©2019 Walnut City Music Festival

Schedule

Friday, Aug. 30

4:30 - 5:20     Ships To Roam

5:45 - 6:35     The Mutineers

6:55 - 7:45     MAITA

8:10 - 9:10     Valley Queen

9:30 - 10:40   The Yawpers

                                 *Times subject to change

Saturday, Aug. 31

1:45 - 2:35     Manitoba Road Crew

2:55 - 3:45     Bootleg Jam

4:15 - 5:10     Rum River Cult

5:30 - 6:30     The Solarists

6:55 - 7:45     Sunny War

8:10 - 9:10     The Deltaz

9:30 - 10:40   Seratones

Lineup

Seratones

Get Gone, the potent debut album by the Shreveport, Louisiana natives in Seratones, makes a strong case that this little-known corner of the state is fertile ground, musically speaking. A.J. Haynes (vocals), Connor Davis (guitar), Adam Davis (bass) and Jesse Gabriel (drums) serve up a combination of Southern musicality, garage rock ferocity, and general badassery. 

Haynes’s powerful singing voice, first honed at Brownsville Baptist Church in Columbia, Louisiana at age 6, rings across every track. Davis’s bass and Gabriel’s playing propel every song with the grit, energy, and rawness of punk, the feeling of soul, and occasionally, a little jazz swing. The other Davis offers a clinic in guitar riffs, from swaggering blues to searing interstellar leads.

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The Yawpers

Through their first three albums, the group divined a signature style–what Pitchfork described as “an expansive vision of rock ‘n’ roll, one that cherrypicks from various folk traditions: punk, rockabilly, blues, whatever they might have on hand or find in the trash.” The sound is a front-heavy, groovy, fire & brimstone punk-blues overlying a dynamic and metaphysical roots rock. On their fourth album Human Question, the Denver trio zooms out to a more vast and accessible stylistic and spiritual universe. The 38-minute thrill ride generates growth and cathartic self-reflection for audience and performer alike. If there was justice in this world, the Yawpers would be the savior that rock and roll didn’t know it was waiting for.

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Valley Queen

The first iteration of Valley Queen formed not long after Carol moved to L.A. and crossed paths with Neil Wogensen through the local music scene. With Shawn Morones and drummer Gerry Doot later joining the lineup, the band named themselves Valley Queen in a nod to the region where ancient Egyptians buried their deceased matriarchs. They released the singles “In My Place” and “High Expectations,” as well as 2017 EP Destroyer to widespread critical acclaim. The band also supported artists including Laura Marling and Thao & the Get Down Stay Down on tour. Musically and creatively, they were in a place they never dreamed of. 

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The Deltaz

The Deltaz have worked over a decade to master a wide spectrum of sounds, from heavy blues and roots rock to classic country and folk. Brothers John Siegel and Ted Siegel spend many of their days perfecting new records at a handmade studio adjacent to residence in the hills of Mulholland Highway that overlook Los Angeles. They have become mainstays at a nearby Southern Californian institution, The Old Place, regularly performing for patrons at the ever-packed restaurant in the mountains. There, they caught the ear of the late bassist Rick Rosas (Neil Young, Joe Walsh), who became a mentor to the group.

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The Solarists

With hits like “Dream Girl” and “Young Blood”, Provo native rock quartet The Solarists have developed a sound and fan base much bigger than their local indie britches. In 2015, childhood friends Clint Purser (bass/sax/lead vocals), Nate Wall (lead guitar/vocals) and Justin Dunkley (drums) took on the Utah music scene, adding Kaua Sprout (rhythm guitar/vocals) months later. The Solarists woke up their sleepy college town with a healthy mix of aggressive alt-rock, catchy pop melodies and bright, indie precision. These alleged Free Masons have toured throughout the rockies and the western states, spreading their notoriety and giving crowds an undeniably fun time. After the success of their debut EP “Strange Love” in 2016, the band anticipates a new album in late 2018. 

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Sunny War

Sunny War (born Sydney Lyndella Ward) is more than just an artist; she is a force of nature that is tough to pin down. What exactly is her style? Is she a blues or punk artist? The answer is yes and no. You can try to place Sunny in a few boxes, but doing so would be a major disservice to the young songstress. Yes, she may be a Robert Johnson with a shot of Bad Brains, but even this description falls short. The only way to really know Sunny is to immerse oneself in the music. Easy enough, right? OK, maybe not that easy.

Sunny was born to single mother just over 20 years ago. Her childhood was unconventional. One way to describe it is nomadic. Her mother’s bohemian lifestyle had Sunny moving from place to place, including stays in Colorado and Michigan. Most stays were not for very long, usually about a year or so.

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MAITA

Portland indie-folk songstress MAITA’s "focused, American realist psalm...sets her far apart from her indie contemporaries (American Standard Time).” Her songs stand testament to the beautiful mess that we call life, offering rallying cries for the quiet warrior, the inquisitive seeker and the fierce lover. 
Her two most recent releases in 2018 display opposing sides of MAITA's carefully crafted coin, from “Japanese Waitress” (featured on Tender Loving Empire’s Friends of Friends compilation), comprised of a "sobering melody" and "deeply personal storytelling" that "calls both Sufjan Stevens and Joni Mitchell to mind (NPR)", to 'Kid Anymore', a "perfect two-minute pop rock song (Vortex)" recently featured on Vortex Music Magazine's limited pressing vinyl compilation and the 2018 Picklefest vinyl compilation. 

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The Mutineers

Singer and guitarist Brian Mathusek has roamed from East to West and many places in-between. Along the way, he has gathered stories of hope and fear, love and loss. If there is one constant theme throughout Mathusek's songwriting, it's an openness and honesty that comes straight from the heart. He began performing his early songs as a solo artist, but when lifelong friend Michael Astudillo joined in on acoustic guitar and then later his not-yet wife Merry Young picked up the drums, The Mutineers were born.

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Rum River Cult

Comprised of members of Portland bands The Lower 48 (Sarah Parson) and Astro Tan (Jed Overly and Colin Ringkamp). The trio formed soon after Parson's debut solo EP "Shhh" and started to build a new following in the region. 

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Ships To Roam

Ships to Roam brings their own brand of northwest indie folk to the table, but cites influences X, Rogue Wave, The Old 97's, The War on Drugs and the Jayhawks. Ships to Roam, born in Portland in 2005 as the solo project of singer/songwriter Jerome Blankenship,  released "Boxing the Compass" in 2018. Ships to Roam's 3rd full length, it is the recorded with a full band, which results in a much more "rock" sounding record, aided with a current live show featuring two California natives, Michael Robert Brown making soundscapes on guitar, and emotive bassist and backing vocalist Liam Stary.

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Bootleg Jam

Bootleg Jam is a bluegrass band in McMinnville, Oregon, that has earned a dedicated local following through appearance at numerous festivals, music series and fundraisers.

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Manitoba Road Crew

For those who like to rock, these four salute you. MRC is  wine country's favorite purveyors of AC/DC, Van Halen, Scorpions, KISS, Ozzy, Black Sabbath, Twisted Sister, Judas Priest, ZZ Top, Journey, Iron Maiden, Rush and much more.

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Past Lineups

2018

Helio Sequence

The Stone Foxes

Marty O'Reilly & The Old Soul Orchestra

Kuinka

Ivory Deville

The Mondegreens

Ben Rice

Erisy Watt

Scratchdog Stringband

McDougall

Sarah Parson

Bootleg Jam

Manitoba Road Crew

2017

Matthew Logan Vasquez

Kuinka

The John Dough Boys

Kay Myers & The Buzzards

Harvey Fox

The Lower 48

Lincoln's Beard

Ben Rice

Scratchdog Stringband

Tara Velarde

West Valley Shakers

Black & Blue

Manitoba Road Crew

2016

The Stone Foxes

The Builders and The Butchers

The Weather Machine

The Hill Dogs

The Lower 48

James Kindle & The Eastern Oregon

Lincoln's Beard

Centaur Midwife

Acousta Noir

Dan Weber

Jenna May Ellefson

The Yamhilbillies

Manitoba Road Crew

2015

Have Gun, Will Travel

World's Finest

Dogheart

Billy Manzik

Ships To Roam

Dad Work's Hard

2014

Radiation City

Keaton Collective

McDougall

The Weather Machine

The Jackalope Saints

The Hill Dogs

River Twain

Ships To Roam

Family Night

Run and Tell That

2013

The  Builders and The Butchers

Aan

Keaton Collective

Tony Smiley

Lincoln's Beard

The Hill Dogs

Palace Fiction

The Weather Machine

Dan Weber

Sky Bound Blue