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GRATEFUL DEAD EXPERIENCE : THE SCHWAG

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SCHWAG BAND BIOGRAPHY :

The Schwag is a band of musicians dedicated to carrying on the vibe and music of the legendary Grateful Dead. Founded in 1991 The Schwag has performed over 3000 concerts all over the United States. This group averages 150 shows a year and has a working songlist of over 200 songs from the Grateful Dead and Jerry Garcia Band catalog. For several years band members Jimmy Tebeau and Dave A-Bear also toured the country performing with the Jerry Garcia Band (JGB with Melvin Seals). The Schwag has opened for many noteable acts including String Cheese Incident, Marshall Tucker Band, Leftover Salmon, Sammy Hagar, Little Feat, and Railroad Earth. For many years The Schwag hosted its own Schwagstock music festivals drawing crowds of an average of 5000 people per event several times per summer. The band owned the venue Camp Zoe in Missouri where the festivals were hosted. Some of the bands opening for The Schwag at these festivals were George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Keller Williams, Big Brother & the Holding Company, and New Riders of the Purple Sage. Some of the guest musicians to play with The Schwag over the years include Chuck Berry, Bill Nershi from String Cheese Incident, Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman from Leftover Salmon, Butch Trucks from The Allman Brothers Band, Fred Tacket from Little Feat, Mike Gordon from Phish, and Vince Welnick from The Grateful Dead. Honorary band members for full Schwag shows include Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Johnnie Johnson, Jason & Travis & Kang from String Cheese Incident, and Devon Allman (Gregg’s son.) From May of 2013 to May of 2014, The Schwag was primarily on hiatus, as lead singer Jimmy Tebeau served time in federal prison in Yankton, South Dakota for a music/drug related crime. The Schwag band is now stronger than ever on a perpetual tour performing a different show every night of high energy organic interpretations of the Grateful Dead.


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THE HINDENBURG PROJECT - A TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN

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THE HINDENBURG PROJECT : A TRIBUTE TO LED ZEPPELIN

The Hindenburg Project does what very few Led Zeppelin tribute bands do - Perform accurate (live) versions of the beloved studio recordings with an attention to detail that honors Zeppelin’s musical legacy. The Dallas-based band has performed at various venues, festivals, clubs, and events across Texas as well as the southwest including the Dallas House of Blues, Lubbock’s historic Cactus Theater, and Arkansas’ Byrdfest 7 & 8 establishing them as one of the top tribute bands.
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GLOSTIK WILLY
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METALLICA+TOOL+BLACK SABBATH

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GLOSTIK WILLY :
METALLICA+TOOL+BLACK SABBATH TRIBUTE
and some original music too...

Glostik Willy is the life support for the rock & roll you thought was dead. The band formed in early 2008, and since then has grown to be a driving force in today’s scene bridging the gap between rock and jam and forming their own genre of music that can only be described as Hippy Metal.  GW has done 600+ performances in more than 25 states and 2 countries.  The band has hosted 8 music festivals (May Daze, Stik Nite, Twig Nite, Willy Fest) and performed at over 70 festivals.  In July of 2015, the band released their very first self-titled studio album.  Glostik Willy continues to thrive on the road spreading their love for music to anyone with an open ear.  If this group of in your face Hippy Metal addicts happen to stop by a city near you, be sure not to miss this amazing musical spectacle that the world knows as Glostik Willy.

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THE DRIFTAWAYS

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THE DRIFTAWAYS BAND BIOGRAPHY :
The Driftaways are a 7 piece Reggae/Rock band from the St. Louis area. The unique mix of classic Jamaican styles such as Ska, Reggae, Roots, and Dub with a Blues-Rock twist give The Driftaways their one of a kind sound. Amazing stage presence, soulful vocals, and a refreshingly creative sound are quickly making The Driftaways one of the hottest Reggae acts in the Midwest.

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MOLLY ADAMSON


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MOLLY ADAMSON BIOGRAPHY :
Molly Adamson is a singer and acoustic guitarist originally from Arkansas. Her solo sets include songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Pearl Jam, Counting Crows, & related artists. Part of her show also includes several songs of original material. Molly has been performing solo acoustic shows across the midwest for the last three years as well as recently singing part time with Grateful Dead Experience : The Schwag.

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FREEVERSE
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FREEVERSE BAND BIOGRAPHY :
FreeVerse is a fusion of progressive psychedelic rock, funk, blues, and jazz that yields one seasoned jam band. They are always pushing forward, rocking with heavy beats and flowing energy. FreeVerse can explore southern fried harmonica-drenched blues to spaced-out dirty funk. Depending on the moment, you never can be sure what they will sound like. This creative energy allows the band to explore new directions every night. Rocking the moment, or the now, is the overall goal of their music.
Right now, FreeVerse is the number one jam band in their area. No one has as much experience, and musicianship or history as FreeVerse. Their stock is currently rising as evident by their national ranking of 22 in the US for jam bands according to Reverbnation. In 2003, FreeVerse was voted "Best New Band" by the readers of the Little Rock Free Press. They were Arkansas Times Musicians Showcase Semifinalists in 2004 and 2005. They were also chosen to participate in the Wakarusa Winter Classic in 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2014. In the summer of 2006, they released their first full-length self-titled album. They have finished their follow up to their debut album and it will be released by summer of 2014. With the addition of new musicians, the band has tightened their sound and achieved a funkier rock edge with country blues overtones while surpassing their creative expression of years past.
The band has shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Bernie Worrell, Tom Constanten of Grateful Dead, The Schwag, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Terrapin Flyer, New Monsoon, Particle, Ivan Neville’s Dumpstaphunk, Oteil Burbridge & The Peacemakers, Garaj Mahal, The Big Wu, Col Bruce Hampton, Yonder Mountain String Band, Ekoostik Hookah, David Nelson, George McConnell, Willie Waldman and Rob Wasserman, Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, Sonny Landreth, Grease Factor, Bonerama, and many other talented musicians. FreeVerse has been featured on “Spotlight On”, an hour-long television program featuring prominent regional musicians and songwriters. They have also performed live at numerous festivals, including headliner or late night spots at Brydfest (3,4,6), US Highberry Blues Festival, Legends of Arkansas, Memphis Music and Heritage Festival, Arkansas Riverfest, Toad Suck Daze, Arkansas Earth Day Festival, The Great Unknown, and Togetherfest.
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BONGOJAK VS THE LOOP MACHINE
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BONGOJAK VS THE LOOP MACHINE BIOGRAPHY :
BongoJak is a diversely talented musician who plays in a number of bands including Blue Fruit Snacks, The Driftaways, and many more. BongoJak has played thousands of shows all over the US over the past six years. When he discovered the passion that the loop machine brought him, he created BongoJak Vs. The Loop Machine and the rest was history! "The loop machine" a recording device that captures his many talents including, but not limited to guitar, vocals, harmonica, synth, specialty drums, and general percussion. He plays many original and classic tunes with a BongoJak twist from artists like, Bob Marley, Phish, Grateful Dead, Sublime and many more. BongoJak also plays with a number of special guests during many of his shows. You don't want to miss this show, it will have you dancing on your feet!