December NKY Band of the Month – Doghouse

Willis Music Florence is proud to have Doghouse as our NKY Band of the Month.

Like them on Facebook for a 10% discount on your purchase.

Doghouse started in 2000, when four Northern Kentucky friends (Chuck Davis, Paul Riesenberg, Tom Schulte and Dick Stewart) started jamming. It became a frequent occurrance and started talk about playing at parties. We needed a bass player and stole the bass player (Ric Thelen) from Mr. Grumpy, a band with deity status in Maysville, KY, which was destined for break-up. The band played a grade school reunion in Nov. 2000 under the name Beer Nuts, without Tom. This was followed with a performance at St. Tim’s in Union, KY with Tom.  

The band had it’s first real gig under the name Doghouse (short for Doghouse Dick and the Instigators) at Southern Lanes in Alexandria, KY on March 31st, 2001. The band played many parties that summer, and started playing some bars on a regular basis. In the summer of 2002, the band parted ways with Tom, to become a full-force four-piece.  

In May of 2006, Paul Riesenberg decided to leave the Northern KY area for sunny Clearwater Florida, and so departed the band. But Paul was nice enough to give us a little notice and to our great fortune, we found Chris Moriconi, who plays great drums and isn’t too bad of a guy either. On 5/25/2006, we had a farewell and hello gig, where Paul played for half the night and then Chris play the second half, with both playing at the same time for a few songs. 

In July of 2010, Chuck Davis decided the rigors of the road, touring with Doghouse was just too much. He left the band but again was nice enough to give us a little notice and we were lucky enough to find Tim Waters, who has some great vocals and plays guitar and keyboards rather well. 

We’re also glad to welcome back Jim ‘Bobby’ Oaks to the pack to take pictures, help with sound and lights, and all the other things that matter.

Members
Dick Stewart – Lead Guitar, Vocals
Ric Thelen – Bass, Vocals
Chris Moriconi – Drums
Tim Waters – Lead Vocals, Guitar
Jim ‘Roadie Bob’ Oaks – Photos, Sound, Lights
 
 Want to be the next Band of the Month? Email denis eb@willismusic.com
 

Cincinnati November Band of the Month

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Brocephus is a modern country cover band based out of Cincinnati Ohio. They focus on the current hits from today while mixing in a touch of the classics. Brocephus provides a high energy performance and pride themselves on treating every event as if it were a sold out arena. The band is comprised of veteran musicians from around the area who have joined together from some of the most well known acts around. Brocephus is performing around the midwest from festivals and fairs to private events and weddings.

Members

Chris Wilson – Vocals. Chris brings his vocal talents from Memphis where he was one of the premier Elvis impersonators. His showmanship and command of not only his voice but the stage and crowd is an asset to Brocephus.

Chip Stewart – Vocals/Bass. Chip is not only the mastermind behind Brocephus but he is the work horse as well. He comes from several highly successful cover bands (My sister sarah, Marsha Brady, The Monday’s) from the Cincinnati area. His vocal and bass ability is only matched by his drive for success and his knowledge of production and stage management. Chip helps round out the harmony and adds excitement to the live show.

Billy Carri – Vocals/Guitar. Billy has literally done it all. From being signed to a label in the 90’s, touring the country as a singer/songwriter to being a member of the Armed Forces Entertainment Network playing over seas for the troops to running his own recording studio and producing local bands. He brings his vocal ability and guitar work along with his amazing stage presence to Brocephus allowing for spot on harmony and a visual spectacle.

Sunil Munger – Guitar. Sunil is a graduate of The Atlanta Institute of Music where he studied guitar. He is one of the Premier guitar instructors in the Cincinnati area and brings a vast knowledge of theory and structure to Brocephus. He also comes from the highly successful My Sister Sarah and Lounge Lizards cover bands. Having Sunil allows Brocephus to have a guitar flare thru songs that is 2nd to none.

Eric Mayleben – Drums. Eric is the foundation on which all things Brocephus is built. Eric brings his vast experience from a touring rock musician who has been signed, shot videos appearing on Mtv to being a drum instructor here in the area. His showmanship and timing never clash, in fact they’re in perfect sync with each other providing a solid groove for the band and a fun show for the crowd.

Now that you have met the band, go check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere you can find them online! Come in to Willis at Moeller Music West Chester and show an associate that you “Liked” their music page on Facebook and receive discounts!

Brocephus keeps their fans updated with the latest news, music, merchandise, promotions and whatever through various social media accounts. Some accounts are exclusive to certain media.

Florence November Band of the Month

Willis Music Florence is happy to announce Florence Community Band as our Band of the Month for November!

They are a local group of music majors, retired band directors, high school band students, and all-around music enthusiasts! The band plays music of all kinds with a wide range of difficulty for those seeking a challenge or for those just looking to jam with some friends.

There are no auditions! The band is open to anyone who has an instrument. They will find a part for you!

Rehearsals are every Monday night from 7:30pm-9:30pm at the Florence Government Center on Ewing Boulevard. No practice on holidays.

The Florence Community Band performs for the general public and is sponsored by the City of Florence, Kentucky. If you want to join, just bring your instrument (and a friend?) to our next practice!

Check out more info here!

Like them on Facebook to receive a 10% discount!

 

Want to be our next band of the month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com

 

Cincinnati October Band of the Month – Kamsterdam

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Vocalist, guitar: Kameron Yurchak.

Bass: Samir Davis.

Guitar: Gable Price.

Drums: Josiah Seurkamp

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Now that you have met the band, go check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere you can find them online! Come in to Willis at Moeller Music West Chester and show an associate that you “Liked” their music page on Facebook and receive discounts!

Kamsterdam keeps their fans updated with the latest news, music, merchandise, promotions and whatever through various social media accounts. Some accounts are exclusive to certain media.

Florence Band of the Month October – Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass

Willis Music Florence is happy to have Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass as our October band of the month!

Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass is a driving, five piece bluegrass band established in Cincinnati, OH during the 1960’s. Vernon’s years of playing both banjo and guitar with the greats of bluegrass have honed his skills as an entertainer and make him uniquely qualified to define the traditional bluegrass sound of the Appalachian Grass. He began his professional career at the age of 15 playing banjo with Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys. He has since played with Walt Hensley, Jimmy Martin, Jim McCall, James Monroe, Mac Wiseman, and Scott Stoneman. Vernon was also a founding member of the Bluegrass Pardners of Wheeling Jamboree fame and his banjo work with the Easterners is well remembered.

Through the years, Vernon has made several appearances on the Grand Ole Opry stage. He appeared playing banjo with both Earl Taylor and the Stoney Mountain Boys and with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. When the Appalachian Grass was invited to perform at the Opry with Vernon as band leader, singer and guitarist, Vernon became one of the few who have been on that stage as a banjoist, a singer, and a guitarist.

Vernon has recorded many projects with Appalachian Grass that feature both his unique banjo style and his vocals and guitar work. Vernon’s matchless rhythm guitar is the bedrock for wife Kitty’s two fiddle instrumental recordings. During the 1970s, Vernon was a staff musician at Jewel Recording Studio and has contributed banjo and/or rhythm guitar tracks to innumerable recording sessions for entertainers such as Mac Wiseman, Jimmy Skinner, Charlie Moore, Rusty York, Lonnie Mack, Sid Campbell, JD Jarvis, Hylo Brown, and Bobby Grove.

Over the years, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass has played concerts, festivals, fairs, colleges, radio, television, and exclusive nightclubs across the United States and Canada. In 1998, Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass won the CAMMY award for Best Bluegrass Band in the Cincinnati – Tri-State Area. The band’s exploits even include the grand opening dedication of an historic cemetery!

As emcee, lead singer, and rhythm guitar player, Vernon McIntyre infuses the Appalachian Grass with the warmth and spontaneity of a small family gathering even when playing for thousands of fans. He combines bluegrass history and stories with showmanship and humor to deliver top notch entertainment. Vernon’s wife, Kitty McIntyre, brings to the group some of the best bluegrass fiddling that you can hear. Audiences always enjoy her energetic performances as well as her trick fiddling act. Known for the quality of their singing, the group’s vocals are a blend of smooth and intricate harmonies that are a delight to hear. Hard-driving banjo by Robert Campbell, mandolin by Wayne Haddix, and upright bass by Tammy Powers round out the Appalachian Grass sound.

With Vernon McIntyre’s Appalachian Grass on stage you’re sure to get old-fashioned entertainment at its best!

Check them out at Willis Music Florence on October 15 at 7pm!

Like their facebook page here to receive a 10% discount on one item at Willis Music. Already a fan, don’t worry, you still get the discount.

Want to be the next band of the month? Contact Denise at deniseb@willismusic.com for details!

Florence Band of the Month – Stonehaus Trail

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Stonehaus Trail is a Cover band located in Northern Kentucky that plays at local bars, Private Parties and weddings! The name Stonehaus Trail came from a little place in Melbourne, KY that we had to pass when going to band practice out our drummer Tommy Brewer’s dad’s house. The name of the place is actually Stonehouse Trail but all five members of the band have German in their ancestry so we changed it to Stonehaus Trail. We incorporate fun upbeat music but it is not uncommon to hear rare jams like Cortez the killer (Neil Young), Little Sister (Elvis) and No Excuses (Alice in Chains) come out of our setlist.
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Band Members:

John Horan – lead vocals/guitar/Harmonica
Vince Bonhaus – rythem guitar/lead guitar/vocals/Harmonica
Dan Walsh – Lead guitar/ vocals
Tom Ryan – bass
Tommy Brewer – Drums/ vocals

Check them out HERE! 

August Cincinnati Band of the Month – The Cincinnati Frequency Band

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The Cincinnati Frequency Band brings fresh funky grooves to your favorite R&B, soul, funk, Motown, and modern pop. Proud to be YOUR band, we are the Cincinnati Frequency Band.

 

Eli Windau – keys, vocals, rap, melodica

Don Gauck- guitar

Kevin McClellan – bass

Teddy Wilburn- drums

Now that you have met the band, go check them out on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, anywhere you can find them online! Come in to Willis at Moeller Music West Chester and show an associate that you “Liked” their music page on Facebook and receive discounts!

The Cincinnati Frequency Band keeps their fans updated with the latest news, music, merchandise, promotions and whatever through various social media accounts. Some accounts are exclusive to certain media.

Cincinnati Frequency Band Facebook

To become the band of the month, click here!

Beyond the Titans – Florence Band of the Month August

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Willis Music Florence is proud to have

Beyond the Titans as our Band of the Month for August!

Beyond the Titans describes themselves as a metal band in Cincinnati, Ohio that incorporates elements of Jazz, Blues, and many other genres into the music. Members include: Talon Gregory-Guitar, Chris Johnson-Guitar, Sean Hensley-Drums, and Ben Jenkins-Bass.

Check them out at: https://www.facebook.com/BeyondtheTitans/ Like their page and recieve a 10% discount on any 1 item!

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Want to be the next Band of the Month? Email deniseb@willismusic.com

Willis Music Company Chosen For Top 100 Music Stores In America

NAMM National Association of Music Merchants Top 100 2016 Willis Music

The National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) recently chose Willis Music Company for the final selection of 2016’s Top 100 Dealer Awards. The NAMM website elaborates, “Each Top 100 submission was reviewed by an independent panel of judges and numerically rated across categories that included customer service, music advocacy, store design and promotions and were scored in accordance to determine the Top 100 list, the category winners, and the overall award, Dealer of the Year.” (NAMM)

We would like to thank our customers and staff here at Willis Music for their continued support, allowing us to achieve this prestigious nomination. We pride ourselves on giving our very best to our customers and music community and we are very honored to be part of the Top 100.

 

Lexington July Band of the Month

This month’s Band of the Month for the Willis Music Lexington location is Lexington’s own PointSeven.

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PointSeven is a trio of young and talented musicians. They present an energetic performance that will have your grooving to their setlist the entire time! The guys are influenced by a variety of hard rock, alternative rock, and classic rock artists.

PointSeven  just performed at the Hard Rock Cafe in Pigeon Forge, TN and on July 2 they will play at the Battle of Z Bands event taking place at the Manchester Music Hall in Lexington. You can also find them at Phoenix Park in downtown Lexington on July 4 for Lexington’s Fourth of July Festival.

Keep reading below to learn how PointSeven can save you money this month at Willis Music. Also, you can find out more about PointSeven at these links:

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/point7band

Visit the PointSeven website here.

 

Here are some FAQ about our Band Of The Month promotion:

What is it?

The Willis Music Band Of The Month is a new promotion offered by Willis Music in Lexington, where we offer perks to your band and your fans by using social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, & Instagram.

What do I get?

Your entire band will save up to 15% on products at Willis Music in Lexington for that month. We will also provide your band with easy, free publicity, as well as potential new followers on social media.

How does it work?

Each month we randomly pick who our Band Of The Month will be. We promote your band on our website, Facebook, and Twitter. We also promote you in our store for the month using any merchandise or flyers you provide to us. We can even play recordings of your music in our store!

Customers will get an instant discount of up to 15% of one entire purchase that month, if they “Like” your band on Facebook, follow you on Twitter, or other social media sites. If they already follow your band the offer is still good. They can show this to our staff at the register!

What do I need to do?

Visit our store to talk with a member of our staff, fill out an entry form for your band, and you will be registered for the monthly drawing!

So stop by our location at 130 West Tiverton Way, just off Nicholasville Road in Lexington to sign -up your band today!