About The Artists
Derby Days 2022 features several local performing arts on the main stage, kids stage, and in the Grand Parade. Scroll down to learn more about each artist.
45th Street Brass
45th St Brass is an exciting blend of funk, jazz, soul and pop music rising from Seattle. Although the grooves themselves have more in common with the funk and hip hop traditions as opposed to the Crescent City, the brass band setup means that the groove is at the center of the music like on the streets of New Orleans, driving each song and serving as the connecting thread, both within the songs and within the whole set. Look out for their upcoming single from Color Red records and their release ""New Soul,"" slated to come out this fall/winter."
8 Bit Brass
8-Bit Brass Band is your geeky, mobile brass band specializing in bringing our brand of brassy, bangy, and nerdly to the streets and stages of Seattle — and beyond! 8-Bit spawned in 2017 and has been 1-upping local cons and adding their nerdy flair to Honk!Fest West and the Chewbaccus parade in New Orleans. Our music reflects our diverse fandom from Star Wars to Marvel to Pokemon to Undertale -- all while cosplaying and goofing off with our fans when we play.
Boka Kouyate & the Djeliyah Band
Orchestrated by the multi-talented Djely Aboubacar Boka Kouyaté from Guinea in West Africa, The Djeliyah Band began February 2015 in Seattle, Washington. The name Djeliyah means; the work of the Djely people in the community. Djely’s or Griots have always been next to the Kings in the Mande Empire as Cultural Educators, the traditional historians, artist and musicians of Culture. Boka connects this rich traditional music to Global music; a harmonic fusion between the traditional Griot music, the afro beat and the modern Guinea music which provides a highlife sound for your listening and dancing pleasure. The band has played at the Nectar Lounge, Rumba Notes Lounge, Festival Sundiata, Columbia City Theatre, The Triple Door, and during The Movie showcase for ROOTS.
Djeliyah Band members: Aboubacar Kouyaté: Lead Vocals, Djembé Drum Balaphon and, Guitar Naby Camara, Balaphone and Vocals Foluso Mimy: Lead Djembe, Vocals Leif Totusek: Solo Guitarist Daniel Miller: Bass Guitar Nailah Bulley: Doundoun drums, Dance Afua Kouyaté: Dancer, Vocals, Management and Bookings.
Bread & Butter
Bread & Butter cranked out their self-titled debut in a different world: 2016. It was packed it with effortless, dumb fun rock. The new album was released in early 2020 with the uncanny title, Psycho World. The four friends who form Bread & Butter could never make a dark album. But they did make a weird one. Burning rooms and crashing planes share the pink grooves of the vinyl LP with parties and bananas. Before Covid-19 cratered the live music scene, Bread & Butter played festivals like the much-missed Sasquatch, and serviced the sweaty, rock-loving people on the west coast of North America. The songs on the new album build on the power pop model from the debut but with grittier grooves. The hooks are there and singer Shane Herrell’s voice still sounds like a four-beer buzz. But maybe this time around there’s a something weird in the beer? As the world re-emerges from quarantine, the edgy fun of Psycho World is the perfect soundtrack to the strange parties that will brighten up our nights as we reconnect with our friends.
Launched on July 2012, Buena Vibra is a Seattle-based salsa band with an amazing repertoire of original compositions and arrangements by Jeremy Bosch, which are featured in their debut production Hecho a Mano. Buena Vibra is hard at work on their second release as of yet untitled, which will be produced by Jeremy Bosch featuring Joshuah de Jesus on lead vocals and conga as well as Francis Rosa on lead vocal. To round out the recording session the band hired the same session players as for the first production, Felipe Fournier on Vibes, Daniel Torres on Bass, Marcos Lopez on Timbal, Marcos Torres on conga and Bongo as well as Steve Guasch on Bongo with the addition of pianist Yeisson Villamar. Buena Vibra has been playing Seattle Salsa Circuit with great success being led by band leader and timbal player Steve Guasch. The band also features the direction of pianist Fred Hoadley, Bassist Jeff Volkman, Vibes player Scott Ketron, Steve Smith on Bongo and the lead vocals of co-founder of the band and conga player Joshuah de Jesus from Ponce, PR and Francis Rosa Velez from Quebradillas, PR. Joshuah de Jesus is a sonero from Ponce, Puerto Rico living in Seattle, WA. Started his musical career as conga player for Steve Guasch & Orquesta Nueva Era in the early 2000. In 2009 recorded de álbum Influencias with Guaschará work that featured Joshuah de Jesus on lead vocals as well as Marcial Isturiz, Jose Soto Mortadelo, Eliel Rivero and Paoli Mejias among others. This CD was on the ballot for the latín Grammys for production of the year and received positive reviews in the salsa circles. In 2016 Joshuah de Jesus joined forces with Jeremy Bosch and Steve Guasch to create Buena Vibra Sextet production Hecho a Mano, this production featured Joshuah on lead vocals all the compositions the arrangements were handled by Jeremy Bosch except the song Por mas Que viva a cover from Cheo Feliciano, written by Ramon Rodriguez and arranged by Bosch. Buena Vibra in its original conception was to be a band that honored and featured the music of Cheo Feliciano, Ruben Blades and Tite Curet Alonso. It evolved into a production of original music compositions inspired on their work, resulting on Buena Vibra’s sonoridad. La Fundacion Nacional de la Cultura Popular de Puerto Rico, included the production Hecho a Mano in their prestigious top 25 productions of the years in 2016 in the 11th position in a ceremony conducted in San Juan, PR.
Dani & the Bee
Dani & the Bee is a Seattle-based musical duo, playing songs for kids (and kids at heart)! Over the past 6 years, Danika Morrow and Brian Vogan have combined their love of music with their extensive experience as early childhood educators to perform, teach, and have tons of fun with the children and families in our Seattle community. After years spent singing and playing together in the popular children’s band Brian Vogan and His Good Buddies and traveling all over the Seattle area teaching at schools and community centers, Dani and Brian (affectionately known as B), have decided to create a brand-new musical project called Dani & the Bee (see what we did there?). Offering fun, interactive, joy-filled shows as well as music and movement classes for kids, Dani & the Bee strives to share the magic of music and positive self-expression with our youngest generations. And not to worry, parents: our music is for you, too! As songwriters, we make music that is fun for kids and adult ears alike!
Eli Rosenblatt combines world-music, movement and imagination in a high-energy mix that creates a unique interactive experience for audiences of all ages. Salsa, hip-hop, reggae, klezmer, samba and other rhythms from around the globe inspire your body to move and your mind to expand in a spontaneous, joyful atmosphere.
Seattle’s premier Brazilian forró band En Canto is an eight-piece orchestra featuring twin accordions, as well as bass, drums, piano, and flute. The band brings music flavored with the jazz backgrounds of its musicians, while staying true to the driving rhythms of forró producing an irresistible heartbeat of syncopation that draws all ages onto the dance floor! Forró music first developed on the farms and plantations in northeast Brazil, where farmers created songs about their daily lives. The traditional musical instruments of forró speak to its multicultural origin: the zabumba (Afro-Brazilian drum), and the accordion and the triangle (from European immigrants). This unique mix of African-European instruments, along with an upbeat rhythm, gives forró a striking similarity to Cajun music. In the past few decades, forró music and dancing have exploded in popularity, with forró bands and dancers flourishing throughout North America, Europe, Russia, Oceania, and Japan. In 2019, over 70 international forró festivals were held outside of Brazil.
Erin Rae & the Heartbeets
Erin Rae Murray has lots of feelings, writes songs about them, and plays them with her friends. In a short time, this Seattle Bluesy Americana singer-songwriter, has gone from a south-end open mic to bringing her project, Erin Rae & the Heartbeets, to one of the biggest festivals in Seattle: Capitol Hill Block Party. In the meantime, they have been highlighted by NPR’s Tiny Desk Concert Contest, played in front of hundreds at the famed Emerald City club, Neumos, and won fans of all kinds with their welcoming anthems of personal growth. The Heartbeets play raw-yet-relatable music. You will hear entreaties to raise your chin and love yourself (and your fine ass!). Each of the band’s songs has a story, like traditions passed between family members. Indeed, they are embraces.
The eclectic, soulfully driven sounds of i///u have never been simple to categorize, but that hasn’t prevented the 7-piece Seattle-based outfit from accruing a loyal, enthusiastic cult following. Formed at UW in 2018, i///u has electrified Seattle’s hallowed musical grounds from sardine packed U-District house shows to Bumbershoot with their narcotic grooves and airtight live performances. In 2019, i///u was crowned champion of SoundOff, the PNW’s biggest battle of the bands, and caught the attention of many local tastemakers. Later that year they made their live television debut, recorded a session at the coveted KEXP studio, and were stamped by the Seattle Times as one of the top ten artists to watch at Bumbershoot. Fresh off appearances at Neumos and The Showbox, the band has installed themselves among Seattle’s most reliable live acts. They make their official eastside debut in Redmond at Derby Days on July 9th!
La Fonda is led by sisters, Valerie and Veronica Topacio who find clarity in writing music to navigate the unpredictable roller coasters of living and adulting. The sisters can’t help but turn every emotional aspect of their lives into a catchy indie pop banger that is clearly inspired by their love for the 2000s era and storytelling. The band formed in early 2016 with longtime friend Jesse Cole whose lead guitar is the cherry on top of the sisters' sweet vocals. Soon after connecting with Jesse, the sisters swiped right on a dating app leading them to Bryan Dever on bass and later on, Jacob Whinihan on the drums. In early 2021, La Fonda released their first album titled New Self, Old Ways and has opened up for bands such as Alvvays, Snail Mail, Joseph, and Bonny Doob and have played in festivals such as CHBP, Belltown Bloom, Fisherman's Village and more!
Mikey the Rad Scientist
Mikey the Rad Scientist brings science and nature to life with his creative, interactive, and engaging music. From the adventures of a water molecule named Carlos, t o a musical journey to the center of the earth; his music strikes a chord with children and parents alike. Mikey believes we can all have a great time dancing and singing while learning about the wonders of the natural world. Mikey has been teaching and singing nature songs or over ten years covering concepts such as symbiosis, the water cycle, plant and animal biology, astronomy, and math. His interactive music will have kids moving, singing along, and learning. His performances and programs make science fun by using stories, songs, props, and movement to reinforce students’ learning.
R E P O S A D O
We are living in confusing times. What values should we pursue? It is our duty as artists to bridge the gap between the physical and spiritual and provide perspective. Awaken your soul, find the rhythm, and let it guide you. This is played to honor our past, come to the present, and embody our future. Music is a gift that is meant to be shared. As Creative Warriors, our purpose is not just to play music but use it. It is our weapon against fear. We offer ourselves and honor this power with respect and celebration.
Rangeela Dance Co
Rangeela Dance Company (RDC) is Seattle’s premier Bollywood Fusion dance company. It's their mission is to cultivate a community that celebrates and shares South Asian culture through the form of Indian dance. Rangeela’s vision is to make dance accessible to all individuals through group and private dance classes for kids and adults, performing & visual arts for special events, and private choreography services. Their talented group of instructors and dancers have professional expertise in a variety of styles ranging from Bollywood, Bhangra, Bharatnatyam, Kathak, Kuchipudi, Kuthu Hop, Semi-Classical, Hip-Hop, Modern, Garba, and more. Check out RDC dancers’ profiles below. If you’re interested in their dance workshops or for booking them at your next event, contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow them on instagram @RangeelaDanceCompany
The Harmonica Pocket
Silly and sweet, The Harmonica Pocket is a young-at-heart band from Port Townsend, Washington. Harmonica Pocket shows are upbeat and festive, but not frenetic. Audiences are drawn in by the catchy, engaging songs and unexpected props. Humor, improvisation, and play are generously sprinkled on top. Shows incorporate a loop pedal to build a band with a big sound, right in front of the audience's ears. Each instrument is played, one at a time, to create layers of sounds – acoustic guitar, bass, ukulele, wah-wah guitar solos, harmonicas, and vocal harmonies. Kids (and their grownups) are creatively empowered to answer questions and improvise rhymes, which are then woven into the songs in the moment. Sparks and smiles fly as kids hear their ideas amplified onstage. The Harmonica Pocket has a lot of fun out there, and their audiences do too.