Josh Friedman is earnest. His songs have always drawn from deeply personal and emotional experiences, and he wants them to connect with you. From his first piano-compositions as a teenager to his roll in pop-punk band “The Fates,” Josh strives to create music that straddles the line between accessible and intriguing. Relocating from St. Louis, MO to Boston, MA, Josh became immersed in diverse musical worlds including choral arranging, avant-garde rock ensembles, and 20th century classical composition.
Restless in between classes at Boston University, Josh began recording YouTube videos of his performances. His second video, a Coldplay / TI mashup, quickly spread around campus and made him a finalist for BU’s Got Talent contest as “The Keyboard Pirate.” Under the handle “ThatOneEyedKid,” Josh has shared over 50 videos of performances and vlogs to over a million viewers of his channel. His most successful video, a piano-arrangement of Avicii’s “Levels” has hit over 700K views to date.
Anxious to find an outlet for his original songs, Josh expanded “ThatOneEyedKid” into a live band with long-time friend and collaborator Ben Levin on guitar. Along with musicians and producers at Berklee College of Music, Josh wrote and co-produced his first batch of songs and released the EP “Illuminate” in 2013. Praised for its emotive storytelling and heavy grooves, the title track was voted #8 best rock song in the Indie International Songwriting Contest.
ThatOneEyedKid has gone on to perform in venues all around New England, with residencies at John Harvard’s Brewery House and Machine Nightclub. In February 2015, Josh wrote, produced, and recorded a brand new album for the RPM Challenge called “Millennial.” ThatOneEyedKid’s next EP, “Always,” is due out in Summer 2015.
Listen to Illuminate EP here:
Space Cadets are a three piece "pop for loners" band. Born and raised in St. Louis, Zachary Wexelman's bluesy, soulful voice set against ska and hip-hop inspired drum and bass make the Space Cadets an acoustic-rock group with unmatched energy and groove
With a classic touch like James Morrison, the folky heart of Ray LaMontagne, and a unique melodic adventurousness, George Woods creates his own signature style of Folk-Funk. George Woods' effervescent lyrics and lighthearted indie folk sounds shine through on his new full-length studio album, "Heartbeat" which dropped November 2012 in Boston, MA and online.
Currently, the George Woods Band and Choreographer Jennifer Kuhnberg have teamed up, and raised over $6000 to turn Heartbeat into what they are calling "A Modern Dance Rock Concert" featuring the full George Woods Band and 12 dancers. The show has its debut performance for one night only at the Oberon Theatre on March 21 (3/21) in Cambridge MA. A ticket link is available in the Home section of this website.
"Heartbeat" features thirteen interwoven tracks, each blending classic grooves with stellar songwriting to guide the listener through a storybook summer soundtrack. The record aims to be relatable, and keep you moving with lush string arrangements, heart felt lyrics, and solid grooving rhythms. Some highlights are tracks like the laughable danceable "Stock In The Stars, or the gospel inspired powerhouse "Marry Me."
George's solo project began after the dissolution of his group Birds In The Woods, a Boston based band that won the 2008 Boston Music Festival, received radio spins at home and abroad, and saw placement in national publications such as Relix Magazine. His first solo EP, "Technicolor Costs Too Much,"" released in Summer 2011, was self produced in a makeshift bedroom studio, and put together by hand with a one of a kind packaging. The record was well received by audiences across the northeast and online.
With a tongue in cheek audience rapport, and an energetic stage presence, George's live performances attract wide spread audiences from across Massachusetts. After recording "Heartbeat" at Phase 1 Studios in New York City this past spring, and sharpening his funky sound, George is gearing up for a new fall tour aiming toward introducing his folk-funk sound to all. The tour will help to expand George's audience throughout the northeast and beyond with the help of some outside the box promotional strategies to leave audiences with great stories to tell and a sing-all-day hook on their lips.
With a tight and engaging live show, stellar songwriting, and a personalized but lovable sound, George Woods' new record "Heartbeat" is sure to capture the hearts and ears of music fans across the country.