Muddy Creek Muse: Welcome to The Circus

By Bill Heath

On the 31st of December in 1955, Warner Brothers released a carton about a mid-1950s construction worker involved in the demolition of the “J. C. Wilber Building” in which he finds a box inside a cornerstone. He opens it to find a commemorative document dated April 16, 1892. Inside is also a singing, dancing frog complete with top hat and cane. When the frog (aka Michigan J. Frog) jumps up and starts singing “Hello My Baby,” the construction worker knew that he was onto something good.

On the 12th of December, a voice having a similar impact on the listener will be heard in the Muddy Creek Music Hall, along with rest of the group known as “The Rinaldi Flying Circus.”

The first time I heard Stacy Rinaldi sing, I was reminded of that cartoon, and thought the same as the construction worker, in that, I was listening to something good, and I do mean really good! Stacy has developed into a vocal powerhouse, collecting new fans with each and every show.

Stacy grew up in East Hanover, New Jersey. Her father used to sing around the house when she was a kid, and that left a lasting impact on her. She also participated in the school choir. As part of a musical family, it was only a matter of time before she found her way onto the stage. Two of Stacy’s brothers (Joe and Rob) had been writing music separately before Joe asked their sister, Stacy, to sing their songs. That’s all it took. Joe instantly knew that he was onto something good, really good!

With Joe on guitar and Rob on bass, along with the outstanding dynamic drumming of Aaron Cummings, this group is both entertaining and engaging. The music that Joe and Rob create comes from many musical influences, including blues, rock and pop. Combined with Stacy’s soulful vocals, the group creates a vibe that I like to call “an old musical soul.” The music pulls the listener in with infectious grooves and clever chord changes, and then vocal comes in, and you’re hooked!

The group released a full length CD entitled “Old Hat” on September 6, 2014. The band has more than 60 shows in the books and has a new CD release coming out in the spring/summer of 2016. For more information on The Rinaldi Flying Circus, visit

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