ROCK THE DISTRICT 2011 Saturday, JUNE 11th, 2011 - 2:30 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Indiana Live! Stage
2:15p.m. - Yukon Fox
3:30p.m. - A Common Year
4:45p.m. - Tax Brandywine
6:00p.m. - Yacht Rock Revue and Carmel Marathon Awards

Arts & Design District Stage:
2:30p.m. - Full Pardon
3:45p.m. - Plan B
5:00p.m. - The Jennerators
6:15p.m. - Whitney Erin & Buffalo Creek

We would like to thank the following performers for motivating Carmel Marathon event participants in the Arts & Design District and along the route:

Jim Gerdes
Indianapolis Chinese Community Center, Inc. (ICCCI)
William Carney
The Mundies
Blair Clark
Brandon Bowman

Yacht Rock Revue - tribute/soft rock/70's 80's

Carmel Marathon brings you Yacht Rock Revue to headline Rock the District! Yacht Rock Revue is a funky band dedicated to providing grooves to anyone who is willing to get down and rock. The seven piece tribute band is based out of Atlanta, Georgia, but have five members who hail from the Hoosier state. Members of Yacht Rock Revue have toured the country and have been featured on ESPN and Coca-Cola© commercials. 

We are proud to welcome home Yacht Rock Revue front man, Mark Cobb. Mark attended Carmel High School and graduated in 1993 after excelling in music and winning several championships with the marching band, orchestra, and concert band. He then attended Indiana University, a commonality he shares with four other band members. Mark rocked stages around Indiana with funk band Flattus, and then moved to Columbus, Indiana where he met two Yacht Members, Pete Olsen and Nick Niespodziani. Soon the band Y-O-U was formed and members moved to vibrant Atlanta, where the music scene was rapidly growing and nurturing up-and-coming bands.

Eventually, the collaboration with a variety of other musicians in Atlanta led to a series of cover projects that resulted in a tribute to late 70's soft rock and the crossover into the early 80's equivalent. What started out as a tongue-in-cheek salute to the finely-polished studio-heavy approach to pop rock at the end of the decade quickly became Atlanta's favorite musical act. Winning multiple awards in the Creative Loafing's Best of 2010, Yacht Rock Revue was soon being hired for every major corporate event and festival around the southeast. They played in New York, Las Vegas, Cabo San Lucas, and Nashville on a regular basis, along with four major cruises in 2010 including the Kid Rock Cruise, the Zac Brown Band Cruise, and the VH1 Best Cruise Ever. 

We couldn’t be happier to welcome Mark home. After so much time spent rocking the nation, we hope you enjoy Carmel and all of the excitement of it’s recent growth!


Yukon Fox - Rock/Folk/Garage

An original act that marries Modern Folk with the constantly progressing spirit of Rock 'n' Roll. Integrating raw passion, working class honesty and channeling vast arrays of musical influences, Yukon Fox from Indianapolis, IN bring a fresh dynamic and original sound to the independent rock world. Featured members Olivia Laird (Drums, Vocals), Caryn Creviston (Keys, Vocals), Benjamin Murray (Bass, Vocals), and Grant Gorman (Guitar, Vocals) share a mutual love of various rock and folk acts from the 1960's - 1990's, which has helped blaze the trail over the last year and a half for the release of Yukon Fox's self-titled debut.

Meshing harmonized vocal melodies, Yukon Fox create atmospheres that are both filling and captivating. The primary focus for this band has revolved around well crafted lyrics, innovative structures, and integration of effective writing styles of past decades.


A Common Year - Rock

A Common Year are quickly emerging as a bright spot in the indie rock genre. To this point, the band has embodied the meaning of “do it yourself.” A Common Year’s debut album, Between Cities, was written, recorded and produced solely by the four members in bedrooms and basements throughout the state of Indiana. Their music has been featured on shows such as MTV's "Real World: New Orleans" and E! Network's "Married to Rock." ACY developed as a band while attending different universities in separate cities – earning degrees, while at the same time, crafting a completely independent album that displays a matured approach to songwriting, and provides a glimpse of A Common Year’s undeniable potential to bloom. The band’s work has drawn comparisons to Jimmy Eat World, The Dangerous Summer, Acceptance and The Graduate – to name a few.


Full Pardon - Hard Rock

For years, Eric Anderson (Lead Vocals/Keys) and Jerry Baughey (Guitar) talked about forming a band in order to scratch a musical itch they both had to play hard-edged rock in a live setting. Just over a year ago the talking stopped and the band Full Pardon was born. Joining Eric and Jerry are Joe Tuttle (Bass) and Don Renollet (Drums) who both share a compelling desire to play live rock and roll. Full Pardon is a guitar-driven, modern hard rock quartet with melodic vocals, tight harmonies and a thundering rhythm section.


Plan B

We take the old and new and remake them the way we like


The Jennerators

All seasoned musicians from the Indianapolis area, The Jennerators began rocking collectively in 2010. From the tight vocal blends of 80's Classic Rock, the soulful sounds of Motown & the sweet American Blues of Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Jennerators are sure to become a favorite for Indianapolis and Northside fans.


Whitney Erin & Buffalo Creek - Country / Southern Rock

Primarily a Country/Southern Rock/Pop cover band, Whitney Erin & Buffalo Creek manage to mix in original music to their set.  One of those originals, "Crawl ", was featured on the airwaves of HankFm's 97.1, Hank or Stank program.
The five member band consisting of Whitney Erin Leeper/Vocals, Kevin McBride/Drums, Sean Oatis/Lead Guitar, Don Mahler/Guitar, Terry Voss/Bass, are based in Indianapolis.  They have entertained audiences through various outlets, from Benefits and Corporate events, to venues such as French Lick Resort & Casino, 8 Seconds, and the Indiana State Fair to name a few.  The front/vocalist for the group, Whitney Erin has had the privilege of performing at World Famous "Tootsies "  and "Nashville Palace " in  Nashville, Tennessee, as well as recording with some of Nashville's finest session musicians on Music Row.  Previously she represented WFMS 95.5 at the HH Gregg Country Music Expo as the winner of the Colgate Country Showdown competition.
The musicians in the group bring their own diverse background experience having performed with other bands prior to merging with Whitney Erin.  This will be the second year that the group has had the opportunity to experience Carmel's friendly crowds, and they are looking forward to returning.


Tax Brandywine - Alternative

Tax Brandywine: Rock? Folk? Reggae? Pop? Ska? Punk? Dub? Yes.

Pierce Duncan recruited Johnny “Longboddi” Concannon and Nick “Laus” Weber in 2008 and 2009 to form Tax Brandywine, a three-piece rock band that describes it’s sound as Last Wave Rock or Dub Rock. All three members had played in previous area bands before the Tax Brandywine project. Pierce’s past bands had gone on to win notable competitions in the Indianapolis area while John played one full season on the Indianapolis Colts drumline and two seasons on the Indianapolis Pacers drumline. The band promptly released From Here to Navy Pier… in August of 2009 – an EP recorded at Helix Studios, a professional recording studio built from scratch by Pierce and his father, James Duncan, in the basement of their Noblesville, Indiana home.

The band played regular regional gigs around Indiana and the Midwest between recording sessions, but had their sights set on The Music City – Nashville, Tennessee. At a packed farewell concert in Noblesville, Indiana in February 2010, Pierce released a home recording of his acoustic songs called Nothing for Now. The next day, the band packed up for the Nashville move.

Tax Brandywine quickly made connections in Nashville and were invited to record at Studio 215 by Randy Peterson. While working on this project (later referred to as the Wonky Tonk sessions) the band also began the Atrocities on the Highway sessions at the end of 2010 in order to release their first full-length album by March 3rd, 2010. Atrocities was engineered and co-produced by Grant Husselman, a Belmont University student, Dubstep producer, and generally wonky fellow, in the living room of Tax Brandywine’s downtown Nashville home. Following the independent release of Atrocities, the band embarked on a series of promotional tours through the Midwest and Southern United States.

Halfway through the first tour, all of the band’s gear along with the Buckeye, a 1989 Chevy G20 Van, were stolen in Atlanta, Georgia. A couple tour dates were canceled while the band picked up the pieces, but they continued on and finished out the rest of the run in their home state of Indiana. Upon arrival in Nashville, the band was presented with the opportunity to record at the legendary RCA Studio B – the facility responsible for creating the “Nashville Sound” and hosting a star-studded list of recording artists since it’s construction in 1956.

The future is bright for the young Tax Brandywine band. They’ve chosen to relocate back to Indiana in order to play for their home fans more often, cut expenses, and pursue a full-time schedule of touring and recording. The band hit a major milestone in their performing careers by landing an opening slot for the English 2 Tone Ska band, Bad Manners, in May of 2011. Following the debut success of Atrocities on the Highway, the sophomore full-length album Wonky Tonk will be released in Summer 2011. To promote the album, they’ll travel to Germany and Amsterdam in late August 2011 to visit family and play their first international shows. The band will continue recording at Studio B while touring the United States and reveling in a wonky lifestyle drenched in rock and reggae.


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