French Lick Kicks Off Executive Sessions

By
Brenda Pike
October 20, 2008
French Lick drummer and Boston Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck
Vocalist Jordan Siegel, formerly of Fooled by April
Lead guitarist Dave Andonian, managing partner at Dace Ventures
Guitarist Rick Ganong, partner at Tudor Ventures
Bassist Pete Galea takes a turn at the mic.
Tom Simons, founder of the concert series, introduces the band.
Singer/songwriter—and Berklee presidential scholar—Neara Russell opens the show.
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth
Photo by Phil Farnsworth

French Lick, featuring Boston Celtics CEO Wyc Grousbeck, launched the 2008-2009 Executive Sessions concert series October 4. Executive Sessions showcases bands whose members include Boston-area CEOs and corporate executives in Berklee's new venue, Cafe 939.

This season adds a new twist, with top student singer/songwriters opening for the bands. Neara Russell, a Berklee presidential scholar, not only opened for French Lick but sang with them during the second half of their energetic show. Berklee students and their parents visiting for Family Weekend filled out the audience of friends, family, and well-wishers.

A classic rock cover band, French Lick features vocalist Jordan Siegel; bassist Pete Galea, both formerly of Fooled by April; lead guitarist Dave Andonian; keyboardist Michael Tzannes; and drummer Grousbeck, Boston Celtics CEO and owner.

The band has played several large charity events around Boston including the 2006 and 2008 Love Lane Hoe Down where they opened for Gregg Allman, the Year Up Carnival where they played with Shaggy, and Theo Epstein's Hot Stove events at Fenway Park in 2007 and at the Paradise this year.

French Lick's song list is rooted in classic rock, including covers from the Doors, Lynyrd Skynyrd, AC/DC, U2, Rolling Stones, and the Who.

For more information about the Executive Sessions concert series, contact Mirek Vana at mvana@berklee.edu.