By: Brent X Mendoza
Tonight Nor Cal hard rock giants Benvenue join L.A.’s own Warner Drive for a night of rock out with your junk out, fist pumping, booze guzzling good times. Before your evening of self-induced, head banging whiplash, get to know the Berkeley based quartet as guitarist Sid Slater plays a little round of “5 Questions.”
So you guys are from the Berkeley , San Fran area. How would you compare the So Cal music scene to the Nor Cal music scene? Do you feel your hard rock style is more conducive to certain geographic regions?
Both scenes are extremely vibrant; you can find great live music any night of the week both in the Bay Area and LA. This is great as a fan, cause there’s no shortage of new talent to be found. It’s great as a band too, it just means there’s a lot more competition for people’s attention.
For what we do, our style/genre/whatever you want to call it, we seem to be getting a better response in So Cal. It does just seem to be better suited for hard rock. Not sure why exactly, but we just roll with it. Don’t count Nor Cal out, though. We played at The Rockit Room in San Francisco a few weeks ago, and got some of the best fan feedback yet.
Any interesting and/or strange superstitious rituals when touring or playing shows?
I wouldn’t say anything superstitious, but we like to get a jam in the day of a show. We’ll find a rehearsal studio wherever we’re at and get the blood flowing a little bit. And of course when we’re in LA, Moon loves his Texas Teas, so we have to make a stop at The Saddle Ranch.
Benvenue, as in Ben Venue, the mountain in Scotland ? Please explain.
No, just Benvenue. It’s actually the name of a street in Berkeley . We liked it and it just kinda stuck. We booked our first show before we had a name for ourselves, and the promoter needed a name like now. Benvenue was what Fran and I used to call ourselves when we first started messing around writing songs together, so that’s what we gave him. We never thought about changing it after that.
Kenny G or John Tesh, who would you rather tour with, and why?
Oh man, gotta say John Tesh. I don’t think we’d ever run out of stuff to talk about with that guy. He could give us advice on health and relationships. It would be like our own personal Dr. Phil on the road.
What’s the first course of action the second the curtain closes afteryour big performance at The Roxy Theatre?
We’re going to Disneyland ! . . . and then the Saddle Ranch . . . Texas Teas.
Benvenue join Warner Drive, Bolt Action Thrill, and a stable of other hard rockers tonight at The Roxy Theatre. Doors open at 7:15 p.m. Tickets are $15.
For more info on Benvenue check them out at www.benvenueband.com