Othman Wahabi is a Moroccan-Canadian singer-songwriter, guitarist, multi-instrumentalist and music producer who has carved his own niche in the blues genre. He is best known for his slide guitar work, versatile vocals and eclectic records that are a mix of blues, rock, roots, jazz, folk and experimental sounds. His music is described as trance blues and while some of his compositions are marked by a deliberate eclecticism other songs stay true to the traditional blues roots formula of compelling vocals and down-home guitar. Othman is internationally recognized and have been featured on many prestigious publications, websites and radio shows including the famous Blues Show with Cerys Matthews on the BBC2 radio.
Singer Songwriter/Guitarist in the newly formed jam band Teachers in Custody.
Zane Carney – dubbed “The Future Of Electric Guitar” by Huffington Post – is a Singer-Songwriter, and GRAMMY® Nominated Guitarist, most known for his work with John Mayer, Avril LaVigne, Broadway’s “Spider-Man: Turn Off The Dark” and LA Based Rock Band CARNEY. Zane has worked with countless icons including Bono and Edge of U2, David Foster, Justin Timberlake, and Don Was and has shared the stage with Steven Tyler, Jackson Browne, Stevie Wonder and many, many more.
Zane has headlined shows in Japan, Australia, Korea, Mexico, Europe, and many cities across the USA including his hometowns of NYC and LA, and his former Interscope-signed band CARNEY was lauded by industry greats including Jimmy Iovine and Bob Lefsetz while opening for everyone from U2 to Gov’t Mule to Fergie.
While Bono has referred to Zane as “the best guitarist in NY,” it’s clear that Zane’s passion for singing and songwriting is gaining equal buzz amongst industry greats and fans alike. This notoriety has opened many new doors, including co-writing on Avril LaVigne’s album “Head Above Water” and opening for Jonny Lang across the globe.
Outside of being one of the most in demand guitarists in the industry and a full fledged solo artist in his own right, Zane also has two new projects that are quickly gaining steam. One is EVAN + ZANE which is a new band formed with Award Winning Actor/Singer Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld) that blends her charismatic, other-worldly vocals with Zane’s film-score meets jazz-phenom brand of rock and roll . The other is zane carney / tommy king: a new scoring partnership with GRAMMY® Nominated Pianist Tommy King that explores musical storytelling in an inventive new way.
Zane has four solo releases on Spotify, Apple Music, and Google Play including his jazz guitar album Amalgam, singer-songwriter debut Confluence, Live In Tokyo: The Bootlegs and scoring project Film.
During quarantine, Zane is streaming at twitch.tv/zanecarney 5 days a week, gaining a significant audience due to his best in class streaming setup featuring 1080p/60fps cinematic visuals, mastered-record audiophile sound and blistering guitar work all balanced by Zane’s disarming relatability.
Member of the KP3 Trio, PBJ and the band Run Forrest Run!
Brian Durbin is the lead singer of the 80’s Hair Rock/Metal Tribute Band Hairbangers Ball.
History Of Hairbangers Ball
Rolling through the “Decade of Decadence” like a 50-ton freight train, iconic bands such as Guns N’ Roses, Mötley Crüe, Bon Jovi, and Poison (to mention only a few) made the 1980’s a musical era the likes of which we’re doubtful to see again. Millions upon millions of records were sold, and concert venues around the world sold out within seconds when these bands were announced as headliners…
In 2001, lamenting the heyday of hairbands, one Chicago band sought to rekindle the flame for these Gods of Rock by tapping into the nostalgic and undeniable energy of that bygone era. They called themselves Hairbanger’s Ball.
Born from a “what if?” scenario, Hairbanger’s Ball has entrenched themselves as one of the most sought after “80’s Hair Rock Tribute Bands” in the United States after years of performing sold out shows from coast to coast, all while exuding the same expert musicianship and flair for the theatrical as their idols. Now on the cusp of celebrating 15 years in existence, Hairbanger’s Ball has been a mainstay in music for longer than some of their celebrity counterparts, and routinely perform over 150 shows a year.
Whether you’re looking to bring back the memory of a favorite concert seen in 1985 or seeking a true-to-life representation of what a rock concert was like in the 80’s, Hairbanger’s Ball provides both the music and the mayhem for young and old alike, bundled together in a 6-piece, high octane lineup. Featuring powerful male and female lead vocals, some serious ax grinding and renditions of classic songs so much like the original you’d swear you’d gone back in time, Hairbanger’s Ball leaves nothing to be desired after seeing and listening to them live, which is why they’ve been named “Best Rock Band” in Chicago by their throngs of adoring fans.
In addition to traditional concert venues, Hairbanger’s Ball is also available for bookings at club venues, private events and parties, weddings, and corporate gatherings, having entertained heavy-hitters such as KIA Motors, Miller Brewing Company, AOL, The Phoenix Open, the United States Armed Forces, and many more.
Once Vinnie Moore picked up his first guitar (a Kay) at the age of 12, he became, as he describes it, a “guitar freak.” His earliest influences included – among others – Jeff Beck, The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Queen.
Vinnie took lessons with a private instructor and at 14, he joined his first band, jamming on cover tunes with drums, bass, 2 guitars and vocals. After a few years of playing with different bands, Vinnie decided it was time to make the jump from covering songs to creating his own music. He quit the band, got a 4-track tape recorder, and began experimenting by recording his ideas and building them into songs. It was evident that he had found his calling; this was the start of his journey as a songwriter.
After many hours of creating tunes with his 4 track, Vinnie sent a demo to Guitar Player magazine, and came to national attention via its “Spotlight” column, written by Shrapnel Records exec Mike Varney. This led to Vinnie’s first professional work in the music business which was writing and playing the music for a national Pepsi TV commercial. In 1987, Shrapnel released Vinnie’s breakout album, Mind’s Eye. Vinnie was quickly heralded “best new talent” in Guitar Player, Guitar, and Guitar World magazines, and Mind’s Eye sold more than 100,000 copies.
In 1988, Squawk/Polygram released Vinnie’s second effort (and major label debut) Time Odyssey, which solidified his reputation as a musical innovator. His third release was Meltdown, in 1991 (on Relativity/Epic Records); the song Meltdown received national radio airplay on both album-oriented rock (AOR) and hard rock formats. In 1996, Mayhem Records released Out of Nowhere, with Brian Tichy (Billy Idol) on drums and Dorian Heartsong (Powerman 5000) on bass.
On The Maze (in 1999), Vinnie was joined by former MSG drummer Shane Gaalaas, bassist Dave LaRue (The Dregs and The Steve Morse Band) and renowned master musician Tony MacAlpine on keyboards. The Maze was stunning, rooted in the progressive neo-classical style that had already generated legions of loyal fans. Vinnie also displayed a new-found maturity in his songwriting; now, many of his diverse and exotic musical influences, including Latin, Jazz, and the Blues, began finding their way into his signature sound.
Other albums followed: Live (in 2000), with Shane Gaalaas (drums), Barry Sparks on bass, and Wayne Findlay on keyboards, and Defying Gravity in 2001 with Dave LaRue (bass), Steve Smithon drums, and David Rosenthal on Keyboards.
As a performer, Vinnie Moore’s resume is impressive. A member of Alice Cooper’s band, he toured the U.S. on the Operation Rock’N’Roll tour, and also performed on Alice’s album Hey Stoopid. Vinnie’s own band has toured extensively as a headliner and also was chosen as opening act for legendary rockers Rush on the Northeast leg of their Roll The Bones Tour. Vinnie also toured Japan as a member of the T.M. Stevens’ band, which included Bernie Worrell(Parliament Funkadelic) on keyboards, Wil Calhoun (Living Color) on drums, and Al Pitrelli (Megadeth) on guitar.
Vinnie has done hundreds of guitar clinics all over the world including such places as, Japan, Scandanavia, Italy, Poland, Mexico, Canada, New Zealand, England, Germany and Australia.
In 2003, Vinnie joined the legendary group UFO (Phil Mogg, vocals; Pete Way, bass; Jason Bonham, drums; Paul Raymond, keyboards). Their first effort together as a band was the SPV Records release You Are Here (in 2004); Vinnie was a major songwriting contributor on this record. The band followed You Are Here with a worldwide tour which spanned from March 2004 to August 2005. A LIVE DVD from this tour was released in Nov 2005. Titled UFO Showtime, this two-DVD set also includes bonus footage of the band. The band’s second studio effort called The Monkey Puzzle came out in 2006 and marked the return of original UFO drummer Andy Parker. The boys toured Europe and Russia and the USA in April and May 2008. The third UFO studio record with Vinnie in the band is called The Visitor and was released in June 2009 on SPV Records. The band has toured the UK, Europe, and USA, and will continue in Europe in the spring of 2010!
Vinnie’s latest CD To The Core (2009 Mascot Records) was released in May 2009 and has received critical acclaim worldwide.
Over many years, Vinnie’s 4-track recorder has grown into a home studio, where he’s recorded his last two solo CDs, and parts of the UFO CD. Vinnie’s home studio is the place where he writes new music.
As well as songwriting and playing, Vinnie is dedicated to teaching. He’s conducted guitar clinics around the world, and has released two instructional videos on the HotLicks® label (see the Music page for more information). Vinnie joins his fans at clinics worldwide for, Engl Amplification, and Dean Guitars.
Erin Coburn is settled in Kentucky, making music that is primarily Rock, which is heavily influenced by artists like Badflower, The Black Keys, and Cage the Elephant. Having released her debut album Chaos Before Conformity in 2015, followed by her sophomore release Queen of Nothing two years later and her third record in 2019, Out From Under. Since then, Coburn’s fanbase has grown both nationally and worldwide.
Making music since she was 12, Erin Coburn is an artist who is unafraid to be authentically herself as a performer, which is clearly heard throughout her truthful lyrics. For live gigs, she is joined by her impressive band . While onstage together, they create a mesmerizing energy. Their electric stage presence has led to Erin playing a variety of festivals & venues across the States, including Buddy Guy’s Legends, Summerfest, Blissfest, King Biscuit, Kalamazoo State Theatre and many more.
Writing all her own material, Erin is an accomplished songwriter, which is beautifully showcased through her three studio LP’s. Her lyrical output focuses on the theme of not fitting in: “I am my own best friend and always have been, ever since I left public high school halfway through sophomore year to go to an online high school for gifted and talented students” Erin states. Through her music, she hopes to bring together all the “misfits” around the world. In Erin’s world “misfits” is not a negative connotation it is a crown to be worn proudly.
Not only is she a talented vocalist and lyricist, but Erin Coburn also plays multiple instruments, including the electric guitar, ukulele, bass and acoustic guitar. She has multiple sponsorships and endorsement including Strandberg Guitars. Although, her passion lies in the electric guitar, the instrument which best captures the essence of Erin Coburn as an artist.
With her creative genre fusion of rock, indie & Americana, Erin hopes to capture hearts and minds with her unique and distinctive sound.
After spending much of the past year touring with the band Southern Hospitality, Damon Fowler is back with his third solo project for Blind Pig Records, Sounds of Home. Damon chose swamp blues master Tab Benoit to produce and record him at Tab’s rural Louisiana home studio, and their collaboration has resulted in Damon’s strongest effort to date. The tension between his measured, laid-back vocal delivery and the hallmark intensity of his guitar virtuosity has never been keener, and the stories told in his songwriting here – sometimes in collaboration with long-time writing partner Ed Wright and Benoit – exhibit a combination of depth, grace and humor very few of his contemporaries can match.
Damon sets the standard for what is to come on the first track, “Thought I Had It All.” It’s an introspective, brooding tale shot through with razor sharp, frenetic guitar leads. Other songs like the title cut and “Where I Belong” flow in an easy Southern groove. Damon offers up two covers, peppering Johnny Winter’s “TV Mama” with slithering slide guitar runs, and doing a great version of Elvis Costello’s “Alison.” The country tinged “Old Fools, Bar Stools, And Me” offers a poignant take on a familiar theme. “Do It for The Love” is a sweetly contemplative ballad featuring the lyrical counterpoint of Damon’s lead guitar and Tab’s pedal steel. The album closes with an inspired, finger-picked rendition of the traditional gospel song, “I Shall Not Be Moved.” As with Damon’s legendary live performances, Sounds of Home takes the listener on a tour through the rich traditions of American roots music, presented by one of its foremost practitioners.
Alongside his solo career, Damon joined forces with fellow guitarist JP Soars and keyboardist Victor Wainwright in 2011 to form the southern roots rock group, Southern Hospitality. SoHo quickly became a strong draw on the national circuit due to their early, roof-raising live performances and their first recording, Easy Livin’, on Blind Pig. Of their first show BluesWax said, “Southern Hospitality, after a single gig, has significant players in the blues world taking notice. Fowler, Wainwright and Soars share much love for the songs of the South. The hot jazz and funk of New Orleans, classic country, gospel, soul, and blues that became rock ‘n’ roll in Memphis and went global by way of a trucker named Elvis.” Hittin’ The Note called the album “a dozen potent shots of pure Southern pleasure. The roughneck, laid-back ways of this fine debut are reminiscent of the best days of Southern rock.” Damon has neatly managed to balance his participation in SoHo with his own, well-established solo endeavors.
On the strength of his hybrid of roots rock, blues, and sacred steel, the Florida native started wowing audiences with his musical exploits as a teenager, building a reputation as one of the hottest young players on the scene. Adding songwriting and vocal skills to his repertoire over the years has brought him many accolades, with critics extolling his originality and maturity as well as his technical guitar expertise. In 2008’s “Best of Tampa” poll, Creative Loafing magazine named him “Best Guitarist… And Slide Guitarist… and Lap Steel Player… And Dobro Player.” Fowler’s guitar work has been compared to Johnny Winter and Jeff Beck, while his slide guitar has a hint of the late Duane Allman. He can play fiery guitar runs with the best of them, but it’s his lyrical work on lap steel and Dobro that makes him stand out among the legions of guitar heroes.
Damon’s Blind Pig debut, 2009’s Sugar Shack, showcased a fresh and exciting rising star coming into his own as a performer and writer. Damon’s sparkling original compositions paired perfectly with well-chosen cover tunes from Billy Joe Shaver, Merle Haggard, and the Amazing Rhythm Aces. The critical reaction to its release was unanimously laudatory. The Chicago Sun Times proclaimed, “Make way for the next big-time guitar slinger, wire-walking Tampa, Fla., native Damon Fowler. This kid can play, garnering big raves for his power trio’s live shows. Even better, he shows no need to kill you with pyrotechnics on his major-label debut.”Hittin’ The Note said, “With this album, Damon Fowler is really just starting to open up shop, and I suspect he’ll be open for business for a long time to come,” while Billboard noted, “He’s a formidable slide guitar player, and has also mastered lap steel and dobro as well as electric guitar; his playing throughout the album is deft. Indeed, Fowler may be so skillful that he prefers pickin’ tasty to larger-than-life guitar heroics.”
In 2011, Blind Pig released Devil Got His Way, which went a long way toward fulfilling the tremendous potential that his acclaimed debut promised. His remarkable songwriting skills and vocal expressiveness were maturing, and his instrumental voice, by turns incendiary and deeply lyrical, got even stronger. The styles and moods of the songs on Devil Got His Way ran the gamut. The sharp title cut told a sordid tale, punctuated by furious slide guitar runs. “After The Rain” was a beautiful, meditative ballad. “Tight Rope” recalled the playful tone of Leon Russell’s version, without sounding derivative. From the swampy nighttime heat of “Cypress In The Pines” to the wistful, R&B feel of “You Go Your Way” to the ironically rock anthemic “American Dream,” Damon showed the uncanny ability to make all the flavors of American rock’n’roll uniquely his own. Like its predecessor, Damon’s second Blind Pig release garnered high praise from reviewers everywhere. As Living Blues put it, “Devil Got His Way is full of lyrically rich, confident songwriting and shimmering Americana-laced guitar. Fowler is as expressive a songwriter as he is a singer and instrumentalist. He’s preaching an otherworldly, Americana-themed gospel from a six-stringed pulpit. He is a roots guitar guru in the making.”
Damon Fowler’s star is on the rise. As Wade Tatangelo put it in a feature piece in March, 2013, in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, “Damon Fowler’s big, dimple grin cuts through the darkness as he stands outside the historic cottage he calls home in Bradenton Beach. It’s the same endearing smile he’s flashed on stages across the country and, in recent years, abroad, for nearly two decades. But these days, his smile shines just a bit brighter. In the past year Fowler has married, become a father and witnessed his music career reach new heights thanks to the formation of the super group Southern Hospitality.”
Over the past 3 decades, Dweezil has forged an eclectic career. He’s a Grammy-winning guitarist who has played over 2000 concerts all over the world. He has composed original music which was performed in 2 concerts by a 100 piece orchestra in Holland. Additionally, he composed the theme music for the Emmy winning, “The Ben Stiller Show” and has acted in various roles in film and television. He also voiced the character “Ajax,” on the animated show “Duckman” and, hosted MTV as well as his own cooking show on the Food Network.
He supports music education and frequently teaches guitar. He has his own music camp called “Dweezilla” and he created online lessons as well. He has collaborated with a wide range of significant musicians such as Herbie Hancock, Brian May, Chick Corea, Edward Van Halen, and of course his father Frank Zappa.
Following in his father’s footsteps both musically and personally, he strives to maintain integrity in his endeavors. Along with his longtime friend, inventor Steven Volpp, Dweezil is one of the driving forces behind Reward Music.
Champ Jaxon is a nine year old aspiring blues-rock musician based out of Southwest Florida. Champ was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 2010 and his family relocated back to Florida in 2013 when he was three years old. Shortly thereafter, in the Spring of 2014, Champ attended the Wanee Music Festival at Spirit of Suwannee Music Park in Live Oak, Florida. He witnessed the Allman Brothers Band on their farewell tour as well as many other great acts such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, Moe., Tedeschi Trucks Band, Gov’t Mule, Royal Southern Brotherhood, and more. Although he’d already been exposed to music beforehand, that festival is where his passion was ignited. He and his family attended the next four Wanee festivals as well as many other festivals and concerts throughout Florida since then, including the Rolling Stones most recently.
Champ began studying the guitar around age six, although he had a ukulele he’d been banging around with prior to that. His father taught him a few basics to get going and he currently receives instruction at the Rock Box Music School in North Port, FL. Champ’s debut performance came when sang one song at a youth talent showcase in May 2018. That was followed by a handful of local open mic appearances, which led to his first featured gig at Big Storm Brewing in Cape Coral, FL in March of 2019. Since then, Champ has performed at various venues throughout Southwest Florida, including Punta Gorda’s 50th Anniversary Woodstock Celebration, The Southwest Florida International Blues Society Regional International Blues Competition, and the Big Orange Music Festival, where he shared the stage with Blackberry Smoke, The Allman Betts Band, JD Simo, Joanna Shaw Taylor, and more.
Champ plays a Gibson SG Signature Guitar through a Fender Blues Junior IV Humboldt Edition Amplifier and uses D’Addario strings, He is also a proud member of the Lone Hawk Hat family, which includes the likes of Sheryl Crow, Chris Robinson, Marcus King, and other esteemed entertainers.
Champ’s band mates, the Low Flying Owls (inspired by a road sign on nearby Captiva Island), include his father, Nate Winkler on rhythm guitar and backup vocals. They are joined by Brent Adam on drums and Alex Mazevski on bass. All three band members are involved in solo projects or also members of other bands.