Zoo Station : The Complete U2 Experience
The lights go down, it's dark and the soaring sound of a rock band bound for greatness collides with the low ceiling of a small club. It's like 1978 all over again, when U2 first stormed the pubs of Dublin, Ireland. But this is the 21st Century in San Francisco, and the band is Zoo Station, a quartet that bills itself "The Complete U2 Experience." Since 2001, this talented force has delivered the visual, musical and spiritual thrill of a U2 concert to bars, clubs, outdoor festivals, private parties and corporate events along the West Coast of North America. Singer Bonalmost leads the show, flying high with the vocal strength and confidence of Bono's The Joshua Tree days. The Sledge showers thick layers of effectual guitar work over crowd as Adamesque on bass and Barely Larry on the drums deliver the pounding heartbeat of some of modern rock's most memorable songs. The band's primary job is replication, but periodically Zoo Station innovates as much as it imitates. During their trademark full-album spotlight sets in which the band plays an entire U2 album from start to finish Zoo Station encounters such obscurities as "Elvis Presley and America," "Promenade," "Red Hill Mining Town" and "Acrobat," songs rarely or never performed live by U2. "Songs like these are exciting," says Bonalmost. "All we can really do is ask ourselves, 'What would U2 have done onstage?'" More familiar are melodies like "Pride (In The Name of Love)," "With or Without You," "Beautiful Day," and "Vertigo." Behind the band, a multi-media visual projection system elevates Zoo Station's performances to the highest level of virtual authenticity. Swirling abstract imagery appears behind the stage, interspersed with rapid-fire "U2-phemisms" and in-synch flashing light choreography. All are recognizable from U2 shows, and these visual effects, centerpieced by Bonalmost's lively theatrics, reflect Zoo Station's deep-set love of U2's music and their commitment to fully recreating the dense emotional impact of a U2 concert. Since day-one, when an earnest Craigslist posting sparked the band, Zoo Station has played nearly 300 shows and now flourishes a repertoire of nearly 140 U2 songs. The sing-along radio hits appease casual listeners, while the most loyal U2 fans are wowed by the surprising depth and variety of the set list. Such thrilling rock and roll was made for vast arenas, one-acre stages and sky-high screens, and though U2 quit the bar scene in 1980, Zoo Station thrives there, doing what U2 no longer can: setting the smallest neighborhood pubs burning to life with a sound that has drowned out the world.
Petty Theft: The Ultimate Tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers
"Voted Best Band of the North Bay (Marin) - 2011, 2012, 2013" -The Bohemian At the forefront of classic and contemporary American Rock and Roll you are sure to find Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. If you love great songs and rock n' roll music, you can't possibly help but be a huge fan of Tom Petty's musical catalog. If so, then you will love PETTY THEFT! Petty Theft is comprised of six professional Bay Area musicians that have come together to pay tribute to Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Petty Theft delivers Petty's songs true to the originals and in the spirit of his legendary band's live shows, performing everything from his revered classics to his most current hits. Since the bands inception in 2005, Petty Theft has been entertaining audiences all over the greater Bay Area and beyond in clubs, at private parties and on large festival stages with an electrifying live show. No matter where they play, it's a guaranteed sing along. Audiences everywhere know these classic radio hits and when performed by Petty Theft, it sounds like you are hearing the real deal! Petty Theft is not an average cover band but an ultimate tribute to one of America's most endearing rock n' roll legends… It's not about costumes and getups, it's all about the music! Petty Theft continues to build a strong reputation and following as one of the Bay Area's premier tribute bands. The ultimate tribute to Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers! If you want to hear the greatest Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker's band in the world live, go see Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers! If you can't do that, go see Petty Theft! About The Band Adam "bagel" Berkowitz – Drums: One of PT's newest members, Bagel's musical career is a varied one. He has produced, engineered, mixed and drummed on over 30 albums, one charting at # 39 on the Americana Charts and another recently up to #16 on the CMJ Hip Hop Charts. Bagel was one of 25 "Up and Coming" unsigned drummers across America to receive an endorsement deal with Paiste Cymbals and has toured throughout the Continental U.S. and abroad. A few of the many artists Bagel has or is currently performing with include: Jerry Hannan, Noelle Hampton, Larkin Gayle, The Mother Truckers and The 85's. Besides his infectious groove, Adam is a performer you can't help but watch as he works that kit! Dan Durkin – Lead vocals, Guitars & Harmonica: Also a founding member of Petty Theft, Dan is a consummate lead singer and front-man who makes everyone feel like they were invited to the party and whose powerful vocals carry the room wherever they go. Dan also founded Marin County bands Frontline and East of Eden. His band East of Eden shared the stage with Michael McDonald, Chris Isaak, Bruce Hornsby and even drummer Pete Best of The Beatles. His left-handed/upside-down guitar playing fascinates audiences and has other guitarists scratching their heads wondering how the heck he does that. Django Bayless – Bass & Vocals: Besides being a founding member of Petty Theft, Django has performed in many Marin County bands most notably Sapphire, Triad, and Gahundza in the late 80's and early 90's. Django also performs with The 85's (80's tribute band). Django solidifies the rhythm section with his steady bass playing and anchors the vocals with his pristine high harmonies. Monroe Grisman – Guitar, Vocals: An accomplished veteran of the Bay Area music scene Monroe has performed with numerous local bands that have toured both domestically and abroad. Currently Monroe works as a Producer and session musician on local and international recording projects and is a member of one of the Bay Area's most promising original rock bands American Drag. He also performs with The 85's (80's tribute band). Monroe brings an aggressive edge to PT with his electrifying solos and stage presence. Mike Emerson – Keyboards: Our newest member has performed extensively throughout the United States, Europe and Canada with a wide range of musicians---James Armstrong, Christine Lakeland, Zigaboo Modeliste , The Gluey Brothers, Johnny Dyer, Daniel Castro, Thad Beckman and Will Ray, to name but a few. His Hammond B3 and piano stylings can be heard on many independent recordings (Jessica Will, Brigitte Demeyer and on James Armstrong's latest release on Hightone Records, "Got it Goin' On". Michael Papenburg – Guitar: Michael is a Bay Area native who has been playing in local bands since the early eighties. The list of artists he has worked with includes Cameron Ember, Brittany Shane, The GoldDiggers, The Welcome Matt, Hey! Brontosaurus, Sebastian, Penelope Houston, Matt Nathanson, Lilyvolt, The Mad Cattle Ensemble, Orange, and Missile Harmony. He loves playing slide guitar and has been a fan of Tom Petty since he bought "Breakdown" on 45 when it was first released.
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