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Band ‘to watch’ coming to Opera House

June 16, 2017
Vanessa McGuigan - Chronicle staff , Shepherdstown Chronicle

Coming back to the Opera House June 23 at 9 p.m. is the band, "of Tomorrow," an up and coming band who is skyrocketing their way to success with their funky blend of rock, reggae, hip hop, neo soul and funk.

Fans find it impossible to sit still during the powerful guitar riffs and an explosive horn section hitting beat-heavy grooves. This D.C. band, who had only been playing together for a year and a half, have already gathered a following and have played at D.C.'s famed 9:30 Club.

The band's three full-time members, Geoff Browning on vocals and guitar, Jon Modell, drummer and bass player, Nick Soderstrom are joined by a wide variety of musicians from well-established bands with stylistically diverse backgrounds on the East coast.

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The band “of Tomorrow” is shown.

"That (music style) grew very spontaneously," Browning said. "As an organization we're really lucky that a lot of really talented people from D.C. and the surrounding area have expressed interest in being involved in the project and being excited about contributing their time and talents. As a result, when we get on stage, there are a lot of people offering their part of it. We can work together as a team to make a soundscape that we're really excited about and really proud of. We really love what we do. It's a living, breathing thing. We're really lucky to be able to play the places we play and meet the people we've met and keep on doing it."

Modell, originally from the D.C. area has played with numerous bands over the years, establishing lots of connections which has served them well. Soderstrom is also from D.C., but has traveled to New Orleans and Sweden to study bass.

The band has been joined on stage by artists like Ralph Washington, who plays with the rapper, Oddisee, members of the band, Thievery Corporation and even John Popper from Blues Traveler.

Browning said the band recruits people to play with who inspire them.

"One of the things we really enjoy as a band is bringing people into the fold with us and giving them a platform to stand up and do what they do best," Browning said. "When someone has a different style, Jon and I will try to really be observant to that and meld what we play to give those people an outlet to get up and just crush it."

Fans coming to the Opera House to see "of Tomorrow" can expect to see the three regular band members, additional guitarist, keyboardists and two horn players, Danny and Mario from the band "Yellow Dubmarine", a reggae Beatles band.

Browning said they are really looking forward to coming back to Shepherdstown.

"The last time we came to Shepherdstown, it had been a crazy week in D.C.," Browning said. "The drive out to Shepherdstown was a very welcome respite. By the time we got there, we were really excited to play the show and then we saw the Opera House. It is such an awesome venue. The staff there was really cool and great to work with. The crowd was just awesome. We're really excited to come back and connect with the people of Shepherdstown."

The band is booked for shows all summer and into the fall and is looking forward to getting back into the studio to record a second album as soon as they can.

Their first album is available to be downloaded for free for a limited at their website, bandoftomorrow.com. People can connect with "of Tomorrow" on social media sites, Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

 
 
 

 

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