The Downtown Shimmy
The Downtown Shimmy grows from the roots of American music and the offshoots that followed. Like their inspiration Ray Charles, the band sews threads of folk, blues, soul, gospel, R&B, funk, and rock into tight driving grooves. They're carved by a powerhouse quintet with Josh Fialkoff on piano/vocals, Frank Velardo on guitar, Alex Maio on drums, Matt Keppler on bass, and Ansel Barnum on harmonica. Each a commanding instrumentalist, together they create arrangements charged in dynamics and melodic excitement. It's an energy that has become renowned on the national dance scene where The Downtown Shimmy is known for igniting the dance floor. They've gotten feet kicking from Denver to D.C., Memphis to Nashville, Albany to Cincinnati, Pittsburgh to Philadelphia, their hometown. Whether for dancers on the floor or wallflowers on the side, the music gets everyone's toes tapping.