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Jammin' with Off The Hook

Completely opposite most bands the band Off The Hook has done a great job staying off the radar. CV has never heard of them and we have contact with over 200 bands actively each month. Commonly called “The best unknown band in the city” to their fans & friends I think I have to agree. No, I’m sure of it.
There are few live entertainment clubs in the city I have not been to, few local bands if any escape my attention. I even know several from Dayton and Columbus that play here. I have never heard Off The Hook even mentioned. They play a circuit of weddings, corporate events and the like (that probably pay better than clubs) that keep their name off the club radar.
I saw them for the first time at The Venue. Admittedly when The Venue told me they have the band booked every weekend as the house band I thought it couldn’t be a good idea.
Then I saw them. Now, I understand. And I agree with the strategy. The Venue isn’t a band bar. It’s a dance club. Off The Hook provides a solid MTV worthy performance that is designed to keep people dancing. They play three hours straight, they don’t even take a break. Patrons who love The Venue will shortly come to expect a night of high energy non-stop dance floor action. Taking a chance on some other band could result in a disappointment and an inconsistency in their hot & heavy Miami night-life groove. Dance fans don’t care who the band is, so long as it’s high energy and dance-able. Off The Hook has perfected that in spades.

The band is made up of no less than seven members. Five of which sing, and sing well (four guys and one girl... one very hot girl). The range of vocal talents allows Off The Hook to re-create covers from a wide range of famous artists and play them all very accurately. The set list variety is lengthy, but for an example I watched as; Neil Diamond, Journey, The Four Seasons, Young MC, Rhianna, The Who, The Beastie Boys, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga, Outkast, Usher, Madonna, Prince, KC & The Sunshine Band, Kool & The Gang, Rick James and even Digital Underground covers were played with expertise and unbridled enthusiasm. This band is chock full of solid pros. On every instrument is an expert, singing every note with clarity and precision, the sound is in perfect balance, the timing is tight, the energy is high, you feel like you’re at an MTV awards show concert. But it’s all dance (PS, I’ve never heard a better version of “Don’t Stop Believing” the congo man’s vocals were spot on).
It’s as if this band is so road experienced they realize the hazards & horrors of “touring” the area clubs, so they intentionally went off the grid. Corporate P&G parties and high dollar New York weddings kept the 1099 fat, local club shows were a kicker.

Off The Hook is finally on stage every weekend at a club. Avoiding the tormenting task of scheduling and promoting, they found a place perfectly suited to host them on a regular basis. A one of a kind Venue, for a one of a kind band. The marriage works well.
So after initial doubt. I have experienced the show up close and reconsidered. A dance band this good in a hot new dance club is a perfect match. No schedule swaps are in order. A rare thing indeed. A thing worth seeing. Sure, The Venue could have booked a dance club DJ. But it wouldn’t even come close to being this much fun. You’ll have to feel it for yourself. Wear comfortable shoes.
The official web site is othproductions.com they have their schedule (basically every Saturday at The Venue), photos and some basic info (if only they posted some video on their site!).

 

 

 

 

 

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