Sponsored by Bexley Dermatology Research
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***Please note: All shows at Natalie’s have socially distanced table seating, and masks are required except while eating and drinking at tables.
Natalie’s presents an evening of music, sponsored by Bexley Dermatology Research, featuring Rockstead, a Cincinnati based four-piece, passion driven rock/reggae group. The feeling of love. The power of unity. The essence of happiness. The strength of togetherness and positive vibrations. The highs of living life and the lows of dealing with its obstacles. All of these things encapsulate the band’s music. With roots leading as far back as middle school, Rockstead combines a lifetime full of influences ranging from rock, punk, reggae, jam and even metal. In their early days, they ruled the college party scene in Ohio with a schedule full of impromptu house shows that led to packed, sweaty basements of DIY venues and later, massive crowds attending college fests such as Ohio University’s infamous spring festivals. This early success catalyzed the debut of their first album “Wake Up and Live” (2013) followed by their popular self-recorded “Rise” EP (2014). These releases ignited their inner road warrior leading to a plethora of plays at music festivals and concert venues across the Midwest. Since then, Rockstead continues to widen their reach touring throughout the Eastern U.S. and down into Florida.
Though member changes have occurred over the years, front man singer/guitarist Jake Burns continues to drive the group forward as they have shared stages with international acts such as The Wailers (Jamaica) and Sticky Fingers (Australia), as well as many staple East coast reggae acts like Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, Badfish, and Ballyhoo!. The band has now grown to include Nate Anuci (drums), Jacob Riley (lead guitar), Nick Yinger (auxiliary percussion), and Alex Kessis (bass). With a healthy gap since their last full release (Homegrown, 2016), Rockstead dropped their first studio album “You’re In Control” in September 2020, which scored them multiple features in blogs and podcasts across the scene. By using their relentless high-energy performances and genre-bending setlists while aligning their unwavering dedication to the do-it-yourself work ethic, Rockstead shows no sign of slowing down their mission of bringing people together through music.
For those not attending in person, this concert can be viewed as a live stream for free from Natalie’s Facebook page or YouTube channel. Donations are appreciated, and payments can be made via this link on Natalie’s website (Venmo/PayPal/Direct): nataliesgrandview.com/donate/. All contributions help support the musicians, production crew, and Natalie’s.
Bexley Dermatology Research is the premier dermatology research site in Central Ohio. Our goal is to advance the options available for our patients and we do so by exploring cutting-edge treatments for a variety of dermatological conditions.
Date: Thursday, April 22, 2021
Time: 8:00 pm
Doors Open: 7:00 pm