We’re getting ready for one of the BIG one…The Monster of Madison, the Madness in the Midwest, the Madison Force De Majeure….
NACA Northern Plains is coming up and we’ve got you covered for what is shaping up to be an amazing weekend. Degy has a ton of showcases an alternates (who could move up at any minute!), and want to be sure that you have everything you need before you get there! Scroll down for info/bios/pricing/videos for all of our talented artists in Madison.
- See ya soon! Ari/Jeff/Nick
SCOTT & CHRIS
SHOWCASING: MARCH 30th @ 3:50 PM
PRICING: $1,250 / $1,100 / $950
After years of song writing and performing locally as solo artists, Nashville’s newest up-and-coming duo Scott & Chris are joining forces and bringing their eclectic show on the road.
At the age of 5, Scott Wesley was writing his first songs on an old piano out of his parents Chicago home. By high school, he was penning contracts with labels,licensing music to Microsoft, and performing at SXSW. In 2012, Scott moved to Nashville to pursue his dreams as a singer/songwriter.
Growing up outside a small Kansas town, Chris Housman began his musical journey at the age of 7 when he taught himself to play the fiddle. Growing up listening to everything from Bluegrass to Motown, Chris marinates his diverse musical inspiration with small-town soul.
Combined, Scott & Chris have years of experience performing at various venues and festivals, including over 100 colleges and universities across the nation. They pull some of their favorites from their wide variety of musical influences to create an energetic set that appeals to all music lovers.
SHOWCASING: MARCH 30th @ 9 PM
PRICING: $1,250 / $1,100 / $950
Multitalented singer-songwriter Rachel Brown has a unique voice that combines sweetness, sultriness and vulnerability, enchanting the listener. New York City born, with Bermudian, Ethiopian, and Southern roots, she creates a captivating fusion of pop, Caribbean, world, Hawaiian, country, and hip hop. Brown has shared the stage with Wyclef Jean, Mary J. Blige, Robin Thicke, Quincy Jones, and John Legend, and has received multiple music awards. She won Perez Hilton’s “Can YOU Sing???” competition for her rendition of “Without You” by David Guetta featuring Usher. She was also the 2011 winner of the Abe Olman Scholarship from the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, as well as the 2010 winner of the ASCAP Foundation Robert Allen Award for Excellence in Songwriting. Graduating with honors from Harvard College in May 2010, she was named one of Harvard’s “15 Most Interesting Seniors.”
SHOWCASING: APRIL 1st @ 1PM
PRICING: $1,250 / $1,000 / $900
This dynamic duo, without the tights and cowls of Batman and Robin hail from the shores of Barbados in the Caribbean. It won’t be long before they are global phenomena much the same as the ‘Caped Crusaders’. These young men are some of the hidden gems of the tropical island and they will show their versatility and musical range every time they take to the stage and their charm and laid back island demeanor every time they are off of it. Whether it is Andre offering up a solo on the steel pan, drums, keyboard or guitar or it is Wesu wooing the audience with the keys, bass, guitar and his voice, this team will keep you spellbound and wanting more. Having formed only recently back home in Barbados, 1st Klass has exploded on the College market here in the states offering a dynamic and captivating live set in Spring Fest, Homecoming, Coffee House and Multi-Cultural events.
SHOWCASING (EMCEE): APRIL 1st @ 3:45PM
PRICING: $1,250 / $1,100 / $1,000
Nelly’s Echo is neither a band nor a solo musician, but a concept of the musical experience associated with its creator and led by guitarist and vocalist Nelson Emokpae. Nelly’s Echo also features drummer Thomas Morris, bassist Jordan Parks, and keyboardist Kameron Ralls. The adult alternative pop/rock band, inspired by soul music and contemporary singer/songwriters such as Jason Mraz, hails from Baltimore, Maryland, though Emokpae is a native of Lagos, Nigeria. The band has self-released four successful albums (Live Love ‘N Laugh (2007), Secrets to a Happy Life (2009), Journey (2013), and Voices (2015) in addition to having their version of the Bill Withers Classic, “Ain’t No Sunshine” reach #7 on the iTunes R&B charts while also having their original song, “Voices of the People” named a World Cup 2014 Super Song Top 20 semi-finalist.
Since 2009, Nelly’s Echo has performed at over 500 colleges across the United States in addition to countless performances in the Mid-Atlantic region at tradition clubs and casinos. Nelly’s Echo has also been requested to showcase their talents for personal/private events for clients such as Andretti Autosports, The Democratic National Convention after-party, The Baltimore Grand Prix, Boordy Vineyards, and Maryhill Winery, to name a few. In the summer of 2016, Nelly’s Echo delivered their first TedTalk at TedX Wilmington.
Nelly’s Echo has had the privilege of not only entertaining soldiers stationed in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba but also participated in Season 3 of The Voice as a member of Team Christina. Nelly’s Echo has taken great pride in sharing the stage with the likes of Trombone Shorty, Travis McCoy, Sean Kingston, & Boyz II Men.
Relying on lessons learned from his childhood in Africa and his everyday experiences, Nelly’s Echo storytelling style has led to some comparing their musicality & storytelling to that of Jason Mraz and John Mayer. In the end, the goal of Nelly’s Echo is to use music to reach the four corners of the earth, while sharing the message of positivity, life, hope, and love to everyone that it comes in contact.
“I had so much fun listening to you right off the bat…I find you so interesting and compelling. I would love to be able to collaborate Ideas. It seems like with you the sky is the limit…I want to go to a concert; I want to see the whole show.”
— Christina Aguilera, National Recording Artists
SHOWCASING: APRIL 1st @ 9PM
PRICING: $1,050 / $950 / $850
Andrew Plan is a soulful singer-songwriter who captivates audiences with his smooth baritone voice, versatile guitar playing, and pop sensibilities, earning comparisons to Ray Lamontagne, Ed Sheeran and Bruno Mars. During his shows, Andrew draws from a compelling repertoire of heartfelt original material as well as a diverse range of crowd-pleasing covers. Over the past few years Andrew has performed in numerous venues across East Texas, the San Francisco Bay Area, the U.K., and the Philippines. He was a finalist in the 2010 Kollaboration San Francisco Talent Showcase, as well as the 2012 Texas Independent Music Expo songwriter contest. In 2014 Andrew won the grand prize at the Songwriters Lab songwriting competition in Chandler, Texas. Currently Andrew is hard at work writing and polishing material for his debut EP.
MAGIC WARDROBE LIVE DJ TOUR
SHOWCASING: APRIL 1st @ 9:50PM
PRICING: $2,600 / $2,100 / $1,800
Introducing ‘The Magic Wardrobe – Costume Dance Party’ blending costume, theatrics and DJ skills to create an insane and truly unique live experience. Already a massive hit on the European club and festival circuit the Magic Wardrobe is now set to bring it’s good-vibes, different themed events and costume changes to US colleges. At this fun dance party, guests are actively encouraged to be a living, breathing part of each show by coming in a costume relevant to each tour’s theme. Didn’t get the ‘dress up’ memo? Don’t worry, we supply props with every booking to add to the party too!
At the center of the madness is our resident DJ who hosts the party madness! One man, who loves to dress up, with provide the soundtrack and guidance for famous dance-routines. With his sick DJ skills and a bag full of the biggest feel-good club anthems guaranteed to get any party started! Watch him whip, watch him nae nae and watch him do it all in some amazing outfits.
Smile… Every Magic Wardrobe party comes with a custom designed state of the art ‘photo booth’ which is open from when the party starts for everyone to use throughout the night! All the pictures taken get uploaded directly to whatever social media site you guys choose, so make sure you strike a pose…
Every Magic Wardrobe party comes with a dress up party theme to give students some ideas for what costumes to go for, here are our current themes to choose from –
* Spring Break Beach Party
* Superheroes & Villains
* Hogwarts Hoedown
* Zombie Prom
* Back To The 90s
If none of these grab your imagination don’t worry, you can come up with your own theme! Just let us know what you want to go with and we can tailor the party to suit. Every Magic Wardrobe event comes with a ‘prop box’ to be used to add to the party flavor! Each box has enough whacky giveaways to cover upto 100 students, if you think you might want some more goodies to give away just let us know and we can arrange to send you another box! From comedy celebrity masks and glo stuff to inflatable stage props and décor, there is plenty to use to help spice up the party!
Bring The Magic Wardrobe – costume dance party to your campus and we’ll help you through the wildest costume party ever! For fee’s and availability contact Jeff or Ari at Degy!
LIGHT IT UP
SHOWCASING: APRIL 1 @ 10:45 PM
PRICING: $2,250 / $1,500 / $1,300
With superstar DJs like Skrillex and Deadmau5 selling out arena tours and with more kids picking up turntables than are picking up guitars it seems that we really are in an era where ‘everyone wants to be a DJ’.
With our unique event that’s exactly what your students will be able to do. They can learn the skills required from our resident DJs at our hands-on ‘Be The DJ’ masterclass and then put them to use in front of their fellow students by spinning at our insane ‘Light It Up’ dance party.
On one side our event is a unique and truly interactive experience based on ‘learning outcomes’ designed to teach students about creative expression through turntablism and DJ culture. On the other it’s a massive dance-party designed to drive footfall to your late night programming and most importantly to be fun! Educational, inspirational and a great night out.
Trapdoor Social’s founding members, Merritt Graves and Skylar Funk, met in an Environmental program at Pomona College and bonded over a shared concern for the future of the planet. They started off on a journey to make music and do some good along the way.
Trapdoor Social is taking on 2016 with new music and a new platform from which to sing it, as founders Skylar Funk and Merritt Graves realize their long-time dream of solar-powered concerts. In June the band hosted the first annual Sunstock Solar Festival, a 100% solar powered music and arts event promoting support and awareness for solar technologies and donating all of its proceeds to advance solar improvements in California communities.
Having expanded from a duo to a 5-piece, their August 12 eponymous debut album is an impassioned call to action. It’s a raucous, anthemic environmental and social critique, erupting with signature rock guitar and synth bass riffs from new additions Louie Gonzalez and Patrick Griffen. Drummer Ben Ebert has been added as a full-time member.
Their 2012 EP Death Of A Friend featured Death Cab For Cutie’s Jason McGerr on drums. It made waves when “Like You Never” became the #1 listener-requested track on KROQ’s “Locals Only” show. “Away” garnered significant around the country and has been featured on a national for the past three years. The album’s “Inertia” was recently heard on the TV show “Shameless”.
For the 2014, Science of Love EP, they decided to channel their music toward an environmental initiative in their community and used the release to raise $35k for solar roofing, which they committed to Homeboy Industries. Songs from this album also got significant airplay nationwide.
The following December, the band toured to Colorado to play RXP1039’s Christmas festival. Having discovered that the local high school (Mesa Ridge HS) marching band program was underfunded, the boys recorded “Fine On My Own” with the marching band to help launch a fundraiser to help keep the program alive. The song attained “Hall of Fame” Status on Las Vegas’s X107.5 nightly contest “The Beatdown” by winning ten times in a row and became a top ten song in Colorado Springs. Trapdoor Social toured to Colorado in May 2015 and promoted the fundraiser by organizing and performing a benefit show with the marching band. The fundraiser brought in over $7K for the school.
2016 has been a busy year for Trapdoor Social. They started the year with the release of a double b-sides collection Kid In The Sky / Download My Dream. They will be donating all of their album pre-sales to construct a vegetable learning garden with their non-profit partner After School All-Stars, at the Downtown Value School in Los Angeles (Link). National touring has resumed, whenever possible using their new solar trailer to power outdoor concerts around the country.
The Burgeoning’s name represents their musical M.O.; they are a fresh take on what rock means in this generation’s musical landscape. The Bensalem, Pennsylvania-based band’s never-ending pursuit of adventure and self-discovery drives their signature brand of poppy yet inventive indie rock. The four-piece is made up of brothers Logan and Alex Thierjung on vocals and bass respectively, lead guitarist Mark Menkevich, and drummer Brandon Bradley. Born from the early songwriting sessions of Logan and Alex in 2011, The Burgeoning’s sound is a combination of the various musical influences of its members. Logan’s admiration of trailblazing British indie rock manifests in his crunchy guitar riffs and, at times, delicate vocals while Brandon’s propulsive drumming is a result of his tenure performing with church groups at an early age. Mark’s sugary guitar melodies reveal his love of all things Beatles, and Alex’s rumbling bass lines pay homage to the 90’s alt-rock giants who formed the genre. Their debut EP, Love Alchemy, Life Algorithm, showcases The Burgeoning’s captivating melodies and haunting lyrics across six tracks of raw, millennial angst. Independently released in early 2014, the EP was a solid introduction to Philadelphia’s underground music scene and soon spawned a loyal #TeamBurge fan base. The band is currently rocking crowds with their energetic live shows while prepping for a spring tour with dates to be announced. Now the band is releasing the EP to the masses on October 14th. These alt-rock newcomers’ individual styles blend to become a unified sound with a distinct, shared mission—to take a sonic journey through the hearts and imaginations of their listeners by drawing them into The Burge’s philosophy of unity, discovery, and growth. In this band’s movement, there is no end to the adventure; only new ones to begin.
Lakin is a young singer/songwriter with a voice sweeter than honey, whose combination of genre-defying musical styles, stunning melodic gifts, beauty, and warmth shine through in her heartfelt lyrics and powerful performances. She grew up in an entertainment based family in Riverside, California and went on to major in jazz studies at Long Beach State. Lakin has cultivated a loyal fan base throughout Southern California, opening for such major acts as Sheryl Crow, Colbie Caillat, Brian McKnight, Sheila E., and Gladys Knight. On her excellently received album, If Night Turns to Daylight, Lakin displays her multiple talents of writing, performing, arranging, and producing. Her striking collection of songs represents a revolution of the spirit—reflecting themes that go beyond the superficial and into the deeper human experience of the reconciliation of the soul. Lakin’s music is sure to penetrate not only the listener’s ear, but the listener’s heart.
THROWBACK TIME MACHINE
Throwback Time Machine is quite simply the best party ever. A video dance party that transports the audience back in time to the beginnings of pop music and takes them through its evolution right up to the present day. Every memorable song, every cheesy dance routine and every feel-good sing-along from the past 40 years is played live by our resident DJ and broadcast through our two massive screens. Each decade is introduced by ‘the Doc’ our time travelling party-starter who’ll give you on-screen instructions that’ll help you figure out your Macarena from your Harlem Shuffle.
Featuring a fantastic stage set-up, some highly interactive dance routines where the audience actually become part of the show and, of course, our outrageous resident DJ, Throwback Time Machine will have the crowd moving like no other showcasing act. A club hit now ready to rock the campus entertainment scene.
From the very start, funny man Ronnie Jordan has pr oven that he’s a comedy force to be reckoned with.
After only one year on the comedy scene, the kid voted “Wittiest” in high school was crowned “Rookie of the Year” by the famed Uptown Comedy Corner in Atlanta, GA. Ronnie is quickly making a name for himself as a comic’s comic who has shared dates with heavyweights: Bruce Bruce, Earthquake and Dave Chappelle. Ronnie became the crowd favorite on the King and Queens of Comedy Tour and served as an opening act on the Queens of Comedy tour which featured famed female comedians Sommore, Monique and Adelle Givens. No stranger to television, Ronnie has been featured on BET’s Comic View, Martin Lawrence Presents the 1st Amendment Stand-up, P. Diddy Presents Bad Boys of Comedy. Ronnie is currently touring the nation’s colleges and universities on his “College Material Tour”.