Performing together for decades all over the northeast, Ayers Brothers have entertained countless and filled rooms with memorable musical moments.
Brian and Chad Ayers’ blood connection inspires a blend of unique vocal harmonies and crafty guitar arrangements, as they perform both original and cover material.
Joining them to lay down the bottom is longtime friend and musical companion Mike Nelson on upright Bass. Rochester native Jim McDermott brings his percussion talents to the group by adding rhythm and feel on the cajon and small trap kit. 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 and emotional connections with their audiences. Layered and nuanced vocals, surrounded by great instrumentation — these are the ingredients for which Ayers Brothers Band are known.
Growing up with influences like Dylan, Neil Young, and Tom Petty, River’s songs are crafted with lyrical substance and vibrant melodies. For him, it’s all about the songs. “The only thing that really matters is how the song makes you feel”, River states.
The mood of his solo performances can change drastically from song to song. Introspective and soft one moment, joyous and rowdy the next. Connecting with audiences on all different levels. Never straying too far from his bluesy rock and roll roots, River seamlessly incorporates folk and Americana into his sound. “I hope my songs add some kind of value to the listener’s life, just like so many artists have added value to mine”.
Hey Mabel play an extensive mix of rock, blues, soul, and pop from the 60’s all the way up to now including Janis Joplin, Prince, Alabama Shakes, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Florence and The Machine, Nathaniel Rateliffe…
Rochester’s hot new singer/songwriter duo Mary Monroe and Nate Coffey provide a unique blend of instrumentation and World-Americana music. Monroe performs the lever harp, voice, and guitar, and Coffey the guitar, voice and bass.
Don’t miss the Legendary Joe Beard and his band performing an evening of smooth Mississippi Blues.
“Joe’s smokey guitar riffs were developed in Ashland, a small town located in the Delta region of Mississippi, where one of the earliest styles of blues music originated.
There was always a guitar in Beard’s childhood home and oftentimes someone would be playing it. He grew up watching B.B. King, Matt “Guitar” Murphy and many other iconic blues musicians practice before gigs in the living room where he lived.
“Those musicians influenced me to a point where I was able to learn how to play the guitar, just by listening and watching them play,” Beard said. “When I picked up the guitar for the first time at 15 years old, I could play all my favorite blues songs.”
His music career has taken him around the world to places like Paris, India, Belgium and Sweden. And in 1989, he performed at President George H. W. Bush’s inaugural ball.” – Rodney Brown / Rochester Democrat & Chronicle
Joe was inducted to the Rochester Music Hall of Fame in 2017.
Chris is a New York native – born in Syracuse, raised in Rochester. After a couple decades away he returned to Rochester, rejoining the musical community in which he was blessed to grow up.
Chris has played in a wide variety of bands across many musical formats. He has played clubs and campuses across NY and New England, along the way playing opening gigs for NRBQ, Robert Hunter, Papa John Creach, The New Riders of the Purple Sage and others. He’s also traveled North America, including playing for the NFL (Super Bowls XXI & XXII), recording a television series in San Diego, and playing a whirlwind tour of 16 gigs over 18 days at the Calgary Olympics in 1988.
Today Chris juggles multiple music projects including solo, duo and ensemble work. Chris brings a thoughtful soul to his vocals, supporting his voice with an energetic, rhythmic guitar style that ranges from sweet to powerful. His solo act features a wide variety of select covers – songs you’ll recognize but won’t hear everywhere you go.
Big Blue House is a trio of seasoned musicians with experience in a variety of genres – merging styles and voices into a unique gumbo of folk, rock, blues, jazz and reggae.
Offering a blend of voices, acoustic, rhythm, and lead guitar, stand-up bass, and occasional mandolin, banjo, and resonator guitar – their songs run a broad range of time and genres but keep a consistency of musicality and lyricism.
Big Blue House – Brian Burley, Bob DeRosa, and Harvey Possemato.
From high energy stomp, to mellow campfire acoustic – Head to the Roots is singer-songwriter Anthony Siciliano. Anthony pulls at the roots of folk, blues, and rockabilly music. The fabric of his songwriting is both thought provoking and playful, woven with the themes of life exploration, travel, and love.
Joining Anthony on stage will be bassist Drew Rosenberg.