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Welcome

Merchants Of Cool was an idea that came about in the spring of 2011 to guitarist Mike Silva. He was looking for another project that would entertain people , make them dance and give them a lot of good memories. With Bad Company and Foreigner's vast array of hit songs , it seemed like a great but very difficult task. The first bump in the road would be finding a singer who could recreate the well known vocal dynamics of Lou Gramm and Paul Rogers. . Merchants of Cool were lucky enough to find Sean Byrne, an unbelievable vocalist with a range that most singers dream about. The next chore would be finding a keyboardist / guitarist. That's where Scott Doyle comes in. As luck would have it , he was looking for another project. He was a perfect fit. One of the most difficult positions to fill would be finding another multi instrumentalist, one that could handle keyboards, sax, guitar, flute and vocals. The only musician that could possibly do this, was Skip Mahler, the keyboard player Mike had played with in Mr. Breeze. Colin Boughton, drummer and vocalist, has played with many local bands and is considered a hard hitting human metronome. Finally, Diane Pezzullo, with soulful and powerful backing vocals completed the package.

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  • Karen Ledoux

    Karen Ledoux Westerly, RI

    Saw you guys at the Charlestown Seafood Festival last night. You were amazing. Can't wait to see you again.

    Saw you guys at the Charlestown Seafood Festival last night. You were amazing. Can't wait to see you again.

  • Sean P. Hagon

    Sean P. Hagon Chair, Professional Music Department, Berklee College of Music

    You guys sound GREAT!

    You guys sound GREAT!

  • Skip Mahler

    Skip Mahler Los Angeles

    Thank you to all who have come to see us, your compliments are greatly appreciated. We pride ourselves in recreating the original recordings as closely as possible, and the reviews we have received let us know we are on the right track. Expect more great songs from us. It is a pleasure to be a small part of this unique project. I have played with many bands since my childhood, and this group of individuals are some of the finest I have known.

    Thank you to all who have come to see us, your compliments are greatly appreciated. We pride ourselves in recreating the original recordings as closely as possible, and the reviews we have received let us know we are on the right track. Expect more great songs from us. It is a pleasure to be a small part of this unique project. I have played with many bands since my childhood, and this group of individuals are some of the finest I have known.

  • Stephanie Orton

    Stephanie Orton Portsmouth, Rhode Isand

    Saw you guys the other night at Newport Grand Slots. You sounded awesome. Can't wait to see you again.

    Saw you guys the other night at Newport Grand Slots. You sounded awesome. Can't wait to see you again.

  • Brian O'Neil

    Brian O'Neil Newport, RI

    I have seen Foreigner and Lou Gramm. These guys are actually better. Much more attention to detail, recreating the studio versions the way I remember them and as they were meant to be played. Incredible lead vocals with tremendous harmonies, amazingly accurate lead guitar player who also plays acoustic guitar, another great guitar player who also plays keyboards, an amazing keyboard player who also plays saxophone and flute, an awesome bass player who also plays acoustic guitar and a solid drummer. I'm amazed that there is this much talent so close to home.

    I have seen Foreigner and Lou Gramm. These guys are actually better. Much more attention to detail, recreating the studio versions the way I remember them and as they were meant to be played. Incredible lead vocals with tremendous harmonies, amazingly accurate lead guitar player who also plays acoustic guitar, another great guitar player who also plays keyboards, an amazing keyboard player who also plays saxophone and flute, an awesome bass player who also plays acoustic guitar and a solid drummer. I'm amazed that there is this much talent so close to home.

  • Sue

    Sue Swansea, Ma

    Incredible! The vocal harmonies on their all acoustic version of Say You Will gave me goose bumps.

    Incredible! The vocal harmonies on their all acoustic version of Say You Will gave me goose bumps.

  • EB

    EB Boston

    I was hoping they would be good. What I saw and heard was AMAZING! I closed my eyes and swore I was listening to Foreigner. This isn't a typical "club" band. They put on a true concert experience. Definitely worth seeing.

    I was hoping they would be good. What I saw and heard was AMAZING! I closed my eyes and swore I was listening to Foreigner. This isn't a typical "club" band. They put on a true concert experience. Definitely worth seeing.

  • Kevin Mello (Bass, Guitar, and Vocals Merchants of Cool)

    Kevin Mello (Bass, Guitar, and Vocals Merchants of Cool)

    Thank you to everyone who came to the show at Newport Grand Slots on Saturday night. We had a great time. We appreciate your continued support and all the positive comments. Can't wait to play there again. Thank you, Kevin Mello

    Thank you to everyone who came to the show at Newport Grand Slots on Saturday night. We had a great time. We appreciate your continued support and all the positive comments. Can't wait to play there again.
    Thank you, Kevin Mello

  • Jim Burdick

    Jim Burdick RI

    ...Saw you guys last night at Newport Grand, amazing show. Talented musicians easily pulled off a great tribute to one of the most unique bands in history. Absolutely stunning vocals, cannot wait to tell people about you guys, and see you again. Bravo~

    ...Saw you guys last night at Newport Grand, amazing show. Talented musicians easily pulled off a great tribute to one of the most unique bands in history. Absolutely stunning vocals, cannot wait to tell people about you guys, and see you again. Bravo~

  • Mike , Guitarist  Merchants Of Cool

    Mike , Guitarist Merchants Of Cool RI

    Thank you all for the great compliments about the show Sat at Newport Grand . It makes all of us proud to know that all the hard work and time put in to make sure everything is as accurate as possible is appreciated. We do it for YOU the fans. Foreigner is a concert band , that's what we want to present every time we take the stage....Looking forward to seeing you all again ..Thank You .....Mike Silva

    Thank you all for the great compliments about the show Sat at Newport Grand . It makes all of us proud to know that all the hard work and time put in to make sure everything is as accurate as possible is appreciated. We do it for YOU the fans. Foreigner is a concert band , that's what we want to present every time we take the stage....Looking forward to seeing you all again ..Thank You .....Mike Silva

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