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Sidewinder has four very tallented musicians beyond their years & skill levels. If you like guitar with depth & character this band will not leave you dissapointed. All the musicians, although they are young, they are well known by prominate talent in the Newport area. This band rocks with feelings.


SIDEWINDER: Formed in September, 2007. This young band started opening for some of the premier local bands around Aquidneck Island and Bristol’s night clubs where they raise a few eyebrows with their mature style of music and hard driving sounds. Sidewinder's inflences: Led Zeppelin, Stevie Ray Vaughan, AC/DC, B. B. King, Jimi Hendrix, Rolling Stones, Steve Vai, Eric Clapton, Van Halen, Queen, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul Gilbert, Frank Zappa, Ozzy Osborne, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple, Aerosmith, Pink Floyd, Joe Satriani, Scorpions, Guns n' Roses, Metallica, Joe Walsh, ZZ Top, Johnny A, Paul Zunno, Gary Hoey, Motley Crue, Los Lonely Boys, Spinal Tap, Primus, and many more.

-Chris Vaillancourt - Guitar/Vocals -
Chris gives Sidewinder it's searing guitar sound and vocals. Chris first showed his interest in guitar at age 13, and his love for guitar has been unconditional ever since. Born in Newport, RI and currently resides in Portsmouth, RI, Chris attends East Bay Met School where he is pursuing a musical career as a junior this year. In ‘07, Chris attended studies at Salve Regina University and enjoyed the valuable opportunity to complete an intership under Peter Davis at Salve Music department. Chris also has attended Berklee School of Music for the past two summers.

-Sam Ewing - Guitar/Vocals-
Sam provides guitar riffs with his Strat, and some sweet vocals on covers of Radiohead and Sublime. Born in Berkeley, California, Sam moved to Rhode Island when he was ten years old. Now a senior at Portsmouth High School, Sam has been playing guitar since the age of eleven.

-Zig Coffey - Drums-
A drummer beyond his years, Zig Coffey keeps Sidewinder in the groove. Zig is a third generation drummer following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Zig currently studies with Navy drummer David Ward. Zig resides in Newport, Rhode Island and attends Bishop Stang High School in New Bedford, Mass.

-Elias Wheeler - Bass Guitar-
Elias supplies the solid, driving bass lines for Sidewinder. Hailing from Portsmouth, Rhode Island, he attends Portsmouth High School, and he is junior this year. Elias has been playing guitar since the age of twelve.

Set List

Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix

Fire - Jimi Hendrix

Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix

Little Wing - Jimi Hendrix

All Along the Watchtower - Jimi Hendrix

Spanish Castle Magic - Jimi Hendrix

Wild Thing - Jimi Hendrix

Crossroads - Eric Clapton

You Really Got Me - Van Halen

Eruption - Van Halen

Moby Dick - Led Zeppelin

Texas Flood - Stevie Ray Vanughan

Paint It Black - Rolling Stones

Santeria - Sublime

What I Got - Sublime

Time is Running Out - Muse

House of the Rising Sun - Animals

I Will Survive - Cake

Paranoid - Black Sabbath

Bad Horsie - Steve Vai

Float On - Modest Mouse

Sweet Home Chicago - Robert Johnson

Smoke On the Water - Deep Purple

Creep - Radiohead

Breaking the Law - Judas Priest

Joker and the Thief - Wolfmother

Canon in D - Johann Pachelbel

Epic Song - Sidewinder

JustYou Try - Sidewinder

More cover songs and originals to be added to the list soon.

Voodoo Child - Jimi Hendrix

Fire - Jimi