Known as “The Human Jukebox” for his ability to remember and play almost any song he’s ever heard, this hometown boy is at home swinging through rock, country, blues, pop and more. Not always a strummer, he touched his lips to a trumpet in 1st Grade and blew throughout High School. Picking up guitar at age 13, he never looked back and now blows audiences away with his cover band Chowderhead and acoustic act Crash & Byrne. chowderhead.org
Brought into existence upon a landscape where no acoustic duo has gone before, Dianne Holzhammer and Chris Holub approach their instruments and arrangements as if part of a fully loaded, fully-manned rock group. The combined forces of these two veteran musicians with separate but equal talents generate a robust, modern take on the songs you thought you knew.
Elevate and motivate! Collapse the obstacles in your path! Fight for what you believe in! The Coolest Dude Under the Moon emerges to spit rhymes on the vistas of the Hudson Valley and the upstate NY college scene.
Music and video are the tools of this self-made prophet.
Hold on to your hat as Billy powers his way through your eardrums. With influences ranging from death metal to Simon & Garfunkel, this sensitive juggernaut mercilessly, and with overwhelming force, drives his band In Darkest Days to thermodynamic frenzy. Their amps go to 12 and Billy takes them to 13.
This Grammy® winning, first-call recording artist and performer grooves on over 100 albums. Harry Belafonte, Cassandra Wilson, and Pat Metheny are among the headliners who can’t do without him. When not on the road or in the studio, he brings his program D.R.U.M. (Discipline, Respect, Unity & Music) to communities. He’s now producing a spoken-word autobiography of and by Pete Seeger, with background music to Pete’s narration.
Gwen and Damon
Born & raised to bring the fire, Gwen Laster & Damon Banks pulsate our planet performing with Alicia Keys, Rhianna, Aretha Franklin, George Benson and The Neville Bros. to name only a few. Damon’s work for TV and the big screen compliments Gwen’s original symphonic and operatic works. From Damon’s original music on a Grammy® nominated album to Gwen’s innovative and recognized Creative Strings Workshop, there’s no place you can’t find them. gwenlaster.com
Blessings rain down like the sweet balm of heaven as Jack, strumming, leads the Lord’s praises for his church. Ellen lifts the hearts of the faithful at a shul founded by her grandparents while Amy tears up Verplanck Avenue racing between six alternating Masses on either end of town. Lisa sends her community’s prayers skyward, filled with the spirit of the Lord. These leaders guide Beacon in its musical expression of faith.
All aboard! This is the train from Belarus to Beacon with stops at the Moscow Conservatory, Juilliard, the Curtis Institute and Tanglewood. If your passion is for recitals of Russian bel canto repertoire, don’t forget to visit Irina Mozyleva at Weill Recital Hall, Alice Tully Hall, Merkin Hall, the 92nd Street Y, and Beacon’s own Howland Cultural Center…..IirinaMozyleva.com
Think you know what new music is like? Think again. Gongs, orchestras, and even suspension bridges have been canvasses for Bertolozzi’s work. He’s visited his music upon concert halls and the Billboard charts, conservatories and the US Tennis Open. Even the Vatican rang to his tones. Next up? Ever wonder what the Eiffel Tower sounds like? You won’t have long to wait… JosephBertolozzi.com
As a solo performer and multi-instrumentalist exploring acoustic panoramas and improvisation, Thom graces myriad local venues and festivals. His involvement in hosting two regular open-mics in Beacon provides invaluable support to area musicians looking for an informal forum to present their material to the public. It also conveys Thom’s love of life and the art of creating music.
Exploration, improvisation, contemplation, rhythm, roots, soul, space, poetry, resonance, singularity, integrity, consonance, the intersection of music and passion… one world, one love. peace.
Long on the scene beating the skins, Tony is a familiar face to every bar and club in town (musically speaking…what did you think we meant?). He’s shown here with his two best friends and the guys he enjoys playing with the most, Russ Saint George of Russ Saint George & Friends and Billy Tresnan of Dead Men Walking. His goal is to be sitting behind the drums at Joe’s Irish Pub in Beacon playing with all his friends when he turns 70.
Whether spinning mixes or blowing his hybrid electro-acoustic invention from outer space the mutantrumpet, Ben draws audiences to Beacon’s happenings with the same verve he brings to his gigs at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Lincoln Center, Spoleto Festival Italy, Umbria Jazz Italy, Bang On A Can, ICA London, Istanbul Jazz Festival and the Edinburgh Festival to name just a few.
Floating in the ether or rocking out, Tony is a guitarist’s guitarist. Influenced by Jimi, Django, and Jeff, this Beacon boy started out crushing school dances, worked his way up the ladder guest soloing at Eisenhower Hall with the musicians of West Point, opened for Stanley Jordan and Spyrogyra and now stars on lead guitar on Spirit Cruises’s Bateaux in NY Harbor, cruising Manhattan Island.
Attention class: Music starts with its teachers, whether it’s self taught or conservatory trained. Beacon’s music educators bring experience from many facets of the biz. Mr. Pietrowski, Beacon HS’s band director informs his work with stints on Broadway, road tours and as a craftsman for Lang Percussion. Mentoring young’uns like Junus and Adele, both high scoring NYSSMA competitors, it’s no wonder we have students like this.
Do these guys look familiar? You’ve seen ‘em in town and on CNBC, Woodstock ’94 and opening for the likes of Jon Bon Jovi, Southside Johnny, The Crash Test Dummies and NRBQ. With major rotation on Triple A radio including WDST- Woodstock, NY, WKZE- Sharon, CT and WVKR, Vassar College, The Costellos uniquely blend roots rock with maverick pop and twang, fronted by an emotional female vocal.
Testifying to Super Rock as bassist with The Fleshtones, anointing crowds small and large, Ken anchors the band’s revered sound with aplomb and spirit. Once spotted onstage lifting his hands from his bass and mouthing the words I don’t know what I’m doing, he’s nonetheless found the chops to write plenty of songs in his career, including “Better Days,” “Dreaming About Work,” “I Want The Answers,” and “New York City.”
Need a defibrillator? Bosco and the Storm pounds the beat back into your heart with old school funk, disco, rock & roll and the hot, young hip hop and R&B music of today. The Hudson Valley’s top dance party band throws down music everyone wants to party to.