Jess Jane…

Jess Jane…Remember her name

By Samantha Madnick

This is Jess Jane an up and coming Bay Area artist. She is one of the most humble people I have ever met. Her voice is breath taking as well as her beauty. Jess is based in Napa, CA. She is currently finishing her record at Trinity Gold Media Studios in Napa. She will soon be playing shows all over the Bay. Keep an eye out for her. She is going places!

Bandcamp: http://themorningdecision.bandcamp.com/

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Jess-Jane/193180314068514?fref=ts

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/TGMstudios?fref=ts

Photographer: http://www.samanthaphotos.com/

 

1 Night, 4 Great Performances

 

1 Night, 4 Great Performances

By Samantha Madnick

Last Friday at Trinity Gold Media we had a awesome show. Starting off the night with Brandon Zahursky who is just finishing up his 1st tour started off the night with his beautiful acoustic music. Then Picture Atlantic from San Jose, Finish Ticket from Alameda and then Napa’s own Anadel finished out the night. Such a fun and great night of music.

All the band names are linked so check out their music and any upcoming shows.

To check out more of my work please visit: www.samanthaphotos.com

Thanks!

Brandon Zahursky CD Release Show

Brandon Zahursky CD Release Show

By Samantha Madnick

Tonight at Trinity Gold Media Studios, Brandon Zahursky, performed songs from his debut CD “Sink or Swim” which was released today. He is an amazing talent. He is embarking on his first West Coast tour tomorrow.  Please check him out!

To listen to and purchase Brandons debut album “Sink or Swim” please visit: http://music.brandonzahursky.com/

To view a list of his tour dates please visit his Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/248763468535711/

Trinity Gold: http://trinitygoldmedia.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001996514450

http://samanthaphotos.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/pages/Samantha-Madnick-Photographer/259323714001

 

Pion 2 Zion…CD Release

Pion 2 Zion…CD Release 

By Samantha Madnick

About 2 weeks ago Pion 2 Zion a local Napa Reggae band rocked Trinity Gold Media Studios for their CD Release show. One of the best Reggae bands I have ever seen and some of the nicest guys too! I had such a good time rocking out to their up beat fun music! Check them out on FB.

 

Pion 2 Zion FB: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Pion-2-Zion/258242739029
Pion 2 Zion Website: http://pion2zion.com/
Trinity Gold FB: http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001996514450

http://samanthaphotos.com/

Earth Snake Releases “The Knowing Experiment”

Earth Snake Releases  “The Knowing Experiment”

by Samantha Madnick

This past weekend Earth Snake released his new Album  “The Knowing Experiment”. I was lucky enough to attend the Album Release Show at Trinity Gold Media Studios and watch him perform live. Here are a few images from that event.

Please check out Earth Snake here:

http://earthsnake.tessmusicproductions.com/ or http://www.facebook.com/EarthSnakeMusic

Trinity Gold: http://trinitygoldmedia.com/

http://samanthaphotos.com/

 

Young Bands Rock!

YOUNG BANDS ROCK

by Samantha Madnick

I cannot believe how many young bands really rock. They just need a place to rock in! A few weeks ago these three bands rocked Napa’s local pool hall Billco’s. They rattled the windows. Check them out!

Stand Out State:
http://www.facebook.com/standoutstate?ref=ts

As Small As Giants:
http://www.facebook.com/pages/As-Small-As-Giants/199336536775363

Us As A Nation:
http://www.facebook.com/usasanation

Check out my website: www.samanthaphotos.com

Q&A with Over The Falls!

By: Maggie Guevara

[MAGGIE_ GUEVARA]:   “Tell me the story of how OVER THE FALLS came to be! Were you guys all friends before you formed the band? Did you all grow up together?”]

[Bret Fontaine _ Guitar, Vocals]: “Actually, we’re all from different parts of Nor Cal. I moved up to Santa Rosa in 2001 and was in a stoner metal band with Chris [Vocals] called B.U.R.n’R. Unknown to us, there was a fella named Tim [Bass, Vocals] in town who was rocking out with bands like Plan B and Risen (and Fallen).

A few years later, Tim and I met and formed a band called Captain Hashbrown. That was a prog-thrash-rock-just-about-everything-awesome band. Ryan [Drums] was out in Napa around this time with The Val Papadins.

Fast forward a few years to 2008; Tim had moved back from a few blissful years in San Diego, Captain Hashbrown was rolling but then nullified due to “jailed drummer syndrome”. Tim and I hooked up with Chris and desperately searched for a drummer for about a year til we found the mighty Ryan on Craigslist. God bless Craigslist. We’ve been going strong ever since! We first jammed in April 2009, had our first show in June 2009 at The Stork Club in Oakland. The rest, as they say, is science.”

[MG]:   “I’ll never forget the first time I heard you guys play at Chris’ Club in Vallejo. That was in 2010! Since then, you guys came out with another album. Thank you for sharing that with me by the way. It’s groovy! What inspired the new album?”

[BF]: “Thanks! Groovy is definitely part of what we were going for. I think the inspiration for the album was, as generic and corny as this sounds, us. It’s no small secret that we’re trying to fit more than one genre into this band here, and it’s no small feat to successfully tie all those sounds together. We really feel we accomplished it with this one.”

[MG]: ” I saw on your website that you guys were going to be performing in South Lake Tahoe at the end of the year! That’s so exciting! How did that opportunity evolve?”

[BF]: It IS exciting, isn’t it? OMG!!! We love Tahoe, being avid snowboarders (except for Ryan, who probably would be an avid snowboarder if he ever went). Credit for this show actually goes to Mike from The Business End (a killer punk band from SF), who asked us aboard.  This club is a blast to play.”

[MG]: “How many shows did you guys have this year?”

[BF]: “25. This year definitely didn’t have as many shows as the last, partly because we’re trying to focus on bigger shows with more thought put into promotion of them. Promotion: that is by far the toughest part of being an relatively unknown band. But we succeeded, I think, considering we got to play some great venues this year. Quite a few really good shows. Big thanks to all the folks that have rocked with us this year!”

[MG]: “What other venues were you looking to perform at?”

[BF]: “All of them! We had made a goal to play at Bottom of the Hill this year and ended up playing there twice over the summer. Played Elbo Room a few weeks back. We just want to keep hitting these great clubs in the city… onward and upward.”

[MG]: “Do your friends, family and loved ones travel with you guys when you go on tours?”

[BF]: “Good god, no. They’re sick of us! Just kidding, our wives (and girlfriend) are incredibly supportive, and generally there’s one or two of ’em at each show. But we play pretty often. They have lives, you know?  Various members of our families drop in from time to time to hear how much louder we’ve gotten since they last donned earplugs.”

[MG]: “Thank you so much for chatting with me today. It’s always a pleasure.”

[BF]: “Likewise!”

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Over The Falls Band Members:

  • Bret Fontaine- Guitar & Vocals
  • Tim Bastianon- Bass
  • Ryan Alderman- Drums
  • Chris Rodgers- Vocals

CHECK THESE GUYS OUT AT:

Website:
 http://overthefallsrocks.com/

Facebook:
http://www.facebook.com/OverTheFallsRocks?ref=ts

Myspace:
http://www.myspace.com/OverTheFalls

CD Baby:
http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/overthefalls 

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"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie

EARTH SNAKE: New LP Release

By: Maggie Guevara

Earth Snake prepares to release its newest album, The Knowing Experiment, on January 13th, 2012.

The sounds of Earth Snake are progressive and in your face.  The mastermind behind all of the music is one person named Ed Stanley.  All of the instruments in his music are written and performed by him. Some of his songs are easily the kind that you can thrash about and head-bang to, and others you can just sit down and chill.  If you need to keep yourself pumped and ready to go for a high energy activity, just listen to one of his tracks like “Robots + Monsters” If progressive metal isn’t your flavor then maybe you’d enjoy something like “Flight.”  It’s smooth, relaxing and ethereal.

Raised in South San Francisco, Stanley started really playing music at the age of 10 and hasn’t stopped since.  In his early stages of musical development, he took private drum lessons and studied music in high school as well.  Now 22 years of age, Stanley is currently producing from the Napa Valley. On the new album you will find his song “Merely Practical Joking;”

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqnWn3akSk0&w=560&h=315]
There’s much to be said about the demonstrative musician. Playing with time and space, Stanley integrates 8-bit and his knowledge of tempo changes with his passion for Djent, the subgenre the band Meshuggah coined, which expresses the heavy metal sound that spawned from progressive metal.

Stanley’s ability to capture a “full” sound while flying solo truly is an art form all in itself. Starting off as a drummer, Stanley takes what many might know as the “heart beat” of music to a new level.  But what I hear may be completely different than what you might hear. So check him out! Let me know what YOU think!

EarthSnake: 
http://earthsnake.tessmusicproductions.com/

“Like” him on facebook at:
http://www.facebook.com/earthsnakemusic

"So what do you think?
I’d love your feedback!
 – Maggie

Us As A Nation…Napa Battle Winners

US AS A NATION

by Samantha Madnick

Here are some pictures of the band that won the Napa Battle of The Bands a few weeks ago, Us As A Nation. All the bands did really great but Us As A Nation had the stage presence and the crowd was into it. These guys have the potential to really make it the music industry.

You can check them out on Facebook and they have a  kickstarter page where they are trying to make some money to record their album.

Also you can check out my website too, samanthaphotos.com.