Throughout the years, many Rockford musicians have come and gone. This weekend at Krypto Music Lounge, at least two of those musicians will return to the local music scene.
Joel Geist and his band will kickoff their Midwest tour in Rockford. Meantime, Ernie Hendrickson, along with his band, will perform during a CD release party.
Geist lived in Rockford from 1994 to 2003. While here, he worked at the Noise Chamber on many local recordings and videos.
He has worked with such local artists as The Pimps, Harmony Riley, The Snaggs, Silt, The Heavils and Cheap Trick.
Along with the RAMI-winning artists Geist has worked with, he recorded many RAMI award-winning albums, and won his own RAMI for Best Studio Sound Engineer in 2003.
Eventually, Geist moved to Los Angeles to further his career in recording, filming, directing and playing. Geist has directed, filmed and edited more than 30 music videos, and recorded, engineered or produced more than 200 full-length CDs.
While in Los Angeles, Geist began producing for Jeremy Buck, songwriter-entertainer, and eventually began playing bass for him.
The band will kick off its Midwest tour by playing Krypto Music Lounge Thursday, March 23. During the show, they will do a live multi-track recording and multi-camera video shoot for release on DVD in 2007.
This is a rare opportunity for everyone I worked with to see me in my natural environment, rocking a stage, Geist said.
Saturday night (March 25), Hendrickson, former member of the Rockford group The Seed Band, will take the stage, along with his band, The Make Believe, to form EH & TMB for their CD release party to promote their new album, Only a Dream.
The band came together in summer 2004, when Hendrickson (guitar/lead vocals) and Brian Abraham (drums/vocals) joined Brian Felix (keyboard/vocals) and Chris Clemente (bass/vocals) to create a sound of their own.
They tag their music rock-fusion because of the extensive music genre changes they make in one show. They have been known to play techno-infused jazz, blues, rock, funk, reggae and much more.
This unique sound has helped the band not only gain popularity, but gain the chance to play at larger venues with popular musicians.
In 2005, the band opened for Particle, Drew Emmitt Band (of Leftover Salmon) and Fareed Haque Group. They played at On the Waterfront and made it to the final round in the 10,000 lakes festival Cosmic Break Contest.
EH & TMB released a self-titled EP, and had one song on Triple Dot MASs Chicago Winter Sampler CD.
Already this year, they have been selected to compete in Battlerusa for their chance of a spot at Wakarusa, and are releasing their first full-length album.
In the midst of these achievements, they still find time to tour a number of Midwestern cities like Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago.
From the March 22-28, 2006, issue