Olio (noun) 1. miscellaneous collection of musical and literary works.
Influenced by Prince, The Police, Jimi Hendrix, funk bands and punk bands these guys stir up an eclectic blend of rock/funk/pop music and serve it up hot! Whether it’s songs about break-ups, make-outs, shake-ups or four letter words, Olio produces electrifying, positively fun music from their studio in Los Angeles, CA. On stage Arif Hodzic sings and breaks strings (sometimes his right hand gets heavy), DeHaven Carrington grooves on drums and croons (when the lights are low and the mood is right), and Kelley Hill is a fireball of energy, bouncing on one leg and just tearing the bass up (you may even see metal shavings come off the neck).
Last year they shared the stage with Sum 41, Reel Big Fish, Sleeping With Sirens and Crown The Empire at Vans Road To Warped Tour kickoff in Anchorage, AK. Olio spent 2014 through 2016 touring nationally dubbed “Back In The Van Tour” to support their latest full length album Untitled released by AD4 Records on March 25th, 2014. This was a much anticipated project, after their time with recording legend Eddie Kramer, who produced the band’s last two EP’s, Comeback Kings & the yet to be released France Sessions.
Other accolades include the celebrated the release of their 2010 single ““Get It Good”” following the success of the 2009 11 song album Living The Dream. The songs are dynamic ranging from the nylon stringed sweetness of “Completely Beautiful” about the profound impact of becoming a parent (received an Honorable Mention Award in the 2008 West Coast Songwriters International Competition) to a hard rock/rap collab that already has 20,000 NJ Devils fans shouting “Here We Go” at the Prudential Center. Their homage to the mamacita de futbol aka “Soccer Mom” inspired one impassioned UK critic to call them “sexist and subtle as a sledghammer.” (Olio still thinks Benny Hill, John Cleese and Ricky Gervais are funny) The sound created is rich and packs a punch reminiscent of the John Mayer Trio while thematically aiming for Stevie Wonder’s “Songs in the Key of Life.”
- Show date: March 15, 2018
- Admission $5 (cash)
- Doors open at 6:30 pm, show at 7:30 pm