Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band
Armed with male and female vocals, vintage keyboards, electric guitar, a hard-grooving rhythm section, and a roaring horn section, Ithaca, NY’s Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band wave the flag of rock ’n’ roll tradition while pushing stylistic boundaries with their original material. Though firmly rooted in 1970s soul-rock, the band has shown a willingness to try just about anything: jazz standards, ‘80s pop, Dixieland, even covering Led Zeppelin’s entire Houses of the Holy album in a hometown show in the summer of 2014. The group’s self-produced, crowd-funded debut LP, Songs to Make You Wealthier and More Attractive, made the Ithaca Journal’s list of best local music releases of 2012. Since then, the group has steadily gathered momentum, opening for artists such as Boston’s Jesse Dee and “Renegades” hitmakers X Ambassadors, and winning the grand prize of $2000 at the VF Outlets corporation’s annual Battle of the Bands. The Ego Band’s new album of Ithaca stories, Ten Square Miles, was again named one of the top local albums of 2015 by the Ithaca Journal, and is available now on iTunes, Amazon, and samuelblupowitz.com.
Samuel B. Lupowitz & The Ego Band have performed in various sizes and lineups, ranging from the full nine-piece band to a stripped down piano/bass/drums trio. Sam also performs Ego Band material as a solo artist and as a duo with vocalist Mandy Goldman.