LIVE in The Room Upstairs at The RiffRaff
Jonathan Scales is one of the most innovative steel pannists on the planet, and is redefining and challenging traditional expectations of his signature instrument. In his hands, the sonic palette of an instrument often associated with cruise ships and tropical resorts is radically expanded to mimic the role of horns, piano, vibraphone or marimba due to his stunning, virtuosic technique. Scales’ mesmerizing compositions have captivated listeners and elevated him to the status of a true composer, forging new territory in the medium of instrumental music. Although Scales’ writing produces songs that are ultimately accessible and danceable, the compositions can be remarkably complex and difficult to perform. As a result, the power trio whimsically named Jonathan Scales Fourchestra has always had a fluid lineup top-notch musicians, and even included an “all-star” version with bassist MonoNeon (Prince, Ghost Note), drummer Robert “Sput” Searight (Snarky Puppy, Snoop Dogg) and percussionist Weedie Braimah (Trombone Shorty, Nth Power), as well as a number of other talented marquee value players. Throughout these changes, Scales has demonstrated remarkable perseverance and persistence, a topic that he presented in a TED Talk, while continuing to write and develop his craft and touring the North American and European club and festival circuit—as well as dates in Japan, Central America and The Caribbean. Scales also represented the United States through the Department of State as a musical ambassador in a four week concert tour of China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Indonesia in early 2017, an honor for which he was chosen from among three hundred finalists.
LIVE in The Hot Chocolate Spot at The RiffRaff
Owen Family Entertainment offers up interactive, family-friendly magic and comedy shows that will delight audiences of all ages. Brandon Owen has been entertaining at fairs & festivals around the region for two decades; you may remember seeing his flea circus at Celebrate Princeton 2018!
Be dazzled and amazed by IMAGINE CIRCUS, a contemporary circus company from Raleigh, NC. Performers will light up the night with fire, LED hooping and stilt-walking. The troupe loves to connect regular people with outstanding performers, share circus magic at events through innovative, collaborative, cirque-inspired performances and transform every event into an unforgettable experience.
Find out more about them here: imaginecircus.com
Frost Lion was born out of a love of art and expression, to harness the power of creativity and display the splendor of the "carving arts." Shannon Gerasimchik, a finalist Season 7 of Halloween Wars on Food Network and a Gold Medal ice carver, is the newest addition to the Frost Lion Ice team. He will wow and amaze you as he transforms 3 large blocks of ice into masterpieces!
Find out more here: frostlioniceplus.com
LIVE at Sophisticated Hound Brewing Co.
With an eclectic mix of genres that have influenced the group, it's hard to classify them as just an alt-country band. Matt Mullins & the Bringdowns are an Appalachian Rock band that have found a niche all their own. The stories in their songs are almost as diverse as the influences you hear in the music. Featuring Matt Mullins on Guitar/Vocals, Stuart Hill on Guitar/Vocals, Bill Fraley on Bass/Vocals and Dylan McInturff on Drums/Vocals, this Appalachian Rock band from Southern WV is influenced by the sweet soulful sounds of The Band, The Beatles, 70s/80s Punk, and 80s Hair Metal.