An Outsider's Perspective

While engaging in conversation with people inquiring about Strip'd, I am routinely met with the reaction (besides asking whether actual strippers are involved...haha)- "Oh, it's acoustic? That sounds boring..."  

In reality, nothing could be further from the truth. They are forging a creative and unique approach to the music of the Sunset Strip. While a greater emphasis is placed on acoustic guitar, there is plenty of electricity to go around in this five-piece. Brian Hale kills it on the axe, establishing himself as one of the top notch shredders in the business.  

The acoustics in the group are seamless. Those are contributed by the versatility of Gary Banach, whose playing and vocal work are vital to capturing the ideal sound. Oscar Ramos brings that essential power, presence, and experience on bass. John "JC" Conhartoski is the engine that drives this train with his beat on the drums. This is a well-rounded group of gentlemen, both from a musical and individual standpoint.  

If your other complaint is that all these local cover bands play the same songs, you won't strike out with Strip'd. A true fan of 80's hard rock will conclude their set list to be a grand slam. Strip'd emphasizes those classic bands and hit songs that time may have forgot. You'll hear the staple groups from that era such as Motley Crue, Ratt, Def Leppard, Quiet Riot...but you'll also get some Shotgun Messiah, XYZ, Extreme, Trixter...the list goes on and on. You won't be subjected to one hint of "Don't Stop Believing" or "Livin' on a Prayer"...and frankly, that is quite refreshing!  

The shows themselves are just pure fun. Anyone who has gone to see Strip'd comes away more than satisfied in the "good time" department. Most importantly, however, is the character of these individuals. These are great men who do this because of the passion for the music that they play. Their goal is to give the crowd more than their money's worth. No egos, no bullshit. Expect smiles, laughter, and plenty of headbanging. Do yourself a favor and come check out a show soon. You'll be glad you did.

-Taylor Thompson

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