Illiterate Light

Harrisonburg, VA

Formed in the summer of 2015, Illiterate Light members Jeff Gorman and Jake Cochran transcend expectations of typical rock music through their limitations as a duo. Gorman elevates his gritty guitar melodies and honest lyricism by stomping out thunderous synth bass with his feet as Cochran layers lush vocal harmony and explodes with body convulsing energy around his minimalist standing drum kit. The two’s incessant writing, commanding live performance and constant touring promise a bright future as they finish their debut album with Vance Powell (Jack White, Kings of Leon, Chris Stapleton) and Adrian Olsen (Foxygen, Natalie Prass). “Better Than I Used To” is the first taste of what’s to come from Illiterate Light.

The creative evolution between Gorman and Cochran spans the better part of a decade and is far from ordinary. The duo has run an organic farm in the Shenandoah Valley, toured the mid-Atlantic in bands by bicycle and lived in small communities while pursuing modes of alternative education. Their eclectic background is mirrored in their sound and lyricism, floating between postmodern confusion and vibrant optimism. Though shaped by the DIY music scene of their hometown Harrisonburg, Virginia, the two have grown immensely through immersion in the thriving communities of both Richmond and Nashville.

Music Sampler

Artist Performances

Saturday August 3rd from 3:35 PM - 4:25 PM at Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley Ballroom - MAIN STAGE
Saturday August 3rd from 7:25 PM - 8:15 PM at Houdini Plaza - MAIN STAGE