Oktober 13, 2018 – under contract
Aubrey is 12 years old. She is from Lincolnton, NC. Aubrey has been singing since she was 6. At age 7, she began singing every chance she could get where ever her dad was playing at the time (Silver Hawk Band). At age 11, Aubrey received her first acoustic guitar for Christmas and shortly after began lessons in which she only took for 2 months. After that, she just took off with it. She comes from a long line of musicians in her family, especially on her dad's side. Aubrey has performed a few local events/festivals including a National Anthem performance at the Hickory Motor Speedway to over 16,000 people in attendance in 2017. Her very first original, Saying Nothing At All was released late April 2018. Since then, she has had a few airplays in Netherlands, Las Vegas, Lousiana, and Florida. She was featured as Artist Of The Day on TheStage.com on May 2, 2018. Her big dream is to be a Nashville country artist some day and her motto is "Never Give Up".
The Hickory Music Factory in partnership with the Hickory Parks and Recreation Department will be hosting a music showcase. Bands and solo artists are welcome to sign up and play on the HMF Stage at Oktoberfest. PA and drums will be provided. There is no age limit and each band/artist will have 20 minutes to set up, perform, and break down. For more information or to sign up, contact HMF 828-308-5659 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Camryn Wilson is a 18 year old singer songwriter who is from the Charlotte area. Camryn is excited to have released her single for this summer LA Baby Camryn has performed at many places, like opening for country music royalty Lorri Morgan and Shenandoah. She has performed the National Anthem at the Charlotte Motor Speedway and Spectrum Center in Charlotte. A featured performer at The Evening Muse, Amos’ Southend and a performer at CMA Showcase this past July. Her links to all social media, music, and more can be found at her web site
We are The Believers: Ali Dalton (13) playing guitar; Andi Dalton (13) on the piano; Lila Gordon (11) on the guitar; and Jordyn Horan (12) on the drums. Meeting at Hickory Music Factory’s Rock Camp, we connected through our interest in playing music. “Have Hope” is our first original song, which we wrote while at Rock Camp. We look forward to creating more music together, and we hope you come see us perform at Oktoberfest!
Formed in November of 2017 under the name Department of Corrections, our members include Nathan Triplett(Guitar), Dylan Pruitt(Bass), and Cody Pennell(Drums). We also brought on Tommy Smith(guitar and vocals) to sing for us for this gig. We have a wide range musical influences from Cream to Metallica.
Cortex by definition means the outer layer of the cerebrum, composed of folded gray matter and playing an important role in consciousness. Much like our bands creative nucleus, our inspiration stems from a vast array of musical genres. To name a few we have metal, rap, pop, reggae, funk and classic rock.
Imagine John Scofield hanging out with Paul Simon playing Muddy Waters songs, this is what Tony Eltora's music sounds like.
Influenced by blues, rock and jazz music, Tony began writing and performing at a young age in clubs and at festivals in Richmond VA before moving to Hickory NC in 2001. Known for his raw soulful playing and smooth guitar tone, Eltora has shared the stage with many national and regional musicians including, Tim Reynolds, Sam Bush, Keller Williams, George Porter Jr, Oteil Burbridge, and Acoustic Syndicate, to name a few. His debut CD “Between Love and Tragedy” showcases his masterful work on the guitar along with his insightful and thought provoking lyrics. Telling stories of love, loss and rebirth, Eltora’s songwriting soulful and forever staying true to his roots.
Formed in 2012 by three childhood best friends, PaperWork has been introducing South Carolina to their own brand of futuristic funk at every show. While also paying tribute to some of the greatest artists of all time, the P-Dub has taken their act on the road long drives from their hometown of Myrtle Beach SC.
The band's #1 goal is to get the crowd moving with their passion for music and rhythm wherever they go. Get ready to get down!
Empire Strikes Brass (ESB) is a high energy Brass-Funk-Rock band hailing from the city of Asheville, North Carolina. Formed on the streets of their hometown, ESB is rooted in the New Orleans Brass Band tradition of second-line parades and deep moving grooves reminiscent of old school funk. Combining complex musical arrangements with thoughtful lyrical song structure, ESB can stretch out and dig deep when they are feeling it or keep things tight and concise. The fat sound of the horns paired with one dirty rhythm section makes the music downright psychedelically nasty! Founded in 2012, ESB intentionally stretches the boundaries of the stereotypical brass band paradigm, fusing sounds from various genres and weaving them together with the common thread of Brass. The diversity of the music within their sets keep audiences guessing what is next to come.
Featuring rich group and strong lead vocals including Grammy Award winner Debrissa McKinney (Secret Agent 23 Skidoo), ESB not only takes its audiences on a ride to the dark side and back instrumentally, they also use the force of soaring melody and lush harmony to transport the listeners to another dimension. The band released its debut album, "Theme For A Celebration" in 2017 and it was tapped as one of the top 100 album releases in 2017 by WNCW 88.7 radio. Since their conception, ESB has been a consistent fixture at various festivals throughout the east coast. They've had the pleasure of having Warren Haynes (Allman Bros. Band and Gov’t Mule) sit in with them at New Mountain Amphitheater in Asheville, NC and the honor of headlining four years in a row celebrating the life of Dizzy Gillespie in his hometown of Cheraw, SC, for the South Carolina Jazz and Heritage Festival. ESB has co-billed with such artists as Dr. John & Lettuce. The horns have sat in on performances with Galactic, The Big Something, and many others. ESB horn players JP Furnas, Paul Juhl and Alex Bradley are also featured on the live album compilation from world-renowned artists Beats Antique entitled “Creature Carnival” released in 2015. The band is known to regularly parade off stage into the audience leading a the crowd in a raucous procession around the venue before, during or after their set.
Members of the band have also been expanding their musical resumes and repertoire. Notable side projects and performances include keyboardist Lenny Pettinelli’s recording and performing with Jazz is Phish featuring such artists as Jeff Coffin (Bela Fleck, Dave Matthews Band), Chris Bullock (Snarky Puppy), Michael Ray (Sun Ra, Kool and the Gang), the Chase Brothers and many more. The band's founder, saxophonist Paul Juhl, performed with John Oates (Hall and Oates) at MerleFest. In addition to her work with Skidoo, Debrissa McKinney has performed with artists such as Karl Denson and George Clinton. ESB horn players Kyle Snuffer and Alex Bradley have recorded on Marcus King's upcoming 2018 release produced by Eric Krasno of Soulive and Lettuce.
Trio that plays Jazz/Funk/Fusion /Rock
"Dirty Southern Soul is…..
It’s found where the distance between saint and sinner is no further than the space between frets, where backsliders and Baptists sit together, listening to steel and strings, wood and wire that sounds like angels dancing on the rim of a Mason jar. It’s wound around the country lyrics of a story song, of folks leaving town on a ghost train or the wings of a dove. And, it lives in the wail of the bastard child called rock and roll, whose family tree branches into juke joints and smoke-filled bars, its roots prying up the floorboards of front porches and barn dances.