Elisa Girlando Band coming to Cornerstone

Sussex Borough. Band to bring its expressive music and original arrangements to Cornerstone Playhouse on Nov. 23.

07 Nov 2019 | 03:00

The Elisa Girlando Band (EGB) is known for their expressively distinctive vocalist, original arrangements of classic rock and blues songs, and the awe-inspiring live performances the foursome create. This innovative acoustic ensemble based in Sussex County, New Jersey have a unique instrumental lineup that includes piano, electric violin, acoustic guitar and djembe.

Performance date is Saturday, November 23 at 7:30 p.m. All tickets are reserved seating at $20 in advance and $22.50 at the door.

Vocalist, Elisa Girlando, combines the smoothness of Ella Fitzgerald, the power of Etta James, with the contemporary styling of Adele. Her voice has been featured on numerous National TV commercials including one for Claritin singing the classic Johnny Nash song “I Can See Clearly Now.” Elisa Girlando now has two solo albums, Rise Up and Through Changes, and both are each unique testaments to her incredible vocal talent.

EGB also includes Phil Girlando, Elisa’s father, who performs on violin, piano and electric guitar and has over the years proven himself a gifted multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and music producer. He was a pioneer in the use of electric violin on rock music recordings, bringing his skills to many major label recording sessions. For over 20 years, Phil wrote, performed on and produced many national TV commercials for a variety of major brands. He created KEE Management, a management and production company where he was the Music Supervisor. Through KEE, Phil assisted and guided the careers of many major label bands it represented. Phil became a known as an International Music Producer working closely with bands from Europe.

Lifelong percussionist Dave Bollard was musically inspired while attending a David Johansen performance to break away from the tradition drumming set up and has since uses various percussion instruments, an amplified Stompbox and African Djembe to drive the unique sound of the EGB. At virtually every performance Dave gets folks asking how he makes so much noise with so little equipment and that question makes him smile.

In addition, Jeff Bioletti lends his stylistic approach to the rhythm guitar work in EGB. He relies on his many musical influences to help propel the bands rhythm section.

EGB has been packing venues in their hometown and are always being asked back for future gigs wherever they play. The time is right to expand their musical reach and grow their creative reputations as an innovative band. This fall and winter EGB will be releasing a series of music videos through HitPlay Records, a division of Sony Music, with anticipation of a new full-length release in 2017.

You can buy tickets online at the Cornerstone Playhouse Facebook page or go to mycptix.simpletix.com. Cornerstone Playhouse is located at 74 Main Street, Sussex Borough. Call 973 702-0687 for more information or visit us on Facebook.