With arena-ready feel-good jams built on lush soundscapes, powerful vocals and orchestral flourishes, Indie-rockers Run River North deliver vibrantly emotive music that will make your spirit soar. Through dynamic string arrangements accented by funky rhythms, swirling synthesizers and bright guitar riffs they explore themes of young love, self-discovery and the Asian-American experience. Founded in 2011 under the name Monsters Calling Home, Run River North is comprised of six Los Angeles-based friends—Alex Hwang (lead vocals, guitars), Daniel Chae (vocals, strings), Jennifer Rim (strings), Abe Kim (drums) and Sally Kang (vocals, keyboards). The band first came to national attention in 2012 shorty after releasing the music video for their song “Fight to Keep,” filmed entirely in their Hondas. The video went viral and caught the attention of the carmaker which surprised the then-relatively-unknown group with the opportunity to perform on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live! Since then, the Run River North star has skyrocketed with their signature brand of exuberant feel-good jams.
Since Run River North’s inaugural television performance, they have made appearances on VH-1’s Big Morning Buzz, CMT’s Concrete Country, NBC’s Last Call With Carson Daly, NBC’s Late Night with Seth Meyers, MTV’s Wonderland and the EMMY-winning PBS series Artbound, in addition to radio features on NPR’s Weekend Edition, NPR’s All Things Considered, NPR’s ‘Here & Now,’ and KPCC 89.3 Southern CA Public Radio. Their debut album Run River North (2014), produced by Phil Ek (Built To Spill, The Shins, Father John Misty), peaked at #3 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers’” chart, garnering praise from prominent national outlets including Esquire who wrote “Because modern folk this richly layered has a high degree of difficulty. And [Run River North] nail the landing.” Their follow-up sophomore album Drinking From A Salt Pond (2016), produced by Lars Stalfors (Cold War Kids, Deap Vally, HEALTH, Matt and Kim), landed at #6 on Billboard’s “Heatseekers’” chart and #3 on the “Alternative New Artist Album” chart. Since then, Run River North has received coverage from outlets including The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, American Songwriter, Daytrotter, American Way and TeamCoco, the official website of TBS’s Conan. They’ve shared the stage with popular groups such as Mumford & Sons, The Head and the Heart, and Of Monsters and Men and opened for Rooney on their 2017 North American tour. No stranger to Levitt stages, Run River North enchanted concertgoers at their 2015 performance at Levitt Pavilion Los Angeles.
Treating audiences to bright folk melodies filled to the brim with rich vocals and joyous hooks, San Diego-based rockers Coral Bells joyous originals and nostalgic covers of 1960s favorites will warm your heart and get your toes tapping. The band and friendship-collective got its start in the summer of 2014 when Kaley Morlock (vocals, ukulele) and Joshua McCleskey (acoustic guitar), decided to leave the Oklahoma plains for the sun-drenched shores of Imperial Beach, Calif. They fell in love with the seaside and soon convinced longtime friend Jimmy Schmitz (mandolin) to relocate and join them and along with the addition of Boston-native newfound-neighbor Matt Rogan (vocals, acoustic guitar), the Coral bells was born. The group’s self-named debut full-length album was released in 2017 to glowing praise.