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2016 News & Events

Mohawk Valley Blues Society proudly presents:

The Alexis P Suter Band

The Alexis P Suter Band will be bring their special brand of Blues to the Ramada Inn in New Hartford on Sunday, November 20 for an early evening show.  Doors open at 4:00, opening set will be by Phil Petroff of Syracuse starting at 4:30.  The Alexis P Suter Band will perform at 6:30.  Tickets in advance are available online at (keyword: Mohawk Valley Blue Society) for $12.00 + handling or at the door for $15.00.


International Recording Artist's The Alexis P Suter Band are a powerful and unique 5 piece ensemble fronted by a vocalist who transcends styles and genres.


When the great Bluesman B.B. King first heard Alexis P. Suter sing, he was visibly impressed and said so after her opening set for him at BB Kings NYC. Shaking his head in wonder in his characteristic way, he remarked: “It’s a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady.”


The Alexis P. Suter Band have earned similar accolades from other well-known musicians and performers, including Dan Aykroyd and the great Levon Helm of The Band.


A true vocal phenomenon, bass/baritone powerhouse Suter and her band began wowing audiences in the northeast as regular performers at Levon Helm's Midnight Ramble Sessions in Woodstock, NY. "She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you; you can feel that,” Helm has said. The Alexis P. Suter Band opened the show at The Midnight Ramble in Woodstock, NY over 90 times. As special guest openers for The Levon Helm Band, they played to sold-out audiences at the Beacon Theater, Bethel Woods Center For The Arts, The Paramount Theatre in Asbury Park, NJ and Central Park’s Summerstage.


Since then, APSB have been in high demand at North American Roots and Blues festivals, venues and events including, The 50th Annual Philadelphia Folk Festival, Bluestock, Musikfest, Beale Street Music Festival, Mont Tremblant Music Festival, Cincinnati Blues Festival, FloydFest, Pennsylvania Blues Fest, Daytona Blues Fest, Kitchener Blues Festival, Briggs Farm Blues Festival, Pocono Blues Festival, Vermont Blues Festival, Salmon Arm Roots and Blues Festival, Columbia Blues Festival, Tampa Bay Blues Fest and many, many more.


Alexis is nominated for The Koko Taylor Award at the upcoming 36th Annual Blues Music Awards, and was nominated for Best Soul Blues Female Artist at the 33rd Annual BMA's!


The Alexis P. Suter Band have contributed a song to the Songs After Sandy ( project and Restore Red Hook. This is a 3 CD compilation series of some of the biggest artists in music today. APSB are proud and honored to be on the Second Volume along with Sir Paul McCartney and Dave Stewart (Eurythmics) with their song “In The City”.


“All Over Again” from their release“Two Sides” was named NPR’s “Song Of The Day”. A long awaited compilation for Alexis and the band is due this fall on Hipbone Records.


APSB have 5 releases; “Two Sides” (Hipbone), “Live at theTurning Point” (Festivalink), “Just Another

Fool” (Hipbone), "Live at the Midnight Ramble" (Levon Helm Studios) and “Shuga Fix” (Hipbone). Their most release, “Two Sides” has received much praise from blues publications, Blues Revue, Living Blues, Downbeat, Elmore and Big City Rhythm and Blues. Legendary music writer Jim Bessman also gave the CD a rave review in The Examiner.“Two Sides” is produced by APSB members Vicki Bell and Ray Grappone.


Along with Suter’s extraordinary bass/baritone voice and amazing and powerful stage presence, her real secret weapon is The Alexis P. Suter Band! At every show audiences show their whistling, clapping and cheering appreciation for the APSB with drummer Ray Grappone’s dynamic beats, guitarist Jimmy Bennett’s searing leads, Peter Bennett on down home solid bass and the very talented backing vocalist Vicki Bell. The firepower of this exciting band has captured the attention of some of the best players around, and they are considered by their peers as one of the best LIVE Bands on the scene today! “Love The Way You Roll”, released on American Showplace Music was co-produced by Ben Elliott and APSB. “Love The Way You Roll” debuted on The Living Blues Charts at #22 and maintained the #1 spot on the Roots Music Reports Blues/Rock charts for 24 weeks.




Kind words about Alexis and the band!


"It's a rare thing to share the stage with great talent like that young lady"

-B.B. King


"She is one of those wonderful spirits, she's got her arms around you; you can feel that."

-Levon Helm


“International Recording Artist Alexis P. Suter and her talented band are a must for any venue

large or small that take their music seriously. She is as great off the stage as she is on. She is

not to be missed!”

-Michael Cloeren - Festival/Producer/Director & Founder of Pocono Blues Festival (1992-2010)


“Without a doubt the biggest voice and heart in the blues world today.”

- Richard Briggs, Pres/Founder -- Briggs Farm Blues Festival


"Alexis P. Suter has a big voice and knows how to use it. Whether singing about spiritual

ecstasy or earthly troubles, her booming contralto, seasoned with raw emotion make every song

she performs her own."

- Kay Cordtz, Blues Revue Magazine


"Suter is as fascinating to watch as to hear.

A stunning, ample woman with the face of a cherubic African queen, her molasses contralto can

whisper and purr, then swell into a pulsating wave of sound that radiates from the depths of her


- Elmore Magazine


"She's got a voice that could bring down the tower of Babel. She may be the best blues singer

on the east coast. She's played the Midnight Rambles with Levon Helm for over two years now,

but she should be playing in palaces and kingdoms to kings and queens."

- Joe Vignola, Long Island Blues Newsletter


"What a voice, and she uses it to highly emotive effect! Fierce and ferocious! "

- Lee Hildebrand, Living Blues Magazine


"It's all about a voice telling stories through music, and big voiced Alexis P. Suter possess the

perfect a power. Her fire and brimstone expression is endowed with a complexity and depth that

stands up to any musical style".

"Her profound lyric expression partners with her band to become another lead instrument,

turning emotion into blistering music".

- Art Tipaldi, Editor, Blues Music Magazine


Los Blancos rips through Blues, Soul, Rockin' Zydeco, Latin, Outlaw Country, Heavy-One Funk, Folk, and a bottomless bag of tricks that's always sure to get the party started. Over more than a decade they've rocked thousands of shows, and tens of thousands of miles, reveling in a genuine passion for what they do. A crew of troubadour craftsmen and kindred souls who have joined forces for the long haul, and for the love of music.


2:30 - 3:45 Phil Petroff and the Natural Fact


Phil Petroff and Natural Fact is a local blues/rock band that's been playing around Central New York for over two decades.  Phil Petroff - "THE MAN to checkout" has a flamboyant guitar style coupled with a soulful vocal approach deeply rooted in the Chicago and Texas styles of electric blues. He found Phil Petroff & Natural Fact, The Lake Effect blues Band (with brother Mike Petroff) and fronted various projects such as "The Lonesharks" and most recently the "South-side Super Blues Band".

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