NYE Party with Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood
Monday December 31, 2012 @ 9:00 PM
with special guest Comedian Frank Vignola!
Jeff Pitchell is an internationally acclaimed dynamic singer, songwriter, guitarist, and actor. Jeff achieved national recognition when his last CD, Heavy Hitter (Pyramid Records/EMI) reached #7 on the Billboard Charts, selling more CDs than Delbert McClinton, Robert Cray, Etta James, Johnny Lee Hooker & Muddy Waters. Jeff has recorded with such greats as Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, james Cotton and Clarence Clemons. Jeff received international recognition when he toured Europe and then was asked to join the Commitments as a special guest
Texas Flood consists of Jimmie Biggins on sax (formerly with James Taylor and The Themptations), Marty Richards on drums (drummer for J Geils Band, Joe Perry's Band, and Peter Wolf's Band), Dave Natale on bass, Dan Fontanella B3 Organ. These seasoned musicians unite to bring a high energy mix of Rhythm and Blues, Rock Soul, Pop and funky Texas Blues.
The Jeffettes 4-piece vocal harmony group consists of Linda Ransom, Theresa Wright, Diane Cooke and Carolyn Hawkins. They have performed for 25 years with various Gospel and jazz groups throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean. Their soulful harmonies are truly amazing and their lead vocals are breathtaking. Together, this accomplished group of musicians will entertain you with their hard driving brand of thunder and lightning blues, rock, funk, and soul music.
Jeff Pitchell is an international recording artist, and an award winning singer, guitarist, songwriter and actor. Jeff was recently chosen by the Boston Red Sox to sing "God Bless America" to a sold out Fenway Park and nationwide TV and radio audience. Jeff has had such musical greats as J Geils, Rick Derringer, Dave Mason, James Cotton, Clarence Clemons play on his CDs and "dueled" with Dickey Betts founding member of the "Allman Brothers", and also performed with Peter Tork of the Monkees, Simon Kirke of Bad Company, Tommy Shannon (SRV's bass player) and recently returned from a tour of Europe. Jeff has performed in the Caribbean and was a special guest of The Commitments in a United States/Canadian tour and debuts as an actor in a new movie entitled "Cathedral Pines." Jeff has now written songs w/Acadmy Award winner Jeff Silbar, " Wind Beneathe my Wings", and at the request of James Woods, Oscar and Academy award nominee...has written songs for a new script for a movie entitled "American Girl." Jeff has new CD to be released by Vizztone in 1Q2012 which is entitled American Girl produced by David Z and J Geils and features J Geils, Rock Hall of Fame nominee, as a special guest...
This Special NYE Evening @ Bridge Street Live will include with your ticket: Passed hors d'oeuvres, champagne toast, incredible live music with Jeff Pitchell & Texas Flood and Comedian Frank Vignola!
Frank Vignola is known amongst his peers as a comic’s comic. His razor sharp take on the issues makes an impression on even the most jaded veterans who often linger in the back of the house just to see what he might say next.
Besides television appearances on Comedy Central, CBC (Toronto) and Discovery Channel Europe, Mr. Vignola has also appeared at Montreal’s “Just for Laughs” Comedy Festival with Bill Maher and toured with Armed Forces Entertainment performing for our troops in Afghanistan. And his one man show “God and Science” and documentary “Why StandUp?” will both be produced in limited theatrical runs in 2012.
Frank Vignola’s one man show "God and Science" is a hilarious and vulnerable take on reconciling history and religion with personal loss. With a talent for making the uncomfortable comfortable, Mr. Vignola weaves together brilliant moments of stand-up comedy and poignant moments of storytelling about the loss of his father. It is simultaneously insightful, thought provoking, sad and hilarious. The ideal combination of sharp humor and personal insight into life.
Mr. Vignola is also the “instructor in residence” at Broadway Comedy Club in the heart of midtown Manhattan and the Masters Class in standup comedy he has taught for eight years has influenced and launched of the careers of numerous up and coming comedians, including David Baker who appeared on “The Tonight Show” and was named one of “HBO’s Top Ten British Comedians”.
Opening the evening will be music by Robert C. Fullerton.
Robert Fullerton is a self-taught musician, whose musical journey has taken him through blues, folk, rock, gospel, jazz and even choral music. This journey has brought him to a place of seeing other people's music through his own eyes and ears, resulting in interpretations that are faithful to the original, yet often quite unique.
“Whenever I’m asked what style of music I play, I’m at a bit of a loss. Although my voice seems to lend itself to the blues, I don’t necessarily sing the blues…and I do tend to add a touch of jazz and blues to every song I perform. I don’t think of it as ‘covering’ a tune, rather as interpreting it. “
With a repertoire that includes songs primarily from the 30's, 60s, 70s, 80s and 90s (as well as a few original songs), everything is “looked at through blue eyes" - a touch of jazz, blues, a little bit of soul. In the words of one venue manager, “Robert has shown an ability to cater to the multiple tastes that show up at our place. But with his deep, gravelly voice, and amazing blues chops, there rarely is a need for him to stray from what’s familiar.”