the Vibe of Velardi
If you visit YBR on a Thursday or weekend evening, you likely will be treated to the mellifluous voice, keyboards, and horns of Aaron Velardi.
It turns out Aaron is more than just the musical talent. He’s a local treasure.
The resident of Chittenango—and the director of bands at Chittenango High School just down the road. He also is a regular on the regional music scene, frequently gigging at the TS Steakhouse and Turquoise Tiger at Turning Stone Resort Casino. He’s an active member of the CNY Wedding Music Collective. He even maintains a private studio, offering students music lessons many nights a week.
Aaron also regularly performs as part of a trio named The AV Project and the band, Debacle. He frequently sits in as a studio musician for other performers, as well—musician Rick Short recently tapped Aaron for a session at SubCat Studios in Syracuse.
Aaron released a solo album back in 2014—a record with songs that mix vocal jazz with rhythms that inspire you to dance.
Perhaps what’s most notable about Aaron is the vibe he creates when he steps up to the microphone.
Aaron is a throwback singer, the kind of musician that commands attention. Because he’s a local, because so many employees and players at YBR have connections to Chittenango High School, Aaron also is a bit of a celebrity—everybody knows “Mr. Velardi,” and everybody is eager to stop what they’re doing and cheer him on.
In fact, it’s not uncommon to see Chittenango High School alumni congregating at a table and listening to Aaron during a set.
The next time you’re on the floor and you hear Aaron playing, stop what you’re doing, wander over to the stage, and just listen closely. You’ll be glad you did, and the music will make you happy. What’s more, you’ll be supporting a local icon, and arguably one of the best musicians in these parts for quite some time.