You know, they just don’t fit. They don’t fit the young, pop, cookie-cutter profile of the stereotypical rock band – by any stretch of the imagination. And, in a very appropriate way, that does fit. Because the Mill City Rockers are America’s Favorite Biker Band. They play to motorcycle and music enthusiasts whenever, wherever they can, with a dedication and manic enthusiasm that has held up through 17 years of ups, downs, and sometimes backwards adventures. They have shared the stage with the likes of Charlie Daniels and Blue Oyster Cult. They’ve enthralled listeners with their original rock anthems at Daytona, Myrtle Beach, and Laconia Bike Weeks. They’re veterans of a scene that counts them as one of their own.
The Mill City Rockers’ varied musical backgrounds and tastes combine into a hard-driving, cutting edge, in your face brand of rock-n-roll that can speed to a wild frenzy then dip into the soothing lull of heartfelt blues or hang out somewhere intoxicatingly in between. Tight, in the groove and passionate about their pursuit, the band is here to stay.
Fueled by the drive of guitar player John Anthony Florio, an interesting amalgam of pure musical talent has resulted over the years.
Florio, most recently, has been joined by his son, Anthony Florio. The younger Florio brings with him a heartfelt commitment reminiscent of his father’s, along with the distinctly alternative edge of his own guitar playing. A veteran of the alternative rock scene, he’s a force who adeptly compliments and drives the edginess of the band.
Building the rhythm is Jim St. Pierre; bass player and lead vocalist of the band. His aggressive, rules-breaking bass style is combined with a dynamic vocal style that ranges from smooth blues to tormented demon. His on-stage energy keeps the crowd amped and engaged.The beat is handled by drummer John Desaulniers, aka J.D. All talent, J.D. possesses a fluid, natural feel that translates into a take-no-prisoners style backed by a professional, polished attitude that provides the band their rock-solid foundation.
Joining St. Pierre behind the microphone is Kerry Cudmore. Her voice ranges from lilting, seductive, soulful blues to alternative rock versatility. Her ability to hold a note, the stuff of legends; this operatically-trained vocalist spices the mix with her adept lead and background vocals.
Founding member John Anthony Florio defines himself as ‘old school.’ He crafts raw, foot-stomping rhythm with soulful blues-infected leads. Harmonic excellence. His own determination has brought together this unusual mix of talented musicians into a force that should not be missed. Their live performances are inspired and raw. Their recorded music will heighten whatever journey you find yourself on. Whether it be the drive to work, the view from the open road, or anywhere else you need to be rocked, Mill City Rockers will provide inspiration and fuel.
Top Events Played:
Bike Week (Laconia, NH)
Bike Week (Daytona, FL)
Bike Week (Myrtle Beach, NC)
Major bike shows in Philadelphia, PA; Biloxi, MS;
Boston, MA; and Somerset, NJ
Top Venues Played:
Tweeter Center (Boston, MA)
Hard Rock Cafe (Boston, MA)
Mill City Rockers Have Shared the Stage With:
Blue Oyster Cult
The Guess Who
The Charlie Daniels Band
The Marshall Tucker Band
Rock T.V. (New England)