The Zen Tricksters
The Zen Tricksters can do it all. They are a superbly talented Rock/Jam band
who play in both electric and acoustic formats and as of January, 2004, they
are once again touring as a four-piece electric band. The Tricksters have a
huge working repertoire that ranges from their tuneful and well-crafted original pieces to traditional bluegrass and hillbilly jazz classics, to Grateful Dead, Dylan, Neil Young, and inventive interpretations of any and all songs that catch their fancy. Winners of the Relix Magazine Jam Off (one of ten winners chosen from over 200 band entries), The Zen Tricksters are not only renowned for the trademark jamming ability they have displayed for over two decades, but also for their inspired songwriting. This band will rock you, psychedelicize you, make you cry, and pick it with the best of them!
Los Lotharios is a New York City "supergroup" of seasoned musicians whose members have shared stages and studios with the likes of Warren Haynes, Gov’t Mule, Taj Mahal, Lenny Kravitz, Pinetop Perkins, NRBQ, Sun Ra, Buddy Guy, King Crimson, Johnny Winter and The Black Crowes, to name just a few. They are the musical heirs apparent to their friends and NYC titans, Blues Traveler and The Spin Doctors.
The band was formed spontaneously out of a collective need to create music with individuals who are complete equals, peers and dear friends.
Initially, drummer Jim Riordan (Disco Biscuits, Rich Robinson, Freedom Tribe), bassist Jack Daniel DeSantis (Xanax 25, Kindred Spirit) and singer/songwriter/guitarist, Cosmos Sunshine (Walkinbird, Cherokee Sex Workshop, Cosmos Sunshine Band) got together for an impromptu tribute show for departed friend, band mate and musical guiding light, Jaik Miller, in March of 2012.
The camaraderie and musical chemistry onstage that night was palpable and it demanded that there be a follow up. The opportunity presented itself in the form of an outdoor party/festival in Buck's County, PA within a month of that initial event. Here again, the hand of fate played a crucial roll. Singer/songwriter/keyboardist and all-around musical dynamo, Michael Parrish (Dreyer Brothers, Michael Parrish Band), was on the bill, which provided the perfect setting for him to join the three piece on stage that night.
The show was a smashing success and Michael raised the bar without ever having so much as heard most of the songs played, let alone rehearsed with the band. Michael and Cos had already formed a mutual admiration society and had been talking about getting a project together for a few years by the time that fateful evening rolled around. Here was their chance, and they took it.
From that time forward, the band has played a series of extremely successful shows, recorded and released their debut EP “Pretty Much Live at Pete’s,” honed their sound and given rise to a writing partnership between Michael Parrish and Cosmos Sunshine that has already proven fruitful with songs such as "GPS,” "Unsafe World,” “Gravy Boat” and “One Line at a Time.”
Los Lotharios are truly a band of brothers. The balls and dynamics of Jack D and Jim Rio combined with the interplay of Cosmos and Michael is a rare and beautiful thing.
They have years of playing together in various combinations and share the types of experiences you can only gain through the process of living the rock 'n' roll life.
Although the band has just passed the two year mark, their sound is that of veteran players experiencing the joy of making the best music of their lives.
If the audience at a Keith Kenny show were to close their eyes for the performance they would swear that there was a full band on stage. Kenny's fans, however, are too busy dancing to the one-man act's layered guitar riffs, foot stomping percussion, blues harp and emotionally charged vocals to even think about looking away. His latest release "And the light came blaring in..." showcases a dynamic musical deliverance with an influential voice that lies somewhere between Neil Young and Ben Bridwell. Check out the new album and upcoming tour dates at www.KeithKenny.com