94.1 The Zone Presents
Velvet Elvis, Venrez, Bad Axis, Sandlot Heroes
900 East Main Street
Rochester, NY, 14605
Doors 6:30PM / Show 7:30PM
Fuel has nothing to prove. The band has sold over 3.5 million albums in the U.S. and scored a trio of top 5 singles, "Shimmer," "Innocent" and "Hemorrhage (In My Hands"), the latter of which remained at #1 for 12 weeks. In addition, Fuel have sold out tours all over the world, headlining venues and opening for bands including Aerosmith, Kid Rock, Creed and 3 Doors Down. Fuel are primed to pick up where they left off with their latest release, Angels And Devils, with new band members in tow to help add to an already formidable list of achievements.
Velvet Elvis is a Rochester, NY based band formed in 2008 started by Brandon Henahan (The Apostles of the Hidden Son, Teenage Junkies, The Jerks), Ryan Thibault (The Apostles of the Hidden Son) and Luke Valchester (Red Hot Mess, The UV Rays). They soon added both Randall Coon (Raunchy Sex, Pearwood James) and Karrah Teague (Paul’s Grandfather) to fill out their sound. In January of 2011 they replaced their drummer with Scott Donaldson a long-time friend of the band.
Their heavy driving riffs and spaced out overtones of feedback and echo laden guitars, paired with powerful soaring vocal lines are reminiscent of heavy 1970′s space rock. They are constantly progressing as a band writing songs with a familiar groove, while continuously improving and perfecting their own musical style. They are currently touring in support of their newly released LP In Deep Time. Velvet Elvis is committed to being a unique and progressive recording artist, while performing live with an unrelenting, unapologetic, and distinctly heavy groove.
At the age of 55, the man known as Venrez decided to walk away from a successful career in movie production choosing to dedicate his life to rock 'n' roll! A dream that started nearly four decades ago when as a teen, Venrez fronted his first ever band playing the latest Bowie hits. His garage band dreams were shattered when he found none of his band mate's aspirations or focus matched his own.
Fast forward 37 full years to 2009 when Venrez was building a Tiki Lounge on the balcony of his LA condo. He enlisted the aid and drinking pallets of his many muso buddies. It was only a matter of time before the informal gathering of friends should turn into a band once drinking sessions turned into jam sessions.
This group of musical warriors, in a three week creative orgy, wrote enough material for two LPs and immediately began gigging. In less than a year, they have played and sold out literally every prestigious Hollywood venue. Not surprising when you realize the band features some of the most sought after and talented of L.A. musicians whose CV includes names like Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and Juliette Lewis. After months of refining the band's sound, Venrez entered the studio to record it's debut album, Witches Brew. This LP inhabits the nearly unimaginable landscape where the Counting Crows and The Doors co-mingle, even flirting with Dickies style punk and the psychedelia of Pink Floyd.
What would drive a man to start his first ever rock band at 54 years old? "For me rock and roll has always been a cathartic release from my high pressure jobs," the singer states. "Finally I get to do this full time. With the way things are now, "I'll get to it" is not an option. I have to do this! And I never do anything half-assed!"
We now know once and for all, you never are too old to rock and roll!
BAD AXIS - (bad-ax-is) n. - 1. The illogical, irrational, necessary pattern of living one must endure to succeed.
Life on the road is all too familiar for BAD AXIS frontman, Drew Molleur. Cutting his teeth with Los Angeles' MIDNIGHT TO TWELVE and Jacksonville's COLD, Molleur found out the hard way exactly what it takes if you want to rock for a living. "There has been and will continue to be plenty of blood, sweat and tears for the four of us but we all consider ourselves blessed beyond measure to be able to tour the world and share our music."
Joining forces with MIDNIGHT TO TWELVE drummer, Mike Snyder, Benjamin Dmitruk (guitar) and Brandon Onstad (bass), Molleur and Nashville-based BAD AXIS would call upon Brett Hestla (Dark New Day, Virgos Merlot, Creed) to produce the record that had been in the making in the minds of these four rockers for over a decade.
"COME ALIVE" (available 5.15.11), the band's debut release, boasts a "no skip button necessary" policy. "We put everything we had into this record and could not be more proud of every single track," says Dmitruk. "There is something for everyone." Whether you are a fan of rock or not, you'll find yourself bobbing your head to the infectious groove of "LET THIS GO" or the super-charged rock smash "UP TO SPEED." BAD AXIS showcases their well-rounded style with the smash-singles "LIKE A GHOST," "BOUND TO BREAK" and "TERRIFIED."
BAD AXIS finds their home on the stage and pavement and will be touring heavily to support the release of "COME ALIVE". "We are ecstatic about getting to tour this new record and look forward to seeing our amazing fans and making many more in the process." Look for BAD AXIS soon in a city near you!
Armed with catchy pop/rock songs and talented members, Sandlot Heroes is committed to a new kind of sound. A mix of introspective, original lyrics and sing-along choruses set their music apart.
Sandlot Heroes has amassed an enthusiastic following, coupled with extraordinary radio success, over the past few years as they burst on the scene from Bethlehem, PA. The band had three #1 requested songs on Eastern Pennsylvania's Top-40 station B104 and sold over 20,000 singles of their hit, "Out of My Hands."
In October 2011 Sandlot Heroes released their new ep entitled, "The Trace", which includes songs with undeniable melodies such as in "My Favorite Song," and smooth vocals with charming verses, like "All in All."
The band has shared the stage with some of the biggest names in alternative and pop music, Hot Chelle Rae, Boys Like Girls, All Time Low, Yellowcard, The Ready Set, New Found Glory, Saosin, Hawthorne Heights, Jason Derulo and more. Sandlot Heroes recently returned from a whirlwind run of the U.S. with Honor Society on the Rock the Red Kettle Tour.
"Our name, Sandlot Heroes, is meaningful to us – we want to be proud of what we leave behind and that is what it represents," said Kastelnik. "We are focused on rock, our sound is more mature now that we are in our early 20's, and Sandlot Heroes fits that."
MTV Buzzworthy recently featured Sandlot Heroes, praising that "their songs are hooky enough to be pop tunes and hard-core enough to be rock songs. But there's something else floating around in the mix — maybe it's the boys' heartfelt lyrics, or maybe it's their supertight harmonies, but Sandlot Heroes possesses a unique quality that sets them apart from other pop rockers."
Looking ahead, Sandlot Heroes music will be featured on the popular MTV series, "Teen Wolf." The band's debut album, "American Love," is set to be released later this year. Sandlot Heroes is poised for more success, continuing to record and perform, tour the country and add to their growing fan base.
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