What do you get when you mix a spunky NYC cabaret singer with a burning '60s rock band? Well, it ain't cabaret!
Power house vocalist Lisa Gordon treats audiences to authentic renditions of Grace Slick, the torch of Dusty Springfield & Joplin, the soul & funk of Amy Winehouse, Aretha & Gladys and so much more. Looking for Beatles, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Neil Young, Chuck Berry, Johnny Cash? Burning guitarist extraordinaire Rob Piorkowski, smooth bassist Joe Montarello, hot percussionist Johnny Easy and sizzling jazz keyboardist Peter Iselin blend their instrumental and vocal talents with harmonies and grooves creating the DIRTY BOY sound that will leave you wanting more!
|John "Johnny Easy" Emmett- Drums/Vocals John’s had a full career as a drummer, performing with multiple bands throughout the Northeast & Canada. He's proud to have had the privilege of playing with "The Platters". While working with the "Joe Michele Jazz Quintet", John has played with Dick Kniss (Peter,Paul & Mary) Joel O'brien (James Taylor) & many more renowned musicians along the way. John has shared the stage with master musicians from BB king to Root Boy Slim & the Sex Change Band. Most recently, he joined a project with original artist & producer Sandy McKnight. John's collection of vintage drums is legendary among the percussion community near and far. Consequently, he's had the opportunity to meet & “talk drums” with many celebrated drummers of the Capital District, such as Levon Helm, Bun E.Carlos & Bobby Rondinelli. John enjoys playing with the current line up, describing Diva and the Dirty Boys as “Always fun, not only because of the musicianship, but because of the great friendship we share as well.”||Lisa Gordon- Vocals/Harmonica/Percussion* An alumni of Manhattan School of Music, Lisa began in musical theater and her own musical review in NYC. Before moving back to the Albany area, she enjoyed a 5 year run starring in an original production, “Bourbon Street Naughties”, by Composer Fred Palmisano; featured at famous NYC cabarets: The Duplex, Don’t Tell Mama’s and more. Lisa has recorded the original works of local and NYC composers in pop, country, rock and musical theater genres. She recently joined Urban Gumbo, for a reunion of this local legend rock band and recorded their CD "Hard Times for Love". For the past 10 years her calendar has been packed with “Diva & the Dirty Boys” gigs. Her most recent compositions, such as the sultry blues "Skype Me Baby", have become one of the groups favorite fan requests!||Rob Piorkowski – guitar, vocals. Rob began his musical career playing and singing in the streets, clubs, and restaurants in southern France. In an acoustic duo, he cut his teeth with songs by Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Young, and assorted country/blues tunes. Once stateside and settled in the Capital District, Rob began playing with City Lights, an established rockin’ R&B group. After one original album, this band became Urban Gumbo, whose album (11 stories) won critical acclaim both locally and nationally. With those projects, and now Diva ... Rob has been fortunate to play some great stages ranging from The Troy Savings Bank Music Hall to the infamous Manny's Car Wash in NYC.||Peter Iselin- Keys/Vocals. Peter studied with renowned jazz pianist Lee Shaw and the late legendary jazz saxophonist Nick Brignola, followed by undergraduate studies in music composition at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. He was co-leader of the ‘70s-era “horn band” Back Bay Brew, which brought raucous funk music to clubs up and down the East Coast. A lifelong entrepreneur, in 1978 Peter founded the Albany, N.Y.-area alternative newsweekly Metroland, sold it in 1995 and moved to L.A., where he lived for 13 years while working as an entertainment executive. Family concerns brought Peter back east in 2008, and though he had little interest in playing live again, the irresistible charms of Diva and the Dirty Boys brought Peter kicking and screaming out of semi-retirement.||Joe Monterello- Bass/Vocals ...|