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Harvey Milk Festival 2014 Music Performance Lineup

Check out the lineup for HMF 2014! Click the performer’s name or scroll down for more info.

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Saturday, May 17, 2014

Performance Schedule:

2:30-2:40 p.m. Opening Ceremony

2:40-3:10 p.m. Physical Plant

3:25-3:55 p.m. Ari and the Alibis

4:10-4:40 p.m. HumanLikeToys

4:55-5:25 p.m. Seven Years Past

5:40-6:10 p.m. Hymn For Her

6:10-6:25 p.m. Keynote Speaker

6:25-6:55 p.m. Luxury Mane

7:10-7:40 p.m. Wolf-Face

7:55-8-25 p.m. Sunbears!

8:45-9:15 p.m. Sons of Hippies

9:15-9:30 p.m. Candlelight Vigil

9:30-10:10 p.m. Slow Magic

10:25-10:55 p.m. MeteorEYES

11:10-11:55 p.m. Ghost Beach

11:55-12:00 a.m. Closing Ceremony

 

12:00 a.m. – 2:00 a.m. *OFFICIAL HMF AFTER-PARTY*
at Throb Nightclub, 2201 Industrial Blvd, Sarasota, FL. Show your HMF wristband and Throb will donate your $5 cover charge to Harvey Milk Festival.

 

 

Ghost Beach

Ghost Beach

GHOST BEACH, the New York-based duo of Josh Ocean and Eric “Doc” Mendelsohn is part of a community of musicians and artists that are always pushing each other to innovate from both a writing and performance perspective. ‘Being in New York helps us get these inspirations out almost as quickly as we take them in,’ says Ocean.

Bringing together the two worlds of electronic and live performance is the ethos of a duo whose sound is self-described as ‘Tropical Grit Pop.’ “We like writing pop music. We draw a lot from the 80′s, including Peter Gabriel, The Police and Talking Heads,” says Ocean. “Their music incorporated synthesizers and drum machines, had tons of energy and it had a very eclectic sound. From a songwriting standpoint, that is where we draw our inspiration and today we attempt to bridge the gap by using a similar sonic palette in combination with modern recording technologies including Ableton,” added Mendelsohn.

So, if the upbeat and engaging hooks of songs like ‘Miracle’ and ‘Every Time We Touch’ bring up a slight aural flashback, there is good reason. In Spring 2014, the group will share their debut full-length album Blonde on Nettwerk Records. ghostbeachmusic.com
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Slow Magic

Slow Magic

Slow Magic, your imaginary friend, is an anonymous DJ/musician currently wowing festival crowds with high-energy beats, while remaining hidden behind his signature tribal mask. With 2014 Coachella and SXSW dates, Magic is quickly earning his stripes as a must-see performer. www.slowmagicmusic.com
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MeteorEYES

MeteorEYES

 

Formed in 2008, MeteorEYES is an indie-synth-electro-pop rock quintet from Sarasota, Florida. We are dance filled beats outlined with catchy vocal melodies. We are guitar tones painting portraits with your ears. We are bass filled keys leaning forward in momentum to keep the room moving. Fronted by Queer activist Shannon Fortner, MeteorEYES delivers a message of adventure and equality.   meteoreyes.us
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Sons of Hippies

Sons of Hippies

Sons of Hippies is a space/pop rock band from Florida who believe the moon landing was staged and that free love doesn’t necessarily mean they won’t charge a fee. Under the scrupulous guidance of T.S. Eliot and Theodore Dreiser’s ghosts, the band writes songs about post-apocalyptic wastelands, journeys to space, true love, and untimely death. What began as the spiritual union between singer/guitarist Katherine Kelly and drummer Jonas Canales high in the mountains of Tennessee in the summer of 2008 has gracefully evolved to include David Daly on synth and guitar and bassist Morgan Soltes. The band released four albums independently before signing with Cleopatra Records in 2013. ‘Griffons at the Gates of Heaven’ was released the same year.  www.sonsof hippies.net
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Sunbears!

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The Bold New City of the South is a weird but lovely one complete with a dysfunctional minor league baseball team, an affinity for merge lanes and a permanent identity crisis. Jacksonville, Fla. needed some hometown heros. Enter psych-pop duo SUNBEARS!

In 2008 SUNBEARS! became a regular fixture in the city’s creative land and soundscape. The two blend jangly percussion, glossy guitar and endless cheer to craft their lunar Sco-Cone sounds.  Optimism surges strong through the tunes of ‘BEARS!. Chief songwriter Jonathan Berlin preaches positivity, love and rainbows. The verses literally emanate radiant sunshine.  Berlin and Jared Bowser came together as kids, collaborating on musical projects first inside the church and then later out. JB and JB grew to become BFF, a bond that eventually nullified the demand to practice. Often SB! play a new song for the first time ever while already on stage.  Although glorious and giddy via recordings, the dudes bring unprecedented joviality to their live show, incorporating vibrant projections and inciting crowd response. The proof is in the breathless audience members as the last tom drum strike cracks.

Late 2010 came and the ‘BEARS! packed up the Scion to headline their very own national tour. They also joined the likes of Mates of State, Gil Mantera’s Party Dream and The Black Kids on cross-country rounds, bringing their bliss to the masses across the nation.  Among the masses of ‘BEARS! fans is the tiny masses, specifically devotees of the children’s musical show Yo Gabba Gabba. The band performed several dates on the program’s southeast tour as well an episode featuring SB! original “Imagination Adventure.” Here’s a crew that does not demand the attention of only a certain demographic.

In 2011, Berlin and Bowser recorded their debut full-length You Will Live Forever at New York’s Singing Serpent Studios. It dropped on Florida-based label New Granada last fall and has since enjoyed a limited-edition color vinyl run.  The album loudly promotes peace and love in a unique method, littered with cosmic merry-go-rounds and phosphoresce guitar. Berlin’s wife, Maria, crafted the cover’s original artwork, accurately mirroring the SUNBEARS! technicolor pop vibe. Forever‘s glittery lightness earned the twosome positive press from NPR Music, Under The Radar, Some Kind of Awesome and other outlets.  www.sunbearsmusic.com Continue reading →

Hymn For Her

Hymn For Her

Hymn for Her have been busy touring across the country and abroad over the past few years, injecting juiced-up backwoods country blues with a dose of desert rock psychedelia that has been described as ‘Hell’s Angels meets the Amish.’ The band’s new release ‘Hymn for Her Presents . . . Lucy and Wayne’s Smokin Flames’ had the twosome travelling to Ghetto Recorders in Detroit to work with Jim Diamond. www.hymnforher.com
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Wolf-Face

Wolf-Face

As most people know, in high school Michael J. Wolf made some waves when Hollywood decided to take his life story of being a small town basketball playing werewolf and put it on the big screen. Several years, lovers, and addictions later he settled down in Clearwater, Florida and went on to form Wolf-face.

Today, Michael and his pack of lycanthropic buds Rain-Wolf, The Good Wolf, and Wolf-Fart galavant from town to town blowing away whoever is willing with their relentlessly hard pumping brand of wolf-rock.  www.sonicbids.com/band/wolfface/
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Luxury Mane

Luxury Mane

Having been called ‘stylishly and timelessly unhinged’ by Creative Loafing Luxury Mane find themselves creating an emerging ‘Florida’ sound — that over the past decade includes casual elements of indie, psychedelic, surf, garage rock and pop. Formed in 2012, the band features former members of the multi-award-winning alt-rock outfit, The Semis, and takes a straight-ahead approach to rock arrangements (The Smiths, Television Personalities, Joy Division) and a purist approach to recording, having committed both of their full-length albums to 1/2-inch tape. The band’s first LP ‘Natural Beauty’ is available on vinyl at finer record stores and for download on Bandcamp.  luxurymane.bandcamp.com Continue reading →

Seven Years Past

Seven Years Past

Seven Years Past was born in 2008 when singer Lisa Larkin teamed up with guitarist Mark Medeiros to begin the next chapter of their musical destinies. After the departure of their former bassist, the group enlisted Bret Calltharp – who had been in bands previously with Medeiros – to become its new bass player in October 2010. With the addition of new drummer Allen Pryor, Seven Years Past continues to bring its high-energy brand of modern rock to venues throughout Florida.  www.sevenyearspast.com
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HumanLikeToys

HumanLikeToys

 

HUMANLIKETOYS is the brainchild of Mexican producer Mauricio H. Blanca, blending the sounds of acoustic and electronic music into new colorful flavors. www .facebook.com/HumanLikeToys

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Ari and The Alibis

Ari and The Alibis

 

Arielleh McManus aka “Ari” has been delighting Florida sun coast audiences for the past five years.  With unstoppable stage presence and command of several languages, she takes audiences for a ride they will never forget. Her new Blues, Funk and Latin Jazz quintet, Ari and the Alibis, has been packing clubs and filling dance floors since its inception. With powerful originals, the band delivers a show that has something for everyone.  www.ariandthealibis.com
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Physical Plant

Physical Plant

Physical Plant’s sound charts a course through the musical regions of psychedelic rock, roots, pop, and funk, consistently incorporating varied elements without losing a unique sense of direction. The quintet has developed a sonic vernacular forged from the distinctive styles of songwriters Jake Elrod, Caegan Quimby, and Josh Scheible.  From psychedelic blues barrages to complex ballads awash in vocal harmonies, Physical Plant’s eclectic sound coheres around a driving rhythm section that brings listeners to their feet. Since 2011, the band’s “breathless psychedelic ride” (Sara Moone, This Week in Sarasota) has captivated audiences across Florida. The band’s second EP ‘Wisdom Tooth’ was released in September 2013.  www.reverbnation.com/physicalplant
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Emcee

YoursTruly

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Shakira Refos aka YoursTruly is classic trouble. She divides her time working on projects that involve arts marketing, empowering youth, or simply causing a scene in Sarasota’s nightlife.This is her third year amplifying her voice on behalf of her favorite local event, The Harvey Milk Festival.
This one and every single one after she dedicated to the memory of her TJR, “nobody else, just me and you.”