Harry Jay Smith and The Bling are a contemporary R&B/ Funk group located in Boston, MA. Originally hailing from the DC area, the group now all attend the prestigious Berklee College of Music, starting the band in their first semester. The group has been known to give high-energy live performances, and has played all over the Boston and DC areas. The band has been featured on WEMF radio in Boston, as well as the Berklee Internet Radio Network, and several other radio stations up and down the East Coast. The Band’s debut EP “Truth” reached #1 on the Neo-soul bandcamp chart less than one day after its release, as well as #3 on the R&B/Soul chart. The record was released with much critical acclaim, and has had its lead single “The Way It Goes Down” featured on various college radio stations in Virginia and Massachusetts.
Seamlessly combining the groove of classic feel-good Rhythm and Blues with acoustic Americana instrumentation, Roosevelt Dime has crafted a signature style truly their own. The New Orleans clave rhythms of Tony Montalbano’s drums and Craig Akin’s syncopated upright bass lock in with Andrew Green’s innovative banjo style, equal parts boogie woogie piano and bluegrass picking. The swampy chords and swinging blues lines of Eben Pariser’s semi-hollow body electric guitar thicken the sound further still. This rich musical alchemy is topped off with Pariser’s searingly soulful vocals, belted and whispered with a passion and panache straight from the juke joints. Roosevelt Dime is an Americana band in the truest sense—rather than dwell on the divisions between the elements that make up the genre, they seamlessly merge the shared and varied musical traditions into a unique sound that’s both timely and timeless. Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, they got their start in the age old New Orleans street busking tradition, only it was the bustling avenues of the Big Apple rather than the Big Easy that first nurtured their sound. All walks of life were drawn to the joyful musicality, infectious positivity, and crowd-sourced spontaneity at these revelries, and this literal grassroots community-building stuck with the band as they took their joyous beat from the city’s parks and subways to seek that same heartfelt connection with audiences worldwide. Armed with original songs of hope, love, and conviction that sound birthed from the cradle of American music yet still crucially relevant to the times in which we live, their performances are a “perpetual crowd pleaser” (NY Times) in any setting.
Jenna Lotti is a pop soul singer-songwriter from Boston, MA. In 2013 she created a successful kickstarter campaign which led to the creation of her debut album “Tunnel Vision”. The 9 song LP propelled her career into the next stage showcasing her songwriting and musical capabilities. Tunes such as “Red Line Love” (w/ accompanying music video), “Strangers” and “Medicine” drew wide acclaim by fans and local media.
Jenna received the nod for Limelight Magazine’s 2015 ‘Female Vocalist of the Year’ and was nominated for “Female Performer of the Year” in 2016 & 2017 by The New England Music Awards. This recognition was punctuated by invitations to open for national acts such as Hunter Hayes and Buddy Guy as well as a local star, Ruby Rose Fox. Lotti released her sophomore EP, Bad Habits, in October 2016 and has just release her pop driven single, “Beauty Queen”, in April 2017.