Band Bios

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Wooly Mammoth

Gray Hallberg is the founder & lead guitarist of Wooly Mammoth. In addition to honing his guitar chops by studying with local legend Chris Leigh, Gray studied jazz performance at UVM and theory and composition at the University of Colorado. Currently residing in Boston, he plays and sings with the punk rock group At Least We Tried and blues driven Wooly Mammoth.


Mike LaChance is the bassist. He lives in Mystic and also plays double bass with Cabin Fever, a local bluegrass band and the euphonium, as a volunteer with the New London Salvation Army.


Toby Halsey has played guitar for fun for 30 years. He joined Wooly Mammoth at the first Mystic Blues Festival and played at the Racer’s Jam for 5 years supporting Mudhead Benefit Cup for Hospice.


Jay Hartley keeps the beat for Wooly Mammoth plus plays with Green Tea, the Phil Adams Group and is in demand for many other CT & RI bands.


Scott Parry’s blues driven piano style was inspired by local legend, Al Copley, the original keyboardist in the local Grammy-winning band Roomful of Blues. Scott and Al’s moms were friends and Al inspired Scott to take up the piano at the advanced age of five. He had been playing in bands ever since. 

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The Troublemakers

100 Watt Suns, John Cafferty and The Beaver Brown Band, The Hoolios, Whitesmoke, Soul Searchers, Brother Big Eye, Green Tea, Water St. Quartet, Crows Toes, and The Collective are just a few of the bands the members of The Troublemakers were playing in while this band formed accidentally in the summer of 2016. A band canceled on a local booker and and after a few phone calls, the lineup was assembled. The lineup includes the area’s most talented, in demand and seasoned veteran players.


Ronnie Lewis plays the drums and handles lead vocals. Sitting next to him is Don “DC” Culp who plays the drums as well. Together they create a devastating pocket. The always busy - and in high demand - Dan Sherer holds down the keyboard/piano duties. Bill Light handles most of the lead guitar work and backing vocals. The band is rounded out by the younger but already seasoned Josh White (rhythm/lead guitar) and Marty Moroney on bass.


The Troublemakers play music and have fun, that’s actually their only real rule. No egos and none of the other nonsense that, unfortunately, has become part of being a modern-working musician. It’s refreshing to see them having fun on stage, acting like they are in the garage like when they were kids and just playing music to play music!

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Mystic Dead

Mystic Dead is Southern New England’s leading Grateful Dead cover band, made up of five lifetime Deadheads who came together in 2018 to pursue their passion of sharing the country’s most amazing song book. 


While the Grateful Dead were from Northern California, some of their most faithful fans, and most memorable concerts, were from the Northeastern US. From the legendary 1980 shows at Radio City Music Hall in NYC, to Ithica, Hartford, Waterville, Boston and beyond, the Northeast was a special place for the Dead, they knew they could count on the fans to dance the night away.


Mystic Dead and its five band members are based in one of America’s favorite small towns, Mystic, Connecticut. Mystic has a great music, art and seafaring tradition that goes back to the 1600s.


Mystic Dead is:

Toby Kniffin - Guitar & Vocals

Ian Kelly - Guitar & Vocals

Ronnie Lewis - Drums & Vocals

Marty Moroney - Bass

Paul Sauvageau - Keyboards

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Steve Rodgers

Steve is a nationally recognized singer, songwriter and visual artist who has spent more than a quarter of a century engrossed in the New England music community even as he performed across the United States and overseas. Steve is most well-known for his nearly 20-year stretch as leader and co-songwriter of the 90s/2000s alt/rock/folk band Mighty Purple and also for his 15- year adventure as the Founder / Director of The Space and of The Outer Space / The Ballroom. Both were nationally recognized music venues and regular tour stops for bands of all shapes, sizes and genres.


While the venues he founded are gone, the empty space they left in Steve’s heart has been filled by a sense of thankfulness, healing, and a renewed sense of community that is evidenced in his new album and in his life’s direction.


He recently traveled to Honduras on a mission trip in which he taught teens to play guitar while he helped to serve the daily needs of the Children’s Rescue Mission in Tupesinti, Honduras. Back home, Steve has quietly been creating miniature art as well as a new songs. He and his band Arms and Voices have a new album which was released April 2019.


He homeschools to his two children Fable and River. He and his wife Jesse create art in their home and in their small barn; which Steve made from 85% recycled & found materials. Steve also builds highly realistic miniatures and nationally acclaimed custom fairy houses, dollhouses, dioramas, miniature train layouts, and more that inspire fans in new ways, which brings him back to his dream.


“My dream is to tour around the country at places where there are listening environments – places where people are there to come together as community and really listen. I’d love to create pop up events where art, music, food and community all come together at the same time to create something unique and new.”

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Desireé

After backing up recording artists on tours and recordings, friends Stef Denegre, Dan Curland, and Steven Tavares decided to keep things going and formed the band, Desirée. “We have so much fun playing together that it really was a natural progression to keep performing and put something together” says Stef. “And we love that Mike joined the project... we’ve known him for years and his musical abilities are incredible and we’re having a blast!” Their love of funk, soul and rock are clearly identified in their music, have extreme energy working dance music, and their grooves are an exciting part of each show. Desirée is quickly becoming one of the hottest bands in the Tri-State area!

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No Mind

Becoming one of the most in demand bands in the CT scene, No Mind has been lighting up stages and dance floors all across the north east. 


With infectious grooves, deep improvisational moments, and awe-inspiring live shows, No Mind is quickly becoming one of Connecticut’s premiere bands. The southern-CT based quintet has an ever-growing dedicated fan base that readily follows the band across the New England region. Drawing from a range of influences, No Mind’s shows are never the same twice — filled with rich exploratory jams, tight vocal harmonies, clever songwriting, meaningful lyrics, and masterful musicianship. No Mind has shared the stage with numerous highly-acclaimed artists such as Grammy-winning guitarist and producer Rick Derringer, Hayley Jane and the Primates, West End Blend, Bella’s Bartok, Strange Machines as well as other countless regional and national acts. As the band’s reach continues to grow, fans can catch No Mind at venues such as Mohegan Sun Casino, Toad’s Place, The Acoustic, and various festivals throughout the year.


Phil Adams Band

Phil Adams is a Singer/Songwriter/musician out of Westerly, RI dedicated to social harmony and healing/inspiring people with music in the same way has music touched him. Gaining inspiration and influence from artists like Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, and John Legend to experimental/ improvisational acts like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, and Phish, the product yields the accessible familiarity of popular music with arrangements, segues, and grooves to satisfy a wide audience and keep listeners engaged. In his career, Phil has shared the stage with the likes of Max Creek, Donna Jean Godchaux, Assembly of Dust, Twiddle, Ryan Montbleau, The Breakfast, Consider The Source, Formula 5, Strange Machines, The Movement, Badfish, and Keller Williams, to name a few...


Phil can frequently be seen performing solo as well as in his duo, The Choos. His solo albums “Pieces of Her” and “Silent Notes Society” are available on all major platforms. Phil also performs his music with Phil Adams Group and occasionally appears with Connecticut Jam-Rock outfit, Jeremiah Hazed.

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Phil Adams Band

Phil Adams is a Singer/Songwriter/musician out of Westerly, RI dedicated to social harmony and healing/inspiring people with music in the same way has music touched him. Gaining inspiration and influence from artists like Jamie Cullum, John Mayer, and John Legend to experimental/ improvisational acts like Frank Zappa, Grateful Dead, and Phish, the product yields the accessible familiarity of popular music with arrangements, segues, and grooves to satisfy a wide audience and keep listeners engaged. In his career, Phil has shared the stage with the likes of Max Creek, Donna Jean Godchaux, Assembly of Dust, Twiddle, Ryan Montbleau, The Breakfast, Consider The Source, Formula 5, Strange Machines, The Movement, Badfish, and Keller Williams, to name a few...


Phil can frequently be seen performing solo as well as in his duo, The Choos. His solo albums “Pieces of Her” and “Silent Notes Society” are available on all major platforms. Phil also performs his music with Phil Adams Group and occasionally appears with Connecticut Jam-Rock outfit, Jeremiah Hazed.

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Green Tea

Green Tea was formed in 2001... after 17 years they are going strong with a wealth of original material, a 5th studio CD recently released and contagious momentum. The six-piece line up consists of two guitars, bass, keys, drums, and the dynamic Amie Coffey on vocals.


Toby Kniffin is the primary songwriter, with his well-crafted compositions work. He has been playing and writing for over twenty-five years, has performed up and down the East Coast and has learned how to harness emotion and craft songs that can be delivered by a live band. He spent the late 80s and most of the 90s fronting the very successful group Third Stone. Since then he has been a leading force in the bands Liquid Dead, based out of Burlington, VT and The Desolation Angels from New York. Rounding out the line-up are Jamie Conroy, Marty Moroney, Michael Chicoria and Jason Hartley. Music influencing the sound of Green Tea ranges from the melody and magic of Garcia/Hunter, to the driving rock n roll and melody work of the Allman Brothers. Mix that with a Dylanesque writing approach that focuses on the lost art of "the song" ... you get Green Tea, a unique and rich sound that is chock full of our forefathers, yet pushes all corners of the proverbial envelope.