Harmony Riley set to play Kryptonite Jan. 31

Kryptonite has earned a reputation for booking quality acts, and now it’s Harmony Riley’s turn to take the stage. The veteran local band is scheduled to perform at the bar on Saturday, Jan. 31 along with King Solomon’s Grave. The cover charge is $5.

Harmony Riley has steadily been gaining a grassroots following by playing venues around the Rock River Valley and beyond. The group has received a great amount of media attention, most notably a write-up in Rolling Stone.

Kryptonite’s Web site, www.kryptonitebar.com, describes the band’s sound as “real-deal rock’n’roll music. Their music is blues-driven while touching the dark side of Southern rock.”

Some critics compare Harmony Riley’s style with that of Cheap Trick because two of the members (guitarist/vocalist Miles Nielsen and drummer/vocalist Daxx Nielsen) are the sons of Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen. Along with the Nielsen brothers, the band also features Matt Makris (aka “Biggie”) on bass and Kevin Buck on guitar and vocals. Makris asserts, “We’re honestly trying to do our own thing,” when asked about the Cheap Trick comparison.

The differences can be heard on Harmony Riley’s 2002 album Volume 1. The group also contributed two songs to The Gathering Of The Tribes, a local compilation CD released in 2003. Currently, they are concentrating on writing material for an upcoming record.

Despite a busy schedule, the band still has a sense of humor. “If you play our CD backwards, you’ll find out that we didn’t get our name from that awful road,” Makris said. He also informed me that the members are “actually all spawned from Pete Comita.”

If you are interested in some quality rock music, be sure to check out Harmony Riley’s show at Kryptonite Jan. 31. Makris says you can expect, “love, happiness, change in lifestyle…drinking maybe.”

Info: 965-0931.

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