Rodina : Rodina's US collaboration emerged from a studio project in Denver with the recording of a forthcoming EP bringing together musicians from New Mastersounds, Kinetix and Fox Street All Stars. At the same time some auspicious gigs in Colorado at the beginning of the year included a double-nighter at Cervantes with Meters' original master Georger Porter Jr who sat in at the end of the set. Assembled around the captivating vocals & song-writing of Irish singer Aoife Hearty, Rodina also features New Mastersounds keyboards man Joe Tatton, who has toured the US, Europe and Japan extensively over this time playing sets with Maceo Parker, Art Neville and Karl Denson among others; Joshua Fairman fresh back from stealing the show on Jamcruise and a founder of Denver's The Kinetix features on Bass and Fox Street All Stars Eric Low and James Dumm weigh in on Drums and Guitar respectively. The new super-group marries together Rodina's catchy hooks and Jazz sensibilities with the best of Jam Band Soul, Pop, Reggae and Funk - and delivers a great show.
Heroes and Zeroes: The trio formed in 2005 and has been performing relentlessly around Europe ever since, supporting two LPs and a handful of EPs. Heroes & Zeros have been aiming wide from the start and approached their song writing and sound accordingly. And to great success, for the recurring description is that an exceptional knack for crafting songs with the quality that secures wide appeal is furthered and made freshly exiting by an unpredictable sound and seemingly original musical landscaping.
Heroes & Zeros’ distinct sound sets them apart from most of their domestic peers with a broad sonic palette that sounds distinctly un-Norwegian featuring huge drums, liberal use of distorted bass, atmospheric guitar work and instantly identifiable vocal lines. Despite being a trio, the outfit manages to conjure up a mighty sound on stage and more than one concert goer has been spotted craning his neck to search for that invisible extra guitarist or keyboardist that is nowhere to be seen. Their rich sound is always pushing forward, never content, always discovering new soundscapes.
Hanne Kolsto: Hanne Kolstø is one of Norway's most exciting singers and songwriters. With an unique voice and intuitive sense of melodies she lures you into her world of intelligent lyrics and flourishing creativity. Always willing
to experiment, she mixes all possible genres – one moment she wispers softly in your ear, the next she howls with despair.
Salt Petal: Salt Petal's tropical musings hide turbulent themes full of soaring melodies and pulsating rhythms. In their live shows, fantastic forms and bright visuals combine with 60s rock and Argentine folk in a vivid tapestry of sound. A mash of Blondie, Gal Costa, and The Smiths as if played by a traveling folk outfit in South America, this rising California band has played storied Southland venues and has appeared on multiple radio and TV programs. The band started in early 2009 with a pair of friends who decided to try to create a niche they’d been looking for but couldn’t find in the musical scenes around Los Angeles. The sound they were seeking was related to the melodic and danceable traditions of Latin America, but mixed with the sensibilities of a jangly stripped down rock band. The result has been a five to eight-piece band of friends and family with instrumentation ranging between electric guitars, drums, bass, accordion, trumpet, synthesizers, and percussions.