American Idol finalist David Archuleta was the seventh season runner-up (alongside winner David Cook). Six full-length albums deep into a successful career, Archuleta will release a three-part EP series, starting with "Orion" in 2017.
Hailing from St. Louis by way of Texas, Mike Zito's spirited, powerful material is easily as good as such popular singer-songwriters as John Mayer and Jack Johnson, while his cover of Prince's 1983 hit 'Little Red Corvette' is different enough to make it his own, yet recognizable as the hit that it became.
Legendary songstress Sophie B. Hawkins has been tugging at heartstrings for decades with her powerful storytelling. Sophie's signature style of painting beautiful scenes of love, heartbreak, self awareness and everything in between translates beautifully into a live show, leaving audiences rapt. She got her big break with the mega hit single "Damn, I Wish I Was Your Lover" and she released her critically acclaimed debut album 'Tongues And Tails' in 1992, earning her a Grammy nomination for Best New Artist. Since then, Sophie has accumulated more awards and performed with some of the best in the business, like Chris Isaak, Melissa Etheridge and Sting.
Fans of indie pop greats like Grizzly Bear, Bon Iver and Arcade Fire will love San Fermin's ornate arrangements and chamber pop compositions. The listener is enveloped in a sea of sound and live shows are fun to behold. San Fermin is the brainchild of classically trained Yale graduate Ellis Ludwig-Leone and their latest album, 'Belong,' is earning fan and critic praise and the band's ensemble sound continues to become more popular with write ups and reviews everywhere from The New Yorker to NPR. Ellis once described the eight piece band's sound on their breakout single "Sonsick" as "panic at a birthday party." You've got to take a listen to that, don't you?!
Reckless Kelly returns! Celebrating twenty years, Reckless Kelly has been bucking the mainstream by straddling the fence between country and rock as if they built it themselves. The Grammy winning band has also won Lone Star Music Awards and is best known for their explosive live shows. It's been two years since Reckless Kelly has played ST94, so don't miss this show.
John Lodge is bass guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the iconic rock band, The Moody Blues. Songwriter of such mega Moody Blues hits from "Ride My SeeSaw," to "I'm Just A Singer (In A Rock and Roll Band)," "Isn't Life Strange?" and many more, Lodge has been performing and recording with The Moody Blues for more than five decades, selling in excess of 70 million albums. Lodge has been voted one of the "10 most influential bass players on the planet," and has been the recipient of many awards, including ASCAP (American Society of Composers and Publishers), an Ivor Novello Award, to name just a few. He has also released two solo albums; "Natural Avenue" in 1977, and more recently, "10,000 Light Years Ago," as well as the duo album "Blue Jays" in 1975 with Justin Hayward.
For five years Vonda Shepard was the featured performer on the FOX series "Ally McBeal." Even though the series was cancelled in 2002, Vonda continues to do what she does best -- write and perform original songs. In addition to four highly successful "Ally McBeal" companion soundtracks, Shepard's solo albums include "It's Good, Eve," "The Radical Light" and "From the Sun."
At the heart of Indigenous is guitarist/singer/songwriter Mato Nanji. Raised as a member of the Nakota Sioux Nation on the Yankton Indian Reservation in South Dakota, Mato first came to musical prominence when he formed Indigenous with his brother, sister and cousin. In 1998, they released their debut, 'Things We Do,' which received wide, mass reception and included the Top 10 smash hit 'Now That You're Gone.' After three successful albums, the siblings went their separate ways, and Mato forged ahead as the face of Indigenous releasing his Vanguard debut, 'Chasing The Sun.' The album's fiery blues prowess solidified Mato as one of blues-rock's most exciting talents. His most recent effort is 'Time is Coming.'
Los Lonely Boys are the three Garza brothers: Henry on guitar, Jojo on bass and Ringo on drums. They play music drawn from diverse sources, blending the influences of Tex-Mex, country, blues and rock and roll pioneers like Richie Valens, Chuck Berry, and Fats Domino and such pop music giants as The Beatles,
Cowboy Junkies' sound is based in folk and country but has a melancholy, deeply personal feel. The Toronto-based group, featuring siblings Michael (guitar/primary songwriting), Margo (vocals) and Peter Timmins (drums) and Alan Anton (bass), formed in 1985 and have recorded more than 25 albums.
George Winston is known for interpreting pieces on solo piano by his most beloved composers. The inspiration for this happened in 1965 when, at 16, he saw "A Charlie Brown Christmas," featuring Vince Guaraldi's timeless soundtrack. In addition to Guaraldi, other influences on Winston include Professor Longhair, The Doors, Frank Zappa, Randy Newman and Sam Cooke. Outside of his piano compositions and performances, he is also an accomplished blues harmonica and slack-key guitar player. In concert, he'll play selections from his seasonal favorites performed in his melodic folk style, as well as some New Orleans R&B, stride piano, and more.
As Strawbs celebrate four decades of music making, it is still difficult to categorise the unique sound that has made them Britain's most successful international progressive folk-rock band. David Cousins, who leads the group, has been described by the influential All Music Guide as, "the most talented Dylan influenced songwriter to come out of England." Strawbs are often mentioned in the same breath as progressive rock bands like Yes, King Crimson, and the Moody Blues.
Comic Joe Conklin is known for his many hysterical sports impressions. Heard on the morning show on 610 WIP, hear Conklin's incredible impressions of Cole Hamels, Charlie Manuel, Merrill Reese, Andy Reid, Charles Barkley, Arlen Specter, Ed Rendel, Barack Obama and many others.
Felix Cavaliere, founder and leader of The Rascals, will rock the house with his dynamic, timeless voice. Hear unforgettable hits such as "Good Lovin'," "A Girl Like You," "Groovin'," "I've Been Lonely Too Long," "A Beautiful Morning," "How Can I be Sure" and more. Scoring three number one songs and an additional ten on the Top 40 charts, this "blue-eyed soul" band is rooted in simplicity and innocence.
After touring with Robert Fripp's League of Crafty Guitarists, this trio fused their individual backgrounds in classical, rock, blues, country, jazz and surf music and began honing their intricate original compositions, surf covers and classical re-workings.
Thorn has been pleasing crowds for years with his muscular brand of roots music: bluesy, rocking and thoroughly Southern. For an artist you may never have heard of, Thorn has had a long successful career working with musical giants like Sting, Bonnie Raitt, John Prine and Huey Lewis. In 2017, he marked the 20th anniversary of the release of his album "Hammer & Nail" with a tour.
One of the earliest of British blues bands, Savoy Brown (with founder guitarist and longtime member Kim Simmonds at the helm) helped launch the UK blues/rock movement that paved the way for such acts as Led Zeppelin.
Boy Named Banjo, described as Tennessee's Americana apostles, is creating a lot of buzz in the southeastern music scene for their Americana roots sound. Three Nashville natives founded the group in 2011 and released their debut album, 'The Tanglewood Sessions,' before graduating high school. Boy Named Banjo has since performed at Bonnaroo, released its sophomore album 'Long Story Short' and received a 2015 nomination for "Best Local Band (Nashville)" by The Tennesseean. Come see what the buzz is all about.
Brother Joscephus and the Love Revolution is a "12-piece explosion of righteousness blending New Orleans party music, soul in the style of Ray Charles and Al Green, a good helping of Jam-bandy Roots Rock and a splash of upbeat (non-religious) Gospel into a feel-good gumbo of love." Whenever the band takes the stage, it's Mardi Gras in New Orleans. Dressed in their finest whites (accented with purple, gold and green), they throw out beads, dance with parasols throughout the crowd, and every show starts with a New Orleans-style parade through the audience.
World renowned rock/surf guitarist Gary Hoey forges new territory as a lead vocalist on his new single, 'Only Human.' With a collection of 16 albums, five top 20 Billboard hits, and over one million albums sold it's no wonder Gary Hoey is listed in the top 100 greatest guitar players of all time.
Sounding almost identically to the rock royalty to whom they pay tribute, expect to hear many Queen classics including 'Bohemian Rhapsody,' 'We are the Champions/We Will Rock You,' 'Crazy Little Thing Called Love' and 'Another One Bites the Dust.' Elaborate lighting, effects and costumes aptly frame the seasoned musicians who step into these very large shoes to effectively render an authentic "Queen experience."
Herman's Hermits, fronted by Peter Noone, is a British pop group whose heyday came in the 1960s. They are perhaps best known for such hits as 'I'm Into Something Good,' 'Henry VIII' and 'Mrs. Brown You've Got a Lovely Daughter.'
Patterson came to fame and favoritism as a co-founder of the popular country rock group Drive-By Truckers and fans have also enjoyed his venture to a slightly slower, more relaxed solo singer songwriter. With Drive-By Truckers enjoying mainstream success with socially conscious hits like "What It Means" and a key slot at this year's Pickathon (the growingly popular national roots festival), this is a great chance to connect with the heart and soul of the group in a more intimate setting.
Christmas with the Celts began as a television special, broadcast on over 90 PBS stations across the country to high acclaim. For over 15 years the Celts have shared their traditional tunes from Scotland and Ireland along with hits from other contemporary artists like Van Morrison and the Chieftains. The blend of traditional old world carols and Celtic-inspired adaptations of modern favorites by Irish-born and Nashville-based Irish American musicians shows the Celts energy, humor and passion about music.
Looking and sounding just like John Denver himself, Ted Vigil and his band will return to Sellersville to pay tribute to one of the greatest American superstars of all time. Expect nostalgic hits like "Annie's Song," "Sunshine On My Shoulders," "Back Home Again," "I'm Sorry" and "Thank God I'm A Country Boy" plus plus songs for the season such as "Christmas For Cowboys."
It's "CSI: Bethlehem" in this holiday mystery extravaganza as Sister returns to Sellersville to take on the mystery that has intrigued historians throughout the ages: Whatever happened to the Magi's gold? Retelling the story of the nativity as only Sister can and employing her own scientific tools, Sister creates a living nativity unlike any you've ever seen. With gifts galore and bundles of laughs, Sister's Christmas Catechism sure to become your newest holiday tradition.
Sellersville welcomes Vinnie Moore with special guest Gus G for a night of guitar shredding rock. Vinnie Moore is a guitar legend and member of UFO whose playing has dazzled musicians and rock fans around the globe since the release of his debut album 'Mind's Eye' in 1986. Gus G is an acclaimed guitarist with Ozzy Osborne and Firewins who has also released several solo albums.
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, takes blues to the cutting edge, where it highfives its contemporary cousins rock, rap, and hip hop, wiith his razor sharp, biting guitar, vocals from the gut, and top-notch skill as a songwriter. Popa Chubby artfully combines the rootsiness of blues with the more modern urban elements of today's popular music. His blues are gritty, urban and always utterly contemporary.
Ornament is a musical tribute to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra. Ornament is a full musical production performing many of TSO's classics including "Christmas Eve/Sarajevo 12/24," "For The Sake Of Our Brother," "Boughs Of Holly," "First Snow" and "This Christmas Day."
Celebrating over 50 years on stage and in the studio, music legend Tom Rush continues to thrill audiences with captivating performances. Experience his romantic, rustic folk music that features a time tested mix of new and old with favorites like "Urge For Going," "Who Do You Love" and "No Regrets." Tom left a stamp on generations of artists as his legendary album 'Circle Game' helped shape the 1960s folk revival and the renaissance of the 1980s and 1990s and introduced the songs of Joni Mitchell, Jackson Browne and James Taylor.
Girls Guns and Glory are a gritty Americana country band from Boston, Massachusetts. Their refreshing sound seems to pay homage to Tom Petty, Charlie Daniels, Johnny Cash, Lyle Lovett and Chris Isaak all at once.
The world famous Glenn Miller Orchestra is one of the greatest acts of all time! Originally formed by Glenn Miller in 1938 during the Swing era of the 1930s and 1940s, they have enjoyed a matchless string of hits including their signature "Moonlight Serenade," "Chattanooga Choo Choo," "A String Of Pearls," "Tuxedo Junction" and of course "In The Mood." The present Glenn Miller Orchestra was formed in 1956 with Nick Hilscher as the orchestra's current musical director.
Nashville's vibrant power trio of psychedelic soul music strives to "play music without pretense," making their live shows a real treat for the audiences they connect with. Rolling Stone described their popular ground breaking sound as "reminiscent of The Grateful Dead and Steve Ray Vaughn." The band's last critically acclaimed album 'Rise And Shine' featured the hit single "People Say" on WXPN.
Leading The Divine Hand Ensemble is Mano Divina, a professional concert thereminist performing classical compositions, chamber music, opera arias and sacred choral music with the eight piece string ensemble. The international performances of theremin music are played with such precision, grace and elegance that they have touched curious audiences worldwide. Come celebrate the winter season with the uniquely breathtaking Divine Hand Ensemble.
Give yourself the gift of Real Diamond this holiday season as we capture the excitement of one of America's top hit makers. Expect to hear just about all of Neil's platinum and gold chart topers like "Sweet Caroline," "Holly Holly," "Crackling' Rosie" and "Song Sung Blue." This crowd pleasing show is just the thing to keep your holiday season bright.