Drawing its musical influences from American roots music -- swing, boogie-woogie, and Motown, Eight to the Bar is known for its outstanding instrumentalists and sophisticated musical and vocal arrangements, highlighted by female vocals.
With the support of independently produced CDs and videos, Eight to the Bar has cultivated a large, enthusiastic following that has put them in clubs from Maine to Miami as well as Europe and the Caribbean. Their rigorous touring schedule has included opening spots for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Manhattan Transfer, Robert Cray, the late Roy Orbison and Ray Charles, several European tours, and most recently, a tour of the Republic of Georgia at the invitation of the U.S. Embassy located there.
Besides live music venues, ETTB is available for private functions and celebrations. See/hear us in action!
SPECIAL EVENT- Although we don't have any live shows currently because of the Coronavirus, we do have a special VIRTUAL one that aired December 10 featuring Eight to the Bar band leader/founder/keyboard player/vocalist Cynthia Lyon. In this show Cynthia Lyon was interviewed by Charmagne Tripp-Glass, producer for a 3-episode series called Play Like A Girl, with Cynthia's episode being the third one. Each one featured a female musician from Connecticut playing their music and telling their stories! Charmagne, besides being a Grammy-winning songwriter*, singer, and producer, is also a former lead singer for Eight to the Bar and the two friends had a (mostly) good ole time revisiting the days when Char was in the band. There was be video footage, photos, and music!
*Char is the writer of the fan-favorite tune "Walk of Shame".
We are in the process of making a new CD (our 13th!) It's called "The Light Fanstastic" and we couldn't be more excited! We are hoping to have it out this summer. Watch for more updates!