STRANGECREEK BATTLE OF THE BANDS
2018 BATTLE REGISTRY
In late 2016, Fordham Road added Mark McCarthy and Joe Everett to their lineup. They have been performing in the Boston area regularly since then. They have also been touring the Northeast every few months since the beginning of 2017, performing at venues in Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, and Connecticut.
Fordham Road released their first EP, “The Gates of Heaven” on February 7th, 2017. On November 20th, 2017, they released their self-titled debut album.
“We aim to continue to break down genre barriers and bring new sounds to Progressive Rock. We also strive to create a hopeful and loving community at our live shows. We believe that music should be used to heal and hope that our message resonates with our audience and beyond.”
Along with having played headlining slots in numerous CT venues, Cabin Fever has also been support for a variety of well-known jam bands such as Deep Banana Blackout, The Magic Beans, and The Werks.
Credible Evidence’s origins can be traced back to a pre-school classroom in the mid 90’s, where founding members Connor McManamy and Devin Gilbert first met. What started with using blocks and crayons to create new worlds and imagination fueled stories would grew and evolved. With the introduction of musical instruments in their early teens they began a journey that would consume their every intention and lead to an obsession with creating masterful works of song. In late 2012 they would begin work on their first studio project Are You Ready? at Northfire Recording Studios in Amherst, MA. Joined by a fellow childhood friend on drums the three would record the seven song EP. Following its release in 2013 the group would be plagued with line-up issues. After years of toil they regained momentum in 2017 with the addition of stand-out drummer Stephen K. (Kryzno) backing the old friends Devin on guitar and Connor on bass guitar. After recording their new EP Moonlit Night along with playing prestigious venues such as Infinity Hall and Toad’s Place Credible Evidence enters 2018 guns blazing and eager to make up for lost time.
The Womps are a rapidly blossoming Boston alt rock jam band with a deep melting pot of influences. Guitarist Jason Lilly, Violinist Kailey Zercher, and Bassist JP Goldman met on Halloween night 2014 and formed a strong bond over all things weird and whimsical. Their combined influences include prog rock bands like Rush and Yes, Jam bands like Phish and Umphrey’s McGee, and folk artists like Fleet Foxes and Jackson Browne. In early 2016, they met Drummer OG Altmayer and started exploring free improvisation concepts, which are still exhibited at their concerts today. They’ve played extensively throughout the Northeast and Boston as well as down south in Virginia and Florida and they sold out two nights at Genghis Cohen in West Hollywood, CA.
The Womps finished recording their first full-length album and are currently having it mixed and mastered. In the meantime, two singles, “Barefoot Sensei” and “Jolene,”(Dolly Parton) have been released.
Introducing Boston’s new wave of jam band, Slack Tide. Combining a range of genres including rock, reggae, funk, psychedelic, and ska, the band delivers their signature Slack Tide sound that’s settled between the city and the beach.
Over the last two years the Tide has entertained over 100 audiances in nine states. In 2017 the band was awarded First Place at the New England Indie Music Competition, First Place at the Canobie Lake Park Battle of the Bands, and Top Instrumental Performance at the Hard Rock Cafe Battle of the Bands. The band also helped to create the first annual Holifest, a free music and color festival for Hampton Beach residents featuring local bands, food, and as much colorful chalk as you can throw.
Slack Tide began in late 2015 in the dingy basements of Berklee College of Music in Boston as a simple rock band, jamming for the love of music. Heavily inspired by the Grateful Dead, the Tide was also an experiment in improvisation. Over time the band’s energy spread and the band began to perform live, making friends and fans along the way. In late 2016 the band doubled in size and sound. In the summer of 2017 Slack Tide toured from Maine to Virginia and back, won a couple of Battles of the Bands, and finally pushed their way into the summer festival scene.
With 2018 well underway, the band is working hard on releasing over three hours of jamtastic live music as well as a couple of horn fueled new singles. So come catch a Slack Tide show, hang with the band, get your essential free CD, and have a helluva good time. We’ll see you at the Tide…
Spaces For Two is a contemporary rock & roll quartet that takes their cues from a vast pool of heavyweights like The Replacements, Wilco, The Beatles, Foo Fighters and Pink Floyd. Featuring driving guitars, compelling hooks and impressive vocals, this rockin’ outfit plays rock & roll the way it was meant to be played.
Check out their interview with Metronome for an indepth introduction to the band: www.spacesfortwo.com
Good Trees River Band is a Scituate, MA based 5 piece psychedelic improv rock band. We have been playing consistent shows throughout New Hampshire and Massachusetts and are really trying to delve into the Festival scene this summer. We’ve always loved wormtown and strangecreek and would love to be a part of it!
More music available at Facebook.
Gritty City Reggae / Fusion from NYC, InDaze is an act that blends novelty, culture and a wide spectrum of musical influence into a unique sound and vibe. High energy live performances crafted for every situation make InDaze an experience that is always fresh, different and unexpected.
More music available at Youtube.
Formed in early 2018 on top of Mt. Washington during a record-breaking cold spell, Extreme BEER Trio!!! has been transcending time and space ever since. During 2008 in the small mountain town of North Adams, MA, the spirit of BEER was channeled by Jerry Garcia’s former piano instructor, Jeff Moore, and Buddy Rich’s personal spiritual advisor, Brendon Sohre. The music world was about to be changed for good. Single handedly solving the opioid crisis, ending world hunger, and causing the collapse of the Roman Empire are just a few of EBT’s accomplishments over the years. Now focused on irritating pop-diva bartenders and a search for a new type of sound called shmusic, EBT has been causing chaos at various battle of the bands competitions, open mics, and birthday parties across New England. This guitar/drum duo will make your ears bleed and leave you questioning your own existence. “We’re just in it for the chicks” says guitarist Jeff Moore, while drummer Brendon Sohre says “you’ve got the wrong Brendon Sohre”.
dJeck consists of Funkologist Corey Lambert (Voc, Bass), Sonic Sculpter Jake Bellows (Gtr, Voc), and Groove Guru Luke LaFountaine (Drums).
The band originally formed in the summer of 2015 for a one-off gig. Over a year passed by as band members carried on with other projects, until September of 2016, when the band re-formed to record their debut self titled EP. Since then, dJeck has been putting their music to the grindstone of live performance; refining their sound, and filling the dance floors of haunts both local and far.
dJeck draws from a diverse musical palate, crafting riffy dance tunes and thematic soundscapes with a shadow of suspense. The sound is irresistibly funky, with hints of late ‘60s jazz and a hard rock bite. We tried to put dJeck into a box but she didn’t fit… The word for this type of music in elephant- speak is “eRowrrh!” The direct English translation is: doomfunk
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Mainly inspired by bands such as Phish and The Grateful Dead,Mease puts its own spin on the Jam Band scene, with a fusion of roots music and pure psychadelia taking you on a cosmic American journey. Having shared the stage with the likes of Redman, Members of Twiddle, Sierra Leone Refugee Allstars and Elise Testone, Mease is quickly spreading to each corner of New England. Guitarist/Vocalist Nick Stone’s lyrics can chill the hardest of bones. Drummer, Drew Doyon and guitarist, Louie Ferro are masters of the feel and play off each others energy immensely; add bassist Chris Caduto and vocalist/guitarist Kyle Hoegen and you have a funky concoction of funk and blues and psychedelic ecstasy tapping into your ‘Technicolor Brain Stem’
We are Auguste and Alden, a sibling band from Northwest Connecticut. We consist of two siblings who play bass and guitar complimented by melodic blood harmonies in addition to the third part harmonies contributed by our drummer.
We recently released our new album called Road Warrior, which has been producing a lot of positive momentum among fans and the music industry. We are a brother and sister who passionately write and perform our own original music and are also able to perform popular cover songs dependent on the specific needs of the venue. Due to playing music together our entire lives, we have created extremely unique and creative musical arrangements.
As a band we have toured nationally performing on main stages and venues such as the NAMM show, providing us the opportunity to play alongside many major artists. Our passion to make music is evident by our catalog of over 70 original songs we have written, produced, and recorded.
SixFoxWhiskey is an up and coming rock/funk/jam band out of Boston, MA. With a unique blend of funk and jam rock, they put on an energetic, improvisational show layered with catchy melodies. In 2016/2017 the band released “Sun I’d Seen,” and an EP, “For Those Who Need Little.”. They have played major festivals like Levitate and The Great Outdoor Jam, and shared the stage with touring acts like Ripe, West End Blend, Naughty Professor, Lake Street Dive, etc.
We have been a 3 piece band for about 5 years now playing around New England and gathering a following. Our goal is to play as many shows we possibly can in 2018 and would love to play StrangeCreek Campout. You just have to come to our shows and really see what we can do!
More music available at Bandcamp.
A band brought together by a love for passionate music, Tales of Joy aims to mix roots reggae with their wide variety of musical influences. Hailing from the Greater Danbury Area, ToJ began as a musical outlet for both Jason Joyal and Connor Taylor. After creating music long distance for over two years, Tales of Joy added the talented trio of Hector Ares, Matt Spencer, and Emmet Forester. With a powerful new lineup, ToJ recorded and released their debut EP, Breathe Easy. A collection of catchy melodies, lively harmonies, and a fusion of their various influences, Breathe Easy allowed Tales of Joy to burst onto the Connecticut music scene.
More music available at Youtube.
Dewpoint is a four-piece jam band from Boston, Massachusetts. Establishing their current lineup in early 2015, they have quickly secured fans across the northeast, playing many staple venues in the area (ie. Brighton Music Hall, The Middle East Downstairs, The Stone
Church). Their musical style spans many genres, weaving laid-back funk, soul-tinged jazz, progressive rock, and psychedelic grooves seamlessly under irresistibly catchy lead lines. On any night, Dewpoint pushes songs to new limits by exploring new feels, taking improvisational risks, and concocting set lists that allow musical themes and soaring melodies to be revisited and re-imagined throughout the course of a show. With an ever-expanding catalog of original music and noteworthy covers, every show is a unique musical experience.
Dilfopotamus will get to the bottom of this! The original rootsloop hookpop duo (Randallpotamus & Dothree pi pi) formed Dilfopotamus during the summer of 2013. With 3 eps and one self titled LP under their belt, the crime fighting superhero duo has called on super friends, Dan Prado (guitar) & Mike Macbeth(drums) to fill out the band’s lineup, adding the jamband element into their funk rock sound.