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Jackson, MS based jazz band Vibe Doctors (Jason Mathena, vibraphone; Owen Rockwell, drums; Lucas Pettey, bass) formed during the summer of 2013. Started as a standard jazz trio, with a vibraphone front-man instead of a pianist, Vibe Doctors have evolved into an original eclectic improvisation-driven jam band. The jazz standards are still there but played in a style that is part funk, part fusion, part Latin, but always interesting and unique. They have also written several original tunes, which showcase the strengths of each performer and the band as a whole.
Dr. Jason Mathena is currently in his first year as Instructor of Music and Assistant Band Director at Copiah Lincoln Community College in Wesson, MS. His duties include maintaining the applied percussion studio, teaching Music Appreciation, directing the Percussion Ensemble, and assisting with the Concert Band, Marching Band, and Jazz Band. Before coming to CoLin, Mathena taught at Southwest Mississippi Community College for three years.
Besides teaching, Mathena maintains a rigorous performance schedule as a member of the Mississippi Symphony, Gulf Coast Symphony, and Meridian Symphony. From the vibraphone, he leads two jazz combos, Vibe Doctors and The Plus1 Jazz Trio, both of which perform regularly in the metro Jackson area. He has many years of experience on drum set in many different professional settings, such as rock bands, jazz bands, and musicals, and currently freelances in that capacity in central and south Mississippi. Besides ensemble playing, Dr. Mathena has presented numerous recitals both academic and public and has also performed as soloist with various ensembles.
Jason Mathena holds a DMA in Percussion Performance and Pedagogy with secondary emphases in Music Theory and Music History from the University of Southern Mississippi, MM in Percussion Performance from the University of Louisiana-Lafayette, and BME in Music Education from Auburn University. His primary teachers have included John Wooton, Jeff Prosperie, She-e Wu, Troy Breaux, Greg Byrne, Harrell Bosarge, Bud Berthold, Glenn Carter, and Kent Morrow.
Owen Rockwell began to play drums at the tender age of six. His father, Gary, a professional drummer with the U.S. Army band got him started learning rudiments and marching percussion. During high school he had the opportunity to play snare drum with the Magic of Orlando Drum and Bugle Corps, and at that point, decided to make a career as a professional musician. That decision led him to pursue music performance degrees from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and more recently at the University of Southern Mississippi, where he earned a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in May 2015. Over the course of his career he has performed and taught drums and percussion in Nashville, Washington, D.C., and New York City. He is or has been on the faculties of music at Belhaven and Jackson State University, both located in Jackson, MS, where he now resides. He has been influenced by musicians too numerous to count, from all genres and aspects of the music industry and has had several amazing teachers to whom he is deeply indebted.
Lucas Pettey was a skinny lad. He never new good from bad, but he knew bass before he left his nursery. Left alone with a big fatty, he was such a bawdy band mate.
With a new Lakland, he made a bass man outa him.
He couldn't sing along with the band, but he played across the water, across the land. He's laid fat bass lines on the way. His beauty and and his style stayed silky smooth all the while. Take me to those funky solos every time.
Now he's got mortgages and homes, but still stiffness in his bone. He married a beauty queen fantasy. Oh, but he still gets his pleasure, still plays his greatest treasure laying big bass lines under Vibe Doctor melodies!
Vibe Doctors release their self-titled Debut album on September 26th with a special show at Sneaky beans in Jackson, MS
Photos: Brandon Morgan
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The Empty Handed Painters
The Empty Handed Painters formed slightly by accident. Drummer, Whit Ramsey, had to turn down a show with his previous band, Wolves Like Sheep, because of a date conflict; but he told the promoter his new band (not officially existent yet) could play. Whit and Guitarist Hal Kolodney would jam occasionally for fun. One day the two friends, repeating a sludgy riff written the previous day, asked friend Nick Maloney to borrow his loop pedal. Instead, Nick came over with his guitar and gear and they wrote the first few songs for the 'Painters' and 2 months later played their first show as a 3 piece. Shortly after, the band added Dylan Crouch to play bass. The Empty Handed Painters wrote and recorded their first album with Dylan. Dylan (living in Cleveland, Mississippi, with his other band Water Spaniel) was replaced by Stephen Callahan in the summer of 2014.
The Empty Handed Painters perform instrumental rock music experimenting with ambience, sound clips, lengthy songs, and branching out with instrumentation.
Whit Ramsey - Drums
Hal Kolodney - guitar
Nick Maloney - guitar, synth, trombone, didgeridoo
Stephen Callahan - bass, trumpet
Dylan Crouch played bass on the album "Onlooker"
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Rock 'n' Roll...on their own terms.
That Scoundrel is a rock band hailing from Brandon, Mississippi, a suburb just outside of Jackson, the state’s capitol. The band carries a simple message: rock n’ roll shouldn’t have pretense. It shouldn’t be so serious that people cannot have fun, but not so superficial that it doesn't warrant personal interpretation from the fans and listeners. That Scoundrel navigates reality with lyrics that deal with the search for meaning in a weird world. Like all their favorite bands, That Scoundrel is more interested in doing what they want, when they want, instead of worrying about any preconceived notions about what they are supposed to do. It’s all part of the band’s plan to blaze a distinct path for themselves as artists and performers.
Each member brings a different influence and dynamic to the band that don’t necessarily correlate with one another, but come together to create a unique sound and musical ethos. Bassist and lead singer Adam Barkley, who has been playing music since 9th grade, counts among his influences heavier bands as Clutch and Alice in Chains and the funk-rock of Faith No More. Guitarist John Schenk, who also adds tire squeals to the mix, bases his playing on inspiration from rock bands like Dinosaur Jr., Baroness, and The Melvins. Drummer Jen Chesler is influenced by everything from the straight ahead rock of Led Zeppelin and the Foo Fighters, to New Orleans funk of The Meters. The result is an honest menagerie of punk, rock, and funk that the band is proud to contribute to the growing Mississippi rock scene.
That Scoundrel has plans to release a record on Jackson, Mississippi label Elegant Trainwreck later in the summer of 2012. Until then, the band can be seen playing shows all over the Jackson area with any number of other like-minded local bands.
A guitar-bass-drums trio from Jackson, Mississippi, Swamp Babies pull from a wide range of influences from the obvious to the obscure. Consisting of husband and wife team Josh and Ruth Taylor (guitar/vocals and bass) and drummer Ryan Baccum, the Swamp Babies sound is both hard to define, and easy to enjoy.
Photos by Sharon Coker Photography
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i write depressing songs about how grunge my life is on my phone and the back of my hand a lot.
I DJ, but I am not a DJ.
Silent G sets tend to be a whirlwind of genres and styles, mixes and remixes, with a heavy focus on trippy electronic music and hip hop. Each set usually tells some kind of story or follows some theme (that usually only makes sense to Silent G's wife and brother). Everything from Jeezy to Why? to Sonic Youth to Emancipator and Tycho, amongst many, many others, find their way into a typical Silent G set.
Silent G can also throw down full on sets featuring reggae, Afrobeat, rare groove, funk, soul, indie hip hop and more.
Just ask. He can usually throw something together.
Silent G is a member of the Jackson, MS based Skull and Crossfaders DJ collective, along with DJ Young Venom, Sandpaper, and Brik a Brak. He and Brik a Brak also collaborate as Physics for Poets
Physics For Poets
Brik a Brak and Silent G use turntables, vinyl, samplers, drum machines, electronics, and anything else they can to create a unique and fun Live PA DJ experience. Remixes, deconstructions, and interesting mash-ups of both popular and obscure music are reflective of the duo's eclectic taste in music.
We grew up in the same house because we are brothers. We have spent most of our lives living together. We always listen to music and go see music. Silent G got turntables in the late 90s, thinking he could put his record collection to use. He couldn't. So a few years later Brik a Brak took the tables and the records and started DJing in the kitchen of his house in college. He built an extensive following because of his turntablism skills and refusal to stop using vinyl. In 2007 he moved to Boulder, Colorado to join his Silent G and his wife. He continued DJing there until he relocated to Denver in 2009. Brik a Brak played solo DJ gigs as well as DJing for Denver rappers such as Whygee, Sunken State, and Naeem Oba.
In 2013, Brik a Brak returned to Mississippi to once again join Silent G, who had been back since 2009. We always wanted to do music together, so we started giving it a shot at the end of the year. Silent G found his voice with a Mac Book Pro and an APC, and Brik stayed on the turntables and vinyl and added an MPD to the mix. We use these instruments to play music we love in interesting combinations and mixes that always make sense to us, and hopefully it does to others.
We do this for fun, to amuse ourselves, but also because sharing music with others brings us so much joy. We are excited every time someone likes what we do and we love to do it.
Photo credits to Sharon Coker and Will Jolly
Started in 2006 as a side project of Cody Cox and Josh Taylor for songs outside of the styles of previous bands, Passing Parade self released one lo-fi album in 2007. After shelving the project for a number of years to pursue other endeavors, Taylor and Cox added long-time pal Jarad Wilson on drums and headed down the buzzy, rock n roll path. They recorded a 3-song EP early on with this lineup, but Taylor decided to leave the band and the album was not released. Adam Barkley has since joined in Taylor’s stead and the band continues to move forward, sometimes diagonally, but always joyously. They are currently working on a full length album with Tony Abercrombie at Bear Cave Studios.
Music is fun.
"Liver Mousse...is a two-piece band that may draw comparisons to a certain 'other' two-piece band from Detroit. The occasional chest-pounding, low-fi, blues-tinged number aside, they couldn't be more different. Troubadour Cody Cox (of Furrows), and the efficient and irrepressibly joyful drumming of Caitlin McNally, put on one of the more entertaining and fun shows you'll see in Jackson or anywhere you're lucky enough to see them. The playful interactions between the two, a couple in real life, lend a levity to all the proceedings...they never take themselves very seriously, nor do their songs carry the burden of self-importance or pretense." - Chris Nolen, noleofantastico.com
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Jaxx City, who hails from Jackson, MS, uses his raps to paint a gritty picture of the city, and the rest of the world around it. For good measure, Jaxx interjects a healthy dose of comic book and movie references, twisted humor, and social commentary, all of which allow him to bring a fresh perspective to the material. Jaxx City is a member of the Vintage Noize crew, along with 5th Child, 7evenThirty, James Crow, and Ulogy.
Jaxx City (Nicholas McQueen) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, in 1982, and returned for good at the age of 5 after a stint in St. Louis. He was reading and writing before ever starting school, and was writing poetry by kindergarten and by 18 was writing his first rhymes. Shortly after, he met and began working for Ezra Brown at Seven All Arts Café, which at the time was the central gathering point for Jackson’s hip hop, poetry, and DJ scenes. It was at Seven that Jaxx was exposed to a world of new creativity, which shaped his tastes and guided his creative method, which he uses as inspiration to this day as he relentlessly works to hone his writing and mic skills. Jaxx went on to team up with 7evenThirty (now with Mello Music Group) to form Mozaic Dialect (MZD). He went on to do solo work, and teamed up with his manager and best friend Erik “E-Class” Eide, who has been instrumental in working with Jaxx to perfect his writing, delivery, and style. Jaxx City signed with Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town in 2013 and his solo debut, “No Good Nick,” was released on July 11, 2014.
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Jafrican MC, James Crow is no stranger to the hip hop scene here. One fateful day in chemistry class at Forest Hill High School back in 1995, a friend of Crow’s placed a cassette tape of some of the material he and his group had been working on. Crow, aka Herbert Brown II, took the tape home and was amazed, first at the material, and secondly, that guys that he knew were doing something that he wanted to do. At this point, Crow would always rap in his room to whatever songs came on the radio.
Now, after listening to Us From Dirrt’s Reel of Dope, he believed that he could actually do the same. Shortly after graduation, he linked up with some of his friends from high school, Skipp Coon, Rashid Hadee, and Young Valentine, and they began working on music together but separately. Crow and Coon would become Team Blitzkrieg, and Hadee and Valentine would become Chapter 13.
However, after recording a handful of songs and performing at a few shows, Crow recognized something about himself. While he enjoyed making music and that whole process, he did not enjoy the “rap life”. He couldn’t see himself away from home for long periods of time, performing night in and night out. He also realized that he was 21 years old and hadn’t accomplished much. He made a decision to put rap away, quitting cold turkey.
While Crow was making a name for himself in the poetry scene under the name the Ugly Poet, his brother, 5th Child was simultaneously making a name for himself in Jackson’s hip hop scene. 5th asked Crow several times to record with him. Crow would always decline. By this time, however, Crow was married, a father, and was employed as a high school math teacher. He was at a point that if he were to rap again, it would only be for fun. He decided to record a song with his brother.
Crow was featured on 5th’s “Gangstas Don’t Rap” on his Behind the Music album.
The bug was back. Crow then began working on his debut, titled, The Black Codes. Released on his 32nd birthday (11/12/11), Crow began to reestablish himself in the local scene. Since then, Crow has worked with other local rappers and rock bands. He is also involved in Hip Hop for Social Justice Movement in Jackson. On Nov. 8, 2012, Crow released his sophomore album, Religion Guns Money on Homework Town Records.
"The band's songs are perfect for the intelligent rocker who prefers lyrics with heft and wit." - Beth Dixon, Jackson Free Press
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Since the beginning of 2012, Hayden Boyd, Travis Bass, Micah Boyd, Salar Almakky, and Cody Bass, Dream Cult, have been writing music and playing where ever they can. The Weekend Kids have become a staple at Jackson area venues, including Morningbell Records and Studio's After School Sessions to perform the song "Eastwood Rivals" for the studio's video session. In October 2012, they put out "Animals," their first full length, as a free online release. It has been said by many that Dream Cult bring sounds that remind you of getting in your car for a road trip, lighting up a bonfire at the beach, throwing a house party when your parents are out of town, and the first day of summer vacation.
Look for The Weekend Kids debut for Elegant Trainwreck due Spring 2013.
There is no such thing as a straight line.
Clouds and Crayons
Clouds & Crayons is the dynamic electro-soul duo, formed by sultry vocalist Astin Rocks! (singer/lyricist/poet), and producer Loki Antiphony (guitar, keyboard, synths). Established in January 2016, Clouds & Crayons woos their audiences with hypnotic dance beats, sensual soul notes, and stirring lyrics. Loki Antiphony calmly controls the technology and the instruments, while Astin Rocks! empowers the audience with storytelling, call and response, and candid reminders to dance!
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Circus of The Seed
Jazz. Prog. Blues. Swing.
You know you miss this band.
I just wanna play folky jams for people. EP coming this year.
5th Child is a 27 year-old hip-hop recording artist/producer from Jackson, MS. While 5th easily incorporates traditional Southern influences into his style of hip-hop, it is very apparent that he is also strongly influenced by the soulful production of the Midwest and the heavily lyrical delivery of East Coast hip hop. 5th Child primarily performs as a solo artist but frequently collaborates with the rock band Spacewolf for live shows. 5th has performed hundreds of shows (charity and for profit) in both large and small venues from hole-in-the-wall clubs in New Orleans to music festivals such as Jackson’s Jubilee Jam, Summer Jam, Farish Street Festival and Atlanta’s A3C Hip Hop Festival. 5th has also performed at several colleges including Macalaster College in St. Paul, MN and New Orleans’ UNO, Xavier, Loyola, and Tulane University (when he opened for Drake following the release of So Far Gone). 5th Child has also been interviewed on several major radio shows with the most notable being Shade 45’s Sway in the Morning in 2011. 5th Child has an extensive self-released discography including six full-length albums and 3 mixtapes. 5th’s most recent project is 2012’s Love Letters & Suicide Notes which (along with the accompanying mini-tour and extensive promo campaign) earned him the title of Best Hip Hop Artist in the 2013 edition of the Jackson Free Press’ Best of Jackson Awards. As a producer, 5th has composed tracks for many Hip Hop/R&B acts including New Orleans’ Dee-1 and Elliot Luv and Mississippi’s Slimm Pusha and Kamikaze. In addition to being a recording artist, 5th is also involved in many philanthropic activities such as Poindexter Park After-School Club where 5th has been teaching 3rd & 4th grade inner city students how to express themselves through rap music. The students write, record, and shoot YouTube videos for their songs then receive CDs with their compositions on them.
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