Ms. Yamica “Mica” Peterson
Vocals/Keyboards: Yamica was born in Portsmouth, NH. She is the oldest granddaughter of Jean M. Jones, Portsmouth’s ‘Lady of Song’ and she is great-niece to local jazz legend Sharon “Brown Sugar” Jones. At age 3, she gave her first performance and has been singing ever since. This singer/songwriter can be found performing all over the seacoast with her father, and local legend Pete Peterson (Rhythm Method). Her first album – a collaboration with Don “Sev” Severence can be found at CD Baby.com. She has shared the stage with many of southern New Hampshire’s and some of Tucson, AZ’s finest local artists, and has had the distinct pleasure of providing background vocals for Dave Gerard on his album, ‘The Zoomy Trail’. Her current projects are ‘Groove Train’, ‘Family Affair’ and ‘The Mica-Sev Project’. Musical influences for Yamica include India Arie, Jill Scott, Hil St. Soul, Anita Baker, Aretha Franklin, Erika Badu and Oleta Adams. Yamica Peterson is a rising indie artist whose performance and writing captures fresh grooves filled with tasty hooks and tells her story of living life as a Mother and an artist. Her most favorite moments are when she gets to share the stage with her oldest daughter, Sierra - seen pictured above.
Ms. Suzanne Nicholas
Vocals: A late-comer to the music world, Suzanne has always had a deep love for harmonies and dreamt of being a background singer for years. In a addition to singing with Mica’s Groove Train, Suzanne can be found performing with LowEx and Edgartown, two Amesbury, MA based bands. Though she loves all types of music from 70’s “Yacht Rock” to 80’s alternative, her first love will always be R&B, Funk and anything with a soul.
Mr. Stacy Bugg
Bass/Vocals: Stacy is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist. He started playing in local Seacoast bands from the age of 17. After receiving a bachelor’s degree in accounting, Stacy joined a band called ‘The Amazing Mudshark’. The band won the 2000 Guitar Center/Diamond Hill Studios Band Slam, earning them a $10K recording contract, and released three CD’s—“Can’t Be Easy”, “Everyday Above Ground” and “3”. Bugg has performed at Foxwoods Resort & Casino, The Hardrock Café, The Bitter End and many other prominent venues. In addition to Groove Train, Bugg plays with bands ‘Reckless Echo’, ‘Woodland Protocol’ and ‘Where’s Alan’. Playing with ‘Reckless Echo’ allows him to hone & perform his original music artistry. Stacy also holds a master’s degree in accounting and currently works as a financial controller. Heavily influenced by Tonight Show’s house band bass player Will Lee, Bugg set a goal to become a consistently employed bass player, and he’s achieved that and more over the years. He loves playing and knowing someone is getting something out of it, even if it’s just him, the bartender and the guy running the door. For more information, please visit: www.stacybugg.com
Mr. Joe Rizzo
Drums: Joe is a Professional Drummer and Teacher. Currently teaching at the Manchester Music Mill, Joe has over 20 years of teaching experience as well as playing experience. He is a working musician performing regularly and has toured throughout the United States and Canada. Joe is versatile in all styles of drumming. He has studied privately at Berklee College of Music. His teachers included: Alan Dawson, Joe Morello, Fred Buda, Tommy Campbell, Dave Dicenso, Steve Michaud and many others. Joe has had students who have gone on to win several competitions including NH Drum Fun and the Blue Man Group drum off. Joe is a teacher of all styles including Jazz, Funk, Rock, Hip Hop, Latin and Rudiments. He also teaches all levels from beginner to advanced. He is well known and respected throughout the drumming community.
Mr. Paul Lessard
Paul began his musical career at age 11, as a self-taught guitarist and was performing live by age 14. He has toured up and down the East coast from Canada to Miami and in Europe, with one of New England’s top show bands, ‘Mason-Dixon And The Line’. Paul brings over 50 years of musical experience to the table. He loves all genres of music but has a particular affection for funk, R&B and blues. Influences include guitarists like Jeff Beck to Larry Carlton to Gary Moore and countless others, and he loves performing live with the opportunity to share his addiction for music with his fellow bandmates as well as the audience.