Omar has established himself as one of the nation’s premier harmonica players and blues vocalist alive today. With a voice soulful beyond his years, Omar has been blowing away audiences across the nation with his distinct, fiery harmonica skills.
Mindset Evolution is a hard hitting five piece active rock band from Peoria, IL Featuring Rob Ulrich (Vocals), Joey Gibbs (Drums), Skyler Baer (Guitar), Bradley Prentice (Guitar), and Josh Bodeen (Bass).
Neil Dixon Smith is a solo classical guitarist, a provider of live instrumental background music for parties, banquets, weddings, restaurants, or any special gathering that calls for a lively and elegant ambience.
Maike van Wijk creates wall collages incorporating her love of nature, found objects, photography, words, rubber stamps and encaustics. Her art is an expression of the joy and gratitude she finds in everyday living, with an aim to share that tranquility with others.
Roundstone Buskers are Tom Jones, Bruce Burton and Shannan Sullivan. Originally formed in 2001, and named after Roundstone, Ireland, the hometown of the great bodhran maker Malachy Kearns, the “Buskers” consisted of Shannan Sullivan (fiddle), Tom Jones (bodhran/percussion/whistles) and Tom Grafton (guitar/ hammer dulcimer).
Jackpot Donnie blends reggae, hard rock, funk, and blues for loyal audiences across the Chicago-land area. “The band features a crisp, even professional vibe that is seldom heard from indie acts” (Frank Krolicki – Chicago Examiner). The RedEye Chicago says, “Jackpot Donnie offers throaty, imploring vocals, a sumptuous ska undertone and choruses that captivate listeners.”
Deeply rooted in the music of 20’s and 30’s blues pioneers Eric Noden’s percussive guitar work, timeless songwriting and well-traveled blues vocals have earned the respect of audiences, critics, and musicians worldwide. Eric is a one man band, a musician, songwriter, actor, and educator who continues to re-invent traditional blues and roots music for today’s audiences.
Ken started at age 13 as a rock drummer. His hard driving style landed him in well known Chicago area bands such as Saturday Review, Fire and Grope, featured as an opening act for the likes of Shadows of Night, Mitch Ryder, Mauds and The Flock.
Joel Frankel never aspired to become an entertainer. But after acquiring a degree in nutrition, he discovered a taste for music and performance that has been in his blood ever since. Now, more than three decades later, he writes and performs full time and has recorded four successful children’s CD’s, including his latest album, Ship of Chocolate Chips.
Olivia Leigh is a photographer, who divides her time between Chicago and the West Coast (Seattle and SF). She is incredibly lucky to meet amazing couples from around the world that allows her to document their relationship and their weddings.
Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator, based in Chicago, IL. From venues like Carnegie Hall and Lincoln Center in New York, to coffee houses, festivals, spiritual communities, and schools, Joe Jencks has spent the last 12 years touring full time.
Michael J. Miles is a master banjoist, guitarist, orchestral composer, author of numerous theatrical works combining music and history, and acclaimed music educator. Michael’s now-international performance career began with his first musical love - the banjo.
What makes you smile?” is a question often posed by Dot Dot Dot, serving as both a chorus on their latest EP as well as a method of operation regarding the elements of songwriting, production, and performance.
Glen C. Davies is a Midwestern muralist who specializes in hospital and pediatric murals, historical murals and architectural trompe l’oeil murals for interior and exterior spaces in homes and businesses.
The Chicago-based percussionist and composer has been heralded as one of the most exciting, creative and promising composers and performers in modern music. His eclectic works have focused on the creative use of rhythm and space, navigating the territory between the academic and the primal, the consonant and the disonant.
Dave Byron is a self-studied professional musician and an International Guitarist. At an early age he was introduced to music by his father, who was an actor, and loved to play movie soundtracks and classical music at home. At the age of 11, Dave picked up the guitar and has played it endlessly over the past 30 years.
April’s passion for music started at a very young age. She was fascinated with her father playing his Martin guitar. Her Mother would sing to her as a small child and as she grew, her love for music grew. Her Grandfather would set her on his lap in his radio studio and play old 78’s of Big jazz bands and artists like Nat King Cole, Otis Redding and Billie Holiday.