Chris Bergson Band
"…a combination of Levon Helm and Gregg Allman, you can hardly believe this guy is from New York City. “Imitate the Sun” displays an artist dedicated to bringing blues and classic R&B into the future while honoring the past." No Depression.com "… This is the terrain of Tom Waits and Lou Reed, and Bergson has something of each in his gruff, laconic delivery, but his sound is intransigently his own." MOJO " Bergson's a spry, supple guitarist with an earthy singing voice and a blues-grounded heart...Keep a sharp eye on this guy." Hittin’ the Note While backing jazz singers Annie Ross, Dena DeRose, Sasha Dobson and Norah Jones, Bergson released “Blues for Some Friends of Mine” and “Wait for Spring” on Juniper Records. Appointed a US Jazz Ambassador by the JFK Center for the Performing Arts, he toured Africa with his trio. Bergson has performed and shared stages internationally with Hubert Sumlin, Little Sammy Davis, Etta James, John Hammond, Dr. Lonnie Smith, and Levon Helm, to name just a few.
The Flaming Meatballs are the latest young talent to emerge from the Hudson Valley.
Their musical interest is based in the blues but their set list also includes an interesting combination of folk/ country, and rock. They offer unique interpretations of songs they cover as well as original blues.
George Amenta first picked up a guitar when he was six and has never looked back. He has developed a powerful and articulate style and has garnered attention for his bottleneck slide playing. Younger brother John started playing drums 5 years ago and that unique brother bond developed into The Flaming Meatballs.
In May of 2013, Leah Nikolaya joined the band with her powerful vocals and solid bass playing. Her soulful rendition of “House of the Rising Sun” and nuanced phrasing on Lead Belly’s, “In The Pines”, show a maturity and vocal control beyond her years.
Recently The Flaming Meatballs played a showcase set at the Towne Crier, opened for Johnny Fedz & Da Bluez Boyz at 12 Grapes Music & Wine Bar during the Peekskill Blues and Jazz Festival and played on the WPDH Main Stage at General Montgomery Day 2013.
Featuring George Amenta (13), guitar, vocals, John Amenta (11), drums and Leah Nikolaya (13), bass, vocals.