2020 PERFORMERS

BON DéBARRAS

Bon Débarras unites the worlds of music, dance and poetry through a collaboration between Montreal artists Dominic Desrochers, Jean-François Dumas and Marie-Pierre Lecault. The group brings together a fusion of Quebecois folk music, traditional step-dancing and global influences, for a show that is full of fun and inventive energy. On guitar, banjo, violin and harmonica, the trio opens a door to their recollections of America and their music is at the intersection of various traditions. Bon Débarras’ energy taps into the rhythms of today and ventures boldly on the multi-faceted road to tomorrow’s dreams, in an atmosphere that transcends boundaries and ages.

DOMINIC DESROCHERS

Dominic Desrochers’ passion for sound and movement comes all the way back from those family gatherings, where singers, dancers and accordionists helped create his artistic vision. Over time, Dominic added another passion to music and poetry: percussive dance. Multi-instrumentalist, choreographer and founding member of Zogma, an urban folk group, Dominic is always willing to share his knowledge through educational workshops and master classes. His talent has been widely recognized by various organisations and groups like le Cirque du Soleil, La Bottine Souriante, Loco Locass and Les 7 doigts de la main. His approach is to make percussive dance an extension of oneself. His motto: “Scratch the sky, the earth gives you an itch, then beat the earth and the sky warms you up... All you can beat, bon appétit! There is jig a plenty at the banquet of your two feet”.

JEAN-FRANÇOIS DUMAS

Talk about a one-man band! Accomplished multi-instrumentalist, Jean-François Dumas grew up in a family of musicians and singers where his early musical talent bloomed among songs and melodies from times past. At the age of 17, driven by a thirst for freedom, his guitar slung over his shoulder, he chose travelling to learn his trade. His journeys took him through the United-States, Latin America and Europe. There he discovered other peoples’ folk traditions and colors, and nourished his boundless passion for musical interbreeding in which his own roots lie. Several participations to Noël dans le Parc (Christmas in the Park) as a performer and music director enabled him to stage shows convening artists of all cultures to help create ties between people and generations. Somehow, it’s there that the trio Bon Débarras was born. Equipped with a solid musical knowledge and background, Jean-François has performed with many spirited artists among which La Bottine Souriante, Cedric Watson, Juan Sebastian Larobina and Edgar Bori

MARIE-PIERRE LECAULT

Véronique Plasse, a trained actress and a musician, has joined the world of traditional music since a score of years, working at enhancing Québec cultural heritage. Her commitments and involvements are driven by goals which are at the heart of whatever she undertakes: creation, gathering, preservation and diffusion. Endowed with a very sensitive and positive energy, Véronique really enjoys bringing to the public her knowledge and a kind of cultural expertise she acquired through encounters and research. Spurred by her passion for Québec traditional music, this violinist and singer has been active on the international traditional folk scene for about 20 years. Recognized by her fellow trad musicians as a high-calibre performer, Véronique strongly believes that we must carry on the effort of creating moments and places where beauty, sharing and human interaction weave the threads of a sociocultural fabric we can all call our own.

The latest addition to the Bon Débarras trad trio, Véronique performs also in several other significant projects: Beaton-Plasse, Les Commandos Trad, Barbo and Hurlevent.  https://bondebarras.ca/en/

 

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/

PRETTY LITTLE GOAT

Pretty Little Goat formed in 2013 through their common love of the deep well of local tradition found in the mountains of Western North Carolina. Pretty Little Goat sees traditional music is a living art form; vibrant and evolving. Their debut self-titled album released in 2016 presents unique interpretations of old-time songs and tunes along with original material. The Goats' second album, "Let The Sun Shine In," is full of groovy original music that is "as close as we will ever be to our past while being as current as we need it to be" (Mike Ashworth, Steep Canyon Rangers)."

“By any definition, these four musicians are producing some of the best and most creative roots music to be found anywhere... Although the music might be rooted in Western North Carolina, these talented musicians make it contemporary and cool and oh-so authentic.” - Steve Wong, Blue Ridge Now   www.prettylittlegoat.com 

 

TAD ROBINSON

One of the leading voices of modern soul-blues music.

From his Manhattan roots and his Indiana and Chicago musical upbringing, Tad Robinson has caught
the attention of the music world with his eight Blues Music Award nominations (the Grammys of blues
music) and his many recordings on Severn Records and Delmark Records. He’s a veteran of countless
national and international tours, having played in over twenty countries, performing at many of
the most important international blues festivals. With harmonica chops influenced by Big Walter Horton,
Sonny Boy Williamson, Junior Wells and James Cotton, among many, and vocals that compare to Otis
Redding, Syl Johnson, Al Green, and Teddy Pendergrass, Robinson, according to DownBeat magazine,
“places near the top of the list of finest living singers of soul blues”.

Tad’s new album, Real Street, (2019) on Severn Records, continues his high-level artistry. On the ten tracks
on Real Street, Robinson is backed by the architects of the southern soul sound, the Hi Rhythm Section.

http://tadrobinson.com

THE TUCKER BROTHERS

The Tucker Brothers group was founded by brothers Joel and Nick Tucker in 2015 with the mission of creating thoughtful and positive instrumental music. For their first album “Nine is the Magic Number” (2015), The Brothers were joined by Brian Yarde on drums and Sean Imboden on saxophone. The release of this album immediately put them on the scene as a professional collective. Two years later, after being awarded the Amplify Indy Grant through Musical Family Tree, The Brothers embarked on another musical journey and wrote “Writing Prompts” (2017), featuring Sean Imboden on saxophone, Ben Lumsdaine on drums, and Evan Main on piano. Writing Prompts was created with the mission of paying homage to the past jazz musicians hailing from Indianapolis. The compositions included on this recording often hint at a sound from the past, yet fully embrace the jazz culture of present day.  Their most recent album "Two Parts" (2019)  features the core line up from their first record as well as four guest artists and has gained them national and international attention.

"Two Parts" is an album apart - transcending The Tucker Brothers Group previous two records in its creative exploration, musical maturity, and open invitation to guests artists who enrich the songs with their instrumental perspectives. Envisioned and driven by two brothers, Nick and Joel Tucker, "Two Parts" is a refined display of two siblings dual evolution as jazz players/musicians over the last five years. The brothers differentiate themselves in their compositional styles, but unify every song in this collection with their rawly emotive, playing.

"The compositions appear to be conceived from the ground up to make each player essential. No one fades even momentarily across the nine pieces." -Jay Harvey (Upstage)

“Two Parts is ethereal and artful”  -Dodie Miller-Gould (Lemonwire)

“Truth be told, I haven’t been this impressed with a “new” group (new to me, anyway) in a while… I give these wonderful players a MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating, with an “EQ” (energy quotient) score of 4.99.” -Dick Metcalf (Contemporary Fusion Reviews)

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