What’s the Hometeam New Years Rally you ask? Why, it’s not just a festival, it’s a union and a reunion for family and friends who share a love for music, art and community. It’s the type of gathering you’ll see the same musician you cheered for on stage, pull up a chair next to you and join the campfire jam. It’s home and we can’t wait for you join the team!
Join us as the Hometeam All-Stars grace the Skipper Dome yet again as we get warmed up for the 6th Annual Hometeam New Years Rally.
HOMETEAM NEW YEARS RALLY
Dec 29 – Dec 31 at Maddox Ranch in Lakeland, FL.
Tickets and info: www.hometeamnewyears.com
THE GROOVE ORIENT
The Groove Orient (TGO) is a high-powered, no-holds-barred, rock ‘n’ roll act based out of Orlando, FL. This five member group boasts a musical versatility and originality that many followers describe as ‘Florida rock.’ TGO has drawn attention from both local and national listeners, as they earned the title of Orlando Weekly’s best experimental band of 2014, as well as a feature in Relix Magazine’s 40th Anniversary issue. TGO recently followed up their breakout EP Welcome to the Show, with the much anticipated release of their second EP Generation Y, at the House of Blues Orlando. Along with the House of Blues, TGO has also performed at the Florida Music Festival, Earthday Birthday, the Florida Citrus Bowl and the Suwannee Music Park, with numerous local and national festivals to come.
Ajeva (a-jay-vuh) is a progressive funk powerhouse from St. Petersburg, FL. Composed of Reed Skahill (lead vox/guitar/keys), Taylor Gilchrist (bass), Travis Young (drums), Mark Mayea (lead keys), and Skyler Golden (lead guitar), Ajeva has been playing all over Florida and South-East since March 2013 spreading their message of unity, peace and FUNK! With catchy vocals, infectious grooves, and a high energy live show Ajeva has the sound & vibe that will keep you watching and listening
Between Bluffs is a combination of Soul, Roots and Jam. They call Dunedin, FL home, and they formed to create audio frequency transmissions back in 2011. “You know how those UF lab scientists hybridize plant specimens? Well, Between Bluffs are musicians who do the same thing but with roots of the fun, folksy, country kind.” – Julie Garisto (Creative Loafing)
Get ready for a fresh dose of The Reality! This funkadelic foursome hails from the sunny shores of Tampa, Florida and has hit the bay area with a new sound that has the masses in a daze, like a hot summer’s day. With music as sweet and juicy as the first bite of one of the bands signature pineapples, pin your ears back and listen to their soul drenched music and see why fans are just begging for another sip!
Known for their unique blend of funk, jazz, reggae and rock, the collective quartet has brought a fresh and exciting presence to the music scene, always daring to push the limits and break new boundaries. Fans compare us to the classics such as Pink Floyd, and Jimi Hendrix, mixed with modern sounds such as Sublime, Red Hot Chili Peppers, and John Mayer, IF you can wrap your mind around that one.
ARTISTS AT LARGE
From a small valley in New York, Kaleigh Baker has fostered a connection with her audiences since her early days of performing. Now she travels more than 300 days a year playing her bluesy blend of songwriting. Kaleigh’s gypsy ancestry has started to take root in her music, melding with her rock attitude, jazz and mountain-soul influences. She continues to mold her music with every bend on her journey.
“With a booming voice reminiscent of Adele, yet a songwriting sensibility that’s tougher and wiser than many out there, Baker’s rough-and-tumble blues mantra sizzles when you throw her jazzy sound.” -Pure Volume
“With its deep, bluesy quality, her voice is both soulful and powerful.” -Examiner
Matt began playing guitar at a very young age in Chicago, IL. It has always been a passion and a dream to be playing music for a living and that dream has been realized. taught guitar and bass for 6 years, passing on his experience and knowledge of music theory, and elements of jazz, blues, funk, rock, bluegrass, and reggae. “One of the greatest compliments I have received is that he is a very versatile musician. I play guitar, bass, mandolin, banjo, slide guitar, and write my own music as well,” states Matt. Moving from Chicago has reinvigorated his passion for songwriting and live performance. “You can’t write music unless you engulf your life in it… If you don’t have tales of travel, pain, love, heartache, triumph, hurt, challenge, and loneliness, it becomes very hart to write great songs. I hope that comes across in my latest work.” Matt plays a lot of solo acoustic shows around the Tampa/St. Petersburg area, and also plays with some of the best acts in the region as well as an accompanying musician becoming a well reputed multi-intrumentalist. Whether he is jamming acoustic music on the beach, or rocking out on stage on an electric guitar, it’s an experience not to be missed.