From the SW coast of MI, SGB originally came to be when performing musicians, Morgan Ingle(vocal/rhythm guitar) and Matt Smith(vocal/bass) were introduced to Cam Mammina(lead guitar). The musical combination was a magical blend that had to be explored. In time, came the addition of Scott Christie(drums), who provides the foundational beats for SGB. Friendships are what have rooted this band together and brought them together in the first place as well as the common interest in music. Though the individuals that make up this outfit are randomly different and come from varied backgrounds in extensive musical studies, it is the culmination of the group as a whole that creates their creative and vibrant sound.
Waiting For Henry is four guys, a stack of beater geetars, a coupla Tube Screamers, one set of drums and two albums of emotive American rock & roll. That’s right, TWO albums. This summer, Waiting For Henry is set to release“TOWN CALLED PATIENCE,” the follow up to their critically acclaimed debut,Ghosts & Compromise. Earning praise on both sides of the Atlantic and hitting the Americana airwaves in 30 states and throughout Europe, Ghosts was a special indie surprise of 2013. Called “timeless… perfect for any playlist in any era,” (Huffington Post), “a guitar lover’s dream” (Aquarian Weekly) with “indie rock urgency, garage band attitude and a Jayhawks meet R.E.M. intelligent power,” (Alternate Root). The Alternate Root dubbed WFH’s one of the Top 20 Albums of 2013 and listeners to the Jersey Shore’s 90.5 The Night, votedGhosts their #10 album for the year. On their first album, the band looked to the past to meet the future, and on “Town Called Patience,” WFH is going back once again. After happily finding that so many reviewers and fans recognized their early R.E.M. influences, the band figured they’d try and venture further down that alley. This time, WFH put their 80’s indie, meets 90’s alt-country influences in the hands of guru producer Mitch Easter, the man responsible for R.E.M.’s first two masterpieces Murmur and Reckoning. Rather than a departure from Ghosts the new album, a year in the making, is a maturation in song, craft and energy. Recorded at Mitch’s Kernersville, NC studio, Fidelitorium, as well as NJ studios Lakehouse in Asbury Park and Exeter in Freehold, its guitarscape features not only the band’s own vintage instruments, but also many of the same guitars that Mitch lent to Peter Buck for the recording of Murmur. The 12 songs that underpin this American ride were mixed by Darrell Thorp, Grammy Award winning mixer of Beck’s Morning Phase. For mastering, through Mitch, Patience found its way to Greg Calbi, Zen master of such albums of Born to Run, Damn the Torpedoes and, of course, R.E.M.’s Murmur. Waiting For Henry assembled in 2010 as group of former college bandmates, reuniting to record the album they had never made years ago. After leaving school, WFH’s members went their own musical ways, with Dave Slomin breaking through with his NYC-based band, Mr. Henry, which signed to EMI after a rousing SXSW showcase. Mr. Henry’s music captured a unique place between the newly rising Alt-Country of Wilco and Whiskeytown and the earthy American pop rock of acts like Gin Blossoms. The band recorded with renowned producers John Hampton (Replacements, Gin Blossoms), Niko Bolas (Neil Young) and Dave Bryson (Counting Crows) and toured constantly, headlining clubs and opening for bands as widely varied as Counting Crows and Iggy Pop. Dave Ashdown, followed a similar route to the road through the Chicago music scene. Playing drums and guitar and touring with acclaimed bands Boom Hank, Braam and Billhouse. Rounding out the original trio, Mike Chun is a veteran of the NYC club scene and a former member of renowned Hampton’s party band Hot Lava. Fellow Hot Lava and Davenport’s drummer Rob Draghi, joined in 2015. The new album, Town Called Patience, will be released internationally on August 26, 2016.
Led by acclaimed drummer Brad Elvis and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Chloe F. Orwell, Chicago's The Handcuffs explore broad sonic territory while believing in the power of a great radio hook. The Handcuffs inhabit some of the same musical domain as T-Rex, Spiders from Mars Era Bowie, Franz Ferdinand and early Blondie - all filtered through a modern lens - and deliver bold, sexy songs with memorable melodies and unexpected twists. Known as much for their dynamic live shows as for being prolific writers and producers, their songs have been featured in dozens of films and television shows. The band has released three full-length albums and is currently working on the fourth. They recently released a special International Cassette Store Day album called "All the Way from Chicago," featuring a "best of" style, remastered sampling of their modern garage-glam songs, plus a never-before released nod to one of their influences, Mott the Hoople. "The Handcuffs are one of the few bands capable of effectively combining the spontaneity and musicianship of glam/punk with the urgency and rough-edged sound of garage rock," says Jersey Beat's Phil Rainone. “There's a sexy, swaggering street vibe throughout,” added Musoscribe's Bill Kopp. And the Chicago Sun-Times exclaims that The Handcuffs are simply "effervescent." Completing The Handcuffs powerhouse lineup are bassist Emily Togni, lead guitarist Susie Q. Winn and keyboardist Alison Hinderliter.
Autodidact, Inventor, Producer, Singer & Songwriter Brad Peterson exemplifies the ethos of the independent, intrepid musician better than almost anyone. Brad was experimenting with recording his original songs as soon as he figured out how to work his cassette recorder before he was nine. Through the decades he evolved through a series of stylistic shifts with his powerful and emotive voice establishing an anchor. His songs became refined and he played in increasingly larger spheres of influence. Stages got bigger –as did the audience. Peterson eventually rubbed elbows with some of the greats: Brian Wilson, Bono, Sufjan Stevens, Edie Brickell, David Lowery, Jeff Buckley, and others. Peterson’s style now settles into a catchy and inventive mixture of haunting melodies, evocative lyrics, and a certain je ne sais quoi.
Since 1997, The Polkaholics have been playing a high-speed collision of polka and rock, creating a sound that is simultaneously new and old. As noted by Mary Houlihan of Chicago Sun-Times, “The Polkaholics stun and amaze while wreaking havoc to both traditional polka and rock genres!” Using a rock-trio format of guitar/bass/drums to power their polka, The Polkaholics shake some action with a heavy polka beat, creating a sound that fuses the beergarden with the mosh pit. In other words, something for everyone! Some love the rocking sound of the band, while others appreciate their mission to keep polka alive and vital in today's music scene. Playing old favorites like "Beer Barrel Polka" and "Chicken Dance," or new classics like "Polkas on Guitar" and “Pimps of Polka,” The Polkahholics repertoire is filled with songs that are all about FUN! Through in their glittery outfits and wild showmanship, and you've got a band that is intent on Entertaining, with a capital E, and creating the "life of the party" atmosphere at every show. Over the years, The Polkaholics have been featured numerous times on TV and radio, including WGN-TV morning news, The Eric & Kathy show, Wild Chicago, Bill Campbell’s Chicagoing, WXRT, WBEZ, and more. Clearly, they are media dumplings! The trio features founder Dandy Don Hedeker on guitar and vocals, Jolly James Wallace on bass and vocals, and Stylin’ Steve Glover on drums and vocals.