Gang Forward (Acoustic), Joe Fornothin
Portobello Road, Highway 50 ft. Al Laughlin and Jeep Macnichol of the Samples, Bluzinators
1578 South Broadway
Denver, CO, 80210
Doors 6:30 PM / Show 7:00 PM
This event is 21 and over
Gang Forward is one of Denver’s latest additions to the heavy rock scene. Since 2010, the band has honed their skills in creating fun and energetic live performances, while engaging fans with shredding guitar, ethereal vocals, and driving rhythms. Their debut album, “Secret Wars”, was released a year later in August 2011 under NLM Records in Nashville and has been warmly received by fans and critics alike. Gang Forward’s unique blend of hard rock is indicative of influences such as Muse, Rage Against The Machine, and Incubus; however, their sound is anything but the same. Many songs are filled with progressive key changes and dynamic tempo shifts, showcasing a wide array of explosive musicianship.
Aaron Cooley, a Nashville native, is an exciting live performer and a fiery guitarist/vocalist. Searing tone and a ferocious appetite for acrobatic guitar solos are what to expect when you see the band holding court. Steering the rock anthemic is Randy Stindt, a versatile vocalist from Fresno, CA. Tinges of Chris Cornell, Martin Sexton, and Maynard James Keenan can be heard in Stindt’s refreshing addition to the foursome, often while demonstrating an additional percussive prowess on many different instruments during live performances. Drummer, Tyson Williams, and bassist, Greg Furuya sum up the rhythm section and drive the band with dynamic force. Hailing from Austin, TX, Williams blasts and grooves his way around the set, complimenting the distinctive technique and tone of Furuya, a Chicago-based guitarist turned bassist. This foursome is hungry to keep entertaining fans and creating music that pushes the boundaries of progressive rock.
Joe Fornothin is a high energy rock band from Parker, Colorado. The energizing power that brothers, Tyler and Devin Bills, bring to the stage has been gripping audiences for more than six years. Recently, two amazing musicians, Joseph Humphreys and Benjamin Hatch joined the Joe Fornothin family. The band has played at some of Denver’s most popular venues and has shared the stage with several big bands. In August 2011, they played with Everclear, The BoDeans, and the Fabulous Thunderbirds in Denver. In July 2010, they opened for the legendary southern rock band Blackfoot and have also opened for Britain’s Back Door Slam at the Soiled Dove Underground. Joe Fornothin has performed at Herman’s Hideaway, the Walnut Room, and the Gothic Theatre. They have performed at Denver’s People’s Fair Festival for the past five years 2007-2011 and have traveled several times to South Dakota for the Sturgis Rally. Joe Fornothin has shared the stage with some of Denver’s hottest bands including the Railbenders, Opie Gone Bad, and Hazel Miller.
Joe Fornothin has a unique rock sound blending a bit of classic blues rock with an overtone of modern rock. The band has recorded 2 EP discs over the past few years and in December 2008 finished their third EP, Product of Hollywood. The band finished their most recent 5 song EP in 2010 titled Something to Talk About. The band’s sound is diverse because of its member’s wide range of musical tastes. Bands like ZZ Top and AC/DC are some of their many influences. Tyler’s strong vocals and emotional lyrics stun the crowd.
Tyler Bills (guitar, lead vocals) passion for music and incredible energy can be felt by the audience every time he takes the stage. Playing guitar and singing is truly his love in life. He has a zeal for song writing and recording his music. Tyler has been playing guitar for seven years and is currently studying music at Metro State College in Denver, Colorado.
Devin Bills (bass guitar/vocals) loves music and lives to be on stage. He has been playing bass for seven years. He loves entertaining and making people laugh. He loves bringing the low end bass to the mix and dancing across the stage. Devin currently works full time for Best Buy on the Geek Squad.
Benjamin Hatch (drums) began playing drums at the age of 11. Ben has honed his skills for the last four years playing with the Marine Corps band in New Orleans. He brings an amazing jazz style and creativity to the stage. Ben is currently working on a music degree in Denver, Colorado.
Joseph Humphreys (keyboards) began playing piano at the age of 5. He was trained in classical music and developed a love for jazz in his teens. Joe also played in the Marine Corps band in New Orleans with Ben and has studied music at the University of Southern Mississippi. He is currently working on finishing his music degree.
Joe Fornothin has appeared in several publications which include the Denver Post, Colorado Music Buzz Magazine, and The Westword.
We are Portobello Road! A Denver band with huge aspirations to make a name for ourselves amongst some of the best in the almighty Denver music scene. We have been a band for about 5 years, playing many of Denver’s best stages, Herman’s Hideaway, The Walnut Room, Benders, The Gothic Theater and many many more. We are a random yet powerful mix of music with backgrounds in grungy blues, rock, alternative, punk and ska. Portobello Road is a strong and loud band with a stage presents full of energy. We are a mature act, devoted to every show! Portobello Road has released a 5 song self-titled EP displaying the work of 3 originals and 2 covers (The Black Keys, and Neil Young). Our original songs such as “Luxury” has been added to the KTCL 93.3 locals only rotation, a popular local radio station in Denver, CO. Our music can be heard on Mile High Music Underground, Denver Internet Radio, KBUT FM out of Crested Butte/Gunnison, CO. Reverbnation, SoundCloud and of course our website, www.portobelloroadmusic.com Portobello Road has been recognized by the likes of 98.5 KYGO, Colorado Concerted Effort-Chronicles of the Colorado Concert Experience, Sports Authority, Go Fast, Bands 4 Bands entertainment, Music Go Round, Westword Magazine, and Entertainment Solutions Inc. We are eagerly awaiting the release of our first full length album. Anticipated by many, the album will soon be available on itunes, CD Baby, Amazon, and Pandora. We are currently still in the studio adding perfection to our sound hoping to catapult some success outside of our Denver roots. Portobello Road is your average 4 piece band with a far from average sound featuring brothers Chris Michaels (vocals, guitar) and Drew Michaels (guitar, vocals) along with Tommy Weber (bass) and Josh Meneses (drums).
Highway 50 ft. Al Laughlin and Jeep Macnichol of the Samples
With Al Laughlin and Jeep Macnichol Original members of the samples from Boulder, Co. played Jay Leno "the tonight show" in 93' and had the privilege of touring with many great bands and musicians...Sting, Dave Matthews, H.o.r.d.e tour in 93. The Wailers. and have been playing what's called the Vaudeville circuit for twelve years with talented artists across the nation to form the current band Highway 50.
.....Bio: The Bluzinators have a unique blend of Jump Blues, Big Band Swing, and traditional blues styles that conjure up images of a 1940's Nightclub, mixing it up with tunes Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, Tommy Castro, Joe Cocker, Ray Charles, a little Elvis and even some Blues Brothers.