FRIDAY MARCH 6 ROBERT ROSS BAND
ROBERT ROSS WINS HIS SECOND NY MUSIC AWARD AND IS INDUCTED INTO THE NY BLUES HALL OF FAME IN 2011!
Robert Ross is a two-time winner of the coveted New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist. Ross won his first New York Music Award for Best Blues Artist in 1989 and has been nominated a total of 7 times over the years alongside such stars as Johnny Copeland, Taj Mahal, John Hammond Jr., Roscoe Gordon, Cyndi Lauper and Mose Allison. Robert also won an East Coast Rocker Award for Best Blues Artist in 1991. Ross is a New York Blues Hall of Fame inductee. The Robert Ross Band plays hard driving boogie, hip grinding soul, burning rock ‘n’ roll, and low down and dirty blues. David Hinckley of the NY Daily News once wrote, “Robert Ross is one of the most impressive young bluesmen around.”Robert’s 2004 CD “What Are We Fighting For?” was released on Fountainbleu Records. The 4 song CD was a mix of original gospel, blues, folk and rock tunes that examined democracy, nationalism, freedom, security, corporate greed, and war. The politically charged lyrics were a bit of a departure for Ross who is primarily known for blues.In March of 2002, Fountainbleu Records released “Sleight of Hand” which showcased the best material from two previous Ross recordings. The CD was re-mastered by Dennis Ferrante (Elvis, Aerosmith, John Lennon). Guitar World called “Sleight of Hand an excellent new CD.” Blues societies and radio stations in dozens of cities around the country loved it too.In 1999, Brambus released a live CD entitled, “Lightness… to Dark”. It was also released in the USA on Blue Planet Records as, “It’s Alive”.In l996, Brambus Records released “Darkness… to Light” in Europe. The band began touring Europe extensively to packed houses. Reviews have been numerous and impressive. The CD received lots of airplay too.In 1994 Johnny Winter’s version of Ross’ “Sittin’ In The Jailhouse” was re-released on Legacy Records, a subsidiary of Sony, on a “best of” CD entitled “A Rock ‘n” Roll Collection”. Winter had originally recorded the song for Columbia Records in 1980, on an LP entitled “Raisin’ Cain”.In 1991, Ross’ own Blue Planet Records released “Rockin’ the Rails”. Jim Coen of Guitar World wrote, “Ross sings convincingly, and is an exceptional slide player deserving a much larger audience, 3 1/2 stars!” Robert Makin of the Aquarian wrote, “If you closed your eyes you’d swear Ray Charles was playing Buddy Guy’s guitar… one of the East Coast’s best and most inventive blues men.” Rafael Alvarez wrote in the Baltimore Sun, “Ross could make ‘God Bless America’ stand on its head and rock… Ross fares well against Stevie Ray Vaughan.”An LP called “It’s Rough ‘n’ Tough” was released in Europe on Victoria Records, a subsidiary of RCA in 1984. A Guitar World review by Rafael Alvarez read, “Robert Ross is an imaginative writer with files of Twilight Zone tales accumulated in his wanderings… soulful, vigorous guitar playing… agile cat quick licks.”An EP released on Baron Records in 1981 entitled “Introducing Robert Ross” came out of nowhere to take seventh place for Record of the Year in the Baltimore Sun. The 4 song disc got a lot of airplay in Europe and Africa, as well as in the USA. It also received some rave reviews.The Robert Ross Band has appeared on radio and TV numerous times in Europe as well as the USA including ABC’s “Alive at Five” and WB’s “Good Morning America”. They have also performed at the 2002 Chicago Blues Festival and the Montreal International Jazz Festival. Altogether, Robert appears on 8 internationally distributed recordings including the 1976 Big Joe Turner classic on Spivey Records entitled, “I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter”. That was classic blues singer Victoria Spivey’s label.Ross has worked with: Big Joe Turner, Lightnin’ Hopkins, John Lee Hooker, Big Mama Thornton, Otis Rush, Dr. John, Memphis Slim, J.B. Hutto, Eddy Kirkland, Floyd Jones, Homesick James, Brownie McGhee, Sunnyland Slim, Bobby Lewis, Charles Ward (Ink Spots), Pinetop Perkins, Charles & Cyrille Neville, Bob Gaddy, and others. He was also co-leader of the Dicey Ross Band with harmonica virtuoso Bill Dicey in the 1970s. Ross has also warmed up audiences for: Albert King, Freddie King, Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Willie Dixon, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Jr. Wells, Johnny & Edgar Winter, John Lennon, Jethro Tull, Ron Wood, Aretha Franklin, The Band, The Allman Brothers, Guy Clark (The Byrds), Leon Russell, Ronnie Earl, Lonnie Mack, John Hammond, Rory Block, Johnny Copeland, Gatemouth Brown, Laverne Baker, Roomful of Blues, Son Seals, Spencer Davis, Dusty Rhodes, Duke Robillard, Lazy Lester, Bobby Rush, Eddy Clearwater, Roscoe Gordon, Mose Allsion, and James Cotton. Robert has also jammed onstage with the likes of Muddy Waters, Jimi Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Jay McShann, Junior Wells, and Art Blakey.Robert Ross is a very distinctive and soulful singer who knows how to sell a song. He is a killer guitarist whose spine-tingling solos tell a story mere words alone cannot express. Albert King added, “He’s so fast, lightning would have to get on roller skates to catch him.” He also plays a very wicked slide guitar and some harmonica. Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page used one word to describe this group, “HOT!!!”Robert Ross is the total package. Bill Carlton of the NY Daily News expressed it best when he wrote, “Robert Ross is a fine singer, a snappy lyricist, and an even better blues rock guitarist… cut from the same cloth as B.B. King, Muddy Waters, and Johnny Winter… Time after time Ross delivers the goods”.
SHOW TIME - 8:30 PM
SATURDAY MARCH 7TH
( LED ZEPPELIN TRIBUTE BAND)
A Tribute to the Brilliance of Led Zeppelin
The key to a successful tribute is passion for the music. Zepp Again is manned by four true Led Zeppelin fans who have made this music a part of their lives for decades prior to their teaming up in August of 2013. The band gelled almost immediately and quickly amassed an impressive catalog of music spanning the brilliant career of Led Zeppelin.
After performing several shows to packed houses and rave reviews, ZeppAgain filmed a live performance which debuted simultaneously with the new website. Footage from that performance can be seen on our new YouTube channel.
Other full song videos will be making an appearance in the near future. Stay tuned for performance dates and new video, photo and audio uploads and come out for a night of Led Zeppelin with Zepp Again.
SHOW TIME -9:00PM
SUNDAY MARCH 8TH
ALLMAN * NEVILLE * PITCHELL & THE TEXAS FLOOD
Every once in a while, you get a combination of singers, songwriters, musicians who, not only have recognized achievements, but combine their unique talents to present an unforgettable show!! The ALLMAN BROTHERS earned a Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2012.
MICHAEL ALLMAN, eldest son of Gregg Allman, American rock/blues, Rock Hall of Famer, who not only sings like his father, but looks like him as well! MICHAEL is an original songwriter but you will also here some of the ALLMAN BROTHERS greatest hits!
CHARLES NEVILLE, Grammy Award winner and legendary Neville Brother, is a vocals, sax, flute man, who has gold/platinum records from six different countries! CHARLES has performed on such popular TV shows as the "The Today Show," "Oprah," Saturday Night Live," "Tonight Show," "Letterman," etc! CHARLES ethereal performances at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival have made him be invited every year to perform there! CHARLES has also perfromed with Ray Charles, James Brown, Santana, The Grateful Dead, etc!!!
JEFF PITCHELL, singer/songwriter/guitar player and was invited earlier this year to perform w/ the ALLMAN BROTHERS in NYC to a sold-out Beacon Theater, JEFF blends Stevie Ray Vaughan, BB King, Jimi Hendrix experiences with his own soulful, superb vocals. His song "Eye for an Eye" won an International Songwriting Contest and was recently recorded by the legendary John Mayall. Jeff has had a #7 CD on national Billboard charts, won Best Guitarist in State of CT, and w/Texas Flood Best Band in CT, and this year won Best Blues Show in New England in six state vote! Jeff has performed with BB King, Ted Nugent, Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead, J Geils, etc and has appeared on the Don Imus TV/Radio show, etc..
Jeff Pitchell is an internationally acclaimed dynamic singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Jeff achieved national recognition when his last CD, Heavy Hitter (Pyramid Records/EMI) reached #7 on the Billboard Charts, selling more CDs than Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Johnny Lee Hooker & Muddy Waters. Jeff has recorded with such greats as Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, james Cotton and Clarence Clemons.
TEXAS FLOOD, Texas Flood consists of Jimmie Biggins on sax (formerly with James Taylor and The Temptations), Marty Richards on drums (drummer for J Geils Band, Joe Perry's Band, and Peter Wolf's Band), Dave Natale on bass, Dan Fontanella B3 Organ. These seasoned musicians unite to bring a high energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock Soul, Pop and funky Texas Blues.
The ALLMAN, NEVILLE, PITCHELL BAND bring together three phenomenal multi-talented artists, who provide a wonderful evening of music!
SHOW TIME - 6 PM
DONATION COVER FEE- $15.00
FRIDAY MARCH 13TH DAN BROTHER BAND
DAN BROTHER BAND BIO-
For those unfamiliar with the Hudson Valley Blues Scene, it can be surprising that the region has been home to such renowned blues talent as Bill Perry, Popa Chubby, Murali Coryell and Little Sammy Davis among others. But it was under the tutelage of these master bluesmen, that Dan Brother began his guitar playing and singing career.Since his teens, Dan Brother has been performing in venerable local blues clubs like The Corner Stage, Waterwheel Café, Bodle’s Opera House, and The Downtown. Having shared the stage with mentors like his, it’s no wonder Dan picked up a little of everything along the way – from protest era psychedelia to straight-up blues; classic era soul to southern rock and Texas twang.Now in his twenties, Dan’s star is rising faster than ever. Having turned all that early on-stage learning into a sound all his own.
Dan is now performing at one of most recognized music venue in the country " Brian's Backyard BBQ " Where Dan shared the stage with Jimmy Vivino - Band leader from the Conan O' Brien show.
Dan’s high energy performances are drawing fans new and old to an increasing number of gigs and venues every month. Dan’s fans expect a mix of blues, soul, rock & roll, and the band accommodates, with sets that go from low-down monstrous slow blues to booty-grooving ecstatic funk.Fiery guitar work is Dan’s forte. He twists and squeezes notes out of his guitar with furious aplomb, often leaving all kinds of audiences – from young college crowds to older fans of guitar music – with a look of “whoa” on their faces. Unlike so many guitar slingers, he is also a gifted songwriter. His upcoming debut CD will feature a dozen tracks all written or co-written by Dan. These road tested songs – including the crowd pleasing (Plain Ol’) White Girl – have already proven to be built on danceable grooves, with memorable sing-along hooks.Dan’s band, eponymously named, currently features one of the most amazing young drummers touring today- Chris Reddan and Jason Upchurch on electric bass guitar. The roots power trio format of The Dan Brother Band.
SHOW TIME - 8:30 PM