Lukin’s brings the blues to Utica

 

MillLocal businesses and local music support each other again at Lukin’s on Saturday, Feb. 21 with blues band Mill Street Blues Band playing at 9:30 p.m.  Justin Welyczko and Greg DeLuis (bass and guitar, respectively) are also co-founders of Vincent Guitars, Inc., a locally based company in Little Falls, NY that creates custom, hand crafted guitars.

Vincent Guitars is run by brothers, Greg DeLuis (luthier) and Justin Welybczko and partner Rob Richard who are very dedicated to crafting “one of a kind, heirloom quality guitars” by hand.  Their focus is electric guitars and basses. One of the company’s specialties is utilizing fine quality reclaimed and salvaged old growth lumber.  Because the guitars are hand crafted, each is an individual with no two the same. This makes them an excellent choice for the savvy connoisseur as well as for gift giving to the musician who has everything. The company prides itself on personally hand crafting all wooden components of its instruments.

Justin estimates the company produces between 50-100 guitars a year.  Luthier, Greg DeLuis’s clientele include professional musicians Austin Musician and Bob Schneider, previously awarded musician of the year in Austin.

It makes sense that this collaboration would extend to making music, and the band the brothers are in is called Mill Street Blues Band. Joining Greg DeLuis on guitar and vocals and Justin Welyczko on bass is Joe Macri on the drums. They’ve been playing together as a band since joining forces to record a promotional video for the guitar shop.  Since then, they’ve continued to play, drawing on their vast experience in music.  Most notably, Greg played in the band Elements of Design and has been involved in the jazz scene in Saratoga Springs as well as composing music for the film, One Fall. The blues is a good fit at Lukin’s and with your support and a little luck; Mill Street Blues Band should be scooping up additional fans while simultaneously cross promoting the Vincent Guitars business.

 

[symple_box color=”blue” text_align=”center” width=”” float=”none”]If You Go:
What: Mill Street Blues Band
When: 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 21
Where: Lukin’s, 640 Varick St., Utica[/symple_box]

 

Melissa Walker
The Fuze Magazine

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