12:30pm - IlyAimy
A decade+ as ilyAIMY (i love you And I Miss You), Rob Hinkal and Heather Aubrey Lloyd have played everything from bait shops to biker weeks to clothing-optional resorts all over the country. Most recently, they are two-time Washington Area Music Association Winners for Best Contemporary Folk Group, award winners at the Kerrville and Falcon Ridge Folk
Festivals, and Heather is a 2017 Telluride Troubadour finalist. They engage audiences with humor and award-winning narrative songs that use signature percussive guitar and djembe for "a welcome jolt in folk" and "an acoustically roiling, combustible attack on the usual
singer/songwriter fare." Both ilyAIMY and Heather released new CDs ("A Message in the Mess" and "Cicada") in 2017.
4:30pm - Katie Henry
Katie Henry finds her greatest passion in singing the blues. New Jersey native and New York City dweller, Katie and her trio can be found playing throughout the NY, NJ area. She is excited to be back at the one of a kind Black Potatoe Festival!
2:30pm - Lisa Brigantino w/ special guest
”Lisa Brigantino is an award-winning singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and composer. Her most recent critically-acclaimed CD "Wonder Wheel" is an eclectic collection of original songs spanning many genres including Folk, Old-Time, Americana, Roots, Country, Rock, Blues and more and among other accolades was awarded "Editor's Pick" by Indie-Music.com. Lisa released two singles in 2014 and is currently recording her next album with an anticipated release later in 2017. Lisa is a former original member of Lez Zeppelin, the world’s first all girl Led Zeppelin tribute band and toured internationally with the band for a number of years playing bass, bass pedals, mandolin and keyboards. Lisa often performs her with her sister Lori Brigantino, who sings and plays a number of instruments and whose vocals can be heard on "Wonder Wheel" as well as Lisa's first album, "A Brooklyn Night.”
7:30pm - Elaine Romanelli
Award-wining singer/songwriter Elaine Romanelli brings vivacious charm to her catchy yet soul-searching songs. Her album THE HOUR BEFORE was named to four ‘Favorite Albums of the Year' lists by DJs around the country, including nationally syndicated Rich Warren of Chicago's WFMT-FM, who called it "utterly haunting… highly original”. More praise: “Stunning new album” (Broadway World). "Vibrant presence… Puts on an A+ show” (The Great Record Chase)” “A standout from other talents” (Arena). “A star in the making" (AXS). “A gifted voice that more people need to hear." (WFDU-FM DJ Ron Olesko)
Elaine was a 2016 Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist, a 2017 Folkstage artist, playing live to 15,000 listeners, and a 2017 Mid-Atlantic Song Contest award winner. She tours nationally, writes, sings, plays, and teaches.
6:00pm - Olivia Frances
"The blend of a 20-year-old’s sunny disposition with the wisdom of an old soul can be found in the folky pop-country musical creations of singer-songwriter Olivia Frances. She is known for her sunshine story pop music, think Jason Mraz meets Florence & the Machine. Olivia spent her gap year between high school and college in Nashville honing her distinctive sound by co-writing with notable songwriters such as Billy Lee (“The One” by Gary Allan), receiving attention from heavy-hitting music publishers such as Warner/Chappell Music. Olivia currently lives outside Boston and performs regularly on the East Coast to promote her newest album, Evergreen, which serves as a follow-up to her 2013 debut album Back to Happiness."
11:00pm - LO8
Lo8 is 4 guys from the tri-state area who just wanted to find a way to play some music for fun. Those jam sessions went so well it kept progressing. Featuring a blend of styles, Lo8 is a progressive, jazz and rock infused jam band with an emphasis on intricate interplay, groove laced jams, and a whimsical attitude.
3:30pm - Bellehouse
Started in New York City in 2013, Bellehouse's music is passionate Americana steeped in Classic Rock and Celtic lore. The 6-piece band has a joyful communal energy with vibrant performers; fronted by Sarah Elizabeth Haines (viola, voice), Jess T. Clinton (guitar, voice) and Mackenzie Shivers (keys, voice), the three sirenlike songwriters weave parallel tales deepened with lush vocal harmonies. Ryan Gross (banjo, voice), Yuka Tadano (bass), and Cody Rahn (percussion) bring sweet acoustic nuance and unshakeable rhythmic fortitude sure to captivate the listener.
1:00pm - Karen Dahlstrom
Karen Dahlstrom is a performing songwriter based in Brooklyn, NY. Her richly-narrated songs are rooted in traditional folk and Americana styles. Her first solo release, “Gem State” was called a “wonderfully sinister debut” by Americana UK. Karen also performs regularly as a member of the alt-folk group, Bobtown.
9:30pm - The Matt Angus Thing
Yup, Matt Angus and friends return for his 21st consecutive year. As usual joined by special guests with a mixture of music from Matt's 8 CDs and other songs that have become crowd favorites.
8:00pm - Nalani & Sarina
The proverbial "Home County girls made good", Flemington natives Nalani & Sarina are excited to be making their 4th Black Potatoe appearance. The identical twin sisters have been playing, singing and writing together since they were kids, and their smart, dynamic live show has made them favorites on the Northeastern club circuit. Jay Lustig recently wrote in Inside Jersey magazine: " They have big, soulful voices and a commanding stage presence. They have strong, meaningful, original songs." Currently preparing new music for national distribution, Nalani & Sarina are poised to uphold Jersey's long track record of breakout stars.
5:00pm - Joy Ike
Born to Nigerian immigrants, Joy Ike’s music, voice, and writing have drawn comparisons to female musicians such as Corinne Bailey Rae, Norah Jones, Regina Spektor, and Fiona Apple. But her percussive piano-playing and soaring vocals give homage to her African upbringing. Leaving her career as a publicist in 2008, Ike has spent the last 8 years playing thousands of shows across the country. She has had the opportunity to share the stage and open for Jeffrey Gaines, Sara Groves, Seth Glier, Cody Chestnutt, Allen Toussaint, and Tyrone Wells to name a few. A write-up on NPR's All Things Considered says "The depth of subjects she tackles in her poetic lyrics are perfectly complemented by a unique blend of neo-soul, with just the right dash of pop...a truly compelling act to watch in person, with the ability to create an intimate setting in locations big and small."
9:00pm - Danielle Miraglia
"Straddling the line where folk/roots meets rock/blues, Miraglia has a voice that can go from a raspy come-hither purr to an Etta James-esque powerhouse belt, although she may be best known for her lead thumb — a heavy, thumping strike on her Gibson that’s backdrop percussion in itself." - Lauren Daley, The Boston Globe
Saturday July 15th
1:30pm - Halley DeVestern
The Halley DeVestern Band is New York City based Blues/Funk/Roots/Rock band featuring ex-members of Roger Waters, Deni Bonet, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Shawn Mullins, and more. They have opened for Johnny Winter, Govt. Mule, Bonnie Bramlett, Jimmie Vaughan, John Hammond, Son Seals, Debbie Davies, Antigone Rising, Nicholas David and The Feelin', just to name a few. They have toured nationally and internationally, had a #1 song on the prestigious Roots Radio Report and were in the running for the 57th Annual Grammy Awards.
Black Potatoe Music Festival
6:30pm - Teneia
Based in Jackson, MS husband-and-wife duo Teneia creates music that combines elements of folk, soul, southern gospel, rock and pop. In 2015 after completing a successful crowd-funding campaign, the two took a huge leap of faith: they sold most of their possessions and bought a 32-foot travel trailer to tour North America and reach more hearts with their message of love and equality. According to Mitchell Hilllman at the Phoenix New Times their newest single, What's on Your Mind, Kid? " is "as surprisingly aggressive as it is intensely sexy.." Their passion and delivery makes them a band to watch in 2017.