After a lengthy hiatus, Florida's legendary band Rocket 88, is performing again. Originally formed in Orlando in 1992, the band consists of vocalist Michael Bales, guitarist Marko Zayas, bassist Chuck Zayas, drummer Steve Plotnick, and pianist Terry Mooney. Back with a vengeance, the original line-up is reunited, performing to packed venues their brand of high-octane rockabilly rock 'n roll.
In 1994 the band released a four-song EP, Mission to Mars, which received favorable reviews from national publications, such as Alternative Press and Blue Suede News. Two songs from the EP were featured on a compilation CD of American rockabilly, Stateside Rockabilly, released by NV Records and distributed throughout Europe and Japan. The following year, the band released its 15 song CD, Rock Around, which also received numerous favorable reviews. Selected by Florida's JAM Magazine, the CD won the annual Jammy Award for the "State's Best Independent Release." Furthermore, Rocket 88 also received a "Best Band" Jammy Award.
Over the years, in addition to garnering many local music awards, Rocket 88's eccentric performances on stage have become notorious. The band has performed at some of the most prominent venues in the U.S., including The Windows on the World, The Roxy, and The Supper Club in New York City; The Aragon Ballroom and The Liquid in Chicago; Clutch Cargo in Detroit; and several national House of Blues. In addition, they have performed with such national veteran musical acts as Jerry Lee Lewis, The Cramps, Southern Culture on the Skids, Reverend Horton Heat, Sleepy LaBeef, Dick Dale, Royal Crown Revue as well as many others.
2005 marked the release of Rocket 88's new CD, Alien Attack, which exemplifies the band's talent for juxtaposing vintage rockabilly with outer-spaced themes. The CD features ten original, wigged-out "B-movie" influenced tunes with a harder-edged sound. Their rockin' high energy stage shows are guaranteed to put a bop in your socks and a shakin' in your shoes.
So strap yourselves in, Daddy-O's and Lil' Mamas-you're goin' into orbit with Rocket 88!
Control This! has quickly risen to the top of the Central Florida ska and reggae scene since its formation in March of 2012. Formed by saxophonist Jeff Richey, Control This! provides authentic ska, rocksteady and early reggae sounds. After touring the globe for 9+ years in the legendary 2-tone and 3rd wave ska band, The Toasters, Jeff has decided to go back and rediscover the root of his passion for Jamaican music. Control This! pays tribute to Studio One and Treasure Isle sounds of the 1960's and 1970's. From fast-paced traditional ska instrumentals, to the bubbling sounds of rocksteady, to the heavy sounds of lover's rock and reggae, Control This! touch on all the nuances and sophistication of the early Jamaican music.