Ethoscope (2:15 – 2:45pm)


Meet Ethoscope!

Jessie May (Lead Vocals/keys) grew up in Rockaway Beach, Queens. She attended Fiorello H. LaGuardia at the age of 14 for voice where she studied for two years. At the age of 17 Jessie entered the NYC music scene by joining different bands and performing at various open mics and gigs regularly. At a performance at the MOMA Dome in Rockaway Beach, post hurricane Sandy, she was recognized by a local newspaper for having a singing voice that was “eclectic, powerful and engaging”. Through a mutual friend Jessie was introduced to Rob Lawless (Lead Guitar) one night at the Rockaway Artists Alliance. Rob Lawless and Jessie May teamed up to create “Ethoscope”.


Rob Lawless (Lead/Rhythm Guitar) grew up in Woodhaven, Queens. Rob started off with the baritone horn and moved to the trumpet in his high school years. Rob became interested in playing the guitar during his junior year of high school. He eventually became the guitarist of the band Solmenta. Solmenta played large venues around New York City for three years consistently, making a mark in the Brooklyn scene. In mid 2013, Solmenta decided to take an indefinite hiatus due to career changes and school transfers. During the hiatus, Rob and his former band mate David Michael were jamming at their studio when David had decided to call up local Rockaway musician Jessie May. Within six to with months Rob and Jessie had written eight original songs, and took to social media as Ethoscope.


Lance Rodriguez (Bass) started playing guitar at the age of nine. He later took that passion to work and started playing for the residents of Mayfair Care Center Nursing Home. It gave Lance a sense of meaning and purpose playing for the elderly, and he realized that playing music was something he wanted to do. “Nothing makes me feel better than making people happy by playing music” – Lance. Rob and Jessie were looking for a bassist and Lance was sharing a studio wit Rob. Lance took to their music greatly, seeing that they were in need for a bassist, he saw this as an opportunity to join. He became part of Ethoscope eight months into the project. Lance is what the members describe as having a chill, modest energy.


Jose Martinez (Drummer) is the newest member of Ethscope. Jose and Lance had been working together for a few months when Lance proposed to the band that Jose would be interested in joining. Jose is hard-hitting and intense.


Ethoscope’s music ranges from up-beat, hard-hitting rock mixed with soft rhythmic tones that take you from uplifting highs to deep soul. With the combination of each band member’s style and influence, it births a unique and powerful sound that hits the mind, body, and spirit. Ethoscope is definitely a band you want to hear, feel and experience.

Lords Of 1010 (12:30 – 1:15pm)

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Meet the Lords Of 1010!

Three of the four members of Lords Of 1010 grew up in Ditmas Park, home to the Flatbush Frolic. As teenagers they learned to play music together. In fact the name of the band is a ‘tip of the hat’ to the old neighborhood-referring to 1010 Dorchester Road.

The Lords-David De Ranieri on Bass, Tom Gannon on Lead Vocals and Guitar, Derek Olivero on Lead Vocals and Guitar and Vinny Weihs on Drums and Vocals-are all veterans of the 90′s original music scene in Brooklyn and New York, playing in clubs like L’amour (the Rock Capital of Brooklyn) Acme Underground, and the Pyramid Club with bands Outland and Money Shot, who often shared the same bill.

Always supportive of each other’s music, these old friends got together a few years ago to play that music that inspired them to pick up musical instruments in the first place, just for the fun of it. Classic 70′s Rock is the main influence, bands like Thin Lizzy, Kiss, Aerosmith, Cheap Trick, some Beatles and Stones for good measure plus some more contemporary material.

Unfortunately, John Gannon, the 5th member of the band and the one who brought them together cannot perform at this time.

The band is thrilled to be appearing back in their old stomping ground and are grateful for the chance to perform in front of their old, and new neighbors and friends.

Perform on the Frolic Main Stage!

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FDC is now accepting musical band submissions for the 2014 Flatbush Frolic, Sunday September 21st. If your band would like to perform please send contact information including name, email address, phone number, submit a sample of your music in a mp3 format and any photos or social media links to be reviewed by the Frolic Main Stage Committee.  Deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2014.  We look forward to curating a dynamic, entertaining music festival for all the Frolic guests.

Please email

Musicians can also submit their music over Twitter by using the hashtag #fdcFrolic.

Thank you for your submissions.

FDC Main Stage Committee

2013 Frolic Schedule of Events

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Main Stage Rugby Road
Sponsored by Flatbush Food Coop and Amerigroup Health Plus
MC’s Roopa Singh, Anthony Finkel & Mike Fiorito

12:00 DECOSTER (rock)
12:30 The Encounters (doo-wop)
1:00 Omni Ensemble (classical)
1:40 Stanley John Mitchell (rock)
2:20 High Teen Boogie (punk)
2:55 Jason Yeager (jazz pianist)
3:25 Jeanine Truly (jumpin’ jazz)
3:55 Grey Sky Appeal (rap)
4:30 Dirty Mike & The Boize (dj set)
5:00 Khel (electro/rock)
5:25 Catahoula Cajun Band

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The Flatbush Development Corporation (FDC)’s 38th Annual Flatbush Frolic street fair is fast approaching! Join us on Cortelyou Road, between Ocean and Coney Island Avenues (in the heart of Victorian Flatbush), on Sunday, September 15th from 12:00pm to 6:00pm. The Frolic will be filled with food, children’s rides, merchandise and arts & crafts vendors.

This year’s main stage music will include performances by DECOSTER, The Encounters, Omni Ensemble, Stanley John Mitchell, Nonlee High Teen Boogie, Jason Yeager, Jeanine Truly with Jumping Jazz, Grey Sky Appeal, Dirty Mike & The Boize, Roopa, Khel and Catahoula Cajun Band. In addition to music, we are proud to feature dance and movement performances by Latin Fever Dance Studio, Cynthia Dance Studio, Midwood
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