Paddlefest Bands at Coney Island
Friday, June 19, 5:00 pm-midnight
Presented by Green Umbrella and performing on the WNKU Music Stage.
Rumpke Mountain Boys – Headliner
Cincinnati, Ohio’s, Rumpke Mountain Boys craft a signature blend of bluegrass so unique it has its own name – Trashgrass. With acoustic guitar, mandolin, upright bass and banjo, the award winning jam grass group has traveled the country for the past decade gaining faithful followers everywhere they perform. A favorite in the music festival circuit and winner of Cincinnati Entertainment Awards Best Bluegrass Band seven years running, Rumpke Mountain Boys are known for their intense live performances where every show is a party. Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon put it best, stating that the band is a “party waiting to happen.” With influences ranging from Jimmy Cliff, The Grateful Dead and Tom Waits to the more traditional Osborne Brothers and Stanley Brothers, the Rumpke Mountain Boys leave no genre of music untouched, and each show is unique with no prepared setlist.
In 2013, Rumpke Mountain Boys released Moon, a follow-up to 2012’s widely popular Trashgrass, and have continued to be a major draw at music festivals across the country, with performances at Suwanee Springfest, Northwest String Summit, Dark Star Jubilee, just to name a few. They also played a run of shows in Jamaica and have toured extensively with Grateful Dead Hour host David Gans, who proclaimed, “One of the things I love about the RMB is that there’s a fundamental honesty in their presentation. This is something they share with my other heroes, Donna the Buffalo and the Grateful Dead. They don’t make set lists ahead of time, they don’t rehearse their songs to a fare-thee-well: they perform in real time. All four of them write, which is very important, and they draw songs from a tremendous variety of sources… Being a musician is a life-long learning experience, if you’re doing it right, and they are.”
Despite all of the accolades, Rumpke Mountain Boys remain one of the most fan-friendly bands in the industry due to their renegade sets and infamous campfire tours, where the band travels campsite to campsite, many times picking until dawn with a hoard of faithful followers in tow. Their drive, dedication, and desire to play good music together shines through in their performances, whether they be on a stage in front of thousands of music fans or around a campfire with a group of friends. Rumpke Mountain Boys continue to bring their loose, fun, genre-defying trashgrass sound to the ears of music fans throughout the country.
The Hot Magnolias
The Hot Magnolias are a Cincinnati-based New Orleans-style party band featuring music ranging from 1920’s traditional jazz favorites to 1970’s funky dance songs.
The Hot Magnolias talented eight-member group includes vocals, drums, bass, banjo, electric guitar, keyboards, saxophones, trombone, and trumpet.
Jake Speed and the Freddies
For the past eight years, Jake Speed has hitchhiked down Cincinnati’s American folk, bluegrass, and ragtime music highway with his award-winning band, The Freddies. Jake Speed & the Freddies are a four-piece band made out of guitar, mandolin, tenor guitar, and upright bass (plus harmonica, kazoo, washboard, and watering can). Their traditional and original songs leap right out of Depression-era freight trains and right into Ohio River steamboats. Their near-vaudeville style stage shows and quick-witted charisma rope in loyal fans of new and old generations alike.The Freddies’ traditionalist approach to the old timey music style has won them the respect of fellow musicians, music lovers, and even hard-nosed critics. CityBeat writer Ezra Waller says, “Jake Speed is a fixture of Cincinnati’s traditional Folk scene.” Cincinnati Post’s Rick Bird says, ” Jake Speed…has quickly become the Queen City’s favorite troubadour.” If you’re still not convinced, just ask the readers of CityBeat Magazine who voted them Best Local Musicians in 2004, or the listeners of WNKU FM 89.7 who voted The Freddies’ third album, Huzzah!, #77 of their Top 89 Albums of 2004. The band is a four-time winner of the Cincinnati Entertainment Award (2001-2004) for Best Folk Musicians. Jake Speed is a two-time winner of the CEA for Best Singer/Songwriter (2002, 2006). Their winning of the 2002 CEA for Artist of the Year, and 2003 winning of Best Folk Vocalist and Best Folk Band at the CAMMYs (Cincinnati Area Music Awards) puts them on the definitive road of folk music in Cincinnati.The Freddies’ travels aboard the Cincinnati music scene have landed them many high profile shows, including opening sets for national acts such as Ralph Stanley, Yonder Mountain String Band, Chris Hillman of The Byrds, Over-the-Rhine and Jay Bennett (from the band, Wilco). Their monthly gigs at Arnold’s and Northside Tavern have laid the tracks for a solid following of fans.
Michela Miller Band
Michela Miller was raised in Brown County, Ohio, under the influence of Appalachian culture and the watchful eye and loving arms of a small town. Music has always been a keystone in her life. Every woman on her mother’s side of the family sings and that gift was fostered in her as well. She released her first album in December of 2011, titled “Reckless Abandon”, before moving to Fairbanks, Alaska, where she had met the love of her life the year before while working at a summer camp. She spent 3 years freezing her tail off, riding snowmachines, running away from a lot of moose, chasing the northern lights, ice fishing, and staring in awe at Alaska’s wild beauty. She then convinced her new husband to load up their car with everything they owned and they moved to Nashville, where they now reside. Her soulful, alternative-country vibe is heavily influenced by the Appalachian music that has been passed along by her musical family and the call of the wild that inspired her in Alaska. Her songs reflect the desire to experience all that life has to offer and to love with reckless abandon.
East of Vine
“Formed to the east of Cincinnati’s historic Vine Street corridor, East of Vine is rooted in traditional bluegrass and Americana music mixed with a bit of blues and foot stompin’ old time fiddle standards.
The music is as accessible and dynamic as the members and draws on a breadth of experience and musical tastes.”
Schmidt Field Pit Stop
Howard House Band
For over 20 years, the Howard House Band has been covering songs from the 50’s through the 80’s. Comprising of three band members, Rick Franzosa, Larry McFeeters, and Jerry McFeeters, the trio plays multiple instruments including bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, 12-string guitar, mandolin, and saxophone, albeit not at the same time. When combined with their soaring three-part harmonies, the band is prepared to get your toes tapping to the sounds of The Band, The Eagles, The Beach Boys, Jimmy Buffet, The Beatles, The Byrds, John Prine, Van Morrison, The Casinos, Danny and the Juniors, Elvis Presley and many, many others.
Gold Star Chili Finish Line Festival at Yeatman’s Cove
The Part-Time Gentlemen
The Part-Time Gentlemen is a band from Cincinnati’s West Side that plays an energetic blend of traditional Old Time and Americana music. They take you back to a time and place where the important things in life mattered. Love, family, friends and whiskey. The “Gents” have “whiskey on their breath and women on their mind” and are comprised of T.J. Male (lead vocals / guitar), Nick Sansone (banjo / uke) and Jonathan Doll (upright bass).
T.J. and Nick have been friends and pickers since high school. When looking for a bass player, they met Jon through a mutual friend, Nick Lloyd. Without Lloyd, there may be no band. It was at Lloyd’s picking party that T.J. and Nick stepped outside to work on a tune and Jon asked to join in. Upon playing together, it was as if all three of them were meant to be in each other’s lives. The trio has a friendship similar to brothers and you can feel their connection in the music. Each of The Part-Time Gentlemen have had a love for all kinds of music since an early age. It truly was fate that these three would come together to make beautiful music together.
The Part-Time Gentlemen’s aptly named debut album, Whiskey On My Breath will be released on Sunday, May 17th at Arnold’s Bar and Grill! The band has paid homage to their genre on this album, as you will find a number of traditional songs with originals sprinkled in. The title track, “Whiskey On Your Breath” is an undeniable toe-tapper about women and Hell. While “Sunflowers” is an amazing love song that will make you want to grab someone you are close to and hold on tight. Each track on the album taps a different emotion that you may not have even known that you possessed.
Great local musicians and artists pitched in on the album such as Casey Campbell (percussion / vocals), Andrew McPheters (mandolin), Suzanna Barnes (fiddle / vocals), John Victor (harmonica / vocals) and James Funk (guitar). The album was recorded, mixed and mastered by Tommy Cappell (All Nighter Recording Studio). Artwork was done by Justin Lynch and Aaron Zlatkin (Airplane Room Studio). And last but not least, photography by Amanda Jackson Grimm.
From start to finish Whiskey On My Breath does not disappoint. The “Gents” have the strong belief that music is the gateway to the soul and this is evident throughout the album.