The Ego Band

Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band

Formed in 2011, Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band quickly grew from a stripped-down (but always energetic) piano/bass/drums trio into a rollicking rock ‘n’ soul orchestra, featuring soaring guitar, a fiery horn section, and soulful counterpoint vocals courtesy Sam’s future Noon Fifteen collaborator (and now wife), Mandy Goldman. The group’s self-produced, crowd-funded debut LP, Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive, made the list of best local music releases of 2012 in the Ithaca Journal. The band was similarly honored in 2015 for Ten Square Miles, a concept album about coming of age in Ithaca.

In addition to showcasing Sam’s songwriting, the Ego Band often paid tribute to their influences, and even covered Led Zeppelin’s entire Houses of the Holy album in a hometown show in the summer of 2014. The group won the grand prize at the VF Outlets corporation’s 1970s Battle of the Bands that same year (they won the judges over with a one-two punch of Joe Cocker’s “The Letter” and a horn-driven arrangement of Zeppelin’s “When the Levee Breaks,” sung by Goldman). The group also opened for artists such as Boston’s Jesse Dee and “Renegades” hitmakers X Ambassadors.

Though recent years have focused more on Sam’s collaborative endeavors, the Ego Band’s music is never on the shelf for long. Sam continues to perform as a solo artist and with various lineups of musicians, playing the music he has written for himself and for others. While the Ego Band has been many different sizes, shapes, and people, as long as Sam is hammering away at the keys, it’s still all about the songs.

Listen to Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band at BandCamp, iTunes, Amazon, and www.samuelblupowitz.com.

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