Swampy blues, church hymns, bluegrass & instrumental soundtrack music form the basis of Rob’s approach to playing dobro & Weissenborn guitar. “I grew up in Chicago, which is hardly the epicenter of the bluegrass world, but is well known for the blues. Once I discovered the dobro and Weissenborn guitar I was hooked. The vocal quality of playing with a steel combined with the lack of teachers where I lived both inspired me and forced me to develop my own style and approach to the instrument.” Shortly after switching from guitar to dobro & Weissenborn Rob was welcomed into the bluegrass/acoustic music scene in Chicago and has developed a solid reputation as one of the top players in the area. Rob is a frequent collaborator with players in a variety of musical genres and maintains an active schedule of gigs and studio projects in the Chicago area.
Rob Anderlik, Pat Otto & Mike Church have combined their talents in a new project that explores the intersection of bluegrass, blues and rock music. Their live shows feature extended jams and plenty of hot licks, but never at the expense of the melody of the song. And while the band respects its musical roots, it manages to bring something fresh and new to their arrangements of tunes that range from the Allman Brothers to Bill Monroe & Pink Floyd.
With a broad range of musical interests and the chops to back it up, the band can easily switch gears to entertain audiences at traditional bluegrass and jam band festivals to corporate events and weddings.
Miles Over Mountains (M.O.M.) is an Acoustic Bluegrass / Roots / Americana band based in McHenry, IL. Their live shows are high energy, centered around their arsenal of original material and refreshing variety of cover songs interpreted in their own way.
Collectively with decades of stage experience under their belts, M.O.M. strives to provide the audience with a fun and freeing experience at each show with unique sets every time. The band released their debut album, “Five Star Heart Breaker” on March 20, 2015. They have been on the road and the stage constantly in support of this record, and can be seen this festival season at over a dozen fantastic Midwest music festivals!
(formerly Henhouse Prowlers)
Song Singer, Fiddle Player
"Chicago’s Sunnyside Up makes the sounds of bluegrass its own. Audiences are quick to move to the beat of an uplifting performance, and Sunnyside Up delivers. The melodious sounds of this band can change the way you think of bluegrass music. Aficionados and newbies alike love the Sunnyside Up’s approach to the beloved style of bluegrass music." - CBS Chicago, Best of Chicago.
and Caller Paul Tyler
Inspired by a love of old-time and early country, the women of Glass Mountain make music that captures the grit and beauty of the American folk tradition. Their shows have the raw, spontaneous energy of a jam and the soulful intent of a gospel hymn.
The singers and multi-instrumentalists first met through their involvement in Chicago’s folk music scene, and quickly found a kinship playing heartsick love songs, dark mountain ballads, and blazing fiddle tunes. They each bring a different musical vision and experience - with backgrounds in classical performance, old-time jams, and the singer-songwriter circuit - to create a sound that both celebrates and moves beyond the traditional.
Since joining forces in 2014, the boys have refined a unique craft of rapid picking, clever arrangements and crisp four-part harmony. They've made a name for themselves with a weekly Thursday residency at Cole's Bar in Logan Square and frequent appearances at storied Chicago venues, The Hideout and Schuba's Tavern. Paying homage to the hard-driving traditional bluegrass they love, these boys light a fire in casual listeners and die-hard bluegrass aficionados alike.
(formerly Dixie Beeliners)
Brandi Hart began her professional music career in 2001 in New York City. Working first as a vocalist for hire on the vibrant Manhattan roots music scene, Ms. Hart quickly co-founded her own act —- the award-winning Dixie Bee-Liners. Featuring the original songwriting of Hart and others, The Dixie Bee-Liners' music drew on influences from bluegrass, folk, blues, country, and folk-rock. The songs explored themes of love, abuse, wandering, motherhood, and much more.
Nearly 15 years after beginning her professional journey, Hart announced the end of The Dixie Bee-Liners and began pursuing a gratifying solo career. She has appeared on several recordings by Emmy-nominated Gangstagrass (from TV’s Justified on the FX network). She’s also currently writing a musical children’s book.
Americana, Folk, and Bluegrass inspired duo from the Northwest Suburbs of Chicago. Tiny Country features the voice of Despina Pafralides and musical accompaniment of Chris Grant on guitar and violin.
Sammy (From Miami) Byerly and Laura Rae Lanza have teamed up on vocals, flat picking guitar, mandolin and fiddle as the dynamic duo & foundation of The Ransom Notes. In this rendition Dave (DK) Kolars will join in on dobro and Mike Warfel will hold down the rhythm section on bass fiddle. The band features the acoustic music of many eras and styles, all with the flavor of bluegrass.