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Rich Nelson Band

March 15 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm


The Rich Nelson Band will be performing material from Nelson’s debut solo record “Ever Since Now” on Friday, March 15th. Guitarist, singer, songwriter (and sought-after portrait and landscape painter) Nelson relocated to the area from his hometown of Detroit in 2004. After writing and recording “Ever Since Now” on his own, Nelson put together the final mixes with the guidance of studio ace Robert George of Sound Temple Studios, and Robert mastered the project. They were so enthusiastic about the result they decided to form a band to play live, with George on drums. Quickly recruiting keyboard player Bob Bencze, Tim McCall on guitar and Steve Cohen on bass – all players with long lists of credits on their own – the band started making videos and polishing their set, while the songs started getting airplay on WNCW. It was time to headline a show.

“We wanted the chance to show off all of our hard work in a real performance atmosphere, and Isis was the obvious venue. The sound there is terrific, the audience is there to focus on the show, and to top it off, the food is great too,” explains Nelson. The band’s material and their approach as musicians is very much grounded in 1970s rock. You can hear echoes of artists like early Queen, Mott the Hoople and David Bowie in Nelson’s writing and in the band’s playing. “This is just what we all do,” Nelson says, “but fortunately all of that stuff seems to be on folk’s radar these days.”

Not wanting to get too stuck in their own age group, they were excited to discover local singer/songwriter AnnaBeth Berry’s work and invited her to play the opening set. AnnaBeth has been writing music since she was a little girl, though her experience with composing has been a unique one.

AnnaBeth was born significantly hard of hearing, but saw her raw talent in understanding music as a blessing and a deeper way of connecting with the world. She has sung for large companies and recording studios such as Disney, but is more excited to finally begin a journey to producing albums full of her own songs. Quiet Rooms is only the beginning to what she hopes will become a life-long project and artistic outlet. She is excited to share a small portion of her passionate and growing soul with her listeners. AnnaBeth believes that there is a powerful connection that can be made between a writer and those who receive the writing, and can only hope that her words provoke thought and heartfelt connection with those receiving.

You can hear the music on or on iTunes, Spotify, etc, and watch the band’s videos onYouTube, but don’t miss this live show on March 15th.


March 15
9:00 pm - 11:00 pm