Behind the Opportunity: Treehouse Festival

We’re so excited to share that we’re the official submission platform for the inaugural Treehouse Festival in L.A.! What started as a monthly event held at pop-up locations in L.A. where performers present their talents, has evolved into an all-day festival at The Ambassador Auditorium to expose upcoming artists to the crowd they deserve. We chatted with the inspiring team behind Treehouse to learn about the festival, exclusive ReverbNation opporunity, Kickstarter campaign, and more.

Hey Alex, Diana, and Charlsey! Thanks for chatting with us! Can you tell us a little about yourself.
Alex Wisner: Musician at AKW/Founder of Treehouse
Diana Mantis: Photographer
Charlsey Kellen: Founder of Dog-Eared Records

We are beyond excited to be the official submission platform for the First Annual Treehouse Festival! Can you tell us a little about Treehouse?
Alex: I’m so happy to be working with you guys. I know that this site has such a plethora of artists waiting to be found and that’s truly what we’re all about. Treehouse Festival is a one-day festival taking place in Los Angeles on October 15th. This festival is the result of a monthly event that I’ve been holding every month for the last year and a half. These monthly events started in my living room and quickly grew too large and became pop-up events all around Los Angeles. We showcase musicians, writers, actors and filmmakers. Each person has a 8-10 minute slot and we’ve ranged from 8 artists to sometimes 20 artists in one night. People submit via our website and we curate a night in a random location adorned with Christmas tree lights, an attentive audience and very memorable, touching performances.

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Road to Sturgis: Meet Midnight Mob, Low Volts, and The Grizzled Mighty

What’s it like to hit the road and perform at Sturgis Buffalo Chip? We’re going behind the scenes with Midnight Mob, Low Volts, and The Grizzled Mighty on their journey to Sturgis, SD for the performance of a lifetime. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band's journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Read on to meet the bands and follow their Road to Sturgis.

Hey everyone! We’re so excited to follow your journey to the Sturgis Buffalo Chip! What was it like to find out that you were selected for this opportunity out of thousands of bands?

Midnight Mob: We are so excited! It’s kind of unbelievable and frankly a little terrifying. We’ve been together 7 years and for the most of us this was our first band. Some of us never played our instruments before, so it’s kind of unfathomable that we get to be apart of this after the kind of humble beginnings we’ve had. I can’t imagine being in front of that many people opening for One, the only Metallica Tribute Band and Three Doors Down on a Saturday night. Then have the opportunity again to play then next night after Kid Rock’s set. We’re pretty speechless about all of this. We’re that stereotypical story that began by kicking out the jams in the back of a garage & believing in it all these years. 

Low Volts: It felt really great to be selected to play Sturgis, still does! I’m a motorcycle fiend!

The Grizzled Mighty: Pretty cool. Things are going to get weird in South Dakota.

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Introducing Road to Sturgis

Have you ever wondered what life on the road is like? We're following Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts as they travel to Sturgis, SD to perform at the Sturgis Buffalo Chip. These rockin' bands were selected through an exclusive ReverbNation opportunity to play along a lineup that includes Kid Rock, Miranda Lambert, Willie Nelson, and more. Over the next few weeks, they'll be documenting their journey with GoPros, photos, and more to give you an inside look at what life is really like. Come along for the ride and get to know the bands.

Take an inside look at life on the road with Midnight Mob, The Grizzled Mighty, and Low Volts. Road to Sturgis promises to take you on each band’s journey as the make their way to Sturgis Buffalo Chip to perform at the biggest motorcycle rally in the U.S.. Follow three unique bands, all with different stories, each coming from different parts of the country, but with one mission — making it to Sturgis, South Dakota for the performance of a lifetime.

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Meet the Artists Playing Summerfest Vol. 4

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” is taking over Milwaukee, WI June 29 - July 10, and as the official submission platform we’re excited to share over 30 ReverbNation artists are on the bill. Get to know the artists below!

Celeste Buckingham

Celeste Buckingham

My Gold Mask
Electro-pop duo My Gold Mask are bringing their daring jams to Summerfest this year. The duo has been featured in Paste Magazine, NYLON, and Wild Magazine.
Set Time: 7/5 @ 4:15 PM, Johnson Control World Soundstage

Thaddeus Anna Greene
The soulful rockers of Thaddeus Anna Greene are some of our favorite live performers. The FADER-approved band will be closing out the Emerging Artists Series on July 9th.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 6:45 PM, Johnson Control World Soundstage

AJ Smith
AJ Smith is an award-winning singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He gave TEDx talk a few years back, and it’s pretty neat.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 4:15 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Charles Love
Smooth jazz instrumentalist Charles Love will kick off the show on July 8th at the Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard, where Phil Vassar will be headlining.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 12:00 PM, Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard

Stolen Rhodes
Americana rock band Stolen Rhodes hits the road often to play shows all over the country. They count Lynyrd Skynyrd, Jackyl, and Blackberry Smoke amongst the acts with whom they’ve shared the stage.
Set Time: 7/7 @ 5:00 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

The Brevet

The Brevet

Chip Greene
Nashville-based singer-songwriter Chip Greene weaves wistful tales of love and loss in his music. His poppy music can be heard on MTV, and in ads for Sprite, Delta Airlines, Eddie Bauer and more.
Set Time: 7/7 @ 3:00 PM,

The Brevet
The men of The Brevet combine Americana rock, emotional lyrics and sweeping melodies, and the final product is epic. Their live show won’t disappoint.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 3:00 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Celeste Buckingham       
Soulful pop songstress Celeste Buckingham has impressed the likes of Billboard and Cosmo. Her dramatic, bouncy anthems have garnered huge success on Europe’s pop charts, and now she’s poised to take America by storm.
Set Time: 7/7 @ 5:30 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Shah Jahan
Psych-pop band Shah Jahan has been featured in The Deli Magazine, Chicago Mixtape, and No Country For New Nashville. This gaggle of gentlemen draw their influences from Indian sitar and cymbal music, which makes for seriously dreamy music.
Set Time: 7/8 @ 1:45 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Midnight Mob
These powerhouse rockers have staked their claim at the intersection of punk, metal, blues, and soul. New Noise Magazine, Music Junkie Press and many more have sung their praises, and they’re sure to impress at the Harley Davidson Stage next week.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 6:30 PM, Harley Davidson Roadhouse

Circleswitch
This band of dudes are masters of melody-driven hard rock. Circleswitch’s music is equal parts old school and cutting edge.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 4:00 PM, Harley Davidson Roadhouse

Eagle Trace
This Milwaukee-based band of brothers combine nostalgic rock vibes with bold bouncy beats. They’ve shared the stage with Kopecky and Wildcat! Wildcat!, to name a few.
Set Time: 7/5 @1:45PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

Hank & Cupcakes
This indie-pop outfit has gotten the stamp of approval on funky fresh vibes from Paste Magazine, MTV and more. They’re no strangers to the festival circuit — they’ve played Summerfest, Voodoo Fest and Backwoods, to name a few.
Set Time: 7/9 @ 6:30 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

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Meet the Artists Playing Summerfest Vol. 3

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” is taking over Milwaukee, WI June 29 - July 10, and as the official submission platform we’re excited to share over 30 ReverbNation artists are on the bill. Get to know the artists below!

Nora Collins

Nora Collins

The Pheels
This Atlanta based “Bedroom Geek” duo is known for their smooth, spacey R&B/ soul sound. They recently released their EP “likeWise,” which made waves in the Atlanta music scene and solidified their place as a hometown hero artist. They are a must see.
Set Time: 7/6 6:45 @ Emerging Artist Series

Just B Polo
New York Native Just B Polo is a versatile performer/writer/engineer with immense talent and potential. He has spent the summer performing in the east coast area. Don’t miss him light up the stage at Summerfest!
Set Time: 7/6 4:15 @ Emerging Artist Series

Ogden Payne
This Austin native started his trade at the young age of 17, and since then has grown and cultivated his sound to the well made, hip hop/neo soul sound that has gotten him booked at numerous renowned music festivals including this year’s Summerfest. Don’t miss it!
Set Time: 7/6 5:30 @ Emerging Artist Series

Nora Collins
Country girl Nora Collins recently signed a publishing and artist development deal with MV2 in Nashville, TN. Since then, she has continued to make numerous appearances and grow her sound. Catch her in her home state as she performs this July at Summerfest!
Set Time: 7/6 4 PM @ US Cellular

Ogden Payne

Ogden Payne

Max & The Invaders
This 10 piece Ska/ Reggae band has been releasing music and playing the Milwaukee area for more than 30 years! Seasoned Summerfest veterans, they have nailed the art of crowd-pleasing in their home town. Check them out!
Set Time: 7/5 5pm Briggs and Stratton Big Backyard

Epoch Failure
These Camden natives took the high road and pursued music even in trying conditions at home. Catch this amazingly talented urban pop duo at Summerfest this July!
Set Time: 7/6 @ 3PM, Emerging Artist Series

Check out the other artists: Volume 1, 2

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Meet the Artists Playing Summerfest Vol. 2

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” is taking over Milwaukee, WI June 29 - July 10, and as the official submission platform we’re excited to share over 30 ReverbNation artists are on the bill. Get to know the artists below!

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Shirley Green

AyOH
Soulful rock trio AyOH came together in 2010, and they’ve been churning out passion-filled, energetic music ever since. Fans of The Killers and Ryan Adams will dig these up and comers.
Set Time: 7/2 @ 6:30 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

Jocelyne & Chris Arndt
These sibling rockers have put on a great show with their powerful vocals and retro-inspired riffs. They’ve been featured in Paste Magazine, The 405, and Relix Magazine.
Set Time: 7/2 @ 5:00 PM, The Emerging Artists Series

Shirley Green
Milwaukee-based alt-rock outfit Shirley Green’s songs are quirky and melodic. Playing on their home turf at Summerfest will be a treat for the band and fans alike.
Set Time: 7/1 @ 12:00 PM, Harley Davidson Roadhouse

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Jocelyne & Chris Arndt

Life In A Tree
Life In A Tree were recently nominated by the Wisconsin Area Music Industry in both the  “Best Indie Rock Band” and “Best Female Vocalist” categories. They are Summerfest veterans, having performed at the festival several times.
Set Time: 7/2 @ 2:00 PM, Briggs & Stratton Big Backyard

4 On the Floor
Classic rock group 4 On The Floor has a nostalgic 70’s – 80’s vibe that’s sure to please the Summerfest crowd.
Set Time: 7/2 @ 6:00 PM, BMO Harris Pavillion

Captain Midnight
Glam-jam band Captain Midnight will be coming to Summerfest by way of Nashville. Their live show is not to be missed!
Set Time: 7/5 @ 3:00 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

Check the other artists here.

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Meet the Artists Playing Summerfest Vol. 1

Summerfest, “The World’s Largest Music Festival,” is taking over Milwaukee, WI June 29 - July 10, and as the official submission platform we’re excited to share over 30 ReverbNation artists are on the bill. Get to know the artists below!

The Electric Sons
This Atlanta-based duo makes sparkling, vivacious pop music that’s perfect for summer nights. There’s no doubt they’ll win the hearts of their audience at Summerfest.
Set Time: 7/1 @ 8:00 PM, Johnson Controls World Soundstage

GlassLux

GlassLux

Ron Gallo
This garage rock trio recently debuted their single “Kill The Medicine Man” via The FADER as part of ReverbNation CONNECT’s The Watch List. Their feverish tunes sound great live.
Set Time: 6/29 @ 12:30 PM, The Emerging Artists Series

GlassLux
Glass Lux’s sleek, 80s new wave-inspired beats are contagious and perfect for live play. This is the Chicago-based band’s second time playing Summerfest, and they’re sure to impress.
Set Time: 7/5 @ 3:00 PM, The Emerging Artists Series

Lovebettie
This pop-rock, neo-soul band got Rolling Stone’s stamp of approval when they were named a “Band To Watch” in 2013. They have shared bills with multitudes of national acts including: Lifehouse, Hinder, 311, Carly Rae Jepsen, The Joy Formidable, Fuel, Hanson, Rick Springfield, and Imagine Dragons. These rockers know how to draw a crowd.
Set Time: 7/1 @ 8:00 PM, Uline Warehouse with Miller Lite

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Hope Country

Stephanie Erin Brill
Stephanie Erin Brill started busking at the tender age of 12, and she’s been grabbing the attention of passersby and music industry folks alike since then. She’ll be in good company at Summerfest, where she’s sharing a stage with powerhouses such as Zella Day and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
Set Time: 6/30 @ 2:00 PM, The U.S. Cellular Connection Stage

Tigernite
This Milwaukee-based band has their very own brand of heavy glam party rock. Their frenzied energy belongs on stage!
Set Time: 7/1 @ 7:30 PM, The Miller Lite Oasis

Hope Country
Powerful storytelling is at the heart of Hope Country’s music. Their 2014 album Water, Land, & Sky features two songs co-written with Chris Carrabba (Dashboard Confessional, Twin Forks). The album was mixed by Jonathan Clark of Twin Forks, and mastered by Grammy-winning engineer Richard Dodd (The Dixie Chicks, Tom Petty, The Lone Bellow). This hopeful music is great live.
Set Time: 7/2 @ 6:30 PM, The Miller Lite Oasis


Check back for more Summerfest artists announcements and get all of the festival deets here.

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Hard Rock Rising 2016 Winners

The Hard Rock Rising winners have been announced! For the fifth year in a row we were excited to partner with Hard Rock as the official submission platform for the opporunity. Get to know the winners below.

The Hard Rock Rising winners have been announced! After beating out nearly 10,000 artists, Street Guns claimed the title of Global Winner. The five-piece rockabilly band from Seoul walked away with $50,000 USD, a prize pack from Fender, a trip to play at an international Hard Rock location, a Hard Rock produced music video that will be added to the world-wide Hard Rock video system, and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack from Bison Disc!  In addition to the Global Winner, Jack Berry, 100 Fables, and Les IndiGents dominated their regions and each received a Fender prize pack, a music video added to Hard Rock’s video system in their region, and a 1,000 CD/DVD pack from Bison Disc. Listen to the winners below:

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