Enjoy live Blues music by the Jeff Carmella Band from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, February 28th in our cozy tasting room. Music is free. Rocklands wine by the glass, flight, and bottle all night! Last call for open bottles and glasses at 8:30pm.
Food Vendor: The Paella & Tapas Place serving traditional Spanish paella and tapas. Food service begins at 5:30pm.
About Jeff Carmella:
Jeff Carmella started out playing guitar in southwestern Pennsylvania at the age of 17 as a self-taught ear player. He received his first guitar, a Montgomery Wards acoustic guitar, as a present from his older brother Ron. Then cousin Floyd Dorazio (aka Tyk) showed him his first few chords on that acoustic guitar, and he hasn’t stopped since.
His first band, in 1979, was a country rock/southern rock band called “The Good Neighbors Band.” They started out jamming in his mother’s garage, just for the fun of it. After encouragement from their friends, they transitioned into a working band and gained local-area recognition by winning a music contest sponsored by a local Pittsburgh radio station. The GNB original composition, the one that won the contest, was called “Kentucky Whiskey and Pennsylvania Women.,” written by a fellow band mate, Keith Wilson, a Kentucky native.
Since living in Maryland he has been a member of several different bands, “J.C and the HepCats” being the most long-lasting—over 20 years. He also started his own band, ”The Jeff Carmella Band” playing for swing dances in the Washington metropolitan area and for other community events. He enjoys playing a variety of genres: jazz, swing, blues, country and rockabilly as well as his original music.
He has shared the stage with and/or opened for such names as Leon Russell, Link Wray, Bill Kirchen, Johnny Castle (The Nighthawks/The Thrillbilly’s), Seth Justman (The J. Geils Band), Dave Elliott (Danny Gatton/Redneck Jazz) and Mark Noone (The Slickee Boys).
More recently he has been playing guitar for the “Batuque Band”, a Brazilian music band. The word “batuque” means a gathering of dancers and musicians where singing and percussion are the essence of the occasion.
In addition to the “Batuque Band”, he has been teaching guitar lessons at Bones Jones Music in Rockville Maryland.
We’re excited to host renowned folk musician Michelle Lockey from 6pm – 9pm on Friday, March 6th in our cozy tasting room. Music is free and we’ll have Rocklands wine by the glass, flight, and bottle all night! Last call for open bottles and glasses is at 8:30pm.
Food Vendor: Balkanik Taste will be here from 5:30pm to 8pm serving traditional Balkan food.
About Michelle Lockey:
Michelle is a multi-award winning recording artist and performing singer-songwriter/producer from Maryland. She is also a three-time Washington Area Music Award Nominee. Michelle has 4 LP releases and she has many single releases including two singles released by Black Toast Records. (All Music available on ITunes). She performs at corporate events and venues such as Bethesda Blues and Jazz Club, Signature Theatre, and in Concert series such as Focus Music and Stone Room Concerts, Festivals at Leesburg Flower Festival, Main Street Music Fest , Frederick, Maryland’s First Saturdays and more.
Michelle has become well respected in the industry of composing for Film and TV. One of her most notable accomplishments is winning the Grand Prize in the Folk
category of the 2014 John Lennon Song Contest for her song, “Your Footprints” written with fellow songwriter Paul Otten. Michelle was also a semi-finalist in the 2014 International Song Contest, a Silver Winner in the 2012 Songwriter’s Association of Washington contest and her International duo group, Blu Cedar, was a semi-finalist in the 2015 the Unsigned Only contest.
She gives back to the community by mentoring musicians, holding workshops and teaching courses on how to build a business in Music Licensing. She also holds workshops for women to help them face fears, find their self worth, passions and achieve their dreams.
Michelle’s music and Indie/Alternative Folk sound is influenced by Alvvays, Warpaint, Melody’s Echo Chamber, Hope Sandoval, London Grammar, Lykke Li, The XX, Daughter, Ingrid Michaelson, Sheryl Crow, Tristan Prettyman, Meiko, Birdy, The Lumineers, The Head and The Heart, The Civil Wars, Colbie Caillat, and Oh Honey.