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2pm Doors for Both Rooms (Saturday)
2:30pm-3:15pm: Riddle House
3:45pm-4:30pm: Zip Tang
6:30pm-7:50pm: The Mercury Tree
10:10pm-11:40pm: Cheer Accident
3pm-4:20pm: Thank You Scientist
4:50pm-6:20pm: Presto Ballet
6:50pm-8:20pm: Dream the Electric Sleep
11pm-1am: Spock’s Beard
5pm-6pm: Sonus Umbra
8:10pm-9:30pm: Adam Holzman
10pm-11:30pm: Burnt Belief
2:30pm-3:30pm: Hedgehog and the Fox
4pm-5pm: Wertico, Cain & Gray
5:30pm-6:30pm: District 97
7pm-8:10pm: Scale the Summit
8:40pm-9:50pm: Trey Gunn/TU
10:20pm-12:20pm: Stick Men
Schedule for the VIP Meet and Greet ticket holders:
Thank You Scientist-(2pm-2:20pm)
The Mercury Tree-(5:30pm-5:50pm)
Dream the Electric Sleep-(5:50pm-6:10pm)
Wertico, Cain & Gray-(3pm-3:20pm)
Scale the Summit-(6pm-6:20pm)
Hailing from the singularly vibrant musical hotbed known as Chicago, CHEER-ACCIDENT has been a creative, vital force in rock music for over 20 years. They constantly strive to surprise their audiences and themselves through relentless reinvention. From dreamy pop to angular art-rock, CHEER-ACCIDENT strikes a powerful balance between personalized and unique studio wizardry and the visceral excitement of a well-honed, explosive live rock band. The band is a quintet at its foundation, fronted by Carmen Armillas, whose powerfully emotive voice has recently led CHEER-ACCIDENT down the path of even deeper connectedness.
The story of JOLLY starts with four guys growing up in New York City. They attended public school, shared an affinity for 90s rock, and were all big fans of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.
On an average temperature day in November 2006, all four guys separately decided to start looking to form their ideal band. One Craigslist reply, one high school reunion, and one awkward conversation later, JOLLY’s current lineup, Anadale, Joe Reilly, Anthony Rondinone, and Louis Abramson, was established. They began writing and recording songs, and posting their material on Myspace. A label owner in Switzerland heard JOLLY and offered them a record deal, and suddenly the band’s plans to record an EP transformed into recording a full-length album.
In July 2009, JOLLY released their debut album, Forty-Six Minutes, Twelve Seconds of Music, under Galileo/ProgRock Records. JOLLY created a small buzz, and some even said it was one of their favorite albums of the year. The album contained binaural tones, which when heard alone have a low “woo-woo-woo-woo,” sound, but scientific research shows that they actually can enrich feelings of relaxation, focus, creativity, and happiness.
In April 2010, JOLLY flew over an erupting volcano to get to Europe to play a small tour with Riverside and Pure Reason Revolution. The airplane food was salty and the flight was long, but again, JOLLY created a buzz, which led to a record deal with InsideOut Music/Century Media Records.
In March 2011, JOLLY released The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 1), the first of a two-part series that is scientifically designed to bring a listener to a state of true happiness. The band collaborated with a professor and a few grad students at a nearby university, who conducted studies on over 5,000 subjects to perfect the usage of binaural tones to optimize the JOLLY listening experience. It was the peak of the band’s pretentiousness, but also a very rewarding undertaking.
After releasing part one of The Audio Guide, which received critical acclaim and was deemed by many one of the top albums of the year, JOLLY toured the US and Europe. Again, the airplane food was salty and the flight was long, but the band watched reruns of Friends to pass the time. Shortly after returning from tour, Mike Portnoy asked JOLLY to open for his band Flying Colors at Best Buy Theater in Times Square. He even said: “I am a big fan of the last two Jolly albums and handpicked them to open the Flying Colors show in NYC.”
In October 2012, Hurricane Sandy struck JOLLY hard, destroying Louis’ home, which also functioned as the band’s practice space and recording studio. All of Louis’ possessions and a lot of the band’s equipment were ruined. Needless to say, the members of JOLLY were devastated, but they tried to remain positive. The timing couldn’t have been worse; the band was in the midst of finalizing The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2), but had to break away from the album to throw out Louis’ belongings and completely gut his home. In need of new equipment, JOLLY started a fundraising campaign, and their incredible fans came through in a big way to help the band rebuild after this major disaster.
The Audio Guide To Happiness (Part 2) is now here, and is a standing symbol of JOLLY’s recovery from the storm. Plus, all of the people left hanging from Audio Guide 1 can finally complete their journey towards happiness. Don’t be surprised if crime rates plunge in 2013.
THE MERCURY TREE
Mano is a Middle Eastern-inspired progressive rock band based in Chicago. Their compositions utilize musical textures and sounds from varied genres of contemporary, classical, and world music. Mano fuses a rock rhythm section with classical and world instrumentation to bring a unique and energetic live music experience that journeys through intense, thematic unison lines contrasted by sections of virtuosic improvisation. Founded in 2013 by flutist/composer Joe LaRocca, Mano includes Greg Firak (guitar), Parker Grogan (electric/upright bass), Collin O’Brien (drums), Najeeba Syed (violin), Desiree Miller (cello), and Marshall Greenhouse (percussion/kaoss).
Riddle House is an Instrumental Progressive Rock Trio. Started by the musical passion of two brother’s. Ben and Rob Lerner have played together for over ten years. Their first full-length album was released in December of 2012. The band is currently recording a second album with bassist Pete Fenech. Stay updated on the band’s Facebook or Twitter for more news on upcoming show’s and new music!
The North American band Zip Tang was founded in 2003 in Chicago, by Perry Merritt (guitar, vocals) and Richard Wolfe (bass, backing vocals). The line-up was completed with Fred Faller (drums) and Marcus Padgett (saxophones, keyboards, synthesizers and vocals). Under the name of “RPM”, the band started out playing covers of “Steely Dan”, “Santana”, “The Allman Brothers”, “Jeff Beck”, and “Yes” – influences that are still present in their work. They changed the name for Zip Tang and released a debut album “Luminiferous Ether” (2007), which received excellent reviews from the specialized press (see under Reviews 2007).
The second album – “Pank” (2008) – was nominated for the “Just Plain Folks 2009 Awards” (to happen in 29th August) in the categories of “Best Prog Rock Album” and “Best Prog Songs” (with “Footprints” and “Katy”). A righteous nomination, indeed, for “Pank” rises above the level of excellence. It represents a step farther in the evolution of this talented quartet that must be reckoned for their high-quality musicianship. Although this album seems more “jammed” than the first work, the band is by no means retreating, but refining their style and originality.
The ever-changing rhythmic base is supported by drums that go from ethnical beats to Jazz and Experimental, and bass lines that may do strange mixtures of Heavy Metal, Jazz, Rock and Latino – remembering bands like “Frank Zappa”, “King Crimson”, “Traffic”, “Steely Dan”, “Yes”, “Santana’, “Return To Forever” and even “Primus”. Guitars go from Jazz-Rock to Blues, including some heavier riffs, adding influences of “Cream”, “Jeff Beck”, “Allman Brothers”, and “John Lee Hooker”. Unusual passages of sax lead to inevitable comparisons with “Van der Graaf Generator”, but genuine jazzy moods are also present in sophisticated passages, remembering the work of “Miles Davis” and even “Burt Bacharach”. Different textures of keyboards cover the songs with a progressive air. Vocals by Marcus are mainly ironic, in the manner of “Zappa”, or melancholic like “Pink Floyd”. “Pank” brings 11 tracks. The sound of inverted guitars and ethnical beats in the introduction of the opening track – “Footprints” – is a sign that Zip Tang is still warming up and great things are yet to come. In fact, many Pink Floydian melancholic vocals, psychedelic instrumental sections, and jazzy saxophones will be heard on tracks like “It’s in my Head“ and “One Last Beautiful Motion“ – the later brings a fantastic guitar solo – hovering, nostalgic and beautiful.
One of the nominated songs – “Katy“ – is one of the best tracks. It is built over a heavy and tense bass line, ending on long passages of jazz and blues. The creative talent of “Robert Fripp” and the musical irreverence of “Frank Zappa” are ever present, celebrated on tracks like “Leaving Nothing“ and “Cicada Jam“ – both stuffed with experimental sounds and percussion, bringing that mysterious feeling of entering an exotic jungle. Zappa‘s irreverence is still present on the craziness of “Deitrich Crashed my Enzo“ and “You Call This Art?“, the later is trespassed by Hard Rock riffs and Blues solos – influence of “Jeff Beck”. Differing a bit from the rest of the album, “The Years“ is a kind of ballad that joins the acoustic guitars of “Allman Brothers” with the sax of “Van der Graaf”. The remaining songs, “Pank“ and “Goodbye“, bring back the seventies in that jazzy-funky-Latin fashion of “Steely Dan”, “Santana”, and “Return to Forever”, featuring many improvisations of bass, guitars, drums and sax. Particularly on “Goodbye”, the closing sax solo sounds like a farewell melody.
But please, Zip Tangers, don’t say goodbye – come back with a third! Zip Tang is highly recommended for lovers of Rock of the 70’s and fans of modern Progressive bands like “Flower Kings”, “Neal Morse”, “Spock’s Beard”, “Black Bonzo”, “Tiles” and so on…
(Comments by Marcelo Trotta)
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