Leadfoot is a 4 piece hot-pickin' Chicago based band featuring Steve Haberichter on mandolin, Mike Vanier on acoustic guitar, Garrett Degnan on bass (upright and electric), and Mike Holtz on the cut-down Leadfoot mini drum kit playing 'Chicago-style post-bluegrass prairie stomp.' What is that you say? It's hard drivin', hot pickin', sometimes soulful, sometimes acoustically experimental, sometimes lonesome, rooted in a progressive acoustic setting, As Chicago musician Jaik Willis puts it, Leadfoot is "Chicago's freshest post-bluegrass with tasty...grooves served up spicey how you like it with lightening fast delivery." Known for their high energy shows, the music consists of stompin' originals, as well as their own versions of popular songs and traditional bluegrass tunes. Jammin' instrumentals and 3 part harmony vocals and fiery solos cement their sound. It is an organic acoustic sound that pleases the ear and gets the feet stompin'. Simply put, "GOOD MUSIC." Leadfoot has played all around the Midwest from Michigan to the Rocky Mountains playing with such bands as Railroad Earth, Drew Emmitt Band, Darol Anger, Sarah Watkins from Nickel Creek, Acoustic Hot Tuna, Bill Nershi and Honkeytonk Homeslice from the String Cheese Incident, Hot Buttered Rum, Particle, Split Lip Rayfield, Jeff Austin and Dave Johnson from Yonder Mt. String Band, Vince Welnick Band, Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, The Special Consensus, and The Iguanas to name a few.
Mad Bread is a string band for the 21st century, playing a unique mixture of bluegrass, rock, folk and blues. The band blends traditional instruments with modern songwriting, creating innovative, genre-bending music that defies classification. At a concert, you'll hear them move effortlessly from boot-stompin' bluegrass jams, to psychedelic folk ballads, to Chicago-style blues-rock with stops everywhere in between.
Bethany and the Two Johns
Bethany, John and John are three performers in the Chicago area who often got together to sing songs for The Paper Machete, a local live news magazine that goes up every Saturday afternoon. Recognizing their unique blend and grasp of harmony, they've decided to keep on keeping on, and are looking at other potential gigs to get themselves exposure!
Jack Avery's Kin
Jack Avery's Kin cultivates folk, blues & country from the farthest reaches of the Great Plains to the Appalachian foothills, down to the delta & back up to Chicago for a sound that's equal parts pastoral & main street charm.