August Sagehorn (bass), and Joe D. Michon-Huneau (vocals). 2) a dinosaur of unlikely proportions. Alta Mira was birthed in Albany, NY on a sunny, summer afternoon in 2004 when a mutual friend introduced a scarved and sandaled Michon-Huneau to three quiet, brooding musicians – namely, one Krebs and two Sagehorns’ who were, at the time, rehearsing several upbeat ditties which would thereafter become Alta Mira’s first handful of songs. Upon playing two of his solo songs on a beat-up acoustic, Michon-Huneau was inducted into the band?s lineup. Thereafter known as Milo, they played small coffee shops and parking lots, mainly on acoustic instruments, until, like Dylan, they ‘went electric,’ beginning to make their rounds at local clubs and bars. Milo changed their unsightly name to Alta Mira in 2006 and began developing their distinct style, opening for such national acts as The Join, Lisa Germano, The Felice Brothers, U-Melt, She Wants Revenge, and Steel Train. A mixture of indie, progressive, alternative, and art rock, Ata Mira was described by Brian Hurley of Radio Exile as calling pointedly on the heyday of solid rock and roll, whether one finds that in the pulsing art pretension of Talking Heads, the grunge sensibilities and harmonizing of Jerry Cantrell, the crooning sensitivity of Jeff Buckley, or the modest sprinkling of ambition found in The Bends era Radiohead. The Metroland says Alta Mira creates a sound that fuses anthemic pop-rock to ornate, expansive arrangements, a la XTC, ’90s Radiohead, or some of Tool’s early stuff. They’re handy with a time signature shift, they can rock a waltz with the best of ‘em, and singer Joe Michon-Huneau has a serious set of pipes. Alta Mira has been turning ears throughout the Northeast. After recording at Barefoot Studios in Massachusetts, they released The Fables and Fabrications EP, in 2007 with the support of Indian Ledge Records?an Albany-based record label who scooped up the talented quartet for its initial launch. Press for Alta Mira has been nothing short of flattering. In 2007, Alta Mira earned Metroland?s ?Best New Band? category and have garnered the praise of Albany?s Times Union, Schenectady?s Daily Gazette and Hudson Valley?s Chronogram magazine, as well as various online reviews from pages such as JamBase.com and RadioExile.com. Having returned to Barefoot Studios, Alta Mira recently finished recording their first full-length album. Mixed by Grammy Award winning studio engineer Corin Nelsen and mastered by world renowned Bob Ludwig, Alta Mira?s self-titled debut is set to be released early this winter.
Raised in New York City, John began playing Subway stations and bars in and around Manhattan in his early twenties. His songwriting has evolved over the past 15 years from intimate walks through the blue-black city streets and bar-rooms of New York City, to autumn brown country roads paved with gratitude. John has developed a loyal grass-roots fan base and has been touring throughout the Northeast. John's sound has been described by Jazz Bassist Joe Fonda as "true lyrical poetry that is rooted in the blues and has a deep groove." The music is seamless and moves effortlessly between powerful testimonials of love and redemption and mournful ballads of regret and perseverance. John plays strictly acoustic music. It is clean, soulful and honest. John's music takes listeners on a journey they do not soon forget. Josh Hathaway of Blog Critics wrote that there is a truly unique quality to Scarpulla's music that honors blues, soul, pop and americana at the same time. Scarpulla credits the longevity of the careers of his influences such as Van Morrison, Joe Cocker and Neil Young to their uncompromising honesty and individuality. Good music outlasts trends and maintains its integrity way after the sweet first bite of the flavor of the month.
Clement Coleman started King Vidor in 2006, recording his first album, DIRTY LITTLE MILLIONAIRE with assorted friends and locals in Cherry Valley and Brooklyn, NY. Indie rock, rock rock and folk rock-inspired songs permeate this limited-edition pressing of 400 CD's. (SOLD OUT!) In 2008 the band coalesced around bassist Dana Monteith of The Ominous Seapods, guitarist Chris Pellnat and drummer Don Osterberg. Traveling to New York City and around the state, King Vidor began regular gigging while collecting and combing through material for a second record. When Coleman abruptly left New York State for Italy for a year, 10 songs from the new disc tentatively titled EARLY PLAYER were still resting in the home studio of Mr. Monteith's Kitchen Table Recordings of America in Rensellaerville, NY. Late addition John Rice, of the Red Haired Strangers, added guitar and other strings to this record. Upon his return to the States, Coleman moved to Syracuse, NY and reconnected with the band. Final mixes for EARLY PLAYER now complete, the band hopes to release the record and play again. Meanwhile, Monteith and John Rice continue studio recordings for their myriad projects. Coleman has started a Syracuse-based band called The Methodist Bells. This band also centers around the songs of Clement Coleman, and it takes a similar approach to it's material: driving rock rhythms, indie rock joy and countrified cosmicness are all wrapped up in the package.
SIRSY is fronted by the charismatic Melanie Krahmer... a girl with a "stunning voice capable of a lion's roar & a floaty whisper". Krahmer is also the drummer, playing a full drum kit, STANDING UP, bass (on a keyboard with her drum stick), Ian Anderson-esque flute solos and melodica, too! Sharing the stage is co-writer, Rich Libutti, on guitar. Libutti also plays piano, bass (on a keyboard at his feet!), & even the occassional snare part (with his feet!).
This fiery, sultry, soulful, indie pop rock duo is a musical "breath of fresh air in the too often homogenized landscape of indie rock". SIRSY is fronted by the charismatic Melanie Krahmer who critics call a girl with a "stunning voice capable of a lion's roar and a floaty whisper"... a girl "with the lungs of a teenage athlete and the growl of a sixty-something blues singer". Krahmer is also the band's drummer, playing a full drum kit (while STANDING UP), bass parts with her drum stick, a few Ian Anderson-esque flute solos and some melodica, too. Sharing the stage is co-writer and bandmate, Rich Libutti on guitar. Libutti also sits in on piano, plays bass parts with his feet, and the occasional snare part with his feet (during Krahmer's flute solos- so the drums don't stop).
Despite the multi-tasking on stage to create such a full sound, this critically acclaimed duo has a "dynamic stage presence" that "wows audiences at over 250 shows per year nationally". SIRSY has played with: Maroon5, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, Third Eye Blind, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, Lez Zeppelin, Boys Like Girls, and many more.
SIRSY's well crafted, hook laden, songs are rich with clever lyrics and infectious melodies. SIRSY's song "Revolution" was distributed worldwide through the November 2008 Relix Magazine CD (alongside Joan Osborne, Lucinda Williams, and more) and featured in the film "So Right So Smart" (starring Daryl Hannah and with the music of Bare Naked Ladies, Guster).
Vincent Zandri is an award-winning novelist, essayist and freelance photojournalist. His novel As Catch Can (Delacorte) was touted in two pre-publication articles by Publishers Weekly and was called "Brilliant" upon its publication by The New York Post. The Boston Herald attributed it as “The most arresting first crime novel to break into print this season.” Other novels include Godchild (Bantam/Dell) and Permanence (NPI). Translated into several languages including Japanese and the Dutch, Zandri’s novels have also been sought out by numerous major movie producers, including Heyday Productions and DreamWorks. Moonlight Falls (R.J.Buckley), is his fourth novel.
The Blisterz are a three piece rock band hailing from Albany, NY. They are comprised of a loud mouth guitar player who loves power chords in the key of G, a reserved yet stylish bass player who blinks during photos and performs wizardry on the 4-string, and a thrashing beast on the drums, who breaks kick drums, sticks and ladies' hearts with reckless abandon!
The Foy Brothers Band is a multi talented Soul/Funk/R&B/Blues band that has been entertaining audiences in the Capital Region for over ten years. With the release of their first CD "Whatever" in the year 2000 and winners of the Northeast Blues Society's Colossal Contenders Blues Challenge of the same year, the Foy Brothers continue to evolve into the tight-knit band they are today.
Founding members; Mark Foy, brother Kevin Foy and niece Charee Hendricks, along with Joe Pennisi, Mark Giammattei and new comer John Ellis embark on the release of their new CD "time" in 2008, a compilation of songs written by several of the band members with guest artist; Brian Melik, Annette Harris, Denise Cokes and former member Bud McGuire. "time" truly shows the professionalism of the Foy Brothers Band as a unit, with a wide range of styles, this CD takes you places that only the Foys can bring you, from the satisfying blues of "Going Home" to the warm sun filled fun at "Banana Joe's". Please enjoy some music clips from "time"
Matthew Carefully is a musician from upstate New York. Performing original and adapted / rearranged music on mandolin, banjo, acoustic & electric guitars, drums, percussion and much more, he is mildly obsessed with marrying traditional instruments with modern technology and sounds. Known to utilize live on-the-fly looping, octave pedals, thick distortion and heavy reverb, Matthew delivers a unique, constantly evolving musical performance. For mp3s from albums and live performances, head here. For information about Matthew’s newest recording, Penny Riddle EP, please head here. The limited edition CD version of Penny Riddle is available sold out. If you’d like to tell five friends about it to receive the mp3s for free, click here. For information about Matthew’s full-length album Kentucky, please head here. The album is available on CD here. A webjournal detailing local happenings, new music, and some sharing of things is located here.
Mother Fletcher is an eclectic and unique mix of ska, rock and reggae. Their special blend of music brings together sounds and styles from all over the world; with the creative use of such instruments as the harmonium out of the far east, to the sardonic sounds of the violin. Mother Fletcher takes it to the next level by layering on top notch percussion, free style beat box, trumpet, and an array of dubbed out crazy sounds.
With lyrics that convey lost love, loneliness, regret and the hope of new beginnings, Mother Fletcher keeps it surprisingly upbeat and extremely danceable bringing their audiences to an insatiable frenzy and leaves them wanting more, more, more.
Wes Talbot is a long-time music producer, recording engineer and voice-over narrator/actor. He worked for years in both LA and NYC recording and producing bands, writing and producing jingles, composing and supervising corporate and film soundtracks, and over-seeing all facets of radio spot productions. Moving to western MA in 1989, Wes founded the world-wide distributed Fresh Music Library, a production music library that revolutionized how music was bought and used by the film and broadcast industries. Having sold Fresh in June of 2008, Wes continues his long time voice-over career and free-lance audio and music production projects doing business as Music/Media Productions. His most recent project is with singer/songwriter, Jamie Kent. Wes recently became a partner in a new publishing venture called Advanced Placement Music specializing in placing small label and independent artists/bands music in films, advertisements, and other broadcast media.
Dave Rhodes performs professionally with the Georgie Wonders Orchestra and the Nisky Dixie Cats. He is a song writer with a long list of copyrighted material. He plays bass and guitar with Three Quarter North.
Dan Johnson has been performing in the area for the past few years. He has been a member of local bands Los Cretinos, Flood Road, and the ByGones. He writes songs and plays mandolin.
Mark Smith is the guitarist for the band. He has been playing guitar for many years and writing songs.
Jim Atkins is a banjo player who has been writing and performing in the area for many years. He was a founding member of Fire in the Kitchen.
Tern Rounders' music paints a richly varied landscape, from the rootsy vistas of fellow songwriter/musicians like Gillian Welch & David Rawlings, Emmylou Harris, Townes Van Zandt, to further down the coast to California, warping back to a time when Gram Parsons & The Burrito Bros. flew high over L.A. and the Buffalo Springfield still roamed.
The band brings their distinctive take on the American roots tradition to the live stage, with their hard-charging honky-tonk shuffles, cosmic country, and vocal-harmony-driven folk rock. The band has undergone quite a (r)evolution in its short lifespan, from its inception as an acoustic trio to its current electric four piece formation. The vocal harmonies of Kim Noyes and Marc Clayton, who both play guitar, form the centerpiece of the band while drummer Jim Ketterer and bassist Harry Strole complete the Tern Rounders sound. Tern Rounders has been promoting their debut album “A Different Land” at full tilt all summer, with live shows at such venues as Caffe’ Lena and the Albany Public Library Garage. The band founded and hosts a monthly “Moonlight Jamboree: Alt-country Roots Revue” the first Saturday of every month at the Bread and Jam Café in Cohoes—a series that highlights local talent in the folk-rock-country vein, with the goal of fostering a signature gathering place for the capital region’s roots music community.
Dino Danelli was the drummer in the rock group Young Rascals (also a R&R Hall of Fame inductee). Do to an illness he is unable to stop by this month's Nite Out. We'll have to get him back at a later date.
Founded in 1993, Jocamo is a group of veteran musicians who've taken it upon themselves to bring their old school brew of funk, R&B, soul and rock to the masses, enlightenment to the clueless and booty jump to the rhythmically challenged. Inspired by the music of the Meters, Neville Brothers, Parlaiment/Funkadelic, James Brown and Marvin Gaye, Jocamo provides heavy groove with covers and original music. The band is available for club dates, festivals, parties, weddings, brises, exorcisms, really anything that pays good. Remember the funk not only moves, it removes.
Jocamo is a New Orleans styled Funk, R&B and Soul band that are likened to bands like P- Funk, The Neville Bros., The Meters, James Brown and Gill Scott-Heron. They have a newly released CD of originals entitled "The New Funk Order" which is getting national and some international airplay. The CD is diverse and ranges from party funk to crooning soul. New York's Capitol region's Metroland magazine says:
"Jocamo's first record is a feast o' big-foot funk, as true to it's target as a smart bomb. Every single thing is in the right place, from the Curtis Mayfield chimey and chink-a guitars, to the call-and-response vocals, to the deep,deep grooves that hold the whole soulful thing together.
"You Know That it's True" is vaguely '70s-oriented, in the way Funkadelic is-that is to say, you hear it, you recognize it, but the notion of "retro" doesn't come into play. There's a second-line Mardi Gras cop on "Here Come Jocamo" that's just pure Nevilles, absolutely in the pocket. This is an incendiary record, every song will light up the room. Really.
Dave Macks' big brassy voice is the centerpiece. He'll slap me silly for saying this, but his vocal work here is pure art-when he sings, he flat out sings, when he croons, he croons. And the real treats are the throw-away grunts, the James Brown-like "Heh!" noises and the ad hominem asides that keep pouring out of him as naturally as sweat. His lyrics are of human street scenes, goofy romantic imbroglios and inspirational party chants, and they are true and fun and proud.
The playing is superb and gritty, by Jocamo members Macks, drummer John Lapi and guitarist Matt Hatfield, as well as a pile of guesting local luminaries. To quote Rocky the Flying Squirrel: 'Here's something I think we can all enjoy!'" -Paul Rapp Metroland Magazine
The Band is comprised of international, national, regional and local musicians who chose to bring some Funk and old school R&B to the click and drag nation. If you like New Orleans funk than you should love the CD.
The round table panel will be on hold this month as the Pauls are busy trying to clear their schedules. The panel will be back on next month with the topic Local Radio Stations with Greg Haymes, Chris Wienk, and Jason Erwin. This month we added the amazingly talented Rich Ortiz for the second half of the night.
Forming in the Fall of 2007, The Charlie Watts Riots emerged on the Albany music scene with a trunk full of rock smarts and club credibility. Initially a writing experiment pairing Seth Powell (The Vodkasonics) and Brendan Pendergast (The Wait), the duo had long shared a desire to collaborate after years of working with their respective original bands in and around the Capital District. The demo recording session that followed proved to be a success, and the two former frontmen turned to Mike Pauley (Bloom, The Day Jobs, Lughead) and Joe Putrock (The Coal Palace Kings) to solidify their sound. Discovering a common love for distortion driven power pop, the foursome have developed an undeniable chemistry and bring to the stage an array of original tunes ripe with Beatlesque melodies atop buzzing guitars. The Charlie Watts Riots arrive with the swagger of seasoned veterans, eager to share their new songs with the masses.
Rich Ortiz's style is truly his own and his music is his soul. Ortiz, never a wallflower, believes he is the product of his family's cultural diversity and strengths. Since the age of seventeen he's focused all of his talents and time on his acoustic solo act, if you can call it that. Rich plays guitar, harmonica, and peddle bass (with his feet), and he turns heads with his vocals! He has opened shows for Ludacris, Hoobastank, Tea Leaf Green, Kracker, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Jim Weider and the Drifters.
Lost Radio Rounders presents "American Favorite Ballads: Songs from Pete Seeger"
Lost Radio Rounders is an exciting musicological/historical program of American spiritual and religious songs spanning from the Civil War to the Civil Rights era. Presenters Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck draw from a variety of sources within the African-American and Anglo-Saxon traditions, including slave songs, lining hymns and the music of guitar evangelists, sanctified singers, bluegrass bands and gospel quartets.
The duo offers an all-acoustic, family-friendly music program with flourishes of guitar, mandolin, dobro, autoharp and banjo. Audiences are encouraged to participate by singing along on select numbers. Mr. Lindsay and Mr. Eck will also illuminate the performance with information regarding song themes, song sources and historical context.
Sumac hails from the city of Troy, NY. This muscular five-piece country rock outfit is fronted by singer-songwriter Jeff Burger, who's previous musical credits include the alt-country band Jackinany and host of
WRPI's "Sunday Morning Coming Down." The band's origins can be traced back to 2005 when Burger and keyboardist Rob Jonas started working on some songs following Jackinany's demise. Soon after, bassist Justin
Birk joined the fold. Other band members came and went until the current line-up was solidified with the additions of lead guitarist Daryl LaCasse and drummer Ron Burris.
Sumac's music doesn't fall easily into one category. On some songs, you'll hear a country influence. On thers, it can be blues or flat-out rock. The one unifying factor is that it's designed to entertain you from the first note to the last. That's what Sumac's music is all about.
Sumac has already played at some of this area's best roots rock venues including Troy's Ale House, Saratoga Springs' Parting Glass and Albany's Valentine's and Lark Tavern. And we're only beginning to lay down our roots (so to speak). We're working on our first album, which we believe will cultivate an even bigger following.
From popular song to classical virtue, New York-based Eric Margan and The Red Lions arrive on the scene with their stellar debut release, Midnight Book. Songwriter and multi-instrumentalist front man Eric Margan has created an original and sophisticated collection of 13 incredible tracks, resonating passion and pain on Midnight Book. Drawing inspiration from Eric Margan’s classical roots, while blending a devotion and appreciation for modern jazz and rock, these unified and distinctive compositions will lead you on a theatrical and introspective musical journey, undoubtedly requiring some emotional investment.
Midnight Book, as the title might imply, is best experienced from “cover to cover.” The album opens with “An Ocean Blue”, a swirling, seductive tapestry of orchestral grandeur, which seemingly emerges from the darkest depths of the piano and sets the stage for a colossal, metaphor-laden song cycle. A somber tone blended with a distant glimpse of hopefulness in the song “Bay of Naples” pulls you in with its unhurried pulse, and glimmering hints of a lo-fi vibe reminiscent of Iron and Wine. The haunting jazz-club ballad “You Are A Ghost” blends the lyrical style of Tom Waits and Sylvia Plath with the music of Nina Simone and Kurt Weill. As the album progresses, Margan’s sense of ironic humor and lightness come into the spotlight, specifically highlighted in the musical free-for-all of “I’ll Never Know,” which somehow balances Spaghetti Western electric guitar with a French accordion waltz.
Dan Berggren - who makes magic out of his home and taught audio engineering at Fredonai State for 25 years
Sara Ayers whose DIY recordings have garnered her an international fanbase and lots of TV play
Troy Pohl - former Kamikaze Heart who recently transitioned from making beautiful home based recordings to making beautiful studio recordings for Collar City Records.
Railbird is an all-original indie folk rock group with eclectic, lyrically driven songs from Saratoga Springs, NY. The band is fronted by singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinotti who is described by Billboard Magazine as "a talented young singer/songwriter on the rise." In a recent review of "Railbird" Pedinotti’s songs are compared to that of Dylan, The Band and Patti Smith. Pedinotti is a storyteller, who finds inspiration in the fiction and poetry of writers such as George Orwell, Philip K. Dick, Walt Whitman, Allen Ginsberg, and W.B. Yeats. Railbird's debut disc was listed as #8 in Billboard's editors' picks for 2008, hailed as "a great indie band set to break out."
Sarah: Finalist in John Lennon Songwriting Contest: "Julio" off City Bird was recognized as a "fantastic song," under the folk category, by the judges of the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
A recent review of Railbird live at Boston's Cafe 939 by Amplifier Magazine: "Pedinotti and her able supporting cast purveyed a swaggering roots-rock blend, leaving one with the impression of hearing The Band jam with a long-lost female member.."
Billboard Editor's Picks for 2008: "Railbird" Led by inspired singer/songwriter Sarah Pedinott, the debut disc from a great indie band set to break out. - Thom Duffy, Billboard
"Her unique voice, sideways perspective and uncanny originality is something to behold." - David Malachowski, The Daily Freeman
"She’s Sarah Pedinotti and if you haven’t heard of her yet, well, you’re going to! Great songs, fabulous band, dynamic performer -- Pedinotti has got the whole package." - Greg Haymes, Times Union
"Her literate lyrics live in tunes that are more like mini-movies or cinematic short stories than mere songs." - David Malachowski, Chronogram
“The biggest thing to come out of Saratoga County (NY) since the potato chip.” - Ted Reinhart, The Saratogian
“I swear to God, every time I go to The Living Room someone good is playing. And every once in a while, someone great is playing. [Railbird] played a bluesy brand of folk rock, delivered crisply, competently, and with a we-know-exactly-how-good-we-are swagger. They left me breathless.
Sarah can write, she can sing, and she owns the stage. Her lyrics are whip-crack smart, and she's mesmerizing all the way up and down her dynamic range. The band? These guys can play. Really really play. Throughout the course of the night I caught myself, slack-jawed and breathing through my mouth, in awe at each of them at least once."
- Mike McClenathan, an excerpt from a review of Railbird live at The Living Room in NYC.
Sgt Dunbar and the Hobo Banned is an indie/folk band and large part of Albany's B3nson Recording Collective. The band has been in existence for a little more than 3 years and written and recorded over 100 songs and played over 150 shows. The band has only in the last eight months settled into its current epic eight piece lineup that have made its live shows so interesting and exciting.
Here is a short list of folks in the band:
Alex Muro - vocals, guitars, accordion, trumpet, tuba.
Tim Koch - trumpet, drums, vocals, tuba, guitars, trombone, noises, banjolele, typewriter, feedback, bass, coffee mugs.
Dan Pardee - singing saws, accordion, vocals, typewriter, trombone, kazoo, avant garde steel chair, drums, squeaky glass pot top.
Donna Baird - cornet, french horn, vocals, alto horn.
Eric Krans - bass, mandolin, guitar, drums, vocals, noise.
Adam Muro - banjo, saxophone, clarinet, flute, sax noise, bass.
Louis Apicello - trumpet, flugel horn, trumbent, Quinlan horn, drums, kazoo.
Jen O'Connor - violin, percussion, vocals, drums, mandolin, lil' tikes, typewriter.
Adam Zurbruegg - bass, vocals, guitar, drums.
You can find press quotes, songs and live videos at their myspace page.
The panel discussion will be Independent Labels in 2009 looking at the state of indie labels and the challenges they're facing in the digital age.
Steve Reddy, equalvision.com. President of Equal Vision Records. Steve took over in the label’s infancy in 1993 and developed it into a successful, respected tastemaker in the not-quite-underground scene. Today the label is housed in a sprawling warehouse with the other ventures he’s pioneered- EVR Promotions, a screen-printing company; EVR Publishing, the label’s publishing arm; and online merchandiser MerchNow. Despite the crumbling of the music industry’s established foundations over the past few years, Steve’s creativity and innovativeness has kept his small empire ahead of the game.
Lincoln Mayorga of Town Hall Records, Chatham, NY Townhallrecords.com TownHall Records is an American company dedicated to the preservation of important artistic endeavors in diverse musical areas, regardless of commercial consideration. Lincoln Mayorga, pianist, composer, and artistic director for TownHall, has been a prominent performing musician and recording producer for three decades. Having observed the short-sightedness of the recording industry, with artistic decisions based on corporate insecurity, and the subsequent abandonment of musical and historical responsibility, he came to the conclusion that a cooperative organization of recording artists could develop a permanent catalogue of worthwhile music, answering the needs of music lovers, educators, students, and the discriminating record collector who considers a recording to be the means of preserving musical history.
Since 1964, TownHall has produced recordings of exceptional musical and technical quality, including several first recordings of important nineteenth and twentieth century music. The catalogue has recently expanded to include jazz, historical reissues, avant garde music, and lighter music which is outside the rigid category definitions of the mainstream.
TownHall is dedicated to the concept that recordings should preserve permanently the important musical art of our time.
Over the last year, the members of Albany-based Sea of Trees have been busy cultivating their own brand of indie-rock music. After the release of a demo last year and many performances throughout New York, Sea of Trees is now preparing for the release of their first full-length album, Animal Sounds.
Taking nearly six months to complete and recorded in the hot attic of Franklin's Tower Restaurant in Albany, Animal Sounds is a carefully-crafted album. Band members Dylan Palazzo (guitar, vocals), Cecelia Martinez (vocals, percussion), Justin Engineri (guitar), Mitch Masterson (bass) and Ian White (drums) came together with the goal of creating something that was consistent both musically and emotionally.
Produced, recorded, and mixed independently with Masterson at the helm, members of Sea of Trees have been on the front lines for every step in the album process.
The music of Sea of Trees skirts the lines of many different genres. Palazzo describes it as "manic and moody. High-peaking dynamics laced with gentle melodies. We are striving to invoke chills down the spines of our audience." The band has been described as both a "prog-rock extravaganza" and "a mellow, indie-folk rock group with some gorgeous male-female vocal parts and bells" by members of the Albany music community.
Peter Iselin – founder, former editor and publisher of Metroland: Living in Los Angeles; independent personal manager representing composers for film, television, advertising and electronic games.
Stuck On Stupid is a talented group of teenagers from the Albany, NY area who have been building a loyal audience and writing their own melodic rock classics for the last two years. The boys have been inspired by timeless artists such as; Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, and RUSH as well as current wonders; Puddle Of Mudd, Nickelback, and the Foo Fighters to name a few. Their music reflects the current resurgence of classic rock reflected in a generation that embraces an immortal genre. The band has been gaining national attention after making two appearances on “Living Room Live” a band contest on the CBS Morning Show including winning their round. Their “classic” music style and professional stage show appeals to a diverse audience from black t-shirted teens to aging baby boomers. SoS has opened for nationally renowned acts such as Dokken, L.A. Guns, and Dom Playing on stage with Tesla. They have headlined many regional shows including a Fox TV broadcast for the for Cerebral Palsy Telethon and a Times Union Center Block Party. They have received acclaim from publications and fans alike as a classic in the making. SoS is made up of guitarist and lead vocalist Dom Brino, bassist/vocalist Adam Albright, drummer/vocalist Garrett Damore and our newest addition JAXX on lead guitar. They have evolved from a local garage band to a regional powerhouse. Make no mistake, they are young but these guys aren’t just a gimmick band looking to cash in, this is a hard working group of teens that have a strong musical background from their parents. SoS is planning to represent rock at its most powerful and musical growth for generations to come.
Gary Tash: a producer, arranger, composer and multi-instrumentalist who co-founded Underscore in 2005. Underscore specializes in music for motion picture and television advertising and has had placements in trailers ranging from Hancock and Iron Man to Pirates of the Caribbean-At World’s End and Night at the Museum.
Bernard M. Resnick, Esq.: an entertainment attorney practicing in Philadelphia, PA, USA. He has worked in the entertainment industry for over twenty years. His firm, Bernard M. Resnick, Esq., P.C. has earned over 60 gold, platinum, multi-platinum, Billboard #1 and/or BDS Certified Spin awards for deals the firm has negotiated and drafted on behalf of the firm’s clients, representing sales of over 65,000,000 records.
Tim Lynch: an amazing talent in the music industry.
Scientific Maps is a four piece (and oftentimes two-piece) band from Albany, N.Y. The Maps began in 2003 and has released a full length album titled Get Off the Moon and is nearing completion of a second album named Food for Witches.
They have played with bands such as of Montreal, Akron/Family and the Hold Steady. In 2006 Metroland voted Scientific Maps "BEST POP BAND" in the Capital Region and in 2008 Aaron Smith was named "BEST MALE SONGWRITER".
With songs reflecting influences as varied as the supernatural and crypto-zoological to British invasion to Sherlock Holmes to Elephant 6 and then back to the supernatural, they are gaining more friends and fans at each performance and are ready to play for more.
Matthew Loiacono is a long-time, active member of the Capital Region music fabric. Having played in a number of influential bands in the area over the past decade and a half, he is currently focused on creating music alone and developing artists on the Collar City Records label. Matthew's unique experience with promoting music via digital media makes him a prime candidate for this panel discussion.
Repeatedly cited as Best Jazz by Metroland magazine, Brian Patneaude is one of the busiest musicians in upstate New York's Capital District. In addition to leading his own Quartet (with three critically acclaimed releases to their credit) the saxophonist maintains an active performance schedule with salsa/merengue favorites Alex Torres & His Latin Orchestra, the award winning Empire Jazz Orchestra and the seventeen piece juggernaut Big Soul Ensemble. He has performed at the Montreal Jazz Festival, the Kingston International Jazz Festival, the Newport Jazz Festival Saratoga, the Albany Riverfront Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival and countless clubs and concert halls throughout the Northeast.
The Stompers' ramblin style nods to the great tradition of American string band music while winking directly at the classic jug bands of the 60s folk scene, including The Jim Kweskin Jug Band, The Even Dozen Jug Band, Dave Van Ronk, and The Lovin' Spoonful.
The Jug Stompers have quickly become a hit, headlining at nightclubs, festivals, colleges, and concert venues, including: The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall, Caffe Lena, WAMC's Performing Arts Studio, Berkshire Harvest Festival, First Night Saratoga, Albany Tulip Festival, Union College, Rensselaer Polytechnic University, Club Helsinki, Albany WinterFest, and Tess’ Lark Tavern -where they are featured monthly.
Ramblin Jug Stompers consists of luminaries from New York's Capital District music scene, including former and current members of notable Albany bands past and present -like Blotto, The Star Spangled Washboard Band, Rumdummies, Stomplistics, Johnny Rabb's Rockhouse, The Lustre Kings, The Plague, The Neanderthals, Chefs of the Future, and the list goes on...
Amanda Rogers, fresh from her latest European tour and her most recent internationally anticipated record release, Heartwood, will be playing old and new songs featured on MTV shows such as "The Real World" and "The Hills." With Amanda's seasoned skill as a world-class pianist and her natural instinct for melody and lyrics, she will captivate any audience and "may just restore your faith in singer/songwriters."
Ben Karis-Nix, with songs featured on television shows such as the CW's "One Tree Hill," will be playing tracks from his new solo EP, We Are Giants Now ("Best Electro-Pop" - Metroland, Albany, NY, 2008). This new release immerses the listener in a symphony of subtle synth patches and sampled beats that coexist with Ben's guitar and pliant, sometimes plaintive vocals. Fortified by these sounds onstage, Ben's amazing ability to tell stories through song washes over audiences and fills the room with laughter, yearning, and love.
Mike Matra is a member of The Sketchy Indians who are a songwriting collective that are as poetic and sincere as they are playfully ridiculous.
This tour reunites former members of the indie-rock giants Jupiter Sunrise, known for their stellar, energetic live shows and year-round tours in their veg-oil-powered RV. After these powerful songwriters perform, don't leave too soon, because the night is not over until these 3 indie all-stars unite onstage to unleash mayhem as a Voltron-like supergroup.
Gary Burke of Finishline Music Publishing - Artist and Producer Gary has managed an esteemed career as drummer for Bob Dylan, Graham Parker and many others. He is best known to the public for his long tenure on drums on over a dozen albums with Joe Jackson.
Steve Ellis president of Pump Audio - Founded in 2001, Pump Audio is a new kind of agent for independent musicians, digitally connecting them with buyers in the mainstream media. With Pump Audio, artists can license their music into productions without giving up any ownership, while TV and advertising producers can discover new music ready for use.
Rich Tozzoli: television composer richtozzoli.com . Rich's music was recently featured on "Americas Next Top Model", VH-1's "Best Week Ever" and Speed Channels "Nopi Tunervision". Additional new shows include YES Networks "Ultimate Roadtrip", CBS "In Turn 2" and HGTV "Haulin' House.
Nathaniel Reichman: nathanielreichman.com Nathaniel a music producer and mixing engineer specializing in contemporary classical music and music for television. He has assisted composers Philip Glass, Ahrin Mishan, John Luther Adams, and Michael Small in the studio and the performance hall. His musical sound design can be heard in Glass' score to Godfrey Reggio's latest film, Naqoyqatsi, released by Miramax. He has mixed, edited and produced many of John Luther Adams' classical recordings, and regularly does editing and mastering for music publisher Boosey & Hawkes.
Soul rocker Bryan Thomas is a punk clown fool from New York's capital city of Albany. He recently released his fifth independent CD, 1369 Lights.
The Albany Times Union named Thomas "Best Male Singer-Songwriter" shortly after he released his acoustic hip-hop debut Radio Plastic Jennifer in 1999. The follow-up soul rock epic Ones and Zeros was Metroland Magazine's "Album of the Year" in 2002.
He was recently in the studio with punk legend Tommy Ramone, making a special guest appearance on a track produced by Ramone for New York City's genre-smashing neo-punksters Collider.
Formed in the winter of 2003 in New Paltz, NY, The Trapps are an adventurous, American roots-rock band led by Sean Schenker (songwriter, lead vocals, guitar), Warren Gold (lead guitar, slide guitar), Jason Sarubbi (backing vocals, bass), and Seth Moutal (drums and percussion).
The Trapps are a unit centered around focused songwriting armed with an upright bass, a hybrid percussion/drum set, acoustic rhythm guitar and electric lead/slide guitar. The unique blend of instrumentation allows the band to explore the boundaries of song, sound and improvisation - always benefiting the presentation of "the song" itself.
The Trapps debut release titled "Good Luck or Goodbye?" has already started to gain serious industry attention. Standout singles "I'm Through", "Alright Now" and "Blood on our Hands" have all received heavy radio play on several AAA stations along the East Coast.
Two Gun Man - Two
Gun Man reformed in September 2006 when Julian Seidenberg (drums,
percussion, vocals), Reid Waring (lead singer, chief writer, rhythm
guitar) and Josh Watson (lead guitar) moved from Washington State
to New York's Hudson Valley. There they rejoined Josh Miesmer (bass,
vocals), who quickly resumed his role as the hilarious nucleus of
the band, following stints with Johnny Society, Mr. Forky and Joseph
Arthur. For Seidenberg and Waring this was a homecoming reunion,
having performed with Meismer as a three-piece group years before.
But for Watson, a native of the same town which launched Nirvana,
Mudhoney and the Melvins, this was a leap into the unknown. In its
previous incarnation, Two Gun Man had been solid: loads of fun and
brimming with potential. But only as a four piece has that potential
finally been realized: roots rock & roll and Americana at its
best, indefinably but unmistakably brilliant. Like Two Gun Man itself,
the band's audience is spread all over the U.S. map. Their music
moves—literally moves—everyone from punk rockers to
countryfolk, blue-haired matrons to tattooed bluesmen.
Valerie Webb - In January 2005, Valerie founded “Venomentality". For over three years now, songwriter Valerie Webb, along with lead guitarist Peter Kansas, and drummer Ben Zeigler, have consistently played 1-4 shows per month, including high profile events such as the Union Square Virgin Megastore Mashup, opening for MINK at the Union Square NYU Back to School Blow Out, Albany’s annual Larkfest, The NY State Ski and Snowboard Expo, the Rock 2 Rebuild benefits at Albany’s Palace Theater, The Greenfield Rock Festival in MA, and the Historic Caffe’ Lena’s Emerging Artists Breakout Series in Saratoga Springs. The band recently filmed its second one hour syndicated television special “The New Music Showcase” at Comcast Studio in Springfield MA. In February of 2008, they said goodbye to long time bassist Kristin Hoeg and welcomed new member Noah Bartfield on bass!
Venomentality is known as a “chameleon band,” able
to morph into whatever the event or venue calls for. They can play
full electric outdoor festivals and then scale it all down to an
intimate acoustic coffee house show. There is no profanity or inappropriate
lyrics in the material so Venomentality can appeal to all ages!
The radio friendly tunes produced by Chris Fisher (former bandleader
of Conehead Buddha) for Easter Island Productions, can be heard
on radio stations throughout the U.S., Canada, and Europe now as
The Crayons - 2008 "whats wrong with you" The long awaited follow up to "What Color Are You?" has arrived!! Once again produced by The Churchills. This 12 track effort has the melodic hooks, harmonies, and lush guitars The Crayons love so much but with songs that are more intimate, evoking an even darker, moodier vibration than the previous releases. One of these new tracks " Not Beautiful" was recently licensed for use on the MTV reality series "Two-A-Days". The disc includes some notable appearances by members of The Churchills, The Ruling Party, and The Alicia Keyes Band. NOW with an exciting new lineup including Joe Freeman on guitar and keys, Terry McClain on bass and vocals, and longtime drummer/vocalist Mike Bolduc ,The Crayons are coming to a town near you!
“The Crayons are an edgy east coast rock band. Their music is a colorful blend of pop hooks, tight harmonies, and plenty of multi-layered guitars. A shade of gray with its fun upbeat vocals and powerful dark lyrics, overall a great combination.” - Kweevak.com
Mark Frederick Band never thought he would be a singer. He have spent most of his life learning how to play all sorts of instruments, invented a few on the way, all to indulge his attention deficit tendencies. Over the years he put together an albums worth of songs, so he decided to put a band together to record them and get them out of his head, play out once or twice, and put it to bed. Putting this band together started a chain reaction of new music, it is impossible to resist when you are working with such great musicians and people. Mike Fronk was the singer in their first band, and they have been in all sorts of bands together for the last 15 years, he is one of the most talented musicians Mark have ever worked with and when you get a moment check out the Thrill Villians, Mike's project band.
is a singer/guitarist/songwriter of uncommon gifts. After living
in such diverse locales as Colorado, Chicago, North Carolina, and
New York’s Capital Region, Katie’s music displays a
wealth of passion, living and maturity; a depth of flavor, if you
will, that you are unlikely to find in another person of similar
age and experience. Her songs cut a bright, living arc through her
first two albums, Face Down and The City, showing us an emerging
talent in its rising. Her songs map the human heart with an understated,
but undeniable intensity. Elements of rock, jazz and folk abound,
topped with Katie’s languid, yet fierce vocal ability and
an impressive lyrical facility. The listener is immediately drawn
in, intrigued by what she has to say. These qualities set her apart
from the current pack of sad-sack, tear in yer beer, shoe gazing
folk musicians. Katie’s new CD, Around the Bend, is scheduled
for release in May 2008, and the word on the street is it will be
well worth the wait.
Joe Nacco began his career 10 years ago with the indie-classic alt rock band HEAD. 6 solo albums later the two-homed Nacco remains Upstate NY’s top recording artist and one of Huntington Beach’s finest. Nacco has performed across the United States from L.A. to N.Y.C. playing with acts such as G. Love and Special Sauce and Rahzell. Nacco has won several Songwriting Awards and charted several times on Indie stations throughout the U.S. and Australia. Nacco has held several number one spots on Internet Radio. After a two-year hiatus, 2008 brings the simultaneous release of two new albums No One Likes a Ballad (the quirky over-the-top 80’s tinged rock and new-wave album recorded in Upstate NY) and This is California (a powerful and emotional indie-rock album recorded in Huntington Beach, CA with Nacco on ALL instruments).
Rob Jonas - A rocking singer-songwriter in the tradition of Tom Petty and John Mellencamp, Rob Jonas tells tales about the struggles of life and love. His first EP, "Wandering Madison," yielded two songs that earned airplay on local radio stations. With his upcoming full-length album, "Take Me Anywhere," Jonas hopes to make a bigger splash in the Capital District music scene. Rob is the type of musician that hangs low around the local music scene and always catches you off guard with this performance. You may have caught once his live performances on stage at Tess’s Lark Tavern as he is a regular at the Wednesday night open mics. His song ‘Wondering Madison’ is featured on WEXT and continues to receive constant praise. Don’t let his mild manor fool you. He is a blues and rock artist that easily could be named the area’s best song writer. Rob has been known to perform with nothing more than an acoustic guitar and his voice. For this performance at The Linda he will have a full band accompanying him on his rockin’ songs.
Ben Karis-Nix - Starry-eyed
Ben Karis-Nix is one part indie-rocker (Nada Surf, the Shins, the
Postal Service), one part alt-country crooner (Jeff Tweedy of Wilco),
and another part experimental multi-media artist (a la Flaming Lips).
From frenzied rock to waltzes, Ben and his band weave mandolin,
synths, drums & beats into a beautiful, hook-laden sonic tapestry.
Ben's recordings, performances and songwriting have earned him features
on the CW's "One Tree Hill," NPR's "Weekend Edition,"
MTV's "Road Rules" & "Real World," and MySpace
Comp Vol. 1. Prior to his solo career on the East Coast, Ben performed
with Los Angeles-based Jupiter Sunrise as its guitarist and as one
of three of the band's vocalists. In their vegetable-oil powered
RV, this gypsy-ensemble toured the country continuously for more
than five years, earning an industry reputation for out-of-the-box
guerrilla marketing strategies and for thoughtful employment and
a close affiliation with MySpace and its staff in the creation of
a loyal, chorus-chanting national fanbase.
Fire Flies - Fire Flies are an NYC based indie-techno pop band that hales from Albany. Fire Flies met and formed four years ago while students at SUNY Purchase's Conservatory of Music. "Two New Sciences," recorded in the basement of their Brooklyn apartment, follows in the footsteps of their first CD, "Babobabs In The Basement," recorded in 2005 in their dorm room at SUNY. Consisting of a solid yet complex rhythm section, masterful guitars and alien technology keyboards, "Two New Sciences" features poetic lyrics accentuated by hook-driven melodies. Fueled by proficient musicians, beautiful arrangements and great songs, the first line "I don't understand you, but I try," defines the sentiment that illustrates the songwriters note to self. Bright beats juxtaposed with anxious lyrics make up 12 songs spanning an overall theme of uncertainty, love, frustration, despair and the never-ending parties that feed them. Fire Flies began touring up and down the East Coast in their sophomore year playing before classmates and teen centers and headlining in venues they weren't yet old enough to frequent. Now regular attractions on the NYC and East Coast music scene, they will make their national touring debut later this summer.
Blackcat Elliot - After
the breakup of his band North Again, Kostas Gus Hais said to himself,
"Never again." But he's learned to never say never, especially
to the rock n roll bug, so he is back in the spotlight with Blackcat
Elliot, who have quietly become one of the Capital Region's most
popular bands. Don't believe me? Blackcat Elliot has taken the runners-up
spot in the best local band category in the Times Unions Readers
Poll in each of the past four consecutive years. They took the top
spot in the Capital Region Living readers' poll, and they were named
"best-kept secret" in Metroland's readers' poll. Well,
Blackcat Elliot isn't going to be a secret any longer. The high-energy,
go-for-the-throat indie rockers have just unleashed their sophomore
CD, "Never Come Clean" on Billbored Records. Recorded
at Albanys Scarlet East Studio and produced by John Delehanty, the
nine-song disc crackles from the big buzzing bass riff of the opening
title track right through to the hooky pop-in-overdrive closer,
"Close to Mine."
Sirsy - SIRSY is fronted by the "charismatic Melanie Krahmer" who reviewers say has a "stunning voice capable of a lion's roar and a floaty whisper". Krahmer is also the band's drummer, playing a full drum kit while STANDING UP, bass parts with her drum stick, and the occasional Ian Anderson-esque flute solo (sometimes playing drums, flute, and bass all at once). Not to be outdone, guitarist Rich Libutti also plays bass parts with his feet and even the occasional snare part with his feet (during Krahmer's flute solos). Everything is played live. Despite the multi-tasking on stage with this unique set up, the duo manages to have a "dynamic stage presence and chemistry" that has audiences and critics raving. The Boston Globe says "Little band, BIG sound!" and New York's City's Village Voice urges readers to "Go see sirsy!". Reviewers say, SIRSY has written an "arsenal of well-crafted, ear catching, lyrically smart and musically sound songs filled with hooks and levels of meaning". Playing over 250 shows per year, SIRSY has shared the stage with: Maroon5, Lifehouse, Collective Soul, Blues Traveler, Cheap Trick, Vertical Horizon, Fuel, and many more. SIRSY currently tours along the east coast and throughout the Mid-West. And, YES... this IS their day job.
Red Haired Strangers - These guys have been playing together for the past 15 years, forging original music that contains hints of country and delta blues influences. Along the way, they’ve expanded to include not only guitar and harmonica, but also fiddle, drums, dobro and pedal steel guitar. Their music consists of original words set to driving melodies complete with evocative images of wandering, trains, sin and love lost. Their repertoire also includes finger picking, slide and 12 bar blues, fiddle and harmonica breakdowns and country stompers, as well as, covers by Blind Willie Johnson, the Rolling Stones, Merle Haggard and Johnny Cash. The Red Haired Strangers have performed at numerous venues including Valentines in Albany, Brown’s Brewing Company and Revolution Hall in Troy and Blueseed Studios in Saranac Lake.
Jesse Stewart - Jesse
Stewart is a singer/songwriter from Upstate New York. Jesse discovered
her passion for music from her father, began performing for family
and friends at the age of four, and is now ready to share her music
with you. With a country/folk/pop style Jesse draws her inspiration
from life with all its joys and trials.
A recently completed demo at Bennett Studios, engineered by Grammy Award winner Dae Bennett, features the first of her original music - "Garnsey Road", "The Backseat", and "Why." Also featured on this demo are artists such as drummer Gary Burke who has played with people such as Bob Dylan, Joe Jackson, Shania Twain, Aretha Franklin and guitarist David Malachowski who has toured with Shania Twain, Savoy Brown, Commander Cody. We'll keep you posted with all the latest news.
Byrds of Prey - Byrds of Prey brandishes a dual lead guitar attack that is supported by tight harmonies and subtle acoustic rhythms. Songs are composed acoustically first with basic rhythm and melody, and then arranged in an acoustic/electric, or all electric form. Art LaFleur and Steve Lamb also perform this material as an acoustic duo on occasion. Band members have performed in and around the Capital Region for the past five years in projects including but not to Off Ramp, Boot the Owl, and The Coal Palace Kings, and this each brings something unique to the table. Like a classic attack on a modern sound, the songs we write are divers and sophisticated with a focus on rhythm and harmony. The musicianship is high. The experience is solid. The influences divers and the vibe is classic.
Palatypus - Based
out of Albany, N.Y., Palatypus draws from the best of the Country,
Bluegrass and Folk music genres to create a distinct melodic and
harmonic sound. Their songs evoke a spectrum of emotional states,
ranging from the lament of loves gone wrong to the simple joys found
in sharing a few drinks with friends. The duo focuses on well constructed
vocal harmonies layered over the rhythm of Mike's and the melody
of Matt's guitar. The songs are story driven, simultaneously metaphysical
and visual, and captivate their audiences with deft acuity in their
sensibility. Always entertaining and engaging, Palatypus continues
to gain musical recognition and win fans across the Capital Region
and in the greater North East.
2Late - Vicki and Mike joined their voices and talents to form "2Late" in January, 2004. Influenced by Maura O'Connell, Cheryl Wheeler, Peter, Paul and Mary, and other contemporary folk and country artists, they have developed a unique musical style featuring complex vocal harmonies and strong acoustic guitar work. Now well-established in the Albany, NY area, 2Late was recognized in 2006 by the Shine Original Music Series. Their song "Desperation (One Last Chance)", written by Mike, was awarded 4th place in a national lyric contest sponsored by American Songwriter Magazine in November 2006. 2Late's standard fare is family-friendly, adult contemporary folk music with some very silly songs mixed in. The group also performs contemporary Christian music at a wide range of venues in New York's Capital District.
The Velmas - Since 1999, the Velmas - bassist Todd “Figaro” Minnick, guitarist Mike “Harvey” Grosshandler and drummer Michael “Bruce” Bruce - have been entertaining upstate New York. The band has become a favorite around Albany and Syracuse, NY, and is gaining popularity throughout the Northeastern U.S. In 2002, the Velmas released their debut album, Another Day At School. Since its release, the album has received rave reviews and has opened doors of opportunity for the band (see press page). This was followed by Recess (2004), a “double EP” featuring new and unreleased studio tracks, as well as several live tracks. The Velmas released their second full-length album, Station, on City Canyons Records on October 31, 2006. The Velmas are three singers and song writers creating powerful rock music. Their sound is influenced by old-school to modern rock, punk, reggae, and even country and classical. In concert, the Velmas back their music with a playful, high-energy live show, which is the reason why Albany-area "Velmites" have voted them the Capital Region’s "Best Alternative Band" (Metroland, 2006 & 2007).
Prezio - This Troy native has a passion for piano. He is known
for is warm voice and bright piano licks. He can be found playing
in Troy coffee houses and cafes. Last year he completed his production
on his one man play “An Evening at the Trojan Hotel Bar”.
He is a song writer, play write, producer, music consultant, and
continues to manage both Sean Rowe and Mudfunk (not to mention he
is also Sean's Uncle). For his performance at CRUMBS Nite Out at
The Linda he will capture your soul with his heart felt lyrics as
he eloquently plays on the grand piano. He is truly a musician not
Jermaine Wells and the Ill Funk Ensemble - Hip-hop has it's roots in the music of the great funk bands like James Brown and the J.B.'s, Sly and the Family Stone and Parliament Funkadelic. Somewhere along the way, the concept of a DJ spinning records came about, with a lone rapper spitting rhymes over pre-recorded drum and bass riffs. Hip-hop had lost where it had come from: the live, organic groove with a full band, capable of taking the music in any direction. In the past few years, new artists have taken over the mantle from those bands, and have begun to write soul/R&B/hip-hop music that features the sound of a real band: with the pulse of a human, not a machine, driving the grooves. Bands like The Roots, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Anthony Hamilton and Soulive have injected hip-hop with the soul that it had lacked in so many previous artists.
Sean Rowe - A musical workhorse, to say the least. Not only does he hold down regular gigs in just about every corner of the region, but he also manages to find time for various one-shot affairs everywhere else. He’s a one-man band with a deep, soulful sound that manages to fill every corner of a room, so it’s no surprise that he’s in such high demand these days. Scan the crowd during the initial moments of his set, and you’ll probably see a host of surprised looks, all wondering how a guy like Rowe can create a sound typically associated with grizzled blues wailers and Motown legends. In a scene crowded with garage-rock hipsters and hardcore headbangers, Rowe provides a much-welcomed alternative.
At the musical end of his personal spectrum, anyone who’s
ever heard Rowe do his thing—delivering his poetically charged
tunes in that surprisingly deep, soulful rumble—can attest
to his seriousness of purpose in that area. But beyond that, Rowe
also recently received recognition (and a nice chunk of change)
in the form of a songwriting grant from the New York Foundation
for the Arts. A friend had actually picked up an application for
him and encouraged him to apply, but Rowe had initial doubts. “It
was the kind of thing where it seemed like it was for classical
composers or jazz people. Serious cats, y’know? And with me
not even reading music—[I thought] it was a long shot.”
Phoebe Henry - With over 70 copyrights and 3 CDs, Phoebe Henry, 17, has already established herself as "...a sophisticated and prolific songwriter" (Greg Haymes, "Albany Times Union", Feb 2007). Her acoustic, melodic music and songs from her life-experience appeal to a broad audience. Phoebe is comfortable playing venues from intimate coffee houses, to events before thousands. She performs solo or with a drummer and bassist. Phoebe's music career surged after winning the NECMA "Shoot for the Stars" competition in 2005. Although not intentionally "country", her music is an original genre-blend of organic folk, jazz, rock, gospel, country with an occasional Latin influence.
Memorable performances from her than 100 shows include Saratoga First Night ('05 & '06); Soulfest (NH-'06 & '07), Troy Chowderfest ('07), The Miller (London, England- 07), the Bitter End (NYC-'06), Freihoffer Race for Women (Albany-'07), Opening act before the Paul McCartney concert (Tampa, FL-'06), Cheetah Girls (Albany-'05), Jump 5 and Chubby Checker (Albany-'05). See "Where else I played" on the Show page for more details.
Rich Ortiz had no choice but
to become a musical performer. Rich is a fourth generation entertainer
of a family of entertainers. Music definitely runs through his veins,
down to the very depths of his soul. Rich believes he is the product
of his family's cultural diversity and strength, but his style is
truly his own. Born in Bergen County, New Jersey, he got his start
singing, acting, and dancing at the age of three. As a child, Rich
performed in Off-Broadway plays, commercials, and dance competitions.
For the past ten years, Rich has been living in upstate New York, focusing all his talents and time on his acoustic solo act. Rich plays guitar, harmonica, and pedal bass with his feet, and turns heads with his vocals! His music is best described as funk folk pop. His influences are James Taylor, the Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Ray Charles, Bill Withers and Jeff Buckley.
He has opened shows for Ludacris, Hoobastank, Simple Plan, Elephant Man, Tea Leaf Green, Kracker, Merl Saunders, Melvin Seals, Jim Wieder, the Drifters and The Wood Brothers . He has also played private parties for Tom Cruise and New York's Governor Pataki. He has won the hearts of many, playing everywhere from Upstate New York, to Killington, Vermont, to Cape Cod and all the way down to Marco Island, Florida.
He currently plays in New York's West Village at the world famous Red Lion every Sunday. Rich is getting ready to release his first album, the album will feature live, unedited studio recordings of all original works. As his passion for life grows stronger, so does the energy in his music. Rich is a truly rare, authentic talent.