End of an Era
Seaside Heights, NJ
Joe Nicastro Trio
Mount Laurel, NJ
Date and Time
Saturday, June 23rd, 2012 at 7:00pm
21+ or w/ adult
SOME OF THE AREAS BEST ROCK BANDS WILL ROCK THE GRAPE ROOM!
7:50 HIGH OLIVES
9:40 MODERN COLOUR
10:40 JOE NICASTRO
11:45 END OF AN ERA
End of an Era
Hailing from the now infamous Jersey Shore, End of an Era is an alternative/electro/rock band that serves as a sonic right hook to Snooki’s face. Mixing equal parts of Nine Inch Nails, Muse, and the Sex Pistols…the band has been taking not only New Jersey, but the entire northeast by storm since 2006. The band formed out of the demise of several other popular Jersey Shore bands. With Jeff Wallace, Jeff Spags, and Derek Jesse, End of an Era had a killer lineup and went to work on the local scene. Not long after, End of an Era had amassed a rabid fanbase and began to hit the road. From countless tours of the eastern US to playing for 30,000 people at Giant’s Stadium to festival dates in Brazil…End of an Era has accomplished much more in a few years as a DIY band than many label bands do in an entire career. In just over 4 years, End of an Era has played over 350 shows and sold 3500+ albums.
Combining East Coast attitude with straight ahead, punch-you-in-the-mouth blues rock, this power trio manages to build an impressive wall sound combing the talent, feel and just plain awesome that only comes from years of playing, writing and gigging together. The biting, killer guatiar work of front man Joe Nicastro takes center stage as bassist Scott Holden and drummer Travis O’Brien hold down a thick bottom end while throwing in tasty glints and glimmers of their own massive talents.
Comprised of frontman, Stephan Sirochman (guitar, vocals), Tom Weir (drums), and Chris Boyle (bass), Modern Colour plays with raw exciting energy like other three piece bands such as The Jimi Hendrix Experience, Cream, and Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.These three met through a somewhat strange and random occurrence. Stephan and a friend were walking down the street when they heard a Black Keys song being played outside a house Stephan grew up around. Because of the wailing sounds coming from the street, Stephan stopped and introduced himself to future band mates Tom and Chris.These two had been friends and rocking since college. Stephan was welcomed instantly when the two buddies heard his shredding of the guitar. Ste-Funk on the Axe, Tom-Cat in the drum circle, and Boyle-Boi on the low ends became the lineup. Modern Colour hit the scene in Philadelphia playing with other rock bands, hip hop acts, RnB groups, metal bands, bluegrass groups, singer/songwriters, MC freestyle mama-jama's and just about everyone in between.
Rockin' Blues is a style of music which sounds like Hendrix, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Black Keys, James Brown, The White Stripes, and good old blues all mixed into one beautiful thing. This is what will make your soul rock at a Modern Colour show. The originality of this group is the best thing about a genre of music which some consider too easy and unable to make a comeback.
In 2006, two middle school youths started a rock band. Unlike so many others the thought of becoming rock stars was not just a dream. For lead singer Andrew Corkery and lead guitarist Dan Holden becoming rock stars was not a choice, but a destiny they wished to embark on. From that standpoint, there were no other options but to seek out other members and build a band. The product of that search is now the band known as Shadowplay. Due to age and varying degrees of training and musicianship, struggles occurred the first few years. However, they took their criticism constructively and used it to better themselves and their art. They welcomed guitarist George Legatos in 2007, bassist John Sellers in 2008 and drummer Tim Bear in 2009. In just two years their musical progression was obvious.
Their experiences have been varied and profound for them professionally and developmentally. Extrinsically, these experiences translate into an unbelievable amount of public exposure. The release of their first EP kicked itself off with a standing room only Hard Rock Café release show, the EP now in its second press, selling out in less than 4 months. The release of Shadowplay’s first epic single, Ghost Train, has been produced by their new Label, Romulus X Records, recorded at Ark Studios, and mastered by the renowned Maor Applebaum (of Yngwie Malmsteen, Rob Halford fame). The single is set for release in early January 2011, and subsequent major production video/DVD release to follow soon after. Plans for the 2011 include the recording and release of their full-length album, investment showcasing, and national tour kickoff.
High Olives was formed in the summer of 1998 by cousins Andrew and Nick Arbutina, with the goal to create a unique brand of rock music at a time when the radio air waves were saturated with boy bands and former “Mickey Mouse Club” members. Drawing heavily upon their classic rock musical influences, which included the hard pop rock sounds of the Beatles as well as the vocal harmony and musical structures of Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys, the two spend the next several years writing and recording their own original material and performing as a duo at local coffee shops. In the early part of 2003 they seized the chance play a charity show at the Philadelphia Hard Rock Cafe; the only problem was that they didn’t have a band. At this time Andrew put in a call to his long time friend and quasi-college roommate Dennis Powell, a very skilled bass player all around talented musician. The bands line up was then filled out with musicians found through online want ads and they spend the next two month frantically rehearsing, played the show, and then shortly thereafter broke up. Later that year the band reformed with a different lineup, played several shows around the Philadelphia area, and then once again broke up. At this point Andrew and Nick decided that they were going to focus on what they loved, writing and recording and spend the next 8 years doing so. In the summer of 2011, with what was a vastly different musical landscape than what it existed when they first form the band, Andrew and Nick once again decided that it was time to get out on stage and perform. Dennis rejoined the group, and Matt Taggart and Pat McBride, where brought in to play drums and rhythm guitar. No one knows what the future holds for the High Olives, but the group is excited and ready to perform.