Frank Viele


Hamden, CT

2014 NEW ENGLAND MUSIC AWARDS WINNER of LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR

"Fall Your Way" premiered at #13 on National Jam Radio Charts, and #40 on National Roots Music Report!

Frank Viele constructs his sound beneath an acoustic funk ceiling with windows of alternative pop, folk and soul. A musical carpenter in the independent rock genre, this singer/songwriter's approach mixes a dry wit with a soulful touch. A storytelling angle finishes out the floors of this building. Frank's sound construction is cemented together by a solid blues foundation and his stylistically aware approach is evident in his singing and guitar playing. Working off the brick and mortar of influences ranging from Dave Matthews to Otis Redding and Ray Lamontagne to Johnny Lang, Frank delivers an authenticity showcasing a familiarity to the inspirations that came before him. Frank Viele is Acoustic funk, electrified with a shot of Pop, Rock and Soul. Add Rhythm and Blues for a Chaser.

A self-professed terrible driver, cartoon lover and blue-collar entrepreneur, Frank's musical roots started in his hometown of Milford, Connecticut. His passion for music developed as early as the age of three, when Frank was imitating songs on his Grandmother's piano that he heard on the television.

“Frank delivers an authenticity showcasing a familiarity to the inspirations that came before him.”

As much about variety as versatility, Frank enjoys everything from Miami Dolphins Football to Salvador Dali's Melting Clock paintings. He still reads Shakespeare and Greek Mythologies but would never miss an episode of The Simpsons. Frank's wide array of musical influences include Sam Cooke, Bob Dylan, Jerry Garcia and Jimi Hendrix. In fact, Frank says the opening track on the Band of Gypsies Record changed his life. More modern inspirations include Dave Matthews, Ryan Adams and Ben Harper.

This spectrum of interests mixed with a great sense of humor and an introspective take on music, sports, food, art and life, defines a renaissance man in the truest sense of the word.

What People Are Saying

"If Dave Matthews decided to lend his merry band of musicians to Chris Daughtry and the group limited their appearances to strictly 1950s-style underground jazz clubs, the product might sound something like Neon Lights, the first official full-length album from Frank Viele & the Manhattan Project."
~ Heather Farr / Relix Magazine

"There is no not getting your groove on to Viele's music, dig it."
~ Jason Sendaula / Origvation Magazine

"When Viele pulled out the Ukulele, plugged it in, began tuning it, then Peters came in, then Mirando, then there might have been divine intervention and Otis Redding whispering into Viele's ear and sitting next to him. That's how good they were, producing another one of those moments that sent chills down your back."
~ Michael Brooks / The Examiner

"Whether it was listening to Viele alone on stage or the trio, there were moments that you had to stop, listen, and just say wow. Viele doesn't disappoint. He has a certain approach to his music and keeps it real. It speaks to you in a way where you know it means something to him. When you listen to Viele, you're listening to someone that is pouring everything he has, every time, into the memories he's written about."
~ Michael Brooks / The Examiner

"It's hard not to imagine blaring songs like "Try" on the car radio with the windows down, and it's even harder to deny the appeal of the band's sporadic jazzy jams, such as the one found at the beginning of 'Anticipation.'" ~ Heather Farr / Relix Magazine

Upcoming Shows

No shows booked at the moment.

Contact

Booking
Phil Simon
978-544-5110
Phil@simonsaysbooking.com

Festivals

Snow Down, Killington, VT
Rock n Roll Resort 2011 Thanksgiving Affair, NY
Rock n Roll Resort 2013 Tiny Rager, NY
Cape May 2013 Singer/Songwriter Fest, NJ
Musikfest, Bethlehem, PA
Steeljam, Bethlehem, PA
High Tide Jam Fest, Dewey Beach, DE
Liberty Music Festival, Philadelphia, PA
Start on The Street, Worcester, MA
Mayfair Festival, Cambridge, MA
East Rock West Rock Music Fest, New Haven, CT
Gig In The Sky Festival, Windham, NY
Branford Festival, Branford, CT
Bella Terra Music Festival, Stephentown, NY
Kind Roots Festival, Elysburg, PA
Herndon Festival Herndon, VA
Coventry Calling Conventry, CT
Riverfest 2011 Hartford, CT
Riverfest 2013 Hartford, CT
Sailfest 2012 New London, CT
Sailfest 2013 New London, CT

Recent Tour Dates Supported

Marshall Tucker Band
Blues Traveler
The Wailers
Foreigner
Xavier Rudd
Ambrosia
Gavin Degraw
Ingrid Michaelson
Ryan Montbleau
Zach Deputy
Papa Grows Funk
The Young Dubliners
Eric Lindell
Keller Williams
Carbon Leaf
Rustic Overtones
Hellogoodbye
Average White Band
Michael Glabicki of Rusted Root
Jon Herrington of Steely Dan
Eric Krasno & Chapter 2
Sister Sparrow & the Dirty Birds
Jimkata
Turkuaz

Colleges Played

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
Hussein College, Bangor, MN
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Mass College of Liberal Arts, N Adams, MA
Arcadia University, Glenside, PA
Bentley College, Boston, MA
Anna Maria College, Paxton, MA