Welcome to the Bristol 4th of July 2015 Concert Series.
Concert Series Donations are respectfully encouraged.
6:30 p.m. - Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble
Gerry Grimo and the East Bay Jazz Ensemble's repertoire includes a wide range of material from the 1930's through 1990's with an emphasis on the "hits" of Jazz, Big Band, Swing, Standards, Oldies, Motown/R&B, Classic Rock, and 90's Pop/Dance music, Reggae, Country. Ballroom, Latin and more..
7:45 p.m. - The Adam Ezra Group
"Band of the Year" - 2013 New England Music Awards
"Album of the Year" - Ragtop Angel - 2012 New England Music Awards
"Hands down, the best roots rock band to come out of Boston since the Del Fuegos." - The Alternate Root
“…this is our band. we are from Boston. we are lovely, happy people...”
The Adam Ezra Group (AEG) is not just a band; they are a force to be reckoned with musically, personally and socially. Selling records and tickets is important to AEG, but they are committed to changing the world with their songs and their actions along the way. Ezra and his band are activists and community leaders as much as they are musicians and songwriters. Ezra has spent time living out of a van, farming in Canada, volunteering for the relief effort in Kosovo, and practicing environmental geography in South Africa. Whether as a kitchen hand or carpenter, teacher, athlete, or traveler, Ezra crams it all into the music, always challenging our perspective and often teetering somewhere between gutsy rocker and sensitive poet.
The group’s live performances are sweaty, passionate affairs that have been compared to those of Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, and have attracted the attention of Royal Avenue Records. In 2010, Ezra immediately signed with Royal Avenue and began working on the album that eventually became Ragtop Angel. Royal Avenue paired the group with multiplatinum producer Aaron Johnson and released "Ragtop Angel," the group's debut recording. "Ragtop Angel" shot to the top of the Amazon charts peaking at #4 behind John Mayer and Sarah Bareilles and was featured on iTunes "New and Noteworthy Rock Albums" in December of 2011. Soon after, “Ragtop Angel” won "Album of the Year" and "Takin' Off" won "Song of the Year" at the New England Music Awards.
Having toured with Rusted Root, The Avett Brothers, Jason Mraz, Corey Smith, Deer Tick, The Goo Goo Dolls, Blues Traveler, Los Lobos, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Dwight Yoakam, Gin Blossoms, and many more, the Adam Ezra Group has graduated from the local Boston scene to the national level with a momentum that has catapulted them towards being one of the country’s most talked about bands.
This Concert is sponsored by: Kelly & Mancini LLC/ABC6 TV/Tri-Mack/Santander.
6:30 p.m. - Rendition
Rendition is an Acoustic/Electric trio who's strength is putting their own spin on a wide range of great songs with big harmonies that will astound you. Music from the 60’s to the present is featured in a laid back acoustic/electric format that will have you stomping your feet and clapping your hands. Rendition is very popular on the local club scene, and will delight audiences of all ages.
7:45 p.m. - Band of Brothers
Band of Brothers is a unique combination of six musicians who have been playing music since the 60's. The members have been in the bands One Bone Shy, Deja Vu, Time-Piece, Run-21, F-Sharp, Neon Jungle, and Touch, to name a few. Formed to showcase multi part vocal harmonies and an out of the ordinary variety of music, Band of Brothers takes extreme pride in performing a show that you won't forget.
This Concert is sponsored by: Carl Benevides Contractors/Quito's Restaurant/Crown Collision/United Parking.
6:30 p.m. - The East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble
The East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble is celebrating its 37th Summer Season of Music and provides a wind ensemble experience for advanced instrumentalists of high school age and up. Under the direction of David M. Marshall, the orchestra features selections from crowd pleasing contemporary favorites to complicated classical pieces which highlight the technical abilities of these advanced musicians. To learn more about the East Bay Summer Wind Ensemble visit their website.
7:45 p.m. - Michael DiMucci
Michael DiMucci will perform a program of classic songs and standards, movie themes, Broadway show tunes, and contemporary favorites popularized by a variety of composers for the theater and screen such as Stephen Sondheim, Rogers & Hammerstein, Jerome Kern, Henry Mancini, Andrew Lloyd Weber, and others. A native of Trenton, New Jersey, Michael, now relocated to Rhode Island, is a familiar face in Bristol, having done numerous shows at Linden Place and Cabaret and Sing Along performances at The Lobster Pot. He is also the current tenor soloist and cantor at Saint Mary's Church in Bristol. His eclectic repertoire and experience in musical theater and the American Songbook has enabled him to perform with the Rhode Island Philharmonic, the Swing and Jazz Band Avenue A, and in the South County Production of works by Gilbert and Sullivan. He has also appeared in the Opera Workshop of URI's productions of operas such as The Magic Flute, The Mikado, H.M.S. Pinafore and more.
This Concert is sponsored by: Beta Engineering/Sunshine Fuels/426 Fitness/Seabra
7:00 p.m. - 88th Army Band
The 88th Army Band, as part of the Rhode Island Army National Guard, has the primary responsibility to provide Musical Support across the state. The Band has a long and proud history of service to our State and Country. Instituted in 1892, the band performs a wide range of music from patriotic, classical, contemporary, big band swing, country, and the latest top-40 hits. Their Pop Rock Ensemble is consistently in the top East Coast Army Ensembles. Their show is a lively Patriotic presentation coupled with a high energy Rock set that will keep everyone thoroughly entertained.
This Concert is sponsored by: Clean Care of NE/Bank of Americ/Jimmy Stuart/DeWolf Tavern.
6:30 p.m. - Chasing Blue
Formed in the fall of ’08 at Berklee College of Music in Boston, Chasing Blue plays a mix of original and traditional bluegrass material with unique arrangements and hard-driving style. Original material holds true to the bluegrass tradition but strong lyrical ideas and progressive musical ideas make the Chasing Blue sound. Recently completing a tour through Ohio, Indiana, and Florida, Chasing Blue is regarded as one of the top Bluegrass Bands in New England. Banjo Player Maggie Mackay is the first female principle banjo player to graduate from Berklee College of Music with a degree in Professional Music. Along with Laura Orshaw on Mandolin, Michael Reese on Guitar, Alex Muri on Bass, and Danny Musher on Fiddle, Chasing Blue is the first Bluegrass Band to perform at the Bristol Concert Series.
7:45 p.m. - Simply Diamond
Several years ago Paul Shaffer, the bandleader from " The Late show with David Letterman", heard Brian La Blanc singing a Neil Diamond song. He was amazed at how much he sounded like Neil Diamond and suggested that Brian start a Neil Diamond tribute band. " Simply Diamond" was born and the journey officially began. Since that time, Simply Diamond has toured across the United States and other countries and is a nationally acclaimed “Tribute to the music of Neil Diamond.” Though you will see the famous sequined shirt on stage, Brian and the band really focus on the music first and foremost. They pay great attention to the detailed song arrangements that Neil Diamond and his collaborators created. They may sound like simple songs sometimes but when you really dig into the arrangements, they are far from simple. The songs are brilliantly crafted from beginning to end. Though Simply Diamond is true to Neil's song arrangements, they often put their own stamp on much of the material. There are many Neil Diamond tribute shows, but only one Simply Diamond and they shine above the rest!
This Concert is sponsored by: Stop & Shop/Regan Heating/DeWolf .
7:00 p.m. - The World Premier Band
When true musicians of multiple backgrounds and talent come together, the music becomes a wall of sound that no jam session could ever produce. Audiences inspire the musicians to reach beyond the dimensions of their abilities to satisfy the listener. This is The World Premier Band – musicians with endless imaginations seeding the music of the 90’s and Today with Funk, Dance, Originals, and R&B. Multiple vocalists, choreographed stage moves, and Boston’s finest musicians present a performance not to be missed.
This Concert is sponsored by: Crossroads Restaurant/BankNewport.
6:30 p.m. - Crushed Velvet
Crushed Velvet is a high energy tribute to the golden age of guitar driven rock of the 1970’s. Their performance includes songs from bands such as Queen, Steppenwolf, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Cheap Trick. A popular act on the local club scene, the members of Crushed Velvet share a passion for live exciting visual performances that are sure to bring crowds of all ages to their feet.
7:45 p.m. - Detroit Breakdown
Detroit Breakdown is a high energy group playing music that is specifically tailored to keep the audience up on their feet. Formed in September of 2008, the band plays cover and original music that blends infectious grooves from a vast array of genres and artists that the band members interpret in their own way, leading to a common thread connecting each song in a natural, yet unique way. The band is comprised of lead vocalist Paul Petit, guitarist Scott Cioe, Bassist Richard Roussel, Keyboardist Richard Jiacovelli and Drummer and Bristol native, Billy Donohue. Together with sound man Russ Peck, this veteran local act has a combined 170 years in the music business!
This Concert is sponsored by: Farmer & First/RI Credit Union/Columbus Fan.
6:30 p.m. - North Shore Acappella
For over 30 years North Shore Acappella has excited audiences throughout New England adding an experienced blend of harmony, rhythm, and tempo to songs from the 1940’s through today. Every performance is arranged in a way that showcases each singer in a lead role – a trait that very few acappella groups in the country can claim. This harmony is brought to you by Tommy Duarte, Paul Lopes, Jimmy Martin, Vinny Straccia, and Guy Chiapponi. In 1991 North Shore Acappella won The National Harmony Sweepstakes in San Rafael, California. Defeating six other top finalists from across the country; The special art of delivering music without instrumental accompaniment is what North Shore Acappella is all about. The award-winning group offers a continuously fresh repertoire comprising hundreds of popular hits.
In 2011 North Shore Acappella was featured on NBC’s The Sing Off dazzling listeners across the country. North Shore Acappella has appeared as the opening act for The Temptations, The Platters, Ben E. King, Johnny Maestro, Al Jarreau, Roberta Flack, Frankie Vallie, and Gene Pitney.
7:45 p.m. - REMINISCE
REMINISCE is an 8 member oldies group specializing in songs from the 50’s and early 60’s. With 4 vocalists and 4 instrumentalists, the group prides itself on achieving the original record sound when performing any song. Arrangements are as close to the original group sound as possible. REMINISCE has performed for national and regional audiences and continues to carry on the “Oldies” tradition.
This Concert is sponsored by: AAA/Bristol House of Pizza/East Bay Newspapers/Citizens Bank.
7:00 p.m. - Changes In Latitudes
Changes In Latitudes is the country’s premier tribute show to the Mayor of Margaritaville, Jimmy Buffett. This nationally acclaimed band travels the country with beach balls flying, dancing conga lines, and “Trop Rock” for all. It’s the ultimate beach party that’s good clean fun for all ages. Throughout its ten year history, the band has traveled from Maine to Barbados, and Cape Cod to Chicago. From the Walt Disney Theaters aboard the Disney Cruise ships to the National Hamburger Festival in Ohio, Changes In Latitudes has thrilled audiences with an amazingly authentic reproduction of the Jimmy Buffett concert experience. Don your Parrothead gear and come to Bristol’s “Island of Margaritaville.
This Concert is sponsored by: Peoples Credit Union/Bristol County Elks/Bank5.
7:00 p.m. - Steve Smith and the Nakeds
Now celebrating thirty-seven esteemed years touring throughout the USA and Canada, this rhythm & blues powerhouse has taken their distinct infectious blend of rhythm, brass, and fun to the touring stage with Bruce Springsteen's saxophonist, Clarence Clemons. They have been featured on television, appearing on MTV's video countdown program "The Basement Tapes", and the title track for their CD,” I'm Huge” gained notoriety by being included on the Fox TV season 6 Family Guy DVD box set. The song is the driving force behind the animated music video featuring the band and the Family Guy characters. The music video caused quite a buzz on www.youtube.com with over 450,000 views. Recently inducted into the RI Music Hall of Fame, Steve Smith and the Nakeds’ performance will not allow you to sit still.
This Concert is sponsored by: DiPrete Engineering/Washington Trust.
6:30 p.m. - D&D
D & D is Brian DeFusco and David Duarte, a vocal duo known for performing contemporary hits in a stylistic acoustic format. Performing locally and regionally for the past few years, their shows please audiences of discerning listeners who appreciate their interpretations of current hits and material as far back as the fifties.
7:45 p.m. - Our Lady of Light Band
The Our Lady of Light Band is known throughout the United States, Canada and Europe as one of the premier amateur bands. Directed by Maestro Manuel Medeiros Canto, the 50 member band has played for many prestigious occasions such as the Bicentennial of America celebrations in Washington DC, as well as playing for President Bill Clinton. They play all types of music which includes Stars and Stripes Forever by John Phillip Sousa, Olympic Fanfare and Theme by John Williams, music from the Beach Boys, and the 1812 Overture by Tchaikovsky. This opening night Patriotic show will not disappoint.
This Concert is sponsored by: TD Bank/KR Rezendes Construction/Gil’s Appliances.
6:30 p.m. - Caroline Kole
Caroline Kole is not your average teenager. Her normal week may consist of school on Monday, a writing appointment on Tuesday, recording in a studio Wednesday and then opening shows for artists like Reba, Blake Shelton, Alan Jackson, Martina McBride and Charlie Daniels on Friday. At just 17 years old, Caroline knows her passion lies in becoming a Country music artist.
Caroline was born in Houston, TX and grew up in Tampa, FL singing along to The Phantom of the Opera soundtrack and the Dixie Chicks while riding in her car seat. After many failed attempts at sports, she received her first guitar at 8 years old from her parents. Caroline took to it immediately and with green crayon in hand wrote her first song, “Questions,” about a boy at school. Songwriting eventually led Caroline to visit Nashville, where through a friend she was connected to Narvel Blackstock, Reba McEntire’s husband and manager. Narvel heard Caroline’s song “Old Enough To Love” and immediately wanted to meet her. They have been working together ever since.
In 2011, Caroline moved to Nashville after being offered a publishing and artist development deal with Sony/ATV. She most recently released her debut single, “Money To Me,” on Starstruck Records and can currently be found on the road opening for Reba. Caroline also has an endorsement deal with Martin Guitars. With her six piece band this will be Caroline’s first appearance in Bristol’s Concert Series.
7:45 p.m. - SIXWIRE
Nashville super-group SIXWIRE, returning to Bristol for the 3rd time, brings five veterans of touring, recording, and song-writing to the Bristol stage. With three lead guitarist/vocalists and a rock solid rhythm section, SIXWIRE presents a stellar neo country/rock performance. Highlights of their show include a tribute to the great guitar/vocal bands of the 70’s and 80’s, and the now famous ‘Beast’ – a medley of the greatest guitar parts and solos from the greatest classic rock songs of all time.
Members of SIXWIRE have toured and recorded with Faith Hill, Richard Marx, Delbert McClinton, Randy Owen, Vince Gill, Lee Greenwood, Phil Vassar, Olivia Newton John, and countless others. Songs written by SIXWIRE members have been recorded by Tim McGraw, Kenny Rogers, John Michael Montgomery, Brooks & Dunn, Blackhawk, Chris Cagle, Mark Wills, Craig Morgan and more. SIXWIRE’s Warner Brothers CD, debuted in the Top 30 Billboard Country Charts, and featured two hit singles and music videos. Touring included appearances with Tim McGraw, Kenny Chesney, Martina McBride, Lonestar, and many others. SIXWIRE also made numerous television appearances on CMT, GAC, USA Network, FOX, and various syndicated programs.
American Idol producers chose SIXWIRE as a finalist for their FOX Television show, “THE NEXT GREAT AMERICAN BAND” from over 10,000 entrants. SIXWIRE moved from Nashville to Los Angeles for the three month stint at Hollywood’s Television City to be a part of the program. Since returning to Nashville, SIXWIRE has been working on a new album and is featured on ABC TV’s series “Nashville”. DO NOT MISS THIS SHOW.
This Concert is sponsored by: Navigant Credit Union/St. Angelo Hardwoods.
6:30 p.m. - The Becky Chace Band
Roots rocker Becky Chace will knock you over with her voice and her longtime sidekick Brian Minisce will help you get back up and stand at attention. Their vast catalog of original music is authentic, eclectic, and honest. Becky covers artists as diverse as Irving Berlin, Johnny Cash, and Men at Work. She believes in the power of music. Whether she’s playing her original songs with Brian as an acoustic duo, fronting The Becky Chace Band, she is present in the moment enjoying the connection of community that only music can create.
Becky performs at least 200 shows per year. She’s tough to pin down in terms of style; she’s that kind of musician who can’t help but go in different directions. A throwback to the artists of the 1960s and 70s who had intimate acoustic country ballads on the same records with blues rock and pop. Becky’s performance experience runs the gamut as well. With her band she’s opened concert and festival shows for such acts as B.B. King, America, Keb Mo, Melissa Etheridge and Joan Jett at the Newport Sunset Music Festival and Twin River Casino. She’s shared more intimate stages such as the Narrows Center for the Arts and Stone Soup as an acoustic act with the likes of Judi Collins and Cheryl Wheeler.
Receiving critical acclaim for her recordings, Becky’s proven to be a very prolific songwriter releasing 9 CDs. The Boston Globe called Chace’s Take Your Shot “a stunning collection of original roots rock, folk, and blues."
What people talk about most when it comes to Becky’s music is her powerful voice. She’s been compared to Melissa Etheridge, Lucinda Williams, and Bonnie Raiit. Chosen Best Female Vocalist 5 times by the readers of the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll, Becky has been called "one of the most celebrated singer/songwriters to come out of the RI area." Motif Magazine.
7:45 p.m. - The BlueFire Band
The BlueFire Band is a 5 piece band performing an eclectic mix of various styles of music ranging from high energy classic rock, R&B, country fusion, to innovative Jazz rock. BlueFire has been capturing the hearts and attention of people for the past 17 years. The band, along with the special flavor of Randi Fishenfeld’s amazing skills as BlueFire’s violinist, combined with her unlimited frontline energy, offer an incredible, unforgettable entertaining experience. Whether you catch The BlueFire Band at a small intimate venue, or a very large concert, corporate, or City event … you will not be disappointed and you will walk away with an unmeasurable “Wow” experience you’ll be talking about for a long time to come.
The one comment most heard when people talk about The BlueFire Band is “The chemistry is amazing and the energy is incredible” Experience their show…you won’t be disappointed.
This Concert is sponsored by: Navigant Credit Union/St. Angelo Hardwoods.
6:30 p.m. - Trinity
Trinity is comprised of three vocalists with decades of experience in the music industry. An offshoot of the popular East Bay RI band "Band Of Brothers", Trinity started as a vehicle for the three lead vocalists to perform acoustically. Fred & Eric Komiega are still in Band of Brothers, while Joe Caron left the band to pursue varied musical interests. As a vocal/acoustic act Trinity is in a class all its own. Trinity specializes in performing music with soaring vocal harmonies by such classic acts as Crosby, Stills & Nash, The Hollies, The Beatles, Byrds, etc. Utilizing Joe's intricate fingerstyle guitar work and Fred's driving rhythm guitar along with Eric handling electronic and hand percussion, Trinity is unlike any other acoustic act in New England.
7:45 p.m. - Songs In The Attic
Songs In The Attic is a musical tribute conceived and presented with a tremendous amount of detail and affection for the material of Billy Joel. Formed in 2011 by Long Island veteran singer/piano player David Clark, Songs In The Attic has performed for thousands of people at the Jones Beach Boardwalk bandshell, the Neconset Gazebo summer concert series, and numerous venues throughout the Northeast.. With many incredible New York musicians, this show is a stunningly accurate recreation of the “Piano Man” himself.
This Concert is sponsored by: St. Angelo Hardwoods.