Bands

Love Fest Line Up 2019! 

EPA 12-12:30  stage 2
Steve Wright 12:30-1  stage 1
Brandon Postman 1-1:30 stage 2
Olivia Martinez 1:30-2 stage 1
Lucky Is the Lion 2-2:30 stage 2
Chloe and the Steel Stings 2:30-3 stage 1
Thor Platter 3-3:30 stage 2
The Fifth House 3:30-4  stage 1
Midnight Buford  4-4:30 stage 2
C-Level  4:30-5 stage 1
Essential Machine 5-5:30 stage 2
Cellophane Jane 5:30-6 stage 1
Apostle Jones 6-6:30 stage 2
Mr. Carnivore 6:30-7 stage  1
Raffle Winners Announced 7-7:30 stage 2
Bakers Basement  7:30-8 stage 1
Rubix Groove 8-8:30 stage 2
Post Saga 8:30-9  stage 2
Silvis 9-9:30 stage 1
The Tom Katlees 9:30-10 stage 2

 Band Biographies 

Explicit Political Anarchy. Folk Punk Collective out of Painesville who’ve been challenging the status quo of North East Ohio for 2 years.

Listen:

https://theepa.bandcamp.com/releases?fbclid=IwAR1On9N3-3zT2Pd93OQnSaorgoLHn7V8nSLMIh896PFWk1UsAhJZBpVPuNo

 

Performing live since 2016, Steve Wright has made a name for himself in Cleveland for being a one-man band experience incorporating vocals, guitars, saxophone and various drum samples. His discography includes INDEFINITE (2017), PERSPECTIVE (2018) and the recently released CONCLUSIONS (2019). His first two releases were recorded withJim With (Fiona Apple, Incubus) through Cleveland’s own Superior Sound Studios with his third release having beenrecorded by Nicholas Gunzburg of the Cleveland-based art rock duo Cereal Banter. Aside from being a solo artist,he has collaborated with many Cleveland musicians and had a lot of them featured within the tracks of his album PERSPECTIVE. You can find everything you need to know (shows, YouTube, music release) on his BandCamp page stevewright.bandcamp.com

Listen:

https://stevewright.bandcamp.com/album/conclusions-2

 

The project of mad genius Brandon Postman, The Lab Techs is a three-piece pop-rock group from Chardon, Ohio. The Lab Techs grew out of Postman’s solo lo-fi productions, during a period of about five years when he wrote over a hundred songs. When he set to put those songs to tape, he needed a group of players that he trusted. Inspired by Buddy Holly and Bob Dylan, he also desired that the musical arrangements not distract from the lyrical themes. His response was to create a minimalist three-piece group with some tight-knit friends. He met drummer Clayton Harrison and his djembe at a festival at Nelson’s Ledges Quarry Park. Postman was immediately impressed by Harrison’s ability to follow his guitar playing, and also loved how portable his drum was- perfect for street corner jams, one of Postman’s favorite pastimes. Next, Postman needed a versatile bassist, and already knew one from the band he was playing in at the time. He recruited Ryan Laubenthal, a disciple of Claypool and Wooten. Irreverent but intelligent, Laubenthal crafts bass lines that alternate taking the lead and supporting Postman’s vocals. He also engineered and  co-produced the first Lab Techs album, which Postman insisted be recorded live on a Tascam Portastudio tape machine. For that first album, Beakers, the core trio of The Lab Techs was supported by a revolving door of talented friends. Since then, Postman has self-produced a handful of tracks, including electric guitars inspired by mid-noughts emo like Brand New and blink-182, and also by indie rock gods Built To Spill and The Replacements. Follow The Lab Techs and Brandon Postman by getting their monthly newsletter, Postman Press. Visit ProfPostman.com

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Listen:

https://brandonpostman.bandcamp.com/album/say-single

Olivia Martinez is a singer-songwriter from Cleveland, Ohio. Though she doesn’t really give her music a genre, the closest style she would call it is folk pop with alternative rock influences. Growing up, her parents’ musical taste had a big impact on her and drew her towards bands like The Beatles and The Clash, but she also enjoys singers like Katy Perry and Kate Bush. She decided to start playing guitar at the age of 13 and began writing her own songs shortly after that. After being approached by Berklee grad and music producer Matt Troja, she recorded six of her songs with him to create EP, Dear Anonymous, which is available on Spotify and iTunes.You can find out more about her EP and her upcoming performances on her Website, oliviamartinezmusic.com and her Facebook and Instagram Pages: @oliviamartinezmusic. You can also find her Youtube Page, Olivia Martinez

 

Listen:

https://www.oliviamartinezmusic.com/music-and-lyrics

 

Lucky Is The Lion started as a nameless collaboration between brothers Jeff and Chris Bukovec in their home in northeast Ohio. After years of casually writing songs together, they decided it was time to take their music beyond the basement walls. Joined by Ben Griffis on bass, they have broken out of the basement ready to share their music with the world. While creating new music is their true passion Lucky is the Lion would love to play their favorite 90’s and 2000’s alternative rock songs as well as classics you have been singing along with your whole life. Some of the bands covered include: The Killers, Queens of the Stone Age, Matchbox Twenty, The Beatles, The Black Keys, The Kings of Leon and many more. 

Listen:

https://open.spotify.com/artist/3tiBgSrbSpW8blAcTipMAQ

 

 

 

“Captivating lyrics, soulful vocals, smooth instrumentals, and a set of identical twins- Chloe & the Steel Strings, an Americana meets Jam Band group from Toledo, OH, brings back the authentic,heartfelt, singer/songwriter nostalgia of the past with great hair, good vibes, and astounding live performances.”

Listen:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbIgnQg0cY4

 

 

With his new album Take Time, Thor Platter is setting out to showcase his mastery of the singer-songwriter genre,as well as capture the energy, spirit, and infectious harmonies of his live shows. Platter’s gentle, affecting vocals – which have earned him numerous comparisons to Willie Nelson – are carried along freely by the  accompaniment of rollicking banjo and harmonica. Fans of the classic ‘70s singer-songwriter genre will delight in Platter’s seamless transitions from toe-tapping jams to sweetly confident ballads throughout the set’s 10 tracks. Take Time was recorded and produced by David Mayfield at Tiger Spa in Akron, Ohio.  The album takes care to show  off the mellow yet sparkling synergy that arises from a smaller, tight arrangement.

Listen:

http://thorplatter.com/

 

 

Cleveland’s The Fifth House are living proof that raw talent, ambition and honesty still reigns in the music world. Bassist/vocalist Julia Crow fronts the group and is backed by her brother Wes Crow on guitar, Brandon Clarkson on keys and guitar, and Nick Weber on drums. Blessed with the gift exceptional songwriting, this venturesome group has an ever-evolving sound that is redefining the landscape of today’s modern music scene.The backbone of their work? Stylistically eclectic songs suggesting a range of influences from many genres like blues, funk, psychedelic, and rock’n’roll. This rock outfit has collectively performed over 300 shows throughout Ohio and several states, creating fans and winning awards and recognition along the way. Experience live music the way it’s intended to be heard — with driving rhythms, energetic live performances, raw energy, passionate vocals, and amazing harmonies!

Listen:

https://www.thefifthhouseband.com/latest-music

C-level is high energy funk punk reggae  rock band from. Cleveland OH.

Listen:

https://c-levelmusic.bandcamp.com/

There’s some precedent for a married couple comprising a good indie rock band: You’ve got Low, for one thing, and The Weepies, and there’s Ian MacKaye and Amy Farina’s duo The Evens. By the same token, there have been some decent acts involving a parent and their child: Jeff Tweedy took dad-rock to the next level when he and son Spencer teamed up as Tweedy.
But when you venture into forming a band that includes mom, dad and son—well, you’re treading on thin ice. The phrase “family band” often conjures something hokey, like the Partridge Family setting out on the road in their multicolored school bus.
Essential Machine, it’s safe to say, doesn’t fit the profile of your standard family band. The indie three-piece, which calls the Pittsburgh suburb of Greensburg home, has always been the vehicle of married couple Karen and R.J. Dietrich; they put out their first record under the moniker in 2009. But a funny thing happened in 2014, after the duo had already been recording and playing together for years: They incorporated son Robert into their act, on keyboards. It’s worth noting, when we discuss Essential Machine as a family band, that it wasn’t created by a musical mom for didactic purposes, or crafted by a stage dad looking to establish a pop-music phenomenon. It was established by Karen and R.J., for Karen and R.J., and happened to grow organically to include their son. The core of the band still revolves around lyrics that both bring and melodies the two craft. Karen is a published author of poetry and a memoir, and her first novel is forthcoming from Grand Central Publishing in February 2020. (Now, as a three-piece, the band’s writing process is more diffuse, but the primary duties remain largely the same.)
Essential Machine’s latest effort, Wildfires, due out in April 2019, marks a milestone of sorts for the band: Recorded with Jake Hanner from Donora, in his project studio, the LP is the first full length record for Essential Machine. The tracks are cinematic in tone and texture, no doubt the result of Hanner’s craft and influence. Robert’s synth work features prominently within the soundscape of Wildfires. This expanded timbre, laden with warmth, creates movement throughout the album.
When you listen to Wildfires, you’ll likely get lost in the world the band builds with music; one thing you probably won’t be worried about is whether the band shares a last name. It’s one thing to be a family band, with all the trappings that might entail (the matching outfits, the bonding on the road, the Partridge Family bus, if that’s what you want). Essential Machine, though, could be considered something else: a band that also happens to be made up of a nuclear family.

Listen:

https://essentialmachine.bandcamp.com/

Cellophane Jane are a 5 piece Lo-fi Power Pop band from CLE.

Their Music: Charging.

Their Lyrics: Brazen.

Their Performances: Electrifying.

Cellophane Jane is a band on a mission: Spread the good word of Hi-Lo-Fi

Listen:

https://cellophanejane.bandcamp.com/

 

APOSTLE JONES is a fearless CLEVELAND based band, on an electric, style-bending mission: powerful vocals,  virtuoso guitar riffs and raw soul to inspire music lovers. Bringing out the spirit stomping roots of Rock’n’Roll and Soul/Blues. Cleveland, Ohio, USA The Indie-Soul experience of blues, soul and rock, is saucy and colors outside the lines. Formed in 2018! Follow Apostle Jones on all popular social media platforms and anticipate a debut EP in 2019.

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Mr. Carnivore is a four piece indie rock band based in Cleveland Ohio. The group’s founders and brothers Pat LaGuardia (lead vocalist and guitar) and Joe LaGuardia (bass), have been playing music together since a young age. The songs sound like a merging of popular acts such as The Grateful Dead, The Avett Brothers, Oasis & Beck. Mr. Carnivore is now recording new music and formulating a release plan for the new material. “We are very excited to see the direction that the new songs take with the addition of Joe Sobek (guitar) and Pat Hakos (drums)”, says Pat. The band is actively pushing their music out on all fronts by obtaining press, airplay, placements and live shows. Pay attention to the groups news feed to see how you can engage and enjoy Mr. Carnivore.

Listen:

https://mrcarnivore.bandcamp.com/releases

 

The Baker’s Basement is a multi-genre musical duo that hails from Cleveland, Ohio.  Formed in the summer of 2012,  Kate Dedinsky captains a miniature, homemade, percussive drum set that they call the “Tempeh Kit” while  Adam Grindler mans the acoustic guitar.  Both Kate and Adam share singing responsibilities, often bouncing phrases back and forth and interweaving harmonies.  A performance by the Baker’s Basement includes a healthy blend of original, cover, and instrumental music filled with scrumptious flavors of folk, rock, jazz, blues, funk, and  experimental music, or in short, “Swingin’ Folk Funk.” Expect a lively and curious presentation of music that sings with varying speed, humor, and emotional complexity.

Listen:

https://www.thebakersbasement.com/

 

Cleveland based Funk/Jazz/Blues band on a mission to bring the groove to the masses

 

 

Formed in Kent during late 2017, Post Saga was founded with the very roots that define its sound – funk, pop, jazz and rock and roll. The band combined their indulgences in lavish instrumentation and high energy music, while maintaining a catchy commercial appeal. Post Saga’s influences range from dynamic funk-jazz acts like Snarky Puppy to the poppy soulful stylings of Amy Winehouse, apparent in the vocal approach of lead vocalist Danna O’Connor. Her electrifying stage presence drives the momentum of the show and is a trademark of their  performances. As for the rest of the collective, they hold their own, creating grooves and instrumentation that are tasteful yet not excessive. Almost everyone in the group is a multi-instrumentalist, with members frequently switching instruments, sometimes even in the middle of their songs. Playing out since early 2018, Post Saga has covered a lot of ground in the Akron/Cleveland area performing in venues like Musica, Mahall’s and Coda. Despite their initial success locally, they hope to expand their reach outwards to nearby bigger cities like Columbus and Pittsburgh, as well as grow presence in Cleveland.

Listen:

https://soundcloud.com/post-saga

“Driven by catchy vocal melodies and groovy instrumentation, SILVIS has an intricate but familiar feel, moving between genres with an interesting and unique fluidity. Falling somewhere between indie rock and indie folk and drawing inspiration from bands like Vampire Weekend and Paul Simon, the songs tend to be upbeat and easy to latch on to. Follow @SILVISband everywhere for more info and art!”

Listen:

http://Silvis.bandcamp.com

Love Fest 2019 will be The Tom Katlees last show. In 2011 as high school students, drummer, Joe Linsky, turned to lead singer, Lea Marra, in “History of Rock and Roll class” (this was an actual thing) and dropped the simple question “Want to start a band?” From there the Tom Katlees began blending rock, surf and indie melodies with silky grit as they crafted their sound, with influences ranging from the 60s to today. Rounding out the rest of the band, Will Porter has been keeping it funky on the bass since 2011 and the most recent addition, Alex Madej slides on the six string like a wizard. They can be found at venues all around Cleveland including Grog Shop, Beachland Ballroom and Tavern and Happy Dog among others. Where does the name Tom Katlee come from? If you’re lucky you might discover the answer at a show…

Listen:

https://thetomkatlees.bandcamp.com/album/vesper