Coming up on August 18th , at Highfields Event Center, is the Aiken Music Fest featuring Kevin Maines and the Volts, with special guest Mike Zella.
Zella is a multi-talented musician from here in Aiken. He gained popularity very quickly by showcasing his many talents at Open Mic nights in the Aiken area.
Kevin Maines hails from Ocala, Florida, which is located in the north central part of the Sunshine State. Many outstanding artists have called Florida their home, and we are ever so thankful for it. Kevin continues the growing list. His debut album “American Hustle” has been referred to as having a maturity rarely seen in debuts, receiving praise for its “creative writing, playing, and production” as well. The comparisons are as wide and deep as they come, and Kevin is in good company…
“From deep and dirty Duane Allman-esque slide guitar rockers (that in itself demands attention!) to sweet gospel inspired falsetto singing…” and that’s just a taste. Add to it Funkadelic, Son House, Ray Charles, and the Black Crowes, with inspiration from the never ending creativity of Frank Zappa tossed in for good measure. This is going to be good. REAL good.
The Volts are comprised of Nik Ritchie on drums, Abel Avalos on piano, Tommy Shugart on Hammond Organ, and Katie Burkess adding harmony.
Kevin Maines and the Volts have been touring supporting “American Hustle” and “Riders on the Southern Wind” and a brief schedule of concert dates are as follows:
- 8/12 Washington, DC
- 8/15 Durham, NC
- 8/16 Winston-Salem, NC
- 8/17 Bluffton, SC
- 8/18 Aiken, SC – Aiken Music Festival
- Continuing through North Carolina, Virginia, and in Atlanta, GA on 9/27
You can check out his videos on Youtube or his website:
Let’s show our support for Kevin Maines and Mike Zella on the 18th!
Michael Eubanks is a local professional musician with both stage and studio experience and is also a popular music lessons instructor in the Aiken area. He has had major label interest in his works as a songwriter and from several top music publishers. He holds a degree in audio recording and production with several awards. He has performed and taught guitar/bass/songwriting and performance in the CSRA for many years. He worked in the music industry working at several large studios with some of the finest engineers and producers in the music and entertainment industry while living in Nashville TN, and has worked with many of the top artists in music. He returned to Aiken in 2005, and has since produced award winning students that have competed in talent shows both locally and regionally. He has served as a judge for “Aiken Idol” and other competitions.
For lessons, visit www.facebook.com/MikeEubanksMusicLessons/