Bill and the Belles

Bill and the Belles, from Johnson City, Tennessee, are known for "what may be the most innovative modern interpretation of vintage roots music."  With a spirited sound that falls somewhere between old-time country and vaudeville, Bill and the Belles puts its own spin on the golden era of country music from the 1920s, 1930s and 1940s.  The Bluegrass Situation says "They're a joy to watch live, and we bet you can't make it through their set without smiling."

Danny Paisley
and The Southern Grass

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass play powerful, unadorned, and intense traditional bluegrass.  There is no hybrid or genre-bending music here.  Their combination of instrumentation and vocals convey the energy and emotion of classic bluegrass and country music.  Danny's lead vocals will captivate your senses, so much so that many prominent musicians, including Alison Krauss, have considered Danny as one of their favorite singers.  His voice combines powerful range and soulful blues with a sound like no one else in bluegrass today. 

Medicine Line
Jamie Fox with Scotty Leach

Jamie Fox, on Fiddle & Foot percussion, is one of the most coveted and well-known young players of the Metis fiddle music, which grew out of a mixture of Celtic, French, and Native American cultures.  When Jamie was five she used to go around pretending she was a fiddle player.  A fiddle came to her that Christmas.  The Michif tradition of fiddle playing on the Fort Belknap Reservation was on its last legs just as Jamie fell in love with the tunes. Jamie, through their love of the Michif tunes, brought a new healing to an old discord between cultural sectors of the tribal society.  As word got out, others on the reservation and along the Montana Hi-Line were incredibly enthused to see youngsters taking on a music that was in jeopardy of vanishing.  Scotty Leach fiddler, pianist, and avid contra dancer--was raised on Weiser, Fiddle Tunes, and the Centralia Campout.  Through his lifelong immersion in folk music traditions, he has acquired the ability to transition effortlessly from Appalachian old-time to New England dance music to Cape Breton style piano backup. Scotty is also an accomplished composer of fiddle tunes.

Mariachi Sirenas

Mariachi Sirenas is honored to represent the genre of mariachi music in the Windy City.  As Chicago's First All-Women Mariachi band, Mariachi Sirenas hopes to plant a seed that will soon blossom into a community of strong women that work together to promote the folkloric arts of Latin America. 
¡Que Viva La Mujer Y Su Tradición Mexicana!

Orquesta Charangueo

"Charangueo" is the only band in the Midwest that plays traditional Cuban Charanga music from the 40's and 50's as well as "The New York" style of the 60's and 70's, which was developed in the States.  This ensemble plays a wide range of Afro-Cuban styles from Cha-Cha-Cha, Guaguanco, Danzon, Guajira, Guaracha, Mambo and Son.  Charangueo has been together for about 7 years with Rene Avila as the leader and founder.  Rene Avila also subs as the host of Mambo Clasico, Sunday's from 4pm to 6pm on WDCB 90.9FM "Chicago's Home for Jazz."

Jimmy Breaux Trio

Put on your dancin' shoes!  Jimmy Breaux of Lafayette, LA, is acknowledged to be one of the best Cajun accordionists of the modern era.  Formerly the accordion player for the Grammy Award-winning group BeauSoleil, Breaux now tours with his own trio, featuring Zach Fusilier on fiddle and Randy Vidrine on guitar.