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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The Album is written by Jon Molina and produced, mixed and recorded by Jeff DaBella at Mansion Audio Productions. Jeff Dabella has worked with such artists as Auto Pilot off, Island/Def Jam, Dena, Virus, and Ashley Lux to name a few. All mastering is performed by Earl Cohen , who has worked with a veritable "who's who" of today's super stars. Cohens credits include: Pink, Lady GaGa, Tina Turner, Usher, and Destiny's Child among other greats.
Molina was humbled to share the stage with 80's legend Tom Keifer from the iconic band "Cinderella". The response was overwhelming and sparked the band into releasing their 5 track EP "Swing Devotion" in late December 2015. This was the bands first time to show their true potential and Molina hopes to gain exposure locally and nationally with with their new album "Swing Devotion".
For more information, visit: Molina or their website HERE
They have also created two short films, "Under the Sunset" (winner of the 2009 International Haunted Horror Film Fest for best Horror Musical) & "Broken Vessels" (winner of the 2009 International Haunted Horror Film Fest for best music Video & Horror Band - both available on DVD) and several videos to put visuals to their horror themed music. Never one to settle on making the same album twice, Others constantly change their sound, creating a different concept/story/atmosphere for each album.
Taking influence from Danzig, The Misfits, Type-O Negative, Cradle of Filth and Marilyn Manson to name a few. The band is set to hit the studio in January to record their ode to Black Metal, "Our Hearts Turn Black" with guest volkillist Frank Rotregez. Binghamton is the Home of Rod Serling, creator of The Twilight Zone Television Series. So there must be something in the water...
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Pete Ruttle grew up in Binghamton, NY playing in a number of local groups before eventually branching off to pursue his solo career. For years he has shared the stage with fellow Old Boy artists JimmyJohn McCabe, Taze Yanick, Joe Kollar and Chad Dean in the rough and tumbling country rock group Whiskey Bones as well as playing sideman to a number of other local bands. Pete also has an extensive list of recording credits as one of the go-to harp players in the area.
In 2012, Pete released his debut solo album, Night Songs, with the help of Joe Kollar at Yellow Bike Studios in Binghamton. The album showcases Pete's down-home approach to melodic song writing and also features Kollar as a co-producer and guest musician.
For more information, visit: Pete Ruttle
Prelude The Ruin
Prelude's eclectic influences, as well as their passion to leave no stone unturned, are to be credited for their unique arsenal of material. As archetypical as odd time signatures, key changes, and passive-aggressive interplay are for the progressive genre, PTR emphasizes balance and palatability as forefront to their writing objectives.
For more information, visit: Prelude the Ruin or Prelude the Ruin - Reverbnation
During the 80’s I played bass, lead guitar, and violin in several groups in the Binghamton area. We were popular and played mostly folk music. In one group I was in, Truman’s Cabin, we were selected to play on Saturday Night Live, but were pre-empted by the writer’s strike.
In the 90’s I played with Hollywood Joe at the Woodstock 25th Reunion Festival. It was an unforgettable experience. There is nothing like seeing over 50,000 people while you are playing your fiddle. Nothing in the world like it. Then, I did a short tour with Richie Havens in the New York area.
I began running sound in ’95, after the Richie Haven’s tour. I worked for Sound Concepts and Lighting, and did production for literally thousands of major touring acts. I began as FOH engineer, and then as the company grew I became monitor tech/stage manager. I’ve worked with the Clinton Administration, Asia, Olivia Newton-John, Neil Sedaka, RatDog, Green Day, The Pussycat Dolls, Eric Stone, and countless others.
In late 2006 I decided that I had enough of production and went back to performing music. I began performing with Joe Stento, a musician from the Binghamton area. Then I started doing freelance shows with whomever would let me play. I hosted many open mic nights, paying my dues.
In 2011, I moved to the Florida Keys and aboard a sailboat. I began working at Rocco’s Dockside as Entertainment Director, and hosted Sunday Open Jam, which is a major event in the Marathon area. This is where Steve and I met back up and began to start playing together. We’d meet at Super Tuesday Beach Day at Sombrero Beach and play for hours.
We picked up a few local shows under the name Steve and Randy. After a few months we knew we needed a name, and Fiddle Rock was the one we decided on.
There it is, all in a nutshell."
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Riverside Confession is an independent, acoustic rock band from Binghamton, NY. The band is comprised of the 2 founding members; Jared Ingraham (Lead Vocals, Guitar) & Will Reichel (Drums, Percussion) who have been making music together for nearly 10 years. Jared & Will were also the founding members of their former band Cry of the Scapegoat, a full 4-5 piece Christian rock band that produced their first studio album “Into The Storm” in 2011. As artists together they have had the opportunity to play on stages such as Kingdom Bound, Spiedie Fest (The Hope Tent) & doing an event with the “To Write Love on Her Arms” foundation as well as being requested to play along side with artists such as FireFlight, Chasen, The Brothers McClurg, Aaron Gillespie, Jared Campbell & many others across the United States.
The musical and lyrical heartbeat of Riverside Confession is one of many spiritual journey’s, battles and victories that both Jared & Will have experienced collectively in their lives together. The gritty lyrics that focus in on the battlegrounds of spiritual warfare have garnered many rave reviews among peers and critics. The combination of Jared’s uncanny ability to write lyrics that pierce the heart and his talent to compose intricate yet soulful guitar parts, coupled with Will Reichel’s ability to provide creative & consistent percussion that leads the music, has been a driving force in their success to this point. Together they have the unique ability to make people forget the sound that they are hearing is coming from just the two of them.
Riverside recently released their latest full length album in 2014 with their label and management group New Vine Media, "Destroy The Stained Glass Monster". It now represents the evolution of the band genre and musical vision blending the dirty south with modern rock power. The album landed them exposure on "The Effect" radio network with their single "Bend The Knee". This new direction is to even go deeper with a new album in the works.
Riverside Confession is a high energy band that puts on a very thought out & planned live event that prides itself on interaction with the crowd before, during and after each show. They credit their success to their relationship with an ever loving God who has given them the talents and abilities to be leaders in the world and has granted them the opportunity to use their music to impact many. The desire for their music is to be used in a way that is counter-cultural to the negative impact of today’s musical influence. They have an overwhelming desire to be artists & musicians who are “More Than Music”. If you love gritty acoustic rock that is vocally and lyrically driven you will be sure to enjoy the unique, full and unconventional sound that Riverside Confession brings.
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Their debut CD. .."Songs in the Ki Of Blow.." (2004) has to date sold a surprising amount of copies and the band has endured the past three years playing over 200 shows in their regional area as well as select dates along the east coast opening for national acts such as; American Head Charge, Green Jelly, Brand New Sin, Dog Fashion Disco, Seemless, Overkill, 36 Crazyfists, Ankla, Biohazard, The Empire Shall Fall, Dead By Wednesday, Gwar, Polkadot Cadaver, Straight Line Stitch, Sworn Enemy, Knives Out, Soulfly, Death Ray Vision and many more. Along the way RUINATION has certainly gained a respect from their peers, and are know to pack a house when they have homefield advantage.
Fueled by hatred for all things this 5 piece band lives by the riff and the rhythm section and does not rely on flashy technique or overplayed parts... they simply lay the groove down, thick heavy grooves with the bite of a fuel injected pit bull. Vocalist, Loren Kopp, styles borderline on the extreme, with elements of serene melodies, and powered by explosive styles with a face of their own. The rhythm section, held down by blast beat drummer Jay R, and technically skilled bassist Zaner is the concrete block of the foundation, while the layers of in your face guitar riffs hammered out by founding member Dwr3k, and new addition JayMac bring the demon to life. the entire creation is scary... and takes some getting used to.
Still touring on the coat tails of their most recent release "Slaughter is the Best Weapon" (2009) recorded at Nerol Studios by Loren Littlejohn, the band plans n re-emerging in the local and regional scene after a short hiatus, the band brings a new found energy to their performance, and have already began their hostile take over with every town, city, venue and backseat they infect.
For more information, visit: Ruination
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Dennis Lamp- Vocals
Jason Kruger- Guitar
Tom Doud- Bass/vocals
Dom Costantino- Drum
Straight and to the point.
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Shake Shake Shake
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Rob Kucharek went on to play bass in the band Autopilot Off in '98. He toured extensively until 2005, had two albums out on Island Records, as well as other releases on independent labels. Mike Escott has worked in the music industry for the last 15 years on the touring crews for Dashboard Confessional, Green Day, Warped Tour, And The Used to name a few.
For more information, visit: Six-O-Seven
Stewart was born in Englewood, New Jersey on September 21, 1914, and began playing string bass while attending Dwight Morrow High School. While attending the Boston Conservatory, he heard Ray Perry singing along with his violin. This gave him the inspiration to follow suit with his bass. In 1937 Stewart teamed with Slim Gaillard to form the novelty jazz act Slim and Slam. The duo's biggest hit was "Flat Foot Floogie (with a Floy Floy)" in 1938 (see 1938 in music).
Stewart found regular session work throughout the 1940s with Lester Young, Fats Waller, Coleman Hawkins, Erroll Garner, Art Tatum, Johnny Guarnieri, Red Norvo, Don Byas, the Benny Goodman Sextet, and Beryl Booker, among others. One of the most famous sessions he played on took place in 1945, when Stewart played with Dizzy Gillespie's group (which featured Charlie Parker). Out of those sessions came some of the classics of bebop such as "Groovin' High" and "Dizzy Atmosphere."
Throughout the rest of his career, Stewart worked regularly and employed his unique and enjoyable bass-playing style. He taught at Binghamton University in Binghamton, New York, and at Yale University. He died on December 9, 1987 in Binghamton.
- Slam Stewart (1971)
- Slamboree (1972)
- Fish Scales (1975)
- Two Big Mice (1977)
- Dialogue (1978)
- Shut Yo' Mouth! (1981) - with Major Holley
- The Cats Are Swingin' (1987)
- Slam Bam (2000)
- Bowin' Singin' Slam (1945)
- Memorial Album 1914-1987 (1978)
- 1945-1946 (1997)
- Jumpin' at the Deuces
He is a graduate of The Rod Serling School of Fine Arts in Binghamton High School located in Binghamton, New York where he was honored as a Distinguished Graduate in 2012.Stephen attended SUNY Fredonia where he earned a degree in Sound Recording Technology studying under producer Dave Fridmann. He also earned a degree in Music Performance in Percussion under percussionist Kay Stonefelt.
In 2014, Stephen gave a TEDxFlourCity talk on the importance of audio quality, imploring the audience to listen closer and give more thought to how they consume music.
Since 2008, Stephen has been an editor and founder of The Board of Hi Five,a website dedicated to making top five lists.
For more information, visit: Stephen Roessner
Steve Davis was raised in Binghamton, New York, where he grew up with jazz music being played in the household (father's record collection, grandparents played). The Binghamton scene included many talented musicians including mentors Doug Beardsley (Music Box jam sessions) and Al Hamme (SUNY Binghamton) as well as peers Kris Jensen, Tony Kadleck, Tom Dempsey, Dena DeRose, John Hollenbeck and many others. He is married to the pianist Mary Di Paola-Davis.
He studied jazz under Dr. Jackie McLean at The Hartt School of the University of Hartford in Connecticut. While in school, Davis also gained valuable experience sitting-in and gigging on the Hartford jazz scene with Hartt professors Hotep Galeta and Nat Reeves, and with Don DePalma, Larry DiNatale and others at The 880 Club. Legendary saxophonist Jackie McLean, founder of Hartt's African-American music program, recommended Steve to Art Blakey, whose Jazz Messengers he joined at Sweet Basil in New York in December 1989.
After Blakey's death, Davis joined the Hartt faculty in 1991 (where he continues to teach today) and taught at The Artist's Collective in Hartford. Steve gained further international recognition playing in his mentor McLean's Sextet from 1992–97 and in Chick Corea's Origin (1997–2001). Davis has been a member of the acclaimed, New York-based cooperative sextet One for All since its inception in 1996. Along with Davis, the band features Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, John Webber and Joe Farnsworth. Davis also currently plays with Larry Willis' Quintet, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band/Septet, leads The Steve Davis Quintet (featuring saxophonist Mike DiRubbo) and is a fixture on the New York and Hartford jazz scenes.
He has played and recorded with a long list of jazz greats including Jackie McLean, Art Blakey, Chick Corea, Freddie Hubbard and The New Jazz Composers Octet, Benny Golson's New Jazztet, One for All (Eric Alexander, Jim Rotondi, David Hazeltine, John Webber, Joe Farnsworth), Hank Jones, Cecil Payne, Horace Silver, Cedar Walton, Harold Mabern, Larry Willis, Eddie Henderson, The Dizzy Gillespie Alumni All-Star Big Band (featuring Slide Hampton, James Moody, Jimmy Heath, Roy Hargrove), Avishai Cohen, Wynton Marsalis and the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra, and Michael Weiss, among many others.
Davis has appeared on over 100 recordings as a sideman and has recorded 15 albums as leader, including The Jaunt (1996), "New Terrain" w/ Explorers Quintet (1997), Vibe Up (1998), Portrait in Sound (2000), Systems Blue (2001), Meant To Be (2003), Alone Together feat. Larry Willis (2004), Update featuring Roy Hargrove (2006), Outlook (2008), Eloquence featuring Hank Jones (2009), "Live At Small's" (2010) and "Images" (2010). Steve has a few pieces for jazz sextet sheet music published by SecondFloorMusic.com. Steve plays on a vintage Antoine Courtois large bore trombone bought used in the 80's with a Marcinkiewicz mouthpiece.
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Steve Perry of Cherry Poppin' Daddies
Perry was born in Syracuse, New York to a physicist and a social worker, and raised in Apalachin, outside the industrial city of Binghamton.He described Binghamton as being "a poor, run down, loner class town", which would later serve as a significant influence on his songwriting.
After graduating from Vestal High School in 1981, Perry moved to Eugene, Oregon to pursue track and field and chemistry in the Honors College at the University of Oregon, where he befriended fellow student Dan Schmid. After being exposed to the Northwest punk and hardcore scene, Perry became inspired to follow a path as a musician, teaching himself guitar at age twenty. Finding himself more interested in "drinking beer and going to punk rock shows" than attending college, Perry dropped out in his junior year in 1983 and formed the punk trio The Jazz Greats with Schmid and drummer Tim Arnold. Perry was also briefly involved with Snakepit alongside Billy Karren, Joe Preston, Laura Mcdougall and Al Larsen before performing with the Paisley Underground-styled band Saint Huck with Schmid and Arnold from 1984 to 1987, after which the trio formed what would become the Cherry Poppin' Daddies in late 1988.
After emerging as a successful regional band and eventually becoming a consistent staple of the West Coast third wave ska touring circuit, the Daddies broke into the musical mainstream with their 1997 album Zoot Suit Riot, a compilation of swing songs culled from the band's first three albums. Despite selling over two million copies in the United States and helping launch the short-lived swing revival of the late 1990s which shot the Daddies into the limelight, Perry has often expressed contempt for the band's period of temporary fame, citing frustration over what he claimed was persistent and lingering media typecasting of the Daddies as a generic "retro swing band" at the expense of their dominant ska punk influences. Additionally, Perry has also talked about the socially alienating effects fame had on his personal life, claiming it to have negatively changed relationships with friends and even subjected him to occasional heckling from strangers who recognized him in public. In recent years, however, Perry has retrospectively called the success of Zoot Suit Riot "a blessing" for giving the band and himself the financial stability to continue; as he put it, "no more blocks of government cheese".
Following the critical and commercial disappointment of 2000's Soul Caddy, the Daddies went on hiatus as Perry temporarily relocated to Manhattan for the better part of two years to be closer to his family and "chill anonymously". Upon moving back to Eugene, Perry re-enrolled at the University of Oregon, pursuing an undergraduate degree in molecular biology, graduating in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science. During this time, he was also active singing in the hard rock/glam rock band White Hot Odyssey, a side project he started with Daddies guitarist Jason Moss in 2002. The band released a self-titled album Jive Records in 2004 before going on hiatus in 2005.
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STOOL featuring Crappy the Clown
In 1995 STOOL won a local battle of the bands and received recording studio time as a prize. Soon a decent cassette was available and the band could begin to represent itself to clubs, promoters and indy labels.
The rest as they say, is history.
For more information, visit: Crappy The Clown (Don't say we didn't warn you). Wait, did we?