Bands

2018 Band Bios

 

Friday

6pm – 7:30pm THE ATTIKS A Pawcatuck, CT based high energy 4-piece rock band formed in the winter of 2011, focusing on originals as well as classic/90’s rock covers. Originals convey catchy riff based classic rock tones with a garage rock edge. Our first album Fanattikal is now available on Itunes and Pandora Radio. Influences include Led Zeppelin, The Who, Pearl Jam, and The Rolling Stones. Recent shows include the Springfield, MA Cityblock concert series as well as the Live Lunch Break Concert Series at the Hygienic Arts Center in New London, CT. Having previously placed 3rd in the Mohegan Sun Local’s Live competition playing all original songs, The Attik’s will surely impress and leave you wanting more!!!

The Band:
Ralph Martin – Lead Vocals and Guitar
Alex Ejzak – Guitar/Vocals/Harmonica/Bass
Seth Gushurst – Drums
Ian Krouson – Keys/Synth Bass

7:30pm – 9:45pm SUGAR has performed in some of the most prestigious rooms such as the Waldorf Astoria – New York City, to the stages of some of the largest casinos in the world in both Foxwoods Resort Casino and Mohegan Sun Casino. Performing for over 15 years, SUGAR has shared the stage with the likes of Bo Diddley, Rick Derringer, Tower of Power, The Go Go’s, Kansas, Toto, Dick Dale, Eddie Money, Trick Pony, Men At Work, J. Geils, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, and Peter Frampton, to name a few. Playing everything from Top 40 high-energy hits to material that spans a multitude of genres, styles and generations, past and present, old and new. Sugar delivers with a unique blend of musical variety, vitality and class. sugarband.net

 

Saturday

Noon – 2pm – The CarLeans are a musical collaboration between Connecticut based musicians Jim Carpenter (guitar, vocals), Sarah MacLean (guitar, vocals) and Corina Malbaurn (bass, vocals). The blending of their diverse musical backgrounds creates a captivating musical experience. Steeped in passion for story telling and navigating the human experience, their original songs are raw and powerful – paired with a delivery and live performance that’s honest and marked by well-placed musicianship and vocal presence. There’s a versatile sound that comes from the three piece rooted in Americana/folk music, but extends through Country/Pop/Blues/Cajun.

2pm – 4pm Chris MacKay & The ToneShifters were formed in 2009. Chris started his career playing percussion for New London CT new wave outfit Newjohnny 5 in the early days of the blossoming New London music scene, opening for many national acts including INXS, Cindy Lauper, the Ramones, Tears For Fears and Culture Club to name a few. The band also toured the East Coast and down South performing at such venues as CBGB’s, Studio 54 and the Hartford Civic Center. He went on to front a series of bands playing original music covering everything from hard rock, alt rock, to funk, blues and rockabilly.
After taking a couple of years off with the birth of his sons, Chris got the itch to get back at it and was looking to form a blues/roots project incorporating some rockabilly, country swing, swamp and rock into the mix as well as interesting and obscure covers. Originally started as a straight blues band, It soon took on a life of it’s own when the musical diversity and individual tastes of the band members began to mesh in a musical stew of many genres which morphed into a danceable blend of blues based roots music. The band has since been through some personnel changes and in 2013 they were nominated for a New England Music Award and a regional Whalie Award in two categories for best Rock/Country/Blues. The current line-up features Tim Stawarz on guitar, Ben Perry on bass, Ron Adams on drums and Susie MacKay on accordion.

With Chris playing washboard and percussion to add a little flavor, the ToneShifters have crafted their own unique style that will get you up on your feet and keep you rockin’!

toneshifters.com

4pm – 6pm – The Fake Experience is a musical collective of family and friends. Their music spans a diverse range of musical styles. This approach promises real variety while accenting the many common threads present in many a great song. The Fake Experience’s authentic blend of rock, reggae, pop, country, and original material keeps the party going. With their continually growing repertoire, an ever expanding fan base and an uncommon commitment to performance, The Fake Experience’s live performances are always a party.

6pm – 7:30pm – The Barley Hoppers are a roots trio from Providence, RI who perform Honky Tonk, early Rock and Roll, Rockabilly, Surf, Swing, Blues, and Country. They have an extensive set list covering songs by artists such as Johnny Cash, Buck Owens, Roy Orbison, Wynn Stewart, Webb Pierce, Hank Williams, Richie Valens, Commander Cody, “The King” Elvis Presley, and even the Beatles. A Barley Hoppers show is always a raucous occasion and a rockin’ good time!

Formed by Stan Kozlowski and Ray Reniere after discovering a mutual interest in old Honky Tonk, Sun records, Surf, and Swing music. The Barley Hoppers have been performing their unique blend of music– not normally found in New England, but in the roadhouses of Texas and Tennessee– to delighted audiences from New Hampshire to NYC.

The Band:
Stan Kozlowski – lead vocals and rhythm guitar
Ray Reniere – lead guitar and vocals
Steve Bigelow – doghouse bass and vocals

thebarleyhoppers.com

7:30pm – 9:45pm The Troublemakers. 100 Watt Suns, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, The Hoolios, Whitesmoke, Soul Searchers, Brother Big Eye, Green Tea, Water St. Quartet, Crows Toes, and The Collective are just a few of the bands the members of The Troublemakers were playing in while this band formed accidentally in the summer of 2016. A band canceled on a local booker and and after a few phone calls, the lineup was assembled. The lineup includes the area’s most talented, in demand and seasoned veteran players. Ronnie Lewis plays the drums and handles lead vocals. Sitting next to him is Don “DC” Culp who plays the drums as well. Together they create a devastating pocket. The always busy – and in high demand – Dan Sherer holds down the keyboard/piano duties. Bill Light handles most of the lead guitar work and backing vocals. The band is rounded out by the younger but already seasoned Josh White (rhythm/lead guitar) and Marty Moroney on bass.

The Troublemakers play music and have fun, that’s actually their only real rule. No egos and none of the other nonsense that, unfortunately, has become part of being a modern-working musician. It’s refreshing to see them having fun on stage, acting like they are in the garage like when they were kids and just playing music to play music!

 

Sunday

12pm – 2pm Will Evans has spent the last decade as the primary song writer, and drummer/ front man of the roots rock outfit Barefoot Truth. Four full length albums and several EP’s were recorded with Barefoot Truth, including their latest release “Carry Us On” which debuted at #10 on the Itunes rock chart. Recently Barefoot Truth has decided to take an extended hiatus, which has led Will to a new chapter in his musical journey. Will was selected as one of the nations top 10 finalist in this years Guitar Center sponsored search for the the next great American songwriter. His first solo release landed him in Entertainment Weekly as being right on target for the “Bullseye of the week”. His live performance features his impressive looping skills, combining his drumming background with an aggressive and highly energized acoustic style.

2pm – 5pm Green Tea was formed in 2001… after 16 years they are going strong with a wealth of original material, a 4th studio CD and contagious momentum. The seven-piece line up consists of two guitars, bass, keys, drums, percussion and the dynamic Amie Coffey on vocals.

Toby Kniffin is the primary songwriter, his well-crafted compositions work. He has been playing and writing for over twenty-five years, has performed up and down the East Coast and has learned how to harness emotion and craft songs that can be delivered by a live band. He spent the late 80s and most of the 90s fronting the very successful group Third Stone. Since then he has been a leading force in the bands Liquid Dead, based out of Burlington, VT and The Desolation Angels from New York. Rounding out the line-up are Jamie Conroy, Marty Moroney, Michael Chicoria, Jason Hartley and Gino Maiorano. Music influencing the sound of Green Tea ranges from the melody and magic of Garcia/Hunter, to the driving rock n roll and melody work of the Allman Brothers. Mix that with a Dylanesque writing approach that focuses on the lost art of “the song”….you get Green Tea, a unique and rich sound that is chock full of our forefathers, yet pushes all corners of the proverbial envelope.

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