“Old Dominion” ~ Doors Open at 7 PM (“21 & Over” Show) . . . AND “Dr./Fireball” TALENT SEARCH ***FINALS*** (5 to 7 PM)
Recently, when Old Dominion stepped onstage at its live shows, something unusual happened. “It was a whole different feeling!” says the country rock outfit’s frontman and lead singer Matthew Ramsey, excitedly relaying how audience members at the five-piece band’s gigs are now belting their lyrics back at him. Sure, this might have regularly happened in the past when the red-hot band comprised of seasoned Nashville songwriters and pro-musicians performed songs they’d written for other high-profile artists, including The Band Perry, Keith Urban and Luke Bryan. But hearing their own music getting so much love? Well, that was something different entirely. “To hear that and to feel that interaction it takes it to a completely different level,” Ramsey explains. “It’s a breath of fresh air to play for a crowd of people that knows your music.”
Playing for an unconditioned crowd is looking to be a thing of the past. Blending old-fashioned country charm, lyrical wit and rock n’ roll grit into radio-friendly hook-heavy pop nuggets — traits best exemplified on their gut-punch of a new self-titled EP — Old Dominion have emerged as one of the hottest breaking bands in country music. “It’s kind of the classic, seven-year overnight success story,” lead guitarist Brad Tursi says with a laugh, reflecting on the longtime friends and collaborators slow-burning rise to recognition. “I think we’re all lucky enough to really love what we do and in that respect we were gonna just keep doing it no matter what.”
Saturday Night Dance Party with a DJ! NO COVER! ~ 10 PM
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Trig County” ~ 10 PM
TRIG COUNTY is a Nashville-based ROCKIN’ COUNTRY Music Band. Lead singers Braxton Calhoun (Savannah, GA) and Preston Taylor (Tomball, TX) offer up one of the most dynamic “front-man” packages in the industry, combining Taylor’s smooth, rich vocals with Calhoun’s high-energy grit and emcee-like flare. Add to the mix the fresh charisma of Mark Stults (Rockford, IL) on Lead Guitar, backed by a KILLER RHYTHM SECTION, and you have the SMOKIN’ HOT package that makes up TRIG COUNTY. These PROFESSIONAL Entertainers bring their A-GAME EACH and EVERY TIME they take the stage. Their catch phrase, “BRING IT!” says it all. These boys don’t back up and they DAMN SURE don’t apologize for rolling into a venue READY TO WORK & ENTERTAIN crowds all night long.
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Ethan Bell Band” ~ 10 PM
The Ethan Bell Band is a hot new country band from Yorkville, Illinois and they specialize in New Country and Party Music. Spreading their wings last year, they have become known for a fun upbeat sound and the ability to bring the party. From pouring shots with their signature ShotGun, to their iconic SIP toast, they get everyone on their feet and having fun! The Ethan Bell Band consists of Eric Smith on 6 string and upright bass, Johnny Gifford on drums and backing vocal, Brandon Weber as vocals/guitar,banjo and keyboard, and Ethan Bell as vocals/guitar. The band is regularly playing the in the Chicagoland area along with Wisconsin and the Quad Cities. In 2016 they are planning on releasing an EP and playing in new areas. Follow the band on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter; and check out their website EthanBellBand.com, Come have a SIP with the Ethan Bell Band!
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Brandon Holland” ~ 10 PM
Brandon Holland is living out a dream his own father never got the chance to fulfill, and every time he picks up a guitar he’s thankful for the chance to express his talent and follow in the footsteps of his talented dad, a musician who passed away when Brandon was just 5 years old. Growing up in a family steeped in country heritage and musical traditions that reach as far back as the early 1900’s, Brandon was surrounded by music from the time he was born. He grew up influenced by the sounds of legends like Hank Williams Sr., Johnny Cash, and Fats Domino through his grandfather, who gave him his first guitar at 11, and by 12 he was already writing his own songs and playing dances as a teen.
As a young artist Brandon played cello and drums in school as well and was also influenced heavily by the soulful sounds of artists like Otis Redding, Sam Cooke, and later Blake Shelton, Keith Urban, Chris Daughtry, Luke Bryan, and Jason Aldean, and played in bands around the St. Louis area for several years before electing to relocate to Nashville to try his hand at a serious musical career. His first EP yielded a successful single on secondary radio, and he has recently been hard at work on the followup to that project, “Born To Roll,” which is due out in early 2015.
“Dueling Pianos” ~ 8 PM
Every last Saturday of the month is Dueling Pianos at District! An interactive musical comedy experience that engages audience members and makes YOU the star of the show! Featuring “Dario Radio”, the best Chicago has to offer! ”Dario Radio” has a complete array of music selections so even the most ridiculous requests will be attempted … and who knows, we might hand the mic over to you!
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Drew Baldridge”~ 10 PM
With a voice as rich as the mid-western soil he was raised on, Patoka, Il native, Drew Baldridge’s Music reflects small town life while living large on the simple things. Drew’s Music is the soundtrack to life, be if a rowdy Friday night or a peaceful Sunday morning. His Songs and performances transport listeners to their favorite memories while simultaneously making new ones. He has shared the stage with artist’s such as “Alabama”, Phil Vassar, Montgomery Gentry, and Justin Moore.
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Rollin’ Whiskey” ~ 10 PM
Formed in the fall of 2009, Rollin’ Whiskey is one of the area’s most sought after bands. Rollin’ Whiskey plays with a High Energy and you will hear everything from New Country to Classic Country and even some Rock and Roll.
From large festivals to smaller clubs, Rollin’ Whiskey puts on one hell of a show!
“Parmalee” ~ Doors Open at 7 PM (“21 & Over” Show)
From this tiny town that’s home to a gas station, two blinking yellow lights, and a small tin- roofed barn dubbed Studio B, Country rockers “Parmalee” launched their long journey to Nashville. The near-fatal robbery Parmalee experienced after a show would have destroyed most Bands. But brothers Matt and Scott Thomas, cousin Barry Knox and longtime friend Josh McSwain didn’t call it quits. Instead it reinforced their intense motivation and dedication to one another and to their determination to succeed. Each obstacle that delayed “Parmalee’s” arrival to Nashville was an extra mile that allowed the groundbreaking sounds of artists like Jason Aldean and Eric Church to pave the way for the worlds of Country Radio and “Parmalee’s” brand of Country Music to meet at the perfect crossroad.
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Doug McCormick” ~ 10 PM
Singer-songwriter Doug McCormick is solidly defining himself as the artist-to-watch in country music. With his powerful vocal delivery, straight from the heart songwriting, and energetic live performances, this small town South Carolina native’s music offers a unique marriage of traditional country and the modern styles of today.
“I feel like I’ve gone from just being a guy who likes to sing to becoming an artist. Through years of songwriting, my music has formed an identity that’s strongly influenced by who I am – a small town boy from Carolina who’s seen good times, felt the heartaches, and lives for the little things in life.”
Through relentless touring (currently playing upwards of 150 shows each year across the Southeast and beyond), Doug has built a loyal, grassroots following that continues to grow with each performance. Along the way, Doug has shared the stage with a number of nationally known acts including Luke Bryan, Lee Brice, Josh Turner, Easton Corbin, Charlie Daniels, David Nail, Colt Ford, Keith Anderson, Rhett Akins, and Sawyer Brown.
Groove Walk ~ TBD
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Old Southern Moonshine Revival” ~ 10 PM
With their latest EP “Can You Feel It Now” making it up to #20 on iTunes Country Albums Chart, Old Southern Moonshine Revival is touring in support and is turning heads everywhere they go. “It has been a ton of hard work, but we love what we do. We have to do this. It’s not something we can turn off.” says lead vocalist Marcus Kiser. “These songs hit close to home for us, and we are finding that they hit close to home for a lot of people. That’s a pretty special connection between the artist and the listener. We don’t take that sort of thing lightly.” Neither do the fans. Old Southern Moonshine Revival has shipped music or merchandise to 40 different countries around the world, have 120,000+ online friends/fans/followers, and “The Revival”, as they call it, is still growing. “We love our job. We take it very seriously, but it is hard to not have fun playing music for a living” explains lead guitarist Brent Lain. “We enjoy the hard work side of this business. It is gratifying to see our hard work come together into something way bigger than ourselves.” Old Southern Moonshine Revival has a unique sound and a unique approach of making that sound heard. “Passion. Above all else. Passion.” adds bassist Jamie Shaver. “People know when you’re faking it. They know when you don’t believe in what you’re doing.
“Wayland” with “Desolation Row” and “Framing the Red” ~ Doors Open at 7 PM (“21 & Over” Show)
“Unity: The Band” ~ 10 PM
Unity… Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.
They treat fans to old Roots Reggae favs, along with original music blending influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai “Pita” Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Ryan Peerenboom’s laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Jeremy “Chunk” Schroetter on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.
COUNTRY NIGHT with “Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos” ~ 10 PM
Dynamic… Fierce… Wildly entertaining… Charmingly charismatic…
Just six of the buzz words consistently used to describe this 6 piece Midwest country-rock powerhouse, Jamie Campbell and the Redneck Romeos.
Formed in 2011, this award-winning group— chosen in 2013 to appear on a TV REALITY SERIES titled “Band Rescue”- pairing them with celebrity musicians to give them an upper edge in their quest to the top— with 2 songs currently spinning on radio both nationally and internationally, has quickly rocketed to the top in their region. They’ve also began to make a name for themselves in Nashville, playing clubs like Cadillac Ranch, Tootsies and more.