Fri, Mar 31 8:00PM
The Music Room

SweetWater Presents “Road to 420 Fest” with a Chance to Win Weekend Passes to SweetWater 420 Fest: RADIO BIRDS

JIVE MOTHER MARY / LAUREN BARTH

$10 IN ADVANCE / $15 DAY OF / $75 VIP TABLES


Artist Bios

RADIO BIRDS

To see and hear them now, you might never believe that a few short years ago Radio Birds had a completely different lineup, look, and sound. In early 2013, rising united from their earlier musical experiences, these four young men decided to take a risk and start completely over with a new name and sound. Now, three years later, they've amassed some serious success and experience under their belt. These include: playing The Rock Boat three years in a row, being featured in the film Road To Paloma, and having their single music video spun on Palladia.

Signing to Atlanta's Brash music they released their first full length album "Contemporary American Slang" early 2015 right before signing to Red11 Music, who put them on over 150+ dates in the same year. 

Radio Birds' sound is simple: Plain-Old Rock and Roll Music with a distinctly hairy touch. Meaning, it is not clean, it is not easy, (or too difficult), and it is not The Next Logical Revival of a Previously Popular Genre From the Seventies. It is what you get when four guys all write music with the basic beliefs that it must be played live, and it must be played everywhere. Each of their songs is different from the others and is balanced by the web of harmonies that entangles the whole group. Everybody sings, and sometimes, you just can't help but sing along.

Radio Birds has taken their sound out to the world, and their dedicated touring and writing schedule proves one thing: Radio Birds wants you to hear them now more than ever. They are proud to announce they are currently working on their forthcoming 2017 album and with already 100+ shows under their belt in 2016, they've already brought many of those songs to their audiences' ears. 


JIVE MOTHER MARY

The first time you see Jive Mother Mary live it’s like a musical breath of fresh air— a gust of excellent songwriting and skilled musicianship. Hailing from Burlington, NC, Mason Keck (guitar, vocals), Tyler Schulz (guitar, vocals), Seth Aldridge (drums, vocals) and William Sanders (bass, vocals) bring to the table qualities rarely found in today’s music: four guys playing instruments and singing harmonies. Firmly rooted in American music with a tinge of it’s British brethren, seeing the band in-person truly allows you to appreciate the intensity of their performance. 

JMM was originally formed as a three-piece in 2005 by Mason Keck and Seth Aldridge. With this line-up they recorded two releases with Grammy-nominated producer/engineer John Custer (DAG, Corrosion of Conformity, Dave Grohl): an EP, Jive Mother Mary in 2008 and an LP, All Fall Down in 2009.  Their first few years allowed them to travel all over the country, and at age 15 they were the youngest band ever to play the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally.  In 2011 the band became a four piece, adding Tyler Schulz and Will Sanders to the lineup. Later that year they headed west to attend Musician’s Institute in Hollywood, CA.  With new-found energy, this lineup hit the ground running in L.A., writing new music and playing places like The Viper Room, The House of Blues on Sunset Blvd, and The Mint to name a few. Over the next two years the band sharpened their skills and stage presence and began work on their third release at Blue Forest Studios in Sherman Oaks, California and Dark Pines Studios in Graham, NC. The result was the band’s 2013 EP Big City Blues. It features guest spots from their talented friends Rhett Huffman (b3 & keys) and Al Bonhomme (guitar, Dwight Yoakam). Riding that creative momentum and already working on new material, the band decided to trek back across the country to one of the southeast’s hotspots for up-and-coming bands: Athens, GA. 

After two years of practicing every day in the house that they all shared and shows all up and down the east coast, the band headed back home in 2015 to begin work on their then-untitled fourth release. The resulting EP, Home Is Where The Heart Is, is a testament to their continued growth as songwriters with a unique voice and authenticity all their own. JMM is proving one show at a time that there is still life and new ground to cover in rock n’ roll.  


LAUREN BARTH