People who like their rock music loud and limitless are going to want to be at the Smith Opera House on Saturday, May 1, for the “Mayday Music Marathon” featuring six of the region's most up and coming rock and roll bands. Doors open at 5 p.m. for the 5:30 show.
Bands performing include 40oz., Loopus, D Spell, A Day Without Rain and Gym Class Heroes. Opening the show is local hip-hop legend, MC VII (a.k.a. Wesley Greco).
Formed in 1998, 40oz. (originally known as 40oz. Failure) made an immediate and lasting impression on music fans in upstate New York and beyond. Having sold over 5,000 copies of their 1999 debut album “Working Class Zero,” 40oz. started performing to crowds of over 500 on a regular basis in the Finger Lakes region. Accumulating over 50,000 plays on the now defunct MP3.com, they reached fans across the globe with their unique and aggressive sound. Following their initial success, the band persevered through some setbacks to be reborn as 40oz. The vocal powerhouse of Matty D. returns to give back the intense presence and edge, and combines with the introspective vocals of Jon Lamanna, 40oz. to redefine the format of a dual-vocal rock band. Blending brutal crunch with melodic precision, the guitar work of BJ Carter and Ryan McFaul is tactical, yet raw and uncompromising. Driving this wall of sound is the rhythm section of bassist Kory MacLauchlan and drummer Jason Telarico, providing a solid backbone of bottom heavy stability.
Since 1998, Loopus has been on the cutting edge of Hard Rock/Alternative music scene. Loopus won the Ernie Ball Battle of the Bands Contest two years in a row, earning them spots on the Vans Warped Tour. They have completed two albums, and are about to embark on a national tour to support their third album, scheduled to be released in May. Loopus is made op of Ferg (vocals), Matt Spaker (guitar), Chris Pugsley (guitar/vocals), DJ Rue (turntables), D-Rob (bass), and Zu (drums).
Formed in Rochester, N.Y., DSpell has been captivating audiences throughout the east coast for the past few years. The band consists of Joe Spinelli (vocals), Tom Spinelli (guitar), Rich DiRenzo (guitar), John Enright (bass), and Kyle Dean (drums). DSpell has gained a massive amount of exposure in a very short time period and have maintained a solid relationship with all their fans. Winning the 1st Guitar Center Battle of The Bands in 2001 set them off and running. After opening for National Recording Artists Adema, Gravity Kills, American Headcharge, 3rd Strike, Pulse Ultra, the group recently released their latest CD “24 Hours To Get This Right.” DSpell is gearing up for their spring tour and new record this summer.
Fans of bands like Poison the Well and Thursday won't want to miss A Day Without Rain. Led by the crazy and powerful stage presence of vocalist Tim, A Day Without Rain sandwiches beauty with sheer brutality, often many times in the same song. The band is comprised of Dave (guitar), Jimm (bass) and Nate (drums).
Gym Class Heroes was formed in 1997 when four upstate New York high school students collaborated and decided to make music together. With a diverse background in musical styles, tastes, listening backgrounds and experience, the band naturally formed a sound, which represented the diversity of its members, which include Schleprok (vocals), Dookis (drums), Milo (guitar), Polter (bass), and Sie One (turntables). Combining everything from hip-hop to funk, punk, and everything in between, Gym Class Heroes leave something for everyone to go home happy about.
All general admission tickets are $7 each. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Center for Missing and Exploited Children in honor of Ashley Vincent. Call 781-LIVE (5483) or toll-free 866-355-LIVE (5483) for ticket information. The Smith Opera House is located at 82 Seneca Street.