RTE23 Music Festival


Genre: Pop-Rock, R&B, Soul

Featured in Rolling Stoneas one of "10 New Artists You Need to Know" and newly signed to Credential Recordings, The New Respects are quickly turning heads and gaining unprecedented popularity. The group meshes rock, soul, and pop music with overlays of acoustic tones. Comprised of twins Zandy and Lexi Fitzgerald, brother Darius and their cousin Jasmine Mullen, the Nashville-based group is a true family affair, evidencing the undeniable soul and musical legacy that flows through the roots of their family tree. The band kicked off 2017 with the release of their debut EPHere Comes Trouble, a 5-song offering of catchy hooks and heavy grooves. Standout single "Trouble" garnered over 2 million streams and received sync placements with Fox Sports, ESPN and TNT. With the EP quickly gaining traction, the band found itself filling the rest of 2017 with an aggressive touring schedule opening for Robert Randolph, O.A.R., and NEEDTOBREATHE, and making appearances at key festivals such as Hangout, Bumbershoot, and Rock the Ranch. The quartet's latest single, "Something To Believe In," continues the soaring, uplifting, vocal harmonies and driving soul/rock sound that defined the band's debut EP. "'Something to Believe In' is about the longing to believe in goodness when it looks like there is no reason to," remarks lead vocalist Jasmine Mullen. "We wanted to leave room in the song for the listener to the plug in their own story. All of our darkness looks different, but there is love and hope for every single one of us."


Genre: Country Rock, Jamband

Listed among Rolling Stone's "10 New Country Artists You Need to Know" last year, Cordovas follows in the tradition of 1970s Southern and country rock greats the Allman Brothers, The Grateful Dead, and The Band. Based in Nashville, the group has a sound based in harmony, song, and musicianship. Cordovas are Joe Firstman, Lucca Soria, Jon Loyd, Toby Weaver and Graham Spillman. Firstman released two albums on Atlantic Records in the early 2000s, including the acclaimed War of Women. "Baby Genius" Lucca Soria is a 24-year-old songsmith from Des Moines who sings and plays guitar. Keyboardist Jon Loyd is an original Cordova from Macon, Georgia, his high notes and piano style make the band's sound unforgettable and recognizable—his musical genius is well known in Nashville circles. From Redondo Beach, California, Graham Spillman is a 25-year-old Berklee College of Music dropout who plays drums, sings, and pens tunes for the group. Toby Weaver, also an original Cordova and American folk music aficionado, plays guitar and sings. The band spent the past winter on the Baja in Mexico writing and demoing songs for their latest album produced by two-time Grammy nominee Kenneth Pattengale of The Milk Carton Kids.

5:30 - Young Mister    |    7:00 - Cordovas    |    8:30 - The new respects


Genre: Folk-Rock, Pop

Young Mister is songwriter Steven Fiore, sometimes accompanied by a band of talented musicians from across the southeast United States. As a songwriter, Fiore has spent many years building a fan base along both coasts, touring with the likes of Jump Little Children and Howie Day, and even regularly performing as a guest vocalist in Jeff Goldblum's jazz band in Los Angeles. After spending eight years as a songwriter for Universal Music Publishing Group, Fiore is now stretching into new musical territory as Young Mister. His music has a radio-ready, soft-rock vibe and features lyrics young romantics wish had been written just for them.

"While Fiore's own solo work saw him develop a strong knack for folk pop arrangements (see 2013's Youth and Magic), Young Mister is a slightly more evolved beast, pooling together elements of Americana and classic rock."-Consequence of SoundType your paragraph here.