2016 West Stage Entertainment
Stormy Monday is a down home Blues band based out of Starkville, MS. Along with their original tunes, they pay tribute to all the greats from Albert King and SRV to Muddy Waters, and everyone in between. Based in Starkville, they're all from the great state of Mississippi where the Blues was born, and love to get out and share that music anywhere they can. As they like to say, Have Blues Will Travel! The guys finished recording their debut album in December of 2015, which is expected to release in the Summer of 2016. You can find out more about the band at their website or on Facebook.
The Girl Skouts are Starkville High School students Vinny Brocato, Sawyer Gray, and Walker Harris. Together since spring of 2015, the trio has played at local Starkville venues including The Veranda and Dave's Dark Horse Tavern. They incorporate many classes of rock in their music, including blues rock, alt rock, hard rock, and grunge. They are currently writing their own music for their first EP to come out some time in the future and hope to later release a full-length album. More information about the Girl Skouts can be found on their Facebook.
Deez Notez is a Jackson based, uncategorized band that has been rocking stages since the summer of 2015. Though they are young as a band, these accomplished musicians and singers blend together in perfect harmony. They cover mostly every genre you can imagine. You will hear anything from Garth Brooks, Marvin Gaye, Trey Songs, to Luke Bryan. They also cover hits from Adele, Katy Perry, Tina Turner, and Lauren Hill. Their diversity is their strength. You will be blown away by the musicianship, vocals, and energy of these talented individuals. The band consists of 5 members. Marvin Curtis (Keys), Anthony Daniels (Bass), Steve Smith (Percussion), Nikki “Vagabond” Reed (Lead female vocalist), Kendrick “K-Viv” Vivians (Lead male vocalist). More information available on their Facebook page.
The Peddlers are an eclectic band from Starkville, MS. Lead singer and songwriter, Tanner Gray, has brought together an all-star lineup of musicians for this project. The current lineup consists of Tanner Gray on guitar, harmonica, and vocals; Chris Crutcher on keys; Brent Varner on bass, harmonica, and vocals; and Zach Corder on drums/percussion. Live performances can be rather ambiguous, as they often perform in multiple styles with varying instrumentation. In the studio, they produce a unique sound with traces of folk, blues, and surf styles. Tanner, Zach, and Brent can also be seen performing stripped down as “The Peddlers Folk Trio”. More information available on their Facebook page.
Big Rhonda's Dream Factory is a Folk/Rock band featuring Jonny Hollis (guitar, lead vocals), Keatzi Gunmoney (bass, vocals), Caleb Childs (lead guitar), and Philip Murphy (drums). Formed in Starkville Mississippi, the four friends aspired to create a funky, high energy experience with the sole purpose of having fun.
The Flames Band and Show was first formed in 1972 with eight original members: Willie Harrington, Raymond Doss, John Ellis, James Crawford, Frances Howard, Alvin Jefferson, Kenneth White and Dwight Mitchell, and stayed together until 1978. The group reunited in 1997 with Willie Harrington, Raymond Doss, John Ellis and James Crawford and has been a hit ever since.
Today, the group consists of three lead singers, (Jermice Belk, Willie Harrington, and Kendrick Vivians), horn section (Simeon Weathersby, Peter Crawford, and Walter Cunningham), drums (Antonio Brown), keyboard (Alvin Jackson) lead guitar (Fred Rice), rhythm (Eddie Graham), bass guitar (Raymond Doss), and our very own “James Brown” (John Ellis) impersonator.
The band has a sound like no other ranging from the old to the new school sounds of Tina Turner, James Brown, the Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin, The Temptations, Stevie Wonder, pop sounds of Michael Jackson, Pharrell, Usher, Justin Timberlake and Robin Thicke.
The Flames Band is considered to be the premier band by their fans around North Mississippi and surrounding areas. The Band frequently plays at Rick’s Café Americain, The Dark Horse Tavern, and the Veranda Restaurant, all located in Starkville, Mississippi. The band has appeared at Old Waverly Golf Course in West Point, Mississippi, and in 2009 made their first appearance at Bulldog Bash at Mississippi State University. The band also had the honor of making their first appearance at the 2011 Legends Concert starring The Temptations in Columbus, Mississippi. And, perhaps their biggest honor of all was being added to the Mississippi Blues Trail marker in Oktibbeha County on November 11, 2011.
"It's a feeling....that you can feel, when you feel it."-Willie King
The Old Memphis Kings, a Mississippi blues band, was formed about 10 years ago by the chance meeting of Drew Blackwell, Caleb Childs, and a blues legend named Willie King. King opened his mind and his heart to the two boys, teaching them about life, love, and the blues. He would also take them to small gigs and let them play as his band. Not caring how it might have sounded, King was very patient, knowing that his blues babies would soon grow.
And grow they did, playing on their own, and even playing original songs, written by Blackwell. The two decided to call themselves, "Old Memphis" after the small town in Pickens County, Alabama that Willie King lived in. But, one night Willie introduced them as "The Old Memphis Kings" and the name stuck.
After the tragic loss of Willie King in 2009, the Old Memphis Kings took it upon themselves not to let the memory of Willie King or his music be lost forever. So, using the tools that he gave them, they set out on their own, spreading King's message of peace and love to all who would hear it. Also, playing his songs, like they knew he would want.
Now based out of Starkville, the band lineup is Drew Blackwell (guitar, voices), Caleb Childs (lead guitar, vocals), Keatzi Gunmoney (bass, vocals), and Philip Murphy (drums). More information available on their Facebook page.