Backline Benefit Bash
The coastal communities and everyone else are invited to celebrate local music at Arena Theater on
September 13 when musicians from Point Arena and beyond will get together and rock the house in a
fun(d)raiser for a backline benefit (specifically amps and drum kit).
Check out the spectacular line-up for a night of movin' and groovin':
7:30 pm: 60s Power Trio Band with Tom Landecker on drums, Mary Pitocco on bass and
Detroit Danny on lead guitar performing classic Cream and other super band music from the late 60s/early 70s.
8:15 pm: Honest Outlaws with Hyland Greenbud on guitar & lead vocals, Montana Slim on lead guitar, Splash on
bass & vocals, Eileen Dover on keyboard, Ben Dover on pedal steel, Chris Crumble on drums, classic country.
9:15 pm: Compressor Room with Todd Orenick (who brought you Zepparella!) and friends,
10:15 pm: Thunderhoof with Michael Burton and friends, contemporary rock.
11:15: Ampage with Mark Mason, lead vocals / songwriter and guitarist, Mark Pearce, lead guitar and
vocals, Chris Campbell on drums, Bill Stokem on bass Hard Rock.
More about the bands in the order of their appearance (information will be added as it
60s Power Trio Band: An exciting new band, just recently formed though some of the members
are well known to 3rd Monday Music regulars. This will be their debut performance don't miss it! Tom Landecker
on drums, Mari Pitocco on bass and a new guy, Detroit Danny on lead guitar. They're doing 60s super band stuff
such as Cream classics. The band is so new, they don't even have a name just yet.
Honest Outlaws: Hiding behind the creative pseudonyms is, among others, local Eric Dahlhoff,
who was instrumental in founding the ever popular 3rd Monday Music back in 2010! Honest Outlaws, created in 2011,
has played at many local events such as the upcoming Harbor Fest, 4th of July festivities, and lots of times at
the well-known PA watering hole, Sign o' the Whale, not to mention 3rd Monday Music. Their genre is classic country,
well, what you'd expect checking with names like Hyland Greenbud on guitar & lead vocals, Montana Slim on lead guitar,
Splash on bass & vocals, Eileen Dover on keyboard, Ben Dover on pedal steel, Chris Crumble on drums. Come on over
and see who's who!
Compressor Room: Todd Orenick was instrumental in bringing you Zepparella, one of our smash events
earlier this year. One would guess Compressor Room's riffs and rhythms would be in a similar vein.we will update.
Thunderhoof: Michael Burton is one of our sound guys and he'll perform with his band including
James Hayes, another familiar face and home-grown musician.we'll update the band info as it becomes available.
Ampage: California based hard rockers Ampage, whose successful career (in varied configurations)
spans the decades from the mid-1980s to today is about to embark on their 2014 USA tour to promote the release of
their brand new CD, "Heavens To Mergatroid". This will be the band's 8th album and all four members can be found
hard at work in the studio for the planned 2014 release.
Says Mason: "Ampage has remained strong and dedicated throughout the changes over the years to spite all the
'bumps' in road of a touring hard rock band, to bring to their fans nothing less than high quality, high caliber,
and incredibly dynamic rock performances both live on stage and in the studio as reflected in our previously
released albums, which can be attested to by our multitudes of fans worldwide."
Ampage and their music
The personnel changes that Ampage has experienced and undergone over the years, (which can prove deadly for
some bands), some of which include the switch of lead guitarist Mark Englert, (of Dramarama), who joined Ampage
in 2001, replacing guitar legend Earl Slick (of David Bowie and John Lennon fame,) and Loren Molinare
(of Little Caesar). Original drummer Michael Kroeger who rejoined Ampage replacing Rick Allen (Def Leppard),
actually serve as an asset on the Ampage Greatest Hits 2007 CD, Future Days Gone By as it provides extra thrill
factor and star attraction for fans, as fans can enjoy the best performances of ALL of the great performers who
have contributed to the great sound of Ampage during their time performing with this outstanding band; plus all
the powerful prowess of the Ampage's current line-up, all on this one hard driving CD release.
Changes over the years to the line-up of Ampage have been aplenty, so fans can expect to be thoroughly well
rocked on Ampage's CD, "Future Days Gone By", by such prolific performers as Gary Busey... Yeah, that Gary Busey!
Highly acclaimed actor in such movies as The Buddy Holly Story, Gary Busey, who makes a guest appearance on the
beginning of the CD's song "D Day", in the preacher's monologue. Busey's performances with the band Ampage,
featured on Ampage's 2001 released CD "Falling Higher," as well as on Ampage's last CD, "Future Days Gone By".
...Some of the other stellar and/or legendary performers which performed with Ampage and can be heard on both their
previous releases as well as featured on "Future Days Gone By" include such great performers as: Rick Allen of
Def Leppard, Michael Monarch of Steppenwolf, Earl Slick of Bowie and John Lennon, John Easedale of Dramarama,
John Taylor of Duran Duran, actor/musician Jeff Conaway of Taxi, and Grease as well as other outstanding musicians
who have contributed to the great sound of Ampage over the years. Incidentally, Jeff Conaway was the producer of all
of the MTV videos for Ampage in the 1990's.
The 2014 stellar line up for Ampage consists of:
Mark Mason, lead vocals/sonwriter and guitar: Founding force of the band, Mason is also a
prolific songwriter with many credits ranging from 7 albums, to 9 major movies, such as: "I'm Dangerous Tonight"
in 1990, "Bikini Summer II" in 1992, in which Jeff Conaway also starred and directed along with on screen performances
by Mark Mason and Ampage. Mark's songwriting talent was featured also in the in the 1994 NBC Movie of the Week Robin
Cook's "Mortal Fear". In 1999, Mark Mason along with Rick Allen, (world renown drummer for Def Leppard), wrote and
recorded the theme song for the Disney Movie and movie trailer "Brink".
In addition to Mark's impressive list of professional credits, he is also recognized for his collaboration with
other musical greats such as Tommy Shaw of the legendary rock band Styx, and with songwriter Wes Arkin of Guns &
Roses fame. The remarkable versatility, total pro creative adaptability and high quality of Mark's style of
songwriting and vocal and musicianship has earned Mark wide recognition amongst many of the music and movie industry's
elite as being a "musician's musician".
Mark Pearce joined Ampage in 2013 taking over as lead guitarist and vocals for the band. Mark
is a seasoned veteran musician and songwriter with more than enough experience to know what it takes to deliver a
show to any audiences they won't soon forget.
Chris Campbell is the newest member of Ampage taking over drums in 2013 and is currently in
the studio working on Heavens to Mergatroid. Chris has been a fixture in the San Francisco rock scene for more
than 35 years playing with legendary bands like Odean Allstars, Mongaloyd, and Quiddity. While Chris comes from
more of a punk rock background he is no stranger to hard rock and adds that hard pounding unique performance on
every song. Chris brings his (greased) lightening to the stage and can be experienced in Ampage's electrifying
live performances worldwide.
Bill Stokem on bass joined Ampage in 2013 freeing up Mark Mason to be lead singer and 2nd
guitarist. Bill is an amazing bassist and contributes great vocals who studied at MI (Musicians Institute) in
Hollywood during the mid-1980s. Bill has performed and recorded over the years in such bands as Anti-Social,
Flembile, Pus Bucket later known as Bloody Pus Bucket and the Blue Meanies. Bill adds just the right amount of
edginess to Ampage.
The Arena Theater bar and snack stand will be open.
Mark Mason of Ampage
Mark Pierce of Ampage
Bill Stokem of Ampage
Chris Campbell of Ampage
Saturday, September 13
Show: 7:30 pm
Doors Open: 7:00 pm
$10 General (at the door)