About the Band

Open G has been “Rockin the Joint” since 2000, playing classic rock, blues, and a few B-Sides. The seed of the band started when founding member Gary Christo decided to have a guitar party at his house in the mid-90s. That’s where Paul Lewis and John Matina met. After a few years of guitar parties, Gary decided to make it a weekly thing, he said “just like a bowling league, but better”.

A number of great musicians played with Gary, Paul, and John over the years. The public debut of Open G (unnamed at that time) occurred when they were asked to play an outdoor party. It was affectionately deemed “Applestock” at the Galloway farm. Tie-dye and love were in the air. The line up at the time – joining Gary, Paul, and John – were double-trouble: Scott Dasson (Knight Patrol/bass) and Rick Dasson (drums); and George Kolupski on Guitar.

After a couple of years, Scott left Open G to join Johnny Smoke. That’s when John Matina picked up bass player duties for the band.

Now Open G ran into had a bit of a Spinal Tap situation when they started going through drummers. No, none of them burst into flames or anything, they just decided to move on. When Rick Dasson decided to leave the band, Dan Castronova (Fat City), joined them on drums for about a year. When Dan had a conflict for a gig, Gary’s son, Rick Christo (Jaxom), sat in with the band on an emergency basis. When Dan formally resigned, Rick stayed on with Open G for a number of years. George left the band during Rick’s tenure.

With the solid line-up of John, Paul, Gary, and Rick Christo, Open G played the Rochester circuit for number of years. When Rick moved to Boston in 2008, Dana Gregory (Krypton 88) played with Open G for about a year before deciding to move on. In November of 2009 Glenn Grana joined Open G on drums. After only three rehearsals, Glenn played his first gig with the band. That’s when the current signature Open G “Rockin’ the Joint” sound came into being.

In October of 2012, after many years of making great music together, Gary decided it was time he took a break from the music scene. It was hard for the band and fans alike to see him go, but Gary wanted Open G to keep going. Mark Indelicato joined Open G in January 2013 and picked up where Gary left off, adding a new flavor to the Open G sound and re-energizing the boys in the band.

Open G works hard to play covers not just like the record. There is a swagger and energy to the Open G sound, not unlike that of the Black Crowes. That’s the reason you gotta catch an Open G show live to see what all the fuss is about!

Venue Owners

Open G knows you're in the business to make money. We market every show with our email gig list, Facebook, ReverbNation and flyers. We have a great fan base that enjoy quality food and top shelf drink. And let me tell ya' -- our fans know how to spend their money. Open G strives to make sure our fans and your regulars all enjoy themselves. Our goal is that you profit well every time you book an Open G show. Open G is available for private parties too!

Open G is a Rochester, NY based band that plays Classic Rock, Blues and a few B-sides. You'll know you're at a live show because Open G works hard to play songs not "just like the record." Come out and see us. You'll have a riot.


Music List

Artists currently in rotation: Rolling Stones, The Who, Eric Clapton, Tom Petty, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Black Crowes, The Band, Fabulous Thunderbirds, John Hiatt, Aerosmith, ZZ Top, Faces, Boz Scaggs, Doors, Allman Brothers, Bruce Springsteen, Led Zeppelin, Wallflowers, Lynryd Skynyrd, Bob Dylan, Foo Fighters, R.E.M., George Thorogood, Georgia Satellites

The Band

Paul Lewis

Formed In

Albums

Guitar/Vocals

How long have you been with Open G?
I’m a flounder of Open G, one of two still left. Kinda like if the Beatles got back together.
What other bands did you play in?
No other band would put up with me, this is it.
Where did you grow up?
I was raised a snotty Brighton kid, class clown smart ass. Squeaked through school.
When did you start playing music?Read the rest

John Matina

Formed In

Albums

Bass/Vocals

How long have you been with Open G?
Since the beginning.
What other bands did you play in?
My favorites were Jade, Steel & Glass, and Spender.
Where did you grow up?
Just a few blocks from the great great House of Guitars in Irondequoit, NY.
When did you start playing music?
I think I was in 4th grade when my brother let me play around with his acoustic guitar that he got as a Christmas present after he and his buddies saw the Beatles on the Ed Sullivan Show.… Read the rest

Glenn Grana

Formed In

Albums

Drums

How long have you been with Open G?
November 2009
What other bands did you play in?
Too many garage bands to remember – “Shine” from 1998-2004
Where did you grow up?
City of Rochester, NY – Hollenbeck Street
When did you start playing music?
Age 7. My sister was dating a biker who liked Steppenwolf and I liked the sound of the drums. Got my first drum set that same year.… Read the rest

Mark Indelicato

Formed In

Albums

Guitar

How long have you been with Open G?
Since January 2013
What other bands did you play in?
Motherless Children (Bronx)
Where did you grow up?
Brooklyn, Long Island and the Bronx – I’m still growing up
When did you start playing music?
Started playing guitar in 11th grade but was in my first band, “Motherless Children” at Manhattan College in the Bronx.
Who were your musical influences growing up?Read the rest

"We really enjoyed watching them play. Amazing Gig!"
Jordan Rudess

Read More About the Band

Open G has been “Rockin the Joint” since 2000, playing classic rock, blues, and a few B-Sides. The seed of the band started when founding member Gary Christo decided to have a guitar party at his house in the mid-90s. That’s where Paul Lewis and John Matina met. After a few years of guitar parties, Gary decided to make it a weekly thing, he said “just like a bowling league, but better”.

A number of great musicians played with Gary, Paul, and John over the years. The public debut of Open G (unnamed at that time) occurred when they were asked to play an outdoor party. It was affectionately deemed “Applestock” at the Galloway farm. Tie-dye and love were in the air. The line up at the time – joining Gary, Paul, and John – were double-trouble: Scott Dasson (Knight Patrol/bass) and Rick Dasson (drums); and George Kolupski on Guitar.

After a couple of years, Scott left Open G to join Johnny Smoke. That’s when John Matina picked up bass player duties for the band.

Now Open G ran into had a bit of a Spinal Tap situation when they started going through drummers. No, none of them burst into flames or anything, they just decided to move on. When Rick Dasson decided to leave the band, Dan Castronova (Fat City), joined them on drums for about a year. When Dan had a conflict for a gig, Gary’s son, Rick Christo (Jaxom), sat in with the band on an emergency basis. When Dan formally resigned, Rick stayed on with Open G for a number of years. George left the band during Rick’s tenure.

With the solid line-up of John, Paul, Gary, and Rick Christo, Open G played the Rochester circuit for number of years. When Rick moved to Boston in 2008, Dana Gregory (Krypton 88) played with Open G for about a year before deciding to move on. In November of 2009 Glenn Grana joined Open G on drums. After only three rehearsals, Glenn played his first gig with the band. That’s when the current signature Open G “Rockin’ the Joint” sound came into being.

In October of 2012, after many years of making great music together, Gary decided it was time he took a break from the music scene. It was hard for the band and fans alike to see him go, but Gary wanted Open G to keep going. Mark Indelicato joined Open G in January 2013 and picked up where Gary left off, adding a new flavor to the Open G sound and re-energizing the boys in the band.

Open G works hard to play covers not just like the record. There is a swagger and energy to the Open G sound, not unlike that of the Black Crowes. That’s the reason you gotta catch an Open G show live to see what all the fuss is about!


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