Drowning Pool to christen the All American Rock House this Saturday along with local favorites Diesel and Silence the Echoes!!

Promo photo of All American Rock House

Saturday night the incomparable heavy metal band, Drowning Pool, will be the first national act to play at the newest hot spot in northwest Ohio, All American Rock House, in Findlay.

All America Rock House is owned by a group of four individuals headed by Tobe Drew. The quartet’s goal is to bring a blue collar vibe back to the area in the ilk of the Whiskey Venue. Their onus is to bring in national rock and country recording artists at least twice a month at a price that is easy on the wallet.

Located at 1851 Tiffin Avenue, All American Rock House is housed in the building former called Woolly Bullies and Yucatan Liquor Stand. Capacity of the venue is somewhere over 800 people and offers a full kitchen with a menu that is rock related with items such as Jimi Hendrix Fries.

AARH officially opened last weekend with Brother Believe Me from Lima, Ohio doing the honors of headlining Friday night. Twenty-four hours later Nashville recording artists, Joshua Melton and Mark Burke, pumped up the crowd with their fresh country sound.

Jasen Moreno of Drowning Pool performing at 2016 Ink In The Clink. Photo taken by Larry Ritter/www.therustbeltchronicles.com

Things will be fully electrified this Saturday as the “Bodies” hit the floor with Drowning Pool shredding the newly built full length stage.

DP has been banging heads since 1996. C.J. Pierce (guitar), Mike Luce (drums) and Stevie Benton (bass) have been the driving force of the band since day one. For the first several years the band was strictly instrumental until hooking up with Dave Williams to record “Sinner” in 2001. The compilation included a little ditty entitled ‘Bodies’ which reached #6 on the Hot Modern Rock Charts. The success of ‘Bodies’ led to the album peaking at #14 in the Top 200 and has become the anchor of the band.

Williams unexpectedly passed away in August of 2002 and was replaced by Jason Jones. Jones was the man in the middle for Drowning Pool’s sophomore release “Desensitized”. That collaboration lasted less than a year before being severed due to the proverbial “irreconcilable differences”.

Former SOIL lead vocalist, Ryan McCombs, was named as Jones’ replacement in June of 2005. McCombs stuck with the band until departing to rejoin SOIL in 2011.

In July 2012 the eOne Music signee brought in Jasen Moreno to fill the vocalist shoes and the former singer for The Suicide Hook holds down the spot yet today.

Opening the evening’s festivities will be local bands Diesel and Silence the Echoes.

Diesel has been a staple to the local scene for better than a decade. But the band as we know it will be coming to an end as vocalist Shawn Thoma will be giving his final performance with the band. Only time will tell what the future will hold for the rest of the band members. Whatever it is, we will keep you abreast of their situation.

Silence the Echoes, another Findlay favorite features the vocal duet of Mike Palmer and Ashley Gomez. Meanwhile Johnathon Peeler and Rob Rodabaugh tickles the twines of the guitars. John Schumaker meshes his bass playing skills with the talented drumming of Todd Roth to form the rhythm section. Together the five piece ensemble delivers an edgy twist on rock classics.

Tickets for the plus 21 show are $25 and can be purchased at the door. They can also be picked up from the All American Rock House box office. The doors to what should become an iconic rock venue like that of The Machine Shop (Lansing), Piere’s (Fort Wayne) and Bogarts (Cincinnati) open at 6:00 p.m.

I hope to see a packed house. Until then this is Big L say ‘keep those horns up and rock on’!! \m/ \m/


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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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