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label me lecter is an alternative hip hop band from Columbus, Ohio. created in 2013, rapper/producer, Brian Penn decided to start a band after ending his career as a solo hip hop artist. he approached his good friend and drummer/producer, Michael Rist and the duo was set. the bands name is a clever play on words that means "call me crazy." their style, sound and show presentation leaves the audience waiting for the unexpected. upbeat production, precise wordplay that delivers true to life content, live drums, piano notes, mid song break downs and fun choruses is the LML sound. after two years of writing and recording, they released their debut EP, "sirens x silence" in March of 2016 to phenomenal reviews.
over the last two years, LML's fanbase has consistently grown in the ohio market; mostly Columbus. their most recent headline show in April (2018) @ A&R Bar, one of Columbus' premiere venues for live music, reached a capacity close to 350. they opened for K.Flay in October (2017) to a sellout crowd and rave reviews. their honesty and self awareness both on and off stage seems to resonate with their listeners creating a natural grass roots style following. April 28th 2018, they released their sophomore ep, "dreams."
Forged by a palpable musical synergy at a local open jam, Folquinox is born. Weaving individual styles into a cohesive, living, breathing body of sound, singer/guitarist Nathan Shoup, singer/mandolinist/guitarist Andrew Cooney, and bassist Scott Brubach are creating a folk-rock anomaly. Intent on exploring this sound both live and in a studio setting, Folquinox is primed to contribute to the robust Columbus local music cosmos.
After forming in Buffalo in 2006, Aqueous (pronounced “ay-kwee-us”) has earned a reputation as one of the most promising improvisational rock acts in the country. Best known for their “groove rock” stylings, guitarist Mike Gantzer, guitarist/keyboardist David Loss, bassist Evan McPhaden, and drummer Rob Houk have developed a unique sound characterized by meticulous compositions and rich exploratory jams that easily transition from laidback, in-the-pocket grooves to furious, high-intensity peaks. Composed of longtime friends, over the years, Aqueous’ members have developed near-psychic abilities with one another, enabling them to stretch each song while maintaining a staggering degree of precision. In a live setting, the group’s undeniable technical prowess truly shines, making for dynamic performances that bring fans back night after night.
Whether they’re headlining and selling out venues across the U.S. or performing stand-out sets at notable events like Summer Camp, The Peach Music Festival, Jam Cruise, and Suwannee Hulaween, it’s clear that fans across the country are clamoring to hear more from the Buffalo-based four-piece. With the hype around the group growing, Aqueous is making a huge breakout as the project enters its second decade of existence. Do yourself a favor, and discover firsthand what the buzz is all about.
The Wooks translate the sights and sounds of the people, hills, bars, roads, and creeks around them into songs and shows that captivate. With both respect for their heritage and innovative originality, The Wooks are the natural evolution of a sound that has always been there.
The Way Down Wanderers:
Often referred to by fans as one of the hardest-working, hardest-touring bands on the circuit today, the 5-piece Illinois-based act not only proves that classification with their jam-packed tour schedule but also on stage every night, with youthful exuberance and a lively stage show, as reliable as it is infectious. High energy percussion, mandolin, guitar, bass, banjo and fiddle weave seamlessly together to create an experience for fans that has sold out shows across the UK and the United States, filling the front rows with fans not just singing along to one tune, but singing along to all of them. “Everybody says it. We’d be nothing without our supporters. Yeah, they buy tickets and of course we love that, but when we’ve been on the road for 10 hours and walk onto a stage road weary and we see familiar faces singing along, it’s hard to describe. It's everything, really. There’s a whole lot of love there.”
Music enthusiasts are not the only ones taking note. Critics and tastemakers alike have awarded the young artists an impressive number of accolades ranging from official showcases at AmericanaFest (2018) and International Bluegrass Music Association (2016) to Whitstable UK Session of the Year (2017), a BBC Scotland Session (2017) as well as Finalist, International Song Writing Competition (2015 & 2016), Chicago’s Best Emerging Artist, Deli Magazine (2014) and Songpickr’s Best Songs Spotify Playlist (2016) among others. The young men are no strangers to the festival circuit either, having played major National and Regional Festivals such as Merlefest, Summer Camp, Red Wing Roots Music Festival and Saskatchewan Jazz Fest all across the United States, Canada and the UK. The band has also graced the stage of coveted venues such as Bluegrass Underground (TN), The Fox Theater (CO), Park West (IL), The Vogue (IN) The Station Inn (TN) The Ark (MI), and countless others.