800 lb Gorilla
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800 lb. Gorilla is a college rock/jam band based in Bloomington, Indiana. With a rock and roll core, the band pulls together funk and jazz influences to create driving, catchy, danceable grooves. A five-piece band, 800lbG places rock-solid guitar, funky keyboards and sax on top of a drums-and-bass rhythm section. The interplay between musicians takes place on an improvisational plane that harkens Herbie Hancock, The Grateful Dead and Steely Dan.
Originally formed by brothers Mark (guitar) and Daniel (lead vox) Humphrey when they were in middle school, the band has evolved from a hard-rock power trio to a funk and jazz juggernaut. Since that time they have added Kwame Newton (keyboards/alto sax), Brian Carson (drums), and Joe Schweitzer (electric bass). As a group, you would be hard-pressed to find five more competent musicians.
800 lb. Gorilla has enjoyed a warm welcome from music lovers as they have developed their show on stages across Indiana and Ohio. Their fanbase is strongest among their college peers in Bloomington, and the jam band community throughout Central Indiana. They are fortunate to have been invited to play festivals this year including Hyperion, Good People Good Times, JorgStock (Eiteljorg Museum), and Taste of Bloomington.
The band intends to take the musical interplay higher, and continue to reach music lovers far and wide.
“The Trees” is a mystical rock band from Indianapolis consisting of Riley Castellano, Dan Stempky, Luke Farrow, and Will Bright. By playing smooth rhythms and introspective melodies, the band promotes an open minded atmosphere. The group creates original music that all demographics can think, feel, and dance to.
Once upon a time, in a mystical hipster land called Fountain Square, there was a very magical band contest. It wasn’t like ordinary band contests from ancient times, it was a Random Band contest of the future. There was a bucket, names were entered into said bucket, and random people would be chosen to form merry bands that play music. If they don’t break up in 6 weeks.
Grant, Caleb, Joe, Kevin and Johnny were chosen to be in a band together. They were all strangers except for Grant and Caleb who “donate” plasma on the same days. After two months, four original songs, and what seemed like a million practices thanks to Grant, the Unicorn Derby band of merry men were ready to conquer the stage. And they won!
Kevin was overjoyed and thought the band practices were over, but unfortunately they won eight hours of studio time, cash money, and a slot on the main stage at the 2017 Virginia Ave Folk Festival. Around this same time, Johnny was involved in a tragic accident with a unicorn named Pliny and a whiskey barrel. She was a wild woodland creature and we hope continued recovery for Johnny boy.
After a million more practices, the four Unicorn boys had eight original songs under their rainbow belts and decided to pick the very best ones for the studio. After a couple takes of four songs in three hours, the young bucks mastered the studio and are now considering retirement.
Their debut EP, entitled “EXPLOSION OF AWESOME”, is set to release on December 1, 2017 at the establishment known as the Square Cat Vinyl.