Nick DiSebastian & Friends
Guitarist, singer, and composer Nick DiSebastian brings a fiery five-piece string band to play a flavorfull stew of bluegrass, blues, rock n’ roll, and country music. As a former member of Town Mountain and Col. Bruce & The Madrid Express, Nick is now at the helm of the band stand in the company of Chris Henry on the mandolin, John Mailander on the violin, Greg Earnest on the banjo, and Keith Morris on the bass and vocals. These fellas have a deep love for traditional bluegrass coupled with a sense of adventure to make other musical styles work in a string band setting. Along with traditional numbers and songs familiar to fans of popular music, Nick will be rendering a few tunes from his album, Window View. The vocal harmonies and instrumental prowess of this band are sure to delight any music lovers!
Jeff Sipe Trio featuring Mike Seal & Taylor Lee
Two-time Grammy nominee Jeff Sipe brings together the incredible virtuosos Mike Seal on guitar and Taylor Lee on bass to form the Jeff Sipe Trio. An alumni of Berklee College of Music, Sipe has established himself as one of the greatest drummers in the United States. He has toured and/or recorded with highly renowned artists such as Bela Fleck, Phil Lesh, Jimmy Herring Band, Warren Haynes of The Allman Brothers, Trey Anastasio Band, Derek Trucks, Col. Bruce Hampton & the Aquarium Rescue Unit and many others.
The other member of the trio is Mike Seal who is a guitarist from Tennessee with ties to Georgia. In the course of his career, Mike has been touring and recording with a number of different bands including Jeff Coffin Mu’tet, Robiella, Larkin Poe, Sierra Hull and the Mountain Soul which is a bluegrass music group. He has toured as the guitarist for the Jerry Douglas Band (Dobro, Allison Krauss).
Sandra Hall and The Shadows
Sandra L. Hall is a blues and soul blues singer and songwriter. She has been billed as Atlanta’s “Empress of the Blues”. Hall is an Honorary Member of the Atlanta Blues Society. To date she has released five albums, including three on Ichiban Records.
In the 60’s she formed the Exotics, singing and dancing particularly at the Royal Peacock Club, one of the premier Atlanta nightclubs. The Exotics opened for several touring acts at that venue, including Otis Redding, Joe Tex and the Temptations.
She continued singing in a semi-professional vein, whilst working full-time as a nurse. She developed her stage act to include a risque repertoire which was ripe with innuendo. Hall’s live work came to the attention of Ichiban Records and, in 1995, they released her debut solo album, Showin’ Off. The same year she appeared at the Sarasota Blues Fest. Hall continued to work largely around Atlanta, but her recording exposure led her on tours in Europe, which included her performing at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Her second album, One Drop Will Do You, was issued in 1997. In 2001, she self-released Miss Red Riding Hood. Hall performed at the W.C. Handy Blues and Barbecue Festival in 2005. Hall regularly visits schools teaching blues culture and singing styles. Hall continues to perform at Blind Willie’s in Atlanta.
Flatt & Strugglin’
Flatt & Strugglin’ is a newly formed bluegrass band full of seasoned professionals based in the NW Georgia area. All members have worked with national and regional artists in both bluegrass and country genres over the years. Their influences range from traditional/modern bluegrass to country music. Their hard-driving sound mixed with 3 part harmony is a definite crowd pleaser and very entertaining!
The Bonaventure Quartet was originally just Dave and Charles who were nuts about Django. But we needed some low end, so we dragged Mark Bynum over on Sunday afternoons and became an all-acoustic trio based in Atlanta whose initial inspiration came from the great French gypsy guitarist, Django Reinhardt. At least, that’s how it started…