Musical Director Jay Collins
Master horn player, vocalist and arranger extraordinaire. Has worked with Gregg Allman, Levon Helm, Donald Fagen, Boz Scaggs, Michael McDonald and the Allman Brothers Band.
Rock jam director Peter Dougan studied guitar at Ithaca College and Berklee School of Music. He is widely known for his unique left-handed guitar playing. He is currently working on a record with his group the Mateo Dougan Band and also runs the music program at Woodstock Day School.
Bruce has played and recorded with many of the leading names in blues and roots music, appearing on over 70 albums with artists such as Ronnie Earl, John Hammond, Delbert McClinton, Gregg Allman, Duke Robillard, Joe Louis Walker, Maria Muldaur, Jimmy Witherspoon and David “Fathead” Newman. He is a four-time nominee for the Blues Music Award for “Pinetop Perkins Piano Player of the Year” and was a member of the Gregg Allman Band from 2007-2013.
Kyle is the genre-hopping bassist and guitarist in a number of Huson Valley projects – Connor Kennedy Band, Mambo Kikongo, Rethink Pink, Naked and TN3 to name just a few. As a member of the Meg Johnson Band, Kyle co-wrote and recorded a signature blend of Americana-infused rock.
In 1990, Randy joined a little group (!) called The Band, singing harmony and playing drums. In later years he joined the Jim Weider Band and continues to play occasionally with Weider’s Percolator band. A mainstay of the Woodstock music scene since 1981, he has played with more leading musicians over the years than we have space to name.
June Special Guest Connor Kennedy
Connor has performed with Amy Helm, daughter of the late Levon Helm; Bill Payne of Little Feat and Kate Pierson of the B-52’s. You may have seen Kennedy performing in the region with drummer Lee Falco and keyboard player Will Bryant of Marlboro, and bass player Brandon Morrison of Rosendale. Most recently Connor has been on tour with Donald Fagen as a member of Steely Dan.
Manuel Quintana (percussion)
Manuel Quintana is an in-demand drummer and percussionist based here in the Hudson Valley. Originally from Puerto Rico, his work ranges from acoustic minimalist to electronica and noise, from roots rock to Afro-Cuban and everything in between – blending styles and adding his own sound. Performing with Robbie Dupree since 2003 and appearing on several of Robbie’s albums, Manuel digs into his love of RnB’s tight pocket and smooth sound.
Aaron Lieberman (guitar, vocals)
Aaron is a tremendous guitar player, musically rich and soulful vocalist and newest member of the Bruce Katz Band. Aaron was a founding member, guitarist and singer for God Street Wine and has played with Bob Weir, Phil Lesh and many others of his 30-year span as a professional musician.
July Special Guest Lara Hope (vocals)
Winner of the 2017 Ameripolitan Music Award for Best Female Rockabilly Artist, Lara Hope and her band, the Ark-Tones are New York’s premier roots rock n’roll, rockabilly, rhythm and blues oufit. Lara Hope and the Ark-Tones were named the “Best Up-And-Coming Band” by Hudson Valley Magazine and have released two full length albums. They spent most of 2018 on the road, both in Europe and the US, and had the pleasure of touring with The Brian Setzer Orchestra and regional tours with The Blasters and the Reverent Horton Heat. Lara got her start in musical theater at a young age and began writing original songs in high school. After honing her skills at open mic nights, Lara formed her first band in 2004 and has been hooked on rock n’ roll ever since.
Jeremy Baum (keyboards)
Inducted into the New York Blues Hall of Fame in 2014, Jeremy’s music is rooted in the blues and funky soul-jazz sounds of the late 1960s. In addition to two albums released under his own name, Jeremy has also been a successful sideman, touring or recording with Shemekia Copeland, Levon Helm, John Hammond Jr., The Official Blues Brothers Revue, Melvin Sparks, Chris O’ Leary and many more (including the Bruce Springsteen approved tribute band Bruce in the USA).