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Mellow Bravo, formed in 2009, has quickly built a reputation as one of Boston’s premier rock and roll acts. Well known for their sold out shows and energetic live performances, Mellow Bravo’s twin guitar attack and hooky songwriting has made them top-notch crowd pleasers. Led by soulful and charismatic lead singer Keith Pierce the band cuts through a wide range of styles from hard rock and metal to country and blues and injects each song with its own brand of passionate urgency.

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Tipping the hat to influences both vintage and modern, the band is rounded out by a hard hitting rhythm section and the wildcard organ and vocal styling of singer Jess Collins.

The band consists of Keith Pierce (Lead Vocals), Jess Collins ( Keyboards, Vocals), Jeff Fultz (Guitar), Andrew Doherty (Guitar), Seager Tennis (Bass) and David Jarvis (Drums).

Examiner sat down with Andrew Doherty, guitarist for Mellow Bravo to find out whatever we can on this band.

Examiner: How long have you been together as a band?

Doherty: "It was a beautiful accident in 2009, that happened after a one-off informal jam session between friends. It grew from there."

Examiner: When I went to your website I found your recording of the J.Geils Band song, "Ain't Nothin but a House Party"(one of my favs), how is it that you came to record that song?

Doherty: "Our singer Keith Pierce had won a free recording session while attending a benefit show for victims of the Boston Marathon Bombing. The band had already incorporated the song into our live set and we were all on board to record it, when Keith ran into Peter Wolf after a show and asked for his blessing. Wolf obliged, and the rest is history. The folks at Brighton's Zippah Recordings (Brian Charles and Annie Hoffman) did a wonderful job and we banged everything out in a single day."

Examiner: Is the J. Geils band a big influence for you or are there other bands or musicians who have been your inspiration?

Doherty: "Most definitely. We're proud to be a Boston rock band and The J. Geils Band is arguably the coolest band in Boston history. While we draw from several influences, we find ourselves more and more drawn to the aesthetic of The J. Geils Band's earlier works. It's just good soulful rock with immense swagger. That is what we're all about."

Examiner: So what's your fan base?

Doherty: "We have enjoyed good success in Boston and greater New England and can fill rooms like the Middle East Downstairs. What we find is that if people see us live, they will want to be involved. We are loud and bombastic and the folks in the crowd can really let there hair down. A Mellow Bravo show is a throwback to the arena rock days, just substitute the arena with a 500-capacity hall. It's a good time!

Catch "Mellow Bravo" on December 21, 2013, at the Sinclair, Harvard Square, Cambridge located at 52 Church St, Cambridge, MA 02138, (617) 547-5200.

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