THE HILLARY STEP may be most comfortably categorized as an acoustic pop band, but that label exists only as a point of departure for a duo that produces innovative, forward-thinking music for the intelligently–inclined masses. The band’s distinctive songs seamlessly integrate a rock ‘n roll soul with a lyrical essence. The Hillary Step consistently delivers accessible pop flavor, successfully blending stunning, straightforward melodies with clever and complex lyrics that are immediately relatable. Both as recording artists and as a live act, The Hillary Step has built a loyal following throughout New England, the Midwest, and primarily around their home base of New York City. Their exciting live shows, featuring the duo and their band, have taken the stage at such popular venues as Central Park Summer Stage, The Bitter End, Arlene’s Grocery, Caffe Vivaldi, Kenny’s Castaways and The Lion’s Den.
The Hillary Step features Rob Schiffmann (guitar, vocals, songwriting, et al) and Jon Rothstein (bass, vocals, songwriting). Friends since childhood, the two reunited after college and began their musical collaboration as the duo Urban Badlands. After the addition of several band members, the group took on the impressive moniker of The Hillary Step (def.: the rock face considered the last true summit and challenge prior to reaching the top of Mount Everest). After recording their latest CD "Note 2 Self" (with all instruments played by Rob and all vocals performed by Rob, Jon and guest vocalist, Annie Schiffmann), Rob and Jon resumed their journey as a duo, playing live shows with the able assistance of Ale de Vries (drums), Rachel Dart (vocals) and Eric March (keys).