Sam Asher’s singing and playing style is at once heartfelt, edgy, and technically expert. He is an Eastman trained musician who is as comfortable playing jazz & bluegrass fiddle as he is singing about the most emotional moments in life. When Sam sings, it’s as though he’s talking to you. From lullabies to edgy rock, Sam’s songs are fiercely original and engaging. Catch a glimpse on SoundCloud.com/sam-asher.
The Crooked North is a band inspired by the energy of progressive bluegrass, the gritty soul of Americana, and the Rust Belt ethos of their Western New York home. They hammer out originals and choice selections from the great American songbook in bars, living rooms, barns, and festival stages.
Following paths through big cities, bands of all kinds, road gigs, odd jobs, and breaks both good and bad, nationally recognized songwriter Jon Itkin and award-winning instrumentalist Ben Proctor landed in Rochester around the same time. Circumstance had them throwing together a last-minute impromptu gig in January of 2014, with Jon on guitar and Ben on banjo and dobro. Rita Proctor joined on vocals and Jordan Kleiman on bass with almost no rehearsal. It was 3 degrees outside, the sound system didn’t work, and they had no band name–but the sparse audience agreed: it was the beginning of something special.
Rita Proctor brings a rich vocal style informed by her love of Joni Mitchell and Dolly Parton. Jordan Kleiman is a history professor who has played jazz and roots music in Philadelphia and Rochester since the 1980s. Fiddle barn-burner Tahlia Cott joined in 2015.
Kire Najdovski Band
with special guest Michelle Jimenez (from Cherry Bomb)
Kire Najdovski is a guitar player originally from Macedonia, Europe now living and playing in Rochester N.Y. for the past 9 years. He began playing guitar at the age of 9 and excelled in mastering this beautiful instrument. While living in Macedonia, he had the opportunity to play with well known top bands and performers that allowed him to play in many concerts and on albums. Now in the States, Kire has broaden his musical talents and has played with many local bands from Rochester and with the phenomenal Al Chez & The Brothers of Funk. Al Chez was the lead trumpet player on The David Letterman Show, who now has started his own band which includes the amazing guitar talents of Kire.
“Arrival”, Kire’s first solo album, is an all instrumental rock CD filled with songs and music inspired from his life and encounters over the years in Macedonia and the U.S. On this album, he is fortunate to play with two incredible and talented musicians, Don Torpy on bass and Emmett Ientilucci on drums, one of the Rochester’s finest rhythm section.
Rob Gioia plays solo acoustic guitar- but he can rock! His repertoire includes classic rock, blues, rockabilly, country, bluegrass, jazz and alternative music. He brings 30+ years of “Experience” playing guitar and a DEEP catalog of tunes to each and every gig! You’ve GOT to check him out!!
JB Aaron is an exceptionally talented singer who hails from the Niagara region of Western New York. His humble beginnings and “Everyman” background, along with his captivating good looks and ability to make crowds go wild make for a perfect marriage of talent and marketing that will make an exceptionally successful advertising endeavor for anyone or anything. J.B Aaron is one of the newest and freshest talents to hit the country music scene currently. He is the youngest of six siblings and he began singing at a young age and once he got the taste of performing he has been pursuing his god given talent ever since. JB has performed in many parts of the country, most recently concentrating his efforts in Nashville, TN. where he now resides so he can pursue his dream for a successful music career. JB found his calling for the country music scene after putting together his first band called “JB Aaron ‘N Slo-Burn”. During a four year tenure with this band which garnered high interest from an increasing fan base, JB knew that the stage was his home, and entertaining people is his calling, this is where J.B. Aaron needs to be. However, his appeal transcends the music scene, which is communicated through his voice. His past passions included firefighting and emergency medical technology which by virtue of the fact that he understands human nature as evidenced by his choice of career paths, makes his ability to captivate an audience that much more apparent. His background shows that J.B. has the ability to reach out to his fans and touch them in a way that personalizes the musical experience for each and every individual. Since he resides in Nashville, TN, JB is working very hard to achieve his goals in country music, concentrating on cutting his first full EP and writing new material every day. JB has been seen performing around Nashville’s many different venues. JB Aaron has opened for Nashville artists such as: Miranda Lambert, Mark Wills, Brian McComas, Wayde Hayes,
Jeff Carson, the Low Cash Cowboys and many others
Spectra- Rochester’s newest band. Well, individually they’re not new, they’ve been knocking around the Rochester music scene for years in such bands as:
The Invictas, Hollywood Al & the Mix, Chris McKain Band, Promise, The Dave Profeta Band, Hip Pocket,Radionation Band, Lisn, Intruder, Curfew, D Squared, J Rabbit, Rock Force, Geoff Harder and the Moonlighters, The Bus(Gunthers Bus revisited), Kid Kurry, The Larry Miller Band, Full House, Scarecrow, Meg and the Clams, Pocket Change, Debbie Kendrick, Tom Cats, Black Caddy Band, Kelly Roberts,Cactus Soul
Collectively the members of Spectra bring new shades of rock and blue-eyed soul to the scene. Familiar tunes given a fresh sound and Spectra’s own spin on the arrangements. Blues,Rock,R&B,Latin and Fusion are all parts of the band’s blend of musical colors.
New NY State Mimosa Law means cocktails available at 10:30 am!
Wednesday December 21, 2016
GENRE: Rock and Contemporary Covers
Billy Treacy is an Irondequoit native who taught himself to play guitar when he was in his 30’s. Inspired by his 6th grade music teacher to sing, Billy was never really able to put his pipes to use until he learned the guitar. Now he has the complete package of a soulful singer/guitarist. He puts his own spin on many songs you know and some you don’t.
New NY State Mimosa Law means cocktails available at 10:30 am!
Wednesday December 28, 2016
GENRE: Acoustic Rock/Blues covers with some originals
Al Germano is a singer-songwriter from Rochester, NY who has been writing songs and perfoming for most of his adult life. It was during that period that he really began studying the art of lyric writing.
After winning first place in the inn-rmountain National Songwriting Contest and Honorable Mention in the Help Heal LA Through Music National Songwriting Contest, he bagan work on a solo record. The end result was Destiny’s road, a CD of 10 original songs.
An Al Germano solo show is a tribute to the great singer-songwriters of our time. Singing and playing piano, guitar and harmonica, Al covers the songs of great artists like Billy Joel, Bob Dylan, James Taylor, Marc Cohn, Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Ray Vaughn, The Beatles, Johnny Cash, U2 and others while also sprinkling in his own originals.