Avatar blue

Avatar blue

History

Avatar Blue arrived on the Boston music scene in October of 1992, and just three months later, they had received two award nominations: Best Funk/Hip-Hop band in the Boston Phoenix/WFNX 101.7 FM Best Music Poll, and Outstanding Funk Band in the Boston Music Awards. Avatar Blue, an eight-piece original Pop/R&B/Funk band with a three-piece saxophone section was often compared to the New Power Generation and Tower of Power.

Quickly signed to a development deal by Renaissance Records, they began recording their 15 song self-titled CD and were nominated Best Unsigned Band by MUSICIAN (May, 1994), while received another Outstanding Funk Band nomination by the Boston Music Awards, who heralded them as "champions of the local funk scene." The CD was released in February of 1995 and sold 400+ copies in its first week without the use of retail outlets. Within another two weeks the band had their CDs in Tower Records, Strawberries, and Newbury Comics chains.

Avatar Blue performed with Blues Traveler, Average White Band, War, and Pschefunkapus, at The House of Blues (Boston), The Roxy, Paradise, Aerosmith's Mamakin, Berkley School of Music Performance Center and many more. The band was also invited to tour for world causes like Amnesty International and the World Wildlife Foundation, both of which Avatar Blue has supported by donating concert proceeds.

The band gained attention by charting on college radio stations across the east coast. While preparing to release an EP CD by September of 1996, Avatar Blue received their third Outstanding Funk Band nomination from the Boston Music Awards, and were again nominated Best Unsigned Band by MUSICIAN (June, 1996).

Band members

Ron Lowenstein
Instrument Name Year(s) Notes
Guitar James Bass 1992–1994 Original member.
Reggie Muneoka 1994–1996
Keyboards & Lead Vocals Chris Phoenix 1992–1996 Original member.
Bass guitar Mick Demopolous
1992–1994
Original member. Went on to play bass for Chucklehead.
Lyn Tetsuno 1994–1996
Drums/Percussion Troy Velazquez
1992–1996
Original member.
Horns Bryan Steele 1992–1996 (though sporadic) Original member. Tenor Saxophone
Jim Calandrella 1992–1996 Original member. Tenor Saxophone
Takahiro Miyazaki 1994–1996 Tenor Saxophone
1992–1994 Original member. Alto Saxophone
Additional vocals Deanna Dellacioppa 1992–1993 Original member.
Laquinta Brown 1993–1996
Margo Thunder 1993–1996 Provided background vocals (Sporadic)

Albums

Year Album Additional Information
1994 Avatar Blue Self Titled Debut LP CD

Singles

Year Song Album
1994 "Sittin' On The Edge" Avatar Blue
1994 "Tell Me Why" Avatar Blue
1994 "Hip-Hop 2 the Top" Avatar Blue
1994 "This is Love"
Avatar Blue
1995 "3"
Unreleased

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