2019 Performing Artists

Still River Music Festival 2019 Performers


Flipper is Brett Connors on guitar and vocals, Glen Nelson on keyboards and vocals, Mike Sherman on bass guitar, and Steve Battistoni on drums. Hailing from New Hartford CT, and founded by Brett Connors in 1994, Flipper has been performing original jam rock from Maine to Colorado. Inspired by the likes of Jerry Garcia, The Allmans, and Max Creek, they have released three CDs, Flipper Dave”, Too Cold”, the classic Something Simple”, the Jägermeister-sponsored live collection Ransom Notes”, and several national Jägermeister CDs. Through the years, Flipper’s Connecticut-based following has remained large and loyal. The band members have explored other musical directions (Shortness, Spaghetti Cake) but the musical heart of Flipper has never stopped beating. These veteran artists and extremely close friends describe their music as road of life rock”, playing blisteringly high-energy sets infused with catchy choruses, infectious grooves, astounding musical pyrotechnics, and hooky alt-country anthems about drinking, debauchery, loneliness, loss, love, road trips, and oh yeah, your first minibike. Flipper is more than just a band; they’re a family. Brett’s music is more than just an ideal; it’s a way of life.

Moses Bone

Con Doty – guitar, vocals
Patti Wilion – guitar, vocals
Dale Adams – keys, piano, vocals
Jim Stevens – Bass, vocals
Jesse Doty – drums, percussion, vocals
Moses Bone Band is a versatile all-purpose band drawing from all styles of popular music. Chameleon-like in nature, you can catch them playing full nights of rock, blues, country, including full shows of their original stuff.
The band has played on stages with and opened up for people such as Grand Funk, Mark Farner, James Montgomery, Al Cooper, The Commitments, NRBQ, Big Al Anderson, and many more.
Con has written some two hundred plus songs and co-written a few more. His albums include Negotiations, Cats N Rats, and Beast. In short, this band is as entertaining as any real deal out there, they always leave the audience wanting more.

The Raquel de Souza Band

Raquel de Souza Band is a high energy country, rock, pop band based in New York. Raquel’s first single “Run Towards the Highway” (released Sept. 2017) ranked #34 out of 50 on DRT Global Top 50 Country Airplay Chart on June 9th, 2018 and was on the Top 50 Airplay charts for 10 consecutive weeks straight! She released “Run towards the Highway” with a music video on youtube and was featured on outlets such as “Hot New Music Videos” and “Making Music Magazine”. The song was also featured on Nashville Country Music Magazine (May 2018 Edition). Raquel found her full band by Feb. 2018 and by April 2018 they recorded a demo with 7 new songs. Their performances include opening for Jessica Lynn at Daryl’s House Club, The Bitter End, Rockwood Music Hall, Woodstock Arts & craft fair, The Nyack Food Truck Festival and many more. Raquel released two new singles this year (2018) with two new music video. “King of the Jungle” (Aug. 2018) and “What’s done is done” (Dec. 2018). On December 5, 2018 Raquel’s new song “What’s Done is Done’ was featured in the “Women to Watch Wednesday” country playlist. The band includes Raquel de Souza (lead vocals/writer) Matt Bauer (drums), Luis Cruz (guitar), Catherine Lines (violin/fiddle), Michelle Nadler (bass) and Dana Mancuso (keys/guitar/harmonica).

 Visit Raquel de Souza Band’s Facebook page here

Someone You Can XRay

Someone You Can XRay is a Connecticut based rock fusion band for everyone! From electric blues and country, to funk and psychedelic improvisations, hilarious stage antics and surprise instruments, there’s always a surprise!

Visit Someone You Can XRay’s website here

Tom The Suit Forst

American Bluesman and Blues-Rock Journeyman, Guitarist and Songwriter Tom The Suit Forst is one of the most riveting and electrifying performers on the modern blues scene.

A guitarist, whose style has been called a cross between Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Joe Walsh, Tom Forst’s debut solo album “On Fire” was produced by Grammy-winning guitarist Paul Nelson of the Johnny Winter Band. A tireless performer who just completed his first tour of China. Tom was also inducted into the New York and Connecticut Blues Hall of Fame in 2018. This year will see a new Tom The Suit Forst EP that he is recording at Factory Underground Studio in Norwalk, CT, featuring bassist Dave Stoltz of the Dickie Betts Band, and drummer Big Thursty. Then he will set his sights on Europe, and a second trip to Asia. At 67 years of age, Tom The Suit Forst is unstoppable.

Amidst his constant touring over the past two years, releasing several videos, writing songs for his upcoming EP, The Suit has launched a successful podcast called “Chasing the Blues.” The weekly podcast is a chance for Tom The Suit Forst to share stories and legends of the blues pioneers, the founding fathers of this music that he loves who are the roots of his own playing style. He also features other hot blues artists who are all helping keep blues alive for future generations, including Christine Ohlman, Paul Nelson, Anthony Gomes, Mike Zito, Ally Venable, and more!

For more info on Tom The Suit Forst visit his website here


Driving Iris

Lee Ann Delaney – vocals, guitar
Tony Fons – bass, vocals
Peter Hunter – guitar, vocals
Dennis LaDuke – drums, vocals
A band offering their unique blend of pop cover songs by Bonnie Raitt, Sheryl Crow and Pink. The band performs funky dance tunes, blues, classic rock and some fun one hit wonders.

 Visit Driving Iris’ Facebook page here


Carl Ricci & 706 Union Ave.

Carl Ricci – Guitar
Andrew “Drew Blood “Grzybowski – Harmonica/ Vocals
Vinny Vincenzo – Bass,
Bob Bequillard Jr. – Drums
An American roots and blues band playing music from Memphis, Mississippi, Texas and Chicago, with a contemporary feel keeping the tradition close to its soul.

Visit the band’s Facebook page here 


Spaghetti Cake

A Rock Band For The Whole Family! Spaghetti Cake is an original rock band for families from Connecticut. They are a live touring group that performs for children and parents in schools and festivals all across New England. Their music is pure rock and roll, appealing to adults as much as kids, and their positive family-friendly lyrics are uplifting, wholesome, and fun. Spaghetti Cake’s live performances are a flurry of excitement and activity, with kids dancing, singing along, and performing with the band. They released two CDs, “Jam Food” & “Sunflower” and a live concert DVD, “Ready For Summer”. In 2010, they released their 3rd full-length CD entitled “Noodle Soup”.

Visit Spaghetti Cake’s Facebook page here

Podunk Throwbacks

The Podunk Throwbacks…a “throwback” to a time when songwriters believed in their songs enough to allow them to stand on their own – no covers required!! Real-life lyrics combined with a diverse & energetic sampling of different musical styles, provide a little something for everyone.

July 2017 brought about their first cd, titled appropriately, “Emotional Hemophilia.” Stay tuned for #2, “OVAFUS!”

Recent performances include the Durham Fair, Hebron Fair, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, Elm City Folk Festival & the Podunk Bluegrass Festival, as well as a wide range of recurring favorites, including Wilson’s Pub, McKinnon’s Irish Pub, Still Hill Brewery, the Dream Away Lodge, Witchdoctor Brewing & Klekolo Coffee.

 Visit the band’s Facebook page here


The Lone Piper

Musician Kenny Storrs will be opening the festival with traditional and non-traditional bagpipe pieces.

TJ Sweeney

TJ Sweeney has always been attracted to the story behind the words. The stories are what drew him to begin writing when he was 17. Hailing from a small town in upstate New York, TJ has since spent his time throughout many areas in New England but still brings a small town influence to the stories he tells through his music. Blending a mix of folk, roots, country and soul, he’s drawn attention from many across the Northeast.

Visit his Facebook page here


GypsyJo is an original singer/songwriter who began writing songs in 2000. Traveling from Connecticut to California to upstate New York and back again to Connecticut, she plays her grunge folk originals along the way. Her songs tell tales of her relationship with others, life and herself; making it easy to connect with each note. Often sharing the stage with other members, she also performs solo in more intimate settings. She invites you to share each authentic moment of every performance and adventure. Her band includes GypsyJo on lead vocals and guitar, Karolina Andersen on bass and backing vocals, Patti Willion on backing vocals, Con Doty on lead guitar, Akis on cello and Randy Kane on drums.

Visit her Facebook page here

Gene the Amazing

Gene the Amazing has been performing magic for over 30 years. He has performed everywhere you can think of: on a cruise ship, on a riverboat, on trains and trollies, birthday parties, corporate events and comedy clubs. Gene will be entertaining attendees all throughout the day at the festival.

Candice Storley

Ariel artist who has performed all around the world including in The Big Apple Circus, Royal Hanneford Circus and Cirque Musica. 

Visit her Facebook page here

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