Show Recap 01/24/2020

January 24th 2020 – High Dive – Gainesville, FL

VOWLS opened up for Florida’s favorite Grateful Grass band the Grass is Dead last week. We had a spectacular evening of jams, dancing and great energy. One of the best things about playing live shows is when the crowd is really feeling the music. There really isn’t anything better than a room full of people sharing songs and having a ball.

We knocked our set out of the park. No set list, no rules, all heart! We opened the set with an improvisational jam followed by some of our heavy hitters like “Shining Gold,” “Foggy,” and “Fleeting Glimpse.” Lunchbox slayed the crowd with his elegantly elevated freestyles on “Float” and “Bliss.” We brought the fire, and if you ask us we all feel like we leveled up.
Playing music together just feels so good, and this formation of VOWLS is locking into its groove and is about to take off.

Grass is Dead brought the fun and serenaded us with all the best Dead Tunes. Slick licks, magical jams, fun singalongs, and sweet improv are some of the many reasons to see the Grass is Dead. Especially on that particular Friday night in Gainesville. We were sharing in the groove for sure.

VOWLS at the HIGH DIVE Photo by The Orange Peel GNV

Countdown to our Mixtape Release Party! 11/02/2019

We are proud to announce the unveiling of our new Ep/Mixtape “FLOAT.” Recorded at Goldentone Studio right here in our hometown of Gainesville. Rob from Goldentone, and our personal friend, was not only accommodating in a musical sense, but also amazingly hospitable. Rob also makes a mean shot of espresso. We appreciate Rob’s focus and attention to detail and we think that you can hear it in the final product of “FLOAT.”
We had so much fun recording and mixing with Goldentone and we hope to utilize their services for our next (even bigger!) project for 2020.

We are about one week away from hosting our Mixtape Release Party at the Big Top Brewery in Downtown Gainesville on Saturday November 2nd. That sounds pretty cool, how could this event possibly get any cooler? IT CAN! We will be performing downtown in the heart of Gaiensville during FEST18 with our friends Locochino and Wilson Stern.

On top of releasing a new CD we will also be rolling out a new line of merchandise (tshirts, stickers, usbs, cds, art…)! We are so excited to share our progress and growth with you and we hope to see you on November 2nd!

For more information about the event click here : VOWLS Mixtape Release Party Event Page

The extremely skilled, talented, and multi-faceted Wilson Stern.

Locochino – “Wiggle Room”
Locochino – “On My Feet”
VOWLS – “Mr. Owl”

VOWLS Variety Show 04/02/2019

This past Tuesday (04/02/2019) we came back to one of our favorite local venues, Lightnin’ Salvage. LSE is an eclectic bar with an excellent stage that caters to artists of all types. VOWLS is a collective of artists and musicians and for our show we decided to showcase our individual strengths.

Up first we had the lovely and talented Caitlyn Vinci showcasing her original songs and powerhouse of a voice. Her songs encompass the human experience and touch on a range of topics from world issues to self-love. Next up we have the delicate and ethereal Miss Sweet Irene showcasing her original music as well. Sweet Irene’s voice will take you to the moon and back again while her lyrical content talks about real life situations and how we can few them from within.

After these two lovely lady all star performances we have VOWLS, Gainesville Florida’s Premier Progressive Swamp Folk Collective. The first set included some classic VOWLS songs like, “You Can’t Hide What’s Inside,” “Matter and Blues,” “Surrender” and some newer tunes like, “Slips Away,” and “Thank You Bruce Lee.” This was a very laid back easy going first set with light jams throughout and we featured two LBX Freestyles during “Slips Away” and TYBL.

After set one the man, the myth, the destroyer of universes, LUNCHBOX takes the stage and has the entire room captivated during his comedy set. He performed a couple classic LBX jokes and performed an original joke written by our friend Blake Briand. LBX then regaled us with his pop-gone-poetry sketch that had the entire crowd cracking up. He truly is the Best that Ever Lived.

Next up Mr. Tristan James Harvey performed an amazing solo set with his acoustic guitar. Some say the man has soul, some say the man IS soul. Tristan’s masterful guitar techniques paired with a voice that could fill the greatest of canyons set the stage for a heartfelt and an honestly good show. His poetic lyrical content keeps your mind engaged while also punching you right in the heart. Whether he is playing the drum kit, playing bass, creating beats in his living room, or playing his acoustic guitar Tristan Harvey is an artist by every definition. Notable songs: “Pleasant Menace” “Corn Squash and Beans” “The Jackal”

Amy Cecilia up next, sweet and demure paired with a writing style that is catchy and concise her songs ring true to the human experience. After Amy we had the lovely and beautiful Vagileles take the stage and play their two smash hits “Honey Pie” and “Naturally.” The lady trio is comprised of Caitlyn Vinci, Sweet Irene, and Amy Cecilia. Their three part harmonies are unmatched by any other ladytrio out there and their songs are just oh so sweet. Warning: these songs will get stuck in your head and you will be singing them for the next little while.

Russ Tyndall takes the stage next performing an original song on his ukulele. Gainesville famous as the Ukulele Dad at Westside Park, Russ Tyndall plays the ukulele with an innate virtuosity that is admirable. Russ takes inspiration from greats like Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead and writes complex songs with relatable themes and messages.

SET TWO is in full swing after a quick break and stage change. Set Two was packed with jams, smiles, and good times all around. Notable Songs: “Float” “Foggy” “Bliss” “Shining Gold” and “Fleeting Glimpse.”
In VOWLS we all share the spotlight as individuals and as a team. Our songs take you through a full range of experiences and emotions. We hope that anyone that participates in our shows feels comfortable, feels loved, and feels like they are a part of something great.

Thank you, We love you.

Fat Tuesday at Lightning Salvage

We are heading back to one of our favorite venues in town, Lightnin Salvage. As part of the Gainesville famous restaurant Satchel’s Pizza, Lightnin Salvage offers a laid back dining experience with eclectic atmosphere as well as a family friendly environment. Our whole family should be there so come on out and stay a while.

We will be performing from 6pm-9pm. In the mean while here is a video of our original song “Thank You Bruce Lee,” from our last show at Satchel’s Pizza.

Vowls at Heartwood Music Festival

On Saturday February 23rd 2019 we took the stage at the Acrosstown Repertory Theater for Heartwood Music Festival. We are so grateful to be a part of this event and to perform on the A.R.T.’s stage again. We hope to make another appearance next year.

We had our very best MC LBX lay down some sweet rhymes during “Bliss” and “Slips Away.” Tristan, king of the drums, driving the train, held down our swampy swingy rhythms with outstanding grace, while Sweet Irene laid down the truth with her saxophone and ethereal harmonies. Caitlyn Vinci, leader of the band, queen of the banjolele, carried us home with her soulful powerhouse of a voice, while Amy Cecilia came in with her delicate harmonies and bright, sparkly guitar riffs. Tying the whole symphony of sound together with the thumpiest and most melodic of bass lines we have Russ Tyndall, bassman extraordinaire, binding us together into the magnificent arrangement that we call VOWLS.

Set List:
Slips Away
That Song
Mr. Owl
Encore: You Can’t Hide What’s Inside

Photo Courtesy of our friend Samantha Compostrini

Thanks again to Heartwood Soundstage and everyone that participated and that volunteered their time. We love you!

Heartwood Music Festival 2019

It is that time of year again! Heartwood Soundstage’s Annual “Heartwood Music Festival.” We are so excited to have the privilege to play at this event. and to perform in the Acrosstown Repitory Theatre.

We will be playing a super short set jam packed with heavy hitters. We hope you will join us for a day of fun, friends and music.

VOWLS at Riverine Reunion 2019

At the beginning of this brand new beautiful year we had the lovely opportunity to perform at Oleno State Park for the First Annual Riverine Reunion Festival. This cozy fest had workshops, yoga, campfire jams, and tons of wonderful local bands.

“We would like to give a huge thanks to everyone involved in the Riverine Reunion ’19 festival. We love and appreciate you! We had such a wonderful experience performing. The experience as a whole warmed our hearts and was such a beautiful way to start off the New Year. ”

Onna Meyer and Larry Fowler took amazing photos of the event. Check them out here.

VOWLS NYE at Cypress and Grove

Another great year off to a great start at Cypress and Grove Brewing Co. This show was curated by Russ Tyndall with the help of our expert sound engineer Tristan Harvey. Four local artists took the stage and ended 2018 with sweet music and good times.

Up first we had TJ Washburn from Orlando, Florida. TJ is a storyteller and his songs reflect that. His songs are intriguing, captivating and relatable. His new album Seasons is now available on major streaming platforms.
Here is his Youtube Channel and below is his video for an original song titled “St. George and the Dragon.”

St. George and the Dragon Original by TJ Washburn

Up after TJ was the local legends The Dozenaires. If you have been to Gainesville’s own Hoggetowne Medieval Faire and the Thornebrook Arts Festival then you know the exquisite Irish and World musical styling of The Dozenaires.

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Next up VOWLS! After the Dozenaires sweet and nostalgic set Vowls took the stage to sing sweet songs to rock your soul.

After us the FUNKY MIRACLE brought the funk with a tribute to the musical styling of The Meters. The Funky Miracle had everyone at Cissy Strutting and dancing all over Cypress and Grove. They had the crowd moving during the whole duration of their set. They really FUNKed it up.
Featuring: Josh Lederman(pictured below), Jake the Snake, Russ Tyndall, Chris Pierce, Teig, and Chris Robertson(pictured below).

Josh Lederman
Chris Robertson
Josh Lederman

Closing out the show and ringing in the New Year the Threetles serenaded us with the sweet songs of the Beatles. They closed the night out with a “Hey Jude” Singalong that brought everyone home.

Photos Provided by Jill Vinci and Helena Roberston

VOWLS at Lightnin Salvage 12/13/2018

This past December we rocked the socks off of Lightnin Salvage at Satchel’s Pizza in Gainesville, Florida.  
We always love to play at Lightnin Salvage because it has a great stage and is also family friendly place with great staff and awesome atmosphere.

Special thanks to momma Jill for always taking video of us! Check out our videos below and if you would please like, subscribe and share our content we would be so grateful. Thank you! We Love You!

Setlist :
Schrodinger’s Castle
Pay Attention
Mr. Owl
Slips Away
You Can’t Hide What’s Inside
Shining Gold
Matter & Blues
Sometimes Two