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May 14 @ 3:00 PM - 4:00 PMFree
Voted Danbury’s number 1 solo artist! Co-founder of the J&B Band and solo artist in his own right, Billy Michael has been marching to the beat of popular music from a very early age.
When he was just five years-old, Billy could be heard belting out Ray Charles’ hit “You Don’t Know Me,” which his mother, Dolores, had taught him. In the first grade he was known as “Little Elvis.” The nuns took him from classroom to classroom to sing Elvis’ 1956 hit song “Teddy Bear” for the other students. In high school, he started his first band, Downhill Tangerine, performing songs by Procol Harem and The Doors.
As a solo act, Billy performs a variety of popular music from all eras: The Beatles, The Kinks, Frank Sinatra, Willie Nelson, Nat King Cole, James Taylor, Billy Joel, Lovin’ Spoonful – and many more. You can hear Billy Michael perform nightly at area venues, where he brings the concept of audience participation to a whole new level. Among the many themes are Open Mike, Beatnik Night, Mardi Gras, to name a few. Billy often regales enthusiastic vacationers at the exclusive Club Getaway in Kent, Connecticut.
In addition to fronting the J&B Band, Billy is the leader of several other groups – Jazz For Juniors/All That Jazz and the ever-popular Fiddlers’ Brawl. Both groups appear regularly in the Danbury area.
Billy also provides tasteful guitar accompaniment and background vocals for local singers such as Erin and Laura Volpintesta (Wild Honey) and jazz vocalist Cheryl Boyd.
With Billy Michael, there’s always something for everybody! And, who knows? Some night he may just call you up onstage to sing a Dusty Springfield tune…
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