Rock This Town Hoedown feat. The Alternate Routes + Ingram Hill + Radio Birds + The Trews + Wild Adriatic + Simplified + Andy Suzuki & The Method + Hey Monea + Amy Gerhartz + The Rocketboys – Tickets – Jammin Java – Vienna, VA – October 7th, 2016

Rock This Town Hoedown feat. The Alternate Routes + Ingram Hill + Radio Birds + The Trews + Wild Adriatic + Simplified + Andy Suzuki & The Method + Hey Monea + Amy Gerhartz + The Rocketboys

Rock This Town Hoedown feat. The Alternate Routes + Ingram Hill + Radio Birds + The Trews + Wild Adriatic + Simplified + Andy Suzuki & The Method + Hey Monea + Amy Gerhartz + The Rocketboys

Friday October 07, 2016 - Sunday October 09, 2016

Doors: 6:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

Three Day Pass! GA: $95 Premier Plus: $120

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This event is all ages

• Full dinner and drink menu available


FRIDAY: 5pm doors/5:30pm start

SATURDAY DAY: 10am doors/11am start

SATURDAY NIGHT: 5:15pm doors/6pm start

SUNDAY BRUNCH: 10:30am doors/11:30am start

The Alternate Routes
The Alternate Routes
The Alternate Routes are the band that helped us to remember “we are how we treat each other, and nothing more.” Now they’re back with a new single, “Safe Haven”—a love song that uses real life as its backdrop.

“Nothing More” propelled the band into new ears and new heights, having been featured prominently in the 2014 Winter Olympics, on NCIS, and in a partnership with TOMS shoes. It was followed up with "Somewhere in America," a poignant and personal conversation about gun violence that earned the band a 2016 Independent Music Award and a visit to the White House.

“Safe Haven” continues the socially-conscious, no-hold-barred examination on modern living that the band has increasingly embraced. It reflects an evolution and maturity that results from sticking together and trying new things, musically and lyrically, for over a decade.

“Sitting down with someone you love and trying to convince them, and yourself, to keep pushing forward, to face your fears and stay strong, is a sentiment that I hope many people can relate to,” says guitarist, Eric Donnelly.

"Safe Haven" was self-produced by Donnelly, drummer and engineer Kurt Leon, and singer Tim Warren, a sonic departure from previous efforts that highlights the use of the recording studio itself as an instrument. It was mixed by fellow Bridgeport, Connecticut native Peter Katis (The National, Interpol, The Swell Season).

The Alternate Routes first burst onto the scene in 2005 with their breakthrough album Good and Reckless and True. They released several albums on Vanguard Records and on their own, toured extensively, and relentlessly refined their craft. They have collaborated with such seemingly disparate artists as singer-songwriter Patti Griffin, director Lisa Cholodenko (The Kids Are All Right), and guitarist Carl Broemel of My Morning Jacket. They’ve performed on “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson,” “Late Night with Conan O’Brien,” and have been repeat guests on NPR’s “Mountain Stage.”

The core lineup of the Alternate Routes is:

Tim Warren (vocals)
Eric Donnelly (guitar)
Kurt Leon (drums)
Ian Tait (bass)
Taryn Chory (vocals)
Ingram Hill
Ingram Hill
Memphis-based rock trio Ingram Hill would probably love to have it look as if their latest album, "Look Your Best," was as easy-breezy to create as the lyrics suggest, but lead singer/guitarist Justin Moore says it was made with a great deal of hard work, determination, and grit. "I think it felt like we were in a place in our career where we really were going through a stressful time," says Moore of the period after parting ways with their former major label home, Hollywood Records. "We were trying to get our stuff together, and we spent a lot of time and effort trying to make this as great as possible. It's not like we haven't done that with all of our records, but this one felt like there was a lot more weight on it, on the process of making it. We gave it everything we had. It seemed like an appropriate title. We were putting on our best for our audience, for our fans."
Radio Birds
Radio Birds
Coming from different musical backgrounds and experiences, the four members of the band now called Radio Birds – Colin Dean (drums), Jaz Dixon (guitar), Justin Keller (vocals and guitar), and Chase Lamondo (vocals and bass) – are united by their passion for writing, creating, and performing rock n' roll music."Jaz grew up playing bluegrass, Chase had been playing with a hardcore band called Whoremouth when he started with us, I grew up listening to James Taylor and Simon and Garfunkel and was really chasing the singer-songwriter path, and I'm pretty sure Colin has played just about everything under the sun," said lead singer Justin Keller.

These varied influences helped inspire what fans hear on their newest self-titled EP. It is the first release from Radio Birds, although most of the members had been playing together recently as JK And The Lost Boys.2013 marked a transitory period for the band; they added Colin Dean, changed their name, and went to work in the studio.

"I remember walking into a group with some minor achievements, a small but connected fan base, and a good album that had been out for almost a year. But they were looking for something different–and starting something different, maybe, without even realizing it," said drummer Colin Dean.

To complete this reinvention, they asked their fans, friends, and community for help in choosing a new name via an online voting system.

"Our fans are our friends, and they've always been a big part of everything we do, that's why we wanted them to join us in this process," said bassist Chase Lamondo.

The high-energy yet soulful sound of their most recent EP, which will be released on September 3, 2013, is a testament to the band's musical progression and overall synchronization. Reducing the number of singer/songwriter compilations, the new album will have a full-band sound with the lo-fi purity akin to old rock-n-roll. Tracks such as 'Uptown Girl' and 'Heart Made Of Gold' incorporate heavy syncopation and tempo changes for a harder sound a la The Raconteurs. It is not an album that sounds the same way throughout; it is a collection of rock n' roll experiments and a testimony to Radio Birds' increasing mastery of many sounds.

"The band is coming together and playing as a whole more than we ever have. The creativity is flowing," said Keller. "JK And The Lost Boys was structured primarily that I would write a song then show it to the guys and they would add their parts. Now, Radio Birds has taken that process to a whole new place. We are all writing together. Someone will bring an idea to the table and we will all, collectively, deconstruct it to make a brand new song. While each song has an original writer, they have been transformed so drastically that the songs clearly belong to Radio Birds as a whole."

Their lyrics as well as their sound display the way the members are becoming more mature; they sing of making mistakes, reinvention, guilt, and love. Narrative ballads such as 'I'm To Blame' and 'Long Way Down' are bare-boned and relatable with lyrics like, "Take a look at your troubles, see that you're the only one to blame. Oh, it's time for change. Take what you have, and throw it all away.

"Most importantly, Radio Birds will continue to bring the raw energy their fans love to stages all across the Southeast. And their vibes are contagious.

"We do know how to have a good time, always a good time–and we can put on one hell of a live show. Our live presence combined with our new EP, I think, brings us to where we are now–to Radio Birds," adds guitarist, Dixon.

Dean continued: "I don't believe a name defines what a band is about, but a band does have every say in what its name comes to mean. I look forward to continuing to create that meaning. The name was born of change, so I hope the next time someone asks me, Radio Birds will mean something completely different than it does today."
The Trews
The Trews
Judging by the boldness of their choices, you'd never guess the Trews are 10 years, five studio albums and thousands of gigs into their highly celebrated career. Clearly, someone forgot to tell them that bands are supposed to become more predictable as the years go by, not less so.

And yet, evidence of a stubborn refusal to play it safe abounds, most notably in the East Coast-bred, Toronto-based rock squad's eponymous, electrifying new disc, The Trews. It tallies so many firsts that even band members Colin MacDonald, John-Angus MacDonald, Sean Dalton and Jack Syperek cop to being a smidge flabbergasted by their own achievements, 13 Top 10 Canadian radio singles (including two #1s) notwithstanding.

There is, first and foremost, the assured manner in which it was written (through the lens of real life), underwritten (by fan support) and recorded (super-fast alongside marquee producer Gavin Brown). Guests bring flourish – witness Serena Ryder's smoky vocals on 'In the Morning,' a contemplative almost-ballad with lyrics co-written by singer/guitarist Colin MacDonald and his pal, songwriting dynamo Simon Wilcox and buoyed by cellist Anne Bourne's melancholic accompaniment.

Add in the fact that of late the Trews have been piling up the accolades touring acoustically despite being certified rock brawlers and the net result is something you just don't see every day: proverbial old dogs issuing some seriously new tricks.

"I think with every record, you are kind of re-applying for the job," chuckles guitarist John-Angus MacDonald. "There are so many bands out there, so many good ones, the fact that we get to keep going is a privilege. And as much as you get better and wiser with your craft, you still have to be ear-to-the-ground competitive. There is pressure in that."

There are also wicked-cool rewards in that, none greater than the Trews' daring and wildly successful PledgeMusic campaign which offered their loyal fans coveted and highly unique access to the band and its recording process in exchange for financial backing.

Everything from Skype chats to drum lessons, lifetime guest list privileges to adding vocals and hand-claps in-studio to songs like 'New King,' 'The Sentimentalist,' 'Age of Miracles,' and 'Under The Sun' was snatched up by supporters during the roughly year-long PledgeMusic drive.

"It was so much fun bringing fans into the studio, putting 20 people around a microphone," Colin MacDonald enthuses. "This whole campaign was a great way to have an even deeper connection with the people who have been supporting us all these years."

Adds John-Angus MacDonald, "I'd be lying if I said we didn't have some trepidation at the onset. But it was all about the fan experience. We got to tailor those pledges to what we thought our fans might like, and at the end of it, we got to make a record for fans while giving them access they couldn't possibly have had otherwise."

Of course, the whole PledgeMusic exercise would be academic if the Trews weren't making freaking phenomenal rock and roll full of the hairpin stylistic turns you'd expect from four guys who've been playing together daily pretty much all their adult lives.

Take the new album's blazing first single, 'What's Fair Is Fair' which Colin MacDonald describes as "A song I wrote about a relationship falling apart. Sometimes when you cross a line you can't come back."

And then there is the quaking, spit-drenched 'New King,' a biting indictment of bullies on digital pulpits. "We were pissed off and we wrote a song about it. I mean, if you can't use your rock and roll to tell somebody to go shove it," John-Angus MacDonald howls, "what the hell good is it?"

At the other end of the sonic spectrum is '65 Roses,' a song inspired by former Trews booking agent Paul Gourlie, who succumbed to Cystic Fibrosis last May at age 37. It is, says John-Angus MacDonald, an illustration of the band feeling comfortable turning the volume down thanks to their acoustic touring, and an example of the impact producer Gavin Brown (see Metric, the Tragically Hip, Billy Talent) had on the new disc.

"The song '65 Roses' was originally presented as an upbeat and rollicking song but the subject matter is quite sad," the guitarist confirms. "Gavin was really insistent on that song being played as an acoustic number without drums. He saw us performing at Paul's memorial and I don't think he would even consider it being anything else."

Indeed, Brown brought a whole new way of working to bear when he gathered with the Trews – including long-time keyboardist Jeff Heisholt - last fall in their rehearsal space for pre-production before moving the show to Toronto's Noble Street Studios for "a concentrated two-and-half week session with some additional recording in November, mixing in December and mastering in January," Colin MacDonald recalls.

"Gavin takes awesome bands and makes them awesome-r," the singer cracks playfully. "And I think with our band, self-production would be a one-way ticket to divorce. We all respect each other but it's always good to have that sounding board. Gavin is a giant personality who works quickly with such precision. So we entered that orbit and it made for a really interesting time. I'd do it again tomorrow."

"For us, working quickly is a function of having our material together," John-Angus adds, noting that the group amassed some 30 songs between January and May 2013 despite all members "doing a lot of other things. Life was being lived, we were traveling, but I think that fed the writing.

"From there we went about arranging it and making it sound great in the studio which, in my opinion, is much easier than songwriting. With Hope & Ruin" – the Trews' chart-topping 2011 release cut with Hip bassist Gord Sinclair – "we were writing and recording at the same time and that record took seven months. Taking a kind of church and state approach to writing and recording this time worked really well."

"I think we are getting better at pinpointing when a song is good and when it's not," Colin MacDonald says. "That's what happens when you make five albums and tour all the time – you can tell a timeless idea from one that rocks hard but gets old fast. If I have to sing these songs 200 nights a year," he smiles, doubtless envisioning the Trews' itinerary for the foreseeable, "I want them to be good."
Wild Adriatic
Wild Adriatic
Rooted in the rowdy spirit of rock & roll, Wild Adriatic has built an international audience on a combination of groove, grit, and guitar-heavy swagger.

With the power trio's newest album, Feel, bandmates Travis Gray, Rich Derbyshire, and Mateo Vosganian update the sound of their influences -- from Seventies rock to Motown to soul -- for a contemporary audience, taking influence from the past but never losing sight of the present. They aren't revivalists; they're modern men, carrying the torch of melodic, riff-ready, high-energy rock into new territory.

Whittled into sharp shape by a touring schedule that's kept them busy for roughly 175 days a year — including two European tours, countless stateside runs, and appearances at festivals like Bonnaroo — Wild Adriatic's three members recorded Feel in Austin, teaming up with Grammy-nominated producer Frenchie Smith in the process. The goal was to shine a light on the band's strength as a live act, avoiding click tracks, digital instruments, sampled sounds, and other tricks of the recording studio. Instead, Wild Adriatic focused on the same core ingredients — Gray's guitar playing and soulful sweep of a voice; Vosganian's percussive stomp; Derbyshire's in-the-pocket bass — that helped kickstart the band in 2011, back when Wild Adriatic formed in Upstate New York.

From the psychedelic "Chasing a Ghost" to the mellow, horn-filled "Come Baby Baby" — the latter song featuring blasts of brass from the West End Horns — Feel offers up 11 new songs of modern, analog, groove-heavy rock, with Wild Adriatic taking inspiration from breakups, friendships, new relationships, tour stops, and even politics. "Appleton" finds the guys paying tribute to the Wisconsin town that's hosted some of their most most memorable shows, while songs like "Some Nerve" and "Hurricane Woman" channel the influence of guitar greats like Stevie Ray Vaughan and Joe Walsh. Much of the album came together during five separate writing retreats, including treks to Virginia, Texas and Wisconsin. Throughout it all, the songs were written collaboratively, molded by a band of longtime friends who, more than a half-decade into their career, are still turning over new leaves.

"This feels like our first record all over again," says Vosganian, a childhood friend of Gray since his elementary-school days. "We're a rock and roll band at heart, but we have heavy ties to soul and blues music, too, and as the band matures, those roots come out. This is a great way to reintroduce ourselves."

Gray agrees, saying that the real-life inspiration behind most of the album — a painful breakup — helped Wild Adriatic create a record that ultimately celebrates the electricity and elation of playing in a traveling band.

"These songs align with everything we've gone through in the last year," he adds. "They highlight hard times, but also underlying hope and optimism. We're people. We're supported by fans who buy tickets and come out to shows, and we like to hang out with them. We aren't trying to take ourselves too seriously. We're trying to connect. We're trying to feel."
When the laid back vibe of Myrtle Beach, SC meets acoustic rock of Lake Michigan, Simplified, the island rock band arrives with a loud and welcoming splash. In 2002, Clee Laster of SC and Chris Sheridan a MI native, started out as an acoustic duo. Early on, both musicians displayed innate musical capabilities, which were passed down from family members, and inspired by a diverse collection of original influences. They both grew up on the water, in different parts of the country, but the beach life-blood continues to surge within their suntanned souls, flowing forth in passionate, fun, and energetic jams.

They began playing acoustic shows, revving up and charming the Charlotte, NC crowds, while writing original songs. In 2003, the full band took shape as Simplified. Acclaimed as a dedicated touring machine, they gained new fans, one by one. Simplified's sound caught on, with a devoted fan base in the Southeastern US. With their incessant touring, an enthusiastic buzz was growing, and in turn they began booking shows nationwide, playing for increasingly larger audiences.

With a never-ending tour schedule, including over 3,000 powerhouse, popular performances, Simplified members, with both electric and acoustic acts, are enthusiastic as ever. From Key West, FL to New York City and throughout the Midwest, their hard work, perseverance and commitment have always been key to their hard earned success. Sequentially, in 2011, their song "Shall We Begin" was featured on ESPN's 'Kick off to College GameDay.' Currently their hit "Gettin Home," is featured in the video game, NASCAR The Game 2013 and they have been praised as one of Pandora Radio's top played indie rock bands.

Still writing and riding the sometimes choppy, always exciting musical shores, Clee and Sheridan reinvented the band in 2013 with their newest material, while getting back to their island rock roots. This year, they are releasing tracks from their crowd-pleasing, May 10th, 2013 show at Hideaway Cafe in St. Petersburg, FL. Sheridan states, "Our fans have been requesting a live album so we are focusing on getting as much live content out as possible."
Sheridan and Clee have effectively reformulated the band by adding key ingredients: new players with positive energy, multi-instrumentalists, and a camaraderie that stimulates their passion for writing new material. Now abandoning what others suggested, returning to their roots of a feel good vibe, Clee explains, "We are writing new songs for ourselves and our fans, not for a producer or critic. We are getting right back to where we started, with what we know and love…music that makes you smile."

Their signature sound is a contagious fusion of rock and reggae, attracting a diverse audience and embracing every kind of fan. Sheridan emphasizes, "We're a rock band with elements of reggae, funk, and acoustic roots. We don't limit ourselves musically and it shows in the songs we write." Conjuring up the island rock roots, Clee expresses, "Our live shows are all about having fun. Each performance will bring you to the beach and right back home."
A decade later, Simplified continues to evolve and attract new audiences through their crowd-pleasing, relatable songs and ongoing support from their loyal fans. Starting out as two musicians with a dream, to one of the industry's top emerging rock bands, makes Simplified a true tour de force. There's nothing simple about that.
Andy Suzuki
Andy Suzuki
Brooklyn's Andy Suzuki and Kozza Olatunji-Babumba (of Andy Suzuki & The Method)
 have been making music together for nearly a decade, but now with their third full-length album, The Glass Hour, a creative friendship has flowered into a formidable musical force. The half-Japanese, half-Jewish Suzuki and hand-percussionist Kozza (grandson of percussion legend Babtunde Olatunji) first garnered wider attention with their buoyant, organic folk-pop album, Born out of Mischief, and soon found themselves opening for names as large as Ringo Starr, Eric Hutchinson, Joshua Radin, Marc Broussard, Delta Rae, and Tyrone Wells. Fans fell hard for their combination of a "velvet voice" (NPR) and their “deadly way with melody" (TimeOut New York). Their sinuous songwriting, which curves into eddies and unexpected shapes at every measure, is steadied by Andy's impossibly dulcet vocals, that carry us gently through as the songs toss and heave. The Glass Hour keeps all these curves and fleecy vocals, but no longer wants the limits of the folk-pop label. Instead, Andy and Kozza are aiming for nearly every place on your radio dial. There's tinseled RnB ballades like Shelter and Overtime, burning-rubber country rock like Digging My Way Out, adamant life-anthems like Fight and Fire, and the verifiably ready-to-drop pop of I Need You More. To pull off this kind of range, Andy and Kozza enlisted the production talents of LA-based Juny Mag, and also brought in big guns Dominic Fallacaro, Will Hensley, Chris Gehringer— all Grammy winners— for recording, mixing and mastering a project of its stylistic breadth.

The Glass Hour begins reminiscent of their previous styles, but soon shifts to stranger things, to a near future pop that sounds like it’s beaming in from the year 2019. Its rhythmic intricacies still reflect the hand-percussionist half of their writing team, only with Juny Mag scaling everything up to stadium-sized dimensions. Its sensibilities hover somewhere between Jack Garratt and Michael Jackson, and nowhere is this clearer than on I Can't Live, Overtime, and— unmistakably— on I Need You More, which could easily double as a movie soundtrack to an impromptu streetdancing scene. Then, with another flick of the radio dial, we coast through stretches of soul and blues that would be the envy of Amos Lee, and hear great cloudbursts of gospel choir breaking through on Shelter and Fire. With another flick, we run from unapologetically earnest love songs like Searching and Mama Told Me to power-numbers like Fight, Digging My Way Out and Come Forward, then back again to the stripped-down, unplugged rawness of Hold You and the soul-searching bittersweetness of Forgiven. Andy and Kozza like to continually surprise their listeners— and themselves. They are happiest when they're unsure what's coming next. The only certainty is that they've only begun, with 2017 already booked full with a headlining tour, a prominent spot on the Rockboat line-up, and a new album proudly in hand.
Hey Monea
Hey Monea
Hey Monea are:
Dan Monea – vocalist, guitarist, shark fisherman, foodie
Nate Monea – vocalist, drummer, MacGyverer, skeptic
Stephen Fernandez – vocalist, bassist, herboligist, shaman

Hey Monea have always been driven by a healthy sense of wanderlust – a deep desire to see the world, try new things, and to challenge the limits of what is possible. This band of tender-hearted rascals has been bonded by three albums, years of touring and recording, with a deep love of music and desire to bring people together. They’ve played festivals all over the world including Hard Rock Calling in London (Bruce Springsteen / Lady Antebellum), The Rock Boat (Sister Hazel / Barenaked Ladies), 311 Cruise, and even a performance on Guam. In addition to traditional touring, the band travels annually to Guatemala with an organization called The Music Is Love Exchange for a week of service work and performances at schools and hospitals.

“We love what we do, and we love being on the road. Connecting with people from every corner of the world through music brings real joy to us. Everybody has a story, and we want to hear that. And we want to share ours,” says Dan Monea. The band performs constantly, either touring nationally or playing bar gigs to pay bills.

Hey Monea’s pop-leaning rock music centers around emotionality and their soaring harmonies aim directly at the heart of the human spirit. Dan and Nate were raised Jehovah’s Witnesses and it was their family’s decision to leave that community that set the boys on a path toward pursuing deeper connection points. Every tour stop is an opportunity to meet people, be of service, an effort to build bonds with their audience. The band refers to their extended community as their “ghetto family”, and the family reunion takes place every September in downtown Canton at the band’s own Little C Music Festival, now in its third year. "We've spent quite a few years traveling, meeting new people, and having amazing experiences at every stop. Along the way we've made so many friends who are incredibly talented, and have something unique and inspiring to offer. Little C is our way of bringing all those friends to Canton to show them the little corner of the earth we call home, and to show all of our friends here in Canton the cast of characters we've met out there on the road,” offers Nate Monea. This year’s even took place September 14 and 15 in partnership with the Canton Flea, ArtsInStark, VisitCanton, and several additional local sponsors.

The band’s new single, “Push And Pull” is available now.
Amy Gerhartz
Amy Gerhartz
Strength, wisdom, humor and emotion embrace Amy's lyrical storytelling as she consistently connects to the human experience with each and every verse.

Amy Gerhartz is an Atlanta-based eclectic singer/songwriter who blends elements of rock, pop, folk, blues and country. Each day, she performs her original songs and shares the real-life stories that inspire the truth behind her lyrics.

She's opened up for Jason Mraz, Zac Brown, Sister Hazel and Better Than Ezra (to name only a few). Her successful story telling has enabled her to perform over 1,500 shows during the past 10 years. The darling of "The Rock Boat" (a Sister Hazel cruise), fans voted Amy to return for the past two consecutive years.

Amy also lent her voice to multiple projects on Lifetime Television. Notably, she recorded a remake of the title song "Fame" for the movie, Anna Nicole. Her "Fame" video succeeded in attracting nearly 50,000 hits on YouTube. John Roberts, producer, calls her rendition "…an extension of her soul…" And states, "I'm so looking forward to working with her on more music soon because she's a star."

Her newest endeavor is to connect with 10,000 fans during her 2014 "Tour of 10,000." While performing in house concerts, venues and festivals nationwide, she will play 100 shows in 70 cities.

Amy's success propels her to build a community that stretches beyond the music and drives her to continually connect with the hearts of her fans.

"I love learning about people's triumphs and struggles in life. I challenge my heart, mind & soul to relay their stories through my music." – Amy Gerhartz
The Rocketboys
The Rocketboys
For The Rocketboys, 2012 was a resilient journey. After nearly calling it quits when half the band parted ways in early 2011, the remaining three members - Brandon Kinder (singer/guitarist), Justin Wiseman (keys) and Josh Campbell (bass) - resuscitated the acclaimed melodic rock band with a lush, cathartic album: "Build Anyway."

Since "Build Anyway," The Rocketboys have not skipped a beat with a year of US touring in 2012, a brand new Total Recall-inspired music video (, a month long tour this July in support of Relient K and The Almost, and a rapidly expanding collection of new material for the band's third LP. With the addition of a new drummer and guitar player (respectively Josh Rodgers and Kyle Samuel) the band once again delivers a powerful, anthemic performance.

Still inspired by the Mother Teresa quote that gave life to the band after nearly calling it quits, "What you spend years building someone could destroy overnight: build anyway," The Rocketboys continue to build.
Venue Information:
Jammin Java
227 Maple Ave E
Vienna, VA, 22180