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Mike Vargas is a Christian blues performer song writer. He was born and raised in South Philadelphia, the youngest son of the first Puerto Rican Mummer. His family is musically and artistically gifted on both his parents side. As a small child he idolized his older brother Eddie and wanted to be like him, who played harmonica and percussion. He wanted to play harmonica like his brother, so at the age of six he hounded his mother to no avail till she got him a harmonica, he has played that instrument since. Later he taught himself guitar, flute,recorder, pan pipe and other things. His music is a mixture of the different musical styles that he was raised with, Rock, Blues,and some R and B with a little string band thrown in for flavor.
You can check him out at:
Youtube channel https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCPhitqBDDHxDQOwzZXmE_MA
Band camp https://mikevargas.bandcamp.com/
The Adams Family Gospel Group from Chester, Pennsylvania started their ministry through music in 2006. The group consists of Adolphus, Regina, their son Hakeem and bass player Michael Bay. According to lead singer Regina Adams, “God has called us to do his work by singing and playing instruments to praise his name and save souls.” They have performed at numerous Christian Coffeehouses and Festivals throughout the region. In 2010 they recorded their first CD called “The Beginning,” opened for the Dixie Hummingbirds in Philadelphia, PA, and performed at the Hatboro Carnival in Hatboro, PA.
The Small Town Cowboys is a new band who first came together to record original music by Bob Fournier for his 2017 CD, “Bohemian Blues.” Their crush zone of ideas has led to a highly creative musical environment. The dynamic guitar playing of Phil Romeo and inventive bass playing of Gabriel Esposito join with the compassionate lyrics of Bob Fournier. The three join voices in strong three-part harmony. Small Town Cowboy’s bold instrumentation on the rock side is complimented on the folk side by brilliant mandolin player, Bryce Milano and sensitive harmonica player, Chris Jeye. Together, these five musicians transform diverse musical traditions into a unique musical melting pot.
Bob Fournier would like to invite anyone to Bob’s Deck Fest 2017 on August 26th at his home on 110 Foster Avenue in Upper Darby. The start time is 6:00 pm. There will be food and drink. The music starts at 7:00pm and goes to 10:00 pm.
You might even consider the event a Small Town Cowboy’s concert. We are all playing short sets individually though out the evening and together as a band at the end.
Check out Bob’s website at https://sites.google.com/site/4bobfournier/.
Since winning the Philadelphia Songwriters Project in 2015, many doors have opened for Alyssa Garcia. In 2016, Alyssa opened for 3 time GRAMMY nominee Crash Test Dummies and season 8 winner of The Voice Sawyer Fredericks. In 2017, she opened for Ben Arnold, Jim Boggia, and Bucky Covington (American Idol Season 5 Finalist). Also in 2017, Alyssa’s songs Loved Actually and Better Life will be featured in Daniel Roebuck’s movie Getting Grace, Winner – Best Film – 2017 Northeast Film Festival. Alyssa’s first full length studio recorded album will be completed in October 2017.
Alyssa is releasing her CD that has been two years in the making, on October 13 at Chaplin’s http://chaplinslive.com/alyssagarcia/.
Alyssa recently did a radio show with her producer, Chris Cachuela, and radio host, Mark Rodgers on WSTW (93.7FM). Hometown Heroes is a weekly Sunday night show promoting local artists in Delaware and the Philadelphia area. There’s 4 half-hour segments where she plays 1 song from the album and talks a little bit about the making.
If you go to: Hometown Heroes and scroll down a bit, you’ll see 4 links to her 10/8/17 show. Below that you’ll see links to the songs she sang on the show.
Other local accolades:
2016 Homie Award Nominee – Best New Artist / Best Pop Song
2013-2015 Times Herald Montco Idol Top 12 Finalist
2015 WXPN Helen Leicht Philly Local Pick Of The Day – Loved Actually
Alyssa is a senior at Pope John Paul II High School.
Mike McDevitt is a Delaware-based singer/songwriter performing regularly in the tri-state area. He is a self-taught guitarist and vocalist who has been performing live for many years. McDevitt’s songs tell real stories about real people. He has been singing and playing since “going public” in college and “songwriting came a little later when I realized I could capture something deeply personal and share it with others.” His unique treatment of favorite cover songs are highlights of his shows as well.
“Delaware Bay” is his most recent album. It is a chronicle of the unique McDevitt perspective on American life; the new album captures the angst of living today coupled with the love and hope only someone who has lost can really know.
“Delaware Bay” is a pleasant melding of genres with rich musical and vocal harmonies. Mike is well known for his melodies and this album does not disappoint. This generous helping of 17 songs run the gamut of stories of love and loss, to personal triumph and love rediscovered. The anthem “Delaware Bay” talks of a music road warrior longing to come home after many months on the road. “How” brings tears to the eyes with its exquisite harmonies and unforgettable melody. “Tired” is an amazing story of frustration brought to life by a march-like precision beat. Distinct harmonies on “How,” “Hammer& Nail” and “Angels” are just fantastic. Several violin-centered tracks round out the McDevitt sound most notably “How” and “All I Wanna Do.” In fact, “Delaware Bay” sounds like its right out of Nashville and is at home on any stage.
The album and his live shows are passionate highlighting his touching and personal songs. His songs are often described as “hauntingly beautiful and accessible chronicles of meeting life’s challenges head on, of self-discovery, of love lost, found and lost again.” McDevitt brings deep personal understanding and hope to a place where neither is known to exist for very long. His melodies are powerful, distinctive, tight and evocative of an age when melody was an important component in all music. As anyone who has ever heard him sing his songs knows, it’s his heartfelt performances, the lyrics, and the tunes that carry the moment. And carry the moment they most surely do. These shows are events! Fans everywhere frequently ask for Mike to perform “Delaware Bay,” a deeply personal song about coming home. It’s filled with references to Delaware, regional landmarks and personalities and McDevitt’s audiences frequently know and sing the words with him at shows. And then there’s “Never is a Very Long Time,” a look back at a love lost and of wondering why.
His songs come from a place deep in the human heart with unmistakable emotion and unforgettable hooks and atmosphere. The audience can often be seen bopping and swaying to his melodies at a show. He touches a place where we have all been at some time in our lives and McDevitt sings it as if he personally owns every inch of the terrain and knows every nook and cranny. “Hammer & Nail” is both a vivid description of vulnerability and interdependency in relationships and a declaration of hope through love.
“Every day brings more opportunity to explore why we need love and each other, why we often hurt those closest to us and toss away the good that’s there surely is in life for something that we don’t really need and can’t use…I want people to hear my songs and be affected by them,” said Mike. “It’s what good music does.”
Mike McDevitt’s music, news, performance schedule and information is available on ReverbNation.com at http://www.reverbnation.com/mikemcdevitt. Music is also available on http://cdbaby.com/cd/mikemcdevitt . Contact Information: 302-834-5214 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Opening for Mike is Tracy Colletto. Tracy Colletto is a singer/songwriter whose poetic and story-telling lyrics weave into an eclectic range of melodies, from orchestrated ballads to rock anthems. Her delivery is straightforward and vulnerable and with an emotive, versatile range. Based in the suburbs of Philadelphia, Tracy has been creating songs and performing most of her life. She is a classically-trained coloratura soprano who decided to perform her own music with her own voice. Tracy’s voice is clear and boldly honest and her music invites interpretation and reflection.
Tracy’s first CD, Home, was well received. Her single, “The Promise” won an Honorable Mention in the John Lennon International Songwriting Contest. Another single, “Too Many”, was voted on to the Top 20 Indie Songs (September 2015) by the listeners of Women of Substance Radio & Podcast.
Her sophomore release, Chocolate Happy Cake, was released in March 2016 and emphasizes more on Tracy’s songwriting and performances from the keyboard. Her singles, “It’s Over,” “Stay” and “Complete Peace” were voted on to the Top 20 Indie Songs (April 2016 through September 2016) and have been added to the playlists for radio stations around the world.
“I can express myself so much easier through my music because of its mysterious complexity and subtlety that speaks beyond words,” explains Tracy. “It’s a language I use each day. The biggest satisfaction is when my music connects to others and brings them joy or makes them think. I’m just returning the favor music has given me, hoping to create lasting impact.”
Tracy’s clear voice with its versatile range and emotions, cuts through to grab the audience’s attention. She wants to affect her audience in a positive way, even if the subject matter may be hard to swallow. Her music exposes the fears and dreams we all share.
“Tracy Colletto’s music is a powerful symphonic blend of piano-based pop with authentic lyrics and a voice that is unique, yet somehow familiar.” Bree Noble #1 Award Winning Women of Substance Radio & Podcast
Alyssa Dodge is a young musician. Her musical journey started when she asked for a guitar for Christmas soon after she turned six years old. Now, seven years later, she performs a wide variety of classic rock and modern pop at several locations every month.
Her facebook music page is https://www.facebook.com/AlyssaDodgeMusic/
Last Chance is the musical duo of singer-songwriter Jack Scott and fiddler-vocalist Ingrid Rosenback. The group performs original music. Jack plays 5-string banjo and guitar, Ingrid plays fiddle and harmonica, and they both sing. Last Chance performs in the style of a contemporary folk-roots fusion and bluegrass duo.
As Last Chance, Jack & Ingrid play extensively throughout Philadelphia and the area at festivals, blues clubs, library events, senior centers, coffeehouses and other locales. Among the venues they’ve played are the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Suzanne Roberts Theater, Burlap & Bean, Lansdowne Folk Club, Twisted Tail, World Café live at the Queen and Philadelphia’s Hard Rock Café. They regularly participate in WXPN’s Musicians on Call program, bringing live music to patients’ bedsides.
Last Chance has released two CDs: “Endless Flight” (2016) and “We Came to Play” (2013), available through their website, www.lastchanceband.org or at their concerts.
The duo has a unique, contemporary sound emanating from Ingrid’s classical training and Jack’s songwriting rooted in traditional folk music. Their music defies categorization and appeals to audiences of diverse ages and musical tastes.
Savior Soul will be performing for the 2nd time at our end of year Christmas show. The emergence of roots music in early America, from its European and African origins through its development over the decades, helped to produce such homegrown music genres as country, roots-rock, folk, bluegrass, R&B and blues… including the powerful & influential music of the African-American spirituals, gospel, sacred music, gospel blues, & bluegrass gospel music. The suburban Philly based band, Savior Soul, draws its influences from these musical roots and invites their audiences on board for a musical & spiritual journey that will have them stomping their feet and clapping their hands in jubilation!
Since the original meeting between Savior Soul drummer, Mark Beecher (Drexel University Music Professor, & GRAMMY nominee/member) and Rick Shryock, (renowned fiddler for numerous Philadelphia/Tri-State bluegrass bands), the band has grown to 9 members with an ever-increasing repertoire. Savior Soul combines the traditional with the contemporary, into a unique blend of Spirit-filled Americana Music, by means of voice, guitar, fiddle, banjo, mandolin, ukulele, harmonica, acoustic bass, & drums. “The music of our band, Savior Soul, gets the listeners past any pretension and tugs on their heart strings,” says Beecher. “It’s simply an honest expression of what we are feeling in our music, rather than any forced statement or declaration. It’s an uplifting message of hope & redemption.” The band has just released its latest CD, “Cast Your Bread” – which was included in the 1st Round Ballots for the 57th GRAMMY Awards!
Don has been performing his ELVIS LIVES SHOW for the past 15 years at Independent and Assisted Living Communities, Senior Centers, Adult Day Care Centers, Nursing & Rehab Facilities, Private Parties and Corporate Functions. In honor of Elvis’ birthday on January 8th, Don will be performing his Elvis Show.
It’s not uncommon for people that know the songs to sing along. His shows are interactive and it’s all about having a good time.
He performs specialty shows like ALL STAR REVUE in which he sings all the greatest songs by major singers like Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett, Andy Williams, Louis Armstrong, Bobby Vinton, among others. He also performs a GREAT AMERICAN SONGBOOK SHOW which features music from the 30’s and 40’s and… on top of all that, he performs a variety of Tribute Shows like ELVIS LIVES SHOW in which he dresses and appears as Elvis himself. Other tribute shows focus on songs by Paul McCartney, The Beatles, Stevie Wonder, Frank Sinatra, Rat-Pack, Eric Clapton, and Barry Manilow/Engleburt Humperdink.
Don’s email address is email@example.com.
Don studied music theory in high school and attended the University of Cincinnati’s College Conservatory of Music. In the 1970/80s, he was an Audio Engineer at Northern Ky University & at the Ministry of Finance in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.
Don’s long-time love of world music was solidified when he was invited to a private audience/master class with HRM King Faud’s master musician, Hamzah Mohammed Al-Bashir.
In 2012 & 2013, Don was selected to compete in the Aaron Copland Foundation’s “American Composer” series.
“I’m honored to be included in this group of highly talented and respected world renown artists. It’s gratifying for a foundation of this caliber to accept my original music.”
Hejira evolved from Seattle’s premier original world music band into a sophisticated, nationwide educational/entertaining stage show.
They blend; world music & ethnic dance, sharing their collective global experiences with insight and humor as they impart their simple universal message, “We are all One”.
Hejira has performed for many world music and international festivals in; Seattle, NYC, Sedona, Phoenix, Colorado City, Cincinnati, Bloomington, and many more.
Dons performances include:
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia: Performed for 1,000’s of US Servicemen at the USMTM (United States Military Training Mission) inside of a huge aircraft hanger)
Arizona Tour: Performed in Sedona, Bisbee, Phoenix & Tucson .. for the “Musicians That Need to be Heard Network”
NYC performances: MMNY (Making Music in NYC) for 5 years, NYC Multicultural Festival
Seattle Performances: Many times at the Seattle Center; Arab Fest, NW FolkLife
With the New Europa Troubadours: Opening act – John Hartford & folk singer @ Blissfest in Upper Michigan, Opening act – Klezmatics at Birmingham City Stages Festival, 1st Night Celebration in Hartford, CT
Hard Rock Cafe Review:
Don Baragiano performs a multi-cultural blend of enticing, upbeat music. His performance creates a diverse musical tour from around the world…and the audience doesn’t even need a passport.
Don lived and worked in Saudi Arabia for 3 years. There he learned about their culture and music, which is instrumental in helping him to recreate some of those exotic innovative sounds on his guitar.
On December 17th he was invited to close the 2016 music season at the Hard Rock Cafe in Niagara Falls, New York.
As a solo performer, the Jerry Garcia look-a-like, played a variety of music including; Rock, Middle Eastern, Jazz, Flamenco and Classically influenced pieces. He uses a drum machine for the percussion and a clever hi-tech device called the “TRIO+ Band Creator” to fill in the drum and bass backgrounds.
While he did perform a Jimi Hendrix song, the rest of the songs were Don’s original compositions including a few which are ‘on the spot’ improvisations with intriguing Non Western beats.
Don’s composition “Hejira” was based on the Sacred Prayer Call which he heard 5 times a day during his 3 year stay in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The musical scales and rhythms he heard at that time found a way into his consciousness and then into his original “East Meets West” sound.