Sunshine Sunday featuring Annie in the Water, Organ Fairchild, and Planet Jr

  • May 7, 2023 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
  • The Upstairs

    106 South Cayuga Street
    Ithaca, New York 14850
Ticket Price $17.50 This event is now over

Join us Sunday, May 7th as Annie in the Water, Organ Fairchild, and Planet Jr pay tribute to the music of the Grateful Dead at The Upstairs Ithaca!


Annie in the Water is the feeling of driving down mountain roads with longtime friends. As the sun rises in the rearview, an unwritten story awaits on the road ahead.

Comprised of members Brad Hester (Lead Vocals/Rhythm), Michael Lashomb (Lead Guitar/Vocals) Joshua West (Drums/Vocals), Chris Meier (Bass/Vocals), Matt Richards (Keys/Vocals) and Brock Kuca (Percussion/Vocals), each performance is another adventure; exhilarating and everlasting.


Jam scene mainstays Joe Bellanti, Corey Kertzie, and Dave Ruch met in 1983 as members of Buffalo NY Grateful Dead cover band “Wild Knights,” a group that still plays reunion shows to this day.

But it wasn’t until early 2020 that they wrote their first original music together, this time as a three-piece instrumental organ trio/funky jam band Organ Fairchild.

“Fiery, passionate and deeply musical”
- Jeff Miers, The Buffalo News

The debut gig was just a month before COVID shutdowns, but the horse was out of the barn and the response was immediate!

Highlights of the band’s short life to date include:

Three-set booking at the 2023 Summer Camp Music Festival, IL

Main stage appearance at Borderland Festival, NY (7,000 attendance)

Full band called out of the audience to sit in at sold-out Andy Frasco & U.N. show 12/31/22 Town Ballroom (1,000 caps)

Two sold-out shows (300 tix) at Babeville’s Ninth Ward - Buffalo Jan '23

Support for Melvin Seals and JGB, Anders Osborne and Jackie Greene, Andy Frasco & the U.N., Sophistafunk, Dirty Dozen Brass Band

Voted NY’s top emerging band (out of 64 groups) in 2021

Video greeting to the band from actress Morgan Fairchild Radio Charts Top 30 List

Show history in NY, CT, PA, OH, DC, Ontario

Individually, these veteran musicians have played with (not in support of) Bob Weir, Rob Wasserman, Robbie Krieger (The Doors), Nels Cline, Tony Rice, moe., Oteil Burbridge, Steve Kimock, Keller Williams, Strangefolk, Gibb Droll, Big Leg Emma, Juggling Suns and more.

“Three long-time veterans of the jam scene”
- Grateful Web

But since 2020, they’ve been joined together in the pursuit of groovy tunes and juicy jams in a high-powered organ trio format.

Seriously, get ready to get down with Organ Fairchild!

“Had even the shyest of shy folks bouncing around” - Mirth Films, Albany NY

“Go see these guys. Early and often! - The Sound Podcast

“Like Medeski Martin and Wood meets Santana” - a fan


Corning NY's Planet Jr brings their passion for playing of the Dead everywhere they perform. Ryan Hunt and Company have been performing delighting crowd all over Upstate NY with their take on the Grateful Dead.

Tickets are $15 adv/$20 day of the show
21+ w/Proper ID

Date & Time

Sun, May 7, 2023 4:00 PM - 11:00 PM

Venue Details

The Upstairs

106 South Cayuga Street
Ithaca, New York 14850 The Upstairs
Kevin Black Presents