Listening Party, a 2018 Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) nominee for Bluegrass/Americana, have found a place in the original music scene around the Midwest with their soulful stage presence and infectious melodies. The trio out of Milwaukee, WI present a fresh brand of Americana music that feeds from folk, classic rock, soul and bluegrass. Singer-songwriter Weston Mueller, a Northern Wisconsin native, leads the group with "every note full of expression and feeling" (Milwaukee Journal Sentinel). Complemented by multi-instrumentalists, Joshua Hester and Jacob Wood, each song paints a portrait of the groups varying musical backgrounds.
"Daniel Juergens operates under the moniker, Slow Haste, an indie-folk-electronic act. He’s recently surfaced with a debut 5-track EP, entitled MERMAID, which balances these three genres masterfully.... MERMAID is a blurry, impressionistic work – a sonic equivalent to opening your eyes underwater.
MERMAID disguises itself in lullaby. There is a comfortable warmth to its guitar-driven tracks, but Juergens keeps himself at a calculated distance, vocals heavily drenched in reverb. You’ll find Juergens is also a big fan of noise fx (“Circle”) and synths (“Switcher”), which hit without warning. These moments shake you out of dream-state, which is what makes MERMAID so dynamic and worth the multiple listens." -Rex Macapinlac, Boston Hassle.
The Paper Boats are a 3-piece alternative folk band made up of Mirabelle Skipworth, Blake Martin, and Isaac Wieser based in Decatur, IL and the Chicagoland area. They play primarily originals mixed in with other classics/folk covers. Their style could be compared to that of the Avett Brothers, Mumford and Sons, and the Head and the Heart.