Hollis Brown


Hollis Brown

The National Reserve, Frank Viele

Wed, May 3, 2017

Doors: 9:00 pm / Show: 9:30 pm


New Haven, CT

This event is 21 and over

Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown isan American Rock ‘ n’ Roll band. Named after a Bob Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed byQueens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (Italian-American and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal (drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis, and Brian Courage (bass) from Long Island.Hollis Brown’ s current single “Run Right To You”was released on 7”vinyl in October 2016 on Velvet Elk/One Little Indian records. Their song “Steady Ground”is a featured exclusive on Amazon’ s playlist Amazon Acoustics.The band’ s vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Natu-ralsound Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the record is limited to800 copies and features four previously unreleased tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. Itwas released digitally on iTunes in August 2016. Cluster of Pearlsfollows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown's third album 3 Shots (Julli-an Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain Dance,”and the duet “Highway 1”with acclaimed alt-country songstress Nikki Lane. The edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens, NY, known for itsadrenaline fueled performances, wrapped 40+ amphitheater shows across America supporting Counting Crows and Citizen Cope in 2015, followed by a month-long headline tour in the UK and Europe. This past summer/fall, the band embarked on a headlining tour across the US and Europe, including performances at Firefly Music Festival, WFPK “Live Lunch,”Audiotree, and Studio 10 Live. The independent act has achieved a significant amountof success since their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The Trainon Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry), gar-nering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and Ameri-can Songwriter, along with music placements in the worldwide trailer for the Michael Keaton film “The Founder,”the Willem Dafoe/Matt Dil-lon film “Bad Country,”Direct TV's "Kingdom," Showtime’ s “Shameless,”MTV’ s “Real World,” and an online ad campaign for Aber-crombie & Fitch. Following a Lou Reed tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a tribute tothe Velvet Under-ground’ s classic album Loaded, as a limited-edition vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets Loaded took on a life ofitsown, with airplay on influential radio stations, resulting in a full CD & digital release. The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and supporting such bands as The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless Bas-tards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and building animpressive fan base on both continents.
The National Reserve
The National Reserve
Most new music you’ll listen to this year is about innovating – putting something out that hasn’t been done before. But the National Reserve nails a different, paradoxical kind of innovation – one that finds an authentic new way to honor the bedrock of much of today’s music. And when you see it happening live, you see the sound of that foundation lending its power to the present with a straight face, dressed in a jean vest with a peace sign on the back, pouring out of a jovial long-haired man who somehow took the L train to the show from 1962.
Frank Viele
"Frank Viele sings with such urgency that it is as if his very soul hangs in the balance of every note. His ravaged, blue collar vocals convey a poignant desperation. But he's not a victim, he's a victor, an advocate for surviving, a champion to all who have sacrificed and struggled just to get by." (AXS.com)
Making "New Music With An Old Soul", Frank Viele may very well be the "everyman" of Singer/Songwriters.
A bourbon drinking, cartoon watching, blue-collar entrepreneur; his musical roots started on his grandmother's piano as a young child, developed as a teen tailgating with an acoustic guitar in the parking lots of Dave Matthews Band concerts, and blossomed on the road as a young adult performing in the East Coast Jam and Singer/Songwriter scenes.
Now with the 2015 release of his first full-length album, Fall Your Way, Viele has found himself singing his heart out on stages and radio stations across the country supporting a range of acts as eclectic as his song catalog.
At home on stage with nothing but a stool, glass of bourbon, and an acoustic guitar, or side by side with his power house band, Viele has found himself on stage with modern singer/songwriters such as Pat McGee, Ryan Montbleau, Gavin Degraw, and Tony Lucca, Jam and Rock oriented bands including Blues Traveler, Eric Lindell, Turkuaz, The London Souls, and Zach Myers of Shinedown, as well classic rock legends including The Marshal Tucker Band, Foreigner, Ambrosia, Bret Michaels, and Bob Marley's Wailers.
As a songwriter, on Fall Your Way, "Viele's true strength lies in letting you into his world with vivid storytelling. The tracks alternate seamlessly between jazzy versus more "nitty-gritty" blues while all staying relatable, through a constant theme of "romance gone wrong." (No Depression)
This stylistically eclectic use of instrumentation combined with his perspective as a story teller rooted in traditional folk and blues music finds him not only supporting amazing acts in the live arena, but also performing alongside some of the most talented musicians playing today — In fact, Fall Your Way finds artists the likes of blues guitar great Joe Bonamassa, jam guitar ace Tim Palmieri of Kung Fu, and saxophonist Bill Holloman of Chic, Elton John, and The E Street Band adding their talents to Viele' s music.
Consistently referring to his artistic endeavors as a true "journey" Viele's experience and dedication to the art of the live show and touring finds him on the road regularly performing over 150 shows a year earning him the title of The New England Music Award's 2014 "Live Act Of The Year".
But since the release of Fall Your Way on April 7th 2015, Viele has been gaining the support of critics too.
“Fall Your Way is an endearing mix of easy listening, jazz instruments and funk beats infused with foot-tapping guitar. After one listen, you will be singing along. Frank Viele truly entertains us with the crafting of each song into an enthralling story.” - No Depression
“Combining passionate, soulful, slightly raspy vocals with a HOT, brassy, funky, tight and raunchy backup, Frank Viele has come up with an album that makes you sit up right off the bat. With a good mix of upbeat, full on numbers and acoustic ballads, the 13 tracks are well crafted and sung not only from the heart, but with a whole lotta soul!” - Blues and Roots Music Blog
“Fall Your Way is a rock-solid classic rock album from beginning to finish. It heralds back to days when all you needed was a groovy song and a sunny day for everything to be alright with the world.” - Rust Magazine
“Viele's efforts is solid Americana pop songwriting. He's influenced but never copies jazz, power pop, old time country sounds while adding sharp vocals. If this is the direction of indie pop, I'm back on board.” - Ink 19
“Viele delivers a fresh take on rock, soul and blues, taking classic sounds and bolstering them with fiery guitars and smoky-room horns.” - Wilmington (NC) Star-News
“If Viele's promising solo debut Fall Your Way is any indication, he seems more than capable of setting himself apart from the pack.” - Pittsburgh In Tune
With 5-Star reviews of Fall Your Way, drawing comparisons to artists ranging from Bruce Springsteen, Don Henley, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, and Bill Withers to Jason Aldean, Bob Seger, and Ray Lamontagne, it's still the 2014 New England Music Awards' "Live Act of The Year", Frank Viele's live show that has been winning audiences over one stage at a time.
“When Viele pulled out the Ukulele, and plugged it in, there might have been divine intervention with Otis Redding whispering into Viele's ear and sitting next to him. That's how good they were, producing another one of those moments that sent chills down your back.” - Examiner.com
In an ever-changing, genre defying, musical climate, Viele has found a home on stages and in stereos across the country as an independent artist. Whether pulling at heart strings with an acoustic love song or bringing a crowd to their feet with his unique blend of soul, funk, and rock, the music of Frank Viele is simply a sound all his own... "New Music With An Old Soul" (Nashville Music News).
Venue Information:
254 Crown Street
New Haven, CT, 06511