Bands & Ensembles in Poughkeepsie, New York

Wanna hire a rockstar? Yea you do... or maybe you don’t and are just looking for a Jazz singer (BTW, we think Jazz soloists are total rockstars). No matter the genre or style, the Special Guest band category will not disappoint. Scroll through our talent to book the perfect entertainment for your next big bash (or intimate cocktail party).

Adam Falcon

A blend of Roots & Soul music mixed with the Blues
New York City, NY

 Adam Falcon has worked and/or shared the stage with Roberta Flack, Sophie B. Hawkins, Whitney Houston, B.B. King, Eric Clapton, Jim Lauderdale, Robert Palmer, Peter Gabriel, and Nona Hendryx.  He's opened for James Cotton Blues Band, Matt “Guitar” Murphy, Ruthie Foster, The Wailers, Jim Lauderdale and Tower of Power. Writing songs for George Benson and having songs on national television got Falcon noticed by The Song Writers Hall of Fame, which honored him with the Abe Olman Scholarship Award.

B.d. Lenz

NY/NJ based guitarist & bandleader
New York City, NY

B.D. Lenz is a guitarist extraordinaire and his band plays everything from lush jazz standards to high-energy jazz rock flavored with the grooves of Latin and Funk. His versatile ensembles can do it all from raging parties to quiet cocktail. He's released ten recordings, played thousands of gigs internationally, and has had music featured on hundreds of TV shows globally! This band can play in any configuration and instrumentation to fit your taste and budget - instrumental or with vocalists

Blind Crow

Bluegrass-influenced string band
Scranton, PA

A progressive string quartet from Albany, NY, Blind Crow blends technical proficiency, infectious rhythms, and insane amounts of energy to create an inspiring musical experience. The band’s repertoire reflects the unique musical perspective that each of the four members brings to the group - resulting in a show that has something for everyone.

Paul Josephs Blues Band

Paul Josephs' Band re-animates traditional blues.
New York City, NY

The Paul Josephs Blues Band re-animates traditional, rolling blues and grooves with the spirit of the founders of the genre. Josephs' carries forward the subtle, driving shuffle found in pre-rock blues and brings to life the essence of the tradition. Paul, a native of New York and has been playing professionally since age 16. He tours internationally with his own music and has toured, performed and/or recorded with Dr. Lonnie Smith, Idris Muhammed, Peter Yarrow and Many More.

Long Steel Rail

Bluegrass Band
Poughkeepsie, NY

Long Steel Rail cultivates and extends the traditions of American Acoustic Roots music. Playing an eclectic mix of traditional and not-so-traditional string band music, LSR sits at the confluence of many different streams of musical sensibility. They deliver a distinctive and infectious blend of Bluegrass, Folk, Classic Country, and String Band music, tinged with Swing, Irish, Blues, Rockabilly and other ingredients that spice up the rich gumbo of American music.

Natalie Forteza

Alt-Soul/R&B/Pop/Singer-Songwriter/Jazz/World
Poughkeepsie, NY

A slow burn, simmering soft and subtle, tapping into both the sultry and sweet, NATALIE FORTEZA has a wondrous ability to push familiar buttons in the listener’s soul, but also find new ones they may not even be aware of. She can purr at the microphone but there’s an underlying vocal power there, Natalie’s vocal talent is hard to miss. With soulful, exotic mystique, her unique, recognizable voice summons emotion through layers of Pop, Alt-Soul, and World Music.

Too Blue

Bluegrass & Swing
Poughkeepsie, NY

Traveling freely between the genres of bluegrass, swing, Celtic and jazz, a Too Blue performance is a dynamic dose of serious fun. Smooth harmonies and adventurous musicianship bring stellar arrangements to life and leave the listener anything but “blue”. Seamlessly blending their vocals are guitarist Betsy Rome and banjoist Joan Harrison. Mandolin powerhouse Michael Sassano astounds and entertains, while jazz bassist Jamie Doris brings a creative and unique perspective to the band.

The Bob Stump Band

Bluegrass, Americana Blues, R&B
Poughkeepsie, NY

Americana music influenced by bluegrass, western swing, country blues & folk. Just as Bob says "Bare bones, honest, heartfelt Americana!". Then while I was listening to this I wondered just what Americana really is?  Acoustic guitar? Check. Harmonica? Fiddle ?Check. Driving rhythm? Check. Rousing choruses. Yup!-

Jim Gaudet And The Railroad Boys

Bluegrass Band
Poughkeepsie, NY

Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys have played four International Bluegrass Music Association festivals that all have a history of being voted festivals of the year: Wintergrass, Seattle (WA); Joe Val Boston (MA); Podunk Hartford (CT), Grey Fox in Oak Hill (NY); furthermore, The Railroad Boys were selected to fill a coveted spot in IBMA’s 2013 Bluegrass Ramble in Raleigh, NC. The band has had the honor of appearing on the Music City Roots Live from The Factory PBS television broadcast and are looking forward to a return date soon. The band was honored to have been featured in a full length profile article in the February 2016 issue of the highly respected “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine. THE SONGS: The Railroad Boys are excited and proud to be in the process of releasing their fifth and most recent CD project. “When It Rains” is a collection of fourteen unique and creatively original songs written and arranged by Jim Gaudet. As in previous releases, the CD touches upon Jim’s stories and songs as they wind their way through various themes. You can find yourself on a trip downtown (Going On Downtown), or a journey to Saratoga, NY (Going Up To Saratoga), maybe proving your love with a tattoo (Ink My Name), or realizing luck may be in your future (Lucky Day). THE RAILROAD BOYS PHILOSOPHY: lt is the basic belief of The RR Boys that audience participation leads to a deeper and more meaningful connection. It is typical to hear the band’s audience enthusiastically whooping it up during songs like their signature “shout along” titled “So Far So Good” or maybe dancing to “If It Ain’t Cajun”. The RR Boys' closeness with their listeners is obvious no matter where they perform. They consistently bridge the gap between themselves and their audience, essentially creating one big “down home” family who’ve been brought together by their shared experience through Jim and The RR Boys songs and musical stories.

Stephen Clair

Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks
Poughkeepsie, NY

Touring troubadour Stephen Clair is a songwriter and founder of Beacon Music Factory, a music school for all ages. Clair is gritty and tender. A mean guitar player. Six albums in and thousands of miles on, he’s honed his performance skills out there headlining clubs and opening for bigger fish. “Stephen Clair and the Pushbacks have literary, story-telling songs like Chuck Prophet, with a range of feeling from Steve Forbert to Alejandro Escovedo.” —Nan Warshaw, Bloodshot Records