rock band for joy and rhythm
His music has been called the new style of any generation. "There are a lot of singer-songwriters out there; but you pay attention when he performs. There's just something about the way he plays that makes you want to know what's next." Kevin Mileski has been hailed as the fresh new act bringing back the artistry of story telling by using just the right amount of new sound with the familiarity of the old. He evokes a feeling of home with finger style guitar and vocals that makes any listener a fan. He has touched the fans of all types of music from hardcore folkers to rappers and continues to do so with every performance on every stage.
Kevin is a nationally touring musician now based out of Colorado and uses every opportunity possible to play in other cities around the country from New England to L.A. He has opened for such major acts as Sam Bush, Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root, Little Feat, and Gaelic Storm.
Kevin has been featured on many independent recordings, has teamed up with numerous professional performers, and has made his niche as a background vocalist all over the country for such artists as Dayna Lane, Andrew Ripp, Heather Waters, and Randy Coleman. He was voted in as a top 50 semi-finalist in the Independent Music World Series 2004 by TAXI for his album "Which Way Did He Turn?" which has sold over 1000 copies in the last two years. The 2006 release of "Through The Window" has resulted in Kevin's induction into the Independent Artists Registry. His music has been featured on Musicmatch.com, MP3.com, Audio Lunchbox, XM Radio, and recently on Whole Wheat Radio. It has been heard on public and commercial radio stations across the country.
Chicago Singer/Songwriter, Dave Tamkin, currently resides in Boulder, CO. Dave Tamkin, has created his own unique style of rhythmic-acoustic rock that's based around a fresh musical vision. His shows vary from intimate solo acoustic performances to a full band experience encapsulating a mixture of personal lyrics and skilled songwriting set against a high-energy percussive backbone. While touring relentlessly all over the nation, he has shared the stage with Guster, Glen Phillips, The Samples, Rusted Root, Michael Galbicki, Butch Walker, Matt Wertz, Eric Hutchinson, Stroke 9, The Violent Femmes, Fountains of Wayne, Vertical Horizon, Will Hoge, Stephen Kellog and The Sixers, Willy Porter, Freddy Jones Band, Brian Vanderark, Rhett Miller of the Old 97s, and Carbon Leaf to name a few. Tamkin has a style that's hard to resist. His lyrics are unabashedly honest and his passion for playing is undying. He is currently touring nationally solo and plays the mid west with his band. Dave Tamkin and Co. create a distinct sound. Their equal parts create a sonic percussive assault mixed with a vivid, melodic instrumental bed, shaken with a twist of passionate vocal lines. And they'll make you shake your ass.
Guitarist Dave Preston has played with: Matt Morris, Justin Timberlake, Charlie Sexton, Kelly Clarkson, Emerson Hart, Keaton Simons, Tony Lucca, One Eskimo, Trace Bundy, Tab Benoit, Megan Burtt, John Common, Gregory Alan Isakov, Rob Drabkin. He has played on The Late Show with David Letterman, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, CBS Morning Show, Lopez Tonight, as well as a live performance/recording on “HOPE FOR HAITI NOW” with Justin Timberlake and Matt Morris. He has also been recognized internationally for his ambient guitar work through radio and other media outlets
“In the world of ambient music, colors are generated through sonic painting.” says Dave Preston about the infinite possibilities in ambient music. “There are no rules to follow, only the need to create an atmosphere for the first time.”
The second ambient release from Dave Preston, "Soundtrack For Motion" is a meditation of motion and movement in all it's forms, both physical or metaphysical.
As he did in his ambient debut "Be", Preston intricately weaves uncommon intensity and passion into the sonic landscape and manages to accomplish something rare: ambient music that is capable of a wide range of feelings. From the transcendent "Blind Lovers Hand In Hand", the near sacred rage of "The Blood In Your Veins, and the wailing of "A Giant Leap Of Faith" to the "Blade Runner" atmospherics of "Spinning Away From The Earth" (a collaboration with Mingo), "Soundtrack To Motion" shows signifigant growth and maturing of Preston as an ambient artist.
Preston’s first ambient music release, "BE" gained national radio play through NPR and international radio syndication through Radio Despi (Spain) and Echoes (USA), "BE" debuted in September 2008 at 91 on the New Age Reporter Charts. The following month, after continued heavy rotation on an increasing amount of radio stations and syndicated shows, "BE" shot up the charts to 66.
Rob Drabkin. His hair is a playful cross between The Simpsons Sideshow Bob character and Jimi Hendrix. His music? Imagine a jazzy improv by Dave Matthews where he invites Paul Simon to join him onstage.
Rob Drabkin is a native of Denver, CO. His Mom had him take piano lessons at 5. That only lasted for a few months. At 11, Rob got lucky and scored an electric guitar from his parents. He and his older sister would sneak Metallica and Guns N' Roses cassettes into the house. They loved listening to this forbidden music and Rob learned all of the guitar parts on both cassettes note for note. Soon after, Rob found himself playing Rhythm Guitar in Jazz Band in middle school. Learning a tune like "Giant Steps" by John Coltrane was a lot different than playing Heavy Metal anthems "Welcome to The Jungle" and "Enter Sandman." Rob loved what he was hearing though and stuck with it. Now he says, "I started to really love Jazz and especially playing with a horn section."
Rob went to Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas where he majored in Biochemistry/Molecular Biology and Spanish. Music was officially on the back burner until he took a life changing trip to New York with his father. He says, "My Dad played Jazz for over 30 years until he changed course and got into medicine. When we were in New York, we re-connected with his old Jazz friends and it was so inspiring to see these guys who were well over 60 years old, still playing and grooving. It made me start thinking about my own career path." He adds, "Its kind of embarrassing to admit, but I had an epiphany while watching the Broadway musical Chicago. I decided right then and there that I didn't want to work in a research lab for the rest of my life and that I wanted to pursue music full time, as a singer/songwriter/musician even though I had never sung a note up to that point." Rob made good on his promise and after graduating from college, started spending 8 hours a day working on his singing and songwriting skills.
"On These Heavy Feet" is Rob's first full length release. "Rise at Sea" is the opening track and it has a nice infusion of lush vocals mixed with clever and complex time signatures. "She Comes and Goes" is a beautiful story of love and loss that has the polish of a tune ready to become a Top 40 hit. "Little Steps" is an all out rocker that you can dance and sing along to. Rob says, "I want to write songs that make people dance, sing and think a little bit as well." "On These Heavy Feet" has already hit 10 on the CMJ chart on KOTO radio in Telluride, CO. KBCO invited Rob to perform in their world renowned Studio C twice. Hes also gotten some serious play on KBCO (Boulder, CO) and KINK (Portland, OR).
For being relatively new to the music scene, Rob has assembled a truly impressive roster of musicians including: Jazz virtuoso Bijoux Barbosa on Bass (played and recorded with Herbie Mann and Dave Grusin) Brian McRae, (played and toured with The Bodeans and The Freddy Jones Band) Eric Moon on keyboards (toured with Bjork and recorded with Victor Wooten) and Mackenzie Roberts, who played Viola with Rob before achieving huge success with The Flobots. Mackenzie also introduced Rob to The Denver Children's Home where he volunteers his time twice a month to help abused and troubled teens learn to write songs. Rob explains, "The kids here love hip hop and rap and can freestyle really well. I'm constantly impressed by how they take the chaos they've endured and turn it into a way to express themselves." Working with the kids has also made Rob appreciate his own family that much more. He talks about working with his father on one of the tracks on "On These Heavy Feet." "Lullaby" is an instrumental collaboration that my Dad and I did. It really highlights his Sax playing. Being able to play some live shows with my Dad is incredible. The way he plays and his tone are simply unforgettable. There is a certain quality that just sings through his horn and not many sax players have that."
Rob has achieved some big wins in his career so far. He was voted Colorado's Best Singer/Songwriter by Westword Magazine in both 2008 and 2009. He gathered enough votes to earn his turn on stage at The Mile High Music Festival with artists like The Fray, Widespread Panic, Tool, and Ben Harper. He played a Sold Out show at The Fox Theater opening for The John Butler Trio. Hes done short tours with Carbon Leaf and Tea Leaf Green and a national tour with Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam. Rob recalls how Davy invited him to join the tour. Davy said, "Rob, why don't you save yourself the gas money and just come on the bus with us for the month?" We traveled the country, played some incredible places like Higher Ground and The Bowery Ballroom. It was a phenomenal experience and I cant wait to get on the road again."
Rob also got a huge kick playing at Film on Red Rocks at the legendary Red Rocks amphitheater. He laughs, "Not a lot of people get to play their own music at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and we got to play to a sold out crowd before they showed The Big Lebowski which was nothing short of a dream come true. It was really cool because I grew up in Colorado and got to see so many of my favorite musicians play there."
"I'm having a great time making music and I just want to inspire others to go after what will truly make them happy. That's why I grew my hair a bit crazy. I just wanted to let loose, get expressive, create some nice grooves and get people to move."