Still River Music Festival 2018 Performers

Flipper Dave (Headliner)

Flipper Dave 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 Dave 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 Dave’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 Dave 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 Dave 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.

Joey Sexton Band

Through the years there have been many incarnations of the Connecticut-bassed rock band led by guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter Joey Sexton, but the band really began to evolve in 2010 when Sexton went into Millbrook Sound Studios with 12 songs and a handful of musicians (with whom he had very little time to work) to record “Games” album.

Though he only plays on one track of “Gamesalbum Joe Sciortino (who played with Bill Baker’s 5 Satins during the 80’s) soon became the permanent bassist and backing vocalist for the band. When Sexton mentioned that he was looking for a piano and a Hammond B-3 on some of the tracks, Sciortino recommended one of his friends: the talented Art Karpf from Hamden, CT. who quickly became the band’s keyboardist.

When Joey Sexton “Games” was complete, Sexton, Sciortino, and session drummer Norman Deltufo set out doing local shows to promote the CD release. Deltufo was heavily committed with other projects, so Sexton and Sciortino discussed finding a full-time drummer. Sciortino once again came through by suggesting Chip Damiani (who was a founding member of the legendary group “The Remains”) and so Sexton, Sciortino, and Damiani, together with Karpf began booking more shows. During this time, while the band was working and rehearsing to refine their sound, Sexton was writing what would become the first album arranged by “The Joey Sexton Band”, called “These Horses”. The hard work soon began to pay off as they were selected to be the opening act at the 2013 Hamden Arts Festival concert featuring Eddie Money.

Soon after the Hamden show, the band was shocked and devastated when Damiani died suddenly from a cerebral hemorrhage, Chip was a great friend and a great drummer, he is sorely missed.

After a period of grieving, the guys picked themselves up and began rehearsing Sexton’s new material, now in collaboration with Dave Davino, the owner and engineer at Studio 23 in Prospect, Connecticut. After a number of unsuccessful tryouts, the band was still in need of a drummer, so Davino invited a long-time collaborator of his: Andrew “A.J.” Levesque to sit in on a few rehearsals and he turned out to be a great fit. He formally joined the band in October 2013.

With the band being now almost complete, Sexton asked the guys to put their feelers out for a second guitarist. Davino, who in addition to being an accomplished engineer happens to be a talented guitarist, spontaneously replied that he would like to audition for the role, and after that, they never looked back. Until once again at the end of 2016 the band found themselves wondering if they should continue after longtime band member Joe Sciortino left the band due to health and family issues. Determined to go on the guys are back recording and auditioning bassists for their upcoming CD release and shows.

For more info on Joey Sexton and the Joey Sexton Band visit his website here

Someone You Can X-Ray

Someone You Can X-Ray 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 X-Ray’s website here

Plywood Cowboy

Formed in 2015 in the Connecticut River Valley, Plywood Cowboy is poised to rewrite the American Songbook. “With great harmonies, clever songs and tasty guitar pickin’, Plywood Cowboy is one of the best new bands on the Americana scene.” (Chris Bergson, NY Blues Hall of Fame Inductee). Their heart-born songs interweave the rich heritage of earthy, country roots with the sentimental poignancy of singer-songwriter traditions. Bottle-fed on roots music, multi-instrumentalist, singer-songwriter Steve Dedman and his band strike deep at the soul of American music with songs about hound dogs, heart strings, and the vice of the bottle.

Plywood Cowboy’s newest digital single, Stray, was recorded at Riverway Studio in East Haddam, CT with producer and Grammy-nominated composer Ira Sakolsky.  The first release since their 2016 debut EP “Channel 33”, Stray tells the story of a love led astray and the guilt and forgiveness that ensues.  The haunting violin, ethereal male-female harmonies, and delicate, soulful guitars lend a contemplative tone to the tale of regret and redemption.  The character-driven song is in keeping with “Channel 33” which paints a story with each song in the EP.  “Channel 33” has been called “a gorgeously assured collection of songs” (The Shoreline Times), “a seriously hooky debut EP” (The Day), and “steeped in tradition, with lyrics full of longing, truth and heart” (Sound Waves Magazine).

On the heels of a hugely successful EP release concert at The Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center (The Kate), Plywood Cowboy is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after bands from Connecticut. They’ve taken the stage at venues such as The Kate, Bridge Street Live, Buttonwood Tree Performing Arts Center, Black Eyed Sally’s, Meriden Daffodil Festival, Portland Music Festival, The Day’s Live Lunch Break, Lyric Hall, Middletown Music Festival, Glastonbury Apple Harvest Festival, and a performance alongside U.S. Poet Laureate Billy Collins at the Sunken Garden Poetry Festival. Taking his songs on the road, Dedman has performed at The Falcon Underground (NY), Puckett’s (TN), The Acoustic Coffeehouse (TN), Floyd Country Store (VA), Monadnock Pumpkin Festival (NH), and has been a finalist at Infinity Hall’s Big Stage Open Mic Competition.

The band’s lineup features Austin Gray (guitar, vocals), Ed Iarusso (pedal steel), Emmet Hale (percussion), Kat Wallace (violin, vocals), Shane Tanner (bass), and Steve Dedman (keyboard, guitar, lead vocals).  Cowboys of the airwaves, the band has yet to wrangle a herd. Steve learned to play guitar from his father, David, and family friend John Hanus. Few knew John by his real name, but many knew him by his CB handle, “Plywood Cowboy”, a reference to his job hauling lumber around the Northeast. Weekdays the men would pick guitars and sing their favorite country songs over their CB radios, meeting on Sundays to teach Steve how to pick in country-western style. From Kris Kristopherson to Lefty Frizzell, David and “Plywood” taught a young Steve true American music. Though both CB’ers have left the airwaves, it is through the band’s music that their influences will forever be heard.

For more info on Plywood Cowboy visit their website here

Scott Sebastian and The Reign

The band plays a combination of driving originals and a selective covers that make people reminisce.

Visit Scott Sebastian’s Facebook page here

Tapp’d

A radio-rock experience show. Showmanship, stage presence, and attitude that only fly in rock. Our covers are authentic, and we have serious fun when we perform. A schizophrenic setlist that covers tunes for everyone, from A(Arctic Monkeys) to Z(Zombie/Cranberries) and guaranteed sing-along anthems.

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 Danny Draher

Danny Draher, New York Blues & Jazz Society’s Best Artist winning entry – is a guitarist, singer, musical director, consultant and producer. Born in Indianapolis, he heard the fascinating sounds of Wes Montgomery, James Brown, Ray Charles, and Elvis. He started playing piano and bass at a young age, then switched to the guitar and soon moved to Chicago. By age fourteen, Danny was performing at parties with local bands and began his professional life as a guitarist with Otis Rush and Buddy Guy at the Checkerboard Lounge. He recorded his first album with the Bob Reidy Band on Flying Fish Records at the legendary Chess Studios. He left Chicago and toured nationally with many popular, ‘top 40’, rock, rhythm and blues bands.

Visit Danny Draher’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

 Julia Davis

A 20-year-old singer/songwriter based out of Hartford, Connecticut.

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