Todd Carey / Marina City / Leslie DiNicola
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New York–based pop artist Todd Carey is hitting the road in support of his newest album, Future Throwback. Carey previously hit the top forty iTunes charts with his 2010 EP release, After the Morning After. In support of his 2007 debut, Watching Waiting (Fontana), he played over 250 dates, with sellout shows in Wisconsin and Chicago, Illinois, dazzling audiences with his pop song smarts, masterful guitar playing, and exuberant stage presence. He has toured nationally and performed on stage with such diverse artists as Jason Mraz, John Mayer, Marc Broussard, Brendan James, and Matt Duke, among others. Since 2010 he has been a fixture at the annual Hotel Carolina music festival. His music has been featured in MTV's The Real World and movies such as Palo Alto and True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet.
Marina City smoothly fuses top-40 elements with a heavy, punk-rock edge, which has led to them being dubbed "one of Chicago's best up-and-coming bands." The band developed a melodic, in-your-face sound in their first two releases, In the Wake of Dreaming (2012) and Chimera (2014). Marina City's newest EP, titled Wanderlust, sent the group on a 6,000-mile journey to work with producer Casey Bates, and it creates an even newer sound that the band calls aggressive pop-rock. On Request Magazine says, "Marina City have brought a very real, intense rock flavor to vocals that could easily appear in today's top 40...they are showing the world what real music in popular culture could and should sound like."
Nationally acclaimed singer-songwriter Leslie DiNicola has a poetic yet accessible writing style that imbues a universal perspective to the personal. Described as “combining the grittiness of Janis Joplin with the vulnerability of Alison Krauss,” her music has endeared her to critics, fans, other established artists, and industry vets. She has worked with such respected names in music as Ron Allaire (Keith Richards, Madonna, David Bowie, Shakira) and Erich Gobel (John Mayer, Ray Charles).