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By Kelcey Hatch

Lake Stevens gets a dose of Rock and Roll


July 16, 2013

Irish rock band The VooDoos headlining Aquafest

Lake Stevens is about to get a little bit more rock and roll.

Irish Rock group The VooDoos have graced the stages of local venues such as The Moore Theatre in Seattle and historical music hot spots like the House of Blues in Hollywood and Las Vegas, now they are headed to the Main Stage at Aquafest.

They will be playing on the North Cove Stage from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, July 27.

The band consists of Ireland natives Mark Daly - Lead Singer, Nick Greatrex - Guitarist, Mick Bogan - Bassist, Fionn Hennessy-Head Drummer and Oisin Hennessy-Head Guitarist.

The group has just released their debut, self-titled album and stepped off of a national tour opening for Queensryche.

The album can be found on Itunes, Spotify and Amazon. My personal favorite tracks include “Nowhere to Run” and “Torn Apart”.

When asked about the tour, drummer Fionn Hennessy, called it “ridiculous.”

The group has been in the greater Seattle area for a short while now but the local music scene known for rock greats like Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains has become like a second home to them.

The group has played in almost every Irish bar in the area, at The High Dive, The Moore and the Hard Rock.

They described their time in Seattle as “a lot of crack” which I learned was Irish for a lot of fun.

Lake Stevens resident and CEO of Showcase Music Industries John Elder described The VooDoos as being an elite band with a very bright future.

“Having this band headlining Aquafest is a great opportunity for a free show of great music. It is playing to a younger generation but they play something for everyone,” Elder said.

The VooDoos often play covers of bands that inspired them, including The Foo Fighters, Biffy Clyro, Kings of Leon and Led Zeppelin.

Their album reflects the inspiration of leads like The Foo Fighter’s Dave Grohl and Kings of Leon’s Anthony Followill. Daly’s voice, raw and powerful, marries beautifully with an upbeat rock sound.

Before heading to the states The Voodoos helped to kick off the international MTV Awards in Ireland.

They have shared the stage with Hinder, Snow Patrol and many more rock greats. But if they could play with anyone?

“The Foo Fighters for sure, and Biffy Clyro. Definitely Biffy Clyro,” Daly and Hennessy said.


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