SAM REIDER AND THE HUMAN HANDS
Jazz pianist turned roots musician, Sam Reider is redefining American music on the accordion. He’s been featured at Lincoln Center and on NPR, and performed alongside pop stars, jazz and folk musicians ranging from Jon Batiste and Stay Human, Bluegrass mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull to Venezuelan cuatro virtuoso Jorge Glem. For his debut record as bandleader, Too Hot To Sleep, Reider has assembled a “staggeringly virtuosic band” (RnR Magazine) of young bluegrass and jazz musicians called The Human Hands. Irresistible melodies, fiery improvisation and otherworldly sounds collide in what Songlines Magazine has dubbed "mash-up of the the Klezmatics, Quintette du Hot Club de France and the Punch Brothers.”
The Human Hands have featured some of the best and brightest from the worlds of jazz and roots music: Violinist Alex Hargreaves (Turtle Island Quartet, Sarah Jarosz, Béla Fleck), saxophonist Eddie Barbash (Late Night with Stephen Colbert, Jon Batiste and Stay Human), guitarist Grant Gordy (David Grisman, Darol Anger, Aoife O'Donovan), mandolinist Dominick Leslie (Michael Daves, Tony Trischka, The Deadly Gentlemen), guitarist Roy Williams (Stephane Wrembel), and bassist Dave Speranza (Jim Campilongo).
Reider grew up in San Francisco, the son of a musical theatre composer and klezmer musician. He began performing at a young age, and was interviewed on Marian McPartland’s “Piano Jazz” on NPR when he graduated high school. At Columbia University, he fell in love with American folk music. While writing his senior thesis comparing the songwriting of Woody Guthrie and Ira Gershwin, Sam began studying bluegrass and old-time music, transcribing the fiddle melodies for the accordion and learning to sing the songs.
This set him off on a journey that has taken him from back porches and dive bars to concert halls and major festivals in practically every state in the country. Representing the U.S. Department of State as a musical ambassador, Sam has travelled to China, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Vietnam, Turkey and Azerbaijan, carrying his accordion on his back everywhere he goes and collaborating at every opportunity with international artists. http://www.samreidermusic.com
THE JEREMY KITTEL TRIO
Jeremy Kittel is an American violinist, fiddler, and composer. Fluent in multiple musical genres, he composes original music that draws from traditional roots, jazz, Celtic, Classical, electronic, and more.
Kittel performs with his group Kittel & Co., as a soloist with orchestras, and in collaborative and supporting roles with many of today’s leading artists. In demand as a composer and arranger, he has worked with Abigail Washburn and Bela Fleck, My Morning Jacket, Aoife O’Donovan, Camera Obscura, Jars of Clay, Yo Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble, Laura Veirs, Sara Watkins, and the Grammy-winning Turtle Island Quartet (of which he was a member for five years). He has also recorded with artists such as Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Mark O’Connor, Fleet Foxes, and Mike Marshall.
Kittel & Co. ("Kid-dle and Koh”) inhabits the space between classical and acoustic roots, Celtic and bluegrass aesthetics, folk and jazz sensibilities, and has performed at venues such as Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Celtic Connections, and A Prairie Home Companion. The group released its debut album, Whorls, in 2018, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard bluegrass chart. The album features Kittel along with mandolin phenom Josh Pinkham (named “the future of the mandolin” by Mandolin Magazine) transcendent cellist Nathaniel Smith (Sarah Jarosz and Kacey Musgraves), guitarist Quinn Bachand (Ashley MacIsaac and Natalie MacMaster) and hammer-dulcimer wizard Simon Chrisman (acclaimed for bringing a new tonal flexibility to the instrument). Bluegrass Situation calls Whorls “a feat of new acoustic, string band-rooted chamber music…. whimsical, alluring, and magnificent,” while Earmilk says Whorls is “...a devastatingly beautiful album… a stunning melting pot of classical and folk music, featuring some of the greatest musicians in the genre.”
In 2015, Kittel collaborated with acclaimed singer-songwriter Aoife O’Donovan and orchestral maven Teddy Abrams to compose “Bull Frogs Croon,” a new symphony work featuring O’Donovan and Kittel as soloists. In 2016, Jeremy was commissioned by the Konzerthaus Berlin to compose a new piece for the centennial of Yehudi Menuhin’s birth; “A Compass in the Tempest” premiered that spring and featured celebrated violinists Daniel Hope, Roby Lakatos, L Subramaniam, Gilles Apap, Didier Lockwood, and O’Connor. Kittel’s newest orchestral piece draws from the deep well of multicultural American Revolutionary and Civil War music, and will be premiered with the Orlando Philharmonic.
Believing passionately that music and the arts are central to the human experience, Kittel enjoys teaching music through workshops and clinics at diverse programs such as Berklee College of Music, Belmont University, The New School, International Music Academy of Pilsen, Zurich University of the Arts, Mark O’Connor Strings Camps, the Swannanoa Gathering, Valley of the Moon Scottish Fiddling School, and the University of Michigan.
Kittel has a master’s degree in jazz performance from the Manhattan School of Music and received the 2010 Emerging Artist Award from U of M (his alma mater). He is also the recipient of awards including the US National Scottish Fiddle Championship and six Detroit Music Awards, and has contributed to many Grammy-nominated recordings. He was also the first recipient of the Daniel Pearl Memorial Violin.
“One of the most exceptional violinists and fiddlers of his generation…” - WGBH
“[Kittel & Co.]... takes the string band tradition to marvelously rarefied levels of collective virtuosity…. thrillingly spontaneous.” - Times UK
"At the Vanguard of a whole new movement in fiddle music." - Martin Hayes
“The music Kittel is making now has all the precision and virtuosity of the best classical players, but the wonderfully devilish, explosive drive of the best stringbands." - HearthMusic
“Equally skilled in the worlds of jazz, classical, and Celtic fiddling… an exhilarating stage presence" - Strings Magazine
"Every project I have had the honor to work on with Jeremy, he has lifted the songs so far beyond what they were when they came to him…” - Tucker Martine, Flora Recording & Playback
“One of the great violinists and creative musicians of his generation." - Teddy Abrams, Louisville Orchestra
In their own words...
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/
You never know what's gonna happen next at a Bing Futch show. Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele and a pedal board equipped with a loop station, he deftly navigates the varied waters of traditional and modern Americana with passion, wit and a genuinely huge heart for sharing music with a crowd.
Known for his musical shape-shifting, Futch switches the channels on style with every new song, sung in a limber tenor voice and woven together with the other instruments. His casual way with any audience, coupled with a fierce originality on the lesser known mountain dulcimer, makes each show a one-of-a-kind and good-timing romp.
As a nationally touring solo performer he's headlined at such events as The Walnut Valley Festival, The Florida Folk Festival, Old Songs Festival, The Big Muddy, Kentucky Music Weekend and Common Ground On The Hill.
With a strong love for traditional music, Futch has enjoyed a career on both sides of the folk and rock divide, first as guitarist for CCM post-punkers Crazed Bunnyz in 1986 and much later in 1999 as co-founder of Mohave on mountain dulcimer. That band, with bassist Mike Burney and drummer McGyver, took off after their debut performance at the House of Blues at Walt Disney World and over the course of the next seven years would become a crowd favorite and open for the likes of Molly Hatchet, St. Somewhere and The Crests.
In 2006, Futch began performing solo at county fairs and festivals across the country. He has recorded a number of albums and published several music-education books including the best-selling "Blues Method For Mountain Dulcimer 101." In 2014, Bing won the "Solo Artist" award in the Central Florida Blues Challenge competition, earning a coveted entry into the 2015 International Blues Challenge in Memphis, TN, where he advanced to the semifinals, gaining new notice and fans for himself and this unique instrument. Several months later, Bing competed in the 2015 Central Florida Blues Challenge and won the Solo/Duo Award for the second year in a row, which led him back to Memphis to compete in the 2016 International Blues Challenge. There, he advanced all the way to the finals and was named "Best Guitarist" in the solo-duo category, despite competing solely on the mountain dulcimer.
Futch's music has also been featured in film, video, on stage and in exhibits at the Orlando Museum of Art. He was composer and musical director for "The Jungle Book: A Musical Adaptation" at Stage Left Theater in Orlando, Florida. He also contributed music to the soundtrack of The Castle of Miracles attraction at Give Kids The World Village in Kissimmee, Florida.
Futch can often be found teaching music workshops at various festivals and colleges, presenting music education programs at schools and libraries and producing episodes of his video podcast Dulcimerica which has been viewed by over a million people worldwide and is currently in its 11th year.
In traveling over 35,000 miles a year, Futch's home away from home is a 32 foot long Jayco Greyhawk that has been dubbed "Marahute." While off the road, he lives in Orlando, Florida with his wife, Jae, and a menagerie of critters.
2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist Winner - "Best Guitarist (Solo/Duo)" Award
"A master of the mountain dulcimer" - Connections Magazine
"He plays the dulcimer like Jimi Hendrix. He has this ability to communicate a sensual energy when he's onstage" - Tom Shed, Florida Folk Festival organizer
"...a high-energy solo performer and frontman..." - Music Connection
"Musical Tabasco!" - The Orlando Weekly
THE HALF STEP SISTERS
Indianapolis natives, The Half Step Sisters consists of Katie Burk and Julia Conway. Highlighting harmonies and a variety of vocal styles, Katie plays fiddle and Julia plays double bass. They first joined musical forces in 2008 to develop their own take on the folk and acoustic roots music they both love. The Half Step Sisters were chosen to perform on NPR's A Prairie Home Companion Duet Competition in 2012. Out of 1,000 applicants nationwide, Katie and Julia placed third. The Half Step Sisters are happy to be accompanied by D. Mark Conway on guitar and Dan Thompson on drums.
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.
SCOTT GREESON & TROUBLE WITH MONDAY
Scott Greeson is a singer/songwriter and entertainer who performs original tunes throughout Indiana and the Midwest. Scott Greeson and Trouble With Monday is a 7-piece, the band has performed at countless fairs, festivals and concert venues.
The band has played the VIP stage prior to country acts such as Kenny Chesney, The Zac Brown Band and Brad Paisley, at Ruhoff Home Mortgage Music Center in Indianapolis (formerly Verizon, Klipsch and Deer Creek Music Center). Scott delivers an eclectic mix of story songs that bring together the sounds of John Mellencamp, Little Big Town, Lady Antebellum, Merle Haggard, Zac Brown Band, and several other artists. His performances feature original tunes and three and four-part vocal harmonies.
Scot is one of the great ambassadors of the music scene in Indiana and was a founding member of the Songwriters Association of Mid-North Indiana (SAMI)
Scott will be headlining the new Acoustic Kids Connection at Ouibache. A FREE interactive music workshop that will allow kids of all ages the chance to learn and perform songs at the festival.
Small town, broken dream, gas station love troubadour, caught somehow moving downhill 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. After 25 years of teaching, the town bears his reputation, and students of all ages and interests have 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.
"Jeff is not only an accomplished singer-songwriter, but an excellent guitarist as well. He combines sweet melodies with strong lyrics and confident guitar playing to communicate his simple yet revealing, personal yet universal songs."
-Bill Price, Unbroken Bones Society. https://www.jma-music.com/
JASON & GIBSON WELLS
Jason Wells was born in a small town in Indiana. His early musical influences came to him through his father’s extensive record collection. As he listened every morning before school to tunes like Do You Feel Like We Do from Peter Frampton, he dreamed of one day becoming a guitarist and performing. He started to seriously learn guitar at age 12 and has primarily taught himself. He managed to graduate from a county school in Indiana, and played in a few garage bands along the way. Eventually he bought into the idea that playing music for a living was not realistic, so he settled down to a daily grind and started raising a family.
In 2008, when the economy went bad and everyone was loosing their jobs, Jason didn’t escape the trouble. He was laid off work for a year and a half and turned that opportunity into his chance to start a music career. When Jason’s father passed away from cancer in 2011, Jason truly began to evaluate his own life. His dad’s passing was fuel for the fire to start living.
Starting from basically nothing with old worn out sound equipment, Jason played with fervor. He had never stopped playing guitar and dreaming about being a full time musician through the years. Now he had his chance, and it was not to be wasted.
Jason is growing his reach every year. He has released five full length CDs, has radio airplay on FM commercial stations, college radio, and internet radio. Jason has opened for Candlebox, Jimmie Van Zant, Tantric, and Kentucky Head Hunters and shared the stage with Jackyl. He has performed at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, IL, The Slippery Noodle Inn in Indianapolis, IN, The Arcada Theater, Hard Rock Cafe in Memphis, Indianapolis, and St. Louis, and on the side stage at Klipsch Music Center. He now tours with his band all throughout the midwest.
Jason will be joined with his son Gibson. Gibson has developed into one of the best young blues guitarists in all of Indiana. He has put together an impressive resume of his own and will bring the heat at Ouibache. http://jasonwellsmusic.com
BLIND BOY & THE CNI DAWG
Mississippi delta blues right in the heart of America. Hailing from Kokomo, IN, Brad "Blind Boy" Williamson (guitar/vocals) and his son, Patrick (guitar/blues harp) bring the soulful sounds of traditional Mississippi delta blues. Blind Boy & Son graced the OMF stage last year and folks were moved by the gutsy, gritty performances. You won't want to miss this. It's as real as it gets.
Three friends from Indianapolis decided to start a band. Sound familiar? The story of Tri Patterns is very similar to many young bands hoping to break into the music industry. What these guys have going for them is a unique view of the world that helps them navigate musically the challenges we all face everyday. As an Indie Pop band, they reach across the boundaries of generational expectation and tap into a vibe that is refreshing and encouraging. Already veterans of the recording studio and brief tours, Tri Patterns is poised to break into the next realm of their musical journey. https://www.tripatterns.com
in her own words...
My name is Summer Belt and I am a musician/songwriter living near Indianapolis. I began songwriting at the age of 12 and I recorded my debut album Save The World when I was 14. The album featured a collection of original songs produced along with guitar virtuoso Michael Kelsey. I soon began performing locally and continued to build my setlist and strengthen my craft. In 2017 I won the SAMI Songwriter Scholarship and earned a scholarship to the Berklee School of Music Summer Program. I have since worked on many projects such as recording an original song that was featured on artist Nicky Kerr's debut album. I have performed all across the state opening at venues such as the Lafayette Theater and the Delphi Opera House. I recently released my new single My Name Is Disaster, which was released in June 2018 at a sold out release show. Check out my videos and performances and see what I have been up too!! Solo or with a band, I am ready to rock!
“Summer also knows a lot more than I was able to discern just in our brief conversation… There's a tension and awareness about her that belies her age. And she had a lot of answers, actually, and not just for the questions I posed, but for those held by the world at large (while discussing human trafficking) – and so, I can only hope the audience is listening…It's often difficult even for adults to openly and respectfully communicate and express themselves on heated subjects and in this kind of frank manner. And I don't want to sound like a condescending fuddy duddy, but I have to say it: I'm really proud of this young woman.” -Rhonda Baughman from NUVO Magazine
“This sounds FANTASTIC! It's so darned creative I can't keep from smiling. The songs are so hooky! I can't think of anything negative. It's such a nice variety of styles.” -Mike Wilson, President of Aire Born Recording in Indianapolis. https://summersmusic.net
THE BIG SWING BAND
Nicky Kerr attended Berklee College of Music on scholarship and graduated in 2013 where she received her Bachelor of Music. While in Boston, she majored in Songwriting. Nicky was also awarded the SESAC scholarship for “excellence and great promise in songwriting.” She is honored to have shared the stage with Willie Nelson, Carole King, and Annie Lennox at Agganis Arena. Nicky currently resides in West Lafayette, IN and can be found performing and writing songs on a regular basis. She is actively involved as President of Songwriters' Association of Mid-North Indiana. Nicky also greatly enjoys mentoring students in the art of songwriting, and performance in piano and voice. She recently released her debut album PAPER TOWNS with production credit by guitar virtuoso, Michael Kelsey. She is ecstatic about the new album and the response has been very welcoming. In 2017, she and her co-writer, Molly Brown, won 1st Runner-Up with their song "Wearing White" in the International Acoustic Music Awards.