Sum Fest Featuring: Pivot
The Hell No, Magician Michael Casey, Rookie Of The Year, Sometimez... Why?
224 S. Blount
Raleigh, NC, 27601
Doors 8:00 PM / Show 9:00 PM
For fans of: Rush, Tool, & Queensryche.
Pivot is a group in relentless pursuit of perfection and constant change. Its members share more than just a passion for their work. They have a sense of urgency in re-inventing themselves with every word put to paper or note put to tape. Their live show incorporates simplistic visual effects that tie sight and sound into one. Pivot will leave its audience making plans to see the next show. This band is quite simply interested in one thing...creating good music.
Rock Hard Magazine review of Pivot:
With bands of the "modern hard rock" pseudo-genre, normal folks get the cold sweat [puke], as this normally hides either ex-eighties-stars that didn't get the changed music scene and now make "scene relevant" music (or at least what they think that means), or otherwise any clever "Post-Grunge" wannabee trying to emulate the eight-legged felony Nickleback.
In contrast, Pivot from North Carolina has left the nineties well behind and offers once again (it's not the first time the appear in Rock Hard) more high quality development, sometimes alternative, sometimes just plain progressive hardrock, that stays clear from the cliche's and also convinces with well placed hooks. The absolutely recommended new 6-track Digipack-CD "Enter the Exosphere" can be found here: www.pivotband.com
The Hell No
For fans of: Janis Joplin, Iron Maiden, Concrete Blonde
The Hell No is a dynamic combination of punk 'n roll and blues rock, exuding free, raw emotion as they create sweeping melodies, powerful harmonies, and candid verses. Vocalist Brenna combines explosive soul and smoky blues, while Adam, lead guitarist, delicately and successfully intertwines metal, rock n’ roll, and blues riffs to soar alongside Brenna’s wail. Ash thumps a thunderous, yet dexterous bass that locks in perfectly with Dave Mac’s commanding and precise drum patterns, creating energetic rhythms that support lightning fast guitar work and intense, unrestrained vocals. Elements of hard rock, heavy metal, and blues come together in The Hell No for a unique, refreshing sound.
Magician Michael Casey
Michael was born in Baltimore, Maryland and during his upbringing often times found himself in gifted classes. During the 1980's his family moved down south when his father enlisted in the Marines to help his struggling family. It was during this time that Michael found the mystery, beauty, and magic that is the south.
During his academic career at University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and a strange series of events, Michael found his way into magic and he has not looked back since. Spending several years studying magic from the US, England, and even Japan. During this journey, he has found his own unique style of magic.
Michael started his professional magic career in 2002 serving as the house Magician for Maggiano's Little Italy in Southpoint, the house magician for The Mellow Mushroom on Glenwood Avenue in Raleigh, and he now resides as the featured entertainment at The Crunkleton on 320 West Franklin Street. Michael has quickly become one of the most sought after magicians in the triangle area for his unique and organic style of magic.
As word of his magic has spread, he has been hired to engage audiences all over North America. From Vancouver, to San Francisco, to Chicago, and Boston, just to name a very few, he has become a staple in Corporate Cocktail hours and exclusive After Parties. Michael has performed exclusive magic for American Express and Yep Roc Record and he has even shared the bill with such musical acts as Faster Pussycat, LA Guns, Unknown Hinson, The Rosebuds, American Aquarium, and many, many more.
Rookie Of The Year
Singer Ryan Dunson has come a long way since his upstart of Rookie of the Year as a solo project in 2002. At the time, he was living in Florida and writing the material that would become his debut record, "Having To Let Go." After nearly five years, two records, the addition of a full band and constant touring, Ryan Dunson and the rest of the guys don't believe that they have accomplished enough. The full band, now out of Fayetteville, North Carolina, consists of Dunson, Mike Kamerman (guitar), Pat Murphy (bass), Brandon Schade (guitarist), and David Whitney (drums).
In the same year that Rookie of the Year began, the band signed with Orlando, Florida's One Eleven Records after catching the ear of owner Brad Fischetti. In 2005, One Eleven re-released their debut record, "Having To Let Go" and the band began writing their sophomore album. The band chose producers Ed Rose and Matthew Malpass to produce their second album, "The Goodnight Moon," which was released on April 11th, 2006. The record has sold over 10,000 copies and has helped the band secure tours with artists such as Mae, Copeland, Mute Math, Cute Is What We Aim For, The Spill Canvas, Blackpool Lights and the Rocket Summer, just to name a few.
Rookie of the Year marched into 2007 with great eagerness and excitement. The band has managed to built a rapport with their fans, such that every person who attends show will leave satisfied. Their live show has built some buzz around the fact that it exhibits a raw energy that you would normally only see in a studio setting . It is this buzz that is now generating up to 500 fans per show. Rookie of the Year has a track record of constant touring that dates back to 2002 and even though "The Goodnight Moon" was released over a year ago, the band is showing no signs of slowing down. In fact, they have managed to balance their touring efforts with some down time in order to start writing for their third release, which is due to be released in the spring of 2008 on One Eleven Records. Keep an eye out for an explosion of Rookie of the Year in 2008. This could be your new favorite band.
It all began many years ago in a land far away(Two hours east, Wilmington) When mutual friends Brian Willis(guitar)and Stevie "G" (vocals) met and cultivated a friendship and relationship that years later became Sometimez...Why? . With the addition of James Rogers on drums, the band solidified its core lineup. A groovy rock sound had emerged from this Raleigh-based band and was the evolution of Sometimez...Why? . With the final addition of Craig Lamm on base in the summer of 2012, the band is now whole.