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Live Music: Sponge with Opening Band Johnny I.
July 12 @ 9:00 pm - 1:00 am
Sponge has proven to be one of the Motor City’s heaviest hitters after gaining international notoriety with their debut album “Rotting Piñata” (Sony). Emerging from Detroit with hits like “Plowed” and “Molly (16 Candles)” Sponge received massive airplay on radio stations from coast to coast and were in heavy rotation on MTV. Both “Plowed” and “Molly” hit #5 on Billboard’s Modern Rock Charts, catapulting “Rotting Piñata” to Gold, and ultimately Platinum status.
Sponge’s follow up CD, the critically lauded “Wax Ecstatic” (Columbia) scored additional top ten Billboard hits including “Wax Ecstatic” and “Have You Seen Mary?” The band’s music was also featured in popular movies “The Craft,” “Chasing Amy,” “Mall Rats” and “Empire Records.” Sponge’s star continued to rise with network appearances on “The Late Show with David Letterman” and the “Conan O’Brien Show.”
Sponge’s subsequent releases “New Pop Sunday,” “For All The Drugs in The World,” “The Man,” “Galore Galore,” and “Destroy the Boy,” showcased the band’s swirling sonic attack, rooted in 70’s glam and of course, the Motor City influences of The Stooges, The MC5 and Motown-but still sounding distinctly like no one else.
“Plowed” continues to be the band’s signature rock track, having been spotlighted on Guitar Hero’s “Warriors of Rock – 90’s Rock Track Pack” – and on the Paper Jamz Guitar Series 2, in addition to the soundtrack for the Gerard Butler surf movie “Chasing Mavericks.”
CT musician John Ingrassia & The Johnny I. Band have performed / recorded
with Rock & Roll Hall of Fame members Jaimoe, Matt Sorum ( Guns N ‘ Roses,
Velvet Revolver) Dave Krusen ( Pearl Jam) Tommy Shannon, Chris Layton ,
Reese Wynans , Glen Graham & Brad Smith ( Blind Melon) and many others. They
are getting ready to promote their Vol ii ep this Summer which features
friends and guest musicians Brad Stewart ( Shinedown) Gilby Clarke ( Guns N
‘ Roses) mixed by Vin Dombroski & Andy Patalan from Sponge.