Our Story

Established in 2013, Big Atomic was founded upon a series of covalent bonds - both internally and externally. The magnetic force that pulled the band together was their shared love for music and community. Think of the players like atoms - sharing experiences with each other - while also harmoniously oscillating around a central purpose (the nucleus). Every step along the way, the band is conscientious of the particles that surround them, their contribution to society, and their core mission of building a better world. Their presence is big. Not necessarily in a commercial sense, but more so in an impactful way. Their interactions are intentional, inclusive, and with big hearts.   

Rising out of West Kentucky, Big Atomic synthesizes elements of funk, rock, jazz, ska, soul, big-band horns, and even bluegrass. Band members have included teachers, counselors, engineers, music therapists, environmentalists, bartenders, activists, and of course - artists: writers, poets, and musicians. They have shared stages with national artists such as Papadosio, Femi Kuti, Toubab Krewe, Ripe, Aaron Kamm and The One Drops, The Seratones, Mungion, Earphorik, The Werks, The Fritz, Marbin, Southern Avenue, Jeff Austin Band, Mojo Flo, Rumpke Mt. Boys and more while also staying heavily involved in the regional music festival circuit. Now based in Louisville, KY, the current lineup is Shannon Vetter (vocals, guitar, saxophone), Ben Vogepohl (drums), Connor Powell (Bass), Michael Vettraino (guitar/ vocals) and Brandon Bell (saxophone). 

Currently, Big Atomic are applying their momentum to progress the human condition. They are preparing for their forthcoming EP album release Body Politic, set to drop on June 25th, 2021. Influenced by numerous participations in non-violent protests, Body Politic faces the harsh truths of a city and world shaped by injustice, struggle, and a global pandemic. In an effort to use their music to connect with their values, the band has launched a GoFundMe page to benefit a local non-profit organization Change Today, Change Tomorrow - please visit the link if you are interested in more detail - gf.me/u/zr9dvj