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Jammin' with DV8

I always say these days it’s very hard to draw big crowds and big checks playing rock, especially classic rock. You just don’t see classic rock bands getting booked at big clubs. Hip hop, pop, dance and country reign supreme with the youth. So the clubs follow suit.
One band proving me wrong is DV8. Their high energy brand of rock covers span many generations. They have been issued much praise and recommendations from area clubs. One look at their set list shows you this is not another side line classic rock cover band. Nearly every date they have is booked solid with big festivals and top notch clubs. Taste of Cincinnati, Concert on the Square, St Jude Festival, Valley Vineyards Festival (6/1), Blue Ash Concert Series (6/7), St Max Beach Festival (6/8), St Veronica Festival (6/28), Lawrenceburg Street Party (7/5), Waynesville Festival (7/6), Sycamore Township Festival (7/13), Anderson Days (7/26) , Our Lady of Lourdes Festival (7/27), St John West Chester Festival (8/3), Live at the Levee Concert (8/8), St. Susanna Festival (9/7) and that’s just the next 90 days! Not to mention regular gigs at Knotty Pine, The Venue and Rick’s Tavern.
You don’t get steady gigs like that without doing something above and beyond what the average joe rock band is doing. What DV8 is doing is simple. All 7 members (Melissa Singer Reed - vocals, Dell McFarland - vocals, Phil Gatto - guitar, Mike Tekulve - keys/guitar, Jim Questa - keys/vocals, Chuck Reed - bass and Doug Drew - drums) are working their ass off, singing their ass off and putting 100% into every show. They don’t get big gigs by standing there in a t-Shirt & jeans strumming along la la la la... They work it. High energy from all players = high energy crowds. Just what venues are looking for.
I often tell bands “You have to dance, jump, swing, scream and sing. Get up, get moving, dress like you’re in show business, look the part. Get the crowd dancing. It’s all about the show! Look at the Menus, Karate Girls and the like. They all put serious effort into their show, not just the music”. It’s the difference between the pros and the Joes.
An uber-enthusiastic performance is very important. But it don’t mean a damn if the sound sucks. DV8 plays as well as they perform. In fact, at their “Taste” show they kicked serious ass with an AC/DC tune. I can count the bands that can pull off a great AC/DC cover on two fingers. They roll through the 80’s & 90’s to today, chuckin’ out one huge hit after another. Doing them all in fine pro fashion. Some as good as the original artist, some better.
If you see the name at a club you can be sure it will be a great time. You won’t see them at many local venues until the festival season has wound down. Check out their gig list, it looks like it will be a while before they come back to the clubs!

 

 

 

 

 

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