John Bolger Band

John Bolger BandJohn Bolger Band plays a variety of music from rhythm & blues to swing, a little Motown, funky rock & roll, 60 & 70s hits as well as some new songs whenever they can.

The band named was decided by a former bass player. When John Bolger asked him what they should name the group, he responded, “Why don’t we call it the John Bolger Band?” John hadn’t thought of naming it that, but said, “Okay, that’s easy enough.” And so, the John Bolger Band was born.

John is inspired by “everything that has caught my ear since I started hearing music.” That includes old jazz, some modern jazz, music from the 60s such as the Beatles, soul music from the 70s, some rock, folk and old country. Blues music has always been a big favorite for him. He also loves musical instruments and feels BB King is one of the really influential guitarists of the last 50-some years.

John Bolger Band will be rocking the Mobile Music Stage on Friday, July 15 from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. You may even hear them play “Brown Eyed Girl,” their most requested song!


Noble Vibes

Noble_Vibes_01Noble Vibes is coming back to the Canandaigua Art & Music Festival for another great performance!

We recently spoke to guitarist Steve Galbraith about how the band got started and what it’s all about. He explained that Noble Vibes came together when he answered a Craigslist ad posted by their keyboardist, Jason Muskopf. Together they assembled the band.

“It took a while but we finally found the perfect combination. Our name “Noble Vibes” expresses our respect and commitment to reggae music,” explained Steve.

Noble VibesTheir music is inspired by reggae greats such as Bob Marley, Gregory Isaacs, and Steel Pulse. Steve added, “Our lead singer Deannah McKenzie and I are also inspired by our fans, who we call the ‘Vibe Tribe.’ They motivate us to write songs that are positive and uplifting. We love getting the ‘Vibe Tribe’ moving.”

Noble Vibes is hard at work on a new album so they’ll be bringing some new original tunes to the Mobile Music Stage. But don’t worry, they’ll probably play Reggae Highway – they’re most requested song from their first CD. It was also their first music video which was a Lego film of the band.

See the Noble Vibes on the Mobile Music Stage Saturday, July 16th from 3:30-5:00 p.m. Join the Vibe Tribe and be ready to dance!

WayWard Wynd

WayWard Wynd 2Stop by our Mobile Music Stage on Sunday, July 17th from 1:45-3 p.m. to dance along to music by WayWard Wynd.

Fifteen years ago Bandleader John M. Krizan decided to come out of retirement and rejoin music. He needed some fun in his life and wanted to entertain audiences again. That’s when the rockin’ country band, WayWard Wynd, came together.

“All of the names I chose for bands included the “wind” as I felt we were always in the wind, flying smoothly and enjoying what we do best.” – John M. Krizan

Inspired by many, from Eric Clapton, Keith Richards and The Byrds, to Luke Bryan, Merle Haggard, Hank Williams and Patsy Cline, and even Frank Sinatra and Tony Bennet, WayWard Wynd plays popular songs and music they like. Their show is made up of classic style country, modern Top 40 County – and anything in between. Recently, British classic rock was added to the set list.WayWard Wynd

WayWard Wynd’s performance is more than just music – it’s full of group participation. The band will take song suggestions, playing the frequently requested tunes “Move It” sung by Cliff Richard and played by The Shadows (Britian’s answer to The Ventures) and “Wagon Wheel” by Darius Rucker. They love to get to know their audience by talking to them, telling jokes and involving them in every way they can.

“Get ready for country music Canandaigua, ‘cause we want you to have fun, dance and enjoy life!”

Joan Burch

Joan BurchWe had the pleasure of catching up with singer songwriter Joan Burch to learn more about her musical style and inspirations.

Joan Burch considers herself “a late bloomer.” She feels that music was always waiting for her to take the leap to express it – and in 2007, she began writing songs and performing as a singer songwriter. Now, she’s known for her voice, which she’s been told, sounds like Joni Mitchell.

Joan’s music is a fusion of folk and jazz/pop, modeled after classic singer songwriters from the 70s, including Carol King, Jackson Browne and Dan Fogelberg. She writes what comes to her, putting her thoughts about people, places and situations into lyrics and melodies. Joan’s songs are a composite of her feelings expressed as one unit, which may explain why some songs are reflective and mellow, and others have a bite to them.

Joan BurchIn addition to being inspired by the events and people that surround her, she’s inspired by artists Dan Fogelberg, Todd Rundgren, Harry Nilsson, Carol King, Laura Nyro and Joni Mitchell.

Be prepared for Joan to switch things up during her set. Sometimes she likes to go from keyboard to guitar and back. For her 5’1” stature, her voice cuts through the noise somehow and carries well – which is good, because people tend to like her voice and vocals. Joan performs familiar songs as well as favorites off her albums. Fans like to hear Morning Light, Private Johnson, Up in the Air, All We Ever Wanted, Open Road and Joan Of Arc. Visit bandcamp to listen to some of her hits.

Don’t miss her performance on Saturday, July 16 from 12-1:15. Stop by and sing along!

Music of CAMF – SuP!

SuP is accompanying us at the festival this year and they’re 11050272_636871793081264_2339853796787542384_nready to bring an energetic and dance-worthy performance! We caught up with them to learn a little more about the band and what to expect.

The group formed when Tom and Josh B were assigned to be roommates at the Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT), and were joined by Josh W when he responded to their poster on campus asking for another member. The full name of the band is Subjective Perspective, but people call them SuP for short because of their energetic and goofy stage persona.

SuP plays Pop Rock with an alternative, punk-like twist. SuP is known on the RIT campus for their rendition of “Free-Bird” which, as a result, is requested very frequently. Don’t miss their performance of this fan favorite! The band is influenced particularly by – and often cover songs of: The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Green Day, Weezer, Incubus, Lynard Skynrd, Nirvana, Blink 182, Jimi Hendrix, and many more. SuP warns us that the everyone should be prepared for the most energetic group of young goofy guys playing great music, and an urge to dance your pants off!

Don’t miss SuP at the festival on the Boylan Code Stage on Sunday, July 19 from 1:45 to 3 PM! They’ll bring an energy-filled performance that you’re not going to want to miss!

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