Mercy Sakes makes music inspired by fierce old folk tunes. He was born in Oklahoma but raised on the corners of the earth. An army kid, he lived in eight different houses by his tenth birthday. Being from nowhere was about the same as being from everywhere, which he translated into a deep and wide taste in music.
Ever since he first felt sound tug on his heart he has wanted to make noise that could do just that. He’s lived in the south, the north, the midwest, and the west, not to mention the years spent abroad as a kid. He currently lives in Southern California and plans on sticking around for a little while this time. He is also a member of the Mercury Sound Club.
Britton Sparkman hails from Birmingham, AL. Raised in the church, he was always singing and playing music when he was young. At the same time he learned piano and how to read music from his mom. In grade school he picked up the clarinet and played until high school, when theater/stage crew really grabbed him. Britton went on to study Acting at Elon University in North Carolina and he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts.
In 2004 he moved to LA to follow the Hollywood dream. But when his aspirations to be a movie star didn’t pan out he formed the band Red Circle Underground in 2006, which took him through to 2013. In 2014 he formed Righteous Heirs which was to keep him busy for the next four years.
Outside of these two bands, Britton always finds time to write his own music. Lately you can find him hosting a monthly Tuesday night at Sonny McLeans in Santa Monica and you can catch him around town playing brunches here and there. He is also working on a Premier Radiohead Tribute band, Lotus Flower and is a member of the Mercury Sound Club.
Anderson William was born in Washington DC and raised in the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountain range in Virginia. His first song, a time-tested hit among his family, was written at 8 years old about his love for cashew nuts. After a seven year stint in NYC where he wrote other songs – not about cashew nuts, he moved to Los Angeles. Here, he found his voice and a real passion for storytelling through song whilst drinking whiskey, eventually forming the blues based Americana duo, High Noon Whiskey, with Diego Garcia. He is also a member of the Mercury Sound Club.
When not playing music, Anderson spends his time as a woodworker, photographer, professional beard grower, actor, writer, and director.
Lantz Lazwell & the Vibe Tribe service the deep, melodic desires that drives us to dance, while dazzling the senses with a complete immersive experience … unparalleled.
Lantz has not only been a national touring artist for years, but has sat in with and played alongside with such greats as George Clinton and Funkadelic, Bernie Worrel (Talking Heads), Norwood Fisher and Angelo Moore (Fishbone), Stephen Perkins (Janes Addiction), Cory Glover and Doug Wimbish (Living Colour), The Neville Brothers, Leo Nocentelli (The Meters), Eric McFadden (The Animals), Afrolicious, Vokab Kompany; but also was the winner of a Los Angeles Music Award for “Best Rock Male Vocalist” in 2007. And also appeared in 2014 as the house band on the Andy Dick Show.
The New Album “Counter Clockwise” is due out in spring of 2019. And they just released a new single “Do it Again”, which got its first radio play on KRXQ (sacramento CA) in Fall of 2018.
They are a festival staple … a powerhouse of talent and showmanship … Lantz Lazwell & the Vibe Tribe bring the funk ‘n’ soul anthem back into your heart & rock you right.
Drawing from his Nashville roots, film composer, singer songwriter, producer, and performer Andy Tubman aka Skinnytubs creates lilting melodies and sensual grooves which captivate with warm intimacy. Songs such “Do It Again” from the 2016 Keith Gattis produced album, Sea of Sin, evoke the sounds of Jeff Buckley and Ray LaMontagne with emotional spellbinding and stunning simplicity.
The cofounding member of the LA based Jane Does, Skinnytubs now prepares for his self-produced and soon-to-be-released solo album Ether. With a diverse collaborative cast including Dennis Hamm of Thundercat (keys and synth), and James King of Fitz and the Tantrums (flute), Ether is a soul pop masterwork that woos listeners into melancholy rapture.
Originating from Salt Lake City in Utah, Winter Grain is a Folk-Americana band comprised of players from all walks of life. In the winter of 2016, between new friendships and old, the band came together to collectively share in a new music project to craft songs from their wide variety of backgrounds.
Winter Grain is the product of folk/country vocals, three part harmonies, dueling guitars, and lyrical story-telling. The project has no rules as to what style they may create. It was simply agreed that they want to craft good, fun, and beautiful music that can honor any stage they bring it to.
Within their short time together, they have recorded a self-titled EP with Grammy Award winner and producer, Ryan Hadlock at Bear Creek Studio, and a follow-up EP out of Pale Horse Sound in Salt Lake City.
Winter Grain are Kate Anderson – guitar, vocals; Secily Anderson – guitar, vocals; and Scott Klismith – guitar, vocals.
Based out of Nashville, Tennessee, Cristina Vane is taking the town by storm with her unique blend of blues and folk. Originally from Europe, she draws from such a great host of influences that it is impossible to compare her music to any one artist. That being said, she draws decisively from country blues, delta blues, and American folk music, creating her own flavor of the blues. Whether on the Venice boardwalk busking by the beach or on a stage in Mississippi, her signature resonator bottleneck playing and powerful vocals are unmistakable and unforgettable.
Before falling in love with the blues, Cristina spent her childhood and adolescence studying classical voice, music theory, piano and flute, ever consumed by music. She has love for many kinds of music, ranging from baroque classical to punk and metal. This theme continues throughout her career today; while she predominantly plays slide guitar, she employs fingerpicking, acoustic, electric guitar techniques, as well as clawhammer banjo playing.
Cristina had been performing in the Southern California area for nearly four years when she embarked on a 5 month tour, summer of 2018. While Cristina spent summers gigging in both New York and London previous to her move to Venice, she had never traveled the United States extensively and found her tour to be a personal and musical success. Her effervescent and edgy personality make for entrancing live performances, which she has honed with hours of practice playing in venues across the country as well as busking for the public on Venice Beach for several years. It is safe to say Cristina lives through music, it saturates her life and is, for her, a necessary vehicle for expression.
Born from the tradition of bringing good stories to music, Brother Billy’s first release “Don’t Fall Asleep on the Tracks” has conjured up spirits of the past with tales of jilted love, pointed historical commentary, and folks having raucous good time.
With the evocative puberty anthem “Red Ribbon” to the cynical retort of “Your Grand Design” he gets right to the sweet, the sad, and the naughty.
His Hopeless Choir is a revolving door of many talented musicians that give a little to help a lot in lifting up the spirit of his oh-so-spirited music.
From the snow-capped mountains of Oklahoma to the pale-painted deserts of Louisiana – from the coal-firing cost of California to the sweeping serenity of New York City – everyone could use the kind of smile that comes from spending a little time with Brother Billy.