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The Blind Spots wsg Ponder and the Good Neighbors

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21 and up
Doors at 9:30 Music Starts at 10pm
Set times TBD

The Blind Spots

This Ithaca, NY-based, all original, female-fronted, five-piece band is driving hard at bigger things and has been busy building an airtight justification for all of the buzz surrounding it, both in its hometown and throughout the region. The band only gets better, with its solid-as-a-rock rhythm section, eclectic library of keyboard sounds, and bold and inventive electric guitar stylings. Electrifying lead vocalist and force of nature Maddy Walsh can hang with the best of them, continuing to reach new heights with her voice at every show and on every recording.

Walsh possesses that easily recognizable raw talent that makes each The Blind Spots show an experience that audience members walk away raving about. There are, unfortunately, only so many female rock vocalists throughout history to reference when drawing vocal comparisons, meaning that Walsh has heard the “Janis” comparison all too many times. “I sound nothing like Janis!” she says. “She's a hero of mine, but sonically—vocally—I have very little in common with her. I think people see a female vocalist having that much fun commanding the stage, and that’s what they’re forced to say. It’s a giant compliment, of course, but it’s a shame we don’t have more rockin’ ladies to look to. The tides are shifting, though...” she says grinning. More recently Walsh’s voice has been compared to Adele’s, Grace Potter’s, Edie Brickell’s and Bonnie Raitt’s, but given the style of music she’s chosen to sing—not to mention her original lyrics, derived from a background in poetry—none of those references hit the mark. “I just wanna sound like Otis Redding,” she says. “Doesn’t everyone?”

The group is still relatively young but has matured at an incredible rate. The members admit they haven’t relied solely on natural talent – the recent recognition they’ve garnered comes from nothing but hard work. “We’ve put in have a lot of hours together,” says lead guitarist and co-founder Mike Suave. “We’re lucky to have a group of such dedicated people.” It’s the dedication to writing new material and rehearsing, the refusal to slow down, and the shared love of the music they make together that continues to propel The Blind Spots forward and set them apart.

Since the release of their debut album, El Camino Dream [2010], a well-loved tight and inspired ten-song collection that showcases the band’s energy and expansive creativity, The Blind Spots have played a handful of the northeast’s well-renowned clubs and have been invited to play at a number of summer festivals, a highlight of which is always the Finger Lakes GrassRoots Festival [www.grassrootsfest.org]. In a musical-minded town, virtually teeming with talented artists, The Blind Spots have really had to earn their notoriety in Ithaca. “It’s a great place to come from if you’re a serious musician,” says Walsh. “It’s a good training ground.” Ithaca serves now as a supportive springboard, allowing The Blind Spots to catapult into new areas, and they plan to continue expanding their radius. Since their performance at GrassRoots they’ve enjoyed gracious reception on some larger stages, including the Homer Center for the Arts, and at colleges, including the University of Vermont, Elmira College, Cornell University, and SUNY Brockport.

The band recently released a driving six-song EP called Small Stampede produced at both Pyramid Sound and Electric Wilburland Studios. Copied of that and their first album are available on iTunes or for hard copy purchase on the band's website, www/theblindspots.com.

So what are The Blind Spots doing right now? Writing and recording the next album set to be released around the fall of 2014, and gearing up to tour on it right after the release. The long-term goals are unabashedly big. Keep an eye on The Blind Spots, as they are well on their way to winning the hearts of new devotees.

Formerly Ponder the Giraffe, ponder is an alt/rock jam band out of Buffalo, NY guaranteed to make you move.
1st Place - Geneseo's Battle of the Bands 2016,
1st Place - WBNY's Battle of the Bands, 2016,
Finalist - Lucille & Jack Yellen Songwriter's Scholarship
1st Place - Buffalove Battle of the Bands (fan vote)

3 piece indie rock/alternative project out of Buffalo, NY