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Tuesday, 09 August 2005 18:00
Andrew Landers Project – noon The music of the Andrew Landers Project is a melting pot of rock, funk, jazz, punk, folk, and a bit of country. Their music has something for everyone. It’s hard to describe the Andrew Landers Project’s sound, but one fan summed it up by saying, “They’re like George Thorogood meets George Benson meets George Clinton meets George Jones, and then they all get together and go harass Boy George. ”

The ALP is led by the vocals, guitar, and piano of Andrew Landers. Landers writes songs he describes as “modern day parables of everyday life.” Bass player Joe Barton, guitar player Jim Van Winkle, and Jamie Hopkins on drums and percussion round out the band. With a mix of influences including Stevie Wonder, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the Allman Brothers, the Andrew Landers Project writes and performs songs full of humor and intelligence that they hope “will challenge the way you see the world.”

Soul Rebels Brass Band – 1:30 p.m.

With the recent popularity of New Orleans marching-band music, one group stands out: the Soul Rebels Brass Band. The Soul Rebels bring home rhythms and beats ranging across the musical spectrum, from reggae to hip-hop. In their lively performances, the Soul Rebels immerse the crowd with their rapping, soul shouting, and, in the truest way, heavy metal.

The band features: Lumar LeBlanc (a.k.a. Big Cheeky) on vocals, rapping, and snare drum; Derrick Moss (a.k.a. Oops) on bass drum and NOLA percussion; Damon Francois (a.k.a. 6) on low brass tuba; Winston Turner on trombone; Fish on vocals and trumpet; and Marcus Hubbard (a.k.a. Red) on trumpet, keyboards, and vocals. The Soul Rebels are known for being thoughtful and articulate in their hometown with dreams of bringing prosperity to their poor neighborhoods. Their music is uplifting, their lyrics speaking of brotherhood and hope for a brighter future.

Groovin Ground – 3 p.m.

Rock and roll: cinematic and epic journeys, soaring leads, and synth psychedelia, memorable hooks and fantastic tales. Eyes close, walls shake, dance floors rumble, energy accumulates until it can be contained no longer. That’s the Groovin Ground phenomenon: energetic, danceable, memorable, original.

Groovin Ground is touring throughout the summer in support of their debut studio CD, Dome. It’s a wild ride of funk, rock, folk, and epic storytelling. It has garnished glowing praise from around the world.

“Making a solid album is a difficult task for most jam bands – Groovin Ground did it on their first try. Maybe it’s beginner’s luck, but somehow I doubt it. It just works so well on so many levels,” wrote Glide magazine.

Groovin Ground is Evan Bozarth on bass, guitar, and vocals; Mo Pair on acoustic guitar, bass, and vocals; Dustin Bozarth on keyboard and vocals; Erick Tatuaca on drums; David Brown on percussion and vocals; and Raven Adams on guitar.

The band will also perform at 12:30 a.m. Saturday morning at Quad City Live as part of the after-show.

Split Lip Rayfield – 4:30 p.m.

Hailing from Wichita, Kansas, Split Lip Rayfield is unlike any band you’ve heard before. This trio takes bluegrass and combines western, honky-tonk, and garage rock to create a sound all its own. The band combines their expert musicianship with wry observations of modern Middle America. Split Lip Rayfield’s four albums have received raves from California to Germany in the alternative press, and they have performed from Alaska to New York City. Their unique all-string lineup consists of: guitarist Kirk Rundstrom; banjoist Eric Mardis; and Jeff Eaton, the inventor and acknowledged master of the one-string gas-tank bass.

Junior Brown – 6 p.m.

Junior Brown is one of the best guitarists alive. Period. This isn’t saccharine country marketed for suburbanites, and it isn’t studio magic. Picking this good just can’t be faked. Junior’s voice is cool and his songwriting is as witty as any country legend out there. Imagine that Jerry Reed and Merle Haggard introduced Jimi Hendrix to country, and you’ll get an idea. It’s Junior’s dexterity, though, that blows your mind. His unique “guit-steel” is legendary. Junior Brown is known for many things. His first two albums, 12 Shades of Brown and Guit with It, established him as a crowd favorite. In 1985, Junior also invented his own guitar, which he likes to call the “guit-steel.” The “guit-steel” combines the standard six-string guitar and the steel guitar and makes it easier when performing. He has been honored by both Life and Guitar Player magazine with a handful of awards. In addition to being an instrumentalist, Junior Brown is a singer, songwriter, and producer. Last year, Junior released Down Home Chrome, a mix of rock and roll and bluesy ballads.

Umphrey’s McGee – 7:30 p.m.

Like true sons of the American Midwest, Umphrey’s McGee has risen to the upper echelons of the improvisational-rock scene through their seamless compositing of diverse musical influences. From progressive rock to metal to funk to folk to jazz fusion to classic song-based rock and roll, their songs are woven with infectious melodies, thought-provoking lyrics, pristine harmonies, blistering musicianship, and rollicking grooves.

Umphrey’s McGee has been featured at many high-profile festivals, including Bonnaroo, High Sierra, and South by Southwest. The band’s fan base continues to grow as more and more listeners are becoming “Umphreaks.” Umphrey’s McGee fans are known for their trading of live shows on the Internet and at venues, and spreading the word in grassroots campaigns wherever the band goes.

Umphrey’s McGee is made up of dueling lead guitarists Brendan Bayliss (vocals) and Jake Cinninger (Moog, synthesizers, and vocals); Joel Cummins on keyboards and vocals; Andy Faraq on percussion; Kris Meyers on drums and vocals; and Ryan Stasik on bass.

Little Feat – 9:30 p.m.

With a history spanning more than 30 years, Little Feat continues to grow and spread their unique music to fans everywhere. Best known for their combination of California rock and Dixie-infected funk-boogie, they combine folk, blues, rockabilly, country, and jazz to create a style all their own.

With a total of 16 albums and a broad history of touring, Little Feat’s musical repertoire is large and continues growing. The band has collaborated with a who’s-who list of performers that includes Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, Beck, Brian Wilson, and Bonnie Raitt.

Little Feat is: Bill Payne, keyboards and vocals; Paul Barrére, guitar and vocals; Shaun Murphy, vocals and percussion; Sam Clayton, vocals and percussion; Kenny Gradney, bass and vocals; Richie Hayward, drums and vocals; and Fred Tackett, guitar, mandolin, trumpet, and vocals.
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