Rinaldi Flying Circus is an indie-blues rock band out of Greensboro, NC. Lead singer Stacey Rinaldi's empowered vocals stir memories of Etta James and Grace Slick, flowing over an eclectic blend of indie blues and jazz-rock, with a dash of swamp gypsy.
Over the last year, the band has been gigging hard throughout the Southeast region, including performances at Front Porch Fest (Stuart, VA), NoDa Summer MusicFest (Charlotte, NC), and a Mid-Atlantic tour from North Carolina to New York. They've had opportunities to share the stage with outstanding acts like Futurebirds (GA), Southern Culture on the Skids (NC), Red Mouth (AL), the Mobros (SC), The Duskwhales (VA), The High Divers (SC), and even actor/comedian Barry Rothbart (NY). The band was also featured on North Carolina Public Radio's "The State of Things" with Frank Stasio, following the release of their debut album, Old Hat.
Currently, the band is preparing it's second release, a full length album (tentatively) slated for Spring 2017.

PRESS

"Stacey Rinaldi could be the Shirley Bassey of the 21st century, belting out her vocals over Tom Waits-style jazzy blues played by her brothers..."

 - Eddie Huffman, News & Record (July 21, 2016) 

 

"The first time I heard Stacey, I thought I was listening to Patsy Cline—her voice bursts its way into the consciousness, drags you down the twisted backroads of memory, love, and heartbreak, before perching you, trembling, at the edge of a cliff and— just barely—grabbing you again before you fall off. Their musical roots are in warm 50s jazz and hard-edged rock’n’roll, and they keep it interesting by swinging from the sly acoustic runs in “Postcards” to the drily sensual riffs in “Sophisticated Baby.”

- Colin Cutler, YES! Weekly (Apr 13, 2016)

 

The Rinaldi Flying Circus is wilder, veering through gothic blues moods with a sense of chaotic adventure.

 —Jordan Lawrence, Indy Week (Nov 19, 2015)

 

"When the The Rinaldi Flying Circus took the stage, Stacey’s powerfully raw, deep voice took up the entire room, filling it with a bluesy vibe right away. Reminiscent of vintage jazz combined with contemporary rock ‘n’ roll...(t)he sound they created together was an eclectic mashup of genres spanning decades...(l)iving up to their name with their sultry vibes and tight instrumentals..."

- Mary Windsor, The Carolinian (Sep 23, 2015)

 

"Old timey rock and blues gets the spotlight when Stacey Rinaldi begins belting vocals over a waltz. The Circus is made up of siblings Stacey, Joseph, Robert and Michael, and Aaron Cummings. Based out of Greensboro, the five-piece rockabilly act leans on the vintage sounds of 1950s southern rock influences to create sultry, jazzy vibe in the room. There is little music these days that revives days of old quite like the merging of blues, rock and jazz, but Rinaldi Flying Circus manages to capture the era and deliver it in with proper form."

- Britt Chester, YES! Weekly (June 24, 2015)

 

“Overall, the album has a thematic element of being outsiders on the run…The songs take you on a journey from inside a saloon, to front porch rocking chair performances, to jumping on trains, running away from and toward places that might be potentially home.The instrumentals are tight and the band is in symbiosis. This album is great if you like gypsy rock, rhythm &blues.”

 –  Megan Gazzo, The Equal Ground (Mar 24, 2015)

 

“Greenbean (Elm Street): This is where the Avett Brothers got their start. Hopefully following that trajectory is the Rinaldi Flying Circus. Featuring (but not limited to) the three Rinaldi siblings, they may not be local long.”

 –  Ogi Overman, O’Henry Magazine (Feb 01, 2015)

 

“…this is a real sultry, gritty blues…[Stacey] you sound like you’ve been drinkin’ whiskey and smoking for 30 years…”

 –  Frank Stasio, WUNC 91.5fm: “The State of Things” (North Carolina Public Radio) (Jan 13, 2015)

 

“Stacey, Joe, Mike and Rob Rinaldi say their brand of rock and roll ranges from dirty blues to driving rock and tear-jerking ballads. Along with drummer Aaron Cummings, the Greensboro family band plays a vintage rock sound with an eclecticism that lives up to their name.”

 –  Frank Stasio, WUNC 91.5fm: “The State of Things” (North Carolina Public Radio) (Jan 13, 2015)

 

“Greensboro’s Rinaldi Flying Circus is a quirky rock band, not an actual traveling circus. They move with vaudeville lilt through down-tuned indie rock, allowing the fiery voice of singer Stacey Rinaldi to work these disparate sources into a surprisingly smooth hybrid.”

 –  Jordan Lawrence, IndyWeek (Nov 12, 2014)

 

“The Rinaldi Flying Circus at Muddy Creek Cafe last night – bold original music – very worth tracking them down at your local venue…”

 –  Cindy Hodnett, NC Concerts (Apr 12, 2014)

Old Hat is available HERE!