According to Binghamton native Mike O'Connell, he "has been playing the piano since he was two years old. Seriously. Little kid classical music stuff. But some time between age two and age ten or so my mother gave up on the idea that I would one day be a concert pianist and just let me play the kind of music I liked. When I was in middle school I started playing piano in the school’s “Stage Band” and developed a great appreciation for jazz. I learned to love rock ‘n roll later, and funk and pop and R&B. Now I’ll play or listen to just about anything."
My most recent CD is called Mike O’Connell Meets the Mike O’Connell Trio, a collection of songs of different styles and instrumentation. Their only link is that I wrote all of them, and performed all of them too. On some of the tracks I sing and on some of the tracks I play guitar, and I’ve enlisted some great players to accompany me. Those players are some of my best friends too.
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His career has given him some interesting opportunities whether working as a session drummer with indie bands, performing at The Bottom Line, CBGB, or being part of the rhythm section at Le Festival d'été de Québec for multiple artists from abroad. He's filled in for Roger Earl with the British rock band Foghat, backed comedian Howie Mandel and National Steel virtuoso Bob Brozman, performed with wrestlers from the WWF and Sesame Street's Bob McGrath. In 2005 he began working with Joey Molland's Badfinger and continues fill that drum chair.
In 2012 he co-produced and performed on "RIDE", a cinematic album representation of the American West by songwriter Marc Berger. During the time spent working on this project, he discovered an interest in photography and ended up shooting the artwork for the record. He has since created award winning album artwork for a number of artists, including the Dillards' own Jeff Gilkinson and Binghamton native Billy Davis' 2014 release "TOAST!".
ACTS - Fear of Swimming, Her Eyes, Sneak Preview
The Burns Sisters Band - Close to Home
Marc Berger - Beat of Life, RIDE
Dirt Farm - Working the Soil, Grampa, Somewhere Near Itasca
Jeff Stachyra - The Sultana
Spook the Horse - Unlikely Crooked Plains
Michael Savage & Grace Hearn - Calling Madalene
Paris Landing - Paris Landing, TOAST!
Jake Lear - Streets of Michelangelo
Walter Strauss - Pulling Shadows
Jeff Howell - First Time, Wild at Heart
Rick Augustine - Mood Swings
Jonathan Stevens - Missing in America
Mark DeBellis - Boyhood in the Space Age
As of recent, Rizzi is the drummer/backing vocalist for Ed Roland and The Sweet Tea Project. Ed Roland is the singer/songwriter of Collective Soul with Seven #1 singles under his belt) is committed to the project with album(s) and full tour in support of it's debut album "Devils and Darlings" April 9th. Official website www.thesweetteaproject.com
Rizzi has toured relentlessly and recorded many albums with different artists over the last 25 years. He's had success with a 4 year stint as Nathan Sheppard Band drummer & back ground vocalist, and a career highlight playing with one of his favorite bands, FIVE EIGHT out of Athens GA for 9 years. In 2004 they had the honor to open for REM on their "Around the sun" world tour. They’ve shared the stage with other acts as well including Cheap Trick, The Ramones, Seven Mary Three, Cracker, and the Go Go's to name a few. Between the tours, he wrote and recorded an instrumental album under the name Greedy Robots. In 2007 Rizzi moved out to LA to form Ghost Hounds as drummer/vocals. Sharing the stage with classic musicians, including Slash. Recorded with Eddie Kramer (Jimi Hendrix/Led Zeppelin) and debut album with Nile Rodgers producing and Bob Clearmountain on the boards.
Rizzi toured 2011 and 2012 with Zac Brown’s Southern Ground recording artist SONIA LEIGH. Sonia’s had two singles off the "1978 December" record, "My name is Money" & “BAR” and were all over country radio. The band toured all across America (and LONDON UK!) opening for the Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Willie Nelson, Uncle Kracker’s My Hometown tour 2012 etc. and also headlined their own shows. Sonia’s country rock/southern blues style allowed Rizzi to rock her songs with high energy and conviction.He also fronts he’s own band, The Overblown Bastards, from behind the kit as drummer & lead vocalist. Songwriting, Session work and other live drumming gigs keeps him very busy. He continues to live his philosophy, which is to play with heart, and compliment the song.
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We could not be more excited about the current evolution of our band. New members, enormous community support, studio interests, booked tours, a new van, and a list of new original songs just waiting to be played. Welcome to our shared dreams.
For those of you not in the know, Binghamton has an incredible, thriving and closely knit music scene. The town is filled with down to earth and genuine full timers who are all woven together out of necessity. I do believe we have all played with everyone else at least once in one of Binghamtons many shadowy dive bars. You can hear it every night if you want. And that is how and where Milkweed was born.
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Mobday was founded in 2005 with one goal in mind - to create heavy, melodic, hard-driving music and combine it with the most frenetic stage show you will ever see. Since then, through hard work and perseverance, they have gone through the ranks and have become one of the most sought after bands with the most recognized sound in the Southern Tier of New York and Northeast Pennsylvania. Known for their intense, high energy live shows, Mobday has continues their meteoric rise in the NE music scene.
They have shared the stage with multiple National acts including Burning Human, Brand New Sin, Stemm, HURT, Smile Empty Soul and Trendkill and many more. They have also toured with New York sensations Ledyard, Elevator Death Squad and Ruination. Their album, The Beginning: Part II, was released in March of 2011.
In the Fall of 2014, they released their second album, Vertigo, and announced the addition of guitarist Ryan Richards. Ryan was as easy fit for the band as he brings strong stage presence and a common passion of the bands philosophy in music.
MOBDAY was a featured artist in Rock n Roll Industries Magazine issue #9 and was present at Winter NAMM 2014 in Anaheim, CA. They have toured the northeast region extensively playing dozens of national and local venues and have shared the stage with acts including Tantric, Burn Halo, Smile Empty Soul, Hurt, Days of the New, The Ataris and Brand New Sin.
With hundreds of live shows under their belt, MOBDAY is a live act not to be missed whether it be a full on, energetic rock show or a mellow acoustic set with beautiful melodies and vocal harmonies. Their versatility and willingness to do whatever it takes makes MOBDAY a band that is here to stay.
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