On “Life During Wartime,” the first single from Talking Heads’ 1979 album Fear of Music, David Byrne famously sang the immortal lyrics, “This ain’t no party, this ain’t no disco…no time for dancing…” Yet all those anti-fun declarations go gleefully out the window when Mystic Bowie, aka the “Head Dread,” takes the stage, re-imagining and infusing fresh life into TH’s classic catalog with his high octane mix of roots reggae, ska and lover’s rock (aka “romantic reggae”).Since debuting his musically revolutionary Talking Dreads project live at the High Times Music Festival on the beach in Negril in late 2015, the charismatic Jamaican-born singer and performer has electrified audiences at over 100 shows across North America – spinning the heads of initially skeptical Talking Heads fans, and getting everyone else grooving along to the infectious, joyous rhythms and jubilant spirit of his native island. Considering the success of these events, it was only a matter of time before Bowie – who has lived in the Northeastern U.S. for many years – headed back to his cherished homeland and set up shop at the famed Barry O’Hare Studios in Ocho Rios. He gathered old friends he had played music with since childhood, along with younger musicians, legendary Jamaican artists and other surprise guests to capture all the magic of his live performances on the epic, 13 track recording Mystic Bowie’s Talking Dreads.
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. April 9- Head for the Hills @ Fanatics Pub
Potions and Poisons is the fourth album of original music from Head for the Hills, the Colorado based post-modern bluegrass outfit of Adam Kinghorn, Joe Lessard, Matt Loewen and Sam Parks. There’s no reinvention of the wheel here–no computer programmed banjo rolls or digitally arpeggiated fiddle lines. Instead we find Head for the Hills at the peak of their powers of musical alchemy, building little worlds of sound from the detritus of bluegrass, jazz, hip hop, folk and soul. Potions and Poisons is a look at the darker side of love, lust, and life; an examination of our affinity for and aversion to the things that make us fragile but human. Recorded at home in Colorado with the band’s go-to engineer, Aaron Youngberg (Cahalen and Eli, Martha Scanlan, Grant Gordy and Ross Martin), the record features appearances from Bonnie Paine (Elephant Revival) on vocals and washboard, Erin Youngberg (Uncle Earl, FY5) on vocals, and a lush string section. Potions and Poisons is the most Head for the Hills record yet, and in the great tradition of bluegrass (and soul and folk and old time music), it delivers some bitter pills, but the ten new original songs are more than a survey of the human condition. This is reflective but buoyant music, restorative and full of vibrancy.
Head for the Hills prides itself on defying expectation, turning neophytes into converts and genre purists exploratory listeners. Remaining true to the roots of bluegrass while simultaneously looking to it’s future prospects, the band makes music that reaches into jazz, indie rock, hip hop, soul, world and folk to stitch together cutting edge songs that bridge the divide between past and future acoustic music. More than a decade in and after thousands of miles, hundreds of performances, a handful of independently released records, 4 times awarded Best Bluegrass in Colorado via Westword Magazine, and one new mandolin player–Head for the Hills is at their absolute peak, firing on all cylinders and winning the hearts and minds of audiences everywhere they go.
Head for the Hills have been bringing their music to audiences from the Telluride Bluegrass Festival to South by Southwest and a multitude of stages in between–including Summer Camp Music Festival, High Sierra Music Festival, RockyGrass, DelFest, Northwest String Summit, Blue Ox Music Festival FloydFest, Strawberry Music Festival and many more. The band has been featured on NPR Ideastream and eTown, co-released beers with Odell Brewing Company and Sanitas Brewing, charted on the CMJ Top 200 (Blue Ruin, 2013 and Head for the Hills, 2010), and was featured by CMT – Edge, who said; “Head for the Hills’ Blue Ruin effortlessly matches integrity against innovation.”
Sat. April 13 – JB Aaron @ the Fanatics Pub
Singer/Songwriter JB Aaron was born in Niagara Falls, NY. He has opened shows for various artists over the years including Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, LoCash, Frankie Ballard, The Cadillac 3, Phil Vassar, Darryl Worley, Eric Paslay, Brian McComas, Josh Thompson, Terri Clark, Wade Hayes, Jeff Carson, and Gloriana. In 2014 he recorded his second EP in Nashville, TN with hit songwriter/producer Greg Crowe and engineered and mastered by Grammy nominee Jim Lightman. 2014 was a big year for JB. He entered the 33rd Annual Country Showdown in Rochester, NY, where he successfully triumphed over thousands of performers to become the North East Regional Champion. This secured him a spot as one of the top 5 finalists in the United States vying for the title of Best New Act in country music. JB proudly placed 2nd in the entire nationwide competition. His biggest reward was the opportunity to achieve one of his lifelong dreams and perform on the original Grand Ole Opry stage, the Ryman Auditorium.
In September 2014, the Buffalo Bills invited JB to perform the National Anthem in front of a sold-out crowd of 80,000+. In 2015, he was given the opportunity again to perform the National Anthem, along with God Bless America, for the Salute the Troops game against the Miami Dolphins.
He has performed for and worked with many non-profit organizations such as Niagara Falls Firefighters Toy Fund Telethon, Make a Wish Foundation, the American Diabetes Association, the American Cancer Society, and the Brian Moorman Punt Foundation. Coming from a family with a strong military background, JB performs and donates much of his time to various military organizations.
In October 2014, JB became involved with a cancer benefit in Illinois. The benefit was to raise money for former MLB player of the Chicago White Sox, Rick Carone. Rick was also a Buck Commander member along with Jason Aldean, Luke Bryan and many others. Rick was battling pancreatic cancer and JB was hand-picked by Rick to come and perform at this event. He was honored to be able to perform for this because his mother passed away from the same disease in 2013. JB was able to perform again for this event in 2015. Sadly, in 2017 Rick passed away. But JB continues to support the event.
When not on the road touring and performing, he is continuously writing new material and working with top hit songwriters such as Craig Martin, who has written many songs including, Don’t take the girl for Tim McGraw. JB also works with Hawkshaw Hawkins Jr, who is the son of country music legends Jean Shepard and Hawkshaw Hawkins Sr.
JB is a proud active CMA member and currently resides in Nashville, TN. His passion for singing and performing inspires him to continue to entertain and support the country music industry. He wishes to share his love of music with the world for as long as he can.
Sun. April 14 – Lewington – Downie Band House of Hamill @ Fanatics Pub
As the principle singer-songwriter for Enter The Haggis, Trevor Lewington has penned songs that have been performed multiple times on US national television, risen as high as #25 on the US Billboard charts, and attracted hundreds of thousands of plays on Youtube. His song, One Last Drink, has become a college anthem and continues to be recorded by artists from far and wide.
His debut solo album, Lion of Grace (2016), showcases his ability to craft memorable songs, inspired by true stories. Constantly on the hunt for exciting and unusual tales, Lewington captures and communicates with the voice of a seasoned musical storyteller in the tradition of fellow Canadians like Gordon Lightfoot, Robbie Robertson and Stan Rogers.
Rose Baldino and Brian Buchanan met 10 years ago, late one night backstage at a theatre in rural Pennsylvania.
Brian’s band Enter The Haggis and Rose’s group Burning Bridget Cleary were sharing a stage that evening, and the two bonded over a love of Irish fiddle tunes, Radiohead, and 4 AM whiskey. Their paths crossed a dozen times over the next decade on the road, but it wasn’t until the Folk Alliance 2014 conference in Kansas City that they finally became musical collaborators. Burning Bridget Cleary’s guitarist and drummer had their flights canceled at the last minute, and Rose (in desperation) asked Brian to grab a guitar and join her onstage. The two performed with virtually no rehearsal for over an hour, and their connection was powerful and immediate. A few months later Brian moved from Canada to Philadelphia, and as a tribute to the first tune Rose ever taught Brian, House of Hamill was born.
Brian and Rose are both accomplished traditional fiddle players and classical violinists, and despite being young, have over 25 years of writing and performance experience between them. Together, they write unusual new fiddle tunes and exciting, unpredictable original songs while also breathing new life into traditional and contemporary songs. Both are confident and unique lead vocalists, and the blend of their two voices in harmony is hypnotic and irresistible.
Whether House of Hamill is playing songs from their debut album “Wide Awake” (September 2016) or stomping through a set of original jigs and reels from their follow-up “March Through Storms” (2018), their chemistry onstage is always engaging and often hilarious. Spend an hour listening and you’ll leave with tired feet, a huge smile, and a new appreciation for the versatility of folk instruments in a modern context. House of Hamill is on the bleeding edge of a new generation of traditional musicians.
Tues. April 16 – Johnny Rawls @ Fanatics Pub
Johnny Rawls was born in Columbia, Mississippi in 1951 and raised in Purvis and Gulfport, Mississippi. He acquired an early interest in music when hearing his grandfather play the blues guitar one Christmas morning. He began playing professionally while still in high school with such stars as ZZ Hill, Little Johnny Taylor, Joe Tex and the Sweet Inspirations. In the mid-70's, Johnny went to work for OV Wright as Wright's band director. After Wright's death in 1980, Johnny led Little Johnny Taylor's band until 1985, when he began touring as a solo artist and made his first solo recording under the Rainbow label.
Tues. April 23 – Vanessa Collier @ Fanatics Pub
“There’s a young lady [Vanessa Collier] came onstage with me, I forget where I was, but she’s playing an alto saxophone, and man, she was amazing.”
Those are the words of Buddy Guy in a recent issue of American Blues Scene, describing an impromptu performance with Vanessa Collier on the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise. If you haven’t been fortunate enough to meet Vanessa and witness one of her head-turning, fiery, and passionate performances, you should definitely make sure you do. As a master musician and multi-instrumentalist, Vanessa Collier, weaves funk, soul, rock, and blues into every powerful performance and she is downright impressive. With soulful vocals, searing saxophone, and witty songwriting, Vanessa is blazing a trail, racking up an impressive arsenal of honours, and has already singled herself out as an artist of distinction and one we would all do well to watch.
It’s not simply the accolades she has accumulated so far, although they’ve been many — three Blues Music Award Nominations (BMAs), a Blues Blast Award nomination, the Jammingest Pro Award bestowed by the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise, First Place for lyrics in the International Songwriting Competition, Best of 2014 Blues Breaker on Dan Aykroyd’s BluesMobile — it’s the fact that she has accumulated all these honours even while her career is still in its infancy. A 2013 graduate of the prestigious Berklee College of Music, she’s toured nationally and internationally, released two critically acclaimed albums (2014’s Heart, Soul & Saxophone and 2017’s Meeting My Shadow), and will release her highly anticipated third album, Honey Up, in July 2018.
Sat. April 27 – The THE BAND Band @ the Geneseo Riviera
The THE BAND Band is the most musically satisfying tribute to The Band on the scene today, bringing the music of The Band alive with authentic, true-to- form renditions of their extraordinary repertoire. From hit songs such as "The Weight," "Up On Cripple Creek," and "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down," to deep cuts from their classic albums (Music From Big Pink, The Band, Stage Fright), to their historic collaborations with Bob Dylan, The THE BAND Band delivers with the passion and commitment for which The Band was renowned. Experience the power and excitement of The Band’s legendary concerts, as famously documented in the Martin Scorsese film, The Last Waltz.
Sat. May 4 – YARN – opening with Mike Brown @ the Geneseo Riviera
Even the most dire circumstance can offer opportunity for new beginnings. Just ask singer/songwriter Blake Christiana or any of the other members of the once Brooklyn based Americana band called Yarn. At least that’s the conclusion they came to after a period of real life challenges that left the band splintered and unsure of their forward trajectory. Internal tensions were simmering. A new album was scrapped. A major move from Brooklyn to North Carolina added to the uncertainty. For a band that seemed forever on the verge of a big breakthrough, the future suddenly seemed cloudy.
“We were dealing with real life issues,” Christiana explains. “Broken relationships, a sense of having to regroup and put some things — and people — behind us. That’s what I was writing about lyrically in the new songs and it became kind of a catharsis. Nothing was contrived. We didn’t have to relate to it in the third person. We were living these circumstances, and that gave us the impetus and inspiration to share our sentiments. Ultimately those setbacks and difficulties led to new opportunities and allowed a little light to shine through.”
Sat. May 4 – Mike Brown opening for YARN @ the Geneseo Riviera
Sat. May 11 – Stanley Jordan @ the Geneseo Riviera – Sponsored by HERON HILL WINERY
In a career that took flight in 1985 with commercial and critical acclaim, guitar virtuoso Stanley Jordan has consistently displayed a chameleonic musical persona of openness, imagination, versatility and maverick daring. Be it bold reinventions of classical masterpieces or soulful explorations through pop-rock hits, to blazing straight ahead jazz forays and ultramodern improvisational works—solo or with a group—Jordan can always be counted on to take listeners on breathless journeys into the unexpected.
Key to Jordan’s fast-track acclaim was his mastery of a special technique on the guitar’s fretboard. Instead of conventional strumming and picking, Jordan’s innovative “touch technique” is an advanced form of two-handed tapping. While a handful of other players were using similar techniques, Stanley’s fluid, multi-layered textures and sheer virtuosity raised the bar for excellence. But his technique, though impressive, is always a means to a musical end. His music is imbued with a warmth and sensitivity that has captured the imagination of listeners worldwide. A classically trained pianist before playing guitar, Jordan wanted greater freedom in voicing chords on his guitar, so he applied piano principles to do so. Jordan’s touch technique allows the guitarist to play melody and chords simultaneously with an unprecedented level of independence. It also allows Jordan to play simultaneously on two different guitars, or even on guitar and piano. He says that “I think of it as a single instrument, but one with a wide range of tonal colors—that’s why I do it.”
To date Jordan has performed in over 60 countries on 6 continents. He has performed at many festivals, including the Kool Jazz Festival, the Concord Jazz Festival, and the Montreaux International Jazz Festival. During the 1980s he collaborated with a diverse array of artists, including performances with Art Blakey and Richie Cole and recordings with Stanley Clarke and Kenny Rogers. The track with Rogers, “Morning Desire”, became America’s #1 country song in 1986. Later Jordan became a frequent guest with Les Paul during Paul’s legendary Monday nights at Iridium in New York. Today Jordan performs frequently as a soloist and with his band, as well as collaborating with other guitarists such as Kevin Eubanks, Sharon Isbin and Muriel Anderson. He’s also a frequent guest with jam bands such as the Dave Matthews Band, the String Cheese Incident, Phil Lesh, Moe and Umphrey’s McGee.
Jordan has received four Grammy nominations. His most recent album “Friends” was nominated for an NAACP Image Award. Los Angeles Times jazz critic Leonard Feather wrote, “Genius is a word often tossed around in musical circles, but it has been rightfully applied to Stanley Jordan.”
Stanley Jordan was born in Chicago, Illinois, and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area. He began his music career at age six studying piano, then shifting his focus to guitar at age eleven. He then began playing in rock and soul bands. In 1976, while still in high school, Jordan performed with Quincy Jones and tied for first place as a soloist at the Reno International Jazz Festival. In 1981 he earned a BA in music from Princeton University, where he studied theory and composition with composer Milton. Read More »
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Tues. May 14 – Laura Rain & the Caesars @ Fanatics Pub
Sat. May 18 – Todd Wolfe and Carla Olson @ Fanatics Pub
“Miles To Go” is yet another outstanding set from a truly remarkable artist. I hope that this trio is able to stay together for a good while, as they truly will have the opportunity to record some what will no doubt become very memorable music.” Over the years of writing and reviewing music, I have continually run across artists and bands whose obvious and evident talent always leave me shaking my head, wondering why these people are not more mainstream. They are also artists who, when I hear of a new or upcoming release, I know I will want to review, as they seem incapable of releasing a bad recording. In anyone’s “top 10” of such artists in both categories, one should always find the name of one time Sheryl Crow guitarist and Los Angeles based blues/rock guitar great Todd Wolfe. – Tom Branson, bluesrockers.ws
“Miles To Go has a deep bluesy soul with a tinge of Southern rock and a psychedelic vibe…’Wolfe’s current bandmates are both incredibly skilled musicians, each adding a unique element to the band’s overall sound. Todd Wolfe, began playing music for New Yorkers back in 1979, and this album is proof that he’s still rocking to this day. Miles To Go has a deep bluesy soul with a tinge of Southern rock and a psychedelic vibe.”
– Eileen Quaranto, BLUES ROCK REVIEW
“The Todd Wolfe Band deliver a powerful sonic experience with the release of ‘Miles To Go’ …with a mix of blues, Southern rock, and even a little soul, the eighth release by this band has me yearning to hear the earlier releases.” – Melissa Martinez, ROCK OVER AMERICA
“”Blues-rock reigns supreme on this latest album from singer/guitarist Todd Wolfe and his hot band featuring bassist Justine Gardner and drummer Roger Voss. Original songs let Wolfe tell the stories while he and his band fill the room with sizzling thrills … music to deliver a universal message drenched in blues and colored with modern rock textures. It’s hot.”” – Jim Santella, Southland Blues
Sat. August 10 – RAEL – The music of Genesis @ the Geneseo Riviera
RAEL-The Music of Genesis is a New York and Northern New Jersey-based tribute band that recaptures the energy and originality of the “early years” live stage performances by Genesis. RAEL pays homage to the most groundbreaking and influential band in the progressive rock genre by incorporating the musical excellence, lyrical storytelling, and theatricality that brought Genesis to a position of prominence in the rock world. RAEL-The Music of Genesis brings older listeners back to the day, while introducing progressive rock newcomers to the sights and sounds right along with other legendary bands such as Pink Floyd, Yes, Rush, and King Crimson to name but a few.
RAEL is focused on faithfully reproducing full album versions from the Peter Gabriel and Steve Hackett days of Genesis. Performances include tracks from Nursery Cryme, Foxtrot, Selling England by the Pound, The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway and A Trick of the Tail. Concert audiences rave about their high energy shows and musical detail. RAEL also includes solo Peter Gabriel hits in their performances.
The members of RAEL are:
Lloyd Gold (lead vocals, flute), Mike Belmonte (bass, bass pedals, backing vocals), Paul Sheehan (drums and cymbals, backing vocals), Michael LaBuono (keyboards), Sal Locascio (guitars, backing vocals)
Fri. Sept 20 – Roomful of Blues @ the Geneseo Riveria
For the last 50 Years Roomful of Blues has become legendary in the Blues World.
Roomful has toured the world and recorded over 25 albums. With five Grammy nominations and a slew of music awards and accolades Roomful has become a recognized leader in their genre.
“In a class by itself . . ..” —Down Beat “. . . irresistible on the dance floor. —Mademoiselle
“If you are afflicted with podomotophobia—the fear of tapping your feet—stay clear of this band.” —People
“[They are] the baddest big blues band in the land.” —Boston Herald
“Roomful of Blues blows ’em out of the door . . . the hottest, most solid and wonderfully entertaining band of its type around.”
—San Francisco Examiner
“Roomful of Blues gave an object lesson in how to tackle modern blues with traditional swing and verve.” —The Times, London
“They were f**king great!” —Drew Carey (after Roomful of Blues played a season-ending wrap party for his TV series)
Sat. Oct. 12 – Talking Dreads @ the Geneseo Riveria
MYSTIC BOWIE’S TALKING DREADS BIOGRAPHY
Sat. Oct. 19 @ the Geneseo Riviera
“Sounding like no other singer of her generation” (Allmusic.com), Mary Fahl is an expressive, emotional singer/songwriter who first achieved fame as lead singer and co-founder of the mid-1990s NYC- based chamber-pop group October Project. The hallmark of their sound was Mary Fahl’s awe-inspiring power vocals over gorgeous melodies played with passion and sophistication. As a solo artist, Mary has released several compelling albums, including the fantastic re-working of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon” for V2 Records and her wonderful, original studio album “The Other Side of Time” on Sony Odyssey. She has also written and performed songs for several major motion pictures, including the lead song (“Going Home”) for the Civil War epic Gods and Generals. Her most recent album “Live at the Mauch Chunk Opera House”, winner of the Indie Acoustic “Album of the Year” award, is a collection of twenty-four tracks recorded live at one of America’s oldest vaudeville theaters that captures the soaring, soul-permeating vocals and musical breadth that makes the Mary Fahl concert experience what the Portland Press called “soul-permeating”. The show was filmed for PBS and is currently airing on PBS affiliates around the country. Fahl’s elegant, cinematic songs draw on classical and world music sources, American art song, as well as thinking man’s folk-pop which she performs with an earthy, viscerally powerful contralto that Boston Globe critic Steve Morse calls “a voice for the gods that can transport listeners to other realms”. Her music appeals to a wide range of musical enthusiasts, including a large, loyal fan base of Mary Fahl evangelists. Her discography includes:
With the October Project
- October Project (1993, Epic Records)
- Falling Farther In (1996, Epic Records)
- Lenses of Contact EP (2001, Roughmix Records)
- The Other Side of Time (2003, Sony Odyssey)
- Gods and Generals – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003, Sony Classical)
- The Guys – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack (2003, Sony Classical)
- Classics for a New Century (2003, Sony Classical)
- Mary Fahl: From the Dark Side of the Moon (2011)
- Love and Gravity – (2014, Rimar Records)
- Mary Fahl: Live from Mauch Chunk Opera House – Live album, DVD and PBS (2014, Rimar Records)
Most recently, Fahl has been touring around the U.S. to promote Love and Gravity. The album is filled with flowing, folk-etched ballads produced by the legendary John Lissauer, who has collaborated with some of the greatest musicians of our time – including producing Leonard Cohen’s classic recording, “Hallelujah.”