FRIDAY FoxGardin Akoustic Stage
Maren is a young singer/songwriter from Indianapolis, IN who blends her powerhouse, intimate, and soulful vocals with clever, sincere lyrics and catchy melodies to create a unique sound that is hard to squeeze into one genre. She writes her own songs, and accompanies herself on acoustic guitar and keyboard, playing all over the greater Indianapolis area at festivals, restaurants, charity fundraisers, and other special events. She was recently named a National Merit Winner for Singer/Songwriters from the YoungArts Foundation, accepted to and awarded a full scholarship for Grammy Camp Nashville 2017 for songwriting, accepted to and awarded a scholarship for NYU’s Songwriter’s Workshop, as well as awarded a full-tuition scholarship to the Berklee College of Music 5-Week Performance Program, all of which she will be attending this summer of 2017. Maren’s dream is to inspire others with her voice and music by creating relatable and unifying art for a world currently much too focused on its differences. Her music strives to make people think, feel, act, and broaden their mindsets, encouraging them to create positive change in any way they can. Maren is full of endless passion and determination to speak up and stand up for what is right, and to model and share the act of empathy. She wants to write and sing about issues that everyone can relate to, but few are willing to address. Her emotional connection, stage presence, and eloquence are wise beyond her years. Some of her influences include: Carole King, Aretha Franklin, Sara Bareilles, Stevie Wonder, Billy Joel, Nina Simone, Amy Winehouse, Adele, Corinne Bailey Rae, Paul Simon, The Beatles, Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Joni Mitchell, Linda Ronstadt, Etta James, Janis Joplin, Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Carly Simon, Bob Dylan, Jeff Buckley, Jackson Browne, Jason Mraz, Jack Johnson, and many more!
Aside from music, Maren is also an aspiring actress of both the stage and screen. She spends much of her free time painting, being outdoors, volunteering, and constantly learning.
Fresh off his first ever European tour and second appearance at Wisconsin’s Mile of Music Festival… Ryan M. Brewer returns to Indianapolis for a long block of Free-Range Americana!
A singer/songwriter by trade, Ryan M. Brewer is more accurately described as a traveling musical storyteller. Having always placed the primary importance on lyricism, his songs tend to float effortlessly between genres…each one falling precisely where it needs to in order to most accurately tell the story. And that’s all that matters – songs and stories.
Hailed as Indianapolis’ most brutally honest lyricist, he treads a wide lyrical path – covering existential confusion, political disenchantment, struggle with religious belief and love/happiness in spite of it all. Brewer’s vocal range is impressive, his song structure is challenging, and his guitar work is intricate.
Check out Ryan’s discography —-> http://ow.ly/R6u61
Seeing people gather around a great Kause and wanting to actively make a difference is truly inspirational to me. Much like the Hiner family, my family has been affected by a genetic disorder known as Fragile X syndrome which impacts my older brother. I’ve grown up around individuals with both disabilities and individuals who are truly willing/wanting to help. Being a part of those who help is the reason I’m thrilled to play at Kammy’s Kause this year.
Singer Songwriter, Pop, and elements of awesome. I would describe my style of music as an acoustic singer-songwriter genre with focuses in pop, hip hop, and folk elements. I look to combine catchy lyrics with upbeat melodies to create a style very similar to that of Ed Sheeran. I also take on influences from other artists such as James Bay, George Ezra, Hozier, The Beatles (more specifically John Lennon), and other contemporary pop artists. Many of my songs revolve around emotions and experiences of love, growing up, and other happenings of life. My guitar style is a unique blend of fingerstyles and percussive guitar that is set off by the use of fingernails, as opposed to a pick, in my strum patterns.
While Americana Folk Singer/songwriter, Cole Woodruff accompanies himself expressively on guitar and harmonica, it’s his dynamic voice that soothes and his powerful lyrics that mend hearts.
Cole turns each venue into his own living room, and each listener into a new friend, with a disarming personality and his honest performance. Aside from being a songwriter, he is simply a gem of uniqueness and authenticity.
Holding tough with audiences young and old over the years, he’s earned every listener he’s acquired from simply following his passion. Combining masterful storytelling, poignant lyrics, and powerful vocal ability, Cole’s music welcomes everyone who wants to engage. Reminiscent of 60s/70s folk, his songs are messages of hope for a weary world.
FRIDAY FoxGardin Main Stage
The Twin Cats have been a huge supporter of Kammy’s Kause since the beginning. As we were coming up in the music scene we believed that if all the musicians could support each other we would all make it! And in a way it was true. If we showed up to your show and brought our fans, the next band would return the favor at our next show. So in the beginning we were really doing it to support our good friend Jared and the Kause he was fighting for because of the support he gave us early in our career. And then we met Kammy! This girl is a Rock Star!
If the man upstairs gives you a talent that you can use to make a difference in someone’s life, or even better multiple people’s lives, then you gotta do it. But when you can use your talents to help a friend and their family, there is no better feeling. So the reason we play Kammy’s Kause, is for Kammy.
Face melting funk in your face……melting it
4-Piece Funk/Jazz band, formed by identical twins, Adam and Seth Catron. Based in Indianapolis, IN.
800 lb. Gorilla is a rock/jam band based in Indianapolis, Indiana. With a rock and roll core, the band pulls together funk and jazz influences to create driving, catchy, danceable grooves. A five-piece band, 800lbG places rock-solid guitar, funky keyboards and sax on top of a drums-and-bass rhythm section. The band’s original music blends indie-esque songcraft with funky, jazzy improvisation.
Originally formed by brothers Mark (guitar) and Daniel (lead vox) Humphrey, the band has evolved from a hard-rock power trio into a funk and jazz style after adding Kwame Newton (keyboards/alto sax) and Connor Allen (bass) to the collaboration.
800 lb. Gorilla has enjoyed a warm welcome from music lovers as they have developed their show on stages across Indiana and Ohio. Their fanbase is rapidly growing as the band ventures further afield. They are fortunate to have been invited to play festivals in 2015 and ’16 including Hyperion, Good People Good Times, and Taste of Bloomington. The band was also invited to open for The Werks and Twiddle at The Bluebird.
The band intends to take the musical interplay higher, and continue to reach music lovers far and wide.
Audiodacity + Breakdown Kings = the Voltron of Indy music.
Breakdown Kings #beKause
Breakdown Kings have had the pleasure of being involved in Kammys Kause in some way, shape, or form for the last 8 years. Not only do we have a lot of excitement for the overarching theme and purpose of this event; we also have our own personal attachments to the staff, krew, and the families that we have gotten to know and love over the years. We are band mates that learned to be friends first, which makes the creation of music more enjoyable for all…same thing goes with our involvement and support of Kammy’s Kause. There is a humanistic side of things that we naturally attract to and this is at the core of it. There is much joy that comes along with being able to play for a crowd that appreciates us and knows that our hearts are all in the same place…to improve the quality of life for all families impacted by 4P-. The condition is rare, but the great thing is that the love and support that comes along with this event within and outside of these two days, IS NOT!
It is truly our pleasure to play music, volunteer, smile, hug, and love any and all that join in for the weekend! After it is all said and done, we know from being educated by our brother and founder, Jared Hiner, what the opportunities and enhancements are that come from the proceeds of this event….and that in itself is enough for us to say YES to this…in perpetuity.
Here’s to another successful weekend…another family that sees a better day….another child that is greeted with unconditional love…another advocate on board…and here’s to YOU for supporting a great Kause!!!
To us, the Kause and the people involved have become like family. It’s the first time we’ve truly experienced the full extent of the positive power of music and what it can do for those in pain and tough times. To see the hope and happiness on the faces of the 4p- families is to know the reach of the Kause, and it seems that so few benefits give those that volunteer and donate a chance to really get to know the people they are helping. It is in this way that Kammy’s Kause seems so much more real.
We can’t imagine a year where we weren’t able to be a part of the Kause, and consider it one of our most anticipated events of the year. We are especially excited this year to welcome some of our other friends to the family, and hope that they can experience the same level of love and hope that we always have. We hope that someday, the positivity that this festival brings will spread far and wide, and people everywhere can feel what we here in Indiana are so lucky to have this close to home.
SATURDAY FoxGardin Akoustic Stage
Indiana born and bred, Danni has been playing music all of her life. With influences ranging from Debussy to Paramore to The Lumineers, the Danni Al Mar project blends these influences with a powerhouse voice for a fun and unique take on the singer-songwriter genre. Her debut E.P., “Middle Distance,” is set for release in early 2017.
Chris cut his teeth playing in punk and grunge rock bands while living in Bloomington, IN. During this time he always wrote on his acoustic guitar and sporadically performed as a solo act.
In 2008, Chris moved to Phoenix, AZ where he eventually assembled the 5-piece rock band Every Letter, and toured the Southwestern region of the US. After calling it quits with Every Letter and performing more as a solo artist, Chris moved back to his home state of Indiana where he has been performing regularly since 2013, with occasional out of state tour dates.
Since his 2014 self-titled EP, Chris has been prepping to record his first full-length album, expected in late 2016-early 2017.
We are Brittany and Scott McDonald: Southern Indiana migrants currently residing in Indianapolis. I (Brittany) am a classically trained vocalist and elementary music teacher. Scott was raised by a pack of wolves and the movie Blues Brothers. Not really, his parents are wonderful people, but the Blues Brothers part is totally true.
We play lots of things, but right now we’re doing simple acoustic guitar and voice. We love doing what we do. We’re not awful.
Hello listeners! I really hope you enjoy my music, a strange mixture of originals and covers released at my leisure. I am a southern Indiana boy, who grew up listening to Southern Rock and Vietnam protest songs. I decided to start writing my own music quite a few years ago, and only recently started playing them for the public. I play in the Indianapolis area, with the occasional show outside of the city. Hope my sound is enjoyed by you, the listener!
I aspire to inspire. To connect. To share. To spark joy. To give a piece of momentary happiness. My song is my island. I want others to feel engaged the way I do l when I listen to songs I love. Alive.
I started taking guitar lessons at 8. Hated every minute of it other than the times I learned songs that I heard on the radio. I remember my first experiences singing in church with my grandparents. It was a conservative congregation that only allowed acapella hymns. The sound of vocal harmony was absolutely chilling.
I took a stab at writing when I was 12-13. I participated in talent shows, choir performances, musicals and plays. I started writing with a group in 2006. We wrote and recorded 2 albums. My experiences during that time really helped add fuel the fire I had for music.
I continued writing throughout college. I eventually found myself in a folk pop trio in 2011. This experience inspired me to continue writing and it became clear that I found refuge in it. This was around the time the song Parachute came about.
I moved to Indianapolis shortly college after to pursue other career endeavors and to focus on my music. I spent a lot of time writing about my experiences with adjusting to new phases in life and the pursuit of wholeness. In February 2013 I released my first solo EP called Parachute.
Singer-songwriter Christopher Wilson is back in Indianapolis with his unique style, mixing indie folk and acoustic rock, held together by raw emotion. Recently released 5-song album called The Fragile EP is available on his site.
Christopher Wilson is back in the Indianapolis area with new songs and a timeless sound. Compared to artists like Ray LaMontagne and Glen Hansard, Wilson’s style is a mix of indie folk and acoustic rock, tied together by raw emotion. A touring singer-songwriter for the last 15 years, Wilson recently returned to the States from Belfast where he spent the last three years playing music and releasing his latest album – The Fragile EP (iTunes, Spotify, Amazon). With new songs readied for recording an upcoming album, Wilson’s soulful vocals are showcased by big melodies and honest lyrics.
When he is not out performing, you can find Chris with his family on the near-north side of Indianapolis where he lives with his wife and two kids. He spends his weekdays chasing his two and four-year old around places like the Indianapolis Zoo, Indianapolis Museum of Art, or most mornings around the streets of his neighborhood.
I am choosing to play Kammy’s Kause because of community. It is a true honor, and privilege to play amongst so many talented peers; individuals I am lucky enough to call friends and “family”. It’s an even greater honor to become a part of such a driven grassroots organization and community with such a heartfelt message and the greatest of intentions. Elated to be on board!
Endlessly weaving between genres, stories, and styles, Jeff paints an interesting landscape of music. Each song is personal and every lyric thought out intently. Ranging from folk tales to vague concept songs, Jeff provides a little something for everyone to grab hold of.
Jeff currently splits his time between his solo endeavors and with a band of rotating musicians known as the Graveyard Shift. Anticipating a sophomore album in 2017, there are plenty of good things to come.
“He’s quickly become one of the best songwriters in our city, combining passionate vocals with throat-punching honesty in his lyrics. His live performances, whether solo or full band, are almost religious experiences conjuring spirits that will surely alter how people view our local music scene. I honestly believe his best music is yet to come.” –
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Helicon began his life in the DJ booth in 2001 after realizing that DJing could extend his experience with music into a new dimension. The appeal of playing a wide variety of music in front of crowds was a natural evolution of his background in music, which included vocal & theatre studies in high school/college, as well as exposure to an incredibly diverse landscape of musical influences including hip hop, jazz, classical, pop, rock, electronic, and the Brazilian music of Capoeira.
Over the course of his DJ career that has now spanned over a decade, Helicon has developed a reputation as a ‘cultural entrepreneur’ in Indianapolis through the co-founding and direction of ORANJE, an annual art & music party that brings together creators of all types (www.oranjeindy.com).
In addition to a four-year stint as the tour DJ for Indianapolis-based hip hop group Mudkids, Helicon has also DJd for and/or performed onstage with C Rayz Walz, Twin Cats, Mardelay, Cynthia Layne, Rob Dixon, Monty Jey, en2 and many more. Helicon has performed in cities all over the country including Indianapolis, IN; Chicago, IL; New Orleans, LA; Denver, CO; Jackson Hole, WY; Boise, ID; Seattle, WA; Portland, OR; Park City, UT; Detroit, MI; Louisville, KY; Cincinnati, OH; and Madison, WI amongst many others.
Helicon is most comfortable playing on Technics turntables and a Rane mixer with Serato® software but started his career mixing and scratching vinyl. Primarily known for an ‘open format’ approach, Helicon likes to keep his sets eclectic but always tries to approach gigs with a simple goal: ensure the crowd is having a good time.
SATURDAY FoxGardin Main Stage
We’re WHOA!TIGER, and we’ve been busy in the central Indiana original music scene since 2008.
Any fan of gutsy rock-n-roll and storytelling lyrics should find plenty to like in WHOA!TIGER. Inspired by the classic album-oriented bands of the 70’s, we write contemporary original rock music, with a decidedly old soul.
You can find all our past recordings at our “Music Store” tab, so give a listen, and thanks for your continued support!
Jomberfox is a band from Indianapolis that plays rock and/or roll music at semi-acceptable volume levels. Check out the new record “PARADE”, released on Record Store Day – April 2015
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Some may say that alt rock and grunge is a thing of the past, but with flannels flying off the hangers at your local Goodwill store and the recent explosion of emerging artists that pay homage to the period, one cannot deny the genre lives on. Moxxie a female fronted quartet is one such band. However, they are believable, not a feeble copy and after one listen you’ll feel that you’ve discovered something straight out of 1994. With driving rhythm, soaring guitars and the vocals of Jessie Phelps, one would think that Mazzy Star got pissed and started writing songs in the vein of Veruca Salt. With several out-of-state bills lined up to close out 2016 Moxxie has quickly become one of the most recognizable rock acts in the Midwest.
Kammy’s Kause has been an immediate “yes” every year I have played it. When Jared asked me twelve years ago to play the first one I honestly had very little knowledge of what I was going to be a part of, but I knew Jared and that was enough. I obviously became quickly aware of the Kause and as quickly became friends with so many wonderful people I can’t wait to see (and usually get a big hug out of) every year! That’s not even including the plethora of incredible musicians that I love and get to hear, see, and catch up with! I have so many amazing memories from KK over the years, but my absolute favorite is when Nathan, one of the beautiful faces of Kammy’s Kause, jumped up on stage and sang Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing”. Being a live performer doesn’t get better than a moment like that and I will always be thankful I get to have that one in my heart! I look forward to many more years of Kammy’s Kause and I love watching it grow more and more with all the amazing people that keep it thriving.
Singer/songwriter Jenn Cristy has been refining her original sound for nearly a decade now as a solo artist, pushing in new directions with each album while always retaining the rock n’ roll soul that has brought audiences across the country to their feet.
For the latest album, Crawl, Cristy spent nearly two years working with her band members before even entering the studio. The result is her most polished and nuanced album to date, a blend of storytelling lyrics with pop hooks and dazzling instrumental work that is sure to please both devoted fans and first-time listeners.
Now on her fifth solo album, Jenn began her career with John Mellencamp, meeting the Hoosier rocker in Bloomington, Indiana, where she was in the midst of an all-American swimming career at Indiana University. During her stint with Mellencamp’s band she proved her versatility, playing flute, piano, percussion, organ, and violin in addition to singing. When she embarked on her solo career in 2003, she wanted to create a sound that both honored all of her varied influences – from Ben Folds to Pink and Bruce Hornsby to Queen – while creating something decidedly original.
It is clear that her music has found a hungry audience. Cristy has played around the country, sharing the stage with a veritable who’s-who of artists – Shawn Mullins, John Eddie, Antigone Rising, Indigenous, Bree Sharp, Jeffery Gaines, Danielia Cotton and Michael Gabliki (Rusted Root) –or dominating it herself. Her songs have earned praise everywhere from blogs and small-town newspapers to The New York Times. The piano-driven rock is a platform for lyrics that encompass everything from matters of the heart to politics to straight-ahead fun…or murder. In Cristy’s world, every story has a melody.
I am an adventurer. Whether it be through my wild imagination, a piece of art, or a place I’ve never been. I’ve grown to love this journey with all it’s ebb and flow. Music has been my outlet and has helped me connect with the world around, to know and be known. Through love, loss, and hope we travel. This is an open invitation to journey with me
Brother O’ Brother began making music with one major message in mind, love. They participate in this conversation with mountains of fuzz and booming drums.
Brother O’ Brother began in late 2013, transitioning to a 2 piece in 2014 and has never looked back. Defying notions of what a 2 piece act should be, Brother O’ Brother’s live performance has been dubbed the best live performance in all of Indianapolis by multiple press outlets. Mix MC5 with early Black Keys and you’ve got it. B.O.B. has toured to the tune of nearly 100 dates in 2016, received critical acclaim, played both Third Man Records locations, pumped out 6 new vinyl projects on 4 differrent independent labels, and started their own independent highly custom vinyl label Romanus Records in 2016. With the arrival of their new album “Neon Native” in 2017, Brother O’ Brother will continue their DIY fuzz ascent.
It is an absolute pleasure for me and the band to be a part of Kammy’s Kause. You just have to attend to really get a true sense of what I mean by that. You have to meet the kids and hear their parents testimonies. As a musician and father myself, the amount of love,respect and admiration I have for Jared Hiner cannot be understated. This will be the bands 10th year in a row to participate. For us, there is this almost tangible feeling of joy and inspiration that exists every single year there that we can’t wait to get back to. I’ve never asked the other bands, but I’m pretty sure everyone else can feel that too. Not to mention getting to hang out with and listen to a lot of local/regional musicians that I’ve come to know and love over the years. The camaraderie among musicians here is unmatched. Both my band and my entire family truly look forward to this event every single year.
Landon Keller is a third generation musician with a captivating and unique songwriting style. In 2007 he and his band independently released their debut album “Curiosity”, just a few months later, he was already ranked atop official Myspace and Reverb Nation polls in both Folk Rock and Soul.
Twitter – @Landon Keller
Instagram – Landonkeller31
Founded by Adam Meyers, Joe Frazee, and Adam Vorndran in 2011, The Breakes are an indie rock band from Brownsburg, IN. Through the combination of their shared and differing musical inspirations the band has a sound that varies from song to song, focusing on everything from heavy dance tunes to smooth summer jams. They have recently added longtime friend and new full-time drummer Chris Kelly to the lineup which has brought more depth and musical prowess to an outfit focused on both studio creativity and live performance perfection. Their 2014 debut record Free of Defects displays The Breakes songwriting full force with such tracks as surf rock song “Sing Them Loud” and psychedelic jam “Satisfaction Guaranteed.” Their second record Ignacio was released on October 29, 2016.
Pitch-perfect brass vying with Razor-sharp vocals -Illinois Entertainer Windy City Roots Website: www.chicagoloud9.com
cLOUD9 is a diverse group with an eclectic sound that merges an intense post-alternative rock experience with sounds from many past decades. The group’s unique blend of musical backgrounds leads to sounds of hip-hop, funk, and reggae with other influences ranging from punk to blues to jazz. cLOUD9 released their second EP, “Just Once”, during the Summer of 2015 to a sold-out show at Chicago’s Cubby Bear and followed the release with a supporting tour around the Midwest. Armed with an infectious sound that engages ears of all musical palettes and eras, the group is quickly earning fans from all sorts of backgrounds.
“When you reach the clouds…..never come down.”