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NINA J: LEAD VOCALIST, OWNER/OPERATOR, MANAGER
You might know Nina from her performances with a number of other established bands in the Southern New England area: Rock and Soul Revue, Desirée, Fusion, Hit Play, The Beach Band, and Heat.
Nina J has an undeniable passion for being an entertainer! Her love for singing is one thing... but the "thank you's" are really what she's after! "There is nothing, absolutely NOTHING more fulfilling than knowing you were able to show someone a good time. Hearing a simple 'thank you' after a show, to me, is one of the greatest feelings in the world!" ~Nina J
Nina believes there is more to this than just sounding good. "I mean, in that case, people could just stay home and listen to MP3's... Let's give them what they paid for!" Nina brings out the energy for every show... whether for an audience of two or an audience of 10,000. Nina has opened up for Denny Laine of Wings, Billy Gilman, John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band, and has had the pleasure of performing with John Ford Coley as a guest of Atlantic Ave Band along with Doug Woolverton and other members of Roomful Of Blues!
MELINE VS: LEAD VOCALIST
Meline has been singing since she was about 5 years old. Originally from France Meline moved to the USA in 1997 and became the lead singer of PartyGirlRocks in 2013. As a performer, Meline is full of energy and has been having a blast performing for small to large audiences for the last 5 years and counting. With a good grip on how band life is life, she's excited to announce her newest project "Selfish", the acoustic duo, and now the newest addition on Lead Vocalist to the Atlantic Ave Band!
Meline's artistic ability continually pushes the limits as she creatively covers all the classics while nailing covers of today's top artists. Prepare to have your senses wowed by Meline's dynamic performances of Atlantic Ave's covers combined with skilled harmonizing on Nina J's lead vocals!
MATTHEW KEARNS: LEAD VOCALS, GUITAR, CLASSICAL CEREMONY GUITARIST
Matthew has over 25 years of experience performing at weddings. He performs various ceremonies, cocktail hours and receptions each season. He has earned a 5 star rating on some of the top wedding vendor sites such as Wedding Wire, The Knot and Gigmasters. Matthew works with each couple to customize the perfect music for their wedding.
He performs classical guitar music for wedding ceremonies, jazz and solo guitar for cocktail hours and solo or up to full band performances for receptions.
During Matt’s solo performances he is singing and taking requests on acoustic Guitar. Performing around 75 Shows per year at some of the areas best venues, Matt is on regular rotation at The Coast Guard House, Georges Of Galilee, The Viking Hotel, The Wharf Pub in Newport, and the Naval College in Newport. Shows include a wide variety of music and styles.
Check out Matthew's Ceremony Samples here: mattkearns.com/weddings
RYAN PICCOLO: SAXOPHONE, EWI, SYNTH, SOLO SAXOPHONIST
Ryan Piccolo received his training at Berklee College of Music as well as Rhode Island College, where he received his B.A. in Music with a minor in Jazz Studies. Ryan is fortunate to have studied with Fred Lipsius (Blood, Sweat and Tears), Greg Abate (internationally-renowned jazz saxophonist), and Ian Greitzer (Principal Clarinetist for the Boston Pops Orchestra). Aside from teaching Private Lessons, Ryan is also the Band Director at St. Michael School in Pawcatuck, CT.
Ryan has been extremely fortunate to have opened up for national acts including Spin Doctors, Violent Femmes, and Billy Gilman. He has also had the pleasure of sitting in with the touring American rock band Max Creek! Currently, Ryan is a member of local cover bands The Pondtunes, Premier Wedding & Event Band Atlantic Ave, Northeast touring Pink Floyd Tribute Act Gilmour's Breakfast, and Misquamicut's own The Beach Band!
Check Ryan's solo act (available for hire) out at www.ryanpiccolomusic.com!
JOHN PELLIGRINELLI: DRUMS, VOCALS
John started studying drumming at age 6, received a scholarship at age 9 to continue his studies at a local music school and continued to study throughout his school years, in college and privately. John started playing professionally at age 14 and teaching privately and within the public-school systems at age 18. He has performed nationally with National Recording Artists Lucky Peterson, Dick Curliss, Kenny Neal and Native Vibe and has also toured as a drum tech/consultant with Foreigner, P!NK, and Cher.
John is a seasoned session player and published songwriter but his true love is performing live within all musical styles and genres. He makes his home in Connecticut, digs the craft beer movement, Italian wine and his groovy psychedelic shirts!
John plays Gretsch drums, Montineri Custom Snare Drums and Sabian Cymbals, and uses Vic Firth Sticks.