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Acura Hours feat. Kasadoom and Ellee Duke with Special Headliner Event JOHNNYSWIM, Supported by ELS STUDIO 3D® Premium Audio


Friday, January 24, 5:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.
Acura Festival Village, 480 Swede Alley

Acura Hours will take place every afternoon at Acura Festival Village. Guests can enjoy Stella Artois and Bon & Viv, accompanied by live panels and musical performances.
Presented by Acura

5:30 p.m.–6:00 p.m.: Kasadoom
Kasadoom is an American rock band consisting of Cole Barnson and friends. Steeped in the sonic traditions of the underground, Kasadoom draws from a deep well of genres, ranging from ’60s garage rock and psychedelia to electronic and pop.

6:15 p.m.–6:55 p.m.: Ellee Duke
Ellee Duke started writing songs at the age of five. At age 13 she played original music in a talent show at her school and got a standing ovation. That was when Ellee realized her dream of being a songwriter and a performer. Her junior year of high school she started making trips to Nashville. She would go to karaoke bars and other places to do open mic nights, trying to network with different musicians and songwriters.

After two years of trips to Nashville, Ellee had made quite a few connections and eventually got offered a record/publishing deal from Big Machine. She graduated from high school early and moved to Tennessee. Ellee was more of an indie singer-songwriter than a country artist, and this presented a struggle as she began to realize the label wanted her to be country. For six months Ellee wrote with country writers and producers, but it wasn’t authentic to who she was. She told them she needed to do what felt natural to her and not what was forced.

She began writing with more pop-influenced producers and eventually that led her to move to Los Angeles. She asked out of her deal with Big Machine and eventually signed a publishing deal with Big Yellow Dog. She worked with them for a year, but some frustrating challenges were presented that made her realize she was not with the right team, and it led her to leave that deal as well. Ellee became a completely independent artist at that point and was finally able to release the original music she was passionate about. She has been finding her voice again after a few rough years. Her newfound confidence and creative awakening are inspiring and echo through her music.

8:30 p.m.–10:00 p.m.: ELS 3D Audio Presents: Johnnyswim
Soulful American folk duo Johnnyswim comprises husband and wife Abner Ramirez and Amanda Sudano (the daughter of disco and R&B legend Donna Summer). The pair met in Nashville in 2005, instituting a songwriting partnership not long afterward. They clicked musically and personally, beginning a romantic relationship along with their creative connection. Choosing the name Johnnyswim, they released their debut EP, 1-4, in 2008.

Solidifying their union, Ramirez and Sudano married in 2009 and relocated to Los Angeles. A second EP, 5-8, appeared in 2010, supported by tours and residencies in New York and Los Angeles. Home, Vol. 1, a third EP that emphasized their country roots, arrived in 2012. By this point they’d started getting attention from fashion quarters, including icons Tommy Hilfiger and Louis Vuitton, which in turn attracted the interest of record labels. Soon, Johnnyswim signed with Big Picnic, distributed by Sony/RED, and began working regularly, appearing on TV shows ranging from VH1’s Mob Wives to NBC’s Tonight Show. They also continued to work on their full-length debut, Diamonds, which appeared in 2014.

A Christmas collection and live album followed, with their sophomore set arriving in 2016. Georgica Pond featured the single “Drunks,” a guest appearance by Vince Gill, and a cover of Chris Isaak’s “Wicked Game.” The pair followed with the Goodbye Road EP, a collaboration with Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors. The set included the single “Ring the Bells,” as well as guest vocals from Penny & Sparrow. Their third LP, Moonlight, was issued in 2019 via Brittania Row/BMG. Recorded the year prior with producer Malay (Frank Ocean, Sam Smith), the album included the singles “Bridges” and “The Last Time,” featuring Michael McDonald.

CATEGORY Partner Music

RUN TIME 270 min