The Black Moods
The Black Moods play raw, amplified rock & roll.
Born in the Arizona desert and reared on stages across North America, the band delivers a modern update of a timeless sound, breathing fresh life into a familiar mix of electric guitars, anthemic hooks, and percussive stomp. The Black Moods’ three members — frontman/guitarist Josh Kennedy, drummer Chico Diaz and bassist Jordan Hoffman — aren’t looking to reinvent the wheel. Instead, they’re piling into a vehicle that’s existed for decades, souping up the engine to suit their contemporary needs, and steering those wheels toward their own rock & roll horizon.
The band formed in Tempe, Arizona. Inspired by local heroes like the Gin Blossoms and Roger Clyne & the Peacemakers — both of whom have become champions of the Black Moods, often tapping the group as a high-profile opening act — The Black Moods began building their audience the old-school way: by hitting the road. They toured heavily, promoting albums like their 2012 self-titled debut and 2016’s Medicine with gigs across the country. By the time “Bella Donna” hit the radio airwaves during the summer of 2018, The Black Moods’ fanbase had grown exponentially. The song became a Top 40 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart, paving the way for the band’s biggest shows to date.
Modern-day torchbearers of ageless rock & roll, The Black Moods aren’t shy about nodding to their influences. “Bella Donna” was partially inspired by the Doors’ slinky strut, while the climatic chorus of “Bad News” points to alt-rock mainstays like the Foo Fighters. With one boot planted in the same ground as their influences and the other pointed toward unexplored territory, The Black Moods blaze their own path while still paying tribute to those who came before them.
Both “Bella Donna” and “Bad News” were recorded with Grammy Award-nominated producer Johnny “K” Karkazis, who flew to Phoenix and set up a makeshift studio in the band’s own rehearsal space. There, in the same practice facility once shared by hometown heroes like the Refreshments, the band funneled the spirit and swagger of their live show into their most dynamic recordings to date. That live show — which The Black Moods sharpened with cross-country tours alongside the Doors’ Robbie Krieger, Shinedown, Jane’s Addiction, Eve 6, Cracker, and numerous other headliners — has always been one of the band’s strongest selling points. Now, thanks to singles like “Bella Donna” (which also lends its name to the first wine in The Black Moods’ wine series), The Black Moods’ fury and fire onstage is matched by their electricity on record.
The band’s name is The Black Moods. And these days, those black moods are looking pretty bright.
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Jason Sturgeon Band
Jason Sturgeon has opened for artists such as Gary Allan, Brooks & Dunn, Rodney Atkins, Luke Bryan, and Dierks Bentley, among others.
When Sturgeon sings about the simple life, he’s not just painting a picture of small town America. He’s describing who he is. Born and raised in Petersburg, IN, (pop. 3500) Sturgeon grew up in a family of coal miners, oilmen and farmers who literally made their living off the land, and still do to this day. Running wild and free as the quarter horses he learned to ride and compete on from the time he was 14, he grew up listening to country music artists such as Kenny Rogers, Alabama, George Strait and the outlaws but indulged his rowdier side through acts like Pantera, Rage Against The Machine, and Godsmack, and all of those influences collide on his latest CD, the aptly titled, THAT’S ME on Sturgeon’s own label, Toolpusher Records.
Growing up in Indiana Sturgeon found himself influenced by fellow native John Mellencamp and found himself in the company of one of Mellencamp’s band members, drummer Dane Clark. Jason and Dane struck up a friendship and soon the two were collaborating together professionally.
The resulting album, THAT’S ME is a vivid collection of audio snapshots of Jason’s life. From the hard-driving, unapologetic opening strains of the sexy, growling title track to the scorching heat of “Endless Summer,” you know exactly who he is, where he comes from, and what kind of ride you’re in for…which is not for the faint of heart. A hell-raising country rocker who can tear it up all night long, he also shows he can break it down in the quieter moments on tracks like the seductive “Blankets,” or spend moments in contemplation on what we’re all doing here on tunes like the homespun song “The Cover.” And he sums up his journey so far on the heartland ode “Simple Life,” a three-minute declaration of all that he is and holds dear.
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Naked Karate Girls
“The #1 Party Band in the Midwest!”
NKG band makes all events an EPIC experience for everyone! With a cast of 12+ professional performer musicians it’s no wonder that NKG is known as the Best Party in the Galaxy (TM). Since 2008 NKG band has performed over 2,000 public events, 300 weddings, 500 private and corporate parties!
Get out ya seat people because the Naked Karate Girls has rolled up wit da curb feelers and brought the party! Dis ain’t just another band, dis is an experience. Knowwhudimean? NKG is a cast of city slickers from Cincinnati, Ohio who have been bringing the fun in other bands for years. Now, united by 3-piece suits, Schlitz beer and a mastery of mustache grooming skills, NKG has come together to form the ultimate undercover party force. We’re not just the local fuzz…we’re three macho cops and one crazy suspect who tro down the best music from all decades. Kapiche?
Afraid to dance? Fuggedaboudit. NKG will make you shake like a love machine with funny choreography, props and outfits that encourage everyone in the audience to participate wit us. Dis is a world class show.
The Naked Karate Girls can be seen and heard cuffing-and-stuffing audiences throughout the Midwest in clubs, live venues, private parties, weddings, and corporate functions. The Naked Karate Girls is a professionally touring Las Vegas style dance/rock show band.
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King Bee and the Stingers
Based out of Indiana, King Bee & The Stingers are a tight five-piece unit who combine soul, Chicago and Delta blues into a package that demonstrates why they’ve been International Blues Challenge semi-finalists on two occasions.
King Bee & The Stingers are a band with promise…
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The six members of RADIO perform the greatest vintage rock of all time, including groups like REO, KANSAS, VAN HALEN, JOURNEY, MOODY BLUES, AUTOGRAPH, STYX, LED ZEP, BOSTON, QUEENSRHYCHE, LOVERBOY, NIGHT RANGER, and others!
Vocalist Richard Caudle says “It’s about the music, the memories, not about the band.” We love the crowd singing along with every tune.” Songs include favorites like “Jump”, “Smokin’”, “Working for the Weekend”, “Turn Up the Radio”, “Loreli”, “Hot Blooded”, “Don’t Stop Believing”. The members are all part of various tribute bands that pride themselves on finding the real tones from the original hits, like everyone remembers from the radio! Keyboardist Gary John Higgins says “Sometimes I have made more than 100 tone patches as I try to match exactly the original sounds!” Mostly, what the RADIO members notice is that no one ever seems to leave during a show, they’re too busy singing along and raising their beer in the air.
Back by popular demand, Indiana’s own Taint’d.
We’re a party band! But don’t take that wrong, we are serious about what we do. We live hard and we play even harder. If it has something to do with a party, then it’s TAINT’D!!! If it has something to do with music and fun times, it’s TAINT’D!!!
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The Movin’ Hips
Hailing from Bloomington Indiana, the Movin’ Hips are one of the areas more formable R&B and Blues bands! This talented bunch is creating a buzz from music fans throughout South Central Indiana. Get out to a show and join the bands growing fan base!
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