The Crooked Vines
Based out of New Orleans, Louisiana, The Crooked Vines is a funk-pop collective that combines jazz and rock influences with brass instrumentation, soulful vocals and a driving rhythm section. Steven Schwartz (Keys and Tenor Sax), Lori LaPatka (Alto Sax), and Woody Hill (Drums and Percussion) first met while studying music at Loyola University New Orleans. These three formed the first incarnation of the group in 2012, looking to apply their professional musicianship to a new project. Over the next two years they were joined by members Nick Carlisi (Guitar), Sam Fruend (Bass), James Keene (Trombone), and Mikayla Braun (Vocals). The group released their first album on October 10th, 2015, self-titled The Crooked Vines (available on Spotify, iTunes, Apple Music, Amazon, BandCamp, and other major platforms). They have opened for Rebirth Brass Band, Johnny Sketch and the Dirty Notes, and Captain Green. You can currently find the group playing around the New Orleans music scene at such venues as The Howlin’ Wolf, Tipitina’s, The Maison, Balcony Music Club, The Dragon’s Den, Prytania Bar, Verret’s Lounge, and many others.
Lucas Jack began his songwriting and performance career crafting songs for any and all family occasions as a small boy, a passion he carried as a teenager to the bars, hotel lobbies, and social events of his hometown of Kalamazoo, Michigan – anywhere with an unguarded piano. This creative impulse was fostered throughout his twenties via collaboration with a series of bands while working as an attorney in Chicago. At last heeding music as a full-time calling, he left the corporate grind and released his first album, The Chicago EP, in 2012, followed by the full-length album, "Before I Forget, which is due out in January 2015.
Channeling and reinventing the tradition of great piano rock of Billy Joel and Elton John, with the subject matter and passion of Dawes, Mountain Goats, Rufus Wainwright, and The Hold Steady, Lucas Jack is a singer-songwriter-pianist telling finely-hewn stories of the modern American experience with his powerful tenor voice and inspired musicianship. He and his band currently live and perform in and around Texas.