Music at the Naples Grape Festival
Every year, the Naples Grape Festival selection committee listens to local and regional musical artists and bands searching for the right blend of rock, blues, jazz and original music to get your feet tapping and your heart singing.
2014 Music Features
Saturday, Sept 27th, 2014
- 11:00 am - 12:45 pm Sunny Paul
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Sunny has been playing blues guitar since 1965. He has toured the USA, Canada, & Europe and played onstage with Bo Diddley ,Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, John Mooney, Bat McGrath amongst others. Currently, Sunny performs regularly with his trio, Blue Tomorrow, but he will be performing solo as he opens the 2014 Grape Fest.
The Dirty Urchins
- 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm The Dirty Urchins
Links: YouTube Video1 YouTube Video2 Facebook
Originally started in 2009, there is only one remaining original member in this trio. Julia Haltigan joined original bassist Bennett Miller in 2010, and then Brian Dunne recently rounded the trio once again. Our Grape Fest talent scouts found the Urchins busking in Central Park last summer and thought “hmmm, they’d be great for our festival!” As soon as we looked them up on YouTube, we couldn’t agree more. Two guitars, upright bass, great vocals and great songwriting. “Live” from New York… it’s the Dirty Urchins!
- 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm The Buddhahood
Links: Web Site ReverbNation Facebook
Since 1996, The Buddhahood has been driving their World-Ternative Groove train carrying on the messages of the late founding member Tony Cavagnaro. Boasting nine members, the band represents a variety of vocal styles, full percussion, horns, bass, guitar and keys in shades of Afropop, Roots, Reggae, Jazz, Rock, Blues and Samba in unstoppable vibration and elemental harmony. They are currently supporting their latest five-song EP release, "Root”, but there are many other recordings span almost two decades. Join us as the Buddhahood closes the first day of the 2014 Naples Grape Festival.
Sunday, Sept 28th, 2014
Amanda Lee Peers
- 11:30 am - 12:45 pm Amanda Lee Peers
Links: YouTube SoundCloud
Amanda Lee Peers is a singer/songwriter from Rochester, NY. She has a wide range of influences from Bob Marley to Led Zeppelin, and sings with rivers of raw emotion and soul that traverse genres of pop, rock, soul and everything in between. Take a scoop of Amy Winehouse, pack it in a Delta Blues cone and drizzle it with some Bob Marley swagger and you'll start to get a taste of what you can expect from this up-and-coming artist. Grab a coffee and enjoy Amanda as she opens the second day of the Naples Grape Festival.
The Margaret Explosion
- 1:15 pm - 2:30 pm The Margaret Explosion
Links: Web Site Facebook YouTube
The Margaret Explosion is a long time 5 piece exploratory, improvisational instrumental band from Rochester, NY. Since 1996, they have morphed and excelled in playing their music with no borders and no definitions. It isn’t written down, but rather recorded for the moment, and posted to their website, although they do have CDs. They could quite possibly be the most unique and unusual music act in Upstate NY beginning with a blank canvas at every show. “Margaret Explosion takes it further than most bands. Every song we do is a first and only take. There is no going back unless someone requests something we’ve done before. In that case we’ll give it another shot but it is never as good.” (from their Facebook page)
Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne
- 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne
Links: Web Site Facebook YouTube Video
Take half a dozen groovemasters, add a spicy blend of rock ‘n’ roll, blues, and funk to the up-tempo Zydeco beat, and presto, you’ve got a dance groove that just won’t quit! Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne have performed in venues from Louisiana to Connecticut for over a decade. They have a unique ability to cover standard Zydeco material with exceptional flare, while at the same time delivering original material that's fresh and deeply rooted in traditional Creole-Zydeco style. Come-on out and get your accordion fix, and have some grape fun with Li’l Anne and Hot Cayenne!
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If you would like to submit a demo to the Naples Grape Festival for consideration for one of our entertainment slots, please send information to Naples Grape Festival PO Box 70 Naples, NY 14512 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Naples Grape Festival is a venue reserved for original singer/songwriter acts of all genres.
Submissions must be made by February 1st to be considered for that year's Grape Festival held the last full weekend of September. Our Music committee reviews/listens to all submissions, and the schedule is completed no later than April 1st for that years festival. The Naples Grape Festival is always held on the last full weekend of September, rain or shine.