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rice: an American Band to play
The Wheelhouse in Greenfield, MA
July 5th, 2018

GREENFIELD, MA: GREENFIELD, MA: Warwick, MA-based “JAMericana” ensemble rice - an American Band will perform at the Wheelhouse space at Hawks and Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA on Thursday, July 5th. Come celebrate your independence by supporting a local indie band at an independent local venue! Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9:30 PM. The show is 21+ and costs $5 in advance and $7 day of show. Tickets can be purchased at this link.

About rice: an American Band
rice logoRice: an American Band’s sound is steeped in Americana and the band members 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 and Kyle Heon on drums. Each show may feature different regional musicians and the lineup is ever-changing. The performance at the Wheelhouse is hot on the heels of the 4th of July- let freedom ring by supporting local indie bands like rice!

The members of rice played recently at StrangeCreek 2018 in Greenfield, MA in both a cabin set and a set on the main stage; the Snow Barn at Mount Snow in VT; and Bishop’s Lounge in Northampton, MA. They’ve also made appearances at Wormtown in Greenfield, as well as the Old 78 Farm Fall festival in 2017. Thanks to Overtain Productions, there’s a new video from their well-received performance at StrangeCreek of their original song “Flow of Things,” with music and lyrics by band leader Phil Simon. Watch it here. Says one band member, "We've been really impressed with the sudden explosion of fan interest. This video from StrangeCreek came from a fan, who on his own brought three cameras and mixed the video. We've gotten amazing photography and just a big swell in support and interest lately and we couldn't be happier about it." This band includes members of many of the finest bands in the valley including: Llama Lasagne, Rodd Cummings and the Vibrators, Shiprock and Anchordog, the Jon Carroll Band, Chad Hollister Band, former members of Outer Stylie, and more.

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, Soundgarden, 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, which has recently be revamped to include all sorts of audio goodies for your listening pleasure. You can see their upcoming plans and concerts on their Facebook 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.

Event Info
Rice: an American Band
The Wheelhouse at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St, Greenfield MA 01301
Thursday, July 5th, 2018
Doors at 8:30 PM | 21+ | $5 adv/$7 DOS - ticket link

Kelly Drew