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Lafayette Hotel is host to the oldest and largest blues talent competition in the Buckeye State this weekend.

The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society of Ohio hosted the 21st annual River City Blues Competition.

Various local bands took the stage playing the guitar, drums and most importantly showcasing… Read More

Typically, when the name Smiling Skull comes to mind, a gritty, in-your-face biker bar is a fairly common impression. And that is all well and good, but when parents are in town, it would be sensible not to let on that one of your favorite bars is also frequented by the Sons of Anarchy on the weekends. Read More

The sound of guitars and the smell of ribs are about to engulf the little village of Chesterhill, Ohio.

Now in its fifth year, Ribs, Rhythm & Blues is scheduled for Saturday, June 9, featuring The Silky Ray Band and Vinnie & The Lubricators. Read More

Thursday afternoon found Vinnie Mele in his Front Street apartment, fingering through a couple of riffs on the fretboard of his vintage Epiphone hollow body electric guitar.

Less than a block away is Marietta's historic Lafayette Hotel, where Mele and his band, the… Read More


The Marietta Times

“One of the Mid-Ohio Valley's premier musicians”


“With experience comes refined skill, and Vinnie Mele has plenty of experience.”

The Columbus Dispatch

“The ultimate crossover band”

Union Hall Theatre

“Thank you for a great performance. You brought the crowd right out of their seats, exactly how we hoped!”

Brickstreet BBQ Festival

“Your music was great as always! You added a great spirit to the evening and everyone enjoyed your music so much. Thank you and thank you again.”

The Adelphia Music Hall

“Your show is always top notch, energetic and full of variety.”