"Nintendo Quest" Screening & Launch Party

#Nintendo Quest Screening & Launch Party

"Nintendo Quest" Screening & Launch Party

Rattlesnake Hotel, House of Cards, Playing God, Astoria, Painted Faces, The Dyadics

Thu, September 24, 2015

7:00 pm


This event is all ages

Ft. Rattlesnake Hotel, Astoria, House Of Cards, The Dyadics, Painted Faces, Playing God

House of Cards
It's not often that a local, unsigned band from western Massachusetts has much success outside their hometown, but for the four members of Astoria, it's quite the contrary. Touring all across New England, New York, and as far south as Virginia, Astoria is one of the hardest working bands in their region. Their fan base has grown and ticket sales have exploded, earning them shows with the likes of
All American Rejects, A Rocket to the Moon, Switchfoot, Jeremy Camp, TobyMac, Casting Crowns, Five Iron Frenzy, and many more.

Touring isn't the only thing on the agenda for the Springfield based quartet, comprised of Brian Kulas on drums, Mike Hines and Justin LaFontaine on guitars, and Matt Whitacre on bass and vocals. The coming months will see the release of their first full length album, which is currently being written and recorded. "I probably spend more hours working for Astoria than I do my 40 hour a week job" says Hines. "If we're not playing shows, we're sending out massive amount of emails booking them, and when we're not doing that we're practicing and tweaking the set list for the upcoming shows we have. Then just when you think you can take a breather, you get an idea for a song. Not wanting to miss any inspiration for the album, you spend hours writing it, perfecting it, and ultimately bringing it to the studio to make it permanent. Whether we're writing, recording, playing, or practicing, there's always something being done to improve the band on a daily basis."

Aside from the musical aspect of the band, the key component to Astoria's fan growth is communication. "You have to stay connected to every single fan you have" says Whitacre. "The only reason we exist and book shows is because we do our best to communicate with our fans. Not only are they the lifeblood of the band, but they are the motivation for going out there and doing what we do. We don't do it to glorify ourselves, we do it to connect with people, to build relationships, and for the chance to make a difference in someone's life. We're here to spread a message of the hope and love found in Jesus Christ, and every time we get to know a new fan, we're one step closer to doing so.

With an upcoming tour and a new album on the horizon, the future of Astoria looks bright. "We're not sure what the future has for us," says Hines, "but we're anxious to see what lies ahead." If their current track record is any indication of what's to come, then the steadfast work ethic and determination of Astoria can only solidify a successful future in today's music industry.
Painted Faces
Painted Faces
Painted Faces is the solo recording project of artist/musician David Drucker born in Miami,
Florida. He has assembled various bands to play live shows over the last few years around Florida and
has recently moved to Brooklyn, NY (from Tallahassee where he has fostered his sound over the past
few years) to pursue his visions further and expose his music to a wider audience.
Venue Information:
Rum Runners
178 Dundas Street
London, ON, N6A 1G7

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