Performing together for decades all over the northeast, The Ayers Brothers have been entertaining audiences and filling rooms with great music.
Brian and Chad have been using the blood connection to blend vocal harmonies with guitar arrangements, playing both original and cover material. While the two have performed as a duo, they have also been joined by some phenomenal Rochester area talent to create a full 5-piece acoustic group, “The Ayers Brothers Band.”
Joining them to lay down the bottom is longtime friend and musical companion Mike Nelson on the upright Bass. Rochester native Jim McDermott brings his percussion talents to the group with adding rhythm and feel on the Cajun. And joining in to add both fiddle flavoring and warm vocal harmonies is Fairport talent Maggie MacArthur. As a group, they focus on rich songs that create musical moments that people can feel. Rich vocals, surrounded by great instrumentation are what the Ayers Brothers Band is known for.
High-energy ska, covering all the eras and throwing in plenty of originals.
In October, 2011, in the basement of a local ad agency, five scrappy musicians formed a band with one simple dream: to pull off the biggest diamond heist the world had ever seen. They also discovered that they shared a love of ska, that greatest of all music genres. From the earliest works of the originators like Theo. Beckford, Desmond Deckker and The Skatalites, through the 2Tone era of The Specials, Madness and The English Beat, to 3rd wave and contemporary powerhouses like Rancid, The Toasters and The New Town Kings, Some Ska Band has it covered. Plus, they have a growing pile of originals that have hit written all over them. All told, the band spans 5 decades and two time zones, bringing a loose, laid-back, “what’s-the-worst-that-can-happen?” party attitude to every show.
We welcome back Alyssa Trahan and her band to the B-Side stage.
Alyssa Trahan is a Rochester, NY native that has been making some serious waves in Nashville, Tennessee.
Alyssa’s music combines traditional country instrumentation with modern pop production, creating a fresh new sound all its own that has won over fans of all genres of music, as it can seamlessly cross over genre lines. She is also known for her clever songwriting, incredibly catchy melodies and sweet vocals. Her most recent single, Skyfall/Sony release “Leading The Pack”, has already racked up over 50K streams on Spotify.
Laura brings multi-instrumentalism to a new level to her Americana folk-grass tunes! Rappin’ on a suitcase kick drum with one foot and tappin’ on a tambourine with the other; all the while, hands on her guitar and mouth on her harp.
Eclectic and energetic mix of rock/blues/soul from the 50’s to the present.
The East End Drifters deliver great music for sharing with friends! Joe’s a bluesman endowed with a powerful voice, picking prowess, and a harp styling that hearkens back to Little Walter, and Pete’s fat and greasy guitar lines and solos grab you and carry you off. Together, the Fornieri brother’s vocals move the crowd as the band belts out tunes from the 50’s to the present. Matt McNulty lays down the foundation with punchy, butt moving bass lines, and locks in with the versatile, dynamic and exciting Mike Morgan on drums, creating a potent toe-thumping groove. You need to experience this unique and spirited mix of Rock & Roll with Soul!
A 5-Course Pairing Dinner with music by B-Side’s Open Jam Band featuring Andy Saxby of Banned From the Tavern and Matt Beeman of Acoustic Brew. Tickets are $35 (tax & gratuity included) and are available for purchase at the bar.
FIRST COURSE: Ham and Split Pea Fritter
Ham and cheese fritter with a sweet pea purée and a Sriracha crema.
The Drink: Buffalo Trace Peach Old Fashioned
SECOND COURSE: Cornbread Fried Chicken Bites
Cornbread flash fried chicken nuggets drizzled with a strawberry/rhubarb BBQ sauce, with Southern Comfort apple slaw.
The Drink: Six Point Sweet Action Cream Ale
THIRD COUSE: Pierogies And Kielbasa
Potato and cheese pierogi with butter and onions with Hapanowicz Bros. kielbasa and a sour cream drizzle.
The Drink: Dr. Konstantin Frank Reisling
FOURTH COURSE: Salisbury Steak TV Dinner
A Salisbury steak slider with sautéed onions and mushrooms with a red wine demi-glace, roasted garlic mashed potatoes and Kerrygold Butter corn.
The Drink: Big Ditch Brewing Make Me Wanna Stout
DESSERT COURSE: Apple Pecan Sundae
Vanilla bean ice cream topped with candied pecans, caramelized apples, whipped cream, white chocolate and caramel drizzle with sugar cookie dust.
The Drink: Grandma’s Goodnight Hot Cocoa
Rich hot cocoa with Hazlenut Baileys and a cayenne dusted whipped cream.
We are thrilled to welcome back the songs and stories of Harmonica Pete (Peter DuPre) to the B-Side stage. We will be collecting donations for Honor Flight Rochester during Pete’s performance. Learn more about Honor Flight and how you can support our local “hub”: http://honorflightrochester.org
A medic during World War II who treated the wounded from the Battle of the Bulge, Peter DuPre always enjoyed playing his harmonica for his family, his church congregation, and at nursing homes.
Since becoming involved in The Greatest Generations Foundation which honors veterans for their service, DuPre has performed at major military memorial services in Europe and the United States before thousands.