PATIO SHOW: Hard Rocket
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- ALL AGES
- 7PM SHOW / 6PM DOORS
- OUTDOOR PATIO SHOW (LIMITED CAPACITY, WITH SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES IN PLACE. ADVANCE TICKETS ARE ENCOURAGED.)
Hard Rocket is a band based in Asheville, NC. It is known for playing tight, energetic, and convicted rock n roll; an ability to musically style-shift while remaining true to its core rock sound; and a deep musical chemistry featuring dual lead guitars and a hard hitting rhythm section. The four band members have played with respected musicians and producers in a variety of live settings and recording studios.
Hard Rocket is led by Joel Schantz, a guitarist, singer, and songwriter who fuses smart phrasing and intensity to create an emotionally and sonically engaging guitar style. As a frontman, Joel's conversational musings and deadpan humor quickly establish a rapport with audiences. Joel has played with some of the luminaries of the rock world, as well as recorded 2 albums under the tutelage of legendary producer Tom Dowd (Allman Bros, Eric Clapton, Eagles, Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Thelonious Monk, etc.) Joel’s brother, Ari, is the band’s drummer. His thunderous drive, skillful technique, keen sense of song construction, and attuned ear are a rare combination among rock drummers. Didier Rubio, the band’s bass player, writes heavy riffs that focus the band and lay a solid foundation for its guitar-centric sound. Guitarist Rod Kight's melodic and fluid technical style comes from years playing in improv settings balanced by a stint writing and recording power pop songs mixed by Brian Malouf (Michael Jackson, Queen, Madonna, Pearl Jam, Stevie Wonder, etc.)
The band released its first ep, Fear is the Enemy, in June 2018. It consists of five tracks that showcase the band’s attention to songwriting and performance combined with a commitment to both instrumental and vocal music. The ep’s art was created by Josh Levy, a nationally recognized rock artist who has created album, poster, and other art for some of the biggest acts in the world. Also based in Asheville, Josh has created an instantly recognizable style that combines a Mad Magazine sensibility with intensely psychedelic patterns and colors that often depict sci-fi and dreamscape worlds.
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185 Clingman Ave
Asheville, NC, 28801