Al Holliday and The East Side Rhythm Band bring you the finest soulful rhythm music. Inspired by the musical stylings of legendary artists hailing from New Orleans, Memphis, Chicago, and St. Louis, the group brilliantly blends blues, funk, R&B and soul into a sound they can call their own. This talented and powerful group of young musicians bring to life that old school sound that carries melodious tunes over a heavy groove creating a spirit penetrating and soul serenading sound.
"He sings with a depth and grit and twang not usually found in the metro area, and his comfort with Chicago blues, big-band soul and barrelhouse piano shows scholarship beyond his years. His voice is just growl-y enough that listeners may write it off as a pastiche of Randy Newman, or Joe Cocker, or Fats Domino, or some amalgam of all three. It may be, but Holliday owns it and uses it to sell these familiar-sounding tunes."
"The benchmark sound here is very much derived from pre-Meters New Orleans R&B, the type of stuff Dr. John might have sat in on...Holliday supplements his East Side Rhythm Band with those omnipresent Funky Butt Brass Band horns, swelling the horn section to seven players at times...Every so often the band takes it back up the Delta to Memphis...."
"Holliday certainly has the capability to take this little slice of R&B and make it his own."
Rastasaurus was uncovered in the concrete jungles of Denver, Colorado, where they’ve been building an enthusiastic following around their new reggae sound. Centered around the prolific songwriting of Justus Lacewell (vocals, guitar), Rastasaurus also includes lifelong musical pals and identical twin brothers Eric (lead guitar) and Mark Ciccone (bass). The thick, psychedelic grooves of Ryan Kerr (keyboards) and the smooth, funky rhythms of Nick Souder (drums) round out the quintet.
With their original songs featuring an infusion of reggae with elements of funk, rock and roll, improvised jamming and dub, Rastasaurus is constantly exploring and expanding its own unique blend of American reggae.
Al Holliday & The Eastside Rhythm Band w/ special guests Rastasaurus
Fri., Feb. 23 | 9:00 PM | $10 ADV | $13 Day Of
The Bootleg | 21+
Best known for his prolific mixtape work and as the tour DJ for Run the Jewels, Trackstar the DJ has been fortunate to travel the world playing music he loves, working and performing with many of the greatest artists in hip hop since his start behind the turntables on college radio in St Louis in 1999.
From his first mixtape release in 2003, Trackstar built a reputation for creativity and consistency by releasing nearly two hundred mixtapesincluding collaborations with Royce da 5’9, Big Boi, Killer Mike, El-P, Lupe Fiasco, Pete Rock and Camp Lo, among others. His work with elite tastemaking team The Smoking Section helped him develop a significant online presence, while also constantly DJing at clubs & events across the globe and holding down radio spots (KWUR, SiriusXM’s Hip Hop Nation, WRTJ on Apple’s Beats1 and now SiriusXM’s Shade45 every Friday night).
In 2011, Trackstar became the official tour DJ for Killer Mike first as a solo act, and now for the supergroup with El-P, Run the Jewels, which has never done a show with any other DJ. They have performed at hundreds of venues and dozens festivals all over the world, including Madison Square Garden, Coachella, and Glastonbury. He and RTJ (Trackstar is considered the unofficial third member of the group) have also appeared on Letterman, Conan, Kimmel, Fallon and Colbert, as well as the NME Awards, the BBC, and Boiler Room. In addition doing over 100 RTJ shows in 2017, Trackstar played dozens of solo gigs and made appearances on radio shows worldwide.
His RAP FAN brand is born of his truest identity–the kid from Wisconsin who collected and studied hip hop albums like his life depended on it. He considers it a true honor to have shared the stage with artists he admires and was influenced by, having performed with Run the Jewels, Big Boi, Nas, Zack De La Rocha, The GZA, Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, DJ Q-Bert, Z-Trip and more.
TRACKSTAR THE DJ & FRIENDS
Trackstar The DJ
Friday March, 2
11PM // $10 // 21+
At The Bootleg
SATURDAY MARCH 3
New Old-School Revue
The American Professionals (Ex-Nukes)
Fine to Drive
8:30PM // $10 // 21+
"Known as two of bluegrass' most amazing virtuosos of the younger generation, Jacob Jolliff (mandolin) & Max Johnson (double bass) have teamed up to present an evening of blazing bluegrass virtuosity, beautiful brother harmonies, and outstanding original music. Between the two of them, they have performed with Del McCoury, Sam Bush, David Grisman, Jerry Douglass, Chris Thile, and this summer have performed at DelFest, Northwest String Summit, GreyFox Music Festival, Telluride Bluegrass Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Blue Ox, Red Rocks, and other premiere venues. But, amid their seemingly nonstop touring schedules, Jake with Yonder Mountain String Band and his own namesake project, Max with the Jeff Austin band and his international jazz career, the two have decided to embark on a duo tour together. So don't miss this opportunity to hear two of bluegrass' finest players in a intimate exclusive setting."
Jacob Jolliff (Yonder Mountain String Band) & Max Johnson (Jeff Austin Band)
Sunday March 4th
Doors 7pm // Show 8PM
One Way Traffic will join Jackson Howard on his return to St. Louis with Singer/Songwriter and pianist Lia Menaker.
One Way Traffic
THURSDAY MARCH 8
One Way Traffic + Jackson Howard w/ Lia Menaker
Doors 8PM // Show 9PM
$7 ADV // $10 Day Of
w/ Break Night & Brother Francis and The Soultones
Friday March 9
DOORS 9PM // SHOW 10PM
$12 ADV // $15 Day Of
JD Hughes & The Fuze
Music W/O Borders. Soulful & conscious vibes with elements of Rock-Funk-Jazz-Reggae-Soul are fused together with thought provoking lyrics for ear-phonic delight.
Waiting For Flynn
One resounding truth that sets a great story apart from just another tale is the unexpected presence of the extraordinary, coming from the ordinary. With St. Louis band Waiting For Flynn, it’s apparent that a great story is in the making, and coming through in their writing, and unique individual styles of play. Bringing a fresh and true roots blend of acoustic and modern pop rock, Waiting For Flynn intertwines improvisational explorations, with soul and jazz elements into a harmony heavy vocal experience.
Though each member is from the great city of Saint Louis, they were brought together through vastly different experiences and musical influences. With guitar player and vocalist Michael Flynn (writer and front man for Shooting with Annie), and drummer Tobin Hall (consummate side man and touring veteran) growing up together in music, they toured Europe and the U.S. playing an array of venues with multiple bands both together and separate
Two Cities One World
America meets Bulgaria!
Powerful musical and romantic chemistry drive the passions and authenticity of Two Cities, One World, a mulit-cultural group who "Let The Whole World Disappear" in a fusion of pop, funk, soul, jazz, and latin vibes.
Anna Yanova-Cattoor - lead vox
Jared Cattoor - G tar
Paul Bass Brackens - Bass (like the fish)
Andrew Stephen - Keys (to get in the house with)
Keith Bowman (drumzzzzz)
SATURDAY MARCH 10th
Future Fusion 314 | 3 Local Bands $10
JD Hughes & The Fuze, Waiting For Flynn, & Two Cities One World
Doors 7:30pm // Show 8:30pm // 21+
at The Bootleg
Night Tree w/ Hillary Fitz
Sunday March 18th
Doors 7 // Show 8pm // $12 // All Ages
In September of 2016, six diverse musicians came together unexpectedly within the walls of Boston’s NewEnglandConservatorytoformNewAcousticband,NightTree. Thesextetofconservatory-trained musicians attracts dramatic attention not only for its abnormal instrumentation of two fiddles, cello, accordion, saxophone, percussion, voice, and the occasional viola and mandolin, but for their collective representation and incorporation of traditions from Irish, Classical, Swedish, Jazz, Klezmer, and Afro- Cuban music.
Within their arrangements, each artist’s personality is given a spot to emerge with fiery improvisation, individual compositions, and a pristine ear. The band thrives on playing in complete darkness as to allow themselves the opportunity to solely listen with the absence of any possible visual distractions. They react to each other at any given moment, in a matter of seconds. They have learned to get inside each other’s musical minds, creating one explosive and unpredictable wave of sound that is Night Tree.
The group, all students at NEC, were named the Conservatory’s Wildcard Honors Ensemble for 2016- 2017. Awards for this title included a sponsorship from NEC, a headlining performance at the historic Jordan Hall, and a year of working with Winifred Horan, fiddler and co-founder of Irish super-band, SOLAS. Night Tree will be releasing their debut album on September 1st of this year, produced by
Séamus Egan, another founding member of SOLAS. The band began touring in Vermont at the beginning of 2017, followed by a spring tour to Washington, D.C. Night Tree recently concluded a summer tour where they performed New York City, New York State, Philadelphia, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and Maine.
Night Tree will be releasing their debut album on September 1st, followed by a release tour that goes from Vermont down to Asheville, concluding at the Burren Backroom Series in Boston for their official release show on October 11. Their 10-track debut album features original compositions ranging from somber and plaintive melodies to raucous and energized tumult.
Sunniva Brynnel, composer as well as singer and accordionist in Night Tree, brings her pastoral melodies to her instrumental and vocal pieces. In her song “Thanksgiving”, Sunniva openly expresses her constant
longing for travel to satisfy her hunger for a place that feels like home. Saxophonist Zach Mayer has composed pieces with the vision of Night Tree as a single voice. This can be heard in his songs “A Wish on the Wind” and “Wheel in the Forest”. “FoWrist”, written by fiddler Lily Honigberg in collaboration with percussionist Julian Loida, unites Ireland’s traditional style of playing with the syncopated rhythms of Cuba. Each track on the album has a different flavor, very much a representation of the six members of the band and their differences. Night Tree blossoms with a bang as they re-imagine tunes using imagery such as shipwrecks. They interject fiery solos and breakdowns that give traditional music a wildly new meaning.
Gangstagrass w/ Mathias and The Pirates
Tue., March 20 | 8:00 PM | $7 ADV | $10 Day Of
The Bootleg | 21+
Bluegrass and Hip-Hop may sound like an odd combination, but don’t tell that to Producer Rench, who birthed the fusion in 2006, with Gangstagrass. “There are a lot more people out there with Jay-Z and Johnny Cash on their iPod playlists than you think.” says Rench, who had previously made a name for himself as an in-demand Brooklyn country and hip-hop producer and singer/songwriter. He should know – he’s toured the country with a band of bluegrass pickers and hip-hop emcees to the delight of standing room crowds everywhere.
making beats for local NYC rappers and hosting country music nights in popular NYC venues. In 2007, Rench had a musical itch that needed to be scratched – he was listening to the 1970s recordings of Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys and couldn’t help imagining what classic bluegrass would sound like with rap vocals and beats. The result was a genre-demolishing blitz called Rench Presents: Gangstagrass. He put it up for free download and people took notice. Hundreds of thousands of downloads followed creating an intense underground buzz.
When FX Network came to Rench looking for the Gangstagrass sound for the theme song to their new series Justified, he had bluegrass players lay down an original track with rapper T.O.N.E-z, the younger brother of early hip-hop legends Special K and T-LaRoc. The result was "Long Hard Times To Come," the song that opened every episode of six seasons of the hit series. "Long Hard Times To Come" was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2010, contending for best theme song after critical praise and massive fan response
The same live bluegrass band approach was used to make Lightning On The Strings, Thunder On The Mic, a full length album of with T.O.N.E-z, the emcee featured on the Justified theme song. Two years later the Gangstagrass sound was expanded with the release of Rappalachia, a 15 song album featuring a variety of rappers, including Kool Keith, Dead Prez, Nitty Scott MC, T.O.N.E-z, BROOKLYN35, R-SON, and Dolio The Sleuth. Country singers Brandi Hart from the Dixie Bee-Liners and Jen Larson added gritty harmonies alongside Rench’s choruses. Broken Hearts and Stolen Money was released in 2014. Featuring performances by legendary rap team Smif-N-Wessun, Juno award winning rapper Liquid (of BranVan 3000), Brandi Hart of the Dixie Bee-Liners and Alexa Dirks of Chic Gamine in addition to the now regular crew of emcees and pickers, the album received universal critical acclaim including the Boston Globe labeling the raucus single Two Yards “Essential.” A fourth official album titled American Music was released in April 2015. Featuring a collection of standout original cuts and traditional folk anthems the band once again broke new ground, while also paying tribute to their cast of American songwriting heroes, and debuted at #5 on the Billboard bluegrass charts.
Gangstagrass has toured internationally, blowing minds on main stages from SXSW to Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, with a live stage act taking full advantage of the improvisational aspects of both hip-hop and bluegrass. With two emcees R-Son and Dolio The Sleuth trading verses, Dan Whitener on Banjo, Landry McMeans on dobro, and Rench on guitar, and frequent 3 part harmonies, the Gangstagrass live show has garnered a reputation among fans for its dynamism and spontanaety. Currently touring across the US, Gangstagrass is using live performances to organically develop new material for an album that will further explode the boundaries between genres generally thought to be incompatible
Known for their progressive song writing and energetic live performances, Mo Lowda & the Humble's beginnings were in the beer-soaked basements of Philadelphia. Following the release of their first full-length, Curse the Weather, the band started to hit the road. 2015 was highlighted by shows throughout the country and plays at notable summer festivals such as Firefly. The band's 2016 sophomore release, 'Act Accordingly', is a short and sweet embodiment of the band's natural progression; refining their already formidable sound. Since, the band has seen a line up change, with the addition of bassist/multi instrumentalist Jeff Lucci; bringing an elevated dynamic to the band as they continue through 2017 with endless tour dates and the creation of LP2.
Holler Lowda Tour 2018
Mo Lowda & The Humble w/ Quiet Hollers
Wednesday March 21st
DOORS 8PM // SHOW 9PM
Pay What You Want ~ $7 Suggested Donation
Kyle Cook has had a very high profile gig since 1996, when Matchbox Twenty – with Kyle as lead guitarist – first burst into the national scene with their landmark album Yourself or Someone Like You. The album went on to sell 10X platinum, launching a group that is regarded as one of the most popular American rock bands in recent history, achieving the rare feat of simultaneous success at modern rock, adult alternative and Top 40 radio. Their influence hasn’t dimmed: their most recent album, North, climbed to #1 on the Billboard Top 200.
As Kyle’s career has continued to evolve – within MB20; as lead guitarist/lead vocalist with The New Left; co-writing, performing and producing several songs on John Waite’s 2011 Rough & Tumble; opening his own record label last year – the Indiana native is taking the culmination of his experiences and, for the first time, releasing an album that is all his own. Wolves, Kyle Cook’s first solo project, reflects his evolution as an artist, as well as his love for all forms of music.
“After writing in Nashville for almost 10 years you collect a lot of songs,” Kyle explains. “I mean, you’re writing on your own constantly, but you’re also co-writing. So I tried to focus on the songs I wrote without the influence of others and then selected co-writes that fit the direction that I was naturally going toward.”
“I feel like those who need to compartmentalize this album will claim it’s ‘country’ because of the instrumentation and colorful characters, but I’m going for something much more genre-less here,” Kyle says. “In the same way California has influenced so many records, so does Tennessee, and I had to let it in.”
Prior to the album’s release, Kyle is hitting the road to bring his new sound to fans across the U.S. The set list will reflect the knowledge that Kyle has gained over the past 20 years, from mastering guitar in high school to attending the Atlanta Institute of Music to joining Matchbox Twenty.
THURSDAY MARCH 22nd
Kyle Cook of Matchbox Twenty
Doors 8PM // Show 9PM // 21+
$12 ADV // $15 Day of // $25 "Meet & Greet"
Jennifer Hartswick is one of the most exciting performers in music today. She inspires audiences all over the world with her powerful voice and commanding trumpet playing. She exudes confidence and joy and brings her own refreshing spirit to the stage every time she performs. Jennifer’s music is honest, soulful and comes with a maturity far beyond her years.
Jennifer’s live performances are renowned as spontaneous, joyful and contagious. Her natural charisma and sincerity shines through, and each performance is a celebration of musical collaboration; the camaraderie between Jennifer and her band mates is always visible. And whether she is wailing on the trumpet or singing an intimate vocal solo, her performance is all part of a single seamless instrument, one that is played not only with astounding technical proficiency, but also with sensitivity, conviction and heart.
Hartswick is an original member of the Trey Anastasio Band and has recorded with Herbie Hancock, Phish, Christian McBride, Big Gigantic and many others.
Singer and guitarist Nick Cassarino plays with Nth Power and toured with Big Daddy Kane.
Jennifer Hartswick & Nick Cassarino
SATURDAY MARCH 24th
DOORS 8PM // SHOW 9PM
$10 ADV // $13 DAY OF
21+ // At The Bootleg
FRIDAY MARCH 30th
DOORS 8PM /// SHOW 9PM
$7 // 21+
Naughty Professor is an iconoclastic New Orleans-based jazz-funk sextet whose adventurous recordings and horn-charged, high-energy live performances have earned them an enthusiastic fan base, critical acclaim, and widespread attention from their musical peers.
Their diligent roadwork has established Naughty Professor as a beloved live act. Weaving together complex, inventive compositions and loose, organic improvisation, the band honors their hometown's jazz, R&B and brass-band traditions while looking to the future.
Naughty Professor raises the stakes on its new album Identity (Release date June 23, 2017). Where their prior four releases showcased the group's knack for self-contained instrumental experimentation, Identity finds the band teaming with a stellar assortment of more than a dozen cutting-edge collaborators, whose vocal, instrumental and compositional contributions expand the music into new musical territory.
Identity's prestigious gallery of guests includes Jurassic 5's Chali 2na, who's featured on a pair of tracks, "Darker Daze" and "Sugar Coat," which also features contributions from New Orleans legend Ivan Neville. David Shaw of the Revivalists lends his vocals on "Stray" and singer/guitarist Dexter Gilmore contributes on "I Can't Sleep At Night." Additional special collaborators include trumpet player Eric “Benny” Bloom of Lettuce, percussionist Mike Dillon, much-lauded jazz vocalist Sasha Masakowski and members of the renowned New Orleans horn outfit Soul Rebels, who turn up the brass on the album-closer "Funk 4 Lunch."
"They're not just guests," explains Naughty Professor drummer Sam Shahin. "The collaborators on this album were chosen because we respected what they do and felt that they could be a complement to our ensemble.”
"When these kids first started coming up on the scene, I could tell right away that there was something very special about their energy and music," David Shaw comments on his excitement to collaborate with Naughty Professor. "I believe that the sky has no limit for these boys."
"My first impression of Naughty Professor was one of amazement,” Chali 2na notes. "New Orleans is full of musicians that are masters of their craft, and Naughty P is no exception. They are also perfectionists and students of the game. This is immediately apparent once you hear them play.
"I am loving the resurgence of jazz combined with this youthful mindstate that musicians have today," Chali continues," and Naughty Professor is pushing that envelope."
The band recorded each track on Identity live in the studio, heightening the immediacy of the performances and solidifying the band's connection with the guest collaborators. The sessions were also documented on video, with an eye towards releasing a video version of the album.
A wide range of musical impulses has driven Naughty Professor ever since the band members first convened in 2010, having met while students at Loyola University's jazz program. The musicians' potent collective chemistry quickly won attention on the New Orleans music scene. After graduating, they began touring, expanding their audience nationwide.
THURSDAY APRIL 5th
Doors 9PM // SHow 10PM
$10 ADV // $13 Day Of
21+ // The Bootleg
Billy Strings plays hard and he lives hard, picking so fast and intensely that he’s known to break multiple strings per song, and basing the songs he writes on the hard lives he grew up around in the abandoned rural communities of America. His new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, taps into a deep vein of psychedelia in Americana, referencing everything from the Dead to Sturgill Simpson, but all underlaid by Billy’s undeniable virtuosity and his knowledge of the roots of American music. He’s one of the most beloved young bluegrass guitarists today within the bluegrass community, and his front porch in East Nashville is constantly filled up with Nashville’s best roots musicians just picking up a storm.
The tricky part of making the new album, Turmoil & Tinfoil, was translating Billy Strings’ incendiary live show into the studio. Returning to his home state of Michigan, Billy enlisted acoustic roots wizard Glenn Brown (Greensky Bluegrass) as producer, and centered the music around his new band, featuring Drew Matulich on mandolin with banjo prodigy Billy Failing and much-loved Nashville bassist Brad Tucker. Rich with special guests, Turmoil & Tinfoil shows off Billy’s East Nashville community of picking friends, among them Miss Tess, Molly Tuttle, John Mailander, Shad Cobb and Peter Madcat Ruth. Of special note is a virtuosic duet between Billy and bluegrass guitarist Bryan Sutton on “Salty Sheep” that shows the speed, precision, and creative craftsmanship of bluegrass when it’s done right.
Turmoil & Tinfoil debuted at #3 on the Billboard bluegrass charts, continues to have a seat on the bluegrass radio charts and has received much critical acclaim since its Fall 2017 release. Here are just a few quotes from some of our favorite publications….
“True Weird America… living, breathing thing with the scorching technicality of speed metal or jazz and the raw ferocity of punk rock.” - No Depression, by Corbie Hill
“... while this latest effort does boast chops and energy in spades, he’s also a talented lyricist, telling honest, often painful tales about addiction, incarceration, racism, and remaining positive in the face of negativity and, of course, turmoil.” - American Songwriter, by Brittney McKenna
“Bluegrass, just like all of music, must evolve to stay relevant to modern ears. Yet doing so within the discipline where the roots of the music remain in tact is the trick that takes an additional level of ingenuity and passion to accomplish. And this is what Billy Strings does with Turmoil & Tinfoil.” - Saving Country Music
Billy was also named one of Rolling Stone Country’s “10 New Country Artists You Need to Know: August 2017”, received the IBMA 2016 Momentum Awards Instrumentalist of the Year (for guitar, banjo and mandolin) and was voted #1 in The Bluegrass Situation’s Top 16 of (20)16.
APRIL 6th 2018
Doors 8pm // Show 9pm
$16 // 21+
Ever since winning the 2014 Telluride Bluegrass Festival Band Competition, Trout Steak Revival has quickly become a quintessential Colorado band. The band won an Emmy Award for a soundtrack they contributed to a Rocky Mountain PBS. They’ve collaborated with school children in mentoring programs in Denver and Steamboat Springs. Their music is featured on Bank of Colorado’s radio and television advertisements. Most recently, Westword named them Denver’s Best Bluegrass Band, and they were nominated as a Momentum Band of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.
FRIDAY MAY 4
DOORS 8PM // SHOW 9PM
$10 ADV // $13 DAY OF
21+ // at The Bootleg