In 2010, Seattle guitarist Ayron Jones started Ayron Jones and The Way, a three-piece blues rock band. By the summer of 2012, the young band had made appearances on local Seattle radio shows and opened for the legendary Robert Cray, grabbing the attention of the local media and Seattle hip-hop icon and GRAMMY award-winning rapper Sir Mix-A-Lot. After seeing the band perform live, Mix-A-Lot approached them and offered to produce their album. The group accepted and they immediately began recording, releasing Dream in 2013.
In March 2014, the band opened for the legendary B.B. King at a sold out show at the famed Moore Theatre in Seattle. They also performed on NPR's Livewire! radio show in April and recently completed a West Coast tour that included seven states (including an appearance at SXSW) and opening spots for Living Colour, The Presidents of the United States of America, Michael Franti & Spearhead and Train. They will continue to record and tour this year.
The Scott Pemberton Trio (Opening Act)
This Portland, Ore. band, captures the spirit of their hometown in their quirky fusion of jazz, rock/grunge, blues and the west coast funk—a blend they like to refer to as "Timber Rock." Listeners will find this honest, original and to-the-point music refreshing and fun. With regular appearances on the festival circuit, a #1 ranking on Portland’s pop charts and a #4 ranking on Billboard's “Tastemakers” chart, The Scott Pemberton Trio is truly an emerging force.