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Madd Hoss Jackson
 
Genre: Country, Classic Rock
Hometown: Mt. Sterling, Illinois
Website: http://www.maddhossjackson.com/
Label Management: Unsigned
 
Members:

Jim Jennings — drums
Matt Bullard — guitar
Andy Ham — guitar
Mark Behymer — bass

 
Musical Influences
Music.
 
From the Band
Madd Hoss Jackson is a party band located in west central Illinois. They play a larg selection of music from country to classic rock to pop. For ten years now, Madd Hoss Jackson has been performing in and around the area. They’ve gained a good number of fans over the years.
 
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The Oohs
 
Genre: Indie/Pop
Hometown: Springfield, Illinois
Website: http://www.theoohs.com/
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Members:

Brian Curtis - keyboards/vocals
Brian Cutright - bass/vocals
Frank Huston - guitars/vocals
David Shaw - drums

 
Musical Influences
Primary influences: The Beatles, Brian Wilson, Bacharach, Todd Rundgren (& Utopia), XTC (& The Dukes), The Monkees, Queen, ELO, Adrian Belew (& The Bears), Yes, Kansas, King Crimson, Kevin Gilbert (including Toy Matinee), Spock's Beard, Steely Dan, Crowded House, Cheap Trick, Jellyfish, The Posies, Wondermints, The Rubinoos, Raspberries, Badfinger, 10cc, Ambrosia, Tears For Fears, Toto, Bleu, The Producers, Charlie Parker, Wes Montgomery, John Scofield, Motown, '70s R&B, etc
 
From the Band
THE OOHS are a powerpop alt-rock quartet with densely arranged vocal harmonies. The group started as a songwriting project in 1997, and slowly built into a full band. They have issued three full albums of their own as well as contributing tracks to several compilations & tributes. Their latest album "LLAMALAMP" was released in March 2006.

The band performs predominantly in the central Illinois area, but has also participated in the International Pop Overthrow festival in Chicago for seven consecutive years, consistently wowing audiences. Their CDs have sold worldwide, with fans ranging from Europe, Asia & Australia as well as across the U.S. and Canada.

 
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"Ear Candy," "Saturday Morning Dream," "Llamalamp"
 

 
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ImpaKt Band
 
Genre: Classic Rock, Country
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://www.myspace.com/impaktband
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Members:

Drums, vocals: Wes Mayfield
Keyboard, lead vocals: Brandy Mayfield
Bass, vocals: Jim Maxwell
Keyboard, lead guitar: Tom Newkirk

 
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From the Band
When you come to an ImpaKt Band show, you just never really know what your in for. From band entertainment to hula hoopin, to twistin. We are a cover band who plays anything from Merle, Kiss, Gretchen Wilson, Kelly Clarkson, to KC and the sunshine band. Yep, we do quite the variety of music. We do our best to keep the fans happy and thats what it's all about, having fun and keeping all of you happy. We hope that when you come to see our show, you will leave with an impact left on you.
 
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The Cheeseburgers
 
Genre: Classic Rock
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://www.freewebs.com/thecheeseburgers/
Label Management: Unsigned
 
Members:

Rodney Hart - guitar, bass, vocals
Eric McCaughey - guitar
Burt Shackleton - vocals, keyboards, guitars, saxophones
Jeff VanKanegan - bass, harmonica, vocals
Kirk Gribler - drums

 
Musical Influences
Anything 80s, Burt Shackleton's 50 million bands he has played in, Kirk Gribbler's books about chiropractors, Jeff's graphic design manuals and Eric's food menus. And Rodney's obsession with The Who.
 
From the Band
Original band names are getting hard to come by. Many bands are playing original songs (which is great) or songs that they think are cool but may be hard to dance to or not readily recognizable. Most people in your average bar or event want to dance to the same old songs that most musicians are tired of playing. Otherwise known as "cheesy"... hence the name The Cheeseburgers. Plus, you won¹t forget our name. Come see us and you won¹t forger our show either. Many bands sacrifice music for a big show or a memorable show for perfect sound. We make it a priority to not forget either. All five members have decades of live experience and have collected many ideas as to what people want to hear and see.
 
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Pike Station
 
Genre: Blues
Hometown: Louisiana, Missouri
Website: http://www.myspace.com/pikestation
Label Management: Unsigned
 
Members:

Benjamin Cordes - guitar, vocals
Tony Cordes - drums, vocals
Sean Holland - bass guitar

 
Musical Influences
The Allman Brothers Band, John Hiatt, Eric Clapton, Robert Bradley's Blackwater Suprise, Gov't Mule, BB King, Larry McCray, Freddie King, Dave Matthews Band, The Screamin' Cheetah Wheelies, The Temptations, Charlie Daniels, Monte Montgomery, Otis Redding, Steve Cropper, Eric Johnson, Robert Johnson, Edwin McCain, The Freddy Jones Band, Marty Lloyd Band, John Mayer, Creedence Clearwater Revival, John Mellencamp, Alan Jackson, Steve Earle, The Black Crowes, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Marvin Gaye, Wayne Baker Brooks, Bernard Allison, Jeff Healey, The Funk Brothers, The Blues Brothers, Keith Urban, Led Zeppelin, ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Marshall Tucker Band, Buddy Guy, Joe Bonnamassa, Steve Miller Band, Stevie Wonder, Doyle Bramhall II, Blues Traveler, Mountain, Tom Petty, The Who, Derek Trucks Band, Brad Paisley, Johnny Cash, Vertical Horizon, U2, Coldplay, Sam Cooke, Blues Traveler, Pat McGee Band, Booker T & The MGs
 
From the Band
Pike Station is a Pop Rock/Southern Rock/Country/Rhythm & Blues Band out of Louisiana, Missouri. They mix several genres together like Pop, Rock, Blues and Country to make up their sound.

They have opened for several national touring acts such as Sara Evans, Tracy Byrd, Walter Trout, Tab Benoit (The band actually backed Benoit for a show in 2007), Larry McCray, Wayne Baker Brooks, Bernard Allison, Eric Sardinas, Michael Burks, Charlie Love & The Silky Smooth Band, Monte Montgomery, Virginia Coalition, Head East, Eddie Money, Molly Hatchet, and The Kentucky Headhunters. They were featured on KSDK News Channel 5s Summer Concert Series, and have been featured several times on "Medication with Pat Wolfe" on 88.1 KDHX in St. Louis. Their song The Future was ranked ..16 on The Best Songs of 2005 on KDHX.

Pike Station started when Benjamin Cordes started writing songs while in college in St. Louis. Soon enough, he had enough songs to fulfill a dream of having an original music recording. With the help of his brother Tony, cousin Jason Shireman, and his uncle Jeff Davidsmeyer the recording sessions started in 2003 and a year later "Everything In Between" was finished. The title of the record was thought up because it reflected what had happened between Ben’s highschool days to his enrollment in college. The guys played out for a while, changed the line-up around and then took a break but now with the addition of St. Louis bassist Sean Holland. The band currently is playing out as a trio.

Outside of playing in Pike Station, Tony and Ben play in their Dad’s band Country Soul and also do acoustic style performances as well.

 
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Everything In Between
 

 
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George Cate
 
Genre: Rock, Acoustic
Hometown: Quincy, Ill.
Website: http://www.myspace.com/georgecateacoustic
Label Management: FOR BOOKING: georgecateacoustic@gmail.com
 
Members:

George Cate — vocals, guitar and lyrics.

 
Musical Influences
Nirvana, Candlebox and many more.
 
From the Band
George Cate's earliest musical memory is running into the living room, disgruntled with his mother, proceeding to tear his "Shirt Tails" drum kit apart by shoving a large screwdriver through each drum head. His musical passion ignited and his imagination started to find a place to land...

Growing up modestly just outside the small Midwestern town of Camp Point, Ill., he was surrounded by music on both sides of his family.

In the summer of 1994 George bought his first guitar and played along with bands from Nirvana to Hendrix to Skid Row and began to develop his technique.

Penning his first actual song in 1996, he had opened a flood gate of expression. One moment you may find him listening to James Blunt and the next it could be Meshuggah.

George's love for acoustic guitars came a while later.

His latest songs, that he has recorded himself, trace a path of memories, good and bad and are laced with ingredients that made him who he is today.
 
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"Motivated Low," released Nov. 24, 2010, available on iTunes and at shows.
 

 
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Esther Moore
 
Genre: Folk, Alternative, Acoustic
Hometown: Quincy, Ill.
Website: http://www.esthermoore.com
Label Management: None
 
Members:

Esther Moore — Vocals, guitar and piano

 
Musical Influences
Regina Spektor, Damien Rice, Fiona Apple, Coldplay, Jack Johnson, Jewel, Jason Mraz, The Weepies, Glen Hansard, Incubus, Portishead, Sarah Mclaughlin and more.
 
From the Band
To her fans, Esther Moore is known as Quincy's "princess of acoustic folk rock", the fun, free-spirited girl who always kicks off her shoes before starting her set. She always has a new hairdo and a big smile on her face when she graces the stage. Esther is also well-known for the many shows she's put together and hosted at venues such as Turner Hall, Backwaters and her favorite — Quincy's State Room Theater. You can hear her music on the radio, on multiple internet sites and even playing from a fan's car stereo or iPod.

To others, Esther is known as a mother, a writer, an artist, a friend, a sister, a daughter, a teacher, a lover and even a role model. In her short lifetime, she has overcome many obstacles that have made her into the strong person and performer that she is today. At a young age, she began writing music as a way to "release" feelings of hurt, anxiety, lonliness or even frustration. After a lifetime of musical education, and performing at her eighth grade graduation, and also working on a project in her eighth grade English class where she got to write and record a song, there was no going back from music. Every day in Esther's life is spent striving to be better, always overflowing with new ideas for songs, poems, stories, etc. Writing music has gotten her through many things, including having a child at a young age, a marriage and divorce, many hardships with family and friends, relationships gone wrong, love lost, and more.

Esther's music is something that anyone with a decent heart can listen to and relate to. With inspiration from other artists like Damien Rice, Grace Potter, Alanis Morissette, Matthew Bellamy from the well-known band Muse, Sarah McLachlan, Billie Holliday, and more - Esther incorporates techniques and styles from all different kinds of genres and sounds. Known for her vocal control and rhythmic lyrics, she wow's audiences and makes them laugh and even cry. Whether you are newly in love and like to listen to "You Are" (Lyrics: You're not just another face, another place I go. You're everything I'll ever need and everything I know. Since you came around, things are not the same but that's all right with me.) or you are newly out of a relationship and like the tune of "Happy Hate Song" (Lyrics: I'm saying no. It's time for you to go. I've tried being kind, but now I'm losing my mind. You drive me insane every day, so I wrote this Happy Hate Song to drive you away.) or you need a little inspiration from "Conquer The World", (Lyrics: There's a life out there waiting. Enough hesitating. There's no reason to doubt, just get up and get out.....Conquer the world!). just pick a song and let the words and melody speak to you.

Aside from writing music and performing live most weekends, Esther is a full-time mother, full-time student, part-time waitress, and much, much more. She offers guitar lessons to children and beginning musicians, as well as beginning piano.

Esther is always willing to meet and get to know new people. You can find her online (and see pictures, videos, show/event dates, other local musicians, and more) by searching her name on Facebook, Myspace, Reverb Nation, Soundcloud, Tumblr, or YouTube. On nice days, she also can be found at the park with her daughter in one arm and her guitar in the other.

 
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Demo Album: "One Way" released Jan 2009.
 

 
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Wild Wild West Band
 
Genre: Rock, Country
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://www.wildwildwestband.com
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Members:

Tammy Vahle: lead vocals
Keith Hinshaw: lead guitar
Buck Gibbons: electric bass
Sam Fry: drums

 
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Wild Wild West Band is a variety band from the Tri-State area. With Tammy on lead vocals, Keith on lead guitar, Buck on electric bass and Sam on drums, you are definitely in for a night to remember. At a Wild Wild West show anything from hula hoops to a huge array of redneck games might take place (ya just have to be there).

With the largest play list around, Wild Wild West can change gears from classic country music to driving classic rock at the drop of a hat. Come bring your requests, and your dancing shoes and have a wild rowdy time the next time Wild Wild West is near you!

 
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Model Stranger
 
Genre: Rock
Hometown: Schaumburg, Illinois
Website: http://www.myspace.com/modelstranger
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Members:

Stephen Francis: vocals, lead guitar
Kevin James: bass, keys, vocals

 
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Model Stranger hails from the Windy City where they have been a staple of the Chicago independent music scene for the past 7 years, playing to larger and more raucous crowds each time out.

The band is made up of lead singer/guitarist Stephen Francis, bassist Kevin James and drummer Brad Elliott. The trio is occasionally joined on stage by Tom Miller (keys) and Aaron Hosek (guitar/vocals) of Chicago band Bullet Called Life as well. Model Stranger grew their initial following under the band name “Reverie” prior to announcing a switch early November 2009. The change came in anticipation of the release of their new album.

In November 2008 alongside Bullet Called Life and 7 other bands, Model Stranger (then Reverie) formed “Chicago Noise Machine”, a musical collective hell bent on better promoting the city’s talented local musicians. After a sold out launch party at the Cubby Bear last year, Model Stranger and CNM hosted “I AM FEST” at the Congress Theater - a 25-band, 2-stage affair that saw a massive crowd of over 2800 people.

Since I AM FEST, Model Stranger has been playing and touring nonstop, including shows at the Taste of Chicago and Chicagoland Speedway, a 15-show-in-16-day summer 2009 swing out to the East Coast and a swing down to Little Rock, AR. Model Stranger has built its reputation primarily on its high energy live performances and the variety of its sonic influences. Their sound has drawn comparison to bands as diverse as The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, David Bowie, Jimi Hendrix, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins, Elliott Smith, Bright Eyes, Silverchair, Radiohead or Muse.

Recordings with dates: Shaky Coma (2007) A Boy & His Crown (2008) New Record (TBA) (2010)

 
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Predawn Hour
 
Genre: Rock, Alternative
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://reverbnation.com/predawnhour
Label Management: Unsigned
 
Members:

George Cate — guitar/vocals
Kyle Mabie — bass
Danny Mabie — percussion

 
Musical Influences
Candlebox, Nirvana, Alice In Chains, Faith No More and Tool.
 
From the Band
The idea of this band was conceived in 1994 between George Cate, Cory Wilkey, Derek Wilkey and Aaron Wheelan (currently of Trifecta) in Camp Point, Ill., and Coatsburg, Ill., under the moniker "Porselain." 

Honing in on their sound for the better part of a year, they eventually scored an opening slot for the local band Stoner Mckay in April of 1995. Porselain continued to play many local shows and soon had their first member change with the departure of Aaron Wheelan on bass.

Now as a trio, Porselain had to focus even more and rethink their sound.  The outcome would be Porselain's first CD release, "Thrown," in October of 1997. Thrown was 12 tracks of teen-angst driven obscurity that sold over 600 copies locally. Porselain entered in the "once great" Battle Of The Bands at Morman Park, making their presence known to more than 1,000 attendees.  Porselain's softmore effort titled "Doppelganger" was 15 tracks strong with a more aggressive feel, bringing Danny Mabie aboard on drums and moving Cory to rhythm guitar.  An intentional departure from their softer side was apparent.

In 1999, they had a solid year of shows ushering in a major change in 2000. Cory and Derek departed from Porselain bringing in Derek Hancock on bass and Bryan Young (Superimposed) on guitar. That line-up lasted a year until yet another change took place, Cory and Derek Wilkey reunited with Cate on a project entitled "Stitch Whisper." They recorded an 8-song cd including the popular tracks "Spirit Hands" and the anthemic "Home Road." Selling hundreds of "burnt" copies of their recording the band was short lived. Cate broke the band up and formed the group "Salem's Cradle" with previous bandmates Aaron Wheelan and Danny Mabie. The fall of 2001 brought Matt Parker in as rhythm guitar. Salem's Cradle recorded "Demonstration 202" in 2002 selling several hundred copies regionally. The Cradle then released two more CDs, "Fatem" including tracks "Ministry 53” and "God Damage." 

The time had come to attempt broader connections and bridges to cross. In 2004 Wheelan departed from the band and was replaced by Kyle Mabie.  Salem's Cradle ventured to St. Louis to record their first professional record (self-titled) followed by their first tour with Dry Kill Logic and American Headcharge. The Cradle then hit the road on a Midwest tour with Hed P.e. In the spring of 2005 they ventured out with Lit, but under their old name Porselain. The Lit tour was definitely the most "fitting" tour for the boys.  Their last tour to date was with Chicago natives Veruca Salt.  The tour was 30 dates coast to coast hitting almost every major city in the 48 states.  On New Year's Eve 2005 Cory Wilkey was brought back into the fold as lead guitarist and another name change: Predawn Hour. Cate put his six string down and focused on the vocal priority.

In 2006, the local shows were crazy and there were intense demo sessions at their rehearsal room in Quincy. The year 2007 was more of the same and a new sense of direction was coming into focus, but little did the band know the tragedy around the corner. On Oct. 27, 2007, Predawn Hour played their final show with Cory Wilkey. A few hours after the show Cory was killed in an accident in Camp Point. The band went into a tailspin and recently started to level out. Matt Parker departed the band and Kyle took a year off. Danny and George decided to keep playing and brought in Bryan Young to play bass. They released the EP "Echo Of October" Dec. 31, 2008. The 5-track EP includes "Omnipresent", the most heart-felt song Cate has ever penned. Young has since left the band and Kyle Mabie has rejoined. 

Danny, Kyle and George have a lot up their sleeves for the future. The band is currently recording new material that is sure to gain attention, they couldn't be more ready to achieve the goal that has previously seemed out of reach.     

 
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November 2009: Released demo as Predawn Hour.
January 2009: Released EP, "Echo of October," as Predawn Hour.