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3 10, 2017

An interview with Dead Man’s Party

By |October 3rd, 2017|Categories: All Ages, All Ages, Alternative, Classic Rock, Event, Rock, Shows, The Cave, Tribute Act, Uncategorized|Tags: , |Comments Off on An interview with Dead Man’s Party

Rob Elfaizy is the front man of Dead Man’s Party, the Oingo Boingo tribute band. Rob has been playing music for his entire life, since before he could even hold an instrument. He was a student of the Suzuki method, which is a high caliber system for musical education. He has played violin, classical guitar, and piano. He was drawn to the electric after he got older, taking influences from bands like Oingo Boingo. After Boingo had broken up, he started to play shows their songs as a tribute. It turned out that there was quite a demand for Oingo Boingo music and he had emulated the band well. Rob had been so successful that the original members had heard about them through the grape vine. With Boingo founder Richard Elfman’s approval of the DMP’s legitimacy, they quickly grew into a […]

21 09, 2017

Pyromania: The Next Best Thing to Def Leppard

By |September 21st, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Classic Rock, Event, Rock, The Cave, Tribute Act|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Pyromania: The Next Best Thing to Def Leppard

Pyromania, the #1 Def Leppard tribute, is a perfect recreation of the music Def Leppard had brought to the table. After 14 years of developing their act, Pyromania has made itself known as the next best thing to Def Leppard. Even Def Leppard themselves has promoted Pyromania and their efforts to honor the band. Setting numerous attendance records, the band has been voted the third best tribute band of all time.

” After reviewing our choices, it was unanimous that Pyromania is the best Def Leppard tribute band…”

– Katie Daryl, producer of The World’s Greatest Tribute Bands on AXS TV

Many tribute bands will dress up and talk the talk, but those who walk the walk don’t need to talk about it. Pyromania is one of the tribute bands that walk the walk, and let their performance speak for them. A quote from an engineer sheds light on how accurately Pyromania emulates […]

18 09, 2017

Blue Oyster Cult: An Epic origin

By |September 18th, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Classic Rock, Event, Rock, The Cave, Uncategorized|Tags: |Comments Off on Blue Oyster Cult: An Epic origin

Blue Oyster Cult is an incredibly insightful and imaginative band. Their music and lyrics are rather articulate in the way it is structured and conveyed, and certainly not among the status quo in the niche of rock and roll. Yet, despite the subtle complexities in the arrangements of their music, they still manage to deliver it in a package that the average person can easily understand and digest.

Originally named multiple times, the band had been through a lot of changes. The most notable of original names is Soft White Underbelly, which is a reference to Winston Churchill’s perception of Italy in World War II. He had seen Italy as the weak spot he could take advantage of to defeat Germany. The name Blue Oyster Cult comes from a poem the manager had written about a group of blue aliens who clandestinely […]

13 09, 2017

Desperado: #1 Tribute to The Eagles

By |September 13th, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Classic Rock, Country, Event, Rock, Shows, The Cave, Tribute Act|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Desperado: #1 Tribute to The Eagles

The legendary 70’s rock band, The Eagles, has made a huge impact on the world. From the radio to Guitar Hero, their music has spread across every outlet and into the ears of the masses. The content of their music has inspired the work of a myriad of musicians throughout their compelling history, as well as served as a corner stone in the lives of the average person.

Calling upon the basic inner workings of the human psyche, The Eagles often touches the hearts of almost every person that hears their music. With general concepts particularized for the average person, they can always relate to their audience. Hotel California, for example, is about consumerism in California and the propaganda served to romanticize California life. Lead guitarist Don Felder spoke about it in an interview. “As you’re driving in Los Angeles at night, […]

11 09, 2017

Dead Man’s Party

By |September 11th, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Classic Rock, Event, Rock, Shows, The Cave, Tribute Act|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Dead Man’s Party

Oingo Boingo has had a rather interesting history. As they formed in 1972 under The Mystic Knights of Oingo Boingo, their goal was to develop a interdisciplinary performance art act. The leader of the band is Danny Elfman, an American composer and songwriter, who has completed extensive works in film scores with industry legends such as Tim Burton. The band put together a theatrical performance with an eclectic mix of ska, rock, pop, and world music. As the band evolved, they transformed into an 8 piece ska influenced new wave band. As they went through this transformation, they decided to shorten their name to Boingo. Since then, they achieved significant success until their retirement in 1995. In their last show before retirement, they looked back at their history and called themselves Oingo Boingo in a fit of reminiscent and conclusive nostalgia.

Now, to […]

10 09, 2017

Visions: A Tribute to What Really Matters

By |September 10th, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Alternative, Event, Rock, Shows, The Cave, Tribute Act|Tags: , , |Comments Off on Visions: A Tribute to What Really Matters

Visions is a high quality tribute band that accurately emulates the music of Rush. While the wardrobe and physical props are the only focus for most tribute acts, Visions focuses on the music above all else. With a rather sophisticated repertoire, Rush’s music is not easy to replicate. Their progressive style will test even the most solid musicians, from the abnormal harmonic and melodic structures to the subtle nuances their song writing styles manifest. Rush’s music is so particular that there aren’t many tribute acts that honor them, much less successfully satisfy the ear of the dedicated Rush fan.

Rush has some of the most entertaining performances in modern rock history. Their fresh and unpredictable instrumental music always keeps you on your feet, with constant changes and twists that the normal rock band cannot compete with. At the same time, their lively and insightful lyrics will encourage you to let […]

5 09, 2017

An Interview with Stones and Stewart

By |September 5th, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Classic Rock, Event, Rock, Tribute Act|Tags: , , , |Comments Off on An Interview with Stones and Stewart

The music written by one of the most iconic bands will be echoing through The Cave on September 9th. Jumping Jack Flash, a critically acclaimed Rolling Stones tribute act, will be offering a historical performance of one of the best rock and roll bands of all time.

Jumping Jack Flash front man, Young Hutchinson, has developed this highly successful act naturally. “All of us tend to be drawn to what we are good at,” Hutchinson says about the tribute act. “We found that we were good at it, because the audience reacted well. Fast forward, and we are playing in front of hundreds of thousands of people.”

They are always developing their act to make it fresh and better every time, incorporating new aspects of the performance. “We tried to expand potential for opps by injecting a theater experience. It’s not just a tribute […]

23 08, 2017

An Interview with Super Diamond

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Classic Rock, Rock, Tribute Act|Tags: , , |Comments Off on An Interview with Super Diamond

 

Recently, we have had the pleasure of speaking with and interviewing Super Diamond’s frontman, Randy Cordero. He is a very cool guy, and we enjoyed picking his brain.

His love for music started early on in his childhood. His first 8 track his parents gave him was one of Neil Diamond’s. As he grew up, he was influenced by other bands in the 70’s and 80’s new wave age. These influences and his passion for music formed him into what he is today.

His band has accomplished a great deal, both collectively and individually. I asked him what the journey was like to create this band. He said, “ we had no idea we were going to end up doing what we did. We thought it would be fun to play Neil Diamond songs in San Francisco clubs. A lot of the band members were […]

23 08, 2017

Long Beach Dub Allstars

By |August 23rd, 2017|Categories: All Ages, All Ages, Event, Punk, Reggae, Rock, The Cave|Tags: , |Comments Off on Long Beach Dub Allstars

Most people are impassioned by the sound of the iconic songs from the Southern California Ska/punk band Sublime. They brought a fresh sense of excitement with their performance, and clarity with their inspiring musical craftsmanship. As Sublime grew bigger, they never expected something would go terribly wrong.

After the death of singer Bradley Nowell, the band came to a sudden halt. In order for the rest of the members to honor their talents and fallen brother, they formed the band Long Beach Dub Allstars. This is a 7 piece dub/ska/rock band that plays all over California. Their music is a perfect mix between reggae, ska, and rock; it caters to those who want to jam to the vibe of the music, as well as those who want to rock out.

The Long Beach Dub Allstars are an incredibly inspiring band, and they are […]

20 08, 2017

An interview with Malo

By |August 20th, 2017|Categories: All Ages, Event, Rock, The Cave|Tags: |Comments Off on An interview with Malo

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Malo is an American latin rock band from San Francisco, featuring the brother of Carlos Santana, Jorge Santana. The band was oblivious to this when they recruited him to join Malo. “He came and auditioned, and he was good so we added him.” says front man Arcelio Garcia. In fact, they didn’t find out until 2 years later when Carlos came to one of their performances. Carlos and Jorge acted very familiar toward each other, which confused the band, until Arcelio asked Carlos if he knew Jorge. He was shocked to discover their tie in blood, and the degree of Jorge’s modesty.

Malo’s lead singer, Arcelio Garcia, had first started his musical journey as a funk singer. His mother said, “why don’t you play salsa?” and that simple suggestion influenced the trajectory of the rest of his life. He was told he was a bad kid, so […]

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