“We started as a cover band,” says singer/saxophonist Russell McConnell. “But the 2009 Battle of the Bands turned that all around. We needed a handful of original songs for the competition, so we started writing and it hasn’t really stopped.”
They must have done something right – they handily won the competition and went on to play some other high profile shows since then; most notably, last year’s Daejeon Rock Festival. Well… they didn’t actually play the festival: due to some legal issues, the promoter was forced to shut down mid-festival before One Drop could perform.
However, the band immediately booked a nearby venue, and with the help of their hometown fans, spread the word and played to a packed house. Bass player, Brian Kilrain explained, “The vibe in the club was pure energy! Two-thousand people had just been told the party was over but we were able to salvage the night for them.”
For those who haven’t been to a One Drop East show, pure energy is an accurate description. Vocalist, Angela Crebbin, is guaranteed to give you goosebumps; the rhythm section will bust out infectious danceable grooves all night. Of the nine members, all are talented musicians, so songs can spontaneously break down into jams that last ten minutes. If you are going to the show this Saturday: wear comfortable shoes. You will definitely be dancing.
The event has already made a splash on the social networking sites and is sure to draw a large crowd. But the venue, LunaBass, is large and brand new, so it won’t be uncomfortable. A special drink menu featuring mojitos, special shots, and all the usual favorites for very un-gwangan (read: cheap!) prices.
Doors open at 8:30 and music drops at 9:30 with local favorite act, Lady Goodman. Get there early to claim a table which offers sweeping panoramas of the Gwangalli strip. Cover charge is 10,000 with one free drink and CDs will be available for sale.
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