Florida band excited to play at James Brown Music Festival

By: Domonique Benn
By: Domonique Benn

More than 115 bands are expected to perform over the weekend for the James Brown Music Festival.

One Florida band, Vocaldrop, drove up to Augusta.

They hope their performance will give them more exposure, and they say their music was influenced by the Godfather of Soul.

Bass player Rick Davis calls it an honor to be one of the 115 bands that will play the festival.

"James Brown...I don't think there is a bigger name in music, so it's going to be a blast," Davis says.

Lead guitarist Sonny Whitehead says it was a connection from someone in Augusta through the band's MySpace page that brought the Florida-based band to Augusta.

"Asking us if we were interested in coming to Augusta to play the show, and of course we said, 'James Brown? Yeah, we'll be there'," Whitehead says.

Drummer Ron Stepp says Brown has influenced the band and their music.

"The energy that he puts into his shows that just fuels the audience, which in turn fuels him...and we try to be the same way as far as the energy," Stepp says.

"In the beginning days of rock and roll, definitely brought that all together," says Davis.

Lead singer Ryan Turrentine says the James Brown Music Festival is giving the band an opportunity to reach what he expects to be the band's largest audience, and a stairway to success.

"Good shows is always what we expect rally is come out here and have fun and the crowd has fun as well," he says.

Vocaldrop will perform at the Jessye Norman Amphitheater at 7:25.

After their performance they will perform at the nightclub Time Piecez.

They also have demo CD's that they will be giving out.

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