NIGHT 1 SHOWCASE
JUNE 14TH // 6:00 - 11:00PM
ROCHESTER CIVIC BLACK BOX THEATER
Gully Boys is a project fueled on determination, self-assuredness, and a DIY mentality. Formed in 2016 when none of the members knew how to play their respective instruments, the group has experienced a meteoric rise to the tune of a sold-out First Avenue main room and City Pages’ title of “Minnesota’s Best New Band". All you have to do is pick up an instrument and start playing, kids. The rest is history.
DREAMS WE’VE HAD
The name says it all. Dreams We’ve Had is the dream/synth pop project of Bennett Blumberg. A wizard in the modular synth world, Blumberg creates atmospheric, luscious environments for his songwriting to live in.With the release of their first EP after Blumberg’s shift to vocals, Dreams We’ve Had garnered the attention of Spotify, receiving several editorial playlistings and a national following. The sound can fill a room fast—it’s entrancing.
PARKWAY & COLUMBIA
ANN ARBOR, MI
Emotional. Honest. Straightforward. Founded by vocalist Tyler Floyd, Parkway & Columbia is an emo-adjacent indie rock band with roots in early 2000s alternative rock and Midwest emo. Kind of like early Death Cab For Cutie reincarnated. They also have a vibraphone player, which we here in the ROCKchester camp are all very excited to see.
With seven appearances at last year’s festival, Wyatt Moran has taken a step back this year with the stripped back material to prove it. We all grow into and out of phases in our lives. If you follow Wyatt’s progression through his releases, you’ll hear it. It’s more thoughtful, more calculated, more poignant when it needs to be and more biting when it doesn’t. His most recent EP, “In Another Life”, is out now. ROCKchester will be the release show for whatever else he plans to share…
The project of Rochester multi-instrumentalist, Isaac Jahns, Greentop is named after a small town in Missouri along Jahns’ commute to college. It signifies a more-than-halfway point, a move away from negative mindsets and towards self actualization. With the release of his first full length record and a Midwest tour under his belt, Jahns hopes to continue the momentum into ROCKchester and plans on releasing new music very soon.
ST. PAUL, MN
“We’re all gonna die—all of us.” As damning as that is to most, Alexander Natalie seems at peace with their brand of nihilism. Finding meaning in miserable situations is always better said than done. With the release of their first full length album, “How Much Could You Ask Of Me?”, songwriter Noah Topliff doesn’t try to make anything sound too “pretty.” Instead, he combats the somber and desolate with matter-of-factness—offering comfort in certainty and consolation in pain.