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DIRTY DOZEN BRASS BAND
Friday, September 2nd at 8:30pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
In 1977, The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club in New Orleans began showcasing a traditional Crescent City brass band. It was a joining of two proud, but antiquated, traditions at the time: social and pleasure clubs dated back over a century to a time when black southerners could rarely afford life insurance, and the clubs would provide proper funeral arrangements. Brass bands, early predecessors of jazz as we know it, would often follow the funeral procession playing somber dirges, then once the family of the deceased was out of earshot, burst into jubilant dance tunes as casual onlookers danced in the streets. By the late '70s, few of either existed. The Dirty Dozen Social and Pleasure Club decided to assemble this group as a house band, and over the course of these early gigs, the seven-member ensemble adopted the venue's name: The Dirty Dozen Brass Band.
Thirty-five years later, The Dirty Dozen Brass Band is a world famous music machine, whose name is synonymous with genre-bending romps and high octane performances. They have revitalized the brass band in New Orleans and around the world, progressing from local parties, clubs, baseball games and festivals in their early years to touring nearly constantly in the U.S. and in over 30 other countries on five continents. The Dirty Dozen have been featured guests on albums by artists including David Bowie, Elvis Costello, Dr. John, Buckwheat Zydeco, Dave Matthews Band, Modest Mouse, Widespread Panic, and the Black Crowes.
Saturday, September 3rd at 8:30pm - AON GRAND BALLROOM STAGE
Liverpool Legends “The Complete Beatles Experience!” are four incredibly talented musicians and actors hand-picked by Louise Harrison - sister of the late George Harrison of the The Beatles. Louise herself will be joining us at the fest to meet and mingle! You can't get anymore Beatles than this. Don't miss the world's best live Beatles Tribute!
Louise’s involvement in Liverpool Legends makes them the ONLY Beatles Tribute Band with a direct family link to the original Fab Four. “Each member of the group is so close to the originals that I often feel like I’m transported back in time with the lads. These are exactly the kind of fun-loving quality musicians that my brother George would have loved to hang out with,” says Harrison.
With precise attention to every musical detail, along with costume changes, vintage instruments and special effects, Liverpool Legends will make you feel like you are watching the real thing! Together, these four lads will bring you “The Complete Beatles Experience.”
Friday, September 2nd (By date/time)
Friday, September 2nd at 3:00pm
An exciting new Pittsburgh based band formed from various members of other local bands, MANIC SOUL brings a wild and raw energy to a unique blend to the rock, soul, funk and jam genres. Formed in October of 2015, this trio has been gigging consistently around the city and is currently writing material for their debut EP.
the shams band
Friday, September 2nd at 5:00pm
Music is supposed to be fun, exciting, thought provoking and daring. On every live performance, The Shams Band makes sure that their audience leaves each concert with a personal feeling of satisfaction. Drawing from their Wilco, Rolling Stones, Kinks, and Muddy Waters influences, singer/songwriters Biggins/Gulyas create distinct, personal songs. Once united with the full group, the songs come to life, tell stories, and send audiences singing all the way home.
The Shams Band features music trapezing the line between blues, country, and pop music. They have opened for national acts Drive-By Truckers, Dawes, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes and Grace Potter & The Nocturnals.
The Shams Band is the epitome of a “do-it-yourself” group. They get every audience excited and dancing from their catchy hooks and rock ‘n roll atmosphere. It’s whiskey-driven. It’s a party. It’s rock ‘n roll with a banjo.
Rock With You: A Tribute to Michael Jackson performed by Genome
Friday, September 2nd at 6:30pm
Genome is a unique blend of organic funk and psychedelic jams with jazz, world, and electronic music. These Chicago based musicians utilize an array of many instruments, both acoustic and electronic, to create an ecstatic dance party that transcends time, space, and earthly boundaries.
school of rock: allstars
Saturday, September 3rd at 11:00am
School of Rock teaches guitar, bass, vocals, keyboards, drums and combines weekly private music instruction and group band rehearsals to prepare students to perform on real rock stages, at real rock venues in front of real live audiences.
Once a student has a few shows under their belt, they may have the opportunity to audition for our most prestigious honor, The School of Rock AllStars. AllStars represent the best of the best students from our global network of schools. Each Summer the AllStars embark on a tour complete with tour buses and multiple live shows throughout the country. They are simply some of the best young musicians in the country and have performed at Red Rocks, Lollapalooza, Hangout Music Fest, NAMM, Gathering of the Vibes, Austin City Limits, BB Kings and countless others. AllStars have shared the stage with Jon Anderson from Yes, Alice Cooper, Earl Slick, Peter Frampton, Eddie Vedder, KT Tunstall, Joe Lynn Turner, John Wetton, Slash, Robbie Krieger, Michael Anthony, and Dave Stewart just to name a few.
FOOL HOUSE BAND
Saturday, September 3rd at 12:30pm
Fool House is a cover band playing pop hits from the 90's as well as various top 40's and other timeless classics. Between the mullets, their laid back style, choreographed dance moves, and foolish humor, they strive to create the ultimate party any time they take the stage.
The name of the band speaks for itself, reminiscing all the party throwbacks from the 90's.
Saturday, September 3rd at 2:00pm
Hush Train picks the feel-good R&B hits we all love and brings a hot energy. Featuring some of Chicago's best musicians (including members of The Right Now and Annalee & The Midnight Sons), the band shows up and shows out. Hear the classics like Stevie, Aretha, and Michael alongside the newer stuff like Alicia, Cee-Lo, and Pharrell...and hear 'em done RIGHT
RICO: A TRIbute to santana
Saturday, September 3rd at 3:30pm
Rico creates an immense fiery soulful sound through bass, congas, percussion, drums, timbales, keyboards, guitar, and pure passion. The band will move you physically and mentally with their hypnotic blend of afro-cuban rhythms, or purge deep into your soul with their eminent sense of melody. They are influenced and inspired by all the innovative rock, soul, jazz, afro-cuban, blues, funk, reggae, and hip-hop pioneers. The band is comfortable in any genre and is right at home putting their spin on covers from Santana, Bob Marley, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, James Brown, Kanye West, Hendrix, Santana, etc.
Saturday, September 3rd at 5:30pm
AfroZep originated in 2009 with the mission to spread African music to wider audiences while paying tribute to the greatest Heavy Rock band of all time. Some tunes are straight mash-ups of Fela Kuti and Zeppelin, others are Zep tunes but set to original grooves based off the music of artists such as Tinariwen, Thomas Mapfumo and Franco and others are stripped down Zeppelin arrangements injected with the pulse of traditional African drumming.
boy band review
Saturday, September 3rd at 7:15pm
Bringing full production lights, video, and a million “Peppermint Lattes” worth of energy, Boy Band Review has captured the hearts of fans with their #boyband shows that transport audience members back in time to the days of frosted tips and hunky frontmen professing their undying love. They bring some sweet hip thrusts and air grabs performed perfectly “N SYNC”.