An all-american classic circus sideshow, combining timeless acts of shock and amazement with a punk rock presentation, and a dirty south attitude. The result is a uniquely modern experience; unlike anything else in today's entertainment industry.
They spend over half of the year touring the country bringing their version of weird to the masses in bars, clubs, theaters, dives, restaurants, fairs, parking lots, fields, back alleys...anywhere somebody'll hire 'em. Since 2014, they have self-produced 7 tours and performed over 400 shows from east to west. Tinderbox is the last remaining professionally organized and accredited touring sideshows in the country, with awards from five organizations and festivals within their industry for the work they contribute to the showperson's industry in general including : "The 2017 Spotlight Award" from the Southern Sideshow Hootenanny (previously "The Sideshow Gathering" held in Philadelphia) "Masters of Amazement 2015" from nationally-reknowned competition organization Burlypicks & "Best Act 2015" from the Southern Fried Burlesque & Sideshow Festival
Their flavor is a hard one to pin down. They are able to walk into a room, no matter where it be, and read it to its fullest capacity--from the regulars sitting having their drinks to the region surrounding the location--and put on a show that is catered directly to the people and for the people. Tinderbox cares about their audiences and strives to showcase their trade in a way that is manageable (though still exciting!) to all ages, backgrounds, and proclivities.
Tinderbox can pair well with any music in any variety. They have worked with artists like The Legendary Shack Shakers, Here Come the Mummies, Ford Theatre Reunion, The Dresden Dolls, Blair Crimmins and the Hookers, 20 Watt Tombstone, and many many more as well as toured on the Oddball Comedy & Curiosity tour with Louis C.K., Sarah Silverman, Aziz Ansari, and more. A local support band is always welcome on a bill with Tinderbox, and they make new friends in new genres every time they go out.
Helmet was formed in New York City in 1989 by founding members Page Hamilton, Henry Bogdan, Peter Mengede and John Stanier. The group signed to Amphetamine Reptile Records and released their first full-length album, Strap It On, in 1991. A year later, they signed to Interscope Records.
The band found mainstream success with their Interscope debut, Meantime, which debuted at number 68 on the Billboard 200 and spawned the hits "Unsung" and "In the Meantime." In 1994, Helmet explored new sonic territories with the fan favorite and critically acclaimed Betty, which incorporated elements of jazz and blues into their "thinking man's metal." Following an additional album, Helmet broke up in 1998, while Hamilton explored other projects, including various collaborations and film scores.
In 2004, Hamilton reformed Helmet with a new lineup, releasing the album Size Matters that same year. In 2006, they released Monochrome on Warcone records and then released their most recent album, Seeing Eye Dog, via Work Song in 2010.
Since the 2004 revival, Helmet has toured extensively all over the world. In 2012, they toured Europe in light of the 20th anniversary of Meantime and, most recently, embarked on a similar tour for the 20th anniversary of Betty.
Drummer Clementine is the founding member of ZEPPARELLA. From the beginning of her musical career, her goal has been to be onstage every night. The pursuit of that goal has led Clementine to constantly tour the US and Europe in projects as diverse as Bottom, AC/DShe, The House Of More, The Solid, Francis Bakin, Stars Turn Me On and Beaux Cheveux. She tackles the best rock drumming ever written with her own emotionally powerful style, bringing the Motown influence of the Bonham groove to the forefront. The profound musical connection established with Gretchen Menn (guitar), Holly West (bass), and Anna Kristina (vocals) creates the bond required to do this great music justice.
It was under the tutelage of classical guitarist Phillip DeFremery, a student of Andrés Segovia, that guitarist Gretchen Menn began her path on the instrument. Playing with tireless passion and constantly seeking out new challenges, her projects are often unconventional, genre-bending expressions combining elements of classical, rock, progressive, jazz, and metal. On influences, Gretchen has never tired of her initial inspirations--Eric Johnson, Steve Morse, Frank Zappa, and Jeff Beck. But she has loved Jimmy Page's guitar playing longer than she has played the guitar. It was through the music of Led Zeppelin that she found a gateway into music that resonated deeply with her, creating a love for guitar-oriented music, and, ultimately, the guitar.
Bassist Holly West began her musical journey full-steam ahead, and more recently than her stellar playing belies. Her unstoppable will and drive have truly propelled her to this moment and her place in the powerhouse Zepparella. A self-taught bass player, she is also a blossoming vocalist with rich rock pipes. Her time on stage has been well spent, developing an impressive attack, impeccable feel, and a technique which seems to have come completely naturally to her, not to mention her dazzling stage presence and joyful performance style. Her influences span the rock gauntlet, from Clutch and the Rival Sons to Slash, ZZ Top, and of course, the mighty Zeppelin.
Singer Anna Kristina is a soulful, fiery, and rocking vocal powerhouse who has stepped into Zepparella's Plant spot for a second time. Anna was with the band for 5 years, became known for her performance in the band's 10 million-view "When The Levee Breaks" video, took a 6-year hiatus, and now returns in 2018 to front the band. Her career has spanned acoustic, jazz, soul, rock, and her charisma and power delivers captivating performances every night. About her brilliant harp playing she says: "getting a chance to blow on the harmonica is an added bonus! Plant isn't just a singer he's a musician. He brings his blues background and natural percussive feel to his harmonica playing as well and I love getting lost in that. Playing the harp allows me to express on a whole different level and it's so freeing." Now more than ever, Zepparella explores their own improvised magic within the framework of Zeppelin's mighty songs!