We’re looking forward to seeing everyone in Hartford at NACA Northeast! Degy.com is your resource for all of our conferences and showcasing acts this fall. Cruise through to read up on each act, watch some video and listen to tunes to get ready for the weekend, or follow up on any of our acts you saw or met! And get in touch with your Degy agent for blocks already forming.
SHOWCASING: NOV 2 – 6:45PM
The Burgeoning’s name represents their musical M.O.; they are a fresh take on what rock means in this generation’s musical landscape. The Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based band’s never-ending pursuit of adventure and self-discovery drives their signature brand of poppy yet inventive indie rock. The four-piece is made up of brothers Logan and Alex Thierjung on vocals and bass respectively, lead guitarist Mark Menkevich, and drummer Brandon Bradley. Born from the early songwriting sessions of Logan and Alex in 2011, The Burgeoning’s sound is a combination of the various musical influences of its members. Logan’s admiration of trailblazing British indie rock manifests in his crunchy guitar riffs and, at times, delicate vocals while Brandon’s propulsive drumming is a result of his tenure performing with church groups at an early age. Mark’s sugary guitar melodies reveal his love of all things Beatles, and Alex’s rumbling bass lines pay homage to the 90’s alt-rock giants who formed the genre. Their debut EP, Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm, showcases The Burgeoning’s captivating melodies and haunting lyrics across six tracks of raw, millennial angst. Independently released in early 2014, the EP was a solid introduction to Philadelphia’s underground music scene and soon spawned a loyal #TeamBurge fan base. The band is currently rocking crowds with their energetic live shows while prepping for a spring tour with dates to be announced. Now the band is releasing the EP to the masses on October 14th. These alt-rock newcomers’ individual styles blend to become a unified sound with a distinct, shared mission—to take a sonic journey through the hearts and imaginations of their listeners by drawing them into The Burge’s philosophy of unity, discovery, and growth. In this band’s movement, there is no end to the adventure; only new ones to begin.
SHOWCASING: NOV 2 – 11:15PM
Headphone Disco are the inventors of the ‘silent dance party’ format and have been touring the world for the past 7 years.
Performing some huge college shows led to them being voted ‘Best Novelty Act’ 2013 by the readers of Campus Activities Magazine in March of last year. So how does it work?
We arrive at your school (or showcase!) with our 2 resident DJs and our 2 channel wireless headphones
Our DJs spin 2 different styles of music side by side over 2 different wireless channels.
Guests select which DJ they want to listen to using the switch on their headphones (provided by us) then get busy on the dancefloor.
Imagine a dancefloor where one half of the crowd are singing along to One Direction while the other half are doing The Wobble! Bizarre, mind-blowing but most of all a huge amount of fun.
Headphone Disco will be showcasing (Special Events) February 20th at 11:30pm AND will have a booth next to our Degy booth.
SCRATCH & BANG
SHOWCASING: NOV 3 – 8:30PM
Introducing, Scratch & Bang; a dynamic and energetic live concept rocking venues, festivals and college campuses. Formed with the aim of creating a new type of act the duo have developed and refined their show into an explosive and energetic live experience.
On the Technics 1210’s is DJ Corleone, a renowned and respected turntablist in his own right. Playing opposite is Mike Bowers, a hard working and talented drummer with years of live experience
Together they de-construct, re-edit and remix massive dancefloor fillers live and on the fly in an uproarious stage show. While Corleone chops-up and scratches tracks the audience know and love Mike loops some insane live drum breaks over the top creating a wholly interactive show that not only sounds amazing but is visually stunning too.
A campus favorite, Scratch & Bang form the bridge between ‘live act’ and ‘dance party’ making them an excellent showcase choice.
SHOWCASING: NOV 4 – 2:55PM
Paul Pfau (rhymes with “wow”) is an award-winning singer-songwriter from the rural hills of western Maryland. His sound is often likened to a fusion between John Mayer and Michael Buble because of his crooning voice and tasteful guitar playing. In 2011 Paul was nominated Best New Artist by the Washington Area Music Association, opened for The Lumineers, and jammed with the Beach Boys. In 2012 he began recording his debut full-length album, Happy To Be, with double-platinum recording engineer Sean Russell (Bruno Mars), which was mixed and mastered by grammy-award-winning engineers Jeff Juliano (John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Dave Matthews Band) and Brad Blackwood (Maroon 5, Keith Urban, O.A.R). In 2013Happy To Be won a WAMMIE for Debut Album of the Year. His most recent efforts have gained him national exposure on season eight of NBC’s hit show “The Voice.” Paul auditioned with Frank Sinatra’s “Fly Me To The Moon” which turned the chairs of both Blake Shelton & Pharrell Williams (and almost Adam Levine ? ). Tune in to the video below to hear more about his experience on “The Voice.”
THE ASIA PROJECT
SHOWCASING: NOV 4 – 8:15PM
Since 2009, The Asia Project has toured over 450 colleges with an acoustic music poetry act that has amazed audiences all over the country. On the microphone is Asia Samson: writer, poet and part-time ninja. He has been seen on HBO Def Poetry Jam and has shared the stage with such artists as Janelle Monae, Jill Scott, DMX, Mos Def, Dead Prez & KRS-One. Accompanying him on the guitar is his brother-in-law Jollan who uses music to create an atmosphere that brings poetry to emotional levels you would never expect. Together they have been featured on TEDx, Button Poetry, & have worked with companies like Disney and To Write Love On Her Arms. They have broken college-booking records for the most booked poetry act garnering them the awards of APCA College Performer of the Year and thrice APCA Spoken Word Artist of the Year. Okay, so maybe Asia isn’t the ninja we said he was but we can guarantee- you will have never seen them coming.
TROWBACK TIME MACHINE
Throwback Time Machine is quite simply the best party ever. A video dance party that transports the audience back in time to the beginnings of pop music and takes them through its evolution right up to the present day. Every memorable song, every cheesy dance routine and every feel-good sing-along from the past 40 years is played live by our resident DJ and broadcast through our two massive screens. Each decade is introduced by ‘the Doc’ our time traveling party-starter who’ll give you on-screen instructions that’ll help you figure out your Macarena from your Harlem Shuffle.
Featuring a fantastic stage set-up, some highly interactive dance routines where the audience actually become part of the show and, of course, our outrageous resident DJ, Throwback Time Machine will have the crowd moving like no other showcasing act. A club hit now ready to rock the campus entertainment scene.
This dynamic duo, without the tights and cowls of Batman and Robin hail from the shores of Barbados in the Caribbean. It won’t be long before they are global phenomena much the same as the ‘Caped Crusaders’. These young men are some of the hidden gems of the tropical island and they will show their versatility and musical range every time they take to the stage and their charm and laid back island demeanor every time they are off of it. Whether it is Andre offering up a solo on the steel pan, drums, keyboard or guitar or it is Wesu wooing the audience with the keys, bass, guitar and his voice, this team will keep you spellbound and wanting more. Having formed only recently back home in Barbados, 1st Klass has exploded on the College market here in the states offering a dynamic and captivating live set in Spring Fest, Homecoming, Coffee House and Multi-Cultural events.
BALL IN THE HOUSE
Ball in the House isn’t what you think. Taking a cappella to a new level, Ball in the House is so much more than just another singing group. They’re the redefinition of the acappella genre with everything you’d expect from a world-class soul, pop, R&B group — except the instruments. With over 250 stops a year on their touring calendar, they’re arguably one of the busiest professional bands in the country, along with being the voices behind all of favorite TV and radio’s Cool Whip commercials. That’s right, you’ve probably heard them dozens of times before, and didn’t even know it! They’ve toured with pop sensations like Sugar Ray, Jessica Simpson and Hootie, while also dialing up a piece of the past supporting The Temptations and Smokey Robinson. 5 guys, 5 voices – that’s it! So, whatever you do, don’t miss Ball in the House; see for yourself what the buzz is about.
FREE DAPS is a group of freestyle rappers and improvisers who use hip-hop to create a thrilling, one-of-a-kind musical comedy show every time they perform.
After bringing authentic freestyle to both Disney World & Universal Studios, and with clout in both the underground hip-hop & improv scenes internationally, FREE DAPS is ready to bring their brand of hilarious, impressive improv musicality to you.
Our team has provided entertainment for everything from college event nights to weddings to bat mitzvahs. We’ve even created top-of-the-line experiences for companies like Darden Restaurants. So contact us now to get a once-in-a-lifetime performance for your next event!
Multitalented singer-songwriter Rachel Brown has a unique voice that combines sweetness, sultriness and vulnerability, enchanting the listener. New York City born, with Bermudian, Ethiopian, and Southern roots, she creates a captivating fusion of pop, Caribbean, world, Hawaiian, country, and hip hop. Brown has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Quincy Jones, and John Legend, and has received multiple music awards. She won Perez Hilton’s “Can YOU Sing???” competition for her rendition of “Without You” by David Guetta featuring Usher. She was also the 2011 winner of the Abe Olman Scholarship from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as the 2010 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for Excellence in Songwriting. Graduating with honors from Harvard College in May 2010, she was named one of Harvard’s “15 Most Interesting Seniors.”
Rachel is a 1st Alternate at NACA Nationals so she could move up into a showcase any minute now! But she will be in the Degy booth either way so be sure to stop by and say hi!
LIGHT IT UP
With superstar DJs like Skrillex and Deadmau5 selling out arena tours and with more kids picking up turntables than are picking up guitars it seems that we really are in an era where ‘everyone wants to be a DJ’.
With our unique event that’s exactly what your students will be able to do. They can learn the skills required from our resident DJs at our hands-on ‘Be The DJ’ masterclass and then put them to use in front of their fellow students by spinning at our insane ‘Light It Up’ dance party.
On one side our event is a unique and truly interactive experience based on ‘learning outcomes’ designed to teach students about creative expression through turntablism and DJ culture. On the other it’s a massive dance-party designed to drive footfall to your late night programming and most importantly to be fun! Educational, inspirational and a great night out.
PAINT – U
(SPECIAL EVENTS – ALTERNATE)
Paint University, AKA PaintU is bringing the Paint Party Experience that has been packing out nightclubs and festivals around the world to YOUR college campus! PaintU is a heart-pounding, non stop EXPERIENCE that is more than your average dance party.
PaintU will truly bring a WOW factor to your campus with their interactive party. PaintU is the one-stop professional Paint Party People, with over 100 shows to date, we do everything from setup to cleanup- and provide a true turnkey operation. The Lights, The Sounds, The Paint, and Performers that PaintU provides will make your alumni WISH they were back in class.