Formerly Echo City, The Red Letter Kings are Joe Kreppel, Jarrod Rose and Garrett Shea. They keep the party rocking with your favorites pop, rock and dance hits from across the ages. Catch them as they play all across WNY and party rock the night away!
Native of Central Wisconsin, soulful singer-songwriter, Evan Meulemans blends folk, blues, and reggae into his own unique style of music. Reminiscent of artist such as Jack Johnson and Brett Dennen, Meulemans leaves his listeners feeling positively charged.
Meulemans is a nationally touring artist, currently residing in Rochester, NY.
Adwela & the Uprising are a nationally touring and award winning seven-piece reggae band based out of Virginia. The essence of roots, rock, and reggae influence can be heard all throughout their music. The music created by Adwela & the Uprising is conscious music that spreads truth, with soul stirring lyrics that give you no choice but to come to a new overstanding about the world we live in and who you are and who you choose to be.
Adwela & the Uprising was named Best New Artist in 2015 by the Virginia Reggae Awards and have blossomed traveling the United States up and down the East Coast and venturing over to the West Coast where they were embraced for sharing their music. Adwela & the Uprising has had the distinct pleasure to open for legendary reggae artists such as The Wailers, Third World, and Akea Beka (Midnite), Tarrus Riley, and Afroman.
Their first album titled “The Road Less Traveled” just released in March has been much anticipated. Charting at #28 on the iTunes reggae album charts, Road Less Traveled provides every Adwela & the Uprising fan just what they have been seeking. Adwela & the Uprising bring such a unique sound which supports the powerful songwriting that the music simply craves you needing more. Their musical influences stem from icons such as Peter Tosh, Jacob Miller, Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, Burning Spear, and many more. Adwela & the Uprising are currently touring all up and down the East and West Coasts and will have the opportunity to make an international debut in 2017. Each song on this album is meant to enlighten the minds with truth. Songs such as “Riot” and “Shackles and Bondage” tell the story of the struggle that lies in all of us and what is faced day to day in the world we live in. While “Same Old Same” and “The Fight” bring a closer glimpse to the experiences frontman Adwela Dawes has endured.
Adwela & the Uprising continue to gain new fans with each performance and command more and more attention each time they are on stage. Keep an eye out for this band because this is the year of the Uprising.
The members of Sonic Garden have devoted over twenty five years of their existence to: mastering the repertoire of the legendary Grateful Dead, discerning and employing the use of the Dead's improvisational skills and techniques, utilizing their unique show format and bringing the sound and the spirit of the band's concerts to their own live shows in and around Buffalo, New York. The members of Sonic Garden deliver each performance with sincerity, affection, and expertise which has led the band to play a significant role in the development and sustenance of Western New York's 'Deadhead' community, over the years. Sonic Garden has been a local Buffalo tradition since 1988. The band has experienced many personnel changes throughout the years which have included many very special people. The band has recently experienced a resurgence allowing them to illustrate and sustain a high level of professionalism and musicianship. After the death of Jerry Garcia in 1995, The Grateful Dead ended their decades of shows and touring, leaving their fans with only memories, bootleg cassette recordings, cable-TV documentaries, and cover bands to fill the void. Sonic Garden, already a well-established example of the latter, continues bringing to their audience the excitement, variety, and spontaneity of The Dead's original concerts. Sonic Garden's efforts have also paid off, as increasing numbers of young people, many learning about this music for the first time in their lives, now have a chance to experience the live renditions of The Dead's music firsthand, and to connect with the spirit and culture of its attendant and devoted community of fans.
Bio: Level 7 started off with Two Cosmic Brothers(SkribeDaGod & Dj 2way) Meeting and Building on Hip Hop and Spirituality at a Hip Hop Gathering that had all of the elements of Hip Hop represented. A recording session was arranged. Beats, Rhymes and a communion with the most high spawned several music releases culminating as a stage duo akin to Gangstar. Two Turntables and a Microphone, along with these beings acting as channels for a higher conscious connection and awareness, has built what is known as Level 7. Which represents a meditation that is performed on stage in order to share vibrations of Love and healing with all in attendance. It’s important for us to represent a time honored tradition of knowledge in Hip Hop. We represent all of this with raw beats and rhymes and movement of the crowd. We do this for the culture. We recently joined forces with friends and associates to create a band which is known as the Level 7 Experience. It was important to level up the conjure. It creates more movement and is an ever changing entity. The bands line up consist of Aaron Hughes on Drums, Ekwem(BeetJuice) on Keys and Key Bass, SkribeDaGod Vocals/Percussion and Dj 2way on Turntables and Science. Together we spread the love/healing vibrations through our craft. We play fusion that transverses realms of Funk, Soul, Jazz, Reggae and Psychedelia on a wave of our signature Hip Hop Groove. With all these elements we offer a truly unique experience. We rock a party in a holistic manner.
The Dishonest Fiddlers are an emerging folk group rooted in Northeast Pennsylvania. Singer/songwriter, Dave Brown, is accompanied by a varying cast of string musicians, better known as "The Dishonest Fiddlers," ensuring no two shows are ever the same.
Folk and Bluegrass music are obvious influences that have helped to forge and inspire a unique, homegrown sound while providing a solid musical foundation. Socially conscious songwriting and old timey sensibilities are certain to open even the most discerning ear.
The Dishonest Fiddlers debut album, "The Whistle Missed the Train" was released in March 2016 and is available on iTunes, cdBaby, Amazon, Gallery of Sound, the Wonderstone Gallery, and all of our shows.
Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful. Grounded in soul, the Charles Walker Band has been compared to Prince, Bruno Mars, The Brand New Heavys, and James Brown. The Milwaukee based band has refined their sound into Neo-Funk, a fusion of funk infused rhythms with pop melodies. The three-piece band rehearses tirelessly in Charles’ basement, amidst couches and low ceilings, Charles having to stoop the entire time. The questions he always poses to the band are: How can this be tighter? How can this song look different? How can we get fans involved? Fans love the band’s positive energy music and attend shows because they feel better than when they arrived. The Charles Walker Band is Deliciously Stanky. Dynamically Funky. Recklessly Hopeful.
Charles grew up literally in the middle of nowhere. Surrounded by dairy farms and apple orchards, the closest town miles away, he found music in six grade. After being presented with various instruments, he desperately wanted to play trombone. However, his music teacher asserted he had the perfect mouth for saxophone, and his career was started. Walker started the Charles Walker Band 15 years ago, initially as a blues band. When Porsche Carmon joined, a Columbus, OH native and female vocalist and hand percussionist in the band, the sound begin to shift towards funk. Eventually, Charles and Porsche became a couple, and together laugh, cry, and argue about how best to plan shows that compete with cell phones and tablets. As a testament to their ability to create an engaging show, one fan said at Milwaukee’s Summerfest, “I had to go to the bathroom for two hours but held it because I didn’t want to miss a minute!”
The core of the Charles Walker Band is a three piece band. Besides Charles and Porsche, David Johnson nails down the drums.
Big Freedia (pronounced “FREE-da”), known as the Queen of Bounce, is at the forefront of the Bounce rap movement (a subgenre of hip-hop born out of New Orleans and known for its call and response style and lightening speed booty-shaking dance). Performing five out of seven nights in any given week with dancers she calls The Divas, Big Freedia’s show is nothing short of dazzling. She tours every city in America from New York to San Francisco and is always a favorite at festivals such as Electric Forest, Hangout Fest, FunFunFun Fest, SXSW, and Bonnaroo, among many others.
Gay and proud, Big Freedia asserts that her (Freedia is a he but uses the feminine pronoun for her stage persona) sexuality has little to do with her music. "All types of people—gay, straight, rich, poor, black, white come to my shows. People just wanna get out and shake their azzzz and have a good time!”
Big Freedia has gone from a local New Orleans phenomenon to a national one over the past two years. After appearing in two episodes of HBO series ‘Treme’ [as herself] and in 2010, she released her debut EP on Scion A/V Presents: Big Freedia, produced by NOLA producer BlaqNmilD. The EP featured notables “Excuse” and “Almost Famous; other fan-favorites include “Gin in my System” “Azz Everwhere” and “Y’all Get Back Now.” Adding to her catalog, this year she released “Nah Who Mad” and “Booty Whop,” and she was featured on Spank Rock’s Everything is Boring and Everyone is a Fucking Liar LP, on the track “Nasty.”
This January, Freedia made her television network debut on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She appeared on “Last Call with Carson Daly,” FADERTV, PITCHFORK TV and has been lauded in press outlets such as The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Fader, RollingStone.com, SPIN, OffBeat, Chicago Tribune, Columbia Spectator, Pheonix New Times, San Francisco Chronicle, LA Times, LA Weekly, among many other media outlets.
Always pushing artistic boundaries, this year Big Freedia went hi-tech by releasing the Big Freedia Booty Battle Video Game, which Forbes magazine covered, calling it “…everything a great game should be.”
VIP Packages Include:
1. Balcony access, with private bar (fingers crossed its approved)
2. 2 complimentary drinks
3. Complimentary Snacks
4. Includes "Line-skip" for those with tickets
Nonstop to Cairo is quickly emerging as one of New York’s premiere bands as they bring their music, a unique blend of ska, hip-hop and funk, to a dedicated fan base up and down the East Coast.
Nonstop to Cairo has performed alongside an impressive array of acts including The Wailers, Dirty Heads, Galactic, Matisyahu, Fishbone, Redman and many others.
The band recorded their first EP with multi-platinum record producer Jim Sabella in 2009 and had their single “We Be,” in rotation on Faction 41 – Sirius XM Satellite Radio for over a year.
Currently, Nonstop to Cairo has completed their debut album, Dabble Heavy; recorded with their good friend and producer Tom Stiegler of Blokhed Studios. Together they were dedicated bringing a classic album to their fans and the world at large. The album has been a two year process of refining their sound to capture the full essence of who they are as a band and the message they want to convey.
New York's brand new Phish tribute! An all-star cast of local musicians, Dinner And A Movie brings Phish tunes from all eras and a serious ability to jam. Featuring Chris Eves on guitar, Elliot Jarvis on bass, Jack Jarvis on drums, and Brian Lauri on keys. Check out our events page- we're coming to your town, we'll help you party down!
One basic but incomplete answer is that Taj Weekes is a dreadlocked Rastafarian musician, bred in the Caribbean but shaped by intercontinental life experience. A more significant answer would be that he is a creative, poetic singer-songwriter who fronts a dynamic reggae band named Adowa. And there’s an additional, highly significant answer, just as true as the first two. Taj is an unwavering, energetic humanitarian whose dedication extends beyond his song lyrics into his social activism, an activism that has culminated in his official role with the United Nations as “UNICEF Champion for Children” and his children’s charity, They Often Cry Outreach (TOCO).
Adowa is a disciplined team of talented musicians from differing cultures and with broad musical influences that backs Taj Weekes live and on recordings. The name salutes the battle of Adowa in 1896, which ensured sovereignty for Ethiopia and proved crucial in the advancement of African independence and pride. Adowa’s specific line-up alternates from time to time, but at a typical gig you might see a bassist from Dominica steeped in soca, a classically trained keyboardist with roots in Barbados, a Jamaican reggae stalwart on drums, a Trinidadian guitarist, and backup singers from yet another island. What’s consistent is that the eclectic styles and tastes of its members ensure a freshness and inventiveness to Adowa’s arrangements. The faces may change, but the excellent musicianship, and the vibe, remain.
Established in 2017, Strange to Look At is a fittingly weird meeting of the minds set to shake up the Syracuse music scene.
The band's five players trace their roots back to a variety of styles — from blues to punk rock, to prog, to ska, to North Indian classical music. As Strange to Look At, they've found unity in an affinity for horror and sci-fi soundtracks and female-fronted indie rock.
At times sludgy, then psychedelic, then lush and danceable, but always a little spooky, Strange to Look At makes the kind of noise that's best experienced live.
"It made me want to trick-or-treat."
—Sam Levey, Funk 'n Waffles
Redhouse Rock Camp (Syracuse) is a Summer program where kids meet, form bands, write original music, collaborate ideas for marketing, promotion, photo sessions, logos, posters and prepare for a concert; in this case, a TOUR around Upstate New York.
This is our 7th season and our 3rd year with a touring group.
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.
“I had a wonderful time making music with Pearly Baker’s Best! These guys do Dead music the way it should be done: with great warmth and compassion. They welcomed me warmly onto their stage, and great things happened.” - David Gans (Musician and 30 year host of the nationally syndicated radio show The Grateful Dead Hour and co-host of Sirius-XM’s Grateful Dead Channel “Tales from the Golden Road”)
With a style as unique as its members are diverse, Mosaic Foundation is forward thinking reggae that stays true to the roots. Formed in 2009 and based in the Finger Lakes region of New York, the band has grown a loyal following, thanks to electric live performances and three studio releases. Blending roots, ska, dub, dance-hall and beyond, Mosaic is an exploration in reggae that is pushed to the limits and sometimes spills over. With lyrics that inspire dancing in the moment, and activate the mind in reflection, the songs encourage positivity, sustainable living and community.
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!
Root Shock has been surprising and delighting crowds across the Central New York region, bringing their unique high-energy style spearheaded by the stunning vocals of Jessica Brown to a wide range of settings. The band’s dedication to spreading music with a positive message has paid off in entertaining, elevating, and energizing music lovers of all walks of life!
All That We Seem is not just another album by Violet Mary. For the five-piece outfit, this fourth effort is their most ambitious work to date – where no style is immune from their hands. While their familiar blues-rock remains a vital force, Violet Mary expands their palette with journeys into Radiohead-inspired alt-rock, rollicking power pop, blue-eyed funk, string-driven folk balladry, orchestral whimsy, and even tunes with a social conscience rarely heard in their previous albums.
“I think that the album was meant to be diverse (as always), but with a defining structure lyrically as well as musically,” recounts bassist and co-producer Martin Dorren. “The lyrical themes are more hybrids of social and personal reflection and how both are intertwined within each other... both chickens and both eggs. Musically, we tried to separate the ‘darker’ energy on the first disk from the ‘lighter’ on the second. It was our hope that the colors of each song then would have a certain continuity, not unlike a musical suite.”
The band returned to Belly of the Whale Studio, their creative home away from home since the band’s first record in 2009, in October 2014 with a batch of songs unlike any they’d previously released. They each had a dark and deeply personal tone to them, like a person staring into the abyss. Yet, as tracking and further writing evolved and some lighter songs were brought to the table, it became clear that the record was, in fact, a two-volume affair. According to guitarist and percussionist Scott Cranfill, ”After struggling with cutting down the songs we had written to a typical album length, we simply couldn't part with any of them. We also realized that they somewhat separated into two groups by musical feel, so it seemed like a natural fit to release a double album.”
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. Tahlia Cott began adding her soulful fiddle sound to the band in 2015. Local legend John Irvine often rounds out the sound as the band's guest mandolin player.