Set Time: 2 – 2:45 PM, Garden Stage
With front man singer songwriter Nathan Owen on acoustic guitar, Jay Castle on drums , James Crockett on bass and Matt Pecorilla on lead guitar/back-up vocals, these four guys have put all of their musical and artistic inspiration into a mix of genres that’s something to be heard.
Set Time: 8 – 9 PM, Garden Stage
Medium Troy and the Bohemian Dub Orchestra
Set Time: 10:30 – 12 AM, Memorial Quad
Medium Troy is a live band from NW USA who also makes dub-hop beats.
Formed in 2013, the Bohemian Dub Orchestra is a full classical concert orchestra which collaborates on modern music (beats, dub, rock etc). The orchestra also features multimedia artists (projections, interactive media) and multiple forms of dance. The Orchestra has recorded and collaborated on tracks with RJD2, Odjbox, Devin The Dude, Eskmo and Medium Troy.
Set Time: 3:15- 4 PM, Garden Stage
Near the end of 2013, four like minded artist reached out to one another to escape from the gray and dreary Eugene winter. First playing music together as a project for friendship’s sake, the group soon found that their mutual creativity expanded beyond music, and within this environment their talents could grow. Over time this heaven allowed for free experimentation and soon the conglomeration of their individual interests and musical talents formed the unique blend known as Childspeak. Mixing structure with improvisation, imagery with sound and history with emotion, the post-rock mixed media group shares a passion for exploring creativity and feeling in whatever form it strikes.
The band released their debut full length album, Daydream Sparkle Party in December 2015 as a suggested donation download on bandcamp.com.The album was fully produced in Portland, Oregon. Recorded and mixed by Kevin Drake at Dead Aunt Thelma’s Studios, mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Audio and the album artwork was produced by Bri Childs.
Set Time: 5:45 – 6:30 PM, Garden Stage
Electronic music producer, Makayla Meador, otherwise known as Evergreen, is based out of Eugene, Oregon. After many years of vocal and keyboard training, Evergreen launched her career as a DJ, performing at various local venues, parties, and shows. You can catch her playing every other Monday morning at 6:30am on 104.7 KDUK for the Snooze You Lose Mix. Evergreen finds inspiration from artists such as Astronomar, Hannah Wants, and Hermitude. When she’s not on stage, she spends her time in the studio, working on solo projects, as well as collaborating with other local artists on original tracks. Don’t be surprised when you suddenly find yourself dancing at her set.
Face For Radio
Set Time: 1:30 – 2:15 PM, Memorial Quad
I don’t believe it to be a stretch when I say that the formation of Face for Radio was sheer destiny. Two friends entered a dirty fraternity basement, and left it a dirty fraternity basement with a drumset. All we wanted to do was make high-energy folk/ska music and have a rip-roaring, good time, so we recruited a few friends to help us out. The rest is history.
Set Time: 4 – 4:45 PM, Memorial Quad
Fortune’s Folly is an energetic four-piece ensemble hailing from Eugene, Oregon. Formed in 2014, they made their live debut in February of 2015 to an eager and responsive audience. Alex Koleber (percussion) and Jesse Sanchez (bass) create a tight, funky foundation as Ira Mazie’s soaring guitar delivers satisfying riffs and engaging hooks. Front-woman Calysta Cheyenne emanates charisma with her sultry vocals, dynamic range, and captivating stage presence. The palpable exchange of energy between the audience and the band is the heart and soul of Fortune’s Folly. Their self-titled EP was released in the spring of 2015, with another release planned for 2016. This professional, innovative group has proven the ability to generate devoted fans after a single experience, and is optimistic about a future of new music, touring, and continued enthusiasm. Folly on!
Set Time: 6:30 – 7:30 PM, Memorial Quad
Hillstomp was more or less accidentally formed by two so-so bartenders in Portland, OR in 2001, roughly 10 years before the first episode of that damn TV show. After 5 albums, countless shows and 4 vans, the resulting comedy of errors has led our unlikely hero’s here:
BUMPITY THUMPITY WACKA-DOODLE CHANK is careening out of a boom box strapped to a shopping cart. In the cart are two 40 year old children. An engine has been poorly strapped to this vessel and it’s way too big and running way too hot. They are hurtling towards a blown out bridge while the bad front wheel of the cart flaps manically back and forth. Thanks to childhoods spent watching Dukes of Hazard and eating glue, these two man-child idiots think they can jump the bridge and land safely on the other side. They are very, very wrong but no one has told them because…well, they just seem so happy. Besides, the exuberance is contagious and now you’ re dancing and shouting like a maniacal glue eater too and deep down you hope they freakin make it.
The new record was released April 2014 and there’s a banjo, slide guitar, buckets and drums, car parts, washboard, rump-shaking, duct tape, two voices and 10 good songs on it.
Set Time: 4:30 – 5:15 PM, Garden Stage
Set Time: 12:45 – 1:30 PM, Garden Stage
Katie Kuffel is a composer and musician based in Seattle, Washington. Her first full-length album, Pearls, was released in October of 2015 after a successful Kickstarter campaign. Her first EP, Animal Pragmatist, was released in 2013.
Katie’s songwriting is both innovative and thoughtful, with a contemporary sound that draws from blues, jazz, and folk music as well as her training in classical cello and jazz piano. An openly queer artist, she explores concepts of sexuality and femininity throughout her works.
Katie has been featured as the musical act in popular podcast Welcome to Nightvale, and in PopMatters as one of the ‘best musical hopes to break out on 2016.’
In the words of author Adam Finley:
Pearls sounds like alternate-reality Regina Spektor, heavily steeped in the Pacific Northwest with bright piano and a gorgeous voice gliding, rich and effortless, through craftily constructed songs that balance whimsy and self-awareness.
Pearls is available on Spotify, iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp, and Katie can be found performing at venues throughout Seattle and the greater Pacific Northwest.
Set Time: 9:15 – 10:15 PM, Garden Stage
A nationally aired interview with NPR, being listed as the best electronic artist in Seattle by the Seattle Weekly, performing live in studio at KEXP, being named a favorite by CMJ. It’s safe to say it’s been a very busy year for Manatee Commune. Besides the release of his debut record the last year has largely been spent honing his live performance at festivals like Decibel, Bumbershoot, Capitol Hill Block Party, Sasquatch, What The Festival, & Bonnaroo as part of the Red Bull Music Academy program. Combining textures of the rainy woods and the windy seas of the Pacific Northwest with the calming mood of clean surfy guitar licks and rolling arpeggiated sine waves, Manatee Commune seeks to capture the atmosphere of taking a thoughtful, self-reflecting stroll through the forest.
Set Time: 8:45 – 9:45 PM, Memorial Quad
Sol has always been one to take the road less traveled — whether that’s declining to adopt an alter ego through a rapper alias or hitting pause on a burgeoning music career to travel the globe for 10 months. On The Headspace Traveler (out March 4th on his own label) he continues to chart his own course, mining his experience in all its complexity for an album that is both personal and universal.
After returning home to Seattle from his travels, he experienced fits and starts attempting to write the follow-up to his 2012 breakthrough, Yours Truly. But trying to replicate the same creative process after a transformative experience didn’t work. It wasn’t until he allowed himself to sit and process what he had been through — and was continuing to go through — that the album took form.
“The Headspace Traveler is the result of me diving deep into my mind in order to write what I needed to write on the most personal, fundamental level,” he explains. “As individuals and especially as artists many of the obstacles we face are inside our own head, and for me the battle carries out on record.
“There is something divine about making art, so naturally as artists we have look to a higher power, but with that higher power we also have to confront all of our flaws and darkest thoughts in the process,” he continues. “This dichotomy is what sent me so deep into my head. This album is the result of that journey.”
Sol first captured an audience in 2012 with his Dear Friends EP trilogy. Following shortly after, he independently released the full-length album, Yours Truly, which quickly hit #1 in the U.S. and #4 worldwide on the iTunes Hip-Hop charts. Then, at what seemed to be a decisive moment in his career, Sol did the unexpected; he left.
As a cum laude graduate of the University of Washington, Sol was offered the prestigious Bonderman Honors Travel Fellowship as he simultaneously was receiving offers from record labels. Ultimately, he chose to keep blazing his own trail and embarked on the 10-month journey across the globe. While traveling, his music continued to flow as his new experiences only added to his already global perspective. Sol’s journey and his new inspiration deeply influenced his next project, the Eyes Open EP, which debuted in the Top 10 on the global iTunes Hip-Hop charts.
Just as Sol’s influences have expanded beyond music so have his aspirations. Whether it be through performing at major festivals such as Sasquatch!, Bumbershoot and the Capitol Hill Block Party; touring with artists including G-Eazy, Iamsu!, the Blue Scholars, Zion-I and Grieves; public speaking; or organizing and playing benefit concerts he naturally to find ways to connect with people.
With the release of The Headspace Traveler, he continues on that path. A national headlining tour is booked for Spring 2016 — the next step in an exciting and ever-evolving journey.
The Last Artful, Dodgr
Set Time: 8 – 8:30 PM, Memorial Quad
The Last Artful, Dodgr is a rare treat in this realm. A Lost Angeleno existing in the cozy throws of Portland, OR, where the possibilities are limitless and the trees are as abundant as the roses. She’s a threat in every dimension; equipped with memorable melodies, an agile flow, and puckish, often ostentatious wordplay. You won’t forget the voice as soon as you hear it. Sonically, Dodgr has the ability to adapt to anything. A chameleon through and through, she changes the timbre of her voice with the gust of the wind; all while remaining true to herself and the artform. Dodgr dropped an EP titled Fractures with producer Neill Von Tally in late 2015 and will follow that up with projects coming out under EYRST and Fresh Selects in 2016. Keep a watchful eye on The Last Artful, Dodgr, the future has far more of this story to tell.
“If you ask me—and you probably should, as it’s sort of my job—the Last Artful Dodgr is maybe the single most exciting artist in Portland, hip-hop or otherwise.” -Matthew Singer, Music Editor at Willamette Week
Set Time: 5:15 – 6 PM, Memorial Quad
The Nouns are a Eugene-based hip-hop group composed of several active student musicians. They strive to mix the genres of jazz, hip-hop and funk to create a unique live sound and bring the spirit of live hip-hop to Eugene’s music scene.
Set Time: 12 – 1 PM, Memorial Quad
“The Zendeavors were raised by foxy wolves. The Zendeavors were purchased at your favorite second hand store months before it was closed to make room for a Wal Mart Super Center. The Zendeavors will always lie to you. The Zendeavors are the boundary between 0 and 1. Chuck Norris makes Zendeavors jokes. The Zendeavors have never heard of the New World Order. The Zendeavors have been proven to evolve on a Macro scale but not on a Micro one. Your vibe is in the Zendeavors’ trunk. The Zendeavors are still illegal in 24 states. The Zendeavors are non-transferable and non-refundable. The Zendeavors do not exist between 9am-5pm. The Zendeavors could describe yellow to a blind woman. Zendeavors have been known to do the impossible like Broadway Joe.”
Trucks Go Easy
Set Time: 2:45 – 3:30 PM, Memorial Quad
Music from the heart for a new era’s start.
Trucks Go Easy is often asked what their music sounds like. Well, everybody loves a good truck so imagine this: You are driving across the country and you’re only stopping for cigarettes because there are she-wolves and girls with some cold blooded affection all around. You are the prey and you are on the run. You speed up to dodge em’ and only slow down when you think she’s that different, special one. You fool. This music smells like diesel and is a ride through the thickest of swamps, driest of deserts, and the deepest greens in Eugene.
Four young men who self-prescribed musical medicine to survive the ills of the fragmented society they swam through now yearn to spread the gospel of bootywiggling and self-made rapture to the masses. Born in a budding music scene in Eugene, Oregon, the Trucks boys have cut their teeth taking their musical mayhem to every venue that will open their doors to the vessels of acoustic light. Buckle up for a divine intervention into your deepest organs of funk.
X & Z
Set time: 7:15 – 8 PM, Garden Stage
Xander Doyle, better known musically as X&Z, is a DJ/Producer based out of Los Angeles, California. An avid music lover & full-time record store employee, Xander’s life is music. At 21 years old, Xander has spent nearly everyday of the past 5 years of his life building a name for himself through music. When he was 16 he downloaded a bootleg version of Virtual DJ, & that’s where it all started. He has come a long way since then, playing shows in Las Vegas, Los Angeles, as well as frequent gigs all along the California coast & Mojave desert. In addition to X&Z, Xander also has numerous side-projects he has taken on, including his Techno alter-ego, “Killme”, as well as his recently manifested “Donefor” production collaboration between he & his best friend. They recently released a Donefor edit of DJ Dodger Stadium’s hit single “I Don’t Love You” which has received plays from DJ Dodger Stadium themselves at gigs as big as Boiler Room & Holy Ship. His fast-paced, upbeat DJ sets consist of everything from house, techno, booty bass, breaks, even a little hip-hop here & there. Make sure you catch his set, X&Z’s performance is not something anybody is going to want to miss.