Big Mike & The Motivators is an up and coming high energy quintet based in Rochester N.Y. Our line-up consists of Mike D’Aurizio on lead vocals and harmonica; Carmen Verzillo; guitar; Jonathan Tucker, piano and organ; Phil Supernault, bass guitar; and Marc Zimmerman, drums and vocals.
Our music is best described as American roots music and our performances are a rousing evening of blues and soul, with a dose of rock and roll.. In our song book you’ll find many well-known favorites by legendary artists and, as well, original songs that meld well with our choice of cover material. Fans consider us passionate, and intensely engaged with our music. Our entire song book is dedicated to engaging our audience, to get them out of their seats and moving. The dance floor is a busy place at a Big Mike & The Motivators show.
We are a band of seasoned veterans of the national and local music scene. Members of this band have opened for James Cotton, Johnny Copeland, Robert Cray, Pinetop Perkins, The Knighthawks, Shemekia Copeland, Isaac Hayes, Tower Of Power, Richard Ray Farrell, and Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings. We’ve also played alongside Greg “Fingers” Taylor, long time harmonica player in Jimmy Buffet’s band, Ernest Lane of The Ike Turner Blues Review, and Richard Ray Farrell. Some of us also sit in with local artists Joe Beard and John Cole.
Big Mike & The Motivators is as comfortable on a large festival stage in front of thousands of people as we are on the smallest of stages in a more intimate setting. In any venue we guarantee 100 percent of our talents and performance art at each and every show. With an ever-growing fan base, and web presence, Big Mike & The Motivators is a band to watch. As a fan stated recently, “These guys are honest musicians.”
Prepare to be MOTIVATED!