From folk to funk! Original songs and jams to original takes on a variety of covers, is what you will hear at one of Derick Howard’s shows!
He performs solo as a “One Man Jam Band” by using an audio sampler to record (Live) loop tracks on his guitar, bass, hand percussion, and vocals to make the sound of a full band.
This “One Man Jam Band” has performed official after parties for acts like Robert Randolf, Victor Wooten, and The Wailers. He has opened up for acts like Gov’t Mule, Eoto, Ekoostik Hookah, Future Rock, and Zach Deputy. He has performed along side acts such as Michael Franti, Keller Williams, The Dark Star Orchestra, Arrested Development, and has performed at festivals including Hyperion(IN)x3, MojoStock(IN), Wuhnurth(IN), Terrapin Hill Harvest Fest(KY), Snuggleween(KY)x2, Hoodilidoo(MI)x2, Resonance(OH)(x2), Tribal Connection(OH)x2, Hoopla In The Hills(OH)x3, Hookahville(OH)x7, multiple different performance art fests(Kinetic Fire(OH)x3, Flow Motion(IN), Flow Down(IN-IL)x2, So. Ill. Flow(IL), and at Good People Good Times Music Festival of which Derick puts on and has headlined along with acts like Turbo Suit, The Main Squeeze, Ekoostik Hookah, Rumpke Mountain Boys, and UV Hippo.
Derick has performed at all types of events and venues besides festivals and official after parties. From The Hard Rock Cafe’s in Chicago and Louisville to restaurants like Apple Bee’s, Texas Roadhouse, Max & Erma’s, and over a dozen locations of the Jimmy Buffet chain Cheeseburger In Paradise. As well as many private events and public events for universities like I.U. and Ball State. Derick has also performed many benefits such as The Relay For Life, The MS Walk, Rock For Riley, and community fundraisers.
Although he performs mainly around the Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky area, he has performed as far east as Maryland, as far south as Miami, FL., and as far west as California.
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Echo Mecca is an all-original electronic duo who continues to bend genres and twist digital and organic instruments to forge their own unique sound! With influences ranging from trip hop to punk to psychedelic to dance music, members Stephanie Sayre Filson and Brad Hoffman keep bringing fresh, groovy, high energy goodness to music lovers everywhere!
Definitely not to be mistaken for a down tempo band, genre-fluid Echo Mecca produces and performs all-original electronica that is simultaneously driving, enchanting and groovy … all laced with live, sultry, powerful, jazz/soul-infused vocals and thought-provoking lyrics, live Ableton production, live 6-string bass (Brad) and live trumpet (Steph) that get audiences moving and keep them dancing!
Echo Mecca has been shattering preconceived ideas about electronic music since their start in 2012. With a 10-song debut album (‘ …And Nothing More’, 2014) and a second full-length album already recorded and planned for released in 2017, Echo Mecca has become the chameleons of the regional jam band, jamtronic and electronic music scenes.
Echo Mecca more than doubled their live performances between 2015 and 2016, with more than 40 dates including festival appearances at the Rootwire Transformational ARTS Festival, OH; [email protected] Ranch Festival, OH; Kinetic Fire Festival, OH; Cirque De Virgo, KY; Geek Out 3.0, OH; Rock the Farm Festival, OH; the Sine Waves Music Festival, OH; the Adjust Your Eyes Music and Arts Festival, OH; and a special appearance at the 2016 Dayton Surrealist Ball.
The band has performed in some excellent music venues, including Skully’s Music Diner and Woodlands Tavern in Columbus, OH; Oregon Express and Blind Bob’s Bar in Dayton, OH; Peach’s Grill in Yellow Springs, OH; 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown, WV; DRXVMS, in Athens, OH; as well as the annual Athens (Ohio University) Halloween Block Party!
The duo has established a solid fan base and steady work in the Dayton and Cincinnati areas, as well as in Athens and across central and southern Ohio. The act has steadily been gaining ground in Columbus and northern Ohio, and has 2017 dates already confirmed in West Virginia, Kentucky, Indiana and New York, including confirmed bookings at the Rootwire Transformational ARTS Festival, OH; and the Playthink Festival, KY … as well as others soon to be announced!
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Advocate of deep, eclectic dance grooves and an atmospheric bass-flow to make you move.
Aaron Schafer aka Aasch (Ash), now under the moniker of Knotice, is an Indiana native – Never afraid to experiment or break the mold. His dynamic musical selections are all reflections of his current frame of mind.
As most DJ’s, and other humans, Knotice had been exposed to music in various forms at an early age – translating into his sets where he delineates and brews together all the pieces of this music that he loves best: beautiful synth melodies, silky backdrops, brooding basslines, and occasional vocal hooks; all with a foot-shuffling beat that he hopes you might happen to take ‘notice.’
“For me, it’s all about feeling the audience and elevating their mood, stimulating that groove. Playing tracks that strike emotions and senses, as well as getting the people to move; regardless of format, genre or style.”
The Werks have emerged & established themselves as a band who delivers an electrifying dance party to beloved fans across the musical spectrum. Fusing psychedelic shredding, wailing organ, and slap bass with synthesizers and modern dance beats, their live shows encompass a sensational blend of rock with deep electronic funk.
The seasoned jam-centric quartet brings together a sonically superior mix of otherworldly explorations and revelatory lyrics. Fresh off the 7th incarnation of their “Werk Out Music & Arts Festival”, which draws 5000+ people to Ohio every August, they’ll hit the road once again for a number of headline dates as well as shows supporting peers like Umphrey’s McGee & Moe.
On their new LP Magic, The Werks transcend their roots while never losing their identity. Poignant songwriting and engaging melody come together on a record that showcases their maturation as a multidimensional group of uniquely creative musicians.
“Filled with both cryptic electricity and hypnotic bliss. The Werks have taken their songwriting to the next level, incorporating a kaleidoscope of rock genres, while retaining a perfect dose of soul.” -Glide Magazine
John Larner hailing from Bloomington, Indiana has had a 20-year association with electronic music and dance culture. As with most youngsters he began with his Father’s record collection, which introduced him to the electronic and new wave sounds of the late 70’s and early 80’s. From here because of his unique location, he was given a front row seat to the Chicago and Detroit music scenes which blew up in the mid-80’s. A religious follower of the Hot Mix Five and Wizard (JeffMills) mix tapes, John was influenced by the best.
In 1983 John began his early experiments with dance music where he fused Chicago acid house, Detroit electro, European new-wave sounds and Hip-Hop on his Dad’s turntables. He wanted to emulate the sounds he heard coming out of Chicago and Detroit. John describes his early experiments, “I’d try mixing Prince with Kraftwerk or Art Of Noise with Hip Hop or funk with Newcleus or electro. This came from the influence of the Wizard tapes that we all listened to. That style has stuck with me to this day”.
It wasn’t until 1988, when John first heard Lil’ Louis “French Kiss” that he became hooked on house music for life. With years of musicology behind him, he hit the DJ world with the help of some Chicago DJ friends. From house parties at Ball State University with Richie Hawtin to playing raves with Derrick Carter and Paul Johnson in Chicago, John Larner hit the straps as a DJ in the Mid West. His name became synonymous with the tougher edge of Chicago and Detroit house sounds taking him all over the local area and to New York and Canada.
Naturally, his success as a DJ led him into production. His first release “How I Really Feel” on Better Days Records in 1999 (under the name Cyberjive) was played throughout Chicago. Around this time he started working in the studio with his long-time friend, Slater Hogan. Their association unleashed a flurry of underground releases. In 2002, their first release, a white label bootleg caused a major stir in Miami and put the two on the map.
John Larner and Slater Hogan’s creative output blossomed into a hybrid of swing, jazz, hip-hop, techno and classic house sounds. The last three years has seen the two deliver some of the finest moments in modern house history. Most notably, the rough and ready styles of “Caught Up” on Hip Therapist reached the decks of Pete Tong, Yousef and Paul Woolford on BBC Radio One. “NOLA House” on Aroma was a ‘jam’ that made DJ’s rejoice and their girlfriends dance. “Blessed With Soul” on Scotland’s Flygaric Tracks, jazzed up the mix and bumped up the groove. The Hoosier Daddy EP ..school, was an instant underground classic that was Daft Punk, Louis Armstrong and the Music Box all in one, and was championed by Mark Farina and Fred Everything. The Freaky World Bubble EP on Lowdown was played in all corners of the globe, while “A.D.D Acid” on Mouthful was a staple on BBC Radio One, bounced by Yousef and Lottie. More recently “Movin” on Odds and Ends, with its infectious R&B vocal hook has received universal approval from heads, dancers and DJ’s worldwide. John and Slater got it right from the beginning, and their association has seen their music released by the world’s best house labels. Icon, Gallery, Nightshift, Aesoteric and Tango have all joined the party, eager to be part of this house phenomenon.
In 2001 John, Slater and Shawn Collins founded Muzique Boutique Recordings as a vehicle to present their sound to the world. Packaged in a colourful, kitsch sleeve picturing a martini glass, it’s an ironic nod to the swing and jazz history of the area. With acclaimed releases from Jonene & Tony Senghore, Hakan Lidbo, Lance De Sardi, The Littlemen and Stacy Kidd the label is a consistent performer. Muzique Boutique releases have found their way into the record boxes of Mark Farina, Derrick Carter, Inland Knights, Heather and DJ Sneak.
John’s production success and DJ talent have seen him in demand in clubs around the globe. Widely known for his high-octane sets, which incorporate a balanced mix of fresh cuts and the old sounds of Chicago and Detroit. John’s DJ mantra is juxtaposition, and he isn’t afraid to mix things up for his audience. His full-spectrum sets are enjoyed in Europe, United Kingdom, Scandinavia, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Australia and New Zealand. With strong followings in Belgium, Australia and Scotland, John racks up frequent flyer points all year long!
Back home in the U.S.A, when not in the studio, you can catch him laying it down from San Francisco to New Orleans and most places in between. For 20 years John has made electronic music his life thanks to friends and family. He currently receives his musical inspirations from likes of Derrick Carter, Mark Farina, Mathew Dear, Phil Weeks, Lance De Sardi and music from all over the globe. He digs playing shows in new places, and jamming the local skateparks when he gets a chance and exposing people to his music.