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WAR CHILE

Salem, Virginia based rock band War Chile released their eponymous debut album on August 1, 2023. War Chile is a seasoned band of four established musicians, one and all a stalwart of their instrument and sound. They are Brian Gray on guitar and vocals, Henry Lazenby on lead guitar, Jay Gladden on bass, and Mason Jennelle on drums. Their playing is layered and fluent, moody and exacting, cogent and cutthroat, but most impressively, it’s never pretentious, never austere, and always in service to the song. There are no extravagant solos, desultory flourishes, or inadvertent shifts. The song is king. If The Stooges are raw power, War Chile is curated power.

PUMPHOUSE BLUES

PumpHouse Creates An Irresistible Brand Of The Blues – Their New Album I Gotta Go Is Online Now! When it comes to the art of making the Blues truly Rock, the powerfully soulful sound of PumpHouse has been proudly leading by example for the past ten years. Based out of Richmond, VA, this stunning seven-piece ensemble of legendary talent has been thrilling audiences all across the nation with their remarkable live shows in intimate club performances, to being featured in major music festivals, and every spot with enough space to house their band onstage in between. After successfully introducing PumpHouse to the rest of the world online through the release of their debut record PUMPED in 2018, your favorite Blues band is back in action at the top of their game with their latest album, “I Gotta Go”. From the uniquely compelling vibes of their adventurous and ambitious instrumentation, to the insatiable hooks in their songwriting,.

Their latest album “I Gotta Go” released December 2022, on Carova Records is a culmination of the vast talent of this band merging genres from Blues,Rock,Jazz and even Ska. “I Gotta Go” is Available on all major streaming services globally.

The band takes its name from an historic landmark of Richmond, known as the Old Pump House at Byrd Park — the city’s second pumping station built over a century ago used to pump water from the canal up to a reservoir in the park. Just as its old reliable pumps ensured a smooth reliable flow of cooling waters, so too the band can be counted on to deliver its smooth-flowing brand of cool musical sustenance.

LEONARD BLUSH & THE CAMELCALS

Leonard Blush & the Camelcals have grown out of desire to play more guitars.  Eli Williams, John McBroom, and Brian Jones from Blue Mule wanted to do some more guitar driven music, which has evolved into full five-piece band.  Eli (Leonard) and John take care of the vocals and guitars, Brian Jones handles the low end, Dr. David Hardin is on drums and percussion, and our old friend, Timbo Sims rounds out the sound on keyboards and organ.  We enjoy the exploration of the music and try to find new places.

THE HILLSIDE CHAOTICS

An inspired new project forged in the flames of two bands that are no strangers to the Floydfest scene. The melding of Troublesome Blues Band and former members of Black Mountain Revival. This 4-piece lays claim to a seasoned group of players that are sure to make your dance. Drawing inspiration from Americana and Folk all the way to Alt-Country, Jam, Punk and everything in between. These sets are not to be missed. 

SUGARBUSH

Sugarbush is the product of a reactive, attractive, and eclectic collective. Powerful rhythm and mesmerizing melodies make Sugarbush a band you have to see for yourself. Come ready to groove and move to this sonic set of acoustic-electric, folk-funk mayhem.

PHAT ANCHOVIES

Phat Anchovies is a rock band with funk and blues influence. Proudly from Roanoke Va and fronted by a power-house female vocalist. Our groovy rhythms and delectable guitar riffs are funky and phat! Our self-titled ep and full-length album are available everywhere. 

CINÉMATHÈQUE

Cinémathèque is a surf rock, exotica dance band that comes to life with unique world rhythms and familiar themes on guitar, keys, bass, drums, horns, and aux percussion.

CHAD NICKELL & THE LOOSE CHANGE

Best described as “Appalachian Jam”, Chad Nickell & The Loose Change’s extensive self-written catalog beautifully meshes everything from heartfelt Americana/Folk (“Amazing”), roots-infused honky-tonk bangers (“Cry Me A River Song” and “Queen of a Small Town), as well as hip-shaking psychedelic jams (“Silhouette”). With no two shows ever being the same, Chad and the gang enthrall listeners with an unscripted yet charismatic and sonically charged performance weaving in and out of different genres, hence the name, “Loose Change”. 

Hailing from the mountains of Alleghany County, Virginia, singer/songwriter, Chad Nickell, has been telling stories of love, folklore, and existentialism for the better part of two decades. After crossing paths with lead guitarist and vocalist, Daniel Jackson in 2015, the Loose Change was born. Shortly thereafter came Brandon “BT” Ross (drums/percussion), and Daniel Kuder (bass guitar, vocals).

Voted “Best Band” of Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s “Best of the Blue Ridge” contest in 2021, Chad Nickell & The Loose Change have shared the stage with many regional & national acts along the way, including The Larry Keel Experience, Cracker, The Vegabonds, Joe Lawlor, Parmalee, Uncle Kracker, and many more. They were also favored enough to share the bill on 2023’s Mountain Music Fest in Oak Hill, WV, with heavy hitters such as Les Claypool, Big Something, Infamous Stringdusters, Sierra Hull, Andy Frasco and more.

BLUE MULE

Blue Mule is celebrating almost seventeen years together. Starting with the core four; Tom Ohmsen on mandolin, Tim Rhodes on banjo, Eli Williams on guitar and vocals and John McBroom on bass and vocals, Blue Mule explores the “New Grass” horizons of music from an acoustic platform. Having recorded five CD’s to date, Blue Mule searches for a sound both unique and familiar. They have worked hard to absorb the lessons of their musical heroes and role models – legends of the contemporary acoustic music scene such as Sam Bush, David Grisman, Tony Rice and Bela Fleck, to name just a few. In a typical performance, they’re likely to follow a Bill Monroe song with one by the Grateful Dead, or a Steel Driver’s tune into a Count Basie classic.  A Blue Mule show is like no other. Always trying to push the musical envelope a little bit further.

APPALACHIAN SPACE TRAIN

ROCKADELIC FUNKABILLY – Echoing from the hollers of Southwest Virginia, here comes the sound you’ve been waiting for! This original band will keep you on the dance floor. Take a ride on the Americana-infused psychedelic folk-rock of Appalachian Space Train. With acoustic and electric guitar-driven melodies, catchy hooks and a rocking rhythm section, this is a show you don’t want to miss! PLEASE, keep hands and feet in the groove at all times!