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

December 13, 2017 Ryan Melquist Olean, NY ( Wednesday Acoustics ) Union Whiskey Union Whiskey
December 15, 2017 Qwister Penn Yan, NY ( Holiday Friday Night ) The Keuka The Keuka
December 16, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Saturday Night ) Maloney's Pub Maloney's Pub
December 22, 2017 Qwister Marienville, PA ( Christmas Party 1 ) Ray's Hot Spot Ray's Hot Spot
December 23, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Qwister Christmas ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
December 30, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( New Years Eve Saturday Party ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
December 31, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( New Years Eve Party ) Stueben Brewing Company Stueben Brewing Company
January 5, 2018 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Friday Night ) Southern Tier Distillery Southern Tier Distillery
January 6, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
January 7, 2018 Qwister Silver Creek, NY ( Sunday Afternoon ) Silver Creek Fireman's Club Silver Creek Fireman's Club
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 13, 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 20, 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 10, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
February 16, 2018 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Friday Evening ) Steuben Brewing Company Steuben Brewing Company
February 17, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
February 23, 2018 Qwister Williamsport, PA ( Friday Night ) Barrel 135 Barrel 135
February 24, 2018 Qwister Warren, PA ( Saturday Night ) Fat Daddy's Taproom Fat Daddy's Taproom
March 2, 2018 Qwister Sharon, PA ( Friday Night ) Apollo Maennerchor Club Apollo Maennerchor Club
March 3, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Winter Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
March 9, 2018 Qwister Penn Yan, NY ( Friday Night ) The Keuka The Keuka
March 10, 2018 Ryan Melquist & Qwister Ellicottville, NY ( Mardi Gras Weekend ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
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 23, 2018 Qwister Williamsport, NY ( Saturday Night ) Barrel 135 Barrel 135
April 6, 2018 Qwister Jamestown, NY ( Friday Night ) Goodtime Saloon Goodtime Saloon
April 27, 2018 Qwister Cleveland, OH ( Friday Evening ) West Park Station West Park Station

Past Shows

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
July 4, 2017 Ryan Melquist Bemus Point, NY ( 4th of July Party ) Private Party Private Party
July 1, 2017 Ryan Melquist & Friends Ellicottville, NY ( Summer Residency ) Balloon's Back Bar Balloon's Back Bar
June 30, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Friday Evening ) Stueben Brewing Company Stueben Brewing Company
June 29, 2017 Qwister Rochester, NY ( June Residency ) ButaPub ButaPub
June 25, 2017 Qwister Irving, NY ( Sunday Funday ) Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill Cabana Sam's Sunset Bay Grill
June 24, 2017 Qwister Lakewood, NY ( Saturday Afternoon Home ) Southern Tier Brewing Company Southern Tier Brewing Company
June 23, 2017 Qwister Erie , PA ( Friday Night on the Lake ) Rumrunner's Rumrunner's
June 22, 2017 Qwister Rochester, NY ( June Residency ) ButaPub ButaPub
June 18, 2017 Qwister Niagara Falls , NY ( Sunday Afternoon ) Buffalo Wing Joint & P.U.B. Buffalo Wing Joint & P.U.B.
June 17, 2017 Qwister Niagara Falls, NY ( Friday at the Falls ) Legends Bar Legends Bar
June 16, 2017 Qwister Pittsburgh, PA ( Friday Night ) Hambone's Hambone's
June 15, 2017 Qwister Rochester, NY ( June Residency ) ButaPub ButaPub
June 11, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Sunday Funday ) The Switzerland Inn The Switzerland Inn
June 10, 2017 Qwister Burdett, NY ( Saturday Evening ) Grist Iron Brewing Company Grist Iron Brewing Company
June 9, 2017 Qwister Palmyra, NY ( Friday Night ) The Place The Place
June 8, 2017 Qwister Rochester, NY ( June Residency ) ButaPub ButaPub
June 3, 2017 Qwister Myrtle Beach, SC ( May Tour 20th Show ) American Tap House American Tap House
June 2, 2017 Qwister Myrtle Beach, SC ( May Tour 19th Show ) Goodtime Charley's Goodtime Charley's
June 1, 2017 Qwister Hilton Head, SC ( May Show 18th Show ) Black Marlin Bayside Grill Black Marlin Bayside Grill
May 31, 2017 Qwister Jacksonville, FL ( May Tour 17th Show ) The Roadhouse The Roadhouse
May 27, 2017 Qwister Hilton Head, SC ( May Tour 16th Show ) The Black Marlin The Black Marlin
May 26, 2017 Qwister Folly Beach, SC ( May Tour 15th Show ) Loggerhead's Beach & Grill Loggerhead's Beach & Grill
May 25, 2017 Qwister Savannah, GA ( May Tour 14th Show ) Service Brewing Co. Service Brewing Co.
May 24, 2017 Qwister Awendaw, SC ( May Tour 13th Show ) Awendaw Green Barn Jam Awendaw Green Barn Jam
May 23, 2017 Qwister Wilmington, NC ( May Tour 12th Show ) The Juggling Gypsy The Juggling Gypsy
May 22, 2017 Qwister Myrtle Beach, SC ( May Tour 11th Show ) Goodtime Charley's Goodtime Charley's
May 21, 2017 Qwister Greenville, SC ( May Tour 10th Show ) Southern Culture Kitchen & Bar Southern Culture Kitchen & Bar
May 20, 2017 Qwister Huntersville, NC ( May Tour 9th Show ) Primal Brewery Primal Brewery
May 19, 2017 Qwister (NoDa) Charlotte, NC ( May Tour 8th Show ) Jack Beagles Jack Beagles
May 18, 2017 Qwister Greenville, SC ( May Tour 7th Show ) Smiley's Acoustic Cafe Smiley's Acoustic Cafe
May 17, 2017 Qwister Charlotte, NC ( May Tour 6th Show ) Cowbell Whiskey & Burger Bar Cowbell Whiskey & Burger Bar
May 16, 2017 Qwister Winston-Salem, NC ( May Tour 5th Show ) Recreational Billiards Recreational Billiards
May 13, 2017 Qwister Charlotte, NC ( May Tour 4th Show ) Mortimer's Cafe & Pub Mortimer's Cafe & Pub
May 12, 2017 Qwister Franklin, NC ( May Tour 3rd Show ) Mulligans Bar & Grille Mulligans Bar & Grille
May 11, 2017 Qwister Boone, NC ( May Tour 2nd Show ) Murphy's Irish Pub Murphy's Irish Pub
May 10, 2017 Qwister // Love Unit Johnson City , TN ( May Tour ) Capone's Capone's
May 6, 2017 Qwister Hammondsport, NY ( Saturday Evening ) Union Block Bistro Union Block Bistro
May 5, 2017 Qwister Olean, NY ( Friday Evening ) Four Mile Brewing Co. Four Mile Brewing Co.
April 29, 2017 Qwister Export, PA ( Saturday Late Afternoon ) Rivertowne Brewing Company Rivertowne Brewing Company
April 28, 2017 Qwister Youngstown, OH ( Friday Night ) Magic Tree Pub Magic Tree Pub
April 22, 2017 Qwister Clymer, NY ( All Night Long ) Peek N. Peak Resort Peek N. Peak Resort
April 21, 2017 Qwister Niagara Falls, NY ( Friday Night ) LaSalle Yacht Club LaSalle Yacht Club
April 15, 2017 Qwister Canisteo, NY ( Friday Night ) Cider Creek Cider Creek
April 14, 2017 Qwister Bouckville, NY ( Friday Night ) Ray Brother's BBQ Ray Brother's BBQ
April 13, 2017 Qwister // wsg Late Earth Syracuse, NY ( Thursday Night ) Funk n' Waffles Downtown Funk n' Waffles Downtown
April 8, 2017 Qwister North Tonawanda, NY ( Saturday Night ) Crazy Jakes Crazy Jakes

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