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.
Mon. Jan. 21 – Harper & the Midwest Kind – 7pm
Award-winning Australian singer/songwriter Peter D. Harper — known in the music world simply as “Harper” — creates a heady mix of roots music through his creative use of the harmonica and the haunting drone of the didgeridoo. Harper’s latest CD, “Show Your Love,” features 11 original road-tested tracks recorded with his well-traveled Detroit-based touring band “Midwest Kind.” “Show Your Love” hit # 3 on Billboard, USA and remained in the Top Ten for an incredible six months!
Harper possesses a powerful soulful voice and a deep, almost mystical approach to music that some might say has evolved into its own genre. Harper calls it “World Blues” — a rich musical stew of ’50s rhythm and blues, a ’60s message of love and unity, and ’70s funky soul, stirred up with masterful, virtuoso harmonica and the deep, woody, percussive tones of the didgeridoo, served up in a feast of timeless mystery.
Tues. Jan 29 – Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils – 7pm
“Jennifer Westwood and the Handsome Devils sound like they made a serendipitous wrong turn on their way to the juke joint and wound up in a countrypolitan cathedral instead. It’s beautiful and ever so haunting. Westwood’s voice is sexy and strong as it applies the seduction over the band’s groove and thoughtful reserve…..And the Handsome Devils lay it down as pretty as their golden haired captain. It’s honky-tonk with a little less honky. It’s atmospheric yet immediate and approachable. It packs a wallop” – Rochester City Newspaper
Sat. Feb. 16 – JB Aaron at the Pub, 8:30pm
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.
Mon. Feb. 18 – John Németh @ the Pub, 7pm
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.
Tues. Feb. 19 – Paul Nelson (Grammy Award Winner) @ the Pub, 7pm
Being blues/rock icon Johnny Winter’s hand-picked touring and recording guitarist is just one of the accolades held by Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson who has also shared the world’s stages and/or recorded alongside Eric Clapton, Buddy Guy, Billy Gibbons, Slash, Warren Haynes, Derek Trucks, Vince Gill, Sonny Landreth, Ben Harper and the list goes on. With appearances on late night with David Letterman and Jimmy Kimmel, Nelson a blues hall of fame artist is known for his amazing tone and playing style by an ever growing legion of fans establishing him as one of today’s leading modern guitar trendsetters.
Come see why this guitarist’s guitarist and band are packing houses on tour now!
Sat. Feb. 23, ALL ABOUT ELVIS – Celebrating Elvis Presley – Original Documentary Film and Live Concert @ the Genseo Riviera- 7pm
Drawing from his Country roots and the African/American traditions of Gospel and Rhythm & Blues that were nurtured in the fertile soil of the Mississippi Delta, Elvis Aaron Presley intuitively created a revolutionary groundbreaking sound that had never been imagined before, inspiring artists such as John Lennon and Keith Richards to form their own bands, and changing popular music forever. Elvis’ musical contribution, cultural impact, and artistic achievement made him an unsurpassed 20th century icon.
ALL ABOUT ELVIS, a project conceived and created by Rex Fowler of Aztec Two-Step fame, includes a screening of Fowler’s original short documentary film “200 CADILLACS” followed by a live concert featuring his band Rex & The Rockabilly Kings performing early Elvis classics.
ABOUT THE FILM:
The film is a captivating look at Elvis’ extreme generosity that touched many people in his personal life as well as complete strangers. The movie is filled with rare footage, photographs from personal collections, and interviews (led by Rex) with many of the recipients of Elvis’ lavish gifts of luxury cars, houses and jewelry. The film is also supported by a captivating soundtrack that includes songs written and/or performed by Fowler, Jon Pousette-Dart, Levon Helm with Mavis Staples, John Hiatt, and Syd Straw, to name a few. “I like Elvis well enough, but I’m not a devotee, and I never thought I’d find this film as compelling as I did.” – Leonard Maltin, Movie Critic
ABOUT THE BAND:
Following the film, Rex’s band Rex & The Rockabilly Kings will take the stage. They’ll perform a set of soulful authentic renditions of early Elvis classics from his Sun and early RCA Records days of 1954 into the early ’60’s, exploring the groundbreaking blend of roots, blues and gospel that led to Elvis being referred to as The King of Rock and Roll. Rex leads the band on Elvis-style acoustic guitar, compelling lead vocals and historically accurate and often amusing song introductions. He’s backed by a dazzling 3-piece band featuring brothers Billy and Steven “Muddy” Roues on Scotty Moore-style electric guitar and Bill Black-style slap bass respectively. Muddy also plays a riveting blues harp solo on “Mystery Train” and both brothers sing their share of lead vocals. Joe Geary rounds out the band on ‘good vibes’ and D. J. Fontana-style drums and percussion. The Roues brothers also contribute stirring Jordanaires-style harmonies that were an essential part of Elvis’ early sound.
“Elvis defined Rock & Role: The sneer, the hair, the twisting knees, the thrusting hips, the Pink Cadillac.” – Dick Clark, American Bandstand
ABOUT REX FOWLER: Since 1971, as co-founder of the celebrated folk-rock group Aztec Two-Step, Fowler has performed worldwide and toured with scores of notable artists including Bruce Springsteen, Jackson Browne and The Band. As a most enduring and prolific artist, he continues to thrill and engage audiences, whether with his Aztec Two-Step catalog or with one of his other brilliant endeavors.
Tues. March 5 – Danielle Nicole Band @ the Pub, 7pm
“We are so excited to announce that “Cry No More” has been nominated for a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album! What an honor it is to be nominated for such a prestigious award! Congratulations to all of the other nominees including our great friends, Victor Wainwright And The Train. Click here for the full list of nominations. We will see you on the red carpet in February! – Danielle Nicole
Blues Blast Music Magazine announced “Cry No More” winner of the Contemporary Blues Album of the Year for 2018!
Founding member, lead singer, and bass player of Kansas City blues-rock band Trampled Under Foot, Danielle Nicole stepped out on her own in 2015 with her debut album “Wolf Den.” In 2018, Nicole returns with a follow-up release via Concord Records.
“I grew up playing the blues, and the blues is still a big part of what I do. But now I’m reaching out more and trying different things. It still sounds like me, but I’m stretching out a lot more than I have previously.”
Nicole’s distinctive, inventive bass work—which resulted in her becoming the first woman to win the Blues Foundation’s 2014 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist, Bass—is the product of years of intensive roadwork. Although she had no experience with the instrument when she became Trampled Under Foot’s bassist, now she can’t imagine life without it.
Sun. March 10, 6pm – Band of Friends – A Celebration of Rory Gallager with Nick Schnebelen Band
Not just the notes – but the sound, energy and feel of Rory Gallagher, delivered by people who helped define it…
Winners of The European Blues Awards 2013
Ted McKenna (bass) Winner best Musician European blues award 2016
“Really has the atmosphere of a Rory concert” – Lust For Life
“In the music industry it’s hard to find something this well done. Priceless.” Miusyk.com
“This is not a tribute band but a group of its own. The trio work wonders.” – Rock & Folk
“A sturdy pot of blues-rock – they impressed, and not only me” Bluesbreaker
“Like no other power trio, they celebrate the amiable guitar hero’s passion on stage” -The Blues Alone
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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 at 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.”