11:45 – 12:00 Kids
12:15 – 1:15 Hotlanta
1:30 – 2:30 Tommy Froelich Trio
2:30 – 3:30 Deb Callahan
3:30 – 4:45 The Paul Michael Band
4:45 – 5:15 Vocal Fusion/Anthem
5:15 – 6:15 Greg Sover Band
6:15 – 7:30 Balkun Bothers
7:30 – 8:45 Vanessa Collier
8:45 – 10:00 Billy the Kid
Hotlanta (12:15-1:15) – Capturing the creative spirit of the music created by one of the most prolific rock bands in American music history is not something one decides to do without inspiration. In fact, it is inspiration of the soul that has brought together the members of HOTLANTA. The grind of the every-day, the mundane if you will, is what causes this manifestation of energy and the desire to grab hold of music so special; soul music, bluesy, country, folk, funk, down-home gospel inspired music of one of the worlds greatest jam bands ever. “The” jam band it could be said. Experience the emergence of an inspired group of people joining together in a single, common cause. That being to recreate a feeling, a vibe, a spirit of music and love and passion. The music of an American icon, the music of The Allman Brothers Band.
Check out hotlantabandlive.com for more information about Hotlanta.
Tommy Froelich Trio (1:30-12:30) – This band is a high energy guitar driven power trio with a whole lot of soul! They deliver truly captivating performances you won’t soon forget. If you like soulful guitar playing with a rock’n blues flare, you’ll love the this Trio! They were Philadelphia’s 102.9 WMGK 2015/16 House Band!
Tommy got the trio together in Spring of 2014 with long time friends Dave Johnston on Drums and Kevin Kittredge on Bass. Each of them are talented well seasoned musicians who have been performing in various bands in the Philly area for over 25 years. They play a wide array of blues and classic rock favorites mixed in with Tommy’s rock’n original material.
Check out their Facebook page for more information about the Tommy Froelich Trio.
Deb Callahan (2:30 – 3:30) – Philadelphia’s blues and soul drenched vocalist and songwriter Deb Callahan grew up in the Boston area but has been a mainstay on the mid-Atlantic music scene since the late 90’s. During this time she has gained a reputation for writing creative blues, soul and roots influenced original music and using her powerful, expressive voice to deliver an exciting live show. Her 2002 debut CD “If the Blues Had Wings” was featured as the hot debut in the October/November 2004 issue of Blues Revue Magazine. Blues Revue referred to her as the next Bonnie Raitt and raved “Philly’s Deb Callahan has the pipes, the songs and the raw talent to graduate to the next level”. Deb released her fifth CD entitled “Sweet Soul” in the fall of 2015 on her own independent label, Blue Pearl Records. Deb and guitar player Allen James travelled to Los Angeles in February 2015 to record with renowned drummer and producer Tony Braunagel at Ultratone Studios. The all star studio line-up includes Johnny Lee Schell, engineering and slide guitar, Mike Finnigan on keyboards, Reggie McBride on bass, Braunagel on drums and James on guitar. Many of these players have recorded and toured with performers such as Bonnie Raitt, Taj Mahal, and Etta James, so it was a truly wonderful experience to play with and learn from these musicians. “Sweet Soul” has received critical acclaim, great reviews, radio play around the world and made the top 50 contemporary blues albums for the 2016 Blues Music Report.
Check out www.debcallahanband.com for more information about Deb Callahan.
The Paul Michael Band: provides a unique style of modern, electric, blues based original music that goes beyond conventional blues.
Check out their Facebook Page for more information about the Paul Michael Band.
Greg Sover Band (5:15 – 6:15) – 2016 was a big year for Philadelphia rocker Greg Sover. He released his debut album Songs of a Renegade in August. Since then he has headlined at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia, Puck in Doylestown, PA and Steel City Coffeehouse in Phoenixville, PA. In addition he has had the opportunity to support noted touring acts Johnny A. and Garland Jeffreys at Sellersville Theater in Sellersville, PA and the Marcus King Band at World Cafe Live in Philadelphia in January, 2017. Sover got his first spin on WXPN in 2016. Philadelphia’s influential noncommercial Triple A radio station featured the song “Moment” from Songs of a Renegade. He also was invited by WXPN’s Helen Leicht to be a featured performer on the station’s annual Philly Local Home for the Holidays recording session that they aired. Sover’s early success is due in large part to his band of three Philly veterans with extensive resumes – bassist and album co-producer Garry Lee, guitarist Allen James and drummer Tom Walling. The three are best known as Deb Callahan’s solid backing band and their cohesiveness as a unit enabled Sover to develop as an artist and take his music to the next level. They recorded Songs of a Renegade with him and also perform with him live. In addition to the 4-piece band, which features Sover on electric guitar, Sover also plays acoustic guitar in a duo format with Lee and a trio format with Lee and James. This flexibility enables him to perform in almost any setting for various audiences and he looks forward to doing more shows and touring in 2017. “I’m looking forward to the new venues and the new places I’ll get to play promoting this album” said Sover. “I plan on going all over the place. I’m pretty excited about that.” Sover became fascinated with the guitar at age 13. His father taught him the French song “La Maladie d’Amour” and Sover took it from there, teaching himself guitar, songwriting and finally singing. He first gave notice that he is on track to be the next big thing out of Philly when he won the 2015 Hard Rock Rising competition at Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Cafe.
Check out gregsover.com for more information about Greg Sover.
Balkun Brothers (6:15 – 7:30) – is an American rock n’ roll power duo hailing from Hartford, CT. Originally formed in 2010 by blood brothers Nick and Steve Balkun, the duo has been described as, “Spectacular torch-bearers for rockin’ American blues. The band brings a raw, soulful and energetic personality that is a fresh sound for blues and rock ’n roll.” –Theday.com.
Mixing heavy rock and funk grooves with traditional styles of delta and electric blues, the Balkun Brothers are crafting a unique sound and style all their own. Their distinct sound draws from a vast range of influences including The Black Keys, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Black Sabbath, Johnny Winter, Primus, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Muddy Waters, Motörhead and many more. The band’s live shows and in-studio recordings seamlessly transition between rock, blues, funk, jam, punk, psychedelia and everything in-between. Known for their explosive live shows, Balkun Brothers are quickly evolving into one of the USA’s premier duo acts and they are gaining followers rapidly across the world with their gritty hard-rockin’ attitude.
Check out https://www.balkunbrothers.com for more information about Balkun Brothers.
Vanessa Collier (7:30 – 8:45) is a captivating and multitalented blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where she earned dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Prior to releasing her debut album in August 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring in the U.S. and internationally with Grammy Award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker. Vanessa has also played alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson, and other notable artists.
Check out www.vanessacollier.com for more information about Vanessa Collier.
Billy The Kid (8:45 – 10:00) are a high powered, guitar driven, horn infused, rhythm and blues band based in Pittsburgh. Lead singer Billy Evanochko is widely-known across the Steel City for his impassioned lyrics, seductive vocals, and stinging guitar riffs. Together with his band, The Regulators, they deliver a well-balanced dose of funky rhythm and blues, with heart and soul being the main ingredient. Playing countless clubs and festivals throughout Pennsylvania, Ohio, and West Virginia, the band attracts fans with their fresh mix and interpretation of the iconic R&B experience.
Check out www.billythekidandtheregulators.com for more information about Billy the Kid.