Meet the Band:
Our House Band at Music Garden Sessions is ready to collaborate and breathe new life into the original songs of our featured artists! Each member has a heavy background in session work, live performance, and songwriting. Get ready to experience some fresh music!
Diana “Danusia Beatz” Nowak-Riffel
Danusia is an acclaimed session drummer, recording drum tracks for various local artists as well as TV commercial jingles. She is a natural born performer who’s in-the-pocket meter and personal musical stylings have seen her compare notes with some of the best percussion aficionados in the business. Diana has a great passion for creating original music and bringing people's songs to life through new grooves & beats. Danusia also thrives on live performance! Her reputation and skill-set are paramount to the grand successes she has achieved, including gracing the stages of ornate theatres, major festivals and a multitude of world-class venues.
Grace is an accomplished and sought-after guitarist and songwriter. She has won multiple awards for her performance and songwriting, including "Best Guitarist 2019" by All WNY Music Awards, and "Best Female Performer 2019" by Sportsmen's Americana Music Foundation. Lougen has been active on the regional music scene for the past 10 years. She has also been actively touring Europe, Canada, and the US with award-winning bandleader Robert Parker, singer-songwriter Grace Stumberg, and as a guitar tech for the Indigo Girls and folk legend Joan Baez. In the studio, Lougen has contributed her talents to over a dozen full-length records. From the thousands of shows she has played, the many records released, and the countless artists performed with, Grace has developed into a first-rate, well-rounded musician.
Dave grew up with instruments, cameras, and microphones under his fingertips, and he's never stopped producing. Thriving on collaboration, he naturally delivers full-bodied backing tracks and multimedia projects for local musicians. Dave is a seasoned producer and cleverly approaches any genre with tight rhythmic accompaniment (acoustic guitar, keys, bass, harmonies). Combining his musicality with media production, Dave is a dynamic producer eager to create high-quality, fresh work.