2015 Midwest Sunsplash Lineup
UNITY The Band
Whiskey Of The Damned
Recalcitrant - Sublime Tribute Band
Cool Waters Band
Honey and the 45s
Wifee and the Huzzband
Early Thomas & Maryjane Gang
Earth To Clark
Unity… the Band is an award-winning original roots reggae group based in Wisconsin. Their intense touring schedule of varied venues around the Midwest has honed an interactive outdoor stage show with positive party vibes and the knack for drawing club crowds into the irie groove.
They treat fans to old Roots Reggae favs, along with original music blending influences of roots, rock, blues, funk and reggae into their own unique sound. Fronted with island-smooth energetic confidence by Kai "Pita" Katobalavu on lead vocals and rhythm guitar, the band’s talents includes the smooth bass lines of Tim Perkins, Ryan Peerenboom’s laid-back guitar riffs and vocals, the cool intensity of Jeremy "Chunk" Schroetter on keyboards and innovative steady ease of Kelvin Ayres behind the drum set.
Unity's fan base has grown extensively regionally and globally with the release of their album, SUNSET 7, a collection of diverse original songs written by Katobalavu, centered on his roots as a native born Fijian. The album's release and unique cultural story of a Fijian making music in the Midwest have gained the band extensive media attention in the US, Europe, Fiji, Australia, Hawaii & New Zealand, as well as radio play for the new music.
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Honey and the 45's
“Honey & the 45s combine the low-fi sonics of eighties punk, the gorgeous rolling cadences of seventies R&B, and the infectious hooks of sixties pop. As whip smart as the lyrics are, the music itself is even better.” – Robert Rodi, New City Music
Honey & the 45s is a Chicago based blues/rock band featuring two female front-women.
Known for its soulful sound and jazzy undertones, the band was originally formed as an acoustic group by lead singer, songwriter and guitarist Kristina Cottone, and singer, violinist and saxophonist Kim Kozel. Honey & the 45s’ unique sound has evolved into a soulful rock ‘n’ roll band by adding lead guitarist Jon Gould, bassist Sean Tatum, and drummer Jarad Kleinstein.
Early Thomas and the Maryjane Gang