The Figgs – The tried and true band The Figgs, which has a worldwide fan base, a hearty discography, and has toured and recorded several times with the legendary Graham Parker, celebrated the year 2013 by turning 25. This occasion was made even more special by the release of “1,000 People Grinning: The Figgs Anthology”. It’s one of the band’s greatest achievements to date. And that says a lot as the Figgs (Mike Gent, Pete Donnelly and Pete Hayes) have been playing together since the trio was in high school in Saratoga Springs, N.Y. Since the rock outfit’s inception in 1987 the band has spent the better part of the past 25 years touring, recording and working on a variety of acclaimed side projects.
Limbeck – Limbeck is an American rock band that formed in Laguna Niguel, California in 1999. The group featured Robb MacLean on lead vocals and guitar, Patrick Carrie guitar and backing vocals, Justin Entsminger on bass, and Jon Phillip, who replaced Matthew Stephens on drums in 2005. Their sound was a mix of alternative country with pop punk origins.
Their first album, This Chapter Is Called Titles, was released in 2000. Their sound had shifted by the release of Hi, Everything’s Great in 2003 to showcase a more country-indebted sound. The group toured heavily, often supporting or touring alongside bands such as Motion City Soundtrack and the All-American Rejects. Their third album, Let Me Come Home saw release in 2005, and the band issued their final, self-titled release in 2007. Though the band largely ceased touring and recording by 2010, they have continued to reunite for several shows and mini-tours.
Joseph Huber – Singer/Songwriter/Multi-Instrumentalist Joseph Huber was a founding member of, and also had spent 6 years of playing banjo and heavy touring with the Milwaukee, WI based “streetgrass” group, the .357 String Band–a group that, despite its abrupt break-up, still continues to gain popularity, is known as one of the most influential groups in the recent insurgent underground country and bluegrass movements. Having moved from .357, Huber has honed his songwriting abilities immensely and now continues moving onward and upward captivating folks with his sincere and well-crafted songs under his own name and with his backing band. Whether it’s irresistible, fiddle-driven, danceable tunes or honest, heart-wrenching “songwriter” songs, Huber spans the spectrum and knows how to evoke joy or pain with the likes of the best.
His lyricism and introspective writing style has received high acclaim from many Americana enthusiasts looking for a more substantive substitute to much of today’s modern country. Maintaining a solid touring schedule, playing all throughout both the U.S. and all around Europe, he has steadily gained ground and gotten much positive press, and has shown himself a sincere and influential member of the growing roots movement. Huber released his 3rd solo album entitled ‘The Hanging Road’ under Nashville’s ‘Muddy Roots Recordings’ label in Spring 2014, following his self-released previous efforts, ‘Bury Me Where I Fall’ and ‘Tongues of Fire’, and has plans for yet another Fall 2016 release.
RX Drugs – Rx Drugs is a joint effort with Promise Ring/Dashboard Confessional bassist Scott Schoenbeck, Schoenbeck’s cousin Dustin Dobernig on keys, and drummer Justin Krol, who’s played with a slew of Milwaukee acts, most recently Hugh Bob and the Hustle and Trapper Schoepp and the Shades. In these local pros Crockett found the focus he was looking for—rehearsals are now punctual, purposeful affairs, he says. The tradeoff, of course, is that his bandmates have outside commitments to juggle.
“When we put this band together, the mindset was, ‘Let’s get the best guys together to be a part of it,’ but with that comes everybody else wanting these guys in their bands, too,” Crockett says. “Some of these other bands have pretty heavy tour schedules sometimes. Justin tours a lot with his brother Mike Krol, so he’s on the road a lot. Then when he comes home, Scott might be gone doing a Promise Ring or Dashboard Confessional tour. Then when Scott is done, Justin might be out with Trapper Schoepp.”