Hawks & Reed
The Diamondstones and rice-An American Band
to play Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
Thursday, November 2

GREENFIELD, MA: Warwick, MA-based "JAMericana" ensemble rice - an American Band is teaming up with the Diamondstones, a rock/funk/jam band from the Pioneer Valley in Western Mass, to perform at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center in Greenfield, MA on Thursday November 2nd, 2017. Doors open at 8:30 and the show starts at 9 PM. Tickets are $5 in advance, $10 day of show and can be purchased at this link.

About rice - An American Band
Rice: 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 on guitar and a variety of gunslingers including Steve Benson on bass with Kyle Heon on drums. Each show may feature different regional musicians and the lineup is ever-changing.

Local fans will have seen them recently 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. Earlier this summer they 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 the Diamondstones
The Diamondstones are a five-piece rock n' roll group based out of the Pioneer Valley in Western Massachusetts. While their original songs are steeped in the flavor of classic rock n' roll, their influences draw on an ever-increasing range of genres that become manifested in their music, such as but not limited to jazz, folk, funk, blues, and psychedelia. The band's ongoing mission is to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms, can be heard in the imaginative improvisational excursions interlaced throughout their shows. They recently performed at the Old 78 Farm Festival in Warwick, MA along with rice, Flux Capacitor, the Alchemystics, Rebel Alliance, and many others.

Check them out on Facebook and hear their music on ReverbNation.

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 - An American Band

Arts Block Ballroom at Hawks & Reed Performing Arts Center
289 Main St, Greenfield, MA
Thursday, November 2nd ,2017

8:30pm | $5-$10 | 16+ | Facebook Event


Kelly Drew