Hailing from the vibrant music scene of Long Island, New York, Blue Velvo is a band that has captured the hearts of audiences with their unique and infectious blend of retro soul, surf, rockabilly, and jump blues. Led by the charismatic and talented Guy Valic on guitar, Stefano Giudici on drums, and Phill Avanzato on bass, Blue Velvo delivers a guitar-oriented sound that leaves audiences mesmerized.
Guy Valic, a masterful guitar virtuoso has played with many national touring bands, teamed up with Stefano Guidici, a powerhouse drummer with impeccable timing recently touring with Popa Chubby, and Phill Avanzato, a grooving bass player with an infectious stage presence who has played on the Long Island Music Scene for over 40 years. Together, they discovered a special chemistry that laid the foundation for Blue Velvo's distinctive sound. Drawing inspiration from the golden eras of soul, surf, rockabilly, and jump blues, Blue Velvo pays homage to the classics while infusing their music with a fresh and contemporary twist.
Beyond their musical prowess, the band members' camaraderie is evident on and off the stage. Their tight-knit bond translates into seamless harmonies and electrifying performances that resonate with both longtime fans and newcomers alike. Blue Velvo's live shows are known for their contagious energy, leaving audiences yearning for more.
In the vast ocean of music, Blue Velvo defies genre boundaries and embraces musical experimentation. With their unparalleled talent and magnetic charm, Blue Velvo continues to make waves in the music world, enchanting audiences one song at a time.
The Old Roslyn address 19 Bryant Avenue resonates with musical legend and history. Originally a country-western bar owned by Jay Lenihan, the place was bought by partners Michael “Eppy” Epstein and his cousin Richie Hersh in 1971. After teaming up with local radio station WLIR-FM, My Father’s Place—affectionately known as MFP—quickly became a hotbed for concerts and concert broadcasts. MFP presented Billy Joel’s first show after the release of his debut solo LP Cold Spring Harbor and Bruce Springsteen’s first show out of New Jersey, along with seminal radio concerts (including a classic by Lowell George and Little Feat in 1974). The venue kept live performance vital when the rest of Long Island—and perhaps the country—was discoing the night away. Besides reggae, punk music found a place to grow. Unlike most other clubs that highlighted one genre or one particular era of music, the variety of My Father's Place was possibly its most important trait. The club debuted in America most of reggae's biggest stars, helping to make the genre mainstream. Along with CBGB and Max's Kansas City, My Father's Place was a nurturing ground for young punk and new wave acts like The Runaways, The Ramones, Blondie, The Police, and Talking Heads. Country, bluegrass, and blues artists like Charlie Daniels, Linda Ronstadt, and Stevie Ray Vaughan performed early in their careers, while artists like James Brown, B.B. King, Johnny Winter and Bo Diddley played in the twilight of theirs.. My Father’s Place closed on May 3, 1987, with a blowout performance by the funk rock band Tower of Power, and an era came to an end. Today, the club lives on in the works of the many artists—now legends—who first performed on its stage and in the memories of those fortunate to have been a part of it all.