Here is another installment of the bands playing and trying to get their "big break" in The Reno Music Scene.
Introducing ..... Zero Gravity.
Zero Gravity has existed in one form (or name) or another for fourteen years, when Scott Taylor and Steve Ellison joined forces in the local act Arlingtons End in 2000.
After honing their songwriting abilities with an all-original set, followed by another all original CD project named IO, Steve and Scott rocked the greater Reno area for many years under the moniker Cheap Date, playing contemporary rock and classic covers in several area venues.
Bassist Justin Fall joined in the summer of 2009. The band again morphed into an all-original act, releasing two self-produced CD’s under the name All For Nothing, which consistently ranked high on the local rock charts on ReverbNation while All For Nothing was active.
With the addition of singer Kevin Keating in 2013, the band was able to expand it’s repertoire due to Kevin’s vocal abilities. Today the band plays a mixture of modern rock covers with a few classics in several venues and events around Northern Nevada.
The bands set list is very extensive and covers many genres.
Here are some examples of songs the band covers, Dani California - Red Hot Chili Peppers, Monkey Wrench - Foo Fighters, My Own Worst Enemy - Lit, I Feel Fine - The Beatles, Hard To Handle - Black Crowes, Hey Jealousy - Gin Blossoms, Gel - Collective Soul, What I Like About You - The Romantics, Paralyzer - Finger 11, Spirit of Radio - Rush, What I Got - Sublime, Interstate Love Song - Stone Temple Pilots, Lola Montez - Volbeat, Panama - Van Halen, One - U2
Boys of Summer - Don Henley and Houses of the Holy - Led Zeppelin.
The band also has many original songs as well.
Some of the venues and events the band has played include, Sidelines, The Red Room, The Underground, Red Rock Bar, Knuckleheads, Give Hope Fundraiser - Harrahs Reno, O’Ski’s Bar and Grill - Nugget Rib Cookoff, The Elbow Room and most recently the bands first show at the Knitting Factory Concert House Reno which is one of Reno's premier venues.
The show at the Knitting Factory Concert House Reno, which they played on April 24, 2014 was one of the bands biggest shows thus far.
It was a fan appreciation show that Heather Meyer Presents and The Knitting Factory Reno put on the let a few bands in the Reno and surrounding area play that had never played the Knit stage before and to show the fans what they had to offer. They got 30 minutes on stage to prove they had what it takes to be there. In this examiners opinion they did just that, they played an awesome set that really had the over 400 people in attendance loving every minute of it. Check out the photo slideshow of the bands show at the Knit.
In a on-line interview with the bands founder, lead guitarist and vocalist Steve Ellison, this examiner asked what he thought about playing on the Knit's stages for the first time, he replied,
"The Knitting Factory is the premiere venue to see touring bands in Reno. It's just the right size for people in the audience to feel a connection with the band. We're fortunate to have a facility like this in Reno and as such we were pretty stoked that we were selected to play there with the other bands. We looked forward to it and helped promote it online with Heather and the other acts on the bill. We feel that it's good for us to be able to say that we've played the Knitting Factory as we promote our band to other venues and events. The sound system and light show there are top-notch, as a musician you can genuinely feel and experience the music as its created on that stage, thanks to those subs and bass frequencies. This band does not take for granted that this was a unique opportunity to play at a venue of this caliber. We drew a lot of our own fans, and there was a total of about 400 people there on a weeknight. On a personal level, Volbeat is probably my favorite band of the moment and I saw them play at the Knit both times they were there. So to play on the same stage that those guys did was a thrill for sure".
Combining skilled musicianship and today’s rock music attitude, the members of Zero Gravity are veterans of the local music scene and have decades of combined experience. Their material has a modern rock edge which is perfect for the dance and party crowd.
Max Volume of local radio station 105.7 KOZZ, Reno's Classic Rock said of Zero Gravity, “Power packed with guitar riffs that make you say, Hey, where’s my guitar. Unforgiving relentless drums at the epicenter of great hooks, a seasoned live act”.
As with all this examiners reviews and feature stories, "The Photos Are What It's All About", so check out the photo slideshow and enjoy the show.
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All photos by, JOHN TUCKNESS (except promo photo on cover)
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