We are proud to announce the musical lineup for the 2022 Earth Day Festival on April 23, 2022, Springfield, MO’s only plastic-free music and sustainability festival!
MEET THE MUSICIANS!
Thank you to our headliners
Much like your favorite t-shirt, The HillBenders just feel good. They don’t follow any old stigmas attached to bluegrass which creates a space to be themselves musically. For over ten years now the five original members have traveled coast to coast and around the world spreading joy and excitement through music. The HillBenders celebrated this decade-long milestone with a new original record (Nov. 2018) and “Pettygrass”- a collaboration with jamband veteran Keller Williams to give the music of Tom Petty a bluegrass twist. This comes as a follow-up to the critically-acclaimed 2015 release of their 3rd album, TOMMY: A Bluegrass Opry, an acoustic interpretation of the The Who’s legendary rock opera, TOMMY. From the deepest roots in bluegrass as the National Single Microphone Champions to the far left of progressive acoustic music The HillBenders have played the most elite stages in both the festival circuit and the performing arts world. High-energy performances, a diverse catalog, and a slice of humor make way for what appears to be more of a brotherhood than a business – and each audience they play for becomes a part of that family.
“As I finished a new song in my studio, I was hoping to cool down by listening to [The HillBenders’] new record. But it has had the opposite effect, I am surrounded by the angels and excited as hell. I really like all of it. The recording is very special… Clean, dry, and intimate. It should win a f—cking Grammy, it’s that good!”
“After catching the spotlight’s eye with Tommy, [The HillBenders] were determined to stir its ardor with their originals, and overwhelmingly succeeded. The whole album is well written and performed with hardly a blemish or toss-away…”
“If The Hillbenders proves anything, it’s the fact that its namesake combo clearly has the credence and conviction needed to carry them to the top ranks of today’s progressive bluegrass pantheon.”
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SALT was formed in early 2018 with a singular goal: attention to detail in both song writing and visual elements of stage performance. A power trio, they create an amazing wall of sound with hauntingly melodic vocal harmonies, heart shaking bass, thunderous drums, and space time tearing guitar.
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Apple Music: https://music.apple.com/us/artist/salt/1461677623
Hailing from Southwest Missouri and deeply inspired by the musical legacy of Memphis, Sister Lucille has turned the worlds of Blues, Roots and Soul on their collective head and created their own genre – Memphunk! The band’s musical genetics run wide and deep. From lead singer Kimberly Dill’s Opry debut at the Ryman Auditorium as a teenager, opening for the legendary Kitty Wells, to the band’s Beale Street debut in 2014, the Springfield, MO foursome breathes funk in to the Blues, stirs it with the soul of Gospel and tints it with an air of Country to forge a sound that’s distinctly American but universal in its appeal. Dill and Jamie Holdren (guitar/vocals) are both second-generation musicians, and their collective musical DNA is the fuel for Sister Lucille’s fire.
Their 2019 debut album, Alive, clocked an astounding 22 straight months on the Top 50 Blues-Rock Album Chart, with all 11 songs hitting the Top 50 Blues-Rock Song Chart for multi-month runs, and finished the year at #10 on the 2020 Top 200 Year-End Blues-Rock Chart. Three songs from Alive became mainstays on SIrius/XM’s Bluesville, and the album won the 2020 Blues Blast Award for Best Debut CD, and also received three Independent Blues Award Nominations for Best New Artist CD, Best Soul-Blues Artist and Best Contemporary Blues Song. “Gone,” the follow-up single released by the band in late 2020, was featured in the January/February 2021 issue of Relix magazine and has garnered airplay on every top Blues radio program in the US, and is proof Sister Lucille’s patented Memphunk sound is here to stay.
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Molly Healey String Project
Molly Healey began her solo career in 2015 touring as a looping artist, blending her violin and cello together with her voice into atmospheric and experimental orchestral folk songs, and those first compositions were featured on her debut solo album, Nightbirds. Followed up by Human in 2017, Circles is her third album in only four years. She has grown from the stripped-down looping solo set, to a roster of songs that she often performs with a full electric band. She plays cello, violin, guitar, and experiments with hand percussion while looping in Ableton Live.
The 2019 release of Circles is by far the most ambitious of her efforts. At times, it ventures into tense and driving rock beats reminiscent of Radiohead, and at others, it showcases her folk-rock roots, harking the songwriting style of Dawes or Spoon; all the while lacing nearly every track with full string arrangements performed entirely by multi-tracking herself in the studio. Her classically-trained, powerful voice remains a hallmark of her sound. Currently, she is in the studio tracking material for her upcoming 4th release.
She has opened for Victor Wooten, Yonder Mountain String Band, and has played sets at Burning Man, Roots N Blues Festival in Columbia, and for the Missouri Contemporary Ballet. Her band members are Zach Harrison on electric guitar, Kyle Day on bass, and Danny Carroll on drums.
She continues to play violin for The Ozark Mountain Daredevils, The Lacewings, and Fair Trade. She frequently does session work for various bands across the state.
Molly is also the co-organizer of Earth Day: The Festival, an upcoming concert that will be raising funds for local environmental organizations.
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Brandon Moore is singer/songwriter who performs high-spirited, barefoot-in-the-grass-under-funky-stars, feel-good songs with danceable grooves. He has performed in multiple Missouri, bands, including Déjà Vu, Barefoot Revolution, Moore-Healey, Jalopy, The Shotgun Brothers, The Hurricanes and more. Whether a man and a guitar or the core of a full band, Moore’s unabashed joy for life, music and friends creates easy chemistry for playing with a wide range of ensembles.
Moore’s latest album, Down in the Dirt, is the first composed entirely of Brandon’s original songs. Its title is metaphor for his love of the musical community he’s grown in.
Jimmy Rea (of the Hillbenders) partnered with Moore to engineer and envision it. “Jimmy and I would imagine a song the way we wanted to hear it, and I could think of a particular artist I knew who could match that imagined sound,” recounts Moore, enthusiastically. “Each time we played a track, a friend would match the sound in my head, and then the song would morph into something spontaneous and original.”
On stage or around any picking circle, Moore is a product of his environment while energetically creating it — shoes off, face lit up, his melodies and rhythms sparking in sync with all the surrounding music — authentically embracing Moore’s vision of showcasing the sounds and spontaneity he loves.
Find Brandon on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bmooremusic93/
Justin Larkin is a multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriter from Springfield, Missouri. Larkin has spent the last 15+ years performing around the Ozarks and across the greater Midwest with various musical groups including Mood Ring Circus as well as a one-man band, all while honing in on a distinct & hearty blend of Roots, Soul & Rocknroll music, dubbed “Cosmic Ozarkana”. Larkin’s debut album “Nowhere Is a Place”, which features members of the Hillbenders, the Ozark Mountain Daredevils, the Domino Kings, and many other Ozark area talents, is due for release this spring.
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Abbey Waterworth is a songstress from Clever, Missouri. With a long family heritage of traditional music, Waterworth now explores multiple forms of American music, from 1920s jazz to modern dream pop. She prides herself as a singer, but has played guitar, banjo, ukulele, and bass for most of her life. She has played around the country (Country Music Hall of Fame, Fitzgerald’s, Off Broadway) and has opened for large acts (Pokey LaFarge, Wayne Hancock) but still resides and plays in the Ozarks.
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My name is Avery Mann and I’m a lot of things. I’m a handcrafted singer songwriter, a vocalist with a knack for guitar, an absolute mess of a college student, and most importantly, a hopeless romantic. I was born in Springfield Missouri and my influence ranges from soul, alt rock, hiphop, jazz and oldies. I’m one british accent away from Ed Sheern and I’m five songs away from broke. I have successfully managed to wrap an entire childhood of ridiculous stories, thoughts, and mistakes in a dramatic musical bow that will either make you wanna dance with your mama or stop talking to that ex you still text late at night. I’ve performed for crowds as big and small from Sandiego California to Pittsburgh Pennsylvania, but it’s always a good time when I put poetry to a mic.
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Springfield Aerial Fitness
At Springfield Aerial Fitness we bring you the gift of flight. Our classes provide a unique way to gain strength and gracefulness while exploring aerial movement. Our classes are challenging, fun, and safe. Come join the circus fitness revolution! We offer Group Fitness Classes as well as Small Group Private Instruction for adult and children’s birthday parties, bachelorette parties, team building exercises and group outings. We also offer Professional Aerial, Fire, And Stilt Walking Performances for Weddings, Fundraisers, Corporate Events, Birthday Parties, etc.
For performer information, check out www.sgfaerialfitness.com/booking