Let’s Hear It for Connecticut’s Hottest Party Band FREEPLAY!

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Blending high energy rock, and funk, FREEPLAY’s grown into a popular band that raises their audience in a “get up and dance” at every performance. While enjoying their song selection along with interacting with their audience, it is a fact while dancing on the floor; you may just see yourself dancing close to one of the band members. FREEPLAY not only blends their performances of music from all genres, they are also currently working on the production of their own songs.

Introducing the FREEPLAY Band Members:

Ed Merola, famed by his distinctive black hat, is the base to base walk, steaming in with the blend of tunes, his forte in base tone takes on the stage, strings the base at the beat of his feet. Once that hat is on, there is a no stopping, walking foot base and vocals.

Jim Pino at the sax, and vocals, he also takes on that harmonic tone as well. He is the creation of loud sounding, using his moves with sax appeal. On solo, he overlaps jazz to rock, rhythm and blues, joining the base of base in Ed's walking base tones.

Skip Swift is the shaker of lips and feet, mixing rhythm and blues with his guitar and vocals, as he moves like the famous “Blues Brothers”. Skip jumps in with his guitar and vocals, shifting walls and bouncing floors, joining in with Jim hen Jim powers his sax or harmonica,.

Joe Podsiadlo takes his guitar and vocals from is own natural
"pod-cast" to the past, sounding like the legend “Johnny Cash” in guitar. He brings the country soul into the blend of the band, using classic and original rock. Tuning up the notch he delivers his casting classics with Skip's rhythm and blues.

Jordan Giangreco branches in with electric energy behind the keyboard, shouting his vocals mixing in with the band. His free playing style stems from his fingers to his elbows, bopping to his own “Give me Some Lovin” classic while styling a Led Zep mold of his own, mixing the branch with Joe.

All of this in a blending machine sound, follows by a stickler with sticks on drums “Rambo” as he takes the beat to the next level where he can move the sticks as though they are playing fast on percussion and brick walls. Percussion at its best, "hand held in sticks" is the secret weapon of Rambo.

The classic performance of FREEPLAY is the magic of the auto combination in performance from all members of this band. Where one follows the other without skipping a beat, they have a style that is a perfection of their own, getting a grove on which makes their performances too valuable, their audience seems to want to take them home. They are Connecticut’s Hottest and Best Playing Band where they also seem to perform at a level where suddenly it feels like their music selections and performance magically lifts you off your feet through their blasting music performing style.

FREEPLAY also has passion in a charitable cause for Breast Cancer. They will be hosting and performing on August 28th, rain or shine, at Westbrook Elks Club from 1:00 pm to 10:00 pm to benefit the Yale New Haven Breast Center at Smilow Hospital. 2010 marks the 2nd Annual Beach Jam for Breast Cancer. Purchasing tickets in advance includes Admission, event T-Shirt and Lunch. Children under 12 get in for FREE! There will be Food and Beverages at this performance for purchase as well.

For more information or to purchase your tickets, visit: www.BreastCancerBeachJam.com

Below is currently in the books where FREEPLAY will be peforming.
For booking information call 1-860-663-2502 or email skipswift11@yahoo.com.

Aug 6 2010 8:00P The Back Porch Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Aug 7 2010 7:00P Orange Carnival Orange, Ct
Aug 21 2010 9:00P Wedding Branford, Connecticut
Aug 22 2010 TBD Wedding Westbrook, Connecticut
Aug 28 2010 12:00P Breast Cancer Benefit Westbrook, Connecticut
Sept 4 2010 8:00P The Back Porch Old Saybrook, Connecticut
Sep 25 2010 Wedding Monroe, Connecticut
Oct 2 2010 Jake's Wallingford, Connecticut
Oct 16 2010 Daniel St Milford, Connecticut
Dec 11 2010 Private Christmas Party Old Lyme, Connecticut
Dec 18 2010 Daniel St Milford, Connecticut

Visit FREEPLAY on the web at www.FreeplayTheBand.com