Montello North is a 2 to 8 piece band, harmony-driven with an acoustic soulful sound. Their original music is overflowing with fierce authenticity and a passion for storytelling, but somebody's gotta pay the bills.... Cover song selections span from 1920's jazz to today's hits with a unique take that makes the old feel new.
// lead vocals, percussion
Lisa has been singing and writing all her years. She was born and raised listening to the life-changing records of Aretha Franklin, Cat Stevens, Simon and Garfunkel, Prince, Beatles, Tracy Chapman, Whitney Houston... Later finding comfort in her teenage angst years, and then adulthood wearing out cassettes/cds of Ani DiFranco, Alanis Morissette, Dr Dre, Snoop, Pearl Jam... far too many to mention. Music is in Lisa's bones - It surrounds her. Writing and singing songs is when her spirit is at rest. Music makes all the moments that create the journey -worth- all the moments that create the journey. Oh, and she's a pretty badass egg-shaker, just sayin'.
NICOLE MARIE GARCIA
// vocals, guitar
Nicole has been a singer-songwriter guitarist for the past 30+ years. She grew up in a musical family heavily influenced by 80's rock and 70's easy listening/folk music. Early on, music became a source of expression and safety for her; the place she could go to express her experiences and feelings unapologetically to herself and others. Music became not just an act of making sounds but a way to journey her way through life. Nicole favors the music of the Roaring 20's, funky jams, and acoustic heartfelt tunes.
// keyboards, synth, percussion, vocals
Dave has been a musician for three decades. Born into a family of musicians, he developed an ear for melody, harmony and rhythm very young, learning piano and later drums/percussion. Over the years, he has performed in settings ranging from classical and jazz, to ska and funk. Favorite artists include The Beatles, The Who, The Doors, Elton John, Billy Joel, Sam Cooke, Beck, The Wood Brothers, Sara Bareilles, Portugal. The Man, Mutemath, Snarky Puppy, Soulive, Noah Gundersen, Lake Street Dive, and The Lesson GK.
// drums, vocals
Brian has been playing drums and percussion since 1995. He was greatly influenced by his teachers Marc Roscoe, Josh Herbeck, Rob Martin and Doug Kelley. Playing with countless bands and ensembles since 1996, he enjoys incorporating sounds from Latin to Funk, Jazz to Punk into one steady groove. He also enjoys playing guitar, piano and singing harmony.
JULIA ("JULES") L'ESPERANCE
// djembe, guitar, piano, vocals
Coming from a musical family and background, Julia began playing piano at age 7, and percussion at 14. She plays djembe with inspiration from her West African drumming group, and plays some guitar in her free time. Musical inspirations are Andrew McMahon, Mae, The Fray and her father, Joe L'Esperance. Julia enjoys making friendship bracelets, surfing and singing harmonies with Montello North.
// guitar, banjo, percussion, vocals
Jason is a multi instrumentalist (guitar/banjo/percussion/vocals) with a love for a variety of music and an affinity for soulful vocals and a deep groove. Jason is active playing with their bands The Fancy Bassetts, The Birdstreet Ramblers, Nectar, as well as happily sitting in with friends projects. You can typically find Jason anywhere on the East Coast that has a good bluegrass jam, is dog friendly and good people congregate.
Kristy first fell in love with the cello at an instrument demo assembly in the 4th grade. From hearing the first notes of the Jeopardy theme song plucked on the cello, she was hooked. In high school, Kristy decided to start branching out from the more traditional classical music path she was on and began experimenting with amplification along with guitar effects pedals for the cello. (Thank you, Rasputina!) Since then, the cello has not only given her the opportunity to meet many of her music heroes, but also create music with some of the most amazing folks on this planet (like Montello North). When listening to her favorite jams, Kristy's list includes mostly female-fronted punk/rock groups, experimental avant-garde jazz/world music, Klezmer, 80's pop and the positivity of Lizzo.
// vocals, keyboards, guitar, harmonica
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