Bands

Blues - Friday June 13, 2014
Gates open 5PM
Bands start 6PM
MC'd by Anita West
Rock - Saturday June 14, 2014
Gates open 1PM
Bands start 2PM
Country - Sunday June 15, 2014
Gates open 12PM
Bands start 1PM
MC'd by DJ Frost

“Don’t take this the wrong way, but you play like a man” said blues legend Jimmy Thackery.
Maria Aurigema was born in Buffalo, NY. She is the youngest of four in a family of all boys. Aurigema means golden gem in Italian and there could not be a more fitting title for this talented artist.

Maria experienced an early exposure to life in the entertainment industry. Her multi-talented father, Jay Aurigema, owned a 30 room mansion in North Tonawanda, NY which became the stop-over for many artists and entertainers performing at Melody Fair in the 1970’s. The DeGraff Mansion still contains a room where the walls are covered with signatures of these entertainers including Anna Marie Alberghetti, Donald O'Connor, Dean Jones, Sylvia Sydney, Martha Raye, John Raitt (Bonnie Raitt's father) and scores of others. Though Maria was only a little girl at the time, she remembers the frequent late-night parties that filled the mansion.

Maria's early musical talent was something she shared with her father and was nurtured and developed with the help of her mother. Beginning with guitar lessons at the age of eight, and flute lessons at the age of nine, Maria began her musical journey.

Guitar took on a more serious nature for Maria, at the age of thirteen, with the discovery of Led Zeppelin and the late night blues shows on WBFO in Buffalo, NY. Being one of the only girls in school who could really play the guitar provided a comfortable niche for Maria, and guitar playing quickly became her passion. Maria studied jazz with Buffalo guitarist, Stu Weissman and worked hard to master the complex jazz techniques. Early jazz influences included: Al Dimeola, Joe Pass, Pat Metheny and John McLaughlan. Maria continued her studies and became increasingly immersed in the local music scene. She would argue with her mother to let her borrow the car so that she could go to the Central Park Grill in Buffalo where she would sit for hours to listen to the seductive fusion music of Gamalon (Teddy and Tommy Reinhardt, George Puleo, Bruce Brucato and Geoff Perry), and the heartfelt blues of the Black Cat Blues Band (John Brady and Willie Haddath and the Reinhardts).

Soon she discovered a burning love of the blues. With all the musical training and theory that Maria was immersed in, somehow the genre felt too restrictive. Too many rules made improvisation frustrating and heartless. She began to create her guitar sound more out of feeling while being aided by the great techniques she had gained over the years. Her love of guitarists like Jimmy Page, Carlos Santana, Jeff Beck, and Eric Clapton, gave her the inspiration to play the guitar, and artists like BB King, Albert King, and Buddy Guy gave her a foundation for learning to communicate the blues.

Maria is an energetic, gutsy, hard-driving original blues guitarist and singer/songwriter. Maria enjoys an enthusiastic following in Western New York and Canada and has performed at a variety of clubs throughout the region. She has performed with national blue’s artists Tommy Castro, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Tab Benoit, Elvin Bishop, Popa Chubby, Savoy Brown, Coco Montoya and Jimmy Thackery to name a few. Additionally, she has opened for Foreigner, Blue Oyster Cult, Edgar Winter, Little Feat, Credence Clearwater Revisited, Foghat and Steppenwolf. One of Maria's most memorable moments came when she was asked by Jimmy Thackery to be a "special guest" in the Eureka Springs Blues Festival where she performed for a sold-out crowd along with Debbie Davies, Maria Muldaur, Kelley Hunt, and Reba Russell.

Maria teaches instrumental music in the Ken-Ton School district (a suburb of Buffalo). Her debut album Take Me contains mostly original music and hosts Downchild Blues Band members: Gary Kendall (bass), Mike Fitzpatrick (drums), Mike Fonfara (keyboards) and Pat Carey (sax). Also rounding out the line-up is: Larry Goodhand (guitar), Wayne St. John (percussion) and Toronto's own Jeff Healey appeared as "special guest" guitarist on three tracks.

Currently, Maria is in the studio putting in the finishing touches of her newest album titled Long Way Home, another collection of brilliant guitar-driven original songs.

It's hard to imagine anyone not being impressed with Maria and her music! Check the events calendar at mariaaurigema.com or Maria Aurigema Band on Facebook to see when and where you can catch Maria Aurigema and her band. It's sure to be a performance you won't soon forget!

Award-winning blues master, Blues Hall Of Fame member and Alligator recording artist Joe Louis Walker will release his new album, Hornet’s Nest (AL 4959), on February 25, 2014. Walker is among the greatest bluesmen of his generation. He is known worldwide as one of the genre’s top musical trailblazers — a mesmerizing guitarist and soul-testifying vocalist. On his dynamic new CD, Walker’s music is equal parts rock ‘n’ roll fire and blistering, passionate blues.

Hornet’s Nest was recorded in Nashville and produced by songwriter/ drummer Tom Hambridge (producer of James Cotton’ Grammy-nominated Cotton Mouth Man, Buddy Guy’s Grammy-winning CDs Skin Deep and Living Proof, as well as albums for Susan Tedeschi, George Thorogood and Walker’s previous CD, Hellfire). Hornet’s Nest — featuring 12 songs, including nine new originals — blends Walker’s boundless energy and his myriad influences into a contemporary blues tour-de-force. His always-inventive guitar playing is matched note-for-note by his fervent vocals. From menacing, hard rocking electric blues to cool Memphis funk to R&B rave-ups to Sunday morning gospel, Walker’s blues-fierce and untamed, adventurous and fun — continue to define the genre.

Tommy MacDonald on bass — pushed Walker to deliver his absolute best performances. “It comes through loud and clear,” Walker says. “If I don’t believe it, nobody is gonna believe it. And ain’t nobody is gonna listen to it or buy it. Tom made everything exciting.”

Joe Louis Walker was born in San Francisco on Christmas Day of 1949. His parents were both from the South and they brought their love of blues with them when they headed west. Joe’s dad played blues piano, and his mom played B.B. King records. Walker picked up the guitar as a child, and by the time he was 16 was regularly backing touring blues artists rolling through town. San Francisco’s music scene was quickly becoming a melting pot of blues, jazz and psychedelic rock, and Walker was right in the center of it.

As a 16-year-old, Walker was the house guitarist at San Francisco’s famed musical playground, The Matrix, where he played with or opened shows for everyone from Lightnin’ Hopkins to Jimi Hendrix to Thelonious Monk. He was also a regular at The Fillmore West. The blues legends Walker accompanied shared not only musical knowledge but also their personal wisdom with the teenage up-and-comer. Fred McDowell, Ike Turner, Albert King, Freddy King, Robert Jr. Lockwood, Lightnin’ Hopkins and many others taught, fed, and chastised the youngster.

Inspired by what he learned, Walker developed his own fiery, melodic, and always unpredictable guitar attack.
Walker met guitarist Michael Bloomfield in 1968 and the two became fast friends. Bloomfield helped push Walker’s blues in a more rock-fueled direction, and he became the single biggest influence on Walker’s sound. The two shared an apartment for years and remained close friends until Bloomfield’s death in 1981. From 1975 to 1985, Walker performed nothing but gospel music, playing and singing as a member of The Spiritual Corinthians. In 1986, after Walker returned to playing the blues, Hightone Records released his debut CD, Cold Is The Night. Firmly rooted in blues, gospel, R&B and rock, the album caught the attention of music fans around the country.

Prior to joining Alligator Records in 2012, Walker had released 23 albums and toured the world virtually non-stop. He has garnered four Blues Music Awards (and has been nominated a whopping 52 times) and holds an international reputation as one of the blues’ most prolific and talented stars. He’s also recorded as a guest with some of the blues world’s best-known artists, including appearances on Grammy-winning records by B.B. King and James Cotton.

Alligator debut, Hellfire, took the blues world by storm in 2012, receiving the Living Blues Critics’ Award for Blues Album Of The Year. The Chicago Tribune said, “His playing is ferocious. His solos spin wilder and wilder with the kind of fierce embellishments that Jimi Hendrix might’ve conjured.” The success of the album helped land Walker and his band on TBS’s CONAN.
In 2013 The Blues Foundation inducted Walker into The Blues Hall Of Fame. “I am honored to be in the company of the great artists already inducted,” Walker said at the time. “I hope to live up to the honor.” Joining the ranks of previous inductees including B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Koko Taylor, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, Etta James, Howlin’ Wolf and other blues greats while still at the peak of his musical powers, is, as Walker says, “a dream come true.”

With each subsequent release, Walker’s audience continues to grow, as his touring schedule continues to expand. He’s played all over the U.S. and Canada, major European festivals including The North Sea Jazz Festival, Glastonbury, Notodden and Montreux, as well as festivals in Japan, Australia, Taiwan, Ireland, Turkey and Brazil. Now, with Hornet’s Nest, Walker is excited about bringing even more people to his music. “Blues is a big tent,” he says, “morphing into a bigger tent. Young folks like good blues when they hear it, and I’m here to make sure they want to listen.”

In some ways Roots R&B/Americana singer/songwriter/piano player/guitarist KELLEY HUNT is a rarity and a challenge to the music industry's penchant for easy artist definitions -- a woman who has muscled her way onto the scene on her own terms with an identity steeped in blues/roots/gospel traditions and a refreshing originality. She makes music with it's righteous roots intact that also crosses boundaries, has an open-minded, exploratory attitude and takes on social and political issues. Together with a commanding, passionate stage presence and superior vocal, keyboard and songwriting skills she has earned the respect of critics and fans across North America and Europe.

Born in Kansas City, Hunt’s love for her craft was ignited listening to early blues, R&B, roots rock, jazz and Gospel influences -- artists like Ruth Brown, Mahalia Jackson, Billie Holiday, Ann Peebles, Ray Charles, Dinah Washington, Aretha Franklin, Charles Brown, Wanda Jackson and a crossection of the New Orleans/St. Louis/KC piano traditions of Professor Longhair, Toots Washington, Johnnie Johnson and Kansas City masters Jay McShann and Mary Lou Williams among others. Before that came the sound of her mother singing jazz and blues - her first musical memories - and the influence of her New Orleans Gospel singer grandmother. Reminders of these very traditional influences are evident in Kelley’s live performances and recordings but the lyrics, soul and passion are all her own. Her career path so far has been a story of fierce independence, incredible will, unassailable cred as a blistering live performer and hard-won accomplishment. That narrative includes 1500+ performances with appearances on a long list of premier North American and International festival stages, six times on American Public Media's 'A Prairie Home Companion', nearly 150,000 indie units sold on her own label and critical praise reflecting her conviction from the outset to make her path in the roots music world not just as a performer, but as a forward-thinking songwriter as well.
Hunt's world has not been short on substantive, impressive critical praise, including a fresh swell of kudos for the new generation of music first unveiled on her 2008 88 RECORDS release MERCY (EER0804, her 4th commercial release):

"Kelley Hunt resides among those bluesy, soulful piano players who write great songs." "...the main attraction here is Hunt, whose rich, soulful voice is an instrument in and of itself, with a toughness that shines on cuts like "You Got To Be The Vessel." "Her piano playing and songwriting also function at the highest levels." "Emerald City" is a brilliant political statement…” -VINTAGE GUITAR.

“… Her fourth release "MERCY" shifts the focus to her songwriting skills and immense voice." "...a superb live performer, immediately drawing you to the power of her music and her voice... " -ELMORE.

"Surprises don't often crop up on the well-trodden blues circuit. So welcome Kelley Hunt. This Kansan is a full-blown phenomenon: Powerhouse singer, hardboogieing pianist, polished songwriter…” -MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE.

“…the freshest slant on classic R&B you're likely to hear these days. She's a tough woman who makes a hip and burly sound." - WESTWORD Denver.

That praise continued for her most recent release GRAVITY LOVES YOU (2011, EER1105):

"Hunt's latest CD (GRAVITY LOVES YOU) sounds like her best yet - which is high praise considering the quality of her 2009 release, MERCY. Hunt's songwriting shines on powerful, moving compositions like 'Deep Old Love',
'This Fall', 'In the End' and the title cut. And she proves she can shine on the keyboard as well - with dynamic inspired playing throughout" -ST. LOUIS BEACON.

"Kelley Hunt delivers the goods with a voice that grafts passionate blues to scorching soul - instantly endearing her to all within earshot, as her band surrounds her in a greasy funk that completes the package and brings you back for more. 'GRAVITY LOVES YOU' continues this tasty tradition and ups the ante once again" -Eric Thom BLUES REVUE, SING OUT!, MAVERICK, PENGUIN EGGS, ROOTS MUSIC CANADA.

"Kansas City roots singer Kelley Hunt is equally impressive as a soulful, throaty vocalist and an aggressive, gospelly pianist. She showcases her songwriting prowess on the nicely nuanced 'GRAVITY LOVES YOU', due Feb. 15. 'Deep Old Love' finds her in a bluesy medium-tempo Bonnie Raitt groove. 'I'm Ready' is a tent-revival piano boogie. 'In The End' is a gorgeous gospel benediction" -THE MINNEAPOLIS STAR-TRIBUNE.

"GRAVITY" is a collection of 12 new songs loosely bound by the idea: "whatever you need to do, whatever change you need to make to find the life that's true to you - do it now. Take the leap - let the 'Gravity' that pulls you toward your true self work for you." The new disc builds on traditional influences with contemporary overlays and covers a broad stylistic range musically, from the highly charged, gospel-influenced ballad style Hunt is known for to references conjuring old-school funk, Philly soul and burning boogie piano with the album's overarching message examined from many perspectives. There are works from Hunt's solo pen and writing collaborations with Kansas Poet Laureate Caryn Mirram-Goldberg and songwriters Dwight Liles and Sarah Hart. 'GRAVITY' is also Hunt's third project as co-producer and, as has been the case throughout her career, was recorded and mixed analog.

"It's really hard for me to work away from the warmth of 2" tape. And I think it has become a kind of signature of my recordings now. It presents its own set of challenges but we were really lucky on the 'GRAVITY' sessions. Things were so easy and fluid we actually tracked 20 sides. Of course there isn't anything groundbreaking about tracking and mixing analog. It's kind of amusing that it gets this new kind of novelty. Not that long ago everything was done analog. But it takes a certain breed of cat to get the analog thing to happen as envisioned. And these days that breed is in some ways an endangered species. Its the beauty of live performance in the studio - on both sides of the glass. We've been fortunate - the engineering and performing talent we've had the privilege of working with in the studio really knows that vibe inside and out. They're all really accomplished - huge musical vocabularies, great chops and in many cases resumes that would blow your mind. And they all helped me bring a spirit to this project that really defined it. It was a total pleasure making this record," Kelley said.

In 2013 another product of the "GRAVITY" sessions was released for digital and physical distribution internationally - the Americana ballad single "HEARTLAND" featuring Kelley on acoustic piano and vocal, Grammy mandolin master Sam Bush and eminent acoustic bassist Byron House.

This performance at the Latitude 43 Music Festival will serve as the official Buffalo area CD release for her upcoming release of “The Beautiful Bones,” due on May 20, 2014.

Family is everything... It can define who you are. It can reveal and support strengths and passions. It can create intuitive bonds through shared experiences. It can drive you crazy, but it always brings you home. And it's at the absolute core of THE DOYLE BROTHERS.

Having been lovingly described as "young guys doing old songs in a new way", the duo of Todd Doyle (Box, Vox) and Ryan Jacob Doyle (Vox, Axe) stem from a rich musical heritage (older brothers David and Brad Doyle are also musicians, while their parents, music teacher Tom and artist Cindy Doyle, married shortly after performing together in a 70's folk group) that was inescapable. During their formative years, the boys' household was constantly filled with audio influences, whether coming from individuals' record or tape collections, pop radio stations, live rehearsals, or just fooling around singing. The vocalizing may have come naturally, but it wasn't until the lads were in their mid to late teens that their efforts to play in a group came to fruition with the band More Than Me.
Their 10-plus year tenure in that outfit saw them win the 2010 Hard Rock Battle of the Bands, clinching the opportunity to share the Main Stage of the Hard Rock Calling Festival with Sir Paul McCartney, Elvis Costello, Crosby Stills & Nash, Crowded House, Stevie Wonder, Pearl Jam, Ben Harper & Relentless 7, Jamiroquai, The Hives, James Morrison, Corinne Bailey Rae, The Gaslight Anthem, Joshua Radin, Mary Mary, Robert Francis, They've also opened for Brett Michaels, The Black Eyed Peas, De La Soul, The Gin Blossoms and Boys Like Girls.

As the duo, along with playing steady gigs around NYC, touring the country in the college circuit, and occasionally performing in their hometown of Buffalo, NY, Todd and Ryan have been proud to have hosted several charity events, including "Songs and Sundaes" with Anderson's Frozen Custard and Children's Hospital, a summer concert series where all proceeds from Doyle Brothers' CD's and "Have A Heart" sundaes sold at all local locations went directly to the hospital.

As evident on their previous album releases, "Take Two" and "Two Bros, One Box", the guys' sound is appealing to all age groups due to the timeless nature of their song selections. Their live shows have seen the youngest toddlers dancing around with the most seasoned elders grooving along to tunes that are as familiar as they are timely. Along with the uncommon and tight arrangements, the experience is enhanced by the good natured report that the siblings share both on and off stage. It's a connection that has been developed and nurtured their entire lives.
It's the kind of thing that can only come from being family.

Cue the Sun is the namesake of our newest venture, but we've been peddling our axes around Western New York since your mama was still wiping your nose. Because we've been honing our acoustic craft for some time, we know what audiences want to hear, and we deliver. Here's what you can expect at a Cue the Sun show...

You will experience two guys that sound like four guys. What does that mean? Gerald is a self contained rhythm section, playing bass guitar up top and dropping the back beat on foot percussion, all while singing. Tim is a guitar wizard, using live looping effects to carefully layer rhythmic chords, which he sprinkles (and sometimes shreds) tasty solos over if he's not busy leading vocals.
Cue the Sun plays an extensive variety of popular music spanning from Classic Rock (think The Beatles, Neil Young, even AC/DC), to 80's (think Michael Jackson, Toto) to 90's (think Gin Blossoms, Third Eye Blind...even Boys II Men), to Canadian (think the Hip, Barenaked Ladies). We didn't forget about today's hits (think Mumford & Sons, Maroon 5 and the Lumineers).

Gerald Michael - Guitar, Vocals, Bass, Foot Drums, Percussion, Harp

Gerald is a veteran musician who does it all. You might say a Jack of all trades, master of none. Certainly better than a master of one. A versatile muse, he is extremely mediocre on many different instruments such as piano/keyboards, guitar, bass and drums. He's also pretty good at faking background vocals, especially when he doesn't know the lyrics.

Tim Britt - Guitar, Vocals

Tim hails from Whitesboro, New York and has settled in Buffalo after graduating from UB. At the moment, he's a full time musician playing in various projects several nights a week. It's his hometown's loss and our gain as Tim was voted Best Solo Artist at the Buffalo Music Awards in 2012.

Tim is a human Pandora, with more songs in his repertoire than the database of a small radio station.

Tim recently shared the stage with Boyd Tinsley, violinist of the Dave Matthews Band during a sold-out screening of Tinsley's Faces in the Mirror in Buffalo. Tim dazzled the crowd with a healthy dose of his original material, accompanied by Tinsley.

Whiskey Reverb was formed in September of 2009 with members from various Buffalo bands upon the premise of making music while already enjoying each other’s abilities and company. Each one of us were coming from vastly different genre backgrounds, so we have always tried especially hard to be respectful to all genres while pushing those genres beyond the normal. Something that we had never expected was the amount of love and help we would receive from our friends, and complete strangers who would soon become our great friends. We all learned from each other how to become better people, and what a journey it has been so far. To the people out there who have traveled any part of that journey with us, our thanks cannot even begin to describe our gratitude to you, our rags…THANK YOU!
The evolution of the group continues to be a magical experience. Sure, we have had our share of ups and downs; but we are truly blessed for the opportunity to make music and create a vibe. For that we are grateful and we remind ourselves daily. One thing no one in this world can take away is the amount of love that radiates from the Rag Family, and the love we share for each other. Our people don’t funk around!!!

So as far as anyone who may be reading this for the first time and may be interested in checking out our bands songs, or videos, or live show, thank you. We have links posted accordingly. If you are looking to book us or sign us to a million dollar record deal, this next part is all the resume building stuff and accolades we have accumulated over the past few years that is aimed to impress you and whatnot. But we still won’t sign the contract, probably.

Lets start with a promotional review ad, written by Groupon.com about our band online when purchasing tickets to our Halloween show with USS at Rapids Theater in Niagara Falls, NY.
“With well-crafted songs and an entertaining live show, the band Whiskey Reverb has garnered an exceptional following in the Western New York area and beyond into the Northeast and Midwest. Whiskey Reverb has also amassed a multitude of accolades and awards locally including: Artvoice Magazine and Buffalo Music Awards for Best Original Band (2012, 2013), Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls USA-Hard Rock Rising Regional winners (2012 and 2013), finishing 6th place globally in 2013. Relix Magazine also named WR as “a band to watch” in their January 2013 issue.”

We thought this was pretty cool, as we had no idea or influence on that.

We have independently released two full-length studio albums; (2010), our debut album, Proverbs Bi-Polar & The Body Electric and (2012) our follow-up record, SoulFire Vol. I. That year, SF Vol.I received warm reviews from both The Buffalo News and Niagara Gazette, as well as being nominated for Album of the Year at WBNY’s College Music Awards. Our track 'Shwag' was nominated for an AMMA-(American Marijuana Music Awards lol) award for 2012 Song of The Year.

We have also released three EP’s. FutureSight (2012) had its first single Jealousy, receive some rotation on college radio across the country. Serendipity (2013) met pleasant reviews as well, and featured the song Vampire, a pretty popular one for us live. We also released the single Something Good (2013), that song being our most popular release to date. We have had the good fortune of having it been spun in rotation in a bunch of markets and on college radio, garnering us over 250,000 youtube views to date. Currently we are celebrating the release of our newest EP, Shake The Cage (2014). We will let you know how that goes ?

Over the years, we have had some pretty extensive touring and festival experience too, performing on average 125 shows per year all over the country and we have graced the stage with such acts as: Finger Eleven, Immortal Technique, EOTO, The Wailers, Uriah Heep, Ghostface Killah, Tracy Bonham, Badfish, Gangstagrass, Everlast, That One Guy, The Guess Who, USS, and Puddle of Mudd.

Mikanecho (Mechanic-oh) brings together elements of funk, psychedelia and raw rock n' roll to the stage for an unforgettable live experience. Mikanecho's unique original brand of music offers a different experience for everyone in their audience. Their debut self-titled album came out in May 2012 and is available for purchase on iTunes and Amazon.com. It's also available to check out for FREE on Spotify. Mikanecho is currently working on their 2nd studio album and expect it to be out very soon!

Clyde has been bringing their brand of high-energy rock to western New York for the past 5 years. They play a mix of catchy and quirky original tunes, along with covers from band like Weezer, Sublime, Pearl Jam, The Killers, and more! They are proud to be one of the original Pubfest headliners and even happier to be here at the first ever Latitude 43 Festival.  Please welcome, Lewiston's own... Clyde!

Based in Buffalo, New York, Strictly Hip is a national touring band focused on the music of Canada's most popular act, "The Tragically Hip."

Originally conceived in St. Catharines, Ontario in 1994, Strictly Hip has grown to become one of western New York's biggest and most popular nightclub acts. The band has been awarded Buffalo Music Awards nine times as 'Top Tribute Act' and was inducted into the inaugural class of 'Buffalo Music Awards Hall of Achievement' in 2010. Lead vocalist Jeremy Hoyle has been awarded BMA's for 'Top Male Vocalist' three times including 2010. Please see adjoining resume of achievements and accolades.

In 2011, a Strictly Hip show has evolved into a revue of music that brings back memories of the glory days of Toronto's '102.1 CFNY.' With music from 'Lowest of The Low,' 'Our Lady Peace,' 'The Trews,' 'The Cure,' 'Oasis,' 'REM,' and much much more. Strictly Hip is a hip alternative rock band that harkens back to when 'alt rock' meant something.

The band has a cool image that is straight off of a contemporary concert stage and the performance abilities to match.

Strictly Hip is a full time professional band that has performed across the United States and Canada as a headliner at festivals, concert clubs and special events. Many performance and travel options are available for local, regional, and national engagements.

THE MACHINE, America’s top Pink Floyd show, has forged a 25 year reputation of excellence, extending the legacy of Pink Floyd, while creating another legacy all their own. Over the years, The Machine has touched the hearts and souls of many, selling out theaters, large clubs and casinos across North and Central America, Europe and Asia. They have also appeared at renowned music festivals such as Bonnaroo, Riverbend, Gathering of the Vibes, Buffalo's Artpark, and Germany’s Rock of Ages.

The New York based band focuses on making every show an authentic Floydian experience for their fans. Known for performing a diverse mix of The Floyd’s extensive 16-album repertoire (complete with faithful renditions of popular hits as well as obscure gems), The Machine’s stellar musicianship, dramatic lighting and video, and their passionate delivery sets them above and beyond the rest.
In the classic tradition, The Machine explores collective improvisation paralleling and even rivaling that of an early 1970’s Pink Floyd mentality. Their use of expanded theatrical elements and elaborate stage displays continues in the spirit of the later Floyd lineups of the 1980’s. The band is also known for recreating entire albums as a part of their show, accepting requests from fans, and for taking an A to Z approach in which one song is played for every letter of the alphabet. Additionally, the quartet has been sharing the stage with full symphony orchestras, including the Atlanta, Detroit, Pittsburgh and San Diego Symphonies.

In 2004, Two Nights at the Keswick was released as a DVD/CD, archiving the band’s bi-annual residency at this historic Philadelphia venue. Their next release, Unplugged (2006) captures a special acoustic performance at B.B. King’s in NYC featuring rare Syd Barrett solo material and deep cuts from early Floyd albums. Live In Amsterdam, a stunning concert DVD filmed at the Pepsi Stage, was released in August of 2008.

Band:
Adam Minkoff - Bass/Vocals
Scott Chasolen - Keys/Vocals
Ryan Ball - Guitar/Vocals
Tahrah Cohen – Drums

The 90 WEST Band is a high-energy country band playing all of your favorites from today's country, as well as your country classics! From current artists like Luke Bryan and Miranda Lambert, to the outlaws Johnny Cash and Waylon Jennings, there's a little something for everyone.

90 WEST has been entertaining Western New York and the surrounding areas for 13+ years, and is made up of some of WNY's top musicians. The band has shared the stage or opened for more than 30 of Nashville’s brightest stars, such as Gretchen Wilson, Trace Adkins, The Band Perry, Chris Young, Gary Allan and many others!

The Heritage is an American Country Rock band based in Buffalo, NY. The Heritage has been formed of widely experienced musicians from various backgrounds. The band was started by singer/songwriter Scott Militello who comes from a long line of family entertainers and musicians. The Heritage members are all locally based in Buffalo, NY and are the best of the best in country music. They have had fast success finding regular gigs around the North East USA, playing many Opening Acts for Multi Platinum, National Recording Artists, playing Festivals, sold out clubs, Fashion Events and Political and Charity events.

The Heritage continues to reinvent the way they approach each show, big or small their goal is to make it the most heartfelt and intimate show the audience has ever seen. The passionate guitar solos and vocal harmonies are second to none. Their original songs all seem to be instant classics and you feel as if you have heard them before. Playing a very busy schedule over the past 3 years has brought this group closer than any bands that are not Nashville touring musicians.

Like a breath of fresh air, 24 year old Lyndsey Highlander arrived in Nashville from the antebellum town of Providence Forge, VA, near the Chickahominy River. From an early age, Lyndsey was known for her precocious musical talents; it was just a matter of time before she would share her gifts with the world. An inspired writer and top-notch performer, Lyndsey is just now hitting her musical stride.

While she grew up with a prolific body of country music, Lyndsey couldn’t help indulge in all genres. She was captivated by the ballads of Celine Deon, the soulful interpretations of Gavin DeGraw, the Motown melodies of Aretha Franklin, and the rocking sounds of Bonnie Raitt, Stevie Nicks, and Aerosmith. Lyndsey would even have a hard time staying in her seat when the heavy bass of hip hop hit the speakers…

Lyndsey has a style all her own, powered by massive vocal chops, soothing falsettos, and intimate story telling. As a live performer, Lyndsey has been known to mingle with the audience, firing up the crowd and melting their hearts with verses as impressive as her colossal bridges. Lyndsey comments, “Performing is indescribable, it’s God’s natural high… I love the music, I love the fans, I love absolutely everything about it!” Lyndsey intends to share her music with fans worldwide. The journey has already begun with landing opening slots and sharing festival stages with the likes of Travis Tritt, Brantley Gilbert, Blackberry Smoke, and Randy Travis to name a few.

"Lyndsey is a true talent that has as much passion for music as she does talent. Her energy and swagger allow her audience to not only listen but experience her songs. This is an artist you don't want to miss!"

-Kenneth Duncan (Songwriter for Curb Publishing)

“Lyndsey Highlander makes life better. Whether you're watching and listening to her onstage or just hanging out, she draws you into the richness of a life full of passion and the celebration of good things. And the coolest thing is that she wants you to share it with her! She writes hits, has a superstar voice and entertains with a heart wide open. It's a delightful rush to be around Lyndsey. Give me more!"

-Dan Keen (Former Vice-President of ASCAP)

“They say big things come in small packages, and Lyndsey Highlander definitely lives up to that statement. The vocal power that comes from such a small frame is truly amazing. She puts her heart and soul into her performances, always striving (and succeeding) to give our crowds what they came for!”

-Kara Edwards (Entertainment Manager at the World-Renowned Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN)

“Lyndsey Highlander is a true joy to work with. Lyndsey also has one of the most positive attitudes of anyone I have met in this business. Lyndsey has great energy on stage, whether she is performing an acoustic set or a full band performance.”

-Jill Moody (Production Manager at the World-Renowned Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN)

“Trying to contain Lyndsey on stage would be like trying to lasso a tornado. Her performances are raw, energetic, sometimes uncontrollable and best observed in their beautiful natural state. She’s focused, but explodes with true talent.”

-Jeff Howard (Talent Agent at Agency for the Performing Arts)

Honesty is a powerful magnet that always draws an eager audience and it has proven to be a potent tool in Eric Paslay’s creative arsenal. Sometimes playful, often poignant and always thoroughly entertaining, the 6’ 4” singer/songwriter with the fiery red hair and easy smile has quickly earned a reputation as an artist that knows how to capture the attention of an audience and hold them in the palm of his hands.

All it takes is seeing Paslay perform once to become hooked, a fact that has become obvious as he’s toured the country, opening for Little Big Town, The Eli Young Band, Jake Owen and others. Prior to the release of his EMI Nashville debut album, fans have been able to purchase a five-song sampler at Paslay’s shows. “The very first night we got to sell them I gave the merch guy two boxes and he sold out,” Paslay says in a tone that exudes a mixture of humility and awe. After Paslay did the math, he realized that one in 12 attendees went home with his CD. “I’m just excited that I made some fans and they got to take me with them. I’m excited that my music is out there.”

When country music fans see Paslay perform, they want to take his music home and make his songs the soundtrack of their lives. Whether he’s performing on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry or taking his place this summer on the Country Throwdown Tour sharing his new hit, “If the Fish Don’t Bite,” Paslay always knows how to reel a crowd in.

His music has substance and depth, but his debut album is every bit as entertaining and accessible as it is meaningful, and therein lies Paslay’s charm. “It’s hopeful music,” he says describing his style. “There’s only one sad song on the whole record and that’s ‘Amarillo Rain,’ but there’s still a beauty behind it that makes people feel alive somehow.”

Paslay has the ability to paint vivid portraits in his songs and he does just that with his new single, “If The Fish Don’t Bite,” a sly, sexy romp about a guy who has plans for his girl beyond casting a line in the water. “A lot of guys are annoyed by chicks coming to fish when it can be a lot of fun,” he says with a smile. “If the fish aren’t biting, why not cuddle up a little closer?”

Whether he’s serving up a light-hearted up tempo tune like “If The Fish Don’t Bite” or delivering an emotionally riveting song like “Deep As It Is Wide,” Paslay proves to be a compelling storyteller and versatile performer. It’s a gift he comes by honestly. “My granddad was a musician,” says Paslay, a native Texan, who was born in Abilene and raised in Waco and Temple. “Granddad and his brothers had a band called Arnold Schiller and the Moonlight Serenaders. My grandfather was Arnold, and they played at dance halls. I was two and a half when he died. It’s interesting how it rubbed off even though I didn’t really know him very well. He had red hair and it’s kind of funny because I like all the things he liked.”

Paslay says his family never pushed him to play music, but supported his interest when he began playing guitar at 15. “I love melodies,” he says. “My dad always had oldies on, and listening to that music growing up influenced me. There’s so many cool melodies and it was great ear candy. It still resonates with every teenager, every grown up, every grandmother because it’s human. That type of music really stays with you.”

By the time he began performing around Texas, Paslay had studied some of the great singer/songwriters and learned how to make a song memorable. “I was influenced by Rich Mullins,” Paslay says. “He was one of those guys I really listened to because he was real. He was a Christian artist, but it was cool to hear someone mix their beliefs with real life. He was honest and it was almost scary honest. I’d listen to his songs and think, ‘Did you really mean to say that?’ It was cool. Then there was Rodney Crowell. I love Rodney Crowell. Johnny Cash has influenced me from his storytelling. He was such a cool storyteller and you really believed him.”

He also studied what made an artist command a crowd’s attention while they were on stage. “I watched Austin City Limits and the Grand Ole Opry,” he says. “I was into everything from country artists to rock artists to Southern rock artists to jazz players. In high school I definitely went and saw quite a few Dave Matthews Band shows and that was always an experience.”

Though most aspiring artists playing clubs routinely perform cover tunes, Paslay learned to lead with his strengths and played his original songs. Even though he was building a reputation for his live show, like most artists, he briefly flirted with a more stable career and during his early days in college, he planned on becoming a pediatric endocrinologist. “I had diabetes and I thought I could help kids with diabetes because I could relate to them and talk to them,” he says.

However, music was too strong a passion to be ignored and following a friend’s advice, he moved to Nashville. Paslay attended Middle Tennessee State University. He also volunteered for anything just to get his foot in a door on Nashville’s famed Music Row. He did everything from help out at a charity golf tournament to change light bulbs in the NARAS office, a feat made easier because of his height. “I’d just go help anywhere I could because I thought if you have a job to do and you do it well, then if they let you be creative and make a record, at least they know you’re going to do it well,” Paslay says. “They’ll know you are going to put all your mind, strength and skill into doing whatever job they give you.”

Paslay landed a deal at Cal IV Publishing. His songwriting credits include Jake Owen’s hit “Barefoot Blue Jean Night” as well as the title track for Donny and Marie Osmond’s country set “The Good Life” and cuts by Lady Antebellum, Eli Young Band, Love & Theft and Rascal Flatts. Though appreciative of the songs that others have recorded, Paslay will be the first to admit he didn’t move to Nashville to be a songwriter, but to be an artist.

He has a passion for using his voice to connect with an audience, and there’s a warm, earnest quality that commands attention, particularly on potent anthems such as “Deep As It is Wide.” “It’s about the hope that there is something bigger and better than us,” he says. “There’s light at the end of the tunnel and there’s something out there. When I finished this song I wanted to make sure there wasn’t a disconnect between each verse, so I went down the street to play it for a friend. The way I was sitting, I couldn’t see her while I was playing. When I was finished singing, I turned around and she was crying, so I figured I was done.”

“Less Than Whole” is a thoughtful treatise on grace and forgiveness Paslay co-wrote with Big Kenny that Kenny included on his 2010 solo album. “Sweet By and By” is an infectious number Paslay penned with his friend Sarah Buxton. “That was the first song we ever wrote together,” he says. “I saw her the other night and she didn’t even know it was on the record. She started crying and saying, ‘I’m so happy it made the record!’”

Though Paslay enjoyed recording the album and has an affinity for the studio, his true love is the stage. “I turn it on when I get on stage. I love to entertain,” says Paslay, who has opened for Dierks Bentley, Clint Black, Eric Church, Blake Shelton and Little Big Town, among others. “The songs on this record are the ones that really connect when I played them live. When I write, I’d rather there be a little bit of hope in every song, even in the sad songs. There’s still hope in there. With all the negativity everywhere these days, I’d like the positive to come out. A song can give you a little boost in confidence or make you fall in love deeper or dream higher. I’m not writing and singing this stuff to be cool. I was never the cool kid. I was the kid standing in the back of the room watching.”

Off stage, Paslay has a gentle, everyman quality that endears him to all who meet him. He loves performing, but is just as comfortable remodeling a bathroom or getting in the kitchen with his mom, Donna, and making kolaches, a pastry that is a favorite among Texans. Most of all, Eric Paslay loves forging that special connection with people that can only be made with a song. “I just love making music. I love how much you can say to someone in a song,” he says. “I want to be a part of the soundtrack of people’s lives.”