Family Of The Year

Family Of The Year

Hollis Brown, Polars

Thu · May 2, 2019

Doors: 7:30 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

The Grog Shop

$20 adv / $22 dos


This event is all ages

This event has been cancelled.

Please see note from band:

“Due to personal circumstances beyond our control we unfortunately will not be able to perform the dates on our upcoming North American tour. We are sorry and we hope to be back out soon. Tickets can be refunded at point of purchase.”

Family Of The Year
Family Of The Year
American folk pop band from Los Angeles, California, founded 2009.
Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown
Hollis Brown is an American Rock ‘n’ Roll band. Named after a Bob
Dylan song (“The Ballad of Hollis Brown”), the band was formed by
Queens-natives and songwriters Mike Montali (lead vocals/guitar) and
Jonathan Bonilla (lead guitar). Both 2nd-generation immigrants (ItalianAmerican
and Puerto Rican-American, respectively), they soon found
their musical brethren across America, recruiting Andrew Zehnal
(drums) from Cleveland, Adam Bock (keyboard/vocals) from St. Louis,
and Scott Thompson (bass) from Boston.
Hollis Brown’s latest vinyl EP, Cluster of Pearls (Alive Naturalsound
Records), was chosen as one of the 300 select releases throughout the
world for Record Store Day 2016. Pressed on Starburst Vinyl, the
record is limited to 800 copies and features four previously unreleased
tracks and two songs released on vinyl for the first time. Cluster of
Pearls follows up the 2015 release of Hollis Brown's third album 3 Shots
(Jullian Records/RED), featuring the Bo Diddley collaboration “Rain
Dance,” and the duet “Highway 1” with acclaimed alt-country
songstress Nikki Lane. The edgy, roots-rock indie band from Queens,
NY, known for its adrenaline fueled performances, recently wrapped
40+ amphitheater shows across America supporting Counting Crows
and Citizen Cope last Summer/Fall, followed by a month-long headline
tour in the UK and Europe.
The independent act has achieved a significant amount of success since
their formation in 2009. They released their debut album Ride On The
Train on Alive Naturalsound in 2013 (produced by Adam Landry),
garnering song and video premieres from Rolling Stone, Paste, and
American Songwriter, along with music placements on Direct TV's
"Kingdom," Showtime’s “Shameless,” MTV’s “Real World,” and the
Willem Dafoe/Matt Dillon film “Bad Country”. Following a Lou Reed
tribute concert in NYC, Alive Naturalsound asked the band to record a
tribute to the Velvet Underground’s classic album Loaded, as a limitededition
vinyl release for Record Store Day 2014. Hollis Brown Gets
Loaded took on a life of its own, with airplay on influential
radio stations, resulting in a full CD & digital release.
The band has toured extensively in America and Europe, headlining and
supporting such bands as The Zombies, Jackie Greene, Heartless
Bastards, Rich Robinson of Black Crowes, and Jesse Malin, and
building an impressive fan base on both continents.
Polars is an indie/art rock band based in Cleveland, Ohio. Polars is anchored by songwriters Justin Miller and Kurt Eyman who independently recorded the groups debut EP, Into the Pines (2015), in a home studio located just off the shores of Lake Erie.

In 2017, the group began the writing process for its debut LP. Miller and Eyman teamed up with local orchestrator/composer, Etienne Massicotte, to begin fleshing out the blueprints for what would become an intricate 10 song album, eventually titled, Native Carbon Bloom.

In an effort to challenge themselves creatively, and logistically, the band decided to write without limits. This process resulted in a collection of detailed compositions, which utilize a wide array of instrumentation, including various string, brass, and woodwind orchestral arrangements. The instrumentation is complimented further by intricate synth, guitar, and rhythmic passages, weaving in and out of frame.

Native Carbon Bloom is scheduled to be released in January 2019. The lead single, Parties in Monochrome, was released on November 2nd, 2018.
Venue Information:
The Grog Shop
2785 Euclid Heights Blvd
Cleveland, OH, 44106