Saturday – July 16th
Stepbrothers with special guest Jen Kempler
Naked in the Philippines
Friday – July 15th
Jessica Hernandez & the Deltas
Left Hand Smoke
Thursday – July 14th
Saturday – July 16th
Ana Popovic was born in Belgrade, Serbia (formerly Yugoslavia) and grew up in a warm family where music was very important. All throughout her youth, her father would invite friends over for nightly jam sessions. In this atmosphere, she quickly learned her father’s impressive blues and soul record collection, grabbed his guitar and started playing at the age of fifteen. Since then, Ana has developed into an phenomenal guitarist/vocalist with a growing legion of fans throughout the world.
The award-winning, hard-touring, guitar slinger blends smoking electric funk and slide guitar, jazzy instrumentals, and a tight blues groove with soulful, feminine vocals. Add to the mix her incredible stage presence, all of which makes her an irresistible force in the world of contemporary blues music.
Ana and her powerful band are tirelessly touring, playing major blues, jazz, and rock festivals. Ana has shared headlining stages with B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., Jonny Lang, and many others.
Ana was the only female guitar-player added to the 2014 ‘all-star’ Experience Hendrix lineup, a nationwide tour celebrating the music and legacy of Jimi Hendrix with Buddy Guy, Bootsy Collins, Brad Whitford (Aerosmith), Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Zakk Wylde, and many more world renown artists.
She’s been nominated for five Blues Music Awards, appeared on the cover of Vintage Guitar and Guitar Player.
Her albums ‘Can You Stand The Heat‘ and ‘Unconditional‘ were Pick Of The Week by USA Today and featured on NPR Music. Nearly all of Ana’s albums made it the Top 5 of the Billboard Blues Charts and are being played regularly on US radio.
Friday – July 15th
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas have arrived at last with their long awaited Instant Records debut, SECRET EVIL. The album sees the Detroit--based band serving up a brilliantly polyglot sonic stew – equal parts rockabilly and surf pop, cabaret jazz and funky reggae, Latin psych and Gypsy punk – all cooked up on the hot Motor City pavement and seasoned by that distinctly Detroit combination of blasted R&B, showband theatrics, and limitless rock ‘n’ soul energy
Left Hand Smoke brews up a blend of neo-soul and rock that is steeped in tradition, yet entirely original and fresh.
The band is made up of brothers Ben Mish, a skilled piano man with a soulful voice and an energetic performance approach, and Will Mish, a guitar wizard who has earned critical nods for his unfathomable talent and innate sense of melody and blues and flanked by Irish-born multi-talented rhythm guitarist Ronan O’Mahony, a childhood friend and co-songwriter, along with the inimitable stick-man Andrew Cloutier on drums.
Left Hand Smoke’s self-titled debut took the West Coast by surprise, earning rave reviews in publications like LA’s Radio & Record, and newspapers along the coast. Immediately, things began to happen for the band. Within months of the album’s release, four songs off Left Hand Smoke were licensed for network television, one of them, Blues Eyes Shining, eventually ending up on the hit show ER.
The song Step Outside (featuring Death Cab for Cutie’s Jason McGerr on drums) garnered major airplay from Seattle’s AAA format KMTT 103.7 FM The Mountain, vaulting the band from club act to headliner in major performance venues. The album went on to receive many gold stars: album of the year in West Coast Performer Magazine, Top 10 in the Amazon.com rock charts, and the single Step Outside was a top 10 request for 103.7 FM (a live version of the song was featured on the station’s popular On the Mountain 6 compilation alongside Tom Waits, Counting Crows, David Gray, and others). Capitalizing on this momentum, the band hit the road, building a loyal following with its now-renowned live show.
As the fanbase grew, the band continued to absorb and explore new music. In addition to the sounds of the Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, and Van Morrison that came through on their first release, the band updated the sound with an invigorating slice of James Brown and Motown soul. With Andrew Cloutier stepping in on the drums, the band released So Many Faces, Nonsense Parade, and At the Hotel in a musical journey that took them all across the West Coast.
Since the release of these records, LHS has continued to collect accolades: they headlined the Backyard Stage at Seattle’s famous Bumbershoot Festival; opened for Maroon 5 in arenas during their Northwest leg of the national John Mayer/Maroon 5 tour; the band played with Eddie Vedder, Mike McCready, and Stone Gossard of Pearl Jam during a benefit show in Seattle; on a repeat bill the following year, Mike McCready joined LHS on stage for a cover of Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones; the LHS song Down the Road was licensed by Pangolin Pictures for use on the Discovery Channel; and the band was voted Seattle’s Best Pop/Rock Band by readers of the Seattle Weekly.
The band went on to headline Doe Bay Music Festival and released the album Shine On Everything. The title track was used as the final feature song for an episode of the ABC-TV show Grey’s Anatomy in January of 2013, which once again brought the band’s music to an international audience.
In 2013, Left Hand Smoke finally brought all of this experience together and recorded Tiny Revolution, which combines catchy hooks and soulful melodies with the straight-ahead rock and roll for which LHS has become known. The album is a fresh sound from a band that has shown their ability to expand in new directions while remaining true to their musical roots.
Thursday – July 14th
Milonga plays original songs, based on the musical traditions of Latin America, Spain, and the Caribbean. Milonga’s focus is to expose diverse audiences to a Pan-Latin musical and cultural experience. Milonga’s wide variety of dance grooves are frequently compared to a Latino potluck buffet, where all the best dishes from around the Spanish-speaking world are served up hot off the comal, straight outta your abuelita’s kitchen. In a world of Salsa, Milonga is the whole enchilada!