Join Craig “Sage” Sorenson, Curtis Oberhansly, and Jacque Koenig for an enjoyable acoustic set before the Keynote Speaker program.
Matt Burke is an accomplished singer, songwriter, band leader, and entertainer with more than 15 years of performance history under his belt. Originally from DeLand, FL, Burke moved to Chicago, IL in 2006 to pursue a career in music and hone his craft as a songwriter and performer. The Matt Burke Band’s debut album, Pretty Close to Very Good was released in 2010 to critical acclaim across a wide range of music blogs and online publications. In 2014, Burke moved back to his home state of Florida to further develop a growing fan base in the sunshine state. The Matt Burke Band’s new EP was released in early 2018, and pulls heavily from the blues influences Burke was exposed to during his stay in Chicago. Burke’s music will appeal to fans of Classic and Southern rock, Roots rock, blues, Alternative rock, Americana, Country, and reggae, as his music pulls from all of these genres. He is a talented singer/songwriter and captivating performer, whether on stage solo with an acoustic guitar or fronting a full five-piece band.
David Gerald, the son of Rural Mississippi born and raised parents, grew up to the sounds of the blues and R&B music in his hometown, Detroit. He’s the youngest of 11 children, 6 of whom were born and partly raised in Mississippi. “Because segregation and racial discrimination were so bad in Mississippi at the time, my dad moved the family north to Detroit when he was 33, so we’d have a better chance at the American dream.” Gerald, whose dynamic, blues-infused rock and soul hybrid has been captivating audiences across the country for over a decade, grew up to the sounds of the Blues, R&B and Rock in his hometown of Detroit. He started playing guitar at 14, influenced by Prince and ’80s rock guitarists.
“I was lucky enough to have a neighbor who was a guitarist and gave me scrap guitars. I would piece them together and build ‘Frankenstein’ guitars,” says Gerald. “They were horrible to play and sounded bad, but I had to play music. It was and is my destiny. I finally scraped up enough money to buy an old amp and I was happy.”
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Grand Junction, Colorado-based duo “No Strings” is a very diverse pair who put their own spin on just about all styles of music…Americana, Folk, Jug Band, Country, Southern Rock, American Pop, and Show Tunes, with a combined ninety + years of playing experience!!!
Kenny Daniels plays guitar and vocals. He also is a very good songwriter! Duane Moore plays the South American box drum called a cajon. He also provides vocal enhancement.