CAROL PACEY & THE HONEY SHAKERS, The Upper Strata
1019 E. Indian School Road
Phoenix, AZ, 85014
Doors 7:30 PM / Show 8:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Watch & Listen
Mill's End carries on a tradition of American Alt-Country that blends modern influences with folk/Americana songwriting. The band's sound is firmly rooted in a style reflective of
Drive By Truckers, Whiskeytown, the Jayhawks and the Old 97's, but with a healthy dose of classic and progressive rock. In 2008, jam sessions between singer/guitarist Jeff Bump and drummer Mark Bainbridge inspired the two to form Mill's End, and they soon added bassist Geoff Butzine and lead guitarist/vocalist Keith Perillo to round out the foursome. A substantial repertoire of original songs quickly followed, as did a desire to share with the public a down-to-earth approach to experiencing live music. Mill's End currently plays at popular Tempe and Phoenix-area clubs including the Yucca Tap Room, The Sail Inn and Hollywood Alley to
an ever-expanding fan base. The band has also made headlines by playing for thousands at a Phoenix Coyotesplayoff game and recording tunes for a campaign by Valley Metro to promote the use of public transportation in the Phoenix metropolitan area. Mill's End has recently released theirfirst full-length album and continue to expand opportunities to share their intimate brand of live shows.
CAROL PACEY & THE HONEY SHAKERS
Carol Pacey & the Honey Shakers is one of only a very few female-fronted, all original Americana rock bands in the Phoenix metro area, AZ, USA! Original and uncommonly upbeat music written by up and coming Tempe singer/songwriter, Carol Pacey. With songs written in Americana’s mix of folk, alt-country and rock and roll, Carol brings it all to her shows with enthusiasm, ease and pure joy. Originally from the East Coast, Carol moved out west and became enamored with what Arizona and Mexico had to offer. At her shows, she performs a collection of original songs, from poignant ballads to driving rockers.
Blazing up and down lead guitar is Andy Borunda, most recently from local indie band, I Me Mine and The Cyd & Andy Show, as well as Crazyblue and Obbligatto. Andy is an Arizona native and his main influences are Jimmy Page, Ace Frehley and Slash.
Keeping the beat is Ben DeLuca, originally an east coast boy hailing from the D.C. area. As a kid, he loved to make noise, and learned to play multiple instruments, and with a special talent for banging on things, the drums came naturally. On the advice of such icons as Jim Morrison and Horace Greeley, he headed west, dug the AZ way of life, and never looked back. Ben has an appreciation for many genres and artists, and what he’ll tell you he’s learned from those who have influenced him musically, is that, “Music is a universal language that allows us to express that which we cannot by other means, it is like medicine for the soul.”
Born and raised in Boston, Dante Fiorenza studied jazz and rock bass, and in 1999 with his first band, Surrender Dorothy, opened Lilith Fair Phoenix, and he has since performed with Launching Brenda, Stephanie Kniffin and Cameo Hill. Dante’s main influences are his father who, while not a bassist, is the “baddest tenor man in Boston,” Charles Mingus, Jaco, John Paul Jones, and Paul McCartney.
The Upper Strata
The Upper Strata releases its third effort. The twelve song CD entitled Phantastic Pigeon-Holes, picks up where the EP release Manifest left off and takes the songwriting and approach further. Often bluesy, sometimes with a little western twang, the songs are filled with saloons and desert images. While traveling about to play shows, the lyrics and themes have been inspired by the colorful and varied state of Arizona.
The Upper Strata is an eclectic duo mixing genres and styles to produce their own brand of alt rock music. From Tom Waits to Son House, from Muddy Waters to Morphine the influences are broad and the resulting music even more far flung. Often with hints of bottleneck blues and always a thumping fluid bass line, the duo cranks out a sound both old and new. The new album Phantastic Pigeon-Holes finds the group out in the Southwest with its saloons, haunted hotels, old mining towns, mesas, and canyons. All figure into the often cinematic tracks and make the region a character in the work. In particular Sitting Stubborn and Wasteland tell mad tales of wandering in the desert or abandoned boomtowns. Birdcage is Burning is a kind of beat poetry homage to the late Birdcage saloon on Prescott's Whiskey Row. It is typical of the kind of backdrop or setting the songs on this outing are filled with.