Local band showcase rocks Deep Ellum

A music showcase in Deep Ellum brought together four bands of very different styles to play in front of a packed house. The local musicians rocked the Prophet Bar from 7 to 11 p.m. on Feb. 17.

The show started with guitarist and vocalist Anna Garcia. Her performance was one to be seen as she warmed up the crowd that appeared to enjoy the music as well as the drinks.

“I think I did pretty good despite the fact that I wasn’t playing my own guitar,” Garcia said. “I think playing some of the original music that I had helped me today.”

The next act was the very young and wild Griffin Holtby with an over-clocked attitude and a flair for the stage. He and his drummer went all out. Holtby was dancing while playing electric guitar and blasted the world with the sound of music.

Cade Vandare of Slow Vine sings at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum on Feb. 17.

Cade Vandare of Slow Vine sings at the Prophet Bar in Deep Ellum on Feb. 17.

“Before getting here, we used to be in another band called Seven-Forty-Five,” Holtby said. “We won the Green Day competition and I really got to know Anton [Ritter] through that. Then I left because I wanted to pursue a different avenue while Anton continued with the band. Later, on down the line more towards high school, I came back and started working with Anton again.”

The next act was the main event. The upbeat indie rock band Slow Vine made their way to the stage. It was their first live performance as a full band. Slow Vine is made up of two rhythm guitarists, a lead guitarist/singer, keyboardist and drummer.

“Lauren [Berlin – the promoter] hooked us up before to do a show here playing with another drummer but we were a different band at the time. The Prophet Bar had brought us back as a second chance. This is the first show, however, at the Prophet Bar with everyone in Slow Vine,” said drummer Isiah Harrell.

Their performance appeared to be a smashing success as the crowd applauded with joy and whistles.

“The next thing we need to do is probably make a music video or something like that so we can get more publicity,” Harrell said. It seemed the whole band was in agreement that they were on board with making a splash into the limelight.

At the end of the night, DJ Oribjorn, also known as music artist Ross Ingram, took the stage. Oribjorn played dream techno music to close out the show.

Ingram’s sick jams turned up the heat (and the volume) in the room as the temperature dropped outside. His techno fever swept the stage as Prophet Bar patrons crowded the dance floor.

“I play a type of dubstep music known as dreamy dubstep,” Ingram said. “It’s a free form sound with no real structure. You can change the structure every bar, two bars. It’s really fun to make and it’s really fun to play it as well.”

Ingram said, he wants to create a unique sound for his act.

“Wherever the music takes me I’ll go,” he said.