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The Suburbanite
  • On the Beat: A good year for local band Hey Monea!

  • What a monumental year for the local band Hey Monea!, which will treat its fans to a celebratory holiday concert Saturday night at The Auricle.

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  • What a monumental year for the local band Hey Monea!, which will treat its fans to a celebratory holiday concert Saturday night at The Auricle.
    By winning an international battle of the bands sponsored by the Hard Rock Cafe, members Dan Monea, Nate Monea and Adam Orin scored the opportunity to lead off a huge outdoor concert in London’s Hyde Park on July 14. Also appearing that day were Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band (with surprise guest Paul McCartney), Lady Antebellum and John Fogerty.
    Another big prize for the band was a recording contract with Hard Rock Records. The guys are in the midst of recording their third album in Oxford, Miss., with Grammy Award-winning producer Dennis Herring, whose credits include albums by Counting Crows, Elvis Costello, Ben Folds, Modest Mouse, The Hives and Jars of Clay.
    “Oxford is a tiny Southern town in the middle of nowhere and the studio is beautiful. We wanted to get there and be able to relax and be creative and not have an intense deadline,” said Dan Monea, lead vocalist and guitarist. “Dennis has an outside-the-box production style. He’s not committed to traditional things. He’s known for having people sing upside-down or running the drums through guitar amps with distortion pedals.”
    The Auricle show Saturday will include “a slew of brand-new songs that nobody has heard before,” Monea said. “This will be the first time we’ve gotten to play them out.” A longtime trio, Hey Monea! now has a fourth member, Ryan Doyle, on guitar and vocals. “He’s a singer-songwriter from New York. He had a band called More Than Me. He’s been one of our best friends for years. This seemed like the right time for us to join forces.”
    Local singer songwriter Lauren Mascitti, accompanying herself on guitar, will open Saturday’s show at 8 p.m., and will duet with Dan on “Baby, It’s Cold Outside.”
    Also on the bill is Tomorrow In Today, also from Canton, a former duo making its debut as a full band. Admission is $8 for ages 21 and older, and $10 for 20 and younger.
     BATTLE RETURNS!
    I am excited to report that The Repository’s Battle of the Bands will be returning for its 10th big year at the Palace Theatre on March 2. It’s been so rewarding and fun to showcase young, local musical talent in big, lively rock concerts at this great, historic venue. Hundreds of screaming teenage girls are a force to be reckoned with.
    To qualify, bands must have at least three members, one member must live in Stark County, and all members must currently be attending school in grades nine through 12. If you have a qualifying band, please enter. If you have a friend, sibling, child, neighbor, student or other acquaintance in a qualifying band, encourage them to enter! To enter, bands must submit a recording of two songs, at least one of them an original. Stay tuned for deadlines and other entry details.
    Page 2 of 2 - COUNTRY FEST LINEUP
    For its fourth year at Clay’s Park Resort, June 13 through 15, 2013, The Country Fest is delivering another star-studded lineup. Scheduled to perform are Lady Antebellum, Dierks Bentley, Little Big Town, Darius Rucker, Rodney Atkins, Dustin Lynch, Parmalee and Jana Kramer. For more details as they unfold, visit www.thecountryfest.com.
    DOCUMENTARY PREMIERE
    New York filmmaker Philip Swift will return to his hometown of Akron for the premiere screening of his new documentary feature, “The Bubble,” at 7 p.m. Dec. 28 at Musica in downtown Akron. The film examines Celebration, the white-picket-fence community built by the Disney Company in 1994 on the edge of Disneyworld, which has fallen victim to violent crime and a rumored swingers’ scene. After the screening, Gabe Schray, whose music is featured on the film’s soundtrack, will perform. Tickets are $9.99 at Ticketweb.com.  
    HERE’S A PUZZLER
    Walmart stocks only an edited version of pop singer Bruno Mars’ new CD “Unorthodox Jukebox,” but has no problem selling the unrated DVD version of the comedy “Ted,” which was plenty raunchy in theaters when R-rated.