MusicFest El Dorado 2014 Artist Line-up
Murphy USA Stage & PJ's Coffee Stage
Murphy USA, PJ's Coffee & Union Square Steps Stage
Country Music Superstar
Top 10 artist and country music radio star Jerrod Niemann started as a songwriter to the stars, writing hits for mega country artist like Garth Brooks, Neal McCoy, Jamey Johnson, and Zona Jones, among others. Niemann exploded onto the scene in 2010 as his own artist with his album Judge Jerrod & The Hung Jury. The album included the Number One smash and RIAA-certified Platinum digital single, "Lover, Lover," and the follow-up Top 5 single, "What Do You Want." He returned in 2012 with the acclaimed, musically adventurous release, Free the Music. All the while, he continued playing 200 shows a year on the road and growing an enormous fan base. Niemann released his highly anticipated new album High Noon in March 2014 with the first single, "Drink to That All Night," spending two weeks at #1. The single's success led to a remix collaboration with Grammy Award-winning rapper, Pit Bull. Jerrod's new single, Buzz Back Girl, is currently climbing the charts.
Jerrod Nieman brings his Dehydration Nation to Downtown El Dorado at Musicfest 27 on October 3rd and 4th 2014.
Grammy Award winning, hip-hop Legends
There was no escaping the 80's, 90's or even early 2000s without getting pulled into the tornado hit machines that are multiple Grammy Award winners SALT-N-PEPA.. By the late '80s, hip-hop was on its way to becoming a male-dominated art form, which is why the emergence of Salt-N-Pepa is so significant. As the first all-female rap crew of importance, the group broke down a number of doors for women in hip-hop. They were also one of the first rap artists to cross over into the pop mainstream, laying the groundwork for the music's widespread acceptance in the early '90s. Salt-N-Pepa were more pop-oriented than many of their contemporaries, since their songs were primarily party and love anthems, driven by big beats and interlaced with vaguely pro-feminist lyrics that seemed more powerful when delivered by the charismatic and sexy trio. With mega hits like "Push It", "Shoop" & "Whatta' Man", the trio had major top 10 hits in both the '80s and '90s, selling over 15 million albums worldwide. Along the way the ladies won two American Music Awards, four MTV Music video Awards, and received the coveted VH1 Hip-Hop Honors honoree status. In 1995, Salt N Pepa received a Grammy Award for Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group.
Catch the hip-hop legends at Musicfest 27, October 3rd & 4th 2014 in Downtown El Dorado Ar.
Grammy Award winner and Hip-Hop Icon
Coolio, the Grammy Award-winning and multi-platinum selling artist, composer and actor, is one of the most popular and successful rappers worldwide. In 1994, Coolio signed to Tommy Boy Records and released his debut solo album It Takes a Thief. The lead single "Fantastic Voyage" received heavy rotation on MTV, and peaked at #3 on the Billboard Hot 100. "Fantastic Voyage" would become one of the biggest rap singles of the year, and the album contained a few other minor hits in "County Line" and "I Remember". It Takes a Thief peaked at #8 on the Billboard 200, becoming certified Platinum. The album received praise for bringing a humorous and lighthearted perspective to often violent and profane themes of typical gangsta rap.
In 1995, Coolio made a song for the movie Dangerous Minds, which was titled "Gangsta's Paradise". "Gangsta's Paradise" would become one of the most successful rap songs of all time, reaching #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 for 3 weeks. It was the #1 single of 1995 for all genres, and was a global hit, as it reached #1 in the United States, United Kingdom, Ireland, France, Germany, Italy, Sweden, Austria, Netherlands, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, and New Zealand. In 1996, Coolio received a Grammy for Best Rap Solo Performance.
His album Gangsta's Paradise was released in 1995 and was certified 2X Platinum by the RIAA. The album contained two other major hits in "1, 2, 3, 4 (Sumpin' New)" and "Too Hot" with J.T. Taylor of Kool & the Gang doing the chorus.
To date, Coolio has sold over 30 million records globally and has performed in concert to adoring fans in Africa, Israel, Russia, Japan, Thailand, Brazil, Australia, Turkey and throughout Europe. In the diversified hip hop industry; Coolio is one of the few rap artists who has garnered mainstream success and critical acclaim. His latest LP, "The Return of the Gangsta" teamed Coolio up with his longtime friend, Snoop Dogg for the undeniable hit "Gangsta Walk".
Don't miss Coolio's much anticipated performance at Musicfest 27, October 3rd &4th 2014 in Downtown El Dorado AR.
Capital Records Recording Artist
Listed in Rolling Stone's "10 Artist You Need to Know" and currently the opening act on the ERIC CHURCH Outsiders World Tour, Brothers Osborne is a country music powerhouse duo. Their current smash hit "Rum" is burning up the country charts and climbing fast.
Nashville-based duo Brothers Osborne make earthy, passionate country rock. Raised in Deale, Maryland, siblings John and TJ Osborne grew up listening to their father's country and rock records. Encouraged to write and play their own music, the brothers began to practice in a shed behind their house. Eventually, John moved to Nashville, followed two years later by TJ and Brothers Osborne was born. In 2012, the brothers signed a mega record deal with Capitol. In 2013, Brothers Osborne released the single "Let's Go There" to great reviews and soon followed with "Rum", their second single release that is in the top 40 country hits on billboard and climbing.
Influenced heavily by Hank and Merle—"If someone doesn't like Hank Williams and Merle Haggard, I think there must be something wrong with them," says T.J., who sports a "Hank" tattoo on his wrist—Brothers Osborne also credit Dwight Yoakam, Tom Petty and, especially, Bob Seger with shaping their sound. "Our family threw a lot of impromptu yard parties: beer, horseshoes and music," says T.J. "By the end of the night, the whole family would be out singing Bob Seger songs. And then George Jones songs. John and I just wanted to get in that circle with my dad and my uncle and sing. That's how we got into music." "There were always guitars around," adds John, who didn't differentiate between genres at the Osborne jams. "It wasn't until later in life that I realized that there were different categories of music. We just listened to music."
Don't Miss country music duo Brothers Osborne at Musicfest 27. October 3rd & 4th 2014 in El Dorado AR.
SHOCK G from DIGITAL UNDERGROUND
DJ FUZE & PEE WEE
Digital Underground was a hip-hop phenomenon from Oakland, California with a shifting stable of rappers and DJs led by group founder Greg "Shock G" Jacobs (also known as Humpty Hump). Sex Packets, the group's debut album, was released in the spring of 1990 following the success of its two lead off singles. First came "Doowutchyalike," followed by the world known "The Humpty Dance", a humorous dance number that reached #11 on the Billboard Hot 100, #7 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the Billboard Rap Singles chart.
Heavily influenced by the various funk bands of the 1970s, Digital Underground sampled such music frequently, which became a defining element of West Coast rap. Digital Underground is also notable for launching the career of member Tupac Shakur, as well as spinning off side projects and solo acts including Raw Fusion, Saafir, and singer Mystic.
Following the release of their "Doowutchyalike" single and video in the summer of 1989, the band gained popularity with their song "The Humpty Dance" in 1990. The group's third album featured two singles, "No Nose Job" and "Kiss You Back". Both the album and the "Kiss You Back" single were each certified Gold by the RIAA. The group and their music also starred in the 1991 Dan Aykroyd film Nothing but Trouble.
Digital Underground toured nearly every year up until 2008; this consisted of live shows in Europe, Japan, Canada, Australia, and the U.S. While the group's origins lay mostly in Oakland and Berkeley, California, various characters and voices from around the U.S. appeared on the band's albums. After approximately twenty years of touring, Shock G announced that the group would record their last album ...Cuz A D.U. Party Don't Stop! and officially retire in 2008.
Now coming back for a blowout tour and party, don't miss hip-hop icon, Shock G for Digital Underground featuring Humpty Hump, Dj Fuze and Peewee, for a rare performance at Musicfest 27, October 3rd & 4th 2014 in Downtown El Dorado AR.
Buckets N Boards
World touring Family-Friendly Comedy and Percussion Show
Matt Levingston and Gareth Sever of Buckets N Boards put on a hilarious, high-energy show full of precise percussion, ridiculous songs, spectacular tap dancing, inventive instrumentation and unique musical talent. Buckets N Boards is an experience in family entertainment to say the least!
"You are in for an uproariously amazing show when Buckets N Boards takes to the stage. This legendary duo are sure to leave you rolling in the aisles with laughter at their fast paced antics and hilarious sketches. Buckets N Boards is more than just a comedy show, you will also be entertained by musical performances, tap dancing, and more." Branson Show Reviews .com
Come laugh till you cry with Buckets N Boards as they put on their amazing show LIVE at Musicfest 27, October 3rd & 4th in Downtown El Dorado AR.
From the small town of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, Keith Terry has been tearing up stages all across the country. With a mixture of observational, clean, physical style of comedy, Keith is perfect for any crowd. Keith has worked in bars, clubs, theaters, and stadiums making the masses laugh. He has worked with many great comedians such as Paul Mooney, Pablo Francisco, and Frank Caliendo and he has also toured as the opening act for Michael Bublé.
With the Debut Single "Drink You Away"
David Fanning is an American country singer, songwriter, and record producer. He is one-fourth of the production team New Voice Entertainment, which has produced for Parmalee and Thompson Square and serves as Jason Aldean's road band. In 2014, Fanning signed to Red Bow Records, a division of Broken Bow Records. He released his solo debut single "Drink You Away", a cover of a Justin Timberlake song. The song debuted at number 60 on the Country Airplay chart.
Rising Country Stars
Backroad Anthem is a country-rock band that captivates audiences with their unique style and undeniable chemistry made obvious through their original music and high-energy onstage performances. The six-man group originally out of Fayetteville, AR was determined on "doing" country music their way and has found success ever since. Since the band's fast start, they haven't slowed down playing in front of crowds across the South and sharing stages with the likes of Chris Young, Josh Turner, Gary Allan, Easton Corbin, Tyler Farr, Joe Nichols, Eli Young Band, Dustin Lynch, Toby Keith and Luke Bryan Backroad released their first EP on May 3, 2013, titled "Small Town Fame," which reached #24 on the iTunes Top Country Music Charts.
Dauzat St. Marie
Los Angeles singer/songwriter powerhouse duo
Dauzat St.Marie is a Los Angeles-based singer/songwriter duo comprised of Mat Dauzat and Heather St. Marie. Dauzat St.Marie debuted their duo at the world-renowned Hotel Cafe in Hollywood and are currently on tour in the U.S, armed with powerful songs and an intense live show featuring tight vocal harmonies that could only be achieved through a career of singing together.
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Darril "Harp" Edwards
Darril Harp Edwards was born in the twin islands of Trinidad and Tobago, and has a strong passion for the national instrument, the steel drums.
Trinidad and Tobago is well renowned worldwide for its culture, Calypso, Steel drums and Limbo.
He grew in talent at a young age and became a soloist, musical arranger and composer. "Harp" has become very successful and has developed an international following. Darril "Harp" Edwards has an unique and amazing talents and is sure to bring a great experience to any event!
Dash Rip Rock
Legendary New Orleans Trio
This legendary New Orleans trio is known for high-octane roots rock. Bill Davis, Dash Rip Rock's founder and front-man, is a songwriter known for his blistering guitar work. Spin magazine praised Dash Rip Rock as "undeniably the South's greatest rock band." In 2012, Dash Rip Rock was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame. [They have shared the stage with The Ramones, Jerry Lee Lewis, Lou Reed, The Replacements, No Doubt, The Black Crowes and countless others; at times playing up to 250 shows a year.
The Eskimo Brothers
High Energy Honky Tonk Trio
The Eskimo Brothers are a high-energy, honky tonk music trio based out of Nashville, Tennessee. This reckless and manic show has been battle tested and polished from over 2,500 gig hours in Nashville's historic Lower Broadway and nearly two years of monthly shows on Beale St. in Memphis.
Vocalist and Songwriter
A Henderson State University/ Ellis College of Arts & Sciences Alumni, Anna Williams, lead vocalist, moved back from Dallas, TX January 2011 after being in the great beyond 20 years During her walk-about, she has shared the stage with Grammy nominated singer/songwriter Radney Foster, Texas Country heart throb Deryl Dodd, Blues Legend Gerry Moss, and opened for several country and rock artists from Little Big Town to Uncle Kracker.
Hula Hoop Master
Katie Sunshine was first inspired to start hula hooping five years ago when she saw a girl at a music festival performing with a hoop. After giving it a try, she was hooked. Since then, she's racked up nearly 8 million views on Youtube, performed with the Phillie Phanatic at Citizens Bank Park, and was animated into a music video by Goldfish. Most recently, Katie appeared spinning and twisting alongside Jerrod Neimann in his chart topping music video "Drink to That All Night."
Stephen Neeper & the Wild Hearts
Raucous Blue and Rock Band
Stephen Neeper & The Wild Hearts play Rock 'n' Roll music. Raucous, soulful, energetic and heartfelt, their rich sound is an amalgam of influences, ranging from Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jimi Hendrix, John Lee Hooker, and ZZ Top to Wilco, Ryan Adams, and Pearl Jam, executed with stark precision on tape and even more so on stage. SN&TWH guarantee one thing: a rockin' good time.
American Idol Finalist
South Arkansas native, LeBryant Crew competed to nearly the very end of the last American Idol season. LeBryant continues to perform regionally and nationally and is becoming a well known artist on his own.
Blues Band Extraordaire
Over the 26 years of performing, The Bluebirds have been through quite a few personnel changes. It started in 1986 by Buddy and Bruce Flett. Brady Blade, Jr on drums, followed by Paul Griffith then Kerry Hunter. Buddy moved to Nashville in 1990 and kept the Bluebirds alive based in Music City. Buddy & Bruce teamed back up in 1992 and added Miki Honeycutt as female vocalist, Al Gamble on organ. Buddy left the Bluebirds to concentrate on his solo acoustic act and also toured with Kenny Wayne Shepherd and the late great Hubert Sumlin. Bruce carried on the Bluebirds , adding Jerry Beach on guitar in 2009. Robin Beach Black came on board in 2010 and the Bluebirds became "Robin & the Bluebirds". Summer 2013 saw changes with Robin and her Dad leading Robin & the Mystics. The Bluebirds have been performing as a 6-7 piece Blues/Soul/Dance band. Dirty Redd on trumpet and Omenka on sax along with Ben Kitterlin on Drums are the core unit. Jason Coffied is first call guitarist and Julieann Banks has been the female vocalist and plays bass for the Van Morrison Tribute featuring Bruce. The players & singers may change, but the Blues/Roots/R&B keeps the dance floor packed. One might compare Bluebirds changes to other perennial favorites that have evolved like Roomful of Blues, Fabulous Thunderbirds, or Louisiana's LeRoux.
The Shari Bales Band
Shari has a big voice, a big heart, and a big family! She is one of nine children and has always loved music. Since the age of five her family has had a tough time keeping the mic out of Shari's hand. Gaining recognition for her vocals by winning numerous talent competitions, including winning talent twice in the Miss Arkansas pageant, it was easy to see Shari was born to be on stage. Since earning her Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from the University of Arkansas, she has become an accomplished professional vocalist and vocal coach. Shari has performed in front of tens of thousands of people at events ranging from concerts to sporting events.
Shari has always had a passion for supporting the American Cancer Society. Since it's inception in 1999, Shari has performed and supported Garland County's Relay for Life, not missing a single year. Most recently, Shari performed at the John Daly benefit golf tournament in Dardanelle, AR. As she continues pursuing her dream, the possibilities seem endless. Shari's musical influences range from Beverly Sills to Reba McEntire. Her classical training has allowed her to expand her repertoire to include everything from jazz to country to rock and roll. Although she can wail at most anything, her heart has always been with country music. At a young age she began listening to Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Patty Loveless, Tanya Tucker, and Patsy Cline.
Without a doubt she is most at home while singing country music. Shari's single "Second Place" hit the airwaves and online outlets February 26th, 2013. Later this year it will be followed by a complete EP. "Second Place" is the product of a wonderful collaboration between Gail King (Nashville) and Shari. It is the most played country song on Twit Music with over 33,000 plays. It has been featured on KSSN 96 during their "Homegrown Country Show" and has aired on stations like Big Country 99 in Missouri and many other stations.
Three Times Denied
Three Times Denied was formed in 2012 and consists of lead vocalist David White, guitarists Cliff Pennington and Jason Phillips, bassist DJ Moore, Jerry Ray on acoustic guitar and synth, and drummer Joel Woollen. Based in Camden, Arkansas, the band was formed with the intent of leading worship at various events and churches and soon began to experiment with writing original material and developing their own sound. Three Times Denied, also called 3XD by some fans, began receiving an overwhelmingly positive response to the original songs and has become one of the most talked about and respected musical acts in South Arkansas.
With a heart for ministry and an aggressive pop rock sound, Three Times Denied is captivating audiences with tight performances, a big sound, skilled musicianship, and powerful vocals. Currently, the band is working on their debut record with Grammy-nominated Christian music producer, Daniel Kinner. The project is set to be released in late summer of 2014.
Age of Man
Blues Rock Trio
Age of Man is a fuzzy blues-rock trio from El Dorado Ar.- comprised of Matt Benson on lead guitar and vocals, Brandon Borden on drums, and Darryl Driskill on bass. Their thick and muddy brand of blues-steeped guitar rock is reminiscent of a simpler time, stripped of modern musical conventions and cleverly re-imagined from its very core.
Monty Russell is a singer, songwriter, Americana radio personality, and concert promoter based in Northern Louisiana. He is currently touring to promote his latest recording "The Fool Monty Russell," produced by Texas music icon Walt Wilkins and Goose Creek Symphony fiddler Tim Lorsch, which received extensive radio play on Texas and Louisiana radio. Russell is also the co-host of the "The Roadhouse," a wildly popular Americana "Y'allternative" radio program in its 12th season on KXKZ 107.5, a 100,000 watt station based in Ruston, LA.
After having been taught to accompany himself by sliding a knife blade over an open E tuned guitar at the age of 8, and having been immersed throughout his youth with the honky-tonk, gospel, western swing, and blues music played by his Grandfather Leon Russell, a rural self-taught barrelhouse piano player, guitarist, and fiddler, Monty set out on a musical journey that has lasted over 30 years. He has played theatres, listening rooms, festivals, honky-tonks, churches, and any other place people would listen.
Over the past decade, he has shared the stage with the likes of Willie Nelson, Dwight Yoakam, Billy Currington, Gary Allan, Little Feat, Merle Haggard, Reckless Kelly, Blues Traveler, Irma Thomas, Marcia Ball, Charlie Daniels, Confederate Railroad, Bucky Covington, Robert Earl Keen, Delbert McClinton, David Alan Coe, Pat Green, Jerry Jeff Walker, Paul Thorn, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Del McCoury, Radney Foster, Reckless Kelly, Pete Anderson, and many others.