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gilded cages
Rockford, IL

Gilded Cages is a group made up of some serious talent. Each member of the band has an extensive background in theater or choir and has been playing instruments for years. Together they use their specific skill set and talents for a combination of rock, alternative and metal instrumentals with theatrical vocals.


Gilded Cages is sure to bring the energy to DEVIATE this year and you don’t want to miss out. This past year, the band opened up for Saving Abel and has headlined some of the Stateline's biggest festivals and events. Now, they’re ready to shake things up at DEVIATE! See you September 16! 

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September 16

Tell us about your music? How would you describe your style/sound? Gilded Cages is a unique hard rock band, with prog, alternative and metal influenced instrumentals, with a very theatrical style of vocals.

Where do you find the inspiration for your music? Each member of Gilded Cages brings a unique collection of influences to the band. From Metal to 70s prog, to classical, to 90s alternative, etc. Each member’s influences are tied to one another through the music we make.

Where can we find your work? Any links? What other events have you been involved in? Gilded Cages has music out on all platforms. We have opened for several national touring bands. In November we opened for Wayland at the Apollo theater in Belvidere, in August of this Year we open for Saving Abel (a popular 2000’s radio band currently on national tour), and for the last two years we have played at the largest festival in the Rockford city limits, this year as headliners. (Rockford Chow down Fest).

What do you want us to know about your music/style? We are going to bring an insanely intense amount of energy, very expressive instrumentals and intense theatrical vocals.

What’s your background? How did you get into music? Give us a little history! Each of us in the band has a different background in music. Andrew, the singer, has a choral and theatrical background going back to when he was 9. He is also currently pursuing his BFA in musical theatre at Rockford University. Jacob, the guitarist, had played in bands since he was in middle school and hasn’t stopped since. Derek, the bassist, has a background in bands, choir, and started playing music at a high level in high school. Billy, the drummer, has been drumming for pretty much his whole life and has been a part of several local rock bands.

What are you most excited for about DEVIATE? Why should people come out to DEVIATE? Gilded Cages is most excited about DEVIATE because it’s a one-of-a-kind experience. We are so honored to be a part of an event as outstanding as this one, and to be able to play in a place with so many wonderful artists collaborating in support of one another. There is truly something for everyone at this beautiful event, and September 16th will be a one-of-a-kind night.

How did you hear about DEIVATE and why did you want to be part of the second annual event? My dad saw someone post about it and sent me the link on Facebook to your page. I think any time there is a collaboration of artists, it’s a beautiful thing. Performing in such a unique space such as the Ironworks Campus is a really special opportunity.

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