The current lineup formed in the summer of 2016. Merging their collective tastes for many different musical genres, then fusing their diverse backgrounds, an eclectic mix, reminiscent of classic rock days, but with a modern, contemporary feel emerged. With three part harmonies that sound like a single voice, driving guitar and bass riffs, their songs are powerful and intense, yet easy to grasp. You’ll find intelligent lyrics with compelling story lines, catchy vocal hooks, and a few clever turns-of-phrase along the way. Although much of their writing follows old-school music philosophy reminiscent of the Beatles, Doors, Zeppelin, and many others, they’re not opposed to breaking into other genres such as bluegrass and folk from time to time..
Nina and the Buffalo Riders
Nina & The Buffalo Riders are a product and cumulative manifestation of Detroit’s legendary musical history. The five piece outfit combines soulful vocals with instrumentation reminiscent of early blues and psychedelic rock from the likes of Big Brother and the Holding Co. and Jefferson Airplane. “The passionate vocals of Nina Sofia which when accompanied by Adam Enriquez (guitar), Ryan Meadows (guitar), A.J. Jezewski (drums), Mike Fritz (keyboards), and Ramiro Romero (bass) gave the crowd a musical stew that hinted at influences by The Grateful Dead, Tedeschi-Trucks Band, and Janis Joplin” (Chuck Marshall -National Rock Review).
Since their formation in early 2013, “Nina and the Buffalo Riders have been steadily building a following in Detroit with music that aches with soul and burns with the heart of rock” (Chuck Marshall – National Rock Review), playing prime time slots at Detroit Winter Blast 2016, Showcase D’Holidays 2015, Arts Beats and Eats Royal Oak 2015, opening for Detroit’s own Sponge at the Allen Park City Art and Music Festival in 2013, 2014 and 2015, the Metro Times Blowout 2015, Hamtramck Music Festival in 2016 and the Ferndale City Pride Festival in 2014, headlining venues such as the Magic Stick Detroit, Short’s Brewing Company Bellaire, PJ’s Lager House in Detroit’s historic Corktown neighborhood, the famous Blind Pig Ann Arbor and the newly opened Huma Room at Hopcat Detroit, and performing as direct support for national acts such as The Steepwater Band Chicago and Mike Leslie of Candelbox, in addition to heavy hitting local acts The Muggs, The Reefermen and Detroit Classic Rock royalty Frijid Pink. “In the sixties, they would have been referenced as a ‘tribal’ band because of their ‘hippie’ tendency. Nowadays, they just play good music and don’t have to worry about labels” (PhilMaq- Radio Personality at 89.3 WHFR). The group is valued for their high intensity live performances, cross-genre instrumentation, and desire to make genuine friendships with every individual that they encounter.