Rocket 88

Rocket 88

Gene Vincent-inspired rave-up rockabilly with the wardrobe and mile-high pompadours to match. Toe-tappin', fingersnappin', hand-clappin', don't-let-me-catch-you-nappin' rockabilly, dressed to the nines and ready to rock." - Focus Entertainment Magazine
Originally formed in Orlando in 1992, Florida's legendary band Rocket 88 is celebrating two decades of performing their brand of high-octane rockabilly and rock 'n' roll to packed venues. Over the years, the band's eccentric performances on stage have become notorious. The band has performed at some of the most prominent venues in the U.S., including The Windows on the World, The Roxy, and The Supper Club in New York City; The Aragon Ballroom and The Liquid in Chicago; Clutch Cargo in Detroit; and several national House of Blues. In addition, they have performed with such national veteran musical acts as Jerry Lee Lewis, The B-52s, The Cramps, Snoop Dogg, Sublime, Southern Culture on the Skids, Reverend Horton Heat, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Wanda Jackson, Sleepy LaBeef, Dick Dale, Royal Crown Revue as well as many others. Rocket 88 has been a featured performer at the Tropical Heatwave & Rockabilly Ruckus events in Tampa and the Heavy Rebel Weekender event in Winston-Salem, NC.
In 1994 the band released a four-song EP, Mission to Mars, which received favorable reviews from national publications, such as Alternative Press and Blue Suede News. Two songs from the EP were featured on a compilation CD of American rockabilly entitled Stateside Rockabilly. The CD was released by NV Records and distributed throughout Europe and Japan. The following year, the band released its 15 song CD, Rock Around, which also received numerous favorable reviews. Selected by Florida's JAM Magazine, the CD won the annual Jammy Award for the "State's Best Independent Release." Furthermore, Rocket 88 also received a "Best Band" Jammy Award.
2005 marked the release of Rocket 88's CD, Alien Attack, which exemplifies the band's talent for juxtaposing vintage rockabilly with outer-spaced themes. The CD features ten original, wigged-out "B-movie" influenced tunes with a harder-edged sound.
The band's line-up consists of original members vocalist Michael Bales, guitarist Marko Zayas, bassist Chuck Zayas, and newcomer drummer Corey Brady.
Rocket 88 is currently in studio working on a new CD slated for release this summer.
Their rockin' high energy stage shows are guaranteed to put a bop in your socks and a shakin' in your shoes. So strap yourselves in, Daddy-O's and Lil' Mamas - you're goin' into orbit with Rocket 88!

The Woolly Bushmen

sweat, beer, dangerously faulty equipment, pointless arguments, and a West Virginian! That's all…..

But also...
Formed in early 2011 and based out of Winter Park, Florida, The Woolly Bushmen have managed to combine 1960's rock and roll with 1950's rockabilly and a dash of soul, forming their own unique genre of all original crowd-rocking songs. These young musicians (all college age) have captured the respect and admiration of seasoned musicians, some icons in their own right, that are twice their age while grabbing every audience by the scruff of their necks and whipping them into a dance frenzy. Teenagers, middle-agers, old-agers, male, female, black, white, green, purple, The Woolly Bushmen tend to appeal to everyone without compromising their style and musical integrity...mass appeal without losing cult appeal...they do their thing and it works! Audience comments run from, "...where did this band come from!?", "...how did we not know about them before!?", "...These guys have IT!", and very often, "the best band I've seen!".

A typical Woolly Bushmen show will see lead singer, Simon Palombi, switch from vintage VOX organ to guitar, whilst, Jacob Miller, switches from bass to guitar allowing the band to play two different sets in one, much to the surprise and delight of the audience! The songs of The Woolly Bushmen are based around catchy organ and guitar riffs with infectious choruses that sound straight out of the charts of the late 1950's and 1960's. These all original songs give you, the listener/audience, the sense that you've heard them before...only, you haven't unless you've seen The Woolly Bushmen or listened to Tampa, Orlando, St. Louis, and Philadelphia college/independent radio. The sole purpose of The Woolly Bushmen's music is to get people dancing...and it works every time!

Leave your angst at home, nothing heavy or moody here! One reviewer said, "...It's like Buddy Holly fronting The Troggs, or, Jerry Lee Lewis singing 'Incense and Peppermints'"...that is the unusual and unique mix of 1950's and 1960's at it's best.

Over the past five years, The Woolly Bushmen have played many notable shows with iconic acts like, Southern Culture on the Skids, The Dexter Romweber Duo, King Khan, Ty Segall, The Beat, The Fleshtones, Gringo Star, and many more, as well as frequently being invited to play festivals. They currently do routine tours of the United States.

From the beginning, The Woolly Bushmen have rarely had to hustle for gigs...shortly after they emerged from their garage studio, they were and continue to be asked to play more gigs than they can handle. Both, The Orlando Weekly and The Orlando Music News have voted them Best New Band, Band of the Week, and Best Orlando Release of 1012...you name it. The Tampa press and media have similarly lauded them as well, to the point where Tampa has adopted them as their own even though they hail from the Orlando area. The Woolly Bushmen have repeatedly been invited to play live on multiple radio stations as well as having regular radio airplay.

In July 2011, The Woolly Bushmen released a demo EP entitled, "Here Cometh The Woolly Bushmen" on retro cassette tape and sold out in less than 2 months! The band's eponymously titled full length CD was released in July 2012 at a live show in Orlando that saw the parking lot filled with fans unable to get in to the packed club, yet, stayed on site because it was the place to be! The CD received great reviews and has sold thousands without any promotion other than gigs! The band's merchandise, t-shirts, bumper stickers and CD's are sold out as soon as a new run is produced. They released a well-received seven-inch record in April of 2013. All three releases have seen airplay on several college radio stations on the east coast.

In 2015 The Woolly Bushmen released their first vinyl LP “SKY BOSSES” on their self run label Chesterwick Records. “SKY BOSSES” has been reviewed by countless Rock ‘N’ Roll/ Indie music blogs (both domestic and international) as well as having International radio play.

The group recently recorded their latest LP “ARDUINO” produced by Rick Miller of Southern Culture On The Skids. Though it is still in the works, various labels have already begun to show interest in releasing the LP.

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