TFDI Music Festival – Tickets – Evanston SPACE – Evanston, IL – September 7th, 2018

TFDI Music Festival

TFDI Music Festival

Fri, September 7, 2018 - Sat, September 8, 2018

Doors: 3:00 pm / Show: 4:00 pm

Evanston SPACE

Evanston, IL


This event is all ages

It all started early fall 2009, Tony Lucca & Jay Nash co-headlined a tour which featured Matt Duke as support. The bromance was set into motion. Early in the tour, the three recognized that they had great musical chemistry with their three part harmony and different, yet complementary approaches to guitar.
On a day off, 09/09/09, to be exact Lucca, Nash and Duke recorded four songs in an impromptu session at SPACE in Evanston, IL. Upon hearing those recordings, management and Rykodisc almost immediately put a plan together to release them as a four song EP. Two months later, the TFDI EP was released and quickly rose to number 1 on the iTunes Singer/Songwriter chart and stayed there for weeks. That EP has sold nearly 30,000 digital copies to date. Tony Lucca, Jay Nash and Matt Duke joined forces again in 2010 for a national tour that was largely sold out, and wrote and recorded the TFDI full length When I Stop Running.
That tour schedule was cut short by Tony Lucca's success on The Voice. In 2016, TFDI played together again for the first time in five years and decided that they needed to record more music together. Beggars & Ballers is TFDI's first release in nearly six years.
A Note From TFDI:
We find ourselves in a precarious moment for our country and our place in history. There is a lot of noise, plenty of division and truth often gets lost in the chaos.
As songwriters and individuals, just as with politics and social progress, lone voices are often drowned out by the fray. We don't think that it is a coincidence that time and fate brought TFDI back together after a five year hiatus, at this particular time and place. As much as each of us enjoy the freedom and catharsis of our individual musical endeavors, there is something undeniably powerful and resonant that happens when we pool our efforts, energy and talent. We uncover something more...something bigger than ourselves.
When we got together in December, we all found ourselves individually reflecting on this dismal, downward spiral that was the 2016 election cycle. No matter what side you were on, it was not a pretty thing to behold.
Each of us sought that catharsis that can only be found in music. Our musical reflections on the times each had their own respective personalities. Songs like Anymore and Make Sense of it All don't require much of a magnifying glass to see how they relate to the news cycle, while Moving On, Surrender and Maybe I Should Go use the metaphor of a hobbled relationships to parallel political dysfunction and potential resolution.
We chose to cover Bob Dylan's 'My Back Pages', not only because it is such an incredible and timeless piece of music and poetry, but because it feels so perfectly relevant to the 'here and now' to each of us. That song just covers so much ground.
At the end of the day, we cannot help but recognize that we get so much further in this world, when we seek harmony. While don't care what side you're on, but we hope these songs help you find the truth.
It’s been a busy two years for acclaimed singer-songwriter Meiko – after months on the road touring in support of 2014’s Dear You LP, she got married in the summer of 2015, and recorded and independently released her Live Songs From The Hotel Café EP which served as the timestamp for a personal Los Angeles sendoff. Meiko moved from the City of Angels to Music City this past fall, and in-between the tour dates, nuptials, a honeymoon, and packing for the one-way trek to Nashville, she wrote a new, career-defining album, appropriately titled Moving Day.

“Every song on the album is about moving in some way, shape, or form”, Meiko says. “Whether it’s moving to a new place, moving into different relationships, or just growing up and moving on emotionally, I love the idea of constant growth and change. This album represents some key moments of personal ‘moving days’ I’ve had in my life over the past 10 years.”
Emerson Hart
Emerson Hart
Emerson Hart, frontman for the multi-platinum band Tonic, comes back to time and again on his new record, his first solo release in over six years. Beauty in Disrepair, due out in early 2014, touches on loss, but also the beauty of rebirth, newfound love, family and starting a clean slate. Beauty in Disrepair marks a remarkably polished and honest follow-up to his 2007 solo debut Cigarettes & Gasoline, a critically-acclaimed album that spawned two Top 20 singles.
Gabe Dixon
Gabe Dixon
Over the past few years, Gabe Dixon changed almost everything. The Nashville-based troubadour focused on starting from scratch following the release of 2011’s One Spark. He parted ways with his longtime management and record label Concord Music Group, and he began feverishly penning ideas. However, the one thing that didn’t change was that honest, heartfelt approach to songwriting that countless fans fell in love with when he first emerged in 1999.
“I started writing a lot more than ever before,” he recalls. “I had so many songs, and I was really thinking about some weighty subjects—mortality, what’s important in life, and the value of love. In many ways, the music was about learning how to be in a committed relationship, leave immature ways behind, grow, evolve, and move on from habits that aren’t necessarily who you are anymore.”
With a clean slate and the biggest batch of songs yet, he entered The Smoakstack recording studio in Berry Hill, TN with producer Paul Moak [Mat Kearney, Third Day] in early 2015. He wanted to embrace what came most naturally and build a raw and real body of work.
“I wasn’t interested in making an album with any sequencing or anything on-the-grid,” he affirms. “I wasn’t interested in just handing over my songs to somebody. I wanted to go in with musicians and get performances that were inspiring and inspired and take it from there. Paul was completely on the same page. What results is an album that feels very natural and almost folk-y at times. I went a little off course on One Spark; I didn’t trust myself. I learned to trust myself, and the sound of Turns To Gold is the most representative of who I am. It’s warm, laidback, acoustic, and live.”
In the past, Gabe would play primarily grand piano. However, on Turns To Gold, he performed all but one song on an upright piano. This choice conveyed a different energy. He and the musicians cut everything to analog tape with no click track. In keeping with his newfound independence, he also launched a PledgeMusic campaign—another first—the day he began recording. Exceeding the goal within less than two months, he offered fans a distinct vignette into the creative process.
“I love this way of doing things because it puts me in the driver’s seat creatively, and I can retain more ownership of the project,” he says. “I could do whatever I wanted, and that was inspiring. It also encouraged me to connect with the fans even more. That was incredible.”
The album opener and first single “Holding Her Freedom” coasts between a shimmering piano melody, organ swell, guitar rumble, and heavenly vocal performance from Gabe. It also conveys a cinematic narrative.
“It’s a story about a woman who has been burned by love, and she’s afraid to let herself be vulnerable and fall in love again,” he explains. “She’s figuratively holding her freedom like a cage. That same ‘freedom’ keeps her trapped and unable to love again. I was glad to write a song with a little story to follow.”
Elsewhere, “That Redemption” begins with a bombastic groove that slides towards a spirited refrain bolstered by bluesy guitars and handclaps. “It’s about someone flying too close to the sun in a mythical sense,” he continues. “Their values are in the wrong place. They’re not treating people the way they should be treated. It can’t go on forever, and they’re going to get knocked down.”
“The One Thing I Did Right” pairs a soft piano melody with one of his most soulful performances on the album for an undeniable ballad. “It’s about my wife and remembering what’s most important in my life,” he says. “It’s a tribute to her. She’s a constant in a world that seems to be always changing around me.”
“I hope when people listen to the album, it makes them feel,” he leaves off. “Music has moved me so much. I want to do the same thing for others.”
Whiskey Wolves of the West
Whiskey Wolves of the West
Brainchild of veteran singer songwriters, Leroy Powell and Tim Jones, The Whiskey Wolves of The West are delivering a raw, authentic sound...something that can only be earned by a thousand nights in smokey bars and a million miles on bald bus tires.
Studio musician/producer extraordinaire, Leroy Powell, is heard on so many of your favorite records. Sturgill Simpson, Shooter Jennings, Waylon Jennings, Whiskey Myers and countless tracks with Grammy Awards Producer Dave Cobb. Vocal powerhouse, Tim Jones, shines on his notable collaborations with Chris Robinson (The Black Crowes), Carl Broemel (My Morning Jacket), and Truth & Salvage
The Contenders
The Contenders
The legend Levon Helm said that if you give it good concentration, good energy, good heart, and good performance, the song will play you. If that’s true, then Jay Nash and Josh Day are well and truly played by the set of songs in their debut EP, “Meet The Contenders.” The collection breathes with musicality and grit in the tradition of heroes—The Band, Tom Petty, The Dead, Dylan. Thrumming and heady, with a steady heartbeat and a hint of honky-tonk, this EP speaks of wanderers and highways, lovers and losers, good times and missed chances,swimming pools and movie stars, all with a ferocity born of hard work and honed skill. Nash and Day have been players and poets for the better part of two decades; they have been making music, telling tales, drinking whiskey,and having fun touring together as The Contenders since 2012.

Jay Nash’s music is like the river that raised him—strong and deep, with a little bit of lullaby and a big damn current. Twenty years ago, he played loud in bars along the Saint Lawrence River, in the reaches of New York so far-flung they’re almost Canadian. For the last decade, he’s journeyed the US and Europe solo, selling over 60,000 records without ever putting ink on a conventional record deal. Now in the green mountains, the quiet cold of winter rarefies wit and musicianship into the kind of Americana that knows where it comes from.

Hailing from the sweet, sticky hill country of North Carolina, Josh Day brings a percussive virtuosity that shapes the music and supports the vocals. With shining creativity and fine-boned craftsmanship, Day has that special something that resonates with audiences and always feels like a party. Be it playing bluegrass with the Kruger Brothers, touring with Sara Bareilles, or drumming for Jennifer Nettles, Day keeps it busy and honest, just whatone would expect from a man who plays with so much heart.

Lady luck introduced Nash and Day at Room 5 in Los Angeles over a decade ago. They both loved The Band and whiskey, so the eventual collaboration was inevitable. Faithful disciples of Rock ’n’ Roll and musician’s musicians both, Nash and Day have given a big stage to their talents and drives with this debut EP, so pour a good glass, give a nod to your betters, and meet The Contenders.
Venue Information:
Evanston SPACE
1245 Chicago Ave
Evanston, IL, 60202