Annie in the Water, The Blind Spots

Funk 'n Waffles Downtown Presents:

Annie in the Water

The Blind Spots

Fri · June 2, 2017

Doors: 9:30 pm / Show: 10:00 pm


This event is 18 and over

Funky Reggae Jamrock Fusion ... and Rock 'n Roll

Annie in the Water
Annie in the Water
Annie in the Water’s music is a groovy combination of Reggae, Funk, Rock, Blues and Jamstyle written with a conscious dose of positive vibes, unique melodies and intelligent lyrics. With the ability to fill an entire night with original music and also render well-known covers into a signature style, fans share extraordinary experiences that can’t be seen anywhere else.

After 9 years performing 600+ shows in over 13 states, the original duo of founding members Brad Hester and Michael Lashomb also lead a full band that will shock your soul into euphoria. Full band line-up includes featured members Joshua West (formerly of Lucid) on drums/percussion, JD Tolstoi on keys/organ and Billy Comstock (Brickdrop / formerly Twiddle) on Bass. Occasionally the lineup may feature percussionist Bill Bentz (Exit 30) and various woodwind or brass members.

The group creates a blend of music and entertainment that is inspired by the audience and the moment; the fan-base grows with every single performance in large part due to the indisputable fact that Annie in the Water will make people dance and feel happier no matter their age. Annie in the Water guarantees to deliver a great performance and intends to create unique experiences in as many locations as possible. While they also plan to continually expand their musical consciousness, this feels like only the beginning.
The Blind Spots
The Blind Spots
This Ithaca, NY based, all original, female-fronted, five-piece band is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region.  The band gets better and better, with its charging, intricate rhythm section, eclectic library of keyboard sounds, and bold and inventive electric guitar stylings.  Electrifying lead vocalist and force of nature Maddy Walsh can hang with the best of them, continuing to reach new heights with her voice at every show and on every recording.

Walsh possesses that instantly recognizable raw talent that makes each Blind Spots show an experience that audience members walk away raving about.  There are only so many female rock vocalists throughout history to reference when drawing vocal comparisons, meaning that Walsh has heard the "Janis" comparison often.  "I sound nothing like her," she admits.  "I'm a giant Janis fan, but I have very little in common with her vocally.  When people see a female vocalist having fun commanding the stage, she's all they can think of.  So while I know it's meant as a compliment, it's a shame we don't have more rockin' ladies to look to.  The tides are shifting, though, and talented women in rock are really starting to surface... Thank god."  More recently Walsh's voice has been compared to Grace Potter's, Adele's, Edie Brickell's, and Bonnie Raitt's, but given the style of music she's chosen to sing—not to mention her original lyrics, derived from a background in poetry—none of those references quite hit the mark.  "I just wanna sound like Otis Redding," she says.  "Doesn't everyone?"

Upon entering its fourth year, it's clear that the band is no longer a baby; the group has matured at an incredible rate. Its members all attest that the recent recognition they've garnered isn't a stroke of luck, but has come from some seriously hard work.  "We've put in have a lot of hours together," says lead guitarist and co-founder Mike Suave.  "We're lucky to have a group of such dedicated people working toward a common goal and all thinking about the future."  It's the dedication to writing new material and rehearsing, the refusal to slow down, and the shared love of the music they make together that continues to propel The Blind Spots forward and set them apart. Since the release of their debut album, El Camino Dream [2010], a well-loved tight and inspired ten-song collection that showcases the band's energy and expansive creativity, The Blind Spots have played a handful of the northeast's well-renowned clubs and have been invited to play at a number of summer festivals, including the Sterling Stage Folk Fest and the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival of Music and Dance, where they packed the Cabaret Hall so tightly that some of their proud family members couldn't squeeze in. 

In a musical-minded town, virtually teeming with talented artists, The Blind Spots have really had to earn their notoriety in Ithaca. "It's a great place to come from if you're a serious musician," says Walsh.  "It's a good training ground." Ithaca serves now as a supportive springboard that allows The Blind Spots to catapult into new areas, and they plan to continue expanding their radius.  Since their 2011 and 2012 performances at GrassRootsthey've enjoyed gracious reception on some larger stages, including the Homer Center for the Arts, and at colleges, including the University of Vermont and SUNY Brockport.

The band recently released a highly anticipated, charging six-song EP called Small Stampede [October 26, 2012], which was recorded and produced at both Electric Wilburland Studios in Newfield, NY with Will Russell, (who mastered El Camino Dream), and at the lenegdary Pyramid Sound in downtown Ithaca with Alex Perialas. The album was also mastered at Georgetown Masters in Nashville, TN. Keep an eye on The Blind Spots, as they are on their way to winning the hearts of new devotees.
Venue Information:
Funk 'n Waffles - Downtown
307 S. Clinton Street
Syracuse, NY, 13202