Reggae music fans from Rochester, NY are likely becoming familiar with the sounds of The Medicinals, an 11 piece band that has been active within the WNY region for the last couple of years. What began as a small 4 piece of friends who shared the common love of reggae music, has since evolved organically into an 11 piece roots collective. The collaboration has brought together cultures from around the world with each member bringing their own style and backgrounds to the music. The Medicinals consists of Dylan Savage, of Giant Panda Guerrilla Dub Squad, as well as members from: RootsCollider, Mosaic Foundation, Personal Blend, Hybrid Beats, The Able Bodies and The Level 7 Experience.
Sim Redmond Band
Sim Redmond and Jen Middaugh have been singing together in the Sim Redmond Band since 2006. The male/female vocals combine to create beautiful, rich harmonies that soar above the band’s reverberating grooves. When highlighted as an acoustic duo, the vocal connection becomes even more apparent and the heartfelt songwriting becomes the focus.
The music of the Sim Redmond Band has reached the hearts of people all around the world. They have toured extensively in the U.S and Japan, bringing together sounds and people from all walks of life. Their uplifting, optimistic music is infectious. It will brighten your day, open your heart, and strengthen your resolve to make a positive impact on this crazy world we all share.
Into The Now
ITN has been playing for 26 years and is around for the duration.
The founders, Chris Bensley and Tom Mahoney have been working together for 36 years. Playing the material in their own way not interested in trying to sound like the Grateful Dead. Bringing a lot of energy with an upbeat tempo.
Richie Stearns and Aaron Lipp
Richie Stearns is an international banjo legend, making his mark with The Horseflies worldwide since the 1970s. His unique style of percussive, hypnotic clawhammer banjo playing has influenced many in the world and taken the instrument to a new level.
Aaron Lipp, the next generation of Old-Time and American roots music, plays an old Martin guitar and old-time fiddle with Richie. His sweet vocal harmonies, sensitive guitar soundscapes and own original compositions meld the two into a fantastic duo. They will bring you from the Texas desert through the Appalachian mountains and back home again through music.
Making up this highly creative and entertaining ensemble are seven members, with a wide spectrum of character and musical background. Know for their multi-instrumental, powerhouse sets, The Buddhahood represents with a variety of vocal styles, percussion, guitar, horns, bass and keys in shades of Roots, Rock, Reggae, Ska, Funk and Afrobeat in a flavor they call “World-ternative” as each song forces you to stay on the dance floor. www.thebuddhahood.com
In addition to a prolific career as a singer-songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist, Grammy-nominated artist Mike Brown is an incredibly dynamic and versatile collaborator. His debut record, American Hotel, was self-recorded in all 50 states over the course of eight years and features a staggeringly diverse roster of 75 special guests, including members of The Band, Los Lobos, The Jayhawks, Wilco, Television, Nine Inch Nails, Bare Naked Ladies, Guster, Goo Goo Dolls, The Wallflowers, Counting Crows, Sparklehorse, Gwar, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Matchbox Twenty, The Meat Puppets, Soul Asylum, Cracker, Superdrag, Whiskeytown, Morphine, Moxy Fruvous, Belle and Sebastian, 10,000 Maniacs, The Minus 5, Freedy Johnston, Letters To Cleo and Soul Coughing.
Brown is also the founder of Temperamental Recordings, a recording studio, and label based out of a former Methodist church built-in 1828. In 2011 the impressive space and collection was featured on The History Channel show American Pickers, with Brown appearing as an expert and appraiser of musical instruments and vintage recording equipment.
In 2014 Brown released a CD with a childhood friend Zac DeCamp titled Automatic Music Can Be Fun and, with the help of Brian Grunert from White Bicycle Design Firm, was nominated for a GRAMMY in the Best Recording Package category against Jay-Z, David Bowie, Metallica, and Reckless Kelly.
Diggin’ Roots Band
Hailing from the Buffalo/Western New York area, Diggin’ Roots Band was formed in the summer of 2013 by a group of friends who share a passion for the roots of American music. The band draws from a variety of musical influences such as blues, jazz, rock, bluegrass and folk music with a hint of “Jam Band” mixed in for good measure.
Music is something most everyone has in common. It’s a way we can connect to one another and music is unifying and familiar. The sound of music can be therapeutic as well as healing while brightening a person’s day and enhancing their mood. The band shares a common belief that music is medicine and has the power to inspire and heal.
Copper and Gin
Copper & Gin is an Americana/roots rock band from Buffalo, NY. We focus on original music with some covers mixed in. We pride ourselves on an engaging and energetic live show.
Born out of roots music, classic rock, alt-country and the blues, Copper & Gin is hard to categorize. The Buffalo, NY based band is ever evolving. After launching their debut album in 2018 they were promptly featured in the Sportsmans AmericanFest and finalists in the WYRK 106.5 Country Riser competition. Other recent career highlights include opening for The Strictly Hip at the Tralf and winning the 2019 Buffalo Night-Life award for “Best Original Band.” The band has always striven for authenticity and honesty in its lyrics and sound.