2016 MUSICAL PERFORMANCE LINE UP!
This years B.e. Easy Music and Arts Festival features an array of new, and returning up and coming musical artists. Including National touring bands such as Keller & The Keels, Michal Menert & The Pretty Fantastics, The Heavy Pets. We are also welcoming back and introducing some of South Floridas best local acts such as Ancient Sun, Unlimited Devotion, Displace, The Happy Campers, The Funky Nuggets and Guavatron!
KELLER & THE KEELS
FThief is Keller’s 15th release and the 2nd collaboration with the “out-of-sight” husband and wife duo of Larry and Jenny Keel. Keller and the Keels went into the studio for a few days in December 2009 and crafted a masterful follow-up to their popular 2006 album Grass. Comprised entirely of unique bluegrass renditions of songs originally written and recorded by a diverse group of musicians such as Kris Kristofferson, The Butthole Surfers, Ryan Adams, Amy Winehouse, The Raconteurs, Marcy Playground and many others, Thief is sure to surprise you in the most foot-stomping and knee-slapping way. Get yourself a copy of Thief and rediscover how, regardless of whether a song is penned by Keller or The Presidents of the United States of America, it somehow becomes his own.
MICHAL MENERT & THE PRETTY FANTASTICS
Menert released the first LP, “1” with his live indie-soul band Michal Menert & the Pretty Fantastics. His sound combines vintage vinyl samples with rich analog synthesis and organic, hard- hitting beats. It’s a fusion of yesterday’s elements and tomorrow’s ideas.
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THE HEAVY PETS
WALRUS: A BEATLES TRIBUTE
The Heavy Pets are an American rock band that blends rhythm & blues, jazz, funk, disco and reggae with rock & roll. Called “a living, breathing, force of nature” by Relix Magazine, the Pets are known for their soulful songcraft and powerhouse live performances. Riding high on the success of their most recent studio effort, Two Horses, look out for The Heavy Pets as they continue to hit the road hard.
UNLIMITED DEVOTION & FRIENDS
Since their inception Unlimited Devotion has developed a devoted following and a reputation as an up and coming Grateful Dead tribute band. Their comprehensive repertoire includes many Grateful Dead staples as well classics now and then from the various artists such as Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd, Phish, Jefferson Airplane and others.
THE FUNKY NUGGETS
The Funky Nuggets were formed in early 2010, stemming out of Palm Beach, FL. Originally, a three piece band, they tore into the South Florida jam band scene with great haste. Now a 4 piece, this is a band that not only has traditional lyrical rock/funk songs but dance party instrumentals as well. With the help of their very loyal and daily growing fan-base, they have gained much respect and recognition in the Florida music scene in a short amount of time. With their eclectic backgrounds, youthful energy and purveyance of love for their art, they have become an enticingly interesting formula. Listeners are enthralled by their passion and ability, while left fiending for more of The Funky Nuggets.
Ancient Sun was formed in late 2011 in Orlando, FL. Described best as Groove Rock, they are powered by Rick Krasowski (Lead Vocals/Guitar), Tom Shea (Saxophone), Brandon Miller (Bass), and Jason Zane (Drums). Their energetic and charismatic presence on and off stage will have you ready to dance and leave you wanting more.
Guavatron is a 5 piece band based out of South Florida formed in 2013. The band covers almost all genres of music ranging from heavy rock to ambient jazz with an emphasis on improvisational sections. Fusing together songs with bright synthesizer leads, harmonizing guitars, breakbeat drums, and deep bass lines, Guavatron leaves something for you to enjoy in every song.
Displace is a psychedelic, funk-fusion outfit with disco and jazz influences based out of Tampa, Florida. Known for their high energy, catchy vocals, and stirring improvisational passages, this dynamic genre-blending platform is a highly sought after, rising talent in the Southeast.
Though founded in March 2012, their lineup was not finalized until September of 2013. Since making these permanent changes, Displace has been on a major upswing.
THE HAPPY CAMPERS
The Happy Campers play a fresh blend of funk, rock n' roll, jamtronica, and reggae served straight from the sunshine state. Currently based in central Florida, The Happy Campers play exciting and diverse sets that are sure to have your head bobbing and booty shaking. With the addition of guitarist/vocalist Sean "Legacy" Maloney and drummer/percussionist Ian McLeod, new life has been drawn into their jovial caravan as they push the limits of genre and melody while still keeping things fresh and organic. The Happy Campers strive to bring a great time to the dance floor and write catchy songs that will keep fans begging for more. Together, this eclectic 4 piece looks to make a major impact on the flourishing jam circuit.