Williams Road Band
May 4 at 7PM
Williams Road is a three piece roots band from the rolling hills of central New York. Their sound is a little bit of Bakersfield country with a mix of Americana. The band's unique songwriting represents life in the rural setting they call home. Pushed by strong harmonies and acoustic guitars at it's core, add violin, electric guitar, and the pedal steel, and there is William Road. The groups influences are artists, Lyle Lovett, Tom Waits, Steve Earl, and some of the good old boys of country long gone.
"Opus Black String Quartet is an alternative ensemble with a penchant for the unorthodox. Built on a common foundation of classical training, their backgrounds are as diverse as their repertoire. " - Syracuse New Times
While the name may be reminiscent of a traditional string quartet, their sound is a powerhouse of contemporary music.
Each player performs on a black carbon fiber instrument.
Philip Michael Hoke-known as Dutchman or simply Dutch was classically trained by musical parents with diverse tastes ( by THEIR teacher also ), gigged with rock cover bands in high school and college (RPI ), then finished 4 years at renowned BERKLEE COLLEGE OF MUSIC (Boston).
Infusing his roots rock/country style with blues, jazz, soul, R&B, and Gospel elements over a 50+ year career, he's played the Islands, Co. Rockies. New Orleans, Swiss Alps, his native NYS, and all over his beloved New England.
He is piannist/organist with the South Central Mass Choir (18 years), has songwriting / arranging credits on Next Level Gospels' CD "Divine Intervention (2012), and plays on blues diva Shirley Lewis' CD "For the Love of It (1991). Dutch is president/of Bostons' NORFOLK SCHOOL OF MUSIC (14 years), and is in his rookie year with Rhode Islands' premier L. SKYNYRD Tribute band, "Barefoot Rebel".