Doors Open at 7:00pm Show Starts at 8:00pm
Bronson Rock; w/ Phantom Pluckers with Brian Torff • Bronson Rock plays originals and cool covers from long ago. Fronted by Buzz Gordo, (Big Bad Johns, Gone Native), the band plays a bunch of Gordo originals as well as a host of cool, danceable covers of obscure soul, rockabilly and garage rock classics. • Bassist, vocalist and composer Brian Torff leads Phantom Pluckers using his extensive jazz background to craft tight arrangements for vocals, guitar, saxophone, bass and drums. They have played numerous shows in the Northeast, recorded two EPs and released live performance material on YouTube. Its tightly scored sound incorporates blues, rock, world music and jazz styles. • Since Brian Torff and Buzz Gordo are now next door neighbors, this show will have them battling over which is "best band on the block."
The Westport Arts Festival presents its first blues-rock festival with a double bill of two powerful bands. The Renovators, whose recordings can be heard world-wide, combine excellent songwriting with a distinct sense of humor. Phantom Pluckers are led by Brian Torff and combine a rock-blues-jazz sensibility with original material. Torff leads a band of twenty-somethings in a collaboration that is fresh, vibrant and rocking.
Bio: Phantom Pluckers is a dynamic four-piece rock band that combines fresh, original songwriting with high musicianship. Bassist, vocalist and composer Brian Torff leads Phantom Pluckers using his extensive jazz background to craft tight arrangements for vocals, guitar, saxophone, bass and drums. For...See Full Bio
“The Westport Arts Center gets the blues this weekend when it presents its first-ever Westport Arts Center Blues Festival. Two bands, the Phantom Pluckers and The Renovators, perform..."The band is growing and evolving, and it has been a joy," said Torff, who is also professor of music at Fairfield University. "The other band members, Jamie Debicella on guitar and Jon Rivers on drums, were former students of mine at Fairfield University. Last summer we added Steven Salcedo on tenor and baritone saxes. He went to McGill University with my son Jarryd, who is also a musician. I do all the writing, and I work at it constantly, as all of our material is original and tightly scored. The gigs are coming in, and we are trying to play and grow as much as we can. I still have an active jazz career which I love, but this is like Bob Dylan's 'Bringing It All Back Home' for me. I am returning to my musical blues-rock roots. But I'd like to think I know a little more now than when I was 17 years old.”