Imagine you’re back in time enjoying the groove and virtuosity of 70’s art-rock band, then hurled decades forward, colliding with the energy and intensity of today’s indie rock scene. There’s unexpectedly powerful jazzy female vocals intertwined with a strong, satin-smooth male voice. Thumping synth basslines and popping, funky drumbeats drive the skillfully intricate guitar playing and explosions of electric violin string-shredding. Reflecting their influences of past and present (including Frank Zappa, Led Zeppelin, the Talking Heads, Arcade Fire, and the White Stripes), the StereoFidelics avoid performing with loops, computers, and digital effects in favor of the more organic approach of using Moog Taurus pedals, scat vocal solos, and multi-instrumentalism. You see, the fast-fingered guitar player (Chris Padgett) keeps the basslines pounding through a one-octave floor keyboard, the tiny female vocalist (Melissa McGinley) is also the drummer; he sings too, and she plays violin. They perform with a natural passion and synchronicity that not only dispels any association with the herky-jerky one-man-band cliché, but post-performance, leaves their audience sympathetically exhausted and dripping with sweat.
A heavy touring schedule of over 250 gigs a year in the US and abroad have led to a dedicated fan base. In 2012 Biscuit’s fun and funky style of bass playing earned him the Blues Music Award for Bassist of the Year. He also took 2nd place in the bassist category in the Blues Matters International Writers Poll. Biscuit Miller and The Mix are once again on the road with his latest CD “BLUES WITH A SMILE” and ready to bring a smorgasbord of fun to your party. What’s better than a bowlful of Soulful, Funky Blues stew? A pipin’ hot Biscuit, of course!
The Mid-west can be downright f***ing boring. I’ve been there before. Some of the kids say the mid-west can be alright. Some of them can’t stand it. I don’t know what the mid-west looks like in the Kemps’ eyes, but I’ve hung out with those dudes and from what I can tell it’s weird and gets pretty dark. First off, they roll pretty hard. Are you asleep at 6:00 a.m. on a Tuesday morning? Probably. Are the Kemps? Fucked if I know but I doubt it. Second of all, you can throw all the dismissive black angels reference out the window, references are a lazy-man’s game; this is weird-ass Indiana drug-dirge at its most irresponsible.
-From their website
From Rob Dixon:
“The music of Rob Dixon is both respectful of tradition and free with expression and truly shows the musical diversity that is within Rob’s creative mind. After matriculating from Hampton University and Indiana University’s School of Music (considered the Julliard and Berklee of the Midwest), Rob moved to the top of the music world in New York City playing with legendary and popular artists such as the Count Basie Band, Tony Bennett, The Ellington Band, Slide Hampton, Dakota Stanton, The Illinois Jacquet Big Band, Rufus Reid, Akira Tana, the Maria Schnieder Orchestra, Jonah Jones as well as Bill Lee (composer and father of Spike Lee), Weldon Irving, Producer Ali Shaheed Muhammad (DJ of Tribe called Quest) The Skatellites, The Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra and guitarist Melvin Sparks.”
From the band’s website:
“Afrobeat cannot stand still. As the genre’s tempting sounds continue a resurgence across the globe, Chicago Afrobeat Project (CAbP) remains true to its original vision of breathing the intensity of Chicago’s rich music scene into the infectious sounds of afrobeat. Rather than become caricatures of the genre, CAbP slips a reverent nod to the tradition while delivering an energized originality different from any other band on the afrobeat scene today. At each of its 100+ live performances a year, the group’s frenzied songs hit audiences with a big enough one-two punch to tirelessly knock them onto the dance floor time and time again.”
From the band’s website:
“Glostik Willy is a band hitting the scene running. With melodic tones and edgy riffs, this band is sure to bring all aspects of music together for an unforgettable evening. What started out as three guys playing music in middle school, has turned into one of the most powerful trio’s around. The band consists of Jameson Bradford on lead guitar, Buddha Aguilar on bass, and Ralf Mowf smerkin the drums. The Indiana based band is an ever evolving sound that will be sure to leave you wanting more! “
“One Side Later is a jam band dedicated to creating and performing quality music. One Side Later delivers a unique sound that thrives off of improvisation. There is no leader and each musician has the ability to take a jam in any direction. The music has no boundaries and no limitations and the band takes pride in the fact that they never play a song the same way twice. This keeps the music fresh and leaves their audience wanting more.”
“The Twin Cats have been crushing dance floors with their distinct approach to fusion music since finalizing the lineup in 2004. Taking influence from funk, prog rock, jazz, and electronica, The Twin Cats’ sound is responsible for inducing spontaneous dance parties all across the Midwest.”
“Founded in 2009 in an otherwise quiet neighborhood in Fishers, IN, Solid Street brings to life an energetic blend of Funk Blues Rock. This four-member band boasts four songwriters and four dimensions of soul. They express their unique individual styles while staying connected to the common groove, allowing the creativity of their music to flow.”