Charly Black is becoming one of the most widely received and passionately influential artists of his day!
His extraordinary charm and decedent melodic tunes snag the hearts of audiences across the nation giving Charly a paved road to becoming” The Worlds Next Icon”. With Success and Fame giving “Charly” the ride of his life, The World’s “Too Blessed Entertainer’s “ footsteps remain trodden with humility and a graceful sense of warmth.
Charly was born in and raised in the countryside of Jamaica, known as Rio Bueno, Trelawney.
As a teen, he recorded his first smash in 2004’s- “Woman is You,” under the direction of Tree Top Records, followed by series of hot riddims that put his career into overdrive .
Charly admits his diverse influences and inspirations include the extraordinary Michael Jackson, the legendary Bob Marley, Bounty Killer, U2, Phil Collins, Josey Wales, Harry Belafonte, Beenie Man, Vybz Kartel, Buju Banton and a host of musical titans that Charly says, “ speak the language everyone can understand- MUSIC!!
Charly’s latest collaboration on Wayne Marshall’s “Thank God It’s Christmas” featured the sounds of none other than, dancehall legends, Sean Paul, Merciless, Fambo and countless others. In early 2011 Charly released the ladies choice single "Fall In Love Again »
Charly say’s and I Quote “Love is the medicine the world needs right now,”.And there is no doubt he will indeed give it to us!!!
VIP includes sound check, meet and greet with Larry Carlton, and a Seat for the performance.
Larry Carlton: Nineteen-time Grammy nominee, Four-time Grammy winner and all-time guitar great, Larry Carlton established himself from his first recording, A Little Help From My Friends. His studio credits include musicians and groups like Steely Dan, Joni Mitchell, Michael Jackson, Sammy Davis Jr., Herb Alpert, Quincy Jones, Bobby Bland, Dolly Parton, Linda Ronstadt and literally dozens of others. He went on to perform with the Crusaders and then with the multi platinum jazz super group Fourplay. With 30 albums to his credit and having performed on over 100 albums that have gone Gold or Platinum, Larry Carlton has set a standard for artistry that spans three decades.
Additionally Larry received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Guitar Player magazine at the historical Ryman Auditorium; was presented the "Titan of Tone" award from Premier Guitar Magazine at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and received a star on the Rock Walk of Fame on June 3, 1999. Larry's recent Grammy Nominations include Best Pop Instrumental Album for his "Greatest Hits Rerecorded - Volume One" released by 335 Records in 2009; and Best Pop Instrumental Performance for "Fortune Teller" from Fourplay's Energy also in 2009.
lespecial carves their own path in contemporary rock music with the release of their second album, cheen, on October 31, 2017. Pole vaulting over traditional genres, cheen is a snapshot of a band finding a remarkable creative stride, fearless in their pursuit of a synthesis of the diverse musical idioms that have inspired them as listeners and artists.
These three childhood friends from Connecticut—now based in Boston and New York—play off of a lifetime of shared experience in their writing and performance. In a power trio, it's essential that each of the players can utterly captivate you at any given time. Each individual has a lot of weight to carry and is only as strong as the weakest link. In the studio, as on stage, it seems at first blush that Jon Grusauskas—delivering lyrics that call for your attention and seamlessly moving from guitar to keys to samples—is handling the entire upper end of the spectrum… until you consider how broad the melodic embrace of rhythmatist Rory Dolan and low end wizard Luke Bemand. Injecting splashes of color and wicked chops into their heavy groove foundations or driving assaults, this dynamic battery simultaneously eases and propels lespecial through the fractious changes of cheen’s mood and tempo.
In a traditional sense, cheen is a risky album: it asks the listener to suspend a categorical approach and dig into their own eclectic unconsciousness, to adapt a phrase, and appreciate the flow of the record from start to finish, as it moves guided by an unseen plan. If there is an underlying thematic structure, it is one that is anchored—musically and lyrically—by horror flicks, 1980s video games and lespecial’s indictment of the current cultural state of affairs. Not overtly political, angry or morose, by any means, cheen seems to observe the zeitgeist and respond to it in songs like “Stolen Land”, “American Apocalypse” and “Sound That We Do”, the last of which features the celebrated Bay Area hip hop wordsmith Zion I. Meanwhile, the band winks at Mario Brothers in the J Dilla inspired “Donut Ghost House” tracks that bookend the album. In between can be heard pensive indie rock that evokes Flaming Lips and Radiohead, down-tempo apocalyptic dub trances tinged with hints of Tool, polyrhythmic technicality a la Belew-era King Crimson and a penchant for all things Nine Inch Nails. This from a band that released an exclusive single through The Untz—one of the premier outlets for “EDM” producers—a month before announcing cheen, then did an interview with a metal mag a week later, and that can get weirdly funky with a nod to Primus. To further underscore the broad net they cast, lespecial is rounding out 2017 with a Halloween weekend opener for Disco Biscuits and December dates with Dopapod.
Mammal Dap is a Northampton, Massachusetts-based live electronic group, comprised of Killian Karlsson (guitar), Zack Cross (synths), Reed Sutherland (bass, synth bass), and Colin Jalbert (drums, samples). Together they deftly weave hypnotic beats with pumping bass, lush pads and soaring hooks. Balancing a deep love of nostalgic tones with a digital-age sensibility, their sound evokes the aesthetics of Tycho, Flying Lotus, and Bonobo. Their energized live performances and rigorous touring have led them to share the stage with acclaimed acts including The Motet, The Nth Power, Tauk, and Marco Benevento.
Multi-instrumentalist Matt Turk and Grammy award winner C Lanzbom have joined forces to form Deadgrass, an acoustic five piece band that celebrates the music of Jerry Garcia.
Web music authority All Music Guide, calls Matt Turk "...an artist to be reckoned with." Matt is a seasoned recording artist, multi-instrumentalist, eternal idealist and compassionate peace loving realist. Based out of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, Matt is a veteran performer who has engaged audiences around the world. He has shared the stage with Pete Seeger and opened for Judy Collins, The Doobie Brothers, Fiona Apple, the Grateful Dead's Mickey Hart and more. He has performed throughout the USA, Europe, Israel and the Caribbean, appearing at festivals including Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival, Gathering of the Vibes, Atlanta's Music Midtown, Jazz at Lincoln Center and venues including The Beacon Theatre and Brooklyn Bowl.
Haewa: "Haewa can be better described by what it isn't. The group jams, but it isn't a jam band. It circles psychedelic rock, but doesn't get lost in the ether. It's a rock 'n' roll band that doesn't adhere to merely the one, the four, and the five. It's odd, but not intentionally obtuse...." - Frank DeBlase
Pine Needle Soul is a band from Rochester NY featuring an MC, guitar, vocals, bass, keys, sax, and drums. We play in the style of hip hop fusion.
An innovator of the live looping beatbox sound, Joe Driscoll has been touring steadily for years, spreading his unique fusion of folk and hip-hop. The modern day take on the one man band, he uses live loops to create soundscapes full of beatbox, guitar, harmonica, percussion, harmonica, and just about anything else he can make use of. After 11 years living in England and France, Joe has moved back to his native city, Syracuse in upstate New York. Driscoll has performed his ground breaking solo show at the famed Glastonbury Festival, Electric Picnic in Ireland, Rift Valley Fest in Kenya, and hundreds of major stages all over the world.
Hailing from Upstate New York, The Stone Lows, composed of Alex Klick, Henry O'Brien, and Liam Welch, aim to create an atmosphere that is energetic and fun, creating a full sound even with only three members. Taking influences from everything from hardcore punk to electronic rock to classic rock and everything in between, The Stone Lows create a sound that is truly unique and engaging.
Fordham Road: Fordham Road was founded by Tom Shubsda and Kristian Veech on January 20th, 2016. Tom and Kristian started the band to create a sound that blended different musical genres into progressive rock music. Fordham Road has been performing regularly throughout Massachusetts since April 2016.
Later on in 2016 Fordham Road added Mark McCarthy and Joe Everett to their lineup. On top of performing regularly at Massachusetts venues, particularly in Cambridge and Worcester, they did 2 tours of Upstate New York July 2016 and January 2017, and they embarked on a larger Northeast tour in May 2017 that included Pennsylvania, New York City, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.
On October 29th, 2016, Fordham Road released their first single, “New Love in New Places.” This single is their first single off their self-titled debut album, which will be coming out in Fall 2017.
Fordham Road also released their first EP, “The Gates of Heaven” on February 7th, 2017.
Lost Wax Collective: 9 piece experimental soul & polyrhythmic poetry
The English Project: Soul-Jazz-Funk-Fusion band based out of Upstate NY
Vanishing Sun: On the forefront of the movement that combines Funky Jazz Fusion with R&B and elements of Drum & Bass is Rochestarian band Vanishing Sun.
Eli Flynn: Eli Flynn was born in 1993 and raised by his single mother in the Rochester, New York area, though half of his “roots” are planted in the soil of another continent. From a Senegalese father he has never known, he was given an electric guitar and a talent and passion for instrumental and vocal music. During his middle and high school years, he found an outlet in guitar, school musicals, and local bands
Pearly Baker’s Best is a Grateful Dead tribute with both a weekly residency and a devoted following at one of the top local venues in Syracuse, NY every Monday night. Playing the music of The Grateful Dead, The Jerry Garcia Band, The Beatles and other covers they delight their devout followers with a powerful show once a week out of the band’s current song list which tops 180 songs. The band’s strong improvisational foundation leads the way, allowing their sets to be visualized much like weaving a tapestry; each thread of verse, chorus or bridge is expertly weaved into the fabric of their sound and playing to be completely embraced by their audience. Also, careful attention is always given to ensuring that each song is treated with the necessary vocal ingredients to cause the listener to be drawn into the music at the deepest level. The band’s desire is to provide each audience member with a ‘Grateful Dead-like experience,’ allowing them to encounter the show as a translational, musical undertaking. Currently PBB can go 9 shows without repeating a song and is always adding to it's ever expanding catalog of 200 songs which includes original songs on occasion. The band does play shows in addition to their weekly residency in Syracuse, all across New York State. The band has begun to incorporate original music into their sets and recently had the privilege of sharing their stage with David Gans; long-time archivist for the Grateful Dead, broadcaster, song writer and music journalist. David expressed a strong desire to share the stage with Pearly Baker’s again in the near future. There is truly nothing like a Pearly Baker’s Best show.
Periodic Table of Elephants: Sean and Jason were introduced in late 2013 through their mutual friend Greg Horton. Initially playing as the band Ack!, the trio performed throughout Rochester in 2014 gaining a small but loyal fan base. Following Greg’s departure in January of 2015, Sean & Jason decided to continue their musical collaboration as a duo and adopted their current band name Periodic Table of Elephants. Influenced by many of the post-punk bands of the nineties, PToE's music began to reflect their common roots. Taking cues from other successful two-piece bands, Jason began playing through both guitar and bass amps to better fill out their sound.
Shinji Kazama:Stoner rock / Instrumetal band from Rochester NY. Booking shows and recording our first EP. Named after the legendary motorcycle extremist, Shinji Kazama.
Upward Groove: Upward Groove is a talented 8-piece band from Rochester, NY. The eclectic group was formed in 2012 as the brainchild of area musician and songwriter Eli Flynn. This energetic group of musicians has shared the stage with national acts including: Grammy Award winner Ms. Monet, Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Gang of Thieves, Yonder Mountain String Band, Preach Freedom, Moon Hooch and more!
Blending a unique sound of rock, jazz, blues, and pop, the band has a little something for everyone. Drawing influence from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sublime, Lettuce and The Strokes, the group has a well-developed sound with crafty lyrics and energy. With a powerful horn section, this group truly separates themselves from the average rock band. A must see, these guys will have you leaving a show with a catchy melody in your head. The band's full length album entitled "Sweet Tooth For Sweet Tunes" is available on iTunes and Spotify. Their latest EP "Onward & Upward" is also available as of April 2017
Personal Blend:Personal Blend is a 7- piece reggae/ rock group out of Rochester, NY. Coming off their full length debut album 'Skin Deep' in August of 2016, the band has been making waves throughout Upstate NY playing both festivals and venues alike and continuing to push forward. They bring a feel-good, party-vibe that's including of all people and age groups and the band always leaves you wanting more. Personal Blend hopes to share their message of love and unity so be on the lookout for PB in a city near you.
Our main category is R&B "soul". I've been lucky to work with fantastic musicians for my whole career. I've had great experiences in my life from performing to meeting interesting people. I can't look back at any edition of the Mitty & The Followers Band and regret any of my hiring choices. – That through all of the ups and downs of living, you must stay true to yourself. Having said that, this time around, I hired the best of the best! These guys have resumes that put mine to shame, and they show up ready to play. I surrounded myself with people who eat this kind of music for breakfast, and it shows in the work.
It's difficult these days to be truly original, but when you combine talent with imagination, respect for tradition with a healthy dose of musical innovation, MITTY & THE FOLLOWERS creates a result both surprising and refreshing. If you combine musical talent and experience the guys and myself will energize " live soul" on stage! ~~Mitty
Barroom Philosophers: Eclectic, in philosophical terms, is defined as, “belonging to a class of ancient philosophers who did not belong to any recognized school of thought, but recognized such doctrines as they wished from various schools.” The same could be said for Syracuse’s own Barroom Philosophers, who embody eclecticism in both the scholastic and the literal sense. From the reaches of Jamaican roots reggae and dub, acid-drenched psychedelia, Chess Records’ Chicago blues and Parliament-era funk, Barroom Philosophers bend genres across the spectrum to create a unique, original groove that differs every show.
Mother Funkin' Planets: Fresh new Funk Groove Powerhouse from Rochester, NY!
Stone Jack Ballers: Music with a soul, played by musicians who love what they do and it shows!
Aaron Rizzo: Aaron Rizzo is an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and recording engineer born and raised in Rochester, NY. Self recorded, mixed and produced, Aaron Rizzo's debut album "Blck Tee Shrt" hit stores on January 15th, 2017. Aaron Rizzo studies the art of music recording under the direction of Alex Perialas and Michael Caporizzo. Influences range from John Mayer to BJ The Chicago Kid, as he pays respects to genres such as blues, rock, R&B, pop and hip-hop.
The seeds of Dirty Blanket were planted in 2013 at the meeting of lead guitarist Max "Dirty" Flansburg and lead singer/songwriter Kevin "Blanket" O'Leary. Combining an array of unique musical influences with a shared passion for creating new original music, the two began playing as an acoustic duo. Utilizing what free time their other musical projects allowed to book gigs across Upstate NY, they eventually found themselves opening for acts as large as Jeff Austin of the Yonder Mountain String Band and beyond. The summer of 2016 saw the duo's sound take a shift toward a more heavily bluegrass-influenced style, with Max and Kevin crafting new originals and taking to the stage to cover the music of such Americana legends as Hot Rize, Newgrass Revival, the Del McCoury Band, and the like.
Root SHOCK was formed in Winter of 2012 with veteran musicians whose love of reggae music flows deep. Blending roots reggae, dancehall, heavy drum & bass and soulful vocals with conscious lyrics into positive dance music will make you want to move!