Bayside stops in Iowa City after rocking out for 10 years

BY LU SHEN | JUNE 07, 2012 6:30 AM

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After a decade of working to make it into the music industry, Bayside, a New York-based rock band, is making a fresh start.

Bayside will pass through Iowa City on June 13 as a part of its national tour. The performance at Gabe's, 300 E. Washington St., will be preceded by Polar Bear Club, Make Do & Mend, and Into It. Over It.

Iowa City is the second stop on the band's tour to promote its newest album, Killing Time. The band, formed in 2000 in Queens, N.Y., has released four albums prior to Killing Time.

Band members Anthony Raneri, lead vocals and rhythm guitarist, Jack O'Shea, lead guitarist, Chris Guglielmo, drummer, and Nick Ghanbarian, bassist, have a fan base that includes more than 150,000 fans on Facebook.

Scott Kading, the owner and talent buyer at Gabe's, wrote in an email that he is excited to host the group.

"We really look forward to having Bayside here," he said.

John Ugolini, the owner and talent buyer of Kickstand Productions, said he commends the band's unique artistic philosophy.

"It isn't a cookie-cutter band," wrote the Chicago-based Ugolini in an email. "[The members] have an artistic ethos, and they stand behind it, unwavering from the pitfalls of the music-industry machine. It's hard not to like a band with so much resolve."

Ugolini began working with Gabe's in March promoting concerts and other events.

He said that after he heard of Bayside's plans to tour across the country, he wanted them in Iowa City.

"We recently started working with the fine folks at Gabe's," Ugolini said. "Being an independent concert promoter, we share many of the same struggles as any other independent business, competing against the big fish."

The album has a great mix of elements, Ugolini said.

"The new album is great. Earnest lyrics, incredible melodies, and a strong album track to track," Ugolini said. "Supporting Bayside means supporting musicians who wholeheartedly care about their music."

Jimmy Stadt, the vocalist of Polar Bear Club, wrote in an email that Bayside put the tour together and invited other groups to join. It's not the first time that the groups will perform together.

"We've played with all those bands before on separate occasions and are ecstatic to be playing with them again," Stadt said.

Ugolini said those interested in attending the show should get there early to catch the "amazing opening acts" of Polar Bear Club, Make Do & Mend, and Into It. Over It.

The show starts at 6 p.m. and costs $15 to $16.

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