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RUST - October 13, 2017 at 9PM

Members: RUST are a classic rock cover band from the Southern Tier of New York State. Consisting of veteran, professional players that have been a part of the areas’ music scene since the 70s, RUST has spent the past several years refining thier setlist and sound to become the premier classic rock band in the area. The band has chosen songs that have influenced their generation, and have continued to do so until now. From Chicago to KISS, The Allman Bros. to Steely Dan and Boston to Led Zeppelin, the setlist contains familiar songs, and some that are very seldom covered. Regardless, RUST respectfully plays each song as their own, and gives everyone in the room an invitation to have a great time and revisit THE BEST ERA of ROCK MUSIC. RUST is: MARK THURSTON- Lead Vocals, Keyboards Previous Bands: Sweet River band, AKA, Knights Of The Glad Countenance, Solo Marks musical journey began around the age of 5 after witnessing the Beatles live on TV . A family piano would be the starting ground of writing and singing. Mark started performing live by the age of 13 with brother Curt and friends. Through high school and college, there would be rock bands and many live shows to maintain the musical fix that had set in . Opportunities to play alongside of some fantastic musicians has been one of the highlights throughout a life of writing, recording and playing live . A passion that continues today. Raising a family with his wife Candy brought continued joy. Early bands : Flight, The Sweet River band . Mark would unite with Mike Baker in ‘AKA’. Recording ,Playing clubs and opening for national acts would be the focal point for this band. Starting with a PC and a keyboard and son Nathan , Mark built a small recording studio (M&N Studios) and started his own recordings . Personal friends and bands with tight budgets would follow and the studio started to grow. While recording full projects and small demos , Mark would continue his personal writing and recording. In 2010 he to the live scene with The Knights of the Glad Countenance and shows with AKA. In 2012 Mark would reunite with Mike Baker with the band RUST and as of April 2013 released his first solo CD ' Believer' ........and so the journey continues ........ MIKE BAKER- Guitar, Vocals Previous Bands: ONYX, The Rockets, Savannah, Strikes Twice, Hired Guns, Nighthawk, Trick Ryder, Blue Blood, The Cats, Acoustic Mike Baker has been playing lead/slide guitar for 37 years now and has been playing in clubs for 34 since the age of 16. Mike has been in many good bands over the years and has the reputation as one of the area’s best rock/blues guitarists. Some of the better bands he has played in he has shared the stage with current RUST members. Mike played with Jeff Plate in 1982-83 in Onyx. In 1985 Mike was one of the founding members of the long running popular A.K.A. whom he played with Mark Thurston. In 1989 Mike teamed up with Bill Cristofaro in the Hired Guns. In 2000 Mike crossed paths with Jeff once again which lead to the rock/blues group Blueblood. Mike is a personal and online guitar instructor (http://www.vanderbilly.com/sixstring63,6361,2.html) . Mike is also an avid guitar and amp repair aficionado who custom builds guitar pickups and effects pedals. BILL CRISTOFARO- Bass, Vocals Previous Bands: CutThroat, Vaudeville, Alias, Maxx, The Rogues, Hired Guns, Magnum, Crash Ave, And you may find him jamming with members of the X Brothers and with Andy Hilfiger in Vaudeville . Bill is a power Bass player in the upstate NY area, and northern PA for the last 40 years, He has played everything from Metal-Punk, Blues, and Progressive Rock. A bass player that had played 1000 gigs by the time he was 21. Starting in 1975 He was singing and switched to bass a year later when Fred Fieno took him under his wing , and got him started as a bass player . Bill spent a year in LA in 1980 writing and recording, and in the central Florida area playing with an all original progressive band Xodus in 1981. Along the way one of the areas best sound/ recording engineers, with very good songwriting as well. Bill has stated that, at this time of his life with RUST , he is at his pinnacle of his playing , saying that "playing with an entire band of great players makes you kick it up to your fullest, and let loose everything you have in you." JEFF PLATE- Drums, Percussion Previous Bands: Seneca, Open Fire, Windjammer, Onyx, Wicked Witch, Voodoo Rodeo, Blueblood, SAVATAGE, THE TRANS-SIBERIAN ORCHESTRA, METAL CHURCH, MACHINES OF GRACE After honing his skills as a drummer in several bands in New York's Southern Tier as a teenager, Jeff made the move to Boston to challenge himself and improve as a musician. In the 10 years spent there, he played 100s of gigs with several bands, worked with some amazing musicians, and became a student of the great Dave Discenso, which elevated his skills to become one of the most respected rock drummers in New England. A changing music scene brought him back to NY in '93, but the connections that were made landed him the gig with Atlantic Recording artists SAVATAGE in 1994, with whom he has recorded 3 studio records and toured around the World and US. This led to The Trans-Siberian Orchestra. With the hit song "Christmas Eve/ Sarejevo 12/24", TSO has recorded 3 Winter albums, 2 non-seasonal albums, and an EP, the most recent "Dreams Of Fireflies On A Christmas Night". TSO has sold close to 10 million albums and 10 million concert tickets. TSO's massive, spectacular, must see Winter Tours have been one of the highest grossing tours in the US over the past 10 years. He joined the legendary metal band METAL CHURCH in 2006, and has done 3 records and several tours around the World and US. MACHINES OF GRACE was an extension of a group that he had worked with in Boston years earlier, and the self titled album is one of his proudest musical moments. http://www.facebook.com/jeffplatemusic www.jeffplate.com www.trans-siberian.com www.trans-siberianexpress.com www.myspace.com/machinesofgrace www.machinesofgrace.net

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