Category: Spotlight Artist

Burger N’ Fries – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – January 2019

One of the biggest challenges that cover bands face is standing the test of time. Cultural shifts, generation gaps, economic swings, and musical evolution all play a part in determining the fortitude of working musicians. While many bands will encounter obstacles and wither away, there are a select few who are able to persevere through all of the difficult trials. One such band is New Orleans’ Burger N’ Fries. Dating way back to junior high school, neighborhood friends Brian Burger and Rolando “Rolo” Nava Chicas began jamming instrumentals on a bass and borrowed drum set just for fun. With a…

No Idea – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – December 2018

  Many bands dream of making a living playing music and never having to set their alarm for the morning or punch a time clock at a miserable job. The fact is that it can be more than a dream — but it takes a vision, hard work, and perseverance. Even with all of that in place, there are still challenges that must be overcome along the way, and one such band who has not only stood the test of time, but also paved the way for countless other bands is this month’s spotlight artist — a New Orleans six-piece…

Chicken on the Bone – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – November 2018

  There are certain crucial aspects to running a cover band that make them stand out. In a city where there is live music everywhere, it’s not easy to compete for a crowd. A band has to employ the right mix of song selection, image, energy, and especially the know-how to entertain an audience. One of the finest examples of a band that hits all of these marks is New Orleans’ Chicken on the Bone. The band was formed in the early 2000s by bassist Robert Heindel and played various bars and clubs in the New Orleans area. Although he’s…

Rockbox – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – October 2018

When people visit New Orleans, they expect to be exposed to the iconic cultural music for which the city is famous. The Big Easy is well-known as the birthplace of jazz – and has also been heavily influenced by zydeco and delta blues. What’s not commonly known, however, is that there is a thriving community of musicians who cater to crowds by offering popular music. From the baby boomers to the millennials, tourists are often drawn to familiar songs that provide the soundtrack to their Nola experience. A walk up Bourbon Street from Canal to St. Peter will reveal a…

Triggerproof – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Month” – September 2018

To kick off our Spotlight feature on the new site, we’re headed to Biloxi, Mississippi to check out Triggerproof – a six-piece party band who work tirelessly on the Gulf Coast. Our goal here is to feature bands that are doing everything right – and this group checks off ALL of the boxes. One of the most crucial aspects for success in any cover band is the song selection. Triggerproof’s guitarist and band leader Donte Nagle bases his choices on a number of factors including popularity, rotation of singers, crowd reaction, and general feel – and uses this criteria to…

MissUsed – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

One of the primary objectives that I’m aiming for in featuring a “Spotlight” artist every week is to showcase acts that provide an example of how to do things right. From a killer song selection that caters to the party crowd, to putting time and work into providing an entertaining show, to taking advantage of the many promotional opportunities available today…all bases need to be covered. That’s why I was thrilled when I stumbled upon a band out of Birmingham, Alabama known as MissUsed. Fronted by singer Roxy Lane, MissUsed has been wowing crowds all over the southeast United States…

Postmodern Jukebox – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

One of the most difficult things to accomplish when playing cover songs is to find a way to set yourself apart from the rest of the musicians that perform the same material. There are hundreds, if not thousands of bands that cull from the same list of tried and true songs that will go over well in just about any setting. Even if a performer can stray away from the norm, there is still the issue of presenting a unique product. It takes looking at the business from a different perspective to be able to rise above the pack –…

John Monnecka – Cover Band Central’s “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

If you’ve read any of my previous articles, you know that I like to focus on several criteria when selecting a Spotlight Artist. Among the most crucial aspects to me are song selection, musicianship, and most importantly…great vocals. The majority of musicians that play covers are usually working with a band, or at least other musicians. But in some cases, players are able to go it alone, while still providing a high quality performance no matter what the gig. One shining example is singer/guitar player John Monnecka. John is one of hundreds of musicians that I saw live when I…

These Guys Live – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

It isn’t always important to have great, professional musicians in a band. Many cover bands can get by just by playing crowd-pleasing songs and having an entertaining show without being incredibly proficient at their instruments. However, it’s a real treat to stumble upon a cover band that takes their job seriously enough to learn songs note-for-note, choose tunes that are a bit more challenging while still being popular, and cover all of the harmonies with impeccable precision. Such is the case with a band from Columbus, Ohio known as These Guys Live. Formed in April 2007, These Guys Live have…

The Elevators – Cover Band Central “Spotlight Artist of the Week”

In just about every town, every state and most countries in the world, you’ll find cover bands slogging along, playing regular shows for comparatively very little money, sometimes to very few people. But just because a group isn’t always packing rooms doesn’t necessarily diminish its level of talent. In fact, it’s not rare to stumble upon a set of musicians in a local bar or restaurant that will absolutely floor you, and you’ll find yourself asking, “Why don’t more people know about this band?” One of those hidden treasures is a blues/rock cover band from New Jersey known as The…