Here’s some info on the performers that you can catch on the Free Outdoor Stage this year, we’ll update this as we get more artist information, so keep checking back. Click on the artist photo for their website or use any additional links to Music and Videos.
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Performing: 5/19 and 5/25
Originally from a small valley in Western New York, Kaleigh Baker has risen to prominence as a jazzy, blues-rock powerhouse. Her chill-inducing growl and ear-shattering range come drenched in Jack Daniel’s swagger: ‘Her vocals dip into a low and resounding molasses-slow croon with as much ease as they ascend to ceiling-skimming heights…’(Creative Loafing).
Performing: 5/15 and 5/24
Drew Yardis is an Orlando-based singer, songwriter and performer who has made a significant impact on the local music scene in his ten short years of performing.
Bellows is an experimental folk rock project and art platform envisioned by Greyson Charnock in the late summer of 2010. Incorporating Sean Boyle’s sweeping drum patterns and Patrick Dunn’s effortless funk bass and classical piano, Bellows crystallizes into their full sound.
From the Salty Western Coast to the Swampy Center of Florida, Bellows draws their inspiration; weaving compositions, and painting sound-scenes with a likeness to the ebb and flow of the inevitable tides. Using texture and dynamic the band brings you along with them on an experiential journey through their live performance.
Performing: 5/16 and solo on 5/18
Beartoe has been writing, performing and touring from The Historical DeLand florida for over 10 years. First, in college under the band name Attic, then as Dish, a brother duo that found them with L.A. session players Jen Condos and Jay Bellerose.
Beartoe’s solo project has no doubt shown introspection, but has brought together a sound that’s been filtered through the roots and rich history of Florida folk, delta blues and soul.
Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as “Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.”
They recorded their last album, Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne and the Amairican Stream, in their vintage 1961 Bambi Airstream trailer at locations stretching from Philadelphia to Malibu on a three-month tour.
For their new release, Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames, due out April 23rd, the twosome kicked it into high gear. They traveled to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. They recorded live and mixed 12 original songs in just one week.
The duo certainly covers a lot of musical territory in Smokin Flames. Their wild-eyed mash-up of country, blues and punk led U.K. music critic Steve Bennett to call H4H’s sound “a riotous, rocking roadkill stew,” while others have referenced such diverse bands as Captain Beefheart, Primus, X, R.L. Burnside, JS Blues Explosion and the Ramones.
Impressively, the two create their “ripsaw sounds” (Los Angeles Times’ Randy Lewis) with only a few instruments. Wayne (with the devilish voice), mainly playing the kick-drum, high-hat, acoustic guitar and harp, serves as the group’s rhythmic driving force. Lucy (of the fallen-angel voice) delivers a gritty squall on her “Lowebow” — a custom-made cigar-box guitar: “The Riff Monster.”
Although Hymn for Her hails from Philadelphia, H4H is truly a band born on Route 66. With their daughter Diver, Manny the nanny and Pokey, their spirit guardian dog, this little self-contained unit enjoys life’s unknown adventures on the highway.
Along with launching the new CD, Hymn for Her also have a hot sauce under the same name as the album. It features bananas, jalapeños and smoked paprika. Catch the two as they burn up the highway and ignite your town this year to promote Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy & Wayne’s Smokin Flames. — Come out and taste the heat, y’all!
Laney Jones’s songwriting is as quirky and charming as her upbringing in rural Florida. Raised on an exotic animal farm surrounded by an alligator-infested lake, she artfully spins tall tales of love, life, and adventures from down in the swamplands. From a young age Laney enjoyed performing, honing her effortlessly welcoming stage presence through years of dramatic and musical theater. Since discovering Bluegrass music while attending open mics at a neighborhood coffee shop, she has rapidly built an impressive repertoire of original music and has performed at concert venues and festivals across the eastern United States.
Laney’s voice have been described as “a mix of lemon, molasses, gin and gunpowder”. Her talents on the banjo have been augmented through studying with prominent Clawhammer and old-time technicians Mark Johnson and Bruce Molsky. Laney also incorporates multi-instrumental prowess on ukulele and harmonica in her live shows and recordings.
In the summer of 2013, Laney assembled a five-piece band of Florida musicians to record her second full-length album, entitled “Golden Road’. After finishing the album, the band immediately hit the road for Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival in upstate New York. Performing as an emerging artist and a singer-songwriter in the round, Laney stood side-by-side such greats as Chris Thile, Del McCoury, Della Mae, and Carolina Chocolate Drops. She was also awarded the Grey Fox Bill Vernon Scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music.
Through Berklee, she has been given tremendous opportunities to expand her musical horizons. In November, Laney was sent to represent Berklee at the prestigious Kennedy Center where she performed in a Country vocal master session lead by the legendary Alison Krauss. Laney’s performance at the Kennedy Center will be included in a documentary of the American Voices Festival through PBS’s “Great Performances” which is slated to air in 2014.
Recently, Laney has started working with some Berklee colleagues on a new iteration of her music: Laney Jones & the Lively Spirits, a string band which includes guitarist Jacy Anderson and fiddler Lars Thorson along with Laney’s multi-instrumentalist and songwriting partner Matthew Tonner. The band is currently planning a national tour for summer 2014.
Frankie Messina was chosen as 2013’s Best Local Arts Advocate in Orlando Weekly’s Best of Poll. He is the founder of Apartment E, which has a 20 year history of supporting,loving, and helping to create a really diverse arts and music scene in Orlando with many diverse events and showcases.
Frankie is also an avid vinyl collector and player. The first Friday night of Fringe will close with a DJ set by Frankie showcasing many unique selections from his collection. Just like anything Frankie and Apartment E does this promises to be fun!
Natalie Noone was 10 years old when her musically talented and accomplished father (Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone) gave her a box set of 50’s Rock n Roll music. Sam Cooke’s “You Send Me” and Buddy Holly’s “Peggy Sue” changed her world. Her father then continued her education with his generation’s 1960’s music… The Everly Brothers “All I Have to Do Is Dream” was the next to strike a chord. Her late Godfather, Mickie Most, had produced many favorites like Donovan, The Animals, Hot Chocolate, Lulu, and Jeff Beck Group—all of these became part of her soundtrack growing up.
The simple romance of storytelling quickly came into focus when Natalie began writing songs at the age of 14. Anyone who had recorded at RCA in Nashville took center stage in her development, with more contemporary writers like Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark influencing her strong desire to relocate to Nashville. Having a strong respect for tradition and musicianship, her musical soul came to life the minute she set foot off the plane at BNA. After receiving a degree in history from Belmont University (while also songwriting non-stop!), Natalie set her sights on bringing her artistry to the public.
Currently finishing her first album (produced by Danny Flowers) at Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A, Natalie seeks to establish herself as a soulful musician heavily influenced by the past but invigorated by the new. Fluent in three languages, Natalie hopes to bring Americana music to international markets.
East Nashville, TN 2014-”Don’t walk away, I’m talking to you,” sings Aaron Lee Tasjan in the first chorus of the first song off of his new EP, Crooked River Burning. The song is aptly titled Don’t Walk Away and covers a lot of ground in four minutes and twenty-one seconds. It is, in its own way, much like the artist himself: filled with insight and brutal honesty, humorous and sincere in a fashion which is truly unique to the man delivering the song. These songs have been heard all across the USA this past year; in just about every bar, parking lot, van and music club that is still open and still puts on live music. As you listen to the songs on this EP, you begin to understand that while Tasjan seemingly works endlessly to bring his music to whomever will listen out on the road, he is also singing these songs because he has to. There is pain within the reedy Midwestern drawl of his voice but also the ability to laugh at life’s misfortunes and ultimately transcend them by putting into words and music all of his thoughts and experiences along the way.
Produced by Anton Fier (Bob Mould, Golden Palominos), the EP also features Fier on drums and Chris Morrissey (Taurus, Andrew Bird) on bass and upright bass. Recorded live with ALT, Fier and Morrissey all tracking at the same time, there is a feeling of immediacy and human interaction happening in these cuts that is greatly benefited by Tasjan’s laid back approach to technical prowess and highly effective regard for feel. The performances are spirited and the songs are of such quality that Tasjan was even recently honored by ASCAP at The Kennedy Center as one of America’s great songwriters of the next generation.
Now living in Nashville, TN, his list of accomplishments and accolades continues to grow, but one only need listen to the songs on this EP to realize that Tasjan can accomplish what few can musically, he can write songs that make you laugh and cry at once all while revealing himself to you in a manner such that you feel connected to something healing and powerful.
North Florida native, New Orleans transplant, now Orlando Folk/Americana Singer, Songwriter, guitarist Hannah Harber draws her inspiration from artists such as Patty Griffin, Susan Tedeschi, Gillian Welch, The Avett Brothers, Townes Van Zandt… as well as anyone who has ever crafted a story and conveyed it with emotion.
In early 2013 Hannah Harber released a 7 song EP entitled Be Free which showcased her honey smooth yet subtly smoky voice and her ability to write a song that can transport the listener to a dusty street in an old town, a lonely night time down pour, the breaking free point of a relationship, to how it feels to be haunted by a past you can’t break away from.
Hailing from Miami, JUke is a new breed of Post-blues and the brainchild of singer/songwriter/harmonica whiz, Eric Garcia, who was dissatisfied with most dated, non-threatening traditional blues. Eric felt the need to bring the angst and power back into the type of music that seemed to lose some of its relevance and impact.
Teaming up with guitar phenom and singer, Evan Lamb, was the catapult that made JUke go and realize Eric’s vision. The addition of powerhouse drummer, Brian Lange and the endless grooves from bassist, Taylor Byrd, have completed the unique hybrid that has become JUke.
JUke’s songwriting is one of the things that separate them from the pack. The subject matter and lyrical content has long been hailed by their fans and only adds to their legend.
Couple that with their performance and musicianship, and you have a band you can learn to love.
JUke’ʹs first album, “Lungbutter‑the Blues Basement Tapes”, is available on iTunes.
The recording of their sophomore album, “Down Low Cool”, is out now! JUke’s in-your-face live shows and stories of love, loss and pain make them the band to see!!!
Orlando based vocal trio Due South, comprised of Sarah Purser, Jenny Lamy and Kristin Eley, perform music that recalls period-specific folk music of The Great Depression Era.
Much of their catalog is traditional folk songs, though when sung in harmony by these ladies’ talented voices they sound anything but dated.
If you come to a Strange Trip show get ready for high energy mixture of reggae and everything else under the sun. With the jam band aspect you never know where The Strange Trip will take the show.
From the low down reggae grooves of Dub Jungle to the nitty-gritty rock of Peter Gunn sometimes songs can go on for 15 minutes and have multiple changes. This band is rock and roll and proves that the old school mentality of play till your fingers bleed is not dead. Come see the unstoppable force that is The Strange Trip.
Professional actress/ singer, gay icon and Orlando Fringe veteran Janine Klein has sung her heart out for Fringe audiences past as The Gay Bar Star.
Janine recently starred in The Winter Park Playhouse Production and smash hit, Janine with a “J”. For 2014 she returns to Fringe to perform adult themed cabaret for the late night Lawn crowd.
The music of Fat Night started with a few Florida natives looking to feed their appetite for funk music. After many late night sessions, what started off as jam time turned into fine tuning a soulful sound they could call their own.
A rock solid foundation of a rhythm section comprised of Ted Issen (Bass) and Nik Ritchie (Drums) made it easy for Dan Hanson (Guitar & Vocals) and Gabe Gundacker (Keys & Vocals) to start writing songs that felt good to the group.
They released their first 7″ single, “Things You Do,” in early 2013 on Colemine Records, which has since received very positive reviews, followed by their debut full length self-titled album.
4AM is a popular music ensemble made up of 3 incredibly talented Artistic young Men. Each member arrived into the project from various successful solo careers to create the defining popular sound that can only be described as the “4AMExperience”. They joined forces together in 2012 with the vision to give the music industry something different than what was normally seen as the tired and recycled prototypical pop group.
4AM brings an over the top and highly energetically filled show with amazing live vocals, tight moves, and smiles that melt hearts and gains respect immediately. Their music & live performance is considered by many credible established names within the music industry to be some of the best ever seen since the likes of all the popular music groups of previous generations.
Be sure to follow this amazing group as they continue their undeniable rise to the top, make some serious noise, and create their own mark in the music industry!!
Vov Zen is a fun band of top notch musicians playing music that ranges from pop to ska to hard-driving rock and roll.
Featuring addictive tunes and rhythms, unique instrumentation, and a dynamic performance that provides a little something for everyone, you can’t help but have a great time at a Vova Zen show.
Jack White may have popularized the Guitar/Drums duo…but he sure didn’t invent it. There is a freedom in the duo that you just don’t get from any other combo.
For Sacco and Vanzetti, that freedom allows our individuality to shine through, while maintaining the cohesion of the ensemble. In other words, Sacco and Vanzetti are a blast and a half!