’s Next Big Thing: The Shiz, Joanna Burns, Cae, DRAG and Jasmine Kennedy


This edition of AfterEllen’s Next Big Thing features an eclectic group of musicians from the US, France and England. From the sweet sounds of Louisiana soul, to the frenetic guitar riffs of British punk rock, there is something for everyone to love in this talented group of independent artists.

The Shiz (Hammond, LA)

Married couple Liz Hogan and Lilli Lewis have been making music together for nearly a decade. The Shiz, started in 2009, and rounded out by bandmates Wade and Alan, combines indie rock with the undeniable appeal of Louisiana blues and soul. The Shiz are regional finalists for the Hard Rock Café’s Rising Global Battle of the Bands, so be sure to cheer them if you are in NOLA on April 5.

Official website:


Twitter: @sheizrock

Check out The Shiz live:

March 30 – The Moose Club (Bogart, GA)

April 5 – Hard Rock Café (New Orleans, LA)

April 13 – Neutral Ground Coffeehouse (New Orleans, LA)

Joanna Burns (New Jersey)

Photo by Lucia Holm

Effortlessly blending pop, soul with the lyrical charm of modern musical theatre, Joanna Burns is headed to some seriously great heights. Her masterful use of melody and ridiculously catchy hooks will have you humming her tunes all day. (My current jam is “Make Me Hate You.”) She also writes the original music for City Of Dreams, a hilarious webseries about three actors trying to live the Broadway dream. Her full length album, The Green Year, is available for purchase.

Official website:


Twitter: @joannaburns

Check out Joanna live:

April 13 – Xavier University (Cincinnati, OH)

July 20 – First Energy Park (Lakewood, NJ)

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