Monday, March 21, 2011

Free Henry!: On To Boston, Help Send Them To The UK

Free Henry! Productions, LLC

On Thursday March 11, 2011, Free Henry! performed a live concert in front of their most loyal fans as well as top music industry professional judges at Niagara Falls, NY's Hard Rock Cafe to compete in this years Battle of the Bands.  

Their first round performance won them a chance to move on to compete in the final live battle against 2 other bands from the WNY area; all seeking a chance to represent the Greater Buffalo Niagara region and ultimately win a performance at the 2011 Hard Rock Calling festival in London's Hyde Park.

On March 11th, the judges votes were tallied, and the announcement came that Free Henry! would represent Niagara Falls, NY in this years contest and also perform live at the famous Hard Rock Cafe in Boston, MA.

The concert date will be announced within the next few months.  The band's video will be sent to the Hard Rock Cafe International corporate offices for final judging by a distinguished panel of judges.  

There are a total of 19 bands internationally that have made it to this point and on April 12, 2011 the Hard Rock Cafe will announce the top 10 list at Hard Rock Battle of the Bands.  All voting will take place online.  The top four bands with the most Internet votes will win a trip to perform alongside with international superstars Stevie Nicks, Rod Stewart and Bon Jovi.

Last year's Hard Rock Cafe Niagara Falls winners, More Than Me, went on to win the national contest and opened for Sir Paul McCartney. The café is looking for a repeat in 2011.

Free Henry! has also been producing and recording their next studio album.  “We're definitely in a real groove and this upcoming record is undoubtedly a confident, deliberate plunge into something entirely special and sonically rejuvenating", said lead singer Bob Buckley.  

The album is being recorded at the acclaimed GCR Audio owned by Robby Takac from the Goo Goo Dolls.  "The depth of what we've achieved through the expertise of the engineering staff at GCR is something to be sanctified by any band looking to take their step onto the national stage and that is truly our passion", said Buckley of Free Henry!

What we need to do as music lovers and musicians is connect to Free Henry! at their website, join their mailing list there, follow them on Twitter and Facebook and on April 12, vote as much as we can online to send our local musicians, four hard working guys that deserve every break they get, to the UK.  This is their chance to bring their music:  outstanding, healing, rock, blues and soul, global.  They need us to help them get there. 

For more information, contact Derek Presti below and link to the guys online. Their music, as well as each of them, are truly a gift to Buffalo, WNY, Niagara Falls and soon, to the world.  

Listen to a Live Interview with music from 2009 with Susan Marie.  

Contact Derek below to interview them again, they have come a long way since.  

Derek Presti - FHB Management

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