Zach Deputy has made his mark thus far as a touring powerhouse. As a boy, the music of his Puerto Rican, Cruzan and Irish heritage was cooked up in the South Carolina heat. The Calypso rhythms and folk songs of St. Croix competed with the R&B / soul of pioneers like James Brown and Ray Charles for space on the family stereo. As Deputy honed his craft, a unique hybrid of these influences emerged, ultimately creating the signature Zach Deputy sound. To bring this sound to the stage, the big, impossibly upbeat South Carolinian with the infectious smile puts on a solo show– enhanced by looping technology.
Desert Dwellers consists of Amani Friend and Treavor Moontribe, who began their careers as independent music producers and DJs in the deserts of New Mexico and California. Coming together in the late '90s after connecting through the legendary Moontribe scene, today the duo enjoys a reputation as one of the most pioneering and prolific downtempo, psy-bass, and tribal trance acts in the United States. Desert Dwellers have toured extensively across six continents, spent a 7-week stretch on the road with renowned psychedelic artist Shpongle, and have performed at dozens of festivals, most notably Shambhala, Lightning in a Bottle, Envision, Coachella, Rainbow Serpent, and Boom.
With three studio albums under their belts, and their critically acclaimed live collection "Live Nugs", Aqueous is as strong in composing as they are at communicating and improvising during their shows. Their onstage persona is infectious and undeniable; their lifelong friendship stands as a testament to the tightness of the music. While the band is relatively young, they are polished - check them out as soon as you can, and discover firsthand what the buzz is all about.
NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it'd probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band's music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal.
Vibe & Direct is an emerging 3-piece jam band hailing from Cleveland, Ohio, and is comprised of Mike Miller, Danny Giannetto, and Doug Rab. The trio is an ever-evolving musical fusion that blends the musical spectrum, leaving in their wake a psychelectrojam dance party. They perform with a magnetic pulse, creating an aurally and visually immersive experience. The boys released their debut album - Psychadelevator, in 2013, followed by their second project - Lavish Peasant - in October of 2015.
Marbin is 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 in 2011 and has played over a thousand shows since, bringing their original instrumental music everywhere in the States that they could book a show. After well over a thousand shows and more than 20,000 albums sold, Marbin has gained thousands of devoted fans all over the world.
Electric Love Machine (ELM) is best described as an outer space adventure through sound, infused with doses of electronic funk, traditional Americana and improvisational jazz, and whose foundation is built on a sense of community. Their first full-length album, XenofoneX, touches upon the aural sense, and travels through one’s heart, makes a stop in the brain, all while travelling across the cosmic plane.
Peridoni (Pair-uhh-don-e) is a soul driven jam band from Cincinnati, Ohio. Four guys who mix modern grooves and textures with blistering guitar solos and progressive improvisation. The band is making waves in the jam/festival scene, opening for national acts such as Papadosio, The Werks, Dopapod & many more. Having just released Pixel Pieces on a Parallel Plane, their first album, they're bringing the music to ears everywhere!
Wanyama is an energizing 6 piece band creating music that entertains the grooves of funk, vibes of reggae, and the elements of hip-hop. With soulful licks and lyrical flow, Wanyama uses live bass, drums, guitar, horns, synths and voice to cultivate their own experimental sound of Conscious Funk For Your Mind! Formed in Cleveland Ohio, Wanyama has a goal to separate themselves from other musicians, delivering a unique fusion of styles often accompanied by freestyle improvisations, making each show different from the last.
Acid Cats is an energetic quintet that sets syncopated melodies on top of driving grooves to make you stand up and move! An installment of instrumental madness piecing together Funk, Jazz, Latin, Rock, and Soul into a fierce Fusion of our musical influences. Acid Cats has been hard at work on some brand new recordings and would love to share this new music with you live!
Electric Orange Peel has been a band since 2013. They started out as just a group of friends jamming in a basement. Out of the blue they were offered a gig from keyboard player Marko Manastyrskyj's other band at the time Free Rent. The four friends figured what the hell and took the gig, sat around joking about what they should call themselves and went with Electric Orange Peel (a name guitarist Austin Crumrine came up with)... And the rest is history.
An electric acoustic future bass hybrid featuring live turntablism and sampling. Ghost Gardens are the flowers that bloom in abandoned spaces, and like those flowers GG finds its niche wherever the music takes them. Blending styles from Deep House, Future bass, Trap, Riddim, Psy Trance and Hip Hop with a steady hand and an ear for soulful melodies. Ghost Gardens is the combined creation of My Best Friends Party head Carma and turntablist Ginsu. In addition to on the fly remixes and edits they sometimes incorporate live instrumentation and drums.
Formed in 2012 and hailing from Kent, Ohio, Drunken Sunday takes the standard hard rock formula, melts it down with the heat of reggae/funk fusion, infuses it with spiraling jam band grooves and seasons it with sultry soul for a sound that’s uniquely powerful, driving, intense and danceable. The band's eclectic funk/rock/soul/rap fusion provides a musical platform for Covender’s intense lyrics, meditations on life and love that often lead the listener to freedom of thought and spirit.
Dubbed the "Hardest Working Man In Akron Show Business" American singer, multi-instrumentalist, producer and sound engineer, Jeff Klemm is based out of Northeast Ohio best known for his work as MAID MYRIAD's frontman and guitarist in the now defunct VIA LOTUS. He has performed his music all over the country many times over embarking on several national full band and solo acoustic tours. His accomplished work as a sound engineer has been showcased prominently in national venues and mainstream radio stations.
Originally from Youngstown, Ohio, but now located in Columbus, Spirit of the Bear launched themselves quickly into the local spotlight after forming in the summer of 2014. Their sound, a unique blend of indie rock and electronic influences, is prevalent throughout their recordings and live performances, and this element makes Spirit of the Bear one of the most exciting rock acts around today.
Voodoo Visionary hails from the dirty south musical mecca of Atlanta. Their improvisational funk dance music delicately balances a tight, grooving rhythm section with diverse and dexterous keys and masterful guitar licks to create a sound the group calls psychofunk. Influenced by a wide array of artists such as Parliament Funkadelic, the Meters, the Grateful Dead, and Talking Heads, Voodoo Visionary has a uniquely blended sound that’s guaranteed to put the 'oogie in yo boogie.
SpaceWhale was formed in Akron, OH in 2015. The band is on a mission to save the world with their special brand of jams. They claim to travel from show to show on a giant interstellar orca named Jork who possesses mystical powers. SpaceWhale claims to power their equipment by harnessing the power of Jork. Join them at Alchemy Rising as they continue to build the legend of SpaceWhale.