Max Muscato (born April 10th, 1990) is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist and producer. He was born in Germanton, MD, and raised in Buffalo, NY. Originally Max aspired to be a physician, but while attending the University at Buffalo he found himself spending the majority of his time writing music rather than studying. After graduating in 2012, Max traveled to Florida to work as a personal trainer at PGA National. There he trained professionals on the PGA Tour. Music never left him, however, it was his true calling and he decided to follow it eventually leading him back to his roots in Buffalo.
Max was raised by his father, Marc Muscato, in Buffalo, NY. Marc, a professional percussionist, was Max’s first major musical influence. Max afforded his musical skills to his father, who nurtured his talent from an early age. His autistic older brother, Sonny Muscato, was also a drummer. From the time he could walk he was playing drums and integrated into music.
At age 13 Max picked up a guitar and was instantly hooked. Growing up with modest roots, he found music was his outlet. Max learned to play by ear; practicing licks from classic rock and blues artists. Completely self-taught, he spent countless hours writing original music locked away in his bedroom. His love for classical music ultimately led him to blend all three genres together, creating his own signature sound.
By 16, Max had been part of several bands in the Buffalo area and played out at numerous venues, all while writing original music behind the scenes. After several years of being a "cover guy," he took music to the next level and began weaving his originals into his live sets. Max's unique sound is a tapestry created from his greatest influences; John Mayer, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Stone Temple Pilots, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd and composers Yanni, Enya, John Williams, Paul Cardall among others. After years of developing as an artist Max crafted a signature sound and incorporated it into all of his compositions, from the edgiest piece to the most tranquil.
2016 would be the year of live shows and ambition. As Max's network broadened, he began playing more well-known venues around the state of New York. After being nominated as one of Buffalo's best Guitarist and Singer-Songwriters, he began traveling across the country playing varies venues to broaden his audience.
July 1st, 2017 was the release of Max's debut album Act One. It quickly caught the eye of a young ambitious company known as Sensu Music, ultimately signing Max to Castle Music Group. The partnership of Sensu Music and Max would not only lead to a promising music career but also the inception of Rock Autism Music Festival (Nonprofit Organization). The connection of Max's music and autism is a deep-rooted catalyst that drives his passion and career. Rock Autism Music Festival powered by Sensu Music is held every labor day weekend in Ellicottville, NY - all proceeds to go Rock Autism benefiting autistic individuals in music, film, photography, and character animation. Visit www.rockautism.org to learn more.
Max has gained an extensive following and has toured and opened for various notorious acts such as: Citizen Cope, Theory of a Deadman, Aaron Carter, Finger Eleven, Ripe, The Allman Betts Band and more. He is currently working on his next single Sonnyboy, a tribute to his autistic brother Sonny Muscato and his beer known as EBC Sonnyboy - brewed by Ellicottville Brewing Company.
Rock Autism was founded by Max Muscato in 2018, inspired by his brother Sonny Muscato. The organization is determined to address the reality of living with autism and raise funds to develop, support and grow local music, film and arts programs serving autistic youth. Rock Autism aims for them to develop a craft that leads to a career in their given field of interest, keeping them free from committing crime, drug addiction and alcohol abuse; reducing isolation and integrating them into society.
The Rock Autism Music Festival occurs every labor day weekend in beautiful Ellicottville, NY. The festival features Max and his family on stage, performing the Rock Autism anthem Sonnyboy.
The organization also donates and has an existing partnership with Oishei Children’s Hospital, People Inc., The Holiday Valley Disabled Skiing Program and The Buffalo Sabres.
To learn more visit www.rockautism.org
THE ROCK AUTISM MULTIMEDIA VOCATIONAL PROGRAM IS THE FIRST OF IT’S KIND IN THE UNITED STATES. WE TEACH THE BASIC FUNDAMENTALS OF MUSIC PRODUCTION AND FILM PRODUCTION.
ROCK AUTISM HAS PARTNERED WITH ELLICOTTVILLE BREWING COMPANY AND THE WINERY OF ELLICOTTVILLE TO PRODUCE: EBC SONNYBOY IPA, ROCK AUTISM RIESLING AND ROCK AUTISM CABERNET. PORTIONS OF PROCEEDS GO DIRECTLY TO ROCK AUTISM.
ROCK AUTISM HAS PARTNERSHIPS WITH ORGANIZATIONS SUCH AS NEW ERA CAP, SENSU MUSIC AND OISHEI CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL.
ROCK AUTISM MERCHANDISE
JANUARY 19 | HOTEL CAFÉ | SENSU MUSIC SHOWCASE - ROCK AUTISM | LA, CA
FEBRUARY 1 | HOLIMONT - FINGER ELEVEN | HOLIMONT, ELLICOTTVILLE, NY
FEBRUARY 17 | VILLAGGIO | ELLICOTTVILLE, NY
FEBRUARY 22 | ONE CENTER SQUARE | EASTON, PA
FEBRUARY 23 | REVOLUTION | LONG ISLAND, NY
FEBRUARY 24 | TOADS PLACE | NEW HAVEN, CT
FEBRUARY 26 | BRIGHTON MUSIC HALL | BRIGHTON, MA
FEBRUARY 27 | LE POISSON ROUGE | NYC
MARCH 1 | HARD ROCK CAFE | PITTSBRUGH, PA
MARCH 2 | HOUSE OF BLUES | CLEVELAND, OH
MARCH 3 | RUMBA HOUSE | COLUMBUS, OH
MARCH 5 | ELBO ROOM | CHICAGO, IL
MARCH 15 | SXSW MUSIC FESTIVAL | AUSTIN, TX
APRIL 6 | MERCYHURST UNIVERSITY SPRINGFEST| ERIE, PA
APRIL 27 | TOWN BALLROOM | BUFFALO, NY
JUNE 8 | ALLENTOWN ART FESTIVAL | BUFFALO, NY
JUNE 15 | SUMMER SOLSTICE FESTIVAL
JUNE 15 | TOWN BALLROOM | BUFFALO, NY
July 14-20 | West Coast Tour | CA
AUGUST 9 | NYC ROOFTOP SERIES #1 | NYC
AUGUST 10 | NYC ROOFTOP SERIES #2 | NYC
AUGUST 31 | ROCK AUTISM MUSIC FESTIVAL | ELLICOTTVILLE, NY
OCTOBER 12 | OKTOBERFEST | ELLICOTTVILLE, NY
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