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"New Dreads" 2011 - beyond

So we had to do some spring cleaning, re arranging, etc this last year, and now we have a new stronger than ever before line up. This is how it all went down : First in the band were Me( Miles Mulkey), Chris Cesare, and Nigel Temple. After three of four years of this, we added new bassist, Jason Sukle, who had also been our sound engineer throughout many of the 3 piece years. Our next step was picking up percussionist Jordan Dungan, who has the most impressive percussion setup i have ever witnessed, and his overall love and enthusiasm for the band made him a quick fit. After several months with this line up, our original drummer, Nigel, decided his future was at Virginia Tech and not with the band. So, we asked our old time friend, Taylor Parker, to join the ranks. We did a couple tours and played numerous local shows with this line up. Next on the drummer's list was Rich Elkins, an older well respected member of the reggae community in VB. The band played with Rich on drums for the duration of summer 2010. This included several out of town festivals, plenty of local shows, and the Rock n Roll Half Marathon. As summer 2010 closed out, so did our 3rd drummer, and we were back at square one. Enter John Zontini (former guitar player for the Influence). John stepped up on drums, his first show ever (unrehearsed) was at Fat Tuesdays in Fairfax, VA, in front of a couple hundred people. The very next day we rushed home and pushed John right up onto the 25th St Stage at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, where he played in front of maybe 1,000 plus. Needless to say, John's trial by fire rushed him into the drivers seat, and he has been one of our more reliable and solid drummers ever since. 2011 also brought on the need in my head to hear some keyboards in our music. I then reached out to my longtime friend Justin Bowen, who had already been practicing our material tirelessly. So, his first show with the band came on Mar 4th at H2O for D.H.H.'s CD Release party. Despite having never rehearsed with the band, Justin blew the other band members away with his knowledge of the songs. After a big show at the Norva, and opening for Pato Banton the next night(playing in front of 300 plus), as well as a management deal that is in the works, 2011 looks brighter than ever for No Dreads. Who would have thought an idea so small and simple would have blossomed into what it is today! Stay tuned, and be expecting big things from the Virginian Reggae 6 piece!

Love,

Miles Mulkey "No Dreads"

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