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Unless otherwise noted, doors open at 7:00pm and the first performance begins at 8:00pm.

Ramona Mainstage is an all ages venue. Persons under 21 must be accompanied by a parent.
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Friday, May 29  ·  Glisten Studio’s Student Showcase

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Glisten Studio Student Showcase

Glisten Studio’s Student Showcase

Glisten Studio is a women’s alternative fitness center offering yoga, pole fitness, strength training, burlesque and more!

The student showcase is an adult themed talent show, showcasing Glisten’s members through solo acts and group performances and the strength’s and techniques they have learned at the studio. It will be a full production from great music and lighting to full costume and makeup.


Saturday, May 30  ·  Eric Gales

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Eric Gales

Eric Gales grew up in a musical family with four brothers, two of them who learned to play the guitar upside down and left handed in the same fashion that Eric does. Eric’s brother Eugene Gales who played bass in the Eric Gales Band and his brother Little Jimmy King who had a thriving career as a blues artist before his untimely death. Eric released his first record at Age 16 for Elektra records to an amazing response from the media and music fans around the globe. Guitar World Magazine’s Reader’s Poll named
Eric as “Best New Talent,” in 1991. After recording a second record for Elektra, all three brothers teamed up for The Gales Bros. “Left Hand Brand” which was recorded for the House of Blues label in 1996.

Through the years, it would not be unusual to look out in the audience and see artists like Carlos Santana, Eric Johnson, Keith Richards, B. B. King, and Eric Clapton, looking on with interest as Eric took his God-given talent and worked crowd after crowd into a frenzy. The new Millennium presented new opportunities for Eric and he was signed to a deal with Nightbird Records which was affiliated with the Hendrix family and distributed through MCA/Universal. Under this deal, Eric recorded the critically acclaimed record “That’s What I Am” in 2001 and hit the road, mesmerizing fans around the world with his uncanny connection to his guitar. In 2006 Eric recorded the critically acclaimed CD “Crystal Vision” for Shrapnel Records and set the stage for his incredible Blues Bureau Division follow-up, “The Psychedelic Underground.” in 2007. In 2010 Eric hit a new stride altogether with the incredibly successful album “Relentless”. In 2013 Eric, dUg Pinnick (King’s X) and Thomas Pridgen (formerly of the Mars Volta) released the first critically acclaimed record “PGP” on Magna Carta Records. The same year Eric released his first instrumental album “Ghost Notes” under the new banner “The Eric Gales Trio”.

As both an African-American left-handed guitarist of extraordinary ability and an expressive vocalist, it is natural for people to compare Eric to Hendrix but Eric has developed a unique hybrid blues/rock sound that also draws upon influences as diverse as Albert King and Eric Johnson. A unique amalgam of styles, Eric Gales stands head and shoulders among other guitarists in his genre.

Brett Ellis Band

This talented group of superstar caliber musicians is lead by guitarist/singer/songwriter extraordinaire, Brett Ellis. For over 20 years Brett has been and continues to be a mainstay in the San Diego music scene. The Brett Ellis Band consists of: Brett Ellis (guitars & vocals) Rick Nash (Bass) Calvin Lakin (Drums).

They have mastered the art of Hard Rock and Blues and continue to push the envelope. Brett has worked with and opened for the who’s who in the music industry. Such as Eric Johnson, Edgar Winter, Foghat, Sammy Hagar, Glen Hughes (Deep Purple) Uli Jon Roth, Carl Palmer, King’s X, Bad Company and Pat Travers.

Brett has been featured at festivals around the country, including the annual Cabo Wabo Fest and the Tommy Bolin festival. Brett’s talent is unsurpassed; he continues to write inspiring music, expanding his virtually unlimited catalog. Hard work and dedication to his craft has blessed Brett with a large following.

Come see and hear The Brett Ellis Band bring down the house as they continue to impress fans and musicians alike. Their jaw dropping performances will advance the Hard Rock & Blues scene in California for years to come.

One Foot in the Blues

We are one of the fullest sounding 5 piece Rock band in the San Diego Area! Our band members include Chrissy Carey- Vocals/Harmonica, Ricky Dominguez-Lead Guitar, Eric Brooking- Rhythm Guitar, Rich Maddox- Bass, Vicente Ramos-Drums. A bunch of seasoned musicians that will ROCK THE SHOW!


Sunday, May 31  ·  Tony MacAlpine

Doors open at 4:00 pm
Tony MacAlpine

Tony McAlpine

The name Tony MacAlpine is synonymous with modern musical virtuosity. Whether performing as a solo artist, band member, session player, touring hired-gun, or as a producer, Tony MacAlpine continues to prove that he truly is one of rock’s most amazing and versatile musicians. He incorporates classical, jazz and fusion influences into the hard rock/metal genre on both guitar and keyboards.

In his 25 year career he has produced, written and arranged eleven solo instrumental studio albums. Tony has also released four albums with his jazz-fusion band CAB, three albums with his progressive rock band Planet X, and a number of other band projects. In addition, MacAlpine has contributed both guitar and keyboards to a long list of records by other artists.

LoNero

RDG

  • 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards Winner “Instrumental Album of the Year”
  • 2003 Los Angeles Music Awards Nominee “Guitarist of the Year”
  • 2003 San Diego Music Awards Nominee “Best Rock Album”

Pet Shark

Pet Shark is a progressive rock, instrumental band from Orange County, California featuring Keith Moreland on guitar, Ted Morton on drums. Matt Bissonette recorded bass guitar on the album, but because of his busy recording and touring schedule (Now with Elton John), he was not able to join the band for the live shows. So they’ve been joined by bass guitarist Russ Reshaw who has been on the road with the band Two or More for the last ten years, playing over 120 dates per year. Russ has also performed with Bobby Kimball, former lead singer of the band Toto. Russ is an amazing bass player, but best of all, he’s a great guy. The band is very pleased to have him.

Taz Taylor Band

In January 1997 UK-born Taz Taylor took a leap of faith and boarded a plane to Los Angeles with nothing more than a guitar, a backpack and roughly $2,000…

He spent much of his first year in the USA as a long haul truck driver, criss-crossing the country countless times in an 18-wheeler and spending the downtime in his sleeper berth practicing guitar. Eventually he settled in San Diego CA and set about recording his debut instrumental album “Caffeine Racer” which was released in July 2004. A band was formed and live shows commenced.

Caffeine Racer got the attention of legendary vocalist Graham Bonnet, most notable for working with the best guitarists in rock (Ritchie Blackmore, Michael Schenker, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai) and they set about recording the Taz Taylor Band album “Welcome To America” which was released on the UK label Escape Music in Aug 2006. Present TTB drummer Val Trainor joined immediately after the WTA sessions were completed.

International tours followed in 2007 and 2008, taking the band to UK, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Czech Republic.

In 2009 the band recruited another ex-MSG vocalist, Keith Slack for the “Straight Up” album, also on Escape Music, and also featuring a guest appearance from Deep Purple’s Don Airey on keyboards.

2010 saw the band returning to Taz’s instrumental roots with the release of “Big Dumb Rock”.
Current TTB bassist Barney Firks joined immediately after the recording of this album and the band played a string of dates to promote BDR opening for MSG (4 times), Uli Jon Roth (4 times), UFO (twice), Gary Hoey (twice), Pat Travers (twice), Dokken, Skid Row, Great White, Molly Hatchet and LA Guns.

2014 saw the release of “Deja Voodoo” an all instrumental offering of 8 songs and a string of USA dates with Lynch Mob, Wishbone Ash, Tony McAlpine, Alan Holdsworth, Greg Howe, Richie Kotzen and Ace Frehley, as well as 8 dates in the UK


Friday, June 5  ·  Hurricane

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Hurricane
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Hurricane


Saturday, June 6  ·  Caustic Felon

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Caustic Felon

We are a original band who’s main intent is to rip it up live and un-scensored. So give us a listen and tell us what you think.

Atropal

Innocent concert goers have been insulted,mind fucked,and soul raped to atropals display of flesh hooks, head banging and mosh pitt brutality, leaving said concert goers GUILTY AS HELL when leaving concert grounds. Atropal is continuing to scream the scariest of stories accompanied by face melting metal riffs, infant stomping drums, stroke inducing bass riffs…and an over all abomination of metal sounds.Atropal is here to deliver to your sick appetite what you have been searching for… a good 12 gauge slug to the ear drums, now and into the Godforsaken future.

The Scatter Bombs

We like A Global Threat, Disfear, Wolfpack, Citizen Fish, Choking Victim, LoC, Municipal Waste, NOFX, Rudimentary Peni, Skitsystem, Tragedy, INDK, Toxic Narcotic, The Dwarves and so on and so forth in that kick ass fashion.

Kill the Radio

3 piece (experimental) metal act from Mecca CA. We’re here to play some good music & we’re here to trip you out!!


Friday, June 19  ·  Fred Barchetta

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Fred Barchetta

Fred Barchetta

A tribute to the music of Rush, by the band Points North. Points North creates melodic guitar-driven instrumental music, combining musicianship and a modern aesthetic with classic tones, song structures, and pop sensibility.

Felix Martin

Felix Martin, an ambidextrous, Venezuelan-born guitarist who moved to America after winning a scholarship to attend the prestigious Berklee School of Music.

Felix is pushing music into new boundaries by mixing Metal with different styles such as Jazz, Progressive, World, Latin, Fusion, etc. Although his style is mostly called Progressive Metal, he is often cataloged as Jazz Metal, as he sometimes writes straight ahead Jazz mixed with Metal.

Felix uses his self-designed 14-string guitars, which are two regular guitars in one, standard guitar. Felix created a completely new way of playing the electric guitar by performing simultaneously with two of them as if was one guitar. This opens up a new and hidden world of the electric guitar. Felix pioneered this style of playing at the age of 13, and as of 2014, he remains the only one in the world who plays this way.

Felix and his band named under his name has shared the stage with acts such as Steve Vai, Mike Portnoy, Tesseract, Scale the Summit, Devin Townsend Project and have toured most of North America, South America and Europe.



Saturday, June 20  ·  Riot

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Riot

After initial success in the early 80’s, iconoclastic metal band RIOT rose from the ashes after a few years of silence to release THUNDERSTEEL (CBS 1988), an album that would become as celebrated as the new line-up that spawned it: Mark Reale (guitars), Tony Moore (vocals), Don Van Stavern (bass), Bobby Jarzombek (drums), and Mike Flyntz (guitars) who joined the group during RIOT’s first triumphant ‘Thundersteel’ Tour of Japan.

Their follow-up release, THE PRIVILEGE OF POWER (CBS 1990), flexed RIOT’s creativity and metal muscles even further, cementing renewed fan interest around the world, particularly in Europe and Japan. In the ensuing years, the ‘Thundersteel’ line-up became near-legendary in the metal canon. They were hailed as “the bridge between Priest and speed metal” and have been heralded as an influence by many, including Hammerfall who cover RIOT’s “Flight Of The Warrior” off ‘Thundersteel’ on their new CD, ‘Masterpieces.’

Cage

Up from the oppresive flanneled heel of the grunge movement arose a band so convicted to their craft, that to this day the fire for metal burns hotter than ever. With a sound that combines the familiar metal godlike elements, they have instilled their own distinct sound that puts the songs and the metal fans first. Will you bang your head, will you raise your fist in the air, will you be compelled to scream along to the power? hell yes you will, this is CAGE, THE AMERICAN POWER METAL KINGS!!!

Alchemy

Battlefront

Influenced from the melodic tones of Iron Maiden to the thrash / speed metal riffs of early Metallica, Exodus, and Iced Earth, out of Menifee came Battlefront!. An unfortunate motorcycle accident which took the life of our bassist and friend Ozzy put the band on a halt until local friends stepped up and kept things going. Eric Dow and Mark Dow from Helsott took over on drums and bass while Joe Mish from Crost took over on lead guitar. We have loyal fans known as S.O.B.’s – Soldiers Of Battlefront. Become a soldier.


Sunday, June 21  ·  Tracii Guns

Doors open at 7:00 pm
Tracii Guns

Tracii Guns is an iconic guitarist who has played with numerous well known bands and solo artists.

His signature guitar playing is reminiscent of early Aerosmith and Van Halen but in the last couple of decades he has added his own special flair creating the backbone for an unique and innovative sound, becoming one of the most influential guitarists to emerge out of the 80’s Hollywood scene. His creative repertoire is also impressive as he is registered as a composer/songwriter on more than 137 titles.

Dolan Brotherhood

Based in Southern California, Dolan Brotherhood is Arnold Sears (vocals) James Brady (guitar) Dave Garcia (bass) and Tom Wallace (drums). Their brand of powerhouse rock and roll is the result of a musical and philosophical approach best stated as “Deliver that vibe!”

No doubt that’s what the band’s self-titled debut does. It “delivers”. And everything starts with that “vibe”. Whatever a song requires, it gets. “Give it power, soul, groove and heart – with a twist”, was stated during one recent rehearsal. Each member knows this. One of the band’s main strengths is that each member contributes in the writing process – whether it be the music or the lyrics. The band’s sound reflects this versatility and is stronger for it. Another great Dolan Brotherhood strength is their vocal harmonies. Arnold and James put a lot of focus and effort into working together vocally. That effort pays-off in big ways and is immediately appreciated by listeners.

Collectively, Dolan Brotherhood members have a diverse background in musical tastes and accomplishments. Each is influenced by a multitude of musical styles – classic rock, progressive rock, Motown, metal, pop, folk, classical, etc… Elements of all these genres are found in Dolan Brotherhood’s music. Straight forward grooves that compel the listener to get up and dance or pump their fist in the air with the universal metal salute, can suddenly turn on a dime with some strange dropped-beat time signature. The band’s explanation for these strange and funky twists is simple, “Sometimes making the listener wonder, ‘What just happened?’ is a good thing. It keeps things interesting for the audience and the band.”

Twist, groove, metal, mood… it all comes back to the Dolan Brotherhood’s core belief, “Deliver that vibe”.


Saturday, June 27  ·  Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats

Rick Estrin, who holds the 2013 Blues Music Award for Best Instrumentalist–Harmonica, is, according to the San Francisco Chronicle, “an amazing harmonica player, a soulful lead vocalist and a brilliant songwriter.” He ranks among the very best harp players, singers and songwriters in the blues world. His work on the reeds is deep in the tradition of harmonica masters Sonny Boy Williamson II and Little Walter Jacobs, while at the same time pushing that tradition forward with his unforgettable original songs. And his hipster, street-smart vocals are the perfect vehicle for driving those songs home. Blues Revue says, “Estrin has created some of the finest blues songs of any artist on the planet. His carefully wrought lyrics penetrate human weakness with the precision of a boxer, though more often than not, he chooses to leave you laughing after the blow’s been struck.”

Rick Estrin & The Nightcats— jaw-dropping guitarist Chris “Kid” Andersen, singing drummer (who plays standing up) J. Hansen and dynamic multi-instrumentalist Lorenzo Farrell (electric and acoustic bass, organ and Moog synthesizer)—serve up fresh and modern original blues injected with a solid dose of gritty roadhouse rock ‘n’ roll and Estrin’s trademark philosophical wiseguy humor. Since the 2009 release of their celebrated Alligator Records debut Twisted and the 2012 follow up One Wrong Turn, the band has toured non-stop, sharpening their musical telepathy to a razor’s edge.



Friday, July 31  ·  Saliva

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Saliva

Probably one of the hardest things for an established rock band to do is to replace their lead singer, after all, your front-man is the face of the band, the leader so to speak. And, for the few acts who have successfully accomplished this daunting task (AC/DC, Van Halen, etc.), there are countless others that have failed. Upon hearing Saliva’s eighth studio album, Rise Up, you can now add the band to the ‘those who have succeeded’ category. Enter, new singer Bobby Amaru who has mellifluously replaced original singer Josey Scott after his exit in 2012). Bobby has joined up with longtime members Wayne Swinny (lead guitar, rhythm guitar, backing vocals), Dave Novotny (bass, backing vocals), and Paul Crosby (drums). Together, the new line-up has delivered an album that manages to push the band’s sound into new areas, as well as retain the group’s trademark elements – including Saliva’s signature anthemic choruses and crushing riffs.

As evidenced by such standout tracks as the leadoff single/title track from Rise Up, Saliva’s reboot has certainly inspired the group, as the new material meets the high standard set by such stadium standards as “Click Click Boom” and “Ladies and Gentlemen.” “We made a great record,” continues Amaru. “It’s like groundhog day, kind of for us with it. Déjà vu. But the writing process I think went back to where the band felt they were at one time. Everyone really had input. It wasn’t like, ‘Oh, we should do this because of this or that because of that.’ I think everybody really got to throw their heart and passion into it.” “I’d say that when you’re living out on the road, it’s kind of hard to write out there,” adds Novotny. “You don’t get much time alone to do it. But once you finally come off the road and get into the writing mode, you’re inspired by everything that happened out there. And we’ve been out for like two years in a row, just hitting it- being live and being with our fans. Everything just came at once. It all happened really fast. And we think it’s the best album we’ve done since probably the first album.

Sledd

Sledd is a five piece, hard hitting, Heavy-Alternative, Album Orientated Rock, Musical Group from San Diego, CA. The Band was founded by Lead Vocalist/Frontman Cary Rothman, Keyboardist/Vocalist Peter DeLuke Jr and Brother/Drummer Dino DeLuke in March of 1995.

Sledd has played with, opened for, or toured with such legendary Hard Rock Musical Groups as: Tesla, Great White, The Bullet Boys, Gilby Clarke, Blue Oyster Cult, Dokken, Quiet Riot, Queensryche, Ratt, LA Guns, UFO, Skid Row, Cinderella and Y&T.

Their latest and third Album “Insane Laughter” has received National Airplay in several United States Cities. In April/May 2009, Sledd members along with Executive Producer and Tesla Bassist Brian Wheat recorded a four song EP at “J” Street Studios in Sacramento, CA. All four cuts later appeared on the self produced Sledd CD “Insane Laughter”. Sledd’s second Album ”Crooked Smiles” was produced by Great White Guitarist Mark Kendall. Kendall also managed the Band from 2001 – 2003.

SevenTrain

Raw, stripped down, blues-based hard rock consisting of powerful vocals and soulful harmonies backed by a hard-hitting rhythm section. Influences include Badlands, Audioslave, King’s X and arena rock bands from the 70s and 80



Thursday, August 27  ·  Poncho Sanchez

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Poncho Sanchez

For more than three decades as both a leader and a sideman, conguero Poncho Sanchez has stirred up a fiery stew of straightahead jazz, gritty soul music, and infectious melodies and rhythms from a variety of Latin American and South American sources. His influences are numerous, but among the more prominent figures that inform his music are two of the primary architects of Latin jazz – conga drummer and composer Chano Pozo and trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie. Sanchez pays tribute to these two titans on his new album, Chano y Dizzy!, his 25th recording as a bandleader on Concord Picante, set for release on September 27, 2011. For the first time, Sanchez and Francisco Torres, long time band member (trombone/vocals), join forces to produce the new album.



Friday, August 28  ·  Orgy

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Orgy

ORGY emerged in the Goth music scene in 1998 with their incredible remake of ‘Blue Monday’. The track sold over 1 million copies and built a worldwide audience for the brand. In late 2005, after the release of the D1 Music and Associates Punk Statik Paranoia PSP and their D1 Music /DLC Records Independent “TRANS GLOBAL SPECTACLE” DVD promotional tour the band went on a hiatus to work on their side projects. In 2011, after seven years of demand from fans for new music and a tour, founding member Jay Gordon (vocals) decided it was time to kick things back up and begin recording and touring again in support of ORGY’s fans.

Born in San Francisco, CA, Jay Gordon was heavily influenced by music from a young age. After playing bass for several years and working as a producer and engineer on several albums (including Coal Chamber’s self-titled album and others), Jay was introduced to four other musicians who, with him, would eventually form ORGY. After establishing themselves in the scene, the band was noticed by Korn vocalist Jonathan Davis and signed to Elementree/Reprise records.



Saturday, September 12  ·  Devon Allman

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Devon Allman

Devon Allman (born August 10, 1972) is a vocalist, guitarist, keyboard player and songwriter. He is the founder and bandleader of Honeytribe, (also known as Devon Allman’s Honeytribe). In addition to creating two albums and leading multiple tours across North America and Europe with Honeytribe, Devon has contributed to several other musical recordings, including Vargas Blues Band and the A Song for My Father compilation album. Devon has appeared occasionally as a guest musician for Gregg Allman and The Allman Brothers Band. His other musical projects include the blues-rock supergroup Royal Southern Brotherhood and a solo album that was released in February 2013.

Devon is the son of Gregg Allman (of The Allman Brothers Band).

Mother Grundy

Rockin’ the blues! Members include Eric Heuschele – Guitar, Robin Hoffos – Vocals/Guitar, Jack Butler – Guitar/Slide Guitar, Dave Held – Bass and David Zedaker – Drums.

Johnny Oscam

Johnny Oskam first landed on the music scene in Southern California when he was invited to play on stage with Jonny Lang a month before his 20th birthday. This incredible honor began the snowball effect of what would become an avalanche of success in only three year’s time. Since then, Oskam and his extremely talented band have opened for artists such as Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tab Benoit, Eric Burdon and Kim Wilson. Among these artists, Shawn Jones and Tab Benoit also have invited Johnny on stage to play a few songs. As time moves forward, Johnny Oskam and his band continue to gain attention from audiences and artists all over Southern California.

Johnny Oskam has been playing guitar since he was age 13. Since then, Johnny has demonstrated a virtuosic skill on the instrument, but there is a lot more to Johnny Oskam than just fancy leads and guitar playing. Behind Johnny’s guitar strings is the depth of an old soul that the world needs to hear, see and experience. His voice, guitar and songwriting skills all culminate in his powerful presence to bring to an audience this very soul, a soul that has grown up listening and feeling the passion and connection of the artists that preceded him in the journey of the blues. Artists such as Son House, B.B. King, Albert King, Albert Collins, Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton and Stevie Ray Vaughan, as well as the latest generation of artists such as John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Tab Benoit, Matt Schofield, Philip Sayce, Doyle Bramhall II, Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang, to name a few, have all been instrumental in the shaping of Johnny’s soul in a more profound way than just picking strings and playing notes. The essence of the blues, as it uniquely rings through the aforementioned artists’ music, rings through Oskam’s music as well.



Friday, October 2  ·  Eddie Trunk

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Eddie Trunk

More info coming soon…

OFU – Tribute to UFO

OFU is a San Diego, California based tribute to the music of the seminal English band UFO.

Deeper Purple

A tribute to Deep Purple

Ultimate Sin



Saturday, October 17  ·  Dennis Jones

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Dennis Jones

High-energy stage performance. Sizzling hot guitar solos. Smooth and soulful vocals. Backed by a rhythm section that is second to none, this IS Dennis Jones. Check out a live show, and you’ll instantly agree, this band ROCKS the blues like NO other!

Dennis’s feet are firmly rooted in the past, yet his heart and soul are connected to the present. He writes songs that seamlessly blend the best of both worlds, presenting a unique and contemporary style of American rock and blues.

Born and raised in Baltimore, Maryland, and now based in Los Angeles, California, Jones continues to pursue his musical goal of becoming a top entertainer in his field. With four well-regarded CD releases to date, and a fifth to be released later this year, Jones’ vision has never been in clearer focus.

Dennis Jones also writes songs for other notable artists; he wrote Temporary Man for Guitar Shorty’s 2010 Alligator release, Bare Knuckle.

Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers

Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers are a high energy power trio playing all original blues-rooted rock & roll! Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers have appeared in concert with blues rock legends; Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Tommy Castro, Coco Montoya and Eric Sardinas to name a few. Daytona & The BlueSide Rockers deliver a unique sound that combines the Pulse of Rock with the Soul of Blues.


Friday, October 23  ·  Prong

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Prong

A show at the old Ritz in New York with New York hardcore legends Cro-Mags and German thrashers Destruction was what sealed a deal with Epic Records. “Signing with a major label was very much a matter of survival,” Victor explained to Britain’s Kerrang! magazine in 1990. “We aren’t high school kids living with our parents.” Survive and thrive was more like it for PRONG.

1990’s Beg To Differ became an instant genre classic. Songs like the epic title track or the tightly disciplined and sonically dynamic “Lost and Found” further carved out the band’s innovative deconstruction of metal’s excesses.

“We never saw ourselves as just a metal band,” stated Victor. “Our riffs, lyrics and ideas were minimal but conveyed everything we felt and everything we saw going on around us living in New York City in the 80’s. A lot of what I had to say was pretty reactionary. Disneyland hadn’t moved in yet.”

Over the course of their next three major label releases: Prove You Wrong, (1991) Cleansing (1994) and Rude Awakening (1996), PRONG charted an innovative course. It was actually the Whose Fist Is This Anyway?-EP that ushered in PRONG’s best-known era. The EP was comprised of five remixes from the Prove You Wrong album: introducing a heavier groove and experiments in electronics that gave rise to PRONG’s best known and best selling work: Cleansing. “We saw where we felt things in metal and hardcore could go and we rolled the dice a bit,” says Tommy of the band’s watershed release.

SevenTrain

Raw, stripped down, blues-based hard rock consisting of powerful vocals and soulful harmonies backed by a hard-hitting rhythm section. Influences include Badlands, Audioslave, King’s X and arena rock bands from the 70s and 80

Dead Serial Killers



Saturday, December 19  ·  Gary Hoey – Ho Ho Hoey’s Rockin’ Holiday Tour

Doors open at 7:00 pm

Ho Ho Hoey

In 1995 the first Gary Ho Ho Hoey album was released. Hoey’s idea to put a rock edge on Christmas classics was inspired by his mother’s love for Christmas and growing up in Lowell MA with his 4 sisters. “With the last name, Hoey, I decided one day to record an album called Ho Ho Hoey and re-do some of my favorite Christmas classics with a rock guitar.” It was an instant hit at radio and sold over 350,000 copies and has been a staple at most rock stations around the country ever since. “I love doing the Ho Ho Hoey Rockin Holiday Tour every year because I get to give back and help folks with various charities and toy drives. It allows me to help communities and have some fun at the same time. And it’s Hoey’s loyal fan base and his connection with them that keeps him going. “I come out after every show to meet the fans,” says Hoey. “I enjoy the feedback and interaction.”



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