Hailing from the Crescent City, EARPHUNK has emerged as one of the premier jam acts in the Southeast. The quintet has been steadily building a rabid fan base across the United States with their brand of high-energy funk, inspired improvisation, and dynamic stage production.
EARPHUNK has performed in more than 40 cities over the past 12 months, including performances at Wakarusa Music Festival, Bear Creek Music Festival, and The Purple Hatters Ball, and sharing the stage with Galactic, Big Gigantic, Toubab Krewe, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Zoogma, Perpetual Groove, Break Science & Chali 2NA, Big Sam’s Funky Nation, and Rubblebucket. www.earphunk.com
Josh Garrett is a Blues singer and guitar player from New Roads, LA. He and his family relocated to the bayou town of Houma, LA (Terrebonne Parish) when he was a young child. While growing up in Houma, Josh was exposed to Cajun, Zydeco, and Blues music at the local music festivals. He picked up his father’s guitar when he was 12 years old and started writing songs soon after.
By age 20, he was performing several times a week in downtown Houma, LA. At age 24, Garrett was deployed with the Army to Iraq, and his music interests were put on hold for a while. Early in his 26th year he returned to the United States and civilian life with a handful of songs that were written during his deployment overseas. These songs would become his first album entitled, “Changed Man”.
Garrett then started to travel regionally with his band (then known as the “Bottom Line”) to promote his new album. In late 2008, he relocated to Nashville, TN, under contract to perform three nights a week at a club on Historic Printer’s Alley. While there he recorded his second album, “Live on Printer’s Alley” – a double live album released November 20, 2009.
In 2010, Garrett returned to Louisiana, and began work on his third album, “String of Problems”. He says about his return, “I was rejuvenated by moving back to Louisiana; I love it here so much. It’s my home. My family is here. My life is here. I think the music on the record reflects that.” The album, “String of Problems” was released by The Josh Garrett Band in August of 2011.
“I feel like I’m at the beginning of my career. There’s a lot more for me to do, a lot more places to go, a lot more shows to play, and a lot more albums to record.” Josh Garrett has become known for his soulful vocals, emotional guitar work, and that “flavor” that only comes from those with Louisiana in their blood. www.joshgarrettmusic.com
Davina and The Vagabonds are known in The Twin Cities, Minnesota as being the busiest band in town because of their hard-working professionalism, high energy stage performance, and original sound.
Davina and The Vagabonds average over 300 performance dates a year, trying to share their music with the world.
Awards : “Road To Memphis MN” 2009, King of Beale Street 2009, and International Songwriting Competition Finalist 2010.
Shared the stage with :
Pinetop Perkins, Aaron Neville, Gary Moore, 10 Years After, The Mannish Boys, Robert Cray, Los Lonely Boys, Scottie “Bones” Miller, Willie “Big Eyes” Smith,
Ana Popovic, Booker T and The MGs, Bobby Rush, Irma Thomas, James Hunter, Bobbie Blue Bland, Willie Big Eyes Smith, and many others. www.davinaandthevagabonds.com
A band founded in 1995 on the premise of “why not, it might just work,” The Crawdaddies infuse Cajun, Zydeco, Blues, Ska, Roots, Rock and Reggae into an incomparable, grooveladen sound that is unquestionably its own. The Crawdaddies are, Kraig Greff, accordion, piano; Chris Huntington, vocals, guitar; Chris Everett, vocals, guitar, washboard; Rod Gross, drums, vocals and Dan Hones, bass, vocals. Each road-seasoned member hosts an impressive and diverse musical / performance resume, most notably, 2008 Emmy award recipient Greff who toured with Della Reese, Barry White, Joe Williams and Diana Ross.
Consummate headliners, the eclectic, good-time spirit of their set has allowed The Crawdaddies to share the stage with a wide range of artists including: Etta James, Ivan Nevilleʼs Dumpstaphunk, Trombone Shorty, Dr. John, Charlie Daniels, Last Train Home, Buddy Guy, The Old 97s, The Radiators, Jimmy Cliff, Carbon Leaf, CJ Chenier, John Eddie, Joan Jett, The Spinners, Kid Creole and the Coconuts, Terrance Simien, G. E. Smith, Marshall Crenshaw, The Young Dubliners, Buckwheat Zydeco, and Reel Big Fish.
were also invited to perform on the 2009 Mardi Gras Mambo Tour with Dr. John and the Neville Brothers. The band has been featured in Dirty Linen magazine three times, has toured the USA extensively earning a strong grass roots following and is a regular fixture on the national college, festival and theater circuits. The band has performed many major festivals including Ann Arbor, MI Summerfest, Bethlehem Musikfest, PA, Gumbo Ya Ya Festival in Rock Island, Illinois, the DC BBQ Battle, the Virginia Wine Festival, The Barbecue Festival in Lexington, NC and the American Music Festival…plus many more. The Crawdaddies
ʼ performance from the famous WC Handy Blues Festival in Henderson, KY is now being featured nation wide on the popular PBS music program “Jubilee”. The band has also been selected to showcase mainstage at three NACA (National Association of Campus Activities) regional conferences, the prestigious NACA national convention in Nashville, TN, the PA Fair Convention in 2012, the 2011 MD Fair Convention and the 2013 Millennium Music Conference in PA. In 2006 AOL Citiguide chose The Crawdaddies
as “editorʼs pick” for best entertainment from Baltimore, MD. www.thecrawdaddies.com
was formed in 1994 after “Hurricane” Bill Rosas decided he was tired of performing the same type of “stale and worn out” cover music whenever he played around Chicagoland-area bars and festivals. He had grown fond of the music of New Orleans from his numerous trips to New Orleans’ Jazz and Heritage festival and knew that Chicago needed a band that could bring the saucy, Big Easy-flavored sounds of New Orleans to the Midwest. He recruited seven other musicians who shared his belief and love of New Orleans zydeco, Louisiana funk and soul, and horn-heavy, second-line grooves and formed a band that continues to entertain people at major music fests across the Midwest.Presently based in the Chicago area, the band has released four CD albums and has performed numerous live television and radio appearances, including WGN TV on the Morning show, NBC TV on “I-Village”, WDCB Radio in the “Hambone Blues Cadillac”, WLUP radio on the Kevin Matthews show. Hurricane Gumbo
has rocked the house at countless clubs and festivals like the House of Blues, Navy Pier, Taste of Chicago, Rock Island’s Gumbo Ya Ya Festival and Milwaukee’s Summerfest, sharing the stage with New Orleans artists Dr. John, the Iguanas and Chubby Carrier & the Bayou Swamp Band. www.hurricanegumbo.net
BACKWATER BAYOU BAND
A staple Of Gumbo Ya Ya for over a decade, “Dem Bad Boys From The Bayou” Backwater Bayou Band bring a ‘gumbo’ of styles and sounds featuring their original songs as well as Cajun, Zydeco, Dixieland and Blues. With five musicians playing over 15 instruments, this band will set your feet a tappin’.
So come early and stay late. It’s Mardi Gras in The District.
Laissez les bons temps rouler!
The River City 6 Jazz Band is a six piece band that plays traditional Jazz, Standards, New Orleans Jazz, Big Band, Dixieland, Concerts, festivals, school and educational programs, weddings, clubs, etc.