Duke Tumatoe - TBA
Duke Tumatoe, born William “Bill” Severen Fiorio in 1947, is an American blues guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. He has gigged with Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, B.B. King, Willie Dixon, Buddy Guy, John Fogerty and George Thorogood. He was a founding member of arena-rock giants REO Speedwagon. He has released fifteen albums as the bandleader of Duke Tumatoe & The All-Star Frogs and Duke Tumatoe & The Power Trio. His 1988 live album I Like My Job was produced by John Fogerty. He typically plays more than 100 dates per year.
Duke Tumatoe was born in June 1947 in Chicago. His father was a first-generation Italian whose family hailed from San Bonifacio, Italy, a northern Italian town outside Verona. He grew up in Beverly, a neighborhood on the Southwest side of Chicago.
The South Side of Chicago was also the birthplace of urban, electric blues, which was a huge influence on Tumatoe. As a teen, he often visited the legendary market at Maxwell Street to hear live blues. He says, “I first saw Muddy Waters when I was 13. We were hearing that stuff all the time and just assumed everybody was, too. I knew all the old guys, and I’d see them every day. I can’t believe I took that for granted.”
Tumatoe is a self-taught guitarist who learned to play by watching Chicago’s blues legends. His guitar playing has been described as “B.B. King played through Jimi Hendrix (with a touch of Andy Gill).”
Tumatoe’s songs are noted for their humor, something he explains as, “There are two elements of the blues. There’s the general intensity of the music…and an element of humor, some twist in the lyrics. It’s like a comedian turning something sad into something funny.”
Jennie DeVoe - TBA
Jennie DeVoe is an independent singer/songwriter with a soulful-blues-americana vibe whom Bonnie Raitt calls, “A great songwriter,” while Indie-music.com’s Heidi Drockelman says, “Jennie is a truly unique vocal talent…Her powerhouse voice can stop you in your tracks but it also possesses a sweetness that surges and sears the soul.” DeVoe is a performer who connects with her audience like no other. Says Melissa Mayer of the Boone County Sun, “DeVoe’s voice is a delicious mix of scratchy blues and sweet low notes. Her music is born of a unique marriage of folk and funk. She sprinkles in rhythm and blues sounds and a few well-chosen covers to create a great live show. She also manages to draw the audience in with her anecdotes and personal stories between each song. It’s hard to attend one of DeVoe’s shows and not feel like she’s your personal friend by the end of the night.”
DeVoe is a prolific writer, with songs stuffed in drawers and often filling up her own voicemail with ideas. Notes Soultracks’ Howard Dukes, “…her songwriting captures the wittiness, world weariness, hope and simple brilliance that is blues music at its best.” A fiercely independent artist, DeVoe has declined numerous major label offers, and built a rock-solid career on her own terms. She has produced four studio albums, four live CDs, a Christmas album and a DVD on her own label, Rubin the Cat Records. SonyRED was so impressed with the critically-acclaimed “Strange Sunshine,” that they offered her a distribution deal, bringing her to many new ears, while still allowing her to retain her artistic freedom. Most recently, she was voted Best Local Musical Artist/Group in Indianapolis by NUVO Magazine readers, on the heels of being named one of Indy’s top 50 “Entertainers of the Decade” by The Indianapolis Star.
Attracting fans of all ages, Jennie DeVoe deftly wows audiences of all shapes and sizes. She thrills festival and concert-series goers, one minute having them on their feet and dancing, in the next scooping up their laughter with her “accidental comedy, and in the next hypnotizing them into awed attention with her powerful voice. While DeVoe is at her best in front of a listening audience, she never fails to entertain and captivate with her talent, humor and personality. Notes Melissa Mayer, “DeVoe always provides her audience with an irresistibly good time.” Her live shows are, to quote Ann Arbor, MI dj, John Bommarito simply “Magic.” No matter the venue, DeVoe makes you feel like you’re in your living room with old friends – “Until,” says NUVO’sRob Nichols, “she knocks you flat with her amazing voice, and you forget where you are entirely.” Adds Blues Revue Magazine’s Hal Horowitz, “DeVoe’s melodic, gutsy songwriting–pushed by a vibrant, multi-hued voice that can shift from a catlike purr to a gospel wail and a snarling rasp within seconds–this under-the-radar singer has the talent to be a major force on either side of the Atlantic.” Singer-songwriter Carrie Newcomer confirms, “Jennie DeVoe is an artist that sings with genuine depth, she’s strong and powerful and yet willing to be audaciously vulnerable. Jennie DeVoe is unmistakably the real deal.”
Flynnville Train - TBA
Toby Keith: “When I saw them live, they were more than I could have expected and I signed them on the spot.” Such was his description of Flynnville Train, who signed to his management team as well as his Show Dog label. The deal resulted in two charted singles on the Billboard chart and a number 22 spot on the Heatseeker Billboard Charts.
Having amicably parted ways with Show Dog, the band continues to electrify audiences with their live stage show and is taking their music to the world. “We love performing for international audiences – they really get what we are about and the love and appreciation that comes back to us from them is amazing.”
Formed by brothers Brian and Brent Flynn, the band comprises Brian Flynn on lead vocals, Brent Flynn on lead guitar and harmony vocals (a natural blend unique to brothers.) Tommy Bales is on drums, now with the band for over thirteen years and voted Number One most up-and-coming drummer in Modern Drummer magazine in 2009 and Joseph Shreve on bass, who met the brothers through a mutual friend and whose influences are drawn from Rush and Lynyrd Skynyrd. Together, they form a band of brothers in music, with each bringing something unique to the sound that comprises Flynnville Train.
Flynnville Train is an irresistible, powerful, hard driving combination of Rock, Southern rock and country, with heart-stopping guitar riffs and nostalgic vocals as gritty as a long dirt road. From start to finish, their unique sound captivates the listener, whether live or on CD and their sound and style has no boundaries.
Labeled by their fans as “Americas’ band,” Flynnville Train’s music spans multiple genres and their electrifying live show hooks fans of all ages. They are as comfortable sharing the stage with superstars like Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney, Miranda Lambert, Dierks Bentley, as they are with acts such as Iron Butterfly, Molly Hatchett and the Marshall Tucker Band. It is seldom that such a unique and powerful live sound can be captured in the studio from three musicians and a lead singer, but with a band as awesome and talented as this, they proved it was possible. In the studio, they record most songs “live” like the 60’s and early 70’s, hence the “real” sound that they create.
The Flynn brothers, Brian and Brent, were raised by hard working parents in a Christian family of farmers and factory workers in Indiana, so can totally relate to the working class of America and the world. Their father played in a band in his spare time – Grandma played the fiddle. Both brothers inherited their natural gift of music – Brian (lead vocals) is also an accomplished drummer. His brother, Brent (who has perfect pitch), is able to play any stringed instrument but electric guitar became his prime instrument. Brent was five years old when he got his first guitar. His breath-taking guitar riffs and fills are delivered in an iconic fashion invoking the spirit of the likes of Hendrix, Jimmy Page, Eric Clapton and other guitar heroes.
The brothers also write together. Brian pens most of the lyrics and Brent the melodies. They have written with partners such as Richard Young from the Kentucky Headhunters and recorded songs from legendary writer Craig Wiseman. The music is timeless, gets into your soul and moves your spirit.
Brian and Brent Flynn state: “Now we are able to carve our own destiny, which we never could before. We have built a team of strong in-house people who believe in us and will be part of our extended family. We are all good and honest people who are prepared to work hard. Our goal is to take our music to the world and no matter where we perform; the key is that we give everyone a great time. We want to be remembered wherever we play.”
Cathy Morris - TBA
Electric violinist/vocalist Cathy Morris
has a passion for sharing music with audiences of all ages and everyone can tell! With an infectious enthusiasm and captivating presentation she conveys her genuine love of music and life!
As a performer you’ll find Cathy in a broad range of arenas: concert and festival stages in the US and abroad, at world viewed events including the Opening Ceremonies for the World Swimming Championships, Indianapolis International Violin Competition and repeatedly in front of 250,000 people at the Formula One and Indy 500 races. Cathy and her band have opened for Al Jareau, Burt Bacharach, George Benson, Chuck Mangione, Rick Braun, fourPlay and Najee to name a few and can regularly be seen as the guest soloist performing her original music with orchestras and jazz bands.
As a musical ambassador she has performed for world leaders and dignitaries including Mikail Gorbachev, the Prince and Princess of Serbia, President Bill Clinton, Senator Hillary Clinton, First Lady Laura Bush and the Japanese Ambassador Kenichiro Sasae among others.
As a recording artist Cathy has five CDs of original music in addition to her holiday disc A Cathy Morris Christmas, the ’05 release Cathy Morris Latin Jazz, 2006 release Sacred Romance: violin and piano duets accompanying Sufi poetry, 2007 Music For Wellness audio and video meditation series.and 2018 Latin Jazz II.
As an educator it’s her unending commitment to children that puts her in front of and collaborating with literally thousands of students each year performing convocations, conducting workshops and performing her original music in side by side concerts with student orchestras.
As a composer/arranger you can find Cathy’s original music for string orchestra published by FJH Music, Inc in addition to her catalog of over one hundred other works for strings, solo with orchestra and jazz band.
To her credit as a producer is Arts With A Purpose non profit, annual Indianapolis Jazz Foundation Holiday Jazz Showcase, Indianapolis National String Improv Conference 2000, One World In Music Family Concert Series and additional recordings: Here For You – a compilation recording of all women’s music benefiting Indianapolis Women’s Fund and Sacred Romance, benefiting WICR Journey’s Fire.
Concerts are in the Arts Park and are always free to attend. Bring your lawn chair and cooler and enjoy some amazing music in a beautiful setting. Food can be purchased at the event and is provided by the Kiwanis Club.
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