PERFORMERS

Welcome to the amazing list of performers for the Onion River Music Campout! There are a ton of amazing acts that are going to be performing and enjoying an amazing weekend of fun and activities. Be sure to check out the music from all of the acts and check back in for additions to the line-up.

*Displaying headliners first, then alphabetical order

 TAUK | NTH POWER x2| ZION I |  DJ LOGIC 

THE AEROLITES | AFRI-VT | BINGER | BOOMSLANG | BOSSMAN |BRICKDROP | CASIO BASTARD | ELECTROLADS | FRESH PATTERNS | MAIDEN VOYAGE | PEOPLE LIKE YOU | PHIL DAROSA | RENEGADE GROOVE | REVIBE | SABOUYOUMA | SAMMICH |  | SOLE | SWALE | SWIMMER  | THE YOUNGEST SUN | TRICHOMES

*The line-up is subject to change.

Late Night Dance Parties Friday & Saturday  featuring:  OUTBRK, HARDER THEY COME, JUSTIN R.E.M, 2KDEEP, DJ VU

 


TAUK

On their third studio album Sir Nebula, TAUK tap into their singular chemistry to elevate and expand their all-instrumental blend of funk, hip-hop, progressive rock, and jazz. Revealing both their refined musicality and unbridled creativity, the Oyster Bay, New York-bred rock-fusion four-piece (guitarist Matt Jalbert, bassist Charlie Dolan, keyboardist/organist Alric “A.C.” Carter, and drummer Isaac Teel) push into new sonic terrain and build entire worlds within each richly textured soundscape.

From the hazy atmospherics of “Time’s Up” and soaring riffs of “Program Select” to the urgent rhythms of “Shenanigans” and sprawling melodies of “Where You Are,” Sir Nebula finds TAUK introducing a cosmically inspired element to their music. “The album ended up taking on a more ambient kind of vibe than anything we’ve done before—there’s a spaciness in the songs that lets you get lost in the sound,” says Dolan. And while the album is endlessly hypnotic, TAUK also deliver the dynamic tension-and-release jams that have helped earn them a devoted following while drawing critical acclaim (the Washington Post, for one, praised TAUK for “creating a hard-charging, often melodic fusion that—thanks to a penchant for improv—offers limitless possibilities”).

As with their past four releases, TAUK created Sir Nebula in collaboration with Grammy Award-winning producer/mixer/engineer Robert Carranza (The Mars Volta, Ozomatli, Jack Johnson, Taj Mahal). But in a departure from their previous work, the band made the album in one concentrated period rather than spacing the recording sessions out in between tours. Holing up at the Solar Powered Plastic Plant in Los Angeles, often pulling 12-hour workdays, TAUK ultimately found the revamped recording process hugely beneficial. “Everything just happened so naturally this time around,” says Jalbert. “I can’t think of one moment where it felt like anything was forced. We were all just completely focused and in the same mindset, which made it this incredibly fun and smooth experience.”

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THE NTH POWER

Proving that soul music can be exponentially greater than the sum of its parts, The Nth Power is on a mission to share the light. Formed during an impromptu late-night jam at Jazz Fest 2012 in New Orleans, the relentlessly funky and soulful band believes in music as a higher power tapping into an energy that is simultaneously sexy and spiritual, with songs that will inspire audiences to dance, groove, make love or just stand there with goose bumps.

The quartet hails from diverse musical backgrounds, races and creeds. Female powerhouse Nikki Glaspie was Beyonce’s world-touring drummer for five years before she joined Ivan Nevilles New Orleans funk outfit, Dumpstaphunk. Bassist Nate Edgar of Groovechild and John Browns Body perfectly compliments Singer and Guitarist Nick Cassarino who came from the Jennifer Hartswick Band and toured with Big Daddy Kane. Finally rounding off the ensemble is the newest and youngest member, Courtney J Mell Smith who brings his soulful vocals and keyboard abilities to the table.

The Nth Powers 2013 independent EP, Basic Minimum Skills Test, showcases a first glimpse of the spark shared among the group, delivering gospel-style vocals with soul, jazz, funk and world-beat riffs in nearly mathematical fashion.

Together, The Nth Power wants to change lives through a message of musical love and understanding.

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ZION I

The Oakland-based MC/Producer Zion I (a.k.a. Zumbi) is in the top echelon of conscious, party-rocking hip-hop artists. With more than two-dozen albums, mixtapes, EP’s and vibrant collaborations with notables such as Amp Live and DJ K-Genius under his belt, Zion I has transcended the hip-hop world and evolved into an independent touring artist who appeals to a broad spectrum of the live music community.

Zion I’s progressive, stay-true-to-the-core lyricism and soulful delivery has ignited the audiences of artists across many genres, including reggae-based artists like Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Rebelution, Collie Buddz and Matisyahu, heavy hitting rockers Linkin Park, EDM icons Bassnectar, Pretty Lights hip-hop artists like Kendrick Lamar, Wu-Tang, Common, The Game, Too Short, Devin The Dude, The Roots MC Black Thought and cross-over artists such as The Roots, Flying Lotus and Emancipator.

Embracing the warm reception he has received in the burgeoning reggae-rock community, Zion I toured in the Summer of 2016 with Slightly Stoopid, SOJA, The Grouch and Eligh on “The Return Of The Redeye Tour.” Prior to this, he has toured internationally and throughout North America, performing at some of the most reputable music festivals across the globe, including Coachella, Rock the Bells, Treasure Island Music Fest, Lightning In A Bottle, Outside Lands, California Roots Music and Arts Festival, Hangout Music Festival, Splash Fest (Germany), HipHop Kemp (Czech Republic), Rifflandia (British Columbia), Sonic Bloom, Paid Dues, Snow Globe and most recently the urban lifestyle music and arts festival, Bay Area Vibez with Bassnectar, Nas and Damian Marley.

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DJ LOGIC

“The theorem of turntablist as musician has been long proven in the capable hands of DJ LOGIC, whom with jazz as his foundation has become a wax innovator by crossing genres and mixing his sound across the map. As one of the world’s most accomplished turntablists, DJ LOGIC is widely credited for introducing jazz into the hip – hop realms and is considered by most as a highly respected session musician and an innovative bandleader.

Since his emergence in the early nineties amidst the Bronx hip-hop scene, the New York City based deejay has been amassing a veritable mountain of collaborations ranging from the likes of: MEDESKI MARTIN AND WOOD, CHRISTIAN MCBRIDE, VERNON REID, CHARLIE HUNTER, JACK DeJOHNETTE, JOHN MAYER, BEN HARPER, MOS DEF and THE ROOTS, to name but a few.

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THE AEROLITES

The Aerolites began as the mutual brainchild of lead guitarist Jeremy Harple and pianist Victor Veve in the spring of 2010 in the woods of Vermont. With sixty-two original songs in hand Harple and Veve flew out to Hollywood in January of 2011, where they collaborated with Oteil Burbridge (Bass Allman Bros, Derek Trucks Band), as well as world-famous drummer Kenny Aronoff. This fine group of musicians completed the Aerolites’ self-titled first album and Harple and Veve flew back to Vermont to piece the rest of the band together.

With three new sought after vermont musicians added to the band, The Aerolites now tour coast -to-coast but stay true to their hometown roots of Vermont and the northeast.


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AFRI-VT

Afri-Vt is a smoking hot celebration of music from the African diaspora. The group was created and is lead by Vermont’s original drum and dance D’moja drummer, William Noel and master drummer Thoikho Diagne from Senegal, Africa. Afri-Vt embodies traditional West African rhythms and songs from the diaspora .

The group features international musicians from around the world as well as some of Vermont’s best musicians. Afri-Vt showcases a variety of instruments including the djembe, dun dun, sangban, kenkeni, keyboards, ballaphone, drum set, congas, kora, electric bass guitar and more African percussion. William Noel born in 1971 in the U.S. William’s father was a drummer and his grandfather, lead a barbershop quartet in N.Y.C. He has followed the musical tradition of the Noel family and the African traditions taught to him by masters from Africa and around the world. William has sat in and performed, toured and recorded with many bands. Recently in 2013 with Grammy nominees Locos Por Juana, Toubab Krewe and a west coast tour with The Sierra Leone Refugee All-stars.

From Reggae on the River 2013 to the “Apollo” in NYC 2014, Ibrahima “Thiokho” Diagne was born in Dakar, Senegal in 1974. Thiokho is a member of the Bambara ethnic group originating from Mali, West Africa. Music and art are a rich tradition in Thiokho’s family and from a young age Thiokho had dedicated his life to mastering the taballa drum. As a child he perfected making his own drums from discarded goat skins and empty buckets and invited his brothers and friends to play. In 1989, at the age of 15, Thiokho was introduced to master sabar drummers M’Baye Faye and Lamine Faye of Dakar, Senegal and these were the first men to integrate Thiokho into the Senegalese music culture with his inclusion into the bands “Solo Cissoko” and “Kisito Band”. With “Kisito Band” Thiokho had his first exposure to life outside of Senegal as he toured and performed throughout West Africa for six years. In 1993 Thiokho joined “Zall Seck” and recorded his first two albums. In 1995 Thiokho met Souleman Faye and Alioune Kasse and traveled extensively througout Africa, Europe and South America performing and recording subsequent albums.

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THE YOUNGEST SUN

Since 2007 The Youngest Sun has worked to fine tune an energetic brand of music that explores and integrates many different genres. As likely to explore roots and Americana textures as they are to launch into an extended, funk/soul infused psychedelic groove, The Youngest Sun approaches every show with an eye towards providing a unique, dynamic live experience.

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SWIMMER

Swimmer is a progressive rock fusion quintet based out of Burlington, VT. Their music transcends conventional composition by fusing the band’s roots in rock, funk, jazz and electronica to create a unique and powerful sound. Conceived in 2014 at New Hampshire’s Plymouth State University, Swimmer has cultivated an intimate fan-base through captivating song writing and distinct live performances. Their high-energy performances feature an emphasis on improvisation and spontaneity.


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ELECTROLADS

There was a recent moment in time that a spark was created. Five human souls came together in fusion to create fire. Our main intention is to collectively Promote Love. Our deepest longing is for our fans to align themselves with their essential beings within and take the risk to connect with others in an undistorted way through dance. If our fans will challenge themselves to go there, then the Electrolads see the potential for fusion and unification to occur for everyone attending their performance…and walk away transformed. We see no other purpose higher than this. We create an intentional space and we encourage people to go deep into trance through our music and vibes. Let transformation happen and dance!


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MAIDEN VOYAGE

Formed in 2011, The Voyage is an independent, lyrical Hip-Hop group based out of Windsor, VT. Despite their young age and relatively recent arrival on the VT Hip-Hop scene, Maiden Voyage has already shared the stage with legendary acts such as Nappy Roots, Masta Ace, and Blueprint, as well as local favorites The Lynguistic Civilians, Bless the Child, and Self-Portrait.

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SAMMICH

Sammich started as a Sam Luke/Dylan Berno duo before slowly melding into a full 5-piece band. With roots in funk, rock, soul, and blues, they cater to your hunger for strong and soulful vocals while also spreading a thick layer of jam on top of it. They cover such musicians as The Band, Phish, Bill Withers, Vulfpeck, and Ween, which all give way to their original pieces and style. You may have seen them at such venues as Nectar’s, The Putnam Den (Saratoga, NY), The Hollow (Albany, NY), or many other spots local to the Burlington, VT area. They’ve also shared the stage with such bands as Formula 5, Strange Machines, Monsta Party, Capital Zen, Eggy, and many others.

 


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BOOMSLANG

Boomslang is a Montpelier, Vermont, based hip hop duo comprised of Producer JL and MC Sed One. Deep, atmospheric, high-tempo beats and fiery, poetic, rapid-fire lyrics combine to form an underground sound that is positive, unique and highly danceable.

A founding member of the Golden Dome Musician’s Collective and State and Main Records Label, Boomslang have appeared on State and Main Records Compilation Albums Volumes I & II. They’ve rocked crowds on stages all over Vermont, opening up for acts such as The Aztezt, The Hieroglypics, DJ Qbert and the GZA of the Wu Tang Clan.

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CASIO BASTARD

Casio Bastard is a Funk |Electro | Indie group that has been performing throughout Vermont for more than five years, including multiple appearances at Magic Hat Heavyfest, Festivus, and performances with The Breakfast, KungFu, The Budous Band, Rustic Overtones, Heloise and the Savior Faire, Kat Wright & the Indomitable Soul Band, Common, Hamadryad, and many more. The band continues to morph between Rock, Fusion, Funk, and space and is continuously shaping their vibe for live performance. in 2015, they played Mount Snow Resort’s Bud Light Reggae Fest and in 2016 have made appearances at Magic Hat Heavyfest, Eat More Kale Festival, Ohana Music and Arts Festival, and more to come The group feeds of the energy of the room, wherever that is and projects it back to the audience in whatever form it takes. With essences of Jam, Funk, and Space grooves, Casio Bastard continues to push the limits of genre and performance.


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FRESH PATTERNS

Creating an experience that is not faded or impaired through an authentic Hip Hop design, Fresh Patterns is on a mission for 2017 to connect with equivalent minds through music. Based in Burlington, Vermont this trio have been making music through different outlets for years and have now come together to engage and excite the North East and beyond!

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BINGER

Based out of Burlington, Vermont, Binger create a unique sound using the diverse musical soundscape of their collective influences. Elusively shedding any genre that manages to stick to them (often within the same song), Binger combine elements of progressive psychedelia with the deep grooves of hip-hop to create a style that gracefully skirts the line between delightful and perplexing; inventing a sound that reels you in, and keeps you there, with a cohesive yet eclectic energy.
Binger channels the manifold musical scene of New England through their ever expanding exploration of all music accessible to the airwaves. Characterized by their love of jazz, need to rock, and natural attraction to improvisational groove, Binger try to keep their music as fresh and interesting as 2016 will allow.


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BRICKDROP

Brickdrop is a five-piece, Vermont-based, band consisting of two saxophones, bass, guitar, and drums. Drawing heavily from the the jazz and funk granddaddies of yore while blending contemporary tastes, the band has been creating a live rock fusion tour de force wherever they play.

Ben Bivins (guitar) and Billy Comstock Jr. (bass) met while studying at Berklee College of Music. The two reconnected when Ben moved from Hattiesburg, MS to Billy’s native Vermont. Brickdrop was formed in 2013 with Billy’s fellow Rutland natives Meghan Waterhouse (soprano/alto sax), Rob Stahle (drums), and Gyasi Garcia (keys). The group’s current line-up took shape in the Spring of 2015, when Rob DeBruyn (tenor/baritone sax) performed with the group at Higher Ground in May of 2015. Rob was asked to join Brickdrop immediately following the show. With Gyasi’s departure shortly thereafter, the group rearranged older material, began writing new material regularly, all the while honing their unique sound drawing larger audiences when returning to familiar venues.


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