If you’re a lounge lizard or a bar hopper, you may have run into AJ Santana one time or another. He’s a little guy with a big heart and doesn’t need a big stage to prove he’s a one of a kind performer. It comes to him naturally. He’s backed by many friends he’s met along the way, three of which perform along side him on stage. When he’s not posted up in a cocktail lounge or wine bar entertaining customers with covers, he’s writing his own material. (cont’d)
“I Nearly Died”
The story goes; AJ wanted to showcase his new material with his newly formed band. At the time they didn’t have a name, just a location to share rehearsal time. This evening was an evening to remember. It was completely improvised and taken on a whim. It was good think I had a camera because lightning in a bottle is hard to catch.
After a few shots of Jameson and Miller Light chasers they were ready to perform again. Chris Goodman, the bass player I found intriguing as he struck me as a perfectionist, but incredibly cool about it. He’s not performing until the sound is EQ’d appropriately and don’t try to convincing him otherwise. Justin Pena is a bad ass with a guitar. He has a sound that is unique and identifiably his. He and AJ are brothers from another mother and their friendship is evident as soon as they walk into the room. Elliot on drums has a calm, collectiveness to him. I honestly believe his drum kit is too small for him as he can play the hell out of them.
All of these guys have unbelievable talents and it’s just a matter of the right moment and time for them to flourish beyond their studio. Their original music is choice and their energy is synchronized to become the next great rock band.
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