Coming from a variety of influences and experiences, No Convention is indie alternative-rock at it’s finest, a true mixed bag of musical tastes and sounds. Originally from Western New York, singer/guitarist Johnnie Ferro has a curious guitar style that combines influences spanning the last 50 years, resulting in a tone and style that is extremely distinctive and all his own. Johnnie released his first solo album, Cockeyed Optimism, in 2012. Since moving to Los Angeles, he’s been nominated as one of 2012′s Hot 100 Live Unsigned Artists & Bands in Music Connection Magazine. Now, onto the more serious stuff: No Convention has played all over SoCal at gigs such as The Coach House, Molly Malone’s, and the House of Blues. They released their first album in 2013 and they are in the process of writing their next album as we speak. In fact, if you would just shush for one second, you can probably hear the sound of their pens gliding across a page in the distance right now . . .
SoundMasons were conceptualized and formed in Los Angeles in 2007 with the goal of making music that can be universally understood tomorrow, today, or in the distant past. Our musical style is heavy guitar bass & drums mixed with subtle undertones of popular genres including Rock, Funk, Jazz, Blues, R&B & Hip-Hop to name a few. All music genres are studied by the members of SoundMasons and serve as a catalyst for inspiration and innovation. An unrelenting groove is the key to our syncopated sound and in the end the goal is simple cause & effect; to make music that you can dance to.
But the goal of SoundMasons is not just to create great dance music. It is to assist the audience in achieving some type of spiritual and mental awakening, that which can only be attained through thoughtful narrative. Our lyrics reflect real life experiences and observations on the nature of our special existence here on earth. The stories we tell are infused with a requisite sarcasm about life, love and the daily struggle to find a place in society's standardized structure.
SoundMasons ask that you lend your Mind, Body, Soul, and Heart to our visions in sound. We hope that through our music you may re-envision your place in this chaotic modern world, a world that is changing around us faster than any other period in human history...
Singer/Songwriter Sawyer Auger has been playing guitar for as long as he can remember including playing live venues on the East Coast all the way to the West Coast. He has performed at Famous Venues like The Whisky A GOGO on Sunset blv, in Los Angeles, and has opened up for stars like Miki Howard at the Catalina Jazz club. He is currently recording songs with Grammy award winner Dave Merenda, and is working on his first album. Sawyer brings that feel good music, and pairs his acoustic abilities with the acoustic guitar like no other. His raw sound makes it easy for the audience to connect and feel the music. He is a true songwriter that will captivate you with his words.
Where were you when Napster slammed the coffin lid shut on the old-school music business? Tucker Jameson was writing songs in his suburban Connecticut bedroom and playing guitar till his little 10-year-old fingers ached or his mother commanded, “Lights out!” While his classmates pored over Harry Potter books or glued their thumbs to Nintendo games, Jameson scrutinized the liner notes to Revolver and Nevermind.
Jameson is part of the first post-CD generation, yet he’s steeped in the rock classics that form a necessary foundation for anyone hoping to build a music career lasting longer than the blink of a YouTube video.
After some early adventures in recording, Jameson toured the country and landed in Austin, determined to use his rock appreciation and Berklee-honed skills to write modern songs that speak to his own generation. He spent a year working in the studio, finally emerging with a group of tunes that unequivocally achieve his goal. “Son of Superbia,” “Technological Warfare” and “Ritalin” couldn’t have been written in the ’60s or the ’90s, but they contain the kind of power-pop songcraft that fans of any rock era can identify with.
Tucker and his band are hitting the road in fall/winter 2013. Following the tour, they head back to the studio to record new songs for a 2014 release.
Miss Massive Snowflake
The songwriter, guitarist, and creative director, Shane de Leon, started the band in 2004 as a family recording project while still in Portland art rock collective, Rollerball. MMS's three early eps and first full length, Queen's Headache, were a mix of electronica, hip hop, and acoustic folk. In 2007 Jeanne Kennedy Crosby entered the band on bass and began moving the band towards a more rock base... See More Description Like A Book adds to Miss Massive Snowflake's expanding library of curious and clever progressive pop songs. The charismatic and playful band experiment with orchestral jazz, candy pop, and free-spirited psychedelic rock to create a unique musical vernacular. Miss Massive Snowflake marry traditional familiarities and edgy concepts with catchy energetic rock, and craft deceptively intricate songs. Like a Book blends angled radio hits, a jazz sensibility, and boy band punk. With an emotive voice, compelling lyrics, and sounding at times like a west coast Talking Heads, a Bowie, or a Hendrix, Shane de Leon sings short story song blasts over an adventurous mix, a sort of Flaming Lips / Minutemen mash up. There is an inspiring fire that burns through Like a Book's 10 tracks and 33 minutes. The drums and bass drive while horns punch into screwed groove guitar riffs producing beautiful, moving, and intellectually satisfying rock music.
Andrew Endres Collective
Andrew Endres, Artist, Performer, Composer and Educator, has established a following as an outstanding guitarist and gifted musician. A Bandleader and highly sought after live sound engineer, Endres has performed for the PDX Jazz Festival as well as countless other private events and venues around Portland and the surrounding area. Endres has also mixed or had a hand in production at almost every major venue in Portland, Eugene, and Bend. His musical style incorporates everything from various early ethnic folk songs to modern 20th centuryatonal works, from broadway musicals to driving funk and math rock. His performances highlight his mastery of the guitar and his tasteful facility with the instrument. Endres is a recent graduate of Portland State University where he received his Bachelors of Music Performance with Emphasis on Jazz Studies. He currently works for the School of Music at Portland State University and is a Lead Technician and administrator at Portland State Professional Sound. Endres continues to play around town with various exciting projects and is an in-demand recording artist and engineer. Andrew Endres also teaches at Guitarfish Music Studio in the Portland area. Andrew has studied or played with such luminaries in the jazz world as Darrell Grant, George Colligan, Tom Guarna, John Stowell, Dan Balmer, Dan Gildea, Charley Gray, Ezra Weiss, Farnell Newton, Alan Jones, Dave Valdez, Nicole Glover, Chris Johnedis, and Jon Lakey.