True North Radio Network’s 2015 Summer Concert Series
Featuring 7 Million Jigawatts
Live at the Bay View Park Amphitheater in Alpena
Saturday June 27 6PM
Alpena, MI – True North Radio Network announces their 2015 summer concert series featuring a performance by Detroit’s own, 7 Million Jigawatts. Don’t miss the opportunity to hear Alpena Native, Melissa Behring sing her heart out in her home town after touring the Seven Seas for the last four years on board Princess Cruises vessels. Her band, 7 Million Jigawatts (7MJ) returns to land with a mature, robust, harmoniously-rich musical offering. The experience 7MJ has gained traveling the world performing has been undeniably enlightening and life changing. The vast diverse audience the band performs for on board cruise ships has helped to craft their style as musicians and artists into a broader globally appealing musically group.
The 7MJ original song “I’ve Got You Covered,” was featured in the 2010 Mustang online advertising campaign. Since then, 7MJ has shed their alternative attitude in exchange for a sound rooted in deeply classic rock and blues. Focusing on rich four part vocal harmonies in styles like the Eagles, Linda Rondstadt and Queen, their approach to classic rock, rhythm and blues and popular music has become a favorite of people around the globe.
The four of the five musicians featured in 7 Million Jigawatts are favorite performers in a popular cruise ship band playing shows on board Princess Cruises.
From Alpena, Michigan, Melissa Behring is featured front and center on Lead Vocals. Melissa studied voice at Central Michigan University and has been performing internationally with groups like the New Deal Band, Sponge, and her award winning jazz combo, the Melissa Behring Project.
Accompanying Melissa in 7MJ on Guitar and Vocals, is her husband, Jake Tobias, from Royal Oak, Michigan. Jake’s talent on the guitar is a force to be reckoned with. The last four years at sea has helped hone his licks into a tasty set of classic rock and blues any fan of Eric Clapton would enjoy. Jake has been heard playing guitar and bass with the New Deal Band, The Drifters, The Contours, Leslie Gore and Diamond Dave Sommerville.
From Mount Clemens, Michigan on Keyboards and Vocals, Scott David Vernier has been turning with Melissa and Jake for the past four years. On board the cruise ship as well as on land, Scott brings a multi-layered rich orchestral sound to the group with his double stack of keyboards and synthesizers. Scott has played keys with the likes of the New Deal Band, The George Brothers and Gretchen Wilson.
Traveling 19 hours from Bathurst, New Brunswick Canada and the Bass player and Vocalist in their cruise ship group is Alain Boudreau. Al has a grounded bass groove that encourages feet tapping and bodies moving. Al has performed with many international groups from the New Deal Band, Sean Ashby (Sarah McLaughlin) and The Don Walker Band.
Rounding out the rhythm section is 7MJ veteran, Clint Sabon on Drums. As he drummed for the group in it’s infancy, fans may remember Clint from the early days of 7 Million Jigawatts. Since 7MJ’s inception in 2003, h’s been back in the saddle with the group on and off. His talent and prowess on the drums cannot be matched. He has been seen performing with the likes of Saoco, Nathan Montgomery and Nine the Chicago Tribute.
7 Million Jigawatts
Saturday day July 27 6 – 9PM
True North Radio Network Summer Concert Series
208 N 1st Ave, Alpena, MI 49707, United States
This is a free, family friendly event in the park. If you feel so inclined, please bring your blankets, beach chairs, a picnic, and your dancing shoes.
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