Marathon Music Works

Spring Block Party ft. The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, Roots of a Rebellion, & Matt Walberg & The Living Situation

Event Off Sale: SOLD OUT!!!

Lightning 100 Presents

Spring Block Party ft. The Wild Feathers, The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, Roots of a Rebellion, & Matt Walberg & The Living Situation

The Apache Relay, Sol Cat, Roots Of A Rebellion, Matt Walberg & The Living Situation

Sat, April 12, 2014

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 5:00 pm

Marathon Music Works

Nashville, TN

$15 ADV/$20 DOS

Off Sale

This event is 18 and over

The Lightning 100 presents Spring Block Party at Marathon Music Works will be Saturday, April 12. The Spring Block Party is a celebration of the new season featuring music, performance, food, and art that will be curated & brought to you by some of the people who give our great city the flavor & feel you'll experience at our event.


Block Party Prohibited Items

• Chairs
• Blankets
• Backpacks
• Cameras that are not point and shoot (No detachable lens/DSLR)
• Knives/Guns/Weapons
• Drugs
• Pets
• Coolers
• Camelbacks
• Outside food and drink
• Chains (anything attached to a wallet or excessive)
• E-Cigs (prohibited indoors only)


Allowed Block Party Items

• Good attitudes and fun
• Baby food
• Strollers
• Backpack for diaper/baby needs only
• Point and shoot/disposable/phone cameras
• Service Animals with proper paperwork

Wild Feathers
Wild Feathers
Long before it got broken up into a million sub-genres, rock & roll was just rock & roll. Pure, true, organic. Six strings, booming harmonies and the call of the open road. It’s a singularly American tradition that Nashville’s The Wild Feathers are full-force dedicated to not only preserving but also – more importantly - evolving. Their sound melds the five unique voices of Ricky Young, Joel King, Taylor Burns and Preston Wimberly, and Ben Dumas, taking inspiration from across the musical spectrum – country, blues, folk and rock – and spinning it into a roaring web of warm, cosmic melodies with vintage roots and modern tones. The Wild Feathers are a rock band that feels impossibly fresh with the air of having been here all along.
Ricky, Joel, Taylor and Preston were all lead singers before they came together as The Wild Feathers, fronting their own bands and writing songs with their own distinct sounds. All hailing from Texas with the exception of Joel (Oklahoma), each member grew up with a deep sense of southern musical traditions, while at the same time being raised on records like Led Zeppelin, Neil Young and Tom Petty. As kids, their moms played them the Rolling Stones instead of lullabies, literally and figuratively rocking them to sleep.
Eventually Ricky and Joel both migrated to Nashville, where they connected in 2010. Occasionally, they’d get together to write music and play: Stones songs, riffs they’d written, ideas here and there. “Ricky and I wanted to do something with a bunch of singers, not just one lead,” Joel says. Their vision was of a group where each member is as indispensible as the next; a solid set of four, not just a front man backed by session players. Of course, finding the proper matches for something like this is no easy task. With strong voices can come stronger egos – just the thing to rip a fledgling band apart. Somehow, The Wild Feathers found their missing pieces, leading them to become what Joel calls a “four-headed monster,” not four separate monsters, butting heads.
Mutual friends suggested a man by the name of Taylor Burns with a strong electric-guitar rip and bluesy growl. He seemed the perfect thing to complement Ricky’s smooth, folk tone and Joel’s rock & roll bellow. Next came Preston Wimberly, who rounded out the loose, bright harmonies and added an occasional country twang through some masterful pedal steel. The four gathered to play music in Austin, and it clicked nearly instantly. Instead of a battle of wills, it was effortless. The Wild Feathers was born that day. “It was a match made in heaven,” says Joel. “Or hell,” he adds with a smirk.
“I wanted to do something greater than I could on my own,” Ricky says, but every member of the band could easily echo the same sentiment. “To create something bigger than any one of us individually, and write great songs that last the test of time.” While some of their influences come from deep in the 60’s and 70’s, they’re still thoroughly modern, fusing and evolving their pedal steel and Laurel Canyon harmonies rather than regurgitating and repackaging what’s already in existence. So it’s no surprise that they’re more likely to simply call themselves American than Americana. “We like folk music, but we’re going to have a distortion pedal on when we do it,” laughs Preston.
For their 2013 debut, The Wild Feathers, the band enlisted Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, the Wallflowers, Emmylou Harris) as producer, who encouraged the band to tap into their innate sense of harmony and true rock & roll sound. Their days in his Nashville studio were full and tiring (“like we’d been waterskiing and drinking beer in the sun all day,” says Ricky, “but so inspiring”), recording most tracks live, one at a time. “It was kind of like the old days with Elvis at RCA,” says Joel, “recording one song per day, really living in each one.”
The resulting record is a display of four unique talents effortlessly unified: bluesy, hard rock tunes like “Backwoods Company” live effortlessly next to harmonic stunners like “Hard Wind” and slow, folky love songs like “Tall Boots.” “When Rick Danko (of The Band) would sing harmonies, it was like he was singing lead,” says Ricky. “That’s what we try to do.” And it shows. Songs like “Left My Woman,” allow Ricky, Joel and Taylor to sing a few solo bars each in the opening, before joining with Preston on the chorus. Visually, they are united, too – playing shows standing in a line straight across the stage, as one.
“We make songs that I could never write on my own,” says Ricky, “even if I worked from now until I die. But with these guys and what they bring, it’s easy.” Adds Taylor, “we’re making something better than we could have ever done by ourselves.” What they make is modern rock & roll, laced with nostalgia, built for the new millennium. What they are is The Wild Feathers.
The Apache Relay
The Apache Relay
The Apache Relay was formed by chance in a Nashville college dorm when Michael Ford Jr. (vocals, bass) met Mike Harris (guitar, vocals). Ford Jr. happened to be looking for some musicians to help perform his own music live, when he heard about Harris' newly formed band, The Apache Relay. Ford Jr. hired the trio, which also included Brett Moore (keys, guitar, mandolin) and Kellen Wenrich (fiddle), to back him at a show and it was immediately evident that the four musicians had a unique chemistry and were on to something special.

The four-piece released their debut LP titled 1988 in 2009. Produced by Doug Williams, (renowned for his authentically raw approach with the Avett Brothers) the record was lauded by Paste Magazine as one of "The Eight Most Auspicious Musical Debuts of 2009". The band's ability to effortlessly blend acoustic sounds with ferocious rock anthem elements only hinted at the band's capabilities.

Capitalizing on the initial success of their debut with relentless touring, The Apache Relay honed their sound and released their sophomore album American Nomad in April 2011, in the US, via indie stalwart Thirty Tigers. Produced by Neilson Hubbard, the collection of modern roots-rock tracks encompassed the eclectic range of influences the band meshed so well; a tinge of Bad Brains, some Suzuki training, jazz lessons, a lot of Beatles' listening, a knowledge of traditional mountain music, a worship of Phil Spector and the love for the complex but accessible layers of bands like Arcade Fire. A few months later, Ford Jr.'s brother, Ben, joined the band as rhythm guitarist and supporting vocalist. The brothers had been harmonizing and playing together since the age of 12 and 13, so it was a natural fit.

Since the release of American Nomad, The Apache Relay, who round out their live show with the addition of drummer Aaron Early, have continued their regiment of non-stop touring, amassing a fervent fanbase and performing over 100 dates in 2011 alone, including coveted spots opening for Grammy nominated Mumford & Sons, and a breakout performance at Bonnaroo Music Festival. 2012 will see the band continue to tour in support of American Nomad including stops at SXSW, Canadian Music Fest, and Newport Folk Festival. The band's first Canadian release, American Nomad EP, will be available through Dine Alone Records on March 13, 2012. The EP includes selected tracks from the band's previous US full-length release.


"They've got kind of an Arcade Fire meets boys raised on gospel and Bruce Springsteen approach to what they do, and they're called The Apache Relay. They're a fantastic live band." - Huffington Post


"The Apache Relay's second album, American Nomad, is an excellent effort from a musically skilled group with evident appreciation for the rich, layered brand of American rock 'n' roll that pays homage to the road…" -Indie Shuffle
Sol Cat
Sol Cat
There is no such thing as a landlocked island, except the one where Sol Cat seems to live. It's like a place where the mind isn't fully aware of its surroundings, and confusion welcomes the creativity it inspires. Sol Cat's eponymous self-released debut album doesn't necessarily transport you to South Florida from Nashville, TN, but that is an appropriate enough concept. If Music City defines firm lines between genres, Sol Cat's album champions redistricting, creating challenging new sounds in this arena of the traditional.

Think of a midnight drive somewhere warm, certainly the top is down, and yes, a beauty is in the passenger seat. The six-piece band suggests you can take this foggy, dreamlike scenario with you wherever you go. However, Sol Cat finds its own contentment and happiness in the valleys of Middle TN, grateful for the opportunity to tap into the mystical and spiritual musical foundation on which the land is built. The Athens of the South has an appeal any artist can feel — an enticing, drawing temptation.

Before relocating, Sol Cat's members spent their time across the country, Miami to Los Angeles, New York City to The Gulf of Mexico. Musical influences span just as wide, yet an eclectic and oceanic resonance remains prevalent in their sound. Smooth grooves along the lines of George McCrae mix with semi-psych synth layers, while the likes of The Talking Heads and Laid Back inspire bouncy bass and slick guitar riffs.

With such a range of cultural and artistic influence, the creative process is equally interesting. Vocalist and writer Brett Hammann steers the musical direction of the band while guitarist Johnny Fisher leads the group into new and uncharted territory. Drummer Ryan Usher provides the rhythmic backbone for bassist Aaron Martin, who also acts as Sol Cat's Art Director. Lead guitarist Jaan Cohan brings catchy licks and skills to melt any face, leaving keyboardist and studio engineer Jeremy Clark to play intuitively as the music essentially produces itself.

The group is now prepared and eager for the road, with its groundwork set for the message to spread. The Sol Cat sound is not as unfamiliar as it is forgotten; and those feelings and emotions poured into music past are ready to gracefully wash over a new generation.

-Pedro Sanchez III
Roots Of A Rebellion
Roots Of A Rebellion
Roots of a Rebellion, commonly referred to as ROAR, hail from Nashville, TN and bolster heavy Reggae-Rock-Dub music for the soul. In between regional touring, ROAR has recently released their debut full length album "Heartifact" to a sold out crowd at The Basement in Nashville. Having shared the stage with The Wailers, NEEDTOBREATHE, Slightly Stoopid, moe, North Mississippi Allstars, SOJA, and countless others, Roots of a Rebellion is happy to represent another side to Music City, USA.
Matt Walberg & The Living Situation
Matt Walberg & The Living Situation
Hey Everybody! If we haven't already met, my name is Matt Walberg and I'm gonna share a little bit about my life with you now… because that's what we do in a bio.

The Living Situation is not just the name I affectionately call the community of musicians who collaborate with me, it's my baby girl. It's my lovely wife. It's my colorful cast of family and friends. It's my little dog Lady Grey. It's the day hustle to pay for the situation I live in.

We all have living situations that might be similar but never the same. You might relate to somethings I sing or play about, and you might think I'm bat shit crazy other times. Either way, my goal is entertainment through the truths, complexities, and humor in life. I just choose to do it with a guitar in hand most of the time.

California will always be where my entertainment bug came from, but it's the music in Nashville that makes me feel at home. It keeps me on my toes and pushes me to the edge of my creative boundaries. My favorite quote about this city came from the Honorary Mayor himself…

"Always treat your valet driver with the utmost respect, 'cause he can probably play you under the table.'"

~Vince Gill

You might have caught my alter ego Banana Matt playing in my other band H-Beam (www.h-beamlive.com) and let me warn you, this is a topical departure from what that is all about. All you Love Panda fans might be a little confused… just saying.

… What's that? You need a third person press bio for your blog, magazine, or website? Ok, here ya go.

Matt Walberg is an American singer-songwriter based in Nashville, Tennessee. He was born in Los Angeles, CA into a family of entertainers. The self produced Matt Walberg & the Living Situation EP is due to release Spring of 2014. While still fronting Nashville based weirdo rock band H-Beam, Matt has focused his creative energy back into lyric and melody based rock music with The Living Situation.

Matt Walberg has made a name for himself as a high-energy, theatrical singer/songwriter with an emphasis on crowd participation. Currently fronting Nashville, TN's Americana Rock band Matt Walberg & The Living Situation - Walberg also performs regularly with other artists as a vocalist and multi-instrumentalist highlighting his skill as a full-blooded entertainer.