Lez Zeppelin Slays Sexism

Lez Zeppelin was hardly the first all-women outfit paying tribute to all-men rock bands. But when the group formed back in 2004, the trend was in its infancy. AC/DShe and Cheap Chick were around, but the Iron Maidens, Misstallica, Ramonas and many others had yet to form.

What all of these bands have in common is the unfortunate necessity of proving themselves. Even in 2018, many still view all-female bands as a novelty. Sure, kitschy names and gender puns don’t help establish credibility. Still, male tribute bands often have silly names, and they don’t have to work nearly as hard to prove they’ve honed their musical chops. Lez Zeppelin guitarist Steph Paynes views this perception as a challenge to overcome – and overcome it she does. Read on…

Tribute Show - Bee Gees Gold Tribute

Brothers Gibb, a legend brought back to life…

A sold-out audience at Woodlands Auditorium experienced the ultimate salute to the Bee Gees. Backed by a live band, the unique styling and exact harmony of John Acosta (Barry), Michael Welsch (Robin) and Jeff Celentano (Maurice) created a vocal sensation.
If you walked in during their opening number, “Night Fever,” you would have shouted “I’m seeing and hearing the Bee Gees!“
The ensemble, backed by Aaron Tully on bass guitar and “Shadow Dan” Sia on drums, recreated the look and sound of the Bee Gees from the ’60s’ to the late ’70s. Celentano was skilled at the keyboard and Acosta proficient on lead guitar.
Acosta said, “I’ve been singing Barry ever since I can remember. He had the most precise falsetto and defined vocal range and I’ve studied his technique for years.” Acosta sang with several groups until about four years ago when he formed the tribute band, bringing in Celentano and Welsch.
Barry Gibb’s lead vocals were expertly performed by Acosta and Celentano and Welsch added their skilled voices on solos made famous by Robin and Maurice.
The audience applauded as each song was launched and cheered as each ended. The ensemble encouraged attendees to join in as they recreated many Bee Gees hits, including “I Started a Joke,” “Massachusetts,” “Stayin’ Alive” and closing the show with “You Should Be Dancing.” It was certainly a celebratory night at Woodlands with singing and dancing in the aisles.  Continue reading…

Beatles vs Stones head to Atlantic Canada…

Beatles vs. Stones will be heading to Atlantic Canada in April 2018.

“Totally electrifying—you’ll think they’re the real thing!” — O.C. Weekly


“A musical celebration like no other…” — Showtime Magazine

The longest running rivalry in rock & roll; The Beatles or The Rolling Stones, who was the greatest band of all time?

National touring acts Jumping Jack Flash and Four Lads From Liverpool face-off to settle this controversy, once and for all.

Join these two celebrated acts as they present the greatest show that never was.

Jumping Jack Flash and Four Lads From Liverpool trade off mini-sets of the biggest hits of all-time, with you in the front row.

Beatles vs. Stones: if you didn’t see these two legendary bands in their 60’s glory, here’s your second chance—and now they’re together!

Don’t miss Beatles vs. Stones, The Greatest Rivalry in Rock & Roll—coming to your town soon!

Nirvanish @ Mauch Chunk Opera House

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Featuring reality TV Star Joey Gnoffo on drums!

Replicating the audio integrity of Nirvana’s recorded work while capturing the electric fury the group was known for is what makes Nirvanish the quintessential Nirvana tribute show.

You can expect to hear the well known singles for the passing fan, along with deep cuts for the die-hard grunge rocker and everything in between.  Nirvanish is sure to bring the raw live experience for the many fans that didn’t have the opportunity to see the legend in person.

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“Punk is musical freedom. It’s saying, doing and playing what you want. In Webster’s terms, ‘nirvana’ means freedom from pain, suffering and the external world, and that’s pretty close to my definition of Punk Rock”.—Kurt Cobain

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The Olate Dogs head to Newfoundland…

Ahead of his family’s extensive tour of Newfoundland and Labrador, Nicholas Olate shares what life is like surrounded by four-legged talent.

Performing is nothing new to Nicholas Olate. The 24 year-old says he grew up in the spotlight. He also grew up around something else too; dogs. “Pretty much my whole life I have been around dogs. I grew up performing with them and having them as pets. It was pretty awesome. I’m third generation circus performer on both my mother’s and my father’s side,” he begins.

Click to learn more about Nicholas Olate and the rest of his family…

Los Chicos del 512: The Selena Experience

Massive Crowds Throng to Miller Outdoor for Selena Tribute by Los Chicos del 512

An estimated 8,000 people came out to Miller Outdoor Theatre on August 10 to remember our beloved Selena with a phenomenal performance by Los Chicos del 512. The Tex-Mex/Tejano/Cumbia/Grupero tribute band from Yuma, Arizona had everybody dancing as they played Selena’s hits from all stages of her career.  Check out the slideshow… click here!

Fun fact: At the age of 16, a young Selena graced the same stage during a 1987 concert.

Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Bluegrass Band Perform @ Redlands Bowl Music Festival!

On July 21st 2017 over 8,000 music lovers showed up at Redlands Bowl Music Festival in Redlands, CA to experience the Beatles with a some Bluegrass!  Check out the pics here!

Nirvana tribute band did late rocker’s legend proud

ROCHESTER – Suffice it to say that the energy level at the Rochester Opera House smelled like grunge spirit on Friday where a couple of hundred fans of the famed late rocker Kurt Cobain were treated to an inspired performance by the tribute band Nirvanish.

With songs like “Drain You,” “Comes as you are”, and “Rape Me” being performed in Cobain’s signature guitar shredding riffs along with heavy bass and solid drumming, it didn’t take long for an impromptu mosh pit to form in the orchestra seating area in front of the stage.

And when they played “Smells like Teen Spirit”, the mosh pit bobbed up and down like pogo sticks everyone with their hands in the air with the “rock on” sign.
The Cobain lookalike, blonde locks, crouching guitar playing antics and ripping chord style aside, had an eerie vocal resemblance to Cobain as well, belting out screams and tender lyrics that kept the crowd rocking and mesmerized.

The crowd was also treated to a heartfelt acoustic set midway through the program before the band returned to its deafening electric set to end the performance.

And the band played on, running off Nirvana hit after hit as well as deep track after deep track for almost two hours. read more…

Lez Zeppelin and Nirvanish @ UCPAC – Saturday, May 20th 2017

It will be a loud night of splintering electric guitars, plus hundreds of voices from the audience singing along to their favorite hits, at the Union County Performing Arts Center on May 20.

Two adrenaline-inducing tribute bands representing rock legends take the stage at 8 PM: Lez Zeppelin, an all female tribute to the hard rock ’70s band Led Zeppelin, and Nirvanish, a tribute to the grunge, early ’90s band Nirvana. From fans that have been fans since Led Zeppelin was founded to those born right after Nirvana’s prime (who grew up listening to their parent’s records), this concert will provide as faithful an experience to the real deal as anyone could find.

Lez Zeppelin, founded in 2004, began to grow in acclaim after being the subject of a 2005 article in SPIN magazine, and subsequently the subject of countless other publications and spots ranging from a front page feature on CNN.com to a nation-wide feature on CBS Good Morning. The band was, and still is, praised for their contributions in a social setting where all-female rock tribute bands were beginning to surface and playing just as hard, fast and mean as their original counterparts. Their self-titled first album was released in 2007 (produced by one of Led Zeppelin‘s actual recording engineers, Eddie Kramer), and in 2008, Lez Zeppelin headlined opening night of Tennessee’s Bonnaroo Festival. Lez Zeppelin’s second album, Lez Zeppelin I, was released in 2010. The band took great pains to record this album with the same vintage equipment Led Zeppelin used on their first self-titled album in 1969, including a Fuzzbender stomp box, a ’50s era Telecaster and Les Paul, a ’60s era compressor, etc. Their dedication to the fidelity of their recorded music compared to Led Zeppelin‘s is a testament to the experience of their live shows.  continue reading…

From The Beatles to Bollywood: the Redlands Bowl brings an eclectic mix to audiences in 2017

EDLANDS >> From The Beatles to Bollywood and everything between, the Redlands Bowl Summer Music Festival lineup for 2017 has something for everyone.

“We’re trying to make sure we hit everyone’s hot spot,” said Jan Hudson, president of Redlands Bowl Performing Arts. “But on the flip side of that we want to expose young people to different eras of the arts.”

According to Hudson, the festival looks to achieve several goals each year, but organizers work especially hard to introduce audiences to the music of today and yesterday. Read more…