Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why, Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project, Peter Wise

Quincy Mumford and the Reason Why

4 years, 300+ shows, and three award-winning albums to his credit, New Jersey-based 20 year-old singer/songwriter Quincy Mumford and his band, "The Reason Why" arrives at the release of their 4th album, "Live at The Saint" with a distinctive, polished musical style of their own.

"Our goal as a band" Quincy explains, "is to create the best possible live show, so that people walk away feeling excited and liberated. Whether we are combining rock, folk, funk, reggae, or soul influences, I want the whole thing to make sense as one recognizable style. As a band, we are really excited where we are musically right now, but we also feel that our musical journey has not even begun yet. We decided to do this live album and DVD not only to challenge ourselves and document this point and time in our career, but to give back to fans who have come out and supported us over the past few years. We are stoked about getting this live album out, and we can't wait for people to hear it!"

"Live at The Saint" features Quincy Mumford classics from his three previous studio albums: Speak, South Edgemere and the debut self-titled release Quincy Mumford. "Sounds Like Music," an anthemic reggae infused rocker is overpower by the audience as they chant the refrain, "Feel Good Music" is a whirling slide guitar jam that builds the show to a climatic max and "Sunshine" the lead single from Speak (charted on the Top 100 of the FMQB Charts), takes the audience on a psychedelic drive to a hook filled chorus. This live album and DVD showcases the band and their ability to capture an audience of all ages with their cool, collective, and unique sound. "Live at the Saint" also features previously unreleased tracks such as, "Madeline", a devotional love song in which the band keeps it simple but never fails to lose the groove, and "Free From It All", a coming of age story; the song builds from just Quincy's guitar to an exploding musical ending with a ripping guitar solo.

The Live at The Saint DVD includes footage from the concert shot on multiple cameras, interviews with the band, scenic cinematography and a documentary featuring Quincy and the band members musical getaway and adventures in the mountains of Vermont. The film was directed, edited, and filmed by Quincy's award winning brother, Kyle Mumford and his Lifted Pictures' film crew. Kyle Mumford graduated from School Of Visual Arts in NYC with two feature films under his belt, in which his latest film, "His Naked Mind" won best editor, director, and cinematography at the SVA Dusty Film Festival. Kyle has also produced each of Quincy's music videos including: Sunshine, Dock on a Bay, Bring 'Em Home, My Town, and Lifted. Some of these videos have been featured on MtvU and Mtv Canada.

In addition to his evolution in the studio, Quincy and his live band, The Reason Why, are excited to maintain their tireless performance schedule, which has found them sharing the stage with Ryan Montbleau Band, Rusted Root, moe., Donovan Frankenreiter, and Tedeschi Trucks Band, among many others. The band is looking to continue building this live momentum, whether they're returning to The Gathering of the Vibes or Musikfest, supporting a band on a national tour, letting loose at hometown gigs, or volunteering their time for The Surfrider Foundation, and/or other environmental causes that Quincy and the band hold close to their collective hearts.

Optimistic, charismatic, and undeniably genuine, Quincy's music possesses the same "feel good" attitude that the young man himself does. When all is said and done, a focused, inspired Quincy Mumford and The Reason Why is a band to watch in 2012.

Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project

Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project – a 6-piece group of seasoned underground musicians from across the Metropolitan area that are set to explode right out of the NYC club scene. On stage, all six members unleash an energy unsurpassed by any other emerging band out there and explode into one powerful combustion of gyrating rock and funk music that have drawn diverse comparisons from The Dave Matthews Band, O.A.R. and Maroon 5 to Tower of Power and Chicago. This emerging band's tour schedule is packed to the gills with shows at colleges, TV
appearances, and major music venues along the east coast. FV&TMP are driving full speed ahead to promote their debut full-length album Neon
Lights, set to release in July 2010.

This summer, FV&TMP is pumped to release their debut full-length album Neon Lights. Spanning funk, rock, pop and a bit of blues and swing,
the 9 tracks feature the band's signature combo of driving horns, funky bass lines, syncopated rhythms, Viele's gruff vocals, and impressive sax and guitar solos that are the icing on the cake. The songs are all upbeat and cover topics from love ("Somebody Else", "Try", "It Don't Seem Far"), flirtation ("Anticipation", "Turn Around"), temptation ("Portland Rain"), comforting a friend ("Neon Lights", "Cards, Right, Tonight"), and self-realization ("Right in
Front of Me"). Each song is complex and intricately arranged, and like each member, has something fresh to offer each time the band
performs it.


More About Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project
Frank Viele and the Manhattan Project – a 6-piece group of seasoned
underground musicians from across the Metropolitan area that are set
to explode right out of the NYC club scene. On stage, all six members
unleash an energy unsurpassed by any other emerging band out there and
explode into one powerful combustion of gyrating rock and funk music
that have drawn diverse comparisons from The Dave Matthews Band,
O.A.R. and Maroon 5 to Tower of Power and Chicago. This emerging
band's tour schedule is packed to the gills with shows at colleges, TV
appearances, and major music venues along the east coast. FV&TMP are
driving full speed ahead to promote their debut full-length album Neon
Lights, set to release in July 2010.

Growing up in the suburbs of Connecticut, Frank Viele began his music
career at the age of 3 by mimicking TV jingles on his grandmother's
piano. Touring as an acoustic singer songwriter with his unique
rhythmic style of songwriting, he eventually attracting a group of
exceptionally gifted like minded individuals…The Manhattan Project.
The other five members consist of Mario Capodiferro, New York based
drummer known for his unique combination of rock and hip-hop infused
percussion, Rob Liptrot, Tobias endorsed bassist/background vocalist
who electrifies the stage as both one third of The Manhattan Project's
superb rhythm section and a rare and formidable force as a lead
bassist. Eddie Arjun Peters, lead guitarist and founder of the NYC
based experimental jam trio Arjun, now adds the perfect hit of spirit
and fire to The Manhattan Project. Then there is The Manhattan
Project horns consisting of Pasquale T. Iannelli (Saxophone) and
Andrew Mericle (Trumpet) known for their playing with Long Island
based rock band Stealing Jane and other noteworthy artists including
As Tall as Lions and The Deer Hunter. Each musician comes from
formidable performance histories, including sharing stages with George
Clinton & the Parliament Funkadelic, Average White Band, Tower of
Power, The Wailers, One Republic, Hanson, Spin Doctors, Ryan Cabrera,
among many others.

Over the last two years, the band has performed in famous venues
including Sullivan Hall, The Bitter End, and Crash Mansion in NYC,
Grape Street in Philadelphia, Toads Place, and the Fairfield Theatre
(opening for The Wailers). The band as a group has shared the stage
with top artists such as Gavin DeGraw, Stephen Kellogg & the Sixers,
Keller Williams, the Rustic Overtones, Ingrid Michaelson, Nine Days
and Marc Broussard to name a few.

This summer, FV&TMP is pumped to release their debut full-length album
Neon Lights. Spanning funk, rock, pop and a bit of blues and swing,
the 9 tracks feature the band's signature combo of driving horns,
funky bass lines, syncopated rhythms, Viele's gruff vocals, and
impressive sax and guitar solos that are the icing on the cake. The
songs are all upbeat and cover topics from love ("Somebody Else",
"Try", "It Don't Seem Far"), flirtation ("Anticipation", "Turn
Around"), temptation ("Portland Rain"), comforting a friend ("Neon
Lights", "Cards, Right, Tonight"), and self-realization ("Right in
Front of Me"). Each song is complex and intricately arranged, and
like each member, has something fresh to offer each time the band
performs it.

In under two years, FV&TMP has already achieved enviable strides as an
independent band. Scoring endorsements from Breedlove guitars and
Gibson/Tobias bass guitars, landing two nights at The Fairfield
Theatre opening for Bob Marley's band The Wailers, and 2 TV appearance
on the CBS "Better Connecticut" show in Hartford, CT. 2010 is looking
even better for the band, and with performances throughout the
Northeast region, including the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts
Spring Weekend and the Plymouth State University Earth Day Festival,
there's no stopping Frank Viele & The Manhattan Project from taking
its sound nationwide.

Peter Wise

Peter Wise (ASCAP) is a junior jazz major at NYU, an actively performing musician in New York City. Studying guitar and piano for over fifteen years in various styles, he brings a wide variety of influences including John Mayer, Bon Iver, Joni Mitchell, Debussy, and Marvin Gaye into his own blend of pop/rock music. Playing all over the city from Webster Hall to The Bitter End and Bowery Poetry, Wise now has a weekly residency at Toshi's Living Room at the Flatiron Hotel on 26th and Broadway, where he plays every Saturday from 7-10 with his incredible band. As both an instrumentalist and singer/songwriter, Wise is starting to make his name known. He recently opened for one of America’s most iconic bands, The Eagles, at a sold out Beacon Theatre on November 15th, an event featured in national news by the Associated Press, the New York Times, and the Washington Post. Buy his debut EP Don't Walk Away today and enjoy the refreshing brilliance of Peter Wise!

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