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The Dropa Stone / Press

“The Dropa Stone is set to perform at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL this Friday, February 22nd, 2013 with a set of new music and special guest appearances. The band has also released a new short film that documents their marquis performances from the "Starry Messenger" tour. http://TheDropaStone.com Orlando, FL; New York, NY; Los Angeles, CA; Miami, FL (PRWEB) February 20, 2013 Fresh off of a studio album release and 2012 tour, The Dropa Stone is gearing up for their anticipated return to the House of Blues. The band has been waiting to unveil new music for this show, which they plan to take into the studio this spring with producer Justin Beckler for a new album. The group last performed at House of Blues to a capacity crowd last March, celebrating the release of "Starry Messenger." The band has also released a short film titled "Riding the Musical Wave," which captures the essence of the band by providing insight into what motivates and drives their music, live shows and philosop”

“The Dropa Stone was up next jammed through a set of grooving psychedelic music that featured several songs off their new CD “Starry Messenger” including “Kinski’s Spiral,” “Other Worlds Than These” and “”Sandcastles.” The four piece band, Jon Meyers (vocals/guitar), Joe Lederman (drums), Justin Henry (lead guitar) and Will Richey (bass), drew the crowd into a sing-along with their cover of Pink Floyd’s “Have A Cigar.””

“This all-vegetarian four-member band is quickly making a name for itself, thanks in part to invigorating and powerful live performances. Check out our exclusive interview with vocalist Jon Meyers to learn more about The Dropa Stone.”

“On Saturday, the Spring Jambando will celebrate the occasion with free admission for music fans who want to catch a generous array of 17 bands offering a 9-hour marathon of music on four stages. Established headliners such as the Legendary JC's, and funkUs will be featured in an eclectic lineup that ranges from bluegrass (The Flat Mountain Band) to psychedelic rock (The Dropa Stone, pictured).”

“Psychedelic rock group The Dropa Stone has released their anticipated new album, "Starry Messenger." The band performed to a capacity crowd at the House of Blues in Orlando, FL on March 16th celebrating its release. The album was produced by Justin Beckler, who has garnered a reputation as one of the go-to producers in the industry. The multi-textured and layered feel on Starry Messenger was recorded with an organic approach in mind, bucking the trend of modern studio trickery that is so prevalent as of late. In fact, much of the album was recorded live, harnessing the power of modern technology, while still maintaining the rawness of their sound. “Starry Messenger is a sonic tour de force that represents a dynamic new approach to LP Rock,” says Trace Thomas of Masterlab & KDS Studios. “Bring your digital recorders to the show as the live concerts promise to deliver on technique and performance."”

“The musicianship is rock solid…no weak links in this band. The production is stellar, the songwriting and arranging is imaginative and inspired, and the band definitely has its own uniquely identifiable sound. They ROCK!! I would highly recommend this album to all rock music fans out there. In fact I’d recommend it to everyone who appreciates great writing, arranging and musicianship ”

“The album features deep, layered powerful songs and showcases the excellent musical talent in the line-up. It’s extremely difficult to categorize the band, and that’s a good thing. If I had to compare them to any artists, it would be a creative combination of Incubus and King Crimson. It does not capture their sound perfectly, and I know it sounds odd, but it really works!”

“The Dropa Stone, an alt-rock quartet from Orlando, Fla., has that sort of sound Asheville might make should our buildings have mouths: hypnotic and soulful, innovative, yet catchy. Most notable for putting together a memorable, live performance are its individual, energetic members: Jon Meyers on vocals and guitar, Justin Henry on lead guitar, Will Richey on bass guitar, and Joe Lederman on drums. The band’s distinct voice, a fusion of refreshingly sporadic melodies, crosses several genre-boundaries including rock, funk, and R&B. According to their website, members of the Dropa Stone draw inspiration from such bands as Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Sound Garden, and Incubus. . While on tour promoting their new album, Starry Messenger, the Dropa Stone is scheduled to “dropa” by The One Stop on Saturday, Feb. 18, opening for local duo StereoFidelics. 10 p.m. showtime, $5. To learn more about their tour and life on the road, check out The Dropa Stone Guide to Eating on the Road.”

“The Dropa Stone tour coming to North Carolina on eve of album release The Dropa Stone have announced a set of tour dates as the band readies their forthcoming new album "Starry Messenger" for release. They are scheduled to perform in Charlotte, NC at Smokey Joes on Friday, February 17th, as well as Saturday, February 18 at The One Stop in downtown Asheville. Consisting of Jon Meyers (Vocals/Guitar), Justin Henry (Lead Guitar), Will Richey (Bass) Joe Lederman (Drums), they are known for their powerful live performances and contagious original music which showcase their distinctive blend of rock, funk, blues and reggae. The group displays an uncanny ability to meld together infectious grooves, catchy vocals and jam based instrumentation. "North Carolina is one of the most beautiful places we have visited and we are excited for the new record to be the catalyst that brings us back there," guitarist Henry said”

“The Dropa Stone – Starry Messenger CD Review "Starry Messenger, the new CD from local Orlando band The Dropa Stone is art. The band’s complex musical arrangements incorporate a variety of musical influences into their music, taking the music beyond just an aural experience for listeners. For the most part, the multi-layered songs on this CD can be classified as Psychedelic/Neo-Progressive Rock music with a definite classic feel, like the opening songs “Vectors” and “Red Cloud.” The song “Other Worlds Than These” takes a more modern Alternative course, but finishes with a mixed Alternative/Progressive jam. The shimmering “Salsa Verde” and steady-beating “Kinski’s Spiral” also finish with lavishly textured jams.........." ”

“The Dropa Stone rips through Bardot Miami "Known for bringing in top notch music and many independent bands on the rise, Bardot has become one of the more popular music venues in Miami. I had the pleasure of coming out to see The Dropa Stone perform at Bardot Miami on Thursday September 22nd. Bardot’s long room decor with unique artwork, stylish couches and a great sound system was a great environment to see the band. One can best describe The Dropa Stone as having a a solid experimental rock foundation, while sprinkling in progressive grooves with seeds of blues, reggae and funk. I was immediately struck with the strong musicianship and passion the band performs with. The band rolled through strong originals and even performed a funky version of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” which got the crowd dancing. The set showcased their original music with some spirited jams. The crowd loved every minute of it and there is anticipation for their next Miami show." ”

““The band's debut represents a dynamic new approach to LP Rock, bucking the trend of drive through Singles that has been so prevalent as of late”, notes Trace. “Bring your digital recorders to the show as the live concerts promise to deliver on technique and performance." ”

“* NME MAGAZINE in the U.K. FEATURES THE DROPA STONE By: NME Music NME, the popular national music magazine from the United Kingdom (U.K.) featured a live version on their website of The Dropa Stone performing their own "Catfish Blues Medley." The band surprised fans by playing this powerful tribute as a special tribute to the legendary blues guitarist, Muddy Waters. The Dropa Stone frequently sites those that have inspired them by choosing select songs to pay tribute at their concerts. To view this video, click HERE!”

“Made up of Jon Meyers on vocals/guitar, Will Richey on bass, Joe Lederman on drums and Justin Henry on guitar, perhaps the best description of Dropa would be virtuoso rock. We're not talking anything as technically insane as Dream Theater here, but these dudes can seriously shred (and some might say theirs is a more melodically --inclined sort of sound). Take those chops and add a distinct notoriety for tearing it up live, and that sounds like a damn good show."”

“.."Bands such as The Dropa Stone, based in Orlando, Florida, have show dates lining up at venues such as the Viper Room (www.viperroom.com) and the Whisky A Go Go (www.whiskyagogo.com) in Los Angeles, CA. The band has a strong music foundation and has been given the thumbs up by music advisors who have numerous Grammy Awards to Think-Stars. The band will also finish their single for major-radio and is looking to land a sound track deal with partners of Think-Stars..."”

“* THE DROPA STONE "WAR/NO MORE TROUBLE" PERFORMANCE FEATURED ON OFFICIAL BOB MARLEY PAGE A notable live performance of "War/No More Trouble" by The Dropa Stone was featured on the Bob Marley Official Facebook Page today July 2, 2010. Joined onstage by guest guitarist Jon Shaffer, the performance marked an impressive tribute to the Marley classic. Fusing in their own brew of twists and turns, the track has a "spacey" twist, combining rock and reggae blends. Already receiving over 26,000 views, the video has achieved positive reviews by fans.”

“* VIPER ROOM REVIEW Music News: Los Angeles, Hollywood, CA. By: Anthony Kasaben Rounding out their west coast swing, The Dropa Stone performed at the historic Viper Room in West Hollywood, CA this past Monday night. Also performing on the bill was legendary blues guitarist and Universal Records producer, Peter Black and Red Earth Blue. Hosted by promoter Robin Yip, The Dropa Stone fired through a blistering 60 minute set which showcased the group’s intense and unique sound. From heavy pounding numbers to some mighty psychedelic jamming, they demonstrated versatility, dynamics and a keen sense for improvisation during songs. The crowd was indeed left “California dreaming." Look for more west coast dates to be announced in the not too distant future from The Dropa Stone.”

“On Saturday November 28th, 2009, fans and music lovers at Maguires Hill 16, a prominent blues club in Fort Lauderdale, FL were treated to a one of a kind performance. Famed blues virtuoso guitarist ALBERT CASTIGLIA was joined onstage by drummer Joe Lederman of THE DROPA STONE for an inspiring set. The Dropa Stone’s Lederman fused crisply with the Castiglia band and even took off on an impressive drum solo which demonstrated his rock and jazz influences. Lederman just returned from a tour of the west coast where his band, The Dropa Stone performed at the renowned VIPER ROOM in Hollywood, CA. The trio of Castiglia, Lederman and powerhouse bassist AJ Kelly then took off on a 30 minute encore that saw multiple improvised jams and rocking interpretations of Stevie Wonder’s “Superstition” and the Grateful Dead’s “Fire on the Mountain.””

"...TITANIC BREWERY Celebrating its 10 year anniversary Friday April 10th featuring the return of Orlando Progressive Rock trio, THE DROPA STONE. Combining virtoustic chops, melodic vocals and improvisational jams, this is one of the up and coming bands you want to check out!"

Miami Herald

“Editors pick for October 2008 – The Dropa Stone’s debut self titled E.P. "Spacey, powerful and melodic, be sure to check out this new up and coming Rock Trio from Orlando, FL." --- Indie-Music.com is one of the top Independent music providers and supporters in the country. With artists ranging from the United States to Australia, go search the music round the world!---”


“The Dropa Stone CD Release: June 14th, 2008 Rating: 4 Stars By: Jaime Eschelman By: Jaime Eschelman (Connections Magazine July 2008) "With echo-ey riffs and an eclectic feel, The Dropa Stone's self titled six song E.P. distances itself from the cookie cutter clones of modern rock. In fact, this is one of those bands that is difficult to place in one particular genre. Fusing and "jamming" a variety of musical styles, The Dropa Stone writes and performs in such a way that damns the cliches. The songs here are instrumentally and vocally first rate, bringing a fresh new sound to a stale rock environment. The production, mix and mastering, done by Justin Thomas of Gridlock Studios, is ahead of the class. Definitely deserving of your ears!"”

Jaime Eschelman - Connections Magazine

“UCF SportsKnight, a 30-minute television program, will air ever Tuesday at 5 p.m. on Sun Sports. Jeff Sharon, a University of Central Florida graduate, hosts the weekly show that looks into UCF Athletics. Each week, UCF SportsKnight airs highlights from the past week in UCF Athletics, including the SportsKnight plays of the week. This week's show will feature music from Orlando Rock Trio: THE DROPA STONE, who recently completed their debut E.P. The track, "PATTERN NATION" is featured in the episode. UCF Athletics, Real Radio and Axis Magazine are proud to support local area music. Additional access to local artists can be found by visiting axismag. com and realrock1011. com. UCF TV broadcasts the show several times each week, and episodes are also available as part of Bright House Networks' OnDemand programming. For the UCF TV schedule, visit ucftv. ucf. edu. ”

"The Dropa Stone is based on a historical mystery regarding archeologists in 1938," explained singer/guitarist Jon Meyers regarding his bands name. "We have been asked this question so many times due to the mystery behind our name, that we created a web site (www.myspace.com/TDSMystery) with tons of information, pictures and videos regarding The Dropa Stones." The Dropa Stone takes its listeners through a diverse musical background ranging from experimental hard rock, funk, blues and jazz.The band recently finished up their debut E.P., which was produced by Justin Thomas at Gridlock Studios. "Recording the album was an enlightening and satisfying experience which we gained a lot from, musically and spirtually," said Meyers. "We hope our music will spread positive energy and be a catalyst for change in the current musical paradigm."

Jaime Eschelman - Connections Magazine