80's Murfreesboro Rock Bands reunion featuring:
Eleven 59, Riff Rath’ and Friends.
Saturday, June 28th 2014 8:30 PM
At the High Watt
One Cannery Row
Come out to see and hear what the Murfreesboro Music Scene sounded like 25 - 30 years ago! Or if you lived through it just come remember the great times with 2 bands from your younger days.
Cast in the mold of REM, Hoodoo Gurus, The Church and the Sex Pistols, Eleven 59 was born out of MTSU’s Recording Industry Management Program in 1986. Eleven 59 were staples in the local music scene back when big hair and spandex were in style. Over a 7 year period, Eleven 59’s original music was played heavily on college rocks stations like WRVU and WUTK.
They played scores of shows throughout the southeast supporting popular major acts of the time such as Drivin’ & Cryin’, Guadalcanal Diary, Let’s Active, Remy Zero, The Plasmatics, Widespread Panic, Walk the West as well as headlining their own shows at 527 Mainstreet and all over.
Their powerful but melodic songs preceded Nirvana and the Seattle sound, but you will hear similarities.
Eleven 59 will be playing songs from their Nashville Entertainment Association award-winning 1987 EP release “7 Stories” and other songs written over their 7 year creative period. You may also hear a cover tune or 2 from that era of alternative rock.
Dave Hart- vocal
Riff Raff / Riff Rath’
This group of MTSU student musicians hastily chose a name when asked to perform live in 1984. Riff Raff later modified the name to Riff Rath’ but in the meantime Murfreesboro Tennessee’s first original alternative-rock band explored or concocted every style of rock they could imagine, prophetically including genres that would dominate college radio and indie rock in the late 80s, throughout the 90s, and beyond.
Packed house parties soon gave way to top billing at area clubs while Riff Rath’ garnered positive press around middle Tennessee. They shared stages with regional and national acts including The Georgia Satellites, The White Animals and Mr. Crowe’s Garden (The Black Crowes).
A collection of Riff Rath’s student recordings was compiled in 1987’s Ate Demos, which became a #1 seller in the region’s dominant record-store chain, Cat’s. In the 1990s, Nashville’s alternative weekly, The Nashville Scene, listed Ate Demos as one their favorite local releases of all time.
As the 80s wound down, the band members finished school and went on with their lives and careers in different states and countries. 2014 will mark 30 years since their first gig.
Riff Raff: Mark Shenkel, Garry Todd, Tracy Blair, Bruce Sexton
Riff Rath’: Mark Shenkel, Mike Crowe, Phil Harris, Sammy Baker, Steve Jones
Riff Rath’ 30-Year Reunion 2014: Mark Shenkel, Garry Todd, Sammy Baker and … ???
These bands haven’t played together in over 20 years, so expect thinning hairlines and larger waists..but the sound will be better than ever!