Kermit Ruffins and the Barbeque Swingers
“An unabashed entertainer who plays trumpet with a bright, silvery tone.” —The New York Times
New Orleans-based trumpeter, bandleader, singer, and songwriter Kermit Ruffins is an ever-inventive musician who projects a warmth from the stage. He and his bandmates in the Barbecue Swingers are a mainstay of the New Orleans music scene. Kermit has learned to be a careful reader of his audience. He'll work with his band to deliver the kind of music he figures a given audience is in the mood for. In truth, Ruffins became kind of a goodwill ambassador for post-Katrina New Orleans, bridging traditional Crescent City jazz with a fresh, contemporary feel in albums like 2013's We Partyin' Traditional Style, and doing it all with both reverence and joy.
The Lil' Smokies
With their roots submerged in the thick buttery mud of traditional bluegrass, The Lil’ Smokies have sonically blossomed into a leading player in the progressive acoustic sphere, creating a new and wholly unique, melody driven sound of their own. The quintet, from Missoula, MT, has been hard at work, writing, touring and playing to an ever-growing fan base for the past 6 years. The fruits of their labor recently culminating with wins at the 2016 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Momentum Award for Best Band and at the 2015 Telluride Bluegrass festival band competition. In 2013 the band also won The Northwest String Summit Band Competition. With a unique blend of traditional bluegrass, newgrass, innumerable unique originals, sheer raw energy, and exquisite musicianship, The Lil’ Smokies weave seamlessly through genres, leaving behind melodies you’ll be singing to yourself for days and a jaw you’ll have to pick up off the floor.
About DJ Kris Moon
A humble man with impeccable skills as both a DJ and producer, Missoula's Kris Moon is an inspiration to many that meet him. As a DJ with over 20 years experience, Moon is a master of variety and skill, and is able to spin any genre—from breakneck jungle, Berlin techno and Chicago house, to Top 40 dance and hip-hop—with incredible speed and technicality.
Moon is also equally adept as a producer of house and techno, and his tunes focus on bridging banging beats with melodic elements along with intricate sound design techniques and tweaks from sources like his sprawling modular synth rig.
To date, Moon has releases on labels including Seattle's Innerflight Music and Peloton Musique, and has shared the stage with electronic luminaries including Plastikman, Pretty Lights and Bassnectar.
Learn more at: krismoon.com