THE PATTI SPADARO BAND plays bluesy, jammy rock with wailing female lead guitar. The band weaves organic grooves with catchy tunes and spur-of-the moment jamming. Originals, plus rock, blues and jam-rock favorites make for a fun and unique night of music. "I like to combine improvisation with good solid song writing" says Patti. "I love to get people up and dancing. Music can open minds and inspire, it can bring people together, even expand consciousness and make a difference in the world. It's also a whole lot of fun."
The band's latest CD "Bringing Me Back" is receiving airplay on radio stations around the globe and internet, including Pittsburgh area stations WYEP and WNJR. Hear it on Spotify, Jango, itunes and many favorite listening places. The CD features impressive musicianship and songs that reach deep. Songs about discovering what matters most. Standing up and living life from that place. A place of integrity and love; freedom, joy and passion.
WOMEN ON TOP - add Jill Simmons and Andrea Pearl's powerhouse lead vocals and beautiful harmonies to the mix, for a truly unique musical experience. See our Women On Top page for video and photos.
PITTSBURGH WOMEN OF THE BLUES, fronted by 4 or 5 of Pittsburgh's top female blues vocalists, and featuring Patti on ripping lead guitar. See our Women of the Blues page for info and pictures.
GUITARS & VOCALS - "Shimmering" is how Relix Magazine describes PATTI SPADARO's playing. Patti has recorded and released several CDs and performed all over the country. She's a creative, passionate lead guitarist with a unique singing and songwriting style. Based in the Pittsburgh PA area, Patti plays often with her band, and with other performers. She worked full-time as a musician in Los Angeles and toured up and down the west coast, playing from San Deigo to Seattle. Patti also owns a yoga studio and teaches yoga classes. Her yoga practice has added to her music, she enjoys playing from a very present and centered space.
DRUMS & vocals - ERIC KURTZROCK holds down the groove and adds unique rhythms and harmonies to the band. Eric has performed and recorded with many musicians, including Chipito Ayeres (Santana) and Eddie Henderson (Head Hunters, Herbie Hancock). Other drummers we've worked with: JANELLE BURDELL. She's worked on many projects with many bands, including touring Broadway shows and with Grateful Dead drummer MICKEY HART, doing sound design for Planet Drum and The Other Ones. JIM DONOVAN also plays on the "Bringing Me Back" CD. Jim was the drummer for the multi-platinum band RUSTED ROOT from 1990-2005. .
BASS & vocals - STEVE "pUNK" CUNNINGHAM (One Gig at a Time, Sandoz, Eleanor Walrus) brings his thumping, jamming, bass to the mix. He creates a synergy on-stage, and take the jams in creative and fresh directions. MATT McCLINTOCK has also gigged and recorded with the band.
KEYS - MIKE TONY - is best know for his many years playing with Pittsburgh jamband theCAUSE. Other keys: Jeff Rosenthal and Skip Sanders (The Clarks, Bill Deasy).
Patti Spadaro plays all over western PA and beyond. Moondogs, Hartwood Acres, Pittsburgh Light Up Night, Club Cafe, Jergels, The Rex Theater, The Hard Rock Cafe, The Thunderbird, the Pittsburgh Blues Festival, Carnegie Music Hall, WYEP, WNJR, WDVE, Flagstaff Hill at Schenley Park, Frankie's, P.D.’s Pub, Cefalo’s, Westmoreland Arts & Heritage Festival, Hollywood Gardens, Wooley Bully's, Pittsburgh's Hometown Music Festival, Kopper Kettle, Sri Yantra Yoga Studio, pUNKapalooza Jamband Festival, The Hop House, Southside Works, are just some of the area spots Patti performs.
"The Grateful Dead, the Dave Matthew's Band, and Tedeschi/Trucks are big influences", says Patti, "but I love all kinds of stuff. John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Phish, Little Feat, Michael Franti, Bob Marley, The Allman Brothers, Bonnie Raitt, Jimi Hendrix, Natalie Merchant, the Beatles and many more."
Patti Spadaro performs with plenty of Pittsburgh favorites. In addition to the Patti Spadaro Band, Pittsburgh Women of the Blues, & Women On Top, Patti has also performed and/or recorded with T. Mitchel Bell, theCAUSE, Tom Breiding, Bill Toms, Cherylann Hawk, Sandoz, Jill West & Blues Attack, Danny Gochnour & Joffo Simmons (of Joe Grushecky & the Houserockers), Ms. Freddye, Nelson Harrison, The Sweaty Betty Blues Band, Women's Jazz Orchestra, One Gig at a Time, Rusty Haywackers, Cheryl Rinovato, Bryan Fazio, Wil E Tri and Craig King. Patti has been the opening act for many artists, including Melvin seals and JGB, Eddie Van Halen, Little Feat, Kelly Richey Band, Juggling Suns and more.
L.A. and HISTORY
For several years Patti was the lead guitarist for the ZOOKEEPERS. They recorded two CDs together, played many shows in LA, and toured the western U.S. extensively. The Zookeepers were named one of L.A.'s best bands by Fox-TV, and performed on several local TV shows. Both of their CDs received airplay all over the west coast. While living in California, Patti put together a benefit concert for Free Arts for Abused Children at the El Rey Theatre in Los Angeles. Rock legends Little Feat headlined the concert, with Patti & her band opening the show. Patti has also recorded and performed in Los Angeles with singer/songwriter and award winning commercial producer Sherby, and singer/songwriter Roger Len Smith. She recorded her first CD and toured the southwestern US with the Mystrals. Patti started playing at age 11, and has been performing since age 13. She is a graduate of Musician's Institue in Hollywood, where she studied with world renown jazz/fusion guitarist Scott Henderson of Chick Corea's band, and blues/roots-rock guitarist Keith Wyatt of the Blasters. She has also worked as a guitar teacher and session musician.