Scott Weingarten

Scott Weingarten has been playing guitar, mainly as a hobby, since the ninth grade, almost 30 years ago. Growing up in Long Island, NY, he took piano lessons for years and played saxophone in high school. He transferred the musical knowledge gained from those instruments to teach himself how to play the guitar, banging away on his father's acoustic instruments until he was given a Fender Stratocaster before heading off to college. Even with just a practice amp, he was always looking for opportunities to turn up the volume.

There have been numerous stage appearances over the years, including singer/songwriter acoustic shows, theater and pit orchestra performances, open mic jams, and one-off guest appearances. But there was never a good fit for an extended engagement, The Red Masque being the first band of note with which he's been associated. And through it all his biggest fans remain his wife, Kim, and their two daughters!

Scott has developed an appreciation for the guitar from multiple perspectives, with influences ranging from the blues (Michael Bloomfield, Freddie King), through jazz (Mark Whitfield) and rockabilly (Danny Gatton), to progressive rock (Frank Zappa, Tim Smith). The Red Masque presents a perfect outlet to explore these influences, and to challenge his musical vocabulary, and to play loud.

Scott Weingarten