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Mike Krol got his bike stolen and his heart broken. He bailed on graphic-design-as-career. He kept playing drums and guitars, and he kept writing songs about the stuff he hated and the stuff he loved. Leaving Milwaukee for Los Angeles, he took a few years’ worth of wrong turns. But when he showed up at a studio in Sacramento in March 2014, he had his affairs in order. Plug the vocal mic into a guitar amp. Plug the guitar into an overheating box of vacuum tubes. Put the computer in the closet. Roll the tape.
Owen Benjamin started his comedy career in music. Growing up with an opera singer father, Owen has played classical piano since childhood. Owen was a regular on MTV’s PUNK’D, E!’s CHELSEA LATELY, Comedy Central’s LIVE AT GOTHAM, Late Show with Jimmy Fallon, he's had his own special "Comedy Central Presents Owen Benjamin", he's a regular on Nick Swardson's "Pretend Time" as well as over ten appearances on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Owen feature credits include I NOW PRONOUNCE YOU CHUCK AND LARRY and THE HOUSE BUNNY where he played Marvin the Butler. He can soon be seen in ALL’S FAIRE IN LOVE with Christina Ricci and BORN TO BE A STAR with Nick Swardson and JACK AND JILL with Adam Sandler. He has done stand up at the Aspen Comedy Festival, Montreal Comedy Festival, a nationwide 18 city tour with Vince Vaughn and Kevin James as well as clubs and colleges across America. His short films and web series (OWEN BENJAMIN PRESENTS and GAYTOWN) have accumulated over 10 million hits. His unique blend of music and comedy makes his show a must-see.
The St. Royals are the new kings of the motown/funk/soul scene. Recently featured on Slice TV, they're an army of Toronto's most talented young players who always pack the dance floor. The St. Royals ooze style and swagger, while bringing authenticity and excitement to the soul era. Most of all, they bring the funk!
Featuring: Mark Forward, Graham Chittenden, Eric Andrews, Steph Tolev, James Harnett and Matt O'Brien.
Hosted by: Ryan Belleville
*Seating available on first come, first served basis
Mas Ysa, the project of nomadic composer Thomas Arsenault, combines love songs, unabashed ecstatic pop, prayer, field recordings and techno into triumphant, danceable, melancholy folk music that pummels the heart rather than dances around it. Born in Montreal, Arsenault spent formative years in Brazil, was a centerpiece of Brooklyn's Kent Avenue scene and currently resides in Woodstock, NY. He has toured with Deerhunter, EMA, Hundred Waters and Delorean as well as having performed with everyone from Purity Ring to Wu-Tang Clan's RZA.
"Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio makes dance music under the same name he uses for his DJ sets — Baio. His three-track solo EP Sunburn, released in 2012, twinkled with rare, hopeful-yet-melancholic magic. In 2013 he dropped another EP, Mira, and (finally) in April of this year he announced a fall 2015-anticipated, electro-pop full length under the same dance-and-DJ moniker titled The Names (titled after Don DeLillo’s 1982 novel)." ~Madison Vain, Entertainment Weekly
Dedicated to creating a new groove-based music, THE DIGS embody the unique perspective of diversity that could only come from Canada's multicultural melting pot, Toronto. To dig is to extract from the ground by breaking up earth, and The Digs are a band reaching down into the roots of American pop music and pulling up a vibrant sound that is an organically constructed embarrassment of riches.
Ultimately, The Digs consist of close friendships built upon the love of music, and the love for one another, and it is this dedication which gives them a consistently renewed energy with each jam-packed gig, each infectious groove, each funky beat. Catch The Digs while you can!
Kero Kero Bonito (sometimes shortened to KKB) are a British band from London, England. The band consists of vocalist Sarah Midori Perry, producer Gus Lobban, and producer Jamie Bulled. Their name comes from the Japanese words for frog onomatopoeia and a type of fish. The band's music is influenced by J-pop, dancehall, and video game music. They write many of their songs using a Casio SA-45 mini-keyboard. Perry raps in both Japanese and English.
The Lighthouse and the Whaler plays indie-folk-pop and does not believe that genre labels tell you anything you need to know about a band. It has nevertheless caught the attention of MTV, Fuse, FILTER, Spinner, Under the Radar and other media outlets that cater to indie-folk-pop music fans.