2019 Lineup

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  • Rebirth Brass Band

    The Rebirth Brass Band is a New Orleans brass band. The group was founded in 1983 by tuba/sousaphone player Philip Frazier, his brother, bass drummer Keith Frazier, and trumpeter Kermit Ruffins, along with other classmates and marching band members from Joseph S. Clark Senior High School, which Firstline Schools will be closing in the spring of 2018, in New Orleans’ Tremé neighborhood. The band released its first album in 1984 on Arhoolie Records which was recorded in the Grease Lounge, a Tremé neighborhood bar, and in 1989 gained wider notice with a series of releases on Rounder Records.

    Rebirth Brass Band

  • The Werks

    The virtuosic rhythm junkies of The Werks have released four highly acclaimed studio albums over the past ten years – Synapse (2009), The Werks (2012), Mr. Smalls Sessions EP (2014), and Inside a Dream (2015) – performed well over one thousand shows (including launching their own multi-day music festival The Werk Out), and released countless live recordings including last year’s Live at The Werk Out live album. In that time they’ve earned a devoted fan base across the world and reputation as one of the most energetic, compelling, and downright entertaining live acts in the business. They’ve developed a hard won confidence, and a willingness to fearlessly chart new sonic territory on Magic.

    The Werks

  • Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

    After seven years, three albums, innumerable sold out shows, and countless beers, bluegrass mavericks Horseshoes & Hand Grenades appropriately consider themselves a “family” on a wild, wonderful, and often whacky roller coaster. The bond between the quintet—David C. Lynch [harmonica, accordion, spoons, vocals], Collin Mettelka [fiddle, mandolin, vocals], Russell Pedersen [banjo, fiddle, vocals], Adam Greuel [guitar, dobro, vocals], and Samual Odin [bass]—fuels their creativity and chemistry on stage and in the studio.

    Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

  • Marbin

    A progressive jazz-rock band based in Chicago, IL, with a unique story that stands out in today’s music world. With a do-it-yourself approach, Marbin started touring extensively in 2011, bringing their original instrumental music to every part of the United States. Through word of mouth, Marbin has gained hundreds of thousands of devoted fans all over the world and has sold tens of thousands of albums. Marbin has released seven albums: Marbin(2009), Breaking the Cycle (2011), Last Chapter of Dreaming (2013), The Third Set (2014), Aggressive Hippies (2015), Goatman and the House of the Dead(2016), and Israeli Jazz (2018). Marbin regularly plays in clubs all over the US and in jam and jazz festivals around the world.

    Marbin

  • Joan Shelley

    Shelley’s music has never been experimental, at least in some bleeding- edge sense of the word. And she’s comfortable with that, proud of the fact that her simple songs are attempts to express complex emotion and address difficult question about life, love, lust, and existence itself. During “The Push and Pull,” for instance, she precisely captures the emotional tug of war as two people struggle to codify a relationship, her voice perking up and slinking down to illustrate the idea. For “Go Wild,” she wrestles with principles of independence and dependence, forgiveness and freedom, her tone luxuriating inside the waltz as though this were a permanent state of being. These are classic ideas, rendered brilliantly anew.

    Joan Shelley

  • The Tillers

    The Tillers have been thumping their own distinctive sound of string band style folk music for a decade, riding it all over the country and across the sea. Four studio albums and one live record have won them praise as modern folk storytellers of the national soundscape.

    The Tillers

  • MojoFlo

    The last few years have seen Mojoflo growing from an amorphous, good-time party band into a cohesive musical unit that can deliver a spell-binding performance that, while remaining rooted in Funk, Rock, and Jazz, manages to transcend the traditional boundaries of said genres.  The goal of the group is not just to give their audience something fun to listen to but to take them on a journey.

    Blazing vocals, screaming horns, and a hard hitting rhythm section are the hallmarks of the group’s sound.  Leading the charge is the group’s vivacious singer Amber Knicole. She has been likened to everything from a young Sharon Jones to Beyonce’s wild step sister, but one thing is for certain: She is just as well known for her jazzy, gospel-influenced vocal prowess as she is for her captivating stage performance.

    MojoFlo

  • Vessel

    Vessel is a funk/bluegrass fusion band from Louisville, KY. This band of brothers makes a collective all-original entourage of soul and passion that will make you move.

    Vessel

  • Restless Leg String Band

    Restless Leg String Band is a 4–Piece Bluegrass Arrangement straight from the heart of The Bluegrass — Lexington, Kentucky.  Restless Leg String Band draws from a deep well of traditional string band music, combined with unique original material to create a new ‘Progressive Bluegrass.’

    Joe & Casey have played in multiple projects together and started pickin’ acoustic on the street in downtown Lexington, Ky, in the late summer of 2013. During that time they were looking to start a new, local-bluegrass project. Meeting regularly, they began writing/collaborating and learning new/old songs.

    Restless Leg String Band

  • GRLwood

    SCREAM POP.Kentucky natives based outta Louisville.2 Angry queerdo genderfuck feminists screaming at you.Chew your ears up.Karen on drums.Rae on guitar and vocals.Jordan Lanham on all art and design related to GRLwood.

    GRLwood

  • Bendigo Fletcher

    Bendigo Fletcher possesses a resolute ruggedness that recalls the Kentucky wilderness that inspired it. As the region continues to reverberate from the release of their debut self-titled EP in 2016, the band has been busy at work sharing the stage with such acclaimed acts as Blackfoot Gypsies, Rayland Baxter, Dawg Yawp, Vandaveer, Ona, Quiet Life, and Leif Vollebekk (among others).

    While the band is currently fitting up their highly anticipated debut full-length, they’ll release a newly-mastered take on singer Ryan Anderson’s bedroom-recorded EP, Consensual Wisdom, the origin that primed Bendigo Fletcher for a more powerful and collaborative evolution. If their live shows have been any indication, we can expect more of the same: contagious hooks, rich harmonies, and the very best that the American South has to offer – a genuine love for the earth and its people.

    Bendigo Fletcher

  • The Local Honeys

    The Local Honeys are comprised of Linda Jean Stokley and Montana Hobbs. Stokley from the rolling hills of the Bluegrass, and Hobbs from the foothills of the Appalachian region have developed a sweet sound of the bluegrass kissing the mountains.

    The Local Honeys

  • Electric Garden

    A six-piece psych-funk band hailing from Louisville, KY, Electric Garden has prog and experimental elements that shine through their jam band-leaning sound that has an ethereal ’70s tilt.  Formed in 2016, this six-piece band began by pursuing their abundant devotion to the tunes of the Widespread Panic, the Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, among others, and have since speared the local jam-band scene with their heavy funk and R&B influences.  Having recently shared the stage with jam greats like Jimmy Herring & the Invisible Whip, Twiddle, and Keller Williams, Electric Garden continues to gain momentum in the southeast.

    Electric Garden

  • Zach Longoria Project

    The Zach Longoria Project is an 11-member band from Louisville with an incredibly soulful vein. With R&B seated at the core of their music, ZLP weaves elements of jazz and a touch of old-school this & that to create what they like to call “Kentucky Fried Soul”. Their music has just the right amount of the south mingled in. ZLP is a collaboration of musicians who are all in it for the love of music, and are driven by the passion of creating it. They came together in 2013 in a town that is much smaller than it seems. Zach had a vision early- to have a band that was made up of people who are good to each other and share the same set of values, musically and by virtue. This group is a close-knit partnership of kindred spirits, and it shines through in the music they put forth. In July 2014, ZLP released their self-titled album. They were also featured on WFPK, a Louisville radio station, where they participated in the “Live Lunch” series.

    Zach Longoria Project

  • Driftwood Gypsy

    Driftwood Gypsy is a band comprised of 6 music loving friends. Conrad Dillinger (drums, vox), Creek Sayles (bass), Jason Adams (guitar/vox), David “Chill” Napier (guitar/vox), Dereck O’Neil Oldham (guitar,vox) and Severn Edmonson (keys/vox). Each artist brings their own style, and influences to produce a feel good groove that is sure to make you move your feet. Enjoy!

    Driftwood Gypsy

  • Mama Said String Band

    Mama Said String Band is a five piece group based out of Louisville, Kentucky. Their combined musical backgrounds, spanning multiple cultures, styles and genres, with a strong focus on vocal harmony and innovative instrumentation, builds a unique aural medley. Known for having a strong female presence, they gather influences from Bluegrass, Folk, and Americana. The Mama Said String Band brings to life sounds once forgotten while creating a youthful yet tactfully delivered message.

    Mama Said String Band

  • Big Atomic

    Big Atomic is a jam/funk/rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. The band blurs the lines between funk, rock, rhythm and blues, and dance. From pulsing dance songs to improvised extended jams, smooth r&b to funky rock and roll, Big Atomic has proved to be a very versatile group. Big Atomic is Shannon Vetter (Saxophone/guitar/vocals,   Morgan McCall (drums), Matt Robinson (percussion/vocals), Andrew Stephens (bass guitar) and Micah Greene (guitar/vocals).

    Big Atomic

  • Zu Zu Ya Ya Presents Dr. John's "Gris Gris"

    Zu Zu Ya Ya Presents Dr. John's "Gris Gris"

  • Blind Corn Liquor Pickers

    The Blind Corn Liquor Pickers, like the moonlight-brewed intoxicant for which they are named, play a variety of bluegrass whose origins are difficult to ascertain.  As corn liquor flows through an old car radiator, old-time traditions mix with modern methods in ways that can be unsettling, inspiring, euphoric or blindness-inducing.  It’s bluegrass that burns going down, warms your gut, and then hits your head like a thunderbolt of white lightning. Banjos, mandolins and fiddles mingle with drums and electric guitars and the soaring, emotive vocals of lead singer Beth Walker harness an Appalachian blues to make the stories in their songs really sing.

    Blind Corn Liquor Pickers

  • Bridge 19

    Bridge 19 is a touring band based out of Louisville, KY. They offer a sound pallet of moody electric guitars, horns, accordion, & pedal steel – with rythmic stylings of Nola jazz meets americana. Vocal harmony is the corner stone, and makes Bridge 19 unique and transfixing. Bridge 19 somehow closes the gap between americana, singer/songwriter, vintage soul, folk, & pop. one of the few bands that you can both dance and cry to.

    Bridge 19

  • Joann + The Dakota

    A Good-Timey Rock N’ Roll Family Band out of Louisville, Kentucky.

    Joann + The Dakota

  • Brent Mathis

    Songwriter based in Louisville, KY

    Brent Mathis

  • Brother Wolves

    Brother Wolves howl from the banks of the muddy Ohio River in Louisville, Kentucky. Their sound is an energetic blend of psychedelic soul music that creates a unique sonic experience that captivates the audience. Born many moons ago from the mind’s eye of two cousins, Wilfred E. Sieg III & Nathan Fessel, the duo scratched together the raw foundation of what would become Brother Wolves. Since it’s inception, the pack has evolved into an eclectic quintet of local musicians and artists who create an electric genre bending sound with reckless abandon. The Brother Wolves experience is fronted with powerful vocals, haunting soul, and introspective lyrics by Wilfred E. Sieg III. On guitar and keys, Nathan Fessel and Josey Earl balance driving melodies and ambiance with soaring leads. Bassist Scott Harrett delivers the low end with rhythm & deep grooves. Newcomer Andy Cook draws from his past life experiences to add to the Wolves already eclectic sound by using his diverse stylings to drive the music to new heights.

    Brother Wolves

  • Ocifer

    A four piece original Rock/Pop band from Louisville Ky. Dedicated to making unique songs that inspire thought as well as dancey footsteps.

    Ocifer

  • Nick Penn

    Nicholas Penn is an indie/folk/rock artist based in Lexington, KY. Hailing from the musical family of Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Iron and Wine, and Sufjan Stephens, his songwriting style is refined and representative of the best. In 2017, Nicholas joined with indie/psych cellist Seth Murphy to create a new blend of bi-coastal folk/rock. Later in 2017, Nicholas filled the sound out by adding kick drum and tambourine that he plays with his feet, giving a big reggae/rock groove to the sound, and preparing the duo to take the stage at regional festivals.

    Nick Penn

  • Anemic Royalty

    Anemic Royalty is a garage rock band from Louisville Kentucky. Since their formation in 2014 these guys have been hanging out in basements, backyards, dismantled minivans, music festivals, and rock clubs, writing and performing loud melodic hook-laden rock songs. After PeteFest 18, they will also be taking the stage at Louder Than Life music festival.

    Anemic Royalty

  • Madison Lewis

    Madison Lewis is a 16 year old independent americana/jazz musician and songwriter from Southeastern Kentucky who writes and composes music with moving lyrics and distinctive chord progressions sure to keep the audience’s interest. Her music reaches the darkest depths of the oceans and brings a light to any melody she embraces.

    Madison Lewis

  • Louisville Silent Disco

    Plainly, our goal is to provide equipment but we hope to also enable imagination and provide an experience. A basement, a backyard, or patio make great silent disco locations. You do not need a festival to have a silent disco. So our hope is that you party, and that we can help.

    Louisville Silent Disco

  • Between The Lines

    Between The Lines is a 4 year old band of high school students with “old souls” when it comes to music.  They play rock music that spans several generations, and audiences of all ages enjoy their music.

    Between The Lines