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Cocktail Party Phenomenon / Press

“Carefully blending composition and improvisation, Cocktail Party Phenomenon’s high-energy sets have gained quite a bit of praise in recent years. Whether headlining, opening, or taking on a late night after party, CPP commands the energy of the crowd and presents performances sure to please.”

Mia Jester - Headspace Magazine (Spring/Summer 2014 Issue)

“... Cocktail Party Phenomenon was faced with quite the musical task- transitioning a crowd of STS9 and Umphrey’s McGee enthusiasts with freshly melted faces from the Mann Center to The Blockley, where the official after-party was taking place. The Blockley had also hosted another event immediately prior to the after-party, presenting the additional challenge of having to take complete ownership of the space and transform the vibe of the venue in a short amount of time. CPP succeeded, giving a performance that spoke to the energy of the crowd...They then transitioned from originals “Last Stand for Planet Earth” into a 25-minute “Rumblestilskin” and everyone was dancing as hard to the original material as they were to the previous favorites. The crowd was pleasantly surprised by a cover of Bloodhound Gang’s “The Bad Touch,” which the band made their own by teasing Escort’s “Cocaine Blues.” The energy generated as people excitedly sang-along and moved about to the r”

“...Cocktail Party Phenomenon hosted a stellar After Party at nearby music venue, The Blockley. The high-energy set was highlighted by a 22-minute rendition of the hard-hitting "Rumblestilskin". CPP really impressed with their ability to improv and really control the energy of the show. "That was some of the craziest improv shit we've ever done!" said a very excited and enthusiastic Max young, drummer of the band. "It was a crazy show."”

Good Love Scene (Umph Grabs Headlining Slot in Philly, CPP Afterparty!)

"After a refreshing start to the day it’s right on to Cocktail Party Phenomenon, made up of Steve Catania (guitar, slide, vocals) Dan Enden (bass, vocals) Mike Gardner (keyboard/Vocals) and Max Young (drums), who started it off with a unique blend of several styles making for quite a solid set of original music, my favorite being “Rumblestiltskin,” while also tipping their hats to the powerhouse Dopapod covering French Bowling which was definittly a crowd pleaser."

Grateful Music (Review and Photo Gallery: MazFest Music Festival - Roscoe, NY )

“It isn’t so much what they play, but how they play it. These guys incorporate jams that start off inspiringly beautiful only to fade into a mysterious darkness. Cocktail Party Phenomenon’s name personifies their sound to the tee: a funky fusion of psychedelic rock, progressive acid-jazz, and ambient jamtronica. With high energy, engaging live performances, this quintet keeps audiences moving their feet and wanting more.”

Adam Harris - Good Love Entertainment (Stir Fry Music Festival 2013 Preview)

“Formed in southern Jersey, CPP is comprised of five young, unique musicians from a variety of musical backgrounds. From funk and rock, to jazz, reggae and trance, CPP combines a multitude of feels and grooves to form their refreshingly original sound, never hesitating to improvise a jam.”

Relix Magazine
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