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Meet the Artist: Dave Doll

Fri, 15 Feb 2008 22:58:38 UTC

2008-02-15T23:08:41Z

Hometown: Bangor. Web site: myspace.com/davedollmusic.

(image) Bangor-based singer/songwriter Dave Doll will perform this weekend during the annual Millennnium Music Conference in Harrisburg.
Hometown: Bangor.

Web site: myspace.com/davedollmusic.

Influences: "My favorite band is Dream Theater. I can't always play as fast as they can, but the musical styling has always influenced me a lot," Doll says.

Sounds like: "I'd say my sound is very diverse. It varies from song to song," Doll says.

"With most acoustic acts, you pretty much know what you're going to get from song-to-song.

With me, you don't know what I'm going to play next -- it could be a ballad, a hard rock song, some finger-picking stuff."

Set list: Doll sticks to an all-original set, performing favorites such as "The Here and After," "Broken Shadows," "Bittersweet Surrender" and the single "My Satellite."

Know his roots: "I've been playing music since I was 5. I've just been around music all my life," Doll says.

"I have a degree in trumpet performance. I took up the guitar as another instrument to play when I was in college."

Over the next 12 years, Doll has performed both as a solo musician and as a former member of local rock band Paradigm.

Doll recently released the CD "Lullabies and Nocturnes," available on his MySpace page.

Catch him if you can: Doll will be performing this weekend at the Millennium Music Conference in Harrisburg; at Sarah Street Grill in Stroudsburg on Monday, Feb. 25.




Meet the Band: Toga Party

Mon, 11 Feb 2008 14:43:01 UTC

2008-02-11T15:00:02Z

Hometown: Western New Jersey / Lehigh Valley. Members: Larry "Little Vinny" Cecio (vocals), Paul "Little Caesar" Rivera (lead guitar, vocals), John Straley (bass, vocals), Eric Lear (rhythm guitar, keyboard), David Becker (drums). Web site: togapartyband.com, myspace.com/togapartyband.

(image) Cover band Toga Party will perform Friday night at Brewhaha Restaurant and Pub in Harmony Township.
Hometown: Western New Jersey / Lehigh Valley.

Members: Larry "Little Vinny" Cecio (vocals), Paul "Little Caesar" Rivera (lead guitar, vocals), John Straley (bass, vocals), Eric Lear (rhythm guitar, keyboard), David Becker (drums).

Web site: togapartyband.com, myspace.com/togapartyband.

Influences: "Myself, I'm rooted in classic rock going back to Beatles, the Stones and the Who. I was right there through the '70s with Rush and Deep Purple," Staley says.

"The genres have been pretty broad."

Sounds like: Staley describes the band's sound as "upbeat, dance party music."

Set list: The band covers a variety of genres and styles -- from crowd favorites and sing-a-longs like "Shout!" and "Sweet Caroline" to Metallica's "Enter Sandman."

"The whole premise is to play the right covers. We don't want to put (the crowd) to sleep and keep the atmosphere upbeat and make the audience feel like they're part of the show," Staley says.

"We mix it up. It's a wide spectrum."

Know their roots: Staley was middle of putting together a musical project with other musicians when he got together with Cecio.

Staley says he and Cecio -- along with Staley's wife Kathy -- began building on the idea of a themed rock / party band dressed in togas.

"It's definitely a novelty," Staley says.

The initial incarnation of Toga Party formed in April 2006. The current lineup was solidified just over a year ago.

Catch them if you can: Toga Party will perform at 10:30 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 15 at Brewhaha Restaurant and Pub in Harmony Township.


Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.




Meet the Band: Last Evening

Fri, 01 Feb 2008 20:41:25 UTC

2008-02-01T21:13:56Z

Hometown: Bangor. Members: Pat Knox (singer, rhythm guitar), Ryan Kast (lead guitar), Ross Trotter (bass / drums), Don Peterson (drums). Web site: myspace.com/lastevening.

(image) Bangor-based rock band Last Evening will perform Feb. 15 at Riverside Barr and Grill in Easton.
Hometown: Bangor.

Members: Pat Knox (singer, rhythm guitar), Ryan Kast (lead guitar), Ross Trotter (bass / drums), Don Peterson (drums).

Web site: myspace.com/lastevening.

Influences: "For me, my step-dad was a pretty big influence. He plays in a local cover band around here (Uncle Smiley). I actually had a band when I was 12 to 17 with (Postal drummer) Justin Betts, who is my step-brother," Knox says.

"We all kind of have really different influences. Ross is pretty much influence by everything -- from jazz to classic rock to rap and modern rock. Don has big influence with Social Distortion and the Ramones. Ryan is really influenced by heavy-metal and guitarists like Slash and Joe Perry."

The band also cites its sound and light technician Jason "Junior" Burger as inspiration.

Sounds like: "We play originals and covers. With our covers we try to play as spot-on and point-on as we can," Knox says.

"Our original sound is kind of mix between Breaking Benjamin and new, poppier punk music like (The Red) Jumpsuit Apparatus. It's an interesting mix."

Set list: The band covers a wide variety of rock and punk tunes, including Drowning Pool, Nickelback, Lit, Blink 182, Seether and Johnny Cash.

Originals include the cuts "Just You," "Energy Guide," "Close My Eyes," and the new single "Deadly Secret."

Know their roots: Knox says he hooked up with Peterson through a classified ad on the Dave Phillips Music and Sound Web site.

After a few lineup changes, Knox and Peterson decided to form new band and later added Kast to the mix.

Trotter contacted the trio through Dave Phillips' site in August. The quartet has since been performing throughout the area.

Catch them if you can: Last Evening will perform Feb. 15 at Riverside Barr and Grill in Easton.


Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.




Meet the Band: We Killed Kenny

Fri, 25 Jan 2008 19:34:42 UTC

2008-01-25T19:43:40Z

Hometown: Lehigh Valley. Members: Jeff Smith (vocals, guitar), Don Andreas (guitar, vocals), Chris Koelle (bass), Russ McAdoo (drums). Web site: myspace.com/wekilledkennyrocks.

(image) Lehigh Valley cover band We Killed Kenny will perform Feb. 9 at the Blue Monkey in Catasauqua.
Hometown: Lehigh Valley.

Members: Jeff Smith (vocals, guitar), Don Andreas (guitar, vocals), Chris Koelle (bass), Russ McAdoo (drums).

Web site: myspace.com/wekilledkennyrocks.

Influences: "All four of us have different musical tastes. I like a lot more popular music, Chris listens to heavier music, Jeff and Russ are into progressive music."

Sounds like: "We do a selection of pop rock. It's definitely danceable -- we give it a little edge. We do the '80s pop stuff because it gets the girls dancing, and that's definitely not a bad thing in this business," Andreas says with a laugh.

Set list: The band performs a variety of modern and pop rock, including cuts by Buckcherry, The Killers, The Darkness, Incubus, Linkin Park, Blink 182 and Green Day.

"Everything has a little big of an edge to it," Andreas says.

Know their roots: "We're all pretty seasoned musicians that do different projects. We were friends who decided 'Why don't we just put a band together," Andreas says.

"There are no egos, no attitudes here. We just get together and have fun and get along. It's a very fresh band."

Andreas also performs a solo act throughout the Lehigh Valley under his pseudonym Just Plain Don.

Catch them if you can: We Killed Kenny will perform Feb. 9 at the Blue Monkey in Catasauqua; Feb. 23 at Hammerhead Lounge in Northampton; March 7 at Riverside Barr and Grill in Easton.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.





Meet the Band: Full Metal Racket

Fri, 18 Jan 2008 19:55:43 UTC

2008-01-18T20:59:13Z

Hometown: Allentown / Easton. Members: Alex Kristof (vocals), John Risko (guitar), Stacy Feit (bass), Corey Costa (drums). Web site: myspace.com/fullmetalracket2005.

(image) Full Metal Racket will perform March 1 at the Classic Rock and Roll Cafe in Allentown.
Hometown: Allentown / Easton.

Members: Alex Kristof (vocals), John Risko (guitar), Stacy Feit (bass), Corey Costa (drums).

Web site: myspace.com/fullmetalracket2005.

Influences: "We're influenced by '80s metal like (Judas) Priest, Black Sabbath, Iron Maiden," Kristof says.

"More so the darker heavy-metal -- not so much Poison and Ratt. We'll slip stuff like that in every now and then because there are a lot of girls who go to our show who like (those bands). We try to keep everyone happy."

Sounds like: "I would describe our sound as a strong interpretation of '80s and '90s metal," Kristof says.

"We have a high-energy show. We're not just standing there and going through the motions. We stay on top of our game."

Set list: The band covers a variety of '80s heavy-metal -- including cuts by Dio, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath and Iron Maiden.

Know their roots: Kristof says the band got together a little more than three years ago after performing separately throughout the area for 20 years.

After his departure from the group Type 14, Kristof began jamming with Feit who had previously performed with the band Vic Missy.

Risko and Costa were eventually added to the fold -- solidifying the current Full Metal Racket lineup.

"I was 40-years-old and realized I wasn't going to spending every day searching for a record deal," Kristof says with a laugh.

"(Stacy and I) started playing together and learning songs and it just took off from there."

Catch them if you can: Full Metal Racket will perform March 1 at the Classic Rock 'N' Roll Cafe in Allentown; March 24 at the Unami Club in Emmaus.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.



Meet the Band: Kris Kehr and Stone Poets

Fri, 11 Jan 2008 23:10:36 UTC

2008-01-11T23:20:07Z

Hometown: Lehigh Valley / Reading. Members: Kris Kehr (acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica), Matt Cullen (drums), Dave Mudgett (pedal steel guitar, electric guitar), John Kennedy (bass), James Harton (organ, piano, accordion). Web site: kriskehr.com

(image) Kris Kehr and Stone Poets will perform Jan. 19 at Whichbrew in Easton.
Hometown: Lehigh Valley / Reading.

Members: Kris Kehr (acoustic guitar, mandolin, harmonica), Matt Cullen (drums), Dave Mudgett (pedal steel guitar, electric guitar), John Kennedy (bass), James Harton (organ, piano, accordion).

Web site: kriskehr.com

Influences: "When I was 11 I heard the Beatles on the radio and couldn't believe the music. I've been way into music and art ever since I was a kid," Kehr says.

He also counts Neil Young, Warren Zevon and Graham Parsons among his favorites.

Sounds like: "It's sort of a mix of bluegrass and soul," Kehr says.

"There is some country and a lot of roots stuff. It's almost bluegrass, but not really."

Set list: Kehr and his band-mates can be heard tearing through originals such as "Your Dreams" and the single "Sick and Tired."

Kehr adds, "(The song) 'I Wanna Go Home' is still one that is very personal to me.

The band is known to slip the occasional cover into its set.

"I try to do weirder stuff (with covers), some classic country like Hank Williams and old George Jones, Merle Haggard," Kehr says.

Know their roots: After (briefly) performing in Bethlehem and the surrounding area -- including frequent stops at Godfrey Daniels -- Kehr relocated to State College, where he hooked up with Harton and Kennedy.

Mudgett was later brought in on electric guitar. Cullen replaced the group's original drummer in late 2007 and appears on the group's latest effort, "Notes from the Crossroads."

Kehr's fiance (and guest performer) Julie Edlow also appears on "Crossroads" providing backup vocals and harmonies.

Catch them if you can: Kris Kehr and Stone Poets will hold a CD release party at Porter's Pub in Easton on Jan. 19.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.



Meet the Band: Mahoney's View

Fri, 04 Jan 2008 22:28:09 UTC

2008-01-04T22:41:03Z

Hometown: Lehigh Valley / western New Jersey. Members: Conor Kinsman (bass), Matt Sheehan (keyboards), Nick Kossup (rhythm guitar), Brian Dickey (lead guitar), Ian Muessig (drums) and Seth Phillips (vocals, saxophone). Web site: myspace.com/mahoneysview.

(image) Mahoney's View will perform Saturday, Jan. 12, at The Quadrant in Easton.
Hometown: Lehigh Valley / western New Jersey.

Members: Conor Kinsman (bass), Matt Sheehan (keyboards), Nick Kossup (rhythm guitar), Brian Dickey (lead guitar), Ian Muessig (drums) and Seth Phillips (vocals, saxophone).

Web site: myspace.com/mahoneysview.

Influences: "We had all come from different bands. Brian was in a punk band," Phillips explains.

The Mahavishnu Orchestra, The Fall of Troy and Portugal. The Man are among the band's more unique influences.

Sounds like: "It's pretty experimental and progressive. We try and incorporate some jazz elements and stuff," Phillips says.

Set list: The band sticks to an all-original set list, including the singles "Amelia" and "Ace 1."

Know their roots: "We took more of an indie-rock, progressive approach," Phillips says.

The current lineup began jamming a little over a year ago and has since been performing throughout the area.

In October 2007, the band took first place in Philadelphia's "Next Big Thing" music competition -- beating out 39 other acts from around the region.

The band plans on recording its first EP over the next couple of months.

Catch them if you can: Mahoney's View will perform at 4 p.m. Sunday at the Penn Monster Factory in East Stroudsburg with The Distance and These Green Eyes and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 12 at the Quadrant in Easton.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.




Meet the Artist: Jake Kaligis

Fri, 28 Dec 2007 17:50:12 UTC

2007-12-28T19:36:33Z

Hometown: Allentown. Web site: jakekaligis.com, myspace.com/jakekaligisband.

(image) Guitarist Jake Kaligis will perform with The Skulldiggers Saturday night at Whichbrew in Easton.
Hometown: Allentown.

Web site: jakekaligis.com, myspace.com/jakekaligisband.

Influences: "Everything from Grateful Dead, Beatles, Led Zeppelin and the Who to some other odder music, like early calypso and Harry Belafonte," Kaligis says.

"Every cool thing about music that came along I really delved into and obsessed on as a child. But the best OCD you can have is music, film and art."

Sounds like: "The overall sound is rough as far as to have it be pigeonholed in a genre. But if you have to put in genre, it would be rock. But it has some jazzy overtones like Steely Dan. It also has these crunchy, heavy-metal things going on. But at same time we try to sing over top of it like Roy Orbison."

Set list: Kaligis and his various musical outfits blend a variety of originals (such as the single "100 Percent") and covers into its sets.

Know his roots: As a staple of the Lehigh Valley music scene, Kaligis finds time to channel his creative juices into a conduit of various musical projects.

Kaligis and fellow guitarist Michael Rauscher perform as The Dynamic Duo. Kaligis can also be seen performing with Rauscher, drummer Scott Williams and bassist Brenden Hackett in the recently formed electric rock band New Amsterdam.

"Scott is one of most amazing drummers I've ever seen," Kaligis says.

Kaligis also performs with Williams, guitarist Dino DeLucia and bassist Scott Siska in The Jake Kaligis Band.

He can also be found performing with guitarist Ed Golden, bassist Chris Goffi and mandolin player Fred Gilmartin in bluegrass-based jam band The Skulldiggers.

"We play everything from Grateful Dead to Johnny Cash to Led Zeppelin to Celtic music. We also do Jimi Hendrix and venture into some Black Sabbath. But we do it all bluegrass style," Kaligis says.

He's working on a batch of new originals that he plans on recording sometime in the coming months, he adds.

Catch him if you can: Kaligis will perform with The Skulldiggers Saturday night at Whichbrew in Easton.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.



Meet the Band: The Dan DeChellis Trio

Fri, 21 Dec 2007 21:59:24 UTC

2007-12-21T22:57:49Z

Hometown: Easton. Members: Dan DeChellis (piano / keyboard); Mitch Shelly (bass); John San Filippo (drums). Web site: dandechellis.com; myspace.com/dandechellis. Photo courtesy of Dan DeChellis.Pianist Dan DeChellis and band the Dan DeChellis Trio will perform during the First Night (Dec. 31) celebration in Bethlehem. Hometown: Easton. Members: Dan DeChellis (piano / keyboard); Mitch Shelly (bass); John San Filippo (drums). Web site: dandechellis.com; myspace.com/dandechellis. Influences: Though classically trained, DeChellis says he grew up listening to rock 'n' roll -- including early favorites Supertramp, Styx and Bruce Springsteen. He counts legendary composers as Beethoven and Bach among his favorites. "I'm also heavily influenced by very contemporary classical music," he adds. "There are a handful of pianists. Roy Bitton (pianist for Bruce Springsteen's E Street Band) is a huge influence on me. At the same time I'm very into Brian Eno and ambient music. I love that type of stuff." Sounds like: "Quite honestly, our sound has evolved a bit. To use the industry terms, I'd say it's sort of jazz-meets-jam music-meets-rock music," DeChellis says. "It's really all about the melody." Set list: DeChellis and his band-mates stick to a mostly original set, mixing in a handful of covers with personal favorites such as "After a Walk," "Restless" and "A Mature Weekend." "I do a couple funky arrangements of a couple rock songs I like," DeChellis adds. "On any given, normal Friday night, it's about 85 percent original music. But we can flip through the reel book and play tons of standards if we want." Know their roots: A native of Hunterdon County, DeChellis began performing around the Boston area before moving on to the New York club circuit. After settling down in the Lehigh Valley a little more than four years ago, DeChellis hooked up with local vets Doug Hawk and drummer Rian Carr -- forming the original Dan DeChellis Trio. "I began writing and writing and writing. I had never really written like that before," DeChellis says. Shelly was eventually brought in to replace Hawk on bass. Carr parted ways the group in July and was replaced by San Filippo. The group's credits include winning Best New Artist at the Lehigh Valley Music Awards. In November, the group released its latest effort "A Mature Weekend," which features Carr on drums as the tracks were recorded before his departure from the band. The album is available at dandechellis.com. Catch them if you can: The Dan DeChellis Trio will perform during First Night (Dec. 31) in Bethlehem from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at Christ Church UCC, 74 E. Market St.; and then at The Edge restaurant in Bethlehem on Jan. 11. Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568. [...]



Meet the Band: Sal Ritz and Joe Mixon

Mon, 17 Dec 2007 20:25:00 UTC

2007-12-17T20:36:42Z

Hometown: Bethlehem Township. Members: Sal Ritz (acoustic guitar, vocals), Joe Mixon (acoustic guitar, vocals). Web site: myspace.com/salritzandjoemixon.

(image) Guitar duo Sal Ritz and Joe Mixon will perform Jan. 11 at the Riegelsville Inn.
Hometown: Bethlehem Township.

Members: Sal Ritz (acoustic guitar, vocals), Joe Mixon (acoustic guitar, vocals).

Web site: myspace.com/salritzandjoemixon.

Influences: Ritz counts the Beatles and Crosby, Stills and Nash among his favorites while Mixon adds "I like songwriting and my influences would be more along the lines of Robert Cray -- that bluesy jazz rock."

Sounds like: "Somebody told us we play comfortable acoustic music," Ritz says.

"It's real nice, laid-back, acoustic pop and blues."

Mixon adds, "I kind of think of it as powerful vocals and kind of like unique blend between (Sal's) vocals and my guitar -- his voice and my guitar being the speakers as it were."

Set list: The duo mixes both covers and originals into its set, such as "It Ain't Right," "I Always End with You," "Blindsided" and "Mean Life."

"We try to put a little spin on whatever we do and try to make the songs a little bit different," Ritz says.

Know their roots: Ritz and Mixon performed separately for more than 30 years throughout the Lehigh Valley; first picking up their instruments as teenagers.

Mixon has performed with local staple Steve Brosky and made numerous appearances at both Mayfair and Musikfest.

Ritz has kept busy with various side projects including work with the Concert Hall at Merchants Square Mall in Allentown.

The pair teamed up a little over a year ago after an e-mail from Mixon suggesting a joining of musical forces.

Ritz and Mixon's album "No Shoes Required" yielded the hit single "You Need Someone to Dance With," nominated for Best New Song at the 2007 Lehigh Valley Music Awards.

"It's great," Mixon said. "We were actually kind of surprised."

Catch them if you can: Ritz and Mixon will perform Jan. 11 at the Riegelsville Inn; at the Blue Monkey in Northampton on Feb. 27.

The band will host a CD release party on Jan. 25 at The Black Gryphon in Elizabethtown.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.



Meet the Band: Kef

Fri, 07 Dec 2007 17:03:48 UTC

2007-12-07T17:28:29Z

Hometown: Bethlehem. Members: Derek Berger (vocals, acoustic guitar); James "Peanut" Claiborne (lead vocals, bass); Robbie Grim (percussion); Jason Lovering (lead guitar); Tim Walsh (lead guitar). Web site: myspace.com/keftheband, kefband.com.

(image) Bethlehem jam band Kef will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Campus Square at Lehigh University.
Hometown: Bethlehem.

Members: Derek Berger (vocals, acoustic guitar); James "Peanut" Claiborne (lead vocals, bass); Robbie Grim (percussion); Jason Lovering (lead guitar); Tim Walsh (lead guitar).

Web site: myspace.com/keftheband, kefband.com.

Influences: The Beatles, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, the Allman Brothers and Frank Zappa among its favorites.

Sounds like: Berger describes the band's sound as "modern classic rock." Its jam-oriented approach gives the group "a bluesy funk rock" sound.

Set list: The group adheres to a mostly original set, including nightly favorites such as "Cardboard Home," "Take You for a Ride" and "Elevator Man."On occasion the band will slip a cover or two, including Led Zeppelins' "What is and What Should Never Be" and Frank Zappa's "I am the Farm."

"We try to put a real original twist on the covers. We have two guitarists in the band and that gives us a lot of room to play with," Lovering says.

Know their roots: Burger and Lovering have been jamming together since their days at Northampton High School.

Over the course of several years, the band has seen its share of lineup changes, while becoming fixtures of the Lehigh Valley music scene.

Catch them if you can: The band will perform tonight at 8 p.m. at Campus Square at Lehigh University in Bethlehem as part of a benefit concert and art show. On Saturday night it returns to Easton for a 10 p.m. performance at Porter's Pub on Northampton Street.

On Monday evenings the band can be spotted hosting open jam night at the Funhouse in Bethlehem.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.




Meet the Band: Geronimo

Fri, 30 Nov 2007 21:26:28 UTC

2007-11-30T21:50:43Z

Hometown: Bangor. Members: Andy Cramb (vocals, guitar); Dan Hallett (guitar); Eric Eger (drums); Luke Durkin (vocals, bass). Web site: myspace.com/geronimomusic.

(image) Bangor-based punk band Geronimo kicks off its East Coast tour Saturday night with a performance at Cafe Metro in Wilkes-Barre.
Hometown: Bangor.

Members: Andy Cramb (vocals, guitar); Dan Hallett (guitar); Eric Eger (drums); Luke Durkin (vocals, bass).

Web site: myspace.com/geronimomusic.

Influences: The band counts punk bands Green Day, Sugarcult and MXPX among its favorites.

Sounds like: Hallett describes the band's sound as, "Alternative pop punk."

Set list: The band stick to a mostly all-original set, such as the crowd favorites "What You Meant to Be," "Stereo Static," "FM" and "Better Luck Next Time."

Hallett adds, "Very rarely do we do covers."

Know their roots: The original Geronimo lineup first performed a little over two years ago.

Following the departure of original front-man Justin Carbonari this past spring, Cramb moved up to lead vocals while Durkin was brought in on bass.

The band recently recorded and released its latest EP "Green Lights Go." Its first-ever East Coast tour kicks off this weekend in Wilkes-Barre.

Catch them if you can: Geronimo will Saturday perform at Cafe Metro in Wilkes-Barre.

Then it's back to the Valley for a performance at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown with Sound the Alarm, Tokyo Rose and Split Fifty.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.



Meet the Band: Jones Girls

Fri, 23 Nov 2007 22:52:21 UTC

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Hometown: Easton. Members: Amy Jones (guitar/vocals), Karen Jones (guitar/vocals). Web site(s): myspace.com/jonesgirls, jonesgirlsmusic.com.

(image) The Jones Girls will perform Saturday night at the Java Lounge in Nazareth.
Hometown: Easton.

Members: Amy Jones (guitar/vocals), Karen Jones (guitar/vocals).

Web site(s): myspace.com/jonesgirls, jonesgirlsmusic.com.

Influences: The Jones sisters count a variety of artists among their favorites, from Tori Amos to Alice in Chains and Radiohead.

"For me, personally, Tori (Amos) was a really big influence," Amy Jones says.

Sounds like: "It's kind of difficult to nail us down to one genre, but a lot of people say our sound is an updated version of Joan Baez mixed in with Evanescence," Karen Jones says.

"The whole harmony thing is our bread and butter. We're definitely all about the harmonies."

Set list: The Jones sisters mix both originals ("Spend a Little Time," "These Things") and covers into their set, including cuts Nirvana, Neil Young, Alanis Morissette, Green Day and others.

"It's just the two of us and we're doing what we love."

Know their roots: "Our family was very musical. So we've been involved in music, separately, our whole lives."

Last February, the singing sisters decided to pool their collective efforts into one and are quick to admit -- "We really can't see it any other way."

They're in the midst of their recording next album.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site, by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.





Meet the Band: Type 14

Fri, 16 Nov 2007 21:21:45 UTC

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Hometown: Allentown. Members: Jade Scott (vocals, guitar); Ray Cantoral (guitar); Frank Iafrate (bass); Chris Metzger (drums). Web site: myspace.com/type14. Photo by Robert JohnAllentown-based rock band Type 14 will perform Wednesday evening at the Hammerhead Lounge in Northampton. Hometown: Allentown. Members: Jade Scott (vocals, guitar); Ray Cantoral (guitar); Frank Iafrate (bass); Chris Metzger (drums). Web site: myspace.com/type14. Influences: "We all kind of grew up growing up with different influences. I was a big KISS fan growing up which got me into playing. I know Frank was a Led Zeppelin fan, Yes and that type of music," Metzger says. "We all have a different kind of background but still have a modern sound." Sounds like: "We're pretty much a straight-forward rock band. A friend of ours said we sound like Staind on steroids. Jade has that melodic voice. He's not a screamer. He has a very clear voice. I couldn't think of anything better," Metzger says. "The majority of our songs are more hard rock. It's always been our style." Set list: The band blends crowd favorites like "Suck," "Fall," "Pain" and "Ride" with a cover selection including Tool, Slipknot, Pink Floyd and '80s pop star Gary Neuman. "We started as an all-original band, but we figured we'd get out there and make some money (performing covers)," Metzger says. Know their roots: Metzger and Iafrate began jamming together while in high school in the early '90s and eventually joined forces with Cantoral and later Scott. After various lineup changes, the current Type 14 lineup was solidified in 2004 after Scott was moved to up to lead vocals. In 2006, the band took home the top prize at the 2006 Backyard Bands competition at The Great Allentown Fair. Its music has been played on Howard Stern's radio show and various snippets have been featured on MTV, Spike, Nickelodeon and VH1 programs. Cantoral's tenure with the band will culminate with a performance at Chucker Chubb's in Reading. The band is holding auditions for a replacement; interested persons should contact the band on its MySpace page. Catch them if you can: Type 14 will perform with regional stalwarts Fosterchild Wednesday night at the Hammerhead Lounge in Northampton. Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web site by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568. [...]



Meet the Band: The Stonecult

Fri, 09 Nov 2007 19:16:36 UTC

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Hometown: Lehigh Valley. Members: Christopher Michael (guitar); Owen Elliott (vocals); Ronnie Reigle (bass); Kris Norris (guitar); John Sproat (drums). Web site: myspace.com/thestonecult

(image) The Stonecult will perform with '90s folk rockers Blind Melon on Nov. 23 at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown.
Hometown: Lehigh Valley.

Members: Christopher Michael (guitar); Owen Elliott (vocals); Ronnie Reigle (bass); Kris Norris (guitar); John Sproat (drums).

Web site: myspace.com/thestonecult

Influences: The band counts Guns N' Roses, STP, Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains, Rage Against the Machine, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin among its favorites.

"It's hard to say because we're into all kinds of good music. We listen to crazy stuff too -- pretty much all kinds of rock," Michael says.

Sounds like: "I would say alternative, modern rock," Michael says.

"We've been compared to Hinder, 3 Doors Down, STP. ... those are the three big things we get when we ask people what we sound like."

Know their roots: "Basically about a little over a year ago I started searching for band members to do something a little bit more on the heavier side," Michael says.

Michael began jamming with Elliott after a lengthy tour of the Lehigh Valley as a solo artist, and by December 2006, Reigle was added to the mix.

This past summer the band was rounded out with the inclusion of Norris and Sproat.

"I didn't want to put a band together of just anybody," Michael says.

The band is currently on the road supporting its debut EP, which is available at its shows.

Catch them if you can: The band will perform on Nov. 17 at the White Horse in Sellersville; Nov. 23 (with Blind Melon) and Nov. 30 at Crocodile Rock Cafe in Allentown.

Meet the band spotlights local bands. Whether signed, unsigned or just starting out, area bands can e-mail information, contact number and high-resolution jpeg photo to Dustin Schoof at dschoof@express-times.com or mail to The Express-Times, 30 N. Fourth St., Easton, PA 18044. Bands are encouraged to send an MP3 of their music to be included on The Express-Times' Web by clicking here. CDs or DVDs welcomed. Information: 610-258-7171, ext. 3568.