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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.
 

 
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Big On Blondes
 
Genre: Classic Rock
Hometown: Bloomington, Ill.
Website: http://www.bigonblondes.com
Label Management: Brad.Boll@frontier.com
 
Members:

Jim Vorass, lead vocals
Scott Duffield, bass and backing vocals
Steve Reeves, guitar and backing vocals
Brad Boll, drums

 
Musical Influences
Influences range from ZZ Top, Kiss, & Van Halen to Steely Dan, Dream Theater and Spinal Tap.
 
From the Band
We got together in 2002 just to jam a bit, had our first gig two months later and the rest, as they say, is history. We've been playing all over Central Illinois since 2003.
 
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Fielder
 
Genre: Rock
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://www.myspace.com/fieldermusic
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Members:

Logan Kammerer: lead vocals, acoustic
Alex Tappe: bass
Chris Cornwell: drums and vocals
Matt Lawless: electric guitar
Scott Smith: keys and vocals

 
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Fielder is a five piece band out of a little old town up on a bluff just east of the Mississippi River called Quincy, Illinois. Fielder combines aspects of its acoustic roots to its current rock and roll demeanor. The band was formed in late 2003 as a 3 piece but their current 5 piece structure was not fully established until late 2006. In the relatively short amount of time that the five members were playing together they put together an amazingly tight eclectic musical connection that couldn't be kept underground. A buzz surrounded their hometown of Quincy, Illinois and off they went playing shows for Colleges/Bars/Friends.

Fielder's lead vocalist is 25 year old Logan Kammerer. His unique songwriting ability and intense style of singing are only matched by the masterful prowess that he exhibits while serving as Fielder's self-taught acoustic front man. Over the past ten years, Kammerer has excelled at writing numerous amounts of songs that can be described as nothing less than soulful. Listeners can feel the edgy vibe in his voice and are left overwhelmed by his emotion time and time again.

The backbone of the band comes from the band's bassist Alex Tappe, one of the founding members of this original alternative/rock band Fielder. Tappe’s unique style of play and techniques on the bass can be explained with two seemingly simple words that carry sophisticated meaning when applied to Tappe; smooth and passionate. Alex started playing bass guitar at the age of 12 with some of his grade school buddy’s playing cover tunes from the 90’s before later picking up the acoustic guitar in his early high school career. Tappe then started playing/writing songs on the acoustic guitar with Logan Kammerer which would soon be the foundation for Fielder.

The heartbeat of Fielder is drummer Chris Cornwell. Growing up in his family's music store in Quincy and playing drums in his High School Pep Band/other bands around the area, Cornwell was able to develop a great deal of knowledge in music. Having multiple instruments at his finger tips in his family music store growing up gave Chris an ability to learn more than one instrument. Cornwell can also play guitar, bass, and does some back up singing for the band. With Cornwell’s knowledge on numerous instruments allows him to hear each member of the band individually which is a skill that allows him to accompany any sound to perfection.

Playing the electric guitar for Fielder is Matt Lawless. Lawless exhibits a vast range of musical talent/knowledge on the electric guitar that has further aided the development of rock-n-roll band Fielder. While growing up playing piano for 10 years, Lawless soon picked up his older brothers electric guitar his freshman year and began playing lead guitar for bands around Quincy. Matt’s passion for the three piece band Fielder at the time made him want to add another element to the band and soon joined in early 2006 with keyboardist Scott Smith. His heart-pounding guitar rifts supply an indescribable high that raises the band's musical energy to an outstanding level.

The final member of Fielder is Scott Smith. Having taken piano lessons since he was five years old from the same piano teacher as Matt Lawless, Smith was able to acquire a genuine appreciation for his expertise. His work on the keyboard is unquestionably one of the most important elements in creating the euphoric sensation that accompanies Fielder's music. Smith is able to bridge the gap between musical peaks within a song which gives each track a natural and free-flowing feel.

 
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Ockum's Razor
 
Genre: Rock
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri
Website: http://www.myspace.com/ockumsrazor
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Members:

Topher: vocals and keyboard
Viner: guitar and vocals
Ryan: bass and voodoo-percussion

 
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Ockum's Razor, formerly known as Few & Far Between, emerged as a St. Louis music artist in August of 2002. By constantly challenging their imagination and creativity, it has allowed them to share the stage with numerous national acts, in hopes of possibly becoming one themselves in the future. They look to each other's similarities to better harness the music from deep within. Ockum's Razor just released a full-length acoustic release in early 2009 and is working towards recording a full-length, full band disk in 2009 for release by the end of the year.

Enriched with pure emotion, innovative directory, and the vastness of the human condition. They filter their visions through the eyes of : Ockum's Razor

 
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Double Vision
 
Genre: Hip-Hop
Hometown: St. Louis, Missouri and Quincy, Illinois
Website:
Label Management: No Sleep Records
 
Members:

Johnathan Mackamillion
Jarred Mackmore

 
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The world has two new musical genius' to the hip-hop throne, Johnathan (Mackamillion) and Jarred (Mr. Mackmore) aka, Double Vision. Double Vision is twin brothers that have been compared to duos such as Kriss Kross, Camp Lo, Little Brother, Outkast and the recent Chicago-based duo The Cool Kids, for their impecable style of dress code.

"We like to set trends for what should and shouldn't be. We're not gangsters, we're more like a funky twist of backpackers and macks," Mackamillion says.

Being born in a city with such artistic energy and cultural diversity (Venice, CA.), and then living in cities throuought the Midwest and the south, it's no wonder these baby-faced men have such old souls and insight.

Rhyming since the tender age of 7, they first emerged as Reflection, later on changing their name to what is now known as Double Vision. From there they hooked with longtime partner Bill Blast, aka Motion Plus, as their main producer, who eventually hooked up with Jia Davis formerly of the famous St. Lois duo Bits N Pieces, who is also featured on their first studio album: NO EXPLANATION!

When asked about their genre of music they so proudly claim as their own, Mackmore explains, "We speak for the men and women who seem to naturally attract the opposite sex without what some people call game or the use of pick up lines. As for the backpacker part, we're talking about those independent artist, Hip Hop purist and entrepreneurs who have got their own hustle, no matter what genre of music or business they’re involved in."

Mackamillion holds no cut cards for any song, topic, or issue. Especially on the somewhat controversial song "Mental Chains." Creatively, rap is at a stand still, and Double Vision brings an end to the stagnation with songs like, "So Cool" and "Backpacker," that showcase the group's intriguing personalities and personifies their 'ahead-of-our-time style.’ There is no question as to why their music is so magnetizing.

Double Vision addresses the issues of the common folks, not the "iced out jewels" or drug dealer stories that our ears are currently saturated with. Double Vision represents the real issues we all go through. It's obvious these guys just want to bring the fun back into music. Sit back, relax and be prepared. Double Vision is solely interested and dedicated to making innovative and creative music.

“At the end of the day, we make music for those who actually have a brain,” says Mackamillion. DV is currently working on their new EP which will be released on No Sleep Records. NSR welcomes Double Vision to the No Sleep family, as they are the first Hip-Hop act to sign with No Sleep Records.

 
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Torque
 
Genre: Rock
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://www.myspace.com/torquerocks
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Members:

Jay Briscoe: lead vocals
Steve Cowser: drums
Brent Robinson: guitar and vocals
Clint Whitley: guitar
Tony Burgess

 
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In 2004 Jay Briscoe and Steve Cowser started the band and began looking for other musicians who shared the same vision, desire and musical direction.
 
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A Sure Reminder
 
Genre: Rock, Indie/Pop
Hometown: Albert Lea, Minnesota
Website: http://www.myspace.com/asurereminder
Label Management: asurereminder@hotmail.com
 
Members:

Trevor Olchefske: guitar and vocals
Tim Evans: guitar and vocals
Matt Schumann: bass and vocals
Adam Evans: drums

 
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A Sure Reminder is comprised of four dedicated musicians attempting to influence the world with meaningful lyrics and an energy that can’t be duplicated. Music has always had an inspiration to this foursome and continues to be the drive and motivation to get them through the day.

They thrive off of honesty with each other and are constantly finding ways to improve on the aggressive hardcore punk sound.

They all hail from the great city of Albert Lea, MN. Although they all knew each other from the same town, they didn’t decide to join together until all were in different cities. Trevor and Tim ran into each other at a party and instantly started talking about getting a band together. After they had jammed a few times they knew of the one bassist they wanted. After some consideration Matt had joined the crew. Tim’s brother Adam was then brought on to finish the lineup on drums. A Sure Reminder wants to be an inspiration for living life in a positive manner and making the best out of every situation. They always want to be a part of a fans life, whether it be through messages on MySpace, touching them through a song’s lyrics, or just being entertaining to watch.

 
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The Funions
 
Genre: Rock
Hometown: Quincy, Illinois
Website: http://www.myspace.com/thefunionsband
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Members:

Mark Brei: bass
Adam Yates: harmonica, keyboards, drums, vocals
Pat Cornwell: drums and vocals
Jack Inghram: sax and vocals
Jon Barnard: slide guitar
Rodney Hart: guitar and vocals

 
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Started in 2000.
 
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Cheeks McGee
 
Genre: Rock, Pop, Acoustic
Hometown: Kahoka, Missouri
Website: http://www.cheeksmcgee.com
Label Management: Manager - Jack Manis of SOZO PRODUCTIONS
 
Members:

Acoustic guitar/vocals/trumpet/flugelhorn: Cheeks McGee

 
Musical Influences
Keller Williams, Dave Matthews, Jeff Buckley, Snow Patrol, Johnny Cash, Elliot Smith, Willie Nelson, Dizzy Gillespie, Maynard Ferguson, Tom Waits, Jack Johnson, Beck, Sigur Ros, Guster and the ocean.
 
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Cheeks McGee is a one man jam band from Quincy that is a self-taught, percussive, and rhythmic acoustic guitar player. Cheeks plays his trademark mahogany acoustic guitar while looping tasty riffs and chord progressions using a live looping sampler. Once the loop is set Cheeks adds percussive patterns by either hitting his guitar or making unique sounds with his mouth to personify the illusion of having a drummer and bass player. He then throws down some wicked solos with his trusty sidekick...the trumpet or takes it to a different dimension by soloing on his acoustic guitar through his "talk box" to get some outrageous sounds.

Using his skills on various instruments, Cheeks has built a solo show that has opened the eyes and grabbed the attention of many bands, people, and venues in the area as well as across the nation.

This is where we are today. A high-energy, entertaining get out of your seat show that makes his fans want to come back for more. This past summer Cheeks put together his second nationwide tour that expanded across 33 states and over 30 live performances to expand his fan base and bring his unique solo show to fans across the nation.

 
Discography
"Detachment" (2001) - Cheeks (solo album) "Live at Culver" (2002)- Southern BBQ Trip (Cheeks former band at college) "Less is More Festival" @ Bradley University (2005)- Highlights of Cheeks McGee's performance (DVD) "Three Chords Make a Song" @ Listen Up Festival (2004)- Highlights of Festival (DVD) "Coconut Pirate Sessions" (2006) - a series of "practice jams" and experimentation that was never finished "A New Beginning" (2007) - first full-length album