Ivy Hill Entertainment is the brainchild of Brian Bergeron, a Boston-area native who has supported himself through musical performance for most of the last decade, first as a street performer and college touring artist in the northeast, and most recently through private events, farmers markets, restaurants, bars, and wineries in California.
Brian has released a number of recordings both under his name and with Oakland-based electro-acoustic band Mr. Kind. With Ivy Hill Entertainment, Brian bonds the perspectives of artist, entrepreneur, and consumer, honed through supporting himself at over 400 gigs in the last 4 years, including over 100 weddings and private events.
Jonathan Devoto is Ivy Hill Entertainment's resident rock star. As a member of Oakland pop-punk outfit The Matches (1997-2009), he toured the world and released a handful of acclaimed CDs on Epitapth Records, all before the age of 25.
Recent years have seen solo releases under Bird by Bird, his work as guitarist and producer for Mr. Kind, production/mixing credits out of his studio (Finish Ticket, Holychild, Brent Walsh), Dirt Room in El Cerrito, and performing at weddings and private events. Jonathan's diverse history playing and performing, as well as booking and management, make him a great fit for artist development and production roles within Ivy Hill Entertainment.
Matt Roads is a working bassist based out of the Bay Area since 2007. Graduating with a B.A. in Jazz Performance in 2011, and a M.A. in Multimedia in 2014 Matt has been a serial spender on education.
In addition to local performances, Matt has enjoyed touring nationally and internationally with David Binney, Art Lande, Tim Armacost, Mr. Kind, Loudtalkers, Rivvrs, Fantastic Negrito and many more. In 2014 Matt and his research team at CSUEB released the Sand Noise Device, an augmented reality sand box that creates generative music and projections. Their work was showcased at Moogfest, Maker Faire, and Engadget Expand NY, as well as being featured in CNet, NY Times, Billboard, Heise, and other prominent publications. Through his work as a musician and as a multimedia startup junkie, Matt brings a wealth of practical and conceptual skills to the Ivy Hill team.
A graduate of The Musicians Institute where he studied guitar and music business, Zen is IHE's man on the ground in Los Angeles.
Zen has been writing, teaching and performing music since the 90s and quickly stepped into the world of artist and event management, managing alternative act Picture Atlantic and orchestrating and hosting a series of concerts and Open Mics throughout the San Francisco Bay Area.
Passionate about supporting independent art and artists and bringing huge ideas to life, Zen couldn't be more excited to be part of building IHE. His current creative projects include co-hosting and producing the podcast Doctor Whodlums and writing and releasing new music under his own name.
Brandi Cheek is the lead singer of bay area blues rock band Swamp Child. She hails from New Orleans where music and singing were part of her childhood. When Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans in 2005, she relocated to San Francisco. After helping build tech startup Dropbox from the ground up, she decided to follow her own dream full time and formed Swamp Child. The group's EP, Miss Disgrace, will be released in spring of 2018!