Lovebettie and Sweet Leda
You loved them during the Launch Conference, so we’re bringing them back!
October 3, 2014 · 9:00pm
Two of the Mid-Atlantic regions most popular bands, Lovebettie and Sweet Leda return to Tellus360 to rock the house.
Named “Pittsburgh’s Hottest Band” by Microsoft Windows, the Pittsburgh based pioneers of “Swagger Rock” attract fans from all walks of life with their neo-soul, rock-pop mash up. This genre-bending refreshing new take on modern rock has landed the band an onslaught of mass media exposure, major radio circulation, and a resounding buzz within the music industry.
Having toured a majority of East coast and Midwest states, Lovebettie’s persistent drive and tireless work ethic has helped them evolve from a local favorite to a national success story. They have shared the stage with multitudes of national acts including: Lifehouse, Fuel, Semi Precious Weapons, Everclear, Guster, The Last Goodnight, and many more. In 2010 they performed The Official Lady Gaga Afterparty for her Monsters Ball Tour. They were personally selected by Jon Bon Jovi as one of three bands to contend for a tour opening spot, and released two music videos for airing consideration on MTV, VH1, and Fuse.
In 2011, Lovebettie released their new EP, engineered, produced, and mixed by notorious producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple, Hoobastank) and performed a 24 day headlining US tour from Boston to Austin. They performed 7 showcases during the esteemed annual South by Southwest festival, and already have 3 US tours scheduled for 2012.
“Pittsburgh’s Hottest Band!”
– Microsoft Windows
“One of the most unique, best indie bands in the United States right now!”
– Indie on Air!
“I give this EP more than 2 Thumbs Up, I give it a STANDING OVATION!!!”
– PA Musician Magazine
“They will soon be headlining at big arenas.”
– Eat Sleep Breathe Music
“Naples’ voice soars and growls with a touch of Fiona Apple.
– Pittsburgh City Paper
Lovebettie’s new CD, “The Red Door EP” engineered and produced by Major Label Producer Jim Wirt (Incubus, Fiona Apple, Hoobastank, Trapt) is a critically acclaimed powerhouse of extraordinary sound and unforgettable melodies.
Powered by Julie Cymek’s sultry, commanding vocals and electrifying stage presence, Sweet Leda is taking the diverse mid-Atlantic music scene by storm as one of the most exciting and accomplished live acts on the rise. With its rich blend of new school funk, soul and pop, Sweet Leda’s heartfelt original music has been compared to Joss Stone, Janis Joplin, Maroon 5, Edie Brickell and even Led Zeppelin, yet the sound is unique enough to have earned the tag “sexy smooth rock and groove.”
Sweet Leda’s first full-length album, Need The Music, which was produced by Stephen Joseph Antonelli and mixed by Drew Mazurek (Linkin Park, Allman Bros.), has received much love from critics, and a handful of the tracks can be heard on a variety of radio stations.
Among the band’s many milestone achievements are: the Tri State Indie Music Awards Groupie’s Choice Award in 2012; being named MD/DC Band of The Year for 2011 and 2012; voted Best Emerging Artist DC/Baltimore in The Deli Magazine’s reader’s poll in 2011; writing the end-credit title track for the feature film Lovely Molly; sharing the stage with Jefferson Starship; performing at festivals with the likes of Citizen Cope, John Mayer, G Love, Cake, 311, Keb’ Mo’, Tedeschi Trucks and Lyle Lovett; being hand-picked by Allman Bros. drummer Butch Trucks to open for his band at the Roots Rock Revival Masters Camp earlier this summer; and gracing the Miller Lite Stage at Summerfest 2013 in Milwaukee.
Sweet Leda regularly features tenor-saxophonist Ron Holloway, who is listed in the Biographical Encyclopedia of Jazz where veteran jazz critic Ira Gitler described Holloway as a “bear-down-hard-bopper who can blow authentic R&B and croon a ballad with warm, blue feeling.” Holloway has worked with the likes of Susan Tedeschi, Dizzy Gillespie, Gil Scott-Heron, Little Feat, and Root Boy Slim. He is currently a member of The Warren Haynes Band.