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WHFR FUNDRAISER WITH THE ZOTZ / THE SEATBELTS / MICAH SCHNABEL / THE KENNY HILL BAND / CHOSEN BY FATE / STIRLING & FRIENDS
WHFR has been making waves over 30 years in the Dearborn/Detroit area! Non-commercial, independent programming at www.whfr.fm or 89.3 FM in metro Detroit broadcasting out of Henry Ford College. WHFR exists to provide a rear-world lab experience in telecommunication for qualified Henry Ford College (HFC) students and alumni, to serve the needs of Dearborn and the surrounding communities, and to assist HFC college relations.
The Zotz formed in Spring 2015 originally as a 2-piece guitar, vocals and drums. After a few months of playing , Bobby and Shawn decided to broaden and fill in to complete the sound by adding a bass player. Within a few days of searching found the perfect fit. Adding Matthew to the group and coming together to create a unique sound reimiscent of the 70’s old school punk with hooks and relatable originals songs based on life experiences. They are fast, hard and fun. Simple and fast drum hits, dynamic leads with sarcastic and heartfelt vocals and rockin bass lines that cut through. The Zotz are a refreshing unique, but surprisingly familiar sound that will make you want to bop your head, tap your foot, shake your fist in the air, and smile, laugh, sing along and dance. Our live shows are always fun and we want to include our audience to join in and have as much fun as us.
The Seatbelts: Hailing from the mean streets of the Motor City, The Seatbelts originated way back in 1977. The group cut their teeth playing clubs and concerts in and around the Michigan area, opening for acts like the Romantics, Destroy All Monsters, Sonic’s Rendezvous Band, and many other titans of the local music scene. Before long, the band found themselves headlining shows. The group spent some time touring nationally, playing venues such as the venerable Max’s Kansas City in NYC. The group’s first single was produced by none other than former guitarist for the Stooges, Destroy All Monsters, and Dark Carnival, the late Ron Asheton. All good things must come to an end, however, and the band went their separate ways with the dawn of a new decade.
Fast forward nearly thirty years. The band reformed in 2010 with original members Greg Upshur (vocals), Skid Marx (bass) and Tony Bojanic (drums) along with new members guitarists Derek Murtagh and John Whalen. The band has been going strong ever since, gigging and releasing their first full length album Joy Ride in 2013. Thirty years older and wiser, the Seatbelts continue to rock!
Micah Schnabel: A solo set from the Two Cow Garage singer. A fierce and edgy alt-country band from Columbus, OH, Two Cow Garage takes the twangy melodies of vintage country music and fuses them with a muscular, amped-up attack that recalls Nirvana or Dinosaur Jr. as much as the Jayhawks or Blue Rodeo. Two Cow Garage was formed in the fall of 2001 by guitarist and singer Micah Schnabel, who was born and raised in the rural Midwestern community of Bucyrus, OH. Weaned on vintage country, Schnabel didn’t care much for the mainstream rock that dominated radio, preferring harder and edgier sounds. At 18, he moved to the relatively big city of Columbus and started playing with drummer Dustin Harigle. Chris Flint, a guitarist and lawyer who used to manage the Lilybandits, saw an early version of Two Cow Garage and was struck by their passionate energy and Schnabel’s songs; he signed on as the band’s manager and part-time guitarist, and with the addition of bassist Shane Sweeney the group’s lineup was complete. In the fall of 2002, Two Cow Garage released their first album, Please Turn the Gas Back On, through Shelterhouse Records; the band supported the disc with a relentless tour schedule that put 332,000 miles on their van’s odometer over the course of two years. 2004 saw the release of their second album, The Wall Against Our Backs, which received rave reviews from critics while the band kept up their punishing tour schedule, which was captured on video by fan and filmmaker John Boston in his documentary The Long Way Around: One Badass Year with Two Cow Garage. Two Cow Garage’s third album, aptly titled III, was released in April 2007.
The Kenny Hill Band consists of Kenny Baldauf, with Brian and Jennifer Hill, from the Big Bend of Florida, performing a blend of acoustic music styles that include bluegrass, folk and Irish, to blues, classic country, western swing and classic rock. The band’s signature features are its tightly blended three part harmonies paired with inspired instrumental arrangements that may include guitar, banjo, fiddle, mandolin, harmonica, penny whistle, accordion and acoustic bass. Kenny Hill performances often include guest artist Kevin Robertson, one of region’s finest flat-picking guitarists. C’mon out! You are sure to enjoy listening to the unique, fun and soulful music of the Kenny Hill Band!
Chosen by Fate: Rising from the ashes of X-Ray-Ted…Bill, Eric and Skip advanced on in musical exploration until finding Jeff. Once this happened a new era of music creativity was begun. Bringing over 75 years of combined music experience to the stage, not even the sky is the limit on what these four men can create musically.