The Floyd Concept pays tribute to one of the most iconic progressive rock bands of all time - Pink Floyd.
During their two hour show, fans will hear plenty of hits including Money, Wish You Were Here and Another Brick in the Wall
plus selected album cuts such as Shine On You Crazy Diamond , Pigs, and On The Turning Away.
The show consists of a spectacular stage production that duplicates the sight and sound of a "live" Pink Floyd performance.
LEAD VOCALS / GUITARS
Tom Bender is an award winning vocalist/guitarist/entertainer with over 40 years of experience. He has toured in the U.S. and abroad with vocal groups and fronted several different style bands. His background includes many different avenues of music performance that have all featured his vocal abilities. Tom became a full-time entertainer in 2013 and shows his versatility while performing his solo show that has been voted best in the Western New York area several times in recent years. He has been a fan of Progressive Rock since 1977 and the passionate guitar style of David Gilmour has always been a favorite. “Performing with The Floyd Concept is probably my favorite thing to do right now because I can just get up there and pour my heart out doing music that I love!”
DRUMS / PERCUSSION / VOCALS
Dan's musical career began when he received his first drumset for Christmas at the age of seven. He began taking lessons at the age of thirteen and has studied with jazz great Kenny Wagner and rock legend Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge. He has performed in some of the area's best bands including Brymstone and Seventh Sign. In addition, Dan is versed in the art of Scottish pipe band music and has performed with the legendary Irish recording artist Noel Henry. Dan was recently nominated for The 2018 Night Life Music Awards in the "Best Rock Drummer" category.
Michael Digaetano's career spans two continents. "Mr. Diggs" as he is better known, has performed in the United States as well as Europe. While touring in Germany Michael won a "Star Search" competition. Diggs' influences include Richard Wright (Pink Floyd) Tony Banks (Genesis) Geoffrey Downes (Asia/Yes) Elton John, Ray Charles, and Keith Emerson. Michael recently nominated for The 2018 Night Life Music Awards in the "Best Rock Keyboardist" category.
GUITARS / VOCALS
Ron LoCurto has been performing and teaching guitar for over 3 decades. Throughout his career, he has performed and recorded with a passion for music that has seen him grow from his early days as a rocker to a musician and composer whose credits are wide ranging in style. Ron has been honored twice as a finalist in the North American Rock Guitar Competition, taking second place in 2006. Also in 2006, he placed as a finalist in Guitar Player Magazine’s “Guitar Hero” competition. Ron was one of 10 chosen worldwide. He has had multiple nominations in the Buffalo Music Awards and was awarded Top Original Guitarist in 2009. Currently Ron is a professor at Villa Maria College where he teaches guitar and directs the Rock Ensemble. He performs and records as a solo artist and performs with the Big City Horns.
GUITARS / VOCALS
From Buffalo to Japan, Geno McManus’s talent on the guitar is no secret, enjoying success both in the U.S. and abroad. A Lackawanna native, he started his career as a solo artist after sitting in with other local artists like Joe Head and John McCann in the late 1980s and early 1990s. McManus began Chapter X and Gooseflesh and formed the original version of the Celtic rock band Jackdaw with former Goo Goo Dolls drummer GeorgeTutuska. He left that project after about a year and a half to join the band Animal Planet. Throughout his career, McManus has played with over ten different bands and traveled internationally. His flexibility as a musician and his preference for British invasion music has helped make him a famous guitarist in Japan, where Beatlemania has never really gone away. He’s done over 30 tours in Japan and is working with Japanese guitar company, Fujigen/FGN on a mutual endorsement agreement to promote the sale of their guitars in the U.S.
Geno is a 2014 Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee.
MUSIC DIRECTOR / SAXOPHONES / KEYBOARDS / PERCUSSION / VOCALS
Playing the saxophone since he was seven, Grammy-nominated saxophonist Jack Prybylski is a Buffalo Music Hall of Fame inductee, and a 12-time Buffalo Music Awards "Best Saxophonist" recipient. Jack's three solo CD's received International airplay, and produced chart-topping singles. In addition to being the band's music director and performing on saxophone, Jack also plays keyboards and percussion for The Floyd Concept.
Equally proficient on acoustic and electric bass, Paul's numerous performances have included both studio and live dates over the past 10 years. In 2009 he toured with rock and soul artist Fred Shafer performing throughout the United States as well as a MWR tour to Southeast Asia, that included performances in Beijing, China as well as numerous venues around South Korea. He also performed in Europe having toured with guitarist Tommy Z in Denmark. Paul has shared the stage with a wide variety of artists including John Michael Montgomery, Julianne Hough, Billy Ray Cyrus, The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Johnny Winter, Kansas, Journey, and Yngwie Malmsteen among others. In addition to performing with The Floyd Concept, Paul also performs with the Big City Horns and Steve Balesteri & The Uptown Sound. He also is active in musical theater, performing in various pit orchestras for numerous local theater groups. Paul is a three-time recipient of the Buffalo Nightlife Music Awards for Best Blues Bassist.