INFORMATION ON THE NIAGARAS, New York City’s #1 live band!
The Niagaras have an incredible live show filled with crazy energy, outrageous humor, and unbelievable originality. They perform in clubs all over Manhattan (and the entire USA), and are very entertaining and quite popular. They’ve done many types of events; they were recently the main attraction at a big birthday bash for Ethan Hawke and Uma Thurman (big fans of the group) which was quite successful - guests included Robert De Niro and Quentin Tarantino, who danced maniacally to their music! Most importantly, they've even jammed live, yes onstage, with Joey Fatone form N'SYNC.
It’s certainly tough to pin a label on Tony Grimaldi and Robert Whaley of the Manhattan-based band, The Niagaras, although many have tried.
“The best rock show I’ve seen in months.” Dan Aquilante, The New York Post
“Lunacy? Spectacle? And music, too?” Rene Chun, The New York Times
Writers’ Tony Grimaldi and Robert Whaley of the band are currently at work on their much-anticipated new musical-play, “Wrong Way UP,” the follow-up to their off-Broadway hit, “The Niagara Follies.” After a sold-out run at The New York Performance Works Theater, the piece will be moving to a 199-seat off-Broadway theater in the upcoming year.
Grimaldi/Whaley also wrote and recorded the original score for the feature film, “Joe the King”. Starring Val Kilmer, John Leguizamo, and Ethan Hawke, “Joe the King” won the Waldo Salt Screenwriting Award at the Sundance Film Festival. Many reviews of the film, which was given a theatrical release by Trimark Films, recognized the beautiful sound and nostalgic feel of the soundtrack. Grimaldi/Whaley also have songs appearing in the feature film, “Pursuit of Happiness”, and have scored the feature film, “The Jimmy Show”, released in Fall 2002 by First Look Films.
Tony, Robert and the rest of the band have made numerous television appearances, including “Good Morning America.” Robert’s quick wit and zany antics were a hit with the live audience who fell in love with the show and are now among The Niagaras’ dedicated and loyal following.
The Niagaras’ latest album, “Report from the Interior,” featuring the single “Pieces to Fall,” has won the band comparisons to Bowie, The Smiths, and Jonathan Richman. Tony and Robert have also taken their talents overseas where The Niagaras recently completed a successful European tour, grabbing even more rave reviews.
So enjoy, and thanks so much for taking the time to check this out! I would love to send you a press package and a CD (a national television appearance reel is also available)! I include some press quotes down below.
HERE’S WHAT THE CRITICS HAVE TO SAY ABOUT
‘ It was a performance Jim Morrison would have loved…Lunacy? Spectacle? And music too?’
Rene Chun, New York Times
‘…the best rock show I’ve seen in months. It was a fit of deliberate performance that riveted every eye on the powerful Niagaras…’
Dan Aquilante, New York Post
‘The Niagaras may be the most entertaining cult band in the country.’
Michael Timm, Spin
‘The Niagaras are a high turbo blend of manic songs and clever and whacked out improv – Robert Whaley should be a Ritalin poster boy. And I mean that admiringly.’
Cynthia True, Time Out New York
‘The Niagaras remain committed to sharp dressed showmanship and sharp witted pop.’
New Yorker Magazine
‘…it’s painfully obvious why The Niagaras are one of New York’s longest running acts. Their songs are odd hybrids of Beatles-esque melodies and Zappa-esque rhythms…’
Dawn Eden, New York Press
‘Singer/cornetist/clown prince Robert Whaley tosses Bowie/Morrissey and Quentin Crisp into a Ventures blender, adds a dash of grenadine, a splash of mescaline, hits ‘ultra-whip’ and splurt! It’s all over the ceiling.’
Steve Santos, Alternative Press
‘Musicians can get by on mere talent. But beauty turns talent into a luxury. The Niagaras are a handsome quartet who dress like Harry Connick Jr. and sound like Oingo Boingo with extra guitars.’
Rob Tannenbaum, Musician Magazine
‘Stars fall for the Niagaras’.
Candace Busnell, Vogue Magazine