Fun, Funky, and Sizzling
ooking for contemporary acoustic folk music peppered with rhythm and spice? Patti DeRosa is a folk alchemist conjuring up an eclectic mix of musical magic ... itís a soft finger-picking ballad and a jazzy groove, an island rhythm and an edgy rocker, a political commentary and a humorous rhyme. You never know what youíre going to get and DeRosa likes it that way. She revels in diversity, both personally and musically. Her music is "fun, funky, and sizzling" and is delivered with a stage presence that draws the audience in and warms the heart.
er first CD, Paradise, was released in January 2005 and is played on radio stations across the country. She has opened for artists such as Vance Gilbert, Emmaís Revolution (Pat Humphries and Sandy O), Lisa Moscatiello, Terence Martin, Kevin So, The Tuscan Duo (Livio Guardi and Wilson Montuori) and The Four Tops and was selected to perform at the 2006 Folk Alliance Martin Guitar Showcase and at the 2006 South Florida Folk Festival. She is a performing member of Indiegrrls, Go Girls, Just Plain Folks, SongsAlive, and the Rhode Island Songwriters Association.
atti started writing songs as soon as she got her first guitar when she was thirteen years old living in Long Island, NY. She moved to Boston to pursue her graduate studies in social work and African American studies, and continued to be a frequent performer in the Boston and New York folk scene. At one point, she put down her guitar for the steel drums, as her love of Caribbean music and culture lead her to join the Boston-based Metro Steel Orchestra, where she played "pan", sang, and even did the limbo.
he even took a long hiatus from the music world to dedicate herself to her passion for social justice. But the draw of her music was too compelling, and Patti has picked up her guitar and is back performing across the country. She currently lives in the Boston area and when she is not playing music, you're likely to find her at a community meeting, writing, reading, dancing, laughing with friends, or planning yet another escape to her favorite spot in the Caribbean.
atti brought her smoky, expressive voice and solid guitar-playing to Long Island for an uplifting, intimate and engaging evening. We look forward to experiencing again the talents of this exciting folk performer at our Hard Luck Café.
Praises for her performances:
- "Patti DeRosa is a pro with a strong following who always brings out a bunch of fans. The real watchword in my mind is "connection", and not every performer has it, but Patti connects big time. Her songwriting and lyrics focus on the human condition in a way that few can. Iím thinking of Bob Dylan here..."
George LeBlanc, The Nameless Coffeehouse, Cambridge, MA
- "A honey-warm voice, clear and adventurous guitar work, and incisive lyrics are all hallmarks of Patti's work. And they are still only the tip of her talent iceberg. See this musician soon wherever you can and tell a friend like I'm doing now. It'll be the best 'I told you so' that you've ever told."
- "Patti DeRosa is a gem that stands out in the vast sea of singer-songwriters."
Madalyn Sklar, President, GoGirls Music
- "A powerful presence, a great songwriter, and equally fun, funky, and sizzling."
Tara Greenblatt, singer/songwriter/percussionist
- "A stellar guitar player and a dynamic performer."
Terence Martin, award-winning songwriter
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he Well is composed of four friends Tom Griffith, Diane Garisto, Martha Trachtenberg and Andy Huenerberg.
- Tom is an award-winning producer who has worked with Kenny Rogers, George Benson, and many others, including Hard Luck Café favorite Little Toby Walker.
- Diane has toured with Steely Dan and Laura Nyro, and her album credits include Paul Simon's Graceland.
- Martha was a founding member of the Buffalo Gals, the first all-woman bluegrass band, and her CD It's About Time, won straight A's from Newsday.
- Andy is a gifted bass player who toured with The New Voices of Freedom (seen on U2's Rattle and Hum film) and is in steady demand, and with good reason.
ogether, they played their original acoustic music, songs that ran the gamut from bluegrass-tinged folk to blues to jazz, mixing four-part vocals and some mighty fine playing. It was a rousing evening we came to The Well and drank deep.