Boyce Avenue

Boyce Avenue, a Florida-based band popular for its strong acoustic roots and melodic rock sound, consists of the three brothers Alejandro, Fabian, and Daniel Manzano. The brothers first came together as a band in 2004 when Alejandro (lead vocals, guitar, piano), Fabian (guitar, vocals), and their older brother Daniel (bass, percussion, vocals) reconnected after pursuing their respective educational goals. While music was always a part of their lives and ultimately their collective goal, pursuing a higher education was also important to the brothers. After graduating from Harvard Law School, Daniel moved back to Florida, to join his brothers Fabian and Alejandro, who were both attending classes at the University of Florida. It was there that the brothers continued to write music and to perform local shows, and took their most formative steps toward becoming a band.

In 2007, in an effort to share their music and ideas with the world, the band decided to start filming and posting videos on YouTube of their own songs and some of their favorite songs by other artists. Some of the first few videos they posted included acoustic versions of songs such as Justin Timberlake’s “LoveStoned”, Rihanna’s “Umbrella”, and Coldplay’s “Viva la Vida”, among many others. The videos resonated instantly with YouTube viewers. And to date, the band has over 300,000,000 views on YouTube and over 700,000 subscribers to their channel, making theirs one of the most frequented channels worldwide on YouTube.

Early on, the band wanted to set itself apart from other acts that had achieved success online by taking its music straight to the people, live. Believing firmly in the strength of their online fans, and in its music, the band booked a stand-alone show in New York City in January of 2009, for their first ever performance in the city. Surprising label and industry folks alike, the show - perceived by others as a gamble - was an enormous sellout and success. Since then, the band has been steadily touring the world over with similar results. In early 2009, the band performed for an estimated total of 25,000 fans over four headline shows in the Philippines. And on the heels of its whirlwind success in the Philippines, the band launched headline tours in the USA, Canada, and Europe. In response to the staunch support of its fans, this Summer/Fall of 2011 sees the band playing headline shows in Indonesia, Australia, USA, Canada, and Europe, and playing in iconic rooms thoughout the world, such as The Fillmore in San Francisco, Webster Hall in New York, The Riviera Theatre in Chicago, The Sound Academy in Toronto, Shepherd's Bush in London, The Olympia Theatre in Dublin, and Live Music Hall in Cologne.

During the band's early years, it assiduously recorded original music for it's full-length debut album, "All We Have Left," which will be re-released independently by the band this Fall, through its own label, 3 Peace Records. The lead out singles from the album include “Every Breath,” "On My Way," and "Broken Angel". The music video for "Every Breath," the first single off the abum was shot by acclaimed director Zach Merch (Blue October, Safetysuit) in Los Angeles, and was a collaborative effort that grew from a treatment written by the band. Because "All We Have Left" was entirely written, funded, and produced by the band, the band hopes it will serve as a strong statement to its supporters of who the band is at this point in their career, and who they want to be as artists and individuals.

Megan Nicole

On any given day yet another young talented vocalist takes to the internet in hopes of unveiling their talents to the world. However, it takes more than just “desire” to be worthy of that walk down the aisle to fame. Talent, personality, and creativity; it’s a formula which is obvious in theory, yet intense in practice. And for 19 year old Bad Boy/Interscope recording artist, Megan Nicole, it is a formula that will eliminate any thought of “15 minutes of fame.” This superstar-in-the-making deserves a date with destiny.

With over 1,500,000 subscribers and over 350 million video views, Megan Nicole’s remarkable rise to YouTube stardom started not too long ago. It was December 2009 when a fresh faced Megan first posted a Kings of Leon cover. Possessing only her guitar, she croons the significant lyrics, “I hope it’s gonna make you notice someone like me.” Fast forward to 2013, and Megan’s staying power is clear. Her cover of Bruno Mars’, “The Lazy Song,” has attracted over 36 million views and boasts all the qualities of a full production. Anything but “lazy,” she diligently recreates Mars’ video—even down to the choreography—producing a combination of impressive sound and captivating visual.

A Texas native, Megan was born in Houston and raised in Katy, TX. Growing up in the 90s, she was accompanied by an array of sounds from the generation prior, including: Queen, Al Green, Stevie Wonder, and various artists from the 70s funk era. Her own talents began to emerge around 4th grade; she first recognized her vocal abilities while dabbling around with her family’s karaoke machine. It was also around this time when she was introduced to the piano, a skill she became proficient in, and eventually used to lead her church’s youth group. Her musical aspirations at that time, however, were few. Even opportunities to perform with her youth group were almost thwarted by her shyness.

Still, real talent can never truly be silenced. By the time Megan reached her freshman year of high school, she was determined to make more of her gifts. Adding even more of an edge to her performance, she added another instrument to her resume, becoming fluent in guitar. And after a video of her singing at a wedding generated some additional hits (it was actually intended for family sharing), her father encouraged her to begin posting cover songs.

Her fans have been true. YouTube artists have a difficult task. Their fans, conditioned to awaiting renditions of already popular songs, don’t always take well to original music. Yet, when Megan released the Kurt Schneider directed video for her song “B-e-a-utiful” in July 2011, the reception spoke for itself. With over 23 million views, the acoustic-pop single can hold its own among today’s crop of young pop performers.

Harve Pierre, president of Bad Boy, took notice. Aware of Megan Nicole’s growth, as well as potential, he arranged a meeting between the young singer and Bad Boy founder/hip hop mogul, Sean “Diddy” Combs. Impressed, Bad Boy quickly scheduled a meeting with Jimmy Iovine, CEO of Interscope Records. All aspects of her career falling into place, Megan is managed by Ron Cerrito at Prospect Park. Prospect Park and its predecessor have dealt with some of music’s biggest names, including: Backstreet Boys, Kelly Clarkson, Enrique Iglesias, and Jennifer Lopez.

Now, currently prepping for her debut album, Megan anticipates the release of her own original material. She continues to record in Los Angeles alongside a host of legendary producers.

Also awaiting this promising artist’s first dance with fame, are her fans. Though, if you ask Megan, they are more than just her following…they are her inspiration.

She has already taken the web by storm. Next up: center stage.

Madilyn Bailey was born and raised in western Wisconsin with music flowing through her veins. She started singing as a toddler and at seven years of age wrote her first song. It wasn’t long after when Madilyn began to play the piano, the drums and later, the acoustic guitar. It became apparent at age 10 when she sang in her church’s Easter musical that she had a gift. As a teen, Madilyn began to share her music locally but quickly realized the trappings of a small town. Then came YouTube. Madilyn recently celebrated 100,000,000 video views and is closing in on her first million subscribers.

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Saturday, October 5 · Doors 7:00 PM / Show 7:30 PM at Union Transfer

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