Announcing the lineup for Down on the Farm 2018!!
A fusion of highly danceable rock, intricate song craftsmanship and psychedelic funk. Set out to make every show inspiring. Imagine going to a double matinee showing of Led Zeppelin & P-Funk at Dream Theater and then heading to an Amsterdam discotheque to dance until the sun came up. That’s about as close as can be described without seeing Soap for yourself.
Originally from just south of Chicago, Illinois, Soap uprooted and moved to Minneapolis in 2007 and has become a staple in the thriving Twin Cities music scene. For nearly four years Soap held down a weekly Wednesday residency at The Cabooze, a long-standing tradition at the legendary Minneapolis venue. Following the likes of The Big Wu and God Johnson, Soap not only continued that tradition, but has expanded on it with a new allegiance of fans. These strong Midwest ties have also helped the band tour successfully throughout the region and beyond, notching over 120 shows each of the past four years.
The Minneapolis-based musician has put in his time as a versatile composer, arranger, producer, and collaborator. He has also worked on shows and artists like NBC’s “The Voice,” playing alongside Ben Rector, Gene Simmons, Questlove, The Blind Boys of Alabama, and Bootsy Collins.
His expert playing and diverse influences have kept him in demand around the world and around the clock, but he remains loyal to his Midwestern home. Dubbed “the most famous Minnesota musician you’ve probably never heard of” by Minneapolis’ The Current, Cory Wong is finally preparing to jump into the spotlight with his new album Cory Wong and the Green Screen Band. The record was composed and produced with a massive all-star cast of featured musicians, including Antwaun Stanley, Cody Fry, Steve Goold, Ian Allison, Michael Bland, Sonny T, Kevin Gastonguay, Darnell Davis, and the Hornheads horn section.
Cory Wong’s remarkable synthesis of the Minneapolis Sound with his own brand of funky multimedia and unique visual aesthetic has reached its apex with this forthcoming release, which finds his Stratocaster chops spotlighted amongst the expert production, both video and audio. Produced in Minneapolis, the album tracks were recorded simultaneously with the footage that goes on to form the remarkable centerpiece of the Cory Wong visual experience.
Since their inception in Spring of 2015, Mungion (pronounced mung-yin) is quickly becoming known for their undeniably explosive and charismatic live shows. The Chicago-based four-piece is rooted in their ambitious compositions and improvisational ability. Drawing inspiration from a wide array of musical styles, they create a raucous, yet jubilant sound all of their own.
Known for their whimsical songs and goofy stage antics, Mungion’s joyous presence is a natural extension of its members, making for live performances that are infectiously lighthearted and deeply sincere. However, underlying the band’s quirky nature is a tremendous amount of virtuosity across all of its members. Combined, this talent and playfulness emboldens the group to be fearless in the studio and on stage. Mungion is guaranteed to have you smiling ear to ear and leaving wanting more.
Family Groove Company
Family Groove Company integrates the groove sensibility developed by funk/jazz crossover artists like Herbie Hancock and Medeski, Martin, and Wood, with thoughtful, tight songwriting that takes cues from the likes of Steely Dan and the Beatles. The result? An infectious, fresh sound the band calls “groove informed jazz/rock.” With a sound defined by rich analog keyboards, tight crunchy guitar, and a pocket-based rhythm section, FGC brings a fresh sound that bends genres and dares the listener not to dance.
The band got its start in Los Angeles, where the four members met in music school, and then planted its roots in Chicago in late 2002. In the span of their career, FGC has played close to 1000 shows from coast to coast, logging stage time in more than 350 venues in 34 states. Notable performances include 10 straight years at Summer Camp Festival in Illinois, rocking large Chicago stages like the Riviera Theater and Vic Theatre, and playing alongside heavyweights like Victor Wooten, moe., Umphrey’s McGee, and Lotus. The band’s discography includes four full length albums, Reachin’ (2002), The Charmer (2006), Live in Chicago (2008) and Models and Metrics (2008), with a much-anticipated fifth to be released in 2014.
Hailing from the suburbs of Chicago, EGi has a sound that is very difficult to describe. That sound has grown and progressed throughout the years, coinciding with the musicians themselves. This group has pushed the boundaries of classification by focusing on eloquent songwriting alongside intense instrumental compositions while leaving space for epic improvisational journeys.
A staple of EGi has always been the dual lead guitar sound (James Hernandez & Noe Perez), complimenting each other through an understood recognition of space and harmony. The rhythm section (Allan Borukhovich on bass and Drew Littell on drums) provides a driving backbone while keeping the pocket deep and funky throughout each song, stepping up to shine when the moment calls for it. EGi’s fanbase has grown to encompass the Midwest region as a whole and have developed a solid following in Colorado. They have also begun to open up parts of the Northeast, Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast, winning over crowds everywhere they go.
EGi pulls inspiration from many different sources including Jack Kerouac, Oysterhead, The Simpsons, Outkast, Phil Jackson and the ’96 Chicago Bulls, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Al Di Meola, Patton Oswalt, Led Zeppelin, Bill Burr, King Crimson, and many more.
Crosseyed and Phishless
Crosseyed and Phishless pays tribute to songs that Phish has already paid tribute to – a true Phish “Cover-Cover” Experience. Expect to hear your favorite songs that Phish covers such as songs by Talking Heads, Rolling Stones, Bob Marley, Ween, Stevie Wonder, The Beatles, Velvet Underground, and many more!
From the Heart of the Midwest, Steady Flow brings a unique style of powerful funk music like you’ve never heard it before. Formed in 2012 by 18 year old, soul guitarist extraordinaire, Tanner Brown, and his older brother, Ky “Goonie-Mom” Brown on bass guitar, the group has now transformed into a six-piece funk-powerhouse, quickly claiming their spot as one of the best live acts around.
In Steady Flow’s short existence, the group has taken on music festivals such as North Coast, Summer Camp, Phases of the Moon, and the list goes on. The band is constantly turning heads at every performance as their hard hitting Funk Rock compositions shake the room and force all audiences to dance, rage, & simply feel good.
Joe Marcinek Plays Dead
Joe Marcinek Band is an experience you will never forget. That is because each show features a different lineup of musicians creating a different set of music every night. The music is equal parts Chicago Blues, New Orleans Funk, Grateful Dead Psychedelia, and Jazz Fusion!
Joe Marcinek tours nationally from New York to LA and everywhere in between. Most of the lineups will only happen one time making every night a can’t miss show.
The group has featured many prominent special guests including Bernie Worrell (P-Funk, Talking Heads), Melvin Seals (Jerry Garcia Band) George Porter JR (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), George Porter Jr (The Meters), Ike Stubblefield, Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk, Dave Mathews & Friends), Shaun Martin (Snarky Puppy, Kirk Franklin), Allen Aucoin (the Disco Biscuits), Marty Sammon (Buddy Guy), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident / EOTO), Erik “Jesus” Coomes (Lettuce), Borahm Lee (Break Science), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), Mike Greenfield (Lotus), Borham Lee (Break Science), Steve Molitz (Phil Lesh & Friends / Particle) Joey Porter (The Motet / Juno What), Fareed Haque, Scott Metzger, Nate Werth (Snarky Puppy) Garrett Sayers (The Motet) Allie Kral (Yonder Mountain String Band), Freekbass, Vinnie Amico and Jim Loughlin (moe.) and more!
Miles Over Mountains
Miles Over Mountains is a progressive bluegrass band based in McHenry, IL. Their live shows are high energy, centered around an arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs served up in their own unique style.
Touring through their fourth year, Miles Over Mountains continues to turn heads across the nation as their momentum, fanbase and schedule continue to grow. Since their inception in early 2014, they’ve performed hundreds of shows at bars, clubs, and music festivals, with no signs of slowing down.
Collectively, with decades of stage experience under their belts, M.O.M. strives to provide the audience with a fun and freeing experience. The band released their debut album “Five Star Heart Breaker”, in 2015. The boys have been on the road supporting their sophomore effort, “Ballads & Burners” released in 2017.
Chachuba is a four-piece band from Chicago, who flawlessly meld bold electronic elements with their improvisational, jazz-fusion backbone.
Greatly influenced by electronic dance music, Chachuba’s large repertoire of original music is fueled heavily by melodic guitar riffs, trancey synths, and pulsating bass, that take listeners on a journey that could only be grounded by the beat of their own drums.
The band consists of Nate Beitz (bass), Sean DiCosola (keyboard/synth), Gary Goodheart (drums), and Jimmy Klimek (guitar).
From the famous House of Blues Chicago to the State Bridge Amphitheater in Colorado, Chachuba has begun to spread their infectious music across the United States.
The bluegrass bad boys of Chicago are here:
Formed in early 2015 with a lineup of both esteemed veteran pickers and hotshot newcomers, Growler is bringing a welcome vitality to the growing Chicago bluegrass scene. The band comprises current and former members of regional mainstays like The Leadfoot Band, DOG 1, and Sunnyside Up and its members bring to the table over a decade of collective experience playing and recording mountain music the old-fashioned way. As dead-on and high-lonesome as these boys are, however, traditional bluegrass is not a final destination for a group like Growler. With influences that span from pulsing Chicago blues to gritty southern rock, from elegant gypsy jazz to old school gospel and soul, and more, the band uses their bluegrass prowess as a jumping-off point for finding a sound that is theirs alone.
And Growler has wasted no time getting this sound in front of an audience. Having cultivated a sizable repertoire of lovingly re-imagined standards and exploratory originals, the group is already packing houses and wowing crowds at clubs and festivals throughout the Midwest. They have shared the stage with national touring acts such as Hot Buttered Rum, The Hillbenders, Old Salt Union, Trout Steak Revival, The Lil’ Smokies and in 2018 are only continuing to pick up speed on the regional scene.
You wanted bluegrass in the City of Big Shoulders? Look no further–Growler is Chicago’s answer to a young generation of talented pickers seeking a new identity, and with thick four-part harmony, lush instrumental arrangements, and a deep, impeccable groove, how can you deny them?
Teed is a Rock band based out of the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Their Genre bending original music stems from a multi faceted interest in all styles of music including Rock, Funk, Latin and Bluegrass. The music has a groove oriented base with a heavy focus on intricate compositions that gives the band a unique sound.
Teed has played hundreds of venues and festivals across the midwest and beyond. They have shared the bill with great acts like Trey Anastasio Band, Primus, Umphreys McGee, Willie Nelson, The Wailers, and many more.
Formed in the summer of 2014, Still Shine is a group of like-minded, seasoned musicians blending acoustic roots and progressive bluegrass.
Mixing mandolin, harmonica, banjo, acoustic guitar, upright bass, and tight harmonies they quickly gained a following around Central Illinois area and the local Midwest. They have shared the stage with artists such as Railroad Earth, The Leadfoot Band, Cornmeal, Split Lip Rayfield, Horseshoes and Hand Grenades, Larry Keel, Chicago Farmer and the Waydown Wanderers just to name a few. Along with some well received original music, the band performs an upbeat, energetic show you won’t want to miss!.
These river town pluckers are sure to get your toes tappin’, your boogie movin’ and your Shine on!!
What’s a Nasty Snack, you ask? It’s Tom Selleck standing under a waterfall with a saxophone, eating a ham sandwich. It’s Scooby Doo gnawing on a pair of rawhide drumsticks. It’s that nasty groove brought to you by nine members of a Chicago funk movement that cannot be stopped! Drawing from influences such as Kool and the Gang, Lettuce, Roy Hargrove, Earth Wind and Fire, and Tower of Power, the Snacks have proven to showcase an explosive, horn-driven, pocket-slamming performance at each live show. With a chaotic balance of R&B grooves and freaky horn melodies, the Snacks have developed a sound acclaimed by most as “just nasty!”
Nasty Snacks is a collective of musicians featuring vocalist Catherine Poulos, guitarist Ryan Gac, bassist Martin Farrelly, guitarist Colin Fahey, drummer Keith Brooks, trumpeters Scott Hoecker and Caleb Mitchell, and saxophonist Sean Packard.
River Valley Rangers
What began as a few friends playing songs along the banks of the Fox River in northern Illinois has formed to become the high-energy bluegrass/newgrass band that is River Valley Rangers. While firmly rooted in bluegrass, the Rangers draw on a variety of musical influences. With a love of the great outdoors, river-valleys, adventure, good friends, food, and drink, the Rangers bring a passion to their music that you can feel in your heart all the way down to your feet! The Rangers have performed at a variety of music festivals throughout the region, such as: Shoe Fest, Frankfort Bluegrass Festival, John Hartford Memorial Festival, Moondance Bluegrass Festival, Down on the Farm, Nippersink Music and Arts Festival, Two Brothers Summer Festival, Dawn and On, Lakeshore Independent Music Festival, Elgin International Festival, and have shared the bill and the stage with artists including: Jeremy Garrett of The Infamous Stringdusters, Horseshoes & Hand Grenades, David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Larry Keel Experience, Cold War Kids, Pert’ Near Sandstone, Special Consensus, Rumpke Mountain Boys, Hot Buttered Rum, Henhouse Prowlers, and many more. The Rangers continue to build a loyal following within the bluegrass and jam scene. Burning like a Midwestern prairie fire, they aren’t slowing down anytime soon!
Frequilibrium Band BioFrequilibrium is a 4 piece blues/roots rock fusion band based out of Chicagoland. A relatively newer act, the four naturally harness the power of the Southern rock greats, drawing influences from The Allman Brothers Bandand The Marcus King Band, while offering the progressive ingenuity of the next generation and a solid understanding of multiple genres. Their music is formed playfully but with much precision and care, intending to have the listener feeling their vibes within the first few bars.The band’smain goal is to leave their audiences vibrating on a higher plane, which is evident by the heartfelt, soulful lyrics and melodies they deliver. You won’t want to miss them when they roll into your town –the crowd always has just as much fun as they do; trust ’em when they say that’s a lot.
Zoofunkyou is a psychedelic stew featuring a Chicago based bluesy broth, sizzlin’ with soul, chunks of funk, and meaningful melodic lyrics. The electric jams of Zoofü are guaranteed to tickle the soul, melt the face, and shake the booty!
The Chicago-based quintet fuses together soulful grooves, dense vocal harmonies, and high energy guitar solos that roar through venues. Five long-time friends have come together to create a sound that’s been called ‘where Steely Dan meets The Allman Brothers meets Wilco…. with a dab of Pet Sounds.’ Because the whole group sings and composes, they have created a genre that is truly their own. The band’s live show was translated brilliantly to their self-titled debut record. But to fully experience the dynamic range, the roaring guitar solos, intricate songwriting, and beautiful vocal harmonies, you must see Stampy perform live.
The Big Lagniappe
The Big Lagniappe is from Joliet, IL. We take the best of The New Orleans brass band, mix it in with our own flavor. The result is the little somethin’ extra you need!
Todd Hazelrigg is a singer/songwriter with a style that ranges anywhere from folk to funk to bluegrass and everything in between.
It all started in 1743, when the Colonel took off to sea on the 80 gun ship, “The Tonnant”. Just before it was destroyed in 1780, the unexpected happened. Jim and Don were cruising around in Zenith Tower, and noticed a horse hovering in the air. As we mounted the horse it was soon realized, there was a time-traveling jetpack attached to his back. It all happened so fast, but very slow for some, and others enjoyed carrots. As we hit the launch button on the jetpack, the horse screamed through the air, and we ended up on “The Tonnant” in 1780. The Colonel quickly jumped on, and we set to the air once more, watching the ship sink behind us. He thanked us, and asked how we found his horse. Soon after, there was a major funk in the propulsion system, and we ended up landing in Acid Face Jungle, and stuck in the year 2007. That’s where this story all begins. Ten days had past, five had not, and Tom and Phil recovered our time traveling jetpack horse, which was unrepairable, and brought us to their not so secret Castle of Indifference. There the Colonel tested his first potion,which turned us into the greatest band the world has never seen, but subsequently changed him into Colonel Chloroform. The Colonel continually works on reversing the course of events that led him here, but knows…time may be running out…literally, because the Colonel’s horse is very hungry, and only knows how to eat time. There is a potion however, that will mend the rift. The Colonel tirelessly works on this, and we are able to stretch time for him by creating new music.