Thanks for your interest in The Sourland Mountain Music Festival!
We will begin reviewing submissions early in 2019.
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Here's the Artist Lineup for 2018
Nalani & Sarina
You might say that Nalani & Sarina were born in stereo: they’re identical mirror twins. Nalani plays her guitar right-handed; Sarina is a lefty. When they’re both singing and strumming, it feels like the song has come to greet the listener with arms wide open. Of course, their good looks wouldn’t matter at all if they couldn’t back it up with musical accomplishments. The sisters have been writing and singing together since they were kids — they’ve had a lifetime to refine the act. Nalani & Sarina play several instruments, including guitar, piano, and ukulele, and their singing voices are simultaneously forthright and alluring. Their smart, kinetic live show has made the sisters favorites on the Northeastern club scene: they’ve graced stages at NYC's City Winery, Rockwood Music Hall and the Bitter End, Philly’s World Cafe Live and Milkboy, as well as regional music festivals like Musikfest (Bethlehem, PA), Black Potatoe Festival (Clinton, NJ), and they headlined the Wilmington Flower Market Festival (Wilmington, DE) in 2017
Emerging from the Pennsylvania music scene, from the outskirts of the City of Brotherly fiery, distinct sound has catapulted the group with lightning speed into the National Music Scene.
This band of brothers consistently inspire and evoke a new and wildly addicting sound resonating with elements of rock, improvisation and electronica. They redefine musicality with positive prophetic vocals, complex guitar work, innovative keys/synths/bass stylings, with feverish syncopated drum rhythms. Flux Capacitor concerts are filled with improvisation, musical segues, spontaneous covers, and teases creating a unique, one of a kind experience at every performance. The essence of the brothers music is fueled by their dedicated practice of meditation and lucid dreaming which keeps them fueled by a higher power. Their electric vibe transcends the stage and extends into the crowd creating a magical musical ambience. .
Flux Capacitor have grown tremendoulsy since the bands inception in 2007. From a hand full of shows to playing hundreds of shows, and fine tuning their craft culminating in their first full length release 2009`s “They Know We Know” and subsequent tour from Pa to Chicago Il playing 15 shows made possible through their fast growing buzz and fan-base through the internet and roots promotion. This first tour resulted in strong internet sales on iTunes and CdBaby helping to broaden their fanbase. In 2011 the brothers were invited to Seattle to work with Jack Endino for their second Release “Monolith”. Following that release the band spent all of 2011 and 2012 Touring with 11 Dates throughout the UK and Canada and over 45 Shows outside their home region. Flux Capacitor won Jam Band of the Year at the highly esteemed 2013 TriState Indie awards in Philadlephia PA and has been nominated once again for this distinction in 2014. Flux has recently released their third album “Cycle 9” showcasing the band’s most ambitious and epic material to date. “Cycle 9” was recorded with John Becker of Anomoulous Audio. All three Flux Capacitor Cd’s are available on iTunes, CDbaby and Bandcamp.com as well as many record stores around the east coast. Flux is a dedicated family group that believes in music, joy and consciousness. Under these guiding principles Flux Capacitor has seen nothing but growth giving killer performances and creating ecstatic dance floors at every show.
Flux Has Shared The Stage With Umphrey`s McGee, Railroad Earth, Keller Williams, Rusted Root, The New Mastersounds, Tea Leaf Green, Karl Denson`s Tiny Universe, Ozomatli, Conspirator, Stanton Moore, JGB with Melvin Seals, Particle, David Grisman Quartet, Ivan Neville`s Dumpstaphunk, Kung Fu, Papadosio, the Movement, Splintered Sunlight, Dangermuffin, Lukas Nelson and many, many more!.
Combining blues and rock with a touch of country and a heap of nostalgia, Philadelphia, PA (USA) rockers Kevin Cunningham (guitar), Jack Zaferes (bass), Matt Pillion (vocals, guitar, keys, saxophone) and Larry Shotter (drums) have spent the past year and a half touring in support of their critically acclaimed Slow Horse EP. The tour included over 250 dates plus festivals such as SXSW, Sturgis, Daytona Bike Week, and Rocklahoma. They opened for iconic artists such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Robert Randolph, Drivin’ N Cryin’ and Blackberry Smoke. They also spent a month touring as support for the Marshall Tucker Band. Their energetic, crowd-pleasing performances subsequently led to spots on Skynyrd’s final Simple Man Cruise and the Lebrewski Cruise playing with Molly Hatchet, O.A.R. and Blackfoot.
Verdict has been rocking the house from venues as varied as the fabled Stone Pony in Asbury Park to the NFL Owners Meeting at the Super Bowl in Miami. Their polished energy has been fed from the wide ranging experiences of jamming with Chaka Khan and Stevie Wonder (what a surreal moment to have Johnny whispering the lyrics to Marley’s “Waiting in Vain” in Stevie’s ear since he didn’t know the second verse by heart), to performing “Stir it Up” and Chick Corea’s “Spain” with Prince Ali of Iran sitting in on drums.
Their passion is colored by opening for legends such as Sting and Madonna at the Gianni Versace memorial concert, to running for their lives as a near riot breaks out at a block party in Bensonhurst. The band’s undeniable talent brought this American based band the honor of performing at Carnival in Trinidad, appearances on network TV, and even a junket entertaining the legions of the Republican National Committee.
The story continues as does their unending quest to play the transcendent jam, create the perfect moment, and revel in the shared experience with you, the fans. Be there where the next chapter is written in the Verdict odyssey.
Joshua Branson is a New Jersey based musician best known for his beautifully crafted songs which combine emotionally charged melodies with smart polished lyrics. Born into a musical family, Joshua started music at an early age learning guitar and then taught himself piano, drums and bass guitar. In college Joshua continued his musical studies learning theory, nonwestern music, and receiving his bachelor’s degree as a music major.
In the 90’s Joshua was the lead singer of In Blu a central New Jersey band which received critical acclaim and built a following performing along the East Coast. In Blu released 2 records: The Surreal Cleft and Sleep Well Patrons of the Arts. “Raining in the Schoolhouse” the first single from The Surreal Cleft was featured on cable TV and was in rotation on college radio.
In 2017, after a several year hiatus, Joshua returned to music, writing and recording an EP entitled Revival, recorded at Sonic Boom Studios with Anthony Krizan of Spin Doctors fame. This 3 song EP set the stage for a series of shows and led to an introduction to Malcolm Burn the Canadian born producer known for his Grammy award winning work with Emmy Lou Harris and Daniel Lanois.
The new recordings, with Malcolm as producer, highlight the warmth of Joshua’s voice and blend his knack for smart pop songs with Burn’s musical moodiness and beautiful musical landscapes. The newly released Joshua Branson is a 4 song pre-release of a full length record which will be out sometime in 2018. On the record, you’ll hear influences ranging from Lou Reed and Roxy Music to Coldplay and even newer artists like Ed Sheeran and the Art of War.
"Joshua's music is exceptional. He's not just a singer songwriter. He's an artist." -Tom Lotito
JB Kline Band
J.B. Kline is a solid, seasoned performer with over 30 years of steady playing under his belt. Starting with local New Jersey bands whose members would go on to play with Bruce Springsteen and Patti LaBelle, Jeff moved to N.Y.C. and performed with such noted acts as the Drifters, Chuck Berry, Solomon Burke, the Crystals, Fats Domino, Bo Diddley, the Marvellettes, George Thorogood, and even the Beach Boys! Recently J.B. Kline has performed with Marshall Tucker, ("the best opening act we've ever had!" -Marshall Tucker), Shannon McNally, Big Brother & The Holding Company, Rick Derringer, Guitar Shorty, Johnny Winter, and B.B. King.
Thanks to all artists who have expressed interest in performing at the Sourland Music Festival. We are thrilled and humbled at the level of enthusiasm. We are working on the 2019 Festival lineup, if you are interested please contact us at: MusicFestArtists@sourland.org