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DB Rocker at River City this Saturday

March 28, 2013
Times Leader

WHEELING - Long time Ohio valley favorites, DB Rocker make their return to River City this Saturday, March 30, at 9 pm.

DB Rocker is looking to pick up right where they left off as one of the areas premiere rock bands.

The Bellaire Ohio based quintet plays a mixture of new and classic rock as well as an array of their own original music. Their repertoire includes lots mainstream recognizable songs designed to get people out on the dance floor, with the occasional hard and heavy ones, not to mention their two better known originals "tell me" and "headache".

Prior to disbanding in the mid 2000's DB Rocker had developed quite a loyal following around the tri-state area and were frequently called upon to serve as the opening act for many nationally recognized acts that came through the Ohio valley. Some of the acts DB Rocker has been fortunate enough to share the stage with are Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, and The Outlaws.

Although the band calls Bellaire their home, they have members from all over the tri state area. On Guitar they have founding member, Dante Battistelli from Bellaire Ohio. Dante is a veteran rock guitarist and live performer, who's playing style and signature leads has become synonymous with the DB Rocker sound. Dante's influences include Jimi Hendrix, The Who, and Blue Oyster Cult. On vocals they have Pittsburgh Pennsylvania native Bill Kohne. Next to Dante, Bill has longest tenure in the band and has been known as the voice of DB Rocker since the 1990's. Bill's vocal power, range, and control are showcased throughout the bands diverse selection of cover songs and original music. On bass guitar is Gary Hagan from Wheeling WV. Gary has spent over 35 years playing music in clubs all over the eastern United States from New York to Florida. Gary cites Geddy Lee and Billy Sheehan as his influences. On drums is Todd Williams. Todd is from Rayland Oh. Todd has been playing drums since he was three years old and cites John Bonham Chad Sexton as his influences. Todd, whose rock solid beat is the back bone of the band, cones from some very good stock, with Uncle Tom Gill and father Keith Williams being very highly regarded Ohio Valley musicians. Finally the newest member of the band is Jeremy Deems. Jeremy is a classically trained pianist who studied music at WVU. Having Jeremy on keyboards has added a unique dynamic to the band that few bands in the area possess and it's afforded them the ability to play much more diverse styles and songs than what you'll find out there anywhere else.

You can catch DB Rocker at River City on Saturday, March 30, starting at 9 p.m. Check them out on Facebook for upcoming shows and events.

 
 

 

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