Formed in the fall of 2000, Mile 21 established itself as a seven piece
punk/ska band with influences of reggae and hip hop ranging from the
Mighty Mighty Bosstones to the Wu Tang Clan. After taking a hiatus from
shows in 2003 Mile 21 returned with a new sound that incorporated
catchy hornlines, melodic riffs and influencial lyrical patterns.
Over the years Mile 21 has been the featured band at several festivals
and shows in the NorthEast, playing at clubs and venues such as CBGB’s,
The Knitting Factory, The Empress Ballroon, The Middle East Club, The
Webster Theater, and Harper’s Ferry. Influenced by a uniquely wide
variety of artists, bands and styles, Mile 21 Band maintains a fresh,
self-owned sound. The list of those owed credit and notice are an
extensive group from Bob Marley & the Wailers to the Bosstones, John
Coltraine to Wu-Tang Clan, The Toasters to The Skatellites, and B.B.
King to Steel Pulse. Each of these as well as many more have offered
styles, sounds and inspiration for these 8 players to put every ounce
of energy and heart into the success of Mile 21 Band.
After a few EPs and Demos Mile 21 has released a new 3-song Demo that
truly captures their ska/roots/reggae styles. This new music expresses
their desire to release socially conscious music while maintaining a
very pop element that appeals to a wide range of people. Since their
release of Nine Ivy Days in 2005 Mile 21 Band has opened for such acts
as The Toasters, The Planet Smashers, Toots and the Maytals, Sean Paul,
Badfish, and Morgan Heritage. Mile 21 Band released its first
self-titled album under Megalith Records in 2007 and is currently
working on a new release that captures the influence and growth of
their 2010 hiatus. The band’s 2012 return welcomes the 2007 lineup
which includes Carlos Menezes Jr. on Trombone, Mike Francis on lead
vocals/guitar, Keith Amero on bass, Steve Russo on Drums, Mike Lentini
on saxophone, Mike Goulart on lead guitar, Julian O’Brien on keys, and
Shawn Lowe on Trumpet.
Celebrating its 5th-year, The Runaround Sound is a highly energetic,
entertaining machine delivering the sounds of ska, reggae, pop, and
soul! The group features Carlos Menezes Jr on lead vocals and horns,
Steve Russo on vocals and drums, Nick Capello on saxophone, Christian
Towler on Guitar, Tim Klopotoski on vocals and keys, and Bill Spencer
on vocals and bass. The band’s repertoire is quite expansive, ranging
from the Skatalites to the Beatles.
Allan Estes will play an acoustic solo set as the Mayor ends her Gloucester sidewalk presentation at around 6pm…
Charlee Bianchini & Marina Evans will
also play an acoustic set to open!