June 10 | Jacob Martin

June 10 | Jacob Martin

Sponsored by Okoboji GM Toyota and Okoboji Tourism

Jacob Martin was inspired to pursue country music at an early age living in rural Iowa just outside of Sioux City where he first heard the sounds of artists like Garth Brooks and Sawyer Brown. This inspiration was further motivated through his mother who taught him to play guitar to accompany his passion for singing. At the young age of 8, Jacob was diagnosed with Guillain-Barre Syndrome (aka “French Polio”), which paralyzed him from the waist down and would be his hardest fight for years to come.. During this debilitating period in which most of his peers focused on extracurriculars like sports, Jacob instead used this time to develop his craft as a singer-songwriter.

In his early-twenties, he was persuaded to move to larger markets like Chicago and Minneapolis, working on various music projects along the way. While living in the Twin Cities, he heard country and rock fusing together on popular radio and decided to go back to “his roots” and put together a modern country band.From the depths of Craigslist, Jacob found his drummer, Josh Carlson. Following the first album release, the booming musical landscape of Nashville beckoned. Here, they again added two new members from Craigslist, lead guitarist Jeff Coggins, and bass guitarist Mike Guy.

Jacob is now focusing on writing and recording a modern country sound that will “stand out on its own” and be something “new for country listeners” with Eric Bass from the multi-platinum band Shinedown. Jacob’s plan is to continue to follow Garth Brook’s mantra and “With the good lord as my Captain, making music for many more years to come”

Website // www.jacobmartinmusic.net

Music // goo.gl/XhNeZh

June 17 | Randy McAllister

June 17 | Randy McAllister

Sponsored by Roof Guard Company and Steffes Companies

He’s been flying in the face of convention his whole career. No smoke, no mirrors, no choreography, no industry machines. One of the most versatile bluesmen in Texas, Randy plays driving drums and world-class harmonica, writes incredible songs and sings like no one else.

Raised in the small Texas town of Novice, McAllister is a 5th generation Texan, whose father was both a fireman and musician. His father was a drummer in a band called, “The Flames.” Randy sometimes went to his house parties and rehearsals and would sit in on the drums. He eventually bought his first drum kit in the 5th grade for $40.00 which he had earned mowing lawns. From that time on if he wasn’t fishing or hanging out in the country with his buddies he would be found locked in his room singing and playing, but the drums were just the beginning for Randy. McAllister found the harmonica in his early 20’s while stationed in Massachusetts as a member of the U.S. Air Force. Taking cues from Blues Legend “Earring George” Mayweather, a Boston resident and harmonica master, McAllister moved to Alaska in 1989 where he spent the next 3 years playing in various bands. He moved back to Texas in 1992, a strong, skillful harp player who was also establishing a reputation as a vocalist and a songwriter.

Read more // www.randymcallister.com/bio

Website // www.randymcallister.com

Music // goo.gl/IFxYmi

June 24 | Canaan Smith with Special Guest: Steve Moakler and Opener Casey Muessigmann

June 24 | Canaan Smith with Special Guest: Steve Moakler and Opener Casey Muessigmann

Sponsored by Oak Hill Marina

Ask anyone what makes country music unique, and they’ll likely answer it’s the storytelling. For generations country artists have illuminated the human condition in songs that share life’s tragedies and triumphs while exploring love, loss and the full range of life experiences. It’s a noble calling and one that Canaan Smith passionately embraces on his Mercury Nashville debut album Bronco.

As a result, listeners are passionately embracing Canaan’s talent. Rolling Stone raves, “if you haven’t heard of Canaan Smith yet, chances are you will be hearing quite a bit of him…overall, we feel the singer-songwriter is one of the sharper artists to keep an eye on.” With wisdom beyond his young years, Smith has emerged as one of Nashville’s most compelling storytellers. Whether painting a steamy portrait of a burgeoning relationship in the hit single “Love You Like That” or honoring the memory of his brother in the powerful title track, Smith knows how to draw listeners into his world. “Bronco” is a prime example.

When he was only 11, Smith lost his 16-year-old brother in a car accident. “It was important to me that I write that story,” he says of the song he co-wrote with Scooter Carusoe. “I always wanted to write something that would honor my brother, but I didn’t know it would be in the form of his car. I had no idea the Ford Bronco that he drove would stick with me all of these years, but it has. When I think about him, that’s the first thing I see.” And he’s learned that even the most personal experiences can strike a universal chord with an audience. “At first it was hard for me to sing, I would tear up in the middle of a show trying to sing it,” he says of “Bronco.” “Then I realized it’s not just my story. Every night the room is full of people that have been through loss. It’s actually pretty cool to transition from it just being my story to hopefully being a story that people can find hope in, and a little peace. That’s what I tell them. Before the song I say, ‘Now if you’ve gone through loss, if you’ve gone through something like this, maybe for the next three and a half minutes you’ll find a little bit of peace. I hope this song will do for you what it has for me.’”

Read more // www.canaansmith.com/about

Website // www.canaansmith.com

Music // goo.gl/en5Tgc

 

Special Guest – Steve Moakler

Steve Moakler has been making a name for himself in Nashville for 10 years now—and on his new album, he’s returning to his roots in Western Pennsylvania.

Steel Town is a country record, but the stories it tells and the characters it elevates are very much rooted in Pittsburgh—the Steel City—and its surrounding areas. For Moakler, this homecoming is paired with a liberation, one where his songwriting and his performing are a full reconciliation of who he is. “I’ve had the title Steel Town in my head for a long time. But I’ve been very intimidated; where I’m from means so much to me, and there’s a lot of pride in Pittsburgh and in the Rust Belt. I wanted to honor that.

“This is my fourth album, but it feels like in a lot of ways, it’s the first time I’m ever going back and talking about the earlier chapters of my life and where I’m from.”

With songs like the easygoing country-radio hit “Suitcase,” which revels in love’s ability to open up one’s appreciation of life’s simpler pleasures, and the crackling barroom singalong “Love Drunk,” Steel Town represents a performer and songwriter who’s coming into his own.

Moakler moved to Nashville in the mid-2000s and has released three albums on his own. But it was penning songs for other artists—Dierks Bentley’s “Riser,” as well as tracks for Ashley Monroe and Kellie Pickler—that got him energized to create the songs that would make up Steel Town.

Read more // www.stevemoakler.com/about

Website // www.stevemoakler.com

Music // goo.gl/BEPJWF

July 1 | Paisan

July 1 | Paisan

Sponsored by Rustic Lure Wine & Spirits

A ten piece rock country funk and soul power house.. Wisconsin’s greatest funk country rock & soul band. Same core group you love, now with a dash of horns.

Phil Capuzzi – Guitar

Ben Ranallo – Vocals/Harmonica

Dustin DeGolier – Guitar/Vocals

Troy Lynch – Drums

Raya Madison – Vocals/ Piano

Travis Thorp – Bass Guitar/Vocals

Robb Held – Trumpet

Jamie Mills – Trumpet

Tim Mills – Trombone

Jeff Hile – Saxophone

Facebook Page // @paisanrocks

July 2 | Rolling Stoners

July 2 | Rolling Stoners

Sponsored by Marilyn Vos and Hoien Realty

This throwback act expresses the raw essence of what made the early-era Stones live show extraordinary. Fueled by genuine admiration, it often materializes in a veritable manifestation that you have to see for yourself.

Celebrating the music of the Rolling Stones, that’s what they do. Don’t expect to see wigs or costumes, because this five piece band is much more than just a tribute band, they are a real-life expression of The Stones ora.

Excitement, professionalism, and lasting memories are spontaneously served up to your audience every time. This collective of experienced touring musicians and their collobrative management group are always looking to provide a scaleable entertainment event perfect for your space.

Read more // www.rollingstoners.us/about.html

Website // www.rollingstoners.us

Videos & Music // www.rollingstoners.us/gallery.html

July 3 | Farm Rock Band

July 3 | Farm Rock Band

Sponsored by Mueske Electric and Don’s Pest Control

Farm Rock was formed in 2011 as a top 40 Country Rock act playing well know original songs and the all around radio experience. Current members include Veteran Nashville performer and front man Kendall Obermier, Lead Guitar player Ryan Van Arkel, Bass Player Dan Calvert and drummer Jeff Rients.. Live sound provided by Keven Obermier and the digital experience.. The band is well known for its 4 hour plus shows without a break often leading late into the night and always on key. The band always has a big schedule up and coming with clubs Fairs and signature clubs around the region. Members of Farm Rock have played many times with country greats like Jason Aldean, Eric Church, Brad Paisley Phil Vassar and many others.  Check in for more concert dates news and reviews about the band.. Send us an email, like us on facebook and continue to visit the website.. We are looking forward to meeting you, come out and get Farm Rocked!

Read more // www.farmrockband.com/band_bio

Website // www.farmrockband.com

Music // www.farmrockband.com/listen

July 4 | Kory & the Fireflies with Special Guest: Judd Hoos

July 4 | Kory & the Fireflies with Special Guest: Judd Hoos

Sponsored by Kozy Heat

KORY AND THE FIREFLIES create music described as, “pop rock with punch” and the band has a special gift for connecting with an audience. The group has charted in two National Radio Publications and shared the stage with over Seventy National Acts, including touring with Goo Goo Dolls, they’ve also supported Sugar Ray, Smash Mouth, 3 Doors Down, Kid Rock, Sheryl Crow and many many more (see entire list below*). The band has garnered National Press in Billboard, Washington Post, Chicago Sun Times and appeared twice at Farm Aid with Willie Nelson, Neil Young, John Mellencamp and Dave Matthews. The band has also achieved Airplay and Video-play in all 50 states with their singles, “Sometimes”, “Pop Fly” and “Everyone” and appeared on VH1’s “Summer’s End Concert” in Las Vegas. Kory and the Fireflies create positive, pop rock and roll and bring that same positive energy to their live shows.

Read more on their Facebook Page… @koryfireflies

 

JUDD HOOS | The stars are aligning for Judd Hoos. The Black Hills based group has spent the past year supporting their latest single ‘Billboard’. With over 100,000 YouTube views and radio play across the Midwest the single has been their most successful single to date. The band is working on a full length album and has just released a new single ‘Breathe In.’ The song has already charted #23 on the iTunes Rock Charts.

Read more // www.juddhoos.com/bio

Website // www.juddhoos.com

Music // goo.gl/j2zf78

July 8 | Hitchville

July 8 | Hitchville

Sponsored by Clary Lake Service, Milford Welding, and Laser Car Wash

Hitchville has quickly solidified themselves among the upper echelon of regional talent. Under the foundational leadership of dynamic lead vocalists Heidi Owens and Matthew Kneefe, the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band works tirelessly to produce.

The group’s brand new, highly anticipated sophomore album “Soundtrack to Life” is now available everywhere! It includes their first iHeartRadio #1 single “Even When It’s Bad It’s Good”, as well as their new single “Love is the Road” which is already climbing the iHeartMedia charts.  This project has been 4 years in the making, with songs written by some of Nashville’s biggest hit-makers, along with the first song ever written and recorded by members of the band.  They also recently realized another big dream of theirs: to start their own country music and camping festival…and so it began!  The First Annual Hitchville Hootenanny took place in August, 2015 with some of the region’s most sought after talent and was a resounding success!  2016’s Hootenanny finished up again with an award winning lineup and as many memories and there were country music fans in attendance.

Read more // www.welcometohitchville.com/bio.html

Website // www.welcometohitchville.com

Music // goo.gl/1jp2tD

July 15 | Hairball

July 15 | Hairball

Sponsored by Boji Toes, Jossie’s Boutique, and Hunter Family Farms

Hairball is a Rock & Roll experience you won’t forget. A band puts on a concert – Hairball puts on an event! The lights, sound, video screens, smoke, fire, blood, bombs, confetti, spiders, snakes & monsters (oh my) and the screaming hoards of rabid Hairball fans create an event – an event that hits you so hard, it’ll take a few days to recover! Rock & Roll will NEVER die!!!

Vocalists Bobby, Steve and Joe Dandy lead the band through a 2+ hour, mind-blowing, and drop-dead accurate homage to some of the biggest arena acts in the world. Van Halen, KISS, Motley Crue, Queen, Journey, and Aerosmith are but a few of the acts fans will see brought to life. The Hairball stage becomes an entirely new rock concert before your very eyes countless times throughout the night.

The motor that drives the Hairball dragster consists of Freaky on the electric bass, Blake on the drums, and Happy on the lead guitar. These Rock & Roll soldiers pride themselves on nailing some of the most memorable licks and chops of all time, while adding their own style and flare that they’ve cultivated over decades of tireless performing. These guys live and breathe Rock & Roll!

Read more // www.hairballonline.com/the-band

Website // www.hairballonline.com

Music // www.hairballonline.com/hairball-videos

July 22 | Cowboy Mouth

July 22 | Cowboy Mouth

Sponsored by State Steel

For over two decades, Cowboy Mouth has dished up its unique style of rock & roll gumbo, mixing a rowdy spirit reflective of the band’s hometown — New Orleans — with the fierce firepower of a group that lives on the road. These Louisiana natives have played more than 2,500 concerts and launched their signature song, “Jenny Says,” into the upper half of the Billboard rock charts. Above all else, they earned a well-deserved rep as a raucous, redemptive, live music experience.

Formed during the glory days of grunge music, Cowboy Mouth forged a different sound from the very start. It’s a sound rooted in rock, punk, blues, and the attitude of the Big Easy, a town known for its week-long parties and swampy, southern vibe. Bandleader Fred LeBlanc, who’d previously sharpened his teeth with the punk band Dash Rip Rock, pulls double-duty as the group’s frontman and drummer, leading the charge with his larger-than-life personality and percussive attack. During the band’s early days, record companies warned him against singing and drumming at the same time, claiming that audiences would never go for it… but by the mid-’90s, those same record companies were clamoring to sign the band to a major-label deal.

Read more // www.cowboymouth.com/bios

Website // www.cowboymouth.com

Music // www.cowboymouth.com/music

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