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Erika Wennerstrom is best known as the lead singer and songwriter of Heartless Bastards. After spending the past decade touring with her band, Heartless Bastards, and pushing their unique brand of rock ‘n’ roll into new shapes over five acclaimed albums Erika is exploring new directions as she works on her upcoming solo album.
Best known as the frontman of the influential indie rock trio Dinosaur Jr., J Mascis has also been a solo artist, occasional producer, and film composer. Getting his start as a founding member of the hardcore band Deep Wound, Dinosaur Jr. was founded in 1984 and the group emerged among the most highly regarded in alternative rock. By reintroducing volume and attack in his songs Mascisshed the strict limitations of early 1980's hardcore, becoming an influence on the burgeoning 'grunge’ movement. Mascis' body of work continues to inspire a generation of guitar players and songwriters today.
Iconic British psychedelic pop legends The Zombies have returned to celebrate the release of their latest Billboard-charting album, Still Got That Hunger, lead by founding and current members, vocalist Colin Blunstone and keyboardist Rod Argent, alongside bassist Jim Rodford (formerly of ARGENT and The Kinks), Rodford’s son Steve Rodford on drums, and renowned session guitarist Tom Toomey. The band’s live performances, described by Rolling Stone as “absolutely triumphant”, take fans on a journey through time, from their early hits…their 1968 masterpiece Odessey & Oracle…post-Zombies solo favorites…right to today with Still Got That Hunger.
Brian Wheat (born 5th November 1962) grew up in Sacramento, CA and from an early age found a passion for music via his older siblings’ vast record collection and stories of legendary rock shows. He cofounded multi-platinum selling band TESLA in 1984, who signed to Geffen in 1986 and released hits “Signs,” “Love Song,” “Modern Day Cowboy,” “Lil Suzi,” and many more. Brian has been a driving force in Tesla, providing bass, piano and songwriting for 30 years. More recently he’s added production to his many talents. Being equally powerful and confident on both stage and in the studio.
Living Colour is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 1984. Led by guitarist Vernon Reid, the band’s lineup solidified in the mid-80s w/ Corey Glover (vocals), Will Calhoun (drums) and Muzz Skillings (bass). Stylistically, the band's music is a creative fusion influenced by free jazz, funk, hard rock and heavy metal. Their lyrics range from the personal to the political, in some of the latter cases attacking Eurocentrism and racism in America. The band’s debut album, “Vivid,” was released in 1988 on Epic Records. The album reached #6 on the Billboard 200 Albums chart and was later certified double platinum by the RIAA. It featured “Cult of Personality,” a #13 hit on the Billboard 200 Singles chart as well as the Top 40 hit, “Glamour Boys.” “Cult of Personality” went on to earn the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance.
The London Souls’ unique reinterpretation of classic hard-hitting rock and roll formulae recalls elements of the past with an ever-present boundless energy, fit to cement their place in the future. Tash and Chris have been nothing short of a best-kept-secret among New York City concertgoers since the band’s formation in 2008, building a fervent and dynamic fan base leveraged by their ever-substantiated reputation for consistently well-rehearsed and impassioned, explosive live performances. The band’s celebrated sound and spirit draws significant influence from the driving force of British rock pioneers Cream and Led Zeppelin, to billowing and bouncing funk and soul, to the layered harmonies and memorable hooks of The Beatles and The Hollies, to the contemporary psychedelia of My Morning Jacket among many more.
Some things are built to last. During the course of its two decades of making records, O.A.R. — lead singer and primary songwriter Marc Roberge, drummer Chris Culos, guitarist Richard On, bassist Benj Gershman and saxophonist/guitarist Jerry DePizzo—has created and maintained a sort of a parallel universe. In effect hiding in plain sight from the world outside, the band fills arenas and amphitheaters as it crafts and releases relatable songs with big pop hooks, all of this activity going down completely apart from the mainstream. Within this universe, these songs are bona fide hits, and the band members are superstars.
Bettye LaVette is no mere singer. She is an interpreter of the highest order. Whether the song originated as country, rock, pop, or blues, when she gets through with it, it is pure R&B. She gets inside a song and shapes and twists it to convey all of the emotion that can be wrought from the lyric. Her discography spans five decades, but it is within the past decade that she has finally been recognized as one of America’s finest vocal talents.
The GRAMMY Foundation was established in 1989 to cultivate the understanding, appreciation and advancement of the contribution of recorded music to American culture &emdash; from the artistic and technical legends of the past to the still unimagined musical breakthroughs of future generations of music professionals.
FIKS is there to fix broken and discarded instruments and get them to be used by the students in poor schools in the Bronx, Brooklyn and Queens. The schools are identified by music teachers in the actual schools with the funds going directly to technicians who fix the instruments.
Church Street School for Music & Art is the only not-for-profit school for the arts in Lower Manhattan serving as a community center supporting a diverse audience with affordable arts programming. The process oriented approach facilitates music education through skill building and development of technique in performance.
An innovative training orchestra at Bard College which does outreach and concerts to middle school and high-schools in the NY metro area. In addition, TON supports a number of scholorships to bring in aspiring teachers to integrate into their broader curriculums.
CAE is dedicated to ensuring that all NYC public school students have quality arts learning as an essential part of their K-12 education and is the only organization in New York supporting all arts disciplines with in-school residencies, professional development, and active public engagement and advocacy efforts.
Little Kids Rock is a national nonprofit that transforms children's lives by restoring and revitalizing music education in disadvantaged public schools. This is achieved by partnering with school districts, training public school teachers in their innovative curriculum, and donating all of the instruments and resources necessary to run rockin’ music programs.
The D’Addario Foundation is a unique non-profit grant-making organization providing monetary and product support to high-quality sustainable music instruction programs on the frontline to improve access to music education. We support programs that bring music back into communities and schools and get kids playing as early and as frequently as possible. The D'Addario Foundation believes in the transformative power of music and that mentoring and building communities through music can positively affect social change. .
Sonic Arts for All! (SAFA!) is a new non-profit organization that promotes the hands-on, creative use of music technology in both academic, after-school, community center, and other non-traditional settings. We work primarily with elementary, middle, and high school students in NYC, but others are welcome too. SAFA! is the first of its kind: a mobile educational recording studio and music technology workspace. By outfitting a mobile van with state of the art equipment and teaching artists able to facilitate after school classes and workshops in all five boroughs, our goal is to reach all of New York City’s kids and other creative artists, regardless of neighborhood or economic background.
Day by day, for 25 years, Midori and Friends inspires passion in their students, sparks their imagination, and empowers them through life-changing musical experiences. From the classroom to the stage, the young students develop into confident individuals who realize that no dream is beyond their reach. Midori has reached over 250,000 young people since starting in 1992.