Wednesday, March 23, 2011

2nd Tyme Around -Open Mic Feature Thurs 3/24/11 @7

Dedicated to Playin' Original Music- written by John Arruda

"..for the PURE REWARD of making it sound as GREAT as it can possibly be!"

Open Mic starts @7pm
Performer Sign up @6:30

Admission:  $3 per person

 Ed Fonseca- lead vocals & percussion,
John Arruda- lead guitar, vocals, songwriter
Alan Belong -2nd guitar and vocals
Roy Vieira -drummer and vocals
Ray Letourneau- bass guitar and vocals

2nd Tyme Around is the brainchild of Ed Fonseca, who wanted to put together a band featuring the original music of his cousin, John Arruda. Finding musicians who would be willing to sacrifice playing cover tunes to dedicate themselves to learning original material was not easy. The financial rewards would be very small, not to mention the time commitment for rehearsing and learning the material.

The band has gone through several transformations: a drummer, three bass players, two keyboard players and a percussionist have come and gone, but the 5 remaining players have proven to be the nucleus of the band.

In the words of John Arruda, who writes all the original material for the Band, “The driving force seems to be everyone's dedication to the music, which is diverse; from country rock, to rhythm & blues, latin flavored, good old rock n' roll, Americana...I guess that covers it all. It is hard sometimes to say with words, what you feel in your heart. I try to do that with my song lyrics, which I find the perfect vehicle to deliver my inner most thoughts and feelings.”

If the band is destined to be successful, John says it will be because of everyone's dedication and desire for the music to sound as good as it can get. Says, John, “I guess it all depends upon your definition of success. Just playing and enjoying the music has been reward enough for me. I have been truly blessed to be surrounded by good musicians, but more importantly good friends. I'd say we've been very successful.”

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