Electric Blankets get set for EP release party Sat.

2013-05-02T00:00:00Z Electric Blankets get set for EP release party Sat.Gerald M. Gay Arizona Daily Star Arizona Daily Star
May 02, 2013 12:00 am  • 

Members of the local rock band The Electric Blankets are going all out for their EP release party at the Rialto.

The band has recruited an eclectic mix of local acts to round out the show.

The evening will tentatively include appearances from local magician Kenny Stewart and live painting demonstrations from professional artist Donovan White.

Adela Antoinette will provide face and body painting tips and tricks.

The show also will feature the Tucson supergroup All My Friends and local DJs who will keep the beat between sets.

Logan Greene, a regular on the all-ages circuit, will perform with his band Logan Greene Electric to appeal to younger listeners.

"It's so rare as a downtown Tucson rock band that you get to play an all-ages show," said Tadj Roi, bassist for the Blankets. "We thought maybe some of his fans would also enjoy us."

Roi, 32, and the rest of the group, vocalist Raul Michel, guitarist Erick Bornmann and drummer Steven Yanez Romo, make up one of the more popular ensembles playing downtown today.

They have built a solid fan base over the last three years through local gigs played at venues along Congress Street and North Fourth Avenue, such as Plush and Sky Bar.

The band prides itself on its diverse rock repertoire, which dips into different subgenres, laced with heavy doses of drum and guitar.

The EP, "Vehicles," is a follow-up to the group's 7-inch vinyl single, "7"," which featured the band's signature hit, "Little Boots."

The new album was recorded at Loveland Studio with Tom Beach in the producer's chair.

"He gave a lot of amazing insight," Romo, 28, said. "We were blessed to have him."

When the Rialto approached the band to see if it wanted to hold its release party there, "We took a big swallow and said sure," Roi said.

"It is a big deal for us. To walk past the Rialto and see our name on a marquee that just recently had band names like Dinosaur Jr. and Band of Horses. It is kind of a dream come true."

if you go

• What: The Summer Informal - The Electric Blankets EP release party.

• When: 8 p.m. Saturday.

• Where: The Rialto Theatre, 318 E. Congress St.

• Tickets: $6 at the door. 740-1000.

Contact reporter Gerald M. Gay at ggay@azstarnet.com or 807-8430.

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