Past Due features Straight Up The Band founders Tanya (Vocals) and Dave (Guitar and Vocals) along with newcomer Dan Weaver. Originally formed as an acoustic cover duo, Past Due is able to perform a lighter version of their cover band's set list. However Past Due has over the years, evolved into a group that consists of mainly original material. Musical influences include country, folk, and classic rock with Dave doing the majority of the writing and Tanya and Dan adding their musical talents to the mix. All three artists have extensive live and studio experience. Their relaxed performance style and close friendship; along with Dave's soul-searching original lyrics, Dan's skilled guitar playing, and Tanya's rich vocals make for an enjoyable show.
Tom Green is a multifaceted professional entertainer whose pop-rock shows have been bringing audiences to their feet for over 15 years. His high energy sets featuring hits from stars like Robert Palmer, Elton John, Billy Joel, Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen have drawn cheers from Canada to Dixieland. Tom Green's growing national reputation is built on years of hard work in his home state. His dedication is paying off. Just ask his peers in WAMI (the Wisconsin Area Music Industry) who have voted Green Artist of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year and Stage Entertainer of the Year. Tom Green's credits reach across North America. Live concerts for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Half-time shows during National Football League games; classical singing with the Bel Canto Chorus and he was selected to perform as part of the backup chorus that performed with Luciano Pavorotti at the United Center in Chicago.
Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble is an instrumental group based out of Madison, Wisconsin. They are primarily influenced by the legendary Gypsy guitarist Django Reinhardt. The ensemble also pulls influences from jazz, swing, traditional Latin, Parisian waltzes, and other vintage-jazz sources. Expect a range of tunes from the "Hot Swing" repertoire, originals and standards done in uniquely arranged styles. The idea for Caravan G.S.E. started in early 2002 when Chris Ruppenthal, the group's leader and an aspiring jazz guitarist, first heard recordings of Dutch Gypsy jazz guitarist Jimmy Rosenberg who played in the Reinhardt style. Chris soon turned away from the American bebop style of jazz guitar to follow in the long shadow of Django and was inspired to seek out fellow Gypsy swing enthusiasts. Caravan G.S.E. sprang out of that inspiration as a trio of two guitars, and violin. The trio played a barrage of open mikes and busked at local farmers markets to get their repertoire together. After adding a bassist and clarinetist they began playing coffee houses, clubs, and parties. Soon they were recording, and performing consistently throughout the Midwest. The group released it first official full length CD "Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble" on Hot String Swing records in 2007. The recording features an expanded band lineup and includes original music, arrangements of Django Reinhardt classics, jazz standards, and Latin tunes. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble's recordings have been prominently featured as a bed soundtrack on ABC 27's "Cooking The Casbah." Their music has also been used in advertisements for RP Pasta and for chocolatier Gail Ambrosius. Caravan G.S.E. has had substantial experience with live performance in a broad range of settings including concert halls, festivals, nightclubs, and corporate events. They have had a wide variety of live radio experience including numerous appearances on Wisconsin Public Radio's "Higher Ground with Jonathan Overby." Highlights of Caravan G.S.E.'s festival and concert experience include performances at Madison's Overture Center, at The Sugar Maple Traditional Music Festival, The Isthmus Jazz Festival, and two years in a row at The Midwest Gypsy Swing Festival. Caravan Gypsy Swing Ensemble has become an experienced, seasoned group with a unique sound and a diverse repertoire. They now perform in lineups that range from a two-guitar duo to a six-piece ensemble including clarinet, violin, and drums. Although the music of Django Reinhardt it still at the core of the band they have learned to take Gypsy swing music in a broad range of directions.