Two local tribute bands explore classic rock

Quads Sabbath banner 1 1Two local musical groups are celebrating classic rock music with their tribute to some of the heavy hitters of the past.

Celebrating  50 years of The Who , The Quadropheniacs channel their inner Keith Moon and celebrating 45 years of Black Sabbath the Disciples of Sabbath are biting the heads of the bats and channeling their inner Ozzy.

The Quadropheniacs formed in 1997 as they discovered their shared passion for the music of The WHO. The original Quadropheniacs; Dave Laukaitis, on guitar, Ken Nottingham on drums, Clint Sandford on vocals and Stoney Johnstone on bass, all grew up learning, practicing, perfecting and playing the music of The Who.

“It is truly a passion for each of the members,” said Johnstone.

The Quadropheniacs is the longest running tri-state Who tribute band and has played all around the DC Metro area including a full performance of “Tommy” at Mr. Smith’s in Georgetown.  The recent addition of keyboardist Tom O’Brian completes the group and enables them to perform classic Who songs with full piano, organ, horns and strings support.

Their solo show last December at the American Legion in Wheaton and shared gig with Apple Core at the Golden Bull in Gaithersburg in March were both hugely successful as they played to a packed house on each occasion. In celebration of the 50th anniversary of The Who, the Quadropheniacs will share the stage with another tribute band Disciples of Sabbath, who will be celebrating the 45th anniversary of the iconic hard rock/heavy metal band, Black Sabbath.

The Disciples of Sabbath perform faithful renditions of the first four Black Sabbath (Ozzy) albums.  Influenced by The Beatles & The Rolling Stones, American jazz & blues, & the psychedelic '60's, Sabbath explored the heavier sides of things and although Black Sabbath is credited with "inventing"  Heavy Metal, their music is more dynamic and eclectic than most bands that claim Black Sabbath as a sonic influence.  Groovy, heavy, bluesy, and funky the Disciples of Sabbath are the Mid-Atlantic's favorite providers of Black Sabbath. The lineup since 2008 is;  Ozzy Murphy on vocals, Dexter Dunn and Bill Akerley on guitars, Mark Washburn on bass, and Rick Briefs on drums.

The show promises to deliver hard-hitting  numbers by the Disciples of Sabbath including “Iron Man”, “Wheels of Confusion” and “Children of the Grave” followed by the Quadropheniacs performing the Who’s early hits, selections from “Tommy” and “Quadrophenia” as well as hits from the post-Keith Moon-era.

When: Sunday August 31st,  8:00 p.m.

Location: American Legion Post 268, 11225 Fern St, Wheaton, MD 20902

The event is open to the public. Cost $10.00 at the door.

Plenty of free street parking.

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