The 80H Project – Independence Day Party
“A smoothly vocal heavy positive groove based crew with an amazing feel.”
80Hproject came together in the fertile music hotbed of their native Austin, TX.
The band since expanded their presence to the Nashville, TN music scene and is fast making their mark. The 80HProject are continually ramping up their original, uncompromisingly soulful sound and are breaking through as “just below the radar” sensation.
Ady Hernandez, band leader has the tenacity of a new coming artist combined with the history of a seasoned vet. Ady’s live performances has been described as, he “Plays guitar like Carlos Santana and sings like Stevie Wonder”
SAT JULY 2nd @ 7:00PM
When country music newcomer Drake Milligan moved from Fort Worth to Nashville, he didn’t just come here to sing. He came to listen.
At just 19 years old, armed with an appreciation for the history of country music, Milligan listened in co-writes and recording sessions, where songwriters taught him how to tell a story, legendary producers taught him how to use the mics and studio as a vehicle for his voice, seasoned musicians were willing to back the new guy, and his country music heroes shared insightful advice on how to seamlessly shift from the studio and the stage — letting things snowball from there.
Now at 23 years old, having taken in all that wisdom, he’s ready to introduce himself to the world with the release of his debut EP, Drake Milligan.
It was Milligan’s intent to pen every song on his first release, but he knew that he’d be better off if he didn’t go at it alone. “Word got around, and I was invited into more and more co-writes, and finding my own sound was what that was all about.” “I wrote for the last three years. I write every day. You realize when you get to Nashville that you have to write thousands of songs before a really good one comes out,” he says.
That’s where his heroes came in. Milligan was able to book writing sessions with industry legends like Bill Anderson (Brad Paisley, Conway Twitty, George Strait), Dean Dillon (Chris Stapleton, George Strait, Kenny Chesney), Monty Criswell (Josh Turner, Trace Adkins, Tanya Tucker), Marv Green (Billy Currington, Brooks & Dunn, Lonestar), Paul Overstreet (Blake Shelton, Randy Travis, Ronnie Milsap), Terry McBride (Easton Corbin, Garth Brooks, Hank Williams Jr.) and Brice Long (Jon Pardi, Gary Allan, Randy Houser).
“The reason I came to Nashville is because all of my heroes are here. All the guys who wrote and played on my favorite songs are still so good. They wake up every day and want to write the best song they can. I wanted to learn something from every write. Writing with those songwriters was a rite of passage for me,” Milligan says. “Seeing how excited Bill and Dean and the others are about writing songs was so inspiring to me.”
“We all get here with a different set of influences. Mine were mainly George Strait and Elvis. Along with a lot of Alan Jackson, Randy Travis, and George Jones. That’s what my mom and dad listened to, so my earliest music memories came from that,” he says. “As I was writing, I learned that the best sad songs are bittersweet and even a little hopeful. I love that tradition in country music: how sad songs can help you feel understood. That’s the magic, because not everything in life is sunshine and rainbows.”
Once the songs were written, it was time to find a producer. Milligan enlisted the award-winning music producer and industry icon Tony Brown (Brooks & Dunn, George Strait, Vince Gill) and songwriter/producer Brandon Hood. Brown first discovered Milligan’s talent as a performer when he saw him portray Elvis Presley in the 2017 CMT TV series Sun Records, an adaptation of the Tony-winning musical Million Dollar Quartet.
It was then time to record, and Milligan opted for seasoned session musicians who played on the music he was raised on. “When I hear Stuart Duncan (George Strait, Alan Jackson, George Jones, Tim McGraw, Clint Black, John Prine, Travis Tritt, Dolly Parton, Reba McEntire, Elvis Costello, Barbara Streisand) playing fiddle on my record, it takes me back to all the songs I loved that he played on,” he says. The EP also boasts renowned piano player Gordon Mote (Alan Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Josh Turner, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton). “I figured a guy like that wouldn’t even want to play on a new guy’s record,” he admits, even though he’s more of an old soul at heart than a so-called new guy.
Finally, when it came time to unearth his very own sound, the Nashville newcomer turned to his roots: Texas. Growing up in Fort Worth and loving the outdoors as much as he loved music, Milligan’s intent was always to sound like Milligan, as opposed to merely copying the sonic vocals and instrumentations of his heroes. While the family scrapyard business was never his plan B, he still thinks of Texas as home and Nashville as his home base. “There’s no way I could’ve made this record in Texas. The songwriters and players here are the best in the world. I don’t want to ever lose my roots,” Milligan says, “but Nashville is like no other place in the world.”
The result is his debut EP, stacked with five songs all co-written by Milligan, packed with everything country music fans want. Milligan layers the fiddle and steel in the trouble-drowning, alcohol-soaked “Over Drinkin’ Under Thinkin’” and rediscovers the lost art of fast talking in the upbeat, rebellious “Sounds Like Something I’d Do.” But it’s not all up tempo toe-tappers. It’s in the ballads that he really showcases his deep, smooth as silk vocals. “Don’t Look Down” has Milligan painting a picture of falling in love on a dance floor, defying gravity thanks to the honky-tonk’s trusty old jukebox, and “She” is a beautifully simple but emotive depiction of a lovesick boy completely in love with a girl, as he lists off everything he loves about her.
FRI JULY 8th @ 7:00PM
AJ Castillo is a Latin artist known for his unique accordion sound and style, his energetic LIVE performances, and his extraordinary custom accordions. Having lent his musical talent to many artists through countless studio recordings and performances, in late 2008 he felt it was time to step to the front of the stage and introduced a fresh new sound that expands the boundaries of accordion music. From the release of his debut CD in 2009 to his CD in 2014 (Sin Límites) that debuted on Billboard at #15 on the Latin Pop Albums chart (07.26.2014) to his most recent release in 2017, AJ is becoming a well-known accordionist, singer, song writer, performer, and producer.
AJ is a native of Austin, TX, and is a graduate of The University of Texas at San Antonio. Born to a musical family, he was introduced to the accordion by his grandfather. He started playing the accordion at the age of 10 and began his professional music career at 13. Today, this young talented musician is reaching Latin music fans all over the world and is being recognized by professionals in the Latin music industry (as evidenced by his HOHNER, Inc. USA endorsement and his collaboration on the 2017 Latin Grammy Award winning Best Regional Song “Siempre Es Así”).
With the release of each consecutive project, AJ has taken his music to the next level and continues to amaze people with his ability to infuse different styles of music to create his new unique sound. Joining him on this journey is his younger brother and promising vocalist, Sergio Castillo. Sergio brings another level of versatility to the group with his strong vocal ability. Together, they are committed to producing high quality music that can cross boundaries and appeal to fans in all genres of Latin music.
FRI JULY 15th @ 7:00PM
Rochelle & the Sidewinders
SAT JULY 16th @ 7:00PM
Ever The Essence: The Evanescence Experience
When the band Evanescence emerged with their unique hard rock/alternative metal sound, they captivated millions. Ever The Essence is comprised of highly-experienced musicians who have teamed up to form an exciting new tribute to the original band. They are passionate about this music and have re-created the look and the sound of Evanescence in order to deliver the most realistic experience possible.
Pulling hits from multiple albums, the band has included powerful, hard-driving rock songs as well as a few hauntingly beautiful ballads to create a set list that is a striking representation of Evanescence’s live shows. the results are unlike anything you’ve heard in a tribute and an exceptional night of entertainment awaits.
A storm is coming. Brace yourself for… EVER THE ESSENCE.
SAT JULY 23rd @ 7:00PM
Midnight River Choir
FRI JULY 29th @ 7:00PM
CRUEligans – A Tribute to Motley Crue
From a small town in South Dakota, Tyler Halverson’s unique style of country music takes inspiration from classic country and western music, while also looking ahead to the genre’s future. At the age of 20, Tyler moved to Nashville, to attend Belmont University where he studied music business and refined his songwriting craft. However, Tyler’s favorite thing about Nashville is leaving Nashville. Tyler finds joy in taking his songs on the road and playing for fellow hippies, cowboys, and everyone in between.
Tyler’s first album was co-produced by himself, Ryan Youmans, and Muscadine Bloodline’s Gary Stanton. “Beer Garden Baby,” the first release from his self-titled record in February 2021, has been well received by the Texas radio.
SAT JULY 30th @ 7:00PM
Ain’t Wastin Time – A Tribute to The Allman Brothers
SAT AUGUST 20th @ 7:00PM
Testify (Rage Against the Machine Tribute) w/ Lost in Hollywood (System of a Down Tribute)
TESTIFY (Rage Against the Machine Tribute)
Based out of Houston, TX, Testify is a tribute to the revolutionary and iconic, Rage Against the Machine.
From neighborhood bars to world class theaters, Testify delivers RATM’s politically driven passion, and energy-filled performances to packed venues. The members are long time musicians and pay tribute to Rage Against the Machine; being one of their biggest influences to pursue music. Now in their 6th year on stage, the quartet continues to bring the RAGE throughout the U.S.
LOST IN HOLLYWOOD (System of a Down Tribute)
Composed of a few seasoned pros and local heroes that have toured around the world to bring you our tribute version of System of a Down! LIH brings to the stage explosive energy, high quality production and professionalism. We pay tribute to SOADs legendary studio albums’ ambiance never heard before live. We pride ourselves on our technical abilities, musical versatility and breaking boundaries with our exclusive sound. Explore the site and learn more about the musical inspiration behind the production.
SAT OCTOBER 1st @ 7:00PM
Brass Hall Gallery
Contact Brass Hall
909 3rd St
Marble Falls, TX 78654