Von Strantz

Step right up and jump right in… Von Strantz is about to begin… What you thought was a show might just be therapy! Like letting go at the top of the slide, by the time this ride is over you’ll be glad you took the chance. Folk n’ Rollers Von Strantz play music built for connecting and building community, but before you dismiss Von Strantz as just another folky duo make sure you look them in the eyes, because in just one look you will know the rock n’ roll fire is strong in these ones. i really can’t say it better than they do, so according to their bio: “Utilizing a variety of instruments such as the mandolin, violin, bass, and cello, Von Strantz unites harmonies strung together by commanding and soulful lyrics. With story-sharing as their passion, Von Strantz invites their audience into the emotion of each piece. Von Strantz is storytellers, an ebb and flow of two different musicians, exploring the dark and emerging with hope.” For more information visit: vonstrantz.com Von Strantz will be contributing a song to the Nate Allen Kickstarter Mixtape. Narrative Chapter II: The Line by Von Strantz Von Strantz will be joining Nate …

Dead Ven

If you dig punk rock inspired acoustic music then check out Dead Ven. With a celtic punk sound and activist roots, I would recommend Dead Ven’s street folk to anyone who really loves the working class ethics of The Clash or resistance of Crass. Dead Ven has become a Kansas City staple, but Ven Smith (band namesake and lead vocalist) has deep West Coast roots that shine through in progressive ways. The band’s most recent release was a split with Kevin Seconds (of 7 Seconds) for the Money Wolf Music Collective. Dead Ven is the perfect band to check out after a long day of work when you just want to throw back a pint of Boulevard Beer (Dead Ven has a Boulevard brewing themed song!) and sing-a-long to some good old fashion celtic inspired anthems. Dead Ven will be contributing a song to Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape.  For more information visit: facebook.com/DeadVen. Check out “Plough/Stars” below. Hear There Be Wolves – Free Sampler by Dead Ven Click here to turn Nate Allen into a video game. Make your order by 10:59pm CST on Wednesday Nov 5.

Joseph Camuglia

Joseph Camuglia is a troubadour from Lexingtion, KY. His songs remind me of a mix of Arlo Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Larry Norman. Joseph’s been writing 100’s of songs for many years and truly knows a great melody when it springs on him. If you like story songs, well, you may just fall in love. Some songs are serious and some are utterly ridiculous, but Joseph’s smooth voice and catchy choruses will rope you in until you find yourself humming them indefinitely. In the 80’s “Pizza Joe” wrote an ode to Food Not Bombs, which at least in my mind should be the anthem for the anti-bomb, poverty fighting movement. Warning: This song is memorable, as are most of Joseph Camuglia’s songs. Tessa first heard “Let’s Make Pizza” in a friend’s living room jam session in Chicago. This group of friends said they had learned the song at a music festival when some random guy wandered by their campsite and sang it to them. Fast forward 10 years later, Tessa is thousands of miles away in Portland, OR at a house show that melts into an open mic. A random guy is there, and he plays the pizza song. Tessa runs into the …

Angus McKinney

Angus McKinney, a.k.a. Joel Kircher, is a singer/songwriter/rock n’ roller based in New York State. His songs are hard fought and pain forged. This is music anyone can enjoy, especially if you have learned to value life through hard times. Angus McKinney has carefully collected 30 years of music influences and distilled it into one of the best albums I have heard in some time. Two things you will notice about Angus McKinney is that his voice is deep and his lyrics are direct. He recently finished his first proper album, Never Forgotten, which was produced by Jesse Sprinkle. I am listening to it now and it’s bringing a huge smile to my face. Never Forgotten is an album about relationships, loss, faith and love. It is beyond fantastic and well worth the wait for an artist far more people should know about. My first time ever playing guitar publicly I opened for Joel and we have played shows when possible since then. Please listen to his record below. Joel sent me some words about his album and I think you need to read them: “The album is entitled Never Forgotten… after the painting that I used for the front cover. …

Garret Potter

Garret Potter is a spoken word artist and performance poet. His gentle softness and ability to articulate emotion make him compelling and easy to listen to. He is a man who cares and feels deeply for people and the planet. He longs to make a difference in this world and love people well. When I was finishing school and working on my Destroy Nate Allen songbook, Garret was in the same library, working on his first book HIDE AND SEEK: A Poet’s Memoir. Not only did he teach me how to play speed scrabble, but I learned a lot from seeing Garret’s writing process. Not so long ago, Garret moved to Ann Arbor, Michigan from Portland, Oregon and helped resurrect Ann Arbor’s poetry slam team, which recently went to Nationals. I have rarely met a more genuine person that Garrett Potter and I am honored to call him a friend. Garret Potter’s poem “Spray Bottle” will be featured on Nate Allen’s Kickstarter Mixtape. This playlist includes over 30 artists and is included with any pledge amount. Order by 10:59pm CST on Wednesday Nov 5. For more information visit: garretpotter.com Experience “Reconciling My Apartment Complex Below” below.