Justin Ready and the Echo Priarie:
Based out of Omaha Nebraska, Justin Ready & the Echo Prairie are an eclectic and original band that mixes sounds of traditional Americana, Indie, Punk, Psychedelic and Folk to make a sound all their own.
We started making music when we were babies, but we've gotten better since then. We promise.
The Heavy Set:
The Heavy Set is a Rock quartet, with sounds combining soul, hard rock, blues and alt-country. Founder Jake Ilika started the band in Winona, MN, and relocated to Minneapolis in the fall of 2013 to pursue music full-time, bringing The Heavy Set to a larger audience. Released in March of 2014, their self-titled debut EP represents their well-rounded style, including Americana, Folk and Hard Rock, and earned some praise from local media like The Current, who said "It's timeless, genre-defying, and worth a good long listen."
"A warm, easy work of Americana that reflects on ideas of love and home, the record showcases Ilika's vocal and lyrical capacity, layered with highly refined blues guitar and wailing organ and steel. The self-titled EP rings out with notes of both classic and contemporary alt-country sensibilities. It's timeless, genre-defying, and worth a good long listen."
-KT Lindemann, Local Current Blogger, 89.3 The Current
"It's a lot of fun to hear a songwriter as good as Ilika challenge a band only to see them give life to his music and then come back for more. If that only forces Ilika to raise his game even higher, then what we have here is the start of something very special."
-Rich Larson, Southern Minnesota Scene Magazine, March 2014