"I have my awesome band now and I was like, oh my god, we have to play, there is no way we're not playing the festival this year," he said.
Now joined by bassist
"I think it's so much fun to be able to have different things to work with, and these guys play with so many big people," he said. "Since I started working with these guys, I am on the road with different people. I was touring with someone I saw at the
Himan said the addition of three accomplished musicians and the fact that he taught himself how to play piano has seen his music move in a new direction on his newest album, "Gracefully."
"It's taken my music to another place," he said. "These songs come from a different place and have different structure. I don't have to tell these musicians what to play. I write the words and play it on guitar and piano and they all add a different element to it. By the time it's done, it sounds completely different. That's the thing about good musicians, you don't have to tell them what to do."
In addition to Himan's return, this year's band lineup for Arts Fest is heavy on performers with links to
"We have a mix of locals and out-of-towners," Arts Festival Executive Director
The Arts Festival schedule features sets by
"Ever since we started this band, I've wanted to play Arts Fest," Brezina said. "It's a reason to get them into
"Phil wrote all the instrumental melodies, and it didn't have any official lyrics for a long time," said bassist
Kids practicing in their garages today might just be the big draw at next year's Arts Fest. Bands hoping to perform at future festivals first need to submit a press kit.
"We look for people we can afford and who are within our technical abilities. ... If you require lasers, it's not gonna work," Bryant said. "The act has to be something that resonates with the audience. We do pay attention to what the audience wants."
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