Tri-State Talent

The Closers – Titusville, Pennsylvania – Band

BandWhen you hear that ol’ familiar song tickle your ears once a week at the beginning of Tri-State at the Plate, you can thank Closers frontman and Tri-State contributor Jason Ruggiero.

The Closers formed in 2007 and are made up by drummer/vocalist Greg Nageotte, bassist Garrett Britton and keyboardist/organist Nate Wilcox. They are heavily influenced by a cross-section of  artists such as Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Neil Young, The Animals, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Johnny Cash, Lucinda Williams and U2. The group has been piecing together their first full length album and has perpetual hope that they will wrap up that album this year.

You can hear “Coming Clean” (the opening number for Tri-State at the Plate) and another original song “Don’t Worry Baby” at their Myspace page here.

Tyler James – Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania – Singer/Songwriter

Singer Songwriter Tyler Addison James TwitterFormer Cambridge Springs, Pennsylvania resident Tyler James was featured on Episode #2 of Tri-State at the Plate on February 15, 2013.

Tyler now resides in Los Angeles, California, pursuing his Master’s Degree in Commercial Music.  He is working on a full length album which will be his solo debut after several releases with bands, such as tri-state local favorite Radio Empire. His music is heavily influenced by artists such as Radiohead, The Beatles, Peter Gabriel, Elton John, Ed Sheeran, and Ben Folds, among others, but has matured since he first started creating music during his teenage years.  He now aims to move his listeners with unexpected musical and lyrical twists and turns instead of producing the pop-style music that heavily influenced his earlier work.

You can check out his work on the podcast.  Also, check him out at or on facebook, and follow him on Twitter @TylerAJames.

Kent Pelisari – Titusville, Pennsylvania – Singer/Songwriter

Kent Pelisari Musical Guest Tri-State at the PlateFormer Titusville, Pennsylvania resident Kent Pelisari now resides in Fresno, California and was featured on Episode #4 of Tri-State at the Plate on February 28, 2013.

Kent has been playing guitar since he first picked one up at eleven years old.  After graduating from high school in Fresno (more like Fres-yes!), California, Kent moved to Los Angeles to pursue his musical ambitions.  He attended Long Beach State University, home to such ballplayers as Evan Longoria, Jered Weaver, Jared Hughes, and Troy Tulowitzki.  In the music he listens to, Kent hopes to find inspiration and hopes that his music does the same for people who listen to him.

Kent’s song ‘Leota’ is featured on ‘First Pitch Strikes’ during the musical intermission as well at the end, in which you can tell the sentiment in his music is heavy.


Sunday at the Station – Meadville, Pennsylvania – Band

Northwestern Pennsylvania Band Sunday at the Station Townville, PennsylvaniaSunday at the Station is a folk Americana Band that formed in the Meadville, Pennsylvania region.  They are featured in Episode #6 of Tri-State at the Plate titled ‘Captain America and His Balky Back’.  The three members of the band include Matt Marr who handles vocals/banjo/guitar, Donnie Consla who manages the vocals/guitar/mandolin, and Scott Stearns on the bass/background vocals.  All of the members are from the Northwestern Pennsylvania region, but live across the country now.  They are currently on a hiatus as Donnie is in veterinarian school in California.  You can preview and purchase their music on iTunes by searching for ‘Sunday at the Station’.  Their music can also be previewed and purchased at  You can check them out on facebook here, on their Myspace page here, or you can check out their fantastic YouTube page here.

We hope for the sake of good music these guys get back together because their music is absolutely fantastic.

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