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Steely Dan

Grammy Award-winning and Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame band Steely Dan, led by Donald Fagen and Walter Becker, has sold more than 40 million albums worldwide throughout their legendary music career. Steely Dan’s unique blend of funk, R&B, and pop has produced an infectious sound and unforgettable lyrics since their formation in 1972. Steely Dan’s debut album Can’t Buy A Thrill garnered now classic hits “Do It Again” and “Reelin’ in the Years.” They continued through the 1970s to help define a generation of music releasing seven platinum-selling albums with hit after hit including: “Rikki Don’t Lose That Number,” “F.M.,” “Peg,” and “Babylon Sisters.” Their 2000 album Two Against Nature won four Grammy awards including Album of the Year.

Alabama Shakes

Alabama Shakes has recently become one of the most celebrated live acts in the world. Their second album Sound & Color, won the Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2016 along with two additional Grammys for the album’s first single, “Don’t Wanna Fight,” in the Best Rock Performance and Best Rock Song categories. Sound & Color, debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200, appeared on many critics’ best-of-2015 lists, including The New York Times, NPR Music, Associated Press and Rolling Stone, which called it “one of the year’s most daring interstellar groove journeys.” Comprised of lead singer and guitarist Brittany Howard, guitarist Heath Fogg, bassist Zac Cockrell, drummer Steve Johnson, and touring keyboard players Ben Tanner and Paul Horton. Billboard named Howard as the 2015 Women in Music “Powerhouse” artist.

Preservation Hall Jazz Band

Legendary New Orleans ensemble Preservation Hall Jazz Band (PHJB) just announced the release of a new studio album, So It Is, for April 21. The album features the single “Santiago” inspired by a 2015 trip to Cuba. The Los Angeles Times says of the song: “The result is a marriage of the infectious street parade rhythms endemic of New Orleans bands and the vibrant dance pulse at the heart of much Cuban music.” Preservation Hall celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 and is now led by Ben Jaffe, son of PHJB co-founders Allan and Sandra Jaffe. Originally founded to promote the New Orleans jazz sound, PHJB has expanded on that tradition and continues to tour the world.

Carolyn Wonderland

Carolyn Wonderland is a musical force described as having the soulful vocals of Janis Joplin and the guitar skills of Stevie Ray Vaughan. She comes from the Texas blues tradition and has become known for her unmatched presence and performances on stage. Along with the guitar and the multitude of other instruments she learned to play – trumpet, accordion, piano, mandolin, lap steel – Wonderland even throws in a whistling solo on occasion. Her breakthrough album release was 2008’s Miss Understood. Wonderland’s album quickly reached the Top 10 on Billboard’s Blues chart and her live shows left a trail of screaming fans in its wake.

Shane Kirsch and Rang-A-Boom

Rang-A-Boom is a tightly woven blanket of funk/blues and soul-jazz designed to wrap you up in groove. After one time with this line-up, you will hear why their schedule is rapidly filling up, and why this backwards “boom-a-rang” keeps goin’ and goin’ and goin’…For over two decades, saxophonist Shane Kirsch (co-director of the instrumental music program at The Brunswick Upper School) has graced the stage with many national and local artists including George Clinton, Michael Franti, Perfect Thyroid, The Fuzzy Flow and Belizbeha. His most recent project, Rang-A-Boom, is a funky collaboration with some of the grooviest road warriors of the area. They have already shared the bill with P-Funk, Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Phil Lesh, Hall and Oates, and John Fogerty. Rounding out the band: Chris Vitarello and New York Blues Hall of Famer, Petey Hop, on guitars, Jeff Pettit on alto sax, Anthony Candullo on bass, Chris Burke on organ, Erik Perez on drums, and Christine Tambakis (John Oates, Kung Fu, Bernard Purdie) and her powerhouse pipes!

Local Bands
Jay & Ray Jams for Fams
Jay & Ray Jams for Fams
Both Jay and Ray are professional musicians and dads. Individually, the have been playing since high school with a pedigree of touring not only in the U.S., but all around the world, and also they possess advanced degrees in Childhood Education centered around music. Their inspiration for the program came from teaching and playing music with their own children, as well as creating something that was fun for the parents too.
Emma Friedman
Emma Friedman
Emma Friedman is a singer-songwriter from Greenwich, Connecticut. She plays the guitar, piano, and drums. In addition to writing and performing music, Emma enjoys music production and editing. Recently, Emma was selected as a winner of the “Performing Songwriter” showcase at Berklee College of Music. Keep an eye out for Emma’s first EP, Full Circle, which will be available at the end of the summer!
Mongolian Monkfish
Mongolian Monkfish
Mongolian Monkfish is an original rock group formed in Greenwich, CT in 2009. The group consists Jamie Khalifa (lead vocals), Pete Cornell (lead guitar), Chris Marrone (bass guitar), Bryan Dmuchowski (keyboards), and Sammy Lebreton (drums). They draw heavily from influences in 70’s and 90’s rock, and bolster their sound with chorus driven vocal hooks. The group’s most notable performances include Alive@Five in downtown Stamford, CT, opening for Shaggy where attendance reached well over the 10,000 person limit. They also opened for Bozz Scaggs at Jazz Up July in Stamford.
Tides
Tides
TIDES is Innocent and Dan. Hailing originally from Zimbabwe and South Korea respectively, the two met at the highly selective Grammy camp in 2009. The pair discovered immediately bonded over a shared multi-instrumental approach to production. After parting ways, they continued down separate paths, settling in CT and LA respectively. The cross-country barrier didn’t stop them from working together over the years while they pursued their own musical endeavors Innocent would both produce and sing hooks for a plethora of east-coast up and coming Pop/R&B acts, while developing his own unique blend of urban/soul/electronic sounds. Dan would earn his degree in audio production and jump into behind the scenes session work in the bubbling LA music scene. During the first week of 2016, Innocent shared a new track with Dan, as they had done dozens of times before. An online production session quickly turned into a landmark decision to finally form the duo they had imagined for the past seven years.
The Clams
The Clams
The Clams bring a high energy blues and funk sound with a focus on ’70s and 80s classic rock hits, featuring songs by such artists as Santana, Eric Clapton, The Allman Brothers and Van Morrison. Five of the band members graduated from Greenwich High in the early ’80s, and some made up the the local band, Revelation, from that time period.
The Bramblemen
The Bramblemen
Rich Bloom has been a Cos Cob resident for almost 30 years. He writes, sings, plays guitar for The Bramblemen, who perform Rock ‘n Roll with a Country twist. Band members include Eddie Watkins, Mike Guba, Dave Washicoski, Cody DeRespina. They have released one album of original material, “Fast Train to Memphis,” were featured on Garage Band Tribute to The Monkees, and were featured on the “Do Right Men-Tribute to Dan Penn/Spooner Oldham” album released last year, on the track “You Really Know How to Hurt a Guy,” recorded in Nashville with The Box Tops and sax player Arno Hecht (The Uptown Horns). The Bramblemen are currently working on a new album of originals and covers.
Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth
Charlie Scopoletti & The Truth
Charlie Scopoletti is proof that musicians have influence that can lead to real impact. Through his music and partnered fundraising initiatives he has helped raise over $1,000,000 for charities and has been recognized for his selfless commitment to helping others, with a Certificate of Appreciation by Westchester NY County Executive, Awarded News 12 Hometown Hero & GTP Hero, Honoree for The One Hundred and a Proclamation naming March 7th “Charlie Scopoletti Day”. A two-time cancer survivor, his music draws from the unique perspective of someone who’s faced and overcome adversity. His music speaks stories of the human condition, creating a combination of inspiring songwriting and thought-provoking lyrics. Charlie strives each day to help inspire, spread hope and make positive change to enhance people’s lives. Charlie has performed at countless venues in the U.S, and all over the world in beautiful countries like Italy, Portugal, Spain, Costa Rica, the islands of St. Bart’s, St Martin and Aruba, but he always returns home to perform at his favorite places in Greenwich, CT and surrounding areas.