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Have Harp, Will Travel – The Global Musical Adventures of CHIARA CAPOBIANCO

Born and raised in Milan, Italy, Chiara Capobianco’s earliest musical memory finds her at ages 3-5 attending the Puccini Festival in the charming hamlet of Torre del Lago in Tuscany, where the famed composer wrote classic operas like “Tosca” and “Madama Butterfly.” Her early passion for classical music, her natural wanderlust – and her later love, as a child of the 80s, for the pop magic of American icons like Michael Jackson and Madonna – laid the foundation for her emergence as a true musical citizen of the world.

chiara capobianco harpistIn the 20-plus years since she performed her first professional gigs as last minute fill-in harpist in orchestras everywhere from her home country to Switzerland, Poland and England, the multi-talented musician has performed for thousands of people across the globe – in settings ranging from cruise ships, hotels and weddings to clubs and concert halls. Since 1990, she has gigged as a solo harpist (with both classic and Irish harp), in duos with fellow harp players and also with violin, flute, cello, piano, voice and full ensembles.

Given Career Boosts By Legends Max Weinberg And John Oates, Singer/Songwriter Josh Taerk Brings His Passion To ‘Stages’ Throughout The U.S. and UK

Born and raised in Toronto, living, writing and recording in Nashville these past three years and complementing his U.S. tours with frequent performances in the UK, indie singer-songwriter Josh Taerk considers himself a musical citizen of the world.

Josh Taerk Indie Breaking through in 2017 on the Hot AC Commercial Radio charts with “Anywhere Love Took Us,” the first single from his latest EP Stages, Josh and his band have opened for famed blues guitarist Robin Trower, Kevin Costner & Modern West, John McLaughlin and Austin Jones while headlining their own shows throughout the Midwest, South and as far West as Midland TX, Salt Lake City and Denver.

His high energy performances led acclaimed music journalist Jason Richie to name him one of the “Top 5 Live Acts” of 2015, and in May of that year, the title track from his full-length album was playlisted on over 40 radio stations throughout the UK, where he toured in support of The Soldiers in 2012-2013 and headlined two UK university tours in 2013 and 2015. Josh was chosen to play Indie Week Canada’s 2014 Band Competition and made it to the semi-final round, Indie Week Europe 2015 where he and his band played 5 shows, and Canada’s Walk of Fame Festival at Nathan Phillips Square in 2011.

Progressive Power-Pop Band Stop.Drop.Rewind Explore the Deeper Intricacies of Cause and Effect on Their Epic First Full Length Album ‘ELEMENT & AFTERMATH’

In 2008, when Kris Lohn was a student at Valparaiso University tinkering with the idea of starting a band, he came up with lighthearted moniker Stop.Drop.Rewind based on his original vision to create a synth dance outfit.

stop drop rewind musiThree songs into developing his concept, however, the bassist realized that the sound was heading in a much edgier, more intense, power-pop direction. It quickly began solidifying into a fresh, multi-faceted vibe when his old friend, guitarist DJ Crenson, transferred to Valpo from the University of Maryland and the two began taking their longtime friendship and musical partnership to a whole new level. They had met years earlier, back in their 6th grade science class, and started their first group together by the end of that year. Stop.Drop.Rewind comes by its eclecticism naturally. Throughout middle school and high school, Kris and DJ played everything from punk and emo to jazz, marching band, contemporary Christian and singer/songwriter styled material.

“Our vibe changed,” Kris muses, “and we checked it out and there were no other bands called Stop.Drop.Rewind. It was a goofy idea, but now it’s a ten year old band name so it just works.” The band, whose current lineup includes drummer Andy Sutton and guitarist/vocalist Josh Andrews, will perform at 616 Music Venue in Kenosha February 23 as part of their tour for their just released first full length album Element & Aftermath.