Friday, September 14
James Moors and Kort McCumber grew up in different places and listening to different kinds of music – classical, rock, bluegrass, you name it. But when they met ten years ago they knew they’d found something golden. Since then, they’ve been cultivating their wide-ranging musical influences in songs that delve into love and life through haunting lyrics, soaring harmonies, and dazzling instrumental proficiency. As Grammy award-winning producer Lloyd Maines puts it, “These guys should be playing every major festival in the country. They bring it all to the stage and deliver it in a big way.”
Tom Prasada-Rao is a songwriters songwriter. Tom’s music is melodic, ambitious, and reverent. He was born in Ethiopia of Indian parents and raised in Washington DC. His music is other-worldly, but accessible to mainstream folk aficionados. The tonal variations he gets out of his many hand-made instruments (by Tom himself) are complex. As David Wilcox said "Tom Prasada-Rao is a rare and brilliant performer. His fine voice and thrilling guitar work hold you spellbound while he heals your heart."
At 16, Will's first EP "I'm Right Here" was met with wonderful reviews and several songs are featured on his new full length album "All Figured Out". Will's beautiful voice and candid lyrics offer a rich pallet of emotional sensibilities and musical journeys to build on, and his listeners really like what they hear. Will Pfrang's company; Hit or Miss Productions, LLC is a driving force in his life as is his organization Healing Musicians. Pfrang uses his musical talents as therapy for Alzheimer's and dementia patients. He works extensively with patients with intellectual disabilities, creating patient relationships through the use of various musical techniques.
Saturday, September 15
Ellis is an engaging and wholehearted writer, singer and performer who is full of light and spirit. She is at once funny and wise, thoughtful and uninhibited, and her captivating voice is matched by her uplifting lyrics. If you looked up the definition of open-hearted in the dictionary, you just might find her photo there. Ellis’ performances are transformational; she leaves her audiences better than she finds them, with softened edges and opened hearts.
Six-time Omaha Entertainment and Arts Award winner for Best Country/Americana and Best Blues. The caliber of artist that singer/songwriter Matt Cox has become in the studio and on stage is being widely recognized by a steady growing fanbase. “Matt Cox is one of the area’s most respected songwriters and performers. He has cultivated a loyal fan-base of both music fans and musicians. His comforting voice, honest lyrics, subtle drawl and guitar-driven songs pull the listener in,” Marq Manner, Omaha Dispatch.
Archtop Eddy has been playing music for the folks in the Pikes Peak region since the 1970’s. He has played in reggae bands (Raku, Mo’ Mungus) funk and rock bands, and Colorado’s first gypsy jazz band (Mango fan Django). Throughout his many years playing in the region, Archtop Eddy has met many wonderful people and built a vast collection of music in all types of genres. Recently, he began to explore the world of the solo artist. This has opened new opportunities to share music without remaining within the limits of a single or a few genres. The events and memories in people’s lives are often accented by the music of these times. With his solo act, Archtop Eddy aims to explore these times. He focuses on songs with great melodies and lyrics from the 1920’s to the 1990’s: instrumentals, vocals, great American song book, Latin, Caribbean and European.
Christopher Smith is an award winning songwriter who has been charming audiences in the San Francisco Bay Area for over 30 years. His acoustic based music is grounded in folk roots and his voice is sweet and engaging. But, frankly, it is his deeply engaging lyrics and master-craft songwriting skills that distinguish him from his peers. His sound mixes both classic singer/songwriter and Americana (think Cat Stevens meets Steve Earle). He credits his day job (the world’s greatest kindergarten teacher) for helping to maintain his playful, creative energy. Blending humor and heart, Christopher’s songs tell interesting stories that enrich and entertain young and old alike.
Jeremy Erick Facknitz has been entertaining audiences with his lovingly crafted music and high-energy performances since 1997. Jeremy has toured solo all over the world, sharing through song the intimate stories "his life, his loves and his journey home" have so creatively bestowed upon him. Today, Jeremy continues to tour the United States, Canada and the U.K., performing primarily at house concerts and listening rooms in promotion of his new retrospective album, "People and Places".
1:00 - 1:45 PM House of Joy - Kids Stage
Bring the whole family, as the children's stage will be active from noon to 1:45 PM on Saturday. The "Kids House of Joy" includes a Drum Circle, Instrument Zoo, Learn to play the Ukulele, Singing & Dancing, Kids Songwriting, Ensembles/Make A Band and Musical Games. Christopher Smith will also play a children's show with humorous and entertaining children's Songs from 12 noon to 12:45 PM on Saturday.