Fatback funk, blistering blues, uptown horns and low-down grooves: Blinddog Smokin’ renders millions of miles and thousands of gigs into a deep American repertoire of profound authenticity.
The music emanates from the rotating community of players and echoes across the legions of folks who have communed with the band at 200 - 320 gigs per year for well over two decades. Blinddog Smokin’ has played every conceivable venue, from Mississippi juke joints to high mountain roadhouses; across Europe and the Mediterranean all the way to the main stage at the King Biscuit Blues Festival in Helena, Arkansas, an event that attracts upwards of 100,000 attendees. Traveling by bus to 42 of the continental United States – plus international tours – they have been rightfully crowned “Ultimate Road Warriors,” by Southland Blues Magazine.
-- Dan Kimpel
J Shogren Shanghai’d from Centennial WY (pop 100, 4 bars) have a singular vision of what they are doing musically—Roots & folk music filtered through a contemporary dissonant transmitter.
Shogren's backstory is kinda wild...musician trapper economist who worked for the King of Sweden and President Clinton...and writes songs about Salvation and Lutefisk.
They call their music “catawampus american music”. Shogren shows up with a lived-in rasp of a voice, acoustic guitars, a mandolin and a batch of his own songs and some well-traveled numbers by cohorts from another time. Shogren has released numerous albums over the last decade, played all over the Rocky Mtn region & Europe, and International Blues Challenge in Memphis.
Shogren was a finalist in the 2016 NewSong Music, held at the Lincoln Center in NYC in Dec 2016.
The Symbols are a popular female-fronted blues/funk/rock trio from Fort Collins, Colorado. Formed in 2011 by guitarist Jasco (former guitar player for Grammy-nominated Blinddog Smokin') and vocalist/songwriter/bassist Mer Sal, The Symbols are centered around a dynamic musical and life partnership. They write their own music, in addition to writing arrangements of known tunes, to be different sounds and styles than they were intended. Their unique sound, charisma, and songs are winning hearts through theaters and festivals across the country.
The Eskimo Brothers are a high energy honky tonk trio based out of Nashville, Tennesse.
This reckless and manic show has been battle tested and polished from over 300 shows a year, both in the honky tonks of Nashville's historic Lower Broadway and and monthly shows in Memphis on Beale St.
The band also extensively tours throughout Country.