We at the House of Guitars are proud of our history supporting and being
supported by the Rochester Music Scene. In celebration of this honor we present the first annual
MoChester is a 4-piece rock/pop driven band from
Rochester, NY. The band's name is actually a fusion of the city it started in and Motown, one
of its original influences. While the Motown groove provided early inspiration for the group,
their current sound has a mainstream flair that has been compared to a blend of O.A.R. and
Incubus, with a west coast swagger reminiscent of The Dirty Heads and Sublime. Their arsenal
of original material stretches across numerous genres, from the pop-flavored anthem
“Crackerjack Tattoos”, to the reggae-infused jam “Lost and Found”.
The Deep Blue Dream is a dynamic fusion of five
extremely talented musicians. Driven by the soulful pipes of Lauren Faggiano, the band
encompasses a variety of styles ranging from blues, rock, jazz, funk, and soul. Formed in
2006 the band created an immediate synthesis, starting from Ken's solid bass foundation, to
JP's dynamic beats, Alex's hot blues licks, Faith's beautifully interwoven sax lines, right
up to Lauren's percussive keys and fiery vocals. And, following JP's departure to tour with
some other musical friends, we've recently welcomed our newest member Joe to bring some funky
drums to the mix.
I've been singing all my born days & playing guitar ( & a smidgen of
piano ) since I was 11yrs young. I teach all age groups since around 1980 ( I first started
at the great great House of Guitars in Rochester , NY ) . I'm a former student of the late
great Richard "Dick" Longale. However I'm also in to organic gardening, art ( I was an Art
major in college & taught for a short while ), film & tv ( started a cable access
show called "GreenLine" 6 yrs or so ago & made a few short documentaries on video.google)
. I love science, metaphysics for decades, politics ( former GREEN PARTY co-chair &
subscribed to Mother Jones magazine since around 1972 :), psychology, organic nutrition &
general health topics ( colitis survivor for decades since 1983 ) kids- taught them for
decades & have raised 2 beautiful ones ( VP PTSA ), & have taught Okinawan martial
arts since 1978 ( students from 4 to 70yrs old ). I also believe in free speech & the
science that proves that certain sounds affect very particular nerve endings in our chochlea
which touch our nervous system in ways that cause us to feel certain emotions. SO, that being
said, lets keep it positive , civil & if you're angry about something , which most of us
have great reason to be these days, please express it in a way that will spur positive
healing & action! I'm in to learning. Let's help disseminate useful stuff here as well to
help us all improve our quality of life in these trying times.
Violet Mary formed in 2007 with one purpose: to rock with
profundity. Steeped in british blues, 70s rock, Motown and modern pop, the members of Violet
Mary careen their creative visions into a collision of sound and substance; a technicolor
display of pure musical passion and sonic intensity. The byproduct of such controlled chaos is
nothing short of breathtaking, each line weaving among the other… each rhythm finding the
depth of the pocket.
In 2009, Violet Mary released their first record entitled
Marionette. The album was received critical acclaim both in print and on-air,
and is featured in rotation on WBER, WBZE, and WZNE.
Violet Mary released their sophomore album, After the
Plunge on November 13, 2010. The 11-track record captures the band refining their
arrangements and exploring the recording studio to create a spacious, thoughtful and grand
soundscape. The band continues to proudly tip its hat to Led Zeppelin on After the
Plunge, and expands upon it, introducing elements of progressive rock in “Leviathan”,
power-pop in “Canada”, Queen-esque vocals on “Long Dark Night” and even a dash of dixieland
on “Sweet Tea”.
Terawatt is an all balls thundering Rock 'n' Roll band hailing from Waterloo,
New York. The hard driving no frills Rock 'n' Roll loved by many generations is played by
Zach Reynolds on guitar, Frankie Caswell on guitar, Chris VanOrden on bass, Tom Villa on
vocals, and Christian Fisher on drums. Before you take a listen it's best to prepare for this
wall of sound that'll blast out of your speakers and smack you in the face!
Rock-N-Roll Social Club is not only an original hard rock band, it is an event
for people who long for the days before auto tuned music became the main stay of the
industry. With hard driving guitar riffs, soulful harmonies and a thunderous back beat, RSC
strives to provide their fans with the rock-n-roll experience of a lifetime!
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