Fall Down 5 Lineup
Dopapod is not so much a jam band as they are a band that improvises. They are an electronic band without computers. They are a metal band with groove and soul. They are a funk band that’s not afraid to get intricate. With no regard towards toward stylistic boundaries, the sound that emerges from the quartet both live and in the studio is as varied and diverse as the many influences that they adapt from. Their approach to complementing a distinct genre bending sound to top-notch musicianship is what keeps the quartet committed to evolving their unique brand. This progressive song writing leaves room for boundless improvisational exploration and serves as the root of why more and more music lovers are steadily growing in numbers, eagerly returning for more.
In the past three years, Dopapod has been tirelessly planting its seed in ears throughout the entire East Coast and into the Midwest with their infectious and sensory live performances. Covering all this ground has seen the young, yet seasoned group make appearances at numerous festivals including Camp Bisco, Mountain Jam, Gathering Of the Vibes, Bonnaroo, Burning Man, Catskill Chill, Bear Creek, The Big Up, Rootwire, and more. Their electric live showcase has been cultivating a fast growing, loyal fan base, and seen them share bills with artists such as Moe, Lotus, EOTO, Papadosio, Zach Deputy, Sam Kininger (Lettuce, Soulive), and Carl Palmer (Emerson, Lake, & Palmer).
Redivider is Dopapod’s third studio effort. Having been recorded and released less than a year after the band’s last record Drawn Onward came out, this collection of songs picks up where the last left off and raises the bar even further. Recording was done at Tyrone Farm, a scenic and solar powered farm in the small town of Pomfret, CT. Opting to take a different route than recording in a studio, the band brought their own to the barn of the farm and produced it by themselves. Redivider displays a drastic evolution in the band’s songwriting skills as well as marking the first time ever that the band has added vocals into songs. The added texture serves as yet another dimension in what allows the band to look in multiple directions at one time while remaining focused on a cohesive blend of sound.
Co-founder, writer and drummer of Soulive for over 15 years, Alan Evans proudly presents his newest creation, Alan Evans Trio: an inspiring and fresh organ trio lineup. Enlisting the support of good friends and talented players Danny Mayer on guitar (On the Spot Trio), and Beau Sasser (Melvin Sparks, Akashic Record) the trio’s sound proves hard-driving and groovy with deep, funky melodies and powerful, rhythmic counterplay. Alan Evans Trio opens a window into another side – an emotional introspection, as dark as it is powerful. Their passionate progressions emanate an electrified, smoky, 70s-era CTI Records zeitgeist.
For more than a decade pianist Marco Benevento has been amassing an extensive resume of composition and collaboration. His albums set forth a vision that connects the dots between Explosions In The Sky and Tortoise on one side, Brian Eno and Brad Mehldau on the other. In the live setting, his performances reverberate with pulsating dance rock energy, which has led to high profile appearances, ranging from Carnegie Hall to Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz to All Good Festivals. Benevento’s been invited to open for The Books, Ben Folds and Rubblebucket, while headlining shows from coast to coast at rooms like Bowery Ballroom, The Independent and Doug Fir. The 35-year old artist took a major step forward with the release of his latest album, TigerFace. The ten-track collection is painted in a myriad of sonic colors, shimmering with acoustic piano, synths and analog keyboards, while the songs are seemingly conceptualized from every wisp of melody that's ever tickled his ear. Recorded by Tom Biller (Silversun Pickups) and Bryce Goggin (Pavement), TigerFace features a stellar cast to help capture his ideas, including drummers Matt Chamberlain (Pearl Jam) and John McEntire (The Sea & The Cake), bassists Dave Dreiwitz (Ween) and Mike Gordon (Phish), saxophonist Stuart Bogie (Antibalas) and vocalist Kalmia Traver (Rubblebucket). As anybody who's seen Benevento perform can attest, with eyes closed, smile wide across his face and fingers free-flowing across the keys, the pianist is a satellite to the muse. With a devoted and growing fan-base, Marco Benevento is an artist whose story is only just beginning to be told.
Kendra Morris has an obsession with birds, evidenced by the tattoos on her right arm and her self-described "enchanted forest" apartment, filled with bird taxidermy. And like her favorite animal, she has a voice all her own. Although she could be compared to Amy Winehouse, Adele, and Joss Stone, the best analogy for Morris might be a modern-day Janis Joplin.
With her remake of Pink Floyd’s "Shine On You Crazy Diamond" featured on the trailer for the Colin Farrell film "Dead Man Down", an recent inductee to the Songwriters Hall of Fame via the Holly Prize for “an exceptionally talented and inspired young musician/singer/songwriter whose work exhibits the qualities of Buddy Holly’s music: true great and original", the extraordinary Kendra Morris will be performing at Fall Down 5 on the Great Owl Stage in support of her 3rd studio album "Mockingbird".
Superhuman Happiness (Featuring founding members of Antibalas, TV On The Radio, Iron & Wine)
Movement becomes contagious listening to Superhuman Happiness whose joyful sound has been dubbed “physical cinematic dance rock.”
Superhuman Happiness became known in Brooklyn for ecstatic dance parties at the famed club Zebulon where they’d often improvise extended versions of their songs.
Its members are all key NYC veterans with a collective resume that stretches across a dizzying array of talent, including Antibalas, Phenomenal Handclap Band, TV On The Radio, Iron & Wine, tUnE-yArDs and Martha Wainwright among numerous others. It’s together, however, where their individual voices coalesce into one shared vision.
The band tours nationally with artists like Rubblebucket, Marco Benevento, Sinkaneand Red Baraat. Signed to Brooklyn indie label The Royal Potato Family, Superhuman Happiness has released an EP and a series of 7-inch singles prior to their debut Hands. They wrote and performed, with the accompaniment of Kronos Quartet, the score to the Academy Award-nominated documentary film, How To Survive A Plague. Other highlights include collaborating with Cults on the Red, Hot & Rio 2 compilation. As Hands so eloquently expresses, this is music striving for Superhuman Happiness.
The relentlessly creative band rides the yes wave on their debut LP entitled Hands, a recording that runs the gamut from celebratory syncopated handclaps (“Our Favorite Part“) to the coronation grandeur of church bells (“Second Heart“), from art-pop dance beats (“See Me On My Way“) to math rock angularity (“Half Step Grind“). The lyrics to Superhuman Happiness songs come at you in a flurry of pop sensibility, but lean metaphysical, peppered amid the vastness of cinematic layers of instrumentation. Guitarists Luke O’Malley and Ryan Ferreira trade highlife picking and revving power chords as Nikhil Yerawadekar’s ropey bass lines weave and bob through the pulsing beats issued from Miles Arntzen’s drum kit. Waves of sound issue from Jared Samuel‘s array of analog keyboards and lush accents and colors from Eric Biondo‘s playful harmonies. Stuart Bogie’s horns, abetted by long-time collaborator Colin Stetson, round out Hands’ multi-dimensional sound.
The Brooklyn-based funk army known as Turkuaz “is like tossing a lit match into a dumpster full of fireworks” (bestnewbands.com). Their stage show combines influences from Sly and the Family Stone to Talking Heads into an explosive auditory and visual circus, a full-frontal assault on the senses. After multiple residencies at NYC’s Brooklyn Bowl, two blowout performances at Bear Creek Music Festival, and tours spanning the east and west coasts, Turkuaz has developed a reputation from NYC to San Francisco as the band that plays louder, faster, and harder than all the rest.
Born as a side project by co-founders Dave Brandwein and Taylor Shell, Turkuaz was formed in Boston in February 2008. Unbeknownst to Dave and Taylor, a demo of theirs had been submitted to Berklee College of Music’s Heavy Rotation Records by a friend. Heavy Rotation immediately added Turkuaz to their annual showcase at the Berklee Performance Center, and the spark was lit. Dave and Taylor formed the current funk monstrosity from amongst their musician friends. Turkuaz’s first show was to 1,000 people at the BPC and was met with rave reviews. After 8 months in the Boston music scene, the band migrated as a whole to Brooklyn, with the intention of bringing their brand of funk to New York.
With two independent album releases, tours up, down and across the country, a solid and ever-growing NYC fanbase, and the desire to only get bigger, Turkuaz keeps on perfecting their brand and continuing their upward trajectory at concerts and festivals across the country.
Royal Hammer is a virtual time machine to the 1970's reggae scene.
Royal Hammer's deep, infectious roots reggae sound, is heavily influenced by Gregory Isaacs, Dennis Brown, and Roots Radics.
Delivering a powerful and authentic step back in time to the true musical center of reggae music, Royal Hammer has re lit the torch and holds an unique and refreshing place in reggae today.
With Seven players including members of Rustic Overtones and Soulive, Royal Hammer has shared the stage with reggae legends Lee 'Scratch' Perry and Barrington Levy and has backed up international reggae artists Marty Dread and Legendary Glen DaCosta of Zap Pow and the Wailers. Royal Hammer is touring in support of their epic debut album "My Bubble"
Soule Monde is a deep-funk improv outfit that features Russ Lawton and Ray Paczkowski. The duo draws notably from their many years of touring and recording with Phish front man's Trey Anastasio Band, and while the pair can be compared to The Benevento/Russo Duo or Billy Martin/Wil Blades, Soule Monde stake out their own turf by focusing on composition and narrative. Paczkowski’s bass lines provide a solid basis for his clavinet and Lawton’s energetic rhythms, and there is a narrative quality to a lot of their tunes. Lawton provides reactive, always in the pocket drums, and Paczkowski unearths a repository of moves heretofore only foreshadowed in his work as a sideman. Paczkowski demonstrates a thorough understanding of players like Jimmy McGriff, Art Neville, Jimmy Smith and Herbie Hancock. The grammy-nominated Lawton’s beats and fills push the melodies along a tightrope. There’s nothing thrown together or haphazard or indulgent about this band or their album. It’s a fully risen soufflé for the body and the mind.
"Being members of The Trey Anastasio Band, it's fairly safe to assume that Hammond Organ player Ray Paczkowski and drummer Russ Lawton are damn good at what they do. So the only real question is: how much do you like instrumental jazz/funk? When it's played this well, honestly, it's hard to resist. Lawton keeps the grooves hard and Paczkowski knows how to keep a jam interesting, coming back to main melodic lines often enough that they feel like hooks, and never being too indulgent with his noodling. Each track has enough structure that you can follow along, and is also different enough from the other that the record as a whole is consistently interesting." -K.Gervais/Dispatch
Vorcza (featuring members of Trey Anastasio Band, Jazz Mandolin Project & Viperhouse)
Ray Paczkowski on Hammond, Rhodes, Clavinet and vocals, Gabe Jarrett on drums and Rob Morse on acoustic and electric basses, the trio are seasoned veterans who have played with such luminaries as Lester Bowie, Trey Anastasio, Jessica Lurie and Will Bernard.
Playing once in a blue moon within the small bars and clubs of Vermont is a three-piece band called Vorcza; perhaps one of the most powerful bands one can still see and hear within a small capacity room. Composed of ex Viperhouse bandmates Ray Paczkowski on various keyboards, Robinson Morse on acoustic bass, and seasoned jazz drummer Gabe Jarrett; Vorcza is one of the most important improvisational jazz band in the North East Kingdom. Solidified in a traditional jazz foundation, the three members capture the music of the precise moment through rhythmic and harmonic explorations that involve shake your ass funk, mellow jazz and progressive instrumental improvisations.
The multi-dimensional keyboard talents of Paczkowski hardly go unnoticed, whose fearsome ability to create fresh and invigorating sounds at the thump of a bass or beat of a drum, leads Vorcza into transferring almost every live moment into the birth of a spontaneous new song. Although nationally regarded for his keyboard work in the Trey Anastasio Band, Vorcza is Paczkowski’s creation, an entity he speaks about with pride and delight. Although he would rather let his fingers do the talking.
Skyfoot is a high energy improvisational funk rock trio. Building on the experience of creating their debut album Eternal Bend, every Skyfoot performance pushes new musical boundaries. Drawing from a strong and growing repertoire of original compositions and esoteric covers, Skyfoot tells their story through hypnotic melodies at the peak of which extended jams explore new musical territory. Every show is a unique experience
Comprised of former members of the Boston band Mondo Gecko, Skyfoot have shared the stage with Kung Fu, Raq, Dopapod, U-Melt, The Brew, Consider the Source, Spiritual Rez, The Breakfast and more.
Shakedown is New England's best Grateful Dead tribute. 25+ years on tour delivering mind bending jams and heartfelt renditions from every era and area of the GD catalog.
StraddleDaddy’s electrified sound and energized stage show make the US deficit look like the five spot your friend has owed you since the band started lighting up small venues in 2002. There are few musical acts that can hypnotize the crowds while playing at some of New England’s biggest Jam band festivals and also gain the title of Homegrown Band on 106.9 WCCC. In 2008, StraddleDaddy found themselves headlining Toads Place in New Haven and were voted “Best Original Rock Band” in the Hartford Advocate Grand Band Slam. Though the boys may be smokin' now - the future surely holds flames for Connecticut's Premiere Original Party Rock Outfit.
Gatsby's Green Light
If Joseph Campbell and The Grateful Dead put on Pink Floyd’s, The Wall, you’d get Gatsby’s Green Light. An engaging blend of funk, Americana and theatre music we like to call EarthFunk.
Hailing from Nashville TN, Steam Boars are playing their first North East Festival date at Fall down 5 in support of their 3rd album release, Safe Word. The band defies genre delivering extraordinary talent and range from bluegrass to deep funk rock.
Steam Boars were formed by guitarist/vocalist Terry Luther at the University of Iowa, where he studied music & psychology. Terry continued his passion for music and pursuing a Music Performance degree from the Berklee College of Music in Boston. After graduation, Terry moved to Nashville and reformed Steam Boars. Terry is joined by native Alaskan Jeremy "Salty" Saltz on bass and vocals, Chattanooga native Michael "Showtime" Moore on drums and vocals, and Winchester, TN native Ky Baker on percussion and vocals.
Bluegrass music inspired by the people, experiences, and scenery of the American Northeast. The Brummy Brothers blend traditional styles, modern influences, and improvisation.
Their music is high energy, uplifting, and eclectic. Their use of varied tempos, textures, and vocal harmonies creates a sonic soundscape that is unique and appealing.
In January 2012, Andrew Morris (Guitar) and Russell Gottlieb (Banjo) joined brothers Dave (Standup bass) and Eric Brumberg (Mandolin) to form The Brummy Brothers. The four band mates write original bluegrass and jam grass music and tour heavily throughout the Northeast.
Their already strong following is quickly expanding along with their touring regions. Clubs, bars, and other various venues cannot wait to get The Brummy Bros into their establishments. Within their first year on the scene, The Brummy Brothers have already made a strong impression on the festival circuit, performing at several small festivals. Fans just can’t wait to, “Shake their BRUM!”
Consisting of Adam Ludemann, Seth Becker, Nash Robb, and Gavin Bailey, The Birdseed Bandits have a unique style and sound developed through the creative minds of Seth and Adam. The band has been called Puck/Americana or "Punkicana," Folk/Rock, Adirondack Folk, "Foot stomping" Folk/Punk-Rock, Alternative Americana, and all other sorts of names to describe what they do. With their high energy performances and raw acoustic sound created through their use of Banjo, Acoustic guitar, Mandolin, Upright Bass, Piano, Accordion, and ringing harmonies, they have cultivated a voice all their own.
The Birdseed Bandits released their first studio Album on May 24th. The Self-titled album will be a "best of" of the previous two Ep's as well as quite a few songs that have been saved for the album. Recorded at Subcat studios in Syracuse, NY and produced by Robert Acquaviva, and Ron Keck, it is sure to live up to the exciting nature of the band performing live. With a their new album and their mile long show list The Birdseed Bandits are geared up for a great tour season
There’s no way around it: Real musical staying power must be earned. And the kind of hard-won, unshakeable experience that only comes from years of playing rough’n’rowdy roadhouses across the Deep South alongside some of America’s musical legends—the kind that Hudson Valley band Voodelic oozes like sweat from a biker’s brow—can’t simply be downloaded with a credit card and the click of a mouse.
“I’ve played to rooms full of violent, drunk rednecks, dudes who literally wanted to kill us because of the way we looked... or sounded !” says Little Earl, the quintet’s blues-roaring, Mississippi-bred front man. “So we learned how to meet 'em half way, did something that sounded close enough to what they wanted to hear—did it our way.”
Voodelic—Little Earl, keyboardist Ross Rice, bassist Colin Almquist, and Eric and Dan Cartwright on guitar and drums, respectively—have been doing things their way since 2003, stirring together soul-soaked R&B and funk, brain-warping psychedelia, and flat-out hard rock. Short of one of the group’s high-energy live shows, it’s a magic potion best imbibed via Conjure, Voodelic’s off-the-chain, 14-song debut. Recorded with ace engineer Paul Orofino (Foghat, the Cars, Blue Oyster Cult, Leslie West), the disc squarely nails the unit’s timeless, classic rock-grounded sound; a sound refreshingly at odds with that of its largely rootless contemporaries, that shamanistically summons the spirits from up above and far below with impossibly funky testimonials (“Lookin’ Up,” “Worm”), bludgeoning sledgehammer jams (“Universal Screw,” “Gasolene”), and topical tunes that move the mind as well as the feet (“Mississippi,” “Blasphemers”). After one spin it’s easy to understand why Voodelic is among the top live draws on the Hudson Valley's club scene—and will be soon in your town, as well.
A solid but perhaps unlikely union of rockers raised both sides of the Mason-Dixon, Voodelic came together in the backwoods hamlet of Palenville, New York. Little Earl, a veteran of pioneering Mississippi punk outfit Bonnington Truce and a cousin of Flying Burrito Brothers bassist Chris Ethridge, arrived in the area by way of New Orleans and Manhattan, eventually hooking up with Colin and Dan after catching their previous band, the infamous Spin Cycle Lava, but it wasn’t until Rice, a Tennessee native, filled in at the last minute for a Halloween gig that Voodelic’s voodoo really began to coalesce, and when Dan’s brother, Eric, came in on guitar the spell was complete. “The heat and humidity of the South have an effect on your overall life speed; you spend more time in the minute,” explains Ross, who hit the charts in 1990 with Memphis band Human Radio and has worked with legends like “Duck” Dunn, Grand Funk, Isaac Hayes, Carl Perkins, George Clinton, Jerry Lee Lewis, Ron Wood, and Peter Frampton. “That, plus the energy and ‘rockiness’ of the New York boys, finds a nice tension that resolves itself somewhere around “tha one.’”
And what a glorious tension it is, a vibe that finds the barefoot-and-bearded Little Earl bouncing like a juiced-up Rasputin while Rice’s gospel swells and funky synths, and the righteous ramalama of Almquist and the Cartwright brothers fill the room. “No one leaves a Voo’ show dry,” raves Jimmy Buff, program director of Woodstock’s WDST-FM.
Formed from the remnants of three local Grand Rapids bands, Bennett is a perfect example of people doing what they were designed to do. Featuring Nick Rolls, as well as Josiah Gentry, 19, (guitar/vocals) and Nicholas Warren, 17 (piano/accordion/vocals), Bennett has quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with in the folk scene.
Describing the origins of the band, Rolls states that he and Gentry “…were both tired of school, tired of our normal routines, and missing the stage. So we decided to do something about it.” After approaching Warren (and having their rough first practice), the band pushed forward.
No one in the band expected to be met with success as quickly as Bennett has. Inspired by bands such as The Head and the Heart, The Avett Brothers, Bon Iver, Dave Matthews Band, and Mumford & Sons (as well as many others), Bennett crafts striking and memorable songs. Their single “Wait For Me Brother” features haunting melodies, moving lyrics, and expert instrumentation. This song propelled this band of young artists forward. Bennett has played shows throughout the Midwest, been featured on the Grand Rapids news show “eightWest,” and aired on local radio.
From Lawrence, Massachusetts, best known as the short lived home of poet Robert Frost hails a refreshingly vocal and songwriting driven band, The Romano Project. Formed by gifted songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Eddie Romano after three years with his previous project, The Change Up. Romano enlisted former Change Up drummer John Elliott, and and gifted bass player Chris Taillon. One could almost look to Eddie and John’s tenure in The Change Up as analogous to a baseball player being promoted from the farm leagues to the big time.
Since their auspicious debut in 2010 the band has racked up hard earned respect from fellow musicians ranging from Melvin Seals and the Jerry Garcia Band to Rustic Overtones as well as music fans across the east coast. People that saw us said that they could “feel the fun we were having on stage” recounts drummer John Elliott.
The Romano Project and their shared common musical vision have demonstrated a phenomenal rise in regional and nationwide notoriety due in no small part to the band’s infectiously brash rapid fire vocals ala G Love woven into repeating rhythms reminiscent of British alt-rock heavyweights The Happy Mondays. Adding a strong sense of melody that eschews musical complexity in favor of songs that highlight a songwriting style that more closely mimics The Beatles early pop minimalism. The promising young band continues to demonstrate their trademark catchy music hooks and slow build of chords and vocals that culminate into intoxicatingly infectious sing-alongs
The Interlopers with special guest Nico Wohl
Grown locally from the rolling green hills of Berkshire County Massachusetts, The Interlopers are a young, organic, smile and joy-inducing musical organism and force to be reckoned with. Characterized by their unique amalgamation of classic R&B/Soul, 60’s and 70’s era rock, Funk, Hip-hop, Jazz and Pop music, , The Interlopers have developed a sophistication and intensity all their own. Comprised of Drummer/ Lead vocalist Curtis Kelley, Guitarist Nicholas Veinoglou, Jakob Rabitsch on Keys and Vocals, Nick Frenay on Bass and Ariel Shrum on trumpet, The band commands the stage with deep pocket grooves, rich and smooth harmonics, inspiring and powerful lyrics, complete with a fat and lively horn section; A full, rich sonic experience, all executed with a boundless and enthusiastic improvisation. Their main goal is to write music that people will love listening to, colorful and sophisticated without loosing a pop sensibility that ties in the audience; music that can sooth the soul and dazzle your senses, always leaving the crowd guessing, grooving and smiling with excitement all the while.
Special guest Nico Wohl will be appearing with The Interlopers at Fall Down 5.
Nico is not from the future, he is the future.
The next big guitarist? You've got to come to Fall Down 5 and see for yourself.
The Mushroom Cloud is a power trio from New Haven, CT, consisting of brothers Paul and Russ Harris and Charlie Mazur. TMC has been exciting audiences across the Northeast for the past 2 years, sharing stages and bills with top of the line artists such as Dopapod, Consider The Source, Twiddle, Otis Grove, Suckerpunch, and even had the amazing pleasure of jamming with a long time idol, Boyd Tinsley of Dave Matthews Band. Influenced by a huge spectrum of artists, The Mushroom Cloud blends funk, rock, jazz, disco and psychedelia into cleverly written passages of music, intermixed with powerful improvisational jams, enjoying anything that swings and grooves.
Pink Talking Fish is the brainchild of Particle bassist, Eric Gould. Writing creative setlists from the repetoires of three amazing bands into one spectacular show is the spirit behind this project. The result is an epic musical experience. Gould partnered up with Particle's Ben Combe, who is a master vocalist and guitarist and shares an intense passion for the music of these acts. Together, they ...explore the areas where these songs can collaborate in a fresh way so that fans of these bands can come out and enjoy a fresh journey into music they hold dear.
Fundimensionals, a 6-piece Electronica/Funk/Jam band hailing from Westchester, NY formed in 2009. In a short amount of time, the band has shared the stage with acts such as Bill Kreutzmann, Conspirator, Keller Williams, and Perpetual Groove, among others. The Fundimensionals fuse diverse styles and genres ranging from rock, jazz, and blues, to electronica and progressive. This blend of genres creates a style reminiscent of Umphreys Mcgee and the Disco Biscuits, forming a unique sound of its own. The combination of smooth spacey keyboard riffs, progressive dual guitar shredding, funky basslines, and some driving “untz” creates an array of beautiful, danceable sounds that will send euphoric sensations through your ears.
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