Lineup

 

1:00pm  Little Mike & the Tornadoes

3:00pm  Rob Ellis Peck & Friends

5:00pm  The Cuchetti Collective with Special Guest Rick Pankratz

7:00pm  Horse Cave Trio

 

Little Mike & the Tornadoes – 1:00pm  

This powerhouse blues and rock n’ roll band from New York City is led by singer, songwriter, producer, and harp master, Mike Markowitz. The band is well-known for its flawless, high energy blues sound, modeled after the great Chicago bands of the 50’s.

They have played nearly every major metropolitan area in the United States and Canada, some of the toughest hangouts, as well as the most sophisticated stages in the world, never straying from their course of delivering hard back alley blues and rough rock and roll. Little Mike, is a mean harmonica player who cut his teeth in New York City in the late 1970s and early 1980s, backing up legendary Bluesmen Pinetop Perkins, Hubert Sumlin, and Jimmy Rogers. He then moved to Florida, and continued to perform and record through to the early 2000’s.

2014 saw the release of Little Mike and the Tornadoes critically acclaimed “All The Right Moves“. Additionally, during the summers of 2014, 2015 & 2016 Little Mike is toured throughout the southeastern U.S. as well as touring Southern Europe.

Rob Ellis Peck & Friends – 3:00pm 

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Born in Gainsville, Florida, raised there and in Mobile, Alabama, Rob’s early years were spent in a hotbed of musical talent. He grew up in the same neighborhood as Stephen Stills, and some of the first musicians Rob shared the stage with were the future members of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers. Rob spent several years performing in little clubs on the Gulf coast while picking up multiple instruments and developing his musical skills.

An absolute master of the harmonica, outstanding on guitar and lap steel, Rob has also honed his skills on keyboard. In the eighties, Nashville greats recognized Rob’s talent and he toured the U.S. as a sideman for George Jones and Leon Everette, performing at Wembley Arena in London in a transatlantic country music tour. Rock and Roll pioneer Bo Diddley is another legendary figure with whom Rob has toured.

Today Rob is a well known and much respected solo artist. His versatility, demeanor, and professionalism place him in high demand as a session player, he has performed on more than 55 albums to date. A charismatic entertainer, Rob merges Blues, R&B, and Acoustic Rock into his own unique style, reflected not only in his own songs but also in
covers ranging from J.J.Cale to Van Morrison to Jimmy Buffett.

Rob has played or shared the stage with: Roger McGuinn, Little Feat, Warren Haynes, Merle Haggard, Lou Rawls, Bonnie Raitt, Jefferson Starship, Crosby, Stills, and Nash, Mac McAnally, and many more of music’s finest.

  The Cuchetti Collective with Special Guest Rick Pankratz – 5:00pm

Craving a heaping dose of funk, soul and a flat out damn good time? The Cuchetti Collective is your ticket! The group’s sound is rooted in a family legacy of music excellence. Hailing from the streets and studios of Detroit, MI to the local Florida music scene and everywhere in between. Three well seasoned, road traveled and highly experienced siblings Gina, Mary and Chris Cuchetti team up with their legendary father Richard Cuchetti to create a show the listener will not soon forget. The Cuchetti Collective goes a step further by garnering the talents of some of the areas top musicians to round out their infectious sound. Think Aretha Franklin, Ike & Tina, and Parliament meet Louie Armstrong, John Lee Hooker, and Marvin Gaye and you’ll have an idea of what you are in for. Don’t miss your chance for a super fun time grooving and dancing to the funky soul filled sound of The Cuchetti Collective.

Horse Cave Trio – 7:00pm 

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If there is one band that knows the meaning of Rock ‘n’ Roll, it’s Detroit’s Horse Cave Trio. The songwriting team of Ron DeVore (vocals & bass guitar) and Lou Simon (guitar) have soaked up influences along with bourbon, from the bluegrass of Kentucky to the mean streets of the Motor City. Think Elvis and Johnny Cash over at Sun Records in Memphis, and then add a healthy splash of Chicago Blues, Stooges / MC5 Detroit Attitude and Rolling Stones Swagger.

“Dust Off The Jukebox” is the fourth full length release from Horse Cave Trio and the second for the Award Winning Funky D Records. As the title implies, the band takes you on a journey through musical styles and memories that influenced them and this recording. Thirteen tracks fill this Jukebox, and each one is an instant HCT classic. The first track, “Memphis Shine” is a tribute to the sounds of Motown/Stax. The title track “Dust off The Jukebox” is a Stonesy stomp that has plenty of Detroit swagger and soul. “The Bluesman Of Rock ‘n’ Roll” and “Sugar Coated Love” feature Detroit guitar legend Jim McCarty. His former partner from The Detroit Wheels and The Rockets, Johnny Bee Badanjek, wrote and performs on the original track “Fix Of Love” which has a Sixties British Invasion feel. The producer for this release is Tino Gross(Howling Diablos) who also penned the Rockabilly original “Man Who Built Your Hot Rod”. The Horse Cave original “Honey Always” brings back the days of Doo Wop with a modern flair. “Chestnut Flats” takes you on a journey through the hills of Tennessee with a Tony Joe White/CCR swampy groove. Also featured throughout the release is Jimmie Bones(Kid Rock) who adds his signature keyboard magic.

The Horse Cave Trio formed late in 2002 with a vision to create roots music with a Detroit edge – a straight ahead, high energy roots rock trio that would perform and record original music and remold classic tunes into something new and exciting. DeVore was looking to form a band that would fan his already blazing rockabilly flames. He found the perfect partner in guitarist Lou Simon, a veteran of the Detroit music scene. Rounding out the Trio is brother-in-arms Michael Stutso on drums, a man who doesn’t so much put the hammer down as create rhythmic havoc with it. Put them together, and the trio creates what it likes to call Hillbilly Rock ‘n’ Roll, or Red Hot Rockabilly, Hi-Octane Roadhouse Blues, or Outlaw Country Rock ‘n’ Roll. Take your pick.

The Horse Cave Trio was named for the small town in Kentucky where DeVore’s parents are from, though they moved to Ypsilanti, Michigan, in 1945. The group released its first full-length CD, Hot Rods, Choppers & Rock ‘n’ Roll on the Austin Texas indie label Tropic Lightning in 2004. Not a band to rest on their early success, the follow-up came in March 2006 with the release of Curb Service on the Embassy Hotel Records label. The disc featured 11 brand new original tunes, including “Hillbilly Rock ‘n’ Roll”, “Groove Daddy” and “Rev It Up”. The music flits between American roots genres, from rockabilly to blues to country to gospel and all places in between. The Horse Cave Trio released the cd single/live EP Honeybee in October of 2007. “Hart County” was the third full length release for the band and the first for Funky D Records. This album featured the title track, “Hart County Outlaw Blues”, the ballad “She’s the One” and their rockin’ cover of Johnny Cash’s “Folsom Prison Blues”.

Since forming, the Horse Cave Trio has performed on bills with artists and groups as prestigious and established as Johnny Winter, John Mayall, Albert Lee, Jimmie Vaughan, Los Lonely Boys, Kentucky Headhunters, the Marshall Tucker Band, George Thorogood, the Blasters… and many more.