KEY DREAMERS are comprised of Bob Spadafora and Chris Englert. Bob's background includes 17 years as the current lead guitarist for Street Wise, a Rochester based rock band. Chris, the bass player, was a front man for his own band called Oliver Blitz and provided the driving bass beat for SYNERGY, one of the most successful party bands in the Rochester, NY area. Together, they form the acoustic duo KEY DREAMERS performing songs from Tom Petty, Lumineers, Philip Philps, Jimmy Buffett, Neil Young, Black Keys etc. It’s a repertoire of songs you might be familiar with and some you are not.
Dave McGrath has been recording and performing for over 20 years. His self-titled debut CD was released in 2005 and more recently, "Songs of The Road", in 2008. Dave is currently working on his third CD, an acoustic banquet of old and new originals, along with a few obscure covers.
He performs several nights a week at clubs, colleges, festivals and private events. In addition to his dynamic originals, Dave demonstrates his vast range of covers ranging from rock, to pop and country. He expertly performs songs from artists such as John Mayer, Tom Petty, and Jason Mraz. He can also rock the house with favorites by The Eagles, Eric Clapton, Bob Segar, and The Rolling Stones. Dave also has a country streak, with songs by Keith Urban, Little Big Town, and Brad Paisley. Dave's diverse armory of cover songs and his polished originals appeal to a wide variety of audiences, from the old to the very young.
If you were around in the early 1970's, you may have been lucky enough to have witnessed the development of a new sub genre of American music that has been referred to as "Upstate NY Funk"; a gritty hot analog combination of soul and blues combined with dangerously good instrumental work and Motown inspired vocal harmonies. These elements are the hallmarks of the Upstate Funk style.
Players from Woodstock via NYC combined skills with the best musicians from Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse and Ithaca. Bands and individuals like Orleans, The Fabulous Rhinestones, Hot Sweets with Oliver Wiggins. Cal David, John Hall, and stalwarts like Harvey Brooks packed smoke filled college bars like the Red Creek in Rochester NY and the Salty Dog in Ithaca. Like the last remaining speakers of a rare indigenous language,The Rhythm Dogs have picked up the torch and captured the heart and soul of the Upstate Funk sound. People know authenticity when they hear it. Audiences are transported back to 1971~dancing,hollering and carrying on...you know...like we used to! The Rhythm Dogs~ The Music's Back.