Jazz-rock pioneer, guitarist Larry Coryell has drawn on musical styles beyond these two forms, throughout his career. He continues to be inspired by a wide array of influences, everything from Tolstoy to Buddism and discusses this, and the challenge of writing his first opera.
TRIO BALKAN STRINGS (Zoran Starcevic & sons: Nikola and Zeljko) the guitar family from Belgrade-Serbia, performs its original instrumental music, a fusion of many Balkan elements: Serbian, Gypsy, Macedonian, Romanian, Moldavian, Bulgarian, Hungarian, Mediterranean, Greek, Oriental…including Jazz, Swing and classical elements. The result, combining many cultures, is rich and unconventional, fresh and spontaneous, brimming with energy.
Unique reggae showcase of all-original lyrics & variety of styles from local, regional, and international talent. Come see the award winning Dub Station band – host of various outstanding Reggae events at Johnny D’s since 2009.
Michael is a prolific musician and guitarist who has played on a large number of albums since the early 1980s with artists as varied as Seal, James Taylor, Helen Watson, Steve Perry, Pink Floyd and Miles Davis. He, along with fellow session guitarists Dean Parks, Steve Lukather and Dan Huff, played on many of the major label releases recorded in LA from the 1980s-1990s. In addition to his session work, Landau has also fronted several bands including Raging Honkies and Burning Water.
Eric Hofbauer & The Infrared Band, Jazz Guitar & Michael Musillami, new age jazz
Boston-based guitarist/composer Eric Hofbauer’s newest ensemble, The Infrared Band, explores his intermingling interests in wordplay, mythology and puzzles.“If there’s a single overarching ethos to the band it would be ‘tell your story,’” Hofbauer explains. “All my compositions have a back story or theme and I encourage each player to add their own take on those stories and to play from personal experience. There’s no role playing, I compose to each of their strengths, featuring everyone and challenging their limits.”
Since their inception seven years ago, the Sim Redmond Band has been quickly on the rise, forging new ground in roots music. Traveling around the globe, playing with the likes of moe., the Neville Brothers, the Wailers, Jimmy Cliff, and Habib Koite, in some of the most beautiful venues in the U.S. and Japan, the world has taken notice. SRB’s unique blend of roots-rock, Afro-Caribbean, and reggae music continues to spread like wild fire. They are based in Ithaca, NY but their magnetic pole is Africa, particularly the sounds emanating from West and South Africa.
Marcus Foster is a British unsigned musician; categorizing himself as Folk / Blues / Alternative. Some of his musical influences include Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, The Doors, Jeff Buckley, Johnny Flynn, Van Morrison, and the list goes on. He’s recently released his EP via iTunes.
Samantha Farrell, Baker Thomas & Anthony da Costa (folk/rock)
Samantha Farrell is a sparkling young singer-songwriter based out of Boston who combines raw and emotional melodies with poetic lyrics. The daughter of an Irish American father and African American mother, she was born in Boston, and raised on a farm in rural Massachusetts where music was a constant part of the colorful fabric of her life. Influenced early on by old school soul, jazz and R&B as well as the likes of singer-songwriters such as Van Morrison, Joni Mitchell and James Taylor, Samantha has fused these different genres into a style all of her own.