COUPLE'S CHOICE AWARD WINNERS, THE LOYALES (pronounced Lȯi - al - z) are New York's grooviest and most unique event band. Rather than a group formed to tap the wedding and party circuit, the Loyales developed organically from a like minded community of musicians who simply wanted to play and celebrate the music they love. That infectious enthusiasm has led them to become a beloved fan favorite.
THE LOYALES have played scores of weddings, private parties and New Year's celebrations including multiple events for Daily Candy, the NYC Food & Wine Fest. They are periodically tapped to back Chef Tom Colicchio, having become his band of choice for all of his events, including New Year's Eve at The Beekman Hotel.
WHO ARE THE LOYALES?
Band leader MILTON is an active songwriter and performer who has shared the stage with Norah Jones, Al Kooper, Joan Osborne, James Hunter, Shelby Lynne, Steve Earle, Amy Helm, Kat Edmonson and Chris Smither, with whom he tours regularly. He has written music for HBO and was recently tapped to lead a City Winery tribute to the late Richie Havens, whom Milton sites as a profound influence on his work and love of music. He has just released his fifth album of original work, Studio City, debuting to a sold out audience at City Vineyard in New York.
JULIA JOSEPH is a songwriter, performer and session vocalist. Her voice can be heard on the newest release from Highly Suspect, MCID, which is currently #1 on the Billboard Rock charts and on the music of NBC's 30 Rock (including Tracy Morgan's infamous Werewolf Bar Mitzvah). Her debut album won the Independent Music Awards Vox Populi vote for Best Folk Album and she is currently working on a new release with film and television composer Giancarlo Vulcano. She is also a regularly featured performer with New York City's The Loser's Lounge.
Lead guitarist MARTIN KEARTON started playing high society balls at Oxford University before bringing the good times to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and weddings in Barcelona and throughout England. After moving to the US, he’s played weddings up and down the East Coast and parties as far south as Mexico. He’s appeared on the BBC and Channel 4 (in the UK), CBS, HBO, NPR, Sirius, and local radio stations such as WFUV, with recording credits either side of the Atlantic spanning decades.
Keyboardist BENNETT PASTER has performed original music in the United States, the Caribbean, South and Central America, Central and South Asia and throughout Europe. He has been a featured performer with jazz stars Wallace Roney, Keb Mo, Robben Ford, Kurt Elling, Rufus Reid, Bill Stewart, Billy Hart, Albert “Tootie” Heath, Ndugu Chancler and Yosvany Terry among others. Paster has done three international tours as part of the prestigious US State Dept. The Rhythm Road: American Music Abroad program. He’s also a senior faculty member at the Stanford Jazz Workshop at Stanford University.
Bass player, JEFF EYRICH has played and recorded with Bette Midler, Tanya Tucker, Natalie Cole, Air Supply, and Rick Springfield to name a very few. He’s also is well known for the records he has produced going back to the 80’s.
Drummer ROBERT WEISS is a drummer/percussionist originally from Los Angeles with over 25 years professional experience. He worked extensively on the west coast before moving to New York City in 1998. He has performed in Canada, South America, the Caribbean and China. He teaches percussion in private lessons and New York City schools and plays a wide range of music with groups in NYC in clubs, theaters, recording studios and at private events.