Friday, March 13, 2020 | 8:00PM Show | 7:00PM Doors
where: Roxy & Dukes | 745 Bound Brook Rd, Dunellen, NJ
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Led by electric violinist/vocalist Joe Deninzon, who has been called “The Jimi Hendrix of the electric violin,” Stratospheerius have showcased their “frenzied mélange of progressive rock, jazz fusion and funkabilly” throughout the world. The group’s latest release is the single, “Imposter.” Band members are: Joe Deninzon-electric violin/vocals (Bruce Springsteen, Renaissance, The Who, Ritchie Blackmore, Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Jason Gianni-drums (The Ultimate Queen Celebration, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Rock of Ages, Neal Morse Band), Michaelangelo Quirinale-guitar (Thrilldriver), and Paul Ranieri-bass (Mark Wood, Circuline, Rock This Town). Their latest album, GUILTY OF INNOCENCE hit number 4 on the Relix/Jamband radio charts, 72 on the European Indy charts. Their music has received over 3 million plays online, and the band has opened for John5, Martin Barre, Gary Hoey, The Levin Brothers (Tony and Pete), Tim Reynolds, Mickey Hart, and John Scofield. Stratospheerius was a winner of the John Lennon International Songwriting Competition, and the Musician’s Atlas Independent Music Awards.
Dark Beauty mixes elements of contemporary hard rock, progressive rock, classical music and opera to support the dark, cinematic stories that burst forth from lead singer Liz Tapia’s mind. The songs are complex and rich, yet a focus on memorable melodies, story-based lyrics, and lean instrumental sections allow Dark Beauty’s music to appeal to a wide variety of listeners. Originally a studio project, the band has been performing live and opening for national acts since its debut at the Progstock festival in 2018. The band was formed to record a three-album cycle telling the tale of Liz’s original character The Dark Angel, her fall from grace and hopeful redemption. Liz takes on the role of The Dark Angel while performing, and the character changes from meek to powerful as the story progresses. While she’s passionate about the music, Liz says “it’s really all about the story. I want to pull the audience into The Dark Angel’s world.”