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The Zambonis to Open Springfest Concert


March 30, 2005

[ Zambonis ] DELAWARE, OHIO -- The Zambonis have been announced as the opening band for Ohio Wesleyan's Springfest concert on April 15 at 8 p.m.
 
The Zambonis will open for Guster in OWU's Gordon Field House in an all-ages show. Tickets are $15 for general admission and $10 for Ohio Wesleyan students with valid ID. Purchase tickets at www.ticketweb.comor calling 866-468-3401.
 
The Zambonis are the self-proclaimed North America favorite all-hockey band. The Zambonis are the official band of the Northern Association of Hockey Leagues (NAHL) and performed at the league's all-star game earlier this year. The band also played the NHL All-Star game in 2002. They have been featured in segments on ESPN and the YES Network, and The Wall Street Journal, Entertainment Weekly, Sports Illustrated, Rolling Stone and The New York Times articles. The Zambonis were named the "best band you've never heard of" in the 125th Maxim Magazine Award voting conducted by the public.
 
[ Zambonis ]Billboard made the following comment on the "100% Hockey And Other Stuff" compact disc. "On paper it sounds like a novelty: an album of songs that celebrate hockey. But in the hands of the Zambonis (a pop/rock quartet named after the ice-grooming machine), the concept is elevated to an art from that won't melt under the heat of critics or music fans."
 
The Zambonis formed in suburban Fairfield County, Conn., in 1992. Singer/guitarist Dave Schneider, guitarist Jon Aley (who also plays "cheesy hockey rink organ"), bassist Peter Katis, and his drummer brother Tarquin Katis were die-hard hockey fans who started the band to celebrate their mutual obsession. After gigging around Connecticut for a few years developing an audience among their fellow hockey enthusiasts, the Zambonis released 1996's "100% Hockey and Other Stuff," which featured "Avalanche," a song of praise for Stanley Cup winning Colorado Avalanche, which was eventually adopted as the team's official anthem.
 
[ Zambonis ]The following year saw the release of "Play-Off Fever," featuring the hardcore thrash of "Lost My Teeth" and the tongue-in-cheek "CCM PSA (The Helmet Song)," a cautionary tale directed toward helmetless-player Craig McTavish. Several songs from this EP eventually appeared on 1999's full-length "More Songs About Hockey (And Buildings and Food)," which also featured the hilarious morality play "Johnny Got Suspended." In 2000, the band self-released a limited-edition CD, "To Bleed Black and Gold," in honor of their beloved Boston Bruins.
 
For more information visit Ohio Wesleyan's Springfest site at http://springfest.owu.edu/ or contact the Campus Programming Board at 740-368-3188 or cpb@owu.edu.
 
OWU Springfest presents Guster & The Zambonis
 
* Date: April 15, 2005
 
* Time: Doors open at 7 p.m., The Zambonis at 8 p.m., and Guster to follow
 
* Location: Ohio Wesleyan's Gordon Field House
 
* Tickets: $15 general admission, $10 OWU students with ID
 
* Order Tickets: www.ticketweb.com or 866-468-3401
 
* More Information: call 740-368-3188, http://springfest.owu.edu , or e-mail cpb@owu.edu.