As one of the most prominent up and coming artists from Chicago, Brent Brown pours everything into his music. It is his passion in life and a way for him to spread positivity. Brent’s music is influenced by some of his favorite artists including the Beatles, Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, Jack Johnson and Otis Redding. He is a versatile musician who sings, plays guitar, bass, drums and dabbles on the keys. Originally from Naperville, he is an accomplished producer with seven self-produced albums to his name including his latest release, “Vision” featuring the critically acclaimed song “I Got Soul”.
Kelly Steward is a Midwestern American singer, songwriter and recording artist hailing from Rockford, Illinois. Her haunting indie-flavored neo-traditional country meditations are a favorite in this area of the country: a grass-roots musical movement from the state that brought you Wilco. After a few storied years in Los Angeles where she worked with such artists as The Wallflowers, Kelly headed back to the midwest to record her EP “Long Long Road” with producer and fellow musician Miles Nielsen. After traveling and playing with Nielsen’s band for two years, Kelly began branching out with her own shows and eventually forming her own band The Restless Kind with guitarist: Greg Whitson, bassist: Scott Ford and drummer: Tony Berkman and recently adding Kristina Priceman on fiddle. All musicians hailing from Rockford, IL., a heavily musical town that brought you the likes of Cheap Trick.
In the vein of singer/songwriters such as Emmylou Harris, Shelby Lynne and Tift Merritt, Kelly Steward is a mainstay and an artist worth not only listening to, but talking about. Just as her recordings do, her live performance stands on it’s own and 2015 is filling up with dates all across the midwest from Iowa, Illinois, Wisconsin and Indiana, down south to Kentucky and Tennessee and a West Coast tour in the works for this coming year.
Rock, Pop, Reggae
Matthew is a versatile musician and singer/songwriter from Naperville who is stylistically diverse from reggae vibes to country soul. His writing is generally about a great hook and pleasing melody. As the story comes together the song isn’t complete without an ear-catching hook.
Fans enjoy Matthew’s strong use of harmony both vocally and instrumentally. Matthew enjoys writing dense arrangements with a lot of moving parts. His influences include Dispatch, the exit, Rx Bandits, Bruce Springsteen, Ryan Adams and Zac Brown.
For years, Kevin Presbrey toured the country as the frontman of Painkiller Hotel, a modern rock group inspired by guitar-fueled bands like Pearl Jam and Live.
Now, he’s dialing back the clock with his solo debut, an Americana album that takes its cues from Jim Croce’s folk music, the Eagles’ country-tinged rock and Fleetwood Mac’s 1970s pop.
Michael C. Hayes
Pop, Rock, Acoustic
Michael C. Hayes is a singer/songwriter from Chicago. Over the last 8 years Michael has won the hearts of fans with growing success from original groups 3 In Counting and more recently The Truss. Most known for his insightful lyrics, powerful vocals, original instrumentation, and a charismatic personality, Michael C. Hayes has an originality and organic quality to his songs that is unmistakable, singular, and instantly captivating to the listener.
Having performed nationally at venues such as The House of Blues, The Dolby Theater opening for Joe Bonnamassa, appearing at countless festivals across the country, and appearing live on WGN News, @MCHMUSIC is rapidly becoming a well respected giant on the scene in his hometown of Chicago.
Michael C. Hayes is currently recording his debut LP due to be released later this year at Populist Studios. Having recorded in the past with producers the likes of Kevin Shirley (Journey, Iron Maiden, Rush, Led Zeppelin, Joe Bonamassa) and Colin Peterik (son of Jim Peterik i.e. The Ides Of March, Survivor) MCH fans are highly anticipating this album.
Lincoln Don't Lie
Lincoln Don’t Lie reminds you of everything that is great about country music. Fronted by the vocal talents of lead singer Tarah Leigh Tesmer, the band celebrates country music as well as popular alternative and indie hits. Based out of the suburbs of Chicago, the five-piece performs today’s top 40 modern country music and adds their own unique spin to countrify the rest.
The name Lincoln Don’t Lie highlights the band’s origin in Illinois, its pride in the history of the Midwest, and the group's overall welcoming demeanor. Like Abe, the band is honest in its focus and uses this to deliver engaging performances that stay sharp and genuine to country music.
Formed in February 2012, Lincoln Don't Lie joins the talents of Matt Bielawa (vocals, guitar), Eric Dobson (drums, vocals), Chris Walke (lead guitar, pedal/lap steel), and Jeff Thompson (bass, vocals). Together, these musicians provide a foundation for Tarah to work her magic and provide audiences with more than just a cover song but an interpretation and performance like no other.
Dina Bach began her journey as a singer/ songwriter at the age of 10 when her fingers naturally stroked piano keys for the first time. Always musically inclined, Bach spent her childhood playing the cello and singing in school choirs. She quickly found a passion for original composition and entertaining when she discovered her family’s piano.
Bach currently performs solo shows, playing a mix of original compositions and cover songs at a variety of venues across the Chicagoland area; and is currently writing a full-length album.
Gregory Hyde is a Chicago-based singer/songwriter who crafts inventive, intelligent, bombastic songs - often with a menacing edge. His styles has nuances of slick pop hits, blues, classic rock, and even a Southern sensibility that creeps in from his formative years living on the outskirts of Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gregory has received comparisons to a broad array of artists such as Neon Trees, The Black Keys, Foo Fighters, Jeff Buckley, The Eagles, and Weezer.
Gregory has toured with and shared the stage as an opening artist for such noteable performers as 10,000 Maniacs, Sister Hazel, Los Lonely Boys, Edwin McCain, and American Idol winner Lee DeWyze.