TORBAY rock band Gravity Storm (pictured) are on cloud nine at the moment after receiving some star-studded feedback on their latest project.
The four-piece recently released a cover of new single Addicted To Pain by American band Alter Bridge.
They had nearly 2,000 views from all over the world on YouTube in the first three days of the video going live, and Alter Bridge guitarist Mark Tremonti and bassist Brian Marshall made a point of saying what a great job they had made of it. Not only that, but they also shared the video on their Facebook pages.
Matt Chalk, of Gravity Storm, said: "It's big stuff, seeing as Alter Bridge are playing Wembley Arena in a few months!"
RIVIERA Concert Brass, under musical director Mike Griffiths, have just returned from a very successful tour to Jersey.
While there the band performed four concerts in support of the Lions Club of Jersey and their charities. The first concert was in the famous Pomme D'Or hotel, followed by an evening performance in the beautiful Howard Davis Park to an enthusiastic and appreciative audience.
The third concert was held in the Town Church in St Helier, where one member of the audience gave a cheque at the end of the concert for £1,000.
The final sell-out concert at St Ouen's Church was specifically to raise funds for Maison des Landes a hotel which specialises in holidays for the disabled. The Maison des Landes project is one of the Lions Club of Jersey's main projects, so they were very pleased the concert made £680.
The band were much appreciated by the Lions Club of Jersey who are now looking to bring them back to Jersey in two years time.
In the meantime the band will be getting back to its own fundraising with a concert at Central Church in Torquay on September 21.
Call Mike Griffiths on 01803 409181 for details, or pay on the door.
All the money raised from the concert will go to Cancer Research UK.
IN mid-September Molloy's in St Marychurch are looking into replacing the open mic/jam night, on a Thursday evening, in the form of a showcase night.
The new night will be a chance for bands and singers to perform originals or covers to a receptive audience.
Comedians and poets are invited to try out old and new material in a relaxed, friendly environment.
Co-host Steve Cooper said: "We have been running the open mic/jam night for nearly five years.
"We have had a quite few nights when we had two or three bands turn up ad hoc on one night and then none the next.
"Some had equipment and some didn't. Two of our best nights were when we hosted pre-booked bands, when the Mighty Sasquatch and Fourth Base, in particular, came up to try out their material and have gone on to become regular Saturday night performers at Molloy's. This is really a more structured approach to an open mic night, based on that concept, where performers are guaranteed a promoted slot. It's also open to comedians, poets, singers and acoustic acts."
The structured evening will consist of pre-booked acts: one comedian, one or two acoustic acts and one band. The launch night is Thursday, September 19. Call Steve on 07748 800367 for more details or to book a place.