Salt City Chill is a brand-new rock’n roll band from Syracuse, NY. With almost 200 years of collective professional experience, this pack of old pros offer original music along with their own, creative readings of covered material. And, while their music can be defined as rock and roll, their music also reflects their influences of jazz and Americana — with the confidence to trust and let the music be what “it” wants to be. Their mission statement being to offer something familiar in a fresh way.
Chuck Schiele transplanted himself from the west coast back to CNY where he grew up. He enjoyed a healthy music career in Southern California where he received many accolades, including back-to-back wins in the prestigious San Diego Music Awards. Chuck’s music has enjoyed regional, national and international airplay. Phil Smith was a jazz and contemporary music major University of Maine, Augusta. In 1985 he became a member of the McDonald’s All American Band; and later, went on to tour with Lou Rawls, as well as appearances with Riders In the Sky, Kirby Shaw and more. Born and raised in the Salt City, Rhys Brigida has been a musician’s A-List musician for 40 years at the keys. Rhys founded legendary CNY groups such as Timepiece, Windsong and the Billionaires. John Dancks is another A-List, SAMMY Hall-of-Famer, who’s played with countless groups over many years such as The Cadleys, The Down City Ramblers and more. Todd Hobin, most recently joined the group on guitar. Todd has a lifelong history in Syracuse and Rochester, in his own right, as the leader of the Todd Hobin Band. Richie Melito is a newcomer to the CNY music scene, having performed in the area for only two years. What he brings to The Chill is a wealth of experience, having toured extensively in the U.S and Europe as musical director for The Ultimate Thriller, one of the top Michael Jackson tribute shows in the world, and as a member of the BB King`s All Stars, house band at BB King’s Blues Club in Orlando, Florida.
Together this special line-up makes a sound that is big, fun, virtuosic and completely groovy. And, since they are all good pals, you can hear that — how much fun they’re having — in the music. This is a band that understands that, regardless of all things… the point of music is to have fun.