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WHALE BLUE EYE
Yes, my wild child, there was time when the phrase “guitar hero” referred to guitarists instead of gamers. When bands were driven by drummers instead of drum machines. When a rock band’s performance was about being spontaneous and in the moment instead of synching to samples and sequencers.
Whale Blue Eye is a classic rock power trio that turns an admiring ear to the legendary work of artists that exemplify this earlier aesthetic of the late 1960’s and early 70’s. Yet the band’s eye is focused on the here (hear) and now: Whale Blue Eye seeks to marry past and present in a manner befitting this modern age, one in which we may once again “kiss the sky” via overdriven tube amps yet “spread the news” on YouTube.
Singer, songwriter, and guitarist, Gavin Stewart, began this musical journey in his early teens. The innocent “borrowing” of his uncle’s copies of “Are You Experienced” (Hendrix) and “Disraeli Gears” (Cream) was a major turning point for the young guitarist (Gavin has yet to return the records!).
Gavin’s brother, Brian, soon decided to come along for the ride, and has played bass for most of Gavin’s musical endeavors. From junior high school talent shows to opening for national acts, and even auditioning for Lenny Kravitz, there is a shared history between Brian and Gavin for which there is no substitute.
Whale Blue Eye has a deep catalogue of originals and covers and is enthusiastically taking to stages in the tri-state area at this time. You have been forewarned.
There are so many reasons to like The Bitter Chills. They have tidy, respectable haircuts. They wear nice clothes on stage, like clean shirts and ties. They’re smart enough to help you with homework and standardized tests – and considerate enough to actually do it. And if you’re one of those people who still care about the “listening” part of the music industry, you should know that The Bitter Chills’ debut album, Birth of the Cold, is a highly enjoyable collection of songs that pay tribute to the various styles that form American roots music.
Of course, The Bitter Chills know how busy you are. You have your job. You have a lot of television programs recorded. You have that thing on Thursday night you don’t want to go to but you feel like you should. Although you probably would love Birth of the Cold, The Bitter Chills have provided a rundown of what it contains, just in case you don’t get a chance: guitars, mandolin, allusions to Vikings, drums, a family of wolves, upright bass, high school guidance counselors, singing, imitation leather shoes, organ, drinking songs that help foster racial harmony, accordion, manatees, tambourine, comedy, tragedy, and even some bass clarinet.
The Bitter Chills live in New Jersey and perform there frequently, but they’d be happy to perform where you live, too. You just have to ask. You can also check them out on their website, Facebook, Twitter, iTunes, Spotify, and a few other destinations we won’t mention in order to bring this sentence to a prompt and dignified end.
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The Jam Straight Band was formed in Washington Township, NJ in the summer of 2005.
Our heavy/funky/down-home style is influenced by the music we grew up on which ranges from the Allman Brothers to Frank Zappa.
Jerry, Jim, Mike, and Neil combine their love of music with over 80 years of collective experience to create new music and explore through improvisation.
Jerry Squillante (drums), Jim Nappi (bass), Mike Marvin (guitar) & Neil Nappi (guitar) make up Jam Straight.
While Jerry and Neil worked together on several projects over the years, this is the first time the Nappi brothers have joined forces.
Jerry took up drums in high school with a love for Keith Moon and Art Blakey.
Jim and Mike played together for many years in a band called Full ilt, before Jim made the the jump from drums to bass several years ago.
Two big influences for Jim are John Paul Jones and Allen Woody, while Mike draws his influences from Eric Clapton, Duane Allman, and blues legends such as Freddie and B.B. King.
Growing up on Led Zeppelin, The Doors and Lynyrd Skynyrd, Neil embarked on a guitar playing odyssey that continues to this day.
Together Jam Straight’s sounds range from Blues to Classic and Progressive Rock to Funk and Early Metal. Lead singer/guitarist Neil mixes electric waves of feedback with smooth vocals.
Solidified by the prehistoric rythym section of Jim & Jerry, and Mike's sizzling guitar sounds, Jam Straight brings you back to rock’s foundations.
Tight arrangements, lush guitar, syncopated bass lines and heart pounding drum grooves.