Cool Canyon Nights – Aranda/Mikey Wax
To kick off the 2012 Cool Canyon Nights series, the brothers Aranda will be coming out to perform a special acoustic set on the Main Stage! Kicking off their set around 7pm, don’t miss this high-energy set with fantastic vocals and harmonies! And remember, it’s free!
Beginning at 6pm, don’t miss new artist Mikey Wax, performing on the Pavilion Stage to get things warmed up! It’s going to be a great first night of Cool Canyon Nights!
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This week, from May 31st, through June 6th, take your Cool Canyon Nights Card to the Oasis Bistro and Lounge! Show them your card and receive Buy one get one free on entrée items of equal or lesser value. Offer not valid on burger Wednesdays or daily specials. The Oasis Bistro Lounge is located at 125 Pioneer Plz, El Paso · (915) 231-1125.
Brothers Dameon and Gabe Aranda have been writing, playing, and singing music together since they were kids, and even at a young age, they knew that music was going to be a major part of their lives. Dameon grew up to work with such artists as Jessica Simpson and the Backstreet Boys, as well as Grammy-nominated producers Sam Watters, Louis Biancaniello, and Mark Ronson.
2009 saw Aranda’s first single, “Still in the Dark,” climb into the Top 30 in rock radio across the country, and American Idol winner Kelly Clarkson decided to cover two of the band’s songs on her newest album, All I Ever Wanted.
One of the songs she covered, “Whyyawannabringmedown,” is Aranda’s follow-up single to “Still in the Dark.” The high-energy song is an in-your-face rebellion, and was selected by the WWE as the official theme song of their event The Bash.
Aranda released a deluxe edition of their 2008 self-titled debut album, which includes live tracks and a radio mix of “Whyyawannabringmedown.” Next up is a DVD/CD of their wall-shaking album release show called Aranda: Live From OKC.
Dameon and Gabe are no strangers to sharing the stage with big names in rock: during the past year, they have performed with hit bands such as the All American Rejects, Saliva, Shinedown, Puddle of Mudd, Theory of a Deadman, and Black Stone Cherry. With the brothers’ flawless harmonies and passionate onstage performances, Aranda is a live show you’ll never forget.
“We want to create high energy, keep rocking, keep everybody entertained. We want to involve the audience and make it fun for them,” guitarist Dameon says. “Our hope is that you’ll keep coming back for more.”
The band has just finished recording their 2nd album “Stop the World” with Grammy Nominated producer Johnny K (Disturbed, Sevendust, Staind, Drowning Pool). The bands first single from the record is called ‘Undone” and is currently climbing the active rock charts.
Listening to Oklahoma City rock band Aranda is something like hearing an explosive hybrid of the atom bomb and all of Woodstock combined. They are an experience.
About Mikey Wax:
It all started back on Long Island, where Wax embraced the music of Billy Joel, James Taylor, Dave Matthews Band and other substantive artists from an early age. Taking his time to develop his craft and piano chops, Mikey self-released his debut album “Change Again” just 3 years ago. Quoted by bullz-eye magazine as “uplifting pop/rock and darker, slower-tempo fare”, the album received instant recognition ranking on the iTunes top 100 pop chart in the US, UK, Canada and Australia. Since then, Wax has completed several cross-country tours supporting artists such as Howie Day, Serena Ryder and Landon Pigg. He has also opened for acts such as Andy Grammer, James Durbin, Ryan Cabrera, Tyler Hilton, and Tony Lucca among others. The single “In Case I Go Again” has been featured on popular television shows including CBS’s Ghost Whisperer & MTV’s The Real World. Most recently, the music video for “In Case I Go Again” was featured on the YouTube homepage receiving over 500,000 views. In the press, the single has been referred to as “a cool blend of John Mayer meets Coldplay, but clearly still original and catchy!”
In April of 2010, Wax released “The Traveler” EP for free download on his website mikeywax.com. Integrating social networking to download the EP, “The Traveler” received over 10,000 downloads and contributed to Mikey now hosting over 100,000 fans combined via Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and YouTube. In the summer of 2010, Wax completed a headlining house concert tour of 40 homes across the country. This intimate tour left Mikey with hundreds of new fans who connected to his music in a unique and memorable way. “I knew I was onto something after finishing my very first house show in Boston”, says Wax. “There’s such a special connection made when you play for fans in their own living room. It’s up-close and personal.” The success of the 2010 summer tour created even more demand, and resulted in Mikey performing his second annual summer house tour at over 65 homes. While on stage, fans are intrigued by Wax’s ability to play both the guitar and piano simultaneously on original songs like “Last Great Song” and “Back and Forth”.
Prior to the 2011 summer house tour, Mikey went back to the studio to record his second full-length album with producer Warren Huart (The Fray, Kris Allen, James Blunt). The record, titled “Constant Motion”, is a dynamic mix that resonates as both a throwback and a fresh, modern sound. The album self-released on September 20th, 2011, and through word-of-mouth, ranked at #6 on the iTunes singer/songwriter chart, and #47 Billboard Heatseekers. The album was supported by a 15-date tour opening for American Idol finalist Elliott Yamin. Additionally, his single “Counting On You” has been receiving radio airplay on major Hot AC stations across the country, and made its way onto the Mediabase top-40 Hot AC chart in April, 2012.
With a distinctive voice, exciting soul-infused pop/rock sound, and passionate live performances, Mikey Wax appears to be on the verge of breakthrough success.