2015 Performers

The musicians who will be performing for Mardi Gras for a Cause are listed below.  Check back to see the locations and times they will be performing.

 Al Muller

Al Muller is a highly sought-after percussionist with a truly innovative style. Al has played with many bands in his career and is accomplished with a wide variety of drums/percussion.

Bendy Effect

Bendy Effect

Performing some of the best Rock, Funk, Punk Jazz and Blues anywhere, the Bendy Effect always leaves their audiences buzzing.

Band members:

John Bendy (Guitar, Vox)
Mike Bendy (Bass)
Michael Purcell (Keys)
Kenrick A. McBean (Drums)



Catbird is the musical duo Keith Newman (12-string guitar) and Lynn Reno (electric violin & fiddle). They cover a wide array of classic rock artists, from Crosby Stills and Nash to Bob Dylan and the Grateful Dead, from Beatles to Pink Floyd. Catbird has been performing around the Hudson Valley since last year, including the Bethel Woods Harvest Festival, Robibero Family Vineyards, the Bashakill Winery and Aroma Thyme Bistro.

Deborah Anne Fisher


An accomplished singer/songwriter, Debbie performs throughout the Hudson Valley delighting audiences.  She does unique covers of popular Blues and Rock classics, and has an impressive portfolio of original music.

Delaynie Cusick


Delaynie is a wonderful performer who does superb covers of Joni Mitchell, Lucinda Williams and Emmy Lou Harris, just to name a few, delivering these songs in her own unique way.

E’lissa Jones Band

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E’lissa Jones is a prolific singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the Hudson Valley area in New York. E’lissa currently tours the area with her band capturing audiences with her lively performances, catchy melodies, and ripping violin solos. She has released 5 CD’s, toured with legends, and is currently working on the release of her new CD. The musical stylings of the E’lissa Jones band ranges from folk to rock to re-invented popular covers. The E’lissa Jones Band has been together for almost 7 years performing in the tristate area. For more information please visit www.elissajones.com.

Band members:

E’lissa Jones~ Vocals, Violin, Guitar
Mark McNutt~ Guitar
Max Aronov~ Bass
Michael Hickey~ Drums/Vocals

Frank Sorino


Frank Sorino is a musician who specializes in classic and progressive rock covers. Known for his ability to take on almost any song request, each show is unique and entertaining.  Lovingly known as F-Bomb.

Gayle Donnelly and the Mystery Box

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Gayle Donnelly created the Mystery Box in late 2013, choosing a small handful of great local musicians to accompany her on her own Eclectic Blend of Colorful Covers and Aura-Genic Originals.

Band members:
Gayle Donnelly – keyboard, vocal
Matt Gould – guitar
Jimmy Brogan – bass guitar
Gregg Piller – drums, backing vocal

Gene Focarelli

Gene Focarelli

Gene is a local acoustic performer who consistently delights audiences with his renditions of rock classics.

“My girls and wife are #1. Sometimes they think i’m #2. lol I love to perform and write music.”
~Gene Focarelli

The Jeremy Langdale Band

Jeremy Langdale

Jeremy Langdale and the Band have been playing throughout the Hudson Valley with a fine tuned, tried and true selection of classic blues, funk and R&B. Come on down and get a taste of our earth-quakin’, bootie shakin’, baby makin’ no prisoners taken kinda’ groove!

Band members:

Jeremy “Big Soda” Langdale – Guitar and Vocals
Sammy Jazz Goldstein – Drums
Sam Smith- Bass

Jim Elwell

Jim Elwell

Jim has been hosting the Caffe a la Mode Open Mic weekly for the past eleven years.

“I consider my people to be family”
~Jim Elwell

Joe Frazita

Engineer by day…
ROCK STAR by night!!!

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Marty Koppel 

Marty Koppel

Marty Koppel is a Singer Songwriter who plays pretty much in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. Sometimes in Nashville.


New Orleans Jazz Quartet

The New Orleans Jazz Quartet are Cool Cats … Their Hip, Their Hot, and Their music is a language, sometimes intimate, often boisterous, but always layered with experience and life profoundly lived.

The Musicians:

Frank Petrocelli – Saxes
Dan Chester – Trombone
Lew Scott – Bass
David Crone – Piano


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Orange County, New York’s premier cover band.  We play an eclectic mix of classic and contemporary rock, pop, and indie.  A sampling of their repertoire includes Jimi Hendrix, The Band, Santana, Eric Clapton, Steely Dan, Robert Palmer, Fine Young Cannibals, Maroon 5, Cars, Beatles, Traffic, Eagles and John Mayer.

Paul Binotto

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Paul’s work has spanned the globe including six Broadway shows, off-Broadway, international performances, recordings, commercials and a command performance at the White House.

Peter Cotsis

Peter Cotsis

Peter Cotsis performs an eclectic range of pop/rock songs acoustic and electric from the 70s through today along with his own original music.

Petty Young Dylan Band

Petty Young Dylans

The Petty Young Dylan Band are a classic rock band, playing the best of 60’s and 70’s rock and roll. All of the musicians are from Warwick and enjoy bringing fun and music to our local area!!

Some of the songs they love to play are:  All Along the Watchtower – Dylan, Cinnamon Girl – Young, Honky Tonk Woman – Stones, Rocking in the free world – Young, Stop Draggin my heart around – Petty, What I like about you – Romantics, White Wedding – Billy Idol and Riders on the Storm – Doors.

Steve Vecchiotti

Steve Vecchiotti

Steve Vecchiotti is an accomplished singer/guitarist who has been entertaining audiences in the Warwick Valley area for many years with a combination of fingerpicking and flatpicking that are sure to entertain. Steve will be performing a variety of Bluegrass, Americana, Blues and originals.