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.
Bumpin’ Uglies was formed by lead singer/guitarist/song-writer Brandon Hardesty in 2008, when he set out to create a sound and an approach that was unique and immediately identifiable. It’s the same thing every artist says that they want when they form their band, but Bumpin’ Uglies are the rare act that does stand out in every way, making them utterly memorable to everyone the come across. They incorporate many styles into their music, with a major emphasis on ska, reggae and punk. But they don’t really care what bucket you want to put them in, either you love ‘em or you don’t—it’s your choice to join the party or sit outside instead; and It’s always more fun in the party.
With two full-length LP’s, a live show LP and two EP’s under their belt, Bumpin’ Uglies prolific studio work is the product of continuous song writing and a desire to keep putting out fresh material for their ever-growing fan base. They achieved national recognition with the release of their 2011 LP “Free Candy”, and they have continued to gain momentum with each subsequent release, including “Load in-Load Out” (live show LP), Ninjah Reggae Assassins (LP released in 2013 which reached #1 on iTunes Reggae chart), and EP’s “Freak Out Hell Bus” and “Sublime with No One”, both released in 2015.
Bumpin’ Uglies match their output in the studio with a road-warrior approach to touring that makes it seem as though they rarely come off the road. To date, they have completed 8 national tours, and dozens of regional tours. They have toured as direct support for Ballyhoo! and co-headlined a tour with Bastard Suns, moving effortlessly between punk and reggae crowds who flock to Bumpin’ Uglies in equal measures. Their touring dossier is topped off with some major festival experience, including California Roots in 2014, the Rombello Cruise in 2013 and Warped Tour in 2012.
Bumpin’ Uglies have proven every existing maxim about hard work paying off in the last several years. Their DIY ethic coupled with their grassroots approach for building a major national fan base makes them the epitome of punk rock, but that description sorely sells their music short. Bold, a bit brash perhaps at times, but Bumpin’ Uglies name, their songs and their work ethic get a definite point across: they make music their way, enjoying a freedom that is easy to aspire to, but most difficult to achieve together with success. In this day and age of political correctness and people growing more uptight and offended by the minute, it doesn’t take long to realize that Brandon and Bumpin’ Uglies “Eff you/can do” attitude makes them stand separate and apart as a band. And their fans love them for it.
In a world filled with instant gratification, gimmicky over saturation and a lack of true improvisation, The Jauntee pays tribute to music’s ability to transcend simple entertainment and cultivate a truly distinctive experience. The Jauntee has fostered a musical community based on a breadth of original material that engages fans through nightly exploration and risk taking. Averaging over one hundred shows a year, with each containing a unique set list and their own special improvisational moments, the band is constantly expanding upon what defines them and their live performances.
With almost a decade’s worth of touring experience; appearances at major festivals such as Peach Fest, Catskill Chill, and Resonance; and 36 states toured with stops at national touring staples such as Brooklyn Bowl, Georgia Theatre, and the Paradise Rock Club, The Jauntee have been nurturing a fanbase of dedicated followers who are inspired by their music and willing to travel to see what the band has in store next. Fans that thoroughly analyze their music, track their set lists and passionately promote their music. The Jauntee makes each night an exciting prospect of a new shared experience with bust-outs, fresh jamming, poignant covers, and accessible songwriting.
Their upcoming live album “ALWAYS NEVER KNOWING” is a quintessential selection of live works from the band’s 2017 two-night-run at The Bridge Sound & Stage in their hometown of Cambridge, MA. It features 16 tracks that were professionally recorded, mixed, and mastered by sound engineer Alex Allinson. It showcases the band’s masterful playing and inspiring ability to take their original music and create something uniquely theirs night after night. It also features nine previously unreleased tracks that have quickly become staples of their live show. Experience the band in their purest element, pushing the boundaries of their sound while sharing that trip with their fans.
2016: This will be Art of ILL Fusion’s 13th year on the road and in the studio for the band from Central Illinois that plays almost every genre you love, primarily, reggae, funk, and psychedelic rock !! They are slated to release another new album that they will finish recording later this year. It will be comprised of almost all new material, and new songs which only 3 out of 12 of them, have even been performed live as of yet. This will be the first album that they have been writing together as a band before they take them on the stage. They have been constantly evolving their songwriting as well as their sound and this album will prove again the extreme diversity and will display their crossover appeal. They toured heavily in 2015 promoting their February 2015 album release “The Same” which saw them play shows from Brooklyn, New York all the way to San Francisco, California and everywhere in between, including headlining several festivals in the Midwest and in the South, including SxSW in Austin, Texas last March. Their live show has developed in to a high energy affair that has seen the band really catch their stride in the improv game and getting in tune with each other.
2015, is their 12th year, on the road, in the studio, in the band and they are not slowing down. Their new album “The Same” was released on February 5th on iTunes and several other digital media markets, It is the first album on their new label Transcendent Records. They were signed in 2013 to this new up and coming midwest independent label. The tracks were recorded at I.V. Labs Studios in Chicago, but also, they have refocused on writing new material for a new album and for their live show, they have added a good amount of bust out covers in the last few months of shows. The famed studio in Chicago is known for it’s work with Lupe Fiasco, Fall Out Boy, Umphrey’s McGee, Yonder Mountain, Old Shoe, and Chicago Farmer to name a few. AIF also just finished hosting their own festival called “The Art Fair”. It was the 5th year for the festival. In past years they have had a host of acts from all over the country including them playing a Frank Zappa set in 2012 with Ray White and Ike Willis who both played with Frank himself and sit ins from Regi Wooten, Joe Day (Old Shoe) and Stephen Cook (Fresh Hops). They also have steadily continued playing the festival circuit including: Summercamp, Shoefest, Whippersnapp Festival, Festy Fest, Jammin on the Wolf, Grateful Friends Fest, Grateful Garcia Gathering, Camp Kind, and countless other events around the country. They have toured Colorado a few times, as well as stops in New Mexico, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Ohio, Maryland, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Georgia, New York, Virginia. Their music can be described as a bit of a throwback consisting with equal parts Funk, Reggae, Rock, and psychedelic improv jams. They have also covered whole sets from artists for Halloween including, Grateful Dead, JGB, Curtis Mayfield, Jimmy Cliff, and in 2012, Dr. Dre’s “The Chronic” album showing why they are considered one of the most versatile bands in the region. WINTER TOUR was FEBRUARY – MARCH 2015 and included shows with JGB, Consider the Source, and Naive Melodies (Talking Heads Tribute Nor Cal ) and a host of special guests including Marcus Rezak (Digital Tape Machine ). This last run they went to California, Oregon, Nevada, and Austin, Texas for the first time as well as several states they have been before.
The second leg of this “Same” tour had them playing 17 shows in 15 states and 15 cities in 23 days while traveling 6,125 Miles on the road!! Dee and Nick have recently started playing in a project featuring Steve Molitz from Particle on Keys and Jesus Coomes from Lettuce on Bass. Dee is also getting ready to do a run of shows with Jesus and the horn section from Lettuce as well as Joey Porter from the Motet on Keys. The Art of ILL Fusion crew will also be playing another Frank Zappa Tribute show this fall with Ray White and Ike Willis from Frank Zappa and The Mothers of Invention.
2009 Austin City Limits Festival Finalist –
Best New Reggae Band of 2006 RC entertainer –
2008 Medical MJ awards finalist –
With their latest release, APOCALYPSE WHENEVER, Boston’s beloved reggae-rock funkateers Spiritual Rez deliver their most triumphant musical offering yet. Produced by lead singer Toft Willingham, co-produced by bassist Jesse Shaternick, and mastered by legendary engineer Howie Weinberg (Ramones, Beastie Boys, Prince, Red Hot Chili Peppers), the 14-track collection of infectious anthems is chock-full of rollicking guitar riffs, ocean-bathed melodies, swagger-centric basslines, crisp soaring horns, and ska-infused jam sections that have come to define Rez’s progressive signature sound. While their groove is primarily rooted in rock, reggae, and funk traditions, the septet draws stylistic influence from nearly every musical movement of the 20th century. Over the past 9 years, Rez has tirelessly toured the country ten times over, cemented their status as a consistent festival favorite, and honed their exhilarating live show into an incomparable, unabashed musical extravaganza. They have shared the stage with artistic visionaries including Toots and the Maytals, Rubblebucket, Gogol Bordello, the Dirty Heads, George Clinton and the Parliament Funkadelic, Jimmy Buffett, and Bernie Worrell. Evoking their personal power animals, they fearlessly forge into a bold new chapter of their epic musical journey and prepare to hit the road for a nationwide tour once more….
“A high energy performance that crowds inevitably find contagious…. A little Bob Marley, a little Toots and a lot of their own originality thrown in makes Spiritual Rez a one of a kind band to jam to. – NEW YORK METRO
“A soul-funk fusion that, besides being incredibly infectious, is just goddamn delightful.” – BOSTON DIG
“Boston’s Spiritual Rez have established themselves as not only one of the best reggae acts in town, but one of the overall best live shows, as well.” – BDC WIRE
“They have a raw energy that can’t be matched or stopped as their music flows on wave upon wave.” – UPSTATE LIVE
Toft Willingham – Lead Vocals/Gtr
Jesse Shaternick – Bass
Ian “Meat” Miller – Drumset
Mohamed Araki – Keys
Rob O’Block – Guitar
Quinn Carson – Trombone
Clay Lyons – Sax
Midwest Hype combines a blend of Funk, Reggae, Rock, Jazz, and Hip-hop they call “Urban Garage Jazz.” They have an intense, high energy show with music that never drags and personalities that keep a smile on every face.