- WILL GITTENS -
You may know Gittens from his recent victory in the You Generation International Pop artist competition where he won a trip to Los Angeles to record with Demi Lovato from an applicant pool of thousands. Will has also performed a personal showcase for Lyor Cohen, music industry titan and former head of Warner Music Group. Gittens and his band have sold out venues across Boston and they’ve become a YouTube sensation in recent years. Gittens was named YouTube male artist of the month in July 2013 by Star Central Magazine.
Sponsor Cause: Save the Children
- NIKOLAS METAXAS -
Metaxas’ band was originally formed by Nikolas and Giakomo in Cyprus after Metaxas finaled on Greece’s hit reality show ‘X Factor’. Influences include John Mayer, Gavin Degraw, Radiohead, Incubus amongst others. The group won BMC crowd favorite award in 2011. The band released their record “Square One” in 2011 with Youtube hit songs “Miracle” and “Change The World” Toured. The band has toured in USA, Greece, Cyprus and Italy.
Sponsor Cause: Make-A-Wish Foundation
“I Got Your Back” – Nikolas Metaxas
- GREAT CAESAR -
Great Caesar truly went viral in 2013 with more than 200,000 YouTube views on their debut video “Don’t Ask Me Why”. Check out their wildly successful Kickstarter Campaign to make the video as well as major press coverage on their revolutionary endeavor to spread LGBT awareness through music. These guys put on a show that’s in a league of their own. Check out Great Caesar LIVE in their element playing “Rearview” in NYC.
- DAMN TALL BUILDINGS -
Damn Tall Buildings began playing on the streets of Boston. After getting picked up by some local venue owners and managers, they began playing in local concert halls and venues throughout the New England area. Their influences range from iconic bluegrass musicians such as Bill Monroe and the Stanley Brothers to the more modern sounds of Yonder Mountain String Band and Pokey Lafarge. The band has performed at hip Boston venues such as the Red Door in Portsmouth and the Lilypad in Sommerville, and appeared on Peach Streets Studio’s ‘Live From the Divide’ during their tour of Montana. The band is set to release their first full length album, ‘Cure-All’ this Spring.
Sponsor Cause: Horizons for Homeless Children
“Kids” – MGMT (Damn Tall Buildings Cover)
- GREY SEASON -
Grey Season Electrifies living room music, perching harmonies atop a sound that envelopes folk in rock ‘n’ roll. The variety show that is a Grey Season performance may include the occasional five-part harmony, blues rooted guitar solos and lyricism, and memorable melodies driven by the nostalgic plucking of bouzoukis and banjos. Grey Season is a band that calls upon a collective musical memory while pushing forward with the power of song and the hearts of a growing audience.
“[Grey Season's] songs on life, love, heartache, and hope are so wonderfully constructed they could leave an impression on even the coldest of souls”. -Under The Gun Review
- BIGFOOT WALLACE -
Bigfoot Wallace is Jon Hubbells’s self-produced endeavor using wispy vocals, glitchy drum beats, and heavily affected guitar. All the way from Arizona, Bigfoot plays guitar and sings against a backdrop of both electronic and acoustic instruments at full capacity, maintaining ”the sense of consistency even amid so much shift and change in his music,” according to Indie Vision Music.
- THE FROTATIONS -
Forged in 2011 by singer-songwriter Chris Kazarian and bass player Pedro Ribiero ( Pedro Zappa), the Frotations were originally called K.A.Z. – A musical experiment centered around the up and coming singer songwriter aimed at bringing all of the worlds’ people together under one sound. They headlined the Harbour Arts Festival in September 2013 and filled Boston’s Middle East Corner to Capacity at their EP release show. The Frotations are a concrete blend of Neo-Soul and Rock and Roll with a little drop of Hip-Hop. If you like face melting solos, cold beats, headbangin’, or just simply getting your groove on, chances are you’re a professional Frotator and didn’t know it.
Sponsor Cause: Teach For America
“Magic Lover” - The Frotations
- ARIELLE VAKNI -
Vakni’s band came together in the making of their debut album which was released in April 2014. The album combines elements of classic Folk/Blues songwriting with an electronic twist. They’ve played gigs all over Boston and New York City at venues like Pianos and The Middle East. In the Spring of 2013, Vakni was one of ten students selected to study under the Folk singer and guitar legend Patty Larkin at her Berklee seminar. She was also one of two students chosen to record an original piece with Larkin as producer. Influences include Cat Power, Stevie Nicks, Fleet Foxes, The Knife, Alt-J and Radiohead.
Sponsor Charity: MSPCA Kindness & Care for Animals
“Backwards” Live at Cafe 939 – Arielle Vakni
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“Our experience at Topnotch Resort was something truly special. When my band and I arrived, we were immediately greeted with warm smiles and friendly staff, who were incredibly accommodating and helpful. We had the best time playing for the friendly people of Topnotch and Vermont, and are still talking about it to this day. I would highly recommend any artist or musician play a show here; the scenery is fantastic and the people are so inviting. Topnotch Resort is a place I, as well as the rest of my band, will hold near and dear to my heart.” ~Liv Gibson
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