'Uppercut' to bring punch to Riverfront Music Festival July 24
By Steve Smith - Staff Writer
Glastonbury - posted Thu., Jul. 11, 2013
Uppercut will take the Riverfront Music Festival stage on July 24. The band lists Stevie Wonder, Tower of Power, Steely Dan and Kool & The Gang among the influences that have shaped its sound. The 10-piece group hails from Long Island, where it has earned a reputation for its “wide open rockin' and funkin' big horn section,” which is dedicated to re-creating the sound of the great horn bands of the past 40 years.
The brass-ers in the band include John Marshall on tenor sax, Chuck Foell on trumpet, Terry Nigrelli on trombone, and Jeff Lange on the baritone and alto sax.
Frank Bellucci plays the drums, Karl Schwarz plays keyboards and provides backing vocals, Chris Carbery plays guitar and sings lead, as does John Pandolfo, while playing bass.
The band describes its rhythm section as “super tight.”
“Uppercut's performances are at a level matched only by the original artists,” according to the band's website. “No matter what kind of music you are into, an Uppercut show is sure to excite you!”
Fred Wadlington and Perrita Kitson also front the band with lead vocals. Kitson is the newest member of Uppercut, and has performed with the likes of Liza Minnelli, the SOS band, and Phoebe Snow.
The band receives many reviews that say its members create a big sound enjoyed by young and old.
Uppercut will perform on July 24, at 7 p.m. The free concerts are held at the Welles Street Riverfront Park on the lawn behind the Riverfront Community Center.
Free parking and shuttle service will be available at 180 & 200 Glastonbury Boulevard, which is adjacent to Somerset Square.