Johnny Kongo Allstar Show
: BRUCE HAYES (Celtgrass, Americana, Folk, R&B)
Description: Bruce Hayes is a one man maniac band.
He plays Rhythm & Celtgrass music, a fusion of musical styles that combines acoustic and electric instrumentation with elements of Rock, Bluegrass, Celtic, and R&B music. Collaborating with The String Cheese Incident and Acoustic Junction, Hayes helped define the acoustic jam band sound. He continues this tradition performing original songs and arrangements on Mandolin, Guitar, Dobro, foot board and his latest creation, the Stratobassto.
February 16th and 17th
: JOHNNY KONGO ALLSTAR SHOW (Americana, Country, Rockabilly, Roots) 6-9pm
Description: Johnny Kongo is the singer songwriter, frontman and Standing Bass player for the Johnny Kongo Allstar Show, a trip of talented Roots, Rockabilly and Country musicians of Johnny's choosing. They never fail to rouse the house and keep the energy high.
: TONY ROSARIO (Americana, Blues)
Tony Rosario’s career of over 25 years in the music industry includes stints working and recording with platinum-selling group Firefall and with Chuck Pyle, Polygram Records, MCA/Crosswind Publishing, Reel One Publishing, and recording artist Michael Johnson. He is highly acclaimed as a blues multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter, recording artist, performer, producer, and teacher. He has appeared in concert with such artists as Gov't Mule, John Cowan, Shawn Colvin, Richie Furay, Robert Earl Keen, Guy Clark, New Grass Revival, and Delbert McClinton.
"I've wandered a bit. My old guitar has been my constant companion and confidante for as long as I can remember. Old ghosts live inside her wooden shell and when the night is right she sings to me and whispers great tales of love and loss - of heroes and friends. Like a warm breeze I will roll your way from time to time with a new story from an old confidante. This train has no destination , it's just meant to roll.
ERIN AND THE PROJECT (Alternative)
Featuring the dyadic cyclone that is Erin Ezekiel (vocals/keys) and Paul Ezekiel (drums/percussion), Erin & The Project creates a hypnotic indie/soul-ternative sound, fulfilling a genre all its own, with their sound being described as refreshing, inspiring, and soulful by listeners worldwide. They compile lyrics that dive into positive consciousness and mysticism, while integrating soulful vocals, melodic piano, and strong rhythms throughout.
After great success with the release of their debut, self-titled album, they caught the attention of world renowned engineer/mixer, Oz Fritz (Grammy Award winner: Tom Waits “Mule Variations”), who produced their most recent album release, "Birthday".
: SHAWN JAMES from Fayetteville, Arkansas (Blues/Soul)
Born in 1986 in the south side of Chicago, Shawn James had a hardworking, kind mother and a gambling, abusive, drunk father. He grew up singing in church and was drawn to the emotional and ethereal power that music has over people. It was there that he found his escape and learned how to harness his unique, soulful voice.
Shawn now lives in Fayetteville, Arkansas playing a raw, haunting mix of Blues, Folk, and Soul music and
is on tour from Fayetteville, Arkansas promoting his new album The Wolf.
THE RED LADY BALL Goes Moulin Rouge at Montanya!!! Gypsy Jazz Social Club, Aerial Dancers, Stilt Walkers, Dancers. Benefit for HCCA. Tickets available in advance from HCCA.
March 22nd and 23rd:
PROJECT GROOVE WITH MISS EMILY (Jazz, Blues, R&B)
Description: Miss Emily is a little bit of everything. She got her start in church and has studied classically to develop into a versatile, passionate performer in the traditions of Etta James, Aretha Franklin, and Ella Fitzgerald. Miss Em does it all, but her first love is funk and soul.