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February 6 to February 12, 2014 Local Music Spotlight 12 we play because it’s like being in a time machine. There’s nothing better than being able to go back and relive yesteryear on a daily basis.” I think we can all relate to recollecting our memories of great times and the soundtrack that accompanied them. Based out of the Coachella Valley, ‘Dirt’ performs the enduring music of Alice In Chains faithfully. With Mike Cordero on vocals, Vince Pacelli on guitars and vocals, Aaron Lee on bass and vocals and Jason Piazza on drums, ‘Dirt’ has the mentality that Friday will be a showcase for these two bands to express their gratitude towards its hometown crowd. In the early 90’s forming the band was grown out of not wanting to follow any tribute trend of the time. “We wanted to do the next big thing. So Alice was it, that’s how ‘Sludge Factory’ was born, which ended being changed to ‘Dirt’ after a few shows in 1995,” Pacelli admits. ‘Dirt’ understands their place in continuing the legacy of Alice In Chains and in particular Layne Staley, who passed away in 2002. Cordero shares, “A lot of those bands and/or members are not around anymore, so what better way to pay homage to your favorite artist.” Lee adds, “Tribute bands capture a certain time frame that you like about your favorite band.” Piazza follows up with his take on things, “The industry is changing and high ticket prices to see the actual artists have led fans to go see the next best thing, a tribute.” I asked each member of Dirt what their favorite Alice In Chains song is to perform. Pacelli: Them Bones – “The opening riff is sick!” Cordero: Man in the Box – “Has the best crowd response!” Lee: A Little Bitter – “I’m biased towards this song.” Local Music Spotlight by noe gutierrez Ozzmania and Dirt - Destroy the Date Shed T he tribute bands ‘Ozzmania’ and ‘Dirt’ will be performing all the Ozzy Osbourne and Alice In Chains classics for a free show on Friday 2/7/14 at The Date Shed in Indio.  What you won’t see is a cheap imitation of these hard rock heroes.  ‘Ozzmania’ is billed as Southern California’s premiere Ozzy Osbourne & Black Sabbath Tribute band. Formed in 2007, the band is made up of Michael Reade, aka Snozzy Snosbourne on vocals, Metal Mark Knapp as Zakk Wylde on guitar, Patrick O’Brien on bass and Michael Clemens on drums. Ozzmania plans to go extra, extra, extra fuckin’ crazy this Friday night. Knapp talks about his almost unavoidable desire to play tribute to Ozzy, “Doing an Ozzy tribute wasn’t really a choice for me. I never even thought about doing a tribute to anybody else. I’ve been a huge Ozzy fan since I was a kid and with my resemblance to Zakk Wylde there was never any choice to make, it just came natural to me. Has it been WAY more challenging than I ever thought it would be? Yes! But it’s also been the most fun I’ve ever had in music.” This is the zeal that is necessary to participate in any music project let alone a tribute artist. There has been a renewal of interest in tribute bands. This phenomenon has been sustained by fans who reminisce about their pasts with affection. Knapp concurs, “I think people want to see the bands that they grew up with and are familiar with. They want to hear the songs that take them back to ‘the good ol’ days’ and make them happy and I’m so grateful that I have the opportunity to be a part of that.” There’s also much to be said about classic rock. Its familiar guitar riffs and instantaneously recognizable drum beats are undeniable. Knapp talks about the lure of classic rock music, “I love every song Piazza: Sea of Sorrow – “This song fuckin’ rocks!” Both Ozzmania and Dirt have a high standard of dedication to their respective tributes. The music is ambitious music. It is not easy to play let alone perform. Many hours have been devoted to bring you the best tribute possible. Pay your respects to these fine gentlemen and honor their efforts by showing up on Friday night to the free show at The Date Shed and rocking the fuck out! Also providing music before, during and after sets will be Desert DJ Entertainment. See you there! Fri. Feb. 7th – The Date Shed (Indio) Sat. Feb. 22nd – Big’s (Fullerton) Sat. Mar. 1st – Paladino’s (Tarzana) Fri. Mar. 14th – Troubadour (Hollywood) Feb 7th - The Date Shed (Indio) Feb 23rd - Riverside County National Date Festival (Indio) April 5th  – Undetermined location (In memoriam to Kurt Cobain and Layne Staley) February 6 to February 12, 2014 by noe gutierrez TJ Nasty! W hat do you do when little is known about a band and you want to find out what makes them tick and how their sound is developed? You call them of course. I did just that with guitarist and vocalist Mike Theophilos of the spastic reggae band TJ Nasty! emphasis on the nasty. Stationed out of Palm Springs, TJ Nasty! also has in its ranks Ian Comstock on drums and David Macias on the bass guitar as well as part-time member Bri Cherry on violin. In order to properly quantify what spastic reggae is you must first see and hear TJ Nasty! They are performing this Friday at The Hood Bar & Pizza along with Derek Gregg’s The Hive Minds and fellow reggae ally Mikey Reyes closing out the night. If you are unable to attend you can access their self-titled EP on Sound Cloud. Specifically, listen to “Get Down Low”, an up tempo and fast paced song with groove as well as “No Job”, a song that has varied tempos, atypical beats and dance persuasion. As Theophilos states, “We want o show the valley this new reggae sound. It’s different; a new rhythm.” TJ Nasty! is currently working on a ska/ reggae/funk infused new album that will be released within the year. Theophilos and Comstock were both reared in Palm Springs and attended Palm Springs High School listening to and playing rock music. At 14 years of age they began their own rock band. Not until they were 18 did they enter the reggae realm. Some of their influences include Tool, Incubus, Sublime and Bob Marley, of course. Theophilos admits that Modest Yahoo and his ‘Live at Stubb’s’ album has had the largest influence on him and his music. Working full-time as a bartender at Spencer’s Restaurant in Palm Springs has brought much satisfaction to the 27 year old Theophilos. He has done so since he was 21 years old. He also enjoys skateboarding and speed boarding. You can find videos of his antics on YouTube. According to Theophilos, “I prefer fast reggae and fast skating, they complement each other.” Comstock works part-time while he attends to his higher education. Macias is relatively new to the bass guitar. Known for his vocals and percussive guitar work in Machin’, Macias has garnered praise from his fellow band members with how he embraced the challenge of tackling bass duties after their original bassist became “out-of-action”. When not causing a raucous with TJ Nasty! both Theophilos and Macias don their colorful sheaths and perform acoustically as ‘The Green Jackets’ invading open mic nights around the valley. TJ Nasty! has augmented the valley’s music scene with its unique twist on reggae. Theopholis shares his preference for the desert, “I like how close knit the desert is. Playing in Los Angeles as a small fish in a big pond is not as rewarding. Our limited venues allow us to perform with excellent musicians. We all play together and we play for each other. My favorite venues are the Hood Bar & Pizza; the new Hub of the Desert, the Date Shed; their sound system is amazing, and Schmidy’s is the up and comer.” TJ Nasty! have broader sights set on their music. Theopholis delineates some goals, “We really want to try and get into some festivals. The Joshua Tree Roots Festival would be great. I wanna get out of the desert once we have a nice piece of audio as well.” In completing our conversation Theopholis was adamant that I share with CV Weekly readers those who have supported TJ Nasty! from the beginning and those who have maintained the acoustic scene thriving. “John Delaire & Blake Williams have been the band’s strongest supporters from day one.” According to Theopholis, Symara Stone and Giselle Woo are Coachella Valley acoustic royalty. TJ Nasty! is humble yet hungry. Take some time to listen to their songs on Sound Cloud and make an effort to catch them live this Friday night at The Hood Bar & Pizza. 13

Coachella Valley Weekly - February 6 to February 12, 2014 Vol. 2 No. 46

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