The ASC is pleased to present the Paris-based Hermès Quartet, an internationally acclaimed foursome the The Washington Post says “will likely take their place among the top quartets of our time.” The members of the Quartet — violinists Omer Bouchez and Elise Liu, violist Yung-Hsin Chang, and cellist Anthony Kondo —met at the Lyon Conservatory and formed the ensemble in 2008. Since then, it has performed in some of the most prestigious European venues. The Quartet was the Winner of the 2012 Young Concert Artists International Auditions, and made its U.S. debuts to rave reviews at the opening concerts of the Young Concert Artists Series at Carnegie’s Zankel Hall, and at the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Theater. In the U.S., the group has given recitals at the Lied Center of Kansas, the University of Georgia, and the Friends of Chamber Music in Texas. The Quartet currently holds the Helen F. Whitaker Chamber Music Chair of YCA and the Florence Gould Foundation Fellowship, and is the Artist in Residence at the Queen Elisabeth Music Chapel in Brussels.
NoNeed is a five-piece reggae-rock fusion band thriving in Tampa Bay, Florida, but quickly stretching its influence across the state. Rooted in a strong reggae sound, the band’s sound covers a variety of genres, from metal to funk to neofusion jazz to pop. The guys of NoNeed all met through the rich music scene in the area around the University of South Florida, but they each bring a distinct musical background to the table; when listening to the band, you’ll probably hear influences of pop/punk, jazz, and of course reggae, blending all of the guys’ various strengths into one amazing style. NoNeed lives for the live music-making, but they are well into the digital outlets; their music is available on iTunes, Spotify, Amazon, and other sites.
Essentially a solo vehicle for journeyman singer/songwriter Don Miggs, the band Miggs makes mainstream melodic pop/rock with a bit of an alt-rock edge. Miggs and his original backing group released the debut album Anyway in 2002 and followed it up two years later with Insomnia. Around that time, Miggs began working with a new lineup and released the album Unraveled in 2008. Further personnel changes ensued, and in 2010—working with producer/engineer Ken Lewis (Fall Out Boy, Kanye West)—Miggs delivered the full-length effort Wide Awake.
Pop-Folk from Ohio, Down They Fall started out as the solo project of Gage Vota in the summer of 2011. It turned into a two piece band in the winter of 2013 and then had a line up change at the end of that summer. In January of 2015 the band went back into a solo act but is still full band on recordings. James Becca helps with instruments on the recordings.
Gallows Bound is a six piece Appalachian folk-punk/bluegrass outfit from Winchester, Virginia. Being raised in the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains and stemming from three chord punk rock provides for a unique twist on traditional instruments. With their first album “Empty Flask, Empty Heart”, the songs are described as an “aggressive yet melodic collection” ranging from fast and punchy tales of rambling and love, to dark and soulful songs birthed from whiskey and regret.
“Their live set is performed as impeccably as their studio set, and you really can feel how much energy, love, and emotion is poured not only into their writing, but into their performance.”
Amongst the five men in Old Salt Union, from ages 23-30, there is over 70 years of musical training and experience. This diversity allows for flexibility in composition and in live performances. The end result is a well-rounded high-energy sound, with obvious bluegrass roots.
Ghost Eagle is a high energy, Appalachian rooted trio consisting of drums, telecaster and filthy, amplified harmonica. Front man Spencer Mckenna has been at the helm of several east coast touring bands (GrassMonkey and Welcome to Hoonah) and brings his authentic southern character to full light in this stripped down incarnation. Playing without a bassist has allowed the opportunity for the role of soloist to be shared with amplified harmonica player, Robby Carden. Robby has preformed multiple times with such acts as Dangermuffin, Yarn, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, the Peoples Blues of Richmond, Larry and his Flask and many more. Drummer, John Trent brings his Latin and punk rock backbone to keep energy at its peak. Although soft spoken gentleman offstage, live performances offer the opportunity to exhale the daily struggle and invoke the moonshine infused, front porch party that we have all come to embrace. Looking to support our newest album and reach new crowds.
Indie, Psyche Pop, Energetic Rock from Birmingham, Alabama.
The 26-year-old plans to mix outlaw country and ’60s folk music with Jack White producer Mindy Watts behind the boards.
Most of the material for his still-untitled release were written over the past year and a…
In the bright, humid summer of 2013, the back room of a small house became a safe-haven from the heat of the American South. Out of this window-lit incubator emerged the orchestral band of brothers, Modern Language. With influences stemming from all six band members, the group uses their own experiences to connect with each other. From metal groups to jazz bands, the group is oriented at drawing similarities between genres to create a sound that is new, inimitable, yet seemingly nostalgic. Their heavy-hearted lyrics and catchy hooks seem to find a special niche in both South Louisiana and the indie-rock genre. With their dense guitar riffs, fluid soul-grabbing trumpet solos and places of textured, ethereal chords, the group will take your heart and use it as another instrument.
On-stage moments of unelicited head banging mirrored with spaces of clarity and intrigue have allowed Modern Language to continuously develop a sound and experience that is fresh to both ears and hearts. Forming these connections with the audience is an important aspect of the music this group writes; out of this, a voice in south Louisiana has started to rise. Due to their engaging and exhilarating live performances, Modern Language…
Bloodkin’s 25-year history has been a roller coaster of the good, the bad, and the ugly. There have been personal demons to tame, real tragedy to endure, and a very uphill battle to keep their creative relationship intact. But through it all, their music remains a genuine article of Southern gothic narrative wrapped in the cloak of powerful and raw guitar-driven rock & roll music. With 9 albums’ worth of material to their credit Bloodkin is an undeniably important part of the contemporary Southern musical landscape.
Days To Come is from the “Good Life City” of Albany, Georgia, and since their formation in early 2014, they’ve taken the area by storm. Striving for professionalism and honesty, DTC focuses on solid songwriting and high energy live shows as well as growing and maintaining their fan-base by interacting via social networking. The band is currently writing and recording their first EP with Arlingwood Records in Pensacola, Florida. It is scheduled to be released in 2016.
Dark Before Dawn
Dark Before Dawn is a female fronted band from Hanceville, Alabama. Our influences touch a variety of genres. Our sound would best be described as Southern Hard Rock, but you be the judge! With a solid booming bass player, a unique and articulate drummer, two guitarists in beautifully vicious melody, and a powerful and captivating vocalist, Dark Before Dawn covers the hardships and triumphs life can bring with all original songs. Our goal is to conquer and thrive within music scenes all over the country, all while showing our appreciation to those who make it happen. People like you are what makes music such a wonderful path to take in our lives. Please give us a listen, and feel…