Andy Frasco, a twenty four year old Party Blues musician hailing from Los Angeles, California, is nothing short of an enigma. In 2011 alone, he was the "New Artist to Watch" at Hatch Fest, European Independent Film Festival, Orion Music Festival and Sundance Film Festival.
Within the past 4 years alone, Frasco has trekked over 150,000 miles, performed over 1000 shows, and spanned the country at least 12 times. Frasco’s journey, however, is just beginning. This revolutionary is on a mission to alter the music business as we know it.
Frasco’s a rarity in the music business: one who is an industry “insider” and a talented musician. This unparalleled insight is due, in part, to his days of managing and promoting bands when he was 16 years old. He’s booked bands like HelloGoodbye, and worked with labels and venues such as Drive Thru, Atlantic Records and The Key Club in Hollywood, CA.
From there, Frasco toured the country with VH1’s Save the Music Foundation, raising money for Music Education in the Public Schools.
Yet 220 shows in 360 days through 33 states that he personally booked on the Save the Music Tour wasn’t enough for this young prodigy. Frasco headed back to Los Angeles to form his own band and produce his 3rd and current album, Road Life Revival. Currently on tour for Road Life Revival, Frasco continues to prove that he is a dynamic force with which to be reckoned, as listeners marvel at his talent and soulful performances wherever he goes.
Andy Frasco has jammed with artists such as Leon Russell, Galactic, Jackie Greene, Gary Clark Jr, Jakob Dylan, Butch Walker, The Flobots, Deer Tick, John Mayer and more. Not bad for a 24 year old.
Philosophy of Soul:
Philosophy of Soul is not your conventional or stereotypical band. They are more commonly referred to as Young Musical Hybrids. Their unique and influential upbringing surrounded them with talent and celebrated musicians that helped them create and define their own signature sound.
Brothers Danny and Andee Avila are the sons of Hammond Sam Avila who is a renowned B3 Organ blues musician (Walter T
rout) and the nephews of Grammy nominated Producer and Oingo Boingo bassist John Avila. The Avila house has always been filled with performers, recording artists, instruments and tons of live music impromptu sessions that exposed the boys to multiple styles and techniques of musicianship. Artists like Victor Bisetti (Los Lobos) Walter Trout (Canned Heat) Tracy G (Dio), Mike Albert (MegaDeath) Jerry Salas (El Chicano) Mike Leisure (Edgar Winter) Rapper Coolio, Sammy Sanchez (Keb Mo, Jackson Browne) John Villalobos (Celia Cruz, Tito Puente). Joining the two brothers is Steven Castillo on bass guitar. Known for his crazy antics while performing has earned him the name of "Supa Steve." Very talented and energetic to say the least Supa was the missing link for Philosophy of Soul.
With only 3 members, they’re sound is powerful, melodic, and memorable to the ears. Stylistically, they sound like six musicians combined. Imagine a collision of Stevie Wonders’ soulful vocals, Stevie Ray Vaughn’s guitar chops, Incubus’ funk and grooves with the Red Hot Chili Peppers’ high energy and delivery. Now combine that musical scenario with strong hooks, universal lyrics and youth, and you will get their definition of the Philosophy of Soul. Philosophy of Soul is Andee Avila, 23, Danny Avila, 22, and Steven “Supa Steve” Castillo, 23.
Jerome Holloway is an American musician. He was born in Kalamazoo, Michigan. After graduating from Michigan State University with a B.A. in Sociology he moved to Chicago, Illinois and in 2006, he began playing various acoustic venues throughout the city. While playing around Chicago and the midwestern United States, he garnered praise and comparisons to Ray Lamontagne, Ben Harper as well as classic soul singers. It has been said that, Jerome Holloway is where "Damien Rice meets Marvin Gaye. His debut album "Matters of the Heart" was released in 2008. "'Matters' is record that combines soulful vocal melodies with thoughtful folk arrangements and rock influences." David Johnson- Engineer, Tricycle Sound Studios. As Holloway explains, "My music, at its core, is soul music because it aims to capture and convey a feeling which, I hope, touches the heart and ecourages positive action."