Bobaflex back at Harry’s Hideaway in Lima, Ohio along with Vita Nova and 3130 this Saturday night!!

After four years, Bobaflex will be returning to Harry’s Hideaway in Lima, Ohio this Saturday, February 25th. The boys who hail from Point Pleasant, West Virginia and now call Columbus home will be joined by local acts 3130 out of Wapakoneta and Vita Nova from Columbus.

Bobaflex formed in 1998 but didn’t start getting national notoriety until they were booked to play X-Fest in Huntington, West Virginia. Other bands on that card included Disturbed and Nickelback.

Long known for their hard work and drive as road warriors, Bobaflex hit the next level with their third release, “Tales From Dirt Road”. The compilation included the song ‘Home’, which was accompanied by a video that was filmed at Alrosa Villa in Columbus.

Four years later “Hell in my Heart” was dropped on the band’s own label, BFX Records. The album featured the songs ‘Chemical Valley’ (originally done on a six song EP by the same name), ‘Bury Me With My Guns On’ and ‘Sound of Silence’, their version of the old Simon and Garfunkel hit.

Bobaflex hasn’t strayed much from the path that got them where they are today and that is constant touring and having a great connection with their fans. That work ethic made “Charlatan’s Web” which came out in 2013, the band’s greatest success from a chart aspect. ‘I’m Glad You’re Dead’ rose to #35 on the mainstream rock charts while ‘Bad Man’ hit #35.

In 2015 “Anything That Moves” hit the shelves as well as I-tunes and included ‘Mama Don’t Take My Drugs’ and ‘A Spider in the Dark’. The album climbed as high as #17 on the Heatseekers chart.

On Friday the band kicks off a 21 city tour at Alrosa Villa in Columbus to support their upcoming new album, “Hey You”. The title track is a cover of Pink Floyd’s monster hit. It also includes ‘Turn Me On’ which was recently released in a video. The album will be available for pre-order on Friday with an I-tunes exclusive coming on March 24th.

Marty and Shaun McCoy are the only original members of the band that are still around but the duo serves as the backbone of the quintet. Both are easily adaptable to strumming on a six-string or wailing on the mic.

Like the brother’s McCoy, Dave Tipple does vocal work and plays guitar while former Roxy Mae member, Jymmy Toland, slaps on the bass. The man or should I say the beast that sits on the throne behind the kit is Tommy Johnson.

3130 is a four piece band based out of Wapakoneta that got started in May of 2010. The unsigned metal/hardcore band’s debut album, O.C.K., features the tune ‘Alone’ which has a sound that is reminiscent of some of their influences such as Mushroomhead, Pantera and Slayer .

Matt Hull is the man who resides center stage with ‘Jab’ on bass and ‘Ponyboy’ cranking out the wattage on the guitar. ‘Whiteboy’ does the stick work for the group.

Vita Nova is fairly new on the scene, forming in 2014. They describe their sound as hardcore and experimental metalcore according to their Facebook page.

Stephan Parent handles the vocals with Alex Emerson holding the role of lead guitarist and Cory Pletcher taking care of rhythm guitar and clean vocals. The rhythm section is made up of Alec Ward (bass) and Toby Rocca (drums).

Tickets for the show are $10 plus fees and can be purchased from Eventbrite or the bands 3130 and Vita Nova. Harry’s Hideaway is located at 1452 Cable Road in Lima and the doors will open at 7:00 p.m.

Hope to see you there. Until then this is Big L saying ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/



2/24                       Alrosa Villa                                        Columbus, Ohio

2/25                       Harry’s Hideaway                             Lima, Ohio

2/26                       Top Fuel Saloon                                Braidwood, IL

3/1                         Phat Headz                                         Green Bay, WI

3/2                         Live on Main                                       Stevens Point, WI

3/3                         The Back Bar                                       Janesville, WI

3/4                         The Brickhouse                                   LaCrosse, WI

3/5                         Opinion Brewing Company              Newport, MN

3/8                         Garage Bar & Grill                              Moorhead, MN

3/9                         Buster’s                                                Mankato, MN

3/10                       The Venue                                           Dubuque, IA

3/11                       Spicoli’s Rockade                               Waterloo, IA

3/12                       Lookout Lounge                                 Omaha, NE

3/15                       Aftershock                                           Kansas City, KS

3/16                       Star Bar                                                Chicago Ridge, IL

3/17                       Music Factory                                     Battle Creek, MI

3/18                       Offsides Sports Bar                            Woodstock, IL

3/19                       The Hideaway                                     Lafayette, IN

3/22                       Diesel Sports Lounge                         Chesterfield, MI

3/23                       Bogart’s                                                Cincinnati, OH

3/25                       Muncheez Live                                    Beckley, WV


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Larry Ritter About Larry Ritter

Hello my name is Larry Ritter, or “Big L” to most of my friends. I’m a production supervisor for a major manufacturer of auto parts here in northwest Ohio. I received an Associate’s degree from Owen’s Community College where I graduated cum laude honors. I have a true passion for music, sports, photography and riding motorcycles. My love for these things are surpassed by just one thing, family, which includes two sons, a daughter and eight grandchildren.

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