We have an all-star line up this year featuring artists from all over the country.
Dubbed, "Chew it up, Spit it out, Rock and Roll", Cheers Elephant is a tight, rootsy, psychedelic poprock quartet located in the Los Angeles area. Digging deep into three part harmonies and pop song arrangements, Cheers has a sound that'll make your dad's toe tap, your mom's hip shake, and your sister's heart throb.
Their track 'Leaves' hit #4 on Hype Machine and featured on We Are Hunted, NPR, Ex.FM, Good Music All Day, and Spotify. It was also featured in a commercial for Virgin Money in Australia Cheers has shared the stage with acts like Mayer Hawthorne, Rubblebucket, The Go! Team, The Walkmen, Darwin Deez, Jefferson Starship, The Mother Hips, and more. So, why not take a sip of Cheers Elephant? The buzz is good.
"Sound City Players did 3-plus hours, but my favorite SXSW set came from Philly's Cheers Elephant: great, hooky indie-pop."
- Eric Danton, Rolling Stone / WSJ Music
"Dubbing themselves as the dudes with the best indie rock haircuts, [Cheers Elephant] blend playful humor, energy, and some really great three-part harmonies."
"Their harmonies are reminiscent of The Beatles and they carry a lighthearted energy similar to the goofy They Might Be Giants, a combination that makes them easy to love and hard to ignore."
- USA Today
"This is a band that not only has the sound to be big, but the work ethic and the creative side to do so in a unique way."
- Good Music All Day
His confessional songs draw you in, rather than drag you along… a truly noteworthy artist that walks quietly, but carries a big gift.” Dan MacIntosh, (Music Journalist)
Marc Silver & The Stonethrowers have opened for Bela Fleck, Jerry Douglas, Chuck Prophet, Hot Club of Cowtown, Moe, King Wilkie, and many other touring national acts. The band blends a passion for traditional song, Appalachian fiddle tunes, and country swing with a unique mix of original songwriting, bluegrass and folk music. Lead singing with great vocal character and seamlessly blended three-part vocal harmonies fill out their energetic delivery.
"I have no memory of not singing," says Weber, who grew up listening to everything from Billie Holiday and Sarah Vaughn to Aretha Franklin and India.Arie. "It was always a part of my life. I sang in different concert and classical music choirs growing up, and they were fantastic, but when I was twelve I joined a gospel choir in the inner city."
Weber developed her smoldering, soulful voice into a singular powerhouse that belied her young age, earning a spot performing on the famed "Showtime At The Apollo" in Harlem by the time she was in her early teens. At 17, she was selected out of 7,000 applicants to become a Presidential Scholar in the Arts, and at the age of 18 found herself performing at historic venues like The Kennedy Center and the Ziegfeld Theater. Weber was invited to meet the President, appeared on The Today Show, and in 2010, after relocating from Milwaukee to NYC, a performance of "Natural Woman" she'd uploaded to YouTube won her the chance of a lifetime to perform on the final season of Oprah.
In 2011, she released “Hope and Heart,” her debut album, which was produced by Mike Mangini (Joss Stone, David Byrne). Every song on the album made it to the Top 10 of the Singer/Songwriter chart on iTunes in Japan. Grace toured the US, UK and Paris in support of the record, and songs from the album were featured in Starbucks, Wal-Mart, Coffee Bean & Tea Leaf, and on US Airways.
Her new album, 'The Refinery,' blends smoky, retro, rootsy soul with elements of modern rock and electronic percussion across its eleven original tracks.
"It’s a perfect fusion between [producers] Malcolm Burn and Geoff Stanfield," Weber explains. Weber initially began recording the album with Burn (Emmylou Harris, The Neville Brothers) at the helm, chasing a sound rooted in the 70's with just an Afrobeat band to back her. While it covered the retro side of her songwriting, the record still needed a touch of the modern sounds she loved, so she flew to Seattle to record with Stanfield (Firehorse, Mika Pauley) at his studio and expand the album's sonic palette.
Since moving to Nashville, Danika has caught the attention of several record labels and publishers around town. .Her distinctive sound and style is what sets her apart from the typical country act as her music has been described as a mixture of Mumford and Sons, Kacey Musgraves, and Katy Perry -with a voice on par with Norah Jones. Lyrically grounded in country music, yet unafraid to think outside the box melodically, Danika phrases things in such a way that grabs the listener and makes them want more.
Since forming in late 2009 the five-piece outfit has been entertaining fans in the greater Philadelphia region and beyond. With sincere lyrics characteristic of Americana folk combined with the intense melodies of Indie-Rock, New Sweden's sound is a distinct and complex fusion of raw emotion wrapped up and presented in an artful array of musical flair. voted best band in Delaware for three consecutive years at the Tri-State Indie Music Awards, New Sweden's sound has been described by WXPN's John Vetesse as an instantly like-able blend: a little bit of Bright Eyes, a little bit of The Avett Brothers, a little bit of The Clash.
John Howard Gallagher, Jr. is not only a top notch musician, but he is a well-known actor known for originating the role of Moritz Stiefel in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's rock musical Spring Awakening, which earned him a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical. He also played Johnny in Green Day's Broadway musical, American Idiot, and Lee in the 2011 Broadway production of Jerusalem. As of 2012, he plays Jim Harper in Aaron Sorkin's The Newsroom.
Gallagher has appeared in several television programs, including The West Wing, Law & Order: SVU, NYPD Blue, Ed, Love Monkey, and Hallmark Hall of Fame's film The Flamingo Rising. Film credits include Pieces of April, Woody Allen's Whatever Works, Jonah Hex, Kenneth Lonergan's Margaret, and a lead role in Short Term 12 opposite Brie Larson.
John Flynn was surprised recently when someone told him his new songs “really let people IN”! As a songwriter Flynn had never intentionally kept anyone OUT! But Poor Man’s Diamonds, his eleventh CD, achieves a bolder more disarming intimacy than any of his previous offerings.
Wending the long and bumpy career path that has taken Flynn from popular young Philadelphia-Jersey Shore saloon-singer, to Nashville staff-writer, to social justice activist, and nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter, the severely middle-aged, father of four has steadfastly avoided the kind of navel-gazing, self-indulgent songs that have too often plagued the contemporary folk scene; songs that his friend Arlo Guthrie refers to as being in the “key of me”.
A perfectly lovely singer-songwriter with a voice that is all her own, Sarah’s music is refreshingly original. On stage, Sarah has the poise, presence and professional deportment that many of her elders never seem to learn. She can charm any audience and will win new fans at each stop down the road. Sarah is on her way down that road now; she is sure to go far.
We are thrilled that Twin Lakes Brewery is sponsoring our 2nd Annual Open Space Music Fest. Not only do they craft exceptional beer, but their company philosophy of sustainability, adherence to tradition, and respect for the land is the perfect fit for our Fest. Every aspect of their production process, from where they get their water to how their beer is packaged, is carefully and thoughtfully considered for its impact on the environment. We are proud to have them as our sponsor.
|Danika Portz||1:00 PM|
|New Sweden||2:15 PM|
|Marc Silver||3:30 PM|
|John Flynn||4:45 PM|
|Johnny Gallagher||6:00 PM|
|Grace Weber||7:15 PM|
|Cheers Elephant||8:30 PM|
Schedule is subject to change
Bring your own seating!
Parking is $3 in-state, $6 out-of-state, free with a parks pass
Worry no longer because we'll have the game playing at the event. That way you can support your team, and open space -- at the same time. Congrats to you for being so efficient.
Your sponsorship of The 2nd Annual Open Space Music Fest is vital to the effort to save Beaver Valley! Thank you!
Our sponsorship levels will break down as follows:
Robert Redford ($100) - Your name and logo on this website.
Aldo Leopold ($200) - Robert Redford level + logo and name on all communications.
Teddy Roosevelt ($300) - Aldo Leopold level + logo and name on our event t-shirt.
John Muir ($500+) - Teddy Roosevelt level + hang your banners at fest + microphone promotions.
All sponsors will have their logo placed on our ticket purchasing site, vendor sign up page, our tee-shirts, all communications, and our facebook page. If you have a banner or sign, we will hang it or post it in prominent location at the Fest.