Songs
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Song Time Hi-Fi Lo-Fi WMA Real Media Download Credits/Lyrics
Catholic Girls 3:50 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Downtown 3:59 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
High School Dance 3:22 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Is it All The Same 4:11 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Lonely Man 4:21 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Mount Carmel Ridge 4:46 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Rock-n-Roll Annies 3:36 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Take Me Back 3:52 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Tears From Saigon 4:36 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics
Trans Am Dream 3:16 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Download Credits  Lyrics

Unplugged
This is the live performance by the Nied's Hotel Band on The Pennsylvania Rock Show, Wednesday, May 11, 2005. The band performed "Here We Go Again", "600 Under", "Grow Up Fast" and "Hourglass".
Song Time Hi-Fi Lo-Fi WMA Real Media Download Credits/Lyrics
Here We Go Again
(Unplugged)
3:27 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Not Available Credits  Lyrics
600 Under
(Unplugged)
3:42 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Not Available Credits  Lyrics
Grow Up Fast
(Unplugged)
4:07 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Not Available Credits  Lyrics
Hourglass
(Unplugged)
4:18 Winamp Hi-Speed Winamp Dial-Up Windows Media Audio RealAudio Not Available Credits  Lyrics

Video
Lonely Man video
By: John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band

Take Me Back video
By: John Vento and the Nied's Hotel Band


Catholic Girls video
By: John Vento and the Nied's Hotel Band

Nied's Hotel video
By: John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band


Day The Lady Cried video
By: John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band

Entire Day The Lady Cried Documentary


Bob Sedney Automotive uses the song "Grow Up Fast", written by John Vento and Tim Hadley, as the music bed in their TV commercial. Click the icon to see the commercial in Flash format.
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Podcast

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PARS live from TME studio 2006

Bob Miller guest hosts the Pennsylvania Rock Show from Total Music & Entertainment studio. Live performance and debuts of new songs by Tony Marinacci. Live performance by Nied's Hotel Band. Also, some best moments from previous appearances.
Length: 30:44. August 4, 2006.
Best of TME on PARS

Tony Marinacci and Chris Bell host a show full of the best moments from various appearances on the Pennsylvania Rock Show that were sponsored by Total Music & Entertainment.
April 17, 2009.
NHB on PARS

Nied's Hotel Band live on the Pennsylvania Rock Show. Interview bits of the band by host Bill. Includes an unplugged performance of 4 songs.
Length: 18:57. May 11, 2005.

Compilations
Compilation Artist & Title Songs Description

 

Nied's Hotel Band - Archives

 

 

Nied's Hotel Band

Archives
  1. Tears From Saigon
  2. Old Neighborhood
  3. Reminisce And Move On
  4. Where Is All The Rain
  5. Downtown
  6. Orphans Smile Too
  7. Brand New Day
  8. River’s Edge
  9. Gimme That Thing
  10. Unconditional Love

 

Rock and Roll

John Vento and the Nied's Hotel Band - The Way That You Roll
John Vento and
the Nied's Hotel Band

The Way That You Roll
  1. Take Me Back
  2. Catholic Girls
  3. Long Way Home
  4. Mr. Cool
  5. Trans Am Dream
  6. High School Dance
  7. The Way That You Roll

 

Old School Rock and Roll

 

John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - Nied's Hotel 2

 

 

Nied's Hotel Band

Nied's Hotel 2
  1. House Full Of Reasons
  2. Is it All The Same
  3. 600 Under
  4. Grow Up Fast
  5. Never Too Old To Rock
  6. Truth Or Dare
  7. Brother
  8. Ain’t No Sunshine
  9. Mount Carmel Ridge
  10. Graduation Day
  11. Hourglass
  12. Rock-n-Roll Annies
  13. Nied’s Hotel
  14. Rich In Blood
  15. Lonely Man
  16. Here We Go Again
  17. Day The Lady Cried

 

Rock and Roll

 

John Vento & the Nied's Hotel Band - Nied's Hotel

 

 

Nied's Hotel Band

Nied's Hotel 2
  1. Rock-n-Roll Annies
  2. Lonely Man
  3. Ain’t No Sunshine
  4. Never Too Old To Rock
  5. Hourglass
  6. Tears From Saigon
  7. Here We Go Again
  8. Nied’s Hotel
  9. 600 Under
  10. Mount Carmel Ridge
  11. Old Neighborhood
  12. Reminisce And Move On
  13. Love Me Good
  14. Where Is All The Rain
  1. Is it All The Same
  2. House Full Of Reasons
  3. Downtown
  4. Orphans Smile Too
  5. Grow Up Fast
  6. Graduation Day
  7. Brother
  8. Brand New Day
  9. River’s Edge
  10. Gimme That Thing
  11. Unconditional Love
  12. Rich In Blood
  13. Day The Lady Cried
  14. The Luckiest

 

Rock and Roll

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TME Recordings Compilation Page Link: John Vento / Buddy Hall & Friends - Nied's Hotel Reviews Page
Reviews - What They're Saying About It
The Way That You Roll

"John Vento and the Nied’s Hotel Band have delivered another stellar effort. If you like old school rock-n-roll, you’ll love this new disc. ‘The Way That You Roll’ is fun from start to finish."
By: - Sean McDowell - 102.5 FM WDVE - Pittsburgh

The John Vento and the Nied's Hotel Band - The Way That You Roll CD. Features an all star line up with; Wild Cherry's original drummer Ron Beitle, guitar great Reb Beach (Winger and many others) and sax great Kenny Blake.
TME Recordings Featured Artist: John Vento / Buddy Hall & Friends - Nied's Hotel Reviews Page
Reviews - What They're Saying About It
Nied's Hotel

"Nied's Hotel is loaded with great performances from so many wonderfully talented area musicians. If you love good rock music, you'll love this CD."
By: - Sean McDowell - 102.5 FM WDVE - Pittsburgh

"Nied's Hotel is a homerun, big league production and performance."
By: - Dave Rauhecker - Atlanta Music Critic

"More soulful than a vat of grits."
By: - Scott Tady - Beaver Valley Times

Read a review in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette just CLICK HERE.
appeared - Friday, July 16, 2004 Arts & Entertainment Section Local Scene - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

This CD features performances from many of the areas finest Musicians & Composers
Talent Poster
TME Recordings Featured Artist: John Vento - Nied's Hotel WDVE Promo Page
Give Rock Radio DJ Sean McDowell of 102.5 FM WDVE Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 1 minute to tell you about Nied's Hotel.
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Shows
TME Recordings Featured Artist: John Vento - Nied's Hotel Band Gigs Page
Come see the Nied's Hotel Band live

                     The CONCERT FOR HOPE & AWARENESS returns to Pittsburgh! Please join us for the 2nd annual Concert for Hope & Awareness, an evening filled with great acoustic music from a group of incredibly talented national and local singer-songwriters, all brought together to raise awareness about ALS, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and to benefit our friend Eric Lowen and the local ALS division of the MDA chapter. The concert begins at 5:30 at ELIXIR Ultralounge, 15th & East Carson Street on Pittsburgh's South Side. This year's line up includes a special appearance from Darden Smith who released the hit       JIM NIED PRODUCTIONS & TRAVEL AGENCY PRESENTS: Super Bowl eve Rock-n-Roll party @ the Orpheus Club Saturday February 2nd   8:00 pm  - 11:30 pm Featuring:  the Nied's Hotel Band with special guest Rheme Cleo. For details visit www.niedshotelband.com      SATURDAY OCTOBER 6 th - JIM NIED PRODUCTIONS & TRAVEL AGENCY  PRESENTS: THE NIED'S HOTEL BAND CD RELEASE PARTY (notice PARTY all caps and bold!) The Way That You Roll 7:00 pm Showtime @ One of Pittsburgh's Finest Acoustically Perfect Concert Halls: The Lawrenceville Moose (120 51st St.) 412-681-5958. For details visit  www.niedshotelband.com, check out samples of new cd! Even if you don't like great live rock-n-roll music come for the cold beer!      The Pennsylvania Rock Show comes to Total Music & Entertainment for a can't miss show. Tune in for more surprises.  FRIDAY, APRIL 28th 8:30pm - 12 mid NIEDS HOTEL BAND (NHB) Rock-n-Roll Concert. A-CLUB - BLAWNOX, PA (Behind Moondogs) For details visit www.niedshotelband.com  BROKEN BONE & NHB JOIN FORCES! Friday October 14th - Benefit Concert For Our Local Troops In Iraq. Deja Vu - Penn Ave., Pittsburgh Strip District, 7:00pm-11:00pm $10 Donation. For details call Terri Volante @ 412-418-2129.  NHB - Nied's Hotel Band Friday, August 26th, 8:30 PM, A - Club, Blawnox (directly behind Moondogs)  Nied's Hotel Band Benefit Concert Supports Cystic Fibrosis, Saturday  August 20, 9:30 PM, Carnivores - Oakmont. For details visit www.niedshotelband.com  Nied's Hotel Band Live broadcast of an acoustic set on The Pennsylvania Rock Show Live web cam and chat Wednesday night May 11, 2005, 8 PM to 11 PM. Sponsored by AK Music Scene <www.AKMusicScene.com> and Indie Band Radio <www.IndieBandRadio.com> Or catch the rebroadcasts 7 times on 5 stations, 6 days a week! Mega Rock Radio 10 PM Thursday <www.megarockradio.com> Planet Radio 8 PM Friday and 1 PM Saturday <http://theboxmusicnetwork.com/planetradio/> OSH Radio 4 PM Saturday <www.oshradio.com> Extreme Indie Radio 6 PM Sunday and 8 PM Tuesday <www.extremeindieradio.com> Danko Radio 4 PM Monday <www.danko-radio.com> * All times EST. For details visit www.parockshow.info.  URGENT LAST MINUTE ALERT ! WE REALLY "NIED" YOUR HELP ............... The Nieds Hotel Band  just got asked to play Moondogs (Blawnox) next Saturday night May 7 from 9:30pm-10:30pm opening up for The Mannish Boys (classic rock/blues). Since no one in this region supports live music (especially local artists) quite like Ronnie, the owner of Moondogs. I was hoping you could help us make a great showing by asking, prodding, and even paying, if necessary all of you friends and family to come out for our set. The Nied's Hotel Band will perform unplugged, no drums, just live, raw and vulnerable...........hmmmmmmm. We're also thrilled to announce that guitarist Johnny Carlino, best known for his work with James, will be joining us. Johnny plays a mean 12 string acoustic guitar. Hope you can find your way to Moondogs in Blawnox next Saturday night, cover is $5. John Vento - LEARN MORE AT www.niedshotelband.com.  CINCO DE MAYO BENEFIT PARTY - THURSDAY MAY 5 @ FRANKLIN INTERIORS - Nearly two years ago, interior designer suzanne lynch was tragically killed. To honor her memory, many of her dear friends and industry peers are building a scholarship trust fund to support the educational needs of future interior designers. Please consider attending event or making contribution. Don't miss a great party for a great cause! In addition to the RSVP (e-mail on the invitation) please mail a check made out to "Suzanne M. Lynch Scholarship Fund" and mail to Wendy Lockaton, 1419 Mervin Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15216. If you would like to pay by credit card, please call the number on the invitation at 412-531-3654.  James & Nied's Hotel Band * * Family Friendly - Bring The Kids * *, Benefit Rock -N- Roll Concert Saturday  April 16 Natrona Heights Blessed Sacrament School Hall Featuring - James - 8:00 PM Special Guest - Nied's Hotel Band - 7:00 PM. For details visit www.james-music.com.  SATURDAY 3/5 7pm SHOWTIME LIVE @ NIED'S HOTEL UNPLUGGED PERFORMANCES  FEATURING - JAMES www.james-music.com WITH SPECIAL GUEST - THE NIED"S  HOTEL BAND www.niedshotelband.com  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 4th NETWORK OF HOPE BENEFIT CONCERT "Musical Performance for the September 17th Flood Victims" @ CIS Office Installers - 13 Plum St., Verona, Pa. ShowTime - 7:15 pm - 11:00 pm. For more details visit www.networkofhope.org  Live Rock-n-Roll Music @ Nied's Hotel Friday September 24th, 2004, 5438 Butler Street - Lawrenceville, Pa. (seating is limited) Show starts @ 7:30 pm - Featuring "James" along with "John Vento & The Nied's Hotel Band". For more details call The Colonel 724-831-0611.  Please help us celebrate the release of the new " Nied's Hotel" double CD John Vento & Friends, with guest James. Saturday July 17 @ The Lawrenceville Moose (120 51 St. 412-681-0458). Doors open @ 6pm, ShowTime 7:30pm - 11:00 pm. $5.00 Cover - benefits Lawrenceville United Community Charities. Visit www.niedshotelband.com for more info or call 724-831-0611. You won't want to miss this show!  John Vento & Friends Saturday July 17 @ The Lawrenceville Moose. This is the date for the big Nied's Hotel CD Release Party, you won't want to miss this show!  John Vento & Friends Benefit Concert for AIA Charities, Thursday, June 24, 2004, The Red Star Tavern - Station Square, Pittsburgh. Hosted by Sean McDowell of 102.5 WDVE. 8:30 - 9:30 pm  Acoustical Performance by "JAMES" in Bar Louie (adjacent to Red Star). 9:30- 11:00 pm  Rock-n-Roll Concert by "JOHN VENTO & FRIENDS (Red Star stage). Featuring Scott Anderson sitting in on Keyboards, Co-Host of WQED's Live From Studio A  John Vento & Friends Saturday July 17 @ The Lawrenceville Moose. This is the date for the big Nied's Hotel CD Release Party, you won't want to miss this show! Musicians (Left - Right) John Vento - Vocals; Will Snyder - Acoustic Guitar; Dick Gainor - Bass Guitar; Todd Watson - Drums & Percussion; Andy Quinn - Electric & Acoustic Guitar; John Fox - Electric & Acoustic Guitar, Key Boards, Vocals. Technical Staff: Sound Engineers - Richard Montest & Scott Rectenwald; Lighting Director - Frank Opice; Staging - Rick Ehrin. For more information contact - The Colonel 724-831-0611  John Vento & Friends Benefit Concert at Sanctuary Nightclub, Friday, April 16, 2004, 1620 Penn Ave, Strip District, (412) 263-2877. Benefits The Children's Home Of Pittsburgh. Featuring: James (7:30 - 9:00) -  John Vento & Friends (9:15 - 10:45).

TME Recordings Featured Artist: John Vento - The Business Men Gigs Page
Come see the Businessmen live

                              John Vento Unfinished Business  BUSINESSMEN ROCK-N-ROLL ENTOURAGE PERFORMING FRIDAY, APRIL 13th 7:00 - 11:00 pm @ Zanderz (Plum). For details or visit www.business-men.com  BUSINESSMEN BENEFIT CONCERT SATURDAY APRIL 15, 9 PM ZANDERZ IN PLUM - OLD FRANKSTOWN ROAD. FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.BUSINESS-MEN.COM  SATURDAY APRIL 1st - BUSINESSMEN ROCK-N-ROLL BENEFIT CONCERT NHS SCHOOL FOR AUTISTIC CHILDREN - HERMINIE,PA. $10 Donation @ Door Includes Beer & Pizza. Show Time 7pm with Special Guest - James. For details visit www.business-men.com.  BUSINESSMEN Returning To Zanderz @ Palmieri's In Plum Saturday February 25 Special Guest Acoustic Artist - Stephen Christopher, Showtime 8:15. For details visit www.business-men.com  SUNDAY FEBRUARY 12TH @ BEAUTIFUL NEW CLUB CEFALO'S - CARNEGIE BUSINESSMEN ROCK-N-ROLL SHOW BENEFITS "CONDUCTIVE EDUCATION". A wonderful organization dedicated to supporting severely handicapped children. FOR DETAILS VISIT WWW.BUSINESS-MEN.COM  WEEKEND BUSINESSMEN ROCK-N-ROLL BENEFIT DOUBLE HEADER ZANDERS NITE CLUB @ PALMIERI'S OLD FRANKSTOWN RD, PLUM SATURDAY 12/10 9:00 pm - Benefits 2 yr. old Paul Decker "Bone Marrow Transplant Fund" $10 suggested donation per person. SUNDAY 12/11 6:00 pm - All Ages Family Show Benefits " Toys For Tots" $25 per family( 2-adults + all kids) suggested donation, or $10 per adult. For details visit www.businessmen.com.  BUSINESSMEN HALLOWEEN COSTUME PARTY - SATURDAY OCTOBER 29, 2005. You're invited to the Businessmen Rock-n-Roll costume Halloween bash - Saturday October 29th, 9PM @ Zanders. For details visit www.business-men.com.  BUSINESSMEN CONCERT Saturday, September 24 - 9:30pm - 12:30 Am, Zanders @ Palmieri's - Old Frankstown Rd. - Plum. For details visit www.business-men.com  BUSINESSMEN - ALL AGES FAMILY BENEFIT CONCERT Saturday August 6th, 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm, Sebco Pool - Butler, PA,  For details or call 724-352-3213, Directions to Sebco Pool: -Route 28 N -Exit #17 ( Freeport), right at end of exit onto Route 356 N -Stay on 356 for 7 miles -Turn left onto Hannahstown Rd. (at John Deere dealer) -SEBCO Pool in Laura Doerr Park on right  ALZHEIMER'S BENEFIT @ CASA DI ICE - NORTH VERSAILLES. Businessmen Rock-N-Roll Express Rolls into Casa Di Ice, (Routes 30 & 48 K-Mart Plaza - North Versailles). Saturday June 4, 2005, 8pm. Performance benefits Alzheimer's Association For details visit www.business-men.com.  BUSINESSMEN BENEFIT CONCERT FOR PLUM YOUTH ATHLETICS ZANDERS (Palmieri's restaurant) - Old Frankstown Road - Plum Saturday April 2, 2005 - See www.business-men.com for details  BUSINESSMEN FAMILY FRIENDLY Rock-N-Roll Concert Saturday, January 29 , 2005 @ St. Joe's School Gym, Verona, PA. Show Time 7:00pm - 9:00pm. for  details - www.business-men.com.  Businessmen Rock-n-Roll Concert Sunday December 5, 2004 2pm - 6pm Dowe's On 9th - Downtown Pittsburgh - Benefits summer camp for special children This is a "Family Friendly" all ages performance, bring the kids for photos with Santa.  SPECIAL AUCTION ITEM - BEN ROETHLISBERGER AUTOGRAPHED FOOTBALL. Bring cash or credit card to bid on the hottest item in the NFL! BUSINESSMEN - Rock-n-Roll Show to benefit 'TOYS FOR TOTS'. SATURDAY NOVEMBER 20 @ PALMIERI'S - Plum (724-387-2444) Special Guest Performance by "James " - 8:30 pm Learn more visit www.business-men.com  BUSINESSMEN CONCERT Saturday October 2nd. "TIM HADLEY'S 50th B-DAY BASH" Palmieri's Restaurant, Old Frankstown Road - Plum  Businessmen Concert Friday September 3rd. Casa Di Ice (Route 30 /Kmart Plaza) North Versailles, Showtime 8:00 PM  The Business Men Live at Palmieri's, Friday, May 7, 2004, Old Frankstown Road, Plum, 10:30 PM to 1:00 AM. With special guest Russell Lauf Band 9:00 PM to 10:00 PM. $5 cover benefits Transplant Olympics.
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TME Recordings Featured Artist: BIO Page
BIO  

Lead Vocals
Where He Got the Beat
It’s in his genes - on his mother’s side, to be exact. John’s mom’s great uncle was a Broadway pianist during the ‘20s and ‘30s; John’s grandfather, Vincent "Pinzy" Amen, was a well-known Pittsburgh-area mandolin player; and a cousin, Ron Anthony, played guitar in Frank Sinatra’s band for years.


INFLUENCES
Eric Burdon & The Animals
Harry Chapin
Marvin Gaye
Sly & The Family Stone
Van Morrison


Though I began writing and recording a little later in life (early forties). I have been blessed with tremendous encouragement from so many gifted people , especially producer Buddy Hall. Actually, when I first started working with Buddy in 2001 I was more then intimidated by his resume and the never ending stream of great musicians who graced his studio and my projects. Thanks to Buddy , Pittsburgh legends Pete Hewlett (Billy Joel – background vocals), Kenny Blake (sax), Ron Beitle (Wild Cherry – drums), Jim Britton ( Billy Price – keyboards), Tim Hadley (Businessmen – guitar), Tom Bellin (bass), Scott Anderson (keyboards), and John Parrendo (Henry Paul-violin) performed on many of our tracks.

I quickly discovered that the greater the talent , the nicer and more supportive they were. Speaking of nice people , no one was easier to work with then guitar virtuoso Reb Beach (Winger, White Snake, Alice Cooper, Bob Dylan, etc). Reb has a heart of gold to go with a wonderful sense of humor. What an honor to call Reb a friend. These great friends taught me to a valuable lesson. Music has an inherent kindness that reaches out to you – no matter who you are. All you have to do is open up and let it inside you. Music will guide you toward the path you seek.

My music career stems from a very strong musical influence from my maternal family. A large portion of content was written from my uncle, Anthony “Herb” Amen. Although he highlights his acting career, he is an accomplished musician, who mastered mandolins, banjos, saxophones, and various other instruments. Webster’s Dictionary defines the word “root” as, “That from which anything derives origin, growth, or support, or life and vigor.” There is no doubt that the root of my passion for music is derived from my Mother’s side of the family, The Amen’s, from Pittsburgh’s historic Larimer Avenue section of East Liberty, were a family with a tremendous musical legacy dating back to the early 1900’s. Primarily of Italian descent, the Amen family had it’s share of characters and gangsters, but it was always best known for producing great musicians.