With two feet solidly in Reggae. Seamlessly juggling elements of Roots, Dub, Rock, and a taste of Pop. Always sharpening an ever evolving musical arrangement of Vocal Melodies and improve jams that can go any direction during any song on any given night. The music and lyrics are catchy and upbeat, with ever changing and flowing setlists of medley’s galore. Attending a live show guarantees not just music for your ears, but also a high-energy, powerful experience you’ll never forget. Qwister promotes positivity and spreads a conscious message while still having a good time and keeping the party going !!!!

Ryan(LeadVocals/Guitars/Harmonicas/Loops/Science/Trix) has been playing music for the better part of 20 years from Living Rooms to Churches to Parties to Bars to Venues and Festival Stages across Western NY to California back to the East Coast and everywhere in between.

They currently are based out of Jamestown, NY where they can be seen as a Solo, Duo, Trio or the Full band ‘Qwister’ with the Brothers Nate MaHaffey(LeadGtr/BassGtr/Loops/Vocals) & Graham Mahaffey (Drums/Percussion/TriggerPads) and the New addition of Luke Swanson (Keyboards) . Get ready to rock the boat with them at a location near you.

Upcoming Shows

April 27, 2018 Qwister Cleveland, OH ( Friday Evening ) West Park Station West Park Station
April 28, 2018 Qwister Olean, NY ( Saturday Night on the Strip ) Union Whisk(e)y Union Whisk(e)y
May 5, 2018 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Cinco De Mayo Party ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
May 8, 2018 Qwister Winston-Salem, NC ( South by Southeast Tour ) Recreational Billiards Recreational Billiards
May 9, 2018 Qwister Winston-Salem, NC ( South by Southeast Tour ) Foothills Brewing Foothills Brewing
May 10, 2018 Qwister Boone, NC ( South by Southwest Tour ) River Street Ale House River Street Ale House
May 11, 2018 Qwister Franklin, NC ( South by Southwest Tour ) Mulligan's Bar & Grille Mulligan's Bar & Grille
May 12, 2018 Qwister Waynesville, NC ( South by Southwest Tour ) Boojum Brewing Boojum Brewing
May 13, 2018 Qwister Charlotte, NC ( South by Southeast Tour ) Sycamore Brewing Sycamore Brewing
May 16, 2018 Qwister Myrtle Beach, SC ( South by Southeast Tour ) Good Time Charley's Good Time Charley's
May 17, 2018 Qwister Murrell's Inlet, SC ( South by Southeast Tour ) Bubba's Love Shak Bubba's Love Shak
May 18, 2018 Qwister Charlotte, NC ( South by SouthEast Tour ) Jack Beagles Jack Beagles
May 19, 2018 Qwister Charlotte, NC ( Southeast by South Tour ) Mortimer's Cafe & Pub Mortimer's Cafe & Pub
May 20, 2018 Qwister Carolina Beach, NC ( South by Southeast Tour ) The Lazy Pirate The Lazy Pirate
May 22, 2018 Qwister North Charleston, SC ( South by Southeast Tour ) The Purple Buffalo The Purple Buffalo
May 23, 2018 Qwister Awendaw, SC ( South by SouthEast Tour ) Awendaw Green Barn Jam Awendaw Green Barn Jam
May 24, 2018 Qwister Isle of Palms, SC ( South by Southeast Tour ) The Windjammer The Windjammer
May 25, 2018 Qwister Savannah, GA ( South by Southeast Tour ) Service Brewing Service Brewing
May 26, 2018 Qwister Hilton Head, SC ( South by Southeast Tour ) The Black Marlin The Black Marlin
May 31, 2018 Qwister Oscala, FL ( South by Southeast Tour ) Pi on Broadway Pi on Broadway
June 2, 2018 Qwister Jacksonville, FL ( South by Southeast Tour ) Monty's Monty's
June 8, 2018 Qwister Franklin, IN ( South by Southeast Tour ) Bojak's Bojak's
June 9, 2018 Qwister Port Clinton, OH ( South by Southeast Tour ) McCarthy's McCarthy's
June 10, 2018 Qwister Port Clinton, OH ( South by Southeast Tour ) Dock's Beach House Dock's Beach House
October 5, 2018 Qwister Patchogue, NY ( Saturday Night ) BrickHouse Brewery BrickHouse Brewery

Past Shows

April 21, 2018 Qwister Duo Williamsville, NY ( Saturday Night Jams ) 12 Gates Brewing Co. 12 Gates Brewing Co.
April 20, 2018 Qwister Oswego, NY ( Friday Night Far ) Old City Hall Old City Hall
April 19, 2018 Qwister Auburn, NY ( Thursday Night Downtown ) Moondog's Lounge Moondog's Lounge
April 18, 2018 Qwister Syracuse, NY ( Wednesday Night Downtown ) Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge Al's Wine & Whiskey Lounge
April 14, 2018 Qwister Buffalo, NY ( Saturday Night Live ) Gene McCarthy's Gene McCarthy's
April 13, 2018 Qwister Westfield, NY ( Friday Night ) Westfield's Taproom Westfield's Taproom
April 7, 2018 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Saturday Evening ) Steuben Brewing Co Steuben Brewing Co
April 6, 2018 Qwister Jamestown, NY ( Friday Night ) Goodtime Saloon Goodtime Saloon
March 31, 2018 Qwister Hamburg, NY ( Saturday Evening ) Hamburg Brewing Co. Hamburg Brewing Co.
March 30, 2018 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Grand Opening ) Group Ther-Happy Group Ther-Happy
March 23, 2018 Qwister Williamsport, NY ( Friday Night ) Barrel 135 Barrel 135
March 17, 2018 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( St. Paddy's Day Party ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
March 17, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( St. Paddy's Night Party ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
March 17, 2018 Qwister Duo Olean, NY ( St. Paddy's Morning ) Union Whiskey Union Whiskey
March 16, 2018 Qwister Boardman, OH ( St. Practice Day ) Suzie's Dogs N' Drafts Suzie's Dogs N' Drafts
March 10, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Mardi Gras Weekend ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
March 9, 2018 Qwister Penn Yan, NY ( Friday Night ) The Keuka The Keuka
March 3, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
March 2, 2018 Qwister Sharon, PA ( Friday Night ) Apollo Maennerchor Club Apollo Maennerchor Club
February 24, 2018 Qwister Warren, PA ( Saturday Night ) Fat Daddy's Taproom Fat Daddy's Taproom
February 23, 2018 Qwister Williamsport, PA ( Friday Night ) Barrel 135 Barrel 135
February 17, 2018 Qwister Youngstown, NY Private Event Private Event
February 16, 2018 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Friday Evening ) Steuben Brewing Company Steuben Brewing Company
February 10, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
February 9, 2018 Qwister Olean, NY ( Friday Night ) Four Mile Brewing Co. Four Mile Brewing Co.
February 3, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
February 2, 2018 Qwister Bouckville, NY ( We Love RBQ!!! ) Ray Brother's BBQ Ray Brother's BBQ
January 28, 2018 Qwister Westerville, OH ( Mid East MiniVan Tour ) Fender's Fender's
January 27, 2018 Qwister Fort Wayne, IN ( Mid East MiniVan Tour ) Wrigley Field Bar Wrigley Field Bar
January 26, 2018 Qwister Lafayette, IN ( Mid East MiniVan Tour ) 6th St. Dive 6th St. Dive
January 25, 2018 Qwister Columbus, OH ( Mid East MiniVan Tour ) The Woodland's Tavern The Woodland's Tavern
January 20, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
January 19, 2018 Qwister Williamsport, PA ( Friday Night ) Barrel 135 Barrel 135
January 13, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville , NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
January 12, 2018 Qwister Rochester, NY ( w/ Subjective Perspective ) ButaPub ButaPub
January 12, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Rochester, NY ( Amerks Happy Hour ) Blue Cross Arena Blue Cross Arena
January 6, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
January 5, 2018 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Friday Night ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
December 31, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( New Years Eve Party ) Stueben Brewing Company Stueben Brewing Company
December 30, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( New Years Eve Saturday Party ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
December 23, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Qwister Christmas ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
December 22, 2017 Qwister Marienville, PA ( Christmas Party 1 ) Ray's Hot Spot Ray's Hot Spot
December 16, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Saturday Night ) Maloney's Pub Maloney's Pub
December 15, 2017 Qwister Penn Yan, NY ( Holiday Friday Night ) The Keuka The Keuka
December 13, 2017 Ryan Melquist Olean, NY ( Wednesday Acoustics ) Union Whiskey Union Whiskey
December 9, 2017 Qwister Pittsburgh, PA ( Saturday Night ) Howler's Coyote Cafe Howler's Coyote Cafe
December 8, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Sherman, NY ( Friday Evening ) The Cooler Cafe The Cooler Cafe
December 2, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Mentor, OH ( Saturday Night ) Beach Club Grille Beach Club Grille
November 25, 2017 Qwister Erie, PA ( Saturday Night ) King's Rook Club King's Rook Club
November 24, 2017 Qwister Youngstown, OH ( Friday Night ) Magic Tree Pub Magic Tree Pub
November 22, 2017 Qwister Duo Auburn, NY ( Busiest Bar Night of the Year ) Parker's Grille & Tap Parker's Grille & Tap
November 18, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Saturday Evening ) Craft Burgers & Brews Craft Burgers & Brews
November 17, 2017 Qwister Westfield, NY ( Friday Night ) Westfield's Taproom Westfield's Taproom
November 11, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Rock N Roll Festival ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
November 10, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Friday Evening ) Steuben Brewing Company Steuben Brewing Company
November 4, 2017 Qwister East Aurora, NY ( Saturday Night ) Riley St. Station Riley St. Station
November 3, 2017 Ryan Melquist Shippenville, PA ( Friday Evening ) Deer Creek Winery Deer Creek Winery
October 28, 2017 Qwister Youngsville, PA ( Halloween Party ) The DownUnder The DownUnder
October 27, 2017 Qwister Niagara Falls, NY ( Halloween Bash @ the Falls ) Buffalo Wing Joint & P.U.B. Buffalo Wing Joint & P.U.B.
October 21, 2017 Qwister Williamsport, PA ( Saturday Night ) Barrel 135 Barrel 135
October 20, 2017 Qwister Ithaca, NY ( Friday Night Live ) The Range The Range
October 14, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville , NY ( Summer Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
October 13, 2017 Qwister Penn Yan, NY ( Friday the 13th ) The Keuka The Keuka
October 7, 2017 Qwister Olean, NY ( Saturday Night ) The PressBox The PressBox
October 6, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Friday Evening ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
October 5, 2017 Qwister Duo Auburn, NY ( Thursday Evening ) Parker's Grille & Tap Parker's Grille & Tap
September 30, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Summer Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
September 29, 2017 Qwister Sharon, PA ( Friday Night ) Apollo Maennerchor Club Apollo Maennerchor Club
September 23, 2017 Qwister Niagara Falls, NY ( Saturday Night ) Legends Bar & Grill Legends Bar & Grill
September 22, 2017 Qwister Warren, PA ( Friday Night ) The Forester The Forester
September 16, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Summer Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
September 15, 2017 Qwister Cleveland, OH ( Friday Evening ) West Park Station West Park Station
September 9, 2017 Qwister Jamestown, NY ( Local Music Showcase ) The Q The Q
September 9, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville , NY ( Saturday Night ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
September 8, 2017 Qwister Tonawanda, NY ( Friday Evening ) St. Amelia Music Fest St. Amelia Music Fest
September 3, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Labor Day Party ) Stueben Brewing Company Stueben Brewing Company
September 2, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Saturday Afternoon ) Southern Tier Brewing Company Southern Tier Brewing Company
September 2, 2017 Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Saturday Night ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
September 1, 2017 Qwister Marienville, PA ( Friday Night ) Ray's Hot Spot Ray's Hot Spot
August 31, 2017 Qwister Port Clinton, OH ( Thursday Night Live ) Dock's Beach House Dock's Beach House
August 26, 2017 Qwister Burdett, NY ( Saturday Evening ) Grist Iron Brewing Company Grist Iron Brewing Company
August 25, 2017 Qwister Olean, NY ( Friday Evening ) Four Mile Brewing Co. Four Mile Brewing Co.
August 18, 2017 Qwister Youngstown, OH ( Friday Night on the Patio ) Shaker's Bar & Grill Shaker's Bar & Grill
July 31, 2017 Qwister Lansing, WV ( Monday Evening in WV ) Adventures on the Gorge Adventures on the Gorge
July 29, 2017 Qwister Lansing, WV ( Saturday Night in WV ) Adventures on the Gorge Adventures on the Gorge
July 28, 2017 Qwister Port Clinton, OH ( Friday Night ) Dock's Beach House Dock's Beach House
July 23, 2017 Ryan Melquist Duo Sherman, NY ( Sunday in Sherman ) The Cooler Cafe The Cooler Cafe
July 22, 2017 Qwister Warren, PA Private Wedding Private Wedding
July 21, 2017 Qwister Girard, PA ( Festival Time!!!! ) Gathering at Chaffee's Gathering at Chaffee's
July 16, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Friends Cleveland, OH ( Sunday Funday ) West Park Station West Park Station
July 15, 2017 Qwister Watkins Glen, NY ( Saturday Morning Reggae ) Finger Lakes Wine Festival Finger Lakes Wine Festival
July 15, 2017 Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Summer Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
July 14, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Friday Evening ) Southern Tier Brewing Company Southern Tier Brewing Company
July 13, 2017 Qwister Duo Victor, NY ( Thirty Turtle Thursday ) Thirsty Turtle Thirsty Turtle
July 9, 2017 Qwister North East, NY ( Sunday Afternoon ) Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company Arundel Cellars & Brewing Company
July 8, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Friends Ellicottville, NY ( Summer Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
July 7, 2017 Qwister Westfield, NY ( Alumni Weekend Party ) The Taproom The Taproom
July 6, 2017 Qwister Duo Auburn, NY ( Thursday Evening Party ) Parker's Grille & Tap (Auburn) Parker's Grille & Tap (Auburn)
July 5, 2017 Qwister Duo Hammondsport , NY ( Wednesday Evening Crabs ) The Switzerland Inn The Switzerland Inn

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