artists

Take a look at the artists confirmed to perform at In the MKNG. Check back regularly to see more artists and the music schedule. Interested in performing at the event? Contact Jason Baum at jbaum@afci.global.

Headliner: Sister Hazel

Saturday, September 29: 4:30pm - 6:00pm

www.sisterhazel.com

For more than 20 years, the five friends that comprise the rock band Sister Hazel have built the kind of musical communication that comes only with time, talent and commitment. The band was named “one of the Top 100 Most Influential Independent Performers of the last 15 years” by Performing Songwriter Magazine. Their song “All For You” is one you know and topped the adult alternative charts during the summer of 1997; the success of that song propelled their album to platinum status. Their new album harks back to the roots of their story through its title, Lighter In The Dark. Lighter In The Dark features collaborations with all-star songwriters Lee Brice, Luke Laird and Hillary Lindsey, sessions with production heavyweights Garth Fundis and Scott Parker, guest appearances by Pat Buchanan, Tom Bukovac, Steve Hinson, and other Nashville session aces.

Lauren Davidson

Saturday, September 29: 11:00am - 11:45am

www.laurendavidsonmusic.com

CMA artist Lauren Davidson has earned the opportunity to play numerous venues around the Tri-State Area and has opened for significant Country Music Acts such as LOCASH, Old Dominion and Justin Moore among many others. Lauren’s “Loaded Gun” has been exclusively featured on The Boot and she was named Nash FM 94.7's Nash Next Top 10 finalist. Her latest release, “I’ll Drink To That,” was named the Digital Journal’s Top 5 Female Country Radio Singles in 2017.

Zach Matari & The After Parti

Saturday, September 29: 12:30pm - 1:30pm

www.zachmatari.com

Independent singer-songwriter Zach Matari, known for his most recent single “Mirror,” gained popularity as the viral-hit broke barriers, lyrically addressing body image positivity and body confidence. The track, which released in October 2017, was written by Matari as a request from BitesizedFitness to be performed at their “Positive Body Image Fashion Show” promoting inclusion within the fashion industry. An avid anti-bullying advocate, Matari felt strongly about the opportunity to use his art and voice to spread awareness about the cause. The video released of the fashion show and Matari’s performance of “Mirror,” garnered over 15 million views across social media grabbing the attention of mainstream media outlets including: Huffington Post, Yahoo, AOL, Women’s Health, MTV, SELF, Cosmopolitan and many more around the world.

Wild Planes

Saturday, September 29: 2:30pm - 3:30pm

www.wildplanesband.com

Wild Planes is a pop/rock band based out of New York City labeled as a fun band with an unmatched energy and a big personality. Blending elements of pop, rock, funk and R&B, Wild Planes is creating timeless music that everybody will enjoy.

Emma Bilyou

Sunday, September 30: 10:30am - 11:15am

www.emmabilyou.com

Emma Bilyou is a singer/songwriter born and raised in Orange County, New York. You will be shocked by her unique voice and amazing poise! She is mainly a pop artist who sings any genre of music that catches her attention. Emma plays both the piano and guitar by ear. You will be mesmerized by her amazing voice and the smile in her eyes and love her music. The maturity in her vocals validates her songs as she truly sings from her heart. Emma reaches a whole new level of entertainment and you don't want to miss her performances! Emma's musical influences include Little Mix, One Direction, 5 Seconds of Summer, Alicia Keys, Ed Sheeran and Usher.

Don't Believe In Ghosts

Sunday, September 30: 2:00pm - 3:00pm

www.youtube.com/dontbelieveinghosts

Don’t Believe in Ghosts is an alternative rock band from New York City. Their sound is modern and edgy, with a passion for infectious melodies and gritty, energetic arrangements. The group brings a brand new outlook on music, setting the bar higher and blurring the lines between different genres and ideas.