He is the winner of Guitar Center’s “Guitarmageddon”. Chosen from among 3,000 entrants the singer-songwriter performed at Eric Clapton’s Crossroads 2004 where he shared the stage with many legendary guitarists. Through out a performance Michael may make use of technology, his improv skills, objects in the room, and audience interaction to make music for the ears but more importantly a musical experience for the senses.

“Michael uses an arsenal of electronics, his Taylor 615, and his voice to create layers of sonic adventures that challenge the limits of acoustic guitar music.”    -Taylor Guitars

 “A fearless experimenter, Kelsey is an acoustic guitarist who weaves a multitude of unusual sounds and rhythms into his patchwork quilt of work. Part performance artist and part virtuoso musician. Kelsey takes the widest possible variety of music and makes it his own.” - NUVO Magazine, Indianapolis, IN

 

"A crowd estimated at over 15,000 listened intensely as Indianapolis, Indiana’s Michael Kelsey played the winning performance on his Taylor 615 acoustic guitar. Kelsey received a thunderous standing ovation, despite the 91-degree temperature."  - Mix Magazine  www.michaelkelsey.com

  Organistan

Organistan was formed in 2009 or so as a collaborative organ trio project between what we at the time referred to as the Purdue Spouses Musicians network. At that time the group consisted of Scott Pazera on guitar, Jamie Newman on organ and Don Nichols on percussion. Don moved away after a few years and since then Scott and Jamie have forged ahead with different and always interesting collaborators. Along the way, the group has featured vocalist Jen Wiley, alto-saxophonist Rich Cohen and most recently Richard “Sleepy” Floyd on drums. The group has performed for many types of events including Purdue Convocations as well as at the Jazz Kitchen in Indianapolis. Organistan is pleased to announce that vocalist Mariah Elwood will be joining them for this special Ouibache Music Festival outing. Mariah currently sings with the Purdue Jazz Band.

  Scott Greeson & Friends

Scott’s songs are best described as poetic snapshots of folks living in America’s heartland, his lyrics painting the picture of real, hard-working people whom Scott encounters in everyday life. These people and their stories have been a constant source of inspiration for Scott as a person and a songwriter. Radio stations call Scott’s music “Americana,” a format blending folk, traditional, bluegrass, alternative country and acoustic blues.

Scott grew up in Lafayette, Indiana, and his earliest musical inspirations came from folks living in the “cornfield turned subdivision” where he grew up: a neighbor who taught him to play guitar, older kids who introduced him to rock and roll, and his parents who made certain he sang in the church choir and also exposed him to country radio. Scott’s early influences ranged from Credence Clearwater Revival to Merle Haggard to country church hymns – he listened to and loved it all.

Scott’s faith is a large part of his evolution as a singer and a songwriter, as he found church to be a place where he found affirmation for his music skills. “The church choirs were a place for me to feel like I really belonged,” he said. “It was the first acknowledgement by anyone to say, ‘hey, you have a talent to sing.’ ”

His unending love for songwriting and performing music has brought him to the place his is today – with three albums out, and a fourth underway, and an increasing demand for stage appearances. He will be appearing with many of his musical friends as they take the stage at the OMF!   scottgreesonmusic.com

  Big Swing Band

The Big Swing Band has been performing in Central & Northern Indiana for 20 years. Playing classic big band music that captivated the nation from the 1930’s through the 1960’s. You will hear standards from yesteryear legends such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie, Frank Sinatra, Peggy Lee and Duke Ellington mixed with the modern flair of Michael Buble’, Brian Setzer & Natalie Cole.

With five saxophones, four trombones and four trumpets, The Big Swing Band puts the brass in the forefront.  With a steady rhythm section of drums, bass, piano and guitar they have their driving rhythm.  This mixed with crooning vocals & righteous instrument solos with determination to keep the big band tradition alive.  You won’t want to miss this exhilarating experience. BSB will be featured at the swing dance.

thebigswingband.com

  Jeff Anderson

Small town, broken dream, gas station love troubadour, caught somehow moving down hill in the flattest state on earth it seems. While most musicians move left or right to the coasts searching for a mohair life in the lights, Jeff Anderson planted himself firmly in his home town of Lafayette, Indiana. He was raised there and the blood that runs through him is all home, all folk and honest like a morning after and all the shouldn't haves. A small music shop on the other side of town bears his reputation, his scent and every kid that ever wanted to piss off his parents has come through Jeff. He teaches them because it's in him, a long history of loyalty to his roots.
If Americana is taken as a word then he's taking it back and the good news is he can. Sweet melodies, subtle strong lyrics bring listeners right back to wherever it was when everything started. His songs are the stories behind rapid eyelids.  Jeff wields a guitar like he knows what it was built to sound like- from the earth to the tree, from the tree to its form, from the form to his hands and from that to this. Whatever this is all about maybe we'll never know, but Jeff Anderson will tell you exactly how he sees it.  https://www.jma-music.com

  Brent Laidler & Friends

Brent Laidler is one of the great ambassadors of jazz music in Midwest.  He attended Western Michigan University, majoring in Music Education with a minor in Composition. He owns and operates a band instrument repair business with endorsements from many area universities and symphonies, world class professionals, and three DCI Corps. Brent is a Jazz Clinician, a member of the Indiana Jazz Educator's Association, former President of the Songwriter’s Association of Mid-north Indiana and served as the Choir Director at University Church - Purdue University.
He has performed with Broadway artist Michael Mandel, Comedian/Impersonator Rich Little, The Lafayette Symphony, Jazz legend Tony Zamora, Brazilian artist/composer Felipe Viera – as well as vocalists Kirby Shaw, Regina Todd-Hicks, Ly (Tartell) Wilder and Amanda Overmyer from American Idol.Brent has been a staff arranger for two competitive marching bands, written music for commercials, video games and independent films. Working with TMG/5 Artists and Westlake Signal Group, he now has five film scores to his credit – having been seen and heard on Los Angeles Cable Television, the Pan-African Film Festival, and the Kodak Theater in Hollywood. "Then and Now - Single Engine Stations, Volume II" won a Telly Award in the Documentary Category.

Brent will bring a high powered band of some of the area's great musicians.    brentsbench.com

  Blind Boy and Son

Blind Boy and Son is a blues band based in Kokomo, IN that specializes in the Mississippi Delta tradition of the deep southern blues.  Brad (Blind Boy) Williamson sings and plays guitar along side his son, Patrick who plays guitar and blues harp.  Their gritty style and soulful interpretation is truly reflected in their music. Blind Boy has performed all over the country but is proud to call Indiana home.   You can check them out on Facebook.   https://www.facebook.com/pg/BlindboyandtheCNIDawgs/about/?ref=page_internal

 

Friday Evening VIP Meet and Greet

 Ol' Green

Ol’ Green, an Americana band based out of Boston, MA, draws inspiration from the vibrant history of traditional music, and fuses it seamlessly with modern songwriting and instrumentalism. The lines that divide genres begin to blur when they take the stage, and the listener is taken on a journey through the Mississippi Delta, the dance halls of Texas, the Honky Tonks of Nashville, and every place in between. Coming from all corners of the United States, and meeting through Berklee College of Music, Tader Shipley (vocals) and Maxfield Anderson (vocals/guitar/mandolin), joined by Devon Gardner (fiddle) and Brian Murray (guitar), combine their unique musical backgrounds to create Ol' Green's sound.  tadershipley.com