Native New Yorker, London resident, former kindergarten gym teacher, and one-time Parisian street sweeper, Julian Velard is a true original—the kind of character in a Wes Anderson or Quentin Tarantino film you’d like to grab a drink with. He fuses effortless cool with self-deprecating humor, serving up old-school pop perfection with a raised eyebrow.
After releasing three records independently, in 2007 Velard garnered UK major label attention and was plucked from relative obscurity off Myspace. He signed a deal and promptly moved to England. Since then, he has straddled the Atlantic, writing songs for himself and others, and playing shows alongside Marc Broussard, Ben Kweller, Shelby Lynne, and Sharon Jones and the Dap-Kings, among others. His major label debut is slated for release in 2010.
Locksley is a true rock band from Madison, Wisconsin that played Bamboozle last May and not stopping since. Their album Darling It's True is sure to win over many new fans. Also appearing: Super Satellite.
Birds in the Woods recently released its debut full-length, Some Thing Knew?, which provides listeners with a full palette of BITW's imaginative-eclectic, often funky, always soul-searching sound. Lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist George Woods brings listeners along on a journey exploring all the little pieces and moments of life. Backed by Sue Buzzard on violin, Tyreek Jackson on bass, and Massimo Buonanno on drums, together the band provides a rich atmosphere of engaging improvisational sound. The band is even known to make up full songs from scratch on stage.
Ferrous Wheel formed its neo-funk sounds out of a need for serious groove. Made up of Berklee alumni and current students, Ferrous Wheel is quickly emerging as one of Boston's top funk bands. In the spirit of the classic carnival ride, the members of Ferrous Wheel are highlighted one by one throughout the band's performance, eliminating the need for a "star child."
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Growing up just south of Atlanta, Tolcher wrote his first song at five. After an injury ended his athletic pursuits, he turned his focus back to music. He has opened for such artists as Maroon 5, Dave Matthews Band, Blues Traveler, Gavin DeGraw, G. Love & Special Sauce, Everclear, and Hanson. His song "Sooner or Later" was the theme for ABC's 2004–2005 series Life As We Know It.
With the coolness of Wilco, the songwriting depth of Springsteen, and the pop accessibility of Tom Petty, Skyler is constantly performing across New England—whether it's at a basketball game, a benefit for Habitat for Humanity, or a bar. He even posed as a street musician to provide the background music for a wedding proposal.
Patrik Gochez is a songwriter, an illustrator, and a leader of the band White Shoe Brown Shoe. He won the 2006 Granite State Songwriters Competition with the title track from his debut album Strawberry Bitter Chase. Considered a "jukebox" writer, he covers an eclectic number of musical styles, from prewar jazz to r&b to danceable pop/rock, while retaining his own honest identity.