INDUCTION AND MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO VINCENT PASTORE "BIG PUSSY" FROM THE HIT HBO SERIES THE SOPRANOS.
INDUCTION AND MUSICAL TRIBUTE TO JOE MAER
The New York Blues Hall of Fame honors legendary, master and great local blues artists from the great state of New York. We have formally inducted artists such as John Hammond, Levon Helm, Johnny Winter to name a few but we also like to keep the focus on the local, in the trenches blues musicians who play their hearts out night after night and give them the recognition they truly deserve. - Michael Packer, NY Ambassador
"A great organization that recognizes the working musician for their achievements" - Prof. Louie (Woodstock Records)
Michael Packer Blues Band
Michael Packer is a singer, songwriter, and guitarist who was born in New York City in 1950. After doing his first gig at the Bitter End in Greenwich Village at the age of 15, he formed and recorded with numerous groups throughout the late '60s, '70s, and '80s, including Papa Nebo (with saxophonist Bob Mintzer of the Grammy Award-winning Yellowjackets), Free Beer, and Coolstep. He also worked with the likes of the Atlanta Rhythm Section, Johnny Rivers, Dr. Hook, Clifton Chanier, and the Matt Murphy Band.
Peter V Blues Band
PVBT is a high energy blues band with a distinct sound infusing Jazz & funk to there music. Reinterpreting lesser known blues songs while avoiding well known blues classics that are often covered by many bands. Peter V, the bands leader, writes all the bands original music and sets the tone for its creative direction. Although we have tremendous respect for the previous generation of blues greats, our musical approach is to not recreate what has already been done. We do a modern version of the blues with an emphasis on singing (male & female) melody & rhythmic feel.
Vincent Pastore - Inductee
Vincent Pastore's breakout role in the HBO award winning series "The Sopranos" lead him from his early days of performing in Community Theater, running discos and owning rock and roll bars in New Rochelle NY to becoming the household name of "Big Pussy". He was encouraged to pursue film acting by Kevin and Matt Dillon who frequented his bars in the 80's,
Vincent landed his first major film with Nancy Savoca's award winning film "True Love" and then he was on his way. Working on "Americans Most Wanted", "Law and Order", "One Life to Live", "Good Fellas", "Awakenings" and "Regarding Henry", plus many other projects on the small stage in New York City, until he landed his first major role as Tony Scarboni opposite Alan Arkin in "The Jerky Boys". After that "Gotti", "Witness to the Mob" then "The Sopranos", followed. He went on to do the films "Made", "Serving Sara", "The Hurricane" and "Two Family House" to name just a few.
Recently Vincent has appeared "CHICAGO" and in the Woody Allen play "Bullets over Broadway", he is now part of the Broadway community.
Professor Louie of the Crowmatix and The Band - Special Guest
Professor Louie has worked with The New Riders Of The Purple Sage and individual members in many capacities. Performing on their two studio and live CD's released in the last few years. Louie (a/k/a Aaron L. Hurwitz) produced.The David Nelson Band's classic CD "Visions Under The Moon" and was a member of Michael Falzarano's group The Memphis Pilgrims. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix have been playing shows with The New Riders Of The Purple Sage for the past few years and both groups are on Woodstock Records.
Grammy nominated Professor Louie & The Crowmatix from Woodstock NY came into existence preparing songs for Professor Louie's studio productions for the Rock'n'Roll Hall of Fame group The Band. They were also the backing group for solo CD's by Rick Danko, Levon Helm and Garth Hudson. Professor Louie & The Crowmatix started touring and recording 2001. They have eight studio CD's and two live recordings. 2012-13 Woodstock Records released their new recording "Wings On Fire" on CD and LP Vinyl - 180 Gram to rave reviews.
Bearether Reddy - Inductee
Beareather Reddy, vocalist/actress/producer, is a native of Sylvania, Georgia, received a B.A. in performance arts from the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. She has performed in numerous plays throughout the New York metropolitan area, as well as music performances in night clubs as The Duplex, Terra Blues, The Jalopy, BB Kings and the Brooklyn Historical Society. She has written three one woman shows,including "The Classic Blueswoman: An Historical Tribute". Ms. Reddy has performed in music festivals nationally and internationally, such as the Big Eyed Blues Festival, the Jazzy Jazz Festival, Briggs Farm Blues Festival, the Port Townsend Acoustic Blues Festival, the Pennsylvania Blues Festival and the Blues to Bop Festival in Lugano, Switzerland and Morcote, Switzerland. Ms. Reddy is dedicated to keeping Blues alive by offering free lessons to community youths. She is the producer of the annual Big Eyed Blues Festival held in Brooklyn, NY. October 2015 marked the 10th anniversary of this self produced festival.
Baron Raymonde - Inductee
Saxophonist Baron Raymonde has performed with Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Levon Helm, Joan Jett, Cheap Trick, Ronnie Spector, Leslie Gore, Little Anthony, Matt Guitar Murphy, GE Smith, The Original Blues Brothers Band, Artie Shaw Orchestra and many more.
Frank Louis Pisani - Inductee
Frank L. Pisani is a professional pianist /singer/ composer/ arranger / music director/ voice coach who has performed in venues worldwide for the past 30 years. Mr. Pisani has composed music and songs for film/television/cable/internet projects as well as music for dance /chamber and orchestra in jazz and contemporary classical genres. He is a composer/ lyricist /publisher member of ASCAP since 1977.
Tommy Maher - Inductee
Tommy Maher is the lead vocalist for Vital Signs a Hard Driving Rock Band and Retro69, A Tribute to ALL the bands at Woodstock 1969 and the Host of The Maverick Soul Hour w tommy maher on Madhousetv.com
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