Two local DJs, Drake and Zeke, have been pimping a Los-Angeles-based band called Rock Sugar. The group mixes heavy metal hits with pop songs, like AC/DC's “Shook Me All Night Long” with Madonna's "Like A Prayer.”
Jess Harnell, the lead singer, has done voice work such as on the cartoon series Animaniacs and is the announcer on the America's Funniest Home Videos. He's excellent at imitating other singers such as Axl Rose of Velvet Revolver or Steve Perry of Journey.
Rock Sugar played the Beale Street Music Festival today. The group is high energy. They bounced around the stage and put on a great show. For most songs that they play, they combine two songs. For the last one, they announced look out, it's schizophrenia time -- they combined four songs.
DJ Drake introduced them and said, "Rock Sugar is the most exciting band in rock today."
He's right that they are exciting, but are they a gimmick who will fizzle, or are they the next big thing?
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Images by MOJO and taken with my P&S.