Here are some bands you just don’t want to miss!
Between The Rain –
Started in 2006, Between The Rain is a hard rock trio out of New York. Originally a name and idea on paper, the band took shape when a search led Tim Donlon, a Detroit-area musician to bassist, Victoria Rothman and drummer, Xavier Martinez. Culminating in 2013, the result was a dynamic exploration of rock n’ roll.
After an exciting 2015, logging nearly 10,000 miles of regional touring on the band van, The Violet Hour is back in 2016 and ready to do it all over again. Kicking off the year as a TouchTunes Breakout Band, The Violet Hour’s song “The Devil’s Game” can be heard in more than 60,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes nationwide.
Having shared the stage with names like Pop Evil, Mindset Evolution, Black Star Riders (aka Thin Lizzy), Saving Abel, Black Oak Arkansas, Alien Ant Farm, and Texas Hippie Coalition, and having made their first journey to the east coast of the US in 2014, The Violet Hour is hungrier than ever, making “Insatiable,” the band’s current EP, their most appropriately titled work to date, released only two months after their first official music video, “Ammunition,” available on Vevo and on the band’s YouTube channel. “Finger to trigger, baby! We play offense, not defense!” says front lady, Alli.
The Violet Hour began as a big dream and a small acoustic duo in the Fall of 2010. From 2010-2012, The Violet Hour grew from duo to band, from local to regional, and by 2013 had established a strong regional presence in the mid-south U.S. In 2014, the band continued to grow and break into new territory, beginning with a trip to the East Coast in March. While in New York, The Violet Hour performed on The Real Radio Show in Long Island alongside a legend, Mark “The Animal” Mendoza of classic metal band Twisted Sister. After The Violet Hour’s performance, Mendoza said, “Forget about ‘Black Oak Arkansas.’ They need to change the name of Fort Smith to ‘The Violet Hour, Arkansas.’ These guys are the real deal!” In 2015, The Violet Hour kept the southern highways hot, traveling from Arkansas to Oklahoma, Tennessee, Texas, and Missouri.
Bursting with energy and inspiring crowds with anthems like “Ugly Inside,” The Violet Hour carries fans through an array of feelings from anger about the world’s injustices to joyous revelry and fun. “Everyone fights a personal battle every day,” says Alli. “I want our fans to know they’re not alone. Whatever you’re feeling, whatever you’re going through… Other people have been there. I love bringing people together and showing them that we all have something in common.”
The Violet Hour not only has a strong and energetic set list, but they also share something very unique–a friendship and passion for each other. “We’ve seen each other through so much,” says Alli. “…all the ups and downs of life. Paying our dues together in the music scene has been a truly bonding experience for us. We’ve played for our dinner. We’ve played in friends’ living rooms. We’ve played outside on 100 degree asphalt, and we’ve played in freezing winds and rain. There’s just something special about enduring crazy and extreme circumstances together to do something we all love. It really makes us appreciate each other and the goals we are working toward.”
All the struggles and hard work have paid off. In from 2013 to 2015, The Violet Hour consistently held top positions in their local and regional rock charts on ReverbNation. The Violet Hour was a 2014 Breakout Band featured in 60,000 TouchTunes jukeboxes nationwide, along with being featured in blogs, e-zines, and entertainment magazines, and receiving multiple sponsorships, including Dirtbag Clothing and Coldcock Whiskey.
Guitarist, Instigator Jon, muses, “This whole thing blows my mind!” Jon has a background in jazz music, playing saxophone and bass. “When I moved from bass to guitar in 2012, I never expected to hear my dad bragging about my shredding two years later. That was one of the best feelings in the world. My dad was a great jazz guitarist. Now that he is gone, I feel the best way I can honor him is to keep growing as a guitarist and melt faces!”
Alli and Jon, along with Jake on drums, Tye on guitar, and Jeff on bass have developed a classic yet alternative sound that ranges from sections of haunting vocals to roaring anthems to funkilicious grooves. The unique sound creation was described perfectly by the late music reviewer Jon Kirk Edwards when he said, “The throaty vibrations and high grade amped up vocals are delivered without apology and with a masterful mix of Hard Rock. Folksy grunge with enough clarity to know you are in the room with some gifted folks who play to a generation beyond the 70’s.”