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The Humble Beginnings BandThursday December 8th 7pm - 9pm
The Humble Beginnings Band was formed when the three of us found ourselves collaberating and enjoying the sounds we made. Our sound is a mixture of styles, we like to call it “hoopjack”. We take elements of classic rock, the blues, new alt-country and Americana and bend it slightly, making it our own without losing the charm of the original sound. Two guitars and a bass, three part harmony…and always with our own flair! From Western Swing, New Americana, Old School Country, classic blues and rock, all blended together into a Hoopjack filled mix of Cow-Tippin’ Rock!
Wreckless MarciFriday December 9th 10:30pm - 12:30am
Wreckless Marci is a Binghamton, NY based party band established in 2001 AD by founding members lead guitarist, Craig Palmer and drummer, Matt Jensen. In recent years, Mark Sedlock joined as bassist, adding a unique groove to the mix. All pieces fell into place when vocalist/front man Sonny Weeks, a Pennsylvania native, joined in August 2012.
Contrary to Mayan beliefs, this was not “The End of the World” for Wreckless Marci. The band has become a staple of the Southern Tier’s bar scene having one of the most eclectic, action packed, fun-filled shows around.
The Blind SpotsFriday December 9th 8pm - 10pm
This Ithaca, NY-based, all original, female-fronted, five-piece band is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all of the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region.
The band only gets better, with its solid-as-a-rock rhythm section, eclectic library of keyboard sounds, and bold and inventive electric guitar stylings. Electrifying lead vocalist and force of nature Maddy Walsh can hang with the best of them, continuing to reach new heights with her voice at every show and on every recording.
Walsh possesses that easily recognizable raw talent that makes each The Blind Spots show an experience that audience members walk away raving about. There are, unfortunately, only so many female rock vocalists throughout history to reference when drawing vocal comparisons, meaning that Walsh has heard the “Janis” comparison all too many times. “I sound nothing like Janis!” she says. “She’s a hero of mine, but sonically—vocally—I have very little in common with her. I think people see a female vocalist having that much fun commanding the stage, and that’s what they’re forced to say. It’s a giant compliment, of course, but it’s a shame we don’t have more rockin’ ladies to look to. The tides are shifting, though…” she says grinning. More recently Walsh’s voice has been compared to Adele’s, Grace Potter’s, Edie Brickell’s and Bonnie Raitt’s, but given the style of music she’s chosen to sing—not to mention her original lyrics, derived from a background in poetry—none of those references hit the mark. “I just wanna sound like Otis Redding,” she says. “Doesn’t everyone?”
The group is still relatively young but has matured at an incredible rate. The members admit they haven’t relied solely on natural talent – the recent recognition they’ve garnered comes from nothing but hard work. “We’ve put in have a lot of hours together,” says lead guitarist and co-founder Mike Suave. “We’re lucky to have a group of such dedicated people.” It’s the dedication to writing new material and rehearsing, the refusal to slow down, and the shared love of the music they make together that continues to propel The Blind Spots forward and set them apart.
Since the release of their debut album, El Camino Dream , a well-loved tight and inspired ten-song collection that showcases the band’s energy and expansive creativity, The Blind Spots have played a handful of the northeast’s well-renowned clubs and have been invited to play at a number of summer festivals, a highlight of which is always the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival www.grassrootsfest.org. In a musical-minded town, virtually teeming with talented artists, The Blind Spots have really had to earn their notoriety in Ithaca. “It’s a great place to come from if you’re a serious musician,” says Walsh. “It’s a good training ground.” Ithaca serves now as a supportive springboard, allowing The Blind Spots to catapult into new areas, and they plan to continue expanding their radius. Since their performance at GrassRoots they’ve enjoyed gracious reception on some larger stages, including the Homer Center for the Arts, and at colleges, including the University of Vermont, Elmira College, Cornell University, and SUNY Brockport.
The band recently released a driving six-song EP called Small Stampede produced at both Pyramid Sound and Electric Wilburland Studios. Copied of that and their first album are available on iTunes or for hard copy purchase on the band’s website, www/theblindspots.com.
So what are The Blind Spots doing right now? Writing and recording the next album set to be released around the fall of 2014, and gearing up to tour on it right after the release. The long-term goals are unabashedly big. Keep an eye on The Blind Spots, as they are well on their way to winning the hearts of new devotees.
552 Main St.
Apalachin, NY, 13732
Fri 3pm – 2am
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