BIO: We are the real deal! Nancy (Park) Drum has been playing National Body Steel Slide Guitar blues since the age of 10 (plays like Son House). On top of the blues – we mix in country, folk, pop, swing, bluegrass, standards, rock, etc – to keep things interesting. 3-piece acoustic group with killer vocals and harmonies – playing all their own instruments (guitars, acoustic bass, dobro, National body slide guitar, 5-string banjo, blues harp, Uke) – no fake drum machines or vocal harmonies— real music by real people!
Bio: Veteran Rochester performers, Steve Bartolotta, Lead vocals and Bass and Don Mancuso Vocals and Guitar, have re-united to form the ever popular Bart-Man, which continues to gain enthusiastic fans and delight promoters and club owners. Bart-Man is an acoustic duo that packs the punch from 70’s rock bands like Led Zeppelin, Foreigner and Aerosmith to popular, contemporary songs from Train, Oasis and Foo Fighters. Having played together in previous bands such as Angel 18, The Wait and Imaginary Few, their musical collaboration spans 3 decades and is a true marriage of one of Rochester’s most popular rock singers and its most legendary guitarist. Bart-Man is regularly joined by guest vocalist Jenna Hollenbeck, who’s crisp soulful addition provides serene three part harmonies to the clever acoustic arrangements. Jenna is also featured on lead vocals in several selections and her powerful voice ensures a night of true musical excitement.
Don Mancuso is an original member of Black Sheep, (Capital Records and Chrysalis Records, featuring Lou Gramm) as well as a composer and performer on Gramm’s solo releases, “Ready or Not” featuring the single “Midnight Blue” and “Long Hard Look” Imaginary Few’s, “Imaginary Few” D-Drive’s “D-Drive” as well as perennial Rochester favorite, Cheater’s “Ten Cent Love Affair”. Don has performed with members and groups such as Argent, Peter Frampton, Procal Harem, Hall and Oats, KISS, Ted Nugent, Ian Gillan, Jefferson Starship, Dan MaCafferty, Billy Sheehan, Nazareth and many more.
Steve Bartolotta is known for his musical composition in films such as Sony Pictures “King’s Faith” and contributions to several others. Steve also is responsible for the production and composition of a variety of commercial works that can be heard in the US, abroad and yes on your local radio daily. As the owner and founder of Rochester’s audio and video production house Markethold Productions, Inc. www.markethold.com his credits include work for Honda Motor Company, Tiffany’s Jewelers, E.S.P.N, Disney/Pixar, TNT, Xerox, Wegman’s, Top’s, Delaware State Fair, Erie County Fair, Hoselton Chevrolet, Alfred State University as well as various other musical scores, sound design and imaging, etc.
His performance credits include collaboration and performance with members of Blood Sweat and Tears, Jefferson Starship, Bob Seager, Rare Earth, The Guess Who, The Turtles, Three Dog Night, Grass Roots and many more.
One of Rochester’s most popular bands, Revolver is back playing its mix of music of the 1960’s and 1970’s including the Beatles, Monkees, Rolling Stones, Cream, Led Zeppelin, Wings, Kiss, The Doobies, Peter Frampton, and more. Revolver plays clubs, festivals, etc.
BIO: Having performed for thousands of people in the North East over the past two decades a few special events that stand out for The Textured Whinos include: The Lilac Festival Main Stage, Blue Cross Arena Pre-Game Festivities, and performing as a supporting act for Jethro Tull at the FLPAC (now called CMAC). The Textured Whinos provide a delightful twist on many classic rock, folk and country favorites.
Bio: Patrick Jaouen is a BMI Recording Artist and Recording Academy Voting Member as well as an accomplished Singer/Songwriter with two internationally distributed EPs, several published books and a portfolio of video production projects including the acclaimed live music series “From the Underground” where he held the role as executive Producer for the entire first season. In addition to a being a creative, his musical endeavours are philanthropic, as he donates 100% of the profits from his original music to various charity organizations. In addition to recorded material he has completed well over a thousand live performances in some of the most infamous venues in the U.S.
BIO: A veteran of choral music and classically trained tenor for over 30 years, J. Washburn Gardner brings a unique and lyrical voice to the singer/songwriter realm. Drawing inspiration from his adventures and misadventures in love, friendship, family, and pet ownership, he writes and sings songs of love, pain, and joy. J. Washburn has lived in southeast Michigan most of his life and currently heralds from Ypsilanti, but has roots that span from the Monadnock region of southern New Hampshire to the Puget Sound communities of Tacoma and Seattle, Washington. Sometimes heartwarming, sometimes melancholy and reflective, J. Washburn Gardner is always pleasing to the ears..
Bio: Meg Williams is a guitarist, songwriter, and singer currently based out of Rochester, NY.
Meg plays frequently as a solo act, duo with vocalist/guitarist/trumpeter Sara Rogers, and with her full band, Meg Williams Band (MWB). Meg has been busy performing all around the Greater Rochester area in popular venues and festivals, including; the Park Ave Festival, Fairport Canal Days, and main stage at the Rochester Fringe Festival. In additional to playing with the full band, Meg has been featured at many singer-songwriter showcases, as both a performer and a judge. She was a guest on the “Sunday Night Shakedown” on 98.9 “The Buzz” in Rochester and has been featured in the CITY Newspaper. She has recently performed at respected Writer’s Nights in Nashville, TN, including; the Commodore Grille, Bobby’s Idle Hour, and the Douglas Corner Café.
Meg’s debut, full length album, ‘Troubles to the Wind,” was released in May 2014, featuring all of Meg’s original music. It can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CDbaby, Google Play, Spotify, and can be requested on 98.9 “The Buzz.” Meg Williams Band recently released their EP “For Now” in October 2015. It can be found online, as well as in local record stores.
Bio: Vanessa Collier is a captivating and multitalented blues vocalist, saxophonist, and songwriter, hailing from the world-renowned Berklee College of Music where she earned dual degrees in Performance and Music Production & Engineering. Prior to releasing her debut album in August 2014, Vanessa spent a year and a half touring in the U.S. and internationally with Grammy Award-winning, Blues Hall of Fame Artist Joe Louis Walker. Vanessa has also played alongside Annie Lennox, Kathy Mattea, Willie Nelson, and other notable artists.
Most recently, Vanessa was honored on Dan Aykroyd’s House of Blues Radio Show (Elwood’s BluesMobile) as a Best of 2014 Blues Breaker Featured Artist. She was also selected as a top three finalist in the John Lennon Songwriting Competition and, in March 2015, earned a coveted spot to compete in the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee in 2016 by winning the Billtown Blues Challenge.
On her debut album, heart soul & saxophone, Vanessa demonstrates her skills as a master musician and songwriter, blending her blues background with elements of funk, rock, and soul. Vanessa’s powerful vocals, gritty saxophone solos, and incredible high-energy performance create a powerful show not to be missed!
GENRE: Original acoustic and folk rock
BIO: 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.
Bio: “Wolf Mountain” is a dynamic new group in Western NY. Playing traditional to top 40 covers and classic southern rock tunes, they put their own powerful influences to every tune. You have to hear the strong original songs , several already recorded in Nashville. Powerful vocals with strong harmonies, make this the hot newcomer act in the Rochester area. Watch for their upcoming shows.
Bio: Formed in 2009,Flying Boxcar has emerged as one of western NY’s best Dead cover/jam bands. With flavors of The Dead, Gov’t Mule and The Allman Bros., we mix in some Zeppelin, reggae, blues, rock and bluegrass to give the people what they want. The instrumental work of Flying Boxcar will take you to the far reaches of the galaxy and back.