The Bands 2019

Estival Festival 2020 is in the works! The information on this page is from 2019 BUT several of everyone favorite bands will be returning in 2020 along with some new acts.

For more information on Bands, Performance Artists, Carvers, and more please visit https://EstivalFestival.com

The Sim Redmond Band

Since their inception over 10 years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been steadily on the rise, forging new ground in roots music.

Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of moe., the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. With 6 tours of Japan under their belt, SRB’s unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Carribean, and reggae music continues to spread like wildfire. 

They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds eminating from West & South Africa. This magnetic pole has served as a pivot for the Sim Redmond Band to spring into straight rock grooves and pumping reggae. The vocal teamwork of Sim Redmond, Jen Middaugh, and Nate Silas Richardson creates some of the richest harmonies you’ll ever hear. 

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The Probables

The Probables are a rhythm-driven, folkcana/roots rock band from Jamestown, New York.  The band formed in March of 2016 and hit the ground running by releasing their EP in July of the same year. The Probables follow-up release, “Cumberland Line,” brought to fruition in June of 2018, expanded their music scope.  With influences of Americana, Folk, Contemporary, Bluegrass and Rock, The Probables result was a fusion of a unique blend.  ​  

The Probables consist of 5 members: Steve Johnson – Lead Singer/Acoustic Guitar, Matt Gronquist – Accordion/Fiddle/Vocals, Adam McKillip – Mandolin/Vocals, Ryan Ecklund -Bass, and Nick Campbell – Drums to complete the sound!  ​  

The group’s distinctive name was decided upon during a booking exchange with the organizer of the annual Great Blue Heron Music Festival in Sherman, NY. The band had not yet chosen a name when they expressed interest in making a debut at the annual festival.  The organizer of the festival responded, “I’ll  probably book you, so I guess we should just call you ‘The Probables’.”  The rest is history…       

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Into the Now

Into the Now plays the best of the Grateful Dead, The Stones, The Doors, and more.

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Mike Brown

In addition to a prolific career as a singer-songwriter, producer and multi- instrumentalist, Grammy-nominated artist Mike Brown is an incredibly dynamic and versatile collaborator. His debut record, American Hotel, was self-recorded in all 50 states over the course of eight years, and features a staggeringly diverse roster of 75 special guests, including members of: The Band, Los Lobos, The Jayhawks, Wilco, Television, Nine Inch Nails, Bare Naked Ladies, Guster, Goo Goo Dolls, The Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Sparklehorse, Gwar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Matchbox Twenty, The Meat Puppets, Soul Asylum, Cracker, Superdrag, Whiskeytown, Morphine, Moxy Fruvous, Belle and Sebastian, 10,000 Maniacs, The Minus 5, Freedy Johnston, Letters To Cleo and Soul Coughing. 

Brown is also the founder of Temperamental Recordings, a recording studio and label based out of a former Methodist church built in 1828.  In 2011 the impressive space and collection was featured on The History Channel show American Pickers, with Brown appearing as an expert and appraiser of musical instruments and vintage recording equipment. 

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Personal Blend

Personal Blend is a 7- piece reggae/ rock group out of Rochester, NY. Coming off their full length debut album ‘Skin Deep’ in August of 2016, and more recently ‘Ride EP’ released in December of 2017; the band has been making waves throughout Upstate NY playing both festivals and venues alike and continuing to push forward. They bring a feel-good, party-vibe that’s including of all people and age groups and the band always leaves you wanting more. Personal Blend hopes to share their message of love and unity so be on the lookout for PB in a city near you.

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