Freeway Music Festival Featuring Joe Pug

Music Farm Productions, Tin Roof, Freeway Music, Molina Healthcare & Grace Outdoor Present

Freeway Music Festival Featuring Joe Pug

High Divers, The Mobros, FatRat Da Czar, Danielle Howle, The Restoration, Secret Guest, King Vulture, Post-Timey String Band, The Lovely Few, Dempsey, Alarm Drum, Ropeswing Marathon, sandcastles., Bellavida, 2 Slices, Numbtongue, Ben Walker, Barnwell

Sat, May 20, 2017

Doors: 11:30 am / Show: 12:00 pm

Music Farm Columbia

Columbia, SC

$7.50 Early Bird * $12 ADV * $15 DOS

This event is all ages

Freeway Music Festival
Freeway Music Festival
Joe Pug
Joe Pug
If the opening notes on Joe Pug's new LP "Windfall" are a bit disorienting, his fans won't likely be surprised. The Austin, TX singer songwriter has made a habit of defying expectations so the piano-driven "Bright Beginnings" and the atmospheric rumination of "Great Hosannas" are just further indication that he's quite comfortable stepping outside of the guy-with-a-guitar trappings of the genre.

His rise has been as improbable as it has been impressive. After dropping out of college and taking on work as a carpenter in Chicago, he got his musical start by providing CDs for his fans to pass along to their friends. This led to a string of sold out shows and a record deal with Nashville indie Lightning Rod Records (Jason Isbell, Billy Joe Shaver). As he toured behind "Messenger" (2010) and The Great Despiser (2012) it was with a band that looked as much like a jazz trio as an Americana band. "I never quite found a live band that captured what I was aiming for until I connected with Greg [Tuohey–electric guitar] and Matt [Schuessler–upright bass]. It was an arrangement that maybe didn't make a ton of sense on paper but 10 minutes into the first rehearsal I knew this was going to be my band." The following years would have them on the road for over four hundred shows, including stops at Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, and The Newport Folk Festival.

The relentless grind of four years of nonstop touring had taken its toll though, and by late 2013 he was ready to call it quits. The tour that fall was a runaway success but his personal and creative lives were a different story. "It was this surreal dichotomy. Everyone kept congratulating me on how well the tour was going, and the mood was probably the best it had ever been on the road. We finally got two hotel rooms in each city instead of one. We've got this incredible group of die-hard fans that somehow make each show bigger than our previous trip through town. Meanwhile my relationship was in shambles and creatively I was at a dead end. There was absolutely no joy left in playing music. So we walked off stage after a particular show when I played terribly, and pulled my manager aside in the green room and told him to cancel the rest of the tour dates and that I was essentially through."

But studio time was already scheduled and deadlines had been set for a new record, so after a few weeks Pug was back to the business of writing songs. "In retrospect, I was in a very unhealthy place. I was sitting in a room with the blinds shut and a notebook, forcing out words that weren't there and drinking astonishing amounts of bourbon. I was looking at it as a job….as a business obligation, and that is a very slippery slope." At that point he decided to make good on his promise from the previous tour. The album was put on indefinite hold. "I just needed to start behaving like a human being again. I needed to reconnect with my girlfriend. I needed to eat healthy food. I needed to go enjoy live music as a fan. I really needed to make sure I still loved making music, because I really had my doubts at that point."
High Divers
High Divers
There is no hiding that each member of The High Divers hails from South Carolina. A subtle twang dots the roots rock n’ roll landscape from which the band pulls its sound and feel. “Riverlust”, the group’s debut album, is full of southern tinged imagery that places you in the deep woods of South Carolina. The High Divers create music that nods to the southern rebelliousness of Tom Petty, the raw beauty of Neil Young, and the genre clashing of Wilco, yet is leaning forward all the time.
The Mobros
The Mobros
THE MOBROS are Kelly & Patrick Morris. The name, “THE MOBROS” simply stands for “Morris Brothers.” But while the chosen name for this electric songwriting duo may be simple, their songs are not so simplistic. Growing up in rural South Carolina the brothers’ learned to draw from their surroundings, blending the sounds of Soul, Rock & Roll, and Americana. Their music is both decidedly dark, and yet light in nature.
FatRat Da Czar
FatRat Da Czar
To properly inform you about who Fat Rat Da Czar is, starting with his locale, affiliation, or musical ability would be a biased introduction. Yes, those characteristics do carry weight, but to truly understand this artist you must delve deeper.

Fat Rat Da Czar has been represented poorly by many critics and naysayers as just another local emcee or a ‘gun-toting street guy’, which is totally oft-kilt. Fat Rat Da Czar is not a ‘savage’, blood-thirsty, ready to slit your throat brute. He is not just another nameless face in the long list of artists seeking to reach the world through their music.

Fat Rat Da Czar IS MORE.

Think about the father who wakes daily before the break of dawn, still sluggish from completing the work order of the previous night to enter a reality in which his bills are high, his money is low, his patience is waning, but his resolve is steady. “I gotta make it” is all this father repeats as he observes his children sleeping peacefully without knowledge of adulthood. Think about the woman who has remained steadfast since grade school to break the cycle of abuse, depression, and abandonment that has plagued her family to ensure her success in realms greater than those just based on monetary value. Think about the families that travel countless hours and miles simply to associate with loved ones in ‘man-keepers.’ All three situations have a commonality-they listen to Fat Ra Da Czar.

What choices do you make when your back is up against the wall? Do you accept your position and cower to the powers of influence around you? Do you derogate yourself and succumb to ‘drinking and drugging’? Or do you do more?

Fat Rat Da Czar’s beauty can be found in this moment.

Fat Rat Da Czar is perseverance. Since his humble and hard beginnings in both Hampton and Newport News, Virginia and the accompanying lessons of life gained through his transport to Hopkins, SC, Fat Rat Da Czar kept his eyes aware and ears open to world around him. Hopkins, SC has the distinction of being the place that influenced the detail to lyrics, relevant song structure, and flow that remains with Fat Rat Da Czar til this day. Teaming up with The Underground Railroad (Misfit, Charlie Waters, and more) in his youth and together creating Street Side Records, Fat Rat Da Czar has always been ahead of the curve. Performing countless dates, at countless venues, and making certified authoritative music throughout the nineties and early millennia, Fat Rat Da Czar kept moving forward, but remained humble.

Knowing full well that nothing is ever promised, Fat Rat Da Czar holds his foot on the gas and his eyes on the road. Crafting many vittles for the public (Rolling, Audio Dope, Fat Rat is Dead and more), Fat Rat has experienced first hand the literal closed door policy of local radio stations, deejays, and media outlets in support of hometown artists and musicians and in part took their lack of attention to him (and many more) as an invitation to spark his own pathway; giving birth to the Cold War.

Fat Rat Da Czar IS MORE.

Crafting Da ColdWar in 2006 with famed DJ Shekeese Tha Beast, standouts like ‘Early In Da Morning’, ‘Like A Fat Rat’, and ‘Hard Times’ drew the line in the sand. Returning 2008 with the classic follow-up Da ColdWar 2: The Day Afta, Fat Rat Da Czar single-handedly distinguished himself by pronouncing his importance to everyone able to hear his music. Google ‘Do Whud I Do’, view its video, and concur. Currently prepping the third and final installment of Da ColdWar series, Fat Rat Da Czar is primed to pounce on every opportunity coming his way. It would be wise to get on board. Fat Rat Da Czar is perfecting his craft, practicing his prowess, and coming for MORE!!!!
Danielle Howle
Danielle Howle
With a Smashing debut to 10,000 people, opening for The Avett Brothers on New Year's Eve, the band found new fans and has been touring ever since.

Danielle Howle + Firework Show is a mix of world rhythms to honky-tonk swamp (John Picard on drums) swinging melodic bass (Casey Atwater) with percussive and lead guitar (Zach Bodtorf) all sizzling together to create an authentic roots/Americana sound in full service of Howle's skilled songwriting.

"What amazes me most about this ensemble is their ability to listen and stay in the tune while giving the honest showmanship to get the crowd on their feet to dance. This is the best ensemble I have worked with and look forward to every show, and rehearsal." says an enthusiastic Howle.

Considered by many to be South Carolina's best kept musical secret, Danielle Howle is a punk rock girl with the voice of a honkeytonk angel. Opening for such diverse acts as Bob Dylan, Ani Difranco, Fugazi, and Indigo Girls, she has garnered worldwide acclaim while somehow remaining under the radar of mainstream America. Now is the time for South Carolina to share it's secret with the rest of America.
The Restoration
The Restoration
The Restoration’s members grew up performing in orchestras, church choirs, fiddle groups and rock bands in the small town of Lexington, South Carolina. Their debut concept album, Constance, has been taught in university literature and history courses and was featured on PasteMagazine.com.

Formed in 2007, the band have used their varied backgrounds as a lens for exploring the music and culture of their native soil, channeling storytelling and regional history through instrumentation associated with traditional and post-rock America alike. At the core of this exploration is a desire to preserve and enjoy the rich cultural heritage of the South while taking responsibility to acknowledge the problematic history that created it.

The Restoration’s debut, Constance, explores racial identity and the terrifying widespread acceptance of mob violence in early 20th century Lexington, SC. Their followup, Honor the Father, returns to Lexington in the 1950s for a semi-allegorical tale of religious radicalism and abusive Bible-inspired patriarchy. The band’s two upcoming releases will focus on a 19th-century minister’s struggle with the Biblical defense of slavery, and the subjugation of the LGBT community still happening today.

Musically, the band wishes to take part in the evolution of traditional and regional music, providing a living, contemporary voice that embraces overlapping genre boundaries while remaining aware and respectful of music history.
The Lovely Few
The Lovely Few
“On their 2011 album The Perseids The Lovely Few began their journey into what’s become a trilogy of releases titled The Meteor Series where frontman Mike Mewborne started writing space themed songs, metaphorically weaving in those themes with his own personal life (Scene SC, February 1, 2016).” The band, formed in 2006 in Columbia, SC, features a rotating cast of musicians. While albums like 2014’s “The Geminids” uses the planets of the Solar System to facilitate introspective, at time emotive lyrics and music, 2016’s single “Pear” includes imagery from growing up in rural South Carolina layered over an electronic drum loop. The Lovely Few seeks to create cerebral, yet approachable pop music that explores the sonic space between ancient history and a sci-fi future. The Free Times calls it “high-concept sci-fi pop” and “one of Columbia’s most modern sounding bands.”
Dempsey
Dempsey
Columbia indie rock band Dempsey fronted by Zach Santiago blends the indie stylings of early 2000's bands like Death Cab for Cutie with a modern emotive flair.
Ropeswing Marathon
Ropeswing Marathon
Ropeswing Marathon is young and upcoming rock band from Columbia, South Carolina whose music contains influences from a variety of genres including funk, jazz, and progressive/jam rock. They have played in various cities around South Carolina and have opened for national acts such as Framing Hanley, Crobot, The Ataris, The Marcus King Band, and *repeat repeat, as well as shared festival lineups with bands such as The Front Bottoms, G. Love & Special Sauce, and Drive-By Truckers. Their first single, “Thank You”, was released in December 2015, and they will be releasing their debut EP in late 2017.
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Bellavida
Bellavida
Bellavida was created when five close friends came to the inevitable conclusion of forming a band during the final year of high school; each member bringing years of unique musical experience to the table. Bellavida's music resembles indie-rock with a pop influence given life through uplifting and acoustic driven melodies. The roots of Bellavida’s sound tap into many genres including... jazz, hard rock, singer-songwriter, indie, and alternative music such as Dave Matthews Band, Radiohead, Muse, Amy Winehouse, Grouplove, Cage The Elephant, and Red Hot Chili Peppers. Their first original and most widely known song, “Look At How She Lays,” was well received by the local community and fueled the creation of the EP, "Letters to Rose." The debut EP was recorded and produced by the masterful Kenny McWilliams at Archer Avenue Studio and truly highlights the mature, skillful, and one-of-kind sound Bellavida has become known for. Since the release of "Letters to Rose," the band has been hard at work performing live shows in the Columbia area as well as devoting time to composing more original tracks. The live show is a stirring performance incorporating original music accompanied by crowd pleasing covers of well-known songs with that unique Bellavida flavor.
2 Slices
2 Slices
2 Slices, an electronic pop duo from Charleston, SC, combines catchy dance beats with soaring synth pop melodies. Danny Martin (vocals, synth, guitar) of the band Octopus Jones began writing and recording solo material under the moniker 2 Slices in Ryan Wolfgang Zimmerman’s studio space. Martin moved from Raleigh, NC to Charleston to complete the full length debut album. He connected with an old friend, Brandon Fudge (aka DJ Lazer Cat), and the two started performing live with Danny on lead vocals and DJ Lazer Cat spinning the tracks. Influenced by current hip hop and classic pop, 2 Slices is dance music with a dark side.
Numbtongue
Numbtongue
NUMBTONGUE is a personal project of SC native Bobby Hatfield of The Sea Wolf Mutiny. Self recorded over 3 years, debut album "Exhumation" is an experimental sonic pulp, defined by the lofi environs in which it was made. More questions than answers unfold amid studies in R&B/soul, psychrock, & 90's alternative w/all the urgency & joyful melancholy of previous work.
Venue Information:
Music Farm Columbia
1022 Senate Street
Columbia, SC, 29201
http://www.musicfarm.com/venues/music-farm-columbia/upcoming-shows/