Sep 082013
 

David TerrelCh-ch-ch changes….to quote Davie Bowie and the recently seen mantra of popular cover band Stone Mojo, change is a good thing.  And timing is everything.  When another popular band, Furious George, disassembled due to the retirement of lead singer George Volpe, it was about the same time that Stone Mojo was feeling the need to shake things up a bit.  With that, the decision to merge four
musicians led to the revised lineup of Stone Mojo.  Take lead singer David Terrell, bassist Bobby Sherman and and

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Furious George drummer Rodrigo Valente and guitarist Enrique Blanco and your result is a huge energy and a rock-solid foursome.  Each member has many years of experience playing in successful bands all over South Florida and their sheer love of playing music should be quite evident at their first gig.

Enrique BlancoThe band’s message is simple: A fresh mix of songs, new energy and an overall desire to make every show enjoyable for the crowd.  The foursome will be bringing to their fans a melting pot of rock, pop, country and everything in between.  Be prepared for killer vocals and harmonies and a kickass repertoire! Since both bands have been on the

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scene for years, and both represented by Judy Blem and Main Event Talent Agency, their faces are quite familiar.  So it’s no surprise that their new merger is already gathering excitement from fans of both bands, and the four are ready to bring their energy, their talent and some surprises to all of South Florida.

The new Stone Mojo debuts on September 13th at Cheers in Fort Lauderdale.  You can check out their upcoming gig schedule and take a peek at new logos, pics and info about all four members on their website www.stonemojo.com and Facebook page  www.facebook.com/stone.mojoflorida.

 

 September 8, 2013  Posted by  Local Bands No Responses »
Aug 292013
 

Down Durty Boyz LogoWhat happens when you take five talented artists who have done (and are still doing) an amazing job at various musical endeavors and put them all together in one band? A perpetually potent and powerful party in the form of a band named “Down Durty Boyz!” This insanely skilled group is comprised of Richie Cross (Lead Vocals), currently also in the band ‘Fireline’, Lindley Letsrock (bass guitar and vocals), who is best known for fronting ‘SLEJJ’, Michael Giardina (Guitar and vocals), formerly of ‘Soulicide’, Chris Koloian (Guitar and Vocals), currently in ‘Adam’s Anguish’ and Justin Marsch (Drums) of ‘Marsch’s Law’. If you have ever seen any of these guys on stage, you know that this is an all star cast of rockers.

Down Durty Boyz (DDB) is not just a rock band, though, it is a show band. They don’t play by the book, but they are in it to entertain and have fun. Songs may not sound the same every time they play them. They don’t play straight covers, nor do they play straight original songs. As DDB’s bassist, Lindley Letsrock will tell you: “We play original covers. We take cover tunes and kind of make them our own.”  Their mixes cover everything from classic to modern pop. On any given night you may hear a ‘mash-up’ of two or three different well known songs. For example, can you imagine mixing “Girls Just Wanna Have Fun” with “Beat it”? Basically, they take the hooks from two or more songs, mash them together and try to get everyone on the dance floor and have some fun.

As far as how the band came to be, Richie Cross explained it this way; “Chris and myself were in the mood to put something different together ever since I left Soulicide. Then, when Mike quit Soulicide as well, he contacted me and he was into doing the same thing as Chris and myself. We tried a few bass players and drummers but we weren’t satisfied so we brought in Justin through Chris. Then I brought in Lindley after discussing all of these decisions as a band. Once Lindley came in, we knew that he was the missing piece of the puzzle. Lindley brought a lot of fresh ideas to the table and we were all on the same page. As far as the name, Chris threw it out there when we were playing with a bunch of names and Lindley came up with some cool logos that really pop.”

Only together since mid-June, Down Durty Boyz is already in what they refer to as ‘Phase 2’. Phase 1 was a short phase, according to Richie. They just performed a set of the standards and a few new songs to show people that the rumors about them all coming together to play were true. “Kind of like a press conference in person if ya know what I mean.” says Richie.

Now Phase 2 mostly encompasses the first wave of merchandising. This includes many items that cater to women as well as men. Shirts and shot glasses are just a couple of things that will be available at shows and on their brand new website www.downdurtyboyz.com.

Down Durty Boyz is a fun band in the sense that everything doesn’t have to be formal. They are not a note for note band, but they still sound great and are very entertaining. As Lindley puts it: “If we mess up, that’s ok. We’re just having a good time, blowing off some steam and trying to bring back the party to the cover tune scene. We are DJ’s without the turntables.” Lindley is in four other musical collaborations as well and he is fueled by being non-stop creative. He is completely devoted to each one and he welcomes any musical challenge he can get. As he puts it; “Music is Life, a form of creativity to me. Anything that you create is life, art is life. I love being a musician.”

Down Durty Boyz are looking to bring back the fun music party reminiscent of the ‘80’s with no egos, no competition from others, just hard work. You will always get a concert sound and coming soon a video and light show filled with visual effects that will blow your mind.“We can’t grow without the fans and the shows will only get bigger and better”, Richie points out. “Until our major debut, we will keep bringing a little more.”

The official debut of the band will be in October. Further details will be available at a later date as they expect to be touring South Florida and eventually surrounding states. This is not just your regular run of the mill band; it is gearing up to be a large production show that will be unlike any other band experience you have ever seen!

 

 August 29, 2013  Posted by  Local Bands No Responses »
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ShatterglassI recently had the opportunity to speak with Shatterglass, a popular and talented local Florida band and the winner of the Hollywood finals competition for the largest global battle of the bands competion, Hard Rock Rising. Band members Zoog (Vocals), Jinx (Guitars), Donnie J (Bass), and RonJon (Drums & Percussion) are re-inventing the ‘sing along’ with their unique and irresistible commercial rock. The band’s drummer, Ronald Johnson (RonJon) discussed their involvement with Hard Rock Rising, their new EP and what’s in store for them in the near future.

CS: This must be a very exciting time for you guys. Congratulations on your impressive win April 5th  at the Hard Rock Rising 2013. How did you get involved in this competition?

Hard Rock Cafe WinnersRJ: Thank you Cindy. Hard Rock Rising 2013 has been a great opportunity for us. We had the honor to share the stage with these great South Florida local bands (The Cadillac Creeps, Makayla Duvall, David Shelley and Bluestone, Dj Crash Barbee, Midnight Kahuna, My Electric Heart, The Deadly Blank, Ryan Riche, Seven Sins, Godsend, and Shadow Reborn). We are so honored to be a part of Hard Rock Rising 2013. Thank you so much for coming out and watching us that night. We were invited to compete as a wildcard entry after Robyn Melvin (Sales & Marketing Manager for the Hollywood Hard Rock) and sound guy Rory Romano (For the Hard Rock) caught one of our shows when we were playing Nova Southeastern University’s “Community Fest 2013.”

CS: The waiting must be so nerve wracking, I’m sure. The next voting period runs from April 22nd to May 1st on Facebook. Do you have a large social media presence?

RJ: Yeah, the waiting was a little bit nerve wracking. We have a lot of great fans supporting us on Facebook.  We have a band page and we each have our individual pages with thousands of friends ready to back us up.

CS: How long has your band been together/performing?

RJ: We’ve been together almost 2 years now and have been particularly active the past year after we released our EP.

CS: What was the inspiration for the band name?

shatterglass hard rock risingRJ: We wanted a name that evoked the energy and explosiveness we bring to our music and each show, something that catches everyone’s attention, and few things make everyone in a room stop and look than the sound of glass shattering.

CS: Who writes the original music for the band?

shatterglassRJ: We all contribute to the song-writing, musically and lyrically.  On any given day, Jinx or Donnie will share a riff or Ron Jon a beat or Zoog will sing a melody, and we’ll just build on it if it clicks.

 CS:  Who are your musical influences?

RJ: 3 Days Grace, Breaking Benjamin, Motley Crue, Nickelback, Lit.

CS: Do you usually incorporate visual effects into your show?

Ron Jon Shatterglass DrummerRJ: Ron Jon has a killer custom LED light system in his drum set that radiates a glow through the performance. They also strobe and fade different colors.  Other than that, we try to get the crowd involved in the songs and show them how much fun it is to be on stage playing music.

CS: Your band has a rather large following – what is the primary way that you promote the band?

RJ: We think the best way to get loyal and supportive fans is to give them what every music lover wants and needs – good songs.  We don’t write anything that is unrelatable or unidentifiable to the average person. We love the close connection to our fans. That’s why we operate our own Facebook band page and website ourselves.  Every comment that comes in is read by us, and every comment that gets posted by the band actually comes directly from us.

CS: What are some of the obstacles that your band has encountered?

RJ: Maintaining a schedule for practices.  With Donnie and Ron Jon working crazy hours, the demand for Jinx’s lawyering skills, and Zoog’s classes, it can be a process finding a consistent schedule that works for everyone.  Other than that, a major obstacle is reaching the music label execs that can help us broaden our reach and bring our music to others on a larger scale.  It’s not easy getting their attention, but hopefully we’re causing a few ripples to reach their shores.

CS: Do you have an opinion on downloading music online?

RJ: As a local band we think music is created to be enjoyed by all and ideally shouldn’t be only enjoyed by those able to pay for it.  But we also realize that music is a business and career musicians have a right to make a living off of their creations the same way a carpenter should get paid for building a set of stairs.  Generally, we encourage fans to find music they like any way they can and wherever they can find it.

 CS: What is your favorite part of being in a band?

ShatterglassRJ: Playing live. There’s no feeling in the world like standing in front of a crowd of screaming fans going crazy over the music you wrote and play.  When you can make a room of people have a blast with all their clothes on, you’re living the dream.

 CS: Have you recorded any music?

RJ: We’ve recorded a 3-song EP self-titled “Shatterglass 3 Song EP.”  It has 3 songs on it  “Psycho Girlfriend,” “Coming Undone,” and “Talkabout.”  We are scheduled to hit the studio again in June with our good friend and South Florida’s number one producer, Paul Trust, to record a few more songs for a full album to be released hopefully by the end of the Summer or early Fall.

CS: If you could share the stage with any band or musician, whom would you choose?

RJ: We are really pumped to be sharing the main stage with The Smashing Pumpkins at SunFest 2013 on May 1, 2013.  They’re one of those bands that always stay relevant and will be playing shows for our kids’ kids.  3 Days Grace would also be incredible.  If we could pick any band from any era, touring with Motley Crue in the 80’s would be a heck of a time. There are also a lot of great local South Florida bands we can’t wait to share the stage with, like the Cadillac Creeps who put on an awesome live show.

CS: When the contest is over, what is next for Shatterglass?

RJ: Coming up, Shatterglass will be releasing a full album and looking to tour.  Hopefully, we’ll be touring with Springsteen as the Hard Rock Rising 2013 global champions!

You can download music and vote for your favorite winning band from each of the competing Hard Rock Cafe’s around the world by accessing their Facebook link right here.

 April 21, 2013  Posted by  Local Bands No Responses »