Music

Friday, August 3, 2018

Nevin James

Bank of America Main Stage12:00 - 1:00 pm

Nevin James (29) was born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He attended college at Pepperdine University in Los Angeles, where he formed a band and began playing live shows. For the last decade, Nevin has pursued the production and performance of music.  He is an experienced pianist and vocalist with a band on both coasts of the United States. His most recent album, “Secrets of the Heart” was released to some acclaim last year.

Bad Custer

Bank of America Main Stage6:00 - 7:30 pm

Bad Custer hopes to take their place in the pantheon of working-class ensembles that represent the Pittsburgh area: rugged, loud, and full of surprises.

Sugar Ray

Bank of America Main Stage8:00 - 9:30 pm

Sugar Ray was groundbreaking from the get-go, including among their ranks a real live DJ – incredibly, unheard of in a rock band at that time. Kicking off with 1995’s “LEMONADE AND BROWNIES,” the Newport Beach quintet unleashed a series of albums that McGrath describes as “love letters to the music we loved, with no irony just pure enthusiasm.” 1997’s “FLOORED” saw the band refine its multi-faceted sound with the assistance of GRAMMY® Award-winning producer David Kahane (Sublime, Paul McCartney, The Strokes). The album proved Sugar Ray’s popular breakthrough, earning 2x platinum certification from the RIAA, fueled in part by the #1 hit single, “Fly.”

The track – which featured guest toasting from dancehall reggae pioneer, Super Cat – along with its candy-colored companion video (directed by McGrath’s childhood friend and longtime collaborator, McG), locked into place Sugar Ray’s trademark all-consuming vision. Melding hair metal and hardcore punk with sampledelic hip-hop, New Wave, disco, and dub, Sugar Ray made music “like kids in a candy store,” crafting an idiosyncratic and utterly distinctive groove as inventive and forward-thinking as any critics’ darling of the era.

“14:59” made it clear McGrath and the band had the songwriting chops to go along with its vibrant sonic approach. The 1999 album was a triple platinum sensation, yielding a sun-kissed string of unforgettable pop classics including “Someday,” “Falls Apart,” and still another #1 smash in “Every Morning.” The hits kept coming, with 2001’s platinum-certified “SUGAR RAY” making a top 10 debut on the Billboard 200, propelled by yet another hit single/video, “When It’s Over.”

“We stand on our merits.” McGrath says. “No matter how much I try to be self-effacing, when you have a #1 song you have been validated. As much as I try to bash what we did as a band, you can never disown that. Four top 10 Songs, 10 million records – there’s nothing I can do to self-efface that. And the older I get, the more proud I get of what we did.”

As with most bands that survive for 25 years plus, Sugar Ray’s membership has seen some flux over their extended and illustrious career. Though McGrath is adamant there will never be another Sugar Ray record unless it features the original members, that’s not to say the band is no more – far from it. McGrath and founding guitarist Rodney Sheppard are currently leading a new Sugar Ray line-up that they feel finally fulfills the band’s onstage potential.

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Saturday, August 4, 2018

Time Tested

Bank of America Main Stage12:00 - 1:00 pm

Time Tested is a classic rock/rock cover band from Cranberry and Ross Township. Their set features songs from the 60s and 70s, as well as some “brand new” songs from the 80s and 90s that have survived the test of time.

Part of Sunday Oldies Concert Series presented by the PA Lottery.

EQT Regatta The Dorals Band

The Dorals

Bank of America Main Stage1:30 - 2:30 pm

The Dorals are a five piece band from New Castle, PA, renowned for entertaining audiences of all ages with an incredibly wide variety of musical styles. Their focus is on party standards from the Baby Boomer generation to favorites from the 50s through the 90s. This five-part vocal strength, along with dynamic musicianship and arrangements, create energetic performances. The Dorals have earned the reputation as one of the area’s best party-dance bands.

Part of Sunday Oldies Concert Series presented by the PA Lottery.

Bindley Hardware Co.

Bank of America Main Stage3:00 - 4:00 pm

Bindley Hardware Co. is a “Rust-belt Americana” band from Pittsburgh, PA. They draw influence from classic country and perform an energetic brand of authentic roots rock. Bindley Hardware Co., is named after frontman Jon Bindley whose family owned and operated the premier hardware and home goods distributor in Pittsburgh during the early 20th century’s industrial boom. The band has performed throughout the northeastern U.S. this past year in support of their critically acclaimed debut album, Ever Satisfactory.

Donora

Bank of America Main Stage4:30 - 5:30 pm

Jake Hanner met the future lead singer of his band a few hours after she was born. He was disappointed she was a girl and cried.  Eighteen years later, Jake got over it, and he and his sister Casey decided to start a band. “We didn’t grow up listening to a lot of the same music,” explains Casey, “but when we started writing together, we realized that we approached creating music in the same way.” The brother sister duo also quickly realized that their shared upbringing could translate to solid pop tunes.  The recording process has always been a family affair for Donora, with bassist Jake Churton an honorary part of the family. The Hanners were raised in a musical household, living over the recording studio their father runs. It was their father who suggested the duo even play together in the first place. Casey’s bedroom was directly above the studio’s control room, and she attributes her ability to sleep through anything to this fact. Jake grew up watching his father in the studio and happened to pick up a thing or two. He recently built his own studio where he engineers and produces the band’s albums. “I wanted a place where we could come together as a band and just create, “ Jake H explains of the band’s new recording home.  Donora’s fourth full-length release on Rostrum Records is titled Sun To Me. As the band puts it, this album is about choosing love. Casey explains, “When it’s hard to make sense of everything around you, you can always escape to a world of light and love through music.”

The Buckle Downs

Bank of America Main Stage6:00 - 7:30 pm

The Buckle Downs are led by powerhouse vocalist, Kiki Brown, who was chosen by the Pittsburgh Post Gazette as one of twelve Pittsburghers to meet in 2018: “A petite woman with a set of pipes that would be the envy of a plumbing supply company” wrote Dan Gigler (PG). The Buckle Downs sound is culmination of rock, funk and soul. Displaying their technical musicality and uninhibited creatively, the Pittsburgh based 6 piece (Vocalist Kiki Brown, Bassist Damien DeTroia, Guitarist Ernie Francestine, Keyboardist Dave Filonuk, Drummer Jonathan Gulden and Guitarist Jon Henderson) craft a unique sound. Whether live or in studio, the band delivers soaring vocal melodies, danceable grooves and a high energy experience leaving you wanting more.

The Commonheart

Bank of America Main Stage8:00 - 9:30 pm

With gritty vocals over rock riffs and horns, The Commonheart delivers an emotion-packed, soulful sound that lights up any stage. Frontman Clinton Clegg is a powerhouse who commands full attention with his limitless onstage energy and vocal range. The new album “Grown” is a remarkable display of each member’s talent interlacing heavy blues, soul, and gospel influence across trumpet, saxophone, keys, guitar, and singers. The Commonheart’s sound is a true testament to the past while completely holding its own as one of today’s most promising acts.

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Sunday, August 5, 2018

EQT Regatta Nomad Band Photo

North of Mason Dixon (NOMaD)

Bank of America Main Stage12:30 - 2:00 pm

North Of Mason Dixon, aka NOMaD, broke on to the country scene in 2005 after placing as runner up in the highly publicized, Colgate Country Showdown. Since then, this high energy act brings there rock roots to stages all over the country. NOMaD released their debut CD “Born and Raised” charting with their first two singles “North of Mason-Dixon”(#78) and “Meet Me at Midnight”(#82). Following this release, the band was chosen as Kenny Chesney’s ‘Next Big Star’ and shared the stage at Heinz Field with Chesney, Keith Urban, Gary Allen, Luke Bryan and Leann Rimes. 

NOMaD is an innovative band combining infectious lyrics and melodies with the energy, passion, and ambition that promise to carry them far beyond the Mason-Dixon line and solidify them a spot in the music industry of the future. Selected to perform at the CMA Music Festival in recent years, NOMaD as opened for or supported over 100 national artists including Kenny Chesney, Keith Urban, Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Brooks & Dunn, Toby Keith, and many more. 

Jessica Meuse

Bank of America Main Stage2:30 - 4:00 pm

Jessica is an American performer from Slapout, Alabama. She has wowed audiences since the age of 10 and plays several instruments (guitar, piano, and classical violin).  At 20, Jessica won the statewide artist showcase, Stars of Alabama.

A spot on Season 3 of NBC’s The Voice followed, where she made it to the blind auditions and was on Vans Warped Tour.  Jessica was then selected by American Idol’s judges, Keith Urban, Jennifer Lopez, and Harry Connick, Jr., for Season 13 of the TV series where she rose to be a Top 4 National Finalist.  Jessica also became the first person in the history of Idol to perform her own original song, “Blue-Eyed Lie,” during the finals and joined Idols LIVE Tour, performing in 40+ cities across the USA and Canada.

Currently, Jessica is signed to LA Group Management and will be releasing her full-length album, “Halfhearted,” on August 3rd via Warrior Records/eOne.  On a personal note, Jessica is a fitness buff and brand ambassador for various products, dedicates time to raising awareness about Domestic Violence, Cyberbullying, Children’s Cancer Association, and St. Jude, while continuing to write, release music, and tour.

Jacob Bryant

Bank of America Main Stage4:30 - 6:00 pm

At 27, Jacob Bryant has lived through more than men twice his age. Hidden behind his blue eyes and charming smile lies a past of addiction, death, and divorce that have fueled his songwriting and pushed him to track some of his most popular biographical anthems including “Save My Soul,” “This Side of Sober,” “Too Late to Turn Around,” “Country Went to Hell,” and “Up In Flames.” The Jasper, Ga., native performs with the vigor of a seasoned road dog and delivers a show that combines the storytelling of country music with the passion of rock.

“It’s Country Music done my way,” says Bryant.

Bryant grew up in the mountains of north Georgia where he started on the indigenous stylings of his family’s Bluegrass band. “I was 8 when I first started playing guitar, “he explains. “I listened to Bluegrass music over and over again while strumming my Martin. I love Flat Lonesome and Mountain Heart.” As he got older, Jacob started playing in church where he served as leader of the youth group.

The singer/songwriter continued to hone his craft and took his show on the road after graduating from high school, but It was New Year’s Day 2010 when his life changed forever. “My Mom had taken a nap and didn’t wake up. I was on my way to Nashville when I got the call and my whole world fell apart.” Bryant began a downhill spiral in the throes of addiction. “I had trouble dealing with my mother’s death, and it took me looking in the mirror and realizing I wasn’t happy with the person looking back at me to turn things around. I was able, with help, to completely quit drinking for a long time and to get control of my life. My mother would have wanted me to continue on with my music; it was her dream. I kind of made her dream my dream,” shares Bryant.

He turned to songwriting to process his grief and wrote “Sometimes I Pray” as tribute to his mother and later tracked a song that depicted his battle with demons in “This Side Of Sober.” He continues to write on his own and with pals; penning a tune with fellow country newcomer Luke Combs called “Out There.”

2018 marks the debut of his second single, “Pour Whiskey On My Grave,” off his upcoming album. The album is his first (after 5 Ep’s) and is set to be released this summer. “I’m really proud and excited for my fans about the new record” says Bryant. “We recorded a couple of my most requested songs from our live show along with a number of new songs I can’t wait to share”.

Smithfield

Bank of America Main Stage6:30 - 7:30 pm

Smithfield was founded in 2011 with a dream as big as their home state of Texas. Comprised of vocalists Trey and Jennifer, SmithField took the stage by storm with their memorable music and stunning harmonies. Having grown up together, their on-stage chemistry is undeniably genuine and natural. After more than a year of performing together, the duo headed to Nashville to start a new chapter in their musical career.

Mixing the heavily rock influenced background of Trey and the classical country tendency of Jennifer, SmithField creates a contemporary country sound that’s different and compelling. The success of their “Nothing but the Night” led to Smithfield being named an “Artist to Watch” by PEOPLE, Rolling Stone Country and the Huffington Post. Proving to be one of the fastest rising duo’s in country music, Smithfield’s current single “Hey Whiskey” is resonating with industry and fans alike.

Randy Houser

Main Stage8:00 - 9:30 pm

Randy Houser is a man refreshed. “I don’t know how it happened, but everything in my life has started lining up,” says the Lake, Mississippi native. “I must have done somebody right in the past.”

Those positive vibes of renewal ripple through Houser’s three consecutive No. 1 hits, “How Country Feels,” “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” and “Goodnight Kiss,” which recently became Houser’s first No. 1 as a songwriter though he has written numerous hits for artists over the years. “How Country Feels” was his first-ever No. 1 at radio, and both it and “Runnin’ Outta Moonlight” earned RIAA Platinum certifications. All three songs are from Houser’s Stoney Creek Records debut, How Country Feels, which was released in early 2013. Upon release, the title track and lead single sparked a wildfire of accolades and media appearances.

Houser’s past contains no shortage of achievement, as it includes multiple nominations for ACM and CMA Awards, a No. 2 single in the form of “Boots On,” and songwriting credits for major names such as Trace Adkins, Justin Moore and Chris Young. In 2008—mere months after the release of his debut single, “Anything Goes”—Houser was even asked by David Letterman himself to appear on The Late Show. The singer’s first full-length album, Anything Goes, came out later that year, followed in 2010 by They Call Me Cadillac which spawned hit “Whistlin’ Dixie,” and fan-favorite “A Man Like Me.”

New tracks on How Country Feels echo the title single’s sunny self-assurance, including “We’re Just Growing Younger” and “Along for the Ride,” which Houser co-wrote with Zac Brown. “We were playing a festival and I just had this song rolling around in my head,” Houser remembers of the latter. “I stayed up till about 5 in the morning but then got stuck. So I called up Zac and we went on his bus and knocked it out of the park.”

There is contemplation, too: “Like a Cowboy,” which is Houser’s latest single, is about “me coming home for a few days, then having to leave again,” Houser says. “Route 3 Box 250D” provides an intimate snapshot of the singer’s upbringing. “That one’s kind of hard to listen to,” he admits. “It hits almost too close to home.” Billboard calls the song “stunning,” and The New York Times writes, “His voice here is almost wholly different, thicker and more throbbing, a caldron bubbling over. For a few minutes he’s the singer Nashville won’t let him be.”

As for the sound of How Country Feels, Houser says it’s his most expansive outing yet, with more bells and whistles than he’s used in the past; it also showcases the remarkable voice that led Vince Gill to call Houser “one of the best in the new crop of country singer-songwriters” and pal Jamey Johnson to say, “I watched a blind man jump to his feet and drop his crutches the first time he heard Randy Houser sing.”

And since the release of How Country Feels, critics have echoed those claims in reviews, with MSN writing “Houser is hands down one of the best male vocalists in Nashville,” and quoting Dierks Bentley as saying, “It’s kind of ridiculous how good of a singer he is.”

Still, the heart of the album—of Houser’s entire outlook right now—remains the story of a man who’s moved through darkness into light. “I feel like I’ve reached such a special moment,” he says, and it’s a true pleasure to hear him inside it.

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