Mr. Blotto was born in Chicago as an off-night vehicle for musicians who loved each others playing but were in different bands at the time. The only rule was that they would only play what they loved. That philosophy continues today and has led Mr. Blotto into unique musical situations.
Mr. Blotto takes the Jam band asthetic into areas unfamiliar to the standard Jam Scene. They have been known to cover entire albums by Led Zeppelin and the Who as well as perform entire shows of Country and Reggae. Artists as diverse as the Grateful Dead, the Flaming Lips, Willie Nelson and The Velvet Underground have seen their material interpreted by Mr. Blotto in the 2000+ shows the band has performed in the last 15 years, yet covers only pepper the bands hefty catalog of original material stemming from five studio albums and other unreleased crowd favorites.
Imagine you’re back in time enjoying the groove and virtuosity of a 70’s art-rock band then hurled decades forward, colliding with the energy and intensity of today’s rock scene. Four instruments, two dynamic voices, and a record of relentless touring have earned virtuosic pop-rock duo the StereoFidelics their reputation as a fun, high-energy live act. They perform with a natural passion and synchronicity that is augmented further once the audience realizes the guitar player is also playing bass with his feet or the drummer keeps the beat going while putting down the sticks and shredding the violin. Hard-core touring of the US and calling their van home for much of the year (performing around 225 shows per year) has gained the StereoFidelics a dedicated following around the country.
The SoulBillys plays American roots rock & originals. The band was formed in 2013 by Ray Ramirez and Lloyd Brodnax King. They are often accompanied by satellite members Sara Allen, Chuck Sansone and Johnse Holt.