2021 Line Up 🎶
Dave Alvin, Aaron Collins & Ethan Collins first played together at Aaron's bar mitzvah in 1984 doing Judas Priest covers. Throughout the years they used several different drummers, until finally their school buddy Mike Caldarella joined them in 1988. White Trash was known around New York City as an amazing live band from Queens that would smash TV's, throw money into the crowd, hand out pizza and White Castle hamburgers and destroy innocent stuffed animals. The band was constantly evolving, moving from straight up hard rock to progressive funk. As the band evolved musically they tried adding other musicians to the live performances, starting with backup singers (The Love Dogs) and finally leading to a horn section. The sound was totally unique and they soon found success with The Bad Ass Brass (Chris Arbisi, Terry Thomas & Brendan Stiles) backing them up. They signed to Elektra Records in 1990 and released their self-titled debut album in 1991. It was produced by George Drakoulias (The Black Crowes) & engineered by Brendan O'Brien (Pearl Jam).The album was an immediate hit, fueled by the video for "Apple Pie," which was in heavy rotation on MTV's Buzz Bin. The song reached #39 on Billboard's Hot Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, while the album charted at #122 on The Billboard 200. Unfortunately, the original band decided to split up because of musical differences just as everything was starting to explode. While the band was on hiatus, the other single from their album, "The Crawl", was used as the theme song for MTV's The Jon Stewart Show and was also a mainstay as a single on MTV's Headbanger's Ball.Dave Alvin continued White Trash with an entirely new lineup in 1992. Craig LeBlang took over guitar duties, Eric Brodin handled the bass, & Dave Barckow sat behind the drum kit. They released Si O Si, Que? in 1993 and toured extensively. Two singles were released from the album ("Minor Happiness" & "Pig") with a video for "Minor Happiness" as well. As the grunge scene took over however, the music industry changed dramatically and White Trash didn't seem to fit in. This was largely due to being unfairly labeled as a Hair Metal band, when there really was a lot more to them than that. Soon after, they decided to disband, and for several years after all of the guys worked on seperate projects.The original band reformed in 2007 and because of the attention this reunion attracted, they released a new album, 3D Monkeys in Space shortly thereafter. The band has kept working since then with several small lineup changes and released a fourth studio album (Suburban Purgatory) in 2015
Popa Chubby, born Ted Horowitz, has been hard rocking the blues in his fierce and soulful way for more than 30 years. Over the course of a career that dates back to 1994, he has been a force of to be reckoned with on the guitar, and his tempestuous, soulful playing has never been more powerful. An imposing figure with a shaven head, tattooed arms, a goatee and a performance style he describes as “the Stooges meets Buddy Guy, Motörhead meets Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix meets Robert Johnson," Popa Chubby is an endearing character who is one of the genre’s most popular figures. His career has always been about moving forward and carving a place for himself in the imposing terrain of the music business, overcoming odds to continue growing and maturing as a creative force. He has built a constantly increasing base of fans across the world, where in many territories he is a star. A native New Yorker, Horowitz's first gigs were in the NYC punk scene as a guitarist for what he reflects was a "crazy Japanese special effects performance artist in a kimono called Screaming Mad George who had a horror-movie inspired show." Right from the starthe was immersed in rock ‘n’ roll as theater, and learned from George and others playing CBGB’s at the time that included the Ramones, the Cramps, Richard Hell, whose band, the Voidoids he joined that rock ‘n’ roll should be dangerous. He reflects, "Musicians like the Ramones and the Sex Pistols weren’t just bands. They were a threat to society." The Blues however was the foundation of his playing style. He recalls, "Since I’d grown up on Hendrix, Cream and Led Zeppelin, when I started playing blues in New York clubs I understood that the blues should be dangerous, too. It wasn’t just from playing in punk bands. Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters were dangerous men. They’d cut or shoot you if they thought it was necessary, and Little Walter packed a gun and wouldn’t hesitate to use it. That danger is a real part of the Blues and I keep it alive in my music.” Popa Chubby is his own man for better or worse. He reflects, "I’m living in a wild time, and that is where the inspiration is drawn from. There are my issues, but the picture is much bigger than me and my situation. Everything is breaking down in the world. The lines are being redefined. We all need something.”
THE UNBROKEN formed in the high powered metal scene in Brooklyn, NY. The band’s captivating, high-energy performances transport to Modern Day Thrash Metal; combining Metallica’s in your face attitude with Pantera’s chunkiness and Slipknot’s infectious groove, their musical direction emulates the heavy metal legends of yore, refreshed by the trappings of the modern metal era.
The UNBROKEN, founded just two years ago, demonstrate the impeccable cohesion of a group that has decades of musical experience and collaboration with one another. Their upcoming EP "Human Crown" was self produced by the band where John Bender (Papa Roach, Drowning Pool, Hellyeah) helped in production and Johann Meyer (Gojira) took care of mixing duties as well as Alan Doutches (Mastodon, High On Fire, Every Time I Die) put the final mastering touches on the record.
Band is currently working on a full length LP - 2021
A culmination of styles and sounds, we come from various diverse musical backgrounds. We bring the soul, energy and passion to our music and live performances.
Check us out and book us for your next show, you will not be disappointed. We play covers as well as originals and always put on a spectacular performance.
So help us get the word out. Let's bring the pain to your next event... Ophelia's Pain in 2019!
Reality Suite is a bit of a New Jersey super-group. Their fusion of modern and classic rock is a fairly compelling mix since they really don’t sound like any other indie band I can think of," - Jim Testa, contributing writer to Rolling Stone magazine and founder of Jersey Beat fanzine.
Some say “rock is dead.” But hard work isn't. After 10 years of evolving as melodic rock savants, Reality Suite is determined to awaken the masses and demonstrate that rock is NOT dead. "Reality Suite has become one of my favorite bands for numerous reasons. They are a kick-ass in-your-face rock band with a dynamic frontwoman," stated East Coast renowned photographer, Jeff Crespi. WRAT 95.9FM radio DJ, Tom Hanley stated in his blog, "The female-fronted Hard Rock act puts out a modern Arena Rock sound composed of killer vocals, complex instrumentals and meaningful lyrics."
Formed in North Haledon, New Jersey by childhood friends Brian King (drums,) Antonio Valenti (bass,) and Joe Padula (guitars) – their ambitions have been to produce heavy, melodic rock. After several male and female vocalists, Kimmii Heart joined in 2013 establishing the definitive line-up known today worldwide.
In September 2015, the self-produced debut full-length ”Skinn” was released. A unique sound to global rock fans, it was secretly a greatest hits album capitalizing on Reality Suite’s most popular songs from previous EPs. MPire Magazine declared, “Skinn is a damned near perfect piece of rock, one that incorporates the old and new in the right balance."
After the 2018 self-released "Awaken" EP exceeded fan and critic expectations, the attention of several European record labels ensued. Danish record label Lions Pride Music won the partnership with Reality Suite resulting in 2019's expanded album "Awaken (Deluxe)." Their first album to not be self-produced boasts the production mastery of hard rock producer/engineer Mike Ferretti (Sevendust, Saliva, Brand of Julez) and pop/R&B producer Earl Cohen (Lady Gaga, Jessica Simpson, Pink.) Awaken (Deluxe) available digitally and on CD will see its vinyl release on June 12th, 2021.
The soulshine cover band was created as a duet 4 years ago 2017 as a duet featuring James Connolly and Carl malfitano. After 2yrs we completed our band with Joey arscese on bass and John papa on drums.
Why a Phoenix and What is it Within ... ?
THE PHOENIX WITHIN
The Phoenix Within is a rock project based out of Queens, NY. The band was established in 2013 and is fronted by singer-songwriter Omar Feliciano and is backed by bassist Nick Narlis, guitarist John Narlis and drummer James Narlis.
Who is That Man? Its You're MC! Eddie Fee
Eddie is thrilled to MC The Second Annual Queens Festival.
After winning the North American Championship on the Piano-Accordion in Irish Music, Eddie hung up his accordion for his love of guitar and started taking classes at age 14 and has since performed live in numerous venues; among them, with his long-time friend George Wasek, the drummer of Damsel, in the band The-Unknowns.
Eddie is currently Producing and Acting in films such as Interference, Angelfish and Little Charlotte's Unexpected Return.
Eddie has studied Playwriting under the auspices of Julie McKee at HB Studio for the last year. After submitting and being accepted into the Pat and Julie Collaboration Project, Molotov Cocktail- a One Act Play was performed at the Playwright's Theatre at HB Studio in November of 2018, Directed by Burak Tatar. At the urging of Burak, Molotov was submitted and accepted for the Winter One Act Play Competition at the MRT. Molotov Cocktail was also accepted to Perform in the Summerfest One Act Play festival being held in the Hudson Guild Theatre in July 25th, 26th, and 28th.
After their critically acclaimed 2014 release of record label debut album “Catharsis” on Pavement Entertainment / RED, the band hit the road, and has since shared the stage with several national acts such as : Art of Dying, Otep, Nonpoint, Icon For Hire, Gemini Syndrome, Ill Nino, Adrenaline Mob, Fit for Rivals, Smile Empty Soul, Members of Breaking Benjamin, 40 Below Summer, Tantric, Spineshank, & more!
Their latest single “Brother”, is about dealing with the emotions that come along when a loved one ends their own life. The raw, emotional track was written by guitarist Andrew Wayne, whose brother took his own life in 2012. Aurin detail a powerful, first-person account of suicide in this song and music video.
“It took me over five years to muster up the courage to actually write about it” says Wayne. “The video is a dedication to him and the city that he loved (New York City), where he lived and died. He was a prodigal artist with an uncanny ability to portray beauty. We decided to feature his artwork, not just for the “Serotonin” album cover, but throughout the rest of the album as well. This song is dedicated to him. It is dedicated not only to his memory, but to all the people that have been lost to such tragedy."
The first single from Serotonin “Pause Rewind Repeat” has a strong message behind it regarding the times we are living in. “Political divides are tearing nations and their people apart. So many of us are too busy placing the blame or turning a blind eye, that we have forgotten the importance of being humanitarian. The song is intended to show that we need to be stronger in order to push through all of the pain and suffering in this world. We need to lift each other up in order to break through the barriers that have been placed between us.” – Sarah Anderson Wayne
Thank you and can't wait for Queens Rockfest! Please let me know if you need anything else or have any questions.