New bands in Bahrain
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Atomic Milkshake, a seven-piece from Los Angles, USA, have exploded at Club Buffalo bringing their diverse musical mix to the island’s self-proclaimed ‘most popular Wild West pub’.
The band just finished a six- month gig in Shenyang, China, where they became club superstars and local celebrities. In fact the response was so overwhelming, the club is already looking to bring them back.
Fronted by Steve ‘Slim Boogaloo’ Miller, Linzee and Sharon, Atomic Milkshake’s set takes you on a musical journey that crosses a lot of territory.
Steve covers everything from cutting-edge hip hop to classic rap songs and, it’s claimed, his Michael Jackson impersonation’s the best on the circuit.
Linzee adds her own flavour to every number and her rendition of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit is a must-see. And Sharon is the band’s secret weapon taking on the more traditional vocal chores with a very big voice.
Randall plays keys and is an established producer. Sammy ‘Punky’ Balfour is one of LA’s young guns who‘s a beast on drums with his own show within the show. Zack is a Berklee grad guitarist with serious jazz and gospel chops via Sweet Child of Mine and CJ is the bassist, 2nd keyboardist and an amazing vocalist who sounds like a cross between Marvin Gaye and Neo.
And of that name, Atomic Milkshake, Steve says it’s ‘because we’re the bomb that makes you move’. Righto!
Call (17 826 001).
Crash landing in Dublin
New arrivals, Crash Motion, are joining forces with much-loved resident DJ Conny for an ongoing party at Dubz.
Born and raised in Canada, where they seem to specialise in seven-piece outfits (or perhaps that’s just Bahrain), Crash Motion is made up of Simon, Valerie and Sabrina who front the band with Marc on guitar, Karl on bass, Michael on keys and Guillaume on drums completing the line-up.
They cover all styles of music keeping the rock aficionados happy with classics from AC/DC, Metallica and Nirvana and filling the dance floor with the likes of Shakira, Rihanna and plenty more chart toppers.
The energy pumping from the stage will get you dancing from the very first song to what might be the most complete international showband on the circuit who have worked alongside celebrity artists and seen their work featured in video games.
Call (39 736 547).
Davy Crocketts has also welcomed an energetic new seven-piece in the form of Montreal, Canada-based Overnite Sensation.
Sunshine’s the band leader on drums (we taking a guess that’s not his real name), Julien’s on bass, Johannie, Phil and Steph are the vocalists, then there’s Max on keys and guitarist Will.
Together they promise ‘flawless nights of booming party tunes to give you the night of your life!’ and they’ll be keeping up the Davy Crockett’s tradition of a Monday night Live-oke where the audience gets to join the band on stage.
Call (39 922 583).
Fresh out from Bulgaria, jazz duo Hristina and Yana will be providing the smooth grooves to accompany Muju’s fine dining experience.
With a shared classical music background, Hristina, on keyboards and flute, and singer Yana are seasoned performers with a sophisticated style who’ll put the icing on the venue’s cake both at brunch and during the week.
Call (16 033 833).
The Mezzanine Lounge at the Kempinski welcomes Thai/US duo Zoe and Rick who’ll be putting on a bluesy, jazzy show to keep visitors happy as they indulge in after work drinks and nibbles.
Call (17 171 000).
These guys and girls have performed all over the world, from Korea and Singapore to Dubai and Jordan and now they’ve landed at the Sheraton for a six-month residency.
Yet another seven piece, made up of three girl singers and four musicians, Signature’s set includes everything from chart toppers to classic pop.
Tell them what you want and they’ll do their best to deliver.
Call (17 533 533).
There are also line-up changes at both Harvesters and Downtown. Two new girl singers are joining the Majors at Harvesters to form Majors Reloaded and at Downtown the two lead vocalists Khylie Robus and Tammy Uys are staying while the musicians will be replaced.
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