Hard Rock Cafe - Local, Live, and Rocking

Sherrill Fulghum By Sherrill Fulghum, 12th Apr 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Western New York bands rocked the Hard Rock Cafe offering up some original music and an interesting take on a few cover tunes.

Hard Rock Live

Each week Apple offers music fans some free muisc on iTunes. This is a good way to discover new music. But there is a better way to discover new music – local music – by putting down the various devices and making a visit to a local venue.

On April 10 potential new fans and visitors joined regular fans for a night of music, dancing and fun at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe.

Three artists and bands shared the stage with Chris Rogatti, K Ride, and Mochester.

The Hard Rock's own Jody got the night started serving as MC for the Live Must Friday.

Chris Borgatti

Taking the stage first was Chris Rogatti and his musical partner Pete. The duo showed the crowd that it isn't “All About that Bass” as the 2 Guitar Guys – one acoustic and one electric – performed a number of cover tunes including “Budapest”, “Billie Jean”, “Don't Let Me Down”, “Miss You” by The Rolling Stones, “Let's Stay Together” by Al Green and Dave Matthews.

Not depending on a pre-planned set list the guys proved that musical talent isn't always found on a TV reality competition show. Using stylistic arrangements and interesting guitar riffs, chris and Pete truly made each song their own.

K Ride

Chris and Pete gave way to the guys...and girl...of K Ride featuring Justin Rizzo on guitars and vocals. Performing mostly originals, Katie took over the lead vocals and keyboards for the night including “King of My Castle”, “Buried Alive”, “Let Me Go”, “Love Like You”, and “Read All About It”. The band opened with the Phillip Phillips mega hit “Home”. Other cover tunes the band performed were “Give a Little More” by Maroon 5 and “Counting Stars” by One Republic featuring Justin on vocals.

The stage was filled with musicians and gear; but not so full that band members could not have some fun as they performed. Justin was clearly a man who enjoyed his work – filled with smiles and laughter – as he sang and played.


After a short break to reset the stage, Rochester's own Mochester too the stage performing rock music with strong Reggae vibes and rhythms. Who would have ever thought that Stevie Wonder's “Sir Duke” would be a hit Reggae song? Fans wer dancing all over the Cafe to the Raggae beat.

Saying that they liked to play a little Motown every now and then, the band also performed “I Want You Back” and “Stand By Me”. Performing mostly original songs, Mochester featured a number of tunes from their second album and offered up some new songs to the fans. The band relied a lot on syncopated beats and a drummer who played some very interesting and complex rhythms to keep the music fresh and grooving.

Hard Rock Doings

The Jagermeister Girls were also on hand during the night offering some free samples and swag.

This April 15 is the last day for US citizens to file their taxes. Again this year the Hard Rock Cafe is offering music fans a chance to be a rock star at participating Hard Rock Cafe's in the US. Rock star wannabes can take the stage on Tax Day and perform a song and receive a free Legends hamburger for their efforts. Check local Hard Rock Cafes for times.

The Tax Day Rock Star experience at the Niagara Falls Hard Rock Cafe will run between noon and 2pm with Zak Ward providing musical accompaniment on his guitar.


Chris Borgatti, Hard Rock Cafe, Jagermeister, K Ride, Mochester, Original Music, Rock Star Experience, Stevie Wonder, Tax Day, Tv Reality Competition Shows

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author avatar Sherrill Fulghum
Sherrill is an award winning journalist with a speciality in music and entertainment. She is also a photographer.

Sherril is a writer for thedailyvoice news.com

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