Featured Touring Acts

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Saturday, March 9th

The Claudettes fuse Chicago piano blues with the full-throttle energy of rockabilly and punk and the sultriness of ’60s soul to write a thrilling new chapter in American roots music. Johnny Iguana pounds the piano alongside seductive singer Berit Ulseth, bassist/guitarist/singer Zach Verdoorn and drummer Michael Caskey. Johnny, who toured for years with his cult-favorite rock band oh my god, is also in the Grammy-nominated groups Chicago Blues: A Living History and the Muddy Waters 100 Band. He has toured/recorded with Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and more and played piano on the new “Chicago Plays the Stones” album featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Buddy Guy. The Claudettes recorded their 2018 album “DANCE SCANDAL AT THE GYMNNASIUM!” with Grammy-winning producer Mark Neill (Black Keys, Old 97’s, J. Roddy Walston, J.D. McPherson). It was released in March 2018 on Yellow Dog Records (Memphis, TN) and in April 2018 in Europe/UK via Continental Records Services. The Claudettes recorded a new album with Grammy-winning producer Ted Hutt (Old Crow Medicine Show, Gaslight Anthem, The Devil Makes Three) in late 2018; it will come out later in 2019.

GREG KOT, CHICAGO TRIBUNE   A revelatory blend of jazz and blues, stirred with punk brio. There are also dashes of classical and world music, and enough stops, starts and hairpin turns to suggest the giddiness of Raymond Scott’s cartoon music…How do they do it?

MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE   A skewed cabaret band of blues, jazz and rockabilly…a sensibility that feels equal parts James Dean and David Lynch

The Claudettes’ albums on Yellow Dog Records: http://yellowdogrecords.com/theclaudettes

Saturday, April 6

For the past twenty years, Chuck Mead has been at the forefront of what has come to be known as Americana Music. Raised in Lawrence, Kansas, Chuck has been a professional musician since the age of 13 playing in his parents country band and then leading several roots rock outfits in the midwest most notably the Homestead Grays. He landed on Nashville’s Lower Broadway in 1993 where he co-founded the famed ‘90s Alternative Country quintet BR5-49. The band’s seven albums, three Grammy nominations and the Country Music Association Award for Best Overseas Touring Act of 1997 built an indelible bridge between authentic American Roots music and millions of fans worldwide. Chuck has also co-produced popular tribute albums to Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, guest-lectured at Vanderbilt University, and became a staff writer at one of Nashville’s top song publishers. In 2008, he was the Musical Director/Supervisor for the Broadway/West End musical Million Dollar Quartet (which broke the record in Chicago for longest running musical) and acted in the same capacity for the CMT television show Sun Records producing all the re-recordings of classic rock n roll, country, and blues. He has released three solo works starting in 2009 with his acclaimed solo debut album, Journeyman’s Wager on the Grassy Knoll Records label, and continues tour clubs, concert halls and international Rock, Country and Rockabilly festivals with his band The Grassy Knoll Boys.

 

Sunday, April 7th

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Jesse Ray – VOX, Harmonica, Guitar

Dingo (Brando) Hopp – Percusion

 

Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish is simplicity with volume. This band boasts Jammie awards for all three of their studio works published. They will bring the live performance you have yearned for. With Jesse Ray’s powerful guitar, cutting harmonica, and rockin’ vocals, to  Dingo Hopp’s audacious percusion.

 

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 Starting with open mics in Grand Rapids MI, Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish have pushed forward to perform across the nation. From South By Southwest in Austin Texas to basements in NYC. Jesse Ray and the Carolina Catfish have never stopped bringing their energy to every nook and cranny they’ve found themselves in.

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