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GYPSY BLUES

GYPSY BLUES

THE BAND

2 resonator guitars, 1 accordion, female and male voice, 1 unforgettable performance!

Nathan Rivera and Jessie Andra Smith are often joined by their talented musical friends, Trevor Mulvey on the upright bass, Karl Kummerle and Milly Raccoon on the fiddles. Creating interesting interplay between male and female vocals, Nathan and Jessie’s performances are fun, trilingual and have a message for all.

This duo has traveled all over the world playing the streets and stages of France, Netherlands, and Mexico and had a jam packed U.S. tour this summer playing the Tucson Folk Festival, Vertex Festival, Bliss Festival and Swallow Hill to name a few.

 

Sol Drop

Sol Drop

Sol Drop

Est. 2015

Flagstaff, Arizona

It kind of just happened. Brian and Kathryn crossed paths in the dorms. Noticing a drum key on Brian’s belt, Kathryn quickly took Brian’s number, which she’d forget she had for a few months. Kathryn met Sean in a class, and after finding out he played bass, recruited him days later to jam when she remembered that Brian existed. Having no where else to go, the three got together on top of a parking garage to jam, learning some of Kathryn’s old songs. After that session, they decided to become a band and played their first show 2 weeks later.

Drawing from funk, punk, bluesy inspirations, SOL DROP became not just a band, but a great friendship. In their first year together, they played over 30 shows including, 3 different dates in Southern California and recorded 6 songs. Following a successful 11 date summer tour, in September of 2016, they released their first studio album, produced by John Herrera at Clamsville Studios. Selling out their hometown album-release show and finishing 2016 strong, Flagstaff-based rockers Sol Drop are excited to see what’s to come in performing at SXSW, touring the U.S. in the summer of 2017. Sol Drop

Phoenix New Times states-Power-trio Sol Drop is unique in that they have successfully hooked a punk rock sensibility up with the blues, and in turn what gets churned out elicits 100 percent thrashing and sweaty, sweaty bodies. The members of the band, with lead singer Kathryn Meyers at the helm, call it “fast-blues,” with vocals drawn from the Riot grrrl days, marked by snarls and yelps and extended phrasing. Also, Jimi Hendrix — because why the hell not? They just released their debut full-length album, It’s Alright, in September, and it’s got all that goodness wrapped up in seven songs.

Decker. Acoustic

Decker.

Decker Acoustic

Please join us for Decker. Acoustic. A raw, original artist from Sedona he is a real Northern Arizona Diamond in the rough.

 

“dark mystic lyrics and off-kilter attitude with taut musicianship and psychedelic romanticism” – No Depression

“Raw and romantic” – DeliRadio

“Masterful and filled with energy” – LA Music Blog

“dusty, moody, lonely, and super atmospheric” – San Francisco Bay Guardian

“Straight from the heart.” – PopMatters

http://deckermusic.org/

 

Andreas Kapsalis-AK Guitar

 

Andreas Kapsalis

Andreas Kapsalis is a Greek-American guitarist and composer born in the suburbs of Chicago. His first exposure to music was through his mother, Frances, a student of opera, and his father, Peter, a violinist. Andreas began teaching himself guitar at the age of 11, reading and writing music as well as music theory. At the age of 18 he suffered a hand injury; during his recovery period, he began developing his 10-finger tapping techniques. Under the tutelage of composer and producer Jim Tullio, a student of Aaron Copland, he refined his compositional approach on the guitar using these techniques. Tullio produced Andreas’ first EP with Andreas’ arrangement of Dave Brubeck’s composition “Blue Rondo a la Turk,” which garnered attention from the composer himself, who said, “I am very impressed that Andreas could cover on guitar what I had written for piano. It is quite amazing to hear my own music performed by great instrumentalists.”

Andreas began performing nationally with the Andreas Kapsalis Trio and recorded two discs featuring his compositions. While performing in LA he was invited to apply for the Sundance Composers Labs. He was awarded the fellowship, an honor awarded to only six composers a year. This was his initiation into film composing. At the end of the Sundance Composers Lab, Andreas was invited by the directors to complete a score for their documentary film “Black Gold” among the documentaries selected for the January premier at the Sundance Film Festival. Founder of the Sundance Institute and Festival, Robert Redford, noted this was the first time in Sundance Institute history that documentary fellows and a composer fellow had an “official selection” at the Sundance Film Festival. Subsequently, he composed scores for several documentary and feature films such as “Pig Business” and “Mulberry Street” to name a few. He also has been commissioned by Northwestern University and Notre Dame to compose music for their silent film festivals as well. Following this, Andreas performed and recorded several discs with Polish singer/contra bassist Megitza and the AKGI duo.

He has been performing internationally, solo and in various ensembles, for festivals and concert series in North America, Europe, and Asia, such as Montreux Jazz Festival in Switzerland, the Calcutta Guitar Festival in India, the Canadian Guitar Festival and the Guitar Festival in the Philippines. In addition, concerts have taken place in Germany, Austria, Poland, and Slovakia. More recently Andreas was invited to Armenia to participate in “Sounds of Peace,” a musical exchange featuring 60 artists from 10 different countries. Along with his years of experience as a touring musician he has also enjoyed teaching guitar, conducting masterclasses as well as private instruction in Europe, Asia, and the United States.

Andreas has most recently embarked on the next chapter of his career, completing his first solo album “Anastasi,” which features original compositions written for ten finger-style guitar. He is currently touring extensively throughout the US and Europe to promote his latest release. In the fall of 2015 he recorded a live CD in his home town of Chicago. The LP titled “Andreas Kapsalis Live at The Old Town School of Folk Music” is due to release in 2016. Andreas continues to be inspired and is eager to share the beauty of music and how it can enrich one’s life.

http://www.akguitar.com/index.html

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

 

BIO

Jacob Acosta is a national artist who has lived in Tucson, AZ for over 8 years. He has worked with legendary producer, John Vanderslice, been featured on NPR, played dozens of festivals across the U.S., and has released 9 records since 2008. His newest music and coming release, ‘Desert Sounds’ (early 2017), is about Arizonan culture and the Southwest. “It’s time to talk about the history, ecology, and culture of this place I love. It’s time for a record about home.”-Jacob Acosta

PRESS

“Bottom line is he makes it all look too easy.”-Joseph Crowder, Vents Magazine

“He represents all that is magical, real and good in music…”- Michael Keith, Rock and Roll Review

Jacob Acosta

Jacob Acosta

jacobacostamusic.com

 

Joe Kaplow

Joe Kaplow

Joe Kaplow

 

Joe Kaplow, an  indie/folk/blues performer  from Santa Cruz, CA.  High-energy and captivating,  alternating between acoustic, electric guitar and banjo, finger picking, slide and strumming, and  a stomp box, which adds a whole other layer of percussion, intensity, and dance-ability to the  show.
Independent Clauses said, “It’s a rare artist who can make memorable tunes in diverse idioms, and that bodes well for Joe Kaplow. I can’t wait to see how his next releases develop. Highly recommended.”   Adobe and Teardrops said, “Joe Kaplow’s debut EP is a propulsive force.”

Frizzy and Edgy

Frizzy and Edgy

Frizzy and Edgy

 

Sally Stricker and Steve Botterweg were long time members of AZ band Major Lingo, as bass player and drummer (Steve still plays drums with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe). Together they are Frizzy & Edgy (on bass and guitar), performing cover tunes from different eras and styles, ranging from old style country, oldies, and Americana to Alt Rock and British rock

 

 

Edgy and Frizzy

Edgy and Frizzy

Edgy and Frizzy

 

 

Sally Stricker and Steve Botterweg were long time members of AZ band Major Lingo, as bass player and drummer (Steve still plays drums with Llory McDonald and Combo Deluxe). Together they are Frizzy & Edgy (on bass and guitar), performing cover tunes from different eras and styles, ranging from old style country, oldies, and Americana to Alt Rock and British rock