CONCERT - Come Together - Abbey Road Live
Master of Ceremonies
WMMR's RAY KOOB
Concert Sponsored by:
Abbey Road Live
Abbey Road Live
Raised by a family of artists and musicians, Rochester-native Eric Aceto creates one-of-a-kind instruments in his shop in Trumansburg, NY. He grew up listening to his parents’ eclectic album collection and family members playing Gershwin at the piano at family dinners. He remembers fondly that one Christmas, all his siblings received instruments as presents, and formed a band that later developed into The Peabody Band. One day, his bandmates decided they needed another instrument besides guitar, and the gift of a violin from an uncle solved that. Eric has been playing violin ever since, and has combined his love of music with his love of woodworking as a luthier at Ithaca Stringed Instruments.
Dissatisfied with his amplified violin in the 1970s, Eric spent years experimenting to create better sounding instruments. He is self-taught, using his knowledge of woodworking and sculpture from his arts background at Novia Scotia College of Art and Design and Nazareth College. He has an affinity for extended range instruments inspired by the instruments of long ago—he is renowned for his 5, 6, even 7-string violins. One of his most memorable creations has been the 7-stringed “Peacemaker” violin, commissioned by Jimmy be Free. The instrument features exquisite symbolic carving on the scroll, which depicts a lion and a lamb at peace with each other.
Years of development and evolution have allowed Eric to produce instruments of exceptional quality. His violins, mandolins and guitars are today in increasing demand by discerning musicians around the world, artists such as Jean Luc Ponty, Darol Anger, Matt Glaser, Tommy Malone , Jerry Goodman, Ritchie Havens, Irene Sazer, Ruben Blades, David Torn and many many others. When asked about his work, Eric notes, “I simply aim to make each instrument better than the last.” To see examples of Eric's work, visit http://ithacastring.com/
Will Rhodin hails from Newtown PA, where he writes and records music in his home studio. He performs periodically in the Philadelphia area, with recent appearances of note including the Come Together - Celebrating 50 Years of Abbey Road show at Newtown theater this past fall, plus Kenn Kweder's Bob Dylan Birthday Bash at Ardmore Music Hall for the past three years running, and the Acoustic Beatles tribute show in 2018, also at Newtown Theater.
Will's music can be heard at www.reverbnation.com/willrhodin and on all the major music streaming services.
Karen Gross is a cabaret singer, a songwriter, and a native of Bucks County. Described as a “singular singer” by The Philadelphia Inquirer, Karen has performed at prestigious venues including Lincoln Center in New York City; the Philadelphia Museum of Art and the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts in Philadelphia; and the Sellersville Theater in Bucks County, as a special guest for legendary comedian Robert Klein. Karen has scripted, performed, and produced a number of popular cabaret shows, and her original songs air on the noted WXPN radio. She got her start in New Hope – performing at Cabaret at Odette’s, John and Peter’s, and Havana. She previously performed at Winterfest in 2008. For more information, please visit www.karengross.com
Steve Feuerstein has been a lifelong Bucks county resident. His father gave him his first guitar when he was 10 and he never stopped playing. After some lessons as a young boy by some great teachers including Philadelphia notable Jerry Ricks, he formed his first band at age 12 and had his first gig at The Cellar in Levittown, PA. The band AliceSun kept him busy throughout his teens writing original material and performing covers. After earning a degree in music at Bucks County Community College Steve went to Temple Music School to study jazz guitar and classical vocals. After college he went on to play full time in the band Special Blend who played music from the 1890s to the 1980s, specializing in fifties doo-wop vocal harmony for which Steve arranged most of the vocals. For 12 years this band played heavily in the Bucks County and Philadelphia club circuit, Atlantic City casinos, weddings, live radio bits, corporate functions and the like. He then went into a 20 year venture with Country Joe and the Honky Tonk Heroes playing the country dance scene circuit extensively which led to opening up shows for notable artists such as Diamond Rio, Patty Loveless and Waylon Jennings. During this time he was musical director of The Headley Manor Dinner Theater in Lower Bucks County. His career then expanded to many other diverse musical projects far and near. Steve currently plays with The Daisy Jug Band and with John Danaher in various musical line-ups, including The Walking Flukes and The Quietmen.
John is an award-winning singer songwriter who has toured as a Production Team Nationally & Internationally with Grover Washington Jr., Jefferson Airplane, Huey Lewis, Graham Parker and Renaissance as well as headlining two tours in Europe with his band “Acoustic Merge”.
John has worked with The Grateful Dead, Poco, Pure Prairie League, BB King, Carlos Santana, John Oates, John Hall and Livingston Taylor among others.
He has shared the stage with Arlo Guthrie, Bela Fleck, Derek Trucks, Kate Taylor and Jimmy Webb.
John has performed at the Bucks County Playhouse in “Barefoot
in the Park” as well as in numerous musical events, fundraisers and concerts at Bucks County Playhouse.
The Documentary Film “Embraceable You” features John’s song “Give it Time” earning him “Best Rock Song for a Documentary Film”at The Garden State Film Festival 2010.
John is Producer with Co-Producer Jen Lata for the Lambertville*New Hope Winter Festival Concert Series and has performed as Co- Headliner/Special Guest for the festival with The Quietmen and with Eric Aceto & Doug Robinson.
In addition to working on fundraisers and nonprofit projects, he has served as Production Manager for Lambertville New Hope Fireworks, Stage Manager for Fourth of July Fireworks, Tinicum Park, Princeton University Alumni Weekend, Summer Nights Music Festival, Nashville Tenn., Backline Manager for Pori Jazz Festival, Pori, Finland as well as Interim President of The Greater New Hope Chamber of Commerce.
John continues writing, performing solo & with The Quietmen and The Walking Flukes in addition to producing fundraisers, nonprofit events, teaching, producing music and recording. He is currently working on an album and tour of Europe & the USA 2020.
Chip Mergott is a life long musician, music teacher, and Beatles fan. In his youth he was a protege of Bonnie Raitt, and subsequently signed to London Records. The resulting album "Bridges," was produced by studio guitar legend David Spinozza, who recorded with all of The Beatles except George. Spinozza was a featured player on McCartney's "Another Day," "Uncle Albert," and "Heart of the Country" among many others. Chip resides in Bucks County, PA with his wife Annie and son Eli (whose favorite album is "Abbey Road," same as his Dad's!)
Stephen Burke is a seasoned, educated and accomplished first rate bass player and vocalist.
Raised in Levittown, PA, Stephen spent his younger years singing in the church choir and playing in a variety of local bands and ensembles. He saw early success playing with national acts such as Billy Harner, The Drifters and Lee Andrews & The Hearts.
Stephen continues to pursue his composing, singing, teaching and playing/bandleading in numerous musical configurations as well as owning & running Good Wood LLC, his luthier shop at Proline Music in Fairless Hills, PA.
Sam is a singer, Songwriter, Performer from New Jersey. Since May 2019 Sam has had a total of six performances with national act 'Blood Sweat & Tears' as their lead singer. Some other notable performances include opening for national acts such as Robert Randolph and The Family Band and for super-group “ASIA”, Ryan was also a top-five finalist in SingerUniverse Magazine, Best Vocalist Contest. Sam and Matt Setzer perform as the Bridge Beat Duo!
To say- Ed Wilson has played in a band with everyone, has opened up for everyone in the last 40 years, has done thousands of gigs and will continue to do so - is no exaggeration. Ed has opened up for so many great musical icons that he can't keep track. Some of those are BB King, Talking Heads, Elvis Costello, Richie Havens and The Allman Brothers, just to name a few. He co-wrote New Hope's Premier Band Ween biggest hit Freedom of 76 as well as recording on many of their songs. He has played with members of the Spin Doctors, Phish, Nektar and many others. Ed has recorded on over 50 major label records and CDs. The list is long and will continue to grow.
- David Barry is a longtime musician who played guitar on the folk scenes in Cambridge and Greenwich Village and worked as a session musician on piano in Los Angeles. He has recorded with Ian Matthews, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork, and played with John Mayall, John Lee Hooker, Maria Muldaur, James Taylor and Bob Dylan. He lives and performs in the Bucks County area.
Born and raised in New Jersey, Jane Arthur has long been a favorite vocalist in the greater Bucks County area. She is well known as the popular singing bartender at the legendary Odette's, where she performed in several cabaret productions.