“SOULFOLK WITH A TWIST OF JAZZ!”
SMD & THE UNDERGROUND IS A SOULFOLK TRIO BASED OUT OF PEORIA, ILLINOIS FEATURING VOCALIST SARAH MARIE DILLARD, UPRIGHT BASSIST BRANDON MOOBERRY AND DRUMMER/PERCUSSIONIST NICK “The Kid” FAIRLEY.
No upcoming shows scheduled
Sarah Marie Dillard is a singer/songwriter, band leader, and private music educator from the Central Illinois area. She is a proud advocate for fine arts and actively champions fair and equal pay for artists, cross-generational music education, free and accessible music education for all students regardless of class/background/learning ability, and the practice of sub-creation as a means to better quality of life. Her evident passion for arts education recently led her to membership on the Illinois Central College panel for Music Business development, and she is extremely positive about the work the panel is already doing to groom young, local musicians into competent and confident music business entrepreneurs. She is also an active member of Arts Partners of Central Illinois and continues to be inspired by their worthy work of planting and growing artists in the Peoria area. Sarah is proud to proactively take part in making a new name for Peoria as a city that highlights the exceptional talents of seasoned veterans and provides the opportunity and encouragement for young artists to grow!
Sarah has been honored to be featured alongside many talented artists including Maia Sharp, Linda Taylor, Lissie, The Way Down Wanderers, Chicago Farmer, and Madisen Ward and The Mama Bear.
Brandon Mooberry, or “The Muffin Man,” is a bassist, pianist, composer, and producer from the Central Illinois area. He has played upright and electric bass for national Broadway tour dates with Wicked, Spamalot, Mary Poppins, White Christmas, and Billy Elliot. Brandon has also shared the stage with Victor Wooten, Bootsy Collins, Regi Wooten, Felix Pastorius, David ‘Fathead’ Newman (Ray Charles Band), David Hoffman (Ray Charles Band), Eric Krasno (Soulive, 50 Cent producer), Jesus Coomes (Lettuce, Lil Wayne), Oteil Burbridge (Allman Brothers), Stan Kenton (jazz/funk drumming legend), The Waydown Wanderers, Michael Travis (String Cheese Incident, EOTO), Michael Wollfe (Arsenio Hall show band leader), Jake Cinninger (Umphreys McGee), Heartland Festival Orchestra, Sublime, Marshall Tucker Band, Ray White (Frank Zappa) The Yardbirds, and many others. Brandon is also a dedicated private music educator focused on playing live instead of just in the bedroom. He also has several credits to film and commercial compositions.
Nick Fairley – or “The Kid” as he is often referred to – comes from a diverse musical background, having played in numerous professional ensembles over the years. Classically trained, he has also studied and performed in the Jazz, Latin, Funk, Rock, Reggae, Jam, and Blues idioms, among others. Currently an undergrad in Illinois State University’s School of Music Business, he’s been steadily backing a number of prominent bands around Central Illinois, catching the eye of all the heavy hitters on the scene. He frequently performs across the U.S. with his original Blues/Rock band, Easy Riders, and also works for hire as a freelance drummer and percussionist. Over the past few years, Nick has shared the stage with many legendary artists, including both Victor and Regi Wooten, Ike Willis, Ray White, Jason Hahn, Vinnie Amico, ‘Jesus’ Coomes, Steve Molitz, Randy Brecker, and Willie Waldman, just to name a few. When he is not on tour, Nick runs a drum/percussion studio based out of his hometown of Peoria, IL. He is currently available for private instruction. For more information about Nick’s performing and teaching, check out www.nickfairley.com.