Jeff Griesemer will be playing solo acoustic guitar instrumentals. The selections he'll play will draw upon a variety of musical styles including: jazz standards, pop, bossa nova, classical, and Celtic. Jeff also plays mandolin in the bands Mountainview and Across The Street.
Larry Tritel and Guy DeRosa (video)
LARRY TRITEL-Songwriter, Guitarist, and Vocalist has over 25 years experience in the music biz. Larry pays special attention to the songs and who wrote 'em, who sang 'em, what year they were released, all that good stuff. Larry often says, "A great song makes you feel good everytime you hear it, and there aren't alot of other things in this world that you can count on every single time!" L.T. picked up his first guitar after seeing Glen Campbell singing "Witchita Lineman" back in the day, and he's been pickin' and a-grinnin' ever since.
GUY DeROSA--Harmonica Guru, has performed with dozens and dozens of bands over the years. He will dazzle the young and old alike with his tasteful, mind blowing melodies and improvisations. Alot of harmonica guys can only play the blues, well, let me tell you, Guy can play killer blues, but he can also play killer country, and killer rock, and killer pop, well you get the picture.. You rarely see Harmonica played like this!
Across the Street
Across the Street is a Hopewell Valley band that plays folk, blues, and original music rooted in those traditions. They feature guitars, banjo, mandolin, bass, snare drum and harmonica in a variety of combinations.
Sprung from the roots of the seminal punk bluegrass band, Seigobillies, the four person tandem known as Billy has steadily evolved into one of New Jerseys most versatile and loved bands. Billy has been referred to as equal parts Argybargy era Squeeze and early Elvis Costello, along with bits and pieces of Midnight Oil and Billy Bragg.
The songs hold the essence of great rock and roll—melodic vocals, catchy hooks, tight harmonies, with rhythmic and often introspectively poetic lyrics. Live shows are energetic and loads of fun — billy songs span the spectrum from edgy rock and shoe stomping, punk-powered bluegrass all the way to melodic, roots-inspired ballads.
Known for their use of diverse instruments including guitars, banjo, sax, accordion and Irish bagpipes, billy has been called “refreshing” by Jersey Beat Magazine and “one of New Jersey’s top live bands.” Having had songs on such TV shows as MTV’s Road Rules Challenge, Why Can't I Be You, Angels and PBS’s Road Trip Nation, billy is excited to announce the release of the band’s second full length album, blue skies blue everything.
|BLUE JERSEY BAND brings an eclectic mix of swing, gypsy jazz, and bluegrass to their performances. Add in some blues and some Irish fiddle tunes, and there is something for everyone’s musical tastes. With Frank Ruck on mandolin, guitar, banjo and vocals, Ellen Ruck on guitar and vocals, and Mike Sutton on bass guitar, they provide a lively and swinging performance. Frank is a masterful flatpicker on all instruments and in all genres and really worth a listen. The band’s influences include: Django Reinhardt, Tony Rice, David Grisman, and Freddie Green. They have played for New England Folk Festival (Massachusetts), Bordentown City Green Fair, New Hope Arts & Crafts Festival, Ayres-Knuth Farm Festival (Denville, NJ), Art All Night (Trenton, NJ), Village Bakery Concert Series, Cafe Improv, Swingin’ Tern, Princeton Country Dancers, CD*NY, Belle Mead Music Club, Communiversity (Princeton), ArtsQuest (Bethlehem, PA), Viridian Gallery (NYC), Slow Down Café, Café 420, Pine Lakes Summer Series (Peekskill, NY), Chico’s House of Jazz (Asbury Park, NJ) and a host of farmer markets in the area. Their other bands have included: Ex-Tradition, Ragman, Blue Jersey Contradance, Baroque to Bossa Nova, and Rum & Onions Band.|
You can view video clips of BLUE JERSEY BAND on their website.
Frank Ruck, originally from the Sandy Hook area of NJ, started playing guitar at a young age but then went to Rowan University as a piano major. In the 1980’s he won the NJ Traditional Styles Guitar Championship two times and then he traveled to Winfield, Kansas to compete in the National Flatpicking Championship. He took up mandolin at age 40 and hasn’t stopped playing it since.
Ellen Ruck started playing guitar at age 10. She was a guitar teacher at age 16 for the Guitar Workshop in Roslyn, NY. She has continued studying at Ashokan Western & Swing Camp. Over the years, she has also played classical recorder with several ensembles, taught guitar, and collaborated with Frank in several bands. She is also the sound engineer for the band, as well as the band’s agent/manager.
Mike Sutton, originally from Virginia, started playing accordion at age 8. Then, he played guitar as a teenager and country western after college. He met the other members of the band while playing bass at contra dances.
The Mountain View String Band plays folk, bluegrass, blues, and old timey music throughout Central New Jersey. Its members include:
Heather Robbins: bass & hand percussion
Jeff Griesemer: mandolin
John Wells: guitar and resonator guitar
Karen Kessler: fiddle
Mike Aucott: banjo, guitar
Rob Seiz: bass and guitar
Scott Stoner: guitar
John Vadnais: fiddle (special guest)
Mark Bodino began playing guitar at age 13 and piano at age 18. He also noticed he enjoyed the expressiveness of singing at age 18. Since that time, he has described his love for music as an obsession.
His performances have been well-received in a variety of settings; ranging from pubs, bookstores, and coffee houses throughout Manhattan, New Jersey, and recently Philadelphia; to more formal settings like weddings and receptions for opening art exhibits. Mark is able to perform as solo artist or as a group.
Mark’s musical and vocal versatility has allowed him a broad performance style ranging from folk to classical, hard rock to ballads, along with intricate guitar sections throughout. Dynamics may be light and lyrical or strong and energetic.
Mark has also completed a CD including all solo classical guitar works, arranging most of the songs. Mark considers his new CD, “No Roads To Juneau,” his best work yet.