Brothers Mike Shaw (bass, vocals) and Jack Shaw (drums) and Jacob Morrell (guitars) have been jamming together since high school, writing and performing original songs inspired by the bands they love: trippy Brits like Stone Roses, Spiritualized, Ride, The Verve and Echo and the Bunnymen, and moody Americans like The National, Scott Walker and early R.E.M.
The Head have released two records, Millipedes (2015) and Space (2017), and have headlined tours throughout the U.S. and U.K. They’ve also shared the stage with The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Lucy Dacus, The Glorious Sons and Primal Scream, to name a few. In between touring, The Head continue to record and release singles.
"The alterna-rock quintet, which comprises lead singer Will “Harsh” Hoag, guitarist Ryan “Ryu” Ulibarri, bassist Mitch Whittaker, guitarist and keyboardist Luke Hamrock, and drummer Henry Morris, are still navigating the hallways of their high school when they’re not working on Cousin Simple business. But after the aspiring musicians claimed top honors at Groove U’s Instaband competition last February, their extra-curricular dance cards have filled up rather quickly. Since then, they’ve become regulars on the Columbus club and festival circuit, including stage time at Skully’s, Columbus Arts Fest, Slice of Columbus, and CoHatch.
At the end of September, And We Would Never End arrived – a solid, cohesive collection of songs that are especially strong vehicles for Hoag’s youthfully gritty vocal. The guitar-drenched groove “Son Of A Gun” and the effervescently singable “Detroit” particularly stand out. There’s a delightful absence of unnecessary production gloss, allowing the band to present themselves organically as an outfit that is still growing and finding its feet. And it’s great."
-Grant Walters, Columbus Underground
Trout Steak Revival:
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 collaborate 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.
Back-Splash is a new project of Troubadour
Farms creator Eric Ahlteen who also created
Chittenden Hotel. Back-Splash explores Steve
Hundley’s Conga and Bongo beats to Acoustic
originals and Classic covers by Beatles, Young,
Dylan, Lennon, Pink Floyd, Robert Johnson and
“Really funny, and just downright entertaining” is how Saving Country Music described them. Columbus Free Press called them “the musical equivalent of watching ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ – you laugh, you feel deep shame, and then you laugh again.”
With their 2014 debut album, “Dumb Country Noise,” the HELLROYS announced themselves to the world. Tracks like “Wedding at Walmart” and “Outlaws Don’t Read,” quickly established the HELLROYS as a hilarious, twang-banging, must-hear band. After making a name in the regional clubs, the HELLROYS released their 2nd album "HELLROYS Is Real" and hit the national stage in 2018 when Sirius XM Outlaw Country radio put their hit "I Don't Do No Drugs,” into heavy rotation.
The HELLROYS now tour the world singing songs of snakes, titties, and Siamese twins. They have found themselves sharing the stage with artists such as Whitey Morgan, Dale Watson, Unknown Hinson, and Dallas Moore.
With the support of their fans, the HELLROYS have become America's Favorite Country Mid-Western Band and yes, the sole purveyors of Dumb Country Noise.
Kyle Eldridge and the Rhythm Rounders
Kyle Eldridge and the Rhythm Rounders are a Country and Western Swing band from Ohio. The band’s driving rhythm and vintage Americana spirit has taken them all over the country. After playing this year’s Viva Las Vegas Festival, Kyle and the band traveled to California where they recorded their debut EP with rockabilly legend, Deke Dickerson. Vintage Country. Rockabilly. Western Swing. Kyle Eldridge and the Rhythm Rounders!
On their fifth full-length, Watching It All Fall Apart, Fruition transform pain and heartache into something truly glorious. With their songwriting sharper and more nuanced than ever before—and their sonic palette more daringly expansive—the Portland, Oregon-based band’s full-hearted intensity ultimately gives the album a transcendent power.
“The songs are mostly breakup songs,” says Asebroek. “There was love and now it’s gone—we fucked it up, or some outside circumstance brought it to an end. It’s about dealing with all that but still having hope in your heart, even if you’re feeling a little lost and jaded.”
In a departure from their usual DIY approach, Fruition teamed up with producer/mixer Tucker Martine (My Morning Jacket, The Decemberists, First Aid Kit, case/lang/veirs) to adorn their folk-rooted sound with delicately crafted elements of psychedelia and soul. Showcasing the sublime harmonies the band first discovered during an impromptu busking session in 2008, Watching It All Fall Apart also finds Fruition more fully embracing their rock-and-roll sensibilities and bringing a gritty vitality to each track. “We’ve been a band almost ten years now, and we’re at the point of being comfortable in our skin and unafraid to be whatever we want as time goes on,” Anderson notes.
Recorded in ten days at Flora Recording & Playback in Portland, Watching It All Fall Apart came to life with the same kinetic urgency found in Fruition’s live sound. “It’s kind of an impossible task, this idea of transmuting the live energy into something you can play on your stereo, but I feel like this record comes close to that,” says Asebroek. At the same time, the band pursued a purposeful inventiveness that resulted in their most intricately textured work to date. “Tucker helped us push ourselves to create something that glistens in subtle little ways that you might not even pick up on at first,” says Asebroek. “We got to play around with all this analog gear and these weird old keyboards we wouldn’t ordinarily use, like a bunch of kids in a toy store where everything is free.”
The Weight Band originated in 2013 inside the famed Woodstock, New York barn of Levon Helm when Jim Weider and Randy Ciarlante — both former members of The Band — performed “Songs of The Band” with Band founder, Garth Hudson, alongside Jimmy Vivino and Byron Isaacs. Inspired to carry on the legacy of the unforgettable rock group, Weider (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Ciarlante and Isaacs began performing fan favorites from The Band catalog to audiences across the country, inviting Marty Grebb (keyboards, organ, horns, vocals) and Brian Mitchell (keyboards, organ, accordion, vocals) to complete their sound. The Weight Band later added Albert Rogers (bass, vocals) and Michael Bram (drums, vocals) to make up their current lineup with Weider, Mitchell and Grebb. Together, after four years of touring, The Weight Band has recorded a new album of original material, capturing The Band’s musical tradition and packaged for today’s vibrant Americana base.The Weight Band’s musical connections to The Band run deep. Replacing Robbie Robertson as a member of The Band in 1985, Weider toured internationally with Levon Helm, Garth Hudson and Rick Danko. His tenure included writing for and recording three studio albums with The Band. Weider and Brian Mitchell are also members of Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Band. Five time Grammy-award winner Brian Mitchell is highly regarded in the music industry. Marty Grebb, formerly with The Buckinghams and who has performed with Leon Russell, Bonnie Raitt, and countless others, contributed to both The Band’s Jericho and Jubilation albums. Albert Rogers shared the stage with Helm and Hudson in The Jim Weider Band. Michael Bram joined The Weight Band after seven years touring with Jason Mraz.
Recently the group released their first full-length studio album, World Gone Mad, an Americana/Roots Rock masterpiece of the Woodstock sound. The acclaimed album features special guest, Jackie Greene, as well as co-writing contributions from Levon Helm.
Prepare for an unforgettable performance and enjoy timeless hits like "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," "Ophelia," "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," "Rag Mama Rag" and so many others. Hear the most authentic presentation of The Band's music performed on stage, and see why the Chicago Sun Times proclaimed “THE WEIGHT carries on where THE BAND left off.” Come and take a load off.
Formula 5 is gearing up to perform a tribute to Widespread Panic and the Grateful Dead at Woodlands Tavern on November 1st! This unique tribute experience will feature a mix of songs from two of the most prominent jam bands in history - a treat you won't want to miss!
Formula 5 is your source for unique jams, infectious energy, and impressive musical prowess. "Their music celebrates all corners of the music landscape and a true strength of Formula 5 is a clean cohesiveness to their jams that never quits." - Jambase / Live Music News
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