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Jammin' with The Irocs

80’s is all the rage. What image personifies a hot & heavy 1988 Saturday night more than a metallic Maui Blue Iroc-Z blasting out some new Bon Jovi out of the Alpine? The radio lines were flooded with requests for the latest single by Poison, GNR, Mellencamp, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Bryan Adams and the like. It was hair sprayed teased tassels, Guess, Reebok and rock & roll. If you lived it you know it’s true. When the Cincinnati band The Irocs take the stage you can re-live it.
Denny Angel (keys-guitar-vocals), Dave Gulley (drums-vocals), Steve Hacker (bass-guitar-vocals), Jeff Reed (guitar-vocals) and the hot Heather Kellner (vocals) flat out kick ass at 80’s pop/rock. Judging by their high school photos on their website (theirocs.com and myspace.com/irocsmusic) they lived the 80’s rock vibe to the fullest too.

I caught the show at Rhinos East. You can see the band frequently at Bar 71, Rick’s Tavern, Putters, Sidebar, Godfathers Tavern and Tommy’s Deuces. Though at writing the only show on their schedule for November is on the 26th at the West Chester Putters (6575 Cincinnati-Dayton Rd. West Chester 513-755-0222). That’s the original Putters and a damn good place to see a band by the way.
Throughout the show I went from member to member, watching their expression of talents. Not only are they all talented but multi-talented as well. Drummer Dave Gulley not only beats the hell out of his kicks but sings his ass off on many tracks too. You’ll strain to see who’s blastin’ out the vocals when it’s his turn to take the mic. Denny Angel’s keyboard keeps the music dialed in to perfection as his fingers fly. Steve Hacker is at home with six strings or four and his backing vocals are pitch perfect. Lead guitarist Jeff Reed shares the spotlight with sexy singer Heather Kellner and they both strain to entertain. At times you expect to see one of them bust a vein. All together it’s a rock & roll show worthy of your well deserved Saturday night out.
Don’t get the idea The Irocs is just a big hair rock band, they also dig into hit pop songs from Tommy Tutone, Blondie. The Clash, The Go-Go’s, Devo, Journey, Van Halen, Prince, The J Geils Band, Queen and even Janet Jackson. You can dance, you can rock and you’ll damn sure be entertained. Check them out at their November Putter’s show and check back on the schedule, these folks are usually booked solid so I expect more November dates to get posted. December’s schedule is already filled with dates at Bar 71 (10th), Putter’s Mainville (18th) and New Years Eve at Ricks Tavern (Fairifeld). You can bet they’re “Gonna’ party like it’s 1999”.

 

 

 

 

 

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