SHOWCASING: MARCH 9 – 8:50PM
(ISO: $1500 / 3 IN 5: $1300 / 5 IN 7: $1000)
GARY JOHNSON is a One Man Band who performs every show 100% by Text Request. With the audience continuously requesting songs throughout the show, Gary spontaneously replicates all of the instruments, vocals, background vocals, and even special effects using only his guitar, his voice and a one-of-a-kind loopstation. Gary’s show is driven by his magnetic personality, seemingly-endless repertoire and his natural ability to thoroughly engage crowds of any size. When not on tour, Gary spends his time in Upstate NY with his wife and newborn daughter, where he is a volunteer firefighter and founder of an award-winning Animal Rescue. Gary’s discography includes several albums with former members of The Fray, Seether, Breaking Benjamin, Boston and more; as well as a significant contribution to the soundtrack of a feature film titled “Beyond the Mat” pending International Release.
SHOWCASING: MARCH 10 – 12PM
(ISO: $1500 / 3 IN 5: $1250 / 5 IN 7: $1200)
Brian Thompson, better known by his stage name, Stealing Oceans, is an American hip hop artist from Andover, Massachusetts now living in Nashville, TN. A versatile musician, Thompson switches between acoustic written songs that pull at the heart to synth driven party songs that make you want to dance. Best known for his live show, Thompson and his band were nominated for “Best Live Act” at the 2015 Nashville Industry Music Awards and “Best Funk/Reggae/Fusion Band” in 2016.
In 2014, Thompson joined forces with saxophone player/producer Ryan Swinehart. Swinehart, a native of Chesapeake, VA, graduated from Belmont University in 2012 with a degree in Audio Engineering. Swinehart has played a key role in the success of the band not only as a stand out performer but a major component in the production and engineering of the S/O sound.
Thompson has written songs with Michael McDonald, Richard Marx, Trey Bruce, Victoria Horne (Lady V) and many other great songwriters. In the summer of 2016, Thompson teamed up with the songwriting powerhouse duo of Schmarx and Savvy (Roundhill Music) to begin the writing and recording of his newest project, I Am Stealing Oceans.
ALTERNATE (2nd High Tech)
(ISO: $1250 / 3 IN 5: $1100 / 5 IN 7: $1000)
For brothers Dan and Nate Monea, their time is meant to be spent doing what they love – writing, recording and performing music. “Even though Nate was just 13 and I was 16 when we played our first show, I knew music would be our life”, says Dan. That passion was affirmed in 2012, when this childhood trio from Cleveland, Ohio were selected to open for Bruce Springsteen to perform in front of 60,000 fans during Hard Rock Calling’s summer music festival in London’s Hyde Park. The band secured this opportunity by winning Hard Rock’s worldwide battle of the bands, besting over 12,000 other bands from around the world.
Since then, Hey Monea has shared the stage with many of their musical heroes: ranging from the Bare Naked Ladies and the Goo Goo Dolls to the Doobie Brothers, Lady Antebellum, and Kid Rock. These influences resonate deeply in their music and was captured efficiently by legendary Grammy winning producer Dennis Herring (Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, Modest Mouse) on the bands’ major label debut, Cheap Souvenirs, in late 2013.
The band spent two years living on the road in support of Cheap Souvenirs, playing club dates and festivals across the country, as well as opening Bronze Radio Return’s entire 2014 Summer tour. On the heels of all of that activity, Hey Monea elected to seclude themselves away in a cabin in Florida to write, record and self-produce their newest release, entitled “The Fifty.” The record is meant to serve as a hearty homage to the United States, as Daniel Monea offers “not only is the American landscape the backdrop for our lives, it’s the inspiration as well. With every new city comes different food, different culture, different nature, and most importantly different people who live entirely unique lives.” Nate Monea adds “it’s our privilege as a band, being able to travel and see new and diverse parts of the country. We try to use that inspiration, and this new album reflects that.”
Hey Monea doesn’t consider themselves patriots in a traditional sense – as Daniel puts it, “We love America for the greasy spoons, farmers daughters, and fishing holes. For the people we meet along the way and for the freedom we all enjoy…”
“The Fifty” was released on October 23 on independent imprint Noble Steed Music, and the band is currently on tour with all of the enthusiasm reflected on this new, youthful batch of recordings.