Cole DeGenova is a pianist, vocalist, and songwriter. Coming from a family of musicians he began studying piano at age four. By 15 he was working as a professional musician around his native Chicago, performing alongside some of the city’s jazz and blues greats such as Kurt Elling, Patricia Barber, Orbert Davis, Jon Faddis, Skinny Williams, and Corey Wilkes before the age of 20. Cole has since toured all across the country, Europe, and South America as a sideman or performing his original material, a blend of neo-soul, jazz, and rock. A recent Berklee College of Music graduate, Cole was also blessed to study under the tutelage of piano greats Danilo Perez and Joanne Brackeen. He has since worked with the likes of legendary producers George Massenburg, Queen producer Dave Richards, and Michael Woodrum. He has recently performed alongside Grammy-winners Paula Cole, Meshell Ndegeocello, and opened for poet Saul Williams and rapper Gza.As lead vocalist, songwriter, and keyboardist, Cole also leads his own group, the raucous Cole DeGenova & The Peoples Republic, touring back and forth across the US. Their first album JUST PEOPLE AGAIN was released in summer 2009. It was produced by Geoffrey Nielsen with arrangement help from Meshell Ndegeocello and is a solid testament to the group’s eclectic and vibrant style.
Telekinetic Walrus presents listeners with a world of Funky, Psychedelic, Hip Hop infused Bass Music. Formed in Miami in 2009, the band quickly achieved a strong following with their unique sound, conscious lyrics, and high-energy live performances. Telekinetic Walrus is comprised of: Y Diz – a producer, instrumentalist, and Ableton Live Certified Trainer specializes in Moog synthesizers and other live instrumentation; The Time-Zoo Keeper – a vocalist and lyricist, generates a captivating stage presence with his charismatic energy, soulful verses, and operatic techniques; Corinne Stevie – an intergalactic MC and lyricist, plants seeds of positivity into the minds of listeners; Komakozie – an astounding vocal percussionist, MC, and lyricist, flows flawlessly in the moment with matter bending mantras; Faun 5000 – a saxophone /flute specialist and King of the planet Faunzellia, soothes the soul with sensual vibrations. Buffalo – a veteran guitar magician, uses his strings to serenade with enduring beauty and soul. Telekinetic Walrus recently returned from their Tic Toc tour, which journeyed through the Southeastern United States, this Fall to close out the main stage at Grassroots Music Festival in Shakori Hills, North Carolina. Having put out four EPs and a single in the past year alone, the band is gearing up for a Spring tour to support their upcoming full-length album release. Bolstered by The Telekinetic Family, the band’s skilled support squad, Telekinetic Walrus expands their performances into highly engaging multimedia experiences, which include many different forms of atmosphere enhancing props, costumes, and theatrics. Telekinetic Walrus has shared bills with a diverse range of international acts, such as The Chemical Brothers, Flying Lotus, Del The Funky Homosapien, Four Tet, RJD2, Matisyahu, Dub FX, Easy Star All Stars, Prefuse 73, Afrobeta, and visionary artist, Alex Grey. In addition to playing at all three Grassroots Festivals in Miami, New York, and North Carolina, the band has also played at Ultra Music Festival, III Points Music Festival, and MoonFest to name a few. Telekinetic Walrus focuses daily on spreading their music and positive vibes to a worldwide audience, while continuing to produce live performances and events, that unify people through community-building collaborations and active peace.
From Tha 99 is an electrifying stew of neo-soul, R&B, and hip-hop, proclaiming themselves as "Soul-Hop". Cultivating their sound through extensive practice and musicianship, they are dedicated to creating music that is reminiscent of your parents record collection, yet will blast you full force into the future. Taking cues from artists such as Slum Village, Erykah Badu and D’Angelo, they expand and continue a movement of modern soul while complimenting it with hip-hop roots. Tha 99’s live performance is truly a vision. Their infectious stage presence and communication is sincerely something special and rare in today's music world.