The Buzz Brothers Band is a loud, propulsive blues band from northern Colorado.
Formed in 2008, they have played all over the northern Colorado area and even into Wyoming. Specializing in Chicago style blues, they like to lay down a heavy groove that you could twist your ankle in!
We want to excite and expand the numbers of blues fans in Northern Colorado by playing blues cover tunes authentically as well as writing our own original material. It is important to us that our listeners feel the full energy and drive of real blues music.
THURSDAY ~ AUGUST 28
$7 Coverhttp://www.toneyrocks.com$1 PBR specials / $5 beer and shot combination specials all night long
About Toney Rocks:" Toney has the soul of the blues and his latest song makes you feel it. A cross between John Lee Hooker and Albert King, Standing in the Rain, is a must listen for all those who live the blues"
Kevin Nemith, Owner Digital Street Studio, Covered Bridge Music
Currently promoting his upcoming release, Toney Rocks: The Self Titled EP, TONEY ROCKS dives into the abyss of progressive, blues rock music, pushing the culture forward by delivering a bold hybrid of blues, and rock music peppered with electronic elements. He isn't just another guitar slinging bluesman. Toney Rocks conscious penmanship reveals a poet that identifies with todays struggles and triumphs such as poverty, love, and self-liberation. He writes for the people, as a voice of the people who can't be heard.
Considered an epitome of the do-it-yourself musician, Toney Rocks records and produces the music featured in his solo shows from the ground up. In fact, there is no part of the Toney Rocks operation that he doesn't touch. Born to Live Free, released in 2012, continues to enjoy airplay both in the US and abroad. His sound has been compared to the soulful sounds of Robert Cray and fusion of Jean Luc Ponty.
Onstage, Toney Rocks features distinct shows. The full band show features Toney Rocks joined by an outstanding band featuring a bassist, drummer, and many times, keyboardist. This show gives audiences the raw, natural interaction of a live band with the essentials of the music.
The solo show also turns the amplifier up to 10 and continues the progressive blues influenced rock party. This show features Toney Rocks dynamic vocal and guitar performance with the support of epic, hard hitting prerecorded backing tracks from Toney Rocks independent releases. Both of these show are rocking club, theater, and festival stages all over the country.
His third solo release, Born to Live Free, delivers ten songs penned by Toney Rocks. Songs from this release continue to enjoy airplay both in the United States and abroad. Released on his own Baby Deer Recording label, the music landscape stretches from a soulful upbeat approach with songs like "Empty", to a gritty distortion filled roots-blues with "Explode", onto blues-rock anthems such as the title track, "Born to Life Free". The album was produced from the ground up by Toney as he performed all instruments on the recording excluding piano on the ballad, "Miss You".
Toney Rocks has shared the stage with blues/roots music heavy hitters such as David Bromberg, Louisiana Red, and Tom Larsen. His debut as a recording artist and band leader came in 2006 when he released New Life, a jazz-fusion album with his band, Tony Robinson Trio. The trio performed clubs and festivals in the Mid-Atlantic region for about two years before calling it quits.
A slew of groups came and went under Tony's leadership until 2008, when he was signed as a recording artist to the Oklahoma based independent record label, Tate Music Group. This deal brought about the 2009 release of Explode, an electronic/dance album produced by Tony released under the name, Tony Robinson. Though it pushed him into the realm of singing and lyric writing, disappointing product marketing and a compromised artistic direction ultimately sealed the deal with Tate Music. However, it taught Tony a valuable lesson. He didn't need a record label to tell him who to be or how to market his product.
After leaving the label, Tony vowed never to release control over his artistic vision or business direction. In 2011, Tony went back to his instrumental roots, this time focusing in the direction of world-fusion, releasing, My Hearts Rise, under the artist name Ynot Nosnibor. The album reached the Top-50 on the SoundClick World-fusion charts and inspired his first book, My Hearts Rise: Inspirations Behind the Music. Ynot Nosnibor performed several concerts and festivals before the strain of managing seven musicians and finding a wider audience became too much. After Ynot it was back to the drawing board, but this time music was not the focus.
Though he never stopped performing, his recording and solo efforts took the back burner. Ynot Nosnibor was left behind and Tony Robinson focused on artist development coaching, speaking, and his second book, The Ultimate Guide to Artist Development. The Ultimate Guide to Artist Development identifies five keys that make an artist more valuable in the market place. It shows artist how to pinpoint their Talent, Originality, Identity, Core Values, and Ability to Showcase to the world.
From 2010 through 2011, Tony traveled to high schools, and music conferences including Millennium Music Conference, Dewey Beach Music Conference and Singer Songwriter of Cape May to speak on the concepts covered in his book. He founded the Mega Star Coaching company and began coaching on artist development strategies so that they, like him, could learn to manage their career on their own terms.
Ultimately Tony found that coaching and speaking wasn't all he wanted to do. Music had to be there and it had to be a huge part of his professional life. That being so, he wasn't going to doing it "half-assed" so he had to go 100%. This time there was no turning back, no compromising, and no stopping. This understanding of the five keys he had been teaching over the past year lead him to the ultimate self-discovery... and the blues within himself. Not wanting to use his full name as an artist name he dropped the last name and added an 'e' to his first name just to be different.
FRIDAY ~ AUGUST 29
9pm ~ 1am
TOM JUNE - KEYBOARDS/VOCALS
Tom spent most of the 80s touring the country with what was then considered a "New Wave" group called "Elik Pink" in which he was fortunate enough to open for the likes of Bachman Turner Overdrive, The Ramantics, Head East, and others. Once he decided to leave the road life, Tom played for a variety of local bands, including the classic rock band "No Excuse,' the swing band, "Swingbilly," and also played piano for Bo Diddley's band when he performed in Denver in 2007.
MICHELE STEELE - LEAD VOCALS
Michele hails from Boston where she grew up with a musical family that exposed her to a variety of musical styles. Prior to moving to Colorado, she performed with various bands on the east coast over a span of 20 years including the band ‘East Coast Connection” and “Metaphor.” Since moving to Colorado, she has performed with the 11th hour band and Catfish Kray. Michele’s sultry and powerful vocals combined with her stage presence immediately grab the listening crowd’s attention from the first note.
MARK VOLLING - DRUMS
Mark Volling has been playing in the Denver Metro area since 1983. Growing up near Chicago, he has loved the drums since “as early as I can remember”. Starting lessons at the tender age of 6, he has played in dance bands of all stripes since he was 15. Since then he has played in country bands, big bands, variety bands and several rock bands. He is also a very enthusiastic member of his church (MPB) choir, where he sings and plays. A recent (8 months) addition to the TJ Coupe band, Mark is very excited about the direction and level of musicianship of this band and is committed to ‘delivering the goods’ each and every time that we perform!
ERV TRUJILLO - BASS GUITAR
Bassist Erv Trujillo is originally from Denver but spent 25 years in Fairbanks, Alaska. His musical experiences include many U.S and Canadian touring bands to local jazz groups. He has jammed with such greats as Kenny Barron, Bobby Hutcherson, Ingrid Jensen, the late Frank Mantooth, and Elvin Bishop.
His latest projects include playing bass and some production and arranging for Retrotech, which has resulted in 3 previously released CD's. A 4th and 5th CD will soon be released.
Currently Erv works as a public school music teacher in the Denver area. He has worked for 20 years teaching band, orchestra, and choir. Originally, he attended the University of Northern Colorado but completed his B.S. in Music Education at the University of Alaska- Fairbanks. He studied trumpet and electric bass at UAF. Upon completion of his degree, he joined the staff at UAF as an adjunct instructor in Electric Bass.
KEVIN O'BRIEN - GUITAR
In Kevin’s own words….
Began playing as a teenager in New Mexico heavily influenced initially by the Beatles but quickly became immersed in the British Blues of Alexis Corner and incorporated, John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers, the Yardbirds, the original Fleetwood Mac, and all the subsequent work of Clapton, Beck and Page. That led me back to BB King, Freddie King, Albert Collins etc. A special tip of the hat to the great Paul Kossoff and Jim McCarty who both taught me how to play slow; make it count. I love the re-infusion of British Blues back into America with bands like Aerosmith, Cactus and the Black Crowes.
Toured the Southwest and Midwestern states extensively with Denver based The News. Founding member of the Radio Kings with former members of Jethro Tull and San Francisco’s KillerWatt. Guitarist on Xavier and the Messengers EP winning Downbeat Magazines Pick of the Month,Keeping company with that month’s other two entrants, Chick Corea and Thelonious Monk.Assistant recording engineer at Mars Studios, Los Angeles working with such notables as; Bob Dylan, Little Richard, Frank Zappa, Mick Fleetwood, Joe Pass, Ella Fitzgerald. Note; The Joe Pass/ Ella Fitzgerald sessions where one of the first ever recordings employing the then burgeoning technology digital recording using a Sony PCM 1600 (it didn’t sound all that great). House Sound Engineer at the Los Angeles Troubadour and Madame Wong’s China Town and West Side working with the then yet to be discovered; Red Hot Chili Peppers, Los Lobos, John Hiatt, Living Color, Marshall Crenshaw, The Motels
SATURDAY ~ AUGUST 30
ALAN KNIGHT & COMPANY
9pm ~ 1am
Alan Knight is a blues guitarist and singer from Fort Worth, Texas. He recently moved to Denver to discover the exploding music scene. Alan style is a combination of Texas and Delta blues. Alan is part of the blues duo, Knight and Woodward, with bassist Jodie Woodward. For the past ten years in Texas, he led his own band (Alan Knight and Company) touring around North Texas. He has played with many national and local bands, such as Tab Benoit, Mike Zito, Wayne Toups, and The Blues All Stars.
Jodie Woodward started playing bass when she moved to New Orleans in the late 1980s. The first band she joined was an all female band called Blue Sister. Blue Sister toured extensively and was the backup band for Lazy Lester while on a one of her 8 European tours. After 10 years in New Orleans, she moved to Colorado. Arriving on the Colorado blues music scene, started several local bands, Blue Roux and Mojo Gaia. Jodie has toured and recorded with the following artists and bands: Zora Young, Delores Scott, Randy McAllister, Lazy Lester, Dan Treanor, Gretchen Troop Band, Erik Boa and the Constrictors, Coco Robicheaux, and Jack Hadley Band. Jodie was invited to play the Bass Slam for the past 3 years, with the most notable bass players in Colorado. One of the few female Bass Players in Colorado, she brings with her New Orleans funk, blues, swing.
Danny Haynes brings 40 plus year of experience to the Alan Knight and Company Band. Born near Dallas, Texas, he was part of the vibrant music scene that produced the Vaughan brothers-Stevie and Jimmie. Danny became a full-time musician in the early 70′s and never looked back. He toured the USA and Canada with Tommy Latham and McCool-a Vegas type show band that allowed him to become a seasoned stage performer. In 1976, he started The King Peach Band. They were a hard-working road band that recorded their only album in 1980.
In 1996, he moved to Australia became an integral part of the music scene, culminating in the recording of his CD, Built For Comfort. Danny moved to Denver a year ago and has been a great addition to Denver blues. His exceptional keyboard rounds out the band with his depth and soulful playing.
Tim Molinaro has been drumming in the Denver for the past 15 years. Originally from Detroit, Tim has been influenced by Motown sound. Winner of the 2013 Colorado Blues Society Member Choice Awards for best drummer, Tim has played with: Dan Treanor Band, Sammy Dee, Erik Boa and the Constrictors, Cedar Avenue Blues Band and many more