The stage chemistry of “Halden Vang” can only be described as intense, soulful and fiery, delivered with a style and flare that pushes the boundaries of music in this high powered rockin’ trio, led by guitarist singer/songwriter, Jake Haldenwang with Jordan Mattacchione on bass and Andrew Marcadis on drums/percussions. Being influenced by a diverse music landscape, Jake is a ground breaking artist who delivers a blend of modern, vintage and alternative rock & roll with soul, pop, R&B, funk and blues. Halden Vang's stock in trade is their undeniable stage presence, show stopping performances and unique musicianship, while delivering a signature sound inspired by many different genres and influential artists, such as; Foo Fighters, Black Crowes, Myles Kennedy, Black Keys, Paramore, Jack White, Steve Marriott, Clapton, Hendrix, David Coverdale, Jeff Beck, Duane Allman, Rory Gallagher, SRV, John Mayer, Fleetwood Mac, Rival Sons, Little Big Town, Cage the Elephant, Stevie Wonder, Chris Cornell, Jeff Buckley, Albert Collins and Otis Redding. Upon receiving his 1st music nomination at age 16, Jake was awarded 2011 "Artist of the Year" by the Queen City Music Awards and his power trio, “Halden Vang” received a nomination for 2011 Rock Group of the Year, by the Charlotte Music Awards. At 2013 years end, Jake saw his 2nd music nomination and once again received the award for Queen City’s 2013 “Rock Artist of the Year”.
Having already established an impressive résumé, Jake has solidified himself and “Halden Vang” with notable show billing with music greats; Warren Haynes, Gregg Allman, Buddy Guy, Jimmie Vaughan, Zach Myers, Drivin N’ Cryin, Steve Miller, Leon Russell, Elvin Bishop, Moreland & Arbuckle, Trombone Shorty, Tommy Castro, The Holmes Brothers, Tom Hambridge and Webb Wilder. He has also appeared as a guest guitarist with Umphreys McGee, Buddy Guy, Marshall Tucker, Chris Hicks, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro, Robin Rogers and Bryan Lee. Halden Vang's performances include shows dates at many well known venues and festivals such as; Warren Haynes Christmas Jam, Live Nation’s TWC Amphitheatre, House of Blues, The Fillmore, Sarasota Blues Fest, SXSW, Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest, The Neighborhood, Visulite and Knight Theatre, Amos' Southend, 'The Chop Shop, The Double Door, Southland Ballroom, BB Kings, The Orange Peel, Asheville Music Hall, Don Gibson Theatre, 12th & Porter, The Rutledge, 3rd & Lindsley, Ground Zero and Webster Hall. In addition to performing as a power trio, Jake is also an accomplished acoustic musician, who also performs as a solo acoustic artist, as well as being a multi-instrumentalist, playing both the bass guitar and drums. At age 15, Jake attended the 2011 Winter NAMM Show by artist invitation from Fender Guitars and he is also a proud member of famed rock photographer, Robert M Knight’s, “Brotherhood of the Guitar”.
Starting his music career from the moment he picked up a guitar, Jake began performing live shows at age 12 and by age 13 he was recognized as a prodigy guitarist chosen to represent Charlotte NC at International Blues Challenge, Youth Showcase. By age 15, he released his first studio CD “Tell the Truth”. And now slated for a 2014 release, Halden Vang’s “How About Now” EP, mastered by Gene Paul, son of the legendary guitarist/inventor Les Paul, features six of Jake’s new original songs. Halden Vang is packed with a fresh, authentic, contemporary sound with astounding live stage performances, whose compass is poised to guide them to the top.
AWARDS & NOMINATIONS:
Jan 10, 2014 Jake Haldenwang, awarded 2013 “Rock Artist of the Year” Queen City Music Awards
Oct 14, 2013 Jake Haldenwang, nominated for “Rock Artist of the Year” Queen City Music Awards
Sept. 12, 2012 Jake Haldenwang, nominated & selected by public vote for “Carolina's Got Talent” Showcase
Dec 10, 2011 Jake Haldenwang, awarded 2011 “Artist of the Year” Queen City Music Awards
Oct 12, 2011 Jake Haldenwang , nominated for "Rock Artist of the Year” Queen City Music Awards
July 5, 2011 “Halden Vang” Nominated "Rock Group of the Year” Charlotte Music Awards
Oct. 2009 2nd Place Finalist - Piedmont Blues Preservation Society - IBC Competition.
Oct. 2008 Artist chosen to represent Charlotte, NC at the 2009 IBC Youth Showcase-Memphis, TN
NOTE WORTHY VENUE & BOOKING APPEARANCES:
Aug 24, 2014 The Iron Thunder ~ Concord, NC. Opening for Zach Myers of Shinedown
June 14, 2014 House of Blues ~ Myrtle Beach, SC
Mar 7 -9 2014 (SXSW) Mar 7th ~ Shotguns on 6th, (SXSW) Mar 9th ~ Gypsy Lounge
July 27, 2013 Live Nation "Fillmore" Charlotte, NC
June 15, 2013 Blumenthal Performance Arts Center, “Knight Theater” Charlotte, NC
Oct 13, 2012 Don Gibson Theater, Opening for The Holmes Brothers
Oct 8, 2011 Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest -Kure Beach, NC. (Opening for Jimmie Vaughan)
Sept 16-17 ‘11 Maggie Valley Fall Rally ~ Carolina Harley Davidson Dealer Assoc.
Sept 10, 2011 Live Nation ~Time Warner Cable Amphitheatre, BBQ & Blues ~ Charlotte NC (Headliners ~ Buddy Guy & Jimmie Vaughan)
May & June 2011 J3 Guitar Maggeddon Tour ~ The Sylvia Theater & Neighborhood Theatre
Apr 15, 2011 Come See Me Festival ~ Headlining act at “Moonlight Jazz & Blues”, Rock Hill SC
Dec 10, 2010 Warren Haynes Annual Christmas Jam ~ Asheville NC. (Show Billing with Warren Haynes, Gregg Allman, Umphrey’s McGee, Steve Miller, Drivin N’ Cryin)
Nov 06, 2010 Ed Smith Stadium ~ Sarasota Blues Festival (Show Billing with Tommy Castro & Elvin Bishop, Moreland & Arbuckle and Trombone Shorty.
Oct 09, 2010 Pleasure Island Seafood Blues & Jazz Fest ~ Kure Beach, NC. (Headliner ~ Leon Russell)
2009 ~ 3rd & Lindsley - Nashville TN ~ Opening for Webb Wilder and Tom Hambridge
Buddy Guy, Marshall Tucker, Umphreys McGee, Bryan Lee, Walter Trout, Tommy Castro & Drivin N’ Cryin