Funk 'n Waffles Presents
Dirty Pennies, River Lynch and The Spiritmakers, North by North
with River Lynch and The Spiritmakers, North By North
Wed March 21, 2018 8:00 pm (Doors: 7:00 pm )
Funk 'n Waffles Rochester
Ages 18 and Up
The Dirty Pennies

At the end of 2012 two friends came together to breathe new life into the Blues Rock scene. Ryan Klem providing mean gutbucket guitar riffs and Lucas Howe with a driving the beat. 
Fast forward to 2015 with Joe Mungo joining the band, to provide a much needed bottom to the rhythm section and the end result is a perfect balance between Indie and Blues Rock.
Currently the band is performing regionally in support of their debut album, Kick Out the Rocks, which was Recorded, Mixed and Mastered by Jesse Sprinkle. 
-Ryan, Luke and Joe

River Lynch and The Spiritmakers

"Rock n' Roll is here to stay" is the moral core in which River Lynch & The Spiritmakers live by. River states, "Every night, we set out to wake the spirits of the past, create music for the future and remind people of the power of rock n' roll music".

​After withdrawing from college, singer-songwriter River Lynch got to work on his career as a solo act. Playing shows in and around upstate New York for roughly 3 years. "Not everyone can be a songwriter" states River, "You must be blessed with the ability to write and disciplined enough to see it through". After impressing audiences with his songwriting and powerful acoustic performances, River decided it was finally time to go electric. In 2015, he joined together with some local Rochesterian friends that shared the same energetic love for Rock n' Roll. 

Introducing...River Lynch & The Spiritmakers. Tim Leverett, drums, and Schuyler Skuse, bass, brought the rhythm section that would drive River's original songs to their explosive potential.​ The band have found a timeless sound that incorporates their vintage influences while remaining fresh for the modern world. With the help of Doug Zogby, guitar/audio engineer, the songs were injected with vibrancy and brought to life. A tasteful mix of the rock & roll vibes of Tom Petty, with a modern edge comparable at times, to the sounds of The Shelters and the Alabama Shakes. Wonderfully rich, bluesy, hook filled rock n' roll. The attention of even the most casual listener can be sparked by the refreshing truth that River's lyrics possess.

Following the release of River Lynch's first official EP, There Goes The Heart, the band have been winning over audiences in their hometown of Rochester NY as well as in NYC and Canada. One highlight for the band was in 2016 on River's birthday (Oct. 13th) when they performed at the acclaimed music venue Rockwood Music Hall. Another great highlight took place in September 2017, when the band played in Canada for a live streamed performance at Sessions On The River. They soon headed back to Canada that Novemeber, this time to Toronto for two showcases for the 2017 Indie Week Festival. A buzz continues to build as they grow a dedicated following at home and abroad. 

In October 2016, River's original song "All This Time" was named "Best Song Of The Month" by SongwriterUniverse.com. In early fall of 2017, the band released new music with their single "Straight Through". Buffalo music blog, Buffablog.com, described "Straight Through" as "a call to arms to fellow rock revivalists ready to reassert the primacy of rock music".

"Rock n' Roll music became a large part of my identity at a very young age" River states. "The radio volume went up, the school grades went down. I feel that new Rock n' Roll does not currently receive the attention it deserves. We aim to remind those that forgot and introduce those that have not yet experienced, just how powerful this music can be. So I grab my guitar, rally the band and we head for the stage".


North By North

"Last Days of Magic" available at www.northbynorth.bandcamp.com Hailing from the land of brutal winters and deep dish pizza, North by North have developed their own brand of infectious, spastic yet finely-honed rock and roll. They seamlessly toe the line between 3 minute garage pop anthems and your dad’s favorite “prog-rock deep cuts” cassette tape, with plenty of hooks to spare.