Traveling with a playlist that includes Outkast, Pearl Jam, Incubus, Snoop Dogg, Matchbox Twenty, Collective Soul, Willie Nelson, Brooks and Dunn, and a wide variety of originals that will be on their upcoming CD, Strawberry Nixon has been on hand to play with such acts as Ricochet, Andy Griggs, Vanilla Ice, Great White, and Afroman, performers who until now have yet to be included in the same sentence. Oh, and let's not forget the night in Ormond Beach, Florida when Dave Hlubek, original guitarist for the legendary band Molly Hatchet, thought enough of the group to jam with the guys for a set. They have unpacked their gear in six states and have played for club owners and fraternities in Atlanta, Jacksonville, Clemson, Auburn, Troy, and Nashville, Tennessee; arriving as unknowns to their audience, but often being quickly invited back for return engagements. The original incarnation of Strawberry Nixon was an acoustic duo comprised of Mark and his son Brandon, who returned from Atlanta during his senior year in high school. Both Swift men had been involved with other musical acts, but Brandon's return home provided them with their first opportunity to play together professionally. While many fathers and sons struggle to hurdle the generation gap, the Swift's mutual interest and talent for music was the bridge needed to keep their bond strong although the miles had kept them apart. 'My dad is the reason I started playing music,' said the younger Swift, 'And after I returned home I knew it was the only thing I wanted to do to make a living and he had the experience to show me how to do it right.' After a few practice sessions at their home, Strawberry Nixon made their debut on stage at Bayou Bill's South in Lake Park, Georgia in the fall of 2002. Even now they keep the acoustic duo alive by playing Strawberry Nixon Unplugged gigs each week, when the schedule permits, and use these performances to iron out new covers and work through the many originals that they have between them. After a few months of their acoustic form, a desire to expand musically struck both men, and soon a decision to form a full-fledged group was agreed upon. Once the decision was made to take on new members, it didn't take much effort to find the guys they were looking for, as Mark Swift just thought back to his previous bands long defunct to come up with two names that fit, Aaron Strickland and Mike Mink. In 2005 they added drummer Steven Carter into the mix. Strawberry Nixon has a new look, but the versatility they were relying on has gone unchanged. Along the way there have been some ups and downs, inevitable swings that time on the road demands, but they all agree that it has been fun and it always will be. Each member has many vivid memories of the past couple of years, but one story they all agree that gives them the most pride is the one relayed to them from a friend of Mark's. Before heading to the Middle East, U.S. Army Sergeant Derek Moore of Valdosta picked up a copy of Strawberry Nixon's acoustic CD and listened to it with his buddies while in Kuwait waiting for orders to move into Iraq. Moore emailed Swift to inform him that the CD was being played as his vehicle entered Baghdad, with a particular focus on the song Hotel Soldiers, which speaks of the brave people who give up their lives for the freedoms we enjoy. The band members are quick to remind those who will listen, it is not all playing and writing. It is often up to them to research and get booked at new venues and load and unload a trailer full of gear each time they play, but they measure their success by more then their income. 'When people are crammed at the front of the stage, requesting and singing your original songs, it is easy to forget all of the hard work that goes on behind the scenes,' Mark Swift said. 'We truly enjoy being around each other and we are responsible for people having a great time, that's pretty powerful,' Mink added. Although they are keeping things under wraps, the band says they have had a plan from the beginning and they feel they are six-months to a year ahead of the schedule they had laid out for themselves. They are working on a new CD and they continue to knock on doors and spread their music as far as they can.
The History Of Triple X Triple X was born in January of 2004 with the original members of Tony Ray, Matt, Jimmy, and Wildchild. With over twenty years of experience between the members, and a hard driving rock beat, coupled with covering four decades of rock, Triple X spent very little time rehearsing before playing their first gig in Copperhill, TN at the Station House Pizzeria. From their they have played The Attic in Blue Ridge, GA, Paradise Mnt. In Chatsworth, GA, The Velvet Underground at Hard Rock Caf? in Atlanta, GA and Earthlink Live, a stadium seating theater in downtown Atlanta. They have also appeared at American Pie in Roswell, GA and at Brewster?s in Marietta. They have been very popular at private parties for the AJC and more recently have played for the sales event at Bill Holt Chevy Superstore in Ellijay, GA. They began recording their first cd titled ?Booyah, Bitch? in May of 2004. The title track was an instrumental written by Bass Player Matt along with his sister, Michelle who also happens to be the band manager/agent. She was also instrumental in helping write the songs ?Living a Lie? and ?Maybe?. They recorded in the home of Tony Ray snatching recording times between gigs and regular work. They have just completed a cd of some of their more popular covers with songs from Nickleback, Staind, Bon Jovi, 3 Doors Down, and more. The name was a brainstorm of Tony Ray?s and Jimmy?s, sitting around one night kicking around different names for a rockin? group of musicians. They came up with the name of Triple X, not having any bearing on a movie or rating code, it simply means they are hard core rockers that just want to rock your world. When asked what the ?X? stands for? The reply is simple, ?Anything you want?. The Members Of Triple X Tony Ray ? (keyboards/guitar/vocals) - Born in Atlanta, GA,he began playing piano at the age of six and learned guitar at 16. His musical career started at the age of 8 when he performed at the Atlanta Car Show, singing the KISS song ?Beth?. He was also one of the first members of Callanwolde Young Singers and performed in Europe as well as the lighting of the Great Tree in Atlanta. His parents moved to Ellijay, GA when he was 13 where he joined both the chorus and drama club. From the age of 19 to the present, he has been involved in several bands, ranging in style from Southern Rock, Contemporary Christian, and country. He is listed in Who?s Who of Music Students for 1982 and has now found a permanent home with Triple X. He currently lives in Ellijay, Ga. Jimmy B. ? (lead guitar/vocals)-Hailing from New York, Jimmy has been dubbed the ?walking jukebox? on guitar. With over thirty years playing with bands from New York to Florida, Jimmy lends strong lead guitar work and vocals to Triple X. He has played in every kind of band, from country to rock and now makes his home in Ellijay, GA playing with the versatile Triple X. Matt ? (bass/vocals) ? Matt began playing bass when he was seven, but only began playing professionally about four years ago. He lived 2 doors down from Tony when asked to become a part of Triple X. With the looks and movements of Ted Nugent (the girls dig his hair and yes it is all his), Matt moves around the stage running riffs and making the bass sing. He also sings back up vocals and makes his home in Ellijay, GA. Wildchild ? (drums/vocals) ? Willie ?Wildchild? has played the drums professionally for the past 30 years, playing in groups in both Florida and Georgia, ranging in styles from rock to country. His wide vocal range adds much to the already dynamic vocals of the group. He had retired from playing when asked to join Triple X. He currently resides in Ellijay, Ga. Covering everyone from Nickleback to Tom Petty, 3 Doors Down to bob Seger, AC/DC to Alice in Chains along with their own original songs, Triple X is looking forward to a long career in entertaining the mass audience of rock and roll fans. Now available for a variety of options for gigs, including weddings, parties, grand openings, specials sales, club events, concerts, etc. You can even pick and choose from their song list to fit your particular needs. CD?s of their cover material can be obtained through a written request with your mailing address to the above email. ?Booyah, Bitch? is now available for purchase.
Thank you so much Atlanta. Over 850 appearances in Metropolitan Atlanta in the past 5 years! Got Latin jazz' Got Salsa and Son' Serenata Band was born around seven years ago as a trio playing just for small parties and restaurants. People happened to enjoy our job more and more and the band started to become very popular. Thanks to this we have grown to be the band we are now. Our current eight piece format began three years ago and ever since, we have become the hottest Latin group in town. Voted at Creative Loafing for two years in a row “Best Local Latino Music Act” (2005 and 2006) If you believe in numbers check this out; 826 appearances until 2007 In other words we play every other day on average and have since we appeared in the Atlanta scene. Around 250 years of combined experience from the band members and the influence of 6 different countries put this band off the charts. Serenata’s musicians have been pretty much the same people from the beginning and some of them have, not just music degrees from different colleges and universities all over the country and beyond, but a lot of personal experience playing worldwide for very known artists, different bands or even their own groups, lots of CDs and videos recorded, hundreds of thousand of gigs played. Creative Loafing says: "Formed in 2001, the eight-piece band is considered by many to be the best Latin band in Atlanta. Serenata Band’s repertoire includes Latin jazz, Salsa, Merengue and other creative styles. The music is hot. Dance lovers from across the cultural spectrum are inspired by the beat and the rhythms of this band" Serenata Band has played in many locations from small restaurants to huge festivals, fairs, several colleges and universities, middle and high schools as well as private parties; events that range from weddings to birthdays, where the crowds do nothing but dance, clap and ask for more. Cities from all over Georgia, Alabama, Tennessee and the Carolinas have also welcomed Serenata Band on many, many occasions. Our variety of rhythms has the power to entertain people from all over the world. Sincerely we would love to be considered for your future events. Serenata Band can add a brand new taste of true Latin flavor to your festivals, celebrations or parties. For restaurants or small venues you can also consider our trio or quartet up to the full 8 piece band.
Void Where Prohibited is an Atlanta-area variety rock cover band with material ranging from the 1950's to 2000's. "Covering Over 50 years of Hits!" Featuring two talented lead vocalists, strong harmonies and a powerful band of versatile musicians, they always offer an impressive show. A typical VWP set includes danceable and performance-oriented songs. The danceable songs get people on the dance floor with a dynamic mix of "belly-rubbing" slow-dances and "shake-your-butt" up tempo songs. The performance songs create excitement by showcasing the talents of the vocalists, musicians or the band as a whole. Instrumentation includes 2 guitars, keyboards, bass and drums.
We specialize in summer music from Buffett to Beach Boys and from Carolina Beach to Kenny Chesney. We also end the evening with a set of dance favorites from disco to funk to soul.
IF YOU WANT A UNIQUE ROCK BAND FOR YOUR EVENT,HERE THEY ARE! Originally from So.California now living outside Atlanta, this rockin'family performs a powerhouse tribute to 80's/90's rock like no other! The band consists of a father, his two sons and daughter. A consumate display of outstanding musicianship, when these guys start playing, you won't believe what your seeing! BLIND TIGER'S goal is to provide a pro quality musical journey back to the"age of arena/guitar rock",recreating that 80's/90's rock sound perfect for the 30+ crowd, with some current tunes the teens can relate to also. All from a family act you just don"t see everyday. These guys are absolutely fun entertainment and are a positive influence on audiences of all ages. So if you don't want "just another rock band" for your event, this act will fit the bill! They feel equally at home in clubs, a private party or a theme park or festival. They maintain their own full sound and light systems and can travel anytime. book now before these kids become famous!