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Ferris and the Wheels, Olivia Burnett & the Firewater

Wed · June 28, 2017

Doors: 7:00 pm / Show: 8:00 pm

$10.00 - $12.00

This event is 18 and over

KOLARS is a band of two members.

Rob Kolar sings and strums his rollicking guitar, Lauren Brown uses her whole body as a percussive instrument.

THE BOTTOM LINE: "The dynamic duo is eclectic in every sense of the word. Kolar, who can only be described as a cosmic Elvis, sang with gusto while his counterpart provided the raw power that kept their steam engine sound chugging along. And with a musical style ranging from what they term 'Desert Disco' to 'Space Blues' (which is just as entertaining as it sounds), there was never a dull moment on stage."

CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND: "Crafted like a grooving ’70s country song carved out of the gleaming vibrations of modern rock, the track pulsates right into your chest. It takes your heart by the hand and leads you to the dance floor, daring you to not feel motivated to dance, shimmy, just escape the mundane."

BUZZBANDS: "Is it normal to imagine that all husband and wife bands rehearse naked? Or maybe it’s just that this particular sexy duo share the kind of on-stage chemistry that comes from knowing each other so well, musically and biblically, which sets the imagination a’sizzling. Kolar, with his rocker swagger, and Brown, licking her lips as she uses her whole body to tap and smack out the beats."

FEST FIFTY: "With gumption and undeniably well-written songs, KOLARS has burrowed through the consciousness of their hometown and beyond, paving a road of lullaby disco anthems wriggling their way across the Mason Dixon. An iconic moment and further proof that the band is so great at what they do was especially apparent during their performance at Tractor Tavern in Seattle."

BANDSINTOWN: "KOLARS is a highly experimental duo committed to creating a new sound that will thrill audiences all over the world. Singer and guitarist Rob Kolar is the mastermind behind their production, writing and mixing the material himself. Drummer Lauren Brown has created her own style of percussion where she dances out rhythms on a bass drum with her feet. They’ve successfully created an infectious, innovative sound that combines both folk and dance music."

KOLARS has created a sonic world that straddles self-described genres such as Desert Disco, R&Beyond, Space Blues, and Glam-a-billy . Rob produces, mixes, and writes the material. His studio experimentation is incorporated into the live show. Lauren has invented her own drumming style. She tap dances rhythms with her feet atop a bass drum while simultaneously playing a stand-up kit. She uses this dance to transform beats into natural extensions of her movement. The two perform with energy, sweat, and excitement, thrilling audiences with their unabashed exuberance.

As members of glam-folk band He's My Brother She's My Sister, Rob and Lauren toured the U.S. and Europe extensively and sold out venues in every major city across the states, playing Bonnaroo, Summerfest, Voodoo, Firefly, Secret Garden Party, and Austin City Limits, and performed on late night television (Craig Ferguson).

The band has taken their influences and experiences into a new futuristic realm with KOLARS.
Ferris and the Wheels
Ferris and the Wheels
Nashville Rock band 'Ferris and the Wheels' delivers this message, "We want to give something to the youth of America that was given to us as teens. Something to call their own, something to scream along with when getting out of school and while at parties, and something to squeeze when sad and lonely. We want to appeal to college age, post college, working class, parents, and even a few grandparents! We want to reach anyone who loves losing and finding themselves in original rock music."

Described as a "carnival ride of Rock", Geoff Ferris, lead singer and songwriter, born in Bad Axe, MI, and former lead singer of the band 'Bad Axe', has had success in Boston and Nashville as a musician.

Ferris says, "The songs are all about conflict, opposites, and juxtaposition. They are about life's moment, survival, relationships, love, sadness, happy days, and lonely ruts. They are expressions of the things felt on a daily basis in a way everyone can relate to and sing along with."

As a self-proclaimed "Rock Fanatic", Geoff has a wide range of musical tastes: classic rock, folk, progressive, grunge, alternative, pop and modern indie. His biggest influences started with oldies and Motown, but quickly moved to Bruce Springsteen, John Lennon, The Beatles, Neil Young and The Beach Boys. By the time he was 13 in 1994, Geoff was just beginning to have his mind blown by Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Bob Dylan, and Queen, while simultaneously being hit with the current movement of grunge and alternative rock, which included Nirvana, Soundgarden, The Offspring, Pearl Jam and STP. Along with newer rock bands like the Foo Fighters and White Stripes, he's also influenced by some hip-hop/rap artists such as Eazy-E, Tupac, Snoop Dog, Dre, and Too Short.

"Geoff Ferris & The Wheels mounts a furious charge onto the music scene with an EP steeped in melancholy and gnawing sense of loss. Determined to reach the top – in life, love and everything in between – lead singer Geoff Ferris conveys a sense of hopefulness even when exploring dark and conflicted ideas. Whether rocking out or reining in, the impassioned arrangements serve as a fitting vehicle for his time-tested ambitions." - Blake Boldt, M Music & Musicians Magazine
Olivia Burnett & the Firewater
Olivia Burnett & the Firewater
Arkansas native, born and raised in Little Rock. She started singing and performing from a very young age and seemed to inherit her grandmother's (and great grandmother's) knack for poetry. Her first guitar was a Christmas gift from her parents in junior high. It only took a few lessons for her to start writing her own music. What started as a hobby turned into a passion during her years in Fayetteville attending the U of A.
Venue Information:
Mercy Lounge
1 Cannery Row
Nashville, TN, 37203