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The name Amusé (pronounced Am-you-zay) is a play on words & has a double meaning. First, it comes from the French term AMUSE-BOUCHE, which is a small, complimentary appetizer offered by some chefs, which literally means ‘to entertain the mouth’. The English meaning for the word AMUSE is ‘to entertain, or provide interesting & enjoyable occupation for someone’. Our goal with Amusé to accomplish both…all in one sitting.
Amusé is an original band started by Celebrity Chef Patrick Stark (seen on Cutthroat Kitchen & The Taste), that creates the ultimate artistic experience. Whether it’s serenading your ears during a live dinner set between courses, featuring different local chefs & artists, or the entertaining banter that lies between all of that, the band will give you a fresh feel & a unique “Dining Experience” that is unlike anything out there.
The band plays live during dinner service & between courses making a true marriage of food and music, while also interacting with the guests. With a variety of talented chefs cooking amazing meals, live painters creating on the stage, and special guest musicians sitting in, you never know what you’ll get…other than pure entertainment for your senses. Amusé believes in getting involved in the community and giving back, so a portion of proceeds from every event are donated to his Mohawk Militia charity. From the original songs written, to the charity selected, to the atmosphere created, to the musicians playing…there is purpose behind everything we do. Let us ‘amuse’ you…
BIG SHOUT OUT TO MY BROTHER CHRIS HARMON FOR THE GRAPHIC DESIGN!!
MEET THE BAND!!
Medrick Greely (DRUMS/PERCUSSION): “I was born in Dallas TX. I knew at the age of 10 that I wanted to be a drummer after attending a new church in Queens, NY with my mother. Growing up in the times where Hip Hop music was in it’s infancy, the “sampling” helped me realize that all genres where important. Not being able to afford formal training, I was determined to get the “feel” of a song down, no matter the project. Amusé is yet another outlet of my expression.” Be sure to check out his project “The DJ and the Drummer Collective”.
Celebrity Chef Patrick Stark (GUITAR): You have probably seen him Food Network’s Cutthroat Kitchen (twice), ABC’s The Taste Season 2, or Food Network’s Rewrapped, Mystery Diners as well as other productions. Patrick Stark is a graduate of the prestigious Culinary Institute of America (C.I.A.). He started in the corporate world, opening restaurants and then opened his own company Stark Raving Inc specializing in consulting work, design, and catering for celebrities.
Chef has played in Strangleweed, Hollow, JGMJ, ZOOHouse, Backseat Continental, and is currently playing in his charity pop-up music project Amusé. “My most memorable moment in music was performing in Strangleweed and opening for Styxx in front of 26k people. I remember struggling to get my signal correct during sound check and freaking out! I trace my guitar cable all the way back to my amp and there is “Dime” rolling all the knobs on my 5150 amp head laughing hysterically while nuzzling a bottle of Crown. He was one of my idols growing up and still to this day! Check out Chef ripping a little Van Halen!! https://youtu.be/kZ45SSztRCo
Nigel Rivers (BASS): Freelance professional bassist, Executive Curator/Music Director for “RBC Underground”, Professional Recording Bassist at “Soul Kontrollaz Productions”, Bass/Acoustic Guitar/Music Theory Instructor at “Centre for Musical Minds”. Nigel has completed placement work for Ashleigh Smith, Lupe Fiasco, Gladys Night, and Common to name a few. He has also performed live artist work for Erykah Badu, Mos Def, Phyfe Dawg (Tribe Called Quest), and Eric McFadden (Parliament)to name a few. You will wanna follow this talented musician!
Leslie Austin (Ring Leader/Lead VOX): Miss Austin grew up singing, dancing, and entertaining from a young age. Beginning small in talent shows, churches, and weddings, to later performing for crowds as big as 15,000, her passion and God-given talent have always been ignited by music. From singing with a gospel choir for 10 years to leading dance flash mobs that have made national news, Leslie’s diverse background has helped shape her into a uniquely versatile performer with a lot of soul. Having performed with many of Dallas’ top bands and musicians, Leslie has opened for artists such as R. Kelly, Neil McCoy, and Jerry Jeff Walker. She has also recorded on several albums over the years including an upcoming compilation by Hip Hop artist Prynce P, also featuring Paul Wall. With a recent release of her debut single ‘Crazy Love’ on iTunes (go buy it!), Leslie looks forward to releasing an EP album, writing more songs, learning more guitar, and sharing her love & passion through music with the world. Another artist to watch!!
Chris Ray (Keys/Vox):A vocalist, keyboard player, music director, songwriter, composer, producer and teacher, Chris has a Bachelor’s in Voice from Texas Tech University. His career highlights include being head instructor at the acclaimed Septien Entertainment Group, performing with professional chorus the Ken Davis Chorale and directing several bands in the Dallas area ranging in style from rock, pop to country. Chris has also trained students who are now fulltime performing artists; several of whom attended Belmont in Nashville and Berklee in Boston. Chris has an intimate relationship with music that started when he was five and is only beginning.
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