The WimBash Music Festival returned to Sully’s Pub and Tiki Bar for its 11th year in Hartford, CT on Saturday, September 13th , 2014. The all-ages show featured over 20 musical artists and music workshops. Eventide’s Ray Maxwell and Alan Chaput offered Eventide product demonstrations, John DiNicola offered instruction on Behringer’s X32 console and Jaeme Brennan presented a sound and production workshop with WimBash artists hosting music workshops on drums, bass, guitar and beats.
The 2014 line-up included the legendary innovators of Hip Hop, Wonder Mike & Master Gee, original members of the Sugarhill Gang, most famous for the classic “Rapper’s Delight” (1979), which was the first rap song to hit the American Top 40 and widely acknowledged to be the first hip hop record made. In 2014, the 35th anniversary of “Rapper’s Delight”, the recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. The Englewood, NJ band also had a subsequent slew of groundbreaking hits including Apache (Jump On It), The Message and 8th Wonder.
The man behind the WimBash, bassist Doug Wimbish, best known for his membership in the band Living Colour as well as the Sugarhill Band, performed. Wimbish is considered to be a pioneer in hip hop bass playing and in the use of bass effects, alternate tunings and extended hand techniques. As a member of Living Colour, he mixed jazz, funk, hip hop, hard rock and heavy metal with personal and political themes such as racism in America. Wimbish, as a sought after studio and touring musician, has released two solo albums – “Trippy Notes for Bass” and “CinemaSonics”. Wimbish has played with a wide array of artists,
including Jeff Beck, Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Billy Idol, George Clinton, Depeche Mode, Joe Satriani, Mos Def and Ms. Lauryn Hill to name a few.
Guitarist-singer-songwriter-film score composer and record producer, Paul Pesco, also be took the stage. Having played many artists including Madonna, C & C Music Factory and Steve Winwood, Pesco is also known for his work with Hall & Oates and “Live from Daryl’s House”.
And don’t forget the newest generation of musicians, including 11 y/o guitar prodigy Brandon Niederauer “TAZ,” Brandon, known for his stinging guitar leads and his ability to jam note for note with the best guitarists around (Gregg Allman, Warren Haynes, Robert Randolph, Eric Krasno); Brandon performed with bassist & older brother, Dylan Niederauer and their band “The New Breed”.
Other performances included Brooklyn, NY’s jazz/blues/Americana/R&B guitarist Allan Harris and singer/songwriter Adam Falcon, who has for 30 years been one of New York City’s most sought-after studio and touring musicians. Hardcore metal band Sworn Enemy brought to the festival a mix of old school hardcore punk and new school breakdowns. When Hartford’s own Joey Batts and Them hit the stage, this 5 piece alternative hip hop band impressed the audience with their wit and humor. Teen heart throb duo, The Brady Brothers performed to the smiles of their young fan base.
The 2014 Hartford WimBash lineup:
Rapper’s Delight Group – Wonder Mike & Master Gee
Paul Pesco (Madonna/ Daryl Hall)
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer
The New Breed
The School of Rock Bedford House Band
Craig Derry (Sugarhill Band) & Craig’s Vocal Boot Camp Students
Jean Marx Express
Joey Batts & Them
The Brady Brothers
Klokwize w/ Angela Luna
Ace Livingston & Friends
DJ Markie Gee