Musicians on the Rise:

  • Spafford: This band has been making waves in the ‘Jam band’ scene over the past few years, drawing comparisons to Phish and selling out theaters across the country. If the fact that their 4/20 after-party show at the Variety Playhouse sold out pretty much instantly is any indication, Spafford is not to be missed.
  • The Record Company: This Los Angeles blues trio’s high energy live show is a sight to see, thanks to singer Chris Vos’ passionate and hard-hitting sincerity in which he plays guitar, harmonica, and pedal steel. These guys opened for John Mayer last year, and they have been recording a new album so we expect them to come to the stage armed with some great new material.
  • The Trongone Band: The Richmond, VA quartet, formed by brothers Johnny and Andrew Trongone, have all the fiery Southern twang and fury a la Atlanta’s own Blackberry Smoke and the Black Crowes. In fact, the band will be performing in Macon with Blackberry Smoke and Marcus King Band in June at the Big House Summer Jam.
  • Southern Avenue: With a sound reminiscent of the Stax Records era of music, this Memphis soul and blues five-piece soars on the wings of singer Tierinii Jackson’s high-flying vocals.
  • Los Colognes: These guys have all the good feels of Classic FM radio, with a guitar sound that is equal parts Mark Knopfler and David Gilmour. Their songs also have Tom Petty-esque hooks with a touch of Eighties production, primarily on their latest release, The Wave.
  • Durand Jones & the Indications: An Indiana soul band that has been getting some major praise on the heels of their self-titled debut album. For those that appreciate the new soul revival that is taking place thanks to artists such as Leon Bridges, this performance should be on your list.
  • The Fritz: Jamar Woods’ baritone vocals combined with this Asheville, NC band’s fresh twist on funk and electronic soundscapes should guarantee a one-of-a-kind performance by The Fritz on Sunday.