Please join us FREE online November 14th at 7 pm for a special GALA-TO-GO evening of ORIGINAL music and much more!
(A YouTube link will be posted here the day of the event)
Glenn Cashman is bi-coastal, dividing his time between his position as Associate Professor of Music at Colgate University and Southern California. A visible presence on the SoCal jazz scene, the saxophonist/composer leads a nonet, big band, quartet, and as an organist, fronts a trio. “I’ve Got Your Rhythm” his first CD as a leader, placed him in the company of jazz luminaries Kenny Barron, Ray Drummond and Ben Riley. As tenor saxophonist with Luther Hughes & the Cannonball-Coltrane Project, Cashman performed on/composed for the group’s four highly touted CD projects. LA Pianist Tom Ranier and Glenn collaborated on an intimate duo CD, “Blue In Green” and co-led an engaging sextet project “Bright Idea,” also showcasing Bob McChesney, Bob Sheppard, Luther Hughes and Kendall Kay. From 2005-17, Glenn served as Founding Artistic Director of the Muckenthaler Jazz Festival, a six-event summer series held in Fullerton, CA.
Chris Eves and the New Normal blur the lines between rock, funk, country, and blues with a healthy dose of jam band influences. Thoughtful lyrics blend seamlessly with solid roots rock riffs, pop sensibilities and, catchy hooks. Based out of Syracuse NY, the band has shared the stage with such diverse artists as the Zac Brown Band, Jon Fishman of Phish, Gov’t Mule, Cheap Trick, Gregg Allman and many others.
Blaine Holcomb grew up in Hamilton, NY. Soon after heading to St. Lawrence University to study Performance & Communication Arts, Blaine entered the Texaco Country Showdown, which is a nation-wide country music competition. He advanced to the regional finals and because of his performance, Blaine was recruited by the Fulton Chain Gang as their new lead singer. FCG is a New York State country band with a 20-year history. During his three years with FCG, Blaine opened for national acts like Justin Moore, Easton Corbin, and Josh Thompson. He reignited the band with fresh ideas and played a major role in the release of their first album, contributing five original songs while averaging 70 shows per summer. Blaine’s passion is geared more toward traditional country music, which you can hear when listening to his original songs. His influences include George Jones, Merle Haggard, Keith Whitley, Daryle Singletary, Randy Travis, George Strait, Alan Jackson, Garth Brooks, Vince Gill, and Brad Paisley.
Jess Novak takes no prisoners. With a fiddle on fire, powerful vocals and a fierce band behind her, this pop, rock, soul-pumped group from Syracuse, New York brings passion to every performance. Known for their energy, superb musicianship, engaging songwriting and ability to win any crowd, this is a band on the rise. Having touched audiences across the country – from Burlington, VT to Key West, FL to San Diego, CA – and with Novak playing more than 250 dates annually, the sound gets tighter with each show. Jess Novak (violin, guitar, vocals, piano, percussion, looping) works with Byron Cage (Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker, Otis Taylor) on drums; Anthony Saturno (Atkins Riot) on electric guitar, Jabare Mckinstry (Chris Ames Band) on bass and Gavin George (Strange to Look At, BSG) on drums to create a powerhouse sound, often with Nick Fields on trumpet.
Christopher White (Isto) is a musician and music teacher currently based in New York City and Newark, NJ. His primary instruments are guitar, voice, ukulele, and Hawaiian guitar. He plays many different styles of music, but is best known for his jazz and ragtime guitar with crooning, his fingerstyle arrangements of classic American song, his humorous and thoughtful original songs, his stage antics, and more recently for his work with King Isto’s Tropical String Band. Originally from Hamilton, a small town in the Leatherstocking Region of New York State, Isto began studying guitar with local legend Ed Vollmer in 1993 at the age of 9. Later, he went on to study Music at Wesleyan with a concentration in composition. While at Wesleyan, he was able to study under Tony Lombardozzi, Neely Bruce, Anthony Braxton, Alvin Lucier, and many other great musicians. After graduating in 2006, Isto moved to Brooklyn, where he began teaching guitar and ukulele full time. Around the same time, he also began posting videos to youtube. Since his Banana Song was featured on youtube’s homepage in 2007, Isto’s videos have received a few million hits.