Chris Barron (Spin Doctors)
Come catch Chris Barron and see what he's been up to with his solo career - The New York songwriter is no longer the debutant who set out on the circuit’s sharp end in 1988 with $100, a battered acoustic and a headful of the alt-rock anthems that would elevate Spin Doctors to global stardom. He’s a veteran approaching 50, living in a world changed beyond recognition, compelled to write the music that chronicles the here-and-now. As far back as he can remember, he’s had a hunger driving him onward, towards something just out of reach. In 2017, it propels him to Angels and One-Armed Jugglers (due out October 20 on Chrysanthemum Records), the culmination of a lifetime’s craft and a record both contemporary and classic.
Chris Barron is best known as the lead singer of the band Spin Doctors. What you maybe didn't know is that long before he was that goofy guy in the hat on MTV, he was an even goofier kid with an acoustic guitar. Chris plays nifty chords on an old Gibson to masterfully crafted songs that are poignant yet wistful and funny, all the while singing in a manner that's sweet and somewhat different from what you would expect if you only knew his hits, "Little Miss Can't Be Wrong" and "Two Princes". Live, his stage patter is almost as entertaining as his singing. A powerful story teller, at once hilarious and thought provoking, Chris sets up his songs with anecdotes from a life on the road, from opening for and encountering legends like the Rolling Stones to Polar expeditions. He says, "I don't really think about what I'm going to say beforehand. I just say stuff and if it goes over well, I say more stuff like that later." A founding member of a band that's loved by millions of people the round world over, Chris' solo shows have all the lyric poetry and singing virtuosity that Spin Doctors fans appreciate along with a range of expression and songwriting that will delight and surprise.
Tim Palmieri (Kung Fu)
Tim Palmieri has made a name for himself as one of the most impressive guitarists on the national music scene today. His dynamic career has been enriched by touring with Kung Fu, The Breakfast, internationally with The Z3, playing alongside artists such as Phish’s Mike Gordon and Jon Fishman, Oteil Burbridge, Snarky Puppy, Soulive, Umphrey’s McGee, Vic Wooten, Fareed Haque, Robbie Kreiger, Jeff Pevar, Stanley Jordan, Melvin Sparks, Karl Denson, Bill Evans, Ed Mann, Ike Willis, Stephen Perkins, Jon Harrington, Bernard Purdie, and teaching lessons in the New England area as well as nationally online.
Tim’s loyal following hails his strong presence in the jam scene on the East Coast, which he works tirelessly to maintain. Always growing as a solo performer, his solo acoustic shows are peppered with a mix of thoughtful originals, classic covers, and unexpected rarities, each of which he makes his own through a distinctive style of rhythmic looping.
He continues to expand his musical abilities through his many projects; the most active being Kung Fu, a funk fusion super group where Tim is free to showcase his incredible talent as a true master of his craft. Kung Fu blends jazz and rock, while embracing the groove of funk and electronic dance styles. Stepping up with The Breakfast for the past 20+ years and 1400+ shows, brings Tim back to his roots of original compositions, genre blending progressive rock’n roll mixed with a transcendental jamming style. He also is shredding the stage with The Z3, a Frank Zappa tribute arranged for a funk boogaloo organ trio while capturing the essence of Frank’s humor and musical playfulness.
On and off the road, he is constantly pushing the limits on his technique through challenges such as covering the entire Beatles catalogue in alphabetical order, paying tribute to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Santana, building new supergroups like Hellzapoppin, Seapig, and constantly teaching the art of guitar, music theory, and composition.
Tim’s avid fans hunger for the next time their favorite guitarist takes the stage and rocks them with another face melting performance. Fans keep tabs on just about every note and they urge you to do the same!