Bronze Radio Return w/Hey Monea!
Hit Hartford, CT-based indie roots-rockers make their Lancaster debut.
May 22, 2014 · 8:00pm
7pm doors | 8pm show
Bronze Radio Return
Formed in 2008, Bronze Radio Return’s line-up took a few years to solidify, though most of the band’s members were orbiting each other for years at the Hartt School, one of the country’s best schools of music, located in Hartford, Connecticut. For debut Old Time Speaker, the band relocated to Nashville for a two-week period, to, as lead vocalist Chris Henderson puts it, “A place we’d never been with a producer we’d never met, and played a bunch of songs we’d never played before.” For such an inauspicious set of circumstances, the band managed a solid and well-received debut, and forged a lasting bond with producer Chad Copelin. Old Time Speaker established the band’s relentless touring schedule, including an invitation to represent the Connecticut music scene by performing for President Obama at an event in Bridgeport, CT in 2010. Fan favorites “Digital Love” and “Lo-Fi” have been picked up for advertising and television licensing and the album landed on CMJ’s Top 200 Album Chart.
SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!, the band’s 2011 sophomore album, is comprised of lush harmonies steeped in soulful vocals, and guitars that alternate between the blues age and the most interesting innovations of the modern. The release debuted at #4 on the Billboard Northeast Regional Heatseekers Chart and is a forward-thinking retrospective of the sounds we all love, curated and created by Henderson, Rob Griffith (drums/vocals), Bob Tanen (bass/vocals), Matt Warner (keys, vocals), Craig Struble (harmonica/guitar), and Patrick Fetkowitz (guitar). The title track, “SHAKE! SHAKE! SHAKE!” builds from subtle handclaps and foot-stomps, and as crackling guitar lines spread out, Henderson illuminates the performer’s perspective. “There’s always this moment near the beginning of a set where everybody is standing around. It just takes one outgoing dude, or a tipsy couple, and they just start moving. You can see two or three more people going, and then as the set progresses, more and more people start to move.” The set has also produced nearly 50 tv/film syncs including on HBO, ESPN, MTV, American Idol, and a worldwide Nissan Leaf commercial to name a few.
Hard Rock Records released their second signing’s record on the world on this past September and this time it’s a former Hard Rock Rising champion, Canton, Ohio’s Hey Monea! (pronounced “moh-nay”). The alt-pop trio consists of brothers Dan and Nate Monea and bassist Adam Orin and was signed after their crowd-winning set opening for Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band at Hard Rock Calling 2012. The band chose Grammy-winning producer Dennis Herring (Modest Mouse, Ra Ra Riot, Counting Crows) to help them make a classic piano-based pop-rock record, and the result is Cheap Souvenirs, a ten-song set of radio-ready singles reminiscent of the classic Seventies sound found in artists like Billy Joel, Jackson Browne, Billy Joel and The Eagles in their recording prime. Hey Monea!’s live show showcases their exceptional vocals and timeless songwriting. Don’t miss Hey Monea! coming your way in 2014.