Gaining momentum in venues across Iowa and the Midwest, Des Moines’ Mighty Shady — Eric McCoy, Chris Freier, Jared Murphy, Joel Schwitchtenberg, and Keenan McBroom—were busy last summer playing national festivals including Wakarusa and 80/35 Music Festival, as well as a handful of regional festivals including Adventure Camp, Dangerfest, Briar Patch, Shwagstock, and Little Big Fest. And while these talented musicians find inspiration in the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Sublime, their alt rock is original, seamlessly packing the dance floor with funky grooves. Mighty Shady has been dubbed “indie groove rock” by the locals here in Des Moines, and manages to tastefully combine reggae, rock, and psychedelic jams together in their live performances. Meaningful lyrics add depth to the dynamic group’s draw and have helped build a loyal fan base, one that is sure to explode in 2014 with the highly anticipated release of their first full length album
Mighty Shady has played with: Jon Wayne and the Pain, Roster McCabe, Indigosun, Useful Jenkins, Dead Larry, Item 9 and the Mad Hatters, Cirrus Minor, Zeta June, Firesale, Doctor Murdock, Viva Montessa, Bad Friends, David Zollo and the Body Electric, It’s Complicated, NO Coast, Public Property, the High Crest, Aqua Marine Dream Machine, Best of Fools, Obsidian’s Dream, the Highroller Express, Joel Dangerous, B Well, Franklin’s Basement, Spongecake and the Fluff Ramblers, The Dark Royals, The Johnny Joseph Brothers, Series, The Jay Peasly Band, and City Noise.