We are a jam band from Buffalo, New York- known for our wonderful sports teams ;D and, of course, for being the place where President William McKinley got shot at a World's Fair around the turn of the 19th/20th century!
Members Stevie Fleck (Villa Maria College graduate in Business, Music, and Jazz; lead guitar, lead vocals, trombone, songwriter, composer, sound engineer, producer, sound healer/ music therapist/ teacher and lyricist) and Chris Deuel (Fredonia student in Classical Guitar and composition; bass, vocals, songwriter, composer, sound healer/ music therapist, and lyricist) met in 2012 at Lewiston Porter High School and spurred an instant platonic love out of the grateful dead, guitar playing, and learning, and have been making music independently and together ever since.
Then, in early 2017, UB graduate in environmental engineering, Mitch Moran (Rhythm guitar, vocals, sound healer/ music therapist, songwriter, lyricist) went from fan to musician on one fateful night when he introduced himself to Stevie at Buffalo's own Nietzsche’s to give his condolences for Stevie's lead guitar playing in one of Buffalo's dead cover bands: Dead Alliance Buffalo (DAB). Again, instantaneous platonic relationship formed out of hippie love of learning, hard work, and jamming. Mitch and Stevie began seeking the band to support their beliefs in themselves and this world, as Stevie and Chris had been on such a long strange trip already. After playing with different lineups of buffalo family musicians, reenter Chris Deuel fresh out of Fredonia with his fingers and theory ready to play some LEAD bass, as his guitar playing is too melodic to be rhythm. Mitch's rhythm playing can definitely be considered lead rhythm, harmonized voice lead "thickened lines" chock full of polyrhythm and colorful harmony. It's polyphonic electric Dixieland, youthful music of the ever expanding now.
We found our drummer in October of 2017 at Buffalo's own Iron Works. Tim O'Hara (drums, vocals, groove master, sound healer/ music therapist) used to come and see Stevie perform in DAB and Sonic Garden while he was lead guitar / vocs for both bands in 2017.
After a long search, On Januaray 1, 2019, Mike Thompson joined on keys, vocals, songwriting, guitar, and trumpet after an epiphany at Moe. New Years at the Kodack Center. In attendance with Mitch and Stevie, the 3 realized their connection was more than just friendship. Mike spent a year Busking in NYC and is a contractor on the side, has performed as a solo acoustic artist and is a long time friend of the band.
There was a period when he was at every show (along with only Stevie's girlfriend Kate and his Dad Steve, who does sound and lights for the band as well as plays Harmonica often). He was persistently part of the circle and even came to our practices often just to hang out.
Our music can be described as communicative. There is a definite exchange of insight of sorts, whether it be in thoughts, words, emotions, actions, vibration collaborations, responses or any number of other variables; but at the core, there is always an exchange of information between consciousness. It’s never us playing music for you, against you, at you, no- none of that. This is collective art, this is us making music with you. Making music with each other at the very least, and if you want to be a part and interact with it, well, that’s up to you. But we want you to express yourself and let the music play you just as much as we let it play us through the spirit and group mind we channel ;) WAVE YOUR FREAK FLAG!!!
Our Musical roots and resulting unique style are Americana: Rock and Roll (especially Psychedelic), Blues (acoustic, electric, and everything in between), Folk, Country, Western, Motown, R&B, Soul, Bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, Theatre, Ragtime, Barbershop, Dixieland, Swing, Bebop, Free Jazz, Jazz Fusion, Funk, Latin, upon first hearing painfully experimental, contemporary classical, Prog Rock, Reggae, and even Disco, Hip-hop, Techno & Electronica. We basically love music so much and want to have a party with you and just share vibes and culture and teach our children well. Come prepared to dance. And to loosen up.
A NOTE ABOUT OWNERSHIP
We respect and recycle the music that first inspired us to tread our path(s?). We condone the extensive sharing of our music- that’s right, take it! Steal our chords! you can do that legally it's called a contrafact and happens in jazz all the time. :) Record our shows, post them online, give the mp3s to everyone if you think this music is good for people- you can have an active part in the growth of our band by spreading the word, and the recordings. In the words of Jerry Garcia, "Once the music leaves our fingers- take it, it's yours". In the words of Stevie Fleck, "You be the Guardian, the keeper of my tune, and I'll Keep on singin', for it's all I can do. Together through the ages, we can live through OUR songs, for the seed of the future does sprout from your palm" (Shapes and Sounds, words and music by Stevie Fleck Jr., 2014).