JET BLACK ALLEY CAT:
Jet Black Alley Cat from Nashville was formed in mid-2014. In a short period of time, they have been featured on mtvU, MTV Latin America, and other media outlets. Releasing one song and film at a time, Jet Black Alley Cat has seen steady growth in their early career. A collection of youth and fresh perspective drives the band to its VINTAGE, POP, ROCK sound. Jet Black just wrapped up a 20 date tour supporting Rookie of the Year, and they already have multiple future dates in place across the East and Southeast. Their highly anticipated full album release “Part One” in June 2017 put their stamp down in Nashville and launched back to back US tours. They’re returning to Raleigh after so many successful shows here, dubbed by them “The city we love, the city that grooves.”
ROOKIE OF THE YEAR:
Local Raleigh celeb Ryan Dunson fronts this Billboard Heatseeker and Top 10 New Rock artist band. Rookie of the Year established itself upon the strength of two early indie label releases. 2006 saw the release of their breakthrough album, The Goodnight Moon, on OneEleven/Warner Bros. Records. This album would Rookie in the international spotlight and go on to sell over 120,000 units. Three more records would follow over the next seven years while the band continued to tour constantly as a headliner and in support of major acts such as MUTEMATH, Quietdrive, Ashlee Simpson, Relient K, Mae, and more.
After years of international touring, song placements in film and TV, 200,000+ records sold, and multiple Billboard-charting albums and singles, Ryan Dunson toured under the Rookie of the Year moniker as a solo act for the better part of five years. The group is now back as a full band and is currently working on new music and touring nationally on a regular basis.
Faze Wave is an alternative four piece that got their start in Jacksonville, Florida. Good friends Matthew Flynn (singer/guitar) and Zachary Stickler (drummer) started writing music together in 2014 in the living room of Zachary's grandmother’s house. As they started playing local shows bassist Hunter Hielman and guitarist Jacob Nemeth joined before the band gained momentum. After releasing their single «Makeout» in May of 2016, Faze Wave embarked on tours up the east coast before releasing their first full length album «Melt» in November of that year. Faze Wave plans to push their sound as far as it can go in the music to come.