Great American Road Trip

The 502s

Oliver Hazard

Higher Ground Ballroom
TICKETS

$25 Advance | $30 Day of Show

All Ages

Orlando’s The 502s often refer to themselves as the happiest band on earth, and they back it up with their unparalleled live shows. The 6 piece indie folk band often leaps outside of the ‘folk’ constraints with their endless energy and vast musical influences. Matched by songwriting loaded with infectious hooks, The 502s is led by banjoist/singer Ed Isola, who is joined by lifelong friends Matt Tonner, Joe Capati, Sean Froehlich, Nick Melashenko, and Graci Phillips; the sextet’s journey has been marked by camaraderie and a shared passion for music. Their hit “Just A Little While” has over 100 million streams, leading to sold-out tours worldwide.

The story of Waterville, OH indie-folk trio Oliver Hazard – ​​Michael Belazis (vocals, guitar) and Devin East (vocals, guitar), joined by Nate Miner (keys, vocals) – is the digital age’s version of classic band mythmaking. One member of the band came home to Ohio after leading camping trips in California and decided to make an album with two childhood friends. They won a Facebook raffle to record one song at a studio. Instead, they played their whole album straight through once, resulting in their debut LP 34 N River (2018). The Fader called the album a “folk-pop masterpiece” and the band was booked at Bonnaroo and Mountain Jam shortly thereafter. In 2019, the band released their 6 track EP, The Flood, which Billboard called a “souvenir.” This brings the band to their sophomore, self-titledalbum (July 2023), featuring music from the band’s recent Northern Lights EP, plus five additional songs.