Fort Knox Five
Some seriously funky groups come in Five’s The Jackson 5, The MC 5, Jurassic 5… and of course Fort Knox Five.
Fort Knox Five is known for bending genres and using a broad range of musical elements in their creation of highly original music. This approach ultimately pioneered a funky scene where FK5 continues to top charts today.
While Fort Knox Five compose music like a band in the studio with live instrumentation blended into electronic music, they are renowned for their exciting and eclectic DJ performances. Founding members Steve Raskin and Jon Horvath established a unique live DJ set using mashed up acapellas and effects woven into original tracks, exclusive mixes and dance floor destroyers. These sets have proven to be irresistible to club goers worldwide, rocking parties with infectious grooves that effortlessly move from funk, reggae & glitchhopto prime time 4/4 beats & breaks.
With the untimely passing of Jon H, Steve Raskin has taken over as the principle DJ for the group and now leads the charge of the Fort Knox brigade on the road into the funky future. He tours their signature brand of glitched out funk with high energy sets in every environment from pools to lounges to world famous clubs and some of the largest festivals across the globe.
Fort Knox Five has toured and performed for nearly two decades alongside major artists like The Beastie Boys, Snoop Dogg, Public Enemy, Jurassic 5, Z Trip, Diplo, A Trak, Craze, Gwen Stefani, the Black Eyed Peas, A Skillz, Krafty Kuts, Stanton Warriors, Bassnectar, Skrillex, and London Electricity. They have performed on 5 continents and in over 30 different countries and have had their music featured on every medium from award winning video games to Oscar winning films.
Forget about tempos and genres, let Fort Knox Five take you on a musical journey that unites the funk, soul, jazz, hip hop, and electronic generations.
Since releasing their debut album on Fort Knox Recordings in 2011, NAPPY RIDDEM has been busy touring nationwide and releasing a string of remixes, transforming itself into an uplifting and conscious reggae band that is funky enough to pack the dancefloor. Started by Mustafa Akbar and Rex Riddem, NAPPY RIDDEM is now joined in the studio and on stage by drummer Jon Modell as part of their 6-piece live band.
The Rock Steady EP contains four upbeat reggae tracks that represent NAPPY RIDDEM’s fresh new sound! The EP starts off strong with a track that shows the group is serious about the healing of the nation. “I Wish” is a deep and meaningful track that reaches the soulful depth of Mustafa Akbar’s vocals. The title track, “Rock Steady” oozes positivity with a groovy, rocksteady vibe, and features Rex Riddem on Ukulele and lead vocals. Keeping the dance vibe going is “Rastaman”, rudeboy defiance on top of an irresistible stepping beat results in pure fire! Closing out the EP is “Red Blood”, featuring Brittany Tanner on additional vocals, a emotional ballad for the people, it is sweet and full of soul.
The Nappy Riddem sound has developed into its own brand of “Dancehall Funk” that moves bodies, hearts, and minds. The Rock Steady EP represents a new beginning for this exciting band from Washington, DC. Reggae for the dancefloor, messages for the people, and fresh beats for the heads.
The Empresarios sound is best described as “Tropicaliente”, and that is the vibe that the band brings to the stage as well. Each and every time the Empresarios take the stage; there is a lively party that forms on the dancefloor.
Mixing together the warm sounds of the Caribbean comes with ease for this group of talented musicians. Band leader Javier Miranda and lead singers Frankie Rosado and Felix Perez all hail from Puerto Rico, which comes through in the band’s unique blend of salsa, reggae, cumbia, dub and house.
With several US tours and numerous solid releases under their belts, the Empresarios are ready to take the world by storm. A global fan base is growing with the help of the Empresarios having their album title track “Sabor Tropical” placed prominently on EA Sports’ FIFA 2012 video game.
Most importantly, the Empresarios aim to have fun and bring a good vibe, so grab a mojito, hit the dance floor and let their sun drenched sounds warm up your body and soul.
Hailing from southeastern Pennsylvania, The Youngers were founded in 1999 by Todd Notobartolo (vocals, guitar, lap steel, and mandolin) and Randy Krater (vocals, electric and upright bass). 2016’s Picture of You is the third full-length release by the band, following 2005’s Output and 2008’s critically-acclaimed Heritage.
Their music has been featured on NPR, Sirius Radio, and Cowboy Jack Clement’s Radio Show. Heritage also received glowing reviews by Vintage Guitar Magazine and the Philadelphia Inquirer.
Brand-new for 2016, their highly anticipated follow-up to Heritage entitled Picture of You was recorded at the legendary Sound Emporium in Nashville, TN and engineered by Grammy®-award winner Chuck Turner.
Thanks to their sizable network of fans, The Youngers raised over $20,000 for the project through an online KickStarter campaign. Joining founders Notobartolo and Krater on Picture of You are bandmates Matt Thren (guitar) and Bruce Kissinger (drums). Nashville-based session ace Tony Harrell added some finishing touches on keys.
Kuf Knotz is one of today’s fastest emerging alternative artists.
No musical territory goes unexplored when it comes to Kuf, and it is this attitude that has led him to open for top acts –
Ms Lauryn Hill, Kabaka Pyramid, Robert Glasper, THE ROOTS, The Wailers, Common, Robert Randolph, Arrested Development, Inspectah Deck, Amos Lee, Steel Pulse, Zac Deputy, Josh Ritter, Bone Thugs & Harmony, Soulive , Easy Star Allstars & Rising Appalachia
to name a few….
Poorhouse Yard is an original folk and Bluegrass style band based out of York, Pennsylvania. The band is currently a trio which consists of lead singer, guitar player, mandolin, Tony Staub (formerly of Waitin On A Train).
The banjo is played by John Savel, who plays in a nice three-finger “Scruggs” style with occasional claw-hammer as well. And John’s brother Michael Savel on the stand up bass. The band has been working together since Jan, 2015.
The band began playing shows in the fall of 2015, when they played Upstate NY “Ontario Barn Festival” and York Co.‘s “York County Fiddler’s Festival” main stage. The rest of 2015 the band worked on some new tunes and adding a number tunes to the set list in order to play longer shows. The band currently playing shows in 2016.
Caroline Reese and The Drifting Fifth
Caroline Reese grew up in Reading, Pennsylvania, where the rust belt meets Amish country. Her mom ran a horse farm and her dad sold antiques, two facts which inform the old-soul tendencies in her songs.
She and her band, the Drifting Fifth, combine elements of country, folk, and indie-rock with Reese’s lyrics that seem to reach far beyond her own life experiences. Their new album, Tenderfoot, released January 6, 2017, deals with vulnerability in life and love. Tenderfoot was recorded at the Headroom Philadelphia (Hopalong) and mixed at Miner Street Recordings (Kurt Vile, War on Drugs, Sharon Van Etten).
Hinton, Bower, Jones
Although the musical brotherhood of Hinton, Bower, Jones was born in November of 2013, their friendship has existed since the dawn of time. Their goal is to unite three voices and three guitars into a singular expression of joy.
Primal, alt rock fusion of groove, grit and rhapsody in volcanic song forms, evocative language, and stereophonic harmonies.
Echoes Talk Back
The best way to describe our sound is to come check out a live show for yourself. Draw your own conclusion.
Hot Dog Social Club
When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade.
When life hands you lips and asses, you make hot dogs.
And You, Brutus?
Amanda and Zach doing duets.
Earth Diver – It all started as a jam in the basement of guitarist Mason’s home where three friends came together to create music. Developed through friendship and dedication Earth Diver was born. Built on free range, organic jams Earth Diver has produced hours of original music. It didn’t take long to develop their own live show of sight and sound. The guys are always working on new material and fresh tunes to ease their cravings for live music and keep your ears happy. Come out and experience an Earth Diver party to dance, rage and spread Peace and Love with fellow grass fed thinkers.
Make like a tree, Dig deep and get high.
3’s Co. is an Audio/Video clique consisting of
Evolution- Mixing up Music like Mashed Potatoes
Gregg Nyce- Filling your Ears with Delicious Sound
VJCA – Dishing Out XL Helpings of Projected Imagery Served HOT!