Steve ElciSteve Elci
Charisma, leadership and compassion best describe the singer/songwriter Steve Elci
His love for catchy hooks in his musings and soaring vocal style has won him acclaim from fans and critics alike. "Steve Elci is a songwriting machine with the chops and creativity to comfortably establish his own hooks” - Rick Koster, Arts Columnist/Reporter for The Day Paper. "Hey, Didn't the Beatles Sing About a Submarine" William Yardley - The New York Times.
My vision or philosophy of my work can be summed up from the made-up word called "Edutainment". Edutainment is "learning through music". Kids and adults come to dance and have fun at my shows. They get so immersed in having a good time, they don't even realize they are leaving with a lesson. After my performances, children and adults feel inspired and compelled to learn and grow together and as individuals.
My willingness to perform knows no boundaries; the stage is the ultimate place for me to express myself. When I perform, it is a chance for me to connect with my audience and interact with them with original songs, educational messages and fun creative dance steps. I make myself available to perform at all times, no gig is too small or too big and they are all equally important. My daily job is designed to accommodate my networking with organizers and non-profit organizations so I can create events and fundraisers through musical performances. All events I have been a part of have become a positive influence in southeastern Connecticut and the fabric of our music and arts community.
History as an artist:
1989 and 2009 - Organized the fundraisers “Harmony for the Homeless" Rock and roll concerts for the St. James Homeless Shelter and New London Food Pantry at Waterford High School. Both concerts had radio and newspaper coverage and exceeded fundraising goals.
2004 - Recorded a song titled "Submarine Town," which played a part in the Save the Groton CT Submarine Base political campaign with Connecticut Governor M. Jodi Rell, U.S. Senators Andrea Stillman and Christopher Dodd, and then U.S. Congressman Rob Simmons. In May of 2005, New York Times reporter Bill Yardley wrote about Steve in an article called "Hey, Didn't the Beatles Sing about a Submarine?
2005 - Recorded a song called "Christmas Time" which was for "The Chimneys of New London" a Connecticut based Christmas CD featuring all local New London artists. The song "Christmas Time" was entered into the Unisong International Songwriting Contest where it became an Honorable Mention Winner internationally! (2005-2006).
2006 - Recorded a composition for the National PTA called "Every Child One Voice" as a fund-raiser for the association. The song was sold nationally for about three months before the end of the school year in 2007. Steve performed all over New England for PTA functions in support of the fundraiser, including at the National PTA New England Convention and Leadership Conference. March 16 - 17, 2007 in Manchester, NH.
2011 - Placed second in the 'John Lennon International Songwriting Contest' session I with the song "Bicycle"
2011 - Placed Second in the Earth Day Network contest 'Music for the Earth' with the song "Earth Day"
2011 - First released children's CD "Vowels" CD wins the 'Parents Choice Award'
2011- Placed second in the 'John Lennon International Songwriting Contest' session II with the song "Crayons in a Box"
2012 - Partnered with theday.com to create "Kidsploration" a web based creative kids series to be broadcast on kidsploration.org and theday.com.
It’s all about the energy!
Whatever the venue, Casey O’Neill brings the energy and is always looking to push the envelope and make people smile.
A founding member of the improvisational comedy troupe, COMEDY ON DEMAND, Casey views his role with Steve Elci and Friends like Jelly views Peanut Butter.
Casey’s biggest fans and toughest critics are his family, with two children, a wife, dog, and cats to act as audience, critics, sounding board, and reality check all at once.
Casey can be seen performing in various RIVERWAY STUDIO projects, such as the North Pole Express (Christmas show), And the Band Slayed On (murder mystery), and Deadend Rodeo (murder mystery) on the Essex Steam Train, as well as in local comedy shows and commercials.
His heart belongs to the kids and to the music they make together.
“Getting to perform with my wife, with the amazing Steve Elci, and “edu-tain” the diverse group of children and families that we meet, is truly the greatest gift I can imagine.”
Michele O'NeillMichele O'Neill
Girls just got to have fun!!!
Michele O’Neill is colorful, whether its her bright strands of hair, funny faces, or brilliant smile. Above all else, she shows that it’s ok to have fun!
Michele Ridolfi ONeill is a founding member of Comedy On Demand and a lifelong ham. She has been performing for as long as she can remember and studied acting with Mary Norris and Lynn Britt prior to studying improv with Ira Sakolsky. Much like Wonder Woman, Michele has a day job--she is a labor relations specialist--and counts as her most rewarding roles Mom to her children, and Wife to the very talented Casey, all of whom are natural performers.
Michele can be seen performing on the Essex Steam Train with RIVERWAY STUDIO productions of THE NORTH POLE EXPRESS and FRIGHT TRAIN.