It takes a village, and below are the village people. (But not those Village People.)
Adam Duritz co-produced The Outlaw Roadshow music festival for seven years alongside Ryan Spaulding, Barbara Garrett, and Frank Germano before helping to found the Underwater Sunshine Fest this year. He loves music more than his phone and he loves his phone more than most people. In all honesty...it’s not really close. He also runs the Underwater Sunshine Podcast with his pal, journalist and author James Campion. In his spare time, he still likes to watch movies, write songs, sing on friend’s records, and plot world domination for Counting Crows.
Barbara started her music career working as a producer/booking agent for BalconyTV.com in Austin, Texas. During this time she helped produce The Outlaw Roadshow as well as some unofficial SXSW events. This lit a fire under her desire to advocate for musicians, joining the “Leaders in Austin Music” program and an appointment to a seat on the Austin Music Commission.
Frank Germano is an accomplished design exec. by day and an equally successful illustrator and artist by night. His superpowers include drawing hyper-realistic animals in utopian, story-book like settings, creating unique band merchandise and album art, and even handling the occasional brush to create stunning one-of-a-kind instruments. Some of his favorite clients include: Fender Custom Shop, Sony Music Entertainment (especially the music documentary American Epic), NPR, Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival, Counting Crows and Deer Tick, just to name a few. Frank’s works have been featured in textbooks, art galleries, on several murals throughout the country, and even a calendar here and there. He currently resides in Los Angeles, where his former East Coast roots have started to grow in the constant sunshine.
Holly Perry has spent the last decade working in the music industry in a variety of capacities. Since her coffee-fetching intern days, she has worked in the marketing department at a major record label, managed social media accounts for dozens of artists and written for multiple music publications. Last year, the Recording Academy chose Holly for their Grammy NEXT program, which honors emerging leaders in the music industry. She currently lives in the Los Angeles area, where you can find her on the beach, attending a show or visiting a llama farm.
Katie was raised a record store crate-digger in Dallas, Texas, by two parents who had managed record stores before she was born. She’s currently an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Evansville, and has been fortunate enough to start a “How to Write about Music” course. She also teaches fiction and poetry. There is a very good professional picture of her at a radio station, taping a show with headphones on, but she has opted to use this photo of her at sixteen, which is indicative of both how she is surrounded by music and what a dork she is. She has an amazing husband and stepdaughter, and is grateful that they are both music junkies too. If you see her at the festival (red hair now), ask her about her David Bowie tattoos!
James Campion, co-host of the Underwater Sunshine podcast with his friend Adam Duritz, both of whom are currently working on a book together, is a syndicated columnist and contributing editor for the pop culture magazine, The Aquarian Weekly (inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame archive 2012), where he’s reported on and interviewed dozens of singer-songwriters and musicians and reviewed concerts and albums for over twenty years. His work has appeared in NY Newsday, North County News, Hackwriters, Huffington Post, among other periodicals and webzines, including the official KISS site, KISS Online. He is the author of six non-fiction works; Deep Tank Jersey: A Journey into the Soul of a New Jersey Club Band (Callalloo Press, 1996), Fear No Art: Observations on the Death of the American Century (BLAZO! Publishing, 2000), Trailing Jesus: A Holy Land Journal (Gueem Books, 2002) and Midnight for Cinderella: The Reality Check Papers – 2000-2005 (Booksurge – 2006), Shout It Out Loud – The Story of KISS’s Destroyer and the Making of an American Icon (Backbeat Books - 2015), Accidentally Like a Martyr – The Tortured Art of Warren Zevon (Backbeat Books - 2018) and one novel, Y (Gueem Books, 2013).
Zoe comes from Planet Claire. She is a writer and freelancer based in New York, NY but she also once shot a man in Reno…just to watch him die. In recent lives Zoe was an art model for world-renowned fine artists, a two-time AmeriCorps member, a three-time NBA Champion, an operations manager for a large nonprofit, an engagement associate and grant coordinator for a very small nonprofit, a waffle maker for a medium nonprofit, and for a couple of years staffed information desks and gift shops at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. There, Zoe received world-class training on directing tourists to the bathroom. She also once found it herself. Though she once attempted very pitiful Elliott Smith covers as a teen, Zoe is not a musician - but loves discovering and writing about music. You’ll like her.
Felipe is a fine artist born in NYC and educated in NY and South Florida. Felipe has exhibited in Europe and America and currently exhibits in California, Connecticut and NY. He has worked with Counting Crows as fine artist and media designer, and has been involved in the art and music scene for over 30 years. He continues to work out of his Lexington studio and is currently part of the Underwater Sunshine design and production team.
Lindsay is passionate about art, music, science and spending time outdoors. During the day she blends her marketing and technology expertise, creativity and inner gadget-geek to create memorable brand experiences. The rest of her time is spent crafting, hiking and rock hounding around New England, and listening to often over 300 new artists a week! A little known fact about Lindsay, she studied Planetary Science and Astrophysics at MIT.
In his daily life, Andy Mullins works as a patient care tech and has worked with surgery and oncology patients. While he only has one deficiency (*He thinks Exile on Main St. is better than Sticky Fingers), he’s a dedicated follower of all music and a true believer. Tell him a genre, an artist, or just anything you generally don’t like about some kind of music, and he will prove you wrong, probably with something in your own collection and something you’ve never heard before.