Fall 2017 Shows


Devo Easton Wednesday Rehearsals 5p-8p 

Formed in 1973 in Akron, Ohio, Devo became one of the innovators of the new wave and punk movements. The name Devo comes “from their concept of ‘de-evolution’ — the idea that instead of continuing to evolve, mankind has actually begun to regress, as evidenced by the dysfunction and herd mentality of American society.” The band found mainstream recognition first with their cover of The Rolling Stones “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” and later with their biggest hit, and most recognizable song, “Whip It.”

Devo’s music contains odd time signatures, as well as brilliantly crafted poly-rhythms, and counter melodies. Their odd, and sometimes comical lyrics paired with the stiff, angular, and often confusing music makes them a truly unique band that has influenced many artists. While this show will cover their entire career, the majority of the material will come from their first three albums. Some songs to check out if you are not familiar with the band (in addition to the two already mentioned): “Uncontrollable Urge” “Jocko Homo” “Girl U Want” “Freedom Of Choice” and “Jerkin’ Back N’ Forth.” This show will prove to be a challenge for everyone involved, no matter your instrument or skill level, this material will force you to view your instrument and it’s role in a whole new way.

Glam Rock Allentown Tuesday Rehearsals 5p-8p

When rock and pop music melded into one cohesive unit in 1970s Britain with artists sporting makeup, high fashion, platform shoes, and most importantly, glitter, it not only changed music forever but spawned a new level of popular culture unlike anything before. Artists like David Bowie and T. Rex took all of the “throwaway” culture, or fads that had come and gone such as cabaret, bubblegum pop, art rock, performance art, kabuki theatre, and science fiction combining them all to create a new fearless genre of music that would go on to influence not only musicians but also the fashion, film, theatre, and art industries.

Starting with the British artists who brought the genre to the public like Gary Glitter and Bowie, we’ll also be honoring Americans like Alice Cooper, Lou Reed, New York Dolls, Iggy Pop and the Stooges. Other artists that were not solely GLAM but went through periods or phases where they adopted the aesthetic will be honored such as Queen, Bon Jovi, Elton John, ABBA, St. Vincent, and Todd Rundgren (who arguably was GLAM before even David Bowie).

Also we’ll be sprinkling in some of the crossover artists such as Twisted Sister (Glam-metal), Prince (Glam-RnB) and taking a stab at glam influencing the world of theatre with songs from rock-musicals The Rocky Horror Picture Show and Hedwig & The Angry Inch. This show is definitely for students who want to grow as PERFORMERS in addition to musicians and are not afraid to get on stage and SHINE (literally, because you’ll be covered in glitter).

The Eagles Easton Saturday Rehearsals 1p-4p

The Eagles are deemed one of the most successful bands of the 70’s. With their career spanning nearly 5 decades (including their “14-year vacation”), they’re now considered one of the world’s best-selling bands of all time, having sold more than 150 million records.

After the Eagles’ meltdown that led to their breakup in 1980, Don Henley was quoted as saying the Eagles would get back together when “hell freezes over”. Well, hell froze over and the Eagles reunited in 1994 with the appropriately named album, “Hell Freezes Over”.

Hotel California may be considered their signature song, but only due to its overwhelming popularity and worldwide air-play. Songs like Peaceful Easy Feeling, Take It to the Limit, Take It Easy and Tequila Sunrise are quintessential examples of the Eagles’ knack for writing beautiful and memorable melodies, tastefully infusing rock, country and adult/contemporary pop.

For our show, I will be choosing their classic material from the 70’s, and a couple songs from their reunion album,

I’m looking forward to introducing our talented, young students to the Eagles. Learning the intricacies of this band will serve as a tremendous opportunity and a challenge for our kids. Vocalists must pay meticulous attention to detail in harmonies; there’s no room for error. Our guitar students will have to execute bends with perfect intonation while playing the beautifully melodic guitar solos and classic guitar licks of Joe Walsh and Don Felder. Our bassists will gain tremendous experience copying the lines of the great Randy Meisner and Timothy B. Schmidt. Drummers will truly understand the discipline of playing relatively simple parts with the flawless execution and timing of Don Henley. Our keyboardists will have their work cut out for them as well, learning signature piano parts like the iconic song, Desperado.

I’m truly looking forward to having you in my show.

Power Trios Allentown Wednesday Rehearsals 5p-8p

The “power trio” format for a rock band gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s and usually consists of a guitarist, bassist, and drummer, with one or more of those members also taking on vocal duties. Keyboardists need not worry… while we could certainly do this show with no or minimal keyboards, there’s definitely an opportunity to pick songs that can include keys. In fact, a lot of these bands tour and/or record with additional personnel to help fill out the sound, or overdub additional parts themselves when recording. This also means that we probably won’t actually have too many songs, if any, cast as actual trios, and some songs might even require a lot of instrumentation to reproduce.

A big focus in this show will be on material by some of the “classic” and ” true” power trios, but I’ll be leaving the door open to doing any songs by bands with three members. Some bands have had lineup changes over the years and had a period of time when they had only three members… any music they released during that time is fair game as well.

Below is a list of possible bands. It’s not comprehensive by any means… I’m sure I’ve left many out, but this should give you an idea of the variety of music that could be included in this show:

Alkaline Trio, America, Ben Folds Five, Biffy Clyro, Blink-182, Blue Cheer, Chevelle, Cream, Crosby Stills & Nash, Dinosaur Jr., Emerson Lake and Palmer, Eve 6, Everclear, The Fall of Troy, Firehouse, Genesis, The Goo Goo Dolls, Grand Funk Railroad, Green Day, Hüsker Dü, The Jam, Jimi Hendrix (both with The Jimi Hendrix Experience and Band of Gypsys), John Mayer Trio, King’s X, Meat Puppets, Melvins, Minutemen, Motörhead, Muse, Nada Surf, Nirvana, Paramore, Primus, Robin Trower, Rush, Seether, Silverchair, Sleater-Kinney, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble, Stray Cats, Sublime, Taste, Ted Nugent, Them Crooked Vultures, The Outfield, The Police, The Presidents of the United States of America, Triumph, Venom, Violent Femmes, Wolfmother, and ZZ Top.

Alternative, Punk, Prog, Metal, Blues, Folk, Pop… this show’s got it all. I’m really looking forward to this one!!

San Francisco Easton Thursday Rehearsals 5p-8p

When you consider the most important movements, scenes, and moments in Rock-n-Roll none may be more historic, iconic, or important than San Francisco in the late 60’s.

Between 1964 and ’69 Rock-n-Roll was set free–Psychedelia met Jazz Improvisation and Rock spread its wings to fly into new uncharted territory. San Francisco was the frontline of both this musical evolution and a cultural revolution, for it wasn’t just about the new groundbreaking SOUNDS–in 60’s San Francisco bands were writing about social change, universal love, and bettering the world through the power of Rock-n-Roll. By 1967’s Summer of Love the world WAS changing as Flower Power and Psychedelia flourished, and by the late San Fran bands like Creedence Clearwater Revival dominated the top of the charts while the whole world watched a half-million people attend Woodstock (which featured SIX San Francisco bands). America and Rock-n-Roll were never the same.

This show will be a great mixed bag of genres as we explore:
*Pop like We Five’s hippie anthem “Get Together” (a #5 hit for The Youngbloods).
*Psychedelic Rock explorations by The Grateful Dead and Quicksilver Messenger Service.
*High energy Riff-Rock by bands like The Flaming Groovies and Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and the Holding Company.
*Classic Rock legends like Steve Miller, Santana, and CCR.
*Funk-Soul like Sly and the Family Stone and Cold Blood.
*Grrrl Rock by one of Rock-n-Roll’s first all-girl bands, Ace of Cups.
*AOR classics like Moby Grape, Blue Cheer, and the Jefferson Airplane side-project Hot Tuna who were hugely popular in their time as they dominated both radio and TV airwaves but never quite made it into the Classic Rock pantheon.

We can’t learn EVERY significant San Fran band, but along the way I will also be sharing links for you to explore some REALLY rare yet amazing lost acts like The Beau Brummels, The Charlatans, Frumious Bandersnatch, and Fifty Foot Hose.

This show will be great for all levels of students. There are simpler rockers for beginning students, out-of-the-ordinary chord changes and song forms for intermediate students, and advanced students will have a chance to strut their stuff and experiment with longer jams, improvised solos, and opportunities to put your own creativity and ideas into the material.

This show will simply ROCK and JAM. The bands of this city and this era were all about letting loose and having a HAPPENING. It was the era of losing your inhibitions and being your true self. We’re gonna BRING IT. The roots, peak, and aftermath of The Summer of Love: San Francisco 1964-69. Let’s do it!

Stone Temple Pilots Easton Monday Rehearsals 5p-8p

Stone Temple Pilots was formed during the late 80s in San Diego, California and consisted of the same lineup throughout most of the band’s career: Scott Weiland on lead vocals, Dean DeLeo on guitar, Robert DeLeo on bass and backing vocals, and Eric Kretz on drums. Weiland was fired in 2013 and replaced by Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, who stayed with the band until 2015.

You can read a more complete history of the band here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stone_Temple_Pilots

STP commonly gets lumped in with their “grunge” contemporaries from Seattle, and while I can understand the comparison to a point, especially on their first album Core (this September actually marks its 25th anniversary), I think there’s a bit more to them than that. You can really hear the influence of 60s and 70s rock in their music, especially from psychedelic rock, glam, hard rock, and jangle pop. There’s a lot more variety in their music than you would think!

Vocalists will get to study the work of one of rock’s greatest frontmen, Scott Weiland. Performance, presence, and attitude will be key to delivering these vocals! They do tend to be in a lower register though, so this show is ideal for vocal students that have the ability to sing in a lower register and are comfortable in the low parts of their range. To give students and teachers an idea of vocal range requirements, the songs I’ve worked out so far range from B2 (an octave and a half-step below middle C) to C5 (an octave above middle C – going this high is pretty infrequent.) A lot of the songs bottom out between D3 and E3 (the D and E right above the C that is an octave below middle C.) Having a male singer or two in the show that can hit some of those particularly low notes would be great! Vocal harmonies aren’t a huge fixture in STP’s music, but most of their songs do contain at least some 2-part harmony, so there is definitely an opportunity for vocalists to work on their harmonizing skills a bit.

Dean DeLeo is a bit underrated as a guitarist, in my opinion. He has an inventive style of guitar playing utilizing unconventional chord voicings to really help fill out the sound in a band with only one guitar player. His solos are fantastic, and there’s some cool slide work in a few of their songs. There’s a lot to learn from this guy!

Robert DeLeo is one of the coolest bassists in 90s alternative rock, and definitely underrated. He manages to seamlessly incorporate his soul, R&B, and Motown influences into his playing for STP, and his bass lines always00 perfectly complement the song.

Eric Kretz is one solid drummer! He’s not the flashiest player, but playing his stuff well requires a good sense of timing, control, and dynamics. Attention to detail will also be important… Eric’s frequently syncopated groove patterns are the backbone of STP’s music.

There are not many keyboard parts in the band’s catalog, and we will most likely be doing the show without them. More room on stage to rock out!!!

My intention with this show is to start off the show with a short acoustic set and then follow it with a longer electric set. We might possibly re-create their 7-song set from MTV Unplugged. Anyone who was at (or in) our Alice in Chains or Nirvana shows will know how awesome this show format can be! It’s interesting to hear some different takes on some of the band’s biggest hits like “Plush” and “Wicked Garden,” and they even do a swing version of “Sex Type Thing.” Cool stuff! Anyone have an old rocking chair lying around?? The electric set would likely be a good cross-section of STP’s entire career, with an emphasis on their first four albums.

This should be a fun, high-energy show, and I’m excited about getting to dig into this material!!

SHOW DATES – All Shows at Rivals in Easton

January 12/13 Devo / Glam Rock

January 19/20 The Eagles / Power Trios

January 26/27 San Francisco / Stone Temple Pilots


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