Pete Mancini & Travis McKeveny
|Performing:||Sunday July 21|
|Set Time:||7:20 – 7:40pm|
Diversion Records Recording Artist Pete Mancini got his start as the frontman and primary songwriter of Butchers Blind, a critically acclaimed rock band from NYC. His debut solo album Foothill Freeway explored the Americana influences that were a
hallmark of his work with his former band.
In 2018, he released a live EP, Alive in Patchogue. Since signing with Diversion Records, Mancini has released three singles, Pine Box Derby , DUI Blues, and My Hometown. His second full length album is due out in 2019. Mancini’s songs have received glowing reviews and radio airplay around the world, and they continue to win over hearts and minds wherever they are heard. Over the years, Mancini has opened for acts such as Blues Traveler, Gin Blossoms, Pure Prairie League, Robbie Fulks, James Maddock, Marah, Steve Forbert, Larry Campbell & Theresa Williams, Kevin Gordon, and Iain Matthews.
Travis McKeveny is a Long Island-based singer/songwriter/gonzo haikuist. He grew up on Long Island’s south shore in a decidedly musical household — his father, Gerry, is a professional guitarist, nowadays best-known as a member of the esteemed folk-rock trio Gathering Time — and by his early twenties McKeveny began tunesmithing in earnest. He hasn’t stopped since. His debut album, Last Year’s Leaves (2012), met with critical acclaim, garnering him comparisons to John Prine and Tom Waits.
McKeveny’s sophomore effort, October Porches and Second Hand Fears (2015) — produced by The Infamous Stringdusters’ Andy Falco — represented a major leap forward, sonically and lyrically. Recently, McKeveny again joined forces with Falco, this time to write “1901: A Canyon Odyssey,” which appeared on the Stringdusters’ Grammy-winning album Laws of Gravity (2017).
McKeveny has opened for such nationally touring acts as Todd Sheaffer (of Railroad Earth) and Chuck Prophet. He plans to continue writing, singing, and playing “till the wheels fall off,” and not a minute sooner.