Unforgettable Fire, or "UF", was born on New Year's Day in 1995 as one of the very first U2 tribute bands to ever perform in America. After twenty years of playing in some of the most prestigious venues on the East Coast, UF has formed a reputation among many to be one of the closest experiences to being at an actual live U2 show. The members of UF are also very dedicated fans of U2, and will not settle for anything less than complete authenticity. In addition to performing a very impressive array of U2 material from pre-Boy to the most recent Songs of Innocence and beyond, the band does everything in their power (from wardrobe to lighting) to recreate the live U2 concert setting for their audiences.
In 2015, UF was invited to perform at The Cutting Room in New York City for the 20th Anniversary Party for the U2 fan website "@U2." Not planned was the sudden and surprise appearance of both The Edge and Adam Clayton, who showed up a little before 9:00 PM and played two songs with UF -- much to the shock and delight of everyone in the club.
One of UF's last founding members from 1995, drummer George (Larry) Levesanos, still performs with the band. George is a veteran drummer on the New York City music scene and has performed in many other projects before forming UF. Joining the band in the summer of 2001 was singer Tony (Bono) Russo. Over the years, Tony has brought UF to a new level of authenticity as he is regarded as one of the country's top Bono look-a-likes. In late 2002, bassist Craig (Adam) Kiell added his top notch musicianship, experience, and stage presence to the band and has been a crucial part of the solid rhythm section ever since. Late 2004 brought Mick (Edge) Normoyle to the band to complete the last piece of its puzzle in its quest to have the truest, most authentic live U2 sound. All four members of UF are talented musicians in their own right, but together they are committed to bring their audiences the best possible U2 show that they can deliver.
Best Friend's Girl recreates the timeless hits of The Cars spanning a 35-year career, with over 23 million albums sold and having more than 22 songs on the Billboard top 100. The Cars undoubtedly left their mark in popular culture with notable hits like “Best Friends Girl,” “Shake It Up,” “Magic,” “Let’s Go” and of course, “Moving in Stereo” which gained notoriety from its placement in the movie “Fast Times at Ridgemont High.” Best Friends Girl is comprised of lifelong, top-notch, professional musicians whose goal is to keep the music of The Cars alive with every performance!
The Cars' journey began with Ric Ocasek and Benjamin Orr collaborating on several projects in the early 70's. Ric and Benjamin eventually completed the lineup with Greg Hawkes, Elliot Easton, and David Robinson in Boston in 1976. In the confusion left behind from the death of disco and the angst of punk, they forged a new direction bringing together the synthesizer sound with classic rock and roll roots. It created a unique sound for the time and icon John Lennon became a fan stating, "I think The Cars’ 'Touch and Go' is right out of the fifties ‘Oh, oh...‘ A lot of it is fifties stuff. But with eighties styling.”
Philadelphia Freedom: A Tribute to Elton John is the ultimate and most realistic Elton John tribute currently touring. Doug Delescavage is Elton John as he was in his 20’s, full of joy and unlimited energy, commanding his top notch band through all the hits of Elton’s career. He owns the stage with his domineering fashion sense rivaling no one but Mr. Captain Fantastic himself.
Frontman Delescavage (Elton) is joined onstage by Bernie (Dee) Gavlick and Justin (Nigel) Malinowski. Bernie nails Dee Murray’s stage presence, fashion and bass playing perfectly, providing the driving energy of Elton’s music. Justin is full of passion and resembles Nigel Olsson in both looks and playing, locking in the solid groove behind the show.
Christian Porter is a singer/songwriter from Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania. He became interested in music after learning to play the piano at a very young age, which helped inspire him to pursue other musical instruments such as guitar, drums, bass, ukulele and mandolin. By the time he was 14, Christian started playing the guitar, which is what ignited his passion to create music full-time. The success of his music has led to opening gigs for Bo Bice, Thriving Ivory, Dawes, Ryan Cabrera, We The Kings and Gavin Degraw, in addition to various gigs at numerous bars, clubs, coffee houses, restaurants and more across the nation.
With a soulful pop sound, Christian’s music is truly unforgettable and is composed of melodic beats and heart-filled lyrics. Growing up, his first musical inspirations were Elton John and Billy Joel, but by the time he began playing guitar, he started to listen to music from The Fray, John Mayer, Jason Mraz, Coldplay, Dave Matthews and Jack Johnson. Now, his music is a reflection of all these inspirations, as he begins to carve out his own musical niche within the pop world.