Fri, May 04 8:00PM
The Atlanta Room



Artist Bios


Since forming in 1995, rock band Ethan and the Ewox has played from Colorado to New York City and just about every state in between, finding fans in the crooks of small-town America and on the stages of many major cities.


Ethan and the Ewox’s style of music is a hybrid of southern rock, folk, and fusion. It was no surprise to the multitude of loyal fans who’ve religiously followed the band’s career that they were chosen by listeners of New Orleans’ WWOZ as the number one Jazz Fest Artist at the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival in 2003


The band is fronted by the passionate vocals of Ethan Baker. Add to that the distinctive lead and slide techniques of guitarist Rob Bruce. Bassist Lafrandin Minchew’s evocative tenor voice keeps the background vocals dripping with soul. Percussionist John Ballard brings the irresistible groove.  Renaissance-man Gary Chumney fills it out with his incredible drumming and talent for being able to play any instrument he picks up.


Deeply influenced by their southern roots, the band has refined an intelligent sound that is quite different from anything out there, yet strangely familiar at the same time. They have opened for such artists as The Dave Matthews Band, Chris Whitley, Days of the New, Shawn Mullins, and Drivin ‘n Cryin.


With six independent albums released over 20 plus years, the music speaks for itself.  Like the best of the great southern rock bands, the Ewox fill their lyrics with details and imagery that are at once intense and intimate.  From blistering rock to fusionistic funk to searing swampy blues to contemplative folk and soul, Ethan and the Ewox occupy a distinctive space in the music world. Like a rock and roll drug, once you get a taste it’s hard to shake the effect. Come get your fix.


Newcomer Sophie Dinerman is a 15-year-old Atlanta native with a musical soul that is wise beyond her years.  Influenced by greats like Janis Joplin, David Bowie and The Rolling Stones, this indie rocker brings a vintage vibe to modern rock and roll.  Her throaty vocals and thoughtful lyrics combine with alternative music to create an energetic, assertive and dynamic sound.  Her first EP, Long Day, was recorded at Real 2 Reel Studios in Atlanta (best known as the home to the band Collective Soul) and is scheduled to be released in March of 2018.  Sophie has been gaining experience playing local clubs and festivals around Atlanta and is looking forward to taking her music on the road later this year.  


Sophie’s band consists of veteran musicians including:  guitar virtuoso Rob Bruce (Ethan and the Ewox), animated bassist John Ballard (Viasava, Hognutt) and the explosive, hard-hitting drummer Gary Chumney (Days of the New, Ethan and the Ewox, Reluctant Saints).