It all started two years ago when Booby Trap, (formerly known as Joey P and The Two-Tymers), began their journey on the music scene. The band, which is described as mix between groove rock with a wee-bit of hip hop for the cause, will be opening for Third Eye Blind and promoting their message of breast cancer awareness at Kent State University s Flash Fest 2012.
The band, which specializes in jam rock mixes, is not your typical rock band. Mixing original songs with classic covers, they feature a variety of instruments in their makeup. The breakdown includes: Joey Priore lead vocalist/acoustic guitar, Whitney Denbow on vocals/artwork, Nick Grdina on lead guitar, Steve Orlando on drums, Greg Davis on bass guitar, Joe Boyle on clarinet, Brian Silverstein on saxophone and Casey Vidmar on trombone.
Back in 2010, the group won Battle of the Bands at Kent State University and opened for 30H!3, Cobra Starship and Travie McCoy from Gym Class Heroes, for KSU s Flash Fest that was sponsored by MTV.
Since we had played the gig two years ago my friend at Kent State was looking for bands to play Flash Fest 2012. I said we could get the band back together and put a spin on it and bring the house down, said Nick Grdina, lead guitarist of Booby Trap.
At that time everyone was kind of doing their own thing. Many of us graduated and went our separate ways either still in school or working in corporate America, said Brian Silverstein, saxophone player. This was the perfect opportunity to reinvent the band and bring everyone back together to do what we love to do. Thus Booby Trap was born.
So why the name Booby Trap?
Beyond being just a band, the group has a charitable mission to spread the word locally and raise awareness about breast cancer. At each show shirts are sold for $10.00 a piece. These fashionable and fun shirts feature a message about the Cleveland music scene and breast cancer awareness. A portion of all proceeds will be donated toward breast cancer research.
Cancer research really brought us back together because cancer affects almost everyone in the world. A lot of the band members have been affected by cancer in their families, said Silverstein. It was really important to us to tie in charity and awareness if we could do that.
We re really excited to be a part of this show and open for such a well respected band like Third Eye Blind, it s an honor. I love being on stage with musicians who have a passion for what they re doing, said Grdina. Our main goal is to see people dancing and having a good time. If we can raise awareness about the cause we re trying to support, and have a good time doing it, then we will have accomplished our goal.
Booby Trap will be one of a few bands opening for Third Eye Blind on Thursday, April 19th, at Kent State University in Manchester Fields. The show starts at 4:00pm and admission is free to the public.