“I Love them. They set a great tone for any event.” Bette Midler 5/2010
“The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn provided fantastic entertainment.”
Willie Nelson 6/2007
For those seeking fresh and exciting live entertainment for their event, look no further than one of the most acclaimed bands in New York City – The Blue Vipers of Brooklyn! The band’s repertoire is a fabulous collection of high energy jazz and swing from the 1920′s & 30′s, cool classic blues and R&B, New Orleans & Dixieland plus a little bit of vintage country and western swing when called for. Their music is a perfect addition to a variety of social events including cocktail parties, wedding receptions, dinner parties, corporate events, fund raisers and swing dances.
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The Blue Vipers range in size from a quartet of vocals/guitar, upright bass, trumpet or saxophone/clarinet, and washboard percussion, to as large as a septet or octet which adds more horns including saxophones and trombone, lead electric guitar and/or piano.
You can listen to clips on our music page, check us out on facebook, youtube, or hear us live and meet the band at our weekly gigs at Chez Oskar & Bar Tabac. Check our schedule page for updated weekly gigs.
Contact us about your event! Please include date, time, how long live music is needed (cocktails, dinner, dancing, ceremony, or all of the above), how many guests, venue, city/state, and anything else you’d like to share about your party. We will get back to you right away.
The Blue Vipers are:
Billy Nemec – Guitar/Vocals
Chris Pistorino – Upright Bass
David Langlois – Percussion
Sam Hoyt – Trumpet
Tom Abbott – Saxophones/Clarinet
The band often plays with:
Sean Condron, Mikey Hart – Guitar/Vocals
Andrew Hall, George Rush – Upright Bass
Rich Levinson, Jeremy Noller – Percussion
David Luther, Adrian Cunningham, Peter Anderson, Will Anderson – Sax/Clarinet
Dan Blankinship, Charlie Caranicas – Trumpet
Matt Mussulman, James Zeller – Trombone
Featured in New York Magazine Weddings “The Ultimate New York Wedding Planer” “The Best Bands” Winter 2010
2007- “Subway Idol” contest winners. A month long live performance feature on FOX’s nationally syndicated “The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet.” Voted the top spot by the studio audience and viewers at home.
2014 – 59 Annual Obies, Webster Hall NYC;
2013 – 58 Annual Obies, Webster Hall NYC; Food Truck Invitational Festival, Laurita Winery New Egypt NJ; Sip For The Sean benefit for New York Aquarium, Central Park Zoo NYC; “Cheers For Beer” Prohibition Repeal Concert, National Constitution Center, Philadelphia PA; Liberty Belle Extravaganza July 4th Festival, NYC
2012 – Benefit Concert for The St. Louis Symphony, St. Louis MO, 57 Annual Obies, Webster Hall NYC; A Little Light Music and More At Lincoln Center, David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center; Concerts At One, Trinity Wall Street
2011 – 56 Annual Obies, Webster Hall NYC; opening for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Bethlehem P.A.
2010 – Target Free Thursdays David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, Bette Midler’s New York Restoration Project 15th Birthday ‘Hulaween’ Party at The Waldorf Astoria featuring Paul Simon, Bette Midler’s NYRP Picnic hosted by Nathan Lane. The Vipers’ performance was personally requested by Bette Midler; appeared performing in a May episode of MTV’s “The City”; American Roots Music Symposiums, Gruyeres Switzerland
2009 – Frankie Manning’s 95th Birthday Festival, Manhattan Center Studios; Hogg’s Breath, Green Parrot, Blue Heaven, Key West FL; Target First Saturday Festival, The Brooklyn Museum; Wedding reception for Lisa Loeb, New York City
2008 – The Rochester International Jazz Festival, Rochester, NY; Tropical Heatwave Festival, Tampa, Florida; Long Beach Jazz Festival, Long Beach NY; Bayshore Harbor Festival, Bayshore NY; Brooklyn Public Library Concert Series; Brooklyn Waterfront Artist Coalition Art show; Pierson Park Jazz Concerts, Tarrytown NY; Fort Green Market Concerts, Brooklyn NY; Garrison Art Center Fair, Garrison NY; Ukiah Sundays in the Park Festival, Ukiah CA; Summer Nights! Live Concert Series, Windsor CA; Roots Americana Festival, San Jose CA; Babylon Village Arts Festival, Babylon NY; Summer Hummer Concert Series, Wynnewood PA; featured on WAMC Northeast Public Radio show “Performance Place” Tropical Heatwave Festival, Tampa, Florida
2007 – “Soundcheck” with John Schaefer on WNYC radio; “Hey Mr. Jesse” featured on Yehoodi.com radio; September Concert” commemorating 911; “Keep America Growing” sponsored by Farm Aid, NYC. The Vipers played for Willie Nelson, John Mellencamp, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and the Farm Aid board of directors; the 2nd and 3rd annual “People Building Peace Concert” sponsored by Peace Boat at the United Nations in NYC
2006- “Lincoln Center Out Of Doors Roots of American Music Festival,” Lincoln Center Plaza, NYC