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Now that it’s spring, it’s time to start thinking about things to do to break out of the winter blues: picnics, weddings, gatherings with friends, and of course… concerts. One show that needs to be on your MUST SEE list this year is the Madison Square Gardeners.
With pedal steel and banging drums, the MSGs offer what’s best about good old fashioned American rock musis: loud, fun, with poetic lyrics that make you swoon. You can’t sit still here. This is the kind of music that conjures days of sitting in the sun with a six-pack on ice; of chilling with your friends and having a good time at a BBQ; of warm summer nights where everything is perfect and you just tap your toes to the infectious beat.
The Madison Square Gardeners is more than just your average rock band. They’re a repertoire of master musicians. And more than that, they’re simply a group of really cool guys who just want to make some good music. Based out of Brooklyn, NY, the band consists of Aaron Lee Tasjan (guitar/vocals), Mark Stepro (bass/vocals), Johnny Kengla (guitar/vocals), Rich Hinman (pedal steel/guitar/vocals), Bryn Roberts (keys/vocals), and Ramblin' Rob Heath (drums/vocals).
They’re currently on tour, promoting the release of the third EP, TEETH OF CHAMPIONS, a five track treasure that will keep your toes tapping and your spirits high. I recently caught one of their hypnotic shows in Columbus, OH where I asked Aaron a few questions:
How did you all meet?
Mark and I met at a recording session in Columbus, OH in 2006. We then both permanently moved to NYC in the following months. Mark, Rob, and John met in college and I met Bryn on a gig in NYC. Mark met Rich and brought him over to my house and he was just brilliant. Everyone was. I immediately knew these guys were the best musicians I would ever meet and I HAD to have them. They can do anything I ask better than I even thought possible.