2018 East Stage Entertainment
Tom Foolery - 9:00am
TomFoolery is an acoustic music trio from North Mississippi. The group sprang from the acoustic duo “Doc Swifty,” which formed in the early ‘80s in Pontotoc, MS. and played together for more than 20 years. Regrouping and adding an additional member shortly after the new millennium, the group assumed the name “TomFoolery.” Over the years they have played many festivals, clubs and gatherings in the finest establishments and locations in the southeast (please see the attached artist resume). Among these are The Blue Canoe in Tupelo, The Gum Tree Arts Festival in Tupelo, The Red River Revel in Shreveport, LA, Papa’s Place at Vanelli’s in Tupelo and The Rum Boogie Café, on Beale St., in Memphis, TN. An eponymous CD “TomFoolery” has received radio airplay on such acoustic music programs as the MS Public Broadcasting’s “Grassroots” and NPR's “Folk Sampler.”
Shank & Maim - 10:00am
Shank & Maim is a two man grunge blues band created in 2017 by brothers-in-law Caleb Childs and Mark Threet. Inspired by the driving grunge sound produced by former Starkville duo The Waco Dead (who are rumored to be Shank & Maim from the future), Shank & Maim formed from members of Starkville band Sipsy Fires. The brothers stand out from the crowd with their technique of playing up to 7 instruments on stage simultaneously, creating a whirlwind of spirit and sound which conjures a feeling that one fan could only describe as "being lost in the woods behind a juke joint." Along with their original music, Shank & Maim create a unique listening experience using an approach known as "Shanking & Maiming," which blends melodies, rhythms, and vocals from multiple songs by other artists into one, allowing for a seamless transition between many different genres and musical styles while maintaining a cohesive and balanced sound that is accessible and relatable to listeners.
Huge Ghost - 11:00am
These three guys came together after sifting through multiple incarnations of bands in the Golden Trian-gle. They all have their individual influences and playing styles, but the common denominator of their past is evident in their present and future. And that is honest to goodness, original American Rock music. They are passionate. They are sincere. They are raw. They are human. They are Huge Ghost.
Smoking with the Bandit - 12:00pm
Smoking with the Bandit is a group of four long time friends creating engaging, refreshing, and innovative music in the indie rock scene. In early 2016, Colby Wilson, Garrett Payne, and Daryl McCarty were performing as an acoustic trio after a previous band had called it quits. They became a regular favorite around Southside Birmingham, and as their sound and arrangements outgrew an acoustic setting the trio began searching for a drummer to round out their evolving sound. After a long and challenging search, they found percussionist Collin Payne to join the group, providing the depth, rhythmic nuance, and dynamic groove that the trio was seeking. The addition of Collin’s drumming resulted in a captivating sonic experience, combining elements of folk, indie rock, jazz, and progressive music with personal, stirring lyrics and vocal performances that display an inspired perspective on four-piece rock instrumentation.
When the quartet was formed, the four musicians began writing material for a new EP. Driven only by their strong friendship and their shared love for making great music, the early sessions revealed an aesthetic character firmly rooted in rock and roll tradition that seamlessly incorporates modern elements from several musical styles. Collin’s drumming locked in with Daryl’s rocking bass lines, while Garrett’s shimmering melodies and scorching solos provided the perfect compliment to Colby’s powerful, moving vocals. With several songs complete and many more in the works, the group eagerly entered the studio to capture the invigorating energy of their creative process.
The Waiting on Your Call EP started to take form when the band teamed up with sound engineer Russ Romine. The recording process presented many challenges; space was limited, the budget was tight, and trying to schedule recording sessions was nearly impossible. But the group pushed through, driven by their shared love for the sound they had had so much fun crafting together in practice and writing sessions. After finally recording the instrumental performances in Garrett’s Birmingham home, Colby and Russ dove into vocal sessions in the band members original hometown of Chelsea, Alabama. Russ’s vision of the Smoking with the Bandit sound paired perfectly with the tastes and inclinations of the band, and the resulting EP faithfully recreates the adventurous spirit of
the band’s live performances.
Tesheva - 1:00pm
Complimentary musicianship and a unique sound brought four individuals together as the self-described Southern Psychedelic quartet, Tesheva. Drawing influence from funk, rock, blues, and progressive instrumental music, the Starkville local favorites create a one-of-a-kind atmosphere which lends itself to groovy vibes and spacey jams while not skimping on the rock-n-roll.
Originally a trio, drummer Vaughan Brenner, bassist Matt Dunaway, and guitarist Caleb Hutson laid the foundation for the band in 2013. With the induction of Michael McCoy in the spring of 2015, the four piece group began to identify and refine its “Southerndelic” sound.
Tesheva has seen success in Mississippi and Alabama after releasing their EP, and playing with local and regional acts. The band aims to play many more shows and release a full length album in the coming year. For everything Tesheva, check out their website. If you are interested in helping the cause, Tesheva is currently raising funds for their projects at here.
Pontiac Arrest - 2:00pm
Pontiac Arrest is a rock and roll outfit from Mississippi. Its sonic territory primarily explores various mutations of metal, including groove, stoner and thrash. Membership features film composer Keatzi Gunmoney, punk maverick Adrian Lewis, along with hard rockers Chase Shaw and Mark Threet. The ride feels cinematic, feral, defiant and vaguely meditative. Influences include The Sword, Nine Inch Nails, Judas Priest, and A Perfect Circle. The band has spent most of its brief existence idling in the writing garage, and has plans to begin recording later in 2018. With a DIY attitude and street feet aesthetic, Pontiac Arrest is calibrated to break out, and do so on it's own terms.
Hotsauce - 3:00pm
Hotsauce is a collective of Starkville musicians who have collaborated for years now in other local favorite bands Graball Freerun and Family Funk Company. The lineup consists of bassist Dave Ammon, drummer Steve Jordan, keyboardist Jon Coker, and singer and guitarist Bryce Mitchell. Their shared love for funk and soul shines during their live performances, and the time they have spent playing together has resulted in an attitude that is contagious for listeners with any preference.
Young Valley - 4:00pm
Jackson, Mississippi’s Young Valley offers points of view from songwriters Zach Lovett, Dylan Lovett and Spencer Thomas with a trading of ideas and styles from traditional country to southern-tinged rock ‘n' roll. Since the release of their debut album No Filter in 2014, the boys have toured 34 states over the span of a couple years sharing the stage with Shooter Jennings, Lucero, American Aquarium, Phosphorescent and Futurebirds.
The band recorded their sophomore self-titled album early last year at Dial Back Sound in Water Valley, MS and this 10-track effort is set to be released this spring. “Well-rehearsed, well-refined, raw” they told Find It In Fondren (a popular Jackson
neighborhood magazine) calling it a record that “falls off the bone.”