Check out the lineup for HMF 2013! Click the performer’s name or scroll down for more info.
Saturday, May 18, 2013
4:00-4:15 p.m. Opening Ceremony feat. Sarasota Mayor Suzanne Atwell
4:15-4:45 p.m. Brazos The Rat
5:00-5:30 p.m. Zulu Wave
5:30-5:45 p.m. Guest Speaker Tesla Gunderson (ALSO Youth)
5:45-6:15 p.m. Bard and Mustache
6:15-6:30 p.m. Guest Speaker Steve McAllister (Artist)
6:30-7:00 p.m. Waking Giants
7:15-7:45 p.m. Good Graeff
7:45-8:00 p.m. Guest Speaker Michael Farmer (Equality Florida)
8:00-8:30 p.m. Jen Rock and The Cry Babies
8:30-8:45 p.m. Candlelight Vigil and short film The Milk Effect
8:45-9:20 p.m. MeteorEYES
9:35-10:20 p.m. Clementine and The Galaxy
10:45-11:45 p.m. French Horn Rebellion
11:45-12:00 a.m. Closing Ceremony
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HARVEY MILK FESTIVAL, FIVE POINTS PARK, DOWNTOWN SARASOTA
performance time: 10:45-11:45pm
French Horn Rebellion is Robert and David Perlick-Molinari, two brothers born and bred in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, currently residing in Brooklyn, NY. In 2007, younger brother Robert was playing French horn in the Chicago Civic Orchestra and decided to make hot beats instead. After telling the conductor that Mahler isn’t fun anymore he asked his bassoon-toting brother David to join with him. And so it was, a French Horn Rebellion began.
Since then, they boys have travelled 5 continents with French horn slung over their backs, doing shows with MGMT, Yelle, and Cut Copy along the way. Also, they’ve pioneered a new genre called ‘Next Jack Swing,’ like New Jack, but with heavy beats and funkier bass lines. Their latest EPs, ‘Girls’ and ‘Love is Dangerous’ is out now. http://frenchhornrebellion.com
performance time: 9:35-10:20pm
Clementine & The Galaxy’s whirling blend of soaring vocals and synth-driven electronic pop has earned them a reputation as one of indie music’s fastest rising acts. The NYC-based duo of vocalist Julie Hardy and producer Mike MacAllister have only released a handful of Internet singles – original tracks Crying My Whole Heart Out and Complication and a captivating cover of Nirvana’s Heart Shaped Box – but already critics such as Time Out New York, The Huffington Post, AOL Spinner and The Deli Magazine (which ranked the band one of their top Emerging Artists for 2012 and 2013) are taking notice. With the band’s self-titled debut EP set for release in April 2013, Clementine & The Galaxy is poised to become one of the year’s breakthrough artists. http://www.clementinegalaxy.com/
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performance time: 8:45 – 9:20pm
MeteorEYES is a beat driven synth-rock band from Sarasota, Florida. Infused with dance driven drums, pogo punk choruses, and an incredible stage and light show, MeteorEYES brings a party atmosphere wherever the band goes. The smooth vocal melodies laid over top of the pounding rhythmic force reject the prevailing political landscape, searching for a world where equality is given precedence over antipathy. Veiled in mystery, MeteorEYES forces us to question the masks we wear in society, boldly daring to create a fellowship of solidarity towards basic human rights—all while sharing a few drinks with friends. http://meteoreyes.us/
performance time: 8:00-8:30pm
Johnson City, Tennessee-based indie-folk band, Jen Rock & The Crybabies consists of singer/songwriter Jen Rock and multi-instrumentalists Mahto Browder, David Randall and Matthew Deakins. Inspired by old country, folk and early rock and roll, Jen Rock & The Crybabies offer a fistful of independently released albums and a sound they call Beach Country. Currently focused on refining themselves through live performance, they anticipate the re-visioning of past recording projects to produce a brand new forthcoming full-length record, Miss Dixie. https://www.facebook.com/JenRockTheCryBabies
performance time: 7:15-7:45pm
Good Graeff was formed in 2004 by twins Brooke and Brittany Graeff. The sisters split after high school in 2006 to peruse their own paths, Brooke went to Canada where she became a foley artist and worked in post production, and Brittany went to UCF in Orlando to study marketing. It wasn’t until 2012 when they reunited in Vietnam that Good Graeff was revived in all it’s musical glory. After receiving such positive responses from their friends in Hanoi, they decided to come home and give Good Graeff the attention in deserves. http://www.goodgraeff.com
performance time: 6:30-7:00pm
Formerly Elysian Sex Drive, now Waking Giants, this group of long time friends (and exes) continue to move, groove, enthrall, captivate, uplift and inspire with their self penned songs and infectious live performances. What do they sound like? Any fan will tell you–they sound like Waking Giants. http://wearewakinggiants.com
performance time: 5:45-6:15pm
Bard and Mustache is the project of independent music veterans, Erin Murphy (Founder of both Finch House Records and widely-popular Florida whimsy-rock outfit The Equines) and Greg Bortnichak (Sparta Philharmonic, Metal Hearts, Circa Survive). The duo met in 2010 while Greg was touring the country with Philadelphia based art-punk duo Sparta Philharmonic, and began recording together in January of 2011 for their first release, Falcor’s Burning Belly, which was self-released in April of that year. https://www.facebook.com/bardandmustache
performance time: 5:00-5:30pm
Zulu Wave creates their own kind of high energy, overdriven, fuzzed out sounds often defying genres and listener’s attempts to place them in the boxes so often used to describe bands. Each member brings a unique style to the band that contributes to this interesting mix and there is no telling how far they will go on any given night. A Zulu Wave performance, much like their music, is something that must be seen and heard to be understood. http://zuluwavemusic.com
performance time: 4:15-4:45pm
Screaming dancing stark raving naked mad with the windows open, Brazos The Rat is an electrical storm of layered energy in an array of pop-formulaic melodies and words bristling with accompanying rhythm of driving intensity. Evolving throughout several years and parallel projects of interest, studied and experienced drummer Michael Murphy and guitarist/singer/songwriter Brian Yoder finally found a connection beyond friendship in the form of sharing the creative (and sometimes destructive) process.
Running nearly everything on stage through a three-track loop pedal, Murphy and Yoder carefully build each layer of several of their tracks in real-time, crafting a fullness scarce found in the two-piece sound. While on other tracks the sheer voltage of their stage presence and commitment to the audience carries the stripped-down guitar/drums/vocals sound far enough that Yoder’s cynical, yet optimistic hard-truth lyrical gymnastics can be truly heard.
Statewide Field Director,
Tesla Gunderson, age 15, attends Booker High School as a sophomore. She was born in raised in Sarasota, Florida. She aspires to be an educator and has an avocation for creative writing. She is an active member and occasional facilitator of ALSO youth. She is working with the executive director, Sue Westcott, to create a middle school support program. She looks forward to a future of active involvement in the lgbtq community.
Author, Artist, Musician
In addition to being the Equality Gallery Director and a featured installation artist at this year’s Harvey Milk Festival, Steve McAllister fulfills his ambition as a Renaissance Man through a variety of roles, both in activism and in arts. During a year of living without the use of money, he worked alongside Transition Sarasota to start the Common Wealth Time Bank, Sarasota’s first alternative currency, where he currently serves as Director of Operational Development (DOOD). To provide a vehicle through which the time bank can operate, and through which Sarasotans can realize greater community wealth, he is developing the Flow Factory with Vincent Dessberg as a support structure for healthy living, community development, and creative expression, and as a catalyst for a more fruitful economy.
During the writing of his year-and-a-half travelogue The Rucksack Letters, Steve visited a variety of alternative communities throughout America in a search for life beyond the Globalist/Capitalist/Consumerist matrix which he saw holding his country hostage. The insights gained through the journey fuel his current ventures and laid the groundwork for his latest book, How to Survive an Estralarian Mind Meld, a philosophical, sci-fi comedy about aliens who want to turn Sarasota into a marketing mecca. In his epic quest to “write the world,” he posts semi-regularly at Sarasota Music Scene, Elephant Journal, and Sarasota Day.
As the Architect of The Labyrinth of the Unbroken Path, Steve weaved together a myriad of philosophical, religious and cultural paradigms to develop a framework through which people could create together. “Essentially,” says the resident expatriate and Goodwill Ambassador of Stevetopia, “although all of our journeys are unique and appear vastly different from one another, we are all on the same Path, and as soon as we can start helping one another achieve our goals instead of hindering one another merely for the game of competition and independence, we, as a people, will realize an all new world of collaboration and interdependence. All we have to do is embrace it.”
Joey Panek thought he ended a 13-year professional stage career in 2009 when he launched a web marketing endeavor with the HuB Incubator, but thankfully he’s found out that “show biz” just won’t die. You can now find Joey online exploring pop culture and who knows what else at www.HowBoutJoey.com, and as one of the stars of Saratopia, an original webseries satirizing our lovely city, or through his “almost daily” youtube webblog. Joey is also a member of Lazy Fairy Improv Troupe, and he is co-director of Dance Trance Sarasota, a dance fitness class. He hopes to save the world through entertainment and martinis.
Christine Alexander is an award winning improv artist and producer. She is a founding member of both the Florida Studio Theatre FST Improv and Lazy Fairy Improv troupes performing weekly for over a decade. She owns Back Patio Productions which produces live comedy shows and film. As a comedian she’s known best for her mime language improv. Christine recently accepted a position at the HuB - Sarasota’s Think Tank Incubator. She was recently known as “The Bald Chick” selling advertising space on her head. You can see her in award winning films like, “Toyland,” “Crime’s A Cookin’” and “Mini-Chefs.” Christine is the co-creator of the popular e-newsletter, AnythingArts.com. She is well known not only for making other people laugh, but also for her own enthusiastic laughing… or sea-lion imitation, depending on your opinion. 2008 & 2009 Best Local Actress, 40 under 40 Winner, Named one of 28 Most Powerful People in the Arts.