THE JAMES POPIK BAND

Guitarist, Singer, Songwriter, Bandleader, Grammy Nominated Featured Artist, Impresario.

At the age of five, Jim was chosen to be the MC of his kindergarten class’ Christmas play. He was first out on stage greeting the crowd and introducing the skits. Since then not much has changed.

Since forming A & R Music the many artists Jim has engaged with and the repertoire he and his musicians perform has grown exponentially. Hence A&R Music. With a B.A. degree in Music Performance and a 15 year history in music education Jim’s knowledge of both music theory and artistic expression and his ability to communicate on many levels has enabled him to achieve success in numerous areas. Roots, Pop, Jazz, Rock, Children’s music, it’s all Soul music.

At last check Jim has logged over 1000 gigs in the last few years in over 150 different venues.

Recent recording activity includes: Grammy nominated featured artist on the “Fitness Rock & Roll” CD by Miss Amy & Her Big Kids Band. Ten Foot Tall has completed a 4 song EP with Grammy winning producer David Ivory. The lead track “Get Back On The Highway” has been licensed by Crucial Music for Film/TV placement and has won Sonicbids song contest sponsored by Gary Allen (Charlie Daniels, JJ Cale.) In addition to recording with The Backdoor Band he has recently recorded with Jen Starr (opening act for Ray Charles) on her debut CD and received extensive airplay for the song Nothin’s Guaranteed the title track from the Ten Foot Tall Band’s eponymous CD. Their follow up titled Feelin’ Fine is out now and can be purchased on iTunes and CD Baby.

Notable performances include a run of shows in the north east opening for Los Lonely Boys, opening for Dave Mason, jazz gigs with Richie Cole (Doc Severinson, Buddy Rich, Lionel Hampton. ) Ten Foot Tall’s Starland Ballroom shows with Marshall Tucker and backing Rock & Roll hall of famer Bernie Worrell (Parliament, Talking Heads) at the 2010 Sourland Music Festival, as well as billings with Steve Forbert and Robert Hazard. And not least, performing outside at the White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Ave for thousands.

Somewhere in between there were piano lessons with Sister Mary of the Sacred Heart, guitar and piano lessons with some rock guy named Tee, all nighters wearing out the needle  as well as continued studies with Grammy nominated Jazz greats Dave Stryker,Pat Martino, Peter Bernstein and Vic Juris.

Member of BMI, NARAS

When Jim is not performing or teaching he can be found playing with his two young daughters or hiking some lonely mountain.

GIGANTIC- PIXIES TRIBUTE

The Pixies have had a profound effect on all of us in this band. We are doing this for multiple reasons but mainly out of respect for their music, energy, spirit and originality. We are holding true to reproducing the records but more importantly we want to kick out the spastic energy that they had on those records.

We formed in Sept. 2017 as a fluke when we were asked to play Side B of Doolittle at a show where another band played Side A. We had so much fun learning those songs and since the group that I put together had the same amount of love for the Pixies as I did it was a no brainer to keep rolling. We’ll be playing near you soon, check in if you don’t hear about any upcoming shows. FB is crowded.

JP Wasicko – Drums
Anawin Avila – Guitars
Christina Ward – Vocals, Bass
Joe Ujj – Vocals, Guitar

HANK WOJI

A self described “Jersey Shore Ex-Pat turned West Texas Desert Rat”, for over 20 years, as a bassist, Hank Woji played in some of The Garden State’s most dynamic and innovative bands, performing in clubs and concert halls from Virginia to Ontario, in styles ranging from Blues and R&B to Reggae and Rock & Roll to County Rock and Afrobeat!

In the Spring of 2001 Hank moved to Houston, TX, fell in with a bunch of great Texas songwriters, picked up his acoustic guitar, and found a new musical voice as a Singer Songwriter. But destiny turned a page and it was his chance move, in 2009, to the far West Texas desert town of Terlingua that has most reshaped his life and his music.

Critics have described Hank’s music as “acoustic-wielding, sharply observed, Americana all the way” and being “in the best tradition of the Texas troubadours like Guy Clarke, Townes Van Zandt and Butch Hancock” and that “His troubadour style also comes very close to the style of Woody Guthrie or Pete Seeger, or as we heard on ‘Nebraska’ from Bruce Springsteen.”

Hank has released five self produced CDs: Medallion 2005; American Dreams 2008; There Was A Time 2010; Holy Ghost Town 2013; and The Working Life 2014. He has also just produced, Just Words, the new CD by Florida based singer songwriter Eileen Kozloff, in 2017

Over the last 35 years Woji, and his bands, have shared the stage with, such diverse artists as: Jonathan Byrd, David Massengill, Amy Speace, Ray Bonneville, The Radiators, Jimmy Cliff, Hot Tuna, Shake Russell, Dana Cooper, Darden Smith, Sara Hickman, Annie Gallup, Annie Wenz, Emma’s Revolution, The Flying A’s, David Rovics, Greg Klyma, Bonnie Whitmore, Colin Gilmore, Ronnie Elliott, Spook Handy, Rebekah Pulley, Room Full of Blues, Johnny Winter, Clarence Clemons, Garry Tallent, John Hammond Jr., The Nighthawks, Bob Livingston, Grant Peeples, Spook Handy, Jeff Talmadge, Butch Hancock, Jimmie Dale Gilmore, Kinky Friedman, Bruce Springsteen, David Amram and Pete Seeger.

Hank is a proud member of AFM Local 1000 and tours nationally, performing regularly at festivals, coffeehouses, theaters, clubs and house concerts as a solo singer songwriter, with his duo partner Eileen Kozloff as Woji & Kozloff, and with his full band The Hank Woji Conspiracy.

MONNETTE SUDLER

HER INSPIRATION

Monnette’s loves music by classic jazz guitarists like Wes Montgomery, Pat Martino, and Bolo Sete. She continues to be inspired by her family, colleagues and the communities where she has either lived or been of some service. Monnette grew up listening to Nat King Cole and the Motown sounds. Her first teacher was a positive influence that taught folk music of different eras, Paul Simon, Richie Havens, Joni Mitchell and Mississippi Reds. Later Monnette was influenced by the music of John Coltrane, Yuseef Lateef, Thelonious Monk, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis.

MUSIC

Monnette’s music reflects her diverse exposure and love of varied genres. Her initial CD’s recorded for Steeplechase records, stays within the instrumental jazz genre with straight ahead & funky grooves on guitar and an occasional sultry vocal styling. Later CD’s on MSM-Records and Discograph reflect a more eclectic blend of traditional and contemporary jazz, soul and poetry. Monnette also plays bass as well as lead guitar, drums and various African string and/ percussion instruments. She is a prolific composer and songwriter/poet. Ms. Sudler has been commissioned to score and or arrange for various ensemble configurations.

SKIP’S MUSEUM

Skip’s Museum is growing a dedicated fan base with their refined, eclectic sound. From classical and jazz to funk, country and rock and roll, the bands members draw inspiration from a myriad of musicians that came before them. While tipping their hat to the past, they are constantly striving to push their music into unchartered waters. A balanced blend of melody and vocal harmony truly give them an original, organic sound.

https://www.facebook.com/alrightjunior/

Alright Junior is a raw, genuine, modern alt rock trio who has a desire to communicate their collective internal focus. Touring aggressively since 2006, Alright Junior is keen on constantly being on the go, as this band’s live show is what defines them. This musical endeavor has led Alright Junior to share the stage with Incubus, Cake, Circa Survive, Local H, Toadies, Flogging Molly, Civil Twilight, Maps & Atlases, Everclear, Sponge, Our Lady Peace, Nick Oliveri of Queens of the Stone Age, 10 Years, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Young the Giant, The Ataris, Wheatus, The Head and The Heart, KONGOS, Bear Hands and more. The explosive, impulsive, and intense vocals of Jace Miller, mixed with the creative efficiency of Jamie Victor’s bass/harmonies and Chris Pires’ incendiary drumming, makes for an electric mixture of rock, with passionately haunting lyrics, infectious songwriting and stunning energy.

A SPECIAL ‘RIP’PIN X-MAS SHOW

RIPS formed in Philly after The Phobes broke up in DC. RIPS have released three albums on Beat Neat-O Records, ‘New Century Living’ (2009), ‘X’s For Eyes’ (2016) and ‘RIPS Do Kinks’ (2016). RIPS are touring now at all the usual places.

Eric Litts (E1) – guitar, vocal
Eric Lindberger (E2) – drums
Brian Dougherty (B3) – bass