Based in Asheville, NC, The Fritz is truly a band that defies the word 'genre.' As schooled musicians, the members of The Fritz draw inspiration from a variety of musical traditions and techniques. This fusion of styles is rooted within improvised Funk and Rock, but also builds in elements of jazz, Classical, World, and electronic music.
Jamie Hendrickson's versatile guitar style and innate sense of melody first blended with Jake O'Connor's funky bass lines in 2007. From there, they met drummer Michael Tillis, who brings a strong driving energy to the ensemble. Jamar Woods' virtuosic keyboard solos and soulful vocal abilities propel the band into exciting musical journeys. With the recent addition of percussionist Mike Evans, The Fritz has developed a one-of-a-kind sound in the Southeast music scene.
In its young career, The Fritz has received favorable publicity at local festivals in the Southeast: most recently performing at The 2010 Big and Hearty Festival and The 2010 Bear Creek Music Festival. The boys maintain a rigorous touring schedule around the Southeast, constantly spreading their art to keep up with the demand.
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Jahman Brahman is a four-member collaboration originating from Columbus, Ohio in 2003, and currently residing in the mountains of Asheville, NC. The musical intuition of each member overcomes the restrictions of any particular genre as they pioneer the musical trail with a sound completely their own. The name Jahman Brahman emerged from each member's goal to achieve the ultimate state of musical cohesion; each instrument connected to one another to create a piece of music from the heart of one.
They've described their particular style as shred 'n' flow, a dynamic sound with a wide breath of influence, but a focus on rich, fluid, progressions of energy. Providing the low end, Nate "Brother" Brown brings his own style of funked out and super fresh bass grooves giving depth to Justin Brown's full and conscious lyrics. Drummer Rowdy Keelor gives the sound its steady concrete pulse providing the heartbeat for Casey Chanatry's riveting guitar-work. Combined, Jahman Brahman leaves the listener with a message on life, love, and the wonders experienced being part of an extraordinary musical family.
Each member holds a unique passion toward many different audio paths, with influences ranging from classic rock to electronica; from punk to jazz. Instead of conforming, they ascend music through the coalescence of their diverse styles, taking risks that unfold into powerful jams and creative compositions.
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COPE started as a rock band in the mid 90s. Then, brothers Ken and Dennis Stadelman, and cousin Roger Pinkerton, had already been playing together for ten years. Growing up in a musical family in northeast Ohio, they all learned about music at an early age. In the early 2000s, they took a different approach towards the music, focusing more on melody and harmony (which they learned from years of listening to the Beatles), and less on riffs and speed.
In 2004, COPE met up with drummer Dave Gerulat, who was playing with the local band Boon. After filling in a couple of times there was an obvious chemistry and it was only a matter of time before Dave was a permanent fixture. Hailing from Richmond Virginia, Gerulat had lived a musical life of his own. Not only playing with several prominent bands in the area, but also studying music in school, watching players like Stuart Copeland, Dennis Chambers, and fellow Virginia drummer Carter Beauford, and playing drum line to learn the chops he wows the audiences with today!
Recently, founding member Roger Pinkerton left the band. They tried to go on as a three piece, however, the complementing melody and leads of Pinkerton were missing. Knowing that another guitar player could never mimic the 23 year chemistry of Pinkerton, the band decided to go a different direction.
Juan Montero had already been playing the Tampa, St Pete scene for a decade with bands such as Grin, Positivity, and Buffalo Strange, and had sat in with Cope on several occassions on sax and keyboards (as well as sitting in with legends such as George Clinton and P funk, up and coming bands like Big Sam's Funky Nation and more.) So when he learned of the tonal void left in Cope he jumped on it! With people starting to hear what they're doing, it promises to be a great year, and bright future for this unique sounding, high energy, and down right fun musical act!
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