Nellie Tiger Travis
On August 4th Emerald Storm confirmed they
would be playing the Concert for Malawi.
Emerald Storm is an instrumental rock fusion band,
driven by hard rock guitar playing of Rendell Gary. Emerald Storm was founded in
2000 by Idell Brown (bass), and Rendell Gary. Later on Mr. Shannon Uzzle came in
on drums and Mr. David Turner on Percussions. The band offers a unique sound of
its own. Mostly being guitar driven, it crosses the lines of Satriani, Vai, and
some Santana. The album Egyptian Sunrise was composed to give a sound of the
Egyptians getting together with an african tribe to create the ultimate
dimensional rock jams. Since the birth of Emerald Storm, 5 years ago, the band
has recorded a second CD, which will be ready for release in the near future.
The guitarist, Rendell Gary has been playing guitar since the age of 12, his
influences include Jimi Hendrix, Eddie Van Halen, Randy Rhodes, Joe Satriani,
Steve Vai, and Yngwie Malmsteen. Mr. Shannon Uzzle, who is a drum god adds to
Emerald Storms sound. With his bashing, thunderish drumming, he completes the
driven force behind Emerald Storm's powerful sound. Emerald Storms sound is a
sound you do not want to miss, if you are into heavy rock guitar, you don't want
to miss the storm. -Emerald Storm
On July 10th Blues Empacts announced they would be playing at
the Concert for Malawi
Blues Empacts is one of Virginia’s most respected and
acclaimed blues bands, and the Concert for Malawi is proud to have such
distinguished veterans of the state music scene on its bill. The Empacts have
entertained crowds across the state for many years, most recently at Hampton's Bay Days. This experienced team of bluesmen includes Ed Funn on lead
guitar along with Larry Williams on drums, Bob Albergotti on harmonica, “Dirty
Red” on vocals, and Bill Kelly on bass. Rumor has it that a special guest
vocalist may be appearing along side the Empacts at the Concert. If you’re
hungry for some classic blues from some fellas who know it the best, be sure to
check out Blues Empacts.
On September 14 American Idol Lara Simms agreed
to Sing at the Concert for Malawi.
On August 1st Warm accepted an invitation to
play at the Concert for Malawi
Featuring former Red Metric skins basher MoeyG on drums,
former Totemhead small string shredder Rob Lenhart on guitar, and former (before
they were) 7 Mary 3 big string shredder Mike Ribeiro on bass, Warm has recently
decided to move out of the Pit and on to the stage. Warm is the collision of
bluesy riff-rock, melodic trip-rock, and dynamic prog-rock.” Warm has recently
left the studio and has returned to the stage. They’ll be bringing their well
crafted sound public in a big way on October 21.
On July 1st Sideshow Addiction announced they
would be playing at the Concert for Malawi
Combining the detached cool of rock’s great jam bands with some hometown
pride, Sideshow Addiction has performed to packed audiences across the
Peninsula. Their set includes classic Grateful Dead covers as well as
original compositions. The slick grooves of Sideshow’s rhythm section (Casey
Bishop-bass, Brian Webb-drums) keep the dance floor crowded while the licks
and riffs of Tim “Chunky” Sheffield (lead guitar, locals) and James Drake
(rhythm guitar, vocals) continue to wow listeners. Sideshow Addiction is fast
becoming a fixture of the Peninsula music scene, and the group is promising
yet another memorable performance at the Concert.
Riyen Michael and Friends
On August 1st Riyen Michael Agreed to play at
the Concert for Malawi
Riyen Michael describes himself as a "musician on a mission."
As an artist, he combines his passion for helping others with his interest in a
diverse and eclectic array of musical styles to create a sound that is both
heartfelt and palatable. Riyen works hard to ensure that his music is not only
entertaining but thought-provoking and introspective. His command of multiple
genres of music makes him a truly versatile artist, one who tries actively to
"channel" rock's greatest artists in his own performance. His enthusiasm for
good music and noble causes makes him a perfect fit for the Concert for Malawi.
On August 8th 8-Track became the 6th Band to
join the Concert for Malawi
Bubbling up from the underground jam scene of Virginia Beach
and Norfolk the members of 8-track have come together in the name of fun,
creativity, and musical soul to form a group unlike anything currently in the
regional music scene. 8-Track’s music is instantly recognizable with its flowing
movements and rich textured rocking tones. The varied styles of 8-Tracks members
give 8-Track a complex tone which verges on indescribable. Kyle Hills’ Hard
rocking background married with Dave Moore’s modal experimentation are glued
together by Cory Potrafka’s understated melodic genius on keyboards and
harmonica. The rhythm is held down by the Henning Brothers Bruce (bass guitar)
and Chris (drums). 8 Track is a band whose songs seem to roll together in a
never ending tapestry of improv and structure. An uninducted listener often
cannot tell where the song ends and the creative improvisational flow begins.
One thing is certain with 8-Tracks music all paths lead to a musical bliss that
will only be heard that way on the night you are hearing it.