Musical Acts

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The Outcrops



The Outcrops are quickly gaining traction. In just over a year, they have been performing at a host of impressive clubs and are lining up festival dates for this year including Arts, Sweets & Crafts in April and Blues and Craft Brews in August. They've got an awesome sound, terrific female lead singer and put on a great - and energetic - show. The Outcrops consider themselves a blues and folk infused rock'n'roll band.  They play original tunes as well as putting their own unique flavor with cover tunes. Influences include classic blues and folk songs, and bands as such as The Band, Grateful Dead, and Tedeschi Trucks band. They are a fun band and bring it on 110 percent.



Kinderhook


Kinderhook began in the early 1970's as an acoustic trio comprised of students who met at Rutgers University and quickly evolved into a six piece high energy country rock act.  Seemingly overnight, the band went from playing for drinks and tips at a local college taco joint to sharing the stage with Poco before an enthusiastic crowd of 25,000 at the Schaeffer Music Festival in New York's Central Park.  

By the mid '70's, Kinderhook's loyal following grew to such a point that they were able to pioneer country rock in major rock clubs such as the Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ. Excellent reviews from the New York Times, Variety, and Billboard helped catapult Kinderhook into one of the top drawing acts in the New York Metropolitan area.  They played venues including The Palladium and the Other End in NYC, the Capitol Theater in NJ, The New England Folk Festival and colleges from Boston to Washington, DC. The list of acts they have appeared with reads like a who's who of country rock, including Alabama, the Dirt Band, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and Commander Cody.

Kinderhook briefly re-united for a charity event in 1999 and in 2010 was asked to once again open for the New Riders.  The success of that show and the enthusiastic response to their appearance at the Stone Pony's "Light of Day" show in 2012 helped cement the band's decision to move forward in 2012.  

Today the lineup includes original members Jerry Kopychuk, guitar and banjo; Andy Fediw, bass guitar; Craig Barry, drums; and John Korba on keyboards and guitar.  In 2011, they added longtime Cowtown member Jimmy Ryan on pedal steel and guitar.  All the members are lead singers, giving the band its distinctive vocal presence. A Kinderhook show contains a unique blend of original music mixed in with their own takes on classic cover songs.   

Kinderhook is back, stronger than ever, infectiously enjoying themselves and drawing excited crowds to venues such as the Stone Pony, the Stanhope House, Roxy and Dukes and at various festivals in NJ.  There is also a new CD in the making! For more info, visit www.Kinderhookmusic.com.


Joe Cirotti


Joe Cirotti is a multi-instrumentalist based in Hackettstown, NJ who performs solo and with his band, The Joe Cirotti Band, mixing classic rock sounds with Americana tunes. Cirotti's former band, Only Living Boy, toured coast-to-coast for years and put out the critically acclaimed LP “Hide Nothing” appeared on Daytrotter, and  won and Asbury Music Award for “Best Rock Band”. Cirotti's latest CD, "Reruns", has earned enormous praise. Cirotti's second CD, a solo effort, "Mood Swings". He has drawn comparisons to Nick Cave, Ryan Adams and Elliot Smith. Cirotti frequently guests with other bands, and has also toured with national recording artist Kinky Friedman.



The Bob Lanza Blues Band



There is only one way to play the blues: From the heart with ferocity as if your life depends on it. Singer, songwriter and guitarist Bob Lanza from the wilds of North Jersey leaves no doubt as to motivation, on a stage, with a guitar in his hand. Years with Floyd Phillips and the Mudflaps, and backing legends like James Cotton prepared his audition as a new blues guitar hero. While Bob Lanza has certainly paid his dues, during the past year the band has seen enormous success, particularly on the festival scene where they have become a solid crowd favorite and are now in high demand.

Lanza has been playing the blues in the tri state area for over three decades, with an array of different bands. He has been fronting his own band, "The Bob Lanza Blues Band", since 2001. In 2012, he was inducted into the New Jersey Blues Hall of Fame. They have been used by James "Superharp" Cotton as a backing band, have shared the stage with Ronnie Earl, Hubert Sumlin, Floyd Phillips, and many more. 



Quimby Mountain Band


Known for their incredible live performances, Quimby Mountain Band is quickly reaching new heights as they have opened up for several major acts in the last few months. With the release of their newest CD, Quimby Mountain Band III, the band is looking to expand their horizons bigtime in 2014. This on the heels of their second CD, "Move On", which gained national attention as two of the songs on the disc received solid air time on the Sirius XM Jam Station.

Whether playing in the Northwest part of New Jersey or at venues throughout the Northeast, Quimby Mountain Band continues to garner tons of attention and new fans. High Times Magazine named them one of the Best Unsigned Bands of 2013.

While the newest CD is getting plenty of accolades already, the two lead songs on the CD, "Town of Love" and "Breakin' The Bank", have gotten a tremendous amount of acclaim.

In concert, the band plays predominately originals with a sound that spans a wide range of genres, with parts funk, blues, southern rock, reggae and soul mixed in, or as band members like to say, "We are all over the place." Some of their music has a jam-like flare to it, but the band isn't confined to any one style, which makes them unique in their approach and good reason for celebration among their rabid following. The band's last CD release party in September 2011 was a sellout at the Blairstown (NJ) Theater, making them only the third group to do so that year, following in the footsteps of national acts From Good Homes and Steve Earle. Among the many notable  venues they've played are: The Stone Pony, Starland Ballroom, Sherman Theater (Stroudsburg, PA), Havana (New Hope, PA), The Stanhope House, Mexicali Live, Sullivan Hall (NYC), Crocodile Rock, Hat City Kitchen (Orange, NJ), Blairstown Theater, Lackland Center at Centenary College, Triumph Brewery (New Hope, PA), Twisted Tail (Philadelphia), Clementine Café (VA), The Taphouse (VA), National Underground (Nashville/New York City), and Smith's Old Bar (Atlanta).

Quimby Mountain Band has been a festival favorite, as well, having appeared at MusikFest, Rock Hops, the Waterloo Music Festival, Festival in the Borough, Bourbon Street Blues Festival, the Great Pocono Raceway Festival, Centenary Blues Bash, WNTI Stage, Peacock Palooza in Jersey City, NJ, Wagnerstock in New York, Skylands Music & Arts Festival, Groove in the Grove, and other festivals. The New York Times highlighted the band in an article about the Skylands Festival ("Youth Movement at an Old Festival").  Lenny Bloch, formerly of CBS Radio in New York, says, "I have watched this band evolve, mature, and crystallize over the past few years.  They combine hard energy and spirited musicianship. Their sound is rooted in a blues/rock vain with elements of punk, power-pop, and pure rock.  The songwriting is impressive, unique."

The band has opened up for a host of major acts, including Railroad Earth, Marshall Tucker Band, 7 Walkers (featuring Grateful Dead's Bill Kruetzman), Edgar Winter, Bernie Worrell Orchestra, Dark Star Orchestra, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Keller Williams, former Blood, Sweat & Tears frontman Rob Papparozzi, and Cabinet, to name a few. They are opening up for Foghat in January 2014 at the Starland Ballroom.

The band features Bob Noble, bass, Harry Noble, guitar, Matt Schmidt, guitar, Jesse Bardwell, lead vocals and mandolin, and Matt DiPaolo, drums. Everybody chips in to sculpt each song into its finished product.

The Hackettstown, NJ-based musicians first joined forces in 2005 while in high school and quickly gained a strong following in the Northwest part of NJ. That core following has become even larger as the members graduated from high school and spread their wings throughout the tri-state area. They have since gained a following in parts of the south, where they play regularly now in Virginia, and also in Eastern Pennsylvania. They've also toured in the deep south and most recently in New England. An expanded tour this summer is being worked on.

During the band's formative years, the musicians shared a house in a Latin neighborhood in New Brunswick, NJ where they began to hone their act while living from day to day as they tried to earn enough money to pay the rent - and eat. Quimby's memorable "Basement Shows" at the house doubled as food drives for the band! To this day, they are determined to help people truly in need and often play at worthy fundraisers.


Grover Kemble 

(and Grover Kemble & Za Zu Zaz)


Grover Kemble's unique and colorful interpretations of jazz, Latin, R&B and original compositions have garnered him considerable attention and acclaim from music connoisseurs and critics for well over two decades. Kemble has been in constant demand as one of the New York metropolitan area’s premier entertainers since he captivated audiences in the 1970s at New York City’s The Bottom Line, The Other End, and the Newport Jazz Festival. His career has been nationally highlighted with stints at The Roxy in Los Angeles, the Spoleto Arts Festival in Charleston, and the Wolf Trap Jazz Festival in Vienna, Virginia. Internationally, Kemble has been a regular performer at the world-famous Jazz Keller in Frankfurt, Germany.
While always working on various projects, including the mentoring of young talent, Grover is currently revitalizing his ever-popular full band, Za Zu Zaz.

Grover began playing professionally in his early teens and performed with numerous acts before touring nationally with the novel group Sha-Na-Na. In 1983, before going solo, he fronted the highly popular New Jersey band Za Zu Zaz with whom he recorded the album “All That Zaz.” In the fall of 1984, Grover showcased and recorded jazz material with a new quartet named Blow Daddyo. This band’s witty, entertaining format delighted audiences and won air play on commercial and college radio throughout the New York listening area. Over the years he has also played in both duo and group settings with world-renowned jazz artist John Pizzarelli, and accompanied his band at the JVC Jazz Festival at Carnegie Hall.

Grover continues to be a much sought after performer, solo, as a duet, and with his full band. For more information on Grover Kemble, visit www.groverkemble.com.



Peck & Penn



Peck & Penn is an Americana-roots duo comprised of counter coastal compatriots; San Francisco based Elliott Peck and Jesse Bardwell who currently hangs his hat in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Peck stays busy back home singing, playing guitar and piano in her band Midnight North in addition to singing with Phil Lesh of the Grateful Dead’s band Phil Lesh and Friends. Bardwell has been relentlessly filling rooms with a passionate sound since 2005 playing between here and everywhere else in Quimby Mountain Band and solo alike, sharing the bill with acts such as Railroad Earth, John Ginty's Brother Buddha, the Radiators and countless others. Together the two fashion a refulgent blend of old-time country, Americana, roots and folk music. Their sets are comprised of both original works and a few pieces of adoration pulled from the time-strewn pages of the great American songbook.   



New Road



This band grooves! This regional favorite has been engaging audiences since 1998 with set lists covering the best of several genres. From classic, alternative, and jam-based rock to R&B and originals, they are a music lover’s band.







Brother Buddha


The New Jersey music scene is very wide, and very deep. At the same time, it is an incestuous scene, and often players cross paths in many different situations. Such is the case with Brother Buddha, a four piece rock band made up of four of northern New Jersey's finest players. Organist John Ginty is a seasoned veteran, having recorded and toured with artists such as Jewel, Citizen Cope, Santana, and was a founding member of Robert Randolph and the Family Band. Over the last 20 years, John has worked regularly with drummer Dan Fadel.

Fadel has played drums with Shannon McNally, Neal Casal, Charlie Mars and is a founding member of Hazy Malaze. He spent several years in the central FL music scene working with the likes of Rob Thomas, Jason Ross from 7M3, and jazz legend Sam Rivers. Several collaborative projects later, (including a tribute to Jimi Hendrix Band of Gypsys with just organ, drums and bass) a few tours around the world together and separately, Fadel and Ginty landed back in Jersey again. When a buddy requested their skills for a video demoing some Vintage Vibe pianos, the two rockers needed some cats.

Way back in the day, Fadel was rocking the NY/NJ club circuit with his band, Scooby Groove, featuring Mike Tichy on guitar. As it is with true bros, Ginty, Fadel and Tichy never lost touch. Tichy is an amazing guitar player with a versatile rock n' roll singing voice, who over the years also acquired some mean bass skills….making him the perfect choice to fill out the rhythm section for the video. An accomplished musician, Tichy played bass with the Mooney-Suzuki, can be found performing with Jim Breuer and very recently had an island jam with Jimmy Buffet.

To round out the band, they called on New Jersey guitarist Mike Lawlor, winner of the National Guitarmageddon Championship. Lawlor has performed with Bernie Worrell, Jazz legend Mark Egan and has played shows with Alan Holdsworth and Jon Herrington of Steely Dan. Ginty and Lawlor met at a School of Rock a few years ago, and have been recording and performing together ever since. One of the hardest working guys in music, Lawlor can be found on any given night playing with his own band, Mike Lawlor Banned, sideman-ing it for a singer-songwriter, or doing an acoustic duo...sometimes all in the same day!!

With all that history on their side, the players showed up at the studio that day with no rehearsal, Tichy and Lawlor meeting for the first time, to create music. The four musicians, friendships old and new, recorded amazing Vintage Vibe demo videos that day. The chemistry was unreal, the studio vibrated with excitement. It was so good, they began writing and recording every week, and now... Brother Buddha is born. 



Jesse Bardwell & The Free Union




Jesse Bardwell & The Free Union features Jesse Bardwell on lead vocals along with several outstanding accompanying players. The band plays an array of originals, unique covers and some Quimby Mountain Band favorites.  Song selections run the gamut from rock to country to bluegrass. Jesse Bardwell & The Free Union has performed as a trio, quartet and as a quintet.  








Jessica Koppinger


Jessica Koppinger is a singer/songwriter whose ambition in life is solely based on bringing people together through music. Jessica, who performs both solo and with a band, has been doing a pretty good job of that. 

Jessica was born in Blairstown, N.J. and at an early age was captivated by female artists like Jewel, Fiona Apple and Tracy Chapman. Looking to find “herself” and her own creative outlet at that early age, she learned how to play piano, guitar and flute.

For the last several years she has been performing throughout the Northwest region of New Jersey and is now ready to expand upon her horizons. Among her major events, she has played at the Knowlton Riverfest in Delaware, N.J. and at the Festival in the Borough in Washington, .N.J. She has frequently played at colleges, fundraiser events for causes,  and at local cafes.

Jessica recently recorded her first album, “When the Monster Comes Out,” which she produced. Todd Scheaffer of Railroad Earth was the technical engineer. Two of the tracks, “By Now” and “Ugly Girl,” have received a great deal of airplay on area radio stations.

“I feel my material is raw and real,” she says. “I hope that my message and image that I’m projecting reaches audiences who truly appreciate the art of music.” 


Jody Price:

Instrumental Guitarist/Grandson of Vincent Price 


Twenty years after his death, Vincent Price still commands the attention of generations of horror movie fans, with one in particular: Vincent's grandson, Jody.

Vincent, a Yale graduate, began by playing the straight man, the lead, but “he fell into horror movies,” said New Jersey resident Jody Price of his grandfather. “He loved camp.”

Born in St. Louis in 1911, Vincent’s first on-screen appearance was 75 years ago as the romantic lead in1938’s “Service de Luxe,” a role far from the face of classic horror he would soon become. It was three years later that his first plunge into sci-fi and horror hit the screens, a movie called “The Invisible Man Returns.”

This led to roles in dozens of iconic movies, from the original versions of “The Fly” (60th anniversary marked this year) and “House of Wax” (55th anniversary), as well as a series of Edgar Allen Poe film adaptations.

For children of the ‘80s, he can be recognized opposite Johnny Depp as the inventor in “Edward Scissorhands” and as the speaker in Michael Jackson’s highly acclaimed “Thriller.”

But Jody’s favorites have always been “The House on Haunted Hill,” which terrified his brother for a full month as kids, and “The Conquerer Worm,” in which his grandfather is hacked to bits with an axe.

“For someone who was not an A-list star, his impact was amazing,” he said.

His name is even tied now to a Facebook fan page, where generation and nation-crossing fans share their favorite Vincent Price moments.

But Vincent Price not only enjoyed playing the horror roles that made him famous, Jody said, but his guest appearances on kids’ TV, from animated guest spots on “Scooby Doo” to the recurring role of Egghead on the ‘60s Batman series. He also had a short but hilarious bit on “The Muppet Show” in which Kermit turns into a vampire.

Jody is a computer programmer and locally-renowned acoustic guitarist who had his own piece of national fame in a 1999 Simpsons episode after that year's Super Bowl in which the ghost of Vincent Price tells Marge Simpson that his grandson, Jody, will deliver the missing piece of a celebrity craft kit. As a musical performer, Jody frequently entertains crowds at restaurants and special events.

But Jody’s fondest memories of his grandfather are not film-related.

He remembers his grandfather as the opposite of the often-evil characters he played, as a life- and art-loving man who had an affinity for storytelling and cooking. When out to dinner with his family, Vincent Price would ask autograph seekers to please wait until after they had eaten. When Jody graduated from Newark Academy in 1980, it was Vincent Price who was the keynote speaker.

Always a champion for education and the arts, it is his personal fine art pieces that are on permanent display at East Los Angeles College’s Vincent Price Art Museum.

Jody enjoys talking with Vincent Price and horror movie fans, reminiscing about films and personal memories alike. He is available to speak at colleges, symposiums, celebrations, or any horror-related event.