Artist Lineup

Melvin Seals and JGB (2 Nights)

Ghost-Note (members of Snarky Puppy feat. MonoNeon)

DrFameus

Cody Wright & Friends (feat. David Pastorius)

Katz Pajamas

Glostik Willy (2 Nights)

Blue Moon Soup

Hellnaw

John Welton and the Awakening

PronToh

Any Color

Subterranean House Band

The Weathered Feather

The Ark Band

Ohio Pranksters

Grass2Mouth

Moonbug

Nate Brite

LethalFX (MC) + Woodface = Squirple


Artist At Large:

Eric Turner


Late Night DJ Competition:

Heady Ruxpin - Mike Dow - Indicus

Jozef - PHVNTM - SQUWA

Manimal - 4PlayB4 - Domestic Bliss


PREVIOUSLY AT FAMILY ROOTS

2015 Lineup

Conspirator

As an outlet to further explore electronic music production, Conspirator was formed in 2004 by Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (keyboardist and bassist for The Disco Biscuits), and DJ Omen. Unleashed is a crystal clear demonstration of Conspirator’s heavy, electronically produced core coupled with a skillful and melodic homage to live instrumentation. Electronic rock sensibilities are gracefully smashed into jaw dropping, dance-floor shaking dubstep rhythms to create an effortless fusion of all things deep. This high-impact collision creates an all encompassing, energetic spectacle which will no doubt be used to shock their devoted crowds from coast to coast.

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Nahko and Medicine for the People

Oregon-native Nahko, born a mix of Apache, Puerto Rican, and Filipino cultures and adopted into an American family, suffered an identity crisis from an early age. But the unifying power of music entered his life as a healing remedy, when he took up the piano at age six.

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Melvin Seals and JGB

Melvin Seals has been a powerful presence in the music industry for over 30 years with a long-established reputation as a performer, recording artist and producer. Melvin is most revered for his powerful, high-spirited, Hammond B-3 organ, and keyboards in the Jerry Garcia Band. Melvin spun his B-3 magic with the Jerry Garcia Band for 18 years and in doing so helped pioneer and define what has now become "Jam Band Music". From blues to funk to rock to jazz, Melvin Seals serves up a tasty mix with a little R&B and gospel thrown in to spice things up.

Melvin and JGB bring an intuitive, expressive style, soul, spontaneity and remarkable chops to the table. With acoustic and electric ingredients and unique combinations of Zach Nugent’s guitar and vocals, John Paul McLean's savory bass, Pete Lavezzoli’s hearty drums and, of course, a heapin' helpin' of the wizard's magic on Hammond B-3 Organ and keyboards. Along with Sunshine Becker and Lady Chi on back-up vocals, the result is a most satisfying blend of natural organic grooves that challenges genre boundaries. Their chemistry is the focus from which they create a spontaneous and high art where the sky is the limit musically. They offer an exciting, often psychedelic musical journey that changes nightly and keeps the audience dancing and smiling (and some staring in amazement) for hours.

Adding his rock-gospel-soul-rhythm and blues touch with his funky style of playing, no wonder Jerry nicknamed him "Master of the Universe". Melvin continues to treat music lovers to his unique brand of melodic flavor with JGB. Come see and hear for yourself!

MELVIN SEALS & JGB:

Melvin Seals - Hammond B3 Organ, Keyboards & Vocals Zach Nugent - Electric Guitar & Lead Vocals
John Paul McLean - Bass
Pete Lavezzoli - Drums
Sunshine Becker & Lady Chi - Backup Vocals

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Ozric Tentacles

Ozric Tentacles are, simply put, legends of the UK underground. One of the most influential bands to emerge from the UK's festival scene, "The Ozrics" layer ambient and ethereal landscapes with freeform dub trips, incredible rave grooves and psychedelic progressive rock. It's an open exploration of music and the soul. In their 30+ years, the Ozrics have experienced the vicissitudes of the rock and roll life. The band has flourished through a number of lineup changes, spawned several side projects (including Eat Static and Nodens Ictus), created their own record label (Dovetail & Stretchy), put out close to 30 albums, scored a hit record, and sold over a million albums. And yet, the basic motivation behind the band's existence has never wavered.

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Turkuaz

Turkuaz is a 9-pice power funk army hailing from Brooklyn, NY whose modern twist on the classic sound has placed them at the forefront of a new funk evolution. With the obvious influences—Parliament, Sly & The Family Stone, Rick James and Earth, Wind & Fire—as the basis for a recipe, Turkuaz adds healthy doses of jittery, world-pop-dance groove—reminiscent of Remain In Light era Talking Heads—and a passion for Motown and R&B into the mix, resulting in a refreshing twist on the funk idiom that could be described as part freight train and part tyrannosaurus rex.

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DrFameus

DrFameus is an electronic music project created by the versatile drummer, Allen Aucoin. Allen explores many realms with DrFameus ranging from breakbeats to drum 'n' bass to dubstep to techno/house. It is his ability to survey the crowd and then improvise that has allowed Aucoin to play in such diverse projects over the years.

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Pigeons Playing Ping Pong

Funk, Rock, Electronic ENERGY: These four Pigeons bring it every night. Based out of Baltimore, MD, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong has an undeniably unique and versatile live sound that ascends peaks of musical ecstasy. Their evolving arrangement of original compositions, psychedelic improvisational jams, and contagious smiles have ‘The Flock’ growing and coming back for more. With no end in sight, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong is here to bring the party with their danceable electro-funk grooves and infectious ability to bring positive energy to any environment.

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Greenhouse Lounge

Greenhouse Lounge is an electronic musical trio that combines the computer based production of a DJ, accompanied by rock guitar leads, heavy synthesized bass and live drums. They are adept at merging these rumbling dub basslines with pumping electronica beats, breakbeat dynamics and staggering sample manipulation. Their music can be described as euphoric; a hypnotic based sound; tightly woven sonic soundscapes that are rich in melody and texture.

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Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band

True musical road warriors, their live show is an absolute must see! A musical experience rather than simply a band, Yo Mama's Big Fat Booty Band is all facets of funk wrapped into one deliciously deviant package. The band, which formed in the college town of Boone, North Carolina, in 2002, has shared stages with the likes of Parliament Funkadelic, Galactic, Karl Denson's Tiny Universe, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Ivan Neville's Dumpstaphunk, Maceo Parker and Bootsy Collins. They’re in high demand on the festival circuit, putting in appearances at Wakarusa, Bear Creek, Jam Cruise, Telluride Blues & Brews Festival, Aura Fest, Floyd Fest, DeLuna Festival, Jazz Aspen, Center of the Universe Festival, Purple Hatters Ball, Camp Barefoot and Trinumeral, among others.

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Consider the Source

NYC trio Consider the Source defy easy description. If intergalactic beings of pure energy, after initiation into an order of whirling dervishes, built some kind of pan-dimensional booty-shaking engine, powered by psychedelics and abstract math, it’d probably just sound like a CTS tribute band. Drawing from progressive rock, fusion and jazz, with alien sounds soaked in Indian and Middle Eastern styles, CTS blends disparate parts into a striking, utterly original whole. Dubbed “Sci-Fi Middle Eastern Fusion”, the band’s music strikes a rare balance between cerebral and emotional, intellectual and primal. A relentless touring schedule has won the band a fervent following from California to Israel, with fans ranging from jam-band hippies and jazz cats to corpse-painted headbangers and prog geeks

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Jahman Brahman

Jahman Brahman is a five-member collaboration originating from Columbus, Ohio in 2003, and currently residing in the mountains of Asheville, NC. The musical intuition of each member overcomes the restrictions of any particular genre as they pioneer the musical trail with a sound completely their own. The name Jahman Brahman emerged from each member’s goal to achieve the ultimate state of musical cohesion; each instrument connected to one another to create a piece of music from the heart of one.

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Glostik Willy

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 500+ performances in more than 17 states and counting. The band has hosted 7 music festivals (May Daze, Stik Nite, Twig Nite, Willy Fest) and performed at over 35 festivals. Glostik Willy brings an energy like no other during live performances that gets crowds moving and grooving all night long. Currently the band is working on a new album that will feature the bands most recent musical workings while releasing a series of live albums. 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 Spikedrivers

The Spikedrivers began in late 2003 when Jesse Henry and Steven Fox met at an underground musician's showcase in Columbus, Ohio. Both were recent recipients of undergraduate degrees in music and had been similarly trained in the arts of jazz and classical music. The thread that ultimately sewed the two together, though, was an intense passion for American roots music.

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Asian Teacher Factory

Everyday through the streets of Taipei, a scientist rides his bike to his robot factory run by school children. As the technicolored lights flash by, the music of Asian Teacher Factory plays in his mind. Half way across the world in Asheville, NC, Asian Teacher Factory creates this music in their mountain haven rich with fine teas and kava. A collaborative effort to make rock music with an edgy drive through ethereal compositions, Asian Teacher Factory is a band dedicated to furthering the psychedelic mind in asian science education.

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Maui Pranksters

The Maui Pranksters are a jam band born on the beautiful North Shore of Maui. They can be found playing a nice eclectic mix of Psychedelic Rock and Roll and Ameri-JAM-cana . This is a Soulful, High Energy band that shouldn't be missed. Mostly Jerry Garcia and Grateful Dead related songs. Recently touring the mainland playing venues such as Legend Valley Music Cent (formerly Buckeye Lake). They can be seen on the beautiful North Shore of Maui at Charleys in Paia several times a year.

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Blue Moon Soup

Blue Moon Soup, the acoustic folk quartet from Yellow Springs, Ohio, entrances audiences with an eclectic mix of jam band staples, folk and bluegrass traditionals; original tunes that fuse folk and psychedelia to establish a unique identity in an increasingly homogenized musical landscape. As evidenced by the presence of a fiddle, mandolin, guitar, and upright bass, Blue Moon Soup’s bluegrass and Celtic folk roots run deep. On stage, trail-side or fireside, the music brings a sincerity and spirit to the stage that sweeps wallflowers onto the dance floor, and an enthusiasm that engages the audience into the wee hours of the night. After a Blue Moon Soup show, we hope your feet are tired and your ears yearn for more.

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Adam's Ale

Adams Ale is a convergence of like spirited individuals drawn together by the gravity of music and the purest of intentions.... we are honored to answer this calling... Featuring former and current members of some of the longest standing, most loved bands in the Ohio music scene, such as Ekoostik Hookah, Waterband, The Madison Crawl, and The Recipe, Adam's Ale is sure to create a confluence of many friendbases.

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Sassafraz

Sassafraz is the brainchild of composer/singer/guitarist Eric Turner. The band is all about stretching out, getting creative, and pushing boundaries. In the musical world of Sassafraz, heavy funk grooves can quickly change into psychedelic guitar solos; freestyle rap verses might lead into jazz horn battles, or they might go somewhere completely different—that’s the beauty and excitement of Eric Turner’s compositions.

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Subterranean House Band

Subterranean is a jam rock quartet forged from the gritty streets of Dayton, Ohio. Their sound is deeply rooted with infectious grooves, and is elevated by soaring guitar and soulfully seasoned saxophone. Their organic and fearless songwriting style give them an eclectic and accessible sound that is represented on their debut album Loom.

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Manitoa

Manitoa is quickly erupting into the premier RockTronica band in the music scene today, creating a genre and sound all their own, dubbed "Tribal EarthDance RockTronica".

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Baby Hands

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The Cliftones

The Cliftones are a group of musicians, who together, create powerful music - a unique style of crucial, powerhouse roots reggae. In the true spirit of roots and culture, The Cliftones blend the sounds of a relentless dance groove with positive upliftment in the lyrical message. The result is an individual sound that is undeniably their trademark. Their influences range from The Gladiators, The Congos, Lee Perry,Tony Rebel, Buju Banton, Michael Rose,Yellowman, Black Uhuru, Aswad, Bob Marley, Eek A Mouse, Dennis Brown, Max Romeo and many others.

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Electric Orange Peel

"Getting peeled" is quickly becoming a favorite pastime of Ohio music fans. Perceiving an ironic rarity of free improvisation in the jam band scene, EOP is making a name for themselves as true explorers of music, taking risks on stage in search of improvising pathways through a vast milieu of music styles. Electric Orange Peel’s progressive, longform improvisational explorations draw on the ethos of jazz without sacrificing rock intensity or funk danceability. Emerging quickly from the campus area of Columbus, armed with genre¬hopping original compositions, refreshingly free jamming - getting peeled is not experience to miss.

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Yosemight

Starting in 2012, Yosemight has made a name for themselves in Columbus and Cleveland. Mixing elements of rock, bluegrass, funk and latin makes their shows enjoyable for pretty much anybody

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The Ark Band

THE ARK BAND is a St. Lucian reggae band, based in Columbus, Ohio. Founded in 1987 by Terry and Eustace Bobb, (The St. Lucian Riddim Twins) THE ARK BAND has continually toured across the United States, Canada and Jamaica sharing its roots reggae, calypso and soca music. Combining heavenly harmonies with tight crisp performances, this powerhouse of talent captures their audiences with their very first note. THE ARK BAND‘s repertoire combines original and cover compositions with classic and current reggae hits designed to entertain, educate and enlighten all types of people.

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Creation Station

Creation Station Band is A family composed of higly motivated and talented musicians through Eenyu Entertainment Inc. We come together for the love of making LIVE music,and the enjoyment of great talent. Creation Station has a genre of jazz, r&b, gospel, hip hop, go-go, acustic, etc. Whatever the need of music may be for an event, the band is very capable of meeting those expectations. The band has a uniques sound composed of a saxaphone, bass guitar, lead guitar, electric violin, two drummers, keyboard, a dj, and various vocalists. The band is highly skilled and always looking for new talent to come on board.

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LethalFX

LethalFX is a professional human beatboxer, looper, and producer, known mostly for his intense stage performance and involvement with the American beatbox community. The 31 year old artist, born Ludovic G. Nicolaidis, has been beatboxing for over 15 years and actively performing since 2009. In January of 2017, LethalFX took first place in the 4th Ohio Beatbox Battle, earning the title "Ohio Beatbox Champion". For media & more information visit LethalFX.com

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Shut Your Mouth and Beatbox Crew

Shut Your Mouth & Beatbox (SYMAB) is dedicated to the uprising of beatboxing in the United States. The SYMAB organization is responsible for several beatbox workshops throughout the US, founding the Midwest Beatbox Battle, as well as the organization of the 2014 American Beatbox Championship. Our goal is not only to build the awareness of beatboxing, but to create events throughout America; bringing beatboxers together and putting them in front of a crowd of new and long-time fans of beatboxing. Napom is the 2014 American Beatbox Champion (that's right, best in America!) on top of that Napom and Kenny Urban were the 2v2 champs.

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Heady Ruxpin

Hailing from Newark, this eccentric, well-rounded festival icon is a live painter and DJ with a love for humor, kitsch, dubstep, 80's culture, geometry, bright colors and sick beats. Known for ‘Your Best Friend’s Birthday Party’ and his wide collection of vintage action figures, Blake, Buck Swol, or Heady Ruxpin, will be sure to raise awareness through his genuine love of this scene.

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Eric Turner

Eric Turner pens massive anthems and embraces rock, hip hop, house, and pop, while simultaneously blazing his own trail. On his forthcoming debut album, Turner's "stadium sound" remains honest, and it may just have revolutionary implications.

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Ghost-Note

HEADED BY SNARKY PUPPY’S MULTI-GRAMMY–WINNING PERCUSSION DUO OF ROBERT “SPUT” SEARIGHT AND NATE WERTH, GHOST-NOTE IS AN EXPLOSION OF SOUND. WITH AN EXPANSIVE ROSTER OF NEXT-LEVEL MUSICIANS—REPRESENTING MEMBERS OF PRINCE, SNOOP DOGG, ERYKAH BADU, HERBIE HANCOCK, KENDRICK LAMAR, MARCUS MILLER, TOTO, JUSTIN TIMBERLAKE, AND MORE—THE BAND IS PUSHING FUNK MUSIC INTO THE FUTURE, BUILDING ON THE UPLIFTING, PIONEERING FOUNDATIONS LAID OUT BY THE LIKES OF JAMES BROWN AND SLY & THE FAMILY STONE AND INFUSING THEIR FRESH TAKE WITH TASTES OF AFROBEAT, HIP-HOP, PSYCHEDELIA, WORLD FOLKLORE, AND MORE.

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SILAS NEPTUNE

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Cody Wright

In a few short years, multi-instrumentalist Cody Wright has earned a reputation as one of the most innovative, soulful, and jaw-dropping young performers today. He plays bass, guitar, and keyboards and was co-composer for the upcoming video game release of Toejam and Earl: Back in the Groove. (Playstation 4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, and PC/Mac.)

He is known for his virtuosity on the electric bass using picking, tapping, and fingerstyle, along with his genre bending style and adaptability and onstage energy.

Cody is a certified instructor at ScottsBassLessons.com.

Cody has been spotlighted in Bass Player, Guitar Player, Premier Guitar, Bass Guitar Magazine, Bass Frontiers, Drum Talk TV, Bass The World.com, iBass Magazine, For Bass Players Only, Bass Musician Magazine, MusicLessons.tv, That's Live TV, Bass Professor, Bass Gear Magazine, Relix, No Treble, The Daily Funk Club, SEGA Scream, Hype Magazine, and has been mentioned in Jazz Times and Modern Drummer.

Cody has performed and/or recorded with:
Victor Wooten (and the Wooten Brothers,) Eric Gales, Beth Hart, Peter Erskine, Steve Smith (Journey,) Alvin Ford Jr. (Trombone Shorty,) Sean Wright, Lenny "Ox" Reece (DJ Premier),) Tim Pierce, Snarky Puppy, Ghost-Note, Cory Wong (Vulfpeck), Mr. Talkbox, Mohini Dey, Jeff Coffin (Dave Matthews Band,) Ida Nielsen (Prince), Frank Bello (Anthrax), Chuck Rainey, Gary Novak, Kirk Fletcher, Toronzo Cannon, members of Stevie Wonder band, Ana Popovic, Walter Trout, Kenny Neal, Michael Manring, Oteil Burbridge, Jeff Sipe, Mike Seal (Jerry Douglas,) Robert "Sput" Searight (Snarky Puppy,) members of the James Brown Band, Etienne M'Bappe (John McLaughlin,) Sharay Reed (Aretha Franklin,) Tony Grey (Hiromi,) MonoNeon, Kebbi Williams, Yolanda Charles (Mick Jagger,) Felix Pastorius, David Pastorius, Billy Cardine, Col. Bruce Hampton, Pat Donohue (A Prairie Home Companion,) Joanne Shaw-Taylor, Federico Malaman, Gergo Borlai (Gary Willis,) Chesley "Cheese" Allen (Meghan Trainor,) members of the Duhks & Lee Boys, members of the Tedeschi/Trucks Band, and others.

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Chris Seifrit - Cannibal Chris

A Master of The Arts
Doctor of Divinity
Proud member of the Illuminati
And owner of the one and only, "Unicorn Fairy Princess Magic Tattoos with Sprinkles on Top" Private Studio and Art Gallery

Cannibal Chris
stranglechris@gmail.com

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Jak Nola

Jak Nola, a New Zealand artist who works with mixed media’s, manifesting art from life experiences, nature and psychedelics. Creating art for people to reflect upon and connect to oneself.

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