Saginaw born and bred musician and co-founding member of the chart-topping Michigan Alt-Rock band The Verve Pipe will be playing the 2015 Saginaw On Stage Music Festival where he will be performing new original material from his debut solo release, the Hess Street E.P. along with fresh translations of his classic Verve Pipe material.
Known for his strong drumming, songwriting and vocal abilities, Brown is taking center stage and trading the drums for his guitar and a backing band consisting of Andy Reed on bass & vocals, Scott Van Dell on guitars, Chris Zehnder on guitar & vocals, Jake Bartlett on drums & percussion, and the Verve Pipe’s Randy Sly on keyboards to showcase his incredible catalog of new original compositions and crowd favorites for this return to his hometown.
In addition to leading the legendary Lansing band Water 4 the Pool, which led to the evolution of The Verve Pipe, who scored #1 Billboard hits with their RCA debut release Villains in 1996, Brown has also worked with legendary songwriters Ed Robertson from Barenaked Ladies, Willy Porter and the Hanson brothers. He has also produced recordings for numerous Michigan bands, including 19 Wheels, The Hard Lessons and The Atomic Numbers.
“For the past year I’ve been rearranging my musical life and am especially proud of the new direction and enthusiastic response that my new material is receiving, “reflects Brown. “I’ve always wanted to have my music out there, but because of being a drummer and songwriter, I always filled the more supporting roles. Frankly, I never envisioned myself as a ‘front guy’, but I like to think that my writing is good enough that the music will do the talking, more than me being in the spotlight. I’ve always tried to keep in mind that at the end of the day the song is what it’s all about.”
Donny will be playing new music from his newly released EP and other originals.
Genre: Original Rock
Personnel: Donny Brown John Hill Mike Robertson Scott VanDell Ron Rosco Selley Kay O'Neil Connie Brock Andy Reed Mike Thomas Chris Zehnder