Three brothers from other mothers (and fathers) got together, from the OC, LA and DC, to create a miscellaneous collection of musical works aka OLIO. Inspired by everything from Black Sabbath to Barry White these guys stir up an eclectic blend of rock/pop/funk music and serve it up hot! Whether it’s songs about break-ups, make-outs, shake-ups or four letter words, Olio produces electrifying, positive music from their studio in Los Angeles, CA. On stage Arif Hodzic sings and breaks strings (sometimes his right hand gets heavy), DeHaven Carrington grooves on drums and croons (when the lights are low and the mood is right), and newest member Kelley Hill is a fireball of energy, bouncing on one leg and just tearing the bass up (you may even see metal shavings come off the neck).

Olio hits the road in the USA this summer for their 2013 “Comeback Kings Tour.” Playing Seattle, Portland, San Francisco and cities in between in June and Phoenix, Austin, Shreveport, Little Rock, NYC, DC, Kill Devil Hills and Atlanta in July and August.

On December 18, 2012 Olio released the Comeback Kings EP produced by legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer (Hendrix, Zeppelin, Beatles, Stones, Santana, Woodstock, Kiss, Frampton, Robert Randolph, Grace Potter). A full album of songs, recorded in L.A. and France, are set for a 2013 release.

In 2011, Olio won the Emerging Artist Competition held by Rusty’s on the Santa Monica Pier. They were the only band to play the Twilight Dance Series twice in one summer, opening for Dawes with Jackson Browne in front of a crowd of several thousand music lovers.

They celebrated the release of their 2010 single “Get It Good” following the success of the 2009 11 song album “Living The Dream.” The songs are dynamic ranging from the nylon stringed sweetness of “Completely Beautiful” about the profound impact of becoming a parent (received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2008 West Coast Songwriters International Competition) to a hard rock/rap collab that already has 20,000 NJ Devils fans shouting “Here We Go” at the Prudential Center. Their homage to the mamacita de futbol aka “Soccer Mom” inspired one impassioned UK critic to call them “sexist and subtle as a sledghammer.” (Olio still thinks Benny Hill, John Cleese and Ricky Gervais are funny) The sound created is rich and packs a punch reminiscent of the John Mayer Trio while thematically aiming for Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.”

To experience Olio only on recording is like Vader without the Darth. Whether it’s 30 minutes or 3 hours, the energy generated by these three could power a small town (or even the lesser known planet Zeta-Reticulan5). So, maybe the question isn’t Who or What is Olio but rather When and Where?

Born and raised in New Hartford, New York, now residing in Albany, Stephen began playing guitar at the age of 14 after hearing John Mayer's "Room For Squares". Since then, he has continued to craft his skills as a singer and songwriter, recording and performing a catalog of original music.

Originally beginning his musical career playing drums, Stephen's transition to a songwriter has weaved a percussive element into his guitar playing and singing. Either with meticulously finger picked grooves on songs such as Not Worried and Elizabeth, or dynamic rhythm pieces heard in "Fallin" and "Better in Time," Stephen's music has proved to satisfy every type of environment. Since beginning humbly as a solo act around Central New York, Stephen has since finely tuned the performance and arrangement of his songs to compliment a full band of Bass, Drums, and Saxophone. During a show, while giving his band mates a few minutes to rest, Stephen utilizes the middle of the set for solo acoustic performances and medleys. This gives the audience a chance to hear a variety of different original songs, covers, and interpolations that are different and unique to each show.

With influences ranging from: John Mayer, Brett Dennen and Jack Johnson, to Otis Redding, Jamie Cullum, Bon Iver, and Damien Rice, Stephen has finished the recording of his first album, comprised of new songs, and those re-recorded from his first EP "Arrivals & Departures."

Stephen's debut album recorded at Syracuse University entitled "Dreams, Schemes, & Childhood Memories" was released on August 31, 2011 and will be taken on the road around the North East, and showcased throughout New York City while Stephen studies and performs there in the Fall of 2011. See his website for new song postings, live footage, free downloads, and tour dates.

Far East Side

Rejecting the gluttony of the 80s, the self-awareness of the 90s, and the passing fads of today, Far East Side looks to the future through the eyes of the past proving that time is merely a social construct.

Knives For Sale

"Knives For Sale" was formed in January 2010 when songwriter Henry Felsman and bassist Noah Schumer recruited Berklee percussionist Gabriel Marr to form as powerful a power trio an acoustic power trio could be. They released their first recordings, the "Must Be Something Inside" EP on April 9, 2010, during a gig at The Burren in Davis Square. In August 2010, the group welcomed guitarist Eli MacKinnon to the band by driving him and his amplifier from Arizona to Boston in an epic cross country journey. After a year of playing in Boston, the band took their talents to West Bed-Stuy, in Brooklyn, NY, where they currently reside.

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Olio with Stephen Babcock, Far East Side, Knives For Sale

Thursday, August 8 · 7:00 PM at Ella Lounge