August First

Boston, MA

August First began as a shared dream between Nicole D’Amico, lead vocals/ukulele (formerly of Nicole D’Amico & Friends) and Rick Schiffman, lead guitarist/vocals, (Root Nine).  The two had spent time over the past 2 yrs playing in a Boston based band, Root Nine, and had started their musical journey by collaborating on a song after meeting in a nightclub in Somerville.  Both having a deep love and passion for the music of Jerry Garcia but not wanting to limit themselves to a specific genre, style, or even the artist himself, they decided to create this passion project towards the end of 2015.  In the summer of 2016, Nicole ran into her friends, Steve Lavalle, guitarist/lead singer, and Brian Young, multi-instrumentalist/vocalist, at a Dead and Co. show at Fenway Park.  All from the same hometown of Medway, MA, the three of them grew up spending time with one another and seeing live music together.  Steve expressed his interest in wanting to play more music and Nicole quickly extended the invitation to come play with her and Rick.  By the Fall of 2016, Brian jumped on the mandolin and the harmonies naturally followed suit.  Bassist, Dan Crea (Fennario, Legion of Jerry, and The Garcia Project) was on board early 2017 when the band needed someone to fill in.  His sound was an instant fit and the ‘Blues Grassicana’ sound, grounded in traditional songs, originals, bluegrass, blues, classic rock, and blended with sweet harmonies that defines August First, came to life.

  • 08/26/18 Rochester, NH at Governor’s Inn
  • 09/02/18 Putnam, CT at The Stomping Ground
  • 09/23/18 Rochester, NH at Rochester Opera House
  • 10/26/18 Putnam, CT at The Stomping Ground