Spring Songwriter's Showcase: Mick Hayes, Grace Stumberg, Nelson Starr
Saturday, Mar 18, 2017 8:00 PM EDT
(7:00 PM Doors)
9th Ward at Babeville, Buffalo, NY
Music carries a different meaning for each of us. We all long to hear those songs that can bring us back to the roots of true American artistry; when it was about who we are, where we've been, and where we were heading. That's where Mick Hayes comes in today. He melds our history, our present, and creates the future of the genre with his somehow familiar yet innovative sound influenced by styles from across America. Mick spent most of his career playing in and between Nashville, Los Angeles, and Atlanta until his love of his hometown brought him back to Western New York and the rich, gritty music culture there. He continues to perform both in front of tens of thousands and in intimate settings. His voice takes the forefront with influences from soul, blues, funk, and rock & roll while his guitar that has been under his arm since he was seven years old, is like an extension of his own voice and story.
Mick has played with countless greats, not the least of which Stevie Wonder - who after hearing Mick, asked if he would join him on stage to sing with him and add a little harmonica to Mick's "Those 3 Words". He has also been billed alongside great artists such as Deep Purple, the Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Dickie Betts, Delbert McClinton, Robin Trower, Cheap Trick, Steve Vai, Joe Bonamassa, Najee, Los Lonely Boys and many others.
Having been recognized by The Grammy Awards Committee in 2016 in the "Best Traditional R&B Performance" and "Best R&B Song" categories for his single, "For Realski's," Mick is looking forward to what the future brings.
Grace Stumberg is a creator of friendly original music that grabs the ears of any listener. Born in Buffalo, NY, Stumberg is inspired by raw simple songwriting that really rocks out, and her music is a genre that can be explained as pop/rock/funky and sometimes folk; never fully understood until experienced. She has learned the ways of the “touring world” by serving as folk legend Joan Baez’s personal assistant since November 2011, and back-up singer since 2012. This experience has led to other opportunities in the music industry, such as singing with the Indigo Girls, and opening up for Josh Ritter. Stumberg has also opened for Baez in Lowell, MA, and performed her own show in Dublin, Ireland during a Baez tour.
Nelson Starr is a music producer, composer, and vocalist in the Buffalo area, working in every genre of music – from rock to jazz, country to hip-hop and beyond. He was inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame in 2006. Long-time Buffalo maestro Starr leads this solo effort through his maze of back catalog and current offerings to great effect - vocal pyrotechnica meets modern, eclectic rock.