Photo: LDF / Video: LDFWINNER
Members: Gerard Johnston, Mike Readinger, Alex Galina, Robby Deitz, Mike Vitale, Ray Maguire, Kevin Miller, Randy Smith
Vote for us because: We are Long Island-based Funk outfit LDF has recently been making a name for themselves throughout the East Coast. Also known as Ladies Drink Free, the group has adopted “LDF” to fit their new streamlined sound and brand. Their eclectic songwriting and eccentric stage banter energizes their consistent, unforgettable live performances that keep people dancing. We are super excited to be applying this year! We just missed the deadline with our video last year, and we are psyched because we just finished filming this video and do not have it released yet! A musical gumbo -- we are a blend of gritty funk, R&B/soul, pop rock, and modern jazz that creates a bold sound laced with subtle nuances. With some members playing since their middle school days, the group has been driven to strike mainstream appeal while exploring new ideas through genre-pushing compositions and improvisation. Our reputation as must-see musicians, along with the release of our debut album has propelled LDF into a string of notable performances including Webster Hall, the Great South Bay Music Festival, the Knitting Factory, and the Montauk Music Festival, sharing the bill with jam favorites like Turkuaz, Consider the Source, and The Main Squeeze.
Project manager: Kaydi Pelletier; Design: James Stewart; Production: Joann Vaglica, Erica Brosnan, Kate Nalepinski; Development: Jon Ingoglia, TC McCarthy