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Our Lost Rochester Bands provides a place to share information about the history of bands that were once part of the Rochester Music Scene, but are no more.

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60's

"Hammer" Late 1960's early 1970's. What happened to them???

70's

80's

STREET PLAYER
Talk of the Rochester Music scene in the 1980s would be incomplete without mentioning Street Player. The band originated in 1979 and had a 12 year run as one of the best bands in the city. It began as a small wedding band consisting of Joe Arnone on sax, Paul Tross on guitar, Charlie Rowe on drums, Neil O'Keefe on bass and Ricky Orico on keys. This very successful wedding band evolved into one of the most successful Top 40 bands in the city by 1983 as Ricky Orico took over the band in 1981 and transitioned this small wedding band into a Top 40 powerhouse! There were personnel changes at that time that included the addition of one of Rochester's greatest male vocalists, Billy Schifano. Billy had sung with such bands as The Showcase, Kracker, & Easy Street prior to his joining Street Player. In addition, Debbie Randyn, a phenomenal female vocalist, took the stage beside Billy and created a sound that was unbeatable! Debbie Randyn had sung with Pearl, a powerhouse Rochester rock band at the time. George Demott took over on drums, Chris Difazio on bass, Bob Colucci on lead guitar, and Larry Davis on Sax. Ricky remained on keys and led this group of powerhouse players to the top of the Rochester Top 40 music scene. Over the 12 years that Street Player entertained the people of Rochester, there were many changes. Billy and Ricky remained the backbone of the band for its entire run. Other female vocalists that graced the stage with these 2 amazing musicians were Dianne Shabbarazzi, Hilliary Urrezetta, & Jody Martino. The other drummers included Lisa Valente, John Pascarella, Joe Viscartti, & Chris Brake, other bassists were Fuji Fujimoto, Mark White, Rich Robinson & Al Bogar, Al Haig on Sax, and, the only other lead guitarist to play with this band, Davey Gruttadauria. The band was a regular fixture at the Rochester Holiday Inn Airport and Airport Ramada, Scoops, Slammers, the Spur, Red Creek, the New Yorker, The Newport House, Beaches, Island Cottage, Fast Eddies, the Engine House in Batavia, & the Batavia Sheraton.
Their humanitarian spirit was evident with the numerous benefit concerts they performed throughout the years, most notably for the annual Camp Good Days and Special Times Benefit & Jim Kelly's Hunter's Hope Foundation Benefits. June 1991 saw the final performance of the band on the stage at The Spur to a soldout crowd of fans and well-wishers. Most of the band members went onto other bands and other venues but to this day the memories of those busy and exciting years with the band are still talked about with fondness.

Street Player Final Performance - After All.m4a
Street Player Final Performance - Wanna Be Rich.m4a

90's

*Nasty Trast - mid nineties metal

*Hawaii - mid nineties metal

*SAHARA was the band of the 90's for former Street Player Band members Ricky Orico (keys) and Jody Martino (lead vocals). They were accompanied by Rod Eckrich on drums, Horace Love on bass and Howard Love on lead guitar. You cannot mention this band without recognizing the "lord god of sound waves", soundman Bill Hooper who brought a level of expertise to this band that brought the best out in all these amazing musicians! In addition to several other musicians that briefly played with the band, Billy Schifano, a former member of Street Player as well, often made guest appearances with the band! These talented musicians successfully played the Top 40 music venue from 1994 to 2002 at such places as The Spur, Scoops, The Newport House & Norton's Pub and most can be found playing in other bands throughout the Rochester area today!

00's

10's

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Comment



2010-05-02 23:23:33   Bands of the 60's not mentioned: The Noblemen, winners of the first WBBF rock band contest at the War Memorial, four guys from John Marshall High School, Bob Johnson, John Conti, Pete Tantillo and Merl Ringwood. Also, the Showstoppers and the Brass Buttons who used to play at the 414 Club at the corner of Dewey and Ridge Rd. West, the bands had Don Potter, Bat McGrath, Bobbi Gugilimi, etc, before Potter and McGrath hooked up with Chuck Mangione. —hoover


2010-06-15 19:47:24   How soon they forget. ( forty five years ) Wilmer and the Dukes were the best band Rochester ever had. Wilmer was as good as James Brown any day of the week. A sacrilege to omit the Dukes. Then there was the Groop Ltd. that had a regional hit in the summer of 65 with "Tomorrow" and "As Time Goes By" Number one for three weeks in upstate. WBBF was the go to station. The Groop also played on Joe Deans Sox Hop twice ( Television ) Would give someone elses right arm to see that footage now.
The Quirks were great,as were the Invictas and the Heard. —jakegerber


2010-07-11 23:21:13   Let me see if I can add some early 90's bands to the mix... I have to start with my favorite of the era: Koo Koo Boy - think Blondie meets Bela Lugosi, absolutely brilliant stuff. New Year's show ringing in 1994 with KooKooBoy and Dog's Life (Skorgie's?) was among my favorites ever. Along the same lines were the Shop Class Squares, which I think shared a lot of the same players with Dog's Life. It is hard to escape the AltRoc scene in the 90's without having experienced the Peachy Nietzsches - a rolling cast of players that seemingly numbered in the dozens in some shows. On the eclectic side of eclectic. I seem to remember catching some act called Phillis Driller - picture if you will ten horns on stage all trying to be John Coltraine. Anyone remember Zezozose (sp?) - me neither... How about surf guitar in the ROC with Duke Galaxy and the Pipeliners? Swinging Beef was a fun blue-eyed funk outfit that was solid. Many Rolling Rocks were consumed watching Spank - my best attempt at describing them is if Les Claypool and Mick Mars played a gig with Fishbone, that would be Spank. Somebody mentioned Big Hair - Was it them who had a song called "Jeff of the Future", celebrating the WITR punk rock DJ of the same name? (Jeff, if you read this, thanks for all the lenses back in the day). Chillin' evenings listening to Mic Fambro solo acoustic were awesome (Mic is the Miche in Miche and the Anglos) and the Big Drum series of shows featuring local acoustic acts organized by the Queen Bee were very cool. I am missing countless others - I will put on my thinking pants and report back with more...

Flying over your house,
(The DJ formerly known as) Chris Ludwig
Host, 'The Coffee Club' on 89.7 WITR '93-'94


2010-08-10 23:05:47   In the 70's there was Whale and Another Pretty Face (who were from the New York City area but played at Fantasy Swings, Elliot's Nest and Ziggy's.) Also the Flashcubes from Syracuse who played with New Math a lot. —LynneB


2010-08-26 08:51:07   Jasper was in my opinion the best country rock band in Rochester late 70's early 80's. Great keyboard player named Jimmy Nelson, awesome lead guitar player named Jim Adams, drummer was Steve Vullo. The other lead singer guitar player was named Paul (help w/last name)and I can't remember Bass players name. I followed them everywhere....Brew Haus, Cottage Hotel, Tuckers, Country Whse.,Schoolhouse, Tid Bits. I wish there was good counrty rock band around. Jasper played everything from Little Feat to Poco to Les Dudek.....really miss that band.

How about these other great bands from Rochester...Autumn Skies, Buffalo Road Show, St.James Band, Slipton Fell, Todd Hobin (actually from Syracuse I think),Stony Creek. There was also a bandthat used to play at the old Art Stock's Playpen named Fate. They did alot of new wave stuff. I can't leave this comment without mentioning Eternity. Thanks Jimmy, John A., John Jones, and Phil the keyboard player for some great music and fun times.... —MikeMaher


2010-09-07 17:42:13   There was a popular cover band from the early 70s, initially called "Freedom Tree" but subsequently changed to another name that I do not recall.

They were regulars at the former motel bar on the southwest corner of Elmwood and Mt. Hope Avenues (now part of UofR). They often played at a large club on the east side of West Henrietta (Peppermint Lounge?) and also the Ramada Inn—the "Ram-it-in" as their saxaphonist liked to call it..

They had an incredibly talented Hammond organist who simultaneously played the basslines with his feet, chords and solos with his hands and sang as well. They had a female singer and a saxaphonist/singer who loved to crack crass jokes. The drummer had a tenor voice and handled all the high falsetto parts when they did their Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons medleys. I'm sure they had a guitarist but I don't remember him clearly. In later years they added a bass player.

Help me out—-who were the musicians in this excellent and under-appreciated band?

Jack Prewitt
Rochester, NY —JackPrewitt


2010-09-23 15:35:50   The Band "ETERNITY" is mentioned in lost bands of Rochester somewhere in here, But there is a huge mistake..they mention everyone in the band ACCEPT THE GUY WHO GAVE THEM THEIR SOUND...LEAD GUITARIST "TOM PROCOPIO" PLEASE ADD HIS NAME. They were one of THE most popular bands in the late 70's and into the 80's! It's a shame they are on the list and only got a mention. —Joeytuchrello


2010-09-23 15:59:01   ACCEPT != except —DamianKumor


2010-11-13 08:11:10   there were some good high school bands also//the cult, the abstractions and the coachmen// i played with the cult and filled in with the coachmen from time to time/// we were all friends and went to school together. bow whiting —bowwhiting


2010-11-13 08:43:56   What about The Muffkins from the 90's? What happened to them? —BatGuano


2010-11-28 20:12:51   What about The Colorblind James Experience? Was Black Sheep too famous to be a "lost band"? Their lead singer probably became the most suscessful rock musician to ever come form the Rochester area. —dbrandriss


2010-12-13 21:13:55   remember: Street Player, Center stage, Impact, The Connectors, Sahara —musicluvr


2010-12-13 21:42:30   Jasper was actually spelled Jaspur; the guitar player was Paul Carpenter and the bass player was Dennis Schauber. They really got around town and even around the state. I think I still have a tape of theirs. Paul Regan was the singer for Claude Raines, at least for a while— there may have been others. Thanks for the memories of Dark Heart Alarm— hadn't even thought of them in years! —LuizAddams


2011-01-11 17:56:46   "musicluvr" asked about Streetplayer...I was in one of the lineups they had which, at the time, was Ricky Orico on keys and vocals, Jody Martino on lead vocals, Davey Gruttadauria on guitar and vocals, Bobby Collucci on guitar and vocals, Chris Brake on drums and Mark White on bass. Occasionally Billy Schifano sang with us. We played Scoops, The Spur of the Moment, west side bars like those. Lot's of Top 40 and dance stuff. Lots of fun! —whthouse


2011-01-14 19:43:48   I remember Old Salt at Red Creek! What ever happened to them? A time of "PEACE." —paisley


2011-02-04 10:02:07   In the mid to late 90's there was a great groove scene with bands like Abby's Cafe, The Druids, Into the Now, and Kernal Wah. One of these bands was always playing at Milestones or Waterstreet. I played Bass in Abby's and the band was often referred to as "That band with the cool artwork" which was done by lead guitarist Steph Ford. These bands were obviously influenced by The Dead and Phish but all had their own feel and were very different. I know there are more to add to this list and maybe someone can help out with that! —EricManzler


2011-02-27 13:04:08   My first recollection of the 60's bands was about high school bands. I remember the T dances, early 60's, at the Knights of Columbus building downtown where Bobby and the Bombers (from Eastridge) was playing. They had the first record I ever bought from a local band. Then, as I snuck in the Aquinas' Sock Hops I learned about The Root of All Evils. Both bands of high school fame that disintegrated quickly. And then, a driver's license opened up the world. Yes, the Quirks at Clover lanes (and they did play Herman's Hermits, too), and Wilmer and the Dukes at Braimar's and another place near Hamlin Beach, and the Invictas playing at Tiny's Bengal Inn in Summerville. And let's not forget the Show Stoppers, who featured Don Potter and Bat McGrath. Here the line blurs between high school and college years, since they were a continuous party in Rochester. But the best was the Varsity Inn, where I could be found every weekend at the table under the toilet seat hanging on the wall. Yes, The Angry Young Men and The Invictas. The House then took over, with singer Phil Sanguedolce (who I believe can still be found singing in bands around the area). The world was changing. I saw there a band that opened up with the a song from the then unknown group Vanilla Fudge. They were called the Kustard Kluster, the name a lame tribute to the psychedelic band, and the two lead singers also did some mean versions of the Bee Gees. The keyboard man was Vinnie Strenk. They were good, but didn't last long. The Invictas went touring and then the Thursday night band stepped up to sharing weekend spots with the House (I don't remember them being called Howz), and this band was the Rustix. The band's bass player at that time was Bob Sohener, Vinnie Strenk showed up again on the keyboards (the Kluster krapped), and the drummer was an ex Invictas guy with a mean foot, David Colon. They eventually moved to the Club, off of East Avenue, recording two albums for Motown's Rare Earth label, and history legend for Rochester. The House did the whole Sgt. Pepper album, dressed in Sgt. Pepper uniforms when the album came out. For those learning to appreciate jazz, Gap Mangione with Tony Levin on bass were playing at The Other Side of the Tracks in Pittsford. (Tony Levin is now a rock legend having played with King Krimson, being Peter Gabriel's bass player, and many others including Alice Cooper and John Lennon.) By this time the Rochester music scene was exploding, and by the late 60's/early 70's we had the Brass Buttons, The Oxford Watch band, the Heard (Hurd?), and The House reformed itself as NEMIS (North East Music Improvement Society), and bass player Ronnie Collins joined the Rustix, bringing them to peak performance. I loved the Rustix, and they were better than most bands. But, they were limiting themselves to being back up to the lead singers, squelching the guitar sound and the tight excitement that the band provided. Eventually Potter and McGrath came back from New York City to open Highly Morris Alley, a coffee house on West Ridge Road that had Chuck Mangione showing up on Saturday nights after his gigs at the Shakespeare in the Xerox tower. And, damn, I think after that I joined society. Put on a tie, got a job, got married,..... can't remember anything else. —deltastrat


2011-03-28 22:19:12   The Jokers Wild, 1965-1970 Joe Ippolito lead singer, bass: Armand Miale vocals, guitars: Lenny Crellin, vocals, drums: Lou ?, guitar: Bruce Dalvin, guitar. Great party band. Would play one set wearing sport jackets that every piece was a different color. Joe went on to form the Bachelor Seven ( 7 single guys who liked partying, They promoted their parties, indoor and outdoors, their largest party was 3,400 people at a party house. He now resides in Laguna Beach, CA. Armand went on to radio and TV sales, Lenny became a art teacher. —broadwayjoe


2011-04-16 03:06:25   Anguish metal/hardcore band 1999-2000 s. had a big fan base. Played all over the rochester area. Won 1999 battle of the band award at waterstreet music hall. Recorded a 5 song EP in 8/1999 and 3 song demo in late 2000. Went on to be gutter slut- Death metal/hardcore/technical metal 2000s. Then one of the singers joined Psyopus-extreme/technical/metal mid 2000s became a tourin act. shared the stage w and a few random local heavyweits/ Ply-metal hardcore late 1990 s-2000 s, , Loopus Rap core band. 1995-2003 , hate machine- metal hardcore 90s-2000s, Division 9 -hardcore 90s-2000s, Controlled substance-hardcore, Blind identity-Metal hardcore 90s-2000s,Sexmaze-experimental metal 90s-2000s, The Niche-jam band 2000s, 40oz failure Rap/metalcore 90;s-2000s, The Druids jam band 90s-present, Tweak-hardcore 90s-2000s, an so many more amazin bands still to be remembered.... —Ericprince


2011-04-17 14:47:24   Interesting.... I was the guitarist in the band "Vegas" from 1979 to 1984 and I don't see it mentioned here. The band from 79 -82 was the top band in Rochester. The first Vegas featured Lou Ricigliano- guitar, Lex Byers -Vocalist, Rich Fiordeliso -Keyboards and B3 - Nick Russo - Drums and Chris Defazio on Bass. Vegas was reformed in 1983 and consisted of a 3 pc horn section. That group T consisted of Lex Byers on vocals, Lou Ricigliano on Guitar, Rich Fiordeliso on Keys, John Pascarella on Drums, Gary Terwilliger on Bass, Rick Austin on Sax, Doc Davis on Trombone, and Jimmy Squirrell on Trumpet. Information can be found at www.sweet-lou.com. —LouRicigliano


2011-04-17 19:28:23   How about these bands... The Trackers, The Root of all Evil, Portable People, The Hangmen, Lincoln Zepher, The Oxford Watch Band, Gunthers Bus, The Gallant Men??? Need data on these bands of the 60's. —LouRicigliano


2011-04-17 21:06:01   How about these bands... The Trackers, The Root of all Evil, Portable People, The Hangmen, Lincoln Zepher, The Oxford Watch Band, Gunthers Bus, The Gallant Men??? Need data on these bands of the 60's. —LouRicigliano


2011-05-03 15:59:46   Remember the group "Kracker" One of the Best Bands Rochester had the good fortune of hearing. They refused to do covers and did mainly originals and album cuts.Gino Vanelli,Benny Mardones, Marty Ballin and Robbie Dupree to name a few. Unbelievably tight with Great vocals and harmonies.Members included: Billy Schifano(Lead vocal and percussion)Don Ferrara(Lead Guitar)Earnie Pavone(Keyboards)Rich Robinson(Bass & Moog Pedals) and John Pasquarella(Drums) —DonFerrara


2011-05-27 10:07:13   A few of the other noteable late 70s/early 80s Rochester bands not yet mentioned were Bahama Mama (early reggae with horns...evolved from another great local band The Fabulous Putz Brothers)...and Toys [WWW]http://www.discogs.com/Toys-Dashboard-Music/release/1745249, sort of a in a Heart genre. Both of those were on the first WCMF Homegrown LP and had their own albums out. Also, along with New Math and Cappy & Frenchmenn were The Klik and The Chesterfield Kings. I think a couple of those bands were on a rare collection LP of Rochester New Wave/Punk called "From the City That Gave You Absolutely Nothing." Also, no mention of Black Sheep from the mid-70s with Lou Gramm pre-Foreigner. You could also count Talas, although technically from Buffalo...later drummer Mark Miller was from Rochester area.

Also, while technically not a "group"....solo artists Walt Atkinson probably gigged more than almost anyone in the 70s-80s in the Rochester area and was called "Mr. One-Man Band" because of his early use of live looping and layering of his guitar/harmonica/vocals. He still plays somewhere down in the Carolinas where he now lives.

+1 to Old Salt (I think OS was also on the first WCMF Homegrown LP,) Wilmer & the Dukes, Bat McGrath/Don Potter

I'm sure I'm missing many others I'll recall when I look thru my music collection. —mc2


2011-08-09 14:15:23   Any info on the 70's group "Orange"? I have a copy of a studio disc that has a number of their originals. Included - "My teriffic Telephone", Sabotage, etc. —JZ


2011-08-27 08:32:54   Prodigy - 1976 to 1978 —PaulVolta


2011-11-27 00:43:47   Well, my boredom is no more as I ponder on days passed with this page! Music had a huge impact on me growing up. For me it wasn't just back ground noise. Through the beginning with the angst, confusion, suffering and my broken bond with society, my music pushed me and in return I turned it up! Fuck Yea!

Around the age of 12, there was this 'special band' playing locally and every time I heard this band came a constant flow of adjectives such as "Blaspheme" and "Sacrilegious!" Even the Catholic Church were involved and as their servants protested, the local media came running with a story that would begin my spiritual pelvic thrust deep into society for many years after! The training years to my Year 0 and no doubt the beginning of personal disobedience of anything organized!

Anyway, Immaculate Mary, a quartette who only wore white clothing on stage-what little they did wear, were creating more then music, they were creating a way, for me anyway. A way to say fuck you without having to say it at all. I guess I was just at that perfect age ya know? -Between child & man in self;but I understood it and it meant a lot to me.

While the protesting may have died down by the time I was able to attend shows at 16-17 years old, their popularity did not. But what I was hoping to read on here was the reason of their demise. I suspect like many other great bands-the right people weren't around in all the wrong places they played and well, they had to grow up and work regular jobs? Their record, "Through the eye's of youth" didn't go far, and you had to be at their shows to feel that energy. Its on their records but live is where it really was at. I mean, they could be playing "Mary had a little lamb" and it would be mind blowing.. -(Which reminds me, before every set, they had this recording of everything and anything "Mary" related, so when the lights when out, you'd hear Run Dmc's, "Mary, Mary..why you bugging" Credences "Proud Mary..." and other "Mary" related-random recordings from other artists and tv shows..and then they'd burst onto stage like Rock Aliens from Loud Planet Mother Fucker!)

So in conclusion, my teen years had a great fucking sound track to it man! I sure do miss those days and proud that Immaculate Mary is part of that musical collage. Also, I must admit that I rather enjoyed writing this piece. I was upset not finding "The World's Loudest Band" on this site but sort of glad for my own selfish reasons of reminiscing back in the day. But maybe now some of those in charge can do some research and go ahead and add a little something special for this band up on here. Surely I can't be the only who followed them back in the day..

M.C.


2011-11-27 00:44:20   Well, my boredom is no more as I ponder on days passed with this page! Music had a huge impact on me growing up. For me it wasn't just back ground noise. Through the beginning with the angst, confusion, suffering and my broken bond with society, my music pushed me and in return I turned it up! Fuck Yea!

Around the age of 12, there was this 'special band' playing locally and every time I heard this band came a constant flow of adjectives such as "Blaspheme" and "Sacrilegious!" Even the Catholic Church were involved and as their servants protested, the local media came running with a story that would begin my spiritual pelvic thrust deep into society for many years after! The training years to my Year 0 and no doubt the beginning of personal disobedience of anything organized!

Anyway, Immaculate Mary, a quartette who only wore white clothing on stage-what little they did wear, were creating more then music, they were creating a way, for me anyway. A way to say fuck you without having to say it at all. I guess I was just at that perfect age ya know? -Between child & man in self;but I understood it and it meant a lot to me.

While the protesting may have died down by the time I was able to attend shows at 16-17 years old, their popularity did not. But what I was hoping to read on here was the reason of their demise. I suspect like many other great bands-the right people weren't around in all the wrong places they played and well, they had to grow up and work regular jobs? Their record, "Through the eye's of youth" didn't go far, and you had to be at their shows to feel that energy. Its on their records but live is where it really was at. I mean, they could be playing "Mary had a little lamb" and it would be mind blowing.. -(Which reminds me, before every set, they had this recording of everything and anything "Mary" related, so when the lights when out, you'd hear Run Dmc's, "Mary, Mary..why you bugging" Credences "Proud Mary..." and other "Mary" related-random recordings from other artists and tv shows..and then they'd burst onto stage like Rock Aliens from Loud Planet Mother Fucker!)

So in conclusion, my teen years had a great fucking sound track to it man! I sure do miss those days and proud that Immaculate Mary is part of that musical collage. Also, I must admit that I rather enjoyed writing this piece. I was upset not finding "The World's Loudest Band" on this site but sort of glad for my own selfish reasons of reminiscing back in the day. But maybe now some of those in charge can do some research and go ahead and add a little something special for this band up on here. Surely I can't be the only who followed them back in the day..

M.C.


2011-12-03 16:38:58   My friends and I used to walk over to Leighton Street to watch those 'CMF Monday Night Concerts. Early to mid 70's. The station personnel were nice enough to let us in, but always warned us to "be cool." Anybody know if those shows are around in some format? I would love to hear them again. —SteveMack


2012-01-09 19:23:02   Autumn Skies, who later became M-80. Popular in the early 80's. Played alot at Tucker's, California Brew House, Tiffany's. Anyone know what became of them? —JThomas

JT, after performing as M-80, the group disbanded and the musicians went on to other projects. Brian Venton and Jimmy End went on to join Nik and the Nice Guys. Eventually Brian formed his own party band - The Boss Street Band, which performed around the area during the mid to late '90s. At this point in life, most of the guys have day jobs and they are raising families.


2012-01-12 21:30:27   Have not seen mention of The Color Blind James Experience. Also, John Mooney used to play at the Cottage, and the Sun Mountain Fiddler still plays all over the place (used to see him at the Cottage too). Anyone remember a band I think called the Stovall Brown Band, drummer had a prosthetic forearm? —dbrandriss


2012-01-25 12:56:36   Transmission 56, 90's Released a 45 and a CD under Carbon Records. 45 is Still Available. Band Members Sean Havens, Jamie Fritzsching and Mark Williams. Jamie and Mark on on the West Coast, Sean is still local and plays in Cavalcade. —SeanHavens


2012-02-19 08:34:04   Cappy and the Frenchmen Myspace site: [WWW]http://www.myspace.com/cappyandthefrenchmen

Cappy and the Frenchmen FACEBOOK Fan site:https://www.facebook.com/pages/Cappy-and-the-Frenchmen/211684995596740#!/pages/Cappy-and-the-Frenchmen/211684995596740?sk=wallBillThomas


2012-03-03 13:15:05   Hi all. This is Terry Lasaponara, the drummer from the band "Freedom Tree". I read that some people want some info regarding the band, so please email me anytime at <terrylasaponara AT gmail DOT com>. Thank you. —terryfreedom


2012-03-12 10:59:37   I was looking through some vintage issues of Freetime Magazine this weekend when I came across an ad for the bluesband " Jimmy Boston and the Flamethrowers" I remember going out to hear the band during the 1980's. They played a mix of classic blues and swing tunes. They were incredible.Tunes like Caledonia,Help me baby,and Peter Gunn to name a few. The horn section referred themselves to the Hollywood Horns.The band performed regulary at Red Creek and Casablanca as well as Respected Blues clubs in the inner city. The clubs were always at standing room only capacity and the dance floor was always cookin. Band Members consisted of: Jimmy Boston on lead vocals,Donnie Ferrara on lead guitar,Neal O'keefe on bass, Charlie Rau on drums,Russ Marchese on trumpet and Joe Arnone on sax.The bands plan was to perform once or twice a month but due to popularity ended up doing four to five one niters a week for almost two years.Sound and lights was provided by Bill Hooper who always did a Great job.I still have a live recording that they did on WGMC radio. I often wish that a group of this caliber would show up in todays music scene. If you were lucky enough to catch them then you know what i am taking about. This was an incredible group. —["Users/Donna "B""]


2012-03-12 21:09:50   Just want to clear up some inaccuracies and provide more detail for RUKKUS who is listed as a 90s band. My name is Nick Valente, and I am an original founder, guitar player, song writer of the band. I formed RUKKUS with Tommy and Chris Garbin in late 1985 and we disbanded in early 1990 when I left for another project. Therefore, I would consider RUKKUS a late 80s original hard rock/metal band. I left and formed Blastic in 1990 who created a ten song original metal CD called Deep from the Bud with Ed Lynd (Grinders), Todd Dentico (Grinders), and John Giordano. Then in 1993, I formed Justin Tyme with Steve Hartwig, Steve Wright, and John Payton (Buddhahood). Then, in 1995, I formed Rat Salad, all Black Sabbath cover band, with Willy Lopez (Avalon), Joe Lana (Uncle Plum), and Joe Damonda. Today, I play in a 3-piece original heavy metal band called HALO. The band consists of Nick Valente (guitar/vocals), Scott Colicchio (bass/keys), and Vince Rupert (drums). I currently work as VP Business Development and also run my own recording studio called the Sound Chamber. Some other great bands from this time period were Talas, Dirty Looks, Avalon, Black Dragon, Nasty Trast (who's cd cover is my face), Moriah, Immaculate Mary, Warhead, Hate, Supernaturals, Millenium, Bad Action, Aunty Em, Rock Candy, Zillion, Harpo, Run21, Fallen Angel, The Raunchettes, Cat Fight, Shaved Ham, Uncle Sam, Camouflage, and so many more. Thanks. Nick —NickValente


2012-06-23 23:50:54   I use to see Pearl at a club called Headliners North in Nashua, NH; place was always packed when they played, and the band was always rock'n; later, I booked bands at U.of New Hampshire; tried to book Pearl but they had already broken up; I would have paid $3000 to $5000 to have them play; I later worked on the road with major touring acts; there were very few vocalists that could kick ass like she did; rocwiki great way to reminisce. Thanks for stirring up some memories. —rickyp


2012-06-29 08:12:25   Draffin is a band I was into, found it online from a friend ,before I moved to Rochester. From the facebook page: "Formed in 2003, Draffin is a hard rock band hailing from Rochester, NY. The group has built up their diverse sound from scratch, refusing to conform to the latest trends and fads. After much hard work in both the studio and out on stage, Draffin has established themselves as a fresh and original band among the Rochester music scene. Incorporating many different forms and styles into their music, the band is not confined to any one musical genre or sound. Instead, Draffin is an eclectic form of rock, metal, punk, and alternative unlike any other, creating something new and exciting for listeners of all sorts. The band broke up around 2009" Some of the songs were My Angel, Consciosly Connected, Nickels and Dimes, Sunder, to name a few. —bonnev659


2012-08-07 16:58:18   VOICES - The band is from Rochester, NY and began in the early 80s. The original lineup included Rob Lavaque (Keys | Lead Vocals), Gary Skinner (Guitars | Lead Vocals), Lanny Aucter (Drums) and John Fisher (Bass | Moog Pedals). The band was known for its progressive rock music which included covers from Genesis, ELP, Jethro Tull, Peter Gabriel, and the like.

After a successful debut in the Rochester area, Gary Skinner left the band and was replaced by Jon Michael Engard (Guitars | Lead Vocals). By the mid 80s, Voices implemented a more pop-rock genre but continued their Genesis set while recording their album "New Bamboo" with hits such as "Drive In Show" and "Return To Human". Drive In Show got a lot of airplay in the area, which helped the band to grow into one of the most popular bands in the area.

After years of playing to packed houses, the band disbanded to pursue other interests. Eventually the band re-formed with new drummer David Taddeo and went in a new direction. As Genesis cover bands became more and more popular (805, No Camouflage, Artisan), Voices began playing the music of Pink Floyd and renamed itself to "Dark Side of the Moon" playing the album in its entirety - verbatim.

Dark Side of the Moon played two full sets of Floyd music and was one of the first local bands to use intelligent lighting and a large-screen video display timed to the music. Due to their popularity, they outgrew most local clubs and began to play exclusively at the Water Street Music Hall - the only venue that could support the crowd. Eventually the band limited its performances to once a year during the Thanksgiving Holiday weekend. Due to personal health reasons, the band stopped play in early 2000s and is still on hiatus as of the time of this entry. Its unlikely they will perform again


2012-09-03 21:10:31   I just recalled the band was named 11 pond that performed cinnamon and tear. —johngreb


2012-12-11 09:20:23   My wife and I were big fans of BUXX throughout the 80's. I didn't see any mention of them here. I still listen to them today. I have their album 'Knickers Down' on my ipod. There is a great write up here: [WWW]http://www.glorydazemusic.com/articles.php?article_id=2963PetePalmeri


2012-12-11 15:04:42   Wanted add the Howard Avenue Band, who were based in Greece, they gigged around WNY in the 70s, seen them many times. They played a few double headers with Black Sheep. I would love to hear from anyone they may know anything about the guys these days. Jimy Adams played 6 string guitar, his brother Mike played base, Pat played guitar also, they had a great keyboard player, named Joe C., who I believe went into music recording, engineering & production. Jim played in Jaspur ... they had a few drummers, I remember Danny was one ... They had some great originals, played the brothers and the great tunes of the day. They rocked and I had lots of fun checking them out all over —Buffalobob


2013-01-28 14:32:02   Does anyone have any information or recorded footage of the 70's Rochester band The Other Side? The lead singer was my father, John "Bubby" Blackwell, and I remember a female member named Marge and a member named Bill Buckley, I think. They did covers of popular songs. Any info would be great! —ErikaBLackwellWilson


2013-02-26 02:02:35   There is a blurb at a site called All Music about a band that I think should be included here - Lucifer. Here is the first line: "Rochester, NY, heavy rock quintet Lucifer was formed in 1969 by vocalist Joe Mattioli, guitarist Pete Skelton, and pianist Joe Gallo, who previously teamed in Infirmary;". They had an album out that gained cult status and vintage vinyl copies sold for hundreds over in Japan for a while until someone in Italy rereleased it as a CD without any permission from any of the band members. No revenue has gone to any of them (original band members) from the CD reissue either, as far as I know. Not that I was around to remember this group, I've just met one of them at some family gatherings - our wives are 2nd cousins or something like that. —NewlPost


2013-03-13 08:11:16   Question above : "Hammer" Late 1960's early 1970's. What happened to them??? Answer: This 5 man group, under the management of Jerry Wolf Enterprises, had as original lead singer Mike Buonaccorso later replaced by Dave White. The drummer was Mike Bonafede, but names of the other 3, bass, lead, and keyboards, cannot be recalled. (Keyboard players first name was Mike.) —MichaelB


2013-04-04 12:21:14   Omniblank? —TheNoble1


2013-05-01 21:00:00   just want to say, scorcher,sly roxx, imac.mary, uncle sam.avalon,rukkus,baby grande,..backstreets,penny arcade,house of guitars, etc.etc.i'll never forget you all!!-patti lost —shreddermello@yahoo.com


2013-06-22 04:35:57   My name's Rob Cullivan and I was in The Urban Squirrels from late 1987 to summer 1993, singing and playing harmonica. Myself, Kevin Kane and Johan Engstrom on guitars, Jim Locigno on saxophones, Andi Tratch on keyboards, Mike Fleckenstein on bass and Eric DeRitis on drums, played such clubs as Rumors, Jazzberry's, Richmonds, etc. A few years in, we switched our drummer to Pete Mugnolo and made Tony Cavagnaro our guitarist and added Brian Shuptar on trumpet. We released one single in 1988 and a full-length album in 1992. We were a horn-driven, harmonica-flavored alt-rock band that played rock, blues, a bit of jazz, reggae and country and drew comparisons to everyone from Madness and the Violent Femmes to an overheated washing machine and a drunken sailor on leave. I've lost track of all the bands we played with, but we did shows with Colorblind James, The Fugitives, the Chinchillas, the Rumbles, the Ferrets, Leon Russell, the Wailers, Johnny Winter, Chucklehead, etc. and so on. After we broke up, members of the Squirrels helped form The Buddhahood, the Mysterious Blues Band, the Druthers, the Ferndocks, the Moonmen, MK Ultra and other bands, and played in Dream Engine, the Infants and several other bands. We also played with Stage Poetry Company and did shows with Blackwater Ensemble, a comedy troupe. That's all the basic stuff, if you wanna learn more, buy me a beer. Rochester was a great place to play, and it was an awesome time to be in a band, so many other good bands were out there at the time, from Koo Koo Boy to the Profiles to the Essentials to Lotus STP. Ah, memories! —RobCullivan


2013-07-29 19:03:07   Oh the nostalgic memories of the Bands and the Venues!! I'll add in case anyone left out:

The Cave-on W.Ridge Rd-Lex Byers pre group Vegas band "Masquerade"with Rich Fiordeliso on B3,Marty Dorren on bass,Reinhart Brucker on drums,2 or 3 horn players.I cant remember guitar player.Sets ended in"mmmmm-PIZZA!"

Parlient Lounge(I think in Henrietta)-Jay Capozzi's group "Pride and Joy"Jim Barton on B3 and Al Marino before or after Jim on B3-cant remember who was on drums(Might have been Phil Block) and guitar player

Maxwells Silver Hammer-Jefferson Rd.

Brick and Nail-Lyell Ave-Can still smell in the club the Ragu plant next door cooking up the sauce nights(before it was commercialized and sent out of state)Mostly saw Illusion with Louie Fusilli lead vocals/sax/flute/comedy,Tom Meara-guitar/vocals,Jim Kulp-B3/vocals,Ron Allessi-Drums and Marlane Panarites-lead vocals/harmony.Great group especially their infamous"Scorcha Balla"set.Also saw them at:

Fontainbleu club-I think on St Paul on Durrand side of Stutson st.bridge.

I have some pretty decent live recordings on cassette tape that I recorded on my then new Superscope Stereo cassette recorder! I'm converting these to MP3's before the tapes decompose.These recordings are of Illusion at Ramada Inn,Brick and Nail and Fontainbleu,Pride and Joy at Holiday Inn's Turn of Century Lounge,and Masquerade at THE CAVE-February 1977.All these recordings were around 1975-1978 era.I used to carry 12Au7 tubes and small parts in my car for fixing the Hammond players B3's.A few times it saved a sick organ!

It would be great if someone could start a website where we could post these recordings for all to enjoy and reminice.They bring me back to sitting at the club with friends listening and dancing those carefree years!
Kevin B. kellyspotty at gmail


2013-07-31 13:13:18   Anyone remember the great lounge band "Vic Platii and The New Portrait?" I was one of two "chick singers in 1974 through 1977. We had an opening dance routine and we were good we opened for Phylis Dyler , John Biner , and were booked every weekend. The band had horns , keyboards , drums ,bass ,lead guitar ,and mostly me on percussion. Thank you all for making those times great.

MegAzarian


2013-08-06 06:51:51   Greg Hassett played guitar in KooKoo Boy. He is still playing bubblegum-style rock in Rochester.

What about 80's band Resistors? Immaculate Mary? —afmayer


2013-09-13 00:45:37   Would love to see a reunion of the 80's band STREET PLAYER! Lots of good memories! —rjorico


2013-10-07 02:40:41   The Todd Hobin Band —ricklazure


2013-10-07 02:59:06   The Todd Hobin Band- Todd leads with brother Shawn on drums, both from Henrietta. Doug Moncrief on guitar from East Rochester. Mike desnoyer on base, don't know his hometown. Bruce Fowler on guitar hails from NYC. Who can forget Sundays at the Parliament lounge with the Todd Hobin Band, sometimes simulcast by WBBF, AM radio. They played their own music, notable songs were "New York Country Song" and "I Hate You- a love song". They had a number of albums by the late '70s and a CD in 2012


2013-11-07 08:20:03   Fun read here. What about the group Orange? Did Chuck Leone book them? That guitar player was really something? Also, did I miss it or were the Rustix left out? I remember hearing Wilmer with a post-Dukes band called Zebra at Barney Googles over near Palmyra, NY. They were really great. Lots of funky dance music. Also, there was another Rochester—or Rochester area band—that was real funky with horns and stuff in the early to middle seventies. They played every Thursday night in Seneca Falls at TJ's. Name escapes me, but I know they went on to do an album or two. —JayJay


2013-11-09 11:32:37   I got it. Mother Night was the funky horn band. Think they had an album too. Great band —JayJay


2013-12-13 00:33:47   To:kevinB - If you want to share, start a Dropbox account and upload your music files and then provide a link to them. I'd love to hear those bands. I haven't heard the R&B bands, The Untouchables and The Enerjets (from the 80's) mentioned. I know that The Enerjets put out at least 1 lp in '86.How about The Tempests? They put out a 45 called "Rockin' Rochester". In the 80's, Scorgies was the place to be. New Math and The Presstones were a couple of my favorites. —MartinCocca


2014-01-14 12:25:30   There was a late 80s rock band named Double Trouble with two girls (a blone & brunette) as lead singers. They did hard rock, Heart, some 80s metal type music. The girls eventually left for California and the band might have survived for a while as No Trouble.. —cvjanick


2014-01-21 08:52:06   I was a huge Claude Raines fan back in the day and was friends with the band. They thrived in the Rochester area in the 80's, even played for record execs at CBGBs in NYC. You can find the band members on Facebook. Most of them are still playing in other bands...Jeff Galino, Will Young, Cedric Herrera, —Janet


2014-04-21 13:36:25   The First Act was a "Garage Born" band from the 70's, and featured lead singers Darla Carney and Ray Smith. The group was asked to replace another Rochester great, Fred Costello, who, with his jazz style had been performing at Val's Lounge, on Monroe Ave near 12 corners. When The First Act started at Val's, you could shoot off a cannon and not hit anyone, but after about two weeks, the place became packed six nights a week. Along with Darla and Ray who was the bass player, was Chris Burrell on guitar, Mario Belgiorno on sax, and Jimmy Foster on drums. The music was a blend of various styles from that era and included music from The Fifth Dimension, Dionne Warwick, Crosby-Stills & Nash, The Carpenters, Neil Diamond, with a bit of 50's rock thrown in for nostalgia purposes. Five part vocal harmony was something that separated them from most groups of that era, and that was astounding to listen to. As the group progressed, they were approached by Wayne Newtons managers to be slowly introduced into the Vegas style of entertainment, with a show writer to write a complete stage show presentation, as well as original songs, instead of using material from other performers. However, while playing in Nashville, differences in the makeup of the band, broke the band up. They made on album, that they produced themselves and only had enough copies to be sold at some of their performances, and never signed with a recording company due to the lack of original material. —RaySmith


2014-07-24 13:52:09   Anyone remember a band called 'Goddess'? mid 70s...Great rock band, ZZTop, UFO, etc. Played at the Penny Arcade fairly regularly. —EMSacch


2014-08-01 19:37:07   Mid 70s additions, great soul funk bands Mother Freedom, could have been from Syracuse, had 3-4 singers including a guy named Oliver, one of the best. Think he later joined another great funk band named Wells Kelly. Again, had multiple frontmen and a great back line including brothers on bass and organ, think I remember the organ player also being great on sax. Late phase of that group featured George Cochinni on guitar, one of the best out of Rochester, who started with the Rustix and later was with Crosstalk. Crosstalk had Frank DeCesare vocals/sax, Joe Bass on bass, one of Rochesters best, Tom McNall guitar, Phil Block drums, Cochinni on guitar, and myself on keys. Played Red Creek, Maxwells, Pandas, Glass Onion, Purple Pig, many other venues. Band had strong vocals and nice double guitar stuff. Did lots of Orleans, Average White Band, Little Feat. Other members included Rick Considine and also Jay, can't recall last name, both good drummers. —MarkBistis


2014-08-20 07:55:18   A friend of mine, Terry Lasaponara was in the band Freedom Tree back in the '70's.There's probably more people out there that know more about the band than me.He also went to Marshall.


2014-09-04 23:18:04   Does any one remember a group from the 50's and 60's The Jerry Jaye Trio Played at the 414 club,J&l lounge, the Avenue, and Garden Grill Jerry Jaye,Neil Marvel, and Gene Newman ?


2014-09-11 10:00:10   The NINE —JamesAllanBurruto


2014-09-11 10:07:35   The NINE, 1985-1989 power pop band signed to the Indie Label "Dresser." Extensive live performances in New York and beyond. Recorded first record at Music America and Avatar recording studios. Members consisted of Gene Best, lead vox/bass; James Allan Burruto guitar/backing vox; Jimmy Fox, drums/backing vox 1985-1987; Jim McGowen, drums/backing vocals; Chris G (Guerzo) Lead vox/keyboards. Influences were UK, Zepplin, Power Station, level 42, Nik Kershaw, and many others. —JamesAllanBurruto


2014-10-22 11:23:59   I worked behind the bar at the Ramada in the 70's for Dave Scuteri. At the time there was a regular rotation of bands on the local circuit of bars on the westside. Freedom Tree was a big draw, Louie Fusilli was the front man as I recall. They were one of the groups doing a 50's set as the alter ego of Commander Perverto and the Pimples. Can no longer remember the female vocalist name any more. All the bartenders loved it when they played because we had a lot of pretty girls and big tippers. I recall that a few times, there was a biker that was around the place a lot, we talked him into riding into the bar on the Harley with Louie on the back in his fifties getup, waving a toilet plunger over his head. Other stuff: The All Rights, 1960's, carried their gear in an old Caddy Ambulance that was always parked on Chili Avenue . Wilmer and the Dukes on all ages Sundays at Vince's 50 Acres in Rush. The Brass Buttons - I still have two of the psychedelic patterned pins they used to hand out. The Seven, Syracuse based but played here a lot, did some recording, big brassy sound and quite good. Of course the Good Rats, NYC but a perennial ROC favorite. Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps, Philthy McNasty were in town a lot. Later, there was Teezer which begat Talon, they just did a reunion show in LeRoy this summer and I bet they play again, they had a good time doing it. Ice Water Mansion, LaVixen were 80's rock/bar bands.
Clubs:the Cave in Stone Ridge Plaza, Johann's Parliament Lounge at the bowling alley on West Henrietta, Brass Rail,Art Stock turned the old Varsity Inn into The Playpen North. The VI Geneseo was a good time chasing college girls.Fantasy Swings (can't remember its previous name but it was hot then as well), The Orange Monkey, Maxwells. There was a whole string opened by a couple of entrepreneurs (Chuck and Tony comes to mind) during the heyday of Rochester being a big party and pre-disco dance town in the pre-dwi days. It is fun reliving my misspent youth. —BillDecker