Blues, Instrumental, Rock
Los Angeles Ca USA
The Mark Christopher Band
Los Angeles isn’t the easiest place to call home. Rent is astronomical, traffic strains the mind and with the amount of people trying to make their mark – it’s damn near impossible to stand out. The Mark Christopher Band is one of the many are one of the many acts in the City of Angels who know this is all too true. Their fusion of blues, jazz and hard rock is an authentic reflection of the LA scene the struggles in becoming successful in our great city.
Comprised of three talented men born and raised in Los Angeles with various skillsets, The Mark Christopher Band is led by the man who gave his name to the trio. Mark Christopher was born with music in his blood. Influenced by his jazz pianist father, he picked up the guitar at 15-years-old and has yet to put it down. Playing throughout LA he met up with Steve Roybal. A true musician, Steve is a former member of the Los Angeles Jr. Philharmonic, and has performed with The Midnighters, The Coasters,The Drifters, Don Sugarcane Harris, Ike Cole and Redbone and many others. Rounding out the band is Phillip Friedland who made a name for himself playing in the local LA club scene for years.
Finding a band full of people actually from LA is a feat, but it happened and The Mark Christopher Band came to be. Soon after they released their debut in 2002. Today they are a few albums deep and working on their fourth album that’s due out by the end of 2017. In between working on the new record and its release, the band plans on playing throughout their native Southern California from LA to San Diego and back again to strengthen their name on their homebase before taking the show on the road
Mark Christopher , Redhorse cd released 2002 featuring Mark Christopher guitars, Robert Lujan vocals, Victor Armenta bass , Bernie Casteneda drums.
The Mark Christopher Band cd Imagine recorded at Sunspot studios released 2009. featuring Mark Christopher guitar, Steve Roybal drums, Charlie Estrada bass,
Norman Weatherly keyboards, Vincent Sims flute, Gary Seagroves harmonica, Joey G. harmonica, Rick Lawndale keyboard strings.
tracks include BULLFROG BOOGIE,CATFIGHT,IMAGINE,SOULESS SINNER AND DEEP DOG. written and produced by Mark Christopher and Steve Roybal.
Tate Music group release Mark Christopher Band released 2014. Recorded at Sunspot Studios Alhambra Ca. Engineer Rick Lawndale, Technical Engineer David K. Chan,
copy editor Sarah Bostian, All songs written by The Mark Christopher Band. Featuring Mark Christopher guitar, Steve Roybal drums , Phillip Friedland bass.
Kirk Nelson keyboards, Ralphie Torres sax, Rick Lawndale string keyboards. Tracks include Dump Truck, House of Pain, Cheetah, Too Many Years, Newspaper Blues,
Buckshot, Snakebite, Come on, and Beatnik Blues.
Mark Christopher Band has created a timeless album for any occasion. The smooth jazz/rock/blues sound evokes the feeling of a night out at a very cool place, and it’s perfect music for a party, especially with a multi-generational crowd.
Mark Christopher Band
Thursday, March 1st, 2012
Dynamic soulful abstract group Mark Christopher Band went through the the same as many other bands do, actually on the prowl for a name that was available for their existing and growing fan base. They needed something dynamic, yet showed their band as soulful and in touch with the music.
In other words, Mark Christopher band wanted to play abstract, but not distract in trying to be a step apart from the other groups playing the circuit. The versatile group always says that the name is their representative and is pretty much everything they’ve strived and slaved for. In the end, it’s not the name, it’s the music that becomes important. It’s likely that when one hears or downloads a song from an unknown group one is more apt to remember the tune rather than the name of the band.
Mark Christopher band doesn’t want to put out the monies to secure a top-notch trademark attorney, but if trouble arises, they are willing to do anything to keep their name safe. The band is already a “stand-alone” and hold their own in the music arena called Los Angeles CA. But even more famous music acts come to mind when a name change is in order. A good example was when Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones started a new group.
The music was fantastic and sounded like a cool running stream, flowing out nicely, but the real struggle here was picking a name for the new band. They ended up calling themselves something like “Them Crooked Vultures”, but the name had no connection to John Paul Jones, it was again, the music that counted more than a name. It’s not easy to find a name for a new band, or change a name of that band. Actually, for a band as dynamic and soulful like Mark Christopher Band, there is no need for the unavailable supplies of catchy musical group names, and that goes for 2-word band names as well.
A lot of new groups are starting to take on funny nonsensical marque type names. Again, it’s the music, not the name of the band that will be the ultimate crowd pleaser because people will walk away humming the tune rather than the name of the band. Even The Beatles were once The Silver Beetles.
Music veterans would certainly agree that Mark Christopher Band was already gaining momentum. They were starting to get known as The Mark Christopher Band.
Fans become confused and are not quite as sure as the first time, it’s human nature. Thus Mark Christopher Band keeps the group name abstract, interesting and even soulful as they are. It’s about getting an identity going on due to the digital age coming of age.
A band must now identify their act by the name first, so Mark Christopher Band seems to not have that problem and even the name of the group gives them a certain abstract soulful dynamic aura. And after creating online profiles, joining all the social networks and making a MySpace page, the music will prevail. Now listeners are being reached worldwide. There is a great buzz going on with the band in general, and they are playing out a lot more than ever. Watch for them.