Sounds

Five bands will each perform one-hour sets from 4-11 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 on the stage located at Main Street and Potomac.

4 pm: Social Bandits

5:30 pm: Gasoline Gypsies

7 pm: Jill Jack Band

8:30 pm: Sponge

10 pm: Virginia Violet & The Rays

Social Bandits; 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 In 2013, longtime friends and bandmates Brad Rude, Jared Bentley, and Dylan Walsh hit up their high school buddy Jesse Medawar to see if he wanted to start a rock band.  Having played together for years in a female fronted "Paramore-esque" band through high school, the guys needed a change of pace. Jesse showed up to "the warehouse" (a large, abandoned looking space connected to a Salvation Army) and the guys went on to jam some blues tunes such as Crossroads by Eric Clapton and Something Like Olivia by John Mayer. The guys hit it off, and the the jam session was a revelation for Brad, Jared, and Dylan. The guys quickly got a setlist of covers together (mostly classic rock and blues tunes) and booked their first show in a matter of weeks. It was a "Battle of the Bands" at a local bar. The jam was electric, and the band won the contest under the name Los Dientes Del Perro (a reference to The Killers music video for When You Were Young). At that very show Brad, Jared, and Dylan received a message from their lead singer in their other band informing them that she quit.  The guys quickly asked Jesse if he was interested in taking this new band seriously and would join them in writing their own music. He was down. After the well needed name change, the band has went on to write, record, and release a four song EP and a full length album titled In Retrospect.  With their shared love of classic rock, jazz, blues, funk, and reggae, the band has created a unique sonic blend that compliments their dynamic songwriting and knack for on-stage improvisation. Between the lead singers of Jesse and Brad, the band covers a lot of ground. With the addition of jazz extraordinaire, Evan Mercer, the band's musicality and showmanship is a cornerstone of their live performance. The band has easily played over one hundred shows including college house parties, four hour bar gigs, Detroit dives, esteemed clubs and halls throughout Michigan, and has opened for acts such and Passafire and Lil Dicky. With new music on the way, the guys hope to take this show on the road in the coming year and beyond.

Social Bandits; 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11

In 2013, longtime friends and bandmates Brad Rude, Jared Bentley, and Dylan Walsh hit up their high school buddy Jesse Medawar to see if he wanted to start a rock band.  Having played together for years in a female fronted "Paramore-esque" band through high school, the guys needed a change of pace. Jesse showed up to "the warehouse" (a large, abandoned looking space connected to a Salvation Army) and the guys went on to jam some blues tunes such as Crossroads by Eric Clapton and Something Like Olivia by John Mayer. The guys hit it off, and the the jam session was a revelation for Brad, Jared, and Dylan. The guys quickly got a setlist of covers together (mostly classic rock and blues tunes) and booked their first show in a matter of weeks. It was a "Battle of the Bands" at a local bar. The jam was electric, and the band won the contest under the name Los Dientes Del Perro (a reference to The Killers music video for When You Were Young). At that very show Brad, Jared, and Dylan received a message from their lead singer in their other band informing them that she quit.  The guys quickly asked Jesse if he was interested in taking this new band seriously and would join them in writing their own music. He was down.

After the well needed name change, the band has went on to write, record, and release a four song EP and a full length album titled In Retrospect.  With their shared love of classic rock, jazz, blues, funk, and reggae, the band has created a unique sonic blend that compliments their dynamic songwriting and knack for on-stage improvisation. Between the lead singers of Jesse and Brad, the band covers a lot of ground. With the addition of jazz extraordinaire, Evan Mercer, the band's musicality and showmanship is a cornerstone of their live performance. The band has easily played over one hundred shows including college house parties, four hour bar gigs, Detroit dives, esteemed clubs and halls throughout Michigan, and has opened for acts such and Passafire and Lil Dicky. With new music on the way, the guys hope to take this show on the road in the coming year and beyond.

Gasoline Gypsies; 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 Rollicking, genre-transcending rock ‘n’ roll out of Detroit played by four guys who love the craft. With three part vocal harmonies, driving guitar and bass riffs, their songs are powerful and intense, yet easy to grasp. With the release of their new album "Killin' Time" on July 1st, the The Gasoline Gypsies are eager to show the rock community what they can do. he first iteration of the Gasoline Gypsies was an acoustic, three piece Folk/Rock act, that honed the Gypsies penchant for crisp harmonies, and grown up lyrics. The departure of their percussion man, resulted in meeting drummer, Joe Makowski, an unabashed rock and roller whose style begged that the gypsies plug in and test their rock chops. Electrified, Caleb’s front man guitar skills blossomed. Their growth process eventually led to the addition of Neal Love. Neal’s ability to understand that he brings the missing piece to this team, makes The Gasoline Gypsies a group that reverently respects the art of the music, while unleashing all that we love about rock and roll. Caleb and Neal play their guitars like they've been playing together for years , both adding elements of lead and rhythms that play off each other uniquely. Steve’s bass lines range from subtle to funky, and Joe on the kit drives the wagon with hard hitting drum licks. The Gasoline Gypsies work hard. Their considerable effort to play rock and roll in the spirit that respects the art, results in a seemingly effortless stage performance that is thrilling, and fun.

Gasoline Gypsies; 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11

Rollicking, genre-transcending rock ‘n’ roll out of Detroit played by four guys who love the craft. With three part vocal harmonies, driving guitar and bass riffs, their songs are powerful and intense, yet easy to grasp. With the release of their new album "Killin' Time" on July 1st, the The Gasoline Gypsies are eager to show the rock community what they can do.

he first iteration of the Gasoline Gypsies was an acoustic, three piece Folk/Rock act, that honed the Gypsies penchant for crisp harmonies, and grown up lyrics. The departure of their percussion man, resulted in meeting drummer, Joe Makowski, an unabashed rock and roller whose style begged that the gypsies plug in and test their rock chops. Electrified, Caleb’s front man guitar skills blossomed. Their growth process eventually led to the addition of Neal Love. Neal’s ability to understand that he brings the missing piece to this team, makes The Gasoline Gypsies a group that reverently respects the art of the music, while unleashing all that we love about rock and roll.

Caleb and Neal play their guitars like they've been playing together for years , both adding elements of lead and rhythms that play off each other uniquely. Steve’s bass lines range from subtle to funky, and Joe on the kit drives the wagon with hard hitting drum licks.

The Gasoline Gypsies work hard. Their considerable effort to play rock and roll in the spirit that respects the art, results in a seemingly effortless stage performance that is thrilling, and fun.

Jill Jack Band; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 41 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes. Jill has built her audience with her whimsical, genuine live performances. Genuine is the defining term here. Propelled by her musical exemplars Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris, there are few performers with less conflict between who they are on stage and off than Jill. She extends the tradition of the confessional (i.e. achingly open, unafraid of intimacy) singer-songwriter, and is proud of that style and its continuation. You get all of Jill Jack in a performance -- her blend of folk and rock traditions, her open humor, her fine band. Jill harbors little of her process from her audience -- each performance is about opening a window and shining a light into her songwriting, leading inevitably to the intense relationship with her fans. Her career is founded on folk’s best idea -- that there’s a shared knowing between artist and audience, a conversation that flows both ways during a show. Plus she’s a strong woman who’s won over the toughest town in a man’s world -- she’s a bandleader, the principal songwriter in a large group bearing her own name, an employer and automatic arbiter of musician’s issues.

Jill Jack Band; 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11

Jill Jack’s magical connection to her audience is the result of her generous artistry. By combining her gifts as a conceptual visionary with a warm gathering of musical influences, Jill touches that secret heart of ours with her melodies and lyrics. In her hometown of Detroit, Jill needs no further explanation. She’s been lauded in equal measure to her talents: Since 1997 she’s won 41 Detroit Music Awards in every conceivable category that applies to a singer-songwriter. Much of this provincial success is due to her charming stage presence and emotive songwriting. It’s simply called connecting, and it’s the bounty of a true songwriter open to all of life: her own defeats, victories, hopes dashed, dreams fulfilled, her muse, her loneliness, her misplaced love and her romantic successes.

Jill has built her audience with her whimsical, genuine live performances. Genuine is the defining term here. Propelled by her musical exemplars Joni Mitchell and Emmy Lou Harris, there are few performers with less conflict between who they are on stage and off than Jill. She extends the tradition of the confessional (i.e. achingly open, unafraid of intimacy) singer-songwriter, and is proud of that style and its continuation.

You get all of Jill Jack in a performance -- her blend of folk and rock traditions, her open humor, her fine band. Jill harbors little of her process from her audience -- each performance is about opening a window and shining a light into her songwriting, leading inevitably to the intense relationship with her fans. Her career is founded on folk’s best idea -- that there’s a shared knowing between artist and audience, a conversation that flows both ways during a show. Plus she’s a strong woman who’s won over the toughest town in a man’s world -- she’s a bandleader, the principal songwriter in a large group bearing her own name, an employer and automatic arbiter of musician’s issues.

Sponge; 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status. Sponge's follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including "Wax Ecstatic" and "Have You Seen Mary?"  The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.”  Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.” Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70's glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else. “Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”

Sponge; 8:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11

Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City's heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album "Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like "Plowed" and "Molly (16 Candles)" Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.

Sponge's follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including "Wax Ecstatic" and "Have You Seen Mary?"  The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.”  Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”

Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70's glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.

“Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”

Virginia Violet & The Rays; 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11 Spawned in the spirit of Detroit 1966, Virginia Violet and the Rays are here to bring Motown into to the 21st century with a fresh take on a classic sound. Lead by Virginia's driving and distinct vocal style, the group brings an throwback energy reminiscent of the days when Otis Redding and Martha Reeves reign supreme. VV and the Rays released their first four-song EP in the fall of 2016 and quickly gained a reputation for their live performance at one of Detroit's top music festivals, Dally in the Alley. The band was featured on 101.9 WDET Detroit's NPR station and by local CW 50's Detroit Proud Playlist of the week. Following the EP, the band toured the Midwest in March 2017 starting in Detroit, and ending with a sold-out Chicago crowd on St. Paddy's day.  After returning home, VV and the Rays have continued to captivate audiences in and around Metro Detroit with their upbeat live show bringing music lovers together in a whirlwind of soul and energy. The band has since played with local soul legend Melvin Davis and has been featured in the Detroit Free Press as one of the up and coming MUST see bands of summer 2017. Currently in the studio working on a full-length album to be released in 2018, including a four-piece horn section and matching suits. Don't miss the baddest soul band in the land!

Virginia Violet & The Rays; 10 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 11

Spawned in the spirit of Detroit 1966, Virginia Violet and the Rays are here to bring Motown into to the 21st century with a fresh take on a classic sound. Lead by Virginia's driving and distinct vocal style, the group brings an throwback energy reminiscent of the days when Otis Redding and Martha Reeves reign supreme.

VV and the Rays released their first four-song EP in the fall of 2016 and quickly gained a reputation for their live performance at one of Detroit's top music festivals, Dally in the Alley. The band was featured on 101.9 WDET Detroit's NPR station and by local CW 50's Detroit Proud Playlist of the week.

Following the EP, the band toured the Midwest in March 2017 starting in Detroit, and ending with a sold-out Chicago crowd on St. Paddy's day.  After returning home, VV and the Rays have continued to captivate audiences in and around Metro Detroit with their upbeat live show bringing music lovers together in a whirlwind of soul and energy. The band has since played with local soul legend Melvin Davis and has been featured in the Detroit Free Press as one of the up and coming MUST see bands of summer 2017.

Currently in the studio working on a full-length album to be released in 2018, including a four-piece horn section and matching suits. Don't miss the baddest soul band in the land!