BIOGRAPHY: John Fuzek is a Rhode Island based, award winning singer- songwriter-guitarist that has been performing around the Northeast and various points in the US for over 25 years. His folk-rock sound, unique guitar playing and vocal style has won him both fans and critical acclaim. John’s original songs touch on the environment, politics, social issues, history and relationships. He has recorded full length or contributed songs to ten CDs that have been heard around this country and in others as well. In addition to his solo work, John plays with the award-winning band. Forever Young- A Tribute to the Music of Neil Young and occasionally as part of the award-winning Fuzek-Rossoni duo.
VENUES: Either solo or as one half of the duo Fuzek•Rossoni, John has performed around the Northeast and various other spots in the US at prestigious venues and festivals. These are just SOME:
• The Kerrville Folk Festival - TX • Newport Folk Festival RISA/HIRI Songwriter Showcase - RI • The Newport Sunset Festival - RI • The Providence Waterfront Festival - RI • Falcon Ridge Folk Festival Emerging Artist Showcase - NY • The Sustainable Living Festival -RI • Fast Folk Cafe - NYC • SNAFU - Baltimore, MD • The Iron Horse - MA • Providence Performing Arts Center-RI • Pete's Candy Store - NYC • August Rush - VT • Radio Bean - VT • Stone Soup - RI • CBGB's Gallery - NYC • Passim - Cambridge,MA • Siné - NYC • AS220 - RI • Blackstone River Theatre - RI • Loaf & Ladle - NH • The Centerfold - NYC • Folkway - NH • The Left Bank - ME • The Blackthorne Tavern-MA • The Narrows Center for the Arts - MA • Colleges in Rhode Island (Brown, RIC, RISD), Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Maine • And many, many other venues that he can't remember the names of
SHARED THE BILL WITH: • Steve Forbert • Judy Collins • Noel “Paul” Stookey (Peter, Paul and Mary) • Livingston Taylor • Boz Scaggs • Richie Havens • Kevin Bacon & The Bacon Brothers • River Phoenix and Aleka’s Attic • The Marshall Tucker Band • Tom Rush • Don McLean • Willie Nelson • Marshall Crenshaw • John Gorka • Cheryl Wheeler • Susan Werner • Iris Dement • Christine Lavin • Antje Duvekot • Aztec-Two-Step • Chris Smither • Catie Curtis • Eddie from Ohio • Josh Ritter • Robbie O' Connell • Bill Morrissey • Patti Larkin • Ellis Paul • The Neilds • Paul Geremia • Vassar Clements • James McMurtry • Jeffery Osbourne • White Buffalo • Deer Tick • Don Henry - Grammy Award Winner- • Jules Shear - the original host of “ MTV’s Unplugged” • Jack Hardy - Fast Folk Music Magazine founder • Devonsquare • Mustard's Retreat and many more...
RADIO/TV: John Fuzek/Fuzek•Rossoni have performed live and had many recordings played on radio and TV stations around RI, The Northeast, North America and Europe.
AWARDS: John Fuzek twice won the honored Best Male Vocalist category in the Providence Phoenix (RI’s Largest Entertainment Weekly) Best Music Poll. Fuzek•Rossoni captured the Best New Local Act, Best CD/Tape and Best Song Categories. In September 2003, John was named one of RI’s “Most Influential People in the Arts” by the Providence Phoenix. “A Dog’s Age”,was chosen by the Providence Phoenix as one of the BEST ACOUSTIC CDs in RI of 2004. In 2005 he was nominated in the Best Folk Act category of the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll. In 2007 he was nominated as the Best Male Vocalist in the Providence Phoenix Best Music Poll. In 2008, the band, FOREVER YOUNG, that John founded, won the BEST TRIBUTE/COVER ACT AWARD in the MOTIF MUSIC AWARDS and won again in 2010, 11, 12 and 2013. FOREVER YOUNG won the BEST TRIBUTE BAND in the 2014 LIMELIGHT MAGAZINE AWARDS. In May of 2009, John was awarded the "ARTISTIC VISION AWARD" by Motif Magazine and he also received a "CITIZEN CITATION" from Mayor David Ciccilline of Providence for his work with the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. In March of 2015 John was honored as as one of 25 outstanding alumni of CCRI's 64,000 graduates from the past 50 years.
OTHER INFO: John is a graduate of Rhode Island College and the Community College of Rhode Island. He earned an Associates of Fine Arts degree from CCRI. He also received a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts degree from Rhode Island College. His major concentrations were in Graphic Design Photography, Painting and Art History. John has worked as a Freelance Photographer and Freelance Graphic Designer.
He runs the non-profit organization, Hear In Rhode Island that produces and has produced festivals, concerts and recordings. Through this organization he has worked production with The Newport Folk Festival, Rhythm and Roots Festival, Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, The Providence Waterfront Festival and many others...
John has produced several CDs and created the artwork for many as well.
Currently John writes "Roots" column for the magazine/newspaper "MOTIF", a Providence, RI based publication.
He is also the president emeritus and a founding member of the Rhode Island Songwriters Association. John produced many performances and coordinated many activities for the group.
He was a board member of the North East Regional Folk Alliance for ten years.
John is a vegetarian, is as environmentally friendly and as nice to animals as possible.