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.
Tues. Feb. 18 @ Fanatics Pub
Don’t try to snatch him back and hold him, he’s a man on the move. John Németh had already established himself among the very top ranks of blues musicians and modern soul singers when he decided to break the mold with his new record, FEELIN’ FREAKY. Németh fearlessly crushes all barriers of style and genre with an album of original songs that defies all the usual pigeonholes. Drawing from his strong influences in blues and R&B, as well as contemporary sounds in hip hop and rock & roll, John creates music that is personal as well as universal, and owes its origin to no one but John Németh. John’s songs are groove and melody-driven, laced with thoughtful lyrics and nuanced humor, and cover themes from social issues of gun violence and class values to the pure hedonistic joy of dancing, sexuality and marijuana. He creates his songs from melodies and phrases he draws from the sounds of life, from early-morning Memphis songbirds to the din of the city. For this album John brought his new songs to his great touring band, the Blue Dreamers – Danny Banks on drums, Matthew Wilson on bass and guitar, and Johnny Rhodes on guitar – so they could hone the groove and finish building the album as a group. Under the simpatico guidance of Grammy-nominated producer Luther Dickinson (North Mississippi Allstars), FEELIN’ FREAKY emerges as a modern personal masterpiece.
Sat. Feb. 29 @ Fanatics Pub
Robert “Freightrain” Parker
- 2018 Indigenous Nominee and Winner for Best Blues Album for “Freightrain Live”
- 2015 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame Inductee, First Indigenous Musician to be Inducted
Parker is a native of Buffalo N.Y.. Being brought up in a musical family peaked his passion for music at an early age. At around 13 years old he began to play gigs with Brother Kenny on sax and Dad on guitar, mostly house gigs but also at Dads gigs in between sets. Although heavily influenced by jazz and rhythm & blues heard growing up, he developed his own rhythm and style that is unique and hard to match. He was quickly established on the Buffalo music scene as a well known and sought after bass player. His booming rapid fire licks earned him the name “Freightrain from New York musicians as he always leaps into the depths of the rhythm section with the strength of a Train.
Parker moved to Florida in the mid 90’s ready for new challenge. With help from friend and mentor Johnny “Clyde” Copeland, Parker was connected with internationally acclaimed blues artist Rock Bottom, whom he recorded with and toured with over much of the late 90’s. His mainstay status on the Tampa Bay blues scene was established as “Freightrain” was not only known for his bass playing but also for his soulful lead and powerful backup vocals.
Parker has also toured internationally with Texas bluesman Sherman Robertson, Chief James Billie and over the past several years has toured both the U.S. and Canada with award winning Canadian artist Paul Reddick and his band the Sidemen. he has been seen filling in with Big Bill Morganfield the son of legendary blues man Muddy Waters. He also has been the Go to for touring musicians passing through WNY, Joe Beard, Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne, Mike Morgan and The Local Legendary Members of Raven and more…
Robert “Freightrain” Parker is Seneca from Buffalo, New York. In 2015, he became the First Indigenous Person Inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. Parker’s music is not easily defined by one genre. His distinctive approach to American roots is a breath of fresh air, leaving fans energized and mesmerized from live shows.
Freightrain recorded his debut album, “Freightrain Live,” at The Sportsmen’s Tavern in Buffalo, NY in the winter of 2016. In the fall of 2016 he successfully toured Europe with his band in support of the release. A year later he released his second album of all original material, “Outside Ourselves.” Parker produced and arranged all tracks on both albums, receiving high accolades in both areas of production as well as performance. Most recently “Freightrain Live” has been Nominated for a 2018 Indigenous Music Award as “Best Blues Album”.
“Outside Ourselves” is equal parts soul and funk, blues and roots, an all original build on the masterful “Freightrain Live.” The title track “Outside Ourselves” is a choral anthem, a cut that both uplifts and jams out. It received critical acclaim nationally and internationally. Each of the original songs on “Outside Ourselves” is unique, ranging from an earthy ballad to a dirty blues shuffle, showcasing his broad musical influences and pushing the boundaries of his blues beginnings.
Each track includes the dynamic key Freightrain players, Robert “Freightrain” Parker on lead vocals and bass guitar, Grace Lougen on lead guitar, Damone Jackson on drums and Greg Leech on keys. A wide range of musicians and vocalists are interspersed throughout the album.
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.