Hawks & Reed
rice: An American Band and Colorway
Play Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
February 15

GREENFIELD, MA: Warwick, MA-based "JAMericana" ensemble rice - an American Band is teaming up with Colorway, F. Alex Johnson's original, indie, progressive pop rock trio from Northampton, Massachusetts, to perform at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA on Thursday February 15th, 2018. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9 PM. Tickets are $5 in advance, $8 day of show and can be purchased at this link.

About rice - An American Band
logoRice: an American Band's sound is steeped in Americana and are not afraid to wander into jam and rock explorations. A fluid outfit fronted vocally by Courtney Parker and Phil Simon, they have recently added singer Emily Jones to the mix. They are joined by Joshua Leach and Brian DiMartino on guitar and a variety of gunslingers including newcomer Lauryn Winiarski on bass, Steve Benson on pedal steel and guitar, and Kyle Heon on drums. Each show may feature different regional musicians and the lineup is ever-changing. The performance on February 15th is Winiarski's first time performing in Greenfield with the ensemble.

Local fans will have seen them in 2017 at the Wormtown and Strangecreek music festivals in Greenfield, as well as the Old 78 Farm Fall festival. They recently self-released a brand new video for their single "Mighty River" (lyrics by Drew Peters, music by Phil Simon).

In their short three years together they have already been featured on festival, club and ski resort stages throughout the Northeast including Jerry Jam, Alive and Dead festival, Adventure Jam, and even the Redneck Olympics. The band focuses on original music written by Simon, Parker, and DiMartino presently, but also incorporate covers from Bob Marley, Pink Floyd, the Flaming Lips, the Dead and more obscure artists. Expect them to jump up and down during the show, make bedroom eyes at the audience, and then there's the sweat- usually lots of sweat.

"We are so thrilled that in such a short period of time this band has taken flight. Venues and festivals alike have asked us back for new gigs, and the band is really connecting with audiences," says one band member. In the summer of 2017, the members self-produced and released their premiere video for the original song "Mighty River" which was written by Phil Simon with words by Drew Peters. Check it out on YouTube here. You can sample their current sound at their Soundcloud page and see their upcoming plans on their Facebook page.

About Colorway
ColorwayFronted by Independent Music Award winning guitarist F. Alex Johnson, Colorway is an original, indie, progressive pop rock trio from Northampton, Massachusetts. The band draws on their love of American and British rock mixed with inventive, energetic and melodic lead guitar. Colorway's live show is always a moving experience for the listener and the musicians themselves, as the band strives to elevate the room and connect with the audience at each live performance and with every spin of any one of their albums.

Colorway's second album, The Black Sky Sequined (mastered by engineering legend Bob Ludwig) was called "One of the finest rock albums of 2015" by Ric Albano (Modern Rock Review) and Diffuser's Chuck Armstrong called the band's single "Come Back July" "impossibly catchy" when they premiered the video in 2015. Colorway has recently opened sold out shows for Foreigner, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, The Yardbirds, Delta Deep (feat. members of Def Leppard and Stone Temple Pilots), Ian Hunter and Television's Richard Lloyd (who called the band "amazing and inspiring"). The trio was also included in the 2016 Green River Festival which Rolling Stone named a "must see" music fest.

Though the easy way to describe the style of music is rootsy, pop-rock, don't be fooled. The band can jam, and are convincing audiences far and wide that it's possible to extend the boundaries of the traditional four minute song and still have it stuck in your head all day.

Along with Alex Johnson on guitar and vocals, the band features Matt Clegg on bass and Riley Godleski on drums and backup vocals.

Colorway is currently working on their third full-length album slated for release in the summer of 2018.

Check them out on Facebook and their Bandcamp page.

About the Venue
Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center is located in the heart of downtown Greenfield, MA at 289 Main Street and is the home of the Arts Block Ballroom, the subterranean speakeasy venue the Wheelhouse, the rustic 4th floor hall and theater the Perch, and the Pushkin Gallery at 4 Federal Street. Its mission is to bring art to life with musical and theatrical events every week.


rice - Am American Band
Arts Block Ballroom at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St, Greenfield, MA
Thursday, February 15th ,2018
8:30pm | $5-$8 Tickets | 16+ | Facebook Event

Kelly Drew