The Nerds…….playing a blend of Soul, Classic Rock, and TV themes. Their stage show and banter was largely influenced by Monty Python and David Letterman’s love of the absurd and Howard Stern’s disregard for tact. More often than not, pointless arguments onstage about trivial matters became a regular part of the act. One of the Nerds most requested bits, came in the way of a sing along inspired by a hot dog cart operator. At lunch one day, Spaz overhear the vendor’s boom-box playing Neil Diamond’s ”Sweet Caroline. When the chorus came around the guy chimed in “Sweeeet Caroline… pah pah pah”. Finding this childishly amusing, Spaz decided to add this to the Nerds set, along with getting the audience to sing the infectious “…pah pah pah…”. It became a regular part of the act, and there isn’t a night that goes by when some reluctant participant isn’t coerced into singing along. “It’s all in good fun, and people love the attention. I hear even Neil Diamond has added it to his live show.” Before long they had developed a strong fan base of people not looking for the same old thing.
Michael Allman was born and raised in Daytona Beach, FL. He is lead vocalist and frontman to the Michael Allman Band. Even though Michael looks and sounds very similar to his father, Gregg Allman, he has his own distinctive style of Blues and Rock.
Touring all over the country, Michael is spreading his family's blend of roots, rock, and blues. "I'm a singer and a gypsy who needs to fly another way," Allman said, quoting lyrics from his song It Ain't Me.
Michael performs his original songs from his album "Hard Labor Creek" as well as covering songs from The Allman Brothers Band.
Allman's half siblings are Layla Brooklyn Allman, whose band Picture Me Broken won a regional breakout artist competition as part of the 2009 MTV Video Music Awards; Devon Allman, who heads the band Honeytribe; and Ellijah Blue, son of Cher, singer and guitarist for the rock band Deadsy.
Michael's dad, legendary rocker Gregg Allman, was a Rock and Roll Hall of Famer, rock and blues singer-songwriter, keyboardist, guitarist, and a founding member of The Allman Brothers Band.
Tommy Conwell is a US guitarist, songwriter, and performer.
G. Love - Summer Solo Beach Tour
Garret Dutton, better known as G. Love, is the frontman for the band G. Love & Special Sauce. Dutton was born in the Society Hill neighborhood of Philadelphia and began playing guitar at age eight. By the time he was in the ninth grade, he had written his first song and began playing harmonica. Dutton credits Bob Dylan and John Hammond Jr., as well as the then-contemporary "old school" hip-hop sounds of Run-DMC, the Beastie Boys, and Philadelphia's own Schoolly D, as influences. While in high school, Dutton began playing solo on the streets of Philadelphia; soon relocating to Boston in the next few years where he was to meet the future members of Special Sauce.
Known nowadays for his live shows, Dutton is often seen touring with Jack Johnson; who, as a producer, signed G. Love to his record label Brushfire Records. He has appeared on the records of artists such as Slightly Stoopid and Donavon Frankenreiter and recently went on tour with Dave Matthews & Slightly Stoopid.
Hailed as one of the biggest rock bands to come out of Philadelphia, Octane certainly made its mark on the city of Brotherly Love and beyond. In fact, the unsigned band not only sold more than 65,000 copies of their independent debut release but their single, "I For One", spent multiple weeks as the #1 song on WYSP's charts.
Meet GoodMan Fiske. Formed in 2005 when long-time friends Gene Goodman and Ryan Fiske began performing acoustically in the small town of Atco, NJ. The duo spent the next four years experimenting with various sounds that ranged from the southern roots of Country to the edgy rhythm of good old Rock n' Roll. With several songs in place, the duo then turned full- fledged band, joining Shore Bets Management and adding John Kresge and Alex Staff on bass.
Once the band was set, GoodMan Fiske received the opportunity to work with acclaimed songwriter Sean Murphy, aka Rok Dog. Murphy, known for his diverse technique of songwriting, provided emotionally-charged lyrics that allowed Fiske to embrace the musical spectrum and compose creative songs. With three-part harmonies and unexpected elements, Goodman added the finishing touches to ensure each songs unique sound.
After sharing the same stages that legendary acts such as ZZ Top, Puddle of Mud, and Saliva performed on, GoodMan Fiske further solidified themselves as serious artists with the debut of their four-track self-titled E.P. The E.P. attracted positive recognition from fans and critics, due to its catchy tracks like "Redneck American Dream" that Fiske describes as a song with "a great Country vibe and feel-good lyrics."
While performing almost nightly to supportive fans, the band worked on their full length release, "Uncovered". The album release party, held at Xfinity Live in Philadelphia, was a huge success with over 420 fans in attendance.
With a motley sound and strong stage presence, the band continues to grow musically and personally as a whole. GoodMan Fiske cannot be characterized by just one genre. They perform a medley of songs that have the capability of inviting fans to embrace and share their distinct passion for music.
Formed in 1999, The Benjamins are a force to be reckoned with in musical entertainment. Performing over 200 shows and events per year, The Benjamins' high-energy act covers songs from every genre and every era, with a specific focus on the most current and popular songs out today.
The Benjamins, while based in the tri-state area (NJ/NY/CT), cover venues in over 15 states, from Florida to Vermont in the east, to Oklahoma and Nevada in the west. The Benjamins have appeared at major venues across the country, including arena appearances at Madison Square Garden, Izod Center, and The Prudential Center. They have also provided entertainment for numerous private functions, major corporations, and high profile clients such as Johnson & Johnson, Sony Music, MSNBC, and Anheuser Bush. The Benjamins have rocked with major sports teams like the New Jersey Nets, New Jersey Devils, Newy York Giants & Jets, and the New York Knicks. They have also appeared on national and international media outlets, including WPLJ-FM in New York, VH!, FOX News Channel, and many more regional and local outlets.
Weird Science is the exciting high-energy 5 piece band performing the most popular music from the 80s through today in a fun and unique fashion. Members of Weird Science have performed at hundreds of theaters, casinos, & nightclubs across the northeast.
More than just a "cover band", Weird Science is an interactive, dynamic multimedia live show experience. Performances include detailed props for a full stage design & celebrity costume changes that highlight the song selections & artists being covered. To further enhance the show, flash forward uses giant televisions to sync the original music videos during their performance; the actual videos & recreating the look of iconic artists on stage have been engaging audiences everywhere.
“Tommy Edward is a man of the people; an old-school, Las Vegas style entertainer with Philadelphia energy. He’s the ultimate Young Turk.”
That’s what the fans are saying. Everyone will be part of the show; everyone will have a great time. Tommy Edward wouldn’t have it any other way. “When I’m entertaining, I want the crowds up front rockin’ & dancin’.” But what makes Tommy great is that he’s always meeting & greeting the more laid back fans with photo-ops, hi-fives, and camaraderie too. He unites the crowd as one; the power of unity elevates the energy & you can really feel it.
Tommy Edward, as Sir Rod Stewart, is in its 14th year running. Tommy has captured the wild hair; the sweet, soulful, raspy voice; & the body language of the real Rod Stewart. Combining the likeness of Rod Stewart with contests, sing-alongs, balloons, freebees, family photos, costume changes, & a great band, Tommy Edward wins over packed houses every night. “I want every fan to say they saw a great show and that they’ll come back…..and they always do.”
Tommy Edward, as Sir Rod Stewart, features a rockin’ band. Melissa Rose is a hot keyboardist that sings & fronts the non Rod Stewart songs. Her high energy makes this act a complete night of entertainment with two sets of Rod Stewart & a set of party rock. Harry Marion is bangin’ on the skins; his drum solo on Losing You is “creamin-standing-o!” Marc Harper, the newest member, plays guitar and hails from LA. Marc brings the wailin’ Van Halen, West Coast style to the act.
Drop Dead Sexy
Often imitated but never duplicated....Drop Dead Sexy has been entertaining audiences up & down the East Coast with their OVER-THE_TOP stage show and their extensive and creative song repertoire for over a decade. They have established themselves as THE premier party band on the East Coast. With their plethora of stage props and frequent costume changes, Drop Dead Sexy uses anything and everythig they can get their hands on to ensure that a long-lasting and memorable experience is had by all. In any particular set at a Drop Dead Sexy show, you canhear songs from Lady Gaga to Queen to Bon Jovi to Michale Jackson. If you have witnessed the phenomenon that is Drop Dead Sexy and survived, you will not look at othery, ordinary cover bands, the same because you have just experience the best party on Earth.
Derek Forbes is a world renowned bassist, vocalist, and sometime guitarist. He is best known for defining the unmistakable early sound of Scottish rock band Simple Minds, providing those spine-rattling bass riffs which formed the core of the band's first 7 albums. This includes 1985's Once Upon a Time featuring "Don't You (Forget About Me)" which reached #1 on Billboard's Hot 100 & Top Rock Tracks. Derek holds prestigious titles such as Scotland's Greatest Ever Bassist, Best Bass Player in the UK, Best Bass Player in the World, and Best International Bass Player.
Continuing to perform with Simple Minds over the years here and there, Derek also performed with the bands Propaganda, Oblivion Dust, Fourgoodmen, and XSM.
Take Me to the River
Born from the award-winning documentary film, Take Me to The River, Take Me to The River Live! is a once-in-a-lifetime experience of Memphis music consisting of musicians and singers who appear in the film. Backed by the legendary Hi-Rhythm Section, Royal Memphis Horns, and Stax Music Academy Students, the show features Stax Soul Legend William Bell, Blues Legend Bobby Rush, Academy Award winner Frayser Boy, and Critics Choice winner Al Kapone. The peformance includes a mixture of music from the film, solo songs from the headliners, and Stax records and Memphis Blues classics.
Take Me to the River celebrates the inter-generational and inter-racial musical influence of Memphis in the face of pervasive discrimination and segregation. The film brings multiple generations of award-winning Memphis and Mississippi Delta musicians together, following them through the creative process of recording a historic new album, to re-imagine the utopia of racial, gender, and generational collaboration of Memphis in its heyday.
The film featuresTerrence Howard, William Bell, the Hi Rhythm Section, Snoop Dog, Mavis Staples, Otis Clay, James Alexander and Larry Dodson of The Bar-Kays, Bobby “Blue” Bland, Yo Gotti, Bobby Rush, Ben Cauley, Frayser Boy, The North Mississippi All-Stars, Stax Music Academy.