Friday, July 28th - The Westy (special acoustic show)
7:00 pm • no cover
516 W State St #100, Ithaca, NY 14850
Some of New York's finest musicians, Kurt Riley's diverse band includes veterans of the live scene as well as newcomers. Each member brings consummate professionalism and an incredible degree of talent to the group, and Kurt is fortunate to be working with them, both in the studio and on stage.
Rick Kline - bass guitar, vocals
Rick Kline is a veteran of the central New York music scene, having been the original bass player for The New York Rock (for 5.5 years) and Cat's Elbow (1.5 years). He currently performs with The Darts, in addition to working with Kurt Riley. Rick attended the legendary Victor Wooten's Bass Nature Camps in Tennessee, and works with vocal coach Marci Lynn Solomon. His warmth, humor, and exceptional bass skills are an invaluable part of the Kurt Riley band.
SAM PACKER - ELECTRIC AND ACOUSTIC guitarS
Sam trades off between rhythm and lead guitar with Riley. A Cornell student in his penultimate semester at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, Sam hails originally from Los Angeles, where he has resided his entire life. His musical inspirations include Bob Dylan, The Beatles, David Bowie, The Rolling Stones, and Radiohead. Sam has extensive working knowledge of guitars and effects, and has been playing with Riley and drummer Olivia Dawd for 1 year.
Rob Romano - Keyboards, percussion, vocals
For over 30 years, Rob has performed just about every style of music, from country to heavy metal, classic rock to blues. His wide variety of keyboard tones and fills provide a broad foundation to the Riley band's sound, and his baritone voice works in concert with Rick's to create thick layers of backing vocals during live shows. In addition to working with Kurt Riley, Rob currently fronts classic rock act Bad Alibi. His musical influences include Bentmont Tench, Roy Bittan, and Neal Doughty; the pro gear Rob uses onstage includes vintage Ensoniq keyboards, a Hammond SK-1 organ, and a host of other vintage gear.