The Heard is a Chicago-based band venerated for its deep pocket, authentic groove and reverence for legendary funk. The group is known for turning out hot, sweat-drenched sets that stretch into the wee hours every Thursday night at live music Mecca aliveOne.
The Heard’s music features powerful horn melodies delivered with precision and swagger by Lucas Ellman (saxophone), Parris Fleming (trumpet), and Bryant Smith (trombone), the driving rhythm guitar playing of Taras Horalewskyj, tasteful keyboard work by Neal O’Hara, and a slamming foundation provided by bassist Mike Starr and drummer P.J. Howard.
is a rockpopsoul outfit from the heart of rust belt realness, Buffalo, NY. Armed with a batch of honest songs and an infectious energy, Dirty Smile stands resolute in its pursuit of rock-n-roll greatness.
The band’s hometown breeds a blue collar ethic that seeps into the music. It’s palpable. One can hear and feel the raw virtue in Megan Brown’s vocal delivery on the band’s single ‘Siren’. It’s belted like a credo. “There’s no stopping her now…”, a soulful call to arms. Dirty Smile has put in the hours on the sweaty stages of Buffalo, NY honing their craft. The energy of their live performance leaps from the bandstand with grand enthusiasm. It’s difficult to ignore the vibrant, free flowing presence of Megan Brown at the microphone. Erik Eimiller, Jesse Raderman, Mike Suda, and Gus Walters form the adept band behind Brown that sounds seasoned beyond its years; dynamic and intense with a pop soul.