Meet the Winners – Best Bands
#1 Stuck On A Name
Stuck On A Name topped the 2017 Rivah Visitor’s Guide reader’s poll for Best Rivah Band.
“Stuck,” as it is known, started as a 4-piece Reggae band in 2009 and continues molding its unique reggae-influenced rhyme and rhythm and fueling fans with the band’s very own driving force—that positive “irie” feeling. Last summer Stuck released its first full-length studio album “Send Dem Reggae” to mark their signature in time with the definition of its sound on 13 original songs.
Though their sound is new, they blend it with a twist of respectful roots rock reggae traditions. Stuck’s music produces a throbbing, dubby sound with a ska-style punch and punk-funky feeling. This style surges through their original music, in their unique tributes to revered classic reggae favorites, and in their covers of new songs from bands they follow with that similar reggae/ska emotion.
When they go into a jam session on stage—get ready for a captivating dancefloor experience that reverberates—even after the music stops.
Stuck On A Name members are Drew Luffey, lead vocal/guitar; Joe Gaskins, vocals/guitar; Joshua Wright, vocals/drums; Jonny Brinkley, bass; Chris Henley, saxophone; and D’Andre Page on keys. Stuck On A Name has June dates in Yorktown, Virginia Beach and Richmond. Find more information at www.StuckOnAName.com.
#2 Tom Euler Trio
Voted second, Tom Euler is a progressive blues/rock artist known for his high energy and thoughtfully written songs. Often called the “young man with an old soul,” Euler takes influence from such guitarists as Luther Allison, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, and B.B. King along with many others. In 2017, he has had the good fortune to open for Patti LaBelle, Thompson Square, and D.N.C.E. Euler is a 2016 International Blues Challenge Finalist as well as winner of the 2017 “Musician of the Year for the United States and Canada” Josie Music Award. The JMAs is the largest independent music awards show in the world and is held annually in Nashville, Tennessee.
For the Tom Euler Trio, Euler has assembled buddies Wes Mallory on bass and “Smiling” Max Parker on drums. The three Middle Peninsula friends had played casually for years together before performing for delighted audiences. More information can be found at www.tomeuler.com.
#3 Beer Money
“Beer Money,” which came in third in the 2017 voting, is now on “hiatus,” said a band member.
Beer Money was a high energy party band that formed in the summer of 2015 by four guys after they first got together in an open mic at the NN Burger Company in Kilmarnock.
Beer Money’s style was a melting pot of rock and roll since the four members came from a unique musical background. Richie Burgess an acoustic guitar player and vocalist is from Burgess. Bill Rosalia of White Stone was drummer but also played electric guitar and sang. Michael Painter played lead guitar and sang. Joe Jones, the youngest member of Beer Money, was the drummer. Beer Money played a wide range of musical selections from country to modern rock.