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The Jess Novak Band features a depth of talent. Not only do members play the parts and instruments you’ve seen on stage, but they’ve got so much more ready to be shared. Jess Novak will be joined not only by the core band – Mark Nanni, Anthony Saturno, Billy Harrison and Byron Cage – but also by additional members, Jose Varona, Melissa Gardiner, Robyn Stockdale and Nick Fields for a night of sharing songs and talents. Musicians will swap instruments, stories and licks as everyone brings their flavors and combinations to the table. Be prepared for a night of full band rockers, intimate soulful solos and everything in between. See just a taste of the talent of Central New York – all in one band.
Jess Novak takes no prisoners. With a fiddle on fire, powerful vocals and a fierce band behind her, this pop, rock, soul-pumped group brings passion to every performance. Known for their energy, superb musicianship, engaging songwriting and ability to win any crowd, this is a band on the rise. Having touched audiences up and down the East Coast – from Burlington, VT to Key West, FL – and with Novak playing more than 250 dates annually, the sound gets tighter with each show.
Jess Novak (violin, guitar, vocals, piano, looping) works with Mark Nanni (of Los Blancos) on piano, organ, accordion and vocals; Byron Cage (Tommy Castro, Joe Louis Walker) on drums; Anthony Saturno (Sampere, Wagner 3000) on guitar and Billy Harrison (Black Rhino) on drums, guitar, vocals and beatboxing to create a powerhouse sound. Her work is being played on radio stations worldwide (WTYT 960, D.C. Coast to Coast, Women of Substance Radio, IndieOutbreak) and written about at home and across the ocean.
Novak has played with projects spanning RESPECT: CNY Women in Music to Vinyl Albums Live to BeatleCuse. She’s been nominated for Best Female Vocalist in the Best of Syracuse competition three times and placed third in the 2016 Country Showdown sponsored by WOLF 92.1FM. Her work spans hip-hop beats to throw-back soul to straight-up pop making for music that engages any listener. Novak was also the cover girl for Syracuse Woman Magazine in September 2016.