JASON RILEY : SOLO WORK

10390420_10102196387354079_7394004201268334649_n-300x225Jason’s unique, personal style highlights an improvisation-based approach utilizing “live” looping and technological effects — all accented by his exceptional stage presence, acclaimed work with acoustic and electric instruments and heartfelt tributes to his many musical influences.

His stylistic versatility, mood and character is expansive: blending soft and subtle, frantic and aggressive, swing and rock, Riley plays unaccompanied, in chamber music setting and with symphony orchestra. Jason’s work on stage not only reflects his understanding of classical form and balance, but shows a highly original combination of his classical/rock/jazz background that very few guitarists can successfully execute in live performance.

As a recording artist, Jason has produced and released four solo CDs, Notes to Self (a compilation of original compositions), Outtakes (original arrangements of traditional works), Spirit of Things (traditional American spirituals), and Funky Folk. An equally successful accompanist, Jason has been featured extensively with “The Nova Project” and as a guest performer with other artists in concert and on many recordings.

He has won US competitions and reader’s polls in both the rock and country genres and performed with numerous international artists including television and syndicated radio appearances. When not on tour, Jason serves as professor of guitar at several colleges in the Central United States.





SOCA JUKEBOX

socaIsland Rock extroverts, Soca Jukebox is one of the genre’s premier show bands. This five-piece ensemble features a battery of shimmering steel pans, an array of Latin percussion, a fastidious rhythm section and incendiary guitar work. SJ’s cast of trained professional musicians are multi-instrumentalists and engaging performers dedicated to “bringing the party”.

A live Soca engagement showcases five decades of well-known repertoire from diverse musical genres, reinvigorated by fresh, stylized arrangements and a high-energy percussion showdown. Their great song selection, top-shelf vocal talent with smooth harmony and tribal chanting offer sanctuary in an all-out Drum War. Soca Jukebox is interactive, crowd-pleasing and has a wide appeal to all ages and musical tastes. Their unique blend of Trop-Rock advances the category through classic hits in Rock, Reggae, Calypso and Soca (“SO-ul CAlypso”) infused with charisma, humor, false bravado and Rasta-goodness.

While Soca Jukebox is now in their 14th season, the core of the band has been performing together since their college days. Formal studies included master classes with Trinidadian steel pan inventor/pioneer, Elle Mannette as well as numerous Caribbean and Latin percussion specialists. Devoted to the cultural legacy, but with an ear on innovation, Soca’s talented players carry the music forward to uplift, entertain and share.

Soca Jukebox is always “In Season”, transporting land-locked expatriates and those in need of a “3 hour tour” on a year-round musical getaway. From their Kansas City, MO home base, the ensemble is nationally touring to festivals, college campuses, casinos, clubs, corporate and private events or a venue near you! The band has accepted invitations to divert and delight disparate factions from heads of state to “parrotheads”.



Title                               Artist

Ants Marching                       Dave Matthews Band
Stir It Up                          Bob Marley
People Get Ready/One Love
I Shot the Sheriff
No Woman, No Cry
Jammin’
Could You Be Loved
3 Little Birds
Don’t Worry Be Happy                Bobby McFerrin
Baja                                Traditional
Cinderella
Fiesta Latina
Jamaican Farewell
Limbo Song
Bang on the Drum                    Todd Rundgren
(Sittin’) On the Dock of the Bay    Otis Redding
Under the Boardwalk                 Coasters
Red, Red Wine                       Neil Diamond/UB40
Brown-eyed Girl                     Van Morrison
Into the Mystic
Call me Al                          Paul Simon
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover
Late in the Evening
Oye Como Va                         Santana
Evil Ways
Chitlins Con Carne                  Stevie Ray Vaughn
Day-O                               Harry Belafonte
Hot, Hot, Hot                       Arrow
Margaritaville                      Jimmy Buffet
Cheeseburger In Paradise
Two Pina Coladas                    Garth Brooks
In Your Eyes                        Peter Gabriel
I Can See Clearly Now               Johnny Nash
What I Got                          Sublime
Santeria
Burn One Down                       Ben Harper
Hotel California                    The Eagles
St. Thomas                          Sonny Rollins
The Weight                          The Band
Send Me On My Way                   Rusted Root
I’m Yours                           Jason Mraz
Easy Like Sunday Morning            Lionel Richie

…and many more Trop-Rock Favorites!

MARIA THE MEXICAN

MTM9-300x199Maria the Mexican began May 5th, 2011 in Chicago when vocalists Maria and Teresa Cuevas hired blues/funk musician Garrett Nordstrom to play Mariachi guitar. Having been lifelong musicians from the Midwest, Nordstrom and the Cuevas Sisters paired up with guitarist Jason Riley to form Maria the Mexican, an Americana Soul/Mexicana Groove band with strong guitars and smooth vocals.

Maria the Mexican is a mezcla of traditional Mariachi roots and contemporary blues-rock delivered in English and Spanish. It is a true hybrid of Mexican folklore and rock-n-roll. Their debut album, Moon Colored Jade, drops in October of 2013.

Influenced by traditional Mariachi music, Maria The Mexican is a hybrid of Mexican folklore and Rock. For ten years, Teresa and Maria Elena Cuevas performed with Marachi Estrella founded by their grandmother Teresa Cuevas in 1970. As one of the first all female mariachi bands in the country, Maria Teresa Alonzo Cuevas is a pioneer in the Hispanic musical community. Her band flourished in the 80s but was struck by tragedy when four of the seven members were killed in the Hyatt Skywalk collapse in 1981. Once Teresa recovered she began teaching her grandchildren Mariachi music.

In 2000, Teresa and Maria began exploring other genres of music while simultaneously co-directing Mariachi Estrella. Today the fusion of Maria The Mexican is mixed with a touch of blues, soul, funk, and rock n’ roll enhanced by the musical knowledge and sounds of Garrett Nordstrom. With a southwestern flare and melancholy motifs, Maria The Mexican rocks it out in Spanish and English with a host of emotion.