“He sets up the melody atreble_clef_ylwnd rhythm,
then counter rhythms,
then counters those counters”
says All About Jazz

“monster player”
says the Untz

“festival guru,”
– Courier-Journal

“incredible talent”,
says Hip Rock



Hot Brown Smackdown is a bluegrass fueled, funk steered, rock influenced, semi-acoustic party sextet. Their individual members are in constant demand for studio and live session work, and as a band they

Vessel in its current configuration came together as some of the best players in Louisville at the time, each in successful bands, ended up jamming with each other. The Magic was easily recognizable,

Dark Side of the Wall – Featuring some of the top music and production talent in the region, the Louisville-based Band, “The Dark Side of the Wall” recreates the legendary shows

Blu Bop: A Tribute to Bela Fleck and the Flecktones is a career retrospective which spans every era of the Flecktones. Check out some video at www.FlecktonesTribute.com



March 25, 2017
  • Vessel w/ Almighty Get Down @ One Eyed Jacks (Fairborn, OH)

    March 25, 2017


April 7, 2017
  • Vessel w/ Electric Garden @ Brick Alley (Frankfort, KY)

    April 7, 2017


  • myron unavail

    April 7, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 10:00 am


April 14, 2017
  • Vessel @ Stanley's pub ( Cincinnati OH)

    April 14, 2017


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Saturday, March 18 at headliners music hall... Here's the schedule for the The Hot Brown GET DOWN! We're happy to host our friends MojoFlo, Mama Said String Band, Will Husband and Aj Clements from Electric Garden, Cheyenne Mize and Nina Rodahaffer from Strive, and live artist Pat Briney! Come out to Headliners Music Hall and get your groove on with us! ... See MoreSee Less

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Rumpke Mountain Boys – High Time, Low Tide is available

The hard-touring Rumpkes (the band already has several big festival appearances on the horizon, including next week’s Suwannee Springfest in Florida, where the band plays

Banjoist Hank Smith set to debut super-group at IBMA

Brian Paul Swenk | September 28, 2015 | Bluegrass Today “What if Bela’s Drive had the vocals of Chris Thile/Michael Daves?” You’ve probably never asked

Photo set: Hot Brown Smackdown, Misty Mountain String Band, The Tunesmiths (Zanzabar, 5/26/16)

originally published in the Louisville Eccentric Observer.

Yelling Compliments – A Review of Terrapin Hill’s Cabin Fever Reliever

Throughout the year Top of the Knob Productions hosts a number of great events at their privately-owned organic farm in Harrodsburg, KY (Harvest Festival/Snuggleween). To

Dark Side of the Wall interview

The Dark Side of the Wall is not just another cover band made up of several members from other bands locally, in Louisville, Ky. Dark