2017 Band Bios



6pm – 7:30pm ROCK AND SOUL REVUE is an eight piece dance and party band that has played venues from the Omni Parker House in Boston to the Academy of Science in New York City to the giant fireworks production hosted by the Mashantucket Pequot Gaming Enterprise. We love playing all of your favorite songs from motown to Michael Jackson!

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.



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’!

4pm – 6pm – Copy Copy
Vocals: Mike Mattes and Briana Sommerville
Lead Guitar: Mike Mattiello
Rhythm Guitar: Charlie Miles
Bass Guitar: Jeff Fazio
Drums: Jake Guimaraes

Copy Copy is a NYC Cover Band playing everything from your favorite classic Rock N’ Roll hits to some of the most popular songs of today!

6pm – 7:30pm – The Chris Leigh Band draws it’s influences from the great tradition of American blues and roots based music. Guitarist and vocalist Chris Leigh along with drummer Bob Christina, keyboardist Rufus Davis, and bassist Tommy Reed bring a dynamic, high energy show which will entertain you with stellar musicianship and rhythms that make audiences move!

7:30pm – 9:45pm 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.



12pm – 2:30pm Phil and the Line play everything from Funk /Jam Rock / Reggae / Jazz-Pop / R&B/ to Experimental music. Band members are: Phil Adams- Guitar / vocals; Max Sherman- Bass and Brett Boardman – Bass, Jay Hartley- drums; Jed Johnson – keys and Gino Maoirano on percussion. hailing from Westerly, RI, they play the original music of Phil Adams which is soulful – dancing is inevitable.

2:30pm – 5pm – Sunday Gravy. For the past six years Sunday Gravy has had the good fortune of performing music to appreciative and enthusiastic audiences in and around Southern New England. Sunday Gravy plays a great mix of rock n roll and reggae. The music we love is the music we play and we believe that passion comes through and engages our audiences. Great vocals first (always), then melody and groove. Everything else falls into place.

They have performed venues as intimate as Perks & Corks in Westerly, RI as well as venues like the Esker Point Summer Concert series in Groton, CT to nearly 1,500 people and the “Fall Fest” at Jonathan Edwards Winery in beautiful Stonington, CT. The band has also performed numerous weddings and private parties as well as public events..

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