VANA   LIYA

NIRVANA GOBERDHAN

vocals/ukulele


THE   BAND

STEVE SHAW

keys/saxophone

CODY STERN

guitar

MIKE CELANO

drums

 
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NIRVANA GOBERDHAN

vocals/ukulele

Nirvana a.k.a Vana Liya grew up outside of New York City. Being of Caribbean descent, Vana was surrounded by soca, calypso, dancehall and reggae music. Vana's mom gave her a ukulele for Christmas and a few years later she began covering songs by some of her favorite artists. The combination of the ukulele and her soft voice put a unique twist on some reggae-rock staples. Artists like 311, Rebelution, Stick Figure and SOJA shared Vana’s covers across social media platforms, which was the beginning of Vana finding her audience. After gaining traction, in early 2018 Vana Liya signed with Pepper's LAW Records becoming the first female and first solo artist. Subsequently she released her debut single "Show Me". Later that year, Vana visited Stick Figure's Great Stone Studios in Oakland, CA. She recorded "Go For It" with Johnny Cosmic of Stick Figure. Cosmic signed on to produce her debut album, which is scheduled for a 2020 release.  She says “Working with Cosmic has helped me find my sound - there’s a new feel behind this album.” Vana has shared the stage with bands like SOJA, Pepper, The Expendables & The Movement.

 
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STEVE SHAW

keys/saxophone

Steve Shaw better know for his stage-name, White ‘n’ Mild, is a 25 year old musician and amateur speed knitter. Although born in Massapequa, he considers himself a West Islip native. He began playing piano and clarinet when he was 9. Since then, he has learned to play saxophone, guitar, trumpet, the wind synth, the Irish tin whistle and many more. He enjoys rapping in his bedroom, surfing poorly, and eating chicken nuggets. He’s a family man who has been quoted saying “Yo, my mom is a straight G.”

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guitar

CODY STERN

Cody Stern and his wife Kate Baker compromised their careers to raise 12 children. Cody coaches a high-school football team, while Kate has retired from journalism to raise the family. Things changed when Cody was offered a college coaching job in a new city at the same time a publisher bought Kate's parenting memoir. After moving, Kate went on a book tour, leaving Cody in charge of the children, who -- already unhappy about relocating -- plunge the household into chaos.

 

drums

MICAHAEL CELANO

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Michael Celano, from Merrick, NY is a graduate of Hofstra University. He is the former drums of The RBC signed to Dubshot Records (2006-2014). During his time with The RBC he performed at Bonnaroo in 2010 and released an LP in 2012. After a short hiatus, music knocked once again. “‘Music is a journey, and its taken me here to this point”

 

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