We’re eager to make our establishment a community gathering place, so we’re always hosting new music and entertainment in our venue and at The Geneseo Riviera. Check here often for bios of each of our acts, as well as reviews of performances and more.
Sat. March 7 @ Fanatics Pub
JIMMY WOLF is an award-winning singer-songwriter-guitarist who brings a new and exciting energy to the world of blues and rock. He takes the Delta-Chicago blues, 50s rock and R&B and mixes these genres with chainsaw guitar and over driven voice to create a soulful music experience.
Jimmy has toured with many of the great names in blues over the years, including Jimmy “Fast Fingers” Dawkins, Bill Doggett and Larry “Texas Flood” Davis. He has shared the stage with a number of blues legends—Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Albert King, Albert Collins, Johnny Copeland, Millie Jackson and Little Johnny Taylor. Jimmy lived in Memphis for several years and was a regular on Beale St. playing the clubs and Handy Park with bands consisting of Big-T, Jimmy Ellis, Fred Sanders, Jerome Miller, Ringo Jukes, Harry Bridgewater, Big Jerry and Levi Williams.
Mon. & Tues. March 9 & 10
Blues Beatles – @ Fanatics Pub
Blues Beatles started during the breaks of the rehearsals of Today – an original band that Marcos Viana, Flavio Naves, Lancaster Ferreira, Bruno Falcão and Fred Barley started in 2010. Marcos, the singer, would invariably pick up his acoustic guitar and start playing Beatles songs The other members of the band were amazed at how natural the songs sounded, as if he had written them himself. Being blues players the rest of the band started adding their blues twist to these “break songs”. One day Lancaster said: “why do not we mix these two things we love to play? We could call this Blues Beatles! “Everyone loved the idea and together they started the Blues Beatles in 2013.
The first version of the Beatles songs that caught people’s attention was Ticket To Ride. The video has now more than two million views on Facebook. The band has worked and reworked many different songs since it was formed, but only the ones that sound natural to their ears stay in the repertoire. The arrangements combine blues and soul grooves that suit the vocals of the songs while adding a different feel to them. Instrumental solos and improvisation, typical elements of the blues, are an integral part of the Blues Beatles style. Their fiery live performances showcase their individual and collective skills as soloists.
NICK SCHNEBELEN BAND @ Fanatics March 16
Nick Schnebelen – An Artist Who Stands Out In The Crowd
One of the first things you discover about Nick Schnebelen is his commitment to his music. He does not tippy-toe or wade in; he plunges right into the deep end. Forceful and determined succinctly describe Nick’s approach to guitar-playing and singing.
That’s always been the basis for Nick’s music, no matter what kind of musical collaboration he’s been in.
“I like things that are very potent and simple,” he says. “They get straight to the point.”
Nick came to widespread attention as a member of Trampled Under Foot, the Kansas City family band that was founded in 2004 won the 2008 International Blues Challenge in Memphis. Nick was also singled out for the “Albert King Award” as the best guitarist in the competition.
Joined by younger brother Kris and sister Danielle, TUF enjoyed two highly successful albums produced by Tony Braunagel, “Wrong Side of the Blues” (2011) and “Badlands” (2013), which climbed to the top position on Billboard’s Top Blues Album charts. The band was nominated in 2012 as Band of the Year at the Blues Music Awards and won that honor in 2014.
Most people think that’s how Nick got started, but his musical roots run far deeper. His mother and father were professional musicians, his grandmother was a big band singer, his grandfather played guitar and his great grandfather was a member of a string band as far back as the 1920s.
“You see, music’s been in my blood for generations,” he says.
Although Nick has played music from a young age, he blossomed when he attended Kansas City’s Paseo Academy of Performing Arts high school, where he studied both classical and jazz forms. “There are different sets of rules for each and as I played in both the classical orchestra and the jazz band, I got a better understanding of how music works,” he says.
Biscuit Miller and the Mix @ Fanatics Tues. March 17th
“Miller has one of the best smiles in the blues.”
– Big City Blues Magazine
DAVID “BISCUIT” MILLER
“Wishbone” is the eagerly awaited 3rd studio recording of 2012 Blues Music Award Winner for Bassist of the Year, Biscuit Miller. The title track was inspired by Biscuit’s two grandsons Jordan and Josh who were excited about making a wish when they got their hands on the turkey wishbone during Thanksgiving dinner. Their excitement sparked an idea in Biscuit’s ever creative mind, and he literally began singing and writing the song on the spot! He then jammed with his grandsons in his music room after dinner. That special day with his family and the birth of a song were all the motivation Biscuit needed to get back into the studio to begin working on “Wishbone.”
Biscuit and his band, The Mix, have been touring extensively ever since he won his first BMA in 2012, and had to squeeze in their recording sessions during breaks in the tour. Biscuit is known for his high energy shows and blazing million dollar smile. He is a born entertainer and is at home on the stage where he connects with his audience through a fun and funky approach to the blues. But don’t let the fun and food songs fool you! This is a dedicated group of musicians with an amazing depth of talent.
Biscuit was introduced to the bass for the first time at the age of eleven when visiting his friend Datrick. It was sitting in a corner collecting dust when the young Biscuit picked it up and started playing it. The four string electric bass belonged to Datrick’s older brother Darnell, who taught him a couple of songs. Biscuit took to it immediately and thus began a love affair with playing bass that has taken him places he could never have imagined. He formed his first band, Clever, with childhood friend Ivan Wallace. They moved to Minneapolis in 1982. Soon after, a mutual friend, Joe Rowe introduced Biscuit to Sonny Rogers who taught him a lot about playing basic blues. During his time with Rogers, they recorded “They Call Me the Cat Daddy”, which won Rogers a Handy Award for Best New Artist. Sadly, Sonny passed away before he was able to accept the award.
Biscuit then went on to play with other respected blues artists such as, Mojo Buford, formerly with Muddy Waters, and Lady Blue, backup vocalist for Ike and Tina Turner. One day, Biscuit received a phone call requesting him to come back home to sub for Chicago’s own legendary Lonnie Brooks who needed a bass player for one night. That one night lasted for over ten years as Biscuit became the permanent bass player for the Lonnie Brooks Band.
In 2000 he formed Biscuit and The Mix to fill up some down-time. During this time, he also completed his first studio recording “Come Together”. Biscuit frequently could be found sitting in with the up and coming blues guitarist Anthony Gomes. During one of these sessions, he was asked to join the band full time and he spent the next five years touring with Anthony. During his time with Anthony Gomes, they released five CD’s; Unity, Sweet Stringin’ Soul, Long Way Home, Music is the Medicine, and Live at the Triple Door.
By 2009 Biscuit was fronting his own band, touring the country playing clubs and festivals, and gaining respect as a front man and bassist alike. Biscuit Miller has graced the covers of several publications, including the 2006 Blues Fest Guide and the February/March 2010 edition of Big City Rhythm & Blues. In 2012 he was awarded his first Blues Music Award following the release of his second studio recording, “Blues With A Smile”. Having received wide air play on Sirius XM Radio, “Blues With A Smile” is aptly named, as Biscuit is known around the world for his huge, heartfelt smile as well as his antics as a funky bassist turned front man.
When he is not busy touring or recording, Biscuit loves to spend time with his friends and family. His grandchildren are especially precious to him. Also precious to him are the rare occasions when he is able to sit down with his entire family over a home cooked meal. Like the one that happened the day “Wishbone” was born! Thanksgiving at Biscuit’s house became a joyous celebration of life and music that will never end.
Whether you’ve been hangin’ with Biscuit for years, or are a newcomer to the party, “Wishbone” is sure to please. So grab on – and make a wish!
Albert Cummings – March 24 @ Fanatics
“The blues is best served up live, with an enthusiastic audience and a killin’ band, and that’s exactly what guitarist Albert Cummings does[…]. Cummings effortlessly shifts from chimney subdued stylings to raucous roadhouse raunch to soaring yet stinging lead lines, driving his audience to frenzy in all the right places.” – Guitar Edge Magazine
Albert Cummings writes, plays and sings the blues like nobody else. He has played with blues legends B.B. King, Johnny Winter, and Buddy Guy. Taken with Albert’s fire and passion bassist Tommy Shannon and drummer Chris Layton, of the band Double Trouble, the late Stevie Ray Vaughan’s rhythm section, volunteered to play on and produce his solo debut recording, 2003’s self-released From the Heart. B.B. King dubbed Cummings “a great guitarist.”
“A barrage of guitar pyrotechnics that calls to mind a grand mix of the styles of past masters like Albert King, Freddie King, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Jimmie Hendrix. – Bluesprint Magazine
Tickets – General admin. $25 in advance, $29 at the door, VIP with table service – $30 in advance, $34 at the door. Click for Brown Paper Tickets
Steve Grills and the Roadmasters – Sat. March 28@ Fanatics Pub
Steve Grills and the Roadmasters are well known as one of the premier blues groups out of Rochester, NY. Steve has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival, Beaches Jazz Festival in Toronto and the New York State Blues Festival and top venues from NYC to San Francisco. Steve’s album release After Hours ranked #39 on the Roots Music Radio Airplay Report Top 100 Blues Albums chart. Steve has played guitar with blues legends Benny Turner, Joe Beard, Johnny Rawls, Carey Bell, Bill Doggett and Robert Lockwood Jr.
Anthony Gomes – Tues. May 5@ Fanatics Pub
Anthony Gomes, #1 Billboard Blues Artist, is a triple threat force as a guitarist, vocalist and songwriter. This, along with his high-energy shows and dynamic stage presence, make him one of the top draws on the Rock/Blues circuit today.
Gomes’ new record Peace, Love & Loud Guitars, named Best Blues Album of 2018 by Blues Rock Review and SoundGuardian Magazine, is the culmination of a life spent honoring Blues traditions while never losing sight of his own identity. The Toronto born guitar slinger stands his ground as a creative artist and is eager to push the Blues back into the mainstream.
“My goal is to keep the Blues fresh, exciting and even dangerous,” says Gomes. “I want to bring back the thrill longtime Bluesmen created in their day. At the same time, I think it’s very important for the music to grow and evolve.
“He has performed with the likes of B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Robert Plant, Heart, Sammy Hagar, .38 Special, Jonny Lang, Robert Cray and Kenny Wayne Shepherd. Gomes recalled a conversation he had years ago with one of those legends. “B.B. King told me the Blues are like the laws of the land. They need to be amended to the times we live in,” Gomes said. “As an artist, it’s very exciting to think that the Blues can be just as ground-breaking today as it ever was.
“Believing that music can inspire the human spirit, Anthony founded the Music Is the Medicine Foundation in 2010. This non-profit organization is dedicated to changing the lives of others through the healing power of music.
Anthony Gomes has nothing left to prove while leaving all his passion on the table. Nonetheless, he continues striving to not only find the legendary “lost chord,” but the ultimate combinations of words, notes and performance. Looking for an actual 21st Century guitar hero? Here he is.
Joey Tenuto – Blues Man
Tues. May 19 @ Fanatics Pub 7pm
His Father, Joe Senior, while touring non-stop year-after-year with many legendary musicians would try to talk Joey Junior out of pursuing a career in music. Joey Tenuto, Jr. never stopped his passion for the craft and his desire was strong. Joey followed in his fathers footsteps and has many of his own guitars signed by many legends he has met through 10 years of touring – since he was 18 – and today the many friendships created – and incredible performances with ZZTOP, Robin Trower, The Doors, Black Sabbath, Pat Travers, Eric Gales, Lil Ed, Jan Bledowski, Sebastian Riedel of Cree David Pastorius and many others. Joey resides in Palm Beach, Florida and you can find him throughout the year at different venues clubs and festivals all over Florida. He sometimes plays with Muggie Doo Bandleader of Buddy Miles Express and David Pastorius (Nephew of Jaco Pastorius) of The Pat Travers Band. Currently Joey has been touring nonstop all over the world every year for many years and doesn’t see himself slowing down any time soon! Having toured Canada, North America And 7 Countries in Europe he seems to love the Road. He will be touring Europe in April and May with Jan Bledowski Famous Violinist from Poland (2 Gold Record Winner) Of Famous Polish Band KRZAK