The Hi-Risers

The Hi-Risers are a three piece, song oriented rock & roll band. Drawing their inspiration from the 1950’s and early 1960’s, you’ll hear all the genres that influenced the creation of rock & roll in their music, from rockabilly to rhythm & blues, brill building pop to doo-wop, country to surf. The Hi-Risers energetic performances have been welcome in a wide variety of venues, from upscale niteclubs, to country bars, blues clubs, punk dives and outdoor family oriented festivals. They’ve released nine records and have toured extensively in the USA and Europe.

The Hi-Risers formed in 1997 in their hometown, Rochester, New York. Founding members Greg Townson (vocals/guitar) and Todd Bradley (vocals/bass) started the band with Christopher Earl on drums, but Chris quickly left to be replaced by Jim Symonds. The band originally had no intentions of writing or recording, just playing obscure rock & roll covers for fun, but Jim Symonds convinced the band to record an album. Greg decided to write a few songs for the record, one of which, “She’ll Be My Ruin” became a live staple for the band. Panic, their first record, was released on 2-Bit Records and quickly sold out. Eddie & Melanie Angel of Spinout Records in Nashville heard the release and offered to put out the bands second record, In The Spotlight. After the release, Jim Symonds left the band and was replaced by Jason Smay. Through Spinout Records, a promoter in Spain heard In The Spotlight and hired the band for a festival in Gijon, Spain. Initially reluctant to go, fearing no one would know their music, the band was surprised to find a receptive and knowledgeable audience singing along with their songs. This began a ten year run of touring and recording for this lineup of the band, releasing 7 records of original songs on a variety of labels in the USA, Spain and Germany. One of their releases, Transatlantic Dynamite, a collaboration with Kaiser George from Scotland, hit number one on the Billboard Garage Chart. The band toured extensively in Europe and the USA and built up a loyal following for their original songs and energetic performances. The band has been reviewed favorably in Billboard, Guitar Player, Blue Suede News and many other publications. Their songs have been used in commercials, on NPR and have been covered by many bands.

In 2012, Jason Smay left and the band went on a hiatus. Todd worked on a Bossa Nova project with his brothers and Greg began his solo career, releasing three solo records. He also continued his work with Los Straitjackets, including collaborations with Nick Lowe. In 2017, after a reunion with Kaiser George at a festival in Spain, Greg & Todd decided to revive the band. They wrote and recorded a new album, My Kind Of Fun and hired Trevor Lake to play drums. They are currently playing shows again and have a tour of Spain lined up for later in 2018. My Kind Of Fun is released on 2-Bit Records in the USA and Sleazy Records in Europe.

Rumbling Spires

Dave Swanson - guitar, vocals

Chris King - lead vocals

Andy Leach - lead guitar

Brian McCafferty - bass, vocals

Tommy Rich - drums

Vets of the CLE music world for many years. Previous and other adventures include : Rainy Day Saints, New Salem Witch Hunters, The Cynics,Wild Giraffes, Guided By Voices, Cobra Verde, American Noise, Donnie Iris Band, Eric Carmen Band, The Bobby C Three, Death Of Samantha, The Unknown, The Reactions, Beatnik Termites, Dimentia 13, The Greaves, and more...


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The Hi-Risers features Greg Townson of Los Straitjackets.

DJ Alr!ght and DJ Ryan Orvis (from Los Angeles/Stow House Records) will spin Soul, Garage, and Psych records before and after the show.

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