The Lionfish
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The Lionfish

Fairfield, CT | Established. Jan 01, 2012 | SELF

Fairfield, CT | SELF
Established on Jan, 2012
Band Rock Blues Rock




"Hearing Aide: The Lionfish ‘You Won’t Keep Me Down'"

"It’s packed stout with driving rock, intimate blues-ballads and sounds that delineate genres. The Lionfish cannot be defined, nor contained. You Won’t Keep Me Down sounds more like a greatest-hits rock party than anything else." - - NYS Music

"The Lionfish – You Won’t Keep Me Down – Review"

"...the album showcases a band developing its sound and coalescing into a powerhouse of rock fury...swirling organ dances around the arrangement, augmenting the power of the rhythm section..." - Indie Music Plus


Jonesin' For You (2016)
You Won't Keep Me Down (2018)


Feeling a bit camera shy


The Lionfish is a Fairfield, Connecticut-based indie blues- rock band. Its original band

members met while studying at Fairfield University in 2012. All members studied music

in some capacity at Fairfield University, in addition to their extracurricular musical

pursuits. Coming from various backgrounds and musical influences, each member brings

a unique style to playing. At its core, The Lionfish digs deep into the roots of American

blues and rock 'n' roll. The band embodies soul, talent, and a creative energy that is hard

to find!

The Lionfish released their debut album, Jonesin’ For You, in 2016. The album is

available for purchase and streaming. They have since been hard at work finishing their

sophomore effort You Won’t Keep Me Down, due for a September 2018 release. Their

second album finds the band maturing in their lyrics, arrangements, and musicianship,

while still maintaining the undeniable energy and fun of the first album.

Robby Schwartz wrote the majority of the songs during a year of volunteer service in

Quito, Ecuador. The remainder were written as part of his compositional studies in his

pursuit of a Masters from SUNY Purchase. His compositional influences range from

Bruce Springsteen to Paul Simon, Pat Metheny, and Pete Townshend, and his lyrical

themes are reflective of his belief that love is the most important thing.

Current members are Robby Schwartz (keyboards, vocals, trombone), Chris Finelli

(guitar, bass, trumpet, vocals), Mark Schwartz (guitar, accordion, bass, vocals), and Dan

Horstmann (drums, percussion, vocals). Featured guest vocalist are long-time friends of

the band Hattie Briggs and Samantha Mazzeo. The Lionfish occasionally play live with a

horn section featuring Tim Rhone (trombone), Matt Finelli (alto saxophone), Tim

Vyskocil (trumpet), and Amanda Ocasio (alto, tenor saxophones).

With You Won’t Keep Me Down, we hope audiences join The Lionfish’s musical journey

and share in our love for rock and roll.

Band Members