Hero Monster Zero

Hero Monster Zero

Hero Monster Zero is a Chicago-based rock quartet that has aimed to match catchy riffs with captivating hooks since they formed in 2012.

The band fondly referred to as HMZ consists of Andy Metz on lead vocals and guitar, Chris Stell on guitar, Jesse Walk on bass and Ryan Birkett on drums. The four have joined forces to play a wide range of original songs and covers that transcend genres while being based in a sound that has become distinctly their own.

In the last year, Hero Monster Zero has headlined a number of iconic Chicago venues, including The Metro and The Cubby Bear. Their shows are energetic and electrifying.

Hero Monster Zero released their first EP, Nice to Want, in December 2014. In the time of Heroes, there can only be one Monster Zero.

Brandon James & The Middle City Sound

New singing sensation Brandon James is a rising star from Chicago who has set his sights on making an impact with his music across the globe. He first realized his passion for singing at the age of 12 after he was pushed to become involved in various school projects as a means to keep him out of trouble and to find something that he would like to do. Brandon James delivers a versatile style that blends Opera, Sacred, Gospel, Blues, Pop, & R&B. Beyond singing Brandon James is also a gifted song writer that pulls his material straight from the heart. With influences like Luther Vandross, Lyfe Jennings, & Donnie Hathaway he is destined to elevate to a level where he is recognized as one of the world's greatest entertainers. Despite some of his influences being R&B legends, Brandon James learned to diversify his style after teachers in college introduced him to groups like the Beatles and Rolling Stones. He describes his sound as a mixture of Pop and Soul. Music is more than a passion it is Brandon James life and has been his dream since he realized his ability to sing at a young age. B-Rockstar along the way has challenged himself to become better at his craft including taking voice lessons from Bobby Wilsyn one of the best Chicago Jazz Musicians as well as Ars Musica and classical singer Andrew Schultze. Seeking to learn music on all levels B-Rockstar attended Columbia College Chicago where he earned a degree in Music Performance & Music Business in 2009. It was also an amazing moment in 2009 when the young gifted artist got the chance to perform with the legendary band Earth, Wind, & Fire. Through his learning experiences B-Rockstar has been able to cultivate a unique sound and dynamic stage presence. He decided to take things a step further by forming a band called The 409s while also balancing his solo career. B-Rockstar's primary goal is to share his story and testimony through his music with millions of people all over the world. He seeks to inspire, touch hearts, and provoke thought with his music. In addition to performing live at various notable venues across Chicago including the UIC Pavillion he is working on the completion of his debut solo album and The Middle City Sound's upcoming album. Brandon James current singles "Inspiration", "All I Want Is You", & "Drifting" can be heard on his website.



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