Elise Testone brings a night of blues, funk and neo-soul to The Acoustic with her all original music. Kicking the night off we have local blues/soul/rock band Tracy Jo and The Toads for back to back sets of music that will get you moving and grooving.
Elise is backed by a killer lineup of jam scene all-stars:
Todd Stoops (Raq) - Keys
Sami Stevens - Background Vocals
Brad Williams - Guitar
Jed Lingat (Timothy Bloom) - Bass
Eric Kalb (deep banana blackout) - Drums
A powerhouse vocalist whose incredible stage presence and vocal maturity rank with the best, Elise Testone is the perfect combination of soul, rock, attitude and restraint. Equally as impressive and at ease belting James Brown style vocals over a relentless funk groove as she is resting her voice gently over a ballad, Testone’s range of influences and vocal capacity know few limits. Her first original album,
In This Life, released last year received rave reviews, celebrating her ability to “wail the blues, rock like a bitch and purr sexily” (Goldmine Magazine). Growing up in New Jersey with a father who collected juke boxes, Testone knew she was a singer even as a young girl. Exposed to music that ranged from Motown and the Beatles to Queen and, later, Nirvana, she began studying privately at the age of 5, excelling and performing publicly at local coffeehouses through her teens. Eventually graduating from Coastal Carolina University with a Vocal Performance degree, Testone came of age as a professional performer and private educator in Charleston, SC, becoming one of the most seasoned and well respected musicians in town. At the age of 27 she was approached by a scout from television reality show American Idol and decided to use the opportunity (urged on especially by her students) as a stepping stone to propel her career, ultimately becoming a finalist on the hit show.
In the wake of her appearance on American Idol, Testone has toured extensively and has appeared on such popular TV programs as The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, Live with Kelly, Access Hollywood, Good Day New York, Good Morning America and others. While she enjoyed her time on Idol, Testone is excited to bring her own unique brand of music to the world, a brand that owes more to artists like Ella Fitzgerald, Led Zeppelin, Janis Joplin, James Brown and Sam Cooke than to today’s hit-makers. She has opened for B.B. King, Snoop Dogg, Sister Sparrow and The Dirty Birds, and Dumpstaphunk, to name a few. Her album, In This Life, featuring 10 original tunes, most of which were written or co-written by her, marks the beginning of what has been and will be an extraordinary journey for her as an artist and for her fans. In a world full of vocalists who seem to be acting, Elise Testone’s performance is anything but that. Her heart more exposed with every note, it’s not uncommon to find her on her knees and out of breath at the end of a hard-driving soul tune – all in service of the music.
Tracy Jo & The Toads
After living and studying music in New Orleans, performing with members of The Grateful Dead, The Disco Biscuits, Jen Durkin, and many more; Tracy Jo got together with former MOJO bandmate, Jon Kamal, to form a new group featuring the singer in the northeast.
Tracy Jo & The Toads is a blend of blues and gritty soul brought together as true rock n' roll. With a clear roots rock influence, the band is led by a young, vocal powerhouse. Each member of this close-knit group of musicians brings their own professional and developed sound to the stage.
With rich harmonies and songs reminiscent of Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Alabama Shakes, and early Etta James; Tracy Jo and the Toads bring energy and new life to a classic sound. If you're a fan of rock n' roll, you're already a fan of the toads.
The Band is:
Tracy Recalde - Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Jon Kamal - Electric Guitar
Tim Burke - Bass
Nick Yost - Keys