GARY U.S. BONDS
In the sixties, Gary U.S. Bonds’ records helped define an era of party music–especially the legendary record “Quarter To Three.” This number one hit was filled with a spirit and energy that would eventually inspire and influence a generation.
Over the next three years, Bonds co-wrote and recorded hit after good time hit: School is Out, School is In, Dear Lady Twist, Twist, Twist Senora, Seven Day Weekend, among others. He performed throughout the world, rising to a status so high, that on a 1963 tour of Europe, he headlined above a group of relative newcomers… The Beatles. Gary managed to transcend the decades with hits through the eighties. His new friendship with longtime fans, Bruce Springsteen and Miami Steve Van Zandt, led to a musical collaboration that resulted in Bond’s Dedication and On The Line albums with singles: This Little Girl, Out Of Work, Jole Blon and Daddy’s Come Home. Billboard declared: “… his gritty and powerful vocals…even better than before….”
Songwriter, singer, music legend, Gary U.S. Bonds & his RoadHouse Rockers dish out hearty, historical rock, roll and rhythm & blues.
Born near Detroit, Michigan, Marshall Crenshaw began playing guitar at age ten and he received his first break playing John Lennon in the off-Broadway company of Beatlemania. In 1987, he played Buddy Holly in the Richie Valens biopic “La Bamba.” While living in NYC, he recorded the single “Something’s Gonna Happen” for Alan Betrock’s Shake Records, which led to a deal with Warner Bros. His debut album, Marshall Crenshaw was acclaimed as a pop masterpiece upon its release in 1982 and established him as a first-rate songwriter, singer and guitarist. The record spawned the Top 40 single “Someday, Someway,” which rockabilly singer Robert Gordon covered and scored a hit with a year earlier, and other classics such as “(You’re My) Favorite Waste of Time,” “Whenever You’re On My Mind” and “Cynical Girl.”
A quote from Trouser Press sums up Marshall Crenshaw’s early career: “Although he was seen as a latter-day Buddy Holly at the outset, he soon proved too talented and original to be anyone but himself.” All Music Guide captured Crenshaw’s vibe perfectly: “He writes songs that are melodic, hooky and emotionally true, and he sings and plays them with an honesty and force that still finds room for humor without venom.”
“His intelligence, integrity, and passion for the great song always show up in his music,” wrote Robert Christgau in his Consumer Guide of Marshall Crenshaw. Over a span of 30 years, Crenshaw has released 13 albums, all of which have received the highest marks from critics and have earned him a fiercely loyal fan base.
The Ramps are New York City’s premier foodie band comprised of musicians with serious additions to food and wine, and vice versa! The group features Dan Amatuzzi, Joe Bastianich, Nicholas Coleman, Eric Seay, & Michael Seay.
Grammy-Nominated guitar virtuoso Gil Parris is known for his special blend of Blues, Jazz, Rock and Smooth Jazz. He has recorded and toured both as a solo artist and sideman with major artists like Dr.John, Blood, Sweat and Tears, Diane Schuur, David Mann, Billy Vera, Bobby Caldwell, Toni Braxton–to name just a few. Some of Gil’s career highlights include…
-Major Label Recording Artist, Gil’s self titled debut CD was released by RCA/BMG! “A smashing debut” (Guitar One), “an impressive beginning” (Jazziz).
-Seen On NBC’s THE TODAY SHOW, CBS, WPIX, RNN, BET’s “Studio Jams,” The YES Network, The Food Network and on the national DVD release, “Masters of the Stratocaster.”
-Has had # 1 Song(s) on MUSIC CHOICE
-Has A Hot Licks Artist Video & the first Truefire artist course, “Inside Out” (4 Cd-Roms)
-The Gil Parris Model Signature Guitar (Reverend) was named “One of the Coolest Artist Signature Guitars of All-Time.” – Guitar Player Magazine
-Gil Parris has an acclaimed DVD out now with Paul Shaffer, Bernie Williams, Randy Brecker, David Mann (hosted by Carolyn Kepcher): “a perfect introduction to one of the finest players around.” – Vintage Guitar
“You’ll be blown away by his mind-boggling blend of Jazz, Blues and Rock.” – Guitar Player
“Parris is an absolute monster of the guitar- lyrically, technically, sensitively. His finesse bending tones and contouring the dynamics throughout his lines truly gave the sense that he is speaking thru the notes!” – Jazz Improv
“His solos are breathtaking, both in emotional expressiveness and technical command of the instrument. He’s one of those players you hear and can recognize right away, no mean feat in this day in age.” – Vintage Guitar
“Gil Parris is one of guitardom’s unsung heroes.” – Vintage Guitar
Paul Shaffer and Gil Live: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3x6AFdLN_w
Gil with Joe Cocker last year: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cmtaasnRse8
Charlie Scopoletti is proof that musicians have influence that can lead to real impact. Through his music he has helped raise over $100,000 for charities and has been recognized for his selfless commitment to helping others, with a Certificate of Appreciation by Westchester NY County Executive and a Proclamation naming March 7th “Charlie Scopoletti Day” by the Mayor of Port Chester NY.
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.
Scopoletti was only ten when he was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease, a debilitating disease of the lymphatic system. Looking back on the months spent in treatment, Scopoletti remembers how the painful process of recovery started his life in a new direction. A foundation was set for him to grow upon filled with the showing of love, act of giving and the power of music.
Scopoletti has released one album and two EP’s over the years, his latest entitled “Today is the Day” was recorded with Oscar winning, Grammy and Emmy nominated Producer/Engineer/Mixer Robert L. Smith. One of the songs called “This Wish” was written for Make-A-Wish® Connecticut, it is a tribute to the foundation and all the Wish Kids around the world.
In 2014, for the send year, Scopoletti put together a charity concert at The Legendary Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY where greats such as Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin, Rolling Stones and many other legends have performed. Scopoletti Co-headlined with Duncan Sheik, known for his hit Barley Breathing and Broadway sensation “Spring Awakening”.
As Charlie continues to grow as an artist and as a person, one thing is for certain, he is touching people’s hearts and here to make a difference one song and one show at a time.