Dr. Bacon is a genre blending «Appalachian Funk-Rock» band from Asheville, NC. Performing an infectiously danceable blend of funk, soul, jazz, rock, blues, folk, hip-hop and more. Featuring as diverse instrumentation as influencing styles including: guitars, resonator, harmonica, bass, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone drums, trombone, violin, pedal steel, mandolin, kazoo and more. Dr. Bacon is sure to get you moving and grooving.
Waker was founded by childhood friends and songwriting duo Chase Bader (Vocals, Acoustic) and Conor Kelly (Electric guitar). The group hails from Nashville, mashing soul, rock & roll, & funk into an eclectic, danceable sound, focusing on songs that aim for the heart, head… and feet.
Originally known as Koa, Waker was christened in late summer 2016 following the addition of Dave Czuba (drums) & David Crutcher (keys) to the already talented lineup of Ryan Ladd (bass), Alex Mathews (sax), and Ryan McClanahan (percussion).
With a name that stems from the line, “Getting close to bedtime, time to wake,” in their song, “Fever,” The intention has always been clear, to “wake people” with their music. In a short amount of time, the band has already conquered festival stages at Bonnaroo ACL, Hangout, SXSW, Firefly, and Wakarusa. They’ve toured with Blues Traveler, JJ Grey & Mofro, Moon Taxi, Galactic, the Wailers, recorded a session for Audiotree live, and headlined theater shows across the country.
Since the release of their 2015 EP, the band has continued their nonstop regiment of touring & writing. Look for new music in 2017.
Waker is an experience meant to be shared with others.
Unaka Prong ‘mixes a variety of genres that embody classic acts like Phish and Steely Dan,’ says keyboardist Chris Pope. ‘We like to challenge the music by pushing the boundaries of what is considered ‘pop’ by mixing it with jazz influences, which is where a lot of our fusion sound originates.’ Hargett said. ‘For songwriting, each member might come up with a line and a cohesive song will flourish if it sparks the creative process of all the band members,’ Pope said. ‘This is the way most of our songs are derived,’ he said. Sale, the band’s bassist, writes songs rooted in complex music theory, like ‘Crunch Berries,’ Sale said those types of songs are some of the most crazy and enjoyable to play. ‘Jonathan is like the mad man in the best sense possible,’ Pope said. ‘He has an incredible ear for perfecting parts of a song that are rendered unfinished or dissonant.’ Inspiration for Unaka Prong spans from various outlets, usually dependent on the person composing the song. ‘Daniel brings a more folky, rocky and all around badass nature to the vocals and guitar,’ Pope said. ‘The songs that John writes embody a Beatle-esque tone.’ Stevenson acknowledges that Pressley is still the only one who can adequately play the trumpet. The band members’ close relationship is evident through their effortless vibe when jamming together. Songs like ‘Truffle Shuffle’ showcase the band’s ability to elegantly change meter. When playing live, Unaka Prong is no stranger to improvising on stage. Setlists usually stay behind, Pressley said. ‘We make it a point for every live show to improvise on stage,’ Pressley said. ‘If we feel the need to make a set list, then we do it an hour before the show. Depending on the energy and where the show is heading, we could just be like ‘screw it, let’s just play this song instead.’ Energy, edge and excitement is the aesthetic the band strives for in a live setting, Pressley said.