On Saturday August 9 four Orlando bands will invade the House of Blues for a special show themed “Rock Isn’t Dead.” One band is reuniting for this one show, one band is releasing a new single and video, one band is introducing a new member and one band is celebrating their first time playing this venue.
The four bands, Leaving Haven, Ambertone, Maybe If You Hit It and Fiery Sushi, are all rock bands, but that’s where the similarities end. Each band approaches their music with very different styles, but all with the same result – a rock solid fan base that grows with every show they do.
Leaving Haven, named as one of Beneath the Grid Music’s 2014 Breakout Artists, will be releasing a single and a video the day of the show. “We are most excited about playing for our fans of Orlando again,” said Luke Melsenti of Leaving Haven. “We haven’t played out since we opened for Vanilla Ice at the Leesburg Bike Fest in April, so coming back to House of Blues Orlando will be a nice treat for us as well as the fans. We are also super excited to play our new music for everyone! We’ve just spent the last few months recording and perfecting them and now we can finally perform them live!”
Maybe If You Hit It is currently playing as a three piece band after losing two members. This will be their first show with new guitarist Alex Storm. “I’m mostly looking forward to playing my favorite venue in Orlando,” said Barton Hill of Maybe If You Hit It. “This is a homecoming show for us; we haven’t played Orlando since EDBD21 back in April. We can’t wait to play with our newest member and our good friends in Leaving Haven. The bill is actually versatile and fun! All the bands are great.”
Fiery Sushi gained a lot of momentum from their top placement in the Worldwide Hard Rock Battle of the Bands and has been in the studio recording an EP. “Overall, we’re pretty excited to play at The House of Blues for the first time with our good friends Leaving Haven, Maybe If You Hit It and Ambertone,” said Maria Jazel of Fiery Sushi. “The fact that our fans have the opportunity to come out and see all of us for free is awesome. We definitely can’t wait to see the crowd turn out and this show is going to be so much fun. Not only for us, but for everyone as well!”
This show is a one time only reunion show for Ambertone, with Greg Pontoni, Ian Budha, Rick Dotchin and Tom O’Keef. Fans do still get to see Pontoni, Budha and Dotchin playing together in the Greg Warren Band. “Out of all the various projects we have all been involved with, Ambertone remains our favorite and most fun,” said Budha. “We were asked by our good friends Leaving Haven if we would support them for the release of their new music and it gave us a great reason to do the show.”
Melsenti talked a little about what makes shows like this so memorable for the fans. “You have to bring your ‘A’ game on stage with your playing performance and your stage presence,” he said. “You could be the best guitar player in the world, but if your feet are cemented the floor (and your name isn’t Slash) you’ll turn your show into Snoozefest real quick. People want you to jump around, spin, throw guitar picks and drum sticks, sweat profusely, etc. Show them you OWN that stage. Finally, it’s about being personable. Greeting fans after your performance and talking with them even if it’s just for 30 seconds, they will remember that. Take a picture with them and sign their sneakers, back-packs, t-shirts, CDs and address it to them. Look them in the eyes and say, ‘Thank you for coming!’ They will feel a real connection to you and tell their friends about how they can’t wait to go to the next Leaving Haven show.”
The Orlando House of Blues is located in Downtown Disney, 1490 E. Buena Vista Dr. FREE tickets are available ahead of time from the bands or there is a $5 ticket price the day of show. The doors open at 7 p.m. and the show starts at 8 p.m.