Of Tomorrow brings eclectic groove to Panhandle Earth Day Event
SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — Passion runs deep in bringing life and soul into the music they make for their audience.
Together, they are constantly evolving their sound, which is a mixture of funk, rock, reggae, hip-hop, trip-hip, neo-soul, and samba. This blend of different sounds sets itself apart from how it’s played by the group Of Tomorrow.
The band will bring that sound to the ninth annual Panhandle Earth Day event on Saturday, April 22, at Morgan’s Grove Park. The event kicks off at noon. The band will take the stage at 2:30 p.m. The day will be filled with arts, crafts, music, food, kids’ activities, and demonstrations. Environmental and conservation groups and activists will also be in attendance.
Based in Washington, D.C., Of Tomorrow is comprised of band members Geoff Browning (guitar/lead singer), Jon Modell (drummer) and Nick Soderstrom (bass player).
Formed in 2015, each instrumentalist brings his own talents to the forefront to create a sound that is uniquely attributed to the skills demonstrated by each player.
“It’s all bound together by strong, sound writing and the amazing instrumentalist we have in the band,” Browning said.
Simply put, Of Tomorrow makes music that can be enjoyed by everyone with a diverse interest in music.
“All in all it’s very grooveable, it’s very danceful and also very thoughtful,” he said. “We put a lot of effort into the shows and into the songs.”
In addition to the work they put into making music, Of Tomorrow also draws inspiration from other artists who they admire and play alongside.
“We make music that we like and that we would want to listen to,” Browning said. “We all are influenced by the music that we listen to and the people in the band have very different tastes in music. So when everyone comes together, we put those influences together and the result is, Of Tomorrow.”
In fact, they are coming back for another round to perform in Shepherdstown for the Panhandle Earth Day event.
Of Tomorrow will play alongside other artists as well which will include Jena Photiades and Colin James (both keyboardist) and guest vocalist, Arbanus (rapper).
“I love how the audience in Shepherdstown really responded to what we did. People were into it, people had a really good time,” Browning said.
The have a full schedule ahead of them as they prepare for performances in surrounding areas.
“It’s really fortunate the way it just worked out. It’s going to be one of the most fun, awesome musical weekends that I ever had. We’ve been really lucky that people have responded so well and have taken such an interest in us,” said Browning.
The night before their set performance in Shepherdstown, they will co-headline the Gotta Fest in Capon Bridge, W.Va., on Friday, April 21. On Sunday, April 23, they will also play on Baltimore Soundstage in Baltimore.
“The band is always growing, it’s always changing, and it’s always evolving,” Browning said. “Music is always kind of breathing and growing. We don’t know what kind of musical influences we have, we don’t know what kind of riffs we might have; it’s just one big solid block of marble and then we try to carve out of it what we want to do. So it’s very adventurous.”
If you go …WHAT: The ninth annual Panhandle Earth Day EventWHERE: Morgan’s Grove Park, Kearneysville Pike, Shepherdstown, WV 25443WHEN: noon to 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22COST: FreeCONTACT: http://pedc.earthvibeproductions.com
2017 Music Schedule
- Noon — Cassie Raye
- 12:45 p.m. — Tucker Riggleman
- 1:30 p.m. — Melissa Wright
- 2 p.m. — Eastern Panhandle Protectors Speech
- 2:30 p.m. — Of Tomorrow
- 3:30 p.m. — Megan Jean
- 4:30 p.m. — Mountain Ride
- 5:30 p.m. — The Gypsy Ramblers
- 6:30 p.m. — The Todd Coyle Band
2017 Demo Schedule
- Noon — Fire Starter Workshop
- 1 p.m. — Beneficial mushroom presentation
- 1:30 p.m. — Pollinator Presentation
- 2 p.m. — Tree ID Walk
- 3 p.m. — No Mow Areas Presentation
- 3:15 p.m. — Solar Presentation
- 3:30 p.m. — Herb Walk
- 4:15 p.m. — Draft Horse Demo
- 5 p.m. — Prescribed Fire Demo
- All day — Upcycle Art Project; Blacksmith Project; Jala Yoga; FAME Song Circle