Holdin' Back: the 60's, Craig @774-479-1333 BLAKE EMMA BAND, Blake @ 774-239-0511
Holdin’ Back was created specifically as a Bandstand Band in 2013 by seasoned Worcester County Musicians Craig Smith (bass, keys), Paul “Blake” Blaquiere (guitar, lead vocals), and Dave Gozdur (drums, lead vocals) to feature “Crowd pleasing” music for all audiences. Dave left for his band Ravin' Blue, and In 2016, vocalist Emma Riffelmacher and drummer Joe Ostrenga joined the band.
With Emma as featured vocalist, Holdin’ Back was dedicated to playing great family friendly music for local events and bandstands. We've played most local bandstands and fairs, including Holden Days – Main Stage, 4th of July Dean Park, Spencer Fair 2021 - Main Stage, and Sterling Fair 2022 - Main Stage.
We've evolved into 2 bands: 1- HOLDIN' BACK: the 60'S and 2- BLAKE EMMA BAND.
Introducing ---- HOLDIN' BACK: the 60'S
Contact Craig: 774-479-1333
Enjoy the 60’s music that our audiences have appreciated since 2013. We've also added the songs that created the classic 60's sounds of Rock'n'Roll, British Invasion, and Motown to give you the full 60's experience. We feature four of Central New England’s best musicians: Craig and Dave from the original Holdin' Back, joined by Ron Medeiros and Joe Reidy on guitars, vocals, and horns. Available for Fairs, Corporate Events, Bandstands, Reunions, Retirement Communities, Private events. See bios for full listing of music backgrounds.
Introducing ---- BLAKE EMMA BAND (all eras)
Contact Blake: 774-239-0511
Vocals and Steel druma are the spotlight for this band of the 2 former lead vocalists of Holdin' Back, Emma and Paul "Blake", adding strong instrumentation and Phil Andrews on Steel drums/ percussion to create a full sound with a Tropical flair that makes you want to dance. Enjoy our wide variety of music from contemporary to classics, highlighting the best songs from the best performers of all music eras. Available for Weddings, ceremony to reception, Private/Corporate Events, Cocktail Music, Bandstands, Fairs, Reunions, and Retirement Communities. See bios for full listing of music backgrounds.