Who: Crown Point
What: Alt. rock / pop band in concert
Where: Portneuf Valley Brewing, s. 2nd Ave., Pocatello ID 83201 - map
When: Friday, May 7, 2010 at 8:30 p.m.
I've written about Crown Point before; two of their members have played solo shows in the area before. But this is the first time the entire band will make an appearance. I caught up with guitarist Russel Stafford to find out more about what we can expect from Crown Point.
SLG: Describe your genre of music in as much detail as you like. Maybe list your three best crowd-pleasing songs? Can you explain in what way do you most appeal to your fans?
RS: We're an alt/pop/rock band. Our typical show consists of three or four rockers, some midtempo pop/rock tracks, and a couple ballads. In the past year, we've played everything from 50-seat coffeehouses to 2000-person arenas and everything in between, and as a result enjoy playing acoustic sets as much as plugged-in shows. We've also lied to get an opening slot at a polka festival.
SLG: Hilarious! What are the band members' first and last names and what instruments do they play?
Russell Stafford--vocals, guitar
Jon Davidson--vocals, guitar
SLG: Tell us where you're from and currently based in what town?
RS: We're from everywhere! I (Russ) am from New Zealand; Jon is from Michigan; Rob is from Nevada, and Tyler is from Oregon.
SLG: Past shows or venues you'd like to brag about? Past or future shows in the Pocatello area?
RS: Jon and I have played in Pocatello and Idaho Falls probably six or seven times by now, but this is our first time bringing the full band to the area!
We've played some fun shows with artists like Mat Kearney, Augustana, Puddle Of Mudd, We As Human, Russell Crowe, A Change Of Pace, and more, and played venues like the Knitting Factory and the Crystal Ballroom. All big shows and acts aside, we have a special place in our heart for smaller towns and smaller shows; getting the chance to meet and build relationships with fans is what it's all about!
SLG: Describe this particular show. What can people expect?
RS: We'll be at Portneuf Valley Brewing in Pocatello on Friday at 8:30. (map) It's a free show, all-ages, and it's all us, all night long!
Saturday, we'll be at Vino Rosso in Idaho Falls at 8. (map) This one is free as well, and it's 21+. Come to both shows, and we'll give you a special surprise.
SLG: (laughing) Ok. Any comments about the local live music scene, the music industry in general? What do you think is the best way to get your music out there?
RS: The best way to get your music out there? Play memorable shows, care about your fans, release quality material. The elusive 'big break' is rare; hard work will produce the same result.
SLG: Do you have any favorite videos of your band or your music on YouTube? If so, what is the url?
RS: We've got some goofy "Bedroom Sessions" videos out there. They're not as creepy as they sound. You can check 'em out at youtube.com/jondavidsonmusic.
SLG: Recordings? If so, where did you record? Who produced your recording? Will you have CD's or more for sale at the show?
RS: We're currently working on our debut release! Jeff Johnson (Jet Black Stare, Adelitas Way) produced three tracks, and we're most likely going to have the Grammy-nominated Travis Wyrick (P.O.D., 10 Years) produce the rest of the album.
SLG: How can fans contact you? Myspace? or another website?
RS: Fans can contact us via our MySpace, www.myspace.com/crownpointmusic, or our Facebook, www.facebook.com/crownpointband. They can also text us via Google Voice at 503-3-TEXTUS.
[The above interview was made possible via the offices of Mandy Krohn, PR Coordinator of Crown Point Entertainment, LLC. 503.267.7055. www.crownpointband.com]